Welcome Back Reception!


Welcome to Corrie!

Everyone in the Reception Team hopes you had a wonderful half term break and  Easter Holiday! We are incredibly excited to see you all!

The Reception team would like to welcome you to our year group page.

Here you will find information about what your child has been learning in Reception and how you can help them at home. This page will be updated with information about current and future topics.

What does your child need for Reception?

  • A school uniform and shoes
  • A water bottle
  • A coat
  • A pair of wellies
  • A set of spare clothes in a soft bag to hang on their peg.
  • A smile!

Please label all of your child’s belongings with their name.

What learning will your child be exploring this half term?

This half term our key themes will be around Traditional Tales. We will also be exploring lots of different celebrations including St. George’s Day, World Bees Day and of course the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Here are our key texts for this half term:

George and the Dragon: Amazon.co.uk: Wormell, Christopher: 9780241370407: Books    Jack and the Beanstalk by Nick Sharratt, Stephen Tucker | Waterstones        Jasper's Beanstalk: Amazon.co.uk: Nick Butterworth, Mick Inkpen: 9780340945117: Books    The Queen's Hat (The Queen Collection) : Antony, Steve: Amazon.co.uk: Books

  • George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell
  • Jack and the Beanstalk by Nick Sharratt and Stephen Tucker
  • Once Upon a Time by Nick Sharratt and Stephen Tucker
  • Jasper’s Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen
  • The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony



In Maths, in addition to following their own interests the children will be developing our

  • Counting Skills –  to be able to count on and count back, to take away by counting back, to count to and from 20.
  • Numerical Patterns – doubling, halving and sharing.



In addition to following their own interests, our learning in English will be developed through the key texts above. The specific aims we will be working towards are,

  • How to retell a story.
  • How to write a sentence.
  • How to share our thoughts and feelings.
  • How to create my own story.
  • How to write instructions.
  • How to describe movement.


Our Core Rhymes and Songs:

Each half term, we have a selection of core rhymes and songs that the children will learn off by heart. Here are the five for this half term for you to share at home too.



In Phonics, the children will be learning the Phase 2 and Phase 3 Phonics sounds and key words. These will be sent as homework for the children to practice at home attached to their reading logs.

We use the Story Time Phonics scheme to teach phonics. It supports the Phonics Planning of Letters and Sounds by learning the actions to the song for each new letter sound and the actions.



Outdoor Learning

The children have access to the outdoor area where we develop children’s creative ideas through different role-play areas enhanced with quality play equipment. The outdoor learning gives children the platform to learn and explore through all the areas of the Early Years Foundation stage curriculum.


Learning at Home

For your child’s homework each week, they will bring home a reading book and a library book to share with you.

Please record any reading completed at home in their reading log, we ask you to read at least twice a week with your child and to ensure that they bring their books to school every day. Your child’s reading books will be changed every Monday and Wednesday, whereas their library book will be changed every Wednesday.

In addition to this reading, your child will bring home a selection of key words and phonics tasks to complete and practice with at home throughout the week.  Here’s a list of Reception’s Phase 2 Key Words – Phase 2 Key Words Mat and Phase 3 Key words – Phase 3 Key Word Mat

Every Friday, your child will bring their homework book home to complete an activity that supports their learning that has taken place that week, which you can choose with your child from the menu below. These can be completed in any order. They can be completed in their homework book or presented and shared in any way that they choose. For example, photographs and videos taken can be shared by email at reception@corrie.tameside.sch.uk Their homework is due the following Wednesday every week. Here’s our current Homework Menu – Traditional Tales Reception Summer 1 Homework Menu

Your child also has access to Reading Eggs and Fast Phonics (accessed through Reading Eggs), their login details are in their Reading Log and Homework Book.

Learning outside of school

We are also really looking forward to our trip to the immersive Fairy Tales exhibition at Z-Arts. Take a look by following the link – https://www.z-arts.org/events/fairy-tales-launch/

Happy Learning from the Reception class team.

Mrs Macdonald, Mrs Baguley and Miss Machin

Summer Term in 3L

Summer term in year 3

Welcome to the final term of year 3, we have a busy and action-packed term ahead!


