Reception – Term 1, Week 7

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Notice board

  • Please remember to read the phonetically decodable reading book with your child everyday. Reading the same book daily for several days helps to develop fluency and embed phonic knowledge and skills. Please write a positive comment about your child’s reading in their log book everyday. We also ask that your child brings in their reading log book everyday to school as we sometimes write a comment in them when we read in school. 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 remember to return your child’s books every Monday as they will swap them for new ones on Mondays. 
  • As we near the end of the induction period, we’d like to thank you for your role in making this a positive start to school.  We have been so pleased with the way children are settling and know they are now all ready for full days, so we will be reverting to the whole school timings of 8:50 – 3:30 in Term 2. 
  • You will soon be receiving the first part of your child’s learning diary via Evidence Me. You should have already received (and hopefully accepted) an invitation from Evidence Me. If you have not, please speak to your child’s class teacher. It would be great if you could download the app in preparation for receiving observations of your child in Week 8. 
  • On Tuesday 19th October, Reception are going to have a day where they immerse themselves in Autumn. We will be doing lots of exciting activities including a welly walk. We ask that you provide your child with a pair of wellington boots in a plastic bag to hang on their peg from Monday 18th October. They will be returned on Thursday 21st October. If you do not have wellington boots, please provide alternative appropriate footwear. We are also inviting children to bring into school, 1 item they may have found that represents autumn e.g. a red leaf, conker.
  • Please provide your child with a PE kit to keep on their peg as soon as possible. We will be doing PE indoors, so trainers are not needed until the summer terms. We are starting PE this week and the children will need a PE kit to change into.
  • 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.


In Week 6 the children have been continuing to learn about out ELLI chameleon. They have enjoyed changing colours by mixing them and loved using shaving foam to make dots. Each class’ All About Me Box is going home with one child per night to fill with some special items. There are instructions inside the lid of the box. Every child will get a chance to bring it home and show their new friends the contents.

This weeks learning

This week, we will start learning about the ELLI unicorn. The unicorn is creative and imaginative and will support pupils to use their imagination in their learning, as well as looking at things in different ways to find another angle. We will be using the Julia Donaldson story called Sugarlump and the Unicorn. We will also be joining our second whole school assembly about Harvest with the Salvation Army.

Sugarlump and the Unicorn : Donaldson, Julia, Monks, Lydia:  Books

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will continue thinking about our class rules, and how everyone should be able to feel safe and happy as they learn at school.

Communication and Language

This week, we will be learning new vocabulary; imagination and creativity when we learn about the ELLI unicorn. We will be reading the Julia Donaldson book ‘Sugarlump and the Unicorn’ and ask children questions about the book. We will be encouraging children to reinact and retell the story over the next two weeks. 

Physical Development

We will be drawing volcanoes with both hands in Write Dance as we strengthen fine motor skills. In PE we will be improving balance and coordination by standing or squatting on one leg. We will be using crosses and lines in handwriting.


This week we will be learning the sounds ck, e, u, r. The children will learn the new vocabulary digraph. A digraph is a combination of two letters representing one phoneme (e.g. ck, sh, ch). Please support your child at home to practise the letter formation of s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck (not joined), e, u, r. Click here to see the correct formation of the letters.

Don’t forget 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. We will be continuing to read with every child again this week to find out more about their early reading skills (following text with their finger, blending, knowledge of grapheme phoneme correspondence etc.)


In Maths this week, the children will be comparing quantities by applying their knowledge of ‘more than’ and ‘less than’. They will compare quantities of identical and non-identical objects. The children have really enjoyed learning about ‘1 more’ and ‘1 less’. Please continue to use this language at home and highlight real life scenarios with one more/less. For example, put 6 grapes on a plate. Show your child there is one less on the plate each time you eat one. 

Understanding the World

We will be thinking about the Harvest Festival tradition. We will be exploring the meaning of Seasons. We will be learning about our new friends as they share their All About Me boxes. 

Religion and Worldviews

We will continue sharing our All About Me Boxes, as well as hearing the story of the Precious Pearl and talking about objects which are special to us.

Expressive Arts and Design

This week in Reception we will be learning about the ELLI unicorn and how it helps us to be creative. We will be exploring a range of materials to create our very own unicorn masks. We will also be learning a song for Harvest ‘Cauliflower is fluffy.’ 

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