6th - 10th March 2023

 Highlights of the week:


  • We have learnt the letter o as code for /ow/ as in Yo-Yo and the letter y as code for /igh/ as in fly. When you come across words with your children where the letter is code for a different sound. Just say to them in this word the letter is code for..
  • Top tip: 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.
  • 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 handwriting and rhymes to support us.


  • This week we have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes. We have recapped what a 2D shape is and went for a hunt around the school looking for different shapes. We have then learnt some names of 3D shapes and learnt how to describe their properties using vocabulary such as sides, edges, faces and corners.
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guNdJ5MtX1A This is a song we have sung in school about 3D shapes. You could sing this song at home. 

 Independent Learning Challenges:

  • This week we started out independent learning challenges, where each week the children will have 3 challenges to complete over the week. Once they have completed all 3 challenges they will receive a sticker. Each week there will be a phonics, maths and creative challenge to extend the children in their independent learning. In the classroom we now have a board where the children can move their names up each time they complete a challenge! This week our maths challenge was based on our learning from last week around number bonds to 10. The phonics challenge was writing about a silly animal picture and our creative challenge was based around our art drawing from last week with the author and illustrator Rob Biddulph.


  • In PE this week we continued our ball skills working on throwing, aiming, kicking and passing. The children worked hard to control the ball in multiple different ways and enjoyed playing a range of games to practise their skills.

Core Text:

  • This week we read the story ‘Goldilocks and the three bears’. The children enjoyed reading this familiar fairytale. We talked about the vocabulary used in the book and linked this back to our maths learning about size. We then talked about the characters and the setting, before sequencing and retelling the story as a class. We talked about the repetitive language used throughout the story which supported us when retelling and acting out the story. 

Home learning ideas:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Could your child practise their fine motor skills at home and complete a ‘draw with rob’ video working on their pencil control.