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Week Ten - Beginning 15th June

All of your teachers have really enjoyed seeing all of your work on Purple Mash- particularly your big smiling faces on the Gardener's Mashcam! Your lovely messages have been a delight too and we enjoy reading your comments. We are on Week 10 now and I think it is fair to say that we didn't think originally that we would be doing this for so long or how it would work out, but with your commitment and support we are proud of what has been achieved with home learning in Reception. Thank you and a huge well done to you all at home for your enthusiasm, positivity and dedication in completing the work. You should all be very proud of yourselves!


Onto another week and below there are more lovely activities to get stuck into! Don't worry if you have any problems such as printing problems, technology barriers or not quite sure how to do something...just do what you can and most importantly...enjoy it!


This week's literacy is...Getting your Fairy Tale Imaginations flowing...

This week we are moving on with developing our imaginations in preparation for your child writing their own fairy tale adventure story. Having now spent a week reading all your fairy tale stories we have two exciting games for you to play!


Name that story...

This week you can give your child clues or let them have the clue cards and try to read the clues themselves, and see if they can work out which famous fairy tale it is.  This combines both reading skills, linking to a range of fairy tales and helps with developing memory skills. 


My Fairy Tale Story Board...

This is a lovely game building towards creating your child's own fairy tale story. Using a dice they roll and choose the setting, then good characters, then bad characters and lastly the prop. They can then have a go at making up a story with you based around these four things. You can create your own story together to help them get used to the process of how to make their own story up. If they are comfortable creating their own stories then focus on including details and extending their ideas.The dice allows them to create their own story but with a guide. It is a great step towards creating their own stories using familiar setting, characters and props. Nothing needs to be recorded or written down - the focus is purely an oracy task to develop ideas and develop the planning stage. Your child can list what the dice has recorded if they would like to write, and of course if they want to write their story down in their own play at home, not directed by an adult, then that is lovely too.


Have fun! 


This year we have already looked at finding 'one less' than and it is now time to move on to becoming more familiar and confident using subtraction. 


In class we use the vocabulary 'subtraction', 'subtract', 'taking away', 'fewer' and 'less than' when completing these maths activities. Whilst subtraction may seem a big word you will be amazed how they use this accurately and with understanding so quickly!


This week we have a few activities provided above for you to work from. They increase in difficulty, so as always, work from where your child is comfortable working within but don't forget to challenge them to the next step as this is how they gain new skills even if they find it tricky to begin with. 


We have given you two number lines to use and make your jumps backwards - it is very important they use these to help them visualise that subtraction means they go to the left/backwards on the number line and the numbers are getting smaller. 


Don't forget you can always use visual aids such as counters or pasta pieces to help - keep these as simple as you can to avoid distraction.


1 Less and 2 Less

Some of your children will have already have seen and used this resource when we looked at taking one away.  This is a good way to begin subtraction and see how comfortable your child is with subtraction. Start here if you are unsure of how your child handles subtraction work. You don't have to complete every sum if your child is flying through it...move them on to a more challenging activity below.


Goldilocks Subtraction to 10

This allows children to take away bigger amounts than just one or two less. Remember to use the number lines as visuals with this.  This is an activity all children in Reception can be using as it is working with numbers within 10. Give it a go! 


Little Red Riding Hood Subtraction to 20

Same concept as the Goldilocks Subtraction but this time with numbers to 20. 


Gift Shop Subtraction

For those within Reception who are comfortable working with subtraction and numbers to 100 here is different subtraction challenges for your child. Extend your child to write these then as subtraction number sentences. If they work well with these ask them to create their own word subtraction problems for others to work out. 


If your child has enjoyed these activities and you want to do some more subtraction don't be afraid to do this more practically whether that be with food out of your cupboard, playing shops, using jewellery, gems or teddies! Writing subtraction number sentences will be the focus next week so don't worry about recording for now.


This week in Science we would like your child to have fun and explore Sunflowers. Available via Twinkl is a PowerPoint on ‘The Lifecycle of a Sunflower' which you can access for free if you have signed up for an account or free access during lockdown. The link for this PowerPoint is above for your convenience.


Can your child find out what the word germinate means? Exploring science using the correct vocabulary is important and we use this in class as accurately as possible. The children always enjoys exploring and finding out about new words.


If you are able to source sunflower seeds and have an available space to grow your own plant that would be a brilliant way to bring Science to life. Then your child could keep a diary of what is happening (Sunflower Diary Task). Your child will be familiar with keeping a diary following on from a runner bean diary.


We have added lots of posters and pictures for your child to look at and discuss. They are good quality and large so they are able to pick up on the detail. You don't need to print these off if you would like to save ink or have limited printing access. Look at them on your computer or iPad and you can even zoom in closer!


There is also a ‘Matching Worksheet’...can your child match the picture to the description and then place in order? The first one has been done for your child as an example.


If you would like to complete the ‘Sequencing Task’ there are 6 pictures for you to put in the correct order. There are a few documents loaded above for you to use based on what you think your child would be most comfortable with (labelled/unlabelled).


There are also lots of ideas on sites such as ‘Pinterest’ for Sunflower crafts. We hope you have a very ‘sunny’ week and enjoy your sunflowers activities!


This week we would like your child to find out all about a Christian Wedding!


Watch the PowerPoint linked above and discuss it with your child and family. Maybe you could talk about a wedding that you or your child have been to. You could discuss together family weddings such as your own or grandparents. If you have any photographs now would be a great time to get them out and have a look, talking about what is happening in the pictures and any traditions.  If these aren't from a Christian wedding then you could talk about the differences. 


In class we would discuss who are Christians, what happens before the wedding, what happens during the service, the importance of a wedding ring etc. and would love it if you could cover this content with your child also. As follow-up activities they can design a wedding invitation, a wedding cake, a wedding dress or dress the bride/groom using the documents above. If you would like to practise sentence writing then your child could write some wedding facts about what happens at a Christian Wedding. 


This week's PSE is...beginning to prepare!

Activity 1: My Favourite things about Reception


It may seem like a long time since your child was in their Reception class in school. As we are now in the last half of the summer term and nearly at the end of their Reception journey we would like your child to reflect on their time in school and remember what made it special to them.


In a format of their choice, ie. a poster, a list, picture board, we would like your child to record the things they most enjoyed whilst being in their Reception class.



Activity 2: My biggest achievements (Things I am good at)


Get your child to think back to when they were transitioning between Nursery and Reception. What did they enjoy? What could they already do? As they will soon be transitioning into Year 1 we would like them to also think about what they can do now. Discuss things they feel they have progressed in during the last year. Ask your child to make a list of all the things they feel they have achieved and progressed in during this time.


Please keep copies of both tasks for your child to bring into school and hand to their teacher. Enjoy reminiscing and thinking of all those lovely times!


This weeks art is...Junk Flowers!

To introduce and reinforce their understanding of parts of a flowering plant we would like the children to have a go at making their own 3D model. You can get some ideas from the PowerPoint above we have created for you.


·Look at examples of real flowering plants alongside the PowerPoint.

· How would they like to make their flower?

· What could they use?

· What would make a good flower head / petals? (Use drawing skills where possible)

· How could they make the stem and leaves?

· What could they use to create the roots?

· Try to encourage your child to use a range of materials and to think about matching the part, eg bendy roots and a rigid stem.

· Once completed can your child make labels for the different parts of the flower.


If possible remember to take a photograph and tweet us @RhiwbeinaPrm - we would love to see them!