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9th September 2016

Our Learning Journey

The children have been fully immersed into their learning this week. They are feeling very confident in their school environment and are beginning to form strong friendships within the class. It has been wonderful to see them looking so happy and settled at school.

This week we have started to look at letter sounds. The children have been learning the sound of the letter rather than the name of the letter. We are all very excited about starting our phonics programme, Reading Fundamentals next week.

We have also started to look at our numbers from zero to twenty.  The children have really impressed their teacher with their number knowledge and we have really enjoyed looking at numbers beyond twenty through our number songs.

The children have enjoyed a variety of interactive games on the whiteboard which has helped with their number recognition and ordering.

We have also been investigating 2D shapes, learning to name and find shapes including a circle, a square, a rectangle and a triangle.

We have also been pretending to be pirates in our outdoor area so will continue this next week. The children have made a mind map of things they need for their role play area such as treasure maps, flags and pirate hats.

It has been another amazing week in Reception. Well done everyone and have a lovely long weekend. See you all on Tuesday!


This week, the students have learnt about transportation in the air. They have focused on key vocabulary words related to air transportations such as airplane, spacecraft and helicopter. The online link was introduced last week, intending as a revision for students. Flashcards handed out is meant to be for self-study and revision at home.

Physical Education

In PE this week the children have been learning to send and receive a large ball. They have been learning the components of the technique to achieve the skill correctly. In Swimming the children have been learning leg kick action in freestyle, as well as continued confidence in the pool. 


In Music the children have been learning about the orchestra and the families of instruments. Exploring timbre and the different ways in which an instrument can be played using dynamics. The children also enjoyed a performance of The young person’s guide to the orchestra, a piece in which Benjamin Britten highlights the possibilities of every philharmonic instrument individually and by family.

Continuing Our Learning Journey at Home

As we will be beginning phonics next week here is a video clip of the pronunciation of the letter sounds which will help support your child.


The children have been enjoying taking part in interactive maths games this week. Here are some maths ICT games to try at home.



Go on a shape hunt around your area and see how many 2D shapes you can find.

For Show and Tell next week, can you send something to school about where you are from. Please talk to your child about the item/picture/photo/flag that you are sending to school. It may also be a nice idea to show your child where your country is on the map. Here are some of the questions that we may ask:

  • Where are you from?
  • What did you bring to school today?
  • What is special about your country?
  • What do you like about your country?
  • Do you have any family members still living in your country? E.g. cousins, grandparents etc.
  • Is there anything else you would like to share with us about your country? 


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