Reception – Term 5, Week 2


  • Monday Mile – Now that the weather is getting warmer, the field is not as damp, therefore the children no longer need to wear their wellies to school on a Monday morning for our Monday Mile. 
  • 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 that have been set up 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 document (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.


The children have come back from the Easter holidays and settled well into Term 5. Our new topic is ‘In the Garden’. They have been planting different seeds and have enjoyed exploring their new role play areas.

The children have been using large cardboard boxes outside to enhance their role play.

Star of the Week

Class 1 – Alfie

Class 2 – Louis

Class 3 – Elliot

Evidence Me – Observation request

Please submit an observation of your child exploring or drawing different types of plants. You could use parks, the garden center, herbs in the shop or a garden for inspiration.

Please click here to view the Evidence Me parents guide.

Week 4 Learning

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This week, we will be learning about how to be good friends and help someone who is lonely.

Communication and Language

We will continue to read ‘The Tiny Seed’. This week, we will be encouraging the children to retell the story, once they have developed a deep familiarity with the text, some as exact repetition and some in their own words.

Word of the week: Setting (the place or type of surroundings where something is positioned or where an event takes place e.g. the setting of a story).

Physical Development

We will be practising our circus skills with a parachute, bean bags and balls. We will be sending and receiving, juggling and bouncing different sized balls.


Please continue to use the phonics and common exception word grid with your child to practice all the phonemes and ‘CEW’ we have learnt so far. We suggest doing this alongside their daily reading. 

Click here to access our GPC (grapheme phoneme correspondence) and common exception word mat. 

This week we will continue with week 3 of our Phase 4 learning, learning about adjacent consonants.  Our focus this week will be ‘sk, st, ct, pt, xt’. For example ‘sk’ in the word ‘desk’ or ‘st’ in the word ‘last’.

We will also be focusing on these common exception words: some, they, come, all, are

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 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 writing instructions on how to plant a bean.


This week, we will be continuing to learn about addition. The children will use real objects to see that the quantity of a group can be changed by adding more. The will be introduced to language first, then and now to support them to create mathematical stories in meaningful contexts (e.g. first there were 3 apples on the ground, then 2 more fell off. Now I have 5).

Understanding the World

To compliment our Plants topic we will be learning about some botanists of the past and present. We will have a drawing table on the patio with plants on and children will be challenged to be botanists and draw what they see.

Religion and Worldviews

This week, we are thinking about stories which help us know good ways to live. We will read the story “Whoops but it wasn’t me” by Lauren child and talk about saying sorry and forgiving.

Expressive Arts and Design

This week we will be engaging in a dance lesson based on the Rainforest from BBC Let’s Move. 

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