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Hello! I'm Mrs Palmer and I am the Teaching Assistant in Zebra Class.


Hi! I'm Miss Cunningham and I am the Teacher in Zebra Class.


Here in the Zebra Class we are always busy. Below is an insight into a typical day in Zebra Class.


We begin our day with an exciting 'dough disco' session which allows us to refine our muscles ready for the day ahead. This also allows us to have a wiggle and a jiggle which then focuses our mind so we are ready for learning. To find out more about dough disco, please visit


We begin our day's learning with a phonics session. We use a mixture of resources to teach phonics in order to ensure that the children gain the best phonic knowledge they can! We follow the government recommended Letters and Sounds document accompanied by 'Jolly Phonics' and the use of an online program called 'Phonics Play'. Please click on the links below to find out more about phonics and to access some free resources too.


Phonics is followed immediately by our daily Literacy session. This allows children to apply their newly gained phonic knowledge directly into their reading and writing. In Zebra Class, we focus our Literacy around a text. These texts include rhymes, stories and non-fiction information. The skills for writing are taught using Pie Corbett's Talk for Writing approach alongside a writing resource call 'Mighty Writer'. To find out more about these teaching approaches, please visit Here at Murrow Primary Academy we have non-negotiables which the children have to follow in their writing. This ensures that the children write to the best of their ability without forgetting simple rules or information.


Our Maths lessons are based around 'Magic Maths'. Everyday the children being thier mathematical learning by engaging in a counting activity. This may be rote counting aloud, follwing a number-line or even counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10. The children then embark on a magical journey with Abracadabra the Maths Wizard. This is the part of the lesson where the children learn about a specific aspect of mathematics such as addition, subtraction, doubling, halving and measuring to name but a few... The children then 'Abracadabra-Do!' which is when they have a go at an activity based upon what they have learnt in the lesson. This provides them with the opportunity to apply and investigate their new knowledge.


In the afternoon session we have our Topic lessons. Throughout the course of the year we engage with several different topics allowing the children to learn all about the world around them, different cultures and beliefs and  how and why things work. Our day finishes with a story or a news-sharing session before heading home.

Spring Term 2018

Our Topic this term is Light and Dark.


In Literacy we will be looking at the stories Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Night Monkey, Day Monkey by Julia Donaldson. We will also be looking at a Non-Fiction text about Light and Dark as well as using the library and the ICT suite to carry out research. Through our topic we will learn about sources of light, how shadows are made and we will make our very own puppets to be able to carry out a shadow puppet show! We will learn about nocturnal animals and will also talk about some of the jobs which people do during the night.


In February we will learn about Shrove Tuesday and will read the book The Big Pancake and we will also learn about Chinese New Year. We will look at the religious aspect of Pancake Day and will learn about the history of some of the Chinese New Year traditions. We will also be tasting pancakes with different toppings and Chinese food too!


In Maths this term we are going to learn about addition and subtraction and strategies for carrying out these calculations. We will also learning about doubling and halving, multiplying and dividing and will secure our knowledge of numbers to 20. We will also begin to investigate money.


This term the children will be working in ability groups whilst working with an adult and we will also introduce Guided Reading sessions twice a week. We will continue to engage in weekly handwriting and number formation sessions on a Friday morning as these have proved successful in helping the children to refine their handwriting skills. Children will be 'busy learning' during un-directed times of the day and will still be expected to collect all 7 of their challenges in order to earn their Golden Time on Friday morning.



P.E. Lessons for Zebra Class are on


Tuesday and Thursday


Please ensure that your child has both indoor and outdoor kits in their P.E. bags as the lesson on Thursday with the P.O.S.H coach is usually outdoors. 




Our Woodland Area session is on Friday afternoons each week.


Please ensure that your child's woodland kit is in school every week and is complete with warm clothing.

Please see the attached letter for further information as to what could be included in their kits.


Listening to your child read every night supports their learning and development immensely!

This opportunity allows children to practice and apply their phonic knowledge and helps them to refine their reading skills which we will be working on in school during our Guided Reading sessions.

Research has repeatedly shown that child who regularly read develop better writing skills as they are exposed to texts and language consistently which feeds their imagination.


Please also continue to help your child to practice their flashcards as knowledge of these words helps them to develop fluency in their reading and makes writing easier for them too.


Mathematical opportunities are all around us! Simple activities like counting up and down the stairs, looking at numbers on house doors or reading prices in the supermarket all support with children's understanding of numbers and the number system.


Please click the links below for more information on how you could support your child's learning at home and THANK YOU for your continued support.



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