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Week 3 (April 20th)

Week beginning April 20th 2020


Well done to those who are using the class blog, keep it up!




All children can log in to Teach Your Monster to Read to practise phonics.


During the school closure period, Phonics Play has kindly made itself free to all children. Log in using the details on the home page, explore the games and make sure you select the correct phase for your phonics group:


Mrs Brosnan / Mrs Qureshi / Miss Dixon: Phase 5 (6 if you’re really confident!)

Miss Belhadj: Phases 3 and 5

Mrs Gebara: Phases 2 and 3


I recommend Buried Treasure, Picnic on Pluto, Dragon’s Den, and Rocket Rescue.


Some of the trickier games: Acorn Adventures, Cheeky Chimps


Usually you have to pay for a subscription to this website, so take advantage of the free games whilst you have them!


If you do not have prolonged internet access, find ten unfamiliar words in one of your reading books. Find creative ways of learning to spell them! You could write them in a sentence, paint them, spell them whilst standing on your head or try writing them with your eyes shut!


Extra challenge: Draw an alien and give it an alien name using some of the sounds that you know. Maybe you can write a bit about your alien and post it on the class blog for us all to see!



Read a book, any book! Discuss the book by asking questions and talking about themes. Write down any unfamiliar words and look them up in a dictionary. Here are some examples of questions to support comprehension:

Extra challenge: Write your own blurb for the book you read. How can you make your blurb interesting without giving away the ending? 





Weekly focus: Non-fiction


What is your favourite animal? Ask a grown-up to help you research your animal and find out as much as you can about it. Can you write ten sentences about your animal and draw a picture? 


If you’d like a challenge, why not make an illustrated information booklet about your animal instead?


Share it on the Class Blog and see if you can teach me something I didn’t know!




Weekly focus: Units of Time


Warm up: Use a phone, clock or tablet to set a timer for one minute. Sit quietly with your eyes closed and see if you can stand up when you think the minute is over. Play with the whole family and see who is closest! Use this online timer if you like.


This week is all about one minute. What can you do in one minute? How many star-jumps? How many times can you write your name? How many words of your book can you read? Ask a grown-up to time you and make a chart to show what you did! If you have access to a printer, you might like to use this template:

Extra challenge: Take charge of the timer and challenge a grown-up or sibling to beat your scores! Maybe the whole family can have a go. Add them to your chart. 


Just follow these five easy steps…


  1. Visit the White Rose Website here
  2. Click on the set of lessons for your child’s year group.
  3. Watch the video (either on your own or with your child).
  4. Find a calm space where your child can work for about 20-30 minutes.
  5. Use the video guidance to support your child as they work through a lesson.

There are four lessons each week. 


They all look like this. 

There is a video with a teacher giving you instructions and then an activity to download. You can download all the activities for this week below.



Children need regular breaks and exercise. If you have a safe outdoor space, please ensure you get some fresh air and exercise. Otherwise, have a go at one of these videos:

Just Dance- Happy

Star Wars | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!