Fittleworth C. E. Village School

Fittleworth C. E. Village School


Beech Class

Welcome to Beech Class.


Teachers in Beech Class are

  Mrs McNally Monday and Tuesday


 Mrs McKee Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

The Teaching Assistant is

 Mrs Organ Monday-Friday





Learning in Reception - expectations for supporting learning at home

The children will bring home a reading book (with just pictures at first, then with simple words, phrases and sentences) to share at home. Please take the time to share this with your child. Discuss the pictures and increasingly practise sounding out the words. Research shows that sharing books has the single biggest impact on learning. Please make a quick note and date the reading record so we know that your child needs their book to be changed. Reading books will usually be changed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you are able to spend 10 minutes or so sharing their book each day, this will make a huge difference. 


There will also be a sound book for your child to record things beginning with that sound and to practise forming the letter to represent each sound. We use the 'Read, Write Inc.' scheme to encourage correct letter formation. There is a sheet with all of the formation rhymes in your child's book bag. 

 Other learning resources such as a word wallet and number bag will also be coming home in the book bag in due course. Please help your child to learn their words and become familiar with their numbers. We teach the children to count and order numbers first to 10, then to 20. Also matching a quantity of objects to the correct numeral. You can use these resources to create games such as sequencing the numerals and removing one to see if your child knows which is missing. It would be fantastic if you are able to do this together at home a couple of times each week.


Please return these resources to the book bag after use and ensure they come into school each day as we also use them to support your child's learning in school.


PE days are Mondays and Fridays in Beech Class - Due to Covid restrictions we are currently asking that children wear their PE kit to school on these days. Thank you.


If you have any questions, please do speak to either Mrs McNally or Mrs McKee. If you need an appointment, please ask at the office where they will be happy to organise this in line with social distancing guidance. We look forward to working together with you to support your child's first year in school. 

Spring Term 2021


Wednesday 20th January.

Hello Beech Class, 

We're really looking forward to seeing you this morning at 10am for our Zoom music with Marco. Check Tapestry or class dojo for all the login details. You'll also find some fun learning activities for the day. 

See you soon 

Mrs McKee X x


Tuesday 19th January 

Hello Everyone,

I hope that everyone is well. Thank you for all your fantastic work yesterday. Tuesday's tasks will be available for you to see on both Tapestry and Class Dojo.

I look forward to hearing from you all tomorrow.

Take care,

Mrs McNally :)


Monday 18th January 

Hello Everyone,

Learning for Monday will be added to both Tapestry and Dojo. Please upload to Tapestry where possible. 
We love seeing all the work that you are busy doing at home. Big congratulations to Samson and Max for winning the Beech Class stars of the week on Friday! ⭐️ I wonder who will wow us this week?


Teachers will be available via Tapestry and Dojo during school hours for support and to answer any questions. Have a great week. Well done for everything you are all doing in these challenging times. 

Best wishes 

Mrs McNally & Mrs McKee :)



Friday 15th January 

Hello everyone!!!!! It's Friyay!!!!! Well done for another great week of home learning. We have loved seeing all your work this week. I've really enjoyed the show and tells and the polar art work and the maths and your writing!!!! Wow you have been busy!

PE - today we normally do PE at school. We would love you to be active at home too


Click the link above to join Jamie for some cosmic kids yoga. 

Alternatively you could join Joe Wicks for some PE.

Don't forget to post a photo or video of your workout on here!

ICT and Purple Mash

Purple mash is a computer programme for children at school. Within purple mash is an area called mini mash, this is specifically for Reception class. 

Go to...

Purple and login

Your login details are in the back of your reading diaries 

Click on to mini mash and see if you can find the painting area and paint a picture on line. Don't forget to post your pictures on to Tapestry.

We're practising more curly caterpillar letters today. Head over to class Dojo or tapestry to see the video of how to firm the letters 

Have a great day and weekend

Thursday 14th January 

Today's story is  "Big Brother Little Bear"

This is today's story "Big Bear Little brother" 

Imagine you could be rescued by any animal in the world. Which animal would you like to be rescued by? 

Can you draw a picture to show me and either write some words around it or sentences or your adult at home with you can write down what you would like to tell us.

Polar bear art

 After reading our book I thought it would be nice to create some polar bears. You can make them however you wish. You could use water colours, junk modelling, Lego, playdoh... I've popped some photos on to give you all some ideas.


I've posted a little video of the digraphs that you have learned this week.

2 of our new sounds are vowel digraphs. There are 5 letters in the alphabet that are vowels, these are a,e,i,o,u

Watch this vowel song which shows you each vowel.



I would like you to use your number cards everyday and try and order them correctly up to 20, if you can't yet keep going you can do it! 

Once you have done that I would like you to pick numbers 1-5 and close your eyes and pick 2 cards from that pile. Find the number of objects (I've used pasta pieces) that matches the number on the card and then add them together to find the total of both numbers. You can then find the number card that is the same as the total. See video below



Wednesday 13th January

Don't forget music this morning at 10am with Marco. Our theme is winter.  Come wearing your favourite winter accessories and share them with us, it could be a scarf, hat, boots!

Password and Id is available on both tapestry and class dojo. 

