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Carlton Miniott Primary Academy is a Good School with Outstanding Behaviour and Attitudes - OFSTED SEPT 2023

Autumn 2 - taking risks, seeking out challenge, applying skills in new contexts 

Autumn 1 - a time for exploring the learning environments, establishing routines,

making new friends and building confidence.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage children learn through a balance of both teacher led and child initiated activities.  Our curriculum is deliberately planned in order to enable our children to achieve the Early Learning Goals. Everything we do is based on careful observations of the children so that we can tailor the learning environment and plan activities that are engaging, motivating and exciting. 

 For a window into our classroom, please join our facebook group.  You will receive updates, reminders, photos and videos. 

Please search for Class R at Carlton Miniott Primary Academy 2023 and ask to join our private group Class R 2023 News Feed.

The theme for Spring 1 is Amazing Animals.


TThis term our topic is Amazing AnimalsWe will begin by learning about animals from polar regions, then learn about African wild animals, followed by learning about pets and animal welfare

If you have a well-behaved pet that wouldn’t be terrified by a class of four and five-year-olds, we’d love to have visitors! Please get in touch and we will arrange a date for a visit.

Diary Dates

Pop-up library - Tuesdays 16th Jan, 6th Feb, 27th Feb, 19th March

Open Classroom - Thursday 8th February at 9am.


Please click the link to see the class newsletter for further details. 

Class R Spring 1 Newsletter

Class R Autumn 2 Newsletter

  1. Class R Autumn 1 Newsletter

Thank you for your support. 

  Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need any help or advice. 

Click here to visit the September 2022 starters page.

Muddy Monday

We spend every Monday morning in our wildlife area, 'The Secret Garden.'  We call this Muddy Monday.

We can supply all the children with a full set of fleece-lined waterproofs but ask that parents provide a pair of wellies to keep at school.  Now that the weather is getting colder, please supply an extra warm layer to wear under the waterproofs and a hat and gloves. Thank you.


We have two PE sessions each week.  This term we will be working on multi-skills with small apparatus and movement patterns in our dance sessions.

All sessions will be indoors this term.

We do indoor PE sessions in bare feet and wear trainers or plimsols for outdoor PE on the yard or the field.

Please ensure that all PE kit is clearly labelled with your child's name. PE bags should be brought to school on Monday and taken home for a wash at the end of the week. 

Reading is a high priority at our school.  We want our children to develop a love of books and become life-long readers. In Class R we tell stories and share books several times a day and the children have daily opportunities to develop and practise their reading skills.  

The children will bring home books from our class library for you to read to them. These books should be returned every Wednesday in order for your child to select a new one.

The children will also bring home reading books for them to read to you.  These books are designed to help them practise their developing reading skills and will be carefully matched to the phonics we are learning in class.

You will find details of reading book change day in your child’s reading record.

In order to build confidence and fluency it is really valuable if children can read the same book several times. 

It is best to study and chat about the picture BEFORE reading the words.  We don't encourage the use of pictures as a way of guessing words  (always use phonics for unknown words) but pictures are great for enhancing the enjoyment of the books.

Can your child talk about the characters?  How are they feeling?  What might they be saying?

Can your child talk about the events?  What has happened so far?  What might happen next?

Can your child talk about the setting?  Where is the story taking place?  What time of day is it?

 Click here for further information about reading in Class R.

Please visit our Bedtime Stories Page where you will find lots of stories to enjoy. 

We follow a scheme called 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised.' 

  1. Click the links for more information.

Little Wandle for Parents

How to pronounce each sound demonstration video.

Autumn Term Guide

 Spring Term Guide

In the Spring term we move on to learn digraphs (graphemes with two letters working together to make one sound) and trigraphs (graphemes with three letters working together to make one sound). Each week we will learn four new graphemes and the sounds they make.  We will also learn several new tricky words.

This is a great way for your child to practise their phonics skills.

Please see your child's reading record for login details for our spelling scheme.

This term I will be setting up a separate spelling list for each new graphemeThis means that there will be four lists per week

Each list will appear for two weeks to allow plenty of opportunities for practice. New lists will be added every Thursday.  


Our maths is mostly active and practical.  We follow a scheme called White Rose Maths.

We are using the Numberblocks to build up a deep understanding of numbers and number composition.

This term we will be working with numbers from 5 to 10.

Please follow the link to find resources to support the use of Numberblocks episodes at home.

Numberblocks at Home

Visit Topmarks Early Years section and explore these counting games.

Click here for a number formation video.