Welcome to the Reception webpage

     Week beginning 13th July

It’s hard to believe that it is the last week of term already! We have all thoroughly enjoyed teaching your children and although it has been a very different year we hope that your child has enjoyed their Reception year. The Reception team would like to thank you for all your support over the year and to wish you all a safe and happy holiday.


This week (week beginning 13/7/2020) we will be sending you a link from Tapestry for you to download a PDF copy of your child’s Learning Journal. Look out for this link as it will expire in about 3 weeks and then you will no longer be able to download your child’s Learning Journal. Film clips will not be able to be saved as it is a PDF copy only. Please download as soon as possible then if you have a problem we can help you. Please let us know as soon as possible if you need support with the downloading of your child’s learning journal. Thank you for all the wonderful film clips and photographs you have added to your child’s Tapestry.

Meet your Year One teacher

As part of the transition process from Reception to Year One the Year One team have made a film introducing themselves to the children and their families. Click on the links below to watch the films. Yellow Class will be in 1O, Blue Class will be in 1R and Red Class will be in 1M. Enjoy the clips!

Class 1O Meet the team

1R Meet the team

Class 1M Meet the team


W/B 13/7/2020
Letters and Sounds

This week we will be learning the final Phase 3 sound ‘ure’. 

URE Sound

URE Sound

Over the Summer it would be great if you could help your child to keep practising the Phase 2 and Phase 3 sounds. Your child needs to be able to say the sound and write the corresponding letter. Use Phonics Play for sound recognition activities and Phase 2 and Phase 3 Tricky words games. Your child needs to practise writing the tricky words as well. It would be super if your child could practise writing short sentences, lists and captions. Make it purposeful such as writing a letter to a relative, a shopping list, a sentence about a trip out or create a poem together. Have fun!


This week in Maths we will be recapping ‘money’. This will include coin recognition, paying with 1p’s and adding up amounts to find the total in order to buy an ice cream. 

Topmarks have some great money activities such as ordering coins by their value, coin recognition and paying with 1p’s. Google Topmarks and you can explore the website for money activities.

Click on the links below for some money powerpoints.

Coin Reveal PP

Matching Money to 10p PP

Ice cream activity

The money focus activity at school will include the children choosing which flavour or flavours of ice cream they would like. They then have to work out how much the ice cream and cone will cost them. They will then use 1p’s to pay for the ice cream. They do not  need to bring in any money. They can then enjoy their ice cream!

Over the summer keep your child mathematically active with board games that involve number, bake, measure how tall they are, estimate how many socks they have, compare who has the longest socks in the family, talk about what time it is and find 2D and 3D shapes around the house or in the environment. These are just a few ideas for you to try. Have fun! 


As we are approaching the end of term we will be talking to the children about their move to Year one. We will be reading the story about The Cautious Caterpillar which will then lead onto a discussion about change. Here are the powerpoints that we will be using next week.
W/B 6/7/2020

A guide to what we will be learning during the week at school and activities for home learning. All of the powerpoints/PDF’s have also been sent to you on Tapestry. If you have any problems opening them please contact us and we can help you.

This week in Literacy we will be:

  • Recapping on Phase 2/3 Letters and Sounds in phonics.

At home you can continue to show the children the individual letters. They need to be able to say the sound and name the letter. You can find them on Phonics play: Flashcard speed trial or Flashcard Time challenge.

  • Recap on Phase 2/3 Tricky words. Phonics play have Tricky word trucks.
  • We will be learning the ‘ear’ and ‘air’ sounds as we need to finish teaching the last few sounds of Phase 3 (these will also be recapped in Year one). Click on the links below for the ‘ear and ‘air’ lessons.

AIR Sound

AIR Sound

EAR Sound

EAR Sound

ER Sound

ER Sound

UR Sound

UR Sound





There is a good online letter and number formation website called Doorway online which the children have seen before. It’s free to use.  Click on Literacy and then you will see a Letter and Number formation tab to click on to get you onto the page. If you have any queries please contact us through Tapestry or through your Purple Mash email.

Writing activities

Please see below in the Minibeast section about writing ideas.

This week in Maths we will be learning about measure.

We will be focusing on comparing heights and lengths.

Here are some ideas for you to try at home:

Find 3 objects from around the house and place them in order by height from shortest to tallest.

