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Panda Class Home Learning Friday 22nd January

Hi Pandas!  Happy Friday…

Thank you so much for your wonderful work and great effort you put into it.  I realise how hard it is to be motivated – especially three weeks in – but you are doing a great job!

Today we will focus on catching up and trying some other activities.  Like last Friday, we can do lots of lovely Friday things…

Jigsaws, board games, play word games; try the ‘Tell Me More’ game, escape in a good book or comic, how about building a den somewhere with some sheets and cushions, the possibilities are endless. If you need some more suggestions or fancy a challenge try the following:

Friday activities sheet

Have a really lovely weekend, and if you have any concerns or just want to share something, let me know.

Best wishes

Mandy Turner


Panda Class Home Learning Thursday 21st January

Thursday 21st January

All Pandas

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.


Reception – Try some blending with this online game.

English – Year 1 – Reception can choose this too if you would like to continue with The Magic Paint Brush. If not, follow the Reception work.

In this lesson (4), Today we are using the past tense when writing a recount.


English – Reception – In this lesson (2),  we will learn how to draw a story map after we have told a story together. 


Year 1 –  Addition and Subtraction. Continue work from yesterday.


A challenge sheet with subtraction within 20.


Reception – In this lesson (3), we will explore the concept of subtraction as take away through telling ‘first, then and now’ stories

Science – In this lesson, we will be learning about living things and the features of living things.

The worksheets that accompany the video are below. Or if you prefer you can make your own that cover the same questions.


Let me know if you need any help with anything,

Mandy Turner

Panda Class Home Learning Wednesday 20th January

Wednesday 20th January

All Pandas

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.


Can you ask your child to tell you the sounds in the set they are working on.  If you point to each sound in turn, then ask them which sound it is.  If they know if securely, straight away then tick it off.  If they are not sure (which is fine) then you know these are the ones to focus on.  If you are on Set 3, you can access Mrs Suthers on YouTube, she has lessons which cover all of the sounds in that set. I will put a link to one of her lessons then that will guide you to the other sounds too. These are good as extra practice when the Ruth Miskin Live Lessons have been taken down.

English – Year 1 – Reception can choose this too if you would like to continue with The Magic Paint Brush. If not, follow the Reception work.

In this lesson (3), we will be deepening the understanding of a recount through role play.  Spellings within the video too.

English – Reception – In this lesson (1), we will learn how to listen to and respond to a story through games and nursery rhymes.  


Year 1 –  Addition and Subtraction. This work is for today and tomorrow.


Reception – In this lesson, we will be adding and using a number track to support counting on to ten.  

Geography – Looking at the features of the Polar regions.

Enjoy reading the book ‘Where Snowflakes Fall’. 

In this lesson (1) we learn where polar habitats are located on a world map and identify features of them. We also learn some ways that animals have adapted to be able to survive in such extreme conditions.

Challenge (this can be done at any time) – to build an igloo!  Your igloos don’t have to be exactly the same as on the video.  Use anything you have to hand. Some suggestions: Cotton wool balls, marshmallows, ice cubes or card board tubes cut into rings.

Have a lovely day

Mandy Turner

Panda Class Home Learning Tuesday 19th January

Welcome to Tuesday’s learning.

All Pandas

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

Carry on with your set’s schedule each day.


This link is for the next few weeks of the ‘live lesson’ schedule.   


Yoga – Choose one of the wonderful stories.


English – Year 1 – Reception can choose this too if you would like to continue with The Magic Paint Brush. If not, follow the Reception work.

In this lesson (2), we will map, step and speak the story of the ‘The Magic Paintbrush’

English – Reception

Winter-Themed Phase 2 Say It, Join It, Write It Activity


Year 1 – Continue with yesterday’s work.  Addition and Subtraction.

Reception – Adding by counting on.

History – All Pandas

Watch the video about Christopher Columbus, then record 5 facts about him. 

This is the facts sheet.


