Welcome to the class page for Diamond Class and Sapphire Class. We will add things to this page daily that you might want to complete at home with your whilst school is closed. Remember to scroll down the page to see all of the previous activities. We know that home learning is not easy and we do not expect you to do all of the things that we suggest. They are there as a bank of ideas for you to pick and choose from. These activties will also be shared on Tapestry and you can use Tapestry to share pictures of the things you have been doing at home.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. You can use Tapestry to contact us, or you can e mail us on
Look after yourselves, we are missing you all!
Ms Crisp and Miss Chin
TTS - Early Years
Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children's mentla health and well being during the Covid-19 outbreak
Good morning, the Government have released a document for parents and carers giving advice on how to support the mental health and well being of our children during this Covid-19 pandemic. I recommend reading the whole document which you can find here
I have picked out some key points too ...
This outbreak will affect everybody'a daily lives. It may be a difficult time for children and they could show signs of this straight away, or later on.
It is really important for adults to take care of their own mental health and well being, as well as that of their children.
When parents and carers deal with things in a calm and confident way they provide the best support for their children.
Children in Reception may return to behaviours they have outgrown. For example, toileting accidents, bed-wetting, or being frightened about being separated from their parents or caregivers. They may also have tantrums or difficulty sleeping.
To help children cope with stress you could:
Listen and acknowledge: Children may respond to stress in different ways. Signs may be emotional (for example, they may be upset, distressed, anxious, angry or agitated), behavioural (for example, they may become more clingy or more withdrawn, they may wet the bed), or physical (for example, they may experience stomach aches). Look out for any changes in their behaviour and contact us at school if you have any concerns that you want to talk about.
Provide clear information about the situation: All children want to feel that their parents and carers can keep them safe. The best way to achieve this is by talking openly about what is happening and providing honest answers to any questions they have. Explain what is being done to keep them and their loved ones safe, including any actions they can take to help, such as washing their hands regularly.
Use words and explanations that they can understand: make sure you use reliable sources of information such as the GOV.UK or NHS website – there is a lot of misleading information from other sources that will create stress for you and your family. It will not always be possible to provide answers to all the questions children and young people may ask, or to allay all their concerns, so focus on listening and acknowledging their feelings to help them feel supported.
Be aware of your own reactions: Remember that children and young people often take their emotional cues from the important adults in their lives, so how you respond to the situation is very important. It is important to manage your own emotions and remain calm, listen to and acknowledge children and young people’s concerns, speak kindly to them, and answer any questions they have honestly.
Create a new routine: Life is changing for all of us for a while. Routine gives children and young people an increased feeling of safety in the context of uncertainty, so think about how to develop a new routine – especially if they are not at school: make a plan for the day or week that includes time for learning, playing and relaxing.
Children and young people need to ideally be active for 60 minutes a day, which can be more difficult when spending longer periods of time indoors. Plan time outside if you can do so safely or see Change4Life for some ideas for indoor games and activities. Don’t forget that sleep is really important for mental and physical health so try to keep to existing bedtime routines
It may be tempting to give them treats, such as sweets or chocolate, to compensate for being housebound, but this is not good for their health, especially as they will not be able to be to run around or be as active as they normally do - see Change4Life for ideas for healthy treats.
If you are worried about your or your child/ or young person’s symptoms. Please visit the NHS self-isolation advice website for information. If you are still worried, call NHS 111. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/
If you are worried about your child or young person’s mental health then send a message to your child's class teacher through Tapestry or to their e mail address.
If you are worried about your own mental health and well being their is another Government document that you can read here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing Or have a look at the Every Mind Matters website https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
Stay in touch with family and friends.... and with us at school too,
The Reception Team
During this time of school closures parents and carers are being asked to support their children at home with their learning. This means that children are likely to be using on line learning platforms and accessing different websites more often. Older children may also be using social media networks to keep in contact with their friends.
Keeping our children safe is always our highest priority and this includes keeping the children safe online.
Please read the following advice on how to ensure your child stays safe whilst accessing online learning.
