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:

Spring B

Communication and language

In the spring 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 and in response to stories and events to continue broadening children’s vocabulary and language complexity.

Physical Development

We will continue developing fine motor skills through by cutting, threading, mark making, manipulating and using tools in the woodwork area. The children will build their coordination through the focus on Ball Skills in PE. This half term, PE lessons will take place every Thursday. Children will also take part in Daily Mile, running an approximate equivalent of a mile a day!


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.


The children will access a wide selection of quality texts across fiction, non-fiction and poetry. 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: If I built a car, Naughty bus, Mr Gumpy’s outing as well as a selection on non-fiction books on the studied topics.

In Phonics, we will begin learning Set 2 sounds, practising each new sound in lessons focused on reading and spelling skills. The children will practise segmenting and blending skills, and write and read words independently.

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

In handwriting, we will continue to develop pre-cursive letter formation and secure the correct formation of the remaining easy letters: c, o, a, d and focus on consistently using the handwriting lines correctly for ascending and descending letters. 


The children will explore number bonds to 10 and will use a range of mathematical strategies in solving number problems, such as ten frames, part-whole models, number lines and using our fingers. They will recognise, represent and manipulate number bonds to 10, beginning to understand the commutative law of addition. The children will have opportunities to expand their reasoning skills and mathematical vocabulary in a variety of games and quizzes requiring forming answers to ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions.

We will then focus on shape and space, developing children’s vocabulary to describe the position of objects. They will look at items from different viewpoints and draw representations of the items they see.

Understanding of the word

The children will learn about the different modes of transport in the past and present. We will explore how we can travel in the air, on land and across water. The children will learn about some of the distinctive features of different types of transport, the importance of transport for us and our communities and some of the problems associated with transport. We will look at road safety and what people do to use transport wisely. We will also look at how transport have changed thorough history and compare travel in the past and present.  

Expressive Arts and Design

We will explore the use of line and shape in art; we will look at the work of famous abstract artwork, such as Kandinsky, Miro, Mondrian. The children will examine the different ways in which we can use paint and experiment with printing, brush strokes and different techniques of applying paint.

The children will design and make their own planes and futuristic cars, using a variety of resources and simple techniques to achieve desired effect.


Weekly Newsflash 

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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