Reception – Term 3, Week 6


  • Friday 9th February 2024 – Home clothes day. Optional donation for FHIS. 
  • Water bottles – Please make sure your child has a water bottle in school every day. We have run out of plastic cups!
  • Please alert your child’s class teacher if your child finishes one side of their bookmark so that they can receive their first certificate in assembly. You can find information on our reading incentive by clicking here
  • Please make sure your child has a coat in school every day. We will go outside even when it is cold and raining.
  • Children need to bring their book bag into school every day. If they do not have it on a Monday, they will not be able to have a new reading book. Please make sure the reading books come into school each day with your child. 
  • Please do not allow your child to play with the resources that are on the Reception patio in the morning. These have been carefully positioned and are there to support your child’s learning during the school day.


A highlight of everybodies week was our Maths investigations. Each class took part in an investigation to find out who had the longest feet and who had the shortest. The children also loved comparing heights and finding out who in the class they were taller than and shorter than. Alongside our Maths, the children have loved using our wall bars to climb on during their PE lessons.

Star of the Week 

Daisy – Felix

Buttercup – Charlie

Tapestry – Observation request

The focus this week is Computing/Writing.

Please support your child to look around your home to spot devices that can access the internet (including smart speakers). We have been talking about this in school so hopefully your child will recognise some! Ask them to use their phonics knowledge to write a list of devices (allow phonetically decodable words e.g. compyooter for computer or foan for phone).

You can also send us any moments that you feel are significant in your child’s learning or want to share with your child’s class teachers.

Click the links below to find out how to add observations from different devices. 

Apple device

Andriod device


This week’s learning

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

In PSED this week the children will have a chance to reflect on the goals they made, did they achieve them? If not we will celebrate the steps they have taken towards the goal and encourage the children to be proud of the things they have achieved this term.

Communication and Language 

Book: Martha maps it out by Leigh Hodgkinson

We always encourage the children to engage in story times and non-fiction books in these ways:

Listen to and talk about stories to build familiarity and understanding. 

Ask questions to find out more and to check they understand what is being said. 

Articulate their ideas and thoughts in well-formed sentences. 

Connect one idea or action to another using a range of connectives. 

Describe some events in detail.

Word of the Week: sequence

Physical Development 

The children will be back using the low apparatus in gymnastics and practising the skills of travelling along the apparatus like different animals for example; hopping like bunnies, jumping like frogs and slithering like snakes.


This week in Phonics, we will be revisiting the graphemes/ phonemes: ow, oi, ear, air

And the common exception words: are, my

We will practise blending phonemes to read, and segmenting words to spell them using the phonemes and graphemes we have learned so far.

Writing:  We will be using our phonics learning to write labels including adjectives for our own treasure maps.


This week, we will be learning about time. The children will find out how many things (e.g. jumps) they can do in a given timeframe. They will also be continuing to learn about the days of the week and order the key events in the school day. 

Understanding the World 

Safer internet day (Tuesday): The children will identify different types of technology, including identifying which technologies can access the internet.  They will then be identifying a named trusted adult that they can ask for help if they see something that they don’t like online.

Religion and Worldviews

We will continue our big question: Why are some times special? By learning about the celebration of Chinese New Year.

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