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Learning to Learn Homework Summer Term 2 2021 - Minibeasts

This seems such a long time ago, but I have just received this message from the Grantham Journal:

"I'm pleased to tell you the First Class supplement of reception class pictures will run in the April 23 edition of the Grantham Journal. We hope that by then everyone is settled, so it seems the right time to publish the special supplement. We always aim to make First Class a celebration of school life, and there's never been a time when this has been needed more."



our first week back!

8th March 2021 - our first day back at school!

Hello Class 1,

The classroom is all ready for you when you come back to school on Monday, we are so excited to see you all again.  Here are some pictures of our classroom.  We have a new role play area - a campervan!  We wonder where you might travel to and explore?  We will be doing lots of lovely activities next week and having lots of fun playing with our friends again.  We also have an important job to do for our Mummy's as it is their special day soon - Mother's Day.  But ssshh, we can't say much more, we will tell you at school so it is a surprise for them!


Love from,

Mrs Richardson, Mrs Petchell and Mrs Sellers


Letter Formation Powerpoint

Look at our home learning page and go to English, you will find some World Book Day information and ideas.

Spring Term 2021 Provision map - what will we be learning about?

Our Nativity Invite

Going Home with a Friend

Dear Parents


Last year began a new tradition of sending home Andy Bear and Trinity with the children at the weekend.  During the weekend the children involved them in their everyday routines and then took pictures and wrote about their adventures. 


We have as yet not sent then home due to restrictions about soft furnishings in schools because of Covid.  We have now reconsidered this and have completed a risk assessment for this activity.  The toys will be sent home after a period of isolation.  Once they are returned to school they will be put into isolation after they have been sprayed with the anti-bacterial spray we use in the school. 


We hope you feel reassured by this but if you are at all unsure about having the toys in your home, please speak to your child’s teacher in the first instance. Be assured that we always put your children’s safety first but this is an educational tool we are keen to reinstate.  However, there will be no pressure to take home the toys from school. 


Best wishes


Mrs Richardson, Mrs Turner and Mrs Nicholson

Hello and Welcome to Class 1

(Reception / Foundation Stage 2)

Children in the final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception Children) follow a curriculum based around the ‘Early Learning Goals’ – a series of aims divided between seven areas of learning.  We introduce these areas of learning in ways that are suitable for the age and development of the child, building on existing skills and experiences.  At the end of their Reception Year the children will be assessed against these Early Learning Goals to see if they are working in line with expectations for their age, below or above a typical level for their age. 


At School and through our ‘partnership with parents’ we will encourage your child to be involved in a variety of learning experiences during each day.  Some of these will be whole class experiences, some will be in small group situations and sometimes your child will work independently.  Teaching and learning in the Early Years Foundation stage is based on PLAY and TALK.  There will be a balance of teacher led and child initiated activities.  Every day your child will have a focussed Phonics, Literacy and Maths activity. 

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum focuses on seven areas of learning:


Communication and Language

The children will be learning to:

  • Speak and listen in a range of situations
  • Follow instructions
  • Answer questions
  • Develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves

Physical Development

The children will be learning to:

  • Develop their co-ordination and control
  • Move confidently
  • Handle equipment and tools effectively e.g. scissors and pencils
  • Make healthy choices in relation to food

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children will be learning to:

  • Become confident learners
  • Form positive relationships with others
  • Learn to share and take turns
  • Be independent
  • Know the difference between right and wrong






The children will be learning to:

  • Hear and say sounds in words
  • Learn the alphabet
  • Read and write familiar words
  • Learn to use a pencil effectively



The children will be learning to:

  • Count objects accurately
  • Recognise numbers
  • Add and subtract single digit numbers
  • Name and describe shapes
  • Understand concepts related to size, weight, length, capacity, position, time and money

Understanding the World

The children will be learning to:

  • Find out about past and present events in their own lives and the lives of family members
  • Know how they are the same or different from their friends
  • Explore and find out about the world around them
  • Make observations of plants and animals
  • Recognise different technology and where it is used

Expressive Art and Design

The children will be learning to:

  • Explore colours and shapes
  • Use different media and materials
  • Participate in role-play
  • Dance and move to music
  • Sing songs and make music



The whole school curriculum is organised into three overarching themes:

Discover - Autumn term, and is the History focus for the year.

Explore - Spring term, and is Geography focused.

Create - Summer term, and is arts focused. Although art, music and D.T are explored and created in other terms, this is the only term where the skills of each subject are taught.


