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         A new happy song for you all 25.3.20



Wednesday 25th March Phonics and spelling - Just a reminder that S is for those children (mostly year 2) that are working on phase 6 spelling based phonics. R is for those still learning to apply digraphs for reading and 1EXT is for year 1 or anyone else wanting to/needing to revise and apply band 1 spelling rules. 

S – The a is not pronounced a after w or qu.  Words include: want, watching, wander, quantity, squash. Break the word down a letter at a time: e.g





R – For phonics today please focus on the aw digraph for example: draw, straw. Paw, awful, awesome, crawl, squawk, prawn practice reading these words the write out a series of aw in a line going down the middle of the page:




Get your child to place a consonant before and after each ‘aw’ to create an alien word and apply to it.


1EXT – Division of words into syllables. Words such as pocket, rabbit, carrot, thunder, sunset shampoo, burger

Use 2 different colours to write the words in 2 syllables for example: poc ket

Link below is useful


Thursday 26th March


S – where the ‘o’ is more like an ‘ur’ sound – word, worked, worm, world, worthwhile

Create a scrabble style connective pattern starting with the word worthwhile – make the letters come off each other.


R – ‘oe’ hoe, Joe, toes, foes, aloe, dominoes, oboe

Write these words out and children to apply buttons (dot below) for single sounds and zips (line below) for the digraph. Then ask children to write:

Joe looked between his toes for the dominoes.

“Put the hoe in the house near the aloe” asked Mr Oboe


1 EXT Sound usually spelt ‘tch’ if comes straight after a vowel sound. E.g catch, fetch, kitchen, Mitch, notch, hutch

Make a silly sentence using these words.


Friday 27th March


Spellings – this will be based on revising common exception words: Choose a group for your child.


Group 1  - today, says, said, are, were

Group 2 - were, your, by, here, there

Group 3 – because, floor, poor, find, kind, mind

Group 4 – great, break, steak, beautiful, pretty


EXT: accident, actual, address


     Today's lift me up, cheer me up, get me moving song:




    Also our all time favourite: 





            Enjoy! :-) 

 Week beginning 23.3.20 

 Other curriculum areas tasks for the week - 

 RE - write a recount of the Easter story. See below for a link. ART - Create an image using a silhouette for the cross and some form of beautiful sky in the back group OR make an Easter garden. 


  Computing: Scratch Junior is a free app for coding. Download and explain the terms: algorithm, debug, input, output, coding and sequence. Can you write down what it is that you did so that someone else can follow your algorithms too. 


 Handwriting - see the sheets that were sent home. Please carry on as normal. Try to apply joining other letters together not just the pattern you are learning. 


   Science - revise Carnivores, Herbivores and Omnivores. Research online or in books what your chosen animals eat and create groups of the three categories and list what they eat. 


  Reading - when reading this week think about your favourite authors or types/genres of books. What do you know about the style of these books? Can you predict any or the layout, language, theme, characteristics, plot based on what you know about other books like it? Record thoughts in reading record. 

Maths – Week beginning 23rd March 2020

This week’s theme is number families and missing number calculations.

Below will be a link/attachment to explain commutative law and inverse.

To support the above the children need to recall this.

Choose a group for your child based on what they feel comfortable in achieving. You can add more if they are excelling.

Number families are all the calculations we can make using the three numbers. (I have also based these numbers on bonds to multiples of 10)


For example: 15, 5, 20

15 + 5 = 20        5 + 15 = 20      20 – 5 = 15      20 – 15 = 5

20 = 15 + 5       20  = 5 + 15


Group 1      2, 8, 10             4, 6, 10          3, 7, 10       1, 9, 10

Group 2      12, 8, 20         14, 6, 20         3, 17, 20     1, 19, 20

Group 3      52, 18, 70        44, 26, 70        13, 77, 90      25, 65, 80



Please use the same numbers as yesterday to create missing number calculations. Inverse is doing the opposite to find the answer.

____- 15 = 5        therefore 5 + 15 would take us back to the original answer….



Number families linked to division and multiplication.