Children should continue to keep themselves safe by using information taught to them at school. For older children this includes only adding their real life friends to online games and sites and not talking to anyone they don't know. Also limiting the information they are giving out online and using age appropriate games and apps. In Reception we talked about how children should ALWAYS tell an adult if they see something that they don't recognise (such as a pop up message) on their screen and to not press any new buttons without showing an adult first.
Please ensure you monitor what your child is accessing on the internet and apply parental controls wherever possible. Children should only need to use the websites suggested by us at school. We may suggest some links from youtube which would always be videos that we have watched ourselves. You tube, however, does then automatically move on to another video once the one you are watching has finished and these are not things that we have checked.
These websites may be useful for parents / carers:
National Online Safety https://nationalonlinesafety.com/
Ten Green Bottles
Before school closed our number of the week was 10.
Can you sing the song '10 Green Bottles'?
Ten Green Bottles
This song will help your child to count back from 10 and to see one less than each number up to 10.
It is important to count forwards and backwards making sure your child says each number in the right order. You can write the numbers 1 to 10 out ot help them if they need it. You can also use the picture of the Numberblocks to help with counting backwards.
You could give your child 10 bottles (or 10 of something else like lego pieces or pens) and they can take one away each time a bottle falls from the wall.
You can watch the Numberblocks episode here
Numberblocks - Ten Green Bottles
Ask your child if they can draw a picture to show the 10 green bottles.
Can your child make up their own song?
10 fluffy teddies sitting on the bed....... 10 scary dinosaurs hiding in the bath ..... 10 little ponies dancing in the fields......
You could practise finding one less than a given number. To do this give your a child a number of objects (start with up to 10 and then increase to 20 if they are confident). Ask them to show you one less. (They should know to take one away). Then ask how many they have now.
For example ... give them 8 cars, ask them to show you one less than 8, ask them how many they have now, ask them what is one less than 8.
You could collect 10 bottles and play a bowling game. Stand them up like skittles and roll a ball towards them. Ask your child 'how many did you knock down?' 'how many are left?'
Our song 'Zero Zero Superhero' also counts back from 10.
Zero Zero Superhero
Wednesday 1st April - Phonics 'oa'
We have learnt the diagraph 'oa'.
A diagraph is when two letters make one sound. So the 'o' and the 'a' make the sound 'oa' - like in the word 'soap'
Have a look at these links to learn more about the 'oa' sound.
Geraldine Giraffe Learns oa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCJyHN0IFE8
Mr Thorne Does Phoincs oa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbLTgyrC3eg
Alphablocks oa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PpcG5UMSn8
Can you read the oa words and captions that the teddies are holding? It is important to talk about the meaning as some children might not know what a 'loaf' or a 'toad' is.
Look at these pictures and talk about the 'oa' word that they are showing. Your child can then write a word, a caption or a sentence for each one. I have given some ideas of what they could write.
A sentence must normally always have a capital letter and a full stop. We haven't learnt about these yet in Reception so we wouldn't expect the children to use them in their writing.
the soap has bubbles (Don't worry if your child writes bubls)
I got a goal
it went in the net he got a goal
the road is long
Here is a counting activity that you could do today.
You could write the numbers 1 to 10 in order down the side of a piece of paper and ask your child to collect different things from around your house to match each number eg. 1 spoon, 2 books, 3 boxes of tissues. There is a photo attached of these being done outside. If you are going on daily walks you could take a bag with you and collect the items as you walk eg. 1 stone, 2 sticks, 3 pieces of grass, 4 leaves.
Your child could then arrange them against the numbers when you get back.
You could use an exmpty cereal box to write the numbers on the back, or you could make little cards from cutting up the cereal box. Once your child has collected the items they can then use the cards, mix them up and try and put them back in order.
Have a look at the photos for ideas.
Have fun counting!
Story of the Day - Tuesday 31st March
Today's story of the day is: Stick Man. There is a link to watch the story as an animated version on BBC iPlayer:
Stickman on BBC i player
Here are some questions your child can answer either orally or they could have a go at recording the answers themselves.
Where does Stick Man live?
Which animal wants to play fetch with Stick Man?
What game does the girl want to play with Stick Man?
