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Welcome to Reception at Northern Primary School! Myself and Miss Nuttall are so excited to be welcoming the new Reception children this year.  We will ensure that your child has a fabulous time at school and that each and every day is packed with fun and engaging activities.  If you ever have any concerns please do not hesitate to speak to myself or Miss Nuttall.


Thank you in advance for your support.


Mrs Ewens.

Information to share with children about returning to school.

Hi Reception children and parents.  Like you, I received the details about a possible return to school for Reception children on the 1st of June.  At the moment, we are awaiting further guidance from the Government about what this means for all of us.  In the short-term. nothing has changed and I will continue to add home learning to our class page.  If you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me on


Take care, Mrs Ewens x

Hello Reception class. It’s Miss Nuttall here. I hope you are all well. I’m missing you all lots. I would love you to send me some pictures of you at home with your family. Please email your pictures to I will really look forward to seeing all your pictures. 😘

If you are out and about this weekend I would love you to get creative and send me some of your outdoor art work. I have added a few examples for you. Miss Nuttall

Sing Up is producing a song a week for us all to learn to help bring us closer.  We thought it would be a great idea if children could learn the same song each week and then all sing it at 3pm each Friday.  This is a great way to help us all feel 'in it together'.

Here is the link Practice it daily and then sing your hearts out each Friday at 3pm.

Friday 3rd April

Good afternoon Reception Class.  I hope you have all had a lovely day.  I would like to say thank you so much for all the learning you have completed at home.  Your emails and pictures have been fantastic.  

Although I will not be setting any work over the Easter break, you will still be able to access Reading Eggs , Purple Mash and Mathsseeds.  I hope you all manage to have a lovely time with your family and I can't wait until we are all back in school learning together.  

Please don't hesitate to contact me via email if there is anything you need help with -

Reading Eggs and Mathseeds

Hi all, you should have all received a text with login details for Reading Eggs and Mathseeds.  I will be setting work on these on a daily basis.  Please contact me if you require any further details.  Many thanks, Mrs Ewens.

Welcome to week 2 of your remote learning. Here is an overview for the week and I will then add daily tasks each day. I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

Wow !! This is fantastic to see. I love the picture of you measuring your sunflower. Miss Nuttall.

How nice to see Pippa and her sister making Pizzas. Keep up the good work girls. Miss Nuttall.

I was so happy to receive some fantastic work from Olivia this morning. Your sunflower is looking great and your drawing is so neat. Keep up the good work Olivia . Miss Nuttall

Tuesday 31st March

Good afternoon Reception Class.  I hope you have all had a fabulous day.  I am so looking forward to us all being back in school together, completing lots of exciting things together. 



Oxford Owl are also offering a free library of ebooks for children working from home.  These are great and follow the reading scheme we use in school.  Just register at and you will be able to access a wealth of resources.


Pippa has been very busy again today.  She has been working with her little sister, reading lots of stories and making some fabulous ballerina eggs; well done girls!  They have also been on a shape hunt around their house.  Keep it up!

Keep safe and I will see you soon.  Mrs Ewens.

Tuesday 31st March

Good morning Reception Class!  I am sorry I am a little late putting your challenges on the page today but I have been struggling to connect to the internet.  I hope you are all well this morning and ready for your new challenges!

Maths - complete a 2D shape hint around your home and make a tally of all the different shapes you can see (you will need to keep this list for tomorrows learning).

Literacy - watch then on I have set you a 2do on purplemash to complete a poster all about Easter, don't forget to save it in your tray.

Creativity - boil an egg and then decorate it as creatively as you can.  Look on the internet as there are some fabulous examples on there.

I received some fabulous examples of work yesterday.  Take a look at these.


Pippa posted a very special card to Grandma about keeping safe and also completed a great comic.

Jac has been busy writing messages to myself and Miss Nuttall, baking and looking for signs of Spring.

