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Hello Summer Holidays!

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Well done super children and parents for all your hard work this past year, and especially in recent months. Have a well-earned break and see you in September!

More pirate fun

Thank you!

Thank you for all your lovely gifts and messages. It’s been a pleasure working with your children and  we wish them all the best for their next steps here at Gade Valley.

Mrs Simons, Mrs Parkins and Ms Field.

P.S. The flowers are amazing! Mrs S.x

Monday 13th July 2020

Hello lovely Reception Class

Well, this is the last week of the Summer Term and for this final week of home learning challenges let's be Pirates! In fact why not dress like a pirate, especially on Wednesday or Thursday or both! Aargh!

One of our stories this week is Pirates Love Underpants and the activities have a pirate theme. For example make a pirate hat , hunt for treasure or think about what we'd need to have fun on the beach. 

The Jake's First Day story might help you think about moving up to Year 1. I'm sure you're all wondering who your new teacher will be so check  Mr Barron's Daily Briefing each day where lots of information will be given out, including the new teachers for each class.

Of course you need to keep reading regularly to an adult but the Golden Ticket draw has now finished. Well done to all you wonderful lucky readers who won Wonka Bars this year! Over the Summer there is to be a new exciting Reading Challenge for you to take part in. The Golden Ticket page will have more details very soon!

There are lots of extra activities you may wish to challenge yourself with over the break. The Summer Maths Activities practise lots of skills, as does the Summer Phonics. Now and then practise writing sentences with tricky words, and don't forget capital letters and full stops!

Most of all have lots of fun outside and enjoy the lovely green spaces we have around us. 

You have been a super CHAMP class and we look forward to seeing you all after the summer break.

Stay safe and be happy.

Mrs Simons, Mrs Parkins and Ms Field.

Monday 6th July 2020

Hello Reception

It's hard to believe there are only 2 weeks left of this school year and soon you'll be moving on to Year1. But more about that another time, although there is a worksheet below you might like to complete.

Our Book of the Week this week is The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, and so our Home Learning Challenges are based on Under The Sea. Choose one activity a day to do and upload a picture of your work onto your Tapestry Journal. The weather seems to be getting a bit warmer and sunnier this week so get outside as much as you can and be active!

As usual we ask that you read at least 5 times to a grown up, it can be any book you like, and send a photo of your reading record to the Golden Tickets email address. This is your last chance to enter! 

If you want to challenge yourself further there are lots of different lessons to watch and try on the Oak National Academy site here.


Enjoy your activities children.

Mrs Simons, Mrs Parkins and Ms Field.

Monday 29th June 2020

Good morning Reception.

Well, we are nearly at the end of another month and it will soon be July. The weather seems to have changed also, getting cooler and wetter, but this will be good for the plants and flowers. See how my plants are growing on the videos below. I hope your beans and other vegetables are growing well too.

Our topic  continues to be about animals, but now let's find out about those animals that live in this country. How many wild animals can you think of that live here? Animals such as fox, badger or mouse come to mind. Are there any others?

As usual don't forget to enter the Golden Ticket competition by sending a picture of your reading record to for a chance of winning a Wonka Bar. Also try and guess the Secret Readers by listening carefully to them read a poem. Plus if you want something different to do check out the Wellbeing page where there are some new activities.

We hope you enjoy the challenges on our Home Learning sheet and upload a photo of your work onto your Tapestry Journal. We always like looking at your amazing achievements and are so proud of you.

Take care

Mrs Simons, Mrs Parkins and Ms Field

Growing Things

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What have you been growing in your gardens at home? Here’s a look at some of the plants in my garden.


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Our busy Very Hungry Caterpillar week.

Monday 22nd June 2020

Hello Reception!

I hope you all had a super weekend and enjoyed some time outside in the sun.

This week we have a Jungle theme for our Home Learning Challenges and Rumble in the Jungle and Monkey Puzzle are our chosen stories to listen to. Our focus is on finding out about some of the many animals that live in the jungle. How many different animals can you name now? Which do you think is the largest? Which is the longest? Which is the tallest?There is so much information  you can research and we look forward to reading the  interesting facts you find and the lovely pictures you create.

