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Friday 3.4.20

Here are the activities for today.

1  Open ended- - https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/religious-studies-ks1-the-christian-story-of-easter/zhgv47h  As you know Easter is next weekend, which is a very important time. This link  is a good video about the Story of Easter and what happen to Jesus, to help you find out more about why we celebrate Easter. Can you think of other celebrations we have learnt about this year, maybe other celebrations from different religions?

2 - English - Can you design your own Easter card, and then write a message inside and give it to a family member. Remember to start your card with our tricky word to and you end a card by writing from.

3 - Phonics - Today we are going to recap what we have learnt this week.

Can you read these yes and no questions?

  • Does a cat buzz?
  • Can a zip go up and down?
  • Can a pig yell?

Can you think of a sentence to use your trick words in? he, she, be, we, you, all. Also how many can you spot in the books that you can read on this website.


4 - Purple mash - On the purple mash area of the website, type in Easter in the search bar  and then choose any of the activities, that you would like to do. You may need an adult to help you at first to explain what you need to do.


Thursday 2.4.20

Today’s challenges…

1 - Open ended: Have an explore of the website DK find. https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/  What can you find out about a topic of your choice? This could be an animal, fossils, dinosaurs, planets, the human body. Anything you like! Your challenge is to find a way to teach me about what you have learnt. You might like to make a poster, make a book, prepare something to say and film it and send it to me, create a model for you to talk about. Be creative! 

2 - Maths - Can you help your grown up pairing socks after they have been washed? How do you know two socks make a pair? Who has the most socks? Who has the least? How many more does your grown up have than you (or vice versa)

A chilli challenge – Can you use the socks to count in twos, remember when we count in twos we say a number and then miss a number, then say one then miss one.

3 - Phonics - Today we are going to be looking at z and zz. There are always exceptions to the rule but normally z goes at the beginning of a word and zz in the middle or at the end. Start by watching Mr Thorne does phonics zz or alphablocks zz. How many words can you think of with z or zz in them? Can you send me a picture of your list? Perhaps you could sort the words into two columns or colours for z or zz. Double points for anyone that can write a sentence with a z or zz word.

4 - Purple mash - Have a look on the purple mash area of the website, can you see how to make a book? Can you paint a picture? Have a play and get used to navigating the purple mash area of the site.


Wednesday 1.4.20

Today’s activities are…

1 - Phonics activity – Today’s letter is z (zebra). Please click on the link below to watch Mr Thorne help Geraldine learn the z phoneme. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6jgGvZ-3zQ

How many words can you think of that have the z sound in them? Can you write zip, zap, zoo, zoom? Can you think of a sentence with a z word in it?
Can you also play this game with your tricky words? Lay your tricky words out on a tray or on the floor. Have a really good look at them and try to remember all of the words that are there. Ask your grown up to cover your words up using a piece of material, a tea towel is perfect, then your grown up will take one tricky word away and uncover the words. Which word is missing? Can you write it down?

2 - English activity- When we were altogether at school, we were learning about non-fiction books. We spoke about the features of a non-fiction book (such as: contents page, title, sub-heading, pictures, labels). We spoke about how non-fiction books are different from fiction because they contain only facts and we use the books to learn things from. Can you have a look at some non-fiction books to find some of the features. You may like to draw something from a non-fiction book and write labels or a sentence to go with it. For example you can draw and write about an animal, or a planet, or transport.

3 - Open ended activity- Today’s challenge is to do a Life Size Drawing. Stick a few pieces of paper together and draw around your child or can they draw around their sibling. Then decorate your person. You could collage on it, you could draw on it, you could paint, you could do a mixture of all of these things. I would love to see some pictures of what you create.

Also, you may like to do a yoga video. Do you remember doing this one in PE a while ago? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAT5NiWHFIU

4 - Purple Mash- Open up purple mash, you will notice it has changed and you now have access to purple mash and mini mash. Today, open up mini mash and then click on the two children sat at the table. Can you play the matching cards game? You can choose 4 or 8 cards. Can you find all of the pairs?


Tuesday 31.3.20

1 - Phonics: Your phonics activity today is to apply your phonics to a reading book from the Oxford Owl e library. I have found that the oxford reading tree has some really amazing online resources! They have interactive games, guidance videos for parents, sheets to print out and an amazing e library. 


If you click on levels, then book bands you can select the colour band that your child is currently reading at home. This will either be pink, red or yellow, it will be on a sticker on the front of their reading book.  You do need to make a log in to access all areas of the website but this is free and quick.

