Reception - Saffron

Home Learning

Dani

reception@harringtonhill.hackney.sch.uk

Teacher - Saffron Class

Welcome to the Saffron class home learning page:
 
Our home learning is intended to develop our pupils' excitement and passion for their learning and to help parents support their children at home.
 
During the week daily activities will be added to:
 
  • Ensure that parents are clear about what their child is expected to do;
  • Ensure consistency of approach throughout the school during the closure;
  • To use home learning as a tool to help to continue to raise standards of attainment;
  • Improve the quality of the learning experience offered to pupils and to extend it beyond the classroom environment;
  • Provide opportunities for parents, children and the school to work together in partnership in relation to pupils’ learning;
  • Encourage pupils and their parents to share and enjoy learning experiences;
  • Reinforce learning covered in class by providing further opportunities for the individual pupil;
  • To practise or consolidate basic skills and knowledge;
A message from Dani
 
Hi Saffron class! It's Dani here. 
 
I know it feels very strange that we won't be in school for the next few weeks but it gives us the chance to try something new and exciting together - online learning. 
  
If you have any questions or want to show me some of the amazing learning you are doing at home, send me an email at Reception@harringtonhill.hackney.sch.uk
 
Keep smiling my Saffron superstars! :) 
Suggested timetable
 

If your child is finding it difficult to do learning at home, try short 10-15 minute sessions with your child. Little and often tends to work best. 

For those of you that want to follow a similar structure to the normal school day, I have provided a suggested timetable below.

 

9.00 - 9.30 Joe Wicks' workout/Exercise

9.30 - 10.15 Phonics (including some reading and writing)

10.15 - 10.30 Brain break - songs or exercise

10.30 - 11.00 Literacy 

11.00 - 12.00 Free choice* 

12.00 - 1.00 Lunch

1.00 - 1.30 Storytime

1.30 - 2.00 Maths 

2.00 - 3.00 Free choice* 

3.00 - 3.30 Topic or Art 

*Free choice can be a child initiated activity or an adult led activity. In this time, you could choose to complete something from the pack provided, draw, paint, colour or cut.    

Friday 22nd May 
Good morning Saffron superstars and happy Friday to you all! 

Start your day with some singing and dancing. Can you add your own verse? I like singing ‘If you’re happy and you know it, do a twirl’

 

Phonics

This week we are repeating the new sounds you have learnt over the last two weeks.

Rachel/Dani's phonics group – ow sound 

Jade/Elli's group – o-e sound 

 

1. Watch the video for your group.

2. Practice writing your sound. 

3. Can you write the sentences below? (Parents say the sentence aloud until the child can remember the sentence and then ask them to write the sentence down using their Fred fingers)

 

We play in the snow. (Rachel/Dani’s phonics group) 

I spoke to my mum on the phone. (Jade/Elli’s phonics group)

  

Now, it’s time to practise your reading. 

Rachel’s phonics group – ditty 27 (Ditty page is attached below this post) 

Dani’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, Red book 4 – ditty 1 – Fat frog

Jade/Elli’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, Book title – The Ice Rink

Go to ‘My class login’. Username: saffron   Password: Saffron1   Search: Name of book given above (dependent on child’s phonics group).

  

Literacy 

Today I want you to write some super sentences using positional language. 

Positional language refers to the place where something or someone is, often in relation to other things such as over, under, behind, in front of. Parents, you’re your child this short video to help their understanding of positional language. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idJYhjGyWTU&list=RDidJYhjGyWTU&start_radio=1

 Now I would like you to draw 3 different pictures of Jack and write a sentence to tell me where he is. 

For example, you could draw a picture of Jack behind a cow. Your sentence would write: Jack is behind the cow.

You could draw a picture of Jack stood on a table. You would write: Jack is on the table. 

 

Maths

This week we have been practising our addition and subtraction. Get your maths brains warmed up with a few rounds of ‘Make 10’ on ‘Hit the button’ https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Today I am going to give you a range of addition and subtraction sums to solve. You can use whichever method you prefer to work these out. You may use your fingers, objects or you may even use the part, part, whole model when adding.

4 + 2

6 + 3

5 + 2

4 + 4

3 + 6

6 – 3

5 – 2

8 – 4

5 – 1

7 – 7

10 + 2

12 + 4

9 + 5

8 + 8

15 + 3

10 – 4

11 – 2

13 – 5

12 – 7

14 – 4

Challenge – Can you work out the missing numbers in my sums below?

4 + ? = 10      10 + ? = 12     4 + ? = 9

 

Music

Today I want you to choose a song one of the Jack and the Beanstalk songs to learn and join in. Some ask you to clap the rhythm, some ask you to sing along. Have fun exploring!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/music-jack-and-the-beanstalk-index/z7jq8xs

Thursday 21st May 
 
Good morning everyone!

Today try this Go Noodle to get your body warmed up and ready for the day!

