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Hello everyone!


We will be putting Minnow projects, activities and links on this web-page throughout the school closure.  Please remember to keep any work that children produce and photographs so we have an evidence bank to help with assessment when they return to school.  Please remember to date each piece and to briefly annotate so we know if it is completely independent (I), if you helped a bit (H-) or if you did it together/ gave lots of help (H+).


Along with any bits and pieces we put on-line, please remember to use the resources in the maths pack, key-word sheets, sounds books and writing books plus anything else you have at home that can be called upon.  We also emailed out a little story pack with several traditional tales, story maps and pictures to give you an idea if you want to create your own writing projects.


In order to ensure that children build on their amazing progress this year, I would highly recommend that children spend time on core skills every day.  You will find it useful to create a routine so that children become used to doing some reading, writing and maths each day, alongside play and other exploration.  This could include:

  • reading, sharing and talking about books, learning keywords
  • revisiting all the sounds we have learned (Read Write Inc Phonics) and using them to blend into words, moving onto the next set when appropriate (https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/)
  • free writing any words and sentences they are interested in (please remember the importance of correct letter formation and pencil grip - see information sheet in the writing book for ideas)
  • working with an adult to say a sentence and then have-a-go writing it, letting the child work as independently as possible when actually writing, remembering to use finger spaces and to check through afterwards to make it even better
  • lots of counting out loud, counting on and back from a given number (don't always start counting on from 0 or 1, or down from 10 - try a random number like 17 etc)
  • playing number games to help recognition of numbers to 20 and understand where they fit onto a number-line (place value) including snap, find me a number that is one more/ one less than x, ordering jumbled numbers, filling in missing numbers from a partial numberline, exploring how each number is made up 
  • counting out objects to match a number (remembering to count carefully, perhaps moving the object as they count) and matching to numicon pieces
  • exploring addition and subtraction using objects and 10/20 frames and part/part/whole grids


In addition to this, there are so many things that children can do to contribute to their development, including role-play, dressing up, gardening, playing educational games on the laptop/tablet etc, finding out about the world (e.g. the environment, other cultures etc), thinking about where we live, getting creative and arty with singing, dancing, making things, painting, chatting, building models and evaluating/improving them, identifying and talking about shapes, learning about our bodies and staying healthy, comparing objects according to size, seeing if they can measure a room or an object with hands/feet/non standard measures, making patterns, cooking, challenging ourselves to balance on one foot or move around the room in different ways etc etc!


I know many of you may feel a bit daunted, but we are all entering this unknown phase together and I am here to help in any way I can.  Keeping some sort of routine will make a massive difference, as will working on daily reading, writing and number work.  Depending on your child, their level of interest and ability, I would suggest that even an hour a day will keep them moving forward.  I know that for many people this will be really tricky, but do what you can. We can do it folks!


Alex :-)


Useful links:

Read Write Inc Set 1 and 2 speed sounds lessons that can be used each day:



White Rose Maths resources



CLPE - Centre for Literacy in Primary Education 









Writing prompts

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Welcome to Minnow Class!


Minnow Class is the best class in the school!  


We are super grown-up Reception children in Minnow Class!  Our grown-ups are Miss Colling and Mrs Tottle. Our classroom is in the main building near the office and we have our own outdoor area and private doorway to the sensory garden.  There are 16 children in our class.  In September, we had part time entry, and children were all full-time by 23 September 2019. We spent time getting to know each child and provided play and learning opportunities based on their interests. The start of the new year was an exciting time for Miss Colling and Mrs Tottle who visited children at home to have a chat and play with favourite toys!


We are very proud of our achievements and enjoy learning to be independent and creative.  Sometimes we work with grown-ups in small groups and other times we learn by exploring our own interests. The grown-ups make observations and help us get better at our learning.  Minnow classroom is always busy and we love to try new things.  We are all developing our Growth Mindsets and we think it's ok to make mistakes and keep trying!  We look after ourselves with regular brain breaks, peer massage sessions and pauses to reflect.  Minnow Class think that showing Agape is very important to everyone and we love to help other people. We are looking forward to more exciting learning and adventures this term!  


Please feel free to come and have a chat if you have any worries or if your child has developed any new interests at home.  We love to celebrate all of our learning and it's really important to us that your child is happy and enjoys their first year in school.


Mega-Byte Award




Mr Bulbeck's Home Exercises Key Stage 1 PE 



Fitness exercise you can do in your home or your garden.


*Star Jumps

*Spotty Dogs


*Touch Jumps (touch the floor and jump up high)

*Running on the spot




*Shapes - Straight (long and thin)

*Star (long and wide)

*Tuck (small)

*Straddle (bend at hips, legs straight and apart with arms shadowing)

*Pike (same as straddle with legs together)


Balances (large and small body parts)

Create sequences using the above shapes and balances as well as jumps and rolls.


These are good websites for more activities