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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 17th January

This week we have adventured beyond our locality in our learning and began to explore the rest of the world. We found out about Christopher Columbus’ journeys and how he came across the Americas. We used our fabulous new timeline in school to locate when in history Columbus lived and in comparison to other famous people from the past we know about. The children were interested in finding out more about the USA and so we made our own flags, created stars and stripes artwork and learned a little about the famous landmarks such as The Statue of Liberty. 


w/c 10th January 2022

In our key groups this week, we have been considering what makes our locality so special. The children told us what is important to them about where they live and then they drew maps to show key features of Penshaw and the surrounding area. Of course, Penshaw Monument was a big factor and so, we found out a little about it then worked together to build our own replicas within our groups. We learned that the monument is 30 metres long, around the same length as a whale! It is as wide as a bus and as tall as 20 five year olds. 


w/c 4th January 2022


Welcome back to school on this frosty week! Reception have loved launching back into learning this term by listening to the story ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ and then taking part in a whole school art project to explore colour. We continued into the week by thinking about the colours that are mostly used for certain objects as well as exploring what happens when we mix colours together. Lots of fun was had painting ice cubes and then waiting for it to melt and mix and another highlight was using pipettes to drop coloured water onto kitchen towel, we loved the results! 


w/c 6th December 2021

This week we have continued to get creative in a festive way. The children have shown some expert skills in measuring, cutting and wrapping gifts for their families. They have learned about reindeers and followed instructions to make their own and to finish the week they enjoyed a tasty Christmas dinner, learning about traditions and what to expect on Christmas Day.


w/c 29th November 2021

This week brought us the 1st of December and with great excitement, we have written letters to Santa, made Christmas Cards, learned about the Nativity Story and engaged in some ‘Frozen’ play. What a busy week and fabulous start to December!

w/c 22nd November 2021 

This week we have learned about Florence Nightingale and inspired by her work have explored the jobs of those working in hospitals and in health care.

We also have explored 2D shapes and been spotting them in and around the classroom environment.


w/c 15th November 2021


This week in Reception, we have celebrated World Nursery Rhyme week together, by learning one rhyme each day and then exploring them further in our provision. One of our favourites was Incy Wincy Spider and here the children are showing you how they choose to learn.


w/c 8th November 2021

Lest we forget

Across school this week we have learned why we wear poppies. In our class we found out about the life of Sir Captain Tom Moore and why he became well known recently. We then created our own poppies in lots of different ways and made our own poppy wreath, using the painting technique we learnt last week, made famous by the artist Jackson Pollock.


w/c 1st November 2021

Remember, Remember the 5th of November

We have had a very busy first week back at school following our half term break. We began by learning about why we celebrate Bonfire Night and how to keep safe. We then studied the artist Jackson Pollock and used his methods to create a large scale piece of artwork for display. In Maths, we have used 2D shapes to create pictures and lots of us decided to make rockets of course! Later in the week, we learned about the Diwali festival and how it is celebrated. We made Diva lamps using clay and acrylic paints to decorate them. 


w/c 6th September 2021 

On Tuesday this week, we welcomed our fabulous new Reception class to school. Many of the children had already spent time with us in our Nursery class and we also welcome those new to Penshaw as they begin their school journey. This week has been all about getting to know one another, finding out how the children learn and what they are interested in. The children have been proud to report back to their families what they have been up to, each of them created their own highlights on the first day in the form of a photo collage. They have also studied themselves in the mirror and created some amazing self-portraits!




16th July 2021 – Last day of Reception

As our year comes to an end in Reception for the class of 2021, we would like to take the opportunity to praise each and every one of the children for their hard work, resilience, sense of humour and wonderful attitudes to learning. The class have astounded us with the progress they have made and we will miss them as they move onto Year One in September.

A huge thank you for your support this year and also for your very kind gifts and cards you have sent in, we appreciate it all greatly. Have a fabulous summer and stay safe! 

