Milne

Reception

We are Reception Milne class. Our teacher is Mrs Francis, our Early Years Educator is Mrs Barrett and our Learning Support Assistant is Miss Anya.

Due to requests from parents we have now uploaded a whole week’s worth of home learning in case parents need to be more flexible with how they and their children are working from home. If you are able to, we suggest that it is best to complete one day’s worth of learning at a time, and remember to complete each day in order as activities will feed into each other and build on the skills covered in the previous days. Thank you!

Class Updates

Home learning - week commencing 6th July

Home learning week commencing 6th July – What the Ladybird heard

 

This week our learning is based on ‘What the Ladybird Head’ by Julia Donaldson.

 

Literacy

 

Activity 1 –

Read or watch the story ‘What the Ladybird Heard’.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTHkob841AE

 

Did you learn any new words? What do they mean? Did you like how the story ended? Which was your favourite part?

 

We have been learning how to write a list. Can you remember what is special about a list? Remember to put each word goes underneath the one before.

 

Have a look at this picture of the farm. What can you see? Make a list of all the different animals and things that you can see on the farm. Remember to use your phonics mats to help you sound out your ideas.

 

 

Activity 2 –

Look at this page from the story and find the Red Words ‘said’ and ‘the’. Can you colour them in red?

 

Red words said and the Activity 2

 

We have been learning about the word ‘setting’. What does it mean?

What is the setting of ‘What the Ladybird Heard’? What is the setting of Elmer? Do different animals live in each place?

 

 

Elmer is set in the jungle and What the Ladybird Heard is set on a farm. Can you sort out these animals into farm animals and jungle animals? Print out the pictures or draw your own and sort them into two lists.

 

 

I have written my own sentences about what these animals said. Have a go at spotting the special friends and Red Words in my sentences! Can you see how I used my phonics to sound out the words?

 

 

Now choose some of your animal pictures. Stick them on some lined paper or in your homework book and have a go at writing your own sentences about what they said!

 

Activity 3 –

Before you do this activity you might want to make some paper look really old by tea-staining it. Here is a website showing you how to do it. Basically you just rub some cooled down tea bags on to some paper and then let it dry!

 

https://www.kiwico.com/diy/Arts-and-Crafts-Ideas/1/project/Tea-Stained-Treasure-Maps/752

 

Read or watch the story again.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTHkob841AE

 

Can you quickly retell the main events of the story to your grown up? What happened first? Next? Last?

 

In the story Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len had a map. Discuss with your grown up what a map is used for and when you might have seen one before. There are lots of different types of maps. Maps show you where things are.

 

 

Map Activity 3

 

 

Think about a walk that you do a lot. Maybe your walk to school, or you could go on a new walk and talk about what you see along the way. Pretend that you are the farmer in the story. Where would you hide the prize cow? Can you draw a map showing the route and what you go past on the way?

 

 

Maths 

 

Activity 1 –

Sing along and dance to our warm up song.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guNdJ5MtX1A

 

Today we are going to learn about some 3D shapes. It really helps if you can hold real 3D shapes so have a look around your house with your grown up and see if you can find anything that is a cube, a cone, a sphere and a cylinder. If not then you could make these shapes out of card using these templates. 3D shapes are solid, unlike the 2D shapes which are flat.

 

 

 

 

 

Look at each shape and practise saying their names. Do you think that they will roll? If a shape has a curved face then it will roll. The cube cannot roll as all its faces are flat. The cone and the cylinder can only roll on their curved faces.

 

3D shapes have faces. Faces are the surfaces, or the outside parts of the shape. They can be curved or flat. Look at your 3D shapes. How many faces do they have? Are they curved or flat?

 

Cube – 6 flat faces.

Cylinder – 3 faces, 2 flat and 1 curved.

Cone – 2 faces, 1 flat and 1 curved.

Sphere – 1 curved face that goes all the way around.

 

3D shapes have edges. Edges are where the faces join together. They can be curved or straight. Look at your 3D shapes. How many edges do they have? Are they curved or straight?

 

Cube – 12 straight edges.

Cylinder – 2 curved edges.

Cone – 1 curved edge.

Sphere – No edges! There is only one face so there are no other faces to join to!

 

3D shapes have vertices. Vertices are the pointy corners. Look at your 3D shapes. How many vertices do they have?

 

Cube – 8 vertices.

Cylinder – none!

Cone – 1 at the top! When we only have one we call this a vertex.

Sphere – None!

 

You don’t need to remember all those new tricky words: faces, edges and vertices… but it is good to have a go at talking about them with your grown up. Can you remember the names of those 3D shapes though?

 

Activity 2 –

Warm up with our song again.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guNdJ5MtX1A

 

Recap on the 3D shapes we talked about yesterday. Can you remember their names? Can you remember any of the new maths words that we learnt to talk about them? Don’t worry if not!

 

Today we are going to learn about two new 3D shapes. It really helps if you can hold real 3D shapes so have a look around your house with your grown up and see if you can find anything that is a cuboid or a pyramid (it might be tricky to find a pyramid!). If not then you could make these shapes out of card using these templates.

 

 

 

 

Practise saying the names and talk about the faces, edges and vertices.

 

Now have a look at your cube and cuboid. How are these shapes different? How are they the same? The faces are different shapes. The cube’s faces are all flat squares, the cuboid’s faces might be flat squares and some are flat rectangles. They have the same number of vertices and edges though. Can you count them?

 

Have a look around your house. Can you find any more of these 3D shapes. Here are some pictures that I found. Which 3D shapes do you think they are?

 

 

Activity 3 –

In the story Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len followed a map to try and find the prize cow. There are position words in the story that tell you where they go.

 

They went through the gate.

They went in front of the horse.

They went behind the pond.

They went next to the dog.

 

Can you and your grown up or brother or sister give each other directions e.g. stand behind the chair, stand next to the chair etc. You could play ‘Simon Says’ using position words!

 

You will need some toy farm animals, a pretend tree and a pretend barn. If you don’t have these then don’t worry – get creative and use a box for a barn, make a tree out of a toilet roll and draw your own animals and cut them out! Read the sentences and follow the directions.

 

 

RE

 

What do you think it would be like to have no food to eat? How would you feel? Today we are going to listen to the story of Jesus helping the disciples catch the fish. The disciples couldn’t catch any fish to eat. How do you think they felt? Jesus came and then they caught lots of fish! How do you think they felt then? Christians believe that this was a miracle.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhIwTU9RbxY

Now cut out and colour lots of fish. You could use this template or just draw your own! Put a metal paper clip on each fish. Find a long stick and tie a magnet to a piece of string to put on the end to make your very own fishing rod. You might want to find a big cardboard box or something to use as a boat and then go fishing over the side! How many fish can you catch? How did you feel when you caught lots of fish? Can you count them in twos? Or maybe even in tens if you have enough!

 

Phonics

Read Write Inc sessions with Rosie at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ

 

 

This week keep practising the sounds that you need a bit of help to remember. If you haven’t already then you could even print out the pictures from the sound mats and make your own flashcards with the picture on one side and the sound on the other side.

 

Reading

Log in to Oxford Owl and read one of the reading books there. Don’t forget to leave a comment on Tapestry about how you got on! Check ParentMail for details.

Read these Ditties and answer the questions.

https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2020/03/25/12/12/55/1a5fba52-4af4-4008-9fcf-56517ab25cb7/RWI_OnlineDitties.pdf

 

Questions for Ditty 21:

Who has a pink hat? (Find the word that tells you and the picture that shows you)

What type of hat does the cat have? (Find the word that tells you and the picture that shows you)

Do you have a hat? Which hat is your favourite? Why?

 

Questions for Ditty 22:

Who jogs up the hill? (Find the two words that tell you)

What does he want to eat? (Find the two words that tell you?)

What do you think is the difference between jogging and running? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

 

Questions for Ditty 23:

What type of animal is this Ditty about? (Find the word that tells you)

What different types of cat are there? (Find the words that tell you?)

What type of pet would you like to have? Why?

Home learning - week commencing 29th June

Hello Reception!

This week we are continuing our learning based on ‘Supertato’ by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet. To start the week off please read or watch Supertato again to refresh your memory.

Literacy activities:

Task 1 –
Look at these pictures from the story. Which one happened first? Discuss the events of the story with your grown up and see if there are any clues in the pictures which can help you put them in the correct order. Remember to use the ordering words first, next, then, finally to retell the story.

Print out or draw your own versions of each picture and then cut them out and stick them in the correct order. Write a short sentence about each picture using your phonics knowledge to sound out words. Don;t forget to put your sound mats and Red Word mats in front of you to help you!

Task 2 –
Talk to your grown up about what a ‘wanted posted’ is. Have you ever seen one? What is a poster for? Do you have any posters at home?

Sometimes when the police are looking for a ‘baddy’ they make a ‘wanted poster’ to show what they look like. Then everyone will know if they see the bad guy. It tells you what they did and what they look like.

This is a ‘wanted poster for the Big Bad Wolf. Have a go at sounding out and reading what it says. Does it have any Red Words? Does it have any ‘2 letters 1 sound’? Where are the capital letters? Why does ‘Big Bad Wolf’ have capital letters?

Who is the bad character in Supertato? Why? What does he look like? Can you think of some adjectives or descriptive phrases to describe the Evil Pea.

You are going to make your own Evil Pea wanted poster! Draw a picture of what he looks like and write some short sentences to describe him.

Task 3 –
What are ‘characters’? The characters are who the story is about. Do they always have to be people? These are some of the characters in Supertato.

We are going to make up our own character that is a vegetable or a type of food. This one is mine… she is the Evil Ice Cream! She is a bad character and she can throw ice and freeze people! Can you read my sentence about her?

Now have a go at thinking of your own character! Are they a superhero or a bad character? What food are they? What do they look like? Do they have a costume? Do they have any superpowers? You can choose anything you like!

Draw a picture of your character and write about them.

Maths activities:

Task 1 –
Practise counting in tens again.

Look at these numbers. Can you spot any tens numbers? What do you notice about all the tens numbers? They all have a 0 at the end! Write out the numbers that are tens numbers in one list and the ones that are not tens numbers in another list. Sometimes the teens numbers try to trick us as they sound very similar.. So make sure that you are saying the number properly, e.g. thirteen vs thirty!

Look at this 100 square. Can you find the tens numbers?

Print or write out these tens numbers. Can you cut and stick them in the correct order? Sing the tens song to help you remember if you are not sure which one comes next.

Task 2 –
The Evil Pea is causing big trouble! He says that he is a better teacher than all the other teachers at St. Stephen’s (GASP!)… He wants to teach you some number facts. Do you think he is right of is he trying to trick you?

Read each number fact and see if he is correct or if he is trying to trick you. You might need to use some counters to check the answers. Sort the number facts out into ‘true’ or ‘false’!

 

Task 3 –
The Evil Peas have changed shape to try and avoid being caught Can you name the shapes that they are hiding as and tell Supertato? Remember that you need to count the number of corners or sides to know what to call them. Don’t just guess – they might trick you!

Here are some words that might help you: square, rectangle, octagon, oval, triangle, pentagon, hexagon.

Thanks for helping Supertato catch them all! Now can you help him put them all back in the right freezers? They need to go in the freezer that shows how many sides they have. Print out the Evil Pea shapes and the freezers, or draw your own, and then cut and stick them in the correct freezer.

RE activity:
Have you ever been afraid or lost? Have you ever been rescued? Who rescued you? Today we are going to learn about a time when Jesus’ friends were scared and needed someone to rescue them. Read or watch this story about Jesus calming the storm.

Now watch a bit of this thunderstorm video.

Have you ever been in a storm? How did you feel? How do you think Jesus’ friends were feeling on the boat? Christians believe Jesus can help us just like he helped his disciples.

Read or watch ‘Emergency’ by Margaret Mayo.

Who else can help us? What is their job? What do they do? Draw a picture and write about someone who helps us.

Phonics
Read Write Inc sessions with Rosie at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ

This week keep practising the sounds that you need a bit of help to remember. If you haven’t already then you could even print out the pictures from the sound mats and make your own flashcards with the picture on one side and the sound on the other side.

Reading

Log in to Oxford Owl and read one of the reading books there. Don’t forget to leave a comment on Tapestry about how you got on! Check ParentMail for details.
Read these Ditties and answer the questions.

https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2020/03/25/12/12/55/1a5fba52-4af4-4008-9fcf-56517ab25cb7/RWI_OnlineDitties.pdf

Questions for Ditty 18:
Who is the man? (Find the word that tells you)
What colour is his van? (Find the word that tells you)
What does your mum or dad have?

Questions for Ditty 19:
What does he want to drink? (Find the word that tells you)
What does he want to eat? (Find the two words that tell you?)
Why do you think he is told ‘no’? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

Questions for Ditty 20:
Where is he? (Find the word that tells you and the picture that shows you)
What are the fish like? (Find the word that tells you)
Why does he have these things in the bath?
Do you like to play in the bath?

 

Don’t forget to post your learning onto Tapestry so Mrs Barrett can see all the clever things that you are doing!

 

Have a lovely week!

Home learning - week commencing 22nd June

Hello Reception!

 

This week we are basing our learning on ‘Supertato’ by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet.

 

Literacy activities

 

Task 1 – 

Listen to or watch Supertato.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTf0MBXqdb4

 

Read or listen to the story again pausing on each page to answer these questions. Discuss what you think with your grown up. Can you find anything in the pictures to support your answers? What does your grown up think too?

 

Task 2

Read or listen to the story again. Can you tell your grown up what happened at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the story?

 

Today we are learning about the word setting.  The setting is the place where the story happens. Where is the setting of Supertato? Is it at the beach? Or in space?!

 

Chat to your grown up about supermarkets and what you do there. Which supermarket do you go to? How do you pay? Who works there? What can you buy?

 

Imagine you are going to the supermarket and you can buy anything you want! Today you are going to write your own shopping list. Remember that in a list each word goes underneath on a new line. We don’t need to use capital letters or full stops as it is not a sentence. Remember to use your sound mats and your phonics skills to sound out each word.

 

Task 3

What was your favourite part of Supertato?

Today we are learning about the word characters. Characters are who the story is about. Chat to your grown up about characters. Are they always people? Can you think of any other characters in a different story? The main characters are the ones who the story is mostly about, sometimes they are good or bad.

 

 

Here is a clue about one of these characters. Who do you think it is about?

 

I am red.

 

Now see if you can read these other clues and match them up to the right character. If you have a printer you could print these out and cut and stick the correct clue next to each character. If not then don’t worry, you could draw your own pictures of each character and write the clue next to them. Can you spot any special friends or Red Words?

 

 

Maths activities

 

Task 1 –

Listen to and sing along with the counting in tens song…

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gmEe0-_ex8

 

Now see if you can put these tens numbers in the correct order:

 

90  30  60  10  50  20  40  70  100  80

 

Chat to your grown up about how we buy things and pay for them. Talk about the words cost, pay, buy, shopkeeper. Have you ever bought something? How did you or your grown up pay for it? Sometimes grown ups use bank cards and sometimes they use coins and banknotes.

 

Ask your grown up to help you find some 1p coins. How many 1p coins would you have to give the shopkeeper to buy this apple? Carefully count out the correct amount of 1p coins.

 

Now have a look at all these different things that are in Supertato’s supermarket. What do you think he would like to buy? How much does it cost? How many 1p coins will he have to give the shopkeeper? Talk to your grown up about how to do good counting out. Don’t forget to move one coin at a time, say the numbers slowly, remember what your ‘stop number’ is, and say “stop!” We can use a tens frame to help us keep the coins organised so that our counting is accurate. Remember that you can only put one coin in each box and only ten can fit in the tens frame. That’s why they call it a tens frame! If you have too many just put the extra ones outside of the tens frame. Print one out or draw your own.

 

 

 

Do we need to count the coins in the ten frame? No – we already know it is ten! Ask your grown up to help you to count on from ten in ones to count the ‘extra ones’ e.g. 10, 11, 12, 13! Have a go at counting out the correct number of coins to buy each thing. You could take it in turns to pretend to be Supertato and the shopkeeper. Remember that if you are the shopkeeper you need to count the coins again to check that Supertato was accurate!

 

Task 2

Practise counting in tens again…

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gmEe0-_ex8

 

Today Supertato wants to buy an apple and some carrots. How much will he need to give to the shopkeeper? How did you work it out?

 

First count out 5 coins and put them on your tens frame. Then count out two more before adding them to your tens frame. How many are there altogether? Can you write this as an equation using + and = ?

Today Supertato can buy two things each time, but one must be healthy and one can be a treat! Each time count out the 1p coins that you need for each item and then put them together on your tens frame. Remember if there are more than ten to leave the extra ones off of the tens frame. Like we practised yesterday you don’t need to count the ten on the tens frame – we know that’s ten already! Practise counting on from ten in ones to count the ‘extra ones’ e.g. 10, 11, 12, 13 etc.

 

 

Task 3

Prior to this lesson watch Supertato – Veggies Assemble

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3SymlvibCM

 

Wow! There are a lot of Evil Peas in this story! How can we count really big numbers? We are going to use tens frames to help us organise all those Evil Peas so that they don’t trick us! Remember that when we are using tens frames we can only put one thing in each square and that each tens frame can hold ten things. Draw or print off some tens frames. Ask your grown up if you can have some Evil Peas from the freezer in a little pot! Or you could use counters or anything else that is little, that you have a lot of. Can you explore putting them into the tens frames. How many tens frames can you fill up? Can you count the full up tens frames in tens? If you have any extra ones that don’t fill up a tens frame then remember to count on in ones. E.g. 10 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27.

 

How many Evil Peas did you have? Don’t forget to send us a picture on Tapestry!

 

RE

This week we are learning about the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6rj9cAJrWE

 

How would you have felt if you were there and you were hungry?

How would you have felt when you saw the 5 loaves and 2 fishes that the boy wanted to share?

Discuss with your grown up that Christians believe that Jesus performed a miracle. What does the word miracle mean?

 

With your grown up find a piece of A4 paper. How many corners does it have? If you wanted to give ten people a corner each do you have enough? With your grown up cut off squares at each corner. How many corners are left now? Can you cut some more square corners off? Keep going and see how many corners you can make from your piece of paper. Maybe you could even organise your corners into groups of ten or twos to count them?!

 

What surprised you about our activity? Which things amazed and surprised you about what Jesus did?

 

Phonics

Read Write Inc sessions with Rosie at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ

 

 

Check which sounds you need to practise and spend some time going over them this week. You could even print out the pictures from the sound mats and make your own flashcards with the picture on one side and the sounds on the other side.

 

Reading

Log in to Oxford Owl and read one of the reading books there. Don’t forget to leave a comment on Tapestry about how you got on! Check ParentMail for details.

Read these Ditties and answer the questions.

https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2020/03/25/12/12/55/1a5fba52-4af4-4008-9fcf-56517ab25cb7/RWI_OnlineDitties.pdf

 

Questions for Ditty 15:

What does she pick up? (Find the word that tells you)

What type of pens are they? (Find the three words that tell you)

Why does she think it is a bad pen? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

 

Questions for Ditty 16:

What does she get? (Find the three word phrases that tell you)

What does ‘tuck in’ mean? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

Why do you think he is sick? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

 

Questions for Ditty 17:

What does she get? (Find the two words that tell you)

Where does she sit? (Find the word that tells you and the picture that shows you)

What does ‘wish me luck’ mean? Why does she say that? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

 

Have a lovely week Reception! And don’t forget to leave us a picture and a message on Tapestry so that Mrs Barrett and I can see how you have got on!

Mrs Francis x

 

Home learning - week commencing 15th June

Hello Reception!

 

This week we are basing our learning on the story ‘Elmer’ by David McKee.

 

Literacy activities

 

Task 1:

Read or listen to Elmer

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGgxGRuZGDw&t=380s

 

Read or listen to the story again pausing on each page to answer these questions. Discuss what you think with your grown up. Can you can find anything in the pictures to support your answers? What does your grown up think too?

 

Page 3 – Do you think the other elephants liked Elmer? Why? Do you think he was a good friend?

Page 4 – Why did he run away? How did he feel?

Page 9 – Why was he pleased that he wasn’t recognised?

Page 10 – Why do you think that he wanted to be grey like all the other elephants? Do you think it would be good if we all looked exactly the same?

Page 14 – How did the other elephants feel when Elmer said ‘boo!’?

Page 15 – What does ‘showing your true colours’ mean?

Page 16 – Why do the other elephants want to celebrate Elmer’s Day?

 

Challenge – Can you spot any Red Words in the story? Look at your Red Word mat and write down all the ones you can find!

 

Task 2:

Read or listen to Elmer again.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGgxGRuZGDw&t=380s

 

Retell the main events of the story to your grown up.

Pause on page 5. Which animals live in the jungle? Can you think of any others?

 

Last week we learnt about writing lists. What is special about a list? Use the picture to help you and maybe you can think of your own animals to add too! Remember to use your phonics to sound out your ideas. In a list each word goes on a new line underneath your last idea. It’s not like a sentence where each word follows on after a gap between the words (an ‘invisible o’ space/ a ‘secret circle’)! I’ve started a list here. What is my first idea? Can you see how I used my phonics to sound it out?!

Task 3:

 

Use these questions as a starting point for a discussion with your grown up and brothers or sisters about how we are all different from each other.

 

Why did Elmer want to be the same as all the other elephants?

Were the other elephants actually laughing at him or with him?

Do you think it would be good if we all looked exactly the same?

Why did the other elephants want to celebrate Elmer Day?

What makes you special or unique?

 

Imagine you are an elephant who is friends with Elmer. What colour would you change to on Elmer Day? What would you roll in to be that colour? Can you read my idea?

Print or draw your own elephant template and colour it in how you would like to decorate yourself on Elmer’s Day. What would you have to roll in to be that colour? You could even find a photo of yourself and stick your face on ify ou wanted to! Have a go at writing some ideas using your phonics just like me! Don’t forget to post it on Tapestry so that Mrs Barrett and I can see your good ideas and writing.

Maths activities 

 

Task 1:

Listen and sing along to the Big Numbers Song as a warm up.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0dJWfQHF8Y

 

How much of his pizza does Mr Schumm have left?

