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Blaise Primary School And Nursery

Creating Success. Laying foundations, thriving on challenge and believing we can.

RW and RY - Mrs Whiting and Mrs Young

Good morning from all the Reception Team!

Today we have an Easter poem for you!

Please scroll down the page until you get to the phonics, maths and wider curriculum work planned for today

Reading at home

Please continue to listen to your child read daily. Log in to the Oxford Owl reading scheme website, to access free eBooks for your child to read. If you are not sure what book band your child is currently reading, please email the school at  and mark your email FAO: Reception teachers book band query. 

Please read to your child daily if you run out of material there is are books you might enjoy on Purple Mash in the serial mash section.  

Learning activities

On the Reception page of this website you will find  a variety of activities for you to do with your children Some of these will be online activities using software, such as 'Purple Mash'. Others will be activities you can do with resources you have at home. It is important that your children continue to practise their writing and mark making with pens and paper as well as online, to help them develop their fine motor skills. 

We would love to see photographs of your child’s home learning! Please email photos to the school office at

Purple Mash Information 

We can see that many of you have begun having a go on purple mash.

If when you login you are immediately on the mini mash page, click the title in the top left corner. From here click 'go to purple mash'. This takes you to the main page. At the top click the red bar '2 do's'. There is some work set by us that you might like to do. 

If you are experiencing any problems accessing the work on Purple Mash, please email the school office at and mark your query FAO: Reception Teachers and hopefully we will be able to help.

Internet Safety

In addition to the work we set for your child to do on Purple Mash and using resources you have at home, we sometimes put links to information you can access on the internet. Please supervise your children when they are using the internet. For further information about internet safety, please click here.

Friday 3rd April


Today we are going to be thinking about our number bonds to 10.

Watch the video and join in.

Can you practise making your number bonds with objects you can find around the house? We had a go with clothes pegs (we coloured one side green and the other side orange so we could turn them over to easily see all the ways to make 10 using two numbers). 

We also had a go with milk bottle tops, forks, paperclips and oranges. What else could you use?

Can you write the number sentences to show your number bonds to 10?

Please take a photograph and send your work to  (FAO: Reception teachers).

There is a 'Number bonds to 10' game you can play on Purple Mash. This has been set as a '2do'. Can you beat your own score?


Today we are going to be thinking about the sound 'ow'.

We remember it using the action of milking a cow.

Watch the video to learn more about words with the 'ow' sound. 

Write the 'ow' sound words shown below. 

There is also a picture on Purple Mash (set as a '2do') for you to write a sentence about. 

Read the 'ow' word story below. Can you find all the words with the ow' sound in?

Wider Curriculum

Today we are going to be thinking about more things we can do to stay healthy and fit. In addition to healthy eating, good hygiene and sleep habits, we also need to keep fit and exercise. One way we can do this is through yoga, which helps us to focus on our bodies and develop core strength. 

Join in with the Cosmic Kids Easter yoga story below. Can you copy all the poses?

Thursday 2nd April


Listen to the alphabet song below - join in with the letters and sounds.

Recognising and writing upper case and lower case letters

Sometimes children find it tricky to read words when they are at the beginning of a sentence and start with a capital (upper case) letter. It is important that children are confident recognising both upper case and lower case letters. They will also need to use upper case letters in their writing at the beginning of a sentence.

Write the letters of the alphabet randomly space in capital letters on a piece of paper. Get your child to write the matching lower case letter by them, say the letter name and sound. Repeat, this time you write the lower case and they write the upper case.

Practise writing all your uppercase and lowercase letters - can you remember the letter formation rhymes we learnt to help you with your lower case letters?


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Practise your sounds by playing one of the games below. Select Phase 2 and 3. Can you beat your own score?


Look at the Easter I spy picture. How many rabbits can you see? How many eggs? How many chicks? How many daffodils?

Solve the Easter addition and subtraction problems. You can use a number line to help you.

Wider Curriculum

Today we are going to think about one of the things we can do to help us stay healthy - washing our hands to make sure we don't get ill. 

We have learnt about this and practised it in class. 

Watch the video below to remind yourself about how to wash your hands effectively. 

Now log on to purple mash to design a hand washing poster - this has been set as a '2do'. 

You can also have a go at designing your own 'Helping Hands' on purple mash. This has been set as a '2do' as well.  You are all so good at being helpful, tidying up and doing special jobs in school - I am sure you are doing the same at home!

