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Amelia has completed lots of this weeks home learning suggestions. Well done Amelia you really have been working hard.

Home Learning w/c 06.07.20

This week our focus text is Somebody Swallowed Stanley. Please see the link below. In school we are going to be looking at the book cover together and writing sentences about what we can see. Encourage your child to look carefully and describe in detail what they can see. Point out the author and illustrators names. Ask them questions about the cover eg; How do you think the bag got there? Where could the jellyfish be going? Their sentences should be simple eg I can see a small yellow fish. Always encourage using the sentences rules; Start with a capital letter. Finger space between each word. Full stop at the end. Does it make sense? After reading the book we will make lits and draw pictures of animals you can find under the sea. We will make paper plate jellyfish and a kite like the boy in our story did. In maths this week is all about doubling. Discuss what double means, use real examples such as a double cheeseburger or double icecream. If you have 2 dice roll them together encouraging your child to spot a double. Use objects at home to demonstrate doubling before they attempt the doubling activities. This weeks sound is 'ee' there are some resources and ideas below to support you and your child. Can you say and write your own sentences using as many 'ee' words as possible. Eg; The green sheep can see a bee in the tree. For PSHE we will watch the film below made by the author of Somebody Swallowed Stanley then discuss how we can help stop plastic getting into our oceans. We will all make posters to encourage people to recycle their rubbish. If you do the same at home please share with us so we can add them to our website.

Somebody Swallowed Stanley

Look at the author's website for lots more interesting information about sea creatures and where they live.
Home Learning w/c 29.06.20

Here are some resources that will you help you to cover some of the areas we are working on in school this week. Our focus text this week is Silly Billy. This is a lovely book which sees Grandma help Billy deal with his constant worries. We are planning to talk lots about worries, how it is completely normal for everyone to worry and how we can help these worries go away. We will be discussing our worries and writing them down. We may even try making our own worry dolls. If you try this home too we'd love to see some photographs. As Catholics we believe that God can help us with our worries so as part of our RE this week we are going to write a prayer together to help people who are worried.

Reception POD w/c 29.06.20

This week we have been working hard in phonics focusing on the 'ng' sound. There were lots of 'ng' words hidden around the playground for us to find and put in a sentence. Can you spot any? We have really enjoyed sharing the story Silly Billy. We loved the Worry Dolls that Grandma gave Billy so decided to make our own.

Home Learning w/c 22.06.20

This weeek we have welcomed some of our Reception children back into school. Here are some of things that we have been doing in school. We have watched the animation, 'While We Can't Hug' all about how Tortoise and Hedgehog can show their love for each other without being able to hug. We have talked about why they can't hug and if children have any friends or family they would like to hug. We have have made lists of how we can show love without hugging, the children had some wonderful ideas. This is something you can do at home too. Can you talk about the animals in the story? What is the same about them and what is different. We have written some super sentences to describe them, painted pictures and even made some playdough models. Do you know any other stories with these animals in them? Owl Babies is a good one we all remembered reading in school. We also watched a Makaton signed version of, 'While we Can't Hug' and learnt how to sign, hug, hedgehog, tortoise and owl. Look at our amazing handprint hugs we made to send some of friends that we are missing. You could make handprint hugs at some to send to someone special.

Home Learning w/c 22.06.20
While We Can't Hug

While We Can't Hug (Makaton signed)
Reception POD w/c 22.06.20

Look how busy we have been in school this week. Here are some photographs of us enjoying outdoor maths, making playdough animals from this weeks story and painting our handprint hugs.

In reception we always try to make our learning fun. We don’t like work sheets or endless pieces of boring white paper. We love to learn through play and be outdoors whenever possible.

Take this unexpected time with your child to play board games, read books together, have a picnic in your garden. Paint pictures, make junk models, bake a cake etc etc.

The most important thing is to not stress yourself or your children by trying to home school them.

If you want to ensure you are doing enough to keep your child occupied, developing and learning these are our ideals for every child every day in reception.

