Challenge of the day

The last two weeks of term.


For those who are returning to school

Just a few reminders:

* Children need to bring a named water bottle (to be cleaned at home every night), a coat and a snack which needs to be in a disposable bag, no lunch boxes or containers as they need to be put straight in the bin when they are finished. For example: strawberries in a food bag.

  • All children will be having a school lunch.
  • Children are not to bring in a book bag or backpack. They need to be able to carry in their items.
  • They need to come in their own clothes with the expectation that they will be washed when they get back home and fresh clothes on the next day.
  • If the weather is hot, children can bring in a hat and sun cream. Sun cream needs to be labelled and left in the classroom until the last day of term to reduce it travelling backwards and forwards. However, we are unable to assist putting on any cream so children will need to know how to put it on independently. Alternatively, please make sure they come to school with cream already on so that it will not need reapplying.
  • Children are not allowed to bring items such as a show and tell or teddy. Only the items that are stated above are permitted in school.
  • Children need to be dropped off at the school office entrance where we will collect your child and they will be picked up from the same place. Please note that there are 3 bubbles using this door, so we need to make sure the children come in quickly and efficiently to reduce congestion. Each bubble has a designated time to drop off and pick up your child. Please make sure you are there on time, otherwise you may have to wait until after the next bubble have taken in their children.
  • When picking up or dropping off your child, please make sure you are stood outside and social distancing from other parents.

When the children are in school, our main priority is their transition and social and mental needs. We will be doing lots of fun activities, playing and just being a class again. We have been busy prepping the classroom with lots of things to do whilst having lots of fun and being back with their friends.


For those who are not returning to school.


I will not be putting learning on Tapestry but have created a selection of fun activity ideas (below) to do over the coming weeks. We will not be doing 'formal' learning in school as the priority is to ensure that their transition back into school life goes well and we will be doing lots of playing and interacting with the children. Your children continue as Reception class and I want you to know that I understand your reasons for not returning to school for the last two weeks of term. If you would like me to give you a call to chat with your child then please email me. I am also here if you have any questions about September. I hope that you are well; give your child a huge hug from me.



Friday 3rd July 2020


Thank you to all of you who have completed the activities each day and I have loved seeing what your children have been doing.


Today's challenge is to learn your home address - see if you can figure out the first line of your address yourself. Can you find your house number or name? Where would you find the name of your street? Is there a sign anywhere?

Complete the sentence - I live at ....


Instead of a story today, I have made a little film for you to watch on Tapestry. I hope that you like it.

Thursday 2nd July 2020


Today I would like you to do some grouping and sorting. First, collect 12 small coins, stones or pegs. Put them all into a line and count them to make sure that you have enough. Then, split them into two equal groups - how many are in each group? Next, split them into 3 equal groups - how many are in each group? Now, split them into 4 equal groups - how many are in each group? After that, split them into 12 equal groups - how many are in each group? Finally, split them into 5 equal groups - can it be done? why not?

Have lots of conversation with your grown up as you go along to explain what you are doing and why you are doing it. Please show me some photos or videos on Tapestry. I'd love to see your groups of objects.


The story on Tapestry today is called Gordon's great escape. It is such a funny book and Gordon has some fantastic adventures. I hope that you like it.

Wednesday 1st July 2020


Today we are thinking about time. I would like you to make a clock - you could use stones and sticks, playdough, you could draw one or could use recycling. Remember that there are 12 numbers and that they need to be in the correct numerical order. The minute hand needs to be longer than the hour hand or you could colour it in a different colour to tell them apart. Practise making different o'clock times (remember that the minute hand must be pointing to the 12 to show o'clock). Have fun. I can't wait to see your clocks.


The story on Tapestry today is called The real Floppy. Enjoy it.

Tuesday 30th June 2020


Today I would like you to think about birthdays! Create a birthday chart for all of the people in your house. You will need to write their names, draw a picture or stick a photograph of that person onto your chart and then write their birth date eg: Sam's birthday is on the 4th of June. Be creative and have fun!


The story on Tapestry today is called The scarecrow's wedding. It is such a lovely book. I hope that you like it.

Monday 29th June 2020


Today's book on Tapestry is called 'Lost and found'. The characters in the story become friends. I'd like you to draw a picture of your friends and label it with the activities that you like to do together. These can be your friends in school or outside of school, try to think of the fun games you play together.

Friday 26th June 2020


Today I would like you to create numerals using natural materials - sticks, stones, leaves, flowers or grass. See if you can make numbers up to 20. I can't wait to see what you use.


