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Welcome to Reception

Welcome to our Reception page. Here you will find important information about our Class routines, curriculum and general information. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.

Our Reception Staff:


Mrs Butterfield – Teacher

Miss McCulloch – Teaching Assistant

w/c 14.09.20

This is Fred the Frog and he has spent the week introducing Reception to some new sounds in our daily phonics lessons. Some children are just beginning their journey with reading and writing and will be learning to blend the sounds together over the coming weeks. Some already know some sounds and will be furthering their skills. All children practise the formation of each letter whilst learning the sound and have the opportunity to write throughout the day. 

Thank you for sending your child’s reading book back to school on Friday, we will be issuing them with new books on Monday. 

Now we have completed our initial baseline assessments in class, there will be a daily focus in Literacy, Maths and topic lessons. Next week in Literacy we are exploring how to ‘step-out’ a story by producing a story map of ‘The Noisy House’. In Maths, we will be grouping objects and pictures by different features. I look forward to sharing some of their outcomes with you next week! 

Clowning Around!
w/c 07.09.20

We have spent the week getting to know each other well and find out how we like to learn, whilst exploring what our talents are. Our topic this term is ‘Roll up, roll up’, an adventure through the circus life! Look at our fabulous clown art we have made, we are so proud!

On Monday, we will be giving out reading books and starting our phonics lessons. There will be a little more information to follow, to help you best support your child at home. 

Welcome Back! 03.09.20

We have had a fabulous first week back with our lovely new Reception children. All of them were super confident throughout the day and took all of the new procedures in their stride! We have thoroughly enjoyed welcoming new families to our school as well as catching up with many of you that know us well. Thank you for helping us to keep your children safe by following procedures put in place for drop off and collection times, as we get to know you this should speed up. It has been very helpful all of the children having their named water bottles filled ready for the day and jumpers/cardigans with names on. Children don’t need their PE kit just yet in Reception, as we take part in daily outdoor and indoor physical activities within the EYFS curriculum. We will update you when this changes to more formal P.E. lessons in time to come.

Here are a few photographs of the children learning in this week and we’ll be back again next week with more information about our topic and what our plans are for this term.




Week Beginning 13.07.2020

Hello, Reception! We are so close to the end of Summer term. I hope you are looking forward to the six week holidays. Well done for all of your hard work this year. You have made us so proud! 


Oxford Owl – Free eBook library

cBeebies Stories

cBeebies Nursery Rhymes

The theme for this week is ‘What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside’ by Julia Donaldson.


Can you practice your letter formation?

Macmillan bags new Ladybird series book from Donaldson and Monks | The  Bookseller

  1. Using this illustration from the story above, can you compose and write simple sentences? Look at what you can see in the picture and what is happening. Remember to use finger spaces and full stops. Use the alphabet mat below to help with your capital letters!
  2. Can you spot the rhyming words in the story? Complete the worksheet below to match the rhyming words.

3. Can you use the pictures to write simple sentences based on what you see?

4. Can you write a simple recount explaining what the ladybird heard at the seaside? Write the sentences in order of the events and draw a picture to match your sentences.


White Rose – Home Learning tasks


Oak Academy Maths

Classroom Secrets – Maths Home Learning Tasks

Additional Activities

Can you make your own kite? Use it on a windy day!

K is for Kite Craft - Preschool Craft - Letter of the Week Craft - Kids  Craft | Letter a crafts, Kites craft, Preschool crafts

Can you use a variety of craft materials to make your own seaside picture?

Seaside collaborative collage | Sea activities, Seaside art, Seaside theme

Crab hand prints....use different textures for increased tactile  experience. Probably write story after it from crab perspective. | Work |  Pinterest | Perspect…

If you go on a visit to the seaside during the summer holidays, check out this scavenger hunt you could complete. We have done something similar during Coastal School sessions and it was so much fun!

Seaside Scavenger Hunt – Tired But Crafty Mummy

Can you make a seaside in a bottle? Click on the link to read the instructions.

Seaside in a Bottle Craft Instructions (teacher made)

Check out this song linked to the theme for this week. It is a perfect way to end the activities for the summer holidays!

I hope you all have the best time during the summer holidays before coming back to school ready for your new journey in Year One. How exciting! Remember to stay safe and have lots of fun!

Miss Welsh 🙂


Please see the letter below regarding potential reopening of our school for your year group.



