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Week 4, Day 2
Our first butterfly has hatched! How exciting! It takes a little while before the butterfly can fully stretch its wings but look at those beautiful colours! Our week 4, day 3 image is on our gallery; how many butterflies can you see now?
Week 4, day 4
Watch this beautiful butterfly as it makes its way out of the chrysalis!
Spread your wings and fly...
Welcome to Reception
The Reception year is a very exciting time for both parents and children. At Woodham Ley Primary School, children are offered the very best start to their education by being provided with rich opportunities and experiences. Our curriculum is based on the framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and we deliver this through a play-based approach. The curriculum is organised in a way which meets each child's individual needs, interests and fascinations, resulting in us planning 'in the moment' rather than through a 'one size fits all' topic.
Throughout the year, the children will have fun, make friends, learn and develop at a pace matched to each child's stage of development. We work hard to foster positive relationships with parents and value just how important these partnerships are. Right from the start, we endeavour to ensure that caring, nurturing and warm relationships are developed between all members of staff and the children in our care. We promote calm, positive interactions with all children in order to enable them to quickly grow in confidence and independence.
We encourage children to take risks, be curious and explore. We want them to become resilient individuals who are able to problem solve and persevere with tasks even when they find them a challenge. By doing this, we can rest assured that each child will be equipped with the skills to be a life-long, independent and effective learner.
Planning in the Moment
For further information on our rationale behind 'planning in the moment', please read the document below:
For more information on the Early Years Foundation Stage:
We provide a daily snack for the children which they are able to access each morning and some afternoons. They receive free fruit and vegetables through the Government's Free Fruit and Vegetables Scheme (SFVS) which aims to help children achieve their 5 A Day. In addition to this, children under 5 are entitled to free milk under the Nursery Milk Scheme. We also provide fresh drinking water.
We ask for a voluntary contribution towards the children's snack so that we can also provide additional foods, not covered under the above schemes. These include biscuits, waffles, croissants, crackers, yoghurts, cheese, bread sticks, wraps and dips. We also try to encourage the children to try more adventurous foods such as pomegranates, peppers and coconuts.
The children take part in a cooking activity each week, where they bake goodies to share at our regular reading cafe. The voluntary contributions go towards purchasing these ingredients too. So far the children have made lots of different types of cup cakes, a birthday cake and bread stick sparklers.
Please see the chart below which details the snack contributions and when they are due. It is vital that we continue to receive these contributions in order to provide the above.
If your child is self-isolating...
Please encourage your child to:
- play games and solve puzzles
- ask them to share and read a book with you
- practice their sounds using the set home cards
- identify shapes and numbers in the context of your home
- complete craft activities e.g. painting, model building
- develop fine motor skills by using play dough and playing with lego
- sing nursery rhymes
- involve them in cooking dinner and making breakfast
Wednesday 3rd June
Good morning Reception!
Apologises if you found the link not working for the practical task yesterday. It was checked but there now appears to be a glitch. If you would still like to access this task, you can find the clip on youtube by searching Makaton People who help us and it is by Singing Hands.
Today, I would like to continue working on the Talk for Writing booklet on p7, 8 and 9. You need to choose a toy and pretend it is the character from the story, taking it on the same adventures as they went on. You then need to look at the rhyming words in Hickory Dickory Dock. We have sung this together in class before and I know you enjoy the different version we use so I have attached a link to this for you. Once you have done all of those things, you then need to take your toy on their own adventure and take pictures of it, just like you did before, so try to think of different places it could go. We will need these pictures for tomorrow's tasks. (Curriculum area of Literacy)
The maths session today is based on 'Investigating number combinations within 20' (Curriculum area of Maths)
The practical activity for today is linked to our topic of People who help us and it is to create a police car using the weaving technique you learnt in the last Talk for Writing booklet (see the attached instructions on how to make this). (Curriculum area of Expressive Arts and Design)
Have a fun day!
Tuesday 2nd June
I hope you enjoyed yesterday's activities and are ready for some more learning today.
Your first task is to start on the new Talk for Writing booklet called 'Mouse adventure'. I would like you to work on p3, 4, 5 and p6 today please. You need to read through the story with an adult at home, discuss the different questions linked to what you have read and then match the words to the correct pictures. (Curriculum area of Literacy)
The maths session today is based on 'Exploring one more and one less'. (Curriculum area of Maths)
Your practical task is linked to our topic of 'Why do people do extraordinary things?' I want you to learn some more Makaton but this time we are going to learn words linked to 'People who help us'. Maybe you could send me a quick video of you signing 'Hello teacher'? (Curriculum area of Communication and Language and Characteristics of Effective Learning)
Have a lovely day!
Monday 1st June
Good morning, Reception!
I hope you've all had a very restful half term and have enjoyed the wonderful weather we have been getting recently.
It's Monday, so time for a phonics session today. Tomorrow, we will be starting a new Talk for Writing booklet so I have attached this as well in the document list for you to print off ready or to read through so you're prepared for the first session. (Curriculum area of Literacy)
Once you have completed the phonics session, I want you to complete the online maths session from Oak Academy based on 'Finding one less than a given number' (Curriculum area of Maths)
Your practical session for today is to watch and then discuss the video powerpoint on 'People who help us'. This is part of our topic for this term as it is based on our school question of 'Why do people do extraordinary things?' Many of the activities for this half of the term will be linked to this question in some way and it is a very relevant topic to discuss, given the current situation. (Curriculum area of Personal and Social Development and Understanding the World)
Please keep the emails and photos of your work coming in to me. I may be in school for part of the week but I will still be checking emails and responding every day and will be making those phone calls home if your child is not returning to school at this time. For those of you who missed 'Hambleton's Happy Hour' during half term, it is still on the page so why not take a look today and listen to the story.
I look forward to hearing all about your day. Enjoy!
Friday 29th May
Happy Friday, Reception!
I hope you're having a lovely half term and you are enjoying this lovely sunshine! It's time for Hambleton's Happy Hour! There isn't a task today so just a session for you to sit back, relax and enjoy listening to. I hope you like today's story!