PE lessons will be every Tuesday and Wednesday. Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school. This should be black shorts, pumps and a plain white t shirt or Corrie PE top.


Please find below what we will be learning about:

Autumn 1


In maths we will continue using Power Maths and will start the term by focusing on fractions before looking at time. Please practise telling the time as much as possible with your child at home. We will then learn about angles and properties of shapes before moving onto mass and capacity.


In English, we will start the term by looking at Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit, which tells the true story of the volcanic eruption in Pompeii in 79AD. Children will look at writing descriptive recounts of the volcano erupting before writing their own newspaper reports about the eruption. We will then look at The Tear Thief by Carol-Ann Duffy about a thief who each night collects the tears of children who cry. We will use this story as inspiration to write a persuasive poster and a letter of explanation. We will continue to embed year 3 SPaG throughout all of our writing.

Topic: Extreme Earth

Our geography topic this term is Extreme Earth. We will look at the structure of the Earth and will be investigating what causes volcanoes and earthquakes. We will then look at the impact of a natural disaster and what to do during a natural disaster. We will learn about other extreme weather such as tornadoes and tsunamis and identify patterns in weather around the world.


Science: Plants and Rocks and Soils

We will continue learning about what plants need and the functions of all the different parts of the plant. We will then move on to learning about Rocks and soils. The children will recognise that below the surface of Earth is rock which they may not be able to see. They will understand that over time rocks have been broken down to form smaller rocks, pebbles, stones and eventually soils. They will recognise that there are different rocks and different soils which have different properties and appearances. Children will identify, name and describe different rocks. They will compare and group different rocks and soils based on appearance and properties.


PHSE: JIGSAW: Relationships and Changing Me

The children will learn how babies grow, outside and inside body changes, family stereotypes and look ahead to next year in school and further as they grow up.

RE: What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?

In RE the children will learn more about the Hindu faith and the different beliefs and traditions. We will then look at what it means for people being a Hindu in modern Britain.

PE: Athletics, hockey, cricket, football

In PE the children will learn about aspects of the above 4 areas, improving their techniques and skills in these sports.

Music: BRASS

During our music lessons the children will have the opportunity to learn how to play a brass instrument with Tameside music service.

Computing: The children will learn about Branching databases and programming with Scratch.

MFL: French

We will complete our work on months and the date, then look at The Very Hungry Caterpillar story in French. After that we will look at the topics of My Family and On the Farm.




Every term the children will receive a ‘Take Away Homework’ a menu of homework activities linked to our Topic. If you would like to email us your child’s homework please email to admin@corrie.tameside.sch FAO Mrs Lynch or send it to the Year 3 email address, alternatively you could sent it to us through Google Classroom.


The children will also be set a piece of maths work, linked to their work in class that week and some handwriting/ spelling practice.


Home Reading: Reading a school book is part of your homework. Children should read at least twice week and signed by an adult. Reading books will get checked every Wednesday. Your child’s reading diary must be signed before a new book is given and all activities completed (if applicable) Your child should have their reading book in school every day.

Homework will be sent home every Friday and is expected to be returned to school by the following Wednesday.

Remember TTRockstars is part of your child’s homework. This term the children have a challenge to reach 1000 points by the end of the first half term. If they manage to achieve this target we will have a special reward session.



REMEMBER: all homework needs to be completed each week and handed in by each Wednesday to achieve GREEN for Homework in your Assertive Mentoring. If you hand it in on Thursday you will achieve YELLOW. If your homework is not completed you will receive RED for that week.





You will need to regularly revise the year 2 spelling list and learn the Year 3 spelling lists.

Practicing Spellings At Home

Year 3 and 4 Common Exception Words

Year 3 Spelling Rules and Examples


Other important information:

  • Please ensure your name is clearly written in all your school uniform.
  • Please ensure your correct and full PE kit is in school all week as PE days can change in school (it will be sent home every half term to wash)
  • Bring your reading book and reading diary to school every day. Sometimes a reading volunteer will choose you for extra reading.
  • Please ensure your school water bottle is in school every day.

All the equipment you need is supplied for you in school. Please do not bring in your own pencils, rubbers etc from home.


We are really looking forward to this busy final term with you in year 3.

Mrs Lynch and Mrs Hall