Benjamin Bunny Class

Welcome to Benjamin Bunny Class

Meet the team...

Class Teacher: Miss Bamsey

Early Years Teaching Assistant: Ms Jody Eastmond

Outdoor Learning Teaching Assistant: Miss Stacey Aire

Hello and welcome to Benjamin Bunny class. In our class we believe that every child is unique and special. We aim to provide a nurturing and safe environment to encourage our children to become independent and creative learners.

Our new topic this term is...

Off we go!

Easter Week challenge

We are looking forward to seeing the wonderful designs that the children have created over the holidays. They were given the challenge to...

· Design a vehicle using the planning sheet.

· Make a 3D model.

· Write a sentence using your phonics about the journey your vehicle will go on.

World Book Day

World Book Day is a wonderful day to celebrate all the amazing books we love to read.

The children dressed up as their favourite characters and looked fantastic in their costumes.

" I'm Cinderella because I love her forever. She does all the hard work and cleans up all the mess. Then she goes to the palace and it is beautiful and there's dancing and glitter and flowers. "


Spring Term

Our Wonderful World of Dinosaurs Topic

When we arrived at school this morning we found a large poo on our playground.

The children were very excited and suggested that it must have been a large dinosaur because the footprints on the ground were very big.

The children then decided to see where the footprints led and found many clues to suggest dinosaurs had been in our garden.

Our Dinosaur visit and fossil Workshops

We enjoyed finding out about dinosaurs. We discovered that fossils allow us to find out about the different dinosaurs that were alive. We used our brushes to discover dinosaur fossils and were excited to find a Velociraptors claw and a Triceratops horn.

Blue Planet Week

This week as part of Blue Planet week we visited the National Marine Aquarium. We saw lots of wonderful sea creatures and the children enjoyed watching them in the water. We were especially excited to see the octopus and sharks.

Children In Need

We dressed in our spottiest clothes and bought cakes to support Children in Need. We have thought really carefully about why we raise money to support those children who are in need.


We firmly believe that every child has the right to thrive. As a school we use the 'Thrive approach' to develop healthy, happy, confident children who are ready and open to learning.

With this in mind we kick start our Monday mornings with 'Thrive' activities, which we will repeat throughout the week.

Once a term a whole class 'Thrive' assessment is carried out to determine our focus.

This term our focus is 'power and identity.' Within this the children will learn how to resolve conflicts and manage disagreements as well as learning how to be assertive.

Information for parents and carers.

Diary Dates

Monday 16th April

  • Children return to school

Tuesday 17th April

  • Non school uniform day and cake sale to raise money for the children's hospice.

Thursday 19th April

  • Family Learning Time: Getting Creative

Thursday 3rd May

  • Family Learning Time: Reading Together

Thursday 17th May

  • Family Learning Time: Mega Maths

Family Learning Time

At St Martin’s we want to have a good relationship with all our parents and families. Your co-operation and support can make a real difference to how children see themselves as learners and engage in learning.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Team would like to invite you to our Family Learning Together sessions fortnightly on a Thursday afternoon. We really hope you can join us for the half hour sessions from 2:30pm-3pm.

Our EYFS children really enjoy sharing their learning experiences with others, and would very much like to share their learning with you too! We have planned for a variety of activities and experiences for you to become involved with.

Please have a look at the sessions and workshops we are offering for the upcoming half term. If you would like anymore information please speak to your child’s class teacher.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Our Family Learning Together sessions will take place every fortnight.

Thank You to all our parents and carers who have joined us so far, we look forward to welcoming you all into our classrooms on:

Getting Creative -19th April

Children love to create and make lots of wonderful models and pictures. Come and join them and have fun being creative together.

Reading Together-3rd May

This is an opportunity for our parents and carers to join their child in their classroom to read together.

We will share good practice– how to get the most out of your child’s reading book, developing enquiry and questioning skills and develop a love of reading.

Mega Maths- 17th May

Maths in the Early Years Foundation Stage happens in many different ways.

Join in with our adult directed session to see how we encourage our youngest learners to become confident mathematicians.

We will remember...

We walked to the cenotaph and laid our poppy wreath to remember those who have fought for our freedom.

The children thought about why we were there.

One of them said,

"We remember them in our hearts."

Thank you to all the lovely parents and grandparents who joined us.

Thank you to the parents who joined us this week for phonics. It was great to share our learning with you.

Book Bags

Please ensure your child has their book bag with them in school every day with their reading book and reading record inside of it.


