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Contact us on our class emails: disney@summerswood.herts.sch.uk


 Hello to all our Reception families

We would all like to say a very big thank you for all your hard work and dedication this year at school and whilst you have been at home. You have amazed us with your ability to keep going with your learning and have been astounded with the standard of your home learning. We couldn’t be more proud of you all! A very big thank you to all the mummies and daddies that have sent us pictures and emails, we have enjoyed reading them and have brought many smilies to our faces. 

We are looking forward to seeing you in September as we all move into year 1 for the next chapter in our learning adventure. 

We miss you and it won’t be too much longer until we are all back together.

Have a lovely summer break. 

Miss Gower, Miss Fry and Mrs Fernandez x

P.s Miss Pavlova says hi 👋 

Hello Reception!


As I hope you saw in Miss Kneller's message last week we are now providing English and Maths activities through our home learning packs. 


School will be delivering these to the children who are at home every other week with two week's worth of work. Below you will find previous weeks for you to review - we will keep updating this list. 


Don't forget there are also our daily challenges for you to complete and Miss Kneller's video!

Hello reception 

we understand that lots of you won’t be joining  us back at school this week however we are still here to support you and to answer any questions or concerns you may  have about your child’s learning.  Please continue to email us every week just to say hello or if you would like to send us your child’s work or photos then please do. 

We hope you enjoyed the activities set last week and are ready for your new challenges. 

This week we are learning about The Three Little Pigs



Activity 1. Listen to the story of The Three Little Pigs.


Activity  2. Can you draw the sequence of the story. First .... then ..... next ...... 


Activity  3. The three pigs made their house out of different materials straw, wood and bricks. Can you design a house? You can use any materials you can find e.g. cardboard box. Sticks, leaves etc. Then you can huff and puff and see if your house is strong or will it fall down. 


Activity  4. Can you make puppets of the characters  from the Three Little Pigs story? Can you retell the story. You can use lolly sticks, wooden spoons, old socks, or anything you want to make your puppets.


Activity 5. Practice writing your keywords from your bookmark and all the letters of the alphabet. You don’t have to use  just pens or pencils maybe think about using chalk or water 





Three Little Pigs (3 Little Pigs) | Fairy Tales and Bedtime Stories for Kids | Fable

Make a house for the 3 pigs
Make a puppet
Practice writing your keywords and the alphabet



Activity 1. Go on a shape hunt. Shapes are hiding everywhere. Don’t forget to look inside and outside 


Activity 2. Draw a shape pizza. For example ... my pizza base is a triangle, the tomatoes are circles, the peppers are heart shapes. 


Activity 3. Design a 2D or 3D rocket. What shapes can you see on your design? 

Activity 4. Draw as many 2d shapes you can think of.

Activity 5. Draw as many 3D shapes you can think of. Can you remember all the names of the 3D shapes 

Design a 3D or 2D rocket
Draw a shape pizza
Shape hunt
Drawing and naming 2d shapes

Staff Welcome Back Summerswood Reception Groups!

Welcome Back to Summerswood Reception!

Home Learning - Week Beginning 1st June 2020


Hello Children - We hope you enjoyed your half-term and the activities for this week!




Activity One - Read the story of The Little Red Hen using the file below. 

Activity Two - Retell the story - you can draw pictures or print and cut out the puppets to help you. You could even make a puppet show!


Activity Three - Draw a picture of the characters in the story. Can you label each one using your phonics to help you? There's a word mat underneath if you get stuck. 


Activity Four - Make a hen using your hand - the instructions are below. Can you write a sentence underneath your picture?


Activity Five - Make bread with an adult - don't forget to send some photos to us!


Optional ideas:

Draw pictures to show what happened in the story. 

Role play the story, could your brothers, sisters, parents be a different character?



Maths Activities


Activity One: Can you count how many of each item from the story there are?


Activity Two: Finish the pattern, cut and stick or draw your own. 


Activity Three: Adding using Little Red Hen characters. 


Activity Four: Can you count how many of each thing is on the sheet? Ask an adult to help you - it's a bit trickier!


Activity Five: Friday Fun Day - Complete the Mazes!


Optional Activities:

Can you write down number to go along with each step of the story?

Can you draw your maze?


Don't forget to use Maths Whizz!



Home Learning for Week Beginning 18th May 2020


Hello Reception!

We hope you enjoyed the activities set last week and are ready for your new challenges. 

This week we are learning about the story The Three Billy Goats Gruff!


Activity 1.

Listen to the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff.


Activity 2. 

Can you write a postcard from the billy goats to their mummy telling her how lovely the grass is on the other side of the bridge?



Activity 3. 

Can you find a seed to plant at home from a fruit or maybe grass or a flower. Talk about what the seed will need to make it grow. How can you help the seed to grow?



Activity 4. 

In the story there was a troll, do remember him? Listen to the story again if you don’t! Do you think you can draw your own troll? Can you describe you troll in a few words?



Activity 5. 

The biggest billy goat was the strongest and he charged at the troll and threw him into the river. His two younger brothers were happy that the mean troll was gone. Do think you help the younger brothers say thank you to their elder brother by making a thank you card? 


The Three Billy Goats Gruff | Fairy Tales | Gigglebox

The Three Billy Goats Gruff can't wait to cross the bridge and eat the sweet green grass that's on the other side. But can they get past the Bad Old Toll wit...


