Home learning for Reception - Wrens

Week Beginning 27th April

Dear Wrens Parents and Children,

We hope you got on ok last week- please do let us know how you are finding these activities at home.

As last week: each day there is a Phonics, English, Maths and Learning Journey lesson or activity that you can do with your child if you wish. You may find some of these need more adult input than others.

Please do not worry if you can't manage all of these but it gives you a few different options in your day. You will notice that each daily session builds on the one before so if for example you miss a day then try to do it the next time you are able to so that the children's learning builds with each activity.

During our day at school we would expect the children to sit on the carpet or work with an adult for short periods of time (aim for 15 minutes) interspersed with them following their own interests and playing in the environment. You may find you would like to structure your day in a similar way with 15 minutes spent on phonics, some time playing independently, 15 minutes of maths before lunch and so on. See what works for you! We know this is a challenging time for everyone.

If you need any help or support you can get in touch via email, the online live chat and through Tapestry.

As always: stay safe and well, and most importantly; have fun!

Mrs Pontefract & Mrs Pratt




Practise the tricky words from Phase 2 and phase 3.

Recap sound oo Remind children that it has a long and a short sound oo as in boot and oo as in moon - Today we are doing the long sound.

See youtube clip.

Draw out some 3 box phoneme frames Adult says the word and child segments it writing one sound in each box eg moon = m-oo-n.

Try writing: zoom, cool, boot.

Extension: choose one word and put it into a sentence.

Play Buried Treasure on Phonics play - Phase 3, set 1-7 +oo

Practise: Phase 2 tricky words

Practise: Phase 3 tricky words


Play pairs with sounds learnt so far - j v w x (ks) y z zz qu ch sh th ng ai ee oa

Recap short oo as in look .

Use the youtube clip to support you.

Practice segmenting to write. Adult says word and child segments it and tries to write the word - foot hook cook wood look


Play Grab a Giggling Grapheme on Phonics Play and then play Tricky word Trucks - Try Phase 2 and then Phase 3 for a challenge.

Re-cap sound ar as in car

Practice blending for reading on Phonics Play - Dragons Den set 1-7 plus ar


Practice writing High Frequency words I to the no go and

Re-cap sound or

Practice segmenting words fork and cord.

Then write sentence A torch is good in the dark.


Play Flashcards time challenge with phase 3 sounds on Phonics play

Sorting between things in the kitchen and bedroom, you could draw out pictures e.g. fork, spoon, sink, bed, lamp.

Ask the children to write the words in two lists.




Use ‘Teach Your monster to read’ (website & app available)

Or: Oxford Owl (free sign up and access to ebooks including Biff & Chip ones)

This week our learning will be focussed on Jack and the Beanstalk. If you have the book at home ask an adult to read you the story.

Alternatively you could watch it on youtube or use this Twinkl eBook: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/jack-and-the-beanstalk-ebook-tp-l-52314

After reading the story discuss it together and please ask your child some questions to check their understanding and comprehension of the story. Please record their responses; we are practising answering ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions. Please don’t worry if you have a different version of the story- we often discuss with the children that stories like this have many different versions, sometimes including different characters and different endings. You can use this as part of your discussion :-)

  1. Why did Jack take their cow to market? How would you feel if you had to sell your pet?

  2. Who did he meet on his way and what happened next?

  3. What happened when Jack got back home? How did his Mum feel?

  4. What did Jack’s Mum do with the beans?

  5. What did Jack find when he woke up? What did he do next?

  6. What happened when he climbed up the beanstalk? What did he find?

  7. How did Jack manage to hide from the giant?

  8. What happened when Jack stole from the giant?

  9. How did he get away safely?

  10. What happened at the end of the story?


Practise reading- book & keywords

Can you remember the story you read yesterday? Can you retell it to a parent, sibling or soft toy?

Cut out and then sequence the pictures from the story (these are in a separate document). There are 12 pictures but if this feels too challenging for your child please remove some and then you could add the additional ones in together.

If you don’t have a printer please don’t worry- you could draw the pictures yourself! Or, these pictures should be in a word document so you may be able to drag them on your computer with your child into the right order.

*The key is for the children to retell the story in the right order :-)

There is also a sequencing activity on Oxford Owl if you have signed up to this.

Handwriting: Practise some of the ladder letters : l i t

Ensure children are starting the letter in the right place. You can use the letter formation guide to support them.

Jack & BS sequencing.docx


Practise reading- book & keywords

Today we will use our imaginations. If you grew a beanstalk outside your window, what would you like to find at the top of it? Have a discussion with a grown up first and come up with a simple sentence.

Then have a go at writing your sentence.

