Robins 2020-2021

Settling in

The new Robins and Ravens have made an excellent start to their time at Whitchurch Primary. Look below to see what they got up to on their first few days at school!

Robins 2019/2020

Term 6

Hi Robins and Ravens! From now on, Miss Aksu and I will be looking to see at least one piece of writing/phonics and one piece of maths per week so that we can see the fantastic progress you are making at home. 

Please send your work directly to us, however you can still CC in the school email (office@whitchurchprimary.co.uk) to ensure your excellent work can be posted on social media platforms.

Robins - please reach Miss Knight at aimee.knight@whitchurchprimary.co.uk

Ravens - please reach Miss Aksu at berna.aksu@whitchurchprimary.co.uk 

Term 6 Week 7

This weeks lessons have been posted (Monday to Friday), please scroll down the page to access the daily lessons.

This week our story of the week is 'Starry Eyed Stan'. Listen to it read aloud on Teams. Alternatively, access it here.

 Monday 13th July 

Phonics

 Flashcard sounds and listen to the phase 3 tricky word song on youtube. 

This week, we are going to be recapping reading and writing two-syllable words. Can your child remember what a syllable is? It is a beat in a word!

Write a word on their whiteboard - farmer. Can they guess where the second syllable starts? Drawer a line to separate the two syllables. Model how you sound and blend the first syllable, then sound and blend the second syllable, then read the whole word. Repeat with windmill.

Next, look at the flipchart below. Can they guess what the word might be? They need to sound out and write the word. 
The words are: handstand, sunflower, chopsticks. 

Writing

 Today's literacy lesson has been recorded on teams. Please access it there. 

 

Maths

Listen and try to sing along to this counting song! Parents support as necessary. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-maths-counting-with-john-farnworth/zbct8xs

Please access today's maths lesson: Summer term, Week 12, Day 1 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/.

 

Tuesday 14th July

Phonics

Today's phonics lesson has been recorded on teams. Please access it there. 

Maths

Listen and try to sing along to this counting song! Parents support as necessary. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-maths-counting-with-john-farnworth/zbct8xs

Please access today's maths lesson: Summer term, Week 12, Day 2 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/.

Art and Design

 Can you create your own starry-eyed stan using your feet? Warning - it may tickle! 
If your child does not want to paint their feet, then please just allow them to create a star fish however they feel comfortable. 

Wednesday 15th July

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and play the phase 4 tricky word song.

Recap their understanding of syllables. Remind them that these are the beats we hear in words. 

As we did on Monday, write some words on their board. See if they can identify where the first syllable would end and add a line to separate them.
Do this with: starfish, burger.

Next, have a go at writing the words on the flipchart below. 
The words are: floating, river, painting

Literacy

Today's literacy lesson has been filmed on Teams. Please access it there. 

Maths

 Flashcard numbers to 20. Listen and workout to the BBC supermovers song! https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-maths-counting-with-john-farnworth/zbct8xs

Please access today's maths lesson: Summer term, Week 12, Day 3 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/.

Thursday 16th July

Phonics

 Today's phonics lesson has been recorded on teams. Please access it there.

Maths

Count forwards and backwards to 20. Listen and workout to the BBC supermovers song! https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-maths-counting-with-john-farnworth/zbct8xs

Please access today's maths lesson: Summer term, Week 12, Day 4 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/.

Understand the World

Talk about the Ocean. What do we notice about the way the water is? It is salty!

Starry Eyed Stan believes that it is easier to float in the ocean than it is in fresh water because of the salt. Discuss this, what thoughts and ideas does your child have? 

Have a go at the experiment below to see if he is right. 

Parents - the reason the egg floats is because the salt makes the water denser; basically the salt takes up more room in the water!

Friday 17th July

Happy last day of term Robins and Ravens! We cannot believe this is your last day in Reception. It has been very different to how it normally would be however, we have enjoyed every single day having you in our classes! Good luck into Year 1 and beyond, we know you will be amazing!

Phonics

Recap sounds and tricky words.

Play any phonics games on https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/!

Literacy

 Today's literacy lesson has been recorded on teams. Please access it there. 

Mathematics

Count forwards and backwards to 20. Listen and workout to the BBC supermovers song! https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-maths-counting-with-john-farnworth/zbct8xs

Please access today's maths lesson: Summer term, Week 12, Day 5.

Term 6 Week 6

This weeks lessons have been posted (Monday to Friday), please scroll down the page to access the daily lessons. 

This week our story is  ‘Commotion in the ocean’. To support our learning; listen to it read aloud here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pRhgZ8Jffs  

Monday 6th July 2020

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words.
Listen to the tricky word song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NOzgR1ANc4

Today, we will be recapping CCVC words again! Remember, it is important to stick the first two sounds together to help us blend. 

Parents - please say the words and ask your child to sound them out to spell on their fingers: step, pram, snip and brush.

Once they have done it, see if they can write a sentence using one of the CCVC words. As a challenge, you could give them a word and ask them to think of their own sentence and write it!

e.g I said that is my pram!

 

Literacy 

Our literacy lesson for today is on teams.  Alternatively, you could access today's lesson below. 

Explain to your child that our story this week is a poem. Ask your child if they know what a poem is? Explain to them that poems often include rhyming words. Watch the read aloud story ‘commotion in the Ocean’ and pause the video on the page where it shows the lobster.

Now have a think about the animals we have discovered in our story. What kind of animals did you see? Get your child to think about what animal they are fond of and what animal they would like to be? This could be a lobster, a shark, fish or an angel fish.

 

E.g. It would be wonderful to be a shark. They have sharp teeth and pointy fins.

Maths

Flashcard numbers to 20 and count forwards to 20, then backwards. 

Today, you will be exploring counting to 20 on https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/ - Summer term, week 11, day 1.

Tuesday 7th July 2020

Phonics

Please look use the Microsoft teams app/website to access the phonics video. Miss Aksu and Miss Knight will be posting daily Phonics lessons.

 

Maths

Flashcard numbers to 20 and count forwards to 20, then backwards. 

Today, you will be exploring making simple patterns and exploring more complex patterns https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/ - Summer term, week 11, day 2

 

Expressive Art and Design

 

Create your own sea creature! Have a look at the pictures below, this might give you some ideas on how you could create your own sea creatures!

Wednesday 8th July 2020

Phonics

Please look use the Microsoft teams app/website to access the phonics video. Miss Aksu and Miss Knight will be posting daily Phonics lessons.

 

Literacy

Re-cap what we’ve read. What has happened so far? Listen up to the page that talks about the ‘deep sea’ – talk about the deep sea. What is the deep sea? What kind of creatures lives in the deep sea?

Focus on the description of the fish – whiskers, bulbous eyes, point teeth.

Now have a go at writing a sentence about the deep sea. E.g. the deep sea has wonderful fish. Some fish have whiskers on their chin.

 

Maths

 Today, you will be exploring addition and counting on to find the answer

on https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/ - Summer term, week 11, day 3.

 

Thursday 9th July

 

Phonics

Please look use the Microsoft teams app/website to access the phonics video. Miss Aksu and Miss Knight will be posting daily Phonics lessons.

 

Maths

 Today, you will be exploring doubling, halving and sharing

on https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/ - Summer term, week 11, day 4.

 

Expressive Art and design

With a grown up, have a look at pictures of the ocean (maybe you could find pictures on google or watch some videos). What kind of colours can you see?

You can create your own painting/drawing of the ocean. 

Have a look at the pictures below, these might give you some ideas.

Friday 10th July 

Phonics

Please look use the Microsoft teams app/website to access the phonics video. Miss Aksu and Miss Knight will be posting daily Phonics lessons.

 

Literacy

Read the story all the way to the end. Talk about the animals that live on land. Like the walruses, penguins and polar bears.

Now you have to write a letter to the creatures and explain why you want to be their friend.

e.g. dear penguin, I would like to be your friend. We can play in the park and eat ice-cream .

 

Maths

 Today, you will be exploring measurment (length, height and distance)

on https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/ - Summer term, week 11, day 5.

Term 6 Week 5

Monday 29th June

This week our story of the week is 'Sharing a Shell', listen to it read aloud here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpJumAZx1t8.

 Phonics

Flashcard sounds and play tricky word trucks - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3/tricky-word-trucks.

Today, you are going to be revising phase 3 digraph sounds. Please focus on whichever you know your child is struggling to recognise. If they can confidently recognise them all, find out whether they can write the sounds in words to see if they can spell them without a sound mat.

Once you are aware of sounds your child needs to focus on, they can play a game from https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3, e.g. buried treasure or bob and obb.

Maths

Flashcard numbers to 20 and count practise counting backwards, firstly from 10, then from any given number, e.g. begin counting back from 7, then 5, then 8, and on. 

Today, you are going to be exploring Summer term, week 10, lesson 1 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/.

Literacy

Listen to our story of the week, but only the first double page (up until 'or me, or me'). 

Are the creatures being kind to the crab? Why do you think the crab needs a shell? If you were a crab and you could choose any shell you wanted, what would it be like?

Today, I would like you to design your own shell for the crab. Think about what it will look like; what colours it will be. I also want you to think about what it needs to be like, e.g. it needs to be strong. 

Once you have designed your shell, write some sentences to tell me what your shell is like.

e.g. my shell is pink and it will protect the crab from the seagull.

 

 

Tuesday 30th June

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and listen to the tricky word song. Listen to the tricky word song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NOzgR1

Today, you are going to be recapping a tricky word you are unfamiliar with. Please refer to phase 3 and phase 4 tricky words as they need to be confident with them all!

Play a tricky word hunt - ask your child to write some tricky words (including the one they are unsure of) and then you can hide them all over the house. They need to hunt for the tricky words and read them once they find them!

Maths

Flashcard numbers to 20 and have another go at counting back from any number (this is a tricky skill that needs to be developed!).

Today, you will be looking at Summer term, week 10, lesson 2 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/.

Understanding the World

Listen to our story of the week. What creatures are in the story? Lots of different sea creatures!

Today, I would like you to use a computer/laptop/Ipad to do some research to find out different information about sea creatures. You could specifically do research about a crab, or a different creature mentioned in the story, like an anemone! 

Jot down any information you find out about your creature, e.g. what they like to eat, where they like to live.

 

Wednesday 1st July

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words.

Today, please recap another sound that your child is having some trouble recognising or spelling.

Ask them to write the sound as many times as they can for 1 minute, can they do it without looking?

Now, ask them to spell some words with that sound. You can google e.g. 'phase 3 oa words' to find a range of words including the sound if you are unsure. Once you have about 3-4 words, say the word, ask your child to sound it out, then write it.

Maths

Repeat as yesterday - count backwards from 20 (they made need support with this) and then count back from any given number, including teen numbers if they are confident.

Today, you will be exploring Summer term, week 10, lesson 3 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/.

Writing

Listen again to our story of the week, all the way to the end.

Why do you think the crab invited the creatures to join him again? What good things did they do for the crab?

Today, I would like you to  pretend you are the crab and write a thank you letter to the creatures.

e.g. thank you for keeping my shell clean.

 

Thursday 2nd July

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and listen to the tricky word song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NOzgR1.

Quick write tricky words! Say a few tricky words (no more than 5) to your child and see if they can write them onto their whiteboards without looking. e.g you, are, was, they, my. 

Play tricky word bingo, including a tricky word that your child is struggling to recognise/write. Challenge them to write the tricky words onto the bingo card (using the tricky mat if they need to).

Maths

Flashcard numbers to 20. Count forwards to 20 and backwards from 20 (support if necessary). 

Today, you will be matching numerals and amounts: Summer term, week 10, day 4 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/.

 Art and Design

Listen to our story of the week. 
Today, I would like you to create your own shell. You can use any materials you have to do this.

 

Friday 3rd July

Phonics

Recap sounds and listen to the phase 3 tricky word song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R087lYrRpgY.

Please recap sounds that your child is still unfamiliar with. Find this out by flashing the sounds and seeing if they recognise them. If they do, say the sounds aloud and ask them to write the sound; this will help you to find out which ones they need to practise. 

Explore different sounding and blending games on https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds.

Maths

Flashcard numbers to 20 and count forwards to 20, then backwards. 

Today, you will be exploring doubling and measurement on https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/ - Summer term, week 10, day 5. 

Writing

Listen again to our story of the week. 

What kind of story of the week. What do you notice about the words in the story? It is a rhyming story! Can you find some of the rhyming words in this story?

Explain that words rhyme when they sound the same. Usually, the words will be spelt similarly, but remind them that some words don't fit this rule, e.g. sun, one!

Either print out the list of words below (if you can!) or write them onto a whiteboard. Choose one word, write it for your child, then ask your child to find and write the rhyming pair. 

 Monday 21st June

Phonics

Flashcard sounds.

Listen to the tricky word song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NOzgR1ANc4

Today, we are going to be revising tricky words. You could use the tricky word bingo game you created last week as a starter activity.

Pick out 1 or 2 tricky words that your child is struggling with. Get them to think about how they could put that tricky word into a sentence.

Then, get them to write it on their whiteboards for a minute.

Can they write a simple sentence with the tricky word? e.g my dog went to the shop.

Literacy

Here is the link for our story of the week ‘The Rainbow Fish’. Please listen to the story till 1:36 (we will finish the rest of the story on Wednesday). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFORvXhub28

Quick discussion about what happens in the story. Why was the rainbow fish mean to the others? Is that the right choice? Why did he not want to give his scales to the other fish?

 

Now we are going to write letter to the Rainbow fish! We need him know that what he did was wrong and ask him if we could have one of his shiny scales.

E.g. Dear Rainbow fish, you need to be nice to the other fish. You have so many scales. Can I have one of them?

