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What's New This Week

Week beginning 29th March - Our theme of the week is Spring, Easter and new life

  • All about plants - life cycle, plant uses and seed dispersal

  • Easter story

  • Easter cards

  • Easter nests

  • Hot cross bun tasting and sharing

  • Marie Curie Day - Wearing yellow and making daffodil crafts

  • Heart Smart - Don't Rub it In, Rub it Out

  • PE - team games

Week beginning 30th November

  • Recapping sounds u, b, f, e, l

  • Rehearsing our nativity plays on the stage

  • Power Maths - the children are learning about the sequencing of activities and events of their day

  • Learning about space and the planets

  • Listening to 'Aliens Love Underpants' by Claire Freedman

  • Learning more about the Christmas story

Activities to do at home: Talk about the sequence of the events of your child's day.  

Key vocabulary: first, next, later, then, before, after, every day, time, clock face, o'clock order, timetable, sequence


Week beginning 16th November 2020

  • This week we have recapped the sounds d,t,i,n,p.  The children are learning how to read and write three and four letter words.

  • In Maths the children are consolidating their understanding of 'more' and 'less'.  We have been focussing on 'one more' using numbers to five.

  • In PE we are continuing to build fundamental skills using balls, cones and hoops.

  • Our story of the week is 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'.  The children have retold the story, made story maps and drawn pictures and crafts.

  • We are beginning to practise our Nativity plays in class and learn the songs.  Your child may come home singing these!

  • We are learning the story of the birth of Jesus and the first Christmas.

Activities to do at home: Talk about number stories with your child, for example, 2 children were playing in a sand pit.  Another child came to join them.  How many children came to join them?  How many children were there at the end?

Key vocabulary: first, next, last, then.




Week beginning 9th November

  • Our sounds this week are 'qu', 'ng', 'nk'.  The children will then recap Set 1 sounds for increased fluency.

  • We continue our work around traditional tales and our stories of the week are The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  The children will be making collages based around these stories.

  • The children will learn about Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies.

  • In PE the children are building key skills using footballs.

  • The children are learning about the charity 'Children in Need'.  They are doing 'Five to Thrive' all week with a focus on wellbeing.  On Friday children can come to school dressed as their favourite sports person and bring in a donation. 

  • In Maths we continue to learn about the differences in quantity using numbers to five.  The children are learning the words, 'more', 'less' and 'fewer'.

Activity to do at home:  Take note of your surroundings.  Go outside and notice the way in which nature can support your wellbeing.

Key vocabulary:  kindness, happy, calm, feelings, emotions, mood, boost, relax.


Week beginning: 2nd November 2020

  • Our sounds this week are z,x,sh,th,ch.

  • The children are learning 'red words', 'I' and 'the'.

  • We are reading traditional tales and our story of the week is 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'.  The children are writing key words from the story, making posters, story maps and doing a variety of crafts such as a paper plate troll.

  • In Maths the children are comparing quantities using numbers 1-5.

  • In PE we are focussing on running and dodging.

  • In RE the children are beginning to learn about the birth of Jesus.

Key Vocabulary: 'Who's that trip trapping over MY bridge?!", troll, gobble, mean, fierce, small, medium, large, goats, hooves, horns.

Activities to do at home: Autumn crafts - make a leaf animal 


Week beginning 12th October

  • Letter sounds of the week are e,l,h,r.

  • In Maths children are learning about sorting and learning to categorise objects through colour, size and shape.  They are being encouraged to consider what is the same and what is different.

Our activities are based around another story with repetitive language - Little Rabbit Foo Foo by Michael Rosen.

  • The children are writing three letter words using letter sounds that they have learnt.  They are also identifying rhyming words.

  • The children are making crafts including rabbit ears and magic wands for the good fairy.

  • In PE the children are developing ball skills and are 'passing', 'dribbling', 'kicking', 'catching' and 'throwing' the ball to increase their control.

Key vocabulary: same, different, sort, group, colour, size, shape.

