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Blended Learning - Summer Term 2020


Each week, Miss Tanner will upload our blended learning activities on a Thursday afternoon or Friday morning. This is so that children attending school on Wednesday and Thursday cannot complete the activities beforehand and so that children still learning at home have access to the activities around the same time as their peers in school. 


If you need additional activities, please email Miss Tanner. There is also a 'transition booklet' (please see below) which you can complete over the next three weeks ready for your new teacher in September. 


There will be a weekly plan shared with you which includes literacy, numeracy, personal and social (PSE), and topic based tasks. There will also include examples of support that you can provide your child with if they find the task challenging and examples of extensions if your child found the activity comfortable. 


Again, please contact Miss Tanner if you have any questions or concerns and we can arrange a phone call or meeting after school. 


I really look forward to seeing everyone again and I hope that everyone is still safe and well! 

Transition Booklet - Reception and Year 1 (For your next teacher in September 2020)

Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories - How the Camel Got His Hump

There was once a time when the camel didn't have a hump. He was a lazy camel. Man decided to teach the camel a lesson and place a lump on his back so that he could work for days without having to eat!


MARCH 2020-JULY 2020


Shw mae, Derbyn a Blwyddyn Un!    Hello, Reception and Year One!


I hope that you are all safe, well and happy – and enjoying this time at home with your loved ones!


During your time at home, it would be wonderful if you could try to complete some activities with some help from your parents, guardians or siblings. Therefore, I have assigned some reading books and maths activities for each child on this website:


Pupils will need to use their username, password and school code to log in to this website and can obtain them by emailing Miss Tanner at the following address:


Please feel free to email me if you have any other questions or concerns. I sincerely apologise for any delay in responding to emails since we have finished school – Hwb has been experiencing technical difficulties!


There are two information sheets attached below which you can download to explain how to use the Bug Club section (reading books) and Abacus section (maths activities and games). I have also listed some more useful websites below the information sheets. I will try to update this page as regularly as I can with different suggestions for activities to try at home.


Please also feel free to utilise the pack that was recently sent home with the pupils in Reception/Year 1 - this pack included a list of the rhymes used to teach children the formation of the letters and phonics, the 100 high frequency words to practise reading and writing, and a clock face hand-made by the pupils to practise reading o'clock and half past on an analogue clock. 


I look forward to seeing you all when we return to school! smiley

Pick 'n' Mix Home Learning Ideas - March-April 2020

Pick 'n' Mix Home Learning Ideas - April-May 2020

Pick 'n' Mix Home Learning Ideas - Week Commencing 4.5.2020

Pick 'n' Mix Home Learning Ideas - Week Commencing 11.5.2020

Pick 'n' Mix Home Learning Ideas - Week Commencing 20.5.2020

Extension Tasks - Optional for parents/guardians seeking additional tasks to extend their children (May 2020)

Pick 'n' Mix Home Learning Ideas - Week Commencing 1.6.2020

Pick 'n' Mix Home Learning Ideas - Week Commencing 8.6.2020

Parent Video: Introduction to Daily Read Write Inc. Phonics Lessons

At Whitestone Primary School, we use the Read Write Inc scheme to introduce and consolidate phonics to the children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. If you would like to know more about this scheme in order to use it at home, this video and the linked playlist should help.

Please email Miss Tanner with any queries you may have:

Watch this video to find out what you need to know about Daily Phonics Lessons. Click here for our YouTube Speed Sounds Lessons Schedule: https://www.ruthmis...

Bug Club (Reading) and Abacus (maths) information sheets to download:

Useful websites 

 ActiveLearn - Abacus and Bug Club (you need your login details to access this site) 

Top Marks Maths Games - Great for practising number, money, shape, measure and problem solving skills

Topmarks Literacy Games and Practice - Great games and activities to practise phonics, punctuation, words and spellings, reading and stories 

BBC bitesize - Guides and videos for all subjects 

Literacy games and activities - Words and spellings, grammar and punctuation, texts and stories 

Maths games and activities - Number, shape, data, measure and problem solving activities

Welcome to Reception and Year 1 - PowerPoint Presentation

Key Messages


  • Show and Tell/Circle Time will be every Monday - the children will be able to discuss their feelings, experiences or show any interesting things from home
  • Homework will be handed out on a Friday and will be expected to be returned by the following Tuesday
  • Achievement Assembly is every Friday morning so please feel free to bring in any awards or certificates to be shared and celebrated in front of the school
  • PE is every Thursday morning so please ensure that your child has an appropriate change of clothing in school
  • Children will need a pair of labelled wellies and an appropriate coat for outdoor learning experiences - particularly during Muddy Mondays or Welly Wednesdays
  • Please ensure that all belongings - bags, pencil cases, books, clothing - are clearly labelled with names
  • Miss Tanner or another member of staff from the Foundation Phase team will always be available in the yard before school between 8:40am and 8:50am, or after school at 3:30pm

Learning and Experiences


Circus Visit - September 2019


To begin our 'Happiness' topic, we discussed what makes us happy and different activities we enjoy. Then, we were visited by the circus! They showed us different skills to teach and share with others and we thoroughly enjoyed! 


Harvest 2019


The children have learned about the purpose of farms and what foods they can supply. We then discussed the importance of healthy eating and tried a variety of fruit and vegetables before sorting and describing them.

We also compared farming in South America to farming in Britain, and learned about how cocoa is harvested. For the Harvest Supper, we decided to combine fruit farmed in Britain and chocolate farmed in South America.... to make chocolate fruit skewers! We learned that you must use heat (from a microwave) to melt chocolate into a liquid, and how you must use a cold temperate (from a fridge) to turn the chocolate into a solid again.


Fruit and vegetable tastingFruit and vegetable tasting Learning about how cocoa beans are harvestedMaking chocolate fruit skewersMelting chocolate to make chocolate fruit skewersHarvest supper


Christmas 2019


For the Christmas fair, we consolidated our understanding of materials can change states by melting and cooling chocolate again. We learned about traditional Christmas puddings, before creating our own recipe using rice krispies, maple syrup, chocolate and icing. We designed advertising posters and wrote down the recipe.


Baa Baa Bethlehem - Foundation Phase Concert 2019


The Foundation Phase all worked extremely hard together to rehearse their lines, create dances and learn songs in able to perform their Christmas concert in front of their teachers, peers and families. Their efforts were evident - it was a fantastic show and a lovely ending to our first term!


Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda, pawb!