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Week beginning 24th May


This week is Miss Coates' last week with us in Reception. She has now completed her final School Direct placement and we wish her every success for the future.


In Literacy this week we will read Rainforest Explorers by Marnie Willows, How to catch a star by Oliver Jeffers and Carnival in a fix by Philip Reeves for a mini topic on Exploring and Adventures.




In Maths we will continue on with our block of work on 'Numbers to 20'. 



We have Forest School and PE on Thursday and we will be challenging ourselves to run one extra lap in the 'Circle of Fitness' challenge before a well deserved Half Term break.



Week beginning May 17th


This week we will be reading Mary Poppins, Dumbo and Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day as we conclude our mini topic of Disney.




In Maths we will be 'counting to twenty'

Forest School 13.05.21

Top Tips on Connecting with Nature to Improve Your Mental Health

Week Beginning 10th May


This week is Mental Health Awareness week and the theme this year is nature. 


We were given four tadpoles to look after from Harley and Eva last week and they are thriving. They are turning into froglets and we can see the legs emerging slowly.



It has been exciting to see NELI mentioned in the news over the past few weeks. Waverley is one of approximately 6,650 schools across England taking part in the Department for Education (DfE) Reception early language programme. 



The Nuffield Early Language Intervention is a 20-week programme proven to help young children overcome language difficulties. It is designed for children aged 4-5 years and combines small group work with one-to-one sessions delivered by trained teaching assistants, targeting vocabulary, narrative skills, active listening and phonological awareness. Developed by a team led by Maggie Snowling and Charles Hulme, the intervention has been evaluated in robust trials funded by the Education Endowment Foundation and the Nuffield Foundation. These have found it to be effective for improving children’s oral language skills as well as promoting longer-term progress in reading comprehension.


  • The Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) is designed to improve the spoken language ability of children in reception classrooms.
  • It is targeted at children with relatively poor spoken language skills.
  • Teaching Assistants are trained in how to develop children’s language skills.
  • Clear lesson plans are provided to save preparation time.
  • Materials for children are bright and accessible.
  • Three 30-minute sessions per week are delivered to groups of five children during the Spring and Summer terms (20 weeks).
  • Children also attend an additional two 15-minute individual sessions per week.
  • All sessions focus on listening, narrative and vocabulary skills.
  • Work on phonological awareness is introduced in the final ten weeks.


We are continuing our topic of Disney this week with Peter Pan, Pinocchio and Aladdin.





In Maths we will be 'taking away'in fun and practical ways.


Week beginning 3rd May


We begin a new topic of Disney this week with a focus on different versions of the Cinderella story.



In Maths we will be focusing on Adding More. We will see that a quantity can be changed by adding more and that we can count on to find the new total.


Mr Gumpy's Outing by John Burninham (4.09 mins)


Week beginning April 26th


This week we are reading Big Bear Little Brother by Carl Norac and I Forgot to Say I Love You by Miriam Moss.




In Maths we are exploring pattern. We are recognising patterns and building our own using everyday objects and familiar shapes.


Week beginning April 19th


This week we began a new topic of All About Ourselves. We have been talking about being kind and what that means and we have been talking about ourselves in positive terms.


Our story this week is This is Our House by Michael Rosen which links in with being kind to our friends and sharing.



In Maths this week we are naming and exploring the properties of 3D shapes.


Today we began the whole school initiative of the 'Circle of Fitness'. This is to encourage children to consider different ways of keeping fit and healthy. Today we warmed up and then ran 4 or 5 laps around the MUGA on the bottom yard and the children loved it!