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Blaise Primary School And Nursery

Creating Success. Laying foundations, thriving on challenge and believing we can.

'Hello' Reception from Mrs Whiting, Mrs Young & all the Reception Team!

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Goodbye Reception...

Children in Reception, we have loved being your teachers this year. This year has not gone  quite as we had planned but we feel very lucky to have taught such wonderful children.

Please click here to see a letter from Mrs Whiting             or              click here to see a letter from Mrs Young

Welcome to Week 7

The final week of the school year has arrived! We hope that you will look back on your time in Reception fondly and we wish you every success in Year 1. To help you celebrate the end of the school year, join in with the song below, performed by children from all around the world. Can you make some instruments with things you can find around the house to join in? Can you do some beat boxing? 

Please scroll down the page for the phonics, maths and wider curriculum work planned for this week.

Reading at home

Please listen to your child read daily. You can access free ebooks at the Oxford Owl reading scheme website.  If you have a query about book bands, please email us at  and mark your email FAO: Reception teachers book band query. 

Please read to your child daily if you run out of material there is are books you might enjoy on Purple Mash in the serial mash section.  

Purple Mash Information 

In addition to learning activities suggested on our website, we also set work via Purple Mash for your child to do online. If you have any problems accessing Purple Mash, please email us at and mark your query FAO: Reception Teachers and hopefully we will be able to help.

Internet Safety

In addition to the work we set for your child to do on Purple Mash and using resources you have at home, we sometimes put links to information you can access on the internet. Please supervise your children when they are using the internet. For further information about internet safety, please click here.

Week Beginning 13th July

Wider Curriculum

This week we will be continuing our learning along a 'Pirates' theme!

Here is a pirate joke!

Q: Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet?

A: Because they spend years at 'c' !!!

Can you find out any more pirate jokes? Please email or tweet them to us - we would love to hear them!

Listen to the story below - it is one of my favourites!

What would you do if you ended up on a Treasure Island? Where would you hide your treasure?

Activity 1: Draw and label a map of your island. You could draw your map on paper, or this has also been set as a '2do' on Purple Mash.

Here is the one Mrs Young made (she hasn't done the labelling yet!). You could write some instructions for how to reach the treasure! Mrs Young might say:

1. Swim to the beach.

2. Go to the church behind the rocks.

3. Look for the trees.

4. Go to the second row and it is under the third tree.

5. Dig under the tree!


What would be in your treasure chest? 

Activity 2: Draw a treasure chest! This has also been set as a '2do' on Purple Mash. 

What if you were stuck on the island? Maybe you could send a message in a bottle to summon help! 

Watch the video clip below to find out about a man who has turned finding messages in a bottle into a hobby. 

Sometimes the bottles can come from countries a long way away. Our planet has many seas and oceans.

Click on the picture below to go to 'BBC bitesize' where you can learn more about the seas and oceans on our planet, and how water moves around it.


Mrs Young pretended she was stuck on an island and wrote a letter! You can see it below!

Activity 3 - Write a letter in a bottle! You can do this on paper, or it has also been set as a '2do' on Purple Mash

Last week you designed your perfect pirate ship. What flag would you have? Perhaps the most famous pirate flag is the 'Jolly Roger' - but there were actually lots of other flags too!

Activity 4 - Design your very own pirate flag!  Please share your flag with us by emailing them to

 This has also been set as a '2do' on Purple Mash

What kind of pirates might you meet on your adventure? Can you and your grown ups do some research about famous pirates?

Activity 5: Draw a picture of a pirate and describe them. You can do this on paper, or it has also been set as a '2do' on Purple Mash. 


This week we are going to be thinking about money.

Have a look at the coins below. What are they each worth? Can you arrange them in order of value from smallest to greatest? 

Have a look at these value equivalents - the value of the coins is the same either side of the equals sign, although the coins used to make the value are different. 

Activity 6: Can you think of some different ways you could use coins to make 10p? How many different ways can you find? Can you email us your findings at You could use coins or draw coins (you could draw around them to get the number you need!).

Activity 7: Can you think of some different ways you could use coins to make 20p? How many different ways can you find?

I needed to do some shopping before I set sail on my pirate ship.  I only had 37p (p stands for pence). What could I buy?

Activity 8: Can you set up your own shop and buy some provisions before you set sail? Don't forget to write your price labels. The document below will remind you how to form your numbers correctly as you write them. 

Activity 9: Log on to Purple Mash where you have been set a variety of coin recognition and money activities. You might also want to play the 'Toy Shop' game on 'Top Marks'. 


You have worked so hard on your reading and writing this year. Keep practising your phonic knowledge at every opportunity.

These games on Phonics Play are my personal favourites!!! What else can you find?

Don't forget to use 

user name: March20

password: home

Select phase 3 to practice your digraphs and phase 4 for your consonant blends.

Keep practising your reading.

Oxford Owl has many free ebooks. Select the colour level that suits you.

Sometimes I read a red book to give me a little confidence and read at pace, but then I have a good go at a yellow book to keep my digraph practice up.

When you start a new book together don't forget to take 'a walk through the book' first and be a digraph or tricky word spotter.  This will help you when you begin reading. 

Click on the book below to read it. I like this book as it contains many phase 3 digraphs and trigraphs we should know well.

I like this book as it contains many phase 3 digraphs and trigraphs we should know well.


Keep writing at every opportunity - lists; letters; labels for models; instructions for games you've made - anything really!!!!

Don't forget we use your robot arms to help you segment words to spell

e.g. The Lost Cow would be 

The (whole tricky word)  l - o- st     c - ow

Week Beginning 6th July 

Wider Curriculum

We've been learning about the sea and sea life.

Have you ever been on a boat?

How does it stay on the water and why?

Let's think about......

Sinking and Floating

click here for a floating and sinking song. Watch it a couple of times and talk to a grown up about it if you can.

Interesting floating is when something stays on the top of the water and sinking is when something goes down.

Task 1 

Can you find a bowl or bucket and experiment with some different items in water.  You could even do this work in the bath!!!

Each time predict whether an object will sink or float. Try to say why you think this.

Watch what happens. How can you tell something is floating or has sunk?

Why do some objects sink quicker?

Can you record your results? It doesn't matter if they get a bit soggy!!!

Maybe just divide a piece of paper in half and draw those that sink on one side and those that float on the other. Maybe your grown ups could scribe your thinking.

Please email us your work/ photos at or upload to purple mash.

Messy and friends explore floating and sinking as they try to discover what materials would be good for a boat.

click here to watch 

I wonder what other materials would work as well as wood?

That wheel wouldn't make a good shape for a boat- I might fall off or the water might come over the sides and sink it!!!! 

Task 2

Make a model boat

We would love to see any boat models you make. There are some ideas below but you may have some different ideas.



Let's warm up our brains with some counting.

As you count, look carefully at the numbers and notice how they change as the sequence increases. Which digit changes and when do they both change? Why?

Take your pot/bucket/bowl and pretend it's a boat.

Count in some objects. Remember to count and move one object at a time and take care over the sequence from 10-20. Grown ups please listen and support with this.

Can your grown ups count with some marvellous mistakes? 

eg get distracted mid count and repeat a number

miss out a number

as you point and count say two numbers for one object

Did you spot all the marvellous mistakes and were you able to explain to your grown ups what they'd done wrong?!!!!!

Task 3

float a range of pots/containers in the water bowl/sink or bath. How many can each hold before they sink?

