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Weekly Update (Week ending 4.12.20)


This week...

This week we have been learning about the Christmas story and practising  songs to share with our parents. The Reception children have been learning Away in a Manger with Makaton and the Nursery children have been singing Twinkle Twinkle Christmas Star. These songs have now been recorded and will be shared with you towards the end of term.

In maths, we have been finding different ways to make the numbers 4 and 5. We have also found the numbers that are one more/one less up to 5.


Next Week...

Next week we will be reading the story, Dear Santa by Rod Campbell. The children will practise writing lists of the presents that appear in the story and will be making Christmas cards for elderly residents in the village.

On Wednesday morning, there will be  a virtual Christingle assembly with the local vicar and we will be making our own Christingles to take home.

We will also be learning about Hanukkah and how and why it is celebrated.

In maths, we will be learning more about 2D shapes and using them to match pairs and sort by their different properties.

The Reception children will be revising the phase 2 sounds we have learned and practising the tricky words: to, no, go, the, I, into. Revision will continue for the rest of this half term so we are ready to start introducing phase 3 sounds after Christmas.


Supporting Your Child At Home...

  • Use objects at home to find different ways of making 4 or 5 e.g. 3 red cars and 1 blue car makes 4 cars altogether/ 3 apples and 2 bananas makes 5 altogether.
  • Practise name writing - make sure the letters are facing the right direction and start with a capital letter at the beginning.
  • If you are writing Christmas cards, encourage your child to write their name themselves. If your child is in Nursery, you could write their name using dots and get them to trace over the top!
  • Nursery children - practise recognising their name. Hide their name on pieces of paper around the house 
  • Reception children  -  practise all the phase 2 sounds we have learned. Use them for reading and writing simple words.


  • Please send in an orange with your child on Monday ready for making Christingles later in the week. Big oranges only please - satsumas and clementines are not big enough for making Christingles.
  • Please make sure your child has a warm coat and a jumper or cardigan with them every day. We have learning opportunities outside whatever the weather and we also have to keep the classroom well ventilated (due to Covid-19 guidelines) so it can get a bit chilly inside too!
  • Reception children should come to school on Wednesdays wearing their PE kit. This should include velcro trainers, dark coloured joggers, a t-shirt in their team colour and a sweatshirt.


We hope you all have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Funnell, Mrs Gillo, Mrs Tozer and the EYFS Team






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