 

 

Today we are going to learn about the words half, whole and halves. A whole can be chopped into parts. Halves are 2 equal parts. Equal means they are the same size.

 

 

We can chop up other shapes too.

 

 

How much of this square has been coloured in? It has been chopped into two parts that are the same size. That means it has been chopped into halves.

 

Elmer has been made into squares! Some of the squares have been chopped in half. They look like triangles. Print out or draw your own square Elmer. Colour in the halves green. Choose and colour in 4 of the whole squares red, 2 orange, 3 yellow, 2 blue and 1 pink.

You could make your own ‘square Elmer’ and choose how you want to colour it in. Can you tell your grown up how many halves and whole squares are in each colour?

 

Task 2:

Listen to and sing along with the twos song as a warm up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvTcpfSnOMQ

 

How many elephants are there? How can we find out? We find out how many there are by counting! Tell your grown up some ideas about how we can do good counting.

 

 

We can:

-Put them in a line (although we can’t always move the things we are trying to count!)

– Put a dot on the ones that you’ve counted so you don’t miss any (if they are on paper)

-Touch each one and say one number

– Go slowly!

 

Did it take a long time to count them? Is there a quicker way of counting?

 

You can count in twos to make it quicker!

 

Print out the elephants or draw your own dots pretending to be elephants. Work with your grown up to put them into groups of two by drawing circles around groups of two. Then count them all in twos, remember to use your ‘two at a time fingers’ when point to help you remember that we are not counting in ones! Your adult could write down the twos numbers in each circle as you count.

 

Do you think it makes it easier to count in twos? Why? (There is not a right or wrong answer – ask your child what they think)

 

Now find something around your house that you can count. Put them into groups of twos first and then count them using the twos numbers. Can you go up to 20? Or even 30? Don’t worry if it is a bit tricky – just keep practising.

 

You might want to try this cut and stick activity. Print out or draw your own animals and put them into pairs or twos. How many are there altogether? Colour them in and draw a circle around each group of 2. Write the twos numbers next to each group.

 

 

Task 3:

Listen to and sing along with a new song…

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gmEe0-_ex8

 

Today we are going to learn the tens numbers. We can put things into groups of ten. Each group must be equal. Equal means the same. They must all have 10!

 

Find some Lego blocks or things to count in your house. Can you put them into sticks of ten, or groups of ten. How many groups of ten can you make? Have a go at counting them in tens by pointing at each group and saying the tens numbers. You could listen to the tens song again to help you!

 

RE activity

 

Have you ever got lost? What happened? How did you feel? How did the grown ups who you were lost from feel?

 

Today we are going to listen to the story in the Bible about when Jesus got lost in the temple.

 

 

The adults in this painting are the teachers in the temple. What do you think Jesus might be saying?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il9Z39tDhGE

 

Why did Jesus go to the temple? What happened? Why were people surprised?

 

Christians believe that Jesus was able to teach in the temple because they believe that he is God’s son.

 

If you were there what question would you ask Jesus? If you want to you could have a go at writing it down, using a question mark instead of a full stop at the end!

 

 

Phonics

 

Read Write Inc sessions with Rosie at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ

Mon – ou

Tues – oy

Wed – ay

Thurs – ee

Fri – igh

 

See which of these sounds you can remember – without looking at your sound mats!

 

 

Keep practising the ones that you are finding a little bit trickier!

 

Reading:

Log in to Oxford Owl and read one of the reading books there. Don’t forget to leave a comment on Tapestry about how you got on! Check ParentMail for details.

Read these Ditties and answer the questions.

 

Questions for Ditty 12:

How does the boy feel? (Find the words that tell you and the picture that shows you)

What does mum do? (Find the words that tell you)

Have you ever hurt yourself? What happened?

 

Questions for Ditty 13:

What type of shop is it? (Find the words that tell you)

What did he buy at the shop? (Find the words that tell you)

What pets do you think he has? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

 

Questions for Ditty 14:

What can she do? (Find the words that tell you)

What things can you do?

 

Have a lovely week Reception! And don’t forget to leave us a picture and a message on Tapestry so that Mrs Barrett and I can see how you have got on!

Mrs Francis x

 

Home learning - week commencing 8th June

Good morning! I hope that you have all had a lovely weekend.

Here are this week’s learning activities for those who are learning from home. Please also revisit all the previous posts and catch up on any learning activities that your child may have missed.

 

Literacy activities

Task 1 –

Read or listen to Jasper’s Beanstalk

What happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story?

Have you ever grown anything?

What do plants need to grow? What tools do gardeners need to help them?

 

Look at the objects in the picture below. Which are things that you might need to be a gardener?

Now we would like you to write a list of all the things you might need to be a gardener like Jasper. Use the picture to help you and maybe you can think of your own ideas too! Remember to use your phonics to sound out your ideas. In a list each word goes on a new line underneath your last idea. It’s not like a sentence where each word follows on after a gap between the words (an ‘invisible o’ space/ a ‘secret circle’)! I’ve started a list here. What is my first idea? Can you see how I used my phonics to sound it out?!

Task 2 –

What happened in the story that we read yesterday. Use these pictures to help you retell the story to your grown up. If you can’t remember then don’t worry, just read or watch the story again! Then tell your grown up what happened.

What do plants need to grow? Discuss the pictures below with your grown up and see what you think. I’ve put a tricky one in there to get your brain thinking!

Yesterday we learnt about writing a list. Can you remember what is special about a list? Now write your own list about what plants need to grow. Try not to look at the words in my picture and have a go at sounding them out yourself!

 

Task 3 – (Make sure that you have completed Maths task 1 before doing this activity)

In Maths you have been learning about the days of the week. Listen and dance to the days of the week song again! (see Maths task 1)

Do you remember how to use the first letter of the word to help you read it? Watch out for the tricky ones Tuesday and Thursday! Have another go at reading the days of the week. (see Maths task 1)

My favourite day of the week is Sunday. Have a go at reading my ideas about why I love Sundays. Can you spot any other Red Words? Can you spot any ‘special friends’ (2 letters, 1 sound!). Don’t forget to use your Red Word and sound mats to help you. Our new Red Word is ‘because’.

What is your favourite day of the week? Why? What do you do on that day?

 

Have a go at writing some ideas using your phonics just like me! Don’t forget to post it on Tapestry so that Mrs Barrett and I can see your good ideas and writing.

 

Maths activities

 

Task 1 –

Listen to the ‘Days of the Week’ song –

Can you say the days of the week in the right order?

Most of the days of the week are Red Words. But we can use the first sound as a strategy to help us read them. Watch out for Tuesday and Thursday! Have a go at reading these days using the first sound to help you.

They all have a capital letter at the start as they are the names of the day. Where else do we find capital letters? Do you have one at the start of your name?

Either print or write out the days of the week. Can you cut them out and stick them in the correct order? Try listening and singing along to the song again to help you.

Task 2 –

How tall do you think Jasper’s beanstalk grew? How can we find out how tall something is? We can measure it. Sometimes we use rulers or tape measures to measure things. But we can also use anything else as long as they are all the same!

We can use blocks to measure how tall we are!

Have a look around your house. Do you have lots of anything that is all the same? Could you use it to measure how tall you are? You might need to lie down so that the things don’t fall over! You could try tin cans, or pieces of A4 paper! Measure the other people in your family. How tall are they? Draw a maths picture with numbers to show how tall each person is!

 

Task 3 –

We are going to practise counting in twos again. Watch the song and dance along, shouting the twos numbers!

You will need a pot and ten dried beans or counters (or anything else count-able!). Put your counters into groups of two. Count them two at a time, saying the twos numbers. If you are feeling very clever go and find another ten counters so that you have twenty altogether. Can you count them in twos? Remember to touch two at a time as you say the numbers!

Close your eyes and ask your grown up to steal some. Can you count them again? How many do you have now.

Grown ups – once you have repeated this a few times then steal an odd number. See what your child does when they realise that they have an odd one left over. Ask them what they think they should do. Can you count that odd one in twos? Why not? Practise saying just one more than your last twos number.

 

RE –

What do you have that is precious to you? Have you ever lost it? How did you feel?

 

We are going to listen to a special story from The Bible. This story is called a parable. It is called The Parable of the Lost Sheep.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=094upaf4BME

What is your favourite part of the story? What do you think is the most important part of the story? Why?

The farmer had lots of sheep. How did he feel about the 1 lost sheep? Why was he so concerned about the one lost sheep? What did he do for that sheep?

Jesus told lots of parables which can all be found in the Bible. A parable is a story that teaches us something, which is why Jesus told parables, he wanted to teach us. Jesus was teaching about God in this story. What do you think the story teaches about God? Christians believe that Jesus wanted everyone to know that they are loved by God and that they matter to Him. God cares for everyone.

 

Draw a sheep and hide it somewhere your house to play ‘Lost Sheep Hide and Seek’! If it is too tricky to find then ask your grown up for some clues, or ask them to say ‘hotter’ or ‘colder’ if you are getting closer or further away from the lost sheep!

 

Phonics –

Read Write Inc sessions with Rosie at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ

Mon – oo look at a book

Tues – ar

Wed – or

Thurs – air

Fri – ir

 

Reading –

Check that you have read and answered the questions for all of the Ditties up to Ditty 11.

Log in to Oxford Owl and read one of the reading books there. Don’t forget to leave a comment on Tapestry about how you got on! Check ParentMail for details.

 

Handwriting task –

This week we would like you to practise your fine motor skills. Make up a batch of playdough and then join in with the Dough Disco!

 

Playdough recipe:

Ingredients:

2 cups of flour, ½ cup of salt, 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar (if you don’t have this then don’t worry – it will just make your playdough smoother and less crumbly!), 2 tablespoons of any oil, a few splash of food colouring (don’t worry if you don’t have any, also if you have flavourings such as orange essence/ vanilla or anything similar you could also add a splash of this to make it smell lovely!) and 1 cup of boiling water.

Method:

Mix the flour, salt and cream of tartar. Tip in the oil and then add the food colouring or flavourings to the boiling water and mix it all together with the dry ingredients. Stir carefully as it will be very hot! When it has cooled enough to touch, knead it well and make sure that it is well combined. The more you knead it then the better playdough-y texture you will get! If it is too wet or sticky even after a good knead, try adding a little bit of flour at a time. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

 

 

Then making sure that you are holding your pencil correctly, and not pressing too hard, have a go at writing the letters in the curly caterpillar family. Here is a video for grown ups to check that your child is using the correct formation and some advice about using a correct pencil grip.

https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/media/258778/holding-a-pencil-resources-page-_1.pdf

 

Email me with any questions about the home learning and don’t forget to check back on Tapestry to read Mrs Barrett’s comments about your learning.

 

Have a lovely week!

Mrs Francis

 

 

 

Friday 5th June

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Thank you for all your support over the last week. The children have settled in really well to their new hub groups and seem to be really enjoying being back with some of their friends and having lots of fun with their playing and learning. As everyone is in different hub groups we thought that we would post some observations of the children on Tapestry instead of doing the usual ‘round up’ Friday blog. Please check Tapestry for some pictures and observations showing what your children have been up to in school.

 

Thank you also to the parents of the children who are still learning from home. Mrs Barrett and myself have really enjoyed seeing so many pictures on Tapestry and keeping up with how you are all getting on. Please do keep them coming, and let us know if you need any learning support at home.

 

As we cannot send reading books home due to the government guidelines we have set up class log in details for the Oxford Owl website. This will enable you to access free ebooks at home to work through with your child. Please check ParentMail for details as a letter has gone out on there today. As we can’t send home the yellow reading records either we would ask that you upload a short comment as an observation to Tapestry so that we can see how you got on. If you have any questions please let us know.

 

Mrs Francis and Miss Billington

 

Home learning - week commencing 1st June

I hope that you all had a lovely half term and have been enjoying the sunshine. Home learning will continue on the blog for children who have not returned to school. With Miss Billington at the helm in school, I (Mrs Francis) am available for any communication about home learning activities, questions or queries so please do send me an email at r.francis@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk. Mrs Barrett will be responding to all your posts on Tapestry so keep the observations coming as we love to see what you’ve been up to.

 

I will now be posting the home learning activities for the week in one post, as the website is getting a bit clogged up! Work through them at your own pace, completing some each day. Please revisit all the previous posts and catch up on any learning activities that your child may have missed. The work that we will be posting for you to complete at home will reflect what we are covering in school, so it is important to complete activities in sequence.

 

PSED activities

 

Activity 1

This week in school we will be focusing on discussing the changes to our day to day lives and why things are so different at the moment. You may wish to talk about how things are the same or different at home, and ask your child if they have any questions about Coronavirus or social distancing so that you can explore these together and address any misconceptions or worries that they might have.

 

You may wish to watch this short film that explains some facts about Coronavirus with your child. Please watch this on your own first and decide if it is suitable for your child. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVvVTDhGqaA&vl=en 

 

You might want to reassure your child that children are very unlikely to get ill. Emphasise that we don’t need to be worried about getting the virus as the adults are all looking after us, by keeping everything nice and clean, and limiting the number of people we are seeing.

 

Activity 2

Ask your child if they can remember how Edison the school nurse taught us to wash our hands properly? You may wish to watch this short video from Newsround reminding children of correct handwashing.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51698180

 

Ask your child to make a poster to show other people how to wash their hands properly.

 

Activity 3

Explain that while we have had to stay in our homes that is called ‘lockdown’. The government/ people in charge wanted to look after us by asking everyone to stay inside so that the virus couldn’t pass between people. Have you been living at home during the lockdown or somewhere else? Who are you in lockdown with/ who lives at your house? Did you do anything fun or different during the lockdown? Parents can model talking about something small that you did that was fun E.g cooking, board games, walks to the park etc.

Ask your child to draw a picture of who they are in lockdown with and some fun things that you have done. Challenge them to sound out and write some names/ ideas about what they did on their picture. Remember that your child doesn’t need to know how to spell things, they should use their phonics skills to sound out words and write them as they sound.

 

Activity 4

Parents – please change the wording of this when talking to your child about it to suit your personal situation.

Do you remember what ‘lockdown’ means? The government/ people in charge wanted to look after us by asking everyone to stay inside so that the virus couldn’t pass between people. But now that it is getting a bit better we are allowed to go to the park a little bit more or see some of our friends and family from a distance! Parents can model talking about how it is difficult to be at home and not see family and friends, but also how there are lots of positive sides to being at home too e.g. doing craft activities, cooking, playing games etc.

Is there anything you find anything annoying or tricky about lockdown? What have you enjoyed about being at home with your family?

Draw a line down the middle of your page. On one side draw something that you have found tricky about having to stay at home. On the other side draw something that was good about lockdown. See if you can write a short sentence or some words to describe each picture, remembering to sound out your words. Look at your phonics mats to help you remember the sounds.

 

Phonics sessions with Read, Write Inc.

The videos will go up each day at 9.30am and are available for 24 hours before being replaced by the next day’s sessions. Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling’ lessons. The children will need pencils and paper for the spelling lesson. If the video is going too quickly just pause it, until they have written the word! If your child is finding it tricky don’t worry – it’s all about just having a go – lots of praise for effort. They may have covered these sounds already, but will need to revise them and practise using them to read and spell, as the spelling and reading words are different!

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

Monday – ay

Tuesday – ee

Wednesday – igh

Thursday – ow

Friday – oo (poo at the zoo)

 

Reading Ditties

Please read the explanation posted under Tuesday 5th May to remind yourself how to teach your child using the Ditties. Over the week please read Ditties 9 – 11 and ask your child the following questions.

 

https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2020/03/25/12/12/55/1a5fba52-4af4-4008-9fcf-56517ab25cb7/RWI_OnlineDitties.pdf

 

Questions for Ditty 9:

What did she put on? (Find the words that tell you)

What animal did she get? (Find the word that tells you and the picture that shows you)

How did she feel? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

 

Questions for Ditty 10:

What did she get? (Find the words that tell you and the picture that shows you)

Where did she sit? (Find the picture that shows you – ‘at the beach, on a rock’, and the words that tell you something a bit different – ‘in the sun, on a mat’)

Where is she? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

 

Questions for Ditty 11:

What did she wear? (Find the words that tell you and the picture that shows you)

How did she get to the shop? (Find the words that tell you)

Why do you think the shop is shut? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

 

Maths activities

Activity 1

This week we are recapping on counting in twos. Dance and sing along to the counting in twos song! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvTcpfSnOMQ

We count in twos to make it a little bit faster when we are counting. We touch two things at a time and just say the ‘twos numbers’. Put your teddies or toys into pairs sitting in a line. First counting them with ‘skip counting’, whispering the odd numbers and shouting the twos numbers! Then counting them in twos saying only the twos numbers, with two fingers pointing at a time.

Print or draw yourself a number track like this. Colour in all the twos numbers.

 

Activity 2

Watch this episode of Numberblocks about adding and subtracting two.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08r3t8t/numberblocks-series-2-the-two-tree

Scrunch up two balls of paper or newspaper and sticky tape them together to make a ‘two rugby ball’ like in the Numberblocks episode. Repeat this until you have ten ‘twos rugby balls’. You will need to place two sheets of newspaper on the floor as targets or find something to use as a goal or hoop! With a partner take it in turns to throw your rugby balls into your own hoop. Record the equation each time if you get it into the hoop! E.g the first one will be 0 + 2 = 2, then 2 + 2 = 4 etc as you get more rugby balls in your hoop! Use the star sentences “First there were 4 in the hoop, then I added two more, now there are 6” etc. Remember it’s all about being a good player whether you win or lose, otherwise people will not want to play with you again!

 

Activity 3

Dance and sing along to the counting in twos song again to get your brain and your body moving! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvTcpfSnOMQ

What do you notice about these numbers?

2  8  16  14  10  6  4  12  18  20

Yes, they’re all twos numbers, but they’ve got jumbled up! Can you say them in the correct order?

Now print or draw yourself a number track like this, with some of the twos numbers missing. Can you cut out and stick the missing twos numbers in the correct places?

 

Busy things activities

There are some activities pinned for you on Busy Things under the pin ‘w/c 1st June’

 

Have a lovely week!

 

Advice for parents about home learning

Resources

Set 2 new sounds

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

As this new week starts you are probably finding yourself in the unusual situation of having to educate your child at home. Until we have all had some time to process what is happening in the world right now, you may be finding it quite difficult to think about how this is going to work. Some of you will, quite rightly, have to prioritise other things at the moment: family, work, health. In these early days try to not worry too much about your child’s ‘education’, and instead focus on their emotional wellbeing. For some families that may mean trying to keep life as normal as possible and doing ‘school work’ at home, sticking to their routine and ‘keeping calm and carrying on’! For other families you may need to take some time to destress and relax as a family, and then start up with the home learning when you are ready. The blogs will all stay up so please don’t worry about falling behind.

 

We cannot stress enough that there is no expectation for you to complete all of the home learning tasks that we set. They are there to hopefully occupy your child and provide a little bit of school ‘normality’. Please do as little or as much as you and your child feel able to. Bear in mind that this will vary day to day. At school (even after many years of teaching!) we still have days when, despite having the best intentions and the most fun and engaging activities planned, the children just aren’t feeling it, or there’s a disaster over who has the ‘good’ pink felt tip, or just for some reason the stars don’t align! It can be really frustrating to feel that you aren’t making much progress but, as we have learnt, 95% of teaching is about praising their effort, listening and showing interest, and asking the children questions about what they think. There is no point battling with your child about completing work. I’m sure that you already know this from experience but I can tell you that they will always win; they have the time to be more stubborn than you are! Instead praise their effort as much as you can, and on trickier days try to catch them doing something positive to praise. You know your child better than anyone, and I am sure that you already know what works and doesn’t with regards to their behaviour. But if you would like any suggestions on ways to motivate your child to complete some learning at home please just drop us an email.

 

It may help to draw up a daily routine, either sticking to a similar model or adapting it so that you have time to complete your work or things that you need to as well. Below is our daily routine at school, in case you wanted to stick to that. You may want to stick up the ‘visual timetable’ like we do at school so that your child knows what is happening, or even ask them to draw their own picture cards for each activity to make their own. If you would like the full set of timetable cards just send us an email. Please bear in mind that we would not expect children to be doing ‘learning’ for long periods of time as, even during a normal day, learning sessions are kept to a maximum of 20 to 30 minutes and interspersed with time for children to play freely and relax. And remember it is fine for your child to be ‘bored’ and have to entertain themselves, boredom breeds creativity!

 

Your child may not remember all of the ‘learning’ that you taught them while we are all away from school. But they will remember the time that you spent together. So, when you can, have fun with them and build a blanket tent, make up a game or play imaginatively together. Have a cuddle and read books. Children are very resilient and they will be fine, they may even remember this as an exciting time!

 

Keep us posted,

 

Love Mrs Francis and Miss Billington x

 

Logging in via myUSO

You will have received a letter via Parent Mail about logging on to the online area via myUSO. Your child will need their username and password. Through this you can access many different online programs. The one we will be using the most in Reception is Busy Things. Each week we will pin activities to the top of your child’s homepage, for example ‘Monday Maths activity’. Please see the daily blog post for an explanation of each task, and for other activities as not all will be via Busy Things. If you are having trouble logging in don’t worry, in these early days it may be that the websites are struggling due to high traffic as everyone switches over to online learning. Tapestry may also be experiencing high levels of users as well, so if it is not working for you please just try again a little later.

