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Summer Reading Challenge

Dear Parents and children,

This year the annual library summer read has gone online and has also started a month early. It will run from now through to September so please take a look with your child or children.

The link is below:

Have fun reading!
Mrs.Wakeling, Mrs.Guesdon and the EYFS team.

Reception Letter Summer Term Week 1


 Reception Letter Summer Term Week 1

Hello Children ðŸ‘‹ðŸ»ðŸ˜€


What a great first week back at homeschool. We are really impressed that you have been so keen and busy this week ðŸ‘ðŸ». 


We want to say well done for lots of maths work with Supertato; all the evil pea traps were amazing and lots of you got messy with jelly traps.  There was also fabulous writing work on ng and we know you are working hard on your phonics. Some of you celebrated the Queen’s birthday ðŸ‘‘ by making cards and cakes, and we saw some amazing dragon art too for St. George’s day. 


What good weather we are having! All the plants and flowers are growing ðŸŒ¸ðŸŒ¿ and lots of animals are out and about ðŸ›ðŸžðŸðŸ¦‹. Have you spotted any? We hope you are enjoying watching the tadpole diary from Mrs Guesdon’s pond. We are going to watch them grow over the weeks ahead and will be learning more about them. We hope you have a lovely weekend with your family. 


Stay safe, stay home, stay amazing â­ï¸ 

🌈Mrs Guesdon and Mrs Wakeling ðŸŒˆ

Tadpole Diary 2 ðŸ¸


Hello children 


I hope you enjoy this update about the tadpoles and some other nature finds from my garden. There are videos to watch so please ask your grown up to go to tapestry to enjoy this fully. 


If you are using this webpage only, have a look at the photos below and talk to your grown up about them. 


Here are some things you could talk about:

Can you see the tadpoles?

What do they look like?

How many can you see? 

What are they doing?

Can you see anything else that is alive in the pond? Look closely! ðŸ˜³


There is also a photo (video on tapestry) of a birds nest I found in the Easter holidays. The egg wasn’t in the nest though. We found that on the lawn the other day but I put it in the nest so you could see. 


How busy nature is all around us if we look carefully. 

I wonder what nature is happening where you live? 


Mrs Guesdon ðŸŒˆ

St. George’s Day

Thursday 23rd April


Happy St. George’s day children! ðŸ´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿

I wonder if you know why we celebrate this day? I have some short videos for you to watch to help you find out all about it. They can be found here:

There are 3 videos to watch, but after each one it would be nice if you can stop and talk to your grown up about it a little bit before you go onto the next. 


After you have learnt about it, we would like you to get creative and do some dragon art. ðŸ‰ ðŸŽ¨ ðŸ² You might like to draw your own dragon or use the one linked to the videos or use this one: 


You can choose to decorate it however you like! Maybe colouring pencils, pens, paint with a brush or finger, collage (maybe you could use some natural materials if you have a garden) and (dare I say it grown ups😱) glitter. If you did the maths 3D shape activities maybe you could use the boxes and tubes to make a model dragon like the egg box dragons we made for Chinese New Year. Or perhaps you could use some play dough to make a model.


Whatever you choose, make sure you enjoy it and have fun. Please ask your grown up to share your work with us on tapestry because we love to see it. ðŸ˜€


Mrs Guesdon ðŸŒˆ and Mrs Wakeling ðŸŒ»


Grown ups: 

If your child has enjoyed learning about St. George’s day and would like to do something else there are also lots of activities you can try here: 

To be clear, we are not asking the children to do these as well, it’s just to help you should you want to run with it. If so, it would be a good idea to choose one that uses some skills or learning that they haven’t yet done this week. 

Welcome back ðŸ˜€

I hope you all had a lovely Easter break and are ready to learn again. We kick off with maths today but please check back later for writing, phonics and topic updates. 


Maths this week is from White Rose Maths and can be found at:


Summer term week 1 w/c 20th April.

Supertato! ðŸ¥” ðŸ¦¸

There is an activity for you to try each day for the whole week and although it is linked to a book there is absolutely no need for you to have a copy as they explain everything you need to know. The video will talk you through each day’s activity or you can click on the ‘get the activity’ link and then you can talk your child through. So choose whichever works best for you -the content is exactly the same. 


Please post on tapestry what you get up to. We love to see the children learning with you and it all adds to their learning journey for this year. If you have any problems with tapestry regarding your login please contact school via the admin email so we can help.


Mrs Guesdon ðŸŒˆ


Happy Easter


Dear Children, 


It has been wonderful to see so many of you enjoying learning at home. Your parents have been sharing photos with me on Tapestry and it makes me so happy to see your lovely smiles again. ðŸ˜Š


I am sorry that I had to leave school before you to stay safe, but I am so looking forward to seeing you all again soon so we can have fun together. ðŸ¥³


Now it’s spring, I have some exciting news.... I have tadpoles! I wanted to show you them at school so we could talk about them and watch them grow, but instead I have made a video to show you. I have put it on tapestry so ask your grown ups to help you watch it.


Are you getting ready for Easter? My two children Ewan and Elaina have decorated our Easter tree and made our usual window display that you can see in the photo below. We do this every year to celebrate but I have to keep the big chocolate eggs hidden for now so we don’t eat them before Easter Sunday!  The tree has to be on the landing windowsill because my cat, Mr. Smiggles, tries to eat all the decorations and causes chaos! ðŸ˜¸ How do you celebrate Easter? Maybe you can ask your grown up to share your Easter celebrations with me on tapestry. However you celebrate, I hope you enjoy the holidays with your family.


