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Welcome to Reception

 

 

 

If you would like to share the work your child has completed or require any help or advice with the work that has been set, please contact us at advice@mapledeneschool.com 

Thank you.

Reading with Read Write Inc and Oxford Reading Tree.

To help your child with their reading please log into Oxford Owl using the link which can be found below.

Use the following username and password:

 

Username: mapleeyfs

Password: reception

 

Select ‘ Read Write Inc e Book library’ and select a level relevant to your child’s ability.

 

We would suggest those children who are currently reading ditties use ‘ditties and red books’. For those children who are practising blending sounds we suggest that they begin to read the ditties. All children can access reading books by clicking on ‘Oxford Owl e Book library’. Books found here can be either read by children or shared with an adult or older sibling.

 

Happy reading everyone!

 

 

Friday 29th January

Good morning Reception. It’s Friday! What a fantastic week of learning. We are so so proud of you! What was your favourite thing you learned about Africa? We have a special picture to show you today that has been sent in from Hanna in Blue Class. What do you think they are? Can you tell me anything about them?

 

                                                        

These are African masks from South Africa. South Africa is where Hanna’s daddy was born and Hanna’s Grandad worked. What do you think these masks are used for?

 

In many African groups, masks are worn by dancers. Masked dancers often participate in ceremonies that include songs and prayers. Different ceremonies can include harvests, weddings and funerals.  

 

For more information watch the video below and you could have a go at making your own mask. Please send your pictures to advice@mapledeneschool.com. We would love to see you and your mask.

African Masks

An intro to African Masks with a quick tutorial to make a paper mask.

What else have you learned this week about Africa? We loved seeing some of your observational fruit drawings and African necklaces! Well done to our shooting stars this week, you have worked so hard! Don’t forget to watch our weekly assembly, which you can find on the website as normal.

 

We wonder where Patch will be visiting next week? We don’t think we will be seeing any zebras or giraffes there! Have a look and a think about where he might be visiting. It looks exciting and a little cold! 

 

                                                                 

 

Our final story of the week is a story about a little boy who lives in Ghana, in Africa. It is called ‘The Ghanaian Goldilocks.’ Have you heard of a story with the name Goldilocks in it before? Let’s see if it similar to the story we know!

The Ghanaian Goldilocks

The Ghanaian Goldilocks is a modern twist on the classic Goldilocks fairytale.

Questions:

  1. Why was the little boy given the name ‘Goldilocks’?
  2. What did he do that he should not have done?
  3. What did he do in the house?
  4. Was it similar to the story of Goldilocks and the three bears? Why? Why not?
  5. What happened at the end?
  6. Did you enjoy the story?
  7. What did you learn from the story?

 

 

Don’t forget your daily RWI and maths sessions which are below too. Today is problem solving Friday! Can you solve the problems?

Suggested activities:

(For your information: The videos are released at 9.30am from Monday-Friday and are available for 24 hours.)

 

Friday 29th- r sound 

 

 

 

 

 

Suggested activities:

 

Friday 29th – Are you up for the Friday problem solving challenge?

Use anything you would like to find the answer to the problems. Remember we are practising our counting. Sometimes you will need to count forwards and sometimes you will need to count backwards.

  • There were 2 people on a bus. 5 more people got on the bus. How many are on the bus now?
  • I baked 5 cakes. I then baked 7 more. How many cakes have I got altogether?
  • I had 10 sweets in my bowl. I gave my friend 5. How many have I got now?
  • I had 12 bricks in a tower. 7 fell down. How many are in my tower now.

 

 

Have a wonderful day, keep safe and enjoy your weekend! I wonder if we will get any more snow? It might get us ready for where we are visiting next week! Was that a clue? It most definitely was!

 

Missing you all,

Mrs Mason and Miss Hatfield.

 

 

 

Thursday 28th January

Good morning Reception! Today is a good day to start with a bit of mindfulness yoga. Let’s go on a safari yoga adventure to Africa where we will meet Lulu the lioness. It is so important that you take some time throughout the day for your mind and body. Yoga can help with this!

Lulu the Baby Lioness | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Today’s story is an African folk story from the country of Ghana, in Africa. Do you know what a folk story is? It is a story that is passed through family generations by word of mouth. This story is very special to a group of people that live in Ghana, called ‘The Ashanti.’ They have spoken this story to each other for years and years! Today, it is written down in a story book to share it with other people around the world. We hope you enjoy it!

Anansi the spider - A Tale from the Ashanti by Gerald McDermott

Questions:

  1. How many son’s does Anansi have?
  2. What is the name of Anansi’s first son?
  3. What special job do you think the son called ‘Road Builder’ has?
  4. What happened to Anansi when he got into trouble?
  5. Which son do you think deserved the beautiful globe of light?
  6. What do you think the beautiful globe of light is?
  7. Did you enjoy the folk story of Anansi? Why? Why

 

Don’t forget your daily RWI videos and maths activity which are posted below. 

 

Thursday 28th- Hold up 5 fingers, can you hold up 2 more? How many fingers do we have up altogether? How did you count them? 1234567? Or did you know you had 5 up, so counted on 2 more? 5+2=7. Can you do the same for these number problems? Try and count on to find the answer.

  • Hold up 4 fingers…can you hold up 4 more? How many altogether?
  • Hold up 6 fingers…can you hold up 4 more? How many altogether?
  • Hold up 1 finger…can you hold up 8 more? How many altogether?

 

Suggested activities:

(For your information: The videos are released at 9.30am from Monday-Friday and are available for 24 hours.)

Thursday 28th– h sound 

 

 

Have a wonderful day, keep safe and happy learning!

Mrs Mason and Miss Hatfield.

Wednesday 27th January

Jambo Reception! What does Jambo mean? Jambo is hello in the language of Swahili. Swahili is a language that is spoken throughout Africa, mainly in Kenya. Can you say Jambo to someone in your home?

 

Today’s story is another story about Handa. It is a counting story! Do you think you can use your careful counting finger to count all the different animals that you see in this story? You might have to get a grown up to pause the story whilst you count. Today’s story is called Handa’s Hen. Enjoy!

 

HANDA'S HEN

Questions:

  1. What job does an author have?
  2. Who is the author of Handa’s Hen?
  3. What is the name of the black hen?
  4. Who helped Handa find Mondi the hen?
  5. How many mice were there?
  6. How many baby bullfrogs were there?
  7. Why had Mondi not come for her breakfast?
  8. How many chicks had Mondi had? 

 

Can you recognise these numbers? Can you count the animals carefully? How many crickets are there? How many sunbirds are there? If you could choose an animal for number 11, what would you choose? Can you draw them? 

 

   

   

 

 

 

Don’t forget your daily RWI videos and maths activity which are posted below. There will also be a set task on Doodle Maths for you to do today.  

 


Wednesday 27th –   Put some duplo/ lego/ block pieces in a big pile on the floor. Using a 30 second timer, see how many duplo pieces you can stack on top of each other. Once the 30 seconds has ended, count how many duplo pieces you managed to stack in your tower. Remember careful counting. How many pieces are in your tower? Do you think you could stack more next time? Repeat.

 

 

Suggested activities:

(For your information: The videos are released at 9.30am from Monday-Friday and are available for 24 hours.)

 

Wednesday 27th– l sound 

 

 

Keep safe and happy learning,

We miss you all lots!

Mrs Mason and Miss Hatfield.

Tuesday 26th January

Good morning Reception, we hope you had a great day yesterday playing in the snow! Do you think the snow falls in Africa? Why? Why not?

Let’s go on a safari today! Have you got your binoculars ready? You could make some with 2 toilet rolls. Here is a pair we made earlier.

 

 

 

 

We can’t wait to find out what animals live in Africa. Let’s listen to a traditional story from Africa. It’s called ‘How the Zebra got its stripes. Have a look through your binoculars. What African animals can you see?

How The Zebra Got His Stripes by Andrea Florens & Claire Norden - Children's Stories

Can you answer the questions below?

  1. What African animals did you see in the story?
  2. What colour is the Zebra in the story before he got his stripes?
  3. Which animal is guarding the water?
  4. How did the zebra get his stripes?
  5. What happened to the baboon?

