Reception 2019-20

Please enjoy the video created by some Reception children and parents. 
School Closure
Hello! This top section is for everything related to the school closure from March 2020. It will be updated periodically with resource suggestions, previous resources and home learning packs sent out, and pictures that the children have sent me. I very much love seeing what the children get up to, so please feel free to keep sending me pictures, uploading them to Tapestry and, with your permission, I'll put them here and/or Twitter :) 
As ever, please do not feel the need to do any of this - this is only here to help with childcare at home at this very challenging time in case you're looking for something to do. If your children do nothing but have some fun, stay healthy, happy, and maybe read a little, then I think that's time well spent! 
I very much am missing my lovely class and can't wait to see them all very soon! Please stay safe and don't hesitate to contact me if you need anything at all. I will be checking my emails and Tapestry regularly. Thanks and speak to you soon!
Miss Wilkinson :D
The NSPCC have put out a range of excellent resources to help with COVID-19 and discussions with your children and some of the more complicated aspects of being a parent whilst all this is going on. These can be found on the following link.
Oxford Owls have also published an online book to help children understand their worries at this time. 

Weekly Update 6

Hi Everyone,  

I hope you are all happy, healthy and enjoying spending time with your family.

This week Muslims all over the world will be celebrating Eid. Eid is a Muslim holiday celebrated when Ramadan, the month of fasting, finishes. Eid lasts three days. During this festival, children accept gifts and money from adults. It is an occasion intended for enjoyment, forgiveness, and feasting.  Normally this would be a big community celebration. However, big celebrations are not able to happen at the moment and Eid will need to be celebrated in different ways.  

Your challenge this week is to find out all about the festival of Eid. I have added some information for you to look at on the class page of the website or you could watch this video; or follow the link to CBeebies to explore Eid and the preparation before Eid via their ‘Let’s Celebrate’ programme.

 To celebrate Eid, you could make Eid biscuits, create your own Mehndi pattern for a hand, make a Eid card or create a booklet, writing all of the things you have learnt about Eid. I can’t wait to see how much you all learn. I have uploaded these activities to the class page of the website for you.

Also this week our school is having an extreme reading challenge. This is where you read in an unusual place or in an unusual way. It would be brilliant if you could get involved and upload your extreme reading photos to Tapesty, twitter or email them to me.

Thank you for being a stay at home superheroes!

 Miss Wilkinson

Phonic Activities
Phonics is an important part of learning to read and in Reception we teach phonics daily. The following Youtube channel has been set up to include a daily taught session of Phonics for Reception children. This includes a lesson for children who are still practising blending sounds together and also a lesson for practising the phase 3 sounds we have learnt in school. 
These daily sessions can be found at;
I have also attached some phonic activity mats for you to continue practising. Hope these are helpful! 

Weekly Update 5

Hi Reception,

I hope you are all happy and healthy. I hope you all enjoyed celebrating VE day and had a lovely picnic in the sunshine.  

On Tuesday 12th May it is International Nurses Day. All over the world nurses and doctors are working extremely hard to keep people healthy and well. On Tuesday we can celebrate all of the hard work the nurses working in our NHS are doing. Lots of you have added rainbows and pictures to your windows, but you could also add a Thank you to our nurses.

You could also set up your own hospital at home and think about all the different things a nurse or doctor would do. This video shows you how to make your very own nurses hat by folding paper. I would love to see pictures of you pretending to be a nurse or of your pictures.

Thank you for being a stay at home superheroes!


Miss Wilkinson 
Extra Information
If you currently do not recieve free school meals, but believe you may be entitle to this, applications can be found by following the link below; 
For parents who require additional computer equipment, requests can be made through Newcastle City council by following the link below; 
Additional Online Resources Beyond the Home Learning Pack
Recommended home learning resources
The Department for Education have released a list of recommended home learning resources. These can be found by following the link below. 
Oak National Academy
They have also launched  the Oak National Academy, which provides free online daily lessons and resources for English, Maths and a Foundation subject.  This can be found by following the link below.

Talk for Writing pack (English):

These are some excellent English packs that are interesting and have a wide variety of subjects.


Robin Hood MAT (all subjects) packs (up to eight weeks!)

This has a range of great suggestions for activities that are easy to organise. Although this starts from Year 1, some of the activities are accessible by Reception children. 


BBC Bitesize

They now have daily lessons including some by celebrities!


White Rose Hub Maths Home Learning

This website is one of the best resources for Maths home learning available. This is more personalised to home use than the 'small steps' sent out in Home Learning Packs which is more akin to school use.

Music Resources
 MPN Newcastle is proud to launch the “Local Heroes” Project, designed to support schools and young people with their online musical learning over the coming weeks.  

