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Home Learning for This Week - 18th-22nd May

 

This is below in PDF form that can be printed or you can read in full below that. All the PowerPoints and activity sheet links are at the end of the home learning information for this week below. Don't forget to post to the class blog so we can see what you have been up to!

Reception Home Learning 18th – 22nd May

 

Over the week:

  • 10-15 minutes reading each day – children reading to you and you reading stories to them and talking about what they/you have read
  • 20-30 minutes of phonics each day (see below)
  • 20-30 minutes of maths each day (see below)
  • Writing  ideas  - if the children could do 2-3 a week that would be great (see below)
  • Topic ideas for our interest ‘minibeasts’ – Look at the PowerPoint (below) with your child and 2 or 3 things a week is more than enough but daily if you wish. This week it is bees! (see below)
  • Fitness time each day – JumpStart Jonny / Joe Wickes or just time playing outside or going for a walk/bike ride/scooter ride.

 

Remember to do what you can and that a play based approach will work best. Do not expect the children to sit for too long and whatever you can do is appreciated.

 

WRITING IDEAS

 

It would be great if the children could have a go at doing some writing 2-3 times a week. Please use lined paper or draw lines (about 15mm apart) to encourage neat writing. Not essential though, we would rather they wrote on plain paper than not write at all! Please do not do the writing for your child; it is not about them copying your writing but rather having a go at it themselves. It is perfectly fine for them to have a go at spelling words using the sounds they know, do not expect them to spell all words correctly. Please encourage correct spellings of the tricky words. Please remind them to try starting each sentence with a capital letter and finish with a full stop. All children are different so just let them write as much as they like. For some 1-2 sentences will be enough and take a while. If your child does this easily and quickly then you could push them to do more! Children find writing easier when they want to write about something and it interests them. Therefore, we have put some suggestions below but if your child would rather write about what they have been doing or something that interests them then that is great too!

 

The children might like to:

- Write about a minibeast they like or this week’s chosen one. Research about it and write some facts about it. We have linked a writing sheet below with space for a picture and some lines to write on that you can use if you wish.

- Write about a story they have read - a minibeast one, if you have one?

- Write a story about a minibeast.

-  Write a thank you letter to someone.

 

Whatever they write about we would love to see their writing (and pictures!) so please upload some photos on their blog so we can see their writing.

 

Note – We know getting the children to write is not always easy! This for us is the often the hardest area to work with children on in school. It is hard work for children to learn to write independently (and for the teacher teaching them!) and children will often try to avoid it, as they know how hard it is too! Please do not feel you are alone if your child is not too keen on writing, we promise you, you are not the only one! Please do what you can and if you need any advice or support e-mail us via the school admin e-mail -admin@harrowgatehillpri.darlington.sch.uk and we will do our best to help. Remember to praise lots and you could always do writing in stages with mini rewards (like some free time) between each bit they do.

 

PHONICS

 

There are new Phonics lessons on YouTube from the Department of Education. There are lessons each day for Reception. These can be accessed at:    https://wandleenglishhub.org.uk/lettersandsounds

 

Alternatively, you could follow our daily timetable. See the home learning for April 27th information that explains this in more detail.

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Revise all sounds

Practise all sounds (single letters, digraphs and trigraphs) using flashcards in learning pack or watch the videos of Mrs Aitken and Miss Chapman practising them. (videos are in the home learning section of the website or on school Facebook page)

Practise reading all the tricky words using flashcards from learning pack or writing on paper.

Play a game

Splat

Write the following words on paper. Ask your child to help you spell them.

 

sing

long

thin

that

fur

hurt

 

Now get your child to close their eyes while you put them in a random order on the ground or table.

Now say a word and your child has to find it and ‘splat’ it with their hand or foot.

Rhyme words

 

How many words can you write that rhyme with star?

Pictionary

 

Draw the following and get your child to guess what you are drawing and write it down.

 

boat

coat

pool

hood

train

 

Word Hunt

 

Hide the following words around the house/garden for your child to find.

Ask them read the words and to draw a picture of the words they find.

 

cow

three

church

horn

ship

 

Tricky Word Challenge

 

Can you write the tricky words all by yourself?

 

Read the tricky words one by one and see if your child can write them.

 

Can you write them in a sentence?

Read sentences

The star is bright.

 

My coat is tight.

 

Turn on the light.

I went to town.

 

I saw an owl.

 

The cow is brown.

My dog has fur.

 

Is it my turn?

 

My hair has a curl.

The boat can float.

 

I have a green coat.

 

The toad can croak.

Dictated sentence

The dog can ____.

 

How many different sentences can you write?

The shop sells ______.

 

How many different sentences can you write?

At the farm I can see _______ .

 

How many different sentences can you write?

At night I __________.

 

How many different sentences can you write?

 

If your child can read all of the tricky words on sight by themselves then you could always introduce the Phase 4 tricky words for them to start learning a couple at a time. We have previously sent flashcards you can download or they are in the home learning on the class pages of the website.

Phase 4 Tricky Words – said, have, like, so, do, some, come, little, there, were, one, what, when, out

 

MATHS

 

Each day try to do the following:

  • Practise rote counting to 30 (or beyond if they can!)
  • Practise recognising 0-20 by using the flashcards in the learning pack and some of the ideas we gave you
  • Ask the children ‘one more’ and ‘one less’ questions using numbers to 20. For example – ‘What is one more than 8?’ ‘What is one less than 5?’ When they can do this with numbers 1-10 then try 11-20. If they struggle they could use a numberline (write 0-10 / 20 along a piece of paper) so they can find the numbers and work out what is ‘one more’ (next number along) and what is ‘one less’ (number before).

