East Grinstead, West Sussex

Class R

The home learning document for Monday 1st March can be found below.

Happy New Year to all the friends and families of Class R!

It is safe to say that this is not how we expected the Spring term to start but we at St. Mary's hope you all remain safe and well throughout this time.

Each day there will be learning activities uploaded to the website for your child to complete. I ask that four observations are uploaded to tapestry each week consisting of one phonics, one literacy, one mathematics and one piece of work that the child is proud of. I understand the strain that home learning places on many families so please do not feel that each observation needs a length description - just the photo and a caption is sufficient.

Before entering lockdown, we had one full day of exciting learning at school as the children were eager to return to the classroom. They thoroughly enjoyed making their own love heart decorations for us to display in our values corner in the classroom.

December has brought lots of joyful learning opportunities for Class R. The children have worked incredibly hard throughout their first full term at St. Mary's - I am a very proud teacher!

On Tuesday 8th December, Class R performed their Christmas Nativity to Miss Thorne and Father Adam. They were very confident while performing and sang all the wonderful songs beautifully. They should be thoroughly proud of themselves; this is a fantastic achievement!

Class R have been getting in the festive spirit this week. We have celebrated the arrival of Crackers the elf, worked as a team to create a nativity scene and made Christmas cards for a local Nursing Home. We are sure these exciting activities will continue across our last two weeks of term.

Christians believe God put humans on Earth to care for his creations. When god created Adam, he let him name all the animals and insects in the hope he would treat them with care. We made our own animals and named them to be like God and Adam.

Jellyfish vs jelly - this was our latest discussion in R.E. as we learnt about Jesus being the creator and giver of life. In our lesson, the children questioned which was living and how we knew they were alive compared to the other. Following this in depth class conversation, we made and tasted our own jelly!

The children have been learning about lots of different celebrations that occur throughout November. For bonfire night, they made tin foil sparklers which they took to the playground to practise prepositional language. For Remembrance Day, the children made their own medals of bravery and discussed what they would say to the soldiers. For Diwali, the children made their own diya's out of modelling clay which they later painted with bright, bold colours.

What a first half term it has been! The children have worked their little socks off and should be very proud of their achievements thus far. They have experienced the big outdoors on welly walks, shown tremendous courage when putting on a play for their friends and practising lots of fine motor skill movements. I hope they are all as eager as I am to get back to school for the second half of this term.

I would like to thank all parents for supporting St. Mary's in ensuring your children have the best start to school life despite the changes and restrictions imposed in this current climate. For those who were unable to attend the Meet the Teacher zoom session, here is the PowerPoint with all the information we discussed. Please do not hesitate to contact the Class R team via your child's communication book, the office or emailing

On Wednesday 30th September, Class R experienced their first Church service. They were very excited to listen and learn from Father Adam as he explained why we celebrate Harvest. The children created beautiful, hand-print trees based on the story The Little Red Hen which has a story-line based around harvesting.

Welcome to Class R! The children have settled in to school life at St. Mary's incredibly well and have thoroughly enjoyed lots learning opportunities across their first 4 weeks. In this time, we have made new friends and explored our learning area - including playing new instruments, building dens and blasting off in our new spaceship!