Summer 2

Week 4 30.6.17

See Class letter re. maths activity – pasta necklace to develop number bond understanding to 10 – reception, to 20 Y1.

Letter formation sheet and star border sheet for children to draw a detailed picture of themselves and write a little about themselves for their next class teacher.

Week 1 (9th June’17)

Phonics / Handwriting

Use your phonics chart. Write a ‘silly sentence using one of your sounds.’ Why not choose a sound that you are sometimes unsure of…..



My hair blew up in the air.

(Remember it’s a ‘silly sentence’ so it doesn’t need to make sense.)


R – Money Recognising Coins 1p,2p,5p,10p,20, 50p & £1

Counting in 1’s,2’s,5’s 10’s to 20

Y1- As above £2, £5, £10

Counting in 1’s,2’s,5’s 10’s, 20’s,50’s to £1

Go to a shop, buy 2 items (for under a £1 add them up and work out change)

Summer 1

Week 2

Maths: Reception – Find different ways to place the 18 eggs in the nests. Remember to count carefully to check you have used exactly 18.

Year 1 – Practise using the key language – increasing/decreasing in ones, twos, fives, tens. Also thinking about recording numerals and number words accurately.


Reception – Practise common words. Look at the word, say the word, write the word, then check.

Year 1 – Handwriting and spelling. Remember to start in a good seated position, holding the pencil correctly. Take your time, forming each letter correctly. Try to say the word, then say each letter name as you write it. This muti-sensory approach embeds the learning.


Week 1

Reception Maths – Count the pictures carefully.

Record the number of objects in the picture.

Mark it on the number line. (Extra number lines to use in the future)

Maths Y1 – Complete the sheet. Can you find all the possible ways to make 100. Try working systematically. Use the language …the whole is 100, the parts are 10 and 90. Ten plus ninety is equal to one hundred.

Reception Handwriting / spelling. Complete the sheet – the children may need some help reading the sentences.

Year 1 – Complete 2 pages of the booklet each week. Ensure each letter starts from the line.

Spring 2

Week 2

Maths – Target Game see – http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/numbertime/parents/home_activities/everyday_maths.shtml

Literacy – All about Me Book: It has been wonderful to see the children’s work so far. The posters are lovely and could be stuck on the first page of the children’s book / folder.

Keep adding to the book and the children are welcome to bring them into school and share with their friends or show and tell on their News Day. – Thank you for the wonderful effort and support you have given your children to to this.

An extra maths game we have been using this week is Shark Numbers – ict games http://www.ictgames.com/sharkNumbers/sharkNumbers_v5.html

Have fun and enjoy!

Week 1

Maths – Skittle Game….

This game can be adapted in many different ways but an easy way to get started with it is to make a set of 10 skittles from cardboard tubes (e.g. toilet roll holders / kitchen towel holders).

Play the game by setting the skittles up and then taking turns to roll a soft ball to try to knock the skittles over. After each turn talk about the score.

There were 10 skittles and I knocked over 6. There are 4 left standing. 6 and 4 make 10.

This game will consolidate the children knowledge of the number bonds for 10.

You could adapt the game by using 5,6,7,8 or 9 skittles to consolidate the children’s knowledge of any of those bonds.

Great activity for motor skills, aim, focus and attention.

Enjoy and have fun.

Spring 1

Half Term HomeWork

I am sending home addition games for Reception and Year 1.

The games mention various resources. I will send a number line home for all children. They each use a dice. If you don’t have one, just write numbers to 5 (or 6 for Y1’s ) on small pieces of paper that can be turned over – just pick one card at a time to generate a number, instead of rolling a dice.

Each game uses counters, you could use coins, beads, pieces of lego or pasta instead.

Hope this helps.

I am also sending home an ‘All about me sheet’ I would like to encouarge the children to start a book off about themselves. It can have anything in it. Maybe pictures of family, home, pets or places you have visited. The children can bring the books into school to share with us and their peers to create interest and discussion. This initial sheet is just to get the book started.

