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Reception Class - Buttercup Class

Welcome to Reception - Buttercup Class!



Staff in Buttercup Class:

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Parent Meeting Powerpoint

Home Learning: Term 3


Our topic/theme is 'Will you read me a story?' Together we will explore and share a range of traditional tales and story based activities.



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

Crime Scene 4th January


In the holidays there has been a break in to the classroom. Mr Faint opened our class door to see the classroom in a bit of a mess :( The culprit has left some clues. Do you think you can have a look at the pictures and see if you can work out who it could be?

Who made this mess? Take a close look at the clues they left behind...

Books to read and explore this week


Explore each book together, discussing the title, front cover and what is happening on each page. Can you predict what is going to happen or how you think the characters are feeling and why? Encourage your child to use their reading finger to point to the words on each page as they sound out and blend to read the words.  Remember to read those tricky words from sight as they can't be sounded out though!

Weekly Book- W/C 18th Jan 2021 - Lilac - New book- The Apple

Weekly book- W/C 18th January 2021- Pink: Mum

Phase 3 Tricky word cards

Learning activity ideas to try at home/in the garden


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

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!

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 our class email:

Distance Learning Activities




This term our topic is ‘Will you read me a story?’


* Have a fairy tale tea party. Who will you invite? What would you eat? Make an invitation to invite the fairy tale characters you'd like to come to your tea party. Make some biscuits or cakes to share at your tea party.

* Ask your friends and family members what their fairy traditional tale or fairy story is. Can you make a tally chart to show the answers?

* In lots of stories there is often a character who does a good deed? What is a good deed? Can you carry out a good deed ? How many good deeds can you think of? Use the good deed leaves to write your ideas on.

* Share or read a story and write a book review about it (see printable resources)



Stories and PowerPoints to explore

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Maths learning to explore

Phonics Lessons To Explore

Recap all the Phase 2 sounds

s a t p i n m d g o c k ck e u r h b f ff l ll ss 


Explore the Phase 3 sounds in order 


Sing the tricky words songs and have a go at writing each tricky word


Phase 2:

Phase 3:



Printable resources for distance learning activities

Cutting Skills Activities


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

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



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:

What will we learn in term 3?


Our topic is 'Will you read me a story?'


Was the Big Bad Wolf really so bad? How many bowls of porridge did Goldilocks eat? Where will the gingerbread man run to? We will explore lots of story based questions and more in this magical topic all about fairy tales, goodies and baddies! Together we will explore different story characters and their characteristics, explore the morals that some stories hold and have a go at creating our own stories through all the arts and writing too. In Maths we'll recap numbers 1-5 and explore bigger numbers too alongside investigating 2d/3d shapes and the concepts of weight and size. In RE Tessa and Tom will continue to share stories from the Bible with us. We will continue to develop our gross and fine motor skills in a variety of ways including dough disco, yoga and write dance.

What did we learn in term 2?


Our topic was 'Why do squirrels hide their nuts?'


Why do squirrels hide their nuts? Why do hedgehogs hibernate? This term we explored these questions and more in our topic about the seasonal changes in the natural world during autumn and winter. We looked at seasonal changes in the natural world, hibernation and migration, autumn foods and woodland animals. We continued our Letters and Sounds phonic journey as well as exploring numbers 1-5 in greater depth. We also consolidated our 2d shape knowledge and engaged in some problem solving activities.

What did we learn in term 1?


Our topic was 'Friends'. We got to know each other and made new friends. We shared lots of friendship themed stories. We supported and helped eachother to settle into our new routines and agreed some rules for our learning and playing environments.  We tried hard to recognise our own names and our friends names, had a go at mark making and writing our own names. We began our Letters and Sounds phonic journey, explored numerals 1-5 and what each numeral represents whilst engaging in some problem solving activities. We also observed some seasonal changes and explored our outdoor environment...whatever the weather!!! We have enjoyed exploring and jumping in the rain puddles and creating a class friendship garden.

Reading Workshop Bookmarks

Jolly Phonics App

Are there any trips/events planned?






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.