Reception Online Learning 2021

Welcome to the parents, carers and families of Reception pupils at Minet

We have created this page to help you to support your child at home during this challenging time.

We hope the ideas, activities and resources provide some structure to your daily routine and help to support your child in their learning whilst the school remains closed.

We look forward to seeing what you get up to and if you are happy to share your learning, please email photos and updates to reception@minetinfants.org.uk  so we can share it on our page @minetinfants.

Miss Prashar is wishing all her Bluebell’s the best. She is looking forward to seeing her class do some lovely home learning.

Mrs Prashar

Miss Cruz can’t wait to do lots of fun learning from home with her Snowdrops.

Your teachers picture  will soon read a special message that they have written to you!

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Miss Toor is really excited to see how her Buttercups do some good learning from home!

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Miss Crane says hello to all her smiley Starflowers! She can’t wait to see and hear about all the lovely learning they are doing at home.

Week commencing Monday 1st March

Hello,

 

Please find a timetable for our final week of remote learning here: Timetable

 

We have organised the work by days, so please click on the appropriate tab for work your child needs to complete that day.

 

This week we will have two live English lessons and three live Maths lessons.

For English, we will be learning about ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. Watch this wonderful stop-motion video that Miss Crane made to help you with your work.

 

Remember to send photos of any work to reception@minetinfants.org.uk

 

Have a lovely week, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you in person on Monday 8th March!

Phonics

Log in to your live lesson at 9.30am!

 

English

Draw pictures of the foods you would eat if you were the hungry caterpillar.

Use your letter sounds to label your pictures.

If I were a hungry Caterpillar I would eat…

Maths

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Find 10 empty toilet rolls, plastic bottles or jars and stand them up in a triangle like bowling pins.

Stand back and use a round object like a ball to roll towards the 10 objects and see how many you can knock down.

 

Write a number sentence to keep a record of your scores. All the number sentences will start at 10 and then take away how many you knock down.

 

Topic

Watch National Geographic’s time lapse of the Caterpillar turning into a Butterfly here.

Then, create your own lifecycle of a butterfly.

Draw the four different stages and label them – use arrows for direction.

You will need: card/plain paper, felt tip pens/ crayons/ colouring pencils/ paints, sticks and leaves from outside.

Pasta shapes like Fusilli, pasta shells and bow ties are also a great way to represent the different stages of the lifecycle.

Phonics

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English

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What happened to the Very Hungry Caterpillar after he ate all that food?

Use your letter sounds to label each picture.

You could also try and write a simple sentence about each part of the life cycle of a butterfly.

Use the pictures and key words to help you.

 

Maths

Subtraction Scavenger Hunt:

  • Find 5 spoons and give 2 to a family member. How many do you have left? Write your answer in a number sentence.
  • Find 9 socks and give 7 to a family member. How many do you have left? Write your answer in a number sentence.
  • Find 3 teddies and give 1 to a family member. How many do you have left? Write you answer in a number sentence.

Challenge: Create some of your own number sentences to solve with a family member.

 

Topic

There are lots of famous paintings which have pattern themes.

Wassily Kandinsky is a famous Russian painter. Kandinsky thought a lot about what colours mean and how they make people feel.

He was the first painter to stop painting pictures of objects and people and instead just paint using colours and shapes. He often listened to music while he painted.

 

Kandinsky used circles to inspire him to paint this picture.

  • What do you see when you look at this painting?
  • What colours does Kandinsky use?
  • What shapes can you see?
  • What kind of lines can you see?
  • How do you think Kandinsky was feeling when he painted this?
  • How does the painting make you feel?

Just like Kandinsky, Eric Carle used lots of circles in his artwork.

 

Activity: Can you create your own artwork with circles or any other shape?

  • You can use any materials you have at home: crayons, colouring pencils, felt tips, paints, collage.
  • Think about the colours in the rainbow – what colours will you use in your picture? How do they make you feel?
  • What shapes will you use? Circles like Kandinsky and Eric Carle? Or another shape?

 

Phonics

Log in to your live lesson at 9.30am!

 

English

Look at the photo below. Can you write a sentence about what you can see? What does the caterpillar look like in this picture? What is it doing? Remember to include some describing words e.g. stripy, black, white and yellow.

You can start your sentence with:

I can see a…

 

Maths

Log in to your live lesson at 10.30am!

Find one banana and one apple (can be done with different fruits). Ask an adult to help you cut the banana into 5 bits and do the same with apple. Put all the pieces of fruit into a bowl to make a fruit salad, check that you have 10 pieces of fruit in your bowl. As you eat each piece of fruit count down from 10.

 

Topic

We’re Going on a Bug Hunt…we’re going to find some mini beasts, we’re not scared!

You will need: A Minibeast Hunt checklist, pencil/ pen, welly boots/ good walking shoes, binoculars (you can make these using two toilet rolls).

  • Get some fresh air outside in your garden or go for a walk with your family in your local park to hunt for mini beasts.
  • Use your binoculars to look for mini beasts, remember to look under big logs as they love to hide, especially the woodlice! Those wriggly worms love the soil!
  • When you spy a mini beast, take a photograph or draw it and then tick it off your check list!

Make sure you put all the mini beasts back where you find them. It’s important they stay safe in their home just like you are staying safe in your home!

Phonics

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English

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Can you draw your own butterfly? What colours will you use to make it bright and beautiful?

Use your letter sounds to write a sentence about your butterfly.

What does your butterfly have? What colour are the wings? Where will it fly to?

 

Maths

Find some 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins at home. Look closely at the numbers you can see on them to make different subtraction number sentences. Use the number line you made last week to find the answer. Write the number sentences down as you go along.

 

Topic

World Book Day!

Activity: Make your own book mark for your favourite storybook.

What you need: cereal box, scissors, string, colouring pencils/ felt tips/ paints, collage paper/ materials.

