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Friday 26th November 


Another amazing week from the Elephant class. We have been busy continuing to learn new sounds and I can see that lots of you have been practising the sounds at home. Thank you for supporting with their progress - we need to be reading as much as possible! 


Please can you make sure your child can change independently. Only a few of the class are able to get changed independently for PE and therefore we are missing lots of valuable time in the hall having fun and learning through PE. Their clothes should all be labelled especially on a Tuesday. 


Next week, we are still sailing the seas but visiting warmer climates. Our story for Literacy will be Handas Surprise and as we get closer to Christmas we will be learning about colder destinations. 


Friday 26th November

Friday 19th November 


Aaaaarggh! Ahoy there, me Elephants! We have been learning about pirates and treasure maps. We are looking at shape in maths and have been thinking about new sounds. Thank you to those who joined the parents evening chats. 

This weeks our sounds are: 


g o c k 


Our tricky words are: 


put  of 

Friday 12th November 


Another very busy but wonderful week. The children are working so hard and enjoying all the different activities. This week we have been learning about the Oceans as well as learning about where we live. We have been introduced to new sounds: 

 i m n d 

Can your child read these words?

sad      pin       Sam        

We have also learnt about the Tricky word "the" you cannot sound this word out so we a learning it from sight. Our poem this week is about a "Wise old owl" - ask your child about it! 

We are talking about what makes us special and we are learning about building relationships with our peers. 

Once again I think the Elephant class have been simply amazing this week. Keep reading (talking about the picture, figuring out what might be happening, discussing any words with this weeks sounds in) and we will change the books every Tuesday. 



Week 2 Autumn 2 ... another busy week!

Week 2 8th November 2021


Please can you practise name writing with your child over the next few weeks. It is really important they can write their name independently. We are practising lots at school too. 


Your child should now be able to read the following words: 

sit, sat, pin, tip

Today we began learning about "i" and the difference between sound "i" and I within a sentence. 

Week 1 Autumn 2 


We are learning new sounds this week. Please ask your child to say the sound and see if you can spot it when you are out and about. This week our sounds are       s a t p 


Your child will be learning to blend these sounds together to read words like: sat, tap, pat. 

Keep checking the website every week to find out what sounds they have been learning. 

In other news, we have had a wonderful start to the half term and have begun looking at our new topic which will take us on adventures all around the world learning about the Oceans, hot climates and cold climates. 

First week back...

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Year R will have their first reading record sent home today. Please see the video & information sheet. 


Information about reading: 



Elephant parent/carer,

Today you have been sent home your child’s first reading book and reading record sheet. We will change the books every Tuesday. Please try and read 3 times a week for at least 10 minutes. The reading folder needs to come back to school every day so the adults at school can also read with the children. Each time you read please initial the box in the row of the week we are in. You can leave comments and feedback if you wish to. For the first couple of weeks you will have picture books. Please discuss the book thinking about what you can hear, see and feel. Please try and encourage story language and description. You can also look at the pictures and think about the sounds. For example, ‘I can see a pig p-i-g’. In the following weeks your child will receive two books, a picture book and a blending book. The blending book will introduce the sounds we are learning in class and the children can push the sounds together to form words. Thank you for your support and please let us know If you have any questions. 😊

Fantastic half term! 


We have had an amazing start to school and both Miss Davies & I have loved getting to know the children. You would have seen that the Elephants were given some words in their bookbags, these words are for you to share and support with their developing word bank. Across all year groups, children will be sent home topic words for each half term. We want to develop language through introducing new words in conversations and reading. The children have half term homework, which is optional. However, we really encourage them to practise writing their name. We would like for all the Elephants to independently write their name (with only a capital letter at the start) as this builds on confidence and encourages independence. Have a fantastic half term break and see you next half term. 

1 week to go…


We have had another wonderful week and that is all down the amazing Elephant class. They are all so settled, happy and calm in school. We have been continuing to work on Self – Regulation using the book “The Colour Monster” and the children are beginning to understand how to help one another with their emotions. The children are all listening well and are really enjoying group time. We will join Key Stage 1 assemblies after half term.