Remember to sound out the words, use your sound buttons and finger spaces! Don’t forget to spell your tricky words correctly (so ,one, be, to, you, the) , you could use your tricky word mat to help you write them.

Maths

Count forwards and backwards to 20.

Today, you will be exploring measuring items and doubling numbers https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/ 

Summer term - week 8 - day 5.

 

Tuesday 23rd June

 

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words.
Listen to the tricky word song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NOzgR1ANc4

Today, we are going to be revising some of the digraphs/trigraphs your child is still struggling with.

 

Get them to practise the letter formation of the digraph (scroll down the page to watch the videos).

Can they think of any words that has that digraph? e.g. the digraph er. words like better, letter and mixer have er in them! Can they write these words down?

Now have a go at writing a sentence. e.g. The letter was on the floor.

Maths

Count forwards and backwards to 20.

Today, you will be exploring making simple patterns and exploring more complex patterns https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/ 

Summer term - week 9 - day 1.

 

Expressive Art and Design

This week, we would like you to create your own rainbow fish! Think about the different colours and materials you might want to use to create your fish. Please feel free to send us your child's work, we would love to see them!

 Wednesday 24th June

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words.
Listen to the tricky word song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NOzgR1ANc4

Today, we are going to be revising tricky words. You could use the tricky word bingo game as a starter activity.

Pick out 1 or 2 tricky words that your child is struggling with. Get them to think about how they could put that tricky word into a sentence.

Then, get them to write on their whiteboards for a minute.

Can they write a simple sentence with the tricky word? e.g you need to go to the pet shop.

Maths

Count forwards and backwards to 20.

Today, you will be exploring adding and counting on to find the answer. You could always scroll down to watch some of the videos on adding/counting as a starter activity https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/ 

Summer term - week 9 - day 2.

 

Literacy

Here is the link for our story of the week ‘The Rainbow Fish’. Please listen to the whole story this time -   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFORvXhub28.

 

Have a quick discussion about the story. What happened at the end? Did the rainbow fish learn from his mistake? What did he do? 

At the end of the story, the rainbow fish decided to give his shiny scales to his friends. Would you give away your shiny scales to your friends?  Have a think about who you would give your scales to if you lived under the sea. 

e.g. I will give the starfish my silver scale and the jellyfish will have my sparkling blue scale. 

Thursday 25th June

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words.
Listen to the tricky word song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NOzgR1ANc4

Today, we are going to be revising some of the digraphs/trigraphs your child is still struggling with.

Get them to practise the letter formation of the digraph (scroll down the page to watch the videos).

Can they think of any words that has that digraph? e.g. the digraph ar. words like star, car and bar have ar in them! Can they write these words down?

Now have a go at writing a sentence. e.g. I have a red car.

 

Maths

Count forwards and backwards to 20.

Today, you will be exploring adding and subtracting You could always scroll down to watch some of the videos on adding/subtracting as a starter activity https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/ 

Summer term - week 9 - day 3.

 

Expressive Art and Design

Have a look at the pictures below (you could even ask your grown up if you could look at videos of animals that live in the sea).

Which animal is your favourite? We would like you to design your own animal that lives in the sea! You could get a creative as you want (you could use junk modelling or paint/draw a picture). 

Friday 26th June

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words.
Listen to the tricky word song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NOzgR1ANc4

Today, we are going to be revising some of the digraphs/trigraphs your child is still struggling with.

Get them to practise the letter formation of the digraph (scroll down the page to watch the videos).

Can they think of any words that has that digraph? e.g. the trigraph ure. Words like sure, cure and pure have ure in them! Can they write these words down?

Now have a go at writing a sentence. e.g. I need a cure for my leg.

 

Maths

Count forwards and backwards to 20.

Today, you will be exploring counting to 20 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/ 

Summer term - week 9 - day 4

 

Expressive Art and Design/Literacy

Using the models/designs you created yesterday, we would like you to write a sentence or two about them. Have a think about what you made and what materials/resources you used to make them.

e.g. I made a fish out of cardboard. Then I painted my fish in red paint. After that I put sparkles on it.

Term 6 Week 3

This week we are still going to be using our story  'The Night Pirates' to support our learning; listen to it read aloud here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnVP6iBAvH

Friday 19th June

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words.

Today is going to be our final day of exploring two-syllable words. Can you remember what it means if a word has two-syllables? It means it had two beats; we can clap to find them!

Look at the flipchart below. It contains words and pictures. Have a go at reading the two-syllable words first. Remember, to read a two-syllable word, first sound and blend the first syllable, then repeat with the second and read it as a whole word! Once you have read the word, point to the matching picture!

For a final challenge, I would like you to write some two-syllable words. Parents, please say the words allowed, ask your child to clap the two-syllables, then have a go at writing the word.

rooftop, flower, darker.

Maths

Who can remember what it means if we double something? If we double a number, it means we get the same amount again and find out what they equal when we add them together!

Warm up for maths by singing Mr Double Trouble - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORtrdtAhhkY

Now, complete the doubling activity: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/ - Summer term, week 8, day 5.

Expressive Art and Design

All week, we've been writing our own pirate stories based on 'The Night Pirates'. Today, I would like you to create a Wanted Poster for one of the pirates in your story. You could use any material to do this; it could be a drawing, painting, chalked onto the pavement, anything!

Thursday 18th June

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and listen to the tricky word song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NOzgR1ANc

Today, we are going to be looking again at reading and writing multi-syllabic words - remember, we can find the syllables by clapping the two beats.
To warm up, let's see if we can find the syllables in these words. Parents say the words aloud and ask your child to repeat the word, clapping the syllables. 
thunder, swimming. Challenge (3 syllables) - jellyfish, bicycle.

For today's activity, I would firstly like the children to read multi-syllabic words. Remember, to read multi-syllabic words, they must sound and blend the first syllable, then sound and blend the next syllable, then read it as one word.
On their whiteboard, please write the following words, with a / between the syllables to support them in knowing where to stop.

roof/top, bed/room, sham/poo

Finally, let's see if they can write some two-syllable words. Ask the child to say the word aloud, clap the syllables, then write the word, one syllable at a time and blend.
words - thunder, sandpit.

Maths

Count forwards and backwards to 20.

Today, you will be exploring measuring items and ordering numbers to 20 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/ 

Summer term - week 8 - day 4.

Writing

 To begin, read your story so far. What has happened so far in your story? Talk about it to an adult.

Now, look back at your plan. How is your story going to end? Discuss the ending part of the story.

Today, I would like you to write the ending of your story, using your plan to remind you of your ideas.

e.g. Once Tom had the stolen the treasure, he sailed the ship all the way home. He said goodbye to his pirate gang and dreamt about his next adventure.

Once you have finished, you can draw a picture of your story. Please send your finished story to me or Miss Aksu; we would love to see the fantastic stories you have created!

Wednesday 17th June

Phonics

Flashcard sounds.

Listen to the tricky word song 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NOzgR1ANc4

Today, we are going to be revising tricky words. I would like you to play tricky word bingo. You could make your own bingo card by folding a piece of paper to make 6 or 8 boxes. Put tricky words that your child is having some trouble to recognise into the box! A third person can call out different tricky words and your child has to cross them off if they have them. The first person to get all of the tricky words wins the game! 

Maths

Flashcard numbers to 20 and put them into order.

Today, you will be exploring Summer term, week 8, day 3 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/.

Writing

To begin, take a look back at your writing from yesterday. Can you re-read the beginning part of your story?

Next, look at your plan to remind you what you said was going to happen in the middle of the story. 

Today, you are going to be writing the middle part. It only needs to be a few sentences long. 

e.g. Tom decided he was going to join the pirate gang. They went on an adventure to steal the treasure from the mean pirates.

Remember, this is your own story. It does not have to be exactly like 'The Night Pirates', please be as creative as you would like in your pirate story! I look forward to reading what your character is going to get up to.

Tuesday 16th June

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words.

Today, we will be exploring two-syllable word again. In order to read two-syllable words, we must first support the children in recognising where the first syllable ends. On the powerpoint, I have added dashes to show the children where the first syllable ends. Once they have sounded out the sounds on the first syllable, they can blend. Then sound out the second syllable and blend. e.g. desk/top - d e s k: desk, t o p: top, desktop. 

Click here to open the powerpoint you will be exploring today.

Parents - only choose a few words to do (there are a lot on the powerpoint!). 5 words will be enough. Challenge them to write the words once they have completed the activity. 

Maths

 Count forwards to 20 from any given number. 

Today, you will be exploring addition using tens frames on white rose. Parents - you could draw two tens frames on their whiteboard or on paper and use any items as counters. Use 2 tens frames and put each amount in a frame, e.g. if it was 8+4, put 8 items in the first frame then 4 items in the second frame. Ask your child to find the answer by covering up the amount in the first frame and counting on. 

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/ - Summer term, week 8, day 2.

Writing

Look back at the story plan from yesterday. Can you remember what your story was about? Can you retell your story, including the beginning, middle and end?

Today, I would like you to write the beginning part of your pirate story. Think about the different ways we can open a story, e.g. a long time ago, on a dark night, once upon a time, etc. In the beginning of your story, it will be a good idea to introduce your character and the pirates.

Example:

On a dark night, Tom was in bed when he heard something strange. He looked out of his window and saw a pirate gang. 

Each part of the story does not require more than two sentences so please do not worry to add to much detail!

 

Monday 15th June

Phonics

 Flashcard sounds and tricky words. 

This week, we are going to be exploring two-beat words. Can anyone remember the special name we give to those words? Two-syllables!

Have a think about how we previously learnt to read these words. Remember, you need to find the two claps. Then, you need to find the sounds in the first clap and blend, followed by the second clap and blend!

Begin by looking at the pictures below. Ask your child to say the word, then ask them to find the two claps. e.g. Far/mer.
Then, show them how you would sound and write the word, e.g. far - f ar, mer - m er. 

Ask your child to try this with the following two pictures - river and melting.  

Maths

Flashcard and order numbers to 20. 

Today, you will be exploring 3D shapes. Warm up for this by listening to the 3D shape song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guNdJ5MtX1A.

Next, have a go at the 3D shape activity - Summer Term, Week 8, Day 1 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/.

Writing

This week I would like you to write your own story based on 'The Night Pirates'.

Who can remember the three parts of a story? There is a beginning, middle and end!

Listen to the story again - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnVP6iBAvHg. I would like you to think about what happened in the beginning, middle and end of this story. 

I think that in the beginning, Tom heard pirates outside of his house. In the middle, he went on a pirate adventure. At the end, they stole the treasure and Tom returned home without telling anyone of his pirate adventure.

This week; I would like you to think of your own pirate adventure. It could be like Tom's or different!

Today, please think about what will happen in your story. Discuss what will happen in the beginning, middle and end of your story!

You could create a plan, like we do at school. When we create a plan, we simply draw a picture in each box to remind us of what will happen. e.g, in the beginning box, I would draw Tom asleep in his bed with the pirate ship outside his window. You do not need to write anything on your plan, but you could if this will help you!

Click here to open a story plan template. You can either print this one, or create your own!

Term 6 Week 2

This week our story of the week is 'The Night Pirates'; listen to it read aloud here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnVP6iBAvHg.

Friday 12th June

Phonics

Flashcard sounds.

Parents - say some CCVC words allowed, ask your child to find the 4 sounds on their fingers and then write the words on their whiteboard. 

swim, grab, clip.

Tricky word hunt!

Ask your child to write a mix of atleast 6 phase 3/4 tricky words (ones that they struggle to recognise!) on little pieces of paper. Then, you can hide them in different places around the house. Your child has to find all of the tricky words and say them aloud!

Maths

Count forwards and backwards to 20. Now, count to 20 from any number, e.g start with 5 and count on. 

Today, you will be exploring Summer Term, Week 7, Day 5 - which explores position and shape: 
https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/.

Writing

Listen again to our story of the week 'The Night Pirates'. 

Well done - your letter to the pirates was a success! They have let you board their ship and be part of their pirate crew. 

What happened in the story? Where did the pirates go? What did they do on their mission?

I would like you to pretend you did not go home and you stayed with the girl pirate crew forever. I would like you to write a letter to your family at home, telling them all about your pirate adventures. 

e.g. Dear mum and dad, today we stole the treasure chest from the rough tough grown-up pirates.

To make your letter look even more like a letter from a pirate, you could stain the paper with tea bags (after you have finished your writing) and make the edges rough by cutting or ripping them!


Remember, please send your fantastic pirate letters to either aimee.knight@whitchurchprimary.co.uk or berna.aksu@whitchurchprimary.co.uk 

Thursday 11th June

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words.

Today, we will be recapping CCVC words again! Remember, it is important to stick the first two sounds together to help us blend. 

Parents - please say the words and ask your child to sound them out to spell on their fingers: twin, flap, clip.

Next, have a look at the document below. You can either print the document (if you have access to a printer), or simply show your child the pictures and ask them to write the CCVC words onto their whiteboard.

Once they have done it, see if they can write a sentence using one of the CCVC words. As a challenge, you could give them a word and ask them to think of their own sentence and write it!

e.g the frog is in the pond.

Maths

 Flashcard numbers to 20.

Today, please look at 'Summer term, Week 7, Day 4' and complete the activity - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/.

Understanding the World

 Listen to our story of the week 'The Night Pirates'.

On Tuesday, I asked you to create your own pirate ship. 

What do you think is important about a ship? What do you think it means if something can float? Floating means the item can stay above the water! What does it mean if something cannot float? It will sink!

Today, I would like you to explore floating and sinking, to find out which material would be the best for a pirate ship.

You can use any items you can find around the house and test them in water - you could do this in your bath tub/the sink/ whatever you can reach!

Talk about what you find out, which materials can float? Which sunk? Why do you think this is? Lots of discussion supports great learning!

Wednesday 10th June

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words. 

