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Reception

Welcome to all our new starters!

 

We’ve had a lovely first week back and the children have settled extremely well. Please remember if you haven’t already given an email to link to your child online profile for Evidence Me please give this to a staff member as soon as possible. Letters are currently going out for Marvellous Me accounts also. Please let us know if you aren’t able to access this. 

Reception New Starter Forms for September 2020 Intake

 

If your child is due to start in our Reception class in September 2020, please click here to complete the new starter forms.

 

Thank you

 

 

Reception archived 2019/2020 

Below are some tips to be Year One ready!

Home Learning

 

The Early Years focuses on play based learning. Play is the most powerful learning tool available to your child so please play with them during this time. Play is the theme that will continue through the home learning ideas and planning on here. Please also use the ideas on this page, web links and the ideas in the home learning packs. Should you need any support during this time I will be available via email during normal school hours. I will endeavour to reply in a timely manner. My email will be shared via Marvellous Me. 

Stay safe, 

Mrs Allen

Additional Activities 

 

If you would like additional activities you can find some at the link below. This has been set by teachers alongside the government to offer more home learning opportunities. These activities are very structured and require a screen that your child can pause when directed plus additional resources that will be requested at the beginning of the sessions. I particularly recommend the story map activities under ‘english’ and the ‘maths’ activities.

 

Oak National Academy 

Gardening and growing fun!

Home learning for week beginning Monday 13th July 2020

 

Daily phonics

 

Please continue to flash the sounds cards given in your home learning packs daily with your child. In addition to these please complete the activities below. 

 

This term we are going to focus on consolidating your child’s knowledge of all the sounds taught (set one and two) and recognising and using high frequency words. Usually we would do this through guided reading activities and guided independent writing. The activities below will encourage this consolidation. A child needs to use and experience something first hand at least 5 times before it becomes concrete learning so this stage is very important. 
 

Please use the Ruth Miskin read write inc link below for speed sound sessions daily. Below is the list of high frequency words. I have attached the plans we will be using in school with the children that are attending. You can use or adapt these as you wish. For the green and red word just write them on paper in a green and red pen to make sure your child knows what type of word they are.

 

I

go

come

went

up

you

day

was

look

are

the

of

we

this

dog

me

like

going

big

she

and

they

my

see

on

away

mum

it

at

play

no

yes

for

a

dad

can

he

am

is

cat

get

said

to

in

all

 

 

 

 

 

Writing

 

When encouraging your child to write don’t expect perfect- words that are phonetically  plausible  (readable) using the sounds they know are fine and please remember each child is at a different level so this will look different for each child. We do however have an expectation that high frequency and red words taught will be correctly spelt. We have magic writing in school which means whatever your child reads back to us is what their writing says.


Writing activities 

 

  • Encourage your child to write all the time! Simple lists, instructions etc  are great! If your child wants a snack can they write a letter asking for it? Can they create a story that as a family you can act out?  Can they create signs such as ‘wash your hands’? 

Speed sound revision

 

Please find set one and set two speed sounds lessons on youtube, delivered by Ruth Miskin herself! Reception children would benefit from both set one and set two revision so please use this resource daily. Set one is taught at 9.30am and set two at 10.00am. Please resist moving onto the set three sounds as those are taught in Year One! 

 

Simply copy this into your browser!

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ/videos

This is Mrs Beales the Year One teacher

These are pictures of the Year One classroom. Its under construction at the moment but it will give your child an idea of what to expect

All these activities have been designed to support your child with their transition into Year 1. Most of these can be brought to school in September to share with Mrs Beales on the first day of school.

 

Transition Activities

 

Encourage your child to draw a detailed picture of themselves on a plain piece of paper. Have a mirror for them to look carefully at their features, focusing on the colour of their eyes and position of their features etc.

 

Below their pictures support them to write (or write for them) the sentence starter ‘I like…’ and ask them to complete it with something that they really like such as Paw Patrol or playing with my friends etc.

 

This can then be shared with Mrs Beales on the first day of school in September and will help her to get to know what your child likes.

 

Discuss with your child some of the things they have done over lockdown. Ask them to choose one thing that they really enjoyed doing. This can be anything from family walks to baking. Ask them to write about these experiences to share with their friends when they return. You can draw pictures and/or add photos. If you feel really creative you could create a scrap book with your child.