12, 2, 24 

2 x 12 = 24       12 x 2 = 24      24 = 12 x 2       24 = 2 x 12

24 ÷ 2 = 12     24 ÷ 12 = 2       ½ of 24 = 2


All can extend to add fractions linked to division. For example ÷ 2 is the same as ½ and       ÷ 4 is the same as ¼

Group 1      2, 7, 14                 2, 9, 18           10, 5, 50           5, 7, 35

Group 2      4, 5, 20              5, 7, 20          9, 5, 45             8, 16, 2

Group 3      12, 5, 60             9, 5, 45           3, 6, 18           3, 9, 27



Using the numbers and calculations form yesterday adult to create missing number problems based on the families.


____ x 2 = 8     to find the answer how many 2s fit into 8? Or 8 ÷ 2 =?

½ of 24 ___?   What is 24 ÷ 2 to help me with the answer….


Friday – Please focus on some time of Times tables rockstars or telling the time:

Group 1 to the hour and half past the hours

Group 2 to half and quarter past the hour

Group 3 to the nearest 5 mins.

Week beginning 23rd March

NB: If it says EXT this means extension and this then expands the task to deepen the understanding and to support the differences between year 1 and year 2 children. Please refer to your year group objectives if you’re not sure what your child should be/could be doing. Any queries please email.


Monday: Please use the link below ‘Newspaper recount example’ look at the key features: Newspaper name, heading, sub headings, opening sentences/paragraphs, photos, facts. EXT: Are there any other features? Children to create a list of the features and begin to plan their own report of what the Iron man did to save the Earth…. (Chapter 5 is below)


Tuesday Create a newspaper report about what the Iron man did… example templates are below.

Please use all the features identified above, use varied sentence starters, conjunctions to make the sentences extend and adjectives to write more creatively.

EXT and interview with a character…. An exclamation starting with How, or what? Use of alliteration i.e Ingenious Iron man! Rhetorical questions. Use of a statement or command or noun phrase.


Wednesday: Complete your Newspaper article….. then edit…. Use a different colour pencil/pen to edit. Can you add any other words to make it more interesting or descriptive? Is there anywhere that you forgot a full stop or capital letter? Could you have used a conjunction to join these 2 clauses?


Thursday: Video yourself reading your article as a newsreader. Which parts would you use more expression? Use a family member to pretend to be the Iron man and interview them… or pretend yourself! By all means email them to me J


Friday: Debate day! Discuss how you felt about the space-bat-angel-dragon, did your feelings change? Thinking about our own feelings write an argument for why the space-bat-angel-dragon us good then why he is bad. Give explanations about his actions. EXT can you think of any other character in a story you know where you have not liked them and then taken pity on them? Refer to this as justification for your argument.



Year2 focus on spelling during this lesson S

Year 1 Reading - please revise or learn the digraphs set   R

Year 1 spelling extension for those who can read and apply digraphs but now need to move onto spelling.  1EXT


Monday 23rd March 

S – Sound spelt ‘ey’ donkey, monkey, valley, chimney – also note that the plural of these is formed with the addition of and s e.g monkeys activity: Each letter has a value. *Consonants are worth 10. *Vowels are worth 5. Write your spelling words. Then add up the value of each spelling word. Example- said- 10 + 5 + 5 + 10 = 30

R – split i-e known as split ‘i’ letter name & vowel sound but not phonetical sounds. All split digraphs are applying the vowels a, e, i, o ,u it is good for the children to recognise the vowels and say them properly in order. The vowel sound is created by the silent ‘e’ on the end. Words to focus on today – bike, like, slide, ride, pride, write, stride. Practice reading then adult to put them into sentences for the child to apply them to reading. EXT write some split i-e words.

1EXT spelling pattern – ff, ll, ss, zz, ck these come after a single vowel: off, well, buzz, back, miss. Activity: Each letter has a value. *Consonants are worth 10. *Vowels are worth 5. Write your spelling words. Then add up the value of each spelling word. Example- said- 10 + 5 + 5 + 10 = 30


Tuesday 24th March 

S – Possessive apostrophe. Write down all the names of family members. Find some items round the house that belong to them and put it into a sentence including the possessive apostrophe. EXT what does the apostrophe show? Explain….  

