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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