If you do find  5 facts about jungle animals you can enter the Oompa Loompas Challenge on the Golden Ticket page and earn yourself an extra ticket for the weekly draw! Just send a photo of your facts to Check the page for more details. Oh and don't forget to read your book at least 5 times!

If you want extra challenges take a sneaky peek at the Nursery Home Learning page because they also have a Jungle theme with more activities to choose from.

Have fun and enjoy your challenges.

Mrs Simons, Mrs Parkins and Ms Field

Monday 15th June 2020

Hello again Reception, it's the start of another week!

I hope you all had a good weekend in the sunshine and hopefully this weather will continue.

Our Book of the Week is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. I'm sure this story is familiar to many of you but it's a great way to learn about the lifecycle of a caterpillar, and the pictures are so colourful. Perhaps you can create your own multi-coloured butterfly? 

Some regular reminders for you.

Read at least 5 times this week to enter the Golden Ticket draw.

Guess who the Secret Reader is.

Check out the Wellbeing, E-Safety and P.E sections for extra challenges and information.


We look forward to reading your Journals and looking at your photos. I wonder if you will be making some yummy healthy caterpillar lunches? Have fun.

Mrs Simons, Mrs Parkins and Ms Field.

Wonderful creations.

Thursday 11th June 2020


Good morning everyone. The weather has certainly changed a lot! It's very chilly here in school today and everything seems a bit dull and damp.

There are no extra lessons this week, we think you've all been working really hard at home and have shown us some super work on your Journals.

If you have enjoyed reading the Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch there are lots of other stories in the series. Why not watch one of these?


The Lighthouse Keeper's Cat. Click here.


The Lighthouse Keeper's Rescue Click here.


The Lighthouse Keeper's  Breakfast. Click here.


Enjoy the weekend.

Mrs Simons

Monday 8th June 2020

Good Morning Reception.

I hope you had a good weekend, even though the weather has changed and become a bit wet and chilly.

This week's story is The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch. It features Mr and Mrs Grinling, their cat Hamish and some very greedy seagulls. See if you can find out their names as you listen and read the story. Have you ever seen a lighthouse? What shape and colour was it? One of the  challenges is to draw, paint or even make a model of a lighthouse. We look forward seeing photos in your journals of any of your activities. 

Phonics and reading.

It's clear from looking at journals you have been playing some fun games to help you learn the tricky words. Great work everyone! Lists of all the Phase 2,3 and 4 words are attached.

Don't miss out on earning Golden Tickets for the Wonka Bar draw! Read at least 5 times and send a copy of your reading record to

Plus, did you know you can earn extra tickets if you draw a picture of your favourite book character or send in a five word book review? Check the Golden Tickets section for more information.


We hope you enjoy this week's challenges. Stay safe.

Mrs Simons, Mrs Parkins and Ms Field


Thursday 7th June 2020

Hello again Reception. How are you all getting on? The weather seems to be getting cooler and possibly wetter, but my plants definitely need some water to help them grow. I'm a bit cross with some baby blackbirds in my garden because I spotted them eating my strawberries!

Anyway, looking at the journals we can see  lots of very creative learning taking place.

If you  would like to finish the Oak Academy Space lessons, you will be writing about a character.

Lesson 4:

Lesson 5:


A reminder to send in your entries for the Golden Ticket draw and listen to the Secret Reader.

Enjoy the rest of the wee.

Mrs Simons & the Reception team.

Different home challenges, different ways of learning.

Monday 1st June 2020

Good morning everyone and welcome back to the second half of Summer Term. Hasn't the weather been wonderful? I hope you all had a super time with your families and were able to have lots of fun.

Our learning theme this week is Space so our book of the week is Aliens Love Underpants, but I know there are quite a few other space themed stories that would also be fun to read.

As well as the Home Learning Challenges don't forget to read every day, then you can send a photo of your Reading Record to the Golden Tickets email. You may be chosen to win a Wonka Bar! 

Check the Daily Briefings for any messages or information that could be useful. Sometimes there are extra competitions to enter, or you may even hear your name mentioned if you've correctly guessed the secret reader.

While the weather stays fine keep getting lots of fresh air and exercise, we'll be doing that at school, too.

Another useful lesson for these times can be found here. 

It is about Healthy Hugs. We will be watching this in class also.

If you have any questions you can message

Take care everyone, and we look forward to seeing those Journal entries!

