Week Starting 12 July 2020

Welcome to the final week of term!

We cannot quite believe that it is the end of the school year. This week’s Google Meets will provide you with an opportunity to meet your new Year 1 teachers and provide you with a chance to say goodbye to your Reception teachers. For that reason, we really hope to see as many of you there as possible. Here are the times of the Google Meets.

Beulah Infants

Yellow Class        Monday 11am  Nickame: yellow1

      Red Class                Thursday 11am    Nickname:bired16

Ecclesbourne Primary 

Rockets Class  Thursday 10:30am Nickname: rockets

Stars Class    Thursday 11am    Nickname:stars

Cypress Lower

Orange Class  Monday 11am    Nickname: orangecypress

Yellow Class        Thursday 10am  Nickname:    yellowcypress

Red Class          Thursday 10:30am  Nickname:  redcypress


Whitehorse Manor Infants – Brigstock 

Willow Class

Thursday 11am Nickname: willowclassmeet

Whitehorse Manor Infants

Red Class Wednesday 10:30am  Nickname:whred

Orange Class   Wednesday 1pm Nickname: whorange

Blue Class   Wednesday 3pm  Nickname: whblueclass

Click here for the instructions as to how to join a Google Meet. You will need your child’s LGFL log on to access the Google Meet. If you do not have this, please get in touch through the Reception mailbox as soon as possible and your child’s class teacher will email it to you.

Please be mindful of the following expectations when logging on for a class meet:

  • Children should wear appropriate clothing for any group conferencing session (for example clothing suitable for a working environment);
  • The video conferencing device should not be set up in a bedroom;
  • Parents must remain present with the child for the session;
  • An appropriate background will be used, in a fixed location (i.e. the device will not be moved around);
  • All those in the household should be mindful that they might be heard or seen in the background of the home;
  • No recordings, photographs, screenshots/screengrabs or stored footage will be made of any kind of teachers or other pupils;
  • Children will abide by the usual expectations of school behaviour;
  • Children will follow the teacher’s instructions at all times and will be respectful to each other, waiting their turn if necessary.​


The class teachers look forward to seeing you at your class meet and would like to say a big…

…to all the children, and parents, who have sent in pictures of their home learning. They have loved seeing all of your work and are very impressed with your efforts. It was a joy to see and really brightened their day. Thank you.

This week’s home learning is linked to the book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. Here is an overview of what’s to come….

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Monday Literacy – ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle Mathematics – ‘One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab’ by April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre Understanding the World – Butterfly Life Cycle
Tuesday Phonics – Reading and writing words with the ‘ee’ digraph Mathematics –  Using ‘One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab’ for counting in 2s Physical Development – The Very Hungry Caterpillar finger puppets
Wednesday Literacy – ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ matching illustrations to sentences Mathematics Problem solving Personal, Social and Emotional – Reflecting on Reception and looking forward to Year 1
Thursday Phonics – Reading and writing words with the ‘or’ digraph Mathematics Problem solving Physical Development – Identifying healthy foods
Friday Literacy – ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ sequencing activity Mathematics – Challenge day! Expressive Arts and Design – Printing caterpillars

We hope you enjoy this final week of home learning. It has been a pleasure teaching you all this year. We hope you have a wonderful summer. Stay safe and we will see you all back at school in September.

The Reception Team 


Literacy – ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle

Take a look at these pictures. They will give you a clue to what our story is about this week!

What do you think these pictures are of? They have been taken with a special camera because they are actually very small.

Watch Miss Hunte, from Beulah Infants, read the story to find out what it is about.

What happens to the caterpillar in the story?

What does it turn into at the end?

Which food do you think the caterpillar enjoyed the most? Why?

Do you think caterpillars really eat this food?

Why do you think the caterpillar eats so much food?


Mathematics – One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab by April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre

Let’s warm up this morning with a counting in 2s song.

