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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


Bean there done that!

This week in Reception we have enjoyed celebrating sustainability week. We have discussed where our food comes from and how we can use food in different ways. We used left overs to cook fruit salad in Apple Class and Lime Class cooked pizza.

In Literacy we have continued learning about ’Jack and the Beanstalk’.  We have used our blending and segmenting skills to form words and sentences about the story.

In Maths the children have built beanstalks out of blocks and have ‘bean’ observing their beanstalks grow throughout the week.


Story next week: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Sounds taught so far: s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,o,g,c,k,ck,e,u,r,h,j,b,l,w,v,x,ch,sh,th,ng

Tricky words so far: I, the, go, no, he, she, me, we, be, was, you, they




Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum, watch out here we come!

As the children may have shared with you, this week we have introduced the songs for our Christmas concert. The children are really excited about beginning the rehearsals next  week – watch out for lots of Christmas songs to keep you feeling festive and entertained at home!

In Literacy we have been reading sentences from Jack and the Beanstalk, next week we will write sentences. In Numeracy the children have been completing subtraction number sentences. The children are also continuing to watch their beanstalks grow.

As the weather grows colder … please ensure all items of clothing are clearly labelled.







Story next week: Jack and the Beanstalk

Sounds taught so far: s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,o,g,c,k,ck,e,u,r,h,j,b,l,w,v,x

Tricky words so far: I, the, go , no, he, she, me, we,

Weighing it all up!

This week the children have been introduced to sentence writing. We have been forming sentences together, thinking about capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. In Maths we have been comparing weight and weighing objects using cubes on the balance scales. The children were also very interested in learning about the Royal Family.


cimg8842Story next week: Jack and the Beanstalk

Sounds so far:   s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,o,g,c,k,ck,e,u,r,h,j,b,l,w,v,x

Tricky words: I, the, to, go, no


Who will help me?

This week the children have listened to the story of the Little Red Hen and her lazy friends who didn’t help her. The children ordered and decoded words from the story. We have been practising blending and segmenting words to support their reading. In maths the children have used numicon to solve addition. They have practised counting and recording their workings out. Soon we will visit the story of Jack and the Beanstalk in Literacy. We have planted beans in anticipation! In the meantime we will watch them grow!

Sounds: s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,o,g,c,e,u,r,h,j,v,w,x

Tricky Words: I, the, to, go, no

Story next week: The Little Red Hen