Gedney Drove End Primary School


Welcome to Finland Class!

We are an amazing Reception and Year 1 class. Our teacher is Ms Flaherty and our fabulous teaching assistants are Mrs Powley (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) and Mrs O’Reilly (Mondays and Fridays).


Our P.E. is on a Wednesday and a Friday, so please make sure that your child comes into school wearing their blue school hoodie and PE kit, which is suitable for outdoors (including appropriate footwear). Long hair must be tied back and all jewellery, including earrings, must be removed.

The PSHE theme for this term is Relationships and we will be continuing to get to know Jigsaw Jack, who will be helping us to find out all about ourselves. There are some great activities provided by the Youth Sport Trust 60 Second Physical Activity Challenges | Youth Sport Trust. You can also find some mouth-watering recipes on the Change for Life website to support our work on healthy eating. Home | Change4Life (


Reading is extremely important so please listen to your child read as often as you can! Children on RWI will bring 2 RWI books home. The paper book will be the storybook they are reading in their RWI sessions. This will be sent home after the third read in school.  The second book is a story that is linked to one of the books they have read in their RWI sessions. These books will be changed every 3 or 5 days depending on their RWI group. It is really important for children to re-read stories. Not only does this help with their fluency but also enables them to develop a stronger understanding of the story. Each time they read their RWI books, please write in their reading records to say they have read at home. Children do not have to read both books in one night – just let us know which page they have read up to and the books will be sent home again.

Each time your child brings in their signed reading record they will receive a raffle ticket for our class raffle and will be in with a chance of receiving a prize at the end of the term. Children that read 3 times or more each week will also get extra play time on a Friday afternoon.

Please make sure reading books are returned to school. If your child loses their reading record or books, then please let us know so we can send new one’s home.


We use the RWI phonics scheme. Please follow the link to see more information and some key terminology.


Reading: please see above.

Maths is set on a Friday.  This will link to what we are covering in class or will be ‘Jungle maths’, where the children may well bring the same sheet home for a number of weeks.  This is to build up the children’s fluency and recall of number, and each child progresses at their own pace. The children move on to the next stage when they have been able to complete the sheet within a given time and with no more than two mistakes, on two occasions.

Topic and Learning Focus

Our topic for this term is World Explorers! We will be continuing to learn all about the continents and seas. Where in the world will we go? What will we see? During this topic we will explore different countries from around the world and follow explorers of the past.


The children’s profiles are on tapestry and you can load observations from home to complement our classroom observations. It is great to see the children succeeding in both environments.

If you should have a questions or queries, you can contact me by making an appointment at the office or by contacting me directly via Additionally, please remember to check the school’s website and Facebook page, along with letters for regular updates and notifications.