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Reception 

 

The Reception team are delighted that the Reception children are beginning to  return to school and so we are saying goodbye to online learning for the time being. Whilst the staff will still be available by email and looking forward to receiving photographs of the children's home learning, we will be moving to the home learning packs available to collect at school as discussed in our telephone conversations with parents. 

 

You will have received a text message to let you know when your child's home learning pack is available to collect from the cloak room in the Reception entrance. The days and times are as follows:

Heather Group: Monday 12.30 - 2.30pm. 

Lavender Group: Tuesday 12:45 - 2.30pm 

Ivy Group: Wednesday 1 - 2.30pm 

 

We will continue to add photos we receive of your child completing their home learning to the Gallery under the Reception Home Learning section which is a great way for the children to see what all of their friends have been doing. If you do not wish for your photos to go on the website, just let us know when you send them to us. 

 

Please continue to use these email addresses. 

Heather Group - heather.class@diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk 

Ivy Group - ivy.class@diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk 

Lavender Group - lavender.class@diamondhallinfantacademy.co.uk 

 

Thank you for your hard work and continued support during this difficult time. 

From the Reception Team :) 

 

Please continue to access these websites in addition to your home learning pack 

Readinghttps://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/  - We recommend that your child  reads 1 book a week. You will have been provided with your child's book band during the call with your class teacher.  Please contact your teacher on the above email address if you require support in accessing this website. 

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Previous Challenges

Friday 19th June - Daily Challenge

Today’s challenge is a creative challenge. In the story, Ellen has got the chicken pox and she's desperate to scratch her itchy face. But when she's peering into the bathroom mirror she gets a big surprise when her reflection steps through into her bathroom, claiming to be a princess with dragon-pox!  Can you draw your reflection?
 

You will need:
                      A mirror (or use a selfie on your tablet)
                      A pencil
                      A piece of paper

 Think carefully about the shape of your face and make sure you draw it quite big.

 Look at the position of your eyes, nose, ears and mouth.

 Is your hair long or short, curly, wavy or straight ? 

 Can you add more detail, like eye brows, eyelashes and freckles ?

 If you decide to colour your portrait can you match your skin tone? You might need your colour mixing skills from last week. 
Don’t forget to send us some photos xx

Thursday 18th June - Daily Challenge

Today’s challenge is a science challenge. Princess Mirror-Belle tried to cure Ellen’s dragon pox with a bubble bath. Today, we’re going to make a bubble snake!

You will need:

  • A plastic bottle
  • A wash cloth or fabric
  • A rubber band
  • Some dish soap

First, cut the bottom off the plastic bottle.

Then, take the piece if fabric or wash cloth and wrap it around the bottom. Use the rubber band to secure it.

Add some dish soap to a bowl, then fill it with water.

Dip the end of the bottle into the water and blow through the top. Be careful not to breathe in or you may get bubbles in your mouth!

Wednesday 17th June - Daily Challenge

Ellen is covered in spots. She has chicken pox and is very itchy! She’s just about to scratch the nasty tickly spot on the end of her nose when Princess Mirror-Belle pops up.

Princess Mirror-Belle has a magic cure for dragon pox!

The problem is, she only has pictures of the objects that she needs. 

Can you look at the pictures and write a list of the things needed to make the magic cure?

Remember to use your segmenting skill to chop up the sounds in each word, to hear the sounds to write.

 

Extension Activity: Write some sentences to tell Princess Mirror-Belle and Ellen what to do to make the cure. 

For example. 'Put in the fish.' 'Put in the hook.' 'Mix it up.' 

Associated Activity: 

Go to the phonics play website and play 'Picnic on Pluto.'   Choose 'phase 3' and then the 'igh' sound.

Blend the words by pushing the sounds together.  
Can you feed the real words to Bob and the fake word to Obb?

https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3/picnic-on-pluto

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Tuesday 16th June - Daily Challenge

Today's challenge is a Literacy challenge!

Princess Mirror-Belle comes from a world where elves sleep in slippers and fish swim in bubble baths.

 Can you draw what would happen in your imaginary world?

 Extension: Label your world and write a sentence to tell us one thing we could do in your world.
Here is an example...

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Monday 15th June - Daily Challenge

In the story, Ellen has got the chicken pox and she's desperate to scratch her itchy face. But when she's peering into the bathroom mirror she gets a big surprise when her reflection steps through into her bathroom, claiming to be a princess with dragon-pox! 
Follow the instructions to make your own mirror to see your reflection.

Extension: Can you write your own instructions on how to make your mirror?

You will need:  Card or cardboard

                        Tin foil 

                        Coloured pencils, glitter, stickers, sequins (or anything you want to decorate your mirror) 

                        Glue or sellotape


Friday 12th June - Daily Challenge 

Today, your challenge is a wizardly colour mixing challenge! In the story the wizard used colours in his spells to trap the princess and today you are going to experiment with your own colour mixing. 

If we were in school we would use our powder paints and experiment to make new colours and make those colours darker and lighter. red, blue and yellow are primary colours and if we mix them in different ways we can make lots of new,secondary colours.   This video shows us which colours combine to make others. https://youtu.be/ybt2jhCQ3lA

 This next video explains how to mix colours using food colouring instead of paint. https://youtu.be/dCMHw6NDJ0I

 Another way to mix colour is using coloured pencils and water:

First choose 2 colours and start with the lightest one. Colour a small area of paper pressing on hard to make it really thick.

