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Jenny Hammond children are being encouraged to create a rainbow, using whatever materials you wish,  with the schools initials ' JHPS' and display it in a window.  If you take a picture and email it to school, we might put it on the website. 

Well Done Everyone! We’ve nearly made it to the Easter Holidays! HAPPY EASTER!

Please note that this week’s lessons will be removed from the page on Saturday (4th April). 

During the period of the Easter Holidays (Monday 6th April to Friday 17th April) we will not be uploading daily lessons. However, you are welcome to work on your Power Project if you would like some inspiration for things to do.

If you need some further inspiration over the Easter Holidays, TTS have made a fantastic booklet with ideas for you to do at home with your Reception aged child.

The link is here:


Phonics Folder

Your Reception Teachers have collated some useful phonics resources for you and they can be found in the new phonics folder on the left hand side of the page.



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Friday 3rd April


WALT (we are learning to): Use blending to read CVC words.

CVC words are three letter words made up of Consonant, Vowel, Consonant such as ‘c a t’ or ‘m o p’ that we can use our black cat sounds to read.

First: Practice the black cat sounds together (Reception graphemes). Can you recall all of them?

Next:. print out the CVC word cards or write out the words on paper and hide the words around your house or garden.

After: Have a word hunt! Find the words together. Try and read the words as you find them by sounding them out using phonic sounds and blending the sounds together.

Finally: Write some of the CVC words in your workbook and draw a picture of what they are next to them (eg. write 'cat' and draw a picture of a cat.)


WALT (we are learning to): Use non-standard measures of capacity

Capacity is the measure we use when we measure things by mass.

Measure is a key aspect of maths and any sort of cooking is a great opportunity to use the vocabulary of large, small, largest, smallest, more, less, empty, full, half-full.

Today we are measuring using cups. A metric cup is approx. 250 mL but, of course you can use smaller and larger cups to make more or less playdough.

Use the playdough recipe below to make some playdough with your child. 

Talk about the ingredients, measuring using a cup and following the method.

When you are finished, you can play with your playdough! Why not make some Easter creations together


Well Done for all your hard work this week! As a treat you could make some Easter crafts together for your Friday Golden Time. There are some ideas in the Easter Crafts folder below.

Can you make some friends for my Easter bunnies and chicks?

 easter crafts
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Thursday 2nd April


WALT (we are learning to): Identify long and short vowel sounds.

First: Recap and review some of the High Frequency Words you found and read yesterday.

Next: Sing the song ‘Old Mac Donald had a Farm’ together.

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O,

And on his farm he had a cow, E-I-E-I-O,

With a 'moo moo' here and a 'moo moo' there,

Here a 'moo', there a 'moo', everywhere a 'moo moo',

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

The BBC School Radio library has a lovely version of it here:


After: In the song, the E, I and O sounds in the chorus are long vowel sounds. Talk about the long vowel sounds A, E I, O and U. How are these sounds different to the short vowel sounds a, e, i, o and u?

The Monsters in Monster Phonics make the long vowel sound. Which Monsters make each sound? Use the ‘Meet the Monsters’ Power Point or the sounds card in your workbook to help you.

Finally: Draw one of the Monsters in your work book and colour it in. Use your High Frequency Words to identify some words with the Monster sound and write them around your monster picture.



WALT (we are learning to): Identify British coins

First: Recap our learning from Tuesday. Identify the value of some coins. Focus on 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and 20p. Use real coins if you can.

Next: Talk about adding pennies together, and adding different value coins together (eg. 2p + 1p = 3p/ 5p + 2p = 7p). Have a go at adding coins with different values (using real coins). Use fingers or a numberline to help with adding.

After: Have a go at the Power Point together. Can you identify which plate has the correct amount on it?.

Understanding the world/ Expressive Art

WALT (we are learning to): Explore shadows

Talk about shadows. What makes shadows? Why are some shadows big and some are small?

Shadows are made something blocks the light from the sun, or an electric light. Only solid objects make shadows. Opaque or transparent objects don’t make shadows (opaque and transparent food packaging demonstrates this really well).

First: Try making shadows with your body or your toys. What do the shadows look like? You could draw around your toy shadows in your work book and label them.

