Week Beginning: 18/5/19



  • Check bug club activities for this weeks sounds and phonics assessment.
  • Practise segmenting and blending words with sounds, oo, ar, or  ' Moon,farm Park ' found on the Comics play link  at the top of this page. Both Nursery and Reception can continue to recap phase 2 sounds on Comics Play.
  • Play Buried Treasure (on the phonics play link) and practise the following sounds, ar,or,ur
  • Practise phase 2 and 3 tricky words. Remember they can be learned by sight only as opposed to sounding out.
  • Book of the week:  Owl Babies by Martin Waddel  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcK105V_qig
  • Questions:
  • What were the names of the Owl babies?
  • Where did they live?
  • How do the owl babies feel when their mother comes home?
  • How do you think they felt when they discovered their mother was gone. Think of some words to describe how they felt.


  • Continue to practise alphabet letters both uppercase and lowercase.
  • Write a list of words with short oo and long oo. Check Geraldine's short oo sound for correct pronunciation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR47jG-imRo 
  • Make your name with things around the house or outside such as, twigs, leaves, pebbles, pasta, buttons etc. Don't forget first letter is a capital.


  • Practise counting to 20. Using the 10s frames x2. Find objects to show numbers up to 20. For example: Place 10 counters on one frame and then 3 on the other to show 13. Keep adding more until you get to 20.
  • Practise counting backwards from 10 first and then 20
  • Use the attachment to practise recognising numbers and circle the correct one.
  • Where do you see numbers in every day signs around the home and outside? (Take a picture if you want of numbers you see in our environment)
  • Check Sumdog for challenges on 20.


Our topic this week is based on birds. Talk to your grown up about what you already know about birds. How many different species of birds can you hear outside ? We will find out this week about common garden birds as shown in the following pictures of a Blackbird, Magpie and a Robin.                            

Blackbird Fact File - British Garden Wild Bird - PeckamixEurasian Magpie: A True Bird Brain | BritannicaEuropean robin guide: diet, habitat and species facts - Discover ...

What is the name of this garden bird?   

What does it look like? (example, black with an orange beak)

Where do they live?

What do they eat?

When are their young born?

You can add other facts if you want to find out more or write about more than one bird.


Can you make a Bird feeder ?

There are different ways to make a bird feeder. Can you make one for your garden birds? An attachment with basic instructions on how to make one are included. ( Please do NOT use this one if you have a nut allergy as it involves peanut butter)



Well done for sending in some fantastic pictures of your work. Again I have seen lots of handwriting practise, number work and some good sentence writing this week. I have seen pictures of children cooking, gardening and doing lots of exercise.  Learners of the week are awarded to: Joel, James B, Freya, Parker, Isabelle and Charlie. I also want to say a special Happy 5th Birthday to Freya this week!

Week Beginning: 11/5/20

Fine Motor Skills: (suggestions)

  • Thread pasta shapes  with wool, thread or ribbon and make a necklace.
  • Cut around a piece of sugar paper to make a fringe.
  • Place clothes pegs around a piece of cardboard.
  • Balance marbles onto duplo or lego buildings

Gross Motor Skills: (suggestions)

  • Make a mini obstacle course with cones or bean bags  and guide a ball in and out of your mini course.
  • Use a bat and weave a ball in and out of your mini course.
  • Make a monster or alien mouth. Screw up bits of paper and make into balls.  Step back a few feet and throw into the monster's mouth. How many did you miss and how many did the monster eat?


  • Check bug club activities for this weeks sounds ( both Nursery and Reception)
  • Practise segmenting and blending words with sounds,ai, ee, igh,  oa on the ' Let's go ' found on the Comics play link  at the top of this page. 
  • Play Buried Treasure (on the phonics play link) and practise  the following sounds, oo(long), oo(short), ar, or
  • Practise saying the alphabet (letter names) and look at the upper case and lower case letters for each letter.
  • Watch the Ruby class favourite vegetable song  (ABC)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ds6tUxatnTs

Book of the week:   Each,Peach, Pear, Plum,  by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Watch the following or read the book if you have it at home:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5ePAGRCeSE 

Discuss and answer the following:

  • Can you hear and spot certain words that sound the same? ( example , Jack and Jill in the ditch, I spy the wicked witch)
  • What does Mother Hubbard like? What does Cinderella like? What does baby bear like?
  • How did the bears help baby bunting?
  • What type of pie was made at the end of this story?


