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Home Challenges

We would love you to have a go at completing our daily home challenges. If you do, please feel free to tag the school on twitter to share your fantastic work and efforts with the teachers - @gilmourinfants

 

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Please find the link to White Rose Maths Home Learning tasks. There are videos and an activity for each day: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

 

Home Challenge 70

Friday 10th July

Phonics Monster Mealtime. Using the back of an envelope draw a monster outline with the mouth over the flap of the envelope. Repeat so there are 3 monsters. Write the phonemes 'ar', 'or' and 'ur'

Write the words

fort    charm    born    turn    farm   churn    burn    part

   short   barn   chart   port   park 

 

Feed the words to the right monster! We don’t want them to get too hungry!

 

 


Read Choose a new non fiction book from Bug Club to read and enjoy. Can you find any captions in the book? Is there a contents page? Remember to use your phonics skills to segment any unfamiliar words. Did you learn anything new from the book? Can you tell someone at home 5 interesting things you have learnt from the book? Remember to answer the questions from the bug!


Talk – Are there any board games you like to play? Which one is your favourite? Today we would like for you to design your very own maths board game! Will your game be about counting, adding, taking away? Its up to you! When you have finished try playing your board game out with your family.

 


Task – This week we have spent a lot of time thinking about our time together in Reception. There are lots of lovely memories that we have made and we would like to hear about your favourite ones. Write to your teacher about the best times you have had in reception. Which lesson was your favourite? Which area did you like to play in the most? Who are the new friends you made? What are you the most proud of? Remember to use your best handwriting including capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

 

We are proud of each and every one of you and cant wait to hear your memories.

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page when sharing your wonderful work. We are so proud of all of your hard work!

The Reception Team xxx

 

Home Challenge 69

Thursday 9th July

 

Phonics Today we are going to be phoneme detectives! Choose a phoneme from your phoneme fan and choose a book. Search through the book to find the phoneme in different words. Write the words that you find down in a list. Remember to be careful! Some phonemes might try to sneak past you!

When you have finished searching through the book count how many words you have found. Now as an extra challenge choose one of these words and put them into a sentence. If you can say the sentences out loud then write the sentence in your best writing remembering to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Extra points if you can include tricky words too!

Well done guys! I hope everyone is feeling very proud of their hard work!


Read Choose a new book to read either on Bug Club or a book you have at home. Maybe you could find a new reading spot to read your book? How about outside (if it isnt raining?) Perhaps you could build a new place to read? When you have your reading spot all sorted snuggle down with a book and have a read. Tell somone all about the book after you have read it. Can you explain what it was about? What is your favouite part of the book and why?


Talk –  Watch the reading of the story ‘Michael Recycle’

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJweMxEhjlU

 

Discuss the story together. What do you think about it? Do you recycle at home? If so what do you do to recycle rubbish? Where does your recycling go and when is it collected? Why is recycling important and why do we try so hard to recycle as much as we can?

 
Task – Today we have a recycling challenge for you! Have a look for different materials you could recycle into a marvellous invention!

 

Will you make something that can float?

What about something that can move?

How about something you can wear?

Maybe a painted planter?

 

Have a look online with an adult for some super recycling ideas! There are lots of great ideas. Choose something to make that will be useful and you have all the resources for!

 

If you’re stuck for ideas you could always watch this tutorial on how to make recycled bird feeders

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW7UYp9kLi0

 

These are lovely to try and will attract lots of birds to your garden!

Have lots of fun making your recycled creations!

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page when sharing your wonderful work. We are so proud of all of your hard work!

The Reception Team xxx

 

Home Challenge 68

Wednesday 8th July

 

PhonicsTime to play Phonics Musical Statues!

Time to get up and moving with a little phonics musical statues! On large pieces of paper write 10 words using the phonemes you would like to practise the most. You could make this more challenging by writing short sentences instead of words. Then it’s time to get music ready! The grown up can play the music and stop it at random points. When the music stops the grown up will say one of the words, then you can find the word as quickly as possible! Carry on until you have found all the words! Maybe when you have found them all it could be the grown ups time to find the words!

Read Choose a new fiction book from Bug Club to read and enjoy. Remember to use your phonics skills to segment any unfamiliar words. Remember to answer the questions from the bug and collect your coins!


Talk – Thinking about your time in Reception, what are you the most proud of achieving?

Are you a super reader?

Can you write by yourself?

 Is your drawing better?

What does your family think you should be proud of?

Why are they proud of you?

Talk about all the milestones you have crossed this year and celebrate how amazing you are! You could even add your proud moments to the mood board you made on Monday.

 

Maybe even watch this story ‘My Brave Year of Firsts’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5UKl1ESJWk

 


Task – You have been thinking a lot about your time in reception and have drawn a memory board of your favourite moments. Today we would like for you to tell the new children who will be coming to reception next year what they can look forward to.

Either design a poster or write a letter explaining to the new children the best bits of reception. Maybe you can tell them about the lovely areas in our classroom or your favourite area outdoors? What games will they play in reception and what lessons will they learn? What is lunch time like in reception? There are lots of things to tell the new children about!

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page when sharing your wonderful work. We are so proud of all of your hard work!

The Reception Team xxx

 

Home Challenge 67

Tuesday 7th July

 

Phonics –Lets write some more sentences like we did yesterday. Start by recapping all the phonemes on your phoneme fan as well as your tricky words. Then look at these pictures.

The challenge here is to remember the sentence you want to write. This is a bigger challenge than segmenting words individually. Talk with a grown up about the first picture and decide what you want to write about it. Say the sentence out loud before you begin. Then segment each word and write the correct phonemes as you go. Check your sentence when you have finished and make sure that you have used a capital letter at the start, a full stop at the end and finger spaces throughout your work. Then see if you can do the same with the next picture! Of course if there is something else you would rather write sentences about then that is super too! We just want you to keep practising remembering sentences and writing them independently when possible.

ReadChoose one of your favourite books or choose a new book from Bug Club to read. Find a comfy spot where you feel comfortable. Maybe try to find a Non-Fiction book that looks interesting. Keep your eyes peeled for any tricky words you may find. Tell someone about the book and see if they like the sound of it too!


Talk – What time is it? What time did you get up this morning? What time do you go to bed?

Today’s talk is all about time. Look at a clock and talk about where all the numbers are. Watch the clock ticking to see how the second hand moves around.

We would like for you to talk about certain times in the day. Please start with times that are on the hour. Have a look at the clock during these times. Can you see the 2 hands? Where is the big hand when looking at the time on the hour? Try to point out the time during different times of day, for example if eating lunch at 12 point it out and have a chat about it.

 


Task – Today we would like for you to make a book all about you! Using resources find out how tall you are and write it down.

How long are your arms?

How many books can you carry?

How long is your hair?

 How high can you jump?

How many star jumps can you do in 1 minute?

How many keepy uppies can you do without dropping a ball?

How far can you reach?

How many times can you hoola a hoola hoop?

There are lots of things you can investigate and write down in your special book

You can make a simple book by folding paper or you might choose a different place to write down all of your findings. Draw pictures (or take photographs with a adult) so you can see exactly how amazing you are! Do you think you are bigger now than when you started reception? Are you faster? Keep your book somewhere safe so you can take it out next year at the end of Year 1! You will be able to compare how much you have grown!

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page when sharing your wonderful work. We are so proud of all of your hard work!

 

Home Challenge 66

Monday 6th July

 

Good morning everyone! We hope you all had a lovely weekend and feel all refreshed ready for the new week ahead.

 

Phonics –Today we want you to look at these pictures.

Can you write at least 1 sentence about each picture? Segment each word carefully then read the sentence when you are finished to check that it makes sense. Remember to use your best handwriting including using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Maybe even try to include several of our tricky words to make your sentences even more super!

Read – Time to challenge yourself on Bug Club! Choose a book that you wouldn’t normally choose to read. You never know, you may like it and find a new book to love. Remember to tell someone about the book whether you like it or not. Tell them what you think about the book and explain why. Challenge yourself to answer all the bugs questions as quickly as possible!


Talk – This week we are thinking all about memories. Do you have any favourite memories? What about your family? Is there any special moments they like to talk and think about that are special to them? Are there any photos of any special memories in your house?

After having a good chat about memories in general we would like for you to remember your favourite times in school this year.

 

We can remember the first day you came into school with someone from home. You didn’t stay long and had a great play! It was lovely meeting you all for the first time.

 

 

Can you remember the first time going to the canteen and carrying your own tray back to the table by yourself?

 

We loved to dance with you! Dancing lessons were so much fun! Which lesson was your favourite? Which lesson made you feel the most proud?

 

Which area in our classroom did you like the most? What about the outdoor areas?

 

Can you remember the different Role Plays we have had this year?

Restaurant, Castle, Shop, Post Office, etc

 

The Christmas Show is another great memory. Learning all the songs was good fun and you dressed up too! Can you remember what you dressed up as?

 


Task –  After your chat about school we would love for you to create a memory board. Draw some of the special memories from school and label it. This way you can remember your time in reception when you’re much older! Maybe you have some pictures that you have made in reception that you could add to the memory board? Are there any photographs you could add to the board? (the traditional first day photo in front of the fireplace is always a winner!) Enjoy reflecting on your time in Reception and make a memory board you can keep and cherish for a long, long time.

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page when sharing your wonderful work. We are so proud of all of your hard work!

The Reception Team xxx

 

Home Challenge 65

Friday 3rd July

Phonics: Today we are going to practice our blending using Phonics Play.

Choose a game from the website – why not try feeding the aliens Obb and Bob?

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/4/picnic-on-pluto

Don’t forget, Bob only likes to eat real words and Obb will only eat nonsense words!

Try to revise all Phase 4 sounds. If this is a bit tricky, you can try revising Phase 3 sounds or you can select some of the sounds that you want to have a bit more practice recognising.

 

Read: Today we are going to read in the dark! Choose a book you would like to read and find a cosy spot – you might read under your duvet or make a den using blankets! Use a torch to help you read and remember to use your phonics knowledge to decode any unfamiliar words.

 

Talk: Today we are going to practice counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Jack Hartmann’s YouTube channel has some great counting videos for the whole family to join in with!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCxvNtrcDIs

 

Task: Walt Disney was famous for making fantastic animated films. This video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEhVGe_1CGo) shows how animation is made using lots of different pictures – imagine how many pictures Walt Disney’s animators would have to draw to make a whole film!

You could even make your own animation at home! You might decide to make a simple flipbook like in the video above, or you could make a thaumatrope.

This is a special kind of toy that children played with around 200 years ago! You will need: paper, colouring pencils, glue, scissors and a straw or pencil! Follow the steps in the video below and watch how the two different pictures make a new picture when they move quickly!

How to make a thaumatrope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPBSeoT_AN4

 

Thank you for all of your hard work this week - we are so proud of you! We hope you have a lovely weekend.

The Reception Team xxx

 

Home Challenge 64

Thursday 2nd July

Phonics: Today we are going to have a tricky word race!

Write some tricky words on pieces of paper (you could also use phonemes from your phoneme fan) and place them at one end of the room/garden. Ask an adult to challenge you by saying a tricky word. How fast can you run to the other end of the room/garden to find the correct word?

Remember, you can only bring back one tricky word each time you run!

 

Read: Choose a book you have read before and think about what happened in the story. Can you tell someone in your family about the story? Reread the book and see how much of the story you remembered!

 

Talk: Today we are going to test our memories by going on a trip to the shop! Find somebody in your house to play with and don’t forget to listen carefully to what they say…

The first player is going to start by saying ‘I went to the shop and I bought… an apple.

The next player has to repeat the previous player’s answer and then add their own item. For example, ‘I went to the shop and I bought an apple… and a banana.

The next player has to repeat this answer and then add their own item again, such as ‘I went to the shop and I bought an apple, a banana… and a carrot!

Keep taking turns and adding your own items to the shopping trolley until the list is too long to remember!

 

Task: One of the most famous features of Walt Disney World is Cinderella’s Castle.

Imagine you have your own amazing castle – what sort of castle would it be? You might choose to make a castle with a special library, a swimming pool, or a magical toy room! Try and create your own castle – you could draw a picture or use recycled objects such as boxes or toilet roll tubes.

 

Home Challenge 63

Wednesday 1st July

Phonics: Today we are going to go on a phonics hunt! Ask an adult to write down the sentences below. Read each question and see if you can find the correct items from around your house!

Can you find a toothbrush?

Can you find a big spoon?

Can you find a green plant?

Can you find a little coat?

Can you find a red car?

Can you find a handbag?

 

Read: Choose a non-fiction book to read on Bug Club. What does it mean if a book is ‘non-fiction’? Use your phonics skills to read the book and segment any unfamiliar words. Did you learn anything new? Share what you have learnt with a family member.

 

Talk: Today we are going to play a game of ‘Would You Rather?’ Below are some questions for you to answer and discuss with your family.

Would you rather fruit or vegetables?

Would you rather rain or sun?

Would you rather get in a bath of jelly or a bath of baked beans?

Would you rather have a dragon or be a dragon?

Would you rather go on an aeroplane or a boat?

Would you rather swim with whales or fly with birds?

 

Task: Yesterday we made our own Disney puppets. Now we are going to use them to put on a puppet show! Think about the story you are going to tell using your puppets – where is the story set? You could create a background for your puppet show to help you tell the story – you might make a chilly frozen landscape to tell the story of Anna and Elsa or a colourful jungle scene to tell the story of Simba! Practice your puppet show and then perform it for your family.  

We can't wait to hear about your amazing performances!

The Reception Team xxx

 

 

Home Challenge 62

Tuesday 30th June

 

Phonics – Today’s phonics game is called,

BEAT THE GROWNUP!

Write the tricky words onto pieces of paper.

 

I     no     the     to    go    into    he    she    we    me    be    you    are    her    was    all    they    my     said     have     like   so    do     some    come     little     one     were    there     what    when    out    oh    Mrs    people    their     called     Mr     looked     asked    could

 

Fold them up and put them into a pile in front of you and a grownup. Choose one of the tricky words and read it to them, then put it down…

3……2……1….. WRITE IT QUICKLY 10 TIMES!

