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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'. 


Starting School is a major milestone for you and your child. As parents, you want your children to make the best possible start to school life. We all want the same thing – a happy, confident child who enjoys going to school and loves learning. By building an effective home/school partnership, we can all achieve this aim together.

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

Greetings in BSL (British Sign Language)

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 Youdan reading The Smartest Giant in Town

The Smartest Giant in Town activities link below...


Monday 27th April

           Additional Activities


Addition – (add, more, increase, larger)


My Day Activity


Listen to the story, talk about your favourite part of the story and draw a picture of it.

Three Little Pigs Challenges



Youtube – Read Write Inc Daily lesson

Read a free eBook


Complete one of the activities linked to the stories read by your teachers (please scroll down).

Captain Tom project on class page and latest news.

P. E.

PE with Jo Wicks at 9am

Animal Actions

Fantastic free eBooks from Oxford Owl. Please encourage your child to read at least one book to you a day. Missing you all. Stay safe...

Captain Thomas Moore, known as Captain Tom... An Inspiration to us all! Please see ‘Latest News’ for our whole school Home Learning Project.

Reiss... This poster if fantastic!

Hawthorn loves to sing

Well being activity

Please download this well being activity and complete with your child. 

New YouTube Speed Sounds lessons every day on YouTube from Monday 20th April

From Monday 20th April, RWI are streaming Speed Sounds lessons, including Word Time and Spelling, for children to watch at home every weekday on our YouTube channel.

Each lesson is ten to fifteen minutes long and available for 24 hours.


You child does not need to do all of the lessons - just the group of sounds that they are working on. There is guidance on the website if you are unsure where to begin.

Set 1

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds 9.30 am (BST)
  • Set 1 Word Time 9.45 am
  • Set 1 Spelling 10.00 am
Set 2
  • Set 2 Speed Sounds and Word Time 10.00 am
  • Set 2 Spelling 10.15 am

Once each complete set has been shown, we will replay one sound a day per set.

Click here for our YouTube Speed Sounds Lessons schedule

Monday 20th April


We have been teaching children essential skills such as: listening, team work & being creative as part of their learning and our link, Skills Builder, has now provided a home learning link so that you can continue with some of the activities at home. 


Select the skill that you'd like to practise and then select the step for the year group that your child is in - Reception children should access step 0.

Monday 20th April Update...

Good morning Reception. Exciting news - BBC Bitesize have launched their online lessons today. There will be three new lessons every weekday, with videos, activities and much more. Please use the link below. Happy learning and please stay safe!

Monday 20th April - More exciting learning news...

Oak National Academy have also launched online lessons for you to explore. Lessons include; Mathematics, Literacy and Foundation. Please use the link below. Happy learning and please stay safe!

Mrs Maksymczuk reading Very Little Red Riding Hood

A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea

Under the Sea Craft Ideas...

The Animal Boogie

Which animals would you like to draw? Step by step drawing guide below...

We All Go Travelling By

Hawthorn Toilet Roll Challenge!

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Erin... we love your fantastic Easter bonnet. Eric... we love your amazing Easter Egg. It is so lovely to see a photograph of you both...

Hello wonderful Reception. We hope you're having a lovely Easter weekend. We have added two new website links for you to explore. I'll be reading Very Little Red Riding Hood on Friday laugh Scroll down to watch Miss Jenkins,  Mrs Beardmore and I read you a story. Stay safe (we all miss you)...

Mrs Beardmore reading Monkey Puzzle

Wishing you a happy and healthy Easter...

Tips for Parents

Friday 3rd April. Is has been a pleasure to speak to some of you this week and hear about all of the wonderful learning opportunities you are providing at home. We are thinking of you all and missing our amazing Hawthorn children. We have added a new website link below ('Beanstalk' has Live Classes and 'hands on' activities to enjoy at home). Stay safe and thank you for your continued support...


Please 'continue' to encourage your child to read at least one book a day (free eBooks can be found in the link below). You could also ask them to write about the book they have read (what they enjoyed and why, their favourite character, adjectives to describe the characters/settings, would they change anything in the story). Remember that 'Super Writers' use Fred fingers for spelling, finger spaces between words, use a capital letter at the start of a sentence and a full stop at the end of a sentence. Don't forgot to have your speed sounds chart and red word mat with you when you are writing. 

