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Reception

Welcome to Reception

2020/21

 

Welcome to the Reception web page which will be updated throughout the year with information related to our class curriculum along with news, updates and photographs of the exciting things that we have been getting up to. Please note that if there is a need for the Reception class to isolate at any point during this academic year,  home learning will re commence and all work will be accessed from here.

 

Important Information

 

Homework

The children will be set a Pick and Mix style homework based on phonics, understanding of number and seasonal activities. All of the children will be required to complete the activities on their Pick and Mix at home (ideally 1 per week) Homework will no longer come to and from school each week and no homework should be sent in to school. These activities will not require a homework book.

(Please find your child's Pick and Mix Homework below and a support guide for uploading photographs onto Purple Mash)

 

 

Reading Books

 Reading books need to be in school every day. Your child will read on specific days each week both individually and as part of Guided Reading sessions. Please ensure that your child reads at least 4 times at home each week and that this is recorded in their planner. 

 

Spare Clothes

Please provide spare clothes for your child in a draw string bag. These will be left in school, in case your child has an accident of simply gets wet/muddy within our outdoor provision. If your child does have an accident, these clothes will be sent home and we would appreciate it if you return the spare clothes as soon as possible. We will be spending lots of time enjoying the outdoor provision so please send in a spare pair of wellington boots if you have any and again these can be stored in school. Please label all of your children’s belongings.

 

 

P.E Lessons

P.E. lessons will be on Friday. If your child wears earrings they will need to be removed by yourself prior to the sessions. P.E pumps will stay in school for the duration of every term. We will send the pumps home at the end of every term to give you an opportunity to check that they still fit your child. Please return your child's PE pumps on your child’s first day back after the school holiday.

 

Twitter

As a school Twitter is used as a form of communication where parents are reminded of up-coming events or given a great insight into exciting learning opportunities your child has experienced. Consent forms will be sent from the office, please ensure these are returned as soon as possible. You can follow us via the user name below:

@JamesBrindleyPS

 

If you ever have any questions and queries, please do not hesitate to ask. 

Mrs Simmons and the Reception Team  smiley

Daily Learning Tasks- Friday 5th March

 

Hello and good morning,

Today is your last day working from home! You have very nearly done it! Give yourself a massive pat on the back. 

We are immensely proud of you all and cannot wait to see you all on Monday. smiley

 

It was incredible yesterday afternoon seeing all of your wonderful light house creations. Well done everybody! 

 

English task

In the story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’, Hamish the cat felt scared when he had to go into the basket. What could you do to make Hamish feel better? Draw a picture and write a sentence underneath.

 

Knowledge and understanding task

See inside a real lighthouse and meet a real lighthouse keeper by clicking the link below.

https://youtu.be/QzZGP5CijsM

Do you know more about lighthouses now? Me too! It’s great to learn about new things isn’t it?

 

Creative task

Join Miss Burton for a demonstration on how to make an origami cat (just like Hamish) by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WYVa_NdmPI

 

Have a lovely weekend. 

See you Monday! smiley

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Tasks- Thursday 4th March

 

Good morning Reception,

 

English task

In the story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’, Mr Grinling has to go to the lighthouse come rain or shine. Can you draw what he would need to wear on a rainy day and what he would need to wear on a sunny day? Once finished please label the items of clothing. Sound out carefully and try to write all of the sounds in the words. Use your pretend microphones to help you pick out all of the hidden sounds.

 

Maths task

Join me for some maths fun by clicking the link below. (Recognising the value of different coins)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJiPx74eZSY

 

Now, I would like you to make rubbings of the following coins: 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p and £1.

Simply place the coins underneath a piece of paper and rub a crayon over the top of them and an imprint of the coin will appear on your paper.

Once you have made the rubbings, see if you can correctly name the coins.

 

Google meet

We are eagerly waiting to see your lighthouses. Please bring them along to today’s live lesson. We will test you on your knowledge of this week’s story and ask you to explain how you made your lighthouses and what resources you used.

 

Enjoy the rest of your day and I am looking forward to seeing what you've created on Purple mash today. smiley

Mrs Simmons

 

Daily Learning Tasks- Wednesday 3rd March

 

Hello all smiley,

 

Phonics task

Join me for some phonics fun by clicking the link below. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olGa3uHSL8k

 

English task

Join me by clicking the link below for some writing fun. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h03TYEzFNs

In the story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’, Mr Grinling has a very busy day. Write down one thing he does in the morning, one thing he does during the day and one thing he does at night-time. Remember to use finger spaces and full stops at the end of every sentence.

 

Maths task

Today, I would like you to set up a shop and sell a few items for some pennies. Price up the items and sell every item for less than 10p. Have fun creating price tags for these.  Ask a grown-up or sibling to come and buy something from your shop. Use real coins or even make them. When a customer comes to your shop, read the price tag and tell them how much the item they want to buy costs. Then check the amount of money they give you, carefully count the penny coins.

 

Keep up the great work Reception. I hope you all have a lovely day. smiley

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Tasks- Tuesday 2nd March

 

Hello and good morning smiley,

 

Parent/Teacher Meetings on Google Meets

Thank you to those of you who have made appointments, I am looking forward to speaking with you all. Please access Google Meets in the same way that your child accesses their online sessions with me. If when you log in I am with another parent please stay logged in to the meeting, I will know that you are waiting and I will admit you once my other meeting has finished. All slots are 5 minutes. I would be really grateful if you would help me to stick to my times as I do have a tendency to chat and overrun! If there is anything that you would like to talk to me about and you feel that we need more time together, it's no problem at all, just let me know and we can arrange a longer time slot. 

If you have any questions regarding our meeting please do not hesitate to contact me on Purple Mash.

 

 

Phonics task

Join me for some phonics fun by clicking the link below. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBd7enoCjFQ


English task

Today, I would like you to create a model of a lighthouse. Choose two colours and decorate your lighthouse with a repeating stripy pattern, just like Mr Grinling’s lighthouse. Then see how many describing words you can think of to describe yours and write them down on a piece of paper. Please bring your lighthouse to Thursday’s live lesson.

 

Made out of an empty drinking bottle

Made out of a cardboard tube.

Made out of a plastic cup.

 

 

Maths task

Join me for some maths fun by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2rZe-WhGso

Once you have watched the video, I would like you to count how much money I have in my piggy banks. If you do not have a printer, simply count the coins and write the totals on a piece of paper.

Have a brilliant day. smiley

See you soon.

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Task- Monday 1st March

 

Good morning Reception,

Did you have a good weekend? I hope you did. smiley

 

On Friday Miss Burton will be demonstrating how to make an origami cat.

You will need:

  • Paper
  • Felt-tip pens

 

English task

It’s time for us to enjoy a new story! I have chosen a very popular story this week that you may have heard before. If you have a copy of the book, have a go at turning the pages and following the text while listening to the story.

Here is the link to ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ by David and Ronda Armitage:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=46wCRq50Wwg

 

Once you have listened to the story, write a shopping list for the ingredients you would need to make your favourite sandwich.

 

Understanding of the world task

When it’s lunchtime, help your grown-up make lunch. When making lunch, talk to your grown-up about how to stay safe in the kitchen.

 

Maths task

Join me by clicking the link below for some maths fun. (Recognising the value of one penny and counting 1 pence coins)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LBArcEUMYA

 

Hope you all have a great day. I will post again tomorrow. smiley

 

Goodbye for now.

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Task- Friday 26th February

 

Hello Reception, happy Friday. These Fridays soon come round! 

It was incredible yesterday afternoon seeing all of your wonderful rocket creations. It was very clear to see that you have all thought carefully about the rocket shape and the resources you used.  Well done everybody! smiley

 

 

Knowledge and Understanding task

Tim Peak lived in Space for 6 months and then came back to Earth, just like Hal.