The first person to write the word correctly 10 times wins a point! Keep playing until you have played with all the tricky words. The person with the most points wins! Remember a great way to help you to win the game is to write the words out yourself first rather than the grown up! Good luck!



Read – Choose one of your favourite books or choose a new book from Bug Club to read. Try to find a Fiction book that looks interesting. Keep your eyes peeled for any tricky words you may find. Does the book have any interesting characters? Which one is your favourite and why? Tell someone about the story and see if they like it too! Maybe ask an adult to read a Disney story to you as well?


Talk – This week we are thinking about the word perseverance. Have a chat about what you think the word might mean. Have you ever heard the word before? Watch this video about animals persevering.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPpmd9uRgJw

What were the animals doing? What do you think persevering means now? Can you think of a time where you haven’t given up and persevered when you have found something tricky? Can you think of something you feel proud of achieving? What about other people? Can you ask them about a time when they didn’t give up?


Task – Yesterday we asked you to talk about Walt Disney. We are going to be thinking all about Disney throughout the week. We would love for you to create your own Disney puppets to perform shows with. Have a think about your favourite Disney characters. Using resources around your home make your very own Disney puppets. Think about which resources would be the best to use. Do you want your puppet to be able to move? If so how? Have lots of fun designing and making your puppets!

 

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page when sharing your wonderful work. We are so proud of all of your hard work!

The Reception Team xxx

 

Home Challenge 61

Monday 29th June

Good morning! We hope you had a lovely weekend and are ready for some more exciting activities this week!

Phonics - Today we are going to play I Spy! You could play this game whilst on a walk, using household objects, or using a picture like the one below.


Take turns to choose an object that you can see and tell the other player what sound that object starts with. For example, I might say 'I spy with my little eye, something beginning with... /ch/' and the winner would be the person who correctly guesses that I could see a 'chair'! Once you have found the right object, you could write a simple sentence such as 'I can see a chair'.

Read - This week we are learning about Walt Disney. Do you have any books that are based on Disney stories? Can you find a story based on a popular fairy tale? Do you like these kinds of stories? Why/why not?

Talk - Have you ever heard of Walt Disney? What do you think he was famous for?
Walt Disney was born in Chicago, USA. Can you find the USA on a map? What do you think it would have been like there?
Is there anything you would like to learn about Walt Disney? Ask a grown up to help you research the answers - can you write a sentence about what you have discovered?


Task - Today we are going to have a counting competition! Set a timer for 30 seconds or a minute and see how many toys, teddies, cars etc. you can find before the timer runs out. Challenge a family member to do the same - when you have both managed to gather your objects, count how many you each have. Who managed to collect the most toys before the timer stopped? How do you know? How many toys have you got altogether? Can you write a number sentence to show how many toys you managed to find? For example, if I collected 11 toys and my friend collected 6, I would write 11+6=17.

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page when sharing your wonderful work. We are so proud of all of your hard work!

The Reception Team xxx

 

Home Challenge 60

Friday 26th June

Happy Friday! We hope you had a lovely day enjoying the sunny weather yesterday.

 

Phonics - Choose a few phonemes or tricky words that you would like to practice and write them on small pieces of paper. Fold each piece so that the writing is hidden and place them in a bowl, bag or basket. Shake the container to make sure that all of the paper has been properly mixed up. Close your eyes and choose a piece of paper from the container - can you read what it says? Can you use the tricky word/phonemes in a sentence? Have another go and see if you can find a different word! You could also play this game using real or 'nonsense' words, as shown below, and sort them into groups as you pick each piece of paper.
Real words: jump, train, toothbrush, tree, letter, king, light
Nonsense words: ling, talt, bight, misk, grint, skarb

Read - Choose a book to share with a family member. It might be one of your favourite books from home or a book you have found on Bug Club. Read the book together and then share what you have learnt about the characters in the story. Try describing one of the characters in the story and see if your family member can guess who you are talking about!

Talk - Today we are going to play a game called 'Simon Says'. One person is designated Simon, the others are the players. Standing in front of the group, Simon tells players what they must do. However, the players must only obey commands that begin with the words “Simon Says.” If Simon says, “Simon says touch your nose,” then players must touch their nose. But, if Simon simply says, “jump,” without first saying “Simon says,” players must not jump. Those that do jump are out. Make sure you listen carefully!

Task - This week we have been learning all about dinosaurs. Try watching some videos to see how dinosaurs moved their bodies. Andy's Dinosaur Adventures on Cbeebies is a great place to start (https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b03wh7vl/andys-dinosaur-adventures). Can you move like a dinosaur? Think about your whole body - can you make a dinosaur face? How does a dinosaur move their arms? How does a dinosaur move it's tail?
You could also try watching Cosmic Kid's Yoga and go on a dinosaur adventure! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnlDBKD2S78

 

Have a lovely weekend!

The Reception Team xxx

 

Home Challenge 59

Thursday 25th June

Phonics: Dip a paintbrush into some water and try writing on the floor outside. Can you write a word using the water? Write quickly before the sun dries the water and your word disappears! Can you write a whole sentence before your writing disappears? Don't forget to use capital letters, finger spaces and a full stop. You could think of a sentence to write which uses a tricky word or a phoneme you want to practice.

 

Read: Take a book and find a nice shady place to read it outside. You could build a reading den using cushions, a sheet or some furniture to create a nice cosy place to enjoy your book.

 

Talk: It is very hot today! Can you describe how the sun makes you feel? It is very important that we stay safe in the sun. Do you know what you can do to make sure you are safe? Why do we wear sun cream? Why is it important to drink lots of water?

 

Task: Find some of your favourite toys and place them on a piece of paper in a sunny spot. Can you see the shadow they make? Draw around the outline of each shadow and see what shape it makes! Does it look like your toy? Leave the toys in the same position for a little while and come back to check on them throughout the day - what changes do you notice?

 

Have a lovely day!

The Reception Team xxx

 

Home Challenge 58

Wednesday 24th June

Phonics: Choose six tricky words or phonemes that you would like to practice today and number them one to six. Roll a dice and see which number it lands on. Find the corresponding tricky word and see how many times you can write the word in one minute – don’t forget to form all of your letters carefully! Once you have written the word as many times as you can, try and write a sentence which also uses the word. For example, if I rolled a five I would see how many times I could write the word ‘their’ in a minute.

1

could

2

all

3

little

4

called

5

their

6

said

 

Read: Choose a book from home or Bug Club. As you read the book, write down any words that are new and practice segmenting them. Can you tell someone about the book you have read? What was your favourite part?

 

Talk: Today we are going to count in 2s! Have a look around your house and see if there is anything that comes in pairs. What did you find? Can you count how many shoes (or socks, gloves etc) there are?

 

Task: Today we are going to make a special new kind of dinosaur using 2D shapes! You could ask a grown up to help you draw some 2D shapes to cut out and arrange into a dinosaur, or you could try drawing your own by following a video tutorial such as: https://youtu.be/EZ2h6W4YVz0

Can you write a sentence to describe your new dinosaur? 

Have lots of fun and enjoy the sunny weather!

The Reception Team xxx

 

Home Challenge 57

Tuesday 23rd June

 

Phonics: Today we are going to play tricky word pairs. Choose five or six tricky words that you would like to practice and write each word on two separate small pieces of paper. Place all of the words face down in front of you and take turns to choose two cards each. If your cards say the same tricky word you can keep the pair – well done! Read the tricky word out loud and see if you can use the word in a sentence. If your cards do not say the same tricky word, put them back and try to remember where they are so you are ready for your next turn. The person to collect the most tricky word pairs is the winner!

 

Read: Today we are going to read some tricky questions! Ask a grown up to write the following questions on some paper. Read the question and decide if the answer is 'yes' or 'no'.

Can crabs clap hands?

Is the moon green?

Did a shark ever jump up a tree?

Do trains run on tracks?

Can a spoon grab a fork?

Have you seen a trail left by a snail?

 

Talk: Today we are going to play the category game. Ask a grown up to choose a ‘category’ and see how quickly you can name five things that are related. For example: Can you name five colours? Can you name five sea creatures? Can you name five things you might find in the park? Can you name five things you might find in the shop?

 

Task: Yesterday we researched different dinosaurs and thought about how they looked. Today, we are going to make our own dinosaur pictures! You could draw a dinosaur using pencils and paper, or you could make a dinosaur using lots of different objects! You might decide to arrange some household objects into the shape of a dinosaur. You could go on a walk and collect some interesting objects (such as leaves, stones, sticks or feathers) to use to make a picture. When you have made your dinosaur, ask a grown up if you can take a photo using a phone or tablet. Can you open the camera and point it at your picture? Can you take a photo?

 

 

Home Challenge 56

Monday 22nd June

 

Good morning to all our lovely Reception children and their families.  We hope you all had a lovely weekend celebrating Father's Day . 

We are so proud of you and all the wonderful work you are continuing to complete at home.  Thank you for sharing your work with us on Facebook and Twitter, we look forward to replying to your posts.  

 

Phonics: Do you recognise all previously taught phonemes? Can you identify the digraphs and trigraphs in words when you are reading independently?  Can you use the correct digraphs and trigraphs in words when you are spelling?  Can you form the letters correctly? 

Make a list of the phonemes you may need to practise and the letters that you need to practise forming correctly - this is what we would like you to practise this week. 

 

Below is a list of all previously taught phonemes.  

 

qu  as in queen,    ch as in chip,    sh as in shop,    th as in thing,   ng as in king,   

ai as in rain,     ee as in feet,   igh as in light,    oa  as in boat,    oo  as in book,    

oo as in food,   ar as in card,   or  as in port,   ur as in curl,   ow  as in down,    

oi  as in boil,    ear  as in beard,    air as in hair,   ure as in pure  and  er as in butter

 

We have now completed all of the spellings for Reception.  We have covered all the Reception tricky words and lots of Year 1 words.  We would like you to continue to consolidate using these words correctly in your independent reading and writing.

Below is a list of the tricky words that we have previously practised reading and spelling:    

 

I     no     the     to    go    into    he    she    we    me    be    you    are    her    was    all    they    my     said     have     like   so    do     some    come     little     one     were    there     what    when    out    oh    Mrs    people    their     called     Mr     looked     asked    could

 

How many tricky words can you read and spell?  Make a list of the words that you would like to practise a little more .  This week we will play games to practise reading and writing your chosen words.    

 

Read: Today we would like you to look through your favourite books and find any story books that have a dinosaur in.  Make a list of the books you find.  Have a look through the books and then choose your favourite one to read with a family member.  Remember to look out for those tricky words and segment any unfamiliar words.   Miss Duffy loves to read 'Dinosaurs Love Underpants' and 'The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet'!

 

TalkThis week we are going to travel back in time to find out all about dinosaurs! Before you do any research, talk to someone at home about dinosaurs – what do you already know about them? What would you like to find out? How many can you name?

 

 

 

Task: Today we would like you to do some research about dinosaurs! Look in books and online (ask an adult to check the websites are safe for young children) to find pictures, facts and information about dinosaurs. Maybe you could make a list of different dinosaurs.  Do you know when and where they lived?  What did dinosaurs like to eat? 

Click on the links below to get you started:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/curations/dinosaur-facts

                       https://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/dinosaurs.html

Have you discovered anything about dinosaurs that you didn’t already know? Use your interesting facts to write sentences about dinosaurs.  Remember to use capital letters and full stops.  Can you draw a labelled picture of your favourite dinosaur?

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page when sharing your wonderful work.

 

Keep working hard - we are so proud of you all! 

The Reception Team xxx

 

Home Challenge 55

Friday 19th June

PhonicsToday, we are going to practice our blending using Phonics Play.

 

Try playing Buried Treasure – can you put all of the real words into the treasure chest? Make sure you throw away any nonsense words!

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/4/buried-treasure

 

Try to revise all Phase 4 sounds. If this is a bit tricky, you can try revising Phase 3 sounds or you can select some of the sounds that you want to have a bit more practice recognising. 

 

Read: Choose a book to read from Bug Club or your house. Talk to your family about the book. What was your favourite part? Was there anything you didn’t like about it? Were there any words you found difficult to read? If you struggled to read a word, what did you do to solve the problem?

 

Talk: This week we have been talking about different toys. Do you like to play by yourself or with others? What do you like to play with others?

 

Choose a board game to play with your family. What are your family members' favourite games? What do they like about it?

 

Task: Carefully read the instructions you wrote yesterday and make sure you have everything you need to make your toy!

You could make your toy using materials you have in your house, such as recycled boxes or bottles. Did you follow your instructions or did you need to change anything? Can you show your family how to play with your toy?

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work.

 

Thank you for all of your hard work - have a lovely weekend!

The Reception Team xxx

 

Home Challenge 54

Thursday 18th June

Phonics: Today we are practicing counting the syllables in different words.

Ask a grown up to think of a word and see if they can clap their hands or use an instrument such as a tambourine (or a pan and wooden spoon!) as they say each syllable of a word. For example, if they are thinking of the word ‘apple’, they would say /ap/(clap) /ple/(clap).

 

Take turns to think of words and clap how many syllables they have. You could practice clapping to see how many syllables are in these words: fork, shampoo, handstand, lemonade, spoon, melting, softest, banana, desktop, car, children, sandpit, windmill, lunchbox.

 

Read: Have a look at a selection of books. Can you find any books that are by the same author? How do you know?

Can you find any books that are by the same illustrator? How do you know?

Are there any books by these authors/illustrators that you would like to read? Maybe you could make a list of books you would like to try.

 

Talk: On Monday, we spoke about how sometimes we can feel worried, sad or scared and how we can tell others if we feel sad.

 

Today we are going to think about what we can do if someone else feels sad. How can you tell if someone feels unhappy? What could you do to help them?

 

Think about a time someone helped you. How did it make you feel? If you helped a friend or family member, how do you think that made them feel?

 

Task: Yesterday you designed your dream toy – tomorrow, you are going to try and make it! You could use pencils, paint, paper, recycled packaging or anything else you might find in your house!

 

Try writing some simple instructions explaining how to make your toy. Don’t forget to include a ‘What You Need’ section. Number each step and use a bossy verb in each sentence.

