Reception Home Learning Activities

Week Beginning 13th July



Hi everyone,

It is our final week of home learning!

We will be playing lots of games on Phase 3 sounds and tricky words we have been practising the last couple of weeks. Literacy will continue to focus on Minibeasts and Animals, and in Maths we will be exploring BIG numbers!

Watch out for our virtual sports day and take part with your family members. All the activities are really fun and exciting!

It’s all about transition to Year 1 this week. Take part in the transition activities and perhaps speak to a grown up at home about how you’re feeling to move from Reception to Year 1.

We know that this is the end of our Reception year at Michael Faraday. Although it has been a rather strange year, know that things will eventually get better and we will return back to school very soon to reunite with our lovely friends.

Have a lovely week and an amazing summer holiday!

Take care,

Emily & Ayshah 😊
If you would like some more structure to your day then please follow the Reception Timetable.
As we come to the end of our Phase 3 sounds, let’s have a go at playing some of these fun games to revisit what we have learnt so far.

Monday: Revisit ai, ee, igh, oa using the sound mat and the high frequency words. Read the words that have the sounds we are practising today. Write the name of each object that has the ai, ee, igh, oa sounds. Play Buried Treasure (using today’s sounds) by dragging the coins with real words on them to the treasure chest and the fake words to the dust bin. There's a worksheet Phonics Mon.

Tuesday: Revisit oo (long), oo (short), ar, or using the sound mat and the high frequency words. Read the words that have the sounds we are practising today. Play the I Spy game – look around your house and make a list of all the things you can see which have today’s sounds. Have a go at spotting the sounds in these sentences. Play Dragon’s Den (using today’s sounds) by dragging each egg to the right dragon to get them breathing fire again. There's a worksheet over here.

Wednesday: Revisit ur, ow, oi, ear using the sound mat and the high frequency words. Read the words that have the sounds we are practising today. Write the name of each object that has the ur, ow, oi, ear sounds. Play Pick a Picture to practise your blending! There's a worksheet over here.

Thursday: Revisit air, er, ure using the sound mat and the high frequency words. Read the words that have the sounds we are practising today. Have a go at spelling some of the words using these sounds on here (ICT games). Can you write the following sentences: a) the chair is stuck on a tree b) the water feels rather hot c) dig the manure into the soil. There's a worksheet over here.

Friday: Revisit all the sounds we have practised this week. Play Fill in the Missing Sounds.


Have fun at home with the Michael Faraday Virtual Sports Day!

You can find all the fun activities over here.

This week in Maths we will be exploring big numbers! Have you ever wondered what a million of something would look like? We will be counting and ordering big numbers. There will be some estimation too!

Monday: Listen to Emily read How Many Jelly Beans?


Ask a grown up to write some big numbers for you e.g. 100, 1000, 10,000, 100,000, 1,000,000. How many zeros are in these huge numbers? Count and find out! Have a go at writing some of these big numbers down on a piece of paper or a whiteboard.

Sing the Big Numbers song! Can you spot some the big numbers?


Tuesday: What does a million look like? Shut your eyes for a moment and try to imagine a million of your favourite toys, or a million of people, or a million of zoo animals!

What does a million feel like? Is it crowded? Is it full? Is it enough? What comes in millions?

Watch this special movie How Much is a Million? To help you get an idea of what a million looks like.


Wednesday: Sing the Big Numbers song again! Use the 100 square to circle all the numbers going up in 10s. Use your Numicon tiles, line them up and use them to count in 10s.

Thursday: Look at a jar of objects. How many objects do you think are inside the jar? Count your objects and write down the total. You can use your 100 square to help you! Then make piles of tens and re-count the beans. Which way is easier to count? Count the objects by 10s to get the total number of objects.

Friday: Today we will be playing the game ‘Whisper and Jump game instructions Friday’. Look at these number cards going up in 10s, mix them up and put them in the correct order. If you find it tricky to do this, what can you use to help you? 100 square!

Check if you were correct by counting the numbers in 10s, pointing to the cards. Can you try to count with your eyes shut, making a picture of the next ten number in your head? Can you start at 40 and count on? Which number comes just before 100? Now it is time to play the ‘Whisper and Jump’ game.
This week in Literacy we will be looking back at all of the animals we have learnt about this term: minibeasts, farm animals and zoo animals.

Monday: Play a game of Animal Bingo following these instructions.

Tuesday: Play the memory game of Which Animal is Missing following these instructions.

Wednesday: Read these captions and match them to the correct picture.

Thursday: Try this Animal Word Search. You will need to read the animal words at the bottom of the page with an adult first and then look for the hidden words.

Friday: Use these sentence starters to write about your favourite animals.
Monday: Lydia Monks illustrated the What the Ladybird Heard books. That means she drew the pictures! Use her videos on Youtube to have a go at drawing some of your favourite characters from the stories. You can try as many as you like!

Tuesday: Look back at Emily reading What the Ladybird on Holiday.


Focus on the second page which shows all the animals the ladybird sees at the zoo. Choose a zoo animal to make from recycled materials. Here are some ideas to inspire you!

Wednesday: Add colour to the zoo animal you made yesterday. You could stick coloured paper on or use pens or paint. Try to use the real colours of that animal’s skin or fur.
Watch Emily read The Colour Monster.


Talk with an adult about what makes you feel happy / sad / angry / afraid / calm. How do you feel about going into Year One?

This will be the last music video before the summer holidays! I have compiled many of the songs that we have learnt throughout lockdown. I can't wait to see you all again in September!

End of Term Transition Activities

Tuesday: Talk with an adult about what your favourite things to do in Reception are. Some of you haven’t been in school for a long time. Can you remember what you like to play with in the classroom? In the garden? Which of the stories we have read did you like the most? Which trip did you like the best? Going to the theatre or visiting the Golden Hinde? Draw your top three in a big love heart!

