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Welcome to the Reception Page!

Welcome to the Reception Class page. The teachers in Reception are always happy to speak to you and answer an questions you may have. They are Mrs Cosgrove (Weds, Thurs, Fri), Mrs McAdden and Miss Bradshaw. 


26th March 2020 Nursery/Reception News

Dear parents and carers,

It is with great sadness that I am writing to let you know that Miss Bray will be leaving us at the end of this term since her VISA to work in the UK has expired and cannot be renewed.

Miss Bray has been a fabulous member of the team bringing compassion, a love of the outdoors and an Aussie twang into all she does.  The Nursery children have been truly blessed to have her as their teacher with her singing and her love of dancing in puddles.  We wish Miss Bray all the best as she finds her new path and send with her all our love.  

From next term, Nursery will be taught by Mrs Orife on Mondays and Tuesdays supported by Miss France and by Mrs Cosgrove on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays - again, supported by Miss France.  Reception will be taught full-time by Mrs McAdden supported by Miss Bradshaw.

All kind regards,



Home Learning

Firstly, and most importantly STAY IN TOUCH! lcosgrove@st-annes.reading.sch.uk. I would love to hear from everyone and see what they are up to daily. I will respond and reply to everything. This may be at odd hours and not straight away as it is likely that I will have my own baby to look after. I will post on Tapestry daily and present some lessons and learning. Please also feel free to follow your child’s interests and pick from the ideas below. Please post on Tapestry what you have been up to, videos, photos and comments all welcome.

Most importantly stay safe!



National Geographic Kids - www.natgeokids.com/uk

Duolingo – www.duolingo.com

Mystery Science – www.mysteryscience.com

The Kids Should See This – www.thekidshouldseethis.com

Crash Course Kids – www.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids

Crestawards – www.crestawards.org

Paw Print Badges www.pawprintbadges.co.uk

Tinkercad www.tinkercad.com

Cbeebies Radio – www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio

Nature dectives – www.naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org/school-resources/find

Oxford Owl www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home

Blue Peter Badges – www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges

The Artful Parent – www.facebook.com/artfulparent

Red Ted Art www.redtedart.com

The Imagination Tree – www.theimaginationtree.com

Toy Theatre – www.toytheatre.com

Twinkl – www.twinkl.co.uk

The Muddy Puddle Teacher – www.themuddypuddleteacher.co.uk

Mummy Pickles – www.instagram.com/mummypickles www.facebook.com/sophiepicklesearlyyears

Mrs Mactivity – www.mrsmactivity.co.uk

Yoga – www.yoginisyoga.uk

Cosmic Yoga - https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Science experiments – www.myfirstdiscoveries.co.uk/early-years-scince-activities-eyfs

Boom shake the alphabet – www.youtube.com/results?search_query=boom+shake+the+alphabet

Phonics Play – www.phonicsplay.co.uk

Come outside - https://www.youtube.com/results?sp=mAEB&search_query=come+outside

Makaton – www.wetalkmakaton.org/


Understanding the world

  • Blow bubbles
  • Make bread or pizza for the family to share
  • Read information books or research about chicks and frogs life cycles. You may be able to find some frog spawn to take home in a local woods.
  • Plant cress seeds and watch them grow. You could grow them in different locations with different environments to see how this affects their growth
  • Observe the weather each day and make a weather chart
  • Make a family tree
  • Freeze small toys in ice and work out how to free them
  • Make a rainbow out of skittle sweets around the edge of a small plate – add water and watch a rainbow appear.
  • Look at different ICT around the house. Can you learn to use it carefully and safely?  Eg remote controls, the microwave, phones
  • Feed the birds in your garden and keep a tally of the birds that visit.


Expressive arts and design

  • Dance to music – use scarves
  • Sing familiar songs and make up your own words
  • Make shakers with rice or pasta (I realise the irony)
  • Make your own paint with shaving foam or coloured ice
  • Make props to your favourite stories and act then out.


Personal, Social and Emotional development

  • Give someone in your family a lovely back massage
  • Share stories – work together to retell them and act them out
  • Chop the vegetables for dinner together as a family
  • Give the children responsibility to help with house hold chores 
  • Sit down for snack time and lunch time together and talk about the day
  • Try to keep a routine – make some visual cards with your child to represent these eg, breakfast time, exercise time, learning time, bedtime
  • Relaxation and candle time
  • Talk to your friends and family via facetime/skye
  • Tell jokes
  • Write a letter to thank a local hero – NHS workers/shop workers
  • Build in quiet time for your child to rest and relax
  • Discuss the news and be aware of those less fortunate than us
  • Always ask your child to tidy away the toys
  • If possibly and safe think about how you may be able to help neighbours


Physical Development

  • Thread pasta onto wool or string (sorry)
  • Water play in the bath or sink –scooping, pouring and measuring
  • Design a treasure hunt around the house
  • Junk model with your recycling
  • Make play dough (recipe included in pack)
  • Musical statues
  • Lego and block play – plan what you are going to build and follow your plan.
  • Sensory play – jelly, shaving foam, soap,
  • Make dens out of cushions. Furniture and blankets
  • Allow your child to choose their outfit for the day and get themselves dressed without any help
  • Make an obstacle course
  • Explore any old electric items that can be dismantled
  • Water painting outside
  • Chalk on the pavement


