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Hello families.

Hoping that you are all keeping well. 

Please find some information from the Good to Know Newsletter.

ParentZone have rounded up a list of 24 great summer reads for children of every age, guaranteed to get even the most reluctant of readers hungrily turning those pages. Click here for more information

Parent Zone have produced a list of 22 summer learning resources that children will love. Click here for Summer learning resources that children will love.

CEOP have produced a new family activity sheet for the summer holidays which involves explore favourite videos together. Click here for information.

Change for Life have produced information for families with ideas for healthier meals and exercise tips for children. Click here for Change4Life.

Public Health England has launched a major new adult health campaign. COVID-19 has affected the whole country; for almost everyone, life has had to fundamentally change. But it has also prompted many people to reflect and think more seriously about their health. Click here for Better Health.

Remember to please get in touch if you need anything from us at school. - -

Take care all and Stay Safe.


Morning Families;

Hope you are having a good summer break and staying safe. Remember to work on those key skills and use the suggested website in your Summer booklet below; as well as the websites that you have your logs ins for; Oxford Owl, Education City; Active Learn. Make learning Fun!!

Don's forget the Sandwell Libraries challenge and activities with the Silly Squad, Sign up and have fun. Please see the Activities book for the library below.

Summer Revision Skills Booklet.

Dear families of Ocker Hill Infant and Nursery.

Thank you for all the engagement and interaction with the home learning on the website and sending work in for the teachers to see. This truly has been a new way of working and we thank you for the support.

This is greatly appreciated in such times that we have been experiencing; we hope that you have found it helpful for you with the lessons, guidance, work and activities that have been set.

We are uploading Summer Skills books below that you can use and work through at your own leisure if you would like.

Also remember that we are available by email for any questions and support you would like.

Reminder - Don't forget you can access daily online learning from Oak National Academy - Take a look for  additional help and support 


Active Learn Primary School Code - 3k7j 

Reminder log ins

letter head online tulips 2020 pdf.pdf 

-letter head online poppies 2020 pdf.pdf

Reception learning

This page is for Reception Learning over the coming weeks of school closure. This page will be regularly updated for you to access learning and ideas with your child.

Please find below the information that was sent out with your learning book.

Learning at home Rec.pdf

Hello children,

Welcome to your home learning page. We hope you have had a lovely weekend and are looking forward to doing lots of learning at home.  Your Reception teachers will give you a Letters and Sounds, English and Maths activities to do with an adult or a sibling at home.  Some of the things we will give you to do will be things you have already learnt and it will give you a chance to practise it some more and show your adults and siblings just what you can do!  We will also send you new learning to take part in to keep you engaged and learning creatively. This will help inspire you further however you mat need some help and clarification. Remember to be using Queenie Questioner to question the learning; Sammy Summariser to summarise the learning and Clarissa Clarifier to clarify the learning that takes place. Along with this; remember Rosie Resilience - keep bouncing back; Connor Concentration - concentrate on your task in hand; Penny Perseverance - keep on trying

Whilst you are at home, we would really like you to think about a home learning project.  This can be something you are really interested in and would like to find out more about. This could be based on space, animals, insects, science or transport etc. You might like to create an arts and craft project, poster or your own information book about what you have found out.

Don’t forget to read every day too!  Enjoy your week, work hard and have fun all.

Miss Bailey and Miss Gittins

New books from The Magnatian Press

The Magination Press write a range of books about families and how different all families are. They have wrote books and resources for talking to children about racial injustice.


Book - Something Happened in Our Town - Something Happened in Our Town aims to answer children's questions and to help them identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.

 Emma and Josh heard that something happened in their town. A Black man was shot by the police. "Why did the police shoot that man?" "Can police go to jail?"


Read the story here - Book - Something Happened in Our Town 

Book - Lulu the One and Only - Discusses Family differences - But being a mix of Mama and Daddy always brings around THAT question. I hate THAT question. "What are you?"

Why not ask 'Who are you?'

Read the story here - Lulu, the One and Only - or listen here - click here for the story.

06.07.2020 - OHI Ourselves Project!

Morning to all the OHI families.

Here is hoping you had a good weekend with families.

With the times forever changing and 2020 being a very different year to us.

Today we launch a new project 'Ourselves'.

Below you can click on links to see the Staff from Ocker Hill Infant and Nursery 2020.

You can click on the links to see the different members of staff and find out a little bit about them.

Now all we ask is that YOU ALL do the same.

With your families, can you create; anyway you would like;

Ourselves, about you so you can tell us all a little bit about you.

What are your interests? What is your favourite colour? What do you like to do in your spare time?

This is a great way to share info about the OHI family that we are.

Send your chosen designs for your project to - 

We can't wait to see and read them. 

Get creative!!

Click here for Mrs Faulkner

  Click here for Mrs Strange

  Click here for Mrs Griffiths

  Click here for Miss Bumford

  Click here for Mrs Golding

Click here for Miss Bailey

  Click here for Mrs Hobin

  Click here for Miss Clark

 Click here for Miss Stevens

  Click here for Miss Gittins

 Click here for Mrs Perrow

 Click here for Miss Eastwood

 Click here for Miss Richards

  Click here for Miss Bodenham

Click here for Miss Havenhand

 Click here for Miss Clay

 Click here for Mrs Newell

Click here for Mrs Beckett

 Click here for Mrs Sherwood

  Click here for Mrs Heath

  Click here for Mrs Bull

 Click here for Miss Pickering

  Click here for Mrs Powell

 Click here for Mrs Hughes


A Huge Thank You to all of those that took part in Sports Wellness Week.

Check the PowerPoint for what your teachers did over the week.

It is very important to Keep Fit; Stay Healthy, Look after your Well-being, Not Judge, Be Kind, Show Respect, Stay Motivated, Be mindful, Think, Keep Learning, Stay Connected and most of all

Be You; 

You Matter, 

Make a Difference, 

Be an OHI Sports Wellness Hero!!

Remember to scroll down for Week 5 Learning including Wednesday and Friday!

Check out the teachers Wellness Weeks!!

Summer 2 - Week 5 Learning - 29.06.2020

Monday update...