Stay safe, stay home, stay amazing â­ï¸


Mrs Guesdon ðŸŒˆ


Maths 3D shape 


Please see tapestry for this weeks maths focus and activity suggestions.
Links to shown items:







Phonics lesson


Today we have posted a phonics lesson (2 videos) on your child's Tapestry online journal and it includes looking at some tricky words too. 


Below I have posted some resources you may want to print and also use regularly with your child. These include all the phase 3 sounds on flashcards with an accompanying picture that uses that sound. These are great printed, cut up and shown quickly and if possible daily. If there are just a few your child doesn't remember do those daily. 


There is also a word mat with the tricky words to print, put up or refer to.


The tricky and decodable words for this phase are also there on flash cards for your child to learn.


There is a phase 3 tricky word booklet of worksheets to print and use with your child too. 


Have fun!


Mrs.W and Mrs.G.

Phonics Phase 3 Sounds and Tricky/Decodable words on flash cards and a Phase 3 booklet.

Weekly update and Ideas for Easter Activities


Understanding the World - Spring Topic

This week on your child's Tapestry journal we have uploaded a teaching video about Spring to help children to develop their understanding of the world. There are also lots of photographs to talk about to support this learning.


Literacy - Sentence Writing about Spring

After your child has watched the Spring teaching video and looked at all the pictures please have a look at the writing lesson videos that we have posted. These will show your child ideas and reinforce the weekly sentence writing lessons we carry out in class. If your child writes a sentence, or 2 sentences please feel free to post them to us and ask then to also draw and colour a picture about their writing. Thank you.


Phonics and Mathematics

We will be posting a phonics teaching video tomorrow and a Mathematics one later this week. Please see below for two Easter Maths/Activity booklets that you might like to dip into. The Version 2 booklet is for numbers 1-10 and the version 6 booklet provides activities for numbers above 10 too. 


Easter Activities - Art and Craft/Developing fine motor skills like pencil control and cutting.

Please see a downloaded document below with some simple, fun and creative Easter themed activities for your child to complete. These can be printed out, or adapted if you cannot access a printer. The children often need a bit of support at first when making things like the bunny and the chick but they soon get the hang of it. We encourage the independent use of child friendly scissors (just not for cutting hair) and the children are used to making paper resources by colouring, cutting and gluing in school. Occasionally some children may need support to hold scissors correctly as sometimes they have them upside down, or they are cutting towards themselves. We hope they have a lot of fun with the resources below and look forward to seeing the results on their Tapestry journals. 


Easter Maths Booklet - Easter Art and Craft/Fine Motor activities 

All about Spring Topic Powerpoint and Scavenger Hunt 

Print this document for your child and make a clipboard with a board, book , peg or clip. They can search and tick off these signs of Spring!

New ideas for EYFS Activities uploaded below that you can use at home. Please also see the teacher videos posted on your Tapestry online journal.

Information for EYFS children in case of school closure.


Dear Parents and Guardians,


Please see below some ideas about how to support your child in EYFS in the event of a school closure. Please find the laminated writing sheets for letters and numbers that have been put in your child's book bag today (Weds 18th March). These can be used with a washable felt tip pen and the red dot indicates where your child should start writing the letter or number. Encourage correct formation and where possible the child should form the letter until continually until it’s finished. Please also see Wand Spelling where I will have loaded some additional phonics work by tomorrow.


A document has been attached below filled with suggested ideas and activities. Please check back soon as I will be uploading more links for you.


Kind regards,


Mrs Guesdon.

Activities and ideas to support learning in the event of a school closure.

Reading at home.


Reading is so important and you can continue to enjoy this with your child. Oxford Owl (link below) offers free ebooks to read for children aged 3-11, including ones we use at school such as the Biff Chip and Kipper books. The easiest way to search is by age. Some children may need age 3-4 and others 4-5. Please do not worry about the age range in terms of your child’s ability; they are all reading well and making progress but are naturally at different stages. The website also has other useful help with a parents guide to phonics, spelling help, activities, games and storyteller videos etc that you may wish to look at.



Spring Term 2


This term our topics are Spring and Giants. Please see below our topics and some information about Reading, Phonics, Writing and Mathematics. 

Understanding the World

The children have been learning that March is the first month of a new season - Spring. We have been talking about Mother's Day and we will be learning about Easter. The children will learn about how some flowers grow in Spring and that this is linked to changes in the weather and temperature.

Topic Web

Reading and Writing

The children are now at various stages of learning to read and are also really enjoying the books we read and study in class. Please continue to hear your child read regularly at home, they are proud to show you their progress. 


We will be using Julia Donaldson's book, 'The Smartest Giant in Town' and the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk to inspire our writing.


The children are mark making and writing daily and working hard to form their letters correctly.





In Phonics the children are learning their phase 3 sounds and/or revisiting both phase 2 and 3. Children are applying their use of sounds when reading and using some phonic knowledge to help them to write. The children are also practising their phase 3 tricky words regularly at school. 



In Mathematics we are practising counting and recognition of numbers every day with the class. In addition to this the children carry out a wide variety of counting activities each week. We have revisited addition this term already, focussing on number bonds to 10 and we will be beginning to look at what happens to numbers when we subtract them later in the term.



In indoor P.E, the children are using the large apparatus to climb, jump and move in a wide variety of ways. In Outdoor P.E they are practising their outdoor games skills. 

Class Notes

Games to play