Can you draw a picture and label it with the numbers.

eg butter tub 12 marbles

foil tray 20 marbles

yogurt pot 13 marbles

The foil tray held the most before it sank. If I added one more it made 21 and it would go down. 

click here to review your number knowledge 10-20 with the number blocks.


Let's start with remembering some tricky words we have learnt a lot of new ones recently. 

Next let's look through our phase four blends mat again.

Can you point to a blend as a grown up says it?

Can you go through and say some?

Remember that in a blend you can still here each sound but they're swashing or blending together.


Can you pick out the blends and digraphs in these words?

Next read each word and play search and find the matching picture. 


Next can you create your own search and find?

You will need to hunt the blends and digraphs and then read the words below to know what to draw.

Can your grown ups play your new search and find game?

Week beginning 29th June

Wider curriculum

We have been using the story, 'Billy's Bucket,' as the inspiration for our learning about sea life. 

You can listen to the story here.

Listen, remember and write

Can you remember all the different things Billy saw in his bucket? Can you write a list of all those you can remember from the story? You could email your list to us, or this has also been set as a '2do' on Purple Mash.

Sea Life Alphabet

I have another challenge for you! Can you make an 'A to Z' list of sea-related things! You might have to do some research.

I have started mine here:

  A is for abalone

  B is for barracuda

  C is for clown fish

  D is for ......

I wonder how many different ideas we can come up with! 

There are lots of books about sea creatures you could use to help you on this website

We would love to see your ABC - you could email it to us or upload it to Purple Mash! Perhaps you could illustrate your ABC by drawing pictures of your favourite sea creatures. This has been set as a '2do' on Purple mash or you could draw them on paper and email us your pictures. If you want to learn more about how to draw different sea creatures you could take a look at this book to help you.


Last week in our maths we thought about measuring things and we used vocabulary such as longest, longer, shortest, shorter, tallest and taller.

This week we are going to think about capacity - how much of something we can fit in a container. We usually refer to this amount as the volume, and it is often measured in millilitres (ml) or litres (l)

Have a look at my buckets below. All of the buckets have the same capacity (because they are the same size in this instance), but I have filled them by different amounts. Can you read the labels I have written to describe how full or empty they are?

Sometimes containers which are different shapes still have the same capacity. I found these in my house, and although they are different shapes, they all held the same amount (volume) of water. All the containers had the same capacity.

Can you explore the capacity of some different containers. Can you find any which hold the same amount even if they are different shapes. Did anything surprise you as you experimented with capacity? Can you find some containers with the same capacity and then experiment with how much you fill them - full, half full, nearly full...


Let's start our phonics by listening to, and joining in with, this alphabet action song.  

Now let's practise reading our digraphs and trigraphs! Log on to Phonics Play and do the 'Flash Cards Speed Trial'. Select Phase 3. Can you beat your own score? 

Now lets practise writing some words with some or our blends in! Log on to Phonics Play and play 'Space Race'. Select Phase 4. Listen to the word carefully, then use your 'robot arms' to help you segment it, listening carefully for those blends, digraphs and trigraphs. Type the word. 

Now lets think carefully about our blending. Watch the video clip below. It is important to put the sounds together and blend words smoothly. In this video, the word is first segmented (as we would do for spelling it - we would use our 'robot arms' to help us identify each sound) and then blended back together again. Notice that when blending, the sounds run into one another and are not 'choppy'. 

Now click on the book shown below to ready the story. What a great adventure! 

You could find out more about the type of things we find in rock pools in this video. Click on the image for a link to the programme on 'you-tube' (please stay with your child while they watch this).

Can you draw a picture of a rockpool (with labels). You could send your picture to us or do this on Purple Mash, where it has been set as a '2do'. 

Week beginning 22nd June

Wider curriculum

We have been learning about the oceans of the world and the creatures within them.

We're going to take a look at one creature in detail and here are some clues.


I wonder if you guessed it?

That's right .....It's a jelly fish!!!!

Here are a few more facts about them.

Task 1  Can you read this Jelly fish fact book with your grown ups to find out more.

click here

I know the word Jelly and it's something yummy!!!

Are jellyfish made of Jelly? Find out in this song 

click here

Did you join in the song and sway like a jelly fish?

Phew I'm much clearer now and I will stick to jelly in my belly!

Task 2

I wonder if you could create some jelly fish creations. Here are a few examples below. You could use anything you have to hand eg torn newspaper strips for the stinging tentacles and boxes/packets  for the bell . 

Please do email us your work.


Keep practicing your counting at every opportunity!!!

Grown ups please check your child is managing that sequence between 10-20 when counting forwards and backwards..

Click here  for a great counting song- get moving too!!!!

Jelly fish can range a lot in size. They can be as small as a pea or on the other end of the scale, larger than a person. Some jelly fish may have short tentacles whilst some may have very long ones. When we measure length we use words such as shorter or longest.

When we measure the height of something we use words such as tallest, shortest, shorter, taller etc.

Task 3

Could you get someone to help you measure how tall you are and make a mark (maybe with chalk outside). How does your height compare with other people in your household?

I am the shortest in my house!!!!!!

The youngest person in my house is also the tallest!!!!!


I started to make a jelly fish but I had some problems with the tentacles.

I wanted them to be the same length!!!

Which do you think is the longest/ shortest? Try to explain why you think this.


I think you were right about that tentacle on the left, when I stretched it out it was much longer than the other one!!!

Task 4

Can you make your own Jelly fish with strips of paper or string.   I wonder if you could find some objects to measure it with. They need to be a collection of objects that are all the same size eg, toy cars/ marbles/ feet!!! 

I used toilet rolls.

One tentacle measured 3 tubes in length.

What is your estimate for the other tentacle? Will it be more/less tubes ? Why?

If you have a ruler or tape measure you might experiment with that too.

Don't forget to line it up carefully at 0!

Rulers and tape measures use centimetres which are little blocks of measure to count up.

How many cms long is your jellyfish?

This pencil measures 9cm.


Let's wake up our reading and writing brains with this video!!!

Make sure your digraph/ trigraph knowledge hasn't gone rusty!!!

Play the video and then replay with the sound down and join in. How did you do? 

click here


Have you still got your sound mat? If not here's a reminder above and you might want to print off a new one.

Did you remember all the actions?

We have been learning a range of consonant blends to help our reading and writing. In a blend we still hear the original sounds which make them up but the sounds blend together.

Here is a blends sound mat as a reminder.

Back to Jellyfish!!!

Can you read the names of my jellyfish friends, you will need all your knowledge of digraphs and blends polished up!!!

Task 5


Party Invitation list

Did you manage to read them all?

Task 5 cont

Can you draw your own jellyfish at the party and label their names?

Can you use some blends and digraphs?

Email us your work at or upload on purple mash


What do you think of this letter I received after I sent out my invitations?

Can you read it for me?

Blue - consonant blends

Red - digraphs

yellow- tricky words 

Dear Mrs Whiting

I can not come.

Will you send me some fish if there is some left?

From Grump


Task 6

Could you have a go at replying for me ?

Don't forget to email us your work or upload to Purple mash. 

Week Beginning 15th June 

Wider Curriculum

Last week we started learning about food chains. Watch the video clip below to remind yourself of what a food chain is. 

