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

We are the Zebras!

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Welcome to our page.


Miss Cunningham is the Teacher in Zebra Class.

Mrs Crawshawe teaches the children every Thursday.

Miss Goodhew and Miss Ewing 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 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 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 2020



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:


  • Starting School
  • All About Me!
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Autumn
  • Harvest
  • Festivals & Celebrations: Bonfire Night
  • Construction
  • Ready, Steady, Cook!
  • Festivals & Celebrations: Diwali
  • Festivals & Celebrations: Christmas


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.


Children will be learning their letters and sounds this term and will be beginning to learn to write words and captions. By the end of the term we will be attempting simple sentences too!


In Maths this term we will learn about the numbers to 10, how they are made up, other numbers they contain and how they can be combined into number facts. Again, there will be activities for the children to complete with an adult as well as independent opportunities for the children to practice and refine their mathematical skills and understanding.


Our mini-topics provide children with experiential learning whereby they can learn through doing and experiencing. This term they will have the opportunity to cook, build, craft and design.


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.



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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.