Week Beginning 29.6.20 Reception Weekly Overview

This week we have two learning themes- ‘The Little Red Hen’ and ‘The Pope Paul Olympics’

Like many things this year, the Olympics has unfortunately been postponed due to the coronavirus. This however is not going to stop us from having our very own Olympic Games celebration!

Have a look at the timetable to see what Pope Paul School have planned for this week and then follow the information on each slide. Each day will be made up of one PE activity and also another optional task to complete!


Choose one or two things from each area to do over the week.

Read ‘The Little Red Hen’ by downloading it here: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/tp-l-52275-the-little-red-hen-ebook or watch a professional storyteller tell it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gwx5FvZi18U

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

  • Think about the qualities of a good friend- choose a friend from school. What makes them a special friend? How do they make them feel when they are playing with them?
  • Why it is important to be a good friend to others. Do you think the other animals were being a good friend to the Little Red Hen? Why/why not?


  • Discuss the different characters in the story. What was their behaviour like? Why? Why do you think they might not want to help the Little Red Hen?
  • Why is it important to work well as part of a team when you are an athlete/ sports person? 

Communication and Language 

  • Retell the story using props found around your home.
  • Make bread with the help of an adult. Describe what you can see, feel and smell as you make it.


Physical Development

  • Create windmills from junk modelling materials.
  • When you make bread, knead the dough until it becomes soft and stretchy.
  • With the help of an adult, make some salt dough and use it in a bakers/ kitchen imaginary role play area. Complete the daily Olympic challenge and send your results to: popepaulolympics@herts.sch.uk
  • Have fun exploring what happens when you gradually add water to cornflour.



  • Weigh out all of the ingredients needed to make bread. Practise counting as you add spoonfuls of flour etc
  • Use different shaped paper to make pictures of the farm animals and the windmill.
  • Use 3D shapes to build the farm.
  • Complete the daily maths activity on White Rose Maths. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/
  • Use this week to revise number recognition to 20, number formation, and one more than/ one less than any given number. If secure, practise number bonds to ten/twenty. Eg




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  • Compare different versions of the story – how are they similar/ different? How are the characters different/ similar?
  • Write a letter from one of the farm animals saying sorry to the hen for not being a good friend.
  • Write instructions on how to make bread.
  • Write about your favourite sandwich and how to make it.


Phonics- It is highly important that your child practises their letter sounds and tricky words and applies them through a reading and writing activity daily. Reading will help improve their vocabulary and a child’s academic success depends upon the ability to read and write and so this should be a priority.

Please do the daily Department for Education (DFE) ‘Letters and Sounds’ live phonics lesson.

Understanding the World 

  • Find out more about farm animals, windmills and farms. How are they all connected?
  • Make bread, pizzas or sandwiches.
  • Take a walk on the public footpaths on farmland across Potters Bar. Can you find out what the farmers’ are growing?
  • Where do hens come from? Find out about the life-cycle of a hen.
  • Find out where flour comes from and what we can use it for.
  • Find out about the Olympics and where and when they started.
  • Watch ‘Come Outside- Bread’.


Expressive Art and Design


  • Make a windmill with moving sails.
  • Make birdfeeders to encourage lots of different birds to visit your garden.
  • Set up a little bakers role play and use salt dough or playdough to make bread and cakes to sell.
  • Create signs and posters to put in your bakers.





To show that RE is a special learning time, we always light a candle to mark the beginning of lesson and ask ‘Who is with us when we light the candle?’ and ‘Who do we learn about in our RE lesson?’

We then say the school’s Mission Prayer together.

Please see the separate RE blog for the whole school learning focus and complete the activity. Thank you!

Sing daily, using the BBC Schools Radio website- https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/eyfs-early-years/z6bgnrd

Again, the class love this website and it will be very familiar to them! The class also really enjoy singing the following songs during special prayer time: