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Reception Class

20th September 2020


Hello lovely children!


I hope you are all excited about another fun filled week at school. We are lots of lovely activities planned which I know you will all love.


You will be learning how to to spot rhyming words in your favourite songs, nursery rhymes and stories. I wonder if you already have a favourite nursery rhyme that you'll share with me on Monday?



I will be sharing one of my favourite stories with you - We're Going On A Bear Hunt. It's a magical book where you will be joining a family on an adventure to find a bear! You will be making zig-zag books and learning how to use WOW words to describe the bear.



You will be learning all about the number 1. It may seem like a small number but it's one of the most important! You will be showing the number 1 in lots of different ways to help you understand it! You will also be learning that the number 1 is everywhere around you. I wonder if you can see 1 around your house or on the way to school!



You will be learning all about your body and the amazing things that you can do with it! I have a lovely song to teach you which will get you up and moving around.


Important - Reading Notice

Please don't forget that we will be reading with all children 1-1 each week, starting tomorrow. All children were given a letter in their book bag on Thursday last week. Your child will be sent home with their school book on the day indicated on your letter. If you want me to tell you which day your child is reading on or need another copy of the letter, please let me know and I can arrange this!


I'm looking forward to another lovely week in Reception Class. 

Take care everybody!


Mrs Port :)








13th September


We are about to begin our second full week in Reception! I have been so impressed with how you are all getting along with each other. I know that everybody will agree with me!


Have a look at what you will be learning about next week:



You will be exploring the outside school grounds (in your class bubble) and learn how to listen carefully to environmental sounds. We will be introducing a new phonics scheme in Reception Class called Sounds Write in the very near future. Before the children begin their lessons using this format, we are keen to recap on any phonics that may have been missed due to nursery and pre-school closures earlier this year. We will be using a range of Phase One activities. Please click on the following link for more information:`

I will send some information home about Sounds Write in the upcoming weeks. 



You are going to be reading Goldilocks and practising your oral retelling and ordering of events. I also have a very funny version of Goldilocks that I know you will love! 



We follow White Rose Maths. Please use this link for further information

You will be practising your sorting skills in a range of activities. You will also be using Goldilocks to help you with ordering objects according to their size!



You will be learning what it means to be a good friend. You will be sorting different behaviours into 'kind' and 'unkind'. It is a great opportunity for you to talk about the new friends that you have made in school.


You will be learning the skills to help you with playing football. 



Notes for parents and carers

Just a small request, that the scooters, tricycles and bikes are not to be used before or after school on the KS2 playground. Unfortunately, they must be stored there due to space but they are only to be used during school time.. I understand that they are tempting to the younger children so please can they be reminded.


Take care everybody and I'll see you on Monday

Mrs Port









5th September 2020


Wow! I can't believe that you have been at school for nearly two weeks. We have noticed how brave you are all becoming when you come into school each morning! Well done you!


On Monday, Group A and Group B will be joining each other for the first time in Reception Class. That means that there will be a lot more children in the classroom!  It will feel a bit busier when you come into the cloakroom but there will be plenty of adults to help you find your peg and support you with washing your hands. 


Can you tell your Mummies and Daddies what you have to do each morning? I'll give you some clues....


You need to hang your coat on your ......

Your lunchbox needs to go on the ............

Don't forget to wash your ........!

Next, you need to self register using the hot air balloons.

You need to put your book bag away in your ....... and put your water bottle in the ......

Finally, sit quietly on the carpet with your legs crossed and wait for the register!


Phew! I know it sounds like a lot of different things to have to do each morning, but you are getting really fast at it!


I'm really looking forward to having the whole class together. Just imagine all the fun and all the new friends that you will make! What a special time you'll all have.


Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Port

31st August 2020


Wow! What a fabulous start to our Autumn Term at St Mary's. I couldn't believe how grown up and well behaved you all were. I know that some of you were quite nervous on your first day but you all had a big smiles on your faces when it was time to leave. We are all incredibly proud of you - well done!


During this week, you will be painting self portraits for your first piece of art work.I can't wait to see your masterpieces. You will also be listening to and joining in with nursery rhymes. I'm really looking forward to this as nursery rhymes are my favourite! 


You will also be receiving your own special plastic wallet to keep inside your book bag. This will be for your reading diary and reading book. Once we have listened to you all read then you will be given a school reading book to read at home. When it is time to change your book, it will be cleaned and quarantined. Books will not be sent home until we have assessed all the children 1-1 with an adult. We appreciate your patience with this.


I will also be sending a 'Topic Map' home which will outline our objectives for this half term. You will receive a new Topic Map each half term. I really value parental engagement and understand that you will be keen to know what we are learning about in school. 


As I am learning new faces, it may seem a little slow when I am dismissing the children. If you see your child at the front of the line, please give me or Mrs Musson a big wave! 


See you soon!

Mrs Port :) 


11th August 2020



Mrs Port

Mrs Musson


Hello to my lovely new starters!


I hope you are all enjoying your summer holidays and are excited about starting school in August. I have spoken to many of your Mummies and Daddies on the phone but a lot of you won't know me! 


I have made a video for you to watch where I tell you a little bit more about myself and then read a lovely story. I wonder if you can join in with the actions?



Keep checking this page as I will be adding more videos and useful websites to help you with your learning.


Take care and stay safe!


