Reception – Term 2, Week 1

Please scroll past the photos to see week 1 learning.

***Updated Open Morning Information***

We plan to go ahead with an adapted plan for the open mornings on Thursday 4th November as we believe there are great benefits to permitting small groups of parents into school to celebrate children’s learning as well as to strengthen understanding of how the learning environment supports our curriculum. Sessions will now be staggered (based on odd/even class numbers) to reduce numbers on site and numbers permitted inside classrooms will be restricted to 7 adults at any time to enable social distancing. We ask that face coverings are worn both indoors and out and strongly recommend visitors take a lateral flow test on the morning of the visit. Anyone displaying any symptoms associated with Covid should refrain from visiting school.

Thursday 4th November – One parent/carer is invited to come into the classroom with their child for a 15 minute slot (based on surname) to find out about their child’s favourite areas of learning and explore their classroom together.

  • Class 2: Surnames A-G 9:00-9:15; H-N 9:15-9:30; O-Z 9:30-9:45
  • Classes 1 and 3: Surnames A-G 2:35-2:50; H-N 2:50-3:05; O-Z 3:05-3:20.

Reading Rangers – During this first week back we will send out further information about the Reading Rangers and then there will be an opportunity in week 2 to join a zoom call if you have any further questions. This is for those of you who could give a regular commitment to listening to children read in our school. This is instead of the previously scheduled meeting for this week, due to COVID restrictions.

Author Visit – We are very lucky to have an author visiting us in Week 2 of Term 2. Information was sent out about this in Term 1. Click this LINK to an order form and more information if you have not received it. All replies and monies need to be returned to school by Monday 8th November (Next week!)


  • Every child has been given a new reading book to read over the half term holiday.
  • From Term 2, we will be inviting parents to contribute to their child’s learning diary. Each week, we will request an observation. Please read the weekly learning to find out which area of learning we would like you to contribute to. This week, we are asking you to contribute to ‘PSED’ by taking a photo or recording a short clip of your child doing something they are good at and submit it as an observation on Evidence Me. Click here to see the Parents Guide from Evidence Me. 
  • From Term 2 – 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.
  • When using the Bug Club books, please remember to click the ‘X’ to close the book when your child has read it, otherwise teachers cannot see that it has been read.
  • 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. 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. 


The children have completed their first term in school. We are so proud of the children for settling into school so well and making new relationships with peers and adults. The Reception team would also like to say thank you to parents and carers for supporting children’s transition from nursery/pre-school into school. We hope you all have a brilliant half term holiday and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 2nd November.

Henderson High School - It's the end of term three! We hope you all have a  relaxing break and enjoy the holidays. Remember the tutorials in the school  holidays for our senior

This week, the children loved our ‘Autumn Wonder Day’ and enjoyed their welly walk around the school site. They looked for signs of autumn and collected items such as fallen leaves and conkers. The children used the coloured leaves to make repeating patterns. Each child also painted a leaf and printed onto paper. We have been very impressed with the children during phonics lessons. They have been independently writing CVC words using the taught phonemes.

Learning diary contribution – Evidence Me

PSED – Please take a photo or record a short clip of your child doing something they are good at and submit it as an observation on Evidence Me.  

Click here to see the Parents Guide from Evidence Me.

Learning in Week 1

If you are self isolating this week, please click here to view the plans.

To watch Mrs Fricker’s whole school assembly click here.

This week, we will be learning about another ELLI animal, the Tortoise. We will be reading ‘The Hare and the Tortoise’ and be thinking about how the tortoise persevered throughout the race. The children will be able to relate to the tortoise’s perseverance as they will find learning difficult at points and will need to use perseverance to continue their learning journey.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will begin a new Piece of our Jigsaw Scheme “Celebrating Difference” This week, we will think about things we are good at, and how these are different for everyone.

We will continue to refer to ELLI animals, and will be introducing the Tortoise who stands for resilience and perseverance in our learning.

Please take a photo or record a short clip of your child doing something they are good at and submit it as an observation on Evidence Me.  Click here to see the Parents Guide from Evidence Me. 

Communication and Language

We will be encouraging the children’s to act out the story ‘The Hare and the Tortoise’ and use vocabulary learnt in the book. Each week, we will have a word of the week to learn about. This week’s word is ‘Diwali’.

Word of the week: Diwali

Physical Development

We will be exploring static balance and agility as we find different ways of jumping and landing in a moon adventure. In Write Dance we will be using both hands, with crayons, to make imaginative ‘Krongelidong’ animals.


Phonics: This week we will be applying our phonics knowledge to read and  write short captions, using the sounds s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, e, u, r, h, b, f and ff. 

Reading: This term we will read with your child 1:1 and in small guided reading sessions. Please continue to read with your child every day to improve their fluency and please record every time you read in their reading log books. We will be continuing to change books once a week but please bring your child’s books and bag everyday.

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

Writing: This week we will be looking at different pictures and writing labels, for example: cap, top, hat, cat, clock.

Please support your child at home to practise the letter formation of s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, e, u, r, h, b, f. Click here to see the correct formation of the letters.


This week, we are going to be learning about the composition of numbers 1, 2 and 3. We will be thinking about the different ways the numbers can be represented (e.g. with our fingers, cubes, numicon) and thinking about how they are made up (e.g. 2+1=3),

Understanding the World

We will be learning about how to keep safe during bonfire night celebrations. We will also be learning about the ELLI tortoise. We will continue to celebrate each others family cultures through the All About Me Box.

Religion and Worldviews

This week, we will be talking about the festival of Diwali and have the opportunity to make some colourful paper plate divas. Diwali is also our word of the week!

Expressive Arts and Design

This week we will be focusing on the ELLI animal ‘tortoise’. We will be making a mosaique tortoise shell using different collage materials. 

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