Reception Class News

20 April 2020: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Monday 20 April 2020 by Mrs Wood

Day 1: Phonics – reading focus

Parents: In response to the ongoing situation, PhonicsPlay is free to use during this period. To access their resources all you need to do is log on using the following details.
Username: march20
Password: home

1. Say the ‘phase 3’ phonemes before the 2 minute timer ends!
Challenge: Can you do it before the 1 minute timer?
Parents: Click ‘PhonicsPlay’ > Resources > Flashcards Time Challenge > Start > Phase 2&3
2. Read the words below.
Parents: you could write them in your child’s home learning book if your child cannot read them on your device.

Parents: If these are too challenging perhaps try reading these words instead.

Play ‘phase 3’ Buried Treasure.
Parents: Click ‘PhonicsPlay’ > Resources > Buried Treasure > Start > Phase 2 or 3

Day 1: Literacy
Book of the week: The Smartest Giant in Town

1. Listen to the story of the week.
2. Draw who is in the story (characters), what happens in the story (events) and where the story is (setting).




Day 1: Maths – 1 more
1. Count to 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. Solve the number problems.
Parents: if needed, your child could use objects at home to help when counting.
• There are 5 rabbits hopping in the garden. 1 more hops into the garden. How many rabbits are there now?
• I have 6 sweets. My friend gives me 1 more. How many do I have now?
• There a 12 children on the bouncy castle. 1 more child jumped on. How many children are on the bouncy castle now?

Challenge: Can you do some more number problems?

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

W/C 20 April 2020: Teddy Diary

Posted on Monday 20 April 2020 by Mrs Wood

Hello Foundation! We hope you all had a fabulous Easter at home with your family.

Teddy Diary
Hello Foundation,
My name is Maddie and I belong to Miss Marsden.

I am very cuddly and friendly teddy bear. I love going on adventures and helping Miss Marsden around the house. We have been keeping each other occupied over the Easter holidays.  Here are a few pictures of what I’ve been up to.

I love to help Miss Marsden cook. I used the wooden spoon to stir the vegetables for the stew. It was delicious!





Miss Marsden and I did some mindfulness colouring. This activity helped us relax our minds. It also was improving our fine motor skills!





Here I am sat in Miss Marsden’s window. Lots of children spotted me when they were doing a bear hunt on their daily exercise. I saw lots of smiles and made sure I gave all the children a wave.





It has been lovely and sunny the past two weeks.
Miss Marsden and I have had lots of fun in the garden. Here I am helping Miss Marsden plant some flowers. Every night, Miss Marsden waters the flowers. They need lots of water and sunshine to help them grow!




Each day, I have been helping Miss Marsden put the washing out. Here I am sat inside the wash basket haha!





We’ve had lots of sunshine over the Easter holidays! Before I sat outside, I remembered to put on my sun cream. Do you like my sunglasses?





We used some of our chocolate Easter eggs to make Rice Krispie buns.  First, we melted the chocolate. Then, we mixed the Rice Krispies so they were covered in chocolate. Finally, we decorated them with some ice-cream sweets. Of course, we had to try one!




Your Turn!
Choose a teddy to create your own diary. Simply draw, write and take photographs about the adventures you’ve had and add them to your diary. This can be done on a daily basis or every other day.
Please don’t forget to send us photographs of your diary so we can see what you’ve been up to with your teddy.
Miss Marsden will post more photographs on the website of her diary.







Learning videos….

Posted on Friday 17 April 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

We hope you’ve all had a fantastic Easter half term. Thank you to those parents who continued to send us lovely photos of activities over the past two weeks.

From Monday, we’ll continue to post daily learning activities for F2 and a weekly activity menu for F1 based on a popular story.

In addition to this, the class teachers will be creating some lesson-style videos and providing a link to these.  On Mondays at 10 am we’ll post a link to a phonics ‘lesson’, which will include two new tricky words to learn. On Wednesdays at 10 am we’ll post a maths ‘lesson’ which will be based on the next focus number. As we finished on the number 13 before the school closure, this will be the number we start with next Wednesday. We’ll also be posting some ‘story time’ videos on Fridays at 9am, keep an eye out for those too!

Good luck with the return to home learning. Stay Safe and don’t forget to email us with any questions or comments:

Five Star Sports LIVE sessions

Posted on Friday 17 April 2020 by Mrs Latham

Five Star Sports regularly come into school to deliver fabulous sporty sessions. They are running some LIVE sessions on Facebook for you to join in with. There is a Monday session for younger children and Saturday morning football sessions. Join in and keep active with them.

Easter Holiday Ideas….

Posted on Monday 06 April 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Happy Easter! We know that it’s the Easter break, but in these unprecedented times we thought that we’d continue to post some ideas of activities that you can do at home, if you choose to do so. Some of these are Easter related and others are ideas that you can continue after the Easter break.

This will be the only post for the two week Easter holidays. During this time, you can still email your child’s class teacher, although they may not respond as quickly as they have been doing.

