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Week Commencing 13th July


This week’s literacy links to the volcano that the children have been making during our topic sessions.   The children are going to write a set of simple instructions telling people how to make a volcano.


Activity 1 – Please read through the Twinkl PowerPoint below. Share the different instruction examples with the children. Talk about the features that are identified in the PowerPoint (time conjunctions/imperative verbs). Have they seen instructions anywhere before?

Activity 2 – If possible please print the instructions – How to Make a Jam Sandwich.  Muddle the instructions up and ask your child to put them in order.  What do you notice about the instructions?  Are they written the same as a story?  What’s different? Think about the PowerPoint entitled ‘Writing Instructions’, can you see any of the features?  (imperative verbs - cut/spread, time conjunctions - first/next)  Your child might enjoy using a highlighter to identify different features.

Activity 3 – Can your child follow the instructions and make a jam sandwich?


Activity 4 – Please use the templates provided below to help your child write their own set of instructions- telling people how to make a volcano.  Please choose the template that you think will suit your child. Think about the different features of instruction writing and try and encourage them to include them in their writing. 

Week commencing 6th July

This week we will be sharing the story 'Tyrannosaurus Drip' by Julia Donaldson.


Activity 1 – Share the story with the children.  Can they join in with any repeated words or phrases? Please see link below for the story.


Activity 2 – Rhyme Detectives – Can your child find words that rhyme within the story? Can they think of any more that rhyme with them?


Activity 3 – A dinosaur egg has rolled under your child’s bed.  They find it and it hatches.  It is like no dinosaur that has ever been seen before!  Can they draw and colour their dinosaur and label it with ‘WOW’ words?


Activity 4 - Write a description of the dinosaur that has hatched from the egg under your bed.  Try and encourage the children to include some of the ‘WOW’ words from their picture.

Week commencing 29th June

In school the children planned their own dinosaur adventures and we hope that the children who are continuing to do Home Learning enjoyed this activity too. We had some fabulous ideas like an adventure at the zoo, safari park, crazy golf and beach. This week we are going to focus on writing up these ideas as a narrative story using super openings, describing words and some punctuation.


1. Talk through your story plan again. Think about how it could begin. Write down different ways to start a story.

One day...

Once there was....

One morning....


2. Use an opening from the previous day and write the beginning of your story. Focus on rehearsing each sentence before writing it down. Try and add a little description.


One day Max got up.He was happy because he was going to a big crazy golf park. He got his dinosaurs into their big red bucket.


3. Write the middle of your story. Remember to look at the planning from the week before. Write in sentences, rehearsing each one first. 


4. Write the ending of your story. This needs to include a little adventure and resolve it. Did something funny happen? Did the dinosaurs get lost? Did you find them?


5. Read your whole story together. You could add some more description or exciting words. This is called up-leveling and we encourage the children to see if they can read their own work back to themselves. This also helps their phonics and sounding out skills.



Week commencing 22nd June

This week we are going to be planning a story. It is based on 'Harry and the bucketful of dinosaurs'.


1. Watch clip called 'Land before time'

Ask the children to watch some of the video. Then write down simple statements about what they can see, and hear.

I can see a ...

I can hear a ... 

It looks ... 

The dinosaurs are...

2. Watch Harry and the bucketful of dinosaurs.

Talk about the main characters, setting, the places Harry takes his dinosaurs etc.

Talk about where your child would like to take their dinosaurs eg beach, pool, Pinewoods, school etc

Verbally plan out a story.

3. Plan a story focusing on beginning, middle and ending. Draw a picture to show what happens in each part.

Beginning Middle Ending


4. Write one simple sentence to accompany each part of the story so that they will remember what they have planned when they expand their ideas next week when they write the story.
5. Write down a list of dinosaurs they will include in their story. Use their phonics to sound out the tricky names of some dinosaurs. They can also add other characters like family members and their friends names.

Week commencing 15th June

This is one of our favourite topics. We cover everything from dinosaur facts to dinosaur stories, making dinosaurs and learning about the history of them.


This week you are going to make a little dinosaur book/fact file. We would like you to concentrate on reading non-fiction facts on the powerpoints. Below is a powerpoint that you can look at to gather some information. Can the children look at the pictures and listen/read some of the facts.

They will then need to use the facts to write some short sentences about 2 or 3 dinosaurs over the course of the week.

1. Look at the dinosaur powerpoint. Discuss when they lived, what happened to them and what they were like. Talk about what the word EXTINCT means.


Make a front cover for your book. Draw a picture and call it 'Dinosaur Facts'. Think about the 2 or 3 dinosaurs that you would like to write about. Make a 'Contents' page for your book. Remember you will need to include page numbers.


Dinosaur non-fiction powerpoint

2. This is the first fact page of your little book! 

Draw 1 of the dinosaurs and write a short description about how many legs, horns, spikes etc it has got. You could also include information about how it moves and what it eats.


3.  Look at the next powerpoint. Then choose a different dinosaur, draw it and write a description. This will make the next page of your little book!



