Corona-virus Outbreak Information:

Here you will be able to find all information relevant to Ladybirds class during the Corona-virus outbreak:

November 2020 Update:

Dear parents and carers,

In the event of a whole class closure, or the absence of your child from school due to COVID 19, this web page is designed to support your child to access their learning from home. Please rest assured that in the event of such a situation we will do our very best to support you and your child. In the event of your child having to self-isolate at home, please contact the school office to inform us. I will then place some planning on this webpage which you will be able to access to support your child’s learning.

Early Years Curriculum

On this web page, you will find a range of resources which will support your child with their learning at home. Each day’s work will include three ‘Daily Challenges’ which your child should work through on the date of their absence from school- if they are well enough to engage with their learning. The ‘Daily Challenges’ reflect the different areas of learning from our curriculum, and will often focus on the specific areas (Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design), but be underpinned by the prime areas of learning (Communication and Language, Physical Development & Personal, Social and Emotional Development).

Week Beginning: 9th November 2020

10.11.20 Daily Challenges Planning

Funnybones Model Text

11.11.20-Daily Challenges Planning

Remembrance Day PowerPoint

12.11.20 Daily Challenges Planning

13.11.20 Daily Challenges Planning

Week Beginning: 16th November 2020

16.11.20 Daily Challenges Planning

Diwali Celebration

Diwali Tea Lights Instructions

17.11.20 Daily Challenges Planning

18.11.20 Daily Challenges Planning

19.11.20 Daily Challenges Planning

The Nativity Christmas Story

20.11.20 Daily Challenges Planning

Useful Curriculum Support Aids:


You may notice that we will direct you to some online teaching sessions via Oak Academy. You can access the home page for Reception at Oak Academy here.


To help your child when they are engaging with a writing task, there are also some useful sound mats here which they can use. The Phase 2 Sound Mat contains all of the individual letter sounds (1 letter making 1 sound). The Phase 3 Sound Mat contains some of the digraphs (2 letters making 1 sound) and trigraphs (3 letters making 1 sound) within the English Language.

Phase 2 Sound Mat

Phase 3 Sound Mat

Phase 4 Cluster / Blends Mat

You can also see an example of pre-cursive handwriting here.

Your child is also becoming increasingly familiar with the different letter families within the alphabet. This refers to letters that follow a similar style of letter formation, thus being grouped together within a ‘family’.  You can access these below to support your child with their pre-cursive handwriting. Helpfully, you will see a small red dot and arrow for each letter. This shows where to start. You will notice that every letter also starts in the same place, which again is useful as (excluding capital letters) your child can learn to start every letter from the same place.  In Reception, there is no expectation to join up letters, but to best prepare them for their transition into Year 1 and beyond, we do model this letter formation during all writing opportunities.

Zig-Zag Monster Letter Family

Curly Caterpillar Letter Family

One-Armed Robot Letter Family 

Ladder Letter Family

There are some videos online which can also help to show how these letters can be formed:

Jedi Writing (Note: The letter ‘f’ is not formed the way that our school would form it, however every other letter is accurate)

Pre-Cursive Writing (Another example; Note: Again, ignore the ‘f’!)

Animal Words:

As you are aware, your child is currently learning their Animal Words at school and at home to support them with their reading development. Supporting your child to learn their Animal Words at home has many benefits; one of which is that it develops your child’s ‘reading fluency’ to become a more confident and able reader. It also means that they will then be able to apply their recollection of these words when they come across different texts and environmental print with increasing independence.  The goal here is to therefore read these high frequency words instantly rather than blending each word individually (It is brilliant if your child is using their blending skills to work out the words when they first start learning them and we praise this, however before moving onto their next set, we check that your child knows their current animal word set instantly and is secure on this level). Further guidance can be found in your child’s Animal Word book. We would appreciate if you can follow this guidance at home too so that we can ensure consistency within our approach and do not move your child on too early and create any gaps within their learning.

I have attached Set 1-10 from the Animal Words Collection here so that you can continue to challenge your child on their next set of animal words should they need to move on whilst isolating at home.

Thank You:

As and when it is appropriate to do so, more resources will be added to this webpage. In the meantime, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this page and your continued support at home.

Take care and stay safe,

Dan Briscoe

Early Years Leader and Reception Class Teacher

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