Welcome to Reception!

 Mrs Burgoyne is the Early Years leader and Reception teacher.

Mrs Cheshire, Mrs Pearce and Mr Clissett are our fabulous teaching assistants, who will be supporting learning in Reception this year.

Sometimes we do our work with Miss Mazgajczyk and Mrs Reid too!

We work closely together in the Foundation stage to plan a challenging and stimulating learning environment, where children can develop and consolidate new skills and knowledge, take reasonable risks and learn to be independent.

We know that children learn best through play which is why we plan meaningful learning opportunities based on children's own interests and fascinations. We ensure a careful balance of adult initiated activities with child initiated play and spend time observing children to understand their learning styles and to plan their next steps. 


Please email us at reception@moonsmoat.worcs.sch.uk if you have any questions about your child at school. We try our best to reply to any emails as quickly as possible. 

We change the children's reading books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure that the children bring their book bags every day so that we can send letters home too.  

We have now started sending home "Pocket Rockets"- little reading books focusing on the sounds we have learnt so far in phonics. Remember to encourage the children to read the letters and sound out the words themselves! Don't forget to write in the reading diary when your child reads it!


We have now set up Bug Club accounts for all of the children. The children are able to read reading books like the ones we send home on the computer. The are games and activities for them to do too. The website address is www.activelearnprimary.co.uk 

Your child should have a username and password in the front of their reading diary. 

Take a look at our Reading for Pleasure webpage for ideas on how to develop your child’s love of reading and suggestions for books to read together. Click here 

Summer 2

Welcome Back!

This half term we will be learning about large animals. 


A to Z Animals List For Kids With Pictures & Facts. Animal a-z Information

To find out more, read our curriculum newsletter.


Click here to view our topic web.



If your child needs to stay at home for any reason this week, this is what we are learning

W/C 21st June 


Monkey Puzzle By Julia Donaldson



  • Read Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson or watch on Youtube  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GzMWFZPqw4 
  • Choose an animal and describe what it looks like. You could write your description down and draw a picture too. For example- An elephant has got a long trunk.
  • Think of some clues to describe an animal- can your grown up guess what it is? For example- it has got 8 legs, what is it? 
  • Read these clues and guess the animal 


I hang upside down in the dark.


I will spin a cocoon and turn into a butterfly.


I am a bird and I can talk like a person.


I have no legs and I slither along the floor.


I have got big ears and a long trunk.


I can swing from the tree with my arms, legs and tail.



  • Make banana bread. You may already have a recipe or you could use this one 
  • https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/241707/joys-easy-banana-bread/ 
  • Do some research on monkeys. You could use the internet, look up some facts in a book, watch a nature programme or ask a grown up.
  • Sing some animal songs
  • Make a monkey mask. You could use a paper plate or draw around a dinner plate and cut it out to get the shape. You could colour it in, paint it, stick bits on it-whatever you want! 

Have fun, don't forget to read your reading book or a book on Bug Club, put photos on Tapestry and stay safe!! 


Week starting 14th June


  •  Read the book My Dad by Anthony Brown ( or watch it on Youtube)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaJxLPc-l-I 
  • Talk about all the things your dad/uncle/grandad is good at- you could write a list
  • Write a sentence I love my dad because...... 
  • Practice all Phase 2 and Phase 3 phonemes and tricky words
  • Read CVCC words https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG-xKG7I83E 
  • Try writing them too- don't forget to write all of the sounds! 


  • Look around your house for examples of these 3d shapes- cube, cuboid, sphere, pyramid 
  • number bonds to 10. Watch online lesson
  •    https://www.mathswithmum.com/number-bonds-to-10/ 
  • use counters/sweets/pasta to work out number bonds to 10. Write down the number sentences eg 10+0=10, 9+1=10 8+2=10


  • Make a father's day card for your dad/grandad/uncle- you can choose the design yourself!
  • Talk about signs of summer and the importance of staying safe in the sun
  • Design/draw an ice-cream sundae- you could label the toppings sauces etc
  • Make your ice cream sundae- don't forget to take photos!! 
  • Ball skills- can you kick a ball, dribble it around a cone/obstacle, throw it in the air and catch it, bounce it.....

W/c 7th June 


  • Read the book "Mad about Megabeasts" (or watch it on Youtube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0U-ETxyXX0 
  • Write a list of all the animals you can think of.
  • Choose an animal and write a sentence about what it looks like.  
  • Practise all the sounds in Phase 2 and 3 (in your sound book)
  • Practise reading and writing all the Phase 2 and Phase 3 tricky word (in your tricky word book) 




This week is science week! Could you do your own science experiment? You could make a rainbow with skittles sweets, make a volcano using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, mix coloured paints..... Don't forget to take photos!! 




