Puffins – Reception

Welcome to Puffins Class Page

We are a Reception class

Our class teacher is Miss O’Kane

Our Learning Support Assistant is Mrs Dow

Summer Newsletters 

19. Newsletter 22.3.21

20. Newsletter 12.4.21

21. Newsletter 19.4.21

22. Newsletter 26.4.21

23. Newsletter 3.5.21

24. Newsletter 10..5.21

25. Newsletter 17.5.21

26. Newsletter 7.6.21

28. Newsletter 28.6.21

29. Newsletter 5.7.21

30.Newsletter 12.7.21

31 Newsletter 19.7.21


Floating and sinking investigation

We investigated whether different objects would float or sink. The children made a prediction and then recorded their results as we tested each object.

10.6.21 – School Trip To Church Farm

We had such a fun day out at Church Farm!🐓🐑🦚

We went on a tractor ride that took us around the farm, visiting different animals. We learnt lots of new facts about the animals that we saw, including reindeer, alpacas, peacocks and meerkats. We even got to feed some of the animals.

We also had a lovely picnic lunch, played in the sand area and explored the maze.


17.5.21 – Releasing Our Butterflies

The puffins were amazed to come into school this morning to discover that our butterflies have emerged from the cocoons! We set them free outside and watched them fly away to explore.


12.5.21 – Growing Cress And Sunflowers

Our cress and sunflowers are growing really well. We have been watering them every other day and have set them near to the window so that they get lots of sun. 🌻🌱




Hey Grandude topic overview

Please look at our topic dates and term dates.

topic dates 2020-2021

12.4.21 Puffins Garden Centre – open for business!

This week we will be reading the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. We will be learning about the life cycle of a butterfly and are even getting our own class caterpillars. We can’t wait to watch them grow and change!


Hey Grandude!


We absolutely loved the story ‘Hey Grandude!’ by Paul McCartney. The children enjoyed making their own musical instrument, exploring compass points and creating art work of the characters from a scene in the book. They used paints and a range of materials to add texture to the pictures.

23.3.21 – Exploring different sounds and making musical instruments

Reception Newsletter 15.3.21

Reception Newsletter  8.3.21

Using X box or PlayStation to access remote learning

If you are having problems accessing online/ remote learning and have an X box or PlayStation you can click on the link below. This will help you get online and help you access the remote learning set by school if you do not have a suitable device such as tablet or laptop.

Remote Learning via PlayStation 4 or Xbox One


A Magical Christmas by Puffins                                                                                             

Please find your link to the class performance of ‘A Magical Christmas’.


The password will be sent out in a separate email and also via message on ClassDojo.

Please remember that images and videos of the performance should not be shared on social media or anywhere else online.

We hope that you enjoy watching the show together as a family.

Merry Christmas!


Have a look at our topic overview for ‘Families’ Families overview

Christmas Party Day

Happy Christmas Party day to all of the Puffins!

We have had a fun packed Christmas party day with a Cinderella live streamed pantomime, a visit from Santa to deliver presents and tell Christmas jokes, party food, lots of dancing and some festive games.

Enjoy your presents and party bags!

Christmas picnic lunch

The Puffins really enjoyed their Christmas picnic lunch, with some children saying it was the best school lunch ever! I hope you can find a festive way to re-use your paper reindeer bags at home.

Have a look at our weekly newsletter to see what is coming up next week:

EYFS Newsletter – 14.12.20

Today we had a very exciting visit from Santa, his elves and two of his reindeer. We learnt that reindeer love to eat moss and that their antlers grow very quickly. Santa told us that he has a magic key to get into houses that don’t have a chimney and he very kindly gave us a sack of presents for our classroom.

Have a look at our weekly newsletter to see what is coming up next week:

EYFS Newsletter – 7.12.20


Elf School

We had such a fun day at elf school today. We had an elf snack to start our day, followed by present wrapping and decoration making in the workshop, reindeer food mixing, playdough mince pie preparation for Santa, a game of snow ball ping-pong, making ourself into elf pictures and finally an elf movie.

We had a visit from Sparkle the kind elf who gave us some kindness challenges to complete throughout the month and we even had a video message from Santa!

Have a look at our weekly newsletter to see what is coming up next week:

EYFS Newsletter – 30.11.20

This week we learnt about Rangoli pattern artist Ranbir Kaur. The children created their own Rangoli patterns using pasta, pens and coloured pins.


Topic overview for ‘Celebrations’ Celebrations overview

Have a look at our new topic overview Toys and Games overview

Walk to School week information

Walk To School Letter Nov 2020

Have a look at our weekly newsletter to see what is coming up next week:

EYFS Newsletter – 23.11.20





Playing ‘Chinese Dragon’. We have been learning to play children’s games that are traditionally played in different countries around the world.