 

Normal school timetable

Structure of a usual day:

Register, Literacy, Choosing/ Playing, Fruit, Maths, Choosing/ Playing, Tidy up, Prayer, Lunch, Outside play, Phonics/ Handwriting, Choosing/ Playing, Tidy up, Story, Prayer, Home time

 

Monday

Music with Miss Rachel, Kick London with Alastair

 

Thursday

Library with Mrs Pereira

 

Friday

Gymnastics

Staying connected

In these strange and ever-changing times it would be lovely to stay connected with you and the children. They might like to send us video messages, photos of what they’ve been up to or of their drawings, or just send us a message or a question. The easiest way for us to see their photos and videos will be via Tapestry. Please see the section below for tips and advice on logging on to your child’s Tapestry account and how to upload an ‘observation’. We may also send messages to your child through Tapestry so keep an eye out for any new observations from us!
During the school closure we will be updating the blog daily with a few activities for your child to complete at home. You will receive a letter explaining how to access the online area via ‘myUSO’. We will be using ‘Busy Things’ and other resources to set some simple online activities as well as setting some more open-ended practical challenges for your child to explore.
This is an unprecedented time in many different ways and we fully appreciate that many parents will not have the time, childcare or resources to complete these activities every day. Please do not feel under any pressure. These activities and challenges are there for you to use as much  as you want to, and to hopefully help keep your child occupied and provide some degree of normality in the highly unusual situation we are facing.
If you have questions about their learning at home, the tasks that we have set for each day or accessing the online resources then please do not hesitate to drop us an email. For questions regarding home learning or online access then please cc in both Miss Billington and myself; then whichever of us is available will get back to you as soon as we can. Or even if you want a chat or your child wants to tell us something then please stay in touch. We are blessed to have such a strong community at St. Stephen’s and, having been lucky enough to have been a part of it for many years now, we have seen how families and staff can support each other through difficult times.
When you feel ready, we would suggest that you gather the pens, pencils, paper etc that you have in your home already, and have a think about a quiet space in your home where your child may be able to do their learning. We also fully appreciate that not all families have access to technology. Please contact us if you are finding using technology difficult and we will try to assist as best we can. Many families will also have multiple children trying to use the same laptop or computer, and so it may be necessary to draw up a quick timetable to prevent frustration and keep the peace! Children should also be encouraged to spend quiet time drawing, looking at books that you may already have in your home as well as spending time playing with their toys, away from screens. We would not expect children to be doing ‘learning’ for long periods of time as, even during a normal day, learning sessions are kept to a maximum of 20 to 30 minutes and interspersed with time for children to play freely and relax.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email us (please cc us both in – r.francis@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk and t.billington@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk).
Best wishes,
Mrs Francis and Miss Billington

Using Tapestry to stay connected

 

You can access your child’s Tapestry account through the website https://tapestryjournal.com in your usual web browser, or by downloading the Tapestry app for either Apple or Android. If you have not yet activated your account you will have received a new activation email. This will have been sent to the email address that you provided us with back in the summer before your child started school. If you are having issues with activating your account or logging in then please contact us.

 

If using Tapestry through the website then click the blue ‘add observation’ button in the top right.  Then complete the sections as shown below to add your observation. Don’t forget to click the blue ‘save’ button at the top or bottom right to save your observation.

If accessing Tapestry through the app please log in and tap the + symbol in the top right corner. Then complete the sections as shown below, remembering to tap ‘upload’ to finish and save your observation.

 

 

Tapestry has a upload limit of 100MB for videos. This means that depending on the file type of your video, you may not be able to upload longer videos. We suggest that if you find that you are having problems with uploading, that you try recording the video within the Tapestry app, as when it reaches the maximum capacity it will cut out. Then if needed you will be able to start a new video clip and upload your message in chunks. If you are having technical problems with Tapestry please contact us and again we will try our best to help!

 

 

Information about returning to school/ Half term message!

It was lovely to see many of you on Zoom yesterday to discuss the (potential) return to school on 1st June. Over the half term week we thought you may wish to discuss what will be the same and what might be a little bit different with your children to help prepare them for coming back to school, if they are returning. Please use the following information for children sheets to help you in this discussion, selecting the correct one for your child’s hub.

Information for children Hub 4 RF chn

Information for children Hub 3 RF chn

Information for children Hub 2 RF chn

Information for children Hub 1 RF chn

If you or your child has any questions for us please send us an email and we will do our best to answer them!

Also the Reception Lockdown cookbook has gone out on ParentMail so check that for any half term baking inspiration from your talented little bakers!

The hub teachers are really looking forward to seeing many of you again back at school. Mrs Barrett and myself are looking forward to continuing to see what those of you who will still be learning from home are getting up to on Tapestry! Please keep checking the blogs as we will still use these as a means of communication. Thank you!

Have a lovely half term.

Mrs Francis

x

 

Home learning - Friday 22nd May

Yesterday, when discussing all the people who can help you, did you think about saying a little prayer to God? Lots of people find comfort in saying prayers. Today to finish your book we would like you to write a special prayer.  You can say anything you want when praying but usually it’s good to think about the things which we want to say thank you for and to also include a thought for someone or something who may need some help or comfort.

 

First, think about all the wonderful things in your life. Discuss them with an adult. Think about the many wonderful things which we are very lucky to have, and all of the things that you are thankful for. Also, have a think about some things which can be a little sad in life. It could be people who don’t have enough food or people who feel lonely or sick.

 

Afterwards, we want you to write your prayer. We always begin our prayers with Dear Lord, and finish our prayers with Amen.

 

We have written our own little prayer for you to see.

 

Dear Lord,

 

Thank you for my wonderful family and friends.  Please help all the people who may not have a family to care for them.

 

Amen

 

Write your prayer out as neatly as possible and decorate it and stick it into your book.

 

Maths

Today we have a different song to help us remember our ‘twos numbers’. Listen and see if you can join in! Practise saying the ‘twos numbers’ without the song to help you as well.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvTcpfSnOMQ

 

We count in twos to make it a little bit faster when we are counting. We touch two things at a time and just say the ‘twos numbers’. Find ten things to count and put them into twos or pairs. Now with two fingers touch two at a time and count them using the twos numbers! If you are finding it a little tricky to remember the twos numbers, don’t worry! You could try whispering the numbers in between and shouting the twos numbers like this…

(One)…. TWO! (Three)… FOUR! (Five)… SIX! (Seven)… EIGHT! (Nine)… TEN!

What else can you find in your house to count in twos?

 

Phonics

Today it is another sound to practise. Can you spot it in the green words? Sound out the spelling words carefully on your Fred fingers and don’t forget to use a long sound button for ‘special friends’!

Today’s sound is ‘2 letters 1 sound’ – ir. It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15. These lessons will stay up for 24 hours until the next day’s lesson is uploaded.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds ir’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling ir’ lessons.

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

 

Challenge – Reading

It’s Ditty time! If this is your first time then please read the explanation about how to complete this task on Tuesday 5th May.

 

Open the pdf at https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2020/03/25/12/12/55/1a5fba52-4af4-4008-9fcf-56517ab25cb7/RWI_OnlineDitties.pdf and look at Ditty 8.

 

Read the Speed Sounds, Green Words and Red Words.

 

Sound out and read the Ditty.  If you are feeling confident then have a go at sounding out silently in your ‘thinking voice’. We call this ‘Fred in your head’! But remember you can’t just guess the words, you must sound them out, if it is tricky in your thinking voice then say them out loud so that you can hear the sounds and the word that they make. Don’t forget to go back to the beginning of the sentence each time and say the words in order. This will increase your fluency and help you understand what the Ditty is about!

 

Questions:

Where does the cub sit? (Find the picture that shows you and the word that tells you)

What is the pup doing?  (Find the word that tells you)

What do you think a kit is? (What do you think it might be? Where could you look to find out the answer? – online, in a dictionary)

 

Home learning - Thursday 21st May

It’s good to learn ways to cope with the big emotions that we are feeling; whether it is feeling super excited when it’s time to go to bed, feeling very cross when someone wants to play with your toy or sad when you are away from your friend. Today we are thinking about coping with big emotions. Below are 3 big steps that may help you. Talk through each one with an adult and try to make them more personal to you. Maybe think of a time you were a certain emotion and discuss each step with your adult.

 

  1. Have a ‘you moment’. This could be taking 5 big breaths if you are cross, singing yourself a happy tune if you are sad or blowing your name in the air if you are worried. What other ideas do you have?
  2. Think about it!  Try to think about why you are cross, angry, tired, shy, too excited etc. Maybe say it out loud to make it clear to yourself… I am too excited to sleep because it’s my birthday tomorrow.
  3. Talk to someone! Think about all the people who you are able to talk to. I bet there are a few. When we talk to someone we usually feel better and also they will be able to help us!

 

We also know that it is important that we look after our bodies in order to be happy and healthy. Draw a person onto some paper and then draw and label lots of things which you think will help keep our bodies, minds and hearts healthy.

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Remember to stick your work into your book when you are finished!

 

Maths

Today we are going to learn how to count in twos! We count in twos to make it a little bit faster when we are counting. We touch two things at a time and just say the ‘twos numbers’.

 

Listen to the song and see if you can join in!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTCcqQxT5Gk

 

Phonics

Today it is another sound to practise. Can you spot it in the green words? Sound out the spelling words carefully on your Fred fingers and don’t forget to use a long sound button for ‘special friends’!

Today’s sound is ‘3 letters 1 sound’ – air. It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15. These lessons will stay up for 24 hours until the next day’s lesson is uploaded.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds air’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling air)’ lessons.

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

 

Challenge 

Home learning - Wednesday 20th May

Today we are thinking about emotions. Can you name any?  Here are a couple; can you show your adult what face you may pull if you were feeling these emotions?

 

Happy        Excited    Scared    Nervous    Worried    Confused    Angry        Tired        Frightened.

 

Great job!  We all experience different emotions in our lives and it can sometimes be tough to know how to deal with them, especially when you are little. It’s very important that we understand that it’s ok to feel different emotions at different times and when we recognise that these emotions exist we also improve the way in which we cope with tougher emotions such as sadness, worry and anger.

 

Draw or write a sentence about what you think each emotion looks like. You can draw a time you have felt each of these emotions if you would like.

Remember to stick your work into your book when you are finished!

 

Maths

Today we are going to solve some halving problems by colouring! First you will need to draw some circles to be your counters. Make sure that you have the correct number to start with. Then take it in turns to colour them in one at a time. It might help to colour from each end so that each ‘half’ is more visually obvious. It’s like you are sharing out the colours so remember to say “One for red, one for blue…” as you colour them in!

Now count how many you have of each colour and check that they have an equal amount. You have chopped them into two groups and found half!

 

Now draw the correct number of counters and colour in half to solve these halving problems. The learning objective is to use colours and marks to solve a problem so even if you can remember what half of a number is you need to draw the counters and colour them in to check if you were correct!

 

What is half of 4?

What is half of 10?

What is half of 8?

 

Phonics

Today it is another sound to practise. Can you spot it in the green words? Sound out the spelling words carefully on your Fred fingers and don’t forget to use a long sound button for ‘special friends’!

Today’s sound is ‘2 letters 1 sound’ – or. It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15. These lessons will stay up for 24 hours until the next day’s lesson is uploaded.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds or’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling or’ lessons.

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

 

Challenge – Reading

It’s Ditty time! If this is your first time then please read the explanation about how to complete this task on Tuesday 5th May.

 

Open the pdf at https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2020/03/25/12/12/55/1a5fba52-4af4-4008-9fcf-56517ab25cb7/RWI_OnlineDitties.pdf and look at Ditty 7.

 

Read the Speed Sounds, Green Words and Red Words.

 

Sound out and read the Ditty. If you are feeling confident then have a go at sounding out silently in your ‘thinking voice’. We call this ‘Fred in your head’! But remember you can’t just guess the words, you must sound them out, if it is tricky in your thinking voice then say them out loud so that you can hear the sounds and the word that they make. Don’t forget to go back to the beginning of the sentence each time and say the words in order. This will increase your fluency and help you understand what the Ditty is about!

 

Questions:

Where did the pup sit? (Find the two words that tell you)

How will the muddy pawprints get cleaned up? (Find the words that tell you)

Have you ever got really messy? (When was that? What happened?)

Home learning - Tuesday 19th May

Today we are thinking about all the things and people that make us happy. You may need to draw the sunshine out onto paper.

Remember to stick your work into your book when you are finished!

 

Maths

Today we are going to listen and sing along to one of our favourite songs – The Big Numbers song!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0dJWfQHF8Y

 

See if you can sing along and pay close attention to those tricky tens numbers, twenty, thirty, forty etc. Be careful that you are saying them correctly as they sound a lot like the ‘teen’ numbers at the end. Don’t mix up thirty and thirteen!

 

Now you might want to make your own giant hundred square poster for your bedroom, like we have in class!

Ask your grown up to help you to stick some sheets of paper together to make a giant poster, then draw a 10 x 10 square grid onto your paper using a ruler. You can start to fill in the numbers as you go along and remember to look at your number formation sheet to make sure that you are writing your numbers correctly. This might take a long time so don’t try and do it all at once, have some breaks and come back to it later! Can you colour in the tens numbers?

 

10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100

 

Do you notice any patterns?

 

Stick it up in your bedroom to help you remember all those BIG numbers!

 

Phonics

Today it is another sound to practise. Can you spot it in the green words? Sound out the spelling words carefully on your Fred fingers and don’t forget to use a long sound button for ‘special friends’!

Today’s sound is ‘2 letters 1 sound’ – ar. It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15. These lessons will stay up for 24 hours until the next day’s lesson is uploaded.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds ar’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling ar’ lessons.

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

 

Challenge

Home learning - Monday 18th May

This week we will be focusing on ‘Wellbeing’.

 

Listen to Miss Bell read the story ‘The koala who could’

 

This week we are making a well being book. This book will be all about you and how to keep yourself happy and healthy. We hope that these are books that you will keep and use in the future, in order to help keep your mind and body as happy and as healthy as possible.

 

The first thing we would like you to do is to make yourself a book. It needs to have at least 6 pages, which are big enough for you to draw and write on, stick things into and basically get creative with. On the very front cover you can write the title ..(NAME’S) BOOK and decorate it with lots of wonderful pictures and colours.

 

Click here for a short brain break that the children can do before they do their task for today. 

 

Today’s task is to think about ourselves. Take some time to look into the mirror. What can you see? Do you notice the colour of your eyes or the shape of your face? What is your hair like? Then we want you to pull some faces…We bet you can make some funny ones. Finally, we want you to give yourself a big smile. Look how wonderful your smile is!

 

Mirror, mirror on the wall, isn’t that the loveliest smile of all?

Draw out an oval circle or a mirror like the one above. Make sure you leave some space below and around the oval to do some writing. In the oval shape draw a nice picture of yourself. Underneath write as many things as you can that you like about yourself. For example, you might write; I like my hair; or I like my brown eyes; or I am funny.

 

Maths

At school we learnt how to draw ‘maths pictures’. They are simple pictures that show what happened in a maths story. Maths pictures are different to normal pictures in that they do not need to have lots of details and you can just draw lines or dots that are pretending to be something different. It’s a bit like when we did a survey and made a tally of our family and friends’ favourite colours – we used a line to pretend to be each person! We didn’t have to draw a really good picture of our mummy; her legs, her hair, her smile, her eyes and all her details – we just drew a line and pretended it was her!

 

Today we would like you to draw some pictures to show what has happened in these doubling maths stories and find out the answers. The learning objective is to draw a maths picture that shows the answer, so even if you think you already remember the answer, you still need to draw a maths picture to check that you are right! You could have a go at writing an addition equation as well.

 

I find 3 leaves outside. Then I collect three more. How many do I have altogether?

 

Here is my maths picture to show you.

Now draw your own maths pictures for these doubling stories:

 

  • My dog collects 4 sticks. Then he collects 4 more. How many does he have?
  • There are 6 caterpillars on a leaf. There are another 6 caterpillars on a flower. How many caterpillars are there?
  • I make 5 cupcakes for Miss Johnson. I give Mrs Barrett the same amount. How many cupcakes did I give out?

 

Maybe you could even make up your own doubling story and draw a maths picture to show what happened!

 

Phonics

Today it is another sound to practise. Can you spot it in the green words? Sound out the spelling words carefully on your Fred fingers and don’t forget to use a long sound button for ‘special friends’!

Today’s sound is ‘2 letters 1 sound’ – oo (look at a book) It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15. These lessons will stay up for 24 hours until the next day’s lesson is uploaded.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds oo (look at a book)’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling oo (look at a book)’ lessons.

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

 

Challenge – Reading

It’s Ditty time! If this is your first time then please read the explanation about how to complete this task on Tuesday 5th May.

 

Open the pdf at https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2020/03/25/12/12/55/1a5fba52-4af4-4008-9fcf-56517ab25cb7/RWI_OnlineDitties.pdf and look at Ditty 6.

 

Read the Speed Sounds, Green Words and Red Words.

 

Sound out and read the Ditty. If you are feeling confident then have a go at sounding out silently in your ‘thinking voice’. We call this ‘Fred in your head’! But remember you can’t just guess the words, you must sound them out, if it is tricky in your thinking voice then say them out loud so that you can hear the sounds and the word that they make. Don’t forget to go back to the beginning of the sentence each time and say the words in order. This will increase your fluency and help you understand what the Ditty is about!

 

Questions:

Where does the cat nap? (Find the picture that shows you and the word that tells you)

Who naps on the bus? (Find the word that tells you)

Where do you like to nap? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

Home learning - Friday 15th May

Literacy Task

 

Today we are going to have some fun and make some silly sentences. Log on to BusyThings and find the ‘Word Robot’ task pinned to the main page.

 

Before you start trying to make a sentence, please try to read all of the words out loud first. It’s ok if you are not sure, as you can click the words to help you. Next, we would like you to drag the words up to the robot so that you can ‘form’ a sentence.  Remember, a sentence tells you some information and needs to make sense. We are making silly sentences not jumbled sentences 🙂 Here is an example of one I have made.

Make sure you press the green arrow so that the word machine can read you your sentence. 

 

Once you have finished we would like you to write down your favourite silly sentence that you have made. Remember to clap each word, count them and then use your sounds to sound each word out one at a time. You can also use your Red Word card if you need to write any Red Words.

 

Phonics

See Wednesday 22nd April blog for explanation of the phonics task if this is your first time.

Today it is another sound to practise. Can you spot it in the green words? Sound out the spelling words carefully on your Fred fingers and don’t forget to use a long sound butter for ‘special friends’!

Today’s sound is ‘2 letters 1 sound’ – oo. (oooh as in zoo) It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15. These lessons will stay up for 24 hours until the next day’s lesson is uploaded.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds oo – poo at the zoo’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling oo – poo at the zoo’ lessons. 

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

Maths Task

Log in via myUSO and go to Busy Things. Your job is pinned as Friday 15th May – Rocker Shocker. We would like you to have a go at playing this game again, but this time see if you can spot the doubles! Can you guess how many there will be altogether by using what you know about double and half.

 

You could even have a go at saying the star sentences again. 

 

“Double … is equal to …”

“Half of … is equal to …”

 

Try counting the monsters to see how many there are altogether – but you’ll have to be quick before they get shocked!

 

Challenge- Reading

It’s Ditty time! If this is your first time then please read the explanation about how to complete this task on Tuesday 5th May.

 

Open the pdf at https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2020/03/25/12/12/55/1a5fba52-4af4-4008-9fcf-56517ab25cb7/RWI_OnlineDitties.pdf and look at Ditty 5.

 

Read the Speed Sounds, Green Words and Red Words.

 

Sound out and read the Ditty. Don’t forget to go back to the beginning of the sentence each time and say the words in order. This will increase your fluency and help you understand what the Ditty is about! 

 

Questions:

What is the bag like? (Find the word that tells you and use the picture too)

What is in the bag? (Find the the words that tell you)

Where do you think the boy is going? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

What would you put in your bag? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

Home learning - Thursday 14th May

Literacy Task

 

Today with your adult we would like you to create a mind map of all the things that you know about ladybirds. What do they look like? Where might you see them? What do they do? How do they grow?

 

To make your mind map draw a ladybird in the middle of a circle. Around that circle write sentences all about the ladybird. Your adult can write the sentences for you if you like but you should help them by first thinking and saying the sentence clearly, finding all of the ‘Red words’ and sounds that they need as they write the sentence and reminding them to always put a full stop at the end. 

Adults – It would be great if you could follow the kids lead when they suggest the Red Words and sounds to you. This is more of a task to give them confidence to use their resources and for them to see how a sentence is approached one word at a time. They will most likely love helping you to find all of the sounds and words so try and make it a game where they are being ‘SUPER’ helpful.

 

Phonics

See Wednesday 22nd April blog for explanation of the phonics task if this is your first time.

Today it is another sound to practise. Can you spot it in the green words? Sound out the spelling words carefully on your Fred fingers and don’t forget to use a long sound butter for ‘special friends’!

Today’s sound is ‘2 letters 1 sound’ – ow. (oh – as in snow) It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15. These lessons will stay up for 24 hours until the next day’s lesson is uploaded.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds ow’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling ow’ lessons. 

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

 

Maths Task

Today we are going to play dominoes! You might have a set of dominoes at your house already, but if you don’t then don’t worry you can make your own set to play with! Find some cardboard from your recycling bin and ask your grown up to help you cut it into 28 rectangles. It may help to make them a little bigger than usual dominoes so that it is not too tricky to draw the dots on. 

 

Draw a line down the middle of each domino so that it is chopped into two sides, just like a ladybird shell. Dominoes are different to ladybirds in that they don’t always have the same amount of dots on each side. That is what makes it a fun game, you need to match them back up to find their doubles!

 

Your dominoes will need to look like this…

Start with 7 dominoes and leave one side empty with zero dots. Leave one with zero on both sides, then draw 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on dots on the other side of each domino. Then take 6 dominoes and draw 1 dot on one side, then add 1, 2, 3 and so on dots to the other side. Keep going, just like in the picture, until you have a whole set of 28 dominoes – now you are ready to play!

 

Turn all your dominoes over so that they are face down and give each player 7 dominoes. Decide who is going first, then that player can put down any domino that they like. The next player then needs to find a domino which matches one side, with the same amount of dots! See if you can say the star sentences each time to practise your doubles!

 

“Double … is equal to …”

“Half of … is equal to …”

E.g. “Double 4 is equal to 8. Half of 8 is equal to 4.”

If you don’t have a domino with a side that matches, then pick another domino from the pile. The winner is the player to use up all their dominoes first. Have fun!

 

Here is a guide if you have never played dominoes before: https://www.wikihow.com/Play-Dominoes 

 

Challenge 

A creative challenge for you today. Make sure you share it with us on Tapestry!