  • Using scissors cut out a rectangle shape from an old cereal box.
  • Decorate your bookmark with your very own designs, using felt tips/ crayons/ paints. You may wish to cut up some letter shapes or pictures from an old magazine or newspaper.
  • Cut a hole in the top of your rectangle using a hole punch or scissors (Ask your grown-up to help) and thread some colourful ribbon/ string to add a decorative touch.
  • Enjoy using your bookmark when you read your favourite stories with your family.

Phonics

Log in to your live lesson at 9.30am!

 

English

Look at the pictures to help you write down how to make a banana milkshake.

What do you have to do first?

What do you need to do next?

 

Key words:

  • Put the…
  • banana
  • blender
  • Add
  • ice-cream
  • mix
  • glass

Maths

Log in to your live lesson at 10.30am!

Write down numbers 1 – 10 on paper and cut the individual numbers out.

Put the numbers in a hat.

Pick a number out of the hat and build a tower using that many pillows (if you picked the number 7, build a tower with 7 pillows).

Pick another a number and build another tower using that many pillows (if you picked the number 4, build a tower with 4 pillows).

Can you find the difference between these pillows using a number line and write down the number sentence?

*remember the biggest number you pick goes first in the number sentence*

 

Topic

Make a yummy Fairtrade Banana Milkshake!

 

Watch the Fairtrade Logo Song here.

 

When you’ve been helping your grown-ups with the shopping, have you spotted the Fairtrade logo in the supermarket?

Using your Fairtrade bananas, it’s your turn to make a yummy Fairtrade banana milkshake!

Ingredients: Fairtrade Bananas (look for the logo), vanilla ice-cream, splash of milk.

What you will need: Blender/ Smoothie Machine/ Electric hand whisk, tablespoon and a glass to pour your milkshake in.

Follow the instructions below and in this video to make your own banana milkshake.

 

 

  1. World Book Day 2021 is on Thursday 4th March and we will be celebrating this special day all week. 

    Dressing Up

    On Thursday you can dress up as your favourite character from a book for your online lesson.

    You do not need to buy any costumes, but can use items around your house. Click here for a few ideas.

     

    Competition

    There is also an exciting World Book Day competition that is free to enter!

    You can find out more information here.

     

    Story Corner

    The wonderful teachers at Minet have recorded themselves reading a story.

    Here are the links to their stories (you don’t have to listen to them all in one go!):

    1. Mr Magnolia
    2. Goldilocks
    3. Tabby McTat
    4. Kitchen Disco
    5. Something Else
    6. The Smartest Giant in Town
    7. The Highway Rat
    8. Paddington at the Zoo
    9. Elmer and the Monster
    10. Lima’s Red Hot Chilli
    11. Owl Babies
    12. Ruby’s Worry
    13. The Book With No Pictures
    14. A Friend for Little Bear

Week commencing Monday 22nd February

Welcome back!

 

We hope you had a lovely half-term break.

 

Please find a timetable for the week here: Timetable

 

We have organised the work by days, so please click on the appropriate tab for work your child needs to complete that day.

 

This week we will have three live English lessons and two live Maths lessons.

For English, we will be learning about ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. Watch this wonderful stop-motion video that Miss Crane made to help you with your work.

 

Remember to send photos of any work to reception@minetinfants.org.uk

 

Have a lovely week and stay safe!

Phonics

Log in to your live lesson at 9.30am!

 

English

Log in to your live lesson at 10.30am!

Read the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ or watch Miss Crane’s video.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar loves to eat lots of different foods, but he cannot remember what he ate. He wants to tell his caterpillar friends what to eat so they can turn into beautiful butterflies too.

Can you create a list of foods the caterpillar ate using your letter sounds?

 

Maths

Can you make your own number line that starts from 0 and ends at 20? Use your number line to practice your numbers 0-20.

 

Topic

Make your very own Hungry Caterpillar!

You will need: an egg box; big or small, red and green paint or felt tips, pipe cleaners or straws.

  1. Using scissors cut your egg box in half to make two caterpillars.
  2. Paint one end of your egg box red for the Hungry Caterpillar’s head.
  3. Paint the rest of the egg box green for the body.
  4. Once the paint has dried, carefully use scissors to cut two small holes out in the top of the caterpillar’s head – you may need to ask your grown up to help you.
  5. Thread two pipe cleaners through the holes to create the caterpillar’s antenna’s (ears).
  6. Using a felt tip pen draw on two eyes and a nose for your caterpillar. If you have googly eyes or stickers at home, you can stick these on.
  7. Enjoy playing with your new Hungry Caterpillar friend – make sure he doesn’t eat all the food in your house!

Phonics

Log in to your live lesson at 9.30am!

 

English

Create a story map of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ – draw pictures of what is happening and use this to retell the story.

 

Maths

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Addition Scavenger Hunt:

  • Find 3 socks and 2 pillows. How many do you have altogether? Write your answer in a number sentence.
  • Find 4 crayons and 5 teddies. How many do you have altogether? Write your answer in a number sentence.
  • Find 2 pens and 9 shoes. How many do you have altogether? Write you answer in a number sentence.

Create some of your own number sentences to solve with a family member.

 

Topic

Can you re-tell the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar?

  1. Curl up into a ball to become a little egg.
  2. Pop! Pop out of the egg and turn into a hungry caterpillar. Crawl around on your hands and knees looking for food. What have you found? Can you make a healthy choice?
  3. You’ve eaten too much! Crawl under a blanket and wrap yourself up in your chrysalis.
  4. Take the blanket off and hop up! Spread your arms and fly around the room like a beautiful butterfly!

 

Phonics

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English

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What is the caterpillar doing? Write a sentence about what you can see in the picture using your letter sounds.

 

Maths

Write your numbers to 10 on some paper.

