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St Mary's Catholic Primary Schools Trust



9th Novembet 2018

Dear Reception Parents and Carers,


We will be starting a new topic ‘Birthdays’. In this topic will be talking about how we celebrate our birthdays and how we feel when we are waiting for our birthday to arrive. The children will be learning about Advent – a time when people get ready for the birthday of Jesus at Christmas. 

Communication, Language and Literacy

Next week we will be using the story ‘Dear Zoo’ to introduce the children to letter writing. 

 We will be discussing what makes a good letter, for example- its needs to say the name of the person it is being written to, it needs to have a message and it needs to say who it is from. We will be writing a letter together to the zoo to ask them to send us a pet. 

We will be teaching the children the sounds

ck, e, u, r and the words ‘to’ ‘the’

At home;Practise writing all the sounds that we have learnt so far, s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,,g,o,c,k. Help your child to read and write the words in, is, at it and. 1

Maths Development

Next week we will be revisiting numbers. We will be introducing the children to ‘Numicon’. We will be ordering the ‘Numicom’ pieces and matching them to the numeral. We will introduce adding one or two more to a number. 

Eg 5 add 1 equals 6. 

If you have 4 sweets and you want one more how many will you have altogether?

At home:  
Show your child a number 1-10 and ask them to collect the correct number of objects. Then ask them to add one more. How many do they have altogether?

General Information

  • Please return your child’s home learning by Wednesday each week so we can look at it before Friday. 
  • Please make sure that your child is forming the letters accurately as some children continue to write them incorrectly.    
  • Reception Nativity will be on Tuesday 11thDecember at 2pm. We hope you will all be able to attend. 

Many thanks the Reception team