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We wish you a wonderful summer. If you haven't already watched them have a look at the videos below. I have done mine today, as it is my last day being your teacher and felt like the best day to saymy goodbye properly.

Me and the other teachers have been busy getting your classrooms ready over the past few weeks. Keep an eye on the website over the summer for any updates. Mrs Norris is also going to do a video of the classroom at the end of the summer when everything is fully ready, so you know what it will look like when you come back.

Staf safe, have fun xx

Message from Mrs Norris


Message from Mrs Hill


Message from Mrs Sharratt


Message from Mrs Harris


Message from Miss Hall


Message from Mrs Kendrick


Message from Mrs Stephenson


Message from Mrs Watson


Message from Miss Roberts


Reception Home Learning 20.7.20

Hello everyone, 

Well this is it. It's the last week of home learning before the summer break. I know it might feel like more of the same to many of you this summer, but make the most of the next few weeks of family time before you are back to some sort of normality and we get to see your children more than you do.

We have done a final week of activities for you laid out in the Homeworking sheet. It is a mixture of summer safety and making/saving memories, with a few extras for those that are still in home learning mode. Not all of you will have enjoyed everything about lockdown, but here will have been some moments to treasure forever. If you are anything like me you will have a memory box that you put special things inside. This is a good opportunity to add to it, while wishing that there is never a repeat of 2020.

There are also video messages from the teachers so have a watch. They aren't dressing up, making fools of themselves or being silly this week I'm afraid, but they are lovely messages and worth a watch. They have missed you SO much!

Stay Safe, have a great summer and we can't wait to see you all in September xx


Staff Contact Details

If you need any help or support you can reach the Reception team on the email address below. We will check it daily. 


Reception Home Learning- 13.7.20 Mixed Up Fairy Tales

Something very strange has happened to the teachers this week. They are speaking very strangely! Can you work out what they are on about? Watch the video below and let us know.

Mixed up sentences.mov

Have a go at unscrambling sentences and swapping words for other words. You can make some very silly ones and have some fun.

There are also some creative activities and physical activities. 

Have fun :) 

Reception Home Learning - 6.7.20

Mr Wolf's Pancakes.MP4

Take a look on our storytime page for Many different wolf stories. Is the Big Bad Wolf always big and bad?

Can you solve the crimes? Use the 'Fingerprints Whodunit' sheet to solve the problems. PDF doc below and images of the document on 'The World' page

There are some finger print painting examples on the creative page, along with Mrs Watson's pancake recipe. There is also a musical drawing challenge.


Home working mat 6.7.20AUDIO- The Boy who cried wolf.m4a

Reception Home Learning- 29.6.20- Maps

This week's home learning is based around Maps and the naughty wolf causing trouble. 

Watch the videos.

-Who do you think really took the cookies from the cookie jar?

-Has the wolf done any cheeky things in your home? Make a WANTED poster to help us to find him and send him back to the woods. 

There are also some activities mentioned below on the Creative, English and The World pages.

The English page has additional wolf activities and a video to demonstrate an alternative story ending. 

The maths page has also been updated with this week's theme.

Have fun x


BREAKING NEWS- Watch the video of our News Report to find out what has been going on!

Breakin news wolf.MP45(3)
* The cookies have been stolen! * Was it you?*

Could you make your own version of the song and send it to us? Who do you think stole the cookies?


Reception Home Learning- 22.6.20- Real Wolves!


This week's home learning is based around REAL WOLVES.

There are lots of opportunities to learn about real wolves. You can use our own pages on the reception tabs or use the internet. There are some creative activities, a science experiment and opportunities to compare the story wolves with real wolves. 

Remember to send us what you have found out out to our reception team email and we will put your photos onto the 'Your Photos' section. Have a look at what your friends and teacherds have been doing.

Have fun x

Homeworking Sheet 22.6.20
* The teachers have been actors this week * The teachers have been actors this week *

15.1.20- The teachers have been busy scting our the story of Little Red Riding Hood for you. Could you have a go at acting out any scenes? You might want to dress up and take on a role, or you might want to make finger puppets and act who whole story.


Reception Home Learning 15.6.20

This week's home learning is based around Grandma's basket. There are also lots of opportunities to re-tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood. There are some resources attached in a PDF below the homeworking sheet and there are extra activities on some of the topic pages.

The Creative and Physical pages have been updated and we have suggested a fun activity from the whole school science page 'Our learning > science > Physics. 

The Teacher names and tricky words in code are on the Reading/Writing/Phonics page

Have fun x

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Kim's Game

Allow 30 seconds to learn all of the items then cover them and remove an item. Can your child work out what is missing?

You could use items, or tricky words, or numbers, or characters from our stories.

Have fun!

* Guess our new story * Guess our new story * Guess our new story *

5.6.20- A new story is on the way!

The Reception Staff have found some clues to what our new story is.  Can you guess it?

Guess the book LRRH.mov

Send your story guesses to reception@dovecote.school

We will tell you the story on Monday!


Home Learning Planner 8.6.20

This week our learning is based around the well-known traditional story of Little Red Riding Hood. As always there are lots of fun activities for you to chose from. The aim is for children to really enjoy each challenge. Have fun!

* The Teachers have a challenge for you * The Teachers have a challenge for you *

1.6.20- Staff Video

It is a very dramatic video this week as the reception staff go head to head in a challenge. Who can build the tallest tower in 20 seconds?


Can you have a go too? Try to build a tower as tall as you can using things from around the house. You only have 20 seconds! Ready, steady GO!

send your videos to reception@dovecote.school and we will turn them into a video against your friends. 

Reception Home Learning 1.6.20

Here is our homeworking sheet for this week and the activities that link. The related documents are attached below, but for those who cannot open them we have put them in a different format for you in  our 'The World- Science', 'Maths', and 'Our Focus Story' sections.