How many eggs are laid in the nest?
Where does the girl put Stick Man to warm up from the snow? Is this a good idea?
Make a Stick Man! Can you find a stick in your garden, just outside your house, near by grassy area or somewhere on a local walk? Can your child make their own Stick Man?
I have attached some pictures to give some inspiration! I look forward to seeing your Stick Men!
Here are some ideas that you might like to do based on the topic of 'My Family'.
Look at a selection of family photographs and talke about the changes over time. Look at photos of adults in your family when they were younger.
Draw a family tree - how does your family link together?
Do a survey of the people in your family - how mnay people have black hair? brown hair? blond hair? white hair? Can you record this in pictures.
Have a family picnic inside. Lay out a rug in the lounge or kitchen. Can your child make sure everyone has a plate and a cup? Can your child share out the food equally?
Sort out the clean washing together - who does each item belong to? Can you pair up the socks? Can you deliver the clothes to the right rooms in the house? Can your child use pegs to peg the clothes out to dry? (Using pegs helps to develop strength in their hands).
Make Birthday cards for people in your family who have Birthday's soon. Write a message inside for them.
Write a letter or draw a picture for someone that you can't see at the moment and go to the post box and post it.
Find out everyone's favourite song in your house and have a disco.
Talk to your child about the jobs that different people in your family do. What would they like to do when they are grown up? Can they draw a picture of them doing this job?
Maybe you would like to have a go at doing some foot or hand printing and turning the prints into princesses or dinosaurs?
Monday 30th March - Phonics
We have learnt the diagraph 'ai'.
A diagraph is when two letters make one sound. So the 'a' and the 'i' make the sound 'ai' - like in the word 'rain'.
Have a look at these links to learn more about the 'ai' sound.
Geraldine Giraffe Learns ai
Mr Thorne Does Phoincs ai
Can you read the words and captions that these teddies are holding?
Look at these pictures and talk about the 'ai' word that they are showing. Your child can then write a word, a caption or a sentence for each one. I have given some ideas of what they could write.
A sentence must normally always have a capital letter and a full stop. We haven't learnt about these yet in Reception so we wouldn't expect the children to use them in their writing.
a red sail
the boat has a red sail
pain in the leg
the man has a pain in his leg
stop and wait
we must stop and wait because it is red (Don't worry if your child spells 'because' like this ..... 'becos')
Oxford Owl Login
I have created class acccounts for Oxford Owl. This website has some reading books on that the children will be able to read themselves as they are like our reading scheme books.
Click on the 'My Class Login' at the top.
Diamond class login = look on Tapestry for our login
Sapphire class login = look on Tapestry for our login
You need to choose the age group 4-5 for the Reception books.
Mary Poppins Dance Class
For your exercise today you could try this Mary Poppins dance class from Oti who was on Strictly and The Greatest Dancer.
Mary Poppins Dance Class
Monday 30th March
Here are a few ideas that I have been collecting over the weekend that I have seen on Facebook and thought some children might like to try.
The Harry Potter paper craft are bookmarks that Joseph and I made. You can make them into any character or animal. We followed a video on you tube - they are called ‘corner bookmarks’.
The fairy house looks like it has been made from a toilet roll inner and a bun case.
The treasure hunt has a list of rooms in the house, a list of letters and a list of numbers. You choose one thing from each bowl eg. Kitchen, p, 3 .... then you have to find 3 things in the kitchen starting with a ‘p’. You could also change the letters to colours so you have to find 3 blue things in the kitchen.
Lego Fun from Mrs Robinson
Developing fine motor skills in early childhood helps build the foundation for important future skills like writing and self-care. Fine motor skills involve the use of the small muscles that control the hand, fingers, and thumb. Playing with Lego and other types of building bricks is a great way to develop these muscles and skills while having fun.
I have been online and found some great ideas of using Lego to create different games and activities.
Maybe you’d like to build a Ring Toss. This is a game where you build lego towers and make rings out of pipe cleaners to throw over the top of each tower. If you haven’t got any pipe cleaners then maybe you could you some old curtain pole rings or bangles... or maybe some hair bobbles?
