Reception Class News

20 May 2020: Home learning

Posted on Tuesday 19 May 2020 by Mrs Burke


I hope you re enjoying the learning this week.

Here are today’s home learning activities.


Words to read:

Remember you can practise phonics at BBC Bitesize.

Words to write:

sniff, twin, glad, green


Listen to the story of the week.

Why do you think it is important to share? How does it make you feel? How does it make your family feel? How does it make your friends feel?

Draw a picture of a time you shared with someone? Can you write a sentence about how you felt?




Let’s investigate the number 14



Watch Numberblocks.

Have a lovely day!

19 May 2020: Home learning

Posted on Monday 18 May 2020 by Mrs Burke

Good morning, everyone.

Are you enjoying this week’s story?

Don’t forget to send photos of your learning.

[email protected]


Practise Phase 3 phonemes at BBC Bitesize.

Join me to blend and segment four phoneme words.


Literacy  –    Sharing a shell by Julia Donaldson

Listen to the story of the week

Play pass the shell.

Find a shell or other object and ask your family to join you in a circle.
Pass the object around your family – when you are holding the shell each family member can talk.

Use these sentence stems or think of your own.

“My favourite food is…”

“My best friend is..”

“I like playing…”

I am important because…”

“I am good at…



Counting practise

Count forwards and backwards from 0-20.

Watch  Numberjacks  to learn about sharing.


Great news! All 90 Numberblocks episodes are available on BBCiplayer!





A week at Moortown

Posted on Monday 18 May 2020 by Mr Owen

Hi everyone,

How are you all? I hope you’ve had a good weekend and are raring to go for another week of home learning.

We had a good week at school last week. We made about as much sweet music as 8 children under 10 can make with xylophones…

We constructed weird and wonderful creations with bricks…

and tried something new when we made some lovely artwork with coloured sand.

What have you tried that was new?

18 May 2020: Home learning

Posted on Sunday 17 May 2020 by Mrs Burke

Good morning! I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

Here are today’s home learning activities.

Don’t forget to send me photos of your learning.

[email protected]


Practise all the phonemes at Phonics Bloom.

Phase 2
Phase 3

Words to read:

Read the sentences. Can you spot ‘cl’ or ‘fl’ in any words?

Literacy- Book of the week Sharing a shell by Julia Donaldson

Listen to the story


Draw or paint a picture of the characters.


Count to 20


You can use counters, small toys or buttons to represent the shells and containers instead of buckets

Draw three buckets with the 12 shells shared fairly.

Extra activity

Use sticks or objects as bones. Remember-you can only move two sticks!

Have a lovely day!


Last week’s home learning

Posted on Sunday 17 May 2020 by Mrs Burke

Wow! So impressed with all your learning. Keep sending me photos.


15 May 2020: Home learning

Posted on Thursday 14 May 2020 by Mrs Burke

Good morning!

Welcome to Friday’s home learning tasks.


Words to read:

The following words have a digraph in them. Can you point to the digraph in each word?

Words to write:

thump, boost, shelf, joint

Phonics activity


Watch this Bitesize lesson on the  rhyming  game.

Literacy- storytime

Listen to this funny story.

Did you like the story?

What was your favourite part?

Why not draw a picture?


Count to 100!

  • Hold up one finger for each number 1-4 then high five on 5
  • Hold up one finger on your other hand 6-9 then wave both hands on 10
  • Continue these actions on each 5 and 10 to 100

Extra activity

Have a great weekend!


14 May 2020: Home learning

Posted on Wednesday 13 May 2020 by Mrs Burke

Hi everyone!

I’ve seen some lovely learning this week. Keep it up!


Words to read:

Practise letter names by singing the alphabet.


Let’s practise long ladder letters.

Literacy – A map making treasure hunt!

Make a map of a room, the inside of your house, or your garden.

Write the names next to the different objects and areas on your map so that people can see where to go- you might even want to write sentences as clues for example; ‘On top of the desk’.

You might want to add x marks and hide your favourite toys or other items for your grown-ups to find! Your map might look  something like this…


Counting practise

  • Together, count to 20
  • Take turns to repeat this, BUT you give each other a number you mustn’t say Eg Amit tells mum she can’t say six
  • Mum counts, “one, two, three, four, five, uh-oh. seven, eight” etc
  • Now Mum tells Amit he can’t say four
  • Play this several times

Measures-comparing size

Choose from the following activities- (you might even want to try a few over the next few weeks!):

  • Use a spoon as a measuring device. Go around and see if things are the same size, shorter or longer than the spoon.
  • Why not make a paper chain. Talk about this getting, longer, the more you add. You could measure it. You could also count the links together?
  • Who is the tallest in your house? Who is the shortest and who is in the middle?
  • Can you make a list or a collection of teeny, tiny things? What other words describe small?
  • Which things are larger than e.g. a cow? Could it be a bus, a whale, a house, a car etc? Make a list or draw things.
  • Make long and short play dough worms and snakes.

