Southborough Church of England Primary School

Southborough Church of England Primary School


Welcome to Mountain Class. If you are starting in Mountain Class in September, you might find more useful information on this part of the website (Parents tab / Reception 2020) where you can meet the teachers who will be working with your child and learn more about daily life in Reception. Feel free to explore this page and enjoy the story, which is currently being enjoyed by the children in Reception at the moment.

Friday 10th July 2020

A little message from Mrs Bentham and Mrs McGinley

Dear Future Northamptonshire 1,


I am very excited that I will be one of your new teachers alongside Mrs Bentham.


I am really looking forward to sharing your learning journey through the wide variety of subjects we have prepared for you.

One of the things I love doing is reading books and I am sure you will too as we have some great stories to discover together and get our imaginations fired up!


When I am not teaching I love to keep fit, play sport and watch my children play football, rugby and hockey.  My favourite is

hockey as both myself and my daughter play for Crowborough Hockey Club.   Being part of a sports  team is just like being in class:

everyone tries their best, you practise and if you don’t quite get it right you know you can try again surrounded by friends.


I am sure Northamptonshire class will be a fun place to learn through discovery and enjoyment in a caring and nurturing environment.


I can't wait for September for our learning journey to start together as a team.


Mrs McGinley x

All about Mrs Bentham…


Dear Mountain Class, soon to be Northamptonshire 1!


I am so looking forward to being one of your teachers next year and getting to know each of you.  I’ve already enjoyed waving to some of you in your Mountain Bubble.  I’m particularly looking forward to the exciting history, science and maths lessons that we have planned for next year – because these are my favourite subjects.  

At home. I have two, fairly big children of my own who are both at secondary school and I also love spending time gardening and walking my dog. 

The symbol for Northamptonshire is the rose of harmony – that is how I would like our class to be: happy, friendly and blossoming.


I look forward to meeting you next year,

Mrs Bentham

Mrs McGinley Reading 'Please do not feed the animals...' by Robert Hull

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Mrs Bentham reading 'What the Ladybird Heard' by Julia Donaldson.

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Goodbye Mountain Class x x

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Story Time - 15

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The last part of The Enormous Crocodile.  Have a lovely weekend, Mountain Class!

Story Time - 14

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Amazingly, this is the 50th video I have made for you. I hope you enjoy it!

Story Time - 13

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Do you think plan 4 will work?

Story Time - 12

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Do you think the crocodile will ever get any lunch?

THINGS have been abundant this week!  We have focused our learning around the splendidly brilliant book, Emily Brown and the Thing, following the adventures of Emily and her pet rabbit, Stanley, and their nocturnal visitor, the Thing.  We have undertaken all sorts of adventures as Emily and Stanley help the Thing with his various problems.


We have learned all about bats in caves, as we followed Emily into a witches cavern, to find some medicine for the Thing.  We also wrote our own disgusting and descriptive recipes for our own restorative witches brews, with ingredients, such as,  2 scoops of cheetah’s eyes and a pinch of powdered mud to thicken the mixture!  The children really let their imaginations run wild and they thoroughly enjoyed the task.


We even made our own Things, using a range of materials to create stunning collages.  Some have shiny, metallic limbs, others have wild and exuberant hair and others are simply the strangest looking Things you have ever seen.  But rest assured, they are all very friendly, just like the Thing in the book!


In maths, we have been practicing our counting, but not just any old counting, we have been counting in 2s, 5s and even 10s all the way to 100!  It was a bit tricky at first, but the children dug deep and were the embodiment of our school value of perseverance and got there in the end.


Next week, we have based our learning around another exciting book and we can’t wait to share the learning and fun with you!


Reception Curriculum overview 2019-2020