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“Be happy because of the hope you have. Be patient when you have troubles.”

Romans 12:12



Learning Objective:  Uses their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. Writes some common irregular words.


 Sing the King of Tiny Things’ rhyme:


          “I am the King of Tiny Things,

          Who creep and crawl or buzz their wings.

          Mine is the magic that night-time brings,

          Follow me, follow me, follow me.”


Read a letter from the king asking you to think of ways to help him save and rescue the insects.



Create a “Helpers of The King of Tiny Things” book.  Draw some pictures of you rescuing some mini beasts.  You could be a superhero.  Write about what you are doing in the pictures or label the mini beast you are rescuing.



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.


Missing Numbers

First, ask your grown-up to write number sequences on craft sticks or strips of card leaving some blanks in between.  

Next, ask your grown up to write the missing numbers on some clothes pegs.

Peg the missing numbers in the correct places along the sequence of numbers.


You could use post its or just pieces of paper to do this activity  but clothes pegs also exercise fine motor skills!



Learning focus: Tricky Word Slam


Tricky words are those that cannot be read using Phonics. These are sometimes referred to as common exception words. There is a list of examples below. Choose a small number (4-6) of tricky words and practise reading these with your child. Lay them out in a row. Say a tricky word and your child should try to beat you to it by ‘Slamming’ the correct word with their hand. Introduce new tricky words one at a time.


These tricky word songs may be useful to start off with as the children know these really well:


Challenge: Include a red herring. Say a word that isn’t in the pile – if children recognise this, they shout out ‘Red herring!’ and win a point. If they miss it, you win the point.


Tricky Words

the, to, I, no, he, she, me, be, he, was, you, they, all, are, my, her


Understanding the Word

Learning Objective:  Knows the properties of some materials and can suggest some of the purposes they are used for



Gather some household objects and sort them into categories (as example picture above)


Discuss with a grown up what materials the objects are made of and why they might be made of those materials.  Can you see anything else around the house or outside made of any of the same materials?