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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.


Watch the following clip of mini beasts and think about how they move around. Talk to your grown up about the way they move using words like “crawl”, “wriggle” etc.


Become a mini beast and move around the room the way it would.  Ask your grown up to guess what mini beast you are.  Ask your grown up to be a mini beast now! Can you guess what they are?


Now write a sentence as follows:

I am a _____________ and I move around by __________. 



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.


 You will need a dice or more than one dice and some Post It notes or squares of paper or card with numbers on.

Lay out the numbers randomly.


Roll a dice


Slam your hand on the number rolled before your grown up can.


Get your grown up to ask you a question about the number rolled e.g. which number is one

more/one less, or what would two of this number added together equal?


Challenge yourself by rolling two dice at once, adding both numbers and slamming your hand on the matching number card before your grown up. 


Remember you can use your fingers to count on from the first number.  You may need to remind your grown up of how to do this.  Put the first number in your head and count on e.g. 6 in your head and then with your fingers count 7,8,9 etc.



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



Learning Objective:  Can talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others' behaviour and its consequences. Takes changes of routine in their stride.


Discuss with your grown up or someone else in your house how different your days have been at home to how our day is usually at school.


Tell your grown up how you feel about the changes that have happened.  Ask your grown up how they are feeling.


Maybe you can draw a picture that shows how things are a bit different at the moment.  Or you could draw the Headteacher’s challenge poster about how your feel about Stella Maris School.