Hi everyone,
We hope you are all safe, happy and enjoying this time at home. Your grown ups have told us how hard you have been working and we are all so proud of you for that!
If you are getting a little stuck for more ideas why not try some creative tasks- Easter crafts, painting, drawing, cooking - whatever you fancy!

When we are at school we only tend to work on an activity for between 5-20 minutes as after that we find that you lose a bit of interest and want to go and play. So try and make sure you are getting lots of chances to play with your toys and include the grown ups in your games.
If you have a computer you can also ask your grown ups to try some of the websites we recommended - there are lots of fun things on there that you can try.
We all miss you very much and hope we can see you soon.
Lots of love from the Early Years Team xx
Reception Class - You can email Mrs Godfrey with any queries:

Ahoy me little maties. I hope you have all had a great time undertaking your daily Pirate tasks, you have been absolutely amazing at them all and I have loved seeing what you have produced.
Your tasks this week are to get messy and creative! I would like you to choose a different task each day to complete and show your family what you have created, don't forget to email me a picture of what you make. I can't wait to see them!
Happy sailing my little Pirates 
Love Mrs Godfrey x
pirate g
pirate girl
Week Beginning Monday 14th June 2020 

Ahoy there me litte maties! I hope you are all still happy and sailing the Seven Seas since you were rescued from your Island! I have been a very happy Captain this week hearing and seeing all the challenges you are been doing, you are a brilliant little crew and I am very proud of you all!

This week I feel you are ready to begin training for when you are Captain of your own magnificent Pirate Ship. The challenges I have for you this week are as follows:

Challenge 1: Do you know my little Pirate Crew I almost didn't make it back this week from my High Sea adventures as my Telescope broke and I lost my compass! Fortunatley I was able to use one of the wonderful ones you all made last week, but I could not fix the telescope and had to rely on Peter Parrot to direct us from up on the nest. Your challenge therefore is to make your own Pirate Telescope. This is a prized and special thing so take your time and think carefully about what you want to use - you may raid your recycling for tubes and rolls, you may want to do with paper / card, whatever you choose don't forget to to keep it save and send me a picture of what you have done! 
Challenge 2: When I was training to be Captain I saw lots of people being made to Walk the Plank! They all had to make up a Pirate poem and read it to the Captain, if the Captain didn't like it he ordered WALK THE PLANK, WALK THE PLANK! I would like you to make up your own plank - maybe cushions on the floor, a piece of rope to balance on along the floor etc. When you have made your plank I would like you to work with your grown up to make up and write down a poem about pirates. There are lots on the internet to help you and to give you some ideas. Once you have finished I would like you to read it to the people in your house, they can decide if you need to WALK THE PLANK or if you are saved! You then can be Captain and ask your grown ups to tell you a poem or share some funny jokes and if you like them, save them and if you don't you know what to do tell them to......WALK THE PLANK!! 
Challenge 3: Whenever I dock the Pirate Ship in the Fish Quay I see Wanted posters with my face and a reward on! I am a sneaky pirate though and I always have a little stash of Wanted posters I have made with the faces of other pirates on that I can swap them with so nobody knows it is me. Your challenge is to make a Wanted Poster for other pirates so that when you dock your ship you can fool everyone into wanting to capture someone else! Take your time with the drawing and think of a good reward! (The person who made my is a bit of a cheap skate as the reward was only £1.00 what a cheek!) 
Challenge 4: Every Captian needs a little down time and some fun games to play. I would like all you soon to be Captains to log onto and try the activities under Pirate Bunnies. There are a full range for you to try which will test all your skills and knowledge. Have fun! 
Challenge 5:  Your final challenge this week is to make up a set of family challenge cards.  I would like you to write your own challenges for the grown ups in your house and they might do the same for you. I would like you to make up at least 10 challenge cards. 5 of these must be Phonics challenges -i.e.  find items beginning with..., recognising sounds, reading words / sentences etc. 5 must also be Maths challenges: finding shapes, finding the answer from a simple sum, writing numbers etc. (Grown ups please help with this and then see if your child can complete their own challenges. Each day more challenges can be added to the pile. If your child does this they may be more inclined to undertake the activity as it is something they have ownership over.) Use your plank from Challenge 2 for anyone who doesn't obey the Captain and complete their challenge! 

I cannot wait to hear all about how you have all been doing with these challenges and I am hoping to be able to speak with you all this week to check in with how my Pirate Crew are getting on. 

Stay Safe me little Maties and I will see you all soon!

Lots of Love Captain Godfrey xxx 

pirate b
Week Beginning Monday 1st June 2020 

Dear Reception this is Captain Godfrey, I am the Captain of Percy The Pirate Ship. This is a beautiful but scary Priate Ship which you may have seen as I often sail the High seas along Tynemouth and Whitley Bay!

I have been told by your Teacher that she set you 5 challenges to do from home and now you are all stranded on a Desert Island, I don't know what she was thinking of!

