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Subject pages are now frozen - feel free to complete more activities if you like but all home learning for Reception is now on this page.
There is a special lockdown challenge for all children and staff on the #casheslockdownchallenge page - please take a look.
It would be wonderful if everyone can join in.
Wednesday 3rd June
Hi everyone. Hope you enjoyed your half term. I have now started to grow peppers and chillies in my garden, after all my radishes were eaten by the slugs! They had a lovely breakfast one morning. I dont think I am a very good gardener!
Anyway, thank you for all your brilliant photos. It looks like you have been really busy. I hope all the seeds you have planted grow really well. You will have to send me a photo of them looking tall and healthy. I hope you havent got slugs in your garden !
Here are your photos from last week.
Right, we ve finished with caterpillars and butterflies, so we're now going to look at something different. So, the first thing I would like you to do is grab a piece of paper and a pen or pencil and then you can either go for a walk or look out of your window. Then, I would like you to write a list of every different type of transport you can see eg motorbike, lorry etc. Dont forget to look in the sky-you might see something there too! When you write, just sound out the words and try your best. See how many different types of transport you can see. I wonder who might see the most!
Then, you will need help with this. You need to choose 1 type of transport. Your favourite! It could be your car or your bike or even a picture of a rocket on the internet. If it's your car, get your grown up to show you what all the different parts of the car are for, both inside, outside and maybe even look in the engine. Will they let you pour some water in the windscreen wash? What are these different parts called? Or if it's your bike, can you work out how your bike works.
Write down any new words you have learnt eg clutch, hand brake etc.
Then I would like you to draw/ paint a picture of it and label it. There's a couple of car labelling pictures below, if you want to use them.
If you want a bit of fun, you could make your own role play bus/ train etc out of chairs, cushions, bricks even. Make some tickets and maybe some road signs and then pick up some passengers and off you go!
This week in Maths, I would like you to check again that you can write your numbers to 10/ 20 from memory. Practise writing them without looking.
Remember the Counting video with Spiderman. You can get your exercise in whilst your counting at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=L9md4L2pAVQ
Then, when you ve done that, can you see if you can count backwards from 10/ 20. Watch this video about counting backwards.
Then maybe sing some songs about counting backwards, 10 green bottles, 5 speckled frogs, 5 currant buns. Or make a rocket and use it to count backwards....10987654321 Blast Off!
I also would like you to look round your house for some 2D shapes( square, circle, triangle etc) Then sort them into shape piles. Then put one in a freely bag ( any bag) and describe it to someone else to see if they can guess the correct shape. These are good words to use..curved, straight, sides, corners.
Then do exactley the same with 3D shapes( cube, cuboid, cone, cylinder, sphere). Can you find them round your house?
There are some good videos on BBC bitesize on shapes and their properties. So watch these. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjv39j6
Maybe you could make a car or a train out of some 2D shapes like in the pictures below, or build some transport with the 3D shapes.
Anyway, that's all for now. Remember to keep up with your reading and the phonics.
Miss Aldred x
Wednesday 20th May
Good morning everybody. Thank you again for all your super photos. Looking at some of you, it looks like you've really grown! I know some of you have had birthdays, but you all look so grown up! Anyway have a look at some of these pictures you sent me.
Mrs Harding would like to say "Hello" to all of you. She has missed you all and is looking forward to seeing you all soon. She thinks all your photos are lovely. Here she is, with her Buddy Beagle.
The first thing I would like you to do this week, is to watch these 2 videos, which tells you about how to look after plants. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpxnyrd/articles/zxxsyrd
Then, when you ve done this, please could you write some short sentences about what a plant needs to grow well. eg:
Put it in some soil.
It needs the sun. etc
Remember to go slowly, write down the sounds you can hear in each word. If you cant hear any more sounds, leave a space and go on to the next word. Just try your best and again dont worry about making mistakes!
Then, when you ve done this, watch these 2 videos at,
which tells you all about the lifecycle of a plant. Then, please could you draw/paint the lifecycle of a plant, a bit like the one below, but label it. Thanks.
You could go for a walk and see if you can find different flowers and trees and see if you know their name, or get your parent to help you identify them.
On your walk, could you collect some different types of natural materials such as pebbles, twigs, leaves etc and then, when you come home, can you create your own natural picture, like this fantastic one below, that Orlagh has done.
Or here are some more ideas...
In Maths this week, I would like you to create some repeating patterns. You could use anything to do this eg: make a line of objects that goes pebble leaf pebble leaf or print with different colours, or make a fruit or vegetable kebab with repeating fruit. Try to make it a more complicated pattern eg red, yellow, green, red, yellow, green. Dont forget! Banana Banana Meatball is a song all about patterns too and you can do a bit of exercise whilst your singing it....
