Week Starting 14 June 2020

Hello all Reception children and families.

Join us this Wednesday 17th June at 10am for a live storytelling session with Mrs Enahoro from Cypress Lower. All reception children from across the Trust are welcome. You will need your child’s LGFL log on to access this session. If you do not have this, please contact your class teacher on our year group email (below). Details of how to access this session can be found here. The nickname for the session is recjune17. We look forward to seeing you there.

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

Abinesh, from Brigstock, has been working hard finding different ways to partition the number 18.

Danny, from Whitehorse Manor Infants, inspired by Miss Petitti’s pet cat, drew and wrote about his own pet!

Desiree, from Beulah Infants, completed one of the random acts of wildness activities this week and drew a landscape.

Dylan, from Ecclesbourne Primary, was getting rather scared when he found a spider on his arm!

Isadora, from Cypress Lower, labelling the life cycle of a frog.

This week’s learning is linked to the story ‘The Snail and The Whale’ by Julia Donaldson. Here is an overview of what is to come.

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Monday Literacy – ‘The Snail and The Whale’ by Julia Donaldson Mathematics – Introducing the number 20 Understanding the World – The Wildlife Trust 30 day random acts of wildness challenge
Tuesday  Phonics – Blending with the ‘oo’ sound (reading focus) Mathematics – Counting to 20 Understanding the World – Plastic in the ocean
Wednesday  Literacy – Message writing Mathematics – Make your own number line Understanding the World – All about snails
Thursday Phonics – Segmenting with the ‘oo’ sound (writing focus) Mathematics – Heavy and light Physical Development – 3D snails (fine motor activity)
Friday Literacy – Letter writing Mathematics – Heavier and lighter Personal, Social and Emotional – What make a good friend?

Please send us photos of your learning. We love to receive them.

The Reception Team


Literacy – The Snail and The Whale by Julia Donaldson

The story this week is by Julia Donaldson. Can you think of any other books that she has written? (The Gruffalo, Zog and A Squash and a Squeeze) Watch Mrs Roberts read the story.

Did you like the story? What was the best part of it?

Why not turn into the snail in the story?  Pretend you are looking for an adventure but you are stuck on the black rock. You will need to write your message so that someone can give you a lift. What could you write?  Try and write your message for others to see e.g. I need a lift.

Great, a whale has stopped for you. Slide up onto the whale and off you go! Imagine that you are travelling in the sea. What can you see on your journey? Think of the different places that snail saw when travelling on the whale.

Extension – Write a list of some of the things that the snail saw on her journey around the world. Try and make your list more interesting by describing the things that the snail sees e.g. golden sand, blue sea and shimmering ice.



Let’s warm up this morning by counting by 2s using this Scratch Garden robotic video.

Now watch the Numberblocks number 20 episode.

  • How is 20 made?
  • What’s similar/ different about 10 and 20? 10 is one group of ten and 20 is two groups of ten.
  • Can you find 20 things and group them into two groups of 10?
  • Can you draw the two 10 Numberblocks having a dance and then number 20 having a dance?

Why don’t you have a dance and count to 20 while you do it? A boogie 20!


Understanding the World

It is now week three of our ’30 Days Wild’ challenge from The Wildlife Trust. We hope you are enjoying it. Here are the 7 random acts of wildness, one for each day, that you could carry out this week!

  1. Take The Wildlife Trust’s ‘what sea-loving animal are you’ quiz.
  2. Complete the The Wildlife’s Trust sound map activity using the attached instructions below.
  3. See how many different flowers you can identify when out for exercise or in the garden.
  4. Go slow like a snail. Watch it move its head and tentacles towards you as it senses you in its ‘space’.
  5. Make a bird feeder for your garden. Click here for some ideas.
  6. Make a nature treasure box. Find something new to put in it.
  7. Put out food and water for hedgehogs in the garden. Do not put out bread or milk as this will make hedgehogs very ill.


Downloads for Monday



Today we are back with Mrs Enahoro for our phonics lesson.



Using the Number Splat Square, can you splat the numbers to count in 2?

Watch the Numberblocks episode ‘I can count to 20’

Can you count to 20 using all your fingers and toes? Can you do it backwards?

Count up and down to 20 loudly, quietly, in a squeaky voice, in a low voice and in your funniest voice.

In the video, they counted to 20 in different ways. How did they count to 20? Can you try and count in 2s to twenty? You can use your splat square from earlier to help you.

Why couldn’t number 3 count up to 20? What was the problem?


Understanding the World

Planet Earth has a lot of water covering its surface, that is why it is often referred to as the Blue Planet. It’s one of the things that makes our home so special. Did you know that we have oceans and seas? The oceans are home to the world’s largest living thing, like the Humpback Whale. Oceans are very important to life on Earth. About 70% of the oxygen we breathe in comes from the oceans! Wow!

Watch this video about plastic in the ocean and how we can help prevent it.

Why do we need to save the ocean?

How can we keep our oceans clean?

How can we save the ocean from pollution?



Literacy – The Snail and The Whale by Julia Donaldson

Can you remember what happened in the story? You can watch the story that you heard on Monday again to help.

Do you think that the snail had fun on her adventure? How do you think she felt when they got stuck on the sand and could not get back to the sea?