Within the Early Years Curriculum we have planned our topics around the three themes.


Our topics for the Autumn term is 'What do I know about me?' and Toys


Our topics for the Spring term is 'Why can't a penguin live in Africa?' and 'Where did the wheels on the bus go?'



Each week a child will be nominated for Hot Chocolate with Mrs Brown to celebrate either their academic achievement, use of our school values in action or demonstrating our learning to learn skills which make up our school logo, known as our Trinity.  Trinity the Tortoise would normally come home with your child along with a diary to write in, draw pictures or add photographs to show what Trinity has done with your child to celebrate their achievement. The diary would be shared at school as a speaking and listening activity.  Due to Covid-19 and our school risk assessment we are still in discussions as to how Trinity will be used.





Please look at your child's phoneme flashcards they bring home on a Friday.


Remember to listen to your child read and write in their reading diary.




Our PE day is a Thursday in the school hall. Please remember to come to school wearing your PE clothes.  (black jogging bottoms or shorts depending on the weather, yellow PE t-shirt or white polo t-shirt and your school jumper or cardigan and trainers.  Please ensure your child has their plimsolls in their PE bag which is kept on their peg in the classroom) 



Please remember if you have questions or concerns that you would like to talk to us about, do come and see us and we will endeavour to help. If we are unable to speak with you immediately, we will arrange a mutually convenient time.


Thank you, Mrs Richardson and Mrs Petchell





Our work when returning to school after 'Lockdown'

Our activities this week have been about wild animals!

It has been another busy week!  We read a story about Max the dog and his jungle adventure.  We created our own animal patterns and guessed the animal it belongs to and chose the correct animal pattern to stick onto our animal outline. We also wrote our own animal clues to guess which animal we are describing.  Our focus was use of language this week.  We answered questions about the story and designed a new bandana for Max the dog and described the colours and patterns we used.  We had lots of fun on the small world table with the animals and listened to the music 'Carnival of the Animals' and thought about what animal the music was associated with.

Find out what we have been doing in Class 1 this week (week beginning 29th June 2020)

This week we have continued our colour work and read the story The Rainbow Fish.  We created our own rainbow fish and wrote about our 'prized possessions'.  We also read the story Happy Birthday Winnie! and had a birthday party to celebrate our friends birthdays we had missed whilst school was closed.  We made rainbow wands for Winne and wrote new spells to go in her spell book, we made party hats and capes and a birthday card for Winnie.  With Mrs Petchell's help, we made a delicious cake.  We enjoyed trying a little bit at school and took some home in our party boxes which we decorated.

What have we been doing in Class 1 this week? (week beginning 22nd June 2020)

This week we welcomed back some more of our friends and for those at home Mrs Richardson and Mrs Petchell said hello to them on zoom.


What a hot week! We continued our colour work and watched the story about Winnie the Witch and her house.  We painted pictures of Winnie and her cat Wilbur and painted Winnie's house.  We wrote about our houses and designed a new house for Winnie.  To end our week we wrote a letter to Winnie and had an ice lolly to cool down!  We had fun with our Nottingham Forest sports coach participating in different group events such as the javlin, running, long jump, speed bounce and throwing! We also enjoyed our singing session with Rattle and Roll.  We listened to a piece of classical music called Peter and the Wolf and identified the instruments.  We also used our team work and problem solving skills when we had a duck race using the drain pipes and water.  We did get a little wet but it cooled us down!  Mrs Selby's yummy school dinners were served this this week!

Once again thank you very much to our lovely parents for being so supportive during our new school routine, and to our parents who are sending emails with updates and photographs of what their children are doing at home.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Good morning Class 1.  I hope you are all having a lovely weekend.  For those of you who returned to school Mrs Petchell and I had a lovely week with you, it felt as though we had never been away.  For those of you at home, thank you for the lovely work and emails you sent, it was great to see what you had been doing.  Next week our activities are based on the book Winnie the Witch, Winnie's House so we hope those of you at school and home enjoy the activities.


Remember the weather is due to be warm next week so please remember sun hats and to apply sun cream and to bring your water bottle.  Also bring your coat just incase the weather does change!


School Dinners

 Also for those children who were at school last week you are able to have a school dinner next week!  For those children starting with us, please remember you will need a packed lunch for your first week.


