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Spring 1 home learning

 If your child is currently at home isolating or unable to get into school for any reason, then please feel free to access the following activities, to help them continue their learning at home.




We are learning about nocturnal animals.

Nocturnal means that these animals sleep in the daytime and come out at nighttime.

Which animals are nocturnal? (Ask your adult to help you research this)


Draw and label a nocturnal animal.



We are thinking about ways in which we belong.

How do we show that we belong to our school? What do we all wear?

How do we show that we belong to Hedgehogs class? What do we do in class?

How do you show that you belong to your family?

Do you belong to any clubs outside of school? e.g. football, beavers etc.

How do you show that you belong to your club? (if you do)


Draw a picture to show how you belong to our school, your class, your family or a club. (You could draw you and your friends in your school uniform to show how you belong to school or you and your family sitting down at mealtime to show how you belong to your family.)



Remote Learning


While school is closed you can access daily live lessons and activities set by your child's teacher through our remote learning platform 'Google Classroom'. You can access Google Classroom via the internet (simply Google 'Google Classroom' and sign in with your school email) or the Google Classroom App.

If you need help with any aspect of Google Classroom then please click on the following link:


Remote Learning Timetable


In Reception our remote learning timetable is as follows:


9:30 Phonics

10:30 Literacy

11:30 Numeracy

1:20 P.E (Fridays only)

2:00 Story (1:00 on Wednesdays)





Once school is back open, if your child is having to isolate, then please continue to access their Google Classroom, so that they can continue to learn at home. Activities will still be put on here daily to accomodate this.

Spring 2


Spring 2 - What can we grow? / Growing!


This half term we will be focusing on texts such as 'Errol's Garden' and ' Yucky worms' looking at growing / planting with lot's of cross-curricular links with understanding the world.  We will be drawing our own story maps and beginning to write simple sentences to match parts of the story.


We will also be celebrating Mothers day / Easter and the beginning of Spring this term.


In Maths we will be focusing on measures ( height  / length ) spending time measuring a variety of beanstalks as well as capacity and weight. We will also be looking at number bonds to 5 and 10.

2020 Home Learning

Hi Everyone, 


Hope you are all well and safe! Enjoying quality time at home with your loved ones! Hopefully it won't be long until we are back together soon! Thank you to everyone who has been sharing the amazing work you have been doing at home on google classroom or through emailing me! Parents, you have been amazing at supporting your little ones at home! I really appreciate it!


Story time - I hope you enjoy this story as much as i do! Xx 

Please click on the link at the top of the page or below for the full story!


Another favourite story of mine! Please click on the link at the top of the page or below for the full story!


Week 1 Activities 20.4.20


Our topic this half term was going to be 'Toy Story' and we did plan on looking at toys today compared to toys from the past! You could make these comparisons at home using google on tablets/ laptops / smart phones and look through catalogues available today to create 2 posters showing toys today/ toys a long time ago. Some toys such as spinning tops / bikes are still being produced today and have been around a long time. Maybe you could look at how these toys have developed and improved. 




In Literacy we were going to focus on getting your children to write words/ sentences ( depending on their ability ) independently using their phonic knowledge, labelling toys, writing about their favourite toy and why. 




We were going to cover naming 2d and 3d shapes and looking at the shapes of some toys to help us remember these!

( e.g, a ball is a sphere / a dice is a cube shape ) Wooden blocks are great to use if you have any. 


Week 2 Activities 27.4.20




This week we were going to be reading one of my favourite childhood stories of all time, 'The Velveteen Rabbit'. If you don't have a copy of this story there are a variety of nice interactive versions on youtube. 


This story is about how a child's love can make a toy real. The Rabbit is very special and we were going to discuss something that is very special to us

( a blanket / a bear / a comfort ) 


Can you draw and label your special toy/ teddy/ comfort?

Can you share why this is so special to you?

Can you talk about what happened at the beginning / middle / end of the story? The story has quite a sad part in the middle but thankfully has a happy ending. 




