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  Wednesday 3rd June 

  Good morning all, hope you had a good half term and managed to get out and about to enjoy the continuing lovely weather. 

 We have been busy at school preparing to re-open for those who have chosen to come. Keep a watch for photos later in the week. 

 Learning tasks will now be put here on a Wednesday for the week as this is the day I have time at home to plan and prepare. 

 I am preparing some resources to put in the post but meanwhile here are a few tasks to keep you going. 

 Literacy- Reading, Writing and Phonics

   Have another look at Discovery Learning Espresso,  Phonics, See if you complete some Polly games and activities, focusing on the double sounds we have learnt and are in your phonics books. See Phonics Play games online also, Phase 2 or Phase 3. 

 Here are some other activities for each group



 Please do as much as you can, whatever you can lay your hands on. I am happy to arrange changing books if you can get to school, send me a message. 

 Here are some other things you might like. 


 All of these reading activities can be printed off and repeated many times.     

You don't need to do it all in one go , little and often is best!


 Hopefully you will already be writing every opportunity you get, here are some ideas:

 labels for models and pictures 

lists for mum- shopping or things you want to do!

 instructions about making something or a recipe

 you can repeat any of the handwriting sheets you have already done, practice is important. 

 pictures and sentences about things you have been busy doing- like a little diary. This can be in your exercise book or on other paper. You can make it into a book called My Diary. Several children have begun this and it really helps if the writing theme is of interest to them. 

 here are some other ideas for this week.

Choose which format you like best for the postcard,  Who could you send it to? somone you haven't seen in your family, or a friend. You could even send it to us at school, that would be nice. Either draw a picture or use a photo. Ask for help to write the address.

Seaside writing. 

There are several sheets for you do do, ask for some hepl to think about your sentences. Looking forward to seeing this.



 Keep up the counting practice and writing numbers. Did you enjoy the shopping activities? if there were any you haven't tried from before you can go back to those pages and print them off. 

Try some more  activities on Discovery Learning Espresso, Maths or BBC Bitesize Bud's Number Garden.

here are some more things to try,  

N.B You will need  Word- Powerpoint to play the toyshop game. Activate slide show to make it interactive. 

 Here is something about 'handwashing ' that we enjoyed in school this week. 

Super Soap's Handwashing Song - Sing Along at Home

Get hands-on with your new favourite superhero, Super Soap, and find out how you can get rid of germs! This song for kids is perfect for teaching little ones...

I hope there are things here to interest you as well as all the amazing things parents find for you to do.  Watch out for more photos soon and please message if you have any queries. I cannot promise to answer straight away as I will be working in school 4 days a week but will be checking the emails as often as I can. Anything urgent please call the school office. 

Best wishes  smiley



  Press  'PLAY'  here to see amazing photos of home learning!

Picture 1


   Hi We are the reception class 2019/2020. We remember our lovely trip to RHS Rosemoor in the Autumn term.

 Saturday 23rd May  IMPORTANT MESSAGE

 Good morning all. I hope you are all well and enjoying the lovely weather, especially now we can go out a bit more!


 Richard has put important new information about the proposed return to school on this website. It is on the Coronovirus section of News and Events.

He will be attempting to email everyone but in case this is not successful he has asked that we alert you to this very important message. 

 News and Events- Coronovirus- 22nd May

 Best wishes

I hope to be seeing you all again soon 

Mrs Bennettwink





 Activities for week Monday 18th May

Hello all,

Happy Monday. Hope you are all keeping well. Thank you for your messages and photos, they are keeping me going as I am really missing seeing you all smiley

Hopefully you have all received an email from Richard over the weekend regarding the re-opening of schools etc.  A copy of this is available on our Coronavirus page in case you didn’t receive it. 
If you didn’t get this email, and would like to receive emails from us, please can you let us know an up to date email address so we can add it to our system? 

Here are your learning activities for the coming week. Don’t forget you can share your own ideas with me too! Lovely!

I have seen some amazing baking, fairy houses, the construction of a hen house, a home sports day, story sharing, letters and numbers in nature, great writing and drawing and so much more.  Did you like the songs? 