Olivia has been busy completing the science experiment to see how water reacts with different materials.  She has also been very busy writing an excellent sentence about her favourite book.

Jack has been busy practising writing his 'red words', drawing a picture from his favourite Star Wars book, labelling a plant and looking for signs of Spring from his tent in his garden!


What a busy bunch you are!  Take care, Mrs Ewens.

Monday 30th March.  Good afternoon Reception Children.  I hope you have had a good day and have managed to log on to mathseeds and reading eggs.  I have set you all some new tasks on there for tomorrow.  Oliver has been working hard at home practising his sounds and reading.  Well done Oliver!

I will catch up with you all again in the morning.  Take care.

Welcome to week one of your remote learning.  Here you will find plans for you to complete at home with your children.  Please contact me with any questions.  I would love to see photos of your work and how you are all getting on so please feel free to email me at 


Here is a list of websites which you will be able to access to support your child’s learning at home.

I will also add additional links to each days learning.  You can create a free 30 day account for your child to use from home.

Joe Wicks will be holding a PE session each morning for all children.


Numberfun has some great resources to help your children with maths.  You can sign up for free here -


RWI – At Northern, we teach children phonics using the Read, Write, Inc scheme.  Please visit this site for daily phonic sessions.

Friday 27th March - Good afternoon Reception Class.  Thank you once again for all your fabulous work today.  Pippa has been very busy today! She even wrote me a postcard from Disneyland!  Thank you Pippa, I love it!


Next weeks learning will be put online on Monday.

Although we are not all in school this week, a lot of good learning has been happening both in our homes and at school. Well done to all children who have completed tasks set online this week.  We would like to keep our weekly awards up and running and so we will now have "Virtual Shooting Star" every Friday!


In Reception, our Virtual Shooting Star of the week is Olivia Ar for completing a range of home learning activities.  Well done Olivia!

Friday 27th March

Good morning Reception Class.  As we come to the end of our first week of remote learning I want to say how proud I am of you all.  I have loved seeing all your pictures and looking at the work you have completed on purple mash.  Here is a picture of Olivia's fabulous secret spy glasses which she made yesterday!  I was very impressed!


Seth has written an amazing story about a a cheeky rat whole stole a dragons egg, I think you are a fabulous author and illustrator Seth!


Here are your challenges for today:

Maths - Continue to practise your number bonds to 10 and try to 20 if you can.

Literacy - Can you spell all of the red words from the list in your pack?  Write them in your exercise book and then try and write sentences with them in.

Physical Development - Practise your throwing and catching skills.  Can you catch different sized objects like teddies, balls, small toys?

Take a look at Chester Zoo website to see how all the animals are getting on with their live webcams.

I will look forward to seeing how you all get on.

Take care, Mrs Ewens.


Thursday 26th March


Good afternoon Reception Class.  I hope you have all had a lovely day at home and have had lots of fun experimenting with water!  I'm looking forward to receiving some more pictures today.  I hope you have a nice evening and I'll be back on here again in the morning.


Thursday 26th March - Good morning Reception Class. You have all been so busy completing your home learning. I just wanted to share a few of the fabulous pictures I have received!

What busy bees you have been in Reception class!  As you can see from the pictures I added, Pippa has been busy completing observational drawings of a hyacinth, making amounts of money using different coins and completing her maths challenges.  Seth has learned all about a new animal called a musk ox (I can't wait to hear all about it from you Seth), Imogen has been busy running her shop and Olivia has mastered ordering numbers.  Well done all of you!

Your challenges for today are:

Maths - Practise number bonds to 10 and 20.  These are pairs of numbers which go together to make 10 or 20.  I have put number cards in your pack so you can use these alongside the counters you have made at home.

Literacy - Continue with your stories either in your exercise book or on purplemash (please remember to save them to your tray on there).

Topic - Get experimenting with water!  How does it react with different materials?  Pour water on items like tinfoil, sponges, cloth, plastic bags.  What differences do you notice?

