Homework for this week: 01/07/16

Friday 31st July 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week we have been learning all about water. In preparation for next week’s learning we would like you to talk to your child about capacity. Capacity is looking at how much water is in a container or a bottle. We would like you to get two containers (one small and one big) and estimate (make a guess) with your child about how many cupfulls of water it would take to fill each container. Please then have a discussion with your child about which container held the ‘most’ amount of water, and which container held the ‘least’ amount of water. You may wish to represent this homework by taking pictures of your child with their containers doing the activity or you could get your child to draw the containers and label which one held the most or least amount of water and encourage them to write a sentence about it.

Please return this to school on Monday 4th July.

We have also begun learning the song ‘under the sea’. Please encourage your child to practise this song at home as we will be performing this in an end of term assembly for key stage one.
(Please see the blog for the link.)

** Don’t forget to check education city for homework that has been assigned.

Thank you for your continued support,

The Reception Team

Homework for this week: 29/06/16

As part of our water topic we have been learning the song ‘under the sea’. 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 24.6.16


Friday 24th June 2016

Dear parents/carers,

We would like to take the opportunity in thanking you all for the amazing vegetable homework projects that came in this week! They were great! The children enjoyed being given the opportunity to share their vegetables projects with their friends.

Next week we will be starting our topic ‘Water’. We would like you to talk with your child about water and how it is used in your home. Your child may wish to write a list or draw a picture, of how water is used in their home eg in the bath, to make a cup of tea, to water the plants etc. You can be as creative as you like in representing this. (draw a picture, take a photo of how water is used, or make a Powerpoint presentation)

We will be collecting the homework in on Monday 27th June. Please ensure that your child brings this into school with their name clearly labelled on it.

Spare Clothing
We will be using water in class next week to support our topic. Please ensure that your child brings in a spare bag of clothes in a clearly labelled plastic carrier bag. This would be: spare underwear, shorts, and a plain t shirt and shoes please.

PE In reception
We are doing PE lessons. Some children are still missing their PE kits in school. Please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school and their clothing is labelled so that it is easier for your child to find when dressing and undressing.

Junk Modelling
We still welcome any junk modelling materials which you may have at home. We welcome: empty containers, cereal boxes, bottle lids, loo or kitchen roles, buttons, wool, lolly pop sticks, milk containers. No nut contained recycling is allowed, as we are a NUT FREE school.

Education City
Please check your child’s education city as we have set a game for your child to play.

Thank you again for your continued support,
Have a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team.

Homework for this week: 17.06.16

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week we have been reading the story of Supertato. Supertato is a super hero vegetable 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 Doctor Brocoli.

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.

Homework for this week: 10.06.16

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.

Homework over the half term break

Hi R4!

Please check your education city. I have assigned you all lots of activities to help you with your learning over the half term.

You don’t need to complete them all (as I have assigned a fair few!) but please attempt some of them.

I hope you’re all having a fantastic half term!

See you Monday

Miss Murphy

Week commencing: 19/05/16

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.

Please see links below to hear these stories:

The Hungry Caterpillar:

The Bad Tempered Ladybird:


Friday 6th May 2016

Dear Parents,

Thank you very much for the puppet homework last week. The children absolutely loved role playing with their puppets and creating their own puppet shows.

For homework this week we would like you to continue to practise subtraction (taking away) with your child.
Please see enclosed a sheet of numbers (please cut them up)

Your child is to create their own number sentences using the number cards. They must choose two cards and put the biggest number first to create a take away number sentence, for example:

10 and 5

10-5 = 5

You may wish to do this practically with your child in using household items to do taking away (subtracting)
As an extension, you may encourage your child to use a number line to show how many jumps back.

If you have any questions regarding this, please do come and see us.

Many Thanks,

The Reception Team

Making houses

This week the children made their own houses using different creative materials. They thought about the story of the Three Little Pigs and begun to create their house using either straw, sticks or wood.


Ask your child:
What house would you make and why?

What material is the strongest? How could we test this?

Week commencing 02/05/16

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.

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