Remember your Bubble times please:

Bubble A   9.25 - 3.10

Bubble B   9.35 - 3.20


Thursday 17th June

What a rainy day it has been!  We have had another lovely morning and enjoyed our first week back at school.  Today we watched a short film called 'Bubbles' and thought about where we would like to go in our bubble.  The children have been wonderful at keeping our class 1 bubble safe by washing their hands, sitting in their 'bubble' when working at their table and eating their lunch.  For those friends who are not with us we are thinking about you lots and hope you are enjoying your activities at home. 
Click on the link below if you would like to watch the film.
We have had another lovely busy morning in class 1 enjoying time with our friends.  We have been builders making an obstacle course and have drawn plans and checked the safety of it.  We also released a toad that was found in class 1's drain in our outside area.  Mrs Fothergill helped us to get it out of the drain and we put it in the pond.   

Our first few days back at school!

We have had a fantastic couple of days back at school and are so proud of how the children have returned to school and adapted to our new routines.  Thank you as always to our wonderful parents and for the support you have shown us.  We appreciate it so much.

Hello Class 1.  I hope you have had a good week and have enjoyed some of the home learning activities this week.


Mrs Petchell and I are looking forward to seeing those children returning to school on Monday the 15th June.  Please remember next week only is an earlier pick up time.  If you are in Bubble A (9.25am) your pick up time is 1.30pm and Bubble B (9.35am) is 1.40pm. Please remember to bring your packed lunch, water bottle, sun hat, coat, and to apply sun cream if necessary according to the weather forecast.  Please note there is no fruit provided  for snack time in a morning, therefore please pack a healthy snack for your child to eat during the morning session.  Thank you.


For those children at home, your home learning activities will be accessible for Monday.



We are welcoming some of the children back to school next week, but some are still to be at home.  On the Well-Being page there are some resources which may help the children if they are feeling anxious.  Please do browse and see if there is anything which may be useful to your situation.

Good morning Class 1, I hope you enjoyed your weekend.  This week our activities are based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood.  During the story she feels different emotions.  This week you are asked about how you are feeling.  Next Monday Mrs Petchell and I will be saying a big "HELLO" to those of you who are returning back to school and you will be feeling different emotions.  Mrs Petchell and I are feeling excited to see you.  You may be excited too, or nervous as it has been a long time since you have been to school.  All these different feelings a fine and it's good to talk about how you are feeling.  I hope you enjoy your home activities and look forward to hearing about what you have been doing.

From Mrs Richardson

Watch the story below on youtube as it explains what school will be like when you return.

Hello Class 1, we hope you had a lovely half term and enjoyed the sunny weather.  This week your home learning activities are based on the story book 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt, we hope you are enjoying them.  Mrs Petchell and I have been busy this week preparing our classroom for when we welcome you back.  Things look a little different and the way we will do things will be different too, but we will still have lots of fun. Have a look at the photographs below to see what our classroom looks like.


We look forward to seeing you soon and hearing about all the things you have been doing at home.

Mrs Richardson and Mrs Petchell

When you come to school you will say bye to your grown up at our class 1 gate as they are not allowed to come into our special 'bubble' it is just for us!  You will hang your coat on your peg outside (it will have your name and photograph on it) and then come into the classroom.  The first thing you will do is put your water bottle in the tray and clean your hands.  Our germ station has moved.  Remember our rules about sneezing - catch it with a tissue, put it in the bin and wash hands afterwards.

After washing your hands you will come and sit at a table - you will have your own special place to sit.  You will share a table with your friends when we do our focus work.  We will give you a pencil, colouring pencils, colouring pens, scissors and glue if it is needed.  We have to wipe equipment when we have used it to keep the germs away.

You will also sit in your special place to eat your dinner.  Mrs Selby will bring you your yummy school dinner to our classroom but is not allowed into our classroom as it is our special 'bubble'.  Mrs Richardson and Mrs Petchell will serve you your dinner.  We will still have a playtime in the morning and at dinnertime but we have to stay in our special 'bubble' and not play with the other children in school.

We will sit on the carpet to do some activities, but will try and sit a little bit away from our friends so they don't pop our 'magic bubble' around us!

We will still do painting activities, play with construction, play with small world, play with maths equipment, look at books, go on the computers when it is your days and lots more.  The difference is Mrs Richardson and Mrs Petchell will put out the activities for the day. (you can not do into drawers and choose things for yourself)


We will play lots outside and again Mrs Richardson and Mrs Petchell will put out equipment to play with for that day. 


