Week Beginning 8th June: How is The Colour Monster Feeling?

We hope you enjoyed your first week back at school or at home during our final term together in Reception. This year seems to have just flown by!...


We hope you enjoyed your first week back at school or at home during our final term together in Reception. This year seems to have just flown by! It was lovely to see so many of your happy faces bounce into school on Tuesday morning and it has also been fantastic to see all of your beautiful learning that you are continuing to do at home on Tapestry too. This week we shall be focusing on the book ‘The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas’.

Please click on the picture below to read the story. 

This book explores and encourages children to ‘open up’ and discuss how they might be feeling today, yesterday or during the current lock down period. We shall be linking each emotion to a colour for the children to explore further.

Another short animated story you may wish to explore is ‘While We Can’t Hug’. This story illustrates different ways we can show people we love them when we cannot give them a physical hug – illustrating the social distance message to children in a friendly way. At school this week we have been writing messages to our friends in the other class bubble. At home, you may wish to write a message to your teacher and upload it onto Tapestry where we shall respond.

Please click on the picture below to watch the short story:

IMPORTANT NOTE* Please continue to collect any recycled materials, cardboard boxes, empty bottles, toilet rolls etc. for the rainbow challenges for this week.

Home Learning

Please find below this weeks home learning activities. The document below outlines the learning task for each session and the resources you will need. Please click here for the Home Learning Activities: week 2

Please do get in touch via the enquiries email address if you have any specific questions regarding the learning. On Monday morning, you will receive an email outlining the tasks for the whole week. Please remember to log into ActiveLearn (Bug Club) and Get Epic to read books with your child.

Additional Learning Resources: 

Maths Games: www.topmarks.co.uk

Phonics Games: Phonics Play 

Online Safety Home Learning Packs: Thinkuknow have created fortnightly home activity packs that you may wish to complete with your child about how to stay safe online whilst at home. Please click on the link for the Early Years activities. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/early-years/

Boromi Daily Tasks: https://www.boromi.co.uk/dailyplay

We have shared the task below from Wednesday 3rd June to write a message to your future self. What are your memories of lock down? How did it make you feel? What are you looking forward to? Maybe as a family you would like to create a time capsule of this time. Weds_3rd_postcard_to_self

At school over the next few weeks the children will be participating in an art project to make a ‘Memory blanket’. The children will be drawing a black and white picture of their favourite toy, comforter or somebody who has been supportive to them during this pandemic. We shall also be painting a picture using colours to express our feelings. Please see the attached document explaining the project if you would like to complete this at home and upload onto Tapestry: Blanket art project

Children at School

This week at school we shall be reading the same story: ‘The Colour Monster’. We shall be discussing how we are feeling now we have returned to school, how we were feeling when we are home and how we feel each day. We shall be creating our own feelings chart to complete daily using our new friend the colour monster to support us. This book links nicely to a whole school art project we are completing. Please see below for more details.

Group Learning: Creating our own emotion dice and discussing in small groups when we have felt this way.

Phonics: We shall be focusing on our letter formations. Can you practice writing all the letters of the alphabet focusing on the correct letter formations?

Maths: We shall be introducing the children to estimating. Children will be exploring this concept by making an accurate guess by estimating how many objects are in different containers. We will then count the objects to check the correct amount.

Things to Remember: 

Please ensure you send your child to school everyday with:

  • Pieces of fruit or vegetables for snack
  • A water bottle
  • A sun hat
  • A coat
  • A bag of spare clothes (to stay on their peg)
  • A pair of wellie boots (for gardening)

Next Week: We shall be completing an art project with the children – ‘Creating a memory blanket’. Please can you send in a photograph/picture of your child’s favourite toy, a comforter or somebody who has been supportive to them during this lock down period. 

Rainbow challenges and Unlock challenges for all

Rainbow Challenges: Please find attached our rainbow challenges for this week. Challenge Signs Summer 2 Week 2 Re-opening. We hope you enjoy them and we are looking forward to all the wonderful learning you share with us on Tapestry.

Unlock Challenges:  As mentioned, in the recent letter you received from the school dated 1st May 2020, we have put together an ‘Unlock Challenge’ sheet that explains clearly the basic expectations we have for Reading, Writing and Maths by the time we return to school for Reception children. Do not panic! This learning has been covered already in class and in the learning videosIt would be fantastic if you can go over these ‘challenges’ with your child and see if there are any areas that you need to practice a little more, to ensure they are confident in these aspects of their learning. In doing so, this will support them to become independent in their learning as they transition into year 1. Please click here for: Unlock Challenges Reception

Supporting documents: 

Other Notices: 

This week is National Bike Week: Cycling has been a great release for many families during the pandemic and we hope you’ll continue to enjoy cycling with the family and celebrate by taking part in the Bike Week festivities this week. It’s your chance to celebrate all that’s great about cycling! The latest Government rules say although we have to maintain our social distancing and be at home where we can, unlimited exercise is now permitted. To help keep families active during this time Cambridgeshire Road Safety Officers are promoting Cycling UK’s free Bike Week resource pack with indoor and outdoor activities you can do as a family. From cooking to colouring, to bike challenges, it’s got it all!

National Bike Week Activities

Phone call home: Your class teacher will be continuing to phoning home to make contact with yourselves if you child is currently not attending school. As before, these will be from a withheld number and will be a short phone call.

REMINDER: If you would you like your child to start attending school from Monday 22nd June. The window on Wisepay will open on Monday 8th June and close on Wednesday 10th June at 12pm. 

We hope you have a fantastic week! We are looking forward to celebrate all your fantastic learning on Tapestry and also meeting you all together for our first virtual Family Friday.

Have a super weekend,

The Reception Team