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Week beginning: Monday 22nd March - On the Farm

This half term we are looing at the book of What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson and learning all about 'The Farm'. 


Can you look at the powerpoint of Mummy animals and their babies. Discuss with your adult what the animal is called and what its baby is called? 


Can you write a list of the Mummy and baby animal names. Remember to use your robot arms to help you sound and blend. 

What the Ladybird Heard | What the Labybug Heard | stories read aloud

What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson. Children's picture book and sound effects made by my little girl. Check out

Topic - Make a nest

This morning on zoom we looked at woodland habitats. We looked at the animals from the Gruffalo story and other woodland animals and discussed where they lived. We then looked closely at a birds habitat. What type of things would birds collect for their nests?


Today, we would like the children to go out and collect items to build their very own bird's nest.


You could even place it in a tree when it's finished to see if any birds come.


Please take photos and put them onto Tapestry. We can't wait to see your birds nests. πŸ¦‰πŸͺΆπŸ‚

Collect sticks, twigs, leaves, moss, feathers etc and make your own nest

Tuesday 9th February - Writing - The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

This weeks Julia Donaldson book is The Gruffalo.


The Gruffalo has terrible tusks, and terrible claws and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws. He has knobbly knees and turned out toes and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose. His eyes are orange, his tongue is black. He has purple prickles all over his back.


Can you draw and colour your own terrible creature who lives in the deep dark woods? Think about what it looks like. Is it a girl or a boy? What colour eyes does it have? Is it big or small? Does it have fur, skin, feathers, scales? What colour are its eyes? What is its body like? What colour is it? Remember its a "terrible" creature. Think about what the word terrible means.


Label your terrible creature and write a sentence to describe it.

Draw your own terrible creature from the deep dark wood

Thursday 4th February -  A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson

Today on Zoom we will be doing an activity where we are going to see how many things we can fit into our box. Just like the Old Woman fitting all those animals into her house.
After the Zoom call, I would like the children to repeat the game and see how many things they have in their box. You can give the children 5 minutes to fill the box if you don't have a dice. Can they count how many items they have?


I would then like the children to draw pictures of the items they put in their box and have a go at writing labels to match each object. This can just be on a blank piece of paper, no need to print the template below.
Let's see who can fit the most things in their box.😊

5 Minute Timer with Relaxing Upbeat Music and Alarm! Countdown Clock for Kids, Stress Relief, Fun!

5 Minute Timer with Relaxing Upbeat Music and Alarm! Countdown Clock for Kids, Stress Relief, Fun!We're back with all new amazing and awesome countdown timer...

Wk beginning: Monday 2nd February - A Squash and a Squeeze 

In  this weeks story time we will be reading the story of A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson. 


Can you draw a picture of the characters in the story then have a go at labelling them. Remember to use your robot arms to help you sound and blend.


Neatly colour in your pictures and think carefully about what colours you need to use. For example would you have purple pig? 


Also with your adult can you read the words are the rhyming sheet. Which words sound and look similar? Can you draw a line to the two words that rhyme with each other? Or even better write them down?


The activities do not need to be done on a print they can be done on a separate piece of paper.

A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson. Children's story. Audiobook. Read-aloud.

kids story book, read aloud audio book Julia Donaldson"Wise old man, won't you help me, please? My house is a Squash and a squeeze". A goat on the bed and a ...

Storytime for kids Emergency! By Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe

This half terms topic is based on book Emergency by Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe

Can you sound, blend and write the cvc words?

Fine motor skills

Getting ready to write

Fine motor skills are those that involve a refined use of the small muscles which control the hand, fingers and thumb. With the development of these skills, a child is able to complete important tasks such as writing and self and tasks such as feeding oneself, buttoning and zipping. 


In Reception we complete fine motor skill activities to develop, strengthen and enhance finger muscles to allow us to hold and grip writing untensils correctly and be able to manoeuvre them with ease to write. 

Home Learning - Fine motor skills Activities 

Can you write your first name? 


Can you have a go at writing your first name with a pencil? Your name always starts with a tall capital letter and is followed by lower case letters. 

What letter does your name start with? Do you know the sounds in your name? What do they look right? Which letters in your name are tall and small? 

Pencil Control Activity Sheets

If you have access to a printer you could print off the sheets below and encourage children to hold a pencil correctly and follow the lines with a pencil.


If you do not have a printer not to worry encourage your child to use a pencil to draw a picture and colour.