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Update for week beginning: 23rd November 2020

We have continued our Gruffalo adventure this week. The children have writing descriptions for the mouse and the Gruffalo. As part of Phonics, the children had an ice lolly for ‘l, l, lick the lollipop’. Another great week of learning!

Curriculum Information

In English, we will continue to re tell the story of the Gruffalo and the children will sequence the story.

In Phonics we will continue to learn the sounds of the alphabet. The next set will be j, v, w and x. A reminder that you can see all the sounds that we learn in EYFS by clicking the link below.

Rhymes and Actions for teaching phonics in taught order

In Maths, it will be a shape focus week. The children will be identifying shapes and learning how to describe 2D shapes.

Please find below the topic information leaflet for Autumn 2:

Reception Topic Overview Leaflet Autumn 2


This week the children have received an Oxford Reading Tree book and next week the book will be changed for a Rocket Phonics Book. When you read at home with your child please record a comment in the reading record book provided. We love to hear how the children are getting on with their reading at home!

We aim to listen to the children read at least once a week but the day for this may differ. Therefore, please can you make sure your child comes into school with both their reading book and reading record every day. 

You now have access to Oxford Owl. Use the class login provided to access a range of books, both fiction and non-fiction, to share with your child.

Word Walls

This week, we have attached the first of four Word Walls into your child’s Reading Record. These are the most frequent words that appear in texts when children are reading. By learning these words on sight (without sounding out), the children will become more fluent in their reading.

Please practise these words at home with your child, focussing initially on the first row of words. We will check these words approximately every two weeks with your child. Once they can say every word (on sight, without sounding out) on the Word Wall, they will gain a certificate and will move on to Word Wall Two.


Please keep checking Tapestry as we update this regularly with new observations. You are welcome to add observations of your children when you they are at home too. The children can share this in the classroom with their friends.


Some of you have asked if your child can give treats out to their class friends on their birthday. Unfortunately, due to allergies and promoting healthy eating, we are unable to allow sweets to be given out.


In reception we reward the children in a variety of ways.

Once your child has received 10 stamps on their cardboard balloon in class, they will receive a real balloon to bring home. The balloons follow the colours of the rainbow. The children receive stamps for an array of things such as good listening, making the right choices, trying their best and being kind to others.

In addition to this we award a weekly class cup and certificate. This is for children who do something above and beyond! Unfortunately, due to the current situation, we are unable to send the cup home with the certificate. However, it is displayed in the classroom.

We have started our Awards Worship on a Friday afternoon. During this worship we give the children the opportunity to share any achievements outside of school. Children are welcome to bring in certificates, trophies or medals to show during this Worship.


If you have a concern or query regarding your child, please either email the office or request the class teacher to call you. Due to lockdown, we are trying to minimise close contact between parents and staff. However, if you have a short message to pass onto the class teacher in the morning, you can still inform the adults on the gate.


The children are entitled to free school milk until they are five years old. When your child reaches five, you will need to go to the website below and sign up so that we get the correct allocation of milk at school.

Cool Milk

Have a lovely weekend!

Mr Parsons, Mrs Allery and Mrs Lambon

Information on using Tapestry at home can be found below:

Tapestry Information for Parents


Reception Sound Mat

Precursive Handwriting