Reception – Cycle 3 News

Cycle 3

The children in Reception have worked extremely hard during Cycle 2. We have just started Cycle 3 and are excited about all the learning that will take place.


  • Reception’s Key Text
    Our Key Text for Cycle Three is ‘The Gruffalo’. We will be reading the story each week, answering blank level questions, learning about the characters and sequencing the story.
  • On Fridays we have already had a few parents come in to Reception to read with their child. Please come and spend some time choosing and reading books with your child, in class and on the library bus.
  • Reading at home

Please continue to listen to your child read their reading book every night. Ask your children questions about their book to check their understanding of what they have read. Please help them to practise the highlighted words on the sheet at the front, every night.


We are continuing to work hard in RWI lessons to segment and blend to read and write words and short sentences.


In Maths, some children are working very hard on adding and subtracting, on a numberline and in their heads. We will also be moving on to doubling and halving during this cycle.


We are busy arranging a trip to Smithills Farm. At the farm the children will get to see all the animals close up. They can even feed them, stroke them and see the cows getting milked. They will have a donkey ride as well as a tractor and trailer ride.


During this cycle we will be having some special visitors in Reception. We will be receiving a set of eggs which we will be able to see hatch into chicks. Very exciting! The children will learn about the life cycle of a chicken and will have the opportunity to draw and write about the chicks and maybe even hold a chick!

Snack Money

We ask that the children continue to bring in 50p every week, on a Monday, to contribute towards the cost of providing the children with a range of healthy snacks.


Please be reminded that the school doors open at 8:50am and maths lessons commence at 9am prompt.  It is important your child arrives to school on time to ensure valuable learning is not missed.


Please ensure your child has spare clothes and underwear.  as there may be times when your child gets wet during outdoor play.


Please ensure all clothing is labelled clearly with your child’s name. We are still noticing a number of jumpers and cardigans with no name.




Cycle 3

Great work Year 5 we are nearly half way through the school year! Time flies when you’re having fun and this has definitely been the case in Cycle 2! We have sky rocketed into Space with the WonderDome, researched a British astronaut (Tim Peake) to write a biography and continued to amaze me as Mathematicians.

After February half term we will be joined in Year 5 by Mr Lentini who will be working alongside myself to complete his teacher training.


  • Homework is sent out on a Thursday and should be returned to school on a Tuesday.
  • Spelling test every Friday (Year 3/4 and 5/6 spelling lists in diary)
  • Please make sure the book your child is reading and pages they have read are written in their diary before signing. Remember 15-20 minutes reading every night!


Story from Another Culture

Non-Chronological Reports

Poems to Perform



Multiples and Factors

2D/3D Shapes

Area and Perimeter

Prime Numbers

Reflection, Translation, Rotation









Geography – UK and London




Swimming with Miss Gorton – Thursday morning

MUFC Football/Athletics with Mr B – Friday afternoon

PE is part of our uniform and we ask it to be a white t-shirt and black shorts, pumps or trainers. For cultural or religious reasons girls may wear white long sleeved t-shirts and black leggings.

French Bon Appétit (Enjoy your meal)


RE Why is Jesus inspiring to some people?

What would Jesus do?


Art Turner Landscape



Year 3 trip to Manchester Airport

On 25th January, Year 3 visited Manchester Airport as part of their upcoming European Holidays topic. The children had a guided tour of Terminal 1, where they learnt all about the checking in process and what items are allowed to be taken on board.  After a very speedy lunch, the children had the opportunity to go on board a DC10 aircraft. Here they were able to sit in the flight deck and had time to discuss the different roles of staff around the airport. The children and staff had a fantastic time!

Year 6 visit to MOSI & Salford Museum

Year 6 went on a trip to the Museum of Science & Industry where they took part in the Revolution Manchester show and a cotton mill demonstration to expand our learning of the Industrial revolution topic in history. They then moved over to Salford Museum and Art Gallery where they identified different Victorian artefacts and had the chance to experience a Victorian street. The children really enjoyed this exciting opportunity.