 

For example, I have designed a toy robot.

 

How to make a robot

You will need:

Scissors, glue, a box, paper, pens

 

1. Cut the box

2. Draw a face

3. Stick the arms on

4. Play with your new toy

 

Have lots of fun!

The Reception Team xxx

 

 

Home Challenge 53

Wednesday 17th June

Phonics:

Ask a grown up to help you draw and cut out the net of a cube, like in the picture above. Write a phoneme (or tricky word) in each square and carefully glue the dice together.

 

Take turns to roll the dice and read which phoneme it has landed on.

Can you write a word which uses this sound?

Can you write a sentence which uses this word?

Which phoneme did you roll the most times?

 

Read: Choose a book that you haven’t read before – there are plenty to choose from on Bug Club. Talk about what you have noticed on the front cover and read the first few pages. Can you predict how the book will end? Finish reading the story. Did it end how you expected it to? Do you like how the story ended? Can you think of another way the book could have ended?

 

TalkDid you hear the thunderstorm last night? Did you see any lightning? Can you describe the storm? Did it remind you of anything?

 

Try listening to some storm sound effects or ‘stormy’ music, such as: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/melody-storm

 

Can you make your own storm sounds? You could use different household items such as pots and pans or rice in plastic bottles.

 

Task: Today we are going to be toy designers!

 

Think of the most amazing toy in the world. What does it look like? What is it made out of? Can it do anything different or special?

 

Draw a picture of the toy you would like to make. It might be helpful for you to label your toy so that you don’t forget all of the special extra features you have added.

 

Home Challenge 52

Tuesday 16th June

Phonics: Today we are thinking of words that include ‘consonant clusters’. These are made of phonemes that we already recognise, but are sometimes a little bit more difficult to hear when we try to segment words. Some examples of consonant clusters could be: lf, dr, sp, nch, scr, shr, thr.

 

Practice listening to some of the below words and see if you can identify all of the sounds. After you have written each word, check if you were right by rereading what you have written.

 

Examples of words using consonant clusters: shelf, drink, spell, lunch, scrap, shrink or three.

 

Instead of writing on paper, why not try sprinkling sand, salt, flour, rice or glitter onto a tray or plate? You could write the words using your finger, the end of a pencil, a paintbrush or a cotton bud!

 

Read: Read a book from Bug Club or your house. Think about the characters in the story. Who is the main character?  Stop at the middle and end of the story and ask think about how the character must feel. How would you describe the way they feel? Why do you think they feel that way? How do you think you would feel in that situation?

 

TalkYesterday we started to think about our different toys.

Choose a toy and try to describe it to a grown up – can they guess which toy you are describing?

Try to think about different ways of describing the toy – does it make a noise? What does the toy feel like? Does the toy have any unusual features?

 

Task: Think about your favourite toy. What do you like about it?

 

Draw a picture of your favourite toy. Think carefully about the different shapes that make up your toy. Think about the size of each part of your toy. Think about the colour of your toy – is it all the same colour, or are there different shades?

 

Once you have drawn your toy, you could add labels.

 

 

 

Home Challenge 51

Monday 15th June

Good morning! We hope you had a lovely weekend. This week we are going to be thinking all about toys!

Please remember that there is no pressure to complete all of the home learning challenges - they are here for you to pick and choose from.

 

Phonics: Today we are going to play one of our favourite phonics games that we play in school. You can play this game using tricky words or sounds from your phoneme fan – choose whichever you would like to practice!

Write the tricky words/phonemes on small pieces of paper and lay them out on the floor. Ask an adult to say a tricky word/phoneme and see how quickly you can find it – when you find the right piece of paper, make sure you splat! it! You could use your hands, your feet, a beanbag or ball, a spatula, a paintbrush, or anything else you like!

 

Read: Choose a book from your house or the Bug Club website. Can you point to author’s name? What does an author do? Can you point to the illustrator’s name? What does an illustrator do? Can you recognise any other features of a book (title, cover page, blurb)?

 

TalkThis week we are going to be thinking about toys!

Talk about the different sorts of toys you like to play with. What makes them fun? Do you like to play on your own or with others?

 

See how many toys you can find in one minute – can you count how many you found?

 

Think about the different ways you can ‘group’ your toys. Can you sort them into different colours? Can you sort or order them by size? Can you sort them by material? Can you sort them by type?

 

TaskWe know that there have been lots of changes over the past few months and that sometimes things being different can feel a bit scary. If you have any worries or questions, talking to someone can help you feel better.

 

Today we are going to make a ‘worry box’. This means that if you feel anxious or worried, you can write a sentence or draw a picture of what is making you feel sad or unsure and put it in the box so the worry isn’t in your head any more.

 

You could use an old box or recycled packaging and decorate it using paint, glitter, collage or pens! Why not decorate your worry box with pictures of things that make you feel happy? Or, you could make your box look like a scary monster who can eat all of your worries away!

 

Enjoy!

The Reception Team xxx

 

 

 

Home Challenge 50

Friday 12th June

Phonics: Today we are going on a sound hunt! 

Ask an adult to choose 10 sounds from the phoneme fan and hide them around the room.

Can you find all of the sounds?

Once you have found all 10 sounds, use them to make as many real or nonsense words as you can in two minutes! If you choose to write your words down, make sure you try your best to use your beautiful tall letters that sit neatly on the line.

Some examples of real words could be: sink, hooks, bright or bring.

Some examples of nonsense words could be: boonk, breks, dreet or shapt.

 

Read: Choose one of your favourite books and share it with your family. Can you tell them what happened at the beginning of the story? What happened in the middle? How did the story end?

You could create your own story map to help you remember what happens in the book.

 

TalkSometimes sea creatures can get hurt by our rubbish polluting the ocean.

 

CBeebies Love the Ocean song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR0B_PgZHqQ

 

Talk about the different ways we could help the animals in our oceans and in our local area. What should you do if you see litter outside? Remember, always check with a grown up and use proper protective equipment like gloves to make sure that you are safe.

 

You could also help at home by recycling your household waste. Can you help a grown up sort the recycling? Can you explain to them why we recycle? Can you identify the different materials in the recycling?

 

TaskAll week we have been thinking about the creatures that live under the sea.

Look at the questions you wrote on Monday. Did you learn anything new this week? Is there anything else you would like to find out about? How could you research your questions?

 

Thank you for all of your hard work this week! Have a lovely weekend.

The Reception Team xxx

 

Home Challenge 49

Thursday 11th June

Phonics: Today we are going to play Kim's Game. You might have played this before using different toys or objects... today, we are challenging you to remember your tricky words!

Write some tricky words on pieces of paper and lay them out on the floor or a tray. Read each word and try to remember what they all say.

Ask an adult to cover the words with a piece of material, such as a tea towel. Take turns to make one of the tricky words disappear from under the cloth.

Lift up the cloth and reveal the words that are left – can you read the words that are left? Can you remember which word has disappeared?

Start with two or three tricky words to remember and gradually increase the number as you become more confident.

 

ReadChoose a new non-fiction book from Bug Club.

What is the difference between a fiction and a non-fiction book?

Can you point to the contents page? Can you find a photograph? Can you find a label?

Read the book and tell your family something interesting that you have discovered.

 

Talk: Ask an adult to find a box or bowl, and a few items that make a noise when dropped into the bowl (such as coins or Lego pieces).

Close your eyes and listen as the adult drops a few items into the bowl, one by one. How many did you hear fall into the bowl? Can you count to check if you were right?

Close your eyes and listen again. This time, the adult is going to drop more items into the bowl. How many did you hear this time?

How many items are in the bowl altogether?

Can you write this as a number sentence?

For example, if there were 5 coins in the bowl, and then 2 more were dropped in, you could write 5+2=7

 

Task: Today we are going on an underwater adventure!

 

Join in with Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube – can you follow Squish the Fish on his adventure? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhYtcadR9nw

 

You could create your own yoga adventure by thinking about the different ways that sea creatures move and creating your own actions for your family to copy.

 

Have lots of fun!

The Reception Team xxx

 

Home Challenge 48

Wednesday 10th June

Phonics: Today we are going to build our own silly sentences!

 

Write some simple sentences (example sentences below) onto a sheet of paper and use scissors to cut each one up into individual words.

Mix up the sentences and see if you can read each word.

Can you rebuild the mixed-up sentences?

Remember to re-read your sentences to make sure they make sense!

Can you make your own silly sentences using the words?

Don’t forget to use a word with a capital letter at the start of your sentence and a full stop to end your sentence!

The/fox/has/a/long/tail.

He/is/tall/and/scary.

The/forest/has/big/trees.

The/shark/has/sharp/teeth.

 

ReadToday we are going to be tricky word detectives.

Choose a book and, as you read, see how many tricky words you can find.

Use a torch, toy, stick, or pencil to point to the tricky word each time you find it. Who can find the tricky words the fastest? Who can find the most tricky words?

After you’ve found a tricky word, see if you can use it in your own sentence.

 

Talk: Today we will be thinking about how we can use descriptive words.

Choose some of your favourite toys and put them inside a bag – make sure that no one can see what’s inside!

Reach inside the bag and choose a toy, making sure it is kept hidden from everyone else.

Can you describe the toy without telling everyone what it is?

For example, I am thinking of a toy…

It is soft. It is fluffy. It is light brown. It has two small eyes. It has two round ears.

Can you guess what I am describing?

It’s a teddy bear!

 

Task: Imagine you are a sea creature living in the ocean. What can you see under the sea? Are there any other sea creatures around you? What can you hear? What can you feel?

Write a sentence to describe what it is like under the sea. You might want to start your sentence with ‘I can see…’ or ‘I can hear…

 

Hope you have lots of fun!

The Reception Team xxx

 

Home Challenge 47

Tuesday 9th June

 

Phonics: Today we are going to have a phoneme race!

Place a selection of phonemes (using your phoneme fan) at one end of the room/garden. Ask an adult to challenge you by saying a phoneme. How fast can you run to the other end of the room/garden to find the correct phoneme?

 

Then, ask the adult to tell you a word. Can you run and collect the correct phonemes to create the word? Remember, you can only bring back one phoneme each time you run!

 

Read:

Choose a new book from Bug Club. Have a look at the front cover. What do you think this story is going to be about? How do you know?

As you are reading, think about how we can use the pictures to help us understand what is happening and how they give us clues if we are struggling to read a word.

 

Talk: 

Today we are practicing our counting. Choose an item and go on a treasure hunt to see how many of that item you can find. You could count how many yoghurts are in the fridge, how many cars you can see outside the window, how trees you go past on your walk, or how many toys are in your bedroom!

 

Once you have counted how many there are, tell an adult how many there would be if you saw one more. How many would there be if there was one less?

 

Task: Think about the different creatures that live under the sea.

 

CBeebies Octonauts A to Z of Sea Creatures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYOsl3wo_gg

 

What do they look like? Think about all of the different colours and patterns sea creatures can be.

Draw your own new sea creature. They can be any shape, size, or species! Label your picture so that everyone can see their special features.

Two big fins… orange spots… sharp teeth

You might decide to make your sea creature using recycled objects, play dough or objects you have found outside!

 

Have fun!!

The Reception Team xxx

 

 

 

 

Monday 8th June

Good morning! We hope you had a lovely weekend and you are ready for another week of exciting home learning challenges. This week we are going to be exploring under the sea!

 

Phonics:

Today we are going to have a snowball fight!

Write as many tricky words as you can remember onto small pieces of paper. It might help to ask a grown up to draw a straight line on the paper so you can make sure that all of your letters sit on the line correctly.

Crumple the paper into a ball to make lots of ‘snowballs’. Challenge yourself to see how many snowballs you can throw into a box or basket in one minute – can you count how many landed in the box? Can you read which words are in the box? Try again and see if you can get even more snowballs in the box!

 

Read: 

This week we are thinking about what we might find under the sea!

Do you have any books about sea creatures? Share the book with your family. What did you like about it? What didn’t you like about it?

 

Talk:

Think about all of the different creatures that live under the sea. Can you find a video of different sea creatures? Make sure you ask a grown up to check that the video is suitable before watching. (CBeebies/CBBC iPlayer has a few short clips of sea life)

 

What do you notice about the way sea creatures move? Can you move like a sea creature? Why do you think they move differently to us? Which is your favourite sea creature? What do you like about them?

 

CBeebies Andy’s Wild Workouts shows lots of ways to move under the sea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCrFUD98U_Q

 

Task:

We have been starting to look at different sea creatures.

Is there anything you would like to find out about animals that live in the sea?

Write your questions down – we will check these later in the week and see if we have managed to discover the answers!

 

Take care and have lots of fun!

The Reception Team xxx

 

 


Home Challenge 45
Today's challenge is:
Friday 5th June

 
Phonics: Helipad Phonics  

 

You can play this with decodable words, tricky words, digraphs or trigraphs. Choose whichever is the most suitable for your child.

Make a phonics helicopter. The easiest way would be to follow the instructions from Youtube (always watch videos yourself first before sharing with your child)
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Vk-gXwHDSM


Make one helicopter for each tricky word and write the words on the rota blades. Next, make a helipad for the helicopters to land on.
Now for the fun! Choose a helicopter and read the word or the phoneme. Then release the helicopter from some height (if safe to do so then standing on a chair would be great) and try and make it land on the helipad. When the helicopter lands on the helipad you can tick it off the air traffic control sheet. Repeat until all helicopters have landed.

 
Read:  Today we would like for you to find a new reading spot to read your favourite books. Is there a new room to read your book? How about outside? Perhaps you could build a new place to read? You could make a reading cave or put up a tent in the back garden? When you have your reading spot all sorted snuggle down with a book and have a read. Is it a good place to read? Can you make it better with blankets or cushions? Maybe invite someone to listen to you read a story to them. Let us know how you get on making your new reading spot.
 
Talk: Yesterday I told you all about the mystery of my missing ice lolly. Lots of you investigated using ice cubes and found that the warmer a place is the quicker the ice will melt. Maybe leaving mine out in the sunshine was not a good idea! Have a think and talk to each other about melting. Is it just ice that melts? Can you think of anything else that melts (chocolate, wax, ice cream, butter). Where do we usually put things that melt easily? Why do you think we put them there? Does everything melt at the same temperature?
 
