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Home School - Week 2

Friday 15th January 2021


Yippee Fri-yay Ladybirds! The weekend is just around the corner.

Hopefully you have completed lots of activities from our Home Learning grid this week. Don't forget to check out what your Ladybird friends have been up to by looking at our class gallery. Click on 'Home School Pictures' on the right hand menu to find them.

If you are feeling energetic then why not join in with Joe Wick's P.E. session this morning at 9am? It will certainly get you feeling nice and awake. Click on the image below and get active!

Let's see how we get on today with our final challenges of the week.
Good luck!

     Handwriting challenge:

It's another chance to play number knockout Ladybirds. Remember you can practise your number formation by following the number rhymes from the 'Communication 4 All' website. Click on the image below to go straight to the site. In school we have been learning numbers 1 to 5 but now see if you can learn how to form these numbers too...

Ask a grown-up to call out one of the numbers you have practised. You can use whatever you want to record your numbers- ipad, crayon, paint, sparkly pen, shaving foam.

Each time you write your number look to see if it has been formed correctly. If your number is back to front or is not clear then you are knocked out!

Can you stay in the game for more than 3 numbers? If so you are a WINNER!

     Mental maths challenge:

Today we are going to play an 'estimating' game. Estimating means making a good guess.

Let's try it. Look at the ducks on the pond below. DON'T COUNT THEM!

Grown-ups: quickly cover the picture over so that your child doesn't count the ducks...yet!

Think about the number of ducks you saw. Were there lots? A few? Do you think there are more than 5 or fewer than 5? Now make a guess. How many ducks do you think there are?

Tell someone, "My estimate is...."

Now count the actual number of ducks. Compare this number with your guess. If you were close you made a good estimate - well done!

Now you know how to make an estimate try the estimating game below from Classroom Secrets. Click on the image to play. Remember don't count until you have made your guess! Click on the arrows to move to the next screen


Before playing some Friday Fun-time Phonic games let's introduce a new digraph. 


The Jolly Phonics action for this sound is as follows..

Watch the clips from BBC BItesize and Little Learners to help you say and spot this new sound.


Feel free to play any of your favourite phonic games Ladybirds.

Websites to explore are: Letters and Sounds, Phonics Bloom, Phonics Play and Topmarks. 

Here are a couple of games you may not have tried:

    This game from ABCya! games focuses on matching upper and lower case letters and listening to the names of the letters of the alphabet.

 Fishy Phonics from Phonics Bloom is a Phase 2 game. Read the word then see if you can hook the picture floating along that matches.

Well done Ladybirds. Another week of Home School completed.

Think back to what you have done this week. What did you try that was new? Did you enjoy it?

Have a lovely weekend and I will see you on Monday!

Mrs Chapman

Thursday 14th January 2021


Good Morning Ladybirds. Take a peek out of the window today Ladybirds. What's the weather like?

This is what the weather people said the weather would be like this morning. Can you see Folkestone on the map? What weather symbol can you see? Does it match what you can see out of the window?


   Mrs Chapman is hoping the sun will return soon!

Good news Ladybirds! I have now learned how to create a photo gallery so all the photos you send in will now be put into our class gallery. You can find the gallery by clicking on Home School Pictures from the menu to the right of the page. There is so much fabulous learning going on Ladybirds you should be super proud of yourselves!

Time for a wake and shake to get us ready for the day ahead.

Remember with this one to give yourselves enough space, especially if you are going to do the split jumps!

Now we are warmed up we are ready for action. Ready...steady...GO!

       Handwriting challenge:

We have been doing well with our 'tails' letters Ladybirds. The new letter to write today is 'p'.

Unlike our other letters so far, the tail is not 'loopy' but straight.

Go.."up and down to make the tail then up to the top and around". Don't forget the 'lead out line' so we finish the letter a little way along the line.

Here's the Sky Writer jet to show you...(

Your turn now Ladybirds. When you have practised today's sound why not write your name. How many letters can you write in your beautiful handwriting now?

       Mental maths challenge:

We have worked lots on repeating patterns Ladybirds so have a go at this challenge today. A pdf version can be found at the bottom of the page.


We will be using our Phase 3 digraph 'sh' again today Ladybirds.

Parents/Carers: Remember, if you need any guidance in supporting your child in their phonics learning at home please click on 'Reading and Phonics' from the right hand menu. If you have any questions please do get in contact with me and I will help as best as I can.