Thursday: Complete the Spreading My Wings from Reception worksheet by talking about each section with an adult.

Friday: Draw a self-portrait in a media of your choice. You could use colouring pencils, paints or pastels. Look at yourself closely in the mirror first. What colour are your eyes? What shape is your nose? How long is your hair? Keep your portrait and you can give it to your Year One teacher in September!

Week Beginning 6th July



Hello Reception

We will be reading the next What the Ladybird Heard story this week. This time she is on holiday in London so look out for some familiar landmarks!

We will also be learning about zoo animals and comparing them to those that live in the farm.

In Maths, we will be exploring halving and there are plenty of activities in the Faraday Fun Zone for you to complete.

Remember to send any photos of the challenges you have completed to Emily or Ayshah to be entered into the competition!

Have a lovely week,

Emily and Ayshah
If you would like some more structure to your day then please follow the suggested timetable.
We are using the ‘Letters and Sounds For Home School’ videos again this week.

Use the Reception videos and complete Lessons 26-30 this week.

Remember that if you find these lessons a bit tricky or you want some extra blending practice, you can also use the ‘Learning to Blend’ lessons.
Try this Cosmic Kids yoga session about Enzo the Bee!

This week is all about halving! To find half of something, we have to split it into two equal parts. We can halve objects and numbers.

Monday: Have a look at these real life examples of food that has been halved. Then choose three food items from your own kitchen to share with someone in your family. Find half of each item, either by cutting them in half or by sharing them fairly between you and someone in your family. You could choose a piece of bread, an apple or some grapes! How can you make sure it is fair? You will need an adult to help you do any cutting safely.

Tuesday: Watch the halving song before having a go at cutting these shapes in half. Remember to find the middle of the shape so that the halves are fair. If you don’t have a printer, an adult can always draw the shapes for you on a piece of paper for you to cut in half.



Wednesday: Watch Give Me Half by Stuart J. Murphy.



In this story, halving is all about being fair. You can practise this by gathering up some collections of toys or objects from your home, and giving half to someone in your family and keeping half for yourself. E.g. gather 6 teddy bears, 10 toy cars and 14 Duplo blocks.

Can you share each toy fairly between you and someone at home by giving half to them and keeping half for yourself? Explore different strategies for finding half, but always check at the end that you each have the same amount, otherwise it isn’t fair!

Thursday: Use this activity to learn more about halving with your Numicon shapes. You will need these printable numicon shapes too. Cut them out in advance for your child and make your own (if you don’t have printer) by tracing round the Numicon shapes and cutting these out instead.

Friday: Complete these ladbybird halving challenges. You can work them out using your ladybird from last week (or by drawing a new ladybird on a piece of paper with a clear line down the middle) and your Numicon counters. E.g. for the first one, you could give your child two counters and ask them to put them on the ladybird so that half the counters are on each side. Then repeat with 4, 6, 8 counters.

You can challenge your child by giving them an odd number and discussing why this makes it harder. You can also extend your child by trying these Ladybird Halving challenges which work with numbers up to 20.
This week we are reading What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday by Julia Donaldson. In this story, the clever little ladybird is on holiday, in the very same city as Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len. She and her zoo-animal friends have a crime-busting plan, yet again!

Monday:

Watch the video of What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.



Try to join in with the animal noises and make up some actions as you go along!

Talk with an adult about what is happening in the story. Here are some questions to prompt you. Remember you can re-watch the video several times, or pause it regularly to check you know what is happening so far and maybe even take a guess at what you think might happen next!

- Look at the front cover and name all of the animals that you can see. Where do you think these animals live? How are they different from the last two stories?

- Where do you think the ladybird is going on holiday? What might she see?

- What is the two bad guys’ plan this time?

- Can you guess what the Ladybird’s plan is?

- Which one of the Ladybird’s plan was a good one? Why?

Tuesday:

Watch the story What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday again. Pause on the second page where all the animals are introduced.

Can you remember the different noises made by the animals?E.g. the lion roared, the crocodile snapped, the elephant trumpeted etc. Have a go at matching the animal pictures to the words that describe the noises they make!

Can you spot the ow digraph in some of the words? e.g. growled and howled.

Wednesday:

What other animals do you think live in the zoo? Have a look at the pictures of animals on this slide e.g. meerkat, pelican, panda, zebra etc. Create an entrance poster for the zoo! What do we need to add to the poster? A welcome sign, address, prices, names of animals that will be on site, pictures!

Thursday:

Look at the slide from yesterday of animals that live in the zoo. Can you name the animals in the pictures? Which one of the animals are your favourite? Today we will be creating our own Zoo Animals book!

Watch Catherine demonstrate how to make your very own book at home. You can watch this video to help you collect some ideas!



Choose two animals from the pictures and have a go at describing them to an adult or sibling at home. Draw pictures of the same animals and write your descriptions for each one in your book e.g. the tiger is stripy, the baboon is hairy etc.

Friday:

Look through your Zoo Animals book that you created yesterday. Choose two different animals from the slide and add to your book.
Monday:

Recall the different animals from the story WTLBH on H and discuss where the animals live. People have different relationships with different animals. For example, because cows are tame, they can be kept on a farm, while tigers and other wild animals cannot.

Discuss why some animals live on a farm (horses help farmers do work, cows give milk, hens lay eggs, etc.) and other animals may be kept in a zoo (they are wild and most people might not see and learn about them otherwise.)

Look at the selection of photos of farm and zoo animals. Cut out the photos of the animals and sort them in two separate piles ‘farm animals’ and ‘zoo animals’.

