Week Starting 05 July 2020

Hello all Reception children and families.

We hope you all enjoyed your Google Meets last week. We will be running the same sessions this week. 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…..

Yasin, from Beulah Infants, has sent us this photo of his wonderful picture he made. Well done.

Mrs Khajehnouri wanted to say a big well done and thank you to Anastasia, Rachel and Alexandru for their weekly emails during lockdown with videos and photos of their home learning.

Autumn, from Cypress Lower, made friends with the snails and loved making her own snailery. Well done.

Cameron, from Whitehorse Manor Infants, has been sending lots of photos of his home learning. Here is his Snail and the Whale writing. Well done.

Tianna-Lei, from Ecclesbourne Primary, sent us lots of photos of her busy week. Here she is completing last week’s phonic lesson. Well done.

This week’s learning is linked to the text ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson. Here is an overview of what is to come.

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Monday Literacy – Superworm by Julia Donaldson Maths – Introducing height Understanding the World – Make your own wormery
Tuesday  Phonics – Reading and writing the ‘ur’ digraph. Maths – Towers challenge Understanding the World – True or false? Worm facts
Wednesday  Literacy – What makes a good question? Maths – Ordering by height Personal, Social and Emotional – How to deal with worries
Thursday  Phonics – Reading and writing the ‘er’ digraph. Maths – Comparing size, big and small Physical Development – Crafting racing worms
Friday  Literacy – Hot seating the Wizard Lizard Maths – Comparing size, big and small continued Expressive Arts and Design – Make your own Superworm

We hope you have a great week and look forward to seeing you at the class meets.

The Reception Team


Literacy – ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson

This week we are looking at another Julia Donaldson book. This one is called Superworm. What do you think it might be about? Watch the story being read by Miss Staniforth from Whitehorse Manor Infants.

In the story, Superworm solved lots of problems for the other animals. Can you remember what he did to help them? He used his body in lots of different ways in the story to solve the problems. How would you use Superworm?

Can you come up with your own problem – what would Superworm do? Draw a picture and write a sentence or a couple of sentences to explain what is happening in the picture.



Last week we looked at weight. Can you remember the language we used when measuring weight? (Heavier than/lighter than/heaviest/lightest)

This week we will be looking at height and size. When we measure height, objects can be grouped as tall or short. To measure this, we need to put two things side by side. One of the objects will come up higher which means it is tall and the other object will be lower down which means it is short.


Get ready to use some new words! Watch this narrated PowerPoint from Miss De Duca at Ecclesbourne Primary.


When we measure height we use the vocabulary ‘taller’ and ‘shorter’. Can you find some things in your house that are tall? Can you find some things in your house that are short?


Understanding the World

Today we invite you to make your own wormery.



You will need:

  • Worms
  • Clean, clear jar or container (with a few holes made in the lid)
  • Plastic tray
  • Soil
  • Sand
  • Gravel or small stones
  • Old leaves, plants or flowers
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings
  • Black paper
  • Sticky tape
  • Somewhere cool and dark like a cupboard


Use the attached instructions to make your wormery. It also includes details of how to care for your worms. Don’t forget to return them to where you found them afterwards. After a few days, why not draw a picture of your wormery and answer the questions included on the attachment.


Downloads for Monday



Today Ms Whorms, from Cypress Lower, revisits another digraph with us.



Let’s start today by playing the Top Marks Compare Game. You do not need any log on details to access this website.

Today we would like you to build a tower. You can use whatever building resources you have at home.

Now you have built your tower ask yourself the following questions –

Can you build a tower that is taller?
Can you build a tower that is shorter?
Can you build a tower that is taller than you?
If you build a very TALL tower what do you think will happen?

Take some pictures and send to the Reception email address for your teachers to see.


Understanding the World

Watch this amazing video about earth worms and then check the below information. Are the statements true or false?

True or false?

A worm has no arms or legs but instead moves by getting longer and shorter.

They taste using their whole body.

Worms don’t have any eyes.

Worms eat the soil

Worms have up to 10 hearts.

A worm lives under the ground.



Literacy – ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson

On Friday you are going to be ‘Hot Seating’ Wizard Lizard with a member of your family, so today we are going to be thinking of questions that you would like to ask Wizard Lizard.

Questions always start with certain words. These words are: where, how, why, when and what. So when you are thinking about questions you need to make sure that it starts with one of those words, otherwise it is not a question! Please take a look at the PowerPoint for some prompts and help with this.



Today we are going to be ordering items by height. These sunflowers have been placed in order of height starting with the shortest on the left and ending with the tallest on the right.

This sunflower is the shortest. This sunflower is taller than the shortest one but shorter than the tallest sunflower. This sunflower is the tallest.


Can you find some things in your house and put them in order of height? You could try and order your family members by height? Who is the tallest? Who is the shortest?

