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Homework is for all children and consolidates the learning that children have covered in class each week.  Homework books will be sent out and should not return to school. 

If you have any questions for the Reception team, please feel free to email us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Week Commencing  14.12.20

This week, we read the story of the Nativity. We discussed the different people that were in the Christmas Story, including Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the Angel Gabriel, and found out the meanings of unfamiliar words, for example frankincense and myrrh. 

Please can you draw a picture of something you remember from the Christmas Story and exaplin to your adult what is happening. Ideas for this could be the 3 Wise Men following the star, the Angel Gabriel visiting the Shepherds or Jesus being born in a manger.

The Christmas story is attached at the bottom of the age. 

Ideas for supporting your child with their reading

  • Before reading, look at and discuss the front cover. What can they see? Does it remind them of something familiar? 
  • Look at the title, do they know the initial sound for the words? Is there a high frequency word they are familiar with? Can they blend a word? Blending is saying the sounds in a word, for example c-a-t makes cat. 
  • Can your child hold the book the correct way, then open it and turn the pages correctly? Do they look at the words from left to right and know that once they get to final word in the line,  move to the next line. 
  • When reading the words we will often read the sentence and point to each word as we read it. Can your child 1 to 1 match while you read the book to them? Can they 1 to 1 match as they read it?
  • Did they enjoy the text?  What did they like about it? if it is about a park, ask them what they like to do in the park, etc. 
  • Regular reading of the same text in the week will help your child become more familiar with different sounds and word patterns. If there is a word your child is unsure of ideas could be to stick it at height level on the fridge or put it somewhere familiar to them so they can regularly see it. 

Please can you sign your child's book each time you read it. We appreciate any notes you make too. You need to bring the books in on a Friday and we will return them to you on a monday. 




High Frequency Words

We will be giving a list of words with your child's reading book. These are words you can practise over the term. Ideas a re cutting them out and concentrating on a few, then once your child has become confident with these adding more on. 


The phonemes we have learnt are 's', 'a', 't', 'p', 'i', 'n', 'm', 'd', 'g', 'd', 'o', 'c', 'k' and 'ck'. We use cued articulation by Jane Passy, to support them too so you may find the chn will use a hand movement as they say the sound. 

Name writing

Can you also keep working on previous homework which was to help your child write their name. There needs to be a capital letter at the start of the name but all other letters need to be lower case.