Home learning for Reception - Wrens

Week Beginning 8th June

Dear Wrens Parents and Children,

Welcome to Week 2 of Term 6. Whether you are now at home or in school we will all be working on the same activities throughout the week.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions or need any support.

Mrs Pontefract & Mrs Pratt




Phase 2/3 recap activity:

Recall all phase 2 and phase 3 sounds.

Identify the ones your child finds tricky and recap this week.

Phase 2 sounds: s a t p i n m d g o c k ck e u r h b f ff l ll ss

Phase 3 sounds: j v w x y z zz qu ch sh th ng ai ee igh oa oo ar or ur ow oi ear air ure ur

Aim for all the single sounds first and then focus on the digraphs. Initially aim for 10 digraphs and build this up. Finally add in the trigraphs.

Phase 4: If your child is secure with Phase 3

There are no new sounds in Phase 4, the purpose of this phase is to consolidate children's knowledge.

Teach reading tricky words said and so and high frequency words went and from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brBjwnJHvek

This week we will be extending CVC words eg ben to CVCC words eg bend

CVC = consonant, vowel, consonant

Display the word tent on a piece of paper - cover up the final consonant and sound talk and blend the first 3 letters eg t-e-n ten. Then reveal the last sound t and say tent.

Practise with other words bend mend hump bent damp


Practise reading tricky words said and so and high frequency words went and from

Play snowball sounds - Show the children how to sound these words by building up the way you blend. For example if you were reading the word ‘stop’ blend it as follows: s, t, st, st, o, sto, sto, p, stop. This will give children plenty of practise of blending adjacent consonants. Try these words: : best, gulp, band, dent.

Then pick one and see if you can write it in a sentence.


Recall all phase 2 and phase 3 sounds.

Play filling in the blanks. Give children the correct number of boxes they need for a phoneme frame. For example if you were going to ask them to write the word ‘flat’ first ask them to draw a phoneme frame with four boxes. Then give them the word to spell. If they miss out a letter (particularly ‘l’ in this case) they can see that there is a letter missing and know they must try again.This makes children listen more carefully for the sounds in a word. Try these words lent, bend, sift, vest, tilt, tuft, tusk damp, bust.

Have a go at this Phase 4 reading game- make sure you carefully sound out the words in the question to read them.



Have a go at playing buried treasure - Phase 4 set 1-7 plus digraphs https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/2/buried-treasure

Then see if you can write the sentence I sat on the bench and had my toast.


Firstly practise recognition and recall of all phase 2 and 3 sounds.

Then have a go at trying to write he she me we be . Challenge - can you write a sentence containing one of these words

Now have a go at finding the hidden tricky words with this activity: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/phase-4-tricky-words-hidden-words-phonics-game-t-l-527703

Hidden Words Phonics Game - Phase 4 Tricky Words.pdf




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

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

Listen to this weeks story 'Sharing a Shell' by Julia Donaldson. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpJumAZx1t8

Discuss the story with your child. Did you like it? Which was your favourite part? How do you think the different characters felt at different times in the story? What can you do if you fall out with your friends? How does it feel?



Play the linked powerpoint game. Make your own ‘What am I’ by folding a piece of paper in half. Inside the card draw a picture of the sea creature you want to describe. On the front of the card write 3 clues to describe your sea creature. When you have finished see if a family member can guess what your creature is from your clues.



Look at this under the sea poster. Can you find all the different sea creatures and name them? See if you can make a list of all the ones you have found.

Can You Find it Poster A4.pdf
Poster- can you find.pdf


Choose a creature from Sharing a Shell - a hermit crab, a bristleworm or an anemone. Find out some information about it and write a fact file about it.


Look at the pictures of Blob on the empty ice cream tub and Crab in the paper cup. What do you think each one is thinking? Write a thought bubble for each character.


Well done to those of you playing on Numbots. Please do remember that this is designed to be played little and often, so just 5 minutes at a time four or five times a week. Each section aims for the children to develop their understanding of the concept before they move on :-)


This week in Maths we will be focusing on ‘sharing’

What does share equally mean?

Take two toys and 4 objects. Explain that to share the objects equally, each toy needs to have the same number of items. Show the children the four objects.

How many objects do we have altogether? How could we share them fairly?

Demonstrate moving the objects one at a time to each toy in turn. Remind the children that each toy needs to have the same number of objects so that they are shared equally.

Are the objects shared equally? How do you know? How many objects does each toy have?

Point to the objects and say a sentence describing how they have been shared. For example, “the objects are shared fairly because each toy has the same number of objects. They each have two.”

Then give the children three toys. The toys now have nine objects to share. Encourage the children to count the nine objects.· Tell the children that you think you can share the objects. Move the objects to share them between the toys, giving an unequal number of objects to each toy. For example, seven to the first toy and one each to the other toys.

What do you notice? What can you tell me about the objects?

Have the objects been shared fairly? Does each toy have the same number of objects?

Can you help to share the objects equally?

Try sharing out different numbers of objects between the toys and make sure that your child understands that each toy must have the same number of objects.


Today we are continuing with sharing problems but we will be trying to record what we have done

Place a set of twelve objects onto a tray.

Place three small buckets/bowls into the area for children to use. Can you share the shells fairly into 3 buckets?

How many shells are in each bucket?

Can you draw a picture to show your answer?

Try with different numbers of objects and buckets and ask the children to record and explain what they have done.


Try these sharing problems. You could try using objects or use drawings to help you.

1. There are 20 shells on the beach. 4 children collect them and share them equally. How many shells do they get each?

2. There are 3 boats in Brighton harbour. 15 children want to go on the sea tour. How many children need to go on each boat?

3. There are 25 seals at the sea life sanctuary. There are 5 tanks. How many seals go in each tank?

4. 16 children need to eat their lunch. There are 4 tables to sit on. How many children sit at each table?

5. 2 buses go from Uckfield to Eastbourne. There are 18 children. How many children on each bus?


Odds and Evens - take a handful of buttons (or any small object eg. 1p coins) Count how many you have and write the number down. Then see if you can share the buttons equally between 2 people or toys. If you can, the number is even, if you can't your number is odd. Repeat with different amounts.


Provide pots of items containing quantities from 1-20. Ask the children to count the items in each pot and decide if there is an odd or an even quantity.

How could they check?

They might even make some odd and even sets of their own.

Learning Journey


Why not try this Sharing a shell game - you can print it out and play with a family member https://clubs-kids.scholastic.co.uk/products/1285


Have a go at making a hermit crab! You can use any materials that you can find at home.


Try making a boat that will float out of junk materials.


Today find out which items will float or sink in a tub of water. Find some different items from around the house (below is a worksheet with ideas if you can print it out) and test to see if they will float. Remember to predict what you think will happen before you test each item!


float and sink experiment.pdf


See if you can make your own rockpool like the one in our story.

Other Learning

Have a go at Number 21: Make someone laugh

I am sure you are all managing to bring smiles to the faces of your family, maybe even through facetime phone calls!