 

Phonics 

This week we are revisiting sounds we have already learnt. 

 
Rachel and Dani’s group – igh

Jade/Elli's group – oi

 

1. Watch the video for your group. 

2. Practice writing your sound.  

3. Can you write the sentences below? (Parents say the sentence aloud until the child can remember the sentence and then ask them to write the sentence down using their Fred fingers) 

 

The red light in the sky was high (Rachel/Dani’s phonics group)  

The boy puts three seeds in the soil. (Jade/Elli’s phonics group)  

 

Now, it’s time to practise your reading.   

Rachel’s phonics group – ditty 26 (Ditty page is attached below this post)   

Dani’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, Red book –Let’s get a pet 

Jade/Elli’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, The silver foil rocket  

Go to ‘My class login’. Username: saffron   Password: Saffron1   Search: Name of book given above (dependent on child’s phonics group). 

 

Literacy 

This week we are revisiting the story of ‘Jack and the beanstalk’. 

Today you are going to be scientists and builders.  

You are going to write a prediction about the beanstalk you are going to build. 

What do you think would stand up best?  

  • A beanstalk made of paper  

  • A beanstalk made of blocks 

  • A beanstalk made of toilet rolls 

  • A beanstalk made of cans

Write your prediction:  I predict that...... because......   

Challenge: Now build your beanstalk to check if you were right.     

 

Maths

Today we are going to practise counting back to subtract using a numberline by playing a game.  Watch the video to see how to count back using your numberline. You should have one from your first home learning pack (if not you can draw one)

Can you play subtraction skittles?  
Get between 5 and 10 toilet rolls or other objects that can be knocked down.  

Roll a ball at them.  
How many did you knock down?  

How many are left?

Write down your number sentence and use a number line to check your answer.  

 

Science  

Today can you make 3 different beanstalk towers.  Which one is the most stable and why? This means it is the one that you can build the highest before it falls.  

Wednesday 20th May 

Good morning Saffron superstars. I hope you are all ready for another fun-filled day of learning. 

Start your day by counting in your 2s? I want you to be really confident with this for when we come back to school.

 

Phonics

Remember, this week we are repeating the new sounds you have learnt over the last two weeks. Please make sure you are watching the correct video for your phonics group.

Rachel/Dani's phonics group – ee sound 

Jade/Elli's group – a-e sound 

1. Watch the video for your group.

2. Practice writing your sound. 

3. Can you write the sentences below? (Parents say the sentence aloud until the child can remember the sentence and then ask them to write the sentence down using their Fred fingers)

 

I can see a big green tree. (Rachel/Dani’s phonics group) 

The cake has a name on it. (Jade/Elli’s phonics group)

 

Now, it’s time to practise your reading. 

Rachel’s phonics group – ditty 25 (Ditty page is attached below this post) 

Dani’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, Red book 4 – ditty 3 – The Bug https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/api/interactives/29277.html  

Jade/Elli’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, Book title - Patterns https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/api/digital_books/1348.html  

Go to ‘My class login’. Username: saffron   Password: Saffron1   Search: Name of book given above (dependent on child’s phonics group).

 

Literacy 

Today I want you to write another letter. 

You are Jack. I want you to write a letter to your best friend telling them about what happened.   

Send your super letters to me at reception@harringtonhill.hackney.sch.uk

Here is my example: 

Hi Theo, 

I climbed up a beanstalk and I met a giant! He was big and scary. I took his golden hen and now me and mum are rich. Mum said I was very brave.

From Jack

 

Maths

This week are practising our addition and subtraction. Today our focus will be on subtraction.  

What does subtract mean? Can you think of any other words that mean the same as subtract?  

To subtract means to take away from a group or a number of things. The number of things in the group become less.

To help you solve subtraction problems you can:

  •          Take away objects
  •          Use your fingers
  •          Jump backwards on a number line

Have a go at these subtraction questions. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/subtraction/subtraction-to-10 

Explore these different subtraction methods with the following sums:

6 – 2 =

8 – 4 =

6 – 1 =

5 – 3 =

7 – 4 =

6 – 6 =

4 – 1 =

9 – 5 =

10 – 3 =

Challenge: Subtract from numbers greater than 10 e.g. 12 – 4 =, 15 – 7 =, 16 – 2 =

 

Creative/Maths (measure)

Build a beanstalk using resources you have at home (boxes, pots and pans, cups, Lego, pillows).

How high is it?

Can you make another beanstalk that is taller?

Can you make another beanstalk that is shorter?

The language of tallest and shortest is used when comparing height. When we compare length we use longest and shortest.

Have a go at comparing animal height and length on the game below.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/early-years/lets-compare

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Hello everyone!

Start your day with this funny Go Noodle to get your bodies moving.  Have a wonderful day!

 

Phonics

This week we are revisiting sounds we have already learnt. 