 

 

 

Look at the pictures  about the Year One classroom. Discuss with your child about starting Year One. (If they have any questions you can’t answer feel free to email me!) Ask them what they are most excited about when they return to school? Who are they most excited about seeing? What is do they want to learn when they are in Year One?

 

 

This time of year can be a very anxious time for children and especially so due to current circumstances. With this in mind why not create a worry doll with your child. The idea is that they can share their concerns with their doll and then pop it under their pillow at night where the worries will disappear.

 

You can create a worry doll using anything. I’ve made them using pegs, socks and sticks. Anything you have to hand can be transformed into a worry doll.

 

This site has some fabulous ideas on different ideas for worry dolls using various items that you can find outside or at home.

https://www.accessart.org.uk/worrydolls/

 

 

Previous weekly home learning 

Story time ten

 

Watch our story this week here... 

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XyIV_xYi0as

Learning Outcomes

Activities

Understanding the World

 

To know about similarities and differences in

relation to places, objects, materials and living things.

 

Literacy

 

To write for different purposes

 

To write phonetically plausible words

 

 

Find out about the animals that appear in the story. Where do they live? What do they like to eat?

 

The story is based in south-west Kenya. Can you find this on a map? Can you find out more about the country? How is it similar / different to where you live?

 

Look at real pictures of Africa/animals/ safari etc

 

Ask your child to write about their favourite animal from the story.

 

You can do all the above on a table, computer or your phone.

 

Communication and Language

 

To use everyday language to solve problems

 

Fruit tasting, with fruits from the story.

 

Pick a fruit from the story. Encourage your child to taste/feel it. Can they use a word to describe it? Make a class list of vocabulary to describe the fruit. Discuss healthy eating.

 

After tasting the fruit, ask chn to draw their favourite one. Label the picture or write a sentence, using a describing word.

 

Mathematics

 

To use everyday language to talk about size, weight and to compare quantities.  

Weigh and compare the different fruits from the story.

 

If you don’t have any fruits from the story use various objects from your home. Can your child put them in order from lightest to heaviest? Can they test that theory using scales. You can use kitchen scales and explain the bigger the number the heavier the item or you can create a simple balance scale using a coat hanger (picture below)

 

 

 

 

Literacy

 

To write simple sentences for a purpose

 

To write phonetically plausible attempts at tricky words

 

To spell high frequency words correctly

 

 

Write a letter to Handa

 

Write a letter to Handa. Remind your child to address their letter to Handa and ensure they write who it from. Use the letter to tell Handa what happened to the fruit that she has in the basket. Can you child remember and write which animal took each fruit?

 

Other learning ideas

  • Play an ‘I went to the shop’ game in small groups. Each child in the group says a fruit they buy from the shops and the next person has to add another item to the list and say what the previous people bought too!
  • Set up a fruit and vegetable shop, creating labels and receipts
  • Encourage your child to explore different ways of moving to represent each of the animals in the story. They could pretend to swing through trees like the monkey, stomp like the elephant, walk on tiptoes for the giraffe, flap their arms to represent the parrot’s wings and run around like the goat.
  • Create a specially decorated chair with the children. This then becomes a special storytelling chair for the children to retell the story to each other.

Story time nine

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Learning Outcomes

Activities

Understanding the World

 

To know about similarities and differences in

relation to places, objects, materials and living things.

 

Literacy

 

To write for different purposes

 

To write phonetically plausible words

 

 

Talk to your child about the different animals we find in our country. Discuss what we could find and where we would find them e.g ducks in a pond, squirrels in trees.

 

With help from  a adult research animals that can be found in Australia using a phone, book or computer

Whilst looking at pictures of the animals discuss which habitat they might live in.  Question  as to why they are suited to that habitat, getting children to think about the differences in the animals and their appearance etc

 

Ask your child to pick their favourite Australian animal and then to write a sentence about it in their green books.

 

Mathematics

 

To use everyday language to solve problems

 

Play guess the number!

 

Tell you child you have a number in your head and they have to work out hat it is. You can give your child clues to the number such as “ The number I’m thinking of is 2 less than 20 and 9 add 9 equals me.”

