Home Learning: Reception

Week beginning 22nd June 2020

Welcome to Week 4!

Daily home learning activities are set out below. Please complete as much as you have time for, at the pace of your child and keep the learning fun! Remember to keep practising phonics and High Frequency Words using the flash cards which you have at home or online using Phonics Play/Education City/Teach Your Monster to Read.

Our whole school topic this week is 'Jane Goodall and the Chimpanzees'. There are a selection of activities to choose from on the topic grid.

Any queries, don't hesitate to drop me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send me a message via Tapestry.

Monday

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This week we are going to be revisiting the ‘one armed robot’ letters in handwriting. Watch the short clip on BBC Bitesize here and then practise writing these letters. In school we will practise one or two of these letters each day in our handwriting books.

In Maths today, we are revisiting 2D shapes. Watch the BBC Bitesize lesson on 2D shapes here and afterwards, have a go at the quiz. Enjoy playing the 'Shape Trail' game!

In Wellbeing  we will be learning 'The Funny Tummy' song as part of our Online Safety Activities.

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint.

Tuesday

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Our story in Literacy today is 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. Talk about the story and then draw three bowls, chairs and beds on the activity sheet and label them 'too big', 'too small' or 'just right'.

In Maths, we are going to play 'Count the sides'. We will try to get at least one counter by each of the 2D shapes!

In school we will be setting up a Science experiment involving Gummy bears!

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint.

Wednesday

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Today we are going to read an alternative version of 'Goldilocks'. How is it different? How is it similar? What advice would you give to Goldilocks? Write two ideas as sentences in the speech bubbles. Remeber to use your phonics and write your letters carefully.

In Maths, we will be ordering objects by size.

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint.

Thursday

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In Maths we will be practising our fine motor skills by cutting out circles to create a shape picture.

Our Science experiment today will involve porridge and we will each write a sentence about it for our Science Journal.

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint,

Friday

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In Literacy, we will be writing a list of jobs for Goldilocks. There are lots of things Goldilocks needs to do to put things right!

In Science we will review our Gummy Bear investigation. We will use words to describe the changes and explain why we think this has happened.

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint.

Calling all Popstars! Watch the iSingPOP Show here. This episode explores the word 'EQUALITY'.

Week beginning 15th June 2020

Welcome to Week 3!

Daily home learning activities are set out below. Please complete as much as you have time for,  at the pace of your child and keeping the learning fun. Remember to keep practising phonics and High Frequency Words using the flash cards which you have at home or online using Phonics Play/Education City/Teach Your Monster to Read.

Our whole school topic this week is 'Under the Sea'. There are a selection of activities to choose from on the topic grid.

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Monday

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This week we are going to be revisiting the ‘long ladder letters’ in handwriting. Watch the short clip on BBC Bitesize here and then practise writing these letters. In school we will practise one or two of these letters each day in our handwriting books.

Our Maths theme this week is money. You will need a selection of coins and some counters to play ‘Track the coin’ today. If you land on the robber, he will steal one of your counters. Add up your counters carefully when you reach the end of the track to find out who is the winner. 

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint.

Tuesday

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Today we are re-reading ‘Dear Zoo’, a story we know very well! After talking about the animals, draw a picture of your perfect pet. I wonder what your perfect pet will be? Write a sentence to describe it.

In Maths, you are going to use coins to buy Emoji key rings. You will need a selection of coins, or you can print and cut out the coins on the resource sheet. Keep playing until all the key rings have been bought.

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint.

Wednesday

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In Literacy today, we are reading a story called 'Teddy’s Lists'. Teddy makes a lot of lists! Pretend you are going to have a party. Who would you like to invite? Complete the invitation to your pretend party.

In Maths today, use the 100 square and practise counting to 100 in ones. You will need to print or make the first two pages of the arrow cards resource; the tens and ones. Use the arrow cards to create a selection of two digit numbers and then partition them into tens and ones, so for example 54 becomes 50 and 4, 39 is 30 and 9. Be sure to practise partitioning the tricky teen numbers too!

