Reception Home Learning Monday 30th November

Good morning!

We hope you all had a nice weekend and are ready to start your home learning this week.  All the grown ups have been working hard to record these lessons to make it easier for parents and (hopefully)  interesting for the children.  As always, please get in touch with any questions and queries and pop a picture or video on Tapestry.  We do need to keep a record of who is doing the work but also, it really keeps us motivated and puts a smile on our faces as like you, it’s not easy for us to be at home all this time.  Although this is not an ideal situation, I hope you are enjoying the insight into exactly what we do and how we teach  children in the Early Years.  So thank you for your support!


For the children who sit on Mrs O’Hagan’s carpet for phonics (parents the children sit in different places for phonics and are taught by different adults.  Please e-mail us if you are unsure which phonics to use – ask your child where they sit for phonics..not which class they are in)

For the children who do not sit on Mrs O’Hagan’s carpet for phonics

Extra practice for children who cannot blend sounds to read them yet

It takes some children longer to be able to blend sounds to read them so I have prepared 4 little clips of short, simple words for them to attempt to blend and show you how it is done.  If your child cannot blend yet then you could write some of these words out on cards and see if they can read some independently after lots of practise.  If they can blend then skip over this bit!

Speaking and listening

Here’s another of Mrs Henderson’s listening games.  Remember to speak in full sentences and not just in words.

Understanding the World

Last week we learnt the word nocturnal which describes animals who sleep during the day and are awake at night.  Animals that sleep at night and are awake during the day are described as being diurnal.  Here’s a little clip of some nocturnal animals.


This week we are going to learn how to tell the story of Owl Babies.  This is a picture of a story map – we use the pictures and actions to help the children to remember and re-tell stories.  You will be surprised that with a bit of practise they will remember the story well.

Once upon a time  (pretend to open a book with hands) there were 3 owl babies called Sarah Percy and Bill.  They lived in a nest made of twigs and leaves (cup hands onto a nest shape). One night mummy owl flew away. ‘Where has she gone?’ (hands upwards like asking a question) said Sarah ‘Oh!’ said Percy ‘I want my mummy’ said Bill (sad face). They sat and waited on their branches. Sarah thinks and thinks (taps head), she thinks mummy might be getting food. They see mummy flying back (swoop with arms) and feel relieved (smile). I love my mummy they said. The end.

It will help if you draw the pictures out for them or if they can see the one below.  If they feel confident you could record it and put on Tapestry.  If this story is too long please shorten it but if they can remember it easily, add some extra in.  It will take a few attempts to remember it so if you do everyday by the end of the week they will be able to re-call it. 



Here is a starter activity for you – what 3D shapes have I got in my mystery bag? I asked my dog, but he didn’t know!


Here is Mrs Cieslik with a good maths activity for you – you can match numicon with its number, and then count out the right number of items to match.  Please work at your child’s level – 1-5, 5-10 or teen numbers.  Do not rush to get to bigger numbers if they are not ready.


Physical Development

We always have playdough in school as it helps with the children’s gross motor skills (just make sure that they are standing up at a table to play with it and not sitting down) and their fine motor skills if making smaller shapes.  This is the best no-cook recipe we have found – it works without the cream of tartar or glycerine.

Recipe for play dough

You need:
2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (baby oil and coconut oil work too)
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
gel food colouring (optional)
few drops glycerine (my secret ingredient for stretch and shine!)

Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
Add food colouring TO the boiling water then into the dry ingredients
Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
Add the glycerine (optional)
Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just righ


We have some free ebooks for your child to read here, even though it is free you need to have registered with Oxford Owls first and be logged in BEFORE you click the link. You can register here:

If your child is not yet blending (pushing the sounds together to read the word) then please go to this book: Sound Blending 1 (

If your child is sounding out confidently and beginning to blend then please go to this book: Get up! ( Read the first three parts of the book. These books do not tie in perfectly with our phonics scheme so there are 3 sounds the children may not know yet which you can help them with – r, u and j. You can read this over the next few days and re-read. If the children do well you can have a go at the third part of the book – they may need support with the words with four sounds in like ‘flap’.

If your child can blend 3 sound words confidently, please read this book: Big, Bad Bug (

They may need support with the u sound, and the names of the characters in the book.

If your child can already read then you can give them a challenge by reading this book: Dad, Can You Do This? (

The digraph (a sound that is made of 2 letters) ‘ch’ appears which you will have to help them with, there are also words with more sounds in such as bang and swing. Support as necessary.


We will now have a story time on Zoom everyday at 2.30 but if you cannot join us for that then here is a story for you (recorded in the summer – Mrs Whitestone has not gone on holiday!)

Have a wonderful day – you are all doing so well with your learning at home, keep up the good work!

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