Panda Class Home Learning Friday 26th February

Hi Pandas,

Friday already!  Where did the week go?

Here are a few thoughts for today.

Don’t forget 11 am today is our Zoom session with Road Safety Ray – the link went out via Class Dojo – let me know if you need it again. Have you got your questions ready?

Spend today catching up with those tasks that you didn’t manage to complete in the week.

If the weather is kind, enjoy a nice walk and look for signs of Spring. Here is a bird spotting checklist.


You may want to spend more time creating your Kandinsky style artwork – the ones I’ve seen look amazing! You are all so talented.

Can I request that you bring your Kandinsky style artwork in to school when we return? I would like to make a large display featuring all of the children’s artwork – it will look amazing!

I have attached a letter with a few notes and reminders, for our return to school on 8th March.  How many big sleeps is it now…?

Panda letter March 21 PDF

Have a great day.

Mandy Turner


Panda Class Home Learning Thursday 25th February

Hi Pandas,

Have you got your questions ready for our Road Safety Zoom on Friday? Road Safety Ray is looking forward to talking to you.

Our new class member, Panda is settling in well.  He is having a good look around.

Phonics – follow your schedule.

English – All Pandas  This can be done over 2 days.

Our text is Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival

Reading aloud and key talking points:
Before you begin to read, look at the front cover and read the title of the book. Ask the children what they think they might already know about the girl on the cover. What do they think might happen in her story?

Read aloud up to ‘Ruby was perfectly happy.’ hiding the final sentence ‘Until one day…’. Think together about the things that make Ruby happy. What do they have in common with Ruby? What makes them happy?

Continue to read aloud to ‘…she was worrying about it!’ Do they think Ruby is doing the right thing? What do they think Ruby should do about her worry?

Read on up to ‘…she would never feel happy again.’ Pause to consider what Ruby says here. Do they have any ideas for how to make Ruby happy again?

Continue reading on to ‘Could it be a worry?’ How do they think Ruby feels when she sees the boy? What do they think she might be thinking?

Read to the end of the book. How did Ruby get rid of her worry in the end? What do you think she learnt about being worried?

After reading, encourage the children to tell you what they liked about the book. Was there anything they disliked?

What did it make them think about?  Do they have any worries of their own?

Do they have any questions about the book? How did it make them feel? Has there ever been a time where anything like this has ever happened to them or to someone else they know?

Maths – Year 1

Y1-Spring-Block-3-WO-Subtracting-lengths-2020 (1)




The  Animal Kingdom – In this lesson, we are going to be learning about 2 different families of animals which are vertebrates. Vertebrates are animals which have a backbone inside their body. The major animal families include fish, amphibians, birds and mammals. Today we will be focusing on the differences between mammals and birds.

Enjoy this story of The Rumble in the Jungle.


Have a great Thursday.

Mandy Turner



Panda Class Home Learning Wednesday 24th February

Hi Pandas,

We have a new Panda in class!!

He is a little bit nervous at the moment and he doesn’t have a name. Do you think you could think of a name for him? Message me on Class Dojo and I will put all the suggestions in a bag, and pull one out!  We’ve had some great suggestions so far.  I think he will feel better when he has a nice name.

He is beginning to explore the classroom, I will take photos of him and show you what he gets up to.  He’s really looking forward to meeting you all!

For today:

Carry on with Ruth Miskin’s Live Phonics lessons.

Also, have a go at blending some sounds to read the words.


Year 1 – Carry on with the spelling booklet; don’t forget, you may not know them all yet, but with lots of practice you will get better and better at spelling the words.

Reception –  This is the Read Write Inc list of spellings for Reception (Year 1, check you know these words too – reading and spelling). Read the words in set 1 and see if your child can spell any. Work on them if they are not known yet. When set 1 are done, move on to set 2.

RWI red-word-list-

Maths – Year 1

The next step is to be able to add different lengths together.



Comparing length with Connor the caterpillar.

EYFS measuring-caterpillar-lengths-maths-activity


English – All Pandas

You recognised lots of different emotions in our story – The Dot, well done.

Today we have got a comprehension activity, to check understanding of the story.


Go through the booklet, this can be done on the screen, if you don’t want to print it out. Verbal feedback is fine – chat with your child about the question and the possible answers; let them have some thinking time and then choose the correct answer.


Enjoy this non-fiction book about Pandas.


Geography – What is an Ocean? Where are they? Are they all the same? What are they called? Do you remember what the Continents are called and where they are? Watch this PowerPoint and complete the World jigsaw!



