Reception Daily Plans
RETURNING TO SCHOOL SURVEY
Please could parents complete the survey attached below and return it via e mail to email@example.com by Monday 25th at the latest.
Thank you in advance for your help with this. - Mrs B x
I have changed our closure page slightly, as it was getting very full!
This page is now set up for the daily plans. There is an additional sub page that has all the general resources, internet links, agency documents and the phonics note on.
This should mean that it is much quicker for you to locate the plans required for the day.
Summer Term Update - Hi Everyone, I am so disappointed that we are still requiring to use this closure page because it means it is still not safe for us all to be together. I cannot express enough though how thankful I am for all that you are doing for your children. We are all finding ourselves in very unusual, stressful situation and are having to adapt our lives. You are all playing such an important role in maintaining your child's education and keeping their spirits high, so well done.
I have left the original message below that outlines how the closure page is used, just in case anyone starts to use it for the first time. If there is anything I can do for people, please let me know. It has also been lovely to see the children enjoying their tasks, so also please continue to send photos to the class e mail or to our new Reception twitter page @ReceptionSav.
Take Care everyone and keep strong = Mrs B x
The aim is to try to consider the timetable of lessons/daily routine that your child would have been following if they were in school and try to then provide you with activity ideas that would support that weekly timetable.
There will be a section below this introduction that I will update with general resources(These are now on their own page from 14.5.20). The daily tasks will then be added underneath.
Obviously, you are welcome to do any of your own activities that you might have access to as well. It is hard to know how much work to set because a typical day in the classroom would involve lots of verbal, practical group work which obviously will not be possible to do. It is also important that you have some special family time at this current time. So please just do what you can.
Any work produced or news of fun things you have done together can be e mailed to me or can be saved in the work folder and exercise book that have been sent home. When your child returns to school, any work returned will be saved in your child's individual learning journey folder as evidence of their learning and progress.
If you have any questions at all, or if you just want to make contact and chat, please do not hesitate to contact me on the reception class e mail:
I will try to get back to you as soon as I can.
We now have a Reception Twitter page. This will help us still keep in touch with each other and share our smiles and all the things we have been doing. @ReceptionSav
Take care and please all look after yourselves. You will continue to all be in my thoughts and prayers and I look forward to us all being back together as soon as possible.
The general format for the Reception daily plans will firstly be a word document that outlines an overview (and explanation) of activities for the day.
There will then be some links to any resources that are referenced in the daily overview. PLEASE DO NOT FEEL YOU HAVE TO PRINT EVERY DOWNLOAD. Sometimes these downloads can be copied onto paper or sometimes they are put on to just demonstrate an example. There are also days where there might look to be a lot of downloads but sometimes this is because there are downloads for different ability groups. Therefore families would not have to download everybody's sheet.
Some days the activities might all be practical and not require additional downloads.
It is difficult to know how much work to set as we would usually be doing lots of practical group work each day. It also feels like it is information overload for you at the moment, but I have tried to explain things in detail until we all get used to working in this new way.
***After the first week I redesigned the 'Daily Activities' section so that the most recent day comes first. Then previous days will follow underneath in consecutive order. I am hoping this will make this page easier for you to use, as you will not have to scroll as far down now that this page is getting larger.***
Friday 22nd May
Hope you all managed to enjoy some of the sun yesterday and well done to all of you that have continued carrying out kind acts.
This will be the last daily task set for this half term as we are not due to be posting work over what would have been the half term holiday. Please remember though that there are lots of internet links on the 'general resources' sub page. There might be activities further back in the early stages of the closure that you might also want to revisit. Otherwise, you might actually just want to have a well earned rest and I would not blame you! Hope you all have a lovely half term. I would have been on a Spanish beach next Wednesday but instead I am in school! Not quite what I had planned, so if you have also had to change plans then I hope you manage to do something special instead. Take care. I will be thinking about you all. Mrs B x
Here are my special messages / quotes for you all today:
Parents: ' You got this.' https://images.app.goo.gl/CvjATUQ48affF9Qy5
Children: 'Never stop dreaming.' https://images.app.goo.gl/wWtYo2NaJ9EsjKzT7
Literacy - 'Sharing' Writing Sheet.
Music - EYFS Week 5 - Mrs Hypolite
Special Mention - Kindness Certificate.
Thursday 21st May
Wow, Wednesday was a warm one. Thank you again to Jaiya for making some lovely cakes. I took one home to have with my tea. We wrote some positive messages on the playground, so if you happen to go past school on one of your walks you might see them. The one saying 'Smile' with a smiley face was my message! Take care and keep going. You are all doing amazing. I know it is not always easy but I am so proud of everyone. Mrs B x
My quotes/ positive messages for today:
Parents: 'You are enough.' https://images.app.goo.gl/Rx4xtVJJ74yJXS5o6
Children: 'It is nice to be important but it's more important to be nice.' https://images.app.goo.gl/t4Srr2KzMu8oCo5b9
Do not forget there is also the 'Kind Acts' mission that is running all week. Details can still be found with the plans for Monday 18th May.
Wednesday 20th May
Well done everyone, you are almost half way through the week. I have been hearing about some lovely kind things everyone has been doing. Keep up the great work.
I have finally worked out how to put my quote images on this page! I have put them both below. To be honest, the quotes for the children are probably just as relevant for parents and vice versa! Look after yourselves. Mrs B x
Parents: 'Once you choose hope, anything's possible.' https://images.app.goo.gl/M94fV8MExfFj2XnW9
Children: 'Always believe something wonderful is about to happen.' - https://images.app.goo.gl/57ugtS429jtqVrnCA
Literacy - Wizard Writer Sheet - Being Kind.
Phonics - Stop Sign.
Guided Reading - Pink Level - At The Seaside Worksheet.
Guided Reading - Red Level - Which Is Alive? Worksheet.
Tuesday 19th May
First of all, I am going to start with my quotes for the day. I still have not found a good way of sharing the images on here. However, I will tweet them again on our class twitter page.
