Reception – Term 4, Week 2

Henleaze Infant and Junior Schools are collaborating on Wednesday 6th March to mark this year’s World Book Day. To celebrate this day which acknowledges the importance of reading for pleasure, we have some exciting events for you to join in with:

  • Dress up as your favourite book character!
  • Join in for Mrs Wood’s Wake and Shake from 8.30am on the Infant playground (please note this is weather permitting and all children MUST be accompanied by an adult and then taken to their classrooms for the usual 8.45am start time). Juniors welcome too!
  • Bring in a printed photo of you ‘Reading Your Way. This could be reading a favourite book or reading in a favourite place, or perhaps reading whilst eating your favourite snack? It’s up to you how you show ‘Reading Your Way’.
  • Take home your World Book Day book token to redeem a book from many high street stores and supermarkets.

More information about World Book Day including how to redeem your token and support to encourage reading at home is available here.

  • Tuesday 27th and Thursday 29th February – parents evening
  • Wednesday 6th March – World Book Day. Children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character.
  • Friday 15th March – Red nose day – more info on dressing up to follow.
    Thursday 21st March – Year 1 performance
  • 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.

The children have loved starting our new topic, cold places. They have learnt and written facts about penguins and we were lucky to have a penguin egg delivered to our classrooms too look after. The children have been working hard to keep the egg warm, like the daddy penguins would, while the mums would go fishing.

100 day was of course a highlight of everybodies week too. Click here to see the photos from 100 day.

Daisy – Eddie

Buttercup – Florence

The focus this week is Physical Development and Maths. Put a 1 minute timer on and see how many jumps you can complete!

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. 

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Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will continue to learn about being healthy. This week, the children will learn about the importance of rest (e.g. sleep) and continue to think about exercise has a positive effect on our bodies.

Communication and Language 

Book of the week: The Emperor’s Egg by Martin Jenkins and Jane Chapman

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: investigation

Physical Development 

We will be continuing to learn about jumping. Last week we learnt about landing softly with bent knees. This week, the children will continue to think about the landing, but will jump off of low apparatus.


This week in Phonics, we will be learning how to blend the adjacent consonants: ft,  ld,  lf,  lk,  lp,  lt

We will learn the common exception words: said,   have

And revisit the common exception words: she,  be

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 sentences to go with our drawings of polar animals we have been learning about.


This week, we will be thinking about numbers 9 and 10. We will be learning about 1 more and 1 less within 10 and the composition to 10. We will also start learning number bonds to 10!

Understanding the World 

We will be doing ice experiments this week!

Religion and Worldviews

Continuing our exploration of the question, “Why are some times special?” We will be learning the Judeo-Christian story of Moses in the basket, in preparation for learning about the important Jewish festival of Passover later this term.

Expressive Arts and Design

We are going to be looking at the work of the artist Mario Merz, who builds 3D igloos. We will then be working in groups to use Model Magic to create our own igloos.

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