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Week 1 January 4th 2021

Well here we are again! 

Please find below the details of the learning I have planned for the children in school.  This will need you to facilitate.


If you would prefer to have video lessons this week you can access lessons on the National Academy (link below).  You can choose from a range of literacy and maths lessons which are then delivered by teachers for Reception children.

This week we had started a unit of work on the story of "The Odd Egg" by Emily Gravett.  So far we have read the story as far as the last page just before Duck's egg hatches.  I challenged the children yesterday to think about what might hatch out of the egg.

The Odd Egg

The Odd Egg The perfect board book gift for Easter - with a cheeky twist!All the birds have eggs to hatch. All except Duck. When Duck is delighted to find an...

We were going to look at a range of different eggs and watch this link to extend their thinking about what hatches out of an egg. 

I had quail eggs, duck eggs and an ostrich egg as well as a range of false eggs.  The children were going to then draw their own egg, what colour would it be? What shape? Would it have spots or a pattern? Would it be large or small? Then they were going to decide what was going to hatch out of their eggs.


Show children the image below what do they think each bird was thinking?  Encourage them to write a sentence about what they might be thinking.


Maths this week the focus was on one more, one less and learning the vocabulary more and fewer. Understanding the word fewer as a mathematical concept is sometimes tricky. Less is for things that cannot be counted for example "he has less milk" and fewer is for things that can be counted.  For example "he has fewer sugar lumps".  However we also use the word "less" when talking about numbers on a number line for example the number 2 is one less than 3, when talking about objects such as toys it's fewer.


Maths Powerpoint

Suggested activities:
1 more/1 less pompoms: children roll a dice to generate a number. They use tweezers to pick up pompoms and place 1 less than the dice number on the left of the dice and 1 more than the rolled number on the right of the dice.
Extension: use 2 or 3 dice to generate a larger number; extend the numbers two more or less either side of the number rolled.
How can you check that you have the right number of pompoms? Are they easier to count in a bundle or in a line - or a number pattern? What do you do to find the number that is one more/less? What about 2 more or 2 less?
1 more/1 less tower game: Each child begins with 5 construction blocks in a tower. They roll a dice labelled with 1 more and 1 less on the faces  Children add or take away 1 block depending on what they roll. The winner is the first player to reach 10 blocks.
Extension: start with 10 blocks instead of 5 and aim for 20; re-label the dice to include 2 more and 2 less 
What happens to your tower when you roll one more/less? How many blocks will you have now? How many more blocks would you need to win? What is the fewest number of rolls you would need to win now? What happens if you get to 0 and then roll 1 less?
Role play
Shopping baskets: provide some shopping baskets/bags with, e.g. 4, 5, 6, 8 items in. Can children put them in order and figure out which shopping basket/bag is missing? Can they put together a bag to fill the missing gap?
Extension: Can they use further bags to extend the sequence? Can they create a new puzzle? Can they draw a picture to record what they’ve done?
What do you need to do first? How do you know that this one goes first? Could you make some labels to help you? Which number is missing? How do you know? Are you sure? If we had another bag, what could we put in it?
1 more/1 less pebbles: with a basket of pebbles to show 1 more and 1 less.
Extension: children record their work using +1 and -1 
If you add one more pebble, how many are there now? How do you find 1 less? Which number do you need to start with? Why? What about if I use this really big pebble, is it still only 1 more? How do you know?
Snakes and ladders: play snakes and ladders with two dice. One regular dice and one labelled with 1 more and 1 less. If a child rolls a 4 and a 1 less, they can move 3 spaces on the game board.
Extension: can you make your own 1 more/1 less board game?
Can you tell me which number that is without counting the individual spots? Can you use the spots on the dice to help you see the number that is 1 more/1 less? What number do you need to roll to make it to the next ladder?

Phonics Teaching in School Overview and Information

  • Phonics lessonsPlease choose the lessons related to the sounds on the lesson overview

Creative Activities


Have a go at cooking with eggs.  What can you do with an egg?

How does it change when you cook it?

How many different ways can you cook it?