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Reception - miss beetham

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On this page, you will find daily activities for Reception children. We hope that children can make new memories with their families, stay safe, healthy and PLAY!

Some important notices: 

  • Post photos, videos and messages on Tapestry so we can see how you are doing
  • See our suggested timetable for Reception here
  • We will post one story per week and new tasks on a Monday for the week
  • Spend time in your back garden exploring nature, cooking with your adult and helping with tidying up
  • Spend time learning how to put your coat on, zip it up, unzip it, take it off then hang it up
  • Show your grown-ups how you can use a knife and fork when you eat
  • For useful websites, click here

WB 29.6.20

This week our story is 'The Night Pirates'. Would you go on an adventure with the pirates? 

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WB 29.6.20

This week your topic is pirates. Can you play the game Buried Treasure on Phonics Play? You will need to read the words by blending and segmenting then decide if they are real words or fake words. If they are real, you need to put them in the treasure chest and if they are fake, you need to put them in the bin. Let me know how much treasure you collect!

W.B 22.6.20

This week your topic is Pirates. Can you make your own treasure map and see if your family can follow it? 

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Week 2 - Under the Sea Project

We are looking at our new topic Under the Sea. Can you do some research about the sea and different kinds of fish at home with your grown ups? You can create your own sea project. For example, draw a picture of the different fish or your favourite fish, create a model of the sea, create your own fish, etc. Please send your photos on tapestry or to the class email. Have fun!


During the school closures, Miss Cassidy and I have been positing videos of stories for you to listen to. Now it’s your turn! We challenge you to video yourself reading your favourite story or retelling a story that you know so we can post it on our webpage for the other children to listen to and enjoy. Post your video on Tapestry or email to to

Do you accept the challenge? 

Week 1 - Lock down time capsule (bonus activity)

During this time when we are off school, we are living through history being made. As a way to document this time, attached is a lock down time capsule booklet that you can download and fill in to look back on in the future. 

Week 1 - story time

Toffee tried to take a nap in the sun. Have you been in the sun today? What have you been doing? 

In the book, it says Toffee was frightened. Do you know another word for 'frightened'? 

For a challenge, can you read me a story? Or could you retell me your favourite story? I can't wait to hear them!

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Week 3 - story time

This week in your learning packs, you will find some ladybird doubling. You will also find a ladybird fact file sheet. You can even make your own ladybird following the instructions attached part 1 and part 2.  So in the spirit of all things ladybird, everyone's favourite author Julia Donaldson is performing her story 'What the Ladybird Heard'. 

Week 3 - minibeast hunt

This week we are going to go on a minibeast hunt and look at their habitats. Use the internet with your parent/carer to find out what 'habitat' means. Once you know what you are looking for, fill in the minibeast hunt sheet. Send your minibeast hunt photographs on tapestry.


Week 2 - story time

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Week 2 - create a minibeast 

This week we are looking closely at minibeasts. Can you create your own minibeasts using natural objects from your garden? Choose the minibeast you would like to create and think about what it looks like. How many legs does it have? Does it have wings? Then you can think about what natural objects you could use for these features. Please send me photographs of your natural minibeasts on tapestry. I can’t wait to see them! 

VE Day 

Today is VE Day (Victory in Europe Day). Can you create your own Union Jack flag to help us celebrate? You could make the flag using red, white and blue play dough, you could use paint or coloured pencils, etc. You could even create your own bunting or paper chains and hang those in you window for everyone to see! Please send us photographs of your lovely creations on tapestry or to the class email address. 

Wonder Wednesday - week 1

Two ospreys have migrated to Cumbria to lay their eggs in a nest. You can watch their nest live on the osprey cam. For Wonder Wednesday, I want you to think about any questions you may have after viewing the live cam. Examples could be; What does migrate mean? What is an osprey? How big is an osprey? Where do ospreys live? Why have they travelled to Cumbria? How long did it take to get here? Once you have thought of some questions, with the support from your grown-ups, research your questions on the internet. Send me what you find on Tapestry. You could even make a poster about what you discover. 

image of Ospreys blue 35 and white yw at foulshaw moss nature reserve nest

Week 1 - story two

Week 1 - story one

Do you think a spider would make a good pet? Can you find any spiders in your garden? How many legs to they have? Do you know any nursery rhymes about a spider?

Week 1 - 4.5.20


This week in your learning packs you have a number formation booklet. I have uploaded the rhymes and formations to help you. Can you remember them? 

I have uploaded a game of Minibeasts I Spy. Can you help me count out the different minibeasts and write the number? Which minibeast did you find the most of? Which minibeast did you find the least of? 

Can you write what you can see? I can see three snails. What can you see? Can you write the names of the minibeasts? Use your phonics knowledge to help sound out and spell the words. In the recourses pack you have a sound mat which will help you with the letters. 

You could even go on a minibeast hunt in your garden. Can you name the minibeasts that you find?

Can you write your name? You can use the laminated names in your packs and use the whiteboard pen to write over, rub out and go again. Then try writing your name independently. 

Please send me your photos on tapestry or to the class email address. 


