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Bitham Brook Primary School

In a community of kindness where all belong: be positive, be resilient, be creative


We have two Reception classes 

Mrs Barnett (Monday - Wednesday) and Mrs Trypanis (Thursday - Friday)


Mrs Kennedy (Monday - Wednesday) and Mrs Keay (Thursday - Friday) 


Support Staff - Ms Tkacova, Mrs Lawson and Mrs Player 


Supporting your child at home


We would like to remind parents of the importance of listening to your child read regularly. We would recommend five times a week.


Please ensure that children come to school with a named sun hat and a water bottle. Sun cream should be applied at home on hot days. Please note drinks bottles should also be named and only contain water.


Please continue to ensure your child brings minimal possessions into school.  In Reception, we do not allow children to bring any toys from home.


When the children have PE, they should continue to wear their Bitham Brook PE kit into school with the school jumper over the top (if weather conditions require a jumper).   Our PE day continues to be a Thursday.

This term our topic is Around the World.



We will continue to learn Letters and Sounds Phase 4. This will involve reading and spelling words with adjacent consonants (such as trip, vest and stand) and polysyllabic words. We will continue to learn to read and spell tricky words.



  • Our Maths work will focus on doubling, sharing, counting on, addition and subtraction.
  • We will explore spatial reasoning, pattern and shape.
  • Finally, we will compare quantities using language such as more than, less than and the same as.



  • Our key Literacy texts will be ‘Handa’s Surprise’ by Eileen Browne and ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ by Julia Donaldson. We will compare ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ with the story ‘What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday’.
  • We will enjoy reading and retelling these stories, making predictions and innovating the story line.
  • We will read the story ‘Meerkat Mail’ by Emily Gravett.
  • We will be making maps, writing letters and postcards
  • We will also read Non-fiction texts about Meerkats.



We will explore musical instruments from different cultures.

We will be listening to African music, focusing on rhythm.



  • We will be developing observational drawing skills with a range of materials.
  • There will be opportunities to explore 3d sculpture.



Physical Development

This term our topic in PE is ‘exploring moving a ball with our feet.’  We will be exploring the different ways of moving a ball, what happens when we use different parts of the foot and begin to develop our understanding of controlling a ball.  We will be practising the skills needed for our sports day!  (More details to follow).  




  • Our PSHE topic this term is ‘’Changing Me’.  We will be exploring our feelings around change.  We will be talking about our bodies and how we grow from babies to adults, reminding ourselves of how to make healthy choices.  We will be discussing how we are feeling as we get ready for Year 1; things we may be worried about or looking forward to in Year 1. (Children will visit their new teacher and their new classroom later in Term 6).  Sharing our favourite memories of Reception.


Understanding the World

Activities will include

  • Visiting a farm to learn about animals, jobs on the farm and compare life on the farm now and in the past.
  • Making comparisons between the countryside and a city.
  • Learning about features of other countries, including Africa and Australia.
  • Creating maps.

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