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Welcome to all our new pupils and parents. We hope that you will find this page useful in providing extra information. Please don't hesitate to come and ask if you cannot find the answers that you need on this page.

We have a fun packed first year at school ahead of you!!




Following your email from Mrs Cavanagh this morning, please also find below the link to your special message from the staff. Stay safe.

Home Learning Activities for the Week Beginning: 18/5/20

This half-term, we are looking at plants and growing as our theme.

Please find below a summary of the learning in the Reception class for the week beginning: 18/5/20.

For any children that are completing work at home, work can be sent to Miss Turner using the email address below. 

You may also prefer to upload photos and work to your child's online Tapestry Journal. The Tapestry address is:   

We appreciate that you do not all have printers or means of downloading the sheets. You can always do the activities to the best of your ability on a piece of paper and send a photo of the work. Whatever you can and when you can! Please choose a selection from the activities listed below. There is no expectation for you to do all of the tasks.


Please note that next week it will be half-term. There will be no schoolwork set, and Tapestry and class emails will not be used. We hope that you enjoy your week off! 😊




Hi everyone, it's Miss Morris - here are the audio stories I have done that you can listen to - You will need to download the PowerPoint, open it up and then play it as a slide show - you will hopefully hear me telling you the story.

I hope you enjoy

Hi there - if it is your birthday whilst we are not at school then we haven't forgotten you! I have attached a link to Happy Birthday! So, get the family up - sing Happy Birthday and dance to your heart's content - the whole school won't be watching this time!


I have also attached the links to other songs that we sometimes sing on a Tuesday morning - have a good sing song - singing makes you feel positive and fills you with energy.


Have fun singing - remember the actions to some - and behave for people at home!

Miss Morris

Literacy Work - Week beginning: 18/5/20

This week, we will be thinking of alternative stories and events to the Jack and the Beanstalk story. There are many versions out there. We have included two stories for you to watch below. Some of these versions are taken more from the viewpoint of the giant. For those children who do not like giants, he can appear as a friendly or funny giant this week. We will also consider what else could happen if you climb the beanstalk.

Below is a selection of activities that you might like to choose from for this week.



1) Listen to and discuss alternative versions to the Jack and the Beanstalk story

Can you listen to the alternative versions and discuss them? How do these stories differ from the original? Ask children to consider if the giant really was scary. Could the giant be friendly? Talk with children about what else could happen if they or Jack, climbed up the beanstalk. Please find the video clips of these stories below.


2) What would you like at the top of your beanstalk?

Ask children to imagine that they have climbed up the beanstalk. What would they like to find and do when they get to the top? Can children write some sentences to describe this? There is a selection of different levels of sheets below that you may like to use. Alternatively, this can be written on any piece of paper.


3) Can you think of another giant item that Jim could take for the giant?

In the story of Jim and the Beanstalk, Jim befriends the giant who has become very old and frail. Jim helps the giant by bringing him giant false teeth and glasses. Can children think of any other useful ‘giant’ item that Jim could bring for the giant? Can children write sentences to describe an item and say why this would help him?

You can write your sentences onto a piece of paper. Lined if possible.


4) Planning an item to bring for the giant.

This is a rainbow challenge activity. Can children plan to make a large item for the giant using paper, junk model boxes or anything else that you have for making?  Children have made large glasses, false teeth, necklaces, forks, spoons, cups and a toothbrush, on previous occasions. A planning sheet is included below. This links to a creative rainbow challenge in the EAD section.


5) Jack and the Beanstalk Reading Activities

This is the reading rainbow challenge for this week. Please choose one or both of these activities. A word search has been included where children have to find the words from Jack’s story in the grid. Alternatively, there is a sequence of sentences from the story. Can children decode and read these sentences? Then, can children place these in the correct order? Please find the activities below.


6) Spelling Shed website – Sign in and work on your spellings for this week.