 

CHALLENGES FOR THIS WEEK – CAN YOU COMPLETE THEM ALL?

Monday

Practise your adding! Get small groups of objects and see how many altogether. (i.e. 2 socks and 5 socks = 7 socks)

Tuesday

Do the same as yesterday but today can you write number sentences to go with your practical additions. (i.e. 2 + 5 = 7)

Wednesday

Get a grown up to write some addition number sentences and see if you can work out the answers. You could use objects or your fingers to help you.

Thursday

Can you write some addition number sentences for your grown up. Then check if they have got them right!

Friday

Play shops with 1ps. Make up prices for food or toy items and then buy them using the coins. You can try to use 2ps as well if you like.

 

If you would like to do more maths then you could try any of the following:

 

There is a bee halving activity that can be printed out below.

 

White Rose Maths has produced a daily video of maths ideas for each day this week. This is based around the theme of the book ‘Superworm’ this week.

www.whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years

 

There are also maths lessons available from ‘The Oak Academy’ an on-line school that has been set up with the support of the Department for Education. There are a number of maths lessons for reception each week.

www.thenational.academy

 

Top Marks (www.topmarks.co.uk)  has lots of maths games to practise key skills. Try some of the following:

Counting Games

Ladybird Spots

Teddy Numbers

Helicopter rescue

Caterpillar Count

1 more / 1 less

Chopper squad

Ordering

Caterpillar ordering

Addition and Subtraction

Addition to 10

Museum of 10

Minus Machine

Addition and Subtraction ladder

 

Maths can be practised lots through play activities so encourage your child to count, find more/less, add and subtract items when they are playing.

TOPIC

 

This week our minibeast is bees!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • What can you find out about bees?

 

  • Look at the PowerPoint (below) to find out more. about bees

 

 

  • Do you have any bee stories at home? You can look on YouTube for some if you don’t.

 

The Beeman by Laurie Krebs and Valeria Cis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYaIlK7jm9s

 

The Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l9gbVlM-9A

 

  • Can you find any bees in your garden? Look at them closely and draw/write about them. Can you label

the different parts of the bee?

 

Can you make your own bee themed art? Here are some ideas to inspire you.

Home Learning for This Week - 11th-15th May

 

This is below in PDF form that can be printed or you can read in full below that. All the PowerPoints and activity sheet links are at the end of the home learning information for this week below. Don't forget to post to the class blog so we can see what you have been up to!

Reception Home Learning 11th – 15th May

 

Over the week:

  • 10-15 minutes reading each day – children reading to you and you reading stories to them and talking about what they/you have read
  • 20-30 minutes of phonics each day (see below)
  • 20-30 minutes of maths each day (see below)
  • Writing  ideas  - if the children could do 2-3 a week that would be great (see below)
  • Topic ideas for our interest ‘minibeasts’ – Look at the PowerPoint (below) with your child and 2 or 3 things a week is more than enough but daily if you wish. This week it is ladybirds! (see below)
  • Fitness time each day – JumpStart Jonny / Joe Wickes or just time playing outside or going for a walk/bike ride/scooter ride.

 

Remember to do what you can and that a play based approach will work best. Don’t expect the children to sit for too long and whatever you can do is appreciated.

 

WRITING IDEAS

It would be great if the children could have a go at doing some writing 2-3 times a week. Please use lined paper or draw lines (about 15mm apart) to encourage neat writing. Not essential though, we would rather they wrote on plain paper than not write at all! Please do not do the writing for your child, it is not about them copying your writing but rather having a go at it themselves. It is perfectly fine for them to have a go at spelling words using the sounds they know, do not expect them to spell all words correctly. Please encourage correct spellings of the tricky words. Please remind them to try starting each sentence with a capital letter and finish with a full stop. All children are different so just let them write as much as they like. For some 1-2 sentences will be enough and take a while. If your child does this easily and quickly then you could push them to do more! Children find writing easier when they want to write about something and it interests them. Therefore we have put some suggestions below but if your child would rather write about what they have been doing or something that interests them then that’s great too!

 

The children might like to:

-  Use the ladybird pencil-control sheets (below)

- Write about a minibeast they like or this week’s chosen one. Research about it and write some facts about it. We have provided a writing sheet (below) with space for a picture and some lines to write on that you can use.

- Write about a story they have read - a minibeast one, if you have one?

- Write a letter to a school friend.

-  Write about their house and/or garden.

 

Whatever they write about we would love to see their writing (and pictures!) so please upload some photos on their blog so we can see their writing.

 

 

Note – We know getting the children to write is not always easy! This for us is the often the hardest area to work with children on in school. It is hard work for children to learn to write independently (and for the teacher teaching them!) and children will often try to avoid it, as they know how hard it is too! Please don’t feel you are alone if your child is not too keen on writing, we promise you, you are not the only one! Please do what you can and if you need any advice or support e-mail us via the school admin e-mail -admin@harrowgatehillpri.darlington.sch.uk and we will do our best to help. Remember to praise lots and you could always do writing in stages with mini rewards (like some free time) between each bit they do.

 

PHONICS

 

There are new Phonics lessons on YouTube from the Department of Education. There are lessons each day for Reception. These can be accessed at:    https://wandleenglishhub.org.uk/lettersandsounds

 

Or you could follow our daily timetable. See the home learning for April 27th information that explains this in more detail.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Revise all sounds

Practise all sounds (single letters, digraphs and trigraphs) using flashcards in learning pack or watch the videos of Mrs Aitken and Miss Chapman practising them. (videos are in the home learning section of the website or on school Facebook page)

Practise reading all the tricky words using flashcards from learning pack or writing on paper.