Today, we are going to revisiting 4 sound words and we are going to need to stick the first two sounds together to help us to sound and blend them!

Parents - show 4 FRED fingers and press a finger per sound for the words - frog, twin, and ask your child to blend the sounds to read the words.
Now this time, say the entire words - clap, swim and ask your child to press the sounds on their FRED fingers.

Finally, have a look at the pictures below. What four sound words can you find? Say the word, sound it and write it on your whiteboard! 

Maths

Warm up for maths by counting to 20 forwards and backwards.

Today, you will be exploring Summer term - week 7 - day 3. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

Writing

Listen again to our story of the week 'The Night Pirates - scroll up for link. 

Listen again to the same page as Monday; where Tom says 'Please let me aboard, can I come too?'

Discussion - why do you think the pirates are here? What do you think they want from Tom?

Today, I would like you to write some sentences, predicting why you think the pirates have come to Tom's house. e.g. I think they will take the little boy Tom. 

Try to encourage your child to use some phase 3/4 tricky words where appropriate and see if they can spell them without looking at the mat!

Remember to remind your child to say their sentence aloud several times, then sound out and read the sentence back after writing every word. Use finger spaces and a full stop at the end!

Tuesday 9th June

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words.

Listen and sing to the tricky word song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NOzgR1ANc4.

Find out which tricky words your child is having trouble recognising (you could do this by asking them to read the list of phase 3/4 tricky words on the tricky word mat).

Once you are aware of which tricky words they were unsure of, you can have a tricky word hunt. Place a few tricky words (some they do know, some they don't) around the house. Once they have found a tricky word, they need to read it aloud then write it on their whiteboard!

Maths

Flashcard numbers to 20.

Give your child a number 1-20. Once they have the number, ask them to count that amount out of any objects available.

White Rose: Summer term, week 7, lesson 2 - https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Day-2-The-Princess-and-the-Wizard.pdf

Art and Design

Listen again to our story of the week. What is our story about? Pirates!

Today, we would like you to explore different materials and choose which to use to make your own pirate ship. You could make it out of anything you can find around the house, like recyclable items e.g. bottles, cardboard, or lego; anything you like!

You could even look at pictures on the internet (with the help of an adult) to find out what pirate ships look like.

Monday 8th June

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words. 

This week we are going to be exploring 4 sound word again, but this time, they will be CCVC - so we will have to blend the first two sounds together to help us!

Write a word on the whiteboard, e.g. flip. Tell your child that, to make it easier to read the word, we need to stick the first two sounds together when we sound it out - fl, i, p. 

Now, have a go with the words below. Can they match the words to the pictures?

Finally, ask them to write some of the words on their whiteboards - do not let them see the words, you can say the words aloud and they can sound and spell them.

Writing

Listen to our story of the week, but, only listen to the page where Tom says 'Please let me aboard, can I come too?'

Think about what Tom must be like in order to be a pirate. What are pirates like? Are they brave? Are they cheeky?
Now, think about all the things that would make you a great pirate. 

I would like you to write a letter to the pirates, telling them why they should let you join their pirate crew. Tell them your best skills and all the other reasons why you are great for the job!

e.g. Dear pirates, please let me join your crew. I am very brave and I could be a good lookout. 

Maths

Today you will be exploring days of the week on https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/, Summer Term, Week 7, Day 1.

This week the story does not match with our topic/theme therefore you can either listen to the story mentioned in the maths session to support, or just focus on the activity. The story they're referencing to can be found here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyMw-j5Fmnc. Even though it does not link with our story of the week, I am sure they'll enjoy listening to another story!

Term 6 Week 1

This week our story is The Snail and the Whale. Listen to it read aloud here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hheolVGZVvs.

Friday 5th June

Phonics

Flashcard sounds.

Play tricky word bingo - remember to use tricky word that your child needs to practise!

Today, we're going to be revisiting CVCC - 4 sound words again. 

Just like yesterday, continue to encourage your child to orally blend 4 sound words using FRED fingers (you could start with words such as tent, sink and milk as a starter).

Now, let them have a go at this activity. This game requires your child to look at the picture and then find the word that matches it! Remember, get them to orally segment the word and then blend them together! Once they have done this, they can have a go at spelling some of the words on their whiteboard.

 

Maths

Warm up for maths by flashing numbers 0-20. 

Today you will be exploring measurement. We have covered this objective in school before.

Click here to find the activity - today is Summer term week 6 day 5-  https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

In addition to this activity, you could also use everyday objects to encourage your child to order two or three items by length or height (this could be done through using toys or other household objects).

Please encourage your child to use the correct language (taller, shorter, shortest, tallest, longest etc) when they compare the objects.

 Understanding the world

In understanding the world, we are going to be looking at different sea creatures that live in the sea! Have a look at the PowerPoint below, can you recognise any of these sea animals? How are they different? Are they similar? Have you seen these animals before? Have a quick discussion. 

Now, in our story 'The snail and the whale', the tiny snail rides on the whales back and together they go on an amazing adventure. But what if the whale wanted to make a new friend? 

Which of the animals from our PowerPoint could ride on the whales back? Which animals might not be able to ride on the whales back?  e.g. The pufferfish would not be able to ride on the whales back because pufferfish have spikes on them. It could hurt the whale! 

Have a discussion about this! Once you have done this, you could even draw a picture of your favourite sea animal and write a sentence about it. 

 

Thursday 4th June

Phonics

Flashcard sounds.

Play tricky word bingo - remember to use tricky word that your child needs to practise!

Today, we're going to be revisiting CVCC - 4 sound words again. 
Parents - begin by seeing if they can orally blend. To do this, ask your children to show 4 FRED fingers - they will know what this means (you also need to hold up four fingers). Now, say the 4 sounds, touching 1 finger per sound. Use the words nest (n, e, s, t) and ask your child to say those sounds then blend to find the word. Repeat with bend (b, e, n, d). 
Next, see if they can orally segment a word and find the 4 sounds. Use 4 FRED fingers again and say the whole word 'pond' and ask your child to sound that word on their fingers (p, o, n, d). Repeat with bump.

Now, let them have a go at this activity. If you have access to a printer then you can print it, or if not then they can just touch the screen to show you the matching words and pictures! Once they have matched all of the pictures and words, they can have a go at spelling the words on their whiteboard. 

Maths

Warm up for maths by flashing numbers 0-20. 

Today you will be exploring odd and even numbers. Parents - relate this to sharing and you can use this as your basis of explaining the difference between an odd and even number. 
Click here to find the activity - Please not today is Summer term week 6 day 4 (not 3) - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

Writing

Yesterday, you were asked to make some of your own paper whales. Thank you to everyone who sent them to us; we love seeing you taking part in home learning!

Today, I would like you to write a set of instructions to tell other people how to create a paper whale. You all did such a good job at creating paper whales and so I am sure you will be excellent teachers. I would like you to write a few instructive sentences, telling me what you did first, next, after that and finally. 

 

Wednesday 3rd June

Phonics

Flashcard sound cards and tricky words. 

Today we are going to be looking back at CVCC words - 4 sound words. 

Write a word on the whiteboard, e.g win. Ask your child to sound and blend. Now, add 'd' to the end, can they sound and blend? Tell them that the 3rd sound is hiding so we need to listen for it; it's a cheeky sound!

Have a look at the pictures below - see if your child can find the CVCC words – hand, tent, belt vest.

They can have a go at segmenting and writing the words on their whiteboard. 

Maths

Count forwards and backwards 20.

Flash number cards to 20.

Can they order to 20?

Click here to go to White Rose Maths – today is Summer Term Week 6 Day 2 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

Expressive Art and Design 

Create your own whale! Look at the picture below (it will show you directions on how to make your own whale out of paper). 

 

Tuesday 2nd June

This week our story is The Snail and the Whale. Listen to it read aloud here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hheolVGZVvs.

Phonics

Flashcard sound cards and tricky words. 

Today we are going to be looking back at CVCC words - 4 sound words

Write a word on the whiteboard, e.g ben. Ask your child to sound and blend. Now, add 'd' to the end, can they sound and blend? Tell them that the 3rd sound is hiding so we need to listen for it; it's a cheeky sound!

Have a look at the flipchat below - see if your child can find the CVCC words - pond, nest, lamp, jump.

They can have a go at segmenting and writing the words on their whiteboard. 

Writing

Listen again to our story of the week. Think about the snail's adventure; which places did he visit with the whale. 
Imagine you were the snail; where would you like to go on an adventure with the whale?
Write some sentences to tell us where you would want to go if you were the snail.
Remember to read your sentence back after every word, use finger spaces and a full stop at the end!

Maths

Count forwards and backwards to 20. Now, flashcard numbers to 20, now, can they put them in order?
Click here to go to White Rose Maths - today is Summer Term Week 6 Day 1. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

Monday 1st June 2020

Hello Robins and Ravens, I hope you had a great half term! The weather was fantastic, so I really hope you managed to get outside in a safe open space! Today is an inset day, so all the staff are in school learning themselves! Before we start on this term's main topics tomorrow, have a look at these 'welcome back' activities:

Phonics: Flash phase 3 phonics cards/tricky words.  Does your child recognise them all? If not, pick out the digraphs/trigraphs they are struggling with and re-cap it with them.  You could also get your child to practise their letter formation and pick out the digraphs/trigraphs they are struggling to write (scroll down the page to watch the letter formation videos).

You could have a look at this website -https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/3-5-years/letters-and-sounds . They have Phonics games and songs!

Literacy: What was the best thing you did in the holiday? Tell us about it! Did you play in your garden? Did you go to the park? Who did you play with? We would like you to write about what you did in the half term holiday. You could even draw pictures! Remember to hold your sentence in your head, use your finger spaces and sound buttons as you write. Please feel free to send us your child's writing!

 

Maths: Flash number cards 1-20. Can they recognise and order all of the numbers 1-20? (if your child is still not secure with ordering and recognsing numbers to 20, you could scroll down this page find the number related activities/videos provided to help them secure this objective).

You could also have a look at this website - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/ordering-and-sequencing. They have fun and engaging maths games.  

 

Term 5

Friday 22nd May

Hello Robins and Ravens... today is the last day of term 5! Therefore, our daily activities are going to look a little different to how they have been so far.

Firstly, Miss Aksu and I are so proud of you for the hard work you've been putting in at home. You have now completely finished our revision of Phase 3 phonics, and you have learnt how to add by counting on, subtract by counting back, and double, halve and share. You have also been doing some absolutely fantastic writing; we have enjoyed reading every piece we have been sent.

Phonics

Revise phase 3 sounds. Have another go at a tricky word game (you can choose your favourite - e.g. tricky word bingo, tricky word hopscotch, tricky word hunt). 

Recap spelling a few 4 sound words.
e.g. dust, milk, swim, frog.
Remember, you need to stick the cheeky sounds together, e.g. 'st' in dust, 'sw' in swim. This will help you to spell them.

Maths

Flashcard number to 20. Count to 20 forwards and have a go at counting backwards!
As it's the last day of term, and as you've done so well in maths this week, you can choose an area to recap today. 
Remember, it is a good idea to challenge yourself, so maybe choose to work on a skill that you want to get even better at!
You can choose:
Adding by counting on
Subtracting by counting back
Doubling
or halving and sharing.

Writing

As it is going to be another wonderful sunny day, Miss Aksu and I would like to know your favourite things to do on a sunny day.
We would like you to write a letter, telling us your favourite things to do on a sunny day, or the reasons why you like sunny days.
e.g. I like sunny days because I like to swim in my paddling pool.
e.g. I like to eat my lunch in the garden on a sunny day.
Once you have thought about and written what you like to do on a sunny day, we would like you to spend the day doing it!
You could even send us some photos of you enjoying the sunshine :)

As we've said already, well done for all of your hard work. We are so proud of you! We hope you enjoy our 'last day' of Term 5!

Thursday 21st May

Phonics

Flashcard sounds.

The pictures below show some fun activities you could do with your child to help them remember their tricky words (hopscotch and tricky word painting with oil pastels). 

If you still have the tricky word list, work your way down all of the tricky words beginning with phase 2 up to phase 4. See if your child can recognise them. If there is a word that your child is struggling to recognise, remember to flashcard the tricky word, let them write it for one minute and see if they can write a sentence using that tricky word!

 

Maths

Flashcard numbers to 20. 

Today, we are going to continue exploring halving and sharing. Can you explain what half means? Half means splitting an amount into two equal parts! So, when we share an amount, we give one to you, one to me until we have none left!

We have another fun activity today, if you want, you could play this activity outside. The picture below shows a halving game with two hula hoops, however, if you do not have this, you could use cuddly toys, cushions, paper plates etc. You also need some objects to count out (if you are doing this outside, you could use stones, leaves, sticks etc). 

Give a number card to your child (or write it on their whiteboard), then get them to halve that number using the objects! Please remind your child that to get half, we must share into two equal parts.

 

Expressive Art and Design

 

Our story of the week has been ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’ and today, we could like you to create your own house from tubes (you could also use the tube from a toilet roll). You could get really creative and use different types of materials and crafts.

Think about how many windows your house is going to have or if it will have a roof? How will you decorate it? What tools are you going to use? 

You could use paint, crafts or colouring pencils to create your design!

 

Have a look at the picturse below to help your child get started. Please feel free to send us some pictures, we would love to see your childs designs! 

Wednesday 20th May

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words.

Today, we are going to be revisiting sound 'er'. Flash sound 'er' and rhyme 'a better letter'. Repeat.

Parents - remind your children that this is a different way of saying a sound we know, can they remember the other two ways we hear this sound? (single sound r and digraph 'ur' 'a nurse with a purse'. Ask your child if they can remember where we would find each different 'r' sound, 'r' is at the beginning, 'ur' is usually in the middle and 'er' is usually at the end!

