1st - 5th November

Highlights of the week:


We have been learning the letter h which is code for /h/ as in hat. We also learnt the letter r which is code for /r/ as in rat. In your child’s phonics wallet you will find the sheets that they have completed in the lessons this week.

We have then had a go at forming our letters correctly. We have been working on our pencil grip using our ‘froggy legs’ and trying to form the letters correctly using the word patters/rhymes to support us.

H and R

Froggy Legs

We have been using our skills of blending to have a go at reading words. Your child will have a word list in their phonics folder.


This week we have been learning about patterns. We started the week looking at patterns all around us, we talked about our clothes, animal patterns and our environment. The children then learnt about AB patterns and looked at repeating AB patterns. They used a range of practical resources to create AB patterns. The children then learnt about AAB and ABB patterns. The children had a go at practically creating these repeating patterns.


In music this week we started our new unit of music which is called ‘My Stories’. Through this unit the children will learn to sing various different nursery rhymes and stories. At the start of the lesson we completed our listen and response, we listened to ‘Roll Alabama by Bellowhead’. We talked about how the music made us feel and about the things it made us think of. We enjoyed learning and performing the song ‘I’m a little teapot’ and practised the actions to help us remember the lyrics.


This week we have started to explore different celebrations. We have talked about how a celebration is when you do something fun and enjoyable for a special occasion. At the start of the week we looked at different celebrations the children have been a part of and how they celebrate them. We linked this to our inquiry questions of ‘how are we the same? And how are we different?’ Please feel free to share photos of family celebrations with us on Tapestry.

We then started to look at the celebration of Diwali. The children enjoyed a range of Diwali focused activities. The children enjoyed creating their own rangoli patterns from coloured rice. They also made a diva lamp from salt dough, which we will then decorate.

Diva Lamps

Home learning ideas:

  • Your child will have an additional /h/ and /r/ sheet in their phonics wallet (picture attached below). Could you talk through the sheet with your child and work through the activities, if you complete this please share a picture with us on Tapestry!
  • Following on from our pattern work in maths. Could you find or create some patterns at home

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