Parents: 'Make everyday your masterpiece.' - https://images.app.goo.gl/hSqvNnvzJ87aorRz8
Children: 'If you dream it you can achieve it.' - https://images.app.goo.gl/mfdnnqaGvM21WqZx5
Lastly, before we move on to the daily plans for today, in case you are unaware, there is a 'Return To School' survey at the very top of this page. We are just asking if parents can complete this and return it to school (e mail to the office on firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday 25th May. Thank you in advance for this.
Now time for our plans today. Take care and hope you enjoy today's activities. Mrs B x
Literacy - 'Sharing A Shell' Story Scene.
Phonics - 'ai' Dice word Sheet.
Phonics - Foldable Dice Resource. (Just in case you do not have a dice at home.)
Monday 18th May
I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. Before I outline the plans for today, I need to introduce our whole school plan to celebrate 'Mental Health Awareness Week'.
Mental Health Awareness Week
This is something that all our staff are very passionate about and as PSHE lead I felt it was necessarily to introduce a whole school activity to recognise this week in a united way.
The important thing is that we do not want this activity to create a lot of additional work for parents, as this will be counter productive and goes against the aim of supporting each other at this difficult time. The document below outlines the suggested activity for the week and will be posted on each of the class closure pages. Please feel free to adapt the idea in any way you would like. There is also a certificate attached, that you could award your child at the end of the week.
Staff are also going to posting a positive quote / message each day this week.
If you have any questions at all or you need anything, please remember where I am. - Mrs B x
Quote/Message For Parents: 'Difficult roads often lead to beautiful places.' https://images.app.goo.gl/iCb5QYZd7yo1iwoF9
Quote/Message For Children: 'Be a pineapple. Stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet inside.' https://images.app.goo.gl/XS3wx1W8dRkrkhzCA
I am going to try to work out how I can actually post the pictures for tomorrow's quotes, rather than just the link. It would not work today though.
Now on to today's home school learning:
Maths - Halving Powerpoint
Maths - Halving Food Worksheet
Phonics - 'ai' Flash Cards
Topic - Salt Dough Recipe
Topic - Fossil Photographs (Optional resource.)
Generalised Weekly Overview - Week Beginning 18.5.20
I hope you have had a lovely weekend. I have attached the generalised activity overview for the week beginning 18.5.20. Just as a reminder, there will be no specific daily tasks set over the half term. Therefore, if you are not able to complete all the tasks, you might want to try them out over half term.
I have also attached a recipe for salt dough because Monday's topic task is going to involve making a salt dough fossil. I have never actually made it myself and have just come up with the fossil idea, so I apologise in advance if it does not work! It says it requires flour, salt and water. If you do not have these resources or are unable to obtain them, do not worry as I will offer an alternative activity.
Flour can also be a good resource to practice letter formation with. You can put a thin layer on a baking tray and your child can form letters with their fingers. I know flour supplies have bene low in shops though, which is why I have not mentioned it till now!
Stay safe and take care - Mrs B x
Friday 15th May
You have all made it to the end of another week. Well done everyone and thank you for all you are still doing. Take care and hope you all have a lovely weekend. - Mrs B x
Literacy - Ladybird Mask Template.
Topic - Photographs of Fossils.
Topic - Stone Paper Template.
Special Mention - Certificates.
Thursday 14th May
I hope you are all still well. You will see I have changed our closure page slightly today. This page will now be where you come for the daily tasks and then you should hopefully have noticed a sub page to the side that has all the internet links on and general resources etc... on. This is just to make it a bit quicker to get to the plans. It felt like you were having to scroll a long way down, as we have been adding more resources and links. If you have any problems finding things with this new set up, just let me know. Take Care. Mrs B
Literacy - Alliteration Sheet
Phonics - 'th' Spotter Sheet.
Wednesday 13th May
It is clearly the season for birthdays. I hope you had a great birthday yesterday Billie and Jaiya I hope you have a lovely day today. Look after each other everyone and keep smiling. I am thinking about you all. - Mrs B x
Literacy - Wizard Writer Sheet.
Guided Reading - Pink Level - At The Seaside.
Guided Reading - Red Level - Which Is Alive?
Tuesday 12th May
Hi, hope you all enjoyed our new book that we are looking at this week. Some of our activities today are still linked to this story. Enjoy and take care. - Mrs B x
Literacy - Describing Ladybird Record Sheet.
Literacy - Optional Word Bank. (Just to be used if a child is finding the task tricky)
Phonics - 'sh' Real or Nonsense Worksheet.
Monday 11th May
Before I start, I must say a HUGE THANK YOU. I did not know that any of you knew it was my birthday on Sunday. I had just been planned on ignoring it since I could not visit my family but your message gave me a lovely surprise. It was an amazing present. You, along with my family and friends managed to make me feel very special during my lockdown birthday so thank you again.
In terms of home schooling - This week I have tried to offer some different options with the activities I have set this week. This is in a hope to meet the different learning styles of all of Reception and to try to help maintain enthusiasm for home learning as I know it must be getting harder and harder. Please do pick between the options. Do not feel you have to complete everything.
I have also attached the next Educational Psychologists newsletter in our 'Agency Support Documents' section of the closure page. This one is all about having fun at home.
If you need anything then please get in touch. Take care. Mrs B x
Literacy - The Lazy Ladybird Book Review Activity.
Maths - Doubling Ladybird Powerpoint. (Do not feel you have to go to the last page. You might decide to stop at double 5.)
Topic - Mary Anning BBC Bitesize Link - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zd8fv9q/articles/zf6vb82
Topic - Mary Anning Question Sheet.
Generalised Weekly Overview For Week Beginning - 11.5.20
I have attached a link below for next weeks generalised weekly plan. It is good to hear that some people are finding this helpful. Remember, it could help you select activities if you are limited on time and resources or you could give your child some ownership of their learning and they could select some activities if it is becoming challenging to motivate them with their learning. The PSHE on Tuesday has various options for activities. One idea is to plant a flower or seed and look after it. I am only mentioning it now because if that is the activity you want to do, then you might need to source a flower or some seeds!
Our story focus for the week is going to be 'The Very Lazy Ladybird'. I have attached a craft idea below that is completely optional. It involves your child making a toilet roll ladybird that could go with the story. I have not added many craft ideas to the closure activities because of the concern that people may not have the resources at home. So please do not feel this has to completed. I have just been trying to think of ways to help engage the children and add a little variety as the lockdown continues.