We were planning on changing our role-play area to a toy shop. How about creating your own toy shop using your toys at home and role-playing with your parents or siblings buying and selling toys using 1p/2p/5p/10p coins. You could make your own price tags/ shopping lists/ posters for your shop. 


I wonder what you will call your toy shop? 




Online phonics lessons for Letters and Sounds.


These phonics lessons are designed to cover new phonics teaching that children would have received over the summer term. 


Lessons will be live at the times below and available throughout the summer after the lesson has been uploaded. 

- 10am - Phase 3/4


Week 3 Activities 4.5.20




Just before we broke up our School agreed on using rhymes for letter formations. I thought I would share the poster with you so you could practise these formations with your little ones at home. It would be great if you could master the correct formations of all the letters of the alphabet for Year 1.





Adding 2 single digit numbers and counting to find a total.  Previously we have introduced your child to addition using the part, part whole method. You can do this at home using plates / paper plates and toys of any kind ( lego bricks / wooden blocks are good ) Ask you child to make the sets first to match the numbers and then combine them together, counting to find a total before saying and writing the number sentence to match. See the pictures of my son completing the task to show you the different stages. Try with a range of numbers - 10 ( even 20 if you can )





Can you go on a minibeast hunt with your family in your garden? 

What minibeast did you find?

Where was it living? ( under a rock/ plant pot/in the grass/mud )

Can you record your findings with pictures/labels/sentences? 


Week 4 Activities 11.5.20




This week we were going to move onto a different story called Cowboy baby. This is about a little boy who isn't feeling sleepy and won't go to bed without his favourite toys. Again there are lots of interactive versions of this story on youtube. After listening to the story maybe you could draw three pictures showing what happened at the beginning / middle and end of the story. Could you then try and write about each part. You could try and write labels/ character names or simple sentences depending on your ability. 





In Maths we were going to move onto subtraction. Start with a number -20 / use some of your favourite toys. Count them into a straight line / take away an amount and count how many you have left before having a go at forming the number sentence. Keep having a go with a range of numbers. Can parents model language such as take away/ how many left / subtract / equals / minus / less please. 


Subtraction word problems to help....


Cowboy baby had 12 Teddy Bears, he took 10 to bed as it was their bed time. How many did he have left? 


Cowboy baby had 15 toy cars. He gave 10 to his big sister. How many did he have left?




This week i took my son on a spring walk collecting lots of different kinds of leaves. We did bark and leaf rubbings and had so much fun! We also took pictures of different trees and plants we saw and talked about how colourful and pretty they were. We then went home and researched some of the names of these looking back at the pictures we took. Maybe you could go on a spring walk near you! I would love to see your discoveries too! 



Week 5 Activities 18.5.20


Literacy - Phonics focus!


I thought this week I would share with you all the phase 2 / 3 sounds your child should know by the end of Reception.


Can your child say each sound?

Can your child find and point to the sound said by yourself?

Can your child think of words that have this sound in / or begin with this sound?

Can you find any objects around your house with this sound in / or begin with this sound?

Can your child write words with these sounds in?

Can your child write sentences with words that have these sounds in?




Please also see the phonics power points I have uploaded at the top of the page ( The 'sh' sound / The 'ch' sound ) that you can use with your children!  




This week we were going to be looking at clocks and begin telling the time ( 'o' clock / half pasts )


Firstly I would like you to go on a hunt around your house looking for and drawing all the clocks you find in your house.


Next I would like you to introduce 3 key times for your children showing them what these times look like on the clock when you come to them, e.g, waking up at 8 'o' clock / dinner at 12 'o' clock / bed time at 7 'o' clock. Can you repeat this every day please? Remember which hand points to the 12 and which hand points to the number!


Finally I would like your child to have a go at drawing the hands to show some times on some clock faces.


If they are confident with 'o' clocks you can then move onto half past!


Summer 2 - Week 1 activities 1.6.20


New Topic - Where shall we go? / Off we go




This half term we were going to be looking at alot of books fiction and non-fiction related to travelling/ transport/ holidays and adventures. 


