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Week Seven - Beginning 18th May - Our last week of Jingle, Jangle, Jungle!

We can't believe that this is the last week of Jingle Jangle Jungle!  It is always one of our favourite topics in Reception and there is so much more that you could do and learn, but after the half term holiday we will begin a new topic which we hope you will all love just as much!   


Below are the final activities for this half-term. It's another exciting week and as always, don't forget to post on Twitter your fantastic learning.  Take a look through this week, not forgetting to scroll all the way down to the bottom to find out about our next topic! 


Have fun Reception...


Another great resource for phonics is now available via BBC Bitesize. We have put the links below for Phase 2 and Phase 3.  These are a great addition to your phonic sessions.  If your child has found any sounds in particular a challenge or for those in phase two this week who have identified any gaps, please use this resource to help your child with those 'target' sounds. 


We love this book as it is a colourful, rhyming story that always captures children's imaginations!  Many of you may already have this popular children's book at home, but don't worry if you don't as the video above reads it to you directly from the book.


This week we would like you to read the story 'Giraffe's Can't Dance' and discuss with your child afterwards about what their dance would be if they were in the jungle.  Then we would like you to write a 5 step jungle dance using the instruction writing format.  In Reception we work hard to cover a range of different writing styles/formats and instructions is always interesting to do with the children. 


Instruction writing - what do we need to include/remember?

- Instructions are written in a list format. Each instruction starts on a new line, underneath the last instruction.

- Instructions are numbered at the beginning of each sentence.

- Instructions use language such as first, second, then, now, next, finally, last at the beginning of each instruction.

- Instructions are even better with exact detail or describing words - e.g. 'First star jump six times. Do it slowly.'


Below is a written example that a child in Reception wrote last year to help give ideas and get you started...  Don't forget that your child will write this phonetically using their sounds - this is fine, we have omitted their phonetic spellings so you can read it easily! They don't need to write each word accurately in Reception. Simply encourage your child to stretch their words, sounding out and listening to all the sounds and then recording what they can hear using their phonic skills. Only on very long or tricky words would we look to support and give your child these words to copy.


1. First jump back 6 times. Do it fast and high.

2. Second floss 10 times. Do it fast. 

3. Then star jump 8 times slowly.

4. Now jog on a spot 9 times fast.

5. Last twirl around 7 times. Do it quick.


Then when you have finished...test out your instructions before giving them to other members of family to do your jungle dance!


You will need to keep hold of these instructions for the Purple Mash 2Do activity which also forms part of the ICT learning for this week! See below...


This weeks ICT is...Writing Instructions!

On Purple Mash this week we have set for your child to complete 'Blank List' in their 2Do weekly activities. Within this app we would like your child to type up their Jungle Dance instructions that they have written this week as part of their literacy activity.  


Last year the children enjoyed typing up their instructions although they did find this tricky at times and did need support to explore the different keyboard functions. It does take children a long time to type as they are learning to navigate their way around the keyboard, but it is achievable and they do pick up speed the more familiar they become with the keyboard and the different keys.  In such a fast advancing technological world the expectations given in the curriculum are high and that by the end of Reception that children can type words and sentences on the basic keyboard, log in and sign out of programmes such as Purple Mash, and use a mouse with accuracy amongst other skills.  


If your child finds using the keyboard tricky then there are other apps available to help with this. We have put a great link to learning to use the keyboard via Purple Mash.  You can also find resources on Twinkl, and below is a poster to show the most used keys on the keyboard apart from the letters which you may find useful. 

Every term we strive to teach children a range of different problem-solving and reasoning skills. These are vital to children's mathematical development and these skills can also be applied in other subjects and life experiences. 


This activity focuses on balancing numbers, finding different combinations and finding totals.  There are two documents above, and within each document there are two sheets.  Your child is not expected to complete all four sheets although if your child would like to try one each day then of course they are welcome to and can provide opportunities to practise this skill.  We suggest that you start with one sheet within the 'starter' activity which you feel appropriate for your child (easiest is on page 2, next step is page 1), and then extend your child with a sheet within the extended pack (step 3 is on page 2, most challenging is on page 1).  


You will need to model this initially with your child and show them how to make the different combinations following the criteria given in the speech bubble at the top of the page. 


It may seem tricky to begin with but they do enjoy the challenge!


This week in Science we would like you to explore further the lion! So many of the children in Reception began researching the lion on our Purple Mash 2Do activities we thought your child would like to finish the topic on an animal that you all love so much!


To get you started this week take a look at the link for a youtube video all about Lions!


Then, pulling together all your skills and knowledge you have learnt throughout this topic can your child...

- Create a fact file on a lion independently?

- Can they find out about a lions habitat?

- Can they describe what a lion needs in order to survive?

They can use the 'Lion factfile' and 'Animal fact sheets' to help them complete these questions.