Mrs Butterfield and Miss McCulloch

w/c 05.07.21 Sharing a Shell

Following the reading of the book ‘Sharing a Shell’, Reception were fascinated and asked lots of questions around creatures that share and change shells. We watched some video clips of hermit crabs swapping shells and then found out more about the different creatures that owned the different shells we have in school. The children described the shells and put them into different categories, as well as counting how many we had and ordering them by size. They then studied them carefully and learned some new sketching skills, producing some fabulous results! 

w/c 21.06.21 Measuring up

This week we have been exploring how we can measure using non-standard units and making sure that we compare and use the correct language to describe length, height and distance. We measured our feet using cubes and then the length of our bodies using bricks outdoors. 

w/c 14.06.21 The Pirates are Coming!

Our current text in class is ‘The Pirates are Coming’ by John Condon, based on the story of ‘The Boy who cries Wolf’. This week we have focussed on the beginning of the story by stepping it out and retelling it together. The children have really enjoyed the build up to the middle part and can’t wait to find out what happens next when we move on next week. Check out the fantastic writing and illustrations produced this week, I am a super proud teacher!


w/c 07.06.21 Ahoy There Me Hearties!


Arrrrr and ahoy there! Welcome back to the final term of the year. This term we dive into the world of pirates and explore life at sea. We began the term by exploring settings and where pirates adventured. The children have enjoyed some pirate role play, focussing on exploration and team work. In Maths, we have used treasure to share equally into groups and in Literacy we have written descriptions of a coastal setting. 

We are busy revising our ‘red’ words this term and making sure all of the children are secure in the sounds they need to know to be able to access the Year One curriculum in September. Therefore, an important ‘red’ word for them to know is said and this will be our word of the week that we use in both reading and writing. 

You will notice that your child has two books to bring home, one is a decodable book linked carefully to the sounds they are currently learning and has repetitive form to help reinforce their understanding. The other book is a story book for them to enjoy together with you. 

As we have been lucky to see lots of the sun shining recently, please remember to prepare your child for the day with sun lotion (a day long one is ideal, but you can send in a labelled bottle to stay in school should they need it reapplying).

w/c 24.05.21 Colour Creatives

This week our text has been ‘Rooster’s Off to See the World’, continuing with the theme of making journeys. The children were captivated with the colourful illustrations and in art have learned some new skills by experimenting with colour mixing, making powder paints with water and using water colours. Together with their combined skills, they created a fabulous rooster for display and demonstrated their amazing writing skills to explain the processes. 

w/c 17.05.21 Stick Man, oh Stick Man, beware of the class!

Following on from last week with the interest in our stick insect visitors, the children made connections to the story ‘Stick Man’, considering all of the items he was mistaken for due to his stick look. They loved the part of the story when Stick Man was used as a Pooh stick in a stream by some children and so, we had our own race in school! They made their own Stick Man, carefully writing their names on them before being laminated to survive the water. We then took to racing them down a water slide outdoors, following which, they were super inspired for writing all about it! 

Next week’s ‘red’ word is:

w/c 10.05.21 Some sticky visitors!

This week we were very brave and looked after some stick insects in our class. We found out what we needed to do to make sure they were healthy, by asking lots of how and why questions and finding answers together from books and online. We had the chance to hold one and then did some fabulous writing to show what we had found out.

Our ‘red’ word of the week coming up is:

w/c 03.05.21 First, then, now…

This week has been all about journeys. In Literacy we explored Mr Gumpy’s travels further and studied ‘Mr Gumpy’s Motor Car’, with a focus on speech. The children discovered some links and themes between some other stories they knew with similar repetition of speech.  In Maths we have learned how to find totals by using objects to find how many we have ‘First, then, and now’. We used buses to count how many were on the bus first and then how many now when more climbed on. 

Our ‘red’ word for next week is:


w/c 26.04.21 Phonics Superstars! 

Check out our little Phonics Superstars this week! Reception children have been working their little socks off over the past few weeks in daily phonics lessons and we have seen a huge improvement in both reading and writing as a result. The children already knew lots of sounds from their home learning (well done grown-ups at home!!) and now they’re working on blending the sounds together. Here are a couple of examples of application of known sounds. 

We also learn one new ‘red’ or ‘common exception’ word each week. These are words that cannot be sounded out for reading fully. Children take these home each week to practise too. Our red word for next week is:

w/c 19.04.21 Number Magic!

Over the past two weeks, we have been exploring numbers 11-20. The children have been spotting them in the environment and creating them by counting objects and writing the numerals. We have focused on the composition of the numbers and how we make them by finding 10 and how many more – by both physical and visual representations. Now the children have a more solid foundation for understanding number within 20, they are ready to explore addition and subtraction further.

w/c 12.04.21 Welcome Back!