 
Rachel and Dani’s group – ay – 'May I play'  

 Jade/Elli's group – ea – 'Cup of tea'

 

1. Watch the video for your group. 

2. Practice writing your sound.  

3. Can you write the sentences below? (Parents say the sentence aloud until the child can remember the sentence and then ask them to write the sentence down using their Fred fingers) 

 

May I play with you today?  (Rachel/Dani’s phonics group) 

I can see three cups of tea by the sea. (Jade/Elli’s phonics group) 

 

 

Now, it’s time to practise your reading.   

Rachel’s phonics group – ditty 24 (Ditty page is attached below this post)   

Dani’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, Red book 2 –Pack my bag   

Jade/Elli’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, Tom’s tricks   

Go to ‘My class login’. Username: saffron   Password: Saffron1   Search: Name of book given above (dependent on child’s phonics group). 

  

Literacy 

This week we are revisiting the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.

Today you are going to pretend to be Jack and write a letter to the giant to say sorry for taking his things.  

 
Remember a letter starts with to and ends with from. Look at my example below: 

 

To Giant 

I am sorry that I took your golden egg. I will not take things again. 

From Jack  

 

Maths  

Today we are going to practise our adding.  Can you use the part part whole model to help you?  

 

2 + 8 =  

4 + 6 =  

10 + 0 =  

7 + 3 =  

 5 + 5 =  

1 + 9 =  

9 + 1 =  

8 + 2 =  

 

Can you try these challenges using part part whole?  

 

2 + 6 =  

3 + 6 =  

7 + 2 = 

4 + 3 =  

 3 + 5 =  

1 + 7 =  

3 +  =  

8 + 4 = 

 

Creative 

Can you draw a picture of yourself?  Around the outside write something that make you special and you are good at. Ask your family to add thing that they think make you special. 

 
 

Monday 18th May 
 
Good morning! Bom Dia! Bonjour! 

Learn how to say good morning in 10 different languages.

Have a fun-filled day of learning! 

 

Phonics 

Last week, we all learnt 4 new sounds. Today we are going to revisit those sounds.

Rachel/Dani's phonics group – air, ir, ou, oy sounds (Rachel is recording videos for this group this week) 

Jade/Elli's group – ur, er, ow, ai sound (Dani is recording videos for this group this week)

 

1. Watch the revision video for your group.

2. Practise writing the 5 new sounds.

3. Practise writing the green words below.

 

Rachel/Dani’s group

Jade/Elli’s group

hair

chair

twirl

third

shout

loud

boy

toy

burn

nurse

howl

brown

rain

paint

over

never

Now practise reading your green words. Special friends – ‘Fred talk’ – read the word.

(Green words were sent via email this morning)

How speedy can you read your green words?

 

Literacy

This week we are revisiting the story of ‘Jack and the beanstalk’.

Can you remember what happens in this story? Who are the characters?

Listen to the story and draw a story map.

Can you add labels to your story map?

Add the following labels: Jack, Jack’s mum, cow, magic beans, beanstalk, giant, hen, axe

 

Maths

This week we are going to be practising our addition and subtraction.

Let’s start by revising our number bonds to 10.

Number bonds to 10 are pairs of numbers that, when added together, give the number 10. They can also be called 'number pairs' or 'number partners'. Examples are 1 & 9, 7 & 3 and 5 & 5.

Watch the videos on the following website to support your understanding of number bonds. The second video demonstrates to children how the addition bonds link to the subtraction bonds. https://komodomath.com/blog/parents-guide-to-number-bonds

Allow children to explore number bonds to 10 with their cubes. Ideally, your child needs to have instant recall of these number bonds.

Race against the clock with this hit the button ‘Make 10’ game.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Ext: Do they have instant recall of number bonds to 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9? Do they know their number bonds to 20?

 

PSHE

Play ‘What’s in the box?’  

Find a box or something that you can hide an item in (e.g. a saucepan, under a blanket)

Place an item in the box and encourage your child to ask questions to find out what the item is. For example, they might ask ‘Is it a toy?’ ‘Is it hard or soft?’

Aim to have about 10 questions. Keep count using a tally such as adding 10 pegs onto a piece of card or 10 ticks on a piece of paper. Let your child guess after 10 questions have been asked.

Swap roles and allow your child to answer your questions.

Friday 15th May
 

Good morning Saffron superstars!   

Happy Friday everyone.  Can you practice the alphabet song.  We know all the letter sounds, but do you know all the letter names?  

Scroll down to find out what fun learning you will be doing today! 

Today why don’t you start your day by getting dressed up and do PE with Joe.  

