✝️Weekly Worship ✝️ 

Monday 13th July- Worship Assembly 🙏

🏅  Merit Assemblies 🏅 

The links to all our merit assemblies are listed below if you have missed any and would like to catch up. The merit assemblies are posted on Facebook every Friday.

Merit Assembly Friday 17th July

Merit Assembly Friday 10th July

Merit Assembly Friday 3rd July

Merit Assembly Friday 26th June

Merit Assembly Friday 19th June

Merit Assembly Friday 12th June 

Merit Assembly Friday 5th June

Merit Assembly Friday 22nd May

Merit Assembly Friday 15th May

Merit Assembly Friday 8th May

Merit Assembly Friday 1st May

🌟 Star of the week 🌟

This weeks star of the week is

✨ Maxim ✨

Maxim has had such a brilliant attitude when he has come back to school. He has been continuing to work hard to learn his phonics and talking more English to communicate and make new friends. Brilliant work Maxim. 🤩

👋 Goodbye from Mrs Dawson 👩🏼‍🏫

Hello Oak.

Unfortunately this year we won’t be able to say our goodbyes as we would have normally. This is sad, but we have to remember the happy times. 😃 Like your welcome assembly when we were all on edge that someone would let go of their balloon. 🎈 When we celebrated the schools 90th birthday and spent the week in the 1920s. When you preformed your first nativity and did any amazing job. And when we made gingerbread men. These are just some of the fun things that I remember from our (not full) year together. I’m sure you have many more personal memories such as making close friendships, reading or writing your first word, or playing in your favorite area inside or out. For me, seeing each and every one of you making progress and achieving your first mile stones in your education is something I will never forget. You have been a very special year group in a very special year. You are all fabulous children with such individual personalities. This is the end of your reception journey, but just the beginning of the next. I may not be your teacher for your next 6 years at St Columba’s, but I will be in the background watching your next steps and cheering you on all the way. I will always be your reception teacher and you will always be my 2020 corona year group. 🌈 Have a wonderful summer ☀️ and I will see you in September. Give me a wave through the fence at dinner time. 👋

Mrs Dawson 😁

P.S. Here are a few of my favourite pictures of you all from the year.


👩🏼‍🏫 Meet your new teacher! 👩🏼‍🏫

Your new teacher in year 1 is going to be the fun filled Miss Swift. As we can’t do transition and get to know her as we usually would, Miss Swift has written you a letter so you can learn a little bit about her. She would also like you to send her a letter. Do this by posting on Tapestry or by emailing the school- admin@stcolumbas.bradford.sch.uk. She can’t wait to hear from you and get to know you all.

Click here to see Miss Swift’s letter to you!

💜 Fun Activity Ideas 💜

If you need something to keep you busy over the summer, take a look at some of the fun activity ideas we have thought of for you.

What happens to our bodies when we exercise?

Do you know what  happens to your body when you exercise? There are some links below for sticky kids that we all love to do. When you have finished your exercises, feel your heart beat. Is it beating fast? Why do you think this is? Are you hot? Why are you hot? How can you cool down? Why is exercise good for our bodies? You can then do the cool down exercises and talk about how your heartbeat feels after cooling down.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?=gFflzDaxfKM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cj-ouBZXd00 

Now cool down… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgXpX6tU3mc 

Take lots of pictures and tell us how you feel after the exercises. Also remember to tell us why exercise is good for our bodies.


🎲 Sharing with numbers 🎲

Let’s try  solving a problem. 🤔

There are 4 friends playing nicely together. One friend has a bag of 20 sweets. The friend is very kind and wants to share their sweets equally with their friends. It’s not fair if one friend has 7 and another has 2. But how many will each friend have in order to make it fair, ensuring each of the 4 friends get the same amount of sweets.

To solve this problem count out 20 objects. You could use real sweets or food, or use toys. Use your family or toys as the friends. Now start sharing out your ‘sweets’. Once all your ‘sweets’ have been given out, check each person has the same amount. Is it fair? If you are finding it difficult try handing a sweet to each friend one at a time.

Once you have solved the problem, take a photo and add it to tapestry with your answer.

Have fun.

📖 Reading challenge 📚

Here is a reading challenge to help you practice using your phonics to decode words.  I have attached some pictures with different colour boarders. Your challenge is to read the numbered sentences below and match them to the coloured pictures. Take a video of you reading them or ask your grown- ups to write your answers on an observation. For example 1- orange, 2- pink. Then we can let you know if you have got them all correct. I’ve also attached a sheet below with the sentences and pictures on which can be printed. You can then cut them out and match them up. Remember to take a photo so we can see if you have achieved your rainbow challenge this week. Have fun you super readers.

Click here for reading rainbow challenge sheet to print.

1- My fish and chips are on a dish.
2- They dig in the soil.
3- Nan was sitting in the rocking chair
4- Mark and Carla got wet in the rain.
5- I can hear an owl hoot at night.

