Birchfield Primary School

Birchfield Avenue, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS27 7HU


Welcome to Dolphin Class

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The following staff work in Dolphin Class:

Miss Dolby, Miss Makin, Miss Kitchen, Mrs Sowden, Mrs Brooks and Miss McGill

Additional Home Learning Videos:

Letter formation: 

We teach letter formation in 4 different families: Curly Caterpillars, Ladder Letters, One Armed Robots and Zig Zag Monsters. This video shows the first family (curly caterpillars) and guides you through how to help your child form them correctly and any misconceptions that they may have. Letter formation is covered in phonics daily, however it only covers the sound that the children are learning. If you wish to work with your child on their formation then these videos are a good guide. Thanks and stay safe, Miss Dolby!


(There is part of the video in the middle that goes silent, I'm still working on the technology so bare with me!) 

Ladder Letters:

Dates for your diary

Autumn 1:

Wednesday 21st October 2020 -  Dress in a Halloween themed outfit.

Thursday 22nd October 2020 - Harvest Festival songs (posted on Class Dojo)

Friday 23rd October 2020 - Training day.


Autumn 2:

Monday 2nd November 2020 - Back to school

Wednesday 4th November 2020 - School photos

Thursday 5th November 2020 - School nurses in (height and weight)

Friday 6th November 2020 - Flu immunisations (R-Y6)

Friday 6th November 2020 - Report's go out

WB Monday 9th November 2020 - Parent's consultations over the phone

WB Monday 16th November 2020 – Bedtime Stories @ 6pm (posted on Class Dojo)

Wednesday 18th November 2020 - FOBS AGM

Wednesday 2nd December 2020 – Elf day

Wednesday 9th December 2020 - Christmas dinner

Friday 18th December 2020 - Break up for Christmas


Important information for Dolphin Class

Reading books should be kept for a week and then returned on the day allocated in your welcome pack. It is important to stick to your child's day so that we can spend the time listening to them read and moving their learning further.

Homework is set on a Friday and should be completed in their busy bee diary or posted on Dojo/Tapestry.

Class Dojo is used to help with parent and teacher communication - please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Please send your child to school with a change of clothes. This can stay on their peg. We often have messy play and sometimes the children will need to get changed.


What to expect and when?

This is a very useful document used in Early Years. It tells you what to expect from your child and when. 

Please click on blue title to download. What to expect and when? 


Our playdough recipe:

2 cups of plain flour

1 cup of salt

Tablespoon of Cream of tartar

Splash of veg oil

2 cups of cold water

Food colouring

Whisk all ingredients together.

Place in microwave for 5 minutes then stir.

Place back in microwave for further 5 minutes, empty from bowl, leave to cool and kneed well.

 Dough Disco

At the end of every day, just before we go home we have our 'Dough Disco!'. Dough disco is great for strengthening children's fingers, hands and arms and helps them get ready to write. Grab some playdough and have a go at home. You can even make routines up to your favourite song! 


The Phonics Song

Every day at 9am we practice Phase 2 phonics. We always start with this song to help us to learn the names of letters and the sounds. If you want to practice it at home the song is below.


The Counting Song

Every morning before Maths we sing the counting song. This consolidates our knowledge of the numbers and helps us to count forwards and backwards.