 

Music with Miss Rachel

Check out Miss Rachel’s music activity at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-iXgYaS3oQ&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Home learning - Wednesday 13th May

 

Literacy Task

 

Today we will be learning about the lifecycle of a ladybird.  Read through all of the slides and discuss all the things you see. Make sure you say some of the key vocabulary out loud as this will help you to remember.

 

Click here to read about the lifecycle of a ladybird

 

Thinking about the life cycle of a ladybird can you tell us what some of these words mean.

 

Hatch Larvae Pupae Formed

 

Can you draw out the lifecycle of a Ladybird? Maybe you could be creative and make your life cycle from junk material or plasticine. You may even want to paint one of the stages? It’s up to you!

 

Phonics

See Wednesday 22nd April blog for explanation of the phonics task if this is your first time.

Today it is another sound to practise. Can you spot it in the green words? Sound out the spelling words carefully on your Fred fingers and don’t forget to use a long sound butter for ‘special friends’!

Today’s sound is ‘3 letters 1 sound’ – igh. It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15. These lessons will stay up for 24 hours until the next day’s lesson is uploaded.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds igh’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling igh’ lessons. 

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

Maths Task

Today we are going to learn about halving. Have you heard the word half’ before? What do you think it means? 

 

To find half of you need share out what you have into two equal groups. Did you remember that equal means ‘the same’. You can find half of numbers, or half of things that you can chop up – like half of a cake or a pizza!

 

Today we are going to find half of numbers by sharing out spots on to a ladybird’s shell. When I share things out I like to say ‘one for you, one for you’ as I give one thing to each group! Remember to be accurate it is best to only give out one thing at a time and make sure that you take turns with which group you are putting it in to. If you are not sure if the groups are equal you can always count them to check. 

 

Draw yourself a big ladybird template on a piece of paper. It could look something like this…

You will need something to pretend to be spots. You could use chocolate buttons, raisins or counters. Count out 12 into a pot to keep them out of the way. 

 

Each time count out the number of spots that you need first and then share them out one at a time. Remember that each side of the ladybird’s shell will need to have the same amount of spots. Can you find half of these numbers? Say the whole of the star sentence “Half of … is equal to …” each time.

 

6, 4, 12, 8, 2, 10

 

Now try to find half of this number: 9….

What happens? Does it work? You have one left over! If it is something you can break in half like a chocolate button you might be able to share it, otherwise it will just be one that is left over!

 

Challenge – Reading

It’s Ditty time! If this is your first time then please read the explanation about how to complete this task on Tuesday 5th May.

 

Open the pdf at https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2020/03/25/12/12/55/1a5fba52-4af4-4008-9fcf-56517ab25cb7/RWI_OnlineDitties.pdf and look at Ditty 4.

 

Read the Speed Sounds, Green Words and Red Words.

 

Sound out and read the Ditty. Don’t forget to go back to the beginning of the sentence each time and say the words in order. This will increase your fluency and help you understand what the Ditty is about! 

 

Questions:

What is the mug like? (Find the word that tells you)

What is the girl doing? (Find the picture that shows you and the words that tell you what she is doing)

What is the girl drinking? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

Home learning - Tuesday 12th May

Literacy Task

 

To start off today we would like you to retell the story of The Bad Tempered Ladybird using the timeline of animals that you drew yesterday. You can always rewatch yesterday’s video if you need a little reminder.

 

Here’s Miss Q reading the Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle.

 

Today we will be changing the title of the story to The Good Tempered Ladybird. First of all draw a happy looking ladybird and a couple of big speech marks. Think about the ladybird now being really kind and a little bit funny. What types of things would he say to each of the animals on your timeline? Would he say nice things about the way they look or tell them a funny joke? Maybe he would wish nice things to happen to them… you can decide whatever lovely sentence you like. 

 

Here I will have a go first at saying something nice to you all now

 

I think you are all fantastic.

 

Write in your speech bubbles a sentence that the good tempered ladybird might say to one of the animals on your timeline. You could also do this for some of the other animals on your timeline. Maybe stick the timeline to the wall and put your ladybird onto a stick and pretend to read through your own ‘The Good Tempered Ladybird’ story. Think about how the ladybird would be speaking to each animal. Do they sound happy, sad or even cross? 

 

We would love to see your new stories on Tapestry if you get the chance to share them with us.

 

Phonics

See Wednesday 22nd April blog for explanation of the phonics task if this is your first time.

Today it is another sound to practise. Can you spot it in the green words? Sound out the spelling words carefully on your Fred fingers and don’t forget to use a long sound butter for ‘special friends’!

Today’s sound is ‘2 letters 1 sound’ – ee. It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15. These lessons will stay up for 24 hours until the next day’s lesson is uploaded.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds ee’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling ee’ lessons. 

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

 

Maths Task

Today we are going to learn about doubling. Have you heard the word ‘double’ before? What do you think it means? 

 

Double means when you have two groups that have the same amount. Both the groups are equal. Can you show your grown up these numbers on both your hands so that each hand has an equal number of fingers?

Show them…

Double 1

Double 2

Double 3

Double 4

Double 5

 

How many did you have altogether each time? Practise showing your grown up doubles really quickly on your fingers. How fast can you go? Say the star sentence “Double … is equal to …” each time.

 

Ladybirds have an equal number of spots on each side of their shell. They can show doubles just like you can on your fingers! 

 

Can you say today’s star sentence “Double … is equal to …” for each ladybird. Remember to count all the spots to see how many there are altogether. Even if you ‘know’ the answer, still count them all to check!

These ladybirds are hiding in the leaves! Can you work out how many spots each one has altogether using what you know about doubles?

Challenge 

 

Log in via myUSO and go to Busy Things. Your job is pinned as Monday 11th May – Design a minibeast. 

 

Explore using the computer to design your own minibeast! What kind of body will it have? How many legs does it have? How many eyes does it have? What is it called?!

Home learning - Monday 11th May

Literacy Task

 

Today we will be listening to the Bad Tempered Ladybird read by Miss Quartermaine. Before you start to listen to the story, we would like you to think about what the story might be about? Can you guess what might happen in the story just by its title?  If you have already read this book can you remember some of the things that happen in the story?

 

Here’s Miss Q reading the Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle.

 

When listening to today’s story we would like you to think about the characters in the story, who is the main character and what other characters are there, is there a problem or main issue in the story?  How is that problem resolved? Also, try to listen to how the Bad Tempered Ladybird speaks. How does he sound? Does his tone sound the same the whole way through or does it change at any point?

 

Today we would like you to draw and label a timeline of all the animals that the bad tempered ladybird meets. This is basically a line with the other ladybird first and then the wasp and then all of the other animals in order. 

 

Phonics

See Wednesday 22nd April blog for explanation of the phonics task if this is your first time.

This week we are practising some of the sounds that we have already learnt. It’s really important to keep practising the sounds that we already know so that your child doesn’t forget them and also so that they get even better at reading and writing words with these sounds in them. If your child is finding these sessions difficult don’t worry and please consider watching the Set 1 lessons to help them revise and consolidate their learning before moving on to new sounds. If the lady in the video is flashing word cards to read too quickly or your child needs more time to write the words please pause the video and allow your child to work at their own pace. She does go very, very quickly – much faster than we do!

Today’s sound is ‘2 letters 1 sound’ – ay. It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15. These lessons will stay up for 24 hours until the next day’s lesson is uploaded.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds ay’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling ay’ lessons. 

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

Maths Task

Log in via myUSO and go to Busy Things. Your job is pinned as Monday 11th May – Treehouse. Play the Treehouse game again and count how many pink men go into the treehouse. Use your fingers to help you count. Keep a careful eye out as sometimes the pink men jump out again! You will need to take them away on your fingers to see how many are still inside. Try not to use the magnifying glass to peek today! 

 

In this counting game sometimes the pink men zipline out the treehouse! They are taken away from the number of pink men still inside. See if you can find the answer to these subtraction equations. You will need a box or something to pretend to be the treehouse and 10 small toys or counters to pretend to be the pink men. Act out the number sentences to find out how many are left inside at the end. Remember to check that you have put the correct number in first. Then see how many you need to take out. How many are there now? It’s just like a number story! Remember to keep the counters or toys that you are not using out of the way in a pot so that you don’t get confused!

Challenge – Reading

It’s Ditty time! If this is your first time then please read the explanation about how to complete this task on Tuesday 5th May.

 

Open the pdf at https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2020/03/25/12/12/55/1a5fba52-4af4-4008-9fcf-56517ab25cb7/RWI_OnlineDitties.pdf and look at Ditty 3.

 

Read the Speed Sounds, Green Words and Red Words.

 

Sound out and read the Ditty. Don’t forget to go back to the beginning of the sentence each time and say the words in order. This will increase your fluency and help you understand what the Ditty is about! 

 

Questions:

What is the man holding? (Find the picture that shows you and the word that tells you what it is)

What does the dog find? (Find the words that tell you)

What is the man looking for? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

Bank Holiday Bake Off! - Friday 8th May

A Friday Bank Holiday during lockdown… As if things couldn’t get any stranger! We hope you all have a lovely day and do some fun things together and relax as a family.

 

We thought it might be quite fun to have a Bank Holiday Bake Off. Obviously just for fun as we can’t get Mr Schumm to pop round and judge everyone’s bakes! If you’re not one for baking then you could always send in your favourite fruit salad or your secret spag bol recipe… Whatever you like to cook!

 

If you would like to join in please take a picture of your child cooking up a storm in the kitchen and add it to Tapestry with the title ‘Bank Holiday Bake Off’. Please include your recipe, either in the notes section or email it to us separately. If you are happy for your child’s photo to be shared with both Reception classes please note this and I will compile our very own ‘Reception Bake Off Cookbook’ so the children can try out all their friends’ recipes!

 

Happy baking!

 

x

Home learning - Thursday 7th May

Literacy task

Today’s Literacy task will be focusing on our listening and attention skills as well as including a little bit of physical development as well.

 

We would like you to watch and follow the ‘Frank the Frog’ story on cosmic yoga. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY8xx7c6_z0

 

Make sure you are in a quiet spot with some space and remove your shoes and socks so you don’t hurt yourself or anyone near you. Try to follow the story and complete all of the yoga moves.

 

Afterwards we would like you to create your own frog yoga move. Think about something a frog does. It could be how it jumps or how it eats or even when it was a tadpole and how it moved.  Draw a picture of the ‘frog yoga’ move that you have created. Can you write some instructions on how to do your move. You could say ‘sit down’, ‘legs bent’, ‘hands on floor’.  Maybe then you can teach someone else your new yoga move!

 

Phonics task

Today it is another new sound!

Today’s sound is ‘2 letters 1 sound’ – oy. It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15. These lessons will stay up for 24 hours until the next day’s lesson is uploaded.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds oy’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling oy’ lessons.

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

 

Maths task

 

Today we are going to find out how to read a subtraction equation! Equations are a quick way of writing down what has happened when we are adding or taking away. Instead of writing down ‘ Five plus 2 is equal to 7’ we can use symbols to make it easier! We write 5 + 2 = 7. + means ‘plus’ or ‘add’. = means ‘is equal to’ or ‘is the same as’. When we are taking some away we use -. – means ‘take away’ or ‘subtract’.

 

Can you have a go at reading this equation?

 

5 – 2 = 3

 

That’s right, it means “Five take away 2 is equal to 3”. Well done!

 

Today we would like you to pretend that your teddies or toys are going on the bus! Can you find ten teddies or toys and sit them on the floor in a line, to pretend that they are all on a bus? Now have a go at reading the equations and see if you can find the answers. When we say take away we are going to pretend that some of the teddies have got off of the bus and gone away back home! See if you can act out each equation with your teddies and find how many are left on the bus. You might want to even write down the answers. Remember to check that you have the correct number of teddies on the bus at the start!

 

10 – 4 = …

10 – 5 = …

10 – 8 = …

10 – 3 = …

10 – 9 = …

10 – 10 = …

 

Did you notice anything about the numbers that you found in your answers? You might have noticed some ‘friends of ten’! Have a listen to the ‘friends of ten’ song again and see how many you can remember!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS5w8LRnnp0

 

Challenge – Reading

It’s Ditty time! If this is your first time then please read the explanation about how to complete this task on Tuesday 5th May.

 

Open the pdf at https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2020/03/25/12/12/55/1a5fba52-4af4-4008-9fcf-56517ab25cb7/RWI_OnlineDitties.pdf and look at Ditty 2.

 

Read the Speed Sounds, Green Words and Red Words.

 

Sound out and read the Ditty. Don’t forget to go back to the beginning of the sentence each time and say the words in order. This will increase your fluency and help you understand what the Ditty is about!

 

Questions:

Who is the lady? (Find the word that tells you)

Which game are they playing? (Find the word that tells you)

Who is the best at tag? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

 

Music with Miss Rachel

Hello everybody,
This week we would love you to sing along to the famous song “We’ll meet again” which was probably the most popular song during World War 2. The singer, Dame Vera Lynn is still alive and is now 103! On Friday as our country celebrates VE Day she will be leading the nation in a singalong. It’s a really easy tune to learn so have a go and get the vocal chords ready for Friday.
This clip shows Vera Lynn singing to troops in 1943.
This clip has the lyrics to sing along!​
Miss Rachel

Home learning - Wednesday 6th May

Literacy task 

 

This week we have been busy thinking about the life cycle of a frog.  Can you remember the stages?  Have a quick recap of yesterday’s learning with your adult. It is great if you say each of the following words out loud in order to help you remember. Frogspawn, tadpole, froglet, frog.

 

Today we would like you to draw the life cycle of a frog. Have a look at the images. Do you know which one is at which stage? Can you draw out your own frog life cycle chart in the correct order?

Using the sounds you have been learning in Phonics, we would like you to label each stage with the correct name. You could also make your own little fact book and write a sentence on each page to describe what is happening during each stage.

 

You may want to listen to Miss Quartermaine explaining the vocabulary again.

 

https://youtu.be/eJBJdI_0sRE

 

Phonics task

Today it is another new sound!

Today’s sound is ‘2 letters 1 sound’ – ou. It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15. These lessons will stay up for 24 hours until the next day’s lesson is uploaded.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds ou’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling ou’ lessons.

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

 

Maths task

At school we learnt how to use a number track to organise our counters when we are adding. Just like with the tens frame you are only allowed to put one counter in each box. But, with a number track, you also have to start at the beginning and place the counters in a line starting from 1. You are not allowed to leave any gaps in the line!

 

Draw yourself a number track like this and make sure that your boxes are big enough to fit one counter in each box.

We are going to try and find the answer to this frog problem:

 

There were 5 frogs on a lily pad. 2 swam away. How many are left?

 

How many frogs were there first? Count out this number of counters and put them in a line on your number track. The counters are pretending to be the frogs and the number track is pretending to be the lily pad! Make sure that you keep the rest of your counters that you are not using in your pot so that you don’t get muddled up!

 

How many swam away? Count them out from the end of your line and jump them into the water next to your number track.

 

How many do you have left? Count your counters by touching each one. Then have a peek under the last counter in the line to check, is it the same number? The last number tells you how many you have in the line! But remember it won’t work if you have any gaps in your line or if you didn’t start from 1!

 

Can you find the answers to these frog problems too?

 

There were 7 frogs on a lily pad. 3 swam away. How many are left?

 

There were 8 frogs on a lily pad. 5 swam away. How many are left?

 

There were 10 frogs on a lily pad. 4 swam away. How many are left?

 

Can you make up your own frog problem for your grown up or your brother or sister to find the answer to?

 

Challenge

 

Today you can pretend to be a tadpole with our radio P.E lesson.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/eyfs-playtime-frog/zbf4vk7

Home learning - Tuesday 5th May

Literacy task

 

Today we will be thinking about the ‘life cycle’ of a frog. A ‘life cycle’ is the process from when a creature starts to grow until it has finished growing and then how this starts over again.  Do you remember how Tad started off in the story? He started off in a cluster (a group) of eggs. These eggs are called ‘frogspawn’ and do not have hard shells like most eggs. They are soft and ‘jelly-like’ so the tiny little tadpole inside can break out when they grow strong enough.

 

Today we would like you to find out some more facts about the life cycle of a frog.  Here is a website which will give you lots of information about the life cycle of frogs. Click on the images to find out information. Talk through what you can see with your adult.

 

https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/animals-and-nature/amphibians/life-cycle-frog/

 

When doing your research try to focus on the 4 main stages. Frogspawn, tadpole, froglet and frog. Can you tell us or another member of your family what happens during each of these stages?

 

Phonics task

Today it is another new sound!

Today’s sound is ‘2 letters 1 sound’ – ir. It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15. These lessons will stay up for 24 hours until the next day’s lesson is uploaded.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds ir’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling ir’ lessons.

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

 

Maths task

At school you were really good at telling number stories using the words ‘first’, ‘then’ and ‘now’!

 

I am going to tell you some number stories about some naughty biscuits! First you will need to ask your grown up politely if you may have 5 biscuits on a plate – don’t forget to say please and thank you 🙂 And remember you are not allowed to eat the biscuits until the end – and you have to share them!

 

There were some naughty biscuits who kept jumping off their plate and running away… First act out this story with your naughty biscuits! Can you say the number sentence at the end too? For this one it is “5 take away 3 is equal to 2.” Grown ups – you may need to support your child with saying the number sentence to start with until they are more familiar with it.

 

First there were 5 biscuits on a plate. Then 3 jumped off. Now there are 2 biscuits on the plate.

 

Now try these ones. How many biscuits are left on the plate at the end? Can you say the ‘now’ sentence? Then say the number sentence e.g. “ 5 take awayis equal to …”

 

First there were 5 biscuits on a plate. Then 1 jumped off. Now…

 

First there were 5 biscuits on a plate. Then 4 jumped off. Now…

 

First there were 5 biscuits on a plate. Then 2 jumped off. Now…

 

First there were 5 biscuits on a plate. Then 5 jumped off. Now…

 

Did that last one trick you?! Can you remember the number we say when there are none left? Well done – when you have nothing we use the number zero!

 

Now we are going to use coins or counters (or anything else small) to pretend to be our naughty biscuits! You will need 10 in a cup or a pot, and a tens frame that looks like this.

See if you can find out the answers to these problems. Don’t worry about writing the number sentences just yet, for now we are exploring practically. Count out the number of counters or objects that you need to start with on to your tens frame. Then take away the number of counters that you need to and put them next to your tens frame. Be careful not to get muddled up with your extra counters that you are not using at the moment – that’s why it’s best to keep them out of the way in a cup!

 

6 take away 3 is equal to …

7 take away 2 is equal to …

4 take away 1 is equal to …

10 take away 6 is equal to …

 

How about this one? Does it work? Why not?

 

2 take away 5 is equal to ….

 

You can’t take away 5 as you didn’t have enough! When you are older you will find out some more about taking away bigger numbers from smaller numbers but we won’t worry about that right now!

 

Great maths work today – you must be hungry after all that hard work! Ask your grown up if you can munch your naughty biscuits now!

 

Challenge – Reading

It’s Ditty time! Open the pdf at https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2020/03/25/12/12/55/1a5fba52-4af4-4008-9fcf-56517ab25cb7/RWI_OnlineDitties.pdf and look at Ditty 1.

For each Ditty you will need to say the ‘Speed Sounds’ first. Remember to say the sounds and not the letter name. It is really important not to add an -uh at the end and to keep the sound ‘pure’ e.g. “ssss” not “suh”. Watch this video to remind yourself if you are not sure if you are saying the sounds correctly.

 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/find-a-book/read-write-inc-phonics–1/phonics-pure-sounds-video

 

Then read the ‘Green Words’. Green Words are ones that you can sound out and blend (unlike the Red Words which we know that you just have to remember!) If you are feeling very confident you could try to Fred them in your head. This is when we sound them out in our silent ‘thinking voice’ inside our brain and then just say the word. Don’t just guess though! You have to sound it out (either out loud or in your thinking voice) otherwise the word might trick you!

 

Next check that you can remember the Red Words. Can you find them on your Red Word mat?

 

Then read the Ditty. Sound out and say each word, remembering to go back to the beginning of the sentence each time and say the words that you have already read.

E.g. I

I g-o-t got

I got p-o-p pop

I got pop

 

This will help you to make sense of what you are reading rather than sounding out everything and trying to remember what the sentence meant at the end e.g. I g-o-t got p-o-p pop. Not repeating the words from the beginning each time makes it more difficult for children to understand the sentence.

 

If your child is sounding out words in their ‘thinking voice’ (Fred in your head) then still ask them to repeat the sentence at the end so that they can practise building up their fluency in reading. Try to be patient and give your child plenty of time to think. It is fine to help them if they are stuck, by guiding them to look at the Speed Sound mat with pictures on if they cannot remember a sound. Remember to give them lots of praise for their effort and sounding things out, rather than whether they get it ‘correct’ or not. This will result in confident, happy readers!

 

Finally ask your child to answer these questions about the Ditty. Many children think that they have to ‘know’ the answer but it is not a memory check! The purpose of answering questions is to build their skills in comprehension and finding evidence in the words or pictures to support their answer (Looking at the pictures is not cheating!) This will become especially important as they become older and the stories or texts that they are reading become more complicated. It is important that we build this mindset, and skills in looking back through the text to find the answers, from an early age through simple activities. Prompt your child to point to the exact word or picture that tells them the answer. Some questions are inference questions. This means that your child can think about their own ideas but base these on the pictures and words in the story. It is great to encourage them to think about their own experiences and there are no right or wrong answers, as long as they can explain why they think that!

 

Questions:

 

What is the girl drinking? (Find the word that tells you)

Who got a sip? (Find the word that tells you)

Why did the dog not get any pop? (What do you think? Why do you think that?)

 

Home learning - Monday 4th May

Literacy task

 

Happy Monday everyone.  This week we will be learning all about the life cycle of a frog.  Do you know what a frog is? Can you describe it?  Where do you think it lives? What do you think it eats?

