Reception, week 7

A highlight of week 6 has been our wellie walks. Each class enjoyed putting on their wellies and exploring the school grounds to look for signs of Autumn. 

We have also been busy building and making pictures with shapes and have learned the phonemes p  i  n.

It was lovely to see so many of you for our zoom meeting on Thursday. We hope we were able to answer  most of your questions. Remember you can always use our class emails if you have any queries and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 

Following the discussion about reading here is  a list of useful websites that may be helpful to  you.

The following are games and activities that can be used with your children. When using these games and activities please share them with your child to make them purposeful and help with their phonics and reading.     (free on a PC)

This weeks learning

The full plans can be found here for anyone quarantining at home.


Elli animals – This week we will be learning about the unicorn and how it helps us to be use our imagination to have good ideas, be creative and to solve problems.

We will be thinking about our rights ( the right to eat, drink, sleep, play, learn ) and how they relate to school and our school rules. How would it feel if we were not allowed to do these things?

Communication and Language

This week we will be practising oral blending and segmenting skills. Listening to the sounds in words and blending them together to hear the whole word.  

We will play games using ‘sound talk’ where instead of saying the whole word we break the instruction down into sounds. Eg ‘Get your c-oa-t’ and ‘touch your ch-i-n’ ‘ I spy a s-o-ck’ 

We will also ask the children to listen to words and break them up (segment) into their sounds in the correct order. This is the opposite of blending. We will play games where the children choose an object and then use ‘sound talk’ to tell us what it is .Eg Duck – d-u-ck.

We will use our fingers to count the phonemes in a word and blend or segment it. We call this finger spelling or phoneme fingers.


We will continue to  focus on developing the children’s fine motor and pencil skills by developing the muscles in their hands and fingers through finger rhymes,  Write Dance and the provision of activities such as lego, meccano, threading, playdough and tracing patterns in the classroom. 

We will practising the letter formation of the phonemes that we are learning: m d g 

In our PE lesson we will continue to practise following instructions, working together, moving and balancing in a variety of ways. Moving


We will be using the story ‘Sugarlump and the Unicorn’ by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks to introduce the Elli unicorn. It is a rhyming story so encourage your children to listen out , predict and join in with the rhyming words.

Listen to the story here:

Sugarlump and the unicorn

This week we will be recapping the phonemes s a t p I n and learning the phonemes m d g  We will use these phonemes to blend words such as:  am, man, mam, mat, map, Pam, Tim  dad, and, sad, dim, dip, din, did, Sid

We will be continuing to encourage each child to  draw a picture of their families and use their mark making and writing skills to label them.


This week we will be learning about the numbers 1 – 5 focusing on one number each day.

We will learn what the numeral looks like and how we can represent it in different ways, writing, mark making  and physically with our fingers. Looking for the number in the environment and ways it is relevant to our lives. Eg house numbers, ages, we have 1 nose, etc. The children will have the opportunity to record some of these numbers in their own way – mathematical graphics.

Understanding the World 

People and communities: Ongoing – Thank you to everyone that has already sent us ‘All about Me’  photos. If you have not done this yet it is not too late. See the instructions on last weeks blog.

The World: We will be learning about the mythical animal the unicorn and will continue to learn about and explore signs of Autumn. 

RE: We will read the story Jonah and the Whale and talk about making choices.

Expressive Arts

This week we will use a variety of collage materials to make unicorns and unicorn masks for our Elli displays.

We will use some of the autumn leaves that we have collected to do some leaf printing.

Dance: In our Write dance lesson we will move to the music and match the gross motor movements to mark making skills.

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