Use the below login details for Espresso to watch this video. You will learn all about his time in the International Space Station and the things he did in space.

 

Username-student22316

Password- abc123

 

https://dumm9n5bt2uls.cloudfront.net/espresso/primary_uk/servlet/file/store7/item967307/fileservice402/967307_402_preview.mp4

 

Creative task

Join Miss Burton for a demonstration lesson on how to make a star using lollipop sticks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAXgfpl4eRk

 

Maths task

Join me for some maths fun by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOWZkBtdPN8&t=6s

In this video you will learn how to split objects into 3 equal groups. Using house-hold objects I would like you to split the following number of objects into 3 equal groups: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15.

 

Wonderful work again this week Reception. smiley

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Take care

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Tasks- Thursday 25th February

 

Hi Reception. smiley

I have really enjoyed seeing all the photographs you have been emailing me on Purple mash. They make me smile. Keep up the amazing work, I am very proud of you all!

 

Phonics task

Join me for some more phonic fun by clicking the link below: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEZP66Lv0Ys&t=37s

 

Reading Task

I would like you to review the story ‘Back to Earth with a bump!’. I would like you to answer the following questions:

  • Where is the story set?
  • Who is the main character?
  • What happens at the beginning of the story?
  • What happens in the middle of the story?
  • How does the story end?

You do not have to write your answers down but if you wish to, you could use the review writing frame below.

 

Google Meet

Today we would like you to meet us at your arranged time to show us your rockets. We would like to find out how you made it and what resources you used.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1….see you soon!

 

Physical development

It is time to get your dancing shoes on! I would like you to learn the Minions’ Zumba dance. You may have to watch it a few times to learn the dance routine. Have lots of fun and feel free to wear something yellow!

https://youtu.be/FP0wgVhUC9w

 

We hope you have a great day,

Much love 

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Tasks- Wednesday 24th February

 

Hello all smiley,

 

Phonics task

Join me for some phonics fun by clicking the link below. (Reading ee words)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kwPIbwwO4g

English task

Hal enjoys travelling around in space in the story ‘Back to Earth with a bump!’ so today I would like you to pretend you are Hal and write a postcard from space. This postcard could be written to one of Hal’s friends or family members. Explain in your postcard where you are and what it is like in space. Have fun writing a postcard all the way from outer space!

 

I have attached a postcard template and an ‘All about postcards’ PowerPoint below for you to use, if you wish to.

Maths task

Join me for some maths fun by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SIsQZ7YH-U&t=1s

In this video you will learn how to split objects into 2 equal groups.

 

Once you have watched the video, I would like you to set up a teddy bears picnic with your two favourite teddies or soft toys. Using pretend food or some real food that your grown-ups are happy for you to use, split the food into 2 groups. Give the teddy bears a plate each and share the food equally between them. Once you have split the food into 2 equal groups, count how much food each bear has.

 

Keep up the great work Reception. Hope you all have a lovely day. smiley

Mrs Simmons

 

Daily Learning Task- Tuesday 23rd February

 

Hello and good morningsmiley,

 

English task

I hope you enjoyed following Hal on his adventure into space yesterday. This morning I would like you to choose one of the worksheets below from the story and write a sentence in each thought bubble. What do you think Hal would have been thinking? Start your sentences with a capital letter and end with a full stop.  If you do not have a printer, please look at the pictures on the worksheet and write your sentences on a piece of paper.

 

Maths task

Join me for some maths fun by clicking the link below. This is video will help you group in fives and count in your 5 times table to 20.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQkrghFMKgo

Once you have watched the video, I would like you to use house-hold objects to group in fives, just like I did. For example, you may use 15 buttons, group them in fives and see how many groups of five you have.

 

Creative task

In the story: ‘Back to earth with a bump’, Hal curled up under his blanket and snuggled up tight. Just when he’s started to snore, his small bed takes off from the ground with almighty roar and turned into a rocket. How amazing is that?

 

Today, I would like you to design and create your very own rocket. This could be made out of: cardboard boxes, drinking bottles, kitchen roll tubes or anything else you may have. Bring your rocket to our live session on Thursday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

Next Tuesday, we will be asking you to make something out of old paper cups, plastic bottles or cardboard tubes. Please save any of these resources ready for the lesson. Thank you in advance.

 

Have a brilliant day. smiley

See you soon.

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Tasks- Monday 22nd February

 

Welcome back to your school at home. 

We have lots of lovely and exciting things planned for the next couple of weeks. It is going to be a lot of fun! smiley

I hope you managed to have a well-deserved rest and feel ready to learn lots more.

 

On Friday Miss Burton will be demonstrating how to make a lollipop stick star.

You will need:

  • 6 lollipop sticks (I hope you had fun collecting them during the holiday)
  • Glue
  • String or ribbon
  • Paint
  • Optional sequins/glitter/gems

Get ready for lots of fun!

 

Phonics task

Join me for some phonics fun by clicking the link below. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fR0Cemlmjw

This week, we are going to be learning the ee sound and we will use our knowledge of this sound to help us write and read words with this digraph in.

 

English task

Today, I would like you to start by listening to the story ‘Back to Earth with a bump!” You will need to ask one of your grown-ups to read this story to you. Maybe you could join in with the words that you know?

Once you have listened to the story, I would like you to list all the things Hal sees on his adventure. Try to include 5 things in your list and sound out carefully.

Maths task

Join me for some maths fun by clicking the link below. This is video will help you count in twos, group in twos and understanding the concept of a pair.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBj8SDgjB0A

Once you have watched the video, I would like you to work out how many pairs of shoes an octopus would need. You could use house-hold objects to help you. You will need to find 8 objects that you could group into twos, just like I did in the video. Once you have done this, you need to count the groups of 2, to work out how many pairs of shoes an octopus would need. I have attached an optional worksheet of an octopus for you to use if you wish to.

 

Hope you all have a great day. I will post again tomorrow.

Goodbye for now. smiley

Mrs Simmons 

Daily Learning Tasks- Friday 12th February

 

Good morning and happy Friday! smiley

As you and your grown-ups have been working extremely hard during this half term, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your efforts, as we appreciate that it’s not been easy for you. You have all been fantastic and deserve a break next week.

 

English task

In the story: ‘The Runaway Pancake’, who chased the pancake? Today, I would like you to write the names of all the animals that chased him. I have attached an optional worksheet for you to use. As a challenge, you may wish to write a sentence for each one, such as: ‘The dog chased the pancake’. Concentrate on leaving finger spaces between words. If your child is struggling with this, consider using blue tac or a counter to create a space after every word.

Creative task

This Sunday it is Valentine’s Day! This is a special day for people to show their love for another person. To show your grown-ups how much you love them, would you like to make them a Valentine’s gift? If so, join Miss Burton for her heart mobile demonstration by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcT-07YTZ2w

 

Knowledge and Understanding of the world task

You may be wondering why we celebrate Valentine’s Day every year too! I have attached a PowerPoint for you to use to discover the story of St. Valentine.

After the February holiday we will be making a few creations together. Please collect 6 lollipop sticks and save any used plastic bottles, cardboard boxes and kitchen roll tubes. 

Reception, make the best pancakes on Pancake Day! We hope you have lots of fun. Challenge your grown-ups to a pancake race and let us know who wins.

Have an amazing break.

Lots of love for Valentine’s day. heartheartheart

Be good for your grown-ups.

 

Take care, Mrs Simmons, Miss Burton and Mrs O'Keefe x 

Daily Learning Tasks- Thursday 11th February

Good morning Reception.