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint.

Thursday

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Today we will be thinking about shopping lists… Can you write a food shopping list? Complete the activity sheet. I wonder if you will put all your favourite foods on your shopping list? Perhaps you could add a price (less than £1) and use your shopping list in our Maths activity today?

Using the arrow cards from yesterday’s Maths lesson, today we will be linking the tens and ones in two-digit numbers with ten pence and one pence pieces. This will be a practical session and you will need nine 10ps and nine 1ps. Create a two-digit number with the arrow cards and partition it, as you did yesterday. Count out the corresponding number of ten pence and one pence pieces.

At 11am, the Duchess of Cambridge will lead an online assembly where she will speak about the importance of mental wellbeing among children. The theme of the Duchess’ assembly is ‘spread a little kindness’.  Watch the assembly here

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint.

Friday

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This week our whole school topic is ‘Under the Sea’. Can you make a list of creatures that live in the sea?

Our Maths game today is called ‘Five’s a Winner’. The work you have done on partitioning will help you make the amounts on the cards. Use the cards to 10p, 20p or all, as appropriate. Have fun!

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint.

Week beginning 8th June 2020

Welcome to Week 2!

Daily home learning activities are set out below. Please complete as much as you have time for, working at the pace of your child and keeping the learning fun. Remember to keep practising phonics and High Frequency Words using the flash cards which you have at home or online using Phonics Play/Education City/Teach Your Monster to Read. Any queries, don't hesitate to drop me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Monday

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In Literacy today, we are going to watch and listen to the story ‘Oi Frog!’ by Kes Gray and Jim Field. Can you hear the rhyming words in this story? Can you think of other words which rhyme? Think of a silly place to sit and draw it on the sheet.

In Maths you will be working on your number bonds to 10. Enjoy playing ‘Ten on a Tray’ with a grown-up and have a go at the online game. The link is in ‘Fun-time Extras’.

I have created a ‘Week 2’ set of Maths games for you to play on Education City. It is in Classwork → My City.

This week our whole school topic is 'David Attenborough and Climate Change'. Have a look at the topic grid and find out more about David Attenborough today.

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint

Tuesday

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Today we have another rhyming story to share in Literacy. A cat is asking questions and receiving some strange replies! Can you think of other questions the cat could ask? Imagine you are writing the next few pages of the story. Ask a grown up to record your ideas or write them down yourself. Remember to sound the words out carefully and include all the sounds you can hear.

In Maths you are going to make your own hands-counter to show the pairs of numbers which add together to make ten. You can see how to make a hands-counter here. Can you write the number sentences using + and = on a separate piece of paper? Practise saying the ‘Number bonds to 10’ poem which you have been learning and show each pair of numbers on your new hands-counter.

Look at the whole school topic grid and select an activity to begin.

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint

Wednesday

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Today we are going to re-read ‘Oi Frog!’, the story we shared on Monday. Can you remember some of the rhymes? Today you are writing. Remember to sound the words out carefully using your phonics and complete either ‘Oi! Finish the Sentence’ or ‘Oi! Think of some rhymes’.

The Maths activity today is a number game called ‘Turn and Match’. You will need to make 24 numbered cards. After saying the ‘Number bonds to 10’ poem, play ‘Turn and Match’ with the cards. You can keep the cards if they have a total of ten. The hands-counter you made yesterday might come in handy!

Continue your activity from the whole school topic grid about 'David Attenborough and Climate Change'.

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint

Thursday

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In Literacy, watch the interactive PPT about rhyming words. Can you select the rhyming picture? Then cut out the pictures on the worksheet and match each to the picture that rhymes. You could write the rhyming words down, too. 

