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Week beginning 22.6.2020

Dear All


We hope you've had a good week.   We are thinking of you and hope you are all keeping safe and well.  The Reception class seem really settled and happy in their bubbles and are enjoying the routines and singing throughout the day.



Everyday start with a phonics run through.  

This week our focus will be continuing to revise the double consonants, and it's helpful to really use the pictures on the phonic cards and the actions to distinguish them and help the children remember what they look like - but make sure you focus on the sound! 

Use the kinetic paper and crib sheet , they can be found on our very first home learning page 23.3.20 if you need to print them out again.

Start by asking your child to practice the letter of the day, saying the little phrase.  remember you can still practice this using your whole body (you and your child!), then on your arm; look back at the Tapestry sessions for kinetic letters if you are unsure.


Before your child starts writing the words, ask them to write the short date (eg 22.6.20)  - write it on a separate sheet for them to copy.

When your child writes the words, make sure they sit on the line correctly.  

Ask your child to write along the line, leaving a small space for 2 letters (we do not say finger space); they should then have a go at writing a short sentence.   When writing the sentence - ask your child to check their work -

Can they put the sound buttons on to check they've used their sounds correctly? 

Have they got a capital letter? 

Have they got a full stop? 

Have they got spaces between their words? 


Do one sound below each day: 


Monday: sh - ask your child to write the following words  

shop ship shed shut fish wish dish fishy, splish splash splosh. 

(fishy ending in y - at school we say "e and i are very  they call their friend TOUGHY Y" - so that e and i do not have to stand at the end of a word on their own!)


Extend your child by asking them to write the following sentences :

Go the to the shop. 

Get a fish.

Shut up the shop.


Tuesday: th - Ask your child to write the following words  

this that them then they moth with


Ask them to write the following sentences:

They can get a moth?

Lets go with them.


Wednesday: ng - ask your child to write the following words  

sing wing thing sling bring fling string ding-dong 


Ask them to write the following sentences:

Can the bell can go ding dong?

Fling that thing!


Thursday:  nk - ask your child to write the following words  

bank tank honk  pink wink think  thank stink stinky

Ask them to write the following sentences:

I think I stink!

I love pink thanks.


There are great phonics game for practicing these sounds on ICT games.  Have a look at - Phonics Bingo - if you don't have a printer then just ask your child to read the words when they "pull" the red lever.  Try sight word games on there - High frequency word Bingo and Dinosaur Eggs games.



Try and do one or 2 of these sections each day:

Think about 10 - count out 10 things, 
Find it on the number line,
Order numbers from 10 to 20, Order numbers from 20 back to 10.
Read them in and out of order
Make it with numicon


Find different ways to make 10 - we are now using the + and = signs.  


Find different ways to make 10 using numicon and write the number sentence.  here in school I gave the children little cards with the symbols on, and then they put the whole number sentence in order, read it out loud and then they are recording with pictures of the numicon and the number sentence.  


Find different ways to make 10 using a 10 frame - can they record it - with 2 different colour spots on the 10 frame, and recording the number sentence.  


Find different ways to make 10 using a number line - can they record it showing the jumps, and recording the number sentence. It's important that the children see that moving on 1 is where we start counting - not the number we start at as 1. You can reinforce this by chalking a number line outside, or putting hoops, stones etc to make a number line and stepping on them to see where they land.


Explore making doubles - most of the children know their doubles to 10, but what about to 20?  Explore this with numicon, your child can draw and record this.


We are now counting in 10s every day to 100, and in 2s to 20.  Have a look on this page so your child has a reference point and can look at the patterns - talk about what they notice BUT ultimately it is about saying it out loud TOGETHER!



On Monday we are going to take a look at the Year 1 play area from outside the fence!  Help your child to think about what they are looking forward to in Year 1 and what they have questions about.  Please note these on Tapestry.  What have they noticed in the Year 1 outside area?  At the moment there are no plants - so the children are going to be planting short sunflowers, along with some radishes and wild flowers to go in special planters which we will then take with us.  You could plant some seeds and perhaps bring the pot to keep at school in September to help bring some wildlife and colour into our new outside area.  

As you plant the seeds - what do you notice about them?  Are all seeds the same?  Can they measure and draw them?  Can they make a  table of the changes they notice?


TOP SECRET!  Please keep this next section secret from the ALL the children so there is a  nice surprise for our class in school!  

This week we are having caterpillars arrive from INSECT Lore  mid week - we will post pictures on Tapestry so that you can see too.  Again we will be asking the same questions:

What do you notice about them?  Are all the caterpillars the same?  Can they measure and draw them?  Can they make a  table of the changes they notice?




Please practice the hand washing song on Tapestry together. 

Follow the link to Out of the Ark  songs:

Scroll down to the  section "Sing in every subject" section and scroll down to "Plant a little seed". 


The children are loving the songs.  We are singing all of the following:

In it together:  Wake up, Together, Clap Hands - Stamp feet. 

Sing in every subject: Sing of a rainbow

After all our work around rainbows take a look at these clips to find out some facts about rainbows:

and read some facts to your child from this page:

The children in school have been really enjoying the songs.

One bubble have been making their own suggestions and are enjoying

"123 it's good to be me" again - find it on Youtube

Singing together is one the days highlights - it really brings us altogether.  We hope you can share that joy at home too.  

Have a look on Mrs Crane's music page for some great song choices to learn.



With such lovely weather try and get outside this week.  We are trying to make sure that we are doing the golden Mile each day, and run for 10 minutes daily - can you do it too?


I hope you have a good week.  Keep a look out on tapestry - and add what you've been learning too.

Have a good week and enjoy the sunshine!

Mrs North