Let's have a go at handwriting the sound. Watch below to see how we would do it!

Next, have a look at the flipchart below and let's find the 'er' words. All of these words have two-syllables/two claps; see if your child can find the two claps and this will support their spelling of the word (spell the first clap, then the second clap, then read it all). 
boxer
farmer 
jumper
tower

Finally, have a go at writing a sentence with the 'er' sound. Remember - where would we usually find this 'er' sound?
Our sentence is:

When can I see that flower?

Reminder - children don't need to use a question mark but you could tell them it is a question and show them what a question mark looks like!

Writing

Listen again to our story of the week: A squash and a squeeze: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkdX73Onf04.

Think about yesterday's activity and all of the different types of houses you could live in. You thought about your house and how that might be similar or different to someone else's house. 

Now, I would like you to think about all of the things you would like to have in your house when you're a grown up. Think about your favourite things as well as the things you know a house needs!

I would like you to draw a picture of your perfect house. Next, I would like you to write some sentences, telling us why this is your perfect house. 

e.g. my house will have a big garden so my dog can run and play.

Maths

Flashcard numbers to 20.

Can you explain what half means? Half means splitting an amount into two equal parts!

Today, I would like you to explore halving and sharing. Remember, to share an amount we give one to you, one to me until we have none left!

I would like you to find halve and share by decorating your own ice creams! (You could draw two ice creams onto the whiteboard, one for your child, one for you).

Now, to make it more interesting, you can use a dice to find the number you are going to share - to get bigger numbers, they can roll the dice twice, write it as a number sentence and add the numbers together! 
Remember, to get half, we must share into two equal parts, therefore, allow your child to explore how some numbers cannot be halved!

Roll the dice, get that amount of toppings (fruit, chocolate chips, anything goes!), and share those toppings between the two cones, one for me, one for you. 

Your child will question why some numbers don't share equally; tell them that some numbers cannot be halved and because of this we call them odd numbers. Keep exploring so that your child can learn that several numbers cannot be shared equally. Maybe they could write down and record which numbers can be split in half and which can't! 

Tuesday 18th May

Phonics

Flashcard sounds.
Play a round of tricky word bingo!

We have now learnt all of our tricky words for this year! However, there are so many that I am sure we still needs lots of practise!

Parents - if you still have the tricky word list, work your way down all of the tricky words beginning with phase 2 up to phase 4. See if your child can recognise them. If they can, see if they can write them. 

Focus your tricky word of the day on one they've particularly struggled with! Keep a note as we will continue to do 2 sessions of tricky words a week. 
Remember to flashcard the tricky word, let them write it for one minute and see if they can write a sentence using that tricky word!

Maths

Look at the PowerPoint below, it's about halving numbers into 2 equal parts.  Your child could have a go at solving these number problems. 

Understanding the world

Have another listen to  'A Squash and a Squeeze'. Listen to it read aloud here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkdX73Onf04.

Have a look at the PowerPoint below. It's about what types of houses and homes people live in. Now, in our story, the old lady lived in a cottage.

However, not everybody lives in a cottage. Where can people live? Do we all live in a house?

Some people live in flats, other live in houses etc. I would like you to have a discussion with your adult about the similarities and differences between where you and your friends live. You could even even talk about the similarities and differences about what your home might have inside/outside of it that others might not have. 

 

For example, I live in a flat but Miss Knight lives in a house. This is different, because my flat is small and has less rooms. Her house is bigger and has more rooms in it. However, we both have a garden. We share this similarity. 

Monday 18th May

Good morning Robins and Ravens! This week your book of the week is 'A Squash and a Squeeze'. Listen to it read aloud here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkdX73Onf04.

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words.

Today we are going to be revisiting sound 'ure'. Flash sound and rhyme 'sure its pure'. Repeat several times. 
Let's have a go at writing sound 'ure'. Watch below to see how we would do it!

Next, have a look at the flipchart below. Can you see the 'ure' words? Have a go at writing them on your whiteboard! Parents - I have written the words underneath the pictures as they may seem unclear. The words are cure and pure. Remind your child that often, trigraph sounds are found in words with only 2 sounds. 

Finally, let's have a go at writing a sentence using our 'ure' sound. The sentence is:

Can you cure my dog?

Parents please repeat the sentence several times until your child is familiar with it. Remember they do not need to use a question mark at the end, however you could tell them that it is a question and show them what a question mark looks like. 
Remember finger spaces and to read the sentence back after every word!

Writing

Listen to our story of the week.

Pretend you are the Little Old Lady. Even though you have realised that your house is great, you have decided that you want to sell it. You need to create a House for Sale advert, telling people why they should buy your house.

Drawer a picture of your house and underneath write some sentences describing it and making people want to buy it!

e.g. Please buy my house. It is nice and you can fit lots of animals inside.

Parents - remember that the children can misspell big words, as long as they use their sounds to have a go at spelling them!

Maths

Last week you looked at doubling. Can you remember what doubling means?
This week we are going to be looking at the opposite. We are going to be looking at halving and sharing.
Parents - ask your child if they know what half means, can they explain their knowledge?
Explain that if you are going to find half of a number, you are going to split an amount into 2 equal parts. Explain that the they must be equal. Half means split into two groups - an amount shared between 2.

To introduce your child to finding half, I would like them to explore halving with fruit/food at snack time.

Remind them again that half means splitting an amount into 2 equal parts. You could model this with e.g. slices of apple, or orange segments. Get an amount, e.g. 8 and allow your child to count to find out how many there is. Then, show how you would split that into two equal parts, one for you and one for your child. Next, let them count how many you have each. You both have 4! How many did we start with? 8, how many do we have each? 4. That means that half of 8 is 4. You can record this on the whiteboard 'half of 8 = 4'.

Your child may find half by splitting the amount with their hands and estimating, or they may want to share, e.g. one for you, one for me, repeat til they're all gone.

Repeat this several times with different amounts up to 10. If you child is finding this really simple then you can try with numbers above 10! Always say the halving sentence to them and encourage them to use the language, .e.g half of 10 is 5.

Friday 15th May

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words.  

Play the tricky words truck game (phonicsplay.co.uk). Today we will be looking at sound 'air'. Flash the sound ‘air’ and rhyme ‘air that’s not fair’ several times. Note to parents: often trigraph sounds are only in 2 sound words. Next, let's have a go at handwriting the sound. Watch below to see how we'd do it!

Next, have a look at the pictures below and see if you can find the ‘air’ words. Have a go at writing them on your whiteboard!

Finally, let's have a go at writing a sentence with today's sounds, our sentence is: when can I go to the fair?

Remember to read your sentence back after every word, use finger spaces and a full stop at the end!

 Literacy – writing

 

A few days ago we had lost our pet spider. But thanks to your fantastic ‘wanted posters’ we have found our pet! Today I would like you to design your own pet spider. You could get as creative as you want! You could paint a picture of it, build it from lego or even use junk modelling to create it!

Now you are going to write a few sentences about it. How did you design your spider? What materials did you use? Was it hard to make? E.g This is my pet spider. She is made out of cardboard and paper. It took me a long time to make it. 

See the pictures below, it might give them an idea of how they could create their spider.

 

Maths

Today we're going to continue to look at doubling numbers. Listen to Mr Double Trouble again - this is a catchy song to help the children learn their double number facts!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORtrdtAhhkY

 

We have got another doubling game! It’s called ‘spin the wheel doubling’. All you need is whiteboard/whiteboard pen and some paper (cut into a circle). This game is really simple, all you need to do is to cut the paper out into a circle and section the circle into 8ths. Then you need to fill in the sections with dots. I didn’t have a spinner so I just used a lid (you could use anything) and dropped it onto the wheel. Once the lid lands on a number, you need to count it and double it!

 

E.g. if my lid lands on the number 6, I need to write the number sentence 6 + 6 = or you could write it as 'double 6 = '. Then they need to find the answer. Please encourage your child to count out the dots carefully and use the 'double' and 'equals' vocabulary.

 

An example of this game is shown below.

Thursday 14th May

Phonics

Flashcard sounds.
Play a round of tricky word bingo!

As we did on Tuesday, today we will again be focusing on re-teaching and revising tricky words specifically to your own child's needs. Please look again at the tricky words your child was not as familiar with. Focus on one of those today (different to the one you did on Tuesday). 

Remember to flashcard the tricky word, let them write it for one minute and see if they can write a sentence using that tricky word!

Please also try to read with your child daily. Here is the link for Oxford Owl's free eBook library - https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=Age+4-5&level=&level_select=&book_type=Phonics&series=#

Maths

Listen again to Mr Double Trouble - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORtrdtAhhkY.

Today we will be looking again at double numbers, linking the activity to our story of the week 'Arghhh Spider'. 
Using a paper plate/plastic plate/ anything round and washing line pegs, have a go at creating double number legs! Roll a dice, put that amount of pegs on one side of the spider's body, then double it by putting the same amount on the other side! Count your total and write your number sentence - either '2+2=4' or 'double 2 = 4'. Encourage your child to use the vocabulary 'doubling, equals'.

Topic - healthy eating

Today,  I would like you to create your own snack-time pet spiders! Have a think about the different foods which are good for us, discuss how different foods are good for our bodies. Can your child make the right choices in regards to food and explain why? 
Have a go at making your own spider family with any food you like! Have a go at peeling, chopping (with help!), spreading - whatever you want to do to create your own snack time spider family.

Wednesday 13th May

 

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words.  

Play the tricky words truck game (phonicsplay.co.uk) Today we will be looking at sound 'ear'. Flash the sound ‘ear’ and rhyme ‘hear with your ear’ several times. Note to parents: often, trigraph sounds are only in 2 sound words.

Next, let's have a go at handwriting the sound. Watch below to see how we'd do it!

Next, have a look at the pictures below and see if you can find the ‘ear’ words. Have a go at writing them on your whiteboard!

Finally, let's have a go at writing a sentence with today's sounds, Our sentence is: I can hear with my ear.

Remember to read your sentence back after every word, use finger spaces and a full stop at the end!

Literacy – writing

 

Have another listen to story ‘Aaaarrgghh, Spider!’. Click on this link to have a listen to the story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OCamTmAoFc

Now that you have listened to the story, we would like you to create your own wanted poster! Our friendly pet spider is lost. We can’t find it anywhere! Some spiders can be quite small, so they could easily get lost. We need you to create your own wanted poster; hopefully, someone will find our pet spider and hand it back to us.

Remember, before writing on your poster, have a think about what sort of information your poster needs to include. Perhaps you could describe what your spider looks like? Is it a big or a small spider? Where did you last see it?

For example; Help! My pet spider is lost. He was out in the garden and now he is lost. He was a small, black spider with long legs. (NOTE: the children do not need to use commas or exclamation marks).

Please encourage your child to use sound buttons, finger spaces and full stops. You could also have a look at the pictures below, this might help them with how they might want to structure their poster and perhaps they could draw a picture of the spider!

Maths

 

Today we're going to continue to look at doubling numbers. See if your child can remember what it means to double a number. Remind them that it means that we are adding the same number to itself, double means two, so it means two lots of the same number.

Listen to Mr Double Trouble - this is a catchy song to help the children learn their double number facts!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORtrdtAhhkY

 

Today I would like you to practise doubling numbers using porridge! This is a fun activity that involves your fingers! If you do not have porridge, you could also use salt, sand, lentils or flour. You will also need some paper (cut into squares) and a pen. An example of this is activity is shown below.

All you need to do is pick to a squared piece of paper (with the dots on them) and see if your child could double that number. For instance, if I picked out a card, I need to make sure I count the dots first and draw the exact same dots that are on my card, onto the porridge tray. Then, you need to find the answer by adding it altogether. So, double 5 = 10 or 5 + 5 = 10.

Note: Please encourage your child to continue to use the mathematical language of ‘equals’, ‘double’ and ‘adding’.

Tuesday 12th May

Phonics

Flashcard sounds.
Play a round of tricky word bingo!

We have now learnt all of our tricky words for this year! However, there are so many that I am sure we still needs lots of practise!

Parents - if you still have the tricky word list, work your way down all of the tricky words beginning with phase 2 up to phase 4. See if your child can recognise them. If they can, see if they can write them. 

Focus your tricky word of the day on one they've particularly struggled with! Keep a note as we will continue to do 2 sessions of  tricky words a week. 
Remember to flashcard the tricky word, let them write it for one minute and see if they can write a sentence using that tricky word!

Maths and Expressive Art and Design

Today we're going to be looking again at double numbers. See if your child can remember what it means to double a number. Remind them that it means that we are adding the same number to itself, double means two, so it means two lots of the same number! 

Listen to Mr Double Trouble - this is a catchy song to help the children learn their double number facts!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORtrdtAhhkY

Today I would like you to practise double numbers by creating a butterfly. Discuss symmetry and that butterflies often look the same on both sides. 
Have a go at creating your own double butterfly - if you have access to paint this will be best! Please paint one side of your butterfly with an amount of spots, e.g. 5. Then, fold the butterfly down the middle and watch to see how another 5 spots will appear on the opposite side! Count how many spots you have in total to find the double number. Once you have found the number, either write is as a number sentence, e.g. 5 + 5 = 10, or as 'double 5 = 10'

If you do not have access to paint then use whatever you can and just draw the spots on both sides!

 

Writing

Listen again to our story of the week ‘Aaaarrgghh, Spider!’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OCamTmAoFc.

Think about how you described your spider yesterday. What did he look like? What was he like? Now imagine you have a pet butterfly (the one you created in maths earlier!). 

In the story, the spider says that he is really clean and he thinks he is a great dancer. What might your butterfly be like?

I would like you to write some sentences; you could describe your butterfly based on what he/she looks like, or you could tell us what special skills he/ she has, or you could tell us whether you would prefer to have a butterfly or a spider as a pet and why.

