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Baston C of E Primary School

Baston C of E Primary School

Dream, Thrive, Believe

RECEPTION 2020-2021

Welcome to Africa Class!

In Africa Class Mrs Porteus is our teacher. She is helped by Mrs Parkin and Mrs Williams. 

We have a lovely spacious indoor classroom and a huge outdoor area just for us! 

We like to learn indoors and outdoors regardless of the weather! 

September 2019

Our term has already begun and Africa Class are beginning to settle in! If you have any concerns regarding your child please find Mrs Porteus before school (for a quick chat) or at the end of the day if you need more time.

P.E. and Forest School

Just a reminder that P.E. takes place on a Wednesday and Friday, and Forest School takes place on a Monday afternoon regardless of the weather. Please ensure that your child has all their kit in school at the relevant times.

P.E. kit = red polo shirt, navy shorts and plimsolls/trainers

Forest School = Warm trousers, long sleeved top, waterproof coat, hat, gloves and wellies or an all-in-one.   

As the cold weather approaches it would be really helpful if you could encourage your child to put their own coat on and fasten it up. This will save them valuable 'playing time' at break!               

Read, Write Inc. (RWI)


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These video's may help you to understand how your child learns to blend sounds and read words through Read, Write Inc.(RWI)

Red words will be sent home as part of the termly spellings homework.

The red words are tricky! They are the difficult words that cannot be sounded out but just need to be learned by sight. Repetition by sight is the only way to learn these words.

Weekly News Update!


Today the children dressed in their sporty clothes and ran round the field 5 times to raise money for Sports Relief. Well done everyone!


We have now started our Creative Challenges which include cutting using scissors, painting in different ways, building using different materials and imaginative play. We are loving it!


Have a wonderful half term and enjoy your time off school!

Although the children have no reading books for the holiday they all have new red or green words to learn.


Today we were lucky enough to have a football training session with Harry from West Brom. 

Everyone had a great time and enjoyed learning new skills. 


A few parents have asked about Reading Records and what parents are supposed to write in them so here is a brief explanation.

Please try to hear your child read their school book, at a time that suits you, every day. Once you have listened to your child read please write a short comment in the Reading Record about how they got on.

If you want to ask a question about your child's reading then feel free to write this down and I will answer your question the next time I hear them read.

It is really helpful if you could keep their reading book in their book bag so that it comes to school every day. Sometimes it is just not possible to hear your child read on their regular day so another day will be found.

Books will be collected in every Friday so that you have a free weekend to enjoy yourselves and will not be handed out in the first or last week of term. Red and green words will be checked intermittently and then changed, so keep an eye out for those too! 

If you have any other questions then please come and find Mrs Porteus after school for an explanation.


This week we raised money for the NSPCC and wearing sparkly clothes.

Thank you to everyone who made a contribution to this worthy cause.


On Thursday afternoon we walked to Baston Church for Godly Play. We listened to the story of The Lost Sheep, completed various activities around the church and sang a song together. We had a wonderful time and can't wait to go again!

Thank you to the parents and grandparent who helped us, we couldn't do it without you!  


Happy New Year and welcome back!

The children have come back to school well rested and excited to be in school! They have settled in to class without any problems and are pleased to be back with their friends. New reading records will be issued next week with letter sounds or words to be learned. These will be checked every week so please keep them in book bags and send them to school every day along with their reading books. Thank you! 


Today the PTA hosted a party for all the children. They had fun with the entertainer and enjoyed a snack while they watched. Thank you PTA we had a lovely time!


We are almost at the end of our first full term!

In the last week the library bus books and reading books will be collected in ready for the start of next term and there will be no Forest School or Education City homework.  


We are looking forward to seeing you at our Nativity performance. Please make sure you order your tickets!


For the next few weeks our timetable will change regularly as we try to squeeze in Christmas rehearsals throughout the week. Please check your child's book bag to see if they have a costume request letter. If you find it difficult to obtain any item on your list then please let Mrs Porteus know ASAP so that she can find an alternative way to source it.  Thank you.


Our Library Bus is a big hit with the children! They love to explore upstairs and downstairs and enjoy choosing a book to take home. The children change their book on a Tuesday or a Thursday so please remember to pack their library book that day.


Thank you to all the parents and children who supported our Eco-Schools 'Walk to School' on Tuesday. It was a fantastic way to start the morning!


This week the children were lucky enough to ride the balance bikes as part of their PE lesson. Hopefully we will be able to use the bikes every week, weather permitting.


This week we joined together as a key stage to talk about 'feelings' as part of our Mental Health and Wellbeing Curriculum. The children took part in activities and discussions which covered different types of feelings and how to deal with them appropriately.


There is no Forest School on the first and last week of each term but please could you make sure that your child has their Forest School kit every week when sessions are taking place. Thank you. 


As the weather changes please could you make sure that your child has waterproof and warm clothes for Forest School. It is so difficult to predict what the weather will be like each week!


This week we have been recognising and ordering numbers 1-10. We are getting really good at working hard!


The children have had a great week! They have experienced so many new and exciting things and taken them all in their stride. What a lucky teacher I am!

Star of the Week!

Taylor Jose (13.3.20)

For being determined to put on her socks without any help

Joshua (6.3.20)

For trying really hard in all his lessons and listening well.

Millie Shilling (28.2.20)

For helping other children find the programs they want on their i-pad

Charlie Birt (13.2.20)

For being much more confident when having a conversation


Nisa (7.2.20)

For working really hard in Read, Write Inc.

Frankie Frost (31.1.20)

For always checking that he is doing the right thing

Zachary Pitt (24.1.20)

For being super speedy at getting changed for P.E.


Paolo Seragusa (17.1.20)

For working really hard in Read, Write Inc. with Mrs Parkin


Anni Mulligan (10.1.20)

For working really hard all week!

Olivia Leigh (13.12.19)

For her super dancing in P.E.


Torrin Palmer (6.12.19)

For quietly getting on with being helpful and thoughtful without needing to be noticed!


Millie Shorrock (29.11.19)

For listening well and working really hard in Read, Write Inc.

Ethan Newson (22.11.19)

For being a good partner in Read, Write Inc. and for working hard

Esme Lyle (15.11.19)

For working hard all week and listening well

Phoebe Eassom Smith (8.11.19)

For her positive attitude towards her work


Clara Arch (1.11.19)

For helping other children find programs on their i-pads


Joseph Young (18.10.19)

For working hard in Read, Write Inc. on his writing


Oliver Burden (11.10.19)

For working hard, listening well and always following instructions.


The was no Star of the Week this week because of the Harvest Service. (4.10.19)


Spencer Hutchinson (27.9.19)

For always having perfect manners


Our Star of the Week has been a good listener and is always where he is supposed to be!

Harry Allen (13.9.19)

For being a kind and fun-loving member of the class!