If you have chance, and the weather is settled, why not go for a nature walk.  What can you hear, see, smell and touch?  Can you collect some things to use in artwork or other activities.

Have a lovely day, enjoyment is the key thing – if it gets fraught take a break and come back to it another time. Be kind to yourselves.

Mandy Turner


Panda Class Home Learning Monday 18th January

Hi Pandas,

here is the work for Monday’s learning.

Joe Wicks or MOVE  PE  – both available Live on YouTube

Cosmic Kids Yoga, on YouTube

Phonics – Ruth Miskin Live lessons on YouTube – Working at your pace on each sound in Sets 1 – 3.

Reading – Oxford Owl e-books.

Also, check out this virtual library, a new resource for children.   

Year 1 Maths – This week we are consolidating what we know about Addition & Subtraction. The link is to a variety of questions designed to assess if the children have remembered the strategies needed to answer questions covered in recent learning.

Chat through each problem with your child; asking what they need to do.  Answers could be given verbally or jotted down in their work books.  I suggest doing half the questions on Monday and the other half on Tuesday.  There will be a similar set of questions for Wednesday and Thursday in Wednesday’s post.

Year 1 – Spring Add & Sub 20 PDF

Reception Maths –  Using manipulatives (small items) to ‘count on’ when adding.

Number-Formation-Tracing-Strips-0-10     Use these sheets to trace over the numbers so that your child knows how to write each of the numbers, forming them correctly.

English – Year 1

The Magic Paintbrush   Diary entry/Recount.

Task – Create a Recount Map from the Magic Paintbrush story.

Plus Spellings within the video.

English – Reception

Watch the Magic Paintbrush  Same lesson for Year 1  Skip to the story – do as much or as little as you feel appropriate of the other activities within the video – it’s the story that I want them to enjoy. Then, using the cards in the link below, can your child order the story in to the correct sequence?

The Magic Paintbrush Story Sequencing Cards

letter-formation-alphabet-handwriting-sheet-lowercase  This link is for practising letter formation. Start with the red dot and follow the arrows – correct letter formation is really important.

Art – All Pandas

This week we are looking at collage and how to create them.  There are some amazing examples on the Tate link.  This website is great for a general explore! 

Have a great day.

Mandy Turner

Panda Class Home Learning Friday 15th January

Friday 15th January 2021

What a busy week! It’s been filled with positive Panda moments and lots of amazing work as a result.  Thank you for all of your hard work and effort – it can’t be easy juggling all of life’s commitments and home schooling.

I will send a link (on Class Dojo) to a PowerPoint which is a celebration of the wonderful work Pandas have produced over the last week. I’ve really enjoyed seeing what you’ve been doing. You should all feel very proud!

I would like to have today as a chance to catch up on the tasks you haven’t managed to fit into the week so far. There might be a couple of pieces of work you need to go back to; or something you wanted to spend longer doing, or just have a rest!

I hope you can make it to our Panda Class Zoom session at 2pm Friday 15th.  (Again, I will send the meeting ID on Class Dojo)  If children have anything they would like to show or share then they can have a go.  Initially I expect they will be a bit ‘star struck’ when they see their friends, so we will have to see how it goes.

If you are up to date and would like more work – I have added a few suggestions:

Ruth Miskin Phonics – Friday’s live lessons.

Joe Wicks and our own Mr Wright, ‘TWWG Move’ offer on-line PE sessions via YouTube.

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Reading (100s of free e-books via Oxford Owl link)

Board games

Singing and dancing

Role Play – can you act out the story of Lost and Found?  Tate Modern for children is a wonderful resource full of amazing creative opportunities. I was on the site for ages exploring all of the different areas. I would definitely recommend it!

Here is a link to a lovely story called ‘While we can’t hug’.

I hope you all have a restful and enjoyable weekend.

Best wishes

Mandy Turner

Panda Class Home Learning Thursday 14th January

Thursday 14th January 2021


For ALL Pandas

Phonics – following the live daily Ruth Miskin YouTube lessons.

