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New to Reception September 2020

Welcome to the St. John's family! We are so excited to get to know you and your family in September! We look forward to seeing you all Tuesday 1st September for your transition session- you will receive your transition session times via text by 10.7.2020. If you have not received this information please contact the school office to discuss when your child will be starting school. 

Please find below the slides from the New to Reception Parent/Carer Zoom meeting for your reference, if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

Miss Solan :-) 

New to Reception September 2020 Parent Information Power Point

Welcome to Reception!

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), the children follow a play-based curriculum that will provide them with opportunities to:

  • Develop their confidence, independence and social interaction.
  • Encounter a range of new and exciting experiences, through the power of play. Build upon the skills they have as they leave the home environment to start school. 
  • Develop these skills as an individual.
  • Prepare for the next stage in their primary school curriculum. 


Throughout the school day, the children will learn in a range of different ways. Through whole class focused group work, small group learning, adult-led activities, child-led activities and independent play. 


Please find additional details about this academic year below, if you would like any further information on the EYFS at St John's please do not hesitate to arrange a visit. We always enjoy welcoming new friends and are looking forward to getting to know you all. 


Miss Solan- Reception Class Teacher smiley

Miss Blears- Reception Teaching Assistant  smiley


Autumn 1 Newsletter- Who am I? What Makes Me Unique?

Reception Autumn 2 Newsletter- Whatever Next! (Space)

Spring 1 Newsletter Reception 2020

R Spring 2 Newsletter What the Ladybird Heard

Reception Class 2019-2020- It's been a blast!!

Reception Class 2019-2020 Video

Still image for this video
smiley** Reception Home Learning Activities **smiley


Pirates Home Learning Pack

Available for download now! 

Jake and the Never Land Pirates | Roll up the map! | Disney Junior UK

Pirates love underpants - Books Alive!

Books Alive! presents a reading of Claire Freedman and Ben Cort's hilarious addition to the Underpants series is full of pirates, sharks and treasure.

Jake and the Never Land Pirates | Talk like a Pirate! | Disney Junior UK

How to draw a skull and crossbones!



Week 12 & 13

Home Learning Pack 7 - 'Tiddler' is available for download now!

Tiddler Home Learning Downloadable Pack

Julia Donaldson : Tiddler - The Story Telling Fish

Ocean Animals for Kids - Whales, Sea Otter, Orca, Sea Lion + more

Did you know almost 3/4 of the Earth is covered by oceans?

The World's Largest Aquarium // Georgia Aquarium // Atlanta GA

Flying Fish Picked Off From Above And Below | The Hunt | BBC Earth

Week 10 and 11

Home Learning Pack 6 - The Gruffalo available for download now!

The latest Home Learning Pack is all about The Gruffalo! There are lots of activities for you to try at home, simply download the pack and either complete them via the screen or print them if you have access to a printer at home. Don't forget you can order a printed pack from school if you contact the school office, they will arrange for one to be printed so you can collect it.

Children returning to school will be completing the same/similar activities to those included in this pack.

Please find some links below that might help you with your learning. 

The Gruffalo Home Learning Menu

The Gruffalo - Read by Alan Mandel

The Gruffalo song

Phonics Phase 3- Sentence Reading

Let's bring Radcliffe Library to you!  


C o l o u r - Week 9!

This week is all about colours, please continue working on your colour themed Home Learning Pack. I have added some additional links to games and songs below that you might like to try too

Colour Home Learning Menu

Little Red Riding Hood Story Read Aloud | Twinkl Go!

Can you re-tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood?

I Can Sing a Rainbow | Rainbow Song | Song Lyrics | Children Song | The Kiboomers

The Kiboomers! I Can Sing a Rainbow! Rainbow song.

The Colour Song: A Funny Song

The Colour Song. This is an animated video of the popular funny song

Week 8: Counting!

This week I'd like you to be thinking about numbers and counting, you can count absolutely anything you like in or around your house. Here are some practical ideas to have a go at...I have also included some links to games and songs below. 


* How many steps do you have in your house? (do you have more than one staircase, if so add them together)

* How many people live in your house? Can you add them up in groups of boys and girls? 