Play a game

Play Treasure or Trash

 

For this game you will need a small bag e.g. a sandwich bag/food bag and sparkly box/material e.g. tin foil and pot for ‘bin’

Write the following words onto paper.

 

The aim of the game is for your child to read the word and choose whether it is real (treasure) or nonsense (trash).

 

church

purd

coin

boim

fight

kigh

book

roop

bow

powl

curl

vurd

If it’s a real word it goes in the sparkly box/on the tin foil. If it’s nonsense it goes in the bin pot!

 

How many words can you write in 2 minutes which have the following digraphs in them?:

 

ur

oi

igh

 

(You may need to help the children think of words, that’s fine)

 

Picture matching

 

For this game you will need the pdf file (below) or you can draw/write your own.

 

Ask your child to read the words and match them to the correct picture.

 

Pictionary

 

Draw the following and get your child to guess what you are drawing and write it down.

 

star

tree

book

chin

moon

ship

 

Tricky Word Challenge

 

Can you write the tricky words all by yourself?

 

Read the tricky words one by one and see if your child can write them.

 

Read sentences

I bang the gong.

 

Foil is on a horn.

 

The chicken is rich.

 

We go down the well. 

The queen has big teeth.

 

She put oil in the car.

The goat has a jacket.

 

The King has long hair.

That coat is torn.

 

He has big feet.

Dictated sentence

We go to the ship.

 

 

I can see long hair.

The fort is on a hill.

He has a ship.

She has curls in her hair.

If your child can read all of the tricky words on sight by themselves then you could always introduce the Phase 4 tricky words for them to start learning a couple at a time. We have previously sent flashcards you can download or they are in the home learning on the class pages of the website.

Phase 4 Tricky Words – said, have, like, so, do, some, come, little, there, were, one, what, when, out

 

MATHS

 

Each day try to do the following:

  • Practise rote counting to 30 (or beyond if they can!)
  • Practise recognising 0-20 by using the flashcards in the learning pack and some of the ideas we gave you
  • Ask the children ‘one more’ and ‘one less’ questions using numbers to 20. For example – ‘What is one more than 8?’ ‘What is one less than 5?’ When they can do this with numbers 1-10 then try 11-20. If they struggle they could use a numberline (write 0-10 / 20 along a piece of paper) so they can find the numbers and work out what is ‘one more’ (next number along) and what is ‘one less’ (number before).

CHALLENGES FOR THIS WEEK – CAN YOU COMPLETE THEM ALL?

Monday

Can you put the number cards in order from 1-20 and then move all the odd numbers up. Which are the odd numbers? (odds 1,3,5,7…)

Tuesday

Can you put the number cards in order from 1-20 and then move all the even numbers up. Which are the even numbers? (even 2,4,6,8….)

Wednesday

Draw a ladybird. Then choose an even number card for the number of spots to give it. Draw half of the number on each wing. What is half of the ladybird’s spots? Try a few times.

Thursday

Have a tea party with a family member or toy. Have some sandwiches, biscuits, cakes, sweets. Share the food items between you - make sure you have half each. (i.e. 4 biscuits – 2 each)

Friday

Can you write numbers starting with 1 and see how far you can write. Can you get to 20, 30 , 50 or even 100??

 

If you would like to do more maths then you could try any of the following:

 

Try the ladybird odd/even colouring activity (below)

 

White Rose Maths has produced a daily video of maths ideas for each day this week. This is based around the theme of the book ‘The Very Busy Spider’ this week.

www.whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years

 

There are also maths lessons available from ‘The Oak Academy’ an on-line school that has been set up with the support of the Department for Education. There are a number of maths lessons for reception each week.

www.thenational.academy

 

Top Marks (www.topmarks.co.uk)  has lots of maths games to practise key skills. Try some of the following:

Counting Games

Ladybird Spots

Teddy Numbers

Helicopter rescue

Caterpillar Count

1 more / 1 less

Chopper squad

Ordering

Caterpillar ordering

Addition and Subtraction

Addition to 10

Museum of 10

Minus Machine

Addition and Subtraction ladder

 

Maths can be practised lots through play activities so encourage your child to count, find more/less, add and subtract items when they are playing.

TOPIC

 

This week’s minibeast is ladybirds!

 

 

  • What do you already know about ladybirds?
  • What can you find out about ladybirds? Look at the PowerPoint (below) to find out about them.
  • Watch this video about ladybirds - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPUazqh63kE
  • Complete the cut and stick life-cycle (below)
  • Do you have any ladybird stories at home? You can look on YouTube for some if you don’t (What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next!, The Bad-tempered Ladybird)
  • Can you find any ladybirds in your garden?
  •   Can you make some ladybird themed art? Here are some examples to inspire you!

Home Learning for This Week - 4th-8th May

 

This is below in PDF form that can be printed or you can read in full below that. Don't forget to post to the class blog so we can see what you have been up to!

 

We have also added a PowerPoint about the VE Day 75th Anniversary this coming Friday and some activities you may like to do linked to learning about VE day. These are available should you wish to use with your child to help them understand why we are remembering this important day.

Reception Home Learning 4th – 8th May

Over the week:

  • 10-15 minutes reading each day – children reading to you and you reading stories to them and talking about what they/you have read
  • 20-30 minutes of phonics each day (see below)
  • 20-30 minutes of maths each day (see below)
  • Writing  ideas  - if the children could do 2-3 a week that would be great (see below)
  • Topic ideas for our new interest ‘minibeasts’ – Look at the powerpoint with your child and 2 or 3 things a week is more than enough but daily if you wish. This week its caterpillars and butterflies! (see below)
  • Fitness time each day – JumpStart Jonny / Joe Wickes or just time playing outside or going for a walk/bike ride/scooter ride.

