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Thursday 30th January 2020

This week we have started learning about space. We read the story "Whatever Next" by Jill Murphy and worked hard to retell all of the things Baby Bear did in the story. We designed and built rockets for Baby Bear and we enjoyed writing lists including all of the things we would want to take to space with us. Bumblebees had an exciting time at the Litten Nature Reserve, we were hunting for new planets in Greenford and creating new channels to the lake. We had a great adventure.

In Maths we were ordering numbers to 20 and filling in the missing numbers that a cheeky puppet kept on taking. We also challenged ourselves to look at two different numbers and identify which one was greater. 


oi - (spoil the boy)

er - (a better letter)

igh - (flying high)

ear - (hear with your ear)


Thursday 22nd January 2020

This week we have been learning about Ireland. We read an Irish folk tale about a leprechaun and made our own pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. We did some Irish dancing and learnt about traditional Irish food.

In Maths we have been learning about time. We have been ordering the different things we do throughout the day and learning how to tell them time to o’clock.


ar – (start the car)

or – (shut the door)

ur – (a nurse with a purse)

ow – (brown cow)


Thursday 17th January 2019

This week we ‘travelled’ to India. We spoke about the different animals that can be found in the Indian jungles and used adjectives to describe them. We looked at Rangoli patterns and spoke about how they are made. Butterflies went to the Litten Nature Reserve, they hunting for Indian flags and used Rangoli powder to dye pieces of material.

In Maths, we explored 3D shape (cube, cuboid, cylinder, cone, pyramid and sphere).


ai – (snail in the rain)

ee – (what can you see?)

oa – (a goat in a boat)

oo – (poo at the zoo)

Next week we will be learning all about Ireland and telling the time.


Thursday 9th January 2020

We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and wish you a very happy New Year! Thank you so much for our generous Christmas gifts. Our new topic is ‘Around the World’ and this week we have been learning about Africa. We read Handa’s surprise and we heard a lovely song that comes from Kenya.

In Maths, we started to learn about ADDING and we were very good!


ch – (choo)

sh – (shhhh)

th – (thhhank you said the horse to the hissing snake)

ng – (a thing on a string)

Next week we will be learning about India and 3D shapes.


Thursday 12th December 2019

This week we continued our preparation for Christmas. We are all so excited!

We wrote our Christmas cards and made Christmas trees and Christmas angels. Both classes did their Christmas plays. Our teachers were very proud of us as we all said our lines clearly and we sang beautifully. Bumblebees went to the Litten Forest school. On Wednesday, we had a Christmas dinner, wore our Christmas jumpers and watched a pantomime.

In maths we sorted Christmas shapes.

Phonics: Revision

Phase 2 revision

Tricky words I the go no to into

 Simple sentences I go to the mat.


Thursday 5th December 2018

This week we have started our preparation for Christmas. We are all so excited!

 We wrote letters to Santa, telling him what we would like for Christmas.

We practised recognising 2D shapes and used the shapes to make amazing Christmas pictures.

We also practised our Christmas play. Our teachers were very proud of us because we sang beautifully and remembered all of our lines.

Butterflies had a wonderful time at the Forest School. We had a Christmas treasure hunt and were making Christmas tree decorations.


Revising phase 2 phonics and tricky words and writing CVC words


Thursday 28th November 2019

This week we have been reading the tale of The Elves and the Shoemaker. We made an elf picture and labelled it. Some of us wrote a sentence. We also made elf hats.

In Maths, we continued with number recognition, numeral writing and counting to 20, filling in the missing numbers


y – y,y,y, yak

z – zzzzip

v – vvvvulture

w-w,w,w, worm


Thursday 21st November 2019

This week we have been learning all about Jack and the Beanstalk. We heard what the giant said to Jack and we enjoyed joining in with telling the story. We planted our own beans and we are excited to see them grow at home. We hope they are going to grow big and tall just like the one in our story.

In maths we have started to learn about measurement. We used the beans to measure different objects from around our classroom. We estimated how many beans we would need before we measured.

Bumblebee class went to the Litten Forest school, where they were being the wood cutter from the story, we had great fun using the tools with Rebecca.

Remember that both class need lots of help. Please sign up on the sheet outside the classrooms.