You’ve all been doing some fantastic work, it’s been an absolute pleasure seeing your work on Purple Mash. Thank you very much for sending it to me. smiley

 

Phonics task

Join me for some reading fun by clicking the link below. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTvi0lOh4mk

English task

Today, I would like you to read my favourite pancake themed story: ‘The Runaway Pancake’ by opening the PowerPoint below. Ask a grown-up to help you read the story. Challenge: try picking out words that you know and help your grown-up read the story. Can you identify all the tricky words in the story? Maybe your grown-up could test you on these?

Physical development task

Practice your handwriting and learn how to form the curly caterpillar letters with this video.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVNao7-uV_A

Remember to:

  • Check your seating position, pull your chair in.
  • Put your feet flat on the floor.
  • Use your helping hand to hold the paper.

 

Google Meet

Join us at your allocated time to share your pancake picture, that you created on Monday afternoon. We would like to see your cutting skills and for you to talk about the toppings you chose. We will also ask you some pancake themed questions. We’re very much looking forward to seeing you. smiley

 

You have nearly completed Spring 1! One more day of fun tomorrow before you break up for half term!

We hope you have another great day.

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Tasks- Wednesday 10th February

 

Good morning Reception. smiley

How are you all today?

 

English task

Join me for some pancake fun by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU6HIa_z0Fg

Now you’ve been shown how to make pancakes, I would like you to write simple instructions on how to make them. You will be able to follow these when you are making your own, on Pancake Day. Consider numbering your instructions so that they are easy to follow in order.

 

Physical development task

Go on a cosmic kid’s (Valentine ’s Day special) adventure by clicking the link below. 

https://youtu.be/RSRKT5q7ZBQ

Straight after half term, we will be moving on to dance and will complete a series of Zumba dances. Get your dancing outfits ready!

 

Maths task

Join me for some 3D shape fun by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHSpFgm_d-E

 

In this lesson, you will be learning the names of the simple 3D shapes.

Now you know the names of the 3D shapes, I would like you to go on another shape hunt and see if you if you can find the shapes in your home? This time I would like you to create a tally chart for each shape.  Which 3D shape did you find lots of in your home? Which 3D shape did you struggle to find in your home? I have attached an optional worksheet for this. Happy hunting!

 

Well done Reception, you are all going exceptionally well.

Keep up the great efforts, see you soon. smiley

Mrs Simmons.

Daily Learning Tasks- Tuesday 9th February

 

Hello Reception.

In exactly a week from today it will be Pancake Day! How exciting! Who loves pancakes? I could eat them all day every day, could you?

 

English task

As I am sure you would all like to make your own pancakes next week, so I would like you to help your grown-ups by writing a pancake shopping list. What ingredients do you need to make pancakes? Can you remember from yesterday’s PowerPoint? Then choose 2 toppings you would like to add to your pancakes and add these to your list. Use your pretend microphones to help you identify all the hidden sounds in words.

Join me for some shopping list fun by clicking the link below. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TuSu4hAPV0

 

Phonics task

Use this wonderful story about a King with a ring and see if you can find all the 'ng' sounds. Your grown-up may need to help you read the sentences.

Maths task

Join me for some repeating pattern fun by clicking the link below. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6-megQnvCo

In this lesson we will be making and spotting different repeated patterns.

Using house-hold objects, create your own repeated patterns for example: toy, toy, book, toy, toy, book.

I have attached an optional shape repeating pattern worksheet for you to complete, if you would prefer. 

 

Much love,

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Tasks- Monday 8th February

Good morning Reception.

One more week of home learning before February half term. You have done incredibly well so far, we are all very proud of you.

 

On Friday Miss Burton will be demonstrating how to make a Valentine’s Day Heart Mobile.

You will need:

  • Red and pink paper (you could paint or colour white paper if easier)
  • A clothes hanger
  • Ribbon or string
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape (Sellotape)

Get ready for lots of fun! smiley

 

Phonics task

Join me for some phonics fun by clicking the link below: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTH_Q9oehHA​​​​​​​

English task

Next Tuesday it is Pancake Day and this week were going to learn as much as we can about why we celebrate Pancake Day every year. Pancake Day is also called Shrove Tuesday and is celebrated on the last Tuesday before Lent. Lent is when Christians get ready for Easter.

Start by asking one of your grown-ups to help you read the information in the ‘All about Pancake Day’ PowerPoint below and feel free to finish reading when you have read the pancake racing section.

After you have finished reading the information in the PowerPoint, see if you can answer the following questions:

  1. What do people eat on Pancake Day?
  2. Why do people celebrate Pancake Day?
  3. Can you name one ingredient that you use to make pancakes?
  4. What happens in a pancake race?

Maths task

This week we’re going to be learning about shape and pattern.

Do you know all the 2D shape names? Can you help me describe the properties of the 2D shapes?

Join me for some shape fun by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAeDZHyiB64&t=15s

Many children mix up a few shape names, often triangle and rectangle. If your child does this, join me by clicking the link below for some helpful rhymes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tr3C_LXjuic

Today I would like you to go on a shape walk and spot the shapes in your home. Which 2D shapes can you see? Feel free to use the optional worksheet below for this.

Physical development (fine motor)

What do you like to eat on your pancakes? Cut and stick your favourite toppings on to your pancakes using the optional worksheet below. If you do not have a printer, draw the toppings to cut around and stick them onto your pancake. I would like you to bring your pancake to our live lesson this Thursday, where we will discuss your favourite toppings.

 

We hope you have a fantastic day. smiley

Take care,

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Tasks- Friday 5th February

 

Good morning Reception. smiley

 

English task

For your English task today, I would like you to research facts about dinosaurs. I would like you to write down 3 facts you have found out about dinosaurs that you didn’t know before. The facts could be written in caption or sentence form, depending on your child’s ability level. I have found three great videos that you could use to help your research. The first video is all about the Diplodocus, the second is all about the Stegosaurus and the third is all about the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

 

You may wish to watch Diplodocus facts on Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures by clicking the link below.

https://youtu.be/xpjc3BvhKTM

 

or Stegosaurus facts on Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures by clicking the link below.

https://youtu.be/m1OG4SxKjxU

 

or Tyrannosaurus Rex facts on Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures by clicking the link below.

https://youtu.be/bH_dOScj9FU

 

 

Maths task

Your Maths task for today is to complete the dinosaur themed subtraction questions attached below in the PowerPoint.

Creative task

Join Miss Burton for a salt dough dinosaur fossil demonstration by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6w9rVsKhhA

Wow! Did you enjoy that?

If you have a sandpit at home, you could hide your fossils and go on a dinosaur fossil hunting trip and see what you can find.

 

Children’s Mental Health Week Task

Finish the day by lying with your back on the floor and place a soft toy on your tummy. Breathe in and out, slowly and deeply and try to concentrate on the way your toy rises and falls with your breathing.

 

Well done Reception, you have made it to another weekend. Hope you have a lovely relaxing time with your families, you deserve it!heart

Mrs Simmons smiley

 

 

 

 

Daily Learning Tasks- Thursday 4th February

 

Hello and good morning Reception,

 

English task

For English today, I would like you to label the different parts of the dinosaur. Use the labels provided at the bottom of the page.

Phonics task

As an extension activity, please play the phonics game below. Help the alien escape to the spaceship! Look at each picture and unscramble the letters to spell the word correctly. (Phase 3 sounds)

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/alien-escape?phase=3

 

Maths task

For your maths activity today, it’s time to make your dinosaur pictogram. I hope you enjoyed speaking to family and friends yesterday to find out which dinosaur was their favourite. I have attached below a blank pictogram, for you to use, with pictures of the different types of dinosaurs. I would like you to show your results by sticking the correct amount of dinosaurs into the sheet.

So if 3 people chose Triceratops as their favourite, you would stick in 3 pictures of a Triceratops. You do this for all the different types of dinosaurs.

 

When you have completed your pictogram, I would like you answer the following questions:

Which dinosaur was the most popular?

