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Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

1 Thessalonians




Learning Objective:  (Listening) Listens attentively with sustained concentration to follow a story without pictures or props.

Use phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds

Without sharing the front cover of the book, the title of the book, or the illustration on this page, read aloud to the children the first text in the book that precedes even the title page: ‘Everything was hot.’  Or watch the video.

Allow the children the time to respond to what they have just heard. Re-read the text, perhaps showing them the sentence on the board or written on a large piece of paper, for them to revisit, and ask them to talk about what this means to them.

What do they see in their mind’s eye?  Support the children’s discussions with musings and prompts, such as: I wonder why everything was hot?

When does it get hot?

Does this remind you of anything in real life or stories?

When have you ever felt hot? Where were you? Did you like or dislike being hot? Why? Why not? How did it feel? What happens when you get hot? 

Scribe the children’s ideas around a copy of the sentence.   Ask the children to draw what they visualise. What do they imagine accompanies the text on the otherwise blank piece of paper?  Who is telling us that it was hot? What might the story be about? Where might the story be set? Do you have any questions? 



Watch the video to recap all phase 3 single sounds, digraphs and trigraphs.  Stop the video when appropriate and give children a selection of words to write containing certain sounds.  Give a caption or sentence including a tricky word for the children to write.



 Learning Objective: · Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer.

Children gather a selection of stones, leaves or sticks and imagine they are a brown bear catching fish.  Using chalk(outside) or pencils(inside) children to make a number track to 20 placing each “fish” along it to find out how many they have in total.  How many more do they need to make 20?  Or how many do they need to take away to make a given number?  Children to count on and back to find answers.



Learning Objective: Safely uses and explores a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function

After having heard the rest of A Brave Bear

Children have the opportunity to create a bear trail including bridges, dark tunnels, fallen logs, large plants to push through or wobbly stepping stones. – on a large or small scale either outside or in a small world capacity.