Reception Class News

Week Commencing 18 May 2020: Home Learning ‘Barry The Fish With Fingers’

Posted on Monday 18 May 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

This week’s story is Barry the fish with fingers by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet.

Watch it on the link below or if you have it at home read it together.


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

Health and self-care – Can you practice putting on your gloves? We do this in nursery when we are going outside. Remember to wiggle your fingers into each finger space. There are 5 on each hand. Can you count them?

 Creative – Finger painting – If you have paint at home you can practice some finger painting. Cut out the shape of a fish and fill it with a colourful finger paint patterns. How many colours will you use?

Sing together – The fish in the ocean.


Mathematics – Draw around your own hand or your child’s and cut it out. How many fingers can you see ? Fold down the fingers one at a time and ask your child to count how many now. Use more than one hand to extend to 10.

Under the sea counting game – You will get onto the website home page. Select Early Years and there are lots of interactive counting activities to play.

Get active – Join in with the finger song and get active. Follow the link below.

Watch – Do you like fishcakes ? Have you ever wondered how fish cakes are made. What do you think the ingredients are ? Maddie finds out on the link below.

We are enjoying seeing your photos, but just an email would be great too.  Our email address is:

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

Have fun!












18 May 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Sunday 17 May 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Please see today’s Phonics video lesson.


Literacy Activity – Story Time.
Book of the week: Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson

1.    Listen to the story of the week.


2.    Tell a grown up what you think the crab and anemone learnt in the story?  


1.Count backwards from 20 using the song.

Oh no! The song seems to have forgotten the number 0! We talk lots about the number 0 being nothing but still being a number. Try to add the number 0 when singing the song.

2.Mathematical graphics – Can you draw this weeks focus number 17 in different ways?

Things your child could draw to show 17:

–       17 candles on a birthday cake

–       17 circles

–       Numberblock 17

–       17 yellow ducks

Challenge: Can you draw 17 in groups of different objects to represent the ‘parts’?  For example, 7 apples, 7  bananas and 3 oranges.

Home Learning Heroes- Week 5-6!

Posted on Saturday 16 May 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Take a look at what our home-learning heroes have been up to over the past couple of weeks…

If you would like to share some photos of your home-learning activities, please send them to:

Story Time! The Ugly Duckling

Posted on Friday 15 May 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

It’s that time of the week again! This week’s story is The Ugly Duckling. There are many versions of this story but today we are reading the story by Mara Alperin and Sue Eastland.

Please click here to watch this week’s story video:

Questions about The Ugly Duckling

  • How do you think The Ugly Duckling felt when the other animals teased him and didn’t want to play with him?
  • F2- When the ducklings are born, what adjectives (describing words) are used to describe them? What adjectives are used to describe The Ugly Duckling?
  • Does the Mother duck seem worried that The Ugly Duckling looks different to her other ducklings?
  • How do you think we should treat people who look or act different to ourselves?
  • How did The Ugly Duckling feel at the end of the story when he realised he was a beautiful swan and had finally made a friend?


  • In the story, the ducks “Fly South” for the Winter. The Ugly Duckling sleeps through the Winter, in a tree trunk.  What is it called when animals ‘go to sleep’ through Winter? You could use the internet (with a grown-up) or search in a book to find the answer.
  • You could draw a picture of The Ugly Duckling before or after his transformation into a swan.
  • Did you know… There is a song about The Ugly Duckling story. Perhaps you would like to learn a part of the song? See the video below to have a listen / watch.


15 May 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Thursday 14 May 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Super Science! Exploring water…

Pouring, measuring, floating and sinking

Choose from the following activities:

·      Find a bowl and selection of containers suitable for using in water pouring activities. These might include pans, jugs, empty milk containers, plastic mugs, etc. Ensure the water is at a safe temperature. Empty and fill containers with the water. Which container holds the most? How many cups of water go into the pan? How many does it take to fill an egg cup? By using a washing up bowl, or a large mixing bowl you will be able to keep the quantity of water down to a minimum to avoid wastage. Scoop the water from the bowl into the receptacles.

·      Try some floating and sinking activities. This doesn’t just have to be objects. You could see if sprinkled pepper floats on the surface, or salt, shampoo, vinegar, flour, etc. Then you could try coins, a Lego brick, a lolly stick, a key, etc. You might even build a little boat, or improvise with an empty butter tub and see how much cargo it can hold until it sinks. Can you count the items?

Important vocabulary:

Literacy Activity – Letter formation

Use the laminated letter formation sheet handed out at parent’s evening and your whiteboard pen to practise writing each letter of the alphabet.

Let’s Go Shopping!-

Maths, Communication and Literacy Links!


·      Before you go shopping, you need to make a shopping list! Use your phonics to write down the items you need to buy today.

·      Role play visiting your shop with your grown-ups- how do you greet each other? How does the shop assistant know what you need? Do you need to ask for a bag? How will you end the conversation?

·      Write your own price labels and keep count of how much your shopping will cost in total (you might want to record it on a piece of paper to keep count) If you have coins (or if you have made your own), pay for your items by giving the correct amount.

The science and maths link activities today, were both taken from the Exciting Learning Opportunities Early Years pack by TTS. The link to this document was shared in yesterday’s home learning post.

14 May 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Wednesday 13 May 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly


Words to Read:

Words to Write/ Phonics activity:

Play ‘I spy’ using the picture attached- how many objects can you spot? Write the words to match write?

Click here to view the picture.

Literacy Activity – A map making treasure hunt!

Make a map of a room, the inside of your house, or your garden. Write the names next to the different objects and areas on your map so that people can see where to go- you might even want to write sentences as clues for example; ‘On top of the desk’. You might want to add x marks and hide your favourite toys or other items for your grown-ups to find! Your map might look a little something like this…

Maths Activity- Comparing Size

Choose from the following activities- (you might even want to try a few over the next few weeks!):

• Find your dolls, teddies, play figures etc. Line them up from the tallest to the shortest.

•Use a spoon as a measuring device. Go around and see if things are the same size, shorter or longer than the spoon.

• Why not make a paper chain. Talk about this getting, longer, the more you add. You could measure it. You could also count the links together?

• Who is the tallest in your house? Who is the shortest and who is in the middle?

• Can you make a list or a collection of teeny, tiny things? What other words describe small?

• Which things are larger than e.g. a cow? Could it be a bus, a whale, a house, a car etc? Make a list or draw things.

• Make long and short play dough worms and snakes.

Important vocabulary:

Long, longer, shorter, short, wide, narrow, big, little, huge, immense, giant, minute, tiny, teeny, same, taller…. Can you think of any more size words?

Did you enjoy these challenge ideas?

They were taken from another excellent, free ‘Learning at home’ pack by TTS. Click here to download your own copy!

13 May 2020: Maths Lesson

Posted on Wednesday 13 May 2020 by Mrs Wood

Numberblocks 16 song. Please watch the video either before or after the maths lesson.

Please use the following links to access today’s maths video:
Part 1 
Part 2
Parents: Please pause the videos at anytime if your child needs more time on things.

Here are the challenges for after the video…

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.