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Reception - Murphy

Welcome to Murphy class with Mrs Gallimore, Mrs Gamble and Miss Bandoo

Our curriculum
This half term our topic is Journeys. Throughout this half term we will be looking at the stories The Train Ride, Super Saver Mouse, You Can't Eat a Princess and many others. These stories will let us look at a range of different transport including trains, the London Underground, buses and rockets. 

We will be continuing to learn phonics through Read Write Inc and all children will be in small groups again. Last half term, due to timetable restrictions, the children did not get to work in their groups a great deal. This means that this half term they will be staying in their groups to ensure that they become secure in their learning, rather than moving into new groups. 

Our week
Please see below for a run through of our week.






Homework due in.


RED awards. 

P.E- all children require a PE kit.


Library- please ensure library books are returned.

New homework sent out.



Star of the Week assembly.

The books that children receive from the library are not linked to their reading ability- these are sent out separately. 

Our learning challenges!
We participate in the RED awards (Read Every Day) which we check on Mondays. Its is important for children to read every day to support their writing in school and to help their imagination and it only takes 5 minutes! The staff read with every child once a week at least but we need your continued support to help our children achieve. If your child has read 5 times in a week they will earn a sticker which you will see in the reading record and if they earn 2 stickers they will win a prize. Please record all books you read, not just the school books!


Wow moments
Over the year we create a Learning Journey for every child, with a range of photo's, comments and work created by the children at school and at home. The wow cards are a way for you to share something that your child has done that has made you think 'wow!' We will share the wow moment with the class before sticking it into their Learning Journey. If you need to collect any more wow cards, we keep a supply in the entrance on the Parents/ Carers board or you can ask Mrs Gallimore for some more. 


Below is a list of things you could write as your child's wow moment- if you have seen them do anything else, please let us know! 

Subject area


Communication and Language

  • Can they talk about something they have made?

  • Could you record them speaking about something you have done or are going to do?

Physical Development

  • Have they learnt a new skill at a football club or tried something new at the playground?

  • Have you seen them try to write a new letter or have they finally cracked that one that was very tricky?

  • Do they know anything about healthy eating?

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Are they able to share with other children?

  • Can they talk about something they like clearly?

  • Have they tried to comfort someone?


  • If they have tried to do any writing at home, please bring it in- this could be as simple as they tried to write their name.

  • Can they read any words that you didn’t know they could?


  • Is your child able to recognise numbers? What numbers do they recognise?

  • Can they tell you how many toys they have altogether?

  • Do they comment on the shape of items?

  • Can they use positional language? (I’m next to the table).

Understanding the World

  • Can your child use technology independently? (Radio, mobile phone, gaming console?)

  • Are there any family events that they have attended- a baptism or visiting family?

  • Can they identify differences in cultures- for example how various cultures dress?

  • Are they able to recognise changes in the seasons?

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Can your child sing a song on their own or make one up?

  • Are they able to play a game from their own imagination?

Picture 1 Fine motor skills- mark making in foam.
Picture 2 Creating patterns with Numicon.
Picture 3 Using hands for counting.

Read Write Inc

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