 

Let’s learn a few facts about zebras. Tell your grown up one fact that you have learned!

* ZEBRA * | Animals For Kids |

All about Zebras

Don’t forget your daily RWI videos and maths activity which are posted below. You can also practise reading the simple words list or ditty 8. Please keep reading at home. There are some lovely books on oxford owl for you to read. You can find the username and password at the top of the page for your convenience.

 

 


Tuesday 26th –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D4K9oi7oBM 

Lets sing some counting songs!

 

 

Suggested activities:

(For your information: The videos are released at 9.30am from Monday-Friday and are available for 24 hours.)

 

Tuesday 26th– e sound 

 

Keep safe and happy learning,

Mrs Mason and Miss Hatfield.

 

Can you use Patch's clues to help you discover what continent we will be visiting next?

Monday 25th January 2021

 

Happy Monday Reception! Get your safari binoculars ready as we are about to take off on a whole new adventure! Where is Patch this week? Yes, you are right! We are learning all about Africa!

 

There are so many wonderful countries to explore in Africa and we are going to be looking at a few of these this week. But guess what! We have had a special delivery this morning. It’s a special letter! I wonder who it could be from…shall we have a look?

 

                                                                                                     Monday 25th January 2021

To Reception,

 

                  My name is Handa and I live in Kenya. Kenya is a country in Africa. Today it is very hot and the sun is shining. What is the weather like in England today? I thought it would be nice to write to you all and tell you what it is like to live in Kenya. I live in a traditional mud house, however we don’t all live in mud houses. My uncle lives in a much bigger house. It has got real glass windows! Does your house look like mine or does it look different?

 

  This is my house.

 

 

 

 This is my Uncle’s house.

 

 

We love singing, dancing and playing lots of instruments in our village. My brother likes to play the drums!

    

 

 

We live in a very happy community and we look after each other. I like to visit my best friend Akeyo who lives on the other side of the village. I will often take her some fruit to eat. I don’t have any bags to put the fruit in though. I find it easier to carry the fruit in a basket that I can balance on my head. Sometimes some cheeky animals like to eat the fruit I take to Akeyo! Do you know what animal I saw on the way to see Akeyo yesterday? I saw a very tall giraffe! What animals would you see when visiting a friend?

 

I don’t go to school at the moment. I stay at home and help my mum with the cooking and looking after my baby brothers and sisters. Do you go to school? What do you like doing at school?

I wonder if you could write a letter back to me telling me about one thing about yourself and where you live? I would love to know more about England!

 

Hope to read your letter soon,

From Handa x

 

Wow, a letter from Handa! How amazing! Shall we write her a letter back? We’re sure she would love to receive one! Did you enjoy learning a little bit about where she lived in Kenya? The weekly activity sheet has lots of fun activities to enjoy and some are about Kenya. Please pick and choose which ones you would like to do throughout the week. All the resources will be available in the resource section and our daily maths and RWI sessions will be uploaded every day for you to do too.

 

 

                                   

                                    All Around the World

Reception Home Learning- Africa

This week we are learning about Africa

Here are some activities for you to have a go at throughout the week, as well as your daily Read Write Inc and Maths sessions.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Listen to the story of Handa’s Surprise. It is set in Kenya, in Africa. It is a story of friendship.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocnRQi89nK8

Who are your friends? If you could see them right now, what would you give them as a surprise?

 

Use the template of Handa’s basket to draw a picture of what you would give your friend as a surprise. Can you write a list of what is in the basket?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maths

We are going to continue looking at 3D shapes this week. This week we are looking at pyramids. Can you go on a shape hunt around your home and look for any pyramid shaped objects? You could write a list of the items that you find, draw them or take a photo. Can you make a pyramid using different resources? (You could use sticks/ cocktail sticks, cotton buds with bluetac/playdough? See pictures for examples.

                

 

Do you know there are some famous pyramids in Africa! Can you find out which country they are in?

 

 

Please continue with your 5 a day on doodle.

On Wednesday a specific activity will be set for your child.

 

 

Communication and Language

Speaking- Have you ever been to a Safari Park? Tell your grown up about a time in the past that you have seen some African animals. What was your favourite animal and why? What was your least favourite animal and why? Do you talk in the past tense?

 

If you haven’t visited a Safari Park then talk to your grown up about a time that you would like to visit? What would you like to see? Why? What animal wouldn’t you like to see? Why? Do you talk in the future tense?

 

 

 

 

Understanding the World

The World – Investigate Africa! (Famous landmarks and African Animals.)

 

Look at the ‘All about Africa’ Powerpoint and learn a little bit about Africa. Can you answer these questions?

  1. Can you name a country in Africa?
  2. What famous landmark would you find in Egypt?
  3. Name an African animal.

 

Use the African animals powerpoint to find out about the different animals that live in Africa.

Have you ever seen any of these animals in England? If you have…where have you seen them? Would it be the same as seeing them in Africa?

Physical Development

PE

 

Balancing-

We are going to practise different ways of balancing using our body. (See resource for different ways of balancing.)

 

Handa is an expert at balancing a basket on her head! Can you find something safe to balance on your head? Can you balance it on your head whilst practising your balances? CHALLENGE- Can you balance it on your head walking slowly? Walking quickly?

 

 

P.E with Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks is live Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am, on ‘The Body Coach TV’ YouTube channel. Let’s keep fit and active!

 

Andy’s Wild Workouts- Let’s go to the African Savannah!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p06tmn8z/andys-wild-workouts-series-1-2-african-savannah

 

 

 

 

Expressive Arts & Design

 

-Make an African style necklace out of any resources! A paper plate, beads and string, pasta, anything you can find at home!

           

 

-There were lots of fruit in the story of Handa’s Surprise. Can you do an observational fruit painting/drawing of a fruit? It could be of the whole fruit or chopped in half, so you can draw what you see inside.

 

-Create a South Africa Flag using any resources you have at home. Does it use any of the same colours as the England flag?

Literacy

Phonics- RWI sessions daily. (See daily planning on our class page)

 

Reading- log on to Oxford Owl and choose a book or share/read a book you have at home.

 

Writing- Write a letter back to Handa. Can you tell her about your family? Friends? House? School? Hobbies etc? I’m sure she would love to hear all about you living in England. Don’t forget to start your letter with our red word ‘to’ and can you finish your letter with the word ‘from’? (Letter template is in the resource section if you need it)

 

Handwriting- Practise writing ‘v’ and ‘y’ (Handwriting sheets are in the resource section below.)

 

 

 

 

Any other notes:

Resources and links can be found in our weekly resource section.

 

Useful links to a range of websites offering educational learning can also be found on our class page.

 

 

Suggested activities:

(For your information: The videos are released at 9.30am from Monday-Friday and are available for 24 hours.)

Monday 25th – f sound 

Tuesday 26th – e sound 

Wednesday 27th – l sound   

Thursday 28th– h sound 

Friday 29th- r sound 

    • Look for these sounds when you are reading a book. 
    • Go on a sound hunt – look for things in your house that begin with these sounds.
    • Make some sound cards using different letters and have a go at creating some words with them. E.g. c-a-t, d-i-g, sh-i-p

For those children who are currently reading ditties, please also practise ditty 8 which can be found in the resource section.

For those children who are blending please practice reading the week 4 words which can be found in the resource section.

Don’t forget to log into Oxford Owl where books are available to read.

 

 

 

 

Maths:

 

Suggested activities:

 

Monday 25th  – Write different numbers (1-20) on some post it notes/ pieces of paper and put them on the table in a random order. Roll a dice or two, count the dots and use a fly swatter/stick/your hand to hit the number that matches the total amount of dots.

 

Tuesday 26th –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D4K9oi7oBM Lets sing some counting songs!

 

Wednesday 27th – Put some duplo pieces in a big pile on the floor. Using a 30 second timer, see how many duplo pieces you can stack on top of each other. Once the 30 seconds has ended, count how many duplo pieces you managed to stack in your tower.  Remember careful counting. How many pieces are in your tower?