Activity to do at home:  Sorting by category at home - cutlery, laundry, toys.  Whilst your child is doing this please discuss with them what characteristics are the same and different.

Week beginning 5th October

  • Our letter sounds of the week are c,k,u,b,f.    The children are making words using magnetic letters with the letter sounds from previous weeks - m,a,s,d,t, i.n.p.g.o  Words include, dog, bin, man, pin, mat, dot.

  • In Maths the children are continuing to explore and consolidate numbers 1-5.  The focus is on counting objects 1:1, recognising numbers and beginning to identify patterns by noticing what is the same or different. The children are focussing on numbers 4 and 5 in particular.

  • Our story of the week is We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen.  This story was chosen for its repetition and children are encouraged to join in and order the story using pictures.

  • The children are making a paper plate bear.

  • In PE the children are developing ball skills.

  • In RE the children are learning Jesus stories from the Bible. They are being prompted to think about the kindness of Jesus and the importance of God's love.

  • The children listened to music from our composer of the month Edgar Elgar.

Activity to do at home: Complete this quiz with your child before enjoying an Autumn tree spotting walk outside.  

Key vocabulary: over, under, through, swishy grass, squelchy mud, dark forest, deep water, swirling snow, gloomy cave.

Week beginning: Monday 28th September

  • Our letter sounds of the week are i,n,p,g,o.  The children are also making words using magnetic letters with the letter sounds from last week - m,a,s,d,t.  Words include, mat, sat, sad, dad, at, an.

  • In Maths the children are continuing to explore and consolidate numbers 1-5.  The focus is on counting objects 1:1, recognising numbers and beginning to identify patterns by noticing what is the same or different.

  • Our story of the week is Peace at Last by Jill Murphy.  We will use this story to open discussion about our families and notice that we are all different and special.  We are also reading The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman which demonstrates the many ways that families are different.

  • We are making collages of our home.

  • We are listening to music that we like at home.

  • We are building homes out of Lego and blocks.

  • In PE the children are enjoying team games to encourage friendship and co-operation.

  • In RE the children continue to learn about Jesus and think about what kind of king Jesus might have been.

  • Our ISingPop assemblies are based around building resilience, strength and courage through God.

Activity to do at home: Write your name and then put a 1p coin on each letter.  How much is your name worth?

Key vocabulary: family, special, different, hobbies, like, dislike.

Week beginning 22nd September 2020

This week we begin our two week topic 'Ourselves and our Families'.  Our activities are based around the books Do You Like  (group reader) and It's Okay to be Different by Todd Parr.

Children will:

  • Share their family pictures at circle time

  • Draw and label a family picture

  • Practise name writing

  • Learn the letter sounds m, a, s, d, t and how to write them correctly

  • Decorate their name using finger painting

  • Learn the numbers 1-5 and learn how to count objects carefully, one at a time

  • Make paper dolls

  • Play parachute games and learn different warm up games in PE

  • Listen to the weekly whole school assembly based on the story 'Have You Filled a Bucket Today' by Carol McCloud 

    Bucket-filling is a term used in education to refer to positive attitudes and behaviour.  It relies on the analogy that every person carries with them an invisible bucketThis bucket contains a person's feelings and emotions.  When the bucket is full, this represents us feeling happy and contented.  However, when it is empty, we feel low, upset and dissatisfied.  Bucket-fillers are those who act in a way that fills another person's bucket and refers to those who practise kindness and good behaviour.

  • Listen to music by our Composer of the Month - Handel

  • Learn about the Kingdom of God and why Jesus is a good King.  We are learning about what makes a good ruler by reading Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell

  • Listen to the ISingPop assembly of the week - Resilience (Do Not Be Afraid) based around the Old Testament story of Daniel and the Lions

Activity to do at home: Be a bucket a filler - fill someone's 'bucket' with acts of kindness.

Key Vocabulary: Friends, kindness, gentle, family, special, loved.