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Week Beginning 1 June 2015

Please email a photograph of your child as a baby to your class teacher.


  • Transition meeting for Reception to Year One is this Friday 5 June 8.45am-9.30am. We hope to see many of you there.
  • The Reception children are having the first of their transition events this week. They will be going to a special Assembly led by Year 1 children, they will learn what being in Year 1 is like.
  • The final clothes collection for River of Hearts begins this week. Please feel free to go through wardrobes and clean out closets, donating any unwanted items to be sent to various parts of China to support those in need.
  • Sunhats can be purchased in the uniform shop, please send a named sunhat for your child’s wellbeing during outside play as the weather is now warming up. It is also useful to put suncream on before they come to school.

Charity Action – Thanks for your support

  • Nepal Disaster Fund – Support Nepal bracelets are for sale at the Reception 10rmb.
  • River of Hearts Clothes Donation –Donations of clothing/shoes can be placed in the collection buckets at Reception. These will support children and families in need across rural China.
  • Jayia’s Animal Rescue: 1-4 June - Collection of dog & cat food, treats, toys and bedding. Coin collection continues in the big bottles in the playground.

Learning Theme: Changes

Last week the children were very busy acting as ‘bad tempered’ ladybirds and children! They practised resolving a conflict by using our special words:

Stop, Think, Talk, Work it out.          

Our ‘Big Question’ this week is: How have you changed?

This week we want to link all the changes that the children have been learning about to their own growth and change. We will look at baby photos of the teachers and children and discuss how they have changed. What can they do now? What could they do when they were a baby? We will  sequence pictures of human growth and talk about the different stages in life. Please send in baby photos so that we can make our own books about how the children have changed. This will start to build an understanding of past and present. Look at the photographs with your child and talk to them about what they were like as a baby and how much they can do now! Finally, we will start to look forward to future changes,.. How will you change?

Development Outcomes

People and communities:  ELG Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.

ELG+ People and communities: Children know the difference between past and present events in their own lives.

The World Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.

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

Writing Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds.

They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.

ELG+ They use key features of narrative in their own writing.

Vocabulary: baby, past, now, future, child,  toy, feed, drink, safe, unsafe, hard, easy, soft, caption, photograph, change, sentence, fingersapce, sense, full stop.



Will be learning the final sound in phase 3: ure (sure, treasure). We will read and write it in words, also consolidating the sounds from last week, ear and air. The children are also enjoying their tricky words; choosing atricky word and planning a sentence with it in. This is a fun game to play when you are practisng your tricky words at home too.


Will be learning oo (book, look) (moon, soon). We will practise reading and writing it in words. Can you find it in your reading book?


Will learn the sounds: zz (buzz, fuzz), ch (chip, check),  qu (quit, quiz). We will focus on reading the tricky words -  they,  you,  was. 


Will recap previous sounds and learn the new sound oy (boy, toy, joy, enjoy, annoy). We will read the tricky words people, house and about.


This week we will encourage the children to think about measuring in everyday situations. Our hair, nails, feet, bodies grow. How do we know? We will investigate weighing and measuring our own bodies. Then we will compare things we can do, how far can you jump? How long can you spin a hula hoop for? We will revisit the word estimate from last week and encourage the children to make sensible guesses based on what they know.

Development outcomes

Children use everyday language to talk about size… to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.

ELG+  Children estimate, measure, weigh and compare and order objects .


Compare, order, size, length, long, short, estimate (guess), measure, record, chart, table.


Onze klas is nog steeds in gebruik als kliniek ‘De goede dokter’ waar het mevrouwtje met Rambamboelie naar toe moet omdat het hondje mauwt als een kat, kraait als een haan, sist als een slang en loeit als een koe. Deze week hebben we geleerd dat je zo ziek als een hond kunt zijn maar gelukkig waren de kinderen allemaal zo gezond als een vis. Deze week hebben we gesproken over de personages in het verhaal. De kinderen hebben de personages getekend en daarbij de personages mondeling omschreven. We hebben geoefend met het schrijven van de lange klanken en superlange rijmrijtjes gemaakt.


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

Many thanks.

The Reception Team