Home Learning for Reception children
If your child is well enough to to learn at home here are some activities to continue their learning while they are away from school. The most recent home learning is at the top and will be added to each week. General home learning can be found by scrolling further down.
If you need to contact the teachers about any of this home learning during term time please use the email addresses below. We'd really like to hear from you and see what you have been learning.
To contact Miss Welby please use: firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact Mr Daunton please use: email@example.com
The gallery of home learning is now on the "Celebrating Home Learning Page" Thank you for all of the photos you have sent us. The link is here:
Home Learning Week Beginning 01/06/2020
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This week’s Home Learning is all based around the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
You can hear it being read by the author here:
The Hungry Caterpillar is full of a certain shape as he keeps on munching through everything! Do you know why the holes he leaves are like that? Explore the pages and see where you can find them.
Use your funky fingers to make the sections of the caterpillar’s body. How many body parts has he got? Is he a long caterpillar? How much food has he eaten?
Explore your fruit bowl and look at what's in it! How we can sort it? What groups have you got in there? How can you combine these to make some maths problems?
Have a look and see if you have any of the food the hungry caterpillar has to eat and make a picnic! Think about what you will need and how many people are going to come. (Psst… it could be a picnic in the living room!)
Make your own playdough caterpillars. Look at comparing length and size. I will give you my secret recipe!
Home Learning Week Beginning 18/05/20
We hope you enjoyed the activities linked to Handa’s Surprise. This week we have chosen to base our learning around the book Supertato. Have a watch of the story here, read by Mrs Ruddick,
Use a plain piece of paper to have a go at drawing the pictures from the story. Can you sequence them in the right order to re-tell the story. You may like to have a go at making your own Supertato from a potato to retell the story with.
The Evil Pea has gone missing and can’t be found anywhere. He needs to be stopped so he does not cause any more mischief! Can you make a Wanted Poster to help us find the Evil Pea? Draw a picture and add a description so everyone knows what he looks like. Use the template below if you wish.
Extra Supertato Activities:
Print off the documents below for some fun Supertato colouring
Phonics Week Beginning 18/05/20
There are three activities on the document below so make sure you scroll down for each one. Don't forget to send us photos of your finished activities afterwards so we can add them to the phonics home learning gallery.
Maths Week Beginning 18th May Supertato
These activities and ideas are based around the book “Supertato” By Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet.
All activities could be done without the book! There are five activities, you can do as many as you like.
Activity One: A trap for the Evil Pea
In “Supertato” the Evil Pea is up to no good. We must keep him frozen! See if you can make your own trap for him! Have a look around the house for something you could make a trap for him with!
Activity Two: Evil Pea Teacher
The Evil Pea says he is the best teacher! He has spread lots of maths facts around the supermarket but they are not all correct. Can you be like Supertato and find the right ones to teach the veggies the correct maths?
Activity Three: Veggies assemble for the Great Race
In “Supertato Run Veggies Run” the veggies are having a sports day to keep fit. Set up your own veggie race. Discover which veggies roll the best!
Activity Four: Potato Pattern Prints
Create superhero-like art by printing with your potatoes! Use different colours to make patterns. You might want to assemble other veggies and use them to print with!
Activity Five: Growing potatoes!
Do you know how else potatoes are super? Well if you plant a sprout potato it grows more potatoes! This takes 100 days.
Home Learning Week Beginning 10th May.
Maths Week Beginning 11th May
There is a lot of subtraction in the story of Handa's Surprise. As the animals take the fruit away they subtract it:
The children are more familiar with adding groups of objects together to find the total but they are less familiar with subtraction, taking objects away.
1) You could start by listening to the story of Handa’s Surprise, as read here:
Keep stopping the story to count the fruit left in the basket and then see how many there are after each animal takes one piece of fruit away
2) Next please get a group of objects, it could be fruit, like the story but it could be anything, Lego, spoons, cars, anything. I got some more fruit:
Count the objects carefully, this can be made easier by lining them up and touching each one:
Now ask, what would happen if I subtract one, this means taking one away? Now take one object away and count again. Use the words subtract and take away to make the link between the two:
Repeat this a few times with different numbers of objects and different objects. You may start to find that the children start to see that take away one means one less and they may start to be able to tell you how many there are without counting after taking one away.