You could incorporate some maths too by placing numbers on the Lego towers and add the points to keep score. Or you could make your own bowling game, you could label the skittles (towers) from 1 to 10 and add up the points of how many you knock over to see who wins.
Or maybe you could build a marble maze? Maybe you could time how long it takes to negotiate your way through the maze and record your times. Or make a Lego town to drive your toy cars through?
Alternatively if you have a set of wooden blocks you could use a pair of kitchen tongs to build a model. Afterwards you might like to draw a picture or your model and label it.
Just remember to have fun !
Reading game: Roll and Retell
I have seen a game which can help to develop children's comprehension skills and retelling of a story 'Roll and Retell'.
All you need is a story book and a dice. If you do not have a dice you could use a box with six sides e.g. cereal or tissue box and draw the dice patterns on them. It may be a little harder to roll it it could had a fun challenge!
First read the story, then your child can roll the dice. There is a different question for each number. If it lands on:
1 - What happened at the start of the story?
2 - What happened in the middle of the story?
3 - What happened at the the end of the story?
4 - (Pick a page in the book) Where are they now?
5 - (Pick a character in the book) What is ... doing here?
6 - Can you think of a question to ask about the story? (Your child could write it down if they wish).
Happy reading! I hope you're all okay and enjoying the nice weather whilst it lasts!
Story of the Day - Thursday 26th March
Today's story is 'Supertato' by Sue Hendra. Here is the link to listen to it on You Tube Supertato
When you have listened to the story you could try one of these activities, or you could answer the retrieve questions from RIC.
* Use a vegetable and make your own supertato, can you give him/her a name? Can you tell your own story about him?
* Design your own super veggie on paper with colours.
* Freeze some little toys (or some peas??) into some ice cubes and then try and rescue them.
* Write a note to Supertato or Evil Pea.
* Make lots of little Evil Peas and hide them round your house for someone else to find.
Remember to share any of your photos with us on Tapestry!
Retrieve questions ... RIC has a magnifying glass. This means you need to find the answer in the text or in the pictures. Your child does not need to write down the answers to the questions - you can talk about them.
What colour is Supertato's cape?
Which vegetable got stuck to the conveyor belt with plasters?
Where did Supertato find Evil Pea hiding?
What did Supertato use to trap Evil Pea?
Here are 2 ideas of things you might like to do outside in the sunshine today.
1) Collect lots of natural materials and make a picture.
(If you haven’t got these things in your garden you could go for a walk and collect some in a local park. Please remember that short walks with your family members are ok, but you must keep your distance from any other people who might also be out.)
2) Use toy animals, cars, dolls or teddies and see if you can line them up with the sun so that they create a shadow on a piece of paper that you can then draw round.
Have fun in the sun today, stay at home and keep safe everyone.
Links on the Internet
Good morning! These are a few links that I have found on the internet that I thought some children might like (I haven't checked them all out!)
Live Feeding in a Rockpool at the National Marine Aquarium - they will post another video today (Wednesday 25th) of Shark Feeding. After watching this your child could draw a picture of one of the creatures they saw and write a sentence about it.
Football Training - if you have a garden you could practise some football skills following these videos. Afterwards maybe you could make up your own game or training session. Yesterday my son Joseph drew chalk circles on the drive and practised kicking the ball into the circles and trying to control it so that it stopped in the circle.
Ballet Classes. After doing a ballet class you could find your own favourite song and make up your own dance to this. You could film it and put it on Tapestry for us to watch.
Helicopter Stories - this is something that we do regularly in school and your child will be familiar with the approach. This video shows you how it works. Tell your child that their story can be as short as they like, but it can't be any longer than the length of your page. They will then speak their story and you can write it down. At the end your child will choose which character they want to be in the story. You then read the story out and they can act it out. You might need to get other family members, or yourself to join in if they have lots of characters, or your child might be able to be a few different ones.
Art Lessons - you can follow these videos to learn how to draw. Rod Biddulph is an illustrator in children's books. If you draw one of the animals on his videos you could make up a story about it.
