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Reception Bates


Whilst school is closed, I will be updating the class page on a weekly basis with a weekly learning map and interactive activities. Please check back regularly for these updates.


If you have any specific curriculum questions during this period, please do not hesitate to send an email to the following address:


I will be checking this email on a daily basis. 


It would be fantastic to hear all about the children's home learning experiences, so please share any pictures or videos with me using the email address above. 


Many thanks,

Miss Bates

Forest School

In school, we have been working hard in our new Reception bubbles! At Forest School, we have been collecting natural resources to create mini-beast pictures, come and take a look.

Week 14

This weeks learning map is now available. Take the opportunity to share your child's home learning experiences and any activities you get up to, by emailing some photographs to our class email address. It would be lovely to share how you are getting on with one another. This also gives the children an opportunity to see their friends too!

Learning Map

"When I Grow Up"

All about me

Favourite memories

Learning Map

Naughty Bus

Phonics - Red group

Phonics - Orange group


Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World

Can you sort the transport?

Sink Or Float



Learning Map

The Queens Hat

Can you make a flag?


PE With Joe

London Landmarks

Dear Zoo


Noah and the Flood

This animated bible story for kids is based on Genesis 6-9:17

KUW activity

KUW - Additional information

Animals who help us


Sorting activity

PE With Joe

Learning map

How A Caterpillar Becomes A Butterfly

Maths challenge

Language Enrichment

Bug Hunt

Mad About Minibeasts

Additional Texts - The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film


Home Learning Map

Language Enrichment Picture-Week 9

The Selfish Crocodile By Faustin Charles Illustrated By Michael Terry

This week's text:

Language enrichment


Ascension colouring page



Stay active challenges


Oxford Owl Free e-books

We know that you are all working very hard from home. Whilst school and libraries are closed, you might find that you are running out of things to read. The link below is to a website called 'Oxford Owl', if you sign up using an email address you can access lots of free e-books. Also click onto the 'English' page of the curriculum area for more links.

At the moment we are all experiencing a very uncertain period of time whereby we are all unsure what is going to happen in the near future. Below is a link to a story which has been written specifically to explain the Coronavirus epidemic to younger children, and advise them on what they can do to help. Please remember that during this time, children could be confused and worried about the current situation, so this story may help them understand it a little better.


Please complete the daily calendar each morning, using the interactive videos below. As you work through each video discuss with your child the key questions in their home learning books. 


Ask your child:

  • What day is it today?
  • What day will it be tomorrow?
  • What month of the year is it?
  • What the weather is like today?
  • To draw a picture of what the weather is like today, you can use the symbols to help.
  • How will they need to dress today?
  • What season are we in?



Remind your child to scribe what the weather is like in their home leaning book each day.Also discuss the structure of your day and what that will involve. 


Months of the Year Song



Below are some interactive 

phonics videos, your child will be familiar with these as they are used regularly in the classroom.

Please use these resources to help your child's early reading skills.


Ways to use these videos:

  • Encourage your child to join in with the familiar songs.
  • Pause the videos at different points and ask your child if they can think of an item with the same initial sound. 
  • Find an item around your home with the same sound. 


Please make use of the free subscription to the Phonics Play website whilst your child is learning from home.

Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl

Learn how to pronounce all 44 phonics sounds, or phonemes, used in the English language with these helpful examples from Suzy Ditchburn and her daughter. Fin...

Week 7


This weeks Home Learning Map is now available. Don't forget to send pictures to our class email so I can see how hard you are all working!

Home Learning Map-Week 7

The Gingerbread Man - Animated Fairy Tales for Children

Have a look at our 'Animated Fairy Tale' playlist Watch amazing Animated Fairy Tales...

Language Enrichment Picture

Gross Motor Bingo

Gingerbread Man Recipe

Home Learning Map

The Rainbow Fish

The Rainbow Fish challenge

Maths Challenge


Can you go on a number hunt around your home or community?

Yellow Phonics Group


Orange Phonics Group


Red Phonics Group

Language enrichment picture



A huge well done to the children that took part in the Easter bonnet competition. I can see you all worked very hard, they are fantastic!

Well done to our winner Oliwia. You have been very busy!



Week 5

Below is the learning map for this week. There are lots of activities on the map that can be completed using the resources from the home learning pack and/or everyday objects from around the house.

Home Learning Map

This weeks literacy text has been uploaded in two parts

Language enrichment picture

Some fantastic work so far!

Weekly learning map

Week 4

Hello Reception,


I hope you all had a lovely Easter break and are staying safe. I am so impressed with the beautiful work you have been doing. Don't forget to send me some pictures of what you are up to!


This weeks learning map is now available below.


Keep up the hard work!


Miss Bates :)

Home Learning Map


Language enrichment


Talk to your child about what they can see and what is happening in the picture below.

Encourage them to ask question too.

