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Blaise Primary School And Nursery

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

We miss you Reception!   

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

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

Click here to see a letter from Mr Bonaddio, Mrs Barlow, Miss Hughes and Mrs Robinson.

You can also click here to see a video from all of our staff on the Home learning page.

If you have anything to tell us please tweet us using @Blaise_Primary or email using We'd love to hear from you!

Welcome back to Term 6!

As part of keeping fit and healthy, how about taking part in the Virtual Summer School Games! The Games start this week! Entry is via Google Forms. Go to for more information.

This term we are going to use the story 'Billy's Bucket' as inspiration for our theme 'Under the Sea'

Here is a sea-themed joke to get you in the mood!

Q: How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh?

A: Ten tickles!!!!

Fact: An Octopus has 8 arms and no tentacles - tentacles are longer than arms and are retractable. Can you find out about any sea creatures which do have tentacles? Email us at

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

Reading at home

Please continue to listen to your child read daily. Log in to the Oxford Owl reading scheme website, to access free eBooks for your child to read. If you are not sure what book band your child is currently reading, please email the school 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.  

Learning activities

On the Reception page of this website you will find  a variety of activities for you to do with your children Some of these will be online activities using software, such as 'Purple Mash'. Others will be activities you can do with resources you have at home. It is important that your children continue to practise their writing and mark making with pens and paper as well as online, to help them develop their fine motor skills. 

We would love to see photographs of your child’s home learning! Please email photos to the school office at

Purple Mash Information 

We can see that many of you are using. If when you login you are immediately on the mini mash page, click the title in the top left corner. From here click 'go to purple mash'. This takes you to the main page. At the top click the red bar '2 do's'. There is some work set by us that you might like to do. If you are experiencing any problems accessing the work on Purple Mash, please email the school office 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 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.

Wider curriculum


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).

 Theme - Bird Sightings in the Garden.pdfDownload
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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!