 

Phonics  

Rachel/Dani's phonics group – oy sound  - toy for a boy  

Jade/Elli's group – ai sound - snail in the rain 

 

1. Watch the video for your group. 

2. Practice writing your sound.  

3. Can you write the sentences below? (Parents say the sentence aloud until the child can remember the sentence and then ask them to write the sentence down using their Fred fingers) 

 

Get this boy a big toy!   (Rachel/Dani’s phonics group)  

The sad brown snail was stuck in the pouring rain. (Jade/Elli’s phonics group) 

 

Now, it’s time to practise your reading.   

Rachel’s phonics group – ditty 23 (Ditty page is attached below this post)   

Dani’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, Red book – ditty 4 – I can hop  

Jade/Elli’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, Purple book – Chest in the sand    

Go to ‘My class login’. Username: saffron   Password: Saffron1   Search: Name of book given above (dependent on child’s phonics group) 

 

Literacy 

On Monday, I asked you to make your own house for the three little pigs.  

Today can you write about what you used to build you house. 

I made my house from....I chose to use....because.....

Make sure you give a reason why you would build your house that way.  You could also draw a picture of it and label it. 

 

 

Maths 

This week we are learning about 2D and 3D shapes.  

There are 3D shape everywhere.  

Can you make a ramp using some books and test out different 3D shapes and look at how they travel down the ramp. Do they slide or do they roll?    

Sort the shapes into groups depending on how they travel down the ramp. 

 

Music

Have a listen to these different musical instruments. Which one is your favourite?  

 

Did you know you can make your own musical instruments from things you have a home?  

Have a look at this link and see which instruments you could make.  

What sound do they make? Is it a high sound or a low sound?   

Thursday 14th May 
 

Good morning Saffron superstars! Happy Thursday everyone!

Let's start our Thursday by practicing our tricky words songs. 

Scroll down to find out what fun learning you will be doing today! 

 

Phonics  

Rachel/Dani's phonics group – ou sound   

Jade/Elli's group – ow sound - brown cow  

 

1. Watch the video for your group. 

2. Practice writing your sound.  

3. Can you write the sentences below? (Parents say the sentence aloud until the child can remember the sentence and then ask them to write the sentence down using their Fred fingers) 

That is a pretty loud sound!   (Rachel/Dani’s phonics group)  

How can I see the brown cow when it is so far?  (Jade/Elli’s phonics group) 

 

Now, it’s time to practise your reading.   

Rachel’s phonics group – ditty 22 (Ditty page is attached below this post)   

Dani’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, Red book – ditty 3 – Sam get’s a shock   

Jade/Elli’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, Purple book – Stop   

Go to ‘My class login’. Username: saffron   Password: Saffron1   Search: Name of book given above (dependent on child’s phonics group) 

 

Literacy 

Today we are going to make a wanted poster for the Big Bad Wolf. 

We need to describe what he looks like so people can look out for him. 

Can you think of some “adjectives” (some describing words) to describe the big bad wolf?

 What words can you use to describe his tail? His teeth? His body?

  • Big, bad, tall, strong, sharp, hairy    

Can you write some sentences to describe him. Look at my example below.

Have you seen the Big Bad Wolf?

He was last seen near the brick house.  

He has a long bushy tail and pointy ears. He has very sharp teeth.   

You can use the Wanted Poster in your home learning pack to write this and draw your own big bad wolf. 

 

Maths 

This week we are learning about 2D and 3D shapes.  

  • What 2D and 3D shapes can you see out your window?   

  • I can see cylinder chimneys, square windows, rectangle doors.   

Have a go at these shape games:  

 

Creative 

Can you make the three little pigs and the big bad wolf using toilet rolls and retell the story? 

Wednesday 13th May 
 

Good morning Saffron superstars! 

Start your day by practising counting in your 2s and then try this go noodle - Clap it out 

I hope you have a fabulous Wednesday!

  

Phonics 

Rachel/Dani's phonics group – ir sound  

Jade/Elli's group – er sound - better letter   

1. Watch the video for your group. 

2. Practice writing your sound.  

3. Can you write the sentences below? (Parents say the sentence aloud until the child can remember the sentence and then ask them to write the sentence down using their Fred fingers) 

 

Can you see the black bird?  (Rachel/Dani’s phonics group)  

I wish we had better weather today (Jade/Elli’s phonics group) 

 

Now, it’s time to practise your reading.  

Rachel’s phonics group – ditty 21 (Ditty page is attached below this post)   

Dani’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, Red book – Ditty 4 – Sam get's a shock  

Jade/Elli’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, Purple book – Stop   

Go to ‘My class login’. Username: saffron   Password: Saffron1   Search: Name of book given above (dependent on child’s phonics group).  

 

Literacy  

Today we are going to review some of our red words we have been learning.  

First, I need you to copy all the red words onto cards. You need to write out every word twice (two cards for each word). Now, you can use the cards to play snap or matching pairs.  

Can you use them in a sentence?  Try writing 3 super sentences. 

the 

to  

go  

me  

my  

was 

we  

he 

she  

they  

are 

no 

all  

be 

you 

her 

 

Maths 

This week we are learning about 2D and 3D shapes.  