With thanks

Week 5

Keep up the Time practise, as shown on main page.

Also Year 1’s you can work on your knowledge of number bonds to 10 by playing the game


Reception and Year 1

You can set the number bond you want to work on using the game


Reception start with the bonds to 4 and then progress to 5.

Remember the language…. The whole is 4 and the parts are 3 and 1.

The whole is 4. The parts are 2 and 2.

Year 1 can also practise all their bonds starting at 5, 6, 7,. 8, 9 and 10.

We are working on speedy recall of all the number facts.

Please see me if you would like any resources for home to support this work. I have lots of spare cubes.


Spring 1

Week 4 – Reception and Year 1 children brought home some Number Bond work.

There is alot to do on the Year 1 sheet so please just do a few at a time unless your child feels confident to whizz through them.

I have lots of spare old cubes in the classroom if anyone would like a set to use to support this work please ask. But you could use any practical apparatus to help with these calculations e.g 1p’s, pencils, pasta pieces…… anything that you have that goes up to 20.

Please come and ask if you need any further advice.

With thanks

Keep up the reading practise and opportunities to hearing and discussing stories.

Week 3 – Continue with the letter formation for Reception and Key word sentences for Y1.

Maths – Y1 – Bonds to 20 (sheet to come home tomorrow)

Reception – Play the Top marks ICT game at 1 more than / 1 less than game.


Encourage children to use the language 1 more than and 1 less than across a range of contexts e.g I have 2 sausages if I get 1 more how many will I have.

Jack has 5 sweets and Tom has 1 less. How many does Tomhave?

Week 2 – Many thanks for all the returns. All children who have brought their homework in have been given a sticker.


Week 1

The children have come home with homework packs for literacy for the half term.

Reception – To consolidate the cursive formation of all letters of the alphabet you are encouraged to support your child to work through these handwriting sheets throughout the half term. Little and often is the best policy. I suggest 4 letters per week or a few lines per session, so the children work with care and attention. Please do not rush through the pack, as it is for the whole of this half term.

Year 1 – Sentence Handwriting Sheets.

The children have come home with ten sheets. This is enough for the whole half term. I suggest one or two per week. I encourage the children to keep up with their cursive handwriting, staring each letter from the line. The sentences include the target phonemes we have been working on (sounds eg ‘ar’, ‘igh’, ‘ow’ etc) and also the key Year 1 high frequency words, which the children are learning to spell independently.

Maths – Reception are focusing on formation of numerals to 10.

Year 1 are learning to spell the numbers to 10. Have fun with the word search!


Autumn 1 Week 6

Handwriting – Year 1 and Reception have come home with the same sheet. Year 1 need to remember to start each letter from the letter using the phrase, “Get ready to…….” All children in the class need practise with this. I will be sending more sheets for all the other letters.

The Reception children are learning the letter formation for the first time. Just have a go! Think about pencil grip and good seating position while the children have a go with these letters/graphemes. Encourage your child to say the phrase as they write the letter. It always starts with, “Get ready to…..” as this is the important stage in developing a cursive script.


Reception – Practise making your own number line. Play ‘Find the number game’ with the number track.

Questions to ask:

What is the number before two?

What is the number before five?

What is the number after three?

What is the number after four?

Year 1  – The children are investigating all the ways to make seven. We have done this in class yesterday and today with other target numbers.

I suggest you use lego bricks, 1 p coins, pencils, dried pasta or any other objects.

Count out seven objects. Encourage your child to use the following language.

e.g The whole is seven. The parts are…..three and four. (Separate the whole into two parts) 

Your child may be able to have a go recording this in the boxes and then write the calculation.

3 + 4 = 7


The whole is seven. The parts are …two and five.

2 + 5 = 7.


Just have a go and see if your child can tell you about what they have been doing in class. Let them be the teacher and you could be the pupil.

Have fun.

Please come and see me if you aren’t sure of anything.


