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Reception learning for Thursday 23rd April 2020

(Today's learning is all linked - apart from the maths task. Please read through the whole day before you start.)


Good morning Reception

You have done really well with your learning on Oliver’s Vegetable’s this week.  I have given you a little challenge today - With your new knowledge on vegetables I would like you to work with your grown-ups today to make something to eat.  The main learning is that you make it from vegetables - ones you like and maybe something new that you have not tried before.  Some ideas for you:

A salad – in a rainbow shape

A soup – See instructions below.

A sauce – for pasta.

A lunch box - with some new flavours inside. (maybe you could make the lunch for someone in your family)

Rainbow fruit salad

Rainbow fruit salad 1
Rainbow fruit salad 2

Physical Development


To do your daily work out – Joe Wicks / Yoga / your family favourite. 



Read through the recipe for soup with your grown up.  Can you use the picture cues to help you with the new vocabulary? 



Whichever food activity you do today - could you write out / draw / ask a grown up to scribe for you - the order / process that you went through to make your food.

Wash my hands / wash and cut my vegetables  / my vegetables are…. Etc.

Maths - Shape Space and Measures


Another pattern song for you: Patterns with Puff Balls!

Pattern | Words with Puffballs (Sesame Studios)

Join the Puffballs for the word of the day! Today's word is "pattern." A pattern is something that comes in a certain order and repeats. Can you find what go...

In the clip you will see that the Puff Balls kept getting it wrong today – it is ok to get it wrong – can you explain what they need to do to make it right – does your grown up keep getting it wrong today – what can you do to fix it and get it right?

A little challenge today - thinking about our shape work from just before the holidays- can you make your pattern into a shape – so can you make a repeated pattern around the edge or a circle / a square or rectangle shapes cushion? What happens when you get to a corner?  Or have a go around a brick or a slab in your garden or out the front on your walk.

Knowledge and Understanding


This is just an idea - Please do not feel any pressure into doing it  - I am aware some of you may think it is a good idea and others will not! The process of making anything with ingredients and talking about the method is the skill. But if you like making soup here is a recipe for you!


Ingredients for soup (carrots, parsnips, onion, water and vegetable stock cubes), scrubbing brushes, large bowl of water for cleaning vegetables, saucepan and access to a hob for cooking the soup. Bowls and spoons for tasting the soup.

  • Briefly recap the story of ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ by Vivian French.
  • Display the ingredients for the children to explore, encouraging them to investigate thoroughly by looking, touching and smelling the foods.
  • Ask the children if they have seen any of the foods before and if they know what they are.  Explain that they are all different kinds of vegetables, and ask if the children know what they are called and how they grow. Explain that these vegetables grow in the ground, just like the vegetables in Oliver’s grandpa’s garden.
  • Explain that today you are going to be using the vegetables to make soup and talk to the children about the importance of washing hands when preparing food.
  • When the children have washed their hands, look at the vegetables and ask if they look clean.  Talk about why they are dirty and ask the children if they can see anything on the table that could be used to clean the carrots and parsnips.
  • Give each child a carrot or parsnip and show them how to dip the vegetable into the bowl of water and then scrub with a scrubbing brush until it is clean. When clean, it can be dipped into the water to rinse it.
  • Next, look at the onion and ask if the children think that will need cleaning, then explain that this vegetable needs to be peeled before it can be used. The adult can begin peeling the onion, and then allow the children to take turns removing some of the skin.
  • The adult can then cut the onion in half and show the children the rings inside. When all of the children have seen the inside of the onion, the adult can chop it up, ready to be added to the soup. If the children would like to, they could taste a small piece of raw onion.
  • Cut the ends off the carrot and parsnip, then cut into long thin strips.
  • Encourage the children to chop these strips into smaller pieces using appropriate knives or scissors. Again, the children could taste a piece of the raw carrot if they wish.
  • Ask the children to add all of the prepared ingredients to the saucepan, and then add the water and stock cubes.
  • Ask the children if they know what will need to happen to the soup now and share ideas about why the soup needs to be cooked.


Another recipe from Down on the farm on Cbeebies

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