Week Starting 17 May 2020

Hello all Reception children and families. Welcome to this week’s learning which, believe it or not, is actually the last week of term!

Once again, we are pleased to say we have received some wonderful emails showcasing the excellent work happening at home linked to last week’s story ‘Where The Wild Things Are.’ Keep sending them to our dedicated email address.

Danny, from Whitehorse Manor Infants drew the numeral 14 and decorated it with lentils.

Maryam, from Ecclesbourne Primary, cleverly used her teddies to help her partition the number 12 and wrote the equation.

Shania, from Beulah Infants, has been busy this week making a boat and testing whether it would float or sink.

William, from Cypress Lower, built and tested his ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ boat. It floated!

Blanka, From Whitehorse Manor Brigstock site, was very creative when making her ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ costume!

This week’s learning is linked to the story ‘Quiet’ by Paul Bright. Here is a sneak peak of what’s to come!

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Monday Literacy – Quiet by Paul Bright Mathematics – Number 15 Numberblocks Understanding the World – Lion Cam and fact find
Tuesday Phonics – ‘Air’ Sound. Reading words containing the ‘air’ sound Mathematics – Table football Physical Development (Fine Motor Skills) – Paper weaving
Wednesday Communication and Language – Story discussion and animal movements Mathematics – Partitioning the number 15 with Miss De Duca Expressive Arts and Design – How to build with a purpose in mind
Thursday Phonics – ‘Air’ Sound. Writing words that contain the ‘air’ sound Mathematics – Busy Things counting activity Personal, Social and Emotional – Visiting the zoo game
Friday Literacy – Draw an animal from the story and write a caption Mathematics – The number game Health and Self-Care – The importance of sleep

We hope you have an enjoyable week. Stay safe.

The Reception Team


Literacy – Quiet by Paul Bright

This week we are going to be listening to the story ‘Quiet’ by Paul Bright read by Ms Whorms from Cypress Lower. Look at the front cover. Talk about the title of the book with your child before watching the video. What does being quiet mean? When do we need to be quiet? Do they ever ask other people to be quiet? Ask your child what they think the story might be about?

Watch the video of the story.

Did you both like the story? Talk about why you liked it? Was your guess about what happened in the story correct? Now try and answer the below questions.

  • Why was the jungle so noisy?
  • Why couldn’t baby Leo get to sleep?
  • What did some of the animals do when Leo was sleeping?
  • What did Pa lion want to do?
  • What woke baby Leo up?
  • Do you think shouting is the best way to ask someone to be quiet? How could you ask them if you want less noise?

Additional activity: make a quiet sign to help show people places where we need to be quiet and when. E.g. one to put up in the bedroom at bedtime.

Mathematics – Number 15

Maths warm up – count up to twenty and back down again. Do it again but this time go as quickly as you can! Do it again but this time go as slowly as you can. Finally, take it in turns with a family member to count up to twenty for example, you say 0 and mum/dad say 1, then you say 2, then mum/dad say 3 and so on…

Watch the Number Blocks episode 15 and then complete the ‘All About the Number 15’ worksheet attached below.


Understanding the World – Technology

Have you visited the Edinburgh Zoo website recently? They have added new web cams. Lucky for us, they now have a lion cam! We have been checking in on them all week and they are a lot easier to spot than the tigers!

Afterwards, try researching some lion facts from the below web pages. If you find something really interesting, why not tell us about it by emailing us. Or, if you’re feeling brave, film yourself (with the permission of your grown up) telling us your fascinating lion facts!



Phonics – ‘Air’ Sound

Today we recap another trigraph. Can you remember the two trigraphs we have covered already? Join Ms Whorms as she helps us to blend words containing the ‘air’ trigraph. Look out for the guest appearance from one of her pets! As always, if there are some sounds your child is struggling with, head over to BBC Bitesize to watch the videos for those sounds.


Watch the Number Blocks episode 15.

Today we challenge you to make a simple blow football game. Watch this CBeebies video on how to do it. Once made, challenge a member of your household to a blow football match. Keep score. First to score 15 wins!

