Week Starting 21 June 2020

Hello all Reception children and families.

Join us this Wednesday 24th June at 10am for a live storytelling session with Ms Whorms 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 recjune24. We look forward to seeing you there.

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

Mihail, from Beulah Infants, sent us photos of his symmetrical butterfly. Well done.

Darshan, from Ecclesbourne Primary, made the following shapes by using 19 blocks.

Sarah, from Whitehorse Brigstock site, enjoys joining in with weekly phonics sessions.

Zoha, from Whitehorse Manor Infants, and her mum drew the number 19 Numberblock.

Mac, from Cypress Lower, really enjoyed making the number 19 shapes. He looked closely at the TV and copied the shapes with his blocks!


This week our home learning is linked to the book Mad About Minibeasts by Giles Andreas. Here is an overview of what is to come.

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Monday Literacy – ‘Mad About Minibeasts’ Grasshopper poem Mathematics – Counting in 5s and counting to 20 Understanding the World – 30 Acts of Wildness challenge
Tuesday  Phonics – Reading and writing with the ‘oi’ digraph Mathematics – What is doubling? Understanding the World- Caring for living things
Wednesday  Literacy – ‘Mad About Minibeasts’ Bee poem Mathematics – Ladybird doubling activity Physical Development– How to make a ladybird kite
Thursday Phonics – Reading and writing the ‘ai’ digraph Mathematics – What is halving? Personal, Social and Emotional – I am special poem
Friday Literacy – ‘Mad About Minibeasts’ Caterpillar poem Mathematics – Fruit halving activity Expressive Arts and Design – Paper plate minibeasts


Please keep your photos coming by sending them to our dedicated email address. You will get a response from your child’s class teacher.

We hope you have a great week.

The Reception Team 


Literacy – Mad About Minibeasts by Giles Andreas

This week we are reading the book ‘Mad About Minibeasts‘ by Giles Andreas. This is a special book because it has lots of poems about different minibeasts. Minibeasts are ‘small creatures’, like worms, snails, insects and spiders. The scientific term for them is ‘invertebrates’ – a creature without a backbone.

Today we are going to watch Miss Staniforth read a poem about the grasshopper.

A lot of poems are read differently to stories and are written differently to help us to read them. Some of their lines can be long and some can be short. This poem has a rhythm that helps us to read it. We need to practise finding this rhythm because sometimes it is hard to do at the start.

The first thing we need to do is practise our clap. Try a really fast clap, now try a really slow clap. They are very different. Now we need to try the one which will be better for us, it shouldn’t be very fast or very slow and needs to stay at the same speed the whole time. Have a go.

Have a go with Miss Butler, she is going to practise her clapping and then read the poem and clap along at the same time.

Why not try listening to Miss Staniforth again and try clapping along all by yourself.

To carry on practising, sing some of the nursery rhymes that you know and clap along at the same time – remember practising really helps us to learn a new skill.



Let’s warm up our maths skills today with Mrs Edwards from Ecclesbourne Primary as she teaches us how to count in 5s.

Now we know how to count to 20, lets practise counting forward and backwards. Do you think you can count from different numbers? Here are your challenges for today –

  1. Start counting from 5
  2. Start counting from 10
  3. Start counting from 12
  4. Count back from 15
  5. Count back 9
  6. Count back from 18.

Understanding the World

We hope you have enjoyed taking part in the Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Random Acts of Wildness challenge. Here are the final 9 challenges. Enjoy!


  1. 1. Learn one new bird song
  2. 2. Look for animal tracks when out taking exercise or in your garden
  3. 3. Play nature ‘I spy’
  4. 4. Try and count the number of different shades of green you can see in an outdoor space
  5. 5. Have a competition to see who can find the greatest number of living things in 5 minutes in your garden
  6. 6. Learn how to take great photos of flowers, birds or bugs!
  7. 7. Go on a nature scavenger hunt
  8. 8. Make a nature mandala
  9. 9. Choose your favourite act of wildness and do it again!



