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Week commencing 18th June 2018

Topic - It's the elephant and mango in the story this week.  We'll be sponge printing elephants, experimenting with shades of grey and making elephant masks.

Phonics and Maths - The teachers will be working on updating our assessments this week, ready for year-end reports.

Week commencing 11th June 2018

Topic The zebra and the orange this week.  We'll be squeezing oranges and tasting the juice this week as well as writing about the differences between some scenes in Kenya and in Mansfield.

Phonics - we'll be reading and writing ay this week as well as looking forward to a visit from Dr Tricky.

Maths - We're going to be applying our practical adding strategies this week.

Week commencing 5th June 2018

Topic - We're starting our new topic of Handa's Surprise so look out for the new topic newsletter. We'll be making monkey masks and eating bananas.  We need to practise for Sports Day next week too so please make sure PE kits are packed.

Phonics - WE'll be recapping this weeks and practising blending before moving onto our last few digraphs

Maths - We're going back to number to make sure we have covered all strategies for adding this week.

Week commencing 21st May 2018

Topic - We'll be reading the end of the Cinderella story as well as visiting Church (on Mrs H's birthday) for the end of our RE topic.

Phonics - Everyone will be doing their phonics assessments this week.

Maths We will be consolidating our shape, space and measure learning this week.


Week commencing 14th May 2018

Topic Cinderella will go to the ball...and so will we.  We'll be practising our ballroom dancing, ready for Wednesday and writing a character description of our favourite character in the story.

Phonics - OW (as in cow and down) and ou (on shout and out) this week.

Maths - We'll be looking at the opposite of doubling by halving.  We will start with shapes and move onto numbers.


Week commencing 7th May 2018

Topic We're continuing with Goldilocks and will be learning a fantastic poem for the ball next week.  We'll be making close observations of some of our bears and drawing charcoal bears as well as writing our invitations to the ball.

Maths We will be doubling numbers to 10 this week

Week commencing 30th April 2018

Topic - The MAGICAL STORY BOX  contains a mysterious bowl and spoon and a bee can only be the three bears so Goldilocks had better watch out!  We'll be learning and writing lots of bear facts and making our own clay bowls and bear ears.

Phonics - More trigraphs this week, air (in hair, chair and pair) and ear (in clear and tear)

Maths - We're continuing with money so keep looking at the coins in mum's purse and counting them out when you go to the shops.

Week commencing 23rd April 2018

Topic - We've had a very naughty visitor this week.  The giant has climbed down our beanstalk and messed up the market with his big feet...let's hope we can persuade him he's been very thoughtless.  We'll be creating our own castles on the creative table using the boxes everyone bought in last week.

Phonics - We'll be looking at 'er' that comes at the end of lots of words like finger, tiger, mother etc

Maths - A great topic to practise at  We'll be spending it in the market, counting it and adding it together.


Week commencing 16th April 2018 WELCOME BACK!

We hope you had a fantastic Easter break and managed to have a good rest. We are all looking forward to an exciting Summer Term with lots of lovely learning.  Can you please try to read with your child every night to help them reach their full potential.

Topic - Our new topic is Once Upon A Time and Jack is climbing the beanstalk.  This week, we'll be planting beans to grow our own beanstalks, creating seed pictures, and making giant phonics leaves.

Phonics - As well as revisiting all our digraphs, we'll be learning oo and its 2 different pronunciations.

Maths - We'll be using some old-fashioned scales this week to decide which items are the heaviest.

Week commencing 19th March 2018

Topic - We're excited to welcome parents to our Parents' Event this week.  We'll be showcasing all the lovely Elmer artwork we've done this term on Wednesday afternoon.

Phonics - This week parents are invited to come into school and watch a phonics session.  Feel free to join us at 9am every morning.  We will be learning 'ar' and 'or'.

Maths - All the children seem very familiar with their 2D shapes in our maths assessments so we'll be moving on to 3D this week.


Week commencing 12.3.18

This week we will be conducting lots of assessments in readiness for the end of term and parents' evening. 

On Tuesday, we'll be going on our Spring walk to observe signs of Spring and collect lots of items of varying sizes for our maths poster.  We'll be using lots of comparing words like larger, smaller, longer, shorter, wider and thicker.


Week commencing 5th March 2018

Topic - This week, we will be exploring all the things that make us different and the efforts we go to, to stand out in a crowd.  We'll be writing about  some very exciting animals that Elmer might see in the jungle.

Phonics - We'll be learning ee, like in sheep and sleep, igh from night, and fright and ing... in a very important person's name ( Just ask Mrs HicklING!) as well as lots of fun things, like jumping, laughing, running and hopping.

Maths - We're starting a topic on shape, space and measure.  WE'll be looking at repeating patterns this week.

Week commencing 5th February

Topic - How exciting!  THE BIG BLUE SOFA has become a New York Taxi!  We'll be exploring The Big Apple in our new role play area as well as learning all about what the American capital has to offer.

Maths - We'll be looking at some problem solving this week, talking about when we think we might need to add and when to take away.

Phonics - We will be consolidating our blending this week, adding our new digraphs into words for reading.

Week commencing 29th January 

Topic - THE MAGICAL STORY BOX has a balloon and a sand bag in it this week.  We will be travelling high above the earth in a hot air balloon, exploring the different scenes below us.  We'll be making sky pictures and hot air balloons to hang in the classroom.

Maths - Don't look now but Robbie the Robber is on the prowl!  We're starting subtraction - taking away!

Phonics - We'll be meeting Theo the thin clown and Father Clown as we explore the 2 ways of pronouncing th

Week commencing 22nd January 2018

Topic - We have lots of visitors coming in this week to tell us all about how they help people.  OUR BIG BLUE SOFA has turned into an ambulance so the children will be writing prescriptions and examining patients in our doctor's surgery role-play area.  Our PARENTS EVENT is a visit to JANGO'S  so we're very excited.  If you need to know the details to join us there, please speak to your teacher.

