Blackthorn

New Year Lockdown – Home Learning

Week Commencing 25th January 2021

Here are this week’s activities for you to try at home. Our topic from popular culture this week is The Secret Life of Pets – what do you think your pets get up to when you leave the house?I will email out the zoom codes to ensure only yourselves have the link. 

Maths – Zoom 

This week we are looking at how to tell the time on the hour using an analogue clockWe will be talking about AM/PM and what type of things we usually do at different times in the day. We will be going through this together on Zoom so no need to complete anything before the session. Can we find the correct clock to match Baby Bear’s activities throughout the day? (If you are able to print the clocks off and cut them out, I can ask people to show me which clock they think is correct when I read what time Baby Bear has done something – please let me know if you need this printing out dropping over!) 

Baby Bear’s Day – PDF

O’clock worksheet – PDF

Guided Reading – Zoom 

This week will be reading some information about some of the characters in The Secret Life of Pets. After this we will be working through some questions together just the same as last week. Both the links below have ALL the stories and questions for every story we will be doing this term, please scroll to the correct story. (Finding Nemo looks to be next but has been relocated to Star Wars week as I accidentally did Star Wars first!) 

Reading Write Ups – PDF

Reading Questions – PDF

Reading Symbols – PDF

Yoga – Zoom 

This week we’re going to be joining Jaime at cosmic kids with her pet obsessed yoga video! Pet Obsessed Kids Yoga 🐶  Yoga Club (Week 17) | Cosmic Kids 

Discovery and Writing Show and Tell – Zoom 

Come along and share some of your amazing work from the week! Don’t worry if you’ve not done these activities yet, come say hello and get some idea inspiration. 

PSHE – Zoom 

This week we are going to be looking at internet safety. Due to people being at home a lot more and the children potentially having access to iPads/computers I thought it would be a good idea! I will be reading a story where Buddy the dog is trying to help Ben stay safe – I’ll be asking question to see if we can help Ben too! After the story, we will talk about what we should keep private and safe on the computer/internet. 

Buddy’s Internet Safety – PDF

Computer Safety – PDF

Independent activities for the week 

These activities can be done at any time, but we will be doing a show and tell of writing and discovery on Thursday morning! Also, we use what we’ve done in discovery to support our writing so always do discovery first, but please do whatever works for you. 

Cooking 

This week we are making ‘dog’ biscuits shaped like bones! They are appropriate for human consumption – I think it’s a shortbread recipe – and we are going to cut the mixture whilst it’s still soft into bone shapes! What can you cook at home? 

Discovery 

Can you make an animal? We are going to be interviewing pets to see what they get up to in your house when you leave! Maybe you could paint/draw or build an animal! 

Literacy 

Can you think of some interview questions and answers for the animal/pet you made? What do they do when you leave the house? What is their favourite food? What do they like to play with? 

Alternatively, you may want to tell us how you made your animal. 

Pet Questions and Answers – PDF

Making animal symbols – PDF

Blank symbols – PDF

Phonics 

Please refer back to your email if you are unsure of which phase your child is working on or send me an email and I’ll let you know! 

Phase 1-2: Please watch the alphabet song again – listen through or try and pause the video before it says the sound (ants on an apple PAUSE) and see if the children can figure out the sound (a, a, a).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48uf9I6P2xQ  

For the activity we are going to practice our blending by matching the pictures to the correct word. If you or your adult sounds out p-a-n can you blend those sounds together (pan) and then find the matching picture? 

Phase 1 and 2 Matching – PDF

Phase 3: This week we are looking at the sound ‘ng’. Please have a look at this video which goes over the ‘ng’ sound and has the ‘ch’ and ‘sh’ sounds in we’ve covered as well: Phonics – Learn to Read | The ‘NG’ Team | Alphablocks  

If you enjoyed last week’s Bob and Obb game on Phonics play, have a go at the ‘ng’ sound! This practice could help you with this week’s worksheet – can you read the ‘ng’ words and decide if you think they’re real words or nonsense words? Maybe you could colour them in different shades! 

Ng words – PDF

Week Commencing 18th January 2021

Here are this week’s activities for you to try at home.  
Get your wands and potions ready as the home learning 
this week is based on our popular culture topic Harry Potter! I will 
email out the zoom codes to ensure only yourselves have the link. 

Maths – Zoom

This week we are looking at Days of the Week and Months of the Year.  
We will be going through this together on Zoom so no need to 
complete anything before the session. Can we use the poster to help us 
fill in the table? 

