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Monday 1st June 2020

Welcome back, Reception!  


It's a new Term... our last one of Reception (wow, that has gone quickly) and time for a new Topic - 'What is crawling by our feet?'  I'm sure you can guess what this is going to be about!


This Term we have made a couple of changes to our timetable - we will not have a Mystery Reader each day but we will have one story on a Monday that our learning will be linked to each week.  You will find more info about this in the 'Reading Challenge' section.  The other change is that after the Reading Challenge we suggest you get straight into the Writing Challenge as it links to the story, but... the choice is yours. :) 


We will continue to encourage Forest School on a Friday afternoon but you can do this as many times a week as you like - it links perfectly to our Topic too!  


We hope you have super day of learning! 

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 

This term, we are going to use our Reading Time in the morning a little differently – just like we were doing at school.   

Our learning for each week will be based around a new story that will be read every Monday and can be viewed on Tapestry.  Over the week we will then explore the story and vocabulary a little closer.  There there will be a different ‘Reading Challenge’ to do each morning so you might always want to start with re-watching the story every day to help you.   


This week our story is called ‘The King of Tiny Things’ by Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward. Watch the video on Tapestry of one of your teacher’s reading it for you.  


0930-1000- Writing Challenge 

To warm up, start with some Handwriting.  Watch Mrs Cunningham's video on Tapestry, we are writing - 'th'. 


Make sure that you have watched our story on Tapestry- ‘The King of Tiny Things’.

Discuss the story, the characters, the setting, the problems and the solutions. Now see if you can fill out these details on the tales toolkit sheet. Draw pictures for each section and then add labels or challenge yourself to write a sentence to describe each part. Try and draw on some of the descriptive language from the story in your sentences.  


1000-1030- Home Learning Challenge (to continue after Break Time until 1130) 

Choose a challenge!  We now have 4 Reception Home Learning Challenge Grids to choose from. :-)  The new grid can be found in the 'Additional Resources' section at the bottom of the page. 


1030-1100 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.   


1100 - 1130- Home Learning Challenge 

Continue your Home Learning Challenge that you started – don’t forget to try and upload it to Tapestry so that we can see it!  


1130 - 1200 – Maths Challenge 

Warm up by counting to 20, forwards and backwards.  You could watch Ms Woolford's video on Tapestry for some number writing support. 


This week we are beginning to look at capacity. We would like you to choose 3 containers from around your house. These could be pots from the recycling, cereal bowls, mugs, cups or anything else that can hold water.

Once you have selected them, we would like you to measure how much water fits in them. It’s up to you how you do this. You could see how many spoonful's or scoops of water fit in them, or you could measure more accurately with water from a measuring jug (the scales may need to be simplified on these).

Before you start, estimate which you think will hold the most/least water. Once you have measured each containers capacity, make sure you record it.

Once you have done all 3 can you the order them from the largest capacity to the smallest? Were your predictions correct? 


1200 - 1300 - Lunchtime 


1300- 1330 - Phonics 

Open Tapestry and watch the video ‘Set 1 Speed Sounds.’  Say the sounds along with Miss Bailey; can you remember them all and say them before she does?  You should watch and say your Speed Sounds every single day.   

Now you have practised your Speed Sounds, watch Miss Golding's video on Tapestry - 'ir - Set 2 Sound Lesson.'  This will be a new sound for some children and revision for others.  


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 (independent reading, puzzle, colouring, board game);

  • Screen time on a learning wesbite/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.