 

Today we are going to start with a story read by Miss Quartermaine. This story is about a frog named Tad. He doesn’t start off looking like a frog though.  During this story try to look out for all the changes to how Tad looks.

 

https://youtu.be/tlKPrpqzfDk

 

Did you like the story? Did Tad start off looking like a frog?  We would like you to talk to your adult and to point out all the ways in which Tad changed throughout the story. Tomorrow we will be learning lots more about this!

 

Here is Miss Quartermaine explaining some of the key vocabulary from the story.

 

https://youtu.be/eJBJdI_0sRE

 

Did you know that frogs do not live in the sea. They cannot survive in salty water…….and the sea is VERY salty.  Instead they like to live in smaller areas of water, such as ponds.  A pond is an ‘ecosystem’. This a place where lots of creatures and plants depend on each other and live together. Below is a video of a pond (or maybe you can visit a pond if you have one on route for your daily walk?… Just be very careful to stay near your adult when you are next to any water.). Can you see any other creatures and plants in this ecosystem?  Have a discussion with your adult or a brother or sister about all the things you can see.

 

 

Phonics task

See Wednesday 22nd April blog for explanation of the phonics task if this is your first time.

Today it is another new sound! Please remember that these tasks are optional and children are all learning at different paces. If your child is finding these sessions difficult don’t worry and please consider watching the Set 1 lessons to help them revise and consolidate their learning before moving on to new sounds. If the lady in the video is flashing word cards to read too quickly or your child needs more time to write the words please pause the video and allow your child to work at their own pace. She does go very, very quickly – much faster than I do!

Today’s sound is ‘3 letters 1 sound’ – air. It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15. These lessons will stay up for 24 hours until the next day’s lesson is uploaded.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds air’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling air’ lessons.

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

Maths task

Today we are going to be learning about subtracting! There are lots of words for subtracting. Can you say these ones? Subtract… minus… take away…

 

Imagine that you have 5 biscuits. Now imagine that I have taken some away and eaten them! Do you have more or fewer than you started with?

 

We all know the song about the Five Little Speckled Frogs! Can you sing it? It is a subtraction song, because each time the number of frogs on the log gets smaller. There are fewer frogs because some are taken away.

 

Now listen to this different version from Cbeebies. In this song the frogs are taken away by different things! Try to follow along by showing the numbers with your fingers and take one finger away each time a frog goes away!

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/numberblocks-five-speckled-frogs-song

 

Can you make up your own subtraction song with your toys? You might have 5 little teddies sitting on a sofa, or maybe 5 dinosaurs jumping on the bed… Where do they go?! And how many are left? If you are feeling very musical you could record yourself singing your song and post it on Tapestry!

 

Challenge

 

Create your own pond ecosystem.

 

  • Make sure you have a watertight container (a bucket or little container will do).
  • Add a base to your pond (such as sand)
  • Add some pebbles or some rocks
  • Add some pond plants (you can add some leaves or natural materials found outside
  • Fill your pond with some water
  • Create a little frog or some other creatures to enjoy your pond. If you do have access to an outside space you can dig a hole and place your pond inside it and see what little creatures may come to visit your pond.

 

Home Learning - Friday 1st May

Good morning Reception!

 

Phonics task

Another new sound! Please remember that these tasks are optional and children are all learning at different paces. If your child is finding these sessions difficult don’t worry and please consider watching the Set 1 lessons to help them revise and consolidate their learning before moving on to new sounds. If the lady in the video is flashing word cards to read too quickly or your child needs more time to write the words please pause the video and allow your child to work at their own pace. She does go very, very quickly – much faster than I do!

Today’s sound is ‘2 letters 1 sound’ – or. It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15. These lessons will stay up for 24 hours until the next day’s lesson is uploaded.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds or’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling or’ lessons.

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

 

Literacy task

 

Watch and listen to Miss Bell’s storytime book ‘Tiddler’ again.

Tiddle made up lots of funny excuses for why he was late for school. Can you remember them? Do you think they were good excuses?

 

Can you think of your own excuse that you might use if you were Tiddler? Remember Tiddler likes to make his friends laugh so try to use your big thinking. If you’re stuck, take a look around your house for things which might make you late or try to remember a time where something happened which made you super late.

 

Try to write down your excuse and using a new ‘Red Word’ because.  Here is an example we have made up for you to read.

 

Please note the children will struggle with the word ‘late’ because it is a Red Word to them at the moment. You can just tell them this and read the word for them. This is fine. When they write their own sentence, if they try to sound it out using ‘ay’ this is perfectly fine and if they want to ask you how it is spelt it is fine also. We would encourage they to try to sound out as much of the sentences independently as possible. They should have the Red Words available to help them spell them out if possible.

Maths task

Yesterday we explored capacity using water! Today we are going to count how many objects we can fit inside a container to measure the capacity that it has.

 

Find a few of the containers that you explored yesterday. You will also need to find something relatively small and of the same size that you can put inside. Some suggestions are: popcorn, Cheerios, dried beans, beads, Malteasers, Lego bricks etc. Basically anything which is roughly the same size and won’t take hundreds of them to fill the containers!

 

*Grown ups – you might need to direct your child to choose some sensible containers which are not too big to fill up with the size of the object that you are using to count. We don’t want anyone up all night counting four hundred Cheerios out of a saucepan!

 

Fill one of your containers up to the top with your objects. Now take them out one at a time and put them in a line to count them. How many could you fit inside? Draw a picture of your container and write down the number of objects that you could fit inside. Remember to use your number formation card to help you write the numbers correctly! Now repeat for your other containers. If you are feeling clever you could even make a sensible guess (an estimate) about how many objects will fit inside before you start filling it up. Do you think it will be more or fewer than the first container that you tested? Why?

 

Which container held the most?

Which container held the least?

 

Challenge

 

If all this handwashing is starting to wear a little bit thin you could try out this recipe for fun ‘squishy soap’!

 

Ingredients: ½ cup of cornflour, 4 tablespoons of liquid soap or washing up liquid, 4 tsp of cooking oil, a splash of food colouring if you have it.

 

Method:

Mix the cornflour and liquid soap. Add in the oil and food colouring and mix well. Squish together until well combined and you get a playdough-y consistency!

 

Now break off a little bit and play with it in water! It stores well in a small airtight container.

 

Recipe from @thejoyjournal on Instagram. If you are interested check out her page for other nature, craft and sensory play ideas.

 

Home Learning - Thursday 30th April

Good morning Reception!

 

Phonics task

Now the Read, Write Inc phonics channel is moving on to some new sounds that we haven’t learnt yet and so they won’t be on your sound mats! Please remember that these tasks are optional and children are all learning at different paces. If your child is finding these sessions difficult don’t worry and please consider watching the Set 1 lessons to help them revise and consolidate their learning before moving on to new sounds. If the lady in the video is flashing word cards to read too quickly or your child needs more time to write the words please pause the video and allow your child to work at their own pace. She does go very, very quickly – much faster than I do!

Today’s sound is ‘2 letters 1 sound’ – ar. It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15. These lessons will stay up for 24 hours until the next day’s lesson is uploaded.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds ar’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling ar’ lessons.

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

 

Literacy task

 

Today we would love you to design your own weird and wonderful sea creature. You can use any colours and make your sea creature look any way you would like. Does it live deep down in the ocean or can it jump in and out of the water? It’s totally up to you. Once you are designed your sea creature can you either label your sea creature or you can write 1 or a few short sentences describing your sea creature.

 

Also, today we are introducing the new ‘Red Word’ because.

 

 

Please try to read this a few times today as the children will be using it in tomorrow’s activities.

 

Maths task

Capacity is the amount of ‘stuff’ that something can hold inside it. Today you are going to explore capacity at bath time!

 

Find some different sizes and shapes of plastic containers and bottles from your recycling box. You might also ask your grown up if there are any other containers from the kitchen that you can put into the bath to explore. For example: a saucepan, a mixing bowl, measuring spoons, plastic jugs, cups or bowls etc. You will also need a yogurt pot or something similar sized to use as a measuring container.

 

Make sure that you fill up your yogurt pot to the top each time and then carefully pour it into one of your containers. How many times did you have to pour it in to fill up your container? Try not to spill any to make it fair.

 

Here are some questions to think about while you are playing and exploring:

 

How many yoghurt pots full of water can you fit inside each of your other containers?

Which can hold the most? Which can hold the least?

Can you fill up a container so that it is full? Now make your container empty! Can you fill up your container so that it is half full? Or a quarter full?

Does the tallest container always hold the most?

Will it take longer to fill up your container with spoonfuls of water or cupfuls of water? Why?

 

For obvious reasons please don’t upload photos from this activity to Tapestry!

 

Challenge

 

Yesterday we found out why the sea is salty! You might want to watch the video again to remind yourself why. All the salt in that sea water helps sea creatures to not sink to the bottom of the ocean! You might want to also try this experiment to see why sharks don’t sink…

 

https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/shark-science-activity-floating-buoyancy/

 

Find two small bottles and fill one with oil and one with water. Make sure that there is no room for air inside. You could draw shark faces on the front too! Try them out in the bath and see what happens! Which one floats and which one sinks?

 

This is because oil is less dense than water so it floats. Sharks eat lots of oily fish and have a very oily liver which helps them to float a bit and not sink to the bottom of the ocean!

 

Find some things around the house that you can test to see if they float or sink. Check with your grown up that it’s ok to put them in water first! What are they made of? Can you find something metal, something wooden, something plastic and something made of rock? Make a sensible guess about whether they will float or sink! Do you think that they are more or less dense than water? Do big things always sink?

Home Learning - Wednesday 29th April

Good morning Reception!

 

Phonics task

See Wednesday 22nd April blog for explanation of the phonics task if this is your first time.

Today’s sound is ‘2 letters 1 sound’ – oo. As well as the ‘oooh’ sound that we learnt yesterday this can also make an ‘uh’ sound as in look and book, which is the one we are learning today.

It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15. These lessons will stay up for 24 hours until the next day’s lesson is uploaded.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds oo – look at a book’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling oo – look at a book’ lessons. You will need a pencil and some paper for the spelling lesson! If the video is going too quickly for your child please don’t worry. Just pause it, or teach them how to pause the video, until they have read or written the word!

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

 

Literacy task 

 

Sea creature facts 

 

Watch and listen to Miss Bell’s storytime book ‘Tiddler’ again. There are so many sea creatures in this story. Today we would like you to try and research some sea creatures with an adult. Can you find out some interesting ‘facts’ about a sea creature. A ‘fact’ is a piece of information which is true and has not been made up.  To research your sea creatures you can look through any ‘fact’ books you may have at home or do a search on a search engine on your computer.

 

Below is a list of sites online you can safely research with the children.

 

Google Safe Search – https://www.safesearchkids.com/google-kids/#.XqVcPkBFxPY

National Geographic Kids –

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/

 

I bet you can find some amazingly strange sea creatures. If you get a chance we would love you to share some of the sea creatures which you have found and some interesting facts about them with us on Tapestry.

 

Maths task

Log in via myUSO and go to Busy Things. Your job is pinned as Wed 29th Maths task.

 

We can also chop up other numbers into smaller parts. How many ways can you share out the pink men on the playground equipment? Click on them and drag them to different parts of the playground. Explore and find as many different combinations as you can! There might be more than two numbers at a time. See if you can write an equation to show how many there are altogether.

 

E.g. 1 + 3 + 1 = 5

“One plus three plus one is equal to five!”

Challenge

Have you ever been to the sea? If you have swum in the sea you might remember that horrible taste when sea water gets into your mouth! That is because sea water is salty. That means it has salt dissolved in it. Some things dissolve in water which means that they break into tiny, tiny pieces and mix in with the water. You can’t see it anymore but it is still there. You can test this by dissolving a spoonful of sugar into a small cup of water – you can’t see it any more but you know it is still there as you can still taste it!

 

Watch this video to find out why the sea is salty… (it’s quite tricky so don’t worry if you don’t understand everything that the lady is saying!)

 

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20140411-why-is-the-sea-so-salty

 

We are going to do an experiment with an egg. Don’t worry grown ups, the egg will be unharmed by this experiment!

 

You will need: a raw egg, two glasses, 6 teaspoons of salt, water.

Half fill both glasses with water so that there is enough room for the egg to either sink or float. Stir the salt into one of the glasses. Which one is salty like the sea? Which one has normal (fresh) water in?

 

Now make a sensible guess. Do you think the egg will float or sink in the normal water? Why do you think that? How about in the salty water?

 

Gently pop the egg into the normal water – what happened? Now take it out and give it a gentle dry with a towel to make it fair. Gently pop the egg into the salty water – what happened? You might want to draw a picture to record your results or write a sentence about what happened.

 

Salty water is more dense. That means it is a bit heavier compared to normal water because of all the salt that is hiding inside! The egg floats because the salty water is ‘heavier’ and holds the egg up. The egg sinks in normal water because there isn’t all that salt hiding inside and so the water is ‘lighter’ and the egg is heavier than the water and sinks to the bottom.

 

*Disclaimer – it is slightly more complicated than this, but this is simplified for little ones to understand. Please don’t worry if your child seems to not fully understand the concept of density! At this stage it’s more about experimenting and talking about what they can see!

 

Home Learning - Tuesday 28th April

Good morning Reception!

 

Phonics task

See Wednesday 22nd April blog for explanation of the phonics task if this is your first time.

Today’s sound is ‘2 letters 1 sound’ – oo. The children first learn this as an oooh sound, as in poo and zoo. It can also make an ‘uh’ sound as in look and book, which we will learn about tomorrow!

It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15. These lessons will stay up for 24 hours until the next day’s lesson is uploaded.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds oo – poo at the zoo’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling oo – poo at the zoo’ lessons. You will need a pencil and some paper for the spelling lesson! If the video is going too quickly for your child please don’t worry. Just pause it, or teach them how to pause the video, until they have read or written the word!

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

 

Literacy task

 

Today you can listen to the BBC’s Listen and play podcast and go on an adventure to the bottom of the sea. Make sure you’re listening somewhere where you can concentrate and join in with the songs.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/listen-and-play-under-the-sea/zm6xwty.

 

What sorts of things did you find at the bottom of the sea? How were all the noises described?  Were there things at the bottom of the sea which we have on land? What was your favorite creature from the story?

 

Can you draw us a picture of all of the wonderful things you found on your adventure today. Try to label some of the things in your picture so we know all of the things you saw. Make it as colourful as possible.

 

Maths task

Yesterday when we played the island game you might have noticed that each time at the end when it was equal there were 10 pink men on each island!

 

Some numbers add up to make 10. They are friends of 10! Watch the video and see how many friends of 10 you can remember at the end.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS5w8LRnnp0

 

Did you spot that there was a tens frame showing the numbers using counters? Make your own tens frame by drawing ten boxes onto a piece of paper like this. Then add objects of two different colours to show the friends of ten. Remember each box can only hold one thing! Can you make all the different friends of ten?

 

You could also make a ‘friends of ten’ poster to stick in your bedroom or on the fridge to help you remember which numbers add together to make ten!

 

Challenge

 

Today’s challenge is to explore some ‘under the sea’ sensory play!

 

If your house is rocking some lockdown beards (or maybe lockdown legs!) and there is now some shaving foam going spare you could try this activity…

https://www.hellowonderful.co/post/frozen-shaving-cream-ocean-sensory-play/

 

Squirt shaving foam into a tray and swirl in some food colouring if you have some in the cupboard. You could also add some sea toys, pebbles or shells if you have them. Or just add whatever you want! Then pop in the freezer for a couple of hours.

 

While you are playing, think about what it feels like. Does it change as it warms up? See if you can think of some adjectives to describe what you can feel.

 

Best enjoyed outside or in an empty bath for easy clean up!

 

If you don’t have any shaving foam then not to worry! Try out making your own ‘sand’ to bring the beach to you!

 

https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/colored-moon-sand/ 

 

Mix together 2 cups of flour and ¼ cup of cooking oil. (You can also use baby oil or melted coconut oil if you have that instead). Leave white or add a few drops of food colouring to the oil before you mix it in. Then raid your recycling box for tubs or yogurt pots to use as buckets to build sandcastles. Beach time fun without the endless sun cream applications!

 

Alternatively, you may have the ingredients that you need to make a simple batch of playdough at home...

 

Ingredients:

2 cups of flour, ½ cup of salt, 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar (if you don’t have this then don’t worry – it will just make your playdough smoother and less crumbly!), 2 tablespoons of any oil, a few splash of food colouring (don’t worry if you don’t have any, also if you have flavourings such as orange essence/ vanilla or anything similar you could also add a splash of this to make it smell lovely!) and 1 cup of boiling water.

 

Method:

Mix the flour, salt and cream of tartar. Tip in the oil and then add the food colouring or flavourings to the boiling water and mix it all together with the dry ingredients. Stir carefully as it will be very hot! When it has cooled enough to touch, knead it well and make sure that it is well combined. The more you knead it then the better playdough-y texture you will get! If it is too wet or sticky even after a good knead, try adding a little bit of flour at a time. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

 

Home Learning - Monday 27th April

Happy Monday everyone. This week we will be diving to the bottom of the sea!  Before we start can you imagine what it is like at the bottom of the sea? What might it look like? Who might live there? What might you hear?

 

Phonics task

See Wednesday 22nd April blog for explanation of the phonics task if this is your first time.

Today’s sound is ‘2 letters 1 sound’ – ow. The children first learn this as an O sound, as in blow and snow. It can also make an ‘ow’ sound as in cow and brown, but they don’t need to know this just yet, we will find out about that later on!

It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15. These lessons will stay up for 24 hours until the next day’s lesson is uploaded.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds ow’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling ow’ lessons. You will need a pencil and some paper for the spelling lesson! If the video is going too quickly for your child please don’t worry. Just pause it, or teach them how to pause the video, until they have read or written the word!

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

 

Literacy task

 

Today we would like you to listen to Miss Bell’s storytime ‘Tiddler’.

 

Miss Bell’s Storytime

We would like you to discuss the following questions with an adult.

 

Did you like the story? Who did Tiiddler tell all of his stories to?

Can you remember any of the stories Tiddler told his teacher?

At 9 o’clock Tiddler was ‘dawdling’, what does this mean?

There are lots of different fish in the story. Can you remember any? Do you have a favourite? Do you have a least favourite? Why?

Do you know what a Shoal is? It’s a large group of fish travelling together. Can you find some in the story?

 

Here is a video of the largest aquarium in the world. People visit aquariums to see aquatic (water living) plants and animals on display.  Have you been to an aquarium before? You can get an idea of what it is like deep down in the sea by watching the video.

https://youtu.be/hX7eEWFAiFE

 

Maths task

 

In our maths lessons we have been talking about the word ‘equal’. Can you remember what equal means? It’s when there are two groups that have the same amount. Sometimes we say “is equal to” when we are talking about equations, such as 2 + 2 = 4. That is because two plus two more is the same amount as four. Can you show that on your fingers?

 

For today’s job we would like you to log in via myUSO and go to Busy Things. Your job is pinned as Monday 27th Maths task. You need to click on the pink men to move them between islands until there is an equal amount on each island.

 

Count how many pink men are on each island at the start? Remember to touch each one in order when you are counting to make sure that you don’t miss some! Which island has more? Which island has fewer?

Move the pink men one at a time and recount each time to check if the islands have an equal amount now.

How many pink men are on each island when they are equal?

 

Challenge 

 

Make your own aquarium. This can be done with paper or any other objects. Maybe use junk to make some fish or an old shoe box to put your animals and plants inside.

Home learning - Friday 24th April

Good morning Reception!

 

Phonics task

See Wednesday’s blog for explanation of the phonics task.

Today’s sound is ‘3 letters 1 sound’ – igh. It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds igh’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling igh’ lessons. You will need a pencil and some paper for the spelling lesson! If the video is going too quickly for your child please don’t worry. Just pause it, or teach them how to pause the video, until they have written the word!

Have fun and let us know if you have any questions.

 

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

 

Literacy Task

Today we are thinking about questions. A question is to find out about something. When asking someone else a question it means you would expect them to reply to you.  Below are some questions for you. Have a look at each question. You may notice that instead of a full stop at the end of each sentence you have a question mark.

 

Like this one…

 

This shows that it is a question being asked. Try to read the sentences with an adult. Can you answer them? You may need to spot some ‘Special Friends’ whilst reading them.

 

Literacy Challenge

Now it’s your turn to ask some questions. Think about who you want to ask questions to and what you may want to find out. You could ask someone about places they have been or maybe you want to find out more information about a certain animal or topic. If you want you could write your class teacher a question on Tapestry for us to answer.

 

Maths task

 

Look at your survey from yesterday – we are going to make it into a graph! Graphs show us information in a way that makes it easier to see which one has the most or the fewest. This is a graph that I made from my survey. Can you count the dots to see how many people liked red? How many people liked yellow? How many people liked blue? Which colour had the most people that liked it? We could say that this is the most popular.

 

Graphs often have numbers along the left side to see how many there are. This is a quicker way than counting!

 

When you are making your own graph it is important to make your colourful dots the same size otherwise it can get a bit confusing. You could ask your grown up to help you draw some lines on paper to make squares so that you know where each colourful dot needs to go. Your paper might look a bit like this…

Then choose the colours that you need to show the information from your survey and draw the correct number of dots in a tall line. It’s a bit like a tens frame – only one dot can go in each square! Mine looks like this…

 

Then write the numbers along the side so that it is even quicker than counting!

 

Now see if your grown up or brother or sister can understand the information in your graph. Ask them questions about how many people liked each colour? Which colour had the most people like it? Which colour had the fewest people like it?

 

Home learning - Thursday 23rd April

Good morning Reception!

 

Phonics task

See yesterday’s blog for explanation of the phonics task.

Today’s sound is ‘2 letters 1 sound’ – ee. It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds ee’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling ee’ lessons. You will need a pencil and some paper for the spelling lesson! If the video is going too quickly for your child please don’t worry. Just pause it, or teach them how to pause the video, until they have written the word!

Have fun and let us know if you have any questions.