For the final part of your Science for this half term we would like your child to cut, stick and match the correct labels to the picture of the lion using the 'Parts of a lion' sheet above.  Then, using the 'Lions can...' sheet as your child to record 3 different things for -

Lions have…

Lions eat…..

Lions can ……..


If you have really loved doing lion things we have uploaded some lion themed creative activities that you may like to do. These files are written in lowercase in the links above. 


This week in R.E. we are looking at the story of the Good Samaritan and exploring what it means to be a 'Good Samaritan'.  By the end of the activity we would like your child to be able to say what a 'Samaritan' is, say one thing that Jesus was trying to teach Christians, and how the story could help your child in their own life. 


To help you get started look at the Powerpoint presentation that tells the story of the Good Samaritan. It is important that your child knows that this story comes from the Bible, and that the Bible is a special book for Christians which is made up of two sections. 


Once you have watched the powerpoint and discussed what a 'Good Samaritan' is we would like you to use the differentiated activity to draw and label as well as write about 2 acts of kindness in the story.  You can also draw and write about what you think Jesus was trying to teach Christians by telling the story of 'The Good Samaritan'.  


There are Good Samaritan colouring sheets which your child can do independently, taking the opportunity to develop those fine motor skills and stay within the lines!


Children often love the use of puppets in class so we have also provided stick puppets from the story for your child to cut out, attach to sticks and then re-enact the story. This has a great cross-curricular link to Design and Technology. 


This activity seems very relevant with the Coronavirus situation and so many acts of kindness happening all around us - we are sure that your child will be able to link this activity with their own personal experiences.  


This week's music is all about...Rhythm!

Two weeks ago your child learned about Pulse in music - the steady beat that runs throughout. This week we would like to introduce Rhythm.


To begin this week's music, recap by watching the song ‘We’re going on a Lion Hunt’ above.  Following that we would ask you to introduce the word ‘Rhythm’ and talk about how this is a mixture of beats that are different lengths. Then we have two activties that you can do to develop this skill...


Activity 1 - Clapping Game

Begin by clapping a rhythm and say words at the same time (one clap per syllable)...

Eg I am ha-ppy

x – x – x – x

Get your child to repeat this after you.

Take it in turns to think of a sentence and clap the rhythm.


Activity 2 - We’re going on a Lion Hunt

Take random lines from the song ‘We’re going on a Lion Hunt’ and try to clap the rhythm correctly.

Repeat this for different lines of the song.

Get your child to watch and listen to the song again and clap along using the correct rhythm.


You can do this activity with all different pieces of music. In the car on the way to pick up your food shop, or when having a boogie in the kitchen to let your hair down! Have fun!


This weeks physical development is...Animals in Action!

This week's P.E. is animals in action looking at height levels in movement and sequencing movements together.


To begin...

Warm up by watching and moving along to the ‘Animals in Action’ video above. 

Recap on the animal cards used in the previous PE movement session (Week 5, cards link uploaded above in case you need another set) by randomly selecting and moving like the chosen animal.


Animal Levels...

Ask your all animals move at the same level?

Try to sort the cards (feel free to add any others you can think of) into three groups.

· Those that move along the ground, eg a snake slithering.

· Those that move at a medium level, eg a lion walking on all four legs.

· Those that move up high, eg a kangaroo jumping on its hind legs.

Place the cards in separate piles.

Taking the low level cards and place them face up.

How many low level animal actions can they perform in 1 minute?

Repeat with medium level and high level.


Sequencing animal movements...

Discuss any animals that are able to move at more than one level, eg a gorilla can walk on all fours but can also walk up high on its two legs.

Encourage your child to perform these movements transitioning between levels.

Ask your child to choose 1 animal from each pile. Can they perform a sequence of movements from low to high? Repeat reversing from high to low.

How many different sequences can they make up and perform.

Your child could try to keep their animals a secret and an observer can try to guess what they are.




Thank you so much for all your support, hard work and brilliant efforts with the activities we have set this half-term.  We fully appreciate how difficult the current situation is and how hard you may be finding it balancing home, school and your own work life with your family.  We saw a great picture this week that we thought fitting, although this depicts a mummy we know that dad's are feeling and thinking the same too. On many social media platforms, talking to our own friends, families and colleagues we know that a common question or feeling is 'Am I good enough?'and 'Do we do enough?' as parents and the answer is... 

We are all missing our fantastic Reception children and their families, being at school and in our classrooms, and seeing you all every day and sharing the happy moments together and learning new skills. Each and every member of staff in Reception are thinking about you all and sending big smiles, hoping that you are happy and safe. Have a great final week of Jingle Jangle Jungle and a relaxing half-term holiday. We will be back on June 1st with the next topic which is...



A topic where we transport ourselves to 'Once Upon A Time'. A topic where traditional fairytales, castles, knights, princesses and make-believe characters come to life! Get ready for Reception because next half term is going to be magical!!!