2 - Maths: Your maths challenge today is to look at counting on. I have popped an example on here. Can you draw your own counting on challenge? There is a sheet attached if you’d prefer to practice that way. Don’t forget to begin counting at the next number not at 1. 

Counting-on      counting-on-example.docx

3 - Open ended: Your challenge today is to spread some good cheer! Can you make a card or write a letter to anyone that you’d like to make smile or that you’d like to say thank you to. Perhaps you could send it to a relative that is staying safe at home, or you could send a thank you to a Dr, nurse, carer, police officer, shop worker or similar.

4 - Purple Mash - Today can you explore instruments? If you click on the door to go outside then click on the girl with the pink top who is playing with the instruments. Can you explore with making different beats and rhythms?


Monday 30.3.20

Today’s activities are…

1 - Phonics activity – Your phonics challenge today is learning the y sound, the sound you say when saying yellow not the ee sound in happy. Can you write the words: yell, yes, yap and yuck. You can play Obb and Bob using the link below. https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/PicnicOnPluto.html Click the link, then click PHASE 3, then click on the y button. Also, please try to read and write these tricky words: he, she, be, we, you, all. Can you write a sentence with these words in? e.g. He can yell, She is a vet.

2 - English activity- Using your favourite book, can you think of a different ending to it and write a sentence to describe what happened. For example, perhaps the gingerbread man escapes on a speedboat with the 3 little pigs or maybe the Gruffalo gobbles the little mouse up!

3 - Open ended activity- As many of you will know, each year after our end of term Easter service at Christchurch, we all walk back to school in our Easter bonnets. We often have people stop and​enjoy the sight of our annual Easter Parade.​This year we would still like to keep our tradition but will do it a bit differently.​If you would like to, please make an Easter bonnet and send a photo to me.​ We will pop some of the photos into next week’s newsletter. This is an optional activity with​no pressure or expectation to take part.​As we are all limited on resources, we are challenging you to think outside the box and be ​resourceful and creative e.g. using a pillow case, empty cereal box or a colander. I can’t wait to see what you create!

4 - Purple Mash - Can you access the Simple City (the picture on the wall next to the clock). Then click on the park section and have an explore of the park. Please then click on the questions and simple questions section. These questions will help your child understand propositional language.


Friday 27.3.20

1 - Phonics activity – Your phonics challenge today is all about tricky words. Please take the tricky words from the front of your reading record and complete any two of the following

  • Write your tricky words with water and a paintbrush on a patio or fence.
  • Ask your grown up to hide your tricky words and see if you can find them. As you find them read them and tell your grown up a sentence with that word in it.
  • Use any many different coloured pens as you can to rainbow write your words.
  • Lay out your tricky words on the floor. Ask your grown up to call a word out and see who can pick it up or splat it the quickest.
  • Write out each word onto a small piece of paper or post it note. Do this twice. Play tricky word snap.

2 - Maths activity- Make or draw a pattern with any 3 things, for example lion, tiger, elephant, lion, tiger, elephant.. Or red bead, red bead, blue bead, green bead, red bead, red bead, blue bead, green bead. You can use anything that you have in your house to make your pattern.

3 - Open ended activity- Today’s challenge is do some cooking or baking. I appreciate the ingredients are hard to come by at the moment, please don’t go shopping for anything for this task. This could be as simple as peeling some vegetables for dinner or as complex as making a bake off worthy masterpiece. It is entirely up to you! I would love to see a photo of you in the kitchen J Can you do any weighing?

4 - Purple Mash- Can you access the paint part of purple mash and make me your most improve picture? Don’t forget to explore the colours and textures. Can you save it in your tray so that I can see it?


Thursday 26.3.20

Below are the challenges for the day…

1 - Phonics activity – Today’s sound is x, can you practice saying x? Can you practice writing x? Can you write box, fox, mix, six and fix? Help Geraldine the Giraffe learn the x sound by watching Mr Thorne- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0YLRRdZ3R4

2 - English activity- Today you could think of your favourite character from your favourite book. Can you write words or sentences to describe what the character is like? e.g. He is funny, She is brave and strong, He is small and furry.

3 - Open ended activity- A housebound treasure hunt- Create a map of your home. Then hide small items around it, whilst mark each piece of hidden treasure on the map. Then get an adult to follow the map to find all the treasure.