Some of the children may be ready to record their work onto paper. You can start this by simply drawing the objects and then crossing one out to show subtract/take away one:
You can extend this into drawing as a number sentence using the symbols for subtract and equals:
Writing Week Beginning 11th May
As we have been learning about the story of Handa’s Surprise this week we would like you to have a think about what the characters in Handa’s Surprise may say. For example, you may choose to be Akeyo and say thankyou to Handa for the fruit. You could also choose to be one of the animals and say yum what delicious fruit!
Have a go at acting out some of the speech in the story with your family. You could each choose to be different characters.
Write out speech bubbles for different characters. Don’t forget to include full stops, finger spaces, capital letters and your phonics sounds.
We have included a speech bubble template below should you choose to use this or alternatively you could draw your own.
We have also included an example speech bubble below for Akeyo and the monkey.
Phonics Week Beginning 11th May
Activity 1: Have a go at playing ‘Picnic on Pluto’ on the letters and sounds website which can be found here https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/PicnicOnPluto.html#
Start with phase 2 and then progress to phase 3.
To play Picnic on Pluto you have to sort words into real and nonsense words.
Read each sentence and work out which of these words goes in the gap.
For an extra challenge write out each sentence to practise your writing and handwriting after you have worked it out.
Home Learning Week Beginning 4th May
This Friday, the 8th of May, is the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. We had planned to have a party at school to commemorate this historic day. We would have been learning about V.E. Day at school and the party would have followed. If you want to celebrate V.E. Day at home you could make some Union Jack bunting or red white and blue paper chains to decorate your home. The party at school would have been fancy dress so if you want to wear fancy dress at home then please send us photos of your V.E. Day party at home and we will start a V.E. Day gallery on our Celebrating Home Learning page.
Here is a gallery of photos showing how they celebrated V.E. Day many years ago here in Pilton. You can see the children in fancy dress. The photo where everyone is sat at the table is a street party on Abbey Road the street where our school is.
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Maths-floating and sinking
In the story Handa's Surprise, Handa and her friend Akeyo love fruit.
For this week’s Maths activity we are going to see which fruit and veg floats and sinks. Some may surprise you!
Get a range of fruit/vegetables like the ones in the photo, ones that are different shapes and sizes would be good.
Use the frame provided below or draw a similar one to make a prediction, what you think is going to happen when the item is placed in the water. Will it float or will it sink?
Take a moment to hold it and see how it feels. Is it heavy, is it solid? Is it light or squashy?
After this, record your prediction on the frame, I have done an example to show you how to do this.
Then you can put your object into the water to see what happens! This is called the result. Sometimes the result will be the same as your prediction but sometimes it won’t be. As you can see I predicted that a satsuma would sink, it felt heavy. But it floated.
Have fun with this activity. See if you can answer these questions:
- Did the biggest fruit/vegetables always sink?
- Do you think the shape of the fruit/vegetables makes a difference to whether they float or sink?
Please send any photos or work back to us by using are class email addresses.
Writing - Week Beginning 4th May
Thank you to those who completed the writing activity last week, we really enjoyed reading them.
This week we would like you to have a go at writing some sentences from Handa’s story.
See if you can think of your own sentences but some sentences you could write are…
Handa had a basket.
Handa went to see her friend.
The zebra stole the orange.
Don’t worry about writing the whole story, just a 1 or 2 sentences would be great! Feel free to use your green writing book or some plain or lined paper. See if you can draw a picture to go with your sentences.
We look forward to seeing your fabulous writing!
We have included a photo below of the digraphs (two letters making one sound) and trigraph (three letters making one sound), alongside the actions we use in school. You child may like to use this to help them with their writing.
Phonics Overview and Activity Ideas
Alongside practising phonics with your sound cards we have put together a few ideas of phonics games you may like to play on the document below. There are also a few key terms we use in school that are outlined on the document. If you would like any support or have any questions please don’t forget to email us. Please use the activities on the document over the following weeks. Please do not feel you have to complete them all this week.
Phonics Phoneme Frame - Week Beginning 4th May
This week we would like you to practise spelling and writing words using a phoneme frame.
