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Week Nine - Beginning 8th June

We hope that you have enjoyed your first week of our new topic!  This term we will be looking at our new topic, but also begin to think about 'transition' to help your child with the move from Reception to Year One.  During these unprecedented times it isn't yet clear how things will work, what will happen and when, however we will do our utmost best to prepare your child for change over this half-term. Keep a look out for our PSED activities over the next few weeks for activities to support this annual transition and change. We understand that this may be a worrying time as you look forward and wonder what the next six months looks like and means for your child. Please try not to worry, and remember that all children across the country are in the same position and that within our school all decisions will be made with the best intentions and with your child's wellbeing at the heart of it all.  Whilst we await details and plans try not to think too far ahead and enjoy this topic, making the most of the last half-term in Reception! It's always an amazing half-term reflecting on how far your child has come, we hope you enjoy it as much as we always do.


Have a fantastic week with your new activities, and don't forget that if you need to make contact with your child's class teacher for help with any of the activities set then you can do so via Purple Mash under the comments for 2Do set activties.  Stay safe everyone!


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This week's Literacy activity is...Exploring Fairytales!

Over the next few weeks we are going to be working towards the children creating their own fairy tale story. In Reception children cannot just come up with their own ideas - they need to find out, explore and experience a range of stimuli to help them be creative. Even for those children who could come up with their own outline for a story, all of the activities have value and will help to enrich their ideas and creativity. 


To get started, this week we would like you to spend time reading a range of different fairytale stories. If you have these in real books that they can handle that would be excellent in order to promote book handling skills, as well as children being used to the idea that fairytales originated from books. If you only have one or two at home then you can use online resources such as Oxford Owl, and as a final choice - YouTube for videos (please watch these first alone yourself to ensure appropriate content and no ads). Reading different fairytales will help get your children's imagination started and understand what fairytales are all about!


Reading the stories together is not only a bonding experience but helps to promote a love of reading. Reading the book is obviously important, but equally so is the discussion you have that follows. Comprehension and understanding of the story is vital and asking questions such as ... 'what happened when...?', 'why do you think he/she did...?', 'who...?', 'how did...?'  This is often a skill which holds children back from progressing through book bands so the more they can practise comprehension the better it is all round!

This week's Mathematics and Numeracy is Addition!

This week's numeracy is all about addition. We have looked at addition regularly over the academic year and since lockdown begun so we are hopeful that your child is now adding with a level of confidence more independently. This will be the last time we look at addition this half-term as we will be moving onto subtraction as well as covering other essential skills before the end of the year. What we would suggest however is that you continue to recap addition throughout the rest of the year with mini activities for five minutes here and there so that they do not lose the skill or hard work they have done so far in readiness for Year One.


Above are a range of pictures for you to have a look at. These are just ideas and you do not have to do each or any of these, they are just suggestions of ways you can vary addition teaching and make it more interactive and fun. The more practical it is, the more your child may be able to absorb and be more likely to retain. There is a little explanation on how you could use each idea above at the bottom of this maths section.


Essentially the important skill is your child being able to add 2, 3 or 4 onto a number and record as a number sentence. If your child is working with numbers to 10 then use these as your base number - e.g, 4+2=, 6+3=, 5+4=.  If your child is working comfortably to 20 then use these as your base - e.g. 12+4=, 13+2=.  If your child is working with numbers to 100 then use these as your base.  We would hope that children within Reception are mostly working within numbers to 20 for addition. 


We would like your child to be able to work out the addition using the strategies we have introduced over the past few weeks and record it independently as a number sentence. You may need to model this initially but then step back and encourage your child to work out and record as independently as possible.  You could complete this activity in a few blocks to get it right, and then do short quickfire rounds throughout the rest of the week for them to keep practising with.  Have fun!

Maths Jenga

If you have Jenga at home you could stick/tack addition sums or numbers on the labels. Children then have to practise adding together with the block they have pulled out. They can only put the block down on the top of the tower when they get the answer right.  After completing it that way they could use it for writing number sentences by taking out the block but giving it to you without peeping. You would say 'six and four equals' and they have to record as a number sentence, work out and then record the answer.


Number bond bugs

If you are feeling art and crafty you could make you own number bugs. Give the ladybirds the spots and they have to add the spots together and record as a number sentence.


Lego addition

Dive into their box of Lego and see what number bonds they can make with them. Can they write these as full number sentences. The boys really enjoy this activity...especially when they have finished and can build whatever they would like with them afterwards!


Number fishing

If you have magnetic numbers at home find a paperclip or something magnetic and make it into a fishing rod. Then go fishing with the numbers. Pull out two and add them together and record what you have found with a number sentence.


