Great Heath Academy, Girton Close, Mildenhall, Suffolk, IP28 7PT

T: 01638 713430




Welcome to


Miss Brown is our class teacher

The Early Years Support Staff team are Mrs Ward, Mrs Eagles, Mrs Watkins and Miss Harvey.

After Christmas we will be reading and learning about traditional stories and fairy tales including Goldilocks, The Gingerbread Man, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs and the Three Billy Goats Gruff. (Click on the links to listen to the stories online.)

You can help your child at home by reading traditional stories with them and encouraging them to talk about what they have read.


The children will continue to learn Phase 3 phonics and will be introduced to digraphs (two letters that make one sound) and trigraphs (three letters that make one sound).

The children are becoming more confident with ‘sticking sounds together’ to make words. We practise blending and segmenting every day in our phonics sessions. We add sound buttons underneath each sound to help read the words with digraph/trigraph sounds represented by a line.

We  also practise reading and writing short sentences and captions and continue to learn new ‘tricky’ words. The children know that these are the words we can’t sound out and we have to “train our brain” to remember them!

Check out these great websites for lots of phonics learning fun!


In Maths, we have been practising simple addition and subtraction. We use the part part whole method to add groups of objects together to find the total.

Children will be encouraged to use comparative language for estimating and comparing size, length, height and weight of objects.

We are learning the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

Learning at home

We are looking forward to sharing your child’s learning at school with you. If you have not already signed up to Tapestry – our online Learning Journey, please see the class teacher. It is a wonderful opportunity to share photos from home too.


Name everything!

Please could we ask that you name all items of clothing, including ties. Naming your child’s clothes and belongings is also a great way for children to become more independent, recognising their name and looking after their own things.

Jewellery: We strongly recommend that children do not wear any jewellery to school. If your child has newly pierced ears please provide plasters or Micropore tape to cover their ears during PE sessions.

PE: Our PE day is Wednesday. Please make sure your PE Kit is in school. Also please remember to tie back long hair and remove earrings. Thank you.