In Maths, start by playing the online Ten-frame game you played on Monday and reading the ‘Number bonds to 10’ poem you have learnt. Then play this game with a grown up... Find ten items and line them up. Take some in one hand and the rest in the other. Put both hands behind your back. Ask your child to choose one and show them how many are in that hand. They have to say how many are in the other hand. Swap roles and play again. 

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint

Friday

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Continuing with our rhyming theme this week, today we are going to write words that rhyme with a given picture. Choose one or two of the sheets to complete. Take care with your handwriting and try to form your letters correctly. You could practise your tricky letters on BlobbleWrite before you write them on the sheet. 

In Maths, you will be adding two single digit numbers mentally, and then recording the corresponding number sentences using the + and = symbols.

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint

Week beginning 1st June 2020

Welcome back to the second half of the summer term. I hope you have all had a lovely half term! Please continue to upload photos of the children completing their Home Learning activities on to Tapestry. I am very much looking forward to seeing you again next week!

If you would like to access wellbeing activities, this week we are thinking about being kind. Click here to access the SCARF kindness resources online.

Monday

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In Literacy today, we will be listening to and watching the story of 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'. Afterwards, talk about the story with a grown-up and answer the questions. Can you make your own puppets (or paper plate masks) and use them to retell/re-enact the story.

In Maths, we are learning about odd and even numbers. The powerpoint will help remind you about these. Cut up the number strips and put them in order in a long line, then sort them into odds and evens. Remember the pattern! I've also attached images of the Numicon tiles so children can visually see which numbers have the 'odd' one, which we sometimes refer to as a chimney! The children could cut and stick these instead, if they find the number sheet tricky.

This half term we have an animal theme for our whole school topic. We are starting off in the jungle! Choose an activity from the grid to work on this week.

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint.

Tuesday

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I think you will enjoy the story of 'Billy Dogs Gruff' today! Ask a grown-up to read it to you or watch it here. Join in with the words you can read yourself. What do you think each dog is thinking? Say your sentence aloud and then record it in the thought bubble.

The work you did on odd and even numbers yesterday will help you as you play 'First to Zero' in Maths today. Start with 12 objects and then challenge yourself to play with 20. If you have time, the coconut shy game in 'Fun-Time Extras' is good fun; you have to order the numbered coconuts, starting with the lowest number.

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint.

Wednesday

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Today we are going to re-read the story of 'The Three BIlly Goats Gruff'. If you were the Troll, would you like to live under a bridge? Can you think of a different place for the Troll to live? Say your idea aloud in a sentence. Can you add a describing word (an adjective) and record your idea on the sheet? Use your phonics to sound out each word and don't forget to include spaces between the words as you write them. Read your sentences aloud to make sure they make sense.

In Maths, you will practise counting in twos, saying the even numbers. Then you will be playing 'Speak, Move, Check, Stay?'. Remember to predict the number you will land on, by 'counting on' the number on the dice, using your fingers, before you move... The instructions are included below!

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint.

Thursday

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Today you have a choice of activities, each with a science focus. You can chose to build a bridge for the goats to cross over or build a raft for them to sail on to reach the fresh, green grass in the meadow... For the bridge building project, you could use Lego, Duplo or junk modelling equipment to build a small bridge inside or you could make a big bridge using pieces of wood. You can ask a grown-up to help you. Can you retell the story using the puppets or masks you made on Monday? 

You will need to think about the materials you can use to make a raft... Can you test your raft by putting it in a bowl of water, or in a paddling pool? Does it float? Has it got a sail? Can you blow it across the surface of the water?

In Maths, we are going to watch a BBC clip about counting in pairs. Can  you ask a grown up if you can help pair up the socks in the laundry basket. Seven pairs of socks would be ideal! These will help you as you watch Rod count in pairs here

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint.

Friday

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Spend time today continuing your monster's reading journey on 'Teach Your Monster to Read'. Can you complete practise games for the Set 2 and 3 sounds you have been taught at school? Maybe 'oa - goat in a boat' would be a good place to start? I have had an email to say there is a new mini-game on the site!