Keep it up everyone. You are doing so well. smiley


Here are the tasks for the coming week. 

Reading, Writing and Phonics.

Keep up the good work with reading. I say again, whatever you can find! Words are all around us!

The book boxes remain in the playhouse if you are able to get there to swap them. I have put a link on for you to share the wonderful rhyming text from the book ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ I hope you enjoy it.



Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae

Take a trip to the jungle with the Storybook Lady! You never know what cool animals you might find there. Music: On the Bach - Jingle Punks


 You should have some activities left in your yellow and blue learning packs, so please finish as many of these that you can. Continue with Phase 2 and 3 online activities on the internet 

 Phonics Play 

Discovery Learning Espresso

 Handwriting and Writing 

 Please complete any outstanding handwriting pages you have in your learning packs. Children from Blue group can also continue to use the 'Picture writing prompt' pages. Try to make your sentences even better and longer by using descriptive words. Write on the lines and have a go with sounding out words when spelling. 

Here are some sentence making activities that everyone can do. 


 I have also put here a bordered sheet if you want to use it to write your own animal story or fact file. If you are feeling really inventive you might want to print off several and do a small book. then you could do a story and a fact file and make your own cover for example 'My Animal Stories' or 'All About the Rainforest'. see what wonderful ideas you can up with!

 I would also like you to think about going exploring!  What do you think you will need to take with you? Below is a printable template where you can draw and label what would go in your backpack. Do you know the song 'Walking in the Jungle'?  You could have an adventure in your garden. there are several versions on U Tube so choose one for yourself to watch and join in with. 



Please complete any outstanding activities from your learning pack. Remember counting aloud needs practice as does writing numbers in the correct way.

Can you get a large piece of paper ? make large numbers all over it 1-10

Can you get a smaller piece of paper? make tiny numbers aa over it  1-10

Try some more games on Discovery Education Espresso- Foundation Maths 

Edshed Maths shed (activities are more challenging even at lowest level)

BBC Bitesize Bud's Number Garden

 Here are some other activities to try. You may not do them all, choose you ones you like best first. ( there is time next week too- Half term!)

 Theme - Rainforest and Jungle 

 I have seen some amazing 'rainforest' artwork. photos. If you haven't managed to do yours yet there is still time. Look at the notes from the last 2 weeks for details.

 Hopefully you will mange the literacy and numeracy tasks linked to our theme over the next two weeks. Here are a few more ideas for you. 

 Animal Headbands.

You could use the headbands to play a guessing game  'Who am I?'

the person wearing the headband asks questions about the animal, the others say yes or no but cannot tell them the animal name until they give up!

OR people looking at the animal can give simple clues without telling the person wearing the headband what the animal is. Good fun in a group I think!

Slime Playdough.

Great fun if you can make it. 

Sentence writing.

A good picture for thinking about simple sentences, good to colour too!#

 Jungle challenges.

Some other fun things to do. 

I like the snake making best myself! how long can you make yours? send me photos please


 One last thing I have found on Discovery Learning Espresso

Foundation- Storytime- Rat-a-tat-tat

Story 'The Tiger Child' 

in the box to the left there are additional activities you may like. 

tiger rhyme, tiger song and actions, fact book about tigers in books and some more short videos to watch.


I am working at school all day Monday and will be online when I can throughout the day. Also available Wednesday 11.00-1.00 and Friday 11-1.00, email or live chat if you need me.


Keep busy everyone. Best wishes x










 Learning tasks for week Monday 11th May 

  Hello everyone, it's Monday again. Hope you all enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend, the sunshine and maybe did something different to celebrate VE Day. You will see I have added another set of your fantastic photos, keep them coming as they cheer us all up.


 Reading, Writing and Phonics.

Keep up the reading practice, as I said last week 'read whatever you can find'. I hope some of you managed to get to school to replace the ones you already had. Look for repeated words (called 'high frequency' words, favoured sounds (choose some from your phonics book) or tricky words in the text, make a chart to show how many you have found of each one. I liked one idea that someone told me, parents were reading a longer book to their child, and each time reviewing what had already happened in the story before moving on to the next bit.