Reading – Oxford Owl Reading books – here is a direct link to the reading books which match your child’s book band colour.  If you are not sure which colour they are on please ask.

Links to Oxford Owl Read, Write, Inc books (1)

Writing – Positive Thinking is so important, especially at the moment, so here are some tasks with positivity in mind. Year 1 use your neatest writing and push yourself to use adjectives and a range of punctuation (!?,). Reception you can draw on your sheet and a grown up can write what you say or you can write too if you want to stretch yourself.

Happiness Is Poem Activity

Super Me Activity Sheet

ChallengeHow many ice cubes can you stand in a tower before it falls over? To make it even harder perhaps use tweezers or tongs to pick them up. Good luck! Take a photo and count how many ice cubes are in your tallest tower.

Reception – Maths

Adding to 20. Again if possible add to this with some everyday adding around the house. Add the total number of knives to the forks etc. when eating together.


Enjoy playing this Polar regions Bingo Game.


Year 1 – Maths

Subtraction – Crossing ten (2)

Spr1.4.2-Subtraction-crossing-10-2 Teaching slide


Please encourage your child to read the questions independently, then ask them what needs to be done (try and avoid telling them what needs to be done so that they have some thinking time). If they need some more support perhaps draw a number line for them to work with.  We do not use formal column methods for addition or subtraction in Year 1.

I have scheduled a Zoom Class Meeting for Friday 15th January, at 2pm   I thought it would be nice to have a catch up.  If you are going to join us can you ask your child if they have anything they would like to share with everyone, perhaps some news or a piece of work they have enjoyed. I will post the link on Class Dojo shortly.

Take care

Mandy Turner

Panda Class Home Learning Wednesday 13th January

Wednesday 13th January 2021

Hi Pandas, I have really enjoyed seeing you in photos/messages on Class Dojo – you look so busy!  You need to say and do (show your grown up) a great big Hip! Hip! Hooray!

Both Year Groups

Phonics   Following the Live schedule Ruth Miskin on YouTube (these lessons are proving to be popular and the children love them).

Reading – Oxford Owl free e-books   Both year groups (These are such a good resource).

Reception – Name writing.  Can your child write their name independently? Are the letters formed correctly? Are all the letters a uniform size?

Reception – Maths


Use counters/dice to extend the activity and make some of your own.

Art – Both year groups

Last week we worked on creating our patterns. They looked great by the way!

This week we are learning to make pictures from printing with every day objects, such as Lego.  You could use the story Lost and Found to inspire you to create pictures, or a picture of the Continents or any picture you want.

If you don’t have paints at home you could cut out pages of different colours/textures from magazines to build up a picture. Or use an ipad/computer with a painting program. Whatever you have to hand…

Use this link for how the activity might work, if you have paints.

Or, this one if you are using coloured paper.

Year 1  Spellings –  Don’t forget to practise the spellings and add them in to a sentence when writing.

English – History 

In English today we are going to read the PowerPoint about the life of Christopher Columbus. You may need to support your child with some of the reading. Discuss the key facts; his age when he began, the method of travel, what it would have been like on board and where he went for example.

Then, use the comprehension sheets to answer the questions.  Refer back to the PowerPoint and point to the facts that are needed to answer the question. When complete read the sheet in full to make sure that the answers match the questions.

Christopher Columbus Comprehension Sheet PowerPoint

Christopher Columbus Comprehension Sheet

Use this map to see where he travelled – Which Continent did he travel to?


PE / Yoga

Maths – Subtracting crossing 10


Y1-Spring-Block-1-PPT5-Subtraction-crossing-10-1-2019 (2)

An investigation – Thinking about the boat that the boy made in the story, Lost and Found, your task is to make a sturdy boat that would stay afloat if you were to put it in some water.

Next, can you make it strong enough to carry passengers?  A real challenge! See if you can find some toys figures to be passengers.

Use recycling tubs, trays and boxes, anything you can get your hands on.