What can you do with ice? 🎨 ❄️

Here are some fun ideas you can try while you keep cool. Have you got some paint? Why not make your own ice paint? Put a little paint or food colouring in the bottom of an icetray then fill up the rest with water. You could even use lolly sticks and freeze them upright in the tray so your ice paint has a handle. Once frozen you can use them to ‘colour in’, or paint. What picture can you draw? How long do you think it will take your ice to melt? 🤔

Alternatively you could freeze some fruit into an icetray and have a lovely cool and refreshing snack!

Have fun in the sun! ☀️




 🧘‍♂️ Yoga 🧘‍♀️

Hi everyone! It’s going to be really hot today! Do you know the hot weather can make us feel a bit irritable and grumpy sometimes? Do you know any ways to keep cool? Make sure you drink lots of water and make sure you wear a hat. If it gets a bit too much maybe you could come inside and try a mindfulness or yoga video? These gentle activities can calm you down are a great form of relaxation!

3 minute mindfulness https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ihwcw_ofuME 

Cosmic kids yoga adventure https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LhYtcadR9nw 

Some of our returning reception class doing today’s yoga activity.

🎲 Hide and seek 🎲

In Reception we learn to use positional language. This includes phrases such as; underneath, at the side, at the bottom, next to, above etc. To practice using and understanding positional language I have thought of a fun activity. You could set up a treasure hunt with your child’s toys. Hide the toys around your home and give your child clues using positional language. For example; it is above the television or it is underneath the chair. I have attached some ideas of the different positional language that you could use. Have fun on your treasure hunts! We cannot wait to see your pictures.



 🌍 Shadows 🌏

Do you know how a shadow is made? Can you make a shadow using a torch or the sun?

In my house we like making shadows with the torch on my phone and a mouse toy just like at the end of the Gruffalo’s child book. Can you make a shadow with your toys? Maybe you could use some paper to draw round the shadow. Maybe you could make something to make a shadow with, like a puppet. Maybe you could draw round the shadow of someone in your family. Maybe you could put an object in the sun all day and draw round the shadow at different points in the day. You may notice that the shadow has moved. Why do you think this has happened? Maybe you could explore how you can make coloured shadows. Maybe you could make a shadow with a message on?

Whatever shadow you make remember to take pictures and share them with us on Tapestry. I can’t wait to see what you do.

Kacper had I wonderful time exploring shadows at home.

Jack made shadows in his garden using the sun. He noticed how the shadows got bigger and smaller as he moved. Super work Jack.

🌹 Petal perfume 🌷

Today I would like to share an activity idea with you that we had so much fun doing at my house.
We noticed that some of the petals had fallen off one of our plants. We decided to try and make some flower smelling perfume (or it could be flower smelling soup). This was something that I loved doing when I was a little girl.
First we went on a walk and gathered lots of different petals that had fallen onto the floor. We then got a large bowl of water and added all of the petals to the water. We then mixed it all together and pressed onto the petals so that the lovely smells from the petals would go into the water. We then drained the water from the petals using a sieve. The water smelt delicious and we were so happy that we had been able to create some beautiful flower perfume. We poured our perfume into a bottle and we wrote our names on to our bottles.
You could write some describing words on to your perfume label. I’m sure you could sound out some big tricky words using your phonics skills.
You could also decorate your bottle too.

Make sure you upload pictures so we can see what fun you’re having at home.

Zosia made some fabulous petal perfume using things she found around the garden.

🎲 Subtraction 🎲

Here is a fun way to practice learning how to subtract.

What you need
– Some play dough, plasticine, blu- tack or anything that can be made into a ball and squashed.
– Paper and pen

– Make a number line of numbers to 10.
– Make 10 balls of dough
– Ask your grown- up to write out some subtraction sums using numbers up to 10.

Let’s start
– Read the number sentence.
– The first number tells us how many we start with. Get that many balls and place them on the numbers.
– Look at the next number. This number tells us how many to take away. Now squash that many balls.
– Count how many you have left. This is your answer. Write it at the end of your sum.

This activity is great for teaching children how to use a number line. Once you have done all your sums why not challenge yourself to do a sum without using the dough. Imagine you balls are there. Start at the first number and imagine you are squishing the balls. How many have you got left?

I have posted some videos on Tapestry to demonstrate how the activity works so log on and take a look. Lyla really enjoyed doing this and asked to do more. I’d love to see you have a go, so remember to put your photos and videos on Tapestry so we can share your achievement. Have fun.

Jack loved this activity and challenged himself with working with numbers to 20. Amazing Jack, well done.

⚖️ What’s heaviest and what’s lightest?  ⚖️

How can you tell if an object is heaver or lighter than another? Have you ever used some balancing scales? You could try making some at home using a coat hanger, string and some cups or buckets. Then you can choose objects from around your house to explore. Pick each object up and predict which you think will be the heaviest or lightest? Then test your prediction by putting them in your home made scales and see if you were right. What do you think it means if the cup/ bucket goes down? Does this mean it’s the heaviest or lightest object? Is the biggest object always the heaviest?

If you can’t find all the things you need to make your scales, use your hands as scales. Put an object in each hand and close your eyes. Can you feel which object is the heaviest and lightest? Which object is pulling your hand down to the ground the most?

Take a video or photo of your experiment and add it to Tapestry so we can see your results.