Which dinosaur was the least popular?

 

Google meet session

Join us at your allocated time to share your special/ favourite things that would be in your bucket. We would like you to show us each item and tell us a little bit about it. This could be where you got it from, what it does and why it is special to you. We’re very much looking forward to seeing you all later.

 

Children’s Mental Health Week Task

Today, I would like you to listen carefully, with your eyes closed, to any sounds you can hear. After one minute, open your eyes and write down everything you heard.

 

Again, have a great day. smiley

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Tasks-Wednesday 3rd February

 

Good morning Reception.smiley

 

Phonics task

Join me and write ‘ai’ words by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKUvFqjDv_0

English task

When Harry was helping his Gran clean out the attic, he found an old box all grey with dust. He lifted the lid and found his dinosaurs and put them into his bucket. Today, I would like you to draw what would be inside your bucket. I have attached a worksheet below, but if you would prefer you could just draw the bucket outline on a piece of paper. Once you have drawn your picture, I would like you to write a sentence explaining what would be in your bucket and why. For tomorrow’s live session, I would like you to gather together some of your favourite things, some of the items that would be in your bucket ready to show the rest of the class. Don’t worry, you do not need a bucket, just bring along your favourite things.

 

Maths task

Join me for a tally chart demonstration lesson by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COQctoHGADk

For your Maths task today, I would like you to speak to your family and friends and ask them to vote for their favourite dinosaur. I would like you to create a tally chart with their votes. Tomorrow, I will be asking you to create a pictogram with your results.

The dinosaurs your family and friends can choose from are:

 

The Dinosaurs

Triceratops

Tyrannosaurus- Rex

Apatosaurus

Stegosaurus

 

 

Children’s Mental Health Week Task

Today, I would like you to express what makes you happy. Have a think and talk to your grown-up about what makes you happy and maybe you could find out what makes them happy too. I have attached an optional worksheet below for this.

You all make me very happy! smiley
Much love, Mrs Simmons 
 

Daily Learning Tasks- Tuesday 2nd February

 

Hi Reception,

 

Knowledge and understanding of the world task

Today, I have attached a ‘Harry and the bucketful of dinosaurs’ themed word search for you to complete. You will come across two new words that are very grown up. They are carnivore and herbivore.

carnivore is an animal which only eats meat. Herbivores are animals that only eat plants. Some dinosaurs used to only eat meat and other dinosaurs used to only eat plants.

Time yourself to see how long it takes you to find all of the words.

Phonics task

Join me for some phonics fun by clicking the link below. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbMtL0AAE4E

For an extension activity, please play the phonics game below.

‘Bob’ the alien loves the real words, while his friend ‘Odd’ loves the made-up words. Sound out each word and try to give them their favourite treats! (Please select the 'Revise all' Phase 2 sounds option.)

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/odd-and-bob?phase=2

 

Maths task

For your Maths task, I would like you to complete the Hide-a-Saurus worksheet below, where you will work out one more and one less than a given number.

Children’s Mental Health Week Task

Join me to listen to the story: I’m the happiest’ by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7gfs7hFRDI

In one word how would you describe yourself? What feature are you proud of?

Do you like hearing about other people’s good qualities and achievements? It’s important to appreciate people’s qualities just like the racoon in the story.

 

You are all different but equally amazing! Keep being you and I will see you soon. smiley

Mrs Simmons

 

Daily Learning Tasks- Monday 1st February

 

Good morning Reception.

I hope you had another great weekend and feel ready for another week of home school.

 

On Friday, Miss Burton will be demonstrating how to make salt dough dinosaur fossils. How cool?

You will need:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cups of salt
  • A round cookie cutter or something round to cut around.
  • A small dinosaur figure (if you have one) or a knife to make imprints with.

 

English task

Join me to listen to the story of ‘Harry and bucketful of dinosaurs’ by Ian Whybrow by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hk6XxLXiWps

After you have listened to the story, I would like you to design and draw your own dinosaur. Think about whether it will have a short or long neck, spikes, scales or feathers and what it’s tail will be like. When you know what it will look like, I would like you to draw a picture and write a description underneath. You may choose to give your dinosaur a name too.

 

Maths task

For your Maths task today, I would like you to solve the dinosaur word problems below. Use house-hold objects and your fingers to help you count.

  1. If there are 10 dinosaurs in a swamp and 3 more join them, how many have you got altogether?
  2. A stegosaurus eats 5 leaves and the brachiosaurus eats 3 leaves. How many leaves do they eat altogether?
  3. The Tyrannosaurus Rex has 12 teeth, the triceratops has 10 teeth. Which dinosaur has more teeth? Extension: How many more teeth does he have?
  4. A dinosaur has 6 eggs and only 2 nests to put them in. How many eggs will go in each nest, when shared equally? (top tip: draw the nests and eggs to help you solve this problem)

P.E task

Join Tiny the T-Rex on a cosmic yoga adventure by clicking the link below

https://youtu.be/rnlDBKD2S78

Did you have fun? Mrs O’Keefe, Miss Burton and I also went on this yoga adventure yesterday and had lots of fun.

 

Children’s Mental Health Week Task

This week it is Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s theme is ‘Express Yourself’.  Today, I would like you to express yourself with some mindfulness colouring. Ask your grown-up to play some relaxing music in the background and enjoy being creative after another fantastic day. I have attached some optional colouring sheets below.

 

Have a wonderful day Reception! smiley

Take care!

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Tasks- Friday 29th January

Good morning Reception and Happy Friday!

These Fridays soon come round.

What an amazing live session we had yesterday. Your under the sea homes were truly amazing. I think Crab, Brush and Blob are very happy now, thank you for all your efforts including those of your grown-ups.

Phonics task

Join me for another re-cap of phase 2 and 3 phonics by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GOWwX5Ivuo&t=14s

 

Then I would like you to play the Phonics Frog game below. Parents: select the sound or sounds you would like your child to practise.

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/phonics-frog?phase=3

Can you help phonics frog make it home? Tap the screen or click the mouse to jump across the road without getting hit by any traffic. Cross the river by jumping onto lily pads, alligators and floating logs. Alligator tails are safe, but not their mouths!

Read the writing on the side of the logs. Be careful, If the word on the log is real the log is safe, but if the word is not real you will fall into the river.

 

 

Maths task

Today, I would like you to complete the halving home learning challenges below.

Creative task

Join Miss Burton for a demonstration on how to make a seashell by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_2UHWi_B1I

Please show us your seashells by sending a picture in via purple mash. We would love to see how your creations turn out.

 

Understanding the world task

This week’s story ‘sharing a shell’ is set at the seaside. Have you ever been to a beach? What did you do there? Have you got any photographs of a holiday where you spent some time at the seaside?

In the story ‘Sharing a shell’ Crab is a special type of crab called a Hermit Crab. Hermit Crabs do not have a hard shell of their own around them and they climb into old sea shells for protection. When they grow and get too big for the shell, they have to go and find a bigger shell to live in.  Join the Octonauts and learn more about Hermit Crabs by clicking the link below.

https://youtu.be/QcJlJ134oMo

 

Have fun today and I hope you have a lovely weekend. smiley

Stay safe and take care!

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Tasks- Thursday 28th January

Good morning Reception.

It is Thursday again, my new favourite day of the week! Do you know why it is my new favourite day of the week? It is because I get to see your smiley faces during our live session in the afternoon. smiley

 

Phonics Reminder

During this time at home please incorporate learning and revisiting your phonics sounds as part of your daily reading.  Please use your phonics support pack for this and complete these activities every day (as well as the English and Maths tasks for each day).