Watch Miss Staniforth, from Whitehorse Manor Infants, read the first part of the story. Count with Miss Staniforth as she reads the book.

Look at the pictures in the resources document below and count how many legs there are on each animal.

Using these pictures, can you draw the different animal with the correct amount of feet to match the numeral on a number line? E.g. For number one you would put the snail as it has one foot. You may have to combine animals to make up all the numbers. Can you go up to 10?



































Understanding the World

‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle is the story of a tiny caterpillar who develops an enormous appetite and proceeds to eat huge quantities of different types of food. You will notice the transformation and growth of a tiny caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. Do you know what we call these changes? We call it Metamorphosis.

Metamorphosis is the name of the changes that some animals and insects go through during their life cycles. The change is dramatic and the baby stage looks very different from the adult stage.

Now watch this video and try to draw the life cycle of a butterfly using the template attached below.

If you are feeling particularly creative maybe you could make an edible version of the life cycle? Have a look at these pictures. What edible items have they used for the life stages? What items could you use?



Today we join Mrs Enahoro, from Cypress Lower, for our phonics session. Pencils and paper at the ready!


We will start the day with a game of ‘Guess the Number’ with Miss Staniforth from Whitehorse Manor Infants.


Watch Miss Staniforth read the book again. Join in with the counting of the legs.

Let’s count the legs in twos. What thing can we use to count in twos? Well done the feet!

Can you draw the feet and count in 2s to make 4,6,8 and 10? Can you go higher?





















Physical Development

Make your own Hungry Caterpillar finger puppets!


To make The Very Hungry Caterpillar Finger Puppets you will need:

• The Very Hungry Caterpillar Finger Puppet Templates for the Caterpillar and Butterfly which can be found by clicking here
• Card or thick paper (green, red, purple, yellow and blue)
• Scissors
• Glue

Cut out circles of the same size and just make sure that the two pieces with holes for the fingers are next to each other and roughly side by side. Glue them together and add details to the face of the caterpillar.

If you enjoyed making the caterpillar then maybe you could try making the butterfly? The template for the butterfly can be found on the same link as the caterpillar.


Literacy – ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle

Can you remember what happened in the story that you watched on Monday?
The story was about a little caterpillar who ate every day for a week, until he turned into a beautiful butterfly.

Look at this picture. Pictures help us to see what was happening. When using sentences with pictures it can help us to explain what is happening further. Can you remember what is happening in the story when we see this picture? Use the document below to match the right sentence to this picture.

Why not try one yourself? Draw a picture from the story and write a sentence to describe what is happening in your picture. Remember you can watch the story again by clicking on the video that you watched on Monday.



Start today by using the Number Splat grid on the Primary Games website to practise counting in 2s.

Using the pictures in the story we can make lots of different numbers. We are going to use the pictures to solve some problems!
When you solve a problem you need to look at the information you know first. Lets do one together-


So we know that we need to add something to the fly (6 legs) to make the spider (8 legs).
Here is how we can do it-
We know that the spider has 8 legs, so hold up 8 fingers. We also already know that we are using a fly which has 6 legs, so take away 6 fingers. How many fingers do you have left? That many fingers is the number/picture that goes in the gap. Well done you have solved your first problem!

Now go and do some yourself!
Use the sheet with pictures below to solve the equations and part part whole diagrams. What picture do you need to make the equations correct? What picture needs to go in the part part whole?


Personal, Social and Emotional

Start by reading the story attached below called ‘The Cautious Caterpillar.’

Just like the Hungry Caterpillar and Cody the Caterpillar, you have gone through a cycle of change during your time in Reception! Talk to your grown up about how you have grown. You’re a year bigger now, what have you learned during your year in Reception? What can you do now that you couldn’t do before? Can you name a few activities you are good at and think of something you would like to improve?

Now using the ‘Spreading My Wings’ document attached below complete the sections saying who your friends are, what you like learning about, what you are good at and what you would like to get better at.