 

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

 

Literacy task

 

Today we would like you to write a list of ‘10 nice things’. You can add anything you like to your list. It could be people you love, things you do, games you play, food you eat, your favourite toys or even things you can see or smell. Once you have completed your list, why don’t you decorate it with lots of colours and share it with your adult or another family member. Then you can ask them what might be on their list of nice things. Are they similar or different to yours? Could you try to incorporate some of your nice things into your day today?

 

Challenge – Rainbow writing

 

Today we would like you to practise writing out some of your Red Words. To make this fun we would like you to do some rainbow writing. Ask your adult to choose some of the Red Words which you may find a little more difficult to remember how to spell. Ask them to put them into a table for you. Your job is to choose some colours  and to write each word out several times. This way you have changed the Red Words to Rainbow Words 🙂 Below is an example of how this could be laid out.

Maths task

 

If you want to find out information about what people think or like you can do a survey. You are going to do a survey about which colour people like the best. When we do a survey we often use lines to show how many people liked each colour. This is called a tally. To make a good survey you don’t want to have too many choices! I chose red, yellow and blue. I asked my family and friends “Which do you like the best: red, yellow or blue?”

You can choose the same colours or choose three colours of your own. Ask everyone in your house which colour they like the best out of your choices. You could even ask your grown up if you could phone your family or your friends and ask them which colour they like the best too! Remember to put a line next to the colour that they chose. The line is pretending to be them! Then when you have finished you will be able to count how many lines (pretending to be people) that you have for each colour.

 

Which colour has the most people who liked it? Which colour has the fewest people that liked it?

 

*Maths super challenge*

 

Can you make up a different survey? What would you like to find out about people? Maybe you want to know what their favourite snack is? Or which animal they like the best? See if you can think of your own idea and make up your own survey. Remember not to give them too many choices and ask them to choose from the ones that you have picked!

 

Challenge

 

There are lots and lots of different colours and not all of them have names!

 

Choose your favourite colour and see how many different things you can find around your house.

I found green things! Are they all exactly the same? Some are lighter or darker shades of green. What do your colourful things look like?

Home learning - Wednesday 22nd April

Good morning Reception!

 

Phonics task

At school we teach phonics using the Read Write Inc. scheme. They are uploading phonics lessons every day on their YouTube channel which we would highly recommend that you use, as they follow the same structure and methods that the children will be used to from school. They are designed to be interactive and the children should be encouraged to say the words and sounds out loud, just like when they are in a real phonics lesson. We are working with Set 2 sounds, but if your child would like to take part in the Set 1 lessons as well that would be great to help them practise the single sounds that they already know. Each lesson is live at a certain time each day, and will stay uploaded on their YouTube channel for 24 hours, until the next lesson replaces it, so it is quite important to do one each day so that your child doesn’t miss any sounds!

Today’s sound is ‘2 letters 1 sound’ – ay. It will be live on YouTube at 10:00, with the spelling lesson following at 10:15.

Please watch both the ‘Set 2 – Speed Sounds ay’ and ‘Set 2 – Spelling ay’ lessons. You will need a pencil and some paper for the spelling lesson! If the video is going too quickly for your child please don’t worry. Just pause it, or teach them how to pause the video, until they have written the word!

Have fun and let us know if you have any questions.

 

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

 

Literacy task

 

Today we are looking at poems.  A poem is a piece of writing which makes your imagination ‘think big’! Here is a poem for your adult to read to you about lots of different colours.

 

Did you like the poem? We bet you could find some other things that belong to each colour. Today we would like you to try and think of your own colour poem. Just think of a colour and try to find something to match it. It shouldn’t be too tricky. If you’re struggling just take a wonder around your home or look out of the window.

 

Once you have found some things to use for your colour poem try to write some sentences down. You can use your ‘special friends’ and your Red Words to help you. It would be great if you could upload these to Tapestry as we would LOVE to see them.

 

Maths task

 

Log in via myUSO and go to Busy Things. Your job is pinned as Wednesday 22nd April Maths task. Start with ‘Name the 2D shapes’. Match the names to the 2D shapes. Remember to count the number of sides and corners to help you know what to call them. How many sides does each shape have? Are the sides straight or curved? How many corners does each shape have? (Look at the bottom of this blog for the answers!)

Then go back into the pin (Wednesday 22nd April Maths task) and explore the other shape tasks. Can you sort out the shapes into the correct groups?

 

*Maths super challenge* 

 

Watch this shape song by The Singing Walrus.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEbRDtCAFdU

 

Look at the shapes and see if you can guess which one I am talking about…

 

Do you know what I am?

Say my name if you can!

I have 4 straight sides and they are all the same.

What am I?

 

Do you know what I am?

Say my name if you can!

I have 2 sides. One is curved and the other is straight.

What am I?

 

Now give some clues to your partner so that they can guess which shape you are!

 

Challenge

 

As everyone has to stay inside at the moment some people might be feeling a little bit sad that they can’t go outside or feeling a bit lonely as they can’t go and see their friends or family. What can you do to cheer yourself up? When I am feeling a bit sad I like to chat with my family and ask them for a hug! Sometimes I like to be quiet and read a favourite book, and other times I like to put my favourite music nice and loud, and have a dance! Have a chat with your grown up about how you are feeling and what you like to do to cheer yourself up.

 

Do you know anyone who might be missing you or feeling a bit lonely? Maybe you could draw them a nice picture to cheer them up, or make them a rainbow to put up in their window too! You could write them a letter and tell them some fun things that you have been up to. Then you could ask your grown up to help you put it in the post to send to them so that they will have a nice surprise from the postman!

 

Shape answers:

Home learning - Tuesday 21st April

Good morning Reception!

 

Literacy task

 

Today we will be thinking about rainbows. Have you seen any recently?  You may have even made your own at home. Did you know that lots of people have been making their own homemade rainbows and putting them on display in their windows. This is because lots of people want to show how thankful they are to the people who work really hard for the NHS during this time when lots of people are getting sick. The NHS stands for National Health Service – The people who work for the NHS work in hospitals, GP surgeries and care facilities around the country.

 

Have a watch of this song. What colours can you see? What colours are in the song? Can you sing and sign along with Mr Tumble?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLpEGM34Fic

 

Today we would like you to make your very own rainbow.  You can use anything you want. Maybe you could colour one in? Maybe you could make one out of lego? You could even use lots of different coloured socks if you have them….we don’t mind!  Once you have made your rainbow we would like you to label each of the colours. Remember to use your ‘special friends’ to help you with your writing. You can always ask your adult which of the special friends it is once you’ve had a go at sounding out each word.

 

Remember our top tips to writing out words

  • Say the word at least 4 times out LOUD!! (Red, Red, Red). You may need to chop some words into parts e.g. Yellow as Yell and ow. The more fun you can make this the better.
  • Stretch the word (or part of the word), making sure you exaggerate the sounds. (Re…………………………………………d)
  • Use your fred talk to chop up the word. (/r/,/e/,/d/)
  • Pinch the sounds onto your fingers. (/r/,/e/,/d/)
  • Count the sounds on your fingers (/r/ 1,/e/ 2,/d/ 3). Oh..it has 3 sounds!
  • Write it down (remember the children should be using the vowel sounds on the sheets at the moment, so blue may end up as boo or bloo.)

 

Maths task

 

Log in via myUSO and go to Busy Things. Your job is pinned as Tuesday 21st April Maths task. Count the pink men as they go into the treehouse. Try to use your fingers to help you count by putting up one finger for each new pink man that you see. Sometimes it gets trickier and some pink men jump back out of the treehouse! When a pink man jumps out take one of your fingers away to show that he has gone. Then click on the number to see if you had it right!

*Maths super challenge*

 

Find a metal tin or saucepan and some coins. (Or anything else that will make a good noise when you drop each object in!) This is a counting game where you have to listen carefully! Take it in turns with your partner. Hide the tin behind something so that they can’t see and slowly drop some of your coins or marbles into the tin. Ask your partner to keep count on their fingers. When they tell you the answer double check that they are correct by tipping out the coins and placing them onto a tens frame. Remember that on a tens frame you can only have one object in each square! Did they get it right? If they did then swap over and have another go. You can try to make it tricker by dropping some coins quickly and some more slowly. But you are only allowed to drop one at a time!

 

Challenge

We see rainbows when sunlight shines through raindrops and is bent. When light is bent you can see all the colours that it is made of. Have a look at this video which shows you how it works:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q73VNpFA-0Q

 

You can try and make your own tiny rainbow at home! Ask your grown up to help you shine a torch through a glass of water near to a wall or onto a piece of paper. I used the torch on my phone and held it close to the glass of water, moving it around until I could see a tiny rainbow on the wall. This happens because the water in the glass bends the light into all the different colours.

 

(It’s quite hard to show the tiny rainbow in the photo but it is there I promise – on the right-hand side!)

 

Can you draw a picture of what you saw? Which colours did you see? Isn’t it amazing that light is made up of so many colours!

 

There are other ways of making rainbows at home too. Have a look at this website for some ideas. http://onetimethrough.com/how-to-make-rainbows-at-home/

 

If you have a water spray bottle (or a hose with a fine spray setting) and some outside space you could try making your own ‘rain’ to see if it makes a rainbow when the light shines through it.

 

Home learning - Monday 20th April

Welcome back after the Easter ‘holidays’! We hope you are all ok and have had a nice time at home. Thank you to everyone who has emailed us to check in and let us know that you are ok. Don’t forget to keep posting photos of your work, and anything else that you have been up to, on Tapestry so that we can see your lovely faces!

 

Apologies as we have had a few technical difficulties with the website this morning due to high traffic. If this happens again then please keep an eye on ParentMail as we may send out blogs via email instead. Thank you for bearing with us!

 

Phonics

 

We think after having a bit of a break we should just start off with a little revision of some of our sounds in Phonics.

 

To complete this task you will need to use the sounds printed for you in the packs which were sent home on the last few days of school. It’s not a problem if you do not have your pack. Just pop Miss Billington or Mrs Francis an email and we’ll email you one right away. 

 

First off, can you remember all of the single sounds below?  Try telling these to your adult or maybe even to your brother or sister. Remember some are bouncy sounds, such as ‘a’ and some are stretchy sounds, such as ‘m’. Also, we try not to say ‘uh’ after each sound. If you or your grown up are not sure how to say these sounds then have a look at this video to make sure that you are saying them correctly. But remember that we haven’t learnt all of the sounds in the video yet!

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/find-a-book/read-write-inc-phonics–1/phonics-pure-sounds-video

 

Also, do you remember being introduced to those ‘special friends’? Do you remember what they are? They are two letters who are ‘special friends’, which together make a new sound. You can find some of them in your pack (email us if you do not have a pack). These may be particularly tricky to remember. Have a go at reading them to your adult. It’s ok if you are unsure; your adult can read them to you. Try to discuss each rhyme with your adult and think about why it matches the two special friends used. The more you practise reading these the easier you will find them. We’d love to see a video of you on Tapestry trying to identify some of these sounds. Which one is the easiest to remember?

 

This week we will be asking you to try to write some words using some of these ‘special friends’. Try not to be concerned if you do not know which one to use. Your adult can help you to point out the correct sound once you have sounded out a word. For example, if you want to write ‘green’ you might hear the ‘ee’ sound. If you don’t know which one that is your adult can help you find it. 

 

If you are unsure of the sounds Ruth Miskin has a YouTube channel which has lots of videos to help you and your child work through each of the sounds at a slower pace. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ

 

Have a go at reading these words. Do they have any special friends?

Can you spot any special friends in these words? Write out the words and draw a line underneath the special friends to show that they are ‘2 letters, 1 sound’!

Now try these ones! Don’t worry if you find it tricky to remember them all, that’s why we are practising! Maybe you could make your own sound flashcards like the teachers have to help you practise them.

*Phonics super challenge*

 

Once you have gone through the sounds in your pack then have a try seeing which sounds the monster on Busythings is trying to say. You can find this pinned under ‘April 20th – Phonics’. You might also see some sounds that we haven’t learnt yet.. Don’t worry about these as we will learn them later on!

 

Maths task

 

Log in via myUSO and go to Busy Things. Your job is pinned as Monday 20th April Maths task. Count the monsters on each side of the scales. Which side is heavier? Which side is lighter? Which side has more monsters? Which side has fewer monsters?

Say or write the star sentence “… is more than … and … is fewer than …”

E.g. “5 is more than 2 and 2 is fewer than 5.”

Then click on the monsters that are hanging from the tree to balance the scales. To balance the scales there will need to be the same number of monsters on each side. How many more will you need to add to make the numbers the same? When numbers are the same we say that they are ‘equal’.

 

Say or write the star sentence “… is equal to ….”

E.g. “5 is equal to 5”

 

If you have too many monsters on the scales you can click on one to make him jump off!

 

*Maths super challenge*

Watch this episode of Numberblocks about crossing a balancing bridge.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0005y9r/numberblocks-series-4-4-balancing-bridge

In the episode the Numberblocks had to balance each part of the bridge by making sure that there was the same number on each side.

10 plus 5 is equal to 15. That means that together 10 and 5 are the same as 15.

 

Using your coat hanger scales from the other week can you explore which other numbers will balance? You will need to find things to count which are all the same so that it is fair. I used tins of food that weigh the same amount.

 

Can you investigate these equations and see if I got them right? Do the scales balance to show that the numbers are equal? If I got it wrong then how many more do you need to add to make it balanced?

 

2 + 1 = 4

1 + 1 = 2

3 + 1 = 2

2 + 2 = 5

 

Challenge

We see rainbows when it is sunny and rainy at the same time. The raindrops in the sky bend the light shining through them so that you can see all those lovely colours!

 

Have a look at these videos from the Met Office. The Met Office is where scientists study the weather and make a sensible guess (a prediction) about what the weather will be like in the future.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqbgJ3c3yhc

 

https://youtu.be/eEl3G3Ky9Gs

 

What is the weather like today? Have a look at the weather forecast for this week. Do the weather scientists think that it will be sunny this week? I hope so!

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2643743

 

You could make your own weather diary and draw pictures each day to show what the weather is like.

Here are some words that might help you:

Remember that a y at the end of a word usually makes an ‘ee’ sound!

 

Have you seen these types of weather before?

Happy Easter! Some ideas and resources for keeping little ones entertained...

Dear Parents and Carers,

School has been closed for two weeks now and although we are missing you all so much, we could not be more impressed with how well all the children (and grown ups!) are getting on with their learning and activities at home. We have absolutely loved seeing all your pictures and videos on Tapestry, so please do keep them coming! Now that home school is breaking up for the Easter ‘holidays’ we thought we would give you a list of resources and activity ideas that may help to keep the children occupied while we are all still inside. These activities and links to resources are all optional. But if you or your children would like to post anything to Tapestry to show us what you’ve been up to we would be delighted to see it! We hope that you all have a lovely Easter and enjoy spending time together and, of course, eating some chocolate!

 

Love Mrs Francis x

 

General resources and games

Busy Things Top 40 – https://www.busythings.co.uk/play/#

Educational Games – https://www.education.com/games/

Twinkl – Parent Resource pack – https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/eyfs-school-closure-home-learning-resource-pack-t-tp-2549362

National Geographic Kids – https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/category/discover/

Mental Health Matters – https://www.ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk/mental-health-support-for-children-and-adults-during-school-closure/

Mr Perry’s Easter message – https://www.ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk/celebrating-re-at-home/

 

Literacy

Teach your monster to read – https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/

Oxford Owl – general resources – https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/welcome-back/for-home

Oxford Owl – eBook Library – https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=Age+4-5&level=&level_select=&book_type=&series=#

Read Write Inc Phonics guidance for parents – https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/reading-schemes-oxford-levels/read-write-inc-phonics-guide/

Read Write Inc Phonics books – https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/home/reading-site/find-a-book/library-page?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=&level=&level_select=&book_type=&series=Read+Write+Inc.#

Red Words – Red words 13 March.

Cbeebies – https://www.bbc.co.uk

/cbeebies/watch/playlist-storytime-app-stories

BBC School Radio – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5RMpbn1X8tMkMQgw0GRhz8L/early-years-foundation-stage-eyfs

 

Maths

Primary Games – https://www.primarygames.com/math.php

NRich – Maths – https://nrich.maths.org/13371

Numberblocks – https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks

 

PE

Cosmic Yoga – https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

PE with Joe – https://www.youtube.com/thebodycoachtv

Andy’s Wild workouts – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06tmmvz

 

Art

Art Adventure with Pablo – https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/live-lessons/cbeebies-pablo-live-lesson/zn7ty9q

 

Miss Quartermaine’s Easter Family Lockdown Challenge

Home learning - Friday 3rd April

Good morning Reception!

 

Here are today’s jobs:

 

Literacy task

Today we would like you to draw the wolf’s house. Think about how it might look first before you start drawing. Does it have lots of colours? What materials might it be made from?  Try to make his house as fun and as interesting as possible. Maybe his house is made from egg boxes and marshmallows or lego and PVA glue! Once you have finished, write a simple sentence describing the wolf’s house.

 

*Literacy super challenge* Can you write some sentences about the wolf’s favourite things? I wonder if he has a secret teddy bear he loves to cuddle or a pet snail?

Remember when writing sentences to look at your sounds and your Red Words to help you.

  • Think of your idea
  • Make sure it isn’t too long! Your grown up can help you make it a bit shorter.
  • Say it and clap it a few times to help you remember what your idea is! One clap for each word.
  • What is your first word? Write it down. If it is a Red Word look on your Red Word mat. If it isn’t then just have a go at sounding it out, it doesn’t matter if you can’t hear all the sounds. Remember that your first word will need a capital letter at the start, as it is the start of a new idea!
  • Each time you write a word go back and read what you have written, and then see which word comes next. Remember to leave a gap (an invisible o/ a secret circle!) between each word so that they don’t bump together!
  • When you have finished writing down all your words do a little dot for a full stop to show that your idea is finished.

 

Maths task

We can compare how heavy or light something is by weighing it. Ask your grown-up to help you make some scales (using a coat hanger and some plastic bags) and hang it on a door handle like in my picture. It works best if you use the same type of plastic bag on each side to make it balanced. 

Find some different things around your house to compare. If it goes down then it is heavier than the object on the other side. If it goes up then it is lighter than the object on the other side. Say the star sentences each time you compare objects: “The … is heavier than the …” and “The … is lighter than the…”

E.g. “The ketchup is heavier than the pepper. The pepper is lighter than the ketchup.”

 

*Maths super challenge*

Draw some pictures to show what happened to your scales when you tried comparing different objects. Which was the heaviest object? Which was the lightest? Remember to compare them all, one by one, to find out!

 

Challenge

You can make your own ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?’ board game! Draw a grid track on to a piece of paper like this. Start with around 20 to 30 spaces.

Use two small objects as counters and place them at the each end of the track. One counter is the wolf and one is the little pig. Decide who is going to be which one first (you can swap over later!)

 

Take it in turns to roll the dice.

 

The little pig says “What’s the time Mr Wolf?”. Then roll the dice to see what time it is and then move forward that number of spaces.

 

When the wolf rolls the dice he does not move, unless he gets a 6! When he rolls a 6 it is dinner time. If the little pig is close enough to him (within 6 spaces), then the wolf will eat them! Then the wolf wins the game.

 

If the little pig manages to sneak all the way up to the wolf without the wolf eating them then the little pig wins!

 

You could experiment with making your grid track longer or shorter, or colouring in a ‘danger zone’ where the little pig can get eaten! Can you make up any new rules to make the game more fun?

Home learning - Thursday 2nd April

Good morning Reception!

 

Here are today’s jobs:

 

Literacy task

Today we are thinking about ‘lists’. When might you need to write a list? Check out the lists below. What do you think the below lists are used for?

 

Today we would like you to write a shopping list for one of the little pigs.  What sort of food would they need in their new house? Try to make the shopping list as healthy as possible. You could include a treat as well. Try to remember that writing a list is different to writing a sentence. Each item on the lists is usually below one another. Remember a list has to be very neat so it can be read by yourself and by others.

*Literacy challenge*  The little pigs want to make a sandwich. Can you help write down some instructions as to how to make a sandwich. What would you do first.Then what would you do next? You can either discuss this or write this down.

 

Maths task

In the podcast story the little pigs paid Miss Rabbit for the things to build their houses. We pay for things with money. Sometimes grown-ups pay on their bank card, by tapping it on the machine or pressing in their secret number password! When they do this the bank will give the shop the money later. Sometimes we pay for things with coins or banknotes. Ask your grown-up if they have any coins that you can look at together. Or maybe you might have some in your piggy bank! 

 

Coins look different because they are worth different amounts. Just like the number shapes we use for adding, there are different number coins. But there aren’t all the numbers, some are missing. See if you can find any of these coins and sort them into groups of ones that look the same.

 

*Maths super challenge*

Just look at the silver and bronze coins (not the £1 or £2 coins). Is there a 3p coin? Can you find any other numbers which are missing? Use your number cards to label the coins that you have found, e.g. 2 next to 2p, 10 next to 10p. What other number cards do you need? Can you make your own number cards to go next to the other coins?

Challenge

The huff and puff game!

 

You will need: A table, a small piece of paper scrunched up into a ball (or a ping pong ball if you have one!) Two toilet roll tubes, or kitchen roll tubes (or two straws), a piece of string or tape to make a line across the table.

 

How to play:

  1. Make a line across the middle of your table with the string or the tape, or you can just imagine it (do not draw on your mummy or daddy’s table!)
  2. Put your scrunched up ball of paper in the middle.
  3. Ready, set, go! See who can huff and puff through their tube or straw to get the ball to blow off of the end of the table! If you win you get a ‘goal’!
  4. Record your goals by drawing a ‘tally’ line to show who has got the most points.
  5. Stop when a 5 minute timer (or longer!) finishes then count all your lines to see who has the most points. Remember to be a good winner (or a good loser) so that your partner will want to play with you again!

Home learning - Wednesday 1st April

Good morning Reception!

 

Here are today’s jobs:

 

Literacy task

Can you draw 3 of the characters from ‘The Three Little Pigs’. Try to think about what each character might look like and what they might be wearing. Add a speech bubble to each character and write something they may say within the story.

