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Hello Reception,

Happy Friday! I hope you have enjoyed our mini-topic this week. Our new one starts on Monday so have fun with the Colour Monster- our final task for the week.

In Phonics there are two new tricky words to learn and today's Maths task is all about finding how many things you can do in a minute.

Enjoy your day and have a wonderful weekend!

Love from Mrs Foster x

Suggested daily timetable for Reception

Home Learning 22nd-26th February 2021

One week sub topic- Puddles and Rainbows

Friday 25th February 2021

Date and Time

Weekly Focus: Changing seasons

Start your date and time session by singing the days of the week song (video on Tapestry) and recapping the months of the years before completing your calendar together as normal. 

  • Print out and cut out the four seasons wheel below and show your child.
  • Can they identify the four different seasons as you say them?
  • Point out the word February and slide your finger down into the winter picture. Say “February is in Winter”
  • Now repeat pointing out the word March and sliding your finger down into the spring picture. Say “March is in Spring”
  • Keep the Seasons wheel safe and display it near to your calendar as we will be using it all week for different activities.
  • New Task: Can you name all four seasons and tell a grown up one sign that it is nearly Spring.







Click on the link below to see how to say 'Spring' in Makaton.

Wake and shake 

Have a go at this week's wake and shake- follow the link below.

Dough Disco

If you still want to visit the dough disco this week that's fine, just follow the link below, otherwise choose a Funky Fingers activity from the list below. 

Dough Disco link: 



Funky Fingers: Developing finger strength through stretching and resistance. 

You will need elastic bands for these activities

Try one of these activities or an alternative of your own:

  • Stretch elastic bands around a box or tin- make it into a Maths game by using a dice and adding the correct number onto the tin each time.
  • Turn a muffin tin or egg box upside down and stretch elastic bands across them to create patterns and shapes
  • Attach Jenga pieces together using elastic bands
  • Stretch elastic bands over a pine cone- how many can you fit on?
  • Wrap elastic bands around a cork and challenge your child to unwrap them
  • Push long stem drawing pins into a melon, large potato, piece of cork etc and stretch elastic bands between them to make patterns
  • Create something using loom bands



Weekly focus: Measuring

This week's topic is ' Growing 6.7.8!' so follow the link below, watch the short video and have a go at the fun associated activity. There is one video and activity for each day this week. Please only follow the 'Growing 6,7,8 Week Three series of lessons. 

Friday: Measuring time

This activity is aimed learning to measure time in simple ways.


  • Start by watching the video
  • Then play have a go at the suggested activity or one of the ones listed below.





Weekly Focus: Beginning Phase 3

This week we will be beginning our work on Phase 3 and learning some more initial sounds.

(N.B. You will not have the new letter cards or tricky words in your pack as I had not anticipated us still being in lockdown at this point.)

You can make your own on pieces of paper or card or they can be downloaded from the documents below


Friday focus: Tricky words me and you

You will need:  the tricky words me and you, your child's letter cards from their reading pack (and the new ones they have learnt this week), their tricky word bookmark, letter formation chart, whiteboard pen, and access to the internet

  • Start by asking "Why do we do our phonics?" Your child should reply “To help us read and to help us write.”
  • Quick letter sound recap- Use their letter cards as flashcards and quickly go through the sounds that they have previously learnt- s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,g,o,c,k,ck,e,u,r,h,b,f,ff,l,ll,ss,j,v,w,x. Check that they are saying the sounds correctly e.g ssss not suh, mmm not muh. If not encourage them to use their "soft sounds". (Look at the Reading and Phonics section of the Reception website for examples of how to pronounce them.) Make a note of any they are having difficulties with.
  • Pause on one of the digraphs and ask “What is special about this one?” (It’s a digraph) “What’s a digraph?” (“Two letters making one sound”.) 
  • Pause and compare v and w, can they recall the new sounds and identify which is which? 
  • Start by having a go at the reading sentences activity below. Press start and select Resources Phase 3 and then click on the image that says Sentences. Select Week 2 and Friday x - your child needs to then attempt to read the 3 sentences which include phase 2 tricky words and the new sounds that we have been learning this week. Let me know how they get on. The log in is March 20 and the password home.
  • Now go through their tricky word bookmark and note any they are unsure of.
  • Introduce the card explain that it is a tricky word because when you sound it out it says m..e.. meh... but it really says me.
  • Repeat the word me and then show the other card you- repeat the process.
  • Put both cards in front of your child and ask them to hold up 'me' and then 'you'. Shuffle them on the table and repeat.
  • Now tell them that you are going to to play the me or you game. Ask a question and your child has to hold up the right answer me or you. Start with a very obvious question e.g. "Whose name is (insert your child's name)?" They should hold up the me card. Then repeat with an obvious question with the answer of you. 
  • Continue to ask questions and encourage them to show the correct answer me or you.
  • Next get them to write the sentence 'me and you' in their home learning book. Let them copy the word cards but see if they can spell and independently. Remind them that a sentence needs a capital letter, a full stop and finger spaces. 
  • Afterwards get them to draw a matching picture of themselves and whomever they have been playing the game with.
  • Put the words up somewhere in your house and refer to them regularly over the next week.
  • Finish by listening to the story 'Me and You' by Anthony Browne- Can they read the title on the screen?