Phoneme frames are different sizes depending on the length of the word, for example, for a word that has three phonemes such as tap you use a 3 box phoneme frame. The word chip would also use a three box phoneme frame but the ch digraph would be in the same box. The children are familiar with phoneme frames as we used them in school. Please draw out a selection of phoneme frames for your child. Then read a selection of words from the list below and ask your child to write and spell them using a phoneme frame.
We have included an example below and also included a worksheet if you wish to use it.
3 box phoneme frame - sat, pot, cat, mat, pin, tip, bus, bin, mix
3 box phoneme frame with digraphs - such, chip, seen, duck, rain, fish, quiz
4 box phoneme frame - frog, crab, drum
Home Learning Week Beginning 27th April
Follow the link for a wonderful reading of Handa’s Surprise by Mrs Ruddick on her channel Stories and Stuff https://youtu.be/k5YjfcgovUQ.
If you click the 'Stories and Stuff' title below the Handa's surprise video you can access lots more great stories read by Mrs Ruddick.
Writing Week Beginning 27th April
In class, we had been learning lots of ‘camera’ words, which are words we learn to remember and recognise through sight, such as, I, the, he, she, go, to, they, into
This week we would like you to have a go at learning the new camera word ‘like’. Start by practising reading and writing this, maybe you could write the word in rainbow colours, or write it in chalk, you could even hide the word and try and spot it around your house.
In Handa’s Surprise, Handa came across lots of different animals. Can you write some sentences about your favourite animal using our new camera word ‘like’? There is an example included below, feel free to draw your favourite animal if you would prefer. We have included an animal word mat below from 'Twinkl' if you would like to use it to help you.
Don’t forget that the week before we started our learning at home we learnt the new camera word ‘they’ and sorted fairy tale characters into the piles of ‘they’ ‘he’ and ‘she’. You may like to also include the camera word ‘they’ in your writing.
Don't forget to send us any photos of your writing. We love seeing what you have been up to and thank you for all the lovely photos we have already been sent.
See if you can find out any facts about an African animal. I wonder what they eat? Do they have fur or scales? Where do they live?
Phonics Week Beginning 27th April
Have a go at reading the questions and work out whether the answer is 'Yes' or 'No'. When you have read each question see if you can sort them into a pile for 'No' answers and a pile for 'Yes' answers. I wonder how many you have in each pile? If you do not have access to a printer ask your grownup to write them out for you. You could even think of some of your own funny yes/no questions!
Feel free to check out http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/ for other fun resources!
Maths Week Beginning 27th April
This week’s maths is based around the texts “The Night Pirates” and “Troll”
All of the maths can be done without the books
Links to the stories can be found here if you'd like to hear them:
There are 5 activities to complete if you want to. You can do as many as you like.
An essential piece of kit for a pirate is a telescope! Think about how you are going to design yours so we can go on lots of pirate adventures.
Walking the Plank-floating and sinking
The Pirates make Troll walk the plank before they find out he can cook! What can you make walk the plank? Will it float or will it sink?
A pirate loves treasure! Set up your own treasure hunt. Of course every hunt will need some clues. What do your family treasure most?
Make your own Pirate Ship
In all our stories the pirates have a pirate ship! Use your design and maths skills to make a ship that can carry some important pirate treasure after following your treasure map! Your challenge is to make a ship that can hold 5 pieces of treasure!
Trash or Treasure
The pirates in “Troll” are not particularly good at reading maps and they’re not particularly good at finding treasure. Can you be a good first mate and help the pirates work out if their maths is trash or treasure.
Home Learning Week Beginning 20/04/20
English- Ordering the story with a story map
After you have listened to the story Handa's Surprise, either at home or with the Youtube clip we'd like you to draw the story. The most important thing is that you get the main parts of the story in the correct order.
You can draw your story map on the frame provided below or you can draw your own story map.
We'd love to see your story maps when you have finished them so please send them to us and we will respond to them and write back by email.
You can add words on your story map, time words are great when you are ordering events in a story. You could use; first, next, then, later, after, finally.
Here is the blank story map to use if you want to.
