Week Starting 07 June 2020

Hello all Reception children and families.

How are you enjoying learning about mini-beasts so far? Did you find any spiders last week? This week our story is about a different mini-beast. In fact, there are two main characters in this week’s story. One is a mini-beast and one isn’t. I wonder if you can work out which one is which and why?

Let’s see who has made it on to our wall of fame this week…..

Zoe, from Cypress Lower, has been working hard watching Numberblocks and writing numbers beyond 10.

Desiree, from Beulah Infants, has been busy recording ways to make the number 16 and 17.

Zakaria, from Whitehorse Manor Infants, made lots of items from big blocks. This is the picture frame he made.

Szymon, from Brigstock, inspired by last week’s story, found spiders in his garden.

Eden, from Ecclesbourne Primary, wrote 8 ways to make someone feel included.

Our work this week is linked to the book Tadpole’s Promise by Jeanne Willis. Here is an overview of what’s to come.

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Monday Literacy – Tadpole’s Promise by Jeanne Willis Mathematics – Introducing the number 18 Understanding the World – ’30 Days Wild’ challenge
Tuesday Literacy – Phonics (reading focus) Mathematics – Counting in twos with Mrs Dutton Expressive Arts and Design – Symmetrical butterflies
Wednesday Literacy – Frog life cycle labelling activity Mathematics – Maths warm up with Miss Butler and introducing the number 19 Personal, Social and Emotional – Growing up
Thursday Literacy – Phonics (writing focus) Mathematics – Exploring shape Communication and Language – BBC Radio EYFS Playtime -Frog broadcast
Friday  Literacy – Alternative story endings Mathematics – Partitioning the numbers 18 and 19 Understanding the World – Exploring mini-beast habitats

Also this week, Mrs Chapman, from Cypress Lower, will be hold a live story telling session on Wednesday, 10th June at 10.30am for Nursery and Reception children. The children will have an opportunity to see an Early Years teacher from the Trust and listen to a story in ‘real time’. Please click on the link for information on how to access this. The nickname for this meeting will be EYFS:

We hope you enjoy his week’s learning and look forward to seeing your photos.

The Reception Team


Literacy – Tadpole’s Promise by Jeanne Willis

Watch Mrs Roberts, from Whitehorse Manor Infants, read The Tadpole’s Promise by Jeanne Willis.

Interesting things happened to the tadpole and the caterpillar. Can you remember what they are? What did they change into? Can you think of words to describe the characters? What did they call each other?



Let’s do a Monday morning maths warm up. Watch and join in  with this counting forward and backwards to 20 song on YouTube.

Now watch the Number 18 Numberblock Episode.
Number 18 is a rectangle. Can you remember any properties of a rectangle?

  • What do the sides look like?
  • How many sides does it have?
  • How many corners does it have?
  • How many rectangles can you find around your home? Can you count them?

Understanding the World

Today we continue our ’30 Days Wild’ challenge from The Wildlife Trust. Here are the 7 random acts of wildness, one for each day, that you could carry out this week!

  1. Read a wild book. Lots of libraries are offer a good range of e-books available to download right now.
  2. Design a wild home – from bug hotels to a hedgehog hideout!
  3. Draw a wild landscape – can you use your imagination?
  4. Race for a rainbow – can you find an object to match each colour in the rainbow?
  5. Be a mini-beast detective – using the attached mini-beast spotter sheet see how many different insects you can find?
  6. Paint nature – collect broken sticks or stones and paint them
  7. Make tree and leaf rubbings. Just hold paper on a tree or put leaves under a piece of paper and rub a crayon over the pieces of nature.




Today we are back with Mrs Enahoro, from Cypress Lower, for our phonics session. If you feel you would to recap the sounds some more, then rewatch Ms Whorms consolidation lesson by clicking here.


For our maths warm up today, head over to Busy Things, by clicking on the picture below, and play the rollercoaster ‘More or Less’ game. You will need your LGFL log on to access this. This can be found in your child’s reading diary. If not, contact either the year group email or to get it sent to you. Once logged in, click on ‘Early Years’ then ‘Reception’ then ‘Maths’ and finally ‘Counting’. There you will find the rollercoaster ‘More or Less’ game.

What can you remember from the Numberblocks episode yesterday? (Number 18 changed shape.) Can you remember how many ones there are in 18? Number 18 Numberblock also counted in 2’s. Can you count in 2’s with the Numberblocks to 18? Use things that you can find to help you.

Watch today’s narrated PowerPoint by Mrs Dutton, from Cypress Lower, and join her in counting in twos.


Expressive Arts and Design

Did you know butterflies are symmetrical? Symmetrical means the same on both sides. The pattern on one wing is a mirror image of that on the other. Today we are going to make symmetrical butterflies.

  • Fold a piece of paper in half and make a firm crease down the centre line.
  • Open up the paper and, on one side of the fold, use different colours of paint to make patterns like lines, swirls, dots, zigzags and any other patterns you can think of.
  • When you have finished painting, fold over the side of paper which is blank and press down on it firmly. While your paper is folded,  draw and then cut out half a butterfly pattern. Make sure you draw and cut from the folded edge.
  • Carefully unfold the paper and open up to see your symmetrical pattern. Both sides should look the same. Talk about what you can see on one side and make sure you can see it on the other.

