What have we been learning about in Reception this week? Monday 21st – Friday 25th May 2012

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What have we been learning about in Reception this week?

Monday 21st – Friday 25th May 2012
This week we have been learning about bees. On Monday, we side-stepped and learnt about pirates for ‘Pirate Day’!
Next week we will be having a ‘Jubilee Week’, and will be doing lots of fun and exciting activities linked to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee!
So what have we been doing in class this week?
Pirate Day – Monday!

These are some of the pirate stories we shared together:

  • The Night Pirates by Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright

  • A New Home for a Pirate by Ronda Armitage

  • Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs by Giles Andreae

  • Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs – The Magic Cutlass by Giles Andreae

On Pirate Day our learning was themed all around ‘pirates’.

In Phonics we read a pirate e-book and played pirate games:
Blackbeard’s Ship (Ebook – Oxford Owl)

Poop Deck Pirates


Buried Treasure:

In Problem Solving Reasoning and Numeracy we:

  • Counted gold coins in 2s.

  • Shared treasure out equally between pirates.

  • Ordered pictures of pirates, boats and pirates by size (we used vocabulary such as biggest, smallest, middle, smaller/larger than)

In the afternoon we learnt about some real life pirates: Blackbeard and Anne Bonny!

It was fantastic to have so many of you join us for our pirate picnic. We hope you enjoyed it!


Personal, Social and Emotional Development/ Religious Education
We read the story: ‘The Very Greedy Bee’
We talked about the work done by bees as they fly from flower to flower, collecting nectar to make honey. The children then talked about whether they liked the honey sandwiches we made on Thursday. What did they taste/smell like?
We then moved on to discuss:

When do the children work hard (like bees working hard to make honey)? What about the adults they know? When do they work hard? What do they do when they are working hard? What jobs do the children think they could help with?

Communication, Language and Literacy
We have been continuing to make sure that the children are confident in all elements of Phase 4 Letters and Sounds.
By the end of Phase Four your child should:

  • Give the sound when shown any Phase Two and Phase Three grapheme;
  • Find any Phase Two and Phase Three grapheme, from a display, when given the sound;

  • Be able to blend and read words containing adjacent consonants;

  • Be able to segment and spell words containing adjacent consonants;

  • Be able to read the tricky words some, one, said, come, do, so, were, when, have, there, out, like, little, what;

  • Be able to spell the tricky words he, she, we, me, be, was, my, you, her, they, all, are

  • Write each letter, usually correctly.


We have been continuing to practise our flashcards and reading books.


This week in letters and sounds we have practised:

Spelling these tricky words independently: he, she, we, me, be, was, my, you, her, they, all, are
Games to have a go at:

Spelling Tricky Words – (Planet Explorer tes iboard) – http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/214
Sentence substitution – (phonics play) http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/SentSubPhase4.html
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

We have been:

  • Counting in 2s to 20, 5s to 50 and 10s to 100.

  • Recapping weight, using 2-pan balance scales – heaviest, lightest, balanced, heavier/lighter than . . .

  • Predicting which objects would be heaviest/lightest or balance and gave reasons for our predictions.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

We have been researching bees:

  • What do they eat?

  • What do they do?

  • Where do they live?

  • Looking at non-fiction books/websites

Cooking – As we found out that bees make honey, we thought it would be fun to try some! The children have had a brilliant time making honey sandwiches! They are fantastic at spreading with a knife, I am very impressed!
Creative Development
We have learnt some bee songs and rhymes:

Here is the beehive, where are the bees?

(Hold two hands together.)

Hidden away where nobody sees.

(Shake head no.)

Now they come creeping out of the hive:

One, two, three, four, five, buzzzzzzz

(Count out each finger, buzz, and fly.)

The Buzzing Busy Bee

The bee is such a busy soul.

She buzzes all around.

You see her flit from flower to flower,

Making her sweet buzzing sound. Buzzzzzzzzzzzzz
She sips each flower’s nectar sweet,

‘Til she can drink no more.

Then back to her hive to prepare a treat

Of honey which she’ll store. Buzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Once in her hive, she doesn’t stop.