Writing Examples to share

At the Parents’ Evening, we would have shared with you, a copy of writing examples. These examples show the expected level for a child to achieve at the end of the Reception year. This is a national document used by teachers. If you would like to see what this writing looks like, please see the links below.


Jim and the Beanstalk

A perfect 'Lockdown' story for this time of the year when children are planting and growing seeds and beans, (though perhaps in their own gardens, on their w...

Trust me, Jack's Beanstalk Stinks

This video is about Trust me, Jack's Beanstalk Stinks

Maths Activities.  Week beginning: 18/5/20

Below you will find the weekly work that we have set for your child from our school. You may also like to sign up to the daily maths sessions called Number Fun that will be broadcast at 10am on weekdays on YouTube. Please find the link below.


This week we have a general focus on calculating. We would like children to look at the differences between addition and subtraction. Below are the key ideas of the week.

  1. Can children look at number sentences (3+2=5 or 7-5=2) and say if they are addition or subtraction?
  2. Can children explain how we add and subtract?
  3. Can children talk about the differences between how we add and how we subtract? What does the answer tell us?
  4. Can children listen to number stories and say if this is a story about addition or subtraction? Can children tell you the answer?
  5. Can children work through written addition and subtraction questions when combined? Do they notice the difference and swap strategy?
  6. Can children write down number sentences to match stories about addition or subtraction?



1)Jack’s addition or subtraction stories

Can you listen to the stories about Jack and work out if this is a story about adding or subtracting? Can you work out the answer? Children will need to listen out for the language that gives clues such as more, left or altogether. A sheet has been included with stories that can be read aloud. This could be done practically. There is also a recording sheet for children to write down the number sentence to match the story. This idea is illustrated on the sheet. There are sheets linked to this activity below.



2)Addition and Subtraction

Can children work down a list of addition and subtraction questions and find the answers? Both types of questions should be included so that children must read the question carefully and swap strategies. A sheet has been included for this activity.


3)Add or Subtract?

Can children look at the number sentence and say if the plus (+) or minus (-) sign is missing from the number sentence? E.g.  2 …… 2 = 4 This sheet will be more of a challenge for some children. Children can try to work it out as both and see which way works correctly. Please see the attached sheet below.


4) Draw the leaves to match the number

This activity requires good concentration as children count out the larger numbers. Children are asked to read the numeral on the flower and draw the correct number of leaves on the stem to match. Asking children to leave gaps between each leaf and not to overlap when drawing, will make it easier to check! Please see the attached sheet below.


5) Reducing the size of the numerals

Can you trace the numerals and work on reducing the size of them now? When children go to Year One, they will be expected to record each numeral inside a box on squared paper. This activity is designed to help towards this. Please see the two sheets below.


6) Make your own addition and subtraction questions

This activity is the maths rainbow challenge for the week. Can children write out their own number sentences or use magnetic numerals, etc? Can they record the answers too? Some children may enjoy pretending to be the teacher for this activity.


Please find below sheets to help with these skills.

If you have finished all the tasks uploaded for the week there are some fantastic resources on 'White Rose Maths Hub' Please follow the attached link: 

Physical Development – 18/5/20


At this stage in Reception, we would expect most children to be able to correctly form most letters, most of the time. We will still work on mastering letter formations, but we will also work towards reducing the size of letters and ensuring they sit correctly in their place on the line. We talk about taller (ascending) letters reaching into the blue sky, middle letters in the green grass and the lazy letters (descending) hanging down into the brown mud. The worksheet below revises the second part of the curly letter family and will illustrate this idea.

A second sheet has also been included, which is an opportunity to revise the spelling of the Phase 2 tricky words. Children should work to form each letter correctly and to sit the letters in the correct places on the line. This is a rainbow challenge for this week.

