Bond (Reception & Year 1)

Welcome to Bond Class


Teacher: Mrs Wilson

Teaching Assistant: 

Mrs Edgar (All day Monday and Friday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings) 

Bond Class is a mixed age class with Reception and Year 1 children. 


Welcome Back to Term 3!
It is so wonderful to see the children back with big smiles on their faces. The parent planner shares what we are doing this term. Please take a look. 
Please check your child's bookbag daily. They should have:
  • A Link Book
  • Reading books 
  • A homework exercise book
  • A homework booklet
Encourage your child to help you check they have got all they need in their book bags. This will help them to gain independence.
Term 3
This week....
This week was a very cold week outside.  We discovered ice in our outdoor area. Some of us weren't sure what happens to ice when it melts, so we brought it indoors and put it in a cup to see. We watched it melt into water!
Reception children have been practising their segmenting and blending in the Phonics corner. 
In Science we have been learning about living and non living things. We had to sort out the pictures onto the right ride. We learnt about Mrs Gren - Movement, respiration, sensitivity, growth, reproduction, excretion and nutrition. We talked about what all these words mean. 
We had a great time in PE on Friday. We played the Bean Game. It was great fun! We really want to carry on playing, but we had to get ready to go home!
Last weeks learning...
If you need to contact me, please use the email address below. I will respond to you as soon as I am able to.
Many thanks. Mrs Wilson
Our School Day ...
Homework is sent out on a Friday needs to be returned the following Wednesday.
Please check your child's book bag for homework.
Homework includes:
Daily Reading (at least 5 times a week)
Maths Passport  (All children have been issued with a duplicate Maths passport (2/12/21), as children are saying they've lost them. Please can you ensure the Maths passport is kept with the homework book.)
Phonics or writing task


Bond class will receive a daily phonics lesson of 20 minutes. Reception and Year one will be taught at different times.

Reception children will start the term recapping phase 1 phonics, followed shortly after by being introduced to the letter sounds and tricky words in phase 2.

Year One children will start the term recapping phase 2,3 and 4, followed by learning new phonemes and tricky words in phase 5. 

To access some fun games click on the following link:


English (Writing)

Reception children will continue to develop their fine and gross motor skills using a variety of resources. This will help develop their pencil grip to help them form their letters. Year One children will continue to practise saying a sentence before writing it and ensure that they use a capital letter, singer spaces and full stops. We will start the term with a poem called 'Firework Night' by Andrew Collet. Year one children will have a go at writing their own list poem and Reception children will compose a list poem orally. Following this, we will then move onto the traditional tale 'Little Red Riding Hood'. Year One children will continue to develop their application of various writing skills and features, suited to the genre and Reception children will develop their vocabulary through orally retelling the story using actions.



Year One children will be working on addition and subtraction within ten. They will then move onto shape and continue to embed the correct names and properties. Reception children will continue to embed their knowledge of the number system and will begin to identify one more and one less with numbers up to five. They will also be exploring 2D and 3D shapes and their correct names.

Children can embed their maths knowledge and skills on the following link:



We want to create confident fluent readers at St John's, therefore we have placed an emphasis on fluency, in line with the new reading framework. children have 3 guided reading sessions a week.

Session 1 - decoding: This is where we work through the book segmenting and blending words.

Session 2 - prosody: this is using expression and adding flavour through different intonation.   

Session 3 - comprehension: This is where we discuss the text and the children answer questions to develop their understanding.

Your child will then bring home the book they have been reading in school. This will allow them to become confident and fluent with the text. The books that they bring home have been matched very carefully using a specially designed assessment. You may feel the book is too easy regarding the phonics, however if they are confident and fluent they will enjoy books more, allowing them to read for pleasure and gain a love of reading.

The children will also bring home a 'sharing book' from the 'choosing chest'. This is for you to read/share with your child. It is not a book that they should be reading. Give your child the pleasure of listening to you read, so they can immerse themselves in the story and develop their imagination.



Mark making is vital in a child’s development and learning. It teaches them how to hold writing implements and develops their handwriting skills. Through making marks, children are strengthening their pencil grip and controlling the marks using their muscles. In Bond Class, we provide lots of opportunities to allow the children to mark make with a variety of mark making tools. Once they have mastered holding a pencil and making controlled movements they then start to form recognisable letters. This is when they begin to learn letter formation and where to start and finish letters. It is important that children have a good sitting posture, a strong pencil grip and think about the speed at which they write – slow and careful! Year one children will continue to develop their handwriting through daily handwriting practise.



During the afternoons the reception children and the year one children join together in a whole class carpet session covering Geography, History, Science, Art, DT or computing. The reception children then break away and continue their learning through play. There are lots of resources to stimulate them to be creative, curious and solve problems. The adults use questioning to build on the children’s knowledge and provide the next steps in their learning. The year one children have a more focussed afternoon that includes individual or small group work.

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