9th - 13th May 2022

Highlights of the week:


We have learnt the letter v as code for /v/ as in violin. We have also learnt the letter group -ve as code for /v/ as in love. We have sent home some flashcards for the words ‘have’ and ‘love’, in the word ‘love’ we have learnt the letter -o- as code for /u/. Please practise these words as frequently as possible so that children can start to recognise these words by sight.

Phonics Top Tip:

We teach children to never sound out the ‘end e’ in words as it usually is not code for any sound. This is because many words in the English language end with the letter ‘e’ but often it does not require decoding with its own ‘sound’. There are some exceptions to this rule and the children will learn these as they move through the school.


This week we have been learning to quickly recall number bonds to 5. We have been using the language of “1 and 4 is makes 5, 1 and 4 is the same as 5, 1 add 4 equals 5”. It does not matter which language the children use to explain the number bonds, the focus is on rapid recall. To help children have a secure understanding of this concept we have explored number bonds on fives frames, part, whole models and with numicon.

These are the number bonds we are learning and below are some links to number bonds songs and a Numberblocks counting to 5 video.

0 and 5
1 and 4
2 and 3
3 and 2
4 and 1
5 and 0

I Know My Number Bonds to Five
Numberblocks - The Number Five
Give Me Five!


This week we continued our new unit of ‘Relationships’. We continued our talk about how we need to be kind to our friends and thought about some of the things we say to our friends and how it may make them feel.


This week we continued our new unit for PE called ‘Jungle Gym’. This week we explored moving as animals specifically as a snake. The children remembered how to travel around the hall and use the equipment safely. We then looked at climbing on and jumping off of equipment safely. The children were challenged to see what sort of ways they could get off of the bench similar to a snake. We finished the lesson by playing ‘Find that Snake’ in which the children worked in pairs to mirror their partner.


This week we continued our new unit of music called ‘Big Bear Funk’. The children enjoyed listening to the song ‘Don't you worry ‘bout a thing by Incognito’ at the start of the lesson. We then talked about what they liked or did not like about the song. We explored the rhythm and pulse of the song. We then had a go at playing various notes on the glockenspiels and bells in time with each other. We worked on playing synchronised as a whole class. We then played the instruments to the music playing the notes DDCD along to the words ‘funky music’.

Please remember to send in your library books so we can change them as a whole class on a Friday morning.

Home learning ideas:

  • How many levels can you complete on Numbots!
  • Take some time to look through your child’s 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.
  • Remember you can complete the reading challenge and collect a prize from the prize box every time you read 10 times.
  • Can you listen to some of the number bond songs and recall all of the numbers bonds to 5.