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Happy Monday Reception children!

From this week, we will be providing weekly project packs to complete over the week, plus an extended writing challenge. There's some helpful weblinks below too, plus some non-screen activities.

Please do this work in your home learning books (if you are in school, you do not need to complete this work at home, as we will be doing in in school)

The Phonics power point for the week is available below, but please follow the link and click on week 3, for detailed daily lessons.  : https://monsterphonics.com/home-learning-in-the-covid-19-lockdown/reception-home-learning/

Your extended writing challenge for the week is... 

Write about a book you have really enjoyed reading. Think abut what you like and dislike about it. What was your favourite part? Who are the main characters. What happens in the story? What happened at the end? Draw a picture of your favourite part of the story.

Start with the name of the Title and the Author of the book.


Maths (week 1 and 2 challenge)

Helpful web links for Reception children to use at home

Maths Games at www.ictgames.com


Phonics Resources


Reading Resources


General educational resources and games

Friday June 12th

Well Done Amazing Acorns! You've made it to the end of the week! I'm really looking forward to seeing some of you on Monday.

If you are continuing to do your learning at home next week, we will be posting a weekly project pack for you to complete, plus an extended writing challenge to work on each week. 



Expressive Art and Design

Thursday June 11th

Good morning my lovlies! Its great to see you all logging on every day! Keep Up the good work!


First: Watch the ar video again (below).

Next: Read the jack in the beanstalk story again, paying attention to the Tricky with 'ar' words and the Cool Blue 'oo' words (below).

After: Think of all the ar words you can. Write them down quickly. Look at the ar video again to help you, if you like. Can you think of ten ar words?

Finally: Make some word art using as many ar words as you can. You can send your word art pictures to school@jennyhammond.waltham.sch.uk

Literacy/ Understanding the World

First: Watch the videos about the tadpole to frog metamorphosis.

Next: Talk about what happened in the videos.


Finally: Do the two writing activities about the life cycle of a frog and its metamorphosis.

Wednesday June 10th 

Good morning super Acorns! Jo and Gilly have been busy getting the classroom ready for those of you who are returning on the 15th. It's looking great! Here are some lovely lessons to keep growing those brains!



First: Watch the tricky witch ar video

Next: Read the Jack and the Beanstalk story together, spotting all the ar words. Did you find all 6?

Finally: In your workbook, write out the ar words in the story and draw a picture to go with each word.


First: Watch Gilly's doubling video

Next: Use the strategy to solve the problems on the sheet.

Finally: Use a dice to practice finding doubles. How many can you find in a minute? Can you beat your own high score?

Understanding the World

First: Watch the video about metamorphosis, and join in with the song!

Next: Talk about what metamorphosis is and draw a picture of a frog's metamorphosis in your workbook. Use the 'Tadpole's Promise' story to help you, if you like.

Tuesday June 9th

Good Morning!

I hope you did some super learning yesterday! We've got some more super learning for you today!


First: Revisit the black cat sounds. Can you remember them all?

Next: Watch the Cool Blue video.

Match the oo words to the pictures on the sheet. How many oo words can you find?

Finally: Imagine what the animals at the zoo are up to now that the zoo is closed. Use sentences and your sounds. See if you can do at least 5 sentences. Use your sounds to write and use finger spaces between your words. When you've finished, draw a picture of your story.


Now you know all about doubling... have a go at halving!

First: Go through the Parrots PowerPoint.

Then: Test your knowledge by playing the 'Hit the Button' halving game.

Monday June 8th

Hello there. Hope you have enjoyed your weekend and the rain did not make you too blue. Wasn't the thunderstorm exciting?

PSED Circle Time

WALT discuss changes

Play the story and discuss with your child how in life we will encounter changes that are inevitable. Discuss the changes they have dealt with during COVID and discuss other natural changes in our world.

some Questions for consideration:

  • The caterpillar never wants the tadpole to change. Why do we change?
  • How have you changed since you were born? How will you change in the future?
  • The tadpole breaks his promise. What is a promise? How does it make others feel when we break a promise?
  • The caterpillar eventually forgives the tadpole. Why is it important to forgive others?
  • Can you explain what metamorphosis is?
  • Using the heart template Design a heart of pictures or words to show your child's feelings about the story. Explain that these feelings are normal and out of sadness and ear of change can come new beginnings.