What 3D shapes can you see around your house?  

  • What shape is your cereal box? 

  • A ball? 

  • A can? 

Use the sheet in your pack to go on a 3D shape hunt at home. 

 

Creative 

Fold one piece of paper in classroom and cut some line in it – Don't cut all the way to the end.  

Cut some strips of paper from another sheet. Can you make sure they are even? 

Can you weave it through?  Under, over, under, over, under, over. 

Tuesday 12th May 

Good morning Saffron superstars!   

Start your day with some Cosmic Kids yoga linked to our story of the week.  

Scroll down to find out what fun learning you will be doing today! 

 

Phonics 

Rachel/Dani's phonics group – air sound (Dani is recording videos for this group this week)  

Jade/Elli's group  ur sound (Rachel is recording videos for this group this week) 

 

1. Watch the video for your group. 

2. Practice writing your sound.  

3. Can you write the sentences below? (Parents say the sentence aloud until the child can remember the sentence and then ask them to write the sentence down using their Fred fingers) 

 

My hair is black. (Rachel/Dani’s phonics group)  

I slurp my tea and burp! (Jade/Elli’s phonics group) 

 

Now, it’s time to practise your reading.   

Rachel’s phonics group – ditty 20 (Ditty page is attached below this post)   

Dani’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, Red book – ditty 2 – Grrrr   

Jade/Elli’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, Purple book – Skateboard Sid and the hat  

Go to ‘My class login’. Username: saffron   Password: Saffron1   Search: Name of book given above (dependent on child’s phonics group).  

 

Literacy  

Traditional tales often use repetition.  

For example, in Jack and the Beanstalk, the giant repeats the phrase, ‘Fee, Fi, FoFum’ and in the story of the Gingerbread Man, the gingerbread man repeats the lines ‘Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the gingerbread man’  

In the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’ can you think of anything the wolf or the pigs say again and again?   

The wolf says ‘I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in’ or ‘Little pig, little pig, let me come in’  

The pigs say ‘Not by the hairs on my chinny chin chin  

Have a go at writing both of these repeated phrases. If you have collected your pack, character speech bubbles have been provided for this activity.   

Challenge – can you write your own repeated phrase that the wolf or pigs could say?  

 

Maths 

This week we are learning about 2D and 3D shapes.  

Today will be an introduction to 3D shapes. Can you name any 3D shapes? How are 3D shapes different to 2D shapes?  

2D shapes are ‘flat’ but 3D shapes are not. Watch these two videos to learn about 3D shapes.  

Choose your favourite video to re-watch. Can you join in and name the shapes this time?  

Challenge - can you make up your own song about the new 3D shapes you have learnt?  

 

Creative 

Make up your own dance to tell the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’  

What dance moves will you use to show the pigs building their houses? 

What dance moves will you use to show the wolf huffing and puffing? 

You may wish you use the ‘Cosmic Yoga Three Little Pigs’ for some inspiration. 

Monday 11th May 
 

Happy Monday Saffron class!

I hope you had a wonderful bank holiday weekend.

Let’s start our week by getting those wriggles out with a yoga disco mix. This is one of my favourites!

 

Phonics 

Last week, we all learnt 3 new sounds. Today we are going to revisit those sounds before moving on to learn more new sounds later this week.

Rachel/Dani's phonics group – oo (look at a book), ar, or sounds (Rachel is recording videos for this group this week)

Jade/Elli's group - u-e, aw, are sound (Dani is recording videos for this group this week)

 

1. Watch the revision video for your group.

2. Practise writing the 5 new sounds.

3. Practise writing the green words below.

 

Rachel/Dani’s group

Jade/Elli’s group

look

book

park

car

sharp

short

fork

sort

tune

brute

use

saw

yawn

care

share

spare

 


Now practise reading the 45 high frequency words on the reception reading list. 

Parents, ask your child to read the words from the list. Identify which words your child is secure with and which words needs more work.

Below are some ideas of how you can practise these words with your child:

  1. Write each word on a piece of paper and hide the words around the house. When your child finds a word, they must read the word correctly to score a point.
  2. Ask your child to copy the word and write it three times. Make sure your child says the word each time they write it.
  3. Set up a game of matching pairs. Create two sets of the words and place them face down. Take it in turns to choose a word, say the word aloud and then try to find the matching pair. 
  4. Share ‘tricky words’ songs on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R087lYrRpgY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NOzgR1ANc4

 

Literacy

This week we are revisiting the story of the three little pigs.

Can you remember what happens in this story? Who are the characters?

Listen to the story and draw a story map.

Can you add labels to your story map?

Add the following labels: pig, big bad wolf, straw house, wood house, brick house

 

Maths

This week we are going to be learning about 2D and 3D shapes.

Today we will start with 2D shapes. Can you name some 2D shapes? Can you tell your adult how many corners each shape has or how many sides each shape has?

