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Rainbow Fish Class

Class Staff


Sue Cartwright

(Mon - Wed)

Ruth Thalmann

(Thus - Fri)

Teaching Assistants

  • Sophie Basharat
  • Tanya Lillie
  • Natasha Dumelow

Class Overview

Welcome to Rainbow Fish Class, We look forward to working with you and your child.

Rainbow Fish Class is an EYFS provision. Pupils will be acquiring skills and knowledge and demonstrating their understanding of the 7 areas of learning, which include; Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Maths, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Expressive Arts and Design.

 Pupils in the EYFS provision, will have access to a continuous provision, as well as adult led activities. They will be encouraged to be independent learners and have opportunities to lead their own learning through playing, exploring, being active, creative and critical thinkers. Pupils in Rainbow Fish Class will extend their learning both in and outdoors.

Topic Summary

Welcome back to school, we hope you have had a wonderful week. It is our last half term before the summer.

Our topic this half term is ‘People of the Past’

Here are some of our areas of learning which we will be exploring this half term, we encourage you to become involved in your child’s learning. Please add any photos or videos to your child’s portfolio on ClassDojo.

We will be linking our ‘People of the Past’ topic to the big questions ‘What roles did people do in the past?’ and ‘Who was important in the Victorian times?’. We will be looking and listening to the stories ‘The Old Steam Train’, ‘Circus Train’ and ‘You see a circus’. We will be exploring the books through sensory stories and props. We will be handling old objects, artefacts and photographs. We will also be looking at old photographs from the start of the year. As we are learning about Victorians we will be tasting food from the past and dressing up in Victorian clothes. In our role play areas we will be making a train station and a circus. In Maths we will be exploring number in our environment, through songs and handling props to support our understanding of number, including number recognition and ordering. In PE we will have a focus on using athletics, getting ready for our sports day. This half term you will also receive your child’s school report. It is a very busy half term and we have lots of exciting things coming up so please keep an eye on Class Dojo.

Outdoor learning

We will have PE on a Wednesday afternoon in the school hall and on a Thursday morning in the MUGA.

This half term we will be continuing to develop our ball skills.

School will have a continued focus on ‘Outside Learning in all Weathers’ this year, with this in mind, please ensure that on each day your child has a suitable coat for the weather conditions

General Notices

  • Social money for the term is £6, this is for snack and learning experiences.
  • Please send in a spare change of clothes in case your child has an accident at school, as well as any nappies or pull-ups they may need. We will let you know when we run out.
  • Please can you send wellies in and a waterproof as part of our EYFS provision is to access the outdoors each day

Dates for your diary:

Upcoming events this half term include:

  • 22nd June- Family Homework
  • 29th June- Tea Party
  • 7th July- Sports Day
  • 21st July- INSET Day- Break up for Summer

Home / School Communication

How you can support learning at home:

Please see upcoming Family Homework. In addition we want to develop the children’s independence so please encourage this at home too.

Please keep in touch using Class Dojo and if you have any immediate concerns please phone the school office.

Class Dojo

As part of our Covid-secure procedures, we are unable to issue home-school diaries this year.  Government guidance say's that schools must quarantine any books that come into school from home for up to 72 hours.  All home-school communication will therefore need to move over to Class Dojo.  You should expect to receive home-school communication from your child's class team approximately three times per week.  This will provide a fine balance between staff workload and their well-being whilst ensuring you are kept regularly up-to-date on your child's experience in school.  We must however politely remind parents/carers that staff will not be expected to read and/or respond to any Class Dojo messages in the evenings, at weekends or during the school holidays. 

Thank you to those parents who have already signed up for this - your child's class team will be in touch if you have not yet logged in.


There is normally member of the class team available to speak to between 8:15 - 8:40 am or 3:00 - 3:30 pm, please phone the school office and ask for a member of staff from the class if you wish to speak to us.