Have a lovely weekend,
Half term activities
Here are some suggested activities you could do with your child, during the May half term.
- Create an obstacle in the garden. Who can complete it in the quickest time?
- Participate in a spot of bird watching. You can see what birds you can find and then research the different types. How many different types of bird can you find?
- Develop your throwing and catching skills, either on your own or with a family member. How many can you do in 1 minute? Can you beat your score?
- Using recycling materials, make an object of your choice. It could be an elephant, unicorn, robot etc.
- Play a board game or dominoes. Encourage turn taking and sharing.
- Using chalk, draw pictures and see if a family member can guess what they are. Maybe they could draw a picture and you could write what it is underneath.
- Play 'Splat the word'. Place all high frequency cards you're currently learning on the floor. The adult says a word, find the word and splat it (this could be by jumping on to it etc). You get to keep the card and have another go. If you make a mistake, that is ok, just swap roles and it's your turn to say a word for the adult to splat. You could play this game with numbers instead to encourage number recognition.
I have also attached a list of important life skills that you can complete during the week or whilst your child is learning from home. They are essential skills that will help your child.
Have a lovely week, and make sure you look out for 'Hambleton's Happy Hour' on Friday!
Friday 22nd May
Happy Friday, Reception!
That must mean...you've guessed it...it's time for Mrs Hambleton's Happy Hour! Once you have listened to the story, I want you to discuss all the words you spotted that describe different objects (the adjectives) and your practical task for today is to make your own dinosaur, following the instructions on the link below. (Curriculum area of Communication and Language and Physical Development)
Your daily maths session is based on 'Making one more than numbers up to 20'. (Curriculum area of Maths)
For those of you who are planning on returning to school on June 1st, Mrs Wragg has put together a video and a short booklet that we ask you show your children and discuss with them please. Some of the school environment and set up will be different from when they left. There will be some resources they will be unable to use as they are harder to clean; things like: soft furnishings, puppets, jigsaws, sand tray, dressing up etc will be removed where possible. We will be encouraging social distancing and lots of hand washing and sanitising. The children may not be with me or some of their friends but there will be familiar faces for them that include the EYFS team, as well as Mr Walton, Mrs Hopkins and Mrs Wragg, and the rest of the staff. We want to try to prepare the children as much as possible for these changes and we hope the video and information helps to do just that. Please email me directly if you have any questions and I will try to answer them for you.
Home school learning will be no different! Each day, I will still post the activities you can complete and I will be trying to make sure that I have the same amount of contact with you via emails and phone calls so please keep sending in your photos and information about how the children are doing. Thank you for all of your support!
Have a lovely weekend and a great half term! I will be posting some suggested activities for Monday, if you would like to use them during the week.
Thursday 21st May
I hope you're all enjoying this beautiful weather. It's so lovely to have such fabulous sunshine. Thank you for all your emails and photos. Keep sending them, as I really enjoy seeing all your work!
Today, we're going to finish the Talk for Writing booklet. I want you to act out the story you wrote yesterday. You could do this with actions and re-tell it like we did with 'The Little Red Hen' or you could pretend to be the characters to tell the story (ask some other family members at home who can help you with this). (Curriculum area of Literacy and Communication and Language)
If you really enjoyed this story, why not have a look at the links on the last page of the booklet to other stories about dogs and have a read of those.
Your maths task is based on 'Exploring place value'. (Curriculum area of Maths)
You have two practical tasks today...
The first one is to read a book in an unusual place. Have a think about where you usually read a book e.g. on the sofa, at bed time and then think of a place where you really wouldn't read a book. Take a photo of you reading in that unusual spot and send it in to me! I want to add as many different places to our celebration gallery as possible! (Curriculum area of Literacy)
The second task is to practise a skill on wheels...you might have a scooter, bike, skateboard, roller skates and so on. I want you to go outside and have a go. Can you travel further than you have before? Can you stay upright for longer? Give yourself a personal goal to try and beat and have fun trying! (Curriculum area of Physical Development)
Have a lovely day!
Wednesday 20th May
Good morning, Reception!
Today, I would like you to carry on with the Talk for Writing booklet and work on p20, 21 and 22. You are going to create, write and tell someone at home a story of your choice. The suggestion is to focus on a dog but you could choose a different animal instead to be your hero...look at 'The Snail and a Whale' and how small the snail was but how he was the hero who saved the whale! Let your imagination go wild! (Curriculum area of Literacy)
Your maths session today is based on 'Developing a sense of 10'. (Curriculum area of Maths)
Your practical task for today is to learn some makaton (sign language). We already know how to say good morning and good afternoon and we often use signs during our talk for writing but it would be lovely to learn some more signs to use in the classroom. (Curriculum area of Communication and Language and Characteristics of Effective Learning)
Days of the week
Objects at home
Have a great day and I look forward to seeing all your work!
Tuesday 19th May
What a lovely day we had yesterday! I hope you're spending some time in the fresh air either in the garden or going for a walk to enjoy this beautiful weather we are having.
Today, I would like you to continue working on the Talk for Writing booklet from last week. Look at pages 14, 15 and 16. It's all about words that rhyme. Discuss the rhyme and which words you can hear that rhyme. Focus on the end of the word. Can you see that, usually, they are the same? This is a clue to spotting words that rhyme. Play the game 'Golden River' using the rhyming words and then colour in the words that rhyme, in the same colour on p16 e.g. 'ball' is coloured in red so 'small' would be as well but 'mean' and 'bean' would be a different colour. (Curriculum area of Literacy and Communication and Language)
Your practical task is also from this booklet on p18. The task is to do some weaving. If you don't have straws, you could use something else. Just different coloured paper would work perfectly well, or ribbon. This task will help to develop your fine motor skills. (Curriculum area of Physical Development and Characteristics of Effective Learning)
Another practical task is to get outside today. I want you to just lay down somewhere quiet, close your eyes for a few minutes and really listen. What can you hear? Open your eyes and then take a good look around at what you can see. Have you spotted something that you didn't notice before? (Curriculum area of Characteristics of Effective Learning, Communication and Language and Understanding the World)
Your daily maths session is based on 'Ordering numbers up to 20'
Have a lovely day, and enjoy the sunshine!
