We have done our ‘dance-a-thon’ as our sponsored event for the NSPCC and now know some of the old favourites such as ‘Macarena’ and ‘The Superman Song’! We were exhausted!!

"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?"

This week week we have been enjoying learning about and exploring the book, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?". We have all joined in with the repeated phrases in the book and even thought of some actions to match!

We decided to use our imaginations to think about what characters we could be and created a new story in the style of Brown Bear.

We then designed our own masks, choosing our own colour and animal. We enjoyed creating our masks by painting paper plates and adding details using lots of different materials and crafts.

Take a look at some of our fantastic designs!


"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?

"I see a..........

....looking at me"

Sound Wallets

Yellow sound wallets have come home for the first time this week as well. Four new sounds will be put in on a Friday so that there is time to practise and learn the new sounds over the weekend ready to use and apply them during our phonic activities the following week. Homework sheets are sent home alongside the new letters to show the Jolly Phonics movements of the letters and it is important to remember to use pure sounds (a good youtube video clip to refresh your memory is ‘Articulation of Phonemes’)

What can you do with your sounds at home?.........

•          Play games to recognise the shape of different letters

•          Practise making the sound to match the letter

•          Find the letter when you make the sound

•          Write the letter shape (bubbles at bath time or shaving foam on the kitchen worktops are good fun!)

•          Learn the alphabet name

•          You make a word and your child blends the sounds to read it

•          You say a word and your child segments the word to make it


There will also be a yellow ‘Challenge Card’ which shows a list of words that you can now sound out to make and read with the new letters, and  the ‘Tricky Words’ which are the common irregular words for Year R children to use in their writing and read in their books.

We are learning to read!

All children now have a new Oxford Reading Book in their book folder. These guided reading books are changed on the same day once a week and will have been shared at school before they are sent home. As your child learns the words in their Word Wallet, they will be ready to move up through the different stages of books.

Watch out for stickers in the Homework Dairies to tell you the reading strategy to practise when moving up to a new stage!

Most children will have a discussion book without words. When sharing these books at home it is important that your child tells the story through the pictures, no story is wrong! Talk about the front cover, title, author and illustrator and practise turning the pages and finding page numbers. Encourage discussion about what is happening in the pictures to tell the story, decide what people could be saying and predict what might happen next. At the end of reading the story, you could talk about what you liked or disliked about the story and whether it reminded you of anything that has happened in your own experience. There are also ideas on the inside of the cover too!

‘Read to Me’ books or colour stickered book band books can still be changed as often as children read them at home and you record them in the Diaries. We will soon be starting Library change so there will be a book for you to share together and there may be as many as three books in the book bags at any one time!

Enjoy watching your child learn to read with you!



Autumn Wellie Walk

We have been learning about the season Autumn this week. We talked about how the leaves change colour and fall down during Autumn. We then put our wellies on and went for a walk to look for signs of Autumn.

It wasn't long before we found a huge tree with lots of colourful fallen leaves underneath!

We had lots of fun throwing and building piles with the leaves. 

Take a look at our pictures to see what we found.......

Keeping Healthy

We have been learning how to keep ourselves healthy by the food that we eat, the exercise that we do and the way that we keep ourselves clean.

How many fruit and vegetables do you eat every day? Do you finish your water bottle at school? Do you do lots of exercise?

See what we do at school to keep ourselves healthy.

Write dance


We have been practising our pencil grip and strengthening our core muscles using WriteDance at school in readiness for writing. We used big movements to draw circles and eights in the air with rainbow scarves, matching them to the music, before drawing them down on paper.

If you would like to help at home you could strengthen hand muscles by squeezing sponges at bath time, watering the garden with spray bottles or screwing up old newspaper in to tiny balls – don’t forget to use both hands!

All of our hand control activities help to develop a good pencil grip.


Pablo Picasso!

This week, we had a visitor in Cygnet class...

Pablo Picasso came to visit us and told us all about his pictures of faces with eyes and mouths in the wrong places! He also explained that he loves to use different colours and he really likes blue and white stripes too! 

We used scissors and glue to cut up photographs of our own faces to make pictures just like Pablo Picasso.

Look at how funny we look!