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

1 Thessalonians 5:11



Learning Objective:  Is able to respond to stories, asking questions and making comments.

Book Talk

Reveal the illustration that accompanies the sentence explored in the previous sessions: ‘Everything was hot.’

Give the children time to explore and respond to the illustration which may or may not differ wildly from their own drawings.

Do you like/dislike this scene? Why? Why not?

What does it remind you of in stories or real life?  

Does anything puzzle you? Do you have any questions?

Who do you think this is? How do they know each other?

What do you think they are thinking?

What tells you that? Where are they? What else might be around the bears’ cave? How do you know?  Why do you think they are hot? What might they do next? What makes you think that?


Read the story.



Remind children of phoneme j

Practise GPCs (Graphemes, phonemes and consonants) s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, f, l, ll, ss

Play Flashcards. Flashcards: Speed Trial, Flashcards: Time Challenge.

Sing an alphabet song.


Play Sound buttons with the words: mess, fat, bun, boss, back, hop, cuff, dull, sell.


Hold up captions on card or whiteboard. One child reads – encourage them to blend if they get stuck 

(See powerpoint for captions at the bottom of this page)



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.

 Explore place value –

Using a number line (inside or outside) children explore numbers beyond 10 up to 20, using objects (Numicon shapes) to realise that , for example, the “1” in “15” represents one “10” and the “5” five “1”s.  Ask the children to pick a number and show how many “10”s and how many “1”s make up that number.




Understanding the World

Learning Objective: Responds to experiences and explorations of why things happen and how things work in the natural and ‘made’ world.

Think about the home that they live in and look at homes and habitats of other creatures– why do different animals and creatures live where they do? Research brown bears.  Recreate a bear cave outside, using natural resources.

Phase 3 captions