Some super drawings of our favourite class toys






Have a look at our weekly newsletter to see what is coming up next week:

EYFS Newsletter – 16.11.20


We had lots of fun today raising money for Children In Need. We all wore sports kit, did some exercises outside and took part in the ‘Beat The Goalie’ challenge. We spoke about helping others and how the money raised can help make other children smile.

11th November- We made a poppy wreath for Remembrance Day.

Have a look at our weekly newsletter to see what is coming up next week:

EYFS Newsletter – 9.11.20

The Three Little Pig’s Houses.

Measuring the capacity of containers

Making firework paintings for bonfire night

Have a look at our weekly newsletter to see what is coming up next week:

EYFS Newsletter – 2.11.20



Birthday Party Day

We had so much fun today celebrating all of our birthdays! We played party games, had a class disco, enjoyed yummy party food and made cards.

Well done to everyone for making your amazing Halloween and Autumn hats, they were all so creative and unique – it was so hard to choose a winner! We had a hat parade in the school hall.

Well done to our winner!


Have a brilliant half term – I will see you all again on Monday 2nd November!



Have a look at our weekly newsletter to see what is coming up next week:

EYFS Newsletter – 19.10.20

Information on our new topic Traditional tales

Traditional Tales and rhyme overview

Monday 12th October- Home learning

12.10.2020- Phonics

Daily phonics lesson video: Learn to read k


(Reception Lesson 14 – part 1)

Follow along: Say the k sound along with the video and practice writing the letter in your home learning book. Discuss how it sounds exactly the same as c but is written as a different letter. Can you find any objects that begin with k around your house?

12.10.2020- Science

Investigate dissolving.

Watch the video on BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjty4wx/articles/zpbdpbk

Explain that when something dissolves in water, it looks as if it has disappeared. However, the substance has not disappeared; it has mixed with the water to make a see-through (transparent) liquid.

Dissolving experiment: Get four cups of warm water. Place 2 teaspoons of the following substances into each: pasta, flour, salt and sugar. Mix with a spoon and observe whether the substance dissolves or not. Predict what you think will happen. Was your predication true or false?

12.10.2020- Maths

Model counting on fingers to 20.

Adult call out number and children show that many fingers.

Show a number of fingers up to six. Ask children to call out how many fingers you are showing. How quick can they be? Repeat showing a different amount.

Ask children to put their hands behind their backs while you roll a dice. Children show with their fingers the number of dots on the dice (as quickly as they can). Repeat.

Can they recognise the number  of dots without counting?

12.10.2020- English

Watch ‘We’re Going on a leaf Hunt’ https://www.youtubekids.com/watch?v=c5p-fuvUYBM&hl=en-GB

Imagine you went on a leaf hunt. Where would you go? Draw pictures in your red home learning book of all the places you would go on your leaf hunt.

Friday 9th October-Home learning

9.10.2020- Phonics

Daily phonics lesson video: Practice blending sounds to read words.


(Reception Lesson 13 – part 2)

Follow along: Sound out the words slowly along with the video and stretch your hands apart as you say each sound. Blend them together and clap, saying the word out loud.

9.10.2020- English

Watch the lesson on ‘The Little Red Hen’: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-sing-and-map-a-story-6wukgd?activity=video&step=1

Ask a grown up to make a video of you performing the story.

Use your red home learning exercise book to draw a story map of the story ‘The Little Red Hen’ and use it to tell someone the story.

9.10.2020- Maths

Clap several times and ask your child to count the claps quietly to themselves. Ask how many claps there were? Repeat with different amounts.

Use the sheet to count objects to 10. The most important thing is that your child counts each set slowly, pointing to each object as they count. If they can, get them to try to write the numbers. An adult can write the number to show them what it looks like.

If your child is confident with numbers to 10, use objects in your house to count sets up to 20.

counting to 10 9.10.20

9.10.2020- Science

Ketchup and coin experiment.

Watch this video: https://www.youtubekids.com/watch?v=WhAgQEr1LOE&hl=en-GB

Find a dirty coin. Squirt some tomato ketchup into a small dish and place the coin into it, making sure the coin is completely submerged. Leave the coin for 5-10 minutes and then remove and rinse it under warm water. Does it look any cleaner?

If you have any of the other items (washing up liquid, vinegar, salt, lemon juice) you can also try them to see if they clean your coin.


Thursday 8th October- Home learning

8.10.2020- Phonics 

Daily phonics lesson video: Learn to read the sound: c


(Reception Lesson 13 – part 1)

Follow along: practice saying the sound and the words that begin with the c sound. Practice writing c lots of times in your home learning book and find things around your house that begin with this sound.

8.10.2020- Maths

Tell your child that they are learning about position − that means where things are.

Hold up a soft toy. Balance it on your head and ask children, Where is it? Emphasise ʻon top ofʼ. Then hold it under your arm. Where is it? Emphasise ʻunderʼ.

