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Reception Notice Board during school closure


We will post school work on this Notice Board on Monday with several tasks that you could do throughout the week.  If you need to contact us please use the following email addresses:





We have created a password protected Reception page which allows us to post children's work and photos safely.  You will receive a parentmail with the Reception password. Please do not share this beyond our immediate Reception community.


We hope that you and your families stay safe and well. Here is some advice from the Healthy Schools team: Staying Healthy - Information for Parent 

Good Morning Reception! We hope you all had a fun weekend and are ready for this weeks learning challenges.  If for any reason you are unable to do these tasks, there is nothing to worry about. We hope they will be helpful!

Please keep in touch on the email addresses above and enjoy the learning we have set below!  

The children are used to beginning the day with a Wake up, Shake up.  You may be enjoying joining in with The Body Coach.  If you would like to try something new have a look at GoNoodle.  The children already have their favourite dances and could teach some to you! 

Here is a link to Dinosaur Stomp which is always popular!

This weeks vote - Click on the link to take part!  


Monday 30th March

Thank you to everyone that voted for our book this week.  The winner is.......

Stomp, Chomp, Big roars! Here come the dinosaurs!

If you do not have a copy of this book at home, you can go to our photo page and listen to Miss Dunk telling the story.

Here are some questions you can ask when reading with your child. Choose a couple of questions to ask round this week’s story.

Just like at school, here are the  learning challenges the children can complete throughout the week. 


I can make a sentence

The children will be used to reading and writing short sentences.  At this stage we use an approach called Colourful Semantics.  This was created by Alison Bryan. It focuses on the meaning of words by breaking down and colour coding various parts of a sentence. Colourful semantics are designed to help children develop their grammar by joining the structure of a sentence and its meaning. Once each part of a sentence is colour coded, it becomes very easy to see how a sentence is built.  We found that this approach helps children develop their language skills and ensures that they have the key components necessary to make up a sentence.

You can begin by using the strips with pictures to construct sentences (use the power point add link in slide show mode for this.  As you press page down, the answers are revealed).  The children could then use other pictures to make up sentences.


An example might be; the girl is eating an ice-cream in the park.

The children sometimes skip the smaller words (in black) so ensure that they are saying everything that is needed.

Here are some worksheets to support with this work.

Sheet 1

Sheet 2

Sheet 3

Sheet 4

Sheet 5

Extension: The children could write some sentences with a who, (what) doing, what, where.  Please encourage them to use their phonics to sound words out unless they are tricky words.  They can use their sound mat and tricky word mat to help them with this.


I can double the number

You could use pairs of socks or gloves to help with this. Ask the children to count how many single socks they have.  They could find the matching pair and work out how many they have in total.  Go through this power point together first.

Then use the sheets below or have a go at one of the games. 

Doubling ladybirds to 10

Doubling butterflies to 20

Doubling game

Space race game

Here is a link to an online game you might want to try.


Extension: The children could write some number sentences 2+2=4, 4+4=8 or have a go at the doubling word problems.

Doubling word problems

Exploring Media and Materials:

I can make an egg

We originally thought of doing this as dinosaur eggs but you may want to make Easter eggs instead.  You could use balloons or scrunch up newspaper into a ball to make the egg shape.  Then cover the shape with coloured tissue paper,  This can be attached with homemade papier mache paste or watered down PVA glue.   

Papier mache eggs



There is also a video on Espresso about decorating eggs.


We thought the children might like to learn a new song this week.  Here is a good dinosaur song.


Physical Development:

Sensei Alex who runs our Belmont karate club has done lots of online lessons now available on Youtube.  He has uploaded some videos to youtube and more will be uploaded in the coming days.  You can subscribe to the page and click on notifications, as they will also be doing live streaming.   

Try some Karate 

Fine motor skills activity

Here are some different activities that the children can do to help strengthen their fingers.



This week, we are focusing on writing Curly Caterpillar Letters. In your packs that were sent home, you will see we have grouped the letters into four separate families. You can follow the formation sheet as well as using the link below to practice writing these letters.

Links to handwriting videos: Simple Cursive


We have sent how four reading books for your child to read over the next few weeks. Across the time school is closed, we will be posting links for e-books (like the ones we send home) for your child to continue their reading at home.

It would be great to do a little bit of reading each day. 


Practice say the sounds of each letter.

Using the sound mat or Phonics Play game, Flash Cards, encourage the children to say the same sound of each letter.


Watch ‘w’ and ‘x’ videos on Espresso, Scrap’s Phonics and then play games on Education City related to these sounds.

Practice writing the words:

wig, web, win, fox, box, mix.


Watch ‘ai’  and ‘ee’ videos on Espresso, Polly’s Phonics and then play the game on Education City related to these sounds. 

Practice writing the words:

feet, weep, seed, tail, mail, train, main, Spain, rain

They could then write some captions using tricky words and these sounds.  For example, my feet got wet.  She has a long tail.  He went on a train.


Play the yes/no game on Espresso

Children read the sentence and decide if the answer is yes or no.  They could then make up their own yes/no questions for the family to read.  Encourage them to sound words out for themselves using the sound mat for support.  Tricky words should be spelt correctly.  The children should use the tricky word mat for reference.

Ask your child which lightbulb activity they should do for phonics. If they are unsure, you can start at lightbulb 1 and work your way through.