Today we join Ms Hunte, from Beulah Infants, for our phonics session. This is the first of two sounds we are learning this week. We will be reading and writing words with this new digraph. Please make sure you have a pencil and piece of paper ready.


Today, we are learning how to double numbers. Let’s start by watching this doubles song on YouTube.

When we double we are adding the same quantity twice.

Find two items from your house. Let’s double the amount. What do we need to do to double them? That’s right, we need to add two more items to make it double. Now we can work out what double 2 is by counting the amount of objects we have. Double 2 is 4!

Find 3 items. How many more do you need to double it? Keep going up to 5.

It helps to create two piles or groups when you are doubling. You could use two hoops to put the items in or, with grown up help, a mirror to show doubling of the items.


Personal, Social and Emotional

Insects aren’t gross, they’re good guys! Did you know that bees are busy at work pollinating flowers? They are also trying to collect nectar from flowers to make honey.
Ladybirds eat tiny bugs (aphids) and help plants grow whilst worms aerate the soil and help make dirt.

Bugs are everywhere! You just have to take time to look. Here’s how:

• Show respect for insects and the places where they live
• Never handle insects – draw pictures instead
• Move slowly and quietly so you do not disturb them
• Leave insects’ homes exactly as you found them. If you turn over rocks and logs put them back the way you found them
• Remember that you have to be kind and respectful of the lives of even the tiniest creatures and that we are looking and learning about, not hurting or destroying.
• It is always best to learn things first-hand, so get outside and get hunting for minibeasts but it is important to respect the natural world and to be gentle with all living creatures.

Now, can you make a poster displaying rules on how to treat minibeasts with care?
To make a poster you can either draw your own pictures of bugs or you can cut and paste pictures of insects that you find.


Literacy – Mad About Minibeasts by Giles Andreas

Watch Miss Staniforth read our next poem, this one is about a bee.

What did you notice about the poem? The words at the end of line 2 and line 5 rhymed! Rhyming words are words that sound the same at the end of it. Bee and tree are rhyming words because they sound the same at the end of the word, it is about what you can hear when you say it. There are lots of words that rhyme with bee. Can you think of anymore?(The answers may include see, me, be, free, knee, we)

Do you remember on Monday we practised clapping along to the poem to help us notice its rhythm? Having rhyming words can help the poems rhythm, which can help the reader. Have look at today’s poem

Take a look at the bee poem. The last word is missing!


Can you work out what word has disappeared?
Remember it has to make sense. CLUE – the word rhymes with funny!

Use the worksheet below to practise finding words that rhyme.



Start today’s mathematics by joining Mrs Dutton, from Cypress Lower, as she talks us through how to double.

Let’s see if you can have a go at home? Use the ladybird template below. Roll a dice. Put that many dots on one side of the ladybird. Lets double that number. How many do we need on the other side to double it? Can you say/write that as an equation? For example 2 + 2 = 4

You could draw your own ladybird or use two hoops/plates if you do not have a printer.


Physical Development

Today we challenge you to make your own Ladybird kite. All you need is some paper, string, a twig and some sticky stuff!
Make a kite template like this one below by drawing it or downloading the attached template.

  • 1. Cut it out then decorate the wings leaving the ‘body’ bit in the middle clear.
  • 2. Fold down the centre line, so the decorated wings are on the outside, then fold along the diagonal lines to create a paper aeroplane type shape and tape it in place.
  • 3. The decorated wings should be on the underside of the kite – this is what you’ll see from the ground when it’s flying!
  • 4. Make your kite stronger by taping a twig on top, across the wingspan.
  • 5. Punch out holes where the small circles on the body are, then tie a really long bit of string through – this will be what you hold on to when your kite is flying.

Now find a breeze and see if your ladybird kite flies!





Today we join Mrs Enahoro, from Cypress Lower, for our second phonics session this week. We will be reading and writing words with this new digraph. Please make sure you have a pencil and piece of paper ready.