Task:   I am really grateful that you all investigated my missing ice lolly but I would really like one this weekend! Could you design a new ice lolly for me? Design an ice lolly that I can make at home. What would I need to make an ice lolly?  What flavours will you use? Draw me a labelled picture to show me what it should look like. You could even write some instructions for me to follow! That would be very useful! Maybe when the sunshine comes back you could even make the ice lolly to help you with your instructions. I hope you come up with some lovely flavours. I promise to make some this weekend so make sure you share your recipes and instructions with us!


Have a lovely weekend and fingers crossed for more sunshine!
The Reception Team
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Home Challenge 44

Today's challenge is:

Thursday 4th June

 

Phonics: Today’s phonics game is called ‘Quilt Quest”

Simply get a duvet, the bigger the better, and throw paper with different graphemes and tricky words written on them inside.  Make sure any sounds that your child needs more practise with are included. Give the duvet a shake and then ask your child to climb inside. Then you can say a sound or word and they hunt around to find it and bring it out.

You could also have grapheme cards inside and you say a word and your child has to find the corresponding cards to spell the word, for example you say the word 'crab' and they find the 'c', 'r', 'a’, ‘b’ cards. When you have found all the words try writing them down by segmenting each word.

 

Read:  Today we would like for you to read one of your favourite books to someone at home. Who do you think would like to hear the story the most? Choose a place to read your story and read it aloud. If your book has any speech can you change your voice for each character? After reading the story ask the person listening what their favourite part was. What do you think happened after the ending of the story?

 

Talk: During the lovely weather we have been having there is a good chance that you have had an ice lolly. I really wanted one on Tuesday so I took one out of the freezer and put it on the table next to me in the garden. After reading for a while I turned to pick up my ice lolly but it wasn’t there any more! There was just a wooden stick. Where had my ice lolly gone? What had happened to it? Can you explain what had happened? Has this ever happened to your ice lollies? Does it happen to anything else?

 

Task:  I think we need to investigate the missing ice lolly. Make some ice cubes together. Leave them somewhere warm and watch what happens.

We call this melting. What other things can you find that will melt? Will the ice cubes melt everywhere? Find different places to put ice cubes and see where they melt the quickest. Remember to predict which place the ice will melt the quickest. Let us know your results by either drawing or writing about what happens. I really hope you can help me to solve the problem of the missing ice lolly!   

 

 Take care and have lots of fun!

 

The Reception Team 

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Home Challenge 44

Today's challenge is:

Wednesday 3rd June

 

Phonics: Today we will get musical with our phonics. We will make a phonics xylophone. Using glasses or bottles fill them up with water. Write the following graphemes/digraphs on each of the containers

S   t   u   ck   ch   b   e   n

It should look similar to this.

 

 

Now write out the following words for your children.

 

Bent   stuck    bench    tent   chuck  tens   chest   nuts

 

After giving your child the list of words, they can play the words on the containers using a spoon or other suitable object.  Which word do you like sound of the best? Can you add other graphemes to make more words? Can you make pseudo (made up) words using the containers? To add more challenge ask you child to segment each word and write them out themselves rather than giving them the list of words.

 

Read:  Yesterday we asked for you to find a funny story book (fiction) to read. Today we would like for you to find a non-fiction book to read on Bugclub. Remember that a non-fiction book doesn’t tell a story but rather gives information. Choose a non-fiction book about a topic you are interested in. It could be about anything in the world. Look to see if your book has a contents page. Are there captions underneath the pictures? Look for these features and more in the book you are reading. When you are done can you tell someone a new fact that you have learnt? If you enjoyed the book please recommend it to someone else who you think may enjoy it too.

 

Talk: I’m sure you have all noticed the amazing amount of sunshine we have been receiving recently. Whilst it is really lovely to bask in the sun we also need to be careful and practise sun safety. Talk with an adult about keeping safe in the sun. How many ways can you think of keeping safe? What do you usually do when it is very sunny to make sure that you don’t get sun burnt? Do you think it would be good to be in the sun all day? Do you think animals enjoy being in the sun all day? How can you keep hydrated when in the sun?

 

Task:   Hopefully you have thought of lots of different ways to keep cool and keep safe when it is hot and sunny outside. We would like for you to share the different ways of keeping safe in the sun by making a sun safety leaflet.

Make sure you include lots of ways to keep cool and keep safe in the sun such as

  • wearing sun cream
  • wearing a sun hat
  • wearing light clothes to keep cool
  • playing in the shade
  • drinking lots of water

Remember we want other people to read your leaflet so that they know how to keep safe, so make sure your leaflet looks interesting by making it nice and colourful with bright pictures and your best writing.

Hoping you have lots of fun!

 The Reception Team 

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Home Challenge 43

Today's challenge is:

Tuesday 2nd June

 

We really enjoyed hearing about your week during half term. Thank you so much for sharing your news with us.

 

Phonics: This week we are trying really hard to recap the tricky words we have been learning, especially those that we have found difficult in the past. Today we think it would be good to make tricky word bracelets to help us to remember the words we are finding the most difficult. Using strips of paper, clearly write the tricky word that is the hardest to remember. Celetape the piece of paper to make a bracelet around your arm. Frequently check your arm for the bracelet. What does it say? You can make more than one bracelet if you have trouble remembering more than one word. Can you put the word or words into a sentence? You can use this technique to help your child to remember any word they find tricky to remember.

 

Read:  Today we would like for you to find a fiction book. This means a story book rather than a book filled with facts. The book should have characters, a beginning, a middle and an end. Log onto Bugclub and search for fiction books. Have a read and see if you can find a book you enjoy and that we might like too. Talk about the book you chose and what you liked about it with someone at home.

 

Talk: Today we would like for you to talk about addition and subtraction. In other words adding and taking away. Can you answer questions such as 5+3= and 7-2=? How would you like to answer these questions? Some people like to count on their fingers and other like to use their toys to help them. Whichever way you choose is fine. Practise a few of these and make up questions for people in your family to answer. Can you think up number sentences for them to answer?  Can you explain to someone how to answer an addition question and a subtraction question? Have a try and see what you come up with.

 

Task:   After your talk with different people in your household its time to put your addition and subtraction skills to the test. We would like for you to create a board game (like snakes and ladders). Make your game so that each player gets an addition or subtraction question when they land on a tile. How big will your board be and how many players can there be at a time? There is so much to decide on. Make sure to share your board game with us online.

 

Hoping you have lots of fun!

 The Reception Team 

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Home Challenge 42

Today's challenge is:

Monday 1st June

 

Hello everyone. We hope you have had a lovely half term and have had an opportunity to get some sunshine! Today we continue with our daily challenges.

 

Phonics: We have been very busy learning lots of tricky words! Today we would like you to recap all the tricky words we have been practising. A great way to do this would be to create a ‘Tricky word cave’. Make a ‘cave’ by draping a sheet over a table. Choose some of the tricky words from previous challenges (especially those that need to be practised more). Write tricky words on to sticky notes or pieces of paper and stick them in different places all around the cave. Give your child a list of the tricky words they need to find and a torch to hunt the words down. They can then go into to cave to look for the words one at a time. When they find a tricky word they can stick it on their list to see how many words they have left and which ones they have found.

 

Read:  Today we would like for you to find a funny book to read and share. Log onto Bugclub and browse the different books. Look at the front covers for clues about the book to see if it looks like it might be funny. Read the book and see if you were right. Can you explain to someone what made the book funny or why you didn’t think it was? Let us know if you find a really funny book that we might like to read.

 

Talk: It’s been a lovely week in the sunshine! Sit with someone at home and talk about the week. What can you remember doing? Discuss all the different things you have done and talk about which ones are your favourite. Remember to listen to the other people you are talking with about what they liked doing too. Maybe you could talk to someone who lives in a different household what they did last week? Ask them about their favourite parts of the week and ask them why it was so good!

 

Task  Hopefully you have enjoyed sharing your special memories made during half term but we would love to hear about it too! Pick some of the great things you did during half term and write about it for us. We want to know what you have all been up to. Remember we love to see lovely neat writing with tall and long letters so try your best to use your most beautiful writing. You could add to your writing by drawing a super picture to go with it! We cant wait to see your news and hear all about your week.

 

 

Hoping you have lots of fun!

 The Reception Team 

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Home Challenge 41

Today's challenge is:

Friday 22nd May

 

Phonics: Well done for designing lots of amazing phonic games yesterday.  Many of you have also been busy learning how to spell this week's tricky words:

out   oh   Mrs   people   their

Today have a go at completing your very own spelling quiz for this weeks tricky words, just like we do in school.  You could complete a spelling quiz with a difference writing this weeks words in sand, soil or in bubbles in the bath.  Good luck we hope you get them all correct.  

 

Read:  Choose a book you love to read.  Set up a cosy reading corner using cushions and blankets.  Invite some of your teddy bear friends to your cosy reading corner.  Once you are all sitting comfortably, read them your favourite story.  Watch out for those tricky words and remember to use lots of expression when you are reading out loud!  

 

Talk: As you may know, this week is Mental Health Awareness WeekIt is important that children understand that it is normal to feel happy, sad, envious, angry or worried. Encourage your child to talk about how they are feeling.  Can they explain what makes them happy or sad?  Talk about what makes them angry or worried.  Maybe encourage the whole family to join in with this talking activity to model to your child that we all feel different emotions at different times and this is fine! 

It is good to talk ! 

 

Task:  Yesterday we asked you to become real life authors and what amazing authors you are.  We were hooked reading your stories and we can not wait to read the end. Before you write the ending of your story read your writing from yesterday and check your story map to see what happens next.  Remember to use your knowledge of phonics to write new words.  Can you form all your letters correctly and sit the letters on the line.    Remember to post the endings of your stories on twitter and Facebook.  We will see if we can get real authors to read your amazing stories.  Happy writing!   

 

There will be no daily challenges next week as it would normally be half term.  It is important that you all have a little break from school work.  Enjoy spending time together as a family and making memories. 

Look after each other and stay safe.  

 The Reception Team 

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Home Challenge 40

Today's challenge is:

Thursday 21st May

 

A message for the big people - if you are looking for additional Maths activities to complete at home please follow the White Rose Link at the top of this page.  The activities provided by White Rose are designed using popular children's texts. 

 

Remember there is no pressure to complete all the activities - they are there if you need them.

  

Phonics: Today we invite you to choose your favourite phonics game to practise segmenting and reading words.  What game will you play?  Will it be an old favourite such as buried treasure or splat the word?  Can you make up your own game?  Or would you like to play a new game?  Maybe you could take your phonics learning outside, ask an adult to chalk the words, listed below, on the floor.  Hop on the real words you can read and jump on the nonsense words (pseudo words) - a little bit like hop scotch.  Another fun game to play is phonics skittles.  Ask an adult to write the words, listed below, on pieces of paper and stick them on to empty plastic bottles.  Set the bottles up like skittles.  Roll a ball, can you read the words on the skittles you have knocked down?  Are they real words or pseudo words?  Have fun and be sure to share any fun games that you think your friends might enjoy playing too.  

 

Real and pseudo words to segment and read in your game :

strand,  sprang,  blend,  spark,  fresh,  spear,  smart,  crash,  scoop,  steep,  sport, harnd,  spran,  cloist,  quorg,  blarp,  murbs

 

Read:  Find a non-fiction book on Bug Club to read and enjoy?  Use your knowledge of phonics to read the book.  Look out for the tricky words?  After you have finished  the book tell your family what it was about?  Did you learn anything new?  Share your new learning with your family.  

 

   Talk:  Last week we talked about 2D shapes.  Today we would like you to talk about 3D shapes.  What can you remember about a cube, cuboid, sphere, pyramid, cone or a cylinder?  Can you find these shapes at home or when you are out and about on your daily walk?  Can you use the words edges, faces and corners to describe 3D shapes? 

 

Task:  Today we would like you to become a real life author.   We would like you to use your story map to help you write the beginning and the middle of your story.   Remember to use your knowledge of phonics to slowly segment your words.  Have a go at using capital letters to begin a sentence and full stops to end a sentence.  Can you include describing words in your story?  Tomorrow we will write the end of your story!  Remember to post your stories on twitter and Facebook. 

Who knows who will see your story, maybe a real author will read and enjoy your work!  

 

Have a lovely day and we will see you all tomorrow. 

 

The Reception Team 

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Home Challenge 39

Today's challenge is:

Wednesday 20th May

 

Phonics: Lets practise writing this weeks tricky words outside (if possible). Using a brush draw this weeks tricky words outside on the floor with water.

out   oh   Mrs   people   their 

Keep coming back to the words and see if the words are still there. They will evaporate as the day goes on so keep checking if you can still read them. Try writing some of the words in different places. Where do they evaporate the quickest?

Remember to also practise all the sounds on your phoneme fan and reading all thr tricky words we have learnt so far.

 

Read:  Choose a new fiction book to read from Bugclub. There are lots to choose from so have a good look. Remember to click on the bug icon to answer questions and get points! Keep and eye out for this weeks tricky words too!  

 

Talk: Using your fantastic story map that you drew yesterday, talk about your story again. Use the pictures to remember each part and use your best story telling voice. See if you can remember the whole story from beginning to end. If you think of any new bits of your story then add them to your story map. 

 

Task:  We would love for you to get to know your story even more. Now you have talked about it we want you to act your story out. Make puppets of your different characters and act out your story. Remember to think about the beginning middle and end of your story. You could even use the model of your fantasy land in your puppet show. Maybe share your show with us online? We love seeing all your hard work at home.

 

From all of the Reception Team 

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Home Challenge 38

Today's challenge is:

Tuesday 19th May

 

Well done to everyone who has been trying so hard with the phonics games and tricky words. Keep up the good work! Please continue to log onto Bugclub to access and read new books each day.

 

Phonics:  Today we can play a phonics game we often played in school. Write this week’s tricky words onto pieces of paper.

out   oh   Mrs   people   their 

Then pick one out

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand go!

