Quick Links

Useful Links


Welcome to our Year Group page


Class Teacher/Early Years Leader - Miss. Louise King 

Early Years Practitioner - Mrs. Tammy Dowle

Ladybirds (Mixed Reception and Year One) 

Class Teachers - Miss. Hannah Bayat 

Early Years Practitioner - Miss. Jeni Davis 


Class Teachers - Mrs. Fiona Hughes and Mrs. Emily Marsh

Early Years Practitioner - Miss. Hannah Robinson


Term 6 update

We hope everyone enjoyed a hot and sunny half term. We welcome you back to school for term 6, our last term of the academic year!

We are always looking for ways to enrich the learning for the pupils at Cotham Gardens Primary School. We recognise the importance of raising every child's cultural capital and one great way to do this is to share experiences or expertise that other people have. This term we are inviting in anyone to share their experiences with the school. It could be any age group in the class or even in assemblies. If you have any thing you feel relates to our learning, not just in this year group but in any or a particular interest or career that would be educational in any area please let us know. You can look at all the year group’s pages to see if there is anything you might be able to come in and talk about.

We have some exciting events lined up for the next term. Please find key information about term 6 below:

Key Dates

Reading workshops will continue to stay on Thursday.

  • 5th June: First Day of Term 6
  • 9th June: Reception Snacks and Cakes
  • 27th - 30th June: Arts Week
  • 21st July: Last Day of Term 6
  • TBC: Sports Day

Curriculum Overview

Our Topic this term is called Famous Buildings.

Prime Areas of Learning

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Our PSED focus for this term we will be continuing our next piece in the Jigsaw curriculum.  This term's topic is ‘Changing Me’.

Communication and Language

During the term we will be talking about features of amazing and famous buildings all around the world

Physical development

We are excited to announce that PE will be recommencing in term 6. We have managed to secure some time at the Elmgrove Centre to use one of their halls for our PE sessions. Please keep an eye on Class Dojo to find out what day your child will be doing PE sessions. 

During our PE sessions this term we will be focusing on relay racing in preperation for Sports Day!

In order to for us to go ahead with doing PE lessons at the Elmgrove Centre, we need parent volunteers to help us walk to and fro the Elmgrove Centre. Please let us know and get in touch with your class teacher or the office if you would be able to help us and other classes. 

Specific Areas of Learning


The children have been working so hard in their phonics and reading practice sessions. They have done an amazing job this term at practising reading some longer words. The children have been able to demonstrate their fluency skills in our reading practice sessions and we have been blown away! Please refer to your child's home learning sheets we send home each week to find out what sounds and words your child has been practising at school. 

Please see the attached documents for more information on all the phonemes and graphemes that we have learnt. For more information on how to pronounce these phonemes see the following for a video demonstration of how to pronounce the phomemes in:

Autumn 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZtjFIvA_fs

Autumn 2: https://youtu.be/qDu3JAjf-U0 

Spring 1: https://youtu.be/DvOuc7cWXxc (Vowel Digraphs and Trigraphs)

Click here to watch a presentation about we teach phonics.

pronunciation guide autumn 1.pdf

Please visit the Little Wandle Website for more information: https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/


 There has been some fantastic writing going on in classes and we have begun learning how to write simple captions. This term we are continuing to  learning how to write a simple sentence using our visual success criteria (below) to help us remember what we need when writing. 

Say the sentence Phoneme fingers Phonic knowledge Finger Spaces Capital letters Full stops Making our letters smaller



The children have loved learning about different number facts and recalling numberbonds to 10. They have also enjoyed learning about number stories involving addition and subtraction where we explain problems in "first, then, now". 

This term we will be focusing on number patterns such as even and odds to 20 as well as doubling and halving.  

Home Learning

Book Bags

Home work in Reception is about sharing opportunities to read with your child as well as explore concepts such as counting through everyday activities e.g. noticing numbers in the environment or counting out cutlery or plates for dinner.

Supporting your child with reading

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.

There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:

A reading practice book. The main reading practice book will be on an the e-readers and linked to our Little Wandle phonics teaching and reading practice sessions in school. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently. We will also try to send home a physical book at the correct level, but you may find the odd word that your child struggles with - please quickly help your child with these words and then move on. (NB we are hoping to buy more of the Little Wandle books in the future.)

A sharing book.  This book will be chosen from our library of Reading for Pleasure books. Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.

Reading practice book (e-reader)

This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.

Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.

Sharing book

In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.

Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!

 Here are top tips for reading at home...

  • Read with your child. Try to spend about 5-10 minutes daily with your child reading to you. They also benefit from being read to, for example a bedtime story.
  • Make a note in the reading record. This could be a comment or just a tick. Most children will probably be able to finish a book at this level, but a few pages is fine. We'll see how the child is progressing and change their reading book when finished.


Curriculum Overview for terms 1-

Term 1 – 7 weeks

The first the term will mainly be focused on Baseline Assessments, where teachers will spend time with your children getting to know their prior knowledge and understanding.
Maths – Baseline Assessments.

English – Baseline Assessments.

Phonics – Initial Sounds

Topic – Being Together.
PSHE – Being Me in My World.

PE – Managing Self.

Understanding the World – Talking about lives of people around us.

Expressive Arts and Design – Draw with a variety of tools.

Term 2 – 7 weeks

Maths – Exploring: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Shapes

English – CVC words.

Phonics – Initial Sounds

Topic – Once Upon a Time.

PSHE – Celebrating Difference.

PE – Movement and Space. 

Understanding the World – Understanding the past and now.

Expressive Arts and Design - Draw on a variety of different surfaces.

Term 3 – 6 weeks

Maths – Consolidating 1-5 and its composition.

English – Caption Writing.

Phonics – Digraphs and Trigraphs

Topic – Scrappy Challenge.

PSHE – Dreams and Goals.

PE – Dance

Understanding the World – Seasonal changes.

Expressive Arts and Design – To choose colours for a purpose.

Term 4 – 6 weeks

Maths – Numbers 6-10. 

English – Writing a simple sentence

Phonics – CVC words with digraph and trigraphs

Topic – Journeys

PSHE – Healthy Me


Understanding the World – Our personal journeys

Expressive Arts and Design – Maps and transport

Term 5 – 6 weeks

Maths –  Number bonds to 10, 

English – Writing a simple sentence. 

Phonics – Longer words, consonant clusters

Topic – Seaside

PSHE – Relationships


Understanding the World – Seasides in the past 

Expressive Arts and Design – Crafts of seaside animals and creatures


Term 6 – 7 weeks

Maths – Doubling and halving

English – Writing a simple sentence. 

Phonics – Longer words, with different suffixes and prefixes

Topic – Famous Buildings

PSHE – Changing Me

PE – Relay Racing

Understanding the World – Famous building around the world 

Expressive Arts and Design – Making and designing our own buildings

If you have any questions about anything, please come and chat to any of the Early Years team.