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St Mary's Catholic Primary Schools Trust


Friday 27th November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers 

Let’s see what exciting learning we have planned for next week. 


We will continue with the topic ‘Birthdays’.  We will be learning about Advent and how it is a time when we are getting ready for Jesus’ birthday which we celebrate on Christmas Day.

Communication, Language and Literacy

Next week we will introduce the children to the story ‘The Gruffalo’ s Child'.  The children will be sequencing the story and identifying the beginning, the middle and the end.

We will be introducing the children 'Helicopter Stories'.  They will have the opportunity to tell their own story and act it out in front of their friends. This will help them to understand how stories are structured.

At home: Ask your child to tell you a short story with the characters they like.  Encourage them to use phrases such as: 'Once upon a time', 'One day', 'First', 'Then', 'After', 'Finally', 'At the end'.


Next week we will be introducing the sounds ck, e, u, r

ck for rock, sock, duck

e for egg,  elephant, elf

u for under, umbrella, upset

r for robot, rose, red 

We will continue to practice blending and segmenting these sounds to read and write simple words like:

dog, mop, tin, run

   We will be learning the ‘Tricky words’ 

'he' and 'me'

At Home: Please go through the letter sounds and 'Tricky words' with your child and help them to read and write the 'Rainbow Words'.


 Next week we will continue to learn about the number 5. We will be learning to count on from numbers to get to 5 such as 2,3,4,5.

We will be learning about one more and one less than 5 and we will be asking the children to find number 5 on a number line.

We will be using the Numicon to help us make 5, such as







At home: Give your child word problems for the number 5.  For example, there are 3 elves in Santa's Workshop, 2 more join to help them make toys.  How many elves were there altogether?


General Information 

If you would like to bring Christmas cards for the children please make sure they are in school by the Wednesday 9th December. They will be given to the children during the last week of term.

As the weather is getting colder and all our doors and windows are open throughout the day, (this ensures the classrooms are well ventilated), please make sure your child comes to school wearing clothes that will keep them warm throughout the day.

If your child is wearing a winter hat and gloves please make sure the next ones you buy are in the school colours.  Under normal circumstances we would insist on children wearing the school hat but in the current climate please keep them in line with the school colours of royal blue, navy or black)  AND that they are clearly labelled with your child's name.