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Mrs Halligan - Class Teacher


Mrs Wood- Teaching Assistant 

Ms Blair  - Management Cover Teacher

Mrs Cooper - PPA Cover Teacher

Mrs Babcock - Speech and Language Support

Mr Stevenson - PE Coach 

Home Learning Week Beginning 25.01.21


Well done and thank you  to all those who have been completing the learning packs.  A new pack will be available for collection from school on Monday 25th January, just phone the office to say you are on your way to collect.


Next week is our final week looking at the story 'Owl Babies'.  If you haven't drawn a Story Map yet, do please have a go, drawing is a brilliant way to develop fine motor skills and of course children's drawings are so lovely!  Your children can have a go at writing sentences to retell the story next week, or to sequence pictures showing events in order. 


Next week children will be finding out all about Squirrels - the pack includes a great craft activity - making a squirrel out of a yoghurt pot!


For phonics this week alongside the sheets, please have a look at the Phonics Play website.  Have a go at the Buried Treasure and Picnic on Pluto games - children have to read the words and decide if they are 'real' or 'nonsense'.  You can look at phonemes up to ch, sh, th and ng in the Phase 3 section.  If your children are confident reading these phonemes, try the next set, ai, ee, oa, oo.  Also, look at Phase 3 Pick a Picture, read the words and match to the correct picture.  All links are shown below.


For Maths this week  go to week 3 'Alive in Five' on the White Rose Maths website.  This week focuses on Measure and Capacity.  There is a lesson for every day.   Also, have a go at some online games.  Topmarks is a great website. We have put the suggested activity links on here for you to work on.   


Do you have any playdough?  Why not make some at home with your children. We have given you a link below to a really good recipe.  Then, have a go at 'Dough Disco'. This is an activity we do each week in school. Great fun and a brilliant way to strengthen our finger muscles for writing!  Check out the You tube  Dough Disco with Shonna below.  







Let's Go To The New Dough Disco

Dough disco is exercise for the fingers to improve fine muscle control. It is good before long writing tasks as a warm-up but essential every day exercise fo...

Home Learning 18.01.21


Please remember to call into school for this week's learning pack and return last week's for marking.  Don't forget that you can exchange your child's reading books too.


As well as the work in the learning packs please also have a go at this week's Alive in Five White Rose maths, link below:


Please also join in with the Tricky Words songs on the following link:





Look at these amazing Bats! Have you made one yet? Do send me a picture and I will add it to the webpage.

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

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Have a go at the Phonics Play Buried Treasure Games. Phase 2 and Phase 3. Focus on letter sounds up to ch, sh, ng, th:

Maths Planning 18.01.21

Update on Learning Packs  11.01.21


Reception Learning Packs are now available to collect from school. Please phone the school to arrange to pick up a pack. A new pack will be provided each week on a Monday.  Please return the completed work for marking when you collect a new pack.  You can also exchange reading books if you return those already sent.


Thank you


Happy New Year


Hello everyone. I do hope you all had a lovely Christmas.   I have missed everyone and am so sad and  sorry that  we are in the position where school has to be closed again, but please be reassured that we will do everything we can to support you and your children with education at home. 


In Reception we will continue our learning with our planned topic British Woodland Animals and each week we will provide a home learning pack with resources for you to use and clear guidance on related activities to complete. We will include a sound mat and tricky word sheet to aid the weekly writing tasks.  The pack will also include a phonics, maths and handwriting sheet every week.  If you return reading books you will be able to exchange for new ones.  You will be asked to support your child in completing the work each week and when returned to school for marking you will be given a new pack for the following week.   More details to follow regarding when you can collect the packs.


Additionally, we will put links to helpful websites for home learning and supportive educational TV programmes, on the school website, so do check in on this class page weekly. 


If you are happy to send me photographs of your children learning at home  to share on our class webpages please was a lovely way to keep in touch during the last lockdown.  I am available after 3.00 pm each day to speak to about any concerns to answer questions about the tasks or simply for a friendly chat and catch up with the children, just give me a call. 


