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Challenges for the week

Hello to Monday 4th May! What is VE Day?

Hello and welcome to the Summer term, week 3, of home learning.

On Friday 8th May 2020, the UK will be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of 'Victory in Europe' Day with a special Bank Holiday. So this week is all about 'VE Day', and along with the rest of the school Reception will be joining in with the exciting preparations, ready for the big day on Friday. Start by watching Mr Tod’s video, to learn a little bit more about what is all about and why it is such an important day to remember, commemorate and celebrate.



We are inviting you to join the rest of the UK and to plan and prepare either a picnic or a tea party. Watch Miss Jones’ video to find out more details and what the writing challenge is this week. When writing your lists, don’t forget to sound out carefully and use your sound mats just like she does in the video. The short video below of a dance/ tea party at the time gives a real feel of what it was like. Talk to your children about the music and dancing. Can they say if the clothes are different or the same as today. Can they spot what foods are at the party and what shape are the sandwiches?



We hope you are all now using the daily Government YouTube phonics lessons. The information and links are all in our phonics star. Please do keep clicking on our ‘Phonics’ and ‘Handwriting’ stars. Keep watching our videos of the sounds and tricky words to embed them alongside the daily phonics lessons from the Government. Maybe pick one handwriting letter family daily to practice. 'A little every day goes a long way.'


Please keep visiting ‘Oxford Owl’ for your weekly reading books. We recommend reading at least one book a week and revisiting that book over the week, just as you were all doing when you had your physical reading book every week when we were still at school. Please keep writing in your child’s Reading Records each time you do some reading.


Also a reminder that at 6pm every night, a staff member reads a bedtime story.

Sharing stories  and reading to your child is important and what better time to do

this than now. Tonight, Reception's own Mrs Borbas is reading 'Room on the Broom',

complete with her own puppet theatre!


There are so many exciting Art activities to choose from this week that the whole country will be partaking in. All of these activities are shown in more detail in the PDF below. Fun for the whole family and if you have siblings, the whole school will be working from this over the course of the week. We suggest you choose a few that you like the look of.

  • Can you make your own flags and bunting to hang in your windows and decorate your house in red, white and blue! Why red, white and blue? Can your child talk about this?
  • Maybe you could make your own poppy.
  • Definitely check out ‘Spitfire Fun’ and have a go at making your own.


At 11am on Thursday 7th May on YouTube there will be a fun, traditional 15 minute live sing-along aimed at primary school aged children. Please click on the link below for all the details and you can get learning the songs ready to tune in on Thursday. Again fun for the whole family :-)


Watch Mrs Rand's video to find out what the Maths challenge is this week. How many different ways can you arrange your picnic?! Do keep looking at the 'Maths' star on a daily basis, choosing one of the videos for your child to challenge themselves with, or one of the excellent White Rose lessons. 


'Captain Tod' has a War Time PE Challenge for you this week inspired by the amazing Captain Tom who I’m sure you have all been following on the news. Good Luck Soldiers!


Finally, we have updated the 'Key Information' star with handy, updated web links, which have all been highlighted in yellow.


We are loving seeing what you are up to and all your wonderful home learning, so please keep sending it in so we can celebrate and share it.


We wish you all a wonderful bank holiday weekend full of fun and VE day celebrations!

Stay home and Stay Safe

The Reception Team

Miss Jones' Picnic Writing Challenge

Mrs Rand's Picnic Maths Challenge

Captain Tod's Obstacle Course Challenge!