Don’t forget to think of some questions for Road Safety Ray, who is joining us for a Zoom Road Safety meeting on Friday at 11am.

Have a great Wednesday!

Mandy Turner



Panda Class Home Learning Tuesday 23rd February

Hi Pandas,

I was pleased to see the Phonics was back online this morning; they are continuing with Home Learning lessons, so that’s great.  Keep at it, they are such a wonderful resource to be able to access.


Year 1.  Continue with measuring with work sheet number 2 ‘Measuring Length 2’.  Yesterday’s work raised some interesting questions about non-standard units of measurement, and how, if the method of measuring is different, then even though two items may measure 4 units long – if the measurement method changes then they may not be the same length. See questions 2 and 3 from Monday’s work to check. It raised a lot of discussion in school – even with 2 children!


Reception – How did the Home Measuring Challenge go?

More measuring today. See how you get on comparing height.


English – All Pandas

Have a look through the story of The Dot again 

Find the list of emotions from yesterday’s work – Can you find new words that mean the same as the ones you chose yesterday? For example, here in class, we said that at the beginning Vishti was/looked  angry – another word for angry is cross.

Angry – Cross, and so on…

Then can you think of a colour that matches that emotion? I think we may choose red for the start where she seems angry. You could colour over the words in colours of your choice, to match the emotions.


Have a go at this feelings worksheet.



Continue with your spellings.  See yesterday’s spelling booklet.

Here is a link to having opportunities to practice your handwriting.


History – All Pandas

We are looking at the life of Neil Armstrong, this half term.  Key question::  Was Neil Armstrong an explorer, like Christopher Columbus?  Discuss what you think.

Watch the PowerPoint and then complete the time line.  There are a few time line formats to choose from, use the one that suits your child. Reception, you may want to use the pictures, to order the events of his life. Year 1 you may want to choose to do some writing – aim high!  Would you like to be an astronaut?

Neil Armstrong PowerPoint

Neil Armstrong Timeline Activity Sheet


How are you getting on with reading?  There are lots of books available online and I can put new books in the reception area for those of you who pass by school. Just let me know, and I can sort some out.

Enjoy this story, one of my favourites.. Whatever next? by Jill Murphy 

Have a great Tuesday,

Mandy Turner



Panda Class Home Learning 22nd February

Hi Pandas,

How are you all?

I hope you have had a great half term break.  It will be lovely to hear all of your news.

Here is the learning for today.

9.00  Worship with Mrs Williams – Link as before on Class Dojo.

PE with Joe Wicks or our own Mr Wright with TWWG ‘Move’ schedule.

Phonics – Ruth Miskin Live Lessons for Set 1,2 & 3 schedule.

Carry on with your set’s schedule each day.

I have added a sheet with all of the sounds in each set.



Maths  Year 1

We are looking at length and height for a couple of weeks – measuring, comparing length and height, using standard and non-standard units of measurement and adding/subtracting length problems.  NOTE: When asked to measure items in the classroom – do these activities in your home instead.


Record your measuring activities in your books – what did you measure? What did you use to measure with, a ruler or a non-standard unit, such as a tin of beans?  If you have any cubes, you can also measure with them.

Reception – We are learning to measure and compare heights and lengths.


You could use your hands or a shoe to measure the length of a piece of furniture, each other or a room. Enjoy the challenges.


Year 1 – There are a group of words which are called Common Exception Words (CEWs).  These are words which cannot be sounded out in order to read/spell them – they just have to be memorised.  I have attached a booklet for CEWs for you to work through over the next couple of weeks; there are a variety of games and activities.  Check out which words your child knows, and which ones they still need to learn.


Reception – These are the ‘Red’ or Tricky Common Exception words for you to read and have a go at spelling, starting with Set 1.

RWI red-word-list-

English – All Pandas – Recognising and discussing emotions 

Our text is The Dot by Peter H Reynolds, a super story which links nicely to self-esteem, having a go and making mistakes.

Revisit the story lots of times and discuss the feelings that Vashti is experiencing (look at the pictures for clues as well as the words in the story) – make a list of each of the feelings as you go through the book.   Don’t forget,  you are wonderful word collectors Pandas – you can do it.  Write your final list AND draw the emotions too on little faces.  Record this in your books.

How do her feelings and posture change as the story (and dots) progress? Why is this? Talk about how your child would feel if they had a piece of art work framed. Keep the list/drawings of feelings safe they are needed tomorrow.

Try making these feelings face masks – can you name each emotion?

Time for a rest – enjoy this Story with Biff, Chip and Kipper.


