Team Crane

Welcome to Team Crane, our Reception class.

Mrs Duthie is the class teacher and is assisted by teaching assistant Mrs Ditchfield.

On this page you will find current information about what is happening in Team Crane - we have our weekly home school liaison which is sent out on a Monday to let Parents/Carers know what children will be learning about in school in the week ahead and how this can be supported at home. Our Twitter feed gives you a flavour of the activities the children have enjoyed over the last few days. We also have our Early Years Foundation Stage Policy and some useful websites, apps and information for Parents/Carers. If you go to our Statutory Information and look at Curriculum you will find even more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage here at Newburgh, what children will learn along with photographs of that learning in action!

Our Early Years also benefits from Tapestry online journal subscription, giving parents/carers even more insight into what their children are experiencing. This also allows parents/carers to upload their own experiences with children and is specific to their own children.

Crane Home School Liaison

Latest Newsletters

Crane Twitter Feed



Please visit our Reading at Home page for advice and ideas to support developing reading skills.



Please visit our Maths Page for advice and ideas to support mathematical learning.

Personal, Social, Health Education


After Spring Half Term Team Crane will be participating in "A Confident Mini" series of workshops for emotional health and resilience. Please see our PSHE Page for more information about this.

Wider Opportunities in Reception


Spiritual Leaders

As Spiritual Leaders in each year group, all children are given the opportunity to prepare the weekly class worship and lead on the planning and delivery of a whole school worship once every half term. At the end of the child-led worship, the Spiritual Leaders are then presented with a certificate to recognise what they have done within their year group.

The Spiritual Leaders are responsible for ensuring that their class reflective worship area is clean, tidy and up to date with their learning in R.E. as well as the termly Gospel Value.

Spiritual Leaders are also able to participate in a weekly lunchtime club to develop their knowledge of our school vision, values and understanding of worship.

See our Christianity at Newburgh page for more information on this.


School Council & Eco Council

See our Enrichment Opportunities page for more information on this.

Stories Recorded By Mrs Duthie

Bear Hunt

Early Years Foundation Stage Policy

Early Years Foundation Stage Policy

Useful Websites, Apps and Information


EYFS Useful links & information:

Hungry Little Minds.-Many little things light up hungry little minds. Children take everything in, and even the smallest things you do with them can make a big difference. This website is full of simple, fun activities for children, from newborn to five.

Guidance to your child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage.

Small Talk-Ideas and activities from the National Literacy Trust

I CAN-For more information about children’s communication

A Better Start – for more information about building young brains

NSPCC -Provides free ‘brain-building tips’ for children

Bilingualism Matters provides information about children learning more than one language.

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists can provide support if you’re worried about your child’s speech and language development.

Keep Your Cool Toolbox - what if you could help them to prevent 'flipping their lid' in the first instance?

Early Language Gap is more than just words -

What to Expect When in the EYFS

EYFS Development Matters

NSPCC Keeping Children Safe Support for Parents


EYFS Suggested Websites and Apps to Support Learning: CBeebies storytime is filled with free interactive story books and bedtime stories for young children and is a great way to enjoy reading with your little ones. The library is always growing with amazing stories featuring all the CBeebies favourites. -CBeebies Playtime Island contains a wide range of fun and educational games to help children understand the world around them and support the development of core skills. Children can play along with all of CBeebies most popular characters. Teach Your Monster to Read is a phonics and reading game that helps children learn to read. The app covers the first two years of learning to read, from matching letters and sounds to enjoying small books. Play is filled with lots of phonics based activities including games which focus on developing the vital listening skills needed when learning to read. learn how much fun counting can be by singing along and help the Numberblocks to solve problems. Hero teaches children to read and spell using phonics. The app includes over 850 fun and varied games. Using a step-by-step approach, children learn the 44 sounds, the reading and spelling of words and how to conquer sentences. is a listening bookshop that provides young children with a patient, comforting listening ear to help in the learning-to-read journey, but with the added benefit of tracking progress, identifying reading challenges and highlighting to their adult carers where support is needed. Lingumi provides a course focused on spoken and communicative English. The app provides sets of learning games, speech recognition games and video-based games to help the child grow their grammar and get them speaking. Kaligo is a digital handwriting exercise book designed to teach children how to write using a stylus and tablet. A self-paced approach enables children to progress their own speed according to their ability giving corrective feedback national charity that provides children with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading. a school which values the joy of nature and the outdoors, we recommend this website for lots of interesting, fun and educational activities to do as a family.

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