Tiptree Heath Primary School

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103 Maldon Road, Tiptree, Colchester, Essex, CO5 0PG


01621 815445

Tiptree Heath Primary School

"Working together for everyone"

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  Little Scarlet       

Click here to watch a short video about reading with your child at home

Our learning behaviours are: be ready, be respectful and be safe.

Our Curriculum

 Here is a link to our EYFS Long Term Plan: EYFS Curriculum Map

Some parts may change during the year as I get to know the children and choose to teach to their own particular interests. 

To find out the changes to the Early Years Curriculum, click here.

Summer 1 2024: Out and about

Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a lovely Easter break with your families and made lots of memories you can share with us. This half term we will be exploring being outside. We will look at different places for example the woods, the forest, the jungle and even space! We will be reading lots of stories about being outside such as: We're going on a bear hunt; The way back home; Whatever Next; Handa's Surprise; You can't take an elephant on the bus, as well as a variety of stories to accompany these. In maths, this half term we we will be moving on to explore numbers beyond 10 to 20. We will also be looking at addition and subtraction as well as manipulating shapes and using them for a purpose. We will end the half term looking at sharing and grouping (beginning to divide).  

This half term we will be starting 'Groovy Groups'. This will (initially) be a quick carousel of activities for the children to remain focused at for a short period of time. We will practise specific skills whilst at these 'stations' for example scissor or pencil grip/control, number activities or writing short captions. We hope by introducing more adult led tasks this term will help to prepare the children for a more structured learning environment for Year 1. 

Our Little Wandle Reading Squad continues this term and the children will be learning how to share the same text in small groups of 6. Our focus will be on decoding and blending words with increasing fluency as well as comprehension. Please continue to read, and record in diaries, at home with your child, this helps their confidence greatly. It doesn't always have to be a story, any posters, menus or packaging while Out and About' your child reads or mentions would be great! We will also enjoy practising our writing and maths skills through adult-led sessions. 

Remember, if you have any questions about any aspect of your child's learning this half term, speak to a member of the team. A very in-depth explanation of our curriculum can be found above in our 'curriculum map.' 

Weekly Update

WB 20th May 2024


What will we be learning about this week?

This week, we will be reading Harry and the Dinosaurs at the Museum and Harry and the Dinosaurs go on Holiday. We will be discussing the different places they visit and compare and contrast them all, as well as discuss the similarities and differences between the dinosaurs!

In maths, we are continuing our manipulate, compose and decompose unit around shapes. We will be observing 2D shapes within 3D shapes, and move on to exploring sharing and grouping. This is making sure there are equal amounts in each group, if we are sharing fairly or unfairly. We will also be discussing the slight difference between sharing and grouping.

Our carpet times and class discussions will continue to be based on keeping our bodies safe. This weeks discussions will be around how we can stay safe in and outdoors.  

We are really trying to promote writing this half term and it would be great if you could do this at home also. Remember, writing doesn't have to be with a pen. It can be done in sand, flour or using playdough to print/form letters. Once children have developed their fine motor skills, gripping a pen or pencil, will be much easier to then begin more traditional writing practise.  

Our home learning idea for this week is...

... Write/draw a list of things you would need to pack for a trip somewhere. Think of where you would like to go on a trip, the beach, the park or even the moon! Think about all the different things you would need to take with you. 

Remember... Stickers for any writing done at home!

(Any home learning that is recorded i.e. pictures, labels, art work etc. will be shown in during carpet time and temporarily displayed in the classroom.)

Letter Formation

Here is a video of how we teach letter formation at Tiptree Heath. Hopefully this is helpful for practise at home. 
(This video was made using clips from the YouTube account: Ludlow Learning)


This half term we have PE every Friday with Paul our PE Coach. We will be learning about Manipulation and Coordination. We will be using equipment to control and use our bodies to stay balanced and coordinated. 

Recommended Reading for Summer 1


Here are some ideas of books you could borrow from your local library to support our learning this term:



Walking Through the Jungle - Julie Lacome

Goldilocks in Space - Peter Bently

Oliver's Wood - Sue Hendra

You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus - Patricia Cleveland-Peck

Rocket Says series - Nathan Bryon

Harry and the Dinosaurs series - Ian Whybrow

On the way home - Jill Murphy

Mr Grumpy's Outing - John Burningham

Anno’s Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno

20 big trucks in the middle of the street - Mark Lee 

Mouse Count - Ellen Stoll Walsh

Splash! - Ann Jonas

Tangram Cat -  Maranke Rinck and Martijn van der Linden

Pezzettino - Leo Lionni

Cubes, Cones, Cylinders, & Spheres - Tana Hoban

Boxitects - Kim Smith

 For a list of general recommended reads in EYFS, click here

Phonics | Waterside Primary School

For information about how we teach phonics at school, take a look at this page of the school website.  


https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources - good for phonics games (many are free)

http://twinkl.co.uk/ - thousands of resources, some of which can be accessed for free

https://www.topmarks.co.uk - online maths games for primary school children, sorted by age

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/literacy.html - online games again useful for phonics

https://www.bl.uk/childrens-books/themes/all-activities - Creative activities about characters, illustrations superheroes etc.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7D-mXO4kk-XWvH6lBXdrPw - stories and poems performed by Michael Rosen

https://www.coolmath4kids.com - Online games, great interactive manipulatives, lessons, quizzes and brain teasers 

https://easyscienceforkids.com - activities about understanding the world

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/ - articles, activities and games

https://artfulparent.com - art and craft ideas

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5XMF3Inoi8R9nSI8ChOsdQ -how to draw videos for children