Finally, the Start Well service e mail me weekly with early years updates from local authority meetings they have been having. This week they have mentioned wanting to celebrate the work going on in homes and schools with early years children. They have mentioned the idea of making a video which I have expressed interest in. I will and keep you updated if I hear anymore about this.
They have then also suggested that children could colour in the picture that I have linked below. They suggest that you can then take a photo of your child holding their picture and post it on twitter with the hashtag #ProudtobeEarlyYearsBolton and tagging @BoltonStartWell so that they can share them with the Bolton community. Alternatively, you could pass them on to me and I can tweet them for you. Once again, this activity is completely optional.
VE DAY OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES.
As mentioned on Wednesdays introduction, I have heard there might be some social distancing, VE Day street parties taking place on Friday. There is no specific work set on Friday due to it being a bank holiday but I have attached some optional VE Day activities below. You might want to use some of these on Friday or on the run up to Friday if you are taking about the significance of the day in your household. I have also attached a link to a site 'Baker Ross' that has some additional craft ideas, such as book marks and flags. Hope you find these useful. Please remember they are not set tasks, they are completely optional. Each Day I will move this section up the web page so that it is easily accessible with the current days plans. Enjoy x
Baker Ross Website Link. . - https://www.bakerross.co.uk/craft-ideas/category/teachers/occasions-teachers/ve-day-occasions-teachers/ This has VE Day craft ideas but also looks like it has craft ideas for other occasions as well
Bolton library has also sent schools the document attached below. It was only sent yesterday, so is a little late but I did notice a link on the document for online books that might be useful.
Thursday 7th May
Well done, you have reached the last day of your home schooling week. I hope you have a great day and if you are celebrating VE Day tomorrow then have a great, safe day. There is an embarrassing video on our class twitter page (@ReceptionSav) to help your child learn a song that I would have taught in our maths lesson today. Please do not laugh too much!!
In the next day or so I will attach the 'generalised activity overview' for next week, along with an Early Years colouring poster that is being shared across our local authority. Take care and hope you all have a lovely weekend. - Mrs B x
Special Mention - Specific Aspect Of Learning Certificates.
Wednesday 6th May
I hope you all had a good day yesterday. It sounds like the class are enjoying the theme of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. This is lucky, because the work today is still following the same theme!
On Monday some key worker children in school were talking about there being some VE Day street celebrations taking place on Friday (with social distancing). Therefore, below todays plans I have attached a section with some optional VE Day activities. Thanks for all you are doing. Mrs B x
Literacy - Story Puppet Templates
Guided Reading - Pink Level Book, 'Catch It' - Worksheet.
Guided Reading - Red Level Book, 'Josie And The Parade' - Worksheet.
Tuesday 5th May
Well done Reception. Your sun dances have worked. I am very impressed with your weather super powers! Hope you enjoy the work I have set today. We are carrying on with some activities linked to 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and have a dragon phonics game to play.
Note To Parents - Signposting Agency Support Documents: On Friday I attached some documents that had been provided by agencies recently, to support with issues that might arise because of the COVID 19 lockdown. Mrs Kemp has now been informed that the Educational Psychologist Team are going to be providing weekly newsletters. I have set up a new subheading on our closure page called 'Agency Support Documents'. It is located at the end of the 'Internet Links' section, before the 'Phonics Teaching' section! I have highlighted it in turquoise, so hopefully it will stand out. I will keep putting any newsletters or support documents in this section. I received one document today named 'Taking Care Of Yourself After Hearing Sad News'. I sincerely hope that people do not need to make reference to this document. However, if you do it is there. These documents offer some good advice on how to approach discussions about the virus with children. They will hopefully help you to answer some difficult questions your children might have already been asking you.
Take care everyone and stay strong. Mrs B x
Literacy - Pictures To Sequence
Maths - Ordering Numbers
Maths - Caterpillar Number Line (optional resource).
PSHE - Road Safety Video Link. King of The Road - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAgxZ-l5pY8
Monday 4th May
'May the 4th be with you!'. That was my attempt at a Star Wars joke. Hopefully you all got it!
I hope you had a lovely weekend. If you are anything like me and some of my family and friends, you may have reached a stage in the lockdown where you are now having to dig deep. This sounds really cheesy, but we are getting there and we will all get through this together. I have been so impressed with how you have all been doing. Stay strong and we will win this battle together.
So with that being said, here we go, navigating another week of home schooling together. Just do whatever you can and remember where I am if you need anything.- Mrs B x
Literacy - YouTube 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'Story Link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY
Literacy - Prediction Sheet
Phonics - Jolly Phonics Action Parent Sheet
Phonics - 'th' + 'ng' Flash Cards
Topic - Frog Life Cycle Powerpoint
Topic - Extension - Habitats Sheet (To be completed any time due to no session on Friday.)
Generalised Weekly Overview For Week Beginning - 4.5.20
Below is a link to this week's generalised activity overview. The aim is that this could help you plan your week ahead. You could also sit with your child and select some activities together if it is challenging to complete all the activities.
On Wednesday I have planned an activity that requires the class to make some stick puppets that they can then use to role play / act out the story. These require some straws or sticks. Therefore, if the sun returns and you eat any ice lollies or use any straws, you might want to save them up to use on Wednesday.
Take care and stay strong - Mrs B x
Last week, a parent asked if I had any more links to interactive maths games to help with numeral recognition / reinforcement. I have just been having a search and have played on a few different ones. These have not been used in school but I have attached a document with some extra links on and have described some of the games I have been playing! A number of them have a minibeast link. This was not purposeful, considering our current topic! I do wish I had found a couple of them earlier though, there are some nice counting games. I will also attach the document to the 'Internet Links' part of our Reception closure page.
Friday 1st May
Oh my goodness, how are we in May already? I am not sure what happened to our sun dances in Reception yesterday. Maybe they were too busy doing their work. We will have to try again today.
