Reception – Term 3, Week 2


  • Phonics and letter formation – We are really pleased to be able to share this document with you (click here). The document shows you the Phase 2 phonemes with a description of the corresponding action, the correct letter formation and the image children that will associate with the phoneme. The children have been learning these phonemes in their Phonics lessons, so should already be familiar with them. Please use this document to support your child’s letter formation and use the ‘script’ that we use in school to ensure consistency.
  • 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 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. 
  • 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. 


This week we have really enjoyed starting our brand new topic ‘Where I Live’. We have been exploring our new role play areas in our classrooms and thinking about those people in the community that help us. The children have really enjoyed taking on the roles of policemen and women, doctors, nurses and vets. You can see photos of the role play areas below.

In school, we have been reading the story ‘Bear at Home’. We have noticed that the children have settled back into school after the Christmas holiday and have been doing some fantastic writing. The children talked about the different rooms they might have in their homes and we made a list. The children used their phonics knowledge taught in Term 1 and 2 to spell the words.

Evidence Me – Observation requests

Religion and Worldviews – We would like each child to send in a photo of a local place which is special for them (e.g. a favourite park, favourite room in their house, special holiday destination or a place of worship) via Evidence Me for us to share in class. This could be a photo that has previously been taken (e.g. at a wedding).

Understanding the World – Please make a map with your child and photograph it using Evidence Me. It might be a map of their garden, a walk to the library or to their grandparents house. Please choose a route your child is familiar with and knows well.

Click here to see the Parents Guide from Evidence Me.

Learning in Week 2

If you are self isolating, click here to see the plans.

This week’s whole school assembly can be found here

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This week, we will be talking about times when we didn’t give up, but persevered to achieve something new. We will revisit the ELLI Tortoise and the learning characteristics of perseverance and resilience.

Communication and Language

This week, we will continue to read our key text, Bear at Home. As the children will become more familiar with the story, they will answer questions to develop their understanding of the story. We will encourage children to articulate their ideas and thoughts in well-formed sentences and use a range of connectives. Word of the week: capacity

Physical Development

We will be exploring dynamic balance walking along lines and beams. In Write Dance we will be exploring moving like Trains using both arms to show the wheels as they turn round and round.


This week we will be learning the new digraphs ur, ow, oi, ear, air. We will also be learning the new Common Exception Words ‘my’ and ‘are’.

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. Please click here to see the correct letter formation and ‘script’ we use in school to support children to form their letters. This will ensure consistency between home and school.

This week we will continue to read with your child either 1:1 or in a small guided reading session. Please continue to read with your child every day to improve their fluency with a text. Ask your child questions about the characters, what they think might happen next and discuss/ explain what they think is happening in the pictures. 

Writing – This week the children will be labeling parts of a bedroom e.g. bed, lamp, rug. 


This week, the children are going to be learning about the composition of 4 and 5. The children will continue to develop the understanding that all numbers are made up of smaller numbers. They will be encouraged to explore and notice the different compositions for 4 and 5. For example, 5 can be composed of 1 and 1 and 3 or 2 and 3 or 1 and 4. Next week, the children will be learning about number bonds to 5 and they will be encouraged to recall these. 

Understanding the World

We will be learning about what a community is. Children will be sharing what they know about their community and learning about which facilities their friends use like the health centre, swimming pool or park. We will be talking about what jobs people may do in these places such as doctor, swimming teacher and park keeper. We will be making collaborative maps of our school.

Religion and Worldviews

This week, we are thinking about places we go at special times eg places of worship, party venues, cafes/restaurants etc.

Expressive Arts and Design

This week we will be engaging in music and learning about different rhythm patterns, based around the story ‘Handa’s Surprise.’ 

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