Here are the videos from yesterday incase you need a refresher...


Today is a spelling day using our new 'sh' digraph. Listen carefully to the sounds you hear in each word and write them down. A pdf version of the activity can be found at the bottom of the page.

(As usual I am setting two activities. Just do the one that best suits your child in their phonic understanding.)

For those who like an extra challenge- choose one word from your wall and turn it into a sentence. Don't forget to add a capital letter at the beginning and a full stop at the end.

If there was a trophy for hard work Ladybirds, you would certainly win it! 

See you tomorrow!

Mrs Chapman

Wednesday 13th January 2021


Happy Wednesday Ladybirds! We are halfway through the week. Which activities have you tried so far from our Home Learning Activity Grid? (Don't forget you can find this either at the bottom of the page or under 'Home Learning- Term 3' on the right hand menu.)


A little reminder now to keep up to date with your reading skills by logging onto Bug Club as often as you can. Please let me know if you can't find your log in details and I will send them to you. If you love your reading and want to share even more story books why not visit the BookTrust site? There are many lovely e-books to share. Click on the image above to view the books.


Mrs Chapman was watching a little bit of Breakfast Television yesterday morning and really enjoyed watching an interview with two very entertaining scientists called Maddie and Greg, who host a live show especially for families every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on their YouTube channel.

The shows are packed with cool experiments and fun activities for you to try out at home.

The show is streamed live at 11am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday or you can watch previous episodes from their channel. Click on the image above to join in the fun.

Ok Ladybirds. Time to get our hearts pumping with our Wake and Shake activity:

Phew! That was some fast walking!

      Handwriting challenge:

Yes, it's another letter with a 'tail' for our challenge today. The letter 'g'. We actually know how to form this letter because it's one of our 'curly c' letters but today we are going to try and make sure the 'tail' part of the letter is formed properly and hangs down below the line.

This is what we want it to look like...

As always watch the Sky-Writer jet (ict-games) create the letter for you. Remember to click 'cursive' so you get the looped version of the letter.

If you have got your 'pinchy-pen' grip it's over to you!

    Mental maths challenge:

Something a little different today. Take a look at the story characters in the grid below.

(a pdf copy of the grid can be found at the bottom of the page)

Can you see the numbers and letters on the grid? We can use these to explore where the different characters are.

The letters A, B, C, D are at the bottom of each column. (The line of squares going up and down on the grid)

The numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 are at the side of each row. (The line of squares going from side to side)

Put your finger on the Big Bad Wolf. Now run your finger down the column from the wolf and you will find the letter B. The Big Bad Wolf is in column 'B'.
Now put your finger back on the wolf. This time move your finger across the row towards the numbers. Which number do you get to? The Big Bad Wolf is in row '3'.

If we put the number and letter together we can see exactly which grid square the Big Bad Wolf is in.

B 3

Can you see who is hiding in the square: D 2?

Can you see who is hiding in the square A 4?

Have fun exploring where the other characters are!


Go through all your sounds and tricky words Ladybirds before trying today's challenge.

A new sound for us today Ladybirds. It's another 'digraph'- "2 letters, 1 sound".

The new sound (phoneme) is 'sh'.

The Jolly Phonics action for this sound is as follows:

Watch the clips from BBC Bitesize and Little Learners to help you say and spot our new sound.


Try this reading activity today Ladybirds using our new 'sh' sound. Sound out each letter and blend them together to hear each word. Tricky words are in red. How many can you read by yourself?

Grown-ups: If you are still working on Phase 2 sounds with your child then do Activity 2 instead.

If you print off the activity you can hide the pictures by folding along the dotted line just like we do when we play our 'Read and Reveal' game at school.  Have fun!

I hope you had fun with your learning today Ladybirds. I shall soon have our Photo Gallery up and running so you can see all the different things your Ladybird friends have been up to.

Have a lovely day Ladybirds. See you tomorrow!

Mrs Chapman

Tuesday 12th January 2021


Good Morning Ladybirds! How are you feeling today?

It's always great to start the day with a wake and shake activity (or a workout with Joe Wicks) but sometimes taking time to   s-l-o-w   d-o-w-n   is good for our brains too.

Try some mindfulness breathing with 'Rainbow Relaxations'. Click the image below and have a go!

If we are all feeling calm it must be time to start today's challenges!

     Handwriting challenge:

It's another letter with a 'tail' today Ladybirds. Today's letter is 'y'.