Cut each number out and get a family member to muddle the numbers up!

Can you put the numbers back in order from 1 – 10?

Have a competition with someone at home to see who can order the numbers the quickest.

Then try and do the same with your numbers in the opposite direction starting from 10 and finishing at 1.

 

Topic

Symmetrical Butterfly painting

You will need: colourful paints, white paper or coloured card, felt pen, paintbrushes, scissors.

  1. Draw a picture of butterfly wings on your white paper and cut them out.
  2. Fold your butterfly cut-out in half.
  3. Cover the face-up side of the butterfly with thick dots of paint, creating any pattern and using any colours you like.
  4. Open up your butterfly cut-out.
  5. Refold the butterfly so that the un-painted side covers the painted side; gently press down on the paper with your hand.
  6. Carefully open the butterfly up, and you’ll have a beautiful, colourful and symmetrical butterfly!

Phonics

Log in to your live lesson at 9.30am!

 

English

Caterpillar and cocoon both begin with the ‘c’ sound. How many objects in your home can you find that begin with ‘c’?

Can you write a label for all the objects you find?

 

Maths

Log in to your live lesson at 10.30am!

Ask a family member to write some number sentences for you to solve.

Use toys or objects that you can find around your house to count and solve the number problems.

Check your answers using a ‘count on’ method on your number line that you made on Monday.

 

Topic

Eat a caterpillar for your lunch!

Can you be creative with your food and make a caterpillar that’s good enough to eat?

 

You will need: chopping board, kitchen knife (grown-up to help you), salad ingredients: cucumber, tomatoes, pepper, salad leaves.

  • Cut your cucumber to make small circles for the caterpillar’s body.
  • Place the cucumber slices onto a plate, creating a wavy pattern for its long body.
  • Slice one tomato thinly and place one slice at the end of the body to make the caterpillar’s head.
  • Cut a red pepper into strips and use two strips of pepper for the caterpillar’s antenna (ears).
  • Carefully cut the skin off a slice of cucumber to create the caterpillar’s two eyes and nose.
  • Pile some salad leaves onto your plate for your caterpillar to sit on.

Challenge: You may wish to make a caterpillar sandwich, like this:

Phonics

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English

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Can you create a story about a very hungry animal? What happens to it?

Use the tales toolkit symbols to help you draw what happens to your character.

 

Maths

Find some 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins at home. Look closely at the numbers you can see on them to make different number sentences and find the answer. Write the number sentences down as you go along.

 

Topic

Fruit Kebabs!

The Hungry Caterpillar didn’t make a healthy choice with all the sweets and cake he ate! Can you make a healthy choice by choosing some of your favourite fruit to make a rainbow fruit kebab?

 

You will need: a selection of different colourful fruits – apple, strawberry, plums, satsuma, grapes etc. wooden kebab sticks/ skewers, a knife and chopping board.

  • If your using apple, melon, pineapple, plums or any whole fruit, carefully use a knife with your grown-ups help to chop it up into small pieces – little squares.
  • Once all your fruit is chopped up nicely, carefully push them onto the kebab stick one at a time, by threading the stick through the fruit.
  • You may like to create a rainbow by starting with a… red strawberry, orange satsuma segment, yellow pineapple, green grape and finally a blue blueberry.
  • Enjoy your healthy snack!

 

 

Language of the Half-Term

Our focus language this half-term is Chinese.

Watch this video created and learn some words with Ms Rehmanji.

 

PE

Complete the week by learning some dances with Ms Daly:

  1. Cupid Shuffle – Learning the moves: https://youtu.be/0wiXGb5_3VI
  2. Cupid Shuffle – Practise to music: https://youtu.be/W8xKHRJmroU

Week commencing Monday 8th February

Welcome to another exciting week of learning in Reception!

 

Please find a timetable for the week here: Timetable

 

We will be continuing to learn about ‘The Gingerbread Man’ story in English. Miss Crane has recorded this delightful video to help you with your learning: ‘The Gingerbread Man’ video

Miss Toor has also recorded this extra special Gingerbread Phonics lesson for you.

 

We have organised the work by days, so please click on the appropriate tab for work your child needs to complete that day.

 

This week we will have two live English lessons and three live Maths lessons.

 

Remember to send photos of any work to reception@minetinfants.org.uk

 

Have a lovely week and stay safe!

Phonics

Log in to your live lesson at 9.30am!

 

English

What you think characters might say in the story?

Draw a picture of the characters from the story and write a speech bubble.

 

Maths

Log in to your live lesson at 10.30am!

Use building blocks to measure some of your toys.

Count the bricks to find out how many bricks tall they are and write down your recordings. For example, ‘The cow is 2 bricks tall’.

 

 

Afternoon Lesson

What would happen if the Gingerbread Man swam across the river himself?

 

Watch Mrs. Prashar’s video to help you with this experiment: https://youtu.be/jS-LKVA77iE

 

You will need: a gingerbread man, a clear bowl of water, a timer (look at a clock, phone or watch), paper and pens.

  • Draw a chart with two columns and title the left column with 0 minutes and the right column with 20 minutes.
  • Make a prediction, that means make a guess! What do you think will happen to the Gingerbread Man if he swims in the river? Will he sink or float? Will he grow in size and get bigger or will he shrink in size and get smaller? Will he be hard or soft to touch?
  • Write your predictions down on a piece of paper and put them it in the correct column on your prediction chart.
  • Pour some water into a clear bowl or cup.
  • Put your Gingerbread Man in the bowl of water and set your timer for 20 minutes.
  • Once 20 minutes is over look carefully at your Gingerbread Man – can you tell your grown up what has happened to him? What does he feel like now?
  • Look back at our enquiry question: What would happen if the Gingerbread Man swam across the river himself? – Was your prediction right?
  • Can you draw a picture of what your Gingerbread Man looked like before and after he went swimming in the river?

