Team Crane

Welcome to Team Crane, our Reception class.

Mrs Duthie is the class teacher and is assisted by teaching assistants Mrs Enriles and 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.


Our Remote Learning section was set up to deal with the school closure due to Covid-19. This was a weekly set of resources to help parents facilitate learning at home to the best of their ability. They remain on the website in case they are of future use.

Crane Home School Liaison

Latest Newsletters



The whole year curriculum Reception will follow is here.

A Parents' Guide to The Early Learning Goals (targets for children at the end of their Reception year) is here

The Autumn curriculum is here.

Crane Twitter Feed

Reading With Your Child


Whatever stage your child is at in their reading journey, it is essential that you spend time reading together daily, discussing the text and new vocabulary.



  1. I read to you, you read to me - take turns to read a sentence aloud to each other.
  2. Be patient when your child is trying to sound out an unfamiliar word - give him or her time to do so. Then, one more time for understanding - ask them to re-read the sentence again to understand the meaning.
  3. Find three words or phrases you like in the text and explain why.
  4. Ask who, what, when where and why questions.
  5. Create a distraction-free reading space to sit quietly and enjoy your book. Make reading a book a natural thing to do.

Delving Deeper

What has happened in the story so far?

Who is the main character?

Find 3 clues in the story that tell you what kind of a character this is.

What do you think of the main character? Have you changed your mind as you read the story?

What is your favourite part of the story? Why?

Can you make a link between this story and another story and say why you like them?

Was there a problem in the story? How was it resolved?

Identify the key events in the story and put them in order.

Discuss new vocabulary and can you use it in a sentence of your own?


A successful home school reading partnership is essential. Indicating in your child's reading diary that you have heard them read and what you have discussed is helpful for the teacher.

Below are examples of parental entries that may support you in what you record:

Read to page 15. We discussed words to describe the dragon.  Parent name/initials

Read pages 13-19. We found words with the 'ew' sound. Parent name/initials

Read pages 20-30 as a shared read - we enjoyed reading a page each and discussing new words that we found. Parent name/initial

Useful links:

Virtual Reading Workshop

Reading Eggs Parent Guide

Recommended  Reading List for Early Years Foundation Stage.

Lockdown Stories: stories recorded for children by Mrs Duthie during Lockdown 2020

Bear Hunt

Little Green Dinosaur

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 -


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.

Early Years Foundation Stage Policy

Early Years Foundation Stage Policy