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The Reception Team:
Miss Brunt RB   
Miss Taylor RT

Mrs Lavelle   Ms Erasmus   Miss Bishton 

Our topic for this half-term is:



We have now uploaded a selection of worksheets and a couple of activities which you could complete over the summer holidays if you wish. All of the summer 2 planning will be left on this page throughout most of the holiday in case you would like to access missed activities or revisit anything your child has particularly enjoyed.


We would like to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you for your commitment to your child's education over the past few months. We can only imagine what a challenge it has been balancing your own work, your new teacher job, siblings as well as trying to maintain some sanity.

Thank you for all of your hard work!


Please scroll down to find the heading Summer Holiday - to find resources you could access over the 6 week break. 



Please find the Phase 5 daily phonics lessons below under 'Letters and Sounds - Phonics Lessons - Phase 5'.


Phonics Play (a website we use every day at school) has kindly let parents/children use their site without having to subscribe. Please use the details below to access a great online learning tool.

username: march20



At St Peter's we use lots of the resources that can be found on the Letters and Sounds website. They are free to download and can be very useful to use at home. Please do not hesitate to ask us about any of your phonics needs!

There are free games for you to play on this website.

Unfortunately, logging in can only be done via an app which you will need to download from the App Store, Google Play or Amazon. Once downloaded you can access the games to support the children’s hearing and recognition of letter sounds, support their blending skills and reading activities through new interactive games. Please use these login details once you have downloaded the app. 

Username: stpetersce

Password: Reception2020


This term we will be especially focusing on handwriting. We would like your child to practise their letter formation regularly to ensure a smooth transition into Year 1.  Please use this clip by Mr Thorne to help you support your child at home.


As we are beginning a new topic again we would like you to create your very own mind map. Ask your child what they already know about dinosaurs, what they would like to find out and what they would like to do as part of our dinosaur topic. Here are a few examples of the ones we received for our Minibeast topic.




We will then go onto learning about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. The children will be supported to write sentences about the different types of dinosaurs according to the food they eat. We will be looking out for capital letters, finger spaces and full stops and we will be using our phonics knowledge to sound out words.

After we will be teaching the children how to make lists. This will help them when it comes to writing a shopping list of ingredients for our swamp juice. 

Next we will be teaching the children how to write a recount. They will be encouraged to order events chronologically, use time fronted adverbials and adjectives to describe a recent experience in their life. 


This term we will be introducing some new skills to the children. The first new skill they will learn is sharing. The children will use objects to share equally between 2 and 3 and we will be supporting them to solve problems and encourage reasoning when they come across an odd number. We will then go on to learn about place value to 20. The children need to understand what the digits mean in the teen numbers. For example understanding that 14 can be broken into two parts, 1 ten and 4 ones. We will do this using Numicon as the children are very familiar with the shapes and they can clearly see the relationship between the numbers and their values. 

After that we shall teach the children about halving. We will start by halving fruit (for our swamp juice) as a visual aid to help the children understand 2 equal parts. We will then introduce the part, part whole grid to support the children when halving numbers. Finally we will revisit 3D shape, where we will talk about shape names and properties. 


If you are interested in how we teach mathematics at St Peter's please see our calculation policy.


Understanding the World 

As part of our dinosaur topic we will be teaching the children about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We will briefly revisit where food comes from and decide what kind of dinosaur they would be according to their eating habits.  We will then go on to looking at the teeth of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, looking at similarities and differences. We will talk about how the dinosaurs had such different teeth and why they think that was the case. We would then like the children to do a tooth experiment at home using a hard boiled egg, milk, orange juice and Coca Cola. More details to follow!


Religious Education

Week 4 – 29/6/20

Ask your child to share their favourite story with you. They may not be able to read the sentences but encourage them to retell the story in their own words. 

Explain to your child that the Bible is the holy book for Christains which helps them understand more about God and people. If you have a Bible at home look through it with your child talking about the similarities and differences between their favourite book and the Bible. 


Next share some stories from other holy books. Encourage your child to talk about what they enjoyed/ didn't enjoy about each story and what the special message was. After get your child to draw a picture and write a sentence about the story they liked most. 


