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Activities overview – Week 12 –  29.6.20

This Week 29.6.20:   

What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday

Listen to the story here:

  • Did you like the story? What was the same/different from ‘What the Ladybird Heard’?
  • Now imagine the ladybird has come to visit you. What would she see and hear at your house? Can you write some simple sentences to tell us? e.g. She can see a fish. She can hear the wind.  You can draw some lovely pictures to go with your sentences too.


  • This week we want you to practice the one arm robot letters – They all start at the top and go down, bounce back up and over. Some of the letters go up to the sky and some go down under the ground – can you see which ones they are? You can practice them in lots of places/ways – in sand, with a paintbrush, on a steamed up mirror, in shaving foam!

Try writing them in pencil/pen too. You can use this   sheet   . Make sure you are holding your pencil properly – remember ‘nip it, flip it, grip it!’









Whenever you are helping your child to write, encourage them to sound out the words and have a go at writing what they hear. Use a sound mat to help. Don’t worry if their words are spelt wrong, as long as they have spelt them phonetically (e.g. horse as ‘hors’ or eat as ‘eet). This will help give your children a sense of independence over their writing. They are more likely to have a go on their own if they feel like they can achieve it using what they already know.

You can use the following prompts:

Say the sentence out loud first.
Count how many words are in your sentence.
What is the first word? Which sounds can you hear?
Leave a finger space then write the next word.

Yellow Task – If your child needs more support with their writing you can share the writing – for example getting them to write the first sound in each word while you write the rest. You can also try a chopped up sentence – Scribe the sentence your child wants, modelling how to write the words and making sure they are watching. then read the sentence together before chopping it up in to words. Now ask your child to put it back in the right order. Can they find the word they need by looking for initial sounds or recognising some tricky words?  They could then have a go at copying in their own handwriting.

Other English activities:

  • Practice READING each day – from story books on line, home books, labels on food packages, postcards sent from your friends, your work books etc
  • Don’t for get to practice your phonics too –  Phase 3 phonics  Go to the PHONICS tab for lots of extra wonderful ‘non screen’phonic activities  🙂

This Week 29.6.20: 

Shapes and Patterns

The ladybird saw some stripy, colourful beach huts on her holiday in Brighton!

  • Which shapes can you see on these beach huts?
  • Can you spot the repeating patterns?
  • Have a go at colouring your own repeating patter on this Beach hut picture
  • Use items around you to make some repeating patterns. You can make them trickier by using more than 2 different items. Think about the shapes, colours, sizes of the items in your patterns.
  • Learn the names of some common 2D and 3D shapes. Can you spot them in the things around you? You could go on a shape hunt and take photos of the things you find.     2d shape mat         3d shape mat
  •  Have a go at this shape and pattern game:

Number of the week: 20      

Ongoing activities to develop knowledge of teen numbers (recognising, ordering, understanding as 10 + something)

  • Use 10 frames  or building blocks to make ten and some more for each teen number.

  • Look around your house and find objects to count, count 19 objects correctly eg buttons, pasta, Lego, cuddly toys, coins
  • Stick the numbers in the right order
  • Money – Using 1ps and 10ps to make different amounts up to 20p. (If you have a dice you could collect 1ps every time you roll. when you get to ten you can swap for a ten pence.)
  • Ordering numbers up to 20 – Do they see the pattern? Talk about 11,12,13 being silly numbers because they should be called oneteen, twoteen, threeteen!


  • Chalk numbers to  20

Make a hopscotch to 20 on the pavement and play with your grown ups. Make sure you chalk the numbers!


Print outs:

This Week 29.6.20:


Look at local artist Flo Snook. Can you recreate some Brighton landmarks in a similar style? WEBSITE














Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Countryside or Town – Have a look at these pictures and talk with someone about whether you think they were taken in a town or in the countryside.

Local environment – Can you think of some Brighton landmarks? Do you know these ones below?











Physical Development

We would normally be having a sports day at this time of year. Can you find a space and have a go at some of the activities below? You could make up some games and races of your own. You might even want to make some medals for those taking part.








