Reception – Term 3, Week 6


  • Friday 18th February – Whole school Maths day and 100 day celebrations. You will have received an email this week to tell you more information. 
  • It would be really helpful if the children could wear their wellies into school on a Monday morning, ready for running the Monday Mile. Please make sure they have their school shoes in their bag. 
  • Every child needs to bring their book, book bag and reading record into school everyday. 
  • Click here to find out about our whole school reading incentive called Read for the Stars.
  • 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 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. 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, the children loved learning about Chinese New Year. They all made a dragon mask and learnt about the celebrations. The children also made a collaborative dragon mask to use in their role play outside.

The children have also been really interested in ordering items by length and have written some fantastic lists about jobs they could do when they are older.

Congratulations to the children who have completed the first side of their ‘Read for the Stars’ bookmark this week. Please alert your child’s class teacher if your child has completed one side of their bookmark. Click here to find out about our whole school reading incentive called Read for the Stars.

Star of the Week

Class 1 – Josh

Class 2 – William

Class 3 – Sienna

Evidence Me observation request

Please take a picture of your child using technology (phone, tablet, laptop, computer) with a quote from them telling you either what they like about it or how it is used in the local community (e.g. to sign in at the doctors surgery). If you haven’t supported your child to access the ‘1 Minute Maths’ app this is a good time!

Please click here to view the Evidence Me parents guide.

Week 6

Please click here to access the plans if you are self isolating.

To watch this week’s whole-school assembly click here.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This week, we will be celebrating goals we have achieved, and also steps towards goals.

Communication and Language

The children will become increasingly familiar with our key text, ‘Zog and the Flying Doctors’. The children will also be telling stories and acting them out. This is called ‘Helicopter Stories’.

Word of the week: Sequence

Physical Development

In PE this week, we will be thinking about balancing and maintaining a stance on a line, bench and beam while raising alternative legs. Each classroom has a Fine Motor Skills area where children will strengthen the muscles in their fingers to enable them to do tasks such as threading and controlled writing.


Please continue to use the phonics grid with your child to practice all the phonemes we have learnt so far. We suggest doing this alongside their daily reading.  If your child has misplaced the grid, click here to access it.

This week we will be mastering previously learnt phonemes. This week we will focus on ch, sh, th and ng.

Please support your child at home to practise their letter formation. 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 we will be sequencing the story of ‘Zog and the Flying Doctors’.


This week the children will be combing two amounts to make a total, for example 4 + 3 = 7. We will be doing this in lots of practical ways and towards the end of the week, we will represent these using number sentences. We will continue to learn about ‘time’ and we will talk about what happens at different times of the day.

Find a part using a part-whole model - Year 2 - P3 - Maths - Home Learning  with BBC Bitesize - BBC Bitesize

Understanding the World

Continuing with our occupations and community work we will be welcoming in both a doctor and a midwife this week. 

We will be looking at how children can use technology and how to ask for help from grown-ups during our safer internet lesson. It is National Safer Internet day on Tuesday 8th February. You can find out more, by clicking here.

Religion and Worldviews

Continuing our theme of “Why are some times special?” we will be learning about wedding celebrations.

Expressive Arts and Design

This week we will be continuing music lessons, focusing on listening , performing and internalising rhythms, based on Handa’s Surprise. 

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