Please see the attached sheet- Curly Letters Revision Sheet  Two

Please see the attached sheet- Tricky Words - Phase 2


PE- Games

Every weekday, Joe Wicks does his PE Lesson on YouTube. It starts at 9 am and lasts for half an hour. Search for, P.E with Joe

Miss Houldridge has included a whole section on the class website under the Sport section. This can be found in the list under ‘Children’. Please refer to the activities here if you would like some more activities.

This week, we would have been having Sports Day at school. You may like to host your own family Sports Day this week. In our PE lesson, we would have been starting to learn how to skip with a rope. Initially, we would lay the rope on the floor and working on jumping with two feet together and going backwards and forwards over the rope.

Understanding the World – 18/5/20

There are many links with literacy this week. Here, we are learning about plants and growing. We have included a very simple science investigation to colour daisies using food colouring. At school, we have also tried a similar idea using white carnation flowers and also celery. If you can get the food colouring to travel up the stem, you can show children how water moves inside a plant. There is also a video clip to show children how to set up these experiments.


ACTIVITIES CORNER: Celery & Food Coloring Experiment | Britannica Kids

Have you ever wondered how plants transfer water from their roots to their leaves? Using a phenomenon called capillary action, plants take up water like drin...

Expressive Arts and Design- 18/5/20

1) At the top of the beanstalk

Can you draw an imaginative picture to show what you would like to see at the top of the beanstalk?


2) Make a large gift for the giant

This activity links to some Literacy activities and is a rainbow challenge. Can children make something on a large scale that they could give as a gift to the giant? You may like to plan this first on the sheet attached below. You may just prefer to go ahead and make it! In the past, children have made hats, crowns, spectacles, forks, spoons, cups. Whatever you can think of!

Phonics Activities -18/5/20

A PowerPoint has been attached, which has all the letter sounds, words and reading captions that we have been learning in Phase 3. Some of our pupils have worked through most of these words and sounds now, and we are revising this phase. We work on reading and spelling sentences with these sounds and words. Other pupils are just beginning these activities. There is also work from Phase 2, which all children have covered, and some children would benefit from revising.


For this week, we have attached two different sheets. There is a sheet to read words that contain the sounds for ear, air, ow and oi. It would be better for these sounds to be revised on the Phase 3 PowerPoint first. Children should match the word to the correct picture. Most children have completed this activity, but not all. This is an activity for those who may need a little more support from an adult. The second activity asks children to identify the missing Phase 3 sounds in the words. When/if we go back to school, we will be checking children’s recall of all the sounds, words and captions from Phase 3 before moving onto Phase 4. Working through the Phase 3 PowerPoint below would be beneficial. Please find the linked sheets below.


Rainbow Challenges

In the summer term, as preparation for greater independence in Year One, we introduce Rainbow Challenges. There are seven challenges set up in the classroom every week. Each one is represented by a colour of the rainbow. If children attempt/complete the activity to the best of their ability and most importantly independently, they win the colour lolly stick to match that learning area. Thus those children that attempt all of the seven activities can win all the colours of the rainbow and are rewarded for their skills in independent learning. We have attached the challenges for this week, which we would have attempted in class. If you would like to encourage greater independence in your child, you may like to have a go. If you do not have the lolly sticks, you could create the rainbow with 7 pieces of coloured paper of anything else that you can think of. Please see this week’s challenges below. You will see that some of these activities are those that they would have also been completed with an adult guiding them.

A list of useful websites to help with learning at home.

I will finally upload website logins here so you can access a full range of resources from many websites. Please email me on the website at the top of the page if you have any questions or concerns and I will respond as quickly as possible. Thank you for you help if this uncertain time - Miss Turner :)


BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons = - These are aimed at Year One but your child may be able to access these.

Oak National Academy = This is an online classroom where a teacher provides a series of lessons.

Twinkl =  Password:   PARENTSTWINKLHELPS

Classroom secrets = Google "Classroom secrets free home learning packs".

Hamilton Trust = Google "Hamilton Trust Home Learning Packs".

