Bethersden Primary School

Bumblebee Class

Welcome to the Bumblebee Class webpage 2023-2024!

Welcome children and families to our home page. The new academic year has begun and we have lots of exciting playing and learning opportunities ahead of us.

Class team

Class Teacher: Miss H Young
Learning Support: Mrs L Davis, Mrs H Baker and Miss C Giles

Our Learning

As a school, we follow the Cornerstones Curriculum. Each ‘short’ term (6 times a year) the topics change. There is always one main theme followed by a companion project.

Our Cornerstones theme this term is ‘Ready Steady Grow’ where our children will learn about food and farming and explore themes, including where food comes from, what plants and animals need to grow and survive and what constitutes a healthy lifestyle. In addition our Cornerstones companion project is ‘Signs of Spring’ where our children will learn about the changes that happen during the spring, including weather and the festivals that are celebrated at this time of year.

We are especially excited this term as we will be going on our very first school trip to a local farm where the children will observe the animals that live there, discover which crops are grown and find out about the equipment that help farmers do their work.

Please see this term's timetable below:

bumblebee class timetable term 4 2023 2024 pdf.pdf

Read Write Inc

In reception at Bethersden our children develop their phonetic knowledge through the popular phonics scheme Read Write Inc (RWI). Our children will begin their phonics journey by learning their set 1 sounds this includes learning to say, identify and write them. As we learn these sounds we will begin blending the sounds together to read simple words with the help of our Read Write Inc companion Fred the frog. This term our children will continue to move up through the Read Write Inc groups including Ditty, Red and Green groups. 

Power Maths and Maths Mastery

In PowerMaths our main mathematics lessons this term we will be building strong mathematical foundations deepening our understanding of numebr bonds to 10, subtraction and number patterns. 

In our mini Maths Mastery sessions this term we will continue to master our mathematical knowledge and support out PowerMaths sessions by mastering comparing and composing numbers. 

In Bumblebee Class we value the importance of both adult led maths lessons but also exploring mathematics in the environment so we will also continue to ensure all new and previously taught mathematics is available in the children’s provision as they play and learn independently. This will allow our children to apply their mathematical knowledges and skills and secure these for future maths learning. 


In EYFS at Bethersden we continue to value the power of play and opportunities to learn, play and explore no matter the weather both inside and outside the classroom. Our children continue to enjoy building, digging, racing, working collaboratively, creating, imagining and more in our outstanding provision...


Forest School

In term 4 we will continue to have forest school on a Wednesday morning where we will continue to appreciate, develop knowledge and learn in nature. 

How can you help your reception child?

  • Engage with all home learning activities including reading, Spelling Shed and your home learning task. 
  • Spend time with your child on Tapestry talking about your child’s learning that has been captured to celebrate their successes and achievements. 
  • Ensure your child sleeps well and has a healthy breakfast to prepare them for the school day. 
  • Please provide appropriate clothing for outdoor learning, we will not let the weather stop us!

Contact us

In Bumblebee Class we have an open door policy. We are always available after school if you need a quick catch up. If you need a longer or more private meeting, please book this through the office and we will be happy to accommodate.

If you have a non-urgent message for the team you could email the families email on the address below. This is checked regularly and the message will forwarded to the class team.

We are so excited to continue our learning journey with you...

Very best wishes,

Miss Young and your EYFS Team