Welcome to Minnows Class News.

We are a Reception class.


Our Teacher is Miss Dicker and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Mewburn.

Our Early Years Lead is Miss Isted.

Minnows News

Friday 17th November 2017

The Minnows and Sardines have been very busy this week! Mrs Baker and Miss Dicker were away on Monday and Tuesday to do some learning themselves, meanwhile Minnows and Sardines had lots of fun making musical instruments with Miss Isted, Mrs Mewburn and Mrs Kimmitt!


We also had a special visit from Robyn’s mummy – we met two three-legged tortoises!


We have been continuing our learning on Zoo animals. We have been practising our Talk for Writing and we have innovated the story with our own ideas!

The children have had lots of fun coming up with the actions to go with the story! Talk for Writing is a great way to learn stories through story maps and actions.

Our reading teddies have been hearing lots of stories and they can’t wait to come for sleepovers at your houses! Please keep filling in your greedy readers, we love to see what you’ve been reading.

Next week the sounds in phonics will be phase 2 set 4, ck, e, u, r. Please use your sound mats that we gave you at home to reinforce the phonic learning. Thank you very much.

The children have been learning about positional language and patterns this week in maths, can you make friendship bracelets with a pattern? Or collage a zoo animal with a pattern! We would love to see examples of your home learning.

We had our photo day this week, its really important that we are Rye Smart every day and that we have all the correct uniform on, labelled with our names.

Keep bring in those stories – we love sharing your books from home! And please remember not to bring in toys unless we have a special toy day. We have lots of lovely toys at school to share so it’s best to keep yours snuggled up at home.

Have a fantastic chilly November weekend xxx

Friday 10th November 2017

The Minnows and Sardines all made their own poppies and created a class wreath to show their respect for Remembrance Day. They also were able to observe a two minutes silence at 11 am (not easy for 4 and 5 year olds) but they did it! 

We have had such an exciting week learning about zoo animals.

We are learning the story ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell ‘talk for writing’ style (which is a whole school approach to support the love of reading, writing and appreciation for a range of vocabulary). The children have been incredible learning the words and actions. When you reading at home ask your child where the title is on the book and where do you find the blurb-two new words we have been learning to support reading. Hopefully they can tell you and explain what both are.

PLEASE PLEASE fill in your greedy readers and promote the love of reading at home, as we do daily at school. We will be having a special ‘reading teddy’ in each class from next week and if your child shows an interest in reading to the teddy they may bring him home for a sleepover and more reading... 

Next week the sounds in phonics will be g,o,c,k,ck and tricky words will be I, to, into, go, the and no. Please use your sound mats that we gave you at home to reinforce the phonic learning. Thank you very much.

The children have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. They have been enjoying finding shapes around the school.

Please can you hunt around your homes for shapes. New vocabulary has been curved, edges, faces and points. The shapes below have been our focus over the last two weeks, please see how many your child can name, describe and find…

The children have been growing their muscles to feel stronger and ready to write by waving ribbons and pretend sparklers. The threading of cheerio necklaces was fun as well as supporting fine motor skills…as did pegging the washing on the mini-line, this also supported number recognition and ordering.



Enjoy the Rye Bonfire celebrations…have fun and keep safe (your child has learnt a poem available online called ‘Firework Party the best by far’…they’ll love sharing it with you…

REMINDER-school photographs next week

Week commencing 30th October

What a super start to a new term! Minnows and Sardines have loved sharing their amazing half term experiences with us. It’s wonderful to see how far they have come since starting school. Thank you so much for attending parent’s consultations, it’s so valuable for us to hear your views and is really lovely to hear how much your children are enjoying reception.

The children have loved talking about Halloween this week. We scooped out a giant pumpkin… and then we painted it!