Keep up the good work on Discovery Education, Espresso and Phonics Play, Phase 2 or 3. Either try some new games or repeat the ones you like and try to get a higher score! Have ago at this rhyming game as well.

  I would like Blue group children to complete 2 more pages of the 'CVC Cut and Paste 'from your learning pack.

 I would like Yellow group children to complete  2 or 3 pages from ' Phase 2 Pictures and Captions, activity booklet.


Please complete 2 more pages from the 'handwriting booklet'. The efforts I have seen so far are really good, making writing neat is not easy and needs practice!smiley

 Blue group children , please have a go at 5 pictures and writing from 'Picture writing prompts' in your learning pack. Use the lines foe your writing, don't forget finger spaces and have a go at sounding out and spelling for yourselves! I suggest you choose the simpler sentences to begin with,  (Parents this is written as the children would sound it out, using the sounds they know)for example 'The dog had a boan' but you could make it a bit more interesting - The dog had a big/joosee//long boan. See what you can come up with. 

Yellow group children, please write 3 simple sentences in your exercise book. 'The best things I have done at home' you could draw pictures as well.

Great, looking forward to seeing some of this writing everyone.


Last week you were continuing with counting, keep that up . If you still have number line activities to do from your pack 'find the missing number ' then some of those could be done this week. Continue with Discovery Education , Maths games like last week too.

These are some other games and activities you might like to try. 

Theme- Living Things - Jungle and Rainforest

I hope you enjoyed last weeks tasks. Now to carry on with our learning about Living Things, we are going to find out about life In the Jungle and The  Rainforest.  

 Go to Discovery Learning, Espresso ,type Rainforest into the Search box,

please watch the following video clips

 'Rainforests' and 'New Jungle Wildlife Discovered' then see if you can answer the questions here.

 There is also a big book on line  with simple text to read and some good photos. 

 Discovery Education, Espresso , search Rainforest, The book is called Rainforest and can be found beneath the video clip.

 Here are some songs you might like to try to well known tunes, and a game if you can access powerpoint.


 And now for the artwork you started last week, I hope you managed to do the LARGE background, I saw a few they were really great, very creative. Now time to add the animals, you can draw/paint your own or use the printable ones below. Make it real, make it your own but use proper colours for the animals! Think about what you have found out about where the animals like to be. Can't wait to see some more of them , have fun.laugh I hope you like the songs too !







 Learning tasks for the week  4th May

   Good morning and Happy Monday to all. I am so pleased that I was able to put your wonderful photos into a presentation that could be accessed by all, if you haven't already please have a browse. It is really heart warming to see all the fantastic things you have been busy doing over the last six weeks. Please keep it up and send me more!


Now for this weeks learning tasks.

Reading and Phonics

Please read as much as possible and whatever you can lay your hands on.  Signs and labels all around, food packaging etc. Don't forget I have put some books at school in the outside playhouse for you to collect if you wish to swap and can do so safely. 

 Please have a go at these phonics challenges, Phase 2 should be manageable for everyone and Phase 3 a bit more challenging but nothing we haven't learnt already. 

 Then there are still plenty of games Phase 2 and 3 on Phonics Play as well as Discovery Learning Espresso. See if you can get better scores than the last time you played them. cheeky

Next I would like Yellow group children ( resources were given in a yellow folder) to complete 'I Can Read' booklet and I would like Blue group children  (resources were given in a blue folder)  to complete 2 pages from the 'CVC cut and Paste' booklet.  

 Everyone can do some 'Tricky word' practice and for Handwriting , please complete another page from that booklet.



I hope you enjoyed last weeks Maths challenges, I saw some great counting towers and leaf number lines in the photos. Here are this weeks tasks. 

 Go to Discovery Education Espresso Foundation level and complete some activities from Maths Nos-20

 Know the number



 Please choose activities at your level and see how far you can get.  You might want to have a number line nearby to help with counting. Think! the more we practice the more we remember, the better we will get!