Don't forget to watch Joe Wicks too for your daily exercise session on Youtube.


Take care everyone and enjoy the sunshine!


Mrs Ewens.

Wednesday 25th March

Good afternoon Reception Class!  I hope you have managed to enjoy some of this beautiful sunshine today with your family members.  I wish that we could all be enjoying it at school together but we will make up for it when we are all back!  I would love to see some more pictures of your junk models and stories. 

Keep safe class and I'll see you all soon.  Mrs Ewens.


Wednesday 25th March

Good morning Reception Class!  I hope that you are all well and are able to get a little bit of fresh air today.  I have some new challenges for you to compete today.

Maths - In your home learning packs there are 2 sheets for you to complete addition and subtraction problems.  If you complete these, you can write your own in your exercise book.  Remember that if you are taking one number away from another, we put the biggest number first in the calculation.

Literacy - Using your favourite story for ideas, write your own story using either purple mash (mini mash) or your exercise book.  I have added instructions for purple mash in the attached document (This task is for today and tomorrow).

Topic - Make a model out of 'junk'.  This could be a model of anything you like.  Talk to your family about it.  You can plan it first in your exercise book and I would love to see pictures! 

As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if you require any help or have any questions. 

Have a lovely day!

Mrs Ewens -






Tuesday 24th March

Good morning Reception Class.  I hope you are all well this morning and enjoying spending time with your family.  I have some more challenges for you to complete at home!

Maths - Play shops with your family (just like we did in our garden centre at school), use 1p, 2p and 50 coins to pay for the items.  Take it in turns to be the customer or the shopkeeper.  Do you remember when we had a 'half price sale' ?  Use your counters to work out what half of the cost would be.  Can every amount be halved?

Literacy - Log on to Purple Mash and take a look at the phonics work I have set you on there.  Don't forget to practise reading and spelling your 'red words' and writing sentences with them in your book.  

Topic - Continue your topic work from yesterday.  I'd love to see some pictures!  You can email them to me at


Please follow this to help with phonics learning.

I am looking forward to seeing you all very soon. Take care, Mrs Ewens.


Good afternoon Reception Class.  I hope you have enjoyed your day today and have had chance to discover lots of signs of Spring in your garden!  I am looking forward to seeing pictures of your observational drawings and the labels you have written.  I will welcome you again tomorrow morning.  Take care from Mrs Ewens.


I have been contacted by a parent to say that some of you may be having difficulty accessing online resources. Please find alternative literacy work if needed.

Hi Reception Class!  I hope you have all had a great day and thank you for all the lovely pictures I have received of you completing your challenges.  I will update the website again in the morning with your new challenges.  Please contact me if you have any questions and thank you to all you fabulous parents who are helping your children with these tasks at home.

Take care, Mrs Ewens.

We have been learning how to wash our hands correctly and how important it is. When using the soap we sing happy birthday in our head then at the end of the song we wash the soap off.

As our topic in class is Dinosaurs we really enjoyed getting the opportunity to go and visit Dippy the Dinosaur in Rochdale. On the way we all sang songs on the coach and loved the gifts we got from the shop.

We have been planting sunflowers seeds in class. The children will bring them home so you can watch them grow. We have also been drawing and labelling our plants.

Numeracy is always fun to learn in Reception.

Look what we have been doing in January 2020. Learning is always so much fun in Reception.

We were very lucky that Kylie from PDSA came in to talk to us about looking after our pets.  Reception and Year One then joined together to learn the essentials for our pets.  They need food and water, exercise, people to love them, shelter and warmth.  We are now going to be the best pet owners ever!


Curriculum overview for Spring 2


Smartie the Penguin has been helping us stay safe online.


In Reception Class we have been learning how to stay safe online.  We have followed the story of Smartie the Penguin ( know who we must tell if we see something which is not right on the internet.  We know that we mustn't click on things if we don't know what they are and always ask permission to use the internet so that an adult can make sure we are accessing content which is appropriate for our age.


