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Message from Mrs Foster

Good morning Reception,

Last day before the holidays and I hope you have enjoyed getting back into school, so sorry I've had to miss you all on your last week. Many thanks for all the get well wishes! Hoping to be back and fit after the holidays ready for the new term. Enjoy yourselves and fingers crossed for lots of lovely sunshine.

Have fun!

Love from Mrs Foster x


Home Learning Week Beginning 29th March 2021

Date and Time

Weekly focus: Changing months

Complete the date and time session as normal but draw your child's attention to where we are in the month. Do they think we are at the beginning, middle or end? How many days are there left in March? What will happen when we get to the end of March?

Wake and Shake

Have a go at this week's wake and shake songs- follow the links 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: Easter activities 

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

  • Draw a large oval shape on a piece of card and cut it out. Use different shaped scissors and hole punches to make holes and strips in coloured or patterned paper. Stick across the oval shape to decorate then display.
  • Print and cut out the 2D shape chick below- can you name all of the 2D shapes and describe their properties?
  • Trace careful over the lines on the attached sheet to practice pencil control


This week's topic is ' Spring consolidation week 2' 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 'Spring Consolidation Week 2' series of lessons. 

Number hunt to 10.

This activity is aimed recognising numerals and developing knowledge of number bonds to 10.

  • Either follow the White Rose Link below, watch the powerpoint and complete the activity as suggested or try one of the activities below instead- I suggest the Easter egg number hunt below



Additional or alternative activities you might like to try

  • Print out the Easter egg number formation sheet below. Cut up and hide the eggs around your house or garden. Give your child a ten frame and get them to collect all of the eggs. Stop at various points and ask them how many more they still need to find. Explain that once their ten frame is complete that they will have found them all.  



Focus: Introducing tricky word 'she'

You will need:

Your child's phonics cards from their reading pack and the tricky word cards access to the internet, the he/she sheets below and some coloured pens or pencils.

  • Start by asking "Why do we do our phonics?" Your child should reply “To help us read and to help us write.”
  • 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,y,z,zz,qu,sh,ch 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 at sh and ask “What is special about this one?” (It’s a digraph) “What’s a digraph?” (“Two letters making one sound”.)
  • Pause and compare b and d, can they identify which is which? Model using the bed card or action as a way of finding out if they are unsure.
  • 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 4 and Tuesday ch 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.. The log in is March 20 and the password home.
  • Now go through their tricky words and note any they are unsure of. Put the he card to one side for the next activity.
  • Introduce the ‘she’ card explain that it is a tricky word because when you sound it out it says sh..e.. sheh... but it really says she.
  • Repeat the word she and then show the other card he- repeat the process- reminding them of the word he (when you hold up he use the laughing prompt (he he he).
  • Hold up the cards alternately, can your child tell the difference?
  • Now show the he/she image sheet and read the two words again. Which one is the girl? How do you know? 
  • Cut up the sentence strips and get your child to read them aloud and complete the pictures as directed. Support as necessary. (If your child is having difficulty recognising the new words then try completing one of the consolidation sheets below instead)
  • Once your child has finished get them to add features to finish the picture and write the words he and she underneath the images.
  • Put the tricky words up somewhere in your house and refer to them regularly over the next week.


Weekly focus: Easter 

Some suggested activities to complete this week:

Choose 1 per day

  • Watch the Easter story below to find out why Christians celebrate Easter.
  • Think about Easter and talk about it together- what Easter traditions does your family follow each year?
  • Make an Easter card for a friend or relative- what Easter related things can you think of to put on your card?
  • Hard boil an egg and decorate it - what will your egg be? Can you make it part of a scene?
  • Make cornflake cake nests and decorate with miniature eggs to share with your family.
  • Go on an Easter egg hunt around your house, ask Mum or Dad to write simple clues for you to read and follow or make it a number based hunt and follow the numbers in order.
  • Use paints, felt tips or colouring pencils to decorate the Easter eggs below.

Other activities to support your child:

Emotional Support

  • Just in case you didn't get chance to do the Colour monster activity last week. If you didn't, please have a go as it may help you child to talk about how they are feeling before they come back to school.
  • If you did, consider putting a jar and a variety of coloured objects out so that your child can add to an empty jar each day and discuss how they are feeling in the run up to their return. 

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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