You have 1 minute to write the word as many times as you can! Compete against someone at home. Can you beat them? Remember you get 1 point for every time you write the word but a whopping 5 points if you write it in your most beautiful writing. How many points can you get? Who can you challenge to a tricky word writing duel? Can you beat your own previous score?

 

Read:  We love reading stories, especially ones that make us laugh. Have a good search on Bugclub for the funniest story you can find. To help you to choose there are many clues. Look at the different titles of the books and look at the front cover as well. When you think you have found one read it and see if you were right! If you find any books that you think will make us chuckle let us know so we can have a read of them too.

 

Talk: Time to think of your own story set in the amazing fantasy land you designed and made last week. Imagine you can travel to your magical land. How are you going to get there? Through a door, or maybe riding a horse? Have a think about what might happen when you get there. Is there a problem to be solved or treasure to find? Talk about your story until you have decided on a beginning, middle and an end. Make the end really exciting and try to use some describing words too! Remember this is a chance to talk about your story (we will get to writing the story further on in the week once we know it really well!)

 

Task:  Next, we would love for you to draw a story map of your story. Draw a picture to show each thing that happens, you may want to include some speech too! Draw how your strory begins and carry on from there. When your story map is finished use the map to retell your story to someone at home. Remember to make your story fun and exciting!

We have done several story maps in school before so the children should have a good understanding of what to do, but here is a story map of ‘The Ugly Duckling’ to show you what we mean.

 

 

 

From all of the Reception Team 

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Home Challenge 37

Today's challenge is:

Monday 18th May

 

Hello everyone! We hope you have had a lovely weekend and had lots of fun with your families! Lets get ready for another lovely week of fun challenges.

  

Phonics: A note for parent/carers

At this stage in school we would be encouraging the children to apply their knowledge of phonics in their independent reading and writing.  Phonic lessons and directed writing tasks would be preparing children for Year 1 and providing them with the opportunity to write at length, in full sentences with full stops and capital letters.

We have now added all the required tricky words for Reception (and some Year 1 words) to your child's phoneme fan.    Please ensure that your child can read and spell all of these words correctly. Can they identify these words consistently when reading independently?  Children should also be encouraged to practise spelling the tricky words.  This should also include sitting all the letters on the line and forming all letters correctly - letter formation is really important. 

 

This week we will be encouraging the children to revisit reading all previously taught phonemes: 

 

I,  no,  to,  the,  go,  into,  he,  she,  we,  me,  be,  you,  are,  her,  was,  all,  they,  my,  said,  have,  like,  so,  do,  some,  come,  little,  one,  were,  there,  what,  when,  out,  oh,  Mrs,  people,  their,  called,  Mr,  looked,  asked,  could

 

This week's new spellings: please practise spelling these 5 new tricky words: 

out   oh   Mrs   people   their 

 

 

 

Read: Choose one of your favourite books to read. Find somewhere nice and cosy and read it to someone at home. Remember to segment any words you find tricky. Maybe try a book you haven’t read in a long time. If there are lots of books you would like to read you could make a list of them and try to read them through the week.

 

Talk: What 2D shapes can you remember? Can you use the mathematical vocabulary corners (vertices) and sides to describe a square, oblong, circle and a triangle?  Do you remember anything about a pentagon, hexagon and an octagon?  Maybe play the game guess my shape.  You describe a shape, can your family guess the name of the shape you are describing?  

 

 

 Task:  Time to go on a 2D shape hunt! Have a look around your house  and your garden/yard and see how many of each shape (square, oblong, circle, triangle, pentagon, hexagon and octagon) you can find. You could even look for the shapes when you are out and about on your daily walk. 

Keep a tally of each shape that you find. Remember to cross over the tally when you make 5.

 

 

Let us know which shape you found the most of! 

 

Remember to let us know how you get on with today's challenges and have lots of fun!

From all of the Reception Team 

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Home Challenge 36

Today's challenge is:

Friday 15th May

  

Phonics:  Please continue to practise the phonemes and words on your child’s phoneme fan.

Today lets practise writing words in different ways rather than using pens and pencils. Write the words; plan, brag, swam, sink, milk, smash, mend, pink, pondweed, windmill in sand, salt, flour, glitter, whatever is available! Listen to each word as a grown up says it to you, segment it and have a try! Remember you can share your photos of your hard work o the Gilmour PA Facebook page or on Twitter! We love seeing your pictures so please keep them coming in!

 

Read: Log onto Bug Club and choose a fiction book to read! Can you find a story with a fantasy land like yours? Maybe find a story with super describing words (adjectives) like the ones you used yesterday? If you find any good ones write them down so you can use them in your own writing later on!

Remember to get your points by clicking on the Bug and answering the comprehension questions.  

 

Talk: This week we have been thinking about Fantasy Lands.  Today we would like you to talk about who might live in the fantasy land you have made and described yesterday? If your world is underwater could it be a mermaid? Or what about pirates or even aliens! Look at other story books you have and look the different characters to give you some ideas. Think about what type of clothes they would wear and what type of home they would live in too!

 

Task: Now you have had a good chance to talk about characters and explore books for lots of ideas, we would love you to design your own special character to live in your fantasy land. Draw a picture of your character and label all their special features! Remember to use adjectives too! Does your character have a long beard or golden hair? Are they brave? How about funny? We can't wait to see your labelled drawings!

 

 

 

We can’t wait to see your characters! Have lots of fun designing them.

 

From all of the Reception Team 

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Home Challenge 35

Today's challenge is:

Thursday 14th May

 

Well done children, you were all so busy yesterday designing the most amazing Fantasy Lands. What fantastic imaginations you all have.  I would love to visit some of your lands - how magical it would be.  

 

PhonicsIt's time for another Phonics Scavenger Hunt!   Ask a member of your family to write down the words below.  Can you use your knowledge of phonics to read the words and then get ready to run and find the objects around your house or in the garden. 

On your marks get set .............................gooooooo!

  lamp, picture, book, doll, train, fork, black belt,

handbag, sandwich, letter, flower, cotton, clock,

sliver coin, twig, plant pot, 

 

Read: Log onto Bug Club and choose a non-fiction text to read.  What is the title of your book? Does your book have a contents page?  Can you see any labels or photographs?  Did you learn anything new or interesting? 

Remember to click on the Bug and answer the comprehension questions.  

 

Talk: This week we have been thinking about Fantasy Lands.  Today we would like you to talk about the Fantasy Land you have made.  Can you use adjectives (describing words) to describe all the different parts of your Fantasy Lands. Think about using adjectives to describe what you can see, hear, smell, feel and taste

"The castle walls are grey and bumpy."

"There are white, fluffy clouds."  

"You can walk across a bright, colourful rainbow."

 

 

TaskToday we invite you to write a description of your Fantasy Land, don't forget to include the describing words.  Use you knowledge of phonics to segment the words.  Try hard to form all your letters correctly and sit all the letters on the line. 

Remember to use finger spaces.  

Challenge:  Can you write in sentences using full stops and capital letters?

 

We can not wait to read all of your descriptions!  Happy writing, we will see you tomorrow. 

 

From all of the Reception Team 

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Home Challenge 34

Today's challenge is:

Wednesday 13th May

 

We hope you had lots of fun taking photographs yesterday, I know we enjoyed looking at them and some of the beautiful video messages many of you have been busy recording.  Well done to all the children who played Buried Treasure, this is a super game to help you practise using your knowledge of phonics to read words.   

 

Phonics:  Today we would like you to practise reading your tricky words.  Choose 8 tricky words from your phoneme fan that you still need to practise reading.   Write these words on pieces of paper and ask a family member to write the same words on different pieces of paper.  You should now have 16 word cards.  We are going to use the word cards to play 'Tricky Word Pairs'.  Choose two cards to turn over.  If the two cards have the same words on then you win and get to keep the cards.  If they are not the same words turn them back over and try again.  You could play this game with a family member, the person with the most pairs is the winner!   

 

Read: Today we would like you to go on a fantasy story scavenger hunt!  You could look for the books around your home, on Bug Club or, with an adult helping you, look at story books on line.

Can you find story books that are set in:

* a jungle 

* underwater

* a magical castle 

*space 

*a desert island 

* a pirate ship 

* a spooky house/building

 

Talk: Miss Duffy loves reading 'Princess Evie's Ponies' story books.  Princess Evie is crazy about her ponies. But Princess Evie's ponies aren't like any other ponies - oh no! Her ponies are magic and, whenever Princess Evie rides them, she is whisked away on a magical adventure to a faraway land.  .  

Imagine you could ride on the back of a magic pony, where would you like to be whisked away to?  Use your imagination to talk about where you would go.  Use your senses to think about what you might see, smell, touch, taste and hear on your adventure.  

 

Task

After you have finished talking about the fantasy land that you would like to visit we would like you to use resources from around the house to make it.  Turn an empty box into a magical fantasy land.  Let your imagination run wild.  Will your fantasy land include unicorns, dinosaurs, talking trees or even castles made out of candy?  You decided anything is possible!  

 

We can not wait to see your fantasy lands, keep them safe because we will be using them for other challenges throughout the week.  

Have lots of fun and have a lovely day. 

From all of us in Reception 

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Home Challenge 33

Today's challenge is:

Tuesday 12th May

 

Good morning to all our lovely children and their families! We are missing you lots and lots. 

It was a joy to watch how you all celebrated VE day.  Your photographs and decorations were just wonderful - thank you for sharing all your news with us!    

 

Phonics:

Remember to practise reading and spelling your tricky words. How many of your tricky words can you read and spell? 

Today we would love you to play our favorite phonic game 'Buried Treasure'!  You will need an empty box to be your treasure chest and a blanket or piece of material to be your sea!  You might even want to dress up like a pirate for this game - Miss Duffy wears a pirate hat in school! 

Ask an adult to write the real and nonsense words listed below on pieces of paper.  Maybe write the words on circles of paper like real pirate treasure coins! 

Real Words 

swimming,  hopping,  brand,  cramp,  blast,  thank,  splash,  scrunch,  teeth, point,  scarf,  shred,  plan,  flip,  thrill 

 

Nonsense words 

gilh,  zark,  scrarch,  chlart,  parg

 

Set up your treasure chest and place your blanket (the sea) around the box.  Place the words face down.  Choose a word and use your knowledge of phonics to read the word.  If it is a real word place it in your treasure chest.   If it is a nonsense word throw it in the sea - just like we do in class.  Repeat this until you have read all the words.  How many real words did you collect in your treasure chest?  

 

Read: Remember to keep logging on to Bug Club and don't forget to press on the Bug when he appears and answer the comprehension questions. 

Today have a look at the books you have at home.  We would like you to find a book with a fantasy setting, your story might be set under the sea, in space, or in a rumbling jungle - you decide!  Read and enjoy your chosen story together .

 

Talk: Talk about the story you have chosen to read.  Where was the story set? Use the pictures in the book and what you have read to talk about the story setting.  What makes the setting special, would you like to visit the setting?  If so why or why not?  Is the setting real or is it a fantasy setting?  What makes it a fantasy setting?  Can you describe the setting.  We will be looking at fantasy settings over the coming weeks. 

 

Task: Today's task involves using your technology skills.  With your families permission can you practise using a camera, maybe on an iPad or phone to make a photo diary of your day? Take lots of different photographs of activities you have completed,  family meal times, photographs on your daily walk or photographs of all your family.  Remember to zoom in and out when you are taking your photographs! Maybe you could send these photographs to a member of your family to show them all the lovely things you have been doing and of course how amazing your technology skills are (ask an adult to help you with this).

We would love to see the photographs you have been taking, don't forget to ask ad adult to post them on the Gilmour PA Facebook page or our school twitter account. 

Your teachers could complete this challenge too and show you how they are keeping busy!

Have fun taking lots of photographs - don't forget to smile! 

 

Home Challenge 32

Today's challenge is:

Monday 11th May

 

We hope everyone had a lovely weekend and had a chance to enjoy the sunshine and maybe some VE day celebrations!

 

Phonics:

Practise the phonemes and tricky words on your phoneme fan. 

Before you begin this week's phonic work, check you can read and spell the words from last week.  Maybe you could have a little spelling quiz like we do in school.  

 

 This week can you practise spelling 4 new tricky words: 

what   when   were   there

 

Add these tricky words to your phoneme fan and practice reading them:

called    Mr    looked    asked    could 

 

Read: Choose a new non-fiction book from Bug Club to read and enjoy. Remember to use your phonics skills to segment any unfamiliar words. Tell somebody in your house about the book you have read when you have finished. You might tell them something new they have never heard before!

 

Talk: Lets talk about numbers! What objects in your house can you put into 2’s? Using toys, arrange them so that they are on groups of twos. Use these to practise counting in 2’s. If you are feeling very confident try counting other objects around the house in 2’s.You may also be able to count in 10’s or even 5’s! practise counting up in 2’s 5’s and 10’s. There are lots of great videos online where you can count in groups and dance along! Have a go and have some fun!

 

Count by 2s- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtxNe5yAF_E

 

TaskShare with us how you celebrated VE day! Draw a picture of your celebrations and write about what you did. Try to write a few sentences about what you got up to and tell us your best bits! You could also write about other things you have done this weekend. We love reading your news and finding out what you have all been doing!

Miss Duffy, Miss Orford and Miss Davies 

 

Home Challenge 31

Today's challenge is:

Thursday 7th May

 

Great work to everyone who tried our challenges yesterday. We hope you enjoyed learning about the International Space Station and how to do everyday tasks in space

Tomorrow will be a very special day. VE day (Victory in Europe day) is a celebration to mark the end of the Second World War. On May 8th 1945 the Prime Minister Winston Churchill made an announcement on the radio at 3pm that the war in Europe had come to an end. This amazing news is celebrated each year through parties and decorations. This year however, we must be even more creative in our celebrations!

 

Phonics:

Remember to practise the weekly spellings like, so, do, some and come

Time to get up and moving with a little phonics musical statues! On large pieces of paper have the words crack, trim, drip, bend, ring, creep, clap, chimp, shampoo, handstand. Then it’s time to get music ready! The grown up can play the music and stop it at random points. When the music stops the grown up will say one of the words, then you can find the word as quickly as possible! Carry on until you have found all the words! Maybe when you have found them all it could be the grown ups time to find the words!