 

They get a point for every number they guess correctly. Can you swap over and guess a number your child is thinking with them giving you clues. 

Mathematics

 

To recognise, create and describe patterns.

 

Write some number patterns such as in 10’s 2’s etc for your child to look at. You could do this on paper, chalk on the ground or in water on the ground. Ask the children to think about why the numbers are special, what do they notice about them? Can we write any more in the pattern? Encourage them to create their own number patterns, writing numbers in 2’s, 10’s 5’s etc.

 

Can you write these numbers, cut them out and muddle them up? Can they put them back in order?

 

 

 

Expressive Arts

 

To create simple representations

 

Look at pictures of didgeridoos  and listen to the sound it makes using youtube. Tell your child that  didgeridoos are originally made from hollow branches of various Australian trees.

 

Look at the detail on a didgeridoo. What do they notice? Talk about the colours that are used one them.

 

Use a cardboard tube to create your own didgeridoo. Use cotton buds and paint for a more authentic picture.

Story time eight

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Learning Outcomes

Activities

Communication and Language

 

To develop their own explanations by connecting ideas

 

 

Literacy

 

To write for different purposes

 

To write phonetically plausible words

 

 

This week we are going to focus on the end part of your childs story.

 

Read through the end of at least 4 different stories that your child is familiar with. Look at what makes the end of the story. Talk about how the end of the story usual brings everything to a conclusion. Sometimes the endings are happy endings (they live happily ever after) and some endings are sad.  

 

Read through the story your child has already started. Ask your child to think about what is going to happen next to the character and how they can draw their story to a close. Encourage your child to tell you the next bit of their story then support them to write it.

 

Mathematics

 

To create a repeating pattern

Design your own underpants!

 

Encourage your child to look at different patterns on fabrics, it could be on a t-shirt, dress or cushion. Ask them to describe what they see. Explain that often patterns are repeated and have the same pictures or shapes over and over again. Ask your child to think about the pattern they want to put on their underpants.

 

Encourage your child to then create their own pattern on a drawing of underpants. Use the link below if you have a print if you don’t then you or your child could hand draw a pair.

 

PSED

 

To work as part of a group understand and follow the rules

 

Communication and Language

 

To follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.

 

 

 

Create a treasure hunt.

 

Create a treasure hunt with your child. Encourage your child to write little notes to follow around your house such as “Look under the sofa” and “Now look in somewhere that’s really cold”. At the end put some treasure. This could be a treat or a special toy. Challenge another family member (or yourself) to follow the treasure map.

 

You could also create a treasure map for your child to follow and read simple clues.

Understanding the World

 

To know that the environment and living things are influenced by human activity

 

Expressive Arts

 

To create simple representations

 

Create a message in a bottle.

 

Use a pop bottle or milk bottle etc. Show you child that when the lid is put on it floats in water. Talk about how tales of pirates sometimes have messages in bottles that people write and pop in the sea in the hope that someone would find and read it. Support your child to write a message to a family member that you can then delivery on your daily walk or social distance visit.

 

Talk about why we shouldn’t actually put bottles in the sea and that we need to make sure we recycle anything that we can. Talk about the things you recycle in your house and research where they go and what happens to them.

 

Use the link below and click on ‘Great pacific garbage patch’ to explain why we need to make sure we recycle our rubbish and wouldn’t put bottles in the sea.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/pshe-eyfs-ks1-go-jetters-environment-weather-and-climate/zfb3scw

 

Other learning ideas 

  1. Create a treasure map to follow
  2. Play walk the plank. Have something you and your child can walk along. Roll a dice (use the one from your packs perhaps) and walk that many steps. Add steps and take them away, who will fall into the water? 
  3. Write a list of things that are important treasure to you, perhaps take a photo to include. If you have a garden you could bury this treasure list for someone else to find one day. 
  4. Create a pirate ship in your living room using cushions and chairs. Who will be the captain? Can you give each other silly pirate names? Can you write these on labels so no one forgets? 
     

 

Story time seven

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Learning Outcomes

Activities

Communication and Language

 

To develop their own explanations by connecting ideas

 

 

Literacy

 

To write for different purposes

 

To write phonetically plausible words

 

 

This week we are going to focus on the middle part of your childs story.

