Dear Reception Class,

How are you all? We are now in week 5 of what would have been our summer term and even though we haven't been in school it has been so nice to speak to you and see your pictures. Don’t forget you can email us on with pictures of what you have been doing. Have a go and have fun. Do let us know if you are having any problems accessing Spelling Shed, Numbots or Reading Planet.

We have had some nice weather and not so nice weather, but you have all been so busy. This week's theme is sports and activities. There are lots of things you can do inside and outside. We like doing Cosmic Kids Yoga and sometimes Joe Wicks, although it is only me that is still doing it at the end of the programme! We have been trying to get out and walk every day and have found some wonderful new paths and trails to explore. What about you? I know my little boy is missing his swimming lessons and really wants to start a football club when we get back to normal. What clubs and activities are you missing? Is there something new you might want to try? We would have been practising a May Day dance this term for our summer celebration. Have you seen Mrs Upham’s lockdown hat challenge? What will you make?

I look forward to speaking to you all this week.

Stay safe, take care and we will see you soon.

Mrs Clark, Mrs Collins and Miss Senior.

Any learning that you do at home, please take a picture and email it to us at or tweet us @eastbierleyPS

Weekly Maths Tasks

Positional Langauage- Listen to this song and watch a short video to learn positional language.
Hide and Seek- Play positional language Hide and Seek- Choose a selection of items and hide them. Ask your child to count out loud while you’re doing this. Give them clues about the positions of the objects, e.g. it’s under the chair.
We’re going on a Bear Hunt- Listen to ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. Talk about the positional language used in the story – through, over, under. Create a story in the house using these words-over, under, though, behind, next to, opposite, around. You could create your own Bear Hunt inside and out.
Directions- Encourage your child to jump, hop or skip. Give them directions as they do this e.g. jump forwards 5.

CHALLENGE : You could put obstacles in the way.

Picture Positions- Make a positional language picture- cut out a selection of 2d shapes. Give your child positional instructions to create a picture e.g. put the square in the middle of your page.

Weekly Reading Tasks

Sporty Words- Can you think of some words we use when talking about sports? Eg. Run, jump, throw, goal. Have a look around the house to see if you can find any of these words in books, magaizines, signs or newspapers.
Sporty Stories- Listen to these stories that are linked to sport, including Peppa Pig, Sports Day by Jill Murphy, and Maisy’s Sports Day.
Tricky Words- Can you practice reading the tricky words: I, no, go, to, the, into, he, she, me, we, be? You could hide these words in some toys or around the house, see how many you can find and read.
Listening Time- Listen to the BBC School Radio episode about sports. What did you find out? What sports did you hear?
DEAR time- Read a range of different stories together at home. Maybe you could create a reading den and share your favourites. What your favourites and why?

Weekly Phonics Tasks

Sound Practice- You can use Phonics Play – to practise the sounds we have learnt. We have learnt all  of Phase 2 and 3, but you should be able to recognise and use these sounds, try practising some of the ones you find tricky.

Digraphs – two letters make one sound eg oi in coin, th in path, ee in bee, ai in rain.

Trigraphs – three letters make one sounds eg, igh in night, air in chair and ear in fear.

Check your sound mat if you are unsure.

Rhyming words- Can your child think of rhyming words? Take it in turns to say a rhyming word i.e. cat, mat, bat, sat.

At home we love ‘Oi Frog’ book, there are lots of great rhyming words in it. You can watch it here

Phonics Pop- Play Phonics Pop - select at least three differetnt sounds and click ‘Go’. Listen to the new sound and click these to pop them. Also try and catch the aliens.
I Spy- Play ‘I Spy’. ‘I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with t’.

CHALLENGE: Try trickier sounds such as ch, sh or th.

Sound Talk- Provide your child with some simple words linked to sport e.g. ran. Say the word in sounds e.g. r-a-n. Ask your child to repeat the sounds and then write the sounds if they are able to.

Weekly Writing Tasks

Sports List- Can you talk about all the different sports you know? Can you have a go at writing them (i.e. run, jump, skip)?
Feelings- Listen to interactive stories linked to sport, including Peppa Pig. Talk about how the characters are feeling when they win/lose. Can you draw a picture to show how the characters are feeling?
Activity Pictures- Can you draw a picture of yourself doing something sporty. i.e. running, jumping, a cartwheel? Can you label the picture or write a simple sentence e.g. I can hop?
Letter formation- Keep practising your letter formation, remember to ‘swoosh’ into the letter and ‘flick’ out of the letter. Remember you can watch how to form the letter on Letterjoin if you need to.
Tricky Words- Practise writitng the tricky words we have learnt: I, no, go, to, the, into, he, she, me, we, be. Maybe you could think of a sentence which uses these words?

STEM Learning Opportunities

Brilliant Bodies

Try testing your body by seeing how long you can balance for or make a reaction tester to see how good your reactions are. Download a reaction tester here.

The complete resource can be downloaded here


Number Bonds 02990658

Where is the ball? 01527045

Missing words 03949996

Learning Project - to be completed through the week

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about sports and games. Learning may focus on the history of sport, sporting-heroes, physical challenges and performance.

Ball Games

Play a game of catch with a ball - when you drop the ball, you lose a point. You could record points using a tally chart and count up who has the most points at the end. CHALLENGE: See if you can catch the ball standing further apart, catch with one hand or use a smaller ball.

Play Skittles

If you have a set of skittles, you’re ready to go, if not you can make your own skittles using plastic bottles. Take a plastic bottle and partly fill with soil/ stones or sand to weigh it down. If you don’t have plastic bottles available you could use tin cans for an alternative version. Ask your child to count how many skittles there are to begin with. Roll the ball at the skittles and ask your child to count how many they have knocked over. Can they work out how many are left? CHALLENGE: You could write this out as a subtraction number sentence e.g. if you start with 5 skittles and knock over 2 your child would write 5 - 2. Ask them to count how many are left to find the answer 5 - 2 = 3

Competition Time

Have a time challenge. Give your child an action to do e.g. hop, skip, jump, clap or star jump. how many can they do in one minute. Keep a record of the scores. Ask everyone in the house to have a go! Share a photograph of your time challenge on Twitter to motivate everyone to get moving using #TheLearningProjects

Parts of the Human Body

Ask your child which parts of their body they use to run? To do a handstand? Draw the parts of the body and for a challenge ask them to label them using their phonics knowledge.

Create your own Junk Modelled Football Pitch

Using a lid of a shoe box or similar container, help your child to cut out two holes on each end as the goals. If you have green card or paper, stick this in the base, if not you can colour in plain paper using a crayon. Draw out the marking on the pitch using crayons or felt tips. When finished, stand your football pitch on a box on the table. Using something ball-like (e.g. a sweet), take turns aiming at your partner’s goal whilst the other tries to save the goal. If you score you get to eat the sweet! CHALLENGE: Write instructions to play your game e.g. 1. Put the ball in. 2. Flick at the goal. 3. Eat the sweet!