Puffins – Reception

Welcome to Puffins Class Page

We are a Reception class

Our class teacher is Miss O’Kane


Please return homework folders to school by Tuesday.

Our P.E days are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

For the children who are going to be staying at home for the moment I have provided some links and resources for parents to help with home schooling during this time. Good luck to everybody during this new and difficult time. I hope you can enjoy spending time together learning and having some fun! 

Some fun activities to try:

-Try some cooking or baking together and then draw and label the ingredients that you used.

-Create a treasure trail of words around the house/garden with clues describing where to find them. (see below for suitable words and refer to twinkl for specific word lists for phonics phases 2, 3 and 4 words)

-Who has the best memory in your house? … Put a few items on a tray (for example, a crayon, an apple, a building brick, a toy car). Then look, cover, remember and check! Add more items to make to make it more challenging.

-Look at some family photographs. Copy the image in the photograph onto some paper using pencils / crayons / paints. You could write a sentence to explain what is happening in the photo.

-Make a puppet theatre using your teddies and toys to retell a favourite book.

-Play throw and catch using a ball or a soft object. Count how many throws you can successfully complete. After every 2 rallies you could add these up using a numberline eg. 4 + 5 = 9

-Log onto Active Learn and read every day.

– Draw a picture of what you have done and write a sentence about it.

– Write numbers to 20 on post-it notes and place them on the floor. Jump on a number and say the number that is one more / 1 less.

– Go on the website http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/  and play Phase 2 / 3 / 4 games.

– Make a poster about a country. Draw the flag, an animal from that country and other information.

– Cut out shapes and stick them on paper and make a shape picture.

– Find a small box and see how many objects you can fit in the box.

-Count forwards and backwards to 20.

– Write your numbers and letters

-Do some gardening or plant a seed / bulb

-Go on a shape hunt, how many different shapes can you find?

-Write down the different ways that make 10. You can use sweets , buttons, pieces of Lego etc. 3+7=10 4+6=10


Encourage the children to read and write these words. Start by pressing both palms together and ‘stretch’ the word out by separating your hands further apart with each sound in the word whilst saying each sound clearly out loud  eg. t – a – p. Then clap hands together and say the finished word –>  tap. 











Useful websites

Bug Club – https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/sudleyinfant/UploadedDocument/7465ce3f636f463bb7206153235b4493/log-onto-bug-club.docx

All children have been allocated books on bug club to read. Childrens reading books will be collected in and there are plenty of books available on the children’s accounts on bug club that they can read. Their individual log in details are in the front of their reading record books.


Purple Mash – https://www.purplemash.com/sch/sudley-infant

Children all have their personal log in details in their reading record book for purple mash. The children all know how to navigate purple mash and there are lots of learning resources available.


Twinkl – https://www.twinkl.co.uk/blog/how-to-utilise-twinkl-during-the-coronavirus-shutdown-a-guide-for-schools

Twinkl are taking steps to support continued learning at home, by offering the teachers and parents of children in schools which are closed, or facing closure, free access to all Twinkl resources for a period of one month and possibly longer depending on closures. Twinkl is a fantastic website which provides resources for all subjects in all age ranges. They have created packs for parents to download and share during this time.

Use code CVDTWINKLHELPS for free access.


Phonics play – https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/

This is a site dedicated to phonics. A lot of parents already know what phonics phase their child is on, however if you do not you can select each phase and read them through with your children. You will be able to easily identify where they are working at and try and push them onto the next stage. Please make sure you consolidate their learning first before moving onto the next phase.

Phonics is just one of the many components to help children with their reading and writing. Keep on reading as much as you can with the children as this makes a huge difference.

Children can use the site at home without their parents needing to subscribe. To access the resources all you need to do is log on using the following details.

Username: march20
Password: home


Oddizzi – https://www.oddizzi.com/

Oddizzi is an e-learning resource and community that immerses children in the real world. There are lots of geography resources available for the children to access at home. Their log in details are in their reading record books.


20.3.20: We have been having lot of fun over the past two days playing games, completing jigsaws, dancing and building outside.


Visit from the fire service

Some of the firefighters from Toxteth fire station brought their fire engine into school to show the children. The fire fighters showed us all of the special equipment that they use to help people and explained how they use it. The children even got to sit in the fire engine and hear the siren!

