Our Week in Earls Hill

Another busy and exciting week! The reception children have stayed all day and have coped fantastically. I’m sure they will be ready for a rest this weekend!

In Literacy we have been working on the story ‘Let’s be Friends’. The cygnets had to find the story characters in the shaving foam and then write their name  and try to write the name of the friends in the story. Messy but fun!

We have worked on counting in lots of different ways this week.

In science we sorted animals. We talked about how we had sorted them. Then we learned about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We sorted animals into those categories.

In art we explored colour mixing. It was like magic!

We are learning about Judaism in RE. We heard about Moses parting the Red Sea. We tried to part water too!

Welcome to Earls Hill

It has been an exciting and busy two weeks in Earls Hill class. The cygnets have settled really well into their new class and the swans have been fantastic helpers and role models for them. I am very proud of the whole class! Here are some of our new cygnets exploring their new setting.

At Holy Trinity, we have been working through a recovery curriculum to help the children settle back into the routine of school and address any concerns they might have. We have used the book ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers as a starting point for all out activities over the last two weeks.

We have been learning about our planet, what it is made up of and its position in the solar system. We have learned about the environment and how important it is to look after it and the animals who share the environment with us. We have looked at ourselves as people, how we are made up and why it is important to look after ourselves to stay healthy and well.


We have talked a great about what has been happening in the world over the last few months. I have been amazed by the children’s maturity and understanding. The swans have written some of the questions they have about the situation.

Home Reading Books

In order to reduce shared resources between home and school, we are changing the way in which we organise our home reading. We will be sending an appropriate reading book home with your child on a Friday along with their Reading Diary, we will not comment directly in the Reading Diaries but will check your comments and contributions. Their books will be changed on the following Friday.

Children will read at school on a regular basis and we will keep our own detailed records. Feedback on the progress your child is making and any support you may be able to offer will be communicated to you via your child’s class email. Likewise, we would encourage you to communicate with your child’s class teacher via the class email.

Younger pupils will be able to access additional reading books using our Bug Club online reading resource and complete a wide range of reading based games and activities. Their class teacher is able to see their progress. Should you have any difficulties accessing this resource please contact your child’s class teacher. We appreciate your continued support.

Clee and Earls Hill School Start!

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you have all had a good summer and that your children are now excited to be starting the next chapter in their education. We are certainly excited to be welcoming them back to school!

The following information is for parents of Reception age children in both classes. I will provide specific information for the Year One children in Earls Hill at the end of this post.

Arrangements for school drop off were detailed in the letters you received. Parents will need to follow the one way system from the Middleton Road Green gate. A member of staff  will be there to greet and direct you. Please follow the path around, past the Nursery onto the Reception playground where myself and Mrs Meddins will be waiting to greet you and your child. Drop off will be at 8.50am. As you hand your child to a teacher, we will be checking who will be collecting them and asking for a password. This is a safety precaution to keep your child safe until we become familiar with all of you.

We understand that this may be an emotional time for both you and your child, but we ask for your support in trying to encourage your child to enter the building as quickly and smoothly as possible. Staff inside will welcome and help your child to wash their hands and hang up their coats. Both classes have set up a waving window where your child can stand to wave goodbye to you as you continue to follow the one way system off the school site, exiting at the Beech Grove gate.

Please be assured, our experienced staff will do everything we can to settle your child and support them if they are upset. If a child becomes very emotional, and will not settle after a period of time, we will phone you to discuss the best course of action.

Collection for week one is at 11.45am. Children will need to be collected from the ‘Giraffe Entrance’ found along the KS1 corridor. Please enter the school site from the Middleton Road entrance, and follow the instructions from school staff. There will be a clear one way system in place again. As you approach the door, we will ask who you are collecting and what the password is. We will then call your child to join you and walk to the exit located at the Beech Grove gate.

The Government provides free school meals for school age children in Reception and KS1. For the next week, we will be sending your child home with a school packed lunch in a paper bag. The following week, when they are in school for their lunch and from then on, they will have a hot meal provided.