Next: Use the templates to make some shadow puppets. Practice scissor skills by cutting them out (adults can help by holding the paper, or demonstrating how to cut, if needed). Attach them to sticks to make shadows.

After: Make up a story with your puppets and act it out.

Finally: Take a photo of your shadows and email it to school. We’ll put some of your pictures up on the class webpage!

Wednesday 1st April

Happy April Fool’s Day! Today is a day that people traditionally play a joke on each other. But if the joke is after 12 o’clock (lunchtime) then the joke is on you!


WALT (we are learning to): Recognise High Frequency Words

High Frequency Words are words that we see and use often in our reading and writing. We can use our black cat sounds and monster sounds to read most of these words, but some of them are Tricky Witch words that we can’t use our sounds to read.

The Reception High Frequency Words (HFW) are:

a, am, all, and, are, away, at, big, can, come, cat, dad, day, for, dog, get, go, he, going, I, in, it, is, like, look, me, me, no, of, play, on, said, see, the, she, they, this, up to, was, we, yes, went, you, mum

First: print out the HFW cards or write out the words on paper and hide the words around your house or garden.

Next: Have a word hunt! Find the words together. Try and read the words as you find them by sounding them out using phonic sounds.

After: Have a go at making a sentence using some of the words. You could write out the sentence in your work book.



WALT (we are learning to): Add and take away using pennies

First: Look at the power point together and talk about how we can combine sets of pennies. Use real pennies if you can. Explain that we say ‘p’ when we are counting pennies (eg. Six pennies is 6p).

Next: Read out the problems to your child. Use the visuals in the Power point to help if you wish.

After: Have a go at making up some of your own sums using pennies.

Understanding the world/Expressive Art

WALT (we are learning to): Create an observational drawing of nature, a living thing or view from your home.

What can you see in your home? Maybe you have a plant or a pet? What can you see from your window?

Make an observational drawing of the view from your window or something interesting in your home.

First: Decide what to draw. Think and talk about what it looks like. How tall is it? What shapes are there? Is there one thing or lots of things?

Next: Remember to look carefully. The trick with observational drawing is: Look, look, draw. Look, look, draw. And repeat!

After: Use lots of colours to colour it in if you can. Take a photo of your picture and email it to school. We’ll put some of your pictures up on the class webpage


Tuesday, March 31st

Monster Phonics: WALT : Write an animal speech bubble

First: recap black cat sounds

Then: Play a quick round of CVCC bingo.(template below)

After:  Talk about 'The Little Red Hen ' story and what the animals said.

Finally: Using the templates, write an animal speech bubble for each character. Model (demonstrate) writing the question ‘Will you help me?’ or 'Can you help me?' and sound it out as you write. The children can cut out the speech bubbles and write the sentence the animals say back (Not I. said the Pig) 

NB*all children's writing journeys are different. If your child is not independently writing, do not worry. Offer shared writing instead. So you take it in turns to write a letter or word. Think about the word in advance and what sounds within the word they are likely to know. Always praise their efforts, as this will make them want to do more.

Math WALT: explore money and how much?

First: Work through the PowerPoint attached and explore the different features of money. The main misconception here is children will often count how many coins they see and not understand the value of how much on each coin. Draw their attention to the different numbers on different coins. Use some real coins if you have them.and compare values in different ways, for example : how 10 copper pennies = 1 silver 10p

After: encourage your child to have ago at the ice-cream sheet. 

Draw their attention to key vocabulary .including: money, coin, penny, pound, value, copper, silver, gold.

Understanding the world

WALT: talk about the different ways to stay in touch with relatives during COVID-19

Discuss the benefits of modern technology and compare it to when you were a child. Now, as we all implement social distancing how is technology going to ensure it keeps us together, while we are apart.

Watch the video (from CBBC's Newsround). Talk about what the News is and how it informs us. You could even explain that News can come in lots of different ways including newspapers and online, as well as on T.V. 

What do you use technology for? Who are you keeping in touch with and why?


Monday March 30th 

Please note all Jenny Hammond school children are being encouraged to create a rainbow, using whatever materials they wish,  with the schools initials ' JHPS' and display it in a window.

‘PE  with Joe’ LIVE @ 9am with Joe Wicks on his YouTube channel Body Coach TV. The fitness guru will become the nation’s PE Teacher during Co-VID 19, by doing a free daily workout for children. Please follow this link and subscribe to his YouTube channel   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

 5-a-day fitness videos made available to parents

 The company are offering free access for parents/carers during COVID-19. Please visit www.5-a-day.tv to log in. 

