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Home Schooling WB 20.4.20

Hi everyone, hope you are all well and managing with all the challenges that the lockdown is bringing. Here is some work for the week. Have a go at it, don’t worry about it, just have a go and do your best. We know it is not easy home schooling whilst juggling everything else, especially if you are having to work from home at the same time!

I’ve added the planning that I would have been doing for maths and the Monday writing session that throughout the school is called ‘Big Write’. I have also added 5 daily phonics sessions on PowerPoint from Twinkl. These PowerPoints are interactive and start the phase 4 phonics that we would be doing in class. You will find these resources in the down loads below. Finally I’ve added 5 different topic themed sessions that will cover art, design and science areas of the curriculum. I’ve decided to have Space as the topic for the next 3 weeks as it was the most popular suggestion from the children.  Please use the planning as a tool and a guide to help you and your child with age appropriate learning. I hope it is of use to you all, it is very difficult to know what will work best for you, so please email me with comments and any questions that you have. I would be grateful if you could take pictures and put them underneath so everyone can see what each other has been up to. The children will love to see their friends and myself and/or Mrs Duxbury will be respond to every post made.

I have also added some essential resources to help you home school on the Reception Class Page on the main website. They include phase 2 and 3 sound mats, tricky word mats, number cards to 20, number lines to 20 and a 100 square. They are there for you to down load and print. These are for you to use alongside the writing and maths activities. 

Much love and the very best of wishes to you and you families and remember to try and relax and have fun. Singing, story times, dancing, playing, exploring, running, jumping and getting fresh air are just as important as anything I have listed below or I have written on any plan!

Miss McNulty


Week Beginning 20.4.2020



These are the objectives for the week.

  • To begin to understand the vocabulary of subtraction – takeaway, minus, subtract
  • To understand that when you take away the number of things gets smaller
  • To find ways to accurately represent what is happening to the quantity of things using resources
  • To find ways to show items have been taken away on paper
  • To take away from  numbers to 10
  • To count back to find the answer of a subtraction


Activity 1

Firstly count forward and back to 20 along a number line. Cover up the number line and all children write numbers 11 to 20 on their sheet.

Number stories that subtract.

“There were 8 alien friends having fun playing tig on the planet Mars, it was getting late and 3 of them decided to go home and jumped down the whole in a large crater. How many aliens were left playing tig?”

Complete the number story by drawing on paper what happens– circling into a set, crossing out, writing a number line and making the jumps back explicit etc. How many are left? Can children draw the part part whole diagram to show how the numbers are grouped? Can they colour the part of the diagram with the answer?

HA Extension: to write the calculation and create a subtraction number story for the others to solve.

LA Support: have alien characters (and a sock for the crater hole) available for children to act out the story as the number story is being told prior to drawing and mark making.

Activity 2

Ordering numbers to 20

Use a pack of 1-20 number cards. Place the number 10 in a position where cards can be laid down either side. Shuffle the cards and lay them out face down. Children take turns to turn a card over, read it, say whether it is less than or greater than 10. The child then positions it in about the right place. Other children can help with this making their reasoning explicit. Play continues until the 1-20 number line is complete. Children then count forwards and back to and from 20 pointing to the numbers as they count. Teacher support and if appropriate a completed number line, to help those less confident with reading numbers.

HA Extension:

Take the counting back from 20 challenge using no resources.

Play the above game using a selection of number cards to 100. Ask “if double 5 is ten what double makes 100?” look at place value and make the tens and ones in 2 digit numbers explicit. Place 1, 50 and 100 into position ready for other numbers to be added making a number line. Children take turns to turn over a number card, read it, say whether it is less than or greater than 50 and finally they are to estimate its position along the line - explaining their own reasoning and understanding of place value.

Play Buds Number Garden on BBC Bite Size


Watch Counting to 20 Number Blocks on BBC iplayer




See Big Write planning for this week’s writing activity based upon the story Whatever Next! By Jill Murphy. See link below for a YouTube reading of the story.



Children to pretend they are Baby Bear and answer questions in role (hot seating). See the down load document for suggested questions to ask your child in role.

Complete a list of 10 things you would take to the moon. See down load.


See PowerPoint presentations in the downloads below.


Final consonant blends mp nd nk nt sk


Final consonant blends lp lf lt lk lm ld lb


Final consonant blends st ct ft pt xt


Final consonant blends revisit above blends


Applying the consonant blends learnt this week in a shared read.


See Active Learn website and read 2 more books from the stage you are on.

Space Topic – The Moon


What are space rockets like?

Find out about the different parts of a rocket.

Find out about the top part of the rocket where the astronauts sit.

Make a rocket out of house hold junk.


What was the rocket for the Apollo 11 mission like?

Find out about the first moon landing.

Find out about the Eagle (the lunar module) and the Colombia (the command module).

Find out about how the Colombia orbited the moon as the Eagle landed.

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raN5VLEro1w10

Role play flying in the rocket to the moon, landing on the moon and walking on the moon for the first time.



What is the moon like?

 Find out about what it is like on the moon. Pay particular attention to what the surface of the moon is like and why. Use books if you have them including Whatever Next by Jill Murphy.  In class I use ‘On the Moon – Osborne First Read Books’ here it is on YouTube but you’ll have to pause the video on each page to read it!



Paint a picture of the moon’s surface. Use paint with an added thickener like sand or flour (and some PVA if you have it) to make a raised painting of the moon’s surface. Include some craters of different sizes.



Find out about the space suits that astronauts wear. Have a look at the document ‘Space Suits’ you will find a paragraph about suits, a labelling worksheet and a few dolly peg photos to inspire you!.



Have a go at labelling the picture.

If you have any dolly pegs, make an astronaut using foil and felt tip pens.


How did the astronauts explore the moon?

Find out about space buggies. Watch a little of the following YouTube video:


Make your own space buggy out of Lego.

See examples on the document Lego Buggies.


Practise forming the zigzag letters v w z and capitals M, N V W Z.

Roll playdough with both hands into a long worm. Mould the worm into each of the zigzag letter shapes.


Homemade playdough recipe:

You will need:

1 cup plain (all-purpose) flour
½ cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup water with food colouring added
1 teaspoon vanilla essence (optional but it makes the play dough smell nice!)

Put all the ingredients into a large saucepan, and stir over a medium heat until the dough forms into a ball. Allow to cool, and then knead until smooth. 

Store in an airtight container (a Ziploc bag with the air pressed out is good).






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