Pluto (Reception)

Reception Class 2020-21


General Information

Mrs Board teaches on a Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Bettiss on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Clark is our Teaching Assistant, who is in every day. Mrs Heron is also in Pluto Class on a Tuesday and Thursday morning.

PE is on a Thursday. Please ensure your child comes dressed to school in their PE clothes that day. As the days are getting colder, please can they wear some warm clothes.

Our Early Years Intent

It is our intent to ensure all children in the Early Years have an exciting, motivating and challenging curriculum. This will offer them opportunity to explore and investigate their own interests. In the Early Years, we implement this by having a rich, stimulating environment, allowing children to select their own resources and follow their path of learning. The children have continuous and enhanced provision, which is carefully planned for from observing and assessing their learning through play. The impact of this approach allows children to thrive, be happy and learn at a rapid pace, making excellent progress.

Home Learning Week 2

Unfortunatey, Tapesty seems to be experiencing high volumes of use, which is causing the site to crash. Please see below for this weeks planning.

Story Time with Mrs Bettiss.

Click on the link to listen to me read a story. ‘The Man on the Moon’ by Simon Bartram, published by Templar.


Handwriting for Week 2

This week, we are focussing on curly caterpillar letters.

Curcly caterpillar letter formation sheet Extra handwriting



Phonics Planning Wednesday 13th -Friday 15th January 2021

Phonics Week 2 oa, oo, oo


oa pictures for spelling


short ‘oo’ powerpoint

Wednesday oa sound button cards

Thursday long oo sound button cards

Thursday pictures for spelling

sorting sounds PPP

Friday short ‘oo’ pictures for spelling Friday short oo sound button cards

If you feel your child is working at Phase 2 level please use the following links and focus on s, a, t, p, i, n

Interactive initial sound sort (‘s’ phoneme’  (‘a’ phoneme) (‘t’ phoneme)

ou can also watch the simply phonics video. which is all sounds in one lesson.

You can also use the discovery Education site, which also has good phonics videos. Please see below for the login details

Chilli Challenge Activities

These are activities we have out during the day for children to explore. Can you pick one or two to do throughout the week?

Chilli Challenge ideas Week 2

English and Topic based Activties

Literacy and topic planning



Useful websites

Espresso- Whole Curriculum



Super website that covers the whole curriculum.   The phonics units are really useful. It also has excellent topic based activities for your children to explore, with useful video links.

Phonics Play

We use this website a lot in class and the children love playing Buried Treasure and Obb and Bob. This site is allowing parents free access over the next month. Year R focuses on Phase 2, 3 and 4. Phase 4 would be new to the children and would be something we would have been starting after Easter.

Topmarks- Great for Maths and Literacy games


Huge website with resources for everything.  For the duration of the closures this site has been made free to parents.  Lots of the resources require printing (if you have that facility) but it does also include online games and resources.


It is vital that reading is still a daily activity for your child. This includes hearing stories everyday and reading. Unfortunately we are unable to send home books over this long period. The website below is a great resource which has online books you can access at your child’s level. Please use the phonics flash cards daily to ensure they keep up with their sounds. Have fun creating new words and see if they can then make a sentence with that word.

Books for Topics

If you need any guidance about what books your child should be reading check out

Muddy Puddle Teaching – Outdoor learning

A great site for ideas, games and fun learning outside. This site has given free access for a month to all parents.

Useful Learning Apps

Teach your Monster to Read 

Some fun phonics games for your children to help them learn their sounds and tricky words.

You tube Links

Tricky Word Songs– The children sing these songs in class and love them!

Simply Phonics- Focus on phase 2 and 3, you can search for the sound you want by entering ‘ simply phonics phase 3 ai’ and it will take you there.

Useful Websites for Phonics

Useful Websites for Reading

Useful Websites for Maths