Reception home learning w/c 25th Jan

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.

We are currently working on Phase 2/3 phonics with Reception- learning the letters and sounds and blending/ segmenting them to read and write simple words.

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.

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.



Today we will be looking at the composition of numbers to five (2 groups). Start by doing the first lesson in this series together.

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!



Today we are going to be thinking about story mapping. In the video below, you can see Pie Corbett using the technique with, Little Red Riding Hood. Watch or read, ‘Lost and Found’ again, and then use the Story Map on Teams (or click here) to retell the story, with actions.

I’d love to see a video of your story map retelling.

Topic (Science)

So far, we have had a look at animals from hot and cold countries, their habitats and how they camouflage against their surroundings. Today I would like you to find out about how we can group animals based on their characteristics.


Watch these BBC bitesize clips to find out about mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects and then have a look at the ‘Animal Groups Powerpoint’ on Teams.

This site from San Diego zoo looks at animal categories and gives examples of each, and there are some ‘Animal Groups Sorting Cards’ on Teams for you to try too or you can create your own to sort.



Today, in maths, we will be thinking about, ‘how many altogether?’. Please start by doing the second lesson, after which it would be brilliant if you do a few practical activities together. There are also some resources on Teams.


Practise your cutting skills by creating some Lost and Found stick puppets. There are some on Teams that you could use or you could make your own. You could use real twigs if you do not have any lolly sticks handy. Use the stick puppets to retell the story of Lost and Found. Don’t forget to send me a video!

Topic (Art)

Make a penguin, possum, pig or other small animal of your choice out of salt dough (see the recipe below). Try following these techniques (right) to make your creature:


Don’t forget to send me a picture!

Roll a lemon/egg shape from the dough.

Gently squeeze a head shape near the top of the egg.

Pull and twist to create wing shapes, beak and feet/ ears, snouts …

If making a pig or small animal, draw a cross shape with a knife/ tool and pull each section to form legs and feet.

Use tools to pierce eyes or add textures such as feathers on wings, fur, tails etc.

Dry your salt dough creature and then paint it.



Today we are going to continue with our, Alive in Five series of lessons. We will be thinking about three groups today. Please watch the third lesson in the series and then do some practical maths together. Don’t forget there are resources for you to use on Teams as well.


Use the character sheet on teams. Look at the picture and talk about what it tells you about the characters in, ‘Lost and Found’. Try to write some describing words next to the picture to describe how the characters are feeling at the different points in the story.

Topic (Music)

Please pick any of the lessons here – they are great fun.

There is also a fun, Polar Party Rap  that you could try.


Let me know which ones you have done.



Please do the fourth lesson in the series, ‘How many are hiding?’ Follow up with some practical activities and look out for any resources on Teams.


Today we are going to plan our own version of the Lost and Found story. What could we have instead of a penguin? Use your imagination, you can choose whichever animal character you like. Maybe you could plan a story about a little boy who finds a lion at his door. Where might the lion live? If it lives in the jungle, would we get there by boat? What could we use instead? Use the ‘New Story Plan’ template on Teams to make a basic plan for your new story.

Topic (R.E.)

We are going to think about the love and special times we share in our families. Look at the ‘Special Meal’ photo, and talk about a time when you celebrated with a special meal. It might have been a birthday party, Christmas, a wedding, a First Communion or a Baptism celebration.  Use these questions to help:

When might you have a special meal?

What makes a meal special?

Who was there?

Who prepared the meal?

What did you eat?

How did you help?

What did you like best about it?

How did it make you feel?

Why is it good to spend time sharing food together?

On a paper plate or paper circle, draw a picture of your special meal. Talk to a grown up about who was there and why it was special to share food together.



Today we will continue with thinking about how many are hiding. Please do session five, and then then follow up with the Power Point and activity sheet on Teams. Don’t forget that practical maths is the best way to embed your learning, so try and do some quick-fire challenges throughout the day. You could pick five teddies, and doing some how many are hiding questions of your own.


Use your story plan from yesterday to help you to read your own story based on ‘Lost and Found’.  You could even add actions! If you are feeling brave, you could record yourself reading it too. I would love to hear it!

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?

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