Give your child a soft toy and give directions, for example: Put the toy under your right hand. Move the toy next to your left foot. Place it on top of your head.

Please look at the class story to find the positional language PowerPoint.

8.10.2020- Fine motor

Do some finger warm up exercises: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7U4jFs1jo4

Give your child a basket of pegs and ask them to practise clipping the pegs around a bucket or bowl.

8.10.2020- Understanding the World

Watch the video on Oak National Academy; ‘To name different people in my family’: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-name-different-people-in-my-family-61h30e

Once you have watched the video, draw a picture of your family in your home learning book. Please write the date and Understanding the World at the top of the page.

Wednesday 7th October- Home learning

7.10.2020- Fine motor

Give your child a ball of playdoh or a piece of scrunched up paper.

Put on dough disco on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K-CQrjI0uY

Draw a lined pattern on a piece of paper and ask children to go over the pattern using counters/coins

7.10.2020- Phonics

Daily phonics lesson video: Learn to blend sounds together to read a word.


(Reception Autumn term – Lesson 11: part 2)

Follow along: practise sounding out the words and then blending them together along with the video. Start with your hands pressed together (like a clap) and stretch them apart slightly with each sound m – a – t. Once you have stretched each sound out, clap your hand together again and blend the sounds together to make the word ( m – a – t   à  mat ).

7.10.2020- Maths

Roll a dice. (Draw dots on pieces of paper if you do not have a dice!) Ask child to say the number without counting- they can show the number on their fingers or call it out as quick as possible.

Discuss what your child does in the morning, afternoon and evening.

Your child is to draw a picture of something they do in the morning and something they do in the afternoon. Use your ‘Home School Learning’ book, using one page for both drawings. Please put the date and ‘Maths’ at the top of the page.

7.10.2020- Computing

Show your child how to use an iPad / tablet / phone to take a photograph. Show them which button to press and have a go at taking both landscape and portrait photographs.

Can your child independently take a picture using the iPad / tablet / phone? Take photographs of your favourite things around your house or garden.



Tuesday 6th October- Home learning 

6.10.2020- English

Read ‘This Floats, That Sinks’ on Active Learn.

Your username and password can be found in your reading record. https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=

Make a list together of objects that float and objects that sink. Draw them in your red home learning book.

6.10.2020- Science 

Floating and sinking.

Read ‘This Floats, That Sinks’ on Bug Club. Your username and password can be found in your reading record. https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=

Can you remember which items floated and which sunk?

Fill a basin with water and collect different objects from around your house. Set them in the water. Do they float or sink to the bottom?

6.10.2020- Maths 

Write the days of the week on different pieces of paper. Discuss the order, and initial letters of the words. Place in order. Ask questions like, If it is Saturday today, what day was it yesterday? If tomorrow is Tuesday, what day is it today?

Discuss what days the child does activities e.g. Monday is swimming, Friday we go to the park. Listen to the song https://www.youtubekids.com/watch?v=3tx0rvuXIRg&hl=en-GB



Monday 5th October – Home Learning

5.10.20 English

Watch the lesson on ‘The Little Red Hen’:  https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-listen-and-join-in-with-a-story-c5h36t?activity=video&step=1

Draw your favourite moment from the story in your home learning book.

5.10.20 Maths

Count forwards to 20 and then back to 0, clapping with each count. Repeat several times.

Chant the days of the week in order. Ask, What day is it today? What day will it be tomorrow? Explain that ʻtodayʼ means the day we are in now, ʻtomorrowʼ means the day after today (after one sleep) and ʻyesterdayʼ means the day before today.

Listen to the days of the week song https://www.youtubekids.com/watch?v=mXMofxtDPUQ&hl=en-GB

5.10.20: Music

Using everyday objects as percussion instruments.

Investigate how many sounds can be made using different spoons – metal, plastic and wooden. Run them along a radiator or lightly tap different surfaces outside with them e.g. the ground, outdoor wall etc.

Can you find any other objects around you house that could be used as a percussion instrument? Experiment with the sounds that you can make

5.10.20- Phonics

Daily phonics lesson video: Review the sounds: i, n, m, d https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5w9Ax-uiQM&t=26s

(Reception Autumn term – Lesson 10)

Follow along; practice saying the sounds and writing them in your home learning book. You could also draw a picture of something that begins with each of the letters.



Thank you for all of the lovely work that you have been sending, we have had a huge response! We are aware that some parents have been having difficulties logging on and accessing the work. We are trying to resolve this issue. If you have access to another device eg. phone or ipad, try logging on using the app rather than the website. We will also upload the set tasks to our class webpages on the school website.

Have a great weekend!


Friday 2nd October


Listen to counting song 10 Green Bottles.