Week Beginning 6.7.2020

Hello, Reception! I hope you enjoy the activities set for this week.


Oxford Owl – Free eBook library

cBeeBies Stories 

CBeebies Nursery Rhymes

The theme this week is based around the story ‘Pirates Love Underpants’ by Claire Freedman.


Can you practice your letter formation?

1. Draw four pictures to show each main event of the story. Label your pictures. Can you talk through each part?

2. If you were a pirate in the story, what would you do? Write a sentence about what you would do.  

3. Design your own underpants by drawing a picture and decorating them. Can you write three simple sentences to describe your underpants? Be as creative as you like!

  1. What does a pirate like? What does a pirate not like? Write two sentences to explain. Draw pictures to match your sentences.
  2. Use the download sheets below to complete simple sentences based on a pirate scene.


White Rose Maths Home Learning Activities 


The Oak Academy – Maths

Classroom Secrets Home Learning

Additional Activities

Can you make your very own pirate hat? Download the activity sheet to find out how.

How to make Pirate Hat Online: 123Peppy.com | Pirate crafts, Pirate hat  crafts, Pirate hats for kids

Can you design and make your own flag?

17 Pirate Crafts That'll Make Your Kids Go Arrr! - Kids Love WHAT

Can you make your very own treasure map? Use a tea bag to stain your map to make it look realistic!

Pirate Treasure Map - My Kid Craft

Can you dance like a pirate?

I hope you enjoy completing the activities! Stay safe and have fun.

Miss Welsh 🙂

Week Beginning 29.06.2020

Hello, Reception! I hope you enjoy the activities set for this week. It was lovely chatting with some of you and getting in touch with your grown ups last week and finding out how you are all getting on at home. It was so nice to hear about the learning you have been completing. Well done!

We have an exciting whole school Art competition starting this week. See the details on how you can enter below:


Oxford Owl – Free eBook library for children

CBeeBies Stories

CBeeBies Nursery Rhymes

The theme for this week is based around the story ‘Clumsy Crab’ by Ruth Galloway.


Can you practice your letter formation?

Writing Tasks – 

  1. Can you draw pictures to show each event of the story? Retell each event in your own words with an adult.
  2. How did Nipper save the day? Write your answer in simple sentences. 
  3. Can you write simple sentences to retell the main events of the story? Aim for 4-5 simple sentences and ask an adult for help! Can you include finger spaces, full stops and can you write using the sounds you know?
  4. Write a letter to Nipper explaining why he is a hero.
  5. Write 3 simple facts about crabs. You may wish to research some interesting ones on the internet!


White Rose Maths Daily Lessons  – (This is the scheme we follow in Reception)


Oak Academy Maths Lessons

Classroom Secrets Home Learning Packs

Additional Activities

See below some examples of brilliant crab themed art crafts you could complete!

I hope you enjoy completing the activities this week! Keep safe, have fun and keep working hard!

Miss Welsh 🙂

Week Beginning 22.06.2020

Hello, Reception! I hope you enjoy the activities set for this week.


Oxford Owl – Free eBook library for children

cBeebies Stories 

cBeebies Nursery Rhymes

The theme for this week is based on the story Billy’s Bucket.


Practice your letter formation using the RWI video:

After reading the story Billy’s Bucket, complete these writing activities daily:

  1. What things did you see inside Billy’s bucket? Write a list of them.

2. Using large paper, create a story map by drawing pictures to retell the events of Billy’s Bucket. Can you retell the story in your own words? Have a go at writing simple sentences to retell each part.

Billy's Bucket talk for writing story map (With images) | Story map, Map,  Writing

3. Write a riddle based on a sea creature of your choice. Write simple clues based on your chosen sea creature followed by ‘What am I?’. Read your clues to another member of your household and see if they can guess it right!

4. What things would you put inside your bucket? Write a list of the things you would have.

5. Make a mini book about some of the sea creatures in the story. Draw a picture on each page and write a fact you know about each sea creature. 



Oak Academy Maths

Classroom Secrets Home Learning Packs

Play a memory game
In the same way as the game I went to market and I bought adds a new item with each turn play ‘In Billy’s bucket there was’ with children. Each person can choose things from the story and perhaps, other creatures as well. For example:

First person ‘In Billy’s bucket there was a crab’
Second person ‘In Billy’s bucket there was a crab and some seaweed’
First person ‘In Billy’s bucket there was a crab, some seaweed, and a shark’ etc…

Bucket play
If you have a seaside bucket children can fill it with water and choose plastic toys to put inside. A washing up bowl could be used as well. This could become a ‘Guess what’s in my bucket’ game. It’s great if you have plastic ocean creatures but other small plastic toys would be fun as well, after all it is a magic bucket! Children can make up their own stories about the creatures in the bucket or bowl.

