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EYFS/Year 1 - Diamond Class

Class Teacher:

Miss Phipps (maternity cover)

Mrs Collins (on maternity leave)


Supported by:

Miss Planter (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)

Mr Alfonso (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)




In Diamond Class we change reading books every Wednesday. Please make sure your child's reading folder is in school so we can do this. 

We encourage you to read with your child daily, by listening to them read their school books. Please write in their reading record to let us know you have read with them. 

In Diamond class we read 1:1 with your child at least once a week. We also love to read stories as a whole class everyday. 


At St Nicholas of Tolentine Primary we follow the phonics programme 'Letters and Sounds.' 

In Reception, we begin with Phase 1 phonic games before moving onto Phase 2 when the children are ready. During Phase 2, we learn a new sound each day and review these at the end of the week. Once children are secure, we move to Phase 3. 

For more information on Letters and Sounds please look at their website: Letters and Sounds (


We have P.E every Thursday in Reception. Please wear your P.E kit to school. Our school P.E kit is a white top, black bottoms and black daps/ trainers. 


Every Monday afternoon and Wednesday morning the children in Diamond class have half hour music sessions with the Preludes team. They learn how to listen to music, read music and learn key words to describe different music. 


Come and have a look around Diamond Class:

Home Learning


As a school we will be using class dojo's to support the children whilst they are at home. A phonic and maths activity will be uploaded each day for the children to complete. Alongside class dojo's there will be a work pack available for parents to collect from the school. The work pack will contain lots of fun activities for the children to complete and will relate to the topic they are learning.


Check out our Reception Class blog which is full of fun activities:


Miss Phipps and Miss Planter will be contacting parents weekly to catch up to see how you all are. If you have any questions please let us know!

Term 5


This term we have learnt all about minibeasts and plants. We have really enjoyed going on minibeast hunts around our school. We have found lots of different minibeasts such as spiders, ants, bees, ladybirds and snails! 


We have a really exciting delivery of caterpillars! We will be able to watch them grow into chrysalis and then into butterflies. 


We also read Jack and the Beanstalk and got a special letter from Jack himself. He delivered some magic beans for us to grow. Once they began to germinate, we planted them into some pots and we are looking after them everyday. We have learnt that they need water, sunlight and warmth. Have you got any plants at home that you're growing?

Term 4


We have welcomes the children back with open arms and it has been so lovely having them all back together! Since being back in the classroom we have got stuck into lots of fun, interactive learning. Lots of our learning is taking place outside, especially when the sunshine is out. 


We have been reading and learning the story 'Rainbow Fish.' We worked as a class to create a story map and our very own Rainbow Fish. On each of his scales, we have written how we can be kind to our friends - just like Rainbow Fish was to his. 


On Friday 19th March it was Red Nose Day. We had lots of fun being superhero's and raising money for charity! 

Term 3


This term we have all been staying safe by staying at home to carry out our learning. We have all been blown away with the hard work both children and grown ups have done! A big thank you to you all 😊


Our topic is 'Come with us to...' and we are visiting different places each week. So far we have visited the jungle, the polar regions, space and under the sea. We've had a go at drawing our favourite jungle animals, exploring ice and snow, making yummy star cookies and getting messy with paint and bubble wrap! Check out the pictures below to see what we have been up to.

Term 2


We had a special visit from Paddington Bear! He was left out on a cold bench all by himself so we decided as a class to look after him as we thought this would be kind. Each day Paddington will choose a friend for the day to play with. This gives the children lots of responsibility, which is one of our school values!


Towards the end of the term, we celebrated Christmas and had a visit from Santa! It was so much fun and all the children were so surprised. We were also able to do our very own Nativity performance in front of our parents and siblings. We set up our outside stage area as a stable and sang some lovely Christmas carols. 

Term 1


It has been wonderful getting to know the new Diamond class over the last few weeks. We have been having lots of circle times to get to know each other and sharing lots of stories too. It has been lovely seeing how creative they are and their amazing imaginations. 


We have learnt a lot about everyone's families and what we enjoy doing at home and at school. 


We have started Phase 2 Phonics. We are learning lots of new sounds and how to write them.