We have been on a Bear Hunt adventure this week and have been learning about other types of Bears. The story “We’re going on a Bear Hunt” is part of our Amazing Me topic as it follows a family on an adventure. Next week, we will be talking lots about our own families and what we might have planned for Half term.

The Elephant class are continuing to practise name writing, please practise at home if they are not secure with this yet.

We have also been thinking about Harvest, rhyming and initial sounds in Phonics and comparing size in Numeracy.  

The Elephant class are simply amazing & I am incredibly proud of them all. Have a wonderful weekend 😊


Another fantastic week :)


Can you encourage your child to hold their pencil with the correct pencil grip. They are learning about the Birdy grip and developing their fine motor skills. Can you practise writing their name, using a capital letter at the start. 


They should be able to recognise and begin to write their name and over half term we will be getting them to practise. 


We have had lots of fun this week with PE, rhyming in Phonics, learning about their characters in Shine time and so much more. Next week, we are off on a Bear hunt adventure so make sure you ask them about the activities related to the story. 

We will also be thinking about what makes us happy and sad and how we can solve problems that make us sad. 

The Owl Babies and Shine time fun!

We have had another busy but very exciting week. We were learning about families and emotions. Our stories included the Owl Babies and The Colour Monster. The children really enjoyed the activities this week. Next week we will begin PE in the hall so please practise getting changed at home independently. 

We have changed our end of day procedure, so from Monday 27th September the children will stay at school all day. Please be ready to collect your child promptly at 2.40pm from the Infant Gate.

The children will line up inside the school gates and the class teacher will call each child in turn. Please listen out for your child's name and come forward to the gate as quickly as possible. 

Once the teacher has seen you, they will let your child walk out. If you are not there or we cannot see you, your child will go back into the line.

We hope that this will provide an efficient and safe way for the children to leave school.


We have had a fantastic week learning about food and family including if there are any real life superheros at home and school.

Miss Davies & I are really enjoying getting to know all the children and cannot wait until they start full time. Next week we are continuing to learn about families and our main book will be The Owl Babies. We are learning about emotions of the characters and looking at how we are feeling and what to do when we feel happy, sad, frustrated or worried. These first few weeks will focus on the routines of school and personal, social and emotional development. 

We have been learning about superheros as well as continuing to learn routines at school. This week we were ALL amazing at lunchtime and practised going into the hall and helping to tidy our plate, cutlery and drink away.

What a fantastic first week! Well done to the Elephant class smiley


Next week you will be staying for lunch so can you please look at the school menus, which were in your book bag today, with your adult over the weekend and have a think about what you might like. They will tell Mrs Simpson when they get into the classroom. They will have picture reminders of all the dinner choices. We cannot wait to join you for lunch and enjoy more time together in school. You are staying until 12:55. 


We will continue to look at the topic "amazing me" but we are also looking at Superheros and learning about real life Superheros we might know. 

W/C 13th September  - Year R children to start school - 8.50am to 11.30am


W/C 20th September - Year R children to stay for lunch - 8.50am to 12.55pm


W/C 27th September - Year R children to stay all day - 8.50am to 14.40pm

Welcome to Mansbridge, Baby Elephants!

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Change of Transition Date - now Wednesday 1st September 1.30-2.30pm

Skoolkit Pricelist & Discount Week

Wednesday 9th June

An information pack will be sent home this week by post or via your child if they attend Mansbridge Pre-School. 

It will contain the transition pack, a parent guide letter and other useful information.


You will get a separate date/time for the week commencing 6th September, where you will be able to come in with your child to meet the class teachers and discuss any questions you may have. This will be an individual meeting.


We look forward to seeing you soon.

Please read and share this document with your child

Parent Information letter from Mrs Brewerton

School App Instructions

Studybugs - how to report an absence