Week Starting 31 May 2020

Hello all Reception children and families. Welcome back! We hope you had a good half term break. We certainly were lucky with the weather!

We will continue to post the wonderful photos on this page of the fabulous home learning that is taking place. The teachers love reading your emails and seeing this super work. Keep sending them to the below email.

Daniella, from Whitehorse Manor Infants, made her own mask inspired by ‘Where The Wild Things Are.’ Well done!

Freya, from Ecclesbourne Primary, worked hard making her lion from the story ‘Quiet’. She even wrote ‘shhh’ to tell the other animals to be quiet. Wow!

Ignas, from Cypress lower, cleverly used sticks he found to make letters. Very creative!

Anastasia, from Brigstock, used her coloured pencils to make number 15. First, she did 10 and 5 and then 9 and 6. Super!


This half term our topic is ‘Beastly Beasties’ where we will be learning all about mini-beasts! Minibeasts are small animals such as spiders or insects that have no backbone. The scientific name for animals with no backbone is invertebrates. Here is an overview of this week’s learning.


Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Monday Literacy – Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks Mathematics – Introducing tens and ones Understanding the World – 30 Days of Wild challenge
Tuesday Phonics – ‘ure’ trigraph (reading focus) Mathematics – Introducing number 16 Understanding the World – Spider fact finding session
Wednesday  Literacy – The inclusion spider Mathematics – Number patterns Expressive Arts and Design – Making a moving spider
Thursday Phonics – ‘ure’ trigraph (writing focus) Mathematics – Introducing number 17 Personal, Social and Emotional – What makes us special?
Friday Literacy – Draw and write about your ideal pet Mathematics – Partitioning with Mrs Ahmed Physical Development – Make your own play dough


We hope you enjoy this week’s learning and look forward to receiving your emails. Don’t forget to give the music session and Trust challenge a go in the ‘Extra Activities’ section.

The Reception Team



Literacy – Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks

Watch Miss Staniforth, from Whitehorse Manor Infants, read Aaaargghh Spider!

How do you think the spider was feeling throughout the story? Why was it feeling like that? How do you feel when you see a spider? What did you like about the story?

If you have been enjoying the stories we have been sharing they are available to purchase through websites such as Amazon, Waterstones or second-hand on Ebay.


Let’s warm up our brain this morning with a counting exercise. Follow this link and join the singing walrus count to 20.

Watch the Numberblocks episode “On Your Head”.

  • What happened to the Numberblocks 11-15?
  • Can you make a group of 10 and then find the right number to add on to make 11-15?
  • Can you order them smallest to biggest?
  • Use the sentence “One 10 and … is …” every time you make a Numberblock. For example “one 10 and 2 is 12.”
  • Using Lego/Duplo) make the Numberblocks 11-15 with 10 blocks of one colour and adding their ‘heads’ to make them whole.If you don’t have any blocks you could draw them.

Understanding the World

The 1st June marks the start of the annual nature challenge from The Wildlife Trust. The Wildlife Trust protects and stands up for wildlife and wild places across the UK. The nature challenge is called ’30 Days Wild’ and encourages people to take part in one simple, fun and exciting act of wildness each day to raise awareness for our environment.  This challenge has started at a perfect time for us as we will be learning all about minibeasts this half term. So when your in your garden, or out taking exercise with your family, maybe you could try one of the activities listed below.

  1. Look up at the clouds. What shapes can you see?
  2. Find a creepy crawly. Be gentle. Get close and watch the way it moves.
  3. Listen for wild sounds. What sounds can you hear?
  4. Snap a blue photo. Butterflies, damselflies or even a clear blue sky.
  5. Identify a wild flower. Take notes on it then search it in a book or online.
  6. Create a work of art using leaves, pine cones and twigs.
  7. Make a wind chime.



Ms Whorms welcomes us back today by recaping our tricky words and the trigraph ‘ure’.



Before watching today’s Numberblocks, head over to Busy Things and play Busy Things Islands (click on ‘Early Years’ then ‘Reception’, ‘Mathematics’, ‘Counting’ and scroll down) to get us ready for our maths session. You will need your LGFL log in details which can be found in your child’s reading diary. If you do not have your log in please email –

Watch Numberblocks 16 episode.

  • Can you draw the Numberblock number 16. What colour is he and what does he look like?
  • Say 10 and 6 more Makes 16. Can you show this using things you can find around you home? Group 10 things together e.g. straws, pencils, sticks, pasta or cars. Can you show 6 more? That is how we make 16. Say the number equation 10+6=16. Can you write the equation?

Understanding the World

Watch this lively, exciting video about Jess who goes on a minibeast adventure. Today she is finding spiders! There are lots of interesting facts in this video.

What have you learned? What did you find out about spiders? Did you learn anything new? Look on the dkfindout website under the section ‘house spider’. You can read, discuss and share facts about spiders with your family.


Literacy – Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks

Recap the story or watch Monday’s video again.

How could you help make someone feel included and wanted – part of the family or friendship group? How did the family make the spider feel included and wanted?