4. Today is the last day to make your little dinosaur book. Choose another dinosaur (or maybe 2), draw it and write about it. Try and say your sentence before you begin writing and remember to end with a full stop.



5. Today is a reading activity. Please read the story together and then talk about the beginning, middle and ending. Write a book review about what you liked best, who was your favourite character and where the story was set.


This will help the children to think imaginatively about dinosaurs as well as factually. It will be helpful because next week we are going to be looking at dinosaur stories in preparation for writing our own.

Week commencing 8th June

Following on from last week when we looked at different kinds of pets. We are going to be thinking about who looks after them when they are not well. Who do we go to when we are ill? Who does an animal go to when they are not well?


1. Watch the clip of Julia Donaldson reading her book 'Paula the vet'. Talk about the animals and what was wrong with them. Can the children write down pairs of rhyming words that they heard in the story (you may need to watch the clip again and pause it so you can discuss the rhyming words).



2. Watch the following clip about the kinds of things that vets do in their surgeries. 

Now it's your turn to set up your own vet surgery! 

First you need to choose a name for your vets. Write it in large letters and place it somewhere that it can be clearly seen. Make an 'open and closed' sign for on the door. Finally write a list of opening times and days of the week that you will be open.

3. Today is all about speaking and listening skills. Talk about what you would say on the phone if you were booking appointments. What questions would you ask?

Write down a list of questions and let the children fill in the answers:

What is the name of your pet?

What animal is your pet?

How old is your pet?

What is the matter with your pet?

Make an appointment book and role play different people ringing up your surgery.


4. Quite often in vets they have small shops and items for sale. Think about the things they would sell like food, toys, leads, bedding, brushes etc

Make a small shop and write labels and prices for each item. You could simply draw the items with prices underneath if you do not have any real objects that you could pretend to sell.


5. Re-visit 'Paula the vet' on day one. Today we would like the children to think about rhyming words in groups. Can the write as many words as they can think of that rhyme with these animals. (The things you think of do not have to be animals they could be anything at all!)

cat                        dog                        fish                     hen                       pig

**It would be really lovely if those of you who enjoy writing stories could write about an animal who was poorly or who had an accident and went to the vet's so that they could make it better. We always love reading your stories and seeing how creative you are. Remember to write in sentences, beginning with capital letters and add some description.

Week commencing June 1st

We hope you had a lovely week, enjoying the weather and spending time with your family. As we now move into the final half term of summer we would have been learning about pets and animals. It gives you the chance to thibk about how we can look after animals, what they need and what we can do to cate for them.

This week is all about pets. Remember to try and use the correct letter formation and begin names with capital letters. It is important to rehearse each sentence before writing it down.


There are a few links at the bottom of this section that may give you some ideas about the kind of pets you can keep and how to look after them.


1. Write a list of pets that you may have, that you would like to have or that you know you could look after. How many can you think of?


2. Choose a pet/animal. Draw a picture of it and write a description about it. Remember to include size, colour, number of legs, where it lives e.g. in a cage.


3. Choose a pet/animal and write some instructions about how you would need to look after it. Think about how it needs to be fed, if it needs cleaning out or walking.


4. Pretend that you own a pet shop. Draw a picture of your shop and include some animals. Write an advert/poster for your shop. What animals do you sell? Why is your pet shop so good? What times do you open and close? 


5. Try setting up your own pet shop and role play buying a new pet. You could use cardboard boxes, Lego, building blocks, teddies and toys. Draw a picture and write about what you have created.



Week commencing 18th May

If we were in school we would have been busy planning our 'Fairy Tale' ball this week. So, we would like you to do the same and have your own little ball at home. We would like you to imagine that you could invite lots of different people.




1. Write a list of all the people who you would like to invite to the ball. This could be your family, friends or neighbours. Remember to use capital letters to begin their names and write one name underneath the other in a list format. Also write a list of party food that you would like to eat.


2. Choose someone from your list to write an invitation to. Remember to say who is hosting the ball, where the ball will take place, what time and what they should wear. 


3. Write a menu for the ball once you have decided on what you would like to eat. Remember to look at the things you put on your list on day 1. You may want to think about using the headings: Starter, Main Course and Dessert.


4. Draw a picture of Cinderella or Prince Charming going to the ball. Write a description about what they are wearing and what they look like.


5. Write your own fairy tale. You can make up the name of your main characters, princes and princesses. Do they go to a ball. Are they like Cinderella or Beauty and the beast? Think about the beginning, middle and ending. Start your story with...

Once upon a time...


Here are some links to famous fairy tales that you can watch to give you ideas about your own ball and writing your own fairy tale.

Week commencing 11th May

This week all the Literacy is based around the story 'Little Red Riding Hood'.

There are more activities linked to this in the other Home Learning areas.


1. Read this classic 'Ladybird' tale with your child. You could pause the story and ask them to re-read the page with you, checking to see if they can point out 'Tricky' words, CVC words and repeated words.