 

Remember to do what you can and that a play based approach will work best. Don’t expect the children to sit for too long and whatever you can do is appreciated.

 

WRITING IDEAS

It would be great if the children could have a go at doing some writing 2-3 times a week. Please use lined paper or draw lines (about 15mm apart) to encourage neat writing. Not essential though, we would rather they wrote on plain paper than not write at all! Please do not do the writing for your child, it is not about them copying your writing but rather having a go at it themselves. It is perfectly fine for them to have a go at spelling words using the sounds they know, do not expect them to spell all words correctly. Please encourage correct spellings of the tricky words. Please remind them to try starting each sentence with a capital letter and finish with a full stop. All children are different so just let them write as much as they like. For some 1-2 sentences will be enough and take a while. If your child does this easily and quickly then you could push them to do more! Children find writing easier when they want to write about something and it interests them. Therefore we have put some suggestions below but if your child would rather write about what they have been doing or something that interests them then that’s great too!

 

The children might like to:

-  Write about what they have been doing.

- Write about a minibeast they like or this week’s chosen one. Research about it and write some sentences about it.

- Write about a story they have read - a minibeast one if you have one?

- Write about a favourite television programme or character.

- Write about what they would like to be when they grow up.

Whatever they write about we would love to see their writing (and pictures!) so please upload some photos on their blog so we can see their writing.

 

Note – We know getting the children to write is not always easy! This for us is the often the hardest area to work with children on in school. It is hard work for children to learn to write independently (and for the teacher teaching them!) and children will often try to avoid it, as they know how hard it is too! Please don’t feel you are alone if your child is not too keen on writing, we promise you, you are not the only one! Please do what you can and if you need any advice or support e-mail us via the school admin e-mail -admin@harrowgatehillpri.darlington.sch.uk and we will do our best to help. Remember to praise lots and you could always do writing in stages with mini rewards (like some free time) between each bit they do.

 

PHONICS

There are new Phonics lessons on Youtube from the Department of Education. There are lessons each day for Reception. These can be accessed at:

https://wandleenglishhub.org.uk/lettersandsounds

 

Or you could follow our daily timetable. See the home learning for April 27th information that explains this in more detail.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Revise all sounds

Practise all sounds (single letters, digraphs and trigraphs) using flashcards in learning pack or watch the videos of Mrs Aitken and Miss Chapman practising them. (videos are in the home learning section of the website or on school Facebook page)

Practise reading all the tricky words using flashcards from learning pack or writing on paper.

Play a game

How many words can you write in 2 minutes which have the following digraphs in them:

 

ai

ch

ar

 

(You may need to help think of words, that’s fine)

Pictionary

 

Draw the following and get your child to guess what you are drawing and write it down.

 

rain

church

farm

nail

chip

park

Corners

 

Display the digraphs ch, ai, ar, sh around a room. Say a word and get your child to choose the matching digraph.

 

chain            dark

lunch            aim

chimp          shark

paint            train

ship             dish

 

Full Circle

 

You will need the following sounds written or types onto separate pieces of paper in lowercase.

or-b-c-f-p-k-s-m-t-d-n-ar

The aim of the game is to spell the following words in order by changing one sound in the word.

1. born

2.corn

3.cord

4.ford

5.fort

6.port

7.pork

 

8.fork

9.form

10.farm

11.far

12.bar

13.barn

14.born

 

Tricky Word Challenge

 

Can you write the tricky words all by yourself?

 

Read the tricky words one by one and see if your child can write them.

Read sentences

Can a duck sing?

Can a cow bark?

The sheep are in the shed.

The paint is green.

Can a shark see in the dark?

Is a ship light?

He sat down on the carpet.

This is a good shop for chips.

Can you write a sentence using the words:

you

she

he

        was

Dictated sentence

I can see a train. Challenge: Can you write another sentence about a train?

The chip is hot.

She has red shorts

I went to the park.

Challenge: Can you write another sentence about the park?

 

If your child can read all of the tricky words on sight by themselves then you could always introduce the Phase 4 tricky words for them to start learning a couple at a time. We have previously sent flashcards you can download or they are in the previous home learning on this page.

Phase 4 Tricky Words – said, have, like, so, do, some, come, little, there, were, one, what, when, out

 

MATHS

Each day try to do the following:

  • Practise rote counting to 30 (or beyond if they can!)
  • Practise recognising 0-20 by using the flashcards in the learning pack and some of the ideas we gave you
  • Ask the children ‘one more’ and ‘one less’ questions using numbers to 20. For example – ‘What is one more than 8?’ ‘What is one less than 5?’ When they can do this with numbers 1-10 then try 11-20. If they struggle they could use a numberline (write 0-10 / 20 along a piece of paper) so they can find the numbers and work out what is ‘one more’ (next number along) and what is ‘one less’ (number before).

 

CHALLENGES FOR THIS WEEK – CAN YOU COMPLETE THEM ALL?

Monday

Can you count in 2s to 10? ( 2,4,6,8,10) Can you count in 2s to 20?

Tuesday

Can you order the number cards 1-20 and then count backwards from 20 down to 1?

Wednesday

Turn all the number cards over randomly. Choose one and can you say what is ‘one more’ and ‘one less’ than the number? Try a few times.

Thursday

Have a tea party with some of your toys. Use play food or items as pretend food and share with your toys so they all have equal amounts. For example – If you have four toys and there are eight biscuits, how many will they get each?

