Term 2 Week 5

It was so lovely to be back in school today and see all of class 3 after our week of isolation! The children were all very excited to see each other and to tell me about all the work they had done at home. I have a big pile of bee paintings in quarantine that we will all look at on Monday. 

A big thank you for all the time you have given to support your child’s  home learning this week. I know that this is really difficult when you are working or have other children at home so it is really appreciated. All your hard work means that we can move on with the rest of the reception classes next week.

It has been wonderful to receive so many observations and see all the different activities that your children have been doing.  I replied to most observations so hope that you have been able to see my comments and share them with your child. 

This week we are continuing to focus on the ELLI animal the Bee. We are going to focus on working as a team and supporting each other in our learning. We will be learning about 2D shapes and using them in our Christmas craft activities; making cards, calendars and designing decorations for our school Christmas tree. 


Can you believe that it is December  1st on Tuesday!  December is always an exciting month in school and we are planning lots of things to make it as exciting as possible despite all the COVID restrictions.


Instead of our usual Nativity Play performance we are planning a special surprise for you that we will be recording outside.

We would like the children to all wear their lovely winter coats, hats , gloves, scarves etc and look cosy and Christmassy. However the recording will be weather dependent so please look out for messages asking for these at short notice. Please use the class Whatsapp groups to help spread the word!

Christmas Cards

This year we are unable to invite the children to send each other lots of Christmas cards. However, if they wish to, they could write one card to the whole class that we will open together and display in the classroom.

Observation challenge

Our observation challenge this week is to send a photo and observation of  your child finding 2D shapes in the environment. . Please ask the children to tell you about the shapes that they have used and record it in the notes using their own words.

Celebration Assembly

Our Reception Stars this week were:

Class 1 – 

Class 2 – Dolly

(Class 3 will catch up next week!)

This weeks learning

Please click here to see the full plans if your child is in quarantine at home or waiting for a test result.


We will continue our learning about being different and belonging by looking at what is the same and different about houses and homes. We will also continue our daily wellbeing activities

Communication and Language

We continue to support development in this area by talking to the children about what they are doing, encouraging them to listen and to take turns in conversation. When watching something or reading stories we will ask questions to check that the children are actively listening and understand what is happening in the program or story. We will continue to talk about the story ‘Bee and Me’ developing our own narrative to the story.

We will play games like I Spy,  silly sentences ( where all the words begin with the same sound) and robot talking t( breaking the words down into individual phonemes eg  r…e…d…  instead of red ) to encourage your child to listen to the phonemes in words.


In PE are perfecting our one leg standing balance. I can work on simple tasks by myself. I can follow instructions and practise safely.

In dance we will continue to support children’s brain and body coordination development with Write Dance.


This week we will continue to use the story ‘Bee and Me’ by Alison Jay to talk about the Elli ‘Bee’ and how it can help us to develop our team-working skills to help us learn from each other.


This week we will be recapping all the phonemes that we learnt so far and learning the new phonemes x, y, z (zz)

We will use these phonemes to blend (read) and segment (spell) CVC words 

Tricky words:

We will also be learning the ‘Tricky’ words was and you that cannot be blended but need to be learnt by sight.


This week we will read in small groups and 1:1. We will continue to allocate them a home reading book from our online reading scheme. Please continue to talk to your children about their reading book, what do you think will happen next? What happened in the beginning, middle and end?


This week will be learning about 2D (flat) shapes and talking about their properties. How many sides  have they got? How many corners? Are the edges straight or curved? We will be using 2D shapes to make patterns and pictures.

Our observation challenge this week is to send a photo and observation of  your child finding 2D shapes in the environment. . Please ask the children to tell you about the shapes that they have used and record it in the notes using their own words.

We will also continue to think about the numbers 6 – 10;  recognising the numerals, counting amounts up to 10 accurately and ordering numbers to 10.

We will be exploring the different ways that we can make numbers to 10 using 10s frames and recording in Part Part Whole diagrams and number sentences.

Understanding the World 

We will be learning a little more about Hanukkah (10th Dec) and listening to children’s ideas around the festive season.

We will be supporting group games and role play.

Children will be sharing what they know about seasons as the weather changes.

We will be encouraging children to use the pc and mouse as well as ipads to use age appropriate software. 


We will be assessing children’s learning this term, and have a go at re-telling the Christian Nativity story

Expressive Arts

This week we will be doing lots of Christmas Arts and Crafts,  making Christmas cards, calendars and decorations- we can’t wait to show them off! We will also be continuing our Nativity songs from ‘Shine Star Shine.’ 

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