We have also been enjoying talking about firework night. We have been so arty in Minnows and Sardines, creating fireworks using chalk, paint, glitter and we even had our own sparklers to practise our phonics with! This week we learnt s, a, t, and p. Next week we will be learning i, n, m and d, and starting to look at high frequency words: is, it, in, at, and, to, the, I, no. Please practise your sounds if you have time at home! (Lots of resources on Phonicsplay.co.uk)

We also had our first P.E lesson of the term this week. We had lots of fun and we were surprisingly quick at changing. We did notice lots of us didn’t have names in all of our things (including tie!) so please would you name everything- even initials with a sharpie is useful.

Next week we are going to be looking at Zoo animals in our learning – in the superstar stories that came back we noticed that lots of children are really interested in this topic. If you have any good Zoo books or toys you would like to bring in to share, don’t hesitate!


Have an amazing bonfire weekend, stay safe and warm.

Week commencing 16th October

Wow what a busy term we have had. The children have settled brilliantly and seem very happy in their learning. They are also becoming more confident and independent. Thank you for all the support you have shown, our partnership with you is extremely valued and appreciated, it also benefits your child.

The children are keen to help each other now and have formed some lovely new friendships…

Becoming more creative-look at these happy hanging bats…

This week the children have been exploring the Hindu festival of Diwali and have been creating clay diva lamps, creating mendhi patterns as well as learning about the festival.




After term we will be starting phase 2 phonics, we hope you found the phonic workshop useful and the resources we have given to you. Please try to sound out simple words to your children to develop their blending skills. Phonicsplay is a useful website too.

We will look forward to seeing you all on Monday 30th October. Have a happy half term break.

Week ending 13th October 2017

We are having a lovely week with the Minnows and Sardines!

We have been looking at lots of process art. We enjoyed squishing and smashing autumn treasures onto material. We also did some mixing and made our own mud paint!

We have been reading lots of stories and enjoying mark making in the air, on the floor and outside.

On Tuesday 17th October is Miss Isted’s phonics workshop – please let her know if you are interested in attending as it will be very valuable.

Next Friday 20th October is wear it pink day! So the children can come in wearing something pink for a small charity donation.

Please send your child in with a named coat and drink bottle with water 

 Activity for the weekend – can you hear any Autumn sounds outside? Or can you make an Autumn picture?

Have a great weekend Marvellous Minnows and Super Sardines, see you on Monday.


Week ending 6th October 2017

We have had a great week with your lovely children. They are adjusting to the routines of the day really well. Class photos should be in the Observer newspaper this week.

We have been exploring autumn this week. 



The children loved throwing the leaves in the air and spotting pumpkins growing in the allotments.

We have been reading some traditional tales. If your child has a favourite story please send them in as we will enjoy reading them.

The children have loved the ‘ice cream’ making too.

Please send your child in with a coat as the weather is very changeable and ensure your child’s belongings are named, they are still working on looking after their own things and it is extremely difficult to track down lost unnamed items. Thank you.

Game for the weekend-can you play eye-spy, hearing first sounds in words.

Have a great weekend, see you on Monday. 

Week ending 29th September 2017

Welcome to all the new parents and children at Rye Primary. Thank you very much for allowing us to visit your child at home, the visits were so beneficial. Thank you also for putting the balloon outside your homes to make the visit even more special.

We felt privileged to spend time getting to know each child as well as meeting new babies, sharing favourite toys and favourite books.


The children have made a positive start in Sardines and Minnows. They have settled well and they are beginning to appreciate the routines of school, including attending assembly and having lunch. Thank you for your cooperation at dropping your child at the door, this develops great independence and ensures our safeguarding. A BIG thank you too as we have had NO ‘lates’ between the classes, thank you for getting your child to school on time, this also supports a settled beginning to each day. 

Please ensure your child’s clothing (especially jumpers and coats) are named - we have had quite a few unnamed ones. Your child may bring a water bottle into school (squash is not allowed) please make sure they are named. We do have cups and water available if bottles are not brought in but the option is there.


Once again thank you for helping to make the first week a positive one, we will look forward to exciting times ahead…

Sardines Class of 2017

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