Boat Size and Strength Testing UtW STEM Activity

I can’t wait to see the creations!

Best wishes

Mandy Turner

Panda Class Home Learning Tuesday 12th January

Welcome to Tuesday 12th January.

A big thank you for all of the messages and super work that you have sent me via Dojo.  The key thing is not to worry if it’s not done all in one day but ‘chunked’ when you have opportunity.


Maths – Using positional language

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

Start the session by playing a game of ‘Simon Says’. Ask your child to put their hands ‘on top’ of their head, ‘under’ their feet, ‘behind them’, ‘in front of them’, ‘above’ their head.

Draw and cut out a penguin, like the one in the story.  Use this to take turns placing it in locations around the room. Chat to your child about where it is. Use the positional language to describe where it is.  Ask your child to talk about its position and use the positional language in this context. ‘The penguin is under the cushion.’

You could hide the penguin and ask your child to guess where it could be, ask them to put their guess in to a sentence, ‘Is the penguin behind the book?’

Phonics – following the live schedule.  If you are not sure, please let me know.

Pencil control work- You could draw patterns or letters, faintly, for your child to trace over, using increasing control to stay on your lines. Or, use the work sheets link for Lost & Found pencil control sheets.


Investigation – Understanding the World

Use the investigation sheet to experiment making a boat for the penguin to travel in, using recyclable materials. Try and make boats from a variety of materials and investigate to see which ones float and which ones sink.

Boat Size and Strength Testing UtW STEM Activity

Enjoy this story to finish.  Who Sank the Boat?

Year 1

English – Lost and Found

After watching/reading the story of Lost & Found can you create a missing poster for a missing pet? Hopefully, you have never lost a pet so you will have to imagine that you have and create a missing poster with some important writing on it to describe, in detail, what type of pet people are looking for. You will need to use:

  • Adjectives to describe what your pet looks like. For example, ‘Flopsy, my rabbit has long, warm ears.
  • Conjunctions to join your ideas within your sentence, for example, ‘Winston has ginger fur but he has a large patch of white fur on is long tail. Use: and, but, so.
  • Neat letters, capitals and full stops.

missing-lost-pet-writing-frames-use this link to download the missing poster or design and make your own.

Phonics – follow the live lesson schedule.  Please ask if you’re not sure.

Maths –   Subtraction – Crossing 10.

Spr1.3.5-Subtraction-counting-back-crossing-10  This is a Power Point for guidance.

Y1-Spring-Block-1-WO-Subtraction-crossing-10-counting-back-2020  This is the work sheet link.

Any other subtraction activities to supplement it will be good too.  Talk about people getting on and off a bus to create subtraction number sentences. For example, ‘there are 16 people on the bus and at the next stop 6 people get off.  How many people are left on the bus?‘ Use a ruler (because it has numbers on it) or a number track, to count back from the given number.

Geography – The 7 Continents

We are looking for, locating and naming the 7 Continents. Enjoy your journey around the World!  If you click on the small green dots at the bottom of the geography screen there is a quiz at the end of the session for you to have a look at.

Have a lovely day, don’t forget to be kind to yourselves.

Best wishes

Mandy Turner



Panda Class Home Learning Monday 11th January

Good Afternoon,

I hope you have had a good weekend and managed to make the most of the sunshine.

Here is the outline for Monday’s learning for Reception and Year 1.

RECEPTION Aim for small bursts of work through play and games, lasting for a few minutes at a time. Be guided by your child.

Maths – Composition of 4 and 5.

Watch/listen to the story of The Ugly 5 by Julia Donaldson.  Talk about the numbers of creatures.

Children will begin to recognise that numbers are made up of smaller numbers. Allow your child to investigate the number 5 and realise that it can be made in lots of different ways. For example, the number five could be made up of 1, 1,& 3. Or 3 and 2.  Or 1 and 4, even 5 and zero.

Encourage them to subitise (instantly recognise these small quantities without counting them). They will begin to notice that numbers are composed of 2 parts or more than 2 parts.