 

Monday 11th May

Good morning Robins and Ravens! 
This week our story of the week is going to be:  ‘Aaaarrgghh, Spider!’. Click on this link to have a listen to the story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OCamTmAoFc

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words.  
Today we will be looking at sound 'oi'. Flash the sound 'oi' and rhyme ‘spoil the boy’ several times. 
Next, let's have a go at handwriting the sound. Watch below to see how we'd do it!

 Next, have a look at the pictures below and see if you can find the ‘oi' words. Have a go at writing them on your whiteboard!

 Finally, let's have a go at writing a sentence with today's sounds, Our sentence is: The coin is in tinfoil.

Remember to read your sentence back after every word, use finger spaces and a full stop at the end!

 

Literacy – writing

Our story of the week is called ‘Aaaarrgghh, Spider!’. Click on this link to have a listen to the story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OCamTmAoFc

Once you have listened the story, have a think about what it would be like to have a pet spider. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Would your pet spider be tidy? Where would it sleep? What would your pet spider look like?  Have a look at the pictures below, this might help your children describe their pet spider.

 

Now we would like your child to write a few sentences about their pet spider. For example, my pet spider is big and black. He has long back legs. He likes to dance and sing.

Maths - doubling

This week, we are going to be learning about doubling. Please watch the video below.

Note: if your child finds this easy, perhaps they could double numbers up to 15 and then to 20. Please encourage your child to record their doubling as a number sentence and please use the mathematical language such as; doubling, total, equals and addition.

Don’t worry if your child finds this concept difficult, they just need more practise with it. It would be useful to just stick to doubling numbers to 10 initially, and then you could progress to the teen numbers.

Friday 8th May

Happy VE day Robins and Ravens!

As today is a bank holiday, we won't be setting work as we normally would.

However, I would like you to learn about VE day, and why we are celebrating today!

Click here to open a KS1 Powerpoint explaining a little bit about VE day.

Today I would like you to create your own VE day bunting to display in your home, to celebrate 75 years since the end of the war! You could either print off the template below, or create your own! 

Don't forget to send your masterpieces in to office@whitchurchprimary.co.uk FAO Miss Knight/Miss Aksu

Thursday 7th May

Phonics

Flashcard sound cards and revise tricky words. 
Play tricky word bingo - similarly to the maths bingo, but use tricky words instead!

Today we will be learning a new tricky word 'out'. Can you put 'out' into a sentence? E.g. I went out to the park.

Have a go at writing 'out' as many times as you can in one minute. 

Finally, let's have a go at writing a sentence using tricky word 'out'.
Parents - read this sentence aloud as many times as necessary for your child to know it.

She took the trash out.  Remember finger spaces, to read back your sentence after each word and don't forget a full stop at the end!

Maths

Please continue to practise counting back with subtracting! Please let us know how they are getting one with this or if you have any questions email us at office@whitchurchprimary.co.uk

 

 

Expressive art and design

Listen to the ‘Carrot Club’ story again (read aloud version)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSvSi29krQo.

Think about the colours of a carrot and have a look at the 'What is orange colour' pdf document (below). Ask the children to find objects in your home and sort objects that are orange.

Now have a think about how Polly Parsnip painted herself orange. How can we make orange paint? If you have some paint lying around at home, perhaps you could allow the children to paint a real parsnip (or any other vegetable) orange with a paint mixture. If you do not have these items, perhaps you could get the children to draw a picture of a piece of vegetable that is in orange!

Wednesday 6th May

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words.  
Today we will be looking at sound 'ur' and 'ow'. Flash the sound 'ur' and rhyme 'a nurse with a purse' and 'ow' 'brown cow' several times. 
Next, let's have a go at handwriting the sound. Watch below to see how we'd do it!

Next, have a look at the pictures below and see if you can find the ur and ow words. Have a go at writing them on your whiteboard!

Finally, let's have a go at writing a sentence with today's sounds, Our sentence is:

The clown felt the cows fur.

Remember to read your sentence back after every word, use finger spaces and a full stop at the end!

Maths

Warm up for maths by counting to 10 and back! Now I want you to count backwards from 10 from any number, you could use the teddy throw to decide which number to start from. If you are finding this easy, challenge yourself and count back from 20.

Please watch the video below to see our next step with subtracting. The Early Learning Goal for the end of Reception is that children will 'Add and subtract, counting on or back to find the answer'.

The video below will show you a way to introduce counting back to subtract to your children. Parents - please watch until the end for an explanation of why I am showing it to the children this way; counting back is the skill they need to develop but this is usually challenging as often, if they don't take the amount away first, they do not know when to stop counting back. Try it with your children and see how they get on. 

Also - your child may immediately recognise how many they have left when they have taken the amount away, however please encourage them to count back as this is the skill that they need to practise. 

Please let both myself and Miss Aksu know how they get on with this! We will be finding the answer by counting back for the rest of the week, so please do not worry if they are finding it difficult at first.

Writing

Listen again to our story of the week 'Carrot Club' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSvSi29krQo.

Stop at page 20-21, where Polly the Parsnip is having a great time at Carrot Club. 

Think about how the vegetables must be feeling... Polly seems to be having a great time. How would you feel if you had to pretend to be someone else to be accepted?

Today I would like you to pretend to be the different characters and think about what they might say. I would like you to write some sentences in the speech bubbles, imagining what those characters might say.

Tuesday 5th May

 

Phonics

Flashcard sound cards and revise tricky words. 
Play tricky word bingo - similarly to the maths bingo, but use tricky words instead!

Today we will be learning a new tricky word 'when'. Can you put 'when' into a sentence? E.g. When will we go to the park?

Have a go at writing 'when' as many times as you can in one minute. 

Finally, let's have a go at writing a sentence using tricky word 'when'.
Parents - read this sentence aloud as many times as necessary for your child to know it.

When will you go to the shop Remember finger spaces, to read back your sentence after each word and don't forget a full stop at the end!

Maths

 

Today we would like you to continue to practise taking away on your whiteboards - perhaps you could challenge yourself and use teen numbers to subtract with. For example, you could do 12 – 4 or 15 – 8. Remember, when you take away, always start with a bigger number!

 

We also wanted to show you a quick and easy 'taking away' game that could be played at home. Click the video below to watch it!

Understanding the world - How and where do fruit and vegetables grow? 

Have a look at the PowerPoint below and have a quick discussion with a grown up about what you have found out about fruit and vegetables - notice how all fruits and vegetables are different? Just like us! Discuss the differences between the different vegetables and how we should celebrate our own differences. As  an extension, you could write a sentence about  two pieces of fruit/vegetables and how they are different from each other!

 

Monday 4th May

Good morning Robins and Ravens! 
This week our story of the week is going to be: Carrot Club - a twinkl Ebook
Parents/carers - click here to open the book and read it aloud to your child! (Only compatible with computers/laptops)
Or listen to it read aloud here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSvSi29krQo.

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words, particularly focusing on whichever ones your child finds more challenging to recognise. 

Today, we are going to be looking again at digraphs 'ar' and 'or'. Parents - flashcard the sounds 'ar' and the rhyme 'start the car'. Then 'or' 'shut the door', repeat both several times.

Next, let's have a go at handwriting the sound. See how many times you can write the sound in one minute. Really focus on the letters being the same size and joined!

Next, have a look at the flipchart below. Can you find the ar and or words? Once you find them, have a go at sounding and writing the words! 

Finally, let's have a go at writing a sentence using today's sounds. Parents - please read this sentence and repeat until your child is familiar:

The car hit some of that corn.

Remember to read your sentence back after each word, finger spaces and a full stop!

Maths

This week in maths we are going to be focusing on subtraction (taking away). Parents - ask your child if they remember what would happen to a number if we take away from it; encourage them to use language like 'the number will get smaller', 'there will be less'. Show them the subtraction sign ' - ' to familiarise them with it.

Watch the video below to remind your child how we would of done it in school using pictorial representation. 

Literacy

Listen again to our story of the week 'Carrot Club'. 

Talk about how you would feel if you were a different vegetable, do you think the carrot's are being kind friends?

Now, look again at page 8-10 - how would you feel if you were Sally Sprout? Clive the Carrot says that you cannot come in because sprouts are 'boring and definitely not cool enough for carrot club'. 

I would like you to pretend you are Sally the Sprout, or any other vegetable of your choice (other than a carrot!) and write a letter to the carrot club, telling them why they should let you in.

For example, you could write 'Dear Carrots, I am fun and I am a good dancer. Please let me in'.

Remember, you want to show the Carrot Club members how great you are. Tell them all the fantastic things about you!

Send us your letters so that we can have a word with those cheeky carrots! Email your work to office@whitchurchprimary.co.uk 
FAO Miss Knight or Miss Aksu

Friday 1st May

Phonics

Flashcard sound cards and have another go at tricky word trucks: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/TrickyWordTrucks.html. Username - march20   password - home

Start - choose own selection of tricky words - all phase 2 - all phase 3 - (phase 4) have, said, like, so, do, some, come, little, one, were, what - play. 

Today we will be looking at sounds 'oo' – ‘poo at the zoo’ and 'oo’ – ‘look at a book'. Flash the sound cards, getting your child to say the sound, then the rhyme. Repeat. Remember, these digraphs are spelt the same but the ‘oo’ with the eyes has a short sound and the other ‘oo’ has a long sound.

Next, let's have a go at handwriting the two sounds. Watch below to see how we would do it. Repeat as many times for one minute.Top tip: If you play music for a minute whilst they're writing it is said to support concentration and make the learning memorable!

After that, have a look at the flipchart below. Can your child identify the oo and oo words? They can then sound and write them on their whiteboard. 

Finally, let's have a go at writing a sentence.  Read this sentence and repeat as many times as necessary for your child to know it by heart – come and see this food in my book.

Maths

This week we have looked at adding two numbers and counting on to find the answer. Well done! We’ve been receiving loads of videos/pictures of children engaged in their maths learning. Today, we thought Robins and Ravens could use online maths games to practise these skills.  You could use purple mash or you could use this website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/ which has fantastic games on it!

 

Literacy - Writing 

 

Yesterday in expressive art and design, you looked at creating your own map to show how you would get around. Today, we would like you to write some instructions on how you could look after your favourite farm animal. Who can remember what an instruction means? How do we look after animals? Think about the chicks we had last term in our class, how did we do to look after them? Remember, when we use instructions in our writing we start off with 'first', then 'next' and 'then'.

e.g. first we need to feed the sheep. Sheep eat grass. next we need to give the sheep some water. then, it will need some sleep.

Here are some farm animal pictures below to help them decide which animal they would like to write about!

 

Thursday 30th April

Phonics

Flashcard sound cards.
Play a tricky word hunt! Parents - you would need to write a range of tricky words onto pieces of paper (maybe choose a few that your child is not as confident with!) and hide them around the house. The children have to find them and when they do they need to read the tricky word aloud! They could even play against a sibling and race to see who finds the most!

Today we're going to be learning a new tricky word: what
Show your child the tricky word, talk about the sounds they can see. Now, how many times can they write 'what' in one minute? 
Top tip: If you play music for a minute whilst they're writing it is said to support concentration and make the learning memorable!

Next, let's have a go at writing a sentence with our new tricky word 'what'. Our sentence is going to be:
what is that you have there (Parents, children will not need to use a ?, you can explain it is a question and afterwards you could show them what a question mark looks like but they are not required to know this).
Remember to read the sentence back after each word and use finger spaces!

 

Maths

Warm up for maths by counting to 20 from any number. You could play the game from yesterday or you can tell the child the number they need to count on from. 
Watch the video below to see how we will be challenging and extending our learning even further from this week. Thank you for sending us all of your hard work, it's great to see how much progress you're making!

What the Ladybird Heard - Writing/Expressive Art and Design

Listen again to our story of the week - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eu9mPX7DuLA.

I noticed that Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len had a map to help them get around the farm. For today's challenge I would like you to design and draw your own farm and create a map to show how you would get around. Don't forget to include the animals that you wrote you would like to see on your letters to us! You could also label the different parts of the farm.
As an extension, you could even create a junk model version of your farm!


Wednesday 29th April

Phonics

Flashcard sound cards and have another go at tricky word trucks: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/TrickyWordTrucks.html. Username - march20   password - home

Start - choose own selection of tricky words - all phase 2 - all phase 3 - (phase 4) have, said, like, so, do, some, come, little, one, were, there - play. 

Today we will be looking at sounds 'igh– ‘fly high and 'oa’– ‘goat in a boat'. Flash the sound cards, getting your child to say the sound, then the rhyme. Repeat.

Next, let's have a go at handwriting the two sounds. Watch below to see how we would do it. Repeat as many times for one minute.

After that, have a look at the flipchart below. Can your child identify the igh and oa words? They can then sound and write them on their whiteboard. 

Finally, let's have a go at writing a sentence.  Read this sentence and repeat as many times as necessary for your child to know it by heart – I need to have a light to see the goat in the night.

Remember the tricky words ‘to’ and ‘have’ are tricky words, please encourage your child to use their tricky word mat to help them if they have forgotten how to spell it.

Literacy – Writing

 

As our story of the week is ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ , we would like you to write a letter to Miss Aksu and Miss Knight, letting them know what animal’s you would like to see if you went to the farm. You could us the pictures below to help to decide which animals you would like to see. e.g. Dear miss Aksu/Knight, I would like to see some pigs and some sheep at the farm. 

 

We have been receiving loads of writing/drawings and videos of children from both classes, feel free to send us more! (whitchurch_pri@bathnes.gov.uk and write FAO Miss Knight/Miss Aksu).

 

Maths

Throughout this week, we will continue to practise counting on 20 from a chosen number as sometimes children can find this difficult! Here is a warm up activity that you could do (watch below). This is not only a great way to help children count on but it helps them recognise their numbers to 20.