Friday

Can you share some biscuits or pieces of fruit equally with your family at snack time today? Make sure everyone gets the same amount!

 

If you would like to do more maths then you could try any of the following:

White Rose Maths has produced a daily video of maths ideas for each day this week. This is based around the theme of the book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ this week, if you don’t have the book at home there are various readings of it on YouTube and we have put a link to a PowerPoint version of it below too. This links really well to our minibeast of the week – caterpillars! We have also put a link at the end of the home learning for this week to a Hungry Caterpillar maths workbook that you can download and print if you wish.

www.whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years

 

There are also maths lessons available from ‘The Oak Academy’ an on-line school that has been set up with the support of the Department for Education. There are a number of maths lessons for reception each week.

www.thenational.academy

 

Top Marks (www.topmarks.co.uk)  has lots of maths games to practise key skills. Try some of the following:

Counting Games

Ladybird Spots

Tedy Numbers

Helicopter rescue

Caterpillar Count

1 more / 1 less

Chopper squad

Ordering

Caterpillar ordering – this one links really well to this week’s minibeast!

Addition and Subtraction

Addition to 10

Museum of 10

Minus Machine

Addition and Subtraction ladder

 

Maths can be practised lots through play activities so encourage your child to count, find more/less, add and subtract items when they are playing.

TOPIC

                               This week have a think about Caterpillars and Butterflies!

 

-What can you find out about caterpillars and butterflies?

 

-Look at the powerpoint below with your child to find out more about caterpillars and butterflies.

 

 

 

-Watch this video about caterpillars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYbMScXPEV0

 

-Do you have any caterpillar or butterfly stories at home? You can look on YouTube for some if you don’t - The Hungry Caterpillar, The Crunching Munching Caterpillar are both good stories.

 

-Can you find any caterpillars or butterflies in your garden? Look at them closely and draw/write about them. Can you label the different parts of the caterpillar?

 

-Look at the life cycle of a butterfly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1S8WzwLPlM. Then draw and label your own lifecycle. If you wish, you can print off and use the lifecycle cut and stick sheet below to help you – can you label each part of the life-cycle?

 

Can you make your own caterpillar? Have a look around the house and see what materials you can find to make a caterpillar. Here are some ideas…

 

There are some caterpillar and butterfly activity sheets below that can be downloaded and printed at home for the children to complete

Home Learning for This Week - 27th April - 1st May

 

This is below in PDF form that can be printed or you can read in full below that. Don't forget to post to the class blog so we can see what you have been up to!

Home Learning for This Week - 27th April - 1st May

 

Over the week:

  • 10-15 minutes reading each day – children reading to you and you reading stories to them and talking about what they/you have read
  • 20-30 minutes of phonics each day
  • 20-30 minutes of maths each day
  • Writing  ideas  - if the children could do 2-3 a week that would be great
  • Topic ideas for our new interest ‘minibeasts’ – Look at the powerpoint with our child and 2 or 3 things a week is more than enough but daily if you wish. This week its snails!
  • Fitness time each day – JumpStart Jonny / Joe Wickes or just time playing outside or going for a walk/bike ride/scooter ride.

 

Remember to do what you can and that a play based approach will work best. Don’t expect the children to sit for too long and whatever you can do is appreciated.

 

WRITING IDEAS

It would be great if the children could have a go at doing some writing 2-3 times a week. Please use lined paper or draw lines (about 15mm apart) to encourage neat writing. Not essential though, we would rather they wrote on plain paper than not write at all! Please do not do the writing for your child, it is not about them copying your writing but rather having a go at it themselves. It is perfectly fine for them to have a go at spelling words using the sounds they know, do not expect them to spell all words correctly. Please encourage correct spellings of the tricky words. Please remind them to try starting each sentence with a capital letter and finish with a full stop. All children are different so just let them write as much as they like. For some 1-2 sentences will be enough and take a while. If your child does this easily and quickly then you could push them to do more! Children find writing easier when they want to write about something and it interests them. Therefore we have put some suggestions below but if your child would rather write about what they have been doing or something that interests them then that’s great too!

The children might like to:

-  Write about what they have been doing.

- Write about a minibeast they like or this week’s chosen one. Research about it and write some sentences about it.

- Write about a story they have read (a minibeast one if you have one?) or Miss Chapman’s snail story she is going to read this week on the school Facebook page,

- Write a letter to a family member or friend.

- Write about a pet they have or a pet they would like.

Whatever they write about we would love to see their writing (and pictures!) so please upload some photos on their blog so we can see their writing.

PHONICS

There are new Phonics lessons on Youtube from the Department of Education. There are lessons each day for Reception. These can be accessed at:

https://wandleenglishhub.org.uk/lettersandsounds

 

Or you could follow our daily timetable. See last week’s home learning information that explains this in more detail.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Revise all sounds

Practise all sounds (single letters, digraphs and trigraphs) using flashcards in learning pack or watch the videos of Mrs Aitken and Miss Chapman practising them. (videos are in the home learning section of the website or on school Facebook page)

Practise reading all the tricky words using flashcards from learning pack or writing on paper.

Play a game

Play Full Circle

You will need the following sounds writing or typing onto separate pieces of paper in lowercase.

 

sh, ch, th, ng, p

n, r, c, a, i

 

The aim of the game is to spell the following words in order by changing either the beginning, middle or end sound from the last word given.

 

ship

chip

chin

thin

than

can

cash

rash

rang

ring

rip

ship

Word Hunt

 

Hide the following words around the house/garden for your child to find.

Ask them read the words and to draw a picture of the words they find.

