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Thursday, 26th March

Thursday 26th March 2020 


Good morning Reception children and parents.  I hope that home school is going well. 


I thought that might be a nice idea to make a home-school diary, if you have any spare time but don’t worry if your days are super full already.  You could draw pictures of different activities that you have been doing or add photographs.  Parents you could add any Wows to the diary.  Children you could write a sentence to match your pictures or a word to label them.  This would be a lovely thing to share when we return to school, I’m going to start mine tomorrow.   


 This morning’s phonics activity: 

For all:  

Please visit        username:march20/password:home 

Click on ‘resources and then access phonic phase 3 and select ‘Grab a Giggling Grapheme’.  


Mrs Balmer’s/Miss Hathaway’s group: click on the + oo ar or tile to play. 

Mrs Carr’s/Mrs Brennan’s group click on the + ear air er tile to play. 


To practise the sounds learnt so far: 

Play ‘match a picture’ and choose phase 3 digraphs.  Mrs Balmer’s group may need a little help with some of the phonemes (air/ure/ear/oi/ow) as we have not yet learnt these.  The Phase 3 6-7 game is also good for single letter word blending. 


Main activity: 

Today I would like you to do some handwriting practise:  we have been paying close attention to the letter ‘c’ family: c, o, a, g, d, q: all of these letters start out like a ‘curly c’ 

And the ‘r’ family: r, n, m, h, b: all of these letters start out like the ‘r’. 

The attached sheet shows you how to form each letter.  You can print this out and use it to practise on or use alternative methods, e.g chalk boards, flour, chalk outside, air writing, paint the letters with a paint brush or use a toy car dipped in paint to make letter car tracks on paper, water bottle squirting (quite tricky!), or paper and pens. 



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


Mrs Balmer’s/Miss Hathaway’s group: 

Counting 0-20/ 20-0, flashcards recognition for the numbers to 20.  Also, can you say 1 more than each of the flashcard numbers? 


Shape Space and Measure: 

For both Mrs Carr’s/Mrs Brennan’s and Mrs Balmer’s/Miss Hathaway’s children today: 

I would like you to go on a 3D shape hunt around your home.  Can you find a real life object in the shape of: 

A sphere (e.g. a ball) 

A cube (e.g. a Rubix cube) 

A cuboid (e.g. a toothpaste box) 

A cylinder (e.g. a soup tin) 

A cone (e.g. a party hat) 

Place the objects on a tray-parents can you describe one of the shapes to your child?  Can they guess what the shape is when it is described?  We have been learning the words ‘face’, ‘edge’, ‘corner’ or ‘vertices’. 

So for example you could say: ‘my shape has 1 face that goes all the way around with no vertices and no edges-they then need to identify the shape as a sphere.  


Good luck, and mostly have lots of fun. 

Mrs Balmer