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Reception Summer 1 Week 4 – Tuesday 12th May 2020

Reading and Writing (Read Write Inc):

Oxford Owls – Please continue to work through the red, green or purple books, as appropriate to your child, and if this way of learning is working for you at home. Remember that for each book, you can do a ‘hold the sentence’ writing activity and ‘edit a sentence’ for the green books onwards. Please email us if you would like guidance on this.

Please encourage your child to read any of the Oxford Reading Tree books from Oxford Owls of the same levels as they have been bringing home e.g. Stage 1, 2 or 3. Please feel free to email us to let us know which of these books they have read and how they got on.

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You can access Read Write Inc Speed sounds at the following times:  

Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30am 
Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00am a
Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30am

Tuesday 12th May:

Set 1 - sh

Set 2 - ee

Set 3 - er


Wednesday 13th May

Set 1 - th

Set 2 - igh

Set 3 - aw


Thursday 14th May

Set 1 – ch

Set 2 - ow

Set 3 - ai


Friday 15th May

Set 1 – qu

Set 2 – oo – poo at the zoo

Set 3 - oa


Monday 18th May

Set 1 - ng

Set 2 – oo – look at a book

Set 3 - ew


Tricky Words:

Practise reading and writing your tricky words using Phonics Play. If you don’t wish to use online learning or have access to the internet, you could write them in a book, paint them, using water and a paintbrush and paint them outside, draw them on large pieces of paper. You could play a bingo game with them, matching pairs game, hide and seek (write out several and hide them and then go and find them!). You could get your child to test you on the words by reading them out. This would provide an opportunity for you to model making a mistake and see if your child can identify it.

Tricky Word Groups: (Feel free to consolidate some tricky words or move your child on and learn new tricky words. Just do what suits them) 

Phase 2: I    no   the  to   go    into 

Phase 3:  he she we me be you all are her was they my

Phase 4:  said have like so do some come little one were out what when there


Rhyme of the Week

The Enormous Turnip (please see resources)

Topic: Farms – The Enormous Turnip

Please pick and choose which activities you think your child would most enjoy and learn from. Ideally include some writing!

Reading and Writing

  • The Enormous Turnip – Read/ listen to/ watch various version of the story (including Mrs Letheren’s!)
  • Twinkl Go Story: SL1908
  • Story PowerPoint – See Resources
  • Talk about the characters, setting and what happens in the story.
  • Who would you call to help pull up the turnip? What meal would you cook?
  • Character focus: Set out your teddies to create the characters pulling up the vegetable! Can you retell or act out the story?! Draw all the characters in a long line and write their names underneath.
  • Sequence the story: Use the story sequencing pictures in Resources to order and retell the story. You could aslo use these to help you to write the whole story!
  • Story map: Use the story map in resources to show what happens in the story. Or create your own version on paper or in chalk drawings.
  • Storyboard: Retell the whole story on the storyboard in Resources or make your own mini book!
  • Own version: You could change the vegetable (the massive onion, the humungous strawberry) and characters to create and write your own version of the story.

Understanding the World/ Science

  • Observe your plants! Keep watching, measuring, drawing or photographing your plants.
  • Parts of a plant Use the PowerPoint in Resources, watch or simply look at one of your plants and talk about the different parts. What are they called? What do they do?
  • You could draw a plant and label the parts if you wish or make a plant from playdough or craft materials.
  • Life cycle of a plant/ sunflower Use the PowerPoint in Resources, watch or talk about what happens during the life cycle of a plant. You could compare this with human and animal life cycles.
  • There is a sunflower life cycle activity sheet in Resources if you wish.


  • Printing/ Pattern: You might like to do some fruit and vegetable printing. Simply cut the fruit or veg in half, dip in paint and print! Which work the best and make the most interesting shapes? Can you make a repeating pattern using different veg or different colours? You can even carve shapes into the veg, e.g. hearts on a halved potato, if you have plenty of time on your hands!
  • Collage: My face in nature



This week we are learning about Subtraction. We have written a short activity for each day if you would like to follow this, or please pick and choose which activities you would like to do.