Oxford Owl = - School reading scheme books that can be read online- Most Useful

Teachers Pet Classroom resources = Google and download the free learning packs.

imovement =

Phonics Hero = and other resources if you just google "Phonics hero".

Number Fun = = You can create yourself a free account, there is a range of resources that can be downloaded for free for all subjects and topics. 

TTS = (Free 40 page home learning booklet)

 Who works and helps in the Reception class?

Miss Turner is the Class Teacher.

Mrs Potter is the Early Years Practitioner who supports Miss Turner in the classroom.

Miss O'Brien is an Early Years Practitioner who supports Miss Turner in the classroom.

Miss O'Neill also works within the Early Years unit and will look after the Reception pupils during the dinner hour.

Miss Martin will teach the class on a Tuesday morning when Miss Turner has her planning time.

Miss Morris will teach occasionally teach the class on a Monday afternoon.


We also are very lucky to have lots of volunteers that come to help us.

Mrs Welton is a volunteer who helps children with reading in the class. She often comes on Mondays and Thursdays.

Mrs McDonald is a volunteer who comes to help on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Mrs Raddish is a volunteer and will be come in to help us on Wednesday mornings.








Other useful information

We will have PE lessons mostly on Friday mornings. We will send PE bags home after the lesson. We also have a second PE slot on a Wednesday morning. Every new half term, we will have our PE lesson on the Wednesday of that week. This will avoid the House Team morning that occurs on the first Friday morning of every half term. Please ensure that PE kits are in school for both days.


All pupils will need a pair of Wellingtons for outdoor play sessions.


We will check Home-link books at least once a week.There will be opportunities for children to show any learning that they have been doing at home.


We encourage pupils to read at least three times a week at home. We understand that pupils may be tired and this may only be short sessions. Please remember to write down in the small diary when your child has read at home. Reading books/ cards will be changed at least once a week if pupils can confidently read without support.


Please don't hesitate to come and ask a member of staff if you have any other queries!



Long Term Plan 2019-2020

The Class Timetable

Please note that this timetable will change as the year progresses and the children are preparing for Year One.




Reception Class Newsletters

Here you will find a copy of the Reception newsletter for each half term. The newsletter contains notes about what we will be learning in the classroom and also some links to learning activities that you may like to try at home.



Autumn Term - First Half- September 2019

The focus of this half term will be to help all of our new pupils with settling into school life. Our theme will be called 'Getting to Know You' and we will have lots of opportunities to get to know each other. We will play lots of games and learning activities to help us develop our class community. Please see the class newsletter above. This will tell you more information about what we will be learning this half term and Home-link activities that you may like to take part in with your child. There will be a new newsletter every half term.




Autumn Term - Second Half - November 2019

This half term in Reception, we will be looking at celebrations such as Bonfire Night, Diwali and Christmas. We will be having a Diwali party and finding out how Diwali is celebrated. As we move towards shorter days and dark nights, we are going to investigate sources of light and have a themed Dark Day. We will be talking about how different lights work and nocturnal animals. Finally, we will be getting into the festive spirit as we move towards Christmas.


Spring Term One - January 2020

Reception would like to wish everyone a very happy new year!

At the end of this half term, we will be visiting Messingham Church and Reverend David will be talking to us about the Easter Story. This is in preparation for our Easter Play that will take place in the next half term. We will also be going to the cinema to watch Frozen 2. We will be covering work in our class about this theme and this will help us with our work. There will also be time for us to find out how people celebrate Chinese New Year too.


Spring Two - February 2020

This half term we will be very busy preparing for our Easter performance at the end of this term. We will begin the half term by investigating Life Cycles. Children will find out and talk about the changes in the lives of caterpillars, frogs and chickens. We will also spend some of this half-term, investigating signs of spring. 

Summer One - April 2020

This half term we will be

Summer Two - June 2020

Finally, we will be saying goodbye to this year's Reception class and wishing them well as they move on to Year One.