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Trying your Best Equals Success If you Believe you will Achieve

Trying your Best Equals Success
If you Believe you will Achieve




Apple Class - Ms Patel

Mulberry Class - Miss Malcomber

Our topic this term is 'Imagination Station'.


Paws and Claws




Every child has a home learning folder that will be given out every Friday and to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Inside will be a fun weekly activity to complete with your child, linked to the learning that has taken place that week. The children are given two reading books every week. These should be shared each evening with a comment made in their reading record. These books are changed once a week. Please ensure you bring in your child's book on the correct book change day which will be given to you by your class teacher. 



Reception have PE on Tuesday.

Children should wear PE kit to school on this day. PE kit should include: black bottoms, a red t-shirt and a pair of plimsolls or trainers. Please ensure your child has no earrings in and that long hair is tied back on this day.


Spare Clothing

In the event of spoilt clothing, please ensure that children have spare labelled clothing kept at school at all times within a named bag.


Healthy Schools

Full time nursery and reception children can be provided with a hot lunch or bring in a packed lunch from home. Healthy snacks are provided throughout the day, as well as milk and water for all children.


Reception lunch begins at 11:15am.


Star of the week

On Friday, we select our class 'Star of the Week' with the help of our class bear, who has been carefully watching the children learn. The star of the week will be addressed in assembly and be given a postcard to take home. They will have their name on our website and newsletter too. 


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Health and Social Skills Week 2024

It has been Health and Social Skills Week in Early Years. We have been getting fit, eating healthy, looking after our teeth and thinking about our own mental wellbeing. It was great fun having workshops from Chartwells, riding a smoothie bike and fitness classes during our PE lessons. We even had a visit from a fluffy guest to learn about taking care of others. Take a look at some of the photos of the week below: 



Christmas Crafts and Carols 2023



We had a wonderful time enjoying the start of our Christmas celebrations with our loved ones. The children had lots of fun singing and crafting with all those that came along. We hope you had as much fun as we did! 

Phonics in Reception

At Downderry Primary School we follow the My Letters and Sounds systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme, validated by the DFE and aligned to the DFE Letters and Sounds guidance.


 Click here to access My Letters and Sounds downloadable resources including phoneme mats, audio of enunciation of letter sounds, formation practice sheets and many other resources that support the programme.


Please find below the Powerpoint that was shared during the Reception Phonics Workshop. You will also find some useful links to phonics websites and YouTube clips. 

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song- Phase 2

Phase 3 Tricky Words Song

Practice Blending Sounds for Reading- CVC Words

Phonics Activities At Home


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