The most important message this Easter is to have fun as a family. Read together, play outside, bake, garden, watch a movie, sing and dance. Make the most of this time together.

Easter Holiday ideas

Here are some links to a cbeebies programme called “Let’s celebrate” it show children celebrating Easter along with a child friendly reference to the Eater Story. – preparing for Easter – celebrating Easter. – The Easter Story

Watch the Cbeebies Easter programmes -Talk about what you watch with your child. Have you done any of the things that Toby has done to prepare for Easter? Have you seen any baby animals, see if your child can remember the names of the young animals from two weeks ago? Have you seen any spring flowers in the garden? Talk about their names and colours. Can the children remember painting the daffodils for their Mother’s Day cards?

Here are some activities that you may like to try over the Easter holidays.

Make an Easter egg picture? Cut out some egg shapes from paper and ask your child to decorate it. The patterns we use in Nursery for mark making are zigzag patterns, wave patterns, horizontal lines, vertical lines and circles.

Easter egg hunt – Can you child help you to think of some clues for the Easter egg hunt? Can you write their instructions for the rest of the family?

Decorate an egg – Make a hard-boiled egg and allow it to cool down. Ask your child to decorate it using coloured pens. Use a slide or create a ramp with a large box propped against a chair. Whose egg rolls the furthest?

Counting eggs – Sing the song together. Count the eggs as they hatch. Count carefully counting to each egg as it pops. – Hickety Pickety my red hen.

Counting ducks – We enjoy singing this song at Nursery. Each time a duck is lost count how many are left. Use each finger to represent a duck. – 5 little ducks

As always stay safe and have fun. Let’s hope that the sunshine returns!

To download the Easter Menu, please click here








Home Learning Heroes- Week 2!

Posted on Friday 03 April 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Take a look at this special video of L’s past two weeks. He has been looking after butterflies. He saw a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis, helped look after them and released them into the wild. I wonder if your child can tell you what happens before a butterfly makes its chrysalis? What is it before it is a butterfly? What is it at the very start?

If you would like to make it onto the ‘Home Learning Heroes’ wall next week, please keep sending in your pictures, questions and comments:

3 April 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Friday 03 April 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Music Time!

Learn a new song about Spring.

Add your own actions to the song.

Music time!

Did your child make their own actions to the new spring song? Can your child see any signs of spring in their garden?

Literacy Activity

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

Letter formation

Letters that are often difficult are s,b,d,e and a. Encourage your child to practise these!

Maths Activity Doubling

Use the butterflies to double each number. Remember when we double we add the same amount to the other side!



Doubling! When teaching your children to double we talk about adding the same amount again. Here is a fun doubles song your child may enjoy singing.

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

Enjoy family time this weekend! Don’t forget to send pictures of any activities you have enjoyed together.

Brain Breaks!

Posted on Thursday 02 April 2020 by Mrs Wood

We have used imoves at school during PE sessions and in the classroom. There are some great resources to use and they are now free to use at home. I particularly like the Active Blasts when I need a break from my laptop! I enjoy getting up on my feet and following the routines. I have also liked using  the Mindfulness resources especially during these uncertain times. These videos relax my body and block any negative thoughts entering my mind. Take a look at their website and try some of the videos at home – I am sure some parents will have a go too!

We hope you are all staying safe and enjoying your home learning tasks.

2 April 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Thursday 02 April 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly


Words to Read- Polysyllabic words:

Words to Write:

plum, swim, spoon, float

Phonics Activity: Phoneme spotter story- draw a circle around every use of the phoneme ‘ure’ (see page 21 of your home learning pack) How many times did you spot it?


Did your child enjoy reading the phoneme or tricky word spotter story today? If so, there are plenty more on Twinkl. Just search ‘Story spotters Phase 3’.

Twinkl are offering parents and carers free access to thousands of resources, so you can select your own activities based on your child’s interests too.

“Setting this up is really easy to do – go to and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS”


Literacy Activity

Story Treasure Hunt

Ask your grown-up to write 4-6 clues about a story you know well and hide the words around the house. For example, if they were leaving clues about Jack and the Beanstalk they might write ‘beanstalk’, ‘giant’, ‘cow’ and ‘Magic Beans’. Try and read the clues by yourself. Can you make a story map re-telling the story from the clues you have discovered?


Was your child able to draw a story map? Please email photos or comments to:

Here is an example of what your child’s story map may look like.

Maths Activity

Missing Numbers

Fill in the missing numbers to 20 below:


Did your child find the missing numbers?

In Foundation 2, we focus on numbers to twenty throughout the year to get a depth of understanding of what the numbers really mean.

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

Foundation’s Rainbows

Posted on Wednesday 01 April 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Inspired by Leo’s kind gifting of rainbow paintings in his neighbourhood, Foundation have been sending in their rainbow creations-a sign of hope and positivity.

We hope Foundation’s rainbows bring happiness and smiles to your day!