 I have also found these Maths activities you might enjoy! One is and writing numbers, the other is an addition activity. The last one all about size!

 Theme - Living Things

This week I would like you to continue with our new learning about Living Things. There is a video to watch and a question and answer sheet to complete. 

 Go to Discovery Learning Espresso, on homepage search  'Animals', click on the first entry 'Animals', then on the left find Videos, click and watch the video titled 'Animals'   WATCH CAREFULLY! I  want you to answer questions about it afterwards. You could watch more than once ! it is good.

Here is a game you can play to help you think about 'Habitats', the places animals could live. 

 Discovery Education Espresso,  homepage  'Hop into Habitiats '  go left to activities, the game is called 'Who lives here?' have fun with this!

 The last task on the theme this week is to start a piece of artwork that will be continued next week.  I would like you to make a background for a rainforest themed picture.  GO LARGE laugh You will need

a large piece of paper or cardboard


paint or pens or crayons or all three

coloured paper- if you haven't got any then paint or colour a white piece and then cut it up

please make the background for the rainforest picture- include trees, grass, flowers, mud, maybe sky depends on your design. you could use real grasses, flowers and twigs.                  DO NOT ADD ANIMALS this is next weeks task.

Looking forward to seeing your design ideas everyone, happy sticking!

I will be online LIVE at various times this week so see blogging page for details.

Best wishes all xxxx


 Learning tasks for the week April 27th 

   Hello everyone time to get busy again with more fun learning activities.  We have just about completed our work on stories now, hope you managed to do many of the jobs l set for you. If you are still busy with them then carry on, The feedback and photos have been great to see, please send more. 

 I want to begin some learning about 'Living Things'. We will also carry on with phonics, handwriting and maths tasks. 

 Phonics and Reading

  Please keep reading as much as possible, whatever you can find! on previous posts I alerted you to the wealth of materials on  Discovery  Education, Espresso as well as the reading resources in the packs. I have put some books in the outside playhouse at school, if you can get to them safely! to swap what you currently have. 



 These are games to be printed off and played, begin with C K E etc. and then progress to the other one. Also play phonics Phase 3 games on Phonics play or Espresso.  make some words using the cut and stick activities provided for each group. Complete a page from the tricky word booklet also.


 Complete two pages of the handwriting booklet.


  Here are some counting challenges for you.

 Don't forget to keep practicing counting and writing numbers wherever you can too!



  Theme  - Living Things 

  Hope yo enjoy some of these activities. 

 To get you thinking about 'The World Around Us' please complete the following

  • Discovery Learning Espresso ' Living things' sorting game     (main menu- our picks- show more- Habitats- activities -  Living, dead or never lived game)
  • the film on the main menu about zoos is also interesting to watch and talk about.                                            Here are some questions to answer after watching it. 


Learning tasks for week 20th April 


Reception class blog:


Phonics Play :




  Hello everyone, another week ! keep up the excellent work you have been doing. l have loved hearing about it and really enjoyed seeing your photos, made my day! please keep sending me your comments, questions and those marvelous photos. I am trying to work out how to share them in a slide show as Mrs Carey has done, so watch this space. As you all know computer skills are not easy for mesad


I have written useful website addresses for you again above.

Literacy and Maths.

 This week I would like you to work on another traditional story, it is one of my favourites so I hope you enjoy it too!

I have chosen quite a few tasks that you may like, please do as many as you can. some will involve printing off resources, hopefully there will be something that appeals to everyone. 

The story is 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'   -  here is a link to an version of the story or you can share a book if you have one.



