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Term 2 - Why do squirrels hide their nuts?

Week 7


Monday 14th December-Friday 16th December



Makaton sign for the week was: Merry Christmas.





This week we have solely focused and enjoyed Christmas activities including learning about Christmas around the world and watching live Christmas performances! On Tuesday, the children had their first ever school Christmas dinner in their beautifully decorated classrooms, they also had a very special guest come to visit! 



In maths this week we have focused on 'one less' but with a definite Christmas theme! We are encouraging children to become fluent with knowing off the top of their heads one more and one less for numbers 0-10. You can your child by giving them one less challenges at home e.g. "what is one less than 8..."


Next Term:


Next term we are starting a new topic: "What happens when I fall asleep?". This will explore a variety of themes including:


  • bedtime routines
  • people who work at night
  • nocturnal animals
  • stars and constellations


We are going to kickstart our topic with a pyjama day on Friday 15th January!


Week 6

7th-11th Dec 2020

Makaton sign last week: ‘wait’

Sign for next week: ’Merry Christmas’



The children have continued to work in the phonics groups, some have looked at the ‘special friends’ sounds, ‘sh’ ‘ch’ ‘th’ ‘ng’ ‘nk’. They have practised writing these as individual sounds and in words. As a year group, we have been working very hard on blending sounds together to read words, this can be practiced at home with the children’s reading books.



This week we continued to work on subtraction, we looked at the different vocabulary such as take away less than and subtract. Using practical equipment, we have been working with numbers up to 5 and then 10. Children have started to write subtraction number sentences alongside these practical activities.


We started the week by reading the Nativity story, discussing Mary, Joseph, 3 Wise Men, Shepherds and baby Jesus. We used the school’s new ‘now press play’ resource to listen to a virtual Nativity story. Children wore headphones and followed the story, they joined in with actions and instructions such as acting like a donkey and rocking baby Jesus. The festive activities continued when we watched a virtual pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. Oh no we didn’t!


We have continued to read Julia Donaldson books this week, focusing on Stickman or The Gruffalo’s child. Children have been looking out for rhyming words and enjoyed joining in with repeated phrases.

Independent learning

Each class recorded their Christmas performance this week, these are on google classroom. We have retold the Nativity story with puppets, used our role play areas of a gingerbread house or Santa’s grotto. Throughout the week the children have continued to decorate their classrooms with handmade decorations.

Week 5


Monday 30th November-Friday 4th December


Makaton sign this week was: good afternoon

Next week is: wait


This week we have come to the end of out topic "Why do squirrels hide their nuts" with some fun activities including making soup out of Autumn Vegetables. The children helped to prepare different vegetables, including parsnips, carrots, broccoli, leeks, onions and mixed herbs. The children enjoyed seeing how soup is made and also got to try some!



With our topic coming to a close we have also stepped into Christmas! The children have been making decorations for the classroom ready for the classroom decoration competition happening next week. We have also been busy practising some Christmas performances which will be recorded for the whole school to see.




In maths this week, the children have been introduced to subtraction. Learning the foundations of subtraction includes visibly seeing this was with quantities being physically taken away, therefore we started with having a number of teddies and subtracting different amounts of these. When the children became more confident with this, we included maths apparatus for subtraction problems, these included Numicon, five frames, and pretend doughnuts!

Next week:

Maths: We are continuing with subtraction

Phonics: we are continuing to recap sounds and learn to work green card words

Topic: We are going to read and learn the Christmas Story, watch a pantomime and practise and perform our Christmas performances!


Week 4

23rd- 27th Nov

Makaton sign last week: Good morning.

Sign for next week: good afternoon 

Author visit

On Friday we had our virtual author visit. Anita Loughrey who wrote ‘Squirrel’s Autumn Adventure’, joined us via zoom and read the story to the children. The children enjoyed discussing their knowledge of Autumn with her and playing an eye-spy Autumn game.



