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Wishing you a lovely Easter 

Captain Readbeard Thursdays and Miss Harmer's Storytime will still continue over the Easter Holidays smiley

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+Make a sock bunny

+Make a bunny puppet 

+Suprise chick egg craft 

+Design your own Easter Egg hunt (see egg template attached)

You could put a letter on each egg to reveal a secret message!

Watch these cbeebies videos about how Christians celebrate Easter

Share the e-book stories below (PDF attached)




Writing Tips 

  • Children are to say their sentence before they write it down, we clap every word to support our memories
  • Use their blending arms to break down a word eg. qu   i     ck as they tap each part of their arm and stroke to blend
  • They are to write from their learnt skills, as independently as they can, all efforts are to be encouraged! 
  • Help them with digraph sounds if they aren't sure eg. sh qu. All words in red are tricky words. They need  to learn from memory as blending arms won't work. 
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Attached is a general structure suggestion of how you could plan out the day for your child/to help balance your weekdays

After Easter you will find a new home learning weekly grid with challenges and suggestions. It will be uploaded over the weekend, ready for Monday and will change every week. 

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This week Darwin made flapjacks with Miss Harmer and helped her write some birthday cards. It's Captain Redbeard's Birthday next Friday so Miss Harmer is posting it now so it can reach his ship. Maisie challenged Darwin to draw a rainbow. So he did, full of capital Ds! Barnsey challenged Darwin to draw a plane and he tried his best. Now, Darwin is excited for Easter and learning all about it. 


1.Play a reading game to practise reading words from 'Phonics word patterns' PDF or our high frequency word lists

2. Carry out a writing challenge eg. daily super sentence challenge on our website or see some ideas below. Encourage mark-marking in their play too  eg. playing shops, bug hotel signs, taking orders for lunch or drinks. 

3. Read some of your book every day. This may be a guided reading book, an e-book, picking out words from your home picturebooks.


Reading Links 

'Read to me' e-books: both fiction and non-fiction. Use this code to log in and access for free: adc8752

Oxford Owl: Free access to e-books that are very similar to our own guided reading books for Reception Username: egglets Password: Egglets123

Twinkl Go Tablet Games: Follow this link for over 20 different Phonics/Maths/Creative games.

Code to enter:GM8706

Borrow e-picturebooks from the Library

Audible offering free access to children's audiobooks 


General Links 

Sign up to Twinkl for free and download this document of live links that takes you to Reception friendly activities

List of museums and attractions offering virtual tours 

Busy Things- A fantastic teaching tool for children Reception-Year 6 and games/activities to cover all areas of the curriculum. It isn't free but they are now charging £1 for one month's use.

Neal Fun A really odd but wonderful site with loads of information to explore. 

National Geographic Kids: A huge variety of up – to – date information with photos and quizzes about the natural world. 

National Gallery:  Zoom in on ancient masterpieces. 

How Stuff Works: Vast amounts of information about everything!

Guinness World Records:  Watch videos and read about real – life record breakers. 

Shaun’s Game Academy:  Based on the Shaun the Sheep animated character, this website allows you to design your own game and learn how to code. European Space Agency:  Loads of things to do about space. 

Phonics and Maths Links 

Numberblocks Games  - Numberblocks are great for children to understand core subjects in maths. Share videos and you can even print out the number blocks and play with them too (see below)

100 Square Splat - Practise counting daily

Top Marks https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button Brilliant for practising maths skills. 

Phonics Bloom - Your child will be working between Phase 2 to Phase 4.

Phonics Play: Follow log in for free access to Phonics (Phase 2 and Phase 3 games recommended) 

Teach Your Monster to Read printable table-top games 


Our Favourite Songs and Videos 

Counting Song - Great way to get Maths moving 

Continents Song - Dangerously catchy and gets children interested in all areas of the world 

The Big Number Song to 100! - we like to listen to this song whilst getting ready for lunchtime

Tidy up Rhumba - We tidy up with 99% effectiveness when this song plays 

Tricky Word Song (set 1) - we like to listen to this song whilst getting ready for lunchtime

Tricky Word Song (set 2)  - we like to listen to this song whilst getting ready for lunchtime

Kitty Timer - We use this during handwriting practice once a week. Turn off the timer and play the kitty getting closer. Now, children are to practice one letter until the kitty arrives at the screen. We circle our favourite and share! We always start from the correct place and don't take our pen/pencil off until we're finished (aside from a few exceptions - f t x i j)

Outdoor Learning Ideas 

Thank you to Mrs Heath for passing on these ideas :) 

  • Create a potion lab. Collect containers, funnels, jugs, spoons, water, food colouring, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. You could also use glitter, poster paint, flour, rice, oil – anything you have. When you’ve made your potions DO NOT EAT THEM but create labels for them – ‘unicorn potion’/ ‘fly to the stars potion’ and so on!
  • Have a scavenger hunt. This is sometimes known as ‘tidying up’ but children are generally more up for it if you write/ draw a list of things to collect and tell them where to put them. For a variation, you could draw up a list of things for them to find which may take a little while: a stone with a hole/ a four- leaf clover.
  • Make nature rubbings. Use wax crayons and paper to investigate textures of bark. In the absence of trees or large shrubs, try fences and walls. You could cut the rubbings into interesting shapes to make some bunting or use on the front of a greetings card. 
  • Have a bear hunt! Hide several soft toys (exceptionally well!) for them to search for. 
  • Start a mini vegetable/herb garden. You can grow things pretty much anywhere – old wellie boots work well with some holes drilled in! Radishes grow very quickly and basil will germinate in a day or two. Find some sticks or stones to write labels on. (Outdoor pens available online or use acrylic paint pens)
  • Water painting. Find something that goes darker when wet- slabs, fences, bricks, get a brush and water and off you go! Rollers are quite fun too if you have them. 
  • Chalk art. Chalk can be left outside and never needs to be sharpened. It will wash off in the next downpour. 
  • Have a snail race. Self- explanatory and quite fun if you can deal with the slime!
  • Play ‘Kim’s Game’ with objects in your garden. 
  • When it’s a little warmer, go stargazing. Set up a cosy area outside, lie on your back and spot stars! You could find a sky chart online to learn a few names of constellations. Keep a moon diary. 
  • Collect as many stones as you can. Now build them in to a tower – how tall can you get it? Does it make a difference if you change your base stone? If there’s more than one person you could have a competition – or see if working together helps you get a taller tower. 
  • Rock painting. You can get some acrylic pens (they do stain so put on some old big t-shirts/aprons) relatively cheaply online. Paint your stones- you could have a theme or just allow creative freedom!

TalkSpace - Please don't hesitate to contact Judith for support and advice


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