Next go over the top more lightly with your darker colour gradually adding more.

Finally dip a paint brush, some cotton wool or your finger in clean water and gently rub over the top. 

 If you don't have paint or food colouring you can use some foods like beetroot or mustard or any food that makes your fingers change colour as well as the petals of some flowers. (Remember to be careful of anything that will hurt your eyes or not taste nice!) You could also use small amounts of playdough. (Don't use whole pots because eventually it will all end up brownish grey).

 Extension: Can you create a colour mixing chart and send us some pictures ? Or create a picture to send in and write down which colours you mixed yourself.

Thursday 11th June - Daily Challenge

Today, your challenge is a wizard science challenge! Wizards like to make potions to help them with their magic.
Here are two potion recipes for you to try at home.

The first potion is called Bat Broth.

You will need:

  • Red cabbage
  • Glasses or jars
  • Magic spoons
  • Lemon juice
  • Washing powder
  • Bicarbonate of soda

Once you have got all the ingredients, watch this video of Miss Sayer to see how it is done.

The next potion is called Wizard’s Brew.

You will need:

  • White vinegar
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Washing up liquid
  • Food colouring (optional)
  • Glitter (optional)
  • A glass or jar
  • A magic spoon
  • A dish for overflow

Can you follow along with Miss Sayer to make your Wizard’s Brew? 

Wednesday 10th June - Daily Challenge

 Today you are going to make an ‘ar’ star!

The princess wants to make some wishes and she heard you can wish upon a star and it will turn into different things.

 Can you think of 5 things that the princess could wish for which have the /ar/ digraph in them.

Remember to use your segmenting skill to chop up the sounds in each word, so that you can hear the sounds to write.

Here is an example,

Extension activity: Can you write a sentence using a word from your star. For example, 'I wish for a car.'
Associated activity: 

Go to the phonics play website and play 'Dragon's Den.'   Choose 'phase 3' and then 'ar'. 

Can you give the real words to the green dragon and the fake words to the red dragon?

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/2/dragons-den

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Tuesday 9th June - Daily Challenge

Today, Princess Eliza needs help to make some invitations to her birthday party. 

Can you design and make an invitation for the party and write a sentence or two to invite someone to the party. 

Can you use some key words in your sentence?

For example, To the queen, Can you come to my party? From...

Here are some examples of some designs.

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Extension Activity: Can you write a shopping list of the food needed for the party?

Try to write at least 5 things. Here are some pictures to help you with ideas for your shopping list.

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Associated Activity: Listen to the story of the Princess and the Wizard. 

Can you hear and identify the words that rhyme?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8wPFHlua_A

Monday 8th June - Daily Challenge

Today, we are going to make our own wizard hat and magic spell book to cast our own spells just like the princess and the wizard in our story. 

First, let's make our wizard hat. 

Finally, lets make a magic spell book! 

Get a piece of paper and fold it in half to make a book.

Don't forget to give your book a title on the front cover. You could name it 'Magic Spells'.

Next, you need to think about what your magic spell will be. In the story the Princess changed herself into a chick, a grasshopper, a fox, a butterfly and a black cat. 

Write or draw a picture of your spell inside your book.

 

Look at Miss Potts' magic spell!

Whirling and twirling 

and with a tap of my hat 

say this magic spell

to turn into a bat!

 

We cannot wait to see photos of you in your Wizard hats with your magic spell books.

Don't forget to send a photo to your class teacher! 

Friday 5th June - Daily Challenge 

Today we are going to do a special Art challenge.

We are looking at an artist called Henri Matisse. He is one of Mrs Collingwood’s favourite artists.

Matisse is a French artist who uses collage to make his art work.

A collage is a piece of art made by sticking various different materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric on to a piece of paper.

There is a famous piece of art work by Matisse called the snail. Here is a video for you to watch to learn all about it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4w4Z9lMixM

Today we would like you to make your own snail collage just like Matisse.

 You will need:

Scissors

old newspapers, magazines, fabric or paper

some glue or sellotape.

Thursday 4th June - Daily Challenge 

Today's challenge

Today your challenge is a science experiment!

Did you know that the blue whale is the largest animal to live on the earth?

The tongue of a blue whale weighs as much as an elephant and it's heart is the same size as a car!

Whales are able to float while they sleep.

Your challenge is to have a look around your home and find 2 things that you think will float and 2 things that you think will sink.

With a grown up, test to see if your predictions were correct.

Which objects sink and which objects float? Why do you think this is?

Extension task: Keep a record of the objects that float and sink. You could write these down or draw pictures.

We would love to see some pictures of your experiment, so don't forget to send some to your class teacher! 

Have fun!

 

Wednesday 3rd June - Daily Challenge

Did you know snails have a hard shell which helps to protect them? When the snail feels threatened, it will hide inside its shell.

Your challenge today is a phonics challenge.

Draw a snail and write as many words with the /ai/  digraph on the snail’s shell.

Remember to use your segmenting skill to chop up the sounds in each word, so that you can hear the sounds to write. When you have finished writing a word, check it is correct by using your blending skill and pushing the sounds together. 

Here are some examples.

How many words can you write on your shell?

Extension Activity: Choose a word and write a sentence. For example, 'Look at the dog in the rain'.