To begin with use real objects so that the children can see that the quantity of a group can be changed by physically taking items away. Us the ‘first, then, now’ structure to create mathematical stories in meaningful context. Encourage your child to count out all of the items at the start, then take away the requires amount practically, and recount to see how many are left. (Use numbers with 20 but start with numbers within 10.)


Use real objects and explain that you are going to subtract or take away some of the objects.

Show the children what you are doing first and say ‘First I have 5 cars. Then I take 2 away. Now how many do you have left? Ask the children to recount them and tell you the answer.

Repeat a few times with different amounts of toys. Then ask your child to create the number sentences for you to solve. (Increase the size of your numbers as your child becomes more confident.)


First, Then, Now

First, Then, Now uses stories (mathematical sentences) that allow children to put the maths into a context and give it a meaning. It is really important that children can do this and are confident with this before they move onto being given a written calculation.

First there were 5 people on the bus

Then 2 got off

Now there are * people on the bus.

You can show this by using toys to create the story. Encourage the children to create their own stories and see if they can use bigger numbers. Children would be expected to be confident with numbers up to 20 in Reception.


Bear Cave Activity

Using a box, turn it upside down and cut an opening in it. Place a number of teddies / toys (between 3 and 10 but you could go up to 20 and beyond! Roll a 1-3 (or 1-6 if using bigger numbers) dice and count this number of bears into the cave. How many bears did we take away? How many are left?

First there were 9 bears. Then we took away 3 bears. Now there are 6 bears.



Use the PowerPoint 1 – Wizard Whitebeards Subtraction Spells.

Go through the white board and ask your child to try to work out the answer. They may need some toys or counters to help them or they may be able to do it with out.

Create some more subtraction spells of your own using numbers your child feels confident with. You could draw these out or use real objects to make your n umber sentences. Use the words First, Then and Now.

You can also complete the tasks in the Wizard activity folder in the resources section. You don’t need to print these off, you can just show them on the computer screen or the Ipad.



Start by counting back from 20. If this is too tricky, count back from 10. You could alternate by each saying an alternative number, eg 20. 19, 18, 17 etc.

Tower Demolition game:

Make a tower of between 10 and 20 bricks. Tell the children that we need to demolish the tower by taking bricks away. Roll a dice (1-3 dice) and remove that number of bricks. How many do we have now? Continue to roll the dice and remove all the bricks until the tower has gone!


Toy Shop Sale:

Make some Toy Shop Price Tags ranging from 1p – 10p and put them out on some toys on (on a rug or the table) Ask your child to pick a toy they wish to buy and say the price. Tell your child that the price has gone down and now costs less. Eg. It now costs 2p less. How much is it now? Can we use our fingers to help us count back? You can use some real money to pay for the toys.

You can increase the toy prices to 20p (and beyond) if your child is confident with this.



Continue with subtraction using equipment and stories. You could try one or two of the following activities:


Hidden Items

Count out 5 cubes. Ask the children to check how many there are and ensure that everyone knows there are 5. Cover the cubes with a cloth, check that the children are happy there are still 5 under the cloth. Then, as they watch, remove some cubes counting them out. Ask the children how many cubes there will be there now. Repeat and change the quantity. Encourage the children to represent the cubes with their fingers and model counting back.

Key questions:

How many cubes did we have at the start?

How many cubes did I take away?

How many cubes will be under the cloth now?

How did you work it out? (Counted on their fingers / knowledge of number bonds)


Changing the Unknown activity.

This activity is like First, Then and Now but can be varied by changing the part of the story which is unknown. You can link it to familiar rhymes or play. Eg.

First there were 6 frogs on the log.

Then some left.

Now there are 2 frogs on the log.

How many left?

Or First Little Bo Peep had some sheep.

Then 2 left.

Now there are 5.

How many sheep were there at the start.


Farmyard take away activity (found in the resources section).

Or there are two activities in the resources section called ‘First, Then and Now’ and ‘First, then and now finding the unknown.



Watch the Numberblocks episode about subtraction.


Play the Numberblocks game on the BBC website:

Or choose a different game depending on the numbers your child is confident using.


Or next try the Subtraction Word Problem cards in the resources section.


Next week we will continue with subtraction and will move onto writing subtraction sentences.


You might prefer to complete the work from the Oak National Academy which can be found here:

Please do not worry and do what suits your family.