Welcome to the Geckos Class Page

We are a Foundation Stage class with 30 children. Our Teacher is Mrs Patel and our Teaching Assistants are Miss Morrison and Mrs Wilkinson. Our page shows activities that we have been doing each month, which are included in our ongoing ‘Learning Journeys.’

This week in Geckos Class:  (Week beginning 9th July):

We have been revisiting the digraphs: sh ch th ng ai ee oa or ur oi ow and trigraphs igh ear, air and ure in phonics. These are all on the Rainbow alphabet which every child has in their bookbags.We have begun our phase 4 phonics and practiced spelling and reading CCVC words.  We now know how to form the following letters correctly: c o a d g q s f e r n m l i b p a h, k, u, v, w, y, z, x.  We have begun working on our number formation.

Last week we went on our farm trip to Longdown Activity Farm.   We went on a double decker coach to the farm, we sat at the top on the way there and then at the bottom on the way back.  When we got there we met Kerry and she told us that we were going to be farmers for the morning. We held some chicks and stroked guinea pigs and rabbits. Then we fed the goats and baby goats (kids), calves and guinea pigs.  We really enjoyed our tractor trailer ride, it was very bumpy!  Our last job was to collect eggs and carry them to the farm shop.

In Literacy we have finished our own non-fiction books about farm animals.  We have completed our last 2 pages and blurb.

In Maths we have been practicing for our Wales challenge in our maths passport.  We have been having a try at doubling, halving and sharing numbers.

Outdoor learning is continuing again this term on Tuesdays. Please see the outdoor letter in bookbags.

All groups this term will be visiting the copse again and going for a walk.

Please continue to use the Maths folders , with a set of Numicon and look for your new ‘mathletics’ password. Practise reading and spelling the words and sounds found in the Book bags.

Our Learners of the Week:

Certificates given out this year: Harry, Lisette , Emily R, James, Oscar J and Stanley (Bronze Award).

Maths Passports given out this term:  Jack, Harry, Oscar J, Jake, Isaac, Sophie, Emily P, Emily R, Oskar S, James, Stanley, Gareth, Piper, Olivia and Anna are the first to receive their Great Britain passport.

We are looking forward to learning about the following things this Summer term:

  • Our topic about ‘Animals’ and ‘Growing.’
  • Outdoor learning, using the school grounds, the pond and walking in the local area.
  • Phonics: Recap all digraphs and trigraphs learnt so far and in term 6, begin consonant blends.
  • Reading and spelling words on our frog, panda, tiger, butterfly, fish, elephant, toucan, ladybird, caterpillar, zebra and bee cards.
  • Maths: Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, doubling, halving and sharing numbers and solving problems related to measuring in different ways.
  • Shop Role Play Area, including learning about money.
  • Programming Beebots.
  • Using ipads and laptops to develop our learning, across different areas.
  • PE sessions will now focus on street dance in term 5 and Games skills in term 6.
  • and lots more…

Home Learning: Check your Book bags and:

Please keep going with reading and spelling the words below: Which words are you on?

Phase 2 words: Frog, Panda, Tiger and Butterfly words.  Once children can read and spell these words then they get the phase 2 bookmark and start phase 3 words.




Phase 3 words: Elephant, Fish, Toucan and Ladybird words.  Once children can read and spell these words then they get the phase 3 bookmark and start phase 4 words.





Rainbow Sounds






Handwriting patterns   Greentrees Letter Formation

Maths packs  

Have you used your the numicon to try ordering numbers?





Useful Links for Home:

phonics letter – Spring term 2018

Reading talk for parents October 2017

Foundation Stage curriculum info:

Bug club website:


Phonics play:

May/June 2018

We have enjoyed our science investigations using ramps as well as investigating which objects will float and sink.





We have enjoyed using our new stage and café role play area outside





We have really enjoyed using our new bug hunt area during outdoor learning.





March/April 2018

In our maths sessions we have been learning about subtraction





We have loved exploring with the snow and ice





We used thermometers to look at how the temperature of porridge changes and we enjoyed trying the porridge….it was yummy!





January/February 2018

We have been enjoying using the Magical Forest role play area!






Outdoor learning has been fun!










We have been cooking cheesecake in groups of 4 every Thursday.



December 2017

We have been enjoying taking part in lots of Christmas themed activities





November 2017

Outdoor Learning






We have been learning about the artist Mondrian and having a try at colour mixing using the primary colours.










When we first started . . . (September and October 2017) 

Communication and Language

Expressive Art and Design



Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Physical Development

Understanding the World