Phonics

Log in to your live lesson at 9.30am!

 

English

Log in to your live lesson at 10.30am!

Design what you would look like if you were a Gingerbread boy or girl.

Use your letter sounds and key words to help you finish this sentence.

 

I would run away from________________.

 

 

Maths

Use a pen to draw an outline of 3 bottles or jars on some paper.

Can you decorate them so that one looks full, one looks half full and one looks empty?

 

Story Time

Get comfortable and listen to this story by Ms Flora: https://youtu.be/n3F6ebkI_ng

 

Afternoon Lesson

Help! The Gingerbread Man is missing!

 

Oh no! The Gingerbread Man has escaped from Grandma’s oven, can you help find him?

 

What you need to do:

  • Design a poster to describe the Gingerbread Man.
  • Give your poster a title. Eg. Help! The Gingerbread Man is lost!
  • Think about the following:
    • What colour is the Gingerbread Man?
    • Is he big or small?
    • How many buttons does he have?
    • Can you write a simple sentence to describe the Gingerbread Man? E.g. He is brown and has three buttons. He is big.
  • Once you’ve finished your poster, use blue tac or sticky tape to stick it up in your house. Ask your family to use their good looking eyes to help you look out for the Gingerbread Man.

Phonics

Log in to your live lesson at 9.30am!

 

English

Can you use your letter sounds to write down how you would catch the Gingerbread man?

Would you leave a big bowl icing for him to fall into as he was running?

Would you get a net to trap him?

Draw a picture to go with your writing.

 

Maths

Log in to your live lesson at 10.30am!

Use some chalk to measure how tall you are on an outside wall. Ask your brothers, sisters or grown up to measure how tall they are too.

Who is the tallest? Who is the shortest?

Is anyone the same height as somebody else?

 

Story Time

Get comfortable and listen to this story by Ms Escrader: https://youtu.be/whQ_Pr0D5Wo

 

Afternoon

Can you make a trap to catch the Gingerbread Man?

You will need: a selection of card and paper, scissors, sticky tape, leaves and sticks from outside (collect these from your garden or on a walk at your local park), netting (from a bag of oranges or a punnet of fruit).

  • Look at the materials you have collected in your house for the trap. How might you use them to catch him?
  • Plan your trap first by drawing a picture of it – you might want to write labels.
  • Once you’ve designed your trap use your design to help you start building it!
  • When you have finished building your trap, explain how it works to your grown-up at home.

Leave your trap out overnight and see if you can capture the Gingerbread Man – good luck!

 

Phonics

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English

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Which Gingerbread character are you going to have in your story?

Will it be the Gingerbread Girl or Boy?

Will it be the Gingerbread Pirate or Bear?

Draw pictures to tell your own story using the tales toolkit symbols to help you.

Who are the characters?                  What is the setting?             What is the problem?            How was it solved?

Maths

Use rice, cereal or flour that you have at home to fill 3 cups.

In the first cup put 2 spoons of rice/flour/cereal, in the second cup put 4 spoons in and in the third cup put 6 spoons.

Discuss what you can see with an adult. Which cup looks emptier? which cup is filled half way? Is there a cup that looks full?

 

Afternoon

Can you craft your very own Gingerbread Man?

 

Don’t forget to watch Miss. Cruz’s step-by-step video to help you with this art activity: https://youtu.be/bLf4yNBpK4s

 

You will need: a pencil, rubber, a piece of paper and felt tips or colouring pencils.

  • Fold your paper in half by connecting the four corners of the paper and press down.
  • Draw on the folded edge of the paper – use your pencil to draw the outline of the Gingerbread Man.
  • Start at the top of the paper and draw a semi-circle (half a circle) for his head.
  • Connect the head to the rest of his body by drawing his neck, arm and leg.
  • Draw over the pencil lines with a thick black pen so that it helps you see the lines when you start cutting.
  • Use your scissors to cut out the Gingerbread Man – make sure you cut carefully along the black line. You may wish to ask your grown-ups for help.

Decorate your Gingerbread Man with your colourful felt tips and pencils – add eyes, a mouth, buttons, squiggly patterns on his arms and legs and even a bow tie!

 

Phonics

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English

Write a letter to the Gingerbread Man telling him to stay away from the fox.

What will the fox do?

How will you help the Gingerbread Man? 

 

Maths

Log in to your live lesson at 10.30am!

Use some pillows to find out how tall you can make a tower before it falls over. Count each pillow as you add it on.

Have a competition with a family member to see who call build the tallest tower using the pillows?

 

Afternoon

Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me! I’m the Gingerbread Man!

In the story, the Gingerbread Man used all his energy to run away from the people and animals who were chasing him.

Can you think of other ways that the Gingerbread Man could move? Could he…

  • Hop?
  • Skip?
  • Crawl?
  • Jump?
  • Spin?

 

Pretend you are the Gingerbred Man. When you go outside to play, have a think about all the different ways that you can move.

  • Which is the fastest way of moving?
  • Which is the slowest way of moving?

Challenge: Have a running race with your family. Can you run faster than the Gingerbread Man?

Week commencing Monday 1st February

Welcome to another exciting week of learning in Reception!

 

Please find a timetable for the week here: Timetable

 

We will be learning about ‘The Gingerbread Man’ story for the next two weeks in English. Miss Crane has recorded this delightful video to help you with your learning: ‘The Gingerbread Man’ video

 

We have organised the work by days, so please click on the appropriate tab for work your child needs to complete that day.

 

This week we will have two live Maths lessons and three live English lessons.

 

Remember to send photos of any work to reception@minetinfants.org.uk

 

Have a lovely week and stay safe!

Phonics

Log in to your live lesson at 9.30am!

 

English

Log in to your live lesson at 10.30am!

