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Week Beginning 19 October 2015

The Reception Team would like to say a big thank you to all the parents who attended the Phonics Workshop on Thursday morning. It was wonderful to see so many parents attending and we appreciate all the positive feedback following the session.


  • Security:  Thank you to all of you who have applied for our new security badges.  Due to some technical difficulties the production of the badges has been delayed.  We are working as fast as possible to get the badges to you.  Thank you for your patience.
  • Tanzania Day- Thank you for supporting our fund-raising day for our charity projects in Tanzania. The children had great fun dressing up and, most importantly, we raised lots of money to help our friends improve their school in Tanzania.
  • If you have any old but good quality dressing up clothes that your children do not fit into or play with anymore we would love to use them in Reception. Please send them in with your child clearly labelled as ‘dressing  up clothes’- Thank you.


Pirate fever has taken over the Reception Cubs this week, as we have been making eye-patches, hats and telescopes and designing life size pirates. Next week we will think about the journeys that pirates make as they hunt for treasure. We will make treasure maps and think about how to represent all the obstacles we will have to navigate on our journeys. We will make obstacle courses and treasure hunts as we role play our journeys using all the pirate themed props that we have been making.  There will be a big focus on positional language as we describe our journeys to our friends.




The children will be learning and using vocabulary related to mapping this week. We will be developing our oral language and listening skills by describing the different steps of our journey to each other.  We will develop our writing skills by labeling our maps with initial letter sounds/whole words or captions. We will continue to develop our vocabulary based on our treasure theme.

Key Vocabulary: journey, map, route, go, under, over, past, left, right, through, treasure, key

Development Outcomes:

Gives meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint.

Link statements and stick to a main theme or intention.

Uses some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning, representing some sounds correctly and in sequence.

Listens and responds to ideas expressed by others in conversation or discussion.

Uses language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations.


Pufferfish- The Pufferfish will learn the new sounds sh, ch, th and ng. We will continue to practise  reading tricky words he, she, we, me, be, was, my, you, her, they, all, are and spelling tricky words the, to, I, no and go.

Sharks- This week the Shark group will learn the sounds h, b, f, ff and l. They will practise the correct letter formation and will begin to blend vc, cvc and cvcc words independently. They will also learn the tricky words: no, go, his and him.

Octopus- The Octopus group  will be learning the sounds u and r next week as well as reviewing their tricky words.

Jellyfish-  The Jellyfish will be learning new sounds e, u and r next week as well as continuing to blend CVC and CCVC words.

Starfish- Starfish will review new sounds from last week m, d, g and add new sounds o, c, k. We will be learning to listen for the sounds at the beginning of words as well as starting to read simple CVC words using all known letters and sounds, for example;  dog, map, cat, kit.  We will practise recognising tricky words I, no, go.


This week we will turn our attention to positional language . We will use Beebots in small groups to input simple instructions to move them around a grid. We will play ‘hunt the treasure’, where we have to give our partner instructions to find some hidden object in the classroom or the playground. We will introduce the concept of a grid map to locate landmarks according to their relative positions. We will have fun using positional language while creating obstacle courses for our friends.

Key Vocabulary: above, under, next to, beside, left, right, behind, in front of.

Development Outcomes:

Can describe their relative position such as ‘behind’ or ‘next to’.


We are going to talk about directions and maps this week. We will learn how to say the directions in mandarin: to the left, to the right, go forward, go backward.We are going to play some fun games about directions .

Key words:  left   左  (zuo)    right  右  (you )      forward  前 (qian ) backward  后 (hou)   map  地图(ditu)


De voorbije  twee weken hebben heel wat verschillende artiesten opgetreden in de circusparade.  De kinderen hebben naar hartelust kunnen rommelen in onze circuskoffer met ringen, kegels, pruiken en gekke neuzen.  Deze week maken we kennis met clowntje Tito uit de boekenreeks van Guido van Genechten.  Tito wil graag eens een  andere job in het circus en waagt zich aan het temmen van leeuwen in `Tito Leeuwentemmer`.  Wij proberen Tito een handje te helpen en sturen  onze brullende leeuwen door brandende hoepels.  Jules zet zijn rijmpet weer op en we rijmen erop los in  Annie MG Schmidt`s `De leeuw is los`. 

Elke dinsdag gaan we met de Nederlandse klas naar de bibliotheek.  Gelieve het boek tijdig mee te geven naar school.  Dank voor uw medewerking hierbij.  Prettig weekend!