St Mary's

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  3. Weekly Homework

Weekly Homework

This page is updated weekly (Friday) with this week's Homework. 

Homework is posted on Friday and please complete / return to school by the following Wednesday.


Reading Record & Books need returning on -

Year 1 - Return Wednesday/ Weekly Books issued Thursday 

Reception - Return Monday/ Weekly Books issued Tuesday 

(This new system is so we can remove books and quarantine them for at least 3 days before re-issuing to anyone else.) 

Each child also has books available to read/re-read on ActiveLearn (See Remote learning)

Please see Class 1 information or News page to find out about our Harvest Festival Focus and what we would like you to bring. 

Below are a few pictures of what we've been getting up to last week. 

Autumn 1 Week 7  - 23/10/20

Please look in your book bag where you will find your new Homework Book in a Zip Bag. 

This book needs returning inside the Zip Bag on Wednesdays. 



This week's homework is - Have a lovely half term holiday!!!!! 

 You need to go out and enjoy all that Autumn offers. Collect leaves, make leaf rainbows, make patterns, collect conkers and seeds etc HAVE FUN.

If you really want to work then read your books on ActiveLearn , try the phonics games. Do lots of colouring /name practising building with lego, cutting out to get those fingers strong. I've popped some sounds in Reception bags - you should be able to read/write about 30 words from these.



We have all been learning about repeating patterns last week. Copying patterns, continuing patterns and devising our own patterns with a repeat. 

Why not go out and collect some lovely Autumn items and make a repeating pattern together?

eg leaf, pine cone, leaf, pine cone etc

red leaf, red leaf, yellow leaf, red leaf, red leaf, yellow leaf etc

Do send a picture in if you make a lovely pattern! 






Tricky Word Spellings to learn to read and write - (great learning of blue words Year 1 - so impressed)

 to , do, are, all   may need a little extra focus. 

Yellow words next!



Please share your reading books several times and return them on your 'change' day. See below for more tips on reading together. 

Thank you for your support.





You also have a Home Reading Book and Reading Record.

*******N.B new system during Covid 19 times********************************

Going forward, each week you will have 2 reading books issued. These are to be shared and re-read at least once and then returned on the correct days. Please record the dates you read together /a comment from you in the reading record book. If there is no comment or the book has not been re-read, it may come back to you the week after as we will not know it needs changing. This sharing/re-reading of books is one of the most important ways you can support your child in Class 1 and a huge indicator of future success so I hope you will be able to read a little often with your child. We really do value the importance of reading at St. Mary's as it does help writing progress too. 

I have also begun to change all the early reading levels so they are all phonics based. This means that as soon as your child has learned some basic sounds and can 'blend' sounds to read he/she will be placed on phase 2 based books and should be able to attempt to 'decode' all of the text with just a little help from you. I would always recommend you sharing a picture book/bedtime story book as well as these books have very controlled language and your child also needs to hear stories with good sentence structure and plot. 


Reception - we are beginning to learn our sounds so PHASE 1 books are very much books to be enjoyed/read by an adult/ discussed etc

Read/re-read , write in the record book and return to school on Monday please.


Year 1 - As all of you know your phase 2 sounds (Well done - I was so pleased to see that this week!!) you are on PHASE 2 books which rely on you now applying this knowledge and blending these sounds to read all the words in these books. Some of you know most of your PHASE 3 books and so I've popped you on the Phase 3 books to practise these sounds. You may need help the first day, try again the next evening and the third evening you should be independent. Re-reading books is an important part of learning to read.

Read/re-read, write in the record book and return to school on Wednesday please.


I have also added some useful information sheets into your homework books. Please take these out and stick up at home as I will refer to them (and they may be needed if learning at home for any reason - quarantine / isolating etc)

I've added our style of handwriting so you can see how we are learning to form our letters. 

Reception - I've copied your name card  so you can practise recognising / writing your name.

Reception have Phase 2 phonics - we shall be focussing on S, A, T, P, I , N and blending these to read and write our own little words. 

Year 1 have Phase 3 phonics and spelling lists. Hopefully we nearly know how to read/write the blue words and will soon be focussing on the yellow words.

Year 1 - I have added our writing mat in as this contains all the sounds we shall need to know for our Phonics test next May and it is helpful when we are writing independently.

I've popped guidance on pencil hold in everyone's bag - we focus lots on strong fingers in class 1.

You can support this by - 

  1. encouraging your child to dress themselves  (buttons, socks, shoes etc all good exercise for those fingers)
  2. learning how to tie knots, shoelaces etc
  3. using a knife and fork to cut their own food up rather than having everything done for them or using fingers.
  4. playing with playdough, lego etc