How to use the phonics flashcards:

  • Look at the flash cards and say the sound aloud
  • Find a sound, that you have heard said by an adult, out of a selection of flashcards
  • Match the sound to an item or toy (initial sound or end sound)
  • Put sounds together to make words to read

 

A few activity ideas:

  • Hide sounds for your child to find.
  • Say sounds against the clock ( as many as your child can in a minute)
  • Put sounds in a box and play pass the parcel, saying the sound as the box lands on each player.
  • Put sounds on the stairs and read them on the way up to bed each night.
  • Using multiple sounds write simple words in chalk in the garden.
  • Use the catchy animated phonics songs for both revising and teaching letter-sounds from ‘Teaching Your Monster to Read’:

https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/teachers-area/classroom-toolkit/phonics-songs

 

English task

Your English task today is to retell the story ‘Sharing a shell’. I would like you to do this by making a mini book. I would recommend that you fold an A4 piece of paper in half. You will then have a front cover, 2 pages in the middle and a page on the back.

 

Please include the following:

Front cover- the title and picture.

1st page: a picture and label/caption/sentence about the beginning of the story.

2nd page: a picture and label/caption/sentence about the middle of the story.

3rd page (back): a picture and a label/caption/sentence about the end of the story.

I have attached a ‘sharing a shell word mat’ for you to use with this task. Some of the hard words are already spelt for you so that you can just copy them. I can’t wait to see your story books soon. Have fun creating them!

Maths task

Today I would like you to help ‘The Queen Bee’ share the bees out fairly so that each flower has half the number of bees from the hive. Can you help the queen bee put half of the bees on to each flower? Draw the bees on the flowers. Again, I have attached an optional worksheet for this. If you do not have a printer, simply use 2 teddies, dolls or action figures and share sweets between them.

Google meet

Join us at your allocated time to share the new home you have made for Crab, Brush and Blob. We would like to find out how you made it, what materials you used and whether you had lots of fun. We’re very much looking forward to seeing you all later.

 

I did mention to group 3 last Thursday that we will be sharing favourite toys from home. This will now be next Thursday. I hope this is ok with everyone.

 

I hope you have a lovely day! Take care all! smiley

Mrs Simmons

 

Daily Learning Tasks- Wednesday 27th January

 

Good morning Reception,

 

English task

Join me for some rhyming word fun by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPW4Vc47Md4

 

Julia Donaldson, the author of ‘Sharing a shell’ often uses lots of rhyming words in her stories. Today, I would like you to find and make a list of as many rhyming words as you can. Remember rhyming words are two or more words that have the same or similar ending sound. Another example of rhyming words would be: goat, boat, moat, float and coat. All of these words end with the same sounds (oa-t). Have fun making a list of as many rhyming words as you can. I have attached optional rhyming string cards for this. 

Handwriting task

As an extension activity, would you like to practise some handwriting?

What letters are part of the ‘curly c family’?

Can you write them all? (c, o, a, d, g, q, s) Watch the video below to help you.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgjj6sg/articles/zwnh4qt

Remember that they must all begin with the formation of ‘c’, that starts from the top.

How many times can you write each letter in 30 seconds? Ask an adult to time you.

 

Maths task

Today, I would like you to do some more halving. I have attached an optional worksheet below for this. The pirates are trying to share the treasure they have found. They want to share it equally so that each pirate has half of the treasure. Can you put half the coins into each of the treasure chests? How many coins does each pirate have? How many coins are there altogether? Cut the coins out and place them into the treasure chests to help you. If you do not have a printer, you can complete this activity practically with house-hold objects.

Hope you have a lovely day. smiley

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Tasks- Tuesday 26th January

 

Hello and good morning Reception,

 

Creative task

I hope you’re feeling creative today as I would like you to design and build a new home for the three creatures to share from the story ‘Sharing a shell’. I would like you to make the rock pool they live in and a new home (shell) for them to share. This could be made out of any old cardboard boxes or empty containers you may have at home. Please bring the home you make for Crab, Brush and Blob to our show and tell live session on Thursday afternoon, when we would like you to showcase your wonderful creations and explain to the group how you made them.

 

 

 

 

 

English task

Start by watching the rest of the story: Sharing a shell by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR76tmlh3Rw&t=210s

Once you have made a new home for the creatures to live in, I would like you to write a description of their new home. What is it? What does it look like? How did you make it? What resources did you use? You could write labels, captions or sentences, using the sounds you can hear and know. Don’t forget to always use your sound mats when writing. I have attached them again below.

Maths task

Join me for some halving fun by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olFSeXmvjoU

Then I would like you to split a group of objects in half. Like in the video, use two bowls, your number cards (from your parent support pack) and some house-hold objects. The objects ideally need to be the same and could be any of the following: dried pasta, buttons, pennies, small fruits or toys. I would like you to split the number of objects in half by separating them into the two bowls, like I modelled in my video.  Do this multiple times to secure your understanding of halving.

 

Have a fantastic day! smiley

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Tasks- Monday 25th January

 

Good morning Reception,

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend. smiley

 

This Friday Miss Burton will be demonstrating how to make a seashell.

All you will need is: 

  • Paper
  • Felt tips or paint
  • A small amount of string or a hair bobble
  • Optional glitter and sequins

Start collecting ready for Friday. 

 

Phonics task

Join me for a re-cap of our phase 2 tricky words by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPq72NQBmqc

English task

For your English task today, I would like you to listen to the first part of the story: ‘Sharing a shell’ written by Julia Donaldson but read by me. Click the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enX_hfspxmY&t=75s

 

Once you have watched this first part of the story, I would like you to discuss what the crab could do to be kind. Then I would like you to write to the crab explaining what you think he should do by writing simply a caption, sentence, sentences or even a letter. You need to really persuade him to make a good choice. Challenge: Can you use some of the reception tricky words and can you spell them correctly?

 

Maths task

Start by completing the ‘halving shapes PowerPoint’ below. What is halving? Could you find the other half of the cake in the PowerPoint? When you have completed the above, I would like you to colour in half of the shapes in the worksheet below. If you do not have a printer, ask your grown-up to draw the shapes on a piece of paper for you. Join me tomorrow for some more halving.

 

Personal, social and emotional development

Maybe you could end the day, showing one of your grown-ups how you can be kind and helpful? Maybe you could write a family member a lovely message, tidy your room, offer to wash the dishes or help with a younger brother or sister.

Have fun being kind and make your grown-ups smile!

 

Don’t forget to send us some of your work via purple mash, we love to see what you have done at home.

 

Take care and we will see you soon. smiley

Mrs Simmons

 

Daily Learning Tasks- Friday 22nd January

 

Wow! Take a look at some of the boats your friends made this week! You all really did think carefully about the materials to use for your boats to make them float.  As usual, it was lovely seeing some of you online yesterday.

Creative task

It’s the moment I am sure you have all been waiting for, it’s time to make a penguin with Miss Burton.

Join Miss Burton for some creative penguin fun by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss2w67P0Avw

 

English task

Now you’ve made your very own penguin I would like you to research facts about penguins. Where can you find them? What do they eat? What colour are they? Write a penguin fact file using the optional worksheet below.

 

You may wish to watch Andy’s Wild Adventures Series 1, where he visits the South Pole to learn about Emperor Penguins. This is a fun way to complete your penguin research. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01cbmy4/andys-wild-adventures-series-1-1-emperor-penguins

Maths task

As this is the last doubling lesson for this week, I would like you to complete the doubling home learning challenges below. Try to solve the problems and work out the challenges. You can do it Reception, I know you can! smiley

 

Parents: I will be asking your child to make a new home for some under the sea creatures on Tuesday so please start collecting any junk modelling materials you may have such as: takeaway plastic or tin containers, egg boxes, old sponges, straws, lollipop sticks, cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, bottle tops and even corks. You do not need to have all of these but a few would be helpful.