Find 3 objects from around the house and place them in order from shortest to longest.

Find objects that are shorter than you.

Find objects that are taller than you.

Click on the links below for more information and activities.

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Last week we learnt about time and in particular O’clock times. Type into Google – Topmarks teaching clock – and you will find a clock that you can use to set the time. Set the clock to o’clock times and see if your child can say what time it is. You can also set it to specific times and ask your child what they do at that time of the day. For example 12 o’clock – lunchtime. There are some worksheets in your pack about time. Use these to support the teaching of time.

Read the story of the The Bad Tempered Ladybird (click the link below) as it is all about time. You can also find this story on YouTube.

The bad tempered ladybird

Here is a powerpoint about time.


We will also be learning about doubling and halving, again there are worksheets in your pack to support the teaching of these concepts.

Here are some Doubling powerpoints for you to use.


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Here are some halving powerpoints for you to use.



  • Working on Number formation. Click on the link below for the number formation powerpoint or visit for number and letter formation activities.
Number Formation
  • We will be playing number bingo whereby the children have to choose 6 numbers from a choice of 0-20. They write the numbers they have chosen onto their whiteboard or paper. We then pick out numbers from a bag. If they have that number they cross it off. The person to cross off all their numbers is the winner!
  • Keep counting!
  • Keep practising number recognition.
  • Keep practising number formation.
This half term our  Learning Journey is Minibeasts (Click onto the Reception curriculum web Summer Two for more details).

This week we will be focusing on the life cycles of butterflies and ladybirds. Click on the links below for some more information and activities.










Here are some more minibeasts for your child to learn about. Afterwards they can write a few facts about the minibeasts and draw a picture of them. 

Top tips for writing:

Sound out the words that you want to use.

Write neatly on the lines.

Have a space between your words.

Try to use a capital letter at the beginning of your sentence and a full stop at the end of your sentence.

Happy writing!!

Click on the minibeast name below to access a Powerpoint or PDF full of facts about the creatures.
All About Dragonflies
All About Dragonflies
All About Wasps
All About Wasps
Minibeasts PP Beetles
Minibeasts PP Beetles
Minibeasts PP Fly
Minibeasts PP Fly
Minibeasts PP Worms
Minibeasts PP Worms
Minibeast songs
Ms Halpern has emailed you some Minibeast songs on Purple Mash. Have a look they are brilliant!!
Try singing this Minibeast song:
To the tune of head, shoulders knees and toes sing:
Head, thorax,  abdomen, abdomen
Head, thorax,  abdomen, abdomen
Eyes, wings, legs and antenna
Head, thorax,  abdomen, abdomen
Remember to do the actions too!!
Click on the minibeast name below to access a PDF full of facts about the creatures.
We will be uploading Minibeast Powerpoints/PDF’s onto Tapestry for your child to work from. The Powerpoints/PDF’s are also on this webpage. Click the minibeast name above.

Here are a few more minibeasts to learn about and a few PDF’s showing a photographs of minibeasts.


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Hissing Cockroach

Minibeasts Ants



Butterfly Life Cycle

All About Frogs


Please continue to work on recapping Phase 2 and 3 sounds and Tricky words.
Your child needs to:
  • Practise saying the sounds.
  • Practise writing the letters that correspond to the sounds.
  • Write short words and sentences and then read them to a member of the family.
Phonics play is free to use at the moment. Visit:  The user name is: march20 password: home

Play Flashcard speed trialCan you remember all of your sounds? – Start with Phase 2 and then complete Phase 3

Watch Alphablocks on YouTube.

Tricky words are the words that we have taught the children to spell correctly. Practise these regularly.

Listed below are all the sounds and tricky words that are covered in Reception. The children have worked a great deal on Phase 2 but we were still working on Phase 3 before the school closed.

If you need help to say the sounds watch this clip: Articulation of Phonemes on YouTube

Recap Phase 2 sounds and Tricky words

s a t p i n m d g o c k ck e u r h b f l ff ll ss

Tricky words: I no go to the into

Recap Phase 3 sounds and Tricky words

j v w x y z zz sh ch th qu ng ai ee igh oa oo or ar oi ow ear air ure

Tricky words: he she we me be you was my they are all her

Read and write CVC words e.g. hen, bag, jam

Read and write short sentences such as: The cat went to the park.

