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Week 4 - 11.5.20

Welcome to week 4 of the summer term.

I hope that you had a great weekend in the sunshine. I was so impressed with all the photos and Tapestry updates last week. So many of you look like you are trying really hard with your work. I am very proud of you.


I loved all the writing and phonics, your writing looks like it is improving each time I see it and the inventive ways that you practised your positional language was brilliant.


I really enjoyed seeing Jesper's fantastic net Wombat den, that he then made into a bird hide, Clayton's fantastic playdough den and the video of him playing the chocolate clothes game, Max wrote and decorated a very special invitation for Wombat, Henry wrote an amazing new part of the story and made a beautiful den with daisies, Bradley planted peas while practising his positional language, Benji made some great 3D Australian animals, Eva was super clever and made her family lunch and a very professional looking bug hotel, Miles was super clever and used his Duplo to talk about positions, Isla made a fantastic junk model castle and me and Kane tested out a recipe and made delicious Anzak biscuits, which you can try this week. 


Have another super week, I cant wait to talk to you again this week.

Can you find out one fact about something Australian to teach me when I call?


Mrs Clubb 

Phase 3 help

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Revise - 3 days

sh, ch, th, ng, ai, ee, oo, oa, ie, igh, ar, or, er, ur, ow, oi plus – ear, air, ure


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.

Look closely at each of the new revision graphemes.

ear – wiggle ear,    air, wave hand around in the air,  ure – point around (your)

Write a list of words – How many can your child think of.   (tear, fear, beard, fair, hair, stair, chair, sure, cure, pure)

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, gr, gl, pl, pr

New blends to look at –, sc, sk, sl, sp, sn, st, sm

Look at each blend and discuss different words they are used for. Have a go at writing some. (scan, scoop, skill, sky, skip, skin, sleep, slip, slug, spin, spell, spill, snap, snug, snoop, snail, star, stop, stick)

Play blending bingo. Print or write out the cards. Pull them out and cross off.

Play eye spy – using initial consonant blends.

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

Matching pairs – use bingo words or write out sets of words. Turn upside down. Take turns to turn two over, find a matching pair, (same word or same blend)


Text: Possum Magic

Day 1:

Discuss where this story may be set? How do we know?

Predict why the story is called Possum Magic.

Listen to the story and discuss what happened, was your prediction correct? Which part did you enjoy?

Day 2:

Re read or listen to the story. Using the pictures sequence and retell the story in their own words.

Day 3:

Re-read or listen to the story.

What magic can you remember from the beginning of the story.

Think of a new piece of magic for Grandma Poss. Try to think about ideas linked to Australia

She made Knagaroos, Koalas, emus, Wombats...

Day 4:

Think about the fun Hush had because she was invisible. Talk about what you would do here or in Australia if you were invisible. Write your sentence, add a picture with labels to explain.

I would…

Day 5:

Talk about the different food that Grandma Poss and Hush tried. Have you eaten any of these. Which one would you like to try? Maybe you could make something and share the recipes on the blog.

What would make you visible again? Write some sentences, telling me how each food would make you appear. e.g. ‘I had strawberries that made my feet appear.’


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 other Australian based stories, Talk about favourite story characters, use small world play – dolls house, animals,  figures to make up stories.

Possum Magic

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Read by Mrs Clubb


This week’s Maths is all about doubling and halving. With both objects/shapes and numbers. I have added sheets as some parents said that they liked these, others discussed tricky as no printing assess. All these activities can be done with or without the sheets.

Day 1: Halving shapes 

Cut out some shapes. (circle, Square, rectangle, pentagon, triangle, Hexagon) Talk about the shapes at this point, how many corners and sides?

Try folding the shapes so that they are the dame on each side? Can you cut them so each part is equal?

Day 2 Halving even numbers to 10

Talk about how halving is the same as sharing by 2. Recap this. Try halving 2,4,6,8 and 10 with objects. Try to learn these facts off by heart. Discuss why is can not half 1,3,5,7 or 9. Bee halving sheet.

Day 3: Halving numbers to 20.

Look at numbers 12,14,16,18 and 20. Use objects to find the answers and then try to learn off by heart. Keep recapping these during the week. Make a halving / double poster.

You may like to draw Dominoes, butterflies, ladybirds. See ladybird poster.

Day 4: Doubling numbers to 5. 

Use objects to double numbers 1 -5. Try to memorise these.

Complete double ladybird sheet.

Day 5: Doubles to 10.

Work out double  6,7,8,9 and 10. Use items to double them and the practise saying these to learn them. Double 6 is 12. Complete sheet- Doubles 5-10


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

This week I would like them to look at some famous Australian information.


Watch My World kitchen on cbeebies, you could try making the meat pies too.

Have a look at the Australian flag, what do you notice? You could make an Australian flag.

Find out about the Sydney Opera house, Have you seen this on TV? When? What do you think happens inside? Watch the clip below:

Can you make a model or picture of the opera house? They have some amazing light shows that the little girl mentioned and famous firework displays by the opera house. Have a look and see. Use a neon drawing app like Joy Doodle: Movie colour and draw to create a light show or firework picture or film.


Extra ideas: Make digeridoos, find Australia in an atlas, find out about Australian animals.

Physical Development


Gross motor Skills. Cricket is popular in Australia, do you have any bag and ball that you could play cricket with. Try to hit it towards a target. 


Fine motor: using tools safely and accurately. Practise using scissors to cut our different shapes carefully. Practise following a line, draw and line and then try to follow it or try to cut out the possum magic shapes.

You could also make playdough and make food for Hush and Grandma Poss -  practice rolling with a rolling pin and cutting with plastic cutlery or shape cutters. (Super easy recipe below - Just mix the dry ingredients, Add the colouring to boiling water and then mix into dry ingredients, Kneed for a few minutes. Try adding an scent, like lemon or almond essence or glitter to make it more fun.)


Fine Motor: Bake some Anzak Biscuits. (see link below) We tried this in school last week and they were really delicious. We also tried the coconut before we cooked it and spoke about how we would describe it.

Expressive Art and Design


Do you know that boomerangs originated in Australia? Can you find some cardboard, maybe an empty cereal box and cut out the curved shape. Decorate with traditional patterns using small dots. (cotton buds of the flat end of a skewer are good for this)


Once dry, try flying it like a Frisbee. Does it come back to you?


Listen to someone playing the digeridoo, Do you like the sound. Can you find a tube and try and make that sound? Or make the sound with your lips.  learn about the digeridoo    listen to music


Personal, Social and Emotional 

This week I would like you to look at photos of your family (immediate and/or extended). Talk about who each person is and how they are related to you and each other. What do you all have in common? Do you look like any of your relatives or enjoy the same activities?

You could make and decorate a frame for your family photo. 

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