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If you need to contact us about any of the work your child has been set or if you would like to share photos of the activities you have been doing or if you've found anything you think everyone else might find interesting, please email us:


Hello from Mrs Teale (30.3.20)

I do hope you are all staying safe and managing to organise your days with plenty of work, rest and play?  In our house we have both my husband and myself working from home, my daughter home from University and my son home from college - so our internet is working flat out!

As part of my day I am currently enjoying doing a 1000 piece jig-saw and baking - I've included a recipe for 'Rainbow cupcakes' which you might like to try (if you don't have food colouring they can be made plain - just as tasty!).  I've also noticed there are a lot more birds around throughout the day and I'm ashamed to say I don't know the different bird songs - so I thought I'd learn to identify them and have found a great site to help me do this - I've attached this below so you can join me.  Please make a list of all the birds you identify.

Finally, Wednesday is April Fool's Day so I'm going to have some fun playing jokes on all the family as we're at home together - let me know what you come up with!

I'd love to hear what you are getting up to, so please stay in touch through the message service.

Take care, and look after each other....  Mrs Teale




Home Learning


Please find below work for your child to do at home. Some work will be in the pack sent with your child. Some will be links to activities online.


Hello Reception!


We hope you are all well and are staying safe.


We wanted to show you a YouTube channel where we can watch daily speed sound lessons to make sure we are still making fantastic progress with our phonics. 

Try to watch these daily if you can - focus on set 1 and then set 2.


White Rose Maths are also doing videos to support maths lessons with questions that you can have a go at afterwards. Try these when you get chance, they are very good.


There is also a link to a fantastic blog post where you will see examples of how to structure the day and lots of ideas and activities to do along with the tasks in your home learning pack. 


Most importantly have fun and be good and we will see you soon.


Welcome to Reception


 Class Teacher:Mrs Teale  


Teaching Assistant:Mrs Harris, Mrs Mason



Hello and welcome to Reception class page. 


In Reception our learning environment is organised to enable children to source and access resources for themselves, promoting independence and responsibility.


We have a balance between adult led and child initiated activities, both through indoor and outdoor play.


The children’s interests are paramount when we are planning activities, in order to fully engage them in their learning. These interests are developed further through enhancing the resources provided within the learning areas.



PE day for the new term will be a Thursday - please ensure your child's PE kit is returned to school in time for the first session. This term we are learning about qymnastics (Spring 2).


We are excited to have launched our '1000 stories' project and some children have already collected tokens for reading 10 and 20 stories - keep up the great work! - Don't forget you can change your book with your child every day at the end of school.  We are delighted that 4 children have already reached their first 50 stories!  Keep up the great work.


Book Share is each Thursday at 3.00 - we love sharing your child's learning and celebrations so please make sure you can join us for the fun!


We had great fun celebrating World Book Day on 7.3.20:-







 Star of the Week

7.3.20  Olivia Anderson - for being so independent in her work


Stars of the Term  - Spring 1

Harley Taylor - for her fabulous attitude - she has such a positive attitude towards life

Olivia Anderson - for being such a great organiser and being so helpful and thoughtful towards others and their needs



Mathematician of the half term

Blake Steemson - for being so committed to his maths learning - and being so quick!


Writer of the half term

Lacie Lawley - who is now writing sentences independently which can be read by herself and others


Handwriter of the half term

Megan Ingram for having the most improved Handwriting



What we have been learning

Tuesday 24th February - Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday)

Mrs Walker showed us how to make pancakes and flip them.  We then got to taste them with lemon and sugar - mmm delicious!




6th February - Dance Enrichment

We had great fun learning lots of moves from our visitor - we learned to move like different animals, how to follow a rhythm and how to stretch to 'cool down'





Topic - What Happens when we go to sleep?  (January)


We have been learning all about keeping healthy routines at bedtime and nocturnal and diurnal animals through stories and play.  In PE we have been learning different dances - Scottish country dancing, line dancing and Chinese dragon dancing!  In Maths we have learnt about money, pattern and addition through our play and in skills sessions.  In English we have been writing about our dreams, making lists and writing menus.


