Welcome to Reception. Please click on the link to the left to access your class page.
In the Early Years at St Philip Westbrook we believe that learning should be fun.
We are devoted to providing children with a safe and stimulating environment where play and learning are combined, so that they can flourish.
We believe that every child is unique and that every day should provide exciting opportunities to explore, learn and take on new challenges.
We aim to build strong relationships with families and carers because we are committed to giving our children the best possible start to their school life; fostering independence and autonomy to develop skills for life long learning.

A Message For Reception


Mrs Rogers’ Half Term Challenge:



Home Learning

Thank you to all of our wonderful children for your continued hard work this half term. We are so proud of you all. We also send our heartfelt thanks to our incredibly supportive families. We hope you have a lovely, relaxing half term break.

Reception Newsletter 22nd May

Below is a photograph of a newly arranged classroom for Reception pupils returning to school after half term.



As well as working hard on your set tasks, please also continue to work hard on your reading. Whether you read to your grown ups, or your grown ups read to you, keep sharing books and enjoying imaginative stories – we all know how much you enjoy them!

Please see below for some links to quality texts that you may like to share at home. Please also keep an eye on the ‘Websites’ link further down on this page for some new online learning resources that can be used to further support the children at home.



Friday 22nd May

Warm up:
Get ready for the day by dancing along with Kidz Bop:

Yesterday we practised reading the ‘ou’ sound. Today we are going to practise writing words with the ‘ou’ sound.
Complete the activity by finding and writing the words with ou

There are 3 different levels of difficulty in the sheets so choose which one is best.

Warm up activity: Can you count backwards from 10? Can you count backwards from 20?

Oak National Academy Lesson 5 (Finding one more than a number to 20):

What do you know about farmers? Where will you see a farmer? What does a farmer do? What would a farmer say? Would you like to be a farmer?

Log on to Purple Mash and click the 2Do’s at the top of the page.
Select the 2DO: Farmer

You can upload a photo of your own face or leave the farmer’s face empty. Write a sentence that a farmer might say. Have you remembered your writing tricks?


Our RE has been linked to ‘Special Places’. Where is your special place? Why is it special? How do you feel when you are in your special place?

Last week we learnt about a special place for members of our Christian family. Can you remember what the special place was? That’s right, the church. Why might we go to church? What can we see or do in a church? Why is the church a special place for Christians?

Today we are going to learn about some other special places of worship. Some people worship in a different special place.Do you know any other special Places of worship?

Can you sort these pictures into the right lists. What similarities and differences do you notice between a Mosque and a Church ?


Take another look at our focus spellings for this half term – have you been practising them? Log on to Purple Mash and click the 2Do’s at the top of the page.
Select the 2DO: Spelling Quiz.  Good luck!

Thursday 21st May

Warm up:

Get ready for the day dancing along with Kidz Bop:


Today we are going to practise reading words with ‘ou’. 

This digraph is not on your sound mat, but we need to learn it because we use it in our reading and our writing. Let’s watch this video to remind ourselves of the ‘ou’ sound (Can you read the words on the video?):

Have a try at reading the ‘ou’ words and then find the words in this ou wordsearch. Some of the words are difficult so only find the words that you can read.


Warm up activity: Let’s count in 10s!

Oak National Academy Lesson 4 (Exploring Place Value):


Read the story about ‘Grandads Farm’. 

In the story, Grandad left a list of jobs for Jaz to do on the farm. Have another look at  Jaz’s Jobs on the Farm…some of the words in the list have sounds missing! 

Write the missing letters in the words to finish the list. For an extra challenge, can you add instruction number 6? What did Jaz do after lunch?


What have you learnt about farms this week? What or who will you see on the farm? Why are farms important? What things in your fridge and your cupboards have come from a farm?

We know lots of animals that live on the farm. Today we are going to learn a little bit more about the machines that farmers use. Watch the clips below to learn more about tractors on the farm:

Open Purple Mash and Select the 2DO: Farm Puzzle 1

For an extra challenge, can you make your own farm puzzle? Draw a picture of a farm, maybe you could add in some farm machines! Then cut up the picture and see if you can put the pieces back together.


The letters we are going to practise today all begin at the top and then travel down with a curl. Explore the presentation and then practise writing them. 

Thursday Handwriting

Wednesday 20th May

Warm up:
Get ready for the day dancing along with Kidz Bop:

Can you remember what digraph we practised yesterday? ‘ow
Yesterday we worked hard on reading words with the ‘ow’ sound.

Today we are going to practise writing words with the ‘ow’ sound.
Open the ow presentation and see how many ‘ow’ words you can write. For an extra challenge, can you write one of the words in a sentence?