Phoncis WALT: write from a character's perspective

Quick CVCC/CCVC/CCVCC Words Roar

 Blend sounds to read the flashcards – put cards that need a recap to one side.


Use PowerPoint or eBook and re-read Jack and the Beanstalk


Model Sentence Writing from the character’s perspective. Put yourself in their story and imagine you are talking to a character, E.G:   ‘There is a hen for you mum.’ Children write a sentence in on whiteboard or paper. Children write a sentence a sentence with you first.  Ask if they write similar sentences. ‘There is a harp for you.’ Encourage them to think about what the character might be thinking. 

Maths WALT: Calculate with  dice

Use the game sheet and rules to take turns and play the dice game. If you cannot print the sheet create your own grid sheet using paper at home or even chalk in the garden.


Friday June 5

Hey Acorns - well done for building your brilliant brains this week.


Phonic WALT: sort sounds

Using the PowerPoint, encourage your child to work through the sounds and sort the pictures

Maths WALT: double

Using the PowerPoint, encourage your child to put the items in the doubling machine

Golden time 

 The children love colouring so for Friday fun I am posting some butterfly colouring.

Thursday, June 4th

Hello Acorns- i hope you are keeping well. 

Below is another quick morning Read and Write starter. 

Lesson 1

Phonics WALT: recognize ‘oo’ words and create a sentence.

Quick ‘oo’ words Roar

Read the ‘oo’ word flashcards – put cards that need a recap to one side.

Main: Character Actions Sentences

Use the templates to write one or more ‘oo’ sentences. They had no food. It was as high as the moon. He was in a big room. He was in a bad mood. Zoom! Cool Blue came to help.

Apply‘oo’ Game – Word Paper Plates Hunt

 Hide ‘oo’ flashcards around the room. You will need two paper plates. Please write ‘oom’ and ‘oon’ on separate plates. Hunt to find all the ‘oo’ flashcards and stick it on the plate with the correct word family eg: moon and soon are stuck on the ‘oon’ paper plate. The winner is the first to have a complete set

Lesson 2 :

Physical Development/ Literacy /Understanding of the World

WALT: Cut, Read and Match the Life Cycle of the Butterfly.

Using the template, encourage your child to:

First: cut the images and labels out and mix them up.

Next: sort them into the correct order

After: encourage your child to READ and MATCH the CAPTION to each picture. 

Lesson 3

Maths WALT:  Compare the difference between length, height and distance.

Using the attached PowerPoint, please discuss the difference between length, height and distance, with your child. See the PowerPoint for further instructions.

Wednesday, June 3rd

Acorn stars, I am sending lots of happiness your way. Be safe.

Phonic WALT: Introduce long ‘oo’ words

 FirstCool Blue makes the long ‘oo’ sound. Revisit the PowerPoint from yesterday and look for examples in the story.

Re read PowerPoint or eBook Jack and the Beanstalk (see Tuesday)

Main:  Magic Cup ‘oo’ Game

Select five flashcards (created yesterday), shows them to your child to read and insert each into a cup. They turn the cup over and move the cups around. Your child close their eyes, the leader say ‘do not look at what the magic took’ and takes a cup away. The flashcards are revealed one by one. Your child try to guess the missing flashcard as quick as possible

Repeat the game

MATH WALT: Subtract on a 100 number square

First::Using the game posted yesterday. Please no explore counting back and subtracting on a number square.

Next: Create number problems. For example. There were 7 frogs. 2 jumped away. How many are left? 

Finally: Encourage your child to solve the number problem. Take turns to solve one. As them to set you a number problem. 

