Welcome to Ladybird Class


The adults that work in Ladybird Class are:


                                                                Mrs Mickleburgh                                                                                Mrs Lloyd

                                                                   (Class Teacher)                                                                         (Teaching Assistant)


In Ladybird Class this half term, we will be learning:

Summer A

Communication and language 

In the summer term, the children will continue enjoying a selection of high quality texts and begin responding with relevant comments, questions and ideas. We will focus on following instructions involving more than one idea or action and we will practise answering how/why questions about experiences in response to stories and events to continue broadening children’s vocabulary and language complexity. The children will also focus on giving their attention to what others say and respond appropriately. This will be done within class discussions.

Physical Development  

We will continue developing fine motor skills through cutting, threading, mark making, manipulating materials. This half term, the children will begin a new unit of work- dance! Through this unit, the children will develop timing skills, follow pathways and be able to control their bodies in a space. They will also practise responding to teacher command and will move their bodies in time with a musical beat.

PE lessons will take place every Thursday and Forest School on Friday afternoons. The children will also take part in Daily Mile, running an approximate equivalent of a mile a day! 

The children also access the school’s climbing frame which supports their gross motor development.


The children will continue learning the school’s rules Safe, Ready, Respect and will begin gaining an understanding of the value of community. We will reflect on how we are connected to others, the different communities we are a part of, their importance and what each of us contributes to our communities in our own, unique ways.  

In PSHE, the children will focus on the topic ‘Keeping safe.’ They will look closely at different scenarios and environments which will require them to consider the safety of others as well as themselves. They will think about different ways of taking responsibility for their independence as well as recognising situations where they might need support.


The children will access a wide selection of quality texts across fiction, non-fiction and poetry within the environment. We will memorise and innovate short texts through the Talk4Writing lessons, having fun and experimenting with language, rhyme and rhythm, retelling texts and writing.   

Some of the texts we will focus on this term are: Oliver’s vegetables, Tadpole’s promise, Bertie and the Dragonfly, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Growing Story.

In Phonics, we will continue to learn Set 2 sounds. We will practise a new sound each lesson and apply the new sound through focused reading and writing tasks where the children will develop their confidence with segmenting and blending.

 The children will work in partners to read speed sounds, short stories and green words (decodable words). The children will support each other to ‘Fred talk, read the word’ independently. The children will also be introduced to red words which are words that are not phonetically decodable.

In writing, the children will independently write labels and practise writing short sentences, using finger spaces and full stops. We will focus on applying phonics knowledge and using ‘Fred fingers’ to build independence around segmenting.

In handwriting, we will continue to develop pre-cursive letter formation and secure the correct formation of the remaining harder letters: b, p, k, g, y, v, w, z, r, q and j. We will be supporting the children to consistently use the handwriting lines correctly for ascending and descending letters.   


The children will start the term by exploring patterns, starting with simple AB patterns and moving onto more complex ones, such as ABC, AAB and ABB patterns. We will focus on on recognising, continuing and building the studied patterns.

Children will then develop their understanding of numbers and counting skills, counting on and back, adding by counting on and taking away by counting back. They will begin counting beyond 10 and focus on the pattern of the counting system.

Understanding of the word 

Our topic this term is ‘growing and changing’. The children will look closely at the environment around them to identify similarities and differences. We will be covering life cycles, minibeasts and their habitats and understanding how we change as we grow and get older.

Expressive Arts and Design 

The children will apply their knowledge of colour, drawing and painting techniques to represent still life. We will focus on representations of nature and still life, studying works by artists such as Monet and Van Gogh.

Children will broaden their repertoire of songs and rhymes and will develop ways of expressing themselves with rhythm and sound.


















































Weekly Newsflash 


Week beginning 3.05.21.

We have had a short but busy week! As a school this week, we have been exploring democracy, its value and how we apply it in the classrooms. The children discussed ways of making fair decision and importance of participation and listening to the opinions of others.

In literacy, we have focused on the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. The children listened to the story and learned to retell it independently, using a story map and actions they came up with. We had fun brainstorming and writing different words to describe the Giant, and using our phonics skills to create warning posters.

