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This term our school value is Respect & Co-operation  








Learning for the week beginning 

Monday the 6th of July 2020




Learning for the week beginning 

Monday the 29th of June 2020



Word of the week -  mirth




Definition: Mirth is amusement which you express by laughing.

Gladness as shown by or accompanied with laughter.

Sentence: His clumsy attempt at dancing caused much mirth.

Her clumsy attempt to cut the cake was the cause of much mirth.




Learning for the week beginning 

Monday the 22nd of June 2020

Learning for the week beginning 

Monday the 15th of June 2020

Learning for the week beginning 

Monday the 8th of June 2020



Learning for the week beginning 

Monday the 1st of June 2020



Learning for the week beginning 

Monday the 18th of May 2020

Learning for the week beginning 

Monday the 11th of May 2020

Learning for the week beginning 

Monday the 4th of May 2020




Learning for the week beginning 

Monday the 27th of April 2020

Learning for the week beginning 

Monday the 20th of April 2020


School value for this half-term - responsibility


school value - responsibility




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


It is not always easy for me to do the learning at home. How can I tell my teacher about this?


The Reception teachers will be giving each of you a regular phone call. This is to check how each of you are doing. Please think about any way that we can help with your child’s learning and tell us about it when we call.


You can also email us anytime.


What should I do if I need paper, pencils, etc?


If you have problems getting paper and writing equipment, email your class teacher who will arrange to have some ready for you to collect from the office.


How do I know what I should be doing each week with my child so they don’t get behind?


Please get familiar with our Reception page. This is updated daily. Our learning for each week can be found on there, along with all the ideas that have already been posted further down the page. If you haven’t already, please bookmark/favourite the Reception page so that you are able to use it regularly.


It is hard to keep a daily routine with my child. Any suggestions?


Click on the Icon timetable. Please feel free to tailor this to your own individual circumstances.


How can I get answers to other questions I have?


Many of your questions may already be answered by checking our Reception page.


What should I do with photos of my child’s learning at home?


Email them to your class teacher so we can post them on our Reception page.


Are there any requirements for the photos?


We are unable to post photos of your child’s face and name on the same image (one or the other is fine) so they cannot be identified. Therefore, it might be easier to tell your child not to put his name on his work so you can freely take photos without worrying about this.



What’s New


Added 28 April 2020

Explore the canal with Ray and Oscar

Adventures with Oscar - The Canal

Ray made this video with his little boy Oscar.  They did their exercise yesterday by riding their bikes along the canal close to their house.


1. Before watching, ask your child:  What animals and other things do you think you might see along the canal?

2. Watch the video (You can also find it by searching YouTube "Adventures with Oscar")

3. Discuss what animals and types of boats Oscar saw.  Be sure you watch it all the way to the end!!  (There are funny bits at the end.)


Added 3 April 2020

Holiday learning


We are really missing all of you.  Over the 2 week holiday, this is our learning:


1. The Little Red Hen (book) – use this video where it is read aloud.  At the end, ask your child:

  • Which animals did not help?  [Dog, cat, mouse]
  • What happened when the little red hen made a cake?  [they wanted to eat it]
  • Did they get to eat it?  [No, the little red hen ate it all]
  • Why did the little red eat the whole cake?  [the animals didn’t help]
  • What happened after that?  [the animals helped]
  • Did they learn their lesson?  [Yes]
  • What is the lesson?  Should we let mummy or daddy do all the work?  [No]
  • Why not?


2. 2D and 3D shapes – use these videos about 2D shapes and 3D shapes.  After watching each song, do a shape hunt around the house.


3. Using words about where something is (positional/directional language) – use this song to help: Where am I now?  After watching the song, please continue to use the language in every day conversation e.g. at the dinner table – What is next to your plate?  What is on your plate? etc.


4. Easter traditions (see ‘Learn all about Easter traditions’ below)


5. Rocket & Alien Words – practise daily


6. Bug Club – read daily


6. Art Project: Make a paper roll model – Use spare toilet rolls to make a model.  Email us your best creations and we can post pictures of the best ones here on the website.  Here is a website to give you some ideas.


Stay safe and remember to help mummy and daddy like the animals who learnt to help the little red hen.  Please note that we may not be able to reply to emails over the holiday break.



Added 2 April 2020

Learn all about Easter traditions

Espresso – Easter topic

Login to Espresso first, then use the link above.

To Login, click Login from the top-right of the page and select Espresso.  Enter these login details…

username: student23167   password:  harefield


Do PE with Joe at home

P.E with Joe | Thursday 2nd April 2020

Every day at 9am, Joe has been doing 30 min workouts with children linked in live around the world.  If you can’t do it at 9am, you can still play it later on YouTube.  Have your children done their exercise for today?


Added 1 April 2020

Watch authors read their books aloud

The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities

With kids at home and parents looking for educational activities, many of our favourite authors are offering online read-alouds and activities on social media.  Follow the link above for over 50 of the best virtual author activities.


Added 31 March 2020

Watch Ray in his new video

The Race – Who is first, second and third?

Get your child to decide who is first, second and third.  This will practise their ordinal numbers.


Watch Oscar (Ray’s little boy) in his new video

What can help us remember ordinal numbers?

Oscar explains a simple rhyme to help us remember first, second, third.


Storytime with headteacher & teachers

Listen to stories by the headteacher & teachers of Harefield Infant School

Stories include:

The Jealous Camel AKA The Camelephantelopelicanary
A story about appreciating your own beauty told by Mr Sunner.