Ideas to help practice tricky words


Our  Mini Topic for this week is:  Puddles and Rainbows.

Monday: Signs of Spring

Today we are introducing the season of Spring and looking for signs that it is nearly time.

  • Start by watching the Sunshine and showers video clip below and afterwards talk about what they learnt.
  • Go on a short, ' whatever the weather' walk with them- what will they need to wear? (Wellies and waterproofs in case of rain?)
  • Ask questions when you are out such as: 
  • What colour is the sky today?
  • Is the sky always the same colour?
  • Can you see any clouds? Do they all look the same?
  • It is spring now. What is the weather like in spring?
  • How has the weather changed since winter?
  • Look at the trees. How are they changing?
  • How many different coloured leaves can you find?
  • What colour do you see the most?
  • Print out and play 'Springo' on the sheet below to spot signs of Spring
  • Take an iPad, phone or camera with you and let them take photos of the Signs of Spring that they spot.
  • When you get back draw something you saw or have a go at making a Spring picture on the CBeebies link below





Sunshine and showers

Tuesday: Wind and clouds

Today we are starting to look at different types of Spring weather. Often in Spring we get lots of windy and cloudy days so we are going to start there.

  • Talk to your child about the video they watched yesterday, what kinds of weather did they see? If they can't remember you could always have another look or encourage them to look at the symbols on their calendar for help.
  • Ask "What do clouds look like?" Most children will say "white and fluffy" or something along those lines. Explain to them that clouds don't all look the same and that there are different types.
  • If the weather is nice and there are clouds in the sky, lie down outside for a few minutes on a blanket and watch them together, if not, look at the cloud power point below.
  • Talk together about what they can see. Do the clouds all look the same? What shapes are they? Do they look like anything specific? What does it mean if they start to go grey? (It might rain) Are they staying still in the sky or are they moving? What might be making them move?
  • Now talk together about wind. How does the wind feel? Do they like going outside on windy days? Why/why not?
  • Explain that in Spring we get lots of windy and cloudy days.
  • Watch the story below 'The windy day' then try one of the suggested wind or cloud activities.

Try one of the following activities:

Exploring clouds:

  • Make and play with cloud dough using baby oil and flour- Just mix baby oil and flour in a 1:8 ratio-- ( 1/4 cup baby oil and 2 cups flour)--and you have cloud dough! It looks like flour, but it holds its shape when pressed.
  • Make representations of the clouds you saw using cotton wool, can you pull it apart to make the different types of clouds?
  • Make a raindrop and cloud mobile- Cut out a white cloud shape from card and some different sized raindrops. Punch holes along the bottom of the cloud and the top of each raindrop. Use thread to attach the raindrops along the cloud. Hang up your mobile indoors.
  • Have a go at this shaving foam cloud experiment


Exploring wind:

  • Make a windsock or wind stick using sticks. a cup or a plastic bottle and a cut up plastic bag- try one of these ideas:
  • paper windsock Wax resist windsock

  • Making a Plastic Windsock- Cut a 1 in (2.5 cm) ring from a plastic bottle. Punch 2 holes into the plastic ring. Thread a piece of string through the holes to make a handle. Cut 1 in (2.5 cm) wide strips from a plastic bag. Tie the strips to the plastic ring using slipknots. Hang the windsock from a hook

  • Make a paper windmill- see instructions below or play with one you have at home.
  • Visit for 10 great ideas of things to do on windy days.

Wednesday: Rain 

Today we are continuing to think about different types of Spring weather, focusing particularly on rain to begin with and then finishing by creating and playing a musical weather story using different objects/instruments or body percussion (noises made using our bodies e.g. clapping).