  • Ball toss (aiming and throwing an object to hit a target)
  •  Egg and spoon race (balancing an object while moving)
  •  zig zag running (weaving in and out of objects)

Phase 4

Letter blends – when two consonants blend together (still two separate phonemes e.g. st, gr, sp, sl, tr)


Phonemes/Sounds: qu  ch  sh  th  ng  ai  ee  igh  oa  oo  ar  or  ur  ow  oi  ear  air  er  ure

tricky words I , no, to, the, go, into, he, she, we, me, be, you, my, all

Practice your tricky words

Non computer activities:

  • Phonics potion – label bottles of water/liquids with different sounds. In an empty pot ask children to make a word. They must pour liquid from the correct bottle to make the word. 
  • Touch Race – write out the tricky words/ sounds and put them up around the room/garden. Adult shouts a word and child has to run and touch it as quickly as they can.
  • Jump – As above but words/sounds spread out on floor and child has to jump on the word you shout.
  • Snap – Write out two sets of the words/sounds. Take turns to turn over a word/sound. If they are the same shout ‘snap’ If child can read the word/say the sound, they keep the pair.
  • Object collection – work together to make a collection of items/toys that are spelt with sounds we have learnt. e.g. coin, pen, fish, cow, sheep, box, car, sock, fork, book, boat, torch, ring. Once you have your collection you can play a variety of games to practice oral blending and segmenting, reading and writing.

  • Oral blending/segmenting – place objects in front of you/ hide them in a bag.Take turns to sound out the object and the other player blends the sounds to guess the object. e.g.t-or-ch = torch!
  • Reading/ writing – Each player chooses an object without telling anyone what it is. They then have to write a secret message for the other player to read to work out which object they are thinking of.
  • See these websites for some more ideas: 5minutefun  outdoor phonics   Rasmussen

Yellow Tasks

  • Sound Practice – Take a letter from your phonics pack. Try and find things around your home that begin with the sound it makes.
  • Oral blending practice – Say an item you can see in sound talk (e.g. ch-air/ p-e-n) Can your child blend the sounds and find the object? Swap over and ask them to sound talk something they see.
  • Create a letter/sound page using old magazines/newspapers/food packaging to cut out the same letter in different fonts. Helps with recognition.
  • Online games practice PHASE 2

Collins Big Cat have got free access to their online books at the moment.

Just sign in using:        Parents20!

and get easy access to reading books from different book bands. Start with the colour your child normally brings home from school, but if these seem to easy you can select the next band on the list. (tip: turn off the sound if you want your child to try reading on their own)


Phonics play have now released some online comic books that are decodable. You can select a comic that features words with sounds in that your child knows or is practising. there is also an option to print them out. Access them here


The Oxford Owl website has advice and free ebooks to read. You will need to register for a free account and then you can search by book band or phonics phase to find a book that matches your child’s level.

Here is an easy, non cook recipe we use at school for Making playdough

Try Dough Disco – a great way to strengthen those little fingers before writing!

Mindfulness/meditation – cosmic kids has yoga videos, mindfulness exercises and calming stories to listen to

Physical – Joe Wicks (The body coach) will be doing daily PE lessons from his youtube channel.
– Jumpstart Johnny will also have free dance, fitness and mindfulness exercises on his page

Music doodle – put on some music and draw whatever it makes you think of. This might be a picture or just patterns/shapes on a page.

Write dance   

Make some Monster slime  Monster slime recipe   

Or how about a silly putty recipe 


Junk modelling – Use items from your recycling to create something new before they get thrown away. Boxes, plastic bottle tops, egg boxes, carboard tubes etc can all offer lots of creative possibilities! Use your own ideas or use these for inspiration:

Previous Learning Activities:

Week 11:

Farm related nursery rhymes:




Week 10:

We want you to find out more about your favourite farm animal. You could try searching on Kiddle (a child friendly search engine), watching some videos and listening for the facts, or reading some information to help you.







When you have found out about the animal, think of a way to share the information with your teachers, friends and family. You could make a little book, a poster or even a video to tell them what you know.  Try this, make you own farm animal fact file pamphlet.


This week we want you to practice the long ladder letters – They all start at the top and go down and flick. Some of the letters start higher up – can you see which ones they are? You can practice them in lots of places/ways – in sand, with a paintbrush, on a steamed up mirror, in shaving foam!

You can use this sheet.

Week 9:

  • Can you write a sentence (or more) about what you can see on the farm? e.g. ‘The duck is in the pond.’ copy of the picture here
  • Can you read the list of jobs the farmer needs to do? What else do you think he might need to do?  Can you add your ideas to the list so he remembers?  Farmer jobs     (examples at bottom of sheet)

Week 8:

  • Make a wanted poster for the thieves Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh. What do they look like? What did they do?
  • Draw some farm animals and try writing their names. Can you add a speech bubble to show what sound they make? Will you choose their normal sound or the one they used to trick the thieves!?

