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Winscombe Primary School


Hello Reception & reception parents! Below are some ideas for today's activities. The spellings are for today, half term and beyond as they are so important for developing writing. We know all families have differing circumstances today so please do as much as can but above all look after yourselves. I am on Dojo if you need me. Have a happy, safe and restful half term and Mrs Stevens and I will see you soon.


Today and over half term and beyond please practise the spellings below. Children need to be able to read these words and spell them. They are common exception words which mean they need to be learnt as "look & say" rather than sounding out. Please practise them regularly as that is the key to embedding the spelling. 


We suggest you practise using the LOOK, SAY, COVER, WRITE, CHECK method:


LOOK - this is the most important step, what does the word look like? How many letters? Any ascenders/descenders etc. build a visual memory of the word. This is important as a lot of these words do not sound out.

SAY - say it out loud, you may want to change how you say it to help remember or notice any letters that have an odd sound e.g. was is said wos.

COVER - cover the word up - no cheating!

WRITE - write the word

CHECK - check it letter by letter


Then repeat the process so that you have it correct 3 times, if you get it wrong then it doesn't count in your 3!

Start with 3 words first, once you can do those then add another one but don't stop practising the ones you know. Keep adding until you have 5 words from then on when you add a new one to practise drop one you can do really well. Mums & dads please check your child can use the word in a sentence verbally too.



Please check your child is forming their letters correctly as they write bad habits are really hard to break and affect a child's writing speed and ability to join later. All letters except e & d start at the top. Letters c, o, a, d, q & g all start with a c. If you notice your child starting in the wrong place then stop them, model how to do it and monitor while they try 3 times correctly. Give a reminder before they attempt that letter in future.


We have been working on the story "The Three Billy Goats Gruff". Try making a wanted poster for a troll. This will help warn people that the troll is hungry and might try to eat them! Draw your troll and write a few sentences describing it. Mums & dads we are wanting children to focus on sounding out words and recording the sounds they hear (they may not hear all the sounds yet) and spelling common exception words correctly (see list above). Also we want them to be able to say a sentence and then try writing it using finger spaces between their words rather than just recording single words. To support, it is useful if you can rehearse the sentence with them and repeat it while they write, including elongating words to help them hear the sounds. It is not unusual for children to write words like bridge as brij and at this stage we would be very happy with that as they have recorded all the stressed sounds as they hear them.


We have been practising partitioning 10 into 2 bits. Partitioning numbers really supports mental arithmetic. Below is a video with some ideas for practising partitioning of 10. You may not have all the equipment to hand but use what you've got. If you don't have unifix at home (most people don't!) you could use Lego blocks and if you don't have the kit she talks about, drinking straws and numbers written on paper are just as good.


PE & Music

On Friday afternoons we usually have PE & Music  so this afternoon we suggest you put on your favourite  sing-along and either crank up the volume and dance until you drop or try some yoga or aerobics if you have room! If mum or dad need a more peaceful atmosphere then why not try some home baking alongside that sing-along mix and give yourselves a workout stirring those mixtures.