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Class R

Welcome to Reception

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Welcome to Reception (September 2020). The children have settled in beautifully and it is a delight to observe them interacting with their new friends and making positive relationships with the adults in school. The children have been thoroughly enjoying exploring their indoor and outdoor environments. We have been helping ‘Twiggle the Turtle’ to be the ‘Best Learners’ we can be and ensuring that we have a ‘Growth Mindset’ when tackling new tasks.


The children are our super Germ Busters and they are washing their hands regularly and ensuring they use the 'Nose Wiping Station' if they need to 'catch it, bin it, kill it'. 


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Phonics time...

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Our first week in Reception...

Update -   Please visit ‘Lockdown Home Learning’ under the 'Parents' section to see the daily learning activities for Reception. We miss you all so much. Stay safe and keep smiling.

We would love to see photographs of your home learning. Please email your home learning photographs to 

I will add your photographs to our class page so that your friends can see them.

Missing you all so much. Stay safe and keep smiling blush

We have been baking bread and making butter for Mr Grinling (Lighthouse Keeper). We have also been writing sentences in phonics. Super writers use Fred fingers for spelling, finger spaces between words, a capital letter at the start of a sentence and a full stop at the end of a sentence. The children decided to make their own seagulls to try and eat their bread. We have been writing subtraction number sentences in mathematics. The children are absolutely loving spending time together in continuous provision and group activities…

This week we have been reading The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch. The children have created their own lighthouse and have written about their lighthouse. We have also been reading our phonics books with expression. Look at us having a great time using the barrels and playing ‘Simon Says’. In mathematics we have been subtracting by building interlocking cube lighthouses. 

Look at Erin's giant beanstalk! We loved the story Jack and the Beanstalk.

Reception - We have written a shopping list for Mrs Maksymczuk because we are baking biscuits, bread and making ice lollies this week for Grandma.


Reception Bubble – We followed a ‘Tablespoon’ recipe to bake biscuits for Grandma and have written the cooking instructions for The Big Bad Wolf to follow. The children used 2D shapes to create their own pictures. We have been reading our ‘phonics’ non – fiction and fiction books and writing simple sentences linked to these books.


Reception – We have been exploring freezing and melting. Look at the delicious fresh fruit lollipops we have made for Little Red Riding Hood.

Mrs Youdan reading Ruby's Worry


Reception  - Our story this week is Little Red Riding Hood. Reiss helped Mrs Maksymczuk to read the story. We used 2D shapes to create repeating pattern paths to Grandma’s house. The children have been collecting natural materials for painting. Erin, Eiliyah and Jon-Paul have made baskets for Little Red Riding Hood. Kyle, Bailey and Reiss have been exploring colour mixing to paint Little Red Riding Hood.


We have been practising for our Reception Class Sports Day. Look at us jumping over the hurdles, balancing beanbags on our heads and sprinting.


We have written a shopping list for Mrs Maksymczuk because we are baking biscuits, bread and making ice lollies this week for Grandma.

Look how much our beans have grown!

Learn to sign Oh Dear! with Miss Jenkins

Jack and the Beanstalk… We have been exploring growing by planting bean seeds for Jack. We have also written instructions for Jack to plant his own beanstalk. The Giant was very angry so we explored melting and made him some giant ‘Magic Bean’ cakes. In mathematics we have been counting beans accurately and revisiting addition and doubling.

A big thank you to Vicky (Mrs Zentani’s niece) for her generous donation of this amazing Playmobil castle. The children absolutely loved assembling and exploring the castle. The children have written Vicky a ‘Thank You’ card… look at their amazing writing!

'Loving Learning' in school after 'Lockdown'. We have our own bag of equipment, our own chair and we have made our own playdough and playdough mat...

Welcome Back

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Come and see how the school has changed since you were last here.
Mrs Abraham would like to show you how the school has changed.

Azaan has been learning about sea creatures. We love seeing your amazing learning Azaan...

Count on me

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Hello Children

Please learn to sing and sign this song. When you have learnt it please send your teacher a video of you singing and signing.

Mrs Secrett

Mrs Maksymczuk reading The Gingerbread Man

Rico was enthusiastic and motivated to develop his number skills in school today 😊

Fantastic literacy and maths learning Azaan. What are the missing numbers? 11, 12, _, 14, _, 16, 17, 18, _, 20

Daisy has been enjoying her daily exercise with her very adorable dog Coco...

We are incredibly proud of you Azaan 😊 Amazing story writing ✍

Look at these book suggestions and then try out some of these activities

Amazing learning Riley. We are so proud of you!

Mrs Todd reading Stick Man

Author Julia Donaldson

We absolutely love your beanstalk and amazing 3D shape learning Reiss...

We are so proud of your maths and literacy learning Azaan. Well done!

Good morning Reception. We hope you have had a wonderful week. 

We are very excited that our learning this week is focused on the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.

Reiss has been busy this morning planting seeds blush Well done Reiss!

Missing you all loads...

We are so excited to see photographs of your plants growing Reiss...

Enjoy some Stick Man activities at home (click on the link below). Please send photographs of your home learning to blush

You are an amazing learner Reiss. We love your Hansel and Gretel 'sweet' learning ... We would love to eat a sweet that makes us 'bouncy'😊

Mrs Beardmore reading 10 Little Dinosaurs

Riley...we absolutely love your Little Red Riding Hood learning and treasure map. You are a super star learner!

Reiss... that is a fantastic treasure map. What treasure did you find?

Yousaf... we love your picture 😊

Mrs Youdan reading Peace at Last

Enjoy some Peace at Last activities at home (click on the link below). Please send photographs of your home learning to  blush

Fantastic story maps Azaan. Love your literacy learning!

Super Goldilocks and the Three Bears learning Reiss and I love your days of the week and seasons calendar Riley...well done both!

Amazing literacy and maths learning Jon-Paul and are super star learners!

Reiss - I'm delighted that you are completing the Goldilocks and Three Bears literacy learning. You are super star learner.

Fantastic literacy, mathematics and creative learning Senon... we are very proud of you!

Well done Daisy for reading daily at home! We are very proud of you. I love the story you are reading... who is your favourite character?

Mrs Maksymczuk reading The Little Red Hen Story Map

Deaf Awareness Week

CBeebies: Nursery Rhymes Playlist (with British Sign Language) BSL

Join in with the CBeebies presenters Andy and Cat. CBeebies Nursery Rhyme list: The Wheels On the Bus 00:00:01 Hot Cross Buns 00:01:51 Incy Wincy Spider 00:0...

Deaf Awareness Week - Can't Stop The Feeling! British Sign Language

Learn to sign 'Spot' with Miss Jenkins

Learn to sign Dear Zoo with Mrs Todd...

Mrs Maksymczuk reading The Gruffalo...

Wow Azaan. You have been so busy learning. It is absolutely wonderful to see that you are reading, writing and completing maths activities at home... we are very proud of you! Well done Azaan...

Super star learners Erin and Jon Paul have sent in photographs of their amazing home learning to share with you. Well done Erin and Jon Paul... we are so proud of you!

Riley - I am delighted to hear that you have been learning to find one less than a given number. I'm so proud of you! I love your 'Stay Safe' message. We are missing you all so much...

Reiss - your self portrait is amazing. Your drawings always bring a smile to our faces. Your Three Little Pigs Story map and writing is fantastic...I am so proud of you!

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Take 2 for our NHS Heroes

Here are the Music Service teachers playing Somewhere Over the Rainbow! I hope you enjoy listening to all of the different instruments as they play together.

Mrs Haines reading The Highway Rat

The Highway Rat Home Learning Activities...

A message from Fred

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Mrs Youd