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Week Beginning 14 March 2016

We would like to invite you to a Reading Workshop to be held in Stage One on Thursday 17 March from 8.45 – 9.30 am. It is an opportunity for you to come and learn more about how we teach early reading. Please come along and find out more about how you can support your child at home. We hope you can join us for this workshop and look forward to seeing you there.


  • The Early Years Cubs entrance will be closed from 9am till 3.30pm. Throughout the day you can use the Main Primary school entrance instead to go in and out. Attendance registers need to be completed by 8.50. If your child comes later than that please can you sign them in at Main Primary Reception. Many thanks.
  • Please can we remind you that we are a NUT FREE school. Some of the children in our care have extremely serious nut allergies and it is important that they are not included in snack boxes.
  • International week will take place during the final week of term, 21st to 25th March, with a parade on Friday 25th March. On this day the children are encouraged to come to school wearing clothes that represent their country in some way. You may like to start planning ahead and thinking about costumes.
  • The children have been embracing junk modelling as we have been exploring solid shapes – please do send in with your child  any boxes, bottle, lids and tubes. Please do not send any containers that have sharp edges or that have contained nuts. – Thank you.
  • As the weather is so changeable at the moment please can you ensure that your child has appropriate clothing in school so that they can go outside.
  • Term 3 BISCAP/ECA/BISS LIONS Swimming – Online registration opens 11 March and closes 21 March. Please register for Term 3 online.
  • We are pleased to let you know that all letters sent home with your child can now be found at the end of this page.

LEARNING THEME: A Wonderful World.

Our Big Question is: What makes up our wonderful world?

The Reception Cubs continue to be really engaged in our learning theme about our world and we will continue to explore the same big question this week. It has been lovely to listen to the children telling others what they already know about our world and the things that they would really like to learn about over the coming weeks. Each class has shown that children are interested in slightly different aspects of our world and we will look to cover the wide range of interests that the children have by using their ideas as our focus. 


The children will be using their communication and language skills to share their understanding of the world, animals and people that live in the world and the different habitats etc. We will look at reading non-fiction books in small guided reading groups to find out information. Children can then share their ‘newly learnt’ facts with the class.

Key Vocabulary:  Earth, the world, continents, countries, animals, environments, habitats, fact, real, fiction, made up, information.

Development Outcomes:


Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words.  They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.


Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.


Puffer fish- We will learn the new sounds ay (play) and ou (sound) and we will practise reading and spelling words with adjacent consonants.

Sharks- We will begin Phase 4.  During this Phase they will practise recognition and recall of Phase 2 and 3 graphemes, as well as reading and spelling CVC words (e.g. big, cat, fit).  They will practise reading and spelling CVCC words (e.g. huff, hush, bush) and will practise reading the tricky words said, so, went and from.                                                         They will practise spelling the tricky words he, she, me, we, be and will be reading and writing sentences.

Octopus- We will be concentrating on new sounds ai (paid), igh (high) and oa (boat) this week as well as reviewing the new tricky words.

Jellyfish – We will be reviewing all phase 2 and phase 3 sounds learnt so far so that we can confidently use them to read and write new words by ourselves. We will also continue to read out tricky words  on sight.

Starfish- We will be reviewing the Phase 2 sounds and using them to read and write simple words. We will be focusing on forming the letters for the sounds, ck, e,u and r. Starfish will also continue to practice sight reading tricky words.


The children will be practising their addition skills.   They will be encouraged to explore a variety of methods to help them interpret an addition sentence to find the answer. They will combine two groups of objects to find a total as well as use a number line to add a single digit to another. 

Key Vocabulary: add, plus, equals, altogether, number line

Development Outcomes:

Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.


Next week, children will continue learning about our wonderful world- linking with the class topic. We will explore different animals that living in the different continents. Our big question is “ Di Qiu Shang You Ji Ge Zhou?”(how many continents in the world?)

Vocabulary:  animals  动物 (dong wu)  panda 大熊猫 (da xiong mao)  penguin 企鹅(qi e) kangaroo  袋鼠(dai shu)  beaver 海狸(hai li)   elephant 大象(daxiang)


In het boek `Wij samen op stap` van Leo Timmers verkennen we de stad.  We bekijken de uithangborden van de bakkerij, het postkantoor, het viskraam en andere gebouwen we in de stad tegenkomen.  Uit oude dozen maken we een miniatuurstad  in de klas waarin de skyline van Shanghai natuurlijk niet mag ontbreken.

In `Villa Letterpret`oefenen we verder op het hakken en plakken van de woorden uit ons thema.

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