Week beginning 18th May 2020

Reception Class

Week beginning 18.5.20

Dear parents,

We hope that you and your families are keeping well and staying safe.


  • In Literacy we are going to find out about snails.






Vocabulary and oral sentence making.

‘ai’ sound

Watch ‘Come outside. Write snail facts

Watch a cbeebies clip and write more snail facts

Read a snail recipe. Make snail shell sarnies

Play jump across the river with snail words


  • Please continue to read green and red word cards. The ultimate aim is that children can read them at a glance. Similarly reinforce phonic cards and so they can be used in reading and writing activities.
  • Keep reading see www.oxfordowl.co.uk

Have a good week

From   Mrs Duffy and Mr Cowan







  • Cut the ‘ai’ snail in the rain card from the corner of the letter and show your child that this is another way to make the ‘ai’ sound.
  • Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H5PiUuAPv4  - ‘Are you a snail?’
  • Have a ‘can you remember…”session to check for understanding

e.g Where do baby snails come from? What is on the top of a snail’s head? What is special about a snail’s eyes? How many feet does a snail have? What does the slime on the foot help the snail to do? What does a snail’s rough tongue help it to do? Why do you think that gardeners don’t like snails. 

  • Use phonics to read the topic words (see below) and orally make sentences with some of them.

             eg. Read Feelers then say “A snail has feelers on the top of its head”

  • Can you go outside and have a hunt for snails or make a snail hotel by piling up some stones in a damp corner of the garden or yard. Check for snails daily.


  • Before the session make a booklet from a folding a piece of A4 paper and put about 6 well spaced lines at the top of each page. Write ‘ My snail fact book’ on the front .
  • Watch ‘Come Outside – Snails’  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ki97nLa2rjk .
  • Talk about what they have found out about snails. What are their favourite fascinating facts?
  • Help your child to think of, then write a sentence using their phonics and remind them to leave finger spaces between words. Remember that they can only be expected to spell words correctly if they have learnt the sound. Repeat to write 2 or 3 sentences.



  • Help your child to read the recipe for snail shell sandwiches using bread and jam. Now make and eat them. (See below)


  • Go through the set of sound cards then ‘Play jump across the river’. This game is good for practising blending. Use the word cards used on Monday.

o   Put a long scarf down on the floor. This is the ‘river’.

o   Put the cards on the scarf with the words facing up.

o   Say a word. E.g dark. If your child can pick up the correct card they can jump across the river.

o   Alternatively, ask your child to look at the cards and choose one of their own which they can read. If they can pick it up they can jump across the river.

  • Illustrate your book if you have not done so already.



























Recipe for snail shell sandwiches


  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Get some bread. Press it flat with your hand.
  3. Cut off the crust.
  4. Get some jam and spread it.

It must be thin.

  1. Roll up the bread.
  2. Cut it up into little bits.
  3. Yum, yum!