Each week, MPN Newcastle will set our young people, our very own local heroes, the challenge of responding to a different musical style in any way they wish.  To access these  resources please follow the link  below

Weekly Update 4 - 04/05/2020

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all well. It has been great to see all the pictures of the different activities you have been doing. I am sure your postman or postwoman loved their thank you notes.

On Friday 8th May it is the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe day. On VE day there was celebrations all over the country and most streets had a huge street party. Although we cannot have a street party this year, I thought you could have your very own Stay at Home VE Day Party. You could make and decorate your own fairy cakes, sandwiches and other delicious treats.

During the original street parties there was lots of decorations. You could make your own union jack flag to wave and bunting to have at your own Stay at Home VE Day Party. I have put some templates onto our class page of the website for you to use or you could make your own.

I cannot wait to see all the fun you have at your Stay at Home VE Day Party!

Stay Safe!


Miss Wilkinson

Weekly Update 3 - 27/04/2020

Hi Everyone,

I hope you have enjoyed the sunshine! It always makes me happy and smiley when I see the sun shining. I loved the flowers that you all sent me. Every time I see them, I am reminded of our lovely class. I miss you all and cannot wait until we are all back together again.

On Wednesday 29th April it is National Postal Workers Day. There is lot’s of people involved in helping to get the post through the letterbox. This video shows you the journey a letter takes before it comes through you letterbox.

I thought it would make your postman or postwoman smile if you could draw a beautiful picture or write a message to say thank you for all their hard work. You could stick it to your front door for them to see. You could also write a letter to a member of your family or a friend and find out how long it takes to get there.  

I have enjoyed seeing your adventures and work on Tapestry and look forward to seeing more over the coming weeks.

Thank you for being a Stay at Home Superhero!


Miss Wilkinson

Additional Reading
As children have had their current reading books for over 4 weeks, I have managed to source some online books/Comics which children can read at home. 

Oxford Owls

Oxford Owls are offering parents free accounts to access books online. You can create an account and access books at . Once on the site, please select books for ages 4-5. Further details about suitable books is available on the Summer 1 class newsletter. 


Phonics Play Comics

Phonics play have released a new website which includes a range of simple comics which are accessible for Reception children. These are available at; . Children in Reception will be able to work through the comics from phase 2 and phase 3. I have also downloaded these comics and added them to the class page below. 

Weekly Update 2 - 20/04/2020

Hi Everyone,

I hope you had a very happy Easter and enjoyed eating lots of chocolate!  It has been lovely to speak to some of you over the past few weeks and I have enjoyed finding out about all the things you have been doing at home with your family.

This week the challenge is to listen to the story of St George and the Dragon. Once you have listened to the story can you draw a picture of St George and the Dragon?

You can listen to the story here;

I have enjoyed seeing your adventures and work on Tapestry and look forward to seeing more over the coming weeks.

Stay safe and be a Stay at Home Hero!

 Miss Wilkinson

Summer 1 Home Learning Pack

Easter Activities

Hi Everyone,

Happy Easter! I hope you all continue to stay well and happy. It has been lovely to speak to some of you over the past few weeks. I have made an Easter activity pack to support learning at home with more exciting activities. This pack is available on the Reception class page on the school website. 

I have enjoyed seeing your adventures and work on Tapestry and look forward to seeing more over the coming weeks. If you have any concerns, worries or questions please drop me an email at, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

I hope you have a lovely Easter and enjoy eating lots of chocolate!

Miss Wilkinson

Week 1 update - 30/03/2020

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all well and enjoying spending time together as a family.  Each Monday I will send out an update, via Tapestry of further suggestions for you to complete at home with your child. Please be reassured that these tasks are only suggestions however, where possible, I would encourage you to read with your child as often as possible. The most important thing at this difficult time is looking after everyone well being.

As we begin the second week away from school, it is understandable that children might feel worried or start asking more questions about the reason they need to stay at home. The following link is a simple story, The Stay at Home Superhero, which you may wish to share together with your child. It explains to the children why they are staying at home and that it is ok to feel worried.

This week’s activity is to pick a new sound each day from the phonic bag. Children can then write a list of words which contain that sound. For an extra challenge, they could choose one of the words and use it in a sentence. Geraldine the Giraffe has a range of videos for each sound on YouTube which could support your child in this task.

 I look forward to seeing your adventures and work on Tapestry over the coming weeks. If you have any concerns, worries or questions please drop me an email at, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Stay safe!

Miss Wilkinson

Spring 2 Home learning Pack
Welcome to Reception. Find out what we have been learning about here. 
Welcome to Nursery. Find out what we have been learning about here.