* How many cars can you drive by your house in 10 minutes? Keep a tally then count them up

* How many toys can you fit inside a plastic bag? Can you count them as you put them inside the bag? 

* How long does it take you to run around your garden 10 times? Can a grown up time you on their phone? 


Number song 1-20 for children | Counting numbers | The Singing Walrus

Counting Down From Twenty Song

The Counting Down From Twenty Song by Have Fun Teaching is a counting song that teaches kids how to count down from 20 to 1 by ones. Download the Counting Vi...

Week 7: Phonics, Phonics Phonics!

I hope you've been managing to access the phonics lessons on YouTube (the links for each lesson are below and also on Tapestry), there is a new lesson added each day that focuses on a different Phase 3 sound. 

Please find below some activities and games that you could try at home using your Phase 3 Phonics knowledge blush

Creative Phonics Games to try at Home

Phase 3 Tricky Words Song Say Hello To

Phase 3 Tricky Words song as requested by many :) Tricky words/sight words featured me, be, was, you, my, all, are, they, was. Tricky words These are tricky,...

Phonics Digraphs Phase 3 Phonics

Revise your Phase 3 sounds with this phonics digraphs and trigraphs video covering the qu, sh, ch, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, ow, or, oi, ur, ear, air, er ...

Week 6: Home Learning Activities London!

This week it's all about London, your next Home Learning Pack (4) will be with you by 7.5.20 and has lots of activities and ideas linked to the capital city of our country, England. 

I have included various sheets linked to the topic of London, a page full of ideas for maths games using the number picture cards included in your pack and also a 'Learning Menu' of some more creative ideas you might like to try. In the mean time, feel free to use the resources below.


Please keep us posted via Tapestry and Twitter, we really look forward to seeing your learning at home. Stay safe, Miss Solan heart 

London Home Learning Menu

London Town song and Vocabulary of the City

Home Learning Menu Challenge: Can you sing any songs about London?
This is a video for children to learn vocabulary about the city by singing

London's Burning (British English Version) sung by Lizzy Morris

Home Learning Menu Challenge: Can you sing any songs about London?
My Favourite Nursery Rhymes brings you London's Burning (UK Version). For more on the history of the song click here including its Scottish origins: https://...

How to draw the Big Ben, London

Home Learning Menu Challenge: Can you draw Big Ben?
Learn drawing and colouring in our step by step video tutorials. Learn to draw and colour the Big Ben

How to draw Queen Elizabeth II face drawing step by step

Home Learning Menu Challenge: Can you draw Queen Elizabeth?
Elizabeth II is Queen of the UK and the Commonwealth countries. Elizabeth was born in London.

The Original Tour London | Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Home Learning Menu Challenge: Why not take a virtual London bus tour? How many London landmarks can you spot?
We took The Original Tour London hop-on hop-off bus tour around the city.

Home Learning Menu Challenge: Can you make a fact file or poster all about the Queen? Use the Power Point below (or use the internet to research information about the Queen)

Phase 3 Phonics lessons: 

There is a new phonics lesson uploaded each day on YouTube, funded by the Department for Education and delivered by a Teacher for children to follow, each lesson focuses on a phase 3 sound, why not have a go at home! Once your lesson is over you could practise the phoneme/grapheme using lots of other resources on YouTube such as 'Geraldine the Giraffe learns ai' or 'Alphablocks ai', each time you learn a new sound simply change the letters in your search.

I have added the links below for each of the lessons this week and the links to the other resources for the first sound to give you an can search these yourselves using the words in red above but don't forget to change the sound each time.

Lesson 1 is at the bottom, it is best to follow the lessons in order (start at lesson 1)

Lesson 16 - Reception - 'review ai, ee, igh'

Watch Reception Lesson 16.

Lesson 15 - Reception 'er' (letter)

Watch Reception Lesson 15.

Lesson 14 - Reception 'ure' (pure)

Watch Reception Lesson 14.

Lesson 13 - Reception 'air' - trigraph

Watch Reception Lesson 13. ..

Lesson 12 - Reception 'ear' (trigraph- 3 letters making one sound)

Watch Reception Lesson 12.

