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22nd October 2021

This week we have been reading the story ‘Look up’. The story is about a girl named Rocket who wants to be the greatest astronaut, star catcher and space traveler who has ever lived! We have learnt about two famous astronauts, Tim Peake and Mae Jemison. Tim Peake had loads of fun in space, he loved playing water ping pong and space invaders. We have been learning so much about astronauts, we decided to become astronauts. But in order to do this, we had to complete some special astronaut training. We had tasks that involved jumping, stretching, floating and breathing. Luckily, all our hard work paid off and we were awarded certificates by NASA for successful completion of our training. Watch out, next stop SPACE! We also thought about what we would like to be when we grow up. Some of us would like to be police officers, doctors, vets and teachers.

In Maths, we have been learning about subitising. When we subitise, we instantly recognise how many are in a set without counting. We have been practising subitising numbers to 5 as quickly as we can! Maybe at home, in your garden or the park, have a look around and see if there are any items you can subitise?

We have had a wonderful half term getting to know your children, you should be so proud of them because we are! Over the holidays go for an autumn walk, get cooking in the kitchen and spend time with loved ones. Talk about your experiences, every conversation is another learning opportunity. Have a restful half term before the hard work starts again! 


We have been busy in phonics learning more sounds;

  h    b    f     ff

To embed our phonics knowledge, we made some hats, fans and fluffy paint.


We used these sounds to make words:

Hat, hop, hug, bus, back, big fan, fun, off, huff, puff

 Have a go at reading and writing these words.


Tricky words learnt so far:

I, the, no, go, to, into


Here is the link of the tricky word song:



  • All children need a spare bag of (old) clothes on their peg.
  • All children need a book bag so they can take a story book home to share with their family. Please bring story books back to school the following day so the children can take a new one home. Or you can keep the same book for a few days if you are really enjoying it!
  • Please make sure all uniform and clothing is labelled. Please be patient with us in locating the missing uniform. It is so important that you have written your child’s name on all items of clothing. It is quite difficult to locate uniforms when your child’s name is not on it.
  • Please talk to your child about what they have been learning about in school. The slideshow of pictures below could help spark an interesting conversation. 
  • We welcome donations of old recycled materials for the children to do ‘junk modelling’ with. This includes old (clean) cereal boxes, milk cartons, toilet roll tubes and any food packaging you may have. Please ensure none of these items have any traces of nuts. We have children in the setting who are allergic to nuts.
  • We are a nut aware school. Please ensure there are no nuts in your child’s packed lunch. This includes peanut butter sandwiches and pesto sauce. 
  • The children have P.E. with the coach every Thursday. The children learn how to change independently for P.E. in stages. Next week, we will be learning how to change our shoes, trousers/skirts and tops independently so please ensure you child has their kit in school. 
  • Please ensure your child does not bring any toys from home to school.

Thank you


The Reception Team