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Cottesbrooke Infant & Nursery School

An Academy

"Caring... Inspiring... Nurturing... Successful"

Reception

If you would like to contact your child's teacher by email:

Caterpillars: l.hodgson@cottesbrooke-inf.bham.sch.uk - Mrs Hodgson

Dragonflies: a.gunning@cottesbrooke-inf.bham.sch.uk - Mr Gunning

Ladybirds: s.wadhams@cottesbrooke-inf.bham.sch.uk - Mrs Wadhams (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)

Ladybirds: a.butt@cottesbrooke-inf.bham.sch.uk - Mrs Butt (Thursday, Friday)

Staff will not be replying to emails after 6pm and on weekends.

Summer learning

Here are some activities that you can do over the summer. There are activities for both new reception children and those that have left us and are about to start year 1!

Reading

the link here will lead you to a page full of online books they range from picture books where you can discuss the story to books that will test your phonic knowledge. 

Online books 

Phonics

Here is a page full of resources for phonics all about how to write the different sounds and what they will sound like. have a go at practicing all the sounds you know or are going to learn!

Phonics

Maths

Here are the number block episodes that you can watch to help understand how all the numbers are connected.

Numberblocks

Here are three sources full of different activities that you can use to help with number, measurement and shapes. 

Numbers

Measurement

Shape

Communication and Language

Talking everyday and asking your children about their day is a great way to help develop their abilities. having them tell stories, listening to stories and sharing what they are thinking is the best way to develop this skill over the summer. 

Physical Development

Just staying active is a great way to develop your control and coordination. Also practicing your hand writing and letter formations is a great way to prepare for when we go back to school.  

Games and fun

Creative Projects

The summer is a great time to create and make new items here is a list of some you can try. We are sure there are many others you can create and show us.  

Summer art projects

 

Any projects you do make or any work you do over the summer your teachers would love to see them. Any pictures you send us we will see and will bring smiles to our faces :)  

Hello Reception,

The year is coming to an end and your teachers just wanted to say we are so proud of all of you. we did not get as much time with all of you as we would have wanted, but the time we had you in our class was precious. You have had a difficult year and it has not been a normal by any means. You have adapted, worked hard and have really shown your reliance this year.  We have missed you all so much over the past months and are very sad that we cannot say a proper goodbye to everyone of you with a class party and watching you head off for you summer holiday ready for year 1 and all they new things you will be learning. We know you will thrive in year 1 and continue to show us and your new teachers all you can do. 

 

We would like to leave you with a poem:

Time is flying and you are growing fast,

I can't believe this year has gone and now is in the past.

We've has so many lovely times; with fun along the way,

Your smile has always cheered me up on each and every day.

So remember you're fantastic; a little shining star,

Go forward and just be yourself, just perfect as you are!

 Goodbye children and have a wonderful summer! We will see you in September,

Mr Gunning, Mrs Hodgson, Mrs Wadams, Mrs Butt and all of your reception teachers.  

 

Online Learning

Hi Dragonflies, Caterpillars and Ladybirds!

   We hope everyone is keeping safe and well and we can't wait to see everyone back in school when it is safe for us all to return. Here you will find some work we would love for you to try and would love to see any pictures of the work you are doing at home. You can email a picture of the different activities you are doing to your teacher, we might even put them on the website! All of your teachers are always here for you, and we can't wait to hear from you! Below are a few activities that we will be updating through out the week so check back often to see what is new.  As you scroll down the page you can see the work posted each week and if you have missed any of the activities you can look back and have a go. Thank you for the wonderful pictures we have received so far. Any pictures that we receive will go at the bottom of the page, look out to see what your friends have been doing! We have a little booklet about going back to school after the lock down which could be nice for the children to have a look at and fill in if they are coming back to school in June this will be kept near the top of the page.  

 

Week Beginning 13.7.20

This week the work will be a little bit different we would normally be celebrating the end of the year and as we cannot do this we are going to ask you to have a smaller celebration at home. 