Don’t forget to use Maths Whizz – it’s fun and helps you learn!


Activity 1.

Can you write the numbers 1,2,3,4,5 to help the goat cross the bridge? You can also try writing 1-10 if you want a challenge!


Activity 2.  

Can you add up the totals using the pictures to help you?



Activity 3.

Using positional language!

Can you follow the instructions given to you? E.g. Go over… Move around the …. Can you climb under …



Activity 4.

Play the board game saved below. Roll a dice and move across the board. Can you say a sentence using the word on the board? 

I am in  the house… You are next to  …



Activity 5.

Home Investigation – Cups 

(See everything you need to know below!)

week commencing 11th May 2020

Hello reception 

We hope you enjoyed the activities set last week and are ready for your new challenges. 
This week we are learning about .... Little red riding hood


activity 1. Listen to the story of little red riding hood 


activity 2. Do you remember when red riding hood said “what big teeth you have” can you write the instructions for brushing your teeth?

activity 3. Little red riding hood had lots of lovely for in her basket for grandma but what foods do you like and dislike? Can you make a  table of all the foods you like and dislike.  Look at the picture below to help you 


activity 4. I wonder what red riding hood saw when she was walking through the woods? Can you play I spy with your  grown ups at home? Maybe you could play I spy when you go outside to get some exercise? 
If that’s to easy why not play rhyming I spy. Ask your grown up to say a word and see if you can find an object at home that rhymes with that word. For example  ‘moon and spoon’  ‘hat and mat’



activity 5. Can you remember all the letters of the alphabet? can you find objects at home that start with each letter of the alphabet  a- apple b- ball 

Little Red Riding Hood - Animated Fairy Tales for Children

Activity 2
Activity 3
Activity 4
Activity 5



activity 1. Can you find  the missing numbers?  Ask your grown ups to make a number line with some numbers missing. Can you write in the missing numbers? 

activity 2.  Choose a number between 1and 20 can you say what is 1 more than that number? If 1-20 is to easy try 1-30 or maybe 1-100.  Use objects to support understanding that 1 more is the same as adding 



activity 3.  Using objects from home play activity 2 again but this time thinking about 1 less.

use objects to support your child’s  understanding that 1 less is taking away


activity 4. Can you write 5 adding number sentences? Ask your child to explain what ‘add’ means. 

activity 5. Go on a number hunt around your home. Remember numbers are hiding everywhere; receipts, food packaging, labels, washing machine dial. Ask your child to say each number they find. Ask them if it is a big number or small number? 

Missing numbers
Activity 2 and 3  1 more and less
Adding number sentences

Don’t forget to email us on our class email addresses 

we look forward to hearing from you  

Reception team 

Week commencing 4th may 2020

Hello reception 

We hope you are all safe and well. 
Thank you to all parents that have been able to upload and send emails of your children’s work. We have enjoyed reading all your emails.

 Please remember to send any photos, work completed at home or just a quick hello to our class emails. 

This weeks theme is .... The Gingerbread man




Activity1.  Read/ listen to the story of the gingerbread man



Activity2. Draw a picture of a gingerbread man and label his body parts using your phonic knowledge to sound out each word. Head, arm, leg, buttons, eyes


Activity3. Practice writing your letters in four or something messy.(flour, slime,ketchup) using the correct letter formation


Activity4. Design a story board.

fold a piece of paper in half then fold in half again. Can you draw or write the sequence of the gingerbread man story in the different sections of the paper. Section 1. Once upon a time. Section 2. Then...

Section 3. Next section 4 finally 


Activity5. Draw or make a mask for one of the gingerbread man characters . Can you act out the story with your family? 

The Gingerbread Man | Full Story | Animated Fairy Tales For Children | 4K UHD

Watch amazing Animated Fairy Tales playlist including Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs, , Sleeping Beauty, Snow White Rapunzel, The Gingerbread Man ...

Story board. Fold paper
Fold again
Open paper to create 4 sections
Character mask
Letter formation in flour



Activity1.  Fill up the sink or washing up bowl with water. Find 5 waterproof objects from around your home. Place the objects in the water and investigate if they sink or float. 

Activity2. Make a boat using objects from home. Maybe a plastic bottle or a paper boat? When you have your bath place your homemade boat in the water. What happened? Can you explain why your boat  Sank or float? What material would be the best to use to make a boat? 

Activity3. Make a bridge for the gingerbread man to get across the water. Talk about how you will

make your bridge and think about how to make a bridge that won’t sink!


Activity4. Find some waterproof containers.Fill the containers with different amounts of water. Which one is the heaviest which is the lightest? 


Activity 5.  draw a table of your results from activity 4 . Draw a picture of the containers in the correct weight

order lightest to heaviest 




Sinking and floating
A bridge for the gingerbread man
A bridge for the gingerbread man
Containers filled with different amounts of water
Make a boat will it sink or float?

