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Clever Caterpillars!

The children this week have been working on ordering numbers and completing number sequences. The children ordered numbers consecutively and non-consecutively. They also became grey mice and had a go at counting in twos and tens. To ensure children thought about the process they counted both forwards and backwards from different starting points. They also had to work out the different numbers they needed from a selection given.

We have used our Literacy time to formally introduce the handwriting scheme. They are now familiar with Long Ladders, One Armed Robots, Curly Caterpillars and Zig-Zag Monsters. The letter family is distinguished by how you initially form each letter, i.e. the movement of your hand, remembering to start at the top.

Long Ladders: i j l t u y

One Armed Robots: b h k m n p r

Curly Caterpillars: a c d e f g o q s

Zig-Zag Monsters: v w x z


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Keep on reading…

Welcome back! We hope you have had a lovely break. This week we have linked our phonics and Literacy closely together. We have been working on identifying digraphs within words and recognising tricky words. This is to support their reading development. Thank you to all the families that read over the half term. Reading is really important and supports their academic progress in all areas. It is just as important to encourage a love for reading too!! The children really enjoy listening to stories in class. In Maths we have focused on the correct digit formation. In PE we have also been impressed by some dodging, coordination and spatial awareness. Some have even thought tactics…. great team work!

Hanging around….

This week in P.E. we have been using the apparatus in our gymnastics lessons. We have been travelling under and over obstacles. We thought of interesting ways to move through, between, over and around apparatus. We have been negotiating space, balancing and building confidence.

In Maths we have been working on our next steps and practised recognising different operations. In Literacy we have been developing our reading comprehension and have continued to develop our sentence writing skills.


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Never mind the elephant in the room!

This week we have made impressive progress with our elephant….

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The children have been working in small teams since before Christmas! They are excited about the size of the elephant we have achieved and can now see how their hard work and patience has paid off. All will be revealed at the Take One Picture Exhibition next week, information to follow.

In Maths the children have been solving subtraction using the numicon and jumping back on a number line. A way in which you can help with their literacy skills is to practise oral blending and segmenting of polysyllabic words or words with clusters. For example; chicken, sandpit, or windmill and street, train, or lamp.

Investigating the case…..

This week we have been exploring further how people help us in an emergency. We had a visit from the Fire Brigade where we found out about the different uniform they wear to protect themselves and saw the different equipment used when they attend an emergency. The children sat in the cab of the fire engine and sprayed the hose.

We have also had a visit from a parent who is a Police Officer. We found out about the different responsibilities she has as an officer and saw all the different equipment she uses.

This week in Literacy we have been writing lists of adjectives to describe the burglars in the story ‘What the Ladybird heard’ and wrote sentences using these words.

In Maths we have been securing our counting skills by solving addition number sentences on a number line.

Please continue to read and write tricky words to support your children in their learning.



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Time flies when your having fun!

This week in Literacy we have been discussing the different emergency services. The children named the people who help us and the vehicles they use. Children found out about less common emergency services and methods of rescuing people. In Maths we have been singing songs to help us order the days of the week. We have been talking about our daily routine and used a visual timetable to order our day. We will continue to explore how we can measure time. The children have access to sand timers, stop watches and teaching clocks. As part of our art project the children are working really hard to try and complete our giant elephant!!



It has been a busy first full week back. The children had fun in their first French lesson. They were really enthusiastic and enjoyed the new challenge as they were keen to pick up some French vocabulary. Grey Mouse was proud. In Maths we have been working on our number knowledge. The children are confident when working with numbers 0-10 and now need to increase their independence when working beyond 10. In Literacy we have introduced our new topic called 999 Emergency! The children have made a fire station in Apple class and a police station in Lime class.



It’s nearly Christmas …. Oh no it’s not!

The children have really enjoyed the Christmas festivities this week. They really enjoyed the pantomime and our Christmas lunch today. The children in Reception class were particularly well behaved at Alban Arena! What superstars! In Maths we have introduced the children to a 100 square. We have just been getting familiar with one to gain confidence! In Literacy we followed instructions to make gingerbread men. We have also been encouraging children to write more freely during their choosing time, as they grow in confidence with their letters and sounds.

We will be sending home an update on everything we have covered this half term on Monday.


What a performance!

We are all very proud of the children’s performance of the ‘Bossy King’. Thank you for coming. In Literacy the children are becoming more independent when decoding words for spelling. We have been practising writing lists so the children can grow in confidence when applying their phonic knowledge.In Maths the children have been exploring pattern.

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Sounds: s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,o,g,c,k,ck,e,u,r,h,b,f,ff,l,ll,ss,j,v,w,x, qu,ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, ie, oa, ar, oo/oo, ai, or, ur/er

Tricky words: no, go, I, the, to, he, she, we, me, be, was, my, you, they, her, all, are

Story next week: The Gingerbread Man

Connoisseurs in the making….

This week the children have been learning new digraphs in Phonics. We hope that you found the handout about which ones we have taught helpful. In Literacy the children had a language focus in which they tasted and described different types of porridge, just as Goldilocks had done in the story. In Maths we have been looking at capacity. The children investigated different amounts of objects something can contain.

Sounds: s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,o,g,c,k,ck,e,u,r,h,b,f,ff,l,ll,ss,j,v,w,x,                qu,ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, ie, oa

Tricky words: no, go, I, the, to, he, she, we, me, be, was, my, you, they, her, all, are

Story next week: Goldilocks and the Three Bears