Erik made his own scales and tied string around objects that were too big to fit in a cup. Brilliant idea Erik and great work completing your rainbow challenge this week.

How did God make you special? ✝️

Do you know God made everything in the world? The animals, the plants, the sun moon and the stars! He also made you and your family! God made every single person different and every single person important and special! Can you watch the butterfly song and join in with the words? Click here to hear the song.  Can you think of any actions?

How did God make the animals different and how are each of them important? Robins are really good at singing and kangaroos are really good at jumping?

How did God make you different and special? What are you really good at? Perhaps you can hula hoop, or jump really high on your trampoline? Perhaps you are really good at drawing or singing?

Can you draw a picture of yourself doing something you’re really good at? Can you say why you are special? Reception can you write a sentence about something you are really good at?

Always remember that God made you and how very special you are!

What does your home look like? 🏠 

What does your house look like? Have you got stairs in your house? Have you got a chimney on top? Do you have a garden? How many doors do you have, is there a number on the front?

Could you make a house out of junk modelling, or Duplo or Lego? What other buildings can you think of to make? A Church, a Castle a Palace? Can you talk about your building? Who might live there?

Perhaps you could write some labels or even a sentence about your building?

We can’t wait to find out about your real house or even your fantasy house! 🏠

Erik’s made his house from paper. Excellent work Erik.

This is Alexander’s house that he has made. Fabulous Alexander.

🎲 Can you write some numbers? 🎲

Number formation

It is very important that children can recognise the numbers to twenty by the end of Reception. It is also important that children can write some numbers independently to help them when they are solving number problems and playing independently. I have attached some number formation sheets below to help your child practice. Numbers such as; five, eight, six and nine often need lots of practice. If your child is confident with forming the numbers one to ten, then maybe challenge them further by asking them to form trickier numbers beyond ten. You could do this on a larger scale with chalk or paint with water on the floor outside. Maybe you could set up a toy shop at home? Your child could write the price on a label for each toy. This will be a fun and exciting way for your child to practice their number formation. Remember to upload pictures of what you have been busy doing.

Number formation practice sheet

🌱 Cress Pets 🌱 

Do you know how easy it is to grow cress? It can grow in cup with a little moist cotton wool or paper in the bottom.

We found these “potato cress pets” in a children’s gardening book and followed the instructions to make a “cress hedgehog”.

1. Ask an adult to use a potato peeler to carve out an indent in the potato. 2. Roll a nose using some card and fabric and attach using hair pins or paper clips. You can do the same for the ears. 3. Add some googly eyes and a pom Pom-pom nose. 4. Put a moist small piece of folded up kitchen roll into the indent. 5. Sprinkle the seeds onto the paper. 6. Stand your pet on the window and watch their ‘fur’ grow.

Alternatively, you could use one of the more simple ideas below, or even just a cup.
Maybe you could draw a picture of your cress and label what it needs to grow.

Have fun! 🌱 🌱 🌱

Let’s thank God ✝️

It has been a difficult few months with lots of changers and worrying times. We should remember that God is always with us to help us through difficult times. We can always talk to him about our worries and hopes. Today I want you to talk to your grown- up about how you are feeling. Are you worried or upset about anything? Maybe you are worried about your friends or family you haven’t seen for a while. Maybe you are worried about the people in our world who are sick. Maybe you are worried about our key workers who are ensuring we have everything we need when we need it. People such as doctors and nurses, postal workers, shop keepers and delivery drivers. Maybe you aren’t worried but are hopeful for the future. Maybe you hope that we are all safe and can go back to school together soon.

Whatever you feel put it together into a prayer. Ask God to help you with your worries or hopes, and protect and help those who need His love in this difficult time. Write down your pray with your grown up and show your grown- up how we do collective worship at school when we talk to God. Remember to make the sign of the cross when you start and finish. Maybe you could say a Hail Mary and ask Jesus’ mum to bless all those who are poorly or who have lost their lives. I have attached a photo of the Hail Mary in case you have forgotten some of the words.

It would be great to see your prayers so ask your grown- up video you saying your pray or take of photo of it written down.

Erik has written a lovely prayer thanking God for looking after his family. 🙏🏻

Zosia has written a prayer thanking God for looking after her mum who is doing an important key worker job. 🙏🏻

🚗 Junk modelling! 🚙

Are you feeling creative? Think of all of the different types of vehicles that you might see on the roads. What colour are they? How many people can fit inside them? How many wheels does it have? Does it have an engine? Which vehicle is your favourite?

Can you have a go at creating your own vehicle using junk modelling? You could use any empty bottles, boxes or containers. Can you find something that is round for the wheels and maybe you will need something square shaped for the windows? Maybe you could use paint or felttips to colour it? Does it need any numbers written on it? Have a look at the pictures for some ideas.

Once you have made your vehicle try writing a sentence about it. I wonder if you could use the tricky ‘the’ when you’re writing your sentence.

We can’t wait to see what you make! Remember to upload a picture of your work onto Tapestry.

Erik made some cars. He numbered them and wrote about them. Amazing work Erik. Brilliant writing.