  • Start by listening to some rain falling outside or a tap dripping or water coming out of a watering can. What does rain sound like?
  • If you are using a watering can (with a sprinkler top) or an object with holes, can you make it 'rain' lightly/heavily?
  • Make a simple rainstick- Provide the children with a long cardboard tube, silver foil, tape, coloured paper and rice. Start by sealing one end of the cardboard tube with a circle of paper and tape. Then, take a length of foil and scrunch and twist it into a spiral shape, the same length as the cardboard tube. Slide the foil inside the tube, sprinkle in a handful of rice and seal the other end with paper and tape. Decorate the rainsticks by covering them in coloured paper, stickers, painting or drawing on them with felt tips.

  • Now play with your rainstick- What can you hear when you turn the rainstick upside down? Can you make different sounds for drips, rain failing heavily and a storm?

  • Explain to your child that you are going to add noises to a weather story. 

  • Print out the weather cards. Show them the different rainy cards- can they use their rainstick to make any of those sounds?

  • Now look at the other weather cards - can you think of something in your house that will make any of these sounds? Or could you use your body instead?- Some ideas are added below.

  • Allocate one weather image to each item.

  • Read the story aloud - Story added below (you could just read it from the screen or print it if you want.)

  • Can your child add sounds as you tell the story?- you could do this as a family and all join in!

  • Can you video your performance?

Possible ideas for different sounds:

  • Use some real musical instruments if you have them- toy drum, guitar, toy xylophone, maracas etc
  • Thunder: cymbals or saucepan lids, bricks in a pan, stamping feet
  • Rain: Rainstick or scrumpling a plastic bag, Heavy rain- Fingers tapping on a drum or an upturned bowl or patting your thighs
  • Wind: Mouth sounds, waving a magazine or a piece of paper
  • Sun- Tinkling sounds- bells or gently dragging a spoon across the tines of a fork
  • Rainbow- Xylophone- a variety of objects you can hit that make lower to higher sounds- arranged in order- glass bottles containing different levels of water hit gently with a chopstick would also work but would need adult supervision

Thursday: Rainbows 

After all that rain yesterday I think we need to add some sun and make rainbows. I love rainbows, they always make me smile. Do you like rainbows? Have you ever seen a double one?

  • Start by listening to this story that I really love- The world made a rainbow- It's all about what's happening to us now and how rainbows help people to feel connected and cheer them up. I hope you enjoy it too.


 Can you make a rainbow? Have a go at one of the rainbow activities below, display them near a window to make someone else feel happy.


  • Cut up magazines or leaflets and make a rainbow collage
  • Use coloured building bricks and blocks to make a rainbow or a rainbow town, you could use paper and colourful pens to draw streets and roads and add small world people or animals.
  • Make rainbow bubbles by using water, bubble bath, food colouring and a whisk.
  • Visit and have a go at one of the 5 ways/experiments  to make your own rainbow using everyday objects.
  • Paint a rainbow or draw one using felt tips
  • Write your name in rainbow colours.
  • Play with kaleidoscopes, can you see a rainbow inside?
  • If its a nice day go on a rainbow hunt and find something that is the same as each colour of the rainbow e.g. a blue flower, a green leaf, red car etc
  • Can you sing a rainbow?- Listen to the song here and try joining in.


Can you sign one too?

Friday: The Colour Monster

Now is a very confusing time and with the talk of returning to school again, your child may well be feeling a whole range of emotions. Today the focus is all about exploring how colours make you feel and helping your child to express their feelings.

  • Share the colour monster story together and discuss it- you could ask the following questions:
  • The colour monster was feeling mixed up and confused at the start of the story. How does the girl help him?
  • How would you help someone who was feeling sad?
  • Have you ever felt scared?
  • What makes you feel happy?
  • When you are angry, what do you do?
  • If you were feeling scared or angry, what could you do to help you feel calm again?
  • The monster is pink at the end of the story. How do you think he is feeling?
  • Now have a go at the first two activities below.
  • (You could also use empty jars or containers instead of the printed sheet below and keep adding to them)

Use coloured materials- paper, buttons, stickers, wool etc to fill in the empty jars. As you add something in, say what makes you feel that way.

How are you feeling right now? Colour in your monster to show me.

You could send this love monster to someone to let them know.

Or make your own set of puppets (just cut out and add lolly sticks)

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