 

Reception you all deserve a well-earned rest this weekend . smiley

Mrs Simmons 

Daily Learning Tasks- Thursday 21st January

 

Hello Reception, It’s Thursday again. We’re very much looking forward to seeing you all online later this afternoon. smiley

 

English task

In the book ‘Lost and found’ the more and more the boy thought, the more he realised he was making a big mistake. The penguin wasn’t lost, he was just lonely. Discuss with your grown-up what it means to be lonely and how we can help others when they are feeling lonely. What can we do when we feel lonely ourselves? Think and make a list of words to describe how the penguin might feel throughout the story. I have created an optional worksheet below. How do you think he felt when the boy opened his door and started helping him? How do you think he felt when the boy left him at the South Pole and finally how do you think he felt when the boy came back for him?

 

Maths task

Join me with the doubling machine by clicking the link below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7JbeOPxYMY

Please find an optional doubling machine worksheet below. 

Google meet

Join me at your allocated time to share the boat you have made this week. If you are joining us for the first time, please check your Purple Mash email for your allocated time. Emails were sent on Monday 11th January. During the live session, we would like to find out how you made your boat, what materials you used and whether is passed the water test and floated.  We’re very much looking forward to seeing you all later.

 

I hope you have a lovely day! smiley Take care all!

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Tasks- Wednesday 20th January

 

Good morning Reception, did you learn anything new about floating and sinking yesterday? I hope you did.

 

English task

The boy in the story ‘Lost and found’ thought about different ways he could get to the South Pole. He took his rowing boat out of the cupboard and tested it for size and strength and then together they pushed the rowing boat out to sea.  Your challenge is to design, make and decorate a rowing boat that will float for one of your toys. When you have made your boat, test it for size and strength by placing your boat in water. Then I would like you to write a sentence about what happened when your boat is placed into the water. Parents: If it didn’t float, ask your child to think about what they could have done differently. I would like you all to share your boat in this week’s live show and tell session on Thursday. We’re very much looking forward to seeing your boats and hearing about how they fared in the water test.

 

 

 

 

 

Maths task

Before we carry on doubling, join me for some abacus work by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6UylrtFDtk

 

Today, I would like you to complete the doubling ladybird sheet below, choosing the appropriate sheet that matches your child’s ability (0-10 or 0-20). If you do not have a printer, simply draw the ladybirds on a piece of paper. Or if you are feeling creative, paint ladybirds. Split the ladybirds’ backs into 2 equal parts and draw spots on one side. Then draw the same amount of spots on the other side too, showing double the amount as a total.

P.E task

Join Pedro the Penguin on a cosmic yoga adventure by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSZvMHlw9vs

 

Have a wonderful day Reception! smiley

Love from Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Tasks- Tuesday 19th January

Hi Reception,

 

English task

In the story ‘Lost and found’ the boy decided to help the penguin find its way home, even if it meant rowing all the way to the South Pole. They packed everything they would need but what did they take? We didn’t find out in the story. Today, I would like you to draw and make a list of the things the boy and the penguin would need to pack in their suitcase for their trip. Think about what will keep them warm and what will keep them safe (e.g. a mobile phone, plasters, torch…) I have attached an optional worksheet below.

Maths task

Join me for some doubling fun by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuYO5K4q2ZM

Today I would like you to double a given number. This can be done with house-hold items. Parents please give your child a group of objects and ask them to find double. Your child may need to be reminded that double is the same amount again. Encourage your child to use the flashcards from your parent support pack to show you the answer.

 

Understanding of the world

What do you know about floating and sinking? Think about the toys we play with in our school water tray, which items float? Which items sink? Today, I would like you to learn as much as you can about floating and sinking. Please use the below interactive PowerPoint to discover more.

A good understanding of items that will float will help you with tomorrow’s English and creative task.

 

Have a super day Reception! smiley

Love from Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Tasks- Monday 18th January

 

Good morning Reception and Happy Monday. smiley  I hope you all had a great weekend and feel ready for another week of online learning.

 

On Friday Miss Burton is going to demonstrate how to make your very own penguin. All you need is:

  • a cardboard tube (toilet or kitchen roll tube)
  • paper
  • felt tips
  • scissors
  • glue
  • optional googly eyes

 

Start collecting the items you need, ready for Friday. Here is a little preview of what you will be able to make.

 

Phonics task 

Join me for some phonics fun by clicking the link below. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GOWwX5Ivuo

 

English task

Join me and listen to the amazing story: Lost and found. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IrxmFDTBys

 

Once there was a boy and one day he found a penguin at his door…he didn’t know where he had come from or who it belonged to. The penguin looked sad and the boy thought he was lost. Where did the penguin come from? How did he get to the boy’s door? Today, I would like you to use your imagination and decide how you think he got the boy’s front door. Draw a picture and write a sentence explaining how the penguin got there.

 

Maths task 

Start by playing the alien addition game in the PowerPoint below.

Today I would like you to complete the ‘Lost and found’ addition worksheet.

As we have spent the past week consolidating previous learning, we are going to move onto the new concept of doubling tomorrow. Great addition work everyone. smiley

Have a lovely day Reception,

I miss you all very much, Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Tasks- Friday 15th January

 

Good morning and happy Friday. smiley

It was really lovely to see some of you online yesterday, your happy faces and amazing Gruffalo creations really did make my day.

Phonics task

Join me for some reading fun by clicking the link below.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc8_QylEn20

 

English task

Today I would like you to design, draw and cut out character puppets from the story ‘The Gruffalo’. Then I would like you to set up a show for your family members. The challenge is: I would like you to re-tell the story using the puppets. Maybe you could rehearse the show today and make tickets to give your family members for when all of your grown-ups are free. Feel free to use the Gruffalo story map below to help you remember the whole story.

Maths task

For your maths task today, I would like you to go on to ‘Topmarks’ maths again and play the helicopter rescue game. This game will help you to identify and work with numbers to 100. In Reception, we only need to understand and use numbers within 20, so select this when playing. The game includes finding a number and counting on and back.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/helicopter-rescue

 

Thank you for all of your hard work this week, I cannot tell you how proud and impressed I am with you all. I know that it isn’t easy having to do your school work at home and I understand that it’s a challenge for your Mummies and Daddies too as many of them are trying to work from home. 

Have a great weekend! smiley

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Task- Thursday 14th January

 

Hello Reception,

 

English task

This morning I would like you to describe the setting of the story: The Gruffalo. What can you see? Where is the story set? You could simply list all the things you can see or write describing sentences. I have attached a worksheet below for you to use, if you wish to.

Maths task

Today I would like you to play the ladybird matching game on ‘Topmarks’. There are three different counting, matching and ordering maths games based on the numbers 1 to 10 for you to enjoy.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/ladybird-spots

 

For an extension activity today, can you help The Gruffalo fill in the missing numbers?

Show and Tell Google Meet Live Session

Please check your purple mash email to see what time you have been allocated for your google meet session this afternoon and if you are able to join us, it would be lovely to see you. It is time to show everyone your Gruffalo creations. The purpose of this session is for the children to showcase their Gruffalo models and describe how they made them.

 

Remember your login details are in your reading planner and I have attached the google meet guide below for anyone who will be logging in for the first time. Hope to see you all later.

 

Enjoy the rest of your day. smiley

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Tasks- Wednesday 13th January  

 

Good morning Reception,

 

Creative task

This morning, I would like you to describe the Gruffalo. Before you do this, I would like you to have a go making your very own model of the Gruffalo.

You could make him out of:

  • lego
  • playdough
  • salt dough
  • any unwanted household materials such as: egg boxes, cardboard boxes and plastic bottles.
  • Collage materials

Or simply draw or paint him.

I would like you to bring your Gruffalo creations to our google meet session tomorrow, where I will ask you to show your friends your Gruffalo model and explain how you made it.

