ReceptionThe reception class starts together full time in September of the year in which they are five.
The Jolly Phonics scheme is used to support reading and writing. Children build up a phonics library of sounds in their book bag and parents can support the classroom work by helping the child finish the colouring, learn the action that accompanies the sound and also the correct letter formation in writing.
The children learn to read using the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. The books are used during supported reading sessions during the school day and are sent home each day for the children to read with parents.
Most of the learning is supported through guided and child initiated play.
‘Show and Tell’ is a feature with the children who are encouraged to tell the class about something that is special to them – so do not forget to bring something in – it can be anything from a toy to a photograph.
Norman the class dog is allowed to visit a child’s house each day; this supports various learning objectives in the Foundation Stage Profile.
The class is involved in the school Nativity play which is part of the Christmas service at the church.
An outing is planned for each term, with a joint Christmas trip with Years 1 & 2. In recent years we have visited the toy museum in Park House, the Royal Stud, the Butterfly Park, Thursford, Princess Theatre, Sea Life Centre.

Spring term newsletter

Posted on February 2nd, 2018

We have lots of exciting learning experiences planned for this term. Our new outdoor area is continuing to take shape and we are eagerly awaiting delivery of our new Mud Kitchen, which has been constructed by one of our lovely parents!

Foundation Stage Newsletter Spring Term 2018 (1st half)

Autumn Term topic web

Posted on September 21st, 2017

We are pleased to welcome all our new Reception children to school.

You have all received our ‘Welcome’ information, but please have a look at our topic web to see some of the exciting learning we are planning for this term.Autumn Term topic web

Summer Learning

Posted on May 4th, 2017

Please take a moment to look at details of  some of the learning we have planned for this term. You should all have received copies of our Summer Term Newsletter too.

Summer Term 1st half topic web

Mrs Strudwick

Houghton Hall

Posted on February 23rd, 2017

We had a fabulous day at Houghton Hall at the end of January. After dropping off our lunch boxes in the Education Centre we walked over to the woods, investigating the vast slate moon art installation on the way.

We had a great time in the woods. Everyone had to find a suitable stick so that we could all make Wish Wands. We peeled our sticks and then decorated them with felt pens before using ribbon to tie on leaves and feathers as finishing touches. They all looked beautiful!  We also did some bark-rubbing and found some dens to play in.

After lunch we explored the Walled Garden. The garden is divided into different sections and is a really interesting place to visit. We followed the leader through the maze, looked for 2D shapes around the garden and had a tree counting race.

By popular request we finished our day in the Adventure Playground!

Everyone had a lovely day, the weather was perfect and we can’t wait to go back again!

Mrs Strudwick

February 2017

Outdoor Area Makeover!

Posted on February 23rd, 2017

Our Outdoor Learning space began to have a grand makeover just before Christmas. On the day that the work began all the children were very excited to watch seven huge bags of sand being craned over the hedge! They all thought that the sand was for a giant sand pit so were a bit disappointed to see it being spread out to form a base for the surface!

As the week progressed everyone became more and more excited about the prospect of playing in the new space.


At the end of the week the finishing touches were added….a road track and a target for games.





We are delighted with our new area so far and are looking forward to adding the next stage in our plans, a mud kitchen and a digging and den-building area.

We are really grateful to the

‘Friends’ for partially funding our new surface.

Mrs Strudwick

February 23rd 2017











Spring Term 2017

Posted on January 6th, 2017

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Happy New Year and welcome back to school! Please take a few minutes to read about our plans for this half of the term. Thank you to all those parents who contributed to Tapestry last term…please keep up the good work and spread the word to those who haven’t tried it yet!

Thank you

Mrs Strudwick

Bringing Christmas Cheer with the Pop up Choir

Posted on December 14th, 2016

Thanks to the musical talents of Mrs Strudwick, the children enjoyed taking part in a Christmas Pop Up Choir and sang to entertain visitors at the tea shop at Sandringham and for the residents at Park House. Much fun was had by all and all proceeds went to the charity Shelter.


Mrs Gardener December 2016

Posted on September 10th, 2016



Sandringham Flower Show 2016

Posted on August 4th, 2016

After a wet morning, the sun managed to burst through just at the nick of time, for The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to see the children’s fantastic work. They thoroughly enjoyed looking at all of their hard work.


Flower show

Celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday

Posted on June 12th, 2016

The whole school enjoyed celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday,with a tea party in the afternoon of June 10th, followed by an evening of entertainment. The school would like to thank everyone who donated cakes, helped organise the day and came and shared a lovely afternoon and evening of celebration. It was lovely to share the celebrations with parents, families and members of the local community and village.

Mrs Gardener June 2016

Contact Details

Headteacher: Jane Gardener

Secretary: Trish Birrell

Sandringham and West Newton Primary School
School Road, West Newton, Norfolk, PE31 6AXUnited Kingdom01485 540506

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