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Friday 29th January

Today's timetable

8:55 - 9:55 9:55 - 10: 35 10:35 - 11:35 11:35 - 12:00 12:00 - 1:20 1:20 - 2:20 2:20 - 2:55
Maths Break English Phonics & Reading Lunch Minute to win it Golden Time

8:55 - 9:55


Race to zero

Please connect to Google Classrooms for a 15 minute Meet to talk you through your learning today.

Today I will introduce some games you can play today that will encourage mental addition and subtraction. Have fun and learn at the same time!

Race to zero!

A card game with quick fire subtraction.

  • You will need playing cards: ace (1), 2, 3 and 4. If you don't have cards, you can make some of your own.


  • Shuffle up the cards ace (1), 2, 3 and 4.
  • Start by putting ten in your head.
  • Turn over the first card and mentally subtract the number on the card from ten.
  • Turn over the next card and subtract it from the number you got in the last round.
  • Keep turning over the cards and subtracting the number until you get to zero.
  • Shuffle the cards and try again.

Win the game

  • Successfully race to zero five times to win!

Take it further

  • Add the number 5 card and race down from 15.


Ready, steady ... add!

A version of 'rock, paper, scissors' with quick-fire addition.

  • You just need your hands!


  • This game is a bit like ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’
  • Each player starts with one hand behind their back
  • Take turns to chant ‘ready, steady, add!’
  • On the word ‘add’, both players show their hand, holding up between 0 and 5 fingers
  • Shout out the total number of fingers
  • Whoever gets the correct answer first scores a point!

Win the game

  • Who’s the champ? First person to score 5 wins!

Take it further

  • Try using both your hands to add up to 20!


Task 2:

Maths activity book: Pages 14 and 15. Subtraction questions.


10:35 - 11:35


The importance of clear instructions.

Please connect to Google Classrooms for a 15 minute Meet to talk you through your learning today.

Have a pencil and paper at the ready.

The aim of this lesson is to understand the importance of clear and concise instructions. This activity is best played with more than one person so it will be great if you can all get online.

Follow my instructions on how to draw a clown.


1. The clown has a long, narrow face.
2. He has short curly hair.
3. He is wearing a short pointed hat with a star on top.
4. There are three triangles on the hat.
5. The clown has a big nose and crosses for eyes.
6. He is very, very happy
7. His ears are huge.
8. He has a large ruffled collar and a ribbon tied in a bow.
9. The clown has a pinch moustache.
10. He has big fat eyebrows.
11. He has a circle on each cheek.

Compare your picture with each other.

Are they exactly the same?

How are they different?

Why do you think that is?

It is very likely that your pictures are slightly different. This shows that it is incredibly important that our instructions are as clear as possible. We want someone else to be able to follow our instructions precisely and perform exactly as we need them to.

We will need to ensure the instructions we write next week are clear and precise.

Task 1:

Can you write a short 5 step set of instructions to draw the head of an animal of your choosing. A rabbit, dog, unicorn...

Test it out with somebody else at home. 
Have they drawn it as you imagined?

Can you refine your instructions to become more precise?

Task 2:

Octopus Comprehension Book, Page 12.

Follow the instructions to colour in the picture of the bus.


11:35 - 12:00

Phonics and Reading

Group Colour Sound Lesson eBook 

Set 1 Sound Lesson


Sound Blending 3

Sound out the word and check if you were right by turning the page.


Set 2 Sound Lesson


The Dragon Balloon

Pip has a dragon balloon but lets it go.


Set 3 Sound Lesson



These diggers do special jobs. Read to find out more about them.


Set 3 Sound Lesson


By the Stream

What are the children doing on the bridge?


Set 3 Sound Lesson


Plants for Dinner

A father tells his son they are having plants for dinner. Explore what parts of plants we can eat.


1:20 - 2:20

Minute to win it

Win by a nose

Please connect to Google Classrooms for a 15 minute Meet to talk you through your learning today.

You will need a small ball, orange or pair of socks.

Join us for another challenge as daft as the biscuit challenge last week!


2:20 - 2:55

Golden Time

Big garden birdwatch

Here are my suggestions for Golden Time activities this week. Feel free to "magpie" some of the ideas or choose any relaxing activity of your choosing.

To play your part in the world’s largest bird survey this January, just follow the simple instructions below.

  1. Pick a time
    You can choose any hour between 29 and 31 January. So whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, you can still take part. Even though we are a day early, it will be great if we could still take part.
  2. Tell us what you see 
    Count the birds you see in your garden or from your balcony*. Ignore any birds that are still in flight. To avoid double-counting, just record the highest number of each bird species you see at any one time – not a running total.

    *This year our advice is to take part in the safety of your own home. This could include a birdwatch from your window if you overlook a green space or courtyard.
  3. Submit your results (If you wish to)
    Online: You can submit your results online at from 29 January until 19 February.
    By post: If you’d rather send your results by post, you can download a submission form below. Please post your results to us before 15 February.

Every count is important so, if you don’t see anything, please still submit your result. Finding out which birds don’t visit your area is as important as understanding those which do!

See our resources for printable bird ID sheets to help you, or posters you can display to show you're taking part.

How to make 3 recycled bird feeders! | Maddie Moate

You can try my exclusive Explorify activities here:

How To Make an Origami Flapping Bird