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Sarum Class

Hello and a warm welcome to St Barnabas School, our school community and our Reception Class Sarum! On behalf of the Staff, Governors, children and parents, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you and your family to our school community. 


Our reception children have now been in school for a few weeks and are settling very well into their new routines and enjoying exploring their new learning environment.   Keep an eye out soon as we will begin to add to the website pictures of our classroom and outdoor learning areas.  If you are a parent interested in visiting the school in preparation for applications next year then please contact the school office who will be able to advise you.  


In the meantime, you can also keep up to date with us through our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages. 

First Day Photo

Remote Home Learning

Below are resources that will support your child's learning if they need to isolate at home due to a family member who has covid symptoms.  Remember to keep your home learning sessions short and fun with lots of positive praise and encouragement.  In Early Years children learn a lot through their play and so do also look at the ways you can support your children's learning when they are playing games with you or helping with tasks such as cooking.


The Prime Areas of Learning -

(Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development)

These areas of learning are the most important part of children's learning in reception.  With these skills they can build on their ability to learn in all the other areas.  In class they are continually woven throughout the children's day.  They are best achieved through play and interaction with parents or other children.  Click on the document below for examples of things you can do at home to promote these important skills.


In school we follow a maths mastery approach where we spend time ensuring children have a really sound understanding of maths concepts that will prepare them for maths in their daily life but also so they have a good foundation to build on in year 1.  We follow a scheme called White Rose Maths and below is a link to home learning video lessons for you to use.  There is a lesson for every day of the week and it is matched to the learning we are doing in class. 

Phonics and Reading

Below are some activities that will help your child practice important skills linked to reading and phonics. Daily activities at home should be:

1. Reading your child's book.

2. Practice the sounds from the speedy sounds booklet.  Check which sounds they do not know and practice these again.

3. If your child can blend sounds then read the 'Ditty Sheets' 

4. Encourage your child to write the sounds using the correct formation. The sheets below show you the rhymes we use to help children remember how to write them correctly.

5. Reading a picture book together.

6. Choose an activity from PHONICS GAMES grid below to support understanding of sounds.

The Early Years Foundation Stage

(EYFS) curriculum guidance details objectives and milestones for different points throughout children's development. It consists of 7 areas of learning.



•Communication and Language

•Personal, Social and Emotional Development

•Physical Development




•Understanding the World

•Expressive Arts and Design


As well as these prime and specific areas children are also supported to develop Characteristics of Effective Learning. These determine what kind of learner your child will become. 


Do they enjoy what they set out to do?

Are they willing to have a go?

Do they find new ways to do things?

Can they be involved and concentrate? 

Do they have their own ideas?

Can they choose ways to do things?