Lesson 11 - Reception 'oi'

Watch Reception Lesson 11. First released Monday 11th May. A new Reception lesson is uploaded every week day at 10am and is suitable for children who can ble...

Lesson 10 - Reception 'ow'

Watch Reception Lesson 10. First released Friday 8th May. A new Reception lesson is uploaded every week day at 10am and is suitable for children who can blen...

Lesson 9 - Reception 'ur'

Watch Reception Lesson 9. First released Thursday 7th May. A new Reception lesson is uploaded every week day at 10am and is suitable for children who can ble...

Lesson 8 - Reception 'or'

Watch Reception Lesson 8.

Lesson 7 - Reception 'ar'

Watch Reception Lesson 7.

Lesson 6 - Reception 'oo' (book)

Watch Reception Lesson 6. First released Monday 4th May. A new Reception lesson is uploaded every week day at 10am and is suitable for children who can blend...

Lesson 5 - Reception - 'oo' (moon)

Watch Reception Lesson 5 -

Lesson 4 - Reception oa

Watch Reception Lesson 4. First released Thursday 30th April. A new Reception lesson is uploaded every week day at 10am and is suitable for children who can ...

Lesson 3 - Reception igh

Watch Reception Lesson 3. First released April. A new Wednesday 29th April. Reception lesson is uploaded every week day at 10am and is suitable for children ...

Lesson 2 - Reception ee

Watch Reception Lesson 2. First released Tuesday 28th April. A new Reception lesson is uploaded every week day at 10am and is suitable for children who can b...

Lesson 1 - Reception ai

Watch Reception Lesson 1. First released Monday 27th April. A new Reception lesson is uploaded every week day at 10am and is suitable for children who can bl...

Week 5- All about transport!

I hope your new learning packs have reached you and you are enjoying our new theme 'transport'. Please make sure you have watched the 'Naughty Bus' videos using the links below, it will really help you with the activities you have been set. 


Purple Mash

I have also managed to set some transport themed activities and games for you to complete on Purple Mash (our computing app/website) your log in details for this were sent in Home Learning Pack 2. Click the link below and log in using unique username and password and look for the '2dos' tab at the top of the page to access them, I hope you enjoy them. 

Creative Challenge: Can you make a bus?

Phonics Game of the Week:
Maths Game of the Week: 

Week 4- Introduction to our new theme- 'Naughty Bus'

As we are entering a new half-term, our new theme is ‘Transport’ which focuses on the text ‘Naughty Bus’ by Jan and Jerry Oke (this is one of my favourites- so I’m a little bit disappointed that we are not together for this one, but hopefully you will enjoy it just as much at home!) The book is all about a ‘naughty’ red London bus that gets up to all sorts of mischief on his adventures.

I have added some web links below that will allow you to listen to and watch the story of Naughty Bus being read by another teacher, this will help you to understand what this half terms leaning is going to be about. Your new home learning pack (3) will be ready by the end of the week and has lots of transport themed activities for you to be getting on with.

Have fun! smiley

Naughty Bus narrated by Mrs Harrison

Listen carefully to our new book being read by another teacher from another school.

Naughty Bus

Naughty Bus was developed as a school resource to inspire children in all aspects of the curriculum, especially Literacy and Geography. This is an animated video perfectly recreated by children to re-tell the story

The Naughty Bus Song!

'Naughty Bus' is a beautiful children's book by Jan Oke, showing a child's eye view of playing on the floor with a toy bus. This song tells the same story in...

Maths Game of the Week:
Phonics Game of the Week:

Week 3- Easter!

I hope you are all keeping safe and well at home with your families over the 'Easter Holidays', I know this is most likely not what you all had planned for your time off school. Please find below a selection of Easter themed activities to keep you busy this week. Don't forget you can still upload your learning at home to Tapestry or even Twitter- we love seeing what you have been up to! Take care, Miss Solan x

CBeebies | Preparing for Easter | Let's Celebrate

CBeebies - Watch Toby visit a farm and pick flowers for church. Visit CBeebies at to find even more fun games and videos for yo...