FUTHER SUPPORT / ADVICE FOR FAMILIES DURING LOCKDOWN: Below, I have attached 2 documents that you might find useful. Our school SENCO, Mrs Kemp, has been liaising with some of our outside agencies during this school closure. They have provided the documents below for families and children during this lockdown period. These documents have been aimed at families that are using their agencies so please do not be put off by the terminology i.e. 'children with learning difficulties'. The fact that Reception are the youngest members of our school, made me think that some of the tips and advice given could potentially be helpful for lots of Reception children. The first document talks a lot about how to support yourself and your child emotionally through this period and the second gives ideas of how to help your child with routines at home. The second document also gives an example of a daily visual timetable. I would not suggest doing school work all day, as this would be a lot for you and your child. However, it shows how you can illustrate where gaps and breaks are in the day. Feel free to use these if necessary/helpful and ignore them if not required! I will also save them in the 'parent help sheets' part of our closure page for future reference.
Back to the activities for Friday - I have added the usual links below. Please remember that the music plan is provided by Bolton Music Service. It is completely optional and can be completed anytime. There will be no weekend work set as usual to give everyone a rest from home schooling. I will be posting a generalised weekly overview for next week though (hopefully on Saturday). Remember, as well as this possibly helping you plan your week ahead, you could use this to help give your child some ownership over their learning if they are struggling to engage. They could select a given number of activities.
Take care everyone and remember where I am if you need anything. Take care - Mrs B x
Literacy - Contents Page
Phonics - Match 'ch' + 'sh' Words to Pictures.
PSHE - Texture Record Sheet.
Special Mention - Rainbow Superstar Certificate
Thursday 30th April
I hope you have all managed to dig your jumpers back out of your wardrobes. I had started to forget what it was like to need to take a coat to school.
Thank you again for the messages and pictures I have been receiving. I am missing you all lots so it is lovely to see and hear what you have been up to. Take care and have a happy Thursday. Please could you try doing a sun dance today to bring the sun back for us! Take care - Mrs B x
Maths - Finger Painting Butterflies
Wednesday 29th April
Hi everyone I hope you are well. At the bottom of today's plans I am going to attach a video (well try to) that Vincent has created to help with lockdown. I am really conscious that the longer the lockdown goes on the harder it possibly is for everyone at home. I attached a new message at the end of yesterday's activities but in case anyone did not see it I have linked it again below:
I honestly believe that the most important job in home schooling at the moment is keeping yourself and your family safe and happy during this difficult time. Anything else that is done is an added bonus.
I do not want this next bit to come across wrong and may get myself in knots trying not to offend anyone, but here goes...in terms of the amount of work completed, it is far better to do one task well, than do lots of tasks badly. That is not saying that I think anyone who is doing lots is doing badly! I think everyone is doing amazingly and I am so thankful to you all. However, I have said before, I am aware that everyone is in different positions at home and everyone's children respond differently to different tasks and different styles of learning. So please be proud of what you are all doing and know how grateful I am for what you are all doing.
Take care and remember, please get in contact if you need anything at all. I will not always have the answer but I will give it a good go! - Mrs B x
Literacy - Minibeast Pages
Maths - Symmetrical Sorting Pictures
Maths - Symmetrical Record Sheet
Phonics - 'sh' Worksheet A (Hardest)
Phonics - 'sh' Worksheet B
Phonics - 'sh' Worksheet C (Easiest)
Phonics - 'sh' Answer Sheet
Guided Reading - Red Level - Josie And The Parade.
Guided Reading - Pink Level - Catch It!
Tuesday 28th April
Well the weather appears to be changing slightly. Hopefully, you were still able to get out for some fresh air. We gave all the plants a good water at school yesterday, as it looked like they had got a bit thirsty over the weekend!
Possible Advice For Working At Home: I have spoken to 2 parents today and it appears the novelty of home schooling is starting to subside (or may never have started!). Please, please do not feel any pressure to get all the work completed. This is a very different style of learning for Reception because we would normally do so many practical activities and group work. It is a style that will be working for some and not for others. I am trying to mix up the types of activities that I am giving but I am aware that this is still not always going to offer a magic solution. All children will work differently, some will be lapping up this work and some will be hating it! I would not expect them to be able to complete activities one after the other. They would definitely need to let off steam in between! I will obviously still keep setting work because we still need to try to maintain some learning during this period, but what I have suggested today to the 2 parents I spoke to is that if your child is struggling to engage you could give them some ownership of what they do. Go through the generalised weekly overview with them and get them to select 2 maths activities from the week, 2 literacy etc... Then if they feel they have chosen it they may be more engaged. If this works then you could gradually increase it i.e. one week pick 3 literacy activities, another week pick 3 maths etc... At school we have the advantage of children associating school with working and so it is easier to engage children but they would not associate home with having to do this amount of work so it is likely to feel like an up hill battle sometimes. PLEASE, PLEASE just do what you can.
So moving from there to today's work...keep an eye out for Isabella today... she makes an appearance in our topic work with her butterflies! Keep smiling and well done with all the fantastic work you are still all doing no matter what quantity of work you are doing. You are all working through an extremely challenging time that hopefully we will never ever have to experience again - Keep smiling and look after yourselves - Mrs B x
Literacy - Front Cover Template.
Maths - Butterfly Symmetry Resource.
Phonics - 'ch' Spotting Worksheet.
Topic - Butterfly Life Cycle Powerpoint.
Topic - Butterfly Life Cycle Video. - (Optional !!!)
Topic - Isabella's Life Cycle Photographs To Sequence. (Optional)
Monday 27th April
I hope you all had a lovely weekend. If we were not currently in lockdown, I might have ended up arriving at the London Marathon a week early! I thought it was the other weekend but it actually should have been yesterday! So I went out for a run on Sunday but could not quite fit a marathon distance into my hour of outdoor exercise.
Hopefully you have all seen the video message school sent out to all our school children and families. If not, it is on the school Twitter and Facebook page, the Reception class Twitter page and on the home page of this website. We just wanted you all to know that you are continually in our thoughts, hearts and prayers.
Well done with all the work completed last week, especially Fridays, as the literacy and maths on Friday did really push the level of what would usually be expected for Reception. You did a fantastic job though, I was very impressed. There are some new concepts i.e. symmetry introduced this week which has made the overview for today feel quite 'wordy' but the activities themselves should be quite straight forward, so hang in there.