📖 Speed reading 📖

Can you read these words below as quick as you can? Keep practicing and see if you can get quicker. Watch out for them tricky words! Once you know them off by heart you won’t need to sound them out and you will get even quicker.

I have attached a sheet below to print out as this might be easier for you to read from. If you can’t print, just get your grown- up to write them out on some paper instead.

Post a video of you doing it on Tapestry so we can see your progress. Good luck.

Click here to download the reading challenge words

Word list-
a, the, into, at, if, of, to, on, can, I, dad, is, had, in, back, off, and, no, get, an, him, not, got, up, it, mum, his, as, go, but, put, big.

Here is Zosia doing her reading challenge. Great job. 🌟

Jack did amazing at the reading challenge. Great job. 🌟

Kacper has been doing the reading challenge too. He sent me a video on Tapestry and was working hard not to sound out each word. Excellent work Kacper.

 🏃‍♀️  Let’s get physical? 🤸🏾

We want you to show us how you can move. Can you, hop, jump, run, twirl? Can you play hopscotch or use a space hopper? Can you climb up something or over the top of something? Can you crawl underneath something and make yourself really small? Maybe you could make an obstacles course in your house or garden and show us how you can do all these different physical skills. Do you have any toys that show how well you can balance like a scooter or bike? Whatever you can do with your bodies we want to see, so remember to take lots of pictures and add them to Tapestry. Be brave but always make sure an adult is close by to ensure you are being safe and to help if you need it. 

Wow look at what Kacper can do with his body. Great gymnastics Kacper. 🌟

Great job completing your rainbow challenge Jack. 🌈🧡


🥚Do you know the life cycle of a frog? 🐸

There are lots of baby animals born during the Spring and Summer. Some animals give birth to their young and some animals lay eggs. 

Did you know frogs lay eggs called frogspawn, when they hatch they are called tadpoles. After a few weeks the tadpoles grow legs and are known as ‘froglets’, and a few weeks later when they are fully formed they are called frogs.

Can you draw a picture to show the life cycle of a frog and label it? Or could you make one? We made one using an egg box, googly eyes and pipe cleaners. There are lots of ideas on the internet. We didn’t have any bubble wrap for the frogspawn, so we used grapes! Have fun finding out about frogs! 🐸 

Erik has been super busy today drawing and labelling the life cycle of a frog. Then he made a frog too! Excellent work Erik.

Great work Jack learning all about the life cycle of a frog. 🌟


💜🎈💜🎈💜Can you make a pattern? 🧁🐝🧁🐝🧁

Can you make a repeating pattern? 

You could make a repeating pattern using different 2D shapes. I wonder if you could name the shapes you have used and explain the pattern to somebody in your household? You could make it more challenging by using three different shapes in your pattern.

You don’t have to just use shapes to make a repeating pattern. Have a look at the pictures for ideas. We would love to see yours. 

I have also attached a link for a pattern game to give you the chance to explore pattern further. 

We can’t wait to see your pictures. Stay safe everyone! 




Kacper had a go on the online pattern game then made his own pattern with coins. Super idea Kacper. 🌟


Can you put your things in size order?🤔

Mrs Marcinczak went on our walk yesterday and Oliver found a group of different size sticks. He counted how many he had collected all together. Mrs Marcinczak then challenged Oliver by asking if he could show me which stick was the longest and which stick was the shortest. Mrs Marcinczak then asked Oliver to place them into size order from the shortest to the longest. Mrs Marcinczak then asked him to order them from the longest to the shortest. 

Oliver then enjoyed doing the same with some of his toys at home. 

Could you find some objects that you could put into height order? You could ask your family members to stand in height order and see who the tallest and shortest person is in your household. 

Make sure you take some pictures and upload it on to Tapestry. We love to see what you have been busy doing. 

Mrs Marcinczak has also found a measuring game for you to play.


Great work ordering your toys Jack and Kacper. 🌟🌟


Grass Heads 🌱😁

Have you ever tried making a grass head? They are really easy to make and lots of fun. All you need is an old sock or pair of tights, soil and grass seed. 

1- put grass seed in your sock. (We put the sock over a plant pot to keep the sock open.)

2- put in your soil.

3- add a little water and put a knot in the end.

4- turn it over so your seed is now at the top (unless you want a beard!)and draw on your face, or decorate however you like.

5- make sure you give your grass head plenty to drink. (We put our grass heads in a bowl and always made sure the bowl had a little water in the bottom. That way the soil will soak up the water and the seed will take what it needs.) 

After a week or 2 you will start to see your head start to grow hair. If it gets too long you can give it a hair cut! 

Have fun and make sure you remember to take photos of the hair as it grows. Share them with us on Tapestry so we can see. 

Kacper has been caring for his grass head so well it’s hair has started to grown really long. Excellent work Kacper. Thank you for sharing this with us. 🌟


Let’s double!🤔

Can you double a number? Watch the video on Tapestry of Max using some balls to doubles of 4 and 5? 

Can you use some objects in the house to work out some doubles:

Eg: 1+1= , 2+2= , 3+3= , 4+4= , 5+5= , 6+6=

Can you go any further?