Literacy WALT: Write non-fiction facts 

First: Revisit the video from yesterday and discuss some facts. 

Next: Model some writing and sound out the words as you do. Encourage finger space.

Finally: Using the template below, ask your child to write their own facts about the life cycle.


Tuesday, June 2nd

Morning Acorn Stars. Sending lots of hugs across the internet

Here is a short video of Louise playing the game- Guess the sound. Say the sound. Write the sound. 

Phonics: WALT:  Read Jack and the Beanstalk focusing on 'oo' sound.

Quick Sounds Roar speed read the Reception flashcards one by one.

Reading: Read 'Jack and the Beanstalk PowerPoint. Read the oo words and HFWs on the final page.

Tricky– oo Flashcards:  Children make their own flashcards with the words  - moon room food zoom
mood spoon boom cool

Math WALT: add using a Number Square 

Visit www.primarygames.co.uk 

SEARCH for 100 Square Splat as this will be a fun ICT game that will teach them about the 1-100 squares in a number square. 

Next: Play around initially with the game focusing on one more. Let them splat what one more is. For example; If you say what is one more than 5 they have to splat 6.

After: Write a number sentence out and ask them to solve it. For example 2+3= . They splat  two, splat three more to get the answer. 

Challenge: As a little challenge they could see how many numbers they could write out in their own number square using this blank template. 

Understanding of the World WALT: Learn non fiction facts about the Butterfly life cycle

First; Discuss the difference between a non-fiction book and fiction and why information books are important. They actually tell us real-world facts!

Next: Watch the video and discuss the different stages of the life cycle with your child. Discuss with your child the physical changes they see in the caterpillar, cocoon, to butterfly. 

Finally: Replay the video and stop on a fact and discuss the information the video is providing. See the video below.

Monday 1st June 2020

Morning Acorn superstars! I hope you had a super break! 


Can you remember all your initial sound blends? If not, recap the sounds using the initial blends video in the phonics folder. Then have a go at some initial sound blends silly soup!  Write down your initial blends silly soup recipes in your workbook.


Expressive Art and Design

Have a go at some of these ideas from the Wildlife Trust '30 Days Wild' activities.

If you like you could head to the Wildlife trust website to find some more ideas!


Happy Half Term Holidays!

The craft, phonics and silly songs folder will remain, so you can access them if you wish. 

I hope you have a lovely week and you get the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine and play with all your toys!

Lesson 3: Art/ Design

WALT: Make a toy with moving parts

We are going to make a flapping butterfly!

step 1: cut a paper plate (or any circle of card) into quarters and put a hole in each quarter. Then cut out a long oval for its body.

step 2: paint or decorate two quarters (these will be the wings) and it’s body. Talk about what pattern she and colours you have seen on butterflies.

step 3: Attach a piece of string to the back of the body and some antennae to the butterfly’s head.

step 4: Tie the wings onto the string.

step 5: Shake your butterfly to make it flap its wings!

step 6: Could you make any adaptations to your design? Can you make it even better?


Lesson Three: Art

WALT: Make art out of recycled objects

Make your own hungry caterpillar!

Step 1: Cut an egg box in half lengthways. 

Step 2: Paint or colour it green (what colours do we mix together to make green?)

Step 3: Paint or stick on some eyes.

Step 4: Make holes with a pointy object and then use pipe cleaners, sticks or pieces of card to make antennae!

He looks  hungry! Email me a pictures of your hungry caterpillars!


    Class Gallery


 What a super rainbow fish Darby! He is very sparkly!

                        Yusuf, its super to see you doing your maths work!

Thanks for sending in your pictures Yusuf, it's lovely to see you cooking, picnicking and doing your maths work!



It looks like you're having lots of fun with your home learning, Darby! I love your roleplay bus and elephant mask!


Isobel, it looks like you're concentrating very hard on your mindfulness colouring - it's beautiful!

Wow Elliot! I'm so impressed with your high frequency words You must have had a mega word hunt!

Super observational drawing, Ali - it looks just like the original!


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