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Panda Class Home Learning w/c 13th July 2020

Hello everyone,


I hope you have enjoyed the weekend.

This is the final week of home learning online, as term ends this Thursday, 16th July 2020. I have to say I have been blown away by the effort your children have put into the home learning tasks and it’s been so lovely to see the work, videos and pictures on Class Dojo.  It’s not been easy for anyone but we have all pulled together and you have done a great job! Thank you.

In maths this week we are looking at solving mathematical problems – putting into practice what we have learnt so far.  Remind your child to read the question and then say what the problem is asking them to do; ask them to tell you what they know about the question (who, what, how many) if necessary underline what the question is asking you to do. Then get them to say how they might work it out – don’t forget drawing pictures or using props for these problems are a great visual support.

Sharing eyfs-maths-solving-problems

Halving eyfs-maths-solving-problems

Doubling eyfs-maths-solving-problems

In English we are looking at rhymes.  It is important to be able to hear rhymes and be able to match and predict/suggest a matching pair of rhyming words.  Enjoy the poems.


Can you write any poems of your own?

In phonics we are practising set 2 and set 3 sounds from Read Write Inc.  These can be found on you Tube

Set 1 and set 2 Red words should be practised as well so that your child can read and spell them independently.


I would recommend carrying on with some aspects of learning through the summer holidays, by listening to your child read regularly, getting them to write notes, letters and lists etc. I have also added a summer activity booklet with a variety of activities for them to complete if they want to – hopefully they will enjoy it.


Take care and enjoy the summer holidays and I am really looking forward to welcoming everyone back in September.

Best wishes

Mandy Turner

Panda Class Home Learning w/c 6th July 2020

Panda Class Home Learning w/c 6th July 2020

What a busy week we’ve had again – it has been really good to see everyone’s work.  Keep it going.  Thank you for your support with your children at home and in school.

In Maths this week we are looking at capacity.  If it’s sunny (fingers crossed!) you could do some of these activities outside with some bottles or containers of different sizes.  The following links are for worksheets and activities.





This week in English we are reading the story of Super Tato! You can find a video of the story here

We are going to be re-writing the story and changing what happens in Super Tato’s adventures! Perhaps you could create a story map for this story or come up with your own version of events – perhaps different fruit and veg and different problems!  Don’t forget to illustrate your stories.

As well as making a story we are going to be making ‘wanted’ posters to help catch the culprit – The Evil Pea! You can find the link here…



Expectations by the end of EYFS- Early Learning Goals       (in an ideal world…)

Reading– Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Activities- Regular reading at home, looking for signs, having a go at reading anything around you!

Writing– Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

Activities- practice writing words and sentences using anything around such as chalk, whiteboard pens; it doesn’t just have to be pencil and paper! You could write letters, label pictures, write stories; it can be totally up to the child’s interest!

Number– Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Activities- Counting forward and backwards, looking for and recognising numbers (especially up to 20) anywhere around you, hunting for numbers, one more, one less than a particular number.

Shape, Space and Measure– Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

Activities- hunting for shapes in your home, garden, daily walk, comparing the height, weight, size of objects, making your own pattern, you could draw a pattern, paint a pattern, and make a pattern using objects in your home.

There are some great activities on Pintrest for Super Tato   Enjoy.

If you need any more resources please feel free to message me or, alternatively, have a look back on previous weeks’ posts.


Take care and have a good week.

Mandy Turner



Panda Class Learning w/c 29th June 2020

Hi Pandas,

We’ve all had another busy week with lots of amazing work and activities.  Some people have been baking: a rather yummy looking chocolate cake; some people have done some amazing writing; some people have sent videos of super reading; some people have been growing things too.  Our cress experiment was interesting.  We found that cress will grow virtually anywhere! Even, we found, in a dark cupboard!  We noticed that the only thing it needed for growth was water.  The best result was when we grew it in cotton wool on a sunny window ledge.

This week’s learning…

This week in maths we are looking at Length, height and distance. Children should begin to use the language to describe length and height, e.g. the tree is tall, the pencil is short.  When making direct comparisons, they may initially say something is big or bigger than something else. Encourage them to use more specific mathematical vocabulary relating to length (longer/shorter), height (taller/shorter), and breadth (wider/narrower).  Opportunities for comparing length or height will arise naturally through talk and play in the natural environment/out and about.

The story link below is Where’s my Teddy? Read by Jez Alborough.


The following sheets will mostly be around length, height and distance.



