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Please find below our letter of thanks to all our wonderful reception families. Alternatively, please watch the video to hear Mrs Stacey reading it aloud. We are so thankful and proud of your hard work and resilience this term, and hope you enjoy a well-deserved week of rest, fun outdoors, and quality time with each other. We will be back, ready to go again on Monday 22nd February. 

Here are some ideas of some (optional) things to keep you busy over half term:

  • ·       Share some jokes
  • ·       Collect reading minutes
  • ·       View from my window art activity
  • ·       Take daily exercise
  • ·       Start a new hobby – learn to sew/ be artistic/ yoga
  • ·       Learn a new language
  • ·       Get in the garden or go for a walk - watch clouds/ have a mini beast hunt/ gardening
  • ·       Cooking – remember to read the recipe instructions!
  • ·       Playing board games or card games
  • ·       Limiting screen time on devices
  • ·       Read a book together
  • ·       Draw a picture for a family member , or a local care home to let them know what is happening in your life, what you are learning about and what you have been doing
  • ·       Plant some cress seeds and grow them on your window sill


10th February 2021

Dear Acorns and Chestnuts,

We have come to the end of a very strange term and you have been amazing! Even though learning at home has been tricky at times, you have kept going. You have worked so hard and we are all so proud of you. Thank you for sending us work and photos of what you have been up to, seeing your happy little faces learning has really made us smile.  We miss seeing you at school but it has been lovely to see you on the zoom meet-ups and story times, although we know it’s not the same. 

For those children who have been in school, it has been just as tricky for you. You have had to get used to new routines, a different classroom and different teachers. However, you have continued to work hard, try your best have fun. You all get on so well together, we are very proud of you too!

We want to say a big thank you to all our parents and carers for your hard work and support this term. We know that it hasn’t been easy. You have done an amazing job of supporting your child in their learning but also making sure they feel safe and happy during a very uncertain time. Lots of you have to manage multiple children’s learning as well as work and other responsibilities. Thank you for keeping in contact with school and reaching out when things get difficult. We are here to help. Thank you also for all your feedback. We have had some lovely comments as well as some useful suggestions for how we can do things differently.

Currently, we do not have a return date to school so remote education and key worker provision will continue on the 22nd February. In the meantime we hope you are able to relax and enjoy some family time over the half term break. We have included some suggested activities on the Reception web page to keep you busy!

Many thanks,

The Reception Team


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Please find lots of helpful websites below. Please remember that the most important thing for your Reception child at the moment is PLAY! 

If you have any questions, please email; (for both classes) and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Please also share any work you do with your children, we would love to see it! 

When teaching young children phonics, it is really important you are using 'pure sounds' with the children. Please watch the video below to remind yourselves of how these sound. 


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There are lots of websites providing free resources during this period of home learning. We will list them below;

White Rose Maths: This website is used for our main maths curriculum in school, these will be incorporated into the learning each week, however the website has some great videos and worksheet for additional learning.

Reading activities and free e-books: Oxford Owl is a great website for free e-books. They have a range of levels including picture books and books with words for the children to read. We recommend the children look at  lilac, pink or red books.  Please see the home learning page for login details.

Numberblocks and Alphablocks on CBebbies: These are both great educational programmes on the Cbebbies Iplayer.

PE with Joe (Mon/Wed/Fri): A 20 minute fitness class for all the family.

Cosmic Yoga - Lovely themed yoga lessons for a bit of down time.

Oak National Academy:  An online learning portal created for the pandemic. 

Activities for all areas of the curriculum