Her chores continue on.

Feeding queen and young and fanning her hive,

Singing her sweet buzzing song. Buzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Five Busy Bees

Five little busy bees on a day so sunny.

(Hold up all fingers.)

Number one said, I’d like to make some honey.

(Bend down number one.)

Number two said, Tell me where shall it be?

(Bend down second finger.)

Number three said, In the old honey-tree.

(Bend down third finger.)

Number four said, Let’s gather nectar sweet.

(Bend down fourth finger.)

Number five said, Let’s take pollen on our feet.

(Bend down thumb.)

Humming their busy little honeybee song.

Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! (Fly fingers.)

Bumble Bee

Sung to: "Are you sleeping"

Bumble bee, bumble bee

Don't sting me, don't sting me.
Just fly to your home,
And leave me alone.
Don't sting me, don't sting me.
The Bee Hive
Here is the bee hive where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees.
Soon they come creeping out of the hive
one and two and three, four, five.

Busy little buzzing bee
Buzzing round the apple tree
Busy little buzzing bee
Where DO you get your energy?
Bumble Bee

Bumble bee is on your nose. Tap nose

Bumble bee is on your toes. Tap toes
On your nose, on your toes. Tap nose then toes
BZZZ!!!! Cirlce finger around baby, then

The Swarm of Bees

One little honeybee by my window flew;

Soon came another - then there were two.
Two happy honeybees in the apple tree;
One more bee came buzzing up - then there were three.
Three busy honeybees starting to explore
Another bee came to help - then there were four.
Four laden honeybees flying to the hive;
They were joined by one more bee - then there were five.
Five tired honeybees with the others mix;
Now there's a swarm of them - a hundred times six.
Bumble Bee

Sung to: "Jingle Bells"

Bumble Bee, bumble bee,
Landing on my nose,
Bumble bee, bumble bee,
Now he's on my toes.

On my arms, on my legs,

On my elbows.
Bumble bee, oh bumble bee
He lands, and then he goes.
Buzzing Bumble bees 
6 buzzing bumblebees
Flying around the hive

One buzzes off and that leaves 5.

5 buzzing bumblebees
Flying near my door,
1 buzzes off and that leaves 4
4 buzzing bumblebees
Flying around a tree,
1 busses off and that leaves 3
3 buzzing bumblebees
In the sky so blue
1 buzzes of and that leaves 2
2 buzzing bumblebees
Flying by the sun
1 buzzes off and that leaves 1
1 buzzing bumblebee
Looking for some fun
It buzzes off and that leaves none.

Bee Fingerplay

Here is the bee hive (hold fist together)

But where are all the bees (hold up hands)
Hiding very carefully
1,2,3,4,5 (Hold up fingers one at a time)
Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzz (Walk and try to sting someone)
(You can also use both hands and have 10 bees.)
Do you like to Buzz? 

Sung to: "Do your ears hang low"

Do you like to buzz?
Are you covered all in fuzz?
Do you call a hive a home
In the garden where you roam?
Do you know how to make honey,
Are your stripes a little funny?
Do you like to buzz?
Physical Development
We have had a great time in PE this week playing lots of games, such as ‘beans’, ‘traffic lights’ and ‘Captain’s coming’. We also played some parachute games – cat and mouse and fruit swap!
What can you do to help at home?

  • Go through the weekly letters and sounds sheets and activities with your child (make sure you revisit previous weekly sounds letters, to make sure your child still knows the previous sounds).

  • Practise flashcards regularly throughout the week.

  • Practise reading books on lots of occasions during the week. Encourage your child to have a go at reading some of the words in their bedtime stories or words on signs and posters when you are out!

  • Get your child to keep writing regularly at home (form letters correctly).

  • Keep revisiting previous websites and activities from previous ‘weekly learning letters’.

  • Share lots of books and stories together.

  • Spend time speaking together in English (if this is not your home language).

  • Collect together ‘bits and pieces’ to send into school for your child’s Learning

Story! (Pictures, photos, tickets, etc)

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