In RWI, we have continued to master Set 1 and Set 2 sounds and focused on the segmenting and blending skills. We have reassessed pupils showing confidence and readiness for more challenge, some children have moved to new phonics groups and will bring a new band reading book. Thank you for continuing to support reading at home and please remember to return your child’s books on Friday morning.

In maths, we were learning how to use the number tracks for subtraction. After practising counting forwards along the track for addition, the learned the inverse operation – counting backwards for subtraction. We used our whole bodies, counters and mark making to record the number of jumps backwards on the number track, and to find the answers to the take away problems. You can support this learning at home by playing a variety of board games with your child.

Week beginning 26.04.21

As a school this week, we have been thinking about exercise, its benefits and the different types of exercise there are. We have also continued to think about our school rules and values through class discussion.

We have been reading Bertie and the Dragonfly this week. The story follows a very nosy dog, Bertie, who finds himself chasing after a dragonfly. When he finally sees one, the dragonfly does not look how he imagined. The children have been using various materials to create their own dragonflies as well as a coat to keep Bertie warm and dry on his adventures.

In RWI, we have continued to review all Set 1 sounds and some children, Set 2 sounds too. In their phonics groups, the children have been practising their blending skills through partner work and Fred games. In maths, we have begun learning about counting on using a number line. The children are using the language ‘first, then and now’ to tell a maths story e.g. First, I am on number 2, then I make 5 jumps, now I am number 7. The children began the week by physically jumping along a number line to count on and have moved on to using concrete objects to ‘jump’ along a number line.

Week beginning 19.04.21.

This week's learning was focused on Tadpole's Promise by Jeanne Willis, which inspired plenty of conversations about the importance of being truthful and keeping promises, as well as making mistakes and the value of forgiveness. It also inspired us to think about the rules of nature that govern life cycles and food chains. Ladybirds studied the life cycle of a frog and enjoyed pond dipping in the role play area. 

The children carried on working in their new phonics groups and applied their phonics knowledge when writing warning posters. They have settled into the rhythm of the new groupings and continued to develop their Set 1, Set 2, blending and segmenting skills. Thank you for sharing your child's bookbag books with them, the children have been excited to tell us about their reading at home! 

In maths, we continued our work on repeating patterns. The students enjoyed the challenge of more complex patterns this week and showed confidence in moving onto ABB, AAB and ABC patterns. We used our reasoning skills to continue these patterns and explain what comes next and how we know it. Ladybirds had fun using their mark making and concrete resources in their patterns work; you can support this learning by challenging your child to make an AB or ABB pattern using home resources, i.e. cutlery or fruit.

Week beginning 12.04.21.

It has been a great start to the summer term for Ladybirds. We have been looking at spring as a whole school this week and have had lots of discussions on the changes we see during this season. Our new topic in Reception is ‘growing and changing’. We began the week by sharing the story ‘Oliver’s vegetables’ by Vivian French. From this book, we discussed the importance of trying new things before deciding we don’t like something, as well as broadening our knowledge of different vegetables that grow in the ground.

In RWI, the children have been reassessed and put into new groups. The children are continuing to learn and review the Set 1 and 2 sounds as well as gain confidence with segmenting and blending. Some children now work with a partner during Phonics and they support each other to Fred talk and read a word. They have demonstrated great team work and support.

In Maths, we have moved onto a new focus - repeating patterns. The children have been identifying a pattern and explaining why it is a repeating pattern. They have applied their new knowledge through independent activities with concrete objects.

Week beginning 22.03.21.

The last week of this unusual term has arrived and whizzed by, with Ladybird pupils preparing for Easter and identifying the signs of spring in the environment. Inspired by Eddie’s Garden, we opened up our own Garden Centre and stocked it up with real plants, seeds and tools, as well as seeds we created. Here you can purchase chocolate peas and monster plants! The children developed their understanding of what plants need to grow and planted their own sunflower seeds. Ladybirds are excited to watch them germinate over the Easter Holiday, please help your child water the seeds and plant their seedling in a sunny spot in the garden, so they can watch it grow and transform over time. The children have enjoyed the introduction to this topic and we look forward to continuing our learning on growing and changing in the summer Term.

