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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 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




Panda Class Home Learning Friday 8th January

Home Learning work for Friday 8th January 2021

Hello to all of our wonderful Pandas!

What a week!

I have to start by saying you are all amazing. I have been so amazed with all the hard work and effort that has been put in this week.  Everyone at home and the Panda Team here in school have had to pick up the pieces and run with a new way of working, with just a few hours of notice.  Panda Team work!

Although the expectation from the Government is for parents to home teach for at least 3 hours a day, please don’t beat yourself up if this is simply not achievable; everyone’s circumstances are different.  Parents are also expected to work from home and many families have more than 1 child to attend to. I would say, try and fit in Writing, Phonics, Maths & Reading, then, if there is opportunity, do the foundation subjects set.

Today’s Learning (8th Jan)

Our story today is The Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear

After reading/listening to the story the task is to discuss and decide what your wishes are. You could wish for something for yourself or someone else or even a wish for the World! Discuss what that wish means to you then write the wish down (Year 1 super letter formation, finger spaces please – Reception, as we are learning to give meanings to the marks we make, have a go at forming the letters correctly and write your wish with some help from a grown up.) You could use coloured paper and then hang your wishes up with colourful ribbon.


Reception are on SET 1 Read Write Inc sounds. Use the link given earlier in the week.

The live lessons from Read Write Inc are an amazing resource so please do use them if at all possible.

There are lots of websites available to practise phonics so I have added some links for you to have a look. They don’t all follow the sequence of RWI, but the letters and sounds are still the same.

Https:// Click ‘Skip Add’ when it first starts.

Https:// Tricky words to learn to read – I no the to into go

Year 1   Set 2 & 3 (Let me know if you don’t know which set your child is in)

Again, as with Reception check out the schedule and tune in to the live lessons. Work through the sounds at your pace.  Let me know if you need more specific guidance.

Reading  Please continue with books from home & stories online. Also, keep working through the Ditty Sheets which are a good way of recapping sounds and reading the Red (tricky) and Green (can be sounded out and blend to read) words.


Year 1

Subtraction – not crossing 10.  Use the work sheet first then you could create activities for your child around subtraction, using objects for them to use practically when taking away. For example, I have 18 grapes and Dad comes in and eats 7 of them how many will be left?

Y1-Spring-Block-1-WO-Add-ones-using-number-bonds-2020  Although this appears from the title to be adding it is actually subtraction.


Recognising and ordering numbers to 10.  Use the sheet and cut out the numbers, talk about which numbers your child recognises and see which ones they need to recognise.  Ask your child to stick them in to the correct order on the number line.


Sing lots of counting rhymes: 1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive!

5 Current buns in a bakers shop

10 Green bottles

Books list:

None the number by Oliver Jeffers

Zero is the leaves on the tree by Betsy Franco

A squash and a squeeze by Julia Donaldson

I spy numbers by Jean Marzello

I will be scheduling Zoom sessions too.  I will send a link via Class DoJo. It would be lovely to see you all and to let the children all see each other again.  If you have any queries please let me know and I will try and help out. It’s difficult to know how much work is needed, but if you need more please let me know and I can add to it.

Have a super weekend and take care.

Mandy Turner

Panda Class Home Learning Thursday 7th January

Home Learning – Thursday 7th January 2021

Overviews of learning for Reception & Year 1 Spring 1 – This is what this half term will cover.

Reception Spring Topic Plan

Year 1 Spring Topic Plan


Continue with White Rose Maths Spring Week 1

Year 1 Also, use the maths sheet below to consolidate their learning.

Thursday 7th Jan Y1-Spring-Block-1-WO3-Add-by-making-10




Writing – Year 1  The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony

First, either from the book or the on line You Tube story of the Queen’s Hat, show the image of the guards going in pursuit of the hat and ask your child to role play the chase.

Then, write for your child: The guards sprinted after the hat. Use this as an example and talk about how sprinted is a verb – an action word.

Finally, ask your child to write 2 or 3 sentences, changing the verb each time for how the guards went after the hat.  They need to write in full sentences with capital letters and full stops with good letter formation.

Writing – Reception  The children should practice writing their name as neatly as possible with good pencil control and good letter formation.

 Phonics – As per the daily schedule from Read Write Inc.

 Reading – Home books and continue with Ditty Sheets (from today)

Yoga – Time for some relaxation.  Follow Cosmic Kids on their adventures.

 Geography – Year 1  Children need to name and locate all 4 capital cities of the United Kingdom. Then discuss where the 4 capital cities are and mark them on the blank map.  Any other known places of interest could be marked on too. Have you been to any of the capital cities; what is similar or different about these locations? Will they have the same weather? How long would it take to get to them on the train or in the car? These last few ideas are just that, ideas, of things you can discuss, to bring relevance and enquiry into their work.

GeographyReception Can you talk about a sunny location and a cold location and then draw clothing suitable for both climates.  Ask why we need different clothes for different places. Is what they are made of different? What is the best thing for keeping us warm/cool?

UK Map A4


Just a quick reminder, any work that is done needs to go in to either the blue topic book from school (available in the reception entrance) or in a book from home.  Any additional work you do is great BUT perhaps if that could be done once the set work is complete.

Any queries please just ask.

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