Have a lovely week 


Contact us on our class emails: disney@summerswood.herts.sch.uk



Week Commencing 27th April 2020

Hello Reception,

we hope you have been enjoying the lovey weather whilst staying safe. 
Here are your new challenges for this week. 
This week we will be learning about Jack and the beanstalk



activity 1. Listen/ read the story of Jack and the beanstalk 


Retell the story. What did you like or dislike about the story?

activity 2. pretend you have some magic beans. What will they grow into? Can you write a sentence telling me what your beans have turned into? Remember to use capital letters, fullstops and finger spaces.

activity 3. Make your very own beanstalk. Be creative you can make it using anything you like. (Talk about how they are going to make their beanstalk. Ask them to extend on their answers for example “I’m going to make my beanstalk yellow because...)


activity 4. Write a shopping list for Jack to buy at the market


activity 5. Practice letter formation. See letter formation sheet 




activity 1. Measure yourself with socks. Find as many socks as you can. Lay on the floor and ask your grown up to measure you by putting the socks all the way from your feet to your head. 

activity 2. Measuring a room. Start from one end of a room and walk across by putting one foot in front of the other how many feet long is the room? now it’s the grown ups turn, how many feet long is the room this time? Why is a different number? 

activity 3. Choose 5 toys and using a ruler or measuring tape measure the height of your toys? Can you put them in size order? ( if you don’t have a ruler or tape measure make a number line 1-30 on paper and use that instead. The measuring doesn’t need to be accurate we are focusing on the concept of how to measure using non standard measures)


activity 4. Write numbers on paper or a paper plate of you have some. Find some small

objects such as cereal or counters. Place the correct amount of items on the number


activity 5. Number formation - can you form your numbers correctly - see number formation sheet

Don’t forget to email us during the week on our class email to let us know how you are doing. 
we look forward to seeing you all soon 


smileyHello reception 


We hope you had a lovely and restful Easter with lots of chocolate! 

As you would of seen form Miss Kneller’s newsletter we will now be setting 5 Maths and Literacy/ communication and language activities for you to complete over a week. In reception speaking and listening is a key factor when learning literacy and maths activities so  if you find some of the activities too difficult please talk about and discuss the activities. 

British values 

Monday is British values day. This means we think about what it is to be British. 
To celebrate British values day we would like you to think about the story of Goldilocks and rules

read the story of Goldilocks and then think about the following questions 

Did Goldilocks do the right thing by going to the woods?

should Goldilocks of gone into the bears house?

what rules do you think Goldilocks broke when she was in the bears house? 


Literacy/Communication and Language activities 


activity 1.  read the story of Goldilocks. Discuss what happened in the story 

activity 2.  See if you can find some of the objects from the story around your house to help you act out the story.  For example 3 bowls, 3 spoons, 3 beds, 3 chairs. Act out the story with your grown ups. 
activity 3. Make a sorry card from Goldilocks to the bears? 
activity 4. Make your own porridge recipe. Be creative you can add anything you like to your recipe; worms, spaghetti, ( you can write, talk about or make the recipe please go with whatever your child

is happy to do) 

activity 5 throw a tea party for your bears/ toys. Write an invitation inviting your toys or grown ups to your tea party. 



activity 1 Draw a map for Goldilocks to find her way around your house. Don’t forget to draw all the different rooms in your house on your map. 


activity 2 collect a group of your favorite toys and put them in size order from smallest to biggest. 
activity 3 can you make a new chair for baby bear using junk modeling boxes.(encourage your child to solve problems such as how to join the boxes, what to use for a seat, how to make it more comfortable on their own. Your child needs to be encouraged to draw on their problem solving skills) 

activity 4  find some different size containers. Using water fill your  containers with different measures such as half way, full, tiny.  Can you think of any other measures/ size words? 

activity 5. Play a board game whilst thinking about our British values and rules. Are you able to follow the rules of the game 


Phonics Play - A free resource to support phonics learning https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk

.twinkl - A months free subscription to all twinkl resources. https://www.twinkl.co.uk/   

 Goldilocks story available on YouTube https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0oUP2PFeOi8

Oxford Reading Owlhttps://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/










 Home learning week 2 


Hello everyone we hope you are all safe and well. We have some more activities for you to try at home. 


Fine motor skills 

It is important to keep working on your fine motor skills even if you can hold a pencil and write lots of letters and words. Have a go at some different fine motor activities such as 

  • Poking straws into holes.
  • Pasta necklaces.
  • Monster play dough.
  • Weaving around cardboard.
  • Fairy sparkle playdough.
  • Pipe cleaners and colanders.
  • Beads on spaghetti.
  • opening and closing locks or bottle tops


       Make some play- dough

You will need

  • 8 tbsp plain flour 
  • 2 tbsp table salt 
  • 60ml warm water
  • food colouring 
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil 


1. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil. 

2. Pour the coloured water into the flour mix and bring together with a spoon. 

3. Dust a work surface with a little flour and turn out the dough. Knead together for a few minutes to form a smooth, pliable dough. If you want a more intense colour you can work in a few extra drops of food colouring. 

4. Store in a plastic sandwich bag (squeeze out the air) in the fridge to keep it fresh.


why not turn your play-dough making activity into a maths activity by talking and thinking about different measures.


Keep moving
Don’t forget to keep fit and get lots of exercise. Our favorite is Joe Wicks the body coach 9am every Monday -Friday https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ



create an Easter card and write a lovely message inside to give to someone special. You can create your card however you like using things you can find at home such as glitter, sequins, buttons maybe even some grass or mud from the garden? It’s completely up to you but don’t forget to sound out your words when writing your special Easter message https://www.twinkl.co.uk/ has some example Easter cards and templates 



make your very own toy shop. Can you count out the correct amount of money to buy the toys from the toy shop using 1ps and 2ps 


 Remember to keep washing your hands 🖐 

We hope to see you all very soon 


Reception team 

week beginning 23rd March 2020


Hello Reception 



We hope that you are all safe and well. We miss you all very much and hope that you are not growing too fast or losing your teeth yet. We don’t want to miss it! 