Associated Activity: Go to the phonics play website and play 'Make a match.'   Choose 'phase 3'.  Can you match the correct words to the matching pictures? 

https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources

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Tuesday 2nd June - Daily Challenge

Snails leave a slime trail behind them when they travel. It helps protect the snail's body from the rough ground.

snail trail | Snail, Places to go, Small pets

Can you find any snail trails in your garden?

 

Today, we are going to do some of our own snail writing.

Use a paint brush, stick or old make up brush and some water to write a message to a family member or friend on the path outside your house.

 Take a picture and ask your grown up to send to your family member or friend. 

Don't forget to send a photo of your picture to your class teacher. 

 

The reception grown ups have been busy today doing their own snail writing!

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Extension:  Can you follow the instructions in the video to move just like a snail. Remember snails move very, very slowly! 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/eyfs-playtime-snail/zvt9382

Monday 1st June - Daily Challenge

 If you were the snail where would you go to on the whale's tail?

Draw a picture of where you would go to.

Extra Challenge: Write a sentence about where you would go. 

 

Friday 22nd May - Daily Challenge 

Today, we are going to get crafty with some 'Super Worms'of our own.   

I have found 3 different videos showing you 3 different ways to make your own 'Super Worm' with different materials and techniques. Don't forget, watch the video and if you don't have all of the materials stop and think of alternatives you can use. The best artists, designers and crafters are the ones that can adapt their ideas!

This link is for a stick puppet worm. You can use newspaper or magazines or pages from old colouring books to make your worm and drinking straws, chop sticks or tightly rolled up paper for the sticks.  https://youtu.be/8svy1SEP1o8

This 2nd link is for a paper worm you can race. If you don't have a drinks straw to blow through, try rolled up paper. https://youtu.be/Yss3-upCVWM 

This 3rd link is for a sock worm. If you don't have elastic bands you could use hair bobbles, wool or string. Don't forget you can make your own googly eyes with paper and a pen. https://youtu.be/zFDf_GCOuOs

 

EXTENSION ACTIVITY : Can you design and make your own 'Super Worm' using a different technique?

Could you take photographs and write instructions or even make a video of your own, we would love to see them. x

(Don't forget if you make a video be internet safe and don't reveal any personal information.)

Thursday 21st May - Daily Challenge

Today, your challenge is a phonics digraph challenge. Can you remember what a digraph is? A digraph is two letters that make one sound. For example, qu/sh/ch/th/ng/oo/ee/ai/oi/oa/ar/er/ur/ow/.

Superworm has been digging in the soil and has found lots of treasure.

Can you unscramble the sounds to find out what Superworm has found? Write them on a piece of paper!

Remember to use your segmenting skill to chop up the sounds in each word, so that you can hear the sounds in the word and write them in the correct order. 

Extension Activity: Choose two treasures and write a sentence about what Superworm found.  For example, In the soil he found a coin and a fork. 

Don't forget to send a picture of your writing to your class teacher!

 Associated Activity: 

Go to the phonics play website and play 'Pick a picture.'   Choose 'phase 3' and then the 'phase 3 digraphs.' Blend each word by pushing the sounds together. Can you click on the picture that matches the word?

https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3/pick-a-picture

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Wednesday 20th May - Daily Challenge

Today your challenge is a science challenge. You are going to build your own worm farm.

First, you need to find some worms. Watch this video of Miss Sayer looking for worms in her garden to help you.

Now you’ve got some worms, it is time to make your worm farm.
You will need:

  • A large clean glass jar
  • Moist soil
  • Sand
  • Earthworms
  • Old leaves
  • Vegetable peelings or tea leaves
  • Some newspaper and a cool dark cupboard

Follow these instructions to build your worm farm:

  1. Put a layer of sand in the jar, about 1cm deep.
  2. Add a thick layer of soil, then another thin layer of sand, then another thick layer of soil. Make sure there is about 5cm of space at the top.
  3. Put the worms in the jar.
  4. Add some leaves, vegetable peelings or tea leaves on the top.
  5. Put the lid on or cover the top of the jar.
  6. Wrap the newspaper around the jar and put it in a cool, dark cupboard.

Top tips!
Always ensure the soil is moist – worms breathe through their skin which needs to be damp for this to happen.
Worms do not like to be in the dry or the light for very long – make sure your hands are wet if handling the worms and only handle them for a few minutes at a time.

Extension: observe your worm farm over the next few weeks. What patterns have the worms made in the soil? Can you draw the patterns?

Don't forget to send photos of your plans to your class teacher!

Tuesday 19th May - Daily Challenge

Superworm's friends made a plan to rescue him from the evil Wizard Lizard.

Can you draw a plan of how you would rescue Superworm?

Write a sentence to tell us how you would rescue him. 

Miss Fenwick has planned to catch wizard lizard in a fishing net.

Monday 18th May -Daily Challenge 

Can you build your own Wizard Lizard lair? 

A  lair is just like a den.

You could make your lair out of lego just like Miss Potts, or indoors using chairs and blankets or you could make one in your garden using sticks, mud and leaves!

Extension: Make signs for your den to make sure Superworm and his friends do not come in! For example, 'Keep Out', 'No worms allowed' or 'Worms not welcome'.

You could build your lair indoors with boxes, chairs and blankets  You could build your lair in the garden with sticks, stones and leaves.

Friday 15th May - Daily Challenge 

Today, we are going to make our own spider puppet.

