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Autumn 1 Week 6 13.10.23


This week in phonics we have learnt the sounds r, j, v, y and w.

r –

j –

v –

y –

w -



We have also continued to blend sounds to make words using the sound cards and magnet boards. Here is a video to watch with your child: (Learning to blend at home – L2)

Your child could use their sound cards to make the words in the video. Can they show you how to do Fred Talk, Read the Word? (Point to each sound as you say it then run your finger along the sounds as you say the full word).


Here are some Fred games you might like to play at home:

Fred says actions (2):

Fred’s bedroom:

In maths we have been learning about repeating patterns. The children have learnt how to make an AB pattern and an AAB. They have been making patterns in lots of different ways: using printing, using objects inside and outside and in the dough. An example of an AB pattern is conker, leaf, conker, leaf, conker, leaf… An AAB pattern might be blue, blue, red, blue, blue, red. The children also made up their own patterns with actions and musical instruments. They came up with some super ideas! You might like to try making some patterns at home. We would love to see any photos or videos of your patterns which you can upload onto Tapestry.


The children have continued with their Talk 4 Writing unit based on the story We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. They have learnt how to draw a story map to help them to retell the story. A story map uses symbols and pictures (with some letters and words when children are ready for that) to remind them of the different parts of the story. The children have drawn some wonderful story maps and have been using the story language brilliantly. We have also learnt how to ‘innovate’ the story by changing certain details such as a character or a setting.

As part of our No Outsiders syllabus, we read ‘You Choose’. The main learning through reading this book is that children know that they are able to choose for themselves and make their own decisions based on what they like and dislike. You can carry on these discussions at home by discussing food choices, clothing choices, where to go on a weekend or what toys the children like to play with.

In Understanding the World next week, we will be learning about seasons. We will be discussing the changes in the seasons and the features of each one, focussing mainly on autumn. The children will talk about the changes in their immediate environment, noticing what is happening to trees, how the temperature is changing and when the sun sets on an evening.

Next week in maths the children will be learning how to represent 1, 2 and 3 in different ways. At home you could ask your child to find items in the house that represent 1, 2 and 3 or if you are at the park, do a number hunt… for example, go find 2 conkers or fetch 3 sticks.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Reception team