Good morning all. We hope everyone is well!  Thank you for accessing the new links and activity books.  We have added a new mathematics practical activity document for you to use (National Numeracy Everyday Activities) and Talk Time Question Cards. I know that some children are loving watching the 'Come Outside' educational videos on our class page - there are many episodes on YouTube to watch. Please continue to access the links on the Home Learning Letter. We are missing all of our wonderful Hawthorn children. Stay safe and thank you for your continued support...

Home Learning Letter...

National Numeracy Everyday Activities...

Talk Time Question Cards...

ABC does 'Blog' link below...

Practical Ideas, Maths and Phonics Activities created by Classroom Secrets...

10 am Science

A daily dose of science & computing with Dr Chips

Click on the link below and find out what is happening today.

Oxford Reading link below...

Home learning: Phonics

We have received some information from Ruth Miskin, the writer of our phonics scheme, on how you can access daily phonics lessons for your child.  This is taken from the email:


Daily virtual lessons for children

From Monday 23rd March we’re scheduling Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home.

We will release three short Speed Sound lessons with one of our trainers every day for the next two weeks. The films will only be available at the times below:

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
  • Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm
  • Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm

Please note: the films are streamed live but will be available for 24 hrs after their release.

We’re also releasing a film of a poem for Reception and Year 1 children to join in with at 2.00 pm every day. The poems will be available on YouTube to watch again and again. 

A great opportunity for children to learn these by heart!

Come Outside - Eggs

Educational fun for children. Auntie and Pippin collect some newly laid eggs from the hens. Auntie looks at her scrapbook in which she has pasted pictures of...

Can you write a list of all of the animals that lay eggs in this episode? Do you know any other animals that lay eggs?

Why does Auntie Mabel have to shut the hen house gate?

Come Outside - Bread

Auntie Mabel and Pippin find out how bread is made. .

How is flour made?

Little Red Hen... would you share the bread? Write your reasons why you would or wouldn't share the bread. 

We are exploring 3D shapes. We are using mathematical language to decribe each shape - surface, edge, corner, flat, curved, circle, oblong, square...

Super Science Week. We made Magic Bubbling Potions (mix distilled vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, washing up liquid and food colouring in a bowl). We also explored ‘melting’ by helping the Easter Bunny to make Easter chocolate...

Wonderful World Book Day...

Developing our throwing and catching skills...

Room on the Broom Windy Day Salad...

Wow! 'Home Learning Take Away Tasks'...

Take Away Home Learning Task...

In mathematics we have been exploring doubling...

We have been learning about Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday...

Look at our amazing Gruffalo stories...

Learning about Chinese New Year. We are a 'Rights Respecting School'...Article 31 'Every child has the right to take part in cultural and creative activities'.

Please remember... Shared Reading Sessions every Monday and Tuesday 2:50pm - 3:05pm. The children adore having you in school!

In Mathematics we have been learning to add 1 more to a given number...

Our educational visit to Cannock Chase. We followed the map and found all of the characters from The Gruffalo...

Scrambled Snake for the Gruffalo…

In mathematics we have been exploring numbers 1 - 20 and counting accurately from a large set...

Writing Numbers Song

A Gruffalo? What’s a Gruffalo? Home Learning ‘ Take Away Task’ … To create your very own Gruffalo…

Who has been in our playground? What evidence did we find? How did we research different animals?...

Birmingham Central Mosque…The children were highly motivated and engaged during our educational visit. Our ‘Faith Guide’ ‘Nasreen’ was fantastic…the children were eager to share their learning with staff and parents when we returned…thank you ‘Nasreen’.

Magic Capacity Potions. In Mathematics we have been learning about capacity. We created our own Magic Potions whilst using the language of capacity; full, nearly full, half full, nearly empty, empty, most and least…

High Frequency Words (Red Words)...

Can you read and write these words? We are super learners in Reception...

Reading for pleasure in our outdoor reading hut...

Who do you think has come to visit our classroom?

"Who will help me to bake the bread?" asked Little Red Hen...

We are learning about our local area. We explored the Hawthorn Road to view different types of homes, Elim Church and the variety of shops available. We are now creating our own ‘Hawthorn Road Maps’…

Exploring 2D shapes... straight, curved, corner, side, circle, oval, semi circle, square, oblong, triangle, pentagon...

Exploring different ways of travelling and Numicon in PE...

Phonics is Fun Inspire. Thank you so much to all of the parents and carers who supported their wonderful children at our Phonics Workshop. We were thrilled with your positive feedback and we are planning our next Inspire based on your fantastic ideas.

Parent video: How to say the sounds

Uploaded by Ruth Miskin Training on 2019-09-12.

'Healthy Living' fruit smoothies...