Tuesday:

Today we will be playing an animal roundup game! You will need a few people to play this game (3 or more). If you have fewer people, the person playing the ‘animals’ can change into a different animal each time. Divide into three groups: zookeepers, farmers, animals (you play this role).

The animals have wandered away from the farm and so the zookeeper and farmer must bring the animals back to their homes. Choose one area of the house to be the farm and another to be the zoo. You will need another copy of the pictures from yesterday and cut them out again. Select a picture of an animal (one at a time), and send it to its correct home.

Wednesday:

Watch the video ‘Land, Water, Air Animals’.



Look at the pictures of the animals from the video and categorise into different groups (Animals that live on land, Animals that live in water, Animals that can fly).

Can you come up with your own way to categorise the animals? E.g. animals with 2 legs and 4 legs.

Thursday:

Use DK Find Out website to research about animals that are carnivores and herbivores.

What is the difference between the two types of animals? Some animals feed on plants while others are meat-eaters. Can you name some animals from each type? Did you also know that some animals are omnivores?

These animals eat both plants and meat. Continue to further research about omnivores over here.

Friday:

Look through yesterday’s research pages on DK Find Out about the different types of animals: carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Create your own animal poster that categorises these animals into the three groups.

For this activity, you will need an A3 piece of paper and some colouring pens. Choose an animal from each group and draw them on your poster. Label your drawings with the name of the animal and which group of animals it belongs to.
Try some new challenges from the Faraday Fortnight of Fun. There are a variety of learning challenges that you can complete from different areas of the curriculum.

Try your best to complete five of the Faraday Fortnight of Fun Challenges in total. You can complete more challenges if you wish!

You can choose from any of the following Faraday Fortnight of Fun challenges:

  • Science


  • P.E


  • D&T


  • Art


  • Music


  • Phonics


  • Cooking


  • We will be looking for winners for each of the Faraday Fortnight of Fun challenges! You can work individually on your challenges or with your siblings.

    Please enter by sending photos of your child/children’s work to their teacher’s email address and state which challenge they have entered e.g. Phonics Challenge. Your teachers will select winners for each of the learning challenges.

    Children should use the Faraday Fortnight of Fun Challenge Tracker to record their progress in these projects. This can be downloaded or collected from the school office.

    Have fun!
    Watch Emily reading Farmyard Hullabaloo! By Giles Andreae.

    In this weeks video, Reception will need a pair of sticks or claves and will have a go at playing the pulse and contrasting dynamics (volume) to a new song that I wrote.

    Week Beginning 29th June



    Hi everyone,

    We hope you are keeping well.

    This week we will be continuing with the story ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ and thinking about Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len’s cunning plan! We are also going to be making our own puppets of the characters and use them to retell the story.

    We will be learning lots about farm animals and their babies, and discuss what we can do to look after them.

    There is exciting news for you this week! We will be starting our summer learning project ‘Faraday Fortnight of Fun’ where you will be given the opportunity to take part in a variety of challenges for all areas of learning over the next two weeks.

    Winners will be selected by your class teacher and there will be a special prize at the end. We hope you have lots of fun taking part in the challenges!

    Have a lovely week and remember to keep hydrated in the hot weather!

    Ayshah & Emily
    You can find the new timetable for the week ahead over here.
    We are using the ‘Letters and Sounds For Home School’ videos again this week.

    Use the Reception videos and complete Lessons 21-25 this week.

    Remember that if you find these lessons a bit tricky or you want some extra blending practice, you can also use the ‘Learning to Blend’ lessons.
    Monday

    Starter: Count to 20 and back using your number line (Numicon pack). Ask an adult to point at a number and then count from that number. Practice forwards and backwards.

    Teach: How would we double 3? Ask an adult to draw a ladybird which hasn’t been doubled correctly – how do you know it’s not a double? Because it does not have the same number of spots on both sides! Doubling is when we add the same number to itself!

    Using your ladybird and counters (Numicon pack), follow the ‘doubling numbers with ladybirds’ sheet. As you follow the slides, place the same number of counters on one side of the ladybird. Now work out the double by placing the same amount of counters on the other side. How many spots does the ladybird have in total now?

    Tuesday

    Teach: For this activity you will need two sets of your Numicon shapes (1-10) as we will be learning to double with Numicon today!

    Ask an adult to show you a number between 1-10 using number cards. Find the matching Numicon shape. Now double the amount by finding the matching piece of Numicon. Count how many holes they have in total to find the double. Can you write the matching number sentence? E.g. 6 + 6 = 12. Repeat with different numbers.

    Wednesday:

    Starter: Doubling song on YouTube.



    Teach: Display a blank domino and select a number from 1-10 using the number cards. Add the same amount of counters to one side. How many spots can you see on the domino? How many spots do we need to add to the other side to find the double?

    Add the same amount of counters on the other side. How many spots are there in total? Now it is your turn to have a go! Practice finding the doubles of other numbers then write the doubling number sentence.

    Thursday:

    Starter: Play the Archery Doubles game.

    Teach: Read the doubling number sentences on each of the cards. Using your double ten frames from last week and playdough balls, solve the doubling problems! For example, 7 + 7 = ?

    First you will need to place 7 playdough balls on one ten frame. To find out the double of 7, you place the same amount of playdough balls on the other side. Then count the total.

    Friday:

    Starter: Ants go Marching song on YouTube.



    Teach: For this activity, you need some cubes or Lego! Can you show the double of 4 using the cubes?

    Select 4 cubes and build a tower. To double 4 we need to add the same amount of cubes to the tower we have already created. How many cubes are there altogether? Repeat with different numbers using using these cards.
    Monday: Watch the video of What the Ladybird Heard Next. Talk with an adult about how the animals tricked Hugh and Len in the first What the Ladybird Heard story and compare it with the new plan – which plan do you think is better and why?



