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Home learning Spring term 1

Could you please contact me each afternoon to say how your child has managed the work - with photographs, if possible? My e-mail address is Thank you.

To practice your reading at home the Oxford Owl site provides a library  of free eBooks that can be read online. The scheme which we use at school is called READ, WRITE, INC. It can be accessed using the following link:

Once you have registered, click on the green 'levels' bar, then choose 'Read Write Inc  levels'. A good place to start would be on the red book band and progress from there.

As a reference of how we form the letters in the phonic scheme, please check the document below. 

Tuesday 26th January 2021

The 'ng' sound

Sentence of the day

A story by Thomas Brewster

Topic: The Gruffalo

1. Listen again to the Gruffalo story. Try to answer the following questions: How many animals are in this story? These animals in the story are the characters. Which character do you think is the cleverest? Why do you think so? The problem in this story is that fox, owl, snake and Gruffalo are all carnivores who want to eat Mouse. Mouse simply wants a walk in the woods to find a nut to eat. HOW does Mouse solve this problem? 

2. The Gruffalo story is great for repetitive language and rhyme and will contribute to vocabulary development  and language use. Read the story using the text below but pause each time you get to the second of a pair of rhyming words. Can your child predict what the rhyming word will be? For example: "Where are you going to, little brown mouse? Come and have lunch in my underground ___________".  Try to list a few of the rhyming pairs.

3. Watch the Gruffalo song. See if you can join in:


Please follow this link and try Growing 6, 7 and 8! week 2 - matching 6, 7 and 8.

Monday 25th January 2021

Phonics blending

For today's phonics lesson a PowerPoint was used to practice reading the words and this is followed with a quiz. You can access the quiz in the following link and the PPT is below the video - you may need to download the PPT to use it.

Sentence of the day


We'll look at the story of The Gruffalo this week. Here are links to two versions. The first is a book reading of the story, the second is the half-hour animation:

Having listened to/watched the story please try to draw  or paint the character of the Gruffalo and try to label his different features as best as you can. 



Please follow this link and  try Session 5 - 1 more and less.  To make it more challenging, you could try 2 more or less, etc.

Friday 22nd January 2021

The 'qu' sound

Sentence of the day

Jesus chooses his disciples

The following links tell the same story:



Please follow the link below and try  Session 4 - Matching 6, 7 and 8

Thursday 21st January 2021

The 'X' sound

Sentence of the day

Rhyming tennis

Once you have watched the above video, have a good at playing the game using the words 'man' and 'bin'.  The grown up may need to give clues for possible words to help the game along. Do your best with your spelling. As a challenge, see if you can come with at least 7 rhymes for each word.


Below is a link to another story on sticks. It might inspire you to wrote a sentence to say what your stick could be. For example, "My stick is a magic wand". Do your best to spell and write the words using the sounds you know.


Please follow this link and try Session 3 - Composition of 8:

Wednesday 20th January 2021

Comparing ch and sh

The following is an Alphablocks episode in which they look at the 'sh' and 'ch' sounds:

Sentence of the day

Noah's Ark

If you would like to watch an animation of the story, follow this link:


Once you have listened to the story or watched the animation, create your own Noah's Ark picture.

If you were unable to complete yesterday's topic work due to the weather, perhaps you could do it today. Also, please also have another listen to Monday's "One, two, buckle my shoe" rhyme and try to remember a little more each day.


Please follow this link and try Session 2 - Sorting 6, 7 & 8 Composition of 7:

Tuesday 19th 2021

The 'z' sound

Sentence of the day

Topic work:

Please watch again 'Stanley's Stick' from yesterday's lesson.

You will need to find a few sticks of your own for this activity - the purpose of which is to develop descriptive skills and imagination. Have a good look at your stick/s and come up with  different imaginative uses of it. In class we had sticks that the children said could be used as:

a unicorn's horn. a deer's antlers, a magic wand, an old man's stick, a flute, a fishing rod, a stirring tool, a  sword...

If you can, do your best to try to write a caption for your stick. It could just be a short sentence, for example: A witch's finger. 


Please follow this link and try to create the stick art as suggested.

Depending on the weather, it may not be possible to get outside to collect sticks today. If so, the following is what would have been on tomorrow's plan. Please access this instead if you need to:

Follow this link to listen to the story of 'Stick Man': 

Or follow this link to watch a longer animation of the story:

Once you've listened to or watched the story try to:

1. Retell it in your own words.

2. Write down as many rhyming words as you can - you may need to listen to it a second time for this activity.


First of all, watch again yesterday's rhyme "one, two, buckle my shoe..." and see if you can remember any more of it.

