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January – February 2019

Welcome back to all of our children!

 We hope you have had a fantastic Christmas holiday and are ready to get back to school for all of the exciting learning we have planned for this half term. This half term we will be basing our learning around the topic ‘Once Upon a Time.’ Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on the two traditional tales ‘Goldilocks and The Three Bears’ and ‘The Three Little Pigs’. This half term we will also be learning about the celebration of Chinese New Year.


Important dates and days

Monday 6th January 2019- Back To School

Friday 14th February 2019- Closed For Half Term

24th & 25th February 2019 – school closed for training days.


This half term we are learning about…

  • The settings of traditional stories/ tales
  • How to describe characters in stories and how different characters might be feeling
  • How to use story language and structure when both speaking and writing
  • How to create a story map
  • How to write letters, instructions, wanted posters and recipes
  • How to order and measure height (through measuring story characters)
  • Numbers 10-15, this includes one more and one less, how the number is made, doubling, halving and sharing the numbers
  • Testing materials when making a raincoat for baby bear
  • How to record a tally chart to record favourite story characters
  • Chinese New Year; who celebrates it, what people who celebrate this festival believe and how people celebrate this festival
  • How to make their own sandwiches
  • Predictions and estimations


The children will be:

  • Creating their own role play masks
  • Sequencing stories and retelling them using ‘Talk for Writing’ actions
  • Making a dragon’s head so that we can perform a Chinese Dragon dance
  • Trying to use chop sticks and comparing their own traditions to those of others
  • Tasting and exploring a range of new foods
  • Investigating a crime scene when pretending to be police officers
  • Exploring the resources available within our ‘police station’ role play
  • Making jam sandwiches and enjoying a teddy bears picnic


You can help your child at home by:


  • Listening to them read at home
  • Encouraging your child to practise ordering and recognising numbers to 20
  • Encouraging your child to sound out words themselves when writing and encouraging them to write labels and captions
  • Helping your child to learn their tricky and high frequency words
  • Talking to your child about how we can find out information from the internet and books

Crime Scene!!!


The children arrived at school to discover that somebody had been into our classroom! They found clues such as spilt porridge, a messy bed and chairs fallen on to the floor. The children are now police detectives and they are on a mission to solve the crime! 


The Storybook...

We have used the story of ‘Goldilocks and The Three Bears’ to help us with our Police investigation. This will remain our focus over the next couple of weeks and it will help us to really understand what happened at the bears cottage the day the crime was committed. To help us with our learning, we are going to be using books, puppets, story sacks, pictures, story maps, role play, games and 'Talk for Writing' actions.


We have been discussing the role of the police alongside finding the crime scene. The children took their own fingerprints and then studied them with a magnifying glass. We looked at the different patterns on our fingerprints and compared them to our friends. We talked about how each person's fingerprints are unique.

Exploring 10


The children have been exploring and representing number 10 in many different ways! They are becoming much more confident using a range of maths apparatus such as 10's frames, numicon and number bond diagrams. 

The week that we caught Goldilocks...

This week in Reception, we have finally caught Goldilocks. We received a phone call this week from the police that they had found Goldilocks. On Thursday, Goldilocks came into the police station and we had the opportunity to ask her a series of questions which we had planned out earlier in the week. This is called hot seating.


Goldilocks seemed to be very upset about what she had done and it seemed like she wanted to try and make things right again. So we decided that we would help Goldilocks and as part of our Literacy this week we have shown her how to write a sorry letter to the bears. 


What a fantastic week!


The children are learning how to enjoy a story orally and using physical actions to tell the story. This has been so much fun having everyone involved in the story of Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs! The children are going to be creating their own story this week using story sacks. The children will pull out objects from the story sack and use them to make up thier own story. Talk for writing is a fantastic concept which helps to develop imagination and speaking skills. To find out more, please visit

The BIG Bad Wolf!


This week the children have found a map dropped by the wolf in the class. This map showed us what they wolf intended on doing. It showed us that he was going to blow down the pigs houses. As a class, we decided that it would be useful to inform the pigs that the wolf is coming.  We wrote a set of instructions informing the pigs of how they could keep themselves safe.


We said…

  1. Stay in your house.
  2. Lock your doors.
  3. Shut the windows
  4. Call the police.