Reception - Saffron

Home Learning


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
Keep smiling my Saffron superstars! :) 
Suggested timetable
Parents, it is helpful to share the structure of your day with your child. Below is a suggested timetable but feel free to amend (I completely understand that this may not be possible with a house full!) 
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
*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 27th March 2020


Happy Friday Saffron class! 

Well done on completing your first week of ‘home learning’. I would love to see some of the learning you have been doing at home. Can you send me an email with a photo attached? Thank you to Jasmine for sending me her wonderful art challenge yesterday.


Parents, every day you should be receiving an email from myself and Rachel ( If you are not, please let me know so I can add you to our contact list.


A Friday treat...

When you have finished your activities for the day, snuggle up and watch ‘The Snail and the Whale’ on BBC iPlayer (our class text from last week)


Scroll down for today’s activities.




Today, I would like you to revise the sounds we have gone over this week.

Rachel/Dani's group: r, j, v

 Jade/Elli's group: ay, ee, igh

1. Practice writing your sounds. 

2. Practice writing words which include the sounds:


Rachel/Dani's group: rat, red, run, jet, jump, jog, vet


Jade/Elli's group: play, stay, may, see, bee, high


Parents, you will need to say each word aloud and the children can then pinch the sounds they hear on their fred fingers (as shown in the videos).  


3. Write a silly sentence that includes some of the words from above e.g. the rat is in a red hat.

Once you’ve finished the above tasks, play fishy phonics.



Listen to the story of the Grouchy Ladybird again.

What is your favourite part of the story? Why do you like this part?

Write some super sentences to tell me what happens in your favourite part of the story.



Minus is another word subtract. Can you think of any other words that mean subtract?

Have a go at minus mission.



Watch the videos about ladybirds.

Listen carefully as you will need to remember the facts you hear.

After watching the video, can you now make a fact file about ladybirds. Remember a fact file should include some pictures and some facts. Ask your adult to help you.

Please take a photo of your finished work as I would love to see it! Send it to

Thursday 26th March 

Morning my wonderful bunch!

How are you today? Today is Thursday the 26th of March.  

Can you count up to 26?  

What day was yesterday?  What day will it be tomorrow? Use the days of the week song to help you.  

Speak soon, Dani



Did you see Rachel's dog, Anderson, in the phonics videos yesterday? Look out for him today too. 

Rachel and Dani’s group: v sound 

Jade and Elli’s group: igh sound 

  1. Watch the video for your group  

  1. Practice writing your sounds.  Remember to start in the correct place.  

  1. Use your fred fingers to write the words that Rachel gives you in the video. 

  1. Can you write the sentences below?  (Parents say the sentence aloud until your child can remember it and then get them to write it down using their fred fingers.) 


Dani/Rachel:  The vet fed the fat cat. 

Elli/Jade:  The slug got a slight fright in the night 

Challenge:  Can you read the speedy green words?  



Watch the video of the Grouchy Ladybird again.  Does your story map from yesterday have all the parts of the story?  

Can you write a blurb for the Grouchy Ladybird? A blurb goes on the back cover of a book.  

It tells the reader what the story is about. 



Warm up:  Practice your counting all the way to 100! 

Watch the video. Can you read all the tens frames quickly?  


10 – 6 =  

10  - 4 =  

10 – 7 =  

10 – 3 =  

10 – 8 =  

10 – 2 =  

10 – 5 = 

10 – 1 =  

10 – 9 =  


 Challenge: What is the same and different about these two number sentences?   10 - 4  = 6     10 - 6 = 4   


Art challenge

Can you create a still life to draw? 

A still life is a collection of objects that you can draw.  Here is a photo of what Rachel drew and then painted. 

Remember to take a photo and send me your wonderful work if you try today's art challenge. (

Wednesday 24th March 2020

Morning Saffron class, 

Today is Wednesday. Wednesday starts with the ‘w’ sound.

Can you think of other words that start with ‘w’? Can you use your Fred talk to help you write them down?

A big thank you to Khadijah’s mum, for sharing this brilliant yoga link. Try the one below in your exercise break today. Cosmic kids do so many fabulous yoga videos - check out their channel on Youtube.



Rachel has made another two special videos today teaching you a new sound.  

Rachel's or Dani's phonics group - 'j' sound 

Jade/Elli's group - 'ee' 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 jump. (Rachel/Dani’s phonics group)


I can see a jet. (Jade/Elli’s phonics group)



Listen to the story of the Grouchy Ladybird again.

Can you name the different creatures that the Grouchy Ladybird meets?

Can you draw a story map to help you retell the story?

(A story map is where your child needs to draw pictures to show what is happening in each part of the story.)



Parents, this video shows you some different strategies to help your child to subtract

Have a go at solving the subtraction problems below.

4 – 2 =

5 – 2 =

2 – 1 =

3 – 3 =

8 – 5 =

9 – 3 =



15 – 5 =

12 – 7 =

13 – 4 =



Can you draw a ladybird and add labels? 

Ask your children to use their fred talk to label the legs, wings, head, spots and eyes. 

Look at the resource below for an example of how you should set it up in your book. 


Tuesday 24th March 2020
Morning Saffron class,
How was your first day of home learning?
Did you impress your parents with your beautiful letter formation? Have you all got your special at-home learning packs yet?  If not, you can collect them from the school office.
Get ready for another fun-filled day of learning.
Speak soon, 



Rachel has made two special videos today teaching you a new sound.  
Rachel's or Dani's phonics group - 'r' sound 
Jade/Elli's group - 'ay' sound 
1. Watch the video for your group.
2. Practice writing your sound. 
3. Can you write the sentence 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 dog can jump.   


Listen to the story of the Grouchy Ladybird again.

What happened at the beginning? What happened in the middle? What happened at the end?

Why do you think the leaf said thank you to the Grouchy Ladybird?

Have you said thank you to anyone today?


Writing task - Can you write a speech bubble for the ladybird?

Use your fred fingers to help you.  Say your sentence first and teach someone at home how to point your sentence out.  Don’t forget finger spaces, capital letters, and full stops.



Can you practice counting back from any number?  9?  14?  16?  21? 34?

Sing the Counting from 20 song to warm up your powerful brain

Using your tens frame can you solve some subtraction questions?

Check out today’s resource to help you.


Monday 23rd March
Phonics - teach someone at home your set 1 sounds (open the letter formation document below)
If you are in Jade and Ellie's group, please focus on the special friends - sh, qu, ch, th, nk, ng
Practice writing each sound and make sure your letters sit on the line. 
Next help Odd and Bob sort the real words and nonsense words.
Literacy - This week we will be reading a new book called 'The Grouchy Ladybug' written by Eric Carle (the same author who wrote The Hungry Caterpillar) 
Grouchy means that you feel grumpy. Have you ever felt grumpy? 
Before you listen to the story...
Why could the ladybird be grouchy?
After listening to the story... 
Who was the main character in the story? 
Who else was in the story? 
What was the problem in the story? 
Listen to the story here: 
Can you retell the story to your mum, dad, brother or sister?
Maths - Can you remember the months of the year? Practice with the song below.
Now practice counting backwards from different numbers.
Count backwards from 5. Count backwards from 10. Count backwards from 12. 
Challenge: Can you work out the missing numbers by counting backwards (see counting backwards document below)
Topic - Go on the DK find out website below. What can you find out about ladybirds? 
For more learning ideas please see follow links below:

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.

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.


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