Supertato continued…

Friday 02 February 2024

Spring 1 week 4 saw another week of Supertato studies, as we tried to capture the Evil Pea!…


We’ve been making Wanted posters to warn everyone who to look out for and describing his features. Lots of children used last week’s word of the week-  mischievous, to describe The Evil Pea.

Our new word of the week is: villain. We know that a villain is the bad character, important to a story or plot.

In the reading area, we’ve been digraph/trigraph detectives.

Design and technology

We’ve been designing and then making our own traps to capture that pesky Evil Pea! Take a look…

Art; Observational drawing

We’ve been using charcoal to draw real fruit and vegetables, looking carefully at the details we need to add.

Later in the week, we did some observational drawings of our faces! It’s fantastic to see how our self-portrait art has developed since September.

Shop- using our imaginations and exploring money 

Supertato takes place, ‘at night-time, in the supermarket’

We added our own supermarket to the role-play area and is has been a huge hit. Children have loved role playing their own experiences of visiting shops and having a go at paying for items with 1p/2p coins.

Maths; 5 ‘and a bit’

In Maths, we’ve been using the song ‘five little aliens’ to explore one less within 5. We’ve been using Hungarian 5 frames (or ‘die’ frames) to represent and subitise numbers.

Later in the week, we used the aliens and frames to explore ‘5 and a bit’ We started with 6, then 7 aliens and noticed what each are ‘made of’ by subitising what we could see across the frames, for example:

7 is made of 3 and 4

Did you know?…

We’ve recently had some new flooring added to our outdoor area, giving us even more space to use our gross motor skills and play safely together. Check out how much fun we’ve been having…


Spring 1 week 2  has focused on our final sounds of phase 3: air, er

We’ve learnt the tricky words; are, sure, pure

Tricky words are words that should be read by sight.

In provision, we’ve been playing tricky word BOO- an updated version of a game we played earlier in the year, to include our newest words.

Each week, we’d like to give you an idea of a game you could play at home to make reading even more exciting.

This week’s games are from the website: Phonics Bloom

You can play many of the games for free. Try out Tricky Trucks to practise tricky words and Alien Escape to make words. Stick to your child’s current level. If they are confident with all of their sounds, you should use Phase 3.

Please note these are games to be played alongside an adult, who can support and correct any misconceptions where needed.

Poetry Picnic

Each week we will be learning a new poem. We will recite this poem each day. By saying the poem out loud, we can focus on the sounds and rhythm of each word or line. We talk to the children about how this can help us become better readers. This week’s poem is called A Little House

We talk about how a poem sometimes has rhyming words and sometimes doesn’t. We also talk about how a poem can have a fast rhythm or a slow rhythm.

Click below to watch Reception recite this week’s poem!

A Little House

Diary Dates

Mon 5 Feb/Wed 7 Feb 2024- Parent Teacher Conferences (pre-booked appointments)

Tues 6 Feb 2024- Fine Motor Control, Stay and Learn Coffee Morning This session is all about Fine Motor Control and Writing. It’s followed by a chance to meet up with other parents/carers and your child’s class teacher.