Our story on Tapestry today is called 'Eat your peas' - I hope that you enjoy listening to it.

Thursday 25th June 2020


Today's story on Tapestry is 'Guess how much I love you'. I'd like you to draw a picture of the people that you love and write their names next to their picture. I would love to see your pictures on Tapestry. I really makes my day to see what you are all doing.

Wednesday 24th June 2020


Today I would like you to access BBC BITESIZE using the link below 

It shows a song about 'tricky words' - choose a book and see if you can find these words in the text.
























Today our story on Tapestry is called 'Oliver's fruit salad'  See how many of the fruits in the book are ones that you have tried before.

Tuesday 23rd June 2020


Today I would like you to hunt for bugs and insect - you could take photographs of your findings to upload onto Tapestry or you could draw a picture and label what you found. Have fun searching and remember to be very careful not to hurt them if you do pick them up.


Today our story on Tapestry is about a cat and a dog who don't always get along but realise that they can help each other. It is called 'A cat and a dog.' I hope that you like it.

Monday 22nd June 2020


Today I would like you to begin a weather chart for the week. You can use a paper plate and split it into four equal parts like the picture shown. Each day this week I would like you to look at the weather and write a simple sentence. Eg: 'Today it is sunny.' or 'Today it is raining.'


The story on Tapestry is called 'Peace at last'. I hope that you like it.

On the home learning page there is now a section for well being. Please take a look as there are some lovely stories for the children to help explain the current situation with Covid19 and to try and ease some of the anxieties around what is going on right now.

Friday 19th June 2020


Using paint again (sorry parents!) I'd like you to make prints using some of your toys. Choose plastic ones that can be easily cleaned such as cars, animals, dolls, lego, trains. Roll them or press them into a thin layer of paint and stamp them onto paper. See if you can make 10 prints for each item. Don't forget to wash them in some bubbly water once you are finished.


Our 50th!!! yes, 50th story on Tapestry today is called 'When you were born' - it makes me cry everytime I read it but wanted to choose a book to let you all know how special you are.

Thursday 18th June 2020


Using the guide below see if you can sign your own name. Once you have done it you might like to try your surname. See if you can teach someone else in your house to sign name too. This is an amazing skill to learn. Have fun!


Our story on Tapestry today is called 'Noodles knitting'. I hope that you like it.

Wednesday 17th June 2020


Using the tube from toliet rolls or kitchen rolls, squish and bend the ends to create different shapes and make some prints. How many different shapes can you make? If you do not have any paint at home don't worry, I have provided a really simple paint recipe below.


Our story on Tapestry today is called 'Zog' - It made me think of you all as I think that you all deserve a golden star for the super learning you are doing at home!


Tuesday 16th June 2020


Today your index finger is going to be your pencil! Put flour, porridge oats, shaving foam, squirty cream or ketchup onto a plate or tray - you don't need much if you are using a liquid. Your grown up will say a letter name and you are going to write it onto the plate. Try to remember the correct way to form your letters (using the guide that I gave you at the start of lockdown).

I would love to see photographs on Tapestry please.


Our story on Tapestry is called 'Maisy goes camping'. Enjoy!

Monday 15th June 2020


Today I have a listening and counting challenge. We regularly play this game in Reception class and the children really enjoy it.


You will need a selection of coins and a container to drop them into (you need a solid container so that you can hear the sound when the coin hits the bottom)

You need to close your eyes and listen carefully as your grown up drops coins into the container. See if you can correctly cound how many coins have been dropped into the container. If you are doing really well, your grown up might drop them a little bit faster next time.


Our story today on Tapestry is called 'Supermarket zoo' - I have never been to a supermarket like this one before! I hope that you enjoy listening to it.

Friday 12th June 2020


Today I would like to see that gorgeous handwriting of yours! Write me a sentence telling me something that you have learned during lockdown. Remember a capital letter at the start and a full stop at the end. Also, don't forget those very important finger spaces.

My sentence would be Mrs Mackay has learned how much fun reception class have been having with their families.


Our story on Tapestry is called Mr Large in charge by Jill Murphy. The Large family always make me giggle. I hope that you like it.

Thursday 11th June 2020


Play 'tic tac toe' with your grown up. Think carefully about each move and see who can get to five wins first (I hope that is you!) You could play it outside with chalks, on a big sheet of paper, you could make the noughts and crosses or you could even put shaving foam or squirty cream onto a tray and use your finger to play the game! Have fun.


Our story on Tapestry today is called Green eggs and ham by Dr Seuss. You might remember that Mrs Mackay loves Dr Seuss because his stories make no sense and are very silly! I once read this in class and you all encouraged me to read it very fast...I've tried to do it again. Not sure that I was as fast as the first time we read it together. I hope that it makes you smile.