2. Draw a story map to retell the story focusing on the main parts. The children can also write captions for each part.

Here is an example to help you.


3. Write a letter to Grandma from Little Red Riding Hood. Ask her how she is feeling. Maybe tell her you will be visiting her soon. Remember to start with Dear Grandma...


4. Write a letter to your own Grandparents or someone else in your family. You could tell them what you have been doing and ask them what they have been doing. You could also look at writing their address on an envelope and then post it to them.


5. Try thinking of different/alternative endings... The wolf could be nice instead of nasty, Little Red Riding Hood may get lost in the woods and the wolf may help her etc. Now try writing your own story with your new ending.


Please remember to send us photographs of your story maps, letters and stories. We love reading them!

Week commencing 4th May

This week we are looking at another fairy tale; Hansel and Gretel. Think about the features from the previous story, Jack and the beanstalk. Are there any similarities and differences?




The following link has lots of ideas for Hansel and Gretel. Please look at the section labelled 'Story book powerpoints' as it has a lovely story to read to the children.

1. Read and watch the story 'Hansel and Gretel'. Try and predict what might happen at the end before you watch it.


2. Talk about what you like and dislike in the story.


3. Write a list of all the characters in the story. Remember to begin names with a capital letter. Use your phonics to sound out the names and write your list with one name underneath the other.


4. Draw a picture of the house in the woods that was covered in sweets. You could even make a house using Lego, boxes or you could bake some gingerbread!


5. Write a short description telling us all about the house you have drawn or made. Write in clear sentences adding some describing words to explain colour, shape, smell and even kinds of sweets used or included.

Week commencing 27th April

This week we are continuing to look at the story of Jack and the beanstalk.


1. Draw the castle that Jack found at the top of the beanstalk. You can draw it inside or outside. You could also use paint, chalk or even make a model using boxes or Lego/construction pieces.


2. Label parts of the castle that you have drawn. Remember to use your phonics to sound out the words.


3. Make a WANTED poster for the giant. Remember to write a simple description of what he looks like.


4. Write a letter to the giant. Think about what you would ask him. Why is he angry, why has he got lots of money?


5. Watch other versions of the story on you Tube. Are they the same of different?

Week commencing 20th April

This term we are looking at Fairy Tales. We would love you to read them, talk about the characters and setting, act them out and write your own.

We are beginning with Jack and the Beanstalk. Here are the suggested activities to do:


1. Read the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk.




2. Retell the story using narrative language like... Once upon a time, next, after and finally.


3. Draw 3 big boxes and then draw a picture in each to show what happened at the beginning of the story in the middle and at the end.





Beginning                 Middle                    End


4. Use your plan above to re-write the opening of the story using sentences. Remember to include story language, where Jack went to sell the cow and what he sold the cow for.


5. Now write the middle and end of your story. Try and use some super words to describe the beanstalk, castle and especially the giant.


Please send photos to us so that we can see your super story plans and writing. We look forward to reading your Fairy Tales.

Week commencing 30th March

This week we would like the children to look at different emergency vehicles. They may see one  in real life, on T.V. or look at images on the computer. 


1. Look at an image of an emergency service vehicle and label the parts like wheels, lights and doors. Choose the correct colours to colour it in.

2. Build a Lego or other construction model of a police station/fire station/hospital and discuss what would be in there. Label the parts (desk, computer, rooms)

3. Use larger boxes to make your own role play area. Write signs and posters for in it. Remember to sound out each word phonetically. Maybe try writing a WANTED poster or a MISSING poster. Use describing words and say each caption 3 times before writing it down, just like we did in the classroom.

4. Act out an emergency and discuss using 999 to phone the services.

5. Choose an emergency worker and write in short sentences about what they do for a living.

Remember to send us any photographs of your super work, posters, drawings, models as we love seeing how you are getting on at home.

Week Commencing 23rd March

This week would have been the start of our fabulous topic 'People Who Help Us'.  During this topic we would be looking at people in our local community who help us, starting with people at school and then thinking about the wider community.  This week you could write a list of people who help us at school and then a list of people who help us in the community.  As an extension you may wish to draw people who help us and either label their clothing/equipment or write words describing them E.G. brave, kind.


When writing with the children please remind them to break the longer words down into syllables by clapping them.  Please also remind them to listen carefully for the sounds in the words.  If they can't remember how to write a sound please ask them to find it on the phase 3 sound mats in their reading diaries.  If there is not one there, they are available on Twinkl.


*Don't forget there are lots of resources and activities available on Twinkl!


Week commencing 16th March

This week we are reading The Darkest Dark (available on You Tube) by Chris Hadfield. We are writing about how the dark makes us feel and what we can see and hear in the dark. Try writing sentences about what you like and dislike. When writing, remember to sound out using your phonics skills!

We will post new ideas on this page when we would have returned after Easter on Monday 20th April. We hope you have a lovely Easter and the Easter bunny brings you some eggs.