At Rockliffe Manor Primary School, we believe that learning is most memorable for children when it is planned in a cross-curricular way, taking on board their interests and therefore, enabling children to make links throughout their learning. We always ensure our activities include challenges for all learners, opportunities for children to develop through play and real life experiences with lots of interaction from adults and peers. We have high expectations of both staff and pupils and always strive to achieve outstanding outcomes.


Our core text for this term is ‘The Jolly Postman’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. The children will be exploring the characters from the various traditional tales within the story and using role play to develop their understanding of beginning, middle and end within some of the traditional tales. We will then have a go at writing our own postcards to send home to our families.

In Maths the children will revise positional language and will be using the bee bots to direct the Jolly Postman to different houses in the story. We will continue to practise our counting and number recognition through songs and number stories.

The children will continue to develop their communication and language skills through role play experiences in the role play area, which will be set up as a Post Office.

To aid children with their personal, social and emotional development we will discuss the character’s feelings and behaviours throughout the story. We will discuss the character of Goldilocks and think about what a mistake is and what it means to be sorry.

The children will engage in a variety of funky finger activities and physical activities to help develop their movement and fine motor development.

Parents can further support their children's learning through reading with them every day and taking them for regular visits to the local library. To develop children’s understanding of number and size, parents can practice counting to 10 and asking their child to count different groups of objects, e.g. How many buses can you see? They can also ask children to compare everyday items e.g. which tree is bigger/smaller?

If you would like to discuss more about how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher.


This half term in English we will be using the core text ‘The Story Machine’ by Tom McLaughlin which is a story about a boy who writes his own stories using his imagination. We will be using the text to inspire the children to write their own stories. During the first 2 weeks in arts week, the children will be writing letters and poems using the following text: ‘The Day My Crayons Quit’ and ‘My Many Coloured Days’.

This term in Maths, we will be consolidating our number knowledge and then we will be focusing on shape, weight and developing estimation skills. We will be learning to count in 2s, 5s, and 10s.  The children will be consolidating their knowledge on time and use of time.

This half term, during our daily phonics sessions, we will be revisiting phase 3 and 4 and moving onto phase 5 towards the end of the Summer Term. The children will be practicing tricky words. The children will be developing and writing sentences.

To help support the children’s understanding of the world and imaginative/role play, the role play area will be set up as an office in a bedroom when we start our core text ‘The Story Machine’. The children have access to a home corner to role play in.

The children will continue to have weekly guided reading sessions. On their guided reading day, the children will get two new books to take home, one ‘banded’ book which they should read at home with your support, and one ‘free choice’ book which you can enjoy together. If you would like new books sooner, please write a message in your child’s contact book or let an adult know before school.

Our author focus this half term will be Quentin Blake. The children will have the opportunity to read a selection of his books in our book corner.

Children will be doing PE twice a week, on Monday and Friday. Please could you ensure that your child has a PE kit in school, which is clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Parents and carers can support their children's learning at home through reading with them every day, helping them to develop their mark-making and writing skills and by practicing counting and recognising numbers when out and about in the community. To promote physical development and wellness, you could challenge your child to take part in an outdoor activity such as star jumps, skipping rope or cycling, in your local green space. If you would like to discuss more about how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher.

We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in anyway, please contact Miss Gomes, our EYFS Phase leader.

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