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Home Learning

Week 5

I am not setting any home learning for the summer, however please do keep practising set 2 and 3 sounds which are in the yellow phonics book. Keeping this up over the summer will ensure a smooth transition for year 1 phonics group work.


WEEK 4 - expressive arts

Have a go at making your own percussion instruments out of junk. Here is an idea for an african drum, but you could make a simple rainmaker out of a cardboard tube, grease-proof paper either end and some rice. See if you can make enough instruments to form a band? laugh


WEEK 3 - songs and games

Can you practise the song Che Che Kule? It has actions and is an African version of head, shoulders, knees and toes. There are loads of versions on YouTube...these were the better ones I found.

This is the song -

These are the actions -

Can you find any other African children's songs to sing?

What games do children like to play in Africa? Can you play any? Are there any games which are the same as games you play in the UK?


WEEK 2 - Handa's Surprise

You can watch and listen to the story here...

You could try some of the fruit from the story. How about making a fruit smoothie or a fruit salad?

Here is a song about fruit. The children love the singing walrus...


WEEK 1 - Africa research

In order to prepare for our learning on Africa, please would you do some research at home.

  • Where is Africa?
  • How many countries are there in Africa?
  • How do you get to Africa? How long does it take? Which countries would you fly over / sail around?
  • Which animals live in Africa? Who are the big 5?

Maybe you could make a poster and take a photo of it for Tapestry? We will share them with the bubbles next week.

There are a lot of fun activities on the Born Free charity website. A great place to start...



Please continue to work through the Read, Write, Inc. storybooks and the relevant writing. A small amount each day. 


If you would like some phonics support, Ruth Miskin (founder of Read, Write Inc.) has some online speed sounds lessons. Please note that these videos are 'on repeat', so you need to look for the sound scheduled for the particular day you are on. Please see my message on Tapestry to say which set you should be watching.  You can access it via this link


During this period, you can get FREE access to phonics games (again, please see my Tapestry message for which phase to use). Follow this link...

Alphablocks - we enjoy watching some of these at school. Click...


LTERACY (Reading & Writing)

Please continue to hear your child read (daily) and read stories to them. 

Your child could keep a diary about all of the fun you are having at home. Add to it each week - just like when we write our weekly news at school. Don't forget capital letters, correct letter formation, finger spaces and full stops. Challenge yourself to write more than one sentence.



Please see the maths sheet (at the top) for practical ideas. Also, continue to practise number bonds to 10, writing numbers, adding, subtracting, writing number sentences, plus using maths language wherever you are. Maths is all around us!

If you would like some more ideas for things you can do at home, there are some practical activities on the Oxford Owl website,, plus other maths games on the links below.

Purple Mash - I have put some maths games onto your child's account (see below).

Topmarks - there are various games to play on this website. You can choose ages 3-5 or 5-7 depending on your child's current ability. Click here..

Numberblocks - Sing along and learn about numbers. Click...



 I will update the 'To Do' list weekly, with a few more activities added to each child's personal account. 



Harold the giraffe (our soft toy which helps us with our PSED sessions) has an online diary with loads of daily activities to keep you busy! Check them out here...



Try to limit your online activities.

Exercise for at least 30 mins per day (walking, cycling etc.) We are following the Joe Wicks workout at school. On YouTube at 9am everyday (PE with Joe Wicks).