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We are the Zebras!

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Mrs Crawshawe is the Teacher in Zebra Class.

Miss Cunningham is on maternity leave.


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. This year we are excited to introduce 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.


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.

Summer Term 2019

Our Topic this term is 'It's Alive!'.

The main focus of this topic will be Living Things.


This term we will be investigating living things. We will be looking at both humans and minibeasts. We will be learning about how to keep ourselves healthy and will look at the life cycle of a caterpillar. There will also be an exciting addition to our classroom to bring our learning to life but this is top secret for now...


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


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As part of our topic we will look at the different parts of the body and the lifestyle choices which affect some of these. We will also look at the life cycle of a caterpillar as well as investigating other minibeasts and hunting for them on our school grounds. We will learn about comparing minibeasts and classifying them according to their characteristics too.


For the first half of this term we will focus our learning in Maths on Shape, Space and Measure. We will begin by extending and refining our knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes followed by investigating time through days, months, seasons and hours before moving onto working at measuring length, weight and capacity. In the second half of the term we will be using all of our number knowledge to work on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division within different contexts, including working with money.


Within the Summer Term we begin to move towards more formalised teaching in preparation for the transition into Year 1 in September. We will gradually introduce practice which is similar to the way Miss Malkin works in Class 2. We want the move between Early Years and the National Curriculum to be as smooth as possible for the children and we hope that by introducing more formality into our day, we can make this transition seamless.


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.


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In the second half of the Summer Term the children will be swimming daily. They will need a swimming kit in school everyday.


Swimming kit should include the following items:

-Swimming trunks/ 1-piece swimming suit


-Swimming cap


A detailed letter about swimming will be sent home during the first half of the term.


(Swimming caps can be purchased from the school office. Children can choose their team colour if they wish!)


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As we move into the summer season, you may wish to apply sun cream to your child before school. You are more than welcome to send a NAMED bottle of sun cream into school with your child for re-application throughout the day.

Children will also need to have a suitable sun hat in school with them this term.

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.