The Way The Bunny Hops | Easter Bunny Song | Easter Songs for Kids | The Kiboomers

The Kiboomers! The Way The Bunny Hops. Easter bunny song. Easter songs for children. ★Get this song on iTunes:

Boom Chicka Boom 🐰 Easter Songs for Kids 🐰 Best Kids Songs 🐰 The Learning Station

Boom Chicka Boom Easter Songs for Kids, Camp Song, Dance & Action song for Kids: #1 Best kids songs for children! Your kids will enjoy our popular Boom Chick...

Maths game of the week: 
Phonics game of the week:

Week 2: This week it's all about Spring! 

Can you spot any signs of Spring in your garden or whilst out on your daily walk (if it is safe to do so)? 


You have got a 'Signs of Spring Checklist' and a 'In the Spring I Can See' writing frame that will be with you by the end of the week.


Please also find below a PowerPoint and a few songs that are all about Spring that may be able to help you too!


A EYFS friendly PowerPoint that explains Spring

Spring Chicken Easter Assembly Song with Words on Screen™, Songs for EVERY Easter by Out of the Ark

A firm favourite that we like to sing at St John's!

Spring Songs for Children - Spring is Here with Lyrics - Kids Songs by The Learning Station

Popular children's dance song about spring, "Spring is Here" with lyrics and actions

Maths Game of the Week: 
Phonics Game of the Week: 

Please find below a selection of interactive songs and games that you can play at home to support learning in school. 


Week 1: Our theme is currently 'What the Ladybird Heard' (a farm based topic).

You can watch the audio book of this on YouTube by searching the title online. We have been thinking about different questions as we read the book:

*Who the characters might be? 

*What could they be up to? 

*Has anything changed in the book?

*Why do we use maps? When? What for? 


You could also try researching your favourite farm animal to make your own fact file or information sheet all about them. You might like to find out:

*What features do they have? (hooves, tail, snout, mane etc)

*What do they eat?

*Where do they live?

*What do we call their offspring (baby animals)? 

*And any other interesting facts you might like to find out

The Counting by Fives Song | Counting Songs | Scratch Garden

Count by fives from zero to one hundred with the Scratch garden characters!
Challenge: Can you write the numbers down?

Counting By Tens Song

The Counting By Tens Song by Have Fun Teaching is a counting song that teaches kids how to count by 10's all the way to 100.

Challenge: Can you write the numbers down in order from 10 to 100?

3D Shapes Song | Shapes for kids | The Singing Walrus

A catchy song to help children learn 3D shape names.
Challenge: How many 3D shapes can you find around your house and garden?

Tricky Words Song Phase 3

Tricky word song to help children learn to read and spell Phase 3 tricky words he, she, we, me, be, was, my, you, they, are, all.
Challenge: Can you write them from memory? Can you find them in any books or magazines around the house?

Timetable of useful information.





Reading books in school 


Reading books in school

Miss Weatherburn in Reception pm (RE and Music)


Reading books in school 


PE (Kit to stay in school)

Reading Books changed 

Library (children can select their own library book to take home if they have their book bag in school)

Phonics Homework handed in


Phonics Homework given out 

Useful websites and games to help with learning at home:
Autumn Term 1- Who am I? What Makes Me Unique?

Phase 2 Phonic Sounds to Help with Pronunciation

This may help with the pronunciation of Phase 2 phonic sounds

Jolly Phonics Songs Phase Two

Here are the songs and actions for each Phase 2 phoneme/sound, how many can your child sing at home?

WB 4.9.19 Reception have had a fabulous first week at St John’s, we have been busy exploring our exciting new learning environment! Which is your favourite area to learn in and why?

WB 9.9.19 In Theme, we have been busy identifying ‘What do I look like?’ and have used mirrors to identify our features.

12.9.19 Reception’s first PE session with Coach Sean was a huge success ⭐️

WB 16.9.19 In Theme, ee have been busy painting self portraits and making face biscuits. We are learning to use colour for purpose and talk about how we are the same and different to our friends.

WB 23.9.19 In Maths, Reception have been busy learning to ask their friends the question ‘What is your favourite colour?’ and recorded their findings on a pictogram. We then talked about our findings by counting and comparing them using language such as ‘more’ ‘less’ ‘most’ and ‘least’ 🌈✍️

WB 23.9.19 In Literacy, we are reading Elmer by David McKee. We have learnt that we are all different in Reception, we are all unique...but we all ❤️ Elmer!