If you don’t have paint, you can draw patterns on your butterfly and/or you can stick on pieces of paper, buttons, straws, wool and string. Just make sure that what you have on one side is exactly the same as what you have on the other and this is what makes a symmetrical pattern.


Literacy – Tadpole’s Promise by Jeanne Willis

Watch the YouTube video and see how a tadpole turns into a frog. What stages does it go through? Using the template below, label the pictures for each stage (eggs, tadpole, froglet and frog) of the life cycle.

Writing challenge: Don’t just label the pictures, why not try writing a sentence for each stage of the life cycle. Remember what makes a good sentence. Don’t forget your capital letter at the beginning, finger spaces between words and a full stop at the end.


To warm us up today, Miss Butler, from Whitehorse Manor Infants, has a ‘Guess the Number’ activity for us. Watch the narrated PowerPoint below.

Now, watch the Number 19 Numberblock episode. Can you draw the number 19 Numberblock. What colour is he and what does he look like?

  • Join us in saying ’10 and 9 more Makes 19′. Can you show this using things you can find around you home?
  • Group 10 things together e.g. straws, pencils, sticks, pasta, cars. Can you show 9 more? That is how we make 19.
  • Say/record the number equation 10+9=19

Personal, Social and Emotional

Ask your grown ups to give you a set of your photos from when you were born up to now. Put them next to each other and look at them carefully.

  • Can you see any changes?
  • How have you changed since you were born?
  • How will you change in the future?
  • Can you give an example?
  • Is change a bad thing or good thing?
  • Why do we change?

Using the below template, and adult help, cut out and stick the pictures in the correct order from youngest to oldest.





Today we are back with Ms Whorms, from Cypress Lower, for our phonics session. Remember to have a pen and paper ready and to pause the video so that you can have a go at writing the words!


Let’s get today started with a dice activity! Roll two dice (If you do not have dice you can write number 1-6 on bits of paper and pick them at random). Can you add the amounts together? Can you say the equation? Use objects to help you if you need support.

What can you remember about the number 19 Numberblocks episode yesterday? Watch it again if you need a refresher. What amazing shapes can you make out of number 19? Use 19 Lego/Duplo/paper squares to make different pictures. Take pictures of your designs and send them to the Reception email address. We cannot wait to see them.


Communication and Language

Listen to the BBC Radio Playtime EYFS Frog broadcast. Join in and sing along with Stephen as he teaches us a frog song. Listen carefully and follow the actions that accompany the song. There are lots of interesting words used to describe how a tadpole and frog moves. Can you remember them?


Literacy – Tadpole’s Promise by Jeanne Willis

Discuss the ending of this week’s story, Tadpole’s Promise. How did it make you feel? Why did it happen? Try to think of an alternative ending to the story. Draw or write a different ending to the story. Here is Mrs Robert’s example:

‘The frog leapt up to swallow the butterfly. The frog misses and lands SPLASH in the water!’


Can you remember the number bonds to 10? Watch Jack Hartmann Song on YouTube. Make sure you shout out the answers.

Practise partitioning 18 and 19 into 10 and …more. How could you record that? Try using either equations, part part whole (template attached below), drawing Numberblocks or using physical items.
Decide how you want to record the different ways of partitioning 18 and 19. How many different ways can you partition these numbers?


Understanding the World

What is the meaning of the word habitat? Habitats are everywhere. They are the different places where plants and animals live, such as a desert or forest. A pond is a habitat, too. Think back to this week’s story. What animals live in a pond? Click on the below picture to watch a BBC Bitesize clip about pond habitats and then attempt their online quiz.

Next, using the attached template, see if you can work out where these mini-beasts live and cut and paste them on to the correct part of the picture.


Extra Activities

Trust Challenge

This week, it is Children’s Art Week and we would like you to get creative with egg boxes. Cardboard egg boxes are easier to work with and we hope you have one or two empty ones in your house or recycling box. We have included some ‘eggscellent’ websites that have over 50 different ideas for egg box craft projects in the document below. Perhaps you could make a selection of egg box bugs. Or how about the wonderful masquerade masks? Open the document below for more details and examples.


Here is this week’s music lesson from Miss Freeman, from Whitehorse Manor Infants. This week we are learning to compose a tune using different pitch notes.

Go to the website and log onto the student section using the following details: Username: p697853 Password: slide
Click on the box called ‘Assignments’ then on ‘Unit: Reception in Review, Reflect, Rewind Replay – Step 2’. Complete the following tasks.

1. Listen to ‘Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy’ by Tchaikovsky and talk about the music using the questions.

2. Click on ‘compose with the song’ and have a go at composing (making up) your own tune to go with the beat.

3. Click on ‘Autumn 2 – My Stories’ and sing along with your favourite songs.

Next join in with the Reception singalong playlist by found here:

Downloads for Extra Activities

Published on 7th June, 2020

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