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Week 3 - 4.5.20

Welcome to Week 3 of the Summer term.

This week we are heading to Australia. Our story this week is about a little wombat who wants to find a new home, but will any of them be right for him? There are lots of opportunities to talk about countries, habitats and animals both in Australia and in your own garden. Please remember that play is so important at this stage, try to help by playing with your child, asking questions and modelling language. Don't be afraid to crawl into the den and pretend to be a wombat too.

"Wow, why is it so dark in here, I feel a bit nervous, how do you feel? How can we make it brighter? Shall we dig for worms for dinner, what else might they eat? Our den is so big, why are we so good at digging?

Phase 3 Video

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A quick video to help you look at the phase 3 graphemes and learn the actions and sounds.

Phonics  -

Revise - 3 days

sh, ch, th, ng, ai, ee, oo, oa, ie, igh    plus - ar, or, er, ur, ow, oi


Recap all the sounds so far.

Create a flash card for new revision sounds. How quickly can they recall each one. Try to increase speed each time.

Play splat with all the sounds.

Look closely at each of these graphemes. They can be easily confused as contain lots of the same letters, Ask them to show you the actions, these can be a helpful hint, 

ar – open mouth like at the dentist , or – donkey ears with ee,    er&ur – spin finger like an electric mixer , ow – pretend to prick finger on a needle, oi –point at someone rudely!

Go on a sound huntcollect objects using these sounds, ask children to sort them into groups that use the same phoneme and match to grapheme.  (cut and stick version below if preferred)

(possible items – car, card, bark, arc, cord, fork, torch, shorts, feather, letter, flower, soldier, nurse, purse, purple, turtle, cow, clown, owl, coin, foil, oil, soil) Try to write labels for some of the objects.

The Cbeebies TV program, Alphablocks Series 3 could also help with this. Or Mr Thorn has small clips for each sound.


Learn – 2 days

Recap – bl, br, cl, cr, dr, fl, fr.

New blends to look at – gr, gl, pl, pr

Target blends – place each blend on the floor or stick to a wall/door – children try to throw a ball or roll up socks (softer if indoors) at the correct blend. Parents say the blend, to make it harder say a word that uses the blend.

Ping Pong phonics - Write the blends on the side of plastic cups – children aim the ball into a cup – if they get it in they say a word using that blend (challenge and then spell it) – if they are correct can turn the cup over – can they turn all the cups over to win?


Try writing some words using these initial sounds – can you think of 2 words to go into a sentence, I have grapes on my plate. My glasses are plastic.

How many words can you think of – ask a grown up to write the all down in a list. Try and read them all back.

Play eye spy – using initial consonant blends.

Something beginning with ‘pl’      (e.g. plant)

where to, Little Wombat video for YrF.MOV

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Where to, Little Wombat

Day 1:

Discuss where this story may be set? Is it in the UK? Why?

What do they know about Australia? What other animals may be in this story. Do they know what a wombat is? Info sheet to help (Oz animals document). 

Listen to and discuss the story. Label a Wombat.

Day 2:

Re-read or listen to the story? Talk about why each home was not right for Wombat. Talk about how animals are all adapted to live in their special places.

Can you find 2 other Australian animals and write about their home, add a drawing of them too.   (e.g. Possums live in trees.)

Day 3:

Think about why Wombat could not live with the animals that you wrote about yesterday. Write 1 or 2 new pages for the Wombat book.

“Can I live with you.” said Wombat.

Possum said yes, but Wombat could not climb the tree.

Day 4:

Where would you like to live? Design yourself a new home. Be creative. (a superhero den, a tropical hut, a princess castle, a home made of ice?)

Draw your home – add labels and captions to explain each element.

Day 5:

Think about Wombat’s Sleep over.

Write invitations to invite a friend to the Sleep over from Wombat. You can invite one of your new animals. Decorate your invitation.

(format below if you would like it)


Extra ideas: Write with chalks, make up stories, any story role play activities, read recipes for baking, look for words and letters on signs during your walk, use playdough to make words/letters, read bedtime stories, Talk about favourite story characters, use small world play – dolls house, animals, action figures to make up stories, read other books about Austrailia.


Positional Language

Day 1: How many different words can they think of to describe where something is. (on top, under, beside, next to, beneath, above, below, behind, in front etc)

Play put the object….. Challenge children to put an item in a place. (toy car next to the table, under the table, on top of the tv, behind the chair etc – small world sets are good for this activity if you have one– e.g. doll house, play-mobil set, castle, garage)

Day 2: Recap the words we can use to describe position/place. Ask your child to choose an item but do not tell you what it is, they then describe its position. (e.g. it is next to the chair, It is above the lamp) You then guess what the object is. Swap roles.  Complete the Where is Wombat sheet.

Day 3: Left and right. Learn left and right.

Add this to yesterday’s game. To the left of the teddy. To the right of the lamp.

Sing the Hokey Cokey.

Day 4: Recap the positional words. Draw the items in the correct places sheet.

Day 5:  Work on number recognition and writing digits. Check your child can ‘read’ all the numbers 0 to 20 and can write a number that you say without seeing it. You could make a hopscotch type game with different numbers, children jump to the number you say, play snakes and ladders or any board games with number tracks, play what’s my number, create a line of numbers in order, turn one upside down – guess my number, order number cards to 20, shoot water gun at chalk numbers, make a number hunt etc.


Extra Maths play ideas linked to book: Distance – talk about where places are – near/far. Make a map and measure the distance between each home.

Draw some trees for the Koala’s  - cut out and order, which is the tallest/shortest.

Understanding the World

Talk how environments might vary from one another. Discuss that the animals all live in difference places. Look at the different environments in your garden. How do they differ  - dark and damp, sunny and dry, lots of leaves, mud, sand, water etc. Can they find different mini beasts living in the different places.  Make a bug home, some photos below to give you an idea. Which animals may like living there. Keep checking.


Extra ideas: Technology - Try some new apps, Talk about similarities and differences in the homes of people they know – talk to Grandparents about their houses, compare – Number of rooms, size of garden, things in their lounge, colour of the door etc.

Use magnifying glasses to look at bugs.

Small world play with animals and bugs, play mobil roleplay acting out visiting zoo/far etc, put small world animals in the sand pit. Make different areas for the animals - wet sand, tunnel, a mountain etc

Physical Development


Gross motor Skills: Try digging in the garden like mole, sweeping the like Wombat, climbing like Koala, make a den, crawl through tunnels.


Fine motor: Dressing and undressing – practice get your self dressed - including buttons, zips, gloves, shoe laces, jumpers, belts. 

Play the chocolate game with 3 different items – e,g, a glove, zip up coat, and a pair of trousers with a button. (Take turns to roll a dice, if you roll a six, start putting on the 3 items, once on, you can eat a piece of chocolate, if someone else gets a six then you have to stop and they then begin to put on the items, (You have to be quick to get the chocolate!)


Expressive Art and Design


Junk box modelling – use different items from your recycling or craft box to create a new den for Wombat. Think carefully about the best way to join them together and decorate. Make sure that it is fun and cosy for Wombat. 


If you have any paint, try to paint Wombat. Try to mix a colour to match his fur and his nose. (Using only yellow, red and blue, a little bit of white if it is tricky)

Explore mixing other colours - can you make a green for the grass, or orange to add some flowers? 

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