Homework in Reception
Phonics reading book
We ask if possible, that you read with your child at home each day. The children will read at least once a week in school.
Books will be changed on a Thursday and given out on a Friday, providing that the online reading diary (Go Read) has been signed to show that your child has read at home. You will find more information about Go Read attached to this letter.
Here are some of the things that you could ask your child when reading with them:
- What do you think the story is about?
- Why do you think that has happened?
- Why do you think that they did that?
- What do you think will happen next?
- What can you tell me about this character?
- What was your favourite part of the story? Why?
- Can you tell me what this sound is? e.g. pointing to 'c' in cat...
- Can we blend the sounds together to make a word? 'c-a-t ---> cat!
Reading books will be changed each Thursday. Please ensure they are brought into school every day.
Reading for pleasure book
Children will also be receiving a ‘reading for pleasure book’. This is a book that may be too complicated for your child to read at this stage, but that you can enjoy reading together at home, e.g. The Gruffalo.
Phonics booklet (Sound boxes)
Your child will now be given a ‘Phonics booklet’ (formerly a sound box) to support them with their phonics. This is classed as part of their homework and contains sounds to learn, and words which contain those sounds.
On a weekly basis, the children will be individually tested on their sounds/words in school and they will be highlighted accordingly. If your child needs to continue to practise the sounds/words they will remain a focus for the following week. There is a comment box for both school and home to write in each week.
At the beginning of the year your child will be 'sounding out' words, e.g. s-a-t ----> sat, but the aim is that your child will be able to read these words fluently without having to 'sound them out'. Your child will be able to use their ‘robot arms’ to sound out words.
We ask that you practise the sounds and words with your child for 5 minutes at home each day. The phonics booklets then need to be brought into school on a daily basis so that the children can practise in school. You will be able to find useful links on the Reception class page on our school website to help with the pronunciation of the sounds.
Reception High Frequency words
In addition to the words that children take home in their sound boxes, they also learn to read and write Reception high frequency words (some of which are included in the sound boxes). There are 45 Reception high frequency words which are split into 5 bands - 9 words in each. Each child starts at band 1, and once they can read all 9 words they can then move onto the following band. Similarly, with writing, once a child can write all 9 words in band 1, they can then move onto the next band. We look at the high frequency words on a daily basis in class and the children are also tested to see if they have progressed through the bands during each half-term.
You will find the high frequency words in the table below - one table for reading and one for writing. These words can be highlighted at home once your child can read them, and again when they can write them.
On the Reception class page, you will find a variety of resources to help with learning at home. There are flashcards available for each band of the high frequency words which can be printed.
Maths homework in Reception
Maths homework for Reception is set via the Numbots website. Please try to go on this each day. There are details about this on the next page.
Online learning in Reception
The children have a variety of different online tools that can help them with their learning at home. Please see below for information about each online learning tool. Your child’s login details are attached.
This is a website that the children use in school. It is great for creating projects, editing pictures, generating codes and much more.
The website to access this is https://login.bgfl365.uk or you can scan the QR code on the login card.
Within BGFL (above) you will find an app called J2blast. This is great for practising spellings.
At Our Lady and St Rose of Lima school, the children access and learn their Phonics through a program called Phonics Bug. There is also a website entitled Active Learn Primary, which children can access at home for additional activities to practise their phonics. This website is full of interactive games and books to help the children practise the phonic sounds, for their phase and ability.
I will be recommending books regularly on Active learn, which should show up on your child’s account. Your child will be able to access these books online and read them with you, practising the phonic sounds they have been learning. The ‘my stuff’ section will show a variety of books to read and practise phonic sounds. After reading the book, there may then be questions to answer about the story.
The website to access this is www.activelearnprimary.co.uk
All children now have access to Numbots, part of the Times Table Rockstars website, a site that focuses on addition and subtraction. This is an excellent online learning tool for the children so please make the most of it. To log in, simply enter our school postcode (B29 5DY) and then click on our school name. Select 'Pupils' and then enter your username and password.
The website to access this is https://play.numbots.com/#/account/search-school
A fantastic website to help with phonics and reading skills. Hundreds of online reading lessons, phonics games and books for ages 2–13.