Reception Letter week 3
Hello Children 👋🏻
Another week has already past! You have been working very hard this week on lots of different activities, we are so impressed. We have enjoyed seeing your literacy work on Mavis the cat 🐱 and the hungry caterpillar maths 🐛 - you are all so creative. Some of you chose to make a worry box too and they look great.
The tadpoles in the pond are still tadpoles! No sign of any changes yet. The latest Tadpole Diary will be available on tapestry next week and there is a surprise guest from the pond.
Friday is VE Day 🇬🇧, and some of you have been busy getting ready decorating your house. We hope you have a good day with your families and if you take any photos of your day we would love to see what you got up to.
Stay safe, stay home, stay amazing ⭐️
🌈Mrs Guesdon and Mrs Wakeling🌈
V.E. Day 75th Anniversary
On 8th May this week it will be 75 years since the end WWII. To celebrate the country is having a bank holiday on Friday.
Some people are marking this special day by dressing up and having a street party, of course this will be in line with the social distancing rules we are all following. Some people will decorate their houses and gardens with flags and bunting and if the weather is good they plan to have a picnic in their front gardens.
The Royal British Legion (a charity set up to care for veterans and the families of those who served in the war) have lots of information on their website. They also have a picture to colour and display in your window. I have down loaded it here (it’s the one with a Union Jack flag and aircraft) and I have also downloaded some other documents you might want to use. There is some bunting either to just print and make, or if you prefer to paint/colour and make, there is also a Spitfire glider to make and some other colouring sheets.
Look out for information about the day in case it is on later this week on BBC Newsround too.
You can follow the link below and look for the poster, or their kids activity pack if you have older children as this pack it’s pitched a bit high for EYFS.
Hello children 👋🏻
This week is called ‘Don’t worry about it!’. We all worry about things sometimes, even grown ups. It’s important to know that worrying is okay, but we need to teach our minds not to get stuck thinking just about our worries 🥺. It helps to tell others about our worries because then they can help us. Also when our worries aren’t stuck in our minds we feel happier. Use the picture to have a talk at home (remember the talking toy 🧸 helps with this).
Afterwards if you would like to, you could make a worry box. You could use an old box and decorate it, or maybe you already have a special box you could use. Then after you have talked about your worry you can write or draw it and put it in the box. Then the worry is still real but isn’t in your mind all the time, and you can think about other things which make you feel happier 😀.
Mrs Guesdon 🌈
If you have not done Wellbeing Wednesday before please see week 2 resources where you will find more information.
Life Cycles - Signs of Spring
Children you will remember that earlier this Spring I planted three new trees in my garden. I bought these as baby trees (saplings) but once they were just a seed.
Before I planted the trees I mixed some special plant food in the soil to help the tree to grow. Young trees need a lot of water so if it doesn’t rain I water my new, or young trees every day. They need half a large watering can of water every day.
You will see from my latest photographs that these trees are starting to grow and change. Can you see that they are growing buds (the beginning of flowers) as well as leaves?
I expect you will have noticed that lots of other trees that you see are looking very pretty now too. They are covered in pink or white flowers called blossom. Blossom is a sign that the season of Spring will soon end and Summer is on it’s way.
Please log onto your Tapestry online journal for the latest phonics teaching video and a range of activities to support the revision and learning of the latest phase 3 sound.
Understanding the World
Signs of Spring - Lifecycles
Look very closely or zoom into these photographs! You should be able to spot a mother duck and her ducklings who were crossing the road when I was driving home yesterday. It was amazing to watch because they had waddled from a pond across the road, had a splash in a puddle and then stopped on a grass verge on the other side of the road. Two ducklings were left behind but their Mummy duck soon quacked and they came running after! It reminded me of the counting song 5 Little Ducks went swimming. It also reminded me that Spring is a time when lots of birds and animals have their babies. I know you have been learning all about tadpoles and that many of you have sent us photos and videos of birds, nests and eggs. These ducklings were eggs just a short time ago and now they have hatched and already they are swimming on a pond and in puddles, as well as following their Mummy duck across roads. Nature is truly amazing and I know lots of you are enjoying your time playing outside and noticing what a beautiful time of year Spring is. I will send you an update on the trees I planted too soon so you can see that they are growing and changing just like the baby ducks and you.
