Week Starting 28 June 2020

Hello all Reception children and families.

This week, each reception teacher is holding their own individual class Google Meet. Please click here to find out the time and day of your child’s class meet. As always, you will need your child’s LGFL log on to access the meet. If you do not have it please contact your class teacher on the year group email address below. For instructions on how to log into Google Meet please click here.

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.

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

Desiree, from Beulah Infants, made a bird feeder and placed breadcrumbs in it to feed the birds.

Mark, from Whitehorse Manor Infants, has been busy drawing pictures of flamingoes.

McKenzie, from Brigstock, shows his maths work where he worked out double 10.

Kerim, from Cypress Lower, has been working on his letter formation.

This week’s learning is linked to the text The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle. Here is an overview of what’s to come.

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Monday Literacy – ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird’ by Eric Carle Mathematics – Ordering items by weight Understanding the World – Ladybird fact find and quiz
Tuesday Phonics – Reading and writing words with the ‘ow’ digraph Mathematics – Day time and night time matching activity Physical Development – Design a healthy snack
Wednesday Literacy – Retelling a story with picture cues Mathematics – Times of the day sorting activity Expressive Arts and Design – Design and make your own bug
Thursday  Phonics – Reading and writing words with the ‘ar’ digraph Mathematics – Days of the week and your daily routine Personal, Social and Emotional – Using kind words
Friday  Literacy – Sequencing the day Mathematics – Telling the time (o’clock) Expressive Arts and Design – Exploring collage

Have a great week.

The Reception Team 


Literacy – ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird’ by Eric Carle

This week we are looking at the story of ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird’. What do you think this ladybird is going to be like? What does it mean if you are bad tempered? If you don’t know ,why not have a guess and see if you’re right?

Watch Miss De Duca, from Ecclesbourne Primary,  read the story to you.

The story is about a ladybird, what is a ladybird? Where do they live? What do they eat? What can you remember from the story?
You can find out a bit more about ladybirds by looking at the DK Find out page after the lesson.

Try answering the below questions in complete sentences such as “I would be the friendly ladybird because…” Using the word ‘because’ helps you with your explanation.

Would you like to have been the bad tempered ladybird or the friendly ladybird? Why?
Would you rather be one of the other animals in the story? Which one and why?

Have a go saying which animal you would choose and the reason why by using the word because in your sentence. Once you have practised your sentence out loud why not try writing it down. Perhaps you can add a picture of yourself as the animal, think about what you would look like.


We are going to recap some of the learning we did on weight a few weeks ago. We looked at heavy, light and heavier and lighter. We compared two objects and decided which was heavier and which was lighter. Today we are going to look at THREE objects and find which is the heaviest, which is the lightest and which is in the middle.
Use the base boards from the resources below and find things around your house to compare. Put the items in the right order and say “The …. is the heaviest and the … is the lightest.” Alternatively, you can use the pictures included in the resources pack below and place them in the correct order on the base board.

Here is an example –

The pencil is the lightest.

The tin of beans is lighter than the sofa and heavier than the pencil.

The sofa is the heaviest.


Understanding the World

How much do you already know about ladybirds? Download our fact sheet below and take some time to learn some facts about ladybirds. Once you have read it, see if you can answer our questions below –

1. What other names are ladybirds known by?
2. How long do ladybirds live?
3. What do ladybirds eat?
4. Why do farmers love them?
5. What colours are ladybirds?
6. Which ladybird are we most likely to see here in the UK?

If you have enjoyed finding out about ladybirds, click here to find out more. Perhaps you could find out why ladybirds are brightly coloured? Or what happens to them during the winter time?



Today we are joined by Ms Whorms, from Cypress Lower, who is revisiting another digraph with us. Paper and pencils at the ready….



Let’s start our maths session today with a counting warm up. Click here and join in with counting to 20.

This week we are going to look at time and how the day goes from start to finish. There are things that happen in the morning and things that happen in the evening. Look at the PowerPoint below and see if you can answer all the questions correctly for things that happen in the morning and things that happen at night.

Next, complete the bear ordering sheet by putting the bears activities in the right order from things that happen in the morning to things that happen in the evening.


Physical Development

Did you know that eating healthy snacks is important for you because your small stomachs fill up fast and you burn energy quickly. Between meals, healthy snacks give your growing bodies the nutrients and hydration you need. You can have fruit and vegetables mixed with the other things for your snacks. We know it can be a challenge to eat vegetables and fruits every day. So, why not make it fun? You can get involved and help prepare snacks with your adults at snack and mealtimes. Remember, it’s important to eat healthy food!

Looking for an easy snack recipe?

Well, look at these pictures. Can you see the ingredients that have been used to make these yummy treats?

You can use cherry tomatoes cut into 4 parts (quarters) to form the wings of these adorable little ladybirds. Use olives for the head and small pieces of olives for the spots. Then your delightful ladybugs can perch on crunchy crackers spread with a seasoned cream cheese mixture. If these ingredients aren’t your favourites, what else could you use? Be creative and have fun. Don’t forget to send us photos of your yummy snacks.



Literacy – The Bad Tempered ladybird by Eric Carle

This week we have been looking at the story ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird’. Can you remember who the main characters were? What happened in the story? Can you remember any other animals in the story?

Watch the video to hear the story again, this one has been done differently.