Activities: Use an empty ‘feely bag’, shoe your child that it is empty.  Together, count in 5 objects; pebbles or any other small items to hand. Take out some of the pebbles from the bag and ask your child how many you have taken out, count them together, placing them in a row.  Then ask how many could be left in the bag.  Repeat this lots of times.

Ask your child to draw a picture to show the results.

Don’t forget those challenging questions…  If I have 3 pebbles in my hand, how many will be in the bag? How do you know? Could I ever take out zero pebbles? If so, how many will be left?

A similar game could be played with 2 buckets and 5 pebbles.  Share the pebbles out between the buckets and discuss the possibilities in each bucket after all the pebbles have been shared out.

Phonics – Reception

This week we are working through Set 1 Read Write Inc sounds. Being able to say them when shown. Then we are learning to blend CVC words to read them. After that we are learning to write those words. Work through the sets below, starting with Set 1.  When they are secure, progress to Set 2.

Use these links to practise the sounds at your own pace, ideally you will complete 1 new sound per day. Tricky words video. Tricky words are words that cannot be sounded out and blended.

Blending video for reading and writing CVC words.  (Consonant, vowel, consonant) Please pause the video as much as is needed – sound out the words and ask your child to repeat it – have a go at writing them too.  Encourage your child to become independent when sounding and blending the words.

Sounding out is saying the pure sound clearly (t-a-p) not (tuh-a-puh ). Then blending is merging those sounds to form the word.

Keep a record of how your child is getting on.  Please can you send a video of progress or a note on Class Dojo to say how they are getting on.  This is a great website to have a look at.

Reading – Regular reading every day, even if it is for just 5 minutes. Oxford Reading are offering free online e-books, using the banded colours we use in school.

Speaking and Listening Activity



Phonics – Work through the list of sounds on the Read Write Inc sheet given last week. Let me know if you need another one.  As you are all working on different areas I don’t want to specify which sounds to cover.  Please let me know if you are not sure. There is a really good person on You Tube who does each of the RWI sounds. She is Mrs Suthers and her videos are well paced and  a good starting point.

Spellings – Lesson 1 Key Stage 1 Spellings (Also from Mrs Suthers)

a, I, put & ask

Again, there are other lessons so go at a pace which suits you – achieving at least 1 set per week.

Reading – Regular reading every day, even if it is for just 10 minutes. Oxford Reading are offering free online e-books, using the banded colours we use in school.

Maths – This week we are learning to subtract.



History & English

YEAR 1   &  RECEPTION could do this as well if you want to.

In our topic work we are learning about the life of Christopher Columbus.  In the beginning we will be thinking about who he was, what he did and where he went. He was an explorer…

What do you think an explorer would be like?  What qualities would they have? Would they need to have certain skills or knowledge to be an explorer?

So, your first job is to draw an explorer – go for it, it’s up to you, whatever you think they’ll look like.

Then, YEAR 1, write (using neat writing, capitals and full stops) sentences to tell me:

  1. What does an explorer look like?
  2. What will they be like as a person? Brave, strong, courageous?
  3. Can anyone be an explorer?
  4. How old do you have to be to be an explorer?
  5. Would you make a good explorer? If so, why?

 Can you find any facts about Christopher Columbus?

I am aware that some people cannot access a printer, so I will place some photocopies of the YEAR 1 maths work for the week ahead in the reception area. If you live a distance away from the school, making it difficult to get in, and you do not have access to a printer then, I will see if I can post them to you. Please let me know if you are in this position.  Other areas are easier to make home-made resources to match what we are doing but maths is a bit more tricky.

Mrs William’s is doing a whole school Zoom worship at 9AM on Monday morning, 11th of January. I will share the link on Class Dojo.

I will send a note on Class Dojo about other bits and pieces for the week ahead.

Please contact me if, you cannot access Class Dojo or for any area you need clarification or support.

Best wishes

Mandy Turner




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