Planting flowers and vegetable.




We have planted potatoes, spinach, beetroot, lettuce, radish, and rocket. We helped to sow the seeds and now need to remember to water them!  We also planted some flower bulbs into our pots in the outdoor area.  We are looking forward to having some lovely colourful plants.  Indoors we have planted a sunflower seed.  We are going to bring these home when they start to grow and plant them in our gardens.  There will be a prize for the tallest flower!


It’s great to be back!

We have been exploring symmetry, sharing and turn taking, thinking about how we can help others during Lent, finding out about the Life Cycle of a Butterfly and  making cookies and cards for Mother’s Day.  What a busy week!  The children all did really well and settled back in with ease.

Ash Wednesday – We begin our Lenten Journey

Today marks the beginning of our Lenten journey. Next week, when we are back to learning, we will be having daily reflections about this special season which will be accessed through Google Classroom. Please find below a copy of the Lenten calendar from Walk with Me, do your best at home to live out some of these daily challenges.

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of reflection where we reflect on who we are and the people we aspire to be. Today and in the coming weeks, we aim to focus on our relationship with God, often through choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of ourselves for others. As we think about these promises, let us think of making a true sacrifice as an individual or as a family to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

This special time marks the beginning and the end. We came from love, we live in love, we return to love. May our Lenten journey as our All Souls’ family be a sharing of this love with all creation by opening our hearts to Him in trust. May our Lenten promise focus on creating in us quiet places where God can refresh and heal us, and we can come and rest awhile.

May we remember that ‘we are dust and to dust we shall return.’


The below is available to download as a Word file from the Reception Home Learning page, which you can navigate to from the menu at the top of the page.


Reception Home Learning  

Week 2 Wk beginning 11th January 2021


I hope you are all safe and well and that the activities last week were easy to follow.  Please do not worry about emailing me if you need any more guidance on the activities for the week. I will be placing the learning under each area of learning and these can be completed as you choose throughout the week.

Remember that the children are grouped 1, 2, and 3.  Some of the activities are for all groups, some for one group and others differentiated.


Communication and Language.

Groups 2 and 3

Play I spy.  Explain how you play and then model the first sound for your child.  Choose something that is easy for the first try.  Encourage your children to ask questions for clues rather than just providing one word answers. After a few turns ask your child to have a turn.  If knowing what sounds words begin with is a little too difficult then use the game below.

Group 3

Play I Spy but use colours.  Choose an object in the room and say I Spy with my little eye something that is the colour……….




Group 2/1

.Find the high frequency words in the pack.  We are going to practise reading and writing these weekly.

This week please work on the first 5 on the sheet. I would suggest that you write them larger on a sheet of paper and first work on reading them.  Later in the week after looking closely at each word ask you child to have a go at writing them.

Group 3 Read the first 5 words on the sheet.

All Groups Complete the Phase 2 pictures and captions matching activity week 2


Daily Phonics All Groups

Please sign onto the Phonics Play site.  It is being provided free by using log in  : Jan21

and home.

In school we use the Letters and Sounds scheme to teach phonics. The games on this site we use in school and you can change the phonemes (sounds) you need to cover. The parent’s page also covers some guidance on how phonemes are taught.

This week sign in and then go to resources and then Phase 2. Click on flash cards speed trial.  The children like to see if they can beat their last score.

Please feel free to play any of the other games on the site in Phase 2.


Group 1 practise writing whole name using your name card.  Group 2 practise writing your name without your name card and on the lines in the book.  Group 3 practise writing your first name using your name card.


Please continue reading the books sent home.  Checking children’s understanding of what they have read.

Sign onto Oxford Owl.

All Groups read and complete the activities for Can You See Me?  Group 2 Also read and complete the activities for Jack. The sounds in this book will be fairly new to your child so they may need a little more help completing this.

Mathematics  All Groups

We are looking at making 5 and also exploring zero. Please sign into White Rose early years. The Alive in 5 week 2.  The site continues video clips and follow up activities to help understand 5 and also explores zero.

During the week find different ways for your child to count out 5.  Can they see that 1 and 4 make 5, 2 and 3 also make 5 etc.

Group 2

Start to introduce + and = into the language.

Use a piece of paper with a space then + and space and then = use the numbers to 5 to place into the spaces to make the number sentence.   Can your child copy the number sentence?  Words to use: add addition makes plus together equals total


Sign into either Joe Wicks or Andy’s Wild Workout.

Complete cutting lines sheet from pack.

