Reception Class News

F1 Home Learning: Week 2

Posted on Friday 08 January 2021 by Mrs Wood

This week, our learning is going to be themed around the popular children’s books ‘Zog’ and ‘Zog and the Flying Doctors’. At the bottoms there’s also links to some Key Worker times which you can join in with at home. Two of the videos will be of other Sphere Federation Early Years teachers and the story video will be either Miss Marsden, Mrs Small or Mrs Rippon.

If you are unfamiliar with the story, you can listen to it here and if you would like some quiet time, why not snuggle up on the sofa and enjoy watching it on BBC iPlayer.
Zog and the Flying Doctors


  • What was your favourite part of the story?
  • Can you remember the characters that the Flying Doctors helped in the story?
  • What do you think princesses should be like?
  • If you’d like a challenge, try completing this quiz

As part of our Phase One phonics learning, we practise making different noises with our own voices.
Can you roar like a lion?
If you don’t want to wake the sleeping King, what could you say? ( Shhhhh)
What noise does Zog make when he lands? (Bang, crash, thump!)
– What noise do you think Princess Pearl says when she sees a silly, frilly dress? (Eugh!)
Can you think of any other sound effects that you could make from the story?


  • Do you have some wrapping paper left over or some old wall paper? Turn it over and roll it out on the floor. Hold it down at the corners using some tins/books/tape. Can you draw a giant map for Zog to show him where to go? What will be on your map? You could draw some trees for a forest or a tall mountain. What about a castle or a river?
    Parents: Remember, in Nursery, the process of mark making is the most important part. The end product may not ‘look’ exactly like you think it should, but the marks that your child has made will mean a lot to them. If you have time, try to draw a little bit with your child before leaving them to continue alone. As you draw, talk about your marks and what they show (keep them simple). It’s great if they can talk to you about what they are drawing as they make each mark.
  • Here’s a Zog colouring sheet if you have a printer at home. We try to talk about choosing the correct colour for things at Nursery.
  • You might also like to try and follow the lines very carefully with your pen to help Zog win a golden star .

Watch this song about 2d shapes and talk about the names of the basic 2D shapes (circle, square, triangle and rectangle). Then, look at these pictures of castles and see what shapes you can spot. How you know it’s a triangle? How many sides does that shape have? Can you see a shape with a curved side?
Extension ideas
– Cut up a selection of different sized shapes and ask your child to create their own castle or maybe even a dragon picture. There are lots of ideas online.  What shape would be good to use to make a doorway or window?
– Have a look on Google images at castles to see what other shapes you can spot.

– We love to create buildings using Duplo in Nursery. If you have Lego or Duplo at home, can you build a castle?
– Sir Gadabout has a shield and a sword in ‘Zog’. We know that some of you love to play ‘knights’ so maybe you’d like to have a go at making your own shields using any recycling items that you have such as cardboard delivery or cereal boxes etc.
– Role play being a doctor/nurse and help to make some of your toys better. Use your imaginations to think about what could be wrong; in the story, the mermaid has sunburn and the lion gets a sore throat. You could make a bandage (toilet roll) or use some old plasters that are hiding at the back of a cupboard somewhere.

Physical Development
Funky Fingers
Draw or print a dragon outline. Get some clothes pegs and show your child how to squeeze them to open them. Use the pegs to add spikes onto the dragon’s back (like in the dinosaur photo below). You could challenge them to add 2 blue spikes or 3 yellow ones.

Get moving and join in with this Happy Dragon dance!

Independence skills
In the story, the Lion has a sore throat and cold and needs to blow his nose a lot! Can you blow your own nose? Next time you need to blow your nose, get a tissue and look in the mirror.  Hold the tissue to your nose, pinch your fingers gently around the tissue and blow.  Remember to pinch and pull as you move the tissue away from your nose. Look in the mirror to check that your nose is clean and do it again if you need to. What’s the last thing that you need to do? Throw your tissue in the bin or flush it away and then wash your hands well.