4 - Purple Mash- Click on Simple City- (Which is on the wall next to the clock). Then click on the picture of the Zoo. There are some zoo activities to complete, included the questions section. https://www.purplemash.com/login/



Wednesday 25.3.20

Today’s home learning challenges are…

1 - Phonics activity –  Today’s sound is w, can you practice saying w? Say it to the floor, the ceiling, your grown up, in a whisper, in a squeaky voice and a deep voice. Can you practice writing w? Look at the picture of the worm on your sound mat and then write it saying down, up, down up as you write it. Can you think of any words that have w in them? Can you write win, web, weed, wet and wig?  Have a go at trash or treasure on phonics play, when you open the game click phase 3, revise all phase 3. https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/BuriedTreasure2.html


2 - Maths activity- Your maths activity today is to think about doubles. Can you remember what a double is? Double is when we have two groups of the same so if we are trying to double 7 we draw one lot of 7 then we need to draw another and count how many there are altogether. We could even put 7 in our heads and then count on 7 more. Here is your challenge for today, can you draw or use object to work it out? Miss Cooper has planted 8 seeds, Mrs Thompson has planted double. How many seeds has Mrs Thompson planted?

3 - Open ended activity- Can you set up an indoor picnic for your family? Perhaps you could ask your grown up if you could make the food for your picnic? Can you make sure that everyone has the crockery and cutlery that they need? Don’t forget to wash up when you’ve finished! I would love to see some pictures of you at your picnic!

4 - Purple Mash- Can you explore the games area of mini mash? If you click on the two children sat at the table there are some games for you to play, can you try pairs?

Tuesday 24.3.20

Today’s activities –

1 - Phonics activity – Today’s sound is ‘v'. Can your child find anything in your house that begins with v? Could they draw a picture of an object that has a v in it? Can they think of any words that begin with v or have v in them? Children - Your challenge is to write some v words. I have written 3, can you write more?

Grown ups- I had lots of emails yesterday about the pronunciation of sounds. Mr Thorne on youtube is great for this. Just search “Mr Thorne does phonics v” and watch his video. For the v sound its best to show your child with your top teeth on your bottom lip “vvvv”  - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7sW4j8p7k9D_qRRMUsGqyw

2 - English activity- Draw or paint a picture of your family, and write sentence of who is in the picture. Don't forget about spaces between each word. Perhaps you could write what a person is good at of what they like? Eg Mum loves books.

3 - Open ended activity- Can you make a teeny tiny raft that can float in a sink. You could use: twigs, plastic bottles, Lego, straws, anything that you can find in the house. What’s the heaviest thing you raft can hold? Can it hold a tea spoon? I’d love to see some pictures of your rafts.

4 - Purple Mash- Please log into Purple Mash and then click on Simple City (it is the picture on the wall next to the clock) then complete the Cafe activity, can you imagine what it would be like to work in a real café? https://www.purplemash.com/login/


Monday 23. 3.20

Today’s activities –

1 - Phonics activity – I feel like these are the most important activities we will be setting, if you only have the time to do one activity please make it this one.
Today’s sound is ‘j’ (think about the sound you make when you say the word jelly rather than the letter name “jay”) Use your finger to write j in the air noticing how it is longer than an “i” and goes the other way. Can your child find anything in your house that begins with j? Can they think of any words that begin with j or have j in them? As a challenge they could write the words down, if they’re feeling super clever they could even write a sentence with that word. Eg, “The jelly is red.”

A little note on phonics – in Reception we aim for the children to write in a phonetically plausible way, using the tricky words that they have on the front of their reading records. For example “The bair clighmed onto the log” Please encourage your child to do the same at home. If they are stuck they can always use the sound mats I sent home in their packs. The sounds on these mats are the only sounds your child has been taught so far.

2 - Maths activity- Use lego/ wooden bricks/ duplo or similar to build towers and structures. Practice using the words taller and shorter as well as more and fewer.

3 - Open ended activity- Talk to your child about what you liked to do as a child, the types of games that you used to play, the books you read, the things you liked to do. Allow them to ask you questions and make comparisons between the things they like and the things you liked.

4 - Purple Mash- Please log into purple mash and just have a play on mini mash, for some of your children this will be the first time that they have seen purple mash from their own log ins. Why not click on one of the activities on the washing line and have a go at completing it?

Your child’s log in for purple mash is stuck to the front of the home learning book that I sent home last week.

Some other ideas

  • Jo Wicks is going to be doing a daily work out for children at 9am, we have done these quite a lot at school so I hope your child will enjoy the familiarity and routine.
  • While there is less time pressure, allow you child to get themselves dressed every day, let them master those tricky buttons and zips!
  • Get outside (if you can) and do some weeding and planting.