Reception

The Reception Curriculum
Reception Curriculum Overview
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Hello and welcome to the Reception Virtual Classroom!

 

We hope you are safe and well. This page will be updated regularly to offer you some ideas and activities you can try with your children at home.

 

The first half of the Autumn term is normally the time for us to support the new Reception children in their new play environment so the school day is heavily play-focused. This allows the children to develop language skills, creativity, social skills and emotional awareness. Please pick and choose any activities that suit you and your family. The activities on this page are suggestions and not homework so you can complete as little or as much as you would like from the suggested activities.

 

Please don't hesitate to email the reception email address, receptionwls@welearn365.com, if you need any help with the activities we have suggested. We would also love to receive any photos of things the children have made along with anything else they are proud of!

 

Many thanks,

 

Miss Hancox and Mrs Connelly

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
 
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Draw a picture of yourself surrounded by all your favorite things.
 
Chat together about all the things your child enjoys and discuss why they enjoy it.
 
 
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Listen to the story of The Colour Monster, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih0iu80u04Y , by Anna Llenas.
 
Once you have listened to the story with your child, ask them about any emotions they can remember and discuss any emotions they missed.
Can they give you examples of times they have felt sad? Happy? Scared? 
You could offer your own scenarios where you have felt these feelings.
Encourage your child to make links between body language and feelings, eg. "you look like you are frowning, are you sad?". 
 
Remember to explain to your child that a wide range of feelings is normal and healthy, all feelings are understandable and acceptable, including feeling angry. Can they give you any positive ways they could deal with anger or sadness? 
 
Physical Development:
 
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Follow this link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXt2jLRlaf8 or search for Joe Wicks' Active 8 Minute Workout featuring Alfie.  This is a short workout video and more can be found on Joe's youtube channel, The Body Coach TV.
 
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Copy this link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWowDC3x0hE , or go to Cosmic Kids Yoga on Youtube to find Arnold the Ant-A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!
 
When doing yoga in school, we ask the children to listen to the story and follow the instructor. Yoga for children aims to reduce stress and anxiety whilst helping children to improve their focus and core strength. 
 
There are hundreds more Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventures so keep going with them if your child is enjoying it!
 
Communication and Language:
 
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Have a go at the BBC Bitesize rhyming game
 https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z4pxxyc/articles/zrgk8xs
 
 
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Join in with some imaginative play or role-play with your child.  Encourage them to talk about what is happening and to act out the scenarios in character. When the plot develops, see if they can answer your questions to extend the play further. By speculating, ‘What if the bridge falls down?’ or 'What if Teddy feels hungry?' your child will need to incorporate your ideas into their original plan. 
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Try to find a book to read with your child that you have never read/not read in a long time.  Stop reading the story just as the character comes to the dilemma of the plot. 
 
Can your child predict a possible ending to the story? Can they predict another ending? You can offer a predicted ending yourself if they are finding this task tricky.
 
If they have given you an answer then see if they can use the word 'because' to extend their answer and justify their ideas. 
 
Then finish the book and see who is closest to the real plot!
Literacy:
 
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Take a look at the picture. (The picture is at the bottom of the page)
Discuss:
What do you think the monster wants?
Do you think the boy will share his marshmallow?
Why do you think the boy is in the woods?
Do you think the boy and the monster could be friends? 
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Play a few rounds of 'I spy' with your child. This will help your child to identify initial sounds in words which will later have a positive impact on their early reading when segmenting (splitting up) the sounds in words. 
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Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPQRiSTYFHo , Owl Babies, by Martin Waddell. 
 
Who did Bill want to come back to the nest?
How do you think the baby owls were feeling when they couldn't find their Mummy?
How do you think the owls felt when their Mummy came back?
 
Mathematics:
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Provide an assortment of objects that are small enough for the children to hold in their hands, such as counters, raisins, pebbles, etc. 
Place some baskets (probably 3 to 8) in the middle of a suitable space along with the objects which should be near to, but not in, the baskets.
Encourage your child to place the objects into any of the baskets they like, in any amounts.
Questions to ask your child once they have placed the objects into the baskets:
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Tell me about what you have in this basket.
What happened when you put that in?
2.
How could you have more ... in your basket?
Have look at the other baskets. Are they the same? What makes that one different?
 
 
 
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Find the same amount of different items to help your child understand what the word 'equal' means. For example, find 3 spoons, 3 hats or 3 socks.
 
 
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Bake a cupcakes together. Have a go at measuring out the ingredients together.
Once the cupcakes are made discuss:
Is everyone going to get the same amount of cupcakes?
Who is getting the most cupcakes and who is going to eat the least?
 
(You can adapt this with any food that you have in the house, the important thing is to use the language 'most, least and same/equal' in full sentences).
Understanding the World:
 
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What is autumn? Take a look outside together. What can you see? What is the same as the summer and what is different? Can you spot any leaves, flowers or wildlife that wasn't there before?
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Encourage children in exploring their local environment. You could examine photographs and simple maps of the local area. If you regularly walk to school or the local shop you could challenge your child to draw what landmarks they remember seeing their journeys.
 
This website, https://www.oldmapsonline.org/ is a useful tool for accessing old maps, you can type in any postcodes! Try and find your house on the map and see what has change around you. Has your house always been on the map? We have found a really old map where Woodloes looks like it was just a field!
 
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Create a picture of a member of your family. You can use any medium you like, e.g. paint, pencil colours, play-dough, pasta.
 
Ask your child:
What do you like about this person?
What job do they do?
What fun things do you do together?
 
Expressive Arts and Design:
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Have a go at creating a splat monster. Use paint and splat it on a piece of paper, decide where you think his eyes, nose and mouth should go (you can add any other features you would like your monster to have).  
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Once you have listened to the story The Colour Monster (see above in Personal, Social and Emotional Development), encourage your child to draw pictures of what they relate to their feelings.
 
They could draw their own colour monsters or create representations of their own (ask them to explain the meaning behind their picture).