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Dear parents,

You will have received a parent mail to explain that all home learning will now take place via Tapestry. Each week we will send home an overview of the home learning and we will also add additional teaching videos linked to this in phonics, writing and maths. Please add observations of your child's home learning and we will respond to them daily. We are here to support you at all times; if you are unsure of anything please leave us a Tapestry message and we will get back to you as soon as we can. We are ALWAYS here to help and support you; we know that you will do a wonderful job and we cannot wait to see some lovely photos of your children's home learning.


We are going to miss your children so much but by using Tapestry we can still 'see' each-other and keep in touch. 

See below for an overview of this week's home learning - associated teaching videos are on Tapestry. 

Take care of yourselves and stay safe.


Kind regards,

The Reception Team. 


Home learning week beginning 18.1.21 (All teaching videos are posted on Tapestry) 

Hello and welcome to week three of our home learning. We hope that last week went well and that your children enjoyed the activities.

If your child is attending school as a key worker, we will send you this overview each week and add photos of the activities they have completed at school with us throughout the week.

This week we will be sharing the book 'Giraffes Can't Dance' and learning about Giraffes from Africa. We hope your children have fun with this week's learning. Please tell them that we miss them lots and love seeing their home learning photos and videos on here. 😊

Please do not feel any pressure to complete all of these activities; we would suggest little and often with a structure to the day rather than working through lots of them in one go.

You might like to use this suggested daily timetable but every child is different so please do what works best for them...and you.

1.Fit for learning - dancing to songs, children’s dance videos or maybe a Joe Wicks workout
2. Phonics - see below
3. Maths - See below
😊Take a break - play games, do a puzzle, go for a walk, snuggle on the sofa and watch a programme on TV, share a book together ...😊
4. Writing - see below
😊Choose an activity - from the suggestions below 😊
5. Reading - Oxford Reading Buddy and the follow-up quiz or share a book from home.

This week’s learning:

Day 1 - Listen to the story 'Giraffes Can't Dance' (Writing videos) and talk about the story together. Talk about the setting - what is it like in the African jungle? Ask your child if they can remember some of the animals from the story. Can your child remember the main events in the story - What happened first? Then what happened? What happened after that? Your child might like to draw a picture of an African jungle and add some animals to it.
Day 2 - Talk about Gerald and how he was feeling at different points in the story. In the beginning of the story he felt very sad as he couldn't dance. Can your child practise saying and writing words that rhyme with sad? Remind them to use their Fred fingers to sounds out each word. (Writing video - rhyming words)
Day 3- Watch the story together again and then practise writing a sentence about how Gerald was feeling at the beginning of the story (See video - writing sentences). Can your child have a go at writing a sentence about Gerald feeling sad? Can they use their phonics to write each sound they can hear in a word as they write it?
Day 4 - Today focus on how happy Gerald felt at the end of the story after meeting his friend the Cricket and realising that he could dance! Can your child have a go at writing a sentence about Gerald feeling happy? (See writing video)
Day 5 - Practise writing all of our tricky words today.

Writing Challenge activity:
Your children are at different stages with their writing. If your child has completed all of the above tasks they can challenge themselves with this activity.
Choose a tricky word and write it in a sentence e.g. I put my hat on. I go to bed. The sun is hot.

Reading - Please use Oxford Reading Buddy to practise reading (every day if possible). Encourage your child to look out for our tricky words and to sound out and blend sounds together to read new words. Please complete the quiz linked to the book. ORB is currently having a high volume of users due to the national lockdown, if you are having problems accessing it, please practise the reading and blending books attached with this week's learning or share a favourite book from home and talk about the events in the story.

Phonics - All videos, photos and Powerpoints are attached to the separate Phonics Tapestry.

Day 1- Watch phonics video 1, which introduces the new ‘special friend’ sound ‘ng’. Can you practise writing ‘ng’ by joining the sounds together? Can you use your ‘Fred Fingers’ to sound out and write ‘ring’ and ‘sing’? Have a go at writing these words too. For an extra challenge, you could write a sentence with an ‘ng’ word in.

Day 2- Practise recognising and writing all of the ‘special friends’ that we know (watch phonics video 2). Watch phonics video 3, which introduces words with double sounds at the end. Read the double end sound words on the whiteboard. Can you write any of these words? Read the captions too (phonics video 4). Watch the Alphablocks episode- 

Day 3- Have a go at reading the tricky words flashcards (video 5)Can you practise writing some of these words?
Continue watching phonics video 5, which introduces the new sound ‘nk’. Practise writing the ‘nk’ sound by joining it together. Can you use your ‘Fred Fingers’ to sound out and write the words ‘think’ and ‘sank’? For a challenge you could write a sentence with an ‘nk’ word in.

Day 4- Explain that the letter sounds that we know also have letter names. Sing the alphabet song. Either print out or write out the alphabet flashcards. Cut them up and match the lower-case letter to the capital letter. Introduce the tricky word ‘they’ (see video 6) Have a go at writing ‘they’. For a challenge, you could write ‘they’ in a sentence.

Day 5- Look through the cvc word Powerpoint. Can you read all of the words? Can you have a go at using your Fred Fingers to write them too-no peeking at the PowerPoint?! For an extra challenge you could write some of these words in a sentence.

Maths- All videos and photos are included in the separate Maths Tapestry.

Day 1- Watch video 1. Find some objects in the house that are heavy and light. Use your hands to show how they feel as you hold them (up for light, down for heavy). If you have some balance scales you could use these to show this too. Are you able to order two or three objects by weight? Are you able to use the language ‘heavy’ and ‘light’?