Click here for an activity sheet to print out if you would like to do one. Can you throw the dice and work out the double of that number? Have fun doubling and remember to put your pictures on Tapestry so we can see what you have done.

Kacper shared how he achieved his rainbow challenge this week by doubling using a dice. He posted what he had done on Tapestry and I am so impressed. What a fabulous idea Kacper. Thank you for sharing it with us.  🌈🧡

This  Alexander doing some doubling with objects he found around the house. Super work. 🌈🧡

Jack did some doubling and used an online dice to decide his numbers. Good thinking Jack. 🌟

Jake did his doubling using his cars. Excellent idea Jake. 👍🏻


 Painting rocks 🎨

When we went on a walk the other day Lyla found a painted rock. It was painted like an insect and on that back it asked us to take it and hide it somewhere else. We found a not too secret hiding place, and left it there for someone else to find. When we walked passed a few days later it had gone so we knew someone had found it. We then decided to paint a rock ourselves. Lyla decided to paint hers as a ‘circle rainbow’! We wrote on the back ‘if you find me, hide me somewhere new’. Why not have a go at painting a rock yourself. You could hide it close to your house for someone to find, or hide it in your house and play hide and seek with your family. Take photos and put them on Tapestry so we can see your designs and where you hid them (we promise we won’t tell anyone your hiding place). 

This is the stone Jack found and decorated. He chose to use this activity as a way to celebrate VE Day. Brilliant idea Jack.

Kacper decided to paint a very large rock. Good work Kacper. 🌟


Let’s explore ice! ❄️

Mrs Marcinczak had a mystery in her house yesterday morning. When she woke up she noticed that some toys had been frozen. Oliver and her had to think of lots of different ways to free their toys from the ice.
They noticed that it was lovely and warm outside so they thought that the sun could melt the ice.
They also used some warm water to see how quickly the ice would melt. They loved watching the toys slowly emerge from the ice as the water was pored on.
They discussed which way melted the ice the quickest and why?
Could this be something you would like to experiment doing in your house? You could even collect your own objects that you would like to freeze. These could be toys or even objects that you find outside.
Make sure that an adult is always with you when you carry out this activity and only use lukewarm water (the same temperature that you use when you wash your hands).
We would love to see pictures of your freezing experiments so please put them on Tapestry!

Reception could write a sentence about how you melted the ice. We would love to see your super sentences so please put them on Tapestry. Have fun.  😁

Jack sent us some photos on Tapestry of him doing the ice experiment. Well done, Jack it looks like you managed to get your toys out of the ice. Super science work. 🌟

Kacper posted his ice experiment on Tapestry too. He decided to use a hair dryer and warm water to melt his ice. What a good idea. Excellent work Kacper. 🌟


Reading game 📖

Yesterday Lyla and I had a go at one of the activities that is in your activity pack. (If you haven’t got your activity pack from school please phone school to arrange it to be posted to you.) The activity is a game that can be played with a dice. Roll the dice and move your counter that many spaces, then read the word. But you can play however you want. We didn’t have a dice or a counter so we just used a rock and Lyla moved it along the path as she read the words. The game was printed from Twinkl where there are lots of games just like this one using different digraphs (two letters making one phoneme.) Click here to go straight to this activity, or go to twinkl.com and search ‘read and race game’. Use the details below to get access to the resources on twinkl for free. The game we did is using the digraphs, qu ch sh th ng. The digraphs are on the snails in the middle so you can practice reading them before you start. When reading the words, make sure you spot the digraph. You can underline them if it helps like this, quiz, shop, path. Remember that th makes two phonemes. If you try one and the word doesn’t sound right, try it with the other. On Tapestry I have put on a video of Lyla doing this so you can see what I mean. We would love to see you playing the game and reading the words so please post them on Tapestry so we can see.


Let’s make paper dolls of our friends 👫👭👭

We read the book The Paper Dolls at the beginning of the year so the children may remember it. If not, I have recorded a video of me reading it on Tapestry so log on and take a look. I love this book for many reasons. But the reason I think that is most relevant at the moment is that this book reminds us that although we can’t see many of the people we love at the moment, such as our friends and teachers at school, they are always in our memories. We can talk about our friends, draw them, remember what we used to do and what they used to say. So why not make some paper dolls of the people we love. It could be someone in your family, or it could be your friends from school. Lyla and I made some paper dolls this week and I have taken some photos of how we did it. Lyla made her paper dolls into her friends from school and I made mine into my friends. So have a go at making some paper dolls of the people you miss. Send us your photos of your paper dolls on Tapestry and tell us who they are. Maybe make a video of you talking about your paper dolls, who they are, and who you miss at school. You can video a little message to your friends if you like. We can add your friends to your observation so they can see the paper doll you made of them and your video message. So let’s get creative and get talking. I can’t wait to see your creations.


Here is Alexander and his sister enjoying watching the video of me reading the book, and making their own paper dolls. Alexander made some paper dolls of me, Mrs Redman and his grandparents. Brilliant job Alexander. Here’s your orange heart for achieving your rainbow home challenge 🌈🧡.