 

Thursday 28th- Hold up 5 fingers, can you hold up 2 more? How many fingers do we have up altogether? How did you count them? 1234567? Or did you know you had 5 up, so counted on 2 more? 5+2=7. Can you do the same for these number problems? Try and count on to find the answer.

  • Hold up 4 fingers…can you hold up 4 more? How many altogether?
  • Hold up 6 fingers…can you hold up 4 more? How many altogether?
  • Hold up 1 finger…can you hold up 8 more? How many altogether?

 

Friday 29th – Are you up for the Friday problem solving challenge?

Use anything you would like to find the answer to the problems. Remember we are practising our counting. Sometimes you will need to count forwards and sometimes you will need to count backwards.

  • There were 2 people on a bus. 5 more people got on the bus. How many are on the bus now?
  • I baked 5 cakes. I then baked 7 more. How many cakes have I got altogether?
  • I had 10 sweets in my bowl. I gave my friend 5. How many have I got now?
  • I had 12 bricks in a tower. 7 fell down. How many are in my tower now.

 

Resource List for Africa 

Our story of the day is Handa’s Surprise. Can you answer the questions after you have watched the story?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwCU6Tg3xFU

 

 

1.How many fruits did Handa put in her basket?

2. Where does Handa live?

3. Where was Handa going?

4. How did Handa carry her basket?

5. What did the zebra take?

6. Which animal took the passion-fruit?

7. Do we see these kinds of animals when we go for a walk?

8. Why was Handa surprised?

9. Which is your favourite fruit in the story, why?

10. Which is your favourite animal in the story, why?

HANDA'S SURPRISE I by Eileen Browne I StoryTime with Miss Randall

We know we are going to have a great time learning all about Africa this week. Please send your work via the usual email address and have a great day!

Mrs Mason and Miss Hatfield.

Friday 22nd January

Good morning Reception, we hope you had a great week learning all about Australia! We wonder where Patch will be going next week? He will be showing you a clue very soon to the next continent we will be visiting. We can’t wait!

 

Now you know lots of animals that live in Australia, why not watch Mrs Mason’s video showing some Makaton signs! Can you try and learn them too? You can learn the Makaton sign for kangaroo, koala bear, crocodile and turtle. Enjoy!

Our story of the day is about a little koala bear who isn’t sure about eating Eucalyptus leaves all day. He thinks it’s time to try something new! Can you answer the questions about the story of ‘Kira the Koala’?

 

What food did Kira the Koala enjoy eating?

What food did he not enjoy eating? Why?

What is your favourite food?

What happened at the end of the story?

Kira the Koala

Kira the koala is tired of eating leaves and so off she goes in search of something more interesting to eat.Book written by Dawn Apperley and illustrated by ...

We also have our Maths and RWI sessions for the day. You can find the links and activities below.

 

 

Friday 22nd – Are you up for the Friday problem solving challenge? Can you help the children solve the problem with their building blocks? (the activity is available in this week’s resource section)

If you have lego or bricks of your own you could use these to help you.

 

                       

Suggested activities:

(For your information: The videos are released at 9.30am from Monday-Friday and are available for 24 hours.)

 

Friday 22nd –b sound 

 

Don't forget to watch our school assembly today, which you can find on the school website. Congratulations to the children who have achieved a shooting star; it was very much deserved! Keep working hard and it could be you for next week's shooting star! We have loved all the work you have sent us this week, please continue to do so as we love seeing you all. Have a great day Reception and make sure you all have a restful and safe weekend.

Mrs Mason and Miss Hatfield x

Thursday 21st January

Good morning Reception, we hope you enjoyed learning about the Great Barrier Reef yesterday! At the moment it feels a little like we are under the sea, with all the rain that has come pouring down. We hope you have managed to get outside to jump in the puddles. You could practise jumping like a kangaroo!

 

We hope you like today’s story. It is a counting book! It’s called ‘Somewhere in Australia.’ Have a look for the different animals you would find in Australia and see if you can count them! Also have a listen to the lady’s accent who is reading the story. This is an Australian accent. Do you think her accent sounds different or the same to ours? There are a few questions for you to answer too.

 

 

Somewhere in Australia Storybook Story Time Read Aloud Book

Today's Questions

Which animal did you know lived in Australia?

Which animal did you not know lived in Australia?

How many dingo’s were there?

Would we see any of these animals in England? Why? Why not?

 

We also thought it was time for a sing song! This song is called ‘Im a kangaroo.’ It also includes some signing. Do you think you could have a go at singing and signing along? It is great fun. We enjoyed jumping all around to this song!

The Kangaroo Song

Have a look out for another video tomorrow where Mrs Mason will teach you some signs linked to Australia.

 

Don’t forget your daily RWI videos and maths activity which are posted below. We know how hard you are working. Keep up the good work. We wonder who has been chosen for shooting stars this week? Keep an eye out for the assembly tomorrow to find out!

 

Suggested activities:

(For your information: The videos are released at 9.30am from Monday-Friday and are available for 24 hours.)

 

Thursday 21st– u sound 

 

 

Thursday 21stAsk a grown up to tell you a number. Can you recognise it? Place this number of cereal pieces, raisins or smarties on your plate. If your grown up says ‘add one more’, can you add one more and say the number you have on your plate. If your grown up says ‘one less’, can you eat one then count the number you have left on your plate. Do you now have ‘fewer?’. Practise writing the numbers down.

 

 

Keep safe and happy learning,

Mrs Mason and Miss Hatfield.

Wednesday 20th January

Good morning Reception, we hope you had a great day yesterday! You are showing amazing resilience at home and at school, working to a whole new routine, we are so proud of you! Keep thinking about our school values of resilience, cooperation, and respect when you are at home. Some things might seem a little tricky right now, but if we all work together, show kindness and never give up, then we will continue to learn and stay safe.  

 

What did you learn about Australia yesterday? Have you ever heard of the Great Barrier Reef?

         

 

Here are some fun facts about it!

  • The Great Barrier reef is the largest reef in the world.
  • The Great Barrier Reef is larger than the entire country of Italy put together.
  • Astronauts can see the Great Barrier Reef from the moon.
  • The Great Barrier Reef is the size of about 70 million football fields!

 

Did you see Nemo and Dory in the picture? Yes, they travelled to Sydney in Australia!  Nemo is a clownfish and Dory is a blue tang fish. You would find them in the Great Barrier Reef. How Amazing!

Our story today is a non-fiction book about clownfish. We wonder what information you will learn? Can you answer the questions?

 

1. What colours are clownfish?

2. Where do clownfish live?

3. Why do they not get stung from the anemone?

4. How many eggs does a clownfish lay?

Life Under the Sea CLOWNFISH by Cari Meister

A non-fiction book about clownfish.

Today you can find Joe Wick’s PE lesson live on Youtube at 9am. If you fancy a different type of exercise/PE session today, why not try Oti’s Boogie Beebies or Andy’s Wild Workouts. You can dance like different sea creatures!

We also have our Maths and RWI sessions for the day. You can find the links and activities below. You will find a set task to do on Doodle today too, lets consolidate our learning about time from last week! If you have lost your username and password, please call or email the school on our advice email address and we can pass on your details.

 

 

Watch the daily set 1 Read Write Inc videos at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ 

(For your information: The videos are released at 9.30am from Monday-Friday and are available for 24 hours.)

 

Wednesday 20th – k sound 

 

Wednesday 20th – With an adult cut up a piece of fruit into 8 slices. Share it equally between yourself and a family member. How many slices do you each have? Practise 4 and 4 makes 8. Show 4 fingers on your hand and practise counting on another 4.

 

 

 

Have a great day Reception and enjoy learning some more about Australia!

Take care and stay safe
 

Mrs Mason and Miss Hatfield 

Tuesday 19th January

Good morning Reception!

Watch the video to help Mrs Mason. Can you join in with our days of the week song? Remember your super Makaton signing!

Now that we know it is Tuesday, we hope you had a great day yesterday learning all about Australia. We can see from the wonderful work you are already sending us that you are enjoying learning about the animals that are native to Australia. Have a look at our story for the day. It is all about a kangaroo and a koala! Don’t forget to answer the questions too.