Right I will stop rambling and leave you to get on with it! Take care - Mrs B x
Literacy - Example Book Front Cover + Contents Page.
Literacy - Level 1 - Contents Page Question Activity.
Literacy - Level 2 - Contents Page Question Activity.
Maths - Butterfly Template
Phonics - 'ch, 'sh' Action Sheet for Parents.
Phonics - 'ch' 'sh' Flash Cards
Generalised Weekly Overview for Week Beginning 27.4.20
I have attached a generalised weekly overview for this week in case you want to try to plan ahead. As you will see the main theme running throughout the week will be linked to our minibeast theme. Our Maths, Literacy, Topic, PE and ICT is going to be linked to this theme, in particular 'butterflies'.
I am also going to change the phonics format slightly this week onwards so that we focus on learning certain diagraphs each week rather than focusing on segmenting and blending CVC words. This will aim to help to start / secure your child's phase 3 knowledge. I am going to have a break from attaching the additional school phonics lesson plans at the start of the week, as it appears everyone is using the daily phonics activities instead. However, if anyone would still like them please let me know. I will either e mail you them directly or if there are a few people actually wanting them, I will start putting them back at the start of each weeks plans.
As usual, please just do as much as you can. Do not worry if you cannot do it all, or if you have not got the resources for it all. Likewise, please feel free to adapt activities and add some more creative elements if you have the resources at home.
Take care, keep looking after yourselves and stay safe - Mrs B
Friday 24th April
Whooo, I hear you all say. It's Friday! Hope you have had a good week and are able to have some sort of a rest over the weekend.
There will be no official weekend work set this week again. However, on Monday we will be drawing and labelling minibeasts. I know some children have already been hunting for minibeasts but if you go out again this weekend, you could always keep your eye out for some that your child might like to draw on Monday.
At some stage over the weekend (hopefully Saturday) I will post the generalised weekly overview for next week. This will mean you can see the week ahead and prioritise which tasks you feel would be best for you and your child, if you are unable to do them all. From what I have seen and heard you are all still doing an amazing job so well done and thank you again. It has been lovely to see the Reception's smiling faces in some of your photographs. I am so pleased they are still keeping their spirits up and miss them all soooooo much. Take care and hope you are all able to have a lovely weekend.
Love Mrs B x
Literacy - Correcting Capital Letters and Full Stops.
Maths - Minibeast Word Problems.
Topic - Minibeast Sorting
Music - Bolton Music Service Plan. (See note about this on the daily plan/overview.)
Thursday 23rd April
Well done on your work so far this week guys. I have been hearing and seeing some great things. I have heard that it is going to quite a warm day today and then possibly start to get a little bit colder. So hopefully you manage to have some fun in the sun as well today. Take care, not long to go now till the weekend parents!
Love Mrs B x
Literacy - Capital / lower case letter recording sheet.
Literacy - Capital / lower case activity word cards.
Phonics - CVC cutting and sticking.
Wednesday 22nd April
Welcome to the 'half way through the week' day! It looks like some of you had a good time looking around outside yesterday. At the bottom of todays links I have included a link to a picture of something I found in my garden. I certainly had not put it on my list. Take care and hope you enjoy todays work. I have tried to think carefully about the resources used to make wizard writing exciting today and hopefully engaging for your child! Mrs B x
Literacy - Pirate Word Cards
Literacy - Wizard Writer Sheet
Maths - Addition and Subtraction Cards
Guided Reading - Red Level - The New Hat Worksheet
Guided Reading - Pink Level - Scaredy Cat Worksheet
Tuesday 21st April
Hi, hope your Monday went ok. On paper the activities today look relatively short and have required less instructions as some are activities that are being repeated. You are all experts at these activities now. I think the PSHE activity could take a little longer than usual though.
I noticed that I put 'March' at the top of yesterdays daily plan. Sorry, it might feel like groundhog day at the moment but I promise we are not going back in time!
I am constantly thinking about you all and I know I keep saying it but hope you are all ok, staying positive and managing to steer through this difficult time. Take care - Lots of Love Mrs B x
Literacy - Minimised Capital Letter Worksheet
Maths - Subtraction Jigsaw
Phonics - Sheet 1 - CVC + Picture Matching Sheet
PSHE - Recording Sheet
Monday 20th April
I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. I should have been running the London Marathon yesterday so mine was quieter than I had planned. Hopefully I will be able to do it in October when it is rescheduled.
During this school closure it has not been possible t change your child's home reading book for obvious reasons. Harry's mum has drawn my attention to a site which you can register to and then access some Oxford Reading Tree online books and resources that go with the books. I have seen this site but thought you had to pay to register but it appears it is currently free. I will attach a link in the 'Literacy Resources' part of the 'General Resources' part of this page.
Hope you all have a lovely day. Take Care - Mrs B x
P.S. If you watched the Sunday Daily Corona Virus News briefing you might have heard about some new online resources being launched this week. Unfortunately the BBC Bitesize lessons that were mentioned do not cover EYFS. The lessons start from Yr1 upwards. I also looked on the new 'Oaks National Academy' site https://www.thenational.academy/. The EYFS units for this week are: English - Traditional Tales '3 Little Pigs', Maths - Numbers within 10, Foundation Subjects 'All About Me'. These are all areas we covered in the autumn term so may not be useful this week. I will keep an eye on them though and reference anything I think may be helpful.
Maths - Addition Jigsaw
Phonics - https://www.phonicsbloom.com/ Link to interactive phonics site.
Topic - Minibeast Powerpoint - If for any reason this does not open, I got it from the 'Twinkl website'.
Weekly Phonics Plan and Generalised Weekly Overview 20.4.20
Weekly School Phonics Plans
Please remember that the phonics plans below are the ones that we would be likely to be using if we were in school this week. There will be daily phonics activities planned with easy daily plan though as usual, so please do not feel that you have to make sense of these plans.
I have linked the generalised overview for the week. I hope this proves helpful. As I have said before, please feel free to look ahead and if you are limited on time or resources, you can select the activities from the week that you feel would benefit your child the most.
Weekend Work 18.4.20
There is no official weekend work set.