What was different about the way that this version of the story was told? Was the story the same even though it looked different?

Use this slideshow below to retell the story yourself. Remember you need to click on the right arrow in the bottom left-hand corner or press the enter key on a laptop to get the images to move and move onto the next slide. Use the clues in the picture to help you remember what comes next and you can always do it more than once.



Start today by joining Miss Staniforth, from Whitehorse Manor Infants, for a guess the number game.

Click here and watch the Numberjacks day and night episode.

What was the problem? How did they fix it?
Now complete the below sorting activity. We have added in some more times! Can you sort the activities into morning, afternoon, evening and night?


Expressive Arts and Design

Today we would like you to make your own cute bug with recycled materials as pictured below.  These ones are made with plastic bottle tops, cardboard, bubble wrap, lollipop sticks, buttons, pipe cleaners, straws and beads.  What can you find around the house?  Be as creative as you like! Once made, can you give your bug a name? What does it like to eat? Where would it live? Don’t forget to send us a photo of your bug.





Today we join Mrs Enahoro, from Cypress Lower, for our second phonics lesson of the week. We will be reading and writing words containing this new digraph. Make you sure you have a pencil and paper ready.


Today we will start by singing a days of the week song to help us remember the order.

Now, we would like you to think a bit more about your daily routine. Routine means the things you do regularly in a certain order. We want you to order the things you do at different times of the day. Use the sheet below to order the morning and the afternoon activities. Can you then write your morning and evening routine using the words first, next, after that, then and finally?


Personal, Social and Emotional

The Bad Tempered Ladybird story helps us to share and value our friendship, rather than being mean to get what we want.  Do you think the bad tempered lady bird was being a good friend? She was being hurtful and certainly didn’t share. She kept picking fights with all the other animals to get what she wanted. Why do you think she was behaving like this? Is this the correct way to behave? Did the other animals behave in the correct manner?

Eventually,  the bad tempered ladybird realised the importance of friends and sharing.  Using the downloadable document below, write some nice things in the bubbles that the ladybirds can say to each other. If you do not have a printer then maybe you can draw the ladybirds and their speech bubbles.



Literacy – The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle

The story that we looked at this week told us about what had happened to the ladybird through the day. We all have things that we do each day. Lots of people use timetables and routines that help us each day. It helps us to plans the things we need to do so that we can get it all done.
Think about the different things that you do. How do you start your day – wake up, eat breakfast, get washed and dressed? Think about what you do next – do your school work, play with your toys, read a book? Try and get the things that you do in the right order. For example, going to bed would be the last thing you do not the first.
Can you write down the things you do, if you know the time that it happens add that to your sentence.

It might start to look like this:

At 7 o’clock I eat my breakfast.
At half past 8 I start my work.



Warm up today by playing the clock game on the Busy Things website making different times. Look at how the monster’s activity changes when you play with the clock. You will need your child’s LGFL log on to access this game. If you do not have it please get in touch with your child’s class teacher via email. Once you have logged in, click on ‘Early Years‘, then ‘Upper Reception‘ then ‘Mathematics‘, then ‘Shape, Space and Measure‘ and finally ‘Time‘. You will then see this game –


Next join Mrs Enahoro, from Cypress Lower, as she explains what o’clock looks like on a clock.

Now, using the resources below (or your own) can you make a clock? Can you make some of the o’clock times?


Expressive Arts and Design

Today we are going to make a ‘Grouchy Ladybug’ collage. What does the word grouchy mean? It is another way of saying grumpy or bad tempered. A collage is a way of layering different materials to make a new effect. You will need different colour paper or materials. You could even use old catalogues or magazines with your grown ups permission.


First draw the outline of your ladybird on your red paper/card.  Add crunched pieces of black paper to create the spots. You can cut a small circle for the head and cut tiny strips for the legs.

Use A4 size white paper and stick some brown paper on the bottom of the page. Then, cut green paper, or colour in a few rectangular strips in different shades of green, to make your flower stems. Stick them on your paper. Next cut out leaves and stick them on your stems.  Finally, stick your ladybird on top of the leaves.

If you would like to explore collage more, click here to be taken to the Tate Kids website where they explain how to collage like Henri Mattise, a French artist known for making colourful works of art.



Downloads for Friday

Extra Activities

Trust Challenge

What will you remember most about Lockdown? Not being able to see family and friends? Not attending school? Clapping for Carers every Thursday evening? The quiet roads? Going on your daily walk? This week, we would like you to put all of your Lockdown memories in one place and make a time capsule to remember this historical event. Download the document below for more information.



In music this week, we are learning to use different dynamics in our singing.Dynamics are how loud or soft the music is.

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 5’ and complete the following tasks.

1. Listen to ‘Fantasia On A Theme’ By Thomas Tallis and talk about the music using the questions on screen.

2. Click on ‘Compose with the song Rock A Bye Baby’ and have a go at making up your own melody.

3. Next, click on ‘Spring 1 – Everyone’ and sing your favourite song. Then, try changing the dynamics of your voice by singing it really quietly and then really loudly!

Alternatively, the Reception sing-along playlist can be found here:

Click here for Miss Quick’s, from Beulah Infants, song of the week. You can also view other Trust music lessons on our Jam Bus YouTube channel.



Downloads for Extra Activities

Published on 28th June, 2020

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