We have already had some photos of your beanstalks and troll heads. Keep them coming. And we would love to find out the new things you have learnt, and see your research about the largest things in your world and the close-ups that you can find around you. Also see how far you sporty bunch can jump.

Keep up the fantastic home learning that you have been doing. 

We miss you x

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Go to our Focus story page to listen to our story and find related activities.

Growing a Cress Head

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Go to 'The World- Science' section for more resources and information.

Send us updates to the reception email. More measuring tasks to follow after half term.

*Here are you photos of your cress and beans growing nicely.*

Summer Term 1 Newsletter

Half Term Fun

If you're happy and you know it

Here is our staff video. Have a go of one of your own and email it to our reception email address. You may wish to make an instrument to sing along to.

If you're happy and you know it.MOV

Making junk instruments

Reception Home Learning WB 18.5.20

This week we are celebrating 'National Bee Week'. Our focus story is 'Willbee the Bumblebee,' which can be found on our Focus Story section, read beautifully by Mrs Norris. Under the story are some story related activities. You can also find activities under our homeworking sheet below. 


Here is our honeworking sheet for this week and the activities that link. There are also activities in our 'The World- Science' section and in our 'creative' sections.

Be sure to watch Mrs Stephenson's bee waggle dance video in the Creative section. She really enjoyed getting into character and she thinks some of her neighbours may have enjoyed the show too!

Reception Home Learning: 11/5/20

* Make some noise - it's fashion week! * Make some noise - it's fashion week! *

The teachers have another message for you!

Fashion Show.MOV

We had lots of fun making our fashion show.  Can you put on your own fashion show? If you would like to star in the reception fashion show, send your videos to reception@dovecote.school.  They don't need to be very long - ten seconds is usually enough.  Practise your fancy walk and your best poses! I bet you're all better at it than us! 

Please find the homeworking sheet for this week below, and the supporting PDF documents beneath it.  As always don't forget that there are other areas of learning, including Storytime and Maths on the tabs off the main Reception tab on the webpage menu.

One of the activities is reading ebooks on the Oxford Owl Website.  It is currently free to set up an account and access a range of ebooks.  Mrs Norris is using them with her reception daughter and they have been really useful.  You can choose books by age or book band colour.  The children can listen to the book while they follow the words and then have a go at reading it by themselves.

Mrs Watson's fabulous sandwich pictures can be found on the Physical Development page of the Reception Home Learning.

* It's Kids' Fashion Week! * It's Kids' Fashion Week! * It's Kids' Fashion Week! *

We asked, you delivered.  This is your fashion video!

Well done to all the children to contributed to this fabulous video!

Kids fashion show.MOV

Story Map Re-create

The teachers have been busy making their own versions of 'The Smartest Giant in Town' Visit the Story Time page for videos of the Teachers reading their story map re-creations.

Week Beginning 4.5.20

* Is the postman coming to your house? * Is the postman coming to your house? *

The teachers have another message for you!


Your brilliant letters are coming in.  We love reading them so much.  It really brightens up our day!


We hope you are all well this week and looking forward to another week of fun activities. 

Below you will find this week's home learning sheet and the PDF file in case you wish to print a copy out. You can use this to base your week's learning on. It has a range of activities for lots of variety.

There are PDF files with examples of story maps and also an example of how to drawn one. You may wish to draw your own on some paper or create one on your computer. 

There is a PDF for reading tricky works in sentences from our story. Read them lots of times to improve fluency and sight reading. 

The last PDF is writing speech bubbles for the characters. Again you do not have to print. Your child can draw their own pictures and speech bubbles on a page or cut out some cereal boxes.

Don't forget, there are tabs that come off the main reception tabs - these will take you to more specific areas of learning, including weekly maths activities.

working mat 4.5.20

Older videos


We asked you to solve our problems (week beginning 27th April) and you did! Have a look at the video to see some of the ways your friends solved the teachers' problems.

SORRY AMELIA! One of the great designs got missed out of the first video and I've only just realised! Amelia also sent a super collar design for Frank. It's now in the video with the other great ideas.

Problem solving children.MOV

Family Support for Learning at home

Below are some resources to support you in supporting your child in all areas of the Early Years curriculum. 

Happy Birthday Mrs Hill!

Thank you, children, for your lovely messages for Mrs Hill


Happy Birthday Mrs Watson

kerry bday.MOVkerry thank you.mp4

Some videos couldn't be included in the complilation as they were freezing. Here they are on their own. 



Here are a few activities for you to have fun with at home. Some are provided by Twinkl. You can access an expanse of activities suiting all ages and abilities on the link to the right. These will added to through the rest of this week, then changed weekly to give you time to comlete them.

Online Learning Links

Below is the online learning links list for learning at home. You can navigate the websites to access a range of activities suitable for all abilieies.

You can also access Twinkl who have opened their website for free for the next 30 days. Click the link www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and use the code UKTWINKLHELPS


See the Resources section for an expanse of other sites that you can access.

Online Classroom

Take part in video lessons delivered by teachers in a range of subjects for free. It works better and loads mroe quickly in google chrome, but will work in explorer too. 

Click here

online classroom

Click on reception for our curriculum or select year 1 if you want a challenge.


What a wonderful idea

Every time your child says they want to do something or go somewhere ask them to write it down and put it in a jar/tub. This can become your bucket list once this is all over. It will give them something to look forward to and is a great way to trick them into doing writing. 

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General Curriculum Resources

Please go to the individual subject tabs to find topic specific ideas, our current story focus and a range of fun ideas for you do do at home. There are also resources for online learing, art, science, spanish, gardening, Butterfly House and Makaton on the whole school menu.

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