Reception letter week 6
It was lovely to welcome some of you back to school 👩🏫this week, and lovely to see all you home schoolers 🧑💻 in photos and videos on tapestry too. You are always smiling which makes us smile too 😀. A famous children’s author called Roald Dahl wrote “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely”. And you do! 😊
We have seen lots of you enjoying the maths work with spirals🌀, both in school and at home. Your cutting skills ✂️are now very good and there were lots of beautifully decorated ones too. We enjoyed reading your news; lots of you wrote about watching the spaceX rocket 🚀 launch taking the astronauts into space and we were impressed with your careful handwriting ✏️.
Some of you on tapestry have shared with us seeds you have grown and planted. Plants have life cycles too 🔄, just like our frogs, butterflies and minibeasts we’ve been looking at. It’s amazing to watch a tiny seed 🌱 grow bigger over time and sometimes at the end we get a flower 🌻or fruit 🍎or vegetable 🥦.
Mrs Guesdon planted some vegetables a few weeks ago. She planted tomatoes🍅, cucumbers🥒, runner beans, carrots🥕, courgettes, pumpkins, gourds (these are like pumpkins) potatoes 🥔, strawberries 🍓, raspberries and some herbs like thyme and coriander. Everything is growing well, but only one cucumber seed grew. It was just ready to plant out into the garden and when Mrs Guesdon went to get the pot it was growing in, it had vanished and there was just a shiny trail over the soil 😳. Can you guess what had happened to it? 🐌
Mrs Wakeling has been planting too. She has grown tomatoes🍅 and peas which she has planted out in a big trough to give them plenty of room to grow. Mrs Wakeling also has some fruit trees 🌳 in her garden which are growing taller and growing more leaves🌿. Hopefully she might have some fruit later in the year. Her magnolia tree has had to be covered up and have sand put around it because the slugs are eating it! 🤭 It will be trickier for the slugs to get to it now. She has been very busy planting up pots of flowers 🌸 called geraniums too.
The weather has changed and it is going to be cooler🌫 and wetter 🌧 over the next week. That’s not much fun for us 😕 but nature really needs it. The animals and birds need water to drink, our lawns and gardens of flowers and vegetables need it to grow and the fields where farmers grow our food need the water to make the crops grow too 💦.
We hope you have a lovely weekend whatever the weather.
Stay safe, stay amazing ⭐️
🌈Mrs Guesdon and Mrs Wakeling🌈
Hello children 👋🏻
What a surprise 😮 I got last night when I was watering my vegetables. I was giving my potato plants some water with my hose pipe 💦 when I suddenly saw something small jump out and onto the path. It did make me jump!
I saw it was a teeny tiny frog 🐸 , but I didn’t have anything with me to take a photo. So I tried hard to catch it gently in my hands 🤲🏻 but it was too fast for me! It hopped quickly back into the potatoes and then when I went round the other side it was off down the path and into the flowerbed.
I was so disappointed 😔 because I really wanted to share it with you all. Luckily when Mr Guesdon came to help me look for it we found the frog still in the flowerbed and I had the iPad to take some photos 😀.
It was very tiny, about the length of the top of my finger👈🏻. We think perhaps it might be one of the tadpoles from this year who is really ahead of all the others in the pond. It’s a bit of a puzzle because it is too small to be a frog from last year🤔.
Anyway I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures. I am even more excited now for our tadpoles in the tank to change.
Mrs Guesdon 🌈
Understanding the World
On you Tapestry journal their are some videos of how to paint stones as mini beasts. I took my inspiration from the painted stones I saw when going for a walk during lockdown. The people who live at a house near by to mine had espent many days and weeks painting stones and household rubbish to create a wonderful world of minibeasts etc...take a close look at the photographs and see if you can work out some of the things they used to make the bridge, flowers and toadstools. Miss Palmer from year 3 also saw this garden and she won their competition to name the garden. She called it New Hope Springs (NHS) in honour of those frontline workers who have helped us all at this time.
On the first video I’ve used several stones to make The Very Hungry Caterpillar, on the next one I’ve made two versions of a ladybird 🐞 and on the final one I’ve made a butterfly 🦋 because the stone reminded me of the shape of the wings. You could make a bee 🐝 or wasp quite easily using stripes or even invent your very own mini beast using a range of colours.
The EYFS team.
Hello children 👋🏻
Sometimes we all feel tense. Being tense feels like your body is tight all over all of the time 🙇. Because we are all different, people get tense about different things. But often it happens when we are unsure or uncertain about something. There have been some changes to the rules about what we are allowed to do now; many people are happy 😀 to be able to go out more and see their families from a safe distance, but for others these changes can make them feel tense 😖.