Monday 18th May
Good morning, Reception!
I hope you've all had a restful weekend, ready for another week of learning!
Today, we have our phonics sessions so take a look at the phase video you are currently working on. If any of you who are working on phase 2 or 3 need an extra challenge, why not try the next phase video up?! An extra task linked to your phonics today is to write out the letters of the alphabet (maybe you could sing the alphabet song whilst you do this) as it will help you to work on your letter formation as well as remembering the letter name for each one. (Curriculum area of Literacy and Physical Development)
Here is your link to the daily maths lesson based on 'Counting objects up to 20'. (Curriculum area of Maths)
Your practical task for today is to be creative in the kitchen. What could you help to cook at home? It might be cookies or cakes, or a stir fry. (Curriculum area of Understanding the World and Physical Development)
Remember to learn a new set of 10 high frequency words as well as rehearsing the ones you have already learnt, and if you know them all, now learn how to write them. Keep reading your books for 5-10 minutes each day too as this is really important!
Have a lovely day,
Friday 15th May
Good morning, Superstars!
Reception, what can I say about the beautiful video you have made for all of us at the school?! We are all so grateful that you took the time to do this and it just shows everyone how amazing you all are! We all miss you very much and this gift is a very special one that we will always treasure. THANK YOU!
It seems a bit mean to now give you some work to do today but as it's Friday, I know you won't mind because it's time for 'Hambleton's Happy Hour'! Watch the video and then your task is to write a story of your own about something to do with magic. Abracadabra! (Curriculum area of Literacy)
Your practical task is also linked to the story of 'The Magic Porridge Pot'. I want you to draw your own magical pot and around the outside draw pictures or write words of all the things you love that you would like to put inside the pot to make one 'magical' spell. (Curriculum area of Expressive Arts and Design)
Here is your link to the maths session for today based on 'Investigating combinations of numbers up to 20'. (Curriculum area of Maths)
One last thing to mention...all our caterpillars have now become butterflies. Just like all of you have grown and transformed into amazingly resilient and independent children, the caterpillars have transformed and changed into beautiful butterflies. Now they are all changed, it is time to release them and let them spread their wings, just like you have started to do, and I know they will find a happy home somewhere...you never know, you might see one of them in your garden! Watch Mrs Fairs video to see how she has set them free.
Have a very lovely weekend, take care and stay safe,
Thursday 14th May
I hope you are all enjoying the work you are doing at home. I loved seeing all the different ways you made your names. There were some very creative ideas and I think all the adults at home are doing an amazing job with helping you to learn. A BIG thank you from me to all of you for your hard work!
Today, I would like you to do some more pages from your Talk for Writing booklet (p10, 11, 12 and 13). You will be looking at the different words that have been used in the story and thinking about their meaning. There's a game for you to play with prepositions and a rhyme time song that I know you all really enjoy from when we have sung it in school. Have fun! (Curriculum area of Literacy, Communication and Language and Expressive Arts and Design)
The maths session for today is based on 'Measuring short time periods in different ways'. (Curriculum area of Maths)
Your practical task for today is a fun experiment. I want you to create a paper horse and see if you can get it to walk all on its own! Maybe each member of your family could make one and you could race them. It is a little tricky to make so you will need some help from an adult and experiment with different surfaces to see which one is best for your horse to walk on. To find instructions on how to make it and to see it in action, click on the link below. Good luck! (Curriculum area of Expressive Arts and Design and Characteristics of Effective Learning)
Have a fun-filled day!
Wednesday 13th May
Today, we are going to continue with the Talk for writing booklet. I would like you to discuss the sequence of the pictures on p6 and write numbers next to each picture to show the correct order. Then on p8 you need to think of two things at the beginning of the story and two things at the end of the story and draw pictures of these, one in each box. If you would like an extra challenge, try p9 where you can create your own story about a dog. (Curriculum area of Literacy and Communication and Language)
The maths session today is 'Exploring time and the seasons'. (Curriculum area of Maths)
There are two practical tasks I would like you to do. The first one is to complete a scissor control sheet (see the examples I have uploaded, alternatively you could complete some of your own if you have them). (Curriculum area of Physical Development)
The second task is to watch the 'Bored' lesson on the National Oak Academy website as this might help some of you who may not understand why there may be times when you feel like this. (Curriculum area of Personal, Social and Emotional Development)
Have a lovely day and if you're able to, spend some time outside in the garden or go for a walk.
Tuesday 12th May
Thank you for continuing to share all your lovely photos and work. I really enjoy receiving them so I can see what you're doing at home. Keep up the amazing work!
We have some more exciting news about our caterpillars...Mrs Fairs has managed to video a butterfly coming out of its chrysalis! What an amazing thing to see. Look on our gallery to watch it yourself!
Today, we're going to start work on the Talk for Writing booklet on 'The amazing adventures of Max'. I want you to read the story on p4 and p5 with an adult and then discuss the different questions on p5 to see what you can remember from the story. (Curriculum area of Literacy and Communication and Language)
Your daily maths session today is on 'Exploring and discussing the days of the week'. (Curriculum area of Maths)
Your practical task for today is to make your name out of playdough. You could try writing it using some play dough equipment or you could roll it into sausages and see if you can form each letter of your name. Have a little fun with it! If you don't have play dough at home, maybe you could try creating your name in other ways. Be as creative as you like! (Curriculum area of Physical Development and Literacy)
Remember to keep reading for 5 - 10 minutes each day.
Have a lovely day of learning,
Monday 11th May
Good morning Reception!
I hope you have all had a lovely weekend and enjoyed whatever you had planned for VE day. We had lovely weather didn't we?!
Exciting news!! Check out our caterpillar gallery as we now have butterflies! There is a short video of week 4 day 2 for you to see as well. I wonder how long it will take for all of them to form?
