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Year R

Green Class

Teacher: Mrs Hunt

Red Class

Teacher: Mr Blanco

Reception Green Class Timetable
Reception Red Class Timetable
Topic Overview (Term 1)

Welcome to Reception Classes!

Photos of Green Classroom


Photos of Red Classroom


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Outside Area


Reception Staff

Mrs Hunt








My name is Mrs Hunt. I am the Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1 Lead Teacher for South Borough. Over the 6 years, I have taught in Nursery, Reception and Year 1. I am currently teaching in Reception Green class. I have a fantastic team around me who work very hard and are always there to support my class and I. I love learning through play with our children, both indoors and outdoors - especially messy play areas, woodwork and role play.

I am also the phonics lead for our school, it never ceases to amaze me how children learn phonemes and graphemes and then blend and segment to read and write. I am honoured to be leading this important, yet wonderful subject!

I believe a strong partnership with parents and carers is key to a successful start to school life for our youngest pupils. I am a parent myself and I enjoy spending time with my husband, 3 children, other family members and all my friends. I love eating out, having BBQs in the summer, playing indoor badminton and outdoor tennis when the weather is fine. When I have time, I enjoy reading about facts and real life events such as history books and autobiographies and watching films. I have 2 cats called Alice and Tabitha and many hedgehogs and foxes who visit my garden. I love to travel, visiting new places and meeting new people. One day, I would like to teach abroad. But for now, I am very happy and proud to be teaching at South Borough Primary School.

Mr Blanco




Hi, I am Mr Blanco and I teach Reception Red class. I truly believe in the power of learning through play so we have lots of fun in Red class. I also enjoy make believe and pretend play, so your children will probably go home telling you about all the adventures that they have had during the day. I like "messaging and secret symbols" so you might find your children going home with hidden messages or they may ask you to press buttons for "silly things" to happen.

I think that outdoor learning is as important as indoor learning, so we will be going outside all year round regardless of the weather, so please provide the right clothes for your child.

During my free time, I like going out for walks, playing badminton and football. I love cooking and playing the guitar when I am at home. I also like travelling and visiting new places and learning about new cultures so every half term I try to go to a new place where I have never been before. 

Mr Marsh




My name is Mr Marsh. I have been part of the South Borough team for over six years. I have several years of experience within the Early Years but have supported in various year groups across the school. I love to teach all subjects at South Borough, but in particular Phonics because supporting children with letters and sounds allows them further discovery in their own unique learning journey.

When I am not in the classroom, I am kept busy with administration duties including updating the school website, twitter, creating posters, banners, signs and labels throughout the whole school. Alongside this, I have designed the newsletters, core value certificates, stickers, planners and much more!

When I am not in school, I enjoy visiting new places and going to tourist attractions. My favourite is theme parks and I have been on a number of different roller coasters, rides and themed experiences. I also love using technology and digital photography.

Mrs Field


Hello, my name is Mrs Field and I have been a Teaching Assistant at South Borough for 4 years. It is my first year in Reception and my second year supporting Mrs Hunt.

I love working at South Borough because everyone is very friendly and we are always helping each other.  The best part of my job is listening to children read and supporting Phonics, watching the children grow throughout the year is very rewarding.

When I am not at school I like to bake cakes, read, watch football and go for walks with my family.

Mrs Rammandala

Hello, my name is Mrs Rammandala and I have been a Teaching Assistant at South Borough for 4 years working in Nursery and Reception. It is a pleasure working at South Borough and to be able to interact with children on a daily basis. It is a very rewarding experience.

When I am not at school I like to spend time with my family, going for walks and reading books.

Useful Websites for Learning:

Phonics Songs

Banana Banana Meatball - Blazer Fresh

Let's Get Fit - Count to 100 - Jack Hartmann


Celebration of Work


Christmas songs

Reception Green Class:


Reception Red Class:

Both Green and Red classes have been learning all about spiders!

To support our learning, we have been reading the book 'The Very Busy Spider' by Eric Carle.

We have talked about the animal characters, the story setting and the author of this classic children's book. The farm animals in the story try to divert the busy little spider from spinning her web. (Just like Reception with regards to our own learning) the spider persists and produces a thing of both beauty and usefulness. 

During free-flow, Green class children have created their own little story book about a very busy spider. They have used their phonics knowledge to write initial sounds and words.

In Maths children matched the same amount of legs on their spiders and the numerals that were displayed on the maths table.

If you would like to read the story too, please click on the link below. Enjoy!



In Reception we have been learning about the story 'Handa's Surprise'. We have enjoyed reading the story and talking about the different animals that appear in it and also the nice healthy fruits that the cheeky animals steal from Handa's basket. We have also spoken about kindness and friendship and how Handa is nice to her friend Akeyoo. 

We have been busy making shopping lists, recipes and also using our cutting skills to chop the fruit to make some delicious fruit kebabs that we enjoyed eating at snack time. We have also been making sculptures of different animals and other many things using clay and plasticine. 

In phonics, we learned some new sounds and now we are starting to use the sounds that we have learned to write and read some words. 

In Maths, we have enjoyed learning about size, weight and capacity and have been comparing and ordering things accordingly. We have also looked at repeating patterns and circles and triangles in the environment.



Reception Green Class - Maths learning; patterns:


Pupils ordering capacity:


Ordering size:




Welcome back to Term 2.

This term we will be learning about different animals. 

The focus text book this week is called ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell.

In the story a child writes to a zoo for a pet. The zoo send a series of unsuitable pets, revealed behind flaps in the form of crates and packing cases. These animals are all sent back for different reasons, except the last one, which is perfect! 

Not only has the story helped us explore the names of different animals and the sounds that they make, the way they move and where they live, this book has helped us learn about size, space and weight of the animals and their packaging. 

Children have been making their own letters and story books with flaps and writing using the initial sounds that we have been learning in phonics: s, a, t, p, i, n so far.

Next week we will be looking a new book called ‘Handa’s Hen’ by Eileen Brown. 



Reception classes have been learning about the story of Elmer, an elephant who looks different from his herd. On the creative table, ee have made puppets and masks and designed our own Elmer elephants. In maths we have been looking at colours, squares, patterns and patchwork.

We have been practising Elmer songs and poems and have played an elephant counting game. Elmer by David McKee has strong and positive messages within an enjoyable and funny story. It is a great starting point to explore activities relating to diversity, multiculturalism, personal identity, individualism and friendship as well as colour and pattern.




In Reception we have enjoyed staying for lunch and eating together in the dinner hall. Now we have also started full time and we are having so much fun while spending more time at school. This week and next week our book is 'My Big Book of the Five Senses' and we have been using our senses to explore the environment around us. We have played "I spy with my little eye...", played with some scented playdough and discovered some smelly stickers that we can get if we work really hard. We have also used our sense of taste and tried a variety of food with different flavours. 

As the weather this week has been a little bit wet we have also spent time outside jumping in puddles and having fun with the water. Please, make sure that you provide your child with the right clothes and maybe some spares as even though we always wear the right clothes when playing with the water, sometimes we are so enthusiastic that we still get a little bit wet. 



Can you do it?

Children have been focussing on the story ‘From Head to Toe’ by Eric Carle. They have been moving to music - their heads, necks, shoulders, arms, hands, back, hips, knees, legs, feet and toes just like the animals in the story. Children have loved playing and learning in the sand, water, messy and book areas!

We can do it!