I have decided to come and rescue you, but in order to do that you must now complete a range of challenges for me!

Challenge 1: Complete the Phonics game This game will help you to build words and I would like you to focus on the words beginning with SH....ship!

Challenge 2:  I am a very wise Pirate but I get lost alot, so I will need some help to find you. Ask your grown ups to help you google what a compas is and how it is used. Research how a compass helps people to locate and find different places. See if you can make your own from any recycling you may have and by drawing N, S, E, W onto your compass. There are lots of fun ways to make a compass if you look online. 

Challenge 3. I can't wait to try your compass but in the meantime I will need to use one of my trustworthy Pirate maps. This map shows me all the places I can visit. I would like you to use google, Google Earth  / if you have a map at home please use that and see if you can locate where you live. Find it on a map and search for other places near to you. It is great fun to look at other places around you, why not see if you can locate places you have never been but would love to visit, a Pirate Ship is a great way to travel the world!

Challenge 4. In order to board my ship you are going to need to help not only direct the ship back home with all your map skills, but you will also need ot help me count.  I would therefore like you to try the really fun maths activities on Twinkl, they are all linked to Pirates and will help you on our journey home :

Challenge 5: Your final challenge is to make your own Pirate Flag. I would love to see all the different designs you create. Many Pirate ships have a Skull and Cross Bones but you can make any picture you would like which will be special to you. You couold do this with paper, pens, pencils, paint, a piece of material, whatever you fancy just take your time and make it really special.

If you find any of of these challenges tricky or you would like any more work, then your Teacher said to tell your grown ups to email her and she will be more than happy to help.

Stay safe my little Ship mates and I will see you on your Island soon.

Captain Godfrey xxx

Ahoy there Reception!
I hope you are all happy and having fun at home.
We are going to continue our Pirate Theme with a Daily Challenge this week. Please complete one each day and send me your pictures on my email.
Challenge 1:

As we continue to stay at home I would like you to use your imagination to travel far away to a Desert Island.  Have you ever been to one? I haven't so I would love to know what it looks like! Your first challenge therefore is to explore what Islands look like and why they are called an Island? What surrounds the land? - Use Google Earth and see if you can find any  Islands around the World and zoom in to see what they look like. Can you list the Islands you find? Happy Island Hopping! 
Challenge 2:
Now you know what different Islands look like, I want you to imagine that you are being sent to one that is deserted! There are no houses, shops or toys! Your Challenge today is to make a list of 10 items you would take with you to your Island. Think about what each item will do to help you survive. Collect the items from your house and explain your reasons to your family. Would they take the same things or what would they take? Ask your family to go and get their items and compare what you have all chosen. Why not make a Family Island Essentials list and include everything your family would take too. Happy hunting! 
Challenge 3:
You have your 10 essential items ready for your journey but don't forget your food! On the Island there may not be much to eat so I would like you to help your Grown Up make a packed lunch / dinner for you and your family. You could make some anything your adult will help you with such as sandwiches, cup cakes or a fruit salad etc but be careful to use all of the utensils safely and under the guidance of your adult. Focus on the stages of making the sandwich / cake and try using the sclaes to weigh and measure the ingredients you need, this will help you with your Maths. Happy cooking!
Challenge 4:
In order to get to the Island you are going to have to travel by water. Your challenge today is to look at different materials that you could use to make a boat. The internet is full of great ideas to help you, but I would like you to test some materials out first. You could ask your grown up if they have any recycling products that you could try and put in your bath or sink and see if they float or sink. If you were making a boat which would you want it to do - Float or Sink? When you have found the mateirals you want to use try and make a model of a boat and see if it can float from one side of your bath to the other. I would also like you to look on the internet at Rafts. What is a Raft? Why might you use a raft on an Island? What materials can be used to make a raft? Happy sailing!
Challenge 5:
You have had such a busy week preparing for your Island adventure so to finish the week we need to plan your route! You have your items, food, boat / raft but now we need a map!  Your challenge today is to draw a map. This could be a map of your Island, your journey or a picture of you on your boat sailing away! Take your time to draw each part of your map carefully, colour within the lines and describe to your Grown up what you have drawn. Happy drawing!

As always I would like you to keep practising your daily numbers and RWI Phonics on You Tube. I know this can be tricky but give it a go as you are all Superstars! There are sets of Home packs in the School Office that can also help you with some worksheets to boost your skills in Maths and Phonics, they all have a Pirate theme!

If you find all of this Pirate work has worn you out or your Grown Ups need 5 minutes on a deserted Island themselves :) then have a rest and watch the film Peter Pan / Tinkerbell / SwashBuckle. They will definitely help you to drift away to a Magical Island from the comofrt of your settee! 

