Friday 22nd January

Good morning. Please have a pencil, paper and a device that has Word on it for the Computing lesson, the focus is word processing skills.
Here are the links for today’s lessons.




I hope that you are all well and have enjoyed this week’s learning around Stickman. It has been lovely seeing the videos and photographs of your child’s learning at home and from those children who are in school. Please continue to upload photos to Tapestry or send through any photos on email. Today I have made some stickmen biscuits, but I forgot to add a nose! I am though looking forward to eating them with a nice cup of tea.

Below is the maths lesson for Friday on sharing and halving. In the video, I have a teddy bears picnic, where I share out the food. I am encouraging you to have a picnic with your child and their teddies after watching and talk about sharing and halving the food. I hope that you enjoy the video. Keep practising ordering and recognising numbers too.

Maths on halving
Class 1 Maths Halving Tea Party

Next week the children will be doing lots of activities relating to robots. If your child is in school, we would really appreciate any junk modelling materials brought in eg cereal boxes, tubes, pie trays, washed yoghurt pots. If you are at home one of the activities will be to create a robot so don’t let all your recycling be collected!

Below is the link for Friday’s phonic lesson on the Sh digraph.
Class 1 Phonics Sh


Thursday 21st January

For today’s lessons please have a pencil, paper and a device ready for Maths.

Hansel and Gretel

Here is a photo of the children in school demonstrating how many ways they could make 10p together. Practical addition with money is a great way for children to practise number bonds and doubles.

The link for today’s Maths;

When completing the activity explained at the end of the video you may want to draw two circles for town and countryside that overlap, then ask your child where they think the word will go from the list. You may need to write the word for your child or they may wish to have a go themselves or draw a picture. If you open the attached document you will see the list of words. The link to Mrs Robinson’s video is below.

New topic – Town and Country

I hope that you all enjoyed the lesson on doubling, we are now moving on to halving. You might find it easier to use the word ‘sharing’. You will need numbers on pieces of paper to 5/10/20 depending on your child’s ability. As an expectation, by the end of Reception, your child is expected to recognise the numbers to 20. If you still have these from the other day, use them again. You will need them regularly so keep a set handy. Your child will also need some Lego, Duplo, Mega Blocks, building blocks or counters. A large block of chocolate would work also, but would probably be very distracting!
Please find below a YouTube link to the lesson.

Today in phonics we are going to recap the ch digraph that we learnt yesterday. See if your child can go around your house looking for things that have the ‘ch’ sound in. The sound may be at the beginning, but also in the middle or end. It’s quite a tricky one!
Here are some videos that you may want to watch throughout the day with your child. There are probably too many videos, they’ll be an expert if they watch and participate in all of them!

Geraldine the Giraffe

Mr Thorne Does Phonics

Mr Mc Early Years

Letters and Sounds Part 1 and 2

Wednesday 20th Jan
Below is a link to today’s maths lesson on doubling. Your child will need a piece of paper with a few simple ladybird outlines drawn on and something to draw with. I have attached a photograph of a very simple outline. If your child does not understand the concept of doubling, do the ladybird activity and ask them to count a certain number of spots onto one side, count the spots and ask them to draw the same number on the other side. Maths Doubling Class 1
Here is a game that can be played on the computer, tablet or your mobile.

Doubling archery

This Numberblocks episode concentrates on doubling and halving and is on BBC iPlayer     There are similar episodes on Youtube if you don’t have access to iPlayer.

Please find below a link for the Phonics lesson for Wednesday. I hope the children enjoy their lesson that I videoed at home! It took several attempts and a little editing by a teenager with more of a tech knowledge than myself!
Your child will need a pen and paper or maybe some flour or salt in a tray to practise their writing in. If you watch the video you will get the idea and they can always watch it again. I have drawn a curly caterpillar and a lane with a hill to help them with the correct letter formation. Your child may find it easier if you do the same for them.
Kind regards Helen Ireland

Thank you for emailing photos of story maps and for sending in paper copies of work into school. In school, Kit and William finished their story maps and wanted to tell the story to everyone at home.
Here is the link;
I think you’ll all agree they did a great job!
Here is a link to Will Merttens version of the story to watch;
You’ve now watched 4 versions of the story.
Which version do you like the best and why?
Use your map to help you tell your family the story.

It looks like ‘Hit the button’ is a great success.
For today’s maths lesson please have a purse/wallet with loose change at the ready.