Week 7:

Did you get a postcard from Mrs Willard and everyone at Elm Grove? How did it make you feel when it came in the post? Maybe you could write a message/card/letter to a friend, relative or grown up at school. It might put a big smile on their face 🙂 Who do you want to send a message to? What do you want to tell them? How will you decorate your message? Are any tricky words in your sentence? Can you remember how to spell them? (e.g. to, you, we, the )

Week 6:

Maybe you could have a go at baking something this week. Maybe it will be some bread like The Little Red Hen, a sweet treat, or an imaginary mud pie in the garden!

Activity Ideas:

  • Write a list of ingredients you need for your culinary creation.
  • Write a simple recipe. You could share it with your family or friends so they know how to make it too.
  • Sequencing – draw some pictures of the different steps. Cut them up and muddle them. As you put them back in the correct order talk about what happened at each step and model and encourage sequencing language such as first, then, next, after that, finally.

Week 5:

Listen to the story of ‘The Little Red Hen




Activity ideas:

  • Use these speech bubbles to write what each character might be saying  speech bubbles
  • Make a picture map to help you retell the story of The Little Red Hen
  • Use this picture prompt to write some sentences about what you see Picture Prompt

Week 4:

Humpty Dumpty – All this talk about eggs reminded us of the nursery rhyme ‘Humpty Dumpty’. This week, we would like you to learn the words to the rhyme (if you don’t know them already) and make up some actions to go with them.

You could listen to Michael Rosen’s Poetry Playtime on rhyme

Week 3:

Look what Mrs Souttar found in the garden! What do you think might be inside?

Mrs Souttar and Mrs Prichard would love to know what you think might hatch from it. Can you write a sentence to tell us what you think it will be? You can email us a photo of your writing or post it on the Reception Facebook group.



Week 2:

Easter egg hunt clues (Or change this to any kind of treasure hunt clue).

Reading and writing. First adult can write some simple clues. Try and keep them to words the children will be able to read/sound out easily e.g. Look in the box/ It is in a cup/ Go to the shed. Then it is the child’s turn to write a clue.

Week 1:

Create a diary entry – Draw a picture/find a photo of something you did recently. Maybe a trip outside somewhere or something you played/made. Have a go at writing a sentence about it.

Previous Learning Activities:

week 11:

Subtraction – Here are some activities to practice your subtraction (taking away) skills:

Sing the nursery rhyme ‘five little ducks’

As the ducks go missing, find out how many are left by:

  • starting with a group of 5 objects and moving one away (yellow)
  • counting down on your fingers (yellow)
  • drawing 5 ducks and crossing one out
  • Finding the number on a number line and jumping back one space


Little Bo Peep Problems:

  • Make a field of sheep using cotton wool balls. Ask a grown up to make up some word problems and see if you can solve them by moving the sheep and counting how many are left. e.g ”Little Bo Peep had 12 sheep, 5 ran away – how many were left?”
  • Alternatively, draw a quick picture to help you solve each problem, crossing off the sheep you need to subtract.
  • Challenge: Can you write a number sentence to show what you have done? e.g. 12-5=7


Subtraction Bowling: 


  • Make yourself some skittles (you could use toilet roll tubes or empty plastic drink bottles)
  • Find something to knock them down with
  • Each time you knock some down count how many you knocked over and how many are left standing.
  • Challenge: Record your results using a number sentence (e.g. 10-6 =4)
  • sheet for recording








Week 10:

Lots of farms sell their produce in farm shops. Have a go at making your own shop this week and practice you maths skills at the same time! You could make labels for the different items to practice some writing skills too. Remember to label how much each item costs. It is a good idea to keep items under 20p – that way you can easily add your coins and practice reading, writing and counting the numbers to 20.

Hopefully you will have some coins at home that you can use to ‘buy’ things from your shop. If not you can make some paper money by writing the different amounts on bits of paper.

  • Get to know the coins and their values 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p.
  • Choose something to buy – Can you find the right coins to pay with?
  • Try singing this money song

It might help to stick coins on paper with dots to show the values. This way your child can count the dots to find the right amounts.

Have fun!

Week 9:

Adding – practice your adding skills. To extend your learning, try adding by counting on.

Activity ideas:

  • Use two sets of objects (choose something of interest to your child) and make up an adding problem for them to solve. e.g. ”If you have 10 grapes and I have 5, how many grapes do we have altogether?” ”If there are 6 sheep in this field and 4 pigs in this field, how many animals on the farm altogether?” To extend this they can write a number sentence or draw a picture to show what they did.
  • Play board games that involve dice and moving counters along. Talk to your child about the moves and encourage them to do the same. e.g. ”I started on 7 and moved on 5, now I am on 12”
  • Have a go at these What the Ladybird Heard Adding Sheets. Choose one suitable for your child. (easy – pictures to count, medium – start with the first number and use the pictures to help you count on, hard – adding more than two numbers and missing number problems – use objects to help)

Yellow task –Try these ladybird maths games from Top Marks. There are games to practise counting, matching amounts to the correct numeral and ordering numbers to 10.