In Maths we are going to count in tens. Watch Jack Hartmann counting first by clicking the link here. Make sure you say your tens numbers properly (not with an American accent, like Jack!) You will need several 10p coins to help you count in tens and play the game today. Who will be first to collect 60p?

Finish off your Jungle themed project today - don't forget to add a photo to Tapestry. I look forward to seeing the wonderful work you have been doing. 

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint.

Week beginning 18th May 2020

 Welcome to Week 5 of the Summer Term, the last week before half term!

Daily activities for this week are outlined below. As always, please do not feel you have to complete all the activities, every day. Do as much as is manageable for you and your child. Work at their pace and give plenty of praise. Most importantly, keep practising the High Fequency Words for Reception and phonics (Set 2 sounds) with your child. Do visit Phonics Play, 'the Hairies' and Teach Your Monster to Read whenever you have a spare moment.

Please keep in touch via Tapestry or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for all the wonderful photos and messages shared so far, it is great to be able to see how well the children are doing!

Monday

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Today we are going to listen to the story of 'The Ugly Duckling' and then you are going to compare duck eggs and swan eggs. Look and the pictures of the duckling and the cygnet. How are these birds the same? How are they different? Your writing task is to add labels to the pictures. Use your phonics to 'sound out' the words as you write them.

Our free access to Education City is due to expire this week! Please visit the site and make the most of the great Maths, Reading and Phonics activities which are there today. You will find them under the 'Homework' tab. 

In our finak 'Famous for more than Five Minutes' topic grid for this half term, we are exploring famous sporting people. Who would you like to find out about this week?

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint

Tuesday

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The story today is called 'Spring for the Birds' and it is an information book. What are the birds busy doing at this time of year? It is very important that we do not disturb a nest when a bird is sitting on eggs or feeding chicks. You could design a poster or draw a picture of a bird you have seen in your garden. 

In Maths, we will revisiting number bonds to 10. Can you remember the poem which helped us learn these? I hope you enjoy playing 'Race to the Start' with a grown-up. If you have time, the online game of snakes and ladders (or ladders and chutes) is fun to play too!

Think about the famous sports player you have chosen... Where were thay born? How old are they now?

Wednesday

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After you have read, or re-read, 'Spring for the Birds', can you say a sentence to accompany each picture on the 'Captions' sheet? Use your phonics to record your sentence down. Remember to start with a captial letter and finish with a full stop. 

In Maths today, aska grown-up to help you make a 'Do this number of actions' fortune teller. Can you take it in turns to play? Remeber to count carefully!

Continue with your 'Famous for more than Five Minutes' activity this week.

Thursday

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In Literacy today, can you find the names of the birds hiding in the wordsearch. You can ask other people in your family to search with you! Look at the photographs of British birds and see if you can spot any of these in your garden or on your daily walk. Can you learn the names of these birds? I've attached some pictures for you to colour. Can you chose one and see if you can colour it to match?

You will need you digit cards for Maths. Your main activity is called 'Race to 10'. You could play against someone else or time yourself and see if you can beat your own time when you have another go. I wonder how quickly you can order your cards to 10? Can you try to order them from 10 to 1?

Can you remember three facts about your famous sports person? 

Friday

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In Literacy today, I would like you to choose one bird and complete a fact file. Can you find out an intersting piece of information for the bird you choose to write about?

Today in Maths, you are going to complete a 'Garden Birds Bar Graph'. The pictures show all the birds that were seen. You will need to count each type of bird carefully and colour in the corresponding number of squares to make the bar chart. How many birds were seen altogether? Which garden bird was seen the most? Which garden bird was seen the least?

Finish off your topic work. Remeber to share a photo on Tapestry!

Week beginning 11th May 2020

Welcome to Week 4 of the Summer Term... I hope you have all had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend!

