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Weekly Activities

Reception Letter 11.05.2020


Session 1: Watch the story of Little Pig Joins the Band by David Hyde Costello. How did it make you feel? How do you think Little Pig felt? What was your favourite part? How many instruments were there? What sounds do you think they make? Now, think about and choose your favourite instrument. It can be an instrument that isn’t in the story such as the drums, a ukulele or a shaker!

 Session 2: In the story from yesterday, Little Pig couldn’t find an instrument to play. I wonder if he could have made one? Your task is to draw or design an instrument that you could play! What sound does it make? How is it played? Think about what materials it could be made from and label your picture. Remember to use your knowledge of sounds and Fred Fingers to help with the tricky words.

Session 3: Following on from the session before, can you make your musical instrument? What can you use from around your house? Can you explain why you need each material? I wonder if there is anything in your books or on the computer that can help you? 

Session 4: Listen carefully to your favourite song. Often, songs can make pictures in our heads or tell stories. Have a go at drawing your favourite song as a picture. When you have finished your masterpiece, label it to explain what you have drawn. How does it make you feel? What instruments can you hear? 

Session 5: Listen carefully to your favourite song (or songs!) and play along with your own instrument that you have made this week. Try and follow and copy what the music is doing e.g. if it is quiet then play quietly or if it is quick then play quickly. Record some of your performance for Tapestry. I wonder if you can introduce your performance and explain why it is your favourite song? 


Daily Read Write Inc speed sounds lessons

Red group books

Green group books

Purple group books

Pink group books

Orange group books

Yellow group books

Blue group books

Grey group books


Session 1: This week, the children will be using real objects to see that a quantity of a group can be changed by taking away/ subtracting. Sing the songs Five Currant Buns, Ten Green Bottles, Ten in the Bed, Ten Fat Sausages (subtracting 2 at a time). Discuss how, each time something is taken away the total amount becomes smaller.

Session 2: Create your own version of the song ten green bottles using your own objects, such as ten cuddly teddies, ten fast cars etc. If you want a challenge, you could start on 15 or 20! Sing your own version of the song and upload it to Tapestry for us all to see!

Session 3: Subtracting game! Ask your child to line up 10 objects such as pebbles or buttons. Now, take it in turns with your child to take one, two or three away at a time and count the total amount that is left over. The winner is the player who avoids taking the last object. For example, if only 4 items were left, you should subtract 3 so that the other player has to take away the last one!

Session 4: In school, the children love the Topmarks website on the big interactive whiteboard. Play this subtraction game to help consolidate their subtracting knowledge they have been practising this week. 

Session 5: Now you are subtraction experts, can you complete the farmyard subtraction worksheet? If you finish and want more of a challenge, you could write your own questions and test your adults or brothers and sisters! Farmyard themed taking away activity sheet

Extra EYFS activities: 

In EYFS, your child’s learning is much more than just maths, writing and reading. There are many other amazing activities that you can do with your child at home that are just as beneficial for them. These can be activities such as baking, cooking, cleaning, painting, building, science investigations, planting flowers, exercising, bug hunting, playing board games, typing on a keypad, junk modelling and crafting. Whilst doing any of these activities, the conversations you can have with your child will enrich their experience and help them deepen their learning. Essentially, make the most of the time that we have, stay safe but have fun!

Read Write Inc and reading information for parents


Mindful Colouring

Mindful Breathing with Teddy

Mindful Breathing with Teddy Eco Black and White

Mindful Breathing Dot-To-Dot

Mindful Breathing Dot-To-Dot Eco Black and White

Well Being week

Home Learning Timetable for parents


Premier Education are launching a brand new YouTube channel so children can STAY ACTIVE at home. They will be releasing a new video each day at 3.30 pm. Sessions will focus on activities including dance, football, fitness, gymnastics, basketball, tennis and yoga and more.



Life Skills

Not everything can be taught inside a classroom. Perhaps try some of these to help develop our children into well-rounded citizens 🙂
Cooking, baking, sewing, getting dressed independently, house cleaning, shoe laces, gardening, washing up, exploring using money, writing shopping lists, typing on a physical keypad, fitness and health-care.