 Remember, although we start with our pencils on the line, when we make the 'tail' part of the letter it should be under the line like this...

Click below to watch the little red jet show you the movements. (sky-writer from Ict-games)

"Go up and down. Along the line. Then up and down with a loop."

Over to you Ladybirds. Go on, give it a try!

   Mental maths challenge:

Try out this adding game today. When we add we are combining the total number of two or more sets.

In the picture above we have 5 apples in one set and 4 apples in the other set.

When we count all the apples in the sets there are 9 apples altogether. 5 + 4 = 9

Click below to play the 'Addition to 10' game from the TopMarks site.

When you are on the website simply click on the image again to play the game.


Do you remember the 'ch' sound we learned yesterday? You can remind yourself with the videos from yesterday if not.


Time to spell some 'ch' words for ourselves. Look at the picture below and say the word.

  Say  "chop"

Now say the word slowly so you can hear ALL the sounds.     "ch"   "o"   "p"

Finally write the sounds down.    

ch   o   p


Do exactly the same and try spelling these 'ch' words. (Activity 2 is for those who are still gaining confidence with their Phase 2 sounds).

A pdf version of the activity can be found at the bottom of the page.

Great job Ladybirds! You are simply the best!
See you again tomorrow!

Mrs Chapman

Monday 11th January 2021

I hope you had a lovely weekend Ladybirds! Before we even begin the week I have lots of photos to share. Mrs Chapman's job this week is to learn how to create a photo gallery to put all your photos into but for now enjoy this super collection!

Our confident 'Math-magicians'.

Getting to grips with handwriting, phonics and reading!

Ladybirds love their art and craft!

...and look at what else we've been up to! Can you see who has been celebrating their 5th birthday?

Ready to start a new week of Home School Ladybirds?

The Body Coach, Joe Wicks, is beginning his 'P.E. with Joe' workouts again every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

You can join in the fun by visiting his channel on YouTube: 'The Body Coach TV'. Live lessons start at 9am. They are great for a 'wake and shake' activity to boost your energy for the day ahead.

The new Home Learning Activity Grid can be found under 'Home Learning- Term 3' from our class page main menu or you can find a copy attached at the bottom of this page. Try to do as many of the activities as you can to keep your learning on track. As usual I will add daily handwriting, phonics and maths activities to this page throughout the week and don't forget to log onto Bug Club and try out the new books there.

As the 'Dinosaur Roar' topic is a fantastic one to do when we are all back together I have swapped our Term 3 and 4 topics over. This term we will be adventuring into storyland with our topic of ...

Parents/ Carers: If you have any questions to ask or wish to send in photos for our webpage please do contact me:

    Handwriting challenge:

This week we will be learning how to form a new family of letters. Letters with 'tails'. When we write these letters we start on the line but when we come to form the tail, the tail hangs down under the line.

Let's start with 'j'

Watch the little red jet form the letter first. Click to watch. (Sky Writer- ict games)

Start with your pencil on the line. 'j' actually begins just like 'i'. "Go up and down then under the line and loop back up." Don't forget to add a dot at the top to finish.

Now you have a go. Click below for the link to the Writing Repeater tool from

     Mental maths challenge:

It's a snowman shape challenge today. Look at my snowman below. How many different shapes can you see and name?


Which shapes have 'curved' sides?   Which shape has '3 corners'?

Are there more circles or more squares? How do you know?


Go through all your sounds and tricky words as usual. Most of us should now be learning our Phase 3 sounds and tricky words but it is always worth reminding yourselves of the Phase 2 ones too.

So far in school we have learned the sounds j, v, w, x, y and z/zz. From now on we will be learning the Phase 3 digraphs and trigraphs.

Remember: a digraph is a letter sound made up of 2 letters. "Two letters, one sound."


The Jolly Phonic action for this sound is as follows...

Watch the clips below from BBC Bitesize and Little Learners to help you spot and say this new sound.


Now you've practised the new sound have a go at reading the following words.

(for those who are currently learning Phase 2 sounds complete activity 2 instead)

Activity 1

The labels have become muddled up. Can you match the words to the correct pictures?

Activity 2

The labels have become muddled up. Can you match the words to the correct pictures?

A pdf copy of this activity can be found at the bottom of the page if you wish to print it out.

What a great start to the week Ladybirds! Time to play now.
See you again tomorrow.

Mrs Chapman