  1. Watch this video to recap 2D shapes and their properties. 
  2. Go on a shape hunt around your house. What shapes can you see? Encourage children to talk about the properties of each shape e.g. how many sides or corners each shape has.
  3. Play ‘What shape am I?’ Give your children clues and ask them to guess the shape. For example, I have four corners. All my sides are the same length. What am I? A square. I have three straight sides and three corners. What am I? A triangle. I have one curved side and no corners. What am I? A circle.
  4. Play this shape monsters game. Each shape only ‘eats’ shapes which match its own body shape. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/early-years/shape-monsters

 

Creative   

Go outside to collect some natural resources.

Can you build a house for the three little pigs?

Extension: Is your house waterproof? What does waterproof mean? What materials are waterproof – metal, plastic, wood? Explore what materials are waterproof by providing your child with a range of resources e.g. kitchen roll, plastic bag, plastic plate etc.

Can you add some materials to your house to make it waterproof?

(Waterproof means it does not let water through. It keeps water out.)

VE Day celebrations!
 
To celebrate VE day with your families you could: 
 
  • Cook some wartime recipes (see below)
  • Design a medal (see below)
  • Make some bunting with the Union Jack flag on it
  • Try to learn to the Lindy Hop or have a go at the steps in this 1940/50s tea dance
  • Write a celebratory message and add your own drawings
For more ideas or information about VE day check out:

 

Thursday 6th May
 
Good morning Saffron class, 

This week we've been learning about patterns. Start your day by counting in a pattern of twos.  When we count in 2s we only say every second number. 

You can also try to dance in a pattern by doing this go noodle – banana, banana meatball!

Have a wonderful day and enjoy VE day tomorrow! 

 

Phonics  

Today is our final sound for the week as tomorrow is a bank holiday for VE day.  

Rachel and Dani’s group – or – shut the door  

Jade and Elli’s group –are – share and care  

 

1. Watch the revision video for your group. 

2. Practise writing the new sounds.  

3. Practise writing the green words below.  

 

Rachel’s group – ditty 19 (see resource below)  

Dani’s group – Oxford Owl, Red Book 2– ditty 1 Nog in the Fog 

Jade/Elli’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, Purple book 2 What is it?

Go to ‘My class login’. Username: saffron   Password: Saffron1 

 

Literacy 

Are you enjoying our story of the week - Where the Wild Things Are?  

Today you need to do your art challenge before you do literacy.  

Can you draw your own wild thing and describe it?   

Does it have: 

  • Sharp teeth?  

  • Long claws? 

  • Fur or feathers or even both? 

  • It is tall or small? 

 

Describe your Wild Thing using adjectives.  Adjectives are describing words.   

My wild thing is tall and strong.  He has hard, sharp claws and a long swishy tail like a fox.   

Challenge: What describing words did I use?  

 

Maths  

Today we are going to make some trickier patterns. A simple pattern has two things that repeat.  But you can also make patterns with more colours or objects. It just needs to repeat.   

Check out my patterns below.  

Can you figure out what comes next?  

  • Can you make your own. Use blocks, cans, pasta and rice, fruit, knives and forks, socks.  Anything you like.  

  • Take a photo and send it to me and Rachel. 

 
Challenge: Which is the odd one out? One of these is not a pattern.  Which one is it?  

 

Art 

Can you make your own Wild Thing.  What will your Wild Thing look like?  

Will it have sharp claws, long hair, a beak, one eye?  

 
Take your time and create your amazing Wild Thing. 

Then for today's literacy task I want you to describe it! 

See the photos below of some super Wild Things from our story.  

Wednesday 6th May 
 

Good morning Saffron superstars, 

Today is Wednesday 6th May. How many more days until the 10th May? How many days until the 20th May? Can you impress your parents by counting backwards from 20 to zero?  

Khadijah sent me this dance video as she wanted to share it with you all. She really enjoys it and hopes you do too. Check it out! 

 

Phonics 

Rachel/Dani's phonics group – ar sound (Rachel is recording videos for this group this week)

Jade/Elli's group – aw sound (Dani is recording videos for this group this week)

 

1. Watch the video for your group.

2. Practice writing your sound. 

3. Can you write the sentences below? (Parents say the sentence aloud until the child can remember the sentence and then ask them to write the sentence down using their Fred fingers) 

We do art in the park. (Rachel/Dani’s phonics group) 

I like to play on the straw. (Jade/Elli’s phonics group)

  

Now, it’s time to practise your reading. 

Rachel’s phonics group – ditty 16 (Ditty page is attached below this post) 

Dani’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, Red book – ditty 2 – Gus! 

Jade/Elli’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, Purple book 1 –  My pet goldfish 

Go to ‘My class login’. Username: saffron   Password: Saffron1   Search: Name of book given above (dependent on child’s phonics group).

