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Week Beginning 18th January

Week Beginning 18th January 2021


Below is the home learning for this week. You can spread the activities and tasks out over the week. The expectation is for children to do 3 hours of learning per day, but please note this should NOT be done in one go. These 3 hours INCLUDES reading, creative and physical activities. We recommend 25-30 minutes of activities in one go.


Please remember to upload your home learning onto Evidence Me using the app. This is how we can keep in contact with you and give you help, comments and feedback on your child’s learning. Please also check the app for weekly videos, topic introductions, stories and more from the class teachers.





This week our Literacy focus is the story ‘Buri and the Marrow’ by Henriette Barkow..

Please share this book with your child. Below is a story version you can share together.

Buri and the Marrow

Please make sure you share this book at least 3 times. Repetition ensures that your child understands the story and is able to retell the story in their own words. It also helps with their vocabulary and sentence formation.


Task 1:Talk about the types of animals in the story that want to eat Buri. Where would we find these animals? Make some posters of different types of animals (farm, zoo, pets, wild, jungle, ocean, etc).

Use the word mats below to help you

Task 2: If you can, print out the pictures below, otherwise draw or talk about them. See if you can put them in order to tell the story. Write a short caption with each picture to say what is happening.

Task 3: Use the picture below to draw your own map for the story. Start with Buri’s house, and end with her daughter’s house. Make sure you draw the animals in!

Task 4: Using the resources below, print or make your own to play Buri Lotto. Each player has a Buri board, and a marrow cut into 6 pieces. With the other cards, turn them upside down and take it in turns to turn over a card. If you get Buri, her daughter, a lion or a tiger, you can put a piece of the marrow on your board. If you get the dogs, you get an extra turn. But if you get the fox, you have to take ALL the marrow cards off your board and start again! The first person to use all their marrow cards wins!

Task 5: EVERYDAY practice writing your name and numbers




Phonics should be done EVERY DAY. Whether it is just a recap, a game or practicing writing words with the sounds they have learnt.


We are now on to Phase 4 of Letters and Sounds, which is a recap and practice phase. It is so important now to recap and practise all the skills we know.

This includes handwriting, letter formation (writing letters the correct way), practising reading and writing words including polysyllabic words (words with 2 or more syllables).

Below are some words to practice reading and writing, but there are lots more you can practice!! Look around your house and write about some of the things in your house! You could make a list of things in different rooms of your house.




















Remember to practice reading and writing all your tricky words – these are words that we just have to know, we cannot sound them out!



































A good way to practice is to stick the words up around the house. Exposure to tricky words and sounds in Reception is key to helping your child remember them!


Below are a few websites and games you can use to practice your phonics.


(You should all have a log in for Animaphonics now so please check your emails for a sign up link.)



Please make some time to read with your child. It is good to spend time reading cooks for pleasure, where your child listens to you reading and may join in with certain phrases, as well as giving them a chance to read to you, an older sibling or another family member. Let them try to read it independently first, offering support where needed.


Oxford Reading Tree has a fantastic website where you can find a range of free books to read online that are suitable for your child to read to you.

Please make sure you are only selecting books for the correct age band for your child. If they are finding it easy, then feel free to move up an age band, but they should start off reading at their age level. If you have any questions about reading levels please do feel free to ask in the Evidence Me app.





This week we are looking at 9 and 10.


Why not warm up by learning and singing this shape song?

Shapes Song

White Rose Maths also have some good videos to help recap last week's learning. Why not have a look at them too?

Task 1: Explore the numbers 9 and 10. Stand on a spot and mark it with a line or a teddy. Take 9 big steps and mark where you stop. Go back to the beginning and take 9 small steps. Did you travel further than before or not? Go back to the beginning and take 9 jumps and mark it. How far did you get this time? Which way made you go the furthest? Try it again with 10 this time, or with different ways of moving.


Task 2: Create your own counting book. Draw, take pictures or find different items around your house or your local area or park. Make a book with different objects to represent each number.  


Task 3: Use some different things around our house to make towers of 9 and 10. What objects can you use to get the tallest tower? You could take pictures of you standing next to them to compare.


Task 4: Draw or make buckets or boxes with numbers up to 10 on the front of them. Find different things to fill the buckets or boxes with the correct number to match.





This week in PSHE we are talking about setting goals.

What happens if we try something and just give up when it doesn’t work? There might be some things we are not good at yet and want to get better, but if we give up we will never get better at them.


What would you like to get better at? What things are you trying hard to accomplish? What is your goal? As a family, write down your goals for the future and stick them somewhere you will all be able to see them.


Share the book ‘Because’ by Mo Willems together

"Because" by Mo Willems


Creative and Being Imaginative:


It’s fun to be creative – think about lots of different materials you could use to be creative. Paper, paint, pencils, glue, scissors, tape, chalk, pastels, etc.

There are lots of fun ways to get creative. Below are a few ideas, but you can be creative in ANY way.

  • Junk modelling from recycled materials
  • Painting on ice or ice cubes
  • Putting paint into a ziplock bag and using your fingers to move the paint in the bag
  • Blowing bubbles into paint and pressing paper on top to create a bubble effect
  • Using chalk on black paper to create night time pictures
  • Using leave or other natural materials to create animal pictures
  • Painting on pebbles
  • Using pom-poms on pegs as a paintbrush
  • Creating your own paintbrushes using leaves attached to sticks
  • Cutting vegetables in half and using them in paint to create vegetable printings





Children need regular exercise, and that's hard to do when you are stuck inside! Here are a few videos to keep you active or have a look around for some of your own - or make up your own exercises!




- Putting on your coat

- Zipping up your coat

- Getting dressed by yourself including doing up your own shoes

- Writing and recognising your own name

- Counting forwards and backwards to 20

- Practice writing numbers to 10