This week could you reflect with your child on your favourite holidays/ days out/ adventures you have been on please?


How did you get there?

What forms of transport have you been on?


Could you record these experiences and share them on our google classroom? This could be in the form of a thought shower/ picture with a sentence or photograph collage. 


Maths - Capacity.


This week we were going to look at understanding the terms full/ half full/ empty/ little bits. With the sun shining why don't you experiment making these measures with water and a variety of containers / jugs outside. You could then use the containers to compare and discuss which one your child thinks would hold the most amount of water out of all the containers. You could make a guess and then experiment by using the same size pot ( maybe an empty yoghurt pot ) to fill each jug counting...

' How many yoghurt pots does it take to fill each jug?'

Children will then be able to see that the biggest jug holding the most water was the one that took a lot of yoghurt pots to fill.


Quick mental maths activity - Ping Pong - One more.


Could you play the ping pong game with your child. One of you says ping, the other says pong and then you say a number from 0-20 and your child has to say the number that is one more. Go back to saying ping pong before introducing a new number. 


Week 2 Activities - 8.6.20


This week the story we were going to be looking at was 'Going on a Bear Hunt' please watch the interactive version with your child at home by clicking on the link below and encouraging them to join in with the actions.





1.) Write about your favourite part. ( see template on links below )

2.) To write the labels to match the pictures / characters from the book. ( See template below )

3.) To change the ending of the story? What could happen at the end of the story instead? ( see template below)

4.) To complete a story map for the story recording what happens during each part with pictures and a sentence. ( see template below )



Templates for 'Going on a bear hunt tasks'




Number focus!


Can your child touch count reliably up to 20 objects? ( from a larger group of objects by counting them into a line )

Can your child write all their numbers from 0-20? - You can then cut these out to make number cards.

Can your child order their number cards from 0-20?

Can your child match each number card to the correct amount of objects?


Quick mental maths activity - Ping Pong - One less.


Could you play the ping pong game with your child again but thinking about numbers that are one less. One of you says ping, the other says pong and then you say a number from 0-20 and your child has to say the number that is one less. Go back to saying ping pong before introducing a new number. 




Could you have a go at creating your own collage showing the different scenes in the story just like the picture below! You could then make stick puppets of the characters in the story and use these to retell the story.



Week 3 Activities - 15.6.20




Task 1

Still remaining on the story ' Going on a bear hunt' this week I would like you to focus on the bear character.

Look at the description of the Bear... " One shiny wet nose, two big fury ears, two big googly eyes! It's a Bear!!!!" Could you choose another animal and write a similar description? ( e.g, a cat / dog )


Task 2

What do you think happened to the bear next in the story? Can you draw a picture and write about it?


Task 3 - Literacy / Science

Can you find out about bears?

Where do they live?

What do they eat?

Are they friendly?


Can you present your findings as either a poster or leaflet?





Let's have fun with weighing and measuring!


Task 1

Can you go on a hunt around your house and find these 10 objects?

( a fork /  a saucepan /  a spoon / a shoe / a piece of paper / a pencil / your full water bottle / a book / a cushion / a plate )

Can you then put the objects into 2 groups? Which feel heavy? / Which feel light?


Task 2


Art / Music


Why don't you have a go at making your own home made instruments with household objects, below are 3 examples....


Shakers - you will need empty bottles / pasta / rice / seeds.


Drums - you will need empty cans / plastic or paper material / elastic bands / sticks for beaters.


Guitar - you will need an empty box / string, wool or wire.


Week 3 Activities - 22.6.20




A new book this week - Terrific Trains



Key questions to ask your child before listening to the story!


Have you ever been on a train?

What kind of train have you been on? ( a steam train? )

Where did you go? / What was it like?

Did you like it?

Did the Train go fast or slow? - Click here for the interactive version of the story.


This week could you write your own mini story based on an adventure on a train? This could be an adventure you have been on or would like to go on.  Remember your story should have a beginning / middle and end.