We will be asking you to wash your hands lots.

We will be asking you to use the hand gel every time you move to a new activity.  It is really important we keep our hands squeaky clean and keep the germs away!



We have two toilets to use.  There is a partition across so class 2 cannot come into our toilet 'bubble'.  We must remember as always to flush the toilet, wash our hands very well with soap and dry them using the paper towels and then put them in the bin

Dear Class 1

I thought you might like to have a go at the ELSA Support Welling Calendar for June.  Each activity promotes a sense of wellbeing.  I do hope you enjoy them.  I hope you are all well.  Mrs George smiley

Our weekly hello to class 1! Mrs Richardson and Mrs Petchell and thinking in the reflection garden

Hello Class 1,

I would just like to say on behalf of myself and Mrs Petchell a very big thank you to all the children for their amazing work that they have done at home with you.  I can see how they have taken care and been thoughtful when doing it and, I am very proud of them all as I'm sure you are.  Being at home for these past 9 weeks is not something we thought would have happened as we welcomed you and your child into Class 1 in September at the start of their school life journey with us.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you as parents for all you have done to keep your child happy during these uncertain times.  I have loved receiving your emails and photographs, and although we are apart I still have felt our class 1 partnership.  You deserve a big well done!  Being a parent is hard enough, but trying to do home learning can be both fun, frustrating, tiring and sometimes hard, with good and bad weeks.  I thank you all for your continued support.


It is now half term, therefore I won't be setting any home learning.  Please take this time to enjoy the rest, the lovely weather and family time.  However if you wish you can access online resources for things to do.


As some children return back to school I will be unable to check emails daily, but I am still here for those parents who have children at home and will reply to your email as soon as I can. 


Best wishes to you all and look forward to seeing you in the near future.

Take care

Mrs Richardson

Where are we this week Class 1 when saying hello to you?

We hope you are enjoying your Elmer activities this week.  We look forward to finding out what you have been doing.

Our weekly Wednesday "hello" to Class 1 from Mrs Richardson and Mrs Petchell!

Here we are reading a story in our new reading rainforest outside class 1.  Mrs Petchell created it for class 1 and 2 to enjoy reading and sharing books in.

What numbers can you see on the numberline? Count forwards and backwards, count 1 more, 1 less, 2 more and 2 less

Mrs Petchell has been busy painting the sheds in our outdoor area. Mr Fothergill has painted the walls in our toilet area.

Hello Class 1 from Mrs Richardson and Mrs Petchell

We hope you are all enjoying your home learning this week.

Ruby and Max (Mrs Richardson's children) managed to get on a photo too!

Here are some photographs of our classroom.

All your lovely work is still on the walls and it looks exactly the same as it did on the 20th March when we said 'goodbye' to you all.
Can you remember our topic about Cold and Hot Places?  We did lots of work about where penguins live in Antarctica, we then travelled to Africa and thought about the animals we would see there.  We began our topic 'Where did the wheels on the bus go?' and travelled to London and thought about the landmarks we could visit.

Do you remember our phonics area? Have a go at reading the tricky words.

Our malleable area. Can you do some of these things?

Use playdough or make some to have a go. 

Our signs of spring display. Have you spotted any of these?

Mrs Richardson and Mrs Petchell say a big "hello" to you all!

We went into school yesterday to do some work together. (Wednesday 22nd April) We tried hard to keep a bit of social distancing!!  We thought you might like to see a photograph of us!!  We hope you are enjoying the lovely sunny weather and having a go at some home learning.  The classroom still looks the same, but Mr Fothergill has painted our toilet area red and grey, it looks really smart.  Have fun, we miss you lots and look forward to hearing from you all soon.
Have you guessed where Smartie and Oreo are staying yet?

Hello and welcome back after the Easter holiday. 

Mrs Richardson and Mrs Petchell hope you had a lovely Easter.


We hope you all managed to celebrate in some way, enjoyed family time together and the lovely weather, but most of all had time to relax and feel refreshed.


Weekly update for week beginning 20th April.

I have uploaded the time table with activities around Julia Donaldson's story 'What the Ladybird Heard'.  Please use the timetable as it suits you, and continue to feed back what your child has been doing so we can celebrate their achievements together.

I really look forward to receiving your emails and pictures.  Please can you say if you give permission or not for the photographs to be shared. 


Take care everyone.

Mrs Richardson



Look what I found in my garden!


