Reception Letter week 4
Hello children 👋🏻
Another week of home learning and we are so proud of you all working hard. Thank you to your grown ups for sharing your work with us on tapestry, it is especially nice to see your happy smiling faces 😊.
We have been very busy with school work just like you 💻, but we have also had a little time at the weekends to enjoy our hobbies. Having a hobby is fun and can help keep your mind and feelings healthy too 🥰.
Mrs Guesdon likes reading and making things. She enjoys lots of different crafts, sometimes it’s hard to choose what to do! She has been doing some sewing 🧵 and made crochet rainbows 🌈 which now hang in the windows of her house.
Mrs Wakeling has been busy gardening 🌱🌷, planting carnations and weeding the boarders and rockery. She also enjoys baking; making a Victoria sandwich cake for VE Day last week and this weekend she is going to make a lemon drizzle cake 😋.
Lots of people are using this time at home to try something new or learn a new craft. Do you have a hobby or a craft you enjoy? 🤔 You could share it with us on tapestry if you like. We hope you have a good ‘creative’ weekend with your family.
Stay safe, stay amazing ⭐️
🌈Mrs Guesdon and Mrs Wakeling🌈
Understanding the World
Hello children 👋🏻
Nature is all around us, and many of us have been very lucky to enjoy our gardens and see the plants 🌱 growing and the animals 🦔 appearing after the winter. Lots of birds have returned here now the weather is warmer, and they have been busy building nests and laying eggs🐣. We have also been looking at the tadpoles growing 🐸and some of you have been sharing with us the nature you have seen.
One thing everyone has got in their garden is minibeasts. 🐞🐜🐌🐛🕷🐝. They are there if you know where to look. Where do you think they might be hiding?
Please enjoy watching this video to learn more about what minibeasts are:
Wow, wasn’t the video interesting? What did you learn? Now it’s your turn to see if you can find some minibeasts. They won’t be the same as the ones in the film 🐞🐜🐌🐛🕷🐝, but they are just as interesting. If you have a magnifying glass 🔍 and a plastic tub you might be able to carefully catch your minibeasts and take a closer look 👀 . Ask a grown up to help you as minibeasts need gentle handling 🤲🏻.
You can use this sheet to make a record of what you find:
When you are done, make sure you return your minibeasts to where you found them so they can go home. ⚠️ It’s very important to wash your hands afterwards with lots of soap 🧼 and water 💦.
Happy minibeast hunting! We look forward to seeing what you find.
Mrs Guesdon 🌈
Hello children 👋🏻
Do you know there are some things we can control in our life and some things that we can’t? For example you cannot control the weather and make it sunny ☀️ whenever we want but you can control how you treat others, by choosing to have kind hands and kind words 🤚🏻😀. Right now, things are very different for us all because we cannot choose to go round a friends house 🏠 or go to the beach 🏖 or hug our grandparents 👨🏻🦳👵🏻. One day we will be able to again, and until then we must remember we have an important part to play in keeping everyone safe.
When we cannot control things, it can be hard and make us feel worried 🥺 or sad 😢 or angry 😡. It’s normal to feel like that but there is something we can do to help ourselves feel better. We can take time to breathe. Breathing exercises can help us to feel calm - when you breathe deeply it sends a message to your brain 🧠 to relax your body.
So this week talk with your family about what you can and can’t control. Remember we only talk when we hold the talking toy 🧸 the rest of the time we listen carefully 👂🏻to what others say. There is no right or wrong answer - everybody’s ideas are important. Then practise the deep breathing; the wellbeing monster in the picture tells you how.
Take time to notice how you feel after the deep breathing. Do you feel different? And remember the next time you cannot control something, you can control how you respond to feel better: take time to breathe, relax and let go of those feelings.
Mrs Guesdon 🌈
Revising the igh trigraph and looking at other ways of making the long i sound.
Dear Parents, Guardians and children,
Our focus on phonics this week is making the long i sound and in particular revising the igh trigraph. Revision of tricky words.
Please watch both videos starting with the longer video which focuses on the trigraph igh. In the second video the children also find out other ways of making the long i sound.
The activity to support this learning is to first talk about and with your support to collect some words using the sound. Next they should try to draw a picture that uses the sound in one word, words, or in a sentence using the sound.
Your child might like to draw a room with a light in it and label the light or they could show someone or something that could give you a fright. They might want to draw a scene at night showing moonlight etc... You can make this as simple or as lengthy as you feel your child can cope with. More able children could experiment with several words in one sentence and a drawing. Other children could choose one word and draw a picture to capture its meaning.
Please use Discovery Espresso Polly’s phonics again to support the learning of this sound and to consolidate the revision of both the phase 2 and phase 3 tricky words. There are various reading activities relating to the sound that come up on the screen after watching their learning videos.
News Writing V.E. Day Sentence Writing
Dear Children and Parents,
If you have the time your child may want to tell us all about their V.E Day celebrations on Friday. Please use the teaching video on your Tapestry online journal to support the sentence writing and remember the various word cards previously saved to support independent writing too.
