Reception home learning w/c 1st Feb

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.

Use the Teach Your Monster to Read App and the Monster Phonics App to work through some of the phonics games, daily. Please also keep working on spelling some of the high frequency words on the word card that we sent home in the homework books. Try to apply the words in sentences too. Phonicsplay and Twinkl are other excellent sites containing phonics activities and games. We are currently working on Phase 5/6 phonics with Year 1 and 2.

I will be adding any Monster Phonics PowerPoints and resources which you could try at home, to a folder on Teams. That way, you will be able to access these even if you can’t make the meetings. You also have access to their learning resources during this period of home learning. You can find the details by clicking on the Monster Phonics button below.

Practical Maths is the best way for children to learn, so please do not feel that your child has to complete the worksheets. You could use toys, raisins or dried pasta as counters. If you don’t have a printer, the sheets can be completed on paper or in an exercise book..

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

11am every day. 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.



All this week, in maths we will be thinking about practical measuring – we will be learning about mass and capacity and we will be having lots of fun. Start with lesson 1, thinking about lighter and heavier than.

I have put a related Powerpoint and Activity Sheet in the Reception Maths folder on Teams.

I have added a list of the log in details for Numbots to the Maths folder on Teams. This is an excellent app which helps the children to develop a firm foundation in number. I would also recommend watching some of the Jack Hartmann YouTube videos– there are some very catchy songs!


Read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk that is in this week’s English folder. (I shall read this during today’s Teams meeting too).  Talk about the different characters and what you know about them from the story. Can you remember the story? There is a ‘Story Map’ that you could cut out, complete and then use to help you to retell the story. I would love you to send me a video of you reading ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.

Topic (Science)

The key part of this term’s topic is to learn what makes an animal an animal. Last week we classified animals into the main groups of mammals, reptiles, insects, amphibians, fish and birds. Now I would like you to investigate the features of some different creatures in each group. What is its skin like, does it have feathers, fur or scales?  How does it move? Is it a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore? Does it lay eggs? The Chester Zoo, London Zoo and Blackpool Zoo websites will help you to gather this information. They even hold virtual zoo days where you can find out about the different animals that they look after.

Now I would like you to invent an animal. What is its head and body like? How does it move? What is it covered with? Does it have a tail? What is its habitat like? What does it eat? Which animal group would it belong to if it was real? Draw a picture of your animal, describe it and give it a name. You might like to download the ‘Animal Muddles’ app to help invent funny animals with different features.



Today, in maths, we will be thinking about, full and empty. Please start by doing lesson two in the series, after which I have put a related Powerpoint and Activity Sheet in the Reception Maths folder on Teams.

Please remember to do some reading and phonics work, every day. There are plenty of ideas in Teams and don’t forget to use the Logins detailed in the Key Learning section above.


Have another read through our version of Jack and the Beanstalk. Have you ever heard a different version? Traditional tales are so old that we don’t know who wrote the stories! Sometimes there are lots of different versions of the same story. In some versions of The Three Little Pigs, all three pigs survive and in other versions two of the pigs get eaten! Have a chat with your grown up about all of the different traditional stories that you know. Watch these video clips of Jack and the Beanstalk.

How is it different to the one that I read to you? Draw a picture of your favourite character from the story.

Topic (Computing)

This afternoon, I would like you to think about internet safety. Please look at the childnet page here. I have added a Smartie the Penguin Powerpoint to the folder on Teams and a sheet of questions that you could use to aid discussion about this important issue.



Today we are going to learn about, measuring capacity. Please do lesson threetogether, after which I have put a related Powerpoint and Activity Sheet in the Reception Maths folder on Teams.


Today we will peep through the keyhole into the giant’s castle and see if we can think of some amazing adjectives to describe what we can see. Let’s go and climb up the beanstalk…..ssshhhh!!!! (We will try to do this during our meeting but if there is a technical hitch, the interactive activity ‘Giant’s Castle’ is in the English folder.) Peep through and move the key hole around. Describe what you think you could hear, smell, see, taste, touch if you were in the castle. Try to use lots of adjective (exciting describing words). If you press the space bar it should clear the picture so that you can have a good look around the room.

Using the ‘Giant’s Castle’ sheet, ask a grown up to help you to write some words to describe what you think you can see, hear, smell, taste, touch inside the giant’s castle. (Use ideas from through the keyhole plus own imagination.)

Topic (Art)

Have a look at some different animal skin patterns. Try to sketch and colour some. Above you can see examples that you might like to try:



Today we are going to continue learning about capacity and we will be thinking about, how many fit inside. Please do lesson four together, after which I have put a related Powerpoint and Activity Sheet in the Reception Maths folder on Teams.


Recap on the story. When we read ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ we feel glad that Jack defeats that giant and lives happily ever after. But how do you think the giant’s wife feels when she finds out what Jack has done? Make a ‘wanted’ poster to help her to catch Jack. His crimes could be stealing and also killing the giant! What reward to you think the giant’s wife would offer to the person who catches Jack for her?  Ask a grown up to help you.

Topic (R.E.)

Last week we looked at how we have special meals with our families to celebrate different occasions. When Catholics celebrate Mass, they are celebrating Jesus’ special meal.

Read this story:

Last week, I asked Mum why we always went to Mass on Sunday morning.  Mum said Sunday was a special day for the friends of Jesus.  “It’s a day when the parish family gather together to remember Jesus, a day when they celebrate Jesus’ love,” she told me.  “It is a very special meal that Jesus asked us to celebrate to remember him.  It helps us love Jesus more.”

After Mass, Mum bought me a book in the little shop at the back of church.  It is all about Sunday.  It has pictures of what happens at Mass.  When we got home, Dad read it with me.  I can remember lots of things it told us.  There is a picture of the priest welcoming all the people.  He reminds them that they have come together to remember Jesus and his love for them.  He says a prayer.  Everyone sits down to listen to stories about Jesus.  They say prayers thanking God for sending Jesus.  Some receive Holy Communion, and some receive a blessing.  The priest sends people home to take Jesus’ love out to everyone they meet.

Chat about the story then draw a picture of someone receiving communion or a blessing at Mass.



The final lesson in the series looks at measuring ingredients. Please do the lesson together and then use the PowerPoint and Activity sheet that you can find in Teams.


What do you think happened to the beanstalk after the end of the story? Did Jack, his Mum and Daisy stay in their house or did they move? Did the man have any more magic beans and if so, what did he do with them? What else do you think happened to Jack and his family? Tell the next part of the story to explain what happened to Jack and his family after the point at which ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ ends. (Maybe Jack finds some more beans and has another adventure up a beanstalk.) You could ask a grown up to help you write down your ideas or draw a picture to show your ideas. You might decide to make a video of your new adventure.

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).

In the PE folder on Teams, there is a Moving Animals Powerpoint. Have a look through it, then see if you can move like the different animals. Can you crawl, slither, gallop, jump, creep, swim, fly? Can your family guess which animal you are pretending to be?

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