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Mrs Crawshawe is the Teacher in Zebra Class.

Miss Cunningham is on maternity leave. However, she will be working every Tuesday and will return to school full-time after Autumn Half-Term in October.


Miss Goodhew is the Teaching Assistant.


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 are using a new phonics teaching scheme across Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. We will be teaching using 'Storytime Phonics'. This scheme teaches children phoneme and graphemes through stories allowing them to hook their learning onto something concrete. We are sure this approach will support the children in gaining a deeper, more secure knowledge of phonics and will enable them to apply their knowledge and skills sooner. The documents below detail the 'caption-actions' we teach the children for each letter and the 'sparkle mark' which we use to teach the formation of the letter, and provide some background information about the StoryTime Phonics teaching scheme.


We will continue to use a mixture of other supporting phonics strategies and programs to consolidate children's learning and understanding. Please see the links below for details about the Government document 'Letters and Sounds' as well as free interactive resources to support phonics.


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.

Autumn Term 2019

Our Topic this term is 'Once Upon a Time...'.

The main focus of this topic will be Traditional Tales and Change & Texture.


This term we will be basing our learning around Nursery  Rhymes initially for the first two weeks followed by Traditional Tales for the remainder of the term before finishing with a focus around Christmas.


Our learning this term will be focused around the following texts:


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As part of our topic we will look at harvest and farming, the season of Autumn and we will investigate different materials and their uses. We will also be doing some cooking and baking and getting creative, particularly during the Bonfire Night and Christmas festivals.


For the first half of this term we will focus our learning in Maths on numbers and the number system. We will investigate each of the number to 10 and will look closely at how each number is made up and what they mean. We will then begin to manipulate the numbers to 10 looking at how they can be combined to make number bonds which will then help us when working on calculating throughout the year. We will finish the first half of the term by looking at addition. We will spend the second half of the term developing our knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes and we will begin to look at measuring length, capacity and weight.


During the first half-term Miss Cunningham will be working with the children on Tuesday's to gain an insight into the children's current levels of knowledge and understanding. She will be carrying out a baseline assessment with each of the children. This will be in the form of a series of informal activities which will allow the children to showcase their skills and abilities. We are very excited to get to know them!

Reception Topic Overviews


Take a look at what we will be learning throughout the year and the exciting experiences we have planned.


P.E. Lessons for Zebra Class are on


Tuesday and Friday


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




Our Woodland Area session is on Thursday 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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Please click the documents below for recent 'Homework Hint' sheets to see what we have been learning each week.


A paper copy of this, along with the homework sheets for this week, can be found in your child's red homework and communications book.