There is also a completed example underneath to show you what it could look look when it is completed, just use the scroll bar to scroll down to view it.
Maths - Fruit addition
Because the story Handa’s Surprise is full of fruit this week's maths is about finding totals with fruit.
The worksheet is a good place to start, there are two groups of fruit to add together to find the total. Once you have found the total write the total as a number. Please use the number formation guides on the website to help you form your numbers correctly. Please also make some food totals with real food that you have at home. I used some onions and carrots, you can use whatever you have available. If you don’t have anything like this then you could use Lego bricks or something similar. You could take photos of your work and send it to us to put in our gallery. This whole activity is about careful counting to find the total, the total is how many altogether.
Please scroll up and down to see the full page
Total with real food
The document below contains idea for Maths activities you can do around your home linked to the Maths objectives for Reception.
Art and Design - Junk Modelling
In the story of Handa’s surprise there are lots of mischievous animals that steal the fruit from Handa’s basket.
This week’s creative activity is to use your imagination and make an African animal out of junk and recycling.
Have a go at designing and planning your animal first and think about which materials you will use to represent the different parts.
There are a few examples below to help you get started.
Have a go at completing the two activities on the worksheets below. Scroll down on the document for both activities. Feel free to extend the activities with more of your own words using sounds from your sound packs in your book bag.
Home Learning Week Beginning 13/04/20
We hope you have had a lovely Easter break despite the different circumstances.
Our new unit of learning will be based around the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ by Eileen Browne. The story is about a girl called Handa who decides to take seven delicious fruits to her friend Akeyo, however the journey doesn’t go to plan!
We have attached a youtube video of the story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocnRQi89nK8
Please share this with your child and remember they must be supervised whilst using the internet.
After watching the story you could think about:
*What you liked or disliked about the story.
*What happened to the fruit Handa was delivering.
*How the story ended.
*Who the characters in the story are.
See if you can test your balance, like Handa, and balance a soft toy or bean bag on your head!
Over the coming weeks we will be uploading some phonics videos. In the meantime, please don’t forget to be using your sound cards. Any home reading can still be recorded in the green books.
In Reception, we previously learnt about patterns and how to continue, copy and make our own repeating patterns.
Activity 1 - Have a look at the pattern in the photo above. Can you explain the element of repeat? Remember to only say the pattern once.
Was your idea the same as mine? “smooth, rough”. There are lots of different answers it could be, such as "conker, pine cone".
Activity 2 - Can you make your own repeating patterns? Feel free to use any resources you may find at home and think about different colours, textures, shapes and objects.
Activity 3 - Make a repeating pattern for someone else in your house. Can they continue the pattern or can they make a pattern for you to continue?
Handa’s Surprise is full of special words called adjectives, these special words are used to describe the fruit on each page. For example the “soft” “yellow” banana. The words soft and yellow are the adjectives.
We would like you to think of some adjectives for fruit of your choice. You could pick your favourite fruit or any fruit you have at home. If you have the fruit at home spend some time looking at it, feeling it and then tasting it. Choose words that you think describe it best.
Once you have completed this activity see if someone at home can guess which fruit you are describing. Don’t tell them the fruit just tell them your adjectives to see if they can guess! There is an example underneath.
Gallery of Children's Work from School and Home Spring 2020
Gallery is now located on the "Celebrating Home Learning" page
Home Learning Easter Holidays
Here are some fun activities which you may want to do over the next week or two. Thank you for sending photos of the activities you have been learning at home. We would like to continue adding photos to our gallery.
1) Make an Easter Nest Cake
- 100g Shredded Wheat
- 200g Milk Chocolate
- 50g Unsalted Butter
- 2 tbsp Golden Syrup
- Handful Mini Chocolate Eggs (for Decoration)
You can replace the Shredded Wheat with Corn Flakes or Rice Krispies
Lay a large sheet of cling film over a cake tin. Ease the cling film into each cake hole and then crumble the Shredded Wheat into each hole.
Break the chocolate into small pieces and put into a bowl standing over a pan of simmering water. Add the butter and syrup.
Next melt the ingredients together. When the ingredients are melted remove from the heat. Now add the Shredded Wheat to the chocolate mixture and coat thoroughly.