Why Koala Has a Stumpy Tail

When Tree Kangaroo and Koala dig a well to get some water, Tree Kangaroo ends up doing all of the work and Koala ends up with a stumpy tail in this origin story from Australia.

Why Koala has a stumpy tail.

1. Why were tree kangaroo and Koala looking for water?

2. What was koala doing when kangaroo was digging for water?

3. Do you think it was fair that tree kangaroo did all the work? Why? Why not? 

4. How do you think tree kangaroo felt?

5. What happened at the end?

6. How could you change the ending so that it was a happy ending? 

The link for our daily RWI lessons is below and the sound of the day is ‘c.’ What words do you know that begin with ‘c’? Can you Fred Talk the word?

 

Suggested activities:

(For your information: The videos are released at 9.30am from Monday-Friday and are available for 24 hours.)

 

Tuesday 19th – c sound 

 

 

Will you be able to find the missing numbers in our daily maths session?

 

Suggested activities:

 

Tuesday 19th – Ask a grown-up to write down some numbers missing out the middle number e.g. 4_6, 12_14. Fill in the missing number while practising forming your numbers correctly.

 

 

Have a great day and keep safe,

Mrs Mason and Miss Hatfield

Monday 18th January

Good morning Reception, or should we say ‘G’day Reception'. Have you guessed what country we are exploring this week? Yes, that’s right it’s Australia, the country known as being ‘down under’. Can you find out why we say it’s ‘down under?’. Australia is a very long way from England. What type of transport would you need to use to visit Australia? Do you think you could jump in the car or on a bus? Use your investigative skills to find out!

All of this weeks work has been uploaded on to our Reception class page but please check our class page every day for a daily catch up, any extra new learning and for your daily story time session.

Don’t forget we would love to see your work and this can be sent to our advice email. Merits will be awarded and we’ll also be looking for our weekly shooting stars.

Please don’t forget to find some time to play and talk with your grown-ups and other family members.

Have a great day Reception and enjoy learning about Australia!

Take care and stay safe

 

Miss Hatfield and Mrs Mason

 

 

                         All Around the World

               Reception Home Learning- Australia

This week we are learning about Australia

Here are some activities for you to have a go at throughout the week, as well as your daily Read Write Inc and Maths sessions.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Listen to the story ‘The Koala Who Could’.

 

Kevin doesn’t think he can come down from his tree but one day he realises he can and he sees what he can do when he overcomes his fears.

Talk to a grown up about all the things you can do. This might include things that you couldn’t do before you started Reception but now you can do them.

Continue to learn our school motto

Belong, Believe, Be You: Achieve.

 

 

 

 

Maths

We are going to begin looking at 3D shapes. This week we are looking at a cylinder and a sphere. Did you know that the planet earth is a sphere? 3D shapes are all around us so you could go on a shape hunt around your home and look for cylinders and spheres. You could write a list of items that you find, draw them or take a photo. Use the play dough recipe to make cylinder and sphere shapes.

Use the power point to help you begin to learn the names of 3D shapes.

Challenge: Do the shapes roll? Why?

 

Happy shape hunting!

 

 

Please continue with your 5 a day on doodle.

On Wednesday a specific activity will be set for your child.

Communication and Language

Ask children to answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences in response to stories or events.

You can listen to the daily story on our class page and children can answer the questions provided that are linked to the story.

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding the World

ICT – Use a range of technology at home to find out about a boomerang and a didgeridoo.

 

The World – Investigate Australian Animals

Use the Australian animals power point to find out about the different animals that live in Australia.

Have you ever seen any of these animals in England?

 

Perhaps you could choose your favourite animal(s) and write a fact about them.

 

Explore Australia, look at their national flag and find Austalia on a map. You can use either the internet or check out the resource section.

Can you make an Australian flag?

Can you find England on the map?

 

P&C – Do you know your address? Ask a grown up to help you learn it. You could even have a go at writing it.

 

Physical Development

PE

Can you jump as high as a kangaroo?

This week we are going to practise our jumping skills.

 

You can play these games:

Frogs or rabbits

Play with a grown-up. When the grown-up shouts out ‘frogs’, try to jump as far as you can. When the grown-up shouts out ‘rabbits’, try to jump as high as you can.

Can you reach it?

Ask a grown-up to hold up an object above your head e.g. a teddy. Jump as high as you can to reach it.

How high can you jump?

 

 

P.E with Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks is back Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am, live on ‘The Body Coach TV’ YouTube channel. Let’s keep fit and active!

 

 

 

 

Expressive Arts & Design

Make a boomerang – either use the template provided or ask a grown up to cut out a boomerang shape from card or paper.

Decorate your boomerang using the aboriginal symbols provided or add your own patterns and be as creative as you would like.

 

Music – Listen to the sound of a didgeridoo being played.

Make your own didgeridoo by decorating a tube or a piece of paper/card rolled up into a tube.

 

For both of these activities you could also use some Aboriginal dot painting.

You could make dots using either the end of a pencil, a cotton bud or your finger dipped in paint.

If you don’t have paint then you could use felt tips and colouring pencils.

Literacy

Phonics- RWI sessions daily. (See daily planning on our class page)

 

Reading- log on to Oxford Owl and choose a book or share/read a book you have at home.

 

Writing- We would like you to write a postcard from Australia. Who are you going to send it to? Don’t forget to listen for the sounds in the words you write and try to leave a finger space between each word. Please start your sentence with a capital letter and use a full stop at the end of your sentence.

 

 

 

 

Any other notes:

Resources and links can be found in our weekly resource section.

These do not have to be printed out, they can be used as either a guide or used directly from the screen.

 

Useful links to a range of websites offering educational learning can also be found on our class page.

 

Week beginning: Monday 18th January 2021

Have a go at our Daily RWI and Maths sessions. These should ideally be done in the morning; however can be done at any time which is convenient. 

 

Read, Write, Inc

 

Suggested activities:

(For your information: The videos are released at 9.30am from Monday-Friday and are available for 24 hours.)

Monday 18th – o sound 

Tuesday 19th – c sound 

Wednesday 20th – k sound   

Thursday 21st– u sound 

Friday 22nd –b sound 

    • Look for these sounds when you are reading a book. 
    • Go on a sound hunt – look for things in your house that begin with these sounds.
    • Make some sound cards using different letters and have a go at creating some words with them. E.g. c-a-t, d-i-g, sh-i-p

For those children who are currently reading ditties, please also practise ditty 7 which can be found in the resource section.

For those children who are blending please practice reading the week 3 words which can be found in the resource section.

Don’t forget to log into Oxford Owl where books are available to read.

 

 

 

 

Maths

Suggested activities:

 

Monday – Ask an adult to hide the numbers 10+ around your room, house or garden. Can you find all the numbers and place them in order. You could ask someone to tell you a number to find. Can you remember what the number looks like and find it?

 

Tuesday – Ask a grown-up to write down some numbers missing out the middle number e.g. 4_6, 12_14. Fill in the missing number while practising forming your numbers correctly.

 

Wednesday – With an adult cut up a piece of fruit into 8 slices. Share it equally between yourself and a family member. How many slices do you each have? Practise 4 and 4 makes 8. Show 4 fingers on your hand and practise counting on another 4.

 

Thursday – Ask a grown up to tell you a number. Can you recognise it? Place this number of cereal pieces, raisins or smarties on your plate. If your grown up says ‘add one more’, can you add one more and say the number you have on your plate. If your grown up says ‘one less’, can you eat one then count the number you have left on your plate. Do you now have ‘fewer?’. Practise writing the numbers down.

 

Friday – Are you up for the Friday problem solving challenge? Can you help the children solve the problem with their building blocks? (the activity is available in this week’s resource section)

If you have lego or bricks of your own you could use these to help you.

 

 

 

 

Mondays story session - Tabby McTat by Julia Donaldson

Listen to the story and answer the questions found below.

Tabby McTat by Julia Donaldson

Listen to the story and answer the following questions.

What instrument did Fred the busker play?

What happened to Fred the busker?

How many kittens did Socks and Tabby McTat have?

Who did Samuel Sprat look like?

What happened at the end of the story?