Find out some facts about sea creatures! Andy’s Aquatic Adventures – BBC iPlayer

Make a sea creature of your choice using craft materials.

Paper Plate Jellyfish Craft | Arty Crafty Kids

I hope you have lots of fun completing the activities! 

Week Beginning 15.6.2020

Hello, Reception! I hope you are all safe and well. Please see the activities set for this week:


Daily phonics sessions from Read Write Inc.

Set 1

Set 2 (For children that can read all set 1 speed sounds)


Oxford Owl – Free eBook library for children

 CBeebies Stories

CBeebies Nursery Rhymes

The theme for this week is based on the story The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. 


  1. The rainbow fish learned how to make his friends feel special. Can you write a sentence about how you make your friends feel special?
  2. The rainbow fish gave away his most prized possession – his scales. What is your most prized possession? Draw a picture of it and write a sentence to say why it is special to you.
  3. Describe what the rainbow fish looks like. Can you use the words in simple sentences? For example, The fish has _____ scales.

4. Use the outline of the rainbow fish to label each part.

5. Write a set of simple instructions on how to make seaweed soup. Can you write at least four short instructions? Remember to write using the sounds you know. Can you use your finger spaces?

6. Read the sentences below with an adult and find the missing words to complete them.

Download the story sequencing cards for The Rainbow Fish here.

Can you write a simple sentence to retell each part of the story?

Can you practice your letter formation?


Numberblocks Episodes

Oak Academy Maths

Classroom Secrets Free Home Learning Packs


Additional Activities

Use the internet to find out two interesting facts about a creature that lives under the sea.

CBBC Sea Creatures Video

Use collage materials to remake the rainbow fish. You could paint it, colour it in or even use junk modelling!

Paper Plate Rainbow Fish Craft | Arty Crafty Kids

The rainbow fish learned how to be a good friend. Talk to an adult at a home about different ways to be a good friend. Can you create a poster about it?

How to draw The Rainbow Fish:


Animals in the Ocean Song:

I hope you have a fun week completing the activities!

Week Beginning 08.06.2020

Hello, Reception! I hope you enjoyed completing the activities set last week. Please see below the tasks for this week:


Daily phonics lessons from Read Write Inc.

Set 1

Set 2 (For children in Reception that can read all set 1 speed sounds).


Oxford Owl – Free eBook library for children

CBeebies stories

cBeebies Nursery Rhymes

The theme for this week is based on the story Elmer the Patchwork Elephant by David McKee.


  • During the story, Elmer realises that he likes being unique and special. What makes you special? Are you very good at doing something? Are you kind, funny or helpful? Draw a picture of something that makes you and unique and write what makes you special. 
  • Can you write some facts about real elephants? You could find out where they live, what they eat or what baby elephants are called. Ask an adult to help you use the Internet to find out some information.
  • Make a poster about Elmer’s Day. Can you tell the other elephants
    that they need to decorate themselves with lots of colours and patterns? You could write your ideas and draw a picture of a colourful elephant too.
  • Can you think of 5 adjectives (describing words) about Elmer the Elephant? Think about what he is like on the inside and what he looks like on the outside! 
  • Can you write a book review based on the story?

Continue to practice your letter formation:


Look at this pictogram chart. Which colour is the most popular? Which is the least popular? Which two colours are more popular than blue?

Can you make your own pictogram chart? Ask your family members their favourite colour. Can you record your results as a pictogram chart? Which is the most popular colour? Which is the least popular colour?

Can you represent numbers to 20 using coloured paper squares?


Oak Academy Maths

Size Ordering Game

Classroom Secrets Home Learning Pack

Additional Activities

Can you find out some interesting facts about real elephants?


Can you re-make Elmer the Elephant using a milk carton?

Elmer the Elephant song


How to draw a cartoon elephant:

I hope you enjoy this week’s activities! Have fun and stay safe.