 

 

English task

Once you have made your Gruffalo model, I would like you to describe what the Gruffalo looks like. What does he have on his back? What colour are his eyes? What are his toes like? What are his knees like? What colour is his tongue?

Join me for a shared writing session before you begin. 

https://youtu.be/Q8tpHEKebBY

 

Maths task

Go and get 10 of your favourite toys. Can you order them from smallest to tallest?  Then from tallest to smallest? If you find this easy, try measuring the objects. You can measure the objects with non-standard units of measure such as cubes, Lego bricks or sweets.

 

Stay safe and take care. smiley

Mrs Simmons

 

Daily Learning Task- Tuesday 12th January

 

Good morning all,

 

English task

For the rest of this week, we are going to use one of my all-time favourite stories: The Gruffalo! I bet this story is one of your favourites too! Start by listening to the online story by clicking the link below.  If you have a copy of this book at home you could read the actual book with the help of one of your grown-ups. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8sUPpPc8Ws

 

Did you join in with the story? Now I would like you to complete the Gruffalo reading comprehension question sheet, given below. Let’s see how much you know and have remembered from the story.

Maths task

Join me for a number formation lesson by clicking the link below.

https://youtu.be/9pfngK1pWpo

Parents, please use the rhymes to help your child form their numbers correctly. Please do this when completing maths tasks from now on.

P.E. task

Go on a cosmic kid’s yoga adventure by clicking the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM8NjfCfOg0

 

Enjoy the rest of your day. smiley

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Task- Monday 11th January  

 

Good morning Reception,

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. smiley

 

Free phonics resource

Phonics play have announced free access to all of their games for schools and homes while UK schools are closed. It is an excellent resource, please take full advantage of this free access to support the teaching and consolidation of your child’s understanding of phonics.

 

(Phonicsplay.co.uk)  Use the following details:

Username: jan21

Password: home

 

Live sessions

As I said to those who managed to make my live storytelling session on Thursday, we will try to meet in this way every Thursday afternoon. Unfortunately during the storytelling session I was unable to see you all so I would like to split you into 3 smaller groups for all of our future live sessions. Today you will all receive an email via purple mash explaining what time your session will run every week. Please email me via purple mash if the allocated time is not suitable and I will try my very best to change it.

 

English task

In the story ‘We are all different’ one of the boys didn’t have a sister or brother but had a pet dog. Which pet animal is your favourite? Ask a grown-up to help you find out and write a little bit about how to care for a pet. Create a poster explaining how to look after your chosen pet. Think about what your pet needs during the day to be happy and healthy.

 

 

Maths task

Join me for some maths fun by clicking the link below: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHDlZX6BAyk&t=31s

 

Did you manage to join in and count in tens?

For an extension activity today, make a number line and go as high as you can. Which number did you have to stop at? Which number is your favourite?

 

Creative task

Join Miss Burton for a step by step guide on how to make playdough at home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjI2crWwg3g

Did you have fun making your own playdough alongside Miss Burton? I bet you did! What does your playdough feel like? What colour playdough did you make? You could now use cutters to cut your playdough into a variety of different shapes and sizes. When you’ve finished playing with your playdough, store it away in a tuber wear box or use some cling film so that you can use it again on another day.

 

Take care all. smiley

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Tasks- Friday 8th January  

 

Hi Reception.

It was really lovely to see some of you online yesterday, your happy faces really did make my day. smiley

 

Join me for some phonics fun by clicking on the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFnd3O5A8GY

If your child found the above lesson quite easy, move onto my more challenging lesson below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tuk0AQy1cX4

 

For your English task today, I would like you to ask a grown up to help you make a fruit salad using the fruit you have in at home. Do you have any of the fruits that were the children’s favourites from the story ‘We are all different’? The children’s favourite fruits were: strawberries, apples, bananas and grapes. Which fruit is your favourite? Maybe you could even make a face with all the fruits in your fruit salad?

Once you have made your fruit salad and enjoyed eating it, I would like you to write a fruit tasting review. Which fruit was your favourite? Which one did you like the least? Did you try any new fruits? Remember to write down all the sounds you can hear in the words. Use the sound mat to help you.

 

 

 

For your Maths task today, I would like you to complete the ‘All about the number three home learning challenges’ attached below.

 

If you are ready for an extension today, use household objects to take away. Find a group of toys and take some away. Once you have taken some away, count how many you have left. Again have a go at writing the sums for each one.

Following on from yesterday’s understanding the world task, I would like you to record your hopes and wishes for 2021. You can use the optional worksheet below. When you have completed this task, keep your hopes and wishes in a safe place until the end of the year. Then you can reflect on the year and see if any of your wishes came true. 

On Monday, Miss Burton will be demonstrating how to make your own play dough. How exciting! smiley If you would like to make some at home you will need the following ingredients:

  • flour
  • vegetable/sunflower oil
  • table salt
  • poster paint or food colouring

 

I hope that you are all safe and well at home with your families. Thank you so much to all of you for working incredibly hard at home, you make me very proud.

Have a lovely weekend. smiley

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Tasks- Thursday 7th January  

 

Hello all,

 

Today we are going to try and have our first Google Meet live storytelling session at 2.30pm for about 15 minutes, I’m really looking forward to seeing you all! Don’t worry if you can’t make it today or have any issues logging in, just let me know (via Purple Mash) and I’ll do my best to try and resolve any problems you may have. It’s my first time using Google Meet with you all too so I have everything crossed that our first meet will be a success!

Remember your logins are in your reading planner and Mr Moore re-sent all of the information, that your parents will need to log you in, in his letter on Tuesday.

 

English

 

In the story ‘We are all different’ some of the children could speak in different languages. Ask a member of your family to say ‘hello’ in another language and see if you can remember it.

The children in the book have lots of different types of families. Can you draw and label a picture of your family? You can use the optional worksheet ‘In my house’ for this, if you wish to. For an extension task, you could write sentences underneath your picture about your family. I would love to see a picture of your work again today, so please upload a photograph of it onto Purple Mash.

Maths

“Half a heart but you are not through. A line to the right, now that’s a number two!” Now it’s time to complete the home learning challenge for number 2.

 

For an extension, why not count 2 groups of objects to find a total? Use household objects to add two amounts together. For example: there are 4 buttons here and 5 buttons there, how many do I have altogether? Have a go at writing the sums to go with each one (e.g. 6+4=10).

 

Understanding the World

This week in school we would have been learning about New Year and New Year’s resolutions. Ask your grownup to help you read all about this special event on the PowerPoint below and think about what your hopes and wishes for 2021 would be.

 

Google Meet Storytime

Join me on Google Meet for our first live storytelling session today at 2.30pm for about 15 minutes, I’m really looking forward to sharing one of my favourite stories with you to finish off the day.

Keep up the great work Reception. Hope you all have a lovely day. smiley

Mrs Simmons

Daily Learning Task- Wednesday 6th January  

 

Hello and good morning,

 

I hope you enjoyed reading the story ‘We are all different’ yesterday. In the story the children like lots of different colours. What is your favourite colour? Today, I would like you to make a rainbow. You could use paint, play-dough, Lego bricks, chalk or colouring pencils. Before you begin, click on the link and watch the video so that you remember all the colours that should be in a rainbow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqRBxO2GDFA 

Once you have done that, count how many colours are in the rainbow. Are there more than 5 or less than 5 colours in the rainbow?

When you have made your very own rainbow, make a list of the colours you used. Take a photograph of your work and upload it onto Purple mash for me to see.

 

Maths

Did you enjoy your maths challenges for the number zero yesterday? I hope you did. Now I would like you to complete the ‘All about the number one home learning challenges’ below.