I made the suggestion on our Reception Twitter page that you might want to celebrate Captain Top Moore's achievements and send him a 100th Birthday card. I did this with our key worker children in school on Friday. There is a Newsround report that you could share with your child. This is completely optional though, as is the Nightingale artwork idea mentioned below:
Address for cards : Captain Tom Moore, C/O Post Office Unlimited, 67 Bedford Road, Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, England, MK43 OLA
William's Mum drew schools attention to the idea of drawing a picture for the walls in the local Nightingale Hospital in Manchester last week. This is another activity I plan to do in school next week. The link below takes you to an article about this opportunity and gives details of how to share any artwork produced:
Friday 17th April
Hope you are all managing to get back into the swing of home schooling again, balancing it with all the other pressures and managing to squeeze in some time in the sun as well. I have now discovered jet washing. No surface outside was safe last Sunday! My neighbours must have been sick of hearing the machine all day.
I have put this on the activity overview sheet but it is worth repeating....it feels like there are a lot of activities today, so please do not feel they all have to be completed. There will be no weekend work set, so another option is to carry some over into the weekend. I might be wrong and children may whizz through. However, one is a writing activity which I know takes children a bit longer and maths is looking at a new concept, therefore again this might take a little longer than usual. See how you go anyway.
Take care and look after yourselves x
Literacy - Wizard Writer Sheet - This can just be done straight in to their books.
Maths - Number Bond Eggs.
Topic - Seasons - Tree Template
Thursday 16th April
Hi, I hope you all enjoyed yesterdays activities. The activities today continue to follow an Easter theme.
I have not been making many creative activity suggestions during the school closure period. This is due to me not knowing what kind of resources families will have access to at home. However, please feel free to adapt activities or add in activities of your own choice that involve paint etc... Some of you have already been doing this which has been lovely to see.
Well done everyone and keep going. You are doing a fantastic job.
Literacy - Rhyming Eggs - These can be made as well, rather than printed.
Maths - Sheet 2 - Easter Egg Numeral and Picture Addition - Could encourage counting on.
RE - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PSgoPdKQFQ Beginners Bible Easter Story Link.
Wednesday 15th April
Welcome back everyone. I had meant to post the general overview above earlier in the week but to be completely honest I forgot I hadn't. Anyway, do not worry if you have done any of the Easter activities I have planned for this week.
I hope you have all been able to have a nice Easter break. I have been thinking about you all. I have been in school and seen a couple of children from other classes go past and look a little confused as to why we are in and they still can't be in. Hopefully if we keep following guidance it will reach a point where it is safe for us all to be back together.
As, I stated the activities this week all link to Easter as we did not do much on that before the official holiday. Hope you enjoy then and remember where I am if you need anything at all.
Take care - Mrs Bowman x
Literacy - Easter - Initial sound record sheet - Feel free to just record words straight into exercise book.
Guided Reading - The New Hat - Red, Yellow Group - If you print this then save it for next week as well.
Guided Reading - Scaredy Cat - Green, Blue, Purple and Brown Group - If you print this then save it for next week as well.
Week Beginning Wednesday 15th April
As I mentioned previously, as the first official week after Easter is only a three day week I have planned to do a range of Easter activities that have educational links, as we did not do as much Easter related things prior to the holiday.
A number of the activity ideas are from Twinkl though so I thought I would just put a generalised overview for the week on now during the Easter break, just in case you were looking through Twinkl for activity ideas this holiday. I did not want us to overlap! Do not worry if you have already done some!
Take care and I hope you are all enjoying a little break from home schooling. Mrs B xx
First of all I want to thank everybody for your words of support. They really are appreciated. I am so grateful that we are all in this together. You are doing an amazing job.
As stated in the 'End of Spring Term' school letter to parents, the class e mail will not be active over the Easter break. I do apologise in advance for this but appreciate your anticipated understanding. Feel free to still send e mails and on Tuesday 14th April (what would have been our staff training day) I will be straight back in touch with you. I will still be keeping an eye on our class twitter page and will post replies on that forum.
Daily activities will be posted again for Wednesday 15th April onwards. As the first official week back to school after Easter is a shorter week, I am planning to set a mix of Easter activities that week that have an educational link. I will then return to our more structured units of work the following week. That is if we are still not allowed back to school by then.
I do not usually set compulsory homework over the holidays. Instead, I would usually make suggestions of activity ideas if you would like them. There are lots of links on here if you want to continue your learning journey. It looks like you have also been finding some exciting ideas of your own. There might be some activities from your daily outlines that you have not completed that could be looked at. Otherwise, you could have a well earned rest!!
One activity I did think I would share though is a 'Kindness Calendar'. I know some staff have already shared this. It is aimed at older children but I do not see why it can't be adapted for Reception. It encourages children to think about how they can show kindness and help others. We had been talking a lot about this in school and class before the school closure because it was the focus for our 'School Lent Tree'.
I have set up links to the kindness tree below, along with a parent newsletter provided by purple mash and our school 'End of Spring Term Letter' just in case you have not received it or not seen it on the website home page. There is also another link to the Easter document that the Diocese wanted us to share with parents.
Please take care everyone, keep positive, keep smiling and keep looking after each other.
You will all be in my thoughts during Easter and I look forward to being back in contact shortly. Thanks again Mrs Bowman x
Acts of Kindness Activity Suggestions - Mentions older children but some of these could be adapted.
Children Changing Places (Diocese) Easter Activity Document - A lot of these activities require specific resources so do not feel you have to follow this document. However I do know a lot of you are very creative and therefore may enjoy some of the suggestions.
Parent Newsletter from Purple Mash - This links to purple mash which is aimed at Yr1 upwards rather than our mini mash but the newsletter does reference help guides and some activities may still be accessible for Reception.
Friday 3rd April
Well done team. You have got to the end of the second week. You have all done an amazing job (parents and children!!!). I think one of my highlights of the week was seeing lots of you chatting to each other on Zoom. It still makes me smile when I think about it.
Today there are some additional extension tasks. There will be no daily tasks set after today until we would ordinarily be returning from the Easter holiday. Therefore please do not feel these additional sheets/tasks need completing today. You could use some of them over Easter.
