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Badsey First School

Badsey First School


Reception - Class Owl


Welcome Back!




What a fantastic term we have had!

Wow, what a great term we have had so far! We have enjoyed watching our caterpillars transform, we have had so much fun at sports day and we have enjoyed lots of fruit tasting and breakfast together too! 

Forest School:  We have been out at "Muddy Monday" come rain or shine this half term and boy have we had our fair share of rain! We have enjoyed retelling stories such as "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and "Handa's Surprise" around base camp. We have taken part in role play outside, using the shed as Handa's hut in her village and we even made some African necklaces. We have explored our environment for other insects and mini beasts. We even found a baby toad!




Take a look at some of our photographs from some of our sessions and click here.


Phonics: We have returned to school and revisited all of our phase 2 sounds. We now have a better understanding of all of the single sounds in the alphabet and this allowed us to build our confidence when segmenting and blending CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words. We have also gained knowledge of lots more tricky words too. This has helped us pick up the pace with our writing and have more stamina for longer pieces of writing such as Newswriting on a Monday or writing linked to our talk for writing texts. Not only do we practise our formation in phonics but we have been stretching ourselves and thinking of words where the sound may appear in the middle or the end of the word. We have become more independent and are now learning to use the resources around the classroom, our sound mats and our tricky word wall to help write sentences and captions too.

We are currently revisiting phase 3 sounds where we are learning that two letters actually make one sound and so can three! We are becoming more confident using our digraphs and trigraphs in our writing and we are enjoying writing for different purposes. We have used our phonic skills in our Talk 4 Writing sessions to write recipes, instructions, wanted posters and notes.

Take a look at some of our photographs and click here

Maths: In maths this half term we came back after the Easter holidays and we explored time and money. We enjoyed reading stories linked with time and exploring situations where we would be able to use money. We had a superhero headquarters where we could buy lots of items that a superhero would need. We were really confident at recognising coins after a little practice and understood that the size of the coin did not relate to the value of the coin.

More recently we have been working on our number skills and exploring doubling and halving and now we have been learning all about addition. We have used lots of practical equipment linked to our them of Superheroes and now we are concentrating on writing our number sentences and putting our knowledge of vocabulary to good use.

Take a look at some of the fun activities we have been taking part in to explore addition-click here.

As always, any questions please do not hesitate to speak to us on the gate. We look forward to welcoming you back on Monday! 

Mrs Williams, Miss Cole and Mrs Appleyard 


Early Reading videos


Video 1- Reading a picture book and asking questions about the story, character and their thoughts and feelings here

Video 2-Reading a picture book and asking questions about the story, character and their thoughts and feelings here

Video 3-Reading a book that explores initial sounds here.

Video 4- Reading a book that explores initial sounds here.

Video 5- Reading a book that explores initial sounds here.





Helpful Website Links to access if you at home.

Education City- can be accessed here or through the Quick-Links side bar.  Your child will need their individual log in to use this website
Topmarks is a great website for maths activities and can be accessed here
Phonics Play has many useful phonics games and can be accessed here
Our favourite counting song can be accessed here

Excellent site built around the 7 areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. You can access a free 7 day trial but you need to subscribe after this period to access the content – various subscription packages available.

Great site with some free phonics games

Practise your phonics whilst reading simple comics

Many games often recognised by children from their favourite programmes.

Links to particular cbeebies games from areas of learning. 

Cbeebies stories and rhymes.

Interactive books and reading activities to share with your child at home.

New and improved! Try creating your own Spot story.

Listen to a story together.

Books for reading together with links to understanding of the world (good for natural science).

Some excellent numeracy and literacy resources

Good for spelling high frequency and tricky words!

Lots of maths and literacy games

Many games and songs including those relating to festivals.

Many delightful games. Spend some time exploring!

Games of varying quality to support different areas of learning.

The Little animals’ activity centre - plenty of good quality activities to support learning

The Little animals’ activity centre – stories

Various educational games, videos and craft ideas

British Council “Learn English” – songs and stories,index

Good quality games from a range of websites such as BBC. Supports communication, language and literacy, problem solving, reasoning and numeracy as well as other areas of learning.

Problem solving reasoning and numeracy

Visit the world with Barnaby Bear!