Here is Jack paper dolls. He made paper dolls of his friends from school that he misses, Thomas, Teddy Boy, Alexis, Zosia, Skylab and Darnell. Great work Jack and well done for completing your rainbow challenge. Here’s your orange heart. 🌈🧡


Let’s share 👫

Halving an amount.

In Reception sharing an amount equally is a skill we teach in maths. There are lots of fun ways to practice this skill at home. Mrs Marchinczak did this at her house with Easter eggs. Oliver had some left over Easter eggs that he wanted to share with his sister Amelia. He shared up to six eggs with his sister, starting with two and working his way up to sharing six eggs. They made sure that both Oliver and Amelia had an equal amount of eggs each time. Oliver’s favourite part was eating some of the delicious chocolate as a treat at the end. Have you got any toys, food or objects that you could share equally into two groups? Send us in photos of you sharing on Tapestry or by emailing the school. 



Minibeast hunt  🐛🐞 

Mrs Marchinczak has kindly shared with us an activity that you might enjoy doing as part of your daily walk or in your garden. 

Mrs Marchinczak and her son went on a minibeast hunt on their daily walk and they loved looking for the different minibeasts. They really enjoyed finding out where all the different mini beast live. They pulled out weeds and looked underneath big stones to find lots of wood louse and worms. They also saw some bees and a lady bird in the grass.

They spoke about where they live and what colour they were. They also counted how many minibeasts they had found and how many spots or legs they had.

Maybe this could be something you could enjoy doing? We would love to see pictures of you exploring our amazing world. 

We hope you’re all staying safe and having fun! 🌏🐛🦋🐜🕷🦟🕸🐞🐌🐝


Can you write some instructions?✍️ 📝

Before school closed we had been learning how to write instructions. We had already written instructions on how to make gingerbread men. So if you would like to have another go at writing instructions why not try writing some about washing your hands. I’m sure you are all experts at it by now.🧴 I have put together a sheet that you can print out and write on (Click here to download print out sheet), or you can draw your own pictures and write your instructions. Lyla decided to cut the pictures out and stick them in her book. Together with your grown up think of the instructions to write. Try to include the phonemes and tricky words you know. We put a phoneme and tricky word sheet out on the table to help us. I have thought of some sentences for each picture for you that include the phonemes and words the children know, if you would like to use them (see below). Remember to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops, and always read the sentence back to remember what word comes next. I can’t wait to see your instructions so please share them with us on Tapestry or by emailing the school.
Click here to download instruction sheet.
Instruction examples.
1- ‘Turn on the tap.’ Or ‘Twist the tap to turn it on.’
2- ‘Put on the soap.’ Or ‘Push down on the soap.’
3- ‘Rub the soap in.’ Or ‘Rub it all in.’ Or ‘Rub it all together.’
4- ‘Let is all run off.’ Or ‘Rub it off under the tap.’

Jack’s amazing writing. Well done Jack for completing the literacy challenge. 🌟

Look at Zosia’s fabulous writing. What super work.🌟

Look at Erik’s fabulous instruction writing. Great work Erik. 🌟


Let’s do an experiment 🧪 💦

Floating and sinking.

Why not do an experiment on what floats and sinks. This is a fun activity that everyone can try! Collect some objects and ask your child to make predictions. Do they think their object will sink or float? Why do they think this? What happens when something floats or sinks? Does it go to the top or the bottom of the container? This activity can be done in the bath, the sink or even the paddling pool! Post what you do on Tapestry so we can see what you found.

Look at Jack doing a floating and sinking experiment with objects he found around the house. Super investigation Jack. 👍🏻


Let’s get imaginative 🤔

What will you be today?🦹‍♀️👨‍🚀👩‍🚒👮‍♀️🧚‍♀️

As we are stuck in with little to do using your imagination means you can go anywhere and do anything. Get creative in your homes to make whatever you like. In our house we have made lots of different dens using the sofa and some blankets. Your den could then be a house, a castle, a cave or anything you want. My girls decided to make a bus one day out of chairs, some cushions and a headband for a stirring wheel! Use whatever you can find around your house to make props for your role play. We would love to see your creations so please share your imaginative play with us on Tapestry.

Look at Kacper being a cowboy. Looks like you are having fun using your imagination at home. 👍🏻

This is Alexander’s imaginative play. He is being a master builder in his garden. Brilliant idea. Alexander. 👍🏻


Beanstalk update 🌱

Our beanstalks are doing really well and have become a little big for our classroom.  Mrs Thomas has very kindly replanted them in a pot in the school kitchen garden so they can keep growing.  Look at how much they have grown over the last 4 weeks. Can you remember what plants needs to grow? Send us a video of you talking about it on Tapestry so we can see what you said.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4


Have you been writing your diary? 📔

In your home learning pack you were given a diary sheet to write. I’ve attached some photos of children who have sent in photos of their diaries so far. I have attached a link to the diary sheet below if you can’t find it, or you can use a notebook or your homework book. While we aren’t at school it is important that the children continue to practice their writing. An easy way to do this is to write a sentence every day (or as often as you can) in your diary. Write about what you have been doing each day even if it’s something as simple as, I went to bed, I sat in my chair,  or, I go to my room. As long as the children are practicing sounding words out it doesn’t matter what they write.  Try to use words which have phase 3 phonemes (sounds) and tricky words in if you can. I’ve attached photos of these in case you aren’t sure what they are. Remember to use your cursive handwriting and write on the line.

