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Summer 5 day Good News Club - week beginning Monday 13th May 2024 - All P2 - P6 pupils will be very welcome.
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Week beginning: Wednesday 27th April – Friday 1st May


I hope you are all keeping well. If you did not get all last week’s work completed please do not worry. Spellings will begin this week and I have set out suggestions for daily activities linked to them. Again, complete what you feel is manageable for you and your child.


NEWCOMERS – continue to work on revising initial sounds (SATPIN) as well as counting to 10. There is also a video to watch on ‘Counting to 10’. See NEEWCOMERS folder in Home School Activities.



  • Weekend news/Creative writing – Each Monday morning in class we spend a little time talking and writing about our weekend news. You may continue this each Monday and keep a diary of your time learning at home. As suggested you could also further develop your creative writing through writing your own short stories. I have uploaded some Creative writing prompts as ideas. See in Home School Activities/Literacy. I would love to see your finished work!
  • Linguistics & Spellings – (see Spelling lists and ‘Daily Phonics Suggestions’ below and in Home School Activities under Spellings)

APPLES - medial ‘a’ words (i.e. hat, man, tap) – I have attached work for you to complete. 1.You may use the word cards and pictures to help you ‘sound out’ and ‘blend’ the words. This could be turned into a game – have all cards face down and take one at a time, turn it over and read the word. Maybe you could time yourself.

2.I have included some cut and stick activities for CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words with medial ‘a’.

3.Powerpoint for reading CVC words – this can help you to ‘sound out’ and ‘blend’ the sounds to read a CVC word.

I have also attached a CVC booklet if you wish to work on or feel your child can progress further – this is additional work and only an extra resource if you wish to use it. (Attachments – in Home School Activities/Literacy/CVC words).

PEARS – ‘oo’ sound (i.e. moon, pool, too) This week we are learning that ‘oo, o, ew, ue’ make the ‘oo’ sound. The action we make for this sound is as if we are pretending to be a cuckoo clock and stick our heads out and in saying ‘cuc-koo, cuc-koo’. Give it a go!

1.I have attached a powerpoint for you to watch which has some fun activities to complete.

2.I have also uploaded a poem for you to read and highlight the sound - (‘Look, Look!’) You may do a sound/word search on the text. See daily suggestions under spelling lists.

3. Word sort - cut out and sort into the same spelling patterns, i.e. moon, too, pool go together, few, new, chew would go together.

4.Activity pages – There are a variety of activity pages on the ‘oo’ sound – all giving practice reading and writing words with the ‘oo’ sound. Remember to try some of the suggested practical ideas with your phonics as well, i.e. paper square work for word building (see below). All linguistics work is in the ‘oo’ sound folder in ‘Home School Activities/Literacy’.

  • Reading – Thank you to those who have contacted me about logging on to MyOn. If you wish to log your child on to this online reading programme, please email myself or Mrs Morton for details. There is a link to this on ‘Online Activities’ and your child will be assigned reading books each week. You can also select your own books to read if you wish to read more. I would also suggest using OxfordOwl as listed on our suggestions for Online Resources. It is free when you sign up and has a great range of reading material at all levels.