Then join me by clicking on the link below for some maths fun.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpFkdMOz3m4

As an extension activity, would you like to find one less than a given number? For example what is one less than 4? Have a go at writing down the answers using a taking away symbol like this: 5-1=4.

 

Afternoon Task

This afternoon I would like you to complete the ‘My Christmas Holiday Snapshots’ worksheet below. If you do not have a printer, complete this on a piece of paper from home. You could draw your snapshots, label them or write a caption under each picture. I would love to see them so please email them to me via purple mash. Your purple mash login details are in the front of your reading record. Follow the guide below to send the email.

Have a brilliant day and don’t forget to post a picture on Purple Mash for me to see.

Tomorrow you will be invited to a live storytime lesson. See you then! smiley

Mrs Simmons

 

Daily Learning Tasks- Tuesday 5th January

 

Good morning Reception and Happy New Year to you and your families. I hope that you have all had a lovely Christmas break. I am very sorry that we can’t be back in the classroom together today, I was really looking forward to hearing all about your Christmas holidays and I know that you were looking forward to seeing each other too.

 I know this may seem really strange, with us not being in school every day, but I am still going to be sending you work tasks to do at home on a daily basis. So, find yourself a comfortable space to work and get ready to learn from your new 'school at home' for the next couple of weeks. 

Each morning I will be posting an English and Maths task here on our class web page for you to complete. 

You will be able to read lots of books from our reading scheme by joining Oxford Owl, the link is below.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/

 

Phonics

During this time at home please incorporate learning and revisiting your phonics sounds as part of your daily reading.  Please use your phonics support pack for this and complete these activities every day (as well as the English and Maths tasks for each day).

How to use the phonics flashcards:

  • Look at the flash cards and say the sound aloud
  • Find a sound, that you have heard said by an adult, out of a selection of flashcards
  • Match the sound to an item or toy (initial sound or end sound)
  • Put sounds together to make words to read

 

A few activity ideas:

  • Hide sounds for your child to find.
  • Say sounds against the clock ( as many as your child can in a minute)
  • Put sounds in a box and play pass the parcel, saying the sound as the box lands on each player.
  • Put sounds on the stairs and read them on the way up to bed each night.
  • Using multiple sounds write simple words in chalk in the garden.
  • Use the catchy animated phonics songs for both revising and teaching letter-sounds from ‘Teaching Your Monster to Read’:

https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/teachers-area/classroom-toolkit/phonics-songs

 

For your English task for today, I would like you to start by listening to the story ‘We are all different.”

https://youtu.be/G1avMGuHwuU

 

In the story, all the children have different colours and types of hair. Look in the mirror, what colour is your hair? Is it long, short, curly or straight? I would like you to draw a picture of yourself and describe what you look like. You can use the ‘This is me’ worksheet if you wish. Try to describe your eyes, hair and skin colour. Use your pretend microphone and sound out carefully. Use the attached sound mat to help you identify the sounds in your describing words.

For your Maths task today, I would like you to complete the ‘All about the number zero home learning challenges’ attached below.

 

As an extension activity, you may wish to complete some ‘more than’ sums. Using household objects, can you find one more than a given number? For example what is one more than 6? Can you show me one more than 9? Have a go at writing the sums, they will look like this: 6+1=7

 

Hope you all have a great day. I will post again tomorrow.

Goodbye for now.

Mrs Simmons smiley

Welcome to the Reception web page which will be updated throughout the year with information related to our class curriculum along with news, updates and photographs of the exciting things that we have been getting up to. Please note that if there is a need for the Reception class to isolate at any point during this academic year,  home learning will re commence and all work will be accessed from here.

 

Important Information

 

Homework

We are changing the way that we set our homework and as of this term, the children will be set a Pick and Mix style homework based on phonics and understanding of number. All of the children will be required to complete the activities on their Pick and Mix at home (ideally 1 per week) Homework will no longer come to and from school each week and no homework should be sent in to school. These activities will not require a homework book.

(Please find your child's Pick and Mix Homework below and a support guide for uploading photographs onto Purple Mash)

*** Parent Support packs will be sent home on Monday 14th September. If your child is secure with their Phase 2 sounds, your pack will also include Phase 3 flashcards***

  

 

Reading Books

Your child will be given a reading book during the first couple of weeks in Reception. Reading books need to be in school every day. Your child will read on specific days each week both individually and as part of Guided Reading sessions. Please ensure that your child reads at least 4 times at home each week and that this is recorded in their planner. 

 

Spare Clothes

Please provide spare clothes for your child in a draw string bag. These will be left in school, in case your child has an accident of simply gets wet/muddy within our outdoor provision. If your child does have an accident, these clothes will be sent home and we would appreciate it if you return the spare clothes as soon as possible. We will be spending lots of time enjoying the outdoor provision so please send in a spare pair of wellington boots if you have any and again these can be stored in school. Please label all of your children’s belongings.

 

Creative Fund

In order to provide your children with the variety of snack, baking opportunities and creative consumables we request a contribution of £10 per term or £30 for the full year. During this term your child will be developing their independence by adding different toppings to their toast. They will enjoy baking some tasty treats and as the weather grows colder we will have a nice cup of warm hot chocolate. As this first term is particularly rich with festivities there will also be many other surprises along the way. We have many activities planned this term that include, seasonal crafts, making and decorating cakes, making slime, salt dough constructions and lots more. Please ensure your money is in an envelope clearly labelled with your child’s name and class.

 

P.E Lessons

P.E. lessons will be on Friday. If your child wears earrings they will need to be removed by yourself prior to the sessions. P.E pumps will stay in school for the duration of every term. We will send the pumps home at the end of every term to give you an opportunity to check that they still fit your child. Please return your child's PE pumps on your child’s first day back after the school holiday.

 

Twitter

As a school Twitter is used as a form of communication where parents are reminded of up-coming events or given a great insight into exciting learning opportunities your child has experienced. Consent forms will be sent from the office, please ensure these are returned as soon as possible. You can follow us via the user name below:

@JamesBrindleyPS

 

We are very much looking forward to working with your child during their time in Reception. If you ever have any questions and queries, please do not hesitate to ask. 

Mrs Simmons and the Reception Team smiley

Some of our starting Reception photographs

First couple of days in Reception

Useful Links

 

Oxford Owl Reading

 

 

Here is a link to a free online reading scheme with a variety of children's e-books.

(click on the picture to begin)

 

Phonicsplay

 

 

Click on the picture to access free phonics games.

Username: march20  Password: home

 

 

 

          Songs

 

Sing a long to our Jolly Phonics songs. Click the picture to start singing!

Here is a catchy song to help you learn our tricky words.

Maths In Reception! The opportunities are endless...

Our Reception Outdoor Vision!

 

The EYFS states: 

• ‘Being outdoors has a positive impact on children's sense of well-being and helps all aspects of children's development. 

• Being outdoors offers opportunities for doing things in different ways and on different scales than when indoors.

 • It gives children first-hand contact with weather, seasons and the natural world. 

• Outdoor environments offer children freedom to explore, use their senses, and be physically active and exuberant.’ 

 

We are looking to improve our outdoor area to make it exciting and inviting for our wonderful children. We need your help! 

We would be very grateful for anything you could donate to us and it would be highly beneficial for our children to explore and investigate with such open ended resources! Together with our caretaker we want create and build some amazing structures for our children and build up our outdoor area.

Attached are various inspirational pictures from our school Outdoor Vision and a google page for you to visit to help understand the types of equipment we are looking for and how we would use it.

 

Examples include..

Crates (wood/plastic)

Pipes

Tyres

Buckets

Wheelbarrows

Bricks

Tubes

Bottles

Planks of wood (all sizes)

Plant pots

Soil

Guttering

Shovels

Natural materials stones, shells, straw etc

Wheels

Water trays

Cable reels

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