 

Read: Choose a new book from Bug Club to read. Keep your eyes peeled for any tricky words you may find. Talk to someone about the book and tell them the best bits about it!

 

Talk: VE day is a very exciting time. The First VE day happened many years ago. What was life like then? How did people celebrate on the very first VE day? Why is it such an important celebration? How did people decorate their homes and what did they eat? Maybe look online for more information together and talk about VE day. Do you think you would have enjoyed the very first VE day celebrations?

 

TaskHow are you going to celebrate VE day this year? Lots of houses put up decorations of flags and bunting. Could you make your own flag or decorations for your house? You could put them in the window for others to see with signs of peace. Maybe use red white and blue colours like the Union Jack! Have fun and don’t forget to share your decorations with us!

 

Miss Duffy, Miss Orford and Miss Davies 

 

Home Challenge 30

Today's challenge is:

Wednesday 6th May

 

Well done to everyone who took part in yesterday’s challenges. You did a great job with the phonics challenge and thought of lots of creative places to read your words!

 

Phonics:

Today we are going to use the same words from yesterday but with a twist! It’s time for you to make your own phoneme hunt for someone else in your family. On large pieces of paper can you write the words you were using yesterday?

tramp, print, standcrept, thicker, sharper, pumpkin, handbag and seventh

Then it’s up to you to hide the words (maybe best sticking to only hiding them in one room or maybe the garden) remember don’t hide them too well or it wont be fun! Remember to read the words when you have found them.

 

Read: Choose a book from book Bug Club to read. Maybe try a different kind of book today. If you always read story books maybe you could read a non-fiction book? Or you could read a book about something you don’t know much about! Have a good look at what’s on offer, Books are a great way to learn something new and find new interests! Let us know if you find anything new you love!

 

Talk: Imagine what life would be like in space! Not on a planet or on the moon but the space in between. What do you think it would be like? What would it be like to eat in space? What about running? Do you think you could sleep up there?

Watch the videos from the International Space Station with an adult (grown ups may want to set this up and watch this first)

How to sleep in space- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyFYgeE32f0

Making a peanut and jelly sandwich- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2szk-NuKWg

How to wash your hair in space- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIjNfZbUYu8

 

 

Talk about how the astronauts do basic things like making a sandwich and washing their hair. How is it different to life here on Earth? Do you think you would like to live in space?

 

Task:  So now you’ve had a chance to talk and learn a little about the International Space Station! If the Space Station belonged to you what would you like to have in it? Design your very own space station for you and your friends to explore space in! Remember you need a place to eat and sleep, to exercise (and go to the toilet!) Would you have anything special like a room just for floating? Or have about your own space library? When you have finished think about what you would make each thing out of and label your design. You need to keep your astronauts warm and safe! Should the windows be made out of glass in space? What about the floor?

 

Miss Duffy, Miss Orford and Miss Davies 

 

Home Challenge 29

Today's challenge is:

Tuesday 5th May

 

Thank you for sharing lots of facts about your chosen planets, your models are fantastic and I am sure they will look lovely hanging in your bedrooms. 

There are some lovely games that we can suggest for phonics.  This week we are asking families to keep all their empty different sized plastic bottles and on Thursday we will play phonic skittles.   

 

Phonics: Ask an adult to write down this week's tricky words and the following words on big pieces of paper;  tramp, print, stand, crept, thicker, sharper, pumpkin, handbag and seventh

Space the words out on the floor or maybe stick them to a wall in the garden.  Throw a small ball/toy, or aim a small Nerf toy at the words.  Can you segment and read the word that the ball/toy lands on.   Count up how many words you can read.   

 

Don't forget to keep practising the weekly spellings (like, so, do, some and come).    

 

Read: A note for the big people in your family! 

Class teachers have updated Bug Club and have changed the settings so that when your child has completed all the allocated books and answered all the comprehension questions they will automatically move on to the next reading level.  Please ensure that your child can confidently read the books they have previously been allocated before you allow them to progress onto the next level .  Is your child recognising all the taught phonemes in words when they are segmenting independently.  Can they identify the tricky words and do they understand what they are reading?  To help your child read more fluently, encourage them to read the Bug Club Books more than once.    

 

Talk: Time to talk about numbers again.  Ask an adult to choose a number between 0 -20, can you count back from this number.   Choose a variety of numbers and practise counting backwards, this will help you to complete your subtraction work.  How many different numbers can you count back from?    

 

Task

It is time to use the space number cards you made again!   

Today we would like you to practise your subtraction skills.  You will need the number cards 0 - 10 to help you complete this task. 

Put all the cards in a bag or small box.  Choose two cards.  Can you use the cards to write a subtraction number sentence.  Remember to write the biggest number first.  

Use practical equipment or draw a picture to help you solve the number sentence. 

 

Maybe have a go at counting back to help you solve the problem - this can be tricky. 

8 - 6 = (Remember, first we put the biggest number in our head and then we count back.  We can count back using our fingers, we can draw pictures or we can practical equipment to help us).  

 

We would start with 8 toys and then take 6 toys away using the toys to help us count back   ...... 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 ,2 ). 

 

How many number subtraction sentences can you write?  Remember to count back!  

 

We are so proud of all your hard work! 

Keep up the good work and remember to be good for your families!

 

 

Home Challenge 28

Today's challenge is:

Monday 4th May

 

Good Morning to you all!  We hope you had a fantastic weekend and you are ready to complete some more exciting daily challenges. 

 

Phonics: Practise the phonemes and tricky words on your phoneme fan. 

Before you begin this week's phonic work, check you can read and spell the words from last week.  Maybe you could have a little spelling quiz like we do in school.  

 

 This week can you practise spelling 5 new tricky words: 

like     so    do    some     come 

Add these tricky words to your phoneme fan and practice reading them:

out      oh      Mrs      people      their    

 

Read: Log on to Bug Club and choose a book to enjoy.  Remember to use your knowledge of phonics to segment any unfamiliar words.  Can you spot any of our new tricky words?  Don't forget to answer the Bug Club questions, this will show your teacher that you have understood what you have been reading. 

 

 

Talk:  Talk to your family about the planets in our solar system.  It might help to research this topic on the internet or use some non fiction books that you may have at home (remember to get an adult to check the web pages are safe for you to use before you begin any research).Together can you find out which is the biggest and the smallest planet?  How many planets can you name?  Which planet is nearest to the sun?  What other interesting facts can you find out about the different planets? 

 

Task: Which planet did you enjoy learning about was it Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn, Venus, Neptune, Uranus, Mars or Planet Earth ?  Choose the planet you enjoyed learning about and using a variety of resources from around your home make a model of this planet. Maybe you would like to make a model of the entire solar system - this might be a task for the whole family to enjoy? 

Next, use your knowledge of phonics to write facts about the planet you have made.  Remember to segment all the words and form all your letters correctly. 

Can you sit all the letters on the line?   

Good luck and have fun!  

 

To Infinity and Beyond - enjoy exploring the solar system together. 

 

Miss Duffy, Miss Orford and Miss Davies

xxx

 

Home Challenge 26

Today's challenge is:

Thursday 30th April

 

Thank you for all your lovely postcards yesterday, we are glad that you all enjoyed your visit to space.  We hope you all enjoy today's activities.

The daily challenges reflect some of the work we would usually be completing in school.  Please remember there are lots of activities to complete, choose only the amount you and your family feel comfortable with - you know what works for your family.  Our Gilmour families are doing an amazing job home schooling their children - well done to you all this is not an easy task. xxxxx

 

Phonics: Keep practising reading and spelling this weeks tricky words.

Today we invite you to go on a phonics hunt.  Ask an adult to write down the words below in a list.  Your job is to use your knowledge of phonics to read the words all by yourself.  When you can read the list go and find the items from around your house and put them in your phonics bag/box.  

 

brush, torch, toothbrush, shampoo, paint, spoon, bucket, napkin, blanket, rubber, block, stamp, crisp, belt, rolling pin, fish finger, plant

 

Read: Today choose one of your favourite story books or a book from Bug Club to read and enjoy - the choice is yours! 

We are really impressed with how many children are logging onto Bug Club each day!  Your teachers enjoy seeing which books you have read and how many questions you have answered. 

Keep reading with your family!    

 

Talk: This week you have been on an imaginary visit to space.  Today talk with your family about the first man who really did land on the moon.  What was his name?  Which country did he come from?  Did he go to space all by himself?  What was the rocket called that he went to the moon in? 

You can watch clips of the first man landing on the moon on various websites, remember to get an adult to check the website is safe before you watch the clip!

 

Task:  It is time to use the number cards you made again!  To warm up ask an adult to put one of your cards on the floor (any number).   Can you count on and back from this number to put all the numbers in the correct order?  How quickly can you do this?

We are now ready to complete the task. 

Today we would like you to practise your addition skills.  You will need the number cards 0 - 10 to help you complete this task. 

Spread the cards out face down on the floor.  Choose two cards.  Can you add up the two numbers you have chosen?  Write a number sentence to help you. 

Can you use a counting on strategy to help you solve the problem? 

6 + 4 = (Remember, first we put biggest number in our head and count on.  We can count on using our fingers, we can draw pictures or we can practical equipment to help us).  

So

6 + 4 = might look like   +  *  *  *  *  = 10

we would start at 6 and then use the stars to help us count on , 7, 8 , 9 , 10) . 

 

How many number sentences can you write?  Remember to count on!  

 

We are so proud of all your hard work!  Keep up the good work and remember to be good for your families!

 

Miss Duffy, Miss Orford and Miss Davies 

 

 

Home Challenge 25

Today's challenge is:

Wednesday 29th April

 

Good morning to all our fellow astronauts, we hope you had a fantastic day in space yesterday and that you have landed safely back on planet earth!  It was lovely to see your story maps, we hope your family enjoyed listening to you retelling the story 'What Ever Next'.

 

Phonics: Keep practising reading and spelling this week's tricky words.  

A couple of families have asked about learning new phonemes at home.  This is tricky as different children are at different stages in their phonic journey.  Below is a list of the digraphs and trigraphs that the children are expected to recognise and write by the end of Reception.  Some of the listed phonemes may not have been added to your child's phoneme fan as they have not been introduced to them in school.  

 

qu  as in queen,    ch as in chip,    sh as in shop,    th as in thing,   ng as in king,   

ai as in rain,     ee as in feet,   igh as in light,    oa  as in boat,    oo  as in book,    

oo as in food,   ar as in card,   or  as in port,   ur as in curl,   ow  as in down,    

oi  as in boil,    ear  as in beard,    air as in hair,   ure as in pure  and  er as in butter 

 

If your child has all these digraph and trigraphs on their phoneme fan, this means they are working within phase 4 phonics.  During this phase the children should be practising reading and writing two syllable words sandwich, bedroom, carpark and words containing more than three sounds such as c-l-ow-n,  p-l-a-n-e-t,  ch-e-s-t.  

We will keep recommending phonic games for the children to play that will reinforce practising reading and writing words.      

 

Read: Today choose a book from Bug Club to read.  This can be a new book or a book that you have already enjoyed reading.  Re-reading a book will help you to read more fluently and help you to begin to recognise  lots more words.  

Please encourage your child to read these books, they are closely matched to their phonic ability and support comprehension. 

Please let us know if you need a reminder of passwords.   

 

Talk: Think about the story 'What Ever Next'.  Did you enjoy your visit to space yesterday like Little Bear in the story?  How did you get to space?  What did you do whilst you were there?  Did you meet any new friends?  How did you get home?  

 

Task:  Your teachers would love to hear all about your space adventures.  Write a postcard to tell us all about your imaginary day out in space.  Use your knowledge of phonics to segment the words.  Remember to sit all your letters on the line and form them correctly.   Don't forget to draw a picture on the back of your postcard.  

 

 

We are really looking forward to reading your postcards.  Have a lovely day.  

 

Miss Duffy, Miss Orford and Miss Davies 

xx

 

Home Challenge 24

Today's challenge is:

Tuesday 28th April

 

Morning children we hope you are all well! Your number cards from yesterday were amazing, we love all the different themes.  Keep your cards safe as we will continue to use them over the next couple of weeks to help us practise our number work.  

 

Phonics: Use your tricky word cards from your phoneme fan and your new tricky words ( what, when, were and there)to play splat the word.  Lay all the cards on the floor and ask an adult to call out one of the tricky words.  Can you quickly find the word and splat it!  You could use a cooking spatula, a large paint brush or a splatter from a board game to enjoy playing this game. 

Don't forget to keep practising the weekly spellings (was, theyher, said, and have).    

 

Read: We hope you enjoyed reading or listening to the story 'What Ever Next'.  We would like you to re-read this story.  After you have finished, talk about what happens in the story?  Who are the characters? Where is the story set?  What happens at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the story?  Draw a story map to help you recall this story, remember to draw the pictures in the correct order.   

'What Ever Next' story Link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn73STXrPP0 

 

Talk: Use your story map to retell the story to your family.  You could turn this into a little show!  Remember to tell the story in the correct order.  Think about using expression to retell your story and don't forget to speak clearly.  Maybe video your story telling show to share with other family members that you can not visit at the moment.  I am sure they would enjoy listening to you telling a lovely story. 

 

Task:  In the book 'What Ever Next' the bear makes a spaceship and off he goes for a day out in space.  We challenge you to look for objects around your home to make a space rocket that you can sit in.   Enjoy playing in your rocket and use your imagination to pretend you are going for a day out in space - just like the bear in the story.  Don't forget to count backwards as your rocket blasts off.  Have fun and get ready to tell your teachers all about your space adventures tomorrow!  

 

Get ready to blast off into space and we will catch up with you tomorrow when you have landed safely back on planet earth!   

 

Miss Duffy, Miss Orford and Miss Davies 

 

Home Challenge 23

Today's challenge is:

Monday 27th April

 

Good Morning to you all!  We hope you had a fantastic weekend and you are ready to complete some more exciting daily challenges.  Each week we will now be adding a phonics challenge.  These challenges will introduce new words to read and spell.  Phonic work will support your child's progress in reading and writing. 

