Reception Class News

16 June 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Monday 15 June 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly


Tricky words lesson slides-

Today’s video lesson is led by one of our Sphere Federation teachers; Mrs Flynn. Click the link below to be taken to today’s video.

Click here

Your child will need a pencil and paper or whiteboard and pen for this lesson. 


  1. Watch the Numberblock 20 video.

  1. Can you do 20 hops, claps, jumps? Remember to count each movement and stop at number 20.
  2. Write the numbers 0-20 on the floor using chalk, paint or write on paper (make sure they are big enough to stand on).
  3. Can you find the answers to these problems?

Find and stand on the number that is one less than 20

Find and stand on the number that is double 7

Find and stand on an odd number

Find and stand on a number that is fewer than 8

Find and stand on a number that is more than 10

Find and stand on an even number

Find and stand on the number that is half of 12

Challenge: Parents/carers give your child some more problems to solve or can your child think of their own number problem?


Book of the week: Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson

  1. Listen to the story of the week.
  2. Who are the characters in the story? Who is in the story?

(Mum Monkey, Dad Monkey, Baby Monkey, Butterfly, Elephant, Snake, Parrot, Frog and Bat)

  1. Make puppets for some OR all of the characters. Here is an example of a puppet you could make. These puppets will be used for your puppet show on Friday.

You will need paper OR card, colouring pencils and sticks OR spoons.



Week commencing 15 June 2020: F1 Home Learning ‘What the Ladybird Heard’

Posted on Sunday 14 June 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

We’re sure that you’ll all be familiar with this story; you might even have a copy at home. It’s called What the Ladybird Heard and is written by Julia Donaldson. As you listen, why not join in with the animal sounds!:


Which part of the story did you enjoy the most?

How did the animals trick Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len?

Which is your favourite farm animal?

We think you’ll also enjoy this version where Julia Donaldson tells the same story through a song.

Here are some activities that you can try that are linked to the story.


Can you make a farm yard? You could use Duplo or Lego to make a farm house or barn for your toy animals and tractors.  If you have a tray with sides or an empty (storage) box with low sides you could make your own farm small world area. In class, we often add Weetabix and other dry cereals to use as animal food. It can be a little bit messy but hoovers up easily at the end of the day!

You could make a little ladybird and use it re-tell the story as it flies from one animal to the next.

 Mark making

Can you draw some of the animals that they found on the farm? Maybe you could draw a map of the farm like Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len used. You could even draw a long wavy line to show where the ladybird flew.

Listening games

Listen closely to the story. What does the ladybird hear? There is a ladybird on every page and he/she hears all the goings on in the farmyard and story. Play your own game, listening to the world around you. Say the phrase “I hear with my little ear something that sounds like…” Describe that you can hear around you.

Here’s a game we sometimes we play at Nursery. Get your listening ears ready… What animal can you hear?  One of the cats purring is a little bit tricky!   


Find out more about ladybirds 

Here’s a short video all about ladybirds. Can you spot any ladybirds in your garden or on a walk?


1) One of the mathematical concepts that children sometimes find difficult is knowing that they can split a group of objects in different ways, but that the total is still the same.  Here is an activity that may help with this.

Draw a ladybird outline and cut out 4-6 spots. Start with 4 spots and count them together with your child. Ask them to put the spots on the ladybird’s wings. How many are there? Talk about how many spots there are on each wing, but that there are still 4 spots altogether. Repeat, splitting the spots in a different way (Eg 2 spots on each wing, or 3 spots on 1 wing and 1 spot on the other). Each time you move the spots, count how many there are on each wing and how many there are altogether. That’s right, there are still 4!

If you return to play again another day, repeat the activity using a different number of spots between 2-6.

2) If you fancy painting, draw some basic ladybird outlines and ask your child to paint or fingerprint a given number (e.g 1-5) of spots on each wing. How many spots are there on both wings? Which ladybird as the fewest/most spots?

 Can you spot the difference?

Click here (activity)

15 June 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Sunday 14 June 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly


Practise recognising and saying all the sounds.

Phase 2 –

Phase 3 –

Words to read:

Phonics Activity:

Phonics play – buried treasure – phase 4


  1. Watch the video and count backwards from 20 to 0.


Today you will need:

  • colouring pencils and paper or chalk and some outdoor space
  • 0-20 number flash cards
  1. Parents/carers hold up and say a number. Children can you draw that many spots either on paper or on the ground?
  2. Look at how you can draw x amount of spots in different ways. E.g. you could draw 6 spots by drawing 2 at a time or by drawing 3 spots and then 3 more.
  3. Parents/carers ask the children some questions about each number as you go along e.g. what is 1 more/less, what is double… or half…?


Book of the week: Monkey puzzle



  1. Listen to the story of the week.

This week we are going to be looking at the characters, setting and events in the story. This will then help us retell the story using homemade props.

  1. What do we mean when we say character? Setting? Events?

To join in with this week’s creative activities, you will need the following items. Hopefully, these are items you will find in your home.

  • Paper OR card and colouring pencils
  • Sticks from outside OR a collection of spoons (they can be re-used afterwards)
  • Sticky tape

Perhaps if you are going outside for your daily exercise today you could collect some sticks.


