Welcome to Reception 2020-21

Reception children are known as Chipmunks Class.

We look forward to the children joining us and making an excellent start to their school lives.

The Reception Class Staff are:

Teacher/s:                    Miss Holland (Monday to Wednesday) Mrs Risby (Thurday & Friday)

Teaching Assistants:  Miss Sault 

Support Assistant:      Miss Tibble

CLICK HERE for Reception Curriculum Map Autumn 2020-21






Hi everyone 🙂 Can you believe it is Friday again! I hope you have all been enjoying your home learning and ‘zoom school’? It has been wonderful to see and talk to so many of you again.

Here are your learning jobs for today:

Reading:  Go through your sound cards and word cards you made yesterday. Work on learning any you still find difficult.

Reading is not just about learning how to read words but also understanding what you have read. Listen to the story below and then answer the questions.

  • What did Chicken Licken think fell on his head?
  • What was it really?
  • Where was Chicken Licken when it fell on his head?
  • Who else was in the story as well as Chicken Licken?
  • How many chicks were there?
  • Who explained to Chicken Licken what really happened?

Writing:  A verb is a ‘doing’ word. Some examples of verbs are: run, eat, pull, dance. We would like you to think of some verbs yourself. When you have some ideas we need you to write them into some simple sentences in your books. There are some below to give you an idea. Remember to sound each word out, use finger spaces and full stops. I wonder how many you can do?

I can hop.

Mum can sing.

Sam likes to read.

Maths: In your home learning pack you have a ‘positional language’ game. Have a go at playing the game today. Can you match all of the pictures to the correct positions?

Topic: Today is the last day we will be working on the fairy tale story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Click on the link below to find a poem about the Three Billy Goats. We would like you to have a go at learning the poem. Perhaps your grown up could read it with you a few times and then read it again leaving out some of the words for you say. When you are really good at remembering it maybe you could say it in a Troll voice!

Billy Goats Gruff poem

Music: Click on the link below to explore some songs and instruments 🙂


Daily challenge: Play the ‘yes’, ‘no’ game. Your grown up has to ask you some questions but you are not allowed to use the word ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in your answers. If you do, you are out! When you’ve got the hang of it have a go at asking your grown up some questions and see if you can get them out.

We hope you all have a lovely and safe weekend 🙂 See you in ‘zoom school’ on Monday 🙂




An amazing bridge :)

Wow! Kristupas, this is brilliant. Thank you for sharing it with us.




One of our children has turned into the big Billy Goat Gruff!

What super duper work 🙂 Well done 🙂





Sharing some super work :)

Milana, this is magnificent work 🙂  Well done 🙂  Thank you for sharing it with us.







Good morning everyone 🙂

It was so lovely to see so many of you on zoom yesterday. All of the adults really enjoyed their lessons with you and were very impressed with your super sitting, good listening and good looking, well done 🙂

Your jobs to do today are:

Reading: Go through your sound cards working on being able to say every sound correctly. Ask your grown up to make you some word cards. You will need one card for each of the following words: at, sat, mat, dad, sad, mad. These are words that you need to be able to read ‘on sight’. That means that when you see the word you can read it straight away – no sounding out!

Writing: Click on the link below. You will find some pictures to label. We would like you to write each word in a sentence in your books after you have labelled the pictures. If you do not have a printer have a go at drawing the pictures in your book and then labeling them.

Label the pictures – cvc words

Maths: Using the shape mat in your learning pack go on a shape hunt around your house. What 2D shapes can you see? Can you describe the shapes? Think about how many sides it has and how many corners.

Topic: In the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff there was a bridge. Today we would like you to have a go at making a bridge! There is an idea below, but you can design and make yours however you would like.

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When you have made it test how strong it is. What could you use to make it stronger?

Music: We have all been so happy to see so many of you on zoom today we would like you to listen and dance to this song! Listen to it as loud as you can! 🙂

Daily challenge: Can you balance a soft teddy on your head, can you walk with it on your head? Can you bend up and down still balancing it on your head?





Good morning everyone 🙂

We are all really excited to be able to see and talk to you today through our zoom learning sessions, can’t wait for them to begin.

Alongside the zoom sessions these are the activities we would also like you to do at home throughout the day:

Reading: Share some reading books with a grown up, either the ones from school, your own, or both. When you are reading the stories together we need you to be ‘word detectives’! You need to hunt for the tricky word ‘the’. How many times can you find it?

Writing: Today we would like you to have a go at writing a list. It could be a list of all the people in your family, a shopping list or a list of games you like to play. Use your book to write this in. Set your list out like the example below:

Shopping list

  • bread
  • milk
  • cheese
  • ham
  • blackcurrant squash
  • apples
  • bananas

Maths: Have a look at the video below. See if you can work out the missing numbers.

Topic: This week you have already drawn a picture of the Troll and his bridge from our fairy tale story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Today we would like you to make some Billy Goat Gruff pictures. Remember they are different sizes, small, medium and large. Try to make your pictures different sizes. There are some ideas below.

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Science: Although the Billy Goats Gruff have defeated the Troll the bridge has somehow got damaged and is no longer safe for them to use! Can you make a raft that can float in water to help them cross the bridge safely?

Music: We would like you to listen to this piece of music. It is called Bridge music from The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Do you like it? What different instruments can you hear?

