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St Mary's Catholic Primary Schools Trust



11th January 2019

Dear Reception Parents and Carers,

Happy New Year to you all!  Welcome back and we hope you are all well rested and ready for the new term ahead. 


This week we have begun our new topic ‘Celebrating’. In this topic the children will be learning about what a celebration is and how people celebrate different occasions. The children will be listening to the story of ‘The Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple’ and talking about how our Parish family celebrates this feast day. 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This half term we will be learning the story of ‘Little Daisy’. The children will be using actions to retell the story as well as indentifing the characters and the settings.  To help the childen to learn the story sequence they will be making story maps and puppets. Ultimately, they will be writing their own version of the story.  We will be using the ‘Little Daisy’ story as a starting point for a range of other learning activities.

 This week we introduced the children to Phase 3 sounds. These were:

‘j’ ‘v’, ‘w’, ‘x’. 

Next week we will be introducing the sounds

‘y’ ‘z’, ‘zz’, ‘qu’.

We will be learning to read and write the tricky words – he, she, we, be, me

At home

Practice reading and writing the letter sounds the children have learnt this week and the ones we will be introducing to them next week. 

Maths Development

This week we revisited positional language. The children were using the words

‘under’ ‘next to’, ‘on top’ ‘on’ and ‘behind’ to describe where the different characters in the story were sitting.  

 Next week will be introducing numbers 11-15. The children will be learning to recognise the numerals 1-15 and then have opportunities to match them to the correct number of objects. 

For example: Using the number 11. Can you give me 11 pencils? 

At home:

Use everyday objects to match a numeral to the correct number of items. 

Look at door numbers and encourage your child to identify the number and then jump or clap that many times. 

General Information

*     Thank you to all of you who attended the Phonic Workshops last half term. These workshops will continue every Wednesday at 9.20am for the Phase 3 letter sounds.  

*     Please make sure that ALL your child’s uniform is clearly labelled, even socks, shoes, gloves, scarves and hats. We have lots of items in our lost property box that have no names on them. 

Many thanks the Reception team