Week Starting 03 May 2020

Hello all Reception children and families and welcome to this week’s learning!

We really hope you enjoyed last week’s learning linked to the story ‘Augustus and his Smile’. Here are some excellent examples of home learning that was sent in to us.

Alexandru from Brigstock working hard on his numeral formation.

Nikshi from Ecclesbourne proudly shows her completed ‘What Makes Me Happy’ worksheet.

Naksh from Ecclesbourne thought hard about what makes him happy.

This week our learning will be linked to the traditional tale ‘The Ugly Duckling.’ The below table give you a taste of what’s ahead this week.

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Monday Literacy – The story of ‘The Ugly Duckling by Ian Beck Mathematics – Introducing number 13 (Numberblocks) Expressive Arts and Design – Make a duck habitat/small world
Tuesday Phonics – ‘igh’ sound. Blending focus (reading) Mathematics – Number 13 workout Understanding the World – Duck fact file
Wednesday Literacy – Caption writing Mathematics – Can you find 13 objects? Physical Development – Hand-print ducks
Thursday Phonics – ‘igh’ sound. Segmenting focus (writing) Mathematics – How many ways can you make 13? Personal, Social and Emotional – The story ‘on Sudden Hill’ by Linda Sarah
As of this week, there is a new way of getting in touch with us to share all of the wonderful learning you have been doing at home. The new email address is

As always, we also have our weekly whole Trust challenge. This week it is linked to the 75th anniversary of VE Day. See the ‘extra activities’ section for details.

We hope you have a wonderful week.

The Reception Team


Literacy – The Ugly Duckling by Ian Beck

Watch Mrs Enahoro, from Cypress Lower, read the story of ‘The Ugly Duckling’ by Ian Beck.

What was the story about? Why did the other animals call the duckling ugly? Does looking different make someone ugly? Does it matter what we look like on the outside? What could you say to someone who might feel different?

Mathematics – Number 13

Watch the Numberblocks episode 13. Can you find 13 things in the house? Can you find 13 small things? Can you find 13 Big things?

Expressive Arts and Design

Can you make your own small world habitat for ducks? Using the materials you have at home, an empty egg carton works well, decorate it and transform it into a duck pond. You can then use these props to retell the story of ‘The Ugly Duckling.’ Here are some photos to give you ideas. Don’t forget to email in a picture of your finished habitat. It may even make it on to the home page next week!



Today we return to Ms Whorms who is going to recap the trigraph ‘igh’ with us. Join in with her as she says the sounds and help her to blend words containing this trigraph.

Mathematics – Number 13

Watch Numberblocks episode again. What can you remember from the episode?
Let’s get moving!

  • Touch your toes 13 times;
  • Stretch your arms above you head 13 times;
  • Run, touch the wall and come back 13 times;
  • Make 13 silly faces.

Can you and your family add more exercises?

Understanding the World

Have you ever seen a duckling hatch from an egg? Watch this video and you will see ducklings complete the hard task of breaking out of their shell. Afterwards, with the help of your grown up, read our duck fact file below and see if you can answer these questions –

  • What is a baby duck called?
  • How long does a mummy duck have sit on her eggs before they hatch?
  • What is the special word used which means ducks spend the summer and winter months in different places?
  • What is special about ducks feet?
  • What do ducks eat?

Downloads for Tuesday


Literacy- The Ugly Duckling by Ian Beck

Recap the story of ‘The Ugly Duckling’. Can you draw a picture of the ugly duckling and write a caption about how he is feeling? E.g. sad duckling. Think about what you want to write. Count the amount of words in your caption. What word comes first? What sounds can you hear? What word comes next? Remember your finger spaces. When you finish make sure you read over what you have written and check you have included all the words you were supposed to.

Writing challenge – If you are finding writing captions easy, use this week to complete this writing challenge instead. Make a book and write another adventure about The Ugly Duckling. What might happen if he/ she found their childhood duckling family? Would the Ugly Duckling be treated differently? You can tell the story to your grown up, who can scribe for you, or type it on the computer. Write/type the words you know, sounding out the letters in the word ‘duckling’ and practise writing your tricky words too.

Mathematics – Number 13

Can you draw/make the number 13 Numberblock? What colours will you need to use? Once you have made 13, hang your creation on your number line.

  • Turn to your grown up and say ’10 and 3 more makes 13′;
  • Can you show this using things you can find around you home?;
  • Group 10 things together e.g. 10 straws, 10 pencils, 10 sticks or 10 cars.In a separate pile, show 3 more items. That is how we make 13;
  • Say the number equation 10 + 3 = 13.

Physical Development (Fine Motor)

Today we are going to make a duck using our hand print. This can be done with paint or by drawing around your hand. If using paint, paint the entire palm and fingers of your hand and press your hand on to some paper so that your fingers are either facing to the left or right. Your fingers will form the body and feathers of the duck and your thumb will form the head. Leave to dry and, with the help of a grown up and and some child scissors, carefully cut out the hand print. If you have drawn around your hand, colour it in and, again with the help of a grown up and child scissors, cut out. Now it is time to add the legs, for this you could use pipe cleaners if you have them or cut them out of card and stick on. Add an a eye and his beak and there you have it, a hand print duck! These pictures below should help you see what your duck might look like,



Today we join Mrs Enahoro for part two of our phonics. Can you remember our sound of the week? Watch the video and join in with Mrs Enahoro. You will need something to write with.

Mathematics – Number 13

Find 13 things from around your house, it can be the same things or different from yesterday. Can you split them into 2 groups?

  • How many different ways can you split 13?
  • What can you see? Can you say the equation? E.g. I can see 6 there and 7 there
    6+7= 13

Use the part, part, whole diagram below to find the equations.

Personal, Social and Emotional

Watch the story ‘On Sudden Hill’ written by Linda Sarah.

At first, Birt isn’t very happy when Shu arrives. Why is this? How could he have dealt with the situation differently? Has a new person ever joined your group of friends? How did this make you feel? What could you do to welcome a new person to your class or friendship group?

At the end of the story, Birt has accepted the change in his friendship group. Can you think of a time when something has changed in your life? How did it affect you?



Extra Activities

Pegasus Trust Challenge

Friday 8th May marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day. This week’s whole Trust challenge is to make your own special VE 75 ‘Great British Bunting’ so please click to see an explanation on this BBC page.


Sing a long with Miss Freeman from Whitehorse Manor Infants. More videos from other music teachers in the Trust coming soon!

Published on 3rd May, 2020

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