Remember when writing sentences to look at your sounds and your Red Words to help you.

  • Think of your idea
  • Make sure it isn’t too long! Your grown up can help you make it a bit shorter.
  • Say it and clap it a few times to help you remember what your idea is! One clap for each word.
  • What is your first word? Write it down. If it is a Red Word look on your Red Word mat. If it isn’t then just have a go at sounding it out, it doesn’t matter if you can’t hear all the sounds. Remember that your first word will need a capital letter at the start, as it is the start of a new idea!
  • Each time you write a word go back and read what you have written, and then see which word comes next. Remember to leave a gap (an invisible o/ a secret circle!) between each word so that they don’t bump together!
  • When you have finished writing down all your words do a little dot for a full stop to show that your idea is finished.

 

*Literacy Challenge* -You could make a character and some speech for each of the characters. Can you cut them out and add them to your maps from yesterday’s task. Have a go retelling the story with your characters.

 

Maths task

Listen to this song about a daily routine.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnpAmWrhT6o

 

Can you draw some pictures to show your new daily routine. You could talk to your grown-up about how it is different now that we are not at school and doing our learning at home instead. Or maybe lots of things are still the same?!

 

When do you: wake up; have breakfast; do your learning; get to play; have lunch; have dinner; have a bath; have a story; go to bed etc? Ask your grown-up to help you draw some clocks next to each one to show what the time is when you do that activity.

 

[Grown-ups – telling the time is one of the harder things to teach to children! For now focus on the “o’clocks” e.g. 7 o’clock, 8 o’clock etc. Tell your child that when the big hand is pointing straight up to the top at the 12, it is an “o’clock”, and the little hand will tell you what the hour is, so the ‘number of the o’clock’. If they find this very difficult don’t worry! It is all experience and we don’t expect children to be able to tell the time using analogue clocks until they are a bit older.]

 

*Maths super challenge*

Do you have any clocks in your house? Are there other places where you can see what time it is? Some clocks are analogue and have a face and hands, and others are digital and show you numbers. Can you take some photos or draw a picture of all the things that tell you the time in your house?

Home learning - Tuesday 31st March

Good morning Reception!

 

Here are today’s jobs:

 

Literacy task

Today we would like you to make your own ‘Three Little Pigs’ map. This can be made up any way you choose. You can draw a map, make a 3D map, make a digital map or paint a map.  Please try to keep your map set up for Wednesday’s activity.

 

You will need to think about 

 

-Who are the characters in the story and where do they all live.

– How many houses will you need to make? 

– Do they live along a road, on a hill or in a circle?  

– Do all the houses look the same or different? 

– Will you use different colours or can you use different material. 

 

Below are some examples of other 3D map maps. 

*Literacy Super Challenge* – Can you label your 3D map  e.g ‘wood house’, ‘Mum’s house’ etc.

 

Maths task

Log in via myUSO and go to Busy Things. Your jobs are pinned as Tuesday Maths task. Listen to the instructions and count out the correct number of things for Brown Monkey. See if you can count each thing again as he eats them! 

*Maths super challenge*

What are you eating for your lunch? Can you count how many of each thing you have and draw a picture? Write the numbers on next to each thing. Don’t forget to use your number formation mat to help you write them correctly!

 

Challenge

Listen to this podcast version of the story. 

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio/the-three-little-pigs 

 

Is it the same or different to the version of the story that you watched Cat and Dog act out yesterday? 

Home learning - Monday 30th March

Happy Monday everyone!

We hope everyone is well and has had a nice weekend. This week we will be thinking about the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’ for Literacy and will be also be looking at ‘time’ and ‘money’ in Maths. We have also posted some links below for some other activities you may want to try this week.

 

Well done everyone. Keep up the good work! Please don’t forget to post all of your hard work to Tapestry! 

 

Mindfulness

https://www.youtube.com/results?sp=mAEB&search_query=cosmic+yoga

Physical Activity

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/featured

Story Time

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories?page=2

10 minute Crafts

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/makes/lets-go-club-ten-minute-crafts?collection=the-lets-go-club-craft-activities

 

Please note that when filming videos for Tapestry it is best to go into the app and film via the ‘record video’ button. This allows the video to go directly into an observation and also stops any ‘maximum file size’ issues.

Literacy

Watch ‘Cat and Dog’ retell the story of the ‘The Three Little Pigs’ on BusyThings.

https://www.busythings.co.uk/lgfl-login/

With your grown up or your brother or sister discuss the story and then answer the following things.

Who are the characters Cat and Dog are playing in the story?

What happens at the beginning of the story?

What’s the main ‘problem’ in the story?

How is the  ‘problem’ resolved?

Can you name the materials the 3 little pigs used?  Where might you see and use each of these materials?

Why do you think it was easy to blow down the straw and wooden houses but not the brick one?

 

What would the little pig’s mummy feel about the wolf trying to blow the pig’s houses down?

 

* Literacy Super challenge* Can you retell the story? Pretend that you have an audience. Can you sound like the characters when they are speaking? What might each character sound like? Are they happy, mean, kind or cross?  What expressions might their face be pulling? Make a little film of yourself retelling the story and put it on to tapestry.

Maths task

Log in via myUSO and go to Busy Things. Your jobs are pinned as Monday Maths task 1 and 2. First put the number cards in the correct order. Then play again and this time put them in the correct place, but without starting with the number 1 card. Work your way across the line, for example in my game the order is 7, 8, 9, 5, 1 etc,  so starting with 7, then 8, then, 9 and so on! Which spot will each number need to go in?

Now do your other Maths task. Can you count the number of food items in each picture and place them in the correct order? To make it trickier you could try again, without starting from 1! You grown-up, or your brother or sister, could choose which food to do first! E.g. “Start with the grapes.” Which spot will each food need to go in?

*Maths super challenge*

Can you make your own number line out of toys, objects or other things that you have in your house? Can you put them in a line from the smallest amount, to the largest amount? Can you put your number cards next to each group to show how many there are?

 

Challenge

Do you know how to play ‘What’s the time, Mr Wolf?’. If not your grown-up can look here https://www.wikihow.com/Play-What%27s-the-Time-Mr-Wolf for the instructions! Remember to be careful if you are moving around inside, and make sure there is nothing you can break in the way. We don’t want anyone to get hurt! If you are playing inside you might need to take tiny steps, by placing your feet heel to toe as you step, so that you don’t run out of space. And, Mr Wolf, don’t forget that you’re not allowed to peek!

Love Mrs Francis x

Home learning - Friday 27th March

Good morning Reception!

 

Here are today’s jobs:

 

Literacy task

Log in via myUSO and go to Busy Things. Your job is pinned as Friday Literacy task. Sound out and blend each word to read the caption. Then put the correct object in the right place. Can you spot any special friends or Red Words?

 

E.g.

 

*Literacy super challenge* – Get your sound charts and Red Word mats out from your homework pack. Each time you spot one put a coin, or a counter (or any small object!) on top of it. How many did you find?! Did you find any special friends that aren’t on your sound chart?

Maths task

Log in via myUSO and go to Busy Things. Your job is pinned as Friday Maths task. Some numbers are missing. Can you click on the numbers in the right order? Which number is the smallest and comes first? What is one more than that number?

 

*Maths super challenge* – Get your number cards out from your homework pack and cut them up if you haven’t done so already. Mix them up and take out 5 from the pack. Even though some numbers will be missing can you put them in the right order? Take a picture to show us on Tapestry!

 

Challenge!

See what pens, pencils, or paints you might have in your house. Can you draw or paint a picture of a really scary troll? I am looking forward to seeing them all!

 

Story time

 

[Grown ups – If you would rather read the story to your child yourself just mute the video and pause as necessary!]

 

Have a lovely weekend Reception,

Love Mrs Francis x

Home learning - Thursday 26th March

Good morning Reception!

 

Here are today’s jobs:

 

Literacy task

Log in via myUSO and go to Busy Things. Your job is pinned as Thursday Literacy task. Watch Cat and Dog acting out the story and then put the pictures in the right order.

 

*Literacy super challenge* – Can you draw pictures to show what happened at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of The Three Billy Goats Gruff? Maybe you could even have a go at writing some words or a short idea to go with your pictures to explain what is happening! Send us a picture on Tapestry. Remember the steps for writing a sentence…

 

 

  1. Think of your idea
  2. Make sure it isn’t too long! Your grown up can help you make it a bit shorter.
  3. Say it and clap it a few times to help you remember what your idea is! One clap for each word.
  4. What is your first word? Write it down. If it is a Red Word look on your Red Word mat. If it isn’t then just have a go at sounding it out, it doesn’t matter if you can’t hear all the sounds. Remember that your first word will need a capital letter at the start, as it is the start of a new idea!
  5. Each time you write a word go back and read what you have written, and then see which word comes next. Remember to leave a gap (an invisible o/ a secret circle!) between each word so that they don’t bump together!
  6. When you have finished writing down all your words do a little dot for a full stop to show that your idea is finished.

 

Maths task

Log in via myUSO and go to Busy Things. Your job is pinned as Thursday Maths task. Can you carry on the pattern by painting the monster and making him the right size. Remember to look and see which part of the pattern is repeating, to help you find out what might come next. How many monsters are in the part that repeats? Say or ‘read’ the pattern to yourself to help you think about what might come next.

 

E.g. 3 men in the repeating part. “Little red, little red, big yellow… Little red, little red, big yellow… Little red, little red, big yellow… Little red…”

*Maths super challenge* – Can you draw a picture of one of the patterns you completed? Send us a picture on Tapestry.

 

Challenge!

In the story there is a little goat. A baby goat is called a kid. What other baby animal names do you know? Do you know what these baby animals are called? Ask grown up to help you look online if you are not sure.

What is your favourite animal? Find out what its babies are called and then draw a picture and write an idea or a label to show what the adult and baby animals are called! Send us a picture on Tapestry.

 

Love Mrs Francis x

Home learning - Wednesday 25th March

Good Morning Reception!

 

Here are today’s jobs:

 

Literacy task

Watch the video of The Three Billy Goats Gruff again.

 

Can you write an idea about what one of the characters says? Use your Red Word mat from your homework pack to help you write Red Word ‘said’.

Do all of these steps to write your idea successfully!

 

  1. Think of your idea – e.g. The little billy goat gruff said “You don’t want to eat me!”
  2. Make sure it isn’t too long! Your grown up can help you make it a bit shorter – e.g. The goat said “Don’t eat me!”
  3. Say it and clap it a few times to help you remember what your idea is! Once for each word – e.g. The goat said don’t eat me = 6 claps.
  4. What is your first word? Write it down. If it is a Red Word look on your Red Word mat. If it isn’t then just have a go at sounding it out, it doesn’t matter if you can’t hear all the sounds. Remember that your first word will need a capital letter at the start, as it is the start of a new idea!
  5. Each time you write a word go back and read what you have written, and then see which word comes next. Remember to leave a gap (an invisible o/ a secret circle!) between each word so that they don’t bump together!
  6. When you have finished writing down all your words do a little dot for a full stop to show that your idea is finished.
  7. Then take a picture and send it to us on Tapestry!

 

[Grown ups]

At this point we are not worried at all about spelling (except for the Red Words from the Red Word mat) or punctuation. It is all about building confidence in writing and having a go! Please just support your child in  sounding out the words as best they can. Not all children will have learnt all the sounds and so they may need some help to identify them on the sound mats. (The sound mats, and Red Word mats are in the pack for children that we gave you in case of a school closure. If you do not have this please email us and we will forward it on as a pdf.)

Also lots of children find it hard to distinguish between the sounds t and r at the beginning of the word troll and the sound ch. If they write chrol or even chol that is an excellent attempt at a difficult word!

Their sentence may look a little like this…

or like this…

Some children may be finding it hard to chop words into sounds or to write an idea down, take the lead from your child and see how they get on. If you have any concerns or would like to know what we would usually expect from them please email us.

 

Maths task

In the story there is a small goat, a medium-sized goat and a large goat. Can you find anything in your house which is small, medium and large? How about socks, teddies, books or spoons? Can you put the right label next to each one?

Challenge!

Listen to this Listen and Play episode about The Three Billy Goats Gruff  https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/eyfs-listen-and-play-billy-goats-gruff/zr3yt39 Is it different to the story that we watched? How is it the same? How is it a little bit different?

 

Love Mrs Francis x

Home learning - Tuesday 24th March

Good morning Reception!

 

How did you get on with your jobs yesterday? I loved looking at some of your pictures and videos on Tapestry yesterday!

 

Here are today’s jobs:

 

Literacy task

Log in via myUSO and go to Busy Things. Your job is pinned as Tuesday Literacy task. Watch the story of Cat and Dog acting out the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Their story is a little bit different, can you spot anything that is different to the story we watched yesterday?

 

Now, can you have a go at acting out the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff? You could find something to wear in your house to pretend to be each character, and maybe even ask your brother, sister or grown up to be one of the characters! What does each character say? Or you could find toys in your house to pretend to be the different characters. You could even pretend your teddies are the goats or a spoon is the troll – use your imagination! Maybe you could even use the bridge that you made yesterday.

 

If your grown up has time they could put a video of you acting out the story on Tapestry.

 

*Literacy super challenge* – Can you design a costume that you could wear to act out The Three Billy Goats Gruff? Which character would you be? What would that character need to wear? Can you label the different parts of your costume?

 

Maths task

In class we have been learning about how numbers can have other, smaller numbers inside them. How many green counters are there altogether? Can you see any other smaller numbers inside? I can see a 5! How many different other numbers can  you spot?

 

Today we would like you to look in your bedroom or ask your grown up to help you find 15 small things. They could be small toys, pebbles, buttons, coins, or anything that is small and you can count! Then spread them out in a pile on the floor or on a table. Can you count them all? Can you see any smaller numbers inside your pile?

 

*Maths super challenge* – Go to Busy Things and play the pink men game again from yesterday. Each time the pink men drop onto the islands can you spot any smaller numbers hiding inside the group? Can you draw a picture and draw circles around the numbers that you found. How many pink men do you have altogether in your picture?

 

E.g.

 

Challenge!

 

Can you draw and cut out some puppets to act out the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff? You could stick them onto sticks, or maybe Blu tack them onto spoons. Can you draw a background for your puppets to act in front of? What is the setting of The Three Billy Goats Gruff? [Remember the setting is the place that the story is – is it at the beach? Or in space?]

 

Send us a picture of your puppets and your background on Tapestry!

 

Love Mrs Francis x

Home learning - Monday 23rd March

Dear parents and carers,

 

You will need to log in via myUSO https://my.uso.im/  (the red ‘USO log in’ button) with your child’s myUSO log in details. Then go to Busy Things.  If you are having any problems logging in, or have any questions about the learning tasks then please email (please cc us both in r.francis@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk and t.billington@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk) and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Your child does not need to do all the tasks at once! They are labelled by day and subject. Please keep an eye on the blog as we will be posting all communication here, including some tips and advice for learning from home and how to support your child in the highly unusual situation we all find ourselves in.

Take care, Mrs Francis x

Good morning Reception!

 

This week we will be basing our learning on The Three Billy Goats Gruff. This is an old story that your mummy or daddy might know already. Did they read it when they were little or is it new for both of you?

 

Each day we will give you some jobs to do: a Literacy task (about stories, reading or writing), a Maths task (about counting, numbers, shapes or patterns) and a Challenge!

 

Here are today’s jobs:

 

Literacy task

Watch this video of the story ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. Then ask your grown up, or big brother or sister, to read you the questions and see if you can answer them. Have a think about how you know the answer. Is it something the characters said? Is it something you can see in the video? Some questions are about what you think and there isn’t a right or wrong answer! Why do you think that?

Who are the characters in the story?

 

How do you think Little Billy Goat Gruff felt when they realised that they had eaten all the grass on their side of the river?

 

What is a meadow? What does vile mean? How could you find out what new words mean if you don’t know?

[ask an adult, look in a dictionary, ask an adult to help you look online in a safe place]

 

Why didn’t the troll want to let the Little Billy Goat Gruff cross the bridge?

 

Do you think Middle Billy Goat Gruff really wanted the troll to eat Big Billy Goat Gruff because he would make the best meal?

[I think that the Little Billy Goat Gruff and the Middle Billy Goat Gruff knew that the Big Billy Goat Gruff would be able to knock the troll off of the bridge because he has the biggest horns!]

 

Do you think the troll was greedy? Why?

 

*Literacy super challenge* – You could have a go at writing down what you think about the story or your favourite part. Remember to clap each word in your idea and then sound them out. Use your phonics sound mats to help you find the sounds you need and don’t worry if you’re not sure… Just have a listen and write down what you can hear! Send us a picture of your writing on Tapestry.

 

If your grown up has time they could post your answers to some of the questions as an observation on Tapestry.

 

Maths task

Your Maths job for today is on Busy Things, pinned as Monday Maths task. You will need to listen to the question, sometimes it will ask you how many pink men are on the yellow island, sometimes it will ask you how many are on the green island and sometimes it will ask you how many there are altogether! Count them carefully, touching one at a time and saying each number slowly in order. Then click on the right number!

 

*Maths super challenge* – Can you write an equation to show how many there are on each island and how many there are together? First practice saying it and then write it down using numbers and symbols.

 

e.g. “3 plus 1 is equal to 4”       e.g. 3 + 1 = 4

Challenge!

In the story the troll lived under a bridge. We learnt about building bridges during DT day recently. Do you have anything in your house that you could use to build a bridge? Maybe you have Lego or blocks, or you could ask your grown up if you can use some of the boxes or bottles from your recycling box? Can you make a pretend ‘river’? What could you use? I used a stinky old sock for the river and my teddy as the troll!

 

Send us a picture of your bridge on Tapestry! What did you use? Can you draw a plan of it and label the different things that you used?

 

Looking forward to seeing your pictures Reception!

 

Love Mrs Francis x

Video message - Friday 20th March

Hello!

Jelly bean game

Runner beans – run on the spot

Jumping beans – jump on the spot

String beans – reach up and make yourself as tall as skinny as you can

Broad beans – make yourself as wide as you can in a star shape

Jelly beans – wobbly like a jelly

Baked beans – curl up in a ball on the floor

French beans – say ‘oh la la!’

Frozen beans – freeze on the spot

 

Here is a video from Cosmic Yoga. I hope you have fun relaxing, stretching your body and doing the ‘foot phone’!

Much love,

Mrs Francis x

PS Yesterday I forgot to say that plants also need carbon dioxide to grow, as well as sunshine, soil and water. Carbon dioxide is a gas that you can’t see in the air, like oxygen. Humans breathe in oxygen, which goes through your lungs and into your blood. Plants don’t really ‘breathe’ as they don’t have lungs, but the carbon dioxide goes into their leaves through tiny holes!

Video message - Thursday 19th March

Hello!

In this video I asked you what plants need to grow. There was one more thing that I forgot to mention… Can you figure out what it might be? I’ll tell you tomorrow!

Also here is a video of someone else’s prayer plant. They have a special camera which takes a video and makes it much faster so you can see how the plant is moving, even thought it happens very slowly. You can see outside the window when it is day or night!

Much love,

Mrs Francis x

 

Video message from Mrs Francis!

Please follow the link to my video message on YouTube!

I hope you are all well,

Much love, Mrs Francis

 

Useful links for families who are self-isolating

We understand that some families are needing to self-isolate at this time. Below are some links which may be useful for your children to access whilst at home. We also suggest that if your child is well, they should continue to practise their Red Words, letter formation and counting and should play some simple mathematically based board games and read stories regularly if possible.

Red Words

Red words 13 March.

Primary Games

Oxford Owl
Educational Games
Cbeebies

NRich – Maths

https://nrich.maths.org/13371

Numberblocks

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks

Twinkl – Parent Resource pack

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/eyfs-school-closure-home-learning-resource-pack-t-tp-2549362

BBC School Radio

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5RMpbn1X8tMkMQgw0GRhz8L/early-years-foundation-stage-eyfs

Cosmic Yoga

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

National Geographic Kids

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/category/discover/

We understand that some families are needing to self-isolate at this time. Below are some links which may be useful for your children to access whilst at home. We also suggest that if your child is well, they should continue to practise their Red Words, letter formation and counting and should play some simple mathematically based board games and read stories regularly if possible.

Red Words

Red words 13 March.

Primary Games

Oxford Owl
Educational Games

NRich – Maths

https://nrich.maths.org/13371

Numberblocks

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks

Twinkl – Parent Resource pack

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/eyfs-school-closure-home-learning-resource-pack-t-tp-2549362

BBC School Radio

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5RMpbn1X8tMkMQgw0GRhz8L/early-years-foundation-stage-eyfs

Cosmic Yoga

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

National Geographic Kids

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/category/discover/

If you would like to do any independent work following up on things we have learnt in class (write a story, make a poster, do some research), that is great and you can bring them in to share when you’re back again. These activities are not compulsory and obviously you need not do them if you are feeling ill.
Hopefully things will be back to normal soon but, if we are forced to close the school, we will be posting a more comprehensive educational program and providing all children with their USO logins so that they can access more specific activities set by their teachers.
Thank you for your continued support.

Friday 13th March

This week we’ve based our learning on Jack and the Beanstalk. We read a lovely version by Nick Sharratt and Stephen Tucker. In groups we discussed the story and the children had so many amazing ideas about how the characters might be feeling, why things happened, and even how their own mums and dads might feel if they climbed up a giant beanstalk off into the sky! We talked about how stories have a beginning, a middle and an end. We sequenced the main events from the story and then drew pictures of our favourite part, in the style of Nick Sharratt! Next week we will be discussing the characters and thinking of some adjectives to describe them, as well as coming up with our own alternative endings!

Homework

This week’s Red Words are:

Please also check the homework folders for numeral formation homework for 5, 6 and 7.

