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Monday 18th May

Good morning Reception welcome to today's learning 

This is the last week of this half term and this topic – Where have the last 5 weeks gone?

This week we will be looking at our learning through the story of Jack and the beanstalk.  I thought it was a nice ending to our growing topic.  I know Jack has a rather extreme growing experience- I hope all of your little seedlings are growing big and strong and you never know what type of magic may be laying at the end of them!



Personal Social and Emotional Development - Relationships 

We have spent the last 4 weeks looking at things being unfair and how we can make people happy.  I would like you to create a poster this week celebrating your new understanding about relationships and how you have developed your understanding for feelings - your own and the feelings of others.  

I would like you to use the ideas on the 2 poster  web links below to come up with you own poster this week – you can take as long as you like on it – do it now, or add a little bit to it each day. Talk about the posters with your grown up and then come back to it tomorrow – it is up to you.

I hope to create another gallery page...

Task – I would like you to make a poster that has all of the things we have thought about over the last 4 weeks about things being fair and unfair.  What Nina and Tom have been through, how the giant helped Nina. Your pictures that you created last week.  This poster will be a celebration of your understanding and how you are able to accept that sometimes things are not fair but it is up to us to stay calm and cope when they are not.

LISTEN, LOOK and THNK are really good words to have on your poster to help you organise your thoughts – a starting point for you – I am looking forward to seeing them.

Physical Development - Gross motor control skills


Don’t forget to get your daily exercise, hope you are all keeping fit!

Physical development  - Fine motor control skills


If you would like to continue with the handwriting patterns this week. If you have mastered the swirls pattern from last week have a look at the tunnel patterns for this week. Watch the clip and then have a go! See how many you can do in a row – can you keep them all the same size?

Tunnel Patterns

Communication Language and Literacy


This week’s book is Jack and the Beanstalk. It is a familiar story to some of you I’m sure. Have a listen to the story. Can you retell the story to your grown up afterwards.

Jack and the Beanstalk - Introduction

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Read by Mrs Hodge

Jack and the Beanstalk - the story

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Read by Mrs Hodge


This week we are looking at the next sound in set 3 ‘a-e’ This is our first encounter with a sound like this – We call them ‘Split vowel diagraphs’ (the vowel sound has been split into 2 letters but it is still one sound) the dash in between the letters indicates a missing letter. It changes the ‘a’ sound into the letter name – for example ‘make’ it is not ‘mac’ it is ‘make’. There are so many words in the children reading books that they will have come across already – it will not hopefully make life a little bit easier once they have learnt the rule.

Just to add another layer of confusion they already know the ’ay’ sound as we learnt ‘ay may I play’ in set 2.


I have attached the ’a-e’ sheet from Read Write Inc to help you get started today. PDF

I found this song – the children will probably love it (the parents less so) It may help with hearing the words and recognising the pattern.

Phonics Kids 6A Unit 1 | Split Vowel Pair "a_e" | ake, ame, ane, ate |

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a_e flashcard sheet from Read Write Inc


Can you write a brief update on the caterpillars today - day 26

Don't forget your capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.  

Maths - Number

A new mini topic for maths this week – doubling and halving.  This is the early stages of multiplication and division for Reception. 

Parent notes: The children will learn that double means ‘twice as many’ they should be given opportunities to build doubles using real object and mathematical equipment.  Children need to see doubles form before them. Mirrors are a good way to see a double.  Encourage the children to say the double as it forms – double 2 is 4 etc.

Give the children examples of doubles and non-doubles for the children to sort and explain. 



Talk with the children about doubles afterwards – what can they show you from the program?

If they have 1 what happens if you double 1

Repeat with 2,3,4,5.

If they are confident with this can they go higher?

How high can they go? 


Use fingers, counting blocks – whatever you have at your fingertips!







Knowledge and Understanding of the World - Religion


This week we are going to look at our next RE unit on ‘Good News’ there will be a little challenge each day for our topic.  This topic is about the events after Easter and the coming of the Holy Spirit in Pentecost.

I have some Bible extracts for the children to listen to and some nice activities for them to do.


Today’s task: our unit is called ‘Good News’ – what is good news?  Can you make a list with words, (tell a grown up) draw pictures, find some things around your house that show good news- cards, invitations, photographs, banner, balloons, anything to do with a party /good news / a celebration.

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