USERNAME: 5-a-dayAtHome   PASSWORD: AtHome123


Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

Healthy Me:Mental Health 

Walt: listen to ‘How Do You Feel? By Anthony Browne

Discuss uncertain times and how being out of routine can be scary. Stress the important of taking things one day at a time.  Your child might have many feelings right now. Discuss that it's normal and ok to let the inside out and let people know how you're feeling. Ask them: What happens when you fall over and hurt yourself?(get a plaster) But what happens if you're hurt on the inside? Its important to talk and tell someone. 

If your child is missing their friends, why not download  the Zoom App or the House party App for group-face time chat.

Literacy and Expressive Art 

WALT: Talk about the Likes and Dislikes of ‘The Little Red Hen’

Discuss this classic folktale and the important of helping others.

Questions: to consider: What was the hen asking?  What could the animals have done differently? Why is sharing important? Why is it important to work hard?

I have attached two activities. Feel free to do both.

For Children who are writing, use the themed writing frame ( only print max 2 pages) to encourage them to write two sentences  starting with 'I Like ......'  'I dislike.....'. Use the technique i shared  last week- clap the words and count the words before they start to write the words. 

For the children who still need sound and handwriting help:, encourage them to cut out the finger puppets and attached them to lolly sticks,straws or stripes of cut cardboard/toilet cardboard. Encourage them to write the CVC word for the character e.g: h-e-n, d-o-g, c-a-t,  p-i-g. (Refer to the sound mat)

Understanding of the world

WALT: Draw or  write a wish for  an NHS  worker.

First;Discuss with your child how the NHS workers help us in the community. Just like them, when they are at school, the NHS have to work as a team, help each other and share jobs. Make links to when they have had  a visit to the GP.

Then: talk about why people in the UK and across the world are self-isolating and social-distancing at the moment to help limit the impact of the coronavirus.

After: Using the star template attached create as positive wish or picture for someone you miss seeing or for an NHS worker.

I encourage you to put this in your window.

Send us a picture too of your child with their offering to: school@jennyhammond.waltham.sch.uk

Amazing Acorns!!! We did it- we got through our first week of home learning via the website. Well done for continuing to grow your brains. A big thank you to your parents too. 

A massive well done to Elliot, Beatrice, Dawud, Maarya, Harriet, Archie, Nejma, Reuel, Isobel, Alma, Darby, Ali, Yusuf, Dylan, Stuart, Taisei, Naayeley and Luke! Have a lovely weekend.  Gilly, Jo and Angela.

Important note:  In order to not overload the website. Each week's activities will be deleted at the start of the new week. It would be helpful and worthwhile to create a phonic folder and saving the phonics resources, as I will refer to them again.

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Phonics WALT: sound ‘oo’ and ‘ee’

First: review the high frequency words (HFW) from yesterday - I, like,  no,  go,  going,  to,  a,  at,  in,  it,  is (This should be done quickly and kept punchy)

Next: Teach new words-  you, me, yes

Then: using the ‘Meet the Monsters’ PowerPoint (left) show Cool Blue and his action. What letters make the oo sound in you? Compare this to to.

After: Introduce Green Froggy and her action. What letters make up the ‘ee’ sound. Look at the E sound in me, be, see.

Next: Use media to create HFW flashcards Why not use paint, pastels, felt pens and display them on a wall :

Finally:  HFW  Treasure Hunt- Hide the HFW flashcards around the home/garden. Once found, write them on a
piece of paper to win a reward..

Monster Phonic (MS) Covid-19 resources: MS is offering parent's home learning support . Please follow the link for a stage by stage breakdown on how to use Monster Phonics

find out more: https://monsterphonics.com/helping-parents-to-support-their-children/

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Math WALT: explore halving

First: use the halving PowerPoint to discuss the concept of halving. Work through the short task. 

Then: i would encourage you to find some real food that you can cut into halves or make something together like toast, pizza or cakes that you can cut into halves.


I have attached a scissor skills cutting sheet of food that can be cut out. Encourage them to cut all the halves out first, mix them up and then try and find the match to  make a whole.