Mrs Simons, Mrs Parkins & Ms Field.



Thursday 21st May 2020

Here's a message from your teachers, who are all in school today. We miss you all.


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Wednesday 20th May 2020

Good morning Reception.

I hope you are having a good week at home. The weather is beautiful and so hot and sunny!

Anyway, only one extra activity that you may wish to try. It's the final Oak National Classroom lesson about rainforests. 

You can find  Lesson 5  here.

You will need to collect some materials before you begin, such as a glass jar or small plastic pot, but the lesson gives more details to help you.

Already we are seeing lots of amazing work based on this week's challenges appearing on journals. You are all fantastic!! We are so proud of the work you are doing.

Enjoy yourselves in the sunshine, and don't forget the suntan lotion.


Mrs Simons, Mrs Parkins and Ms Field


Wonderful work from our Little Red Riding Hood challenges.

Monday18th May 2020

Good morning Reception. It's hard to believe this is the last week of the summer half term, the weeks seem to have gone by so quickly. It has been great to see how much fun you're having at home and working so hard.  Many of you have enjoyed our recent topics so I hope you will enjoy reading about....spiders! 

Yes, this week's story is Aaarrgghh.Spider!. Poor Spider just wants to be a family pet, and reading the story you'll find out how hard she tries to be one. 

Spiders are a type of minibeast, and now the weather is getting warmer you may be able to find a few different creatures if you look carefully outside under logs or see them crawling on the ground. But do be kind and careful when you are looking! We don't want to hurt them or you.


A reminder to keep up with reading at least 5 times a week so you can enter the Golden Ticket draw. Check out other sections on the main Home Learning page also. Mrs Hobbs writes a Blog on the SEND page, Miss Layman has P.E. ideas and the Wellbeing page has supportive activities. Listen out for your name in the Daily Briefing if you have successfully entered any of the Secret Reader challenges.


I hope you enjoy this week's challenges.

Mrs Simons, Mrs Parkins and Ms Field.



Thursday 14th May 2020

Good morning and I hope you are all having a great week. It's nearly the weekend and looking at the weather forecast it seems to be getting warmer again. I hope so because I worry it's too cold for the seeds and new plants in my garden, and I know lots of you have planted some vegetables too.

I hope you watch the Daily Briefing, because you would have seen your teachers on Tuesday. Did you recognise Ms Field dressed as Florence Nightingale? And Miss Layman was a very good patient.


If you would like to complete the Oak Academy Little Red Riding Hood lessons you can find them here. But don't feel you have to!
Lesson 4

Lesson 5


P.E.    Take a look at Miss Layman's ideas on the P.E. section, or try another GoNoodle workout or maybe even a Cosmic Kids yoga session.

Don't forget to send a photo of your reading record to the Golden Tickets email address to enter the Wonka Bar draw.

I've already seen some of the activities you've been trying this week on your journals, especially the decorated biscuits and cakes! Remember, try one challenge a day but more if you want to.


Take care

Mrs Simons & the Reception team.


Look at this visitor to Reception garden we had today! Mrs Calverley even found him walking round the school one day!

Florence Nightingale's birthday - International Nurses Day

Here is super picture of Martha, dressed ready for this special day.

Tuesday 12th May 2020

Good morning everyone in Reception, your teachers are all in school today!

If you have any questions for us particularly today, why not send an email to

Even better, perhaps you want to know something about all the teachers at school? Mr Barron may use your question in the Daily Briefing! Again, send your question to the reception email.


Here's a message for all you hard-working parents and children out there. The weekly  challenges are there for you to have a variety of activities to do. You can choose as many as you would like to do, but please don't feel you have to do them all!

We love seeing your journal entries and are so proud of everything you are able to achieve. Give yourselves a big pat on the back!

Your Reception teachers.

Monday 11th May 2020

Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a good weekend.

Did you celebrate V.E.Day? I hope so, and if you have any photos you would like to share with us please add them to your journals or email via  then I will put some on the website for us all to see!

Also, I really enjoyed looking at the V.E.Day slideshow, and I hope you felt proud to see your pictures on there.

Our Book of the Week is Little Red Riding Hood, and there are a lot of different youtube animations to watch, as well as stories to listen to. Sometimes the stories can vary a little, see if you notice any times this happens. 

I hope you enjoy your challenges this week. I will add more later!