Character = Who is in the story. The people/animals in the story.

Setting = Where the story is set.

Events = What happens in the story.

Home Learning Heroes!

Posted on Saturday 13 June 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Let’s see what our home learning heroes have been up to over the past few weeks…

Did you manage to watch this week’s story time? It was a poem called Nuts about Nuts. One of the challenges was to add your own rhyme or mini-poem about your favourite food.

Well done to Willow, who came up with this fantastic poem:

I like tuna pasta,
I like it when it’s hot,
I like tuna pasta,
I like it when it’s not,
I like tuna pasta,
I like it in a dish,
I like tuna pasta,
Even though it’s fish!


Remember to send us your home learning pictures:

Story Time! Nuts about Nuts

Posted on Friday 12 June 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Today’s story is a poetry book by Michael Rosen. As you listen to the poem, I wonder if you notice any of these things…

  • Rhyming words
  • The change in rhythm (is there a pattern to the changes?)
  • Any funny / nonsense ideas
  • Repetition

Click here to watch Mrs Allen-Kelly read the poem.

Can you think of a rhyme to go with your favourite foods? You could be doing ‘Flips for Chips’, ‘want to stare at a pear’ or even be a ‘winner for roast dinner’! Let us know what you come up with:


12 June 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Thursday 11 June 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly


Circle that word! You can use these sheets on screen,  to look at each picture and point the the correct phase 4 word…

CVCC and CCVC Words Worksheet, Circle That Word!


Have a go at these 2d shape challenges from tts:


Today, we are going to write the instructions on how to make/do your activity.

What happened first, next, after that, finally?

Use the template or create your own.

Remember to think, say, count, write and check your writing.

Email your instructional writing to and we will share them with your friends!

11 June 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Wednesday 10 June 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly


Download the phase 4 sheet and fill in the missing words!

Phase 4 picture fill

(*Shh, Parents* There is an answer sheet on the second page for some of the more ambiguous answers!)



  1. Watch the Numberblock ‘unlucky’ 13 video.
  2. Collect some objects (stones, sticks, leaves ect) from outside.
  3. Can you count how many objects you have collected?

Today we are going to have a go at estimating. Estimating is when we roughly count the number of objects we can see.

  1. Parents/carers can you put some of the objects out in front of your child (you may want to use a towel to cover them up until you are ready to reveal the objects). Give your child a few seconds to look at the objects and ask them to estimate how many they can see.
  2. Take turns and continue to do this a few times changing the amount of objects each time.
  3. Ask questions e.g. is it more or less than last time? How do you know?



Today, we are going to draw a picture and write a list of the resources you need to do your activity.

Remember to think, say, count, write and check your writing.

Maths lesson at home: 19

Posted on Wednesday 10 June 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Today’s number is 19 and the warm up / challenge focus is subitising.

You can watch today’s lesson video by clicking here

You can access the ice-cream matching challenge below. If you do not have access to a printer, please ask an adult to draw out one of the ice-cream cones with a teen number and add your own ice-cream, with the correct number of dots on top!:

Ice cream match

10 June 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Tuesday 09 June 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly


  1. Tricky words

Practise reading all of the tricky words.

You could also have a go at spelling the phase 2 and 3 tricky words using the look, cover and write method.

2.Words to Read:

Use your ‘phoneme fingers’ or point to the sound buttons to help. How many sounds are in these words?

3.Phonics Activity: Play ‘Musical Blending’

Write these words on separate scrap pieces of paper.

feet queen spin chip string pink rain train

Spread them out on the floor. Play some groovy tunes and dance away!

When the music stops jump on a word and blend it. Keep going until you have read all of the words.


Home learning Video – Focus number 19.

Click here


We are going to continue thinking about our instructions for our activity.

Can you remember how to do your activity from yesterday?

What do you need?

What happened first, next, after that, finally?

Can you verbally give the instructions to a family member?

Can they follow your instructions? Do they make sense?

9 June 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Monday 08 June 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly


ear, air, ure sound revist…

Use the link above to find the video for each of the trigraphs in phase 3. Watch the video and press the arrows to answer the questions.


Tens Frame Number Problems

You will need objects to use for counting, two ten frames (print or you can make/draw one)

Can you solve these number problems?

Indie has 12 pieces of chocolate, she gives 2 pieces to Elizabeth. How many pieces of chocolate does she have left?

Thea has 7 pom poms and Georgia has 6 pom poms. How many pom poms do they have altogether?

Charlie has 4 cars, Grayson has 2 cars and Joshua has 3 cars. How many do they have altogether?

Challenge: Iris has 6 oranges. She gives 2 oranges to Francesca and 2 oranges to Dylan. How many oranges do they each have?


Yesterday, you watched Mrs Palmer pot a plant. Now it’s your turn. Can you think of something to do/make that you will be able to write some instructions for? This could be making a model, making a smoothie, baking a cake, drawing a picture, washing your hands.

Once you have an idea, talk about what you need to do/make your activity?

Have a go at doing/making your activity.

Whilst you are doing your activity think about what happened first, next, after that, finally?