Drawing with Rod
David Walliams reading one of his stories each day. After watching this your child could draw a picture of one of the characters from the story. (I heard David Walliams on the radio this morning and he said he is reading his stories 'World's Worst Children' which he wrote for children who don't like reading.
Free stories online. After listening to a story you could talk about what happened in the story. Who was in the story? What did they do? Did you like the story?
In Reception for each number we create a number poster with all the information we have learnt about that number. the last poster we started was 10. Can your child pick a number from 1-10 and make a number poster about it?
It could include: what the number looks like, the Numberblock for this number, a drawing of something that shows that number of things e.g. 7 circles or 7 cats etc., draw all the numbers before in one colour and then focus number in a different colour, finding one more and one less than this number, different ways to make the number (number pairs). For example 5 and 2 is 7, 3 and 4 is 7, 6 and 1 is 7, 7 and 0 is 7. The children could do drawings to show this e.g. 5 circles and 2 squares or write the numerals - either is fine.
You could also explore adding and subtracting with your child - we do this very practically in Reception and I suggest you use objects to add/takeaway e.g. lego pieces, teddies, figures etc. Your child could record this on their poster too.
I have attached some pictures of the Numberblocks, a poster all about 7 I have made and some images of practical adding and taking away. Have lots of Maths fun!
Keeping Active by Mrs Robinson
It’s really important for our physical and mental health that we try and stay active. I understand that not everyone can get out and go for a walk or go on bike ride and the moment but there are lots of ways to stay active indoors too.
I’ve put together a few different things you could do to stay active indoors. Click on the light blue links to access this on You Tube.
Why not try a family fun workout with Joe Wicks on YouTube?
You don't need any equipment, just simply go onto YouTube on your tablet or laptop and type in PE WITH JOE.
There is a live class at 9am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout. There are also some pre recorded sessions on there if you miss the 9am lesson and still want to give it a try.
PE with Joe Wicks
Or if you would prefer something a little calmer why not try the ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure’ on YouTube.
We're Going on a Bear Hunt Yoga
Alternatively you could have fun dancing and singing along to a some movement songs on YouTube. I’ve made a list of a few the children might already know.
◦ Everybody Get Up! (The 1-20 edition) counting 1 to 20
Counting to 20
◦ Banana Banana Meatball - Blazer Fresh | GoNoodle
Banana Banana Meatball
◦ Shake Your Sillies Out. Brain Breaks Songs for Kids
Shake Your Sillies Out
I know that not everyone has access to a garden, but if you do then it is a great opportunity to get outside while the sun is shining. If you have a spare section of your garden you could offer it to your child as a mud kitchen. Adding some old pans, bowls, wooden spoons or bottles would give them lots of opportunities to play in the mud kitchen. Here are some ideads
* hide some coins or 'treasure' over night for them to find the next day
* ask them to make a potion or mud pie and then write a list of what they have put in it
* give them some instructions for how to make a potion so they can practise counting out different objects. For example ... 6 blades of grass, 3 leaves, 2 stones, a cup of water
* have a go at one of the Mud Kitchen Challenge cards from Twinkl
Although a lot of our children at school can play for hours in the mud kitchen with just the pans, spoons and some water...... let them show you what they want to do!
Mud Kitchen Challenge Cards
If you have a front garden or window that is near a road then your child could do a vehicle count. You could either count different vehicles eg. car, bus, van, bike, person walking or you could count different coloured cars. You could write the names of the vehicles down the left hand side of a piece of paper (or your child might like to have a go at this themselves) then they could make a mark next to each one when that vehicle drives past. At the end of a given time they could count how many marks are next to each vehicle and write the number to show how many there were.
Which vehicle did you see most of?
Which vehicle did you see least of?
How many vehicles did you see altogether?
Something that we do at school to strengthen our fingers and hands for writing is called Dough Disco .... this is a disco with playdough. It originates from a lady called Shonette Bason-Wood. Each day on her you tube channel - Spread the Happiness TV - at 9:30am she is doing a live Dough Disco. The children will be familiar with a lot of the moves from when we do it at school. This is the link to today’s from you tube and her next live one is 9:30am tomorrow.
