Reception News: 16th May 2020

16th May 2020

Home Learner of the week:  Bleubelle

Maths: The activities we have focused on this week support our understanding of 2D shapes which will be needed for exploring patterns next week. The 2D shapes we have looked out for are circle, rectangle, triangle, square (once confident with these shown in different orientations and contexts look at pentagon, hexagon and octagon). The children have been on shape hunts, printing with 3D shapes to show 2D shape faces, using outdoor resources such as sticks to create 2D shapes, using play dough, treasure hunts using positional language, guessing rules by soring 2D shapes.The most important thing with maths is asking questions to dig deeper and get the children thinking more deeply. What do you notice about the shapes? Can you explain my rule? Why does this shape not belong in my set? Can you find an item that could join my set? Can you think of a rule to sort the shapes? Can they apply what they know to other things? Can they record their answer? Can they articulate their thinking? These are some online resources to help:  

Literacy We have: Read a variety of books at home. Favourites can be repeated. Hearing the patterns of language in a story will support your child’s language development. Children have been reading to parents daily, which is excellent by visiting Oxford Owl for free eBooks and their My Rising Stars account. Children have been looking in magazines, newspapers and books for the tricky words they are currently learning and used a highlighter to highlight in magazines and newspapers. The children wrote out the tricky words they are working on at the moment on pieces of paper and turned them into a pairs game. Why don't you display them around the house on Post-it notes to remind them of them regularly? Some ideas to support the children with their sounds and words this week: Pour flour, rice or lentils into a shallow tray or plate. Show your child a letter, digraph, trigraph or tricky word and ask them to ‘write it’ in the food using their finger. They are continuing to use Phonics Play website to embed those Phase 3 digraphs and trigraphs.

The project this week aimed to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about food. Learning may focus on where different foods originate from, what makes a healthy meal, opportunities to cook etc. 

We have been focusing on food this week so the children looked at recipe books and food magazines. They used their phonics knowledge to decode the ingredients list. Selected a recipe and made this together. The children were encouraged to read the labels on packaging to figure out which ingredient it is. Using recipes from books as a guide, children created their own recipe for their dream meal. They wrote out the ingredients and labelled them and drew the finished meal. The children wrote a few short sentences as instructions where they are sounding out independently and phonetically to build up their independent writing for Year 1. They looked at a range of different packages found around the kitchen. Discussions took place about what makes it stand out to a customer. Children designed a package for a treat of their choice. 

Healthy/ Unhealthy:  Provide your child with a selection of items from your kitchen cupboards. Can they sort them into things that are healthy and unhealthy? Discuss why the food is good for you or bad for you. Look at the Eatwell plate on google images to help figure out which foods they should eat a lot of or not very much of.


Discuss how exercise is an important part of staying healthy. Watch and complete a 10 minute shake up on the NHS Shake Up website.


5 a day:  Support your child to create a food diary to record how many pieces of fruit and vegetables they eat in a day. Use your robot arms to sound out words independently representing all the sounds you hear. 

Create a collage:  Ask your child to draw out a number of fruits or vegetables, large enough to fill a piece of A4 paper. Provide them with a selection of colourful packaging. Can they cut out and collage on to their picture too. 

Play shops:  Using toy food or old packaging, set up a food shop for your child to act out being the shopkeeper and customer. You could introduce coins to support their developing knowledge of money. Give them a notepad to use as a shopping list to encourage in the moment writing. 

Potato/ Vegetable Printing:  Using a selection of vegetables available in your kitchen, support your child to print and explore the shapes and patterns created. 

Make cornflour gloop:  Mix cornflour with a small amount of water in a mixing bowl. It will make a slimy, stretchy mixture. Allow your child to explore the change of texture from wet to dry and the texture of the gloop.

As always I am so proud of all the work you are doing at home. I love seeing all that you get up to at home via Tapestry! The main thing is to keep safe and well. Missing you all.