Sophies Sunflowers Measuring Height PowerPoint

There are also lots of other activities available on-line for measuring.


In English we are reading the story of ‘A Magical Muddle’.

We are going to find natural items, thinking carefully about what we know is not safe to pick. We are going to use our items to make a potion! What kind of potion would you choose to make? Perhaps a potion to make you invisible, make you fly or turn yourself into a mermaid!

Before we get stuck into making our potions we are going to write instructions so we don’t forget what went in. For example:

  1. Put 4 petals into the bowl.
  2. Add 3 crushed green leaves.
  3. Mix in 2 drops of rainwater.
  4. Stir in a pinch of glitter.

Phonics – Children should aim to be secure in reading all set 1 and 2 sounds and be able to read and write all set one and two ‘red’ (tricky) words that cannot be decoded. The link below is to the Read Write Inc website Oxford Owls.



Reading – Please read regularly: books, e-books, notices and signs when you are out and about.

This week we are going to have a go at making our own special magic wands to go with the potions we are creating.  If you can find a stick and have a go at making your own wand, you could make it extra special by adding some ribbon, glitter, paper, string or any other bits and pieces your child thinks will look nice.

Have a lovely week and keep sending in those amazing pieces of work/creations, you are all working so hard.

If you need any help with ideas or further resources please let me know.

Best wishes

Mandy Turner


Panda Class Overview of Learning w/c 22nd June 2020

Hello Panda Parents,

We’ve all been working so hard this week: at home and at school, in our bubbles.  Well done and a big thank you to all.

Maths – This week in maths we are looking at halving and odd / even numbers.  Collect an even number of small items, count them so you both know how many there are at the start. Perhaps use some food for a teddy bears picnic.  Have 2 plates and share the food out equally. Make sure the sharing is fair.  Then progress this to start with an odd number of items and talk about what happens when you have shared fairly but there is a left over, this must mean we started with an odd number of items. Talk about odd and even numbers. Encourage your child to draw pictures to record their findings. Children could build towers with odd and even numbers of bricks, again, draw what they have found out and discuss odd and even numbers. ‘An odd number is a number that cannot be shared out fairly between 2 people.’


We can also complete any maths activity sheets from last week too – these are good to keep revisiting basic number operations.

Phonics – In phonics this week we are revising recognising and writing, correctly, all of the set one sounds.  I have sent a link to the set one sounds so you know which ones they are.  I have also added a video clip to see how the letters should be formed.  The correct letter formation is important to crack at an early age then children don’t start with habits which are hard to break later on in school.  Ultimately, the aim is for older children to have cursive handwriting and the correct formation is vital for this to be successful.

The link below shows which letters/sounds are in which set.


The link below is a link to the parents area of Read Write Inc phonics where you will find lots of resources for reading and phonics in general.

There re some writing/phonics sheets too which will hopefully be fun and help to cement our phonics.  The sentences in bold should, ideally, be read by the children with your support.

Phonics Activity Mats

If I can be of help with anything please let me know.  Have a great week.

Mandy Turner

Panda Class Overview of Learning w/c 15th June 2020

Hi Panda Class – I hope you have had a good week.  Our first week back at school went well.

All of the activities below are being done in school and will be fine for work at home too.

Maths – This week in maths in class we are recapping recognising and writing accurately our numbers to 20.
Then, there are a series of Maths Activity sheets which all involve working with numbers to 20 and other aspects of maths.

Maths Activity Mats 15th June

Please aim to complete all the sheets in a week. If your child does not like sitting to complete the work, by all means work practically where possible and use resources to hand to pose similar questions.

Reading – Please aim to read each day with your child. There are resources on Oxford Owls website if you have run out of books.

Phonics – Ruth Miskin’s Read Write Inc work is still being shown on line – the first lesson is at 9:30 am daily, but if you don’t see that one then they are usually available to view at another time. Please review all Set 1, 2 & 3 sounds. The aim is for your child to say the sound when shown and then to be able to have a go at writing the sounds accurately too.

Writing – As we are growing runner beans in school, I thought it would be nice to read the story of Jack and The Beanstalk with the children. The writing activity this week is to use the writing prompt pictures to think of a sentence, rehearse it, say it out loud and write the sentences about the pictures shown.

Jack and the Beanstalk writing activity

Something a bit different…
This week we are going to do a little bit of an experiment, we are going to grow some cress just like Mr Bloom! You can watch how to make his cress-head here  
We are going to try growing cress in the shade, the sun, sand, cotton wool and soil. We are going to predict which cress will grow the best and check it each day to find out if we are right!
Have a good week and keep sending in the super work!
Best wishes
Mandy Turner.