Read the story of the Gingerbread Man or watch this video and answer these questions:

  • What did the gingerbread man do when the little old lady opened the oven door?
  • What did the gingerbread man say over and over again?
  • Why did everyone want to catch the gingerbread man?
  • Should the gingerbread man climb onto the fox’s nose?

 

You could write your answers or ask a grown up to record you speaking.

 

Maths

Who can make the longest line of Lego in 30 seconds?

You can use building blocks for this activity too.

Have a race building your line of Lego with your family members to see who wins.

Can you describe the two lines?

Which line is longer / shorter?

 

Afternoon Lesson

 

Can you draw a picture of the Gingerbread Man?

 Use any art materials you have at home (pencils, colouring pencils, felt tips, paints, collage etc.) to create a picture of the Gingerbread Man.

  • You can follow this step-by-step guide to help you draw the Gingerbread Man.
  • Make sure you add on all his important features – buttons, bow tie, eyes, mouth.
  • Challenge: Can you use red, yellow and blue to make the colour brown?

Phonics

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English

Tell a grown-up the story of the Gingerbread Man. You can use the pictures to help you or watch this video to remind you.

You could even use different voices for the characters or act out the story together.

 

Maths

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Find some objects around your house.

Hold one item in each hand and hold your arms out so you look like a weighing scale.

Decide which object is heavier and bend to the heavier side like a real weighing scale.

Repeat with different pairs of objects and tell a grown-up what you have found out.

Top tip: heavier items are harder to hold up than lighter items.

 

Afternoon Lesson

Gingerbread Playdough (Please note: this playdough is not for eating)

What you will need: 2 cups of plain flour, ½ cup salt, 2 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons cream of tartar, 1 ½ cups of boiling water, 1 tablespoon ground ginger spice, 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon spice.

  • Mix all the dry ingredients together into a big bowl.
  • Add the oil.
  • Ask an adult to add the boiling water and mix until it turns into a dough.
  • Knead the playdough on a floured surface.
  • After a few minutes it should turn soft and smooth and ready to play with – can you SMELL the ginger spice?

Use your strong hands to roll, pat, push and pinch the playdough – can you make your own gingerbread man?

 

Phonics

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English

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Watch this video.

Draw a picture of the Gingerbread Man. Use your letter sounds to label your picture, like this: 

 

Maths

Collect twigs from outside and sort in pairs.

 

Which twig is longer and which is shorter?

Can you find the longest twig?

Can you find the shortest twig?

 

 

 

Afternoon


Can you build a boat that floats for the Gingerbread Man to safely cross the river?

What you will need: Junk modelling, glue/ sticky tape/ string, bucket of water.

The gingerbread man is stuck! He needs to cross the river safely without getting caught by the fox!

Can you make him a boat that will float across the river safely to the other side of the bank?

  • Collect recycled containers/ junk modelling from around your house or natural objects you’ve collected from a walk you’ve been on e.g. cartoon boxes, cereal packets, clear plastic fruit boxes, corks, cardboard boxes, paper, sticks, leaves.
  • Using string/ glue/ elastic bands to join your materials together to resemble a boat structure – remember to add a flagpole and sail for your boat.

Fill the sink or bathtub with a little water and test out your boat.

Will the Gingerbread Man make it across the river? What can you see? Does your boat float on the water or has it sunk to the bottom?

Phonics

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English

Lots of animals want to catch the Gingerbread Man!

Draw a picture of your favourite animal from the story or video and write the name of the animal.

You could draw a cat, dog, pig, cow, horse or a fox.

 

 

Maths

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On your next walk, collect different sized rocks (big, medium and small).

Pick up two rocks and hold them out in your hands like a weighing scale.

Think about which one is heavy and which one is light.

Some might even weigh the same!

 

 

Afternoon

Make a 3D model of the Gingerbread Man.

What you will need: Kitchen or toilet roll tube, felt tips, cardboard (old cereal box) or card painted brown.

  • Cut 4 equal length strips from an old cereal box.
  • Fold each strip over and then over again a couple more times, crimping the paper and losely unfold leaving a zig-zaggered edge – these will create the arms and legs for the Gingerbread Man.
  • Cut out a circle shape from your cardboard box – this will be the Gingerbread Man’s head, make sure you draw on his eyes and a smile for his mouth.
  • Draw on the Gingerbread Mans 1-5 buttons and a nice smart bow tie.
  • Attach the arms, legs and head down to the tube with glue or sticky tape.

 

Make your own bird feeder

In continuation of our work linking to the Big School Bird Watch, watch this video and follow the steps to make your own bird-feeder.

Phonics

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English

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Look at the picture below. Talk to your grown-up about what you can see in the picture.

Use your letter sounds and key words to write a sentence.

 

A fox ________________________________.

 

 

Maths

Fill two shopping bags, one with small, heavy items and the other with one or two larger, but lighter items.

Ask your child to look inside without touching and predict which bag they think is the heaviest and why.

Allow your child to pick up the two shopping bags and ask them to show which bag is heaviest by moving their arms like weighing scales.

 

Questions to ask your child:

  • There are many things in this bag. Will that make it heavy or light?
  • These items are bigger, so will the bag be heavier?
  • Which object weighs the most and why?
  • What have you found out today?

 

Afternoon

Bake some yummy gingerbread biscuits as a Friday afternoon treat! Mrs Vancuylenberg has created a video to help you here

Kitchen equipment: Mixing bowl, oven, baking tray, wooden spoon, rolling pin, biscuit cutters (gingerbread men shape or any other 2D shapes).

Ingredients: 350g plain flour, 100g butter, 5 and a half teaspoons of ground ginger, 1 and a half teaspoons of ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda, 175g light brown soft sugar, 4 tablespoons of golden syrup, 1 medium egg, 200g icing sugar, your choice of toppings: raisins, smarties etc. for decoration.