In our video clip, the sea creature at the top of this food chain was a Mako Shark. That is a particular type of shark usually found in warm or temperate waters around the world. It is too cold for them in the Arctic and Antarctic! The Mako Shark is not the only type of shark living in our oceans and seas - let's find out about different types of sharks by having a look at the book below. 

The video below tells us some more about different types of sharks. Can you find out about different sharks. Can you draw some pictures of the different types of shark and share them with us by uploading to Purple Mash or emailing them to school. Have a go at labelling the different parts of my shark picture on Purple Mash (this has been set as a '2do').

Can you imagine what you would see if you were able to explore under the sea? I used the 'Purple Mash' role play to pretend to be a diver. Wow....there are so many amazing things down here! What is that I can see over there....? Can you pretend to explore under the sea too. Could you draw what you can see and write about it. If you would like to do this on Purple Mash it has been set as a '2do'. 

While we have been enjoying learning about those apex predators at the top of the food chain, sharks, lets have a think about the first organisms in the ocean food chain. What are they and why are they important? Watch the video clip below to find out more!  What do you think would happen if there were no plankton in the ocean? What would happen if there were no fish or too many? What would happen if there were no sharks or too many?


This week we are going to be thinking some more about how we can add by counting on and subtract by counting backwards.

Watch these video clips below to remind you how you can use a number line to support counting on and backwards to add and subtract. 

You can draw a number line on paper to help you, or you can use the interactive number line below. Click on the picture to follow the link. Click on the number you want to start with (you can use the arrows on either end of the number line to change this), then use the left and right arrow to subtract or add up and down the number line.  Can you solve my sea-themed addition and subtraction problems below? Remember to hold the first number in your head, then count on from that (you don't need to start counting from 1 every time). You could use practical resources (such as pieces of pasta, raisins or lego) to check!

Have a go at this game on 'Top Marks' to practise your addition by counting on. You could start with the 'show answer' option, then try the 'calculate answer' when you feel more confident and want a challenge.  If this link does not work for you, try typing 'Top Marks counting on in ones' into your search engine. 

We have also set addition and subtraction racing games as a '2do' on Purple Mash. Draw a 1-20 number line on a piece of paper before you start, to help you count on and count back. Can you beat your own score?


Did you know that you have now learnt a total of 32 tricky words! Amazing! 

Watch the video below to remind you of all of them. 

Here is a list of all the 'tricky words' you have learnt. Can you practise reading and writing them. 

In addition to all the tricky words you now know, there are lots of other high frequency words which you will  come across in the books you read. Have a look at the list of high frequency words in the document below...some are tricky, others you can sound out. Could you go through my list and see which ones are tricky words and which ones you can sound out. Don't forget to look out for digraphs and consonant blends! You can also do this activity on Purple Mash, where it has been set as a '2do'. 

Read this story and see if you can spot all the tricky words. Can you email us a list of all the tricky words you spotted?

Week beginning 8th June 

Wider curriculum

What do all these creatures in the ocean eat? 

click here listen to a song about some sea creatures.

What creatures can you remember?

Who ate who and why?


Can you learn the song with your grown ups, the lyrics are below.

In the sea, just like everywhere else, creatures have to eat to survive. 

Green plants use the sun to make their own food.

Herbivores (plants eaters) like slippery fish would eat the plants in the water.

Carnivores (meat eaters) eat other animals, like the tuna fish eats slippery fish.

A food chain shows how each animal gets it's food. The arrows mean 'eaten by' or 'energy transferred to'.

Look at these food chains below.


I wonder if you could draw the food chain from the song, but start with a watery plant!

Send it to us at

Alternatively upload it to Purple Mash.

On Purple mash there are other sea creature food chains to order set as a 2Do.

I wonder what sea creatures you have been researching.

Here are some more facts about the octopus.

Poor tuna fish!!!


Could you create your own slippery fish artwork? Here is one example below but I know you will have lots of better ideas.

Please email your creations to us at 

school@blaiseprimaryandnursery,co,uk or upload to a file on Purple mash.



I know you are amazing at counting, but sometimes that sequence between 10 and 20 can catch us out!!!!!!


Use the numberline to help you as you count.

Can you play this counting game below with an adult?  You take it in turns to count but the object of the game is to avoid saying 20. Can you trick your grown ups?


When you say the numbers 13-19 make sure you are saying teen at the end and not tee as in 30!

Remember the teen queen ? She likes numbers that end in teen. How many are there?


Can you draw a picture of her with all of the teen numbers, perhaps on her jewels or crown. 

Remember in a two digit number the first digit tells you how many groups of ten.  When you write 14 the 1 represents one lot of ten not 1 one.


Watch the numberblocks to remind yourself about place value.

13 is the same as 10 +3

Can you write number sentences about other two digit numbers eg

19 = 10+9

Remember = equals also means 'the same as'


Have a game of bingo to secure your number recognition.

You could print out the boards above and use toys or scraps of paper to cover the numbers as the caller says the number. Shout bingo if you are the first to cover your board.

Alternatively you could draw out your own boards.

Or you could play online bingo click here

You click the play arrow then select 10-20 and a board size. Next you click the numbers as you hear them. How quickly will you get a line? Don't forget to shout Bingo!!!!





Warm up your brain and have a practice of all our phase 3 sounds.

Click here

to go to phonics bloom to read the sounds on the boats. How quickly can you do it?


Tricky words 

Here are 4 New words 

The tricky parts are highlighted.

Look carefully at them and take a pretend photograph of them to store in your brain.


were  there  little  one


In the following songs I wonder if you can pick out the new words.

We have been learning consonant clusters eg  br in brush or nk in drink.

Here are some items I found in a mystery box.


Can you write a list of what I found?

You could do this on paper and upload to Purple mash or email it to us at

Alternatively you could complete the 2Do on purple mash.

Don't forget, when you write a list you write one word under another.



Read my sentence below and see if you can you spot my marvelous mistakes?

Remember to think about Capital letters, full stops, finger spaces as well as spellings.

Can you get  5 points?

You can mark my sentence on Purple mash as a 2Do or you could ask a grown up to write it out for you and correct it with pens. 

If you can, give me tickled pink for the good bits and green for growth.

Here is an example of one already done.


Your turn. Can you score 5 points and find all 5 corrections. 

Week beginning 1st June

Wider Curriculum

This term we are going to be using the theme 'Under the Sea' to inspire our learning. Our focus story is 'Billy's Bucket' by Kes Gray - you can listen to it in the clip below. 

If you had a bucket like Billy, what would you like to see in it? Can you draw and label a picture of your bucket? You can email it to us at or upload it to your file on Purple Mash. This has also been set as a '2do' on Purple Mash if you would prefer to do it on a computer/tablet. 

Life under the sea is so interesting! Have a look at the book below (click on the picture) to find out more. There are plenty of other books on the website about sea creatures for you to look at. What do you want to find out more about? I am going to find out more about sea horses because I think they are so unusual and I don't know very much about them! 

Can you draw a picture of life under the sea? You can email it to us at school - we would love to see it. This has also been set as a '2do' on Purple Mash if you would prefer to do it on a computer/tablet. 

Sea creatures move in lots of different ways. Have a look at the video clip below. How many of the different creatures can you identify?

Have a go at this sea-themed yoga. It will help develop your core strength which is essential for everything you do - from running, jumping and climbing, to the ability to sit still comfortably!


 Watch the video clips below to remind you of some of the tricky words we have learnt and reviewed recently. 