Another Maths topic I would like you to explore this week is Capacity. Please could you ask your parent to fill up a bowl of water and give you a selection of different sized containers. Then can you fill up the containers and use the following words...full, half full, empty, to describe them. Please can you ask your grown up to ask you lots of questions using the following important mathematical words (eg Can you fill this cup just over half full?)
compare enough not enough measure too much too little
just over just under about the same as full empty half full
Please spend time playing in the water and exploring the containers as you're learning as you go!
Then, why not add different things to the water eg plastic animals and a rock, playmobile people and a boat, dolls, cups and saucers and just spend time using your imagination to make up stories and adventures and having fun! ( Sorry Parents)
Parents- perhaps you could talk to your children about how you measure liquids using a jug and show them the scale on the side, showing the litre and millilitre marks? Can they find various liquid containers around the house eg shampoo bottles, orange squash cartons and see if they can spot the ml or l sign, showing how much actual liquid is in it?
I hope that's ok. Make sure you keep watching the daily phonics programme and playing the phonics games, and try to read everyday even if it's just for 5 minutes.
And hopefully, maybe I will see you all soon.
Love from Miss Aldred
Wednesday 13th May
Hello you lovely lot. I hope you are still enjoying spending all this time at home. My cats, Poppy and Magoo are loving me being at home. They like going in, out, in, out all day long! One of my cats is really naughty! He is very greedy and keeps pinching the other cat's food, so I am always telling him off! And he keeps disappearing when he goes outside. So I bought a Cat Tracker on the internet and put it on his collar and now if I look at my phone, it tells me exactly where he is. And if I press a button on my phone, his collar rings a tune. And then he starts looking around to see where the music is coming from. He is so silly!
Here are my cats. Can you guess which is the naughty one?
Anyway, have a look at these fabulous photos showing some of the fantastic things you've been doing!
This week, as part of our topic on Lifecycles, the first thing I would like you to do, is to tell your grown up what all the different parts of a plant are called ( ie stem, root, petal, seed, leaf)
Or if you're not online, ask your parent to take you for a walk and see how many different kinds of petals, roots etc, you can find -maybe see if you can find 5 different flowers, 5 different shaped leaves etc.
Then, have a go at painting, drawing or collaging a picture of a flower, with all the different parts and then labelling it, like in the pictures below.
Then, maybe if it's possible, you could have a go at planting your own seeds (sunflowers and beans grow quite quickly). I know some of you have done this already. Or maybe plant a seed you have in your kitchen, like an apple pip or a melon seed just to see what happens!
If you enjoyed the story of the Hungry Caterpilla, why not listen to the story of The Very Busy Spider by the same author, Eric Carle at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nEPYKmIt4dU
Then, when you ' ve done this, go to https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/
where there are 5 days of fun Reception Maths activities related to spiders.
Can I say thank you to those of you who sent me a lovely picture of the shop you made 2 weeks ago. Jake's shop looked wonderful!. Now, this week, I would really like you to make your very own cafe! I would like you to make a shop sign, an open and closed sign and a menu with items for sale up to 10p or 20p. I know you have practised recognising the different coins., but this time I would like you to practise adding up by choosing 2 items and adding them together and then finding the correct coins. I reccommend you having only 2p and 1p coins in your cafe to start with.
There is a fun Toy Shop Money game at https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money Set the game to 'Use only One Coin" and select 'Use only 1p or 2p coins up to 10p/ 20p'
Why not have real food in your cafe? One grape could cost 3p!
If it's possible, (and you could use this in your cafe too!) please can you make yourself a sandwich. Tell your grown up all the things you will need before you start and show them the importance of holding a knife correctly.
Then, when you have done this, please could you write some simple instructions for how to make a sandwich eg:
There is a sheet below with pictures for making a cheese sandwich you could use if it helps, or you could draw each stage.
Goodness! I feel like I have given you loads to do. But you dont have to it all. Just pick and choose the best bits. I mean you could make a Toy Shop instead of a Cafe. It doesnt matter, just as long as you write a price list and practise adding up with your coins.
Anyway, thanks again for all the photos you keep sending. They remind me what a lovely class I am missing! But as long as we keep getting this warm weather, we can go outside and enjoy the sun!
I hope to see you all soon.
Love from Miss Aldred
Wednesday 6th May
I' m missing all your happy faces but hope you are all well and keeping safe in your homes. Thanks again for all the fabulous photos of you and what you ve been doing. It's been both rainy and sunny this week, so has anyone seen a rainbow? I havent yet...just lots of rainbows in people's windows!