R – ea alternative ee same as e-e or ey….write out 2 of each of the words and chop them into squares. Place them facing down so you can’t see them and play the ‘memory game’.

1EXT – sound spelt n before k: bank, think, honk, sunk

Make up some alien words using the ‘nk’ at the end do this by selecting a consonant then vowel then add ‘nk’ e.g ji –nk jink! Have fun! How many alien and how many real did you end up making?

      Friday 20th March 


    Handwriting - For those children now beginning to join... Please focus on joining c-h together complete a line of c-h joined then complete lines of words using c-h i.e church, chinese, change, chopped, cheese 

     The other joining group please focus on joining l-e a line of l-e and then words: fragile, bubble, apple, kettle, circle and people. Fpcus on joining the l-e but also the other letters if it fits. 


 RE Please write a recount of the story of the first palm Sunday and think about what we do now on palm Sunday because of this story. 

See below for the story on a power point link...


 For Maths we will be working on speed recall of times tables please work on times tables rockstars. The link between division and multiplication, missing number problems and even fractions linked to times tables... 



                                                                        Thursday 19th of March 


                                                                            Happy Saint Joseph's day! 


  For early morning work we will be thinking about the characteristics of St Joseph - who is he? What do we like about him? 


 For English/topic the class will be writing a recount of their DT project 'Making the Iron man'. They have made cardboard Iron men and   used a mechanism to make it move. We then painted him and gave him features. How did we make him stronger? Stiffer? How did we ensure that the mechanism worked? Use varied sentence starters and adverbs to break down and describe what you did. 


 In phonics those who focus on spelling will be looking at the words all, tall, ball, always, walk, talk. The sound 'or' is made when an 'l'   or 'll' follows an 'a'. Write the first time in pencil then trace over each time in a new colour. Then make a silly rule about when a and ll   or l walk together they talk with an or..... 

 Those learning phonics for reading will be covering the 'ue' digraph for example: blue, glue, barbecue, argue, rescue. Write the words   on paper and chop them up. Play splat with the cards then practice writing/spelling them. 


 In Maths we are going to look at fractions again.... they are very tricky! Year 2 will focus on finding 2/4 3/4 2/3 of amounts and how to link this with division and multiplication. Year 1 will be securing their knowledge of how to work out 1/4 of an amount. Use the dot method to share. Recall that to find a quarter you can half the half. So, half of 8 = 4 and half of 4 = 2. Therefore 1/4 of 8 = 2. Use varied numbers to help them work it out. The can link to multiples of 4 by writing out their 4s by adding 4 each time. 









                                            The Iron man


                                           Chapter 5 


       This week we have shared the remaining chapter of the Iron man. We read it in sections and made predictions about what              might happen next! We also paid particular attention to tracking the emotions of the characters. 


       If you wish to listen to the story there is a great audio link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzGQUs6Vcjc

18.3.20 Today we shared this pack with the children and had a really good discussion about corona virus. At the start we talked about the emotions featured in this booklet and lots of children raised their hands to feeling those emotions - worried, confused, relaxed, sad... By the end of the session when asked again if they felt those emotions they said they didn't. We talked about the common flu and how there is now a vaccine for it but if there wasn't it too would possibly spread like the corona virus. The children were reassured to know how common a virus is.

18.3.20 For early morning work we revised fractions of amounts. We talked about making the link with division. 1/2 is the same as divide by 2. If we make the link between times and divide we can also think about half as how many 2s are in this number to help answer the question. Please then extend to 2/4 of the amount or 3/4 of it.

18.3.20 Maths today was linked to 3D shapes. The children are securing their knowledge of 3D shape properties. They chose a 3D shape and from memory they wrote as many properties as they could remember. Some children extended this task by comparing two 3D shapes for example a pyramid has 4 triangle faces and 1 square face as a base but the triangular prism only has 2 triangle faces and 3 rectangular faces.