We are sure you are keeping busy at home and helping your grown ups do all the important jobs such as making your beds and washing up the dishes!  But just in case you have some free time we would like to set you some more activities to do at home. 


Expressive arts and design

We all need to think about keeping healthy so we would like you to  make a superhero vegetable. 
choose a vegetable you have at home and design your hero however you like. Maybe make a cape and draw on some eyes for a courageous  carrot  or perhaps make an X-ray vision mask for a super potato. It is completely up to you.  



Can you make a wanted poster to catch an evil pea ( or any naughty vegetable villain you want)

Don’t forget to sound out your words and thinks about capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.




You will need some LEGO or similar toys

Roll a dice and make a tower (4) roll the dice again and make another tower (3) add the numbers together and make another tower showing the answer (7)

Can you write it as a number sentence?


Good luck Reception and remember to keep washing your hands. 

Reception team


Some pictures to help with your new activities

Phase 2 & 3 Sounds

100 High Frequency Words

Week beginning 2nd March


To celebrate World Book day on Thursday the Reception children came dressed up as their favourite book characters. The children stood up in front of the class to tell the rest of their friends what they had dressed up as.


This week in Phonics we hhave covered the tricky word was and the vowel diagrapg ar (car, hard, farm) , or (cork, fork, thorn) and ur (fur, burn, hurt).


In Maths we have been practising adding numbers up to 10. 


Healthy Hands!

You will all be aware of the concerns around Coronavirus, and we are following Public Health England guidelines, and remind you of the importance of washing hands properly and frequently – please discuss the importance of proper hand washing with your child/ren.

See Public Health England guidelines at http://tiny.cc/covid-19uk for further information; and use the 111 online Coronavirus service to find out what to do next if you have travelled in the last 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms: https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19


Parent Voice

At Summerswood we do our best to keep parents updated with how well children are doing.

Parent Forum - an opportunity for parents to discuss how the school is going and to give suggestions on how it can be improved.

Parent Coffee mornings - a chance for parents to come to school and meet other parents in an informal setting and to hear about an initiative that is happening in school PTA - to help organise events which will raise money that will go back into school to improve the children's school life.

Parents’ Evening - a chance to discuss your child's progress with the teacher. Remember to check on the website to see what is being learnt in class and for suggestions on how to support your child with their work.


Next Parents’ Evening

We are looking forward to meeting parents during the week commencing 16th March. This is a key time to share information and see how well your child is progressing. Please sign up for your appointment from this evening at 6pm on the Parents’ Evening System: https://summerswood.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/ 


Have a nice weekend.

The Reception Team




Week beginning 9th March



This week in Phonics we have been revising all sounds and tricky words we have learnt so far with focus on v, j, w and x.  We have been practising writing a whole sentence remebering to use capital letter, finger spaces and full stop at the end.



In Maths we have been learning about weights, demonstrating heavy and light. The Reception children had the chance to measure different objects using scales. 


Undestanding of the world

This week our topic was Under the Sea and we have looked at all the creatures that live under the sea - octopus, fishes, star fish, jelly fish, sea horse, etc. 


Parents Evening – Change to format

To ensure we are being proactive in stopping any risk of transmitting germs, we have taken the decision to change the format of Parents’ Evening.There will be no meetings in school on Tuesday or Wednesday. Instead, teachers will be telephoning parents between 3.30pm and 5.30pm on the following days:






Miss Gower



Miss Pavlova


We will make our way through the list and call as many parents as we are able to. If we do not get to speak to you, we will try again the following week – please do not call the office if you have missed a call, we will call you back. Thank you.



Have a lovely weekend.

The Reception Team



Week beginning 24th February


Welcome back! We hope you had a really nice half term break.


The first day back the Reception children enjoyed their fun PE day. We had lots of fun games, activities and dancing.


We also had a visit from Wheelpower UK and children had the opportunity to see the Paralympic torch.


Chicken pox has had a huge impact on our Reception attendance at the end of the half term. We still have children off school.That's why please encourage children to wash hands every time before eating, and after sneezing or going to the toilet.


Parent Forum – Wednesday 4th March at 2pm

All parents are welcome to attend our Parents Forum next week at school, where we will be discussing feedback regarding Parents’ Evening and how parents feel.


World Book Day – Thursday 5th March

We will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 5th March 2020 and Reception children can dress as their favourite book characters - we don’t expect families to spend money on pre-made costumes, something from home is totally fine.


We will be having a special menu on World Book day


Red - Horid Henry BBQ Chicken Burger

Green – Moody Margaret Sweetcorn Pizza

Yellow - Jacket Potato with cheese

Blue - Ham Roll


Have a lovely weekend.

The Reception team




Week beginning 10th February 


This week we have been learning about St Valentine's day. The children have been very busy designing their own Valentines cards with a special message for someone they care about.


In phonics we have been learning the vowel digraphs ee, oa and oo and tricky words no and go. 



In Maths we have been learning how to order by size and writing missing numbers up to 20.



Please remember to wear your PE kit to school on Monday 24th February for a fun PE day and bring in your £1 donation.


Next week is half term school will be closed!