Day 2- Watch video 2. Have different sized containers and a bucket of water- predict which container will hold the most amount of water and which will hold the least. Test out your ideas to see if your predictions are true. Choose a container and see if you can make it empty, full, half full, nearly full and nearly empty.

Day 3- Carry on exploring containers and using the language of capacity-empty, full etc. What else could you fill your containers up with? Soil, lego, etc. Choose three different sized containers and explore filling them up. Which pot holds the most, which pot holds the least? Can you order the pots by how much they hold?

Day 4- Follow a simple recipe to make cakes  or playdough (see photo). Ask the children to measure out the ingredients and see what they can make.

Day 5- Play the game Happy Camel game  For a Friday treat you could watch Numberjacks-Getting Heavy 

Activities to complete throughout the week:
Understanding the World - Can you find Africa on a world map, in an atlas or on a globe? Can you use the internet with your grown-ups to find out some facts about Africa and the animals that live there? Can you discuss how these animals are similar and how they are different? E.g. A Giraffe and a Zebra both have 4 legs but a Giraffe has a much longer neck to reach up and eat leaves from trees.

Expressive Arts and Design - Can you make an African animal mask? Use some cardboard from a cereal packet and cut holes for the eyes. Then decide on your animal and either paint it or cut and stick paper, tissue or fabric onto it to make your chosen animal. Make two holes and add some string or elastic so that you have a mask. You can then role-play being an African animal; how will you move and what sounds will you make?

Physical Development - Can you find some music that you love (just like Gerald did), and then decide how you are going to dance to it? Is it music to jump around to, sway to, twirl to? Can you practise making up a little dance of your own? Can you share a video of your dance on here so that we can see it?

If you would like to use any worksheets or do any extra learning, then the Twinkl website has a fantastic wealth of resources. They are currently giving parents free access to this site. Please log on to  and sign up for free.

We hope you have fun with your learning and that you have a lovely week. If you send us observations of your home learning then we will send you feedback. You might like to send these as new observations daily, every other day or even weekly. Please keep in touch with us so that we can work together to help your child with their home learning;we are here to support you and will get back to you as soon as we can.

🥰 Take care and stay safe. 🥰


Spring Term First Half 2021


Welcome back; we hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and we wish you a very Happy New Year. Let us hope for happier and safer times ahead in 2021.


Last term we enjoyed getting to know each other, we made new friendships and we spent time together playing and learning. We will continue to explore our interests and experiences through our text-based learning and activities; each week we will discover a new book and our learning will link to it. We will continue with our established routines and will take on small responsibilities in the classroom, working together to create a happy learning environment.  We will continue to explore inside and outside, developing our confidence and independence. Staff will support children through planning for individual needs and learning experiences.


We will continue to focus on the prime areas of learning (Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development) through games, indoor and outdoor play, as well as through our discussion time, stories and circle time sessions. Daily phonics sessions will teach new sounds and how to blend them together in words for reading and writing. We will discover a new book each week; our writing and learning activities and experiences will link to this.  We love sharing both familiar and new stories and rhymes together; these help us to learn and explore new vocabulary and to build up story-lines which we can then use in our play.


Within other areas of learning we will explore through different texts, animals from around the world. We will discuss how they are similar or different, we will talk about colours and patterns and we will have fun painting and collaging different animals. We will learn about Chinese New Year and the way it is celebrated. In our maths, we will be comparing numbers, we will be learning to recognise amounts of objects without having to count them, we will be learning how to break down larger numbers into smaller amounts and we will be comparing mass and capacity. 


There will be daily opportunities for learning outside, in all weathers. We will experience independent learning between the classroom and outdoor areas. Through looking for signs of Spring, we will be finding out about the world around us. Please remember that we will need warm coats as we spend lots of time outdoors.


Our books this term will link to different animals from around the world; in particular we will be learning about Kangaroos, Giraffes and Pandas.  Through our new books, we will find out new facts about these animals, we will learn about where the come from and we will find out about the life-cycle of a Kangaroo. 


We will welcome children into school from 8.30-9.00 am in the mornings; please wait at the red gazebo for a member of staff to collect your child. Please note that children will now finish school at 2.40 pm. 


Each week on Tapestry you will receive a detailed overview of what your child has been learning in school. 

This will explain what we have been learning throughout the week and will provide next steps for your child to complete with you at home. We welcome your comments linked to your children's learning and are here to help you if you need any support or advice. Reading at home, every day if possible, and practising the phonics sounds together as often as possible will really help your child to make the best progress possible.


If you have any questions or concerns, however small they may seem, please either catch us on the way in or out of school or contact us via Tapestry; we can always ring you if you would like to discuss something with us. We are always here to support you; working together with you will ensure that your children make the best progress possible - socially, emotionally and academically. 


We are very excited to continue your child's learning journey with them!


Kind regards,


The Reception Team   


Spring First Half 2021 Text-based Plan


Please scroll down for useful documents linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage.



Meet the Reception Team


Mrs. Llewellyn - Deputy Head Teacher, EYFS Leader


Mrs. Mitchell- Class Teacher


Mrs Wait - Class Teacher


Mrs. Buckland - Teaching Assistant


Mrs Williams - Teaching Assistant


Mrs Kershaw - Teaching Assistant

Miss Rumbold - Teaching Assistant


Miss Joliffe - Teaching Assistant

Our fantastic home learning so far.... RKM




Reception - In the event of any closure related to Covid

Our Curriculum - A guide to its Intent, Implementation and Impact