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Welcome back! And welcome to our new friends and their families. We hope you have had a lovely summer holiday and are ready for lots of fun-filled learning! We can’t wait to get started!


This is where we will put any new information about the language class (LC) and school in general, so please do check in regularly. Click on our Termly Topic icons (the colourful pencils) to find our Learning Leaflets (which detail what we are learning about this term and homework activities for you to complete) and to see any photos of the learning we have been doing in class. Continue to scroll down to find information and photos of whole school theme days.

Your teachers are Mrs Barlow (Mon-Thurs) and Miss Bird (Fri). Our full time Teaching Assistant is Mrs Teague. Mrs Spooner (Speech and Language Therapist) will be in school on Mondays (all day) and Thursday mornings.

LC Staff

Our school day starts at 8:50 and ends at 3:30.

We offer a small breakfast every morning.

All children can have free school lunches (Rec to Year 2).

All children can have free fruit at morning playtime.

There will be a morning and afternoon playtime.


Newsflash!! Our PE lessons have changed!

This half term we will have:

All: Indoor PE on Tuesday (as a Language Class)

Year 1 & 2: Outdoor PE is on Thursday (with 2C)

Reception: Outdoor PE is on Friday (with Seahorses class)


Children can come to school and remain in their PE kits all day on the days they have PE. 

Please ensure that they are wearing correct kit, that long hair is tied back and earrings are removed. If your child is doing gymnastics (Indoor PE), they will need to wear or bring shorts.


Reception children will go to Forest School each week with their mainstream class. This will start once Reception children have settled into their new school routines. A note will be sent home once this is due to start and the additional information will also be posted here.


KS1 Spellings

We will be focusing on phonics sounds that we are learning in our daily phonics sessions, the Year 1 and 2 common exception words and spellings rules from our SPaG lessons. Please encourage your child to practise these at home and this can be written in their home school diary. They will have a spelling quiz each week on a Friday.

Spellings for each week can be found in your child's spelling book. The full term lists can be found below.



We would like the children to bring into school the following things:

Lunchbox (if they are not having a school dinner) - Daily

Drink Bottle - Daily

Coat - Daily (Please note that we try to play outside as often as possible so this might be in light rain and cold weather, please send a coat in 'just in case')

Reading Book and Home Learning Diary – Daily – reading books will be checked and changed regularly. Please make sure you write in your child’s Home Learning Diary to show when they have read to you. (This will help us to know when to change their books.)



We will try to visit the Library every Friday afternoon. If you have signed the Library Permission Slip, your child will be able to bring their chosen book home to share with you. The children need to remember to bring their library books back to school by the following Thursday in order to change them. If you do not want your child to bring a book home, they will still have the opportunity to choose a library book and we will keep it safe in the classroom for them to enjoy when they have some reading time.


All children in the school are rewarded for reading and for learning at home. They will receive a merit every time they complete some home learning and it is recorded in their log. Home learning can include: reading or sharing books, practising tricky words, completing phonics sheets, practising some maths, completing a home learning task from the termly learning leaflet. If could also include taking part in an activity outside school - learning a new skill such as swimming, football or gymnastics.


45 merits = Bronze

60 merits = Silver

75 merits = Gold

100 merits = Platinum 


Twice a year, the children's merits will be converted into prizes.

Please support the children with their learning at home as much as possible. And please do remember to record their learning in their Home Learning Log Book/ Diary - so they can be rewarded for all their hard work!


We encourage children to bring their books back daily to have them changed or so they can read with an adult in class. Please do send books in every day, even if you child is not ready to change it.


Reception Children

Once you have settled into school, you will start bringing books home to share with your families. You will also have phonics sheets to complete, that will be linked to the sounds you begin to learn in Phonics lessons. A letter explaining home learning opportunities will be sent home and posted below once you have settled in. If you would like to make a start on some home learning, then please do take a look at the ideas listed on the Learning Leaflet for this half term.



KS1 children

We will have weekly spelling quizzes (on Fridays). All the spellings for the half term are uploaded on this class page. You will also find your spellings for each week in your spelling books that come home in your book bag and on Spelling Shed.

You will also have 'pot words' to practice - try to practice regularly so you begin to recognise these words without needing to sound them out.

You may also get phonics or handwriting sheets to complete. These will be focus sounds or letter formation specifically for you.

There are lots of home learning opportunities, so I am sure that everyone can get amazing prizes.

Let's go for GOLD!..... or even PLATINUM!! 


Home Learning Online

To support your home learning, these online platforms are available:

  • Purple Mash - This is an educational website that your child can access. It has games and activities for all areas of the curriculum. Your child has a login in the front of their Home Learning Log Book.

Click here to visit Purple Mash


  • Spelling Shed - This is where you will find all of your child's spellings (KS1 only). There are games to help the children learn their new spellings each week. Mr Richardson has started a Spelling Shed League - the more you play the games the more points you win! Let's see if we can get LC up near the top of the Leaderboard! Your child's login is in the front of their Home Learning Log Book.

Click here to visit Spelling Shed


  • Letterjoin - This is a great app to help with letter formation, if you have a tablet to practice on. There are letters to trace over, letter recognition games and even some phonics activities. Our class login is in the front of your child's Home Learning Log Book.

Click here to visit Letterjoin


  • Emile - Here you can practise your Maths skills through a variety of different games and

    quizzes. Your child's login will be in the front of their Home Learning Log Book once their ID has been set up. 

Click here to visit Emile


There are also lots of lovely Maths games on Topmarks Maths!

Click here to find Topmarks Maths

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