29th November - 3rd December

Highlights of the week:


We have been learning the letter u which is code for /u/ as in umbrella. We also learnt the letter l which is code for /l/ as in ladder. 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.

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This week we continued our learning of prepositional language. The children have been exploring positional language such as under, on top, over, near, next too, in front of and behind. We have used this learning to create story maps for the traditional tale ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. The children then drew their own story maps and described the position of the goats throughout the story.

Core text:

This week we have been reading the text ‘Stick Man by Julia Donaldson’. We have been thinking about the characters, setting and the repeated phrases.

Welly walk and observational drawing:

This week we have taken a walk around our school and looked for signs of autumn. We sat outside on the tarpaulin and listened to the story ‘Tree’ which tells the story of a tree through the different seasons. We used our art books to sit and sketch a picture of an autumn tree. We talked about how we could make our artwork ‘even better’ by adding detail and thinking carefully about shape and colour.


This week in PE Laura (the dance teacher) came in to teach the children an Irish Jig. The children all thoroughly enjoyed themselves when learning the different movements of the routine before putting them all together.

Author Visit:

This week the children were very lucky and had a virtual visit from an author. We had a Zoom session with Nick Sharrat the author of ‘Shark in the Park’. He read us his new story called ‘Oh no, Shark in the Snow’. The children listened to him answer questions about his stories. They then had the chance to draw their own characters.

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Home learning ideas:

  • Your child will have an additional ‘u’ and ‘l’ 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!
  • To support your child in developing their skills of decoding to read words we will send home a comic called ‘A nap’. The children have learnt all the sounds in this text so it will be fully decodable for them and allow them to be able to read the words independently. Please comment on your child’s reading of this text in their reading record.
  • Take an autumn walk this weekend and talk about the changes you can see happening in nature.

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