Welcome to the Reception webpage

     Week beginning 8th June

 We hope that you all had a good half term break.
World Environment Day: June 5th 2020 – Click on the link below to see a short film about World Environment Day from the Freshwater Theatre Company.


This half term our  Learning Journey is Minibeasts (Click onto the Reception curriculum web Summer Two for more details).
‘Minibeasts ’ are small animals such as spiders, snails, slugs, beetles, centipedes, worms, earwigs, caterpillars…
As with the Animal learning Journey we will be uploading Minibeast powerpoints onto Tapestry for your child to work from. The powerpoints will also be available from this website.

The animal projects were really great so we would like you to choose your favourite minibeast or perhaps research one that is not familiar to you and create a Minibeast Project. This could include filming minibeasts that you find in your garden or at the park. Draw or make a minibeast, write a few facts about it, create a song or dance or film yourself talking about minibeasts. Be as creative as you like!

Snail and slug hunt: After the rain, which is due on Wednesday, perhaps go for a snail and slug hunt. Record how many you find and let us know on Tapestry. Take a photograph of the snails and slugs and draw them when you get home. 

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


W/B 8/6/2020
Ideas for the week: 
We have posted several reading activities on Tapestry and have added them onto this webpage.
  • Minibeast reading cards – Read the facts about the minibeasts.
  • Phase 2 and Phase 3 Yes/No questions – Can you read these to an adult and ask them if they would say yes or no to the question and why.
  • Phase 3 Tricky word spotter – Have a look in the text to find the Tricky words.
  • Minibeast Nursery rhyme booklet. See if you can recognise any words in the rhymes.

There are 3 minibeast powerpoints for you to look at on Tapestry. They are also on this Webpage. Afterwards your child needs to draw a picture of each of the minibeasts and write a sentence about it. You can send these to us on Tapestry or through Purple Mash. Thank you


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.


Have fun with Maths and keep it as practical as possible. Playing maths board games are an excellent way to learn or embed concepts.
Orchard games have a great choice: Spotty Dog game, Ladybird game, Tell the time 
W/B 8/6/2020
Ideas for the week:
  • Look at the doubling Ladybird powerpoint, sent to you on Tapestry but also on this webpage. Can you remember your doubling facts? You can use your fingers to work out doubles up to 5.
  • Have a look in your garden or the park and find out how many different types of minibeasts you can find. Make a chart to show how many you saw of each.
  • Practise saying the days of the week and the months of the year. Which month is your birthday in? When are your family’s birthdays?
  • Listen to songs about days of the week or months of the year on YouTube. KidsTV123 have some great songs.
  • Keep counting!
  • Keep practising number recognition.
  • Keep practising number formation.
  • Check Purple Mash for a number bonds activity.

Another good maths resource is by Carol Vorderman which offers online maths lessons. It is free to sign up to.

Watch Cbeebies Numberblocks as they introduce a range of concepts, such as number order, number bonds and adding one more.

Sing along with the song  on YouTube for number order.

Estimation: (A good skill to have. The aim is for your child to make a relatively close guess to the real amount). Grab some toys and place them in a pile. Your child has to guess how many they think there are. Then ask your child to place them in a straight line to count them.

Practise counting along with the song Count and move on YouTube.

The Maths lessons on Oak Academy are really useful. You need to start on Monday and continue through the week as the concept builds.

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.

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!
This week we continued to work on Phase 3 of Letters and Sounds.
This week the sound of the week were: ar or
Phase 3 sounds learnt so far: j v w x y z zz qu th ch sh ng ai ee igh oa oo ar or
Phase 3 tricky words of the week: he she we me be my was you they all are her
Phase 2 sounds learnt so far: s a t p I n m d g o c k ck e u r h b f, ff, l, ll, ss
Phase 2 Tricky words learnt so far: I, the, to, no, go, into

************************ 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