 

car

moon

pool

fork

teeth

boat

owl

chip

 

How many words with the following digraphs can you write in 2 minutes?

 

sh

 

or

 

ee

 

(You may need to help think of words, that’s fine!)

Play Treasure or Trash

 

For this game you will need a small bag e.g. a sandwich bag/food bag and sparkly box/material e.g. tin foil and a pot for a ‘bin’

Write the following words onto paper.

 

The aim of the game is for your child to read the word and choose whether it is real (treasure) or nonsense (trash).

 

rain

paim

moon

boon

jeep

geet

porl

corn

cow

mowb

curl

vurd

 

If it’s a real word it goes in the sparkly box/on the tin foil. If it’s nonsense it goes in the bin pot!

Tricky word challenge!

 

Can you write the tricky word all by yourself?

 

Read the tricky words one by one and see if the children can write them.

Read sentences

I can see a goat.

Dog is in the shed.

I am in the jeep.

The chick has a wig.

I see a cow.

I can chop a chip.

The moth is in a car.

The foot has fur.

The boat went fast.

The cat can surf.

I can turn in the road.

The king has a ring.

The man is on the train.

We can go to the shop.

They went on a boat.

Dictated sentence

The dog can surf.

The tree is big.

I can sail on the ship.

 

The chick has a wig.

We can go to the shop.

 

If your child can read all of the tricky words on sight by themselves then you could always introduce the Phase 4 tricky words for them to start learning a couple at a time.

Phase 4 Tricky Words – said, have, like, so, do, some, come, little, there, were, one, what, when, out

We have a set of flashcards for you to download and print if you can.

MATHS

Each day try and do the following:

  • Practise rote counting to 30 (or beyond if they can!)
  • Practise recognising 0-20 by using the flashcards in the learning pack and some of the ideas we gave you
  • Ask the children ‘one more’ and ‘one less’ questions using numbers to 20. For example – ‘What is one more than 8?’ ‘What is one less than 5?’ When they can do this with numbers 1-10 then try 11-20. If they struggle they could use a numberline (write 0-10 / 20 along a piece of paper) so they can find the numbers and work out what is ‘one more’ (next number along) and what is ‘one less’ (number before).

CHALLENGES FOR THIS WEEK – CAN YOU COMPLETE THEM ALL?

Monday

How far can you count? Can you get to 100?

Tuesday

Can you recognise all the numbers 11-20?

Wednesday

Can you order your number cards 1-20 all by yourself?

Thursday

Use small things to count. Get a number of objects (up to 10). Can you double the amount you have? How many? Try a few different amounts.

Friday

Can you work out what double 1, double 2, double 3 are? Can you work out all the way to double 10?

 

If you would like to do more maths then you could try any of the following:

White Rose Maths has produced a daily video for each day this week around the theme of the book  ‘The Night Pirates’, if you don’t have the book at home there are various readings of it on Youtube.

www.whiterosemaths.com

There are maths lessons available from ‘The Oak Academy’ an on-line school which has been set up with the support of the Department for Education. There are a number of maths lessons for reception each week.

www.thenational.academy

Top Marks (www.topmarks.co.uk)  has lots of maths games to practise key skills. Try some of the following:

Counting Games

Ladybird Spots

Tedy Numbers

Helicopter rescue

Caterpillar Count

 

1 more / 1 less

Chopper squad

 

Ordering

Caterpillar ordering

 

Addition and Subtraction

Addition to 10

Museum of 10

Minus Machine

Addition and Subtraction ladder

 

Maths can be practised lots through play activities so encourage your child to count, find more/less, add and subtract items when they are playing.

TOPIC

 

This week have a think about snails!

 

  • -What can you find out about snails?
  • -Look the snail powerpoint (below) with your child to find out all about them.
  • -Watch this video about snails - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLCtVGB1mFw
  • -Do you have any snail stories at home? You can look on YouTube for some if you don’t (The -Snail and the Whale, The Little Snail, Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell, etc)
  • -Can you find any snails in your garden? It might need to rain first. Look at them closely and draw/write about them. Can you label the different parts of the snail?

 

 

Check out the work of Henri Matisse. It might not look like it but this is his interpretation of a snail. Can you make a snail picture using collage?

There are lots of other snail pictures you could make at home. Here are some examples:

 

Weekly Home Learning  20-24th April   

 

Thank you for everything you have been doing to continue to support your child’s learning at home. The following are some things to help you out this week. Please remember this is home learning and not home schooling! Do as much as you can but there is no pressure to do everything as everyone’s home circumstances are different and please remember whatever you can do we appreciate this and it will benefit your child. There is a lot to read this week as we are setting the new home learning up, from next week it will be shorter as you won’t need all the explanations -  so apologies if this takes while to read through!

If you have any questions about the home learning or would like to show us what your child is doing then please use the class blog section of the website, we can then reply to you using the comments on the blog posts. If you need help with home learning you can also e-mail any questions to admin@harrowgatehillpri.darlington.sch.uk.

We have put all of the home learning for the coming week into a pdf document that you can print if you find it easier or it is in full below:

Weekly Home Learning 20-24th April

 

We have put some ideas below to help you do some learning each day this week:

 

  • 10-15 minutes reading each day – children reading to you and you reading stories to them and talking about what they/you have read
  • 20-30 minutes of phonics each day
  • 20-30 minutes of maths each day
  • Writing  ideas  - if the children could do 2-3 a week that would be great
  • Topic ideas for our new interest ‘minibeasts’ - 2 or 3 a week is more than enough but daily if you wish.
  • Fitness time each day – JumpStart Jonny / Joe Wickes or just time playing outside or going for a walk/bike ride/scooter ride.