 

PSED Story - The Koala Who Could

Listen to the story about Kevin the Koala and talk to your grown about all the things you can do. (Please see weekly home learning plan)

Traditional Didgeridoo Rhythms by Lewis Burns, Aboriginal Australian Artist

Look at Patch's clues to guess what country we will be exploring next week.

Friday 15th January

Good morning Reception, we hope you are all well and you had a lovely day yesterday. We’ve almost made it through another week of home learning and we would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to you, your parents, grandparents, aunties and any other adult who have supported you this week with your home learning! How lovely it has been catching up with everyone over the telephone, it was lovely to hear your voices. It’s almost the weekend and we hope you all have a lovely well-deserved rest!

Today we are continuing our home learning with our daily RWI and Maths activity, as well as continuing our learning all about England. You can also watch our weekly assembly by logging onto our ‘Learn it with Mapledene’ You Tube channel. Who will receive a shooting star this week?

Please send any work or photographs to our advice email which can be found at the top of our class page. We really look forward to seeing your work and don’t forget we’ll be giving out merits, as well as looking out for our weekly shooting star!

Today’s story is ‘Spinderella’ a story about numbers by Julia Donaldson.

Please check on our class page later today to see Patch so that you can check out his clues as to what country we will be exploring next.

Have a fantastic day Reception and a lovely weekend.

Take care and stay safe

 

Miss Hatfield and Mrs Mason

Read Write Inc

Watch the daily set 1 Read Write Inc videos at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ 

(For your information: The videos are released at 9.30am from Monday-Friday and are available for 24 hours.)

 

     Today it is the g sound 

 

For those children who are currently reading ditties, please also practise ditty 6 which can be found in the resource section.

For those children who are blending please practice reading the week 2 words which can be found in the resource section.

Don’t forget to log into Oxford Owl where books are available to read.

 

 

 

Maths

Friday – Play pairs using number cards and pictures with different amounts on. (1-10+) You can draw these on paper if needed. Take it in turns to turn over two cards. The number must match the amount for it to be a pair. Ensure you use careful counting when counting the amount of objects on a card. The winner is the person with the most pairs at the end.

 

Spinderella by Julia Donaldson

Enjoy listening to the story and then answer the questions that can be found underneath.

Spinderella by Julia Donaldson

Listen to the story and answer the following questions.

What did the children eat for their dinner?

What did the spider eat?

What are the names of Spinderella’s brothers?

What did Spinderella want to learn?

How did Spinderella learn her numbers and who helped her?

When the spiders played football what did they use for a ball?

At the end of the story who scored the winning goal?

Thursday 14th January

Good morning Reception, we hope you are all well and you had a lovely day yesterday. Today we are continuing our home learning with our daily RWI and Maths activity, as well as continuing our learning all about England. 

Have you been managing to get your daily exercise with Joe Wicks? He certainly makes you work hard! It’s great though as it’s important to keep fit and healthy.

 

It has been lovely to see some of your work and photographs that your grown-ups have kindly sent into school. It has certainly put a smile on our faces! Don’t forget you can send any work or photographs to our advice email which can be found at the top of our class page. We really look forward to seeing your work and don’t forget we’ll be giving out merits, as well as looking out for our weekly shooting star!

 

We don’t know about you but we’re really excited to find out what country Patch is going to teach us about next week. Make sure you check out our class page on Friday as there may be a clue!!

 

What we can tell you is that ready for next week’s learning, if you can, you will need a cardboard tube, and this can be from a kitchen roll, toilet roll or any other type of tube you can find. The longer the tube the better! Don’t worry if you can’t find one as a rolled up piece of paper will also do.

 

Today’s story ‘Superworm’ is one of Miss Hatfield’s favourite stories. We hope you enjoy it too! Don't forget to answer the questions about the story, which can be found underneath the video.

Have a fantastic day Reception and we look forward to speaking to some of you today. Have fun!

 

Take care and stay safe

Miss Hatfield and Mrs Mason

 

 

Read Write Inc

Watch the daily set 1 Read Write Inc videos at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ 

(For your information: The videos are released at 9.30am from Monday-Friday and are available for 24 hours.)

 

     Today it is the p sound 

 

For those children who are currently reading ditties, please also practise ditty 6 which can be found in the resource section.

For those children who are blending please practice reading the week 2 words which can be found in the resource section.

Don’t forget to log into Oxford Owl where books are available to read.

 

 

Maths

Ask an adult to clap their hands. Can you count how many claps they are doing without counting aloud? Can you count in your head and tell your adult how many claps you heard? Repeat with different amounts of claps. (1-10+)

 

 

Superworm - by Julia Donaldson.

Meet the wriggliest, squiggliest superhero in the world!

Superworm by Julia Donaldson

Listen to the story and answer the following questions.

At the beginning of the story what did beetle fall into?

What type of creature is the wizard?

What treasure did Superworm find?

Can you name some of the characters in the story?

How many rhyming words did you hear?

Wednesday 13th January

Good morning Reception, we hope you had a lovely day yesterday.  It was lovely to talk to some of you and your parents. Today we will be continuing to make telephone calls to say hello to you and to find out how you and your parents are getting on. Please note telephone calls will be made from a withheld number.

Did you enjoy meeting Patch? Did you guess what country we are learning about this week?

Don’t forget you can send any work or photographs to our advice email. We really look forward to seeing your work and don’t forget we’ll be giving out merits as well as looking out for our weekly shooting star! Patch has said he too is very excited about seeing some of your work.

Today’s RWI and Maths lesson can be found below and please also continue to learn about England, using the weekly activities. We have added some slide shows in the resource section where you can learn more about England and our capital city London

Don't forget to check out today's story too. Today it is A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson. Listen to it carefully so you can answer the questions about the story.

Have a fantastic day Reception and we look forward to speaking to some of you today. Have fun!

Take care and stay safe

 

Miss Hatfield and Mrs Mason

 

 

 

 Read Write Inc

           

Watch the daily set 1 Read Write Inc videos at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ 

(For your information: The videos are released at 9.30am from Monday-Friday and are available for 24 hours.)

 

     Today it is the n sound 

 

For those children who are currently reading ditties, please also practise ditty 6 which can be found in the resource section.

For those children who are blending please practice reading the week 2 words which can be found in the resource section.

 

 

Maths     

 

 Using a number line, (could use the one from yesterday,) recap on recognising and counting numbers 1-10+. Then, using a dice, throw and count the dots on the dice. (If you do not have a dice, a grown up could hold up fingers to count.) How many are there? Can you point to the corresponding number on the number line and add the correct amount of loose parts to create the correct amount?

 

 

 

 

 

A Squash and a Squeeze By Julia Donaldson & Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson

Listen to the story and answer the following questions.

Who visited the lady at the beginning of the story?

Where did the hen lay its egg?

Name one thing that the goat did?

What animals were in the story?

What happened at the end of the story?

Tuesday 12th January

Good morning Reception, we hope you had a lovely day yesterday and enjoyed celebrating Blue Day. What did you learn about the oceans? We must remember how important it is not to drop litter!

It was lovely to talk to some of you and your parents yesterday. Today we will be continuing to make telephone calls to say hello to you and to find out how you and your parents are getting on. Please note telephone calls will be made from a withheld number.

Today we are launching our theme for this half term ‘Are we there yet?’. Are you ready to become explorers? We will be exploring different countries with the help of a very special friend who came to visit Reception today. Look at the video below to meet our special friend Patch. Once you’ve met Patch look further down the page to see a photograph of Patch from his travels. What is he wearing? Use the clues to help you guess what country we will be learning about this week.

The themed work we would like you to do throughout the week can be found below along with today’s RWI and Maths session. Have a great day Reception and we look forward to speaking to some of you today.

Take care and stay safe

 

Miss Hatfield and Mrs Mason

 

Read Write Inc       

 

 

 

Watch the daily set 1 Read Write Inc videos at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ 

(For your information: The videos are released at 9.30am from Monday-Friday and are available for 24 hours.)

 

     Today it is the i sound 

 

For those children who are currently reading ditties, please also practise ditty 6 which can be found in the resource section.

For those children who are blending please practice reading the week 2 words which can be found in the resource section.

 

 

 

Maths    

Write numbers 1-10+ in a line to create a number line. Can you count from 1-10+ pointing to the corresponding number? Say random numbers; can you find the correct number on the number line?

