20th - 24th September

Highlights of the week:

This week the children have enjoyed their first music, language and Jigsaw lessons.


Jigsaw supports children in learning about relationships and health, it is a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work that is used throughout the school. It gives children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others. It has a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.

Languages – French and Spanish

We follow the Little Languages programme by La Jolie Ronde. Through this programme the children are introduced to French and Spanish. It teaches the children through a range of play-based activities such as songs, rhymes and simple sorting activities. It introduces the children to different cultures and explores what life might be like for a child who lives in a different country. For example, what their classrooms might be like or the foods they might eat.

Charanga – Musical School

As a school we follow the Charanga music programme. This programme introduces children to a wide range of musical skills and music from a range of styles and backgrounds. The lessons follow a four-part structure, listen and respond. Explore and create, sing, share and perform.


We have been learning about the letters s and a which are code for the /s/ and /a/ sound. In your child’s phonics wallet you will find the sheets that they have completed in the lessons this week. The children have all been engaged and taken well to the phonics lesson structure.



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.

Froggy Legs

We have been using our skills of blending and segmenting to have a go at hearing the sounds all through the spoken words.


This week we have explored mathematical concepts through story books. We have enjoyed stories such as Ten Black Dots and None the Number. We have followed up mathematical ideas from these books in our Independent Learning Time. Lots of the children chose to create their own Ten Black Dots pictures (some of these are attached on Tapestry).


Home learning ideas:

  • Your child will have an additional /a/ and /s/ sheet in their phonics wallet (picture attached below). Could you talk through the sheet with your child and work through the activities.


  • Enjoy sharing and reading stories together. Talk about new vocabulary you discover in the books you read. Talk about the story characters, story events and story settings in the books you read.
  • Can you find any books at home or in the library that have a mathematical theme? Talk about the mathematical concepts within the books. For example, counting, patterns or size