I would really like to welcome a new girl to our class called Pippa, who will be joining us all when we start back. She has already started to do some fabulous Hunry Caterpillar activities. I have told her you are a lovely class and she is really looking forward to meeting you all.
I hope you enjoyed the story of the Hungry Caterpillar last week. Thank you very much to Luther for sending me a video of him retelling the story. He was fab!
Now, if you enjoyed the story, I really reccomend going to this link, if you can.. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/
It is brilliant. It has 5 days of Hungry Caterpillar Maths focusing on shapes, adding problems, doubles, halves, sharing and much more. You dont need the Hungry Caterpillar book either to do the activities.
I also would really like it if you could write your own caterpillar story. You could base it on the Hungry Caterpillar book and change the food he eats eg:
On Monday he has ice cream...
On Tuesday he has a Macdonalds..
You could write a little bit each day, so that by the end of the week you have your very own lovely caterpillar story and you will have done lots of brilliant writing. You dont have to spell the longer words correctly. Just use your sounds and try your best. Remember you are allowed to make mistakes! When you have finished it, maybe you could ring someone and retell your story to them.
If you like learning about butterflies, have a look at the link below, which tells you all about them.
Then, maybe you could go outside and look for some butterflies or maybe take a magnifying glass (if you have one) and look for some caterpillars or other interesting mini beasts.
Look at the picture below..
The line through the middle is the line of symmetry, a bit like when you look in a mirror. What is on one side is reflected exactly on the other side. Watch the below video, which explains it even better.
Then see if you can draw, paint or make your own symmetrical butterfly. Remember to make sure they are the same on both sides. Or you could make a symmetrical cake or pizza like the one below.
Can you find examples of symmetry around the house, on the walls or in the garden, like in the pictures below..
Parents-I also reccomend that your child watches some new phonics lessons, which actually began last week (27th April) at https://wandleenglishhub.org.uk/lettersandsounds/learning-to-blend
There is a new phonics lesson each day starting at 10am, but you can still watch any that you might have missed on the site. When you click on the site, go to the Reception page, which has all the sounds your child should know by the end of the year. If your child is currently sounding out cvc words like hat, pet etc, then click on the ' Learning to Blend' link too. Keep an eye on these programmes as they look like they are progressively getting trickier, so you might want to come back to them!
I hope that gives you lots of ideas for what you can do at home. I know lots of you are doing other things too, which is brilliant. Make sure you go for a walk each day with your grown up, maybe looking for different things each time, like how many lorries go past, how many dogs there see, what words you see and why it is there, or whatever fun things you can think of.
Have a lovely week and I look forward to finding out what you ve been doing!
Wednesday 29th April
Hope you are all ok and have been enjoying the lovely sunshine. I ve been out in my garden tidying it up and I ve now planted tomatoes, French beans and radishes. I ve never grown radishes before so I m not sure what will happen!
Thank you so much for all your lovely photos showing me all the fantastic things you have been up to. I really enjoyed seeing your happy faces.
If we were at school this week we were going to look at the story of the Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. You can find this at
or if you're not online, see if you can find out what happens to caterpillars when they get bigger! Then, can you draw or paint and label the lifecycle of a Caterpillar and then retell this life story to someone else. Make sure you use the correct words, (eg chrysalis, egg) when you describe what happens!
There is also a fun Caterpillar to Butterfly time lapse video you could watch at,
Afterwards, maybe you could make your own caterpillar, using egg boxes or string and cheerios, leaves and stones or how about cucumber and pepper like in the picture below?
n the story of the Hungry Caterpillar, the caterpillar ate lots of different things. Do they really eat chocolate cake? Can you find out what caterpillars eat? What do you like to eat? Do you eat healthily?
Maybe get someone to find lots of different items of food from the kitchen cupboard? Can you sort them into healthy and unhealthy food? Do you know why they are good or bad for you? Can you eat your 5 fruit or vegetables a day? Maybe write a diary each day listing all the fruit and vegetables you eat? Remember to sound out each word.
Using toy food or old packaging, set up a food shop to act out being the shop keeper/ customer. Get an adult to help you recognise all the different coins and use them in your shop. Dont forget to put prices on everything! Maybe have a note pad to use as a shopping list or even help your mum write her shopping list!
Linking back to the story, do you know what day of the week it is, what it was yesterday, is tomorrow? Can you learn them in order? What month is it? What is the weather like in each season? Go for a walk and look for signs of Spring. Maybe list all the things you see!
