Reception Class News

13 May 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Tuesday 12 May 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Practise recognising and saying all the sounds.
Phase 2 – 3 –

Words to Read:

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

Words to Write: just, gulp, felt, land

You could draw a phoneme frame in your exercise book to help you remember all the sounds.

Phonics Activity: Yes or No?
Write yes and no on two separate pieces of paper and put them at either side of the room.
Read one question at a time and run to either yes or no.
Encourage your child to point to the words when reading. Some children may not need to blend each word.

Literacy Activity – Story Time.
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 using pictures and labels.


Please see today’s Maths lesson video (posted separately)

12 May 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Monday 11 May 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Practise reading all of the tricky words. You could also have a go at spelling the phase 2 and 3 tricky words using the look, cover and write method.

Words to Read:

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

Words to Write: twist, brand, plump, stamp

You could draw a phoneme frame in your exercise book to help you remember all the sounds.

Phonics Activity: Play ‘Musical Blending’
Write these words on separate scrap pieces of paper.

flag blank spin think crept grunt crust scrap string twin
Spread them out on the floor. Play some groovy tunes and dance away. When the music stops jump on a word and blend it. Keep going until you have read all of the words.

Literacy Activity – Role Play
Ask your child to take your lunchtime order – try make it really extravagant!
They can use their exercise book or a piece of paper to write it down in a list using their phonic knowledge.
E.g. I would like…
a hotdog with ketchup,
some crisps,
an ice cream… and more.

Expect to see phonetically plausible words such as sum crisps, an ighs creem.
Swap over so they can have a go at telling you their order.

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 a grownup 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 then see if you can get faster when you try again.


Phonics lesson at home: Out / What

Posted on Monday 11 May 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Please click here to be taken to this week’s phonics video lesson.

11 May 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Sunday 10 May 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly


Please see today’s phonics lesson video.


Literacy Activity – Letter Writing
Write a letter to a family member or friend you are unable to see at the moment. You could tell them about the learning you have been doing and what other activities you’ve been up to. Remember to include: finger spaces, capital letters, full stops and to check your writing!

You could then put it in an envelope and go on a walk to post it in a post box.


Maths Activity- Number Story

Use toys at home to make a number story.

E.g. “First there were 6 teddies having a picnic. Then 3 more teddies came along to join them. Now there are 9 teddies altogether. Use the template below to record your learning.


Can you do a number story for subtraction?
E.g. “First there were 10 people on the bus. Then 2 people got off at the next stop. Now there are 8 people on the bus.”

Week Commencing 11 May 2020: F1 Home Learning ‘Zog’

Posted on Sunday 10 May 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

This week we will be thinking about the story Zog by Julia Donaldson. You might have this story at home but if not we have posted a link to it on YouTube. Julia Donaldson is one of our favourite authors and we really enjoy looking for the rhyme in her stories.

– Zog

Read or listen to the story with your child – before you start the book ask your child a few questions. What do you think dragons look like? What do you think they sound like? The teacher in the story teaches the dragons “…all they needed to know”, what do you think dragons need to know? Read the story to your child and talk about the pictures.

Here are some activities that you can try that are linked to the story.

Can you draw a dragon? Perhaps draw the basic outline of a dragon. Can your child add the spikes to its back and the fire from its mouth? What colours would you use for the fire?

Small world play – Build a castle with any bricks or children’s building materials that you have at home. If you don’t have bricks use food boxes to make a castle. You can decorate this and add any toy figures that you may have.

Get creative– Make a crown or a wand, using bits and pieces from around your home. Send us a photo into the email address.

Watch – Here is an action video to watch and join in with your child. Let’s get active, even if we are inside!

– Fly like a dragon

Get active – Take part in a scavenger Hunt outside or around your home. See page below. This is linked to our senses. Talk to your child about their senses.

Let us know how you get on by replying to the email address:

We would love to hear about what you have been doing. Also we are happy to answer any of your questions too.

Have fun!

Story Time!

Posted on Friday 08 May 2020 by Mrs Wood

Hello Foundation!
Today, Mrs Marsden is going to read, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ written by Eric Carle. The story is about a small caterpillar who emerges from an egg and begins eating everything in sight! I wonder what the caterpillar will turn into at the end?
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…

Video – The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

Here are a few questions and things to talk about after you’ve listened to the story.

  • What did the caterpillar eat first?
  • What did the caterpillar build around himself?
  • When did the caterpillar eat the oranges?
  • When did the caterpillar come out of the cocoon (chrysalis)?
  • How many plums did the caterpillar eat?
  • How did the caterpillar get out of the cocoon?
  • Why did the caterpillar get a stomach ache?
  • Have you seen a caterpillar? Held one? What did it look or feel like?

Did you enjoy listening to the story?
Have a go at making up your own version of the story. You could change the main character, for example, The Very Hungry Slug.
You could also change the food, for example, ‘One Monday he ate through one banana. But he was still hungry. On Tuesday he ate through two melons…’

See you next Friday for another story!

VE Day Activities

Posted on Thursday 07 May 2020 by Mrs Wood

It is VE Day (Victory for Europe Day) today!

We are celebrating this day because 75 years ago the Second World War came to an end.
We have attached some fun activities you could do to help you celebrate this day.
These activities are optional!

VE day activities

We hope you all have a wonderful day celebrating with your families.
Don’t forget to send us some pictures! 


Posted on Thursday 07 May 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Mrs Allen-Kelly made a mistake on slide 18 of the Maths video yesterday!  Who spotted it?


Of course, 9 + 4 = 13 (NOT 15!)

We could have used 9 + 6 = 15


4 + 11 = 15

I have edited the video on Wednesday’s post so it only shows the correct slides now 🙂

Thank you to the eagle-eyed child / parent who let me know about the whoopsie!

07 May 2020: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Wednesday 06 May 2020 by Mrs Wood

Use the videos to practise saying the sounds.

Words to Read:



Words to Write:
1. pure
2. cure
3. sure (Remember this one is tricky! It sounds like ‘shure’- be careful!
4. manure
Did you remember the trigraph ‘ure’?

Phonics Activity:  Read the sentence.







Story of the week: What the ladybird heard by Julia Donaldson

Design a wanted poster for the baddies – Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh.
Here’s a template – Wanted Poster

Focus number 15!
1. Numbers are all around us. How many different places can you see the number 15 around your home?
Draw some things that have a number 15 on them.
2. Tell an adult in your home 5 things you know about the number 15.
For example, I know that 15 is one ten and five ones or 3 lots of 5 equals 15.
3. Practise writing the number 15.
4. Find 15 things in your house. Count them carefully to check you have 14.












Maths lesson at home: Week 3- 15

Posted on Wednesday 06 May 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Good Morning!

There are a few extra resources to go along with today’s video:

  1. Numberblocks 15 video. Please watch the video whenever you like, either before or after the lesson video and ask the questions from the lesson slide.

2. Warm up sheet If you have access to a printer, it may be easier to print today’s one more / one less activity to complete. You can find the twinkl sheet by clicking the link below. Otherwise, pausing the video and writing out each of the numbers will work just fine too.


3. ‘Layering’ numicon We have been talking about ‘layering numicon’ as one method of working out the parts of the whole number. If you have microsoft office / powerpoint, you could use this powerpoint slide to drag the pieces and layer them over today’s focus number / number-shape.

click here to download the slide


Finally…. please click here to watch today’s maths lesson video.