Practise reading tricky words

Now have a go at reading all of the tricky words we have learnt to date by playing 'Tricky Trucks' on Select 'Choose your own' then all Phase 2 & 3 and the words shown which we have already learnt in Phase 4. 

Practise sounds

Practise all your Phase 2 & 3 sounds by playing 'Flashcards Time Challenge' on Select 'All Phase 2 & 3'. Can you beat your own score?

Read and draw using consonant blends

Can you read these sentences with consonant blends in them, then draw a picture to illustrate them. You can share your pictures with us by emailing them to school or uploading them to your file on Purple Mash.

The clown fish swam into the yellow bucket.

The crab had long legs to help it catch lots of fish.

A shark has lots of sharp teeth.

Make a fact sheet

Can you choose a sea creature you are interested in and make a fact sheet about it. Try hard to think about what sounds you need to use to spell your words, and don't forget your consonant blends!

You can share this with us by emailing it to school or uploading it to your file on Purple Mash. Alternatively it has been set as a '2do' on Purple Mash if you would prefer to do this task on a computer/tablet.  Below is an example of a fact sheet Mrs Young made about seahorses (I did some research!).


This week we are going to be thinking about number patterns, specifically odd and even numbers.

I have been playing with my Moshi Monsters today and arranged them into several groups. I have written the number in each group below them (you can check I have got it correct by counting!).

What do you notice about my groups of Moshi Monsters? Which numbers do you think are odd and which are even? Why? 

Could you arrange your toys into groups of odd and even numbers?


Watch the Numberblocks episode below (click on the picture) to find out more about odd and even numbers. 

Even numbers can be shared fairly between two (you can halve them). With even numbers you can pair them - they always have a friend, just like my Moshi Monsters!

Odd numbers cannot be shared equally between two (they cannot be halved) - there is always one left over. 

Can you find out if these numbers are odd or even - can you show me with your toys? You can send us photographs of your groups or upload them to Purple Mash.

11      14          9           10            7           18

Can you draw a 1-10 number line with pictures, and show me which numbers are odd, and which are even. Can you see a pattern?

I have started one here to show you.

Have a think about these questions!

What happens when you add two even numbers? Do you get an odd or even number? Why?

What happens when you add two odd numbers? Do you get an odd or even number? Why?

What happens if you add an odd and an even number? Do you get an odd or even number? Why?

Try carrying out these addition sums using small countable objects (lego blocks, raisins, cheerios, pieces of pasta). What did you find out?

2 + 2 = ?

3 + 3 = ?

3 + 2 = ?

Can you make up your own addition sums? 

Counting by 2's

It can be really helpful to know the sequence of odd and even numbers. Some people use knowing the sequence of even numbers to help them count by 2's. Have you ever noticed Mrs Young or Mrs Whiting do this when you are lined up in class? Why do you think we might sometimes do this instead of counting in 1's? Can you think of any problems we might have if we only count in 2's?

Watch the video clip below to learn about counting in 2's. Could you practise counting in 2's with the small objects you were using earlier? 

Week beginning 18th May


Watch the video again and make sure you are remembering all the digraphs we learnt together in phase 3.

Can you say short and long 'th' ? That is one that is trickiest for me. 


We have been learning about consonant blends at the beginning and end of words. They are not digraphs they are blends as each sound in the pair make their own sound, they just blend together.


digraph sh - s and h don't make their own sound they make a new one together.

consonant blend gr - you can hear g and r making their own sound.

Can you read theses words with digraphs in and a consonant blend. 


storm   snail   brick   spoon  winter

digraphs are red

blends are blue


Next play Dragons Den on phonics play. 

You have to read the word on the egg and sort it by real/nonsense word.

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Select phase 4 down the lefthand side and then Dragon's Den. Select phase 4 

Can you spot any consonant blends in this question before you read it?

What is the answer to the question?


Can a clock get cross?

Have you seen a trail left by a snail?

On purple mash there is a new 2do. You need to read the questions and write yes or no. A picture to illustrate it would be nice too if you have time. Maybe you could even write some questions of your own. Don't forget the question mark at the end ? and a capital letter at the start. 

You might need some of the tricky words you learnt last week to start your sentence

what or when

Or new tricky word 


Were you sleeping on a slug?


Tricky words are words we learn to read by sight. We don't sound them out because they are cheeky tricksters that don't follow the rules. 

We know phase 2 words and phase 3 really well. We are part way through learning phase 4 words. Any word you come across that don't follow our phonic rules could be a tricky word.  Practice spelling some if you are confident with reading them. 


Last week you were amazing at finding out about halving. Halving is when you divide something into two equal parts or shares.

This week we are finding out more about sharing.

We are all good at sharing. We share our toys and take turns. Sharing is caring!!!

Look at the story below. This ladybird is not good at sharing at the start of the story.

Oh my goodness, what a grumpy ladybird. I'm so glad he learnt to share in the end. 

Ladybirds have the most fantastic spots don't they? The most common sort in our country have 7 spots.

This wouldn't happen to a real lady bird but imagine if a pretend one sneezed and all his spots fell off. How would you share the spots equally between the two sides of his body?

Can you draw a ladybird now and have a go. You could draw spots straight on or you could use numbers of raisins or buttons to represent the spots.

When I had four spots I said one for you, one for you, one for you, one for you till they were shared equally and there was two spots on each side. This also worked when I had 6 spots, each side had half each because half of 6 is 3.

When I had 5 or 7 I found I had one left over that I couldn't share.

What did you find out?

Did you notice a pattern?


Even numbers share fairly between 2 and odd numbers always have one left over.


Biscuit sharing.

At school in the staff room where the teachers get a cup of tea, Mrs Whiting and Mrs Young were sharing some biscuits fairly and some eggs to take home for dinner.  They were getting quite good at it and then Mr Bonaddio came in. They thought they ought to share with him too! Can you help them? Use any objects /toys/ food you have to hand and move them into 3 sets.

What is 9 shared between 3?

What is 6 shared between 3?

Experiment with different starting numbers. Sometimes there will be some remainders.

On purple mash there is a 2do where you can move objects around to share too.

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Some people call Ladybirds Ladybugs. Click on the link below to read this online non fiction book to find out more interesting facts about them.

Afterwards I wonder if you could answer these questions.

Question 1 

What colour are a ladybirds eggs?

Question 2

What does the ladybird use it's antennae for?

Question 3

Why do they make stinky goo?

Question 4

Can you tell your grown ups about the different parts of the lady birds life cycle. 

On purple mash there is a minibeast pairs game to play if you would like to. 

Week Beginning 11th May


This week we are going to be learning to read some new Tricky words. Don't let them trick you!

Our new words are:

what   when   do   out

I've highlighted the tricky bits in yellow.

Do you notice that 'what' and 'when' both start with the same two letters and the same sound? But 'what' is even more tricky than 'when' because the 'a' does not make the sound we have learnt so far! We need to learn to remember these words because we can't sound them out. Practise running your finger underneath the letters and reading the word. 

 Now for two more tricky words!

The 'o' is tricky in 'do' because it doesn't make the same sound as the 'o' we have learnt so far! But it does sound a little like the tricky word 'to' which we learnt earlier. Perhaps this will help you to recognise and remember it!

At the moment 'out' is tricky for us because we haven't yet learnt the 'ou' sound (we will do when we start on our Phase 5 phonics!). For now we need to remember it. Practise reading it.

Can you say some sentences with these tricky words in them?