Wishing you all a peaceful weekend,

Mrs Francis

Friday 6th March

We’ve had lots of fun during Arts Week. We had a fantastic storytelling workshop with Storytree and then enjoyed a fun drama session with the one and only Mr Schumm! We also were excited to visit Miss Whiting for an energetic dance session and then saw Miss Bell for a lovely storytime. In between all this we have been exploring Gustav Klimt’s painting ‘The Tree of Life’ and talking about the patterns that we could see. We found out where spirals occur in nature, from tiny snails to giant galaxies! Then we made our own leaves and decorated them with patterns, spirals and drawings of our families to add to a giant Reception mural. Come to the Arts Cafe next Friday after school to see our work, and find out what the rest of the school has been up to!

Thank you for all your amazing effort on World Book Day. The costumes looked fantastic and we all had lots of fun discussing our characters and our favourite books! We wrote sentences about who we were dressed up as and I am so impressed with how well the children are getting on with their writing, keep it up Reception!

This week we also planted our seed potatoes, which have been chitting for a few weeks. See if your child can remember what chitting means! We talked about what they need to grow and how some vegetables grow under the ground.

Homework

This week’s Red Words are:

We have also been talking about the Red Word ‘a’ (meaning one) e.g. A cat on a mat. We talked about how some people say just an ‘a’ sound, some people say ‘ay’ like the letter name, and some people make more of an ‘uh’ sound. We also talked about the Red Word ‘love’.

Red Words 6 March

Please keep practising all the other Red Words we’ve learnt so far. You could also have a go at writing them!

There is no handwriting homework this week. Instead we have sent home a fun phonics board game for you to play together. You will need to find some small objects to use as counters, and a dice to roll to see how many spaces to move along the track. In class we have been learning about how to play board games, especially taking turns to roll the dice and move forward the correct number of spaces. Don’t forget to shout stop when your partner reaches their number! And don’t count the space that you already started on. For each word that you land on, sound out and blend the sounds to hear the word that it says. The winner is the first person to reach the end. In class we talked about being a good ‘player’ and how the excitement of games comes from not knowing if you are going to win or not – if you always win (or always lose) it’s not as fun! We also talked about how if you are a good sport then people will want to play with you again. Please upload a quick photo of your child playing on Tapestry so we can see how you got on – thanks!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Francis

Friday 28th February

It seems that the children have all grown up so much over the half term break! This week we have been focusing on writing our ideas in simple sentences and remembering to leave gaps between each word so that they don’t bump together. These gaps should be the size of a ‘o’ and so we have been prompting the children to leave an ‘invisible o’ between their words.

They wrote about what they got up to over the holidays and it was fantastic to see how confident many of the children are with having a go at sounding out words. We have also been using the Red Word cards to make sure that we spell these correctly.

This week we have, of course, been talking lots about pancakes and read the book ‘Mr Wolf’s Pancakes’. We talked about how to be a kind friend and what to do if someone is not treating you nicely. The children also decorated paper ‘pancakes’ and wrote a sentence about which toppings they wanted on their pancake.

 

In RE we found out about Palm Sunday and the children made their own palm leaves. They were very keen to have their own special ‘parade’!

Next week we will be taking part in our whole school Arts Week based on a painting by Gustav Klimt. We have lots of fun activities planned, including World Book Day on Thursday. We look forward to seeing the children all dressed up as their favourite book character!

Homework

This week’s Red Words are:

Please keep practising all the other Red Words too!  Red Words 28 Feb

 

For handwriting please practise writing the numbers 3 and 4. See the sheet in the homework folder for details.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Francis

 

Friday 14th February

And just like that… we are somehow halfway through the year already. It has flown by!

In Literacy this week we have been focusing on writing captions for pictures and remembering to leave gaps between words so that they don’t bump together. Some of us have even been making up our own ideas and having a go at writing them down by listening for the sounds in each word.

In Maths this week we have continued our work on addition and have been using number tracks to organise our counters when adding. We talked about how you can’t leave any gaps in the line of counters and that you must start at 1, adding each counter to the next number. We found out that instead of counting them all you can just have a sneaky peek under the last counter in the line to find out the total! We then had a go at both reading and solving some simple addition number sentences. E.g. 2 + 3 = … “Two plus three is equal to….” Finally we then played the penguin adding game and challenged our partners to write a number sentence to show what had happened… very grown up stuff!

On Thursday we took part in DT Day and learnt all about different types of bridges. The children did a great job of designing and building their own bridges to span a river!

Homework

Handwriting homework is now all about numbers! In the homework folders there is the new handwriting sheet for 0, 1 and 2. Please check for details on how to form these correctly.

For homework over the half term holidays please keep practising all the Red Words, both old and new! If your child can recognise them all then have a go at writing them from memory. The more that children can quickly recall how to write these words the more fluent their writing will become.

In the homework folders you will find your child’s 2D shape assessment. In this assessment we also included some irregular shapes which can not just be ‘recognised’. Please remind your child that you cannot guess what to call each shape, but you should count the number of sides or corners, before deciding what it is! E.g. 5 sides = a pentagon, 6 sides = a hexagon, 8 sides = an octagon. Don’t worry if your child has struggled with these trickier shapes, just keep practising at home. However all children should be able to spot and name circles, triangles, squares and rectangles. Thank you!

Also we would love it if the children could draw us a picture of something fun that they got up to in the holidays. They could have a go at writing a simple caption to go with their drawing, e.g. I went to the park. Some words will not be spelt correctly as we are still learning how to write all the sounds, e.g. ‘park’ may be written as ‘puk’ or ‘prk’ which is perfectly fine at this stage. Just encourage your child to write down all and any of the sounds that they can hear in the word – it’s all about confidence!

Over the holidays please could you all have a good look in your wardrobes and laundry baskets for any spare clothes, pants, socks or PE kit that your child may have borrowed from school. Our stock is completely empty! Thank you so much.

Have a lovely half term break and we will see you back at school soon!

Mrs Francis

Friday 7th February

We are absolutely flying with our learning at the moment in Reception! In Literacy we have been working on reading short sentences. We learnt about capital letters and how we will see one at the start of a sentence. We talked about how the capital letters still make the same sound as the lower case letters, and that we should sound them out if they are in a word. We talked about how when I is on its own it is a Red Word, but if it has other sounds next to it then we should sound it out as an ‘i’. E.g. When the word ‘It’ is at the start of a sentence!

We read sentences about polar bears and decided if they were true, or if they were a load of rubbish! The children were great at this and loved finding the silly ‘rubbish’ sentences!

In Maths this week we have been focusing on addition. We used a ‘part whole model’ to organise our counters when playing a penguin adding game and practised saying our star sentences “… is a part and … is a part”. We then learnt how to push all the counters into the larger circle and count them all to find the total, saying “there are … altogether”. We then introduced the words ‘plus’ and ‘is equal to’ to say a number sentence. E.g. 2 plus 3 is equal to 5.” Next week we will be continuing with addition and this time organising our counters onto a number track, before learning how to write simple number sentences using symbols. E.g. 2 + 3 = 5… very grown up!

In RE this week we talked about neighbours and how we can look after the people around us. We discussed how neighbours are not just the people who live next door to you but all the people who are in our local community, including everyone at our school! We talked about how not all neighbours are friendly and if we ever want to talk to someone it is best to ask our mums and dads or those we know if it is OK first. We then made paper dolls of ourselves and some of our neighbours and talked about ways to care for them, such as saying hello.

Today we took part in our school Coding Day and went to a fun assembly run by some of our very own St. Stephen’s parents who are real-life coders! The children learnt about how coding is all about solving problems, spotting patterns and giving instructions. Back in class we completed some fun activities including continuing some repeating shape patterns, “programming” our friends to navigate a maze, and programming the Beebots to move to a particular location.

Homework

These are our new Red Words:

Please keep practising all the other ones that we have learnt so far!

Our handwriting letters this week are x and z. Please see the homework folder for further details.

Next week we will be assessing the children on their recognition of the 2D shapes that we have been learning. Please practise these again with your child at home, remembering to count the number of sides or corners first to determine what to call the shape.

2D shapes homework

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Francis

 

Friday 31st January

Wow – what a jam-packed week we’ve had in Milne class! We have squeezed in so much learning and we are all so proud of how well the children are getting on, and how interested and engaged they are in their learning – well done Reception!

In Maths this week we have been working hard on recognising those tricky ‘teen’ numbers 11-15. We have been practising our counting out skills and making sure to stop at the correct number. We made our own counting bead strings which the children are bringing home for homework! More details below… The children have been great at working with their partners during Maths sessions and practising saying their ‘star sentences’ e.g. “The big part is 10, the small part is 5, altogether there are 15!” We also began working on some simple addition and really enjoyed playing a game with a partner where each person took turns to roll a dice and count out the correct number of counters, before working together to count them all to find the total.

In Phonics we have been focusing on blending sounds to hear the word, and reading some short captions. We’ve also been working on clapping out the words in an idea we want to write down and then remembering to leave spaces between the words so that they don’t bump into each other!

In RE this week we talked about how we can all look after our world and keep it nice. The children made thank you cards to the various people who help to look after our school and keep it clean and tidy. Hopefully this enthusiasm will also apply in keeping their bedrooms tidy!

We also learnt about Chinese New Year and read some lovely stories set in China. The children have really enjoyed playing in our Chinese restaurant role play area and talking about their favourite foods! We found out about lantern festivals and then made our own paper lanterns to decorate.

Homework

This week our new Red Words are:

Please keep practising all the Red Words that we have taught so far.

Our handwriting letters this week are v and w, from the ‘zig-zag monster’ family. Please see the homework folder for details on how to form these correctly.

Tapestry Counting Homework

This week we would also like you to practise some counting with your child and upload a quick photo and comment to their Tapestry account so that we can see how they got on!

In their homework folder you will find the counting bead string that we made this week. Please keep this in their homework folder as they will need to use it again for future homework.  Please support your child in recognising the ‘teen’ numbers below and then counting out one bead at a time until they reach their ‘stop number’ and shout “Stop!” Then practise counting how many beads are in the big part (one colour) and how many are in the small part (the other colour!).

E.g. For 13, count out thirteen beads and say “Stop!” at 13. Count the orange beads and say “There are 10 beads in the big part”. Count the blue beads and say “There are 3 beads in the small part”. Then count how many there are altogether again (to check!) and say “There are 13 beads altogether!”. Then repeat for all the other numbers.

If your child struggles with counting correctly through the teens numbers don’t worry and just support them with saying the numbers in the correct order… practise makes perfect as they say!

Thank you!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Francis

 

Friday 24th January

This week we have been looking further at how to write a simple sentence. The progress that is being made is really noticeable and with a little support the children are producing some super stuff. This week we have been checking to see what Red Words the children may need a little recap on. Please check your child’s bag for the slip which tells you which ones need a little more work. It is very important that your child learns all of these words, as without them your child will struggle when reading and writing sentences.  Please display them somewhere within your child’s eye line (maybe on a fridge or cupboard) and please try to make learning them as fun as possible (snap, pairs, Red Word hunt, splat!) as well as frequently reading over them quickly with your child.

In maths we are still looking at 2D shapes and thinking about their properties. The children have had the opportunity to make shape pictures and go on a shape hunt. We have also been looking at how to accurately count up to 15 and have been spotting quantities within 15. We have introduced some basic addition to the children this week and plan to develop this over the next term.

Today we had some very exciting visitors in Milne class… Max’s guinea pigs, Tickle and Pickle (and his lovely mummy!). Max did an excellent job of explaining how to look after them and the children were all very careful to be quiet and stroke them gently! This tied in nicely with our RE session this week about caring for God’s creatures.

Homework

Our handwriting letters this week are from the one-armed robot family. All these letters begin at the top go straight down and back up, before curling around to the right to make the robot’s ‘arm’. They then continue on to make all the different robot family letters – b, n, h, m etc.

 

Please check the homework sheet in the book bag for details of the rhymes for each letter.

 

We will be learning two new Red Words this week. Please practice these lots at home.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Mrs Francis

Friday 17th January

This week we have introduced our Polar Lands topic.  We have been looking at images of Antarctica and have been discussing what it might be like there compared to our home environment, what animals you may or may not find there and learning about the scientists who visit there.  We have had lots of creative penguin activities and will be finding out a little more about these fascinating creatures next week.

Also this week, we have been learning lots about sentences. The children have been discussing how a sentence is made up of words, some of which you can sound out and some of which may be Red Words. We had a go at reading some basic sentences and then writing our very own sentence.  We are encouraging the children to just have a go at writing words, even if they cannot hear all of the sounds within the word. Hearing and knowing which sounds to use will develop throughout the year and we want them to gain confidence in having a go first. Believe it or not we can make lots of sense of the wonderful sentences they have written this week!

This half term we will be looking at the numbers 11-15. We will be looking at counting on from that ‘safe’ number 10 and seeing how these numbers are made and recognised in a variety of forms.

During RE we have been thinking about all the wonderful things that are on our planet. The children have been sharing their ideas of what is important and why they are important. They also have been thinking about the things that they help to take of.

Homework

Our handwriting letters this week are from the one-armed robot family. All these letters begin at the top go straight down and back up, before curling around to the right to make the robot’s ‘arm’. They then continue on to make all the different robot family letters – b, n, h, m etc.

Please check the homework sheet in the book bag for details of the rhymes for each letter.

We will be learning two new Red Words this week. Please practice these lots at home.

 

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

 

Mrs Francis

Friday 10th January

We have hit the ground running in Reception and have been doing lots of learning this week! We learnt about 2D shapes and talked about how we need to count the number of sides or corners before we can decided what to call each shape, especially for the shapes with lots of sides!

In Literacy, we talked about what we have all been up to over the holidays and drew lovely pictures of our adventures and time with family and friends. We then had a go at saying some words that we wanted to write down listening carefully for the sounds that we could hear in the words. We talked about how we don’t have to ‘know’ how to write words (except for the Red Words that we have learnt so far – please keep practising!) but that all you need to do is keep saying the word out loud and just write down any sounds you can hear! It is important that the children are not worried about spelling words correctly at this stage in their development and instead build their confidence to ‘have a go’. The teachers were all very impressed with their efforts!

In RE this week, we talked about our fantastic Earth and who cares for it. We discussed how Christians believe that God wants people to help care for the world and some ways that we could do this. The children had many lovely ideas about the amazing things we have in our world and we added some of them to our display!

This term we will be starting our new topic ‘Polar Lands’. Next week we will be talking about cold places and what the weather and environment is like there. We will find the Arctic and Antarctica on a globe and find out about some of the animals that live there. If you are visiting the local library, or have information books already at home, see if you can find out any information about these Arctic regions! Alternatively, support your child to search for information safely online.

Homework

Our handwriting letters this week are from the one-armed robot family. All these letters begin at the top go straight down and back up, before curling around to the right to make the robot’s ‘arm’. They then continue on to make all the different robot family letters – b, n, h, m etc.

Please check the homework sheet in the book bag for details of the rhymes for each letter.

This week we are also sending some 2D shape homework. Please practise counting the number of sides on each shape and using this to remember what to call each shape, e.g. “It has six sides so it must be a hexagon”. Please stick this up on your fridge or somewhere visible and keep practising, as we will be assessing the children on their shape recognition in a few weeks. Thank you!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Francis

 

Friday 20th December

And just like that our first whole term is over! The children have all made such good progress and we are so proud of all their achievements. I think they deserve a good rest over the holidays!

This week we have enjoyed lots of Christmas learning challenges including reading CVC words, counting out the correct number of baubles onto the Christmas trees and even a Christmas Colouring competition!

On Thursday we enjoyed our Christmas party and had a few nibbles before a big Reception dance off! The children have got some amazing moves and were such good sports – well done!

Homework

Over the holidays please don’t forget to upload an observation on Tapestry for Technology (please see the bottom of the blog for details). If you would like to also upload an observation with some photos and details of what you got up to over the holidays and how you celebrated that would be fantastic!

This week’s handwriting letters are:

A huge thank you for all the kind Christmas presents and lovely messages that you have sent us. They are greatly appreciated. Wishing you and your family a very restful, happy and healthy Christmas. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Have a lovely holiday,

Mrs Francis, Mrs Barrett and Ms Anya x

 

Technology Homework

Children growing up today are immersed in new technologies. In the home, going shopping, at the doctors and in the street – technology is embedded in children’s everyday experiences sometimes to the point where it is almost invisible to them. As part of some of their first activities, early technology experiences will include push button activities, remote control devices, musical keyboards, televisions, cash registers, microwave ovens, tills, scanners and interactive books, as well as computers, tablets and phones. Most of these experiences occur outside of school and therefore we would appreciate your comments about your child’s development in these areas.

Early Learning Goal – Technology – Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

 

Here are some examples of things your child may do to support this area of the curriculum.

  • Using technology at home – tablets, PCs, laptops, mobile phones, cameras etc
  • Using programmable toys – remote control cars, toys with buttons etc
  • Using role play toys – hoovers, tills, microwaves, washing machines etc (or using the real ones!)
  • Interacting with apps or games online, or on a PC, tablet or mobile
  • Discussing how technology has changed, or how it differs in different places in the world
  • Uses of technology out and about – e.g. barcodes in the supermarket, automatic doors, lifts, hand driers, automatic street lights etc
  • Taking or viewing photos or film
  • Talking about e-safety

We would like you to snap a quick picture and upload it as an observation with a brief comment about how your child uses technology at home. If you are accessing Tapestry through a web browser please log in and click ‘add observation’. Then complete the sections as shown below to add your observation!

If accessing Tapestry through the app please log in and tap the + symbol in the top right corner. Then complete the sections as shown below, before tapping ‘upload’ to finish and upload your observation.

We look forward to reading about the ways in which your child uses technology outside of school!

Friday 13th December

A busy Christmassy week here in Reception. On Tuesday we were very lucky and got to watch KS1’s Nativity dress rehearsal.  They did an amazing job and I think the children were very wowed by how confident and how amazing the children were at remembering all their lines and dance moves.

We have had lots of Christmassy activities this week and the children have been creating maths Christmas trees, making our own tissue paper Christmas trees, writing out some Christmas lists as well as thinking about the Nativity Story in a little further depth.

This week we have been reading and writing some basic CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words. They are super impressive with their sounding out and writing!  Please keep practising with the children at home. If they are struggling to hear the sounds we use a variety of techniques to help them. First we say the word a few times, next we stretch it (emphasising the final sound), then we Fred speak it into sounds. Then we pinch the sounds onto our fingers to help us retain the information. Then (yes after all of that) we write it down. If your child is struggling then do help them through the stages as once this is supported a few times they usually pick it up after some practice.

We took part in DT Day and explored using pop-up mechanisms and levers to add movement to our Nativity card scenes. The children worked hard making little figures and thought about how to push the levers to make their star fly across the night sky!

In Phonics this week we learnt the sound ‘qu’ which is our first sound that is written with two letters! We found out that the queen always carries her umbrella with her in case it rains, as she doesn’t want her crown to get rusty!

Homework 

We are still focusing on the ‘curly caterpillar’ family this week with g, q and e. Please check the homework folders for details.

Technology Homework

Children growing up today are immersed in new technologies. In the home, going shopping, at the doctors and in the street – technology is embedded in children’s everyday experiences sometimes to the point where it is almost invisible to them. As part of some of their first activities, early technology experiences will include push button activities, remote control devices, musical keyboards, televisions, cash registers, microwave ovens, tills, scanners and interactive books, as well as computers, tablets and phones. Most of these experiences occur outside of school and therefore we would appreciate your comments about your child’s development in these areas.

Early Learning Goal – Technology – Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

 

Here are some examples of things your child may do to support this area of the curriculum.

  • Using technology at home – tablets, PCs, laptops, mobile phones, cameras etc
  • Using programmable toys – remote control cars, toys with buttons etc
  • Using role play toys – hoovers, tills, microwaves, washing machines etc (or using the real ones!)
  • Interacting with apps or games online, or on a PC, tablet or mobile
  • Discussing how technology has changed, or how it differs in different places in the world
  • Uses of technology out and about – e.g. barcodes in the supermarket, automatic doors, lifts, hand driers, automatic street lights etc
  • Taking or viewing photos or film
  • Talking about e-safety

We would like you to snap a quick picture and upload it as an observation with a brief comment about how your child uses technology at home. If you are accessing Tapestry through a web browser please log in and click ‘add observation’. Then complete the sections as shown below to add your observation!

If accessing Tapestry through the app please log in and tap the + symbol in the top right corner. Then complete the sections as shown below, before tapping ‘upload’ to finish and upload your observation.

We look forward to reading about the ways in which your child uses technology outside of school!

 

If you have any questions or queries, please email or ask at the end of the day. Thank you!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Francis

Dear Parents/ Carers,
 
Last year, many of the children at St Stephen’s entered the Daunt Books Children’s Short Story Competition. Indeed we even had some winners from our school over the past few years. What an honour to have three published authors in our own school. This year, I would like to encourage any other keen writers from St Stephens to enter, as it is a wonderful opportunity to write a story for pleasure and potentially see it in print!
 
The competition is open to all children aged four to fifteen. The story must be all your child’s own work and must be between 300 and 1500 words.
How do I submit?
You should email your story as an attachment to l.pereira@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk by Friday 20th February. Please put your child’s name, age and class as the email title and on the story attached.
Eg: Sally- class Y4 Elliot (Age 9)
Please make sure that the stories are typed, double-spaced and single sided. We will then forward all St Stephen’s entries to Daunt bookshop by the closing date. A copy of the children’s stories will be kept in a special folder in the Library for all to read.   
Results will be announced in April 2020 and winning stories will be published in during summer term.
Good luck and I look forward to reading your children’s stories!
Yours faithfully,
 
Lia Pereira
Spanish Teacher & School Librarian​

Friday 6th December

We’ve been in a whirlwind of wise men, donkeys and angels this week! The children have worked so hard during our Nativity rehearsals and it all paid off as their performance was amazing. The teachers are all really proud of how confident the children were in front of a large audience and how well they sang!


Homework

This week we move on to the ‘curly caterpillar family’ in our handwriting practice. Each letter should start with a c (a curly caterpillar!) before continuing on to complete the letter. Please see the homework folder for more details. Thank you!

Next week we have lots of festive crafty fun planned, as well as our Christmas Lunch on Tuesday. On Thursday it is DT day and we will be making pop-up Nativity cards.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Francis

Homework

Please check the blog post for daily activities.