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Homework 01.07.16

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July 1st, 2016 Posted 8:42 am

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

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Under the sea

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June 29th, 2016 Posted 3:12 pm

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.

We will be performing the chorus only! The lyrics are:

Under the sea,

Under the sea,

Darling, it’s better,

Down where it’s wetter,

Take it from me.



Happy Singing!

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Homework 17.06.16

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June 17th, 2016 Posted 8:35 am

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.


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June 12th, 2016 Posted 9:55 pm

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.

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Education City

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May 31st, 2016 Posted 6:55 pm

Hi R5!

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 Smith

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This weeks learning

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May 22nd, 2016 Posted 9:44 am

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.

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Charlotte’s mini beast hunt

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May 22nd, 2016 Posted 9:35 am

Take a look at Charlotte’s mini beast hunt she did for her homework!

She said she even made a mini beast hotel in her garden!

What bugs did she find?


Charlotte 1 Charlotte 2 Charlotte 3 Charlotte 5

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The three little pigs by Saleh


May 11th, 2016 Posted 5:20 pm

How great is Saleh’s story of the three little pigs?!

He sequenced the story independently and then wrote about what happened in each picture.

Well done Saleh!!!

Comment below to tell Saleh what you think about his story!


Saleh 1 Saleh 2Saleh 3

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May 9th, 2016 Posted 4:04 pm

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 practice 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

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This weeks learning.

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May 8th, 2016 Posted 7:12 pm

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 ( under phase 3 and phase 4 resources. Please practice discussing the meaning of these sentences with your child.

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