Some of you have already been back to school 👩🏫 this week, and some of you will be coming in on Thursday and Friday. You might feel tense about what’s going to happen - even the grown ups felt like this. But now it’s done, everyone feels much better because it was all okay 😀. Everyone at school has worked very hard to make it safe and fun for you.
Feeling tense can make you feel angry 😡 or worried 🥺. These are all normal things to feel, but it’s not good for our bodies or mind to feel like this all the time. We can learn to let go of tension and make ourselves feel happier 🙂.
The wellbeing monster in the picture tells you one way you can try and do this. Read the instructions in the picture and have a go.
Was that fun? 🐋 Next time you feel tense you can try it! It made me think of Dory speaking whale in Finding Nemo 😂.
Can you think of any activities that help relax you? 💆🧘🏃🎧🛀 .Use your talking toy 🧸 and share your ideas as a family. Sometimes other people have a good way to relax that we haven’t thought of 💭 or tried before. If you want to you could make a list 📝, so that the next time you feel tense you can either have a whale 🐋 of a time or choose another way to relax.
Mrs Guesdon 🌈
Hello children 👋🏻
I have been keeping watch 😳 on the tadpoles in the pond, but it was becoming so hard to film them because there were hardly any at the sides anymore. I could see them in the pond; they were swimming down deeper and only coming to the surface every now and then. I think because it has been so hot 🥵☀️ they’ve been going down deeper where it’s cooler, and where there’s lots of food at the bottom for them.
When I first showed you the tadpoles, I had some in a small tub. That was far too small to keep them in, so I let them back into the pond. I think that was best 👍🏻 as the pond is far better for them with space to swim and plenty of food. Since then they’ve been growing but I was worried 😦 that because they are not at the edges anymore we would miss them changing.
So I bought a special tank, and have set it up in the shadiest part of my garden. This way we will be able to see them much better. I have 8 tadpoles in there, 1 water snail 🐌 and some other teeny tiny creatures that were living in the pond water. I have given them some pond weed🌱, not only to eat but because it puts oxygen into the water. Tadpoles ‘breathe’ through gills just like fish🐟 , but they need lots of oxygen in the water - it’s a bit like us when we need fresh air. They have some rocks for shade and when they start to grow legs, they will need those to climb on as they start to come out of the water.
If you look closely you will see their bodies have changed shape, their eyes 👀have changed and they are speckled. But no sign of legs yet! I had a look in my book, and it says after about 7 weeks old they begin to change and by 12 weeks it is a tiny froglet 🐸. Ours were already hatched when I first filmed them 10 weeks ago, so I am having to make sure I check them everyday ✅ so we don’t miss it! I guess like us, they are all different and just as we learn to do things at different times like riding a bicycle 🚲 or cleaning our teeth 👄ourselves, the tadpoles are going at their own speed too.
Have a look at the photos from my book 📖 to see what we are looking out for to happen next. I will send you another tadpole diary soon.
Mrs Guesdon 🌈
Good Morning children 👋🏻
This week’s maths is based on the story The Snail 🐌 and the Whale 🐋 . Do you remember reading it together at school? It was a long time ago now.
I remember lots of you telling me you have seen the animated film on TV of the book already, and we talked about our favourite parts. There’s lots of great activities this week, have fun! We look forward to seeing what you get up to.
Mrs Guesdon 🌈
The Snail and the Whale is not on YouTube KIDS in full, however there are some short clips. You may be able to find it elsewhere on the internet should you want to look. But remember the book/story is not essential to the maths.
White Rose Week 6
The Snail and the Whale
Day 1* Day 2* and Day 4
REMEMBER the asterisked lessons * are ones that will be taught in school if your child is attending. Please do not repeat at home if your child is coming to school. There are 5 days provided on white rose for this week so if you are looking for more lessons to do without using the school ones, please feel free to use the others.
Resources you will need I have listed in the weekly overview.
I have carefully selected these lessons for their learning content, 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.
Literacy Home/School learning - Week beginning Monday June 1st
please see RW page for photocopies of pages needed and pictures of phonics resources.
Please note that this is the work that will be covered in school for those children returning and is also the home learning for those children learning from home.
Talk for Writing pages 24-29
Literacy/Understanding the World
We will look at mini beasts more closely and in particular focus on their body parts. We will compare and contrast these to those of humans discussing which are unique to insects, humans etc... Then using their sounds and the teaching we will encourage the children to read and label the body parts of a mini beast.