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
A story about why you should never steal a bear's hat read by Mr Sunner.

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
A story about trying new things out read by Mrs Henderson.

No-Bot, the Robot with No Bottom by Sue Hendra
A story about why you should be very careful when playing on swings in the park read by Miss Campbell.

Oi Frog! by Kes Gray
A story about what different animals sit on read by Miss Churchill.

Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf by Roald Dahl
The real story of Little Red Riding Hood read by Mr Downs.


Play puzzle, logic and memory games

Dino Teacher (Kids Educational Game) Free @ Google Play & Apple Store

In English and Spanish.

PUZZLE games (from 3 years old)
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Level 1: Puzzles of 1 piece.
Level 2: 2-piece puzzles.
Level 3: Puzzles of 3 pieces.
Level 4: Learn to spin pieces.
Level 5: They learn to change the size of the pieces.

MEMORY Games (from 3-4 years old)
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Level 1: Find 3 pairs with silhouettes.
Level 2: Find 6 pairs with silhouettes.
Level 3: Find 8 pairs with silhouettes.
Level 4: Find 3 couples without silhouettes.
Level 5: Find 6 couples without silhouettes.

LOGIC games (from 4-5 years)
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Level 1: Sort parts by size.
Level 2: Create and complete series of objects.
Level 3: Find the intruder within groups of objects of the same type.
Level 4: Count individual objects, by groups and by name.
Level 5: Simple sums from groups of objects.


Over 150 Free Activities for kids (all ages) @ Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo Website

Chester Zoo have 188 activities free to download, watch, play etc on their website. They are excercises, activities, articles, films etc concerning wildlife and conservation. You can easily filter it to whatever age, subject, topic and resource type. Plenty to keep the young 'uns busy and interested.  Examples of what you can do / download are:-
Primate Ancestry Activity 16+
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle 7-11
Food glorious food 7-11
Sustainable Palm Oil Word Search 7-11 & 11-14
Red Panda Quiz 7-11
How to make a model hedgehog 3-5 & 5-7
Animal Mask – Anoa 3-5, 5-7 & 7-11
Animal Mask – Banteng 3-5, 5-7 & 7-11
KS1 African Animals, Adaptations and Habitats 5-7
How to create animal shadow art 3-5 & 5-7
Palm Oil Perspectives – Wildlife 7-11 & 11-14
How to create a nature rubbing 3-5
Conservation Consequences Game 14-6 & 16+
‘Top Cat’ Card Game 7-11 & 11-14


Added 30 March 2020

Get Espresso free


Covers all these Learning Areas: Communication and Language, Physical Development, PSED, Literacy, Maths, Understanding the world, Expressive Arts and Design

To Login, click Login from the top-right of the page and select Espresso.  Enter these login details…

username: student21101   password:  school


Get a personalised learning resource for all ages

Khan Academy - Free @ Google Play or Apple Store

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.


Added 27 March 2020

Learn rocket/alien words

-> Go to School-closure Pack -> Rocket & Alien Words


Get free online music lessons

Sign-up to Brent’s Music Service Online Lessons

Brent Music Service provides curriculum music lessons in over 30 Brent primary schools. Due to school closures we are providing online resources for parents to use at home.


Read a digital book or myON News

Start reading with over 6,000 digital books to choose from with myON

Access to over 6,000 digital books with myON, as well as myON News, which provides daily news articles reviewed by child psychologists, helping to ensure students make sense of current events


Added 26 March 2020

Play puzzle games on the Ipad/Iphone

Gruffalo : Games puzzle games for 3-7 year olds - Free @ Apple AppStore


Added 25 March 2020

Play learning games with your kids

Brainzy by

Practice key skills online with a collection of educational games, songs, and stories, in our Guided Lessons


Print this learning pack provided by


Added 22 March 2020

Read this book to your child

Dave the Dog is worried about coronavirus


Help your child learn a new language

(or improve their English!)

Rosetta Stone online language courses for 3 months for free (24 languages) - Free @ Rosetta


Added 20 March 2020

Letter from your teachers

While the school is closed we will aim to support your child's learning as much as we can.   In the School-closure Pack section below, you will find resources (including websites that we regularly use at school) that you can use at home with your child.


A printed School-closure Pack has been provided for your child.  If you were not able to collect it at home time on Friday 19 March 2020, then you may now collect it from the school office.  If you cannot collect the pack, you can also print it out yourself (go to School-closure Pack section -> Printed Pack).


You can contact your class teachers via email Monday-Friday between 8:45am and 3:15pm and we will aim to respond as soon as possible.  If you need advice, help finding work or passwords for the children to access sites such as Bug Club then we will do our best to help you.


Little children learn best by 'doing a little, often'.  Therefore, the main thing is to do even a little bit of learning daily.  We suggest you use the School-closure Pack section and choose to do at least one of the following each day:


  • Sing a song (go to Songs to Use Daily - they can be played via YouTube)
  • Read a book online (use Bug Club)
  • Read a book from the book list (go to Must-read Book List - if you don't have the book, you can usually find them read on YouTube)
  • Use one of practical ideas (go to Things to Do Together)
  • Use of the suggested websites (go to Websites to Use Daily)


We hope you all stay well.  Please continue to reassure your child that the adults (‘big people’) will take care of them and keep them safe.


Yours sincerely, 


Frank, Ray and Marcy


Frank, Star class teacher -

Marcy, Moon class teacher -

Ray, Sun class teacher -