Welcome to Hassell Reception. Our Class teachers are Mrs Lear and Mrs Destcoteaux and our teaching assistants are Miss Tune and Mrs Heath.  


Home Learning Activities - Nursery and Reception

We hope you are all keeping safe and enjoying lots of different learning activities and experiences at home.  We will continue to email out additional activities and projects that can be worked on together with your family. Please also see the Learning area of the website for the original letter with activities and website links on. These activities are also suitable for our Nursery children.

Week beginning 13th July - Topic 'Transport'



Previous home learning activities

Week beginning 6th July - Topic 'Space'


Week beginning 22nd June - Topic 'Around the World'


Week beginning 15th June - Topic: Famous people


Week beginning 8th June - Topic: Rainforest


Week beginning 1st June - Topic 'Sport'


Week beginning 18th May - Topic: Under the Sea


Week beginning 11th May - Topic: Food


Week beginning 4th May: Topic 'The Environment'


Week beginning 27th April: Topic 'Animals'


Week beginning 20th April: Topic 'The area we live in'

I hope you are all safe and well and have managed to enjoy a bit of sunshine over the Easter holiday.  Please find the next home learning activity ideas for your children in Reception.


We have changed the format so will now be sending home a weekly sheet with a whole school theme. This week our topic is 'The area we live in' and there are lots of ideas for maths, english and topic that your children can complete. If there is written work, the children can put this in their exercise book. Please don't feel that you have to print any worksheets out - just writing answers in their books is absolutely fine. If you think of any additional activities you would like to do based on these topics, that too is absolutely great.  If the children would like to send photographs of any of their home activities, we would love to see them. Please email them to me on [email protected].

We will be completing similar activities in school and will post ideas and examples on our school facebook page - Hassell Primary. The year group sheets will also be added to the class pages on the school website. 

In addition, there are also lots of new resources from the bbc on:

Please feel free to take a look. For the first 2 weeks of the summer term the maths activities from White Rose do not cover the same topics as the bbc, but these will also link in from week 3 onwards. 

Stay safe

Kind Regards

Kirsty Broome


Additional resources and links

Maths Lessons

At Hassell Primary, we follow the White Rose Maths Scheme of Learning.  White Rose Maths have lots of different maths ideas and activities that you might like to try at home.


We have just started to follow the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc Phonics Programme.  There are daily Read Write Inc phonics lessons live on the Ruth Miskin YouTube Channel: Set 1 Sounds 9:30AM;  Set 2 Sounds 10:00AM and Set 3 Sounds 10:30AM. 

Most children in Reception will be learning the set 1 or 2 sounds.  The videos are available for 24 hours after the live sessions (please be aware that this is on YouTube and so we recommend adult supervision).

Information for Parents and Carers about Read Write Inc Phonics

Phonics Play

There are different games on the PhonicsPlay website for the children to practise the sounds they have been learning.

Click on Free PhonicsPlay and select Children then Games.  Most children will be working on Phases 2, 3 or 4.



The Oxford Owl website has reading books of different levels. You need to register and log in to access all the books.

Collins Big Cat Reading Books

Click on Teacher Sign in.  User name: [email protected],uk   Password: Parents20!       Click on Collins Big Cat.

On the side or back of your school child's reading book there should be a colour band; this will help to choose the level of reading book online too.

When you have picked the book and the voice starts to read it out loud, you can pause this at the bottom right of the page so the children can read it first.  Press the magnifying glass to make the page bigger.

The National Literacy Trust has links to more online stories and activities.

Welcome to the Reception class page. Mrs Lear and Miss Tune work together in one reception class and Mrs Descoteaux and Mrs Heath work in the other class.  We share the outdoor area during lesson times.   There is a maximum of 25 children per reception class and we have great time learning in our play-based learning environment. The classroom has the following areas: writing, creative, role play, construction, small world, investigation, reading, Technology, finger gym, phonics and play dough. We also have an outdoor area where we can build, investigate, run, ride bikes, dig and perform.  We have a mud kitchen, water wall and investigation station too.  

We make the most of our surroundings and will go on regular walks to the library, the Queens gardens and local parks.  (Permission letters will be sent in due course) We love to grow fruit and vegetables in our small garden area.  We will provide puddle suits and ponchos but please send in coats, hats, gloves or sun hats dependent on the weather

In the reception class, we learn maths and phonics every day as a whole class which are followed by small group personalised teaching sessions. We also learn lots of other things through topics which we choose together. based on our interests.

All children have a diary which goes home every day. This is a communication tool between school and home, providing space for messages to be passed on and a record of when reading has taken place to be made. In reception we listen to each child read at least twice a week but we aim for three reads a week. We also learn  'rainbow words' and ‘tricky words’ which are words we will need to recognise in books. These are words that children will encounter frequently, the tricky words are words that cannot be decode/sounded out and will need to be read by sight.   These are added to each Friday or when the children are ready for their next set.  

We experience a broad and balanced curriculum based on the learning areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage – Physical, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

Please see the documents below for details of proposed topics, curriculum information and topic suggestions.  We say suggestions because at Hassell we are completely flexible to the interests and needs of our children.  

In Reception you child will have a document called a ’learning journey', together we will build a beautifully informative document that will journal your child's time and learning within the reception year.  Staff and children will add to the document regularly.  We hope that parents will also join us in contributing to this.  We will send out details of how you can get involved.  There will be plenty of opportunities to view your child's learning journey throughout the year.  

PE takes place on Tuesdays. Children are to come dressed in their kit. (No PE on the first day of school so please come dressed in uniform) 

Along with their book bag children should bring in a water bottle each day.  

The teaching staff are happy to answer any other questions you may have.  

Kind Regards

The Reception Team