Look at Jack’s diary so far. It’s coming along great Jack. Keep it up 🌟

Erik has been writing his diary too. Brilliant work Erik. Your handwriting in beautiful and good job remembering how to spell those tricky words. This will be a lovely memory to look back on when you are older and remembering this historical time. 🌟



Build your tricky word knowledge 🤔

Look at this amazing idea that one of our parents had for learning tricky words. I thought it was so good I wanted to share it with everyone. You can do this with numbers and letters as well. If you can’t print the words you could write them on with pen. Or look for them in the paper or in magazines, cut them out and stick them on with sticky tape.  Remember to share what you are doing with us on Tapestry. We love to see how you are keeping busy. 


Wibble wobble jelly on a plate

We decided to make jelly the other day. It’s so easy but Lyla very much enjoyed it and we were able to use in as a maths, science and healthy eating activity. Lyla counted the cubes as she split the jelly. She talked about what she observed happening to the jelly and why, we added fruit and talked about the importance of eating health and why, and we talked about what half looked like when Lyla put half the tin of fruit in the jelly. We then observed what happened to the jelly as it cooled in the fridge and why. See if you can observe any changers when making things. It could be cheese or ice cream melting, or bread going crispy when it’s toasted. Talk about how and why this is happening and send us the videos on Tapestry.


Shape hunt 🔵🔺🔸◼️

Let’s do a 3D shape hunt. I have added a picture below of the 3D shapes you can look for and the vocabulary that we would like you to use when talking about them. On Tapestry I have added a video of me talking about a resource I found that you may find useful to help teach your child about 3D shapes (3D shapes that you can make. See photo below), and a video of me talking to my daughter about 3D shapes using the vocabulary. We then went on a shape hunt so I’ve added a photo of what we found. Add your photos of your shape hunt to Tapestry and see if you can find more. We didn’t find any cones so see if you can.

Here is the link to the 3D shapes I got from twinkl but there are lots of different ones to choose from. Log onto twinkl with the details at the very bottom of this page and search ‘3D shape nets’. Then choose which one you like the best to make. If you don’t have any card to stick them to, use a cereal box or something similar. Have fun. 😁


These are the 3D shapes we found around the house

Resources from twinkl.co.uk


Phonics splat 🎾

Since it’s such a lovely day, why not take your phonics outside. We used chalk to write the phonemes that Lyla was struggling with on the wall. She then had to chose a phoneme and say it before trying to kick the ball at it. It’s not easy but a lot of fun. We then changed it to just running and hitting it with her hands. 


Number hunt 🕵️‍♀️

Today we went on a number hunt. We used the gingerbread numbers that Reception were all given for homework a few weeks ago. I hid them round the house and Lyla loved hunting around to find them. She had to say the number names when she found them, and then put them in order. Lyla loved doing this activity and wanted to do it again and again. It was so easy but a great way to practice recognising numbers up to 20. You could also do hunts with other things you are learning such as colours, shapes or letters. 


Let’s bake! 👩‍🍳

Today my girls and I had a go at the biscuit recipe that was included in your home learning pack (I’ve taken a photo of the recipe if you can’t find it). It’s super simple and fun to do and the children can learn a lot too. We counted the spoonfuls we used, we talked about halving the spoonfuls so each child did a fair amount, we talked about safety in the kitchen, the consistency of the icing and how we knew it was ready to use, the different shapes of the cutters, and the different colours of the icing and decorations. Children can get a lot out of baking so have a go yourself. Log onto Tapestry to see videos of us making the biscuits and add photos and videos of you doing it too.  I can’t wait to see your biscuits. 🍪 

Top tip

There is no temperature on the recipe. I set the oven at 180 but it started to burn so I would say try 160 – 170. 

Erik had a go at making some biscuits. They look delicious Erik. Super baking. 🧁


Tapestry uploads 💻 🤳

Please keep in touch at least once a week.

The teachers have been busy uploading videos on Tapestry with ideas of things to do at home. Log onto Tapestry to see all the exciting things we are putting on for you. Add your own videos so we can see what you have been doing too. Please make sure you are uploading something you have done at least once a week. This could be the weekly rainbow challenge, one of our other idea, or just something you have been doing at home. If you are not on Tapestry, call or email the school office and leave your email address for Mrs Eagleton. She will then email you the link of how to get on.


Home learning support 🏠

Home activity packs were handed out to the children at school before we closed. If your child was not at school at this point and did not receive their pack, please ring school to organise getting it. Below are activities and online support that may help you with learning at home.

Writing ✍️ 

In your pack there are lots of activities you can be doing whilst at home, including a diary and note books to practice your writing in. This is Jack’s diary that he has been working on. Amazing work Jack. 🌟

When practicing your writing try and include words using the phase 3 phonemes (sounds) we are learning, and the tricky words. The phonemes and tricky words are below along with some examples of sentences you could write.