 

Read through the middle of at least 4 different stories that your child is familiar with. Look at what makes the middle of the story the middle. Talk about how the middle of the story usual has an adventure and problem to solve. So little red riding hood travels through the woods and has to save her grandma, Supertato has to chase and stop the evil pea and Albie travels through a jungle with the dinosaurs trying to find his way home.  

 

Read through the story your child has already started. Ask your child to think about what is going to happen next to the character, what adventure are they going to go on and what problem do then need to solve? Encourage your child to tell you the next bit of their story then support them to write it.

 

Mathematics

 

To measure the height and width of items using non standard units

Cut some thin strips of paper and write numbers along them (like a tape measure). Encourage your child to write to at least 20 and beyond if they can. You may need to stick a few bits of paper together. Decorate these tapes measure.

 

Use these tape measures to measure the size of different things around the house, take them on a walk and measure different flowers or even measure the people in your household. Talk about height and width and why the are different.

 

 

Understanding the World

 

To make observations about animals and talk about why some things occur and talk about changes.

 

To know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things

 

Have a look at the fruits and vegetables you have in your house. Do they have seeds? Where might they be? When cooking or eating fruit or vegetables this week encourage your child to help prepare them and have a look to see if they can find some seeds. Explain that everything a plant needs to grow is inside the seed but not all plants and vegetables are grown from seeds. Some have bulbs which look different.

 

If you can, plant a potato for your child to watch grow.

Understanding the World

 

To make observations about why things occur and talk about changes

 

Expressive Arts

To create simple representations

 

Talk about the seasons in the story and why the little seed didn’t grow in winter when it landed on the ground.

 

Make a list of the features of each season. Autumn the leaves fall off the trees and turn golden, Winter the trees have no leaves we sometimes have ice and snow, Spring the trees start to regrow their leaves, plants start to flower and baby lambs are born, Summer the trees have full leaves, its often sunny and warm.

 

Draw four simple outlines of trees with your child. Ask them to decorate or colour each one to match the seasons. This can be done with crayons or collage items.

 

Other learning ideas

 

  1. Use a yoghurt pot to create a bird feeder. Fill with lard and seeds. Put some string in the middle then set in the fridge. When its set hand outside for the birds. 
  2. You can also thread cereal onto string to hang in your garden for the birds
  3. Paint a yoghurt pot to create a plant pot.
  4. Use the chalk from your packs to create a hop scotch on the pavement.
  5. Follow the sun across the sky. Stand in the same spot in an outside space in the morning, afternoon and evening. Draw around your shadow each time using the chalk from your pack and see how the position changes throughout the day.

Story time six

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Can you spot the days of the week mistake Mrs Allen makes when reading the story?

Learning Outcomes

Activities

Physical Development

 

To talk about ways of keeping healthy and healthy foods stuff

 

Using the sheet in your packs create a healthy packed lunch by cutting out the pictures and sticking the healthy food options on to the pack lunch template.

 

You could always create your own healthy packed lunch and go on a picnic.

 

Understanding the World

 

To make observations about animals and talk about why some things occur and talk about changes.

 

To know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things

 https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/how-caterpillars-change-into-butterflies-no-narration/zn4rkmn

 

Watch the above clip with your child. Talk about the differences between the various caterpillars. Explain that each caterpillar looks different because they will turn into different butterflies. Look closely at the cocoon, can your child describe what they can see?

 

Using the sheet provided cut out and order a butterflies life cycle.  

Literacy

 

To demonstrate understanding when talking to others about what they have read.

 

Physical Development

 

To handle tools and equipment effectively

 

 

Watch the story ‘The hungry caterpillar’ online and/or read it at home a few times so your child is very familiar with it. Talk to your child about the story; What did they like? What did they dislike? Encourage them to verbally tell you some of the food the caterpillar ate. Do they remember what foods were eaten on each day?

 

Using the A3 picture sheet cut out the fruit and order them into the correct day.

Literacy

 

To write for different purposes

 

 

Using the caterpillar sheet in the home packs. Cut out the caterpillar and fold it along the dotted edges. Then write what the caterpillar ate on each day using the sounds that the children know.