Topic - Christmas


Reception have been very busy preparing for Christmas.  We have enjoyed performing our Nativity with Nursery and this has helped us learn all about the real story of Christmas.


We have also been making Christmas crafts, had a fantastic time at the pantomime, Mother Goose and the Forest Arts Centre, ("Oh no we haven't!!"),  enjoyed a great Christmas party with games, food and a visit from Santa and if that wasn't enough enjoyed a tasty Christmas dinner!  Wow - we are really ready for a break now!


Topic:  Why do Squirrels hide their nuts?


We have been enjoying lots of different tasks to help us learn about the seasons.  We have explored which clothes are suitable for each and the types of weather that we should expect in each season.


We have also enjoyed learning about Divali - dressing up and learning new dance moves.


In maths we have been exploring 'more and fewer' as well as continuing to secure our knowledge of numbers to 10/20.


In phonics we are now in 3 groups and are continuing to learn new sounds daily and revise those we already know.  Some of us are beginning to read words and some are beginning to read simple sentences!


The Nativity - December 2019



Autumn Walk to Chasewater - Tuesday 5th November

To launch our new topic 'Why do Squirrels hide their nuts?' we went for a walk to Chasewater to look for signs of Autumn.  We found lots of these, take a look:-



Space Day - 10.10.19


To celebrate Space week we devoted a whole day to having fun and learning about many aspects of 'Space'.  We:- estimated and counted space rocks, designed our own space rockets, worked as a team to build a giant space rocket, created our own constellations using q-tips, sang space songs, listened to Julia Donaldson's new book 'The Smeds and the Smoos' and took part in space yoga! What a lot of fun we had, take a look....



 Phonic Information

 At Brownhills West Primary school, your child takes part in daily phonics sessions to help develop their speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. They are taught using RWI (Read Write Inc).  This is a comprehensive literacy program that aims to get children reading and writing really quickly.  The program enables children to develop skills in reading, writing, spoken language, vocabulary, grammar and spelling in a fully integrated way.  This will raise standards in children's literacy and spark a lifelong love of reading.


Ruth Miskin Parents’ Page:


 Ruth Miskin Facebook:


 Free e-books for home reading:


Please find below some online phonics games you may like to play with your children.

Helping your child

We believe that parents play an important role in being involved in their child's education.  Within this page you will find lots of important information about how we teach phonics, writing and maths. There are also some very useful links to games and attachments with activities to support your child in their learning of phonics and maths.


There are some lovely ideas on this latest link from the DFE for your 'Hungry Little Minds'




Effective Learner

In our Early Years unit we are always observing ways in which children learn. There are 3 characteristics of effective learning which help us focus and understand how children learn.


We have a 'child friendly' theme of dinosaurs to celebrate their achievements, these include:- Stickasaurus, Thinkasaurus and Explorasaurus. When a child shows a characteristic they receive a character (badge) to represent that characteristic and to celebrate their learning, plus their picture is displayed with that characteristic. (see attachment)


WOW Moments

Throughout the year, we will be compiling a Learning Journey showing your child's comments, photos and work from both school and home. The wow cards are a way for you to record those moments when your child says or does something  that makes you think 'wow'! The  wow cards or work can then be shared with the rest of the class before being placed in your child's Learning Journey.

Maths Challenges

The maths challenges are short activity ideas that can fit into your day and will help your child see math’s as fun as well as further supporting their learning from school.  Each activity will relate to the different aspects of the area of learning called ‘mathematics.’

You can repeat each activity as many times as your child wants to. Feel free to change the ideas to suit your child’s interests, what you have in your house and their current level of development. If your child wants to represent their thinking on paper let them do so in their own way. For example they might not want to write numbers, but they might want to draw to communicate their mathematical thinking.

Remember to keep the activities as fun as possible as we want our children to enjoy maths.

Online Maths Games

Below are some online maths games you may like to play with your child to support their mathematical learning and skills.  If you find, or know of any more maths sites your child enjoys and you wish to share it with other parents, please let us know and we can add it to the list. 

Thank you.