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Reception Ladybird and Bumblebee

Welcome to Reception

Have a look at our page to find out all the things that we are doing in Reception.


Click on the links below to find out about all the things we have been doing.

Adults in Ladybird Class


Class Teachers: Miss Cox & Mrs McDaniel


Early Years Practitioner: Miss Benjamin


Adults in Bumblebee Class


Class Teacher: Mrs MacDiarmid


Early Years Practitioner: Miss Rivet

School Closure 

On this page, we will be uploading daily the activities we would like the children to carry out at home. 

We would love to see the fantastic learning you have been doing, so please send us a message on our email addresses. If you can send photos or videos we would love to see them!  and 


In your home packs we have included a suggested timetable. Please spend 30 minutes in the morning on the phonics tasks below. There are 4 different options for you to choose from. They range from warm, hot, boiling, on fire. Please choose just one to complete with your child at the appropriate level. If you are unsure which one to complete, please email us and we will get back to you. 


Please also spend 15 minutes on the maths activity. These are again broken down into four possible stages. 


In the afternoon, please read stories to your child and listen to them read. 


Throughout the day make sure you have plenty of opportunities for practical learning and learning through play. Try to remain as active as possible throughout the day. In the home packs we have sent some activities you can also do alongside your day. 


Any questions, please email us and we will get back to you. 


WB 29.06.20 - Our Story This Week

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WB 29.6.20 - Set 1 - oo

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WB 29.6.20 - Set 2 - ar

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WB 29.6.20 - Set 3 - er

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Additional Phonics Resources

Red word book marks.


Below is a link to the red word book marks.  If you feel your child has mastered the book mark they are currently working on please feel free to move on to the next one.  Remember that your child needs to be able to read the words out of order before progressing to the next level.


PLEASE NOTE:  The book marks are not in order in the document.  The correct order is as follows:


Red, Green, Purple, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Grey

This is an optional RWI progress chart. You could have a look and see which sounds/ words your child is able to read. It will then clearly show the next level they need to work on. Where there is a picture of a frog in a thought bubble, children must read these words 'Fred in their head' ie. on sight, without sounding out loud. There are some 'alien' words too as well as real words. We would always encourage children to sound these ones out.

WB 29.6.20 - Maths - number bonds

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Story Time


Useful Phonics and Maths Websites

Weekly Topic Maps - ideas for activities linked to our topics

'Collective' Worship

Our School: Together- Apart

Collective worship is a time where we come together as a school to reflect, think or pray. The resources below give you the opportunity to do this at home. Please have a go at trying out some of the activities with your child. 



Twinkl is offering every parent and carer access (no charge) to their online resource.  There are many excellent resources.  Setting this up is easy to do.


  1. Go to
  2. Enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS

Child friendly stories if your child is feeling anxious about Coronavirus.

Real PE - Updated


Here is an update to the REAL PE website.  There are loads of fun and easily accessible activities on there that have many cross-curricular links so if you want a change from Joe Wicks why don't you have a look at this.  


Below is the link to the website.


The username:

Password:  leatherhea


We would love to see photos or videos of your REAL PE adventures.

Lucy shows us how to make a milk bottle bird feeder

Our Home Videos

Tanitha explains odd and even numbers

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Joseph introduces us to a whale shark

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Reyansh takes away

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Lucy's Sharing Video

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Ella acts out the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'

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Yusef tells the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'

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Hazel demonstrates an action pattern

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Matthew takes us on a tour of his insect garden

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Tanitha describes the life cycle of a butterfly

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Ruby learns to ride her bike

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Reo waters the plants

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Lucy has learnt to ride her bike without stabilisers - look at her go!

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Yusef can make pictures float! Follow his video to find out how! Perhaps you could try too!

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Hazel and Grace make delicious chocolate cornflake cakes. Watch their video to find out how!

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Mrs MacDiarmid's Mini Beast Adventures

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This is the final instalment of our mini beast adventure. We hope you enjoy it!

Our first butterfly with its wings open!

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Miss Cox talks about a caterpillar life cycle and reads a story

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We went to Windsor castle to start our new castles topic.



Now>Press>Play is an online platform that allows children to have virtual, audio experiences.  We use it in school to learn about our topic or as a writing stimulus.   Now>Press>Play has given Leatherhead Trinity free access during this time of school closure.   Please use it at home - your children will love it.  Your child can listen with or without headphones.  



Password: nowpressplay


When you login to Now>Press>Play you will see a Reception tab.  Click this to get to the Reception page.  Here you will see the 'story experiences'.  Each one has an 'experience guide' that you can read.  It will give you ideas about discussion points and activities.


