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Homework - 8.11.19

Please practise reinforcing each letter sound and action:

f, ff, ss, ll

We have also been learning to read and write simple CVC words. Please practise reading and writing these words:

Fun, fig, fog, fan, doll, tell, dull, boss, kiss, fusspot, off, huff and puff

Our tricky words this week are:

I, the, go, no and to


Please practise, using the sheet provided, writing the letters the children found challenging in phonics this week. 


Thank you for your support.



Welcome to Reception



The Reception Team:
Miss Brunt RB

Miss Taylor RT

Mrs Bate

Mrs Price

Mrs Davenport

Miss Bishton

Our topic for this half-term is

Marvelous Me 

General Reminders

Water Bottles and Book Bags
Please could you ensure that your child brings a named water bottle and a book bag to school every day.

Could we also ask that the children DO NOT put their water bottles in their book bags. Thank you!

Important Dates:

Please note that dates may change but you will be notified.


Tuesday 5th November - Reading meeting 9.05am

Wednesday 13th November - Breakfast Club

Wednesday 20th November - Individual school photographs (including siblings from 8.30 am in the infant hall) 

Friday 29th November - Non-school uniform day - collection for Christmas Fayre

Friday 6th December - Christmas Fayre 

Thursday 12th December - Christmas Play 2pm

Friday 13th December - Christmas Play 9.30am

Tuesday 17th December - Carols around the tree 2pm

Thursday 19th December - Christmas Party 

Friday 20th December - Finish for Christmas

Wednesday 24th June- Lego Workshop RB - AM RT - PM

Thursday 23rd November - Maths Workshop RB - 9.10 RT- 1.30

Please keep a close watch on the information below regarding the curriculum and key dates as it is regularly updated.

Religious education 

This term our big question is ' Why do Christians perform Nativity plays at Christmas?'. The children will start by thinking about who is special to them, and talking about the reasons why they think they are special. Then the children will learn about the Christian festival of Christmas. They will talk about how it is celebrated and the different signs of Christmas. After that the children will learn the Christmas story and begin to understand the word incarnation as describing the belief that God came to Earth as Jesus. The children will share their own experiences of Christmas and make personal connections to why it is a special time for them. 



We have now begun phase two of the Letters and Sounds Programme. The children will learn the letter sounds, tricky words, segmenting skills, blending skills and letter formation. Each week the children will learn 5 new sounds. During our phonics lessons the children will get a chance to read and write words with these new sounds in as well as practising letter formation.

At St Peter's we use lots of the resources that can be found on the Letters and Sounds website. They are free to download and can be very useful to use at home. Please do not hesitate to ask us about any of your phonics needs!


This term we will start by learning about our senses. We will read Polar Bear, Polar Bear, Panda Bear, Panda Pear and Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin. The children will have the chance to go on a senses hunt around the school to see how we uses are senses to navigate our surroundings. Then the children will learn about sentence structure by learning about finger spaces. The children will be taught to write captions about what they have seen, heard, touched, tasted and smelt on their walk around school.

For our 'Dream of Freedom' week the children will learn the story of ' The Little Red Hen'. We will have discussions about the characters actions and why and how the different characters feel. Through 'talk for writing' strategies we will learn to retell the story of 'The Little Red Hen'. This will include role play and actions to help embed the story so that the children will be able to write captions and sentences.  All of the children will have daily opportunities to write inside and outside the classroom. We will be building on all of the strategies they have learnt in phonics lessons to help the children spell and read words confidently.  

This half term we will be developing the children's number knowledge. The children will be involved in activities that develop their counting skills, recognition of numbers, ordering numbers up to twenty and beyond. They will also be taught key concepts to develop their calculation skills, such as understanding of one more and less of a given number, adding and subtracting of two single digits, doubling and halving and counting in tens and twos. To aid this we will be using the Numicon resources and teaching strategies.

If you are interested in how we teach mathematics at St Peter's please see our calculation policy.


Understanding the World
To continue with our 'Marvellous Me' topic the children will be looking at similarities and differences.

They will learn about some of the things that make them unique, and talk about some of the similarities and differences in relation to friends and family.  They will be able to develop their thinking by understanding out about others peoples likes and dislikes and strengths.


The children will also have the opportunity to use the computers in the ICT suite to complete simple programs that support current learning, draw their portraits on 2simple and create bonfire pictures.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The children will be involved within a weekly small group circle time. This term the focus is on rules which is linked to the 'British Values' scheme. This begins with the children thinking about what rules are, why we need them, coming up with rules for the classroom and thinking about rules they follow at home and in different places (in the car). The children will have the opportunities to express their ideas and thoughts and any feeling or worries they may have.


Physical Development

In PE will be developing the children's knowledge of hazards, safety in the hall and listening skills in a different environment. We will begin P.E this term by undertaking a range of games that involve the children using their listening skills. Once those skills have been developed we will then introduce equipment and focus on moving in a range of ways and balancing skills. The key focus for this term will be to encourage ALL the children to dress and undress independently, this usually takes a number of weeks. There will be lost shorts, t-shirts and pumps, so please ensure all P.E kit is named.

Expressive Arts and Design
This term the children will have opportunities to create portraits, Autumn collages, Diwali Rangoli patterns, Bonfire pictures, Christmas cards and calendars. The children will also undertake dancing for Diwali and for the Christmas play. Music is taught weekly and encourages the children to learn about patterns in music and rhythms.


Wow, what an exciting term ahead it will be!




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Useful games and websites



Ordering numbers to 20 -

Ordering prices to 20p -

Place value -

One more to 20 -

One less to 20 -

One less to 100 -

Subtraction -

Number bonds to 10 -



Spelling phase 2,3 and 4 words -

Spelling phase 3 words -

Reading phase 4 words -

Listen and read -

Listen and read phase 3 -





Phonics Workshop, Reading Meeting and Maths Workshop