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Tuesday 21st April 2020

Tuesday 21st April 2020


Hi everyone,

Thank you for your continued hard work with the home schooling.  I hope you and the children are enjoying the activities.  Don’t feel afraid to share feedback about them with me.

I can be contacted on class dojo or by emailing

Kind Regards,

Mr Leese


Activity Suggestions for Today


Phonics and Literacy


Revise all sounds learned so far by singing / watching the ‘Ants on my Arm’ song – link below.


Ruth Miskin is delivering a speed sounds lesson on her Youtube channel at 9.30am. 

View Alphablocks Series 1 episode 12 – again the link is lower down the page.  


Try to write the letter ‘f’.  Remember to revise some of the letters that we have learned so far.  I have included the link to the Epic Phonics writing ‘f’ video below. 


As mentioned yesterday, there are four games on the ‘Fred Games’ link that you may want to try with your children.  The first game to be mentioned is called ‘Fred Said’, this is one that we play most days in Nursery and the children really enjoy it.  It is a great game to encourage blending (putting sounds together to make words). 


Continue with the name writing.  It would be fantastic if Nursery children could write their names confidently by the time they start Reception class. 

Jolly Phonics Phase Two

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Alphablocks - Volume 1 Episode 12 - Hen (Letter H)

Lowercase Alphabet Letter F Learn to Read and Write

Learn to read and write the lowercase letter F with this fun and engaging letter formation video. Listen to the phonic sound the letter F makes over and over...


Revise counting to 20 with the song – link below.

Yesterday the children were using a dice.  The aim of the game was initially to be able to count the number of dots on the dice, but then to recognise the pattern of the dots and instantly be able to say the number without actually having to resort to counting.  This skill is known as ‘subitizing’ and is a major part of the new curriculum that will be introduced when the current Nursery children are in Reception.  Please continue with working on these skills today.  If you do not have a dice at home, try using the online dice which I have included a link for below. 

Let's Count to 20 Song For Kids

Let's sing and count to 20 in this fun children's song! Purchase this video to view offline Mac or Windows click here: Original song by Matt http://www.dream...

Physical Development

The PE lessons by Joe Wicks can be accessed on You Tube.  For a change to the Joe Wicks sessions, I have included a link for some more Cosmic Yoga which Reception children do regularly and really enjoy. 

There is also a link to dough disco.  Dough disco is very good to strengthen hand muscles which are needed for writing.

The Listening Game | Cosmic Kids Zen Den - Mindfulness for kids

The Listening Game | Cosmic Kids Zen Den - Mindfulness for kids Another Zen Den mindfulness video! Jaime introduces a fun game - about listening. How well ca...


Grab your playdoh and get ready to sing along to Baby Shark Let's get those finger's and hands ready and develop our fine motor skills 🖐️ Website: https://ww...

Arts, Crafts and Understanding of the World

Can you build the tallest tower in the world?  Can you count how many bricks / pieces you have used to make the tower?

Story Time

Yesterday the children watched the story of the Gingerbread Man and had some questions to discuss.  Here are the answers to the questions.


1) What is a ‘baker’?

A ‘baker’ is a person who makes and sells bread and cakes. 


2) What did the Gingerbread Man do as soon as the baker opened the oven door?

The Gingerbread Man jumped out of the oven and ran away.


3) What did the Gingerbread Man keep singing?

He kept singing ‘Run run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man.’


4) What animal did the Gingerbread Man meet first?

A cow.


5) Why did the Gingerbread Man stop running?

The Gingerbread Man came to a river and he couldn’t cross it.


6) The story described the fox as ’sly’.  What does ‘sly’ mean?

‘Sly’ means having a cunning or tricky nature.  Someone is sly if they play sneaky tricks.


7) Was the fox kind?

The fox was not really kind.  He pretended to be kind and helpful so that he could eat the Gingerbread Man.  He pretended to be kind as a trick. 


  1.   Can you think of any other ways to get across a river? 

There are lots of different ways such as swimming, using a boat, building a bridge etc. 


Story for today – Room on a the Broom by Julia Donaldson (see link below)


Watch the story then discuss the following questions.


1) Why did the witch’s hat come off?

2) What does ‘searched’ mean?

3) Do you think the witch is friendly?  Why/why not?

4) What did the witch lose after her hat?

5) Who found the witch’s bow?

6) Who found the witch’s wand?

7) The broom snapped.  What does ‘snapped’ mean?

8) How did the animals all work together to help the witch?

Room on the Broom Oscar Nominated 2014

To the annoyance of her cat a kindly witch allows a dog,a bird and a frog who have helped her retrieve things she has lost to ride on her broomstick,making i...