Here are the 'Helping Hands' which Mrs Young designed.

Wednesday 1st April


Since it is April Fool’s Day today, it is definitely a day to practice our tricky words. Don’t let them trick you!!

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Select 'Phase 3' then 'Train your Brain' to practise reading through your tricky words and thinking about the tricky bits. 

Now play Phase 3 'Tricky Word Trucks'. 

Select 'choose your own words' then all Phase 2 and Phase 3.

How many can you get correct? Play it again. Can you beat your own score?

Don't forget to practise your sounds every day too! There are a couple of fun games on Phonics Play you could choose from (select Phase 2 and 3 sounds). 


Today's maths is a reasoning challenge. Which domino shown below doesn't belong and why? How many reasons can you find for each domino? We have loved thinking about these types of problem in class! Please encourage your child to give their answer in a sentence. You can email us your ideas at (FAO: Reception teachers) or it has also been set as a '2do' on purple mash.

Wider Curriculum

April is famed for being a month with lots of rain showers. Why is rain important? 

Listen to this piece of music - the composer, Chopin, was thinking about rain when he wrote it. Can you pick out which bits of the music sound like rain drops? It is a very beautiful piece of piano music.

Now, go to Purple Mash where you can create your own piece of music. Can you make some music which sounds like rain? What else might give you inspiration to compose your music? This activity has been set as a '2do'. We are looking forward to hearing your compositions!

Tuesday 31st March


Today we are going to be thinking about rhyming words.

Listen to the story 'Every Bunny Dance' by Ellie Sandall. Can you spot all the rhyming words?

Now play the rhyming game 'Cake Bake' on Phonics Play.  Log in to using:

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Select Phase 1 then choose 'Cake Bake'

Can you find the rhyming words to bake a cake?

Watch the video clip below to learn about the life of the poet, William Wordsworth, and his most famous poem, 'I wandered lonely as a cloud' (often known as 'Daffodils'). Listen to how he uses rhyme in this poem.

Can you write a rhyming string of spring-themed words, or a poem about spring? You could email this to us at school@blaise (FAO: Reception teachers) or it has also been set as a '2do' on purple mash


Today we are going to be thinking about repeating patterns.

Join in with the 'Go Noodle' team as they make patterns with their bodies, singing along to 'Banana...banana...meatballs...'


Now we are going to draw our own patterns.

We have drawn some Easter eggs and started a pattern. It is an ABAB pattern using colours (purple, yellow, purple, yellow...) Can you carry the pattern on?


Can you make your own pattern?  Can you draw an AABBAABB pattern?    Can you draw an ABCABC pattern? Can you draw an AABAABAA pattern?    What other patterns can you draw?

Can you make a pattern with different shapes? Can you make a pattern with pictures?

Below is a link to a shape patterns game we have played in class. How many patterns can you get correct?

Wider curriculum

This week we are learning about Easter and associated traditions. Look at these beautiful hand painted eggs. In some cultures, the tradition of giving decorated eggs pre-dates Christianity. In the Ukraine, traditional decorated eggs, known as pysanka, often have detailed markings and pictures inspired by nature. 

Can you draw a patterned egg? What colours will you choose? What patterns will you  use?

If you would like to do this on purple mash, it has been set as a '2do'.  You can also photograph your drawings and email them to us at Please mark your email FAO: Reception teachers.

Monday 30th March


Do you remember digraph 'or'?

We remember it with the action of using our arm to 'shut the door'. 

Can you think of some words with this sound in and write them? Here are some pictures to help you. 

Can you think of any other words with 'or' in them? Can you make a list of words? Can you write the 'or' words in a sentence?

Click on the video below to play an 'or' word blending game. Can you read the word before the picture appears? Pause the video if you want more time. 

Read the story below. Can you spot all the 'or' words?


Our maths activities this week will focus on practising the skills we have learnt this term. Today we will be practising our addition and subtraction skills by having a pretend Easter Egg Hunt!

How many eggs are in my basket?

Use a number line to help you keep track as you add and subtract eggs.

Can you write some of the number sentences?

Can you design your own addition and subtraction Easter egg hunt? 

Wider curriculum

Watch this cBeebies clip to learn about Easter. What does Easter mean to you? What traditions do your family have at Easter?


