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Summer Term 2

Click the rainbow below to see daily messages and work to do at home.

Thank you Miss Cullen

Summer Term 1

Click the rainbow below to see daily messages and work to do at home.

Thank you Miss Cullen

Coronavirus- free information book 

Axel Scheffler (Gruffalo illustrator) has recently illustrated

a digital book for primary children to read about the Coronavirus. 

It answers key questions in simple language. 

Please see attachment below. 

Dear Parents,

Homework packs have been sent home with work for children to complete at home.

Please keep in mind this work is for the school week - Monday to Friday. The amount of work provided would not cover weekends or any school holidays (for example Easter). So please do not complete the work all at once.

I have prepared some activities and booklets for the children to complete at home so that they have something to focus on during their absence from school. 

Please complete a range of activities each day and take a morning and lunch break.

In school we work in the morning have a break at 10:30 for 15 mins then more work until 12 and have lunch for a an hour then play time with a range of activities. The children have a choice (Lego and drawing, colouring in and arts and crafts are very popular). Try and make a timetable or a plan at home, if you can. Children like structure!

Please have a reward system - stickers or happy/sad faces - your child use these in school and I am sure would love them at home.

Furthermore life skills can also be added into your home learning - For example: getting dressed, tying shoes, cutting and sticking, tidying and organising toys or things around the home, watering plants, feeding pets, talking and having a conversation, playdough, cutting food etc

Children enjoy watching numberblocks and alphablocks - number and letter learning tv programmes.

Do not try to do all of the work at once. 

I hope all of the children and families remain safe and well.

Thank you for your support

I hope to see you all soon

Miss Cullen


Click the rainbow below to see daily messages and some extra tasks children can do alongside their homework pack.

Miss Cullen

Twinkl for Parents

Parents, carers and teachers are looking for ways to ensure the continuity of education at home

To support you during this period, Twinkl is offering every teacher in England access to all Twinkl resources with a One Month Ultimate Membership, totally free of charge. We’re also extending this to every parent and carer in your school so your pupils can still have access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption.

Setting this up is really easy to do - go to and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS

Free audiobooks for children - check out the website -

Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th March

Here are some activities you might like to do while you are at home.

See you soon Miss Cullen

RE - Practise lines for liturgy - class liturgy is postponed, parents will be notified when it has been rescheduled - Thank you.


read the story about St Patrick - Patron Saint of Ireland (St Patricks Day 17th March)


Children are currently working towards these targets in


Children can read and understand simple messages

Children use phonics to sound out and blend words to read them out loud accurately

Read some red tricky words correctly

They show understanding with talking with other about what they have read


Please read a range of books at home using the above targets :)




Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds.

They also write some irregular common words.

They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.

Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.


Practise Phonics

  1. Practise saying the sounds and the rhymes
  2. Practise writing each letter and sound
  3. Write about what you did at the weekend
  4. Look at these letters: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z sh th ng nk

Can you read these letter sounds and think of a word that begins or ends with each sound. Make a list.

For example:

a ant

b ball

c cake

sh – fish

ng - ring



5.Look at things around your house and say the sound they begin with. Can you hear the sound they end with too? Try writing some of them down

For example:

ch ch chair

d d door

l l light


6 .Do you have a favourite reading book at home?

Draw pictures of what happens in the story and write simple sentences about what happens in the story. We can share our favourite books when we come back to school.


7. Can you look in a book and find any of these words?


I the he she they that my you was to go no


        Which words did you spot the most times?


8.Draw a picture and write about some simple sentences about you and your family and we can share this with the class

For example:

I have blonde hair and blue eyes.

I like to dance.

I have 5 in my family.

I have 2 brothers my mum and dad.

My dad drives a bus.

We play football in the park.

I love cooking with my mum.

My mum is from Ireland.

My granny is from England

I am from London.

I get the bus to school



Monday 16th

Number cards from 0-20

  • Print the document attached or make your own number cards
    • Match the amounts with the numbers
    • Order the numbers from 0-20
    • Choose a number and find one more/one less


Tuesday 17th

Number Hunt

  • Go on a number hunt in your home, looking for the numbers 0-20
    • Look in books and magazine, your door number, clocks, labels, remote controls, calendars etc.
    • Encourage your child to talk about the numbers they see and record their finding by drawing pictures or taking photos of the numbers they find
    • Photos will be used for a display. Please email them to with the subject ‘FAO Miss Cullen'


Welcome to Miss Cullen’s Reception Class Page


Please scroll down for the most recent news and information

Thank you

Welcome to Miss Cullen’s Reception Class


There are 24 amazing children in this class, everyone different but equally important and special!

The class is supported by Mrs Marques.

I am very proud of the children for settling in the way they have and for the parents being so supportive and encouraging.

In reception we are guided by the EYFS learning goals.

Please use the link below to give you more information on the EYFS goals.



The main areas are:

Personal, Social and Emotional development, Communication and Language,  Numeracy, Literacy, Understanding the World, Art and

Physical development.

Prayers the children say in class:


The Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace.
Our Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.


Grace before meals


Bless us Oh Lord, as we sit together,

Bless the food we eat today,

Bless the hands that made the food,

Bless us Oh Lord,



Home time prayer


God our Father, I come to say, thank you for your love today.

Thank you for me family and all the friends you give to me.

Guard me in the dark of night and in the morning send your light. Amen.



Religious Education


In class we have been learning how to do the Sign of the Cross and The Hail Mary.

We have also been learning a lunch time and home time prayer - thanking God for the lovely food, friends and family that we have everyday.


Topics that we will be looking at:

Myself -God knows and loves each one

Welcome - Baptism: a welcome into God's Family

Birthday - Looking forward to Jesus' Birthday.


It would be wonderful if you could talk to your child about the different topics that we will be doing in class.


