Reception – Term 5, Week 4


  • This week we are going to be painting pictures of our gardens or a garden using a technique called ‘pointillism’ . Please can you send in a picture of a garden your child likes to visit that could inspire their art this week. This can either be through class email or a printed copy. If you are sending it, please send it to the correct class email address:
  • We will not be changing library books again until Week 5 as the school library is out of use next week.
  • If your child finishes one side of their bookmark, meaning they are due a certificate, please let your child’s class teacher know. We do not check them ourselves, we rely on you telling us – thank you!
  • Thank you for sending your child into school with different versions of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. 
  • Monday Mile – Now that the weather is getting warmer, field is not as damp, therefore the children no longer need to wear their wellies to school on a Monday 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.


This week, the children have loved learning about Jack and the Beanstalk. We read lots of alternative stories, including one called ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’ and another called ‘Trust me, Jack stinks!’ which was written from the giants perspective.

We have also been to Henleaze Library. The children walked through the local community to get there, had a story read to them, looked around and chose their own books to read.

Click on your child’s class to see the photos: Class 1 Class 2 Class 3

Star of the Week

Class 1 – Florence

Class 2 – Ivy

Class 3 – Archer

Evidence Me – Observation request

We would like you to record a video of your child retelling ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. Encourage them to use phrases and words from the story e.g. “fee, fi, fo, fum”. If you need to refresh your memory of the story, you can watch it by clicking here. We have been reading lots of different versions in school, so your child’s version might be a little bit different! 

Please click here to view the Evidence Me parents guide.

Week 4 Learning

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This week as we continue to think about friendship, we will learn about how important it is to say kind words, and the impact of unkind words on others. We will use squirty cream or shaving foam to illustrate how you can’t put back unkind words once they’ve been spoken.

Communication and Language

This week, we will be continuing to reread and become more familiar with our key text, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We will be asking the children to retell the story in their own words. 

Word of the week: Pointillism 

Physical Development

We will be exploring reaction and response as we continue to develop ball control skills.


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 ‘gl, gr, pl, pr, sc, sk, sm, sn, -ed’. For example ‘gr’ in the word ‘grow’. 

We will also be focusing on these common exception words: little, one

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 designing and writing about a character for the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.


This week, the children will be learning about taking away. They will use real objects to see that the quantity of a group can be change by taking items away. The first, then, now structure (that children were introduced to in Week 3) will be used again to create mathematical stories in meaningful contexts. 

Understanding the World

We will be having our Spring Welly Walk around the school grounds and using our new Weather Station to record the days weather. We will also continue to build the class plant book by drawing what we see as our snow seeds develop.

Religion and Worldviews

This week, we will be hearing two stories which tell Muslims to treat animals kindly: The Ants, and The Camel.

Expressive Arts and Design

This week we will be creating a garden picture using the ‘pointillism’ technique. We will be looking at the Artist George Seruat and his work based around this technique.  

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