Practise reading your tricky words with the song in the video clip below. 

Now we are going to practise writing the tricky words below:

my       her

You already know how to read these - now you need to remember how to spell them so you can write them. 

Consonant blends and two syllable words

Now we are going to practise reading some words and sentences with consonant blends in them. Have a look at the sound mats below to remind you of them. 

When you come across a two syllable word e.g. lunchbox, help your child by breaking the word into the two syllables.

Sound talk the first syllable and blend it e.g. lunch

Sound talk the second syllable and blend it e.g. box

Say both syllables together e.g. lunchbox

Encourage your child to read the book below on (Go to Phase 4) - it is very funny and contains lots of consonant blends and two-syllable words for them to practise.

Read and draw

Read the sentences below and draw a picture to illustrate them.  We would love to see your drawings - perhaps you could photograph this and send it to us at It has also been set as a '2do' on Purple Mash if you would prefer to do it online.

The clown did tricks with a chimpanzee.

A crab crept into a crack in the rock.

It is fun to camp in a tent.

A drip from the tap drops in the sink.

Milk is good for children's teeth.


This week we are going to be thinking about halving. Last week we explored what happened when we doubled numbers - we always got twice as much! This week we are going to look at what happens when we share equally between two - halving!

Watch the Number jacks episode below (click on the picture for the link to the programme) about halving. Please stay with your child as they watch this video clip on You Tube. 

Now we are going to think of some halving problems with spiders!!!

Imagine two spiders share a web. 8 flies are caught in their web. How many can they eat each if they share them fairly?

They can eat 4 flies each, because half of 8 is 4. 

Can you make up some more number problems for the spiders? I did some using a web I had drawn and pretended that some raisins were flies!

Can you find out what half of 10 is? Half of 12? What other numbers can you find the half facts for? Are there any numbers you can't halve?

I used my toys to have a 'halving' picnic! I chose 2 teddies and shared out 6 biscuits, 2 bananas and 4 apples between them. Can you see how many of each they had on each plate? Can you have a go at making your own halving picnic and send us a photo or drawing to or upload it to your folder on Purple Mash. 

Half of 6 is ?

Half of 4 is ?

Half of 2 is ?

Have a go at playing this halving and doubling game with your grown up! 

  • Decide on a target number.  This is the total that both players are trying to make.
  • Player 1 throws the dice.  S/he can choose whether to double the number shown or halve the number shown.
  • Player 2 throws the dice.  In the same way, s/he can choose whether to double the number shown or halve the number shown.  Player 2 adds his/her number onto Player 1's number to make a running total.
  • Play continues like this with each player rolling the dice, halving or doubling the number and adding the result onto the running total.
  • The winner is the player who reaches the agreed target exactly.

You can find an interactive dice here.

Wider Curriculum

This week we are going to be learning some more about minibeasts. We have already learnt some facts about spiders and butterflies, but there are lots of other minibeasts to learn about. I wonder which will be your favourite!!

Have a look at the non fiction book below with your grown up. It has lots of really interesting facts!

Can you be a mini beast detective? Can you find any minibeasts outdoors? Where do they live? Maybe you could take a photo and send it to us at

 Mrs Young was very excited to discover these mini beasts when she went for a walk at the weekend.

Can you make your own bug fact sheet? You can do this on paper or online on Purple Mash, where it has been set as a '2do'. If you put several sheets together you could make a book. We would love to see them!

How about being creative and designing your own mini beast! What would it look like? What would it eat? Where would it live? What colour would it be? I have designed one which I have called 'The seven spotted flying unicorn worm'. Do you like it? I am wondering if it might need some more armour. It can escape from predators by flying or digging down into the soil. Its wings are green because it likes to camouflage itself in bushes. It has one sparkly horn to frighten off birds which like to eat it. Of course I have made all these 'facts' up because it doesn't really exist - but wouldn't it be fun if it did! 

Please send us your pictures to school@blaise You can also do this activity on Purple Mash, where it has been set as a '2do'. 

 There are lots of great stories about mini beasts - we have already shared a few over the last couple of weeks. The one below is about worms and it is one of Mrs Young's absolute favourites!! I hope you enjoy it. 

Have you noticed that mini beasts have lots of different ways of moving - flying, jumping, crawling, walking, slithering... Can you move like a mini beast? Have a go at joining in with the butterfly song below. 

Week beginning 4th May


We're going to be learning about Doubles this week.  If you double something you will have twice as many.

I was quite greedy at the weekend. I had 2 sweets but I wanted more.

I had 2 and I took 2 more.  I had Double 2, that's 4 altogether. Yum!!!

Could I double 4 and have 4 more, I wonder how many that would be? Would that be too many?


I know you enjoyed watching and listening to our book 'Argh Spider' last week. , click here if you want to listen again. Many children told me that their favourite part was at the end when all the spiders came to visit!!!!! 

Imagine how they arrived. Maybe the amount kept doubling.

Let's watch the Numberblocks. They have some Double Trouble going on too.

Did you notice as well as Doubling and making numbers have twice as many, they also did some halving which is when you share a number of things into 2 equal groups. 

2 doubled to become 4 then halved to become two lots of 2 again!!!!

Doubles around the house

I've been investigating Doubles around my house.

Can you do the same and upload your pictures to Purple Mash a 2Do has been set for you. 

Did you notice I used a mirror as my doubling machine in one of the pictures?

Doubling with butterflies

Butterfly's are magnificent minibeasts too. They have some wonderful patterns on their wings which are symmetrical. If they had 2 spots on one wing they would have 2 on the other, so they'd have double 2 =4.

We could combine some art with our Doubles work. 

Go to Purple Mash to complete your 2do.

You might like to use paint or crayons to show your doubling instead.

Email the school office and attach your work or attach to a file on Purple Mash.

Still can't get enough Doubles?!!!

How about playing Archery Doubles on a website called ICT Games.


Sing along with this song and remember lots of tricky words we've learnt already. Now turn the sound down and say them. 


They are all tricky!!!!

they  are  all 

Write these three words in particular. Can you remember how to spell them? The highlighting may help you to remember which parts of the word you have to think about the most. 

Over the last few weeks we have been learning to read 6 new tricky words.

said so like have some come

Go to to read them all again with a robot!

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Select Phase 4 on the left hand side and then scroll down to reading robot.

At the top left select a new word list and type in our new words above , then start your game. Grown ups will click the tick when you read the word correctly. 

consonant blends 

We have been starting to read and write words with consonant blends at the start and end of the words. Remember in a blend each letter says it's sound but they blend together 

eg g and r in gr 

read this word grab

l and k blend together as lk 

read this word milk 

Next go to 

Select oxford owl for home and then free ebook library.

Select the title 'Trunk and a Skunk'. When you click on it you will have the story of' Ron Rabbit'. 

Ron saves the day! There are lots of cvcc and ccvc words in this book so you can practice reading consonant blends. 

Will he say Stop and get back the swag bag? Read to your grown up and find out. No audio please until after reading!!!

After you have read the story of Ron Rabbit and have been reading lots of cvcc and ccvc words please go to Purple Mash for a writing activity.

Look on your 2do list. You need to look carefully at the picture and write a list of the items from the robber's swag bag.  You may need to write some words with consonant blends. 

Wider Curriculum

Read this non-fiction book about butterflies with your grown ups by using this link

What did you find out?

Can you talk through the life cycle diagram below.

