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World Nursery Rhyme Week


This week we are focusing on learning about World Nursery Rhyme Week. The rhymes we will be focusing on are:


The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

Five Little Speckled Frogs

Hickory Dickory Dock

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Miss Polly Had a Dolly


You can download the rhymes here:


Class Learning


Here are some of the 'Nursery Rhymes' activities we will be completing this week which you could try at home:

  • Sing the Nursery Rhymes together, focusing on the rhyming words and on any new vocabulary
  • Play 'Guess the Rhyme' giving clues. "My rhyme has a pond in. What is it?" "My rhyme talks about a visit from a doctor. What is it?"
  • Finding pairs of rhyming objects. Put half of the items on a table and the other half (that make the rhyming pairs) in a bag. Ask your child say the name of all of the items on the table, focusing on the final sound. Then ask them to put their hand in the bag and pull out an object before finding its rhyming pair on the table.
  • Make some rhyming soup by putting items that rhyme from around the house in a bowl and singing "we're making lots of rhyming soup. We're making soup that rhymes. We're going to put it in the fridge, for lots and lots of time" (to the tune of 'Pop Goes the Weasel').
  • Make a clock from a paper plate for the mouse to run up. Talk about what the different hands do and write the numbers 1-12 on the clock. Talk about what time important events happen in the day e.g. getting up, school, bed etc. 
  • Make up your own version of Old MacDonald e.g. "Old MacDonald had a jungle. AEIOU. And in that jungle he had a snake..."
  • Make a musical instrument to play along to a rhyme you like. Can you keep the beat?
  • Make up and tell a story using a character from one of the rhymes. Draw a story map of the story you create.
  • Make a 'Get Well Soon' card for Miss Polly's dolly.




In Phonics, we will be focusing on writing the following letters:

We will then be working together to practise the formations, write words and solve problems using these letters.

Below is a Phonics challenge sheets you can complete together.


Other games you could play with these letters include:

  • Writing the letters on your child's back with your finger for them to guess the letter.
  • Having the letters we have learnt to write so far on cards face down in the middle and play a game of pairs or snap.
  • Use all the letters we can now write, to write some words.
  • Play charades with one of you picking a card from the pile and not letting the other person see. Do the Jolly Phonics action for the other player to work out the sound and write it down correctly. 
  • A letter hunt around the house.
  • How many of a chosen letter can you fit on this piece of paper, guess and then test the theory, using small, large and oddly shaped pieces of paper.


You can also access the Phonics Play website using these details:


Username: cookleyphonics

Password: Cookley2020


and access any of the Phase 2 games for revision of these sounds and skills. 





This week we will be continuing our focus on the following Reception class objectives:

  • Counts reliably with numbers from one to twenty
  • Place numbers to 20 in a number line


Here are some activities you could do to support this skill:

  • Sing 10 Green Bottles and focus on counting up and down to ten. Ok, so this is ten. What if there was one more, two more etc.
  • Use the 10 cubes you have at home and find 10 of something different. Explore the numbers 11-20 using these two resources and explain how teen numbers mean "ten and some more" e.g. 11 is "ten and one more" (the cubes plus one of your other items), 12 is "ten and two more" etc.
  • Use the ruler from your Maths packs to look at the numbers up to 20. Spot patterns, find given numbers, "point to the number that is ten and three more" etc..
  • Watch this Number blocks video about 20:
  • Try making different numbers between 11 and 20 using your fingers. Why can't you do it on your own? Work as a team with 4 hands. Could you do it using your hands and your feet?

  • Find your 11-20 number cards and lay them face down. Take turns to turn one over, say the number and it what it means (e.g. ten and four more) and then make it together on your fingers. When you have done all the numbers practise making them into a number line in the correct order. Mix them up and see if you can do it quicker each time. You could even time yourself!

  • Have some pieces of pasta on a plate (11-20 pieces). Ask your children to estimate how many there are and then count them. Count out a line of 10 and then stop "this is ten so the rest are the more bit" make a line underneath of the ones that are more than 10. Show how to write this amount, linking back to the two lines they can see. Repeat with different amounts between 0 and 20. 

  • Practise writing the numbers together.

  • Draw different number lines with missing numbers to fill in together


Extension Game

Create a game of bingo. Make a card for everyone in the house with different numbers on between 0-20. The bingo caller then pulls number cards out of a bag for players to tick off if they have it on their card. You can match this to your child's confidence by either just showing the card or saying the number with the card hidden so they have to work out what it looks like. You could even given clues e.g. "this number is one more than 11" or "it is the number that comes between 13 and 15" etc. 


Here is a number tracks sheet you could have a go at together, focusing on how your child knows that is the missing number. You could write them or make them using plastic numbers.


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