You can email me and/or send pictures to my email address:


I hope we can all be together again soon.

Take care of each other

Love from Mrs Halligan






Home Learning - Week One

This Terms Story is Owl Babies

Let's Count up to Ten

The Big Numbers Song

A medley of counting songs

An animated and subtitled collection of popular number song, including: 'Three blind mice', 'Five currant buns', 'When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears', 'Five little ducks', 'One man went to mow', 'Five little speckled frogs' and 'Ten in the bed'.

This Years Topics:

Autumn One


Talk for Writing Text: Traditional Tale - The Gingerbread Man


Autumn Two

                         People Who Help Us                     

 Talk for Writing Text: Traditional Tale - The Three Little Pigs


Spring One

                   British Woodland Animals              

 Talk for Writing Text: Story - Owl Babies


Spring Two

                                    Fairy Tales                                   

  Talk for Writing Text: Traditional Tale - Jack and the Beanstalk


Summer One


 Talk for Writing Text: Story - The Hungry Caterpillar


Summer Two


Talk for Writing Text: Story - Peter and the Wolf

Supporting Maths in the Early Years Presentation 2020

Remembrance Day

Autumn Two


Welcome back!   We hope you had a good break.  Thank you for helping your children to settle so well into Reception.  They all had a super first half-term, learning so much and having lots of fun!


Please continue to read with your children at home, it makes a very big difference to their progress.  Keep the WOW notes coming in, carry on practising the letters and sounds and tricky words in their sounds books and look out for special homework activities coming home soon.


We will soon begin our new topic, 'People who help us' and our new traditional tale is 'The Three Little Pigs'.  Christmas is also coming up, unfortunately it won't be quite the same this year as we are unable to put on a performance, but we will still be doing lots of Christmas crafts with the children, reading the 'Nativity' story and learning some Christmas songs. 


A couple of reminders:

Please remember children should have a school PE kit which consists of a blue T-shirt, black/navy shorts or jogging pants.  We are a healthy school and as such children should only bring water in their water bottles, no juice please.  Tuck is £1 per week and any money left over goes towards purchasing baking, arts and crafts and other resources needed in the classroom.  



Find out what the children will be learning this half term in our Knowledge Organiser


Tuck is payable every Monday to Mrs Halligan or Mrs Wood. Your £1 pays for toast everyday and for occasional extra bits and pieces which enhance children's learning, e.g. art and craft resources, baking ingredients, party food, role-play resources. If we do not receive enough contributions towards tuck, we may have to start providing it to only those who do pay.


PE with Mr Stevenson will take place every Tuesday morning. Please ensure your child comes in their PE Kit, black shorts, plain sky blue t-shirt, black pumps, trainers and jogging pants for outdoors.


Water Bottles

Please provide a water bottle for your child and bring to school everyday. We are a healthy school and only plain water is allowed, thank you.


Reading Books

Reading books need to be in school everyday. Please sign the Planner to indicate if you have read the book with your child at home. Books will be changed weekly.


Sound Books

Sound books will be sent home every Friday. Each week the new letter sounds the class learn during the week will be written in their book. Please practise reading and writing these sounds at home and return the sound book to school on Mondays.



Every Friday your child will be given the opportunity to choose a Library book. This should be returned every week so that they can regularly change it.


Good News Bear

As a reward for lovely behaviour, every child has the chance to take home our Good News Bear at some point over the year. A book will also be sent in which you can help your child to draw and/or write or add photographs about their time with the bear. The Bear will be sent home on Fridays. Hopefully, this will take place within the year. 

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers, catering for children from birth to

five, must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.  It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children's school 'readiness' and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

(EYFS Statutory Framework (2018)


There are seven areas of learning and development that shape educational programmes in the early years.  All areas are important and cross over.  The first three areas engage children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, they help children to make healthy relationships, build an ability to learn and achieve.   These three areas are called the Prime Areas and are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development 

The Prime Areas are strengthened and applied in the next four areas which are known as the Specific Areas:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design


More information on the EYFS curriculum can be found in our Reception booklet.

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