Reception – Term 1, Week 5


  • Please remember to send your child to school everyday with a coat. We go outside in all weathers.  
  • Now all of the children are doing full days, please provide your child with a water bottle (water only, no squash/juice) and a piece of fruit in a named container.
  • Thank you to those who attend our Early Reading and Phonics meeting on Tuesday. You can click here to access the blog post about reading at Henleaze Infant School and click here to view some of the FAQ’s
  • Please provide your child with a PE kit to keep on their peg by 1st October. We will be doing PE indoors, so trainers are not needed until the summer terms.
  • If you haven’t already, please send in a photo of your family to be part of a class display. You can do this by handing your child’s class teacher a photograph or email the class email address. 


This week, all of the children have started to do full days at school. They have continued to make relationships with peers and adults and explore the new environment. The children have loved learning about the numbers 1 – 5 (see display below) and more phonemes during their phonics lessons. We have been very impressed with their writing skills and ability to persevere when they are finding letter formation difficult. All of the children are very tired, therefore we recommend a restful weekend!

This week’s learning:

This week we will be moving onto our next ELLI animal, the Chameleon. We will explore how the Chameleon helps us change and adapt our plans in our learning.  The story we will be focusing on for the next two weeks will be ‘The Mixed up Chameleon’ by Eric Carle. 

On Monday, your child will be bringing home their first reading book and reading log book. Please look inside the front cover of both books for some tips and tricks to help you to support your child at home. 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This week, we are thinking about how to be kind to each other in our class, and how to look after the things in our classroom and on the patio by keeping them tidy. We will be talking about our class rules for keeping everyone happy and safe. (Act kindly; Move calmly; Listen carefully; Do your best; Take care of our school and Stay safe.)

Communication and Language

The Reception children will be learning new vocabulary while they read ‘The Mixed Up Chameleon’. They will explore words such as camouflage, disguise, speckled and content. 

Physical Development

This week we will be working in pairs to copy movements such as hop, clap, turn as we explore Hindu Dandiya stick dances.


This week we will be applying knowledge of all phonemes (sounds) learnt so far. We will be practising the letter formation of s, a, t, p, i, n, m and d and we will be using the phonemes to blend and write CVC words. Alongside this, we will be focusing on words being a form of meaning.


In Maths this week, we will be learning about one more within 5. This will support them to understand the ‘one more than’ relationship between consecutive numbers. The children will do this by playing games (e.g. being passengers on a bus and each time the bus reaches a ‘bus stop’ a child gets on which is one more) and using objects to find one more. The children have already been introduced to fives and tens frames but will explore them further this week. 

Tens frame

Understanding the World

This week we will be learning about the special features of Chameleons. We will also be thinking what our parents were like as children. We will be talking about Hindu Dandiya stick dances.

Religion and Worldviews

This week, we are going to be talking about places which are special to us – including places of worship.

Expressive Arts and Design

This week in Reception, we will begin to make chameleons for our displays. We will design these using crayon and  brusho paint. We will also have lots of creative resources for the children to explore through the week, including painting, collage, junk modelling and a range of drawing utensils. 

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