  • Read at least 1 book. You can listen to audio books and encourage your children look at books independently as well.
  • Have lots of conversations. Ask open questions who, what, why, where, when, how? Listen to your children’s ideas like they are the most wonderful thing you have ever heard. Sometimes they are!
  • Play! You can be a princess, a flower, a spider, an astronaut or whatever your child wants you to be.
  • Practical hands on maths. At home this could be when tidying up eg; how many cups go there? Playing a game, hopscotch, board games, noughts and crosses etc etc
  • Art! Paint, draw, make, dance, sing. It doesn’t have to be a ‘thing’ you can make just to enjoy making. Outdoors too a birds nest of grass or a castle of sticks and stones. Make up a song or dance be SILLY!
  • Discover. What happens if you leave an ice cube outside? Look for signs of spring. Make toast. Plant a seed.
  • Challenge! You know your child better than anyone. Let them do what they enjoy and still stretch them. If they want to write give them ideas. Check they’ve used sentence rules. If they love to draw can they draw something different today? Maths can they count all the tins in the cupboard? How many left if we use 2 tins of beans today?
  • Stay active. We do golden mile most days at school. You can join in with Joe Wicks each week day at 9am. Dance, jump, throw and catch a ball or balloon. 

If you would like any support or ideas please do not hesitate to contact me. And I’d love to receive updates of what you are doing with your children. Thank-you to those people who have been sending updates and pictures of your wonderful home learning. Please keep them coming and remember you can use 2simple as well as e-mail.

Keep in touch.

Stay happy, healthy and having fun.

Miss Richardson, Miss Corrigan and Mrs Harrison

Home Learning Support
If you have access to a printer please some of these activities out for your child to complete. There are some ideas which do not require a printer too.

Lucy's in Lockdown
We all enjoyed the book Lucy's Blue Day it helped us all understand and talk about our feelings. We even based our assembly around it. Can any of your children remember our Emotions Hokey dance? You'll find the ink to the music below.
There is a new book about Lucy and how she is feeling at the moment. The link below shows the author reading his new book. You could watch this with your child and discuss with them how they are feeling during this difficult time.
Can you all draw a picture of yourself with coloured hair to show how feel? Then write a sentence to go with your pictures.   

There is also a wealth of support and ideas available on the internet. Here are some I think your children may enjoy.

on YouTube
9am daily PE with Joe Wicks
Cosmic Yoga

website and apps

Scholastic has some wonderful NEW resources to accompany lots of popular Julia Donaldson books. You do have to sign up with your e-mail address but then it's free.

Phonics Play
Teach Your Monster to Read
Oxford Owl
Storytime 11am weekdays with David Walliams
TopMarks interactive maths games
TT Rockstars (use your TTR login to access Numbots)
BBC Supermovers

Alphablocks and Numberblocks are also great educational fun on Ceebeebies

How about learning The Tricky Word song to help you remember all those tricky, tricky, tricky words.

Or practice your sounds using the Jolly Phonics songs and actions. Use the link below to find all the songs on YouTube.



There are lots of simple ways to practice phonics with your child. Pick a sound (you can use the sound mats below). How many objects or words can you think of with that sound. Is the sound at the beginning middle or end? Challenge your child to write the words. Encourage them to say, then write. Can they pick one of the words they have written and use it in a sentence? Remember to encourage them to say the sentence before they write it. And use the sentence rules. We do this regularly in school. Play I SPY this is a good game for spotting any misconceptions children may have. There is also a phonics booklet below if you have access to a printer. Please do not worry if you don't, it is not essential. Reading is still always the most importantant activity you can do with your child.

Tricky Words

Let's practice our Tricky Words. Can your child read the tricky words, then say them in a sentence and have a go at writing them? Start with phase 2 and when they have mastered these move on to the next phase. Remember when writing sentences to always use your sentence rules!

Maths 2D Shapes.

This week I'd like the children to spend some time looking at 2D shapes. We have covered them briefly with each relevant number. Your child should be able to name circles, triangles, rectangles and squares. Then tell you how many sides and corners each shape has. You will find some more ideas in the booklet below. What shapes can your child see around the house or outdoors? I'd love to see some photographs of shape hunting to add to the website. When they are confident with 2D shapes why not challenge them with some 3D shapes. Happy shape hunting!

Home Learning

Look at some of the wonderful things our children have been doing at home. Thank-you parents for sharing these moments. Please continue to share either on 2simple or e-mail.

Home Learning (part 2)

More examples of our amazing Reception children enjoying their learning at home.

Home Learning (part 3)

More wonderful of photographs of our Reception children keeping busy whilst we are not able to be in school.

Outdoor learning.

Discovering, exploring, mark making, building, counting and measuring.

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