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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

This half term our topics are ‘Toys’ and ‘Meet the Explorers’. Our BIG questions this half term are:

  • What was space like for Neil Armstrong?
  • What toys can I play with now?
  • What toys were in the past?

The explorer we will be looking at is Neil Armstrong. In Rainbow Fish class we will be doing lots of exploring around Space and making the classroom into space. In English we will be reading and listening to the books: ‘Toys in Space’, ‘Where’s Mr Astronaut?’ and ‘Whatever Next’. We will be telling the stories through dressing up and using sensory materials. In math we will be exploring numbers and shapes, making rockets out of boxes and listening to number rhymes including ‘5 little me in a flying saucer’ and ‘zoom, zoom, zoom’ I will pop these onto class dojo for you to listen to at home. This half term our focus is on D&T and we will be making rockets out of large boxes and small rockets out of kitchen roll tubes.

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:

  • 1st Feb- Family Workshop

  • 1st Feb- Chinese New Year

  • 9th Feb- Family Homework

  • 18th Feb- Break up for Half Term

  • 28th Feb- INSET DAY

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.