The week ahead…


This week we are continuing to focus on writing sentences starting with a capital letter and ending a sentence with a full stop. We will also be looking at ‘huddling’ letters together in words, but leaving a finger space between words.

Kinetic Letters

We have now learnt all of the letter formations for the lower case letters. We will spend this week revising all of the letter families. Please see our previous blogs to see how we write each letter and what we say to remind ourselves of the formation.


We have used the recent assessments to regroup the children based on sounds, Tricky Words and skills that each child needs to learn next.

Mrs Richards’ / Mrs Read’s phonics group – will be revising ai and ee sounds. We will be focusing on applying spellings and tricky words in sentences and will be looking at developing sentence level skills too.

Miss Cookson’s group – these children will be revising c, k, ck, e, u, r sounds. This group are learning to read the phase 2 tricky words and also use known sounds to segment and blend simple words.

Mrs Walton / Miss Birch’s group – these children are recapping j, v, w, x sounds and are learning to read the Phase 2 and Phase 3 tricky words. They are also continuing to develop the skills to segment and blend known sounds for spelling.

At home, you could help by practising the Phase 2 and Phase 3 Tricky words that are in the phonics booklets. Your child needs to be able to read these with instant recall and not try to sound them out.


We are exploring different containers and learning about capacity. We will then apply this knowledge in a problem solving situation based on the story of ‘Mrs Armitage’s Wheels’ because in the story Mrs Armitage and her dog Breakspear need to have a drink stored on the bike. The children will need to work out how much water they need to store on the bike to fill a cup and a dog bowl and then select a suitable container for the job. The children will record their ideas and findings through jottings and drawings.

Stay and Play

Stay and Play is on this Wednesday from 8.45 – 9.15am, we look forward to welcoming you and the toddler / baby siblings who join us.

Forest School

This week it is the turn of Simba class to go to Forest School.

Key skills

Don’t forget that the Key Skills books are collected in every Wednesday. Please place the book into the Gruffalo tray in the Reception cloakroom as you come in for Stay and Play. Even if your child has not completed one of the activities this week, we would still like them to get into the habit of handing their Key Skills book in weekly as we are preparing them for life further up the school. It has been lovely to see evidence of Home Learning activities being uploaded to Tapestry and also comments being left on Gruffalo blog. Thank you! Please remember to date the activity on the sheet in the book and if the evidence has been uploaded, rather than written in the book, then please write Tapestry / Blog next to the activity number so we can find it.

Have a great week!


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