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Please see the attached - September 2020 - all you need to know

Hi Zebras!

This is where you can find the new learning ideas, which will be added every two weeks. You will see a list of documents to help guide you and some videos showing new learning.

Book reviews can be completed when they have read one of their books, this includes any books from home they may read.

We have also added a suggested timetable for your day – this is a guide - that you might choose to follow each day.

Don’t forget to refer to the guidance letter that was sent home when pupils were asked to stay home, to direct you to further resources.

Keep an eye on the website, as well as Twitter and Facebook for more updates and feel free to email us with any photographs of learning, or with any questions you may have.

Email us on:

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday – Mrs Tod –

Thursday & Friday – Miss Cunningham –

Thank you to those who have been sharing updates and photographs - we love to see what you have been doing whilst you are not at school.

Stay safe everyone. smiley

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Money - Coins - 5p and 10p

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We are the Zebras!

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Welcome to our page.


Miss Cunningham and Mrs Tod are the Teachers in Zebra Class.

Mrs Crawshawe teaches the children every Thursday.

Miss Goodhew and Mrs Limpus are the Teaching Assistants.


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.

Spring Term 2020

Our Topic this term is 'Things That Go Bump in the Night!'.

The main focus of this topic will be Light and Dark.


The first week of this term is 'Our World' Week.


As a school we will be looking at different aspects of the world and the positive and negative effects different things can have on the world around us. We will then consider what changes could be made to improve the world we live in.


Zebra Class will be focusing on Climate Change and Global Warming.


You are invited to join us for a sharing assembly on Friday 10th January at 9.10am in the main hall.



The remainder of the term's learning will be focused around the following texts:




As part of our topic we will look at different light sources and how shadows are made. We will make our own shadow puppets and perform in a shadow-puppet theatre. We will also investigate nocturnal and diurnal animals and will be using the ICT Suite to research these.


We will also have 3 stand-alone weeks where we will look at the festivals of Chinese New Year and Easter as well as the period of Lent which begins with Shrove Tuesday or 'Pancake Day'.


For the first half of this term we will focus our learning in Maths on addition, multiplication and doubling before investigating and manipulating 2-digit numbers to 20 to secure our knowledge of them. In the second half we will be working on subtraction, halving and dividing. We will finish the term by investigating money and the value of coins.


The children will now be placed into ability groups to complete their guided work in Literacy and Maths.


We will also begin Guided Reading this term and again, this will be done in small groups.


Children will also be placed into ability groups for phonics from this term too.

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.


Due to the change in the weather, the children will not use the Woodland Area during this term.


Instead, they will have a focus on reading and stories. Each week the children will investigate a 'Story Sack'. In addition to this, they will be visiting the Murrow Book Cafe as well.


Please follow the link below for more information on story sacks and the value the children get from them.

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.