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Week Beginning 5th January

Week Beginning 5th January 2020


Below is the home learning for the first 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. We recommend 25-30 minutes of work 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.



This week our Literacy focus is the story ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson.

Please share this book with your child. Below is a story version you can share together, as well as the BBC movie version which you could share together at the end of the week as a treat!


The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. Children's read-aloud (audiobook) with colour illustrations.

kids story book. story timeThe mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood....Music: RainMusician: @iksonofficial

Please make sure you read 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: Write a description of the Gruffalo. Use the prompts below as sentence starters. Think about what the Gruffalo looks like. Make sure you say your sentence on your fingers, use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops, and read your sentence back to yourself to make sure it makes sense. Remember, it’s ok to make mistakes! Just cross it out and carry on!

Gruffalo describing words

Gruffalo Sentence prompts

Task 2: Below is a speech bubble for some of the characters in the story. You can print these out or make your own by drawing the characters! Think about what the characters might say in the story and write some of these down in the speech bubbles.

Gruffalo speech bubble

Task 3: Create your own Gruffalo using different materials. You can make it 2D on a piece of paper or get some recycled materials (boxes, pots, egg cartons, kitchen roll tubes, etc) and make a 3D model of the Gruffalo. Look at some of the pictures below for inspiration.

Gruffalo ideas

Task 3: Make your own Gruffalo book. Below is a diagram of how to make your own little book using a sheet of paper.

Little book diagram

Task 4: EVERYDAY practice writing your name



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 have now learnt all the sounds for Reception and are moving 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

Phonics Sound Chard

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.





This week we are looking at number bonds to 5. How many different ways can you show 5 using your fingers or different things around your house? Can you write down all the different ways using number sentences?

I Know My Number Bonds 5 | Number Bonds to 5 | Addition Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann

Learn the number bonds for 5. Number bonds are simply the pairs of numbers that make up a given number. Number bonds can also be called number partners or n...

Why not warm up by counting in 2s, 5s and 10s?

Count by 2 | Dancing 2's | Skip Counting by 2 | Count to 100 | Educational Songs | Jack Hartmann

Dancing 2's is a fun way for kids to learn to skip count by 2. Children follow me doing different dances as we count to 100 by 2. Every time we hit a place h...

Count by 5's | Exercise and Count By 5 | Count to 100 | Counting Songs | Jack Hartmann

It's easy to count by 5! My video, Exercise and Count by 5's is a classroom hit across the world. It's cool Latin beat makes it easy to exercise and count b...

Count Together by 10's | Counting Workout for Kids | Jack Hartmann Counting by 10s

Count by 10's and exercise with Jack Hartmann. Build your body and brain with this count by 10's video. Count by 10's to 100 and build your brain and body. ...

Below are some numicon shapes that we use in school. You can print these out and use them at home, or create your own ones!

Numicon shapes

Task 1: Using the numicon shapes, explore which ones go together to make 5. How many different ways can you make? Can you make 5 using 3 numicon pieces? 4 pieces? 5 pieces?


Task 2: Have two spaces on the carpet labelled yes and no (You could use something to make a circle or just have the pieces of paper labelled and a short distance away from each other).  Use the number sentence cards below and work out if they should go in the yes or no pile.  You could make up some of your own cards as well. Work them out using your fingers or objects to count.

Number sentence cards

Task 3: Draw towers of 5 (or if you have some cubes or lego/duplo at home with different colours you can use them) and split them up to show number bonds to 5. Write the number sentence next to them. Below is an example.

Tower of 5

Task 4: Draw your own log and 5 frogs and use the clip below to act out ‘5 little speckled frogs’ counting down by 1 each time.

Five Little Speckled Frogs | Kids Songs | Super Simple Songs

Watch videos from Super Simple in the Super Simple App for iOS! ► little speckled frogs, sat on a speckled log, eating some most ...



This week in PSHE we are talking about persevering and overcoming challenges when we find something hard.

Try and do a challenge that seems impossible or hard. Some ideas could be building a tower using spaghetti and marshmallows or raisins, build a tower from cards, having some sequins and beads (or similar) in a bowl and trying to pick out the sequins whilst blindfolded.

Talk about how you found the challenge. Was it hard? Did you ever feel like giving up? How did it make you feel when it got hard? What kind of things do we do every day that are tricky? Do you ever have any problems with your friends? How do you solve them?

Talk about how sometimes we may come across things that are hard. Discuss how we could overcome them. If we were to do the challenges again, what could we do to help us achieve them?

Creative and Being Imaginative:


You can choose to do any of these creative projects or think of your own to make! It’s fun to explore lots of different types of resources such as junk modelling, painting, chalk, pencils, etc.

Below are a few ideas to get you started

Creative images



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