Reception Class News

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.

What’s growing?

Posted on Wednesday 06 May 2020 by Miss Beatson

Mr Atkins has been very busy planting some vegetables in our school allotment. Can you guess what he has planted?

There are peas, carrots, radishes, lettuces, beetroot, spring onions and potatoes! Thank you Mr Atkins for watering them and keeping them going until we are all back at school.

06 May 2020: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Tuesday 05 May 2020 by Mrs Wood

Play Flashcards on Teach Monster
Parents: Click the link for Teach Monster > Click ‘Launch the Digital Flashcards > Press Play > Press each of the circle to select all phase 2 and 3 sounds> Press arrow down to select more sounds > Click the tick

Words to read:
Parents: you could write them in your child’s home learning book if your child cannot read them on your device.


Words to write:
Parents: Read the words aloud.
1. hair
2. fair
3. pair
4. chair
Did you remember the trigraph ‘air’?

Phonics Activity:  Write the sentence.
Parents: Read the sentence aloud.
She has fair hair.

Top Tip!
Before your child puts pen to paper encourage your child to say the sentence and count the words in the sentence – this is a good chance to talk about where the finger spaces would go. Once they have done this, they are ready to write! Encourage your child to then check their writing.

Can you extend the sentence?
E.g. She has fair hair and brown eyes.

Parents: How did your child find the writing activity?
Remember, it is okay for things to be spelt phonetically. It is important your child grows into an independent learner. Encouraging your child to write the words as they sound rather than always spelling correctly we encourage the children to use their own skills – rather than copy from an adult.

Story of the week: What the ladybird heard by Julia Donaldson
1. Listen to the story again. Have some fun making the animal noises.

In the story the baddies make a map of the farmyard so they can work out how to steal the cow.
2. Make your own map and label all the places and animals on your map.

Please see today’s Maths video (posted at 10.00 am)

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

05 May 2020: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Monday 04 May 2020 by Mrs Wood

See how many phase 2 or phase 3 phonemes you can write before the 2 minute timer finishes.


Words to Read:

Remember to blend each syllable and then put them together.

Words to Write:
1. near
2. tear
3. fear
4. beard
 Did you remember the trigraph ‘ear’?

Phonics Activity:  Write the sentence.
I can hear an owl hoot at night.
(Adult to read aloud)

Story of the week: What the ladybird heard by Julia Donaldson
1. Listen to the story again.

2. Can you make the animal noises?

3. Draw 3 of the animals with speech bubbles. What sound do they make?
4. Write the sound in the speech bubble.






Maths – shape
1. Cut out  different sized 2D shapes from paper.
2. Can you describe their properties? (number of sides and corners)

A circle has one curved side and no corners. 




A square is a regular shape.
It has 4 sides and 4 corners. 
All the sides are the same length.



A triangle has 3 sides and 3 corners.