Other learning ideas 

 

  1. Create a Hungry Caterpillar Café. Create a price list and take orders. Encourage your child to pay with the correct money amounts. 
  2. Complete the food adding sheet in the home school packs. Encourage your child to count each group separately first then count them all together. Can the write a number sentence underneath for the working out?
  3. Play a doubling game using the food from The Hungry Caterpillar. What if there were two caterpillars and we needed to double the food, how many apples would we need? What about strawberries?
  4. Create their own symmetrical butterfly using shapes to decorate the wings. Can they draw a circle, square, rectangle? Can your child tell you why it’s the shape they think it is? E.g. it’s a square because it’s a flat shape that has 4 equal sides.

Story time five

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Learning Outcomes

Activities

Communication and Language

 

To develop their own explanations by connecting ideas

 

 

Literacy

 

To write for different purposes

 

To write phonetically plausible words

 

 

 

Each week this half term we are going to focus on a different story element. Please encourage your child to tell and write their own stories.

 

Read through the beginning of at least 4 different stories that your child is familiar with. Talk about how each one starts; does it say where the story is set? Does it introduce main characters? What do they like and dislike about each story starter?

 

Encourage your child to then think of their own story starter. They can use the story starters they’ve read to help them. Encourage them to write these story starters. Can they then tell you what they think might happen in their story.

 

Expressive Arts

 

To safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with form and function.

 

Physical Development

 

To handle tools and equipment effectively

 

Draw some simple pictures of dinosaurs. You can also print some from the internet! Cut these out with your child. If you have child safe scissors let them independently cut these out. The attach them to a stick (or fork, or spoon, or pencil!) Use these ‘puppets’ to create shadows outside.

Talk about how a shadow is just a place that light isn’t able to reach because it hit something else. Can they draw around the dinosaur shadow? Can they draw around your shadow and you theirs? Which shadow is the biggest? Can you make silly shadows?

 

 

Understanding the World

 

To make observations about animals and talk about why some things occur and talk about changes.

 

To know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zdp4382/articles/znc3y9q

 

Use the above link to learn about dinosaurs on the BBC bite size interactive game. Can your child remember some of the dinosaur facts? Can they write these facts and then draw a picture of the dinosaur they wrote about? Maybe they could call a family member and tell them what they now know about dinosaurs? Perhaps they could even e-mail and tell me! 

Mathematics

 

To use everyday language to talk about money to compare quantities and to solve problems

With your child create a foil boat to float in the sink or a bath. Have coins such as 1ps and 2ps to put inside your boat. One at a time add a coin to your boat. Count how many coins are in the boat each time. Also look at the money amount and see if it is different to the amount of coins. The person who manages to get the most amount of coins (or money- it's up to you and the level your child is working at) before it sinks wins!

Other learning ideas 

 

  1. Andys Dinosaur adventures on Cbeebies I-player is great to watch alongside learning about dinosaurs. 
  2. Sing a well know nursery rhymes such as ten green bottles and change the lyrics such as ten wobbly jellies or ten fluffy bears. Be as silly as you can be!
  3. Make dinosaur bones using a salt dough. Dry these out well in either a low oven or air dry them outside. Bury these in garden or a plant pot then play Paleontologists and dig them up!
  4. If you have dinosaur toys, pop them in a freezer bag with water and freeze them. Can your child free the dinosaur from the ice? What can they do? What could they use?
  5. Use the attached link to research more about dinosaurs. The Natural History Museum has some fantastic interactive games etc for your child to use to increase their knowledge about Dinosaurs. This site does need an adult to help navigate.   https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/dinosaurs.html

 

Salt dough recipe- 

 

Ingredients 

  • 1 cupful of plain flour (about 250g)

  • half a cupful of table salt (about 125g)
  • half a cupful of water (about 125ml)

 

Method

1. Preheat the oven to its lowest setting and line a baking sheet with baking paper.
2. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water and stir until it comes together into a ball (you may not need all the water).
3. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and shape into your chosen model. 

