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Welcome back! This term our Explore themes are 'Wondering about Winter' and 'Where does it all begin?' You can find information about our learning in the curriculum newsletter below.

'Muddy Mondays' will start wb 16th January. All children will need to come to school in uniform and bring their change of clothes on their week - letters and an app message where sent home on Thursday 5th Jan detailing dates and clothes required. We do have a good stock of waterproof overs so please let us know if you would like to borrow them.

PE remains on a Friday, all children should come to school in uniform and change into their PE kit. PE will be kept in school on pegs and sent home towards the end of the half term. A gentle reminder to name all of your child's uniform, PE kit and changes of clothes.

Very soon your child will come home with their Maths Award card and 3 targets. The targets are linked to next step learning in Reading, Writing and Maths, they can be found in the back of communication books. We shall be working towards achieving these in class and any support you can offer your child at home would be wonderful.

Maths awards run throughout the school from the ‘Early Maths Award’ all the way through the rainbow colours. The rainbow colours are progressive, when your child has completed each step on their award they will receive a certificate in WOW assembly and move to the next colour award. We shall check maths awards every other Monday afternoon so please make sure they are kept in book bags with communication books.

Please do spend some time with your child reading, working together on the targets and Maths awards as it really will make a difference!

Explore Curriculum Newsletters Autumn 2022-2023.pptx


Good morning Ladybirds!
Below are some activities for you to complete at home. Make sure you have fun, stay warm and please post pictures of your lovely learning on tapestry - we always want to see what you have been up to. There are more activities for you to complete on tapestry so make sure you take a look.

Safeguarding - we would be very grateful if you could make contact with a picture on tapestry or email this is to help us ensure all of our wonderful Ladybirds are safe and well. clewis@holytrinityhalstead.com eyallop@holytrinityhalstead.com

Literacy / Understanding the World

Explore the natural world around them

Describe what they see, hear and feel whilst outside

Understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons and changing states of matter. UTW ELG

Spell words by identifying sounds in them and representing the sounds with a letter or letters

Watch the video clip of ‘The Snowy Day’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmZCQfeWjeQ

Have you been in the snow? What did you do in the snow? Are you going later? What happened to the snowball? Where had it gone? Why did it disappear? How could he make sure the snowball did not disappear?


You are going to complete a little experiment.

You need three plastic bowls, cups or containers.

Wrap up warm and be careful outside (ask a grown up to help you) put the same amount of snow in each cup or bowl.

Leave one on the kitchen table, one in the fridge and one in the freezer. What do you think will happen to the snow?


Draw your cup and snow label the picture and write what you think will happen to the snow.

Use your sound mats to help you hear the sounds in words. Or tell an adult what you think will happen and ask them to help you write.

What did happen to your snow? Send us a picture on tapestry or by email


Don't forget to read your school books or if you are looking for something new to read log into bug club and see all the books and phonics games assigned to you.

Mathematical Development

Explore the composition of numbers to 10

Automatically recall number bonds for numbers 0-5 and some to 10

In class we have been exploring how numbers are made. We are learning our number bonds to five. Look at the slides below all about making five.

Can you use a sentence stem to explain how five is made? For example '2 bears and 3 bears makes 5 bears' or '1 brick and 2 bricks and 2 bricks makes 5 bricks'.


How many different ways can you make five? Use bricks or your favourite toys to show me all the different ways you can make 5. Use a sentence stem to tell your grown up how to make 5. Ask them to help you write it down. Remember to send pictures on tapestry or email.


Welcome to Ladybird Class!

We are so excited to begin your Holy Trinity journey. Partnerships with parents and carers is a vital aspect in supporting your child to reach their full potential. The class website is a great way to keep informed of exciting developments and events in Ladybird Class and key information that you need to be made aware of.

Your child's home school diary is a form of general communication where we welcome and encourage you to share positive messages about listening to your child read or any other brief information or exciting stories you would like to share with us. Your child's tapestry account will keep you updated on your child's progress during their time in Ladybird Class. We will particularly focus on uploading specific 'WOW' moments for you to reflect upon with your child and we will outline why it was such a significant moment in your individual child's progress!

If you have important information that will impact your child's day at school we ask that you inform the office or email Mrs Lewis the evening before. We will check your child's communication book as often as we can, with this in mind please do feel free to email or handover a note on the gate.


A few key pieces of information.......


Already Ladybird Class are on the road to developing a lifelong love of books and developing their reading skills. You play a vital role in helping your child learn to read and we know you are keen to get the best start for your child. Very soon your child will bring home a reading book to share with you please try to read with your child each day. We will change class books weekly, will be holding a meeting for parents about early reading and phonics, date and time to follow.

Our PE day will be Friday. Our first PE session will take place on Friday 16th September. PE kit consists of a royal blue sports top (order and pay online via scopay), royal blue / black shorts and trainers or plimsolls, please provide socks if your child wears tights to school. As the weather gets colder your children will need a plain black or navy tracksuit. Please ensure hair is tied back and earrings are removed before school on a Friday.


We are lucky enough to have a wonderful school library where your children will be able to borrow books to bring home and share with you. Mrs Wriggle - Brookes Will take your children to the library to share a story after a couple of weeks the children will begin to bring books home. The children will need to bring their library book to school every Monday so it can be changed.


Thank you to all those who came to the phonics session today. If you missed it take a look at the presentation slides that can be found in the reading tab. All links to the video clips and websites on the last couple of slides should work and take you to the sites. Don't forget to login into 'Bug Club' and 'Teach My Monster To Read' both of which can be found on the tabecat page of the whole school website. If you have any questions about reading or phonics please come and ask and we shall do our best to help.