After sharing and enjoying the story I would like you to

  • Complete the story map activity. Add some sentences about the story on the back or on another piece of paper. Don't forget how to write a good sentence. CAP letters, finger spaces between words, make it interesting and put a full stop on the end. 
  • Look at some of the challenges on the 'Home learning challenge' sheet as well. I think the discussion activity is good and l especially like the 'design a troll' activity. something to appeal to everyone's creative streak! a picture, painting or even a model, wish l could do it with you! send me some photos please. Will your troll be scary? what colour will you make it? will it have horns? coloured hair? worts and claws?  BE IMAGINATIVE!! BE BOLD!!
  • Print off and play the board game. Good for counting on skills.                                                                               
  • Design and make a bridge. Ideas are on the sheet but you could use bigger materials outside to make a stronger bridge the you could walk on. you could even be a goat or the troll, you could make a mask too. 
  • Use the idea of making a raft, small enough to float in the bath or sink or somewhere bigger if you have access to a stream or pond!
Here are some other activities you may like to try too. 

Other Literacy work.


Don't forget to read. You have probably had enough of the books we sent home by now. Look on Espresso Phonics games for words and sentences to read. Practice your phonics in your books and do some work on Tricky words, either your game, Espresso games in Phonics of some of the worksheets sent home. 

Make some more sentences with the words provided,  read them. 


Complete two more pages from the handwriting booklet. 




  1. Using Espresso- Foundation- Maths    Try Number Crew -Counting or for more of a challenge Numbers 0-20 counting
  2.   Activities- (far left of the page, mouse symbol)  Click on number stories and work on    Addition 0-5 activities , then try some of the Lotto games 1-5 or 1-10     see what you can do , don't forget you can repeat these again in a few days to see if you remember more or are quicker at doing it.                                                                        DON'T FORGET  New learning needs to be practiced.  
  3. Log in to EDSHED  Maths games, for more games. If you are feeling more confident now with counting and addition try these.      
  4. Practice writing numbers using the worksheets provided.                                                                                                                           

 Activities for the week  14th April


 Hello everyone. Hope you had a wonderful Easter break and enjoyed lots of fun family time as well as lots of chocolate, yum yum!smiley

  Here are your learning tasks for this week. 




  1.  Check out the story of 'The Little Red Hen' on Espresso.  (Foundation- Literacy- Books)                                      What bits are the same as the one we read? What bits are different? An adult could note them down for you in your jotter book.
  2. Can you complete the Reception book quiz? it is based on traditional stories so it shouldn't be too hard.
  3. Complete one or two pages from the CVC Handwriting booklet, make sure it is your best writing though!wink
  4. Learn about CAPITAL letters, go on a letter hunt, find some CAPITAL letters to copy . Complete one sheet of the CAP letter match activity. 
  5. Find a copy of 'The Gingerbread Man' story to read/ share. complete the story sequencing  activity. 
  6. Make some real gingerbread men cookies    - send me some photos.  Here is a recipe 


   7.  Use the making sentence cards to create your own sentences, they can be serious or they can be silly!frown

        copy them into your jotter book and come back to read them in a few days. 





  1.     Practice counting 1-100 aloud, can you remember how we used our hands every time we got to a multiple of 10?
  2.     Play a number  games with your number cards - Hunt the numbers,  Order in the correct way. Find things around the house garden to match to the numbers- a mini number treasure hunt.
  3.     Practice writing some numbers using the 'number workbooks ' provided in your pack.
  4.     Complete the 'Winter Missing Number sheet. 
  5.   Using Espresso- Foundation- Maths             Try Number Crew -Counting or for more of a challenge Numbers 0-20 counting
  6.   Activities- (far left of the page, mouse symbol)  Click on number stories and work on                               Addition 0-5 activities , then try some of the Lotto games 1-5 or 1-10     see what you can do , don't forget you can repeat these again in a few days to see if you remember more or are quicker at doing it.                          DON'T FORGET                  New learning needs to be practiced.  
  7. Log in to EDSHED for some more games. I suggest feel confident with counting and addition before trying these though.                                                                                                                                                                                   Have fun with this, don't forget to get in touch via the blog or email if you need anything . more lovely photos would be amazing.                                                                                                                                               Miss you all take care,                                                                                                                                                 Mrs Bennettwink                








 Thursday 2nd April

 Hello everyone. 

 some amazing photos of our busy children. Would love to see more! 