Using the worksheet below, try to think of 8 ways you can make someone feel included, one for each leg on a spider, and write them on the spider’s legs. Don’t forget to use your phonics to help you write and look out for tricky words.



Let’s get counting! Watch this video and count from 11-20 and back down again!.

Watch the Numberblocks Square Club episode.

  • What is the same about the Numberblocks?
  • What is different?
  • How do you know they are all squares? (They have 4 equal sides)
  • Can you make the different squares using blocks/lego/anything you can find in your house?
  • Line them up biggest to smallest and count out all the squares in each one.

Expressive Arts and Design

Today, we are going to make our own pretend pet spider. For this activity you will need two pieces of card (one black and one another colour), glue, scissors, coloured pencils and a straw.

  • First you will make the body of the spider. On the black card, draw and cut out 2 large circles for the spider’s body;
  • Next create the spider’s legs by cutting out 4 long and thin strips from black paper. The length of the strips should be the same. Glue the legs to one of the black card circles. One strip will make two legs by overhanging the circle on both sides;
  • Glue your art straw in the middle of the black card circle. The straw should line up with the edge of the circle as the other end will form a handle. Then stick the second black card circle, of the same size, on top so the straw is hidden underneath;
  • Using the other colour card, make the spider’s head but cutting out a circle smaller than the black card circles. Add some eyes (some spiders have up to 8 eyes), either with crayons or by cutting out and sticking on white paper circles. Stick the the spider’s head on to it’s body, this should be on the opposite end to the straw handle;
  • Carefully fold the legs in the middle to create joints and at the end.

An there you have it! A pretend pet spider. Now enjoy playing with it. Maybe you could use it to retell the story?

If you found these instructions tricky to follow, then watch this video to help you make your spider.

Downloads for Wednesday



Today we join Ms Hunte from Beulah infants for our phonics session. Make sure you have a pen an paper ready.


Start the session by playing “Rock, Paper, Scissors” with numbers. You and your child chooses an amount of fingers to show and the child has to say how many they have all together. “We made 9 because 5 and 4 make 9.” Use two hands for an extra challenge.

Watch the Numberblocks 17 episode.

  • Can you draw the Numberblock number 17. What colour is he and what does he look like?
  • Say 10 and 7 more Makes 17. 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 7 more? That is how we make 17) Say/record the number equation 10+7=17

Personal, Social and Emotional

Think about what we have learning about spiders this week? A lot of people think they are scary. From what you have learned this week do you think they are? What makes a spider special and unique? Now think about what makes you special and unique? What are you good at? Using the attached worksheet, talk about and share what is special about your family members. Draw or write what makes you special and what makes a spider special.


Downloads for Thursday


Literacy – Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks

Do you have a pet? If you do what pet is it? What’s your pet’s name? What do you love about your pet? If you don’t have a pet what would you like to have and why? Draw your pet/ your made up pet and name it. What is special about it?

Here is an example. This is Miss Petitti’s (Whitehorse Manor Infants) pet cat Spencer.

‘My pet is a cat. His name is Spencer. He is ginger. His fur is so soft!’


To end the week, let’s count to 20 and dance along too! Click here for the link to ‘Let’s Count to 20 Songs For Kids.’

Today Mrs Ahmed, from Beulah Infants, shows us how to partition the number 16 and 17.

Practise partitioning 16 and 17 into tens and ones. How could you record that? You could write the equation, use the part, part, whole method or by using physical items. Decide how you want to record the different ways of partitioning 16 and 17.

Physical Development – Play Dough Spider

Did you know you can make you own play dough using this quick and easy recipe? The ingredients and equipment you will need are;
1 cup of flour
Half a cup of salt
Half a cup of warm water
Black food colouring or paint is optional
A bowl, a mixing spoon and your hands and fingers.

Put the flour and salt into a bowl and gradually add in the water, mixing the ingredients with the spoon.  Then knead the dough with your hands and fingers until you have mixed a lovely ball of play dough.

Now you have made your play dough, you can shape it into a spider. Do you remember how many legs you need to make? Do you need to make antennae? Can you make a spider’s web? What materials could you use?

Extra Activities

Physical Development – Gross Motor Skills

Spiders are skilful in building webs. These sticky, silk threads that they produce are used to trap prey, weave cocoons for their eggs and line their burrows. Using masking tape, and adult help, make a ‘web’ across a door frame. Can you get through the web without getting caught.


Here are this week’s links to Miss Freeman’s sing-a-long. She also has a video where you can learn about rhythm and pulse.

If you’d like more music activities, 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 1
  • Listen to ‘Celebration’ and try to identify the instruments you can hear
  • Next, click on ‘compose with the song’ and have a go at making up your own tune to go with the beat
  • Finally, click on ‘Autumn 1 – Me’ and sing along with your favourite songs.

Trust Challenge

Do something extraordinary this week and see how many flags you are able to create with any Lego that you may have at home. If you don’t have any Lego, try painting, drawing or making collage flags? See the below attachments for more information about this challenge and pictures of flags to support you. Have fun!

Published on 31st May, 2020

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