Reception home learning w/c 8th 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.

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All this week, in maths we will be thinking about numbers above five and their composition. Start with lesson 1, looking at which show 6 and the composition of six.

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 the story of The Slightly Annoying Elephant, by David Walliams (I think you’ll like this one!).

As you listen, try to spot some of the words that the author has used to describe the elephant (e.g. gigantic, annoying). See if you can spot some of the words used instead of ‘said’ too (e.g. boomed, spluttered) Think of your own adjectives (wow words) to describe the elephant such as huge, large, enormous, noisy, rude. Draw a picture of the elephant and try to write some of your words around your drawing.

Topic (Art)

Look at this BBC Bitesize clip about Aboriginal art.

Try to create your own artwork in the same style. There are some examples to the right that might help and some templates on Teams although you may decide to create your own.



Today we are continuing in our journey, learning about numbers to 8. 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.


Watch ‘The Slightly Annoying Elephant’ again. What do you think Sam’s Mum will say about their visitor? Imagine the conversation that Sam will have with his mum when she arrives home. Draw Sam and his Mum with speech bubbles showing what they might have said! Don’t forget to use a capital letter and punctuation and really think about your phonic knowledge as you write.

Topic (Music)

Music: The Carnival of the Animals is a musical suite of fourteen movements by the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. It was written in 1886. Each movement represents a different animal or animals.

Listen to some of the different movements and see if you can recognise which animal is being represented in the music. (Click on the button to see the full list.) Try to move like the different animals.




Today we will look at lesson three and learn about the composition of 8. Afterwards, please do some practical maths together. Don’t forget there are resources for you to use on Teams as well.


How do you think Sam felt when the elephant broke his bike then told him that he was a silly boy? Imagine that Sam is going to write a letter to the zoo about the Elephant. What would he say in his letter? Is he happy to have the elephant at his house? What has the elephant done? What does Sam want the zoo to do? I will add some zoo themed writing paper to Teams that you can use if you wish.

Topic (Computing)

Log in to the Purple Mash website (I have put the login details on Teams – there should be a separate folder containing logins).

Search for ‘Paint Projects’ and click on the icon (see right).

Choose an animal within and have fun choosing different textures and skins to decorate your animal with.



Today we will be matching 6, 7 and 8. Please do the fourth lesson and then follow it up with some practical activities and look out for any resources on Teams.


Which other animals could Sam have adopted from the zoo? Choose an animal and plan what might happen if that animal suddenly came to your house. Think about the different rooms it might go in to and decide what your animal gets up to e.g. the monkey might steal the bananas from the fruit bowl then climb onto the roof and throw them at the neighbours. Draw a picture with labels to show some of the things the animal gets up to at your house.

Topic (R.E.)

We have spent a lot of time thinking about animals as part of our topic work this half term. We are very lucky to share a planet with so many beautiful creatures from huge elephants down to the tiny insects. Unfortunately, a large number of animals are endangered. I would like you to look at the two websites below, to find out a little bit about which animals are under threat of extinction and why.

What are people doing to help them? Can you think of some ways that we can protect our planet?

Write a prayer to say thank you and to share your thoughts and hopes for the future of the animals, with God.



Today we will be looking at one more and one less. Please start by doing the fifth lesson, and then follow this up with some practical activities to try to practise what you learned in the video. There are also resources on Teams.


Take a look at this website. Find out some fun facts about elephants, play some games linked to the book and listen to the author, David Walliams, read. Enjoy!

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).

Keep an eye out for the ‘Lancashire Design a Game Competition’ too- I will add the details to the folder on Teams.

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