Communication and Language

  • Tell made up and known stories with homemade puppets – use old socks, wooden spoons lolly sticks or straws
  • Sing Nursery Rhymes
  • Play Simon Says
  • Make music with saucepans and Tupperware
  • Play guessing games – such as think of an animal and give your child clues to guess
  • Play board games
  • Learn Makaton (see website list)
  • Record videos of your child retelling the stories and share them with me
  • Story scribing – get your child to tell you a story and write down what they say
  • Silly Rhymes
  • Shopping bag game – I went to the shop and brought an apple the next person says I went to the shop and brought an apple and a potatoe
  • Write to a relative or friend
  • Go on a listening walk somewhere secluded, write down all the sounds you hear
  • Collect things on your walk or do a treasure hunt. Collect them in an egg box to sort out later
  • Make a ‘natural’ crown of things you find out and about



  • Pair socks
  • Play snakes and ladders
  • Bigger and smaller games – find something bigger/smaller than an object you have
  • Add numbers to pegs and order them
  • Measure ingredients to cook things/help make dinner
  • Sing number songs – see website list
  • Sort toys by colour/shape
  • Make a rain collector – keep a record
  • Perfume or potion making- mud, petal, water etc
  • Card games – snap
  • Sort coins
  • Build train tracks
  • Build towers – how many blocks did you use?
  • Make a bowling game out of toilet rolls
  • Make up number stories – I went to the zoo and I saw three lions, two tigers and four leopards, how many animals did I see altogether? I went shopping and I brought two chocolate frogs and 3 chocolate mice, how many chocolates did I have? I ate four, how many do I have now?
  • Use the grid and number tracks to make up your own games



  • Read at least 3 stories a day. Talk about what is happening on each page
  • Play lotto games – matching pictures
  • Sing the jolly phonics songs
  • Hide and object in a ‘mystery bag’ give clues to what might be inside.
  • Tap out syllables to break up your name on musical instruments.
  • Sound talk throughout the day – ‘Put on your c-oa-t’ ‘Sit on the ch-air’
  • Cut up the sound mats provided and use them as flash cards. Do you know all your sounds? How quickly can you get through them?
  • Hide the sounds around the house to find
  • Use the sounds to make words to read
  • Write words and sentences using the sounds you know.
  • Log onto tapestry daily to watch Mrs Cosgrove’s phonics lesson





Some useful websites for you to go one with your children at home...






Our Class Blog

c - short sound. Cat or can. Formation - here we go, curl around the caterpilar

k - short sound. Kite or Kip (same as c). Formation - here we go, down the kangaroo, round his head and down his leg

ck - short sound (same as c and k). Always at the end or in the middle - never ever at the beginning. Pick or sock

e - short sound. Egg or elephant. Formation - here we go, around the egg. 

Tricky words

I                 into


d - short sound. Dog or Dinosaur. Formation - here we go, round the dinosaurs bottom, up his long neck and down to his feet.

g - short sound. Gift or get. Formation - here we go, round the girls face, down her hair and curl.

o - short sound. Orange or octopus. Formation -here we go, all around the orange.

i - short sound. Igloo or in. Formation - here we go, down the insect and dot his head.

m - long sound. Monster or money. Formation - here we go down maisie, mountain, mountain. 

n - long sound. Net or nettle. Formation - here we go, down nobby, over the net. 

Tricky Words


Autumn Walk

This week we went on and Autumn walk to spot all the signs around that let us know it's Autumn. What can you see on the way to and from school that lets you know its Autumn?

Tricky words

We now know two 'tricky' words (we sometimes call them red words). After encouraging children to use their sounds, they are now unable to as these words can't be read using the phonic sounds we teach...the English language is very tricky! We encourage the children to learn to read them by sight. You can practise these at home as well. How about making flash cards and hiding them around your home? Or hiding them under bubbles in the bath?

the               go


So far we have learnt these four sounds. Feel free to practise them at home with your child, playing games and making it fun. You can practise saying them, and writing them. Please ensure you are saying them correctly and writing them using the cursive script.

's' - long sound ssssssss as in snake and sun

'a' - short, bouncing sound a a a as in ant and anchor

't' - short, bouncing sound t t t as in tap and tower

'p' short, bouncing sound p p p as in pink and pet

Make sure you are saying the smallest unit of sound and not adding an 'er' on such as 't-er' and 'p-er'

Feel free to enjoy singing the Jolly Phonics songs for each sound. These can be found on youtube.

You can also practise reading and writing using them. We call this blending and segmenting.


Saying each sound and then blending them togther to read the word. For example, if you put three sound cards together to make the word 'sat', we would look at them carefully, say each sound in order 's' 'a' 't' and then try and blend these sounds together in order to read the word 'sat'. You can practise blending in lots of ways, try asking your child to get their 'c' 'oa' 't' and allowing them to blend the sounds together to hear 'coat'. Try asking them to touch their 'h' 'e' 'd' and allowing them to blend the sounds together to hear 'head'. Try playing i spy in sound talk, "I spy with my little eye a 'c' 'ar'.



This is where we break a word into sounds in order to write it down. So if we are writing the word 'sat' we think about what the first sound might be 'sssssss' then an 'a' and a 't' on the end. We then have a go at writing each sound down. Again you can practise segmenting skills playing games, just reversing the blending games. Tell your child they can only talk in sounds to order their breakfast.  

Did she like it?

It looks like The Little Red Hen did like our bread. Let us hope that she now has a much deserved rest. 

Chicken eating bread

Making Bread

We recieved a lovely letter this week from The Little Red Hen, however, it was actually rather sad. She said that although she very much enjoyed visiting us on Friday she was so very tried and weary from making all the bread with no help. This immediately gave the children in Reception the excellent idea of helping her make bread, which they have done excellently.

A Very Special Visitor

We were lucky enough to have a visit form The Little Red Hen herself. She was so so so tired from making the bread with no help. She was so friendly and we all enjoyed having a hold. 

Multicultural Week