Autumn 1 Week 5

Some ideas for the alphabet arc sent in by a hard working pupil. Thank you.img_4967img_4968

Handwriting sheets to come home for Year 1’s tomorrow.

Try to remember the ‘get ready to…..’ before every letter.


Try to find lots of ways to make 5.

You can use biscuits, sweets, dried pasta, fruit, toys, conkers etc.

Count out five and then put them into two groups.

Encourage your child to count each group carefully pointing or moving the objects as they count aloud.

Use the language ‘The whole is 5, the parts are 1 and 4’  or 1 plus 4 is equal to 5.

Autumn 1 Week 4 (26th September 2016)


Play ‘Find the letter game’ with the alphabet sheet.

E.g Find me a ‘c’.  Cover the letter with a coin until all the letters are covered. Remember to say each sound softly. No letter names at this stage.


Reception Maths

We have been looking at repeating patterns on wrapping paper, with shapes and with bears.

The children have been observing, investigating and making repeating patterns. Maybe you could have fun with pattern making at home.

You could…….

use fruit to make a pattern…apple, orange, apple, orange, apple……

use coins 1p, 2p, 1p, 2p, 1p, 2p etc

any real objects the children can handle and manipulate would be great.

Year 1’s

We are looking at number patterns. The children have sung the 10 little number song  counting in multiples of 2 today.

By practising this game they will consolidate their knowledge of counting in multiples of 2.


Autumn 1 Week 3 (19th September 2016)


An alphabet arc sheet will be coming home with your child tomorrow after school (Monday). Please share it with your child and have fun singing the ‘Alphabet Song’ together. Year 1’s –  Encourage your child to track the letters / graphemes as they sing.

Reception & Year 1’s Can you match magnetic letters to the arc or do an alphabet jigsaw.

Alternatively …Play I spy using letter sounds.



Have fun counting sets of objects round and about. Cars, houses, apples, toys, spoons, cups etc

Try to use language more and fewer to compare two sets.

An example could be…..

How many cups on the table? How many spoons on the table? Are there more cups or spoons? Are there fewer cups or spoons.


Maths Homework

Summer 1 Week 4

Later this week we will be moving on to investigating 3 D Shapes. Any junk modelling  will be appreciated and we will be encouraging to spot and describe shapes in our environment.

The children will be using the language of:

3D; 2D; faces; corners; edges; curved; flat, cuboid; sphere; cylinder; cone; pyramid; faces;

It might be fun to play Eye Spy with My little Eye a object looking like……eg it has 6 faces, 8 corners, 8 edges. It’s is a cuboid. What is my object?  (It could be a cereal packet or anything around the home or even when you are out and about).


Maths Home Work

Summer 1 Week 2 & 3

Place Value

The children have been investigating numbers up to 100 and sometimes beyond. We have been thinking carefully about how many ten’s and one’s are in a number. E.g. 25 has 2 tens and 5 one’s.

The children have been using the language of 1 more than/ 1 less than and 10 more than and 10 less than. We have been using lots of practical apparatus to consolidate this concept.

When you are out and about, at the shops or looking at house numbers or prices you could talk to your child about how many tens and one’s are in that number.

A fun game to play on the computer is http://www.ictgames.com/sharkNumbers/sharkNumbers_v5.html.

The Reception could work with numbers to 29 (or beyond if confident) and the Year 1’s to 59 (and beyond if confident)

Maths Homework

Spring 2 Week 4cards

This week we are working hard to practise our knowledge of number bonds to 10.

A fun activity to try at home is to play snap with a pack of cards. Instead of matching the same numbers why not look for pairs which add to 10, then say “SNAP” e.g ‘3 and 7’, ‘2 and 8’, ‘6 and 4’ etc.

You can also play the fun game at http://www.mathplayground.com/number_bonds_10.html

The Reception children can play snap with a pack of cards which develops skills of taking turns, number recognition and learning the names of the symbols on the cards.


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