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Week Beginning 4th January 2021

Home learning- 5th January 


Hello Reception, I hope you have all fab a lovely break over christmas! I have enjoyed eating lots of yummy food, spending time with my family and spending lots of time in my pyjamas.

For now we have to do our learning at home with our grown ups, so make sure you continue to be Holdbrook Heroes for them as well!


I will mostly be uploading onto Tapestry so please make sure parents are checking this regularly



I will be uploading some phonics lessons onto Tapestry for you to take part in. All you will need is something to write with and something to write on.  


Here is some more information if you would like to complete additional phonics activities

The Oxford Owl website have some good information to help with the teaching of Read Write Inc phonics at home, with some lovely guides for parents. In school we are currently working on set 1 speed sounds and practising to blend using these speed sounds. There are also some handy slideshows for practising reading the speedy green words.  For anyone looking for a challenge have a look at the Ditty  ebooks which I will also include on our class page/Tapestry.


Ruth Miskin the creator of Read, Write Inc has been posting some videos onto the youtube channel and the facebook page which you might also find helpful.



White Rose is the maths scheme we follow in reception and they have been posting some lovely maths activities onto their website for you to try at home. We have been trying to develop the use of mathematical language in Reception, one of the best ways to do this is through talking with your child, encouraging them to describe what they can see/ compare what they can see or challenge what they can see.

These videos can be used everyday to support the learning we have previously done in school.

This week we are focussing on the number zero! I have attached some activities for you to have a go at whilst at home.


Before we begin our new topic I wanted us to explore the season of winter. We have previously explored autumn, thinking about the changes we see around us.

Here are some activity ideas for winter:

  • Design a scarf. You could draw it, paint it or even use other material to make a collage.
  • Some animals live in cold places around the world. Draw a picture of an animal that lives in a cold place and find out a fact to share with the class about your animal.
  • Go on a winter walk with a grown-up and look around to see the things that have changed since the autumn or summer.
  • Draw a picture of someone dressed for a cold winter day and then label the clothes they are wearing to keep them warm and dry.
  • On winter mornings the ground often looks white with frost. Ask a grown-up to help you investigate the frost and find out what it is and where it comes from

I will be uploading additional challenges onto Tapestry so please contact us if you are struggling to log on. 

I will also be making weekly phone calls and really look forward to hearing how you are all getting on.

Stay safe

Miss O'Reilly

Home learning - 6th January


Happy Wednesday Reception!

I have uploaded some phonics lessons for you to have a go at, onto Tapestry. 

As always I would love to see any photos or videos of what you have been doing on Tapestry, if you have any questions please add these to the comment box on any tapestry post. 

Please continue with the maths lessons from white rose


Also we are continuing to focus on the topic of winter this week, I have uploaded some activities for you to have a go at.

Home Learning - 7th January 

I hope you are all safe and well and continue to be Holdbrook Heroes whilst at home.


Today I have uploaded some more phonics lessons for you to have a go at onto Tapestry.


Please continue with the white rose maths videos from yesterday and I will be uploading some more activities for you to have a go at. 


I have also uploaded a story video for you to watch. It is one of my favourite stories. Afterwards you can have a go at drawing a picture of poor Mog. 


I hope to be calling you in the next few days and I am looking forward to speaking to you!


Miss O'Reilly

Home Learning - 8th January


Happy Friday Reception! I cannot believe we are a week into the new year already. I have enjoyed seeing the pictures and videos you have sent me, keep up the good work!



I have uploaded a Friday Phonics challenge for you onto Tapestry! Also the website phonics play is currently free to parents. It has lots of fun games on their to practise phonic skills such as blending, segmenting and recognising the sounds. 

Log in with the password and click on resources, then select phase 2 (where we are currently working), then have fun exploring the fun games which can also be accessed on a phone or tablet.



Here are some challenges for you to have a go at today

Look at a phone, computer keyboard or calculator. Can you find the number zero? It looks like a circle or oval shape.


Zero is very important in lots of big numbers. Do you know what these numbers are; 10 and 100? Zero is often used in the year number too. Can you write the year? Does it have any 0s in it? What year were you born in? Does this have any 0s in?


Phone numbers often have 0s in them. Ask an adult to help you learn an important phone number, such as your home phone number or a phone number for your Mummy or Daddy’s phone. You could write it down on a piece of paper. Does it have any 0s in it?


There were 3 apples on a tree. If they are all picked, how many apples would be left on the tree? Try drawing a picture to help you.



Next week we are going to begin our new topic 'Helpful Heroes'. Can you draw as many helpful heroes as you can think of, who might these be? Maybe a policeman, a superhero or a dentist!