Can you make an Easter card to give to your family?

If you would like to do this on Purple Mash, it is set as a '2do'. There is a variety of clip art you could choose from, as well as adding your own drawing. 

What message will you write inside your card?


Friday 27th March


Here are some digraphs we know. Can you say them and remember the actions. 

ee- put your hand over your eyes to see in the distance 

ng- nnnnng. Hold a pretend thing on a string in front of you.

oi- pretend to give lots of presents

ear- hold you hand behind your ear to hear

I wonder if you could match the digraphs/ trigraphs to these objects? E.g. ear would go with beard.


Next open up phonics play website. 

User name – March20 

Password - home 


Select phase 3 on the left hand side. ...

Then select Sentence substitution and start with this sentence. How many ways can you move the words around and the sentence makes sense? 

Which digraphs/ trigraphs can you spot? Which tricky word does this sentence contain? 


Keep subtracting everyone!!!!

Number rhyme - Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree - there is a version you can watch at: 

Play a subtraction game (for 2 people). Find up to 10 small objects e.g. counters, little toys, lego blocks, coins, beads, beans, pieces of pasta, cheerios. 

One person hides some under a cup/bowl. Can you work out how many are hidden? 

E.g. There were 10 cheerios and now I have 4. How many did Mum take away and put under the bowl? Hmm Here's my number 4 on the number line. How many places do I jump back from 10 to get to 4? Or how many more do I count up from 4 to get to 10. Adding is the opposite of taking away!!! Yay!! So you took away 6 Mum. 10-  ?=4

Use a number line to help you. 

Wider Curriculum

We are learning so much about birds. I hope you watched the video yesterday and polished up your knowledge. I wonder if you've spotted any new birds out of the window?

Do you like my bird sculpture ? (Please be kind)!!! lol

I know you could make a better one, as we have two classes full of amazing artists!!

I used scrunched up newspaper and covered it with foil. I did a lot of pinching and twisting, which was good for my muscles. If you don't have foil you could use masking tape or sellotape to hold it together.

Thursday 26th March


 We are now becoming experts at this counting back on the number track to support our taking away! Another great number rhyme to consolidate this is '5 Currant Buns'.

Number rhyme - 5 Currant buns in a baker’s Shop - there is a version you can watch at: 

Draw or make some pretend buns (I rolled up some socks to make mine!).  

Pretend to buy 1, 2, or 3 buns, working out how many are left by counting back on the number line. What happens if you start with 7 buns, 9 buns, 10 buns? Draw a number line to help you.   

If your child knows the answer straight away encourage them to prove it by counting back on the number track.


Some words are cheeky, little tricksters! They just don’t follow the rules and our phonics learning does not help! How cheeky!!!!! 

Watch the tricky word song a few times.  Can you pause it to explain to a grown up how it is tricky e.g. with tricky word are’, it’s the 'e'  that is tricky as we can’t hear it. 



Could you write a simple sentence with a tricky word in? 

E.g.  The chips are hot. 

Wider Curriculum

I wonder if you did see/hear any birds from your window or whilst out walking as suggested on Tuesday?

I keep hearing a little robin and I can just about see him at the top of an enormous tree. 

Keep looking and listening for them and make some sketches of them.

Watch the bird video and see if you can answer the following questions.

If you're not sure, re-watch and listen out carefully for the information.

Question 1

Are birds warm or cold blooded?

Question 2

Bill is a posh name for which body part? wing or beak?

Question 3

What is the biggest bird?

Question 4

Do all birds fly? Why? Or why not?

Question 5

Is the male (man) or female (woman) the most colourful?

Question 6

What does incubating mean? 

Wednesday 25th March


 We are continuing with our learning about subtraction by counting back on the number line and we are using the song ’10 green bottles’ as inspiration!

Number rhyme – 10 Green bottles - there is a version you can watch here 

Can you draw your own 10 bottles then work out how many are left as you subtract different numbers?

Encourage your children to subtract small numbers such as 1, 2, 3 by counting back to find the answer (you could use a dice or write numbers to subtract onto small pieces of paper and choose them randomly).  

Eg 10 take away 3, so 1, 2, 3 jumps back on the number line is 7. So 10-3=7.  


Can you use a number line to help you?


We have learnt so many digraphs (2 letters that together make one sound) and trigraphs (3 letters that together make one sound)!!!  