Don't forget to read daily on Bug Club and exercise every day (if you are well enough). Do a Cosmic Kids yoga session (Youtube) or make up your own obstacle course around the house.


Remember, do your best, don't worry if you cannot do all of the activities I have put on here. Send me photos when you can on Tapestry, we would love to see them.

And most of all, have fun! A lot of learning in Reception is done through play. Play together, share stories together, cook together, sing songs- the children will be learning more than you think!! 

Screen-free Afternoons!

We all need time to unplug. While we all recognise the numerous benefits of mobile devices for children to learn at the moment, it’s equally important to remember the importance of screen-free time. Research has found that too much screen time can have a negative impact on children, affecting their sleep and eating habits, among other things. We would like children to have time to play and relax using other methods. Children need time to be able to explore their physical world, build their curiosity, and expand their imaginations. Therefore, as a school we are asking that you take an afternoon a week as screen-free time.

Here are some ideas for you to use during this time.


Week starting 1st March 2021



Phonics- Recap last weeks th and ng digraphs. Read some words with those sounds in (eg thin, think, bath, path, song, long, wing, ring). Have a go at reading these sentences.

  1. The bath is wet.
  2. I can sing a song. 
  3. I think he is the king.
  4. Go up the long, thin path.  

Introduce the ai diagraph and play "Main train" on Education City



Maths- warm up with a Jack Hartman exercise and count  


Counting amounts of objects. Lay out an amount of objects in front of you and count them. Don't forget to touch them as you say the number. Write down the number you have counted. Do this several times. 

Now have a large selection of items in a box (eg pasta). Choose a number card and count out that many from the larger group. Do this several times. You could count different objects each time- for example, Lego pieces, sweets, coins


Topic- cooking. You choose what you would like to cook!  You could make cakes, biscuits, sandwiches, help prepare tea for your family, whatever you want! Don't forget to help weigh the ingredients and clean/wash up after yourself!  



Phonics- Recap yesterday's digraph ai. Watch this ai video and read the words along with it. 


Or you could read these words here- pain, rain, train, brain, rail, nail, snail

Have a go at writing some of these words too. 


Maths- Pick a number out and do that many jumps, squats, stretches, claps etc 

Introduce number bonds to 5. Count out 5 objects- they could be beads, counters etc. Find different ways of splitting them into 2 groups. Count how many are in each group. For example, 1+4=5. There are still 5 altogether, but you have split them into 2 groups. You could practise on the fingers on one hand too. See if you can write down all the ways you find to make 5. 


Topic- Lots of fairy tales have got castles in them (Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the beanstalk). Do some research on real castles. Look at pictures on the internet or in a book- what do they look like? Can you name any parts of a castle? Who used to live in castles? Do people still live in them today? You might have been to visit a castle in the past. What was it like?  




Phonics/literacy- Read the story of Jack and the beanstalk and talk to your grown up about what happens in it. 

Imagine it was you going up the beanstalk. What might you find? Remember, in stories we can use our imaginations, so we could find anything at the top! 

Have a go at writing you own story called _______(your name) and the beanstalk. You could start it by writing;

I got all the way up to the top and saw a........It was..........

For example- Mrs Burgoyne and the beanstalk

I got all the way to the top and saw an enormous spider! It was big and hairy and had 8 long legs! 


You could draw a picture of what you saw, or you could make your story longer by telling me what happens next- what do you do? Is it friendly? Do you run away? How do you feel?

Remember, it is your story so you can write about whatever you want! If you have lots and lots of ideas (too much to write), maybe you could verbally tell your story to your grown up, or, maybe you could record it and send it to me on Tapestry. 


Maths- sing 5 little men in a flying saucer 

            5 little men in a flying saucer

            flew round the Earth one day

            they looked left and right

            and they didn't like the sight

            so one man flew away.....whoosh! 

            4 little men..........

Look at how we started with five and 1 flew away so that we are left with 4. 4+1=5 Link it to yesterday's number bonds work. 

Choose another number and find out all the different ways of making that number. Don't forget to write it/draw so that you can see how they were split. 


Topic- plant a bean or a seed. You could start a diary and log how it is growing each week. Don't forget to water it and put it somewhere where it will get some sunlight! You could put some photos on Tapestry of you planting it.  



Phonics- practise segmenting words (sounding out) by playing Rocket Rescue on Phonics Play. 


Introduce ee digraph. Play "Meet the sheep" on Education City 


Practise writing the ee digraph on your whiteboard.  


Maths- count forwards and backwards to 20. Start from different starting points eg count to 20 starting from 12

Recap everything we have learnt about number bonds and use it to help solve these number bond stories. Write the number sentence to go with them. 