Things you could do:

Draw a picture and write a sentence about your favourite thing from reception,

 Write letters to your best friends to give them in September,

read a story at home with someone in your family,

have a race in your garden or in a park with your family,

write a note to your teacher next year about what you like in school,

and most importantly be proud of yourself for finishing this year and enjoy your summer!

 

We will add some work a the end of the week that can be done over the summer it will include phonics, reading books, maths work, communication work and summer projects. All of these activities will be up all summer and you can pick some that you might enjoy doing. 

Week Beginning 6.7.20

Hello Reception! We are starting to come to the end of this year. We know this has been a very different year and you have all been amazing at handling all the changes and challenges it has presented you. We wish we could have had you in class all year as all three classes were filled with amazing children.  We miss you and hope you are all keeping well. :)   

Literacy:

This week is about writing full sentences and remembering a story to write down! We are also going to include some writing frames with different prompts if you would like to print these out and practice some letter formation and sentence building.  These will be under the maths worksheets. 

Perhaps you could email a photo of some of the work that you have done this week, so that we could share it on the website. We are so excited to see what you have worked on! 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Phonics:

   Below are some links to help with practising phonics at home. Some of these sounds we have not all learned yet focus on the sounds in set 1 and 2 first and if you feel really confident with all of these sounds you can try the harder sounds in set 3. We would love for the children to read these stories and maybe a picture of them having a go! If you access the Oxford Owl website they have many free eBooks using the sounds we all know. You can refine the search of eBooks by age, topic, the sounds that will appear and which characters might be in the story. It is free to register for Oxford Owl. We have finished all the red ditty books! We will be adding different story books in place of the red ditty books from now on. 

Top Dog

Green Ditty Book 9

Purple Book 4

Set 1 sounds

Set 2 sounds

Set 3 sounds

Maths: 

This week is our first of two weeks that will be focused on looking at different aspects of learning we have done over the year. This week we will look at measurements of different types and shapes, next week we will focus on our numbers.  As always there are sheets below that you can complete and we would love to see any work you have done. 

Some activities you could do at home:

Talk about the times of the day. Can you order you day? What do we do in the Morning? Afternoon? Night time?

How full is that cup? Add different amounts of water to a cup. Can you make it full? Half full? Empty? what other amounts can you make?   

Which is the biggest? Smallest? Use items from around the house to compare sizes. 

 

Personal Social and Emotional Development

We would like you to think back on this year at school and what you enjoyed while you were with us.  The second page says reception after the nursery page. We would also like you to think about what makes you special.  We would love to hear from you and see what you have enjoyed and what you think makes you special.  

Week Beginning 29.6.20

Hello Reception! We hope you have all had a wonderful week. Only three weeks left until the summer break :) 

Literacy:

This week we will learn about how actions can affect others and work on writing a letter! We are also going to include some writing frames with different prompts if you would like to print these out and practice some letter formation and sentence building.  These will be under the maths worksheets. 

Perhaps you could email a photo of some of the work that you have done this week, so that we could share it on the website. We are so excited to see what you have worked on! 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Phonics:

   Below are some links to help with practising phonics at home. Some of these sounds we have not all learned yet focus on the sounds in set 1 and 2 first and if you feel really confident with all of these sounds you can try the harder sounds in set 3. We would love for the children to read these stories and maybe a picture of them having a go! If you access the Oxford Owl website they have many free eBooks using the sounds we all know. You can refine the search of eBooks by age, topic, the sounds that will appear and which characters might be in the story. It is free to register for Oxford Owl. We have finished all the red ditty books! We will be adding different story books in place of the red ditty books from now on. 

Mix, Mix, Mix

Green Ditty Book 8

Purple Book 3

Set 1 sounds

Set 2 sounds

Set 3 sounds

Maths: 

This week we are looking at counting forwards and counting backwards to add numbers together. What can you add together at your house or subtract? There will be some maths sheets you can try below.

