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.

28 June 2020

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Hello Puffins,

It has been lovely to see a few of you around school this week in our school bubbles! We have got some lovely sunny weather forecast for this week, I hope you all have fun playing outside in the sunshine.

Remember to continue washing your hands regularly and to sing Happy Birthday twice to help you remember when to stop.

This week’s suggested home learning activities:

English:  Reading the book on Bug Club called Sea Fishing and play the game ‘What Am I?’

Maths:    Comparing and measuring the length of objects around the house.



A reminder that the Phonics Play website is free to use at the minute (It usually has a selection of free games and activities and some that require a subscription). Visit the website – select children – select the phonics phase that your child is working on – select a game.


                                  Username – march20 

Password – home

Some games you might enjoy include: Super Smoothie,

Picnic on Pluto, Buried Treasure, Pick a Picture and Reading Robot

Explore the website and find some favourites for yourself!


Hello Puffins,

Wow! Did you see or hear the thunderstorm at the weekend? It was just like in the book we read called Summer Storms. The thunder boomed, the rain poured and the lightening lit up the whole sky, it was one of the biggest thunder storms that we have had in a very long time!

This week’s home learning English planning is here – Read Eco Apes Save Water on Bug Club, make your own poster to teach others how to save water and go on a water hunt around your house.

The Maths planning is here – Subtracting using practical objects and a numberline.

-Recognising the value of coins.

Remember to watch the daily phonics lesson to practice your sounds and word reading – Find the lessons on DFE. 

I have been enjoying looking at your finished activities on Purple Mash – logon to find lots of fun things to do!


This week would have been the beginning of our new topic ‘Water, Water Everywhere’.

Fun challenge: Before you get in the bath, collect a variety of objects. Predict whether you think they will float or sink. Once in the bath test each object to see whether they float or sink. Check with an adult that the objects you have chosen are okay to go in the bath! (or use a bowl of water.)

Have a look at the new topic overview sheet to see what is included: Water, Water Everywhere Topic Overview


Visit this week’s Reception home learning page to see the suggested maths and english activities to try at home. EYFS Home Learning 8.6.20

Phonics video lessons
For daily Reception phonics video lessons visit:  DFE/TES letters and sounds lessons

This week’s lessons are:

8.6.20: Lesson 31 – Adjacent consonants and short vowel sounds – all week
9.6.20: Lesson 32
10.6.20:Lesson 33
11.6.20 Lesson 34
12.6.20: Lesson 35


Whole school sails art project

During these challenging and unprecedented times we are so proud of how our Sudley community have come together to support each other in many different ways. To our parents who have been brilliant home educators, our children who uplift us all with your beautiful bright rainbows in windows and especially to our key workers – we thank, clap for and celebrate you all.

To mark this time in our lives we have decided to create a whole school art project based around the idea of ‘Sailing Through Together’.

For more details please look on the tab on the home learning page or download the sails artwork project information sheet here.


Happy Bank Holiday Monday to the puffins and your family!

For all of the busy puffins make sure to visit the ‘Mini Mash’ section of purple mash (login in your reading record book).

Click on the mini mash icon on the purple mash homepage. Explore the page by watching the introduction video and clicking on different areas of the classroom.

Click on the teacher reading a book to access the reading and writing activities and games – these include fun activities such as creating story, alphabet pair cards and phonics games (phases 2 and 3).

Click on the children playing with blocks to access the maths activities and games – these include a range of activities which involve counting, matching and measuring.

Click on the picture on the wall to enter Simple City, a creative small world game.

Click on the green table to have a look at a range of more fun games!

Have fun, mini mashers!


Hello Puffins,

This week I have been trying some new recipes such as tacos, honey chilli chicken and creamy vegetable pasta. I have also got a new BBQ that I have been using to cook lots of my food on – it is great to have more time to cook! I wonder if you have been trying any new foods or helping out with the cooking at home? I have also been busy teaching in the Sudley Juniors hub with some of our other staff who are also been missing you lots.