What did the snail do when the whale got stuck on the sand? How did she get people to help them?

Pretend to be the snail looking for help. Where are you going to go? How did the snail ask the children for help?

Can you write the help note for the children to see? Think about what you need to say, who do they need to save? E.g. Help the whale!

Extension – Why not draw a picture of one of the things that the snail saw on her adventure.



To get us warmed up today, watch this BBC bitesize video on counting to 20 and complete the ordering activity.

We have now learnt our numbers all the way to 20! Amazing! Well done!

Today we are going to make our own 0-20 number line. You can use art resources, things you have around the house, Lego or draw all your own Numberblocks! There are some picture examples to help. It is all up to you! Send a picture of your number line to your teacher. I’m sure they would love to see it! This could be something you keep to help with your learning in future or something you make just once.


Understanding the World

Click the picture below to watch a clip of Jess on her mini-beast adventure. Today she is looking at snails.

Did you like watching the snails in that video? If you did, attached below are the instructions to make your own snailery. Make sure you keep your snailery out of the sun and give the snails food and a shallow bowl of water to drink from. Once you have finished observing them it is important that you return them safely back where you found them.

Also below is a PowerPoint with lots more interesting facts about snail.





Today we join Ms Whorms, from Cypress Lower, for our phonics session. You will need a pen and paper.


In this week’s story, The Snail and The Whale, the snail can ride on the whale’s back. Why can he do that? Could the whale ride on the snail’s back? Why not? He’s too heavy! The next two sessions are going to be about weight. We will be using the language ‘heavy’ and ‘light’.

Watch Bert and Ernie find things that are ‘heavy’ and ‘light’.

Can you find things that are heavy and light around the house? Make sure you have a grown up to help you carry things if they are too heavy. Find 3 ‘heavy’ things and 3 ‘light’ things.


Physical Development – Fine Motor Skills

Today we challenge you to make some 3D racing snails. For this you will need four pictures of snails, see below download, some string or wool, sticky tape, glue and two lolly sticks.

  1. With adult help, carefully cut out the snails. Cut two pieces of string/wool the same size (you decide how long, the longer they are the longer the race).
  2. Take one cut out snail and turn it over, picture side down. Place the end of one piece of wool/string on to its shell and stick in place with tape. Take another snail and stick on top with glue joining only on its shell and head. The two pieces of paper should part a little at the bottom to allow the string to come through and the snail to stand up.
  3. Tie the other end of the string/wool to the lolly stick. One racing snail is ready!
  4. Repeat the steps to make a second snail.
  5. Finally race the two snails! The snails move forward by twisting the lolly stick in your hand and winding string on to the stick. You could even make a start and finish line for your race!

Downloads for Thursday


Literacy – The Snail and The Whale by Julia Donaldson

The snail was very lucky to travel around the world with the whale and go on an amazing adventure.  It’s nice to share good news with other people, you can share your happiness with them.  When something great happens to you who do you want to tell?  The snail and the whale told all the other snails about what a great time they had. A great way to share good news when you can’t see someone is to write a letter to them. Pretend you are the snail again on your journey, write a letter to your snail friends or snail family telling them what it is like on your journey.

You need to write on your letter who it is to at the beginning, what you want to tell them in the middle and who the letter is from at the end. It could be long or short and could look like this:

Remind your child to think about what they want to write. Start with the first sentence and say it out loud. Count the amount of words in the sentence on your fingers, as you say it out loud. What word is first? What comes next? Remember they need finger spaces between the words and to include all the sounds in each word.



Today we will be continuing our work on weight. Start by watching Elmo’s heavy and light song.

Now we join Miss Petitti, from Whitehorse Manor Infant School, who will talk us through a PowerPoint about heavier and lighter.

Here is a link to some instructions on how you can make your own set of balances at home.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

‘The Snail and The Whale’ is a story about a beautiful friendship between one little sea snail and an enormous whale. Together they go on an amazing journey and, when disaster strikes, it’s the tiny snail’s big plan that saves the day. Even though the snail is small, he helps to save the whale.

Think about your friends.

What is a friend?

How do you become a friend to someone?

What makes someone a good friend?

Who are your friends?

What special things do you like to do with your friends?

What things do you like to do by yourself?

How can you help if one of your friends is in trouble?

How can you support your friends if they need you?


A friend is someone to have fun with, to play with, to laugh with, to sing with, and to share with. Good friends help each other. Good friends care for each other. Good friends are kind. Good friends share. Good friends stick together. 

Extra Activities


In music this week, we are learning to identify different pitch and change the tempo of a song. Learn about pitch and play the game ‘higher or lower’ with Miss Freeman.
Then, 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 3’ and complete the following tasks.
1. Listen to ‘We Are Family’ by Sister Sledge and try to identify the instruments you can hear playing.
2. Click on ‘Autumn 2 – My Stories’ and sing your favourite song. Then, try changing the tempo (speed) of the song and see if you can still sing it in time with the music.
Alternatively, the Reception sing-along playlist can be found here.

Trust Challenge

This week’s challenge is to create a quiz.  You could keep it simple and write ten questions on a topic of your choice or you could create a photo quiz to see if your friends and family can guess the item or character from a photo showing only a small part of it. See the downloadable document below for more information.

Downloads for Extra Activities

Published on 14th June, 2020

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