Hello Reception families; we hope you had a lovely weekend

Firstly; thank you to all those that took part in Sports Wellness Week; we hope you have a fun week and felt excited by the different activities that were set.

So we are onto a new week; week 5; where has the time gone and today the 29th June 2020 would have been our Year Group trip to Dudley Zoo; where we would find out about all the animals and have a fun day up close and personal with some minibeasts. As sad as this makes us feel; the reception staff are happy that you are all safe and well with your families.

So this week is Class 2 at the Zoo.

Class 2 at the Zoo

Today’s book is ‘Class 2 at the Zoo’:   or  This week we would have been attending the Zoo to link and consolidate our learning about animals. What did you notice about parts of the story?  This would have been a lot of discussion about the trip, writing key facts and also writing a recount of the trip. We would have also been able to talk about our favourite animals that we saw on the day and how we were impressed by all the facts. Have you been to a zoo before? Which Zoo did you go to? What is/was your favourite animal? We can have lots of discussions about animals over this week.
When you have read Class 2 at the Zoo – can you recall the story? What was your favourite part of the story? How did the story make you feel? . – Remember you can send it to us at We can’t wait to see your work!

Design Technology

  • Design a natural (but secure) enclosure for the anaconda to live it so that it doesn't escape again.


  • Can you draw / paint a picture of an anaconda?
  • Look at the different patterns / textures used in the illustrations of the animals. Could you use different art materials to recreate some of these?
  • The author's website has some illustrations from the book to colour.

Let's look at some riddles... Can you listen to the clues to help you guess what animal is being described... Once you have had a practise with the PowerPoint; try and use the document to solve the riddles below the PowerPoint... Listen carefully...

Remember how important it is to always work on our numbers; well this week in Maths we will be practising our number recogntion and counting sets reliably. We will even try to write the numbers too that match a spoken word; Like thirty two = 32 and sixteen = 16.

As well this we will be using apparatus to work on Subtraction - Taking away - Minus - Less than...

Maths - Subtraction

When we are subtrsacting; we might also hear the words, taking away; less than, minus.. All these words are different ways to mean or say Subrtraction.

Wednesday Update

Good morning Families!

Can we start by saying how proud of you all we are!!

We hope you are all staying well and safe and truly having good times learning lots of different skills with your families. Remember it is not just about the learning you are doing but all the life skills you are doing, maybe riding a bike, planting seeds, having a compost heap, exploring new places, finding out new interests.

We as your teachers think about you daily and often have discussions about how great you all are. We all miss you dearly and are brightened up by the thoughts of all your personalities and smiling faces that certainly warm our hearts!!

Happy Wednesday - Stay Safe - Stay Mindful - Stay as YOU are!!

Lots of love and virtual hugs

Miss Bailey, Miss Gittins, Mrs Hobin, Miss Clark and Miss Bennett xxxxx

Here is your Wednesday Update

Today's story is "1,2,3 to the Zoo"

We are today going to be orally rehearsing stories to help us to write a story! Become an author for the day or the week, what characters will you have, where is your story set, what happens. How about we write a story about being at the Zoo.

Also we have lots of Phonics revision, Maths work and don't forget to look after your Well-being!

A PowerPoint about a simple story about a Trip to the Zoo.

Phonics - check the PowerPoints to revise you phonic skills and apply your phonics to read a variety of words, words that are real and words that are pseudo (this means not real) Then have a look at the sheets that Twinkl have shared with us to practise matching the caption to the picture.

Now let's use the PowerPoint to write a story! How can we help ourselves orally rehearse a story before beginning to write one. 

Use the Twinkl sheets below to help you also xx


Today we are looking at sharing; this is also known as Division. So sharing here is making sure the sets are equal and that means both sides/groups will have the same.

Take a look at the PowerPoint and the Twinkl worksheet to try this skill out!

Also we are going to working on number skills below too.. Let's recap and challenge ourselves.

Friday Update

Good morning Good morning on this cold wet morning!

You made it, that was a long scroll down the page!

So it's Friday update!

We have had 2 great stories and now it is time for another.

Another of my favourites...…. "Dear Zoo"

And then we will be working on our phonics by reading and also applying what we know to lots of writing activities and we even have a Communication and Language matching activity.

Have fun, Work hard, Practise your skills.

And most of all...

Stay Safe


Now maybe you can try the story using a little bit of Makaton :)

Phonic Reading

Writing Skills - Complete a story, Write about animals, How about you write a letter? Or even write an animal description... It is your choice, Have a go!!

Try this Communication and Language matching activity..

Now onto some Maths skills.

Multiplication and Repeated Addition

As well as matching numbers, reading and writing numbers...

And remember all those number skills, counting as far as you can, counting in your number patterns, counting forwards and backwards.

And try some activities too.... :) Twinkl helps us with some cool activities.

And you have worked really hard..... Here is some coloring for you to do also!

Animals - this is interesting! Amazing Animal Behaviours!

26.06.2020 - Sport Wellness Week - Finishing Friday

WOW WOW WOW Families

How has you wellness Week been? Good, Challenging, Exciting; Tell Us!

It is Finishing Friday! Which could only mean Crafts time; make those medals, make those trophies

YOU are an OHI Wellness Hero!

What have you done to change this week? What new skills have you learnt?

So get those totals and tallies completed and to us at

Revise some skills!

We say Congratulations for being an OHI Wellness Hero. Congratulate yourself!

Remember to keep using Chirpy and bounce.


´Remember; You cannot get through a day without having an impact on the world around you; What YOU do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind what kind of difference you want to make!!

25.06.2020 - Sports Wellness Week - Thinking Thursday

Good morning Families; Good morning Thursday.

Thinking Thursday!!

Hooping that you are all well....

What a week for Sports Wellness Week.

We hope you are getting lots of exercise activities in (click here to see them again) and also having time to interact with the other activities that have been put up.

How was your mindful colouring in the sun and heat; mine was very warm although the view from the window was lovely.

So today we have Thinking Thursday; what are we challenged to do today? Think; look, observe, show awareness, show respect, show kindness.

The world is full of people that are all different; but remember we area a social community team that should work together to make change.

Think about your favourite footballer; your favourite athlete, your favourite actor, your favourite singer. Most likely all very different but all with passion for what they do; celebrating team work and unity as well as togetherness with differences.