  1. There are five shells on the beach. 3 of them are blue and 2 are pink. 
  2. I have 5 hats. One is purple the other 4 are yellow. 
  3. Five goals are scored in a football match. The red team score 2 and the blue team score 3. 
  4. I have 5 toy cars. 4 are big and 1 is small. 
  5. There are 5 gummy bears in a packet. 5 are blue and 0 are green. 

Topic- Go onto Purple Mash (you should have log in details in the front of your reading diary) and "colour" in a castle on the Paint program. You can choose traditional or fairy tale. (Email me if you need your login details sent to you). If you can't do this, maybe you could draw a picture of a castle using lots of the 2D shapes we learnt about last week. 


Phonics- Make a list of as many ee words as you can think of. You could write them down and draw pictures of them. Try to use one of your ee words in a sentence. For example- I can see a tree. 

maths- look at 100 square (there is one in your reading diary). Look at the numbers at the end of each row- do you notice that all end in 0? They are all ten numbers. Practise counting in tens using your 100 square to help you. Do the counting in 10's Jack Hartman dance  



Topic- Build a castle or a fort. You could use Lego, wooden building blocks, cardboard boxes...you could make one big enough for you to get in using furniture, blankets etc. Don't forget to take photos and send them to me on Tapestry!

Week starting 22nd February 2021 


Phonics/literacy- practise all of the sounds we have learnt so far (Phase 2 and v,w,x,y,z,zz,qu,ch,sh) You could look through your sound books or play a game on Phonics play 


Practise reading and writing cvc words with those sounds in (eg  wet, jack, quit, chips, shut, buzz, zip) You could feed the words to your Metal Mike robot that you made last half term if you wanted too. 

Read the story of the Gingerbread man and talk about the story with your grown up. What happened? Who chased after the gingerbread man? Why did he run away? what happened when he got to the river? How did the fox trick him? Can you think of some words to describe the Gingerbread man? Can you think of some words to describe the fox? 


maths- practise counting up to 20 and back in different voices. Use your number line to help you. Close your eyes and ask your grown up to take a number away/cover a number up. What is it? How did you know it was that number? Can you write that number down? Swap over and ask your grown up to close their eyes, can they guess what number it is? 

follow these clues to see which number to cover up-

  1. I am one more than 6, what am I? 
  2. I am one more than 10, what am I?
  3. I am one less than 5, what am I?
  4. I am one less than 16, what am I?                     

Can you make up some of your own clues? 


Topic- Draw a story map that retells the story of the Gingerbread man.  



Phonics- Practise reading cvc words and sorting them into real words and made up words. You could read and sort these words ( cab, gat, mix, hus, juv, jet, wet, reg, muj) or you could play the buried treasure game on Phonics Play   https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3/buried-treasure 

Introduce the th sound and play "The Three Paths" on Education City


Make a list of th words. Can you think of some with the th sound at the beginning and some with the th sound at the end? 


Maths- start with a counting warm up Jack Hartman video  


Look at 2d shapes and name them.

You could watch this shape song


Draw a circle (1 side), a triangle (3 sides), a rectangle (2 long, 2 short sides), a square (4 sides). You could draw a shape picture using all of these shapes. You could draw a castle or a robot or a car. 


Topic- cooking. Make a gingerbread man. You could decorate him using icing or give him buttons made out of raisins, or chocolate drops or smarties. Don't forget to put photos on Tapestry! 



Phonics/literacy- watch the th song on Youtube

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlX5jSEN5sQ You could pause it and try and read the th words 

Look at the Gingerbread man story again or you could look at the story map you drew on Monday for your topic work. Use this to help you retell the story. Write a sentence or two about part of the story. When you are writing, don't forget to start your sentence with a capital letter, have finger spaces in between your words and a full stop at the end. You could draw a picture to go with your writing too. I would love to see your story writing on Tapestry. 


Maths- recap the names of 2d shapes (circle, triangle, square, rectangle). You could describe a shape to your grown up and they have to guess it. Swap over and ask your grown up to describe a shape to you. 

 Go on a shape hunt around your house, you could take photos or draw pictures of the shapes that you find- remember, shapes are everywhere!  


Topic- Make a boat to help the gingerbread man cross the river. You could use an empty butter tub, a pie tin, some play dough.... whatever you want, but remember, it needs to float!! Don't forget to put your pictures on Tapestry!  



Phonics- Start by writing some words with th in (eg thin, think, that, bath, moth, cloth)

learn the ng digraph and play Education City game "Sing a song" 

https://go.educationcity.com/content/index/34616/2/1/1/null/null/false/false/null/24 or you could make a list of words with ng in, eg;  long, sing


Maths- quickfire number recognition- ask your grown up to hold up a number between 0-20 and you tell them what it is. Now ask them to say a number and you write it down.

