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Week 5 - 18.5.20

Welcome to Week 5 of the Summer term. 

(Nearly COMPLETE: Please return on Monday for the videos!)

Phonics  -

Revise - 2 days

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

Recap all the sounds. Use the sound mat and check which sounds they are unsure of. Discuss these.  

Write a range of words using phase 3 sounds. Write a sentence using the phase 3 sheet to help find ideas. How many can you fit in one sentence?

A chick and a cow sat on a chair under the moon.

Phase 3 writing frames - beware there are lots of pages - print multiple to a page or complete orally from the screen!

Tricky Words: he, she, we, me, be, was, you, they, all, are, her, my.

Check children are secure  reading these or work on reading tricky words. Play splat, spot them in bedtime stories, hide them and find them in the garden, create a scavenger hunt list and find them. 

Log on to Phonics play website –phase 3, Use free logon, username: march20 password: home


Learn – 3 days

Recap – bl, br, cl, cr, dr, fl, fr, gr, gl, pl, pr, sc, sk, sl, sp, sn, st

New blends to look at –tw, tr, thr

Look at each blend and discuss different words they are used for. Have a go at writing some. Look at how the thr uses th and r – blended together.

Twin, twix, twinkle, twist, twig, tree, trip, trap, train, truck, track, troll, three, thrill, throw,

Use Phonics play website: phase 4 

Practise reading, writing and recognising the blends in words.

Read on Oxford Owl, No Tricks, Gran. Look for blends as you read.


Little bear, Brother Bear.

Day 1: Look at the front cover of the book, below. Is this story set in Australia again? How do you now.  Where might the setting be? What might this story be about. Do you know anything about polar bears? What other animals live in the artic?

Read page one. Lie in your garden and close your eyes, what can you hear. Can you describe them, what might they be? Try writing some of the sounds that you heard.

Day 2: Watch part 1 of the story. Do you think brothers or friends have to be the same to get along. Think about your friend or sibling. How are you the same or different.

Write a list of the things that make you similar or different. Remember a list goes down the page, Format below if you wish.

Day 3:

Recap what happened in the story yesterday, Predict what may happen next. Try to explain why you think that.

Watch part 2 of the story. Think about the storm in the story, What may it have felt like?

Pretend to be Minik and write some sentences to describe the storm. Can you use any fancy pants words? 

The storm was…..   I felt….

Day 4:

Talk about how Big Brother Bear showed kindness to Minik. How did Minik return this Kindness at the end of the story. Write a Thank you card to Big bear. Try to explain what he did that was so kind. Thank you for….

Day 5:

Look at the last page of the story. (How wonderful it was to be still, close his eyes and dream. What do you think Minik is thinking or dreaming about? What would he wish for? Write a wish for Minik.

I wish ….


Extra ideas: Make snow/cloud dough, ration 1 cup flour ¼ cup oil (veg or baby) explore language to describe it, Ice play – freeze a water balloon or large tub- feel and describe it, try adding different items and watch the effect (salt, sugar, hot/cold water, paint.  Role play with small would animals, make bear and Minik puppets, research the Artic, Watch Polar bear wild life programs.

Big Bear, Little Brother

Story Videos

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Big Bear Vid2.mp4

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This week’s Maths is all about repeating patterns.


Day 1: Talk about the words repeat/ repeating. What do they mean? Make repeating patterns using 2 different objects. (coloured beads, lego, coloured pegs, shaped pasta, toy cars, coloured marbles, natural objects –leaves/sticks/stones etc.)

Day 2: Continue making repeating patterns. This time try to make them trickier by using 3 items or doubling one item. (e.g. red, red, blue, red, red, blue or red, blue green, red, blue, green)

Day 3: Make a sound pattern. Can you make up and record a sound repeating pattern.

(clap, clap, stomp, click, clap, clap, stomp, click)

Day 4: Continue a pattern. Look at the patterns sheet. Can you continue my patterns. What will be next, how do you know?   What is missing?

Day 5: shape patterns. Recap the name of the 2D shapes. (triangle, rectangle, circle, hexagon, square, pentagon, ovel.) Talk about the features of each shape. (straight sides, curved sides, Number of sides, number of corners or vertices, 2D, equal length)

Use these to make repeating patterns. Draw patterns or cut and stick. Talk about your shapes and the repeating elements of the pattern.


Extra Maths play ideas linked to book: measuring sizes, comparing people like Big Bear and Minik- size of hands, feet, height, length of arm. Order people in your family by height, measure out ingredients for cloud dough, order events in time order.  

Understanding the World

This week I would like you to learn about the Artic.


Activity 1: The Artic is cold! Explore Ice. Freeze a large block of ice and smaller cubes and explore how it feels and acts. What might it be like to live on ice? Try sprinkling different items on to the ice to see how it reacts. (salt, sugar, water paints, chalk, hot/cold water) Maybe freeze items inside the ice and see how long it takes to find them again. (plastic toys, pom poms, sequins, flowers, etc) 


Activity 2: Find out about a polar bear. Why is it so good at living in the Artic. 

You could make polar small world if you have any plastic/wooden polar bears, seals, whales etc, using rice, moon dough, ice, fabric etc. (Try not to mix Artic and Antarctic animals -or discuss why this wouldn't happen)

Make a polar bear picture – as part of your Art session. Try to remember to add the key features that help in live in the cold artic.

Physical Development


Gross motor Skills. Joybob the polar bear yoga.


Fine motor: Folding paper circles in half, quarters and eighths. Cut out triangles to create snowflakes.  

Expressive Art and Design


Magic snow flakes.

Use a white crayon or wax candle to draw snowflakes on a piece of water. Paint over it in water colour paints and watch you snow flakes magically appear. Sprinkle on a tiny amount of salt granules and watch you picture look all frosty.


Create a polar bear, using any creative mean possible. (collage, paint, clay, Junk modelling, masks, fork painting, puppet) Up load your images to my polar bear blog!


Build a friend. 

Draw round yourself in chalk or paper or draw a smaller person shape. Think about the different qualities that you would want a friend to have, maybe think about your best friend. Think about these as parts of the body. You may want to think about what makes them a good friend of why you enjoy playing with them.) talk about this with your grown up and label the picture together.

(kind hands for sharing, big smile to make me happy, a caring heart, noticing eyes, fast feet for playing chase, strong arms for hugging me etc)

It would be lovely for your friend to see what makes them special, try adding your picture or labels to the blog or sending your picture to them to make them smile.

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