Heathwood Lower School

Heathwood Lower School


Welcome to Class R's Web Page


Welcome to Class R's Web Page! On here you should find all the key information you need but as you all know we have an open door policy so please do pop in a see us if you wish to discuss anything big or small.



Class teachers - Mrs Scharff and Miss Romaine

Support staff - Mrs Rossiter and Mrs Davis

 Welcome to Reception September 2020

Our topics this year will be;

Please click on the link below for more detail 

Autumn 1 -  Marvellous Me

Autumn 2 - Sparkle and Shine

Spring 1 - Space

Spring 2 - The Jolly Postman

Summer 1 - Down on the Farm

Summer 2 - Out of the Egg



PE Days

Our PE days this year are Monday for outdoor PE and Friday for indoor PE.

For outdoor PE you will need to make sure you have your outdoor PE kit in school, trainers, black jogging bottoms, your purple Heathwood top and a black jumper. We also recommend ensuring you bring a pair of socks so if we get wet and muddy then you don’t have to spend the rest of the day with soggy feet!

For indoor PE you will need a pair of black shorts and your purple Heathwood top.

We complete our daily mile on the running track every day, and therefore we ask that a pair of trainers be left in school at all times.

We will occasionally have PE on additional or different days when we are lucky enough to have opportunities involving outside agencies, e.g. a session with MK Dons, so we ask that both PE kits are kept in school at all times. We will send your PE kit home every half term so that it can be washed.


Trips and Visitors

In Class R we try to arrange as many trips and visitors as we can, as it really helps bring the children’s learning to life.  We would love any parents or grandparents to arrange to come in and discuss any special jobs or hobbies with us. We also love it when we have volunteers to come and read to the children.  If you think you can help please pop in and see a member of the team.

Our first trip usually takes place near to December when the children have settled in and it usually has a Christmas Nativity focus.

We then visit Rookery Farm as our stunning start to our Down on the Farm topic.  For our Marvellous Middle we also welcome some other very special Farm guests!

Our final trip of the year takes place during the summer term.

All details including prices for all trips will be provided in plenty of notice.


Reading at home

Please read with your child at least three times at home each week, we cannot stress the importance of this and the difference it truly makes.  We want your children to love reading, this doesn’t mean getting stressed about fitting in reading their school book into your busy daily schedule, it means making reading a special time between you, where you cuddle up and read a story of your child’s choice, or a page of a magazine they have been excited to read, it’s reading the signs as you wait in the waiting room or reading the sign posts you see on the way home.  We will send home reading books that are at your child’s level once we have completed their baseline, but focus on a love of reading and the rest will come!

When you read with your child please record it in their diary and they will be rewarded with house points, praise, stickers and stamps!  Bonus points available for those who read more than three times a week!



Once your child has settled and they have completed their baseline they will begin to learn Letters and sounds phonics. We use Jolly phonics actions to help support us with the teaching and learning and the children love coming home and being the teachers! As we learn each set of sounds they will be sent home with a leaflet of sounds, names and actions for each sound in the set, please encourage them to teach you at home! Don’t forget for them to have taught you successfully they need to teach you the sound, the letter name and the action!


Use your Green Spelling book to add your weekly spellings. Don’t forget to Read, Copy, Cover, Write, Check.

Look on Twinkl (search ‘Planit Spelling’) for the Powerpoint and activities each week.

Don’t worry if you have had some of these spellings before, we are focusing on revision. If you haven’t yet got a green book but feel ready for the challenge then please have a go, if not please don’t worry :)

If you want to challenge yourself, can you try and add some of your spelling words into a sentence?

Summer Term

2Build a Profile

As discussed on your home visit, we will work together in partnership throughout your child’s learning journey and 2Build a Profile is a really important tool to develop this. It will allow us to send you photos and comments on the learning your child has been doing in school (When they have told you they ‘Have not done anything all day!’) Which will ensure you will be able to discuss your child’s learning with them at home and complete next step challenges set.  We will send home your child’s learning report home every Friday via your email. Please also use the reply button to let us know your thoughts and share pictures and comments about the learning your child has been doing at home.


Weather appropriate clothing

Please ensure your child is sent to school with weather appropriate clothing all year round, e.g. wellies and gloves if it has snowed and a sun hat and sun cream if it sunny! In Reception we are engaging in outside learning opportunities whatever the weather so it is vital to your child’s learning they come to school prepared for this. We also ask that a coat is brought to school with your child everyday as we all know how the weather starts at 8.30am is not always the way it remains!


Whole School Enrichment

Whole school Enrichment takes place on a Friday afternoon where each child gets the opportunity to work in their house teams with pupils across each year group to engage in activities which enrich our curriculum. This is a special and valuable part of both the children’s and the adult’s week.  We introduce Reception to Enrichment at the start of Spring 1 (after Christmas) when they have had a full term to feel settled and confident to explore the wider school environment.


WOW leaves

We recognise the importance of working in partnership throughout your child’s learning journey. We know nobody knows them better than their special people at home. We would love it if you could share with us all the progress you see at home. We will send WOW leaves home with your child at the start of each term, these are for you to share WOW moments with us. We know that often children will tell you everything they have learnt at bedtime and knock your socks off with how much they have learnt, it is those things we would love you to share with us alongside achievements they have completed outside of school, e.g. an extra-curricular club achievement. 

When you child brings in a WOW leaf they will share it with the rest of their class and be rewarded with house points and stickers!


Links for learning at home:

Your child will have a log in for both Education City and Purple Mash please log in and have a go at some of the activities! If your child particularly enjoys an activity please let us know and we will encourage their friends to try it too!


As always, if there is anything you wish to discuss, the door is always open with a member of the team ready to listen!


Thank you for your continued support.

The Class R Team