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Old Dalby Church of EnglandPrimary School

Kind hearts, open minds, courageous spirits

Together we will explore life in all its fullness

Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. Hebrews 10:24

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Summer Term 

Please find below videos to help with the pronunciation of the sounds we are learning in our phonics sessions. 

ELS: Phase 5 pronunciation

Essential Letters and Sounds or ELS is a synthetic phonics programme for learning to read. In this video you can hear the pronunciation of the phase 5 sounds.

ELS: Phase 3 Pronunciation

Essential Letters and Sounds or ELS is a synthetic phonics programme for learning to read. In this video you can hear the pronunciation of the phase 3 sounds.




This term we will be recapping phase 3 sounds. There will be a few more HRS words to learn.



We start two digit numbers this term. We will continue to master the numbers to 10 and learn about place value.  We will also focus on doubles and number bonds. In addition, we will look at measures and shape.



This term we are learning all about dinosaurs. We will find out  about when and how they lived and learn about their characteristics. This will link to the DIG topic looking at fossils.


Towards the end of term we will look at the Easter story.



PE / Forest School


Forest school will start again on Wednesday afternoons and our PE day will be on Wednesday mornings.


We have Book Week w/c 4.3.24   and Science week w/c 11.3.24



Welcome to Puffin Class! 

Autumn Term 1




Our PE day is Wednesday. Please send your child dressed in their PE kit.                 



Your child will bring one picture/reading book home each week. The expectation is that they will share/read the book at least 3 times during the week. Repetition is key to help your child enrich their vocabulary, develop story language, sequence events and to explore characters and settings (picture books). When your child is ready for a word book, the book will match carefully with the sounds they have mastered in school. They will also take home a story book to enjoy at bedtime.



Our phonic scheme links directly to our reading scheme. We will be starting phase 2 within the next few weeks. Your child will have a pack of sounds or words to learn at home as we progress through the phonics scheme, The packs get checked frequently, so please keep them in their bookbag.



Throughout the year we will be learning all about the numerals to 10 (and beyond), about common 2d and 3d shapes, different types of measurement, money and positional language. This term we will be learning all about the numbers 0, 1, 2 and 3.



'I'm Special' 

We will start the term getting to know the children and each other well. We will talk, create, construct and learn through songs, rhymes and movement, exploring our feelings and learning about ourselves and the special qualities that make us who we are.


Once Upon a Time 

We will also be looking at traditional tales and learn to retell them through drama, role play and small world activities. We will construct, bake, sing songs and enjoy a range of activities associated with each tale.


Our Value Focus this term is Community and Democracy.


 Mrs Keast, Mrs Scott, Mrs Joshi and Mrs Naylor 





This term our topic is 'To Infinity and Beyond!'


We will be superheroes this term and finding our special powers!  We will explore space and the solar system and learn about the natural world through discovery and experimentation.


 We will also be celebrating autumn, Bonfire Night, Diwali and Christmas and we will learn about Remembrance Day. 


We will be starting phase 3 in phonics and learning up to number 6 in maths.


Our value this term is 'Love'








Spring 1


During the first week of the term we will learn about arctic animals and the polar regions. We will link this to winter. 


From week two, we will begin the whole school topic ' DIG'. Puffin class will focus on animals that make their homes underground.


We will start our topic by learning all about puffins and then each week we will learn about a different animal. Our shared books will be stories linked to our learning each week and we will learn lots of facts to write about. 


Our topics will also cover floating and sinking and Chinese New Year.


In phonics, we will continue to learn the phase 3 sounds and we will learn to read and spell some harder to read and spell words (HRS). The children will practise the sounds and words at home too.


In RE we are learning about caring for others and the world. We will listen to bible stories about being kind and helpful and we will learn about creation. At the end of the term we will consider ways we can look after the world through the three Rs and learn how to become responsible citizens.


In maths, we will master numbers up to 9 and learn to name and describe both 2d and 3d shapes.


All of our continuous provision activities will be linked to our topic areas each week.


There will be no Forest School this term.


Our PE day will be Wednesday.