Check below for activities for Thinking Thursday; what can you change, 

What OHI Super Power will you show!?

24.06.2020 - Sports Wellness Week - Well-being Wednesday

Hey all OHI families.

How are your sports activities going? How are your discussions?

Well, half way through the week and today is Well-being Wednesday - That's right; as well as your health, You must look after your well-being. How I hear you say!

Dissolve a thought - dissolve those thoughts away, keep your head space clear and remember the 5 ways; 1 - Connect, 2 - Take Notice, 3 - Keep Learning, 4 - Be Active, 5 - Give.

Click Here for the list of Sports Activities

So go for walks, connect with the nature and the sights; Stop and think, how are you feeling; How does something make you feel; Take a chance for new opportunities and experiences; Move that body, come on stay active and of course, give a little, what could you give and take a moment to be mindful, listen, do a colouring, share your thought, be humble.

So Give it a go.... Look after your well-being... Take that opportunity to take notice and connect and most of all, be active and Be YOU!

Have a good day all, you are all amazing!

23.06.2020 - Sports Wellness Week - Try New Tuesday

Tuesday can only mean Try New Tuesday - What is your challenge today? Remember to try some more physical activities from list today and challenge yourself. Try something new!!

This could mean, try some new foods, are you starting to try and eat your 5-a-day - are you trying to try something to wear - are you going to try and say hi to someone new - are you going to try and be a different well being character - come on today is that day. Challenge yourself to use the document below and see if you can get to Point Score 10 for Trying New Foods!

Read the PowerPoint today and see what 'Your New' is going to be.

Be You, Try New, Stay a OHI Well-Being Hero!

22.06.2020 - Sports and Wellness Week - Motivation Monday

It is Sports Wellness Week!!

Check below for the information linked to Sports Wellness Week. It is a week of showcasing a healthy living and exercising as well as looking after your Well Being. 

The week will be filled with Sports, Thinking points and time to reflect, try new things and become a Well Being Super Hero!!

Last half term, it was meant to be our Sports day. Unfortunately, we won’t get a chance to do this altogether this year. But ……  why not bring Sports Day into your household?  You could compete against your family- brothers, sisters, dad, mum, carers, grandparents or even the dog!


There are certificates to send out too however, you can make your own certificates/rosettes/trophies.

Please remember one thing……


This is a fun activity and the main idea is to have FUN with your family and have some reflection time with your Well Being.

Are you ready, Get Set, Let's Go!!

It's Motivation Monday - Check the PowerPoint above, the Sports above and the information below including your 'I Matter Tree' ' Coping Calendar and some Inspiration Posters.


Summer 2 - Week 4 learning - 22.06.2020

Good morning to all our children and families.

Here is to another week after a mixed weather weekend.

We hope you had a lovely weekend and still found time to get out for walks

Miss Bailey, Miss Gittins and the Reception team would like to continue to encourage you in these still peculiar times and remind you that daily we think about you and what you may be doing. We truly hope that you are still enjoying each update and are working hard academically as well as socially and creatively. The world is your oyster and as much as our journey was cut a little short; we continue to work altogether as a team in unity...

This week is a little different as we have an overview of skills but  we have Sports Wellness Week so each day you will have varied activities to reflect on, discuss, action and take part in. There are sports activities for you and your families to take part in as well as this week we will be improving and reflecting on our Well Being. 


Miss Gittins, Miss Bailey, Miss Clark, Miss Bennett, Mrs Hobin, Tulips and Poppies children.

This week’s books is ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ ‘In the Jungle’ ‘Walking through the Jungle’ ‘Monkey Puzzle’. - -
Remember to discuss the stories using Boxing Clever allowing you to recall the story. You can use these key words to be able to retell he stories you read and listen to.

Use the books to read and discuss. – Remember you can send it to us at We can’t wait to see your work!

Twinkl have also given us some revision Phonics that we can work on, Practise helps us get better - Thanks Twinkl. We love learning!

Maths - Addition including using fingers, numicon, objects, counting on, using a numberline of a 100 square. Remember to work on you number bonds as well as Snappy Maths, using Number Patterns

Summer 2 - Week 3 Learning - 15.06.2020

Welcome to another Week families. We hope that you are keeping very well and of course staying safe. Let's hope for a brighter week. As shops begin to open; please remember to stay safe; stay alert and stay happy.

We are always thinking about you all and continue to miss those bright faces that we shared daily.

Here is your weeks learning and we hope that you have lots of shared moments x

Help for supporting your child with reading a story

Monday Update - 15.06.2020

Monday update - Mon - week beg 15th June R.pdf. This week we have a new story - The Bad Tempered Ladybird - Story time Miss Randall will be sharing this story with us. Be aware to read the story; listen to the story, discuss the story, can you compare the story to other stories that you have read or that you know. Once you have read the story, use AP Boxing Clever as we always do to recall the story. This story focuses on emotions and time. Discuss all the parts of the story; including what was your favourite part.

Have a go using this story map to show your understanding of sequencing the story Mon - week beg 15th June R.pdf- Can you draw the pictures and the times that follow through the story - The-Bad-Tempered-Ladybird story.pdf Maybe you can play the comprehension game and match the pictures to the correct part of the story - game-match.pdf. Continue to show your understanding by exploring 'Who did the ladybird meet at? - Who ddi the ladybird meet at o'clock 150p6.pdf

Maths - Today linked to the story; we look at time Telling the Time.pdf- we will be looking at telling the time using an analogue clock, we will explore the Face; the hands, minute hand and hour hand; before telling the time, o'clock and half past. Time – telling the time, O clock and half past on an analogue clock with a clock face. Can you remember the hour hand and then minute hand. Explain. Click the Blue links to try the different Twinkl activities linked to Telling the Time - O Clock - Half Past - Mixed O'clock and Half Past.

PSED - Emotions - as this story explores emotions, we will be looking at how we feel. What makes you happy? What makes you feel upset? What makes you angry? Remember Chirpy and Bounce and 5 to thrive; We need to be a 5 to thrive but sometimes we need to regulate ourselves through the different emotions. When do you feel bad tempered like the Ladybird - Ifeel bad temoered when emotions.pdf

Wednesday Update - 17.06.2020

Here is your Wednesday Update - Wed - week beg 15th June R.pdf. Have Fun!

