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Welcome to Reception!


We would like to wish you a big, warm welcome to Reception. 

RA - Mrs Barley 

RB  - Mrs Snape
RC  - Miss Lane 
EYFS Lead - Mrs Fry 


We are thrilled to have met your children and are looking forward to helping them settle into their new classes.


If you have any concerns about your child then please do not hesitate to find a time to come and see us so we can help.


Thank you for taking the time to read this page and keep your eye on it as we will be updating it with news, events and dates for your diary.


Mrs. Fry.


20th April 2020.

Hello Reception Family,

Welcome back to a new term! We hope you have all had a lovely Easter and enjoyed a well deserved rest.

We understand that while staying at home due to coronavirus (COVID-19), parents and carers will be concerned about their children’s education and the impact of missing school. It is not the way we wanted to be start a new term but we are still here to help. 

On our webpage below, you will find advice for looking after primary school children and how to help them continue their education. There are project planners and big idea challenges uploaded weekly with a range of tasks for you to complete with your child, as well as resources and external links for the different areas of education. These will be continually updated. 


Feel free to send any work you do with the children via Class Dojo or to @YewTreeSandwell on Twitter!


If you need any assistance or have any queries regarding virtual learning, please contact us via Class Dojo.

Best Regards,
Reception Teamheart


🏡Home Learning🏡

Each week we will update this page with plenty of activities, documents and links for you to complete. Any updated resources are marked with *NEW*.

Feel free to try any of these activities if you can.

Please send us any of your work via Tapestry, Class Dojo or to @YewTreeSandwell on Twitter.

We would love to see all the amazing things that you get up to🌈


🏡Home Learning Links and Resources🏡

Home Learning Project Planners

Robin Hood MAT Project Planners 

Weekly Challenge

Choose a challenge to complete each week. You could also ask an adult to share your challenge on Twitter @YewTreeSandwell and @Cornerstonesedu.

Talk 4 Writing📝

18th - 24th May 2020

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, which aims to get people talking about their mental health and reduce the stigma that can stop people from asking for help.

This year the theme is Kindness, which we feel is really important at the moment.

Kindness has been chosen because of its singular ability to unlockour shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health. Wisdom from every culture across history recognises that kindness is something that all human beings need to experience and practise to be fully alive.

Below are some ideas of how you can get involved. We can’t wait to see what you get up to. Remember to send pictures to Dojo and twitter @YewTreeSandwell. 

🌙🕌Eid al-Fitr🕌🌙

During Ramadan lots of Muslims fast, which means they do not eat and drink anything during the day. Eid al-Fitr is to celebrate the fast ending. Many muslims celebrate this day by putting on special clothes and sharing meals with family and friends. Many people use the greeting 'Eid Mubarak' during the festival to wish people a blessed Eid. Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating - Yew Tree wishes you a lovely day🙏.


Below are some activities that you can do to celebrate this special day. We can't wait to see what you get up to! Remember to send pictures/videos to Dojo and Twitter @YewTreeSandwell.

🤙🤏👆Makaton Challenge👆🤏🤙

Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. It supports the development of essential communication skills such as attention and listening, comprehension, memory, recall and organisation of language and expression.


Can you use these resources below to learn the alphabet or greet somebody using Makaton? 

VE Day

On Friday 8th May 2020, it is the 75th anniversary of VE Day. VE Day stands for 'Victory in Europe Day' and marks the day Winston Churchill announced Germany's surrender from the day before. 

Maybe you could dress in red, white and blue to make a flag and wave it! If you like singing you could learn the lyrics to 'We'll meet again'. Maybe you could have a party in the house and make lots of different food; and of course you might need a hat so you could make one of those too! 


Please send your VE Day pictures to Tapestry, Dojo and twitter @YewTreeSandwell. We look forward to seeing all your fab pictures📸. 

Phonics and Reading🔤
Understanding the World🌍
Outdoor activities🐛
Message to someone✉️📮

General Activities 

Letters home💌

Useful Links


Please do sign up for a tapestry account if you haven't already done so.  With a Tapestry account you will be able to observe your child's learning as soon as the  teachers upload them to your account.  You will also be able to upload any photographs or videos that you would like to share with your child's teacher - the children enjoy sharing things they do at home with the class. 


If you have any queries about the Tapestry account or if you would like to sign up please ask you child's class teacher.  


PE days 


RA - Thursday 

RB - Tuesday 

RC - Wednesday





Spring 2 

Do Cows Drink Milk?

Parent topic information sheet

World Book Day 2020!

Making Patterns

We have been making bread for the Little Red Hen!

We have been exploring clay! We have made chicks, snowmen, boats, bananas and much more!

Story Bear and his adventures

Each weekend Story Bear goes home with someone from each class. Who will he be going home with next? Where will he go?

Spring 1

What happens when we fall asleep?

Our Reading Raffle Winners📚

These children have received a raffle ticket for reading 5 times in a week at home. They were picked out in our prize draw and won a new book to take home! Well done Phoebe, Filip, Rosie, Haoran and Jayden-George.

Reading Raffle winners and their new books.

Our favourite bed time stories!

We brought in our favourite bedtime story from home to share with our friends. This was to finish our topic what happens when we fall asleep?

Art Week masterpiece created by Reception

The children worked together to create this stunning piece of work in the style of Piet Mondrian. It looks amazing hanging on the wall in school. 

The Wonder Dome! The dome came into school and we learnt about space including the stars, planets and astronauts.

Star Constellations and painting planets!

Exploring different ways of making numbers...

Autumn 2019

Autumn 2

Will you read me a story?

Gingerbread Man Theatre Visit

Gingerbread Man Experiment

Making and tasting porridge

Autumn 1 


The Owls came to visit!

Reception Phonics and Reading Meeting

It was great to see so many of you at our Phonics and Reading Workshop.  If you did miss it we have uploaded the powerpoint here for you to look at and if you have any further questions we are only to happy to help. Mrs Fry

All About me!

The children have been learning all about themselves.  They started school with a treasure box that they made and filled at home during the summer holidays.  In class the children have shared their all about me boxes with each other and with the adults - we have learnt so much about each other! We have also been creating portraits, washing babies, playing in role, and working together as we have made new friends and settled into their school routines. 

We went to the building site and stood in our new classroom. We even saw them pouring cement for the new floor!

Useful Links