Cherry Tree Class

Welcome to Cherry Tree Class.

Cherry Tree Class has children in Nursery and Reception.


In school, we use Jolly Phonics to learn the main sounds used in reading and writing. For each sound there is an action which helps the children remember the sound the letter makes. There are 42 sounds within Jolly Phonics including common sounds that use 2 letters e.g. ‘sh’ and ‘or’.

The children will each have a sound book, with all of the sounds in to take home and practise. Please could you support your child by looking though the sounds each day.

The sounds are not introduced in alphabetical order but in a way that allows the children to make many words using just the first 6 sounds. The first group, ‘s a t p i n’, has been chosen because they make more simple three letter words than any other six letters.

As the children progress through the sounds, they will be given a set of key words to practise. These are made up of high frequency/common decodable words and some tricky words, which children have to remember and read on sight.


We use a colour coded reading scheme, which enables our children to visualise their progress. In this scheme we use a variation of books including the Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star series.

As well as learning to read in Shared and Guided reading sessions, children will also have their own individual reading books to take home with a reading record book. This is to encourage early reading skills and teach children about reading for pleasure.

Whenever you read, make books special and praise all attempts. Encourage your child to re-tell the story in their own words.

Using the reading record- Please write in the date when you hear your child read and make helpful positive comments.

Here are some of the things we like to do in Cherry Tree Class.

Playing and exploring- finding out and investigating

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Active learning- concentrating, persevering

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Creating and thinking critically- having own ideas, different ways of doing things

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People Who Help Us – Summer 2016

This half term we have been learning about ‘People Who Help Us’. We have been very lucky and had lots of lovely visitors vising us and telling us about their jobs and how they help people.

Mrs Baines told us how she used to be a nurse and care for poorly people before working at Happisburgh.
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Mrs Newson, the hairdresser, told us how to look after our hair. We even had a go a plaiting hair.

We had a visit from Mrs Meale, a paramedic shared with us how she works on an ambulance and goes to emergencies. We enjoyed trying on some of her uniform and using a stethoscope to listen to our friend’s heartbeats.

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Esther, the PCSO also came to visit us and talk about how she helps in the community. We were also able to try on some of her uniform.

We had a visit from Eddie, from Norfolk Fire and Rescue to discuss how to stay safe and the importance of never to play with matches.

Reverend Dobson and her friend Ray came to visit us and talk about all the different ways they help people in the community.

Welly Wednesday! – September 2015

Wednesday will be ‘Welly Wednesday’, where the children will be taking part in outside learning on the field/playground. This Wednesday the children enjoyed going on a listening walk, identifying sounds outside.

Indigo- “I could hear a crocodile snapping!”

Evie- “I heard birds chirping and a car.”

Annabel- “I heard an aeroplane.”


Visit to Stranger’s Hall – February 2015

The children had a brilliant time exploring and finding out about old toys. They met the Toymaker and helped him to sort toys according to what they are made out of. The children also created their own toys to take home!

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Cherry Tree Christmas Craft Morning – December 2014.

The children have enjoyed creating snow globes with their parents and carers.

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“I liked helping Mummy and making a snow globe with Billy.” Emelia.

“I liked when I got messy…Mummy got glitter on her.” Evie.

“The best part was giving Mummy food and drinks.” Harvey.

“I liked it when I putted the glitter in the bottle and put the colourful water in.” Jacob M.

Cherry Tree’s visit to Happisburgh Lighthouse – November 2014.

The children enjoyed their visit to the lighthouse to find out about its job and how it works.

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“The lighthouse flashes at night so the ships can see the rocks.” Jacob L.

“The lighthouse is warning the ships so they don’t crash.” Saul.

After the visit, Chloe and Ruby built their own lighthouse. “They’re nice and tall and straight, so the sailors can see the light.” Chloe.