I have seen some really good handwriting practise and lots of improvement. In order to keep practising letter formation. Practise  a letter from the start of the alphabet. Write the capital letter A and lower case a on one page. ( one line of A and one line of a)

  • Continue to write your name on every piece of work. Make sure you write a capital letter for the beginning of your name
  • Write a diary of something interesting you are doing on each day of the week. Example: On Monday I went for a long walk. Keep in mind when you write  each day of the week that it begins with a capital letter. Draw a picture for each day to show what you are doing. ( date all of your work pieces)
  • From the story Each, Peach, Pear, Plum. Make a colourful poster of a favourite character from the story. Underneath the poster write a sentence about the character. Example:  Cinderella is walking up the stairs. 
  • Write as many words as you can with long oo (ie, moon)

Maths: ( adding and taking away)

  • Make some stairs with lego or cubes to show one more ( count as you add a new brick)
  • Using the same principle as last week. Use the 10 squares (as the bus) but this time start off with 8 or 10 people and  allow 2 or 3 people to get off. How many are left? Challenge: You can write out each action by saying First there were 8 and then there were 6. 
  • Practise counting back from 10. If this is too difficult at first practise from 5.  Use objects or numbers to help.
  • Practise song to help learn taking one away.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0ooQv7oHvw 


We will continue to look at food and healthy eating this week.

Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need to maintain your health, feel good, and have energy. These nutrients include protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals.

  • Think about some of the foods you are eating this week for lunch or dinner. What foods help you grow healthy and strong?
  • Think about foods we should have less amounts of because they don't give us the nutrition we need?
  • Make a list of healthy food and unhealthy foods. You can draw a picture of each item and label. You can make it into a book if you wish.

Cut and place healthy food items into the lunch box. What would you consider to be a healthy lunch? ( see template) 

Science Experiment: ( suggestion)

  • With the help of your grown-up, cut a vegetable and place it in a sunny spot to grow.
  • Check your vegetables every day.
  • Can you see any new growth?
  • What is growing - the shoots, leaves or roots?

Week Beginning: 4/5/20

Fine Motor Skills: (suggestions)

  • Practice picking up peas with tweezers and putting them in a bowl or making green jelly with frozen peas inside. How can you retrieve the peas without using your fingers. What tools could you use?
  • Draw and cut out your favourite vegetables.
  • scoop cotton balls with a spoon into egg boxes.

Fine Motor Skills: (suggestions)


  • Check bug club activities for this weeks sounds ( both Nursery and Reception)
  • Practise segmenting and blending words with sounds, ch, sh, th and ng  on the ' I can spot game ' found on the Comics play link  at the top of this page. 
  • Play Buried Treasure (on the phonics play link) and practise  the following sounds, ai, ee, igh, oa
  • Practise  saying the sound er.  Read the words  hammer , box er,  rubber,   river (clap the two syllable word first and then segment and blend each word for reading)

Book of the week: Supertato by Sue hendra and Paul Linnet

Watch on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlaMeNmTG6c  or the book if you have this at home.

Points of discussion:

  • What did the Evil Pea use to try and catch Supertato ?
  • Why do you think Supertato is a Superhero ?;
  • How did he trap the Evil Pea in the end?


  • How many words can you write this week with the sounds, ai, ee, igh and oa? ( examples, pain, feet, high, road) Practise one per day and check to see how many you have written against Geraldine.
  • After reading the Supertato story this week, design a poster of Supertato and write a caption from the story at the bottom of the poster. You can make your own up. (example, I know who's behind this! or  There's a pea on the loose, I will find the evil pea, I will save you)
  • Make sure you remember to always write your name on your work. 
  • Extension Activity: Design a superhero from another vegetable or fruit and give it a name and a super power. (example, Penelope the Pineapple who can fly super high and fast)


Adding More

  • Play the game. I count , you count. Begin by counting as you point to yourself and point to your grownup to continue the counting. example: 1,2, 3,4, 5,6, 7,8   or  123, 4,5,6,  7,8,9 etc.
  • Show me 5 fingers, now show me 2 more. How many fingers now? 
  • Practise using words, First, then and now. Create a story of people getting on the bus using a tens frame and counters,( see template) exampleFirst there were 2 people on the bus, then 2 more people got on the bus. Now there are 4 people on the bus.
  • Watch the story Mr Grumpy's Outing by John Burningham.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b88k5_4Pktk 
  • After reading the story, build your own boat with cardboard and recycling items around your home. Create your own story and characters. Count how many climb aboard, using the language, first, then and now.
  • Make a track race . Roll the dice and practise counting on until you get to 10 or 20. ( or play a board game, if you have one that involves adding more)


  • Our topic for the next two weeks is going to be about fruits and vegetables and healthy eating. We will be looking at the differences of fruits and vegetables and the different foods that help us stay strong and healthy.
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdPRZ3wjCxA (clip to show differences)
  • Can you sort the differences between fruits and vegetables? ( see template) One contains seeds and the other contains leaves stems and roots.
  • Cut up some fruit with a grown up or make a fruit salad. What do you see when you cut an apple or banana in halve?