Here is my favourite tip ..... if you haven’t got playdough .... use INVISIBLE playdough. Pretend to take it out of the pot and do the same moves with your hands and fingers, with pretend playdough. The children will also be familiar with this!!
Update: I, Mrs Appleyard did the dough disco and flipper flappers (using tea towels!) and had lots of fun! This means that you hold a tea towel in each hand move them up, down and side to side. Like this
From tomorrow (Wed) Shonette Bason-Wood will be randomly picking 3 of the '100 things to do indoors' activity sheet that we gave you and challenging children to do 2 of them each day. She even says that there will be prizes! Visit her You tube page 'Spread the happiness TV' and subscribe for updates
Shape Hunt from Mrs Appleyard
Yesterday my boys and I did a shape hunt around the house. My youngest (age 4) seached for 2d shapes: circle, square, rectangle and triangle. My eldest (age 7) searched for both 2d and 3d shapes. We found lots (the photos are just a sample). Most objects they identified themselves but for others I pointed them out and asked what shape they and how they knew this.
I have attached shape mats of the shapes that we have learnt in Reception. The children should talk about the properties of the shapes as well as their names. For example that a square has 4 sides, that a circle is round or that a cyclinder can roll.
I might repeat this activity another day as we did not find any triangles! You could adapt this shape hunt by taking it outdoors, or timing it e.g How many squares can you find in 5 minutes? Or give one child one shape and another a different shape.
I've also added some 'colour by 2d shape pictures' that if you have a printer you can print off but if you don't that's not a problem you could ask your child to draw their own picture using squares, rectangles, circles, triangles etc.
Here are some 2d shape colouring sheets and a 2d shape mat.
So far we have learnt all of Phase 2 sounds
s a t p i n m d g o c k h e u r l f b ss ll ff
and these Phase 3 sounds
j w v x z y zz qu sh ch th ng ee oo ai oa
We would really like the children to practise reading and writing these sounds, rather than trying to learn any new ones.
You can access some games on Phonics Play with a free login code
The username is March20 and the password is home.
If you look down the left hand side then you will see the different phases. All children could try Phase 1 and Phase 2. Most children could have a go at Phase 2 too, although this will have some sounds in that they haven't learnt yet.
Story of the Day - Monday 23rd March
Have a listen to the story 'Some Dogs Do' by Jez Alborough on You Tube.
Some Dogs Do
RIC has some questions for you. These are all 'retrieve' questions which means that the answers are in the words and pictures of the story..... you need to find them.
Where was Sid going?
How did he get there?
What colour was Sid's bag?
What is the name of Sid's best friend?
Can you draw a picture of Sid? Can you write his name? Maybe you could write a sentence about what Sid did?
(When Reception children are writing they will use the sounds that they know to spell words. If, for example, they want to write 'Sid went home' they won't know which letters to use. We have learnt the sound 'oa' like in 'coat' so they might use this in the word 'home' and spell it 'hoam'. This is absolutely fine as the children are using sounds that they know to write words.)
Two children have shared photos today of rainbows they have made to put in the windows of their houses. It would be lovely to see rainbows appearing the houses around Hunslet!
Tricky words are words that you can't sound out. If you want to read the word 'cat' you can say the sounds c-a-t and then blend them to get the word 'cat'. You can't do this for tricky words..... blending the sounds 't-h-e' does not make the word 'the'.
The first set of tricky words are
I no go to the into
You can sing this tricky word song.
Phase 2 Tricky Word Song
The second set of words is
he she we be me was are all you her my (we have not learnt all of these yet)
Phase 3 Tricky Word Song
You could play games with these words.
Pairs - Make two sets of each word and turn them all upside down. Take it in turns to turn two words over... if they are the same word then you can keep the words and have another go. If they are not the same then turn them back upside down.
Treasure Hunt - write the words on pieces of paper or post it notes and hide them round the house. You child needs to say 'I found......'(and read the word) when they have found it.
Rainbow Writing - your child could practise writing each word - maybe they couold do each one in 3 different colours?
Musical Words - stick each word up somewhere in your room. Play some music to dance to, pause the music and say one of the words.... your child has to go and find the one that you said.