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Wednesday, 24th June

Happy Wednesday Reception, I hope that you are all well.  Over the next few weeks I would like us to do lots of practical phoneme activities that involve you learning your sounds (phonemes) of by heart and gaining in confidence in blending to read small words and then longer words of more than one syllable.  There will be a lot of repetition but hopefully in a fun way.  

Phonic recap:  Flashcards and alphabet song or dance.  Can you remember all of your letter names? If not keep working on them.    We work on groups of letters whose names sound similar:


m,n,f, l,s, x




o, i, ,y,z,r (individually sounding ones)


Reading: please keep going back over those old words as well as your new set.

Spelling:  Keep going with 5 spellings at a time and once you feel confident move onto 5 more.  Maybe do a check on the five that you learnt first-have you remembered these before you move on? 

Mrs Balmer’s/Miss Hathaway’s:  Did you finish your comic?  Today I would like you to finish off your comic, adding speech bubbles and words.  If you have finished it then please spend some more time making up some words like we did on Monday.  It is really important that you can blend your sounds together to read them, this can be done with silly nonsense words as well as real words. 

You could use magnetic letters, letter cards or Scrabble letters to make the words.  First make the adjacent consonant (‘initial blend’) e.g ‘sl’/’pr’/’sn’ then put a two letter/three letter phoneme next to it (e.g. air/or/ai), keeping these 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 initial blend or middle phoneme and have another go swapping the end sound-what words can you make this time?   For example, you might make a word with the following letters:

b l ee t       or      p r oa m       or       c r ai t

  • Alternative activities if you don’t feel ready to move onto Phase 4:

Please keep practising your sound recognition and blending of words using the different sounds as yesterday, this will really help to build your confidence when meeting new words in books.  Then I would like you to practise your name formation, are you using your lead ins with each of your letters and your flicks at the ends of your letter?  Are you able to sit your letters on the line?  If you are super confident at this then please take some time to practise some other letters that you find tricky using the formation sheet that I set on Tuesday of week one or the one I sent on Friday last week.

  • Mrs Carr’s/Mrs Brennan’s:  

Today I am challenging you to write some oa/oe/o/ow silly sentences with the words below-the sillier the better.  For example:

The goat on the boat had a very big toe! 

You could do some pictures to match.  Don’t forget your finger spaces, take care with your letter formation, try to join your digraphs and start to try to think about which letters are tall and which are small letters.


Mrs Balmer’s/Miss Hathaway’s:

Did you managed to find all of the number bonds to 10 and then make yourself a lovely poster to help you to learn them?  You could finish this off today.  I have also attached number bonds bingo.  You need a bingo board each and  a set of numbers 0 to 10.  Put the cards in a pile and take it in turns to pick up a card.  The aim of the game is to make totals of ten, so you need to pair up the number that you pick up with a number on your bingo card to equal 10-you might need your poster in front of you so that you can check that the 2 numbers equal 10.

Alternative activities if you don’t feel ready to move onto number bonds:

Today let’s do some number recognition and ordering with lots of discussion about more/less/bigger/smaller/ next to, after, before, in between. With your numbers to 20, mix them up, pick two cards-which is biggest/the most, which is smallest/the least?  Put the smallest number down first then biggest e.g. 8  14, then pick another card out, is this bigger/more or smaller/ less than 8 and 14?  Can you put it in the right place?  So If I had 8  and 14 and then I picked up 3 then I would need to put the 3 in front of the 8 as it is less than 8 and 14:  3   8   14

Keep going until you have ordered all of your numbers to 20 including 0

Mrs Carr’s/Mrs Brennan’s:

First choose one of the following to practise:

Count in 1’s to 100

count back in 1’s from 100-0 

count in 2’s to 100

count in 5’s to 100

count back in 5’s from 100-0

Count in 10’s to 100

Count back in 10’s from 100-0 

Have you made your 0-30 number cards.  Time yourself how long it takes to order them to 0-30.  Now play a game with your grown up-they will take one card away but leave a space-can you work out which on is missing?  Now can they take one away and not leave a space-can you work out which one is missing?  How do you know?  Can you give a reason for your answer using the language of less/ more/between/before/after?  Play this a few times.  Now mix up your cards and choose just three-can you put these in order?  So you might choose  27, 8,  3 and you need to reorder these smallest to largest: 3, 8, 27.  Play this a few times and then see if you can switch and order them largest to smallest!

Have fun and take care, Mrs Balmer