Welcome to Sardines Class News.

We are a reception class.


Our Teacher is Mrs Baker and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Kimmitt.

Our Early Years Lead is Miss Isted.

Sardines News

Week ending 19th January

The children have been arriving into class from the hall entrance very settled and happy so thank you for your cooperation with this.

The children have been learning their digraphs well and enthusiastically. 2 digraph photos…

Space invaders here we go… 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1-BLAST OFF!

Space was an interest a few children had mentioned on their superstar stories and wow-what a start we have made in exploring the solar system…

Here are some of the activities we have completed this week-truly amazing. The children have been also colour mixing to create their own planets, they have been writing facts about planets. Please ask your child to tell you some…you won’t believe their new learning and knowledge.

Challenging space puzzles...

Counting rockets...

Small world role play-the children even made their own moon rock.

Making our own rockets…blast off!

Space computer programs-Claire said all her rockets had gone far away to planet earth.

The children created their own numbered rockets too, some were able to write and order their numbers to 20-WOW! And even more impressively chose coloured squares to make a pattern-impressive!


Next week we will be imagining life on the moon…

‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy will be our focused story, we are planning for the chn to invite their teddies in for a picnic, they will send an invitation to their teddy bears, ready for Friday!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Week ending 12th January

Happy Friday Minnows and Sardines! What a busy week we have had. We have been reading Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers, and looking at all sorts of polar animals. Mrs Kimmitt made some amazing soap snow which we enjoyed getting messy with! We also had some fun with some ice.



This week we have learnt qu, sh, ch, th whilst practising our other phase 2 and 3 sounds. Lots of our children are getting so clever at recognising the tricky words too! Next week we will look at ng, ai, ee, igh. We have also been practising ordering numbers to 20 and writing them. We used shaving foam on the wall outside and practised them using the rhymes, you can do this too!

Next week is a space themed week, we will be reading Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers. We would love to do lots of junk modelling, so if you have any recycling we could use please bring it in!

If you have any spacey themed stories you would like to share please don’t hesitate!

Have a fabulous icy weekend xxx

5th January 2018

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. We would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year.

We hope you have received our termly newsletter. Snuggle Buggle will not be taking place every week; however we will be having a termly ‘reading café’ (details have been explained in the letter sent out.) Minnows and Sardines will be setting up some opportunities where you will be invited to share some current learning, including phonic teaching and sharing our ‘talk for writing’ stories. Details of these will follow…

The children have returned happily and enthusiastically, it is such a delight to see their love of learning. They have been revising shapes this week, exploring seasons, in particular winter and making some new year’s resolutions. We are always keen for the children to consider ways they can extend and ‘grow their brains’.


Next week will be sharing the story called ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers. It links with winter, the South Pole and polar animals. We will be working on number; recognising and ordering numbers 1-20. We will also reinforce one more and one less than a given number. We will begin our phase 3 learning, please use the packs we sent home to reinforce this learning.

15th December 2017

What a busy week! Minnows and Sardines have been in full Christmas flow!


We have been making lots of Christmas crafts and spreading glitter far and wide. We have had lots of fun making hats for our Christmas dinner on Wednesday.  We even had a visit from Father Christmas himself, the children were so lucky to receive a gift each from him.


We had some Minnow’s parents came in to talk to us about how Christmas is celebrated where they come from. We learnt that Father Christmas arrives very early on in December and leaves delicious treats in boots left on the window sill in Slovakia and Hungary.

We were so proud of the children in their Christmas performance. What a lovely end to our Christmas term.

Only 3 days left until the Christmas holidays, have a relaxing and magical time off! Maybe you could share some Christmas stories, or count how many mince pies are left after Father Christmas has been?

Looking forward to seeing you in the New Year  on the 3rd January!


Friday 1st December 2017

It has been a special week this week! Minnows and Sardines shared their learning with the rest of the school during their class assembly. We demonstrated our talk for writing which was the story of Dear Zoo, and we showed the other children how we grow our muscles for writing using big movements.

The children have really enjoyed reading the Gruffalo this week (it came up in lots of superstar stories). We made Gruffalo’s out of playdough!




We have been practising our numbers this week. We have been counting to 20, ordering them, and our grown up’s have been tricking us by muddling them all up to see if we really know which one is which.

Keep practising your number recognition and counting at home – those teen numbers are tricky!


Next week we will continue to focus on number, and we will be learning the song ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’.

We will be learning j,v,w,x and going back over all the sounds we have learnt so far in phase 2. Keep practising your sounds, and most importantly practise blending them together to make words! Please see any of the Minnows or Sardines adults if you need any phonics advice.


Friday 24th November 2017

It has been road safety awareness week and this fitted in brilliantly with our amazing donation from The Rotary Club, we have been presented with 25 Rye Primary High Visibility jackets for our youngest pupils for when we explore the outside world on trips and excursions.

Even Mrs Baker’s dog has been keeping safe during evening walks. :-)

The children are loving the role play school, some wonderful teachers in the making.
We have had a great time learning about Noah’s Ark story. The children have shown great team spirit when building a range of arks in our outdoor area. They have been writing lists to say what they would take on an ark or which animals they would like to save. They are beginning to put their phonic learning into good use. Rainbows were independently painted using cotton buds.

They have been describing and ordering by size and weight, challenging themselves to think of different words to describe size. They used the large scale balances outside to experiment with weight.


Next week’s sounds are b, f, ff, l ll and ss. Our number focus is counting to 20, back from 10 and ordering the numbers. Please use the number cards we gave you to have a go at recognising and ordering numbers. We will teach your child some number formation rhymes to support writing numbers to 10. Your child will be given a formation sheet to get a head’s start. The Gruffalo will be our week’s text as the superstar stories have shown it is a popular story.

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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