I hope you had a lovely Easter break? It’s great to be back with the children and they have launched straight back into learning with enthusiasm. This term we begin to think about the forthcoming transition to Year One and begin to slowly adjust the children to a more formal learning timetable style. We still have plenty of time for creativity and learning through play too, as you will see from the outcomes this term! 

This half term, our key text in Literacy is ‘Mr Gumpy’s Outing’. This story explores a traveling story where many different characters join Mr Gumpy on his boat. Here is some of our fabulous writing achieved from studying the text:

w/c 22.03.21 The Easter Bunny has visited! 

We were very excited this week as we heard a rumour that Easter was just around the corner! In preparation, the children made and decorated Easter biscuits, cards, baskets and took part in lots of Easter themed learning. As a reward for their hard work, the Easter bunny hid some chocolate eggs and they went on an egg hunt with lots of excitement!

The children have made some marvellous progress in phonics this week and have practised blending sounds in and around the classroom.


In maths, we have focussed on repeating patterns, an important skill that helps in all mathematical work in Reception and beyond:

We hope you have a fabulous Easter break from school. Well done to all the children for working so hard upon their return this term, it has been a delight to have them back with us. 

w/c 15.03.21 Caring, Counting and Creating

The children have amazed us at just how resilient to change they are. They have worked their little socks off getting back into the swing of things. This week in Literacy we have been focussing on sentence construction – what is a sentence and what is it made up of? In phonics it has been blending time, lots of time to practise putting together all of the sounds the children have learned for reading and writing. In maths, we have continued with number composition to 10, giving the children a strong foundation for understanding number value as they begin to apply their skills in problem solving.

We have continued with our topic ‘People Who Help Us’, and this week’s theme has been finding out about the job of nurses. Some wonderful nurses from a children’s ward answered some of our questions we had and sent us some videos to help us understand what happens to help us. We then made our own stethoscopes in class and practised caring for one another as nurses.

w/c 08.03.21 Welcome Back!

This week we welcomed all of the children back to school. There were lots of happy faces (children, parents and teachers!) and all have settled back in very well. We have had a busy week catching up with the children, hearing their news and finding out their next steps in learning. The children have been very excited to explore their newly upgraded outdoor area together as well as help to to develop our new school secret garden.

Our ‘Red word’/common exception word of the week coming up will be:

w/c 01.03.21 Science Week

Today sees the launch of Science of week in school and at for home learning. In Early Years, we are finding out about an invention each day through stories and then experimenting with the concept learned about. 

We have also just had our new outdoor learning areas updated (photos to follow later this week!) and as part of it are developing a new Secret Garden. This project is a whole school collaboration and to get started, we will be creating some bug hotels. Are you able to help gather items to build them? It’s a competition to see which group can find their items quickest!

This week in school during Science Week, we have been listening to some great stories about how real things were invented. The first story was called ‘The Crayon Man’ and we learned about the invention of wax crayons. As an experiment, we used white crayons to write our names and then painted over the top to reveal them.

We then listened to the story ‘Izzy Gizmo’, about a girl that invents her own machines to help her and so we have been busy thinking of some machines that we might like to invent:

In our topic lessons we have been learning about people that help us and this week has been all about doctors. We thought of some questions we would like to know answers to and Mrs Butterfield asked her Sister-in-Law, Dr Boyd, to answer them. Here we are after watching her video she sent us, writing our prescriptions, checking temperatures and helping people. We also wrote her some thank you letters, as we know how busy Doctors are right now especially:

Finally, we have also celebrated World Book Day this week! We listened to a live story session with some authors and then made our favourite characters out of potatoes and into hand puppets, as well as dressing up as them of course. What a busy and fun week we have had learning in school and at home!

w/c 22.02.21 The Little Red Hen 

Welcome back to the second half of our Spring term! Our topic this term is ‘People Who Help Us’, and our main text is The Little Red Hen. This week, in school and at home, children have been learning the structure of the story and been retelling it by stepping it out, singing it, story-mapping it and through role play. 