Reading books are provided at your child's phonics level to enable them to read at home with you with confidence.

Please remember, the more your child practices, the better they will become as both a reader and a writer.

In school we read with your child once a week individually and twice a week as part of a Guided Reading group.

If you would like some more information about supporting your child with their reading please don't hesitate to speak to a member of the EYFS team or alternatively please find below a useful link which demonstrates each of the letter sounds your child is learning at school.


Homework will be set every week on Friday.

All of the homework we set is a continuation of the children's learning and is to enable them to practise these early learning skills.

Their homework will need to be completed and returned to school in their book bag by the following Friday.

Welly Wednesday and Outdoor Learning

Please send your child in with suitable outdoor clothing to ensure they stay warm while learning outside. Every child must have a coat in school every day. It is always a good idea to send in an extra pair of tights or socks for when it gets a little cooler.

Run, run as fast as you can...

This term we have decided to incorporate a class run into our morning activity. The children have really enjoyed running around our playground and we are going to try and build our fitness so that in the summer term the children will be able to run a mile which is 6 laps of our field.

Please could you provide your child with trainers so that they are wearing supportive and suitable footwear for our run.

Parent Reminders

Parent Pay

To ensure your child receives a school dinner please sign up to parent pay. You will not need to pay for the dinner if your child in in Early years foundation stage, however it needs to be ordered online so that your child is catered for.

To ensure your child has a varied and balanced diet please try and avoid choosing the same meal every day as there is a great selection of food available to them.

PE Kits

Every Monday this term we will have gymnastics.

Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school.

Home Learning


This is a fantastic resource full of games, programmes and information to support both you and child in their phonics learning.

Sound pronunciation guide

A simple guide to support the correct pronunciation of the phonemes (sounds) that your child is learning.

Phonics play

This is a wonderful website which supports phonics learning from phase 2 to phase 6 . There are lots of free games to develop phonemic awareness and skill.

Roy the Zebra

This is a fun and engaging website to support your child's reading skills at word, sentence and story level.


This is a fantastic resource full of games, programmes and information to support both you and child in their maths learning.

Count with teddy

This is a useful activity to help develop number fluency and your child's understanding of value.

Caterpillar ordering

This is a fun, interactive ordering and sequencing game, which can be easily adapted according to your child's ability.

End of Reception Expectations

The following expectations have been identified as the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress throughout the following year.

The objectives will be worked on throughout the year and will be the focus of direct teaching.

Any extra support you can provide in helping your children to achieve is greatly valued.

If you have any queries regarding the content of this leaflet or want support in knowing how best to support your children please talk to your child’s teacher.

For more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum please visit our EYFS: Nursery and Reception page.

Physical development

  • Show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements.
  • Handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.


    • Secure at phase 4 phonics.
    • Read and understand simple sentences.
    • Use phonic knowledge to decode regular words, and, read them aloud accurately.
    • Read some common irregular words e.g. he, she, me, be.
    • Demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.


  • Use phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds.
  • Write some common irregular words.
  • Write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.
  • Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
  • Write for a range of purposes in meaningful contexts.
  • Include features in their writing of; lists, stories, labels, captions and recipes.


  • Count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, and, place them in order.
  • Say which number is 1 more and 1 less than a given number.
  • Use quantities and objects to add and subtract two single digit numbers.
  • Count on or back to find the answer.
  • Solve problems including doubling, halving and sharing.

Home- School Agreement

Home-School Agreement

At St Martin’s we want to work with parents and carers to provide a positive and supportive learning environment in which each child is treated as an individual and the needs of all are considered.

We will encourage children, working within Christian values, to work hard and achieve, taking pride and pleasure in their own and others’ achievements.

We look forward to working together on a basis of mutual respect to help all our children become confident and enthusiastic learners.

Home-School Agreement

At St Martin’s C of E Primary School we encourage all our pupils and all our adults to follow these guidelines, or ‘Golden Rules’

· To be gentle

· To be kind and helpful

· To be honest

· To work hard

· To look after people

· To listen to people

In signing this agreement, unless you let us know to the contrary, we will assume we have your permission to:

* Administer First Aid when necessary or refer your child to Emergency Medical Services

* Take your children on walking visits within a mile of the school or, using transport, within a five mile radius in school time

* Take photograph/video your children while working/performing and use this for our records, on our website, or for news distribution to local or national media

* Allow your child supervised Internet access

* Participate in Peer Massage

* Use Thrive assessments