28th March - 1st April 2022

Highlights of the week:


We have learnt the letter z as code for /z/ as in zebra. We have also learnt the letter group zz as code for /zz/ as in jazz. You will find this week's core sounds worksheets on your child’s phonics folder. Please look at these with your child and practise the words on them.

Top tips for phonics:

  • When reading short words, blend with the ‘short’ vowel sound first. If the word does not sound like a real word, try the ‘long’ vowel sound. For example, cat, table, pen, me.
  • When reading words with an ‘e’ on the end, for example, some and come, we have been teaching the children not to say ‘e’ sound at the end of the word.
  • When your child is reading sentences, if they sound out each word and they don’t blend the word back together again and continue just sounding out, for example ‘The c-a-t s-a-t o-n the r--u-g’. After they have sounded out a word, get them to go back to the beginning of the sentence and re-read with minimal blending. Repeat this after each word that they have sounded out it will support their understanding and the fluency of their reading. If your child finds this difficult, model doing it for them.


This week we have been looking at the numbers 6, 7 and 8. We have found different ways of making these numbers and exploring different representations. This week the children have been doing lots of counting, forwards and backwards to explore these numbers and their amounts.

See linked below the numberblocks rhymes to support your children when forming these numbers correctly.

Numberblocks Songs | Let's All Draw Numbers | CBeebies - YouTube

Core text:

This week we have been reading The Selfish Crocodile by Faustin Charles. We have explored the idea of helping others and looking at taking care of our oral health. We have looked at dentists and the work they do to help us keep our teeth clean. We then looked at what we can do to help keep our teeth clean and healthy!

The Selfish Crocodile - YouTube


This week as part of ‘Healthy Me’ we talked about taking care of our bodies and keeping clean. We talked about ways in which the children can keep themselves clean and the children talked about washing their hands, having a bath and brushing their teeth.


This week in music the children continued our new unit of ‘Our world’. The children began the lesson by listening to ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’. They then sang and performed ‘Row, row, row’ using the glockenspiels and actions.


This week in PE we continued with our ball skills. This week the children were practising their racket and ball skills. Following on from our cricket session the children used the skills they had learnt to support them with using the rackets. The children then used their bats and rackets to aim at different targets.


Please remember to send in your library books and we will change these as a whole class on a Friday morning.

Home learning ideas:

  • This week we have explored the numbers 6, 7 and 8. Could your child practise forming these numbers in some flour. We have attached some number block number formation rhymes to support you and your child with forming the numbers correctly.
  • Take some time to look through your child’s new phonics folder with them and pick out some pages to practise. You can record this as part of your child’s reading in their reading journal. You may notice some handwritten flashcards tucked in the front of your child’s phonics folder. These words or letters are ones your child found difficult to read during their 1:1 reading activities. You will not always receive these.
  • Have you downloaded the new White Rose Maths app? If so your child could play some of the games on this to support them with their maths learning.
Numberblocks Number Formation Rhymes