Phonics - We'll be meeting the 2 naughty clowns this week who stick their tongues out and say 'th'

Maths - We will be learning some practical strategies for addition this week, leading on to subtraction.

Week commencing 15th January 2017

Topic - There are some sea creatures in THE MAGICAL STORY BOX this week so we will be exploring the world below the waves from OUR BIG BLUE SUBMARINE and making our own jellyfish.

Phonics - We're continuing to blend using our new digraphs ch and th.

Maths - Continuing to explore part part whole using numbers for eg How 5 can be split into 1 and 4 and 3 and 2 can be combined to make 5.

Week commencing 8th January 2018

Topic - The MAGICAL STORY BOX contains a whole new story and we're so excited to start reading OUR BIG BLUE SOFA.  This week we will be talking about our homes and sharing stories about what we love about them.

Phonics - We'll be working on digraphs this term, starting with sh.

Maths - We will start the term by revisiting our part part whole learning from last term to see what we can remember :}


W/C 18th December 2017


Wednesday 21st Dec Christmas Dinner

Christmas party games, disco and Pantomime Thursday 21st Dec

Making reindeer food and decorating stockings




W/C 11th December 2017


Christmas Activities

The Nativity - Wednesday 13th December 10:30am & 2pm

Christmas Jumper day Friday 15th December

Making cards and calendars and decorations

Week beginning 4th December 2017

Topic - We're starting our countdown to Christmas this week, with lots of Christmas play practice and a different Christmas story each day.  On Tuesday, we will reading and writing about The Stick Man by Julia Donaldson as well as making our own stick creations.

Maths - One more to 10 this week.

Phonics - We're continuing with double letter digraphs

27th November 2017

Topic - We will be finishing Whatever Next! this week and reading another story to inspire us, called "It's not a Box".  We'll be making our own creations from cardboard boxes throughout the week.

Phonics and maths - We'll be assessing phonics Phase 2 and 3 and understanding of number to 20 this week.

Whoops-a-Daisy Angel - We're starting to crank up our rehearsal time so could you please make sure you practise your child's lines with them and try to get their costume in by Friday.  Please speak to your child's teacher if this causes any problems.



Week commencing 20.11.17

This week and next are our assessment weeks so we will be looking at your child's phonics and maths understanding and observing how they work in the areas around the classroom.

Topic - This week there are owls in THE MAGICAL STORYBOX so we will be making owls of lots of different types.

Maths - We're checking our understanding of part, part, whole again this week

Phonics - Double letters this week.  This is the start of our learning about digraphs, 2 letters that make one sound.

Week commencing 6th November

Topic - This week's MAGICAL STORYBOX contains a colander and wellies as that's what Baby Bear wants to take to space with him.  What do you think we would need in space?  We will also be learning about Bonfire Night and about Rememberance Day and why it is important to mark it by wearing poppies.

Phonics - We're getting to the end of the alphabet now,  doing w. x, y and z. Dr Tricky was very busy last week so we're hoping for 2 visits this week.

Maths - Estimating and more/fewer are our focuses this week.  We'll be learning a counting in 2s song too.

Week commencing 30th October 2017


Topic - Because we come back to school on Halloween, it would be rude not to celebrate it!  We'll be having a 'FUNNYBONES' day on Tuesday, making skeletons and carving pumpkins.  Wednesday, we will be looking inside the MAGICAL STORYBOX and finding out all about our new book, 'WHATEVER NEXT' how exciting :))

Phonics - v and w this week, as well as revisiting everything we learnt last half-term.  Let's hope Dr Tricky can pull in a visit too ;)

Maths - We're starting the half-term making sure we haven't forgotten our counting skills 

Week commencing 9th October 2017

Topic - THE MAGICAL STORYBOX  holds sporting equipment this week so the children can expect to get their heart rates up and enjoy some healthy treats

Phonics - b, d,a and e ( Don't forget to download the Jolly Phonics app on your phone)

Maths - More counting this week and we'll be learning a new 1-20 song :)

Week commencing 2nd October

Topic - It's Grandpa's birthday this week so we'll be partying hard

Phonics - We'll be revisiting g, o and ck this week

Maths - Adding by counting on

Week commencing 25th September 2017

Topic - Beware! The pirates are coming... THE MAGICAL STORY BOX holds a big surprise this week and we'll all be saying Arrr by the end of the week.

Phonics - P,I and N this week but we'll be starting to use those letters in blending and segmenting short words (we call them CVC words, which means consonant, vowel, consonant.  Words like pin, pat, sit etc)

Maths - We are continuing with the Shanghai number line, but this week, we will be introducing addition, but counting on to reach a new total. 


Week commencing 18th September 2017

Topic - This week, we will be starting our new book, Grandpa's Handkerchiefs and in THE MAGICAL STORYBOX there is a train and timetable. We'll be talking about what we can see from the train window.

Phonics - We're starting with SATPIN this week, or phonics sessions will be daily and we will be learning songs to go with all the sounds, writing on whiteboards and making words on magnetic boards amongst other activities.

Maths - We'll be working on securing our knowledge of 1-5 this week 

Week commencing 11th September 2017

This week, we will be focussing on one of the school rules each day, doing lots of practical activities to embed them in our learning and make sure they underpin everything we do.

Monday - Kind and thoughtful

Tuesday - Safe and responsible

Wednesday - Respectful and celebrate difference

Thursday - Polite and listen

Friday - Work and learn together

Week commencing 5.9.17

This week we will be making sure are the children are settled and happy with using all the areas.  We will be issuing planners and reading books so please ask your child to read to you as soon as they have one.