Homework 1/7/2016

June 30th, 2016

As part of our water topic we have been learning the song ‘under the sea’. We will only be learning the chorus:

Under the sea,
Under the sea,
Darling, it’s better,
Down where it’s wetter,
Take it from me.

Please can you practice this at home with your child as we will be performing the song at an end of term assembly for Key Stage One.
Happy Singing!

Homework – Friday 17.6.16

June 18th, 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week we have been reading the story of Supertato. Supertato is a super hero potato that saves the day!

For homework this week, we would like your child to create their very own super hero vegetable. Be as creative as possible! Encourage your child to think the vegetables super powers. We would love to hear the adventures that your superhero gets up to. You may present your work as a story, powerpoint, video, photos etc.

Don’t forget to give them a cool superhero name such as Captain Carrot, The amazing onion or Brilliant Broccoli.

Please look on Education City for other activities to support your child at home.

Thank you for your continued support! We look forward to seeing your Super vegetables!

The Reception Team.


June 13th, 2016

Friday 10th June 2016

Dear Parents/carers,

We hope you all had a lovely half term! The children have been busy this week making timelines using their baby photographs from last weeks homework as well as using their boxes to make their own mini gardens! Thank you all for your support.

For this week’s homework, we would like to ask you all to share the story of ‘The Enormous Turnip’. We will put this link up onto the BLOG for you all to access. Please encourage your child to talk about the story, and ask them questions such as:

Why did the characters in the story find it hard to pull the turnip up?
How did it grow so big?
What would you do if you were there?
How do you think the characters felt?


Next week we will continue to do some planting of different vegetables practically with the children in our school’s allotment. We would like your child to bring in ONE vegetable (carrot, okra, pumpkin, yam, plantain, aubergine or any other) that you and your family eat so they can share this with their friends. This will enable children to have the opportunity to compare different vegetables by their size, their colour, how they taste, what they can be used for and their weight. Please ensure that this vegetable is placed in a plastic bag with your child’s name on it.

We do still welcome any junk modelling materials if you have any please feel free to bring in to school.

Thank you all again for your continued support.
The Reception Team.

Minibeasts Week 1

May 22nd, 2016

This week at school we began our new topic of mini beasts. The children learned about a new mini beast each day and have made a fact file containing all the information they found out about snails, lady birds, ants, spiders and bees.

In phonics we have been continuing practicing phase 3 phonemes, phase 4 tricky words and CCVC and CVCC words. Please continue recapping the all the phonemes and and tricky words with your child at home.

In maths we have continued with halving objects and adding and taking away on a number line. Please practice choosing two numbers, identifying the biggest, then adding or subtracting the smallest number on your number lines at home.

Next week we will be focusing on two stories for the BOF week. ‘The hungry caterpillar’ and ‘The bad tempered lady bird’. We will also be visiting our local library, spending time reading stories in the Yurt that has been built in the school playground and going to the book cafe.

Fairytales Week 2

May 9th, 2016

This week at school we have been reading the story the three little pigs. Children have made house out of sticks, straw and bricks to recreate the story in their play.

In maths we have been learning about sharing. The children were given an amount of sweets and asked to share them out with their friends. We found that we could not always share out the sweets fairly and sometimes had sweets left over. We spoke about what we should do with the remaining sweets to make sure it stays fair.

At home, can you practice sharing objects between members of your family? You can ask your child these key questions whilst sharing!
• Have we all got the same amount?
• What shall we do if we have any left over?
• Let’s count the number of objects BEFORE we share them out. What happens if we add one more or take one away, do we still get the same amount?

During phonics this week we have been recapping phase 3 phonemes, phase 3 and 4 tricky words and again reading sentences and discussing the meaning of these sentences.
For example ‘I can hear twigs snapping in the wind’ we would discuss the key words in the sentence.
• What does ‘hear’ mean?
• What are twigs? Where can you find them?
• What does ‘snapping’ mean?
• What is wind? Can you think of any other types of weather?

You can find examples of sentences on the letters and sounds website (http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/) under phase 3 and phase 4 resources. Please practice discussing the meaning of these sentences with your child.

Fairytales Week 1

April 28th, 2016

Last week we were learning the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. The children were busy retelling the story, making up their own endings and imagining a different world at the top of their very own beanstalk.

We had a special delivery from Jack sending us some magic beans and a letter asking us how to plant them. Each child wrote their own letter back to Jack with a set of instructions including time connectives (first, next, then) telling Jack exactly how to plant his magic beans.

In maths this week we have been practising taking away using a number line. The children learned how to choose two numbers and identify the biggest. They then put a circle around this number on their number line and subtracted the smaller number. (Please see video for support https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZh6p3kUdyA)

In phonics we have been recapping some of the phase 3 phonemes and tricky words we have already learned last term and have additionally been identifying these digraphs and trigraphs when reading and writing. (Please visit the letters and sounds website for some great resources to help your child at home http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-3-resources.html)

Please continue to work with your child at home on these areas of learning.

Many Thanks

The Reception Team

Phonics 26.2.16

February 26th, 2016

This week in phonics the children have learnt a combination of phonemes both digraphs and trigraphs. Er, ear, ure, air
Please practise these phonemes with them and see if they can identify these in words.

Please see the link below:

Phonics Phase 3 Week 4

February 7th, 2016

This week we have been learning the phonemes: oa, oo as in boot, shoot ( the long vowel phoneme), oo as in book, cook (the short vowel phoneme) and ar.

Please look at the video link below to access the phonemes and the actions.

Challenge: Please post onto the blog other words that you have found that use these phonemes from this week.

You may also wish to look at Mr Thorne to support your child even further:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpyRyZbtcZ8 – ar phoneme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xNizJl6GAs – oo as in cook, book

Phonics Phase 3 Week 3

February 7th, 2016

This week the children have learnt a combination of phonemes: ai, ee, igh, and oa
The phonemes ‘ai,’ ‘ee’ ‘oa’ are all vowel digraphs as they use a, e, i, o and u.
The phoneme ‘igh’ is a trigraph- where three graphemes (letters) come together to make one phoneme (sound) For example night, fright, bright.

Please see the video link below:

Can you encourage your child to think of any other words that use these digraphs and trigraph above? If so, can you write them down and post them onto our class blog for all to see?

Phonics Phase 3 week 2

January 15th, 2016

This week in phonics we have recapped the phonemes that the children have learnt the previous weeks.
This week we have been focusing on the phonemes ‘y’ ‘z’ and ‘q’ (qu- as in quick, quack, quiz, quit).

Please see the phonic video below to support your child at home in learning how to say and write these phonemes.

As an extension, you may wish to come up with a bank of words that begin with these phonemes. You can then encourage your child to say or to write a sentence using those words.

Please see phonic games below:
http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/PicnicOnPluto.html (click on phase 2, and then ‘revise all phase 2)


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