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On this page you will find lots of information and plenty of activities to keep you busy while learning from home

Miss Belcher (RA class teacher)

& Miss Miles (RB class teacher)

This term teachers can now be contacted via email:


for all enquiries to do with your child’s learning.

Spring Term


Happy New Year Reception! We hope you had a safe Christmas break with your families. We miss you all very much and are sad about not seeing you every day. It is really important that you try your best with the home learning we have provided to keep up the progress you have made in Reception! 



Home learning packs can be collected from school every Monday from 12-3pm  from Reception's entrance. Please bring completed packs back into school for your teachers to see all of your hard work! We are giving out lots of resources to help you with your learning at home!

Home Learning

This is a suggested timetable for you to follow while learning at home.

Parents and carers guide to our Reception lessons

A quick guide for parents and carers about our Reception lessons. New Reception lessons are uploaded every week day at 9am.

Purple Mash in Reception

At English Martyrs' we all have logins to purple mash! Please look in your child's reading record for their username and password. Purple mash is a fantastic resource to help your child develop their ICT skills whilst playing lots of educational games!

              Autumn Term



In Reception this week we have been learning all about DIWALI! The Hindu celebration of light.


We have been busy making Divas and Rangoli patterns and taking part in Diwali dancing! We were Curious and Active when learning about this Hindu Celebration.

Road Safety Awareness Week!


This week in Reception we have been learning about the importance of staying safe when we are walking near roads.


We made posters to encourage others to be mindful when crossing the roads in Sparkhill.   

Remembrance Day


This week in Reception we have been commemorating Remembrance Day by reflecting on the soldiers who fought for us during WW1.



We have talked about how the Poppy is a symbol of peace. We have been thinking of ways in which we can show love and peace to one another.  

Police  Visit


This week we have been learning all about People who help us! We had a special visit from two police officers. 

Litter Picking

This week in Reception this week we have been talking about the importance of keeping the world a clean and happy place. We have been curious by exploring different ways in which we can reuse and recycle our rubbish and how we can keep God’s world clean. Also we have been active by going on a litter pick in our playground. We have been recycling rubbish to give it a new use. This reminds us why we should keep God’s world a happy and clean place for everyone.

Healthy Eating in Reception!


In Reception we drink water and milk. We enjoy a healthy fruit snack and of course we love our school dinners!

First Day In

Reception 2020!


Today we joined the family

of English Martyrs’ School,

where we grow closer to God

each day through learning

and walking hand in hand with

him on our journey of faith.


 08/09/20 'While We Can't Hug' is a great story to help us all understand how we can show love to each other while we can't hug.




Our EYFS Intent


At English Martyrs’ school we are committed to providing all children with the best possible start in life. We believe that children should have a safe and stimulating environment in which they gain confidence and acquire the skills they need to become happy, independent learners.


We follow a Thematic Curriculum where children are introduced to a variety of language rich texts and inspirational teaching that brings learning to life. We plan our themes around the children and enable children to make progress across the seven areas of learning through our play-based approach.


Speaking and listening is at the heart of everything we do. We believe that giving children opportunities to express themselves effectively and listening to others will allow children to become effective learners and provides them with a solid foundation for later life.

There are 7 areas of learning and development in the EYFS. Below are the 7 areas along with some useful websites/ links to use when teaching these different areas at home!

The link below is from the Goverment website from the DFE, providing a list of resources:



Read all of the exciting things your children will learn about each term in the detailed work plans below:

Documents - please click to open