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Home School- Week 6

Friday 12th February 2021


"Kung hei fat choi!"

Did you know that today is the start of Chinese New Year? If you want to, click on the image above to go to the Cbeebies Website and find out a little more about the celebration. There are video clips to watch and activity ideas too such as how to make a Chinese dragon puppet.

In the Chinese calendar each year is named after a different animal. There are 12 animals in total. This year is the year of the Ox- that's the year Mrs Chapman was born in! Click below to hear the story of how the animals were chosen. (when you are on the cbeebies page scroll down) Do you know which year you were born in?

Why not try some Chinese food during the holidays or have a go at using chop-sticks- they can be a little tricky!

As it is our special Zoom Meeting today Ladybirds there will be no daily challenges set today. You and your grown-ups have been working incredibly hard this term so it's time to wind down, put school books away and enjoy a well earned break. Spend time doing the things you all love, the things that make you feel good and the things that make you smile. Have fun Ladybirds and we will see you again soon.

Parents/ Carers: Mrs Hughes and I are truly in awe of how brilliantly you have taken on the role of teacher whilst also juggling your own work-life and family commitments during this term. 'Thank you!' doesn't quite sum up our appreciation of the support you have given. The pictures you have been sending in have provided us with a lovely insight into just how well our amazing ladybirds are progressing in their learning and they certainly put a smile on our faces- I can honestly say we feel as proud of your children as you do! 

Enjoy a relaxing half-term holiday and hopefully we will be blessed with warmer weather soon!

With very best wishes

Mrs Chapman and Mrs Hughes

Thursday 11th February 2021


Hello again Ladybirds. The end of the week is creeping nearer. Tomorrow is our last day before the holidays. Yippee! It is also our Zoom meeting at 11am. All your grown-ups will have the details about our meeting. Don't be late!

During our Zoom meeting we would like you to share with everyone something that you have really enjoyed this term. It could be a picture of you doing something fun, something that you have made, even something that you did that made you feel proud. Whatever it is let's celebrate it with everyone!

You will also need some paper and pens for a little game we can play together so keep these handy!

Ok! It's that time to get on your feet and get moving. Join in with today's Wake and Shake- Get Funky! by the Learning Station...

     Handwriting challenge:


Our letters this week are our 'i' family of letters. Did you try to make the letters in the snow yesterday Ladybirds? I would love to see them!

I will keep the links above to the Sky Writer and Writing Repeater tools from ict-games incase you want to go over any of your letters. Today I would like you to have a go at writing your name again but making sure that if you have any of our 'i' letters in your name that you use your beautiful handwriting when writing them. (Don't forget last week we did our 'c' family of letters - have you remembered these in your name too?).

We know that when writing our letters a pinchy-pen grip is really important.

Parents/Carers: There are lots of activities that can help develop and strengthen your child's fine motor skills. Here are a couple of websites (The Imagination Tree and that you may wish to take a peek at for ideas to try at home....



     Mental maths challenge:

This week in our maths activities we have been exploring using the language of taller/ longer/ shorter.

Play this comparison game from TopMarks to help you become more familiar with these maths words. Click on the image below to play.

Parents/ Carers: from the main menu select 'animals'. Note: I played this for ages but it doesn't seem to end so when you have had enough do stop! Again our new maths words can be used during many everyday activities e.g. on a walk in the park: "Which tree is tallest?" when cooking: "Can you find me a longer spoon?" when getting dressed: "Whose socks are shortest?"


Yesterday we learned a new sound- the digraph 'or'. If you need to remind yourselves of the sound do watch the clips below from BBC Bite-size and Simply Phonics again...


Today's phonics activity is a Yes/No game. Read each sentence- look out for those 'or' words- then think carefully. Do you think the answer to the question is 'yes' or 'no'? Circle the answer you think is right.

As always there are two versions (Phase 3 and Phase 2). Pdf copies of both can be found at the bottom of the page under 'Thursday's Phonics Activity'.

Fabulous job Ladybirds!
Mrs Hughes and I will see you tomorrow at 11am for our zoom meeting.  See you then!

Mrs Chapman

Wednesday 10th February 2021


Good Morning Ladybirds! Hope you are all keeping warm and well during these cold, frosty days. How do you like to keep warm best? Maybe by snuggling under a warm blanket...or doing lots of exercise and keeping moving....or enjoying a drink of hot chocolate? 

Don't forget to log onto Bug Club this week Ladybirds. A huge "Well done!" to all those who have completed all the books in their current level. I have added new books for you to read.

Did you know that during the Winter months hedgehogs are hibernating? Well here is one hedgehog that isn't sleeping and he's here to get you awake and ready to start the day. Click on the image below to join Sonic in 'Here comes the BOOM!' by Go Noodle.

Here's a countdown for your quick challenges today Ladybirds...5  4  3  2  1  BOOM!

     Handwriting challenge:

This week we have been recalling our 'i' family of letters. Again, if you want to access the Sky Writer or Writing Repeater tools from ict games simply click on the images below...


Get creative with your handwriting today Ladybirds- maybe grab a stick and get out there in the snow to form each letter!

    Mental maths challenge:

Today's game will help us recap our understanding of 1 more and 1 less (fewer). It is from the ict-games website.

Parents/ Carers: Comparing groups of objects and using the language of more/ fewer can be done in many different situations in and around the home for example when tidying up: "Are there more teddies on the bed or on the floor?", when out on a walk: "Are there fewer blue cars or fewer white cars parked on our street?", or setting the table for dinner: "Can you pass me one more spoon please".