Talk for Writing notes for Wk bg 11th May
Support your child if you have access to a printer by printing the photographs they took of their toy’s adventure. If you don’t have a printer firstly don’t worry, your child can write and/or draw the places. To support both versions of the activity, talk through where the toy went slowly with your child. Use some of the following words (sequencers) to help your child organise and sequence their ideas, first, next, then, later, after, after that, finally... Talk it through in sentences as you are doing this and encourage your child to talk it back to you using sentences even if you have to model and they repeat it a few times. For example, first teddy ran to the garden swing. If that is going well, add in some prepositional phrases, these are words that describe the position of something. For example, next teddy climbed up the big tree. The word up is the preposition and climbed up is the prepositional phrase. Using these ideas will encourage your child to talk in more complex sentences and the idea behind the Talk for Writing scheme is that the talking leads to better early sentence use which feeds through into writing.
The other top tip with this page is to start at the top of the curved line and work down. At school when we model these activities we usually use alternate sides of the line as we work down. Your child may have a very clear idea of what they think went first etc it doesn’t really matter at this stage but once it’s glued on then when they retell you what the toy did, encourage them to start at the top and use the plan to support the ordering of their narrative (what they are telling you) some children find that numbering the photographs helps, others don’t yet understand that this can help them remember the order.
Happy Poem page 13
Read the poem to your child, emphasise the rhyming words and clap out the rhythm together, use a drum, or something to mark a beat with (wooden spoon or pan) other percussion instruments if you have them and if your child would find that fun. Encourage the use of actions for some words, for example rainbow, bee, dolphin, etc...
For your information, poems are meant to be heard, which lends itself to performing them. They are a lot like songs in that respect which is why they are grouped in verses. Show your child the poem and get them to count the verses, there are 5. Show your child that each verse has been set out in 4 lines. Look at (and if you have the time and if your child is still engaged in the learning) underline the words that rhyme. List these down and repeat just the pairs that rhyme with your child and see if they can add to the list. For example, discuss peach and beach, add to it teach and reach, etc... This poem also uses repetition (repeated words) can your child count how many times the title of the poem Happy is used? Explain that all this is on purpose and that they could make up a similar poem verbally if they wanted to. For example using the word happy or another.
Naughty as a kitten,
Naughty as a boy,
Naughty as a girl,
stealing someone’s toy.
Funny as a puppy,
Funny as a kitten,
Funny as child,
Looking for their mitten.
Talk about the content of each picture with your child and encourage them to draw a circle around those that feature in the poem. Revisit the poem as often as your child needs to as it isn’t a memory test it’s just a way of trying to learn the poem more deeply. Once the child has completed this activity praise them for counting and finding so many from the poem. Talk about the meaning of any pictures or new words that the child may seem unsure of. Encourage your child to ask questions about the pictures too.
Page 15 and 16 Get Creative - Develop the muscles and fine motor control for later writing through an art activity. Top tip, you may not have lots of paintbrushes but could use a few pencils/blunt sticks with rubber bands on the end of them. In school we would probably encourage the children to choose the paint colours and to help squeeze or pour the paint into pots or a palette. Then we would encourage the child to use one brush/pencil/stick per colour so that the colours remain clear. You may want to mix colours with your child to make other colours, for example red and yellow makes orange, blue and red makes purple, etc...
Page 16 is the frame. Top tip cut a piece of paper the same size but that will fit in the frame, the child paints the rainbow on this one. You or your child cuts the rainbow out and then glue it onto page 16, this means they can then paint or colour the frame too. If they are more confident remind them to try not to paint over the frame with the rainbow.
Good Morning children 👋🏻
This week’s maths is starting with another Eric Carle story The Very Busy Spider 🕷. You will need a dice for day 3 and you will also see the ten frames on day 3 which is good because we know how to use them already.
I hope you have fun this week with this maths and we look forward to seeing what you get up to on tapestry.
Mrs Guesdon 🌈
You can find the very busy spider story being read on YouTube KIDS if you want to use the story.
White Rose Week 4
The very busy spider
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.
Day one has a fun activity to start the week if you get the chance to do it, it will be a great hook to engage the children.
Overview of Week 4 and resources.
You will need: a packet of jelly, raisins or sultanas or plastic spiders, paint and a brush or stick and elastic bands.
Talk for Writing
Page 12 Ordering and storytelling
Draw or stick on the photographs of where you took your toy last time. Write your name on your work, label some of the places and the toy.
Read a poem and clap the rhythm.
Talk about the pictures and circle those that are in the poem.
Page 15 and 16
Using the frame on page 16 paint a rubber band rainbow 🌈
igh trigraph, action. Read, write and apply.
White rose week 4 The Very Busy Spider.
Day 2: adding more, taking away, counting to 20
Day 3: adding more, taking away, counting to 20 (needs a dice 🎲 )
Day 4: doubling, halving and sharing, odds and evens.
(Day 1 is good fun so if you want to do this as an optional extra, have a look it requires some sticky tape, like masking tape)
Focus: Take time to breathe - things we can and can’t control
UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD
Minibeasts - going on a bug hunt, identifying. If you have the following you might like to use: magnifying glass, bug pot or plastic container, bug books. If you have access to a printer: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/T-T-019-Minibeast-hunt-sheet