 

Art and Design and Personal Development: 

Here are some mindful colouring pages that you can colour in and use to help relax while working on it.

Week Beginning 22.6.20

Hello Reception! We hope you have all had a wonderful week. This week we will continue with our maths, writing and some fun activities we could try.  It was wonderful to talk to most of you over the phone last week and good to hear you are staying safe. Your teachers are all thinking of you :) 

Literacy:

This week we will learn about reptile and how we can describe some of them! We are also going to include some writing frames with different prompts if you would like to print these out and practice some letter formation and sentence building.  These will be under the maths worksheets. 

Perhaps you could email a photo of some of the work that you have done this week, so that we could share it on the website. We are so excited to see what you have worked on! 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Phonics:

   Below are some links to help with practising phonics at home. Some of these sounds we have not all learned yet focus on the sounds in set 1 and 2 first and if you feel really confident with all of these sounds you can try the harder sounds in set 3. We would love for the children to read these stories and maybe a picture of them having a go! If you access the Oxford Owl website they have many free eBooks using the sounds we all know. You can refine the search of eBooks by age, topic, the sounds that will appear and which characters might be in the story. It is free to register for Oxford Owl. We have finished all the red ditty books! We will be adding different story books in place of the red ditty books from now on. 

Cats

Green Ditty Book 7

Purple Book 3

Set 1 sounds

Set 2 sounds

Set 3 sounds

Maths: 

 This week we will be working on shapes and what makes them all different. There will be 2D shapes and 3D shapes. We wonder what shapes you can find in your house? What shapes can you see outside? what could you use to make a shape?

 

People and Community:

In school this week we will be looking and people who can help us. Who can help you? below are some activities to have a look at some of the people who can help us in our community. 

 

Literacy:

   This week we will learn about inventions and planning to build a house! Learning to read and follow instructions is very important and will help with your education and being able to do things all on your own.

Perhaps you could email a photo of some of the work that you have done this week, so that we could share it on the website. We are so excited to see what you have worked on! 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Phonics:

   Below are some links to help with practising phonics at home. Some of these sounds we have not all learned yet focus on the sounds in set 1 and 2 first and if you feel really confident with all of these sounds you can try the harder sounds in set 3. We would love for the children to read these stories and maybe a picture of them having a go! If you access the Oxford Owl website they have many free eBooks using the sounds we all know. You can refine the search of eBooks by age, topic, the sounds that will appear and which characters might be in the story. It is free to register for Oxford Owl. We have finished all the red ditty books! We will be adding different story books in place of the red ditty books from now on. 

Big, Bad Bug

Green Ditty Book 6

Purple Book 2

Set 1 sounds

Set 2 sounds

Set 3 sounds

Understanding the world:

Can you draw a picture of any wildlife you can see from your window or in your garden? If you go for a walk today how many different types of insect, bird or animal can you see?

Maybe you could look up some information about the ones you see in a book at home, on the internet or write/talk to your adult at home about them.

 

 

Maths: 

 This week we will be working on doubling and halving. There will be a few sheets that you can work on for both types of problems as well as at home this is a great one to practice sharing with! Using any item at home that can be shared out, your child can make sure everyone gets the same amount of pasta, socks or anything else! 

 

Week Beginning 8.6.20

Happy Monday! Now that school is back and some of the children are back we will be trying to match up some of the work set on here to the work they will be doing at school. We hope everyone is staying safe and well. The website will continue to update, and hopefully things will continue to return to normal! We miss all of you and love hearing from you on the phone.

Literacy:

   This week we will learn about buses and writing postcards. have a go at the different lessons!

Perhaps you could email a photo of some of the work that you have done this week, so that we could share it on the website. We are so excited to see what you have worked on! 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday- Think of a place you have been. Can you write a sentence about it? What did it look like? what did you enjoy about this place? who went with you? You can also draw a picture of this place as tomorrow we will be working on a postcard. 