 

You will need:

  • Cardboard (you could use a cereal box)
  • Scissors  
  • Coloured pens/pencils/crayons 
  • glue or sellotape

 

  1. Cut out a circle for the body and 4 rectangle legs.
  2. Cut out 4 small holes in the spider's body to put your fingers through (You might need a grown up for this bit!)  
  3. Draw on the spider's eyes and mouth on the body.
  4. Colour in your spider and don't forget to colour in the legs too!
  5. Stick the legs on to the body.

 

Now you have a spider puppet, lets learn the words to 'Itsy Bitsy Spider' and use your own spider to perform the rhyme to your family. Get your grown up to video your performance and send to your class teacher! We look forward to watching all of your performances! 

You can listen to the rhyme here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_lCi8U49mY

Thursday 14th May - Daily Challenge

Today, your challenge is a geography challenge.

The very busy spider decided to make a home on a fence in a farm. Can you make your own map of the farm? Where will your spider live?

Extension: can you write some directions to help us find the spider on your farm?
For example: start at the barn, go past the owl and the dog, look under the rooster's house.

Wednesday 13th May - Daily Challenge

 Today, your challenge is a phonics challenge.  Can you remember what a digraph is? A digraph is two letters that make one sound. For example, sh/ch/th/ng/oo/ee/ai/oi/oa/ar/.

The Very Busy Spider wants to buy some things from the shops for the animals in the story. Look at the pictures below and write the words to match. All of the words contain a digraph. Remember to use your segmenting skill to chop up the sounds in each word, so that you can hear the sounds to write. Can you remember the action for the digraph in each of these words? When you have finished writing a word, check it is correct by using your blending skill and pushing the sounds together. 

Extension: Write two sentences about an object that the spider bought and who it could be for. Remember to use some key words in your sentence! For example: "the ring is for the cow".

Tuesday 12th May - Daily Challenge

Today, is a PE challenge. It is really important that we stay active when we are staying safe at home.

There are lots of animals in our story this week, 'The Very Busy Spider' (you can listen to the story through the link in your maths learning above) and today, we are going to move like the animals in our story. 

 Extension: Can you make your own animal workout? Choose 3 animals to move like and get a grown up to video your workout and send to your class teacher! 

                  Remember we have to be really safe on the internet so make sure you don't say any personal information like your full name!

 

 

Monday 11th May - Daily Challenge

In your maths learning, you may have listened to the story, 'The Very Busy Spider' by Eric Carle. Here is the link to listen to the story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfL0g-XRxnA

The spider was very busy making his web that he couldn’t  go and play with the animals, he was just too busy. Just like the spider in the story, I bet you have busy days too! Can you tell us what you have been doing on your busy day?

Divide a page into 3 and draw a picture for what you were busy doing on the morning, on the afternoon and on the evening. Then write a sentence to say what you are doing in each picture. 

On the morning,  I ...

On the afternoon,  I ...

On the evening,  I ...

 

Extension:  Can you draw each animal in the story and write what it asks the spider to do?

                  For example: The duck asks the spider to swim.

 

Friday 8th May - Daily Challenge

Today we will celebrate VE Day. This week we have all been busy getting ready for our VE day Picnic and it is time to hang up your bunting, put on your party hat and celebrate with your family. We look forward to seeing lots of photos of you celebrating and enjoying your picnic! Please send your photos to your class teacher. 

 We all like to play games at parties so why don't you follow the instructions on how to make a paper aeroplane and challenge your family to see whose plane flies the longest distance.  

Thursday 7th May - Daily Challenge

Today, you will be making bunting to decorate your garden or house ready for your VE Day picnic tomorrow. 

Bunting is a special type of decoration that people hang up for parties. It is made of triangle shaped flags and string. You will need some string or ribbon, white card or paper cut into triangles, and some coloured pens, pencils or paint.

 We are going to make our bunting special by making a repeating pattern on our bunting. Choose 2 colours, you might choose red and blue like the colours on the Union Jack flag. First, draw a circle with one colour on one piece of your bunting and then, on your next piece of bunting draw another circle with your other colour Continue the pattern. This is called a repeating pattern.

 Look at the repeating patterns that Miss Sayer has made on her bunting for her VE Day picnic on Friday!

Extension Activity

Can you try a trickier repeating pattern? Choose 2 shapes and 2 colours and make a repeating pattern like this one:

 

Associated activities:

*Write party invitations for your family members in your house to come to your VE day picnic.

*Make a headband or a party hat to wear at your picnic. 

 

Wednesday 6th May - Daily Challenge

On Friday the whole country will celebrate VE Day.

 VE stands for victory in Europe and it celebrates the end of the Second World War in 1945 that was 75 years ago. Lots of people died in the war and the whole country had to work together it was a very sad and scary time but it also taught us how to be strong and resilient.   

This Friday is a special Bank Holiday to let us all celebrate VE Day. This year because we are in lock-down we are having to be resilient just like our wartime ancestors and our celebration will have to be at home or in our garden with the people who live in our house. Tomorrow you will be making party hats and bunting and on Friday your challenge will be to have your picnic. 

Today we are going to to make our own parachute for a toy to represent the parachutes used in the war. first you can watch this video clip of real parachutes in action. https://youtu.be/gXCscmzZpos 

Now here is a video to show you how to make your own parachute. https://youtu.be/Rzq6hJ9ofUk

 

Now you have your parachute we would love photographs or videos of you testing them out. 

