The Great Big Book of Families

Friday 22 September 2023

We’ve been reading The Great Big Book of Families. Through the book, we have explored and celebrated the variety of families.

What is a family?

People who live in the same house.

People don’t have to live in the same house.

They love each other.

Grandma and Grandad because they can live in your house.

In our writing, we created our own family pictures and labelled with initial sounds or words.


This week, we’ve been using our subitising skills.

When subitising, we can say how many there are in a small group by ‘just looking’ and knowing without needing to count.

We used counters to create our own arrangements of 2 and 3.



This week, we have learnt the phonemes (the sounds a letter makes) i,n,m,d.

During our phonics learning, we became detectives by searching for objects with the initial sounds s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d.

Each week we will be sending a ‘learn at home’ sheet, which recaps the phonics learning from the week. Please look at this with your child and complete the activities.



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 Chop Chop.

Click here to watch our poem.

Introduction to Reception; Slides
Thank you to those parents/carers who were able to attend our Welcome to Reception presentation on Thursday evening. We hope you found it informative.
If you were unable to attend or would like to re-visit the subjects we discussed, please click here to be taken to a PDF version of the slides used in the presentation.
You have now been issued your first eBook to share with your child. Your login details and reading record have been sent home today. Please let us know if you do not have access to a device to read at home, as we have iPads for loan at the school office.
Please read with your child each week. As teachers, we have access to reading reports. We will be giving out certificates in class to celebrate your child’s reading at home.
Reception Baseline Assessment 

Within the first 6 weeks of Reception, your child will participate in the reception baseline assessment.

“The RBA is a short, interactive and practical assessment of your child’s early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills when they begin school, using materials that most children of your child’s age will be familiar with. It became statutory for all schools from September 2021.” 

Click here to find out more.


Help at Home

Sound Detectives – Find objects around your house or outside that have an initial sound we have learnt.

s a t p i n m d


Family photos 

Over the next  few weeks, we will be thinking about our homes. To help support our discussions and art project, please send in one picture of your front door.  You can also email photos to the email address below.