Cherry Orchard, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9AN

01543 263505

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Growing with Jesus


Friday 17th November to be returned on Tuesday 28 th November.

Literacy - Reading

Please access Bug Club with your child and read at least one book per week. You are welcome to see Miss Cartwright for any technical assistance or help. Please write the name of the books your child has read, in their homework book. 

Literacy - Writing

Please could you and your child have a go at writing the captions 'a pin in a map' and 'get to the top'. Practice 'say it, stretch it, segment it' to help segment the words. Practice using finger spaces.  If your child is confident with this, give another sentence which includes a tricky word e.g. 'I can get to the top.' 'I go into the shop.' 


Maths - Number

Which numbers are missing? You can use your brussel sprout pictures from last week's homework. Ask your child to put them in order. Hide one. Can they guess which one is missing? Can they write the missing number? If your child is confident with numbers to ten, try ordering numbers to 15 and finding the missing one. 

 Physical development. 

We have been exploring the story 'Supertato'. We have been talking about what we could do to be kind and helpful like Supertato. please could your child draw a picture / glue in a photo of something they do at home which is kind and helpful. You could write a sentence about it underneeath if you like. 

Homework presentation. 

Presentation is very important and school does have a presentation policy. Please could your child therefore begin using writing pencils for all writing in their homework books and colouring pencils rather than felt tips for any pictures. Many thanks. 

 Autumn Term

Parent Workshops

You are invited to come along to our EYFS (Pre-school and Reception Class) Phonics and Writing Workshop for parents on Monday 2nd October and our EYFS Maths Workshop on Thursday 5th October, both from 3.45-4.45pm. Children are able to come along. 

It was lovely to see so many parents and grandparents at the Phonics and Writing Workshop. Thank you for the very positive feedback. It was especially helpful to hear that many of you would like to come along to a reception class phonics refresher session next half term to help support your child's learning at home - we will pass on dates once this has been organised. As part of this workshop all parents in YR and Pre-school will be emailed information about: end of reception class expectations; a phonics code breaker which helps explain language we use with the children in phonics, e.g. digraph, phoneme, segmenting and blending; and useful websites we referred to during the workshop. 
Parent feedback from the Phonics and Writing Workshop: 
Parents enjoyed: 
'Learning which websites are useful for home learning to hep with phonics, and also learning what is expected at certain stages.'
'Ideas on how to encourage early reading and writing skills in a fun way!'
How parents felt that the workshop will help to support their child's learning at home:
'Good to know ultimate outcomes for end of Reception, and how to do 'Nip, Flip and Grip (to support pencil control)'' 
'I now feel that I have ideas of activities to do at home to support my child's reading and writing. It's good to know how to help him in the correct way!'
''Thank you, really helpful!'
Further suggestions: 
At the beginning of the workshop parents were asked if they would be interested in further phonics refresher sessions tailored for Reception class. Parents are very keen to take up this offer so a session will be made available next half term, as well as phonics booster sessions or parent drop-in sessions in the Spring and Summer terms. 


We are learning all about dinosaurs! The children have been learning names of dinosaurs and finding out interesting facts, for example, Triceratops make their crests go red and frighten other dinosaurs away so that they can be the leader! In reception class we have a lovely selection of large dinosaur toys which the children have enjoyed playing with. However, the dinosaurs have disappeared! All that has been left behind is some footprints....



We wondered where the dinosaurs might have gone. Elsie suggested 'Maybe they have gone to the shops', while Noah thought that they might have gone to Poland 'but you need to go on a boat'. Barney was quite sure they may be visiting Hamleys in London, while Sophie thought that perhaps they may have gone on their holidays. 

After careful consideration about how we could get the dinosaurs back, Joanna had a super idea; leaving food to tempt the dinosaurs back into our classroom!

We found out from one of our resident dinosaur experts, Sebastjan, that Triceratops like to eat leaves. While Tyrannosaurus Rex are meat eaters Thomas was quite certain that they also like jam. Off we went to find delicious dinosaur food!


Overnight, the dinosaurs came and gobbled up the food (taking the jam with them!). They left us a letter explaining that they had to go on a mission to help Katy and Tom on Dinosaur Island! This raised lots of questions from the children... Where is dinosaur island? What is an island? Who are Katy and Tom?

We decided to think about the answers to these questions while joining in with dinosaur yoga during PE...


As the mystery continues the children will be making dinosaur models, writing letters to the dinosaurs, and finding out more about their mission (by reading our class story, 'Tom and the island of the dinosaurs'). We will be learning a T-Rex rap, getting involved in dinosaur maths challenges, creating our own dinosaur island and much more!


The dinosaurs have sent us a special parcel from Dinosaur Land - dinosaur eggs!!!! Apparently dinosaurs love leaf soup, so we brushed up on our scissor skills and prepared a batch ready for our dino-hatchlings!