It is very important that your child is in school every day and we advise that you contact the school office if your child is absent for any reason, and that holidays are during school holiday time.


At home it would be very useful for the children to practise changing their own clothes, using a knife and fork and writing their name.



Label clothes and PE kits (navy blue shorts, white t shirt, black plimsolls, spare underwear and socks)


Book bags - check them daily


Children will be taught to read through phonics - learn letter sounds


Snacks- a small piece of fruit only should be sent in a labelled box for morning playtime. In the afternoons children will be given free fruit from school (if you could take off the skin of an orange this would greatly help your child) 


Tuck shop- Tuesdays and Thursdays 20p, if required

One small piece of fruit or one 20p - not both

Children only have 15 minutes for break. We would love them to eat their snack and play outside.

 Ensure all uniform is correct and fully labelled. 

- Your child needs a school book bag and water bottle (for new pupils a school book bag and water bottle will be provided this week). 

- Ensure all coats are navy blue or black

- Parent Pay usernames and passwords will be sent out this week - a portal for you to order PE bags, ties, hats, book bags. 

- Reading books will be sent out after the October Half Term - dates to be confirmed.

- Sight words - 4 spellings to be sent home weekly for home work. Please practice these daily as they will be in preparation for our weekly spelling test on a Friday morning. All sight words to be sent out after the October half term. 

Snacks - please send your child into school with a recognisable piece of fruit in a labelled Tupperware box. On Tuesday and Thursdays you may send your child in with 20p and they can select a piece of fruit from our tuck shop. 

- Birthdays - you may bring in one small sweet for each child to celebrate your child's birthday. Please no nuts or eggs due to allergies. Please ensure any baked goods are fully packaged and contain an ingredients listing for allergies. 

- PE Kits in a red drawstring PE bag which can be purchased through Parent Pay - navy blue shorts, white t-shirt, black plimsolls.



It is important to be at school each day and on time so that we can learn something new each day.

We building on our learning each day.

 We are aiming for 100% every week

Play Dough Fun


We have play dough disco. This is exercise for the fingers to help improve fine motor control and gross motor skills.


Fine motor control is developed through pinching, poking, rolling and squeezing.


If you would like to have a go at home, have a go with these ideas:


* roll it into a ball

* roll it into a sausage

* squeeze it

* poke it

* flatten it

* pinch it


At home please let your child to use Lexia. This is a great interactive spelling and reading programme.


Your child's username and password was sent home - contact your teacher if you need this information again.


Lexia does not work in Internet Explorer, please try another browser such as Google Chrome or Safari instead.


Please encourage your child to use Mathletics on a regular basis. This is a wonderful interactive maths programme provided by the school.


Your child's username and password was sent home - contact your teacher if you need this information again.



Below are the letters of the alphabet and rhymes to help your child learn how to write each letter.

Practise saying and writing these with your child.

We use them in school.

Alphabet Hand writing

Below is the list of phonics your children will be learning.

Set 1 then set 2 then set 3.

Beside each letter is a phrase to help your child remember the letter and sound.

Practise saying these and learning the letter sound with your child.

We use this in school.


Numbers - handwriting and recognising the amount and number

Save the Dates


Monday 30th September - Year of The Word begins. 


Thursday 3rd October - Infant Harvest Liturgy at 10:10am in the main hall - parents, please feel free to attend. 


Tuesday 15th October - Open Afternoon - 2 - 3pm - Parents, you are warmly invited to attend our open afternoon. It will give you the chance to see your child's learning in full action. It will be Reception's Free Flow time and is a lovely opportunity to see your child apply all their developing skills during independent play. 


Thursday 17th October - Last day of the half term! Please send your child to school as normal. Pick up time will be 3:30pm. 


Friday 18th October - No school. School will be closed to all pupils. Staff INSET. 


Monday 28th October - Back to school for the start of the autumn 2 term. 


Wednesday 11th December - Foundation Stage Christmas Nativity - 10:00 am in the school hall. Miss Cullen's parents


2:15 for Mrs Holmes class parents



Friday 6th December: 3:30 Christmas art work in the mall hall - everyone welcome. 

Wednesday 11th December: Reception Nativity at 2:00


Christmas Fair: Friday 13th December 3:30-5:30pm


Christmas lunch for children: Thursday 19th  December


Autumn term ends: Friday 20th 2019 (Finish at 2pm) 

New Year fresh start! Happy New Year!


I hope everyone had a well deserved break over Christmas.

Thank you everyone for the lovely presents at Christmas.


We are now back into the school routine and ready to learn!

Our topic this term is ‘Food’.

In class we will be talking and learning about food and even baking!


Please talk to your children about the importance of healthy eating and making good healthy choices.




Spring Term 1

Food: throughout this term we will be learning the names of different fruit and about the different food groups and what our body needs to stay healthy.

Children will be reading these books with the class teacher and completing work based on the book:

The Ginger bread man

Handa's Surprise

The Tiger who came to tea



Children will also be learning

1 more than a given number for example: 1 more than 5 is 6

1 less than a given number for example: 1 less than 4 is 3

finding the total of two groups

and adding two groups together

Religious Education




Topics that we will be looking at:


Community: Celebrating

Eucharist: Gathering 

Lent/ Easter: Giving and Growing


Other religions Judaism and Islam



It would be wonderful if you could talk to your child about the different topics that we will be doing in class.

Important dates 2020


Pizza Express trip: Tuesday 21st January

Pantomime: Wednesday 29th January

HALF TERM - Monday 17th - Friday 21st 


World Book Day Thursday 5th March - Children can dress up as favourite book character


Art Week 9th - 13th March


Class Liturgy - 19th March - Family welcome in main hall at 10:10-10:30am


Class time table - subject to change