Adults write numbers 0-10 on individual pieces of paper/ post it notes. Make Lego towers next to each number.


Daily phonics lesson video:

Learn to read and write the d sound.

Visit DFE/TES letters and sounds lessons

Select Reception Autumn term – Lesson 9

Follow along; practice saying the sound and writing it on a piece of paper. Find objects in your house that begin with d.


Fine motor skills

Give your child a ball of playdoh or a piece of scrunched up paper. Put on dough disco on Youtube.


Use scissors to cut out some pictures from a magazine. Or draw some circles and squares on a piece of paper and cut them out.



This week we have been reading the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen.

Click on the link to listen to the story being read.


Go on your own bear hunt around your house and garden. Pretend to find some swishy grass, splashy puddles, squelchy mud, a dark forest, a snowstorm and a gloomy cave. Travel through each obstacle making the sound effects from the story e.g. squelch, splash, tip toe.

Take a photograph of your child acting out part of the story.  (If Class Dojo)

Have fun on your adventure!





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Once the parent account has been set up you can link your child to your account.




Reading Books

Your child has been allocated two reading books. Please send these to school each day alongside their reading record book. One of the books is a phonic book and one is a story book. Please listen to your child read one of their books each day. Some of the books will have no words in them these books focus on developing children’s language and comprehension skills. Please discuss the story with your child and look at the pictures also practise turning the pages in the correct order. Get your child to look for familiar sounds in the story if they cannot read the words. Some of the books will have key words/sounds on the front or back cover. Please look at the front page in the reading record book as there is guidance for parents/carers. Please write a positive comment each time you listen to your child read one of their books. In the reading record there are log in details for Active Learn, your child will have books allocated on there to read they can be found in ‘My Stuff.’ We ask that water bottles are not put in book bags to prevent reading books being damaged.

Happy reading!


Download our list of topics

topic dates 2020-2021 (1)




Have a look at our weekly newsletter to see what is coming up next week:

EYFS Newsletter – 28.9.20

Shape Hunt

This week the puffins have been learning about shapes and patterns. We went on a shape hunt on the playground and found lots of circles, squares, rectangles and triangles. We even found a leaf that was a pentagon shape!

Senses Lesson

This week we explored our 5 senses. The puffins tasted different fruits, completed a smelling test and decribed how different obects felt in the feely box.


Have a look at our weekly newsletter to see what is coming up next week:

EYFS Newsletter – 21.9.20

Hello Puffins,

Wow, we have had a very busy week! We have had French and Spanish sessions with our language teachers and learnt some simple greetings and how to say ‘My name is…’ in both langauges.

We have had so much fun playing outside in the lovely weather: riding the bikes and scooters, building houses, playing in the kitchen area and den and lots more! Take a look at some of the photos of us enjoying the outside area.

Maths work: We have been doing lots of counting this week. We have played dominos and practiced parking our numbered cars in the correct parking space.


Next week we will be drawing and labelling pictures of our families, trying different fruits and learning about Roald Dahl.

First Week

Well done puffins for finishing your first week of school! You have all been so sensible and grown up when coming into class in the morning. I have really enoyed getting to know you and watching you have fun with your new friends. This week we learnt all about our class bird – the puffin. We learnt lots of interesting facts such as that a puffins beak changes colour throughout the year. Take a look at some of our puffin paintings!


Next week we will start our 3 week topic ‘Magical Me’. Magical me topic overviewWe will be talking about our likes and dislikes, looking at pictures of ourselves as babies and painting a picture of ourselves. Please send your child into school with a photograph of themselves as a baby with their name written on the back. They will be discussing how they have changed and all of the amazing things that they have learnt to do since they were a baby.


Water bottles – Please send your child into school carrying their water bottle. They should not go inside the book bag as they can leak.

Fruit -Our fruit deliveries have started again so your child will be provided with a free piece of fruit each day. If you would still like to send in an additional piece, please make sure that this is in a named bag. Please do not send in more than one piece of fruit per day.

Have a look at our weekly newsletter to see whats coming up next week:

EYFS Newsletter – 14.9.20

EYFS Newsletter – 7.9.20

Drop Off & Pick Up Times

To help maintain social distancing measures we have introduced staggered drop off and pick up times for the children. We have grouped the children alphabetically to ensure that children within the same family have got the same 5 minute time slot. If you have children in different year groups at Sudley Infant School please ensure that you pick up the younger child first.


  • A-G – 8:40 – 3:05

  • H-N – 8:45 – 3:10

  • O-Z – 8:50 – 3:15



Listen to a special message from your class teacher.

Bird topic overview

bird topic overview

Puffins Clasroom

Hello Puffins,

We look forward to welcoming you into your new class. We have lots of activities planned and I am sure that you will make lots of new friends!

See you all very soon,

Love Miss O’Kane