I have uploaded your phonics videos for today. We're starting to use a link to our school youtube page in order to do this. Please let me know if you have any problems in viewing the videos. I have included the links for the phonics bloom website too. (Curriculum area of Literacy)
Here is the link for the daily maths session on the National Oak Academy website for today based on 'Talking about your daily routine' (Curriculum area of Maths)
Your practical task for today is to help to prepare either lunch or dinner, or both if you would like more of a challenge. Remember to listen carefully to the instructions your adult gives you and think about your right to safety. (Curriculum area of Physical Development and Communication and Language)
Keep learning the high frequency words you have already been practising and choose 10 more to learn. If you can already read all of them, now see if you can also write them.
Tomorrow we're going to be starting work on a new Talk for Writing Unit so I have attached the booklet for you to print off in advance, if you would like to.
Have a lovely day and I look forward to seeing all your fantastic work!
Here are just a few suggestions of activities you can do with your child, if you wish to:
- Make afternoon tea with scones
- Have a picnic
- Sing along to the Vera Lynn song, "We'll meet again" and discuss why she sang this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbLAtgUpl2g
- Discuss why we are celebrating this special day
- Create Union Jack bunting and hang it outside a window or door
- Make a glider plane
- https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/bring-the-noise/take-you-home-bsl/zhtyy9q/ You could learn a song called 'Take me home' and learn to the sign language actions to go with it. It's all about the focus on returning home.
Enjoy your day, however you choose to celebrate, and have a lovely weekend!
Thursday 7th May
Well today isn't Friday, but because tomorrow is a special day for VE celebrations, we can have 'Hambleton's Happy Hour' today instead. Yay! There are some questions I would like you to answer at the end of the story. I hope you enjoy it! (Curriculum area of Literacy and Personal, Social and Emotional Development)
Your practical task today is to make your own 'Rainbow Fish' in whatever way you would like, and if you have something shiny, you could use that for its shiny scales (tin foil maybe). That could make it extra special! (Curriculum area of Expressive Arts and Design and Physical Development)
Here is the link to today's ('Counting in equal groups') and tomorrow's (Investigation) maths sessions, in case you wanted to complete both, and we'll start again next week with the sessions each day. (Curriculum area of Maths)
All the caterpillars have now formed their chrysalis' so we now just need to wait and see how long it takes for the butterflies to form. I wonder if we'll have butterflies by Monday?!
Have a great day and enjoy the celebrations tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend!
Wednesday 6th May
Thank you for sharing all your lovely photos and examples of work. It really brightens up my day seeing them all, so please keep sending them!
Today, I want you to think back to the story of The Little Red Hen, what was it that she wanted to make? Yes, it was bread. Well, I would like you to do your practical task first today and make some bread at home. If you don't have all of the ingredients, maybe you could watch a video online of how to make bread instead. Once you have made your bread, I want you to write some simple instructions on what you did and the order that you did it in e.g.
1) Put flour, yeast and salt in a bowl.
2) Mix in water.
I have included a link to a simple online recipe you could use. (Curriculum area of Physical Development and Literacy)
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/bread-four-easy-steps (this uses bread flour)
https://www.browneyedbaker.com/white-bread-recipe/ (this one uses any flour)
Here is today's link to your maths session based on 'Exploring counting in pairs'. (Curriculum area of Maths)
Remember to keep learning those high frequency words, practise your sound cards and read for 5-10 minutes every day.
Have a fun-filled day of learning,
Tuesday 5th May
Today, we're going to focus a little on the lifecycle of a butterfly as our caterpillars are going through lots of changes at the moment. I want you to take a good look at what is happening and discuss the differences you can see between the first photograph we took and the one I have posted today. I would like you to then create your own lifecycle of a butterfly. I have placed an example of a sheet you could use but you could draw and write your own on a piece of paper. Remember to label each part of the cycle. (Curriculum area of Literacy, Communication and Language and Understanding the World)
Here is the link for today's maths session on 'Sharing objects into equal groups'. (Curriculum area of Maths)
Your practical task is to make your own symmetrical butterfly. The best way to do this is with paint. Ask an adult to fold the paper in half first and then open it back up. Paint half of a butterfly on one side of the paper (one wing, one antenna and so on) and then when you have finished, fold the paper back up and gently press on the paper. Open it up and what do you notice! I look forward to seeing all those beautiful butterflies! (Curriculum area of Expressive Arts and Design)
Have a lovely day!
Monday 4th May
I hope you've all had a lovely weekend and are ready for another fun-packed week of activities.
Today, you will be starting with our phonics session and the focus today is on the tricky words for each of the phases so have fun and enjoy (see the videos below for the right phase and the links to the song and game for your phase afterwards). (Curriculum area of Literacy)
In your daily maths lesson, you will be learning about 'Understanding the concept of equal groups'. Here is the link
It would be great to see how you are getting on with these maths sessions so see if an adult could send me some photos of this activity. (Curriculum area of Maths)
Your practical task for today is to learn the story of 'The Little Red Hen' using actions. I have drawn the story map for you (see photo below) so see if you can come up with your own actions and re-tell the story to someone at home. (Communication and Language and Expressive Arts and Design)
Remember to learn another new set of 10 high frequency words from the list. If you can already read all of them, now try writing them!
There have been lots of changes to our caterpillars over the weekend too so make sure you check out the caterpillar gallery for the updates. Mrs Fairs has very kindly recorded how she moved the caterpillars and explained the changes they are going through; take a look at her video!
Have a lovely day, and I look forward to hearing all of your news!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0 Tricky words song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R087lYrRpgY Tricky words song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NOzgR1ANc4 Tricky words song
Friday 1st May
It's Friday so I hope you're ready for another session of 'Hambleton's Happy Hour'. At the end of the session, I want you to draw, or print off, a picture of a hen and then label its body parts, just like you did yesterday with the ladybird picture. These animals are very different so once you have finished, maybe you can compare them. What do you notice that is similar and what is different? (Curriculum area of Literacy and Understanding the World)
Your daily maths lesson on Oak Academy is on 'Finding one less than a given number'. (Curriculum area of Maths) Here is the link
Your practical task for today is to do with ice, so see if you have some in the freezer. Look carefully inside it, can you see anything? Can you find a way to melt it, using adult supervision? Can you think of different ways to try and melt it? Which way was the quickest? I look forward to hearing about your investigation and your results. (Curriculum area of Characteristics of Effective Learning, Understanding the World and Communication and Language)
Have a great weekend, see you Monday,
Thursday 30th April
What a busy week you are all having?! Keep up the fantastic effort you're all putting in at home, well done!
