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Week Beginning 25 April 2016

The show will go on! Come rain, hail or shine, this Saturday’s Garden Party will take place as scheduled from 1pm-4pm. We are well prepared with a wet weather plan so all the fun can continue and you can expect to have a great time regardless of the weather. We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday. Get those hats and shields ready and come and join the party!


  • Please do keep sending in junk modelling boxes – especially small ones, bottles, bottle tops, egg boxes and tubes. We will be making lots of models of Space related things in the coming weeks. Thank you for sending in clean items that have not contained nuts or glass!
  • Term 3 Second Hand Uniform Sale 3.00pm – 4.30pm on Monday 25 April in the Gallery.
  • Please remember that the school is closed from Friday 29th April through Monday 2nd May. 
  • EYC Sports Day Pre-Nursery, Nursery, Reception
  • Tuesday 26 April (9.00-11.00)     Primary School Playground and Field.                  

All children will take part in each activity which is part of a short circuit, including rest stops.  The activities will involve fine and gross motor skills, not to mention working as a team. Activities are designed to help the pupils have fun whilst doing exercise. It would be fantastic if all children can wear their house colour T-shirt. Please ask you child if they are in green, red, blue or yellow team or check with their teacher.


We have rocketed into a new Learning Theme this term: SPACE. We will let the interests of the children determine where their learning journey will take us over the course of the next few weeks. Now that we have designed what we will need to help us travel to Space, we have decided to take a Space journey… Where will we travel? What will we see? Who might we meet?

Our Big Question is: What is your Space story?


We will explore the children’s ideas and models and use these to plan a Space story for role play. We will ask some key questions to get us imagining a journey into space.

What do we need to get ready?

Where will we go?

What is our mission?

What might happen if…?  

We will draw pictures and write simple captions of what should happen first, then, next and finally. The children will act out their imaginary journey into Space alongside their friends.

Key Vocabulary:  Space, moon, planet, rocket, satellite, stars, sun, asteroids, journey, spacesuit, helmet, boots, food, exercise, plan, before you set off.

Development Outcomes


  • Uses language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations.
  • They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.  


  • Answering ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.


The children will continue to develop their understanding of what they already know about Space; thinking about what they would need for a journey there. Following their plans, the children will continue to create their models, objects and accessories. 

Key Vocabulary:  Space, moon, planet, rocket, satellite, stars, sun, asteroids, journey, spacesuit, helmet, boots, food, exercise, plan, before you set off.

Development Outcomes

The World:

  • To talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.


Puffer fish- We will learn new sounds wh, ph and ew (as in chew). We will practise reading and spelling words with adjacent consonants and words with our newly learnt sounds. We will continue to review and apply all the sounds we have learnt so far. We will practise reading and spelling the tricky words Mr, Mrs, don’t, some and come.

Sharks – We will practise the recognition and recall of Phase 2, 3 and 4 graphemes.  We will also revisit the Phase 5 graphemes ay (pay, say), ou (loud, shout), ie (pie, tie)  and ea (meal, seat) .  We will practise reading and spelling words with adjacent consonants and words with newly learnt graphemes.  We will also practise reading and spelling polysyllabic words.

Octopus- We will continue with the double sounds this week. Practise will make perfect and these double vowel sounds are tricky!

Jellyfish- We will continue using all our learnt sounds and tricky words to compose simple sentences. We will use this time as a writing focus to ensure our letters are written correctly to try and sort out some common reversals that still happen!

Starfish- We will continue to identify tricky and key words in captions and learn to write tricky words: the, go, to and no independently.


The children will be learning about time.  We will share with their classmates their understanding of how long a second, minute and hour is.  We will explore how long a minute actually is and will see what you can do in a minute.  How many jumps can you do? How many pencils can you put in the pot? How many tricky words can you read? We will then explore how long an hour is as well as what you can do in an hour.

Key Vocabulary: time, second, minute, hour, how long?

Development Outcomes

Shape, Space and Measures:

  • Children use everyday language to talk about time to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.


This week the children will look at what’s in space?  We are going to encourage the children to talk about the stars, moon, sun, rocket in mandarin. We will share a poem which is called “The little Rocket ( xiao huo jian)” and also practise counting backwards  as we blast off into space!

Key Vocabulary: rocket  火箭( huo jian),   star 星星  (xing xing),  moon  月亮(yueliang),  sun 太阳(taiyang),   astronaut 宇航员 (yuhangyuan)


Deze week brengen we onze huisdieren naar de klas.  We zorgen voor onze poes, de hond, het konijn en de goudvis.  Wat kunnen we deze dieren voeren?  Waar moeten we heen als de poes ziek is?

In Villa Letterpret oefenen we op het analyseren van klanken in dierennamen. De letter van de week is de `i` van vis.

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