I will pop a message on here later regarding the Easter holidays and post a task that could be used as an ongoing activity through Easter if you would like one. It will be linked to being kind which has been a theme throughout school this half term.
Yesterday, in school we tried an exercise link from one of Mrs Horrobins friends. It was good fun but I was tired! If you would like to try it today, there is a link on our closure page under 'Internet links' - 'Physical Activity Internet Links'. Its Called Bramah Fitness.
Hope you all have a great Friday. I look forward to seeing who in your family is picked for 'Special Mention' this week. Take Care Mrs B x
Literacy + Topic Extension - African Animal Labels Sheet - You do not have to complete all of these and could do some during Easter.
Maths - Handa's Surprise Word Problems
Maths - Handa's Surprise Addition and Subtraction - This can be used as an alternative activity if they find word problems hard, or an additional activity.
Phonics - Worksheet 1 - CVC Word Matching Sheet - Suggested for Brown, Purple and Blue Group
Phonics - Worksheet 2 - Phrase + Picture Matching Sheet - Suggested for Green, Yellow and Red Group
Special Mention - Blank Certificate
Thursday 2nd April
I hope you managed to get away without too many April fools jokes being played on you yesterday. I completely forgot it was April fools day until my brother phoned me up and played a trick on me. I will get him back next year!
In terms of todays plan, I have now removed the daily PE activity at the top of the plan and the Rock Kidz link, as I think you are familiar with that daily suggestion now and the links are still on this page. I think the children are starting to get ready for new links like 'Andy's Wild Workouts' anyway. I will just make some PE suggestions on our official PE day which is Mondays.
Hope you enjoy todays activities. Take care Mrs B x
Literacy - Phase 2 Tricky Word Missing Word Worksheet - Can be copied into exercise book.
Literacy- Phase 3 Tricky Word Missing Word Worksheet - Can be copied into exercise book.
Maths - Dice subtraction Worksheet - Can be drawn in books.
Maths - Make Your Own Dice Resource
Phonics - Minimised Buried Treasure Resource - Could be used if the Phonics Play site is not opening but you still want to replicate the game.
Wednesday 1st April
We are at the half way point in the week. Hope you are all getting on ok. Thank you for the tips on physical activity links. We had a little go at both of them yesterday morning in school. I was not too good at the yoga but I will keep practicing. I was looking on Mini Mash last night and saw what great things you have been doing. There were lots of brightly coloured elephants.
Take care and keep smiling - Mrs B x
Literacy - Wizard Writer Powerpoint - Just as a prompt for writing ideas if needed.
Literacy - Copy of Wizard Writer Powerpoint - For if you have not got powerpoint!!!!
Literacy - Wizard Writer Writing Sheet - Do not need to print. Can be done straight into exercise book.
Phonics - https://www.online-stopwatch.com/eggtimer-countdown/full-screen/ Link to an on screen sand timer - Although you could just use a timer on your phone!
Maths - Minimised Easter Nest Sheet - This goes along with the egg sum cards that are linked with yesterdays maths.
Guided Reading - Next Doors Pets W/S - Red + Yellow Group - This goes with the book that is linked on last Wednesdays plans (25.3.20)
Guided Reading - Where Is Patch? W/S - Green, Blue, Purple + Brown Group - This goes with the book that is linked on last Wednesdays plans (25.3.20)
Tuesday 31st March
Where has the sun gone?! Hope you still managed to stay positive yesterday when the weather was a bit more chilly.
At first glance it looks like there are a lot of links today, but some of for different groups and some are different options for if internet sites that have been suggested do not work. I have minimised some of the handouts / resources to reduce printing. If I have reduced them too much, the bingo resource is originally from twinkl and the 'Picnic on Pluto' resources are from Phonics Play.
Take care and remember where I am if you have any questions or any other activity links. We have had some good PE links that have already been suggested and added on to our closure page, so thank you. Mrs B x
Literacy - Minimised Phase 2 Tricky Word Bingo Game If you make, or print out this resource, make sure you keep it as it will be useful to return to.
Literacy - Minimised Phase 3 Tricky Word Bingo Game If you make, or print out this resource, make sure you keep it as it will be useful to return to.
Literacy - Phase 2 Flash Cards For Pairs Game - This could be used as an alternative to bingo. Could be drawn on own cards.
Literacy - Phase 3 Flash Cards For Pairs Game - This could be used as an alternative to bingo. Could be drawn on own cards.
Maths - Egg Subtraction Sum Cards - PLEASE SAVE THESE AS WE WILL BE USING THEM IN TOMORROWS MATHS SESSION
Maths - Numberlines - Just for if children want to draw their jumps on a numberline.
Phonics - Minimised Picnic On Pluto - This resource is just for if you struggle to get on to Phonics Play but still want to play the game.
PSHE - Pictures of People
Monday 30th March
Here we go again team.!
Hope you are able to find your way around this slightly changed page layout. It will hopefully prevent you having to scroll down the page as far and help you access the most recent plans quicker and easier.
Literacy - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/TrickyWordTrucks.html Phonics Play Phase 2 Tricky Word Trucks Link (Suggested for Purple + Brown Group)
Literacy - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/TrickyWordTrucks.html Phonics Play Phase 3 Tricky Word Trucks Link(Suggested for Red, Yell', Green, Blue Group)
Literacy - Minimised Phase 2 Tricky Word Trucks - I have only produced this in case the Phonics Play site does not work and you want to replicate the game.
Literacy - Minimised Phase 3 Tricky Word Trucks - I have only produced this in case the Phonics Play site does not work and you want to replicate the game.
Phonics - Minimised phonics play ch, sh, th, ng sorting cards activity - Suggested for Red, Yellow, Green and Blue Group
Phonics - Minimised phonics play i, n, m, d sorting cards activity - Suggested for Purple and Brown Group
WEEK BEGINNING - 30.3.20
Generalised Weekly Overview
Weekly Overview Link - The link here will take you to a two page word document that I have completed when planning the sequence of sessions I aim to provide next week. As it was initially produced for my own use, it is written in abbreviated form. However, I felt parents might find it useful to see what is coming up each day in the week. Then if you are only able to complete a couple of activities a day / week, you could prioritise which you want to do, or can see which would be the most appropriate for you to do given resources you may have at home. I will still be providing the usual detailed daily overviews each day and will still be uploading these the day before. Hope you find this helpful. Take Care, Mrs B x
Repeated Weekday Activities, Week Beginning 30.3.20:
9am - Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) Daily half hour PE Workouts https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ Or via YouTube-The Body Coach TV.
