Term 3, Week 5

Welcome to our week 5 blog. We hope that you are all well and that you all enjoyed the  real snow last weekend. It was lovely to see all the photos of the children playing in the snow and building snowmen. We may even have a bit more snow this weekend!  This week the children in school and at home have been making their own icicles and snowflakes and have also been learning about what happens when ice melts and global warming.  

Next week is our last week focusing on the story We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ and all things snow and bear related. In week 6 the whole school will be working together on a special topic based week.

Thank you all again for all your support during this difficult time. We are so grateful for your engagement with all the home learning and appreciate all the observations that you are sharing with us. We are also loving our google meet ups, it is great to see all the children and share an activity with them.

National Storytelling Week

This week we are celebrating National Storytelling Week, this is a celebration from the 30th January to the 6th February. Once upon a time, storytelling was a way to pass the time. Now, it’s an excellent way to entertain and teach each other new ideas. This is why National Storytelling Week is celebrated annually by all ages who read the likes of folktales, fairytales and more. The possibilities of genres are endless! Storytelling is a powerful tool that allows us to share stories that inspire and teach others.

Please encourage your children to be storytellers  – It would be wonderful to have photos of them telling a story to a cuddly toy or pet for us to display in our school library.

This week’s Learning

Our in school timetable will follow the timetable below so if your child is doing a mixture of home and school it will be important to follow this  timetable to avoid repeating or missing a learning activity.

If you are doing home learning all week you can of course swap it round to suit your week and daily routines.  Please use it in conjunction with the planning notes and instructions below.

Remember to  watch the Monday message to the class from your class teacher that will have been emailed to you through Schoolcomms this morning. 

Whole school Assembly –Watch Mrs Frickers Monday Assembly here

A printable version of the timetable with working links can be found here.

Observations –  Please continue to send us a daily observation including the Writing, Mathematics and Art highlighted on the timetable.

Development Matters – Click here to see all the learning objectives for all areas of the EYFS curriculum in age related bands. Most children are currently working within the 40-60 band.

All the resources for this weeks learning can be found here:  Week 5 Resources

Story time with the Reception team

We have recorded some stories for you to watch and listen to.

The Gruffalo’s Child Read by Miss Quinn

The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes Read by Mrs Wood

Little Teddy Left behind Read by Mrs Maddern

Little Penguin Read by Mrs Brand

The Smartest Giant in Town Read by Mrs Elliott

The Treasure of Pirate Frank  Read and signed by Miss Browne. The children in school enjoyed watching this story a couple of times joining in with the signs.  Can you think what makes it a bit like the Bear Hunt Story?


Please click on this link for this week’s activities: What jobs could I do when I grow up?

Daily wellbeing

Monday – Connect – Listen to someone different read you a story (eg grandparent via phone)

Tuesday – Take notice – Make playdough expressions on a blank face outline to show different feelings here: Playdough faces or just draw them on this sheet

Wednesday – Exercise – Exercise, rhyme and freeze Jack Hartman

Thursday – Keep learning – Listen to The Koala Who Could story read by Mrs Brand

Friday – Give – Be a Rainbow

Communication and Language

Information about how to support your child’s C&L development is available in the shared folder

This week please play a  Listening game. There are lots of others on YouTube. 

Stop for one minute and listen to the different sounds that you can hear in the house, in the garden and when you are out on a walk. Make a list.                                       

LIsten to the CBeebies radio programs Poetry Playtime  Michel Rosen the author of ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ presents a series of listening  programs about poems, words and sounds. There are 10 programmes so try to listen to 2 each week.

Watch Michael Rosen perform a different more word based performance of the Bear Hunt. Can you read the words and join in?


Enjoy Joe Wicks video’s or similar each day. 

Real PE

Real PE  instructions

Real PE  login

This week, we will continue to use the space theme to develop our jumping skills. You can access a brief introduction here

Click here for a folder of ideas and resources for supporting the development of fine motor skills



This week we are asking you to continue recapping all of the phonemes and tricky words that we have learnt so far. You can access the up to date ‘sound grid and this week’s copy of our tricky word’ list here.  

Please do this at least twice a day if possible. Your children will earn them best by going over them quickly but frequently.

We will be learning 4 new digraphs this week  ar, or, ow,  oi

Please click on the links above to watch the phonics videos recorded by St Peter Church of England Primary school.  Children will need a whiteboard and pen or pencil and paper. 

The link below demonstrates how to make each phoneme and digraph sound                    

How to say phonemes

Please also introduce these 2 new tricky words to your children ‘do and some’. Talk to your children about why they are tricky words (because they can not be blended) and they need to be learnt by sight. You could model putting the words into a sentence and ask them to put them into a sentence verbally. 

Daily Reading

Please continue to support your child with our online ‘Bug Club’ reading scheme. 

