Week Starting 10 May 2020

Hello all Reception children and families and welcome to this week’s learning!

We really hope you enjoyed last week’s learning linked to the story ‘The Ugly Duckling’. Here are some excellent examples of home learning that were sent in to us.

Carmina, from Ecclesbourne Primary, shows her completed duck habitat. Wow!

Mihail, from Beulah Infants, has also made an amazing duck pond!

Rachel, from Brigstock, completed the hand-print duck and retold her own version of The Ugly Duckling.

Leo, from Cypress Lower, has been busy taking care of caterpillars and releasing them when they turned into butterflies!

Clara, from Whitehorse Manor Infants, looks very impressed with her hand-print duck. Well done.

This week’s learning will be linked to the story ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak. Here is an overview of what is to come.

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Monday Literacy – Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak Mathematics – Number 14 Numberblocks Expressive Arts and Design – Go wild craft activity
Tuesday Phonics – ‘ear’ sound (reading focus) Mathematics – Number 14 workout Understanding the World – Floating and sinking activity
Wednesday Literacy – What’s an adjective? Mathematics – Make the number 14 Numberblock Personal, Social and Emotional – Rules and why we need them
Thursday Phonics – ‘ear’ sound (writing focus) Mathematics – How many different ways can we make 14? Physical Development (Fine Motor) – Wild thing models
Friday Literacy – ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ caption writing Mathematics – Writing the numeral 14 Physical Development (Gross Motor) – The wild rumpus routine

By now, most of you should have received a phone call from your class teacher. The teachers have really enjoyed making contact with you all. We hope you have enjoyed speaking to them too! Don’t forget to send photos of the work you are proud of this week to our email address below and maybe next week you will make it on to our home page.

Have a lovely week and stay safe.

The Reception Team


Literacy – ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak

Before watching Mrs Dutton, from Cypress Lower, read the story ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak, ask your child what they think the story may be about? Where might the story be set? What characters may be in the story?

Afterwards ask your child the following questions –

  • Who was the main character?
  • What grew in Max’s room that night?
  • Why did Max want to go home?
  • What happened when Max got back to his room?

Mathematics – Number 14

Watch the Numberblocks episode 14.

  • Can you find 14 things in the house?
  • Can you find 14 things that are the same?
  • Can you find 14 different things ?

Expressive Arts and Design – Go Wild Activity

Choose your favourite character from the story.  Using simple items from around your home, dress up as the character. You could use a box with holes on your head, socks for your hands or gloves for your feet and then explore the different rooms in your house. Remember the actions from the story, can you repeat them? Imagine you are in the big jungle, what can you see? Who can you see? How can you move around?


Phonics – ‘ear’ Sound

Today Ms Whorms, from Cypress Lower, is going to recap the trigraph ‘ear’ with us. Join in with her as she says the sounds and help her to blend words containing this trigraph.

Mathematics – Number 14

Watch the Numberblocks episode again. What can you remember from the episode?

Let’s get moving!

  • Jog on the spot for 14 seconds;
  • Clap 14 times;
  • Sit down and stand up 14 times;
  • Act like a ‘wild thing’ for the count of 14 seconds.

Can you and your family add more exercises?

Understanding the World

In this week’s story, Max used a boat to sail to where the wild things were. Can you make your own boat? What do you need to make a boat? Try out different recycled containers for example a plastic tray, a Pringle pot, a yoghurt container or just with cardboard or paper. Will your boat/s float on the top of the water? Or will they sink to the bottom? Have a guess before testing your boat. This is called making a prediction. With adult supervision, fill a bowl or the sink with water. Look carefully at what happens when you put the boat/s in the water.

Grown ups, ask these questions to support the investigation.

  • What happened? Did they float or sink? Why do you think that happened?
  • Which material made the best boat? Why do you think that was?
  • What can you do to make your boat better?
  • What happens if you add a Lego brick or a toy on the boat?
  • What happens if you add a sail?


Literacy – Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

There are lots of words used in this book to describe the wild things. We call these types of words ‘adjectives.’ Watch Monday’s video again. Pause the video when you hear an adjective and get your grown up to write a list of these descriptive words. Look closely at the illustrations, or use the attached pictures to help. Can you add any more adjectives? Can you describe what the wild things look/feel/smell like?

Mathematics – Number 14

Can you draw/make the number 14 Numberblock? What colours will you need to use? Once you have made 14, hang your creation on your number line.

  • Turn to your grown up and say ’10 and 4 more makes 14.’
  • Can you show this using things you can find around you home?
  • Group 10 things together e.g. 10 straws, 10 pencils, 10 sticks or 10 cars.In a separate pile, show 4 more items. That is how we make 14.
  • Say the number equation 10 + 4 = 14.

Personal, Social and Emotional

Think back to our story this week. Talk to your adults about Max’s behaviour. Why did his mum call him a wild thing? What was the consequence of his behaviour? (He was sent to bed). Talk about rules in your family and why we need them. How do you feel when you do something wrong? Make a list together of family rules, decorate it and put it up in your home.


Downloads for Wednesday


Phonics – ‘ear’ Sound

Today we join Mrs Enahoro for part two of our phonics. Can you remember our sound of the week? Watch the video and join in with Mrs Enahoro. You will need something to write with.

Mathematics – Number 14

Find 14 things from around your house, it can be the same things or different from yesterday. Can you split them into 2 groups?

  • How many different ways can you split 14?
  • What can you see? Can you say the equation? E.g. I can see 5 there and 9 there so 5+9= 14

Use the part, part, whole diagram in the downloads section below to find the equations.

Physical Development (Fine Motor skills) and Expressive Arts and Design

Today we challenge you to make your own Max and the wild things models. Using cardboard tubes, decorate them to look like Max and the monsters. To make the ears, fold down the top of the tube. Carefully, using child scissors and adult supervision, cut out and stick on pointy spikes, sharp teeth or a long beak (what types of words did I use there?) Don’t forget to include Max’s crown!



Literacy – Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Recap the adjectives that your child thought of to describe the wild things. Ask your child to draw their own ‘wild thing’ using the monster picture as inspiration.

Once complete, write a caption for the picture e.g. sharp teeth or big beak. Remind your child to think about what they want to write and say it aloud before they start. Count the amount of words. What word is first? What sounds can we hear? What comes next? Don’t forget a finger space!

Writing extension: if you are finding caption writing easy you can give this a go. In simple sentences, answer these questions about your wild thing. What does it look like?Where does it live? What does it eat? Feel free to add more if you’re enjoying writing about your wild thing!

Mathematics – Number 14

Practise writing the numeral 14. Write it in the air, on paper or with your finger on the ground. How many times can you write it in one minute? Use this song (sung to the tune If You’re Happy and You know It) to help you…

‘Write 14 in the air, in the air,
Write 14 in the air, in the air
Write 14 in the air and leave it hanging there
Write 14 in the air, in the air’  🎹🎸

Physical Development (Gross Motor Skills) and Expressive Arts and Design

Watch this video of the ‘wild rumpus’ scene from this week’s story. Can you recreate some of the moves the wild things do like marching on the spot, jumping up and down and pretending to climb a ladder on the spot? Can you do these actions in time with the beat of the music? Get the whole family involved in your own wild rumpus. Maybe you can come up with your own interesting moves. Most importantly, have fun while doing it!

Extra Activities


Here are your links for your weekly sing-a-longs with the music teachers Miss Freeman and Miss Quick. The follow this link to join in with a call and response clapping rhythms activity.

Trust Challenge

This week’s Trust challenge is to write a letter to someone in a care home to cheer them up during these unusual times. See attached document and template below for full details.

Published on 10th May, 2020

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