Did you enjoy The Bad Tempered Ladybird? Miss Bailey likes that story and I hope you did too? Today’s story is The Very Lazy Ladybird  or Talk about the story and begin to recall the story? What sort of Ladybird was she? What couldn’t she do? What was her ideas to go and sleep somewhere else? What animals did this ladybird talk about?

Literacy - Animal Fact Files today. We are exploring and hearing about lots of animals in the stories so now we can use the information and the template to be able to create our own factfile. Check out the resources. Animal factfile - Animal Fact File - zebra.pdf - Facts - Animal fact file cards.pdf- Factfile template- Animal-Fact-File.pdf- Character Profile - BTL Character Profile.pdf

Maths - today for Maths we are learning about Doubles. How can we double a number? We add the same number again... 2 + 2 = 4... 5 + 5 = 10. Doubles - doubles.pdf- Doubling numbers - doubling_numbers.pdf - solving doubles - doubles problems.pdf- doubles - double-to-ten-challenge.pdf

Have a look at some ladybird facts...ladybird facts.pdf Did anything surprise you about them... After that you can have a go at the life cycles and discuss the different parts of a ladybird - Ladybirds.pdfLadybird Life Cycle YR.pdf Can you use the identification chart to find and identify the different kinds of minibeasts - minibeast-identification-sheet.pdf

Friday Update - 19.06.2020

It is Friday Update - Fri - week beg 15th June R.pdf - What a wet week we have had families. We hope you have still managed to get out and get some fresh air as well as look at the beautiful nature that needed the water and is blossoming. Also you can see what minibeasts come out when the weather is a litter wetter than normal. We miss you and continue to think about you daily as routines and life changes. Most of all, remember to stay safe, stay happy and of course make memories...

Did you enjoy The Bad Tempered Ladybird and the Very Lazy Ladybird? We hope you enjoyed it? Today’s story is What the Ladybird heard or Talk about the story and begin to recall the story? What sort of character was the ladybird? What farm animals were there in the story? How did the author describe the hen?
For our writing today; we are learning to write clear instructions. Can you look at the map and think about the instructions that you could give for the robbers to help them get to the prized cow. Can you use the correct punctuation when you are writing? Remember to use imperative (Bossy) verbs when creating instructions. Remember you can send it to us at

Instructional writing - What the Lady bird heard.pdf- Template - Instruction writing template.pdf

Maths - let's look again at Addition and Number bonds - use many skills that we have learnt over the weeks to embed and apply to solving the problems. Addition -Addition.pdf - Adding - Basic_Addition_10_20.pdf - Number bonds - numberbonds_to10.pdf

After looking at minibeasts - can you have a go at matching the minibeast to their habitat - minibeasts and their habitats.pdf

Are you feeling creative - Try making some minibeast paper plate crafts or even some colouring while you look out of the window at the weather - 040-1-0186-16-17-paper_plate_minibeasts_LR.pdf...Twinkl helps us with some pictures - minibeast colouring.pdf...

Music - Are you ready to listen, respond and reflect; see what music has in store for you this week - Music.pdf

PE - Physical Physical Physical - we love to get ourselves moving. Why not try the exercise video below

Summer 2 - Week 2 Learning - 08.06.2020

Morning families - Welcome back to another week after a slightly wet weekend, although I do not hear the gardens, grasses and plants complaining :) We all hope that you had a lovely weekend and are looking forward to another week of memories, family time and of course; your favourite; seeing what work we have for you this week.

We like to remind you to keep smiling, keep being you and remember how brilliant you all are. Keep practising, keep showing your skills and of course Stay Safe, Stay Alert and Stay Happy.

We think about you all daily and remember all those smiles, quirky mannerisms and quality conversations we always have.

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Monday Update - 08.06.2020

This week sees us looking at a new story under Minibeasts - 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. YOu can listen to the story - The Very Hungry Caterpillar - after reading the story, you have a have a go at sequencing the story, writing some dictated sentences as well, Phonics, snappy maths, number bond rap, handwriting practise and of course going on a bug hunt.

Remember to look through Monday update sheet  to see what the activities are in detail.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar PowerPoint - Now sequence the story - Literacy;  Writing dictated sentences, listen to a sentence, hold the sentence then write it down; Don't forget your punctuation. Physical - Handwriting -  Letter formation using the correct orientation.

Maths - check the update and try and recall you number bonds by using the number bond rap posters. Remembering that 2 numbers together that add up to 10 is a number bond (and also that number bonds come in a variety of ways; Number bonds to 5... Number bonds to 10, Number bonds to 20

As well as recalling number bonds and discussing your introduction to place value - here is your Snappy Maths.

UW - We are now looking at minibeasts so it might be a good idea to go on a bug hunt; what minibeasts can you spot on your walk, can you describe them? What colour is it? How does it move? Take a look at the PowerPoint to discuss some of the minibeasts you may see.

Use the Bug template to see what bugs and insects you can find. Good Luck!

Wednesday 10th June 2020

Morning to you all on this Wednesday morning - Hoping that you are all well and staying safe. Remember we are always here if you need us and you email us on - we are more than happy to help with any questions you may have and we always look looking at any work, pictures or adventures you are doing.

We hope that you are exploring lots and doing many of your favourite things as well as going out for a daily walk/exercise.

We all miss you lots and remember each of your smiling faces all the time.

Take care, Stay safe and Be happy.. xx

From Miss Gittins, Miss Bailey, Miss Clark, Mrs Hobin and Miss Bennett xxxxx

Always remember to keep referring back to your home learning update sheet where the work, skills and support is also available. 

Today's story is 'The Crunching munching caterpillar' and can be listened to here - The Crunching Munching Caterpillar Listen to this story and discuss it. Were there any similarities to our Monday Story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. Use the two stories and discuss them...

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UW - Science - the Planting of a seed. As you can see the weather is perfect for seeds, plants and growth. Just what a plant needs to grow, water, with some sun that we are expecting the end part of this week, Thursday and Friday.  Our Writing will be linked to this further down.

