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“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”

Philippians 4:5



Learning Objective:  · Segments CVC words and uses appropriate letters to represent sounds in their writing.


Look at the illustration of Stanley on front cover of the book.  Then go to the picture on the first page of Stanley at the station.  Look and respond to what you can see and what you think you know about him.  Adult can scribe ideas to model and then children draw a picture of Stanley and write down their ideas around it. 



Challenge children to show you the correct letter formation for each sound that you give by writing it into the trays. Start with graphs (1 letter, 1 sound e.g. s, f, t), move on to digraphs (2 letters, 1 sound e.g. sh, ai, er) and, for an extra challenge, try trigraphs (3 letters, 1 sound e.g. igh, air, ear). 

Children can use their fingers to write in washing up liquid, vegetable oil, paint, sand, rice, flour. 

Challenge: This is also a great, fun way for children of all ages to practise simple spellings – they can ‘write’ into the trays using their fingers, a pencil, the end of a paintbrush or anything that will make a mark.




Learning Objective:  Explores the characteristics of everyday objects, 2D and 3D shapes using mathematical language to describe them.



Build their own Bear Hunt story using outside resources—using the pattern of the story.  Create areas and shapes to go over and under and through using natural outdoor resources – small world as well as larger.


Understanding the World

Learning Objective: Knows that the environment and living things are influenced by human activity. Can describe some actions which people in their own community do that helps to maintain the area they live in. Knows the properties of some materials and can suggest some of the purposes they are used for.

Stanley’s Stick -

Focus on the page ‘It was once part of something grand, and it will never return…’ Reflect on the beauty of nature and how we should respect and care for trees by not pulling sticks and twigs from them and we should look for ones that have dropped and can ‘never return’.

Children to make posters/booklets for looking after our world.