New home-learning activities – 20th April 2020

Information for parents for home learning from 20th April

Summer Term block of work

This block of work ideas is for this first half term (and beyond). Pick and choose things that interest your child.

Keep an eye on our home learning page for any updates.

You can also keep an eye on our Class 1 Twitter page (you don’t have to be on Twitter, you can find it on our website page.) I will be retweeting anything useful I see. If you are happy for me to tweet the pictures or videos you send me of what your child is up to learning at home, please let me know and give permission via the Class 1 email address ( It would be lovely for the children to see what their friends are doing.

Wider curriculum learning

Download the home-learning pack for your year group for outside and wider-curriculum activities. Try and pick something from the outside activity list for your child's year group each day (for in your garden or on your daily walk).

Reception Home-Learning Pack 20th April 2020

Year 1 and 2 Home-Learning Pack 20th April 2020

You can use the Science for Everyone PDF for some practical science activities and visit for some Easter-based science activities. Sign up to Explorify and explore activities for your child’s age group (Year 1 and 2.)

The children could use their journal to create a list to log all the activities they have done to help keep track of them.

Wider curriculum for Reception: Alistair Bryce Clegg has 50 fantastic ideas for practical learning for Reception (EYFS) children, which can be found on his website.

Project-based learning for all Class 1 children: English and Maths

The sock project is based on the book Simon Sock written by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnett. You can watch this being read on YouTube. See the Sock story ideas PDF for all the information.

For Year 1 and 2, BBC Bitesize are offering daily lessons across the curriculum on the red button/BBC iPlayer.


Have a look at the Talk for Writing downloads for your child’s year group. This work is aimed to last about two weeks and I am aiming to add another in a few weeks’ time.

Reception Talk for Writing download

Year 1 Talk for Writing Download

Year 2 Talk for Writing download

Reception Talk for Writing 27.4.20

Year 1 Talk for Writing 27.4.20

Year 2 Talk for Writing 27.4.20

Read daily – read and enjoy books to keep up the skills you have learnt. Talk about what you are reading (Year 1 and 2 parents, you were given your reading question bookmark at the beginning of the year for ideas of the kind of questions to ask).


Please try to do a little bit of both daily.

For all children in the class look at YouTube – Mr Thorne does phonics and provides videos of all the sounds your child will need to learn.

There are also some useful ideas and structured lesson ideas on the Monster Phonics home learning page; just click on your child’s year group and take it from there.

Year 1 and 2: You need to look at the PDF word lists provided for you.

Year 1 need to read and spell all of the words from the phonics patterns on their list.

Year 2 need to be able to read and spell all of the words on both the Year 1 and Year 2 list by the end of the academic year (July 2020) Pick sounds they don’t know and work on them.

Reception: You can use the Mr Thorne videos to revise all phonics sounds so far.

Unit 1 - a i m s t

Unit 2 - n o p

Unit 3 - b c g h

Unit 4 - d e v f

Unit 5 - k l r u

Unit 6 - j v w z

Unit 7 - x y ff ll zz ss

Next set is Unit 11 sounds - ch sh th ng wh qu ck

New learning - After revision of the above units, please look at these new sounds one at a time. When they know a sound move on to a new one. You can use the Mr Thorne videos or Monster Phonics resources for these:

ai ay a-e

ee e-e

oa ow oe

er ir ur


oo/oo as in moon/good

ie igh i-e

ue ew u-e

ear air ure


Have a look at the White Rose Maths home learning page. It is the same as the maths mastery programme we follow in school. They are initially aiming to provide four weeks of daily maths and there is one activity a day. Please follow the link and choose your child’s year group.

Here are some Maths and English PDF lists of other learning activities that you can pick from for each year group as well:

Reception Maths and English activities

Year 1 and 2 Maths and English activities


Ideally aim for mastering one skill a day (or more if you wish!) Have a look on your child’s rewards page. The aim is for them to complete the year by the end of August 2020 and there are a set amount of skills to master in each year group. Look out for the stars where I have recommended a skill for your child to try.

Reception have 96 skills to complete.

Year 1 have 233 skills.

Year 2 have 261 skills.

Year 2 children can also choose to have a go at any activities listed on the Year 2 section of the Class 2 page as well.

Dough Disco

This is something we use in Class 1 to help develop the connection between the brain and your fingers, which is vital to help children in their preparation for writing. This is a great activity for Reception children, but Year 1 and 2 can do it too!

Shonette Bason Wood runs the page Spread the Happiness and has created Spread the Happiness TV. Here you can access the Dough Disco videos to take part, just like we would in the classroom. Shonette is adding new Disco Dough videos daily at 9.30am.

At school we have the proper Dough Disco dough that Shonette talks about. However, Playdoh or homemade playdough will also be perfect for it. She also has a video for making her own dough.


Have a look at the following webpages on online safety. There is an information page for parents and some videos for the children to watch (with you) too.

Jessie and friends

Jessie and friends videos

If you are on Facebook there are some useful pages to follow:

Classroom Secrets are doing live videos each day of things you can do with your children. They also have a website with suggested activities and structure to the day, just click on your child’s year group.

Facebook also has a group for parents and teachers where ideas are shared.


Most importantly: keep safe, enjoy the time with your children and have fun!

Great Ellingham and Rocklands Schools Federation