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Home School Week 1 27.3.2020


Dear children,

I hope you have all been very good for your families and listening to everything they are asking you to do? I'd love to see some of the writing you have all been doing. Perhaps you could ask your parents to email the address to show me.  


At my house we have started each day with a PE lesson. On Tuesday we joined Joe Wickes for his PE lesson on youtube. It made my muscles ache a lot, so we have also tried out some gentler forms of exercise. We have tried which we found really fun. As well as learning the frozen dance to 'Into the Unknown'. Salma requested this one!


Before I left for the break I took home four tadpoles. They are now living in my kitchen, and my girls have named them Susan, Tommy, Lucy and Peter.


I will keep you updated as to how they are getting on.  Perhaps you could find out what tadpoles eat and let me know. 


Dear Parents,

I want you to know that I too have been home schooling my 7 year old.  It has taken a while, but we seem to have found a good routine. We complete all the home learning in the morning and then use the afternoon to play in the garden, plant seeds and yesterday we made meatballs. I am confident you have found a routine that works for you. However, If you need any help please get in touch.

It is important to your child's reading progress to continue reading their leveled book for 10 minutes every night. When you run out of leveled reading books sent from school, please register with Registration is free, and you can choose your child's reading level from the levels drop down menu, then choose book band and your child's level. The school is looking into options for reading books after the Easter break. 

I will be putting up new home learning on Monday, 20th April, all being well.


A prayer for our class and our school:

Dear Jesus, thank you that you are with us all of the time - at home, at school, wherever we are. Please help us to remember you love each of us and help us to show that love to our family. Please heal all those people who are sick and give strength to doctors, nurses and hospital staff across our country and across the world. 



Have fun this week and keep safe. 

Mrs Crilly and the Reception team

Home learning


Today children were sent home with extra reading books and their home learning diary. If your child has been absent this week then there will be a named pack outside the school office tomorrow. Please also take 3 extra reading books, at your child's level,  from the Reception box.


I have uploaded the daily activities below and added website links that we would use in school.  If you do not have a printer or wish to save on printing, then please write the example in their green diary and complete the work in the book. I have over supplied activities so please don’t feel they all have to be completed. Use the resources in the way that suits your particular circumstances. 


Web links: 


As ever, PE and Sport is very important for the well-being of our children. Joe Wicks has some great Youtube videos to keep your child/children active in the house.  Why not start your day with a quick workout!


Best wishes from all the Reception team.


Mrs Crilly 

Phonics sound mats to support your child's writing

Week 4 – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt


What a busy week we have had! The children have really been inspired by our class story. They enjoyed retelling the whole story and even wrote their own story maps. Other interests in class have been boats, including canal boats and ocean liners. The children were fascinated by the weather this week. They explored the wind by making their own kites and talked about their likes and dislikes of thunderstorms. The week ended in a teddy bears picnic and the children loved bringing their favourite teddy into school. The children have enjoyed learning our letter sounds this week. Try watching the jolly phonics songs for s,a,t,p 


Have a lovely weekend and don’t forget to go splashing in muddy puddles!

Week 5 – Oliver’s vegetables


Last week was filled with a lot of firsts and the children demonstrated a lot of bravery.  On Tuesday we tried a variety of vegetables including radishes, beetroot, sugar snap peas and baby sweetcorn. The children all tried their best and surprised us with how willing they were to try the new vegetables. We encouraged them to use this skill in the dinner hall when they met a new food. In the afternoon we went to Harvest assembly and the children sat so beautifully for the performances. Everyone commented on how well we had listened and behaved. On Wednesday we took our shoes, socks and ties off to do PE. The experience was brand new for some of our children and took a little getting used to. Next week we will be getting changed into our PE kits.  We painted our Christmas cards for parents to purchase and there were some amazing designs. We hope you will be very proud to purchase them and show off the children’s amazing art skills. Have a great week and keep up the great reading. 

Week 6 – Funny Bones

This week we have enjoyed the story of funny bones. The children acted out the story, pretending to be the big skeleton, little skeleton and dog skeleton and what acting skills they had! It was a busy week in the Reception class garden; we found lots of worms and then lots of seeds to plant. We had another successful PE lesson with children listening carefully to instructions and a fun game of traffic lights.