    Tuesday: Re-watch What the Ladybird Heard Next. Make puppets for the main characters (the ladybird, the hen, the duck, the goose and Hugh and Len) and retell the story for someone in your family.

    Your puppets can be as simple as a drawing of each character onto card and then cut out. You could add a strip of card, a straw or lolly stick to make your puppets stand up better. You should spend time imagining what each characters voice sounds like and what they do in the story before your main performance!

    Wednesday: Look closely at the farmyard scene from the first page of What the Ladybird Heard Next over here. Read the labels underneath using your Phonics and point to the matching spot on the picture.

    Thursday: Look at the pictures from some key moments in the story What the Ladybird Heard Next. Part one is over here. Part two can be found here. Write a simple caption to describe what is happening in the pictures.

    Some tips for parents and carers:

    - Look carefully at each picture with your child and talk about them first. Which characters can you see? What was happening in the story?

    - Use the ‘prompts’ under each picture to compose a caption that labels the picture. The suggested prompts are made up of simple, decodable words that children can spell using the sounds they have learnt in Phonics.

    - You can always spell any trickier words for them, e.g. ‘ladybird’, so that they can focus on the words they can spell themselves.

    - Don’t worry if the spellings are not all correct - the main thing is that they are using their Phonics to spell words.

    - Encourage your child to read their own writing back to check it makes sense.

    Friday: Look again at the farmyard scene on the first page of What the Ladybird Heard Next over here. Talk about where each animal lives, e.g. the cow lives in a shed. Read the sentence starters underneath the picture and then complete them yourself, e.g. The duck lives in the pond.
    Monday: Read the All About Farm Animals worksheet with an adult at home and learn the names of the baby animals.

    As you scan through each slide, talk about the different types of foods produced by the animals and where they live. Have a go at answering the questions on the final side.

    Tuesday: Recap on yesterday’s worksheet, discussing the names of each of the animals and their babies. Use this worksheet to cut out the pictures of the young animals and stick them next to their correct mother.

    Wednesday: Recap on the worksheet, this time focusing on the different types of foods that are produced by farm animals. Can you remember the animals that produce milk? What animals lay eggs? Without farm animals, we wouldn’t ever have these things and so it is our duty to look after them!

    Watch the video What Do Farm Animals Need?



    Look at other ways to look after farm animals through these pictures on the worksheet and discuss what farm animals need in order to be taken care of. Today we will create a poster on how to look after our farm animals. Model a list of the things we have discussed e.g. give them food and fresh water. Include some pictures! Give your poster a title e.g. ‘How to look after farm animals’.

    Thursday: Today we will be thinking about hens! What do hens usually do? They like to flap their wings, peck the ground, build nests, lay eggs on nests and sit on them, dustbathe and sit on a perch at night. We will have a go at pretending to be a chicken. Imitate the same behaviours!

    Look at the photos of the caged hens and the free-range hens. Now sit in a confined space, such as underneath the table, and pretend to be a caged hen. Now pretend to be a free-range hen who can choose where to go in the given space. Compare the differences between the natural behaviours you just performed. Which group of hens do you think is the happiest? Why?
    Are you ready for our Faraday Fortnight of Fun? There are a variety of learning challenges that you can complete from different areas of the curriculum.

    Try your best to complete 5 of the Faraday Fortnight of Fun Challenges over the next two weeks. You can complete more challenges if you wish!

    You can choose from any of the following Faraday Fortnight of Fun challenges:

  • Science


  • P.E


  • D&T


  • Art


  • Music


  • Phonics


  • Cooking


  • We will be looking for winners for each of the Faraday Fortnight of Fun challenges! You can work individually on your challenges or with your siblings.

    Please enter by sending photos of your child/children’s work to their teacher’s email address and state which challenge they have entered e.g. Phonics Challenge. Your teachers will select winners for each of the learning challenges.

    Children should use the Faraday Fortnight of Fun Challenge Tracker to record their progress in these projects. This can be downloaded or collected from the school office.

    Have fun!
    Monday: Collage your own snuggly Snerd! Look at the Snuggly Snerd in What the Ladybird Heard Next and ask an adult to draw the outline of a big bird. Gather any colourful materials you can to cut and stick onto the outline. If you have feathers or felt then great, but any household materials you can spare will work! Make your Snerd bright and textured. Talk with an adult about the colours and how your Snerd feels.

    Tuesday: Look at some chicken eggs and imagine what the Snuggly Snerd’s eggs would look like. Ask an adult to boil an egg for 15 minutes so that you can decorate it when it has cooled down. Experiment with crayons, pens and paints. Will your Snerd egg be bright blue like Hugh and Len imagine it, or will it be another colour? Will it have a pattern?

    Wednesday: At the end of What the Ladybird Heard Next, the farmer sets his bees on Hugh and Len. Use finger painting to make your own buzzy bees chasing Hugh and Len off the farm! You can use yellow paint to make the finger-print bees and add the detail (stripes, wings, face, legs) with a black pen later. You could add a beehive or try to make a ladybird from a red finger print!
    Watch another farmyard story about a special hen called Rosie – Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins.



    Watch Catherine read What the Ladybird Heard Next:

    Reception will kick off with a song called 'Stop and Go' by Ella Jenkins followed by a song that I wrote called ' Pick up Your Sticks' where they will need a pair of sticks or claves.

    Week Beginning 21st June



    Hi everyone,

    We hope you're all still staying safe and keeping well.

    This week we are welcoming in some children back to school. We will be busy doing the same learning both at home and in school, and it’s all about ladybirds!

    Our story for this week is What the Ladybird Heard, one of our favourites!