Week 8:

Doubling – Ladybirds wings are symmetrical – that means they have the same number of spots on each side. Try one of these ladybird doubling activities – remember to draw the same number of spots on each wing and then count how many there are altogether. 

ladybird double to 10

ladybird doubles to 20

Ladybird doubles

If you have a hand held mirror, you can play the doubling game by counting out a group of objects then doubling them up in the reflection.

Challenge: Some ladybirds have an odd number of spots but they still have the same number on each wing. How is this possible? Can you investigate sharing a number of spots (you could use counters or pebbles or bits of paper to help) between two sides. What could you do with the odd one?

You could watch this Numberblocks episode on doubling  

Week 7:

Number of the week – 15. Watch the Numberblocks episode to find out more about 15. Can you use blocks, squares of paper, stones or anything else to explore 15? The Numberblocks show 15 splits into 1,2,3,4 and 5. Which other number patterns can you make from 15 objects?

Week 6:

Number of the week14. Watch the Numberblocks to find out more.

Measures – If you are doing some baking this week it will be a perfect time to use and extend mathematical language such as more/less, full/empty, half, longer/shorter, heavier/lighter. You can use different containers to let the children explore capacity. Prompt with ‘I wonder…’ questions. E.g. ”I wonder which cup will hold the most?” ”I wonder how many spoonfuls you could fit in this cup?”. If you have scales at home you could also let the children explore weight.

The Nrich website has some lovely, simple ideas of how to get mathematical discussions into everyday, play based activities to enrich and extend learning.

Week 5:

  • 3 more than 10 – Find out about the number 13. Watch the Numberblocks to help.
  • One More/One Less – have a go at some activities from the home learning challenge sheet  one more one less  or make up some of your own

Week 4: 
Egg box maths games: If you have an egg box, try some of the following games or have a go at making up your own! Click on the pictures to take you to the instruction videos.





You could also try adding together or subtracting the numbers you land on, or fill the holes in different ways and record what you have done using a number sentences, a part part whole diagram or a drawing.

2 more than 10 –  find out about the number 12. Watch the Numberblocks to help.

Can you make a collection of 12 things? Can you find the numeral 12 in your house anywhere? Maybe you can find something that shows 12 in an array.

Week 3:

1 more than 10 – This week we would like you to find out about the number 11. Watch the Numberblocks to help. Can you make a collection of 11 things? Try arranging them on a ten frame. Do all the items fit in the ten frame? How many are left over?

(You could draw one on some paper, with chalk outside, make one with sticks or masking tape).

You could also try some of these egg related maths activities to practice your numbers:


Eggs in Nests Addition Sheet

missing numbers on eggs

Week 2:

Number, adding and subtracting games
Fast fingers: Adult says a number (under ten) and child makes it quickly on their fingers. (some children might still have to count each finger but the more you play this, the quicker they should be able to make the numbers without counting). Talk about how they made it/what they see e.g. ‘’oh you have 5 fingers on this hand and 2 on the other hand to make 7’’ ‘’You needed all your fingers to make ten’’

The box game – put some toys into a box/under a cloth, counting them as you do. How many are hidden? Can you write that number? Now put one more in/take one out – How many are there now? Do you know without having to count them all again? Open the box and check by counting them.
To stretch children, you could get them to try writing a number sentence to show what they have done e.g. 4 + 2 = 6
Yellow – focus on counting objects 1:1 and when adding allow them to count from 1 rather than moving to ‘abstract’ thinking (e.g. don’t hide the objects from them if they are not ready for this yet)

Week 1:

Sharing and grouping  – Find 6 small objects from around the house. Have a go at splitting them up into equal groups. How many in each group? Can you draw a picture to show how you have split them? Write number labels to show how many in each group. Repeat the activity with 8 objects.

Yellow task – Focus on counting objects. Ask them to find 5, 4, 6… things – help them to count these from a larger group – stopping when they have the right number. Split the objects into two groups (sometimes equal, sometimes not) Can they see when the groups are the same/not the same?

Previous Learning Activities:


  • Have a go at this farm simulation game



People and Communities:

Talk to someone at home about which nursery rhymes they know. Do you have family favourite? Maybe you could record it on ClassDojo


Knowledge and Understanding

  • Find out about the different produce that comes from farm animals. Do you use any of these items in your household?


where does it come from


  • You might like to have a look at the RSPCA or other animal welfare agencies to see what you can do to help make sure farm animals are treated well and looked after properly on farms.

