St Margaret's CofE Primary School, Whiteway Lane, Rottingdean, Brighton, BN2 7HB

01273 303109

St Margaret's CE Primary School

Grace, Strength, Love




This half term we will be learning about celebrations from around the world. We will explore how people prepare for and celebrate Diwali, Bonfire Night, Hanukah, Christmas and Harvest Festival. We will also be exploring the change of the seasons, looking for signs of autumn and creating art inspired by the leaves around us. There will also be and opportunity to harvest the vegetables planted in our planting patch earlier in the year, and plant new bulbs ready for next spring. Please see the topic web (below) for further information about learning this term. 

PE & Forest School

PE and forest school will be with Mrs Hancock Tuesdays. Please ensure that the children come into school on these days wearing their school PE kit: shorts or tracksuit bottoms (depending on the weather), trainers, school jumper or fleece. Children will need to bring appropriate clothing for forest school to change into as necessary (for this term: a waterproof coat and wellington boots)


In Reception, homework is shared with parents and children through Tapestry. To support phonics learning, activities will be uploaded daily (or for each new sound learnt) through the planned activities tab on Tapestry. Please let me know if you have difficulty accessing any of the information or resources. The activities shared through Tapestry are a chance for the children to reinforce concepts already taught at school and is there to help the children become fluent in recalling and applying their knowledge. A daily phonics sheet will also be sent home for every new sound learnt to enable children to practice letter formation, and this should be returned to school daily.

Throughout the year, further activities related to other areas of the curriculum may be shared through Tapestry, to support children's learning and give them the opportunity to practice at home and discuss their learning with their parents. 

Reading – A 10-15 minute read every day will help build fluency and reinforce the daily reading at school.
Over the course of the week it is great to read material from a range of sources, including:
- Library books (changed on Fridays)
- Phonics book bag books (these need returning in line with the dates on the Fred Frog bookmarks)
- The children's own books at home
Please send in the yellow reading records in to school each day.