Best wishes 

Mrs Bennett



  Wednesday 1st April  


   Hi everybody, hope you are all well, Missing you loads and wishing we had been doing lots of fun learning Easter activities together!   

 Great to hear from some people via the class blog and class email. Jack has been having fun with his family in the woods , campfire, toasted marshmallows and hot buttered toast- yummy! Harry has been performing on skates with his sister, sounds great. Rosie H has been a busy little bee working on some of the tasks I set - gold star Rosie! Chloe liked the idea of making a den in the garden for a teddy bear's picnic- would have loved to see that Chloe!

I hope you all have enjoyed the time at home with your families  making memories that are so precious!  Now it is the Easter holidays I am not setting any new tasks, however there is an Easter booklet in your pack for you to dip into whenever you like. You can continue to use Edshed, Phonics Play and Espresso, the latter will probably have particular Easter themed things for you to enjoy so log on and see. I will check the blog and email site during this week if you want to get in touch. 

 sending you all my best wishes, keep safe , 

 Mrs Bennett


  Saturday 28th March 

  Good morning all. It is now the Easter Holidays although it dosen't feel like it as we have not had our annual Easter egg hunt and other seasonal activities in school. Hope you are all well and keeping busy. 


  IMPORTANT : Message from Mr Stepthenson about a potential email scam. See the Coronovirus page under News and Events.

School closure.

A newsletter was sent home with the children today outlining the latest information about the school closure. If your child was absent from school today this can be found on the website.

   Dear Parents and children,

   As we enter this new period of uncertainty in education it is important to retain all the effort and hard work that has got the children to where they are now. I am very proud of all of them and what we have achieved together.  This great photo will help me to feel upbeat during this difficult time.

With this in mind I have prepared some resources and activities to help with learning over the coming weeks. We all hope that this will not be a lengthy period and that we are back together again soon to enjoy more fun learning experiences together. 

Rose Bennett 

Mrs Bennett's email.

You will be able to contact me through the blog on our class page, as well as through the following email address

I will be contactable on both of these forums and will not be using any other platforms for the time being.

   For enquiries and live blog  Mrs Bennett will be available at the following times this week. 

  Monday  4.00-5.00 pm

  Wednesday 10 -12.00 

  Friday  10-12.00


   Activities for the week 23rd March.

  Please try to complete as many of the following activities as you can this week. 


  1.  Read one book several times ( if you were absent from school please share or read a home book) 
  2. Look at the new sounds in your phonics book and revise some others, be the teacher and show your parents!
  3. Play your tricky word game, are any of them in your reading/home books?
  4. Log in to Discovery  Espresso Education  -see log-in info on the sheet in all packs.   Go to FOUNDATION page- LITERACY- PHONICS   Share your favourite 'Scrap games' or 'Polly games'  from the activities section with your parents. 
  5. Write the  'Sorry letter to the Little Red Hen'  make a picture as well,   - letter paper is in your pack.

  7. Find a story of 'The Three Little Pigs' to share at home. Don't forget to use different voices for characters.   Make pictures or better still models of the three houses. Draw the 3 pigs to go with the houses. Draw the big bad wolf too.

    Re-tell the story with your pictures or models and find a way to make the wolf's blowing breath to blow down the houses.   a folded newspaper  can be flapped to make wind or maybe try a hairdryer with an adults help. Have fun with this . let me know how you get on, send some pictures if you like.




  1.  Practice counting games.  (better with a friend or family member!)
  2. Count aloud 1- 20
  3. Count aloud 1- 30 
  4. Can you count further?  try to get to 100
  5. Complete 1 page of the number formation booklet
  6. Go  on a number hunt around the house or garden. Write down the numbers you find. 

    Can you decide how to put the numbers in order ? smallest to largest. Adults may need to  help you do this. use the number square resource if you can.



7.  Play a board game together. Focus on the more as you count on in the game. 



Log on to Discovery Espresso Education. (Log-in is on the sheet in your pack. )

         Go to FOUNDATION page. Go to  MATHS section and choose a game or two to play on number recognition. 

 Pleas note we have not used these game before in school so they are new to the children.