    We have lots of fun activities like ladybird crafts, singing rhymes about farm animals and also make animal noises! We will be making maps and learning facts about these pretty creatures too.

    If your child is returning back to school on Monday 22nd June, please read this book to help you understand some of the changes.

    We look forward to seeing you!
    You can find the new timetable for the week ahead over here.
    We are using the Letters and Sounds For Home School videos again this week.

    Use the Reception videos and complete Lessons 16-20 this week.

    Remember that if you find these lessons a bit tricky or you want some extra blending practice, you can also use the ‘Learning to Blend’ lessons.
    We hope you have been enjoying your daily exercise routines at home. There are so many bugs to choose from on Cosmic Kids.

    Get active with Jack Jack on the change for life website.
    Monday:

    Starter: Roll a dice. Show me this number on your fingers. What is the next no? Show me. Repeat lots of times.

    Teaching: You need two dice – one with teen numbers and one with numbers below 10. Roll the dice with the bigger numbers. Make a tower using the same number of cubes/Lego pieces that are shown on the dice. Now roll the dice of smaller numbers. Make a second tower using the number on the dice. Now add them together.

    How many cubes or pieces of Lego do you have altogether? Can you show the total number of cubes using your number cards?

    You can create your own dice using any object that looks like a cube (writing or sticking numbers on it) and use number cards from your Numicon pack.

    Tuesday:

    Starter: Have a go at counting along the Numicon number line and back, pointing to each number.

    Teaching: Go through the Numicon Addition powerpoint that shows a set of number sentences consisting of the Numicon shapes.

    Together read the number sentences on each page.

    Can we put these shapes together on our boards? What number do they make in total?

    Write the number sentence together under the Numicon shapes.

    Wednesday:

    Starter: Practice counting in 2s, 5s and 10s with claps.

    Teaching: The ladybirds over here have lost their spots! Today we will solve this problem by adding some spots on their bodies. Show the number 8 using the number cards. Count out the same number of counters and place them on one side of the body. Then show the number 4. Count out 4 counters and place on the other side.

    How many spots does your ladybird have altogether? Make sure to count carefully! Record the number sentence on your board. Repeat with different numbers each time.

    Thursday:

    Starter: Let’s count to 100 using a 100 square!

    Teaching: You will need some playdough for this! You can find the recipe to make playdough over here.

    Roll out 20 little balls. Have a go at reading the number sentences on the slide. Work out the total for each number sentence using your playdough balls on a twenty frame.

    For example, to calculate 12 + 4 = ? You would place 12 balls on your frame and then add 4 more to find how many there are in total.

    Remember to use our ‘counting on’ method e.g. 13, 14, 15, 16. Ask an adult to model this for you a few times before having a go yourself if you get stuck!

    Friday:

    Starter: Practice counting in 2s, 5s and 10s by stamping your feet.

    Teaching: Complete the Numicon activity Special Squares.
    Monday:

    This week we are reading a new story called What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson.

    We have learnt about various minibeasts already this term and this story is about a ladybird. The story takes place on a farm and the brave ladybird saves all of the farm animals from two nasty thieves with her clever plan.

    Watch the video of Emily reading What the Ladybird Heard below.



    Talk with an adult about what is happening in the story. Here are some questions to prompt you. Remember you can re-watch the video several times, or pause it regularly to check you know what is happening so far and maybe even take a guess at what you think might happen next!

  • Look at the front cover and name all of the animals that you can see. Which is the smallest animal? Do you know what sound these animals make?


  • Why is the cow wearing a rosette?


  • What is the two bad guys’ plan? Why do they need a map?


  • Can you guess what the Ladybird’s plan is? How would you trick the bad guys?


  • Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are the bad guys. What do hefty and lanky mean?


  • When Hugh and Len break into the farm, why do all the animals make the wrong sounds?


  • Was the Ladybird’s plan a good one? Can you describe it to an adult?


  • Tuesday:

    Watch the story What the Ladybird Heard again. Try to join in for the repeated refrain that starts “And the cow said MOO and the hen said CLUCK” and ends “And the ladybird said never a word.

    Can you tap along to the beat in this part of the story? It’s almost like a song.

    Can you find the rhyming words here too? Listen closely and then join in and say the words out loud.

    Which word rhymes with cluck? Which word rhymes with hog? Which word rhymes with purred?

    The whole story rhymes – can you hear any more rhyming pairs on some of the other pages?

    Wednesday:

    Play this Animal Noises game. Ask an adult to write the following words on little pieces of paper, fold them up and them in a bowl or a hat.

    cow

    hen

    horse

    hog

    sheep

    dog

    cat

    ladybird

    Take it in turns to choose a word from the bowl. All of the words are animals from the story What the Ladybird Heard. Sound it out and blend the sounds together to read the word. Then you make the sound for that animal! E.g. if you choose the word dog, then you read the word and make a woof sound! (You could whisper quietly for the ladybird).

    Thursday: Draw a farmyard scene with the characters from What the Ladybird Heard. You could even draw Hugh and Len at the gate, trying to get in! Add speech bubbles to the animals and write the sound each animal makes inside. E.g. write hiss in the goose’s speech bubble.

    Friday: Make a wanted poster for Hefty Hugh or Lanky Len. Look back at pictures of Hugh and Len in the story. You will need to draw a detailed picture of Hugh or Len and then describe them underneath. You can use the template over here.

    You can write single words for your description (e.g. tall, red hat, mask), but try to write it in sentences (e.g. Len is tall and thin. He has a red hat). You made a Wanted poster for the Wizard Lizard in Superworm last week – was the wizard more or less scary than Hugh and Len?!
    Monday: Using directional language.

