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Let's go to the DOUGH DISCO!!

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We are the Zebras!

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Welcome to our page.


Mrs Crawshawe-Elsey is the Teacher in Zebra Class.

Mrs Crawshawe teaches the children every Thursday afternoon.

Mrs Courten, Mrs Hopper and Mr Welbourne are the Teaching Assistants.


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


Firstly, we will register and sing a Hello Song to welcome each other to class. We then get ourselves ready to learn by taking a trip to the exciting 'dough disco' 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 StoryTime Phonics teaching scheme across Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.  This scheme teaches children phonemes and graphemes through stories, allowing them to hook their learning onto something concrete. This approach supports the children in gaining a deeper, more secure knowledge of phonics and enables 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 called '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 begin their mathematical learning by engaging in a counting activity. This may be rote counting aloud, following 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.


After lunch we join in with another song in order to prepare us to be ready to learn for the afternoon. We brush our teeth as we are working hard at gaining our My Smile accreditation. We talk about the importance of oral health and check that we are brushing our teeth safely and to the best of our ability.

We then 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.

Summer Term 2022



In Zebra Class we learn through lots of different mini-topics. This ensures that children are offered a broad and balanced curriculum which effectively supports their learning and development across all areas of the Early Years Curriculum.


The topics for this term are:


  • Under the Sea
  • The Deep, Dark Wood
  • Superheroes!
  • Funny Bones!
  • Healthy Eating
  • Seasons: Summer


Through the topics children will engage with different stories, rhymes, poems and non-fiction information texts. There will be a variety of exciting activities planned for them to take part in with an adult as well as numerous opportunities to develop and extend their own learning through their creative, independent play.


This term we will continue to develop our knowledge and understanding of letters and sounds. We will build on our speaking and listening skills whilst exploring a variety of stories through handling books, story telling and performance. We will continue to learn about the structure of stories and the characters within them too, whilst securing our knowledge of fiction and non-fiction! We will have lots of opportunity to write captions and sentences relating to the stories we look at each week. 


In Maths this term we will recapping all of our prior learning about the numbers 1 - 20 and how these numbers are formed. We will be looking at shapes and measurement, exploring capacity, length and weight. We will then begin to learn about money whilst practising our addition and subtraction skills. 


Our mini-topics provide children with experiential learning whereby they can learn through doing and experiencing. This term they will have the opportunity to explore the life under the sea through sensory exploration, experiment with different artistic styles, taste a variety of heathy food and much more. 


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 comes to school in their P.E. kit on these days.


The Friday lesson will be with P.O.S.H. and usually takes place outside (weather permitting!)




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.