Literacy - Writing will be discussing the way a seed is planting and using the planner to help recall as well as having a go at the instructions for planting a seed. and picturesWill you write How to grow a plant. 

Maths - As well we recapping on all the skills, like recalling number patterns, 1s, 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s; recalling your number bonds using the number bond rap. We are today learning about money - how to recognise the coins and how to begin to count simple amounts using the same coins (link to number patterns) money.

Also today we are learning about Butterflies; from a Butterfly hunt; to investigating butterflies; to looking at the life cycle of a butterfly and discussing Butterflies and what we see. Maybe you can use the internet safely to research more about butterflies. What do they like to eat? Where do they like to live? Why are they different colours?

Life Cycle of a butterfly - use the PowerPoint below to help and you can also find 2 factsheets  on the following blue links that you can access to help you understand a bit more Lifecycles A and Lifecycles B

If this is really interesting you and you are still a little curious; look at the PowerPoint below for more about Butterflies.

Are you still thirsty for more; Here are some useful websites that you may want to explore :)  -

Also Twinkl offer you some activities Twinkl resources Money games Top marks money games

Friday Update - 12.06.2020

Morning to all our Reception families. We are hoping that you are all well and safe. What a week it has been with the weather, it has certainly took a change. Here is hoping for some nice weather for you all soon.

So we hope you have had lots of fun this week, exploring, chilling, having a duvet day, movie time and lots more.

Here is your Friday Update and we look forward to hearing from you on

Take Care, Be Happy, Share the Love, Show Respect and Be Good!!

Today’s book is mad about minibeasts! Can you now write a review, create a book cover, draw the minibeasts you know and write about them; can you label the minibeasts that you have drawn.

Also why not read some of the books below and see which books you like and liked and take the time to read them and talk about them. Extend you comprehension skills! Twist and Hop minibeast bop - Ten wriggly wiggle caterpillars -

Friday update -   

Minibeasts - let's take a lookLiteracy - Can you have a go at writing a poem; Minibeast Feast poem and see if you can try and say or write one of your own. Can you try and answer some comprehension questions

Maths - Addition, Can you demonstrate your addition skills, adding 2 numbers together up to an amount you feel confident to use. Think about counting on, using a 100 square, using a number line, using mental strategies by holding a number and counting on with your fingers. Also try adding 1 more and also play the dice game to add numbers and practise your number formation.

Click the blue links for 1 more activity and also The Dice Game. Have Fun!!

Art - How about a having a go at drawing and painting your favourite minibeast or just one that intrigued you. Maybe make some 3D art and show us what you have made; minibeast Art

Internet Safety - We have bee researching lots of information about different animals over the weeks and we must remember that the internet is an amazing place however we always have to stay safe online, remembering to report anything that worries us and show awareness of safety when using the internet.

We have been learning lots about minibeasts... Use the Twinkl PowerPoint to play the What Am I game and see if you can test yourselves on knowing what minibeast is being described.

UW/ PSED - Take a look at the PowerPoint and see what you see and can describe, look at the Butterfly patterns and discuss them with your family.

Extra activities - Are you still wanting a little more... Look and you can find some Hungry Caterpillar colouring as well as resources to help you make your own Hungry Caterpillar book. Create your own book and become an Author and Illustrator.

Geography Project Final Message 

Click here for your final message from Mrs Dutfiled and the OHI team.

Welcome back after Whitsun Break - Summer 2 - 01.06.2020

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Welcome Back Reception children and families! We hope you had a lovely Whitsun break and made more memories and most of all had a rest whilst enjoying the lovely weather!

Miss Gittins, Miss Bailey and  the Reception Team would like to continue to encourage you during these times to keep shining, keep being you, stay safe, stay positive and of course be AMAZING!

We also want to remind you that we think about you every day and remember your bright shining smiles. We remember the fun filled learning we had and still have where you explore, share, interpret and show your true colours in every way. We miss you lots! We will continue to send you message; set you work and know how hard you are working. Don't forget to explore your home to make concrete links, explore your garden, discuss the weather and how to stay safe in the sun and most of all enjoy precious time with your families in your home. :)

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Monday Update - This week we are looking at 'This is the Bear and the Picnic Lunch'. We will be reading the story and retelling it using 'Boxing Clever' and also for Literacy we will be writing an invitation to the Teddy Bear's Picnic - Remember to use your phonics to spell, your tricky word mat to help you as well as using your punctuation, Capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

For Maths - we are looking at more and less than, as well as recapping counting in number patterns, 2s, 5s and 10s.

This is the Bear and the Picnic Lunch Story. Click here to read the story. Listen here to the story.

Once you have read the story and/or listened to the story; use 'Boxing Clever' to help you to recall the story. See below for Boxing Clever...

Time for the Teddy Bear's Picnic but before the picnic we need to write our invites to invite a friend or two to our Picnic. 

Once we have our invites sorted we really must think about healthy foods that we need to have at the picnic. It is very important for our bodies that we eat healthy and always think about having a healthy plate - 

Here are some songs to help you think about healthy eating - 

Healthy eating song :

Vegetable song:

Fruit song:

Once you have explored the PowerPoint above; Click here for a healthy eating activity aand how about having a a go at this healthy eating wordsearch that Twinkl have produced for us.

Maths - This week we will recap shapes using 'What am I?'

Also this week we will be recapping on number patterns - Counting and sorting number patterns

Counting in 2s song : 

Counting in 3s song:

Counting in 5s song: 

Counting in 10s song

Activities for counting in number patterns- Sorting numbers in 2s  Arranging numbers in 5s  Sort these numbers using 10s.

Today it is also more than and less than a number. Can you use your number knowledge and counting skills to work out more than and less than a number. Look at the activities form Twinkl to have a go with 1 more and 1 less activity.pdf 1 more and 1 less than flowers.pdf


Wednesday Update - 03.06.2020

Miss Gittins, Miss Bailey and the Reception team would like to check that you are doing ok. We hope that you are all safe and well and of course we want to remind you that you are all missed. Every day we think about you and your families with a smile on our faces. 

We hope that you are enjoying the home learning and we always look forward to seeing your hard work and continuous dedication and creativity to learning.

Remember you can email us any questions and of course your work to 

Take care of each other, Stay Safe, Stay Positive and Stay Happy!