Art – All Pandas

We are going to use our story, The Dot, to inspire us and get us started on our artist study for this half term.

Watch this PowerPoint to get you started;  we are looking at Wassily Kandinsky. Follow the PowerPoint to find out more about him and to get started on our art topic. Have fun!


I will leave some paper in the front reception area – let me know if you need any crayons etc.

Have a lovely day.

Mandy Turner


Panda Class Half Term February 2021

Hi Pandas,

Yayyy it’s time to play! Half Term is here.

I just wanted to send you a big well done and thank you message!

You have worked so hard over the last few weeks and you have stuck at it even when things have been very tough. I am so proud of you all Pandas and you should feel very proud of yourselves (and your grown-ups too).

I have found a Playdough recipe which sounds good, as it is a no-cook recipe and the playdough lasts for a long time.

Recipe for playdough

Playdough is really good for building up hand and finger strength and can be linked to measuring (coming up after half term) or other maths or letter activities; try forming letters or your name. And it’s just a lot of fun to play with!

Have a lovely restful break and have lots of fun!

Bye for now and take care.

Mandy Turner


Panda Class Home Learning Thursday & Friday 11th & 12th February

Hi Pandas,

English Year 1 Lesson 6  Anansi and Tiger.

In this lesson, we ‘box up’ our story of ‘Anansi and Tiger’, focusing on the action taking place at different points in the story.

Reception – Try reading along with the Alphablocks.  You are very good at blending  sounds together.


Maths All Pandas

Continue with the maths booklets and watch NumberJacks, as they explain about ‘counting on’ when adding 2 numbers together.


Chinese New Year begins on February 12th, why not enjoy some of these activities…   This video follows 2 children as they get ready for Chinese new year.

Chinese children help to clean the house before the celebrations can start.  Are there any jobs you can do at home to help out?

Try some of these craft activities.





Enjoy being creative.

I will send a link via Class Dojo for our Friday Zoom meeting.

Best wishes

Mandy Turner




Panda Class Home Learning Part 2! 10.2.21

Hi Pandas,

I realised last night I hadn’t added the English link for Year 1…

apologies, here it is.

English Year 1 Lesson 5  Anansi and Tiger

In this lesson, we practise our reading strategies as well as learning how to summarise the events of the story.


Panda Class Home Learning Wednesday 10th February

Hi Pandas,

you have been very busy already this week,  and it’s only Wednesday! You have been uploading lots of great work. You are all thinking a great deal about what you would pack for your voyage to the New World! There is also some great artwork on the maps and sailing ships I’ve seen. A huge well done to everyone!

Continue with the items for the week.  I have also posted some new ideas too… see what you fancy doing.

You’ve asked for some more maths, so have a look at this maths activity booklet.

Year 1 Spring Maths Activity Booklet

This link is to Barnsley Museum – they have some great interactive activities – this one is a link to some on-line jigsaws!  Go to the bottom of their page for the link to the jigsaws.

Have a look at some experiments here on the science museum site…

Have a great Wednesday.

Mandy Turner



Panda Class Home Learning Tuesday 9th February

Hi Pandas,

This week’s learning will still have lots of learning but will ‘feel’ a bit different.  As we look forward to half term we will have more of a self-directed week of work.

Phonics is still available each day – the Live Phonics lessons with Ruth Miskin continue this week.  These lessons have been well-received and seem to be a favourite!

Maths Year 1 and Reception  This week has a mix of Number and 3D shape work.  It doesn’t matter which order you do the work in.  The Number worksheets are differentiated by having stars in the bottom left-hand corner. 1 Star being easier than 3 stars. You can if you choose, do them all, or, pick one that suits your child’s learning. The 3D shape work has a variety of activities; some practical work, finding the shapes in everyday objects, and some 2D & 3D Riddles along with colouring and cutting activities.  Go at your own pace through the week.  Let me know if you have any queries.







Year 1 Spring 1 Activity Mat 1

Year 1 Spring 2 Activity Mat 1

Year 1 English

In this lesson, (4)  Anansi & Tiger

In this lesson, we learn how to use the conjunction ‘and’ to join two sentences or clauses together.

Reception Writing Activity Booklet

Reception children, enjoy this booklet throughout the week.  Work through the activities at your own pace and try and complete at least one sheet per day if possible.

Reception literacy-activity-booklet

Hope you have chance for lots of great reading. Enjoy a good book…


Click on the link below to take you to a topic overview for the whole week.

Topic Overview for week commencing 8th February 2021

Have a great day.

Mandy Turner