Holbeach St Marks Primary School


Welcome to Cuba Class!

Bienvenido! We are a Preschool, Reception and Year 1 mixed class. Our teacher is Mr Allcorn and our fabulous team of teaching assistants are Mrs May and Miss Horrox.


Our P.E. is on a Thursday 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 Healthy Me. We will be continuing to get to know Jigsaw Jack who will be helping us to find out all about ourselves.


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. 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 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.

Year 1 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 Frozen Kingdom. We will be learning about living and non-living things, the Arctic and Antarctic. We will study closely the habitats of animals that live in the regions and learn about how animals have physically adapted to their surroundings.

Tapestry (Preschool & Reception)

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.

Finally, if you should need to contact us, please do so on cuba@griffinfederation.co.uk or by making an appointment at the school office. We will endeavour to get back to your enquires as soon as possible and help in any way possible. In addition, please keep checking the school’s website and Facebook page as often updates are posted there.