Literacy - This is the Bear and the Picnic Lunch - Writing - We have been writing invitations and now it is time to write a shopping list for the food. Key things to remember; How do we write a list? What do we need to remember? Check the daily update sheet for key video clips and a word mat to help...

Use the template to write a shopping list for food at the picnic. Also can you write the words carefully for the 2nd shopping list with the images; a box of eggs/ eggs. A jar of jam/ jam.

Phonics - see the update for more videos and skills and now try the quick rapid recall for Phonics...

Phase 2 recall... Phase 3 recall

Maths - Number Bonds - remember to check the update plan for key introductory videos' and clips for the maths learning.

Maths. An introduction to What number bonds are

Today is Number Bonds - We are going to be working on number bonds up to 10 - and if you want a challenge work on Number bonds up to 20

As we are looking at food for our picnic - for UW this week we are focusing on Food Groups. Look and study the PowerPoint to put our different foods into groups and talk about why we need different foods.

PE - Let's not forget to keep active, Click on the following links for active games and PE activities for you and your family. the Driving lesson; The Jungle pathfinder; The Island.

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Friday Update - 05.06.2020

Good morning to you all on this wet Friday morning. We are hoping you have had a good week and are still exploring, working hard and of course enjoying special time with your families.

Take care and Stay Alert!!

Miss Bailey, Miss Gittins and the Reception Team. xx

Friday Update

Today is World Environmental Day so here is a PowerPoint to round of the Project that you did for Mrs Dutfield for Geography.

Story for the Day - This is the Bear and the Scary Night - Have a read!

Don't forget there are more links in the Update sheet above for you to also use and access.

How about having a look at some of the Rhyming PowerPoints and this one linked to the Stories. You can use some of the pictures to build up your comprehension skills to the story. What do you understand? What do you remember? Share it with your family?

Literacy - Writing. We are writing instructions for how to make a sandwich?

Also here are some sheets to help you look at the layout; click on the blue links to get to the document; How to make a cheese and salad sandwich  - How to make a jam sandwich

Click here for a Word mat to support your writing...

Maths - We are looking at tens and ones which is the introduction to place value... 10s and 1s.

As we are having a picnic - we are again going to have a look at foods and sorting foods! Sorting foods into different groups and remembering to be healthy...

Design and Technology - We are going to weave a blanket for the Teddy Bear.  So our skill is Weaving... See if you can have a go... Click here for a Weaving Template.

And let's not forget Music - We are still singing the Bear Funk Song however we have some new music to  listen and respond to...

Geography Project 'We Love Our Planet' Friday update 22.05.20

A message from your teachers

Good morning Ocker Hill parents and and children! This is Mrs Dutfield and I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for all of your hard work! Many of you have sent us your project ideas to our home learning email and your teachers have loved looking at them! We are so proud of you. I hope you like your certificate! 

 There is still time to enter your project by email, the completion date is Monday 1st June 2020 after your half term holiday. So please keep sending your ideas in to our email, we love to see your ideas! 

 Today we have a little treat for you! Your teachers have been working really hard on the 'We Love Planet Earth' project too! The presentation below has lots of messages from your teachers, giving you some ideas for both your project and every day lives to help keep our planet safe!

 We hope you enjoy it!

Best wishes and thanks again, 

Mrs Dutfield (Class Teacher and School Geography Lead) xx

A thank you - thank-you-teachers-and-children-presentation.pdf

Summer 1 - Week 5 - 18.05.2020. Geography Project.

Good morning Ocker Hill parents and children! This is Mrs Dutfield and this week I am setting a homework challenge for you and your families to enjoy! The homework project is called 'We Love Our Planet!' and is set in conjunction with World Environmental Day 2020. All the details and resources for this week are below, I hope you enjoy them! Please send your entries and ideas into our email by Monday 1st June 2020 and you can receive a certificate for your hard work! 

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me by email!

Many thanks, Mrs Dutfield (Class Teacher and School Geography Lead) xx

Letter to launch the project - letter-to-launch-your-homework-project.pdf

A message and a lesson - a-message-and-lesson-from-mrs-dutfield-.pdf

Ideas for your homework - ideas-for-your-homework-project.pdf

Your poster template - poster-template.pdf

Peppa Pig Recycling -

What does it mean to be green -

I can save the Earth -

How to help the Earth -

The Earth Book -

Below are even more resources for you to enjoy with your family, hope you enjoy them!

Twinkl Messy Magpie Story The Messy Magpie story.pdf

Twinkl Messy Magpie Information Powerpoint Recycling information from Messy Magpie.pdf

Twinkl Messy Magpie Sorting Game Messy magpie recycling sorting game.pdf

We're Going Green! Song

Turtle Diaries Recycling Game

British Council Recycling Game

Summer 1 - Week 4 Learning - 11.05.2020

Hello Reception, we hope you had a lovely weekend and enjoyed lots of VE Day celebrations!

Remember you can send your work or a message to your teachers using the email 

Our topic this week is going to be all about bears. So far we have looked at fiction books about bears including: 'Peace at Last' and 'We're going on a Bear Hunt'. This week we are going to explore non-fiction books which tell us lots of different facts about bears.


 Monday Update - Click here and have a look at this PowerPoint from Twinkl all about bears..

Look at this video to explore different facts about bears around the world: 

We would like you to make a fact file about bears. Click here and have a look at this PowerPoint about non-fiction books and then choose a bear to write a fact file about..

Have a look at this example of fact file about pandas - fact-file-panda-.pdf

Wednesday Learning

Hey to all our Reception families

We hope that all of you are safe and well and enjoying the work that is set for you on the page.

We miss you all; with those smiles and chats that you all share and hope that you are sharing those with your families.

Remember; we are all here to support you and email us if you need us; Miss Gittins and Miss Bailey will always respond quickly.

Stay Safe, Stay Active, Take Care and look after each other.

Kind Regards

Poppies and Tulips staff :) 


Wednesday Update - home-learning-wednesday-11th-may.pdf

Today we are looking at 2d and 3d shapes. We are having a go at naming the shapes, sorting the shapes into 2D and 3D as well as describing the shapes using the properties. 2D shapes are flat, 3D shapes are solid. Use the PowerPoiint below to test and teach the Shape names and properties - Click here for shapes PowerPoint

Shape songs will help you to support with shape names and describing them - 2D  3D  2D

Can you continue to research Bears. Look at the PowerPoint below to help you with information and questions to support your learning - Polar Bear facts -

So let's talk bears - bears-pp.pdf. 