In phonics, we worked on the tricky sounds air (that’s not fair) and ir (whirl and twirl); practising our blending, segmenting and writing skills. The children had their phonics assessments and will be working in new groups after the holiday. They will also bring reading/blending books on Fridays.

In maths, we had a consolidation week to secure this term’s learning on number bonds and shapes. Ladybird students enjoyed applying their skills in practical activities and reflecting on their work from the term.

We wish you all a restful, fun and sunny Easter holiday; enjoy the time together and the warmer weather!

Week beginning 15.03.21.

This week we had a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the importance and meaning of friendship, as a value we celebrated with the whole school community. We finished our Transport theme with exploring different types of boats and safely sailing to imaginary new lands. The children enjoyed designing new boats, inspired by Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave. Ladybirds finished the week in style, wearing our most wacky clothes and sharing jokes (see below), while raising funds for Comic Relief, learning about the crucial work many charities do to help others and developing children’s empathy and compassion.

In phonics, we practised reading and writing diagraphs ar and or and continued reading ‘green words’ with increasing fluency and speed.

In maths, children developed their understanding of shape, exploring different prints we can make using faces of familiar 3D shapes. We identified properties of simple 2D shapes by counting the sides and corners, and using the vocabulary of curved/straight sides, closed shapes and parallel lines to describe circles, triangles, squares and rectangles.

Here is our Comic Relief joke of the week:

What doesn't move and travels the world? A stamp.


Week beginning 12.03.21.

This week we had a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the importance and meaning of friendship, as a value we celebrated with the whole school community. We finished our Transport theme with exploring different types of boats and safely sailing to imaginary new lands. The children enjoyed designing new boats, inspired by Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave. Ladybirds finished the week in style, wearing our most wacky clothes and sharing jokes, while raising funds for Comic Relief, learning about the crucial work many charities do to help others and developing children’s empathy and compassion.

In phonics, we practised reading and writing diagraphs ar and or and continued reading ‘green words’ with increasing fluency and speed.

In maths, children developed their understanding of shape, exploring different prints we can make using faces of familiar 3D shapes. We identified properties of simple 2D shapes by counting the sides and corners, and using the vocabulary of curved/straight sides, closed shapes and parallel lines to describe circles, triangles, squares and rectangles.

Week beginning 8.03.21

It was wonderful to welcome all the Ladybirds back on Monday. We have been impressed with how quickly they settled back into the class and school routines and how much they have matured during lockdown. It was lovely to see the children playing with their friends and hear the school buzzing again. We have celebrated the value of Support, focussing on who can support us, how we can support others and how we support ourselves. We continued learning about transport and discussed the role and main features of bus travel. We had a Naughty Bus driving through baked beans and enjoyed exploring all the decks of The Hundred Decker Bus.

In phonics, we were learning to read and write the Set 2 sounds: long oo (poo at the zoo) and short oo (look at a book).

In maths, we explored 3D shapes, focusing on their properties through hands on activities and play. We established that shapes with flat faces can slide and stack while curved shapes can roll. We introduced some of the shape names, such as 'sphere', 'cube' and 'cone', but focused on the vocabulary needed to describe the properties - 'flat' and 'curved'; 'slide', 'roll' and 'stack'. 

We wish all the mums and grandmothers a lovely Mother's Day. The children planted daffodil bulbs in pots they made out of newspapers; please note: you can plant the whole pot in your gardens - you only need to take the ribbon off.

Week beginning 1.3.21.

Ladybirds have thoroughly enjoyed engaging with our World book day lessons this week. We were lucky enough to join two live drawing sessions where the children were guided through the process of drawing some well-known characters. Ladybirds have continued to learn their Set 2 sounds in phonics. We are working on becoming more independent when writing words by using 'secret Fred fingers'. This skill will help all children to gain more confidence when writing new or unfamiliar words and with their sentence writing. In maths this week, we have begun to learn about positional language. Ladybirds have been using vocabulary such as: in, on, under, beside, above and below to describe the positions of objects. We have put ourselves in the positions of those objects to explain what we would be able to see. Children have deepened their understanding by moving an object to compare perspectives. Our value of the week has been 'Inspire' and the children's commitment and resilience during the last few weeks has been an inspiration to everyone. Well done for another fantastic week of learning Ladybirds.

