Dear Parents and Families,

As Mr. Small outlined in his post, this is an unprecedented and uncertain time, and as a school we in no way want to put undue pressure on you. Bearing that in mind, I am outlining some activities that can be done at home over the next week. These are just guidelines and suggestions. Other activities like exercising, baking and anything that involves them and engages children is great.

As well as giving an outline here, I aim to have a daily update from Max with some of the activities he is doing. These will be picked from the activities listed below. Just a bit of fun to hopefully keep us all more engaged.

If you have any questions about the activities listed or want any more information please contact me at I would love to hear from you all.

Please tell your child I was asking for them, and that I am looking forward to seeing them again soon.

All the best and take care,

Ms. Ryan


English  I have a given a big list of ideas for revising sounds. They are just ideas, pick and choose ones that suit you. 1 or 2 a day is plenty. And of course take days off from doing sounds too. You know your child best.

  1. Read alouds: Continue read to your child each day if possible.                                                                                          Children can read to their teddy/or you by retelling a story as they recall it. This can be done with/without the prompt of a book.
  2. Revise all our sounds once or twice in the week. A mystery bag where they pick them out might be more engaging.
  3. As we had covered all our sounds we had started revising. The focus this week would have been on the red letters:       c, k, e, h, r, m, d  Below are some suggestions of activities to re-enforce these sounds.
      • What sound do each letter make. Think of words that start with these sounds. Trace over their shape-are they tall, small or fall down letters
      • Letter hunt: see if they can find things around the house/garden that start with these letters. Children can draw the things they find. (Max activity on Tuesday)
      • 2 truths and a lie/Odd one out: pick one letter-eg. c: call out three words: car, lamp, cat. Children are to identify which one doesn’t start with the sound.
      • Say a sentence. Tell the child the target sound, then see if the children can pick out the target sound from the sentence. eg r.  I saw a rose in the garden. Children can also take a turn.
      • Sounds around-cutting letters: using newspapers, bags, food labels etc see if children can find the letter for the week and cut them out. You can also write a mix of letters spaced out over a page and either get them to colour the sounds or cut them out.
      • Making words with the sounds. Call out some simple words for the children to make. Children should stretch out the words and then find the sounds. As this is still relatively new to the children try words that just use the red and orange letters like: cat, can, kit, kid, hat, ham, hip, him, hen. rat, ran, rip, rid, red, map, mad, met, dip, dim, den, deck.
      • Reading: online phonics books-speld SA. Can be read on laptop (with flash which is a free download works better), tablet or phone. As we are focusing on set 2: Hats or Rick or Yes/No would be good options.
      • Phonics pop: online game where you choose the sounds, then children have to listen and pop the correct sound.
  4. Writing: Practice their name on the whiteboard or on paper.
      • Call out some of the curly caterpillar letters for them to write themselves.
      • Drawing pictures: something nice from the day, fav food or book etc. encourage them to have a go writing the first letter, try a whole word. If they draw a car and write cr, that is great.
  5. Tricky words: revise the tricky words covered so far. Get the children to put them into sentences. See if they can spot them in stories that you are reading.


Maths:    The focus at the moment is on building number and counting skills.

  1. Counting: we could from 1-10 and count backwards.
  2. Start at a different number 4-10, 8-10
  3. Skip a number: count aloud and skip a number see if they can hear what number was missing.
  4. Clap a number: roll a dice where the child can’t see, clap the amount shown and children have to identify what the number on the dice was. They can also take a turn.
  5. Dice actions: together decide what action/exercise to do for each number eg: 1=jack-in-the-box, 2=touch the ground 3=turn around. Roll the dice and complete the correct actions.
  6. Revise formation of numbers: Parent to model first                                                                                                                                                    Rhymes: 2=half a heart says I love you, add a line we’ve made a 2.                                                                                                   3= around the tree, around the tree, now we’ve made number 3                                                                                           4= down, across and down once more that is how we make a four.
  7. See if the children can remember the number song: The animals went in two by two. It was a big favourite in our room.


  1. Spring: we would have been focusing on the changes that start to happen in Spring. Spring walk: see what changes-flowers growing, buds on trees, baby animals, weather changing-more sun, brighter etc. (Max activity Wednesday)


  1. Throwing and catching: Throw ball/rolled up socks into air and catch with two hands. See how many they can catch without dropping. Once the child is managing that easily- throw, clap and catch. Throw and catch one handed.