David the Shepherd Boy -

The story of Hanukkah -

The Prophey and the ants -

The story of Ganesha -


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Week 6 - 13/7/20

Watch the video ‘The Colour Monster’ by Anna LLenas

 Talk to your child about colours and how these can be linked to emotions and feelings. Relate the book to coming back to school in September to their new classes and teachers. Does your child have any worries, concerns about September? What are they most looking forward to when returning to school? What have they missed about school?

Create a ‘colour’ poster and draw pictures relating to different colours about returning to school e.g. yellow is a sign of happiness so your child might be looking forward to seeing all their friends, so their picture might be of them playing with their friend in the playground. Lots of lovely ideas relating to this book can be found in the link below.


Week 5 - 6/7/20

Watch the video ‘The Worrysaurus by Rachel Bright and Chris Chatterton.

Discuss the story with your child. What things did the Worrysaurus worry about? Discuss anything that your child might worry about and discuss possible solutions to address these worries. Place objects in a bag, box or even make a bag or decorate a box and place objects in that make your child feel happy.


Week 4 - 29/6/20

Watch the video You’re Safe With Me by Chitra Soundar & Poonam Mistry

Spend time with your child discussing the story and looking at the beautiful illustrations in the book. Can your child think of any other stories about the dark or where the characters in the story couldn’t get to sleep? E.g. Owl Babies, Can’t You Sleep Little Bear. If you have any puppets at home you could try and retell the story or try to make your own puppets by drawing the animals and attaching to a lollypop stick or maybe try some mindfulness colouring (see attachment).  


Week 3 – 22/6/20

Watch the video Anna Hibiscus’ Song by Atinuke.

In the story Anna describes some of the activities her family are doing. Ask your child to imagine they are sitting in a tree. What activities would members of their family being doing?

Ask your child to draw around their hand and list five things that make them happy record on their hand.

Revisit the story and discuss what the different  characters did to demonstrate they were happy e.g. her uncle turned on the car radio and danced. Then draw around their other hand (they may need some support with this) or a parent’s hand and list in each finger some of the activities your child enjoys doing that makes them happy and smile!


Week 2 – 15/6/20

Watch the video ‘The Invisible String’ by Patrice Karst

Talk to your child about the ‘invisible string’ and how it connects your family and how it might help with any feelings or worries they may have.

The link below has lots of lovely activities that you could try at home from making a necklace/bracelet, being creative and thinking how far the invisible string can link things together around the world.  If you enjoy art activities you could have a go at the invisible art activity,  decorate a shoebox to store special letters you have written or make a paperchain out of hearts writing down the names of loved ones. See the link below for further information on these activities and additional ideas .


Week 1 - 8/6/20

Watch the video 'How are you peeling?' by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers

Talk to your child about a situation which has occurred at home that evoked a feeling within you. Think of an example of when you were happy, excited, anxious, frustrated and explain why you felt that way. Then ask your child to think of situation where they felt those feelings.

Read the story and write the feeling words that your child may not be as familiar with on a piece of paper. Ask your child to talk about these feelings in depth and think about situations where they and you felt this way. 

Ask your child to think of their favorite fruits and vegetables and to draw faces on them to match the feelings you have talked about. After that help your child to write a sentence to explain the feelings of the fruits and vegetables.


Week 6 - 1/6/20

Watch the video 'My Dad is a Superhero' by Lily Lexington. 

Ask your child what a superhero is and if they can name any. Talk about what makes them a superhero and then ask your child what super powers they would have if they were to choose one. 

Talk about heroes and if all superheroes have powers. Discuss how normal people can be superheroes by displaying acts of kindness, selflessness and love for others. Parents, think of a real life superhero in your life and talk to your children about them and what makes them super. Then ask your child if they can think of any real life superheroes in their life. Children to write sentences using adjectives to describe what makes them super. 


Physical Development

It is extremely important that the children keep active during this uncertain time. That said we will be sharing some of our special exercises which we undertake in our P.E lessons every week. These exercises will help maintain the children’s physical development and will support their ability to control and manipulate writing tools.  On Tapestry it has been great to see that lots of you are following Joe Wicks on YouTube, keep going!!

The children also love to dance and at school we frequently use The Learning Station and Jack Hartmann Kids Music Channel on YouTube, so please check those out.


Imoves has lots of video clips,  parents can sign all up for free until the end of June.


There are lots of great videos on this page for PE activities at home. Great ideas for games for those of you who may not have any equipment.