Show and Tell - We thought it would be fun to have some show and tell time this afternoon. Can you record a video and upload to Tapestry of your show and tell. You may want to show us a new toy you got for Christmas, a skill that you have learnt or maybe something you have made. We look forward to seeing your videos. 

Keep practising your Jolly phonics song at home, Can you teach the adult at home with you, some of the sounds and the actions that go with the. 


Click on these links to listen to these shapes songs


BBC 2D shape song

BBC 3D shape song

Can you go on a shape hunt around your house? How many 2D shapes can you find? How many 3D shapes. post your pictures or videos on Tapestry so we can see what you have found. 

Tuesday 12th January

Hi All,

Owing to the challenges with the Tapestry platform yesterday, all of today's learning has been uploaded to both Tapestry and Class Dojo. If at all possible, please upload work to Tapestry as this makes it much easier to apply to children's learning journals.

The site is struggling with overwhelming traffic so if it's easier to do the learning during the day and upload in the evening, that's fine. You may find that lunch time and again between 3pm and 4pm are quieter too. 

If it is impossible to upload to Tapestry, you can pop work on Dojo and we will endeavour to move it across to Tapestry, but Tapestry is preferable. 

Have a great day. Stay safe.

Mrs McNally & Mrs McKee :)

Wk beg. Monday 11th January

Hello Everyone! We loved hearing from so many of you last week. 

Hopefully the challenges with Tapestry have now been ironed out so we shouldn't face the issues of last week with error messages and delayed upload speeds. If at all possible, please upload your work to Tapestry rather than Dojo as it will be added to the children's learning journal from Tapestry and work on Dojo will require us to screen shot and move each individual photo and blurb to Tapestry which is very time-consuming. Don't worry if you have already uploaded to dojo, we will move these across, but please use Tapestry if you can.

This week we will start learning the vowel digraphs (a single phoneme formed of two written graphemes). Please help your child to remember the sound that these make in words with the rhyme 'When two vowels go walking, the first does the talking' - so /ai/ makes an /a/ sound, /ea/ makes an /e/ sound etc. There will be new sounds on Tapestry each day. Watch the video clips and then attempt the tasks that help the children apply what they have learnt.

Activities will be uploaded for each day. These will include story times, phonics tasks, computer games, number tasks, creative activities and physical challenges as well as our live Zoom music lesson on Wednesday mornings. Please also continue to share lots of books at home.

Please encourage your child to engage with as many as of the daily tasks as you can. Obviously we would expect their learning at this age to be play based, but it is really helpful for us to monitor progress if we see a good cross-section of work across the curriculum areas uploaded to their learning journals on Tapestry. Teachers will be available to respond to questions/queries during each school day via Tapestry or dojo, but please bear with us as we are also in school with key worker children. 

We are both working Mummies and we do understand that this isn't easy. You are all doing a great job in unprecedented times, so please give yourselves a pat on the back and keep going! 

We miss seeing you all, so it will be lovely to see your faces on Wednesday for music! We will put the Zoom log in details on Tapestry before Wednesday. 

We cannot wait to see your work this week.

Take care, stay safe and look after each other.

Mrs McNally & Mrs McKee :)


Wednesday 5th January 

Back to home learning! Are you all ready for some fun activities on line?! Don't forget to check the home learning page on the website for on going activities and check tapestry for our daily activities. 

Music with Marco will continue on a Wednesday morning, starting from next Wednesday 12th January at 10am.

We're looking forward to seeing all your wonderful observations and of course missing you all immensely. 

Mrs McKee and Mrs McNally x

Wk beg. Monday 4th January 2021!

Happy New Year everyone! We hope you had a lovely Christmas break.

***We are experiencing some issues with heating in the EYFS/KS1 classrooms so please ensure your child has warm uniform layers on this week to keep warm whilst we are needing to keep ventilation maintained and awaiting an engineer repair***

This week we will welcome you all back to begin the new term. We will be focusing our learning around Winter weather, the Artic and Antarctic regions and their native wildlife populations starting with penguins and polar bears. 

Our role play area will be transformed into a post office to offer lots of opportunities for writing and mark making. 

We will be moving on with Phase 3 letters and sounds in phonics which includes teaching of digraphs - single sounds formed of two letters.

We will continue with our Focus Child cycle and Show and Tell will take place for these children on a Wednesday. As always, check book bags for letters and information. 

Please ensure children have a warm coat, wellies, a water bottle and their book bags in school every day.


Best wishes,

Mrs McNally & Mrs McKee :)





Please click here for the Parent Guide to the EYFS 


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum (2014) has 3 prime and 4 specific areas of learning:

Prime Areas

  • Personal Social and Emotional Development

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development


Specific areas

  • Literacy

  • Maths

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive arts and design 

The curriculum is delivered through topics that change each half term.  The children will take part in whole class, group and one to one adult led and child initiated learning activities. For the remainder of the time they have ‘free flow’. Play underpins all development and learning for young children. Most children play spontaneously, although some may need adult support, and it is through play that they develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.  ‘Free flow’ provides opportunities for children to be active, independent learners and enhances all areas of learning. Observing children during their play provides the foundations for assessment in the Early Years.