Watch the video and say each digraph / trigraph correctly. 


sh     ch

Some people often confuse these. I wonder if I can catch you out today? 

Look at each picture and write the word that goes with it. Don’t forget to use your robot arms!!! 

Wider curriculum

In class, we have been learning the story of Little Red Riding Hood.

The wolf has decided he didn't like being bopped on the head by the wood cutter so has gone on holiday! Where has he gone? You decide...

Using Purple Mash (this is set as a '2do') Send a postcard from the wolf to your friends. Here is Mrs Young's work:


Tuesday 24th March

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Watch the “10 in the Bed” nursery rhyme.

Which numbers can you hear? Can you spot the pattern?

Watch the video again. Try and sing along!

Click here to listen and watch the book “Ten in the Bed” by Penny Dale being read aloud.

Act out your own version of this story with your toys.

Can you draw the story you created with your toys?

An optional '2Do' to practise one more and one less has been set if you want to play an adding and subtracting game on Purple Mash!

Use a number line to show the subtraction each time like this:


Here is digraph ‘oa’

 We pretend to row in our boat as we say ‘oa’.

‘Oa’ is in goat.

Read the ‘Toads in the Road’ eBook on the Oxford Owl website. Create a free account if you haven’t already! Press the arrows to turn the pages, and remember to keep the audio off so you can practise your reading!

How many ‘oa’ words can you find in the story?

Can you make your list longer by adding some more ‘oa’ words that you know?

Write a sentence using ‘oa’ words to go with this picture.

This has been set as a '2Do' on Purple Mash if you would prefer to do it on there.

Wider curriculum

Our theme this term is “Into the Woods”, focusing on the book “Owl Babies” by Martin Waddell.

As the weather is lovely at the moment, look out of the window or go into the garden.

Which birds can you spot from the list in the file download below?

Draw a picture of your favourite bird that you see (outside or on the list).

 Theme - Bird Sightings in the Garden.pdfDownload
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Do you remember trigraph "ure"?

Can you say it and remember the action (pretend to hold out pure juice) ?

You can practice reading/ writing words with ure in by playing this game. Throw a real die if you have one, use an online die or make dots on scraps of paper turned over to select.


This week will be looking at subtraction by counting backwards. This follows on from the work we did earlier in the term on addition by counting on. The children will work with single digit numbers and subtract small quantities by counting backwards.

In order to do this the children need to be able to count backwards and forwards to 10 (or 20) reliably.

There are lots of number rhymes which support counting backwards and we will recommend some each day this week.

There are also a variety of stories such as Cockatoos (Quentin Blake) and Handa’s Surprise (Eileen Browne) which can be used to draw attention to subtraction problems. A variety of these are available as read-alouds to watch. Perhaps you can find some other stories and tell us!

Today we are going to tell subtraction number stories.

Imagine there are e.g. 6 passengers on a train. 2 get off at the station. How many are left? Count back 2 from 6 e.g. start at 6 and say…5…4…, making jumps backwards along the number line.

Now imagine another 3 people get off the train? Count backwards to find out how many passengers are left on the train.

Make up your own number sentences to practice your subtraction skills.

Please encourage your children to draw their number train and number line. You could use counters for the passengers e.g. beads, coins, beans. Using concrete objects such as these helps children understand the nature of subtraction, and realise that when you take away you always end up with less.  

Number rhyme: 10 fat sausages – there is a version you can watch at:


Log in to Purple Mash and have a look at your '2 do'. Practice writing the letter and draw a picture of something which begins with that sound. What letter will you choose? What will you draw? Don't forget to save your work in your tray (the one with your name - you can change your avatar if you like too!) and then we will be able to see it too!



Log in to Phonics Play to practice reading your phase 3 tricky words (don't let them trick you!)

Select tricky trucks and then phase 3.


Can you draw around some 3d shapes at home? e.g a tin of beans

What do you notice?



Can you retell the story of Little Red Riding Hood from our story map?



Look for the words with the -ear trigraph.

Can you find them all? Read the story.

 Phoneme spotter story (-ear).pdfDownload
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Can you find some 3D shapes and talk about their properties e.g. the cooker is a cuboid. It has circular rings. It has rectangular faces...


Log in to Purple Mash and look at your '2do' to follow the link to help you draw a map for Red Riding Hood. Don't forget to save your work in your tray - we'd love to see it!