Mrs Port smiley















Craft Ideas for Blue Planet

Hello Class R. The Talk for Writing unit for the next 2 weeks is about a pet dog. We thought it would be great if you could complete lots of activities about the pets in your family, or the pets you would like to own. The document below gives you just a few ideas for crafty and maths activities. 

Pets Activity Ideas

Letter for Parents regarding the new Letters and Sounds online lessons


I am pleased to announce, from Monday 27 April, online phonics lessons are available from Letters and Sounds for home and school


Written and presented by phonics experts and funded by the Department for Education, the online lessons are designed to cover new phonics teaching that children would have received over the summer term had they been in school. This resource is for use by teachers and parents.

Three sets of lessons will be available. One set for Reception and one for Year 1, based on where children are expected to be in their learning in the summer term. A third set of lessons aims to reach the lowest 20% of children; focusing on areas children find the most challenging. A guidance film for parents to explain the basics of Phonics and how parents can support their child is also available.

From Monday 27 April, a new lesson will be uploaded Monday to Friday at the times below during the summer term. *After upload, each lesson will then be available to watch throughout the summer term.



11 am*


Learning to blend

Phase 2 recap

For children in Reception and Year 1 who need extra practice sounding and reading words such as ‘tap’ ‘cap’ ‘mat’ ‘pat’



10 am*


Reception Summer term

Phases 3 & 4

For Reception children who can blend and read words such as ‘fish’ ‘chat’ and ‘rain’



10:30 am*


Year 1 Summer term

Phase 5

For Year 1 children who can confidently blend and read words such as ‘stamp’ ‘chair’ and ‘green’


Additional information can be found here



Children are accessing technology and the internet at a younger age than ever before. It’s never
too early to talk to your child about what they do online and who to tell if they come across
anything online that makes them feel worried, scared or sad.
Jessie & Friends is a series of three animations that follow the adventures of Jessie, Tia and Mo
as they begin to navigate the online world, watching videos, sharing pictures and playing games.
There’s also a storybook for each episode, to help you and your child keep the conversation going.
This is aimed at children aged 4-7.

Summer Term 1


We had planned to find out about 3D shapes – especially spheres, cones, cylinders, cubes and cuboids. Can you find any examples of these shapes around your house? Can you sort groceries or recycling by their 3D shape? What about making these shapes from playdough? Can you count the faces on each shape? What do you notice when you compare 2D and 3D shapes?


We had planned to find out about rhyming – real or made-up words. Can you think of a rhyme for each family member’s name? Do you have any books that have any rhyming words in them (Yawn by Sally Symes and Nick Sharratt is a good one  - there is a reading of it on You Tube).

Here are some ways you can practise writing at home – a name poster for your bedroom door, shopping lists, labels for your toys, posters to remind everybody to wash their hands, writing cards to your friends to say hi!

Keep sharing lots stories and books together, talk about characters, beginnings, endings and favourite parts. Share your favourite parts and your opinions.

Other ideas

We were going to be focusing on Dinosaurs over the next two weeks-have a go researching a different Dinosaur each day. You could make your own Dinosaur book or go on a fossil hunt. Upload your fun facts or work onto Padlet to share with your friends.

Indoor scavenger hunt – e.g. find something blue, find something that begins with m, find something with the number 2 on it.

Loose parts picture – gather some lose parts in your house (bottle tops, beads, small pieces of packaging, straws, buttons...) what can you create? What patterns can you find?

Join in your child’s play – allow them to lead and suggest narratives – Have fun!

There are also lots of websites which can give you further activities and ideas:


Remember to have a look on Phonics Play and Monster Phonics to help you remember all the sounds and super hero words we have been learning. 

There are daily online lessons on BBC Bitesize and Oak National Academy which will help with Phonics, Number and Topic work. I have also added a link to a lovely French website so you can have a go learning some French songs and stories. 

I have added some day to day activities on Phonics, Writing and Number. These will reinforce work that the children had been covering before the school closures. Any problems accessing them then please contact me on the email provided in your first home learning pack.


Hope this helps. Keep safe

Many thanks


Mrs Oakes

In school, we have developed our mastery maths curriculum with our local maths hub. We follow the White Rose planning curriculum in school. White Rose have worked in partnership with the BBC to develop home learning plans which will help children to develop mathematical understanding.  

Class R Spring term Curriculum plan

Class R Autumn Term Curriculum plan

Welcome to Class R

We are so excited about welcoming the children into our Reception class! We know they will have a fantastic first year of school.

This half term we are learning all about our amazing bodies. We will be finding out what the different parts of our bodies are called, how they work and how they move. We will also be finding out about our 5 senses. There will be lots of fun activities based around this topic.

Each week we have a daily literacy session where we look at a big book which is normally related to our topic. We also have a daily phonics session where we learn our letter sounds. Learning these sounds help us to read and write.

After play we have a numeracy session. This half term we will be looking at numbers to ten. The children will be counting, writing and ordering these numbers. We will also be investigating shapes, size and pattern. Each week the children will also have weekly continuous indoor and outdoor activities for us such as painting, playdough, cutting and sticking and games. What a busy time we all have!


PE for Class R will be on a Monday afternoon. We will be focusing on ball skills, balancing and moving.  Please can children have PE kits in school at all times. PE kit needs to be clearly named. Long hair needs to be tied back and earings removed on PE days or tape provided.


Please feel free to come in and discuss any concerns with Mrs Musson or myself.


Many thanks

Mrs Oakes