Welcome to Minnows Class News.

We are a Reception class.


Our Teacher is Miss Dicker and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Mewburn.

Our Early Years Lead is Miss Isted.

Minnows News

Week commencing 16th October

Wow what a busy term we have had. The children have settled brilliantly and seem very happy in their learning. They are also becoming more confident and independent. Thank you for all the support you have shown, our partnership with you is extremely valued and appreciated, it also benefits your child.

The children are keen to help each other now and have formed some lovely new friendships…

Becoming more creative-look at these happy hanging bats…

This week the children have been exploring the Hindu festival of Diwali and have been creating clay diva lamps, creating mendhi patterns as well as learning about the festival.





After term we will be starting phase 2 phonics, we hope you found the phonic workshop useful and the resources we have given to you. Please try to sound out simple words to your children to develop their blending skills. Phonicsplay is a useful website too.

We will look forward to seeing you all on Monday 30th October. Have a happy half term break.


Week ending 13th October 2017

We are having a lovely week with the Minnows and Sardines!

We have been looking at lots of process art. We enjoyed squishing and smashing autumn treasures onto material. We also did some mixing and made our own mud paint!

We have been reading lots of stories and enjoying mark making in the air, on the floor and outside.

On Tuesday 17th October is Miss Isted’s phonics workshop – please let her know if you are interested in attending as it will be very valuable.

Next Friday 20th October is wear it pink day! So the children can come in wearing something pink for a small charity donation.

Please send your child in with a named coat and drink bottle with water 

 Activity for the weekend – can you hear any Autumn sounds outside? Or can you make an Autumn picture?

Have a great weekend Marvellous Minnows and Super Sardines, see you on Monday.


Week ending 6th October 2017

We have had a great week with your lovely children. They are adjusting to the routines of the day really well. Class photos should be in the Observer newspaper this week.

We have been exploring autumn this week. 



The children loved throwing the leaves in the air and spotting pumpkins growing in the allotments.

We have been reading some traditional tales. If your child has a favourite story please send them in as we will enjoy reading them.

The children have loved the ‘ice cream’ making too.

Please send your child in with a coat as the weather is very changeable and ensure your child’s belongings are named, they are still working on looking after their own things and it is extremely difficult to track down lost unnamed items. Thank you.

Game for the weekend-can you play eye-spy, hearing first sounds in words.

Have a great weekend, see you on Monday. 

Week ending 29th September 2017

Welcome to all the new parents and children at Rye Primary. Thank you very much for allowing us to visit your child at home, the visits were so beneficial. Thank you also for putting the balloon outside your homes to make the visit even more special.

We felt privileged to spend time getting to know each child as well as meeting new babies, sharing favourite toys and favourite books.


The children have made a positive start in Sardines and Minnows. They have settled well and they are beginning to appreciate the routines of school, including attending assembly and having lunch. Thank you for your cooperation at dropping your child at the door, this develops great independence and ensures our safeguarding. A BIG thank you too as we have had NO ‘lates’ between the classes, thank you for getting your child to school on time, this also supports a settled beginning to each day. 

Please ensure your child’s clothing (especially jumpers and coats) are named - we have had quite a few unnamed ones. Your child may bring a water bottle into school (squash is not allowed) please make sure they are named. We do have cups and water available if bottles are not brought in but the option is there.


Once again thank you for helping to make the first week a positive one, we will look forward to exciting times ahead…

Minnows Class of 2017

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