If you have a train set at home you could role-play your adventure too!


Language development

Parts of a Train!


Some parts of a train might be brand new vocabulary that you have never come across before! Let's look at some parts of a train!






Let's have fun with measuring lengths!

This week I would like you to understand terms short / shorter / shortest and long / longer / longest.


Activity 1

First I would like you to cut either a piece of string / wool / paper into five different lengths talking about which one is the longest / shortest and then put these in order from the shortest to the longest / longest to shortest. 


Activity 2

The second activity involves using a ruler. Can you draw long and short lines using a ruler? You could then draw 5 different lines that are again in order from shortest to longest / longest to shortest.


Art and Design


Can you draw / design your own train?





There are lot's of 2D shapes involved when drawing this Train. Can you name and talk about the ones you have used?


Week 4 Activities - 29.6.20


New book this week - The Jumblies! - Please click for the interactive version of the story!


You might want to listen to this story 2/3 times!


Key questions / tasks!

Can you listen for the rhyming words in this story?

Can you choose a word from the story and make a list of as many words as you can think of that will rhyme with it? ( e.g, sea )

Have you ever been on a boat to sea?

Do you think a 'siv' would make a good boat? Why / why not?

The Jumblies are made up characters in the story. Can you make up / draw your own jumblies? Can you give them a name and talk about what your jumblies like / dis- like?




Revision of 3D shapes, their names and simple properties.



Remember a 3D shape is a solid shape, not flat like 2D shapes. Can you talk about what the shapes look like and go on a hunt around your house to find a selection of household objects that are these shapes?


Understanding the world - Science


Floating and sinking.


Our story was all about sailing in a boat to sea and after already talking about whether we think a siv would make a good boat, let's think now about whether we think it would float / sink along with other household items.


Can you test a variety of household objects in a bowl of water recording which items float and which ones sink. Remember before you test these items you must explore the item ( weight / shape ) and predict what you think is going to happen first! Some items might surprise you! See below for an example!




Week 5 Activities - 6.7.20





This weeks story is 'The snail and the whale' written by the famous author Julia Donaldson. - Please click here for the interactive version.

The Snail and the Whale is a charming tale of friendship and adventure from the partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler. One tiny snail hitches a lift with a huge whale, but when disaster strikes, only the snail can save the day!




Children beginning to write...


Can you use your phonic knowledge to write labels for the two main characters? - the snail / the whale. At this point in your child's learning it isn't important for children to spell names / words correctly but to make phonetically plausible attempts at writing words - writing the sounds they can hear in each word.

( wale / snayl ) - Would be super attempts!


Children able to write simple sentences....


Can you pretend you are the snail and write where you would like the whale to take you? Remember it could be anywhere!




Doubling - Understanding the concept of doubling.


Can you double the number of spots on the ladybird by copying the same number of spots on the left hand side onto the right hand side. If you can, write the number sentence underneath each one. Explain to children that doubling is like adding the same amount again.


You can help children understand this concept in everyday real life situations. In class I often use this term during fruit / snack time. I use 4 children and count out two pieces of fruit for two of them and then explain I need to double the amount now so all four children have some fruit. I then show them that double two is four. You can do this in lot's of ways...


Baking - Doubling the amount of cups of flour you need to add to your ingredients.

Making milkshakes - Doubling the amount of spoonful's of milkshake powder you need to add to the milk.

Helping with the laundry - Doubling up your socks to make a pair.


 ICT - A perfect website with a range of activities for your child to choose from is the cbeebies website. It has shows to watch / games to play / puzzles to complete and will keep your little ones occupied for some time. Children often love this website because all the activities are linked to your children's favourite t.v. characters. - Click on the link to take you directly to the site.


Art and Design


Let's get creative and make some snails in lot's of different ways. Have a look at some of the images below for some inspiration!


A paper snail!


You will need paper, scissors and glue!


A play dough snail!


You will need play dough or clay!  


A pipe cleaner snail!


You will need a pipe cleaner, cotton reel and googly eyes with a bit of glue!


