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St Nicholas at Wade

Church of England Primary School

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Reception Class - Buttercup Class

Welcome to Reception - Buttercup Class!



Staff in Buttercup Class:

Please contact us with any questions or concerns using the office email:

Transition Social Story to Year 1

What will we learn in term 1?


Our topic is 'Friends'. We will get to know each other and make new friends. We will share lots of friendship themed stories. We will support and help eachother to settle into our new routines and agree some rules for our learning and playing environments.  We will try hard to recognise our own names and our friends names, have a go at mark making and writing our own names. We will begin our Letters and Sounds phonic journey, explore numerals 1-5 and what each numeral represents whilst engaging in some problem solving activities. We will also observe some seasonal changes and explore our outdoor environment...whatever the weather!!! 

Self Isolation And Distance Home Learning


If the need arises for you and your family to isolate home learning resources are available below for you to explore at home with your child. These resources reflect our current topic/themes and learning focuses.


We are always happy to help, so if you have a question or query how big or small feel free to contact us using the offices email:

Continuous Daily Learning Activities:


* 15 minutes daily reading/sharing stories and books. For further reading resources and material please explore: 

* phonic/sound recap of the sounds already taught

* number recognition cards and counting

* playing games/puzzles and turn taking activities

* name recognition and writing

Distance Learning Activities




This term our topic is ‘Friends’


* Draw a picture of you and a friend. Have a go at writing your name and your friend's name.

* Have a tea-party with some teddy or toy friedns you have at home. Draw a menu showing us what you will eat at your tea party.



Learning activity ideas to try at home/in the garden


These ideas can be repeated and changed slightly as you progress through the term

Tricky words covered with rice

Magic Tricky words

Word raffle game

Making sentences


  • Making sentences- When making a sentence you can simplify it or make it trickier by following these stage:

1) Chop and make the sentence. Pick a tricky word for them to practise and scribe afterwards.

2) Chop and make the sentence. Place lines for each word and get your child to copy the sentence. Read it back.

3) Chop and make the sentence. Hide the sentence. Place lines for each word and get your child to copy the sentence. Read it back.

4) Say the sentence several times in various voices (posh, loud, whisper). Independently scribe sentence. Look at errors at end and try and encourage child to detect errors/omitted sounds.



Number ideas

  • Number making- Can you make a number?

1) Place number of objects from around the house on the numeral.

2) Roll a dice and get the number card.

3) Use Lego blocks- what different ways can you make a number?

E.g. to make three- use 2 blue blocks and 1 red block or three red blocks......keep exploring!

4) Spot the mistake- Place an incorrect number of objects to a numeral. Can they spot it and explain why it is wrong?



  • Shape hunt

1) Place random post-its around the room with shapes on. Can they match them to the shape?

2) Find objects around the house with those shapes.

3) Guess my shape.... it has three sides....locate the image!

Cutting Skills Activities


When engaging in cutting skills activities please encourage your child to use our 'thumbs on top' approach.

Have a go cutting activities

Useful websites or Apps:

Cambug (an app that is good for phonics) (good for phonics and online reading activities/books) (free subscription currently) (lots of games for all subject areas) (free subscription currently - Early Years Interactive Pack and other resources for all subject areas) (games for all subject areas) (great for yoga and mindfulness)




Dates To Remember


13th September - Welcome tea and cake

15th September - Welcome to St Nicholas come and meet Mrs Kemp

24th September - Staff Development Day SCHOOL CLOSED

29th September - Parents Evening

What does our curriculum look like?


In Reception we select topics to suit the children’s interests. Through finding out what the children are interested in we can tailor the curriculum accordingly. We follow the EYFS


Statutory Curriculum which you can see below:

Here is an overview of what is expected within the strands, it is a useful tool for understanding the profile:

Here is our yearly overview:

Reading Workshop Bookmarks

Jolly Phonics App

Are there any trips/events planned?

Wednesday 10th March 2021- Police visit (socially distanced).






How does our classroom look?





Number formation Rhymes

Cursive flying with phonics handwriting

How do we reward children in Buttercup Class?


We believe in positive praise and always seek opportunities to reward the children. The children start the day on the “sunflower” and if they do something special they are rewarded by being put onto the “honey pot”. They then receive a sticker and share their achievements with the class.