Miss Welsh 🙂

Week Beginning 1.6.2020

Hello Reception! I hope you are all having fun enjoying the sunshine. Please see below the activities for this week:


Free daily phonics lessons from Read Write Inc (the phonics program we use in school).

Set 1

Set 2  (For children in Reception that can read all Set 1 speed sounds).


Oxford Owl Free eBook library for children.

Cbeebies Stories

Cbeebies Nursery Rhymes

The theme for this week is based on the story Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt.


  • Draw a simple story map showing each event from the story. Can you retell the story in your own words?
  • Draw a picture of a shark and label it using the sounds you know.
  • Draw a map of the park and label the features. 

Drawing Playground Outdoor How to Draw Playground and Painting ...

  • Looking at the illustrations from the story, write 4-5 short sentences about what you can see at the park through Timothy’s telescope. “I can see______”.
  • Write a wanted poster about a shark in the park as if you were in the role of Timothy. What did he see? Where did he see it?
  • Write 4 short sentences about activities you can do at the park.

Continue to practice your letter formation:

Letter formation game


I have added some links for useful websites that provide learning and interesting maths activities for Reception children below. 


Oak Academy Maths

Size ordering game

Interactive tens frame

Caterpillar counting game

Teddy Bear Counting Game

Classroom Secrets Home Learning Pack

You could also go on a shape hunt outside. What 2D shapes can you spot? Make a simple table and record your findings while on your 2D shape nature hunt.

Other Activities

  • Can you make a telescope to use like Timothy did in the Shark in the Park story? You may use recycled materials such as kitchen roll tubes, pringle tubes, gift wrap. Look through the telescope outdoors and see what you can see. Take your telescope when you visit a park. Can you see something different?
  • Can you make a shark mask? Remember to make pointy teeth! This will help with your cutting skills

Paper plate shark mask … (With images) | Paper plate crafts for ...

  • Play an I spy game eg ‘Timothy Pope, Timothy Pope what can you see through your telescope? I can see something beginning with ……’(use the sound the word begins with eg ‘sh’ for shoe)
  • Play this as a Simon Says game; only following instructions if they begin with ‘Timothy Pope’
  • Learn some facts about sharks!  CBBC Shark Video Clips
  • Listen to another version of the story – Shark in the Park on a Windy Day 
  • Learn the baby shark dance!

I hope you have a great week Reception! Keep safe and have fun.

Miss Welsh 🙂

Week Beginning 18.5.2020 

Hello everyone! I hope you had a good week and you are all safe and well. Please see below the activities for this week:


Free daily phonics lessons from Read Write Inc (the phonics program we use in school).

Set 1 – 

Set 2 –  (For children in Reception that can read Set 1 Speed Sounds).


Oxford Owl Reading – Free eBook library for children. Listen to your child read. If your child gets stuck on a word, remind them to say the letter sounds individually and then blend them together quickly to hear the word. If your child still can’t work out the word, then tell them what it is and move on.

Rhyming game – Say ‘into the pot goes’ while pretending to place objects that rhyme into a pot (for example, a bat, a hat, a cat, a mat). Do this with your child and then see if they can do it independently.

Phonics game – Start off using just the speech sounds and then immediately say the word. For example, you could say, ‘At the shop I will buy a /m/ /a/ /p/ – map, a /b/ /e/ /d/ – bed, a /d/ /u/ /ck/ – duck.’ Then, trying just saying the sounds and asking your child to work out and say the whole word.

The theme for this week is based on the story ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ by Judith Kerr. 


  1. After reading the story, draw a simple story map to show the events from the story. Can you use it to retell the story in your own words?
SAM_0718 - Springfield CPS

2. Write a shopping list of items to buy from the shops after the tiger has visited.

3. Write a simple set of instructions on how to make a jam sandwich. 

4. Write down a list of words to describe the tiger. This might be based on what he looks like on the outside and what he is like on the inside. Is he friendly? Mean? Polite? After writing your list, use them to write simple sentences. “The tiger is ________”.

5. Write an invitation to a member of your household for your own tea party. (Invitation template)



The Oak Academy Lessons

Classroom Secrets Free Home Learning Packs

Pets Counting to 20 Worksheet

Finding Half Cut-outs Worksheet

Have a tea party with other members of your household.  With an adult, have a go at understanding what is half of shapes by using real-life objects. Can you find half of a pizza? An apple? A potato? 

Can you find half of quantities such as sharing an orange into 2 parts by their segments or a bar of chocolate? 