  

Literacy

Listen to our story ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ again. 

In the story Max travels by boat to a faraway place and finds the wild things.

If you travelled to a faraway place, where would you go?

What would you like to find there?

Would you travel by boat or by aeroplane or something different?

Task - write some super sentences to tell me about what you would do on your adventure.

 

Maths

This week we are learning about patterns. Listen to our pattern song again. 

  1.     Can you make a pattern using 2 different movements? Clap, jump, clap, jump, clap, jump. 
  1.     Can you make a pattern using 3 different movements? Clap, jump, turn around, clap, jump, turn around, clap, jump, turn around. 
  1.     Can you create a pattern using 3 different objects? Apple, pasta, rice, apple, pasta, rice, apple, pasta, rice. 
  1.     Check out this video teaching you AAB patterns. Can you create some AAB patterns? 

Take some photos or a record a video of the patterns you have created and send them to me at reception@harringtonhill.hackney.sch.uk

 

Science

In our story ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Max travels across the ocean by boat. Today I want you to try and build a boat that floats.

First, we need to explore floating and sinking. What things do you think will float? What things do you think will sink?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/do-you-know-sinking-and-floating-song

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/messy-goes-to-okido-why-do-things-sink-and-float

Parents, please provide your child with different objects to explore floating and sinking.

Now it’s time to build a boat using materials in your house. What materials will you use so your boat floats?

Tuesday 5th May 
 

Happy Tuesday Saffron class! 

Today can you practice the biggest number song and practice counting all the way  up to 100? 

Tuesday was always our PE day at school. Start today by getting your heart rate up and your blood pumping by joining in with Dino Stomp   

 

Phonics 

Yesterday we recapped all our new set 2 and set 3 sounds.  

Today we have some new set 2 and set 3 sounds.  

Rachel and Dani’s group – oo – look at a book (Watch Rachel's video)

Jade and Elli’s group – u-e – huge brute (Watch Dani's video)

1. Watch the video for your group.

2. Practice writing your sound. 

3. Can you write the sentences below? (Parents say the sentence aloud until the child can remember the sentence and then ask them to write the sentence down using their Fred fingers)

 

Look at a book. (Rachel/Dani’s phonics group)

 

The huge brute is rude. (Jade/Elli’s phonics group)

 

Rachel’s group – ditty 17 (see resource below)  

Dani’s group – Oxford Owl, Red Book 1 – ditty 3 This Cat 

 

Jade/Elli’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, Purple book 2 – Red Ned  

 

To access Oxford Owl books go to ‘My class login’. Username: saffron Password: Saffron1

 

Literacy

This week our story is “Where the Wild Things Are.”

Yesterday you met Max and all the Wild Things. 

Today can you listen to the story again then retell the story in your own words. What happened in the beginning, middle and end?  Can you challenge yourself by writing 3 or more sentences?  

You can find writing sheets for this in your home learning pack. 

This is my example:  

One night Max was mad and he got sent to bed. His bedroom turned into a forest and he went on a boat to a faraway land. 

He met the wild things and he was king. 

After he went home on his boat. His dinner was at his home.  

 

Maths  

This week we are learning about patterns. Patterns are everywhere. Can you find some in your house?  As you look along your street?    

A pattern is something that repeats. Like red, blue, red, blue.  Or stomp, clap, stomp, clap.   

  1. Look at my patterns in the photos below.  What will come next?   

  1. Can you make a simple pattern using two colours?  Could you make your own patterns and send us a photo?  

  1. Have a try at this pattern game.  

Challenge:  Which is the odd one out? - Look at the photo below.  Why?  

 

Art 

Today we are going to try and do a self portraitself portrait is when you draw a picture of yourself.   

You will need a mirror or some way of seeing your face.   

Think about where your eyes are, nose, mouth, ears, eyebrows. 

What does your hair look like? 

What shape is your face?  

Can you draw a portrait of yourself? Take your time.  

Take a photo of your portrait and send it to Rachel and Dani.  

Don’t forget to sign your work.  

Monday 4th May 
 

Good morning Saffron class, 

We are now in the month of May. Today is Monday 4th May. Can you name the months of the year? Practise by singing our months of the year song

Phonics 

Last week, we all learnt 5 new sounds. Today we are going to revisit those sounds before moving on to learn more new sounds later this week.

Rachel/Dani's phonics group – ay, ee, igh, ow, oo sounds (Rachel is recording videos for this group this week)

 

Jade/Elli's group - a-e, ea, i-e, o-e, u-e sound (Dani is recording videos for this group this week)

 

1. Watch the revision video for your group.

2. Practise writing the 5 new sounds.

3. Practise writing the green words below.

 

Rachel/Dani’s group         

Jade/Elli’s group             

play

may

see

green

high

night

show

blow

zoo

moon

cake

shake

tea

dream

hide

shine

note

hope

huge

tune

  

Now, it’s time to practise your reading.