Extension Activity

Can you try different materials to make a parachute some ideas might be a paper towel. a piece of fabric or some newspaper. 

Can you carry out a comparison 'jump' to see which material works best and why you think that? record all of your findings for example 'the paper tore when my toy landed'.  Email your results, we can't wait to find out how you get on. 

 

Tuesday 5th May - Daily Challenge

 Join in with the Jolly Phonics songs to recap the sounds:   https://vimeo.com/106231366

Can you find the missing sounds to match these pictures?
Write them on a some paper.

Don't forget that when we are writing we need to use our segmenting skill -  This is when we chop the sounds up to hear the sounds to write. So get your magic chopping sword ready!

When you have completed the word, check it is correct by using your blending skill - This is when we push the sounds together.

The first one has been done for you.

Now can you segment the word and fill in the sounds to match these pictures! 

They all include the 'ow' digraph (like in the word 'wow').  Remember, a digraph is when two letters make one sound. Can you remember the action for 'ow'?

     

Extension Activity

Choose three of the words with the 'ow' sound. Can you write a sentence for each word. Remember to use some key words in your sentence! Here is an example:

Associated Activity

Go to the phonics play website and play 'Picnic on Pluto.'   Choose 'phase 3' and then the 'ow' sound that you have used in today's challenge.

Blend the words by pushing the sound together.  Can you feed the real words to Bob and the fake word to Obb?

https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3/picnic-on-pluto

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Monday 4th May - Daily Challenge

We hope you had fun on your minibeast hunts over the weekend and found lots of minibeasts just like Miss Sayer, Mrs Lordon and Mrs Williams did! 

Today, you are going to look up facts and write about your minibeast., Remember facts are something that are true and not made up.

 Choose a minibeast you would like to know more about and with a grown up, research your minibeasts using the internet or a book.

Facts you might like to know could be 'where does your minibeast live?' or 'what does your minibeast like to eat?' 

This is a good website to use for researching minibeasts - https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/animals-and-nature/insects/

Next, draw a picture of the minibeast and label it. 

Now, write a fact about your minibeast. For example:  It has 8 legs. It can run fast.

 Don't forget to use your sound mats to help with your sounds and to use your mantras to support the formation of your letters.

Extension:   Choose 3 more minibeasts to write facts about and make your own zig zag book on minibeasts. 

Friday 1st May - Daily Challenge 

For today's challenge we would like you to go on a Minibeast hunt around your garden or see what you can find on your daily walk. Slugs, snails, worms, ants, spiders, caterpillars, ladybirds and woodlice are some of the bugs known as minibeasts. Worms like to live where there is soil, caterpillars like to live on leaves and spiders are able to live just about anywhere!

Watch this video to learn more about minibeasts:  

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z6882hv/articles/z9fkwmn

 Now, get your wellies on and your imaginary magnifying glass  and off you go to see what minibeasts you can find.

 Where do you think you will find minibeasts? Remember to look in dark places, under plant pots or under stones. Some insects like mud and soil, what could that be?

 Look, Miss Sayer found some woodlice under a rock in her garden.

Extension tasks

Can you write a list of the minibeasts you found today? You will need this for your daily challenge on Monday.

Can you categorise all the minibeasts you found today into minibeasts with legs, minibeasts with no legs and minibeasts with wings?

Thursday 30th April - Daily Challenge

Today’s challenge is a phonics challenge.

Can you remember what a digraph is?

A digraph is when two letters make one sound.

Examples of these are /sh/ch/th/ng/oo/ee/ai/oi/oa/ar/.

Can you remember the actions for these sounds?

 

Your challenge today is to find five objects around the house that have one of these sounds in and write them down.
Don't forget that when we are writing we need to use our segmenting skill. This is when we chop the sounds up in the word to help us identify each one, so make sure you use your magic chopping sword! 

Some examples of the things you might find are: a dish, a chip, a pool, a car.

 

Look at the objects that Miss Robson found in her house.

Can you blend the words to read them?

Remember, when we blend we push the sounds together.

We would love to see some pictures of the things that you find.


Extension activity

Choose three of these words. 

Can you write the word in a sentence for each?

You could use some key words in your sentence.

Here is an example.

 

Associated activities

Go to the phonics play website and play 'Buried Treasure.' 

Choose one of the digraphs that you have used in today's challenge.
Can you give the real words into the treasure chest and the fake words into the bin?

https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/2/buried-treasure

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 Wednesday 29th April - Daily Challenge 

Today's challenge is an art challenge with a science twist. 

You are going to create some observational art using materials you can find in your house and garden. You will be like a cave man or woman from millions of years ago but on paper instead of cave walls.

Cave painting - Wikipedia

Now for your challenge...

Collect some things to make paint from your house or garden or on your daily walk, you need things that are brightly coloured, the kind of things that leave a stain if you squash them like strawberries.

Some good things to try are, grass or leaves for green, dandelions for yellow, dried mud for brown and beetroot for red. 

Making natural paints and inks from plants – Gumnut MagicExperimenting with Natural Paints – Artful Kids

Some things will have juice you can squeeze other things you can draw straight onto the paper with like the leaves. You might have to rub hard to get the best colours. 

If you don't have a paintbrush you can use a stick or your fingers, don't forget to wash your hands afterwards. 

