Reception – Term 2, Week 5


  • If your child is a narrator or has any words to say in our Reception play, please help them to learn them and say them in a loud voice at home. They were sent home on Monday along with the slip telling you what your child is going to be in the play. 
  • Our Reception performance will be on Wednesday 7th December at 9:30am. Parents/carers will be invited. We wanted to give you as much notice as possible so that you can make arrangements to allow you to come and watch the performance of the year!
  • We would like you to support your child to hold their pencil correctly when they are using them at home. Children should be using a tripod grip. Click here to see a BBC Bitesize video about how to hold a pencil.


This week, the children have been learning like the ELLI Teamwork Bee. They have been working together to make collaborative paintings of swarms of bees. Alongside this, the children have loved playing with the water on the patio and enjoyed visiting the school library again.

Star of the Week

Daffodil Class – Jake

Buttercup Class – Sylvie

Daisy Class – Freddy

Star of the week | Park Community Academy

Tapestry – Observation request

The focus this week is Maths. 

Go on a shape hunt with your child either around the house or out and about. Take photos of the shapes you can see in the environment (e.g. square windows, circle road sign). Talk to your child about the properties of the shape. How many sides does it have? Are they straight or curved? How many corners? Your child will have a chance to show the shapes they found to their classmates. 

You can also send us any moments that you feel are significant in your child’s learning or want to share with your child’s class teachers.

Click the links below to find out how to add observations from different devices. 

Apple device    Andriod device    Desktop

This week’s learning:

This week, we will continue to learn about the ELLI Bee. Busy Bees work together to reach a goal. They have all the skills they need to work as part of a team. We will be using ‘Bee and Me’ as our key text. 

To find out more about our ELLI animals, please click here. 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will continue our theme of Celebrating Difference by thinking about different kinds of homes and what makes our homes special to us.

Communication and Language

This week, the children will have the opportunity to retel the ‘Bee and Me’ story in their own words. We will also continue to learn and perform songs for our Reception play. 

Word of the week: subitise 

Physical Development

The children will be learning actions for the Reception Performance and taking part in physical games.


This week we will continue our phase 3 phonics and we will be teaching the children the following digraphs: oo, ar, or, ur. The children will learn these digraphs and practice writing them in isolation and in words. We will also be learning the common exception words: they, all


This week we will be writing a shared letter to Santa.


This week, we will be learning about how numbers to 5 can be represented in different ways and explore some more Maths resources. 

Understanding the World

We will be talking about online safety this week.

Religion and Worldviews

This week, we will be retelling the Nativity story, talking about our own family celebrations and assessing children’s learning over the past 2 terms.

Expressive Arts and Design

This week we will be making Christmas cards to take home to our families. We will also be rehearsing acting, dancing and singing for our Reception play.

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