Now that we know how to double, let’s talk about halving. To half something is to create two EQUAL parts. That means its the same amount on both sides. Start today by looking at the pictures in the PowerPoint below of real life halves.

Now, take a piece of paper and fold it in half. Check the paper is folded in half by making sure the corners meet. You now have one piece of paper that is folded into two parts. Each part is the same size (equal).

Can you find other ways to fold the paper in half? You could take a photograph and send it in to the Reception email to share with your teachers.


Personal, Social and Emotional

As we have been learning about and listening to poems this week, we thought it would be fantastic if you could write your own poem about how unique and special you are. Using one of the different worksheets provided below, encourage your child to write about their features, family members and interests. When finished, send us a picture. We look forward to reading them.



Literacy – Mad About Minibeasts by Giles Andreas

Our third poem is called Caterpillar. What do you think this poem is about?
Watch Miss Staniforth read our third poem.

This is a lovely poem telling us all about the caterpillar. It tells us a bit about what the caterpillar is like and what it likes to do.

The author (the writer) of the poem will normally be called a poet. The poet has thought about what they want to write about and will check they know something about it.
On Wednesday, someone took one of the words from the poem. Today more words have been stolen from our caterpillar poem. Can you fix the poem for us, filling in the missing words? To help there is a sheet at the bottom of this page you can download where you can write in the missing words. Remember it needs to make sense!

Can you write your own poem about a minibeast?
To find out more about them have a look at the video ‘What are minibeasts’.
You can start by thinking of a minibeast and what you know about them and what they might do. Remember that it can have words that rhyme but it doesn’t have to, there are lots of great poems that don’t.

If you have enjoyed listening to the poems this week you can listen to the whole book by clicking here.



Start by playing the Busy Things game ‘Play Islands Equal Numbers.’ You will need your child’s LGFL log on to access this. If you do not have this please contact your class teacher on the reception email address. Once logged into to Busy Things, click on ‘Upper Reception’, ‘Maths’, ‘Calculating’ and then ‘Islands, equal numbers’.

Today, grown ups, you will need to help your child cut a piece of fruit in half. Bananas are good for this activity as they are softer to cut. Support your child by asking where they think they will need to cut? Remind them what you should get if you cut something in half. Explain the safety aspects of using knifes for cutting.Once you have helped them cut the banana check if both sides are equal. How could they do this?

Expressive Arts and Design

Over the past few weeks we have been learning about lots of different minibeasts, How many different minibeasts can you think of? Today, we would like you to make a minibeast of your choice using a paper plate! It could be a ladybird, a snail or a bumble bee! If you don’t have a paper plate you can use a cut out circle from a cereal box, paper or card! Think carefully about the colours you will use! Be creative and don’t forget to take a photo and send it into us on our email address. It may even make it onto the home page next week!


Extra Activities


This week in music, we are learning to identify the sound of some different instruments.

First, learn all about timbre and how the instruments of the orchestra are grouped 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 4’ and complete the following tasks.

1. Listen to ‘Singing in the rain’ sung by Gene Kelly and try to identify the instruments you can hear playing.

2. Click on ‘Compose with the song Incy Wincy’ and have a go at making up your own melody.

3. Next, click on ‘Autumn 2 – My Stories’ and sing your favourite song. Then, try changing the timbre of your voice by singing a song in a silly voice!

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

And a finally a song of the week from Mrs Quick at Beulah Infants can be found here.

Trust Challenge

This week, it is National School Sport Week. At this time of year, we are often enjoying
taking part in Sports’ Day and Key Stage 2 children have the opportunity to compete at the Croydon Schools’ Athletics Championship. This year, our celebration of sport will be a bit different but you can find out more about getting involved in NSSW from home by clicking here.

This week, we would like you to get active by building – and using – your very own obstacle course. Your obstacle course can be indoors or outdoors. Open the document below for lots of ideas to get you started.

Downloads for Extra Activities

Published on 21st June, 2020

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