My children Ruby and Max wondered if it might be the Hungry Caterpillar. 
They made a home for it.  Can you see what they used? 

Can you see where the caterpillar is?

List of websites for home learning

Stories to Share in Reception

These are recommended books that every child in Reception should have read to them.   You might have some at home already, if not have a look on you tube.  There is lots of opportunities for discussion when reading with your child and questions to ask -   What did they enjoy, why did that happen,  what might happen next? If there are repeated parts encourage your child to join in with you whilst you read.


Dough Disco Party!

Picture News at Home 13th April

Happy Easter Class 1


I can't believe it is nearly 3 weeks since we closed school due to these circumstances we find ourselves adapting to.  I hope you are all staying safe and well during these uncertain times.  Firstly I would like to apologise for the lack of communication I have had with you as parents and your children, but unfortunately I have been very ill.  I am now beginning to feel much better and stronger, so just wanted to say a big "HELLO" to you all.  I have begun to look at the work you have completed on Purple Mash, and my next job is to look at emails.  So you will be hearing from me soon if you have added work or sent me an email.


I would like to say thank you to each of you for working so hard to support your children not only educationally, but mentally too as it is so hard for them to understand the circumstances we are in at the moment.


As it is technically the Easter Holiday, enjoy a break from the online learning.  Mrs Brown has put links to some fun activities on the home learning page of the website if you would like to continue with activities, so have a look at some of the ideas if you wish.


I will post a weekly timetable and purple mash tasks after the Easter Break.  Until then stay safe and take care.  Bye for now Class 1.



Picture News at Home 6th April 2020

Online storytelling Day 1 with a kids activity challenge

Story challenge Day 1 - The Brilliant Beast Shonette presents a great kids activity with a challenge! Get in touch on social media and share your fun picture...

Dough Disco days of the week

Shonette presents Dough Disco™ days of the week. Dough disco™ is exercise for the fingers to improve fine muscle control. It is good before long writing task...

How to Make Playdough With Flour and Water and Salt

Learn how to make playdough with flour and water and salt If you love to spend time with your kids and play with play doh, you will love this recipe for home...

Picture news week commencing 30th March

Smartie and Oreo on Holiday!

Smartie and Oreo are enjoying a little holiday!

Where do you think they’ve gone? What do you think they would write on a postcard to you all?


Why not make a postcard from Smartie and Oreo to class 1! Scan them and email them to the class 1 email and we’ll share some on here to show our class pets! 

We will make sure we let you know of their adventures.

Home Learning Timetable

Dear Parents / Carers

Please find below some resources to help your child practise some of the things we have been learning about in school recently.  The timetable gives you some suggestions of activities you could do during each day to keep your child occupied.


Please remember to share your child's reading book and ask questions about the content.


Reinforce the phonemes, digraphs and trigraphs in your child's sounds booklet and practise their flashcards.


Remember to read stories daily to your child.


You may wish your child to keep a diary of events that they do in their exercise book we provided.  Encourage your child to say their sentence out loud several times and then write it independently, reading their sentence back to themselves as they write it.  Make sure they think carefully about the sounds they can hear and remember their finger spaces?


Encourage your child to practise their high frequency words which were provided in their pack by reading and writing them.


There is purple mash to access on you can contact via the blogg.  Also you can contact Mrs Richardson via the email address sent out.


We will miss seeing you and your children during these uncertain times, but Mrs Richardson will check emails daily during the working week and would love to hear from you.


Mrs Richardson and Mrs Petchell thank you for your support during this Spring Term and hope to see you all again soon.


Take care.

The whole school curriculum is organised into three overarching themes:

Discover - Autumn term, and is the History focus for the year.

Explore - Spring term, and is Geography focused.

Create - Summer term, and is arts focused. Although art, music and D.T are explored and created in other terms, this is the only term where the skills of each subject are taught.


Within the Early Years Curriculum we have planned our topics around the three themes.

Learning to Learn Homework




Please look at your child's phoneme flashcards they bring home and to listen to your child read.


Please note our Wednesday's enrichment lesson is French and Music. 


Our PE day is a Thursday. Please can all children have their PE kits in school at all times.  Remember to label all clothing and plimsolls. 



Please remember if you have questions or concerns that you would like to talk to us about, do come and see us and we will endeavour to help. If we are unable to speak with you immediately, we will arrange a mutually convenient time.


Thank you, Mrs Richardson and Mrs Petchell




End of Year Expectations Booklets