Writing Wednesday - r 29.4.20

Can you write the letter r? Down the rain and over the rainbow. 

Talk Tuesdays 28.4.20

For this week's 'Talk Tuesday', we have uploaded a new image with many questions to ask your child. You can write down their answers and send them on tapestry. Talk Tuesday - 28.4.20

Maths Monday - 27.4.20


Story time - Monday 27th April

Today’s story is owl babies. We read this story a lot in September when we were learning about families and homes. Can you remember it? Who is in your family? 

Finger and Thumb Thursdays - Thursday 23rd April


Story time - Wednesday 22nd April 

Story time - Tuesday 21st April

Don't call me sweet! This is a story that always gets lots of laughs when we read it during snack time. 


Talk Tuesday 21.4.20

For 'Talk Tuesday', there will be a new photograph uploaded with many questions to ask the children. You can write down their answers and send them on tapestry. Talk Tuesday - 21.4.20 

Story time - Monday 20th April

Maths Monday 20.4.20

Can you go on a 2D shape hunt? Can you find some sticks and make a 2D shape? Listen to the shape song on YouTube

Story time - Wednesday 15th April

Story time - Tuesday 14th April

Story time - Thursday 9th April

Story time - Tuesday 7th April

Story time - Monday 6th April 

Today my cat Elmo joins me in my favourite book nook for story time.



As it should be the Easter holidays this week, I’m going to upload a few craft ideas that you can carry out across the week. Send me your pictures on tapestry to show me what you get up to. I will still be uploading daily stories for you to watch and listen to. 

1) A paper plate Easter wreath, click here

2) Easter egg potato stamping, click here

3) Toilet paper roll Easter basket, click here 

4) Marbled Easter eggs, click here

5) Paper ball bunny, click here. You could follow the same instructions to make a chick but use yellow paper and add a beak.

Story time - Friday 3rd April 

Watch until the end to see a few photographs from when we went to the moon! 


Phonics Friday - 3.4.20

Follow the video at home. For extra practise, access bug club using your username and password.


Story time - Thursday 2nd April 

Today's story is 'We are going on a bear hunt'. I was going to read this story myself but as we are all wishing Michael Rosen a speedy recovery, I thought who better than the expert himself to read this story to us today. Enjoy! 

Finger and Thumb Thursday - 2.4.20

Many children across the country have been making rainbows as a sign of hope during this tricky time. Today, we are going to use our fingers and thumb to make our own rainbow during this fun experiment. Top tips; make sure you use your froggy fingers when holding the pens and don't press too hard because the paper towel will rip. When you complete the experiment, take lots of pictures and videos and send them to me on Tapestry. Adults can record down what you say so I can find out what super observations you make. Challenge 1: Can you sing the rainbow song? Challenge 2: Can you find any other absorbent materials in your home? 


Story time - Wednesday 1st April

Another class favourite - The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Can you count all of the food he eats? Which one did he eat the most of? Monday - Saturday, the caterpillar eats how many more each day?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Carle, Eric: Books 

Writing Wednesday - m 1.4.20

This week, can you practise writing the letter 'm'? Miss Beetham shows some ideas of ways to practise forming it. Can you do any at home? P.S if you use melted chocolate make sure you wash your hands first so that you can eat it after!


Story time - Tuesday 31st March

This is Miss Cassidy's favourite story. What is your favourite story? 

Talk Tuesday - 31.3.20

For 'Talk Tuesday', there will be a new photograph uploaded with many questions to ask the children. Write down their answers and send them on tapestry. Talk Tuesday - 31.3.20

Story time - Monday 30th March

What sounds do these animals make? Can you hear any animals in your garden? Can you make your own sound book? 

Maths Monday - 30.3.20

3D Shapes. Can you talk about these shapes? What can you see? Do any shapes look like anything familiar? Do any shapes look similar to each other? Why? What looks different? 

Do you know the names of the shapes?

Can you look around your house or garden to see what 3D shapes you can find?

We would love to see what you find. Please send us some pictures on tapestry. 

Story time - Friday 27th March 

Can you retell the story?


Phonics Friday - 27.3.20

For 'Phonics Friday', children can practise recognising the graphemes (letters) and saying the phonemes (sounds) that match the graphemes. Can they remember the actions to match each grapheme? Then, they can recap some of their phonic knowledge by playing 'buried treasure' on phonics play (use the username march20 and password home to sign in). For a challenge, can they write a word and then write it in a sentence? Send pictures on tapestry.

Story time - Thursday 26th March

A tiger can visit your tea party if you type in google 'tiger' and click 'view in 3D'. 

Finger and Thumb Thursday - Bird feeder 26.3.20

Writing Wednesday - n 25.3.20


Story time Wednesday 25th March

This story is Miss Beetham’s favourite! Which story is your favourite? Can you read it tonight for bedtime?


Storytime Tuesday 24th March

Here is one of our favourite stories in Reception. Join in with the words at home! What story are you reading at home today? 


I like to move it, move it!

Every morning at 9am, Joe Wicks is uploading a live PE video for you to follow along with at home. This morning Miss Beetham joined in at home too. It’s a great way to stay active.