    Make a map of the farmyard in What the Ladybird Heard. Add arrows to show the route you would take from the gate to the shed of the Fine Prize Cow! Make sure you include some of the animals, the farmhouse and the pond. Describe the route to someone in your family. Try to use these words: turn, straight, around, left, right, near.

    Tuesday: Play this version of Hide and Seek with someone in your family.

    Wednesday: Do these ‘direction challenges' at the park.
    Thursday: Watch Emily reading facts about ladybirds in non-fiction books and make a Ladybird Lifecycle hat. Describe the stages of the lifecycle to an adult.



    Friday: Complete this parts of a ladybird worksheet worksheet. You can use the internet to research the ladybird body parts.
    Monday: Have a close look at a variety of photographs/images of ladybirds.

    What type of colours can you see? Are they all red? How many spots can you count? How many legs do they have?

    Create an observational drawing or painting of a ladybird.

    Tuesday: Follow the instructions to create your own handprint ladybird!

    Wednesday: Watch What the Ladybird Heard theatre production advert.



    How many animals can you see? What sounds are they making? What materials has been used to make the puppets?

    Join in with the song!
    Watch Julia Donaldson sing the ladybird song!

    Watch this story about a different ladybird (this one is very grumpy!):



    Sing the farmyard nursery rhyme Old MacDonald.

    Can you include all of the animals from What The Ladybird Heard?
    Reception will kick off with some dancing to a song that I wrote called 'Wiggle Your Boogies and will go on to learning the way long and short sounds and be created from a very simple homemade instrument.

    Week Beginning 15th June



    Hi Reception!

    We are continuing our learning about Minibeasts and it is all about WORMS this week! We will be reading a new book called Superworm, which is about a wiggly, squiggly superhero worm!

    Superworm is a very kind and helpful friend. We will be thinking about how to show kindness to our friends and family, and talk about what we do to help them.

    This week, we will be hunting for worms in the outdoor areas and then build a wormery for the worms to live in. The wormery will show you how these amazing creatures turn plant waste into soil.

    Other SUPER activities we have for this week are to learn about worm facts and play games to test your knowledge. We will also be taking part in worm-inspired art activities using natural materials and found objects as well as worm painting using spaghetti.

    We have enjoyed receiving photos of your work and seeing what you've been up to. Please continue to send us emails to the addresses below.

    Emily’s class: reception-a@southwark.sch.uk

    Ayshah’s class: reception-b@southwark.sch.uk

    Have a fantastic week and keep yourselves happy and safe!

    Emily and Ayshah
    You can find the new timetable for the week ahead over here.
    We are using the Letters and Sounds For Home School videos again this week.

    Use the Reception videos and complete Lessons 11-15 this week.

    Remember that if you find these lessons a bit tricky or you want some extra blending practice, you can also use the ‘Learning to Blend’ lessons.
    Keep going with your outdoor exercise and fitness videos at home!

    You can practice some yoga moves with the song The Bird and the Worm.



    Lots more Cosmic Yoga and these sessions are all about some of your favourite bugs!

    In Maths this week, we will be continuing with some of our learning on estimation. Since it is all about worms this week, let’s also have some fun measuring these wiggly creatures!

    Monday: Get together your own collection of worms and cut them into different lengths. After you have cut them into different lengths, have a go at ordering the worms from the shortest to the longest. You can find some ideas over here.

    Tuesday: Have a look at each of your worms from yesterday. Talk about the lengths using the key words (short, shorter, shortest, long, longer, longest). Measure the length of each worm using a ruler, tape measure, or any other non-standard unit of measurement. This could be Lego, paperclips, blocks or any other object of your choice from home.

    Can you tell an adult how long the worms are? E.g. “This worm is 8 blocks long.” Now have a go at recording your measurements!

    Wednesday: Play Worm Race with an adult at home. Who can make the longest worm? Remember to use our key words for this week! Find instructions over here.

    Thursday: Look through the How Many Worms PowerPoint. Estimate the number of worms you can see, write down your estimation on a piece of paper and then count to check!

    Friday: Try this Numicon estimation activity!

    Then ask an adult to draw lots of worms, cut each of the worms out and then hide them into a pot of soil. Can you estimate how many worms are hiding inside the pot?
    Monday: Look at the pictures and videos of real worms. How could we describe a worm? Using a piece of paper or a whiteboard, use your Phonics to have a go at writing as many words as you can to describe a worm as a list. You can ask an adult to help you to scribe some of the harder words for you.





    Tuesday: Listen to Ayshah read the story Superworm.



    This is no ordinary worm – this worm is a Superworm! But when people look at him they don’t think of super words to describe him, they use boring words instead.

    Can we think of any new words to add to our list to make him sound more exciting and interesting to other people? Write down the ideas in a different colour and discuss the difference.

    Wednesday: Listen to the story of Superworm again. Discuss the problem in the story - Wizard Lizard magically makes Superworm go missing! Let’s create a WANTED poster to display for people to see to help find Superworm. You need to make sure that your posters include detailed information. Then display your poster somewhere outside!

    Thursday: Discuss how Superworm saved the animals in the story. Can you think of a new way that Superworm could help another animal? Draw a picture to show.

    Friday: Listen to Catherine read the book Kind. Think about what we can do to be kind to our friends and family. How can we help them? Create a thank you card to someone who is special to you.

    Monday: Look for worm in your garden or at the park. Worms like soil but also look under rocks or logs. If you go on a wet day it might be easier as worms come up to the surface of the ground when the ground gets very wet. Take a container with you to bring some home in.

    Make your worms a lovely wormery to live in following these instructions. You can keep your worms in yourwormery for up to a week but after that you should return them to where you found them. Here are some extra tips on how to keep the worms in your womery happy.