On purple Mash 2Do's you will find two activities one is a simple labeling  activity and the other challenges you to make a leaflet using your knowledge. We can't wait to read them. 

That is one fat caterpillar!!!!!

Retell the story to your grown ups using some scientific vocabulary. 









Wow!!! you would all be amazing at making these.

The folding would be really good exercise for your fingers too.

You may find it easier to work with a bigger piece of paper than the lady.

Remember it could be old newspaper and any bit of tie will do.

Please email your photos to or attach photo on a file on purple mash. 


Week beginning 27th April


Practise reading all the Tricky Words you have learnt to date.

Play 'Tricky Word Trucks' on to help you remember all the 'tricky words' you have learnt so far.  Username: march20 Password: home

Select Phase 4. Choose 'Tricky Trucks', Start, then 'Choose your own selection'. Then select all Phase 2 and 3 and the words from Phase 4 which we learnt last week, 'said' and 'so'. 

How many can you read? Can you beat your own score?

Learn to read new tricky words

This week we are going to learn to read four new 'Tricky Words'.

have    like    some    come 

login to and select Phase 4 'Train your Brain'.

You can then practise reading our new tricky words and looking at the bits which make them tricky.    

Practise writing the tricky words 'was' and 'you'

You already know how to read these words.

was     you    

Now  try to remember how to spell them so you can write them. 

Can you write them on paper?     Can you type them?

Can you write them in flour?   Can you write them in shaving foam?


 Below is a link to a video to help you remember how to form your lower case letters correctly.

Last week we started to read some words with consonant blends at the end of them. Do you remember we read words such as:

tent     belt    hump    lamp    


Both of the letters in the consonant blend say their sound but they blend together.

This week we are going to read some words which have consonant blends at the beginning of them. 

Practice saying it. Here are some more consonant blends often found at the beginnings of words.

Can you read these words?

spin   speck   stop   trip  track  twin  clap   glad   gran  glass  grip

Watch the video below and practise reading the words.  

Go to Purple Mash to practise writing some words with consonant clusters in them. This has been set as a '2Do'.


This week in our maths we are going to practise carrying out addition and subtraction by counting on and counting back. 

Listen to the story 'The Shopping Basket' by John Burningham. 

Draw a numberline and use it to help you add up all the things Stephen bought.

First he bought 6 eggs - mark these on your numberline.

Then he bought 5 bananas. How many things has he bought now? Find out by counting on.

Next he bought 4 apples....3 oranges...2 doughnuts and 1 packet of crisps.

How many things had Stephen bought altogether?

What happened when the animals ate some of the shopping? How many were left then? Count backwards to find the answer.

Can you make up your own shopping trip story? What will you buy?

Can you you tell us using the structure, 'First I bought....then I I have (total)'.

e.g. First I bought 4 loo rolls. Then I bought 3 soaps. Now I have 7 things in my shopping basket. 


Can you make up some more number stories about objects in your house e.g. your toys. Can you draw them and write the number story?

This has been set as a '2do' on Purple Mash. Have a look at the one I wrote below.

Practise your addition and subtraction (you can draw yourself a number line to help) playing the '2 race' games on Purple Mash. These have been set as a '2do'. 

Wider Curriculum

Watch the video clip below to learn some more amazing facts about spiders. Did you know that spiders laid eggs? I wonder if you can find any spider egg sacks outdoors with spiderlings waiting to hatch. Have a go at putting the spider life cycle pictures in the correct order on Purple Mash. This has been set as a '2do'. 

Here are some photos of spiders which Mrs Hamilton has seen when she used to live in Africa. Can you see all the different body parts?

I made some pictures of insects using things I found around my garden and in my house. Can you create your own minibeast pictures using found objects? You could upload these to purple mash or email them to us at We would love to see them! 

There are lots of traditional tales with spiders as a central character. Click to listen to the story of 'Anansi and the Turtle', about a very clever spider!

Week beginning 20th April


Tricky words are cheeky tricksters!!! They don’t follow our phonic rules. Don’t let them trick you!!!

We can already read these words.

Can you learn to spell these words? Have a good look at them and remember why each word is tricky!!!

It’s that cheeky ‘e’ isn’t it. He tricked me the other day and I wrote hee (don’t tell anyone will you)!!!

he  she  we  be  me

These are new tricky words

said  so

Can you look at them with your grown up and tell them why they are tricky?

I’ve put them on my fridge to help me remember them!!!

We are getting really good at blending to read cvc (consonant vowel consonant) words.

What if we add an extra consonant on the end?

ten                     tent

Look how ten becomes tent when we add a further consonant.

Do you notice in nt in tent both letters are saying their sound but they blend together. Practice saying it. Here are some more consonant blends at the end of words.

Look for other consonant blends in books and signs around you.

Can you read the words on this sheet and match to the correct picture?


Can you form the words on purple mash? Go to 2dos cloze procedure

Next can you read my sentence and draw a picture to go with it? Go to  2dos cvcc sentence


Can you count in sequence from 0 to 20 and then back again? Look at how the values of the numbers change as you count. As you count forward each number in the sequence is one more each time. As you count back each number in the sequence is one less each time.


Start as a curled up ball and as you count forward the numbers get bigger as you do until at 20 you are up stood up on your tiptoes. As you count back from 20-0 you get smaller and smaller as the numbers do.

Next can you ping pong count with a grown up? Eg you say 1, your grown up says 2, you say 3 etc. How far can you get?

Do you remember that numbers 10-20 have two digits? The first digit tells us how many groups of ten in the number and the second digit tells us how many ones.

Eg , in 14 there is one group of ten and 4 ones. In 20 there are 2 groups of tens but 0 ones.

I wonder how many more ones 14 would need to become 20?

Let's watch this video to remind us about tens and ones.


I made some collections of objects in my house which represent different numbers between 10-20, I organised them into tens and ones to match the digits.

Could you do this and upload your photos onto purple . Select the green arrow to upload a photo.


Can you complete this activity where you fill in missing numbers. To do this you will need to know what is one more and one less than a given number in the sequence. You could print this out and cut and stick or write the numbers in if you haven’t any glue to hand. Alternatively your grown up might be able to write out a track with some numbers missing.  Good luck!


Wider Curriculum

We are going to be finding out all about mini beasts

Click on this link to find out some more...

A spider is a type of minibeast. Its is also an arachnid. 

Here is a story all about a spider.

What are your favourite parts of the story and why? 

Talk about the story with your grown ups.

How does the spider feel at different points in the story and why?

Draw a picture of your favourite part of the story on if you'd like to and write about it.


Can you follow the steps to draw your own spider’s web. Use a paper and hold your pencil/pen with a good grip and control. Keep perfecting your web drawing.

Can you create a web in another way?


We would love to see your artwork. Please email it to us at the main school address.

Let's find out a bit more about real spiders.



Friday 3rd April


Today we are going to be thinking about our number bonds to 10.

Watch the video and join in.

Can you practise making your number bonds with objects you can find around the house? We had a go with clothes pegs (we coloured one side green and the other side orange so we could turn them over to easily see all the ways to make 10 using two numbers). 

We also had a go with milk bottle tops, forks, paperclips and oranges. What else could you use?

Can you write the number sentences to show your number bonds to 10?

Please take a photograph and send your work to  (FAO: Reception teachers).

There is a 'Number bonds to 10' game you can play on Purple Mash. This has been set as a '2do'. Can you beat your own score?