E.g. “cars” “chocolate land” “I will find a milkshake river” “I see Buzz Lightyear”

You could use the attached document as a template but any paper will do just fine.

Please don’t worry about correct spelling, the children need to try to use the sounds they know and could use the Phase 2 and 3 sound mat to support them.

Top of the beanstalk writing.pdf


Practise your reading and keywords. Can you practise writing them?

For today’s activity you will need to look at the pictures from the Jack and the Beanstalk story we used on Tuesday.

Select two pictures from the story and write a caption or sentence to describe what is happening in that part of the story.

You could do one with a grown up first.

E.g. Jack took the cow to market.

Mum threw the beans out the window

Jack climbed the beanstalk.

Please encourage the children to write using the sounds they can hear and to leave finger spaces between words. Their sentence may look like this “M f the bs a the w” or this “Mum froo the beens at the windoa” (Mum threw the beans out the window).


Practise reading and writing your keywords.

Go to youtube and find the story Jim and the Beanstalk. (You may like to watch it and look at the pictures but ask a grown up to read it to you)


After reading this story can you discuss together- what was the same or different between this story and Jack and the Beanstalk?

Was the giant the same giant? How do you know? We will be looking at this story more next week :-)

Handwriting: Practise the remaining ladder letters: j, y, u



This week one of the things we would like you to focus on is estimating. We have practised this in school and we know it means having a “good guess”.

Have a look at this photo:

Estimate how many daffodils you think there are. When you have given a careful estimate you can count to see how close you were.

Can you take a photo out of your window or on a walk of something and estimate how many you can see?

You could practise at home too- e.g. estimate how many socks there are on the washing line.

Remember it is not always about being absolutely right, it is important to give an appropriate estimate e.g. not guessing 100 when there are possibly less than 10 items to be seen. The children are developing their understanding of number.

Watch the numberblocks episode ‘Ten Again’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puFYp0UCj6A

This will recap the number bonds to 10 you learned on Friday.


Time to estimate! How many sheep do you think there are?

Today we are going to be thinking about size. Can you spot a few different items from around your house and describe them to a grown up? Think about using comparative language e.g. the drink cup is taller than my teddy. Daddy’s shoe is longer than my shoe. The broom handle is thinner than the ironing board.

Choose a few smaller items and see if you can put them in order of size from shortest to tallest/ smallest to biggest/ shortest to longest.

For an extra challenge you may like to measure some of these items. At school we often use multilink for this and are able to say that something is “5 cubes long”. You may be able to do this with lego/duplo/wooden bricks.

If you are particularly interested in measuring today and you have a tape measure, this could be your next activity! Maybe you could draw round or photograph some objects and label next to them how long they were.



How many cakes can you see in this image? Yum!

Today we’re going to learn about weight. Some things are heavier or lighter than others. Can you find a toy that might be a ‘heavy’ toy, perhaps you need to be careful with this one! Can you find something that is light?

See if you can help a grown up to do some cooking today and weigh out the ingredients with them.


Time to estimate:

Have you managed to take a photo of your own to estimate from? Perhaps you could send it to a friend.

We will continue looking at weighing today. Do you have some weighing scales at home that you could use to compare some of your toys?

I wonder which is heavier- a teddy or a book?

You could also play this game linked to weighing online:




How many cars do you think there are in this car park?

Today we are going to look at counting in twos. This can sometimes be a quicker way to help us to count a large group of objects. We have practised this in school together.

Watch this youtube video:


Use your numbers to 20 that you have made at home- can you line them up and then move every second number to see the numbers you would count if you count in 2s?

Have a go!

You can also count in 2s with Jack Hartmann using this clip but you may like to stop at 20 to begin with!


Learning Journey


Have a go at making a ’Jack and the Beanstalk’ collage. Use whatever you can find - cotton wool, leaves, tissue….

Plant a bean seed if you have one and see what happens … if not plant a potato , make sure you leave it until it has sprouted and then plant it! Observe and talk about what happens.


Use the sun to create shadow pictures!


Try making these delicious rock cakes!



Make these Jack and the Beanstalk puppets https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-562-jack-and-the-beanstalk-stick-puppets

You could always draw your own characters. After you've made them use them to retell the story.. Get mum to record you and watch your performance back!


Make your own castle using building bricks or a box

Other Learning

This week have a go at some activities from 50 things to do before you’re 5. You can look at this on facebook and download the app too if you like.

Have a go at Number 6- Rhyme Time

How many nursery rhymes can you sing already? Maybe your grown ups can teach you a new one.

Perhaps you could facetime someone in your family or a friend and sing them a nursery rhyme. They may even be able to teach you a new one that they know.