Week 6 Activities - 13.7.20


Transition week!


Moving to year 1 can be quite a worrying time for Reception children, especially with missing part of the year due to the current situation so I thought this week we would concentrate on making this transition as smooth as possible for our children in early years!


At the very top of the page Hedgehogs new class teacher has left a personal little message for the children. Please sit with your children and listen to the message a couple of times. Talk to them about how they feel moving to year 1. Yes it will mean our children will have to work more in a formal environment at times but there will still be time for children to have free choice time and of course green time if they stay on green all week!


Badgers - Your new teacher will be Miss J. Mullins, she is a new teacher to the School and very excited to meet you all!


Maybe your child could draw a picture for their new teacher and write about how they feel! If you can share this with me on google classroom or through email I will make sure their new teacher receives these. You could also come up with some questions you would like to ask your new teacher and again I will try and get these answered for you xx




Keep revising all of the above activities we have covered so far in preparation for Year 1.


- Secure with numbers to 20.

- Naming and talking about all 2D / 3D  shapes.

- Understanding one more / one less.

- Solving simple addition and subtraction sums to 20.

- Being confident with measuring different lengths / weights / heights / capacities and using the language linked to this.

- Reading 'o clock' / half past times on a clock.

- Using 1p/2p/5p/10p coins to count out different values and pay for items.

- Understanding the concept of doubling and halving.


This week you should also receive your child's report. please do not hesitate to contact a member of staff at School if you wish to discuss any concerns further. Keep a look out for the summer project we have set for you! It would be fab if you could complete this and we would love to see your end results in September.


Finally, thank you all so much for your support over these past few weeks - I appreciate it hasn't always been easy and I am sad we didn't have much time with your little ones in Reception but I will be making sure I go and say hello to them all in Year 1 in September and checking on them so don't worry parents!


Have a wonderful Summer all! take care and stay safe!


Mrs Cope xx

Reception High frequency word list!


Here is a copy of the 45 high frequency word list your child should be able to read and write by the end of Reception 

Creative activities


Here are a selection of spring themed creative activities you could do at home with house hold items and will not require you having to buy much. Have fun! 





In Literacy next week we are starting our work on the text "Owl Babies" 


Can you read this story with your children in preparation for our activities next week where we will be looking at retelling parts understanding how stories are structured ( beginning / middle / end ) Also focus on how certain parts are repeated and encourage your children to join in if they can. - Click here for the interactive story.


Key questions to ask...


How did the baby owls feel when they thought their mother had left them? 


Did the story end happily? How do you think the baby owls feel now? 


Who was the baby owl? How do you know he is the youngest? 



Creative activities


Can you create your own sponge painted Owl baby? You can use cotton wool balls with pegs. There is no need to buy any new resources but use household items you can find that would work. 



Securing touch counting to 10. ( possibly 20)


Using any household items or toys can your child securely touch count to 10?


Put all the items in a pile and model how to touch count by counting the objects one at a time and putting them into a straight line. Once all the items are in a straight line and counted ask your child so how many are there?



Shape, space and measure


Can you go on a shape hunt around your house with your parents and draw all the shapes you find?


Lot's of household objects are different 2d shapes. In my kitchen alone I have a circle clock / a rectangle chopping board / square magnets on my fridge and so many more. You might need lot's of paper.


Have fun all! smiley



Week beg - 5.10.20


Understanding the world




In class everyday when we complete out welcome board we talk about the season and weather. How about you enjoy a nice Autumn walk in your back garden and talk about your findings / discoveries.


Questions to ask your children...


What do you notice about the trees during this season, Autumn?


What do you notice about the weather?


Do you think it gets dark earlier in the day now? / Shall we see what time is starts getting dark?


What animals do you think like Autumn?


What else do you think we might see in Autumn / especially in the park or on big trees?


Let's explore the colours of some leaves! / Why do you think they are different colours?


Shall we make a collage out of our leaves?


Maybe you could share some of your work with me on google classroom?