Thank you for coming to our Stay and play on Wednesday. It was really nice to see so many of you.

We hope you have enjoyed it as much as we did. 


Have a lovely break and we look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday 24th February.


The Reception team



Week beginning 3rd February


Our topic this term is People Who Help Us. 

This week we have been looking at Doctors and what do they do to help us.

We have also looked at the Human body and all the parts of our body (head, legs, hands, etc) , as well as the organs inside our body ( brain, lungs, heart, etc). We have discussed our senses -  smell, hear, see, touch and taste.


In Phonics we have learnt the diagraphs ng (ring, sing,long) and ai (wait, rain, sail, chain) and tricky words we, me and be. We have looked at 2 syllable words such as zigzag, singsong, chitchat.


Stay and Play

Stay and play is on Wednesday 12th February at 2:15pm. 

The focus will be on maths and the skills the children need to know before being fluent mathematicians.


Have a nice weekend.

The Reception Team




We have been learning about the police and how the police help us. 

We made people who help us hats which the children took home with them. 

In phonics we have been revising all our new sounds that we have learnt.



We have been practicing, counting and addition and we learnt how to take away. 



Please remember to label your child PE kit and uniform as they are now gertting changed for PE. 

All PE kits need to be in school by Friday. If they do not have a PE kit they will not be able to join in.



Have a nice weekend 

Reception team

Week beginning 20.1.20


Chinese New Year

This week we have been learning all about the Chinese New Year.

We have looked at a map of the world to see where China is compared to London, Britain.  We have also learnt a lot about how Chinese people celebrate new year but having a big family meal, giving red envelops with money in it as good luck and having fireworks.

We read the story to learn why the Chinese years are named after animals.  We wrote sentence about the story in our Adult Directed groups.  For maths we used our number knowledge to order the animals and put them in the correct order.  We also learnt about different coins and made envelops to put the money into.  We had to count the coins to see how much was in it.

We made our own Chinese lanterns, we had to listen very carefully to instructions and then follow them.



We have learnt the sounds qu, ch, sh and th.

These are called diagraphs as they have 2 letters but only make one sound.  When the children see these letters together they have to know very quickly what sound it makes.

Some of the words we have looked at are - 


chop, chat, chimp

shop, shut,

that, then

What other words can you think of with these sounds?

Challenge - can you think of words with these sounds at the end?


Stay and Play

Wednesday 12th February @2:15pm

The focus will be on maths and the skills the children need to know before being fluent mathematicians.


Week beginning 13th January 

Oral Health Talk


This week we have been learning about how to keep our teeth healthy - we have to brush them twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening (bedtime) for 2 minutes, eat healthy food and drink less sugary drinks, visit dentist for regular check up, etc. We also have visitors who talked about dental health and oral hygiene on Wednesday and each child received a certificate. 




This week we have been looking at time - how long 1 minute is, how many jumps/hops can we do in 2 minutes, etc. We have discussed our daily routine - what do we do at different times of the day - we wake up in the morning, have breakfast, get ready for school, go to school, etc. 




This week we have learnt the letters 'y', 'z', 'zz' and tricky words 'he' and 'she'. 

We have learnt all the letters of the alphabet. 


Remember to practise letters and sounds at home and read with your child/ren every day.


Have a nice weekend.


The Reception Team



week beginning 6.1.20

People Who Help Us

It was great seeing everyone after the holidays.  All the children came back settled and ready for learning.  We heard all about what they did over the holidays and the children wrote or drew pictures about what they did.  Thank you to everyone who has uploaded something onto Tapestry to show us what they did.  This is a great opportunity as the children get a chance to stand up in front of their friends and show the class what they did.


We introduced our new topic 'People Who Help Us'.  We wrote a long list of all the different types of people who help us.  They included - doctors, nurses, dentists, vets, librarians, teachers, train drivers, firemen, our mums and dads and our friends.

We spoke about how some of them help and what things they use in their jobs.  The children had fun acting it out in the role play area.  


If you are in a job that 'helps people' then please let us know and if you are happy then you can come in and talk to the children about the type of work you do.  The children love having their parents come in and it would be a great opportunity.


Next week we will be having someone to come in a talk about how to keep our teeth clean.  We will be focusing on how a Dentist helps us.  


Phonics Phase 3

We have started learning our phase 3 letter sounds.

j as in jelly, jam, jug, jog

v as in van, Victor, vet

w as in wet, win, wig, 

x as in x-ray, box, next


week beginning 16.12.19

Last week of Term

This week has been very Christmassy as we have been making our Christmas cards, drawing Christmas pictures, talking about what we will be doing over the holidays and making decorations.

The children enjoyed their Christmas lunch on Wednesday and their Christmas party on Thursday.



We have finished learning all of phase 2 sounds.

Next term we will be moving onto learning the phase 3 sounds.

Please click on the link below to play some games to help your child consolidate their phonics.


In class we have been playing 'Buried Treasure' and 'Pick a Picture' which the children enjoy.


Thank you for the kind presents and cards you have sent us.  It has been a real pleasure working with your children this term and seeing them settle so well into Reception and progress in their learning.


It would be great to see what you get up to over Christmas, please upload any photos onto Tapestry.

We wish you a very happy holidays and enjoy what ever you are doing.

Week beginning 9th December 2019



We started our week off with a panto - the West End Theatre Company come in to school to perform their show 'Cinderella' for all children across the school. Both Reception classes enjoyed the songs, jokes and laughter.


