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Welcome to Reception 


Mrs Norwood, Mrs Faulkner and Mrs John

Our most recent Spring Term theme was 'Growing' where the children enjoyed sharing stories such as 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and 'The Enormous Turnip'. The children developed their storytelling skills through verbal storytelling using repetitive language as well as creating story maps. Towards the end of the term we used what we'd been learning about growing to plant some seeds and beans of our own, we also checked in on the school vegetable patch to see what was growing there.


When we return for the Summer Term we will continue to explore growth and investigating what we might see in our local environment at this time of year. This will involve investigating plants as well as the wildlife and insects. We will begin by celebrating Earth Day and thinking about what we can do to help care for our local environment. 


The children will be developing their phonics skills, they will be consolidating what they've learnt so far as well as learning new sounds and applying these skills when writing captions and sentences. We begin our Mathematics Mastery learning for this half term with capacity and weight. 


We're really looking forward to sharing some photos of this learning soon! 

Reception's Summer Term Learning:


Websites that support children's learning at home:

This link will take you to the 'BookTrust HomeTime' section of the BookTrust website. On this page you'll find story times for your child to watch as well as book themed activity ideas.



This website is great for practising the children's phonics skills. Please choose activities from 'Phase 2' or 'Phase 3' which you can access via the 'Resources' tab. All activities are currently free if you enter the log in details shown on the website's homepage. Please note that not all of the Phase 3 games will be suitable as the children haven't learnt all of the sounds in that phase yet.

This is the official Julia Donaldson website and it has lots of activities and games linked to her stories.It also has a link that will take you to 'The Official Gruffalo' Facebook page where there are videos of Julia Donaldson reading/singing some of her wonderful stories. 


This link will take you directly to the list of Early Years activities on this website. The maths games are particularly useful for helping the children to practise their basic skills.


The Alphablocks series complements our phonics teaching really well. This link will take you to the homepage where you can choose from various activities including quizzes. 


This link will take you to the Numberblocks homepage where you can choose from a variety of maths based games and activities. 


CBeebies radio has a great range of listening activities including story times and podcasts.

This link will take you directly to the 4-5 year old section of the website. It has some great tips on how to support young children's learning at home. Please note that all children in Reception will be receiving an allocated book each week from the Oxford Owl eBook library via Class Dojo. 



There are various active activities including 'wake and shake' dances such as 'Banana, Banana, Meatball' which are great to join in with!  


This is a government website that has lots of information about young children's learning as well as details of practical activities you can do with your child and a list of useful apps. 



Follow this link for some great wintery outdoor activities. 

Other Information:



Click on this link to find the list of '100 picture books to share before you are five years old'.

SEND Supported:

We work with a company called SEND Supported at school and they are releasing newsletters each week offering support and guidance to parents of children who many have additional needs in school. Please find below a link to these newsletters:

There are also lots of other resources and information available on their website. The 'Things to do Issue 2 - Resources' file has some lovely activities for all children regardless of whether they have additional needs or not. There are lots of great visual puzzles and games for children to play so please have a look if you can. There are also resources available now to support with developing children's memory skills in 'Thing to do Issue 3 - Resources.'

Growing Every Child
  • Binley Woods Primary School,
  • Coombe Drive, Binley Woods, Coventry,
  • Warwickshire, CV3 2QU
  • | Tel: 0247 6543 754
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