Daily activities for this week are outlined below. As always, please do not feel you have to complete all the activities, every day. Do as much as is manageable for you and your child. Work at their pace and give plenty of praise. Wednesday's activities include a nature walk. At the moment the weather looks fine for Wednesday but do make this part of your daily exercise and complete it whenever it is convenient for you.

Please keep in touch via Tapestry or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for all the wonderful photos and messages shared so far.

Monday

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In Literacy today, a grown up will read 'Wakey Wakey' to you. It is a story all about animals who are waking up after their long winter sleep... You will be talking about the season of Spring and thinking about the signs of Spring. It is a little late to see daffodils and tulips, but I am sure you will be able to hear the birds singing if you stand quietly by an open window, or in your garden. Can you practise saying the seasons in order; Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter...

In Maths, you will be estimating and counting. Remember to estimate before you count the objects inside your shoe each time. The matchbox challenge could be fun! You do not have to use a matchbox, any small pot (or even a plastic milk carton top) will do. You will need to warm up your 'Funky Fingers' to pick up the tiny objects carefully!

Our whole school 'Famous for more than Five Minutes' topic this week focuses on Pablo Picasso, an artist. Can you find out three facts about him today? Try to learn these facts during the week ahead.

Choose a game to play from the School Games PE Powerpoint

Tuesday

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You are going to read 'Wakey Wakey' again in Literacy. Can you join in with some of the words? I know you are very good at recognising exclamation marks. Can you spot them in the story? The animals are very hungry when they wake up... I wonder what you would choose to eat for breakfast after a long night's sleep?

In Maths today, you are going to be measuring. After you have been measured, can you measure your grown-up? Can you measure other things around your house today? You will need to use the words long, longer, longest and short, shorter, shortest when talking about what you have found out. Remember, if you are measuring with a ruler, you must start one end of the object at zero.

Are you ready to start a collage in the style of Picasso today. You could find a picture of a face from a magazine or newspaper and then cut out features from other face pictures to add to it. 

Wednesday

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Today I would like you to go on a nature walk with a grown-up. You might like to take the 'Five Senses Scavenger Hunt' sheet with you and see if you can spot something to draw and label in each box. Can you ask a grown-up to help you find a few small flowers and leaves to press? You will need to put them between absorbant paper and under a pile of heavy books. Leave them for a few days. Remember they will be very delicate when you lift them off. Can you make a picture with your pressed flowers? 

In Maths, after estimating and counting, you are going to be investigating how many spoons fill a cone. 

Carry on with your collage or other activity from the Topic Grid. Could you play the 'Roll a Picasso' game with your family?

Thursday

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In Literacy today, you are going to start a weather diary. Re-read 'Wakey Wakey' and think about all the different types of weather mentioned. Can you write a short sentence to describe the weather today? 

In Maths, visit the BBC Bitesize Home Learning site. Can you complete the activities in Bud's Number Garden? The link can be found here. How many levels can you complete? You can use your number line to help you. 

Select another activity from the topic grid, or continue working on your collage. I know that everyone has enoyed exploring colour-mixing in Reception!

Friday

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Please continue to keep your weather diary today and over the weekend if you can. Write a sentence and draw a picture of the weather today. Practise your Set 2 sounds by watching a YouTube clip here

In Maths, please complete the measuring activities on Education City: Measure Up and Classy Objects. Can you explore capacity by taking a washing up bowl or bucket of water outside, along with some containers of different sizes and/or empty bottles? How many beakers do you think the bottle of water will fill? Pour it out and see how close your estimate was. How many cups will it take to fill the bowl? Have fun investigating!

Today we are going to watch an Oak National lesson all about germs. You can find  the link here. Mrs Garrard will read a story called 'Germs Are Not for Sharing' and show you how to wash your hands properly. This is especially important to keep ourselves safe at the moment.

Finish off your topic work. Remeber to share a photo on Tapestry!

Next week

Next week our theme is 'Minibeasts, Bugs and British Wildlife'.

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