Today, I would like you to work on p20-24 of your Talk for Writing booklet. As the sun is out this morning, it would be great for you to explore the minibeasts you might find in your garden but you can always do this on a different day if the weather changes. Read through the two factfiles and then choose a minibeast that you would like to research and produce a factfile for. As an extra challenge, try labelling the ladybird with the correct body parts. (Curriculum area of Literacy and Understanding the World)
Starting from today, I will be asking you to complete a daily maths lesson on the Oak National Academy website. I have added the link for you to do the first lesson I want you to complete, 'Finding one more than a given number' (week 1, Wednesday). (Curriculum area of Maths)
Your practical task for today is to explore what happens to different colours when you mix them. What colours can you make? Once you have finished exploring, use the paint colours you have made to create your own picture. (Curriculum area of Expressive Arts and Design)
Have a careful look at today's caterpillar picture...what do you notice? Maybe you can get your grown up to email me your answer.
Enjoy your day,
Wednesday 29th April
How are you all? I hope you've had a great week so far. It's a shame it's been raining recently but I'm sure you are all keeping busy and the rain will be good for the garden!
Today, I want you to read the 'Happy Poem' on p13 from the Talk for Writing booklet and then see if you can circle on p14 all the things that were mentioned in the poem. Can you spot them all? Once you've done that, I would like to see if you can make your own elastic band paintbrush and paint yourself a beautiful rainbow (see p15 for an example). Maybe you could display it in a window for the NHS workers, if you don't already have one. (Curriculum area of Literacy and Expressive Arts and Design)
Do you remember playing the dice addition game? Well why not try the dice subtraction game. Roll the dice (use two) and choose the biggest number to record first in your number sentence then take away the smaller number. You could use a numberline, counters, multi link cubes or numicon to help you at home. Maybe play the game with a member of your family? (Curriculum area of Maths)
Your practical task for today is to do with water (I was inspired by the rain!). I want you to build a raft for Mavis (as cats do not usually like water) out of recycling materials and test it to see if it floats. Maybe you could even make Mavis out of play dough or plasticine and see if the raft still floats with her in it? The bath may be a good place to test out your ideas. I look forward to seeing all your creations! (Curriculum area of Expressive Arts and Design and Characteristics of Effective Learning)
Remember to keep practising those high frequency words and to read for 5-10 minutes every day. Keep an eye on those caterpillars too as they're starting to go through some changes!
Have a fun day,
Tuesday 28th April
Well done for all the fabulous work you have been doing! I really enjoy seeing your photos and hearing about your day. Keep up the good work!
Today's task is to use the Talk for Writing booklet from last week, based on 'Mavis the magical cat'. Do you remember talking about the adventures Mavis went on and then taking pictures of your own toys on an adventure? Well, I want you to look at p11 and see if you can fill in the missing words from Mavis' adventure. Then on p12, you need to create your own toy's adventure by gluing your photos on to the string and then writing about what happened. Remember if you were not able to print off your photos, you could always draw pictures of the adventures your toy went on. (Curriculum area of Literacy)
Your practical task is to choose a picture to colour in. It might be one you already have in a colouring book or someone at home may be able to draw a picture for you to colour in. You could even draw and colour your own picture! I'm looking for really neat colouring, so remember to stay inside the lines and take your time. (Curriculum area of Expressive Arts and Design and Physical Development)
Online today at 10:30am, on Thursday and also Saturday (at the same times), Paradise Wildlife Park have a live stream on Facebook of their farmyard animals. Why not take a look to see what you can learn about: pigs, sheep, goats, guinea pigs and rabbits?!
Have a lovely day, Reception!
Monday 27th April
I hope you have all had a lovely weekend and are ready for another phonics session today. I know you're going to do an amazing job with your sounds, like you always do. (Curriculum area of Literacy)
The DFE have released some online letters and sounds phonics lessons (starting today). If you would like to continue with daily phonics sessions for the rest of the week, as well as the tailored ones for each phase I have produced, please take a look. Here is the link to the main youtube page
Before I tell you today's practical task, take a look over at the caterpillar gallery. Have a really close look and compare the caterpillars, what do you notice? Keep watching every day to see if you can spot any other differences. (Curriculum area of Understanding the World)
Your practical task is to go on an alphabet scavenger hunt! Write out the letters of the alphabet on pieces of paper first and then you have to hunt around your house for objects that start with each of those letters e.g. 'a' could be an apple, 'b' a book and so on. You could play against someone at home to see who is the fastest at finding the objects, if you want an extra bit of challenge. (Curriculum area of Literacy)
Remember to also choose a new set of 10 high frequency words to practise, as well as going over the ones you learnt last week.
Have a great day!
Friday 24th April
Good morning, Reception!
Well it's Friday, so that must mean it's time for another session of 'Hambleton's Happy Hour'. I want you to listen carefully to the story and see if you can spot the rhyming words as I read. Once you've finished listening, your task is to research an animal of your choice from the book and produce a factfile for it. Think about its habitat, what it likes to eat and so on. (Curriculum area of Literacy and Understanding the World)
The practical task for today is also linked to the story. After you have written your factfile, I would like you to make the animal you have researched. You could draw it, paint it, create a collage of it or even use recycling materials to build one. (Curriculum area of Expressive Arts and Design)
A busy day of tasks today but if you do have time to finish off any of those maths activity mats, great! Remember to keep practising those high frequency words and do 5-10 minutes of reading each day.
Have a lovely weekend and I'll see you in our phonics session on Monday,
Thursday 23rd April
Happy St George's Day!
Thank you for all the lovely emails; I look forward to seeing all the great work you have been doing at home every day! As it is St George's day, I have provided you with some reading about why we celebrate it and there are some questions you can answer, about what you have read, at the end. I have also planned a practical task linked to this for today so I hope you enjoy it.