  • APPLES – Addition to 5 –  Hopefully you were able to download the attached ‘Addition to 5’ booklet last week to begin your work on addition. If not don’t worry you can still begin work on it this week. You may work on up to page 7 this week. The word ‘add’, ‘+’ and the ‘=’ signs are introduced in the number sentences this week. *Remember when ‘adding’ the number always gets ‘bigger’. I have attached an Addition Powerpoint for you to watch as well as an extra activity page 'Fruit sums'. Suggested questions 'How many apples are there?', 'Are there more oranges than bananas?', 'How many more strawberries ae there than apples?' (See Home School Activities/Maths/Addition).
  • PEARS - Subtraction – You may work on in your book up to page 26 this week. If you do not get this far don’t worry, do what you can. I know everyone is trying their best. Also if you are finished and would like extra work, have a look at the Spring Maths Activity Book uploaded last week. Remember to try and use your addition facts to 10 to help you complete these pages. There is no new mathematical language introduced on these pages, just remember when completing take from, subtract from and less than sums the big number is always written first, eg. Take 3 from 7 is written 7-3= and 4 less than 6 is written 6-4=. Continue to verbalise each sum to help you fully understand what it means.
    Try this practical maths game to help your child recall facts up to 10 –
    ‘Balloons’ – Draw 10 (if practicing facts to 10) balloons on a page/board etc. Ask: How many balloons? Say that 1 balloon blows away. Remove it and ask How many are left? Record 10-1=9. Repeat. Start with 10 balloons each time and remove 2, then 3, 4 … and build up the subtraction facts for the story of 10. Repeat for Story of 9,8,7,6. You may also use the balloon pictures and ask a subtraction question using a variety of language, i.e. take 4 from 9, subtract 2 from 5.
  • APPLES and PEARS Data Handling – I have attached two more activity pages on Data handling, continuing our learning on displaying and interpreting data. See Home School Activities/Maths/Data Handling.
  • ActivMaths – I see you are all working away on our ActivMaths games. This is great! Please continue to log on and enjoy the maths games and activities assigned to you.


Our topic this term is ‘Animals in their Environment’. This includes work on baby animal names, animal homes, pets, wild animals and The Farm including the Production of Milk. To begin with this week, we are going to look at Baby Animals. I have uploaded a powerpoint for you to watch on ‘Animal Babies’. Have a look at information books you may have at home or look online and try to find out facts and information about Animals and their babies, i.e. a baby cow is called a calf. As there are lots of little baby lambs born at this time of year I had attached an overview page on ‘Sheep’ – providing fun facts about sheep and suggesting lots of fun activities to do. Why not try out some of the activities and try to remember some of the facts. Perhaps you will have some more fun ideas of your own. Find attachments in Home School Activities/World Around Us.



‘Draw with Rob’ – why not have a go at following Rob on one of his ‘Draw with Rob’ Youtube videos. I know my own children have really enjoyed doing this, as have Mrs Morton’s. I have made a link for this in ‘Online Activities’. You could try drawing baby animals. Remember I would love to see some of your completed work.





Spelling rule





PEARS 1 & 2– various representations of the ‘oo’ sound

APPLES – medial ‘a’

Look    room

Book    good

Too      do

few       new

Drew     blew

Look    room

Book    good

Food    took

Too      fool


Cap         ram

Hat         tag

Mad         jab










In the PEAR group I have made two spellings lists – PEARS 1 – is slightly more challenging. You will be able to judge which spelling list best suits your child. Also it is important to keep practicing those little CVC words as the medial sounds can be tricky so it would do no harm to practice the APPLES list if

you wish.


Suggested Weekly Phonic Activities:


Monday: highlight the sound, i.e. moon, few, do etc. from your list of spellings.

Word sort – cut out from a list of words and sort into their spelling groups, i.e. moon, pool, too and flew, dew, new


Tuesday: word building – use your spellings to ‘build’ words using paper squares. Cut out small square pieces of paper. Call out a spelling/word for your child to ‘sound out’ and spell. Write each ‘sound’ on a paper square and blend together, i.e. m – oo - n (moon) and h – a – t (hat), would be written on 3 pieces of paper, th – i – n - k (think) and s – a – n - d (sand) would be written on 4 pieces of paper.


Wednesday: Sound/word search – use a scaffolded text to search for and highlight the target sound in the words each week. An adult may read the text to the child and the child is to ‘listen for’ and ‘say’ the target sound every time they hear it in a word, i.e. if the sound for the week is ‘oo’ and the sentence is ‘There was a big moon in the sky’ then the child should say ‘oo’ after the word ‘moon’ is read out. In class we sometimes close our eyes so we can really concentrate on listening for the sound.


Thursday: Dictation – you can use your child’s spellings each week to make into a sentence. Call the sentence out slowly several times for your child to write down. Remember capital letters, finger spacing and full stops.


Friday: Spelling test – you may continue with a Friday test. Remember you deserve a little treat for all your hard work! Especially if you get them all correct!!




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