Reception 2019 - 2020

Mrs Grundy

Miss Hurley

Welcome to our Reception class web page.    

Important things to remember:

  1. Your child needs to read at home every night and bring their book bag into school every day so an adult in school can hear them read. 
  2. Your child needs a P.E. kit in school every day and can be taken home at the end of every half term. This must include pumps or velcro trainers for outside games. 
  3. Your child needs a coat with a hood every day and wellies that can be kept in school.
  4. School starts at 8:45am everyday and it is vital your child is in at this time. 

Home learning during school closure

Every child should have received the home learning pack after Government advice to shut schools on Friday 20th March.

In the pack you should have received:

Home learning activities

Purple mash login 

(Access vis this link )

Numbots login

(Access vis this link )

EExAT login

Two exercise books and a pencil

Reading record with 3 reading books

If you are missing anything please speak to Mrs Grundy ASAP. I have uploaded some of these documents, plus others I thought may be useful at the bottom of the page.

I will continue to add activities onto the children's purple mash page, so please keep checking daily. Please keep in touch by recording anything you do with your children on EExAT. No matter how big or small, I would love to see it!

Daily prayers

These are worrying and uncertain times for us all. Below are some links to help you with daily prayers. In Reception, we start everyday with daily prayers and what the children call their 'quiet time.' The children will often ask for more quiet time, so we enourage you to start your day in the same way. Not only will this help the children, but will also help those in our community and beyond who need our support and prayers.


Online Safety

Below are some useful links to help teach your child about Online Safety. This is particularly important during school closure as children may be spending more time on iPads, particularly accessing online learning.

In Reception, for Safer Internet Day 2020, we read the Smartie the penguin story on the first link so the children will be familiar with this. There is a powerpoint with the story and then some useful activity ideas based on it. 

In the files at the bottom I have also attached some iPad rules, you may wish to use with your children and go over everyday before they go on technololgy. There is also a lovely activity sheet about what we keep safe on a computer. 

New topic: Naughty Bus

Our next focus text for Nursery and Reception is 'Naughty bus.'

If you do not have access to the book here are two video links to the books being read online.

To help you with learning for this, Miss Iveson and I have put together some EYFS challenges based on the book for you to complete. There is a Maths Challenge page, Literacy challenge page and a general activities page. It is designed for you to complete one maths, one literacy and one general activity a day. I have included them in the files at the bottom. There are enough activities (if done in this way) to last 3 weeks. We will create more activities as school closure continues. 

Naughty Bus is a very popular book and if you google it there are LOTS of activites online based on the book. What we have tried to do is put together activities that are easily accessible and with materials you should have at home. However, if you google it and find an activity you are able to do please feel free to complete those.  As always, please upload anything you can to EExAT. I cannot tell you how lovely it is to see the children and see them happy and thank you to those parents have done this so far.

I want to reassure you all that you are doing a fabulous job. It is impossible to replicate school at home and these activities are all provided to help you keep them busy and keep them learning wherever possible. If in any doubt, just try to keep them doing some form of reading, writing and counting everyday. If you make something, get the children to write a couple of sentences about it, get them to label it. Think about anyway you can get them writing (and keep them entertained that little bit longer!) But please remember at the heart of the Early years is play. Keep them playing and keep them happy. 

Mrs Grundy xxx


The National Oak Academy set online learning activities everyday. Please follow the link below:

There are 3 lessons a day and a PE lesson with Joe Wicks. If you find this more useful than the Naughty Bus topic activities above, please use this to help your child with their learning. 

Read Write Inc

Lots of the children were ready to move groups before the school closure and so to make sure the children are working on the right sounds at home I have put a document in the files below that has the set 1,2 and 3 sounds. 

If your child can read all set 1 sounds, concentrate on the set 1 special friends - ng, nk, qu, sh, ch and th. They should also be able to read all the words on the word time sheet up to 1.7.

Once they know these confidently move onto the set 2 sounds. I have also attached a set of word time words for the set 2 sounds. 

As we have now off school for 5 weeks, I have added another list of sentences in the Files to Download section 'Home learning sentence list version 2' This is so that if the first set of serntences are becoming too easy they can now start to work through these sentences. If your child is now starting to work through set 2 sounds, please feel free to practice sentences with words including these sounds. 

I have updated the Read Write Inc information below as they are now streaming all parts of the Read Write Inc lesson including reading words and spelling. This is fantastic and a good way for children to get their daily dose of phonics which is vital for their reading and writing development.


Motor Skills United

Developing good motor skills is a vital part of the early years curriculum and lots of children were acessing the intervention 'Motor Skills United.' If you are struggling to keep your children active during lockdown please see the below video which has been recorded from this intervention and is free and available for your children to complete. 

Session 1:

Session 2:    

Session 3:


Additional Activities

Lots of companies and businesses are helping with school closure, offering lots of different activities. I will continue to post, what I hope are useful links to help your child's learning at home. 

National Oak Academy

The National Oak Academy have launched a series of online lessons. You can access these in two ways, via subject or via a schedule. They have a schedule for Reception everyday that you can follow and may help with a rountine or timetable for your children. The link is below

Daily play activity

If you click on the link above, you can sign up to receive daily home learning challenges. They are all designed for Early years children and involve things you can find around the house. They will email you the activity every morning. Again, please share anything you do on EExAT.

Maths Activities

White Rose Maths, the scheme of learning we follow for Maths in Reception have released some fantastic resources and activity ideas on the link below. They are all based around a story, however don't worry if you don't have the story they can be done without. They give you an activity for everyday so you could maybe incorporate this into your daily routine to ensure your child is doing some maths everyday.