Children will not have a PE session during the first two weeks. They do not need a book bag or snack. They will need a named water bottle. Please send in named sun hats if it looks to be a warm day and coats if it is chilly or wet. We will be spending a considerable amount of time outdoors, please ensure clothing is practical and easily washable!

We understand that young children do have ‘accidents’ occasionally. Staff are experienced at following our intimate care policy. We do have a very small supply of spare clothes at school, but please send in some spares with your child. Please put these in a named bag which can remain on their coat peg or in their tray until needed. Staff will follow the Covid – 19 school risk assessment, which follows government guidelines and so will wear PPE to clean your child and change their clothes.

The drop off information above is also applicable for those children in Year One. However, from Monday they will be accessing a full day of provision. At the end of the day (3.20pm) please enter the school site as usual from Middleton Road, and follow the same one way system as in the morning. Children will be exiting from the Earls Hill Classroom door.

Year One children will be provided with a school meal or you are welcome to provide a packed lunch if your child prefers this. Again, no PE for the first week but we will be accessing lots of outdoor provision, so please dress your child in weather appropriate practical clothing. Year One do not need book bags initially, but will need a named water bottle. We will provide snack as in Reception.

Staff in Early Years and Key Stage One are wearing face shields as an added safety precaution. The nature of young children is that they find social distancing difficult. We will encourage them to maintain their distance as best they can, although the government guidelines state that young children do not have to socially distance from peers in their classes. Hand washing and sanitizing will be carried out on entry into school and on leaving. They will also wash or sanitize regularly throughout the session, including before and after eating or drinking and before and after accessing outdoor provision.

I have provided a great deal of information here. Staff will be on hand to guide and help you.

We look forward to greeting you and your child at 8.50am on Monday morning. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Allcock

EYFS Lead Teacher


Home Learning – Friday 17th July

Good morning!

So today is the very last day of the school year. What a year it has been! You have all worked so hard and have shown such courage in this strange time.

There is no home learning today. Please have as much fun as you can and enjoy yourselves with your families.

Take the day off and go for a walk or to the park or to get an ice cream!

We will miss you over Summer but we are so looking forward to having you back in September!

Have a well earned break, stay safe and we will see you then!

From Mrs Taylor, Mrs Allcock and Mrs Meddins

Meet your new teacher!

As we are unable to have a normal transition into our new classes, the teachers have produced a short video to introduce themselves to their new pupils. We are all looking forward to meeting you properly in September.  Have a wonderful Summer and stay safe!

Nursery with Mrs Kenning and Mrs Maltby

Clee with Mrs Meddins

Earl’s Hill with Mrs Allcock

Wrekin with Mr Hughes

Lawley with Mrs Thompstone

Caradoc with Miss Wright

Longmynd with Miss Hutson

Hawkstone with Mrs Holmes

Stiperstones with Miss Scoltock

Haughmond with Mrs Platt

Home Learning – Thursday 16th July


Can you believe it? You’ve all done so so well and we are so proud of you! Keep it up!


Today, imagine you are stranded on an island!









You need to write a message an put it in a bottle to let someone know that you need help!


You need to write:

Help me! From [then your name]

You can either have a go at writing it your self, copy it,  or write over an adult’s writing!


Have a go at writing a short note to anyone who might find your bottle! Try and write in a full sentence. You need to tell them that you are stuck on the island and you can’t get off! Don’t forget to write your name!


Write a letter to someone that finds your note. How do you start a letter? How do you finish a letter? Try and include as many details as possible. Some ideas of what to include might be: 

  • How did you get on the island?
  • When did you get to the island?
  • What were you planning on doing (had you not been stranded on the island).

Make sure you include: capital letters, finger spaces, full stops! 


For this you need some small shiny items to be treasure! (They can be anything small enough to be grabbed in handfuls: sweets, beads, coins)


Very simple activity! Pretend you are a greedy pirate. Grab a handful of “gems”. How many have you got? Can you carefully count them out and find the right numeral?