Reception Sing-along


This week we have been practising a lot for our sing-along. Children spent lots of time and effort making Christmas hats and learning our songs and moves. Performing in front of such a large audience can be frightening but they seemed to like this opportunity. They all done really well and we are very proud of their hard work and enthusiasm for learning this half term.
We would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the parents who came to our Christmas sing-along.

We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Christmas Lunches 


Reception classes are going to have Christmas lunch on Wednesday.

There are 2 options to choose from:


Red: Roast turkey with chipolata sausage, sage & onion stuffing, potatoes, vegetables & gravy


Green: Vegetable Wellington, sage & onion stuffing, potatoes, vegetables & vegetarian gravy


On Thursday  Reception will only have the option of ordering a school packed lunch (Blue: cheese roll only) or bringing in a packed lunch from home.


Have a lovely weekend.

The Reception Team

Week beginning 2nd December 2019



    This week we have been reading the story of The Three Little Pigs.

The children enjoyed joining in with repeated phrases, retelling and acting out the story. They also wrote what each character said in

speech bubbles using their phonics knowledge.



In Maths we have been practicing subtraction and size ordering.

We have started writing letters to Santa and making Christmas decorations.



Don't forget to join us on Wednesday for our Christmas singalong either at 9.15 or 2.15



week beginning 25.11.19

The Little Red Hen

This week we read the story of 'The Little Red Hen'.  The children loved joining in with the repeating phrases and trying to act it out with masks and puppets.  See if your child can retell the story to you.

We introduced speech bubbles and encouraged the children to write what the different animals were saying.


We used the farm animals to help model simple addition number sentences, for example there were 2 cows and 3 dogs, how many animals were there altogether.  The adult modeled how to write the sentence and how to count both groups of animals to find the total.  This is something you could do at home together with your child.  As always we would love to see it on Tapestry.


Please join us tomorrow (Saturday 30th December) for our school Chrsitmas Fair.

It will be lots of fun with different activities for the children and adults.


Rehearsals are in full swing for our Reception sing-along on Wednesday 11th December at 9:15am or 2:15pm.

It will be followed by mince pies and drinks.

Please make sure that you purchase your ticket for 50p by sending the slip and money in a sealed named envelope.

Thank you!


week beginning 18.11.19

Road Safety Week

This week we have been learning how to be safe while walking to school and along the pavements.  We had a visitor come into talk about the rules of crossing the road - STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK.  She also spoke about the importance of putting on your seat belt whenever you are in the car.

In our focus groups we designed and made cars using junk modelling.  We also made our own cars using lego, mobilo and other construction toys, we then tested them to see how well they went down different types of ramps.  We played the traffic light game where the children had to listen carefully to instructions and follow them as quickly as possible.


We also linked this to maths, where we did tally charts, counting cars and simple maths sentences using different amount of toy cars to add together.

Please talk to your child about the rules of walking along pavements.


The Gingerbread Man

The story of the week has been 'The Gingerbread Man.'  The children have acted it out and retold the story.

They have also written speech bubbles of what the Gingerbread Man has said.


Phonics Stay and Play

Thank you to everyone who came to our stay and play.  We hope that you enjoyed coming and found it useful to see how we teach phonics and the different types of activities you could do at home to support your child's learning.  As always we would love to see what you have been doing on Tapestry.


Please see the link below which we have been playing at school


The game is Buried Treasure and it helps the child to revise words with all the phase 2 sounds.


week beginning 11.11.19

Remembrance Day

On Monday we observed the 2 minute silence to remember the soldiers who gave their lives to protect us so that we could live in a safe place.  We made lots of different types of poppies to help us remember them.


Anti-Bullying Week

This week we have been talking a lot about friendship and how to be kind to each other.  We all wore odd socks on Tuesday to show that we are all different, but we can still get on with each other.

We also read the story of ‘The Ugly Duckling’ and spoke about how the other ducks were mean and unkind to him.  We acted out the story and discussed the characters feelings.



We have now learnt all the sounds in phase 2.

All the children should have the above sounds in the phonics cases.

Please practice them and use them to make up CVC words.

Your child can sound them out using their 'robot voice' and see if they can hear all 3 letter sounds in the word ie cat = c-a-t


We have also learnt the tricky words to, the, I, no, go and into

The children will have been given a bookmark with these tricky words on them to practice.


Next Week is Road Safety Week

We will be talking about how to be safe walking on the pavements next to the road.

It would be great if you could walk/scoot/ride to school next week.


Have a lovely weekend


week beginning 4.11.19

Guy Fawkes Night

This week we have learning about the story of Guy Fawkes and doing lots of activities related to that.

We have:

  • Made our own fireworks using junk modelling learning how to cut and stick different materials together.
  • Developing our pincer muscles by making firework pictures with glue and sprinkling glitter
  • Making rockets with 2D shapes.
  • Making fireworks pictures using marble rolling and printing
  • Learnt how to be safe near fireworks
  • Counted fireworks and matched them to the correct numeral
  • Counted backwards from 10 to blast off.
  • Using our phonics to write firework sounds


This week we have been learning the sounds 'b' and 'h' and the tricky words 'I', 'no' and 'go'.

Tricky words are words which can't be sounded out and the children have just got to recognise the word by sight. 

