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Monday 13th July - Wednesday 22nd July

Monday 29th June - Friday 10th July

Monday 15th June - Friday 26th June

Monday 1st June - Friday 12th June


Monday 18th May - Friday 29th May

Monday 4th May - Friday 15th May


This time we focus on the speaking and listening skills. Here are a few activities you could do:

I Spy: Instead of saying what the object begins with, describe the object, eg “I spy something that we can eat, it’s long and orange and when you bite it, it’s crunchy.”

Trust Walk: This is a game of trust, that requires very clear spoken instruction. Take it in turns for children (and adults) to wear the blindfold and follow the directions you are given, around the garden/house/park/local woods. This game reinforces the use of commands, time related vocabulary and prepositions, eg Next, take three steps to the right, around the tree.

Scavenger Hunt: This game is active and gets children listening carefully to instructions and supports comprehension. To add an element of fun, you could create a spinning wheel and use a stopwatch. The children spin the arrow and whatever it lands on they have to follow the instruction given, eg Find me a….pillow, Do…..ten star jumps, Hide… the bathroom, Collect…..three items from your bedroom

Odd One Out The beauty of this game is that there’s no right or wrong answer – it’s designed to get children thinking, disagreeing and talking! You can use pictures, objects or just list three items verbally, eg Which is the odd one out….. A banana, an orange or a carrot?

What if….? Ask ‘What if’ questions to encourage children to use their imaginations, eg what if the sky was red? What if there were no trees? What if dogs had 6 legs? What if the internet didn’t exist? What if you were invisible? What if you could fly?

If you would like some more ideas for speaking and listening game, please feel free to email me!


Practical Mathematical Tasks in the Home.

Cooking Counting, measuring, proportion

Get your child involved in weighing ingredients and reading scales. Ask them to estimate how much before checking the amount. Get them to look the weight or capacity of food in packets to help them estimate and get a sense of the weight or capacity. You could also think about the proportions of a recipe and how to make more or less as required.

Questions to answer: Can you count the cake cases as I lay them out? To make the cakes I need 3 cups of sugar. Can you help me measure the sugar? I have 250g of butter and I need 325g of butter. How much more butter do I need? Read the weighing scales, which number is half way between… and ….? This butter comes in 250g packets. Can you estimate how much to cut off if we need 100g for our recipe? The recipe tells me how much of each ingredient I will need to make 12 cakes. Can you help me work out how much ingredients I will need to make 6, 24 or 18 cakes?

Making drinks Make a drink of squash, diluting the drink with water.

Mixing liquids in an everyday context to develop pupils understanding of ratio and proportion.

Get them to make drinks using the same amount of juice in 2 different sized glasses. Fill both to the top with water. Which is weaker/stronger in flavour? Why?

Questions to answer: Can you put the glasses/cups in order of which you think will hold the most/least drink? Can you measure out the juice and water to make a drink- 50ml juice and 200ml water? How much do you think the glass will hold in ml? Can you use a measuring jug to check? If I make the squash with 1-part juice and 5 parts water, what fraction of the drink is water/squash? (1 out of 6 parts juice 16) What is this as a ratio? (1 juice to every 5 parts water 1:5) If I used a larger glass, what would I need to do to make squash of the same strength?

Bug hunt Statistics

Estimate and count bugs, leaves or other natural items. Sort them and record in different ways. This practises valuable counting skills and encourages children to record effectively then talk about what they have found.

Questions to answer: Go on a bug hunt and count the bugs that you find in the garden. Create a tally chart of how many of each bug you find. Show how many of each bug you found in either a pictogram or tally chart. Which did you find most/least of? Show how many bugs you found in either a bar chart or pie chart. How many more… than… did you find?


Materials treasure hunt! Can you find 3 things in your house or garden which are made of wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, or rock? Make a list. Which can you find the most of? Challenge a family member to a race!

I also will select some ThinkIt’s and Activities on Education City for you to do.


As you have seen in the video, just to remind you that you can access the games to practise giving instructions. You can also make your own cards: forward, turn right, turn left. Use these cards to give a person in your house a route to follow. Make sure you make a plan of where you want them to go, for example from a chair to the table. You could also go outside and create your own obstacle course or if you have chalk, draw a route on the path.

Also talk about staying safe online. Together have a look at the website:

There is information for parents and carers, but also learning activities for your child.



Follow the link to see how you can make a stained glass design using lasagne sheets and food colouring.

Or maybe you have paint at home and you would like to make this rainbow tree.  


Personal skills and independence

Before dinner, can you independently lay the table? Can you help with any other jobs around the house, for example sorting the washing or doing the washing up?


Monday 20th April - Friday 1st May



Make sure you do a bit of reading every day. This can be a book in the library of Reading Eggs or a book you have at home. Keep practising sounding out unknown words. For the sounds most of us are learning the phase 3 sounds: This is a good example of how we would learn the sounds in class. I will also email you some examples you could do for reading comprehension.