This weeks 'story experience will be 'Little Red Riding Hood'


Enjoy and let us know how you get on.

We love our superhero topic! We have been doing lots of superhero roleplay and making up our own superhero stories. We have been making masks. We read the story Supertato and have enjoyed retelling this. Look at our amazing superhero writing!

Our new topic is toys. We brought in our toys from home and talked about them. We have been drawing them, painting them, and writing about them too.

Our Christmas Nativity!

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Miller's Ark Living Nativity

On Wednesday 27th November, Early Years and KS1 were visited by Miller's Ark Living Nativity.  We were met by an assortment of animals from ducks to pigs and even two beautiful donkeys.  The children learnt about the animals and how the Donkeys, in particular, link to the Christmas story.  The children loved the hands on nature of the visit and were keen to talk about it when we got back to class.  Ruby, in Bumblebee Class, said that her favourite animals were the goats, "they looked funny, like they were smiling!"

We had a visit from the firefighters linked to our 'people who help us topic'. They showed us all their uniform and equipment, and even let us have a go with the hose!

Our first few weeks in Reception September 2019

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We held a phonics workshop in October 2019. Please see the links below for more information. 
Find out about some of the exciting learning that took place in 2018 - 2019

Welcome to Reception 2018 – 19! During the year you can see our amazing learning by visiting our webpage. These are our topics for the year. These might change during the year depending on the children’s interests. Each topic is always linked to a high quality text and we read widely around our topic. We start each 3 week topic by finding out what the children already know about it. Then we do an immersion activity (an exciting event linked to the learning e.g. a trip, a visitor, something exciting in class.) After that we involve the children in choosing what they would like in each area of the classroom to explore each topic so that the learning is child led wherever possible.

We had chicks in our class! We watched them hatch and learned all about their life cycles. At the end of the week, Mrs Matthews brought in her grown up chicken so we could compare chicks and chickens as part of our knowledge and understanding of the world learning. 

Our trip to Chessington Zoo - On Friday 7th June Reception went to Chessington zoo to immerse ourselves in our new topic for this half term, ‘Wild and Wonderful’. The children saw lions, gorillas, monkeys, sea lions, penguins, sharks, zebra and many more fascinating creatures! The children were really well behaved and made us proud. Back in class we will be learning about different animals and comparing their similarities and differences. We will learn about how they change as they grow. We will also create artwork linked to our trip and do lots of writing about the different animals we saw.

As part of our 'terrific transformations' topic, we had caterpillars in our classroom! We watched as they got fatter and fatter until they made their chrysalis. Then we waited patiently for them to become butterflies. Finally we released them!

In maths, we have been learning about doubling.

Look at our amazing writing in reception!

Look at some of our wonderful spring term learning!

In February, we went to Windsor castle to launch our new 'tales, turrets and tiaras' topic. The children had a wonderful day exploring the castle. We enjoyed looking around the castle and talking about similarities and differences it had with our own homes and other buildings. We then did a workshop and listened to a story about when Queen Victoria visited Windsor. Some of us had to dress up as the different characters.

We have started our new topics about toys. To launch the topic, children have brought in a special toy from home to show to the class. We will be talking about our toys and using exciting adjectives to describe them. We will be drawing and writing about our toys too. In our role play area, we have a toy shop linked to our maths learning about coin recognition.

We have been learning about celebrations this half term. We made birthday cakes! We talked about the different ingredients we needed and talked about their similarities and differences. We also watched closely as they changed when we put them in the oven. Now we are busy writing lists of the ingredients we used!

Miller's Ark Living Nativity


Something really exciting happened in Reception and Nursery on Wednesday!  We were visited by Miller's Ark Living Nativity.  We were met by the 'Inn-keeper' who showed us around the stable where Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus took shelter.  He told us the story of how the little family came to be in his stable and then introduced us to all the animals.  We met two donkeys, two pigs and lots of sheep and goats.  We really enjoyed being able to get really close and give them lots of strokes.  It was fantastic and we are now really in the mood for creating our own Nativity for all  our grown ups to come and see in a few weeks time!

Miller's Ark Living Nativity

Today it was windy so the children decided they would make some kites!

Today it was windy so the children decided they would make some kites! 1
Today it was windy so the children decided they would make some kites! 2

People who help us topic

Our first few weeks in Reception.

In reception we use RWI (Read Write Inc) to teach phonics. It is a fantastic way to teach children to read and write. For more information on RWI, please see the link below.


How to support your child with reading