Reception – Term 4, Week 4


  • At parents’ evening, some teachers will have recommended that you ask your child questions when they are reading to develop their comprehension. Please click here to view some example questions.
  • Every child needs to bring their book, book bag and reading record into school everyday. 
  • Please do not allow your child to play with the resources on the patio before school (including the mountain and the bikes/scooters). Please pass this on to any adults who bring your child to school.
  • 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.
  • 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 have been learning about 3D shapes. They have enjoyed learning about the faces and the different properties of shapes. We have been impressed with the children’s writing this week too when they wrote cards for a special person.

During our Reception assembly, the children learnt about how Jewish people celebrate passover.

This week, the children have loved using the new ‘graphics shed’ to mark make. Thank you again to FHIS for funding our Graphics Shed.

Star of the Week

Class 1 – Leon

Class 2 – James

Class 3 – Otto

Star of the week | Park Community Academy

Evidence Me – Observation request

This week we would love to see an observation of your children doing some writing at home. Please ask your child to write a sentence about what they did at the weekend e.g. I went to the park or I went to the shops with my Dad. This is a good chance to support your children with capital letters and full stops. To help support your child’s writing here is a copy of our Phase 2 and 3 sound mat that children use in school (click here)

Please click here to view the Evidence Me parents guide.

Week 4 Learning

Please click here to view our plans if you are self isolating.

For the past 3 weeks, we have been learning about cold places. For the next 3 weeks, we are going to be learning about hot places. We will be using the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ as a learning hook.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This week, we will be learning about how important it is to sleep well, and sharing ideas of how to get to sleep.

Communication and Language

We will be reading the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ multiple times so that we become familiar with it. Towards the end of the week, we will be asking the children to describe the key events in detail and retell the story.  

Word of the week: Performance 

Physical Development

This week, the children will move like animals during our PE lessons. The children will be moving and climbing on the low and large apparatus. 


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 from phase 3. This week we will be focusing on ‘ure’ and ‘er.’

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 taking part in the NW24 writing competition. We will be using our imagination to think and write about ‘What made the Quokka happy?’


We are going to be learning about patterns this week. The children have previously learnt about AB AB patterns so this week we are going to be moving onto more complex patterns e.g. ABB ABB or AAB AAB. They will be making their own patterns with various resources including counters, paper chains and cards with fruits on. Alongside this, we are going to continue to think about the composition of numbers and continue to build an understanding that quantities are made up of smaller quantities e.g. 8 can be made up of 3 and 5.

Understanding the World

We are going to be making rocket mice this week. This activity involves shooting a rocket high into the air by rapidly squashing a plastic bottle launcher.

Religion and Worldviews

This week, we will hear the key events of the Easter story from the Christian Bible, and about why it is important for Christians.

Expressive Arts and Design

This week we will be doing observational drawings of fruit baskets using oil pastels.

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