Don't forget learning should be fun!

Mrs Simons, Mrs Parkins and Ms Field.


Thursday 6th May 2020

Good morning. Just a quick update of things that may be of interest at this time.


V.E.Day Friday 7th May.

Check out this section for a variety of ideas, including recipes.Find it under home learning.

Reading at home.

Finding suitable books to read at home can be tricky. These  are suggestions of sites offering free access to many different titles at this time. 

Oxford Owl. Lots of familiar 'Biff and Chip' stories.


This website offers thousands of free fiction and non-fiction eBooks. 


Have a good weekend

Mrs Simons

Wednesday 5th May 2020

Hello Reception, I hope you are  enjoying this week's home learning challenges, there are already some super wow moments on your journals. 

Did anyone watch P.E. with Joe Wicks last Friday 1st May? He was dressed as a knight, and daughter Indie was dressed as Zog!

Here are some extra activities you may want to try.


Oak National Academy lessons 4 and 5

These carry on from The Rainbow Song and Dance lesson on Monday's challenge sheet.


BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons

The following is a Year 1 lesson titled 'how to add numbers together'. Activity 2 may be a challenge, but give it a go!


GoNoodle: If you want to be active and dance, try the GoNoodle website.


Don't forget if you have read 5 times this week, send a copy of your reading record to  if you want to be in the Wonka Bar draw.

Last week our very own Tom won a bar! Congratulations Tom.


Keep having fun everyone

Mrs Simons

Wonderful work!

Monday 4th May 2020

Good morning everyone, I hope you are well and had a fun weekend.

This week's book is......Zog!

I hope you like stories about dragons. Zog is a bit accident prone and often needs help.

So our challenges this week are linked to the story and focus on people who help us. We all know that at this time there are a lot of people working extra hard to keep us safe and well, and many others doing day to day jobs to help us. I wonder how many helpful you can think of?


Also, don't forget to have a look at the various links on the Home Learning page.  Listen to the Daily Briefing each afternoon, check out the reading competition on the Golden Ticket page and don't forget to send a photo of your reading record for a chance to win a Wonka Bar in the Golden Ticket Draw on Friday. If you correctly guess the Secret Reader you may hear your name read out in the Briefing!


A reminder about Friday's V.E. Day 75th anniversary contribution to a slideshow of bunting. I would like you or your family to decorate an A4 sized piece of bunting, similar to the picture, but decorate it however you wish.  Take a photo of you holding your bunting and email it to   by Wednesday, 6th May.  You will be able to view everyone's bunting on the school website on Friday.


I hope you enjoy your challenges. We so look forward to seeing your wow moments on your journals each week. Keep up the good work and have fun!


Mrs Simons, Mrs Parkins, Ms Field and Miss Layman.


Friday 1st May 2020

Hello Reception!

Gosh, a new month already and hopefully back to the sunnier weather. Still the rain has been needed for our gardens and plants. Look at how my potatoes have grown!

I hope you all enjoyed the Rosie's Walk learning activities. Looking at your journals I can see lots of fantastic  examples of maps, plans and number work. I wonder which of these 3 books will next week's challenges be based on?
Finally, something new that hopefully the whole school will contribute to. We would like to make a bunting slideshow to celebrate the V.E.Day 75th anniversary. You or your family need to make an A4 sized decorated bunting shape similar to mine in the picture, which you could decorate however you wish. Take a photo of yourselves holding it and send to, by the end of next Wednesday please.

Have fun drawing, colouring or painting your bunting piece. It doesn't have to look exactly like mine!

I hope you have a good weekend - why not try a Cosmic Kids Yoga session!

Take care and be safe


Mrs Simons.


Here are some of your brilliant Supertatos! 


Wednesday 29th April 2020


Hello Reception, I hope you are still able to get outside despite the colder wetter weather.

Here are some more ideas for you to try with help from a grown-up. 

Looking at all your journal entries makes us so proud, you are being real learning CHAMPs. So a very well done to you and your parents.


Have you listened to the Secret Reader this week? I think it may be a person some of you will know! Get your entry in by later today and if correct, you may hear your name read out on the Daily briefing.


Mrs Simons


Monday 27th April 2020

Good morning everybody . It's been another great weather weekend so I hope you all managed to get lots of fresh air. This week's challenges are based on the book Rosie's Walk, but you can also read other stories about farms and animals.