Week beginning 22.02.21.

We have had a successful week in Ladybird class. The children returned to their online and in-class learning with positivity and they continued to work hard in lessons. We have reflected on the value of 'Community', what we contribute to our small and wider communities and how we are all connected. We started our topic on transport, exploring the idea of air travel and a variety of ways in which humans travel through the air. We had fun designing our own flying machines, explaining what features we thought of off and their role, i.e. safety, visibility, speed. Ladybirds went on adventures in our role play airport, we flew to Africa and to the North Pole, discussing the different items we'd have to pack for each trip. We finished the week by sharing the Paper Planes picture book and designing our own paper plane using resources available on the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and Imperial War Museum's websites. 

In maths, we continued building our understanding of number bonds to 10 and practised using the part-whole model as a strategy for representing and solving mathematical problems. We played games to consolidate our number bonds knowledge, explored the commutative law of addition and proved that if we swap the parts of a number bond to 10, the whole will still be 10. We also focused on speedy recall of the number bond facts. You can support your child at home by continuing to recall the number bonds to 10 - for example, when walking to school or in a car. 

In phonics, we were working on reading and spelling words with the first set 2 sounds - ay and ee, as well as reading igh words. The children are growing in confidence in using their Fred Fingers when spelling independently, and in using the familiar special friends in their writing. We also practised forming the remaining easy letters (u, w and e) correctly, using the pre-cursive letter formation. 

Week beginning 8.02.21.

This week, we enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year and learning about similarities and differences between different celebrations. The children enjoyed identifying which animal they are in the Chinese Zodiac and retelling the story of the animals' race. Ladybirds used their fine motor skills to serve noodles with chopsticks, found China on maps and enjoyed exploring some of the rich customs and traditions of Chinese New Year. We have also thought about our school value of Empowerment and looked for examples of it in the school life. The children reflected on how we can give others the power to achieve their goals by helping or encouraging them with our words. 

In maths, we explored the number bonds to 10 through familiar songs and a variety of activities. We explored what happens in the 10 Green Bottles rhyme and discovered that that while the amount of bottles on the floor and on the wall changes, the total remains the same. The children tried to find all the possible number bonds to 10 using two or less Numicon shapes and used their knowledge of ten frames to solve simple mathematical problems. 

In phonics, we introduced the remaining three Set 2 sounds: ir, ou, and oy. We practised applying our Set 2 sounds knowledge in writing and reading and the pupils worked really hard on getting these challenging sounds right, beginning to read more words independently and with increasing fluency. We will continue this work after the half-term. 

All of the Ladybirds worked hard this half term, both at home and in school. The pupils impressed us with their attitude and quality of work and we are grateful to the parents for their continuous and superb support. Well done everyone, enjoy the well-earned break!

Week beginning 1.02.21.

After learning about the police, fire-fighters and doctors, the children explored other important roles in the community. We looked a variety of jobs such as refuse collectors, dentists, shop assistants and lifeguards. We shared the story of The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch and had fun planning our own lunches; we talked about healthy choices we make and the treats we enjoy. All children, whether accessing learning at home or in school, had opportunities to express themselves. We talked about jobs we might want to do one day, the things we like about ourselves and the experiences that make us happy - such as cuddling our pets or spending time outside. Reception finished the week, letting their imaginations run wild when designing the world's most disgusting sandwich. I have to say our ideas were very different to what Mrs Grinling put in the Lighthouse Keeper's lunch! 

In maths, we studied addition up to 10. We used part-whole models and a variety of concrete resources to find out how many altogether. The children are building a good understanding of how to apply a variety of strategies to their mathematical problems - we are becoming experts at using ten frames, part-whole models, counters, cubes and mark making to record numbers.

In phonics, we were learning four more Set 2 sounds - short oo, ar, or and air. We are becoming more confident and speedy at recognising  the sounds and reading green words, both with 'Fred talk' and 'Fred in your head', as well as using Fred fingers for spelling. What a lot of fabulously hard work Ladybirds!

Have a peaceful weekend everyone!