You can choose what you are going to paint your picture of first and then find some things to give you the matching colour paint or make some paints then choose what to create. 

 

Take a photo of your creations and send them in we cannot wait to see them all xx

 

EXTENSION ACTIVITY

Can you make a list of the things you used to create your paint to help your friends to try

something they might not have. Use some adjectives (describing words) to make it more 

interesting like pale pink, sky blue or 

 bright sunshine yellow. 

 

Take a photo of your list and send them in we cannot wait to get them. 

Once you have sent some lists in I'm going to have a go and see if I can get my picture in the gallery love Miss Sanderson xx 

 

Tuesday 28th April - Daily Challenge 

Today's challenge is a maths challenge. 

We have been getting really good at recognising our teen numbers so to remind us what our teen numbers are watch this Numberblocks episode.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL76_VtvtgQ

 Now for your challenge...

Collect some sticks from outside, either from your garden or on your daily walk. 

Can you order your sticks from shortest to longest?

Can you find something in your house that is longer than your longest stick?

Can you find something in your house that is shorter than your shortest stick? 

 If you cannot collect sticks, you could use different lengths of string, wool, or even spaghetti.

 Take a photo of your sticks in order and the objects that you find! We cannot wait to see them all! 

Monday 27th April - Daily Challenge 

We are going to listen to the story 'Not a box' by Antoinette Portis 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXqFv610g0o

Now, it is your turn to find a cardboard box and create your own version of the story  'Not a box'

What will you turn your box into? Will it become a castle, a rocket or even a unicorn?

 Write a sentence about what your box is? For example - It is not a box. It is a ...

(Don't forget to use your mantras and your sound mats to support your letter formation.)

 If you don't have a cardboard box, you could draw a square or a rectangle on a piece of paper for the box and then turn it into anything you like! 

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Friday 24th April - Daily Challenge

Today's Challenge

Today's challenge is to find 3 facts about someone in your family.

You might choose a Grandparent or Aunt or Uncle. If they don't live in your house you can telephone or Facetime them. (With an adults permission) If the person you choose isn't alive anymore you can interview other family members to find things out. 

You could record a short video or write down your facts about your relative.

 You might ask questions like : How old are you ?

                                               What year were you born?

                                               What was your job?

 Look at what Mrs Sanderson found out about her Great, Great, Great, Great Uncle Tommy Sanderson!!!

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Thursday 23rd April - Daily Challenge 

Today, we are going to get even better at not only recognising our keywords, but also writing them.

Remember keywords are words we just have to know, our phonics cannot help us.

 First, lets sing along to our tricky word songs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R087lYrRpgY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NOzgR1ANc4

 

Now, use water and an old paintbrush, make up brush, sponge or a stick to write some of our keywords on the wall or path in your garden.

Extension: Can you write a sentence using some of your keywords?

 Children were given a list of taught key words in their homework pack, however, below, is a full list of the keywords the children are taught in reception.

Additional activities you can do with keywords:

- Can you make your own keyword matching pairs game or snap game?

 - Write different keywords on the ground outside or use paper and get your grown up to say different keywords for you to stand, jump or do star jumps on. 

 - Can you read all of the keywords on the trucks? (select up to phase 3)   https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3/tricky-word-trucks

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Wednesday 22nd April - Daily Challenge

Today's challenge is a phonics challenge.
Join in with the jolly phonics songs to recap the sounds: https://vimeo.com/10623136
Can you play digraph snap and match the sounds?

When two letters make one sound we call this a 'digraph.'

What you will need:
-16 small pieces of card/paper - all the same colour and size.
-A list of the digraphs to practise /sh/ch/th/ng/ (Can you remember the actions for these sounds?)
-A flat surface to play the game. 

How to make the game:

You need to make two sets of cards with the same sounds or words in each set.

  • So, Each digraph should have 4 cards (2 in each set). So four 'sh' cards, four 'ch' cards, four 'th' cards and four 'ng' cards. 

Make sure that you can read the digraphs on the cards.

Then shuffle each set and you are ready to play!

  • Take turns to turn over a card in your pile and put it in the middle of the table. Say the sound on the card as you turn it over. If one card is followed by a card with the same sound on it, then slap your hand on the cards and call out ‘SNAP!’ The person who gets there first takes all the cards in the pile and puts them at the bottom of their personal pile.
  • The game continues until one person has won all the cards.

 

Extension Task - Can you make some cards with words that contain the digraphs /th/sh/ch/?

Play snap again but this time try and match the words!

Examples of words you could use are...thin, thick, path, chip, chat, chop, shop, shut, fish.

 

Tuesday 21st April - Daily Challenge

Today is the Queen’s birthday! She is 94 years old. To celebrate, the Queen spends her day with the rest of the Royal Family and special gun salutes are fired by the Royal Horse Artillery at locations all around the UK. Let’s celebrate with her!

The first thing we will need is a birthday card. Can you follow the instructions to make a birthday card?

How to make a birthday card:
1. Get a piece of paper or card.
2. Fold it in half.
3. Decorate the front of your card using pens, pencils, stickers, whatever you have. Don’t forget to write Happy Birthday!
4. Open the card and write inside. Remember, you need to write who it is to, a message, and who it is from. Look at Mrs Lordon’s card to help you!