Whilst at home we encourage you to read with your child daily, any book is great! If you would like some free eBooks please use the link below

Stay at home Story time

Lots of authors are now offering free videos of themselves reading their stories. Oliver Jeffers is offering these on his website. We love reading some of his stories in Reception!

Morning PE lesson

Joe Wicks is hosting an online, daily PE lesson for children at 9am.

Phonics Play is a website that is used to support children in learning to read by developing their skills in phonics. Currently, the website have offered their services for free to parents. The login is as follows:

username: march20

password: home

Please look at the Phase 2 tab on the left and play these games with your child.


Learning to read at home with Read Write Inc. Phonics during School Closure
Daily lessons for children


From Monday 20th April, Read Write Inc are streaming 7 Speed Sounds lessons, including Word Time and Spelling, for children to watch at home every weekday on their YouTube channel.

Each lesson is ten to fifteen minutes long and available for 24 hours.

Set 1

Set 1 Speed Sounds 9.30 am (BST)

Set 1 Word Time 9.45 am

Set 1 Spelling 10.00 am

Set 2

Set 2 Speed Sounds and Word Time 10.00 am

Set 2 Spelling 10.15 am

Set 3

Set 3 Speed Sounds and Word Time 10.30 am

Set 3 Spelling 10.45 am

Once each complete set has been shown, they will replay one sound a day per set.

Click here for their YouTube Speed Sounds Lessons schedule


Literacy Trust activities

The Literacy Trust have produced a range of activities you can do at home with your child. Click on the link below and the activities are split into age groups.

Hungry little minds activities

The link below has ideas for activities for children aged 0-5.

Top marks interactive games

Top marks is a website that offers lots of interactive games, particularly useful for maths games. Please see the link below


Twinkl is a very popular resource bank used by teachers. They are currently offering one month's free membership. Go to and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS


Parents - each day, a local music teacher is putting a half hour singing lesson on their Facebook page Little Belters. She will release each day's lesson at 1:30pm each school day. This week it is learning the Stone Roses' song I am the Resurrection. She starts with warm up activities, followed by part of  the song, line by line and then at the end to the backing track.  

Access it by google search: Little Belters Lyrical Lockdown Youtube. 



At the beginning of the year we held a 'Meet the teacher'meeting. 

It was a great opportunity to outline the expectations of your child in Reception and give you an insight into what your child will get up to this year. Thank you to all those parents who attended. If you were not able to attend, please find the powerpoint in the files at the bottom of the page. 

As always, if you do have any questions or concerns then please come and speak to one of the reception staff team.

In the files section at the bottom of the page, you will find useful documents to help you understand what your child will be learning throughout their time in Reception. 

There is a parent's guide to the Early years foundation stage, to help you understand the aims of early years education. This framework is statutory in all schools. 

To help you understand how we deliver the framework at St. Ambrose, you will find a curriculum overview, outlining all the quality texts we will be covering and the learning we will cover. You will then find our Share in our learning letter for Autumn 2. This gives more detail about what is expected in this half term. These will be sent home every half term and uploaded on the class web page for you to access. 

If there is anything else you would find helpful, please speak to Mrs Grundy who would be happy to help.







Ruth Miskin the founder of Read Write Inc had complied a selection of videos that
give lots more information and examples. Click the link below to find out more
 Saying sounds correctly
 Linking sounds to letters
 Two letters, one sound
Practise, practise, practise
 Putting sounds together to read simple words
 Tricky words
 Reading books
 Using pictures
 Writing letters
 Read to your child as much as you can




Learning to read the sounds for reading is a big focus in Reception. The children access Read Write Inc everyday and as they progress through the scheme, they are placed in highly differentiated groups to meet the child's precise stage of development. 

At the moment most children in Reception are accessing the set 1 sounds and are learning the blend these sounds together. Below is a video to support with the precise pronunciation of these sounds:

Set 1 sounds

Once the children know the first 5 sounds, m a s d t, we move onto teaching the children how to blend. Below is a video to show how we teach the children to blend the sounds for reading. 


Daily practise of reading the sounds and practising blending (we call it Fred talk as Fred the frog only speaks in sounds) is essential for the children to make progress with reading. Blending can be done at anytime throughout the school day. Getting your child to repeat after you will mean they blend in no time. 

e.g. adult says "c-a-t, cat" and then the child repeats.

Doing this with lots of different words will enable the children to blend quicker and they will be able to take home a reading book and move through the RWI levels quickly. This can be done walking down the street, round the shops and we have found the children are really eager to practise their Fred talk at all times.

If you would like any more support please speak to Mrs Grundy or Miss Hurley. 


In Reception, there is a big focus on using correct letter formation. Below are the RWI phrases we use to support correct formation. Please encourage your child to say these phrases as they write which will help them to form letters correctly. 

Letter formation phrases

EExAT is the assessment system we use across our Early years provision. We collect observations of pivotal learning moments on your children and use these to assess where your child is up to and to assess what their next steps are to ensure they are making progress. 

You will all be given your unique code to access this at home. 

Log in, have a look at your child's learning and make a comment! I would also love to see all their fabulous learning at home, whatever that may be! It doesn't have to be, reading, writing and maths! 

Files to Download

Reception: News items

Newsletter 09/07/2020, by Mrs Maguire

Newsletter 02/07/2020, by Mrs Maguire

Newsletter 25/06/2020, by Mrs Maguire

Reception: Gallery items

Lego workshop!, by Mrs Smith

Reception: Calendar items

Inset Day, by St Ambrose RC Primary School

Inset Day, by St Ambrose RC Primary School

Student Login