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Weekly Update (Week ending 19-10-19)


This Week.....

This week we have been reading the story, Whatever Next. We have written lists of the things we would like to take into Space with us, built our own rockets from recycled materials and made space helmets!

In maths, we have been learning about the properties of 2D shapes. 

We have learned the new sounds ck,e,u,r.

All children should now have their Bug Club Phonics log-in and there are e-books and games available for the children to access through the Active Learn website.


Next Week…

We will be learning the poem, Teddy Bears' Picnic. We will be planning writing invitations to our own teddy bears' picnic, icing biscuits and making sandwiches. The children can all bring in their own teddy bear to take part in the picnic on Friday.

In maths, we will be learning about positional language above, below, between, behind etc.

We will be introducing some new phonics sounds: h,f,b,l



Supporting Your Child at Home

  • Ask your child to tell you about different shapes e.g. How do you know it's a triangle? What's the difference between a square and a rectangle?
  • Support your child to access Active Learn and log into Bug Club Phonics
  • Listen for sounds in words, especially ck,e,u,r
  • Look for our new sounds (ck,e,u,r) in books you are reading at home, notices, road signs, shops etc
  • Find different ways to practise writing the sounds we have learned e.g. writing in the mud with a stick, making the shape of the letter with raisins, using a paint brush and water to write the sounds on a fence or the patio


Home reading books:

We will start to send home reading books next week. For many children, the first few books will be wordless. Look through the wordless books with your child. Use the pictures to develop the story line and make predictions about what could happen next. Talk about whats happening in the story and how different characters might be feeling. Use the books as an opportunity to develop vocabulary by introducing new words or thinking of synonyms (other words that mean the same thing e.g. sad, upset, miserable, devastated).

If your child brings home a book with simple words, support them by looking through the book first and using the pictures to gain an understanding of what is happening in the story. As with the wordless books, encourage your child to make predictions and take opportunities to develop higher level vocabulary. Encourage your child to identify the sounds in simple words and support them to blend the sounds to read the word  by saying the sounds yourself for your child to hear.

It is most effective to do a few minutes reading every day. It's also important to continue to share other stories with your child alongside the home reading books.


Our library day is on:

  • After half term the library day will change to TUESDAY. There will be no library next Friday.
  • Please remind your child to return their library book each week so they can choose a new one
  • Reminders will be sent home if a library book hasn't been returned after 2 weeks


PE is on:

  • Jumping Jacks - Wednesday
  • Leapfrog - Thursday 


Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Funnell, Mrs Gillo and Mrs Gainfort

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