Bug Club Log in

Teacher’s have assigned your child specific books according to their phonic knowledge, blending skills and fluency. Please let your teacher know how your child is getting on with these books. 

It is really important to talk to your children about what they are reading, ask them about the characters, what is happening, what do you think will happen next? If you can, encourage your child to use expression when they read to help support prosody with different texts. 

Storytime – Please remember that it is also really important that you continue to read stories to your children every day!  


 Please send us an observation of this activity.  

This week we would like you to get your children to write some non fiction writing about bears. You can use non fiction books, the internet or any means of resources to find out some facts about bears e.g. brown bears, polar bears, sun bears, panda bears . Click on these links to get some information about bears.

bear facts

bear facts power point

  • Choose which type of bear you would like to learn about.
  • Look at a book or video clip about that bear.
  • Ask your child to think about some of the facts they have learnt about that bear.  Eg. A polar bear is white.
  • Ask them to say the fact out loud, count how many words are in the sentence and sound out some of the words. 
  • Get your children to  write some bullet points in their writing books and write a list of facts using short sentences.  For example: 
    • A polr br livs in the artc. 
    • A polr br is wight
  • Please encourage them to focus on one word at a time, to listen to the phonemes and to write as  independently as possible. 
  • Remind your children to use a capital letter at the beginning, fingers spaces and full stops.  Use the Every Time We Write poster in the shared folder.
  • Some children may be able to write more than one independent fact.  Ask your child to think about what else they found out e.g. 
    • A polar bear is white and lives in the Arctic. 
    • A polar bear has thick blubber to keep warm.
    • Polar bears catch seals in the sea

Please encourage your child to use the correct tripod grip throughout the writing session and again please refer to our ‘Everytime We Write’ poster before you start any writing activity. Find a copy of a letter formation sheet here to help support your child’s writing.

Remember children are unlikely to get the right spelling, finger spaces or every sound. Encourage children to use their stickability like the tortoise!


Daily warm up activities.

Use  number cards from the shared folder or make your own.

  • Practise recognising numerals from 0 – 10 (or to 20 if your child recognises all numerals to 10) 
  • Counting up to 10 / 20 and back down to 0 again.
  • Practise putting numerals in order and identifying which number is 1 more and 1 less.  
  • Use objects such as pasta, buttons, lego bricks to practise counting out objects carefully from a larger amount. Count up to 10, then up to 20.
  • Writing numerals – 10
  • Numbergym instructions     NumberGym  Early Years games are good warm up activities

This week we are going to continue using online lessons from the Oak National Academy  

Over 3 days we will be learning about capacity.  The links to each lesson are on the weekly timetable.  

Each day has a video lesson and there are some linked worksheet activities in the resources folder. 

Please send us an observation of your child exploring capacity practically.

Please watch one of these lessons each day in order to ensure the correct progression.

ResourcesFor these lessons you will need a variety of different containers- cups / bottles / jugs and some water!  Your children will love to continue these activities during water play at the kitchen sink or in the bath!

On the other 2 days  we would like the children to continue practising their calculation skills using the addition and subtraction worksheets that are in the resources folder.  

Ask your child to look at the symbols on each sheet and tell you if it is an addition sheet or a take away sheet. 

Start with the picture number sentences and then move onto the numberlines.

Extension Activity – Part part whole  to 10 worksheet

All the work sheets can be found here.  Week 5 resources

Understanding the World, 

People and Communities

Celebrating the United Kingdom ;

Last week people in Scotland celebrated Burns night. Listen to this radio program 

My Cbeebies Special Day

The World 

Watch  this short video clip about polar bears.

On thin ice

Discuss what is happening in the film

Look at these photographs of  real snowflakes – Snowflakes

Try zooming in and out on this photograph Snowflake zoom


Purple Mash

Purple Mash ; Mini Mash Increasing mouse skills explore drawing using the pictures hung on the washing line.


Special times: Weddings

Have you ever been to a wedding? What was it like?

Story: The ring bearer by Floyd Cooper

Watch: A Hindu wedding

Expressive Arts

This week see if you can create a Winter Scene. You might want to use paint, collage, pencils, felt tips or any means of media. Encourage your child to think about some of the things we might see in Winter e.g. snow, ice, trees with no leaves, snowmen etc and create a picture of a wintery scene. Here are some examples:

Please send us an observation of this activity.

Get involved with some more yoga. Here is one about Fernando the Silver Fox

Links to recommended Websites and Apps 

Twinkl Homelearning hub   Lots of downloadable resources to support home learning

Numberblocks Series 2    We all love numberblocks. Series 2 includes some of our recent mathematical learning 

Todo Math –  a free App with lots of games to practise number skills.

 Number gym  see the instructions  here

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