Expressive Arts and Design:

Guiseppe Arcimboldo  

Giuseppe Arcimboldo is well known today for painting portraits of people made out of different types of fruits, vegetables, meat and fish. He would pick food that had a connection to whatever he was painting. For example, when creating a picture of Autumn he used fruits and vegetables that grew in Autumn.

Create your own portrait using fruits and vegetables ( and leaves or sticks from outside) or paint a picture with different fruits and vegetables. Think about what you could use as a nose, eyes and mouth. ( take a picture when finished)



Week Beginning: 27/4/20

Fine Motor Skills (suggestions)

  • Practise threading leaves (if you have access to thick plastic needles)
  • Try some leaf rubbing with crayons and white paper.
  • Wash your toys(ie farm animals|) with soapy water and an old tooth brush
  • Make a Mr Potato head with real vegetables ( transient art)
  • Continue to practise cutting skills. (pay attention to shapes, curves and straight lines)

Gross Motor Skills (suggestions)

  • Tune into daily workout with Joe Wicks
  • Practise throwing and catching a ball
  • Practise throwing bean bags into a hoop ( use other items if you don't have these resources)
  • Try some cosmic yoga (youtube)


  • Check bug club activities for this weeks sounds ( both Nursery and Reception)
  • Practise segmenting and blending words with sounds, ch, sh, th, ng and ai on Buried Treasure game found on the Phonics play link. (Practise one per day and don't forget some words may be soft 'th' applied to tricky words)
  • Read and draw following sentences and circle the diagraph you spot in each sentence. (use sound mats. Independent work)

The chick is on top of the shed.

Is the ring in the sink?

I see a goat in a red coat.

Book of the week: The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

Points of discussion:

  • What are some things that happen in Autumn?
  • What happens to some of the seeds in Autumn that keep it from growing?
  • What are some things that happen during the Winter?
  • Why is the mouse interested in the seeds?
  • What happens during the Spring?
  • Name some different parts of a plant.


  • Practise writing numbers 1-10. You can practise one number per day on one page. Practise writing the number in the air before writing.

How many words can you write with the sounds, ch, sh, th and ng and ai. (one set per day and check to see if you got more than Geraldine the Giraffe)


  • Check Sumdog for weekly challenges
  • Use pattern sheets  I have uploaded. Start with easy AB patterns and go on to more complex if you can. Practise with objects first and say the pattern out loud. If you do not have access to a printer, make your own patterns on plain paper. ( using the worksheets as a guide above)
  • Look at a clock in your home and count the numbers from 1-12.
  • Create a time-line activity on a sheet of paper by drawing a picture of an activity you do in the morning, afternoon and evening. At the top of each section write: example... In the morning I brush my teeth. , In the afternoon,I go for a walk. In the evening I get ready for bed.


  • Show comparisons and similarities between living things by firstly drawing or taking a picture of a plant and  labelling the things a plant needs in order to grow. Then draw a picture of yourself and label the things you need to help you grow strong and healthy.
  • Using the template cut and place in order the life cycle of a plant or flower.
  • If you have any seeds, pots or soil, try planting and caring for a seed. Keep a journal of the changes you see.

Please save any work you do or send and attach to my e-mail. I would like to continue to file some pieces into the Learning Journals.


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Hi Ruby Class,

I am really proud of your handwriting work. Thank-you for sending in pictures. I have seen some fantastic letter formation and pleased to see you are taking your time.

Next set of letters for daily writing are:

Set 4: ck, e, u, r
Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

The diagraph (two letters) do not need to be joined.




Ideas For Learning - Week 2


Sorting objects according size - Key words:  longest, shortest, longer and shorter.

Make repeating patterns using objects.

Find out the birthday month of people in your family.

Practise number bonds to 10/20.

Play shops with real money


Write a shopping list.

Sing the alphabet song

Practise writing the names of people in  your family.

Play I spy.


Hide an object and make a treasure map to find it.

Help prepare lunch or dinner.

Draw or paint your favourite animal.

Make your own bubbles.

Investigate and find out whether your bath toys float or sink.

Keep sending your amazing work and pictures to my e-mail. I have really enjoyed looking at your beautiful flower paintings.Keep your work in a folder or send it to me if you can so I can use it for your learning journals.

WB : 27/4/20

I want to congratulate the following children for sending in so much work this week, including math patterns, handwriting, pictures of flowers and all sorts of activities you have been enjoying at home.  Learners of the week are: Freya, Jake, Teddy, James B, Parker and Joel

Well done to the following children for moving up to the next book band:

Joel, Lola, Lawson,Isabelle,Mia,Ella,Freya and George


Ms Parsons