Today we are going to be thinking about the sound 'ow'.

We remember it using the action of milking a cow.

Watch the video to learn more about words with the 'ow' sound. 

Write the 'ow' sound words shown below. 

There is also a picture on Purple Mash (set as a '2do') for you to write a sentence about. 

Read the 'ow' word story below. Can you find all the words with the ow' sound in?

Wider Curriculum

Today we are going to be thinking about more things we can do to stay healthy and fit. In addition to healthy eating, good hygiene and sleep habits, we also need to keep fit and exercise. One way we can do this is through yoga, which helps us to focus on our bodies and develop core strength. 

Join in with the Cosmic Kids Easter yoga story below. Can you copy all the poses?

Thursday 2nd April


Listen to the alphabet song below - join in with the letters and sounds.

Recognising and writing upper case and lower case letters

Sometimes children find it tricky to read words when they are at the beginning of a sentence and start with a capital (upper case) letter. It is important that children are confident recognising both upper case and lower case letters. They will also need to use upper case letters in their writing at the beginning of a sentence.

Write the letters of the alphabet randomly space in capital letters on a piece of paper. Get your child to write the matching lower case letter by them, say the letter name and sound. Repeat, this time you write the lower case and they write the upper case.

Practise writing all your uppercase and lowercase letters - can you remember the letter formation rhymes we learnt to help you with your lower case letters?


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Practise your sounds by playing one of the games below. Select Phase 2 and 3. Can you beat your own score?


Look at the Easter I spy picture. How many rabbits can you see? How many eggs? How many chicks? How many daffodils?

Solve the Easter addition and subtraction problems. You can use a number line to help you.

Wider Curriculum

Today we are going to think about one of the things we can do to help us stay healthy - washing our hands to make sure we don't get ill. 

We have learnt about this and practised it in class. 

Watch the video below to remind yourself about how to wash your hands effectively. 

Now log on to purple mash to design a hand washing poster - this has been set as a '2do'. 

You can also have a go at designing your own 'Helping Hands' on purple mash. This has been set as a '2do' as well.  You are all so good at being helpful, tidying up and doing special jobs in school - I am sure you are doing the same at home!

Here are the 'Helping Hands' which Mrs Young designed.

Wednesday 1st April


Since it is April Fool’s Day today, it is definitely a day to practice our tricky words. Don’t let them trick you!!

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Select 'Phase 3' then 'Train your Brain' to practise reading through your tricky words and thinking about the tricky bits. 

Now play Phase 3 'Tricky Word Trucks'. 

Select 'choose your own words' then all Phase 2 and Phase 3.

How many can you get correct? Play it again. Can you beat your own score?

Don't forget to practise your sounds every day too! There are a couple of fun games on Phonics Play you could choose from (select Phase 2 and 3 sounds). 


Today's maths is a reasoning challenge. Which domino shown below doesn't belong and why? How many reasons can you find for each domino? We have loved thinking about these types of problem in class! Please encourage your child to give their answer in a sentence. You can email us your ideas at (FAO: Reception teachers) or it has also been set as a '2do' on purple mash.

Wider Curriculum

April is famed for being a month with lots of rain showers. Why is rain important? 

Listen to this piece of music - the composer, Chopin, was thinking about rain when he wrote it. Can you pick out which bits of the music sound like rain drops? It is a very beautiful piece of piano music.

Now, go to Purple Mash where you can create your own piece of music. Can you make some music which sounds like rain? What else might give you inspiration to compose your music? This activity has been set as a '2do'. We are looking forward to hearing your compositions!

Tuesday 31st March


Today we are going to be thinking about rhyming words.

Listen to the story 'Every Bunny Dance' by Ellie Sandall. Can you spot all the rhyming words?

Now play the rhyming game 'Cake Bake' on Phonics Play.  Log in to using:

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Select Phase 1 then choose 'Cake Bake'

Can you find the rhyming words to bake a cake?

Watch the video clip below to learn about the life of the poet, William Wordsworth, and his most famous poem, 'I wandered lonely as a cloud' (often known as 'Daffodils'). Listen to how he uses rhyme in this poem.

Can you write a rhyming string of spring-themed words, or a poem about spring? You could email this to us at school@blaise (FAO: Reception teachers) or it has also been set as a '2do' on purple mash


Today we are going to be thinking about repeating patterns.

Join in with the 'Go Noodle' team as they make patterns with their bodies, singing along to 'Banana...banana...meatballs...'


Now we are going to draw our own patterns.

We have drawn some Easter eggs and started a pattern. It is an ABAB pattern using colours (purple, yellow, purple, yellow...) Can you carry the pattern on?


Can you make your own pattern?  Can you draw an AABBAABB pattern?    Can you draw an ABCABC pattern? Can you draw an AABAABAA pattern?    What other patterns can you draw?

Can you make a pattern with different shapes? Can you make a pattern with pictures?

Below is a link to a shape patterns game we have played in class. How many patterns can you get correct?

Wider curriculum

This week we are learning about Easter and associated traditions. Look at these beautiful hand painted eggs. In some cultures, the tradition of giving decorated eggs pre-dates Christianity. In the Ukraine, traditional decorated eggs, known as pysanka, often have detailed markings and pictures inspired by nature. 

Can you draw a patterned egg? What colours will you choose? What patterns will you  use?

If you would like to do this on purple mash, it has been set as a '2do'.  You can also photograph your drawings and email them to us at Please mark your email FAO: Reception teachers.

Monday 30th March


Do you remember digraph 'or'?

We remember it with the action of using our arm to 'shut the door'. 

Can you think of some words with this sound in and write them? Here are some pictures to help you. 

Can you think of any other words with 'or' in them? Can you make a list of words? Can you write the 'or' words in a sentence?

Click on the video below to play an 'or' word blending game. Can you read the word before the picture appears? Pause the video if you want more time. 

Read the story below. Can you spot all the 'or' words?


Our maths activities this week will focus on practising the skills we have learnt this term. Today we will be practising our addition and subtraction skills by having a pretend Easter Egg Hunt!

How many eggs are in my basket?

Use a number line to help you keep track as you add and subtract eggs.

Can you write some of the number sentences?

Can you design your own addition and subtraction Easter egg hunt? 

Wider curriculum

Watch this cBeebies clip to learn about Easter. What does Easter mean to you? What traditions do your family have at Easter?


Can you make an Easter card to give to your family?

If you would like to do this on Purple Mash, it is set as a '2do'. There is a variety of clip art you could choose from, as well as adding your own drawing. 

What message will you write inside your card?


Friday 27th March


Here are some digraphs we know. Can you say them and remember the actions. 

ee- put your hand over your eyes to see in the distance 

ng- nnnnng. Hold a pretend thing on a string in front of you.

oi- pretend to give lots of presents

ear- hold you hand behind your ear to hear

I wonder if you could match the digraphs/ trigraphs to these objects? E.g. ear would go with beard.


Next open up phonics play website. 

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Select phase 3 on the left hand side. ...

Then select Sentence substitution and start with this sentence. How many ways can you move the words around and the sentence makes sense? 

Which digraphs/ trigraphs can you spot? Which tricky word does this sentence contain? 


Keep subtracting everyone!!!!

Number rhyme - Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree - there is a version you can watch at: 

Play a subtraction game (for 2 people). Find up to 10 small objects e.g. counters, little toys, lego blocks, coins, beads, beans, pieces of pasta, cheerios. 

