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Tuesday 2nd March - The Ugly Five by Julia Donaldson 

In todays story time we will be reading The Ugly Five by Julia Donaldson. 


In reception the children need to know that they can find information on the internet and in non-books. They need to have an understanding that a fact is something that is real and not made up. 


Can you choose one of the animals from a story to find out 2 facts about. The Ugly five consist of a hyena, a marabou stork, a vulture, a warthog and a wildebeest. 


Draw a picture of your chosen animal from the story. Use the internet or a book to find out 2 facts about your animal. Write a sentence for each fact. 


Remember to start your sentences with a capital letter, use finger spaces in between your words. End your sentence with a full stop and remember to check it as you go along.


Bring your picture and facts to Wednesdays zoom. You can show us your work and tell us you facts when we do the register before dough disco. 


Use the writing frame or complete on a piece of paper but ask your adult to draw lines for you to write on.

The Ugly Five by Julia Donaldson Read Aloud

There are a lot of beautiful animals on the plains of Africa. But there are also some ugly ones. But are they ugly to everyone?Story:Julia Donaldson Pictures...

Thursday 25th February - A healthy lunch for The Highway Rat

Today on the zoom you learnt about healthy and unhealthy food. Healthy food is food that is really good for us and nutritious. Unhealthy food is food that is not as good for us. Its ok to eat unhealthy food but not too much. For example its ok to have a piece of cake but it wouldn't be good for us if we ate the whole cake?


We know that The Highway Rat likes to eat biscuits and buns. Can you make him a nice healthy lunch to put in his basket. Can you draw the healthy foods and label them?

Highway Rat Healthy Lunch

Tuesday 23rd February - The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson

On todays story time zoom we will be reading the story of The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson.


The Highway rat is a terrible baddie who steals from other animals in the story. The police need your help to get him caught.


Can you make a 'Wanted' poster to help find the Highway Rat? Draw a picture of the Highway Rat. Think about what he looks like. What clothes does he wear. What features does he have. Don't forget to draw his horrible yellow teeth. Make sure you think about what colours to use and it looks just like him so people know what he looks like.


Underneath his picture write a sentence or two about the Highway Rat and what why he is wanted by the police. What did he do? Who did he steal off? Bring your wanted posters to Wednesdays zoom to share with us. 


Below is a link for the film of The Highway Rat. You might like to watch this if you don't have a copy of the book. Or you might like to watch it as well as reading the story!

You can draw your own poster or use the template below to help you.

Thursday 11th February  - Topic - Make a nest

This morning on zoom we looked at woodland habitats. We looked at the animals from the Gruffalo story and other woodland animals and discussed where they lived. We then looked closely at a birds habitat. What type of things would birds collect for their nests?


Today, we would like the children to go out and collect items to build their very own bird's nest.


You could even place it in a tree when it's finished to see if any birds come.


Please take photos and put them onto Tapestry. We can't wait to see your birds nests. πŸ¦‰πŸͺΆπŸ‚

Collect sticks, twigs, leaves, moss, feathers etc and make your own nest

Tuesday 9th February - Writing - The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

This weeks Julia Donaldson book is The Gruffalo.


The Gruffalo has terrible tusks, and terrible claws and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws. He has knobbly knees and turned out toes and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose. His eyes are orange, his tongue is black. He has purple prickles all over his back.


Can you draw and colour your own terrible creature who lives in the deep dark woods? Think about what it looks like. Is it a girl or a boy? What colour eyes does it have? Is it big or small? Does it have fur, skin, feathers, scales? What colour are its eyes? What is its body like? What colour is it? Remember its a "terrible" creature. Think about what the word terrible means.


Label your terrible creature and write a sentence to describe it.

Draw your own terrible creature from the deep dark wood

Thursday 4th February -  A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson

Today on Zoom we will be doing an activity where we are going to see how many things we can fit into our box. Just like the Old Woman fitting all those animals into her house.
After the Zoom call, I would like the children to repeat the game and see how many things they have in their box. You can give the children 5 minutes to fill the box if you don't have a dice. Can they count how many items they have?


I would then like the children to draw pictures of the items they put in their box and have a go at writing labels to match each object. This can just be on a blank piece of paper, no need to print the template below.
Let's see who can fit the most things in their box.😊

5 Minute Timer with Relaxing Upbeat Music and Alarm! Countdown Clock for Kids, Stress Relief, Fun!

5 Minute Timer with Relaxing Upbeat Music and Alarm! Countdown Clock for Kids, Stress Relief, Fun!We're back with all new amazing and awesome countdown timer...

Wk beginning: Monday 2nd February - A Squash and a Squeeze 

In  this weeks story time we will be reading the story of A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson. 


Can you draw a picture of the characters in the story then have a go at labelling them. Remember to use your robot arms to help you sound and blend.


Neatly colour in your pictures and think carefully about what colours you need to use. For example would you have purple pig? 


Also with your adult can you read the words are the rhyming sheet. Which words sound and look similar? Can you draw a line to the two words that rhyme with each other? Or even better write them down?


The activities do not need to be done on a print they can be done on a separate piece of paper.

A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson. Children's story. Audiobook. Read-aloud.

kids story book, read aloud audio book Julia Donaldson"Wise old man, won't you help me, please? My house is a Squash and a squeeze". A goat on the bed and a ...

Storytime for kids Emergency! By Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe

This half terms topic is based on book Emergency by Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe

Can you sound, blend and write the cvc words?

Fine motor skills

Getting ready to write

Fine motor skills are those that involve a refined use of the small muscles which control the hand, fingers and thumb. With the development of these skills, a child is able to complete important tasks such as writing and self and tasks such as feeding oneself, buttoning and zipping. 


In Reception we complete fine motor skill activities to develop, strengthen and enhance finger muscles to allow us to hold and grip writing untensils correctly and be able to manoeuvre them with ease to write. 

Home Learning - Fine motor skills Activities 

Can you write your first name? 


Can you have a go at writing your first name with a pencil? Your name always starts with a tall capital letter and is followed by lower case letters. 

What letter does your name start with? Do you know the sounds in your name? What do they look right? Which letters in your name are tall and small? 

Pencil Control Activity Sheets

If you have access to a printer you could print off the sheets below and encourage children to hold a pencil correctly and follow the lines with a pencil.


If you do not have a printer not to worry encourage your child to use a pencil to draw a picture and colour.