 

Please continue on from yesterday – adding two numbers and counting on to find the answer!

 

Please feel free to contact Miss Knight and Miss Aksu (whitchurch_pri@bathnes.gov.uk and write FAO Miss Knight/Miss Aksu) to let us know how the children are getting on or if you have any concerns/questions.

 

Tuesday 28th April

Phonics

Flashcard sound cards and revise tricky words. 
Play tricky word bingo - similarly to the maths bingo, but use tricky words instead!

Today we will be learning a new tricky word 'there'. Can you put 'there' into a sentence? E.g. I can see you over there!
Have a look at tricky 'there' - we can recognise the noisy 'th' sound to help us remember it. 
Have a go at writing 'there' as many times as you can in one minute. 

Finally, let's have a go at writing a sentence using tricky word 'there'.
Parents - read this sentence aloud as many times as necessary for your child to know it.

there are no sheep in that barn. Remember finger spaces, to read back your sentence after each word and don't forget a full stop at the end!

 

Maths

Warm up for maths by counting to 20 from 0. Next time, can we start from 5 and count to 20? (Parents - tell children to hold 5 in their head and count on). Repeat 3 times, e.g. from 9, from 11, from 14.


Continue on from yesterday, adding two numbers and counting on to find the answer! Look back at yesterday's video to remind you how to do it. Well done for the children who have been sending me pictures of them drawing their objects - this is a great method!

 

What the Ladybird Heard - Expressive Art and Design

Listen again to our story of the week - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eu9mPX7DuLA.

Today I would like you to create some pebble insects (if you do not have access to pebbles then paper will be fine!). Observe the different minibeasts we might find in our garden (if it is raining then you can use an i-pad or computer!). I would like you to create a pebble painting of a ladybird or any other insect! You can compare the way the insects look and talk about their features. As an extension, you could write a sentence about your pebble insect. 

Monday 27th April

 

This week our story of the week is ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ – listen to it read aloud here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eu9mPX7DuLA

 

Phonics

Flashcard sound cards and have another go at tricky word trucks: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/TrickyWordTrucks.html. Username - march20   password - home

Start - choose own selection of tricky words - all phase 2 - all phase 3 - (phase 4) have, said, like, so, do, some, come, little, one, were - play. 

Today we will be looking at sounds 'ai' – ‘snail in the rain’ and 'ee' – 'what can you see'. Flash the sound cards, getting your child to say the sound, then the rhyme. Repeat.

Next, let's have a go at handwriting the two sounds. Watch below to see how we would do it. Repeat as many times for one minute.

After that, have a look at the flipchart below. Can your child identify the ai and ee words? They can then sound and write them on their whiteboard. 

Finally, let's have a go at writing a sentence.  Read this sentence and repeat as many times as necessary for your child to know it by heart – the little sheep are in the rain.

Remember the tricky words ‘little’ and ‘are’, are tricky words, please encourage your child to use their tricky word mat to help them if they have forgotten how to spell it.

Literacy - writing 

As our story of the week is ‘What the Ladybird Heard’. Today we would like you to create your own wanted poster (look at the pictures below). Then, your child has to write about the ‘wanted’ characters in the story and why they came to the farm! You could let your child be as imaginative at possible (e.g. The two bad men wanted the cow but the robbers fell into the pond). Ask them why the robbers came to the farm? What did they want? Did they steal anything? What did the animals do? What noise did the animals make? 

Remember to say your sentence aloud several times until you remember every word! Now, sound each word and have a go at writing it. Do not forget to read your sentences back after each word to check it makes sense. Finally, remember finger spaces and a full stop!

Wanted Poster 

All you need to create your own poster is some coffee, water, brush (a sponge would also do) and a piece of paper. Your child could draw a picture of the wanted characters as well as write on it! 

Maths 

Last week, we looked at adding numbers. This week we are going to continue to strengthen our ability to add numbers, however, we will be counting on to find the answer this time.

Below there is a video that demonstrates how you could help your child practise this skill. 

 

Reading

Here is a link to the free e-book website https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

 To access the free e-books, you will have to sign up. It’s all for free (it takes a couple of minutes to sign up). Please watch the tutorial to help you navigate where you need to be.

By term 4, we would have started to read phase 3/4 books (these books have digraphs, CVCC words, more tricky words and clusters). When describing clusters to children, we tell them that two the words stick together. E.g. The word FROG the f and r stick together. We also looked at the types of words in Phonics a couple of weeks ago). 

When you start the Phase 3/4 books, sometimes it’s difficult for children to apply their phonics skills to reading and learning clusters can be challenging – this is normal; they just need to keep practising!

From the website, we recommend these books;

Phase 2

  • Big, Bad Bug
  • Peg It Up
  • Get Ant!
  • Run, Tin Cat!
  • Sit, Cog Dog!
  • Rag the rat
  • Nip and Chip
  • Let's go!
  • The get fit club
  • Will's net
  • Run, Run, Run

Phase 3/4

  • Zoom food
  • Leek hotpot
  • Hands
  • The odd Bug
  • Quiz
  • Silver Foil Rocket
  • Toads in the Road
  • Turnip is Missing
  • Stuck in the Mud
  • Tiger’s Fish
  • Nok can Fix it
  • Cat’s picnic
  • A Bag of Tricks
  • Moths
  • On Noks Trail
  • I Win!
  • Popcorn Surfing
  • - The Fishing Trip
  • The rocket flight
  • Stop!
  • A pet Goldfish
  • Popcorn
  • The chest in the sand

Friday 24th April

Good morning Robins and Ravens! Yesterday I received some pictures of the chicks - can you believe how much they’ve grown?! They are now old enough to live outside and it looks like they are loving it!

 

Phonics

Flashcard sound cards and have another go at tricky word trucks: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/TrickyWordTrucks.html. Username - march20   password - home Start - choose own selection of tricky words - all phase 2 - all phase 3 - (phase 4) have, said, like, so, do, some, come, little, one, were - play. 

 

Today we will be looking at sounds 'ng - a thing on a string' and 'nk - I think I stink'. Flash the sound cards, getting your child to say the sound, then the rhyme. Repeat.

Next, let's have a go at handwriting the two sounds. Watch below to see how we would do it. Repeat as many times for one minute.

After that, have a look at the flipchart below. Can your child identify the ng and nk words? They can then sound and write them on their whiteboard. 

Finally, let's have a go at writing a sentence. 
Read this sentence and repeat as many times as necessary for your child to know it by heart - you are in the pink sink.
Remind your child to sound out each word and read their sentence back after writing a word. Also don't forget finger spaces and a full stop!

 

Maths (re-cap adding as yesterday)

Similarly to yesterday, have a go at adding using the addition frame. You can draw this on the whiteboard you were given (scroll to yesterday's picture to see what this looks like). 

You can either write a number sentence for your child e.g. 4+5=, or you can say it and your child can write it! For a challenge, give them a number sentence that allows them to bridge 10 e.g. 6+8=

 

Writing

Begin by recapping our story of the week -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rze89HB9u8g.

Yesterday you may of had a go at making your own super vegetable. We are going to be using these today to support our writing. If you did not manage to make your own superveggie do not worry! You could draw one instead!
Once you know or have thought about what your superveggie looks like, I would like you to write a few sentences describing him/her. You could even write what they can do/what their super powers are! e.g. my supertato is orange. She can swim and fly.

Thursday 23rd April

Maths (re-cap adding Thursday and Friday)

In term 4, we looked at adding and subtracting numbers to 20. Today and we will be looking at adding.  When adding we used numbers sentences (e.g. 2 + 12), objects and addition mats.

 

Before getting your child to add numbers, get them to have a think about what adding is and why it is important to add. For example, we need to be able to add numbers so we know how many things we have altogether. If I went to the shop and wanted to buy 6 blue sweets and 7 red sweets, I need to know how many there are altogether. So  when adding, the number gets bigger. Encourage them to use the vocabulary; adding, addition, altogether and equals.

 The picture below shows what you could do to help your child practise their addition skills. You could also use the whiteboards provided to create the mats. As for objects, you could any kind of objects to help your child count, I used sweet corn, you could use peas (that would relate to our story - but don't worry if you not have this) buttons, pens, coins etc. You will also need to create number sentences, please make sure they vary from easy to slightly challenging (up to 20). You could also get them to write the number sentences, this skill will help them use the vocabulary provided above. 

 

 

 

Phonics

Flashcard all sound cards and play 'tricky word trucks' - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/TrickyWordTrucks.html. Username - march20   password - home  - choose own selection of tricky words - all phase 2 - all phase 3 - (phase 4) have, said, like, so, do, some, come, little - play.

Today we will be learning a new tricky word! Our new tricky word is ‘were’.

Can your child think about how they might put ‘were’ into a sentence?

Now have a go at writing ‘were' on your whiteboards as many times as you can. Remember that we do precursive writing so your child should be ‘whooshing’ up from the line.

Now have a go at writing a sentence. Can they write - the kids were good. Please encourage your child to hold the sentence in their head, use their sound buttons and sound out the word to hear all of the sounds. They can use their tricky word mat to help them if needed too.

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design 

 

For Art and Design, you could get your child to create their own 'Supertato' using a piece of fruit or vegetable! Here at some pictures below to spark their imagination. Remember, if you do not have all of the items at home, you could always swap them for something that you do have lying around. 

 

Wednesday 22nd April

Good morning Robins and Ravens!

Phonics

Flashcard sound cards. Play 'tricky word trucks' - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/TrickyWordTrucks.html. Username - march20   password - home Start - choose own selection of tricky words - all phase 2 - all phase 3 - (phase 4) have, said, like, so, do, some, come, little, one - play.

Today we are going to be recapping a sound we know. We are going to be looking at 'th'. Now, do not forget that there are two ways to say this sound. Quiet one (as in moth), and noisy one (as in that). Repeat saying the sound!

Next, have a go at writing the sound. Watch below to see how we would do it!

Now, look at these pictures. Can you hear the noisy or quiet 'th' in any of these pictures? Have a go at sounding and writing them!

Finally, let's have a go at writing a sentence with our 'th' sound. 

Our sentence is: you need to see this moth.

Parents please repeat the sentence to your child until they remember it. Once they know it, they can write it! Remind them to read their sentence back after each word and don't forget finger spaces and a full stop!

Maths

Just before we broke up we were securing our knowledge of numbers to 20. Here is a fun game you can play to support your child in recognising numbers to 20. Watch below!

Writing

Have another look at our story of the week 'Supertato' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rze89HB9u8g.

For today's writing activity, I would like you to pretend you are a vegetable who has been trapped by the Evil Pea. Supertato is trying to save you but he needs to know your supermarket location! I would like you to write a few sentences, describing what you can see/what it looks like so that Supertato can find you!

e.g. I can see a big fridge with lots of milk. Remember to send any work to whitchurch_pri@bathnes.gov.uk and write FAO Miss Knight/Miss Aksu

 

Tuesday 21st April

 

Phonics

Flashcard all sound cards and play 'tricky word trucks' - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/TrickyWordTrucks.html. Username - march20   password - home Start - choose own selection of tricky words - all phase 2 - all phase 3 - (phase 4) have, said, like, so, do, some, come, little - play.

Today we will be learning a new tricky word! Our new tricky word is ‘one’.

Can your child think about how they might put ‘one’ into a sentence?

Now have a go at writing ‘one’ on your whiteboards as many times as you can. Remember that we do precursive writing so your child should be ‘whooshing’ up from the line.

Now have a go at writing a sentence. Can they write - you have one chip left. Please encourage your child to hold the sentence in their head, use their sound buttons and sound out the word to hear all of the sounds. They can use their tricky word mat to help them if needed too.

 

Maths

 

This week we will be using White Rose Maths to support our learning. Your maths activities for this week our linked to our story 'Supertato'. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/ - Day 2 - Supertato.

 

Topic – Understanding the world

 

This week we have looked at the ‘Supertato’ story. Listen to the story again, once this is done, ask your child what kind of fruits and vegetables they could recognise in the story? Have a quick discussion about healthy eating. Ask your child what they think healthy eating is? Why is it important to eat healthy food? What about not so healthy food? Why are they bad for us? Can we eat some bad food?

Now explain to your child that 'Supertato' needs our help to make his own healthy lunch! Here is a link to the ‘healthy lunch box’ game that your child could have a go at - http://archive.foodafactoflife.org.uk/Activity.aspx?siteId=14&sectionId=61&contentId=56

Once they have built the healthy lunch, they need to have a go at writing a sentence. Below there are a wide range of pictures of food that are good and not so good for us. Can they write a sentence about them? E.g. drinking milk is good for you. Eating sweets is bad for you because they can rot your teeth.

Remember, your child is allowed to make spelling mistakes with words such as ‘because’ as it is not expected to be spelt correctly in reception, they just need to stretch the sound and write down what they can hear, use their finger spaces and use full stops. If your child’s sentences include any tricky words, please encourage them to write them correctly (they could use their tricky word mat).

Once your child has written their sentences(s) they could draw pictures of the fruits./vegetables they decided to write about. Remember to send us in some pictures! (Send to whitchurch_pri@bathnes.gov.uk and write FAO Miss Knight/Miss Aksu).

Monday 20th April

This week our story of the week is 'Supertato' - listen to it read aloud here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rze89HB9u8g.

Phonics

This term in phonics we will be recapping sounds we learnt in phase 3 to help us get even better at reading and writing them!

Flashcard all sound cards and play 'tricky word trucks' - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/TrickyWordTrucks.html. Username - march20   password - home
Start - choose own selection of tricky words - all phase 2 - all phase 3 - (phase 4) have, said, like, so, do, some, come, little - play.