In maths they have been learning about the language of measure and using it to compare lengths and height:

We have been thinking about future job aspirations too and next week we will be interviewing a doctor, nurse and pharmacist to find out more about their jobs. Check back again next week to see what we find out! 


w/c 08.02.21 Gong Hei Fat Choy!

This week has seen the downfall of some beautiful snow to our setting and beyond and in true EYFS fashion we have been out exploring it! At the start of the week we created a snowman to sit on our new storytelling chair that has been installed in our outdoor area and it has stayed there all week. We also filled some balloons with coloured water to see if they would freeze overnight. The first day the children found that they hadn’t fully frozen solidly and therefore moved them and covered them with snow. The following day they cut them open and were very happy with the results!

While in school we have had fun in the snow, so have the children learning at home too of course! Here are some of them:

Inside the classroom, we have celebrated Chinese New Year by all manner of arts, crafts, role play, dance and even food sampling. We were very impressed that some even got to grips with a pair of chopsticks! 

W/C 01.02.21 It’s not all work, work, work! 

Some of you may have noticed that both Reception and Nursery’s outdoor areas are currently undergoing a big overhaul! We have Pentagon Play installing and creating us some fabulous new areas for the children to learn in and this week the children have been fascinated by the works. We have been out watching the builders at work and in particular been interested in how the digger helps. The children have drawn observational sketches of what they can see through the window, as part of our ‘Screen Free Wednesday’ and then got busy in our large junk modelling role play area designing and making their own digger to sit in! The next plan is to paint it – we will report back!



W/C 25.01.21 Jack and the Beanstalk

We have continued our learning of traditional tales this week by reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Each day we have looked at one small part of the story and discussed dilemmas and feelings provoked by the character’s actions and circumstances. We got creative in our artwork to design some magic beans, both in school and at home and here are some of the outcomes:

There has also been some fabulous writing this week:



w/c 18.01.21 Little Red Riding Hood

This week we have explored the story of Little Red Riding Hood in Reception. We have focussed on the characters, what they’re thinking, saying and how they behaved. We compared different versions of the story, but decided that the characters still have the same strong features in each. The children role played the story together throughout the week and independently used our interactive board to create a house for Grandma to live in safely away from the wolf in the woods. They then read and identified words from a sentence to unjumble and put in order, reading it back out aloud after. What a super week in Literacy we have had, the children both in school and working at home are making us so proud!  


w/c 11.01.21 ‘Alive in 5!’

This week’s learning in maths both at home and school is called ‘Alive in 5’ and focusses on the composition of the number 5. Children have been really getting to know what 5 looks like, by finding and sharing into groups to make number bonds within 5. They have also explored sharing fairly and here are some of our children in school sharing out food with some teddies.


w/c 04.01.21

Welcome back and Happy New Year to our

Reception class and your families!


This week in our key worker provision in Reception, we were excited at the opportunity to explore ice formations and play in the snow outside. We have also been busy learning new sounds in phonics and applying them in our writing about The Three Little Pigs, as well as exploring the number 5 and its properties. 

Well done to all of you working so hard both at home using Showbie and in school. We understand these are difficult times and are here to support you the best we can. Please drop me a message on Showbie if you need me! 

Mrs Butterfield

w/c 28.09.20

This week has been all about stepping out stories and making connections and comparisons. In Literacy, we recycled the story of ‘The Noisy House’ and as a class created our own: ‘The Noisy Windmill’. The children thought about the characters that might feature in the story and described them. They are doing really well with writing and using the new sounds they have learned in phonics. Look how with support, a sentence can be built and how some children are even trying to write fully independently already! 

Outdoors, the children took their storytelling to creating obstacle courses, as in our story the main character had to travel through mud and up and over hills. They extended our story by adding in new journeys.

Next week, your child will be bringing home a small card with their reading book to practise reading ‘Common Exception Words’. These words are words that cannot be sounded out and blended and need to be learned on sight. We will be teaching one word per week to support this learning in class and next week’s word is: 


Grouping and Sorting

w/c 21.09.20

This week in our maths lessons we have been learning how to group objects and pictures by different attributes. The children have continued this into provision and sorted by colour, shape and features such as height.

We also learned the story ‘The Noisy House’ through stepping it out and creating actions and mime. Perhaps ask your child if they can retell the story at home?


Hello Fred Frog

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!


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. 

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  • 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

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  • 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?
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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.

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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!