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Reception Sunshines

Welcome to Reception Sunshines!


Mrs Holden and Mrs Rice are delighted to be teaching the Reception Sunshines this year.  Mrs Patel will also be helping us in Reception.  On our class page you will find lots of important information such as our class Bulletin, Curriculum Overview, Knowledge Organiser and lots of useful websites to support learning.

Home Learning Tasks


Hello Sunshines,

Starting from next week, we will be meeting live everyday on Google Meet at 9am to complete the register and do some quick learning. This should only take between 15-20 minutes. It is very important that all children attend this meeting as we record and report on attendance. Look out for the links everyday. Please make sure you have downloaded Google Meet by typing 'Google Meet' into your Google Chrome web browser.

In order to improve the quality of remote learning at home, we will be moving the majority of home learning to a virtual, online platform called Google Classroom. 

Please ensure you can access these websites:

  • Purplemash
  • Google Classroom
  • Reading Eggs
  • Tapestry


You will find the links below. Your child's usernames and passwords will be in the back of their home reading record book.


Please take the time to ensure you can access all of these online educational platforms as many of our home learning tasks will take place on these. If you have any worries/concerns with this, please use the contact link at the bottom of the page to inform your child's class teacher.


Please find below a guide on how to access Google Classroom on your child's device.

Important Reminders

* PE - Our PE day is Wednesday. Please can children come into school wearing their PE clothes on this day only (PE kit and grey/black joggers).

* School Library - The Sunshines are very lucky to have their own special library in the Resource area which is new for 2020! Books are provided for children which cover all of the topics learned in class. 

* Homework - is given out every Thursday and should be returned on Monday.  Homework includes: home reading (3 parent signatures required), a Jolly Phonics activity and one other piece to be completed.  

Phonics training for parents

Please click on the link below to access a very useful Phonics training session by Mrs Holden. This will help you to support your child's reading and writing. 

Sounding out and blending

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This is one of our reception children sounding out and blending to read words containing the 'oi' digraph. Isn't she fantastic?

EYFS Christmas Performance


Click on the 'Video Resource Centre' link below to find our EYFS Christmas Performance. The children worked really hard and we would love you to watch it. Sit back, relax and enjoy! smiley

Meet the Teacher


Please click on the link below to watch the video

Spring 2

Our topic this half term is Transport and Travel.


Topic: This half term we will be looking at Journeys and different types of Transport. If you have any photos of your child on a plane, train, boat etc. please talk to them about the type of transport and your journey. We will explore different modes of land, air and water transport. As we take a look into the past in order to compare and contrast old and modern day transport.

 *Please save any junk modelling materials so we can make our own vehicles.


Literacy: Our books will be themed around Transport e.g. Whatever Next! Written by Jill Murphy (a rocket trip to the moon). To extend on this, we will search for information in non-fiction books and the internet (with adult supervision) to look at ‘real’ transport and travel to the moon. We will also learn some facts about Neil Armstrong and the first moon landing. As we continue to develop our understanding of events in stories, we will be writing for lots of different purposes, with a focus on using our phonics to segment sounds in words and sentences.


Maths: We will continue to learn about number and recording our own calculations. This will include addition by counting on, starting with the larger number and counting on to reach the total amount and subtraction by counting back. During in the second half of the Spring term we will also learn to solve problems that include doubling amounts, share quantities and halving.



Spring 1


Our topic this half term is Traditional Tales .


Maths: In maths we will be learning about money and the value of different coins. We will also be exploring place value with a particular emphasis on teen numerals. Children will also learn the names and properties of some common 2D & 3D shapes. Finally, we will be training our brains to interpret and solve some addition and subtraction calculation problems.


Literacy: In Literacy this half term we will be looking at a range of Traditional Tales e.g. The Gingerbread Man, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Little Red Hen, plus others. We will be developing our story telling skills by retelling these stories. We will also be encouraging children to use vocabulary such as fiction/storybook, title, character, event and setting. Children will use their knowledge of storybook language to write their own short narratives. Within this, we will explore the concept of a sentence and look at using basic punctuation.


Topic: We will be carrying out a number of Scientific Investigations to establish what would happen to the Gingerbread Man if he swam across the river. Following on from this, we will explore the concept of floating and sinking. The children we will be designing, building and sailing their own boats. In Expressive Arts and Design, we will explore the roles of some well-known characters and re-enact key events from our favourite stories. We will also be making our very own moving character puppets. Our Role Play area is now a Farm Shop, so the children can explore money and the importance of eating a healthy varied diet.  




Autumn 2

We are starting off this half term by looking at Celebrations. We will be looking at Autumn, bonfire night, birthdays, Diwali and Christmas.

Homework: Please complete your Phonics Activity Sheets. Your child will be receiving a reading book with words. These words are phonetically decodable. * Please encourage your child to sound out the letters and blend the sounds together in order to read each word.


Literacy / phonics: We will continue to work on our blending and segmenting skills. We will also be continuing to apply our phonic skills in daily reading and writing activities.

Maths: In maths we will be looking at pattern, number – 1 more/less, capacity, estimation, addition by combining two groups and positional language.  

Values: Each half term we think about a school value. This half term we are thinking about ‘Peace’.


Please continue to check our class page on the school website for any updates. Mrs Holden will shortly be uploading a Phonics Training video to help parents to support their child with reading and writing strategies at home.

Autumn 1

Our value this half term is FAIRNESS.  Don't forget to complete your values task at home - it could be included on our next newsletter!


This half term, we will be learning all about ourselves. Our Topic is "All About Me". We will be creating our own set of class rules and beginning to establish a new routine. The children will also be taking part in a range of fun learning games to enable us to make new friends and get to know other members of the class.


The staff will also be carrying out a number of important language and learning assessment activities, in order to establish a starting point for each child's Learning Journey in Reception. 


Later in the half term, we will be focusing on other family members and sharing some of the special times we have spent taking part in outings, celebrations and other special memories. This will help us to get to know individual interests, and use them to plan meaningful learning opportunities within the classroom.

Yearly Overview 
Weekly News Letters
Half-termly Bulletins
Knowledge Organisers
Spring 1
Medium Term Overview

Useful Websites

Letters and Sounds

To help your child with their letter sounds please follow the link below. You will be able to hear the letter sound and sing the phonics songs.

Articulation of Phonemes

A useful video clip showing the correct 'pure' pronounciation of phonemes (units of sound).

Story Time

Mr Simpson our very own 'story teller' has recorded some wonderful stories for you to listen to at home. Just click on the links below to enjoy:  The Gruffalo  The Gingerbread Man  Someone Bigger  Owl Babies  The Three Billy Goats Gruff  Not Now, Bernard!  The Tiger Who Came to Tea  Mrs McTats and her Houseful of Cats  The Gruffalo's Child  Six Dinner Sid  Where the Wild Things Are  Farmer Duck  Supertato - Veggies in the Valley of Doom  The Snail and the Whale  The Scariest Thing of All   Mr Brave  (Mr Men)  I'm Not Your Friend  The Giant's Loo Roll  Dave, the Lonely Monster  Room on the Broom  Little Miss Trouble  (Mr Men)   The Wind in the Willows   Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School   A Squash and a Squeeze  I Don't Want to Go to Bed  Cinderella  The Smartest Giant in Town  I Want to Go Home  Charlie Cook's Favourite Book   Mr Cheerful   I Want Two Birthdays   The Truth Pixie  I Want to Do It Myself  Cave Baby  Puss in Boots  Aliens Love Underpants




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