 

Rachel’s phonics group – ditty 16  (Ditty page is attached below this post) 

Dani’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, Red book – ditty 2 – Pop! 

Jade/Elli’s phonics group – Oxford Owl, Purple book 1 – Run, run, run 

To access Oxford Owl, go to ‘My class login’. Username: saffron   Password: Saffron1   Search: Title of book given above.  

 

Literacy

Today we are reading a new book called ‘Where the Wild Things Are’  

Listen to the story and talk about the questions below:

Who are the characters in this story?

Where does the story take place?

What happens in the beginning, middle, end?

What was your favourite part and why?

 

Maths

This week we are learning about patterns. Listen to the song and see if you can help to complete some patterns. 

Parents, please watch this video with your child to introduce them to patterns. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuAYp6O8GwU

  1.     Can you try to complete these shape patterns? 
  1.     Parents, can you make a repeating pattern for your child to copy. Choose two items to create a pattern e.g. pasta, rice, pasta, rice, pasta, rice. Talk about what they can see. Ask them what comes next? Can they continue the pattern? 
  1.     Go outside to collect some leaves and twigs. Can you make your own repeating pattern?
 

Exploring nature (understanding the world)

In our book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ there are lots of illustrations of trees and forests. Illustrations are drawings in books.

Look at the illustrations of trees and forests in our new book. Do all the trees look the same or do they look different?

Go outside for a walk and look at the different types of trees you can see. Look at the different types of leaves. Are they all the same shape and size or are they different? Download the ‘leaf identification sheet’ below and use this to help you find out the name of the trees you see on your walk.

Parents, this is a great resource for more outdoor exploring. https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/tree-id-kids/

Friday 1st May
 

Happy Friday Saffron class! 

Today is the first of May. Can practice the months of the year song? 

Which month was last month? Which month will be after May?  

Today is dress up day for PE with Joe. Can you put on your favourite dressing up clothes and join in?  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ 

 

Phonics  

This week we are all learning new sounds. All the sounds we are learning are special friends.  

Rachel/Dani - oo – poo at the zoo!   

Elli/Jade - o-e – phone home.   

O-e is a special sound. It is called a split digraph. It means they are special friends, but they aren’t allowed to sit together, they need another friend in between like the word home. 

1. Watch the video for your group. 

2. Practice writing your sound.  

3. Can you write the sentences below? (Parents say the sentence aloud until the child can remember the sentence and then ask them to write the sentence down using their Fred fingers) 

 

A dog jumps on the moon with a spoon.  (Rachel/Dani’s phonics group) 

 

The rope broke when they jumped high.  (Jade/Elli’s phonics group) 

 

Now, it’s time to practise your reading.  

 

Rachel’s phonics group – ditty 14  

Dani’s phonics group- Today you are moving on from ditty pages and you will be reading books on the Oxford Owl website. Today your book is Fun in the Sun. To access the book go to ‘My class login’.  Username: saffron   Password: Saffron1  and search 'Fun in the Sun

Jade/Elli’s phonics group – The King and his wish  

Go to ‘My class login’.  Username: saffron   Password: Saffron1   Search: The King and his wish

Literacy 

At the end of the story the bear is walking away on the beach.

Where do you think he is going?  How is he feeling?  

Can you write a story about where you think the bear would go next?  

 

Maths   

Can you watch the video about halving?

Draw some shapes.  Colour in half.   

Check. Is it fair?  Is it equal?  

 

Creative 

Can you make your own “den” or bear cave?  

Use some blankets and cushions to create your own den for you and your toys. 

You could do some reading in there or write a letter to the bear.  

For more learning ideas please see follow links below:
Set 1 'special friends' videos 
 
sh, qu, th, ch, ng, nk
 
 

Set 2 Phonics Videos 
ay, ee, igh, ow, oo, oo, ar, or, air, ir, ou, oy

Twinkl
Online educational publishers, Twinkl, have offered parents free access to all its resources for a month to support continued learning at home. All you need to do is enter UKTWINKLHELPS to get started.
Twinkl also has a Parents Hub that has a number of different guides designed for parents to support them with different curricular areas.

Children’s University of Manchester

For kids who love science, the Children’s University of Manchesterwebsite is an excellent interactive resource in which your child can browse a number of different science topics which have a quiz at the end of each unit.

Additional Phonics Resources 
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Set 1 Phonics Videos
 
z, r, y, w, j, x

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize is an excellent online resource that provides students help with revision and learning. Here you will find a number of free videos, step-by-step guides, activities and quizzes by level and subject on every subject for students aged from three to 16 and over.

Sumdog

Online learning platform,Sumdog, has a number of engaging and challenging maths and literacy games that your child can use to enhance their 

Activity Village

For those of you who enjoy making crafts with your child at home, Activity Village is a great resource for ideas and templates to develop creativity at home