11am - David Walliams Audio story. Released at 11am but can be watched anytime. https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
2pm - Rock Kidz https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCky2iMp1kt6pCgJlxUjH3Dw or youtube.com/rockkidzuk
Weekly Reception Phonics Plan, Week Beginning 30.3.20:
(Please read the 'Phonics Teaching' section of this class page first.)
Please remember these plans are just for reference really, as they are what we would have been doing in class but could be hard to follow without a phonics background. If you are able to take things from them then great but if not, there will still be general daily phonics activities set.
Mrs Hulton and Mrs Fairhurt's plans are the same as last week, as this week they would normally be individualising last weeks plan in order to revisit parts that they children needed more reinforcement with.
BELOW-END OF WEEK BEGINNING 23rd March ABOVE-START OF WEEK BEGINNING 30th MARCH
Weekend Homework - 28th + 29th March
Do not worry, I have no intention of setting any specific homework for a number of reasons:
*You have been working hard all week.
*It is important to spend some special time together and have as much fun as possible to distract from these current worrying times.
The only thing I do want to set is:
*Parents - Try to have a bit of a rest, if at all possible.
*Reception Children - Tidy your bedroom this weekend to help at home and do something to make people smile at home.
Parents and Children - Have fun. Preferably in the sun but I have not looked the weather forecast.
Next Wednesday in wizard writers we will be writing about spring. If you go out for a walk this weekend or before Wednesday, you could start to keep your eyes out for signs of spring and new growth. Do not worry if not though because I will be providing a Powerpoint of images to support discussions for anyone that has not been able to get out.
Take care and remember where I am if you want anything at all. Mrs Bowman x
Friday 27th March
Almost there for the week!
Special Mention - Parent Certificate WELL DONE PARENTS XXXX
I am just looking for a little bit of feedback on the layout of this page for next week.
This week I have been adding all new daily plans chronologically underneath each other, so you are required to keep scrolling down the page.
Some classes have organised theirs so that the most recent days plan comes first in the 'Daily Plans' section and then all the other plans come after, going backwards chronologically. This means that you do not have to scroll as far down the page to find the most recent plan (if that makes sense?!).
I am happy to do either and so wondered if you could e mail me if you had a preference to how you feel it would work best for you. I will then go with the majority.
Thursday 26th March
Well done everyone. It is lovely to see how you are all getting on and I already feel closer with our class twitter page. I just don't seem to be able to answer your tweets personally, without them appearing up on the main feed. I will keep working on that.
Reception children - I have seen you, dancing, exercising and working hard in your exciting new classrooms. Keep up all that hard work.
Parents - I am sorry you are having to take over my daily role but it looks like you are doing a fab job. Thank you so much for everything you are doing xx
Twitter update: Hooray, doesn't look like you do see all my individual replies. I just see them because I am the person who is in charge of the account! I am having to update / upgrade my computer skills quickly! x
Wednesday 25th March
Hopefully this is starting to become familiar and you are finding your way around the Reception closure page. Please remember you do not have to print out all the links, you can adapt them. If you have any advice or feedback on activities please e mail and I will try to address your ideas/comments. I have added a couple of new parent help guides in the 'General Resources' part of this page to illustrate how to help when your child is writing and how to help form letters correctly. Hope these are useful.
I have had a look in the mini mash trays where children save their work. It is great to see that children have been on there. They just need to try to be careful when they save their work. Some children have just been saving it in some of their friends trays!
Yesterday, I set up a twitter page for Reception. I just thought it would be a nice way of sharing what you have been up to with the other Reception families. I am missing seeing everyone already, so I also thought it would be a nice way for me to still feel close to you all.
The work set each day will be kept on here, so if you do not get through things, please do not worry, it can be done at another time. There will not be as much homework set at a weekend and work is only being set during school days. This means that there will be no daily tasks during the Easter holidays. This therefore would be another opportunity to catch up with any work you have not been able to do.
Take care, look after yourselves still and try to enjoy some special family time together xx
The two guided reading books linked above will be used again next week. Therefore, if you do print them off, please keep them safe for next Wednesday, to save you printing them again.
I hope everything went ok yesterday. Below are todays plans and links. Remember where I am if you need anything. We are missing the rest of Reception at school, it is very quiet but the important thing is that everyone is as safe as they can be. So Keep smiling everyone and we will keep thinking about each other.
The phonics word lists from today will be referred to and required again tomorrow.
Monday 23rd March
Click on the red links below for downloads. Remember, you do not have to print out all the documents, you can draw/copy/adapt some of the worksheets or downloads to cut down on printing or if you do not have access to printing equipment at home (like me!). Plans are detailed at the moment while we all get used to this different way of learning but I am sure we will be ale to simplify them as the days go on and we all get more familiar with where things are on this class closure page. I have a habit of adding too much detail so I apologise in advance if the instructions come across patronising!
Phonics - Phonics Play Phase 2 Space Race Game Link - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/SpaceRacePhase2.html
Week Beginning Monday 23rd March
Repeated Weekday Activities:
9am - Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) Daily half hour PE Workouts https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ Or via YouTube-The Body Coach TV.
11am - David Walliams Audio story. Released at 11am but can be watched anytime. https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
2pm - Rock Kidz https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCky2iMp1kt6pCgJlxUjH3Dw or youtube.com/rockkidzuk
Weekly Reception Phonics Plan:
(Please read the 'Phonics Teaching' section of this class page first.)
If you select the appropriate group blue link below you will see the plan that your child would have been following at school this week. In addition or instead, there is also a phonic activity on the daily activity outline. Mrs Hulton and Mrs Fairhurt's plans would normally be repeated next week so that children can go back over things they may have found tricky this week. Resources for these groups can be found on the phonics play website. My group has an additional flash card attachment below because my groups plans do not follow the phonics play plans as we are revising phase 2. This means that my groups will have a new plan next week.
The children came up with their own group names!