Challenge: Can you equally share 6 biscuits with another tea party guest? Find out by saying “One for me, one for you” each time until you have none left.

Problem: The tiger would like to share 5 cookies with you. Can he do it equally? Find out and explain!

More EYFS finding half maths problems

More EYFS maths problems based on sharing

Weighing Activity – Find 5 items of food from your kitchen that you would like to use for your tea party. Can you put them in order of weight from light to heavy? 

Other Activities

Can you design and make your own tiger mask? You could decorate a paper plate or some recycled cardboard. Use it to perform the story.

How to make a tiger mask | Paper plate masks, Tiger crafts, Tiger mask

Healthy Eating Activities – Can you design a healthy menu of tasty food that Sophie’s family can choose from the cafe.  Menu template

Healthy and Unhealthy Food Sorting Activity

Healthy Eating Lunch Activity

The tiger wasn’t very polite when he ate all of Sophie’s food. Can you think of some manners that he should need to remember when he visits someone else’s house?

  • Look at the tiger’s stripes. Find out what camouflage is and how it helps tigers. Can you find out how other animals use camouflage to help them?
  • Use a paint program on a tablet or computer to design a label for a tin of tiger food.
Tin of Tiger Food Illustration - Twinkl

Week Beginning 11.5.2020

Hello Reception! I hope you are all safe and well and that you enjoyed the glorious sunshine over the weekend. If you have any photos of learning that you would like to share or to show us how you are spending your time at home then please send it to the school email: new.penshaw@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Please see below the activities set for this week:


Free daily phonics lessons from Read Write Inc (the phonics program we use in school).

Set 1

Set 2 (For children in Reception that can read Set 1 Speed Sounds).


Oxford Owl – Free eBook library for children.

The theme for this week is based on the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ by Eileen Browne.


  1. Can you remember how the story is sequenced? Draw a simple story map of the events by drawing Handa’s journey step by step with simple illustrations. Label your story map using the sounds you know. When complete, can you retell the story in your own words?

2. Write a list of animals or fruit shown in the story. Use your phonics knowledge to sound out the words.

3. Write a short letter to Handa explaining what happened to the fruit she placed in her basket.

4.  Think about what the fruit in the story looks, smells and tastes like. Write simple sentences using adjectives to describe the fruit. E.g. The ______ is ________. 

5. If you were going to collect some gifts for a friend, what would you give them? Why? Write a sentence explaining what gifts you would give.

6. Write simple sentences explaining which animal took each fruit using the following sentence ‘The ______ took the _________.’

Continue to practice your letter formation:


I have added some links for useful websites that provide learning and interesting activities for Reception children below. 


The Oak Academy Lessons

Classroom Secrets Free EYFS Home Learning Packs

Handa’s Surprise Addition and Subtraction Worksheet

Africa Themed Missing Number 1-20 Activity

Safari Themed Counting up to 20 Worksheet

Fruit and Vegetables Counting to 20 Clip Cards

Use the Handa’s Surprise story to discuss positional language to describe where the animals are hiding, e.g. the monkey is in the tree, the elephant is in the grass or the parrot took the passion fruit out of the basket. 

You could even set up your very own fruit and vegetable shop role play area and add price labels. You and other members from your household could play in role as the shopkeeper and customer.

Role play area

Ask people their favourite fruit and record the results using a pictograph chart.

See the source image

Understanding the World

  • Use Google Maps to look at where Africa is on the Earth.
  • Talk about the animals in the story and other animals that live in Africa and find out information about animals using the internet and YouTube.
  • Spend some time finding out about people, communities by finding out where our fruit and vegetables come from to get to our plates.

Creative Activities

  • Try making some fruit-based recipes such as fruit salad or smoothies. Can you have a go at washing and chopping the fruit? Can you taste some fruit you’ve never tried before? (Recipes here)
  • Play an ‘I went to the shop’ game in small groups. Each person in the group says a fruit they buy from the shops and the next person has to add another item to the list and say what the previous people bought too!
  • Use a variety of fruit to print using paint. Can you create a repeated pattern or complete a design of your choice?

Physical Development Activities

  • Encourage children to explore different ways of moving to represent each of the animals in the story. They could pretend to swing through trees like the monkey, stomp like the elephant, walk on tiptoes for the giraffe, flap their arms to represent the parrot’s wings and run around like the goat.

