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Reception Home learning w/c 11/01/21

Important daily learning ideas

It’s important to keep reading a little every day, The Oxford Owl website is brilliant – click on the button below to find the link and your login details.

On the side of each book is a little colour marker. The Year 1 children are best to choose books with red, yellow or blue markers to start off with. Year 2 will be able to read the books with green, orange, turquoise and purple markers. The books get progressively harder as you scroll through the colour bands.

Also try to do some daily Phonics. If you have the Teach My Monster to Read App it is a great place to start and we will be sharing other resources during the week.

And don’t forget our live lessons which will be held at:

11am everyday. This will be your chance to learn directly with me and to see your friends.

Click here to download this week’s work, and continue reading for quick access to all your links and other information.



Do you know your days of the week? Discuss which days you can remember. Which day is after Monday? Which day is before Friday? Which days are the weekend?  Which days are we usually at school? Use the hungry caterpillar story to help to help to order the days of the week. There is an animation of the story on youtube if you want.


Our topic for this half term is ‘Penguins, Possums and Pigs’. What are they? What do you already know about the three animals?

Look for information and pictures of all three animals. What do they look like? Where do they live? What do they eat? After your research decide which one is your favourite. Why do you like it?

Which one would you like as a pet and why? Draw a picture of your chosen animal and then write a bullet point list below of the reasons why you would like it as a pet.

Topic (Geography)

Last week we used Google Earth to compare the hot and cold places in the world. Following on from that, this week we are going to compare the animals that we might find there by doing some research.The Oak Academy Geography lessons on continents are very good (click here) – especially the Antarctica and Africa lessons. If you click on the photo (left) you will be able to watch a lovely clip of animals in the snow. David Attenborough has produced lots of beautiful documentaries which would be well worth watching. His ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ series is available on BBC iplayer. 



Recap the days of the week song from yesterday. Which days can you remember?

Talk about your morning routine e.g. waking up, getting dressed etc. and discuss the order you do these things. Try to sequence familiar events using time connectives e.g. First, next, then, after that, finally.

Now draw a timeline to show your morning routine.


Using the video above, watch or read through the story and make predictions about what might happen next. Discuss the story – which bit was your favourite? Were there any funny parts? Think about the 4 question words – ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘when’. Use each word to think of a question to ask about the story. Try to write your questions down- remember to use a question mark.

Topic (Art)

Over the next few weeks, we are going to work on our drawing and sculpting skills using the theme of ‘penguins’. To begin, join in with a ‘Draw with Rob’ session where you can draw Penguin Blue. Draw Penguin Blue once and then try again, this time making your drawing bigger or smaller. Experiment, using different colours and sizes for your penguin. There are some lovely characters to draw on Rob’s website so maybe have a try at some others too!



Now try to learn the months of the year and enjoy a spot of line dancing! When you’ve done that, look at a calendar if you have one, or look at a calendar on the computer. Can you spot the days and the dates on a calendar? Can you find today’s date within January and look at the days before and discuss what you did on those days. See if you can find your birthday!


Watch ‘Wanted: The Perfect Pet’ again. Talk again about why Henry wants a dog. What can dogs do? Discuss this and make a quick list. Can you pretend to be a dog? Act out some of the things that dogs do from your list. Don’t forget to send us some photos!

Topic (Music)

Please pick any of the lessons here – they are great fun. Let me know which ones you have done.



Recap the months of the year song, and think about what month it is and your birth month etc.

Using a calendar, look at the dates and think about what number comes before or after a given number. Once you’ve spotted the number, try to say some number sentences eg. “9 is one less than 10” or “8 is one more than 7.”


How do you think the duck felt in ‘Wanted:The Perfect Pet’ when Henry wants a dog and not a pet duck. Around a picture of a duck (there is one in the folder on Teams), write as many words and phrases as you can to describe the duck and how he felt.

Topic (R.E.)

What happens when we go to Mass? The parish church is where the parish family gathers.  Just like at home or in school everyone has their part to play in the parish family.   It is a community.  Look at the interactive game on Teams (it is in the files on the General Channel for both Reception and Year 1 and 2) It is called Church Story Activity. This might take a while to appear in your downloads. In the first picture, people are welcoming those who are coming to church. Try the drag and drop activity.

Church is full of special people and people who help us. Over the next few weeks we are going to learn more about what these people do to help us. Remember that although there are people with special roles at Mass, everyone who is there is important and joins in by praying, listening, singing by saying the responses and by going forward for a blessing.



I have added a document in the Maths folder on Teams which you might like to use or recreate at home. (I can e-mail this if Teams is not up and running.) You could make your very own calendar like the one that we have a school. Change the days of the week each day and the date too and in a while you will be able to change the month! Which one will come next?


Today, I would really like you to practise your handwriting. Practise writing your name. Write it lots of times, in lots of different colours, but be very careful to start your letters in the correct place. (There are upper and lowercase handwriting formation sheet in the English folder on Teams.) If you can manage your name, try to write your surname too!

Topic (P.E.)

Be active! Go for a walk, ride your bike, learn how to skip with a rope. Don’t forget the daily PE with Joe Wicks which is live every morning at 9am. Cosmic Kids Yoga is also lovely, you can find sessions on you tube to follow (see link), and they also have an App (fees apply).

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Following Boris Johnson’s 8pm announcement we now know that as of midnight tonight the country has entered a new period of Lockdown, a Lockdown that includes the closure of school. 

School will be open for the children of Key Workers and for pupils who are deemed vulnerable. All pupils will be provided with work in order for them to keep learning. 

Tonight’s announcement was very short notice for you as parents and also for us as a Staff. Tomorrow, by 11am there will be three tasks on the school website for each Class to complete as their Tuesday learning. However, School will be closed to ALL pupils tomorrow. 


Staff, however, will be in school preparing for the rest of the Lockdown. Through tomorrow we will prepare school to make it safe for Key worker pupils and vulnerable children to return. 

We will send out a form for you to apply for a place in the Keyworker Bubbles and we will let you know more about how children will be learning remotely. We will do our very best to re-open to Key Worker children and vulnerable pupils by Wednesday. 

I am aware of how difficult this is for you all, School closing creates a multitude of problems for everyone but data surrounding this awful disease dictates that this is a necessary step. As ever, the safety and health of everyone must be a priority. 

Thank you for your continued support and we will be in frequent contact over the next few days. 

Many thanks

Claire Halstead