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Monday 1st February 2021

Children's Mental Health Week

~ Express Yourself! ~


"By talking openly about mental health from a young age, children can learn to better understand their emotions, break down stigma, and feel safe enough to reach out for help when it’s needed.  Talking about mental health and expressing our feelings can be difficult, no matter our age."


It is really important to share with others about how we are feeling. We all have times when we feel a bit fed up. The most important thing is that we understand this and find ways to make ourselves feel better. These are some ideas; 

  1. Tell someone - a friend or a trusted adult.  

  2. Write it down- this can help you to stop thinking about your worry.  You could make a 'worry box' to put your worries into.  

  3. Do something active- physical activity can release endorphins (chemicals in the brain) that can help you to feel happier.  

  4. Get engrossed in a hobby or find a way to express yourself.  

  5. Talk about all the things that make you special. 

  6. Take a moment to think about all the things that you have achieved today.  


This week we would like you to spend some time during either Home Learning Challenge Time or Plan, Do, Review to look after your mental health, express yourself and have fun!  Here are some ideas that you might like to try. 

Monday 1st February 2021 - Learning Challenges

Before 0900- Wake Up and Get Dressed

Get ready for the day with independence; have a wash, dress yourself, eat breakfast and brush your teeth.


0900-0930 - Reading

Log on to Tapestry to listen to one of the teachers read this week’s story! 

If you are having trouble accessing our video, choose a book at home to read to yourself or share with someone in your family.

After listening to the story, you will need to complete a Reading Challenge of your choice each day from the grid below.



Can you make a mask of your favourite character in the story?  


  Can you draw, paint or make the story setting?  


Can you draw a character from the story and add labels to describe them?  



Can you act out the story?  You could create your own props, puppets or costumes to help.  


  Can you make up a new ending to the story?  You could draw, write or act this out.  

Discuss what is your favourite and least favourite part of the story and why?  


0930-1000- Maths Challenge

Warm up by counting to 10, forwards and backwards.  


Your Maths learning each day will begin by watching a video on the White Rose Maths website.  Watch the video and then complete the challenge found in the 'Additional Resources' section at the bottom of the page.  


White Rose – Growing 6, 7, 8! – Week 2 –  Session 1-


At the bottom of the page there are also some Additional Maths Challenges. These are only to be completed after the initial White Rose lesson and challenge. Only complete them if they are appropriate for your child, or you have spare time in your day.  


1000-1045- Home Learning Challenge 

Choose one of the challenges on either of your Reception Home Learning Challenges grids to complete (there are now three different challenge grids).  The latest grid can be found in the 'Additional Resources' section at the bottom of this page and all previous challenge grids can be found on our Year R COVID-19 Home Page in the 'Challenges' section.  


1045-1115 Break Time

Have one healthy snack: a banana, apple, orange etc. with a glass of milk or water.  Take some time to relax, maybe you could listen to another story online. 


1115 - 1145- Live Daily Zoom Session

Don't forget to log into zoom for our daily session. It will be great to see you all and a chance to catch up with all your friends.


1145 - 1215 – Enquiry Challenge

This week we are going to become authors and create our own stories! 


In our daily reading sessions this week, we are looking at ‘Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas’. This is an adaptation of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’.


We would like you to change the characters in the story to make it your own. Use the Tales Toolkit sheet to help you to do so. In the original there are three bears, in this version it is Pandas, but you can choose any animals you like. You may also wish to change Goldilocks’ name.


Think about where your story is going to be set. Maybe it will be China, or another country we have visited in ‘A Ticket Around the World’.


In the classic, Goldilocks eats porridge, but here it is congee. You could also change this to one of your favourite foods.


Draw pictures and add labels to each section of the tales toolkit sheet. We can’t wait for you to share these with us on Tapestry. 


1200 - 1300 - Lunchtime


1300- 1330 – Phonics
Open Tapestry and watch the video ‘Set 1 Speed Sounds.’  Say the sounds along with the video; can you remember them all and say them first?  You should watch and say your Speed Sounds every single day. 
After warming up with your Speed Sounds, watch your Phonics Lesson video on Tapestry.


1330 Onwards- Plan, Do, Review – 

Encourage your child to make a Learning Choice from a list of options (change these to suit) but they should include selecting from:

  • Indoor exercise (Cosmic Yoga – found on Youtube or GoNoodle);

  • Go for an afternoon walk;

  • A Home Learning Challenge;

  • A Forest School Challenge;

  • Be creative (craft, painting, playdough, baking);

  • Exercise (ride your bike, go for a run, play football/rugby);

  • Quiet activity (puzzle, colouring, board game);

  • Screen time on a learning website/app (links can be found on the ‘Useful Websites to Support Home Learning’ section of our COVID-19 Yr R Page).

When your child has made their choice, discuss: Where are they going to do their Learning Choice?  What exactly are they going to be doing?  How are they going to do it?

When they have completed their Learning Choice, Review it.  What went well?  How could they improve it?  You could revisit it tomorrow afternoon to improve.  What have they learnt? 


When you have finished, enjoy some free time to yourself or to spend with your family. 

We hope you have had a lovely day and we can’t wait to see your uploads on Tapestry.