    Tuesday: Look at your wormery and make sure you have followed all the tips on how to keep your worms happy! Keep observing your worms throughout the week, making sure the layers are moist and replacing any food that has been eaten.

    Make a drawing of your wormery that shows the layers of sand and soil, the food you have put at the top and the worms themselves!

    Wednesday: You can watch Emily reading Yucky Worms.



    This book has lots of information about worms in it. Once you've watched, can you answer these questions?

    1. How many pairs of hearts does a worm have?

    2. Can you think of 3 things that worms like to eat?

    3. What does worm poo do for plants?

    4. Can you think of three animals that like to eat worms?

    5. How can you trick worms into coming up to the surface of the ground?

    Thursday: Worms have an interesting texture. How do they feel? Slippery? Slimy? Soft? Try this digging for worms activity. You will need to cook some spaghetti and hide it some soil. (There’s no need to colour the spaghetti as you cook it, it will work fine without).

    Talk with a grown up about how the pretend worms feel – is it the same as the real worms you found for your wormery? Can you find all of the worms in the bucket?

    Friday: Play this Birds and Worms game to learn about camouflage and how worms protect themselves from hungry birds!
    Monday: Use these instructions to make your very own Super Worm from an old sock or tights!

    Tuesday: Get messy with worm painting idea.

    Wednesday: Make a piece of art from natural, found objects. Before you start, ask an adult to help you ‘google’ Anthony Goldsworthy, an artist who makes beautiful creations from natural materials.

    Look closely at some of his work and talk about the patterns and materials he has used. Use this guide to help you make your own Goldsworthy-inspired artwork.
    Here is another version of Superworm for you to watch:



    You can also watch Emily reading I Can Only Draw Worms below.

    Can you draw ten worms too?

    This week reception are encouraged to move with their scarves to the songs, 'Shake Shake the Apple Tree' and 'Up and Down'. They will also be introduced to a new song- Eyes Nose Cheeky Cheeky Chin'.

    Week Beginning 8th June



    Hi Reception!

    We are continuing our learning about Minibeasts this week. We will be reading a new book called Mad About Minibeasts, which is made up of lots of little poems about these very interesting little creatures.

    At this time of year, there are minibeasts everywhere and we hope you will go and have a look for some in the park. We will be thinking about the different types of minibeasts and where they like to live before making your very own bug hotel! We will be doing some minibeast movement and rhymes too!

    We hope you enjoy the activities,

    Emily and Ayshah
    You can find the new timetable for the week ahead over here.
    We will continue to use the ‘Letters and Sounds For Home School’ videos that we started with last week. Use the Reception videos and complete Lessons 6-10 this week.

    Remember that if you find these lessons a bit tricky or you want some extra blending practice, you can also use the ‘Learning to Blend’ lessons.
    Keep going with your outdoor exercise and fitness videos at home!

    This Andy’s Wild Workout video is all about the little creatures that live in the undergrowth that we are learning about this term.

    It’s all about estimation in Maths this week. Try some of these fun activities at home by making lots of guesses! We end the week with some of our Numicon activities that you enjoy playing!

    Monday: Try number estimation activities. You need small objects, e.g. Lego bricks, buttons or very small toys – felt-tips, paper and a child’s shoe.

    Tuesday: Try these number estimation activities. You need 10 or 11 picture books, felt-tips and paper.

    Wednesday: Try these number estimation activities. You need some small cups, sand or rice or dry pasta pieces, a piece of A4 paper, and sticky tape.

    Thursday: Your first Numicon activity for this week is First to 100.

    Friday: Your second Numicon activity for this week is Into Space.
    This week we are reading Mad About Minibeasts. This book has little rhymes all about different creepy crawlies!

    Monday: Watch Emily reading Mad About Minibeasts. Talk with an adult about which minibeast is your favourite and why you find it interesting.



    Tuesday: Watch Emily read Mad About Minibeasts again. Listen carefully for the rhyming words in the story. Have a go at writing some of the rhyming words down in a list using your Phonics.

    Wednesday: Imagine you are in a garden and there are lots of minibeasts around you. Listen to the sounds each of these minibeasts make over here.



    Have a go at imitating the same sounds using objects at home or create your own instrument following these instructions. You can even use your voice!

    Can you buzz like a bumblebee or chirp like a grasshopper? Are there any minibeasts that make no sound?

    Thursday: Look at the pages about snails and slugs in the story and the fact cards. Create your own little fact file and write down two facts about these minibeasts.

    Think about what snails and slugs like to eat, where they live, what they like to do. You can create your fact file by looking at the instructions over here.

    Friday: Choose two more of your favourite minibeasts from the story and learn some interesting facts about them using the DKfindout website. Use the search tab to type in your chosen minibeast.

    Continue to add to your fact file by writing down two facts for each of them. Please support your child with his or her writing using these guidelines.
    Monday: Go for a minibeast hunt in your garden or at the park. Can you find any of the creatures from Mad About Minibeasts? Look on flowers and leaves as well as trees and bushes. Bugs often like to hide under stones, flower pots and logs too. Be gentle with any creatures that you spot – remember you are a lot bigger than them! You could draw a picture or take a photo of any minibeasts that you find.

    You could also start collecting your materials for a bug hotel – see Tuesday’s Creative activity.

    Tuesday: Talk to an adult about the minibeasts that you were able to find. What were their names? How many legs did they have? Where do they like to live?

    Wednesday: Draw a picture of your bug hotel and add the different minibeasts that you think would like to live there. Think carefully about where you draw each minibeast, e.g. you could draw some caterpillars on a leaf as they like to live on and eat leaves! Tell an adult about why you have put each minibeast in a specific part of your bug hotel.