The children have continued to work in their Phonics groups this week, focusing on letters: ‘l, h, sh, r’. They have been progressing towards writing simple words containing these sounds. Some groups have progressed to simple sentence writing.



This week the children have looked at capacity, using the language of ‘empty, nearly empty, half full, nearly full, and full’. Through practical activities children have filled containers using water, rice, lentils and seeds. They have also ordered amounts.


We looked at woodland animals this week and discussed Hedgehogs and their hibernation. We also tried some Autumnal fruit and vegetables. The children used their senses to smell, touch and taste to try the food.


We continued our work on the Gruffalo, making a large collage using the description in the book. Children have been joining in with the story and discussing the characters in detail.

Exploring Time

During their independent time, children have continued to explore capacity in a variety of ways. We have been writing about the Gruffalo characters and created some Autumn art including hedgehog paintings.

Week 3


Monday 16th-Friday 20th November


Makaton sign this week was: eat

Next week is:


This week in Reception we have continued our topic of 'Why do Squirrels Hide their nuts?' and focused primarily on the woodland animals hedgehogs and squirrels, we have learnt about where they live, what they eat and learned knew language such as 'nocturnal' and 'hibernate'. We also all created our own hedgehog creations by making hedgehog spikes out of Autumn Leaves.




In maths this week we have thought a lot about addition with numbers 0-10. We have explored this in a variety of ways including using Numicon, Part-Part-Whole Models, Cuisenaire and tens frames. Please see Google Classroom for how to use these resources to support addition to 10. We have also began to challenge ourselves to write our own number sentences for addition sums, for example 0+10=10, 2+6=8.


Literacy Texts


We have continued learning our new story 'The Gruffalo' and have read to the section where mouse meets Fox, Owl and snake. The children have thought in depth about the characters feelings and thoughts during this section of the book and demonstrated what facial expressions match that feeling.


Here is some pictures of our exploring time activities:



  • In maths we will be introducing capacity and exploring it in a variety of ways
  • In topic time we will be looking into habitats of woodland animals
  • We will also be using our senses to explore Autumn fruits and vegetables

Week of 9th to 13th November 2020

Makaton sign this week, ‘drink’, next week ‘eat’.


We have continued our group Phonics sessions where children move at a pace suited to their needs. We have been revising sounds such as ‘c, k, u’. Children are moving on to writing simple words with these sounds in and some have been writing simple sentences.


This week we have looked at comparing numbers 6 to 10. Children have been using the language of less and more to describe quantities and compare amounts.


Our topic this week has been around many of the different festivals that occurred, this included Diwali and Remembrance Day. Children have heard the story or Rama and Sita and acted this out. We also made poppies.


We continued our work on the Gruffalo, looking at the mouse in detail. We re-read the first part of the story and describes the character.

Week 1


Monday 2nd - Friday 6th November



Makaton sign week was: finish

Next week is: drink




Reception have started the new term with a new topic: 'Why do squirrel's hide their nuts?' which is all about Autumn. We began the topic by exploring the Autumn items that the children brought in which included conkers, different coloured leaves, pine cones and acorns and also going for our own Autumn walk in school. The children commented on the colours that we associate with Autumn and how the weather felt. Also this week, the children learnt about Bonfire Night, we discussed how we celebrate bonfire night, sounds you would hear at bonfire night and also bonfire/firework safety. The children then created their own firework creations with paint and oil pastels.





In maths this week we have learnt numbers 6-10 and discussed different ways we can represent these numbers. The children then had a go themselves of representing numbers in different ways, this includes using dice, tens frames, Numicon and lego blocks.

Exploring time


Exploring time this week focused on Autumn and Bonfire Night activities including investigating Autumn objects, writing firework words, creating bonfire night pictures and mark making firework patterns. Some of the children also had their first visit to the mud kitchen this year. Please remember to send some waterproof clothes in so your child can take part in this!