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Monday, 20th April

Good morning Reception.  


I hope that you have a lovely two weeks holiday and that you have enjoyed the sunshine. I have been busy sewing, cooking and gardening and of course thinking about lovely ideas for you to do whilst you are home schooling.  As always parents, pick and choose from my suggested activities.  Go with your child’s interest and concentration level.  All the activities given can have the challenge increased or decreased if you feel that this is appropriate for your child.  The activities can also be repeated if you feel that your child needs more time to overlearn the concepts rather than to move on and they can be done in small chunks at different times in the day.



First go through your phoneme flashcards, letter names with their sounds and current reading words. (Full reading packs can be done at a different time in the day if you wish as these can take longer to do).

Phoneme revision:  

Classroom secrets-please use your individual login details that were emailed to you before Easter:

Mrs Balmer’s/Miss Hathaway’s group: Page 7: ch, ng, th picture drag and match game

Mrs Carr’s/Mrs Brennan’s group: Page 4: ear, ure, ear picture drag and match game.



Mrs Balmer’s/Miss Hathaway’s group:  This week we are introducing the phoneme ‘oi’-the Jolly Phonics action for this is to cup your hand to your mouth and shout ‘oi!’ like a sailor shouting ‘ship ahoy!’.

I have attached a booklet that you can complete or use as an idea for your learning. Don’t forget it has two letters but only one sound, so when sounding out words use ‘oi’ not ‘o’ ‘i’.  You might think of other words/pictures to add to the booklet.


Mrs Carr’s/Mrs Brennan’s group:  This week we will be working on the  ‘r’ family adjacent consonants or ‘clusters’: gr, br, cr, dr, fr, pr and tr.

I have attached a ‘gr’ booklet for you to complete or as an activity guide.  Remember the two sounds sit closely together in a word and so we say it as ‘grrrrrrrr’ like a growl rather than as two separate sounds ‘g’ ‘r’.




In school we have been working on addition.  Today I would like to look at the concept of adding two numbers together by counting on.  


Mrs Carr’s/Mrs Brennan’s group have been introduced to this concept, but Mrs Balmer’s/Miss Hathaway’s have not.  Please could you visit the menu part of the school website and click onto ‘learning’, then click on ‘EYFS Reception’ and then right at the bottom of this page click on ‘Maths’  You will then see a ‘methods and progression of calculations taught at Greenmount’ page.  Please click on ‘addition’.   (Alternatively, click the links below)


Mrs Balmer’s/Miss Hathaway’s group please watch the ‘how to’ video ‘A2- objects and picture-largest numbers first’ with your child.


This shows you how to add by putting the biggest number in your head and then to use objects to carry on counting from this number in order to add them together.

Activity: This activity will be repeated tomorrow.  Using a small bag or a sock ask your child to count a small amount, of objects into it (within 9) and write this number on a post-it note and stick it on the bag/sock.  Then give your child another small group of objects (again within 9) to line up and count.  Then ask them to add the two groups together.  As the first group is hidden in the sock/bag they will need to put this number in their head-we like to put the number in our heads by touching our fore heads, nodding and saying the number (nod the number) or they could even stick the post-it on their forehead!  When they have said the number, they then need to carry on counting the other objects by touching each one in turn just like displayed in the video. Please have a few tries at this.

This is a new concept so your child may either get it quite quickly or need a lot of practise and reassurance-you can reduce the challenge in this activity by just adding on 1 more object outside of the bag each time so it becomes a more familiar 1 more activity and then move onto two more objects outside of the bag and gradually increase the counting on.


Mrs Carr’s/Mrs Brennan’s group:  Please watch the video ‘A3 Counting on-largest numbers first’.


Your video shows how to count on using their fingers instead of the objects detailed above.  Please read and follow the activity above for putting objects in the bag/sock but instead of counting out more objects outside of the bag ask your child to count out a certain amount of fingers which they can then use to count on.

If your child does not feel confident with using their fingers or needs a recap, then please follow the activity above using the objects.  If you feel that your child needs more of a challenge, then try putting a bigger number in the bag and a small number on their fingers e.g. 15+4.  The children did really enjoy exploring much bigger numbers in class but remember if you decide to put a much bigger number in your head always add on a smaller number within 9 on your fingers.


I hope that my instructions are clear and that you can follow them.  Have lots of fun.


Lastly, I noticed on Classroom Secrets there is a ‘timetable’ section for home schooling, if you click into this they have put together activity ideas for you to do with your child each day.  I am not suggesting that you do the number/literacy activities, but I did notice that they had suggested baking and craft activities that you might find interesting.


Hope you are all safe and well, Mrs Balmer.