Red &Orange Phonics

Hi Reception,

Hope you are all doing well. I’m so impressed to hear about all the wonderful work that you have been completing at home from your ‘Home Learning Maps’ during the last 3 weeks. Your grown-ups have been sending me pictures of your work and it is lovely to see all the great things you have been doing whilst staying safe at home.  We know that this is not easy for you but all your adults at St Thomas’ are incredibly proud of all of you and we are missing you lots!


Lots of Love

Miss Bates

Easter Bonnet

This would have been the stat of your Easter holidays, so we will not be setting a home learning map. However, we would still like to keep you busy whilst having fun. Over the holidays we are setting an Easter competition, we would like you to decorate an Easter Bonnet. You may want to design your bonnet first in your home learning book. Then, you can think about what materials you will use around your home to decorate your bonnet. Once you have designed and decorated your bonnet, email a photograph to no later than Friday 17th April. Mr Deane will choose the winning bonnet and a prize will be posted to them the following week!

Holiday Diary

During the Easter break, we would also like you to draw a picture in your home learning book each day of how you are feeling and the things you have been doing/going to do that day. 

Easter Bonnet Ideas

Home Learning Map

Language Enrichment Picture

A huge thank you to all our parents and carers that are engaging with the activities and resources that we have prepared for your child during these uncertain times. Below are some examples of children working hard from home. If you have any pictures of your child using the activities from the 'Home Learning Maps' that you would like to share then please email them over using the class email address. If you have any curriculum questions then please contact us through the email address as well.



Please use the interactive videos below to help your child with their counting skills.

The Big Numbers Song

Previous Home Learning Resources

Below are the resources from all the previous week's home learning packs. You are welcome to continue accessing these if you feel this would be useful.

Home Learning Map

Language enrichment picture

Home Learning Maps

Little Red Riding Hood

Language Enrichment Picture





Welcome to Reception B's Class page 

Miss Bates

Mrs McGrath

Mrs Olisa






We have been getting stuck in this week and planting in Reception. We planted some sunflower seeds to observe how they grow and change. The children are very excited to see the results and we will be sure to share them!


The children have also been investigating with cress. We decided to see what happens to the cress when grown with sunlight and water, or no light or water. All the children made their own predictions on what they thought might happen. 

We have been busy planting this week in Reception.




As the children took such good care of the chicks, Farmer David wanted our help with some of the other animals. The children had a fantastic time feeding and petting the animals. We listened very carefully as Farmer David told us some information about the different animals he brought along with him 



Our Visitors


The children came into school to find we had some very special visitors to EYFS. The children waited patiently for the chicks to hatch we spent some time learning how to take care of the baby chicks and keep them safe. The children were very excited to see how the chicks were doing and on Tuesday they discovered that 7 of them hand pipped their way out of the shell and hatched! The children waited patiently for them to dry off before we very carefully had some time to hold them and have a closer look. We have loved watching the chicks grow. The children have produced some fantastic writing all about the chicks. 




We had lots of fun celebrating Pancake Day, in reception B we used this as an opportunity to explore counting and sharing. First we designed our pancakes and which toppings we would like and then we enjoyed eating them!






In Reception we are working very hard with our phonics and reading. Throughout the year their will be meetings that parents and carers will be invited to in order to support your child's reading progress at home. As part of the reading scheme your child will soon bring home a reading book, the children are very excited about this. Every child is on their own reading journey and we are working very hard in school, the children will have a home reading book at different times in Reception. 


If you have any questions about this, please feel free to ask a member of the Reception team. 



Over the next few weeks Reception will be taking part in lots of wonderful activities in the run up to Christmas. We are feeling very excited for the celebrations.

Party time

Remembrance Day




We have been very busy in Reception, in Maths we have been focusing on our numbers!


Everyday we practise counting forwards and backwards, we love to show off our skills - ask your children to count at home! We start by counting to 12, then we move on to counting up to 15, and next up to 20 and beyond. Counting backwards is a little more tricky so this is where we may need extra practise. 


In school we have been detectives finding numbers and representations of number around our school environment. Looking out in the local community for different numbers is also lots of fun. Ask your children can they see any around: on the street signs, doors or inside your local supermarket. 


There has been lots of hard work on number formation. Below you can find our number formation guides. These are what we use in school to help the children form their numbers correctly. 

Number Formation


In Reception we have been learning about the changes of season, this half term we have been looking at Autumn.We have enjoyed looking at the different signs of Autumn in our outdoor environment. We collected lots of leaves and other things that had fallen from the trees, after investigating these we used them during Maths to help with our counting. We have looked at different animals and their habitats and made our own bird feeders. We placed these in our outdoor area and we also took some to Forest School.

During literacy we have enjoyed learning an autumn themed poem 'Oaty Porridge'  and reciting this in class. Taking inspiration from this we had lots of fun making some delicious autumn foods such as porridge and vegetable soup. We also got the chance to make some yummy cakes.
During this half term our topic has been Local Community, we have been learning about different places that are a part of our local community. We have been thinking about when and why we might visit these places. The role play in our classroom has been a Baby Clinic, the children have shared lots of their experiences and enjoyed playing the parts of the nurses and the parents that use the clinic. Take a look at what we have been up to. 

Baby Clinic