  • Turn the oven to 180C or Gas Mark 4.
  • Put the flour, butter, ginger, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda in the mixing bowl.
  • Mix the ingredients together with your hands until you have a crumbly mixture.
  • Add the sugar, syrup and egg to mixture. Use the spoon to mix the ingredients until it forms into a form dough.
  • Roll out the mixture with the rolling pin to about 5 millimetres thick. To stop the mixture from sticking, make sure you put lots of flour on your work surface and on the rolling pin.
  • Use the biscuit cutters to cut out a Gingerbread man shape or any other shape cutters you may have a home. If you don’t have a cookie cutter at home don’t worry, ask an adult to help you cut a shape with a blunt knife.
  • Place each biscuit on the baking tray and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
  • Mix the icing sugar in a bowl with 3-4 tablespoons of water to make a paste.
  • Decorate our gingerbread biscuits with sweets and raisins.

Week commencing Monday 25th January

Welcome to another exciting week of learning in Reception!

 

We have organised the work by days, so please click on the appropriate tab for work your child needs to complete that day.

 

This week we will have three live Maths lessons and two live English lessons.

 

Remember to send photos of any work to reception@minetinfants.org.uk

 

Have a lovely week and stay safe!

Phonics

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English

Practice singing the song ‘Billy Goats like grass so green’ to the tune of ‘Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star’.

  • Can you hear any rhyming words in the song?
  • What rhymes with green?
  • What rhymes with dash?

 

Maths: Coin Rubbing

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Ask your grown up for a selection of different coins.

Cover your coin with paper and use a crayon or coloured pencil to rub gently over the top.

  • What numbers can you see?
  • Can you name the coins?
  • Can you sort the coins in order of size?
  • Which is the biggest?
  • Which is the smallest?

 

Afternoon lesson

Pretend you’re a police officer and make a wanted poster to catch the Troll.

  • Draw a picture of the problem in our story: the big, ugly, hairy Troll.
  • Label your picture to describe what the Troll looks like (e.g. sharp teeth, pointy horns, fur).
  • Write down the biggest number you can think of as an award for capturing the Troll – remember to use the £ sign.
  • Stick your picture up in your house and ask your family to search for the Troll!

Phonics

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English: Talking Tuesday

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Can you retell the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff using these tales toolkit symbols?

 

Maths: Ordering shoes

Find 3 shoes in your house (yours, your sister/brother’s and an adult’s shoe) and put them in order of size.

Challenge: Talk about which is the ‘biggest’, ‘smallest’ and which one is ‘medium’ sized. Can you also use the words ‘bigger’ and ‘smaller’ to compare the shoes.
For example: “My shoe is smaller than my brothers.”

 

Afternoon lesson

Can you draw the setting in our story?

  • Use any art materials that you have in your house. You could use colouring pencils, felt pens, paints, tissue paper, sweet wrappers, newspapers, etc.
  • Draw a picture/ create a model of the setting in our story.
  • What is in the setting? A rickety bridge, bright green grass, a river, trees, mountains…remember it was also a very hot, sunny day!

Phonics

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English: Settings

Can you write a sorry letter to the Three Billy Goats Gruff from the Troll to say sorry for trying to eat them?

Try to finish these sentences using your letter sounds.

To….

I am sorry because….

I am going to….

From, Troll

 

Maths: Sock washing line

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Ask an adult to give you a collection of different socks all mixed up (including doll’s socks, baby socks, adult socks, long socks and short socks).

Sort these into pairs and line them up in size order.

Which pair are the longest? How about the shortest?

 

Afternoon lesson: Make your own Billy Goat Gruff

What you’ll need: toilet/kitchen roll tubes, scissors, googly eyes or a black pen to draw on eyes, sellotape, cotton wool, pegs, felt tips and coloured card.

  • Cut the tubes in three different lengths (short, medium sized, long) and colour each tube in with felt tips/crayons/paint or cover with coloured card.
  • Use the scraps of cardboard tubing to create the billy goat’s ears and use the pegs to hold them in place.
  • Draw on eyes/ stick on googly eyes and shape some cotton balls for the forelock (head) and chin.

Phonics

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English

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Can you look at the pictures and use your letter sounds to write what you can see?

You can start your sentence with:

  • I can see…
  • It is a…
  • The goat is…

 

Maths: Ordering toys

Find a selection of toys around your house.

 

Order them from biggest to smallest like the picture.

 

Challenge: Explain how you know the toy at the beginning is the biggest. How do you know the toy at the end is the smallest?

 

Afternoon lesson: Shadow puppets

Create a shadow puppet theatre and re-tell the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff.

What you’ll need: black card, paper straws or wooden skewers, scissors, torch (phone torch works well) and a white wall/bed sheet.

  • Draw x 3 goats (big, medium and small), the troll and a bridge on the black card and cut them out individually.
  • Once cut out, attach each character to the straw/skewer using sellotape to secure.
  • Hold up your characters against an empty white wall or a white bedsheet.

Shine a torch on your characters and they will appear large on the wall – enjoy re-telling the story and put on a show for your family.

Phonics

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English: Predict

What do you think the Troll did after he fell into the river?

Can you finish this sentence: After falling into the river, the Troll will…

Use your letter sounds to write what you think happened.

 

Maths: Sorting objects by size

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The Three Billy Goats are all different sizes.

Have a look around your house and find something that is bigger than you and something that is smaller than you.

Sort other sets of toys and objects into size sequence.

Challenge: Can you find 5 things smaller than your thumbnail?

 

Afternoon lesson: Mixing colours

  • Use colouring pencils/ felt tips/ crayons or paints and brushes to explore colour mixing.
  • Remember the fresh green grass that the 3 Billy Goats wanted to eat in our story? Which two colours will you mix together make the colour GREEN?
  • Challenge: Can you draw your own colour wheel, like in the picture? Remember it’s a circle shape!