Wednesday 10th June 2020


Find your favourite book in your home or online. Read the story with a grown up and then write and complete the sentence

I like ______________ the best because ______________________________

Then draw a picture of your favourite part of the story. I can't wait to see which book you choose!


Our story on Tapestry today is Shaggy dog and the terrible itch. It made me feel all itchy and scratchy when I read it! I hope that you like it.

Tuesday 9th June 2020


On a piece of paper, draw around your foot and cut it out. Remember to be very careful when using scissors. Using the foot that you cut out, measure how many feet long your sofa is. Write it down My sofa is _ feet long. Next measure how many feet long your bed is and write it down the same as you did for the sofa. Finally, measure your bath and write down the results. Then chat to your grown up about which is the longest and which is the shortest. Is that the answers that you would have predicted?


The story on Tapestry today is Meerkats and it is a non-fiction book. Can you remember what that means?


Monday 8th June 2020


Today i'd like you to collect three different leaves when you are out for a walk or in your garden. Place them under a piece of paper and using a pencil gently rub over the top of the leaf to make a rubbing of each one.  Then using the internet do some research to find out the type of tree your leaves came from and write it next to the correct leaf - You will need help from a grown up. Don't forget to send me some photos on Tapestry. I love to see what you have been doing.

Our story on Tapestry today is called Seasick and it features Biff, Chip and Kipper who you might be familiar with from the books on Oxford Reading tree. I hope that you like it.


Friday 5th June 2020


Today I would like you to find different sphere shapes in your home (this could be different sized balls, fruit such as an apple, orange, satsuma, tomato or even vegetables such as potatoes and onions.) Place them all together in a container and mix them up. Now tip the container over so that they alll roll out. Now using 'distance' language, tell your grown up where the items are. So using vocabulary such as nearest, near, far, furthest, further the child can explain 'the tomato rolled further than the satsuma' or 'the apple rolled near the onion' etc. This is a great game to encourage mathematical language and really allows the child to think about where each item is compared to the others around it. 


The story on Tapestry today is called Watch out! Big Bro's coming! I hope that you like listening to it. 

Thursday 4th June 2020


Today I would like you to play 'missing sounds'. This involves a grown up writing CVC words (that's words using a consonant, vowel and consonant such as dog, cat, pot, top, bin). But they will leave out the vowels! Your job is to put the correct vowel into each word and read it aloud. It might be m_p and you could put in 'a' or 'o' to make a word. Your grown up could write vowels (a,e,i,o,u) onto post it notes or you can write them into the spaces. Good luck and have fun! You could even try to write a word for your grown up and miss out the vowel - that would be a super challenge!


Today on Tapestry our story is called Rosie's hat. This is a lovely story by the author of The Gruffalo. I hope that you like it. 

Wednesday 3rd June 2020


Using a strip of paper as a stem (any length that you decide to cut) make a flower on a piece of paper. Next, make another flower beside this one but it must be shorter than the one you just made. Finally, Make another flower next to the second flower and this time it must be taller than the last one. 

Reinforce the use of mathematical vocabulary- tall, short, taller, shorter, tallest, shortest. The children can use this language to talk about what they have made and compare the three flowers. 


Today our story on Tapestry is called Titus's troublesome tooth. I know that some of you have already had visits from the tooth fairy, let's see if Titus might be due a visit too. 

Tuesday 2nd June 2020


Today I would like you to sit outside for 10 minutes with a paper and pencil. Listen and look around you. Then draw all of the things that you have seen and heard during that time. Eg; hearing traffic could be a picture of a car.


The story on Tapestry today is The crocodile under the bed. It is a super story and I hope that you enjoy it.



Monday 1st June 2020


Access the game 'Pancake parlour' on Twinkl (it is free to use and has lots of resources). 

It is a super game (yes, I have tested it out!!) and encourages the children to follow instructions in a race against the clock to make different pancakes.

On Tapestry today our 35th story is called 'Boswell the kitchen cat'. I hope that you enjoy listening to it. 

If any more of you have managed to create a time capsule could you please upload some photographs onto Tapestry, i'd love to see how you got on. 

As a school, we have a 30 day trial on Letterland website. This is a brilliant phonics tool and includes books, games and flashcards for all of the phonic sounds. 

You can access it using the link below then enter your login which is your child's first name and the first letter of their surname with the password mary.

For example - 

Login: jack-r

password: mary

I hope that you find it useful. 

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