4. Put your finished items on the lined baking sheet and bake for 3 hrs or until solid.

5. Leave to cool and then bury them!!

Home learning for week beginning 18th May 2020

Story time four

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Learning Outcomes

Activities

Communication and Language

 

To develop their own explanations by connecting ideas

 

 

Literacy

 

To write for different purposes

 

 

 

Watch Superworm online (there is also a bedtime story on cbeebies of Superworm). Ask you child to look at all the things Superworm could do with his friends, such as being a ride, a lasso and a crane.

 

Can they think of something else that Superworm could be/do? What about a head band? A scarf?

 

Ask them to draw a picture of Superworm as what they think of then write a label or sentence on this picture.

 

 

Expressive Arts

 

To create simple representations of objects

 

Physical Development

 

To handle tools and equipment effectively

 

Create your own Superworm using socks. Show your child how to stuff one of their socks with other socks then wrap string, ribbon or elastic bands around it to create a Superworm. (See image below)

Understanding the World

 

 

To make observations about animals and talk about why some things occur and talk about changes.

Go on a worm hunt during your daily exercise. Encourage your child to look for worms in different places. Would you find a worm on the pavement? Would you find a worm in a rock? Why? Why not?

 

Talk to your child about how worms live in soil and you are more likely to see them if you dig into the soil. Tell them how the rain brings the worms up to the surface and this is when they need to be careful as the bird like to eat them. Talk about how bird dance on the ground to encourage the worms to come up as it sounds like rain.

 

Mathematics

 

To subtract using objects and to count back to find out the answer

 

 

Use the subtraction activities send home via post last week.

 

Other learning ideas

 

  1. Create an obstacle course in your house using chairs, cushions and various other items. (See picture below)
  2. Use the playdough recipe given to create different sized worms, can your child order them from the longest to the shortest?
  3. Cook some spaghetti and let your child explore it using various kitchen equipment such as spoons, bowls, pots and pans. You can also use cooked spaghetti to paint pictures. (See the pictures below)
  4. Create your own wormery!
Home learning for week beginning 11th May 2020

Story time three

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Learning Outcomes

Activities

Communication and Language

 

To develop their own explanations by connecting ideas

 

 

Literacy

 

To write for different purposes

 

Mathematics

 

To solves problems including sharing and halving

 

 

 

Watch ‘Oliver’s Fruit Salad’ a few times.

Talk to your child about their favourite fruits. Which is their favourite? Which is their least favourite?

 

Make a fruit salad with your child using fresh and/or tinned fruit. Create an ingredient list, numbering each ingredient and write instructions on how to make it. Can your child cut the fruit into two equal halves first? Can they then cut it into four equal quarters?

 

To support your child with this why not record yourselves making it and then watch it back! Can your child verbally say what they did next? 

 

When you eat the fruit salad can your child share it equally so everyone has the same amount?

 

 

 

Communication and Language

 

To develop their own explanations

Tasting game!

 

Lay out a few different fruit for your child to try (to make it trickier over them over so they can’t see them before you start the game). Cover your child’s eyes (and they can do this to you too!) and ask them to try different fruits. Ask them to think really carefully about what they are tasting. Without say saying what fruit it is can they describe what they are eating? Is it sweet? Sticky? Sour?

 

Then ask them to name it.  Give a point for every word they use to describe the fruit and a bonus point if they can name it! The person with the most points wins!

 

 

Understanding the world

 

 

To know similarities in and differences in relation to place.

 

Have a look at some packaging from fruit and see if you can find where it has come from. Talk to your child about why it isn’t grown in our country for example we don’t have the right weather. Use google to find out about the place the fruit comes from. Where in the world is it?

 

Talk to your child about how the fruit got to their house. Did it just magically appear? Do they think it came on a ship or plane? Could it have come in a car? Use a world map on your phone or computer to demonstrate how far it has travelled.

 

Below is some packaging from my house if you need it!

Literacy

 

To write for different purposes

 

 

Following on from writing fruit salad instructions try making some instruction posters to go around your house. Examples include, keep room/drawers tidy, wash hands for 20 seconds, daily chores etc.