You could even learn a new dance routine linked to animals:

You could also take part in some jungle safari yoga!

Week Beginning 4.5.2020

Hello again, Reception! I hope you are safe and well. First of all I would like to say a big thank you for sending in all of your lovely photos. It was amazing to see so many brilliant photos and video clips sent in for our Reception and KS1 video! I really enjoyed seeing what you have all been up to and I am so proud of you all. If you haven’t already seen it, check on the New Penshaw Facebook page! If you have any more photos to share of your learning, please send them to the school email.


White Rose Maths – Daily activities based on the story ‘Hungry Caterpillar’.

Numberblocks Episodes  – There are lots of Numberblocks episodes that can be downloaded onto a device to watch.

Number Blocks – Counting to 20

Ladybird doubles worksheet

Jungle addition worksheet 

Jungle size ordering activity

  • Practice counting backwards from 20. This can be done through playing hide and seek, singing number songs, chanting, board games etc.

  • Challenge – Can you think of a jungle animal that is smaller than an elephant, but larger than a monkey?

  • Create your own animal using different 2d shapes.


Oxford Owl – Visit Oxford Owl for free eBooks that link to your child’s book band. You can create a free account. Complete the linked Play activities for each book.

Down in the Jungle rhyme –



Practice forming the letters of the alphabet.

The book theme for this week is Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae.

You can access a free, interactive read-along version here:

Rumble in the Jungle read-along

Or you can access it from YouTube here:

Task 1 – think about your favourite animal from the story. Think about how it looks, moves and the sounds it makes. Write them down as clues. Aim for around 4-5 clues for your animal. At the end, read your clues aloud and ask another family member to guess your animal.

Can you guess this animal riddle?

I am long and I slither.

I hiss with my tongue.

I have sharp fangs.

My skin sheds.

I use my skin as camouflage to hide.

What am I?

Task 2 – Write a list of 3 words that rhyme with ‘bat’, ‘snake’ and ‘bear’.

Task 3 – Imagine you are in the jungle with your binoculars. Write 3 simple sentences on what you can see. Use the sentence starter ‘I can see’.

Task 4 – Can you think of jungle animals that begin with these letters – s, e, p, m, f, t and j?

Task 5 – Write 3 simple sentences explaining what sounds you might hear in a jungle and where the noises would come from.


  • Watch this episode of Andy’s Wild Adventures – What facts did you learn about Cheetahs? 
  • Choose your favourite animal from the story ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ and make an animal mask.
  • Make a sock-puppet of a snake or another animal of your choice.
  • Draw a picture of an animal that uses camouflage to hide.
  • Research your favourite animal and find out 3 facts about them.
  • Go on a walk with a grown-up. Listen to the sounds you can hear on your walk and write a list of them.
  • Talk about planning a journey through the jungle. Would it be hot or cold? What might we see? Have a backpack full of items such as a water bottle , camera, paper and pencil, child safe first aid kit and map. Unpack the backpack and ask the children why they think each item would be useful. Play a circle game of ‘In my backpack I will take…’ 

Additional links

Twinkl to access these resources click on the link and sign up using your own email address and creating your own password. Use the offer code UKTWINKLHELPS

Oak National Academy 

I hope you enjoy completing the activities and have a fun week.

Miss Welsh 🙂 

Week Beginning 27.4.2020

Hello Reception! I hope you are all safe and well. I have provided a range of tasks for you to complete this week. I hope you have lots of fun completing them!


White Rose Maths have updated the Maths activities for this week. There is an activity to complete for each day:




The website above is a selection of free electronic version of Floppy’s Phonics book which children can access as eBooks online on an electronic device. All you need to do is register for an account!


This week’s Literacy tasks are all based on the Julia Donaldson story ‘Zog’. Check it out below!

See below an activity to complete for each day:

Monday –  What skills must Zog learn at dragon school? Write a list of these skills, titled ‘How to become a dragon…’

Tuesday – In the story, the princess dreams of being something else when she grows up. Can you write a dream for yourself for when you grow up? What do you want to be, and why? You may wish to display this as a poster!

Wednesday – Imagine you were flying on the back of Zog. What would you see whilst you were up in the air, and where would you choose to go?

Thursday Imagine you have arrived at your chosen destination after Zog has flown you there. Can you write a postcard from that place to the people back at home?

Friday – Zog’s ‘super power’ is being able to fly. If you could have a super power, what would it be, and why?