One person hides some under a cup/bowl. Can you work out how many are hidden? 

E.g. There were 10 cheerios and now I have 4. How many did Mum take away and put under the bowl? Hmm Here's my number 4 on the number line. How many places do I jump back from 10 to get to 4? Or how many more do I count up from 4 to get to 10. Adding is the opposite of taking away!!! Yay!! So you took away 6 Mum. 10-  ?=4

Use a number line to help you. 

Wider Curriculum

We are learning so much about birds. I hope you watched the video yesterday and polished up your knowledge. I wonder if you've spotted any new birds out of the window?

Do you like my bird sculpture ? (Please be kind)!!! lol

I know you could make a better one, as we have two classes full of amazing artists!!

I used scrunched up newspaper and covered it with foil. I did a lot of pinching and twisting, which was good for my muscles. If you don't have foil you could use masking tape or sellotape to hold it together.

Thursday 26th March


 We are now becoming experts at this counting back on the number track to support our taking away! Another great number rhyme to consolidate this is '5 Currant Buns'.

Number rhyme - 5 Currant buns in a baker’s Shop - there is a version you can watch at: 

Draw or make some pretend buns (I rolled up some socks to make mine!).  

Pretend to buy 1, 2, or 3 buns, working out how many are left by counting back on the number line. What happens if you start with 7 buns, 9 buns, 10 buns? Draw a number line to help you.   

If your child knows the answer straight away encourage them to prove it by counting back on the number track.


Some words are cheeky, little tricksters! They just don’t follow the rules and our phonics learning does not help! How cheeky!!!!! 

Watch the tricky word song a few times.  Can you pause it to explain to a grown up how it is tricky e.g. with tricky word are’, it’s the 'e'  that is tricky as we can’t hear it. 



Could you write a simple sentence with a tricky word in? 

E.g.  The chips are hot. 

Wider Curriculum

I wonder if you did see/hear any birds from your window or whilst out walking as suggested on Tuesday?

I keep hearing a little robin and I can just about see him at the top of an enormous tree. 

Keep looking and listening for them and make some sketches of them.

Watch the bird video and see if you can answer the following questions.

If you're not sure, re-watch and listen out carefully for the information.

Question 1

Are birds warm or cold blooded?

Question 2

Bill is a posh name for which body part? wing or beak?

Question 3

What is the biggest bird?

Question 4

Do all birds fly? Why? Or why not?

Question 5

Is the male (man) or female (woman) the most colourful?

Question 6

What does incubating mean? 

Wednesday 25th March


 We are continuing with our learning about subtraction by counting back on the number line and we are using the song ’10 green bottles’ as inspiration!

Number rhyme – 10 Green bottles - there is a version you can watch here 

Can you draw your own 10 bottles then work out how many are left as you subtract different numbers?

Encourage your children to subtract small numbers such as 1, 2, 3 by counting back to find the answer (you could use a dice or write numbers to subtract onto small pieces of paper and choose them randomly).  

Eg 10 take away 3, so 1, 2, 3 jumps back on the number line is 7. So 10-3=7.  


Can you use a number line to help you?


We have learnt so many digraphs (2 letters that together make one sound) and trigraphs (3 letters that together make one sound)!!!  

Watch the video and say each digraph / trigraph correctly. 


sh     ch

Some people often confuse these. I wonder if I can catch you out today? 

Look at each picture and write the word that goes with it. Don’t forget to use your robot arms!!! 

Wider curriculum

In class, we have been learning the story of Little Red Riding Hood.

The wolf has decided he didn't like being bopped on the head by the wood cutter so has gone on holiday! Where has he gone? You decide...

Using Purple Mash (this is set as a '2do') Send a postcard from the wolf to your friends. Here is Mrs Young's work:


Tuesday 24th March

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Watch the “10 in the Bed” nursery rhyme.

Which numbers can you hear? Can you spot the pattern?

Watch the video again. Try and sing along!

Click here to listen and watch the book “Ten in the Bed” by Penny Dale being read aloud.

Act out your own version of this story with your toys.

Can you draw the story you created with your toys?

An optional '2Do' to practise one more and one less has been set if you want to play an adding and subtracting game on Purple Mash!

Use a number line to show the subtraction each time like this:


Here is digraph ‘oa’

 We pretend to row in our boat as we say ‘oa’.

‘Oa’ is in goat.

Read the ‘Toads in the Road’ eBook on the Oxford Owl website. Create a free account if you haven’t already! Press the arrows to turn the pages, and remember to keep the audio off so you can practise your reading!

How many ‘oa’ words can you find in the story?

Can you make your list longer by adding some more ‘oa’ words that you know?

Write a sentence using ‘oa’ words to go with this picture.

This has been set as a '2Do' on Purple Mash if you would prefer to do it on there.

Wider curriculum

Our theme this term is “Into the Woods”, focusing on the book “Owl Babies” by Martin Waddell.

As the weather is lovely at the moment, look out of the window or go into the garden.

Which birds can you spot from the list in the file download below?

Draw a picture of your favourite bird that you see (outside or on the list).




Do you remember trigraph "ure"?

Can you say it and remember the action (pretend to hold out pure juice) ?

You can practice reading/ writing words with ure in by playing this game. Throw a real die if you have one, use an online die or make dots on scraps of paper turned over to select.


This week will be looking at subtraction by counting backwards. This follows on from the work we did earlier in the term on addition by counting on. The children will work with single digit numbers and subtract small quantities by counting backwards.

In order to do this the children need to be able to count backwards and forwards to 10 (or 20) reliably.

There are lots of number rhymes which support counting backwards and we will recommend some each day this week.

There are also a variety of stories such as Cockatoos (Quentin Blake) and Handa’s Surprise (Eileen Browne) which can be used to draw attention to subtraction problems. A variety of these are available as read-alouds to watch. Perhaps you can find some other stories and tell us!

Today we are going to tell subtraction number stories.

Imagine there are e.g. 6 passengers on a train. 2 get off at the station. How many are left? Count back 2 from 6 e.g. start at 6 and say…5…4…, making jumps backwards along the number line.

Now imagine another 3 people get off the train? Count backwards to find out how many passengers are left on the train.

Make up your own number sentences to practice your subtraction skills.

Please encourage your children to draw their number train and number line. You could use counters for the passengers e.g. beads, coins, beans. Using concrete objects such as these helps children understand the nature of subtraction, and realise that when you take away you always end up with less.  

Number rhyme: 10 fat sausages – there is a version you can watch at:


Log in to Purple Mash and have a look at your '2 do'. Practice writing the letter and draw a picture of something which begins with that sound. What letter will you choose? What will you draw? Don't forget to save your work in your tray (the one with your name - you can change your avatar if you like too!) and then we will be able to see it too!



Log in to Phonics Play to practice reading your phase 3 tricky words (don't let them trick you!)

Select tricky trucks and then phase 3.


Can you draw around some 3d shapes at home? e.g a tin of beans

What do you notice?



Can you retell the story of Little Red Riding Hood from our story map?



Look for the words with the -ear trigraph.

Can you find them all? Read the story.

 Phoneme spotter story (-ear).pdfDownload
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Can you find some 3D shapes and talk about their properties e.g. the cooker is a cuboid. It has circular rings. It has rectangular faces...


Log in to Purple Mash and look at your '2do' to follow the link to help you draw a map for Red Riding Hood. Don't forget to save your work in your tray - we'd love to see it!