Early Years Foundation Stage - Butterflies & Dragonflies (Reception) 2020 - 2021

Miss Kelly

Miss Shaw

Mr Mulholland

Mrs Harrison

Butterflies & Dragonflies


Welcome to our class page! Here you will find lots of useful information about our learning and about the things we are getting up to in Reception.


A big welcome to all our new Reception starters. We can't wait to welcome you all in September and to get to know you as we start our learning journey together.

During the first few weeks, we will be focusing on classroom routines and rules as we explore our new environment together. We will learn where to put our things when we come in, how to self register, what to do if we need the toilet or are thirsty, what areas and resources we have to play with and how to be a kind friend to others. 

Our area of focus for the half term will be 'All About Me,' looking at the book 'Peace at Last' which links nicely to home, family and routines such as bedtime. Our topic will be led by the children and their interests and we can't wait to see where their interests take us! There will be a big focus on early literacy (reading and writing) and early maths as we learn to identify our own names and initial sounds and practise counting and recognising number in numeral and quantity. 

Autumn Term 2 

Our area of focus for this half term will be the story 'The 3 Little Pigs'. The children will explore lots of planned activities realted to the story and we will also be led by the children and enhance our provision to match their interests..

The children will continue to learn thier letter sounds and will begin to blend sounds together to read words. There will also be lots of opportunities for children to practice their sounds, reading and writing within the classroom and outdoor environments.

Number and shape will also be a focus and the children will learn to match different representations of numbers. We will look at 2 and 3-D shapes and  use them to make pictures and structures, like the pig's houses. 

Spring Term 1

A huge welcome back to our Butterflies and Dragonflies children and families. The Reception Team can't wait to see you. We hope you have had a lovely Christmas break.

This half term our topic is transport and much of our learning will be linked to our English text 'The Naughty Bus' by Jan and Jerry Oke. This is a fantastic book which really evokes the imagination of children- the bus really does get in to lots of mischief!

In maths, we will be learning to subitise, initially with numbers up to 5 and then 6-10. Subitising means recognising amounts/quantaties in various different forms without counting eg 5 spots on a dice, 5 fingers, 5 counters on a plate (2 green and 3 blue) etc.

Within our topic work the children will learn about different modes of transport, including,  past and present vehicles, sorting vehicles according to different properties, road safety, making vehicles and much more.

We will of course continue to be led by the children's interests and our plans can change at any point to facilitate this.

This half term's Mole Mission homework tasks are uploaded below, as well as a copy of the learning objectives that we intend to cover this half term.

Please continue to check Class Dojo for further information and remember that we love to see the learning that takes place at home via your child's portfolio.

The Reception Team 


Remote / Home learning

Remote learning videos and activities are uploaded daily on to our Class Dojo via the Class Story page. If you have any questions regarding how to access Class Dojo please contact school via our school contact email: contact@darnhall.cheshire.sch.uk and someone will be able to help you. Alternatively, if you are able to access Class Dojo and need to speak to the class teacher use the message facitlity and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Click on the logo below to access Class Dojo.


Additional basic skills are catered for within our weekly home learning pack, which is available for collection every Friday between 9.15 - 10.30am and  1 - 2.30pm from the Early Years office


Suggested Weekly Timetable


Below are resources and websites that you can access and make use of at any time.





These websites have loads of Maths games to play.





Phonics Play are giving free access with the username march20 and the password home 


Click on the links on this page to find words to practise and games to try: 





GoNoodle has lots of videos and activities to keep your fit and healthy (scroll down, you don't need to register)

Join in with the nation doing your daily Joe Wicks workout on You Tube!

Cosmic Kids Yoga on You Tube

Spend ten minutes a day with these activities based on Disney movies.

The Yorkshire Sport Foundation have made a range of videos demonstrating different PE skills.

The Sports Partnership has provided some fantastic ideas for staying active at home for all the family

Here are some fun videos to keep little ones active with Boogie Beebies.

10 minute shake up activities based on Disney movies are a fun way to get moving.



Singing Medicine is providing videos of songs to join in with - you might just recognise some of them that Miss Capron-Tee uses! 

SingUp are working on providing a range of music videos and resources for free 

Young Voices have lots of singing and dancing videos to keep everyone busy

The Sing King You Tube channel has absolutely LOADS of karaoke backing tracks for all your favourite songs. Why don't you have a karaoke night once a week? You could even make your own fake microphone from a rolled up paper tube with a ball of scrunched up paper taped on top! 





You might find some inspiration for some art projects here 

Crayola have lots of colouring pages and activities to try at home 

Olaf Falafel is making some super fun art videos.




The Premier League has a wealth of football-based learning activities (including Literacy and Maths) to explore.

This great website has all sorts of child-friendly science experiments, and includes a section for Early Years

There are lots of learning ideas on this website.

Classroom Secrets have made some awesome home learning packs for each year group.

Hamilton have free Maths and English learning at home packs which they are adding to regularly.

Twinkl have made loads of resources free to parents. Just click on the parents hub.

The Scholastic website has two weeks worth of activities available for free, including reading and educational videos. It is from the USA, but is still a great resource.

Starfall is another site from the USA but with loads of great resources including Maths and Literacy games and books to read. You have to subscribe for full access, but a number of them are free.

The Collins website has some Maths and Literacy resources for 3-5 year olds: 

These websites have a wide range of different online activities.

This is a great website which give you a sequence of learning which you may find useful.

This website has lots of Science activities, and the links at the top will take you to activities for health, environmental skills, computer skills and life skills.

TTS have home learning packs for each age group to download




  • Write little notes to each other. Encourage your child to draw, write or make marks themselves.
  • Make a postbox in your house and everyone can pass messages or pictures to each other - take it in turns to be the post person and deliver the mail!
  • Play any board games you have. 
  • Cook or bake together (even if it is as simple as making a sandwich together)
  • Make a treasure basket of things found in the garden.
  • Play phonics games. (Touch something beginning with the ssssss sound... I spy something beginning with ffff... Make a collection of things rhyming with cat...)
  • Interview someone in your family and find out things you didn't know about them.
  • Set up a points chart for things like keeping your bedroom tidy and doing household chores - at the end of each week, whoever has the most points is crowned "House Mega-Star".
  • Make play-doh (flour, a little salt and enough water to make a dough). What will make the best dough? More flour? More salt? Less water? Experiment to find the best play-doh recipe.
  • Household Olympics - every day run a different event (how about who can run up the stairs fastest? Or balance on one leg for the longest? Or do the most star jumps during the Eastenders opening music?)
  • Put on a concert (plan who will sing or perform what, find backing tracks on You Tube with adult help, rehearse, work out what you will wear, make a leaflet about it, make a poster to tell people in the house when it will happen)


Summer Term 1

Hello and welcome back. We hope you have all had an amazing Easter break and are ready to get learning :) Uploaded in the files is the overview web for Summer Term 1 and the Mole Missions for you to complete as homework through Summer Term 1. We can't wait for all the exciting learning opportunities we have planned for this half term. 










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