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The Queen wears a crown wherever she goes. Can you design your own crown?
You can draw a picture and label it, or use materials you have at home to make one. Look at these examples to help you.
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The last thing we will need is a birthday cake. Follow this recipe with your grown up to make a delicious birthday cake for the Queen:

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Monday 20th April - Daily challenge

Today we are going to get even better at recognising our number bonds to 5 and we are going to use our teddy bears or toys to help us! 

Watch this episode of numberblocks and meet the number 5 - Can you join in with some of the number bonds to 5?:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpH2W3fgUJs

LOOK!!!  Miss Potts has put her teddy bears down for a nap and made a number bond! Can you say the number bond?

 

 

 

 

 

That's right!!  4 add 1 altogether makes 5 - Well done!

Now it is time for your teddy bears to have a nap.

Can you make a different number bond to 5?

For example:  1+4=5, 3+2=5, 5+0=5

You will need: 2 cushions 

                       5 teddy bears or toys 

                       Number sentence (don't forget you need to put the addition symbol   +   on) 

                       Whiteboard pen 

Get your grown up to ask you: 
How many teddy bears are on the first cushion?
How many teddy bears are on the other cushion?
How many teddy bears are there altogether?

Next, say your number bond out loud and use your fingers to show the number bond. 

Now can you write your number bond in a number sentence? 

We cannot wait to see photos of you creating your number bonds to 5.

Friday 17th April - Daily Challenge

Today's challenge

Today's challenge is another phonics challenge!
Join in with the jolly phonics songs to recap the sounds: https://vimeo.com/106231366

Can you find the missing sounds to match these pictures?
You could write them on a piece of paper and take some pictures to send us!

Don't forget that when we are writing we need to use our segmenting skill -  This is when we chop the sounds up to hear the sounds to write. So get your magic chopping sword ready!!
The first one has been done for you.

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Now can you segment the word and fill in the sounds to match these pictures! They all include the 'oi' digraph!
Can you remember the action for 'oi'?

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Thursday 16th April - Daily Challenge
Today's challenge is a science challenge. We would like you to become scientists and try out these amazing experiments.

Don't forget to send us a photo of you trying them with your grown up.

Good Luck! 

 

 

Orange Fizz            

 

Materials:

  • An Orange or Clementine
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda / bicarbonate of soda


 Instructions: 

  1. Cut the orange into slices or peel separate into sections
  2. Dip a slice or section into the baking soda
  3. Take a bite! As you chew, it should start to bubble in your mouth

 

How does it work?

When acids and bases mix, you get some exciting chemistry! Oranges and other citrus fruits are filled with citric acid. It is a safe acid, and it’s what gives oranges, lemons, and limes their sourness. Baking soda is a base, the opposite of an acid. It’s also safe, but doesn’t taste very good on it’s own, and will give you a tummy ache if you eat a lot of it. As the citric acid and baking soda mix, it makes millions of carbon dioxide bubbles, the same gas you breathe out, and the same one that makes soda so fizzy.


Dry Erase

Materials:

  • A glass plate, bowl, or picture frame
  • White board pen
  • Water

Instructions:

  1. Draw a simple picture on the glass. A stick figure is a good one to start with
  2. Pour water onto the plate or into the bowl slowly to lift up the drawing
  3. Swirl the water around to make the picture dance and move

 

How does it work?

The marker leaves behind mixture of pigments and a type of alcohol mixed together. The alcohol

dissolves and the pigments are left behind as a solid.

Glass is so smooth that the solid slides right off when it gets wet!

 

DO NOT GET THE WHITEBOARD PEN WET.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 15th April - Daily Challenge 

 

Today's challenge is a maths challenge. Lets start by singing along to our counting songs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VLxWIHRD4E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hD26XpuUCc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0dJWfQHF8Y

 

Can you make your own number line to 20?

 

 

Collect 20 leaves  from your garden or when you go on your daily walk. You can use small pieces of paper if you cannot find any leaves!

Write numbers 1 – 20, one on each leaf, using a thick marker pen.

Put holes in either end of the leaves and thread the leaves onto a piece of string.

If you do not have any string you could always peg the numbers to your washing line!

Don’t forget to put them in the correct order!

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Activities to do with your number line

 Get your grown up to ask you to find one more or one less? 

Get your grown up to ask you to find different numbers on the number line.

Use your favourite teddy bear as a puppet to count along the number line with you. 

 

We cannot wait to see your photos with your number line!

 

Tuesday 14th April - Daily Challenge

We would love to know what you have enjoyed doing the most over the Easter weekend.

Can you draw a picture and have a go at writing a sentence?

Don't forget to use your keywords, formation mantras and your sound mat!

Look at what Miss Potts enjoyed doing the most over the weekend!

 

 

Thursday 9th April - Daily Challenge

Today's challenge is an Easter challenge!

We talked a lot in school about the Christian festival of Easter and why we celebrate it. We also talked about the different customs and traditions that take place at Easter. 

Watch these CBeebies clips to jog your memory.    

https://youtu.be/-qVW9IjhIlU     

https://youtu.be/StlJgYF-Ki8

 There are lots of creative activities that you could do to celebrate Easter and decorate your home and the Reception grown ups are challenging you to decorate an egg. 

First get your grown up to boil you an egg then let it cool.

Next decide how you want to decorate your egg and what materials you will use.

You can make your egg into anything you want and then we would love you to send us some pictures. 

