Sidegate Primary School

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Reception (EYFS)

Welcome to Reception (EYFS)


At Sidegate we follow the statutory Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework for pupils in the Reception Year. We aim to provide a safe, stimulating and welcoming environment where children learn through play and develop to their full potential. Through communication and interaction with parents, staff ensure that learning is personalised to each pupil. A  wide range of learning opportunities help pupils to work towards achieving the Framework’s Early Learning Goals.



Class Teachers

Class Teachers 1 Mrs Johnson - Honey Bears Class Teacher
Class Teachers 2 Mrs Sergeant - Honey Bears Class Teacher
Class Teachers 3 Miss Goodacre - Grizzly Bears Class Teacher
Class Teachers 4 Mrs Green - Polar Bears Class Teacher
Class Teachers 5 Mrs Roberts - Polar Bears Class Teacher
Class Teachers 6 Mrs Springfield Class Teacher (maternity leave)

Wednesday 18th March


As we write this blog, we are preparing for a possible school closure at the end of the week. If that happens, you will receive packs to be worked on in the blue home- learning books. We hope that you will be able to access these to support the children with their learning. They are in good learning routines on a Monday to Friday 9-3.15 and I am sure they will feel calmed by continuing to learn during these times. 

This week we have all enjoyed a Superheroes topic, and the children have been very imaginative in their play around this theme. Please continue to read with them, practise their writing and knowledge of phonemes, and their maths. 

Wednesday 16th March

Thank you for all your support last week for World Book Day on Thursday- the potatoes and book blurbs were amazing and the children were really engaged. Thank you also to the many of you who attended our Maths Share on Friday. We hope that you enjoyed seeing how your children learn Maths at school. 


This week in Phonics we have been practising the formation of ck, e, u, r. The children are continuing to work on Tricky words and to remember the phase 3 digraphs as well. Please reinforce how to form these letters. The k has a loop. 

In Maths we have looked at 2-D shapes and talked about numbers of sides and corners. This week's homework is linked to that. 

Our mini topic has been dinosaurs this week. The children have had fun with this. 


We are sure that you have all heard that the swimming pool is currently out of action. We will keep you posted about this. 

Dates for your diary- Sports Relief Friday 13th March- children come in sports clothes and bring in £1.

                                  School class photos Monday 16th March 


Wednesday 26th February 2020

Dear Families

This week we have been reviewing the sounds i, n, m and d.  Whilst reviewing these phonemes we have been supporting children to write these graphemes correctly and to put them into simple sentences.  We have practised the tricky words which children have bought home on their Phase 2 and Phase 3 bookmarks.  When children are confident reading these tricky words by sight they are beginning to write them.


For our Home Challenge this week we would like you to investigate number bonds to ten.  These are the pairs of numbers which go together to make 10 i.e. 6+4=10, 7+3=10.  Children are confident with numbers to five but are finding the pairs of numbers to ten more of a challenge.  You can support them by having 10 small items.  Hide some.  How many can they see?  How many are hidden?  Play this game for approximately 5 minutes several times a week.  If your child struggles with pairs of numbers to ten play the game with pairs of numbers to five first of all.


IMPORTANT:  Please record in blue book each time you or a family member reads with your child.  This will go towards completing our Reading Challenge.  Please ensure the blue books and reading books are in the book bag every day so we can add to them and change your child's reading book on a regular basis. 


Early Years Team

tig - a new app for parents with children aged 0-5.

This app has been designed specifically for parents.  It gives tips and ideas to help you engage with your child/children.  It is funded by the Ipswich Opportunity Fund.  Just type in: tig app into the app store and you will be able to access it.  It is free for all Ipswich parents.  It asks a few questions to begin with, but once you are in it will send you two tips a week.  Let us know how you get on.  All feedback will be passed onto the app designers.

Please click here to: Helping your child to segment and blend.






I have spoken to ILD and they have said that if you use the app you will need to update your pin every month.


Kind regards Madeline Johnson

Things our families say about us


"Thank you all so very much for helping .... through Reception.  He has enjoyed everyday and can't wait to start Year 1".


"Thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough report.  We remain delighted with ..... progress and the care and attention shown by all the staff!"


"A lovely report to read, thank you for giving the time it must have taken.  I will treasure this forever."


"Reading ..... report through happy tears.  So delighted how well he has settled at Sidegate."

Home Learning Expectations and Information


Your child has been given a reading book, Reading/Home Challenge Book and a Phonic Book.  Please ensure they come in to school everyday.  

  • Reading books will be changed once a week.
  • Please hear your child read for 5 minutes every day.
  • Homework will be marked once a week on a Tuesday and new homework will be sent home on a Wednesday. 
  • Phase 3 Phonic Books will come home every day.  Please share the sound with your child.  Remember they are the experts and will support you with the correct pronunciation.
Class “Google Meets” (also known as Hangouts) begin this week. See Parentmail for information on dates/times/how to join.