The first task for today is to identify the places where Mavis has been on her adventures, looking at the photos on p10 from the Talk for Writing booklet. Can you then take photos of one of your toys on their own adventure? I wonder where they could go? Ask an adult to print them off (if they can) or you will be able to draw pictures of these photos when we're ready to use them next week instead. This is the last task from the booklet for this week but we will carry on with it again on Tuesday next week. (Curriculum area of Literacy)
Your practical task for today is to create your own shield for St George. You could draw one, paint it or build one out of recycling materials. Be as creative as you like! (Curriculum area of Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World)
Remember to keep working on those maths sheets and learning those high frequency words. Have you been comparing our photos of caterpillars too? They are still quite small at the moment but you may be able to spot some changes to them.
Have a lovely day,
Wednesday 22nd April
It has been lovely to see all the wonderful things you have been doing at home; keep up the amazing job, Reception!
I hope you enjoyed yesterday's story with 'Mavis the magical cat'. Today I would like you to read and match the pictures on p7 from the booklet, complete p8 where you need to pretend to be some of the characters and act out the paragraph whilst your adult is reading, and finish the session with learning the rhyme on p9. (Curriculum area of Literacy and Communication and Language)
Your practical task for today is to learn a new skill. Some of you have already been learning lots of amazing things: how to fly a kite, how to bake yummy goodies, how to jet wash the patio. It could be something as simple as making your own bed, hoovering or hanging the washing out. Have a go and I look forward to seeing all those fabulous new skills! (Curriculum area of Characteristics of Effective Learning and Physical Development)
I have also uploaded a list of high frequency words for you to learn to read, and even write if you would like an extra challenge. Try to learn 10 words a week. You could make them as cards to practise each day and you could try writing them into simple sentences. They are split into phases to make it easier to access. (Curriculum area of Literacy)
Remember to keep working on those maths activity mats that I published yesterday and try to read for about 5-10 minutes every day.
Tuesday 21st April
I hope you had a lovely day yesterday and were able to enjoy some of the sunshine!
The first task for today is to read the story of 'Mavis the magical cat' from the Talk for writing booklet, with an adult. Maybe you could take it in turns to read some of the words and sentences. Once you have read it, I want you to talk about it, using the questions on p6. (Curriculum area of Literacy)
Your practical task for today is to sing 3 nursery rhymes. You could learn a new one, or find some instruments (or pots and pans if you don't have any) and play along to the tune whilst singing. (Curriculum area of Expressive Arts and Design)
I have attached a set of maths sheets to be completed during the week, in any order you want to (see below). If you do not have a printer, don't worry, you can just discuss them with an adult instead or write them on a piece of paper. (Curriculum area of Maths)
If you want to practise your phase 3 sounds, why not have a look at the jolly phonics video on youtube (see link below). (Curriculum area of Literacy)
Don't forget to have a quick look at our 'Lifecycle of a Butterfly' gallery each day; see if you can spot any changes from photo to photo.
Have a lovely day,
Monday 20th April
Good morning, Reception! I hope you all had a lovely Easter break and are ready for some new learning and fun activities.
Take a look at our 'Lifecycle of a Butterfly' gallery, which you can find underneath our celebration gallery. Every day I will post a new picture so you can make comparisons with how the caterpillars look each day. The first thing Mrs Fairs did, was to make sure all the caterpillars were in a safe, warm place and could access their food in their pots (there are no photos of the first day as it was being set up so the first one is from day 2). When they are ready, and have had enough to eat, they should then make themselves a cocoon where they can get themselves ready to transform into butterflies. How exciting! Make sure you check in every day to see how they have changed.
For one of today's tasks, there are three phonics videos that have been uploaded below (phase 2, phase 3 and phase 4), please select the video linked to the sounds you are working on and complete the lesson. Here is the link to access the games at the end of the session:
There will be a phonics session available every Monday for you to complete. (Curriculum area of Literacy)
Your practical task is to play some sort of game at home. It could be a board game, a card game, dominoes etc. You can decide! (Curriculum area of Personal, Social and Emotional Development)
Pie Corbett has released some Talk for Writing resources online which is something we already use in school; in Reception this takes the form of the story maps and learning the stories by heart using actions, just like we have done with 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. I will be directing you to some of the work each day on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday but here is the link so you can have a look, and if you are able to, print off the booklet ready for tomorrow. The work can be completed on pieces of paper too if this is easier so please don't worry if you do not have access to a printer.
Here is the link,
Have a lovely day, and I look forward to receiving photos of all your fabulous work!
Fun things to do this Easter
Friday 3rd April
What a busy week you have all had! You've done an amazing job and have made some fabulous things at home. Mrs Hambleton will be giving you a break over the holidays but keep looking at our page every Friday for Hambleton's Happy Hour, as I'm still going to read you a story, just for fun! I hope you enjoy today's book as it's one of my all time favourites.
Your practical task for today is to use lego or some sort of construction you might have at home (you could even do it out of recycling materials). I want you to build a house that can fit 5 toys inside it. It is your choice how big these toys are but the bigger the toys, the bigger the house needs to be! I can't wait to see your fabulous creations for this challenge!
We did talk about Easter and why we celebrate it before we closed, but here is a link to the Easter story for you to watch and learn a little more about it.
Have an amazing Easter holiday; try not to eat too much chocolate! Have fun!