I hope that you all have a lovely bank holiday weekend with your family. As next week would have been the half term holiday there will be no English or Maths planning uploaded onto the home learning page. However you can still of course access your bug club books and activities (I have added some new phonics activities to your profile) as well as purple mash.

Don’t blow away this weekend!



Hello Puffins,

Wow, can you believe that we are already almost half way through May! I know that lots of you have been celebrating your 5th birthday since we finished school or perhaps your brother, sister, Mum or Dad have had a birthday. I’m sure you have had lots of fun celebrating with the people who live in your house and I can’t wait to hear all about it!

Oak National Academy is a brilliant website to visit. They have got a range of lessons suitable for all age groups in various subjects. Select the Reception page and then English / Maths. The Puffins might enjoy some of the fairy tale English lessons and the counting activities.

BBC Bitesize have also got some useful lessons, activities, resources and ideas to support children with their learning.

If you have some cupcake cases at home you could try making some of these cool crafts (as well as making some yummy cupcakes to fill up the cases).


Hello Puffins,

I hope that everyone is safe and well! I’m sure that lots of you have been enjoying going for walks with your family. I have been going for a walk most days around where I live and enjoy seeing people walking their dogs, the lovely flowers in gardens and the wonderful rainbows and messages stuck in windows. I wonder if any of you have drawn or painted a picture to put in your window to cheer people up as they pass by?

I am missing you lots and can’t wait to see you all again in school. I think that you might all have grown very tall!

Have a lovely week,

Miss O’Kane



Hello to all of the Puffins and your families,

I hope you are all well and staying safe. I have been enjoying doing some of the Joe Wicks workouts this week. I’m sure that some of you have also been taking part in the ‘PE with Joe’  sessions which take place every weekday morning at 9am on Youtube (remember to use Youtubekids). These sessions are so much fun and will get you moving and full of energy for the day ahead. You can share your new moves with your friends once we are back in school! Some other fun active ideas could be dancing to your favourite songs, making an obstacle course in your house or garden or riding your bike or scooter with an adult in a safe area.

This week’s suggested story is ‘Plant The Tiny Seed’ by Christie Matheson. I wonder if any of you have been planting seeds at home? After you have read the book you can write instructions about how to look after the seed to help it grow.

After reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar last week I have got something very exciting to show you. Mrs Mylett has kept some caterpillars in a special net at her house. They made themselves a cosy cocoon and this week they have hatched into beautiful butterflies!

Have a lovely week!

Miss O’Kane



Hello to all of the Puffins and your families,

We are so lucky to have lots more sunshine and lovely weather this week. At the weekend I was very busy painting the fence in my garden, I wonder if any of you have been painting pictures at home? You could try painting a picture of somebody in your family or of your favourite animal. My cat Leo has really enjoyed me being at home and loves to spend all day lying on my bed with the sun shining on him through the window or chasing insects outside. If you have got any pets at home i’m sure that they will be so excited to spend some extra time with you!

I have seen that lots of you have been very busy bees and have been reading lots of books on Bug Club. There are lots of different books in your ‘my stuff’ folder so scroll along and choose a book to read. Remember you can also log onto purple mash to complete the fun activities. I have enjoyed looking at some of the activities that you have already completed.

Check the home learning page on the website each week to see the learning suggestions for the topic and a weekly newsletter. This week in English the story focus is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I love all of the drawings of the yummy food that the illustrator has painted. These activities are not compulsory and I will not be checking or marking any of the work. It is just a guide to give you some ideas of learning activities to do at home.

Have a lovely week Puffins!

Miss O’Kane


14.4.20: Hello Puffins!

I hope you have been enjoying the lovely sunshine at home with your family. I hear that the Easter Bunny visited lots of your houses over the weekend and that lots of yummy chocolate has been eaten.  Visit this week’s home learning page to see the maths and english activities that have been set.  I am missing you all lots and can’t wait to hear about the different things that you have been doing while we have not been in school as usual. Remember to tell everyone in your house to sing Happy Birthday twice whilst they are washing their hands!

Miss O’Kane

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!