Other learning ideas 

 

  • Sort and order fruits. Get a collection of fruit from your kitchen and get your child to sort them into two different piles. Can they be sorted by colour? size? whether your child likes them or not? Maybe add some vegetables and see if your child knows the difference. Add a tomato to make it really tricky!
  • Create fruit salad faces!
  • Dip fruit pieces in chocolate and add sprinkles etc for a delicious snack.
  • Create a fruit crumble or fruit cake - discuss all the different things that you can use fruit for, can they make a list?
  • Create a reading den in your living room. Use blankets, quilts, cushions and chairs - then share a favourite story with your child all snuggled, cosy and comfy in your homemade den. Why not take it further and do this outside if you have garden?

Home learning for week beginning 4th May 2020

Story time two

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Mrs Allen reads ‘What the ladybird heard’

Learning Outcomes

Activities

Communication and Language

 

To develop their own narratives by connecting events.

 

 

Literacy

 

To write for different purposes

 

To use what they know to write simple sentences using some common exception words.

 

 

Watch ‘What the ladybird heard’ a few times. Ask your child to retell the story to you, encourage them to use the language from the story.

 

Ask your child to then draw a story map of the story (don’t worry I’ve attached a picture below and your child has done this many times in class so will know what to do!).

 

Ask them to then retell you the story again using the story map. Can you make up actions for each part?

 

Mathematics

 

To solve problems including doubling.

 

To count objects together to find the total amount

 

Draw a simple ladybird. Draw or stick the same amount of ladybird spots on each side. Count how many are on each then count them together. Can you write a number sentence for this?

 

Can you predict how many there will be? If you have 4 on one side and 4 on the other how many will there be altogether? Do you know any other number doubles? What is double 5? What about 6?

Communication and Language

 

To understand and use instructional language

 

Mathematics

 

To understand that anything can be counted not just objects

Practice learning left and right. To help put a bracelet or mark on your child’s right hand.

 

Hide something special to your child around the house. Tell them you are going to give them directions to find it.

 

Give the verbal directions such as take 10 steps forward. Turn right and take 3 steps (send them around the house or room a few times first!) When they have found the item ask them to hide it and give you instructions.

 

Can they then draw a map of your home and where they hid ‘the something special’ labelling different areas?

Literacy and Understanding the World

 

Knows that information can be retrieved from books and computers.

 

To write for different purposes

 

 

Encourage your child to make their own non-fiction book. When you go on your daily exercise look closely at the things you can see from flowers to mini beasts or find some buds etc in your garden then identify them in a book or on a computer/IPAD/phone.

 

Your child can then write about these in their book. Can you add to it each day?

 

Other learning ideas

 

  1. You can create a great farm yard scene using various cereals. See the picture below!
  2. Talk about subtraction/take-away when you’re eating. Count how many grapes/strawberries/etc you have and how the number goes down with every one you eat.
  3. Game idea- Place a homemade number line to 20 in front of each player and a pile of beans (or anything else you have) in the middle, between the players. Take turns to roll a dice. Count the dots on the dice. Take that many beans, put them in your own pile and move your counter along the number line. For example, if you roll a 5, move the counter along to number 5. When you roll the dice for the second time, take more beans and count how many you now have. Move the counter to that number. The first to 20 is the winner
  4. Put a coat hanger on a door handle. Attach a plastic bag/small bucket on each side of the coat hanger and you’ve made a balance. Invite your child to put things in each side to see which goes up and down and decide which is heavier or lighter.
Home learning for week beginning 27th April 2020

Story time

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Mrs Allen reads ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’.

Learning Outcomes

Activities

Communication and Language

 

To develop their own narratives by connecting events.

 

 

Literacy

 

To write for different purposes

 

To use what they know to write simple sentences using some common exception words.

Talk to your child about where you as a family get vegetables from. E.g. the supermarket, a farm shop or your own vegetable garden.

 

Discuss the job of a farmer that grows vegetables and how without farmers we would not have the food we need.

 

Write a letter to a farmer saying thank you for working to grow our vegetables and make sure we have the food we need.

 

If you want to send your letters below is an address for local farm. Feel free to research one of your own!

 

E. W. Wells & Son

Langford Rd,

Biggleswade

SG18 9JU

(Seasonal Vegetables)

 

 

Maths

 

To record marks that they can explain

What is the most popular vegetable in your family? Is your favourite the same as someone else’s?

 

Create a survey to ask friends and family what their favourite vegetables are.