RSPCA assured food

RSPCA education

  • Have a go at matching up these farm animals to their young.    farm animal babies       Farm baby matching
  • Some farms grow fruits and vegetables. Can you find out about which kinds of fruits and vegetables grow on UK farms?
  • Draw and label a farm map.
  • Maps – Next time you are out of the house, think about your route. What do you see on your way? When you get home you could try drawing a simple map of where you have been. Tell a family member or friend about your walk. Think about the following types of words when describing where you have been – ‘town’, ‘village’, ‘road’, ‘path’, ‘house’, ‘flat’, ’temple’  ‘synagogue’ ‘shops’ ‘woods’ ‘sea’ ‘river’ ‘busy’ ‘quiet’ ‘nature’ ‘bridge’.
  • Which animals lay eggs? See if you can find out by using the internet, an information book, watching a programme or asking someone.  What comes from an egg?
  • Animal Sorting – Can you group the animals? Use the headings ‘mammals, fish, birds etc’ or make up your own e.g Animals that Swim or Colourful. Questions: What is the same? What is different? 


  • Make some new sheep for little Bo Peep
  • Make some stick puppets t-t-1797-old-macdonald-had-a-farm-stick-puppets_ver_1
  • Wool crafts – website full of ideas
  • cut and stick animal shapes
  • listen to the song of ‘What the Ladybird heard’ and sing along……can you find an instrument too and join in.
  • Create a picture or sculpture of your favourite animal from the story, using whatever medium you prefer (paint, drawing, collage, junk modelling, playdough etc)
  • Paint some pebbles.
  • Build a pen/shed/sty for the farm animals. Maybe from Lego, or wooden bricks. Label and decorate it.
  • Have a look at the painting ‘Squares with Concentric Circles’ by famous artist Wassily Kandinsky.


We wonder if you can have a go at making a piece of art inspired by this. You might like to paint or use pens, pencils, chalk, paper or loose parts. Get creative 🙂



  • Can you make a nest for an egg? Questions: Which materials could you use? What size will it be? What will hold it together? How could you make it more comfy?


Watch these chicks hatching and learn about the life cycle of a chicken.

Maybe you could find out about the life cycle of another animal that interests you.



Science/Design: Eggs-periment! We want to know how to stop eggs like Humpty Dumpty from breaking. If you have an egg to spare (we know this might be challenging in these times) can you try making a protective case for it? You can use a range of recyclable materials to wrap your egg up in – you might need to spend some time collecting these over the week.

When you think you have designed the best protective packaging, you can test it by dropping it with an egg inside from a small height. (Best in an easy to clean space in case of breakages!)


Our Summer term learning journey is ‘Down on the Farm’. Please see topic web below for more information

PE Days

Apple and Cherry class will have PE on a Wednesday

Children will need a white PE top and  shorts in a PE bag. Please name all items as you can imagine what it might be like with thirty children getting changed at the same time!

It is useful to practice getting in and out of clothes at home. Socks can be especially tricky!


Cherry class

Teacher: Mrs Souttar           Teaching Assistant: Miss Barnes         Teaching Assistant (1:1): Mrs Bowen

Apple Class

Teacher: Mrs Prichard      Teaching Assistants: Mrs Flippance (Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri)   Mrs Wright (Wed, Thurs)  Lucy Bowes (1:1)

PPA cover

On Wednesdays, Reception class teachers have Planning, Preparation and Assessment time.

Mrs Atkins will cover one class in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

Take a look at our topic webs to see what we’ll be learning about each term.

Here I am (Term 1) 

Going on a Bear Hunt (Term 2)

Down on the Farm (term 3)

Learning at home


Online games such as can also be an engaging way to help your children practice.


Every week your child will read with us in a group or 1:1. We will help them change their reading book which is levelled appropriately for them. When they read with you at home, please fill in their reading journal.

Children earn the class a spot on the reading rocket every time they read with an adult at home. Please make a quick comment in your child’s reading record so we know when they have read. When we reach 100 we will get a prize!
Supporting your child with reading booklet

The Oxford Reading Owl site has access to free e-books each with their own activities to help develop reading comprehension. All you have to do is sign up and log-in!


Practice counting up to 10 objects. e.g. Laying the table for 4 people, counting steps, counting the pairs of socks that come out the wash etc.
How many ways can they make 10? What happens when you take objects away or add some on?
Can you spot numbers around you? (recognising numerals)
Play games with dice/dominoes – encourage your child to spot number patterns (e.g. knowing what the number is on a dice without needing to count the dots)