You need a dice to complete this activity (you can find a digital dice here

Roll your dice and grab that many “gems” like a greedy pirate. Repeat this action and add them together to find your total. 

Cheeky challenge: write the number sentence for your handfuls 


Just be a super greedy pirate and grab two handfuls of “gems”. 

Can you count out each handful separately and add them together? Now write the number sentence! 

Extra Activity: 

Create your very own treasure chest with an egg carton!


Early Learning Goals – End of Reception

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you for all the support you have given your child during the home learning period.

We are now approaching the summer holiday and I am conscious that many of you may be wondering if your child is working at the standard we would expect them to be at the end of the reception year. We will be working at a catch up programme when we return and this along with your continued effort over the summer should ensure your child is able to achieve as near to the expected standard as possible.

I am posting the Early Learning Goal expectations for you to see. This is the standard we expect most children to achieve at the end of their reception year and it is the level schools are judged at. Within these levels there is a wide range of ability. Some children may just achieve the Early Learning Goal by the end of the year, whilst others are achieving it comfortably. Others may not quite achieve the goal. No matter where your child is, we will use this as their starting point in September and plan work to meet their needs.

The government provide some examples, showing what they expect the work produced by children who are working at the expected level in Reception looks like. I have included the examples for the Maths and English Early Learning Goals here to make it clearer for you to see if your child is working near to or at the expected level. The bold text is the Early Learning Goal Statement.

Reading – Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Writing – Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

Maths (Number) – Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.


Maths (Shape, Space and Measure) Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

Home Learning – Wednesday 15th July 2020

Good morning!

I hope we ARRRRR feeling well this morning! 

What’s a pirate’s favourite shop? 


 What is a pirate’s favourite lesson in school?



Today we are going to pretend we are real pirates! First find out what your pirate name is: 









Have a go at the purple mash/mini mash pirate mash cam.

Reception: enter mini mash – click on the drop down for pins – choose mash cams – pirate mash cam – click the face to put your face in! Don’t forget to save it! 

Year 1: enter purple mash – click on your to do’s – find pirate mash cam – click the face to put your face in! Don’t forget to save it and hand it in. 


Draw a picture of you as a pirate! What makes you a pirate? Do you have an eye patch? Can you have a go at copying your pirate name?


Can you draw a picture of your self as a pirate? What makes you a super awesome pirate? Can you write your name and a sentence to explain what makes you a super cool pirate? It could be a special skill, or an awesome hat or even that you are famous for doing something incredible like finding lost treasure! 


As above but can you include: what you look like, what you are good at and what your pirate ship looks like!



Have a go at this game. Choose either up to 5 or up to 10 for a challenge. 


Have a go at this game. Choose up to 10 or up to 20 for a challenge! 


Have a go at the medium game and choose up to 100 (tens). 

Challenge: Have a go at this odd and even game

Extra Activities: 

Have a go at designing your pirate flag to match your pirate character!




Home Learning – Tuesday 14th July

Good Morning!

Reminder for EARL’S HILL: Zoom call today at 10am! 

Topic: Earl’s Hill              

Meeting ID: 755 384 0837
Password: EH123



Have a go at some pirate phonics: 


Medium and Spicy: 

Work out which words are real words and which words are silly nonsense words. This is brilliant preparation for the Phonics Screening test. 

Choose two sounds that your child might not be very confident with. 




For this you will need number cards up to five and some small circles to be coconuts. 

Choose a number and ask your child to put the correct number of coconuts on that number. 


As above but increase the numbers up to ten or twenty. Ensure your child is checking their answers. In school, we encourage the children to place items neatly so that they are easy to count and they do not get muddled. 


For this you will need numbers up to ten (or twenty for a challenge) written on pieces of paper that look like coconuts. 

Turn all the numbers so that they are faced down. Ask your child to turn two numbers and add them together. 

Extra activity: 

Create a Pirate Hat! Here are the instructions: 


Make sure you decorate it!!