Thursday 2nd April
I have a lovely practical task for you today to get you outside in that beautiful sunshine! I want you to see how many skips, jumps, hops, laps around your garden you can do in 1 minute. Get someone at home to time you and maybe you can improve on your score the second time you try it. You could even challenge the members of your family to a competition to see who can do the most! (Curriculum area of Physical Development)
The other task for today is to practise forming your numbers. Remember to use the rhymes we have learnt to help you:
Draw a line, now you've made a number one
Half a heart and draw a line, now you've made a number two
Around the tree, around the tree, now you've made a number three
Down and across and down once more, now you've made a number four
Draw a hat, the hair and give it a belly. Oh no it's alive, now you've made a number five
Down to the ground and pick up sticks, now you've made a number six
Across the sky and down from heaven, now you've made a number seven
Draw an s and close the gate, now you've made a number eight
Draw an oval and then a line, now you've made a number nine
Remember when you draw your zero, to draw a circle in an anti-clockwise direction. I have attached a tracing numbers sheet that you could use if you would like to. (Curriculum area of Maths and Physical Development)
If you haven't yet had a go at playing the games on phonics play yet, why not try them today. There are lots on there and you'll recognise some of the games that we play in class. Remember to watch out for those pseudo words! (Curriculum area of Literacy)
Have a lovely day,
Wednesday 1st April
Good morning Reception!
Thank you for all the lovely work you have produced so far this week. I have really enjoyed seeing so many emails with all those fabulous photos. You are definitely keeping busy!
For those of you who enjoyed the shark feeding at the National Marine Aquarium on Facebook, they are doing another live stream today at 11:30am and are feeding their Great Barrier Reef! There will be lots of wonderful fish there for you to see and find out interesting facts about so see if you can check it out!
Today, I would like you to play an addition game with dice. If you have two dice, great, if not, one is ok and if you don't have any, google online dice and you will be able to access one on your computer. I want you to roll the dice to generate two single digit numbers and add them together in a number sentence. Don't forget to record your numbers like this 5 + 3 = 8. You could play against someone in your family to see who can make the highest total as an extra challenge. (Curriculum area of Maths)
Your practical task today involves play dough (sorry parents!). If you don't have any play dough at home, there are online recipes for this, here is a simple example of a video you can watch. It would be great fun to make your own to use. (Curriculum area of Physical Development and Understanding the World)
I want to see how many different animals you can make out of play dough. Make sure you take photos of them before you reuse the playdough. To get your fingers warmed up ready for this activity, why not try the dough disco (see link below).
Tuesday 31st March
I enjoyed watching the clips of you retelling the story of 'We're going on a bear hunt'. Thank you for sending them. Great work, Reception!
Today, I would like you to practise your letter formation. I have attached a sheet that you can print off and complete, or even better, you could use a lined exercise book (or ask someone at home to draw some lines) and write the letters of the alphabet. You could even challenge yourself to write the capital version as well as the lower case! Remember to say the rhyme for each letter to help you. (Curriculum area of Literacy)
Your practical task today is to complete a jigsaw puzzle. Try and challenge yourself and choose a harder one if possible (more than 20 pieces) and then send me a picture of your completed puzzle. (Curriculum area of Maths and Physical Development)
Remember to keep up with your reading each day (about 10 minutes a day) and go over your sound cards. (Curriculum area of Literacy)
Please have a look at the other web pages on the school website for other links that you might find useful. There are many on the Maths and Reading pages, and we even have a separate home schooling page for other areas of the curriculum called 'Home/School Curriculum ideas'. See what you think!
Have a great day,
Monday 30th March
I hope you all had a lovely weekend and are ready for another week of fun activities at home. I have uploaded a picture Mrs Fairs sent to me of our lovely flowers that we planted in our garden. They're looking beautiful!
Today, I would like you to complete the comparing numbers to 10 sheet from your booklet. Count how many vehicles there are in each picture and write the answer in the box. Compare the number with the number in the next box and put a big circle around which number is the biggest. (Curriculum area of Maths)
Above is a picture of the story map for 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. Your practical task for today is to see if you can remember the story from Friday and use the pictures to retell the story to someone at home. You could always video yourself re-telling the story and send it to me. (Curriculum area of Literacy and Communication and language)
Every day at 11am you can access 'Science with Maddie Moate' on youtube. She discusses Science and nature and I'm sure the children would learn lots of interesting facts. Check it out! (Curriculum area of Understanding the world)
Have a great day,
Friday 27th March
What a busy week you have had! A fabulous effort from you all! This is why I have created 'Hambleton's Happy Hour' as a special treat and I will do this every Friday that you are at home as a BIG thank you for doing such a great job. I hope you enjoy today's story and one of the tasks I have set you (see video below). (Curriculum area of Literacy)
Your practical task today is to create your own model out of any recycling you may have at home. It could be something small like a spider, a princess castle or your very own robot! Once you have made it, you could always decorate it if you have some felt tips or paint at home. I look forward to seeing your creations! (Curriculum area of Expressive arts and design)
George has been busy asking his grandparents about their favourite book, 'The Wind in the Willows', and his Mummy has very kindly found a link to a show that will tell this story for you (another great treat). Have fun watching!
Speak to you all on Monday, have a lovely weekend,
Thursday 26th March
Haven't we been lucky with the weather so far! Let's keep our fingers crossed that the sun keeps shining as this always makes everything feel better.
Take a look at our fabulous celebration gallery. I am so proud of all your hard work! Such beautiful pieces of writing and lovely drawings, as well as all the other activities you are doing. Keep up the good work!
Today's work is based on talking to each other. I would like you to ask whoever you live with, maybe even a friend or family member on the phone or via facetime, what their favourite book is and why. This will encourage lots of discussions, and maybe even debates! You could find pictures of these books online and either draw them or print them off to keep a record of their answers (Curriculum area of Communication and language).
Your practical task for today is to bake something yummy (if you have the right ingredients at home) or help to prepare dinner. Remember to keep safe with any equipment you use and listen carefully to the instructions, as you could always write these down as an extra challenge afterwards!
Parents, for your information, there are lots of lovely books available on the Book Trust website for you to access at home. All you need to do is sign up with an email and password.
This will help to give the children a variety of material they can read and share with you. It is so important to do this every day. Take a look at the Reading section of our school website too, as this provides you with other websites you can use.
Enjoy the sunshine!
Wednesday 25th March
Thank you for all your lovely emails and hard work, Reception! Looks like you're all keeping very busy and doing a great job at home.
Today, your task from the pack is to complete pages 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 from the cvc word activity booklet. You need to match the cvc word to the correct picture by drawing a line to the correct one. After this, you could watch jolly phonics phase 2 and 3 on youtube and have a go at your sound cards (Curriculum area Literacy).