 

 

Meet Patch

Say hello to Patch and join him every week to find out which country we will be exploring.

What country has Patch visited?

                                 All Around the World 

                        Reception Home Learning- England   

This week we are learning about England! Here are some activities for you to have a go at throughout the week, as well as your daily Read Write Inc sessions.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Activity- Play any game at home with someone in your family. Can you play

co-operatively, taking it in turns?

 

 

Maths

Activity- Time.

Go on a hunt around your home. Can you find any clocks? Have a look at them. What can you see? Can you see the clock face? Hands? Numbers? In London there is a big clock tower. We call it Big Ben. Let’s have a go at making a clock. Use the template in the resource list below. Or make your own! You could use a piece of paper or a paper plate. Try and remember the correct way to write your numbers. (See number formation)

 

Let’s measure time! (See the resource section for some simple activities to measure time around the house.)

 

 

Please continue with your 5 a day on doodle.

Communication and Language

Activity- Can you listen attentively to Peppa Pig visits London.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epNCNNhKsF0

What and who did Peppa see in London?

Have you ever been to London? What did you see? If you haven’t, what would you like to see and why?

 

Understanding the World

Activity- Who lives in London? Can you use google/ books to find out about a very special person that lives/ was born in London? Can you tell someone in your family something you have learned?

 

 

 

Local Area- Could you have a walk around your local area? What buildings can you see? Are they the same? Different? How are they the same/different? What kind of buildings are they? What can you see out your front window? Back window to your home? Is it the same? Different? How?

Physical Development

Health and Self Care-

Activity- Can you make a healthy sandwich? The Queen enjoys cucumber sandwiches. Paddington bear enjoys marmalade sandwiches. What healthy sandwich are you going to make? Please make sure to keep safe and work with an adult. How did you keep safe?

 

PE-P.E with Joe is back!

Joe Wicks is back Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am, live on ‘The Body Coach TV’ YouTube channel. Let’s keep fit and active!

 

Expressive Arts & Design

Activity- Can you create a St George’s flag? Use your imagination, what could you make it out of? What tools are you going to use? Can you wave it in the air?

 

There is a template in the resource section should you want to use it.

Literacy

Phonics- RWI sessions daily. (See phonics link)

 

Writing- It is the Queen’s birthday in April. Can you make her a card to celebrate this? Don’t forget to use our red word ‘To’ and use your sounding out to write the other words.

Any other notes:

Monday is Blue Monday. Dress up in something blue and have a look at who has visited Reception! Let’s find out what we can do to keep our oceans clean and look after the creatures in the sea.

 

ZOG - By Julia Donaldson.

Zog is the keenest dragon in school and the most accident prone! Will he ever win a Golden Star?

 

 

Monday 11th January

Good morning Reception, we hope you had a lovely weekend and are ready for another week of home learning. We would also like to say a big thank you to your parents/carers for all their support too, we know it isn’t easy!

 

This week we will be making telephone calls to say hello to you and to find out how you and your parents are getting on. Please note telephone calls will be made from a withheld number.

 

Today we are celebrating Blue Monday. Tomorrow we will upload the weekly plan for the remainder of the week on to our class page. Please check our Reception class page every day for a daily catch up and any extra new learning. Parents, we have also attached a daily timetable that you may find useful to follow. Please do not feel you have to use it, it is a guide and the work can be done to suit you and your family’s needs and commitments.

Please don’t forget young children learn so much through play. As well as doing the work we have set, please continue to let them play as it’s integral to their learning. More ideas on how you can support this will be uploaded shortly. Don’t forget to do your daily Maths and RWI work which can be found below.

 

Have a great day Reception and we look forward to speaking to some of you today.

 

Take care and stay safe

Miss Hatfield and Mrs Mason

 

Today we are celebrating 'Happy Blue Year' and we’re all dressed in blue! Have you dressed up in something blue today? We would love to see a picture of you in your blue clothes.  Year 4’s documentary ‘Blue Planet’ will premiere on both the website and on the YouTube channel, ‘Learn it with Mapledene’ today at 9am, for you to watch. Don't miss it! 

 

Now, you will not believe who has come to visit Reception to help us celebrate 'Happy Blue Year'. I’ll give you some clues…he is yellow and blue. He lives under the sea and his best friends are called Ariel and Sebastian. Did you guess who he is? We will find out who he is a little bit later. But first of all, we need to know a little bit more about our 'Blue day.' We are thinking about the oceans and seas around us. Did you know England is part of Great Britain and Great Britain is an island? There is salt water all around us!

 

Have a look at the map and ask a grown up to read which oceans and seas surround Great Britain. Yes that is right! There is the North Sea, the English Channel, The Irish sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Who or what do you think lives under the sea? Tell a Grown up! Did you say any of these sea creatures? (See the Powerpoint in the resources below)

 

Can you draw a picture of your favourite sea creature and write a fact about it? Remember to listen for the sounds and to form the letters correctly when writing them.

 

Can you remember earlier when we mentioned a special visitor has come to say hello to us today? Did you guess who it was? Yes, it was Flounder! Well done if you guessed right! Say hello to Flounder…

 

 

…Oh no! Poor Flounder! What has happened to him? Can you tell your grown up what you think is wrong with Flounder? He looks so sad.

 

Flounder: “I was swimming with Ariel, when suddenly a shark started to chase us! We swam as fast as we could to get away and I got stuck on some rubbish in the sea. The shark nearly got me! I managed to get away with the help of Ariel and she brought me here to Mapledene School to help us all learn about keeping the oceans and seas clean.“

 

Have a look at these pictures. What can you see? What should be there? What shouldn’t be?

            

How has all this rubbish got into the oceans and seas? What can we do to make sure the rubbish does not get there? Talk with your grown up about these questions.

 

Have a look at some of the rubbish you throw away today. Can it be recycled? Let’s keep our oceans and seas clean by putting our rubbish in the bin and in the recycling bin. Now let’s help Flounder!

 

Much better! Thank you, Reception, for all your help!

We hope you enjoyed 'Happy Blue Year' and have learned about some of the oceans and seas around us, what creatures live under the sea and how we can keep them safe by making sure our rubbish goes in the bin.

 

Why not listen to a story about a fish called Tiddler by Julia Donaldson. I wonder what he gets up to under the sea? I hope there isn’t any rubbish! The link is below. Enjoy!

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

 

Reception Maths and RWI learning for today

Monday 11th January 2021

 

Read, Write, Inc 

Watch the daily set 1 Read Write Inc videos at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ 

(For your information: The videos are released at 9.30am from Monday-Friday and are available for 24 hours.)

 

Today it is the  t sound 

 

For those children who are currently reading ditties, please also       practise ditty 6 which can be found in the resource section.

 

 

 

Maths

 

Count to 10+. Find different collections of loose parts such as beads, shells, buttons, pasta, etc for you to count. Estimate how many there are first and then arrange them in a line to count carefully. Were you right? Was you estimate more or less than the actual amount?

 

 

 

 

Daily timetable for Reception (Please use this as a guide to support your child’s learning)

 

Morning

1

2

3

4

5

*Sing the days of the week song and record the day and date.

*Look at the weather outside and discuss what your child can see.

*Counting to 20+.

*Counting to a given number up to 20 remembering to stop counting when they arrive at that number.

*Number recognition using flashcards up to 20+ dependent on your child’s ability.

*Talk about what they are going to be learning about today.

Learning through play both indoors and outdoors.

 

During this time children can choose a set activity to complete, ideally this would be the weekly focused Literacy activity and the daily Maths activity.

RWI session using the video link provided in the weekly planning.

Playtime outdoors if available.

During this time you can also include the Joe Wicks daily workout or a Lets Dance activity which are both available on You Tube.

Story session.

 

Children can use this time to watch our daily story session or share books they have at home.

Please encourage your child to talk about the story and ask them key questions linked to the story.

Don’t forget to look at information books too!

Afternoon

Complete activities over the week, which are linked to our topic, as well as learning through play both indoors and outdoors.

 

Resources for Blue Monday

 

Tiddler

Tiddler by Julia Donaldson

Listen to the story and answer the following questions.

