Reception Homework w/b 4th May

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Hello Reception and welcome to this week’s home learning.

Remember all the homework suggestions are optional. You can do as little or as much as you like. Each week’s homework mirrors the type of activities we would be covering in class. We also encourage you whenever possible to keep up with reading, handwriting practice, phonics and basic number such as counting, recognising and ordering numbers to 20. We understand parents may still be working or caring for other family members and may have limited time so please don’t feel under pressure. The most important thing is that you and your families stay safe and well. If you have any questions or if we can be of any help with home learning please do get in touch via the blog enquiries page or through tapestry which we check on a regular basis.

This week we would like you to read the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.

You can listen to and watch an animated version of the story below.

Here is a slide-share version so you can read the words along with your grownup as they read it to you.

Communication and Language / Expressive Arts and Design

Once you know the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar really well, retell it to your family. Draw or make your own caterpillar, cocoon, butterfly and all the foods from the story.  You could even use real foods! Use your pictures or creations to help you retell the story.


Can you write words to label your ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ pictures or write a sentence to retell a part of the story?  Maybe you could even write out the whole story in your own words.  Practice writing in any way that you can. Remember to use the letter sounds we have previously sent home and use your phonics to help you sound out words. Don’t forget to use capital letters to start your sentences, finger spaces between words and full stops to mark the end of each sentence. Did you use any tricky words in your writing?


Can you say the days of the week? Ask your grownups to challenge you to learn what day it is each morning.
Gather together some food items from your kitchen. Ask your grownups to challenge you to add and subtract using the food items.  Remember to do this practically by putting the food items into groups to count and then add together for addition, and putting the food items into one group and taking a number of food items away for subtraction.  Use your fingers to help you. You could even show your learning by drawing your addition and subtraction with pictures and recording the amounts and answers.

4 apples plus 2 bananas altogether is 6

 10 fish take away 3 fish equals/is same as 7

Understanding the World 

Watch this nature video to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly and discuss it with your grownups.

  • What does the caterpillar do to become a butterfly?
  • Can you tell me what it looks like before, during and after it changes?

Use the words:- egg, cocoon (chyralis), change, butterfly.

Now draw the life cycle using arrows to show what happens next. You could draw pictures or use other materials. Can you label your drawings with the special words above?

Extra Challenges

If you have access to a printer you will find other free ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ resources and activities on twinkl.

Remember to upload your learning on Tapestry to show your teacher what you have been up to. We really look forward to seeing photos of you and your learning.

We hope you enjoy learning about ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. Keep a look out for caterpillars and butterflies in your garden or on your daily walk. Perhaps you could take photos of any you see and share them with us on tapestry.

Take care everyone.
Best wishes from The Reception Team

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