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Reception home learning w/c 1st Mar

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.

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All this week, in maths we continue learning about numbers above five and their composition.  Start with lesson 1, where you will be comparing height and talking about, taller and shorter.

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!


Watch and enjoy the story ‘What the Ladybird Heard’.

Listen again and join in with any animal sounds. Ask your child: What did you like about the story? Which animals lived on the farm? What were the thieves planning to steal? What was the ladybird’s clever plan? What might the ladybird have said at the end? Draw a picture of the ladybird and write a speech bubble, e.g. “My plan worked!” or “I saved the prize cow!”

Topic (History)

Look at the ‘Family Tree Powerpoint’ on Teams then have a look online at some Royal family trees – you could start with this one here, and then look for some older ones. Now you are going to try to make one for your family. (Introduce the word ‘generation’ and think about the terms ‘parent’ and ‘grandparent’ and the relationship between them.)



Today we comparing lengths and talking about longer and shorter. Please start by doing the second lesson in the series, where you will be sorting 6, 7 and 8 and looking at the composition of 7. After which it would be brilliant if you do a few practical activities together. There are also some resources 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.


Listen to the song, ‘Old MacDonald had a Farm’. Ask your child if there are any animals in the song which are also in the story ‘What the Ladybird Heard’. Can they name them? Ask them to choose one or two of these animals. Encourage them to draw and label the animals using their phonic knowledge to help spell the words. They could write a sentence about their animal too.

Topic (Science)

Watch the BBC clip here about how spring affects plants and animals. We are going to be making bird feeders in school this week. You could try to make one yourself. We’ll be using seeds, nuts, cheese and lard in our feeders but you can use most things you have leftover. Just remember to check they are suitable for garden birds to eat! There are some different instructions for a variety of types of feeders that you could make here.



Today we will look at lesson three and practise the days of the week. Afterwards, please do some practical maths together. Don’t forget there are resources for you to use on Teams as well.


What else is on a farm, apart from animals? Look at the map used in the story, and listen to the directions (1:12 – 1:25). What is on the map? Explore some maps of farms online to help with ideas. Farmer Ted’s can be found here, or perhaps you have visited a farm as a family. ‘A Year on Your Farm’ game may also provide more ideas. Ask your child to design and draw a map of their own farm. They can choose what they’d like to be on their farm! If you have toy farm animals at home, you could use these to help design it. Help your child to draw a farm map and encourage them to label it using phonics to sound out and spell the words.

Topic (Geography)

Look on Google Earth and in an Atlas. With a grown up, zoom in on the four countries of the United Kingdom? Have you visited Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland?  Do you know the names of any cities in the UK. Enjoy exploring!


Enjoy celebrating World Book Day today. Here are some activities that you could try…

Enjoy dressing up as your favourite Monster Phonics character! Who will you be? Don’t forget to send us your photos!

Explore the world of books on the World Book Day website. There

are some lovely video books to share. The ‘Share A Story Corner’ videos have familiar characters and easy to follow stories, and tips for reading together. Look at the pictures together, guess what the characters are up to and predict what will happen next. 

You might also like to look at the online author and illustrator sessions – they are excellent.

Recreate a scene from your favourite book in a shoe box. You could bring them to school on Monday for us to guess your chosen story!

Set up a library, using your own books from home. Think about how you can organise your books. Could you divide them into fiction and non-fiction? Are there any by the same author? Can you make a poster with some rules for your library?

Finish off your World Book Day celebration by putting on your pyjamas, snuggling up with your teddy and a hot chocolate and enjoy reading your favourite book.


There will be a Class Worship Teams meeting at 11am today.


Rather than having formal home learning, on Fridays we would like you to have a day focusing on your wellbeing.  Today you might like to plan a party for your family to celebrate the end of home learning. Decide what you might like to eat – you might like to bake a cake, what games you might play and what songs you might dance to. There are other wellbeing ideas on Teams that you could try or you might have your own ideas.

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And don’t forget to look at your High Frequency words in Teams. These are words that we need to learn to read by sight.

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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