Thursday

Friday

Phonics:

   Below are some links to help with practising phonics at home. Some of these sounds we have not all learned yet focus on the sounds in set 1 and 2 first and if you feel really confident with all of these sounds you can try the harder sounds in set 3. We would love for the children to read these stories and maybe a picture of them having a go! If you access the Oxford Owl website they have many free eBooks using the sounds we all know. You can refine the search of eBooks by age, topic, the sounds that will appear and which characters might be in the story. It is free to register for Oxford Owl.

    

Red Ditty book 5

Green Ditty Book 5

Purple Book 1

Set 1 sounds

Set 2 sounds

Set 3 sounds

Expressive Art and Design: 

Below is a wonderful video of a song you can learn in sign language we would love to see some of you having a go.

 

Maths: 

 This week we have some pattern work and some size ordering we will be doing to continue on from the shape work we have looked at last week. 

 

Week Beginning 1.6.20

We hope everyone has had a wonderful half-term even though we know it has been a bit different.  The home learning is going to continue and we still are very excited to see anything you have been doing at home.  Keep checking back to see what new activities we have thought would be fun for you everyone to try and complete! We miss you all very much and can not wait for things to return to normal, and to see all of your smiling faces back in school :) 

Literacy:

   This week we will go on an adventure to outer space! have a go at the different lessons!

Perhaps you could email a photo of some of the work that you have done this week, so that we could share it on the website. We are so excited to see what you have worked on! 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Phonics:

   Below are some links to help with practising phonics at home. Some of these sounds we have not all learned yet focus on the sounds in set 1 and 2 first and if you feel really confident with all of these sounds you can try the harder sounds in set 3. We would love for the children to read these stories and maybe a picture of them having a go! If you access the Oxford Owl website they have many free eBooks using the sounds we all know. You can refine the search of eBooks by age, topic, the sounds that will appear and which characters might be in the story. It is free to register for Oxford Owl.

    

Red Ditty book 4

Green Ditty Book 4

Set 1 sounds

Set 2 sounds

Set 3 sounds

Maths: 

 

We would like you to look at different shapes this week. Some shapes will be flat or 2D others will be 3D. More activities will be added during the week. 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

Physical Development: 

5 A Day-
 Support your child to create a food diary to record how many pieces of fruit and
vegetables they eat in a day. They could write these using their phonics knowledge or
draw a picture of each item.

Week beginning 18.5.20

Happy Monday Reception! We home everyone is keeping safe and well. We have new work for you this week, and even a song you could learn to sing and the sign language for as a fun new activity! If you practice it and want to show us you could even send your teachers a video of you performing, which could end up on the website! Over this week, we will be posting more communication and confidence building tasks as we prepare for a possible come back to school on the 1st. Many children will have found this time difficult and confusing, and it may have knocked the confidence they have built while coming to school. We hope to try and support this by building it back up in small tasks so they are happy and confident to return. 

Literacy:

   This week there will be a few lessons about Jack and the Beanstalk, have a go at the different lessons!

Perhaps you could email a photo of some of the work that you have done this week, so that we could share it on the website. We are so excited to see what you have worked on! 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Phonics:

   Below are some links to help with practising phonics at home. Some of these sounds we have not all learned yet focus on the sounds in set 1 and 2 first and if you feel really confident with all of these sounds you can try the harder sounds in set 3. We would love for the children to read these stories and maybe a picture of them having a go! If you access the Oxford Owl website they have many free eBooks using the sounds we all know. You can refine the search of eBooks by age, topic, the sounds that will appear and which characters might be in the story. It is free to register for Oxford Owl.

    

Red Ditty book 3

Green Ditty Book 3

Set 1 sounds

Set 2 sounds

Set 3 sounds

Maths: 

Today we want you to try and estimate how many sweets are in a jar. Don't look at it too long its about trying to guess how many there are and counting to check after you have had a guess. After you have had a go at the sheet below is there any estimations you can make in your house? you could estimate how many socks you have, how many books, how many birds can you see in your garden or anything else you could have a go at estimating!  

