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Dear Parents/Carers,

Hello Reception!
We’ve been thinking about you all and we hope you are all well. It was nice talking to some of your family and finding out what you’ve been doing at home, well done for working hard and being good for your family.
We miss you all and look forward to seeing you when we come back to school.

Take care

Mrs Nedyalkov and Miss Stephens

Parents remember:

A big part of what we do in Reception is ‘learning through play’ the children spend a great deal of their day learning through the play based activities at school, for example: the train set, dinosaur play, dolls house, superhero play, outdoor play, painting a picture, role-play with little figures using their imagination. All of this is still vital and paramount to your child’s all round holistic development therefore it is very important that your child is still getting a great deal of play throughout the day, please facilitate this play through questioning your child, engaging in conversations with your child about what they’re doing, and joining in with their play.

Thank you and take care,

Reception Team

Topic: Minibeasts
Listen to the story ‘Aaaarrgh Spider’ by Lydia Monks:

Join in
When you listen to the story encourage children to join in with repeated lines eg ‘Look at me watch me’… ‘Aaaarrgh spider!’ and ‘Out you go!’

Talk about the story
Talk about how the spider and the family feel at different points in the story. Can children make surprised, frightened or sad faces to show the different feelings of the characters? Choose favourite pages to look at again together and talk about what you see.

  • What do you think the story is about?
  • Who is the main character?
  • Why does the spider keep showing the family what he can do?
  • Why do the family keep putting him outside?
  • What changes the families mind? Why do they decide to let the spider live with them?
  • What happened at the beginning, middle, end of the story?

Writing Task 1: Draw a picture of your favourite part of the story; label your picture and write a sentence about your picture.

This week children will be learning and writing facts about different mini-beasts. Research the internet to find out facts about some different mini-beasts.

Internet and Powerpoint links for facts about mini-beasts: – facts about worms.

Spider facts Powerpoint

Bee facts Powerpoint

Snails and Slugs: Go on Discovery education/ espresso and watch the video: ‘Slugs enjoy the rain’. Watch videos on U-TUBE: and  - watch the Cbeebies video about different mini-beasts.

Play a game on espresso: What am I? ( mini-beasts)

Writing Task 2: Children to choose their favourite mini-beast, draw it and record a list of facts about that mini-beast.

For example: My favourite mini-beast is a bee ‘Bees are yellow with black stripes’, ‘they can fly and they can walk’ ‘bees have six legs’ ‘bees make honey and honey is very sweet and sticky’ Encourage your child to add a conjunction and an adjective, for example: ‘The stripy bee can fly and they have a sharp sting at the back of their body.’

Read daily with your child; encourage your child to listen to the stories online (U-TUBE) or use the following link:



Go over 3d shapes: cylinder, sphere, cube, cuboid ,pyramid and cone.
children need to name, recognise and be able to talk about their properties, for example: a cylinder has no corners. It has 3 faces, 2 circle faces and 1 curved face.

Use songs on U-TUBE:

Go to discovery education/espresso and search for ‘ 3d shapes’- explore videos about 3d shapes, play the sorting shapes game ( ‘3d shapes around us’, ‘properties of 3d shapes’).

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Go on 3d shape hunt around your home – encourage children to look for 3d shapes, can they name them? can they describe the shape they see? For example: a washing machine is a cuboid shape, toilet rolls are cylinders, a tissue box could be a cube or some are cuboids which shape are your tissue boxes at home?

Use the ‘Everyday 3d Shapes’ Powerpoint for ideas.

Record what 3d shapes items you find in your home.

Learn Prepositions: For example: on top, under, above, next to/beside, behind, in front, in-between.

Use the following ‘Preposition Powerpoint’:

Have a go at the: ‘Prepositions Worksheet

U-TUBE songs and videos to reinforce prepositions:


Subtraction/ Addition/ Numbers

  •   - there are a range of games on this website to support your child with addition and subtraction learning.
  • Explore this website:

You will find lots of games and activities to support your child’s learning of addition/subtraction, use a number line or objects to help you solve the problems.

  • Count to 100 with Captain America – joining in with the actions as you count :



Phonics: Phase 2, Phase 3, ‘Tricky words’

Go over Phase 2 sounds: practise segmenting and blending, write sentences using Phase 2 sounds.

Use following websites to support your child’s learning:


Go over Phase 3 sounds: practise writing words and sentences using Phase 3 sounds.
Please also refer to the List of websites to support Phonics Learning.

Use following websites to support your child’s learning:

Use the Phase 3 pictures and captions worksheets.

Go over and practise tricky words with your child. Practise reading and writing them, put the tricky word into a sentence.  Use the Phase 4 tricky words worksheet booklet.


Art and craft ideas: create a mini-beast of your choice using variety of resources.

See examples here                           - sorting animals: legs or no legs and sorting animals according to how they move.

Sound and Hearing: - children to play the game and identify which sound they can hear, the next game requires children to sort out different musical instruments according to how we play them.

ICT –Colour Sequencing: Children use the paint to decorate the butterfly:

Copying Patterns:

Labelling bodyparts:

Research and learn more about healthy eating:

  • Use Discovery Education/expresso, and search for:  Healthy eating: play the activity: sorting food: ‘healthy or unhealthy’/  ‘fruit or vegetable?’

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Art: - follow the instructions to create a picture of a snail inspired by the famous artist Henri Matisse.

Topic: Physical: Music and Movement – join in with the following action songs and dances. moving your body in different ways. – Simon says action song. – Follow and create a dance to the Frozen song. – Superhero dance. – The Trolls Movie dance. – Move and Freeze dance.

When exercising with your child discuss the changes that are happening to their body: for example: getting hot/sweaty, their heart will be beating faster, they will feel thirsty, they will feel out of breath. - practise writing all the letters with the mouse or your finger using a tablet all the letters of the alphabet are on here lowercase and uppercase.

Further activities to extend learning:

Why not to try one of science experiments?

See the Volcano Science experiment for instructions.