Time: Reading the whole and half hour on an analogue and a digital clock. Answer questions like ‘When is my bed time?’ ‘When do we have lunch?’. For some pupils this will be too easy, continue with quarter to and quarter past the whole hour and even more precise if they can.  Also every day: ‘What is the day?’ ‘What is the date?’ In Education City I have selected activities to practise the time, you have until 29th April to complete these activities.



Healthy eating: sort different foods into healthy and not so healthy. Can you remember the food groups or the ‘Eat Well Plate’? See if you can sort the food into these groups and explain your answer. For this topic,  I have also selected a few activities in Education City for you to do. Also have a look at this:


Personal Skills and Independence

Making a sandwich independently, making toast independently. Try doing daily things like getting dressed, brushing teeth and brushing hair as independent as possible. Play turn taking games like Snakes and Ladders, Uno or Junior Monopoly.



Junk modelling with some old boxes and tubes. Make a house or a form of transport like a boat or a rocket. You also could get a bit messier and make your own play dough. Have a look how it works:   Have fun!


Other activities

Remember the PE sessions with Joe Wicks or GoNoodle. You also could have a look at the Singing Hands website for a bit of singing and signing.


Monday 6th April - Friday 17th April


English/Reading/Phonics – Continue to login to Reading eggs, I will set you some tasks, keep looking out for them and in the meanwhile you can follow your maps. Once you completed your map and your quiz, I will print your certificate and send it to you when I am in school.

Handwriting and letter formation, practise all lower case letters, form them properly, remember: writing, not drawing. For worksheets:  There are lots of free resources.

Reading books, sharing books and listening to audiobooks. For example:  David Walliams is releasing a free audio story every day.

Maths – I had a look at Sumdog and I have managed to set you a challenge that is easier for you to do. I will continue to set these challenge and check how you have done.

Explore 3D shapes – discussing their names; cube, cuboid, sphere, pyramid, cone, cylinder, see which one you can find around the house in real life objects.

Easter egg hunt in the garden. Hide small eggs. How many did you find? Compare amounts with siblings, how many more/less? Share the amount between the people in the house, how many do you all get?

Science – Look at the different plants/bushes/trees in your garden. How many different ones can you find? Can you find out the name of the plant/flower/tree? How do they change through the seasons? If you have some seeds and compost at home, maybe you can grow your own, cress is good to grow. Have a look at some of these clips:

Personal Skills and Independence – Focus on doing daily tasks independently: Getting dressed, brushing hair, brushing teeth, making toast, helping to lay the table, doing the washing up, etc.

If you get the chance to go for your daily exercise think about your road crossing skills, can you make the decision if it is safe to go?

At home you can practise your skills with money. Which coins do you recognise? Set up a shop with price tags, can you give the right amount of money? Can you give change when you are the shop keeper?

Computing – Use Facetime/Skype to contact you grandparents or other family members who don’t live in your house. Take photographs in your garden or of your school work. Practise sending emails to family members. But remember the E-safety rules.

Creativity – Decorating Easter eggs. Use coloured paper shapes to make a pattern on a paper egg. Or have a go at one of these Easter crafts:

Maybe you can help making some Easter biscuits of cupcakes!


Monday 23rd March - Friday 3rd April


Phonics – Reading at home with parents, sounding out words and attempting to blend. Use Reading Eggs to complete the lessons and find books to read.

RE – Easter, recount the story of Easter and how we celebrate. Create some Easter crafts or paint some eggs. Bake hot cross buns.  Think about what the egg and the cross represent.


English – Use Reading Eggs, log on and complete the lessons, tests, and any allocated activities.  Use the Reading Eggs library to read books and answer the quizzes.

Maths – Use Sumdog, log on and complete the challenges.  Identify and count coins and notes, ‘pay’ for items or be the shopkeeper and give change.  Find ‘shapes’ around the house, how many can you list? Practise counting in tens, twos, fives or even threes.

PE – Use Go-Noodle, create a personal account and get moving!  Email your level up certificates to show me your progress. Go outside for a walk in the woods, follow the coloured routes.

Food Tech – Baking at home with parents, (we are all very good at making pizzas now) or help prepare the dinner J

Communication – Use Newsround to play ‘In the News’ and get talking about the news stories and what types of news they are.  Practice your Makaton signs and make a list of new ones you want to learn, or look them up and teach me them back at school.

Independence and Personal Skills – Help out around the house, get dressed completely by yourself, make the bed, sort the washing, dust or vacuum.  Practice brushing your teeth, hair or tying shoelaces.  Put the bins out and wash your hands.

IT – Identify all the ICT equipment in your home and write a list, demonstrate how to use items safely and correctly.  Think about technology other than just screens like iPads and computers, what other technology do we rely on? Using Paint to make pictures, using Word to type sentence or a story.

Creativity – Find rocks outside, paint them. Make an artwork with things found in nature. Egg painting, decorating a paper egg following a pattern. Practise scissor skills.


And don’t forget Twinkl: , we would be mostly looking for resources they use for year 1 or maybe 2.