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Leighton Primary School

Weekly Activities wb.13.7.2020

Home learning tasks wb.13.7.2020

This week we are receiving our school reports written by our teachers, these detail how we have got on in Reception. Inside the envelope will also be a booklet about moving to Year 1 which tells you which class you are going to be in, either Sea Urchin or Seahorse, and which adults you are going to be with.


Activity 1:  

Explain to your child that the summer holiday from school will begin next week, and it will last until September when we plan for everyone to return to school. You could display this calendar to support your child’s understanding of time:

Your child may need reassurance that in September, we will begin to see all our Reception friends again in our Year 1 classes. Some children will be in the Sea Urchin Class and some children will be in the Seahorse Class. Share the transition document and explain that we will all be learning the same things but in our own class like it was in Starfish and Jellyfish class.   

Invite your child to say how they feel about moving to a new classroom and having some different adults teaching and looking after them. Talk about it being ok to have a range of feelings; happy, worried, anxious, unsure, excited, delighted, confused, nervous, enthusiastic, scared, etc. When new things are going to happen most people will have some good feelings and some feelings that are not so good and that is ok.

Emphasize the reasons for things changing related back to our learning about growing bigger/getting older. Explain that your child has learnt everything in Reception and now needs to learn more things because Reception learning will be too easy for them soon, they are ready to learn how to make their skills even better/improve them.   

You could look at the beginning and end of their Tapestry journal to show your child how much they have learnt eg. Counting, reading, writing, model building.

Boost your child’s confidence about their behaviour/knowing school rules, how to be a good learner (listening, concentrating, having a go at tricky things and trying their best), acquiring new skills like reading, writing, being a good friend, maths, etc.


Activity 2:

Share the book ‘The Cautious Caterpillar’ from Twinkl

Read aloud

Pause at times to talk about how the caterpillar is feeling or new vocabulary that has been introduced.

Discuss the word ‘cautious’. What does this word mean? Use an example related to school e.g. You are going to your first school assembly in the hall. If you are feeling cautious you may be feeling unsure about trying this new thing. You may listen extra carefully to the teacher’s instructions so you don’t make a mistake. You might be thinking of any problems that might happen, will there be a space for you to sit with your friends, will it be too loud, will the Head teacher be nice? You might want to hold someone’s hand on the way to the hall because you are unsure. 

Sometimes people feel cautious when they are doing something new for the first time. You might be feeling cautious about moving to a Year 1 classroom this is ok.

Pause to discuss how Cody feels each times she has spoken to a different insect.

What is Cody’s dilemma/problem?

Discuss how she is reluctant/unsure about changing into a butterfly.

Do you think she will stay a caterpillar or will she change? Will she overcome her worries and tackle this new challenge? How can she do this?

Link this to butterfly lifecycles and also the human life cycle, and that growing and changing is part of what happens to all creatures.

Talk about what can help us with feeling more sure/confident about changes that are going to happen e.g. talking to our family and friends, listening to their stories about what has happened to them, listening to their advice and being willing to try new things.

Listen to the rest of the story.

How did Cody feel at the end? Did she help the little caterpillar or not? How did she help him?

Liken changing from a caterpillar to a butterfly to changing from a Reception child to a Year 1 child. You will learn how to do many more things in Year 1 and you will become even cleverer.


Activity 3

Listen to The Cautious Caterpillar story again without stopping. Use The Cautious Caterpillar Powerpoint to recap the discussion points from the story. 

Make a list of all the new things you are looking forward to doing in Year 1 e.g. read and write their own stories, learn more facts about dinosaurs, animals etc, learn about new things in Maths like counting in 2s 5s and 10s, how to do more things by themselves and becoming more independent. 

Complete the butterfly sheet, offering support so that the main focus is their discussion in answer to the questions rather than their ability to express everything in writing. Your child may be able to write one thing to answer a question and then the adult can scribe the rest of their answer to each question which is fine.    


Activity 4:

Explain that now the children have learnt lots of things in Reception, you wonder what job they might like to do when they are an adult. You could play the What do you want to be? Song for ideas:

For each job your child mentions ask them what they need to be good at to do it? Will they need to work in a team, read, write, add up, count, etc? Promote learning in school, working hard and always trying their best in order to be able to do the job they want.

Other Ideas:

*Find an episode from the series Imagine That I want to be a … Try to match this to your child’s ideas for jobs. Each episode is approx. 5mins long.

Construction worker







Police officer



*Listen to the story ‘When I Grow Up.’