Key Worker activities
Watch these videos (click on the two links below) and join in our Key Worker activity at home. Listen carefully to the clues and animal noises. Which animal is it?
Animal Guess Who video

If you enjoyed playing, have a go at the game at home. We’d love you to make up your own clue and send a video for us to guess which animal you have!

We often play games that help to develop our visual and memory skills. Look carefully at the animals and see if you can work out which is missing! You can easily play this game at home- just choose 5-6 items and find a tea towel or towel to hide them.
Animal memory game

Story Time – One Snowy Night read by Mrs Rippon
Click here to watch today’s story.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the story.

Parents: If you have any questions I am here to help. Please email  your questions and photos to and I will aim to respond the same day. 


Quick Reminder!

Posted on Friday 08 January 2021 by Mrs Wood

Please don’t forget to email us any pictures of your home learning. I would love to see how you’ve been getting on and what you’ve been up to!

Read! Read! Read!
Share stories and read different types of texts. You could even make up your own stories! Here are some suggestions from Book Trust.

Please talk with your child on a daily basis. The best thing about being at home is all those lovely conversations! Talk to your child about everything! We encourage talk and language in class by asking lots of questions:
“I wonder what would happen if…?”
“Can you remember when…?
“What does that feel like/ smell like/ look like/ taste like?”
“Why did you do it that way…?
“How could you change it…?”
Have fun painting, drawing and making models to encourage lots of chat!

Stay Active!
Spend some time moving and grooving around your house! There’s plenty of movement songs on YouTube. For example, Shake Your Sillies Out, Move and Freeze or Happy Dance – these are our favourites Foundation! You could even just put on the radio and have a good dance!#

Use your phase 2 sound mat and word passport daily.

08 January 2021: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Thursday 07 January 2021 by Mrs Wood

Play the Match Cards blending game on Phonics Bloom.
Parents: Click the above link> Make sure all sets are ticked> Click play 

Making 2D Shapes
1. Gather a selection of small items e.g. sticks, lolly sticks, pen, coins, pebbles or buttons.
2. Explore ways of arranging the items to create a 2D shape.
3. What shape did you make? Can you describe your shape to an adult?
4. Take turns at making and describing shapes to each other.
Parents: Below is a list of questions you can ask to support your child’s thinking.

Make an Ice Sun Catcher.
1. Explore your garden and collect a variety of natural treasures.
2. Pour some water into a suitable oven tray or shallow dish from your kitchen.
3. Place a piece of string over one of the corners and leave to freeze overnight.

Artic Yoga
Have a go at some of these yoga poses.
Parents: Your child needs to be on a carpeted floor or mat with enough space for them to stretch out their arms and legs.
I hope you all have enjoyed your first week of home learning activities. Next week, I will be posting daily videos of phonics and maths lessons alongside a week of activities linked to a focus story.

Have a safe and happy weekend!

A Message From Miss Marsden

Posted on Thursday 07 January 2021 by Mrs Wood

Click here to see the message.

F2 Home Learning

Posted on Thursday 07 January 2021 by Mrs Wood

This is what you can expect to see on your child’s class news page each week during lockdown.

The learning for week beginning 11.01.21 will be posted on Sunday 10.01.21.  All subsequent weeks will be posted on a Friday evening.

As teachers are also teaching our key worker children in school, these videos may not be from your child’s teacher. However, every Friday the children will be able to enjoy a story read by an adult from their class.

Each week a menu of activities will be presented that can be completed during the week. This menu will relate to the book of the week. The activities will cover all aspects of the Early Years curriculum. There will also be the following screencasts and videos.

Monday Phonics screencast with follow up activities.

Maths screencast with follow up activities

Tuesday Phonics screencast with follow up activities.

Maths screencast with follow up activities

Wednesday Phonics screencast with follow up activities.

