Cherry Class (Reception and Year 1)

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Home Learning

Welcome to Cherry Class where we love to learn through play and exploration. We learn inside and outside about all sorts of fascinating things from bugs to number bonds. We all try our best and understand that sometimes when we are learning it can be a bit tricky but we must persevere. Most of all we like to have fun together!


Autumn Term

Our learning this term is inspired by exploring the question: What have we found and What do we leave behind?

Science of Summer: Where Does Beach Sand Come From? | Live Science

We will be finding out about the Jurassic coast,  dinosaurs and geographical features. We will be thinking about and exploring sustainability and how it impacts different habitats. We will be investigating where we are in the world, England the United kingdom, countries in the UK and capital cities. We will be locating different seaside locations.

Some of our key  texts this term will be:

Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch: Armitage, Ronda, Armitage, David:  9780590551755: Books Commotion In The Ocean Board Book: Andreae, Giles, Wojtowycz,  David: Books and non fiction texts about lighthouses.

Key Information

PE happens on Friday. Please ensure all PE kit and shoes are labelled clearly. PE kit should be


Year R will take new reading books home once they have begun blending. Year 1 will bring home books from Week 1 onwards. Their books will be changed each week on a Monday and/or Thursday.

Reading at home is encouraged at least 3-5 times a week for Year RYear 1 are encouraged to read daily.  We also strongly encourage reading to your child nightly in addition to listening to them read.


Please update their Tapestry with any exciting home learning. For observation ideas and information see: Exemplification of ELGs developed by the Department for Education.

Other useful learning links

BBC School – videos, audio books and activities

BBC Nursery Rhymes

White Rose (we follow this scheme for maths)

ABC Does – creative activities

Hungry Little Minds – mixture of activities

Science activities

A lot of different ideas for interesting yet simple to carry out homemade science activities.

Science challenges to try at home.

Maths activities

BBC Numberblocks

A variety of activities for maths including number recognition, patterns, measure and shape.

Fantastic activities to challenge a wide range of mathematical areas. Articles about developing children’s maths are also interesting and thought provoking to read.

Games and interactive activities to challenge mathematical thinking in KS1.

Reading/ Phonics 

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BBC Alphablocks

We learn phonics in Cherry Class. Here is a useful guide to our pronouncing sounds we are learning.

This site has lots of tips to get children reading; fun stuff to do; book recommendations; ideas for all ages up to end of KS2. Excellent site.

This is an extensive site giving tips on how to share books; book lists & recommendations; catering for all ages including adults. Highly recommended.

Free eBooks; advice and tips for supporting children in KS1 & KS2; lots of games & activities that support reading skills; links to Oxford reading schemes. Definitely worth a look.

This site regularly updates its reading lists for specific age groups. It gives synopses, reviews & recommendations. Useful for keeping abreast of what’s popular in children’s fiction.


Provides a checklist of tips for hearing your child read.

Top ten tips on hearing your child read + a few related links.