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Mrs Freeman & Mrs Rushton

This half term in Rainbow Class our topic is…

How does your garden grow?



We will be using these stories to help us with our learning…

Jack and the beanstalk

Jasper’s Beanstalk

Arabella Miller’s Tiny Caterpillar

Mad about Minibeasts!


In phonics we will be practising blending the letter sounds that we know to help us with our reading. We will also be practising writing words using our letter sounds. We will continue learning and applying the digraphs:

ay, ee, igh, ow, oo (zoo), oo, (look), ar, or, er, ou, ow, air.


We will continue to practise reading our tricky words and we will be learning some new words:

this that they how now going today you look was like said one come some



  • In our Literacy lessons we will be learning how to write instructions and keeping diaries of how our beans are growing. We will be writing simple stories with a beginning, middle and end. We will be doing some non-fiction writing about the life cycle of a butterfly and we will be writing minibeast riddles – what a lot of wonderful writing!

**We are always encouraging the children to write independently, so if they do any writing at home, please bring it in so that we can celebrate it with the class.**


In our weekly handwriting session, we will be learning to correctly form letter ‘families’. We will be focusing on the

‘Curly Caterpillar’ letters : c, a, o, d, s

‘One armed robot’ letters : r, m, n

‘Long ladder’ letters : l, i, t, b, h, k

‘Zig-Zag’ letters: v, w, x, z


We will continue to focus on strengthening our muscles by doing gross motor and fine motor exercises, including our daily Dough Disco, which the children really enjoy.


  • In Numeracy we will be continuing to learn our number bonds to 10 as well as recalling number doubles to 10. We will be solving problems using addition, subtraction, doubling and halving.
  • In our shape, space and measures learning will be exploring, measuring and comparing capacities and continuing to learn the days of the week and the months of the year



In our topic this term we will be finding out about how plants grow and we will be observing the changes made from a seed to a plant. We will be comparing different plants and investigating what other living things we might find in our gardens. The children in Rainbow Class will continue to have access to a range of ICT equipment.

*If your child would like to bring in any plants or creatures that they find in their garden, we would love to see them!*



In our art sessions, we will be creating art work based on a famous artist, exploring clay and creating our own clay minibeasts. In our music sessions we will be learning lots of songs about plants, gardens and mini-beasts and using a range of instruments to accompany these songs.




During our RE week, we will be learning about Hinduism


  • In our Circle Times we will be thinking about Changes :
  • How do we change over time?
  • How do we deal with changes when they happen?
  • How can we get ready for the changes that there will be in Year 1?
  • Reflecting on a fantastic year in Rainbow Class



This is a very exciting term as the children will become Outdoor Explorers each Wednesday morning (starting from 12th June). They will also be receiving some cricket lessons from a local cricket coach.


We will be having lots of fun!

**Please remember to listen to your child read as often as you can and to practice reading our tricky words. Education City will have updated ‘homework’ every other week.**

Rainbow Class Teachers: Mrs Freeman (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), Mrs Rushton (Thursday-Friday).

Rainbow Class TA: Mrs Watters (who is here all week!)