Please follow this link and go to "Session 1 - Which show 6? Composition of 6"

Monday 18th 2021

The 'ch' sound

Sentence of the day

Please listen to the following story, Stanley's Stick, then answer the questions afterwards. Ask a grown-up to write down your answers for you:

  • 1. Think about and discuss how we know the stick is important to Stanley. (Think about what he did with it and how it made him feel).
  • 2. Discuss why he throws the stick into the sea.

3. How did he get the stick? How does the stick make him happy? (Try to use the 'because' in your answers).

4. Where do they think the original stick ends up after Stanley throws it into the sea?

Stick craft.

If you are able to get out to get some sticks and if you have some paints at home, please follow this link and have a go at this activity.

Rainbow Stick Painting #readforgood - Toddler Approved

Tomorrow's activity will also involve sticks, so please try to collect a few, if you can.


1. To help with counting and also with rhyming. Please listen to the following song and see how much of it you can remember.  If you  can remember up to ten, you're doing very well:

2. Please follow this link and go to 'day 4' to watch a video on using prepositional language:


Friday 15th January 2021

Recapping the 'th' and 'f' sounds

Sentence of the day

Before watching the video below, please follow these links for nature videos about Emperor penguins:

Learning about Emperor Penguins

The life cycle of penguins

Maths work:

Please follow this link, watch the video for session 4, Measuring Capacity - how many fit inside,  and try out the suggested activity.

Thursday 14th January 2021

The 'th' sound.

Sentence of the day

Please watch the following video about Antarctica before you watch the lesson. Please click on the following link:

Maths work:

Please follow this link, watch the video for session 3, Measuring Capacity,  and try out the suggested activity.

If you don't have the suggested resources, please try to improvise. The use of language is important, such as, most/least, smaller/smallest, larger/largest.

Wednesday 13th January 2021

The letter 'Y'

Sentence of the day

Jesus in the temple

"When Jesus was a boy" song

The Inuit people

Here is the link to the Inuit Throat Singing video :

Maths work:

Please follow this link, watch the video for session 2 and try out the suggested activity.

Tuesday 12th January 2021

The letter 'W'

Sentence of the day

The Arctic

Guess the Arctic animal

If the video above is not clear enough, you can access it below:

An Arctic story

Once you have watched the animation below, try to answer the following questions:

  1. 1. What was the name of the girl?
  2. 2. Where did she go to?
  3. 3. What was the boy travelling on?
  4. 4. Can you name three animals that were in the story?
  5. 5. Why should you not make friends with a polar bear?
  6. 6. What special thing happened at night in the sky?
  7. 7.Do you think that the girl dreamt it all?

Maths work:

Please follow this link, watch the video for session 5 and try out the suggested activity:

Monday 11th January 2021

Practising the letters j, v and k

Sentence of the day - Monday

Number formation: 2, 3, 5 and 8

Seasons story part 1

Seasons story part 2

Maths work:

Please follow this link, watch the video for session 4 and try out the suggested activity:

Friday 8th January 2021

The letter 'v'

Sentence of the day

Number formation

Topic: Winter

Please watch the following two videos before the one below:


Maths work:

Please follow this link, watch the video for session 5  and try out the suggested activity:

Thursday 7th January 2020

The letter 'k'

Sentence of the day

Topic: Hibernation.


As the screen in the background could be difficult to see, I have also placed the PowerPoint below.

Maths work:

Please follow this link, watch the video for session 4  and try out the suggested activity:

The picture card of activities offers some suggestions, but you could also make up your own in which two groups of up to five objects are compared. The focus needs to be on using the language of more than/ less than/ fewer, how many more? how many less? etc.  You could try comparing larger numbers if you wish, however, the what we are trying to develop is rapid recall of the number bonds that make up 5. For example, that your child knows that 3 and 2 more will make 5 without having to check.

Wednesday 6th January 2021

Recapping on the sounds covered in the Autumn term:

Learning the letter 'j'

The mathematics scheme that I will be following uses the White Rose Hub website and resources. This is a progressive scheme that adopts the New EYFS number curriculum. Each day, a video will explain the skills involved and extra ideas for developing through activities at home will be provided.

6th January 2021

For today's lesson please try to cover Sessions 1 and 2 (these are part of week one in a phase called 'Alive in 5'). Please follow this link:

The work above focuses on zero and the number five. Here is a link to a numberblocks episode on zero:

The following is a link to a story on the number 5:




 Games to play at home:

1. Provide equipment for throwing, such as rolled up socks into a bucket. Can they throw five socks into the bucket? Point out when zero socks land in the bucket. Can you record your results, such as 3 landed in and 2 did not (3+2 =5) etc. 

2. Have a bag containing the numerals 0 to 5. As you pull out a number combine it with a task. For example, if you pull out a 2, do 2 giant strides or 2 jumps, etc. 

Our current topic is on Winter conditions and cold environments. Please read the story below to learn about hibernation.