Week beginning 25.01.21.

This week, Ladybirds continued the People Who Help Us theme and explored different roles police officers play in our community. We enjoyed making our own small world police station, dressing up, taking finger prints, looking for clues and creating wanted posters. The main culprit the children were trying to catch was the dog, who left an unwanted surprise on the mole's head; the children had lots of fun listening to and retelling the story of The Little Mole who knew it was none if his business

We focused on the rule of respect and discussed different ways in which we demonstrate respect for others, ourselves and our environments. We practised keeping voices off when other people are speaking and listening to each other. The children showed respect for their own work and learning, by looking after their books and presenting their ideas with care. 

In phonics, we started Set 2 sounds and continued to blend. The children enjoyed learning new phrases to help remember the new sounds and writing words and sentences. 

In maths, we continued working with numbers, this week focusing on identifying more and fewer. Ladybirds applied their subitising skills to quickly identify amounts and used reasoning to find more and fewer without counting when possible. We practised answering 'how' and 'why' questions to consolidate our learning. 

Week beginning 18.01.21

This week, we have been thinking about our rule of being Ready. The children working from home, as well as the pupils in school, continued to impress with their readiness to access lessons, actively participate and complete their independent tasks. In theme, we learned about firefighters' jobs, their uniform and we talked about fire safety. We had fun putting out imaginary fires in the playground and taking part in a firefighter's HIIT session!

In numeracy, we expanded our counting and number recognition skills by working with numbers 9 and 10. The children represented the new numbers in a variety of concrete and pictorial ways. We tried counting things we cannot see or touch, such as sounds and movements. We looked closely at ten frames as a useful strategy in recognising and representing numbers. We practised subitising and counting on from 5, using ten fames and dice. 

In phonics, we recapped the last of the special friends - th, qu, ng, nk. We have now finished our Set 1 sounds and, as most children are very confident with these, we will start Set 2 sounds next week. We have played Fred Games in class and online, and we will continue to focus on blending and segmenting sounds, as well as reading green words with fluency and speed.  



Week beginning 11.01.2021

We had our first full week of lockdown learning and what a positive week it has been for Ladybird Class! We shared the familiar Zog by Julia Donaldson. The children learnt about some of the jobs and roles within the medical profession, explored how a doctor might help us, named body parts and run our own surgery in the classroom.

In numeracy, we started a new unit of work, building children’s ability to recognise, represent and manipulate numbers up to 8. Children practised counting groups of objects up to 6, 7 and 8 and used ten frames in their counting and reasoning. We introduced using five frames and subitising as an efficient counting strategy.

In phonics, we practised the last of the trickier single letter sounds w, z, x and the diagraphs sh and ch. The children used their phonics skills to Fred talk and read the words, as well as practised using Fred in your head to blend quietly when reading. Some of the pupils used their sounds to write sentences and check and self-correct their work.

It has been a week of new challenges and adaptations, with many pupils working from home while some were learning in school. The pupils at home haven’t ceased to impress with their active participation and attitude to learning. Our parents tirelessly cheered and motivated the children and everyone produced fantastic work. It has been a real pleasure seeing the children’s work on Teams and Tapestry.

I wish you all a restful weekend!

Week beginning 4.01.2021

After the dramatic start to the week, the children settled into the new ways of learning and interacting. The pupils in school settled well and got used to the reduced number of friends. We talked about our ladybird friends we are missing and tried to imagine what they might be doing at home. In school, we made each other laugh and leant about the people that help us in our immediate environments – staff in school, family and friends at home. Pupils working from home showed adaptability and resilience, quickly adjusting to online lessons and working hard to complete the set tasks. I am incredibly proud of all the Ladybirds, both at home and in school, and grateful to parents for enabling the high levels of participation and engaging so brilliantly with all of the Reception’s online provision.

In maths, we introduced the concept of number bonds and the part-whole model as a strategy to represent them. The children explored number bonds within 5 as a basis for simple additions.

In phonics, we were recapped some of the trickier single letter set 1 sounds j, v, y. We played Fred games to work on the oral blending and applied our phonics knowledge to write words independently, using Fred fingers and writing the sounds we can hear.


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