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Nursery and Reception 2019 - 2020

Mrs Jones

Mrs Caton

Mrs Strick

18th January 2021

Home Learning during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Each week I will update our class page outlining our learning for the week.

Home learning resources will be in Files to download at the bottom of this page.

Thank you for the lovely photos on Earwig. If you have a spare moment please do add photos to your child's timeline and I will be able send comments back.

Reception Reading  

Reading books are now available from school for all Reception children. Please ring school at some point so that we can arrange for you to collect them.

Please aim to read at home regularly with your child at least four times a week - just a couple of pages or more if your child is keen. Please ensure all reading is recorded in your child's yellow reading record book (how well they have read, which pages, anything they have struggled with, their understanding of the story etc).  

Below is a really useful parents guide to phonics and early reading. 



Reception/Nursey – This Week:

  • Read the book   The Gruffalo's Child
  • Look at the animals hiding in the illustrations. Think about what camouflage means and why animals might need to hide themselves
  • Find out about the different footprints of different creatures - can you draw some of these?
  • Think of some speech/ thought bubbles for illustrations in the book - can you write some speech bubbles? Find activity sheets in Files to Download below
  • Think about the different voices/ accents the animals might have 
  • Draw a picture of a baby brother/ sister for the Gruffalo's Child

Reception - This Week

  • Learn how to say, read & write the sound ur & recap qu, ch and sh practise blending these sounds to read simple words such as; fur, turn, quack, quick, shop, wish, chin, chop. Use Discovery Education or Education City for videos and activities. Also find activity sheets in Files to Download below
  • Learn to read and write four High Frequency words from the files to download below                                                       
  • In numeracy focus on measurement using the Oak Academy lessons below. Also find activity sheets in Files to Download below

Click here to view Monday's Maths lesson


Click here to view Tuesday's Maths lesson


Click here to view Wednesday's Maths lesson


Click here to view Thursday's Maths lesson


Click here to view Friday's Maths lesson


Nursery – This Week:

  • Help your child to listen to sounds at the beginning of words
  • Together look for objects beginning with the sounds p, i and n - Find Nursery phonics activities in Files to Download below
  • Sing nursery rhymes and see if your child can recite them independently
  • Count back from 10 to 0
  • Talk about size Find Nursery Size Home Learning Challenge in Files to Download below

Rhyme of the week 

Ten Green Bottles

Previous Rhymes

Here is the beehive where are the bees

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush  


Reception Phonics

New work sheets – please encourage your child to complete the new sheets and stick them in the Letters and Sounds book sent home at the beginning of term. Please spend a few minutes with them saying all the sounds and actions.                                                                                                                     

Buried Teasure is an excellent free game to practise blending letter sounds at http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-2-games.html

In this game you can choose which letters you want to work with so it can be used even in the very early stages of Phase 2 phonics. Click to get a new coin then sound out the word. Drag the coin intothe treasure chest if it is a real word and into the bin if it is not.


Here is a list of our weekly routines for your information:                                                          

Morning drop off - Children who need to be in school can now be dropped off at the small wooden gate from 9am each morning and early years staff will bring the children to the same gate for you to collect them at 3pm            


Water BottlesChildren need a named water bottle in school daily. They will be filled each morning from the water cooler and sent home at the end of each day.                                                                                                                                                                                            Toys - Please note that it is school policy that children do not bring toys to school unless requested to do so by the class teacher.                         

I hope this information helps. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you are unsure of anything.


Thank you in anticipation for your support over the coming term.

Jo Jones - Class teacher

Dawn caton - Teaching assistant

Lisa Strick - Teaching assisstant














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Castle Primary School and Nursery

Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop, Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire, ST7 4NE

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Main Contact: Miss J Mason

Tel: 01782 433218