Reception Class News


Posted on Friday 10 April 2020 by Mrs Burke

Hello Reception Class!

I hope you are enjoying the lovely weather and are having fun at home.

I have come across a few more fun activities you might like to try next week.

Have fun- send me some photos and I will see you all soon!


Easter: Home learning

Posted on Monday 06 April 2020 by Mrs Burke

Good morning! I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

Over the next two weeks there won’t be daily learning tasks.

Instead, here are some ideas for things to do over the Easter period.

These are some links to a cbeebies programme called “Let’s celebrate” it shows children celebrating Easter along with a child friendly reference to the Easter Story. – preparing for Easter – celebrating Easter. – The Easter Story

Watch the Cbeebies Easter programmes -Talk about what you watch with your child.

Have you done any of the things that Toby has done to prepare for Easter?

Have you seen any spring flowers in the garden? Talk about their names and colours. Why don’t you pint and draw some?

Here are some activities that you may like to try over the Easter holidays.

Make an Easter egg picture? Cut out some egg shapes from paper and ask your child to decorate it.  Use zigzag patterns, wave patterns, horizontal lines, vertical lines and circles.

Easter egg hunt – Can you child help you to think of some clues for the Easter egg hunt? Can they write their instructions for the rest of the family?

Decorate an egg – Make a hard-boiled egg and allow it to cool down. Ask your child to decorate it using coloured pens. Use a slide or create a ramp with a large box propped against a chair. Whose egg rolls the furthest?

I hope you have a lovely Easter holiday and I look forward to hearing all about what you’ve been up to.

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Home learning highlights

Posted on Sunday 05 April 2020 by Mrs Burke

Thank you so much for sending me photos of all your great learning-seeing these has really cheered me up!

Transition to Year 1

Posted on Friday 03 April 2020 by Mrs Weekes

In the latest questionnaire sent home to parents, a lot of you asked about transition to Year 1.  There are many things that we do to prepare your child for the move into KS1 but I am very aware that this may look different this year. If school re-opens while they are still in Reception, this is what will be in place:

  • regular visits to the Year 1 classroom, in small groups, at set times
  • free flow in to the KS1 shared area so that they can explore
  • information evening for parents to make you aware of changes
  • morning play times with KS1 to mix more with children out of their year group
  • coming to more assemblies with the rest of the school
  • focused transition afternoon where they all visit the Year 1 teacher for an afternoon, as a class
  • once they start Year 1 in September, Mrs Burke visits them in Year 1 and they can have a wander back in to Reception every now and then
  • Autumn term of Year 1 focuses on them still learning through play but balanced with the Year 1 curriculum

Many things will stay the same: some areas of provision, support for your child, individual needs being met; continuation of phonics teaching; and communication with parents.  Even though, there are a lot of changes, many of them are practical arrangements and the rest is very gradual.

I understand that you may be anxious as transition arrangements may look a bit different this year; whatever happens, we will approach it in a way that means you and your child have as much chance as possible to explore any changes.

In the meantime, take a look at the class news and homework for Year 1 so you can see what they have been learning. Remember the age related expectations for all year groups are on the website, along with information about the National Curriculum; this might give you a broader picture of Year 1.

Once school re-opens, we will discuss transition further but I hope that this information answers some of your questions.

03 April 2020: Home learning

Posted on Friday 03 April 2020 by Mrs Burke

Good morning! I can’t believe it’s Friday again! I hope you’ve all been busy and enjoyed this week’s learning.

During the Easter holiday there won’t be daily posts. I will, however, send one post which will give you some ideas for things to do over the two weeks.

The most important message this Easter is to have fun as a family. Read together, play outside, bake, garden, watch a movie, sing and dance. Make the most of this time together.


Words to read:

Words to write:

street, spend, grasp, crisp

Phonics activity

Yes/No questions Read the questions and answer yes or no.


Maths: Measures

Send me a photo of your toys.

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Extra activity

Happy Easter!


02 April 2020:Home learning

Posted on Thursday 02 April 2020 by Mrs Burke

Good morning, everyone. Thank you for sending me photos of your home learning. Well done!


Words to read:

Words to write:

grasp, crunch, shrink, spring

Phonics activity


Practise your handwriting. Use the letter formation sheet in your pack.

Don’t forget to use a lead-in!


Extra activity

Have a great day!

1 April 2020: Home learning

Posted on Wednesday 01 April 2020 by Mrs Burke

Good morning. It’s April Fool’s day today. Have you played a trick on anyone yet?


Words to read:

Words to write:

plum, swim, spoon, float

Phonics activity

Literacy: Story Treasure Hunt
Ask your grown-up to write 4-6 clues about a story you know well and hide the words around the house. For example, if they were leaving clues about Jack and the Beanstalk they might write ‘beanstalk’, ‘giant’, ‘cow’ and ‘Magic Beans’. Try and read the clues by yourself. Can you make a story map re-telling the story from the clues you have discovered?

Which story did you use?

I would love to see your story maps.

Maths: sharing

Try to share different numbers. Which numbers can’t you share?

Extra activity

Have a great day!

Don’t forget to stay in touch.

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31 March 2020: Home learning

Posted on Tuesday 31 March 2020 by Mrs Burke

Good morning, everyone. I hope you are enjoying your home learning tasks. I’ve enjoyed seeing all the learning you have been doing at home.


Words to read:

Practise your tricky words and the words in your blue word book.

Have you coloured them all in yet?

Words to write:

bank, cost, sight, near

Phonics activity:

Write the sentence(adult to read)

It is fun to camp in a tent.


Write a sentence about the picture.


  • think
  • say
  • count the words
  • write each word
  • checkMaths: repeating patterns

Draw the snakes and continue the repeating pattern.

Can you make up your own pattern?

Extra activity

Flower painting

I have seen lots of spring flowers around.

Why not have a go at painting some?

Have a lovely day!

30 March 2020:Home learning

Posted on Monday 30 March 2020 by Mrs Burke

Good morning! I hope everyone had a good weekend. I had a lovely walk from my house to the park and I learnt how to bake bread!

What new thing did you do?

Here are today’s learning tasks:


Ask your grown-up to say these sounds.

Write them down.

ai, or, oa, ow, igh, ure, air, ear, ur

Words to write:

silk, tilt, damp, kept

Phonics activity:

Fill in the missing letters.


Find tricky words in your reading book. Write them down. How many of these words did you find?

Maths: double

Paint or draw a ladybird with a different double.

I would love to see your ladybird pictures.

Please send them to:

[email protected]

Extra activity

This week, let’s do some science!

Washing up bowl science

Find a bowl and lots of different containers. These might include cups, pans, empty milk containers and jugs. Fill and empty the containers. Which container holds the most? How many cups of water go into the pan?

Change the water by adding food colouring and a drop of bubble bath. Does it look different? Does it smell differently?

Have fun!

Reception Super Learners!

Posted on Friday 27 March 2020 by Mrs Burke

I am so impressed with all your learning this week. Thank you so much for sending photos. Have fun this weekend and keep smiling!