Now spoon the mixture into each cling film lined space in the cake tin. Push down in the middle to make a nest shape. Add some mini eggs to each nest.
2) Making a Paper Mache Easter Egg
You will need
- Tissue paper or newspaper
- PVA glue or flour and water
First blow up the balloon to the desired size
Next tear the tissue paper or newspaper into strips
Mix the glue with equal parts of water. If you do not have glue then mix equal parts of flour and water together to make a paste
Dip the strips into the glue and then cover the balloon
Let it dry and then recover for extra strength
Then paint with a design of your choice
Please see the photos below
Three Little Pigs House building.
We learnt the story of the Three Little Pigs (scroll down for the text map). Have a go at building some houses for the pigs and making finger puppets for the different characters. See the pictures below for ideas.
Home Learning 27th March
Design an Easter Egg.
If you can print or draw the egg and then put your own design on it, please send them to us if you can, we'd love to see them
March 26th Painting rainbows.
Be a stay at home Superhero!
Follow the link below for a short story you can use to help explain to your child what is happening in the world and what we can do to help.
Home Learning 25th March
We love using Numberblocks to help our understanding of numbers. Have a look at the episodes on Cbeebies.
Home Learning 25th March
Over the last couple of weeks at school we learnt about traditional tales and enjoyed learning the story of The Three Little Pigs. Below is a photo of the text map we used to help us remember the story. Please have a go at retelling the story at home and practice writing parts of the story. Don't forget to use your phonics to help you spell each word and remember your capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We would love to see any photos of your writing.
Home Learning Maths and English Week Beginning 23rd March
In Maths, please complete the frame below. Gather 10 objects, use the large part part whole model below and place the 10 objects on the top circle, then share the 10 objects between the bottom circles. Then use the smaller part part whole frame to record onto. The example sheet shows how to do this in more detail.
The frames are below, if you do not have a printer, please copy by hand:
In writing this week we would like you to practise the correct letter and number formation. The document below shows the correct formation and starting place for the numbers and letters. Please encourage the children to use the correct tripod pencil grip:
Here are the formation documents, please work through lower case, then the numbers and then capital letters:
General Home Learning
Please continue to share stories with your children. Stories are a fantastic, fun way to improve vocabulary, develop story language and enhance a love of books. If you are looking for books that are graded by colour like our school books (Pink, Red & Yellow), then please go to the Oxford Owls E-Book library and join the site to read books online, you can find these here:
Please continue to practise the sounds in the phonics packs. Use the sounds to build words, sounding out and blending the sounds together is particularly important at this time of year. We practise phonics daily at school.
Phonicsplay is available for parents for free while schools are closed. There are games your children can play online (please supervise) to help them practise their phonics.
Username: march20 password: home
Practise writing the letters using the handwriting formation sheet to ensure the letters are formed correctly.
Practise writing the numbers from 0-20 using the number formation sheet to ensure the numbers are correctly formed.
These formation sheets have been put in book bags again for your convenience.
You can keep a daily diary, writing a sentence or two everyday. The camera words we have been learning are as follows; I, to, go, the, he, she, they. Please try to use these as much as possible in the writing. When we are writing we have have been starting our sentences with a capital letter, using finger spaces in between every word and ending the sentence with a full stop.
In maths we have been adding 2 groups together to fund a total. We have been using dominoes and 2 dice to do this, adding both sides of the domino and throwing 2 dice and adding them together. We have been drawing the dots and then counting them to find the total. We have been learning about doubles, so if you have a double domino or throw double dice point this out.
Our topic this half term has been houses. Our focus story has been the Three Little Pigs. You can make houses at home. We are going to make houses from junk and cover them in different materials to see which are waterproof or not.
Movement and Mindfulness
Please check out the following websites for ideas for physical activity:
You can join Go Noodle for free and then work through different activities to get points
Cosmic kids yoga has many activities
A great deal of our learning happens during purposeful play in our indoor and outdoor independent learning areas. We realise that you may not have the range of equipment available at school but we normally have a range of the following types of activities available; large physical (hoops, bikes, balls etc), water activities, sand activities and a large building activity. On the tables we provide activities which encourage social interaction, such as puzzles, board games etc.