 

We have a fun Superworm activity below that will help with some addition and subtraction. 

 Make a salt dough Rainbow 
 
Makes 1 ball of salt dough

Prep 10 minutes
Cook 3 hours

  • 1 cupful of plain flour (about 250g)

  • half a cupful of table salt (about 125g)
  • half a cupful of water (about 125ml)
 
Mix all of the ingredients in the recipe to make a ball of salt dough. Split it into 7 smaller balls then roll each ball into a sausage and bend them round to make a rainbow. Bake in the oven at the lowest possible temperature for about 3 hours or until it is hard and dry. When it is cool, paint your rainbow and display it in your window for everyone to see. Don't forget to send us a picture!
 
Personal Social Emotional Development
Children enjoy being helpful, carrying our small tasks and this is good for their self-esteem, resilience and confidence.

Some house hold activities they could do are:
Chopping vegetables, Stirring, baking, Grating cheese, carrots, etc. Helping dress younger brothers and sisters,
helping with household jobs, e.g tidying up sweeping. Let the children think of their own ideas how they could help around the house and let them explain how they know it will be helpful.  
 
Below we have a star picture so you can tell us what makes you special. We would love to see what makes you unique and see your wonderful picture of yourself. 
 
We have added a few sheets the children could fill in with support to talk about what they want to do today and about how they are feeling. You can use the sheet on here or make your own. 
 
Communication and Language 
Below is a list of some silly questions you can ask your children. Ask them to explain their answers. Can you think of any other questions that your child will have to explain their answer? This is a great help for the children in understanding their own thinking and expressing themselves with words. 
 

Week Beginning 11.5.20

We hope you all have had a wonderful weekend and are keeping safe. We have new activities for you this week and even a project you can work on for your teacher! We have loved seeing all the wonder writing, maths, art, cooking, reading and everything else you have been doing at home. We can't wait to see what you do this week. 

Literacy:

   This week there will be a few lessons about Hansel and Gretel have a go and each day we will share the next lesson and activity for you to complete!

Perhaps you could email a photo of some of the work that you have done this week so that we could share it on the website. We are so excited to see what you have worked on! 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Phonics:

   Below are some links to help with practising phonics at home. Some of these sounds we have not all learned yet focus on the sounds in set 1 and 2 first and if you feel really confident with all of these sounds you can try the harder sounds in set 3. We would love for the children to read these stories and maybe a picture of them having a go! If you access the Oxford Owl website they have many free eBooks using the sounds we all know. You can refine the search of eBooks by age, topic, the sounds that will appear and which characters might be in the story. It is free to register for Oxford Owl.     

Red Ditty book 2

Green Ditty Book 2

Set 1 sounds

Set 2 sounds

Set 3 sounds

Understanding the World:

Where in the world?

We would love for you all to learn a little more about the country we all live in! We would love to see you do a little project for us all about the UK.

We would like you to draw the flag of the UK and write and draw an interesting fact /picture of something associated with the UK. We would love if you could also think of an interesting way to present your work! We will share any projects we get in on the website! This is a larger activity then most we have posted so we would not expect it to be finished in a day or even in a week, take your time and enjoy learning all about where you live!

Websites to help:

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/

https://www.ducksters.com/geography/

And for fun…

https://www.sporcle.com/games/g/world - a fun quiz you can play with the whole family to name countries of the world.

www.geoguessr.com/free 

https://world-geography-games.com/ - use an atlas to help!

 

Expressive Art and Design: 

 

Design and make some cakes for Hansel and Gretel to eat!

What flavour will your cakes be? What decorations will they have?

Follow this recipe to make 12 cakes.

Ingredients

  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g very soft butter
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Ask a grown-up helper to turn the oven on to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Put a paper case in each bun hole.