 

Understanding of the world

 

To make observations of plants and talk about changes

Vegetables and seeds need certain things just like we do to grow and live happily. Can you make a list using pictures of the things that seeds would need to grow?

 

Can you then label those pictures?

 

Other learning ideas

 

  1.  Use vegetables and paint to create vegetable prints- can you create a vegetable picture or a repeating pattern?
  2. Write about your favourite vegetable. Why do you like it? 'I like carrots because they are crunchy'.
  3. Draw a picture of all the vegetables you can remember from the story. Can you put them in the correct order? Could you match them to the correct day the Oliver ate them?
  4. If you've planted some seeds why not create a seed diary? Look closely at how they change over time. 
  5. Additionally if you have access to twinkl they have some fantastic resources related to Olivers Vegetables. 

Home learning for week beginning 20th April 2020

 

Learning Outcomes

Activities

Maths

 

To use everyday language related to time

 

Expressive Arts

 

To create simple representations

 

 

Create with your child their own daily timetable. If children create their own timetable they are much more likely to stick to it.

 

Encourage them to draw the different activities they do at home on an average day e.g. brush teeth, eat breakfast, exercise with Joe Wick, practice phonics etc. Cut these out and then use them as a daily timetable. When something new occurs during the day encourage your child to draw that and add it to the collection. Use question marks for times when you are unsure of what is going to happen.

 

Communication and Language

 

To develop their own narratives by connecting events.

 

Using the phrase below, tell and encourage your child to tell stories, these can be silly stories if you like! If it is easier start with a character such as a little pig or fairy.

 

1 One day…

2 Suddenly

3 Unfortunately

4  Luckily

5  The end

 

Could your child write parts of the story they have told you? Could you write your story and model to your child?

 

Please feel free to email me your stories! 

 

Over the Easter holidays I have been watching the butterflies in my garden so I wrote my story about a little butterfly. 

 

1 One day there was a tiny butterfly that lived in a special butterfly bush with all her butterfly friends. She felt very sad as she was the most teeny tiny butterfly that anyone had every seen but she was very strong.

 

2 Suddenly one morning the blue sky changed to black clouds and the heavens opened throwing down large droplets of water. All the butterflies were scared as they can’t fly in the rain.

 

3 Unfortunately all the butterflies managed to hide in the bush, all but one bright blue butterfly with sparkling wings… Was there anyone to help sparkly blue?

 

4 The teeny tiny butterfly flew down to the ground to help the stranded butterfly without a care for herself. Luckily, the tiny butterfly has such small wings that the raindrops that fell and missed her as she dived down into the green grass below. With all her might he grabbed the sparkly blue butterfly and drag him up into the bushes to safety.

 

5 All the other butterflies cheered the teeny tiny butterfly and suddenly she didn’t feel as small anymore. The end.

 

 

Maths

 

Recognise 3D and 2D shapes

 

Go on a shape hunt with your child in the house or whilst out on daily exercise. Encourage your child to name the shapes they see. Can they tell you why its that shape? How many faces has it got?

 

Can you set a challenge of finding a sphere? Or a cuboid?

 

(Please remember 3D shapes have faces, 2D shapes are flat shapes that have edges)

Movie night challange!

 

This week why not organise a movie night?! Take a vote and create a tick chart to choose the movie you're going to watch, create tickets, label seats with numbers, create a tuck shop for movie snacks and then snuggle down and enjoy the movie!

 

Can you label your snacks with prices? Can you weigh out the pop corn so everyone has an equal amount? 

 

Violet's snack idea
Movie time
Movie ticket

Useful websites to support home learning

Number Blocks

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/group/b08bzfnh

Alpha Blocks

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b01cz0p1/alphablocks

CBeebies

https://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/cbeebies

Phonics Play

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Teach My Monster to Read

https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/

Busy Things

 

 

 

Reception class staff

 

Teacher- Mrs Allen

LSA - Mrs Church

                Wow!       

We want to know about all the amazing things your children are doing at home!

Please fill out a Wow! sheet when your child has a Wow! moment – maybe they have learned to read a new word, ride a bike or named a new shape.

Please ask for or pick up a Wow! sheet when you need one, and we will share all the Wow! moments with the class so they can enjoy the news.

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