Keep safe, keep smiling and keep being you!
Lots of Love
Mrs Godfrey 
Week Beginning 4th May

The book our activities are focussed on this week is The Night Pirates

This week white rose maths (the scheme we use in school) are focussing on the book The Night Pirates they have maths activities you can complete every day that links to the story. Find them here:
RWI have their own youtube channel where they are uploading videos daily for set one sounds at 9:30, each lesson is ten minutes long and available for 24 hours. Log on daily here;
Additional Activities
(Pick one or two a day to complete)

  1. We all have treasure, something that is valuable to us. What’s yours? Draw a picture of it and write a sentence to go with it.
  2. Pirates weren’t always that kind to each other. Can you write some tips on how to be a better friend?
  3. Make some pirate puppets. You could retell the story of create your own pirate adventure story. Maybe an adult could film you.
  4. Put an eye patch on someone and direct them around. How clear are your instructions? Now let someone direct you. Can you follow the instructions?
  5. If you have any play sand, explore digging using different equipment. Try teaspoons for scooping. Hide treasure and use tongs to pick it out.
  6. Walk the plank! Can you find something to balance along? Challenge your family to do the same. Some pirates only had one leg. How long can you balance on one leg for? Who in your family can balance the longest?
  7. You have 12 pieces of treasure. You steal 5 from your Mum. How many do you have now? Make up lots more stories like this, using real objects as the treasure.
  8. Pirates didn’t have houses like us. They lived mostly on boats. Can you find out about the different parts of a pirate ship? You could label a picture of one.
  9. Use either a boat you’ve made, or just a simple plastic container, but make sure it floats. What would happen if there were too many pirates on the boat? Find out by adding objects to the top of your boat. How many objects will it take before it sinks? Are there any objects which make it sink straight away?
  10. Draw a map of your house. Maybe you can turn it into a treasure hunt.
  11. Use equipment around your house to make a telescope and/or sword

Hi Reception.

I am going to be asking you all to spend next week (Week beginning 30th March) working on the Easter Craft table I gave you in your Home School pack. This table has 30 activities that you can do and should last you a couple of weeks. Please choose 2x activities a day to complete.

I would also like you to do one Phonics and one Maths activity each day. If you want a little change from what is in your pack try and

Grown ups please do not worry if your child is not wanting to engage in the activities you are giving them or the ones I have suggested above. As a parent I know first hand the challenges of trying to carry out Home Schooling so please be reassured that you are doing a great job!

Children in the Early years learn so much through play, if you can provide opportunities for your child to undertake board games, share stories, draw pictures, write notes, lists, count, cook etc, you will be supporting their learning more than you may know. 

I am here for any advice or support I can offer you so please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Please stay safe, stay at home with your precious little ones and keep an eye on this page for any updates. 

Mrs Godfrey x 

Hello Reception,

I just wanted to write you another little letter to say that I am missing you all very much and I hope that you are having fun at home with your Grown ups.

I know it can feel strange to not be coming into School each day, seeing your friends, playing with your toys and doing lots of fun things in Reception, but we will be back in School one day and I promise all those fun things will be there waiting for you.

In the meantime I wondered if you might enjoy some new activities? The activities won’t take you very long so there will still be plenty of time to play, watch the TV or use your devices. I would like you to try and do these activities independently or with your Grown-up helping you if needed (try having a go on your own if you can and show them just how amazing you are!)

Each day (apart from the weekend) I would like you to do the following:

  • Write a diary – I can’t wait to hear about how you have been spending your day so write it all down and tell me (Adults there is no pressure here at all! The focus is around writing and forming a sentence / sentences not what the children have / haven’t been doing so please don’t worry! Please encourage the use of Capital letters, full stops and writing phonetically – how the word sounds rather than the exact spelling. At this point in the year we would be looking at between 1 – 4 sentences using the above punctuation, however again please do not worry if your child engages in only 1 sentence.
  • Make your own Flash cards to use each day. You will need a piece of paper that you can cut into squares. On each square I would like you to write the words below and then practise the words every day for 5 minutes:
                                                I     the     he      she     no   go   into   we   me

  • Log onto the Read Write Inc daily phonics session on YouTube. We have been focusing on Set 1 sounds and this session starts at 9.30am everyday. The session will last around 40 minutes and will help you to write in your diary and keep you working as a Phonics Superstar!  
In addition to this I would like you to spend some time making Repeated Patterns – these are patterns which repeat over and over again.
You can make your patterns using anything at all – toys, pencils, pasta shapes, buttons anything at all! I would like you to try the following:

  • Make a repeated pattern using 2 objects eg: pen and pencil
  • Make repeated pattern using 3 objects eg: pen, pencil and rubber
  • Ask your grown up to make different patterns for you and see if you can carry on the pattern.
  • Make a pattern for your grown up and see if they can carry on the pattern you have set for them!

If you would like to experiment further with the actvitites that have been set, please remember to check out the following websites:

See you all soon.
Mrs Godfrey

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