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Welcome to Walnut Class

Reception Class

Class Teacher: Ben Mali

Learning Journey

We are continuing to learn about the past over the next few weeks as we explore memories. With some exciting visitors and activities planned, we will be sharing how the past is different to today, and how our memories are powerful tools for connecting with each other. 

PE Days

Our PE days are Monday and Wednesday. Children are to arrive at school dressed in their PE kit on these days. Most lessons will take place indoors during the colder months.  

Outdoor Learning

Lots of our learning happens outdoors, so please ensure children have their wellies and a waterproof coat in school each day. Once a week we will spend the whole day outside, so please ensure children arrive at school wearing clothing suitable for being outdoors, along with a school jumper and school shoes. Our Outdoor Learning day is Friday. 


In Walnut Class, children are focusing on our sense of numbers by counting in different ways through songs, activities and continuous provision. We use the NCETM scheme of learning which you can read more about here - 

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At Totnes St Johns we follow the Read Write Inc. approach to phonics which supports children to make rapid progress with their reading and writing. Children take part in phonics lessons every day, where we are currently learning to recognise, sound out and write Set 1 and 2 sounds. The best way to support your child with their reading and writing at home is to encourage them to practice what they have been learning, and to ensure you are reading to your child at home every day. We have a wonderful reading corner in class and children will be choosing books every week to take home and read with their families. If your child has phonics books sent home, please ensure you read together every day.

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