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Weeks commencing 6th July and 13th July

The children in school have been particularly interested in volcanoes so for the next two weeks your topic activity at home is to make a volcano.  Please research this activity with your child, talking to them about how you are using the internet to discover ideas.  This would be a fantastic opportunity to talk to your child about using the internet safely. Please see the clip below for an introduction.



  1. Find out about volcanoes, share plenty of images.
  2. Discuss how you could make a volcano.
  3. Discuss what materials you might choose and why you would choose them.
  4. Can you make a volcano that erupts?  Ask your child how they could find out how to do that? (Internet/books)
  5. Draw a simple plan with labels.
  6. Make your volcano



*Next week’s writing activity will be linked to this project.

Week Commencing 29th June 


This week we are going to get the paints out and encourage the children to make their own dinosaur handprint picture(see examples on link below).  During our learning, we will be recapping on primary and secondary colours and encouraging the children to mix their own colours using the primary colours.  Please share the song below to recap on primary and secondary colours with the children.

Week commencing 22nd June

This week in school we are making clay and salt dough dinosaurs. We will be moulding, squashing, pinching and rolling the dough to mould shapes and body parts. We will then be painting and varnishing them. This activity encompasses a lot of creative ideas and physical skills. 

At home you could also try making dough (1 cup of plain flour, half a cup of sat and water) and then making a little dinosaur. It will need baking for a couple of hours to make it go firm. 

We will then attempt to create our own Jurassic World using twigs, branches leaves and soil. You could also make a habitat for your dinosaur model at home.

Week beginning 15th June

Have a go at making these super little dinosaur cone characters. Remember to cut them out carefully and glue along the edges.


If you haven't got a printer you could try making a dinosaur character out of tubes and cardboard boxes. Paint it or colour it in to make it look more realistic.

This week we would also like you to sing-a-long and learn this dinosaur song. Put the actions to the music. Use the tune 'Here we go round the mulberry bush'. Maybe use a backing track from You tube. It would be lovely to see you moving along to the music

Week commencing 8th June

Try singing and moving along to this rap!

Can you guess these animal sounds?

You may have heard them on a farm, at a zoo or at the vets.

Roll, pat, squash and mould skills

Using play Doh, plasticine or salt dough make an animal for your vet's surgery. Remember to roll out shapes for different parts of its body, like circles for the head and body, sausages for the legs and tail. You could also make a home for you animals like a bed or a kennel. You could write about it too.


Here is an easy recipe to make salt dough. You can paint it too once it's dry.

Week commencing 1st June

Follow the link below to make your own paper plate fish pet. Then have a go at learning a new song with actions.


Watch episodes of Waffle the wonder dog BBC iplayer. Talk about Waffle, what can he do? Who looks after him? Where did the family find him in episode one?


Week commencing 18th May

This week is all about planning for a 'Fairy Tale' ball. you are going to need to be able to dance and sing at the ball so have a go at learning some of these songs.

Week commencing 11th May

This week is all about 'Maps' after reading the 'Little Red Riding Hood' story in Literacy.


1. Try hiding a toy/teddy in your house or garden. Start at a different point in your house and draw a map to show which way to go to find it. 


2. Create a treasure hunt, draw a map with X marks the spot.


3. Go on a walk around the village, pinewoods, beach or local area and draw a map of your route.

Week commencing 4th May

Have a go at baking a gingerbread house or simply some biscuits by following the recipes below.


  1. Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and pour into the bowl of a food processor. Add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.

  2. Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the food processor and pulse until the mixture clumps together. Tip the dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

  4. Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them.

  5. Bake for 12–15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cooled decorate with the writing icing and cake decorations, if using.

Week commencing 20th April

This term is one of our favourite topics... Fairy Tales!

Try learning this song at home.

Planting seeds, beans bulbs, young small plants etc

If you have any of the above or can get your hands on any, this would be a great activity to do this week in the sunshine.

Use a small pot or plastic cup to plant your seed/bulb in.

Talk about first put soil in./

Next put the seed in.

Then add some soil on top.

Finally water it.

Try and get the children to draw diagrams of what they did and maybe write the instructions.

Please post any photographs and we can see who is the most 'green fingered' member in Reception. 

People Who Help US


During this topic we would have been looking at people who help us in the local community (nurse, bus driver, shop worker).  Please provide you child with the opportunity to complete some of the activities below.  




1. Design and build  a place where people who help us work (hospital/police station).  You may chose to use equipment such as Lego or wooden blocks to complete your model. Don't worry if you don't have any, you could use natural resources such as leaves and twigs from the garden.


2. Design and build a vehicle they may use (police car/ambulance). You may wish to make a junk model.


3. Sketch and paint a person who helps us.


4.Act out an emergency and discuss using 999 to phone the services.


5. Can children pretend to be a fitness instructor and create a fitness routine/dance to help keep other people fit?


6. Share stories or information books including people who help us.  


There are lots of resources for the topic  'People Who Help Us'  available on Twinkl 


Week commencing 16th March

This week we are continuing with our 'Space' theme. Children are making rockets and space ships using Lego and junk modelling materials. Making up stories using small world toys and drawing aliens. 

We watched a video of the author in space to inspire us about making space ships and rockets.