Your practical activity is to get out in to the garden if you can and play a game. It could be a game of football, catch, tag etc. Get all the family involved and play as many times as you like. This will be really fun exercise for everyone! (Curriculum area Physical Development)
At 11am today, there is a special live streaming session of sharks, rays and turtles being fed at the National Marine Aquarium. This is an amazing opportunity for the children to learn more about these animals so I hope you get the chance to get online to watch. It is available on facebook at that time but the rockpool feed that they did on Monday is now on youtube so it will probably be available on there afterwards. Enjoy! (Curriculum area of Understanding the world)
Tuesday 24th March
How did all the activities go yesterday? Please email me any wow moments you may have had at home or special tasks the children have completed. It will be lovely to see how they are getting on but do not feel you have to email every day. Towards the end of the week, I will be compiling any photos you are able to send and will be placing them on a celebration gallery on this page.
Today, your task from the pack is to explore your own house or garden and to look for any 2-D and 3-D shapes you can find (this can be found on the activities to try at home sheet). Can you sort them in to groups on the number of sides they have? The type of shape they are? How many corners they have? Maybe you could make your own 3-D shape out of items you have at home e.g. lego, multilink and so on (Curriculum area of Maths).
The British Sign Language Association are offering enrollments for their introductory online course for a small donation (minimum £5). We use makaton in school and this can have slightly different signs for different objects but would be amazing for children to learn more about if they can at home. I have enrolled so my family and I can learn some together (Curriculum area of Communication and language and Personal, social and emotional). Here is the website
A practical task for today is to help out with some chores at home...hoovering, washing up, helping to prepare dinner, making your bed. These are things that you can do every day and will help your family at home (Curriculum area of Physical development and Personal, social and emotional)
Keep encouraging your child to read and/or share a book for 10 minutes. Remember to also practice your sound cards each day, if you can (Curriculum area of Literacy).
Have a lovely day and I look forward to hearing all about the things you are doing!
Monday 23rd March
As it is a lovely sunny day today, if you have the opportunity to let the children in the garden, this would be a great time to explore the new things they can see (insects, birds, flowers that may be growing). Discuss with them how they think they grow and how they can help to look after them. Maybe they could draw a picture of something they have found, or print off pictures of those things to make a collage picture. (This gives them the chance to work on the curriculum area of 'Understanding the World').
Refer to the 'On the Farm' sheet in the EYFS booklet. How many of each object can they count and then solve the number sentences linked to these objects (Curriculum area of 'Maths').
Encourage your child to read and/or share a book with you for 10 minutes (Curriculum area of Literacy).
If possible, access Joe Wicks every day for his daily PE session on youtube at 9am. This will give the children the chance to keep physically active which is so important - encourage the whole family to take part! Even if you miss the 9am slot, it is still available for the rest of the day for you to access (Curriculum area of Physical Development).
Have a lovely day, speak to you tomorrow!
Last week in Reception...
The children have had another busy week. They learnt about why we were participating in Sports Relief and joined in with the 'Game On' song. They all did amazingly well during their sponsored bounce and didn't give up, even when it started getting harder!
During phonics, they have continued to learn more phase 3 graphemes and have nearly learnt all of them. Once we have completed them all, we will be revising and consolidating what they have learnt.
In Maths sessions, the focus this week has been on time. They have discussed language linked to time e.g. morning, afternoon, after, then, next and have learnt the months of the year by dancing to the macarena. They have thought about the seasons and the objects they may see in each of these as well as learning to tell the time (o'clock) through playing games.
'Focus child' meetings will start from the week of the 30th September. I will be in contact with you when it is your child's week. If there are any worries or concerns, please feel free to come and speak to me. Please take pictures of things you have done with your child over the weekend after you receive your letter, and send them in to us to share with the rest of the class. I look forward to hearing all your news!
Focus children are provided with home bags on the Friday before they are a focus child. During the week they are a focus child, they receive a bag linked to communication and language with activities to do at home. The week after they are a focus child, they are sent home with a story pack for them to learn and re-tell. Both of these activities are there to support the child's development in speech and language and to encourage a love of books and stories. Please ensure that these packs are returned by the following Friday each week so that they can be shared with another child.
All children will be given a phase book as well as their coloured book (these will be changed every Monday) and they will also have a set of sounds to learn and rehearse at home. As the children progress at their own rate, the level of book and sets the children are given to learn at home may change so please monitor this at home.
Please read with them regularly at home and discuss the book's characters and themes. Ask them questions about what has been read, give summaries of the book and see if they can make predictions about what could happen next as you read.
We would like you to dig deep into your recycling bags for yogurt pots, tubs, fruit containers, egg boxes, kitchen tubes, bottles etc as we use them in the creative area. All containers, pots and bottles will need to be washed out before being brought into school.
Our first reading cafe was on Thursday 26th September. The children enjoyed sharing a book with a relative and a yummy gingerbread biscuit which they had iced themselves.
The cafe is on every Thursday at 2:30pm for you to come and share a book with your child and you are provided with a delicious snack made by the children. Please come to the school office where you will be collected when we are ready for the session.
Every Friday, our focus children will be making fruit smoothies to share with the rest of the class. They will be able to choose the fruit and whether they use milk or orange juice to go into their smoothies. They will also write a label for their drinks and suggest a name for their specially designed smoothies. Delicious!
We're Going On A Bear Hunt...
Our trip to Colchester Zoo to see the penguins.
Our nocturnal animals
Our stargazing evening...
This was an amazing evening. The children were thoroughly engaged in learning about how the constellations were formed and listened well to a few stories behind Orion and Cassiopeia. The Year 5 children and the Reception children were then split in to groups. Half of the children went on to the back playground to look through telescopes and use the 'Night Sky' app on ipads to see which constellations and star signs they could find. The children all knew their star signs and were delighted when they were able to find them. The other group were then treated to a hot chocolate and a biscuit before having the opportunity to colour in some of their star signs and read a few more legends behind the constellations. The groups then swapped over. A lovely time was had by all!