Daily challenge: Without moving your whole face can you make your eyes move from side to side? Can you raise your eyebrows up and down? Can you make your ears move up and down? Can you wriggle your nose?






Helloooooo everyone 🙂

It was great to see some of you in Mr Thurtle’s P.E lesson yesterday. I hope more of you join him today – it was really good fun 🙂

The information for the other planned zoom meetings; Read, Write, Inc, Maths, Story and singing time and Parent question time have now been posted to you – so keep these safe. You will be expected to attend every zoom session every day from Wednesday onward.

You will still need to do the activities that are posted on here everyday too.

Today’s tasks:

Reading: Look at your sound cards saying what sound each one makes. If there are any you find tricky keep looking at these throughout the day to help you learn them. We also have an interactive game for you to play today where you have to try to read some words – we know you’ll enjoy playing this. Click on the link below to get started.


Writing: Using your writing books we need you to practise some letter formation. Have a go at writing all of the set 1 sounds – the sound cards you have are set 1. Be careful to always start at the top. Use the stories on the sound cards to help you form the letters correctly.

Maths: In your book we would like you to write the given numbers down one at a time and draw the same amount of objects below each number. There is an example below. You can draw whatever you like but there has to be the right amount. Can you do the same for the numbers 3, 6, 8, 11, 5 and 9.

Topic: Can you remember the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff from yesterday? We would like you to think about the size of the Billy Goats that were in the story. Before you start working on this listen to the song below to remind you of the different sizes of the goats.

Now we would like you to think about how tall you are. Maybe you could measure yourselves? We would like you to explore at home different things that are taller and shorter than you. Maybe you could write them down in 2 lists: Things that are taller than me and Things that are shorter than me.

Yesterday you had to draw a Troll. Today we would like you to draw his bridge. Think about what size would be good – the bridge needs to be bigger than the Troll.


How did you get on with yesterdays challenge? Miss Holland had a go and managed to do it!!!!

Daily challenge: 

How tall can you stack forks before they fall over? Grab all the metal or plastic forks you can to complete this challenge. Make sure all your forks are the same size and made from the same material.

  1. Start by placing one fork face-down on a flat surface.
  2. Stack the next fork so the pronged part is on top of the handle from the first fork.
  3. Continue alternating the direction of the forks.
  4. For your tower to count, it must stand on its own for five seconds.







An excellent Troll painting :)

We love your painting of a Troll Milana. You have worked really hard, what a super star you are. Thank you for sharing it with us 🙂






Good morning everyone 🙂 We hope you have all had a lovely weekend?

We have got a very exciting week ahead of us!

We are going to start using an application called ‘zoom’ that will allow us to see and talk to each other 🙂 We are all really looking forward to this as we are missing you all so very much.

Last week your grown ups were sent ID codes and passcodes (via text message) to be able to get into P.E lessons with Mr Thurtle. They will be at 9.30-9.50am everyday, starting TODAY. You are expected to join the meeting everyday. To help you access zoom there are some helpful instructions below:

Instructions for logging into Zoom.

  1. Open Chrome
  2. Go to join zoom.us
  3. Click on join meeting
  4. Enter meeting ID (you will be asked to launch meeting)
  5. Enter passcode
  6. Select connect audio
  7. Click on camera icon to activate the camera

If you are using a tablet or phone you can download the zoom app from the app store.

You can also use an X box or play station to access Zoom if no other devices are available.


On Monday and Tuesday your grown ups will receive more details to access Read, Write, Inc, Maths, Storytime and singing zoom teaching sessions. You are expected to attend these everyday – they will start from Wednesday. There will also be zoom meetings for adults to join a Parent question time if they have any questions, concerns or worries.

Alongside the zoom sessions you still have to do the work posted on here  every day- Chipmunks class page.


So today, your jobs are:

Reading: Go through your sound cards saying the sound for each letter. Then we would like you to use your sound cards, putting them next to each other,  to make the following words: sit, map, dog, hot, fish, cat and the tricky words put, no, me and my.

Writing: We would like you to write down each letter sound and then next to it something you can eat that begins with that sound. Please do this in your book. For example:

s – sausage

a – apple

c – carrots

Have a go at sounding each word out and writing down the sounds that you can hear.

Maths: We would like you to be ‘number detectives’ today. How many numbers can you see? What are the numbers? Have a look around your house. What number house do you live at? Do you have a clock that has numbers on it? What size is written in the shoes of you and your family? Will you use numbers to make a telephone call?

Topic: As you know our topic this half term is Fairy Tales. This week we are focusing on The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We would like you to listen to the story below:

Can you retell the story? Who was in the story? These are known as the characters. What did the troll look like? Did you think baby Billy Goat Gruff was clever? Why? Why did the Billy Goats Gruff want to cross the bridge?

We would really like for you to draw a picture of a troll. You can draw the troll from the story you have watched, use one of the ideas below or draw your own troll. It would be great to see your trolls, so if your grown up could take a picture of them and send them to the school office email address it would be brilliant 🙂

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Finally today we would like you all to be scientists and carry out some experiments! The troll fell into water. We would like you to find out a little bit more about water. Watch the video below and then have a go yourselves!

Daily challenge: Can you put your foot on your forehead? Can your brothers/sisters/Mums/Dads/Nanny/Grandads?




Another amazing tower :)

Well done Milana 🙂 What a lovely tower. We can see tell that you have worked very hard on this.

Thank you for sharing your work with us. It really is a delight to see.