Transition information for children starting school


We hope that you have all had a wonderful Easter.  We know that things are very strange right now and we are missing all of you lots.  We hope you were still able to share a special Easter time with your family and maybe enjoy a little bit of chocolate too!


We would like to thank all families for your support with home learning.  It has been lovely to see the amazing activities you have been emailing into school, they always make us smile.  You are all doing a fantastic job and are helping the children to stay engaged in their learning.  


We have updated the topic section on this web page with links to home learning based on our new topic.  We are also continuing to add a weekly learning log to the Google Drive and the documents section of this webpage. There are lots of resources and activity ideas on the Google Drive covering lots of different areas of the curriculum, you can also access this in the documents section at the very bottom of this page.






Please scroll down for class information.

Your teachers are Mrs Smith and Miss Kozij 

Your teaching assistant is Miss Dawson


Mrs Smith's class name is London 1

Miss Kozij's class name is London 2





Please can I remind all parents that trainers are not school uniform and must not be worn to school. For full details on appropriate school uniform please see the policy section of the website.



PE is Wednesday 

Information from school uniform policy:

PE Kit: All children except for those in the Nursery MUST have a PE Kit in school with them.

Girls and Boys



White polo shirt

Navy Sweatshirt or cardigan

Navy PE Shorts or Navy or black Jogging trousers

Pumps or trainers

White polo shirt

Navy Sweatshirt or cardigan

Navy PE Shorts

Pumps or trainers


PE kits can be left on pupil's pegs for the 1/2 term and will be sent home for washing before the holidays.



Outdoor Learning

We are all really enjoying exploring our wonderful new outdoor learning space.  For information about clothing requirements such as waterproofs and wellies, please see the attached leaflet at the bottom of this page.




Our Learning


Amazing animals!

We had lots of fun using the instruments to make noises to match all the different animals!




We had lots of fun exploring colours by mixing them together in the outdoor area!


Mark making!

We had lots of fun mark making in our outdoor area!



We have had lots of fun using the wooden blocks to build and construct!


Summer Term

Home Learning


For weekly learning log challenges and support documents to help with home learning please see the bottom of this page or visit the Reception Google Drive where there are lots more resources and activities too.

Our main topic for Summer 1 is...

  'To the Rescue!'


Here are some fantasy superhero stories you might want to look at.


Watch Kes Gray read Super Daisy:

Supertato audio book with pictures:






On the twinkl website there are lots of superhero linked activity ideas for reception.


Superhero song:


Some key vocabulary to discuss:

Superhero- a character with superhuman powers, such as Superman.
Villain- a character who can have evil actions 
Super powers- an extraordinary ability
Fantastic- special, amazing, super
Rescue- to save someone from danger


Also think about really super heroes in our community.  Use the internet or non-fiction texts to find out about the very important roles and jobs different people do within our communities that help all of us.


Who helps us video:


Song about different jobs:


Who is your special superhero?

Draw a picture of someone who is your very own superhero and write a sentence about how they help you.



In literacy, please continue to practise your phase 3 sounds and if you are now feeling confident with these try some of the phase 4 activities in your home learning pack or on the Google drive.  Keep practising segmenting and blending with a focus on reading and writing short captions and simple sentences. As well as your sounds, make sure you keep practise reading and spelling your tricky words.


From Monday 27th April, Letters and Sounds (the phonics programme we follow at St Cuthberts) is providing daily online phonics lessons

For full detail please see the leaflet in the documents section at the bottom of this page.


  • Daily writing practise - please encourage your child to attempt a phase 3 phonics caption each day, for example – “We had fish and chips for dinner.” (see phase 3 captions previously sent home or on the Google Drive for examples of these). Encourage your child to write this as independently as they can - prompt them to refer to sound-mats and to our steps to success to ensure they use different features in their sentence (e.g. finger spaces, full stops, capital letters etc). 
  • Daily reading practise - please continue to engage with daily reading with your child, continue to read over the phonics words, captions and sentence strips for phase 2 and 3 that we have sent home previously.  There are also lots of free online books at that are phonically decodable for reception children.