 Today we will be recapping sounds 'sh' and 'ch'. Show the flip cards for both of these sounds and ask your child to say the sounds aloud. Repeat several times.

Now have a go at handwriting these sounds. Remember that we do precursive writing and your child will be used to joining the two letter sounds together. Watch below to see how we would do it. Let your child write each sound repeatedly for 1 minute!

Next, have a look at the flipchart. Can your child find the sh and ch words? E.g. shop. Can they sound and blend the words?             sh, o, p - shop. Now, they can have a go at spelling the word!

Finally, let's write a sentence using today's sounds. Say this sentence aloud to your child:

we need to go to the chip shop

Repeat the sentence as many times as your child needs to remember it. Then they can write it! Remind them to read their sentence back after writing each word. Don't forget finger spaces and a full stop!

Writing

As our story of the week is 'Supertato', today we would like you to create a sentence as if you were Supertato! What do you think Supertato would have to say to the Evil Pea? Or what might he say to his fellow super veggies?
Remember to say your sentence aloud several times until you remember every word! Now, sound out each word and have a go at writing it. Do not forget to read your sentence back after each word to check it makes sense. Finally, remember finger spaces and a full stop!

Maths

This week we will be using White Rose Maths to support our learning. Your maths activities for this week our linked to our story 'Supertato'. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/ - Day 1 - Supertato.

 

Easter Holiday!

Today’s Easter Craft: Potato Easter Egg stamps! 

if you have a spare potato lying around the house, why not turn them into Easter Egg stamps!  https://www.craftymorning.com/easter-egg-potato-stamping-craft-kids/   Follow this link to see how!

 

Today’s Easter Craft: toilet roll bunnies!

if you have any empty toilet rolls lying around the house, why not turn them into toilet roll bunnies! https://onelittleproject.com/paper-roll-bunnies/  Follow this link to see how!


Today's Easter Craft: Decorative eggs!

If you have these items at home, have a go at making these Easter decorative eggs! https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/easter-crafts

If you do not have items, do not worry! You could always swap some of the ingredients with what is available at home. You could also look at different Easter craft ideas on the BBC website (the link above has different Easter craft ideas). 

 

Remember to send us in some pictures! (Send to whitchurch_pri@bathnes.gov.uk and write FAO Miss Knight/Miss Aksu)

Today's Easter Craft: 

If you have cooking ingredients at home, have a go at making these Easter biscuits. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/iced-easter-biscuits.

If you do not have cooking ingredients do not worry! Instead how about you design your own Easter Egg.

Remember to send us in some pictures! (Send to whitchurch_pri@bathnes.gov.uk and write FAO Miss Knight/Miss Aksu)

 

Work for Friday 3rd April

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words. Recap tricky words learnt this week 'come' and 'little'. 

Today you will be looking again at 4 sound words. Start by writing brown on the whiteboard. Maybe do a sound button under 'ow' to remind children that this is one unit of sound. (to do a sound button, underline ow - brown). Have a go at sounding and blending by sticking the first two sounds together: br, ow, n - brown.  

Your child can then have a go at writing some of these 4 sound words on their whiteboard, sounding as they write. 

Can they now have a go at writing a sentence?

That is a little plum. Say the sentence aloud as many times as required for your child to memorise it. They can then have a go at writing it. Remind them to sound out their words and read the sentence back after writing each word. Remember finger spaces and a full stop!

 

Maths

Today in maths we will be completing the next session on White Rose Maths. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/. Today's session is Week 1 Session 5 - decorating eggs and more. Please watch the video then launch the activity. 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Work for Thursday 2nd April

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words.

Explain to your child that today they'll be learning a new tricky word. Our tricky word is 'little'. Get your child to think about how they might put 'little ' in a sentence. 

You can also use the website 'phonics play' to help your child to practise reading their tricky words (The website is free. You just need to log in. Username: march20 Password:home). Once you log in, click on 'phase 4', then click on 'tricky word truck' game.  

 

Practise formation on whiteboards.

Get your child to write a sentence with the tricky word.

Adults say the sentence - This is a little dog (remember to encourage your child to use their sound buttons, finger spaces and full stops). 

Maths

Today in maths we will be completing the next session on White Rose Maths. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/. Today's session is Week 1 Session 4 - starting with a story-  Number or shape hunt. Please watch the video then launch the activity. 

Work for Wednesday 1st April

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words.

Today we're going to be looking again at 4 sound words. Write a word on the whiteboard, e.g. skip. Explain that we can blend the first two sounds together to make it easier, - sk, i, p: skip. 

Have a go at sounding out the words - remember to stick the first two sounds together - then match to the picture. 

Writing

Have another look at our story of the week 'We're going on an Egg Hunt' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q35GN23ZFzM

Talk about where the animals go in the story. Where did they go first? (lambs). Next? (chicks). After that? (bees). Look back at the story to find out. 

Can you have a go at writing some instructions for the rabbits journey? We have written instructions before so the children are aware of instructive words e.g. first, after that, next. 

e.g. First go into the lamb field. 

Remember finger spaces and to read back every word after writing. Also, remember to sound out the words. In Reception words do not have to be spelt correctly - we want to see the children attempting to spell by sounding out. e.g. they may write field as 'fild' - this is fine! Children will learn correct spellings for words later on. 

 

Maths

Today in maths we will be completing the next session on White Rose Maths. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/. Today's session is Week 1 Session 3 - Starting with a story / Making Collections. Please watch the video then launch the activity. 

 

Work for Tuesday 31st March

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words.

Explain to your child that today they'll be learning a new tricky word. Our tricky word is 'come'. Get your child to think about how they might put 'come' in a sentence. 

Practise formation on whiteboards.

Get your child to write a sentence with the tricky word.

Adults say the sentence - Come to the sandpit (remember to encourage your child to use their sound buttons, finger spaces and full stops). 

 

Maths

This week in maths please follow this link. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/, the session for today is Week 1, Day two.  Watch the second video, then afterwards press 'Get the activity'. 

 

 

 

Art and design

 

We've been reading 'we're going on an egg hunt' this week, perhaps your child could design their own Easter egg.  Have a look at the pictures below to give your child some ideas on how they might design it!

 

Work for Monday 30th March

This week our book of the week is 'We're going on an Egg Hunt' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q35GN23ZFzM

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words.

This week you are going to be exploring four sound words (parents we have done this before!). Write a word on the whiteboard, e.g. brush. Explain that we can stick the b and the r together 'br' u sh - brush. Sticking the first sound with the cheeky hiding sound makes it much easier to blend the word!

Sound out the words and match them to the pictures!

Writing

Please write some sentences about this picture taken from our story of the week 'We're going on an Egg Hunt'. Remember finger spaces and make sure you read your sentence back after writing every word!

Maths

This week in maths please follow this link. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/, the session for today is Week 1 - 'Starting with a story'. Watch the video then afterwards press 'Get the activity'. 

 

Work for Friday 27th March

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words. Look again at tricky words you've learnt this week 'do' and 'some'.

Recap sounding and reading two-syllable words. Clap the syllables, e.g. dinner - dinn, er. Children can have a go at sounding out the first clap - d i n n, dinn, er. Then put the word together - dinner! Have a go with the word
sandwich.
Help your child to have a go at sounding out the two-syllable words, and choose which picture it would match to!

Art and Design

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/easter-kids - have a look at this link. There are lots of different Easter recipes; if you can it would be lovely to spend some of the day making Easter treats. 

Well done and thank you for your hard work this past week. Enjoy your weekend and we will be back on Monday to post more home learning tasks.

See you soon!

Miss Knight and Miss Aksu. 

 

Work for Thursday 26th March

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words (use tricky word mat - go through Phase 1-3 and then go through Phase 4 tricky words but  stop at 'do').

Introduce the tricky word 'some'.  Can your child think of putting the tricky word 'some' in a sentence? (e.g. Can I have some fish? )


Have a go at writing tricky word 'some' on your whiteboard as many times as you can in one minute.

Get your child to write a sentence with the tricky word.

Adults say the sentence - give some food to the chicks. 

Repeat the sentence as many times as required for the child to know it by heart. Then support them in writing the sentence. Remember finger spaces and to press the sound buttons. Read the whole sentence back after every word! If your child finds this easy, you could challenge them by giving them another sentence. How about - Can you give some of that to me? (Some children write 'that' as 'vat' - We always encourage them to use their 'th' digraph (loud th sound) when writing words like that or this. Please encourage this). 

 

 

 

Maths

Today you can  continue to explore adding. 


Look back at the list of food that you made - can you support your child in giving them a price? e.g.9p for the apple. 


Can they add two items together and find out how much it would cost? When writing it as an adding sentence, do not include the p as this may confuse them. Just write 9+ 6 =. Your child can use their whiteboard to find the answer by drawing the two amounts and counting the total. 

You could get your child to write the number sentence and find the answer using objects (pegs, pencils etc) or you could get them to draw the amounts on their whiteboards. 

 

Challenge - you can encourage your child to add two numbers that cross the ten boundary?  e.g 12 + 4 = or 14 + 5 =. 

 

 

 

 

Work for Wednesday 25th March

Phonics

Flashcard sounds and tricky words. 

Recap tricky word 'do' 
Have a go at writing tricky word 'do' on your whiteboard as many times as you can in one minute.

Write a sentence using tricky word 'do'

Adults say the sentence - I can do that said the farmer. 
(do not worry about speech marks)

Repeat the sentence as many times as required for the child to know it by heart. Then support them in writing the sentence. Remember finger spaces and to press the sound buttons. Read the whole sentence back after every word!

Writing

Recap our story of the week 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY

Talk about all of the things the Hungry Caterpillar ate. Discuss whether these were good choices. Why did he feel sick?

Can you support your child in making a shopping list for foods they might need to eat in a day. Talk about the importance of a balanced diet and encourage them to include fruit and vegetables as well things like sandwiches and some sweet things. 

Maths

Today you can explore adding. 
Look back at the list of food that you made - can you support your child in giving them a price? e.g. 5p for the apple. 
Can they add two items together and find out how much it would cost? When writing it as an adding sentence, do not include the p as this may confuse them. Just write 5 + 6 =. Your child can use their whiteboard to find the answer by drawing the two amounts and counting the total. 

 

Work for Tuesday 24th March 

 

Phonics 

Flashcard the sounds and tricky words.
recap tricky word 'do'. We cannot sound it out! 

Today we would of been re-capping reading two-syllable words .Say a word, e.g. desktop. Can children work with an adult to find the two syllables? Repeat with treetop, windmill, lunchbox. Look at desktop again – explain the first clap is desk, second top. Repeat with treetop. 

 

Look at the pictures below
Say the sentence to your child clearly. Repeat as many times as necessary for your child to remember it. Then allow your child to write the sentence independently on their whiteboard. Encourage your child to press sound buttons and read their sentence back after writing every word. 

 

Maths

 

yesterday you looked at flashing  the numbers to 20 to your child. 

Today, you can encourage your children to you match the numbers with objects? (you could use teddy bears, pasta, pennies, buttons, pencils/pens pegs or cutlery).

e.g. pick the number 12. Then count out 12 objects. Please encourage your children to count slowly and re-count the amount to see if it's correct.  

 

 

Art and design 

 

re-capping our book of the week (The Hungry Caterpillar), can the children draw a picture of their favourite fruit or vegetable? Challenge - can they label the fruit? 

 

Work for Monday 23rd March

Good morning Robins and Ravens! This week our story of the week was going to be 'The very hungry caterpillar'. Please can you listen to this story; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY click on this link to hear it read aloud. 

Writing

Please support your child in writing some simple sentences about this picture from our story. Please support your child with sounding out and spelling tricky words. Encourage your child to read their work back and press their sound buttons to check they've used all their sounds (the children will know what to do if you remind them!). Provide your child with their sound mat and tricky word mat.

Phonics - tricky word of the week: do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COmqNGmeyZg

Flashcard the sounds and tricky words.
Tell your children that their tricky word of the week is 'do'. We cannot sound it out! 
Today we would of been exploring reading two-syllable words. Clap the syllables, e.g. lunchbox, lunch / box. Children can have a go at sounding out the first clap - l u n ch, lunch, then b o x, box. Then put the word together - lunchbox! Have a go with the word
windmill.
Help your child to have a go at sounding out the two-syllable words, and choose which picture it would match to!

Finally - support your child in writing the sentence: 
That is the farmer.
Say the sentence to your child clearly. Repeat as many times as necessary for your child to remember it. Then allow your child to write the sentence independently on their whiteboard. Encourage your child to press sound buttons and read their sentence back after writing every word. 

Maths

Flashcard the numbers to 20 to your child. Challenge - can they order them?


Chicks

What an amazing two weeks we have had! Last Monday, the friendly farmer asked if we could help him to raise some chicks. We learnt all about the life cycle of a chicken and knew we would be perfect for the job. We watched them hatch and have enjoyed looking after and caring for them. We were sad to say goodbye but we are going to see pictures of how they grow and get on living with Miss Knight's sister!

Zoo Lab

Last Friday we were visited by Dan and his friends from Zoo Lab. We met a millipede, snake, tarantula and guinea pig. We had a fantastic time feeling and learning all about the animals. Thank you Zoo Lab!

World Book Day 2020

Here are some of last year's Reception class doing some excellent maths learning! Click the links to see them in action!

 

Reception addition - https://youtu.be/KRHMXxiFYE8

Reception sharing - https://youtu.be/8Lil9lQjvJg

Reception subtraction - https://youtu.be/JPM4zd29dZY

Term 3

Chinese New Year Day!

As it is Chinese New Year on Saturday 25th January, we have spent an entire week learning about Chinese New Year. We found out how it begun and why and how it is celebrated. We then put this into practise and had our very own Chinese New Year Day. We did Chinese New Year crafts, made our own spring rolls and even tasted some traditional Chinese food. We then finished off the day with a party.

