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Home Learning UPDATE!


How is everyone doing? We miss you all!


Just to keep you in the loop, we will be posting additional ideas and adding video links and stories over the next few weeks and for as long as we need to. Please remember to scroll down this page to see anything that's new!


Rainbows seem to be popping up everywhere at the moment. We really like these as a symbol of hope and faith that things WILL get better. Always look for the rainbow! Using this theme, we thought that our lovely class might like to draw, paint, collage, chalk or create a rainbow and share it will us. Maybe you could log in to Purple Mash (use 'Mini-Mash') and draw or paint a rainbow on the computer? An email address is going out on parent mail for you to contact us on so get creating and send us pictures! We can't wait to see what you have been up to and we will post your wonderful work on this page if you would like us to.


Stay safe everyone and we hope to see you soon!


Team EYFS: Mrs Alston, Miss Cannell and Miss Waters

CBeebies Songs | Something Special | I Can Sing a Rainbow

Join Mr Tumble, sing and sign the colours of the rainbow in I Can Sing a Rainbow. Visit CBeebies at to find even more fun games...

Reception Class Mission Statement

In Reception we try to be a good friend like Jesus was.

We try to always be kind. We try to listen to each other and share our toys and games. 
Sometimes we might get upset with each other but we are learning to say sorry

and to forgive the person who upset us as Jesus taught about forgiveness. 
In our class we will believe, love and learn together as friends.

Story Time with Mrs Alston

Still image for this video
Hello everyone! I thought you might like a nice story so here you go... x

Home Learning


There are several things you can do to support your child at home. Here are some easy things to try at home...


1. Read with your child every day (or as much as possible). Hear them read their school reading books and read to them - hearing new stories and sharing picture books with you will encourage a life long love of reading and widen their vocabulary.


2. Go through the sounds we send home in your child's green phonics home-learning books. Discuss each sound and words containing that sound. Write words containing each sound for your child to read and encourage them to attempt to spell words containing the sounds we have taught.


3. Practise all of the 'tricky' words we have covered. Make little flash cards with these words on pieces of paper and see how quickly they can recognise each word. Once they are confident at reading these words, practise how to spell them accurately.


4. Practise handwriting. If your child is able to form all of their letters, get them to write words on lined paper and encourage a consistent size and good formation. If your child is still developing their pencil control, practice drawing anti-clockwise circles, horizontal and vertical lines and help them to learn to write their own name.


5. Count using numbers up to ten, extending to counting up to 20. Encourage your child to point to each object, start counting from the number 1 and count each object only once.


6. Talk to your child about how we can make different numbers: 5 can be made by 1+4 or 2+3 or 0+5 etc. Discuss partitioning numbers into two parts: 10 is the whole, 5 is a part and 5 is a part, etc. Begin to use the language of addition and subtraction and show them how this can be recorded: 4+4=8 or 8-4=4, etc.


7. Ask your child 'one more' or 'one less' questions: what is one more / less than 7? Etc.


8. Talk about the difference between 2D (flat) and 3D (solid) shapes. Help them name some basic shapes: circle, square, triangle, rectangle, cube, cone, sphere, etc. Talk about what these shapes look like and where you might find them in everyday life.

5 fun and educational early years maths activities | Early Years Inspiration #1

Maths in the early years is a crucial stepping stone for developing children, which is why it's so important that the little ones can explore and experience ...

This term we have moved on to Phase 3 phonics and we have introduced the following sounds...


Set 6: j, v, w, x

Set 7: y, z, zz, qu

Consonant digraphs: ch, sh, th, ng

Vowel digraphs: ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er


Please practise these sounds with your child at home. See if they can recognise them in words, play I-spy with these sounds, try writing the graphemes for each and making words by blending these phonemes together.


Log into: for interactive phase 2 games to support your child.

Phase 3 Phonics Vowel Digraphs and Trigraphs| ai, ee, igh, oa

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

We have also introduced the following phase 3 tricky words (words which can not be decoded with the sounds we have taught so far)...

he she we me
be was you they


are my her


In addition, the children had begun to work on spellings of the phase 2 tricky words learned last term and how to use the sounds they have secured to segment and spell words.

Tricky Words Song Phase 3 Tricky word song with Phase 3 tricky words he, she, we, me, be, was, my, you, they, are, all. Letters and Sounds Phonics Tricky Words

Pictures from our 'People Who Help Us' topic so far...

Spring Term in Reception


What a busy term we are having! 


We started the new year with our winter topic and enjoyed exploring the 'Northern Lights' in our dark den as well as many other winter activities. We have had lots of visitors for our 'People Who Help Us' topic, including Reverend Richard, Builder Ben, Emma the Lollipop (or 'popsicle'!) Lady and Roy the Fireman. We  have learned about many different jobs such as teachers, doctors and police officers and have enjoyed various role play activities around this topic, developing our communication skills and understanding of the world. 


We are nearly through our Phase 3 phonics teaching and have learned loads of new and tricky sounds. These are all in the children's green home learning books and are also shown below. The children have also been working really hard on their writing and applying their phonics to spell new words.


In maths, we have moved on to numbers up to ten. We have been learning how to partition them and finding different ways to make numbers (number bonds). We have compared lengths, heights, weights and capacities of objects and are currently looking at 3D shapes.

Look at our amazing work!

Parents' Phonics Workshop


Thank you to the parents who joined us for this informative session about phonics and how to support your child. We hope you now feel more confident about phonics and enjoyed playing some of the phonics games we regularly use during our in class activities.


As promised, I have uploaded the PowerPoint which contains all of the links we discussed and useful video explaining the different elements of early phonics.


If you were unable to attend, please take time to look through the information on the PowerPoint and please do ask us if you have any questions at all.