Thanks Smartie!

A class full of bookworms!

Today we welcomed parents and carers into class to look at all the different ways we use books in Reception Class.  We don't just enjoy listening to stories and trying to read them ourselves.  We like acting out the stories in the tuff trays, dressing up as the characters, building the settings in construction or retelling the stories using puppets.  We have also been looking at lots of non-fiction books and have tried to replicate Antarctica using sugar cubes.  We loved showing the grown ups our classroom!

Gong hei fat choy!


We had a wonderful time in Reception Class dancing with fans, learning traditional Chinese dances and also taking part in a mini dragon parade.  We have really loved learning all about Chinese New Year. 

Today in Reception we have been tasting Chinese Food. We tried spring rolls, prawn toast, rice, noodles, sweet and sour chicken and Prawn crackers. We also had our very own fortune cookie at the end. Thank you to Bacup Chippy for supplying us with this lovely food.

Reception Class loved meeting Harold the giraffe today! We learned about the organs in our bodies and some of us had to demonstrate where these organs are located.  Harold loves to dance so we all danced around and then felt our hearts as they were beating faster.

All of the Reception children promised Harold that they would brush their teeth every morning and night.  Thank you Harold and Stephen!


These last 2 weeks we have been reading the story of Handa's Surprise.  Mrs Ewens brought the fruits from the story into class for us to try.  Most of us loved them!  

We know that these fruits can't grow in Weir (or anywhere in the UK) as they need to grow in hot countries and we have been looking at which parts of the world are usually hot or cold.

This week Reception have really enjoyed taking part in Learn to Ride Bikeability. It has been lovely to see how much they have progressed over the three days.

Spring 1 overview

We are learning about winter in Reception Class and how other parts of the world are cold and icy all of the time.

We have been so busy in Reception Class over the Christmas period. We have written the Christmas story, celebrated by making Christingles, snow globes, rice krispie Christmas trees, festive musical instruments and bird feeders! We also performed a fabulous nativity play, had a trip to the Boo Theatre and met the man himself, Father Christmas! We are looking forward to Christmas so much. Merry Christmas to everyone from Reception Class.

Reception Class had the most magical time at the Boo Theatre.  We went on a magical mystery tour through time to help Santa save Christmas!  At the end of our time-travel journey, we were amazed to find it snowing inside!  We also made our very own snow globes which we will treasure.




Autumn in Reception Class

We are proud to be a UNICEF Rights Respecting School!

We have had a busy first week back in Reception Class!  We have been learning about the festival Diwali and have made some beautiful Rangoli Patterns.  We have also used the globe to find countries which traditionally celebrated Diwali.  Also this week, we have completed and written some scary potions and labelled Halloween objects we have found around the classroom.  We have enjoyed listening to Room on the Broom and have re-enacted the story using the characters in the role play area.

Curriculum overview for Autumn 2

We are learning about how Christians and Jews celebrate Harvest.

Parents come to see Reception children at work!

Over the last few weeks we have had lots of fun reading Supertato books.  We have made our own super hero veggies and have also made traps to capture the Evil Pea in the construction area!  We even made Evil Pea soup!  Here is the display of all the super hero vegetables we have made.


We made our own Super Veggies!

Roald Dahl Day

What a fabulous day!

We had a fabulous day dressing up for Roald Dahl Day! We made new machines for the chocolate factory in the construction area, potions in the mud kitchen for George's Marvellous Medicine and wrote shopping lists for the Twits. We all had so much fun!

Parent drop in letter and Read Write Inc links

Wow! What a fabulous first week the children in Reception Class have had.  Each and every one of them has settled in so well and myself and Miss Nuttall are extremely proud of them.  We have enjoyed our supermarket role play area, construction, crafts and also playing outside in our very own garden.   We are looking forward to next week for our first full week in school.  Well done Reception children, keep it up!

Welcome to Reception Class!