Important vocabulary:
Long, longer, shorter, short, wide, narrow, big, little, huge, immense, giant, minute, tiny, teeny, same, taller…. Can you think of any more size words?

Extra activity

Who can jump the furthest?


Enjoy your day!


13 May 2020: Home learning

Posted on Tuesday 12 May 2020 by Mrs Burke

Hello everyone!

I hope you are enjoying this week’s learning. Don’t forget to send me photos.

[email protected]

Today’s learning activities


Practise recognising and saying all the sounds at Phonics Bloom
Phase 2
Phase 3

Words to read:

Words to write:

just, gulp, felt, land

Use your ‘phoneme fingers’ or point to the sound buttons to help. How many sounds are in these words?

Don’t forget there are daily phase 2 and phase 3 lessons at Letters and Sounds for home and school. 

Phonics activity Yes or No?
Write yes and no on two separate pieces of paper and put them at either side of the room.
Read one question at a time and run to either yes or no.

Literacy- Story Time.

Tell a story together using the ‘my turn, your turn’ method.
You – Once upon a time there was
You – Who lived in
You – One day, he/she decided to
Have fun and be creative!
Please  send me your stories – we would love to hear them!


Draw a story map of your story using pictures and labels.


Use this video to get your body moving and counting!

Activity- Counting on


Can you write the addition sentence?

Add with Numberblocks

Extra activity


Draw your home

You will need:

Have a lovely day!

12 May 2020: Home learning

Posted on Monday 11 May 2020 by Mrs Burke

Good morning, Reception.

Here are today’s home learning activities.


Read all the ‘tricky’ words.

Can you see the part of each word that is ‘tricky’?

Practise some tricky words here.

Let’s revisit the phoneme ‘er’

Watch BBC Bitesize.

Phonics activity

Write a sentence. (Adult to read)

He went up the ladder.

Literacy  Role Play

Ask your child to take your lunchtime order – try make it really extravagant!
They can use their exercise book or a piece of paper to write it down in a list using their phonic knowledge.

a hotdog with ketchup,
some crisps,
an ice cream… and more.
a hotdog with ketchup,
some crisps,

Don’t forget- let your child write the words independently using their phonic knowledge. They don’t have to be correct eg ighs creem.

Swap over so they can have a go at telling you their order.

Create a roleplay cafe. Write menu’s and signs.


Counting practise

  • Ask your child to count to 20 slowly and carefully.
  • Stop them by clapping once.
  • They whisper the number they were going to say next.


Try to do the same but counting backwards!

The number 13

Today we are going to continue to learn about thirteen.

Remember a teen number is one ten and some more.


  • Find 13 small things. Put them in two groups. How many are in each group? Draw your learning.
  • Can you do 13 squats?


Watch Numberblocks

Extra activity

Have a great day!

11 May 2020: Home learning

Posted on Sunday 10 May 2020 by Mrs Burke


I hope you’ve all had a great weekend. I went on a long bike ride to Harewood and Eccup. I saw lots of red kites and some rabbits.

What did you do? Let me know. I love receiving all your photos.

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Today’s learning:


Practise your sounds.

Oxford Owls is free at the moment.

Words to read:

Use your ‘phoneme fingers’ or point to the sound buttons to help. How many sounds are in these words?

Words to write:

scoop, frost, street, blend

Phonics Activity:

Write the sentence (Adult to read aloud);
I can smell the fresh green grass.

If your child needs more practise with blending use Letters and Sounds on youtube.

Please remember that whilst phonics is important to help children learn to read, there are many other things you can do to help your child during this time.

  • Read to your child-don’t forget the importance of this.
  • When reading with your child, choose more challenging texts, with more unknown vocabulary and concepts.
  • Ask lots of questions about lots of different kinds of words. Where have they heard a word before? Can they think of a similar word ? How do words relate to real-life?      For more tips on how to support your child go to OxfordOwl

Literacy- Letter Writing

Write a letter or send a picture to a family member or friend you are unable to see at the moment. You could tell them about the learning you have been doing and what other activities you’ve been up to. Remember to include: finger spaces, capital letters, full stops and to check your writing!
You could then put it in an envelope and go on a walk to post it in a post box.


Lay number cards 1-12 in  line.

Ask your child to turn around while you swap two numbers, eg 12 and 2

Ask your child to count along the line and tell you when they reach a wrong number. Ask them to count on to the next wrong number. Can they sy which two numbers have been swapped?

Number Story
Use toys at home to make a number story.
E.g. “First there were 6 teddies having a picnic. Then 3 more teddies came along to join them. Now there are 9 teddies altogether. Use the template below to record your learning.


Can you think of a number story using subtraction?
E.g. “First there were 10 people on the bus. Then 2 people got off at the next stop. Now there are 8 people on the bus.”

Extra activity

Set up and run a shop.

Have a great day!