Sentence Examples;

I can see a sheep. We go to bed at night. Will you put the light on for me. You can go to the park with me. They are standing at the road. You are all going to the zoo.

Write as many sentences as you can think of in your notebook. Why not make up your own story and write them in your book too.

Tricky Words Songs 🎵 🎶

Below are some links to the tricky word songs on YouTube that the children enjoy singing along to. They will help them to remember what the tricky words look like and how to spell them.

There are many YouTube clips that are useful for children’s learning, so feel free to look for songs and rhymes about numbers and letters that your children enjoy and let us know what they are.

Please always prewatch clips on youtube to screen they are appropriate first.

Remember to take photos and videos of whatever you are doing and put it on Tapestry so we can see what you are up to.

Spelling Shed

Keep going to Spelling Shed too (click here to go to Spelling Shed). There are lots of games up for you to practice the phonemes and tricky words we have learnt. If you don’t know your Spelling Shed password, send a message on Tapestry or you can email or call the school. I will then send it to you.

This is Kacper enjoying playing games on Spelling Shed at home. Great work Kacper. 👍🏻

Alexander is playing on Spelling Shed on his table. Great work. 🌟


Daily online phonics lessons

We know how much you love the phonics sessions at school so we have found you another way to receive virtual phonics sessions. This website uploads new phonics sessions every day for you to learn or revise a new phoneme.

Remember to click Reception on the main webpage. You can then scroll down and see the list of sessions that are available for you to watch.

Why not watch the session today? I’m sure your grownup would be so impressed with your super phonics skills. Click the link below to go straight to the website. 





Online Phonics Games

At the following website there are some free online phonics games you can use whilst at home (click here to go to the website). Usually you have to pay for most of the games but the website has kindly opened it up free of charge to parents to help with home schooling. To access all the games enter these details

Username- march20

Password- home

We have been learning Phase 2 and Phase 3 so your child should be able to try any of the games in these sections.

Reading 📖 

You should all still have a reading book at home. You will have probably already read it however as we are unable to give you a new book at this point it is important to keep reading at home. Try and do a little reading everyday. Continue reading the book you have even if they have already read it. Your child will continue to learn the words as they are rereading the book. They will become more confident and improve the skill of sign reading (reading without having to sound out each word). Also talk to your child about the book. What is happening in the story and why? Ask them lots of questions about the book to help with their understanding. This can be done with any book you read to them too. When you read to your child encourage them to read the words they might know. For example short words like cat, mum, in, at. Or the tricky words on the list above. This will ensure they keep practicing their reading skills whilst not at school.

Online books

I’m sure you have all read your book lots of times now and would love something new. Miss Brown has found a book company called Big Cat Collins offering free online reading books. Click here- connect collins/school, click on the ‘teacher sign in’ button and fill in the user name and password below. Start with the pink books and work your way through.

username: parents@harpercollins.co.uk

password: Parents20!


For something a bit different to read, here is a link (click here) to some comics that your child can try reading. Have a go at reading any of the phase 2 or phase 3 comics.

Here’s a photo that has been emailed in of one of our class members showing how he is continuing to read at home. Well done. 🌟

Maths ➕➖✖️➗

Number blocks quiz

Have you seen the number block quizzes on the CBeebies website? You have to click on the sum that equals the number block in the middle. There are different levels too. I have put the link to level 1 below but if you can do that, try the different levels. Have a look around the website for lots of different number blocks activities too. Remember to post them on Tapestry so we can see how you got on. Have fun.


Kacper, Alexander and Jack have been enjoying playing the Number Blocks quiz and got full marks. Super work boys. 🌟🌟

White Rose Maths Hub

White Rose Maths Hub is a company that school uses to plan and teach Maths lessons in school and they have produced some home learning and daily plans. They should take no longer than 20 minutes per day- below is the link to the website and some screen shots to help you. Please click on the age group appropriate for your children (early years). Each lesson has 3 parts- a teaching video, a downloadable and printable activity and the answers.

The website is: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

Alexander has been really enjoying using White Rose Maths. Look at these photos of the fabulous ideas of things to do linked to the story.

Talking 💬

If your child speaks English as a second language it is important they don’t forget the English they have learnt. Continue to encourage them to speak in English when you can.  A good time to do this is when you are talking about a story as explained above.


This is great resources from the BBC called Ten Pieces. It’s a great resource where children and adults can get creative with classical/contemporary music. It is full of videos and other resources. Take a look.


Other resources

Twinkl (click here to go to the site) is a resource website that teachers often use. It has games, printable resources and worksheets that children might enjoying using. Teachers usually have to pay for this, but Twinkl have very kindly opened the site up to parents to help with home schooling. Go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer , subscribe by entering your email address and creating a password on the left hand side, and enter the offer code- PARENTSTWINKLHELPS

Once logged on click on the EYFS section for the Reception resources. If you are wanting reading and writing resources, search phase 2 or phase 3 phonics.

I hope this helps to keep you all busy whilst we are apart. I will keep posting on here with any new ideas of activities.

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