Churchfields Primary School


Welcome to Palm Tree Class!

Your teachers are Miss Saunders and Miss Clements.

We are going to have a brilliant year in Reception.

We are learning

In this first term we are going to be learning all about Ourselves. We will be discussing the similarities and differences between each other, what makes us special and unique, and sharing our interests.

We will be sharing lots of stories and beginning to think to think about the different features of books. Our focus text will be ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’, where will learn how to retell and act out the story.

We will begin to teach phonics in the week commencing the 24th September. Please check the class entrance for weekly updates on what sounds are being learnt in school.

In maths, we will be exploring numbers to 10, identifying and creating patterns, and recognising shapes and learning their properties. We will be learning about estimation and developing different counting strategies. We will also be learning about different measures, including; length, weight, capacity and time.

Learning at home

In this first term we like to focus on developing your child’s confidence and giving them opportunities to talk about themselves within a group setting. We have sent home ‘Happy Books’ where you and your child can record all of the things that make them happy. This can be hobbies, family and memories.

 We will be sending home reading records and reading books in October for you to start home reading with your child. The books will only be changed once a week if you have acknowledged in the reading record that your child has read with you.


All children are required to bring in clothing for Forest School and PE, which stays in school throughout the term. Please ensure all items of clothing are named, we cannot guarantee safe return otherwise.

Palm class PE lessons will be on Wednesday and Friday.

There will be a Phonics Evening for parents on the 27th September where we will share our teaching strategies and provide advice for you at home.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us on our class email addresses if you have any concerns or questions at

Thank you for your cooperation.

Miss Saunders and Mrs Clements


Phonics Presentation (PowerPoint File)

Phonic websites and Apps (Word 2007 File)

Reception Phonics Programme (Word File)


Phonics articulation

Churchfields Primary School

Churchfields Road, Beckenham
Kent, BR3 4QY

T: 020 86505247
F: 020 86633383