Juniper Class Blog

A visit from an Olympian!

Once again another busy week of learning in Juniper class!

In maths we have been focusing on ordering numbers to 20 and counting back from any given number.  At home you could practice recognising numbers to 20.

In literacy this week we have been writing in our books about our trip to the zoo. This weeks focus has been on letter formation and spelling tricky words correctly.

We had a very special visitor called Tom James. He is a double gold Olympic rowing champion. The children had the opportunity to hold his medals and ask him questions.

Our Christmas play dress rehearsal was fantastic on Friday and all of the children were great. We look forward to seeing families on Monday for the performance.

Off to the zoo we go!

We have had yet another busy week in Juniper class.

In maths, we have been focussing on adding two amounts together by counting on. The children have completed maths challenges in their books and independent learning linked to this objective.

In Literacy we have continued with the Gingerbread Man story. In our English books we have tried really hard to  form letters correctly and use finger spaces.

We had a lovely end to the week with a trip to Chester Zoo.

We visited the zoo as part of the 'Sing for a Songbird' project to learn more about endangered birds in Indonesia. The children took part in activities in the morning, learning more about the birds and seeing different species. In the afternoon we had to opportunity to see different animals including, tigers, monkeys, chimpanzees and even crocodiles! A huge thank you to our parent helpers who supported at the zoo.

Numbers, numbers, numbers….

This week in maths we have been focusing on number recognition. We have been playing different games to help us confidently recognise numbers from 0-20. In our everyday routine we have also been learning how to count back from 20.



In literacy this week we had an exciting letter asking us to make posters to help find the Gingerbread Man. We used our phonic knowledge to help us to write our posters. We hope people read them so we can find him soon!

Diversity Week in Juniper Class

We have had a fantastic week in Juniper. On Monday we had a visit from Richard who told us stories from traveller heritage. We really enjoyed his stories about his horse when he was a little boy. On Wednesday we were very busy in the morning; firstly, we had visitors from Chester Zoo who explained the Sing for Songbird project to us. We enjoyed learning about lots of different birds and singing songs. We then had a visit from Imran who taught us about equality and diversity. On Thursday we had to opportunity to listen to live music in the hall. The talented musicians showed us their different instruments and explained how they play them.

As well as our exciting visitors we have also been very busy in the classroom, in phonics we have focused on being able to segment and blend words all by ourselves. In Literacy we have a new story we are focusing on which is the Ginger bread man. We came up with different ways in which the Ginger bread man could cross the river, we had some fantastic and imaginative answers! In maths this week, we have been working on learning our number bonds to ten by doing lots of practical activities.

Next week:

Tuesday: P.E (please bring your P.E kit)

Thursday: Sponsored toddle is at 9.30am.



We are on a hunt for the Gruffalo!

This week we had our first school trip as Juniper class. We went to the farm in search of the Gruffalo! We searched for clues and managed to find the Gruffalo including different animals from the story around the farm. We had the opportunity to build a bug hotel. All of the children had a fantastic time and we look forward to booking our next trip!

In Phonics we have been focussing on segmenting and blending to read words. We have been learning the tricky words, the, to, no, go, I.  On the writing table we have been encouraging the children to write the sounds they hear in words and form their letters correctly.

In Maths we have been learning how to estimate amounts by playing different games. As a class we have focussed on counting two amounts to find the total altogether.  We continued to practice recognising numbers to 20.

Next week reminders:

P.E is on Tuesday.

Reading books are changed every Friday.


We are readers!

This week in Juniper class we have been focussing on applying our Phonics to reading. We have been looking at books independently and sharing stories with our friends. In Phonics we have been playing games to support the children with the segmenting and blending of words.

In Maths this week we have continued to work on our number recognition from 0-20. In Maths focussed sessions we have been learning how to add two amounts together by counting on to find the answer.

In Literacy we have told the story of the Gruffalo  using our story map. We went on an Autumn walk around the school grounds to look the different changes in the environment around us.

Next week: On Tuesday we are going on our first school trip as Juniper class to the farm! We are all very excited.

Once upon a time…

This week we have been focusing on retelling the story of 'The Gruffalo'. All of the children have learnt to use the correct story language, first, next, after that, suddenly and finally.

In Maths we have focused on shape, we have explored 2d shapes and discussed their properties. We have also been learning how to recognise numbers confidently to 20.

On the writing table we have all been practicing our pencil grip so that we can hold a pencil effectively. Everyday in Phonics we practice writing our letters, we are getting better everyday!

We are fantastic learners!

This week the children have settled well into their first full day week in Juniper class. The daily routine includes Phonics, Numeracy, Literacy and Topic in the afternoon.

This week in Phonics we have been working on segmenting and blending cvc words e.g. cat, mat, sat and we have been working on ensuring when we write that the letters are formed correctly. There are lots of videos on YouTube to support your child at home with phonics and many apps on tablets and iPads available. Another good website to use is

This week in Numeracy we have been focusing on recognising numbers confidently to 20 and being able to identify 1 more or 1 less than a given number. We have been  doing this by playing lots of number games and enjoying practical maths activities.

This week in Literacy we have introduced the story of 'The Gruffalo'. We have been describing the different characters in the story and talking about what happens in different parts of the story. Next week, we will be learning to retell the story using talk for writing actions and story language.

Miss Moffatt, Mrs Turner and Miss Brittleton look forward to another exciting week with Juniper class next week!


  • Reading books and reading records to be in school on Monday.
  • P.E is on Tuesdays (please ensure uniform is named)
  • Please ensure your child has a water bottle in school everyday.
  • Please make sure your child brings a coat to school with them everyday.


We are Juniper class!

What a fantastic week in Juniper class!

Miss Moffatt is very proud of all the children and how well they have settled in during the first week. This week we have been focusing on getting to know each other, how to be a kind friend and how to use all the different areas of the classroom.

The children will attend different sessions next week to get to know the different routines of the morning or afternoon.

The morning session will be 8.30am-12pm and on Friday the children will stay until 12.30pm for lunch.

The afternoon session will be 1pm-3.30pm and on Friday the whole school finishes at 3pm.

Well done to all of the children this week, have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you all next week!

We found the Gruffalo!!!

Wow! What a busy week we have had in Juniper class.

On Monday we went on our first school trip, hoping we would finally find the Gruffalo at Delamere Forest. Finally, we saw the Gruffalo and all of the children were very impressed with the 'purple prickles all over his back'. We had a super day and we all enjoyed walking around the forest to find the Gruffalo (even if our legs did get tired). A big thank you to all of the parent helpers who joined us on our lovely day.

On Tuesday we enjoyed the company of some of our Mummy's for our stay and play art session. We had a lovely afternoon making our very own Gruffalo using different art resources with some help from our Mummy's.


On Wednesday we had a very successful sponsored toddle. Thank you to all of the parents who joined us and the money you and your children have raised. Well done to everyone who took part.


Also this week we have been learning all about Autumn. We went on an Autumn walk around the school grounds to see what we could see and find.


On Friday we wore hats, scarves and wigs to raise money and awareness for 'Stand Up To Cancer'.  Well done everyone!


Star of the week-Emily-Mai.

Book of the week-Daniel.