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Week Beginning 18 May 2015

Change of date: Transition meeting for Reception to Year One is now Friday 5June 8.45am-9.30am


  • ‘The Very Busy Spider’ by Eric Carle


  • Next week we will be making models of spiders and other minibeasts in the sand. We would like sticks and leaves to use as features for these models. Please go out on short walk and see what you can collect and bring in for us to use.
  • EYFS Bake Sale for Nepal Tuesday 19 May 8.30am-10am. Please see note in communication books for further information.
  • Next week the Year 6 children will be selling badges and wrist bands in aid of Nepal. If your child would like one please send in 5RMB in a sealed named envelope.
  • Jayia’s Animal Rescue and Bow Meow Coin Collection. The coin collection continues until early June when the house who collects the most coins will be awarded with a Doggy Trophy to celebrate their support.  Clear your house of 1 Yuan coins and support these amazing organisations who help the stray animals in the city.  The funds will then be donated to JAR and Bow Meow to support them with the cost incurred through medicating, taking care of and re-housing these animals in need. 1 yuan coins only please! 

Learning Theme: Changes

The children sequenced the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ last week and then we challenged them to make up their own story based on the book. They were very interested in the idea- what happens next? What if it was not a caterpillar inside the egg?

We were fascinated by the caterpillars we have been looking after in our classrooms and are closely monitoring the changes we expect to see. Our seeds have started to shoot and we have begun to plant them out.           

Our Big Question this week is: What would happen if the “Busy Spider’’ came to our school?

On Monday the children will discover a giant sized web and we will share the story of ‘The Very Busy Spider’ by Eric Carle. Please click here to view the story. We will imagine what would happen if the Spider came to our school, changing the story setting to make up our own class book. We will go for a nature walk around the school on a search for spiders and any other creepy crawlies. We will look closely at what we find using a variety of magnifiers to observe and compare them; looking at their features, colours and patterns. Can you find any spiders at home this weekend? Where do they like to spin their webs? Please send in any photographs if you find some. We will also have a new roleplay area which  will encourage the children to explore, investigate and identify different insects, recording their findings as young scientists.

Development Outcomes

ELG The world: They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

ELG+ Children know that the environment and living things are influenced by human activity. They can describe some actions which people in their own community do that help to maintain the area they live in.

ELG Understanding They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

ELG+ After listening to stories children can express views about events or characters in the story and answer questions about why things happened.


Spider, web, insect, story, setting, characters, events, beginning, middle, end



This week the sharks will learn the digraphs oi (boil, coin) and ow (cow, brown). We will recap ur and er (surfer) .We will also continue to practise ai,ee,igh,oa, oo,ar and or


We will review ch sh ng th, ai supporting the children to write double letter sounds in words.


j, v, w, x,  – to read and write simple words. E.g jam, vest, wet, yes, mix. Tricky words:  you, she, he, they, the


We will review previously learnt sounds and move onto ie , key words for reading and writing are tried, pie, tie, lie. We will also practise the tricky words said and so.


This week we will develop the childrens understanding of half and halving by finding half of a group of objects. We will model counting out a group of objects and finding half of them by sharing between 2 equally.

Development outcomes

They solve problems, including halving.


Cut it in half, halve it, two halves,same, equal, share.


De nadruk lag deze week op de volgorde in een verhaal. We hebben onze kliniek naast een spreekkamer en wachtkamer uitgebreid met een receptie. Dus de patiënt meldt zich eerst bij de receptie. De receptionist maakt een afspraak bij de dokter. De patiënt wacht in de wachtkamer totdat de dokter de patiënt komt halen. Na de behandeling moet de patiënt afrekenen met de bankpas en krijgt hij de gestempelde rekening mee naar huis.

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. 

Many thanks again.

The Reception Team