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




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 Wednesday 6th January

6th January Briefing

Good Morning,

Here is the plan for Wednesday 6th January.

These plans are flexible, in the sense that you can do the tasks whenever suits you, within the day/week.  I appreciate there will be time constraints and work commitments for parents and other siblings at home too.

Joe Wicks is doing his wonderful PE sessions again, on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so we will be tuning in to those in class.

Phonics – Live Lessons.  Start at the beginning of the set and work through a sound per day as per the Read Write Inc schedule.

Maths – White Rose Maths Spring Week 1   For Year 1.  As yet they don’t seem to be offering a worksheet so I will create some today and post them on the school website and on DoJo.   For Reception. Starting with Alive in 5! Lesson 1.  For this, White Rose are offering a PDF work sheet for you to download.  Further work here could be counting games – counting backwards and forwards.  Matching numerals to items.  Comparing numbers – ‘I have 5 apples and you have 3 carrots, who has more, who has fewer?’  Writing numbers to 10 would be a great activity too.

Reading – Any reading books from home or school. Magazines, newspapers and any environmental print around the home.  I have added 28 Ditty Sheets from RWI, they are designed for your child to work through, looking at sounds and blending words for reading, then reading the sentences.  They also have ‘red’ words which cannot be sounded out; they just need to be learnt by sight.   Reception & Year 1 Please complete one of these per day

WritingReception forming letters carefully.  I would match the schedule of RWI for the order of the letters.  Can you write some words you know?  Your name? Your family names?

Year 1  The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony, then complete the questions; writing in full sentences with finger spaces, capitals and full stops.  Don’t forget super letter formation; make sure its neat.

Questions: Who is the Queen?

Where does she live?

What is her home called?

Can you find any other facts out about the Queen?

This half term in art we are having a look at creating patterns. Then we will progress to making patterns out of everyday objects. And finally, the messy part, we will be printing with everyday objects, such as Lego, leaves, toy car wheels and anything else around your home.

This link shows how to get started with some simple pattern making.

Week 1

Story books about patterns.

If there is anything that needs clarification please do ask.  This is very much work in progress and we are finding our feet and seeing what works best for all.  Please can children complete their work in a book, with each activity dated.  We are creating history here, so it’ll be great to have a book of amazing work to be really proud of.

Take care,

Best wishes.

Mandy Turner