    Thursday: Complete this minibeast sorting activity. Don’t worry if you don’t have a printer, an adult could help you to draw the minibeasts before you cut them out. If you don’t know where to put some of the creatures, you could ask an adult to help you find out using a non-fiction book or the internet.

    Friday: Play this minibeast guessing game:

    Draw six minibeasts on separate bits of paper, fold the pieces of paper up and put them into a hat. Take it turns with someone in your family to close your eyes and take out one minibeast from the hat. The player who has picked a picture must look at it without showing anybody else and try to describe the minibeast they have chosen with clues until the other person can guess. E.g. if I chose a picture of a ladybird I would say, “it has six legs and wings with spots on”.
    Monday: Make salt dough using this recipe. Use your dough to make minibeast models. You might make a butterfly, a spider or a beetle. Make sure you give your minibeast the right number of legs / wings! When your models are dry, you can paint them too.

    Tuesday: Use these instructions to make a bug hotel - a place for minibeasts to live – this could go on a windowsill, balcony or front step. Try to make it as comfortable as possible for all the minibeasts who will want to visit!

    You can find out more about bug hotels over here.

    Wednesday: Try to move like different minibeasts! Try to march like an ant, zoom like a fly or scuttle like a beetle. You could even make up some new actions of your own.

    This video, which shows minibeasts moving, might help you!
    Reception will learn a song called 'Hear The birds' and are encouraged to play the pulse and dynamics (different volumes) on some home instruments.

    Week Beginning 1st June

    Hi Reception!

    We hope you had a lovely half term. This term we will be learning all about insects and minibeasts. Our first story for this topic will be The Very Hungry Caterpillar. You might know this story already; it’s one of our favourites!

    As well as reading the story, we will be learning about the lifecycle of a butterfly, thinking about fruit and healthy food and making beautiful butterfly artwork. You will even be acting out the story with yoga moves!

    Have a wonderful week,

    Emily and Ayshah
    You can find the timetable for this week over here.
    We will be using some new videos to help you practise your phonics this term. You can find them on YouTube over here.

    Use the Reception videos and complete Lessons 1-5 this week. If you find these lessons a bit tricky or you want extra blending practice, you can also use the Learning to Blend lessons.

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    Thursday



    Friday

    Keep active at home this week! We have really enjoyed hearing how lots of you have been busy riding your bikes and scooters in the park – keep it up!

    Have a go at re-enacting The Very Hungry Caterpillar with Cosmic Kids Yoga.

    Monday: Try these number activities. You will need 1-20 number cards which you can make simply by cutting up a piece of paper or card and writing the numerals on them.

    Tuesday: Try these number activities. You will need paper (some cut into small pieces), a pencil and counters – you can use the counters from your Numicon pack.

    Wednesday: Try these number activities. You will need paper and a pencil and a collection of about 10 coins.

    Thursday: Your first Numicon activity for this week is collect the treasure.

    Friday: Your second Numicon activity for this week is collect the tens.
    Monday: You can watch Emily listen to the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar below. Find some actions over here to help you join in with the story telling.



    Tuesday: Listen to Emily read the story again. Use your caterpillar puppet to then retell the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Find more props to help you with the storytelling over here.

    Wednesday: Draw pictures of events from the story on little cards or paper. Using your pictures, create your own story map of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. You can use lines to join up the pictures to show the sequence of the story.

    Thursday: Have a go at changing the story slightly! Replace some of the foods in the story with different ones. This could be some of your favourite fruits or foods at home.

    Friday: Using your story map to help you, create a diary for the caterpillar. What did he eat on each day? Label your entries!

    Here are some helpful tips when supporting your child with their writing.
    1. Go for a nature walk and look out for caterpillars and butterflies. Take photos or do drawings of any minibeasts or insects that you see. There are lots of wildflowers in Burgess Park – these areas will be good for spotting insects!

    2. Look at the DKfind out website to learn more about how caterpillars transform into butterflies. Watch the Chrysalis to Butterfly video on this webpage too. Record 3 of the most interesting facts that you learn, either with drawings and writing, or by making a video or voice recording. Maybe you could find out what the word metamorphosis means or how a caterpillar prepares to change into a butterfly.

    3. Complete this Butterfly Lifecycle ‘cut and stick’ activity. If you don’t have a printer, then an adult will need to help you draw the diagram and arrows. You could draw your own pictures for each stage of the lifecycle and stick them into the right boxes. Can you label each stage too sing your sounds? Remember to break down long words like butterfly into syllables: butterfly.

    4. The very hungry caterpillar eats lots of fruit while he is growing. Can you remember what fruit he eats on each day? Which fruits do you like to eat? Can you draw and label them on this plate with some other healthy food.

    5. Make a fruit salad or a fruit smoothie! Try to use some of the fruits that the Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoys Monday-Friday. You could even count them in – 1 for Monday, 2 for Tuesday etc. How many is it altogether?
    1. Make a caterpillar puppet using these instructions. You will need some colourful card, scissors and a glue stick. You could try to make a butterfly using this technique too!

    2. Make a symmetrical butterfly using these instructions. You can make them as colourful as you like! These butterflies are a great way of exploring symmetry and doubling.

    3. The colours Eric Carle uses in The Very Hungry Caterpillar are really beautiful and bright. Have a go at mixing colours using this activity which is from the Eric Carle website. You will be mixing colours together and using the colour wheel to help you understand how colours are blended together to make new ones.
    Watch this animation of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.



    Year One teacher Kelly has made a recording of The Very Hungry Caterpillar using shadow puppets which you can watch below.

    Reception will sing, move and play the pulse of the song 'Walking Through The Jungle' using some homemade instruments.

    There is also a little music video that I've made at the end! I hope you enjoy it.

    You can view the archived Reception home learning from the first half of the summer term over here.