What did Tiddler do every day?

Can you name some of the under the sea creatures in the book?

What didn’t Tiddler see ?

At the end of the story, who did he tell his story to?

Here is a challenge for you: Can you find out what a shoal is?

Resources to support learning W/B 11th January

Friday 8th January 2021

Good morning Reception! We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s activities all about the snow. All that work about snow has made us feel cold, so let’s get our bodies moving and feeling warm! Today is ‘Fit Friday’ and we would like you to get active by joining us in having a dance! You can access ‘Go noodle,’ ‘Just Dance’ videos on Youtube or ‘Move it with Mapledene,’ on the ‘Active Learning and PE page’ on our school website. The link is https://www.mapledene.bham.sch.uk/pe-and-fitness-1/

With Winter arriving, we are going to be learning a little bit more about the cold and ice today. Have a great day!

Mrs Mason and Miss Hatfield.

Read Write Inc

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ

 

Please use the link above to access your daily Read Write Inc videos. Today we will be re capping on the letter d.

 

‘round his bottom, up his tall neck, down to his feet.’

 

You can also keep practising reading your words and ditties from this week.

Listening and Reading

 

 

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

 

Listen to the story of ‘The Polar Bear and the Snow Cloud’ (See link in resources and answer the questions.)

What happened at the beginning of the story?

What did the snow cloud keep on doing?

Why wouldn’t the polar bear’s friends play with him?

What made the polar bear happy at the end?

What was your favourite part of the story?

Understanding the World

 

 

INVESTIGATION!

Who would like to take part in a fun investigation? We would! As it has been so cold outside recently, we thought it would be fun to investigate ice! You can do as many or as little as you want.

  1. Frozen Bubbles- Put some bubble mixture outside so it goes cold. Once cold, blow some bubbles. Do they freeze in the cold air? What happens when they land?
  2. Ice Decorations- Find some small leaves/flowers/berries in your garden/outdoors. Put them on a plate and cover them in cold water. Add some string to create a hanger and then leave them outside to freeze. How long does it take to freeze? Could you use a timer to find out? Once it is frozen, remove it from the saucer and have a look at your beautiful ice decoration. What can you see? (You can put them in the freezer if it is not at a freezing temperature outdoors.)
  3. Escape of the Dinosaurs- Choose a small dinosaur toy (any toy will work) and put it in a small tub/bowl/cup. Fill it with cold water so the toy is covered. Put it in the freezer until it is frozen. Put the frozen toy on a tray and think about ways you could try and get it out! How are you going to help the dinosaur escape? Suggestion- You could do this with a few small toys and have a go at helping the toy escape using different methods. E.g. Using salt, more water, a spoon, allowing it to just melt etc… which was the quickest way? 

Maths

 

 

 

ICE CREAM MATHS!

 

Can you make/ draw an ice cream cone and add 10 scoops of ice cream. Can you write a number on each scoop? 1-10. If you can do this, maybe you can challenge yourself to make an ice cream with 20 scoops. We think we would like an ice-cream that tall! Yummy! What is your favourite flavour of ice-cream?

 

 

Please keep doing your 5 a day on Doodle.

Physical Development

 

 

 

Join in with the ‘Freeze Game.’ Getting our bodies moving and practising our skipping, hopping, marching, walking and running. Enjoy!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ebf3dGGdFg

 

 

 

 

The Polar Bear and the Snow Cloud by Jane Cabrera Read aloud by Kim Children's story

Listen to the story and answer the questions in the table above.

Just Dance Kids 2014 The Freeze Game

Let's get our bodies moving! Don't forget to freeze and keep your body as still as you can.

Thursday 7th January

Good Morning Reception. We hope you are ready for another fun day of learning! Today we would like you to take part in a Read Write Inc Lesson. We wonder if you can spot Fred? Please follow the link below and choose set 1 sounds, words and then spelling. Don’t forget to use your Fred fingers! (The video starts at 9.30am and is available for 24 hours) We also have some more activities all about ‘SNOW!’ We were lucky enough to see some falling snowflakes yesterday. Did you see any from your house?

Have a wonderful and safe day!

Mrs Mason and Miss Hatfield.

Read Write Inc

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ

 

Please use the link above to access your daily Read Write Inc videos. (Set 1) Today we will be re-capping on the letter s.

 ‘slither down the snake’

 

You can also keep practising reading your words and ditties from yesterday.

Listening and Reading

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bcB0sC34Uc&safe=true

 

Listen to the story of ‘SNOW’ (See link in resources and answer the questions.)

Fine Motor

 

 

Can you make a Snowflake using some paper and a pair of safe scissors? Careful cutting!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLiCV5z-9fA&safe=true

Use the link to help you!

Maths

 

 

 

   

 

Snowflakes can be made from lots of different 2D shapes. Can you draw/ create some snowflakes using different shapes? Can you try and make a snowflake using the shapes- circles, rectangles, squares and triangles?

 

Please keep doing your 5 a day on Doodle.

Expressive Arts

 

 

 

Learn a new song! Can you learn to sing this song about snowflakes?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDJIhayM9dw&safe=true

 

Do you know any other songs about snow? Can you sing them to your grown up?

 

Snow

What happens at the beginning of the story?
What happens at the end of the story?
Why doesn't anyone take any notice of the boy?
Do you like snow? why? why not?

How to make a Paper Snowflake

Learn how to make snowflakes out of paper. Remember to use your scissors carefully and safely.

Snowflakes Snowflakes

Learn a new song called 'Snowflakes, Snowflakes.' Do you think you can put some actions to the song?

Wednesday 6th January

Good morning Reception,

We hope that you all had a good day yesterday and you managed to do some home learning. Today we have some more Maths and Literacy work for you to complete, as well as some other activities which will help you with your learning and development.

 

Activities for today

 

Maths

Shape,Space and Measures

*Every morning we sing our special days of the week song to help us find out what day it is. Do you know what day of the week it is today? Can you find out what the date is too?

In the resource section we have added on the another one of our days of the week songs. This will also help you to continue learning the days of the week.

Number

*Continue to practise recognising numbers 0-5, 0-10, 10-20, 20+ (dependent on your child’s ability). Practise sequencing them in the correct order.

*Practise writing your numbers. Start with numbers 0-10 and when you are confident please move onto numbers 10-20.

Remember to form your numbers correctly and try not to reverse them.

Number formation sheets can be found in the resource section which can be used either as a guide or for you to print and complete.

 

 

Literacy

Writing

*This week we are going to be writing a thank you letter. For those of you who celebrated Christmas we would like you to write your letter to Father Christmas thanking him for your presents. For those of you who did not celebrate Christmas we would like you to write a letter to someone special. You could thank them for helping you, looking after you or for anything else they have done for you.

You will find letter templates in the resource section below if you wish to use them but plain or lined paper will also do the job!

Don’t forget:

 *listen for the initial, as well as other sounds in the words, which you are writing.

*use your sound mat which you took home last term to help you write your letters. (A copy can also be found in the resource section)

Reading – Read, Write, Inc

The work has been set at three different levels to meet where your child is currently working at. Please use the weekly homework that they bring home to determine what level they need to work on at home.

  1. If your child brings home weekly letter sound work eg; formation sheets, please continue to practise recognising and saying the sounds with your child. Please use the video to support your child to say the sound correctly.
  2. If your child brings home weekly words to read please continue to practise blending the sounds and reading the words which can be found in the resource section. Once your child is confident with blending the sounds and reading each word, ask them to practise ‘Fred in your head’. The children will be able to show you how they do this.
  3. If your child is reading ditties please practise the ditty sentences which can be found in the resource section.

 

For those few children who have moved on from ditties, either myself or Mrs Mason will contact you today to talk about their learning.

 

Other activities for you to complete this week.

 

PD and EAD - Practise your cutting and sticking skills while designing your own snowman. Remember to hold the scissors correctly and make sure you use plenty of glue.

PD – Practise your jumping, hopping and skipping skills. Count how many of each you can do. Are you working hard enough to make your heart beat?

UW and CL Speaking – If you are out on a walk or playing in your garden look at the changes that have taken place now we are in Winter. Discuss these with a grown up and draw a picture of what you see.