Use a pencil the complete the curly caterpillar sheet.

On the internet type in Dough disco –Down in the Jungle and let your child use the play dough to exercise their fingers.  LETS GO TO THE NEW DOUGH DISCO is another good exercise for fingers site.

Group 2 once a week Group 1 3 times a week  Group 3 daily.

Understanding the World/|Pshe

Use the Twinkl website to explain via their power point about our 5 senses.

This week we are going to be looking at our sense of sight. Talk about how useful our eyes are, how we look after them, why some people need to where glasses etc.  Play some games to show how we need our eyes.  Place a blindfold around your child and ask them to walk across the room to the door.( some risk assessment needed!) Can they see how hard that is to do without their sight?  Put a drink or a treat in front of them and ask them to try to drink/eat them?

Place some objects in a bag without your child seeing.  Can they put their hand into the bag and tell you what they feel?  Do they realise that it is harder without being able to see the object?

Put a piece of paper in front of your blindfolded child. Ask them to try to write their name.

Group 2/1 Discuss ways in which people have help when they vision problems and how these help people live their lives. (Thinking about braille sounds/books, sticks, guide dogs)

RE All Groups.

We have starting to think about our place in the Church Community.  To help the children understand this we are starting with thinking about our family and our place in it.  Can you talk about your family and how it is made up. Discuss immediate family and then extended.  Can your child draw a picture of their family.

Group 2 label your family picture.


Thank you

We made it!

We have made it to the end of a very different first term.  There were lots of gaps to fill, changes to how school looks and works and new ideas to be introduced.   We are very pleased with how the children in Reception have adapted to challenges; you should all be very proud of them.  We still have some gaps to fill but all the children have made progress.

Homework over Christmas is to read the books, continue to practise writing numbers which is still causing problems for some children and to practise doing up zips.

Have a lovely, holy, peaceful Christmas with your families.   Stay safe.

Ms Croarken and Mrs Jilks.

A HUGE thank you!

A massive thank you for all of your kind donations for the local care homes. We were completely blown away by the sheer amount of treats from all of you, as were the care homes. All of the hampers were dropped off, with the letters and cards, on Friday and every single care home asked us to pass our thanks on. Due to your generosity, we have made someone’s Christmas a little brighter.

Thank you!

Peace and Christmas around the World

We held our Advent Prayer Service and thought about how we could bring peace to others. We made peace hearts to let Year 4 we are thinking about them this weekend.

We found out how people in Poland and Italy celebrate Christmas.  Pietro helped us to learn about Italy and Julian about Poland.  Thank you for the lovely spiced cake Pietro.

We had a fun day on Friday in our Christmas Jumpers and we also recorded our part for the Christmas video.   The jumpers can be worn again on Christmas Dinner day next week. Next Friday will be our last day before Christmas so we are going to watch the Polar Express and have some hot chocolate and treats.  The children in Reception are invited to come to school in their Pyjamas.

Christmas Jumper Day

Just a quick reminder that this Friday is Christmas jumper day.  We will be taking part in  this whole school event.  The children can wear any Christmas themed jumper.

Advent activities and more!

We started the week by making an Advent Wreath.  We all helped to put in the leaves and holly.  We then held a lovely Prayer Service.

We started the week by making an Advent Wreath. We all helped and then held a lovely Prayer Service to begin the season of Advent.

We made shortbread to celebrate St Andrew’s Day.

On Tuesday Mrs Cannon came down to say that she had just had some very exciting visitors.  They were two of Santa’s Elves who brought us a reply to our letters for Father Christmas.


We continued our preparations for Advent by making cards and writing a letter to the residents of The Spinney.  We hope that they will make them happy during these strange times.

We carried on with our Advent preparations by making cards and writing a letter the residents of The Spinney. We hope that they help to cheer them up in these strange times..

We continued our preparations for Advent by making cards and writing a letter to the Residents of The Spinney.  We hope that they make them smile.


We listened to the Annunciation Story and then took it in turns to act out the story.  We talked about how Mary would have felt and if we would have said ‘Yes’.


In RE we read the Annunciation Story and then took turns to act the story out. We talked about how Mary would have felt and if we would have said 'yes'.

On Thursday we had a very special  Advent Service when we joined with Nursery to link with Father Paul.  It was lovely to  feel part of the Church community again and share the service.

We also managed to fit in daily phonics, number 5 work in Mathematics, learn a new word in our Word Aware programme and make Nativity pictures!