The children will learn to make actions and chant this counting rhyme. Please teach it at home by emphasising the rhyme, ask your child to make up actions and revisit it when you have a chance.
Letter from Mavis
Please read parts of this letter to your child and encourage them to sound out and read some of it to you too. We will read this with the children in school as a shared reading activity. To check that the children have understood the purpose and meaning of the text we will ask them questions.
Who has sent this letter?
Is it for me or you?
What has Mavis been doing?
What has she done to the fruit and vegetables?
Now what does Mavis want you to do?
With your child see which fruit/vegetables that they immediately talk about using the pictures. Encourage them to say the name of the fruit correctly and also encourage them to talk about the shape, colour, size and if they know it the taste too. Then see if they can label them too. Please encourage the children to use their sounding skills by segmenting the words into parts and repeating them aloud until they can write their version of the word. Please praise and model accurate letter formation too.
Collect a range of natural materials to photograph, sketch or if time is tight just to collect.
Talk about these things together, use some of the words in the speech bubble to help your child to describe, compare the various objects that they have found. Try to develop the understanding of new words through conversation.
Reading and acting a rhythmic poem
Percussion instruments are great fun for using with poems so grab a tambourine, drum, or make one!
Yoghurt cartons make great shakers if you put rice, pasta or dried beans or pulses in them. Use thick paper and a rubber band across the top to make a lid. Pringle tubes also make great shakers. Drums can be as simple as an upside down pan or box with a wooden spoon and two pan lids make great cymbals.
Wave your hands, Clap, stamp, sway your hips and gap you nose and/or play the instruments using the poem.
If you have time, chat about words that rhyme and develop the children’s understanding of other body parts too. We often play a version of Simon says but using some of the trickier body parts like elbows, shoulders, shins, etc...
At speed, try to recap all phase 2 and 3 sounds using either flash cards and/or by singing. If you either google You tube Jolly phonics phase 2 and after that You tube Jolly Phonics phase 3
song it will give you these songs with music and actions for your child to sing and move along to.
This week’s focus will be OO.
OO makes two sounds, firstly it makes the long OO sound like in moon, spoon and room.
Then it also make a short OO sound like in book, cook and rook.
If you google You tube Jolly Phonics OO sound. A short tutorial comes up which demonstrates the two ways of using OO by a mother and child reading together. You and your child can watch this together.
After that please google You tube Mr Thorne phonics long OO sound.
The next video teaches the long OO sound as in moon and shampoo, Geraldine Giraffe puts in an appearance too.
The next video recommended You tube video teaches the short OO sound as in book and took.
YouTube Mr Thorne short OO sound
To consolidate the learning further please write down some of the words, or ask your child to write some and also read them in a sentence together.
moon, spoon, room, shampoo, broom, gloomy, hoot, scoop, hoop, boot, root, cool, roof, tool and soon.
Short OO sound
book, look, took, foot, good, soot, wool, cook, rook, stood, brook and hook.
The witch took her broom for a flight to the moon.
Has a spoon or a fork got prongs?
Soon it will be summer and we can book a holiday.
Please note in standard English the pronunciation is as above but in some parts of the country local dialect differs.
As an additional activity I have also added some word cards with the vowel digraphs omitted for your child to try to find the correct phoneme. I would suggest just focusing on one sound at a time at first and building up to 2 or 3 sounds.
Please also feel free to use any of the other PowerPoints or ideas posted previously on your Tapestry online journal account.
Overview week 6
As we welcome some of the children back to school, we want to reassure you that the home learning will continue as before. Please note though that any asterisked * lessons will be the lessons taught in school for those who are attending. This is so that those of you who are sending your children in do not repeat these lessons at home.
Talk for writing pages 24-29*
Focus on ‘oo’*
White rose week 6
The Snail and the Whale.
Day 1 * making simple patterns, exploring more complex patterns, adding more, taking away ( paper or paper plate, pen, scissors. They suggest an edible activity using wraps and chocolate spread [which WILL NOT be done in school but adapted] so you could use play dough or counters or draw picture instead)
Day 2 * making simple patterns, exploring more complex patterns, adding more (paper, pen, either paint/felt pens/dot stickers).
Day 4 doubling, halving and sharing, odds and evens. (No resources necessary but I suggest some counters would be helpful)
Have a whale of a time! Learning about what can relax us when we feel tense.
UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD
Rock painting minibeasts*