If you have enough eggs maybe you could have an egg and spoon race in your garden or a don't drop the  egg challenge where you walk around your house with your egg on a spoon and see how long you can balance it before it drops.

 

Wednesday 8th April - Daily Challenge 

Join in with the Jolly Phonics songs to recap the sounds:   https://vimeo.com/106231366

Can you find the missing sounds to match these pictures?
You could write them on a piece of paper and take some pictures to send us!

Don't forget that when we are writing we need to use our segmenting skill -  This is when we chop the sounds up to hear the sounds to write. So get your magic chopping sword ready!!

The first one has been done for you.                     

 

Now can you segment the word and fill in the sounds to match these pictures! They all include the 'ai' digraph!
Can you remember the action for /ai/?

 

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Tuesday 7th April - Daily Challenge

Can you make your own kitchen orchestra?
Can you play a tune with your kitchen orchestra?

Rice and pasta make good shakers!

Pans make good drums and don't forget your wooden spoons for your drumsticks!

Pan lids make good symbols!

 

 Try ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ or your favourite nursery rhyme.

Listen to 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCjJyiqpAuU

Can you make your sounds louder then softer ? This is called changing the DYNAMIC.

Can you make your sounds faster then slower ? This is called changing the ‘TEMPO’

Perform the song for your family.

 Ask them what they liked about your performance and what you could do to make it even better.

 

Monday 6th April - Daily Challenge

Listen to our 2D shape songs to remind yourself of the different 2D shapes we have been looking at in reception:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfRuLS-Vnjs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRiWpCfp75g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsR0h50BiFQ

 

Watch this episode of Numberblocks where number 4 goes to visit flatland where the 2D shapes live:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bp2qlb/numberblocks-series-3-flatland

 

 Can you become a shape hunter and hunt for squares, circles, triangles and rectangles in your home?

How will you keep a record of how many you see? Will you draw the shape every time you see it and count them at the end or will you use a tally chart?

Take photos of the shapes you find in your home and send them for us to see!

 

                                                          Extension:  Can you cut out circles, triangles, rectangles and squares to make your own 2D shape picture? 

 

                                                                                     

 

Friday 3rd April - Daily Challenge

Can you follow the instructions to make your own pet rock? 

How to make a pet rock:

  1. Get a stone.  
  2. Draw your pet on the stone.  
  3. Use paint, felt-tip pens or if you don't have them and an adult helps you could use nail varnish to colour in your pet. 

  4.  Wait for your pet to dry and then give your pet a name. 

  5. Look after your pet. 

Thursday 2nd April - Daily Challenge

 In reception we have been looking at stories about adventures and journeys. One story we shared was 'Gary' by Leila Rudge

You can listen to the story here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipCluF4pX44

 We have been using Google Earth to look at aerial views of Sunderland and pointing out familiar places. We talked about how it is just like the view of the racing pigeons in our story, they look down at things when they are flying in the sky. We then put different objects on the floor and looked down at the objects. We found that they changed shape when we looked from an aerial view. 

Here is the link for Google Earth to explore: 

https://earth.google.com/web/@54.9067526,-1.4100996,40.44241544a,576.46034662d,35y,0h,45t,0r

 Can you draw a plan of a room in your house from an aerial view?  Put in the windows and doors and the furniture. Don't forget to label your plan!

Extension: Turn your plan into a treasure hunt. Hide something in the room you have drawn the plan of and draw a line to lead someone to the treasure.

 

Wednesday 1st April - Daily Challenge 

You will need, from your home learning pack:

*10s frame and 10 counters.
*Part part whole diagram or number sentence.
*Whiteboard pen.
*Number formation card. 

Can you solve our subtraction number problems?

  1. There were 5 sheep in the field. The farmer left the gate open and 3 sheep ran away. How many sheep are left in the field?     

    2. There were 9 sweets in the jar. Miss Sanderson ate 4 sweets. How many sweets are left in the jar?  

     3. There were 7 cars in the car park. 3 cars drove away. How many cars are left in the car park?

      Extension: Can you make your own subtraction number story and solve it? 

    Here is a short episode of numberblocks for your child to watch:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08r41qb/numberblocks-series-2-ten-green-bottles

    Here are some familiar maths songs for your child to sing along to:

    Count to 20

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MVzXKfr6e8

     Count backwards from 20

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srPktd4k_O

 

Tuesday 31st March - Daily Challenge 

Build a den (inside or outside) and share your favourite story with a grown up. 

 Ask your child:

*Who were the characters?
*What happened at the beginning?
*What happened in the middle of the story?
*What happened at the end?
*What was your favourite part? Why?

 Extension: Can you make a sign for your den?

 

Monday 30th March - Daily Challenge

Can you find 5 objects in your house that begin with the /s/ sound?  Once you have all 5 objects, take a picture of yourself with your objects.

 

The Great Reception Bake Off

The children have enjoyed baking in reception this year. We have baked birthday cakes to pizzas and had lots of fun!

Each week we will share recipes that you may wish to make with your child. 

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 Cheesy Muffins.docxDownload
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 Crazy Chocolate Cake.docxDownload
 Dinosaur Footprint Cookies.docxDownload
 Easy Ice Cream.docxDownload
 Frozen Banana Lollies.docxDownload
 Frozen Yoghurt Bark.docxDownload
 Gingerbread Men.docxDownload
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