WB 30.9.19 Reception have started Phase 2 Phonics this week, I wonder if you can guess which graphemes/sounds we have been working on...

WB 7.10.19 Reception are getting really good with their graphemephoneme correspondences (GPCs), we have been busy sorting items by their initial sound and thinking of new words with the same initial sound!

WB 14.10.19 Our Autumn walk to King George’s Park and Outwood Nature Trail. What signs of Autumn did you see? What was your favourite thing to do at the park?

Autumn 2: Whatever Next!  🚀 💫 🌏 

WB 28.10.19 Reception have been busy exploring the new areas in our classroom. What do you already know about space?

We explored Diwali, the festival of light, and made our own Diva Lamp crackers 🔥

WB 4.11.19 We have been focussing on applying our phonics knowledge in reading and writing this week using a range of resources...look how independent we are getting ⭐️✍️👍🏻

WB 11.11.19 Reception and their parents had a special invitation to the new and improved Radcliffe Library, we just love books ❤️📚

WB 18.11.19 Reception have been learning all about rockets this week, we have been naming the features of them, labelled them using our phonics knowledge, created junk modelling Rockets and even made a rocket fruit kebab 🚀

Our Christmas party was so much fun! We enjoyed a festive breakfast, played lots of games with our friends and showed off our best dance moves ⛄️🌲💃🏻🕺🏻

Spring 1- Supertato! by Sue Hendra 

WB 6.1.2020 Reception have been busy learning all about money, recognising numerals on coins, describing them, matching them, sorting them and even using them to pay for things in the role play shop.

WB 13.1.2020 We have started to explore our new book by looking st the front and back cover and making some predictions about what the book might be about. Then we talked about who the characters on the front cover might be, before readin the title and realising it was Supertato, the supermarket superhero! We then used real potatoes to make our own Supertato to take home.

WB 20.1.2020 Reception have been learning to compare and order the height and length of different vegetables. We have learnt new words such as tallest, shortest and longest.

WB 20.1.2020 There has been lots of mischief in Reception this week. What could have happened? Who might it be? How can we help?

WB 20.1.2020 Reception have been busy measuring the height and length of different vegetables. Which is the tallest? Which is the shortest? Which is medium sized?

WB 20.1.2020 Evil Pea has been causing chaos in Reception and now he has vanished! We made posters to help Supertato find him. Where could he be? What does he look like? We put them up around the school and asked the teachers’s to help us find him.

WB 27.1.2020 It’s been all about the drama this week! We have been busy creating freeze frames for some of the different scenes in Supertato.

WB 27.1.2020 The snow was just too exciting to miss, so we got wrapped up and headed outside to explore. Can you catch a snowflake? How does the snow feel? What might happen if we take the snow inside?

WB 3.2.2020 It’s like about Phase 3 Phonics this week, we have been busy learning our new vowel digraphs. We had a superhero mission to find as many digraphs and trigraphs as possible and use them in our reading and writing!

WB 3.2.2020 Local Hisory Week- Reception strted the weeke off by taking about what we already knew about our local area, Radcliffe. Watch this space to see how much more we might learn...

💕 Happy Valentine’s Day 💕

What the Ladybird Heard (on the farm)

WB 26.2.2020 We’ve had a special delivery in EYFS! watch this space to see what happens next... 🥚🐣🐥

WB 26.2.2020 Reception have painted their favourite farm animals using colour for purpose and have added mixed media to create different textures.

WB 2.3.2020 Reception have absolutely smashed subtraction this week! We have used farm animals to help use solve problems practically, then moved on to recording our findings as a number sentence 💫⭐️

5.3.2020 The Princess and the Pea: An interactive musical performance at The Lighthouse Church, Salford. We had a fabulous time singing, dancing and using our very own instruments.

9.3.2020 Look how much progress we have made in our writing this year. We are even learning to edit and improve our writing using a semt nice checklist.

10.3.2020 We had a big focus on hand washing in EYFS today. We have started a germ experience using bread..l watch this space to see the results. Can your child tell you how to wash their hands? 🚰🤲