 

Dance

Do some dancing with Mrs Daly! Please click on the links for her amazing videos.

2. Waka Waka dance 1: https://youtu.be/ZhYWdOf7J4M
3. Waka Waka dance 2: https://youtu.be/VHyXpJurL68

Week commencing Monday 18th January

Welcome to another exciting week of learning in Reception!

 

We have organised the work by days, so please click on the appropriate tab for work your child needs to complete that day.

 

Remember to send photos to reception@minetinfants.org.uk

 

Have a lovely week and stay safe!

Phonics

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English

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Read this story: The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Draw a picture of the Billy Goats Gruff and then label it.

 

Maths: Fitness & Counting Game

How many jumps, hops and claps can you do in 30 seconds?

Challenge:  can you increase your time to 60 seconds?

How many can you do now?

 

Afternoon lesson

Build a bridge for the Three Billy Goats Gruff

The goats need a new way to cross over the river.

Ask your grown up if they can help you collect some empty boxes, plastic bottles and yogurt pots to make a new bridge.

Is there anything else you could build to help them travel across?

 

Finally, Mrs Vallijee has recorded an assembly for Martin Luther King day, which is today.

You can watch it here.

Phonics

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English (Talking Tuesday)

Can you answer some questions about the story?

You could write your answers or ask a grown up to record you speaking.

  • Why did the Three Billy Goats want to cross the bridge?
  • What did the troll hear as the goats crossed the bridge?
  • Why did the troll wait for the next goat?
  • What was your favourite part of the story? Why?

 

Maths: All About 8

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Can you find 8 objects around your house? For example, 8 shoes, 8 pillows, 8 cups etc.

Challenge: can you find all the numbers that make 8 using a part-part whole model? For example, 4 and 4 makes 8.

 

Afternoon lesson

Use instruments to make the noises of the different goats crossing the bridge


Trip-trap, trip-trap.

The troll said, “Who’s that trip-trapping over my bridge?”

Use instruments if you have them (or pots, pans and kitchen utensils if you don’t) to make the noises of the different goats crossing the bridge.

Phonics

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English: Rhyme

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I can use my letter sounds to write a list of rhyming words.

 

Maths: How many can you fit?

Find some empty boxes, yogurt pots, bottles etc. and see how many objects you can fit inside!

You could use: pebbles, small toys, twigs, leaves and crayons.

Can you write the number of how many objects fit inside?

 

Afternoon lesson

Can you make a troll bridge using masking tape and paint?

  • First stick masking tape on your paper/card to make a bridge. You can ask a grown up to help you.
  • Then use a paintbrush or your own fingers as a brush and cover your paper with paint to create a field for the goats in the story.
  • Once your painting is dry take off the masking tape to see your bridge design.

Phonics

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English: Settings

I can use my letter sounds to write down three places the troll might like to live.

 

Do we feel a bit sorry for the troll? He has lost his home. Is a bridge a nice place to live?

Where else might he live instead? Discuss ideas where the troll could live now.

Build some sentences verbally, making sure they start with ‘The troll can live…’

E.g. “The troll can live in a quiet garden.”

Write some of your ideas down using your letter sounds.

 

Maths: All About 9

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Can you find 9 objects around your house? For example, 9 shoes, 9 pillows, 9 cups etc.

Challenge: can you find all the numbers that make 9 using a part-part whole model? For example, 1 and 8 makes 9.

 

Afternoon lesson

Can you make playdough as green as the bright green grass across the bridge? 

 

Playdough ingredients: 1 cup of flour, ½ cup salt, 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar, 1 tablespoon oil, green food colouring or a splodge of green paint, 1 cup of boiling water, grass cuttings (collected from your garden or a walk in the park).

 

  • Mix together the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a big mixing bowl.
  • Add 5-10 drops of green food colouring or 1-2 splodges of green paint to 1 cup of boiling water (let your adult measure and pour in the boiling water).
  • Add the boiling water mixture and your grass cuttings to the other dry ingredients in the bowl and mix all together.
  • Set aside and allow the mixture to cool.
  • Once cooled, start playing with your playdough – roll, pat, stretch, knead and pinch your playdough to help strengthen your fingers!

Phonics

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English

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I can use my imagination to draw a troll and use my sounds to describe him.

 

Use your imagination to draw a troll. Give your Troll a name. Use your letter sounds to write five words to describe your Troll.

 

Troll name……

Words to describe my troll

1)

2)

3)

4)

5)

 

Some vocabulary you might want to use: big, green, red nose, sharp teeth, long legs.

 

Maths: Collage Numbers

Can you create your own collage numbers?

Draw the numbers on paper and then use craft objects.

E.g. straws, lolly sticks, coloured pieces of paper to decorate over the numbers.

 

Afternoon lesson

Grow your own edible grass!

 

What you will need: empty yoghurt pot/plastic container/empty egg shell, cotton wool, kitchen roll, cress seeds (found at your local garden centre or in big supermarkets), water, felt pens or paint and brushes to decorate your pot.

 

  • Take the label off your pot and paint/draw a funny face on the front.
  • Put some wet kitchen roll in the bottom of your pot and then some damp cotton wool on top of that.
  • Evenly spread some cress seeds on top of the cotton wool and press them down gently.
  • Put your pot in a warm place that get lots of sunlight – windowsills work well.
  • Watch your cress grow – it should be fully grown after about 7 days! You may wish to document the growing process by drawing a picture of the ‘grass’ each day over the seven days.
  • Cut your cress and enjoy in an egg and cress sandwich for lunch!

Please check the ‘Areas of Learning’ below for a new weekly challenge in each area.

Science experiment A basket of food – I can make a new basket for Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood needs a new basket to take food to Grandma’s house. Can you make a new basket?  How big should it be? What does a basket need?

What are you going to use? How much food can your basket hold? How could you make your basket stronger?