Lacing number plates

A great activity for combining number and fine motor skills.  Put the number you want to add in the middle, e.g. 2, with a range of numbers around the outside (whichever numbers you are using as a base - explained above). Children have to thread from two to a number, add them together (remembering to put the base number first) and then record as a number sentence. You can have three different plates for 2, 3, and 4, with different numbers on each plate around the edges. 


Roll and add

Using two die (a paper one that you can write the numbers on ideally so you can make your numbers bigger on one dice for the base numbers, and the other which just has 2,3 and 4 on it twice). Roll one dice with base numbers, then the other dice and then record as a number sentence and find the total.


 This week we would like you to have some fun with plants. The flowers and plants outside are looking beautiful at the moment thanks to all the lovely weather we have had. Can your child think of what 4 important things a plant needs to survive?


We would like your child to have a go at completing the activities above. Can they...

- complete the 'plants need' sheet and use the correct words to complete the sentences?

- Can they look at parts of a plant/flower and find the stem, flower, roots and petals?  They could draw their own observational drawing or chalk picture and label it.  There are some other resources above for you to do this if your resources are restricted,

- Can they complete the fruit plant growing sequencing activity? If you have the resources you may like to plant some seeds and watch how they grow before completing this activity. Then they can complete the activity in the correct order using their own learning experience.  Happy planting!

This week we would like your child to design and make their own shield. They can watch the ideas on the video link above as well as having a look at the resources provided above which may give you some good ideas although we are sure your child may be able to come up with an amazing design of their own! They may want to personalise their own shield with some ideas from the Personal Coat of Arms sheet above. Enjoy the challenge and if you can, please tweet us your great design.


You can also make you very own little ‘Split Pin Knight, using your careful cutting skills can you cut him out and join him together. If you don’t have split pins don’t worry you can always use a little glue or sticky tape.


Label the Knight’s Armour...Watch the PowerPoint ‘A Knight’s Armour’ which will help you label correctly. These activities are differentiated so please select which is suitable for your child.

This week's music is... Understanding Noise!

This week your child will be looking at the concept of noise and identifying different sounds around their home setting.


Activity 1: Identifying Sounds Activity

Sit with your child and ask them to close their eyes for 30 seconds. Discuss what they could hear. Was there silence? Ask the question ‘What is noise?’  Discuss noises they like and those they dislike.


What do we use to hear noise? Why are our ears so important? What might it be like for someone who cannot hear?


Walk around your home and garden setting stopping in different places for 30 seconds.

Under the headings of the areas you went to ask your child to make a list of sounds they heard.

Were there any common sounds? Were some sounds only heard in one area?


Activity 2: Understanding how to make different sounds using our bodies.

Having watched the Thunder Jam video above, explain that music can be noisy. In order for us to know when to play and when to be silent we need a signs so that everyone understands. Between you practise raising both hands up in front of you as a ‘STOP’ gesture.

Ask your child to explore what sounds they can make using only their hands. Repeat this with other body parts such as feet and mouths. 


Follow the Leader game:

Start by patting a steady beat on your knees and ask your child to copy you.  Once they are following accurately change the action to one of the sounds they discovered earlier.  Keep changing sounds then ask your child to become the leader.  Remember to use the ‘STOP’ signal if it gets a little noisy.


Have fun!

This week's PE focuses on Sports Day Activities!

During this final half term your child would usually be preparing for our annual sports day. As this will not be a possibility this year we thought it would be nice to incorporate similar kinds of activities for them to practise and enjoy at home. This week we are focussing on flat races. Throughout future weeks we will explore obstacles, levels and other types of sporting activities.


If your child has siblings they can race against each other. If not your child could race against themselves by timing their attempts and seeing if they can improve on their time as they progress.


Flat Races:

Running – Make sure your child is able to run in a straight line (setting out a lane with markers / toys / scarves will help with this).

Encourage them to move their arms in a forwards and backwards motion to encourage momentum.

Giant Step Walking

Jumping – Make sure that your child maintains 2 feet contact at all times and that knees are bent when landing to soften the impact.

Encourage your child to lean slightly forward as they jump to continue to move towards the finish line.

Hopping – Many children find this skill difficult. Allow them to change legs when needed.

Skipping - Encourage your child to lift their knees as they skip.

Allow your child to experiment and come up with their own race ideas.


Combination Races:

These can be achieved in a variety of ways.

Markers can be placed along a straight line for the children to change their travelling style.

Children can compete in a relay style race changing their method after each length.


Remember, particularly in this warm weather to keep a drink accessible at all times to stay hydrated.

3, 2, 1 GO!!!!!!!