Listening and Reading- Listen to the story of 'Charlie Crow in the Snow.' and answer the questions. (See link below) 

 

Did you enjoy watching the snow falling? How many of you managed to make a snowman before it all disappeared? It’s very cold outside again today and we can tell that we are now in Winter. In the resource section we have included a Winter challenge activity sheet with lots of different learning ideas for you to do. Perhaps you could draw or paint a wintry picture or even use some collage materials such as cotton wool. We’d love to see any work that you do!  

Have a great day Reception, we miss you lots!

 

Miss Hatfield and Mrs Mason

 

Charlie Crow in the Snow. Children's illustrated read-aloud (audiobook) story.

Watch and listen to the story of Charlie Crow in the Snow.
Can you answer the following questions?
Who was in the story?
What happened during the story?
What happened at the end of the story?
Can you remember what bear and swallow do during the Winter?
What do you like to do during the Winter?
Did you like the story? Why? Why not?
What was your favourite part?

List of useful websites

Here are a list of useful websites to support learning.

  • Phonics song  Phonics song - this really supports children to practice their initial sounds! I find myself singing it all the time with my own children at home!
  • Oxford Owl Free E-books to access if you sign up.
  • Topmarks Lots of interactive, fun maths games to improve counting, number recognition measure, shape and pattern!
  • Cosmic Yoga Yoga and movement - This particular one is the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. There are lots to choose from. I join in with my children at home!
  • Nursery rhymes Nursery rhymes and songs for your child to learn and join in with.
  • Alphablocks Alphablocks is a fun way to look at letters and sounds.
  • Numberblocks All Numberblock programs and number games. This link also shows some great ideas of activities you can support your child with.
  • Crickweb Lots of free maths and phonics games, including, Initial sounds, colours, compare and order, counting, matching and mouse skills and number recognition.
  • BBC Bitesize Online games and videos to support shape recognition.
  • Topmarks Lots of free interactive math's games to help support children's counting and number recognition.
  • Education.com Rhyming word games. Hearing rhyming words helps to build key phonic skills. (free sign up to access activities)
  • Topmarks A wide selection of rhyming activities

Tuesday 5th January

 

Hello Reception,

 

We hope you are all well and that you and your family had a lovely holiday.

 

For those of you that celebrated Christmas we hope you enjoyed the celebrations and Father Christmas brought you some lovely presents. We are so sorry that we can’t see you at the moment, especially as we were so looking forward to seeing you and hearing all about your holiday.

 

For a while we are going to be doing some learning with you that you can do at home. You are all becoming such fantastic learners and we’re sure you will continue to show your grown-ups what superstars you are! Mrs Mason and l are also looking forward to seeing your learning and we will still be giving out our weekly shooting stars.

 

We will also be speaking to you and your parents very soon to say hello and see how you are, something we are very much looking forward to!

 

All of your learning will be what you would have been doing if you were in school, this half term. Our theme is ‘Around the world’ and we will be exploring different countries. We will also be continuing with our Maths and Literacy work as well as activities linked to the all the 7 areas of learning. Don’t forget to also make time to play as this is a very important part of how we develop our learning and new skills, in Reception.

 

Sharing story books and information books is very important too, so please try and find time during the day to share these with either a grown-up or an older brother or sister. Below you will find some activities that you can do today and we will add more throughout the week. Activities can be done anytime during the day but we recommend that Literacy and Maths activities are done during the morning, if possible. Don’t forget to log into your Doodle account where you can access the Maths activities, which we have been doing in class. More information about how we will be using Doodle during this time will follow shortly. Any resources that may be needed to support learning can be found in the resource section below. The resources do not have to be printed out, they are there as a guide only and can be reproduced on paper.

 

Activities for today

 

Maths – Number

*Can you practise verbally counting numbers up to 20? Can you count further than 20?

*Can you recognise numbers 0-5, 0-10, 10-20, 20+? (This needs to be dependent on your child’s ability). Can you recognise the numbers out of order?

*Can you recognise the following 2D shapes - circle, rectangle, square, triangle and describe their properties?

 

Literacy – Reading and Writing

*Practise writing the following letters using the correct formation. Don’t forget to say the rhyme for each letter. (Unfortunately the computer font is not the same as how we write the letters, so please check the formation sheets, which can be found in the resource section below. Thank you.)

l – down the long leg

h – down the head to the hooves and over his back.

 

*Begin writing your thank you letter. (Please see below under activities for this week)

 

*Watch and listen to the story of Sidney and the Seven Seas. You can find it on YouTube https://youtu.be/Qq9cdrxC3_I

Can you answer the following questions?

Who was in the story?

What happened during the story?

What happened at the end of the story?

Which countries did Sidney visit?

Which country would you like to visit from the story? Why?

Which other country could Sidney have visited? Which animal friend might he have met?

 

Activities for this week (more will be added shortly)

Literacy – Writing

*This week we are going to be writing a thank you letter. For those of you who celebrated Christmas we would like you to write your letter to Father Christmas thanking him for your presents. For those of you who did not celebrate Christmas we would like you to write a letter to someone special. You could thank them for helping you, looking after you or for anything else they have done for you.

 

You will find letter templates in the resource section below if you wish to use them but plain or lined paper will also do the job!

 

Don’t forget:

*listen for the initial, as well as other sounds in the words, which you are writing.

*use your sound mat which you took home last term to help you write your letters. (A copy can also be found in the resource section)

 

As mentioned earlier we will add more information and work throughout the week. Please continue to check the school website. In the meantime a big thank you from both of us and please stay safe and take care.

 

Miss Hatfield and Mrs Mason

 

 

 

We are delighted with how well the children have settled over the last few weeks. It is lovely to see them enjoying their learning and making new friends.

We are currently doing baseline assessments with the children, these help us to find out what your child knows already, enabling us to then work on their next steps. Your input that is recorded on the ‘What your child can do’ sheet will greatly help with this. If they could be returned as soon as possible we would greatly appreciate it.

Below is more information about Reception.

 

PE

Reception’s PE day is Tuesday. Our first lesson will take place on Tuesday 29th September. Children will need to come to school every Tuesday in their PE kits.

For PE children will need to wear:

  • a white t-shirt
  • navy jogging bottoms (navy shorts can be worn in the warmer weather)
  • black pull on pumps – no laces please
  • children will still need to wear a school cardigan or jumper

Outdoor learning

Children access the outdoor area every day so please ensure they wear suitable outdoor clothing, dependent on the weather.

 

Please ensure that your child's clothing is labelled with their name, particularly jumpers and cardigans. 

 

Snack

School provides the children with a healthy snack everyday so no food, other than packed lunches, must come into school.

Water bottles

Please continue to send your child to school every day with a water bottle. Please ensure the bottles are clearly named.

Toys

We ask that children do not bring any type of toy into school. This is particularly important at the moment due to COVID-19.

School bags

Children need to bring a bag to school every day, preferably a book bag. This is for any work which goes home, library books and for children to put their jumpers/cardigans into, if they decide to take them off. Due to COVID-19 please only send one bag into school.

Contacting school

If you need to speak to a member of staff please telephone the school office on 0121 464 2881 and we will call you back.

Lunch boxes

As a school that encourages healthy eating can we please ask that you do not provide sweets or chocolate in your child’s lunch box.

Reading books

Children are taught letter sounds, blending and the reading of sentences using Read, Write, Inc. Reading books will be sent home at the relevant point within the scheme.

Parent workshops are usually held in school but due to COVID-19 these will be unable to take place.

We will send home more information shortly about RWI and how you can help your child at home.

Library books

Every week your child will have the opportunity to choose a library book to bring home. This is a great opportunity for you to share and read a book of your child’s choosing.

More details will follow shortly.

 

The children will continue to be doing lots of fun learning over the next half term, both indoors and outdoors.

Please continue to check on the school website for more information about the children’s learning and resources they can use at home.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Kind regards

 

Miss Hatfield, Mrs Mason and Mrs Titchen

Useful websites to support learning

Reception Induction Video

Information video for parents and children who are joining us in September.

Social story for children returning to Reception

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