Monday 6th July

Monday 6th July

Good Morning Everyone! If you aren't returning to school today, don't worry - you can find home learning here!

As always - please remember to just manage what you can and take things at your own pace. There is no expectation that you need to complete absolutely everything, everyday.

Good Morning! I hope you had a lovely weekend!

Another week of home learning awaits you. Not long to go until the holidays. But for now, time to get active!

Join in with Oti and the minions!


Reading for pleasure is so important. This week, your challenge is to complete as many of these 'Reading Bingo' activities as you can. I'm not expecting you to complete them all (!), but I suggest you pick a minimum of one a day and aim to complete 5 by Friday. Keep me updated and I will award a dojo point for everyone who ticks off 5 items from the bingo card. Use books you have at home, e-books from Oxford Owl, Collins Connect etc or audio books.

With the borrowing from a library task - remember you can access books online through the library. Details can be found on our school reading page

This bingo card is part of a summer reading challenge, run by the people who host 'World Book Day'. If you'd like to take part fully in this, you can follow this link to download the full pack. There are Smiggle vouchers to be won!

You might like to upload videos or photos of yourself completing the challenges to your class dojo portfolio! Your teacher would love to hear you reading.

Phonics and Spelling

  • For those of you who have a pack of sound cards and tricky word cards at home, continue to work on these and make sure you're secure with reading your tricky words.
  • Keep using Phonics Play to work on your reading or also Collins Connect.
  • Year 1 and 2, continue to use Spelling Shed - your spellings are set for the rest of the term.
Toppsta Summer Reading Bingo.pdf

Writing - This week's overview

For your writing this week, you are going to complete a mini project about an animal of your choice. By Friday, aim to have completed a double page spread, all about the animal you choose. I have included an example of a 'double page spread' to the right. However, you might like to present your work in a poster form, like this super butterflies project by Katherine.

  • Choose any animal you are interested in, or would like to learn more about.
  • Throughout this week you will need to research it, draw it, write about it and present your work thoughtfully.
  • My model lessons will be about my chosen animal (a sloth!). You will be able to watch the lesson and then do your writing - but based on your own animal.

I really hope that you'll enjoy the freedom to write about an animal that interests you personally. I look forward to finding out about the animals you choose!

If you would prefer to work through this project at your own pace, you don't need to do it in the order I do on the Virtual Classroom. I want you to be able to do this in a way that is engaging and interesting for you. I'll be covering the following sections this week: research & title, description of the animal, habitat, diet, interesting facts.


  • Decide on an animal for your project.
  • Create a bold, eye-catching title at the top of your double page spread or poster.
  • Spend some time researching your animal. Use the resources you have available to you, including the internet (with adult supervision), books you have at home or virtual books through the library. Websites like the National Geographic have lots of useful information. BBC Planet Earth also provides a wealth of information . If you've chosen an animal that might be found in a zoo, many zoo websites have lots of information about the different species they care for
  • Make some notes of key information - including where in the world your animal lives, what their habitat looks like, what they look like and why, what they eat. You don't need to write a lot, or in full sentences. Just gather some brief information to get you started tomorrow! Or you could voice record your information if you want an alternative way to record the information you find.


There is a template that we will be using in school alongside my video lessons - you can download it to the right if you wish to use this. You won't need it until tomorrow.

Sloth Template.pdf



Informal assessment in school, and feedback from parents at home, has shown that shape remains a topic that children still lack a little confidence in. I know that we covered this on the online classroom back in April, but it seems to be an area that still needs some work - particularly in terms of using key vocabulary. This week's lessons in school will be about this topic and addressing gaps in understanding. The Oak National Academy have some super lessons, with a key focus on mathematical language, to support understanding of shape.

Parents at home - you can decide whether to take part in these lessons via Oak National Academy like the children in school, or whether to join the Year 1 and 2 project.

Today complete Lesson 1 - Sorting 2D Shapes. Click on the picture for the link.

Year 1 and 2

Maths Board Game

For something a bit different this week, you're going to create your own mathematical board game. Each day I will ask you to create different elements of your game. This project will include:

  • Making a game board
  • Making some maths question cards
  • Working out the answers to your question cards
  • Creating dice and characters to move around your board
  • Testing and improving your game, and getting others to play it.

Flick through the photo gallery to the right for some inspiration...

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Today, you need to come up with an idea for your game. Think about a theme, for example you might have a pirate treasure theme, football theme, racing game of some kind, animal safari adventure - the possibilities are endless!

  • Create a board for your game. I have included lots of example templates below. You can print these to use or create your own. You might like to make it a bit bigger than A4 and join some paper together, or use big paper if you have it. These templates can also be found here:
  • Decorate and colour it.
  • Think - what is the end goal of the game? E.g.Do you need to get all the way around the board to collect the treasure?
  • Make a decision about how your game will work. Add in some extras. For example, add question marks at random places along the board. When someone lands on a question mark they pick up a challenge card and have to answer it. You can decide what they do after this. Here are some examples:
      • If they answer correctly, they move forward two spaces.
      • If they answer correctly, they get another roll.
      • If they get it wrong, they miss a turn next time.

Additional Maths Resources

For more everyday maths activities, please find below family maths toolkits for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

This Everyday Activities Pack, created by National Numeracy, contains short, fun, ‘real life’ activities for families to do with children. No special knowledge or equipment is needed.Evidence shows that talking about everyday maths helps develop children’s maths confidence.



Year 1 and 2, you will also find your afternoon activities on Class Dojo from now on. Once you've completed the activity, you can upload a picture, video or some text about what you've completed and your own class teacher will respond to you! This is a great way to stay in contact with your class teacher. You can also upload other work to your class dojo account or continue to email it across.

Parents - if you haven't given permission for Class Dojo, you can still activate this by contacting the office. The activities for the afternoon are still below so you can access them.

Reception Class - we will continue to use Tapestry as our primary means of communication - so keep uploading photos and videos on there. Your activities are below, as usual!

Afternoon - PSHE

In school, we dedicate lots of time to PSHE. For something different today, join in with this PSHE lesson about managing emotions.

This is a fantastic opportunity to discuss emotions with your child. Remember you can check out our well-being page for ideas from Mrs Hodges about supporting children's emotional well-being.

If this is an area your child needs additional support with, you might like to try using the resources below.

Feelings Chart.pdf
Our Feelings Diary.pdf
Coping Toolbox.pdf

Mindfulness and Well-Being

Every day we will give you a suggested mindfulness or well-being activity. This is just an idea and is optional.

Try Mrs Hodges' idea 'The Big Jar of Smiles'.

For more activities and ideas, remember to check out our school 'Wellbeing' page