Finally, using the worksheet below, can you cut out the gingerbread men and put them in order of height?


Personal, Social and Emotional

Superworm is the kind of friend everyone needs. All the garden residents know that they can rely on Superworm to help out in times of trouble or to join in the fun when there are games to play. And when Superworm gets into trouble, they are worried. How did they deal with their worries? Were they able to overcome their worries and rescue Superworm?

Now you can listen to this book ‘The Huge Bag of Worries’ by Virginia Ironside.

The book follows the daily life of a young girl named Jenny who worries about absolutely everything. Since she does not know how to stop worrying, a huge bag of worries appears at the end of her bed.

What is a worry?

How does she get rid of her worry?

Do you have any worries?

What do you do when you worry too much?

You should always try to share your worries with someone else so that maybe they can help you.

Maybe you could make a worry box to keep at home and share your worries with yourgrown ups.

A problem shared is a problem halved.



Today Ms Hunte, from Beulah Infants, revisits another digraph with us.



Let’s start today by joining Mrs Dutton, from Cypress Lower, as she shows us how to count in 10s to 50!

Here is a link to a 100 Square Splat game on the Primary Games website that you may want to use afterwards to continue to work on counting in 10s.

Sometimes we can look at things by size. When we do this we use words like ‘big’ and ‘small’.

Is an elephant big or small?
Is an ant big or small?

Can you find different things at home that are big?
Can you find things that are small?


Physical Development

Today we are going to craft some paper worms and race them!


Cut some strips of paper, about one or two inches thick and then fold each piece like a concertina, folding a section and then turning it over and folding again until the strip of paper is folded into a concertina shape.

Carefully use scissors to cut a curve shape on both side edges of the paper. Unfold the paper and draw the face of your worm on one end. You can use sticks on each end of your concertina worm to make it wiggly and move along, because worms wiggle along slowly.

If you want more fun, forget the sticks and get some straws to have a wriggly worm race. Blow through your straws onto a worm and see which worm can win the race.

Follow this YouTube link if you need more help


Literacy – ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson

Today you are going to be ‘Hot Seating’ with Wizard Lizard. Hot seating is when someone pretends to be a character while someone else asks them questions.

It would be a good idea if your parent is Wizard Lizard first and you ask them questions. You can then have a turn afterwards.

So, you need to have a look at the questions you prepared on Wednesday to ask Wizard Lizard and your parent/ family member is going to become the character! Afterwards you can swap roles. Remember to answer how Wizard Lizard would. What would his voice be like? How would his face be? What would he say?

Extra activity
Why not try to write your own Superworm adventure? What happens in your story? How does Superworm save the day? Who is the ‘bad guy’? Remember that stories have a beginning, middle and an end.

Please send us your fantastic work by email. We love to see what you have been doing at home!



Start today by watching the Sesame Street big and small episode below.

Let’s think about things in our environment that are big and small.

Draw something BIG
Draw something small.
Can you draw something that is bigger than you? Have a look outside your window what can you see? (Tree, house, car)
Can you draw something that is smaller than you? (Pencil, phone)

Finally, using the worksheet below, can you sort these items into big and small? If you do not have a printer you can use things around the house.


Expressive Arts and Design

Can you make your very own Superworm? You have lots of options as to how you could create him. You could make him from pipe cleaners and beads…

You could make him from pom poms and attach it to a lolly stick to make it a puppet…

You could make him from Cheerios….

Or you could make him out of old socks….


Get creative, have fun and remember ‘Superworm is super long. Superworm is super strong. Watch him wiggle. Watch him squirm. Hip hip hooray for Superworm!’


Extra Activities

Trust Challenge

The task this week is for children to write a poem or design a poster which describes their thoughts and feelings about how Black Lives Matter.

They can use the following to support their ideas:
  • Why is BLM important?
  • What does diversity look like to them?
  • What is equality and What does it look like to them?
  • Why is equality important?
  • What values are important to them?
  • What is a community?

Below are some example to give you ideas. Remember, your poem does not need to rhyme and could even be in the form of an acrostic. Posters need to be eye catching.

Email your poster or poem to the year group mailbox and it will form a news post going live on the website next week.



In music this week, we are learning to compose a melody using different pitch notes.

Go to the Charanga 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 6’ and complete the following tasks.

1. Listen to ‘I feel good’ and try to identify the instruments you can hear playing.

2. Click on ‘Compose with the song Row Row Row’ and have a go at making up your own melody using the different pitch notes C and D.

3. Next, click on ‘Spring 2 – Our World’ and sing your favourite song. Lastly, sing ‘Big Bear Funk’.


Alternatively, the Reception sing-along playlist  from Miss Freeman at Whitehorse Manor Infants, can be found here.

Click here for the song of the week from Miss Quick at Beulah Infants.



Published on 5th July, 2020

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