 

Please also don’t forget that much of what we do in Reception is play and children are continually learning when playing. We would expect a large amount of their day will be doing just that! The recommended time for reception children to be active is three hours a day so please encourage children to play with all their toys both inside and outside. If they have siblings to play with or when playing with adults it is an ideal time to practise turn taking and playing nicely. If you have any board games these are ideal for practising these skills, it’s also an important opportunity to learn that losing isn’t so bad and that we can’t always win! Please remember to keep talking with children as they play. Joining in with their play if you have time would be very beneficial as it will give plenty of opportunity to talk with your child which is really important.

 

If you have any questions about home learning or would like to post pictures of what the children are doing please use the class blog which we e-mailed about last week. We will use the comments to reply. To be the first to comment on any blog post you just click on the title. To add further comments click on ‘comments’.

 

PHONICS

 

We have put together a weekly timetable to follow if you wish.

 

Phase 2  – s a t p I n m d g o c k ck e u r h b f ff l ll ss

Phase 3 – j v w x y z zz qu ch sh th ai ee igh oa o oar or ur ow oi ear air  ure er

Tricky words – I to no go the he she we me be my are all her you they was

 

Revising Sounds - Miss Chapman and Mrs Aitken have videos to help the children practise the above sounds. They can be found on the school Facebook page or in the home learning section of the website in the ‘video centre’.

 

Reading sentences – Please either type these on a computer, handwrite on paper, if it’s nice write with a paintbrush and water outside or with chalks if you have some. Please use a capital letter at the start of the sentence and a full stop at the end, lower case for all other letters please. If they struggle to find the digraphs (two letters, one sound) in words you can put sound buttons on. Put a dot under single sound and a line under the digraphs. 

 

Dictating sentences – These are a chance for the children to write a sentence by themselves. Read the sentence to them. Get them to repeat it back a few times (so they can remember it), they could do in different voices (speak, sing, whisper, shout, squeak it….). Once they know what they need to write they can have a go. Please let them try themselves rather than just copy the sentence. They may need a couple of reminders of which word comes next. Remind them to start with a capital letter and to put the full stop at the end. Draw lines for the children to write on if possible and encourage them to use their neatest handwriting.

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Revise all sounds

Practise all sounds (single letters, digraphs and trigraphs) using flashcards in learning pack or watch the videos of Mrs Aitken and Miss Chapman practising them.

Practise reading all the tricky words using flashcards from learning pack or writing on paper.

Play a game

Word hunt

Write/type and print the following words. Hide around room/garden for children to find and read.

 

shop       ring

chip         coat

thin        moon

rain        card

seen       horn

tight        turn

howl       boil

How many words with the following digraphs can you write in 2 minutes?

 

ch

ai

oo

 

(You may need to help think of words, that’s fine!)

Corners

 

Write some words and put them in different places around a room. When you say the word can the children stand by that word.

 

ship       sung

chop     boat

bath     boot

chain   barn

feel      born

right    curl

owl      foil

What is missing?

 

Write these six words on a piece of paper.

 

sail        jeep     goat

cow     chip      sing

 

Ask your children to read all the words and remember them.

 

Ask your child to close their eyes and cover one word.

Can they tell you, or write down the word that is covered up?

 

If six is too many to remember try less.

Tricky word challenge!

 

Can you write the tricky word all by yourself?

 

Read the tricky words one by one and see if the children can write them.

Read sentences

I can see a shop.

 

I got a big card.

 

The coat is tight.

The chain was on the boot.

 

I see a moon.

 

I can chop the rain.

The bath is hot.

 

I can curl my hand.

 

The ship went fast.

The boat has a sail.

 

The goat is in the jeep.

 

I can sing lots of songs.

The man can go to the park.

 

We can run in the park.

 

They had fun in the park.

Dictated sentence

I can see a cow in a coat.

I went to the shop to get chips.

The owl is in the bath.

 

The goat has a chip.

I can go to the moon.

 

If your child struggles with the above games and tasks you will just need to give them more help, that is fine.

To extend the children if they want to do more or they are finding everything in the above grid very easy you could give them pictures or words containing Phase 3 digraphs and they can make their own sentences up.

There are lots of phonics games on the following websites that the children can also play to practise reading and writing words. Choose Phase 3 games and if they do really well with those they could try some Phase 4 games.

 

www.letters-and-sounds.com

 

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

 

MATHS

Each day try and do the following

  • Practise rote counting to 30 (or beyond if they can!)
  • Practise recognising 0-20 by using the flashcards in the learning pack and some of the ideas we gave you
  • Ask the children ‘one more’ and ‘one less’ questions using numbers to 20. For example – ‘What is one more than 8?’ ‘What is one less than 5?’ When they can do this with numbers 1-10 then try 11-20. If they struggle they could use a numberline (write 0-10 / 20 along a piece of paper) so they can find the numbers and work out what is ‘one more’ (next number along) and what is ‘one less’ (number before).

 

White Rose Maths has produced a daily video for each day this week around the theme of the book  ‘Supertato’, if you don’t have the book at home there are various readings of it on Youtube and we have used it recently with the children so they will know it. These give ideas for parents and carers that you can do with the children. Some activities require equipment, don’t worry if you don’t have this and do not go out just to buy. Just have a go at the activities you can.

www.whiterosemaths.com

 

The government also announced some new on-line learning which will have maths lessons for reception children. We have not yet been able to preview this but this week’s reception focus is numbers to 10.

www.thenational.academy

 

Maths can be practised lots through play activities so encourage your child to count, find more/less, add and subtract items when they are playing.

