Reception – Term 2, Week 4


  • Read for the Stars is our new reading incentive – On Friday (19th) your child will have brought home a bookmark. Click here to find out more information about our reading incentive.
  • Next week, it is National Road Safety week. Please click here and share the slides with your child. We will be discussing Road Safety in school during Week 4. We encourage you to reinforce road safety messages when crossing roads with your child.
  • As long as it isn’t raining, we will do a ‘Monday Mile’ around the Junior playing field. Please send your child in with a pair of named wellies on Mondays as the grass is usually wet at this time of year. They will be returned on Monday afternoon.
  • Our Week 4 Word of the Week is teamwork.
  • This term, we are inviting parents to contribute to their child’s learning diary. Each week, we will request an observation. Please read the weekly learning (scroll down) to find out which area of learning we would like you to contribute to this week. Click here to see the Parents Guide from Evidence Me. 
  • Art competition – This year the RWA (Royal West of England Academy) are inviting pupils to submit a Christmas card design. The winning design will be chosen by a panel of RWA staff and Academicians, then printed and sent out as the RWA Christmas card. The winner will also get a pack of the cards they designed. To enter children should send an image of their artwork to and include their name and age. The deadline for submissions is midnight 28th November 2021.

Star of the week

Class 1 – Sophie 

Class 2 – Ivy 

Class 3  – Esmee

Star of the week | Park Community Academy


This week the children have enjoyed learning about Hanukkah. We were very lucky to have had a family from Henleaze come into school to speak to us about the festival. We learnt about what Hanukkah is, how it is celebrated, things we might see during the festival and we were able to sample some of tasty treats called sufganiot, that are like mini doughnuts.

Monday was the beginning of our ‘Friendship Week’. Children enjoyed wearing odd socks and this sparked lots of discussions throughout the week about what a good friend is and how we can be a good friend to others. We also talked about how we should treat others  and thought about something that we could do during the week to be a good friend. We have enjoyed giving our friends a compliment and making a ‘heart friend’ to remind us how to be a good friend. 

A massive thank-you to everyone for all their effort for Children in Need, it was great to see all the children involved and talk about why they feel happy or what makes them feel happy. We can honestly say we have lots of very happy children at Henleaze!

Learning diary contribution – Evidence Me

Literacy – Please take a photo of your child writing their name alongside a picture of the ELLI animals they have learnt about so far (cat, tortoise, unicorn, owl, chameleon). Then submit it as an observation on Evidence Me. Click here to see the Parents Guide from Evidence Me.

Learning in Week 4

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

This week, the children will be starting to learn about the ELLI Bee. The bee works as a team and therefore our word of the week is ‘teamwork’. We will be encouraging children to work in a team with their classmates.

Bee and Me: Alison, Jay: 9781910646052: Books

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This week, we will continue to think about ways we learn by talking about the ELLI Cat (asking questions and showing curiosity) and the Bee (teamwork).

We will also think about how we are all different but also ways that we are similar.

Communication and Language

This week, the children will be introduced to the book ‘Bee and Me’. This book has no words, just pictures. Children will listen to their teacher telling a story using the pictures. Throughout the week, we will be encouraging children to use the pictures to retell the story too.  

Word of the week: Teamwork

Physical Development

We will be heading to the jungle to perfect our jumping and landing and to practise static seated balances. In Write Dance we will be moving to music using our whole bodies as we explore straight shapes while being robots.


This week we are learning the new phonemes y, z, zz, qu. We will also be learning the new Common Exception Words ‘we’ and ‘be’. 

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, l  j, v, w, x,y ,z, q.

This week we will continue to read with your child either 1:1 or in small guided reading session. Please continue to read with your child every day to improve their fluency with a text and don’t forget to record this in your child’s yellow reading record. 

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


This week we will be writing CVC labels (e.g. Fox and hat), as well as CVCC words (e.g. swim and frog)

Observation request on Evidence Me: Please take a photo of your child writing their name alongside a picture of the ELLI animals they have learnt about so far (cat, tortoise, unicorn, owl, chameleon). Then submit it as an observation on Evidence Me .  Click here to see the Parents Guide from Evidence Me.


This week in Maths, the children will be learning about shapes with 4 sides (squares and rectangles). The children will be using the vocabulary ‘sides’ and ‘corners’. We will be encouraging children to notice shapes within the environment and build their own squares and rectangles. Children will be taught to recognise squares and rectangles in a variety of different sizes and orientations. They will also be encouraged to spot other shapes with 4 straight sides. Alongside this, the children will continue to learn about numbers to 5 and use their own mathematical graphics to represent numbers to 5. 

Understanding the World

We will be continuing to explore our ELLI animals and considering the real world animals this week our focus is bees.

We continue to recognise and show curiosity about news from our friends as they share their interests. 

Religion and Worldviews

This week we will be hearing the Christian Nativity story about Jesus being born, as we learn the songs for our own Christmas play.

Expressive Arts and Design

Our ELLI animal this week is the Bee. This week we will be using our fingerprints to create a swarm of bees. We will also be continuing to learn our Christmas Nativity songs.

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