On a Friday children are invited to select a book of their choice to share with you at home. They can keep this book for one week. The purpose of the activity is to share the book and encourage your child to talk about what has happened in the story.

Every child will be given an exercise book with plain pages where they are encouraged to do some mark making about the book they have shared. This could be a picture from the story or information book. We ask you to annotate this so that the following week we can share the mark making with your child.



Every Friday your child will bring home their green home learning folder and inside will be a sheet explaining the activity to be completed over the weekend. The home learning will be relevant to an activity or area we have learnt in class – for example, if learning about 2D shapes they may be asked to go on a shape hunt and draw some 2D shapes; or if learning about the park or farm they may be asked to design their own park/farm and have a go at labelling it.

Home learning is intended to help with their school learning and will be simple and often practical. It should be a fun activity to complete together rather than a chore. Every activity will have a question or activity to extend your child’s understanding. We value your comments on how the activity was completed or what the child said or did so feel free to comment on the home learning sheet.

Home learning must be returned to school by Wednesday otherwise the teacher will not have time to look at it before the following weeks home learning is sent home.


The children are at a crucial stage in their reading so it should be an enjoyable time for all involved. We send home three books a week:

  • Monday a levelled Oxford Reading Tree (ORT) book (the reading scheme we follow) suitable for the child’s reading ability so they should attempt to read it themselves. This is removed from the book bags on Friday.
  • Wednesday the children choose a book from the book corner for you to read to them at home. This is removed from the book bags on Friday.
  • Friday a levelled book chosen by the child from a different scheme which they should attempt to read some of. This is removed from the book bags on Monday.

Your child will also get a lotto game to suit their ability. Please play this game with your child as it is a fun way to reinforce the sounds and keywords they are learning.

It is important that your child reads their Oxford Reading Tree and levelled Friday book two or three times to help them understand what they are reading. The first time they should look at each page and talk and ask questions about the pictures. The second time they should be encouraged to follow the text with their finger and attempt some of the words. The third time they should be able to follow the text with their finger and read it with some fluency. Don’t worry if they are memorising the text, this is normal but encourage them to point to each word as they say it.

We teach the following strategies to work out words, so please use them when listening to your child read:

  • Segmenting (sounding out) – for example, c-a-n, c-a-t, t-r-ee, j-u-m-p
  • Blending (pushing the sounds together) – for example, d-o-g = ‘dog’

Use the pictures as clues. Some words are ‘tricky words’ and simply have to be learnt, such as the, was, they and home. If you are having difficulties getting your child to complete their reading or home learning then please speak to your class teacher.