A number of activities this week have a focus on writing. Please refer to the Reception non-negotiables to see what the aim is for most reception children by the end of the year. Click here

Later in the week I will download some phonics and maths 'extras' to give further home learning ideas. However, please don't think you 'must' do these this week!


Finally don't forget to send a copy of your reading record to  be entered into the Golden Ticket draw!


Mrs Simons


Friday 24th April 2020

Here is a special message to you all from someone you know!



Hello Reception Class!


I hope you and your families are well. I have been checking the school website regularly and I was very impressed by your Random Reading video. It is AMAZING! I’m glad that you are all enjoying reading at home. Keep working hard to earn your Golden Tickets! I also had a sneaky look on your Tapestry journals to see what you have been learning at home. I can see that you are all having fun completing a range of different activities and it is fantastic to see all of the effort that you are putting in with your learning.

I hope you are all managing to enjoy some time in the sunshine and getting lots of exercise too!

Keep working hard and being CHAMP’s!


Best Wishes,

Mrs Wiltshire.

Thursday 23rd April 2020

Happy St George's Day!

This week's book, Supertato!, seems to have really inspired you all! Your very own Super hero potatoes look amazing and you are being very helpful around the house. Keep up the good work!

Have you tried growing your own potato plant? All you need is a potato that's a bit old and shrivelly that's beginning to have tiny shoots growing from it. Pop it into the ground or a deep pot with quite a bit of soil or compost over it, and water it regularly. See what happens over time.

Oak National Academy

This is a lesson I would like you to watch sometime over the next few days. You will find it here.

Parents, it would be helpful if you could email any  comments or feedback you may have after watching this to 

This will help with selecting further lessons for Home Learning. Thank you.


You may have seen this new heading in home learning. Miss Kavanagh has set this up with a number of activities to take a look at.


And finally, don't forget to read at least 5 times and send your entry into the Golden Ticket draw!

Have a good rest of the week

Mrs Simons


Congratulations Reception Class! Your Random Reading video was fantastic! You have a special prize waiting for you when you return to school.

Reception's Random Reading video

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Tuesday 21st April 2020


Oops! Yesterday's Home Learning Challenge was saved as a word document by mistake!

I've added it in a PDF file now. I hope that's ok for everyone now.


Monday 20th April 2020


Hello Reception! I hope you all enjoyed the Easter break and had lots of chocolate treats, I know I did.

This week the Home Learning challenges are based on the story Supertato.  


As well as trying the activities don't forget to read at least 5 times this week and then you can enter the Golden Ticket competition to try and win a Wonka Bar. Just follow the instructions under the Golden Tickets heading.


There is a whole new section on the BBC Bitesize website you may be aware of. There are Daily Lessons for children but not under a reception heading. However, under KS1  English there are Phase 2 and Phase 3 phonics guides to check out. Also Reading and writing has ' The alphabet and letters' guides. 


Not forgetting P.E. Miss Layman has set new challenges for the start of the Summer Term.


Enjoy the new challenges and don't forget to have fun!

Mrs Simons, Mrs Parkins, Ms Field and Miss Layman



Friday 3rd April 2020


Goodness me, I can't believe it's the end of the Spring Term. It's certainly very strange and quiet in school without lots of children.

First of all a massive thank you for all the learning you've been showing us in your Journals and via email. The pictures, writing, reading and number work look fantastic and, more importantly, it looks as though you've enjoyed doing these activities!


Here are a few ideas and websites for the Easter break.


Golden Tickets:  Keep reading at least 5x  a week and follow the instructions under that section on how to enter. I know Wonka Bars have been sent out to this week's winners!

Random Reading: there's a new competition to check out.

E-Safety: We're all using the internet so much more at the moment it might be worth taking a look at  the information under that heading. A lot of it is child-friendly.

Websites: lots of phonics games to try.  :   lots of maths games to play for different age groups. We've used this in class. This blog has nature activities for children to do at home. For example, 'spotting signs of spring' and 'pretend to be nature pirates'.

Have fun and take care.

Mrs Simons




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Messages from Reception team

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Monday 30th March 2020 Letter

Week commencing 30th March Home Learning

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Thursday 26th March 2020