Bears - bears.pdf

Bears hibernate and there is a PowerPoint below to help support your hibernation learning. Click here and have a look and discuss this with your families...

The PowerPoint helps you to use and develop you estimation skills. What does Estimation mean? Can you estimate? Look at the PowerPoint to support your learning...

Here is some activities to help you with your estimation - Have a go!!

Bear estimate.pdf   Bear estimate 2.pdf    Bear estimate 3.pdf

Maybe you can now try and learn the estimate song -

Friday Update

Your Friday Update; keep working hard and keep making memories, Stay Safe, Take Care and remember how much your teachers miss you.

It is very important that you exercise, stay healthy, love each other and talk lots and explore as much as you can...

Below is document for parent information to support your children with reading, Askking Questions, Getting more information and Developing comprehension.

Have a read of these interesting facts about American black bears and then have a go at answering the questions...

Here is some speed phonics for you - See how many words you can segment and blend as well as write.

We would like you to discuss and explore ice! 

Have a look at the PowerPoint and discuss the questions and then you could have a go at one of the experiments- what do you think will happen to the ice?

Have a look at this interesting ice experiment, you might want to have a go at this at home:  

Take a look at the ice investigation

Which one do you think will melt the ice the quickest?

What else could we use to try and melt the ice?

Remember to use Pete Predict to help you discuss what you think will happen.

We would like you to practice the days of the weekseasons and months of the year;  Twinkl will help you.

Days of the week song: 

Months of the year song:

Seasons song: 

Let's get creative; this week for Design and Technology; we are designing an igloo; this could be a safe place for the Bears to go and keep themselves warm.. -  

PSHE - we can have great discussions about Dreams and Goals - we often set ourselves goals and targets to work towards... What and How do you want to challenge yourselves next?

Music - This week we have new Music to listen and respond to before we continue too sing the Bear Funk Song.

Physical Education - Keep active and Keep trying new Physical activities; use the PE cards or just go into the garden and exercise to keep your body and mind healthy. Warm up, physical activity, cool down!!

Summer 1 - Week 3 Learning - 04.05.2020

Reminder... Don't forget your work can be emailed to 

This week we have a new Story - Peace At Last -Listen here - 

Monday Learning - Mon - week beg 4th May R.pdf

Peace at Last Story PowerPoint - Peace at Last.pdf

Reading Comprehension - peace at last comprehension.pdf

Sequencing Pictures - Peace-at-last-sequencing.pdf

Can you write a caption/ sentence to match a picture - Captions and sentences.pdf

Write a character profile for Mr Bear - Peace at Last Character profile.pdf

Fill in the missing words - fill in the missing words.pdf

Maths - Ordinal numbers - Ordinal Numbers.pdf

Cut and stick the bears using ordinal number - 1st - 5th Ordinal bears 2.pdf

1st to 10th Ordinal bears.pdf

Snappy Maths - Can you use the PowerPoint to help you chant your numbers and continue your Snappy Maths - Number Patterns - Number Patterns Snappy Maths.pdf

When you have explored the Story - Maybe you can discuss you special place - look at the powerpoint below to help you discuss this further -  My Special place.pdf

Wednesday Update -

Wednesday Update - home-learning-wednesday-6th-may.pdf

Word mat to help - word-mat Wed.pdf

Sequencing the story and language - word-mat Wed.pdf

Handwriting - letter formation - letter-formation HW.pdf

Twinkl - letter formation handbook - letter-formation-workbook.pdf

Video to help with letter formation:

Maths - Telling the time and sequencing events - time-powerpoint.pdf

This week it is Deaf Awareness Week - We live in a society where we are all different and this week we take the time to celebrate Deaf Awareness Week.

Twinkl shares Deaf Awareness information powerpoint  -Deaf-Awareness-Week-Powerpoint Twinkl.pdf

Here you can find nursery rhyme songs video in British Sign Language. We hope you have a try and enjoy this -

Why not try Twinkl's greetings in British Sign Language at home with your families - Sign language greetings.pdf


This week, we are uploading today (Thursday)  as tomorrow (Friday) is the Bank Holiday - VE day. VE day is to celebrate this important time called Victory in Europe Day for the United Kingdom. This Friday marks 75 years since VE Day as the United Kingdom remembers the end of the war. Take a moment to remember the ones that went before us. There is more about this further down the page.

Also you will find a message from Miss Clark and Mrs Hobin 

Thursday Learning - Thur - week beg 4th May R.pdf

Twinkl share a VE Day Presentation - VE Day facts PP.pdf

Design a medal - design-a-medal.pdf  Make some bunting - union-jack-template-display-bunting.pdf

VE Day ideas - ve-day-ideas.pdf

Wartime Recipes - wartime-recipe-booklet.pdf

Have a go at singing this traditional war time song below...

We'll meet again lyrics - we-ll-meet-again---lyrics-1-.pdf


Backing music - We'll Meet Again - Backing Track.mp3   


In snappy maths we have been looking at number patterns - snappy-maths-thurs.pdf

One of our favourite days in Reception is...….. PE Day. Have a look below at the activity cards that you can try.. - ABC physical education workcards - 3-5 year olds.pdf

In line with VE day and Peace at last we are going to be looking at Diversity in families. Use the PowerPoint to discuss families - maybe learn this song too

Also along with VE Day and Families; we will look at Houses and Homes. Use the PowerPoint to discuss houses and homes further - Have a go at drawing your home - Houses and Homes.pdf

Homes and Observational Drawing - art--drawing-house.pdf

Music - This week we Listen and respond to 'Don't you worry bout a thing' by Incognito and talk about how it makes us feel and then  we continue to learn the 'Bear Funk' Song using the copy back - see PowerPoint - Music.pdf

Summer 1 - Week 2 Learning - 27.04.2020

New initiative - Don't forget you can access daily online learning from Oak National Academy - Take a look for  additional help and support 


This week we are still exploring We're going on a Bear Hunt; developing more skills over the week, writing a story, adding and subtracting, doubling and halving, baking, making, exploring and as always Phonics and Reading.