Panda Class learning w/c 8th June 2020

Overview of learning w/c 8th June 2020

Hi Pandas, I hope you are all well.

We are working on self-esteem and being kind to ourselves this week. The following link is to a story about a bear that doesn’t know who or what he is. This is a good opportunity to think positively and convert any worries in to positives.

In maths we are adding 2 small numbers – there is a worksheet/game for this.               space-add-and-colour-addition-activity-sheet

There are some reading sentences for your child to read – the dots and dashes are for the different phonemes.    space-simple-sentence-cards

There is a worksheet for phonics too looking at finding and circling the correct word.  cvcc-phase-four-circle-that-word-worksheet

Have fun and have a good week.

Mandy Turner

Panda Class learning w/c 1st June 2020

I hope you had a good half term week.

In maths this week we are looking at halving quantities by sharing items into two equal groups. Children should share small quantities out fairly. Talk about unfair sharing, where one person has more/fewer.

Once children are confident with halving small quantities, they can explore sharing between 3 or 4 people. They will notice that there are sometimes leftovers and may come up with how to resolve this. Can you share the left overs?
Provide children with opportunities to share amounts around the home and garden.

The Doorbell Rang story book by Pat Hutchins puts sharing into context of everyday life.

Bean Thirteen is another story which shows sharing.
If you want to find the stories read by different people than the ones I’ve found, feel free.

Phonics – Ruth Miskin’s Read Write Inc is still online – I have put a link to the speed sounds which would be really good to revisit frequently.

In writing children could write a diary of what they have been doing recently.
Encourage children to:
• leave finger spaces between words
• use good ‘pincer’ pencil grip
• start with a capital and finish with a full stop.

Have a lovely week.
Mandy Turner

Panda Class Learning w/c 18th May 2020

Hi Pandas, I hope you are all well. I really enjoyed playing the ‘Guess the object’ game on our Zoom session on Friday and you were all amazing, asking brilliant questions. Well done!

Thank you for all of the communications over Class Dojo I really enjoy seeing what you have been up to. Last week saw some… very fast running, putting animals and their facts in to alphabetical order in excel, great maths work, lots of reading, gardening, bike riding, baking, a very sparkly blue spider in the spider game, some super writing and a poorly finger!

Following on from last week’s maths- her is a challenge! Still using the First, Then, Now strategy, try changing part of the number story to make it an unknown. This is a good activity to show how much understanding your child has of how the numbers change.
So, first there were 2 frogs on the log.
Then, some more frogs get on
Now there are 4 frogs.
How many frogs joined the group?
Alternatively, you could have an unknown amount at the start.

This week in maths we are looking at doubling. This can be doubling numbers, amounts in a group or doubling of patterns. Resources for doubling can be found below.

Nrich maths resource for doubling.

BBC Numberblocks Series 2 Episode 9 – Double Trouble

Games and activities to support doubling:
Play a doubles game with 2 dice. Roll both dice and see if you get a double – if you do, you score 2 points. The winner is the first person to 10 points.
Make towers or rows with Lego. Can they build towers that are double the length or double the height?
Can they find items around the house or garden to make double patterns?
Play matching snap.

English – finding out about dinosaurs
Can you create a fact file about dinosaurs? Which is your favourite dinosaur? What is it called? What food did they eat? (start to include terminology such as carnivore, herbivore, omnivore) Where did they live? Did it fly? How big was it? Include any interesting facts that you can find!
An interesting fact about a T-Rex is that its tooth is the same size as a banana!! AMAZING!

Below is an example for the ‘Dinosaur fact file’:
‘A diplodocus is my favourite dinosaur – it eats plants, so it is an herbivore. It has a very long neck to reach high up into the trees and has a very long tail. It weighed 12 tonnes which is as much as a large truck.’

Use pictures from the internet and drawings copied from books. Label the parts. Add extra interesting facts. Use text boxes and speech bubbles.

Enjoy the dinosaur links below:

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs story
The Prehistoric Animal Brigade- Can you copy the dinosaur actions?
The Dinosaur Song

Reading – Lots of reading and listening to stories being read.

Phonics – Ruth Miskin’s Read Write Inc phonics is now extending the home learning until 12th June. There is a full schedule on their You Tube channel. They have also added several poetry activities for Reception age children.

Something completely different…
Live broadcasting from the National Aquarium

Have fun and stay safe
Mandy Turner

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