Put some tricky words up around your house, say a word and ask your child to go to that word.  

Be tricky word detectives and look for these words in the books you are reading to your child.


Library Trip

We had a great trip to the library.  The children were amazing walking all the way down and back. They listened to their adults and were really sensible crossing the road.  Thank you to all the parents who offered to help with this trip.

 While at the library they enjoyed looking at books and choosing from a wide variety of different types of books.  For those children who brought in their cards they were able to take their books out.  If you did not bring your card, the books your child chose has been reserved for you to collect when you would like.  Please remember to return the books you borrowed.

We hope you enjoy reading your new book.


Parent's Evening

Thank you to everyone for coming to the parent consultations.  We hope you found them informative and useful.  There was lots of positive comments and it was lovely to discuss how well your child is doing.  However if there are ever any concerns please do come and speak to a teacher so that we can resolve the issue for you as quickly as we can.

Week beginning 21.10.19

Halloween and Diwali

We have been learning lots about the autumn festivals of Halloween, Harvest and Diwali.

The children have loved exploring pumpkins and scooping out all the seeds so that the pumpkins can be carved.  We have used the seeds for our busy fingers activities and some maths.  We also spoke about the Harvest festival and how the farmers used to get all the food produce ready for the winter months.  We spoke about how lucky we are now that we can get food all year round from lots of different countries.  

As Diwali is being celebrated next week, we also looked at how Hindu's celebrate their festival of light.  We learnt the story of Rama and Sita, and how Rama defeated evil.  To see the story please click on the link below.


We discussed the similarities and differences between the two festivals and how they are celebrated.

If you are doing anything to celebrate these festivals over half term, we would love to see them on tapestry.  One of the Early learning goals is for children to enjoy joining in with family customs and routines.



This week in phonics we learnt the sounds -

ck for duck, luck, muck,

e for egg, get, met, 

u for umbrella, up, duck, luck 

and the tricky words to and the

Tricky words are words which you can't sound out as they don't make phonetic sense.  You just have to look at the word and know it.  This is an important word to sight read.



To finish the week the children enjoyed their Halloween party.  They all looked great in the fancy dress costumes and party clothes.  Thank you to everyone who brought in their £5 contribution, it really does help us provide resources to enhance your child's learning.


What ever you do for half term, we hope you have a fun and relaxing time but most importantly keep safe.

We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 4th November.


Important Dates for your Diary

Trip to the Library - Wednesday 6th November 

Parents Evening - Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th November.  Please sign up on the online book sheet for your appointment.

Stay and Play session  CHANGE OF DATE -

Wednesday 20th November at 2:30pm  We will be focusing on phonics and how it is taught in school. Please join us to have a peek into your child's day.


Week Beginning 14.10.19



This week we have been learning the sounds g, o, c and k.

The children have been practicing cutting out circles for 'o' and making cat masks and crowns for 'c'.

Please keep practicing the letter sounds which are coming home in the book bags.

Try to make some 3 letter words with the sounds you have so far and see if the children can blend them.

For example c-a-t, d-o-g, t-i-n


How many different words can you make and read.

We would love to see them on tapestry.


This is a new skill for the children and really tricky to learn.  The more you practice it with them the easier it will be.  We are constantly assessing the children through their play to see how well they know their letters and how well they are able to blend.  When we feel that they are confident in both their sounds and blending then we will be giving them books with words for them to read at home to you.



In maths we have been looking at numbers from 1-10 and seeing what they look like written down, as actions or as actions.  We have been matching numberals to numbers and amounts of objects.

To support this learning we have been using numicon which is a visual and tactile resource to support children's understanding of number (see picture above).


Ask your child to spot some numbers in the environment and say the number name..

You could give your child a number and ask them to do the correct amount of claps/jumps for that number.

Ask your child to count how many toys they have and then find the correct number to go with it.


There is a meeting on Wednesday 23rd October at 2:45 - 3:05 for any parents new to Tapestry.  Mrs Freeman will be showing you how we use it in school and how it can be used at home.  If you need help logging onto your child's account Mrs Freeman will be there to support you with this.  Tapestry is a great tool to ensure that parents and teachers work closely together to help promote your child's learning.


Next week we will be learning all different festivals and celebrations which occur at this time of the year.

We will be looking at Harvest, Halloween and Diwali.  This is an important part of the curriculum and help promote understanding of differences within our community,  


Reception children will be having their Autumn disco on Friday 25th for the last part of the day.

The children will be allowed to come to school in their own clothes in exchange for the £5 voluntary contribution if you have not already done so. 

Thank you in advance for this contribution, it really does made a difference to the provisions given to your child to help them learn.



 Week 7/10/2019



This week in phonics we covered the sounds i,n,m,d. Please keep encouraging your child to learn the sounds at home. Why not have a go at writing the sounds?  You could write the sounds using paint, chalk or even shaving foam. 



We have been learning about 2d shapes. The children have been learning shape names and properties. Can you find 2d shapes at home? Encourage the children to look for hidden shapes in the environment



 World Mental Health Day

On Thursday we discussed the importance of being kind to each other and that we should respect each other and celebrate our differences. 


Voluntary contributions

Please remember to send in your voluntary £5 contributions.

The contribution enables us to provide resources to enhance your child's learning.


Reading Books

Please remember to send reading books in every day. Reading records need to be signed otherwise your child's book will not be changed.