Don't forget we now have the learning email address;; where you can send all your project work for the teachers to see :-)

Literacy activities - Use the Story and writing Frame to help you to write the story -




Phonics Phase 1 - segemting-and-blending-pp.pptx

A message from your teachers... class-messages.pdf

Summer 1 - Week 1 Learning - 20.04.2020

Welcome Back to you all; after what we hope was a Fun Filled Chocolate Blessed Easter Break. 

Miss Bailey, Miss Gittins and  the Reception Team would like to continue to encourage you during these times to keep shining, keep being you, stay safe, stay positive and of course be AMAZING!

Reminding you that we think about you every day and remember your awesome smiles as each day we had fun filled learning where you explored, shared, interpreted and show your true colours in every way. We miss you lots. We will continue to send you message; set you work and know how hard you are working on many tasks from school as well as from home, exploring your home, your garden, your skills and most of all enjoying precious time with your families in your home. :)

Week Beginning 20th April 2020

Messages from Mrs Hobin and Miss Clark - message-jc-hh.pdf

New Story - We're going on a Bear Hunt. -


This week our new story is We're Going on a Bear Hunt - you can listen to and interact this story in a variety of ways - see links - -  -

Retell the story with a adult and use pictures to discuss the story - remembering to use Alan Peat Boxing Clever - Who? Where? What goes wrong? What next? Feelings?

Monday Update - home-learning-week-comm-20th-april.pdf

Wednesday Update - home-learning-wednesday-20th-april.pdf

Friday Update - Fri - week beg 20th April R.pdf

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Alan Peat Boxing Clever

Story Bags


Discuss and sequence






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Literacy - retell - english-retelling-story-going-on-a-bear-hunt.pptx - captions -  phonics-sheet-matching-captions.pdf phonics-sheet-matching-captions.pdf - example-of-poster.pdf

Here are some other subject area and creative ideas for you to try linked to our story this week...



On Thursday 23rd April it is St George's Day! Take a look at the PowerPoint below from Twinkl... -  t-tp-673-eyfs-all-about-st-georges-day-information-powerpoint-english.ppt

Friday Update 24.04.2020

Morning children; Friday; Don't forget to keep working on all those skills that you have been learning and also make sure you make time to make amazing memories with your families; take photos on your walk., try and walk somewhere new for you daily exercise, make a garden den, do some baking, work on using some lego and construct and finally having a short time on your favourite computer game; which might be something off Education City or Active Learn now. Keep up the good work!!

Please see below for the work document, PowerPoints and video links below:

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Friday update  - fri---week-beg-20th-april-r.pdf

Doubling - what is Doubling? Can you chant you doubles? Can you write them down using the addition symbol

Double 1 makes....

Double 2 make...

Maths - Doubling - doubling-1-to-5-powerpoint.pdf

Ramadan - 

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community. A commemoration of Muhammad's first revelation, the annual observance of Ramadan is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam and lasts twenty-nine to thirty days, from one sighting of the crescent moon to the next.

Ramadan with Idris - 

Ramadan pot- the_holy_month_of_ramadan.pdf

Week 2 Learning...

Miss Gittins, Miss Bailey and the Reception team would like to encourage you in these hard times and remind you that daily we think about you and what you may be doing. We truly hope that you enjoy each update and are working hard academically as well as socially and creatively. The world is your oyster and as much as our journey was cut a little short; we continue to work altogether as a team in unity...

Miss Gittins, Miss Bailey, Miss Clark, Miss Bennett, Mrs Hobin, Tulips and Poppies children.


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                                                       Week Beginning 30th March- The Easter story 

It is almost Easter! Have a look at the Easter story and explore how Easter is celebrated in the UK.

The Easter story- 

Easter celebrations- 


Phonics songs:

Phase 2 tricky word song- 

Phase 3 tricky word song-


Days of the week song- 

A PowerPoint from Twinkl to help discuss Spring..... Thank you Twinkl - all-about-spring-powerpoint.pptx

Hi Reception

Today would be our last day of Spring 2 and we would now be breaking up for the Easter Break - We would have made lots of Easter Crafts including chocolate nests, Easter baskets with an egg, Easter cards, retold the Easter Story and learnt about Easter and Spring - bring new life. We hope you are all well and will have a lovely chilled Easter with lots of family fun, chocolate and treats. We have uploaded your Friday update some revision from Twinkl and some lovely crafts and fun for you to have. 

Happy Easter to you all and your families. Miss you always

Miss Bailey, Miss Gittins, Mrs Hobin, Miss Clark and Miss Bennett.


Wake up, Shake up dance- 

Phonics support - phonicsphase3.pptx

Ideas and information.... Maths - Reception maths activities 30032020.pdf

                                       Literacy - Phonics info.pdf

                                     UW -Make Hot Cross buns -

                                    EAD -Make an Easter basket -

                                 Making chocolate nests -

Week 1 Learning...

Last week's learning - Beginning 23rd March - Jack and the Beanstalk - See documents below also.

Last week was Jack and the Beanstalk in the Traditional Tales Topic.

Here is a copy of the story on SlideShare: Jack and the Beanstalk.pdf

Last week's learning included:

 Letters and Sounds -  Practising the tricky words - I, no, go, the, into, to, we, me, she, he, be.

Also recapping all phase 2 sounds including digraph sounds;  ll, ss, zz, ff. as well as phase 3, sh, ch, th, ng. This can include reading words with these phonemes and digraphs as well as practicing spelling and writing captions with the above too. e.g. huff - puff - miss - buzz - fuzz - less - pull - well - shop - push - chop - such - thin - path - ring - bang. Also; fish and chip - pull the leg - miss the bell - run  the bath..

English - Thinking about writing instructions for planting a seed - writing a shopping list - writing a daily diary. 

Maths - Exploring 2D and 3D shapes in and around your home.

Mindfulmindful colouring.jpg

Monday update - Tues- week beg 23rd-march.pdf

Wednesday update - Wed - week beg 23rd-march.pdf

Friday update - Fri - week beg 23rd-march.pdf

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