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Week 8 - wc 01.06.2020

Home Learning Activities - w.c. 01.06.2020

Hello Reception, I hope you have all had a lovely half term break and enjoyed playing in the sunshine. Going forward things will be a little bit different to how home learning was before the holidays. So that we can be consistent with the learning taking place both in school and at home, we we will all be following the daily lessons from the Oak National Academy. Before half term we had been using the English lessons and the work you have been producing has been fantastic. We will now begin to follow the maths lessons too. Please use the links I have posted below for each subject so that we are all working on the same week/lesson together (this week we will use the lessons from week 5 of the academy). In the mornings at school we will be focusing on English and maths, using the content from the Oak National Academy, as well as RWI for phonics and practising our sounds. Afternoons in Reception usually consist of child initiated play. As all children will be at home in the afternoons, make the most of playing with your toys and games. Alternatively, if you would like a challenge, check out the Oak National Academy foundation lessons below. As I will now be in school everyday, it may take longer than usual to reply to your messages on Class Dojo, however, I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Physical Development

Get your body and brain warmed up for the day with some physical activity. I know many of you have been enjoying Joe Wicks workouts, Cosmic Yoga, Playdough Disco, Squiggle while you Wiggle, Boogie Beebies, Go Noodle dances and creating obstacle courses. Take your pick each day and get pumped for the day ahead. 


This week we will be learning all about the story of Jack and the Beanstalk with Miss Hughes. As previously mentioned, we will be reading and writing the same story in school to ensure consistency with both home and in school learners. I can't wait to see all your fabulous stories at the end of the week. You are super little authors! If any children are finding the story writing particularly challenging, tune into the RWI speed sounds, word time and spelling lessons on the Ruth Miskin YouTube channel instead. This will guide children through the process of recognising their sounds, forming letters and beginning to pinch sounds onto their 'Fred fingers' to spell words. 


There are many ways to practise your sounds and learn to read at home.


I know many of you have been enjoying the daily RWI speed sound lessons on the Ruth Miskin RWI YouTube channel. Remember each day the Set 1 lessons will be available at the following times:

  • Speed Sounds 9.30 am
  • Word Time 9.45 am
  • Spelling 10.00 am.

The Set 2 lessons, for those children who are now confident with using their set 1 sounds, are available at the following times:

  • Speed Sounds & Word Time 10.00 am
  • Spelling 10.15 am


I know many of you have also been enjoying the games on Phonics Play. The website has lots of great games to practise reading your sounds and reading words. Phonics Play have, very kindly, allowed free access for home learning during the pandemic. The username to log on to the website is: march20 and the password is: home.


Oxford Owl have a free e-library of books for you to read. I know many of you have already registered and have been enjoying these books. If you haven't done so already, all you need to do is regsiter with an email and set up a password in order to access a huge selection of free eBooks. They also have RWI books on there too that match our reading scheme in school. 


As well as using these fantastic resources, don't forget to make some time during the week for some PHONICS GAMES! Splat the sound, sound or word bingo, phonics twister, phonics jenga, the possibilities are endless. Take a look back at some of the previous weeks home learning activities for plenty of ideas.  


You've done a brilliant job at completing your maths workbooks at home so this week we will be trying out the Oak National Academy maths lessons online, something new for us all. Again, I will use the topics that are taught daily at the National Academy to teach the same to children in school and ensure consistency for all Reception learners. If there is ever a day or a time when the activity set by the National Academy does not appeal to you, remember there is always Education City to play games and practise your maths skills too. I have not set the following Education City games as homework as not everyone may choose to use them, but if you search for these titles on the website you will find the correct game. 


Education City Suggested Activities:

One More, One Less (Monday/Tuesday):

  • More or Less Learn Screen (a Year 1 activity but useful to explain how to find one more or one less)
  • Candle with Care (F2 - this means it is Reception age)
  • Fruit Frenzy (F2)


Number Bonds (Wednesday):

  • Hustle and Bustle (F2)
  • Ten Pin (F2 - not tablet friendly but will work on a laptop/computer)
  • Aqua Blocks (F2 - not tablet friendly but will work on a laptop/computer)


Patterns and Ordinal Numbers (Friday):

  • Ancient Patterns Learn Screen (F2 - not tablet friendly but will work on a laptop/computer)


Alternatively, look back at some of the previous weeks home learning maths activities and play some maths games at home. As always, I'm sure you'll have lots of great ideas of your own too. For example: on Friday when we learn about ordinal numbers and patterns, you might like to get out in the garden and set up some races with the people in your house. Who will come 1st, 2nd, 3rd? Don't forget Twinkl also have lots of fantastic resources they are offering for free to children learning at home. So if you fancy something different, head over to Twinkl and search for the maths topic covered by Oak National Academy that day to find more learning and activities. Before lockdown, I sent home with everyone a booklet full of practical ideas from Twinkl that covers various maths topics. Take a look back at those too for some fun maths games to play. I hope this all gives you plenty of maths options to choose from. I can't wait to hear what you all get up to. 


During the morning, for those children in school, we will be focusing on English, Phonics and Maths activities. Afternoons in Reception mainly consist of child initiated play. During your afternoons at home you might like to make the most of playing with all of your toys and games. Alternatively, if you would like a challenge. Try out the daily foundation lessons with the Oak National Academy.   

I hope you all have a lovely week and I can't wait to see the super activities the home learners get up to. 


Take care and stay safe everyone.


Miss Millington