Today we are back with Ms Whorms, from Cypress Lower, for our final phonics session. As always, you will need a pencil and some paper.



Today we revisit counting in 5s. Use this YouTube song to help you.

Watch Miss Staniforth complete the story ‘One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab’.

Now watch this narrated PowerPoint from Mrs Khajehnouri, from Brigstock site, talk us through some problem solving.

Physical Development

It is important for us to eat a balanced diet so that our body gets all the nutrition it needs to grow big and strong.

Foods like potatoes, bread, rice and pasta are known as carbohydrates. These are a good source of energy and fibre.

Eating foods like fruit and vegetables makes sure you get a full range of vitamins and minerals.


Food like beans, pulses, fish, eggs and meat are rich sources of protein. Protein is needed for lots of functions throughout the body.


Dairy foods, such as milk and yogurts (and alternatives), are important as they are a good source of calcium. Calcium is needed to help build strong bones.

Now let’s think about the food the hungry caterpillar ate in this week’s story. Was it all healthy?

Using the the picture below, can you sort the food that the caterpillar ate into ones  that are healthy, that we should eat lots of, and those which we should only eat occasionally as they contain lots of sugar, fat or salt?

Can you plan a healthy meal for another hungry caterpillar.



Literacy – ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle

Watch this YouTube version of the story that takes us through everything that happens in the book.

Have a look at these pictures –

Can you put them in the right order for the story? Use the sheet at the bottom of the page to print out the pictures if you can.

On Wednesday we practised writing sentences to help explain our pictures. Can you say and then write a sentence for each of these pictures? If you can, why not try drawing the picture yourself before saying and writing your sentence to go with it. Remember to write them out in the correct order to match the story.

Extension – See if you can add in more pictures by drawing them yourself to help you retell the story in more detail. Try retelling it using the days of the week.

We would love to see all the great work you are doing at home. You can email your pictures to the year group email



Our maths starter activity today is to practise counting in tens. You can use this YouTube song to help you.

Challenge day!

Using the pictures from the story we are going to do an investigation. How many ways can you make 20 using the different pictures? You can use as many or as few as you want. Here is an example-


How many more can you think of?
Can you use all of the pictures once?

Send your pictures of how many you got to your teachers on the reception email address!


Expressive Arts and Design

To end the week, we are going to use a printing method to create a picture of the hungry caterpillar.


You will need:

  • Paper or plastic cups
  • Paper
  • Paint
  • A paint brush or cotton buds


You can use green paint or make a multi-coloured/rainbow caterpillar.


Dip the larger, open end of a cup into the paint and then print the painted circles onto the paper to make the body of your caterpillar. Draw the face of your caterpillar in the first circle

How long can you make your caterpillar?
Can you count all the circles you have painted?
What colour paints did you use?

You can use a paintbrush or cotton bud to make the legs of your caterpillar. If you have made pairs of legs for each of your circles you could count how many legs you have made by counting in twos?



Extra Activities


In music this week, we are learning to sing a song about all of the elements of music.

Warm up your voices, and learn to sing this song to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with Miss Freeman.

Next, go to the Charanga 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 6’ and complete the following tasks.

1. Listen to ‘E.T. Flying Theme’ by John Williams and use the questions on screen to talk about the music.

2. Practice, singing ‘Big Bear Funk’ and any of your other favourite songs from the year.

For a bit of extra rhythmic fun, play the game ‘‘Clap it Back’ with Miss Freeman.

Alternatively, the Reception sing-along playlist can be found by clicking here.

Click here for the song of the week from Mrs Quick at Beulah Infants.

Trust Challenge

This is the last whole Trust challenge before we ‘break up’ for the summer holiday so
we thought we would make it super fun and go out with a bang!

Your challenge this week is to build a camp! Your camp or den can be indoors or outdoors and made out of whatever you like. Download the document below for more information.



Downloads for Extra Activities

Published on 12th July, 2020

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