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Each day there will be a new set of activities added to this page for you to complete with your child. If you have any questions or problems logging on to the websites above, please contact me, by email, on: 

The activities this week will focus on money, one more and one less, The Gruffalo and the graphemes oo, ar, or, ur. You will need 20 pennies and either the book of the story 'The Gruffalo', or the video from BBC iPlayer.

Monday 30th March 2020

Phonics: Watch the Little Learners video from youtube for the digraph oo:
Remind the children that the digraph is 2 letters that come together to make a sound. In this case the digraph can make two sounds – oo in book and oo in soon. Watch the video a second time but with the sound turned off to let the children read the words out loud themselves. Ask your child to make a written list of all of the words they can think of with the oo digraph in them.

Maths: Remember the order of the numbers from 1 – 20 by counting up to 20 and back again verbally. Look closely at one of the 1p coins you have (perhaps from a money box or in a purse). What do you notice about it? What shape is it? What colour is it? Can you see the number 1 anywhere on it? Perhaps you could make a rubbing of the coin onto some paper with a wax crayon. Now count out your pennies to make sure you have 20 of them (they could be real pennies, toy pennies or rubbings from your one penny).  Close your eyes and ask a grown up to take some of the pennies away. Count how many you have left now. Repeat with them removing different numbers of pennies each time. Focus on counting carefully saying one number for each coin. To challenge your child you could ask them to work out how many coins have been removed in a simple subtraction calculation.

Literacy: Watch the story of the Gruffalo from BBC iPlayer (or read the book). Play a guessing game with your grown up. You describe a character from the Gruffalo story and they guess who you are describing. Then swap over. You could mix up the game a bit by asking one another questions “Does your character have purple prickles?” “Does your character have whiskers?” You could google search for an image of the characters to help you to remember their characteristics if you need to. 

Previous day's activities will be archived here for you to access if needed.

Below is a list of activities to dip in and out of as you find time throughout the school closure. 


We have been learning about Julia Donaldson stories and using them to recognise the setting, characters, beginning, middle and end of the story. We have been practising using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces to write sentences using our phonic knowledge. We have followed Letters and Sounds phonics scheme up to the end of phase 3.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/     - use the activities on this website to practise reading phase 3 graphemes in words and sentences. They are offering free activities throughout the coming months.

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/   -  use the activities on this website to practise reading phase 3 graphemes and phase 4 words in sentences (yes / no yeti is a firm favourite among the children)

https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/    - has some lovely reading activities to work through with the children at their own pace and level. They are offering free subscriptions at the moment.

https://www.worldbookday.com/2020/03/book-ideas-hub-brilliant-stay-at-home-ideas-free-resources/   - there are lots of fantastic ideas, books, activities and audio books on this page from World Book Day UK. You could share a different story each day and join in with their 'Reading Revolution'.

You could write a letter to someone you would normally visit or send a post card to a local care home. Try to think of two interesting things to share in your letter. Remember when writing sentences to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

It may be useful to watch this video from youtube where the lady pronounces the phase 3 graphemes (letters that join together to make sounds within the English language) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU2vWZKS7rY 


In Maths we have been focusing on numbers to 20 and the shape, space and measure area of learning. We have tried to use mathematical language when talking about objects, position and direction. We have counted to and from 20 and practically calculated (addition and subtraction) within 20 objects.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=37    - there are lots of lovely counting, shape and calculation games on this website for the children to complete on the computer. Try to challenge yourself to recognise and use numbers from 0-20.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/topics/numeracy  - more lovely counting and maths games for the children to complete all based around their favourite cbeebies characters. 

You could bake a cake or follow a recipe using different measurements. 

Try to measure the width of the rooms in your house using interesting tools (How many socks wide is your lounge? How many bananas wide is the hall?)

Investigate capacity in the bath using different cups, spoons and containers to pour, fill and empty. You could even order the containers based on their capacity.


We have been trying to form our letters carefully following the school handwriting scheme. We have been strengthening our hands and bodies, and we have been working on our balancing skills in PE lessons. Wherever possible, we have been accessing the outdoors and looking for signs of the changing seasons.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/playdough-recipe - follow the recipe to make some playdough. You could then use the playdough to follow dough gym (hand strengthening) videos from youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga?safe=true  - take some time out from your busy day for mindfulness and stretching by following some of the Cosmic Kids Yoga videos from their youtube channel.

https://themuddypuddleteacher.co.uk/  - there are wonderful ideas for learning activities to complete in the garden on this website. They are offering free access to all of their resources over the coming months.

You could go on a hunt for the signs of spring in your garden or local area. Can you spot any plants starting to grow? Can you see any baby animals, birds nests or other signs of spring? You could plant some seeds in the garden and watch them grow. Perhaps you could make a diary of how they change over time.

Home Learning Packs
This resource pack includes plenty of resources for home learning

A fantastic website that lists ideas for family learning. Includes mathematics, spelling, and ideas for other subjects

The Early Years Foundation Stage is the stage in your child's learning from birth to 5 years old. This is the time in school that we call Early Years. In your child's first year at school we aim to prepare the children for the rest of their school career. Children will have a range of experiences and opportunities to gain everyday skills and develop in a variety of areas of learning. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. A link to the parents guide can be found here.

These documents will give an overview of the objectives and development statements we will be working on each term in Cherry Blossom Class. These overviews are not set in stone and, as each child develops at an individual rate, the children may access the development statements at different times to suit their developmental stage.

We have two adults in Early Years, a teacher and a teaching assistant.  Our class has an attached outdoor play area that we share with Year 1. In our class we enjoy a variety of adult led and self chosen indoor and outdoor activities.

All of our work from the provision in the classroom is recorded using the Earwig system. If you would like to see your child's learning journey, and comment on any of the records, please log in through the Earwig website for up to date images and records. 

In February we went on a visit to the Hindu Temple in Preston. Whilst there we learnt about the different Gods and their shrines and admired the beautiful artwork. We played musical instruments and took part in a guided meditation. What a fantastic experience!

We had a very exciting visit at school in October. A lorry from Jewson's came to school and we learnt all about how to keep safe when passing lorries and what each of the lights and sounds mean. We also talked about the different jobs we could have when we grow up. It was very interesting!


We learnt about Remembrance Day, in November, and the significance of poppies. We made poppies to display in church. We thought of prayers of thankfulness and learnt about the crosses on the soldiers' graves.