Thursday 14th November 2019

This week we listened to the familiar story of Little Red Riding Hood. We acted out the different parts of the story and used our phonics to write what was in Red Riding Hood’s basket. We did art work linked to the story.

In Maths, we focused on counting and recording amounts.


h – (h,h,h horse)

b – (b,b,b boot)

f – (fffflower)

l – (lllleg)




Tricky Words (your child needs to be able to read and write these):  

to       I      go     no


Thursday 7th November 2019

This week we have been learning about The Three Little Pigs. We made little houses of straw, sticks and bricks and wrote the initial sounds. We made paper plate pigs.

Butterflies enjoyed their first visit to the Litten Nature Reserve. We met Rebecca, our forest school teacher and she told us all the safe ways to have fun when we learn outside. We had a wonderful time exploring the woods and building the Three Little Pig’s houses.

In Maths, we started to think about 1 more.


e – e,e,e,egg

u – u,u,u,umbrella

r - rrrrrrobot

ck - duck

Tricky Words (your child needs to be able to read and write these):  

to             I    


Thursday 31st October 2019

This week, we have been learning about AUTUMN!  We talked about the things we found and made over the half term. We painted autumn trees and autumn pictures. Mr Gauci brought in some of his tortoises for us to see and hold. We spoke about hibernation and helped to get the tortoises ready for their long sleep.

In Maths, we practiced writing our numbers and counting to 20.


u – (u, u , u , umbrellla)

ck –

r – (r,r, r robot)

e – (e,e, e egg)

Tricky Words:   to I


Wednesday 16th October

This week, we have been learning about our senses. We thought about what we could do with our senses. We talked about different textures, smelt different smells and talked about our favourite taste.

In Maths, we played ‘Numeral Bingo’. It was so much fun!  


g – (g, g, g, girl)
o – (o, o, o, orange)
c – (c, c, c, caterpillar)
k – (k, k, k, kangaroo)

Important Dates:

Friday 18th October - last day of the half term, School closes at 3:30 (normal time)

Monday 28th October – Term starts for the children


Friday 11th October 2018

This week, we read ‘Funnybones’, as we have been thinking about our bodies and the many different parts. We loved dancing and singing along to this song:

In Maths, we have been learning about PATTERNS. We know that a pattern is something that repeats and they can be found everywhere. We created patterns using threading beads, paint and shapes.


i – (i, i, i, insect)
n – (nnnnnet)
m – (mmmmountain)
d – (d, d, d, dinosaur)

Important Dates:

Monday 14th October – Harvest Liturgy at 9:30am

Thursday 17th October – Parent Consultations


Friday 4th October

This week we have learning All about Me. We have talked about how we are the same and how we are different. We have practised writing our names and forming the letters correctly.

In Maths we practised counting to 20 and counting objects, making sure that we were pointing to each one as we counted.

We also had fun learning about mixing colours. We did some magic handprints, with one colour on one hand and a different colour on the other and then we rubbed our hands together to make a new colour! We painted on a piece of paper and our names appeared like magic.


We have started Phase 2 phonics. These are the sounds we have been learning:
s - ssssnake
a – a, a, a, a apple
t – t, t, t, t tower
p – p, p, p, p pirate

Friday 27th September.

Well done to all the Bumblebees and Butterflies. You have settled into your new classes and have made a fantastic start to the school year. You have quickly learnt the routines and your behaviour has been fantastic. You have been practising writing your names and using the correct formation of the letters. We are looking forward to spending a whole day next week.


Welcome to Reception. Mr Gauci, Ms Franey, Mrs Rice and Miss Halffman have enjoyed  meeting the children. We have had lots of fun and learnt a lot of new things. For the first three weeks the children will do half days including lunch and will be picked up at 1.15. Monday 30th September will be a full day.

Each day the children will need to bring in a water bottle with their name on it and their book bag.

It is natural that there will be a few tears (probably from the parents!) when your child leaves you. It is easier for the children if you give them a quick kiss and leave them to play with their friends. We would, of course, phone you if your child was too distressed.

Over the first couple of weeks we will be concentrating on name writing, counting to 10 and settling into the routines of a new classroom.

We are looking forward to seeing you all and working with you throughout the year.