Read lots of stories together. The children like to find Tricky words in the text or discuss the characters and settings.

Good to talk
For a child to be a good writer they need to be able to talk about what the want to write first. For example – after making a model ask your child to talk about it or make a verbal story about it. You could scribe the story for them and read it back to them. Also your child watching you write will encourage them to want to write like you. Always make writing purposeful such as writing a shopping list or writing a letter to a friend.
Children write phonetically at this stage therefore their spellings may not be accurate but that is fine at the moment. Encourage your child to sound out words before they write them and then write them using the sounds that they can hear. Ask them to read back to you what they have written.
Story time

We hope that you have been enjoying the stories that we have been posting on your Tapestry. Your child can use this as a starting point for other activities if they so choose.

Axel Scheffler, the Gruffalo illustrator, has created an excellent book to help explain Coronavirus to your child. Visit: for more information.

Oak National Academy

Oak National Academy is an online classroom that has daily lessons in English and Maths and some creative ideas too. There is an Early Years section that is suitable for you to use. There are short lessons, similar to what your child is used to at Hazelwood, led by an Early Years teacher.

Ideas for Home Learning

This page is designed to give you some ideas about what you can do as part of your child’s home learning. Some ideas may work better for you than others. Please don’t feel that you have to complete them all. The most important thing is to go along with your child’s interests. Our Learning Journey is Amazing Animals but if your child has other interests then feel free to go with them

2020 is the year of the Nurse and Midwife!

Created by the World Health Organisation, it was so-named to coincide with Florence Nightingale’s bicentennial year. Florence was born 200 years ago on May 12th 1820.
Florence Nightingale Museum has created some resources for home learning:


Art Gallery

Hazelwood are creating an Art Gallery page on the School Website to celebrate the children’s artwork, whilst being at home.  The theme is Our World, with an emphasis on the environment and bring Eco-friendly! We hope that lots of you send in your fabulous artwork on either Purple Mash or Tapestry to be included on this page.


Look at a piece of artwork together (use Google Images) and talk about what you can see. Then perhaps draw some of it or create your own version of the picture.

Have a look at:

Minibeasts in art such as:
Salvador Dali’s Paysage aux papillons (Landscape with Butterflies)

Van Gogh’s Butterflies and Poppies

Andy Warhol’s Happy Butterfly Day

Try practising some drawing at home here are a few websites to try:

YouTube: HooplaKidz Doodle – Learn How To Draw: 10 Easy Animal Drawings for Kids Vol. 1 | Step by Step Drawing Tutorials | How to Draw Cute Animals

YouTube: The Artful Parents for arts and craft ideas.

You could also make models out of recyclable materials or any construction kits you have at home such as Lego, Duplo and K’nex.


This website is brilliant for ideas to try a home.

Google Boromi and sign up for free. You will then be sent, via email, daily activities for you to complete at home with very few resources needed.

Here is an example of the activities they have:



Ms Halpern emails ideas and challenges via the Purple Mash email each week. Why not have a go at some of them?

Royal Albert Home have some great music for children to enjoy at home.

Physical development

Try to keep as active as possible.

Miss Hammond is emailing some brilliant challenges for you to do. They can be found in your Purple Mash emails.

Remember you can exercise with Joe Wicks or try out Cosmic Yoga, which you can find on YouTube.

Purple Mash

We will be continuing with Purple Mash this term. Each week we set up some 2do’s for your child to complete. You can find them if you click the Alerts tab on Purple Mash. They have a set date that they have to be completed by. Your child can also explore the site for themselves too. This week we contacted those of you who haven’t been using Purple Mash just in case you have lost your passwords. Hopefully more of you will take part in the activities that we set each week. Thank you for all the great work we have had in so far. 

A few more suggested Home learning links

-Great cross-curricular, science, maths, D&T and Computing activities

Premier League Primary Stars lots of fun resources for 5-11 years olds with no registration needed.

Online safety information

Here are two websites with information about how to stay safe online.

Childnet has a character called Smartie the penguin. This character’s stories are aimed at younger children.​

Time Capsule
Perhaps you could create your own time capsule  to remember what you were doing, how you were feeling and any special moments that happened during this very unusual time.

The whole school value this half term is Creativity.