Throughout this week we will be introducing a Space Theme to our challenges. 

 

Phonics: Practise the phonemes and tricky words on your phoneme fan. 

Can you read all the tricky words. 

 

 This week can you practise spelling 5 new tricky words: 

was     they    her    said     have 

Add these tricky words to your phoneme fan and practice reading them:

what      when      were      there    

 

Read: Log on to Bug Club and choose a book to enjoy.  Remember to use your knowledge of phonics to segment any unfamiliar words.  Can you spot any of our new tricky words?  Don't forget to answer the Bug Club questions, this will show your teacher that you have understood what you have been reading. 

Next ask somebody in your family to read you the story 'What Ever Next', this could be your bed time story.  If you don't have this story at home click on the link below to listen to the story. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn73STXrPP0 

 

Talk:  Talk about numbers!  What number house do you live in, how many people live in your house.  How many different ages are there in your family?  What is your favourite/least favourite  number and why?  Can you find any numbers around your house?     

 

Task: We would like you to make your very own set of number flash cards from 0 - 20. Your could draw, paint or collage the numbers for your cards.   Could these flash cards have a space theme?  Maybe you could make space rocket numbers or even alien numbers.  As you make your flash cards be very careful to form all your numbers correctly!  Are there any numbers that you need to practise forming?  When you have made you flash cards, use them to practise putting the numbers in order.  How quickly can you do this?  Can you start with the biggest number and put them in order counting backwards?  Next use the number cards to practise finding one more than or one less that any number up to 20.  Can you show this on your number line? 

Keep your number cards safe as we will be using them all this week to help us revisit our number work.

 

Good luck and have fun!  

We will see you tomorrow.

Miss Duffy, Miss Orford and Miss Davies  

 

Home Challenge 22

Today's challenge is:

Friday 24th April

 

 Congratulations Reception Pirates ! Your amazing 'Wanted Posters' were a huge success and they have helped to capture those silly pirates once and for all!   

Miss Duffy, Miss Orford and Miss Davies were very proud of your sentences!  

 

Maybe today as you complete the tasks you may like to dress up as a real pirate! 

 

Read: Before you read today, practise your sounds and tricky words on your phoneme fan. Have you remembered all your sounds or are there some you may need to practise a little?  How many tricky words can you read?  Next week we will be giving you new tricky words to read and write.  Today choose a non fiction book from Bug Club to read.  What is the title of your book?  Can you predict what this book is about?  How do you know it is a non-fiction text?  After you have read the text tell a member of your family all about what you have read.  

If you are unsure of your Bug Club password and user name please get in touch with us. 

 

Talk:  Talk about what you have enjoyed doing at home with your family whilst school has been closed.  This might be your daily walk, exercising with Joe Wicks, school daily challenges or face timing your family.  

 

Task:  To end our pirate topic we would like to invite all our reception pirates to make their very own special,sparkly pirate treasure chest.  Pirates usually fill their chests with precious treasure.  We would like you to fill your treasure chest with memories from your time at home whilst school has been closed.  This might be pictures you have drawn, hand prints of all the family, photographs or maybe you could write some memories down and decorate them before you put them in your treasure chest (don't forget to segment your words and form all your letters correctly). 

Why not ask all your family to add something to your treasure chest? 

You can keep this very special pirate chest for ever !  

Well done children you have made the best Pirates!

Have a fantastic weekend.  We will be back on Monday with some more challenges for your to complete!   

Stay Safe xx  

Pirate Duffy, Pirate Orford and Pirate Davies 

 

Home Challenge 21

Today's challenge is:

Thursday 23rd April

 

Happy Thursday ship mates!  

 

It seems the maps were a huge success and your family of pirates used your maps well to discover all your hidden treasure.  

 

Read: Today choose a book from Bug Club to read.  These books are matched to your phonic ability and your teachers are constantly reviewing the books you have read and adding new books to your Bug Club library. 

If you are unsure of your password and user name please get in touch with us. 

 

Talk:  Talk about the story 'Pirates love Underpants'.  What did the pirates do in the story and why did they do it?

 Miss Duffy, Miss Orford and Miss Davies have heard from their pirate friends on Treasure Island who tell us that these silly pirates are up to their old tricks again.  They have been cutting the elastic in lots of pants!  We need to stop these pirates from cutting any more elastic! 

Talk about how we can help to stop these pirates destroying any more pants.

 

Task:  Design a 'wanted' poster to put in your window or around your garden/yard.  On your poster draw a picture to show what the pirates look like.  

Use you knowledge of phonics to write sentences that describe the pirates:  

'He is wearing a big black hat with skull and cross bones on the front.'

'He has got spotty underpants on.'

Can you write 5 sentences on your wanted poster to describe the pirates?  

Make your posters brightand, colourful and full of information!  

 

Good luck fellow Pirates!   

Pirate Duffy, Pirate Orford and Pirate Davies 

 

Home Challenge 20

Today's challenge is:

Wednesday 22nd April

 

Ahoy there shipmates!  Top of the Morning to our Fellow Pirates! 

 

We were delighted to see lots of pirate ships floating yesterday!  You were all amazing sorting the objects that float and sink.  It really cheers us all up to see you enjoying the daily challenges with your families! 

We are so proud of each and everyone of you.  Keep working hard!

 

Read: Follow the link below to read the Story 'Pirates Love Underpants'.   We will try and base some of the challenges this week around this book.  Enjoy reading the story with your family.  Can you read any sentences all by yourself?  What tricky words can you see.  Talk to your families about the story.  What do the pirates do in the story?  Can you orally retell the story in the correct sequence? 
Pirates Love Underpants Story -
https://youtu.be/Vd8_Y1bEzA8

 

Talk:  Talk about maps, what do we use them for?  Can you think of a time you or your family might have seen or used a map?  Think about maps in a shop, maps of our country, city, school and local area.  Who might need to use a map and why? 

 

Task:  Can you use shiny foil, paper or any material from around the house to make  lots of pirate treasure?  Maybe you could make pirate coins and write words on them, a bit like our phonic game Buried Treasure that we all enjoy playing in school!  Think of places to hide your treasure in the garden or around your house.  Now draw a colourful labelled treasure map for a family member to follow to help them find all your hidden pirate treasure! 

Don't forget 'x' marks the spot!

Can you have a go at using your knowledge of phonics to write clues that will also help your pirate family find the treasure:

 "L-oo-k  u-n-d-er  the  b-i-g  t-r-ee." 

"L-oo-k  n-e-x-t  to  the  m-o-p  b-u-ck-e-t  in  the  k-i-t-ch-e-n"

Remember to segment your words slowly so that you hear all of the sounds, watch out for  those two syllable words.  

 

Happy sailing shipmates!   

,Pirate Duffy, Pirate Orford and Pirate Davies 

 

 

Home Challenge 19

Today's challenge is:

Tuesday 21st April

 

Shiver Me Timbers!  Good Morning Fellow Pirates! 

 

It was lovely to see all your pirate pictures and descriptions yesterday!  We hope you are ready for some more pirate adventures, get ready to set sail!

 

Read: Log on to Bug Club and choose a non-fiction book to read.  Use your knowledge of phonics to read your chosen book all by yourself! Your class teacher is checking Bug Club daily to ensure you have plenty of books to read and enjoy. 

 

Talk:  Talk about floating and sinking.  Collect some objects from around your house.  Do you the think the objects will float or sink in water?  Why do you think they float or why might they sink?  Why not test out your predictions in some water in the garden/yard. Write a list of objects that can float and those that sink.  

 

Task:  Can you make a real pirate ship that floats in water?  Have fun using empty boxes/containers and materials from around your home to make a big and exciting pirate ship.  Think about the different features of a pirate ship and the best materials to decorate and keep your ship a float.  Now for the exciting bit! Once you have finished, see if your ship can float in real water!  If your pirate ship floats successfully maybe use some toy figures to climb aboard your pirate ship.  How many figures do you predict can climb aboard before your ship sinks to bottom of the ocean?    

 

Happy sailing shipmates!   

,Pirate Duffy, Pirate Orford and Pirate Davies 

 

 

Home Challenge 18

Today's challenge is:

Monday 20th April

 

Ahoy there shipmates! 

We hope you have all had a lovely weekend together.  At this time of year in school 'Pirates' is very often a popular topic.  We thought that this week we would base our work around Pirates. 

It is time to set sail and share some Pirate adventures together!  

 

Read: Read a story book about pirates?  Pirates love Underpants, The Pirate Cruncher or even the Troll!  Do you have a different pirate book at home?  Maybe you could find an interactive children's pirate story online (ask an adult to help you and to check the story is suitable before you read it).   Enjoy reading the pirate story with your family.  Are the pirates in your story good or bad characters?  Do they help others or do they cause trouble? 

 

Talk:  Talk about pirates, what do you know about pirates?  How do you think pirates dress?  Where do pirates live? How do they travel around?  Do pirates have friends or enemies?  Can you use describing words to describe a pirate?  What would you like to learn about pirates?  

 

Task:  Make, draw, paint or collage a pirate picture or model.  Make your picture or model big and colourful.  Think about the materials you are using.  Add labels to your picture.  Can you include describing words in your labels?  For example, 'a sharp hook', 'a black hat' or 'shiny boots'. 

 

Enjoy today's challenges shipmates!   

,

Pirate Duffy, Pirate Orford and Pirate Davies 

 

Home Challenge 17

Today's challenge is:

Friday 17th April

 

It was lovely to see your recycling posters.  Maybe you could display your posters near your recycle bin.  Keep looking at the empty packages at home and check if they can be recycled.    

 

Read: We would like you to have a book scavenger hunt.  Can you find a variety of books in your home with the following characters, a bear, a duck, a witch or wizard, a fairy, a robot, a dinosaur, a dog, a nurse, a superhero and a teacher.  Make a list of the books you have found.  Choose one of the books to read with your family.   

 

Talk:  Talk about all the digraphs and trigraphs that you have on your phoneme fan.  Can you count the syllables in different words?  Practise segmenting words with more than three sounds such as l-a-m-p, t-e-n-t, c-l-ow-n, s-t-o-m-p and words with 2 or more syllables such as b-e-d-r-oo-m, c-ar-p-ar-k, sh-a-m-p-oo and m-or-n-i-ng.

 

Task:  Can you use your knowledge of phonics to write sentences about one of the books you found in your reading scavenger hunt.  Tell us all about the book, who the characters are and what happens in the beginning, middle and end of the story.  Remember to sit all your letters on the line and form all your letters correctly.  Segment your words slowly and write down all the sounds you can hear.  

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We hope you have lots of fun searching for different books and we look forward to reading your writing.   

 

Miss Duffy, Miss Orford and Miss Davies 

 

Home Challenge 16

Today's challenge is:

Thursday 16th April

 

We hope you had fun counting backwards and practising recording subtraction number sentences.  Keep up the good number work.     

 

Read: Log on to Bug Club and choose a Non Fiction book to read and enjoy.  Can you talk about the features of a non fiction text?  Look out for the headings, sub headings, labelled diagrams, photographs and contents page.  After reading, can you summarise what your book was about?  Did you learn anything new? 

 

Talk:  This term in school we would be learning about the different ways we can care for our environment.  Talk with your family about recycling at home and why recycling helps our planet.  What and how do you recycle at home?  How do you know if an object can be cycled?  Look at empty boxes and food containers, can you see the recycling symbol?  

 

Task:  Can you design a colourful poster to encourage others to recycle?  You could include a heading., labels and some illustrations.  Paint, draw, cut, glue and stick to make your poster bright and bold.  

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Happy recycling!  

 

Miss Duffy, Miss Orford and Miss Davies 

Home Challenge 15

Today's challenge is:

Wednesday 15th April

 

Thank you for sharing your Easter news with us.  It seems like you all had a lovely weekend celebrating Easter and eating lots of Chocolate.  We are so proud of all your writing, we can see the progress you are all making.  Well done!  

 

Read: Choose one of your favourite books to read with an adult at home.  Talk about the characters in the story.  What was your favourite part?   Can you design a new front cover for the story? 

 

Talk:  Can you count backwards?  Practise counting back from a variety of starting points.  Can you say what is one less than a number?  Maybe use practical equipment to help you count backwards.    

 

Task:  Use your toy cars, dolls, teddies or lego to help you devise your own subtraction stories.  "I have 6 cars.  3 cars drive away.  How many cars are left?"  Can you write a variety of subtraction number sentences to solve with your family? Remember to form all your numbers correctly!  

 

Have fun counting backwards!  

 

Miss Duffy, Miss Orford and Miss Davies 

 

Home Challenge 14

Today's challenge is:

Thursday 14th April

 

Welcome back to our daily challenges.  We hope you have all had a lovely Easter.  We are looking forward to learning lots of new things over the coming weeks.  

 

Read: Log onto Bug Club and chose a fiction book to read all by yourself.  Can you find any digraphs or trigraphs?  How many tricky words can you read?  Tell somebody in your family all about the story you have read.  What was your favourite part?  Who was your favourite/least favourite character and why? 

 

Talk:  Talk to your family about the fun you have had over the Easter weekend.  Did you get any chocolate surprises from the Easter Bunny?  Did you play any games?  Maybe you spoke to your grandparents or family over the phone or on Face Time.  What did you enjoy and why did you enjoy it?  

 

Task:  Use your knowledge of phonics to write your Easter news.  Think about using finger spaces, full stops and capital letters.  Can you segment unfamiliar words and spell lots of tricky words correctly? We would love you to draw a picture to go with your news.  

 

Don't forget to post your finished news on Facebook or Twitter for your teachers to read and enjoy.  Have a lovely day together. 

 

Miss Duffy, Miss Orford and Miss Davies 

 

Home Challenge 13

Today's challenge is:

Thursday 9th April

 

This will be the last Easter challenge for this week.  We will be back with the daily challenges on Tuesday 14th April.  Today's activity involves all the family.  We hope you have lots of fun! 

  

Task: Today we challenge you to create your very own Easter Egg Hunt.  Make a variety of paper Easter eggs and hide them around your house, upstairs, downstairs or in the garden/yard.  Write some clues for your family to follow that will help them to find all the paper eggs you have hidden. 