Letter Formation

See below our Read Write Inc handwriting scheme for EYFS. Look at the rhymes below each letter to form letters correctly. Take a look at the video clip which you can listen to while you practice your letter formation.

Creative Ideas

I have provided a range of ideas linked to the story Zog:

Make your own play dough! Discuss how the ingredients change throughout the process. Recipe: Mix together 3 tablespoons of flour and one tablespoon of salt. Pour in a little splash of oil. Slowly add water as you mix until the dry mixture begins to stick together. Knead the dough with your hands.

Creative – Create your own Zog character using your material of choice! Play dough, junk modelling, drawing, painting, collage, whatever you like!

Painting – Find 5 smooth stones big enough to paint on. Using a cotton bud or thin paintbrush, paint a character from the story onto each stone. Don’t worry if you do not have any paint, you can use markers, felt tip pens or crayons. If you have any PVA (runny) glue, paint a layer over the paint once it has dried to preserve the pictures for longer. If you would prefer to do this activity on paper, feel free to do so!

Storytelling – Using your character stones/paintings, act out the story of ‘Zog’. Try to remember some of the phrases from the story!

Dance – Watch the video below of “Going on a dragon hunt”. Can you move like a dragon hunter? Match your moves to the song. Think about how you would move while on a dragon hunt!

Extra Links

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/reception/#subjects – This is a useful website with lessons for Maths, English and foundation subjects. For each lesson there is a video clip provided followed by an activity to complete.

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1 – Daily PE sessions at 9am.

I hope you have lots of fun completing the activities. Once again, stay safe and keep smiling. I am missing you lots Reception!

Miss Welsh 🙂

Week Beginning 20.4.2020

Hello everyone! I hope you are all safe and well. I hope you are enjoying the lovely sunshine and have eaten some delicious Easter eggs. I have provided some fun tasks to complete to keep you busy!


For Maths activities this week, there are some excellent Supertato themed tasks available to complete daily. Each task can be accessed by watching the video clips provided on the website. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

It would be lovely if you could complete some fun maths activities outside in the lovely sunshine!

  • Go on a 2d or 3d shape hunt.
  • Represent numbers up to 20 using objects found outside.

Check out this game to practice ordering numbers from 0-20:                     https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/chinese-dragon-ordering


To continue the Supertato theme this week, check out the read-aloud video of the story Supertato.



Can you write labels using the initial sounds to help you?

Download here: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-l-54823-phase-2-phonics-picture-activity-sheets

Can you use the picture below to write some simple sentences based on what you can see? Remember to use the sounds you can hear to write words. Can you practise finger spaces and correct letter formation?

Download here: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-252236-at-home-scene-writing-stimulus-picture-activity-sheet

To sign up for one month free for Twinkl:

Step 1: Go to twinklhq.twinkl.co.uk/offer

Step 2: Enter the code CVDTWINKLHELPS

Supertato Challenge

After reading the Supertato story online, Create a wanted poster describing your Supertato character. Can you include adjectives to make your poster interesting such as strong, silly, fierce or heroic? Write simple sentences to give clues about your character. Check out an example here:

See below some activity suggestions based on the story ‘The Grufflalo’.


Monday – Character description of the Gruffalo. What words are used throughout the story to describe him?

Tuesday – Gruffalo food menu. Throughout the story, the mouse talks about the Gruffalo’s ‘favourite foods’. Use these to make a menu for a Gruffalo themed cafe.

Wednesday –  Think about what you would do if you met the Gruffalo. What would you say? Would you trick the Gruffalo like the mouse did? Write about it using the title ‘If I met the Gruffalo…’.

Thursday – Create your own Gruffalo. Design your own fictional Gruffalo character with different features to the original. Draw/colour it and then label the main features.

Friday – Identifying rhyming pairs in the story. Can you spot the rhyming words in the story? Write down or record any rhyming pairs you can find.

Creative Challenge

Decorate your very own Supertato character using a vegetable of your choice. Be as creative as you can! Be sure to take some photos – I would love to see them when we return to school .

Other useful websites                               

A useful website with a range of video clips for English, Maths and other subjects: https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/reception/english/#subjects

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ –  Joe Wicks daily PE session at 9am.

Please don’t feel that you need to complete every activity suggested. If you have any other ideas of activities based around the Supertato story – feel free to do so! Keep safe Reception!