Here are some fun ideas from Alister Bryce-Clegg:
Hungry Little Minds – Activities for 0-5 Year Olds
CBeebies Little Learners Numeracy
CBeebies Little Learners Literacy
CBeebies Little Learners Art
Apps for Home iPads – Via the App Store
ABC Pocket Phonics
Numberjacks addition up to 10
Story Creator
Bee – Bot
Hairy Letters
Ladybird: I’m Ready for Phonics with Captain Comet
Children enjoy a structure to their day. Here is a suggested timetable for  you to follow:
Recap sounds and tricky words covered in class (see list)
Practise letter formation.
Writing simple sentences with a picture.
Using tricky words in a sentence.
11-11.30am                                                                                                                                                                                      Maths
Number recognition and formation.
Daily counting.
Adding and subtracting
Recognise shapes around the home.
Model making.
Measuring and comparing objects.
1-1.30am                                                                                                                                                                                       Explore Mini Mash (Purple Mash) you should have all received usernames and passwords to access these websites. The Role Play, Music and art areas have some fun activities.
2.45-3.15pm                                                                                                                                                                                                Reading a story or the child reading to you.
Singing nursery rhymes.
Playing games, such as pairs, snap, noughts and crosses, dominoes, snakes and ladders and any other counting games,


Home Learning
We have provided you with a timetable in order for your child to continue with their daily routine, please ensure that your child is still going to bed and getting up early. Along with the times we have listed there are suggestions that will help support your child in consolidating their learning. When exploring Mini Mash there are a variety of areas you can look at with their child, these vary from phonic games to music activities. We have also provided a list of Phase 2 and 3 sounds and tricky words we have covered in class, please continue to recap these with your child.  

Reading activities
Please continue to regularly read at home. Remember, reading to your child is just as important as listening them read to you.
Oxford owl – offers a free Ebook library for parents and children to use.
PhonicsPlay - This site is allowing totally free access for phonic games and resources for parents to use. Children need to recap all phase 3 and 5 sounds and alternative pronunciations.
Twinkl – This is an excellent resource that teachers across the country use. They are offering a free one month trial for all parents and have fantastic packs to support children in all areas of their learning.
Topmarks has age related Literacy and Maths games.
ICTgames is also a good website to explore. The children particularly like the Blending Bingo game
ABCya has a range of Maths games
KidTV123 on YouTube has a song for everything!
Keep active
Joe Wicks has an online morning exercise class for all ages. Perhaps the whole family can keep fit together.
Cosmic Yoga is a fun website which offers Yoga along with a story. You can find this on YouTube.
Below are links for activities that you can try and complete each day at home.
• Joe Wicks School and Active Home Workouts – lots of different ones to try out!
• Kids Workout
• Kids BOPZ Dance Along
• Family Fun Workout
Yoga Activities (KS1 and Foundation Stage)
Lazy town Sportacus has some fun exercises too!

************************ REMINDERS & NOTICES  *********************

Please make sure that your child has an early night as the school day can be very tiring. They should be in bed by 7pm to ensure a good night’s sleep.

Home Learning: In your child’s red book bag there is a folder containing your child’s weekly homework. Please support your child when they are completing their homework.

Your child will be bringing home a book from our class library. Please read the book to your child. Also ask your child questions about the story such as: Which part of the story did you like best? Who was your favourite character? What do you think will happen next? Please write a comment in the yellow reading record to say that you have read the book. Thank you

Your child can bring in a water bottle which they can leave at school and we will refill each day. Please put their name on the bottle.

Please make sure that all school uniform is labelled with your child’s name.

Boxes and cartons for modelling

If you have any boxes, cartons, tubes, fabric etc. that are suitable for model making please can you put them in the special bins outside our classrooms. The children have the opportunity to make models every week so we would really appreciate any recyclable materials. Thank you

If you will be available to support us at any point this year, please see the office to complete a DBS check as it is not possible for you to accompany us without one. You will also need to do an induction with Mrs Gannon. Thank you again for your amazing support.

Coats and bags

Please make sure that your child has a coat at school everyday as we  go outside in all weathers. The only bag that your child needs to bring into school at the moment is the red book bag, which can be purchased from the school office. Please do not bring in any large back packs as we do not have the space to store them. Also the children should not be bringing in any toys from home.




List of useful revision websites:

Topmarks for Literacy and Maths activities.

Letters and