I hope this gives you lots of ideas for things you can do. Remember to carry on reading as much as you can, and practise your Phase 3 sounds using Phonics Bloom or Phonics Play, using the links below. Just so you know which sounds these are, I ve added them below.
Please keep sending me photos of all the fabulous things you have been doing. I really do enjoy looking at them.
Bye for now. Keep safe.
Wednesday 22nd April
I hope you've all had a lovely Easter and eaten lots of delicious, chocolate eggs. I certainly did- I like the little ones the best because you get more!
Anyway, I was thinking about some work you could do at home. I know you all really enjoyed learning about dinosaurs and you were really clever at remembering words like 'paleontology', 'carnivore' and 'herbivore'. Maybe you could choose your favourite dinosaur and if you can, you could look on the internet or in a book (or ask people) to find out what it likes to eat, where it lives and what it looks like. Then you could either draw or paint it or make a model of it ( and even a cave for it to live in if you want!)
Please could you have a go at writing some sentences to describe your dinosaur, eg: "It has a long tail. It has sharp teeth." Try to remember your finger spaces and use your sounds to write words you don't know. Have a go and please don't worry about making mistakes.
In Maths I thought you could get someone to hide the numbers from 1 to 20 around the house or in the garden, for you to find. They could hide it in à bowl of cornflakes, jelly or in the soil outside! Then, can you order these numbers from smallest to largest? Can you write them without looking? Maybe go for a walk and see how many different numbers you can find eg: on road signs, house numbers, buses etc.
Can you practise counting? eg: How many red cars go past, How many teaspoons are in the cutlery drawer. Can you count backwards from 10/ 20? This can be done through playing Hide and Seek, singing songs (eg: 10 green bottles), chanting or through playing board games.
I know alot of you are doing really fun things like planting seeds and cooking and spending lots of lovely time with your family. Thank you ever so much for the photos and work some of you have sent me. It is really nice to see what you are doing. I miss you all and hope we'll be back at school soon.
Parents-You can also sign up free to Twinkl which has with lots of good ideas and practical activities for you to do with your children. You will have to use your own email and the offer code UKTWINKLHELPS to login at www.twinkl.co.uk/offer
There is also a good site...
which has lots of good ideas for how you can teach the different areas of Maths in the Reception year, which you can pick and choose activities as you wish.
Again, any questions or worries, please feel free to contact me using the below email address and I ll get back to you as soon as I can.
Miss Aldred's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org please contact her if you have any questions about your child's learning. She will reply as soon as she can during school hours in term time.
Hope you are all keeping busy and not getting too bored. I'm in the garden a lot at the moment and mowed my grass for the first time this Spring. My garden is so small it only takes me 5 minutes!
Please let me know what you've been up to. I would really like to know.
In the last week of school a lot of you kept saying you hadn't done the Cup Cake activity. Well you can do it at home! Go to https://www.abcya.com/games/make_a_cupcake . There is also a fun kitchen game at https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games/my-world-kitchen-game?collection=fun-activities-to-do-with-older-kids Good luck with it.
Maybe you could also ice and decorate a real cup cake or biscuit. I had planned to do that with you this week anyway. So you can nag your mummies!
This week we were going to practise measuring the length of different objects using non-standard measures. At school we use small cubes to measure with, but you could use Lego, grapes, pasta shapes or anything else as long as you try to measure accurately. So I have attached a Red measuring sheet to start with for you to complete if you want to. You can then try the trickier Yellow or Green measuring sheets which wants you to use a ruler. You don't need to print the sheets if you don't want to or don't have a printer - just use the ideas and record on any piece of paper. Make sure you start at the zero when you measure, so its accurate. Have a go! You can measure whatever you want to-a toy, a carrot, your cup cake, your big toe! Have fun!
Parents-you may also find this link useful, as children in Reception should be strengthening their knowledge and understanding of numbers up to 20. https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/free-resources
Just to say-if you have any questions or queries or your children want to ask or tell me something, please don't hesitate to email me and I will reply as soon as possible.
Miss Aldred [Sue]
Websites to support practising reading, writing and maths are listed below - please also see the individual subject pages where ideas for activities will be changed each week.
https://www.phonicsbloom.com/ (Phases 2 and 3)
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ (login March20 password home) Phases 2 and 3
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/topics/literacy (lots of story programmes to share)
The CBeebies apps are free to download onto any mobile device or tablet.
Teach Your Monster to Read app is brilliant and currently free.
Information for Parents on Online Safety - this is extra important at this time.
As always, please supervise children using these links - a site may also contain links to other sites or clips so whilst these direct links are suitable there might be content a few clicks away that isn't.
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