# Reception Class News

## Story Time!

Posted on Friday 08 May 2020 by Mrs Wood

Hello Foundation!
Today, Mrs Marsden is going to read, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ written by Eric Carle. The story is about a small caterpillar who emerges from an egg and begins eating everything in sight! I wonder what the caterpillar will turn into at the end?
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…

Video – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Here are a few questions and things to talk about after you’ve listened to the story.

• What did the caterpillar eat first?
• What did the caterpillar build around himself?
• When did the caterpillar eat the oranges?
• When did the caterpillar come out of the cocoon (chrysalis)?
• How many plums did the caterpillar eat?
• How did the caterpillar get out of the cocoon?
• Why did the caterpillar get a stomach ache?
• Have you seen a caterpillar? Held one? What did it look or feel like?

Did you enjoy listening to the story?
Actvity
Have a go at making up your own version of the story. You could change the main character, for example, The Very Hungry Slug.
You could also change the food, for example, ‘One Monday he ate through one banana. But he was still hungry. On Tuesday he ate through two melons…’

See you next Friday for another story!

## VE Day Activities

Posted on Thursday 07 May 2020 by Mrs Wood

It is VE Day (Victory for Europe Day) today!

We are celebrating this day because 75 years ago the Second World War came to an end.
We have attached some fun activities you could do to help you celebrate this day.
These activities are optional!

VE day activities

We hope you all have a wonderful day celebrating with your families.
Don’t forget to send us some pictures!
stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org

## Whoopsie!

Posted on Thursday 07 May 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Mrs Allen-Kelly made a mistake on slide 18 of the Maths video yesterday!  Who spotted it?

Of course, 9 + 4 = 13 (NOT 15!)

We could have used 9 + 6 = 15

or

4 + 11 = 15

I have edited the video on Wednesday’s post so it only shows the correct slides now 🙂

Thank you to the eagle-eyed child / parent who let me know about the whoopsie!

## 07 May 2020: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Wednesday 06 May 2020 by Mrs Wood

Phonics
Use the videos to practise saying the sounds.

Words to Write:
1. pure
2. cure
3. sure (Remember this one is tricky! It sounds like ‘shure’- be careful!
4. manure
Did you remember the trigraph ‘ure’?

Literacy
Story of the week: What the ladybird heard by Julia Donaldson

Design a wanted poster for the baddies – Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh.
Here’s a template – Wanted Poster

Maths
Focus number 15!
1. Numbers are all around us. How many different places can you see the number 15 around your home?
Draw some things that have a number 15 on them.
For example, I know that 15 is one ten and five ones or 3 lots of 5 equals 15.
3. Practise writing the number 15.
4. Find 15 things in your house. Count them carefully to check you have 14.

## Maths lesson at home: Week 3- 15

Posted on Wednesday 06 May 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Good Morning!

There are a few extra resources to go along with today’s video:

1. Numberblocks 15 video. Please watch the video whenever you like, either before or after the lesson video and ask the questions from the lesson slide.

2. Warm up sheet If you have access to a printer, it may be easier to print today’s one more / one less activity to complete. You can find the twinkl sheet by clicking the link below. Otherwise, pausing the video and writing out each of the numbers will work just fine too.

T-T-20559-One-More-or-One-Less-Flowers-Counting

3. ‘Layering’ numicon We have been talking about ‘layering numicon’ as one method of working out the parts of the whole number. If you have microsoft office / powerpoint, you could use this powerpoint slide to drag the pieces and layer them over today’s focus number / number-shape.

## What’s growing?

Posted on Wednesday 06 May 2020 by Miss Beatson

Mr Atkins has been very busy planting some vegetables in our school allotment. Can you guess what he has planted?

There are peas, carrots, radishes, lettuces, beetroot, spring onions and potatoes! Thank you Mr Atkins for watering them and keeping them going until we are all back at school.

## 06 May 2020: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Tuesday 05 May 2020 by Mrs Wood

Phonics
Play Flashcards on Teach Monster
Parents: Click the link for Teach Monster > Click ‘Launch the Digital Flashcards > Press Play > Press each of the circle to select all phase 2 and 3 sounds> Press arrow down to select more sounds > Click the tick

Words to write:
1. hair
2. fair
3. pair
4. chair
Did you remember the trigraph ‘air’?

Phonics Activity:  Write the sentence.
She has fair hair.

Top Tip!
Before your child puts pen to paper encourage your child to say the sentence and count the words in the sentence – this is a good chance to talk about where the finger spaces would go. Once they have done this, they are ready to write! Encourage your child to then check their writing.

**Challenge**
Can you extend the sentence?
E.g. She has fair hair and brown eyes.

Parents: How did your child find the writing activity?
Remember, it is okay for things to be spelt phonetically. It is important your child grows into an independent learner. Encouraging your child to write the words as they sound rather than always spelling correctly we encourage the children to use their own skills – rather than copy from an adult.

Literacy
Story of the week: What the ladybird heard by Julia Donaldson
1. Listen to the story again. Have some fun making the animal noises.

In the story the baddies make a map of the farmyard so they can work out how to steal the cow.
2. Make your own map and label all the places and animals on your map.

Maths
Please see today’s Maths video (posted at 10.00 am)

If you have any questions we are here to help and will respond to emails in school hours.
stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org

## 05 May 2020: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Monday 04 May 2020 by Mrs Wood

Phonics
Quickwrite!
See how many phase 2 or phase 3 phonemes you can write before the 2 minute timer finishes.

Remember to blend each syllable and then put them together.

Words to Write:
1. near
2. tear
3. fear
4. beard
Did you remember the trigraph ‘ear’?

Phonics Activity:  Write the sentence.
I can hear an owl hoot at night.

Literacy
Story of the week: What the ladybird heard by Julia Donaldson
1. Listen to the story again.

2. Can you make the animal noises?

3. Draw 3 of the animals with speech bubbles. What sound do they make?
4. Write the sound in the speech bubble.
E.g.

Maths – shape
1. Cut out  different sized 2D shapes from paper.
2. Can you describe their properties? (number of sides and corners)
E.g.

A circle has one curved side and no corners.

A square is a regular shape.
It has 4 sides and 4 corners.
All the sides are the same length.

A triangle has 3 sides and 3 corners.

## 04 May 2020: Phonics Lesson

Posted on Monday 04 May 2020 by Mrs Wood

Parents: Please pause the videos at anytime if your child needs more time on things.

## 04 May 2020: F2 Home Learning

Posted on Sunday 03 May 2020 by Mrs Wood

Hello F2!
Hope you are all keeping safe and healthy at home.
We are missing seeing all your happy, smiling faces.

Phonics
Please see today’s phonics video (posted at 10.00 am)

Literacy
Story of the week: What the ladybird heard by Julia Donaldson
1. Listen to the story. Can you spot the rhyming words?
2. Draw and label the animals from the story.

Maths
Draw or paint some ladybirds. Give each ladybird 10 or 5 spots.
How many spots on one side, how many on the other?
Can you record your number sentences?
E.g.

There are 4 spots on one side and 6 spots on the other side. There are 10 spots altogether.
4+6=10

There are 8 spots on one side and 2 spots on the other side. There are 10 spots altogether.
8+2=10

**Challenge**:
Each ladybird must have the same amount of spots on each side.
How many different doubles can you make?
E.g.

Double 6 equals 12  or 6+6=12

Double 2 equals 4  or 2+2=4

Extra Activities