Physical Development – Fine Motor Skills

In this week’s story, baby Leo needed a nap. Using coloured paper, children’s scissors and grown up help, can you weave a cosy, colourful quilt for baby Leo to sleep on? Watch this video to show you how to do paper weaving. Afterwards, maybe it could become a quilt for your favourite toy at home.


Communication and Language – Listening and Attention

Think about this week’s story ‘Quiet’. Remember you can watch the story again. Ask your child what they can remember about the story?

  • Who were the characters?
  • What happened?
  • Talk with your child about some of the other animals in the story. What were some of the animals doing when baby Leo was sleeping? (parrots, hyenas, monkeys and hippos). Why do you think they made a noise?
  • Talk about the hyenas. Why were the hyenas laughing? What were they laughing at? What makes you laugh? How can you make other people laugh?

Pretend to be one of the animals in the jungle in the story. How do they move? What did they do? Try being a different animal. Do you need to do anything differently? Have fun being as many animals as you like!

Additional activity: tell someone a joke, see if you can make them laugh. Try writing down a joke to tell a member of your family it could be one you know or one that you make up.

Mathematics – Number 15

Today, Miss De Duca from Ecclesbourne Primary, talks us through how to split the number 15.

As Miss De Duca said, now it’s over to you. Find 15 objects from around your home. Using the attached part, part, whole 15 worksheet, complete the example of how to spilt the number 15. Next print of the blank part, part, whole template sheet. Using this sheet, and your 15 objects, can you find all 16 ways of making the number 15? Write the equations as you go.

Expressive Arts and Design

Watch this video from one of the teachers Oak National Academy and join them in constructing with a purpose in mind. Think about what you have at home you could build with? What is it that you are going to build? What shapes do you need to use/make?



Phonics – ‘Air’ Sound

Today we’re back with Mrs Enahoro to working on segmenting and writing words containing the ‘air’ sound. Make sure you have your pencil and paper ready!


Follow this link to the Busy Things activity ‘Action Time’ game and complete the counting activity. You will have to watch carefully and select the number that matches the amount of actions the character does. You will need your LGFL log on to access this website. This can be found in your reading diary. If you do not have your log on please send an email to

Personal, Social and Emotional – Turn Taking

This board game is based on animals you find in the zoo. Some of whom appeared in our story this week. Print off the below game, dice and instructions and get a family member to play it with you. Take it in turns to roll the dice and move along the board. Watch out for the spaces with instructions on them! This game is for 2-4 players. If you do not have access to a printer, maybe you could design and play your own version of this game.



Draw one of the animals from the story, thinking about what they look like and what they might be doing. Write a caption at the bottom of your picture to say what your animal is doing. E.g. sleeping lion, noisy animal. Remind your child about the things we do to help us when writing – think about what they want to write. Count the amount of words. Which word is first? What comes next? Remember their finger spaces.

Writing extension: If your child would like to have a go at some more writing they could use what they learnt in Monday’s session to write an information poster about one of the animals in the story to help teach someone else about them. What does it look like? What do they do all day? What do they eat? Are they dangerous?


Using the attached template below, can you find groups of items around your home, or whilst enjoying some daily exercise, that match these numerals? For example, you might find 4 bananas in your home or see 10 cars whilst out walking. Write down the name of the items you find next to the matching numeral.

Health and Self-Care – Peace at Last

Watch the story “Peace At Last” by Jill Murphy. Daddy Bear was grumpy because he didn’t get enough sleep.

  • What is your bed time routine?
  • Why do we need to sleep?
  • What time do you go to bed?
  • What happens If you don’t get enough sleep?

Sleep keeps us healthy and functioning well. It lets our body and brain work well. Did you know a five year old child needs 11 hours sleep every night! What other things keep us healthy?


Downloads for Friday

Extra Activities

Physical Development – Gross Motor Skills

Join in with this lion themed Cosmic Yoga session. This session is about Lulu the lion and explores the power of positive thinking.


For this week’s music, Miss Freeman has created the following two videos for you to watch and join her with some improvisation and singing.
Learn how to improvise
Sing along with Miss Freeman

Trust Challenge

This week’s Trust challenge is a photograph competitions with prizes to be won! Watch this video to find out what you need to do to enter.


Published on 17th May, 2020

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