Maths screencast with follow up activities

Thursday A tricky word screencast with follow up activities

Maths screencast with follow up activities

Friday An Understanding the World video with “ Professor Myers” with follow up activities

A story read by one of your child’s teachers with talk time activities.

As always your child’s teachers will be available via email for any questions. We will also endeavour contact you by phone once per week, just to check in with you.

07 January 2021: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Wednesday 06 January 2021 by Mrs Wood

Have a go at the Flashcard Time Challenge on Phonics Play.
Say the ‘phase 2’ phonemes before the 2 minute timer ends!
Challenge: Can you do it before the 1 minute timer?
Parents: Login details are Sphere (user name) and Spher3 (password).
Click ‘PhonicsPlay’ > Resources > Flashcards Time Challenge > Start > Phase 2

2. Words to read:

Use your ‘phoneme fingers’ or point to the sound buttons to help. How many sounds are in these words?

3. Words to write:
Ask an adult to read out the words. Use your phoneme frames in your home learning pack. Remember to write one phoneme in each box.
map   hug   net   pick
**Challenge words**
Have a go at writing these words on a piece of paper.
pocket   fusspot   rabbit

4. Phonics Activity
Can you find the hidden letters to spell the tricky words?
The letters needed to spell a Phase 2 tricky word are hidden within each picture. Find the letters and unscramble them to correctly spell the words.
Click here to open the document.

Read a story with an adult. When you have finished, ask your adult questions about the story. Were they correct?
Then swap over. Ask your adult to think of questions to ask you.

1. Watch and sing the Ten Green Bottles song.
2. Finding the total number of items in two groups.
Collect two bowls. Put three bananas in one bowl and two apples in the other bowl. How many pieces of fruit do you have altogether?
Draw a picture to show your answer.
Challenge – Can you make up your own?
Your child can use any objects for this activity.

F1 Home Learning: Week 1

Posted on Tuesday 05 January 2021 by Mrs Wood

Well, it’s not quite the welcome back that we had planned! We’ll provide you with more information regarding our remote learning activities this week, but here are some activities for you to do this week.

This week, the activities are all linked to a very popular and familiar tale, ‘The Gingerbread Man’.

If you have a copy at home, share it together or you could watch this online version.


As you read the story, see if your child can join in with the repeated phrases such as… “Stop! I want to eat you!” and “Run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread man!”

Talk to your child about the story. What happened? What did the Gingerbread Man say? What happened at the end of the story?


We love drawing our own gingerbread people in Nursery. Draw, paint or print an outline and add in some details. Give your gingerbread person some eyes, a nose and a mouth. How many buttons will you draw? What shape are they?


There are some fun Gingerbread Man counting activities on this website. In Nursery, we don’t expect children to recognise digits at this point so you may need to help your child recognise the numbers as you play together. Count the buttons and remember to say the numbers slowly, touching each button as you count it.

You could continue to play this together using the gingerbread person that you drew. Find something to use for buttons (buttons, pompoms, sweets, coins…) and challenge each other to put on 1-5 buttons. We’d expect some children to be working with numbers up to 3,4 or 5, but some children may be able to count more confidently up to 10 with one to one correspondence.

Here are a few ways to extend the activity…

  • Which Gingerbread Man has the most/fewest buttons? How do you know?
  • How many buttons would s/he have if we added one more? Ate one?
  • If you put 1, 2 0r 3 buttons on the Gingerbread Man, can you tell how many there are without counting?  Try it!


  • If you have the ingredients, have a go at making your own gingerbread people. It’s always a great hit in Nursery. If you don’t have time this week, add the ingredients to your weekly shop and save it for a weekend treat together.
  • Watch ‘Melody’ as she listens to some music that reminds her of the Gingerbread Man story. What did it make you think of?
  • If you have playdough at home, have a go at making gingerbread people.

 Phonics – Nursery rhymes

During group time this week, we were going to re-visit some of our favourite Nursery rhymes. Sing some together at home. There are lots to choose from here.