Miss Welsh 😊

Week Beginning 30.3.2020

Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well and are keeping safe inside with your families! I have added some extra activities onto this page to give you some ideas to keep your brains busy at home. Each week I will update the page with a range of different tasks to complete.


Daily PE sessions at 9am Monday-Friday with Joe Wicks. https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Reading & Phonics

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk – This is a really fun website to practise reading and blending sounds. There is a choice of games to play. Use the free login to join:

Username: march20
Password: home


The video above links in with our reading scheme and are the rhymes we use in school to practise letter formation. Use this video while practising forming your letters.

Can you write a caption for each picture below? Each one is a rhyme! Challenge: Can you write using a capital letter and full stop?

Can you think of any other rhyming words?

Other writing ideas:

  • Write a shopping list for an adult using the sounds you know.
  • Write instructions for a baking recipe.
  • Draw and label your family members and write a caption about them.


There are home learning lessons available on the White Rose Hub website to complete with a grown up. There is an activity to complete for each day. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

Practise counting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VLxWIHRD4E

Practise subitising with tens frame fun flash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8U_zZ-rW1E

Other fun maths ideas

  • Order numbers to 20 and peg them onto a washing line.
  • Go on a 2d or 3d shape hunt
  • Investigate what items are heavier or lighter than an apple.
  • Find things in your home that are taller/shorter than you.
  • Play a game of snakes and ladders/dominoes.

Creative Activities

You could collect natural objects from your back garden and use them to make a face.

Nature Faces - Self-Portrait Art for Preschoolers | Preschool art ...


Happy new year! We hope you had an enjoyable Christmas break. We have been delighted to meet our new nursery children this week and making sure they feel welcome and happy within their new routine. The reception children have enjoyed showing them the areas of our classroom and helping them settle into activities. Our topic this term is based on transport with our topic title as “Are we there yet?”. This week our theme is based around buses. The children read the book ‘Naughty Bus’. They showed a remarkable effort at writing simple sentences based on events in the story. Our maths learning this week was based on ‘one more’. We role-played a bus journey by having the children as passengers join the bus by showing one more each time which was so much fun .

13.1.2020 – Week 2 Spring Term

This week our theme has been based around trains. Each child was given a train ticket before reading the story ‘Oi, get off our train!’. The children have been working hard at writing speech bubbles from characters in the story. This week the children had their first Coastal school session of Spring term. Despite the very wet and cold weather, the children showed resilience and incredible teamworking skills when carrying out their activities. First the children worked in pairs to collect pebbles of a particular colour. They then used them to represent different 2d shapes. We then had a very fun game of ‘fish, fish, shark!’.

World Religion Day 20.1.2020

On Monday for World Religion Day the children learned about different beliefs and different places of worship. They watched video clips and learned facts about other religions and cultures. The children then got creative by making different places of worship out of junk modelling in groups. The children also practised their name writing in the style of a Jewish ‘Torah’.

On Thursday the children were very excited to be a part of a whole school competition based on handwriting. The children read a story called ‘Only One You’ which encourages self-confidence and self-belief. The theme in EYFS was based on ‘Being a good friend’. We talked about what it means to be a good friend. The children wrote this statement in their neatest handwriting. On the afternoon they painted their very own pebble fish by creating patterns and styles. They were so proud of their end results!

In Maths this week the children worked very hard understanding how two amounts can be added together by using the part whole model.

25.2.2020 – This week we have introduced our new topic of ‘Castles and Crowns’ after following the children’s interests through their play. The children have enjoyed exploring their imagination when roleplaying in our very own ‘Enchanted Castle’ and dressing up using a variety of props. Some children even made their very own castle using junk modelling!

2.3.2020 What an incredible week we had last week! On Tuesday at Coastal School the children were able to apply their knowledge of castles by building them in the sand. They thought about how to represent different parts of the castles by using natural resources found on the sand. They showed teamwork and resilience – they were very proud of their end result.

The children were so excited to show their decorated potatoes for World Book Day. During key group the children discussed their potato character and talked about the materials and how they made them. As part of our World Book Day activities, the children read the story Giraffes Can’t Dance by Julia Donaldson. The children worked on rhyming strings, painting pictures of characters in the story and even made their own dances using inspiration from the story On Friday the children showed so much enthusiasm for our vocabulary parade. The children learned so many new words and their meanings. Check out how fabulous they looked below!