 

WRITING IDEAS

 

It would be great if the children could have a go at doing some writing 2-3 times a week. Please use lined paper or draw lines (about 15mm apart) to encourage neat writing. Not essential though, we would rather they wrote on plain paper than not write at all! Please do not do the writing for your child, it is not about them copying your writing but rather having a go at it themselves. It is perfectly fine for them to have a go at spelling words using the sounds they know, do not expect them to spell all words correctly. Please encourage correct spellings of the tricky words. Please remind them to try starting each sentence with a capital letter and finish with a full stop. All children are different so just let them write as much as they like. For some 1-2 sentences will be enough and take a while. If your child does this easily and quickly then you could push them to do more! Children find writing easier when they want to write about something and it interests them. Therefore we have put some suggestions below but if your child would rather write about what they have been doing or something that interests them then that’s great too!

 

The children might like to:

- Write about what they have been doing in the Easter break.

- Write about a minibeasts they like. Research about it and write some sentences about it.

- Write about a favourite toy.

- Write about someone in their family.

 

Whatever they write about we’d love to see their writing (and pictures!) so please upload some photos on their blog so we can see their writing.

 

TOPIC

 

Our new topic at school was going to be ‘minibeasts’ – finding out all about the insects and little creatures that live in our natural world.

 

This week have a think about spiders!  

 

  • What can you find out about spiders?
  • Watch this video about Spiders https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUx2qqPUyOI
  • Do you have any spider stories at home? You can look on you tube for various spider stories if you don’t (The Very Busy Spider, Aargh Spider, Incy Wincey Spider etc)
  • Can you find any spiders or spiders webs in your garden?
  • Can you make some spider art. Here are some ideas but there are lots more on pinterest.

 

Hello! (Wednesday 1st April)

 

I am in school today but I am missing my penguins! I hope you are all having fun and are busy playing and doing some home learning. If your grown ups are running out of ideas for you then here are a couple of links that may be of use:

White Rose Maths are doing daily a 'Maths Party' on You Tube for each year group. We use their resources in school so they would be worth watching. Click on the link to their web page and there is a link to their home learning resources.

 

https://whiterosemaths.com  

The National Literacy Trust have produced a 'Family Zone' on their website with ideas and links to other activities.

 

https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/ 

Another idea is to think of something you would like to find out more about and do a mini-project about it. You could read about your interest, look up facts on the internet and then draw and write about it. I would love to see your

mini-project work when I see you next! What will you learn about?

 

my body?      dinosaurs?         animals?        pirates?           unicorns?            castles?          a different country?

 

Please remember to keep practising your phonic sounds and numbers each day as well as do some reading. There are videos of Mrs Aitken and me on the Home Learning section to help you practise your phonics sounds.

 

MATHS CHALLENGES

- Can you recognise all the numbers 0-20?

- Can you say '1 more' than numbers 0-20?

- Can you say 'one less' than numbers 0-20?

- Can you add two sets of objects together and write the number sentence (i.e.1+2=3)?

- Can you get some objects, take some away & find out how many left? Can you write the number sentence (i.e.3-2=1)?

- Can you double 1,2,3,4 and 5?

- Can you share some objects between members of your family? (i.e. 6 apples between 3 people - how many each?)

 

Don't forget to keep active too. Joe Wicks, Jumpstart Jonny and Cosmic Yoga are all on You Tube and worth looking at.

 

Finally, remember to keep being good for your grown-ups and help at home as much as you can. Grown ups thank you for everything you are doing with your Penguin, just do as much as you can but above all just enjoy spending time playing and talking with them. Look after each other and stay safe.

 

Missing you lots Penguins! 

Love, 

Miss Chapman

Monday 30th March 

Hi Penguins, 

Hope you had a fun first week off and were good for your grown ups! I'm missing you all very much (even all the noise you make)! 

I have been doing the Joe Wicks every morning. Have you? Perhaps you could draw your favourite exercise so that we can compare when we are back in school. 

Have you managed to tick any of the 100 things off yet? I'm going to make a birthday cake this week so that will be number 23 ticked off. 

 

Miss you all! Stay safe! 

Miss Chapman xx

 

Hi Penguins, 

 

We are missing you lots! 

Here are some things you can try at home (if you have time): 

 

*Joe Wicks daily workout - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz0go1pTda8 

*See how many things you can tick of the 100 challenge (below)! 

 

Stay safe! 

Miss Chapman and Miss White :) xx 

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World Book Day!

We had a great day to celebrate reading! We came into school in our pjs with our favourite bedtime story. We went to the library to listen to a story with a hot chocolate and cookie! 

Lots of children entered a potato into the competition... and Abigail Hall won!! Congratulations Abigail!! 

 

Superheros!

 

This half term we are learning about Superheros. The children have loved it so far!

Our first superhero story was Supertato. We helped free the vegetables from Evil Pea by melting and chipping away at the ice. 

Did you know that there is a famous artist who makes portraits using vegetables? We created our own portraits using the vegetables from Supertato based on the work of Arcimboldo. 

Snow!

The children loved playing in the snow! We made snowballs and played of sledges. We also tried to make a snowman! 

 

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                         Chinese New Year
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                                               Our Christmas Performance 

Remembrance Day 

We learnt all about why we wear poppies and decided to make some of our own. 

 

Autumn Walk

We have been on a lovely 'Autumn Walk' around the school grounds. 

 

We love learning outside! We had lots of fun developing our climbing and physical skills in the forest garden! 

 

We have loved our first few days in Penguin class! Here are some pictures of us exploring our new classroom.

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