Check out the following links and websites for more information on free music lessons/activities you can do with your child at home. There are five weeks worth of fun songs and activities on the following website:

SingUp is a great singing website and they are launching a SingUp at home initiative on Monday 20th April.

Expressive Arts and Design

Week 5 - 6/7/20

This week we would like you to create another dinosaur to add your dinosaur landscape. 

You can choose whatever dinosaur you like but, we would like it to be different to the one you have already created. Thinking about the scale of your landscape use boxes of the correct size to create your dinosaur. Maybe you could use toothpaste, egg or perfume boxes and bottle tops.


Week 4 - 29/6/20

Now that you have made your background and dinosaur I thought it was time to add some trees and bushes. Please watch the videos to give you some ideas as to how to make them. - Trees - Grass  - Palm leaves  - Flowers  - Volcano


Week 3 - 22/6/20

This week we would like you to create one of the dinosaurs you will be adding to your dinosaur landscape. 

You can choose whatever dinosaur you like but, we would like you to use junk to create it. Thinking about the scale of your landscape use boxes of the correct size to create your dinosaur. Maybe you could use toothpaste, egg or perfume boxes and bottle tops.




Week 2 - 15/6/20

The next thing we would like you to create is some dinosaur eggs. Using the recipe below create your own salt dough eggs then paint them to add to your dinosaur landscape.  

Making salt dough is a really fun and easy activity for kids and the chances are you will have all of the ingredients in the cupboard ready to go on a rainy day. Children will love using their imaginations to create all sorts of exciting objects (although simple shapes do seem to work best) and hours of fun painting their creations, but do take care to remind little ones that the salt dough is not edible.

Makes 1 ball
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 3 hours

  • 1 cupful of plain flour (about 250g)

  • half a cupful of table salt (about 125g)
  • half a cupful of water (about 125ml)


1. Preheat the oven to its lowest setting and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
2. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water and stir until it comes together into a ball.
3. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and shape into your chosen model. You can roll it out and cut out shapes, numbers or letters using biscuit cutters, or make any kind of model you can think of. We made some fruit and veg shapes plus cupcakes for a teddy bear’s picnic.

4. Put your finished items on the lined baking sheet and bake for 3 hrs or until solid.

5. Leave to cool and then paint.




Week 1 - 8/6/20

Our new topic this term is Dinosaurs. Over the next 6 weeks we would like you to make your own dinosaur landscape. The first thing we would like you to do is find a box to start creating your scene. It could be an old shoe box, a deep cereal box or anything you can find from around the house. Then we would like you to start exploring how to make different textures using paint. To create textured paint you could add sand, salt, oats, plaster, mud, PVA etc. Use the textured paint to start developing your background and the base of the box. You could make a stream using blue/green paint and PVA glue, the banks of the stream using sand and yellow paint. This will be an ongoing project which we will add to each week. 






Useful games and websites



Buds Number Garden-Ordering numbers to 20 -

Ordering prices to 20p -

Place value -

One more to 20 -

One less to 20 -

One less to 100 -

Subtraction -

Number bonds to 10 -




Spelling phase 2,3 and 4 words -

Spelling phase 3 words -

Spelling Phase 3 words - 

Reading Phase 3 words -

Reading Phase 3 sentences - 

Reading Phase 3 sentences - 

Reading phase 4 words -

Reading Phase 4 words -

Sentence reading -

Sentence Substitution  -

Listen and read -

Listen and read phase 3 -

Phonics Workshop, Reading Meeting and Maths Workshop

Try reading online with EPIC.  You will be able to choose from fiction, non fiction, audio books and videos.  This is free until at least 30.06.2020


On a laptop/desktop/Chromebook 

Log in to 

Log in with the class code: sjv1325
Select your name from the list and start reading. 


On iOS/Android

Download the EPIC app

Select "Have an account? Log in"

Students & Educators

Log in with class code sjv1325

select your name from the list

If you have any problems logging in, or you cannot see your child's name on the list, email Mrs Rigby


Update!  It seems that some people are having difficulties logging in depending on the device being used.  If in doubt, click on my name to send an email and put 'Invite me'  as the subject.  I will then send you an email that can be used for access.


To find books suitable for your child's age, click in the search bar and search for a subject/title, then use the first tab on the left, 'AGE' underneath 'ALL' to filter results for the age you are looking for.


I hope this helps,

Mrs R x