Trip to Mossley Hill Church

Reception had a lovely trip to Mossley Hill Church. As we walked in we admired the beautiful stained glass windows and magnificent design of the building. Reverend Alan showed the children many of the main features of the church including the pulpit, alter and lectern. He talked about weddings, christenings and weekly services that he leads inside the church and showed the children a video about the church’s history. We also sang a song with fun actions.

Soup Making

As part of our ‘Food, Glorious Foor’ topic we have been learning about lots of different foods including fruits and vegetables. We read the story Oliver’s Vegetables in which he makes soup out of the vegetables from his Grandad’s vegetable patch so decided to make some of our own. The children all had a go at supervised cutting using child safe knives before combining the ingredients in a soup maker. Puffins all tried a small cup of the soup along with a piece of bread for dipping.

Here is the recipe if you would like to make it at home:

1 potato, 5 carrots, 5 sticks of celery, 1 onion (all peeled and chooped into small pieces), 2 vegetable stock cubes, pinch of salt, enough water to cover the vegetables in the pot. Boil until all the veg is soft and then blend.

Weighing and Measuring

This week we have been measuring and comparing length and weight. The children measured how far they could jump in the playground and built a tower of bricks that was the same height as them. We also had a go at using balance scales to compare the weight of different objects.

Exploring the texture of materials

The children had fun reaching into a feely box to try and guess which materials was inside. They had to describe how it felt to the rest of the class. They then made an abstract collage using lots of different textured materials.

Handa’s Surprise and fruit tasting

We read a story about a little girl who lives in Africa called Handa. She delivers lots of different fruits to her friend but on the way some naughty animals steal them. The children got to taste some fruits from the story including mango, pineapple and avacado. They all shared their favourite and least favourite fruit with the class.

The Royal Family

Over the past two weeks we have been learning about families, including our own family and the British Royal Family. We have really enjoyed looking through the Puffins family albums together and the children were very proud to tell the class about the people in the photographs. We made our own crowns using printing sponges to create a repeating pattern on the band and added different collage pieces to the front.

Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime

We really enjoyed our visit from Chaplins Panto theatre company. They put on a great show and we especially enjoyed the music as we could sing along to some of the songs.

Santa and his reindeer visit!

We were lucky enough to have a visit from Santa this week! He brought his elves and two of his reindeer. He got to feed the reindeer (did you know that they actually prefer eating moss to carrots?). We spoke to Santa and he told us that we had been very kind and sensible this year. He gve us a bag full of presents for the class, we got some new playdoh, playdoh toys and some new books.


Investigating Money

We have been learning about money in Reception over the past two weeks. The children have become more familiar with the dfferent coins, naming their value and ordering them. They have been sorting them and describing their size, colour and shape. We have been playing shop and discussing all of the different things that we need to buy with money.

Creating an underwater scene by blending watercolour paints together

Learning about some interesting animals

Jill Reynolds came into school to show the children some very interesting and unusual animals. We saw a chinchilla, a toad, a snake and an owl. The children learned all about their diet, their habitat and some interesting facts.


The children used their hands to take the seeds out of the pumpkins. They came up with words to describe how it felt such as squishy, slimy and gooey.


How? Wow! Science Week

This week we carried out a range of science investigations. We talked about the materials we would be using and made predictions about what we thought might happen.

-Mentos reacting in a fizzy drink

-Mentos reacting in cola with a balloon on top.

-Bouncing raisins

-Blowing bubbles

Zog by Julia Donaldson

Today we read the story of Zog. We found his school adventures funny and we loved that the princess really wanted to become a doctor. We painted pictures and made models of dragons and pretended that we were doctors treating patients just like in the book.

Fine Motor Activities

The children are working on developing their fine motor skills. Activities such as bead threading, picking up pom poms using plastic tweezers and transferring coloured water using pipettes really help to strengthen the muscles in their hands and develop fine motor control. This supports the children with their writing as it develops their pencil control, grip and pressure.

Leaf Crafts

Thank you for sending us in lots of different leaves, conkers and other bits from your Autumn walks. This week we made hedgehog leaf collages and leaf rubbings.

Letter formation 

We have been practicing forming diffeent letters. We have used a range of media including chalk, paint, flour and plastic counters to write letters using the correct formation.


We have had a brilliant start to Reception in Puffins class! The children have been getting used to their new school routine and have had lots of fun playing both outdoors and indoors, making new friends. Please remember to send your child into school wearing their outdoor P.E. kit (red tracksuit, white t-shirt and black pumps) on Wednesday morning with their uniform in their P.E. bags.

Take a look at some of the fun activites that we have been doing so far!