Stay safe children,
Some notes to support the Literacy Talk for Writing Learning.
Writing Talk 4 Writing Mavis the Magical Cat
Dear Children, Parents and Guardians,
Thank you for all the fantastic work you have been doing and posting recently.
Pg 9 Learning a rhyme by chanting, making actions and clapping a rhythm.
This week in Literacy please enjoy reading and helping your child to learn parts or all of the rhyme. Encourage movement and actions as you learn the rhyme. It doesn’t matter if your child cannot recall it all but it’s useful for them to have heard it throughout the week to help them to remember parts. Talk about the words that rhyme in the poem (ea/ee and ou) model listing these to support your child. If your child can think of others why not add these to your list too.
Extension - Your child may want to make up their own lists of words that rhyme, to support this in class we put pictures or objects that rhyme on a table with the spelling pattern, paper, pens or chalk if the activity is outside. Once they have chosen a few words they may want to make up their own rhyme using simple or silly sentences ( this means the sentences can be non sensical as long as they rhyme) or the may enjoy revisiting familiar nursery rhymes either through reading, role play or writing.
Pg 10 Talk about places the character visited using picture clues.
Later this week please reread the story of Mavis the Magical Cat again together, spend time talking about who Mavis is and where she lives and where she visits. Encourage your child to use the picture clues on page 10 to guess (predict) where she will go next. Ask your child to choose a favourite toy of their own to take on an adventure around your home and/or garden, or even on a walk if you go for one. If you can, please photograph the places that your child chooses the toy will visit and keep these for next week.
Pg 11 After you have revisited the story...
Once your child is more familiar with the story, use page 11 to support the talking and writing of these places. This activity is another way of beginning to understand story structure as well as developing sounding and writing skills.
While they are writing, encourage your child to tell you some of the sounds and letters they need to write down these places. Model and support their writing focusing on the child knowing the places from the story from the picture clues. Talk about these places so that your child has a good understanding of what they are. Don’t expect your child to know all the sounds in the words but repeat words often, slowly emphasising the sounds in the words and encouraging them to do the same as they write.
Most of all, enjoy learning the rhyme talking about the story and helping your child to develop a love of story writing by finding lots of places for a toy to go.
Please remember that however much or little you are able to do with your child is fine. We understand that everyone has different commitments and pressure at home at the moment.
Good Morning children 👋🏻
This week’s maths is starting with the story The Hungry Caterpillar 🐛. I am sure you all know it, and you might even have this book at home. There is also an animated film of it you might like to watch if your grown ups say that is okay.
It has been great to see that you have been really enjoying these maths activities that are linked to stories, so I hope you have fun this week with this one too and we look forward to seeing what you get up to on tapestry.
Mrs Guesdon 🌈
You can find the animated hungry caterpillar video on YouTube KIDS.
White Rose Week 3
The hungry caterpillar
Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4
I know there is a lesson for each day, but please don’t feel pressured to do it all - we do not want to overwhelm you. I recommend these lessons, but if you need to change them according to your resources/child’s interest or you would like to do more of them then please do.
Summer Week 3 overview
Writing Talk 4 Writing Mavis the Magical Cat
Pg 9 Learn to chant and act out a rhyme together.
Pg 10 talk about places the character visited using picture clues.
Take a toy on an adventure - photograph places the toy visited.
Pg 11 write down the places Mavis visited.
Revisiting phase 3 vowel digraphs focusing on ee
White rose, summer week 3. The hungry caterpillar.
Day 2: adding more, taking away, counting to 20, doubling (requires finger paint)
Day 3: adding more, taking away, counting to 20 (need fruit from your fruit bowl)
Day 4: doubling, halving and sharing, odds and evens (suggests collage pictures of food from magazines but I think lots of you may have play food you could use instead)
Focus is ‘Don’t worry about it’.
Optional craft activity: make a worry box (save a box and get some decorative bits ready)
UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD
What is the anniversary of VE Day?
Royal British Legion colouring poster for window activity -