Why not have a go at making up your own superhero story using the TalesToolKit resources in your home learning pack.  Mums and Dads can now access Tales Toolkit resouces online in their family area at  See the guidance document on how to register at the bottom of this page.  



In Maths, keep practising recognising your numerals and counting forwards and backwards within 20 and beyond. Can you start to recall 1 more or 1 less than a given number?  Try recording your own number sentences using the symbols for addition (+) and subtraction (-).  How will you solve the calculation?  Can you use counting on or counting back?  Use your number line in your home learning pack to help you.  When we were last all together, we had just started to look at sharing out a set.  We had tried halving numbers (sharing them between 2) and had introduced the terms odd and even numbers.  Can you try halving some numbers?  Is it an odd or an even number?  


White Rose Maths Home Learning for Summer week 1 is all based on the story 'Supertato':


Here is a list of websites/ apps and YouTube videos that we love and will help with our learning at home as well as school...


Government support for home learning for children aged 0-5 years.


Phonics websites


Mr Mc is doing fun and interactive daily phonics lessons for children age 4-5. He focuses on new digraphs and has lots of different ways to revisit already learnt sounds.


Phonics apps


Jolly Phonics Lessons


Meet the alphablocks


Read with phonics games


First words sampler


Teach your monster to read


Phonics YouTube Videos 


Tricky words songs phase 2, 3 and 4


Letter names and sound song




Jack Hartman


Geraldine the Giraffe


Maths websites


Maths Apps


Kids counting


Maths Tree


Bugs and Numbers


Busy things


Maths ages 3-5


Maths YouTube videos


Jack Hartman


Monkey floss counting backwards from 20


2D shape song


3D shape song






Counting by 10s


Counting by 5s


El Nombre for number formation


Money song


We hope to see you all again really soon and remember to share your amazing home learning with us by sending some photos to


Some of your amazing home learning


Mastering new skills.


Using the Tales Toolkit format to create stories.



Lots of fun with practical maths.



Here is a sneaky peek at our topics...


Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1

Marvellous Me and Amazing Animals

Winter Wonderland

Once Upon a Time


Looking at how I have changed

People who are special to me

People who help us 

Learning about what I am good at

Introduction to the curriculum

Our friends and the disciples


Animals non fiction


exploring changes around us

 Woodland animals


Autumn Sponsored Scavenger Hunt







Bonfire Night

Hibernation - Hedgehogs

The Snowman

The Nativity

3D models

Story telling




exploring changes around us

Anti-bulling Week


Nativity story and Christmas






Fairy tales/ traditional tales

Den making





People in History Day

Safer Internet Day

Chinese New Year



















Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Lets grow! To The Rescue!

 Where We Live

Jack and the beanstalk

The Little Red Hen


Planting and growing

Observational drawing


(World Book Day, Mother's Day, St Patrick's Day)


exploring changes around us



Maths Day

Look at Our Learning sessions

Super heroes


Nat Fantastic

Real life heroes - our community


 St George's Day

Science Day

Pentecost Birthday Party

Celebrating Difference Day

Reception Assembly

Sponsored  Rainbow Welly Walk




How has Manchester changed - 

objects/ photos from the past

Junk modelling

Stanley Stick


Papier mache globes.



exploring changes around us


Sports Week

trip - Pizza Express, walk around our local area.


Our curriculum is unique. The 'Early Years Foundation Stage' Curriculum enables children to develop the skills needed to become happy, successful and life long learners. Click the link to find out more about the Early Years Curriculum- Early Years Development Matters Document see below


The children access the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum through a mixture of adult directed and child initiated activities. Our activities are completed in both our inside and outside classroom so please ensure your child is is equipped for the weather each day! 


We plan in line with the children's observed interests and welcome you to let us know if there is something at home that your child has expressed a particular interest in.


Please feel free to approach us with any ideas, expertise and/or resources you would like to share!

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