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Monday, 30th March

Good morning Reception. 

I hope that you have a lovely weekend.  I hope that you are enjoying the activities that I am sending home.  I am trying to make them as fun and interactive as I can and to include activities that you can go back to at any time and do in small manageable chunks.  The activities are just suggestions, so if you find a game that you prefer that teaches the same information then go on this instead. 


If you are finding the phonic activities a little difficult at this time then opt for the phase 2 option and if you fancy a challenge then opt for Phase 4.  Lots of the activities are for Phase 3 as a good solid grounding in this Phase will really help your child when you move into Year 1. 


Today’s phonics: for daily phoneme flashcards: 

Please make some phoneme cards together for ah, ch, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, er and today’s sound ow (attached). 


Mrs Carr’s/Mrs Brennan’s group add oi, ear, aire, ure 

These can then be put in a small gift box/bag and used everyday from now on. 

Letter name knowledge is personal to your child at this stage.  Please go through the alphabet with them in a random order using letter cards, saying ‘it’s sound is.... and its name is...-we do this everyday in school so your child will know what I mean!  You will be able to see which letter names they do not know.  It would be a good idea to practise these daily until they know all 26.  If they know them all, try learning the alphabet song for letter order. 


Mrs Balmer’s/Miss Hathaway’s Main activity: 

Today we are learning a new sound ‘ow’ as in ‘cow’, how’, now’, town’.  The Jolly Phonics action for this is to poke your index finger with the index finger on your other hand and say ‘ou!’ (The Jolly picture is of a needle and thread which could poke your finger). 


I would like you to access Letterjoin, this can be done on your p.c and your child can copy the formation onto paper or you can access the activity on a tablet. 

Please visit:

Letter-join. Cursive handwriting resource for school and home.

An on-line resource for teaching cursive handwriting for KS1, KS2 and SEN. Contains animated pre-cursive patterns, letters and words, IWB facility, cursive handwriting worksheet generator and hundreds of ready-made PDF printables.


tablet edition: username: ak78933, swipe code: A capital ‘L’ starting at the top left. 

p.c home school account: username: ak78933, password: home 


Click onto ‘phonics’ and choose ‘ow’, click on watch-it will show you how to form the joined phoneme (digraph) and the sound it makes. 

Can you blend to read the words: now/how/cow?  


Mrs Carr’s/Mrs Brennan’s group:   

Continuing with Phase 4 adjacent consonants today I have attached a letter blends and picture matching game for, bl, cl, fl, gl, pl,sl.  This can be printed out and used as a cut and stick activity or your child could use the pictures and then try to write the words to match.  They could have a try at forming the adjacent consonants on Letterjoin also if you wish-click on ‘Phonics’ and then ‘Phase 4’. 



Number: Mrs Carr’s/Mrs Brennan’s group: Daily counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, number double recall and number bonds to 10 recall. 

Followed by number 13, 14 formation sheets (attached). 


Mrs Balmer’s/Miss Hathaway’s group: 

Daily counting 0-20/ 20-0, flashcards recognition for the numbers to 20.  One 1 less than each of the flashcard numbers in random order.  Can you order then numbers 0-5/0-10/11-20?  Try counting and checking as you order.  As a challenge try removing 1 number from the number line-can they tell you which one you have taken?   


Using the number formation booklet from last Tuesday please practise forming the numbers 3,4,5.  

As always you can print out the sheets or work on your own paper, chalk board etc-make it fun for you and your child. 


Take care and have fun.  Mrs Balmer