As we are learning lots of new Phase 3 digraphs now Ladybirds it is really important that we continue to practise them regularly. You will find Phase 2 and 3 sound mats along with the tricky words at the bottom of the page. Play lots of games to help you become confident in recognising these sounds.

Ideas include: Making a fishing game to 'catch' sounds and tricky words, using your Metal Mike robots, playing 'snap' or 'pairs' games, going on a treasure hunt or finding online games too. Vary the way you learn your sounds and tricky words to keep it fresh and interesting!

Today we are introducing another new sound and another new digraph. "Two letters, one sound".


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

Watch the clips below from BBC Bite-size and Simply Phonics to help you begin to spot our new sound in different words.


Today's phonic game is an 'I Spy' game using our new 'or' sound. As always there is an alternative version of the game for those learning their Phase 2 sounds- pdf copies of both versions can be found at the bottom of the page under 'Wednesday's Phonics Activity'. Sound out and blend to read each word then see if you can spot a matching picture!

Tuesday 9th February 2021


Hello again Ladybirds! Thank you for your lovely pictures. I can see you have been having great fun in the snow!


Parents/ Carers: Today is Safer Internet Day. Click on the link to find some useful ideas and advice on this year's theme of 'reliability online'. There is a lovely virtual assembly aimed at 3-7 year olds which explores, through an adventure story with Detective Digiduck, how to check whether all that we find on the internet is really true or not. Click the link below...

Detective Digiduck Story

Ready for a wake and shake activity Ladybirds? Let's try the HIIT workout again!

Let's get busy with today's quick challenges...

    Handwriting challenge:

This week we have been practising our 'i' family of letters. Here they are again...


Click on the above links to access the Sky Writer or Writing Repeater tools from ict-games.

Print off the handwriting challenge below (you will find a pdf version at the bottom of the page) and get your pinchy-pen fingers ready!

Start on the line each time - write 2 or 3 of each letter. Remember to begin each letter like 'i'- "Up and down... then up and over." Now use your lovely handwriting when writing the words to match the pictures.

Great job Ladybirds!

     Mental maths challenge:

Let's play a game of "Higher/ Lower". Click the image below to play. In the game you will see a line of face-down cards. Turn over the first card. What number can you see? Do you think the next card will show a number that is higher or lower than the one you have just turned over? If you guess correctly try again with the next card. Can you make it to the final card?

Parents/Carers: from the main menu you will be able to select from objects or numerals and from numbers to 10 or numbers to 20 so you can select the difficulty most appropriate for your child.


Yesterday we introduced our new Phase 3 digraph- 'ar'. If you need to remind yourselves of the sound do watch the clips below from BBC Bitesize and those friendly pirates!


Get drawing with today's phonic activity. You will find a printable version along with an alternative game for those continuing to learn their Phase 2 sounds.

Well done Ladybirds- your phonic skills are amazing.

Only 3 days left until the holidays- keep smiling!

Mrs Chapman

Monday 8th February 2021


Good Morning Ladybirds! So much for Mrs Chapman spotting signs of Spring the other week. The snow this weekend has told me that Winter is not finished yet! I wonder, did you get out and about in the snow yesterday Ladybirds? I am sure there may be some snowy pictures heading my way to put up in our photo gallery.

This is our final week before the holidays Ladybirds. How have you enjoyed our topic of 'Once upon a Time'? This week our focus story is Jack and the Beanstalk. Do take a look at our Home Learning Activity Grid at the bottom of the page (or from 'Home Learning- Term 3 from the menu on the right) and try out some of the ideas there- you may like our 'balancing beanstalk' game or try your hand at growing cress or carrot tops!

Whatever you get up to this week do send in photos to share with everyone in our gallery. Parents/ Carers: if you have any concerns or questions again please do get in contact:

Let's start the week with a snow themed wake and shake. Join in with Smallfoot- Do the Yeti from GoNoodle:

Now your brains are nice and awake try out today's quick challenges below!

    Handwriting challenge:

This week we will go over our 'i' family of letters. These letters all begin in the same way that we write 'i'.

"Up and down".

If you need to remind yourself how to form each of these letters do click on the jet image below and watch the Sky Writer jet (ict-games) show you how it's done. Remember to select 'cursive' first.


Have a go at using your lovely handwriting letters in today's activity. Practise your letters first- just do 2 or 3 of each letter. You could use the Writing Repeater tool from ict-games by clicking on the image above.

Now look at each of the pictures below and say the word. Can you work out which sound is missing?

(a printable version can be found at the bottom of the page)

    Mental maths challenge:

Let's start the week with a counting challenge. Can you count up to 20? Counting up is not too tricky, but how are you at counting down? Join in with our Flossing Monkey below. Look and listen carefully to the pattern of the numbers as you count back. (oh and don't forget to join in with the flossing moves too!)

Now try the 'Count the Yeti' game from The Maths Factor. It is simply just a counting game- you have to match the number of Yeti to the correct numeral, however, it is a good opportunity to see which numbers your child can subitise (that means they can recognise the amount without actually counting). Subitising is a great skill!


Today's new Phase 3 sound is another digraph: "Two letters, one sound".

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

To help you see and say our new sound watch the short clips below from BBC Bite-size and some rather helpful pirates!


Now have a go at the 'ar' activity below. As always there is an alternative version for those still focusing on their Phase 2 sounds. Find a printable version of both games at the bottom of the page.

Wow Ladybirds! You are truly remarkable. Give yourself a high-five for all your hard work today.

Enjoy the rest of your day and I will see you again tomorrow.

Mrs Chapman