  2. Put the sugar and butter (it must be soft or you won’t be able to mix it properly) in a bowl and mix it together. Sift in the flour.

  3. Break the eggs into a separate bowl (spoon out any bits of shell that fall in) and add them to the bowl with the vanilla. Mix everything together.

  4. Divide between the cases using a spoon, scraping it off with a knife. Ask a grown-up helper to put the tray in the oven for 20 minutes

 

Perhaps you could add some cocoa powder, raisins or chocolate chips to change the flavour.

Decorate your cakes with raisins, chocolate, icing or sprinkles. 

We'd love to see some pictures of the cakes you create. Yum yum! 

 

 

Maths:

  Today we would love to see what patterns you can make at home. We will show you some patterns we have made. What can use use to make your own pattern? You can make a pattern with things in your house or we have a wonderful game you can play all about patterns and even a dance!

Pattern Game

Pattern Dance (warning to all parents/carers this song will get stuck in your head!)

To continue with patterns and out number work below are some activities around the very busy spider and other spider stories. 

Below are even more patterns for you to try and complete these get harder as you work down the sheet. Can you finish them all? 

 

What patterns have you heard in songs? can you sing any? Think of some songs that have a repeated pattern (Queen we will rock you is a great example with the stomping and clapping) Can you make your own song with a pattern in it? 

 

Week Beginning 4.5.20

V.E. Day

  Below is a slideshow about V.E. Day that you can share with your children it also has a few different activities that they can try. 

 

Literacy:

   This week there will be a few lessons about Little Red Riding Hood have a go and each day we will share the next lesson and activity for you to complete!

Perhaps you could email a photo of some of the work that you have done this week so that we could share it on the website. We are so excited to see what you have worked on! 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

 

Phonics:

   Below are some links to help with practising phonics at home. Some of these sounds we have not all learned yet focus on the sounds in set 1 and 2 first and if you feel really confident with all of these sounds you can try the harder sounds in set 3. We would love for the children to read these stories and maybe a picture of them having a go! If you access the Oxford Owl website they have many free eBooks using the sounds we all know. You can refine the search of eBooks by age, topic, the sounds that will appear and which characters might be in the story. It is free to register for Oxford Owl.     

Red Ditty book 1

Green Ditty Book 1

Set 1 sounds

Set 2 sounds

Set 3 sounds 

 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

Below is an activity all about how to be a good friend and a chance to draw a picture of some of your friends. If you send us an email of your pictures we might be able to put them on the website! We have added a page about your family it would be lovely to see what pictures you can make of your family! If you have a printer you can print out the page we have posted or draw it on your own page. 

Make some chairs for the three Bears!

Use recycled items from around your house to design and make a different chair for each of the three bears. We would love to see any pictures of what you have made.  

 

Maths:

  Now that we have had a go at adding up, we want you to have a go at taking away. Below are some problems you can try. See if there are some items in your house you can use to help you. You can use pasta, socks, teddies, pencils, games or anything else you can find! We have added another page of subtraction problems for you, these have a number line next to them to help you count backwards to find the answers. You can still use any items in your house to help you if you need them. The last page of subtraction problems are word problems. Remember to figure out what maths it is asking you to do. 

Flossie from Dragonflies wrote the materials for her Three Little Pigs house and the names of some countries
Flossie from Dragonflies wrote the materials for her Three Little Pigs house and the names of some countries

Alex made himself and Mrs Hodgson out of some things he had found and labels a wonderful giraffe picture. 

Sulaimaan has been working really hard on his numbers and writing. You can see some of his wonderful work in all these pictures!

Justin has been doing a lot of different activities at home. He has helped with cooking, worked on his sounds, done some art and so much more!

Erin has been working really hard on her reading, sounds and even drew a picture of some of her friends!

Rioraj has been working really hard on his numbers and his writing at home!

Dexter has been going on lovely walks, planting seeds, writing and making some lovely art projects. 

Ayaan has been working hard at home and celebrated his birthday as well!