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Mary Anning Class (Foundation Stage)

Welcome to

Mary Anning Class


Our teachers are

Miss Megan Rolfe

Mrs Johnston on a Wednesday


Our teaching assistants are

Mrs Bennetts, Mrs Lawson, Mrs Bond and Mrs Rolfe

Seesaw - This is also a great way to communicate with the teacher.


Light of the Week - All children will at some point receive the title 'Light of the Week' this celebrates something unique about each child and that they have demonstrated the qualities of a 'Welcoming light', 'Guiding light', 'Shining light' or perhaps 'Leading light'. Children will get a certificate and their picture goes up on the wall in the classroom. Light of the Week is usually appointed on a Friday. 


House Teams - Every child has a house team. This is a whole school system for promoting good behaviour as children can receive house points from any adult in school and add it to their class tally. Tallies are collected each week and added to a running total until at the end of a term a winner is announced! Children can also wear their house colours for Sports Day, when they sit in their house teams.


Friday Explorers - Friday Explorers is an opportunity to explore our local environment and breathe in the wonders of God's creation.



Phonics Information

Children have daily phonics sessions following the ‘Unlocking Letters and Sounds’ programme. Children learn through synthetic phonics, the teaching of writing in which particular graphemes (letters) and their associated phonemes (sounds) are decoded through segmentation to spell words. Children have daily sessions progressing through the phases within the ‘Unlocking Letters and Sounds’ progression document.


We begin teaching phonics in the first few weeks of term 1 in Reception and children make rapid progress in their reading journey. Children begin to learn the main sounds heard in the English Language and how they can be represented, as well as learning ‘Common Exception’ words for Phases 2, 3 and 4. They use these sounds to read and write simple words, captions and sentences. Children leave Reception being able to apply the phonemes taught within Phase 2, 3 and 4.


We have now taught all the Phase 2 and 3 sounds. We are currently looking at Phase 4, while also consolidating the children's learning from previous Phases.