As you’re singing, try missing out a word from the end of a line. Can your child fill in the missing word? E.g. Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great….. ?

Please remember to let us know how you’re getting on throughout the week and send us a quick e-mail to We love to find out about your home learning – in whatever form it takes. Gingerbread Man related or something completely different!




06 January 2021: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Tuesday 05 January 2021 by Mrs Wood

1. Practise recognising and saying all the sounds.
Phase 2 – Phonics Bloom
2. Practise reading all of the phase 2 tricky words. You could also have a go at spelling them using the look, cover and write method. Remember to use the letter names when writing them!

3. Words to Read:

Use your ‘phoneme fingers’ or point to the sound buttons to help. How many sounds are in these words?
4. Words to write:
ten    bat    neck    top
Ask an adult to read out the words. Use your phoneme frames in your home learning pack. Remember to write one phoneme in each box.
**Challenge words**
Have a go at writing these words on a piece of paper.
sunset   rocket   laptop   bucket
5. Phonics Activity
Write the captions (adult to read aloud)

Remember to use your phoneme fingers when segmenting.

Literacy Activity
Tell a story together using the ‘my turn, your turn’ method.
You – Once upon a time there was
You – Who lived in
You – One day, he/she decided to
Have fun and be creative!
Please email us your stories – we would love to hear them!
**Challenge** Draw a story map of your story and label each of your pictures with a word or sentence.

You can count just about anything! Have a go at counting different actions. Have a go at these…
10 star jumps
5 claps
3 shoulder shrugs
6 clicks
Can you think of anymore?

Write out the numbers 0-20 on some paper or card, cut them up and then ask an adult to mix the numbers up – don’t peek! Then, see how quickly you can put them into the correct order. You could ask someone to time you and see if you are faster the second time.

Go on a winter walk with a grown-up and look around to see the things that have changed since the summer.

If you have any questions we are here to help and will respond to emails in school hours.


05 January 2021: F1 Home Learning

Posted on Monday 04 January 2021 by Mrs Wood

Happy New Year! I hope that you’ve had a happy and healthy Christmas.

Listening Walk
Go on a Listening Walk with an adult around your house and in your garden. Practise listening carefully to all the different sounds you hear. Talk about what you heard. Did you recognise all the sounds? Were they loud or quiet? Were they long or short sounds?
Draw pictures of the things you heard on a piece of paper.

Build a tower using building bricks, blocks, cubes or anything you have at home.
How tall is your tower?
Can you count all of the bricks?
Can you build a smaller tower?
We are currently in the season winter. This morning, there might be frost on the floor. Go outside into your garden to explore the frost.
Talk to an adult about…
What happens in winter?
Do you like winter?
How do we keep warm in winter?
Draw or paint a picture of someone dressed for a cold winter day.

05 January 2021: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Monday 04 January 2021 by Mrs Wood

Happy New Year! I hope that you’ve had a happy and healthy Christmas.

1. Quickwrite!
Practise writing the phase 2 sounds.
Parents: Please read the sounds to your child. They can then write them on a piece of paper.

Parents: Your child should have this sound mat in the home learning pack which was sent out before Christmas.

2. Words to read:

Was your child able to blend the words? Encourage your child to use their ‘phoneme fingers’ to help them when reading words.

3. Words to write:
mud   hat   peg   cog
Ask an adult to read out the words. Use your phoneme frames in your home learning pack. Remember to write one phoneme in each box.

Literacy Activity
Tell me something about your Christmas holiday.
You could draw a picture and label it with a simple sentence or word.
Remember to use your phoneme fingers when segmenting!

Maths Activity
Sammy squirrel likes to hide nuts for the winter. He has hidden 2 nuts in one hole and 3 nuts in another hole. How many nuts has he hidden altogether? Draw a picture or a number story to show your answer.





Please use the email address below to send photos of your child’s home learning and if you have any questions about the home learning activities.