I can design a picnic basket for Grandma.

Little red riding hood takes a picnic basket to her grandma’s house. What delicious snacks could she take? Can you draw a picnic basket of delicious food?

I can describe a character.

Look at a picture of the character from the story.

Can you think of some words or sentences to describe the character?  For example, she has a red hood. The wolf is bad.  He has big teeth. You could write these down using good sounding out to help you. Remember to say your word or sentence out aloud before writing it down.

For each activity try to encourage your child to:

  • use the correct pencil grip
  • use their phonic knowledge to spell – it doesn’t matter if its incorrect.
  • encourage correct letter formation
  • ask your child to write their name on their work.For each activity try to encourage your child to:
    • use the correct pencil grip
    • use their phonic knowledge to spell – it doesn’t matter if its incorrect.
    • encourage correct letter formation
    • ask your child to write their name on their work.

I can listen to the story

Read the story of Little Red Riding Hood or watch it here…

https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/short-stories/little-red-riding-hood

Look out for Miss Crane retelling the story.

Can you answer some questions about the story? You could write your answers or ask a grown up to record you speaking.

  • Where is little red riding hood going?
  • How do you think little red riding hood felt when she saw the wolf?
  • Where does Grandma live?
  • Who comes to rescue Little Red Riding hood?

What was your favourite part of the story?

I can make or decorate biscuits for grandma

Little Red Riding Hood takes some biscuits to Grandma’s house. Can you make some biscuits for Granny? (see attached biscuit recipe cards) If you can’t make any biscuits maybe you could decorate some? Can you write a list of ingredients you used to make/decorate your biscuits?

I can draw a map to Grandma’s house

Little red riding hood walked through the woods on her way to Grandma’s house. Can you draw a map of the woods and show how she got to grandmas from her house? What things could she pass on her way to Grandma.

Number stone towers

Collect rocks on a walk. Encourage your child to balance them on top of each other to see how tall they can build a tower. As they play, encourage lots of mathematical discussion. Can you add one more? How many do you have now? Oh no, one has fallen off, how many do you have left? Challenge your child to draw their tower and add numbers to their picture.

How fast can you build a number tower?

Use a sharpie pen to add numbers to Duplo or Lego blocks. Start with numbers 1-10 or 1-5 if this where your child is at. It helps to add matching counting dots on the building blocks so your child can check if necessary. Encourage your child to build the tower as fast as possible. See if they can beat you!

Making a number line

Can you make a number line using different objects?

Leaf threading

Can you collect 10 big leaves? Can you carefully thread the leaves onto some string or wool? Use a small twig to make a

Number Hunt

Can you find objects in your home that have numbers on? Look in each room and see how many objects with numbers you can spot.  Can you draw and label the objects you found?

Adding using objects

Get two baskets/bowls. Put 3 small objects in one basket and 2 in the other. Count how many you have altogether!

Try again using different number of objects.

Challenge: can you write the number sentence?

Example 3 +2 = 5

Areas of Learning

Click on the word below to see how we teach phonics at Minet and how can you do phonics online…

Click on the picture below to visit White Rose Maths for a daily maths activity…

Send what you learn to twitter@minetinfants.org.uk if you would like to share it with us!

Use flashcards daily to help you remember your letter sounds and numbers!

Challenge ☆ Can you make your own at home?

Send a picture of your flashcards to twitter@minetinfants.org.uk so that we can share them with your friends to help them make their own!

What letter is your teacher holding?

What sound does it make?

What numeral can you see?

Can you collect that number of objects?

Numbers to 20

Here are 4 turtle challenge cards:

The first one is about counting the turtles

The second one is about more and less turtles

 The third one is about adding the turtles together (remember to check the maths workshop video below to see how we teach addition in Reception at Minet)

The fourth one is about doubling the turtles

Position

Look at the picture of your teacher. Fill in the blank _______ of the sentence using one of the Star Words.

For example: Miss Longson is on top of the tyre.

 

Challenge ☆ Can you use a different Star Word for the picture?

For example: Miss Longson is above the tyre.

Miss Longson is ________ the tyre.

Miss Crane is ________ the dog.

Miss Toor is ________ the guitar.

Challenge ☆ Can you complete these sentences?

The tyre is _______ Miss Longson.

The dog is _______ Miss Crane.

The guitar is _______ Miss Toor.

Height

Watch the video to listen to the story of the Smartest Giant in Town.

The giant is sooooo tall!

Can you use the Star Words to describe the other characters and answer the questions below?

Size

Watch the video to complete the Goldilocks Size Challenge!

You will need to collect 3 random objects – these can be any 3 things from your home.

  • Which of your objects is the biggest?
  • Which of your objects are smaller than the biggest?
  • Which of your objects is the smallest?
  • Which of your objects is the medium sized?

Now you are ready to watch the video. Remember to press pause to read the instructions.

Can you use the Star Words at home?

Can you teach them to someone else in your family?

You could even use them to help you complete these challenge cards…

Remember to click on the challenge cards to make them bigger!

Numerals

Maths Workshop

View our Maths Workshop here to see how we teach maths in Reception at Minet. Then watch the video at home see how we learn to add and subtract single digit numbers.

At Minet we love using Tales Toolkit to help us to create stories and use our imagination.

Click on the symbols below to find out a bit more about what they mean so you can start using them at home!

” We believe story is a super powerful learning gizmo… Helping [your children] to become independent problem solvers and solution-focused thinkers “

(Tales Toolkit)

Challenge 4

Challenge 3

Challenge 2

Challenge 1

Click on the pictures below to see what we learnt during the Autumn Term and what we started to learn in the Spring Term…

Stay Safe, Stay at Home

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have used these beautiful illustrations from their stories and added captions to remind us to stay at home and how to stay safe. If you would like to listen to the original story, click on the picture!