Term 2

What an exciting term! We learnt all about a range of celebrations, including Diwali, bonfire night and Remembrance Day. We explored Rangoli patterns, made our own firework pictures using a marble and paint and created poppy's using tissue paper. We then celebrated our favourite time of the year - Christmas!

Term 1: Settling into Robin Class!

Cooking

In week 8 it was Robins turn to do cooking. We decided to make some biscuits; we measured our ingredients, stirred them well and used our hands to mould the dough (lucky we are such dough disco experts!). We then put them in the oven to cook. It was great fun!

Talk for Writing

In Week 7 Robin and Raven class performed their talk for writing story to the entire school! Well done all of you for being so brave and performing your story so well - we are so proud of you. 

The new children in Robin class have made an excellent start to their time at Whitchurch Primary.
We have been getting up to so much; we've made new friends, settled into our new environment and started to become familiar with the school routines. Have a look below to see a snapshot of the many things we've been getting up to!

Reception 2018/2019

Term 6: Beside the Seaside

Sports Day

Well done to all the children in Reception Class for taking part in their first sports day. You all did brilliantly! Also a big thank you to all the parents, carers and family who came to cheer us on!

Hand Washing

On Wednesday we learnt all about germs and the importance of washing our hands properly. The nurses even showed us what germs look like on our hands using a clever machine! 

Pirates!

This week we have been learning all about Pirates. We have had so much fun dressing up, making our own pirate ships, finding buried treasure and making people walk the plank!

Talk for Writing

We have been working extremely hard so far this term to learn our new story 'The Rainbow Fish'. We were so excited to perform it for the children and adults in the school. Watch below to see our amazing performance!

Armed Forces Day

We had a great day learning all about the fantastic work different people do to help our country. We also learnt about how the army has changed over the years. We explored lots of old equipment from the war and we even got to sit inside the army truck! Thank you to all the men and women who serve to help our country. 

So far this term we have been having a lovely time exploring the indoor and outdoor classrooms as well as making some beautiful seaside artwork!

Talk for Writing

We have been working really hard to learn our new story 'The Rainbow Fish'. We were so excited to perform it for the school! Take a look to see our fantastic performance. 

Armed Forces Day

We had lots of fun learning about all of the amazing things a range of people do for us and our country. We looked at lots of old things from the war and found out a lot about what it was like for people during that time. Our favourite part was getting in the back of the army truck!

So far this term we have had lots of fun playing inside, outside and creating some beautiful art work. 

Term 5: On the farm

Term 5 Week 4

This week we have been so busy getting ready for our class assembly and it was truly worth it. What a performance! Well done to all the children in Reception Class for being so brave in our class assembly - they each said their own lines, remembered the story so well, sang wonderfully and made fantastic work to show. We are so proud of you all!

Term 5 Week 3

What an exciting week for us. Our chicks have grown so much which meant we finally got to hold them! Unfortunately, they have grown too big for their box so they have to go to their new home with the friendly farmer. We agreed that we will miss them so much so we decided to write them some messages to say goodbye. 

Term 5 Week 2

We have had such a busy week in Reception class. We arrived to a letter from a mystery farmer who asked us if we were able to raise and look after his chicks as he had heard we were learning about farms this term. Of course we were perfect for the job! We have learnt a lot about the life cycle of a chick and we are enjoying every moment of watching our chicks grow. 

We also went on a trip to Bath City Farm. We learnt lots about life on the farm and we were lucky enough to feed and handle the animals. We also went on a bug hunt and pond dipping. We had an amazing day!

Term 5 Week 1

We have had a lovely first week back. We have begun learning about the farm in preparation for our farm visit next week! We also went to the gymnastics centre for the first time and had great fun. We can't wait to go back next week! 

Term 4: Growing

Final week of term 4!

What a term we have had! This week we said goodbye to our wonderful Mrs Stinchcombe. We have been so lucky to of had her support throughout the year and she will be terribly missed.

We also said goodbye to our tadpoles and sunflowers. We can't wait to check on them when we come back from the holidays to see how they have grown!

Talk for Writing

Today we had our very own talk for writing assembly! We had to perform our story to the rest of the school. Everyone said that we did a super job. Miss Knight was so proud of us!

Week 3: Tadpoles

This week we noticed that the eggs had turned into tadpoles! We watched the way their body changed - they grew tails and suddenly they started to wiggle out of their egg! We have been checking on them everyday and looking after them by feeding them spinach. We have also been taking it in turns to water our sunflowers so we are hoping that they will start to grow next week!

World Book Day!

We had so much fun coming into school dressed as our favourite book characters!

Week 2: Sunflowers

This week we learnt about the way flowers grow and what they need to stay healthy. First we had to add water to the special soil and break it all up with our hands. This was very mucky! Then we planted our own sunflower seeds into pots. We are so excited to watch them grow!

Pancake day!

As today is Shrove Tuesday, we used pancakes to help our maths learning. We worked in pairs to roll the dice to tell us how many toppings we needed to add. We then counted the two groups of toppings to give us the total!

Once we had found the total we ate them all! They were delicious. 

Week 1: Frogspawn

When we arrived at school on Monday we noticed that we had something unusual in our classroom! We found out that this was frogspawn. We have been learning all about the life cycle of a frog, which helped us to find out that our frogs are currently eggs. We are going to watch how they grow over the next few weeks.

Term 3: Frozen Worlds!

Chinese New Year!

Tuesday 5th February 2019 was Chinese New Year. We learnt all about this special celebration, such as how it began and how it is celebrated. We had our own Chinese New Year day where we made paper fortune cookies, baked some Chinese food and tasted traditional Chinese meals!

Talk for writing!

How are the lives of Inuits different to ours?
This week we have been learning about Inuits and how their lives may be different or similar to ours. We found out that they lived in houses made out of ice and that these are called igloos! Some of us had a go at making our own igloos today, using the same technique as the Inuits do.

Does fat really keep polar bears warm?
Today we learnt that polar bears are covered in 4 inches of fat to keep them warm. We wanted to find out if this was true as we know it is very cold in the Arctic! We did an experiment where we had to put one hand in a bag of fat and one had in an empty bag. We then put our hands into icy water. We all agreed that the bag full of fat kept our hand much warmer!

Term 2 

Reception present their phonic sounds!

Term 1 Week 7
When we arrived at school on Monday our classroom was a mess! We decided that we had to investigate to find out who had broken in over the weekend. We found out that the dinosaurs from our story 'Katie and the Dinosaurs' had jumped out of the book! We made posters to warn the other children in the school as well as telescopes and binoculars so that we could keep a look out to make sure those cheeky dinosaurs do not come back!

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Reception 2017/2018

Term 6 : Working together to make and decorate cakes.

Term 6 : Our trip to Folly Farm..

Term 5 Week 6 :We went pond dipping and caught lots of tadpoles. We went on a treasure hunt in the outside area and solved maths clues to find the treasure. We tried on wedding dresses and veils to celebrate the royal wedding.

Term 5 Week 5 : We made pitta bread pizzas and chose our own toppings.

Term 5 Week 4 : This week we performed our Talk for Writing story to the whole school. 

Term 5 Week 2 : We held the chicks and tried to weigh them!! We went on the large "pick up sticks" on the field. We found natural objects in the wood to make shapes from. We compared sticks and other objects and talked about the size of them.

Term 5 Week 1 : Our chicks are hatching! We went to the gymnastics centre.

Term 4 Weeks 5&6 : Making chocolate cornflake nests, sharing eggs to go in the baskets we weaved ourselves, learning a dance and enjoying an Easter Egg hunt.

Talk for Writing Term 4

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Term 4 Week 2 : After testing materials to see if they would float we made rafts. Will our rafts carry a plastic animal across the water?

Term 4 Week 1 : Making models, using instruments to make music for our dragon dance, testing materials to see if they will float or sink, pancake races and looking at how the fruit has changed in the compost bin.

Term3 Week 6 : Outdoor maths - finding different sized sticks and using mathematical language to describe them, making animals from the Chinese New Year story.

Term 3 Week 5 : Cutting up fruit to make our fruit kebabs, making trains with moving wheels, using the bikes and scooters to role play crossing the road.

Term 3 Week 4 : We have been playing drums and singing songs. We talked about old toys and how they are different to new ones. Some of our parents sent in drawings of their favourite toys when they were young for us to look at.

Term 3 Week 3 : A guide dog puppy came to see us, we wore goggles to see what it would be like if we were blind and our partners led us around the classroom. We closed our eyes and used balls with bells in to see if we could catch them. In P.E we found different ways to travel along apparatus.

Term 2 Week 6&7 : Making peppermint creams and boxes to put them in, getting ready for the Nativity, having Christmas dinner and enjoying the Christmas Party.

Term 2 Week 5 : Melting chocolate to make our advent calendar.

Term 2 Week 4 : Enjoying a yoga session.

Term 2 Week 3 : We made a circuit to light a bulb and make a spinner spin. We made decorated and sold Pudsey Bear biscuits to raise money for Children in Need.

Term 2 Week 2 : Listening to a visitor showing us how to brush our teeth. Then having a go ourselves making sure to brush them for two minutes. We also talked about why we need to brush our teeth.

Term 2 Week 1 : Dressing up in Indian clothes, painting Diya lamps, testing materials and making a coat for Honey Bear and finding out how a torch works.

Term 1 Week 7 : Working together to playing number games on lap tops, building large models together, counting and matching numbers.

Term 1 Week 6: Programming a Beebot to move. Writing activities in shaving foam and on white boards. Outdoor play in the MUGA.

.Term 1 Week 5: Writing menus for the café. Model making, playing with play dough. Sorting food into healthy and unhealthy food. 

Term 1 Week 4: Making and decorating cakes for the Macmillan Coffee afternoon. Making glasses using different materials.

Term 1 Week 3: P.E in the hall, our first lunchtime, both groups together for phonics and role play in the opticians.

Our first days in school - making new friends, learning new routines, exploring the classroom and outside area.

Reception 2016/2017

 

Practicing for sports day, building ramps with different numbers of bricks to measure how far they will go, making and decorating mini beast cakes, pond dipping and testing different types of paper to see which will make the strongest bridge.

Our Term 6 Talk For Writing Story - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Term 6 Week 1 : This week we went on a walk behind school. We went on a plant hunt and built dens in the woods. Michael Gorely told us about the railway path as part of the school local history project. We made different shapes in our P.E lesson.

Term 5 Week 5 : Weighing the chicks, looking closely at them to describe them and working together to build chicken runs.

Term 5 Week 4 : Teeth cleaning together, watching the eggs hatch, holding the chicks and visiting the church.

.Term 5 Week 3:Our 'Talk for Writing' story:  Jack and the Beanstalk

Term 5 Weeks 1 and 2 : We used different parts of our hands to make different sounds on the drums. We enjoyed role playing our Jack and the Beanstalk story.

Term 4 Weeks 5,6 and 7 : We looked at a real octopus, made  Mother's Day cards and Easter baskets. We had to swim across to another island as we had run out of food. There we found a surprise in a boat! Our mum's and dad's had sent us a message in a bottle. We enjoyed reading them to each other. We made Easter eggs and had an Easter hunt in the playground.

Term 4 Weeks 3 & 4 : We went on a walk in the school grounds to look for signs of spring. We went on an adventure, building boats and sailing them, before being shipwrecked on a desert island. We weeded the vegetable beds. We role played crossing the road.

Term 4 Week 2 : We celebrated Pancake Day by making pancakes, eating them and having pancake races (cardboard pancakes). We looked at real fish to find out about how they move and breathe. We were brave and touched their teeth!

Term 4 Week 1 : Using beads to make a repeating pattern. Using tools to make under the sea clay tiles.

Term 3 Week 6 : We tested materials to see if they would float. Using what we had learnt,  we built rafts to carry the animals across the river (Chinese New Year story). We then tested them to see if they would float and used straws to make them move.

Term 3 Weeks 4 and 5 : Playing different instruments to make music for the Dragon Dance. Taking turns in the Dragon. Chopping fruit and tasting it before making fruit kebabs.

Term 3 Week 3 : Feeling different materials and describing them for others to guess.

Term 3 Weeks 1 and 2 : We have been working together to build trains, using saws and drills safely to make models with wheels that turn, using instruments to make different sounds and moving P.E equipment safely.

Term 2 Week 7 : The Christmas party.

Ready for the Nativity performance!

Term 2 Week 6: Enjoying Christmas lunch.

Term 2 Week 5: Our 'Talk for Writing' story: Can't you sleep little bear?'

Term 2 Week 4. This week we have explored different techniques in our painting, used different programmes in the ICT suite, had fun at the gym and explored the sounds that instruments make.

Term 2 Week 3. Ordering objects according to length and weight.

Term 2 Week 2. Making, decorating and selling Pudsey Bear biscuits for Children in Need. They were delicious!

Term 2 Week 1. Dressing up in Indian clothes for Diwali. We went to the gym for the 1st time. We went out to collect materials to make a nest for the owl babies. Owl maths - sharing food between 2 owls and saying which had more and which had less.

Term 1 Weeks 6 and 7. Programming a toy (Bee Bots) and making them go down a road. Finding out about Diwali and making Rangoli patterns and clay Diya pots. Enjoying the Spooky Disco. Enjoying the archery session. Being brave on the zip wire.

Term 1 Week 5. P.E. outside.

Getting changed for P.E. and developing ball skills and balance. Enjoyed by all!

Term 1 Week 4.

Using different resources (to make glasses) and refining our ideas as we worked.

Term 1 Week 3.

Our first lunch at school!

Term 1 Week 2.

Making friends, enjoying the new environment and getting used to routines.

Term 1 Week 1.

Enjoying new experiences.

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