All About Ash - Reception


Prime Areas of Learning

Personal, Social and Emotional- 

Children are confident to try new activities and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they  do or don’t need help.  Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations and take changes of routine in their stride.

Communication and Language-

Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.  Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.  Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.  They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.


Children show good control and coordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing. Children know the importance for good health, of physical exercise and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.

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Specific Areas of Learning

Over the next few weeks we will be practising to achieve the following in each area of learning:


Children read and understand simple sentences. They  use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Children use their phonic knowledge to write words   in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.


Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more  or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.  Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.


Understanding the World- 

Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.  Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.  They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.  Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

Expressive Art and Design- 

Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.  Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.

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Week beginning  1st March- last week of remote learning! 

Today is St David's day. Watch these videos to discover more about what St David's day is and how it is celebrated. 

Go on a daffodil hunt- have a really good look at the flower. Take a photograph of them. Go home and create your own daffodil- you could paint, model, draw. try and make your picture look really like a daffodil. Think about which colours to use and remember pictures are just lots of shapes put together in the right order so your daffodil will be amazing and unique to you.


Maths- I would like you to play a game called 'groupies'. For this you will need a piece of paper with lots of dots on in rows, a pen and 2 dice. Play this game twice, first with 1 dice and then with 2. Roll the dice, work out the total and then draw round that number of dots to make a group. Continue until all the dots have been included into a group. See picture below for how it may look. I have also attached some dotted paper that you can print here.


Phonics- practice the sounds that you are still unsure of today. I need your help today, it is Miss Joyner's birthday very soon- can you write a shopping list of things I might need for a party? Include food, decorations and anything else you can think. Remember a list goes down the page when you are writing.


Join me at 10.30 for a quick treasure hunt before assembly. Join Mr Lloyd's assembly at 11.00


Busy fingers- using the dot paper template from yesterday (or make your own)  play the game dots and boxes with a grown up.  You will need 2 different coloured pens.  Take it in turns to draw one line at a time.  The idea is to make as many boxes as you can.  If you win a box, you get another go.  if you are unsure how to play- watch this video

Phonics- recap any sounds you are unsure of today.  Play digraph/ trigraph bingo with a grown up- just like we do on Zoom and in the classroom.  If you feel like a challenge play tricky word bingo as well.


Maths- Explore number bonds to 10.  how many different ways can you make 10?  Use a tens frame or an empty 10 part egg carton.  Use 2 different sets of objects around your house to find different ways to make 10.  you even chalk a large tens frame outside and use natural objects to make 10.  I wonder how many ways you will discover?  Do you notice any patterns?  I wonder if you can spot other sets of numbers within your ten.  For example how many groups of 2 make 10? How How many groups of 5 make 10?


Expressive art and design/ communication and language-  find a stick- s stick you love the shape of and length of.  Use your stick in as many ways as you can- maybe as a wand, a pen, a flag, a bag- across the day, see how many different ways you can use your stick.  I wonder if you will think of a way to use your stick that no-one else in our class does. 

*  I had 3 children ask to read to me today so please check your Purple Mash accounts for details.  Thanks.


Today is world maths day!

Busy fingers- use play dough to make numbers today.  Then write them down.

Maths- join me at 10.30 on Zoom for a maths treasure hunt!  This will include numbers, shapes and measures!

Phonics- imagine you are an explore or adventurer- write a list of all the things you might take on your journey.  Remember to use your phonics to sound out the words. 

CL/expressive art and design- I would like you to become a story teller today and go on an adventure in your house or garden.  Make up a story as you go- maybe you are hunting a dragon or going to meet a fairy.  Will your stairs be the steepest mountain to climb?  Or is your bath filled with friendly sea creatures?  Is you garden a tropical rainforest or your kitchen the most amazing restaurant in the world.  Use your imagination to use the different parts of your house and garden to create a story and remember to have fun.   I would love to hear all about your adventures. 


Thursday- World Book Day

Busy fingers- using a pack of cards- try to build a card tower- this is very tricky!

Maths- today is all about exploring some card games.  Try out some of the games below:

Using a pack of cards- take out the Jack, queen and kings- take turns to turn one card at at time, predict of the next card will be higher or lower/ more or less, turn the card and see the outcome.  If you were correct you claim the cards.  Repeat until you have used all the cards.

Snap- take it in turns to turn over the cards one at a time, if they match, shout snap! The winner it the person with the most cards. 

Pairs- lay out the card face down, take turns to turn over 2 cards to find pairs.  If they do not match, then back after.  The winner is the person with the most pairs at the end. 

7's- deal 7 cards to each player.  place the 7 of diamonds on the table.  the idea is to complete the run of cards from ace to king working both sides of the 7.  If you cannot lay a card, then you pick one up.  If you get one of the other sevens, that gets put in the middle too and you complete the run of cards.  The winner is the first person to get rid of all their cards.  This is great for subitising and number recognition.


Today is World Book Day!
- Read a book in a different space.
- If you have a potato- turn it into your favourite book character and bring to our Zoom this afternoon to share.
- Share your favourite story with your grown up.
- Come to Bedtime Stories at 5.00pm.


Fingers crossed, this will be the last day of remote learning for a while.  Today is all about YOU!  From Monday, you will be back at school, working super hard and you will very tired.  Today spend time with your loved ones, relax and rest so you are full of energy for the first day back and do the things you want to do.


You could:

Go for a bike ride

Go for a walk

Play a game

Have a picnic

Have a tea party

Watch a film

Have a cuddle

Read a story

Spend time in the garden

Have a hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream 

Cook something together

Paint together

Play rapidough together


Do whatever makes YOU happy!


If you have time- you could tackle Mrs Wiltshire Science challenge- an email was sent out with more information. 


If you are planning to join me for our final Zoom- come dressed to impress or fancy dress to celebrate the end of school lock down- I look forward to seeing you all.


A favour please...I have been developing a curiosity area in the glass room, over the weekend look for something curious or unusual to add to our area.  The object cannot be bigger than you hand- think about unusual stones or sticks you might find.  It might be something curious at your house.  Please bring it in for us to add to the curiosity area in school. 


See you all in school on Monday at 8.45!