Sorting shapes. Play this shape monster game 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/early-years/shape-monsters or you could use some shapes you have around the house/ pictures of shapes and sort them into groups. 


Topic- floating and sinking. Collect some objects from around your house. Make a prediction- do you think it will float on top of the water or do you think it will sink to the bottom? Test it in a bowl of water. Were your predictions correct? You could put your results in a chart/table if you wanted to. Don't forget to put pictures on Tapestry!  



Phonics- recap the sound ch, sh, th and ng. Look at Fabulous phonics 8 on Education City  


Have a go at writing some words with each of those sounds in. 


Maths- Play guess the shape- describe a shape to your grown up and they need to guess what it is. 

Play a shape pattern game- repeating patterns mean that the pattern repeats over and over again. You could draw some. For example 000000

Or you could play the shape pattern game on Topmarks



Topic- Think about the fox in the story of The Gingerbread man. Do they really eat gingerbread? Find out some facts about foxes. For example,  where do they live, what do they eat, when do they sleep, what are their babies called? You could look it up in a book, or on the internet or ask a grown up. You could write down, or draw, or video you telling me your facts. I would love to see what you have found out!  


Week starting 8th February 2021 


Phonics- Read words that start with last weeks sounds (zz and qu) Read the words and feed them to "Metal Mike" the robot. You could make your own "Metal Mike" using an empty box and some tin foil, don't forget to cut out a mouth so that you can feed him! (see topic activity) 

You can use the robot for lots of different phonics activities. 

Learning the digraph ch. Watch Geraldine Giraffe video on Youtube 


Make a list of ch words you can think of- you could look around your house for objects with it in (remember that ch can go at the start or the end of the word) You could also play the Education  City game "Cheeping chicks" 



Maths- practise counting forwards and backwards along the number line (you have got on in the front of your reading diary, or you could make one.  

Talk about subtraction being called minus or take away. Use counters/toys/pasta to solve simple subtraction number sentences (sums). You could ask your grown up to make some up for you, or you could play this subtraction game on Topmarks



Topic- Make a robot that you can use for phonics and number games in the future. You will need some scissors, a box, some foil, some bottle tops/stickers/circles of paper for eyes and things to decorate him. Don't forget to put pictures of your robots on Tapestry!  



Phonics/literacy- Read the story of Mr Wolf's pancakes or watch it on Youtube


Talk about the story. Were you surprised by the ending? What do you think about the way the characters treated Mr Wolf? 

Design your perfect pancake. What toppings would you like on top? Draw a picture and label the toppings. Think carefully about how you spell the words, listen carefully to the sounds in the words and write down the sounds that you can hear. 


Maths- Play a number guessing game. Hide a number from your grown up and describe that number. Eg- it is one more than 5. What is it?  Swap over so that your grown up gives you the clues and you have to guess the number.  

Watch the subtraction powerpoint on twinkl https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-n-895-subtraction-powerpoint Have a go at making some number sentences of your own by rolling a dice to generate a number. Remember that the biggest number always has to come first in a subtraction sum. 


Topic- Cooking- make pancakes 



Phonics-Read some words with ch in  

chip          chop         chat          chin          chick       much           such        lunch    

You could use your robot you made earlier in the week- feed him the words that you can read. 

Introduce sh Think of some words with the digraph sh in 

Play the Education City game"Ship shape"




Listen to the pirate subtraction song


Make up some of your own subtraction stories. For example I had 5 sweets and I ate 3 of them. How many did I have left? Use objects around your house to make up your stories. You could ask your grown up to film you telling your story and solving it. You could write it down as a number sentence too. Eg 5-3=2 


Topic- Find out some facts about Lent. Why do we eat pancakes? How do people celebrate pancake day (Shrove Tuesday) around the world? You could ask a grown up, look it up in a book or on the internet. Let me know what you have found out on Tapestry! 



Phonics/literacy- Find out about Chinese New Year. Watch this video on CBeebies about a family preparing for Chinese new year. 


Talk about how they prepare for the celebrations and make a list (your grown up could write them down). Now watch the video of the children and their family celebrating.


Write a sentence or two about how Chinese people celebrate. 

For example- They give each other money. 


Maths- Go on a number hunt around your house. Write down all the numbers that you find. Where were they? 

Subtraction on a number line. Use one of your subtraction number sentences from earlier on in the week and try to solve it on a number line. Remember to find the first number on the number line and jump backwards the number you are taking away. The number that you land on is the answer. 


Topic- Make a rattle drum. Watch the video to see how it is made or follow the instructions below.


You will need: 2 paper plates 

                       2 pieces of string or ribbon


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