Plastic Bottles

Please bring in small  plastic bottles with lids for next week. 


Have a lovely weekend.

Reception Team

Aut 1 week 5


We are now sending home reading books for you to read and look at together with your child.  Every children should have brought home their first reading book by the end of this week.

If there are no words in the book please look at the pictures and encourage your child to tell the story, asking them what they can se and what they think might happen next.  At the end of the book ask your children to tell you what happened in the story.  Please repeat it a few times with each book so that your child becomes really familiar with the book and how to tell a story.

It is also important for you to be reading to your child.  This is important to help them build up their vocabulary and help them know how a book works e.g. title, how to turn pages, point to words etc.

It is a good idea to get into the habit of having 'reading time' and sharing a book with your child for 5 mins every day, wherever possible.

Your child will have their books changed once a week, however please make sure that the books are in school every day in case we want to hear them read to us.




We have also started teaching the children their phonics using the jolly phonics songs and actions. (See link below).  This week we have learnt the sounds

s, a, t, p

We have also started learning to blend these sounds to help us read simple CVC words such as -

sat, pat, tap, sap

Your child should have come home with these letters in their boxes/pencil cases which you provided.  If you have not brought in a box/pencil case please do so to ensure that your child has the sounds to learn at home.  Use these letter cards to help remember the sounds, actions and if they are able to do that see if they can use these letters to make words which they can read.


Trip to the Library

To support the children's love of reading we have organised a trip to the library on Wednesday 6th November.  The children will be walking down to the library in Borehamwood where we will have a story read to us by the librarian and then we will have a chance to look at all the books.  If the children have a library card then they will be given the opportunity to take a book out of the library.  If you do not have a library card, please join the library as it is an amazing resource to have.

Please see the letter above for more information.



Thank you for all your help and support

Happy reading!




Jolly Phonics Phase Two

Uploaded by Jerry Harper on 2018-07-15.

Aut 1 wk4

Getting into a Routine

This week we have started getting used to the routine of Reception.  The children now know that when they come in to class they find their group and do a busy finger activity.  We also introduced phonics time, story time and carpet session into our daily routine.  The classes went to the Library where Mrs Storms read a story to them.   At the end of the week we went into the hall for our first PE lesson.  This week we only took our shoes and socks off, please can you ensure that the children are able to do this independently.  It would be helpful if girls wore socks on a Friday rather than tights.  Please ensure that PE bags are in school ready for when we do get changed.   It is also useful to have in school in case of any accidents.


Tapestry is now set up and the adults have been doing some lovely observations about what your children have been up to in school this week.  We are still setting up links from the children to the parents, once that has been done then you will be invited to a talk about Tapestry and how to use it if you are new to this.  We hope to get this done before half term.


This week we have been doing 'Dough Disco' this is a great activity to help the children strengthen their finger muscles, develop their hand eye co-ordination and getting them ready to hold a pencil.  A sheet has been sent home with a playdoh recipe and activities you can do at home to support this.   Look at the link below for inspiration.


Enjoy doing this it is great fun to do together!

Have a lovely weekend

The Reception Team

Aut 1 wk 3

Art Project

Each year group across the school has been focusing on a different type of art.  Reception have been focusing on abstract art and we have been looking at the paintings

by Kandinsky


and Mondrian


We discussed shapes, sizes and colour when talking about these pictures.

We then explored different ways of making these masterpieces using paint, card, oil pastels, blocks.

The art work will be displayed in school.



Over the next few days see how many circles, squares or rectangles you can find.  Can you make your own masterpiece using these shapes? We would love to see them if you could bring them into school.




We have been really impressed by how well the children have settled into Reception. 

They are also doing really well during lunch times and lots of children have been excellent at trying new food.  

A few reminders -

 - Please can you help them by going through the lunch options each morning so that they know what to choose.

 - Remember the £5 contribution 

- label all clothes and please check that your child has come home with the correct piece of uniform

- Ensure that the children have a spare set of clothes in school and return any clothes lent to you by the school.

- The school is a nut free school

- The school is participating in the Aldi scheme to try and win £20,000 worth of PE.  IF you spend £30 or more in Aldi you will get a sticker.  Please bring this into school to help us achieve our goal.  


Thank you





Aut 1 wk2

Settling In Week

It has been a great week and been lovely to see most of the children coming into school with big smiles on their faces ready for another day in Reception.

We have spent most of this week showing the children the different areas of the indoor and outdoor classrooms, how to use all the resources and how to tidy up when they have finished playing.  The children have also been getting to know the other children in their class and it has been a lovely watching them making friends and playing so nicely with each other.

Thank you to everyone for bringing in their 'Show and Tell' bags.  The children have enjoyed talking about the objects they have put into their bags and it has been a great way to get to know your children.  There are still some children who are waiting for their turn and we will hopefully get them done next week.


Thank you if you have already brought in your £5 voluntary contribution.  If you have not done so please put it in a named envelop and hand it to the teacher.  We really do appreciate the support with this as it help to ensure that the Reception curriculum is filled with fun and engaging activities.


Please note that we are a NUT FREE school.  Please ensure that you DO NOT send any nuts (including peanut butter) into school as we have some children with sever allergies to this.


Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you all for a full week next week.

The Reception Team.


Useful Information from The Becc

The Autumn Programme - http://ow.ly/d0gh50vrnwq 

Family Centre registration link - https://bit.ly/2JvnWuv