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 Dear Rainbow class and parents,

 We hope you have all had a lovely break and enjoyed time with family and friends.

The final term of the year is always busy, with lots of outside learning opportunities as well as a local trip to Westgate Gardens and another trip in the pipe line. Sports day is on Monday 8th July at Kent College and more details will be out very soon. Our class worship is Wednesday 10th July in the Church and you are all welcome to come. 

We will be basing our learning on the topic 'seaside and summertime as well as our whole class topic on 'The olympics.'  We will be learning how we can look after the animals in the sea by looking after the environment. We have a whole day to begin our learning on the Olympics on Wednesday 5th June. 

Please can your child have the following items in school every day:

Book bag with reading book and reading log. Please read with your child daily and encourage sounding out the word to blend together at the end of the word. If you want any help with supporting your child with reading please let me know via email or at the end of the day and I will find a suitable time to help. 

Named water bottle filled with water.  We will refill them during the day as needed. 

A coat 

A healthy snack if you decide to. (We have free fruit daily).

A healthy snack is fruit, vegetables, cereal bars- (not crisps, chocolate or anything containing nuts)

We use the outside area daily in all weathers, please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for this.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to me at the beginning or end of the day. If you are unable to do this then please either call the school office, or email using the address below:

Mrs Ellis and the Rainbow staff team



Here is our timetable for term 6




This term's overview of learning: 





In Rainbow Class we use Tapestry which is an app that allows us to record learning that has taken place in the classroom. This can also be accessed at home so you can see what we have been up to!

It is also extremely useful to have some photographs and comments of activities, celebrations and learning done at home as it helps to build a whole picture of your child and will contribute towards meeting the Early Learning Goals. Every term there will be Love to Learn Challenges to complete at home and upload to Tapestry.

Below is a step-by-step guide for how to upload observations as well as some ideas and suggestions of what you could upload...




How we assess your child in Rainbows

We use Birth to 5 Matters to assess your child. We do this three times a year. We are aiming for your child to reach the statutory end oy year point. Please see on the link below:


Here is a link to a video for how you can support your child with their reading at home...




 At St Peter's we want all children to develop a love of books and reading. All children will have their own reading record log and will take home reading books every week. These will consist of both reading scheme books for them to work on their segmenting and blending skills as well as a 'free choice' picture book which the children can share, talk about and listen to being read.

Below are some recommended reads for EYFS from the author Pie Corbett:



As a school we also have access to the Oxford Owl website which can be used at home to support reading.

To access a range of e-books, here are the Rainbow Class log in details and a guide for parents:


Under the Phonics tab you will also find some useful resources to help with learning sounds and supporting your child with blending for reading.


At St Peter's we learn how to read using a Phonics programme called 'Little Wandle'. We begin by learning the sounds and then learning how to read words by saying the sounds (segmenting) and then pushing them together to hear the word (blending). Below is a link to the little wandle website which has lots of guidance to help you support your child at home with their phonic learning. 

Here is a video guide for how to say the sounds we have been learning this term...

This term in phonics we are consolidating the digraphs and trigraphs we learnt last term by reading them in longer words and will be looking at adding s/es to the end of words to make them plural. 



reading powerpoint for rainbow parents.pdf



 At St Peter's we teach Maths through the mastery approach, by encouraging children to explore number, shape, space and measures with real life examples, within stories and by using concrete materials in order to gain strong foundations in their understanding.