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Monday, 22nd June

Good morning Reception.  What a windy weekend it has been.  I hope that you had a lovely weekend.


Please revise your phoneme flashcards, reading words and 5 spellings.


Mrs Balmer’s/Miss Hathaway’s: 

This week we will be working on the last two letter adjacent consonants and then we will move onto ones that occur at the ends of words.  Today I thought that we would work on ‘sw’.  Can you make me a list of words beginning with ‘sw’?  You do not need to write these on paper but instead you could use magnetic letters, letter cards or Scrabble letters to make the words.  First make the ‘blend’ ‘sw’ then put a vowel letter next to them-start with ‘a’, keeping these three letters the same, put a sound at the end-what word have you made? Keep changing the end sound only-what words can you make? Are they all silly or can you find some real words.  Then try changing your vowel and have another go swapping the end sound-what words can you make this time?

e.g   s w a b                               s w i b

       s w a c                                s w i m

       s w a m                               s w i d

       s w a f                                 s w i f

       s w a g                                s w i g


Mrs Carr’s/Mrs Brennan’s group:  Today I thought that we could look at some alternative spellings for ‘oa’ which are ‘ow’ (grow), which we know can also say ‘ow’ as in ‘cow’, ‘oe’ (toe) and ‘o’ (no) which we have looked at in our tricky word spellings.  ‘Oa’ is not often used at the end of a word where as ‘ow’ can be and ‘oe’ is not used in many words that you will be learning as yet.  I thought that you could explore rhyming with ‘toe’, ‘o’ and  ‘grow’ and see which words you can find-you could do this using word cards just like the activity above or writing.  Then you could look in a book that you are enjoying-can you find any ‘oa’/’ow’/’oe’/’o’ words? Or can you find any words with your grown up that use a different kind of ‘oa’?  Have fun exploring.


Mrs Balmer’s/Miss Hathaway’s:  This week I thought that we would move onto number bonds to 10, this is when we work out all of the ways to add two numbers together that make 10.  We need to learn the number bonds to ten by heart as these help you with other calculations when you move into year 1 and beyond.  We shall spend the week on this and then hopefully by then end of the week you will start to remember them!    You will need 10 counters, all the same colour on one side and a different colour on the other side, e.g one side blue and the other side red.  You can make these by cutting out circles and colouring them in but I suggest using a cereal box or similar as when you cut out your circles one side will be cardboard coloured and the other side will be the colour of the box. Now you can explore the different ways to make 10 by adding-put all of the counters in the same colour up-your first sum will be 10+0=6, then turn one over so it is a different colour, count your counters, your sum will be 9+1=10.  Keep turning over one at a time and counting the counters until you have found all 11 ways to make 10.  You could write down the sums as you make them or just explore today.


Mrs Carr’s/Mrs Brennan’s group:   

We have been exploring all of the number bonds to 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 over the last few weeks and their inverses.  How many have you managed to explore?  How many can you remember?  Take time today to explore one that you have not had chance to do or to see how many of the different bonds you can remember.  Are there any that you need to learn a little more?  Don’t forget that you can go back to previous days and either re-do or tackle an activity that you may not have had chance to do. 


If you are quite confident with your bonds let’s see if you can apply them in your sums using your number cards.  Spread your number cards out face down on the table.  Choose two cards and see if you know instantly what they add up to, e.g if you pick up 3 and 5 can you remember without counting on that they add up to 8?  You will also pick up pairs of cards that you will need to work out by adding by counting on such as 8 and 5, but hopefully your number bonds will help you with lots of them. 

 Take care, Mrs Balmer