Warm up activity: Can you count to 20? Ask your grown up to give you a starting number and then count to 20 from there. Now let’s practise our counting on…

Oak National Academy Lesson 3 (Developing a sense of 10):


What animals might you see on a farm? What do you know about these animals?
Today we are going to share some riddles about some farm animals. Can you guess which animal is being described?

Farm Riddles

Now it’s your turn. Choose a farm animal that you know. Can you think of 3 clues to describe it? Use your sound mat to help you with your spellings.


Can you sing the alphabet song? What letter names do you remember?

Today we are going to use our knowledge of the letters of the alphabet to help us with our typing skills. Look at the picture below:

You might notice that the letters on the buttons (keys) are not in the same order as they are in the alphabet (alphabetical order). Your keyboard might also have the letters printed as capital letters. Look at your keyboard. What letters can you remember the names of?

Open Purple Mash and select the 2DO: 2pop stage 1

Look carefully at the letters on the screen and type the same letter on your keyboard to pop the bubble as quickly as you can. For an extra challenge, can you type your name? Can you type your family member names? What other words can you type?


All of the letters we are going to practise today start at the top, go down and then back up again! Can you guess what they might be?

Explore the presentation and then practise writing them.

Wednesday Handwriting

Tuesday 19th May

Warm up:

Can you plant a bean? Listen to this catchy tune and join in with the dance…you’ll be singing it all day!


Today we are going to remind ourselves of the digraph ‘ow’. 

Can you find it on your sound mat? What picture is it next to? What words can you think of with the ’ow’ sound?

Watch this video to remind yourself of words with the ‘ow’ sound:

Play the Phonics Frog game. Select ‘ow’ and help the frog to jump on the logs with the real words:


Warm up activity: Let’s count in 2s!

Oak National Academy Lesson 2 (Ordering numbers up to 20):


Today we are going to share a story about a farmer who is very lazy. He is so lazy in fact, he makes his duck do all of the work on the farm! Will the farm animals be able to help? 

The story is called ‘Farmer Duck’ (by Martin Waddell).

When you have finished sharing the story, think about these questions with your grown up:

  • What did the farmer do whilst the duck was working on the farm?
  • What question did the farmer keep calling out to the duck?
  • What jobs did the duck have to do?
  • What was the plan that the other animals made?
  • Do you think the farmer deserved his punishment?

Complete this Farmer Duck Book Review to tell your teachers about your favourite part of the story. Remember to use your writing tricks!


Today we are going to explore the artwork of Guiseppe Arcimboldo. He lived nearly 400 years ago! Take a look at some of his paintings. Do you notice anything strange about them? Giuseppe Arcimboldo

What did he use to make the faces? How do the faces link to the seasons?

Log on to Purple Mash and select 2DO: Favourite fruit – Can you drag and drop the fruit to make a face? Tell us which of the fruits in your face picture are your favourites!


Today we are going to try forming some tricky letters. Explore the presentation and then practise writing them.  Tuesday Handwriting



Further supportive ideas for Home Learning

If you are looking for some more books for your child to read at home, have lots of online e-books for your child to read, as well as some post reading activities, if you wish to do a little extra.

Additional Learning Activities: If you would like to complete more learning activities, you can use Purple Mash to complete additional activities with your child. You can use the search bar at the top of the page to search for specific activities such as ‘counting in 2s’ or you can explore the different subjects on the site. Please use Purple Mash whenever you wish. 

Additional Online Phonics: The Literacy Company has devised online videos to support parents at home. The lessons for Reception will be at 10am. They are also providing a video at 11am to help your child with blending sounds for extra practise.

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A Message For Reception:


Mrs Rogers’ past challenges:








The following list of websites contain excellent resources to support the children in their learning, in addition to the daily tasks that will be set from Monday 23rd March.

Reading and Phonics



Joe Wicks will doing a 30 minute workout for children every morning at 9am on his YouTube channel.

Homework in Reception

Weekly homework book task – Reception homework is set every Friday and is due back into school by the following Thursday. Homework book tasks alternate between a literacy or a mathematical focus.

Phonic bookmarks – Each week children will receive a phonic bookmark detailing the sounds that have been taught that week, along with a collection of words for children to practise their blending skills. High frequency word mats will also be sent home every few weeks so that children can practise reading words on sight.

Reading – Children should read at home at least 3 times per week and parents should record details of this in their Reading Record book. When children read in school with the class teacher, a sticker is placed on their reading bookmark if there is evidence of 3 reads at home over the last 7 days.

Home Learning –  A Home Learning task is sent home each term; tasks may be craft based or linked to another area of learning aside from literacy or maths. These tasks take the place of a piece of homework in the homework book and last for 2 weeks. Details of these tasks will be shared on the Reception newsletter and additional information will sent home with children.

Curriculum maps 

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Subject Specific Vocabulary

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Useful links


Phase 2 sounds and words

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