We are learning about the artist Claude Monet this week.



I hope that you have enjoyed the start of our week on Stickman. It was lovely to see some of your work sent through today.

Maths – we are continuing with number bonds to 10 for those that are able, or to 5 if you think that this is more appropriate for your child, or simply counting objects.
Begin by singing some counting songs for example 1,2,3,4,5, 5 fat sausages, 10 green bottles. There are also some great number rhymes on BBC Radio

You will need up to 10 lego pieces or similar building blocks for today’s activity and a pen and paper. If you do not have any building blocks, 10 objects will work fine.
Build a tower of 10 blocks, counting to check that there is 10.
Ask your child to split the tower in two.
Count the number of blocks in one tower, then count the number of blocks in the 2nd tower.
Write down the number sentence eg 4+6=10
Repeat several times. See if you can come up with lots of different variations of adding to 10
Remind your child that the answer will always be 10
Adapt to 5 building blocks.

I have also attached the PE lesson sent through from Steve Hoare for this week.

Please send photos or upload to Tapestry.

Best wishes
Helen Ireland

Monday 18th January

I hope that you are all well and have had a nice relaxing weekend. I would like to thank you for your continuing support during this current lockdown and thank you for engaging in the activities over the last two weeks. Please find attached the sheet of ideas for home learning this week. I have based the learning on Stickman by Julia Donaldson and have included a link to me reading the story to the children.

I have also added a link to our maths learning for today. The lesson can be altered depending on your child’s understanding. You will need some small pieces of paper and a pen, as well as 10 toys or objects that your child can use to count. I have used curtain hooks in the video, I’m sure that you can find something a little more exciting! Some children may just want to match the number of objects to a numeral, or just do the activity practically and not write the number sentences.

Phase 1 Phonics – rhyming game. Collect numerous objects from around the house that rhyme, for example:-
Place three items in a row, 2 that rhyme and 1 that doesn’t. Name the three objects, can your child recognise the object that does not rhyme? Can your child sort the items that rhyme? Split this into two separate activities this week.

Reception Phonics
The videos below are for U and Y. We will be recapping a number of the sounds that we have previously learnt. Your child could practice writing the phoneme/grapheme and words with U and Y in them. Watch the videos on tricky words too that I sent through on Friday.

Phonics Play, a website that we use in school has produced Phonics Play Comics. These links should take you to pages suitable for reading after today’s phonic videos. You may need to log in; username – jan21 Password – home


Over the next two weeks, Mrs Robinson, Mrs Gleadow and Miss Morgan will be in school, I will be setting work and activities from home. There is a selection of reading books in the pod at school. If you wish to swap your child’s books please do so, there is a signing out sheet and hand sanitiser available. If you would like to access eBooks, Oxford Owl is a good website with free access. You will need to create a free login and explore the website to find suitable books. If you have any questions or would like anything further from myself or school please do email.

Kind regards
Helen Ireland


I hope you have all had a good weekend and you’re ready to embrace a new week of learning.

On Friday, I managed to speak with most of the children who haven’t been back to school since Christmas, which was lovely.  I am really looking forward to seeing and chatting with the rest of the children AND Mrs Gleadow and Miss Morgan in our school bubble this week.

For both lessons today the children will need pencil and paper.  In English, we have completed the poetry block and we are moving onto ‘Tales from a variety of cultures.’  The year 1’s will be drawing a picture of the evil character in the story and year 2’s will be answering some comprehension questions.  The questions are attached to this email on the Word document.

In maths we will consolidate the learning, that took place on Friday, on doubling and partitioning numbers.  The children will need access to a game on the internet.  They will be asked to get some other resources from around the house to help counting in 10’s and ones.

Introduction to our new topic in English

The story of Baba Yaga and the black geese (approx. 12 mins)



Recap doubles and partitioning lesson

Link to doubles game

Year 1 and 2 partitioning tens and ones


PE lesson – Gymnastics

We would normally be spending Monday afternoons in PE learning different moves and routines for the annual Key Steps 1 gymnastics competition at Dallam School.  Year 2 children may remember some of the moves from last year.  Here is a link to the first British Gymnastics Key Steps 1 gymnastics at-home session.  It lasts approx. 35 minutes.

Please email any photos and videos of the work you complete today. Have fun,

Sonya Robinson