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Reception 2021 – Autumn 2 Week 3

Hello everyone, we have had such an action packed week in Reception.

This week

We began by asking the children the question “What does the word rhyme mean?”  The children remembered brilliantly from their phonics earlier in the year that rhyme means when two words have the same sound.  The children are very good at singing nursery rhymes most days in Reception, the biggest difference between this week and any other week was that the children were taking part in National Nursery Rhyme Week.  Each day as part of our continuous provision, we used a different nursery rhyme to stimulate the learning: ‘Wind the bobbin up’, ‘Incy wincy spider, ‘Sleeping bunnies’, ‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes’ and ‘Down in the jungle’.  On Monday, the children came dressed as an assortment of characters from various nursery rhymes.  Not only did they look brilliant in their costumes they then performed the rhyme to go along with their costume.  We were so impressed with how well the children attempted to perform their rhyme that the adults decided it was only right and fair that we perform Old MacDonald to Reception.



In Phonics this week, we have learnt new graphemes h and b as well as revisiting all of our previously learned sounds. The children are working hard making attempts to apply their phonic knowledge in their writing.  We are really proud of their perseverance and determination to do their very best writing, well done Reception.

In maths we learnt about the composition of numbers 1, 2 and 3. The children were introduced to the concept of partitioning numbers. Whole numbers can be split into several smaller parts e.g. 3=1+2.



We finished our week celebrating Children in Need.  Thank you for your generous donations and all the effort made with your children’s clothes, it was a BIG yellow SPOT filled day!  The children heard about Children in Need and about fundraising and why it is a good and kind thing to help other people.  We also created Pudsey Bear ears and made split pin puppets of Pudsey bear.



Next Week

  • The children will continue visiting the Library in small groups as part of our weekly local trips.
  • In Phonics, we will continue learning new sounds in Phase 2 (f, ff, l, ll and ss). We will also continue practising reading our tricky words as well as applying our phonic knowledge when reading and writing.
  • In Maths, children will be learning about the composition of numbers 4 and 5 and continue to develop their understanding of partitioning.
  • We will continue to learn our songs for our Reception Nativity called “Whoops-a-Daisy Angel.’
  • We will be learning about light and dark. We will answer the children’s questions: How does light go through things? and ‘What animals come out at night?’

Supporting your child at home

  • Reading with your child at home will significantly help them to develop their understanding of letters and sounds, as well become better readers and writers. The Monster Phonics books are designed to support the children with their learning and it is important that the children read these regularly however, additional books outside of Monster Phonics books will also help.  Please write comments in your child’s reading record to let us know how your child has got on with their book.
  • When talking with your child, encourage them to connect one idea or action with another using a range of conjunctions e.g. ‘and’, ‘but’, ‘because’ – “I like that game because it was lots of fun.”
  • Share a non-fiction book about a topic of interest to your child and be clear to explain any new knowledge or technical vocabulary e.g. in a book about dinosaurs explaining that prehistoric means before written records.

Any other information

  • MONSTER PHONICS – From now on, we will be putting the monster phonics weekly sheet on Tapestry each week.
  • WHOOPS-A-DAISY ANGEL – You should have received a letter telling your child which part they have in our nativity play. Please could you provide the relevant costume in a named carrier bag and bring it in to school by FRIDAY 3rd DECEMBER at the latest.  The children will perform bare foot so please do not provide tights or shoes.  We will make crowns, snowflake hats and animal ears at school.  If you have any questions or need any help/ideas, please just let us know.
  • COLD WEATHER – As the weather gets colder please can you please ensure that your child has a coat in school.


We hope you have a great weekend,

Mrs Fisher and Mr French

Willow and Lilac Class Teachers

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