Maybe you could draw a special Easter certificate for the person who finds all the paper Eggs.  

Have fun together completing your very own Easter Egg Hunt!

We would like to wish all our families a very happy Easter.  We hope the Easter Bunny brings lots of chocolate for you all to enjoy.  Keep safe and we will be back on Tuesday with lots more challenges for you all to enjoy. 

Happy Easter!    

 

Miss Duffy & Mrs Bacon, Miss Orford & Mrs Slater, Miss Davies & Miss Johnson

and Mrs Alexander & Miss Capp

 

Home Challenge 12

Today's challenge is:

Wednesday 8th April

 

It was lovely to see all your unique Easter Bonnets yesterday, they were amazing.  We hope you all had lots of fun making them.

 

Task: Today we challenge you to design, make and decorate a variety of paper Easter eggs.  Maybe use the eggs to decorate your windows for people to spot on their daily walk. If you are out on your daily walk see if you can spot any egg designs in your neighbours windows.

Have fun, drawing, colouring, cutting, gluing and sticking!     

 

Miss Duffy & Mrs Bacon, Miss Orford & Mrs Slater, Miss Davies & Miss Johnson

and Mrs Alexander & Miss Capp

 

Home Challenge 11

Today's challenge is:

Tuesday 7th April

 

Well done to all the families who designed their own Easter baskets.  We hope you had lots of fun.  It seems the Easter Bunny is going to be very busy filling them at the weekend. 

 

Task: Today we challenge you to make an Easter Bonnet.  Can you turn an old hat, cap or empty box into a  unique Easter Bonnet?    Don't forget to decorate them and make them bright and colourful.   

 

We look forward to seeing your completed creations.  

 

 

Miss Duffy & Mrs Bacon, Miss Orford & Mrs Slater, Miss Davies & Miss Johnson

and Mrs Alexander & Miss Capp

 

 

Home Challenge 10

Today's challenge is:

Monday 6th April

 

Good Morning to you all.  Although this week is officially the  Easter Holidays we thought it would be nice to set a daily creative challenge for you all to enjoy.  Remember to have fun and stay active each day.  We also recommend logging on to Bug Club each day to read the books that your teacher has allocated you.  

 

Task: Today make your very own Easter Basket to leave out for the Easter Bunny.  You could use boxes and tubs that are ready to be recycled!  Cut, bend, glue, paint and draw to assemble and decorate your Easter basket.  

 

Don't forget to post your completed creations on twitter or Facebook for your teachers to see.  

 

Have fun being creative and getting messy. 

 

Miss Duffy & Mrs Bacon, Miss Orford & Mrs Slater, Miss Davies & Miss Johnson

and Mrs Alexander & Miss Capp

 

 

Home Challenge 9

Today's challenge is:

Friday 3rd April

 

Happy Friday to you all!  We hope you all enjoyed talking about why Christians celebrate Easter.  The story books you shared with us were beautiful.  Next week we are looking forward to continuing the Easter celebrations.  It was so lovely to see some of you FaceTiming your family and reading to them, I know they will be so impressed with your amazing reading.   

 

Read: Today choose a book for an adult or an older sibling to read to you.  Listen and enjoy the story.  After talking about the characters and what happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story, perhaps draw a story map for the story you have listened to.  Can you use this map to retell the story orally?

 

Talk:  Yesterday you talked about why Christians celebrate Easter.  I am sure you discussed Jesus and his friends.  We all need good friends, I don't know about you but I am really missing all my friends at the moment.  Talk about the friends you like to work and play with in school.  What makes them good friends?  Why do you like to play with them?  Do they make you smile and why?  

 

Task:  Today make and decorate a special card for a friend.  Have fun cutting, sticking, drawing and painting to make your card bright and colourful! Inside the card write your friend a message, you could tell them all the fun things that you and your family have been doing at home.  You could write them a funny message that will make them laugh. Can you make your very own envelope to put your card in?  You could share this card with your friend when you return to school.  If you know where your friend lives you could post your card in a letter box or hang it on your friends gate whilst you are out on your daily walk.     

 

Have a lovely day together and enjoy the weekend with your family.  Stay safe and we will be back on Monday morning.  

 

Miss Duffy & Mrs Bacon, Miss Orford & Mrs Slater, Miss Davies & Miss Johnson

and Mrs Alexander & Miss Capp

 

Home Challenge 8

Today's challenge is:

Thursday 2nd April

 

Well done to all the families who spent their time yesterday investigating Life Cycles.  The butterfly life cycle seemed really popular.  I enjoyed hearing about your favourite authors and reading lots of book reviews, they have given me some ideas about what books I would like to read - thank you!  

 

Read: Log onto Bug Club and chose a fiction book to read all by yourself.  Can you, with an adults permission, FaceTime or ring a family member that you are unable to see at the moment and read them a story. I am sure they will be impressed with your amazing independent reading.  You might prefer to read your story to somebody in your house. Don't forget to segment any unfamiliar words!   

 

Talk:  Part of the EYFS curriculum helps children to know about similarities and differences between themselves and others and among families, communities and traditions. Previously we have celebrated Diwali, Christmas, Chinese New Year and Guy Fawkes.  Whilst we were still in school we talked about Lent and how Christians prepare for Easter during this time.  To build on this learning talk together about why Christians celebrate Easter.  Twinkl has a variety of very simple power point presentations referring to the Easter story that can support this discussion.  

 

Task:  Can you use your knowledge of phonics to write some simple sentences to retell the Easter Story.  Maybe you can make your own Story book and write the Easter Story with some simple illustrations.  Don't forget a story needs a beginning, middle and end!  

 

Next week we will be suggesting lots of fun Easter activities that we would usually be completing in school.   

Have a lovely day together. 

 

Miss Duffy & Mrs Bacon, Miss Orford & Mrs Slater, Miss Davies & Miss Johnson

and Mrs Alexander & Miss Capp

 

Home Challenge 7

Today's challenge is:

Wednesday 1st April

 

Happy 1st April - April Fools day! 

It looks like you all had fun shopping yesterday.  We were delighted to see lots of children helping to look after their home environment - you are really kind children.  It is wonderful to see so many of you logging onto Bug Club to practise your reading, this will help you practise your phonics.  Your teachers will add new books as you complete the books and comprehension questions. 

 

Read: Who is your favourite author?  Why do you like their books? Choose one of their books to read with your family. Write a short book review about the book you have chosen to read.  Maybe you could decorate the book review. 

 

Talk:  Before we finished school we started to talk about life cycles, we investigated the life cycle of a bean.  What can you remember about the life cycle of a bean?  Which other life cycles could you find out about?  Talk about a different life cycle, maybe the life cycle of a butterfly or a frog.  Twinkl has lots of presentations and video clips to support these discussions, follow the link at the bottom of this page for twinkl.  The story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar is a lovely story to support discussions about the life cycle of a butterfly.   

 

Task:  After lots of talk draw/paint/collage or make a 3D model of the life cycle of a butterfly, a bean, or a frog.  Don't forget to show all the different stages in the life cycle.  Maybe use your knowledge of phonics to label your life cycle and to write some simple sentences to explain the different stages.  

 

Have fun creating different life cycles.  Don't forget to keep all your home learning to share with us all when we are all back with our Gilmour family. 

 

Miss Duffy & Mrs Bacon, Miss Orford & Mrs Slater, Miss Davies & Miss Johnson

and Mrs Alexander & Miss Capp

 

Home Challenge 6

Today's challenge is:

Tuesday 31st March

 

Good morning all!  It was lovely to hear all about yesterday's puppet shows.  I hope you had fun using the puppets to retell your favourite stories.  

 

Read: Log on to Bug Club and choose a book to read.  Have you chosen a fiction or non-fiction book?  How do you know?  Can you use words such as characters, speech bubbles, headings and labels to talk about the text you have chosen? Don't forget to use your knowledge of phonics to segment unfamiliar words.  Watch out for those tricky words.  Happy Reading.

 

Talk:  Part of the EYFS curriculum is about caring for our environment.  Talk about how we can look after our home environment, what jobs can you do to help your family care for your home environment?  Maybe you could put your toys away, set the table at lunchtime or help sort out the recycling? 

 

Task:  Today can you make your very own shop.  This could be a toy shop, book shop, a tin shop or even a snack shop.  What will you sell and what will your shop be called?  Collect things from around the house to put in your shop.  Make price tags for the items you are going to sell, take care to form all your numbers correctly.  When your shop is ready have fun playing with your family.  Which is the most/least expensive item in your shop?  Can you buy two items from the shop?  How much will they cost altogether?  Can you use real money or money you have made to pay for items?  

 

Have fun shopping with your family

 

Miss Duffy & Mrs Bacon, Miss Orford & Mrs Slater, Miss Davies & Miss Johnson

and Mrs Alexander & Miss Capp

 

Home Challenge 5

Today's challenge is:

Monday 30th March

 

Good morning all!  Thank you to all families that have posted completed daily challenges on twitter and Facebook.  It was so lovely seeing the work you have all been completing .  We hope you have had a lovely weekend with your family and managed to get lots of exercise.  We are getting ready to work out with Joe Wicks, we hope you are enjoying these lessons too. 

 

Read: Choose one of your favourite fiction books to read and enjoy with your family.  Talk about the story, who are the characters, where is the story set, what happens in the beginning, middle and end of the story?  After you have finished reading the story use paints/pencils/collage to draw or make puppets of the characters in the story.  Use your scissors to help you cut out the puppets.  

 

Talk:  Use your story puppets to retell your favourite story.  Maybe this could be a little puppet show for you all to enjoy.  Can you use lots of expression when the characters are talking?  Remember to tell the story in the correct order. 

 

Task:  We hope you are still enjoying using your phoneme fans at home.  This week we will suggest some new words to be added to your phoneme fan.  Today use your phoneme fans to help you make a phonic game for you and all the family to enjoy.  This could be a board game or you could hide phonemes or tricky words around the house and search for them.  Maybe you could make a new phoneme fan and play phoneme snap or pairs.  If you are making your own phoneme fan don't forget to form all your letters correctly. 

 

Have fun reading and getting creative together. 

 

Miss Duffy & Mrs Bacon, Miss Orford & Mrs Slater, Miss Davies & Miss Johnson

and Mrs Alexander & Miss Capp

 

Home Challenge 4

Today's challenge is:

Friday 27th March

 

Well done to all the children who completed the challenges yesterday.  Your reading dens looked amazing, we hope you had lots of fun reading your favourite books with your family.  Remember to keep active. Can you and your family make up a dance to one of your favourite songs?  

 

Read: Log onto Bug Club and choose a non-fiction book to enjoy. What is the title of this book?  Can you find any labels or headings?  Look for words with more than three sounds such as t-e-n-t, l-a-m-p or c-l-ow-n.    

 

Talk:  Practise counting in steps of 2.  Look for things around the house to count in steps of 2, socks, shoes, gloves, toys or maybe even pillows. Happy counting!   

 

Task: Your teachers are all missing you lots.  We would love to hear about some of the fun things you have been doing at home with your family.  We would like you to write a letter to your teacher sharing with us all your news.  Remember to spell those tricky words correctly and use finger spaces.  We can not wait to read your letters on twitter.  

 

Happy Friday.  Have a lovely fun filled day, we look forward to seeing all your letters.

 

Miss Duffy & Mrs Bacon, Miss Orford & Mrs Slater, Miss Davies & Miss Johnson

and Mrs Alexander & Miss Capp

 

 

Home Challenge 3

Today's challenge is:

Thursday 26th March

 

Remember to keep active and fit.  Maybe today complete the daily workout with Joe Wicks.  Maybe you and your family could make up their own daily workout and become the new Joe Wicks.  

 

 

Read: Can you make your own reading den, this could be out in the sunshine or under a table in the house.  Choose your favourite book and enjoy getting cosy and reading for pleasure in your new den.  Can you see any tricky words in your books?  What digraphs and trigraphs can you see?

 

Talk: Look for and talk about the shapes in your house.  Talk about 2D shape names and their properties, how many corners and sides do they have?  What about 3D shapes in your house?  

 

Task: After making your reading den, have a go at writing a list of rules for others to follow when they are entering your special den!  Maybe you could add some signs and labels to decorate and hang around the den.  Don't forget to segment your words and to leave finger spaces. We would love to see your finished work on Twitter.  

 

Happy building!

Post your finished dens on Twitter for us all to enjoy.  

 

Miss Duffy, Miss Orford and Miss Davies  

 

 

Home Challenge 2

Today's challenge is:

Wednesday 25th March

 

Thank you to all the children and their families who shared their home learning on Twitter yesterday.  It cheered us up seeing your beautiful work!  Keep up the hard work, we are proud of you! 

 

Today complete the daily workout with Joe Wicks.   

 

Read: Please log onto Bug Club read your Fiction Book from yesterday again.  How do we know it is a fiction book?  Discuss the characters.  Can you talk about what happened at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the story?  What digraphs and trigraphs did you find in words?  

 

Talk: Continue to discuss 'Spring'.  Talk about how our environment changes during Spring time, what stays the same, what changes and how does it change?  Discuss how our gardens or the parks we visit might change. 

 

Task: Today we would love you to practise some writing.  Can you write 5 sentences about Spring.  Remember to use capital letters and full stops.  Can you form all your letters correctly and sit them on the line?  Don't forget to segment your words and to use finger spaces.  

We would love to see your finished work on Twitter.  

 

Happy writing! 

Miss Duffy, Miss Orford and Miss Davies  

 

 

Home Challenge 1

Today's challenge is:

 

Tuesday 24th March

Hi all hope you are all keeping active, I have been enjoying the daily work out with Joe!  

 

Read: Please log onto Bug Club and choose a fiction book to read - don't forget to segment new words.  How many tricky words can you read now?  

 

Talk: Today is a lovely Spring day can you think about when we were Spring detectives in school, what clues did we find to suggest that it was Spring?  Task: Make/collage/draw or paint a spring picture.  You could include baby animals, flowers or maybe something about how the weather changes in Spring.  Can you add labels to your work? 

We would love to see your finished work on Twitter.  

Get Messy and have fun! 

Miss Duffy 

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