Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe, Cheshire CW2 8AD

01270 661526


Vine Tree Primary School

Learn, Included, Respect, Enjoy, Treated Fairly

Reception 2020-2021

Mrs Taylor and I are very pleased to welcome you back to school. We are looking forward to having the class back together and continuing your child's learning journey in Reception. Most things will stay the same in terms of the running of the school day. We will start at 8:45 and finish at 2:45.

Please send your child to school with a warm coat, a water bottle and packed lunch if not having school lunches. Please return your child's reading books on Monday. ( Tomorrow or asap)

This term we will be focusing on teaching your child to write in sentences, learning to read and developing their maths skills further. 

There are a few minor changes that you need to be aware of.

  1. PE will now be on Mondays and Fridays so please send your child to school in outdoor PE kit on these days.
  2. Reading books will only be changed on Mondays. New books will go home on Monday 15th March.(This gives us time to check your child's reading ability and give them the correct book levels. Further reading can be done on getepic and Oxford Owls. Please see the reading sway for help.)
  3. Homework - I will not be sending a homework grid home until after Easter. Please use the sways below for homework until then. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR   from Mrs Welsh, Mrs Taylor and Reception.

Here we have a few Christmas treats to share with you. Usually at this time of the year we are all busy in Key Stage One  getting ready for our Christmas performances. We couldn't let the children miss out on dressing up for the nativity story so we have made a short video just for all our lovely parents. Normally the children wouldn't have a speaking part but this year a lot of the children did!  We hope you enjoy it. Mrs Taylor and I certainly had fun filming it and the children were amazing at watching their friends perform. A big thank you goes to Mrs Morris for producing this short video. Enjoy  - you might need a tissue!

Christmas lunch.

This was good fun. The children enjoyed pulling their crackers and wearing their party hats.

The children loved dressing up for our Nativity...

I can't believe that we are almost at the end of our first term together. The children have settled so well into school life and they are a pleasure to teach. They have made lots of new friends and really enjoy getting busy together. Here are a few photos to show you how creative they are all are in differing ways.

Here are our builders , designers and engineers...

The children have worked together brilliantly and made rockets, train stations, car parks, cities , dinosaur caves and thrones. They are always very proud of their creations.

Here are our artists and musicians...

The children love colouring with pencils, crayons and felt tips. They also paint with water colours and poster paints.

Here are our outdoor explorers...

The children love playing in the mud kitchen and have begun to build bridges outside with the large construction toys.

It's also a good time to run around and let off some steam on the scooters.

The children have been working really hard  to learn how to write their numbers...

Our daily read, write. inc lessons are really paying off as the children know lots of letters and are starting to attempt some independent writing.

This half terms Space homework has been amazing and the children have been telling me how much they have enjoyed working at home and then sharing their achievements at school. Thank you for all your support with this. I appreciate that you have to spend a great deal of time with your child to achieve such high quality pieces of work but it really is worth it. It was lovely to watch the children as they shared their work with their friends. They were all so proud. :)

Read, Write,Inc

At Vine Tree we teach phonics by following a program called Read Write Inc. Each day at school your child will learn to read and write a new letter. I will send a message via Tapestry so that you know which letter your child has been learning. I would normally send a short piece of homework every day to help support your child's learning but as you are aware we are not able to do this right now. Instead I am going to send home a book of all the letters that your child will learn. Each day please only practise the letter that has been taught. Please do not be tempted to rush ahead.

Here is a really useful video showing you how we teach the children to say each letter. You will notice that we don't use its letter name only the sound that it makes.

Reading with Read write inc.


Here is a very handy flip chart that your child can use to practise reading their letters and CVC words that we are learning at school. There are letters for both my group and Mrs Taylor's RWI groups. I will send you a text to tell you which group your child is in so they can practise the correct letters and sounds. Just click through the letters and words. Please remind your child to use their Fred talk to sound out the words before they read them. Your child may need some support with this as it is quite new to them. You will also see our tricky words that we are learning and the children's word grids. I will test word grids every Friday.

Happy Reading everyone. :)

 School lunches

Winter Lunch Menu


Thank you very much for signing up to Tapestry. I hope that you are finding it useful. I know that most children don't remember what they have done all day. Please continue to add comments and likes or send me photos of your child. We use Tapestry to build a rounded picture of your child's time in Reception  so please send photos of your child's wow moments, completing homework tasks, learning to ride a bike etc. Anything they are proud of I would love to see. :)

If you are having any difficulties please contact me by email.    (  intake2020@vinetree.cheshire.sch.uk  )


Your child has been given their first reading book today. It is a picture book and it has really useful information on the inside cover to give you ideas on how to share the book with your child. There is also a simple game to play to help your child learn the character names that appear in our story books.

Please keep the book in it's special named wallet and only return it to school on FRIDAYS. Books will only be changed only on Fridays as books need to be quarantined for 72 hours. Once your child has begun to learn some letter sounds we will send a second phonics book to read throughout the week.

Please read at least three times a week with your child. Your child doesn't have to read the whole book in one sitting. You could share a few pages each time you read. Please write in the reading diary when you read and add a brief comment. This is useful for us to see how your child is progressing.

If you want further reading material I recommend you have a look at Get Epic.


Get epic

This is a fantastic  free website  for reading that your child is signed up to. It is very simple to use and the children really enjoyed using it last year.

Go to www.getepic.com/student. Log in with the class code hsh1970 and then click on your childs name. Here you will find a selection of books about Owls and Autumn that you can share with your child.

It has also come to my attention that the terms and conditions of GETEPIC have changed since June.  There are now 2 options to explore the website:


  1. During school with Epic School: From 7am to 4pm, students can log in from anywhere using their class code and read for as long as they want between 7am to 4pm. Educators can access Epic School at any time or day. Epic School is always free for our educators.
  2. After school with Epic Free: In addition to all the reading time that they get with Epic School, students can also read after-school or after 4pm  for free on Epic Free. Epic Free is also available for students to access at any time on the weekends. But unlike Epic School, there is a time duration limit! Students can read on Epic Free for up to 2 hours per week. Also, students will need their parents’ help to unlock Epic Free with a parent email. Parents only need to provide their email address once during sign-up. There is no fee for for Epic Free. After the first log in, students can freely access Epic Free using the class code.  They will transition between Epic School and Epic Free, depending on the time of day.  


Unfortunately, this change in terms means that some books are not accessible on the Epic Free version. I will amend the assignments so that children still have access to some assigned books after 4pm. Apologies for this confusion - this is a very recent change on GETEPIC! 

Click on the image below for instructions on how to set up Get epic HOME...


Quick reminders

Our class PE days are Mondays and Wednesdays so remember to send your child wearing PE clothing on both days please.

Please  send a water bottle into school every day. 

Return reading books on a Friday in their special named wallet.  Books wont be changed on any other day.   


Due to the current circumstances teachers are not able to have face to face contact with parents. If you have any concerns please don't hesitate to contact me on the email address below. I will be checking my emails every day and I will get in touch with you as quickly as possible.