Days of the Week Worksheet – PDF
Days of the Week Poster – PDF

Next, we will be looking at the Months of the Year. Let’s see if we can fill in the months first and then we can use these to help us answer the questions! 

Months of the Year Cycle – PDF
Months of the Year Questions – PDF

 

Guided Reading – Zoom

This week will be reading the part of the story where Harry visits Diagon Alley. After this we will be working through some questions together just the same as last week. Both the links below have ALL the stories and questions for every story we will be doing this term so that you have all the resources for the future. 

Reading Write Ups – PDF
Reading Questions – PDF

 

Yoga – Zoom

As I’m sure you’ve guessed it’s going to be a HP themed yoga session today! I can’t wait to see everyone casting some spells… Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!  

 

Discovery and Writing Show & Tell – Zoom

Come along and share some of your amazing work from the week! Don’t worry if you’ve not done these activities yet, come say hello and get some idea inspiration. 

 

Independent activities for the week 

These activities can be done at any time, but we will be doing a show and tell of writing and discovery on Thursday morning! Also, we use what we’ve done in discovery to support our writing so always do discovery first, but please do whatever works for you. 

 

PE

This term we were meant to be doing athletics. Can you have a look at the challenge cards and have a go at some of the activities? Try to time yourself or measure how many you can do! 

PE Challenge cards – PDF

 

Discovery

Can you make something to do with Harry Potter/magic/wizards? This could be a picture, ingredients and instructions for a spell, some acting from a favourite scene, using objects around the house or lego to make something (owl, Hagrid’s hut etc) or even try to make a wand! Here is a link for guidance on anyone wanting to make a wand (it mentions making a pattern with hot glue but you can just use string or beads to give your wand some texture!) https://rhubarbandwren.co.uk/diy-harry-potter-wand-tutorial/  

 

Literacy

Can you write about what you did during your discovery session? Depending on what you did this might be explaining how you made something, or what you did (if it was drama based). 

Harry Potter Symbols – PDF
Blank symbols – PDF

 

Phonics

Our class has a couple of groups for phonics – last week I emailed you all separately with either Phase 1-2 activities (blending t-o-p etc) or Phase 3 activities (the ‘ch’ sound). Please refer back to your email if you are unsure or send me an email and I’ll let you know! 

Phase 1-2: Please watch the alphabet song again – listen through or try and pause the video before it says the sound (ants on an apple PAUSE) and see if the children can figure out the sound (a, a, a).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48uf9I6P2xQ  

For the activity we are going to practice our blending – have a look at the challenge cards and see if you can match the correct word and picture together! (If your child can read the individual letters that’s amazing, but in class we have been reading them as they need to be said quite soon after each other so the children can blend the sound, m-a-t = mat) 

Phase 1 and 2 Blending Cards – PDF

Phase 3: This week we are looking at the sound ‘sh’. Please have a look at this video which is similar to last week’s:
Alphablocks – Word Magic “M-A-SH” & “C-A-SH” 

If you enjoyed last week’s Bob and Obb game on Phonics play, have a go at the ‘sh’ sound! Here is a worksheet with both the sh sound and the ch sound we learnt last week – can you figure out which sound goes with which picture/word? 

Ch and sh matching – PDF

 

Blackthorn Class

Summer Term Weekly Challenges!


Staying at home

Everything is very different right now and I know it can be confusing. Reminding ourselves that what we are doing is for the best and not forever can be useful.

Here are some links to some films made by Playmobil which explain the Coronavirus to children.

What is the Cornovirus? – Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DlOGKpMNs4

Keep your distance! – Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyUh-b2q9MA

While we know that working at home can be difficult, below are some suggestions of things you can try if you feel like sharing some of things we learn at school. The most important thing is to keep smiling and be happy!

Home Learning – 20th July 2020

This is our last 3 days at school before the summer holiday. You have all been so brilliant during these strange times that this week I would like you to spend your time just doing the things you enjoy. Read a book, watch a movie or have a walk in the park.

The challenge this week is to make a picnic and share it with your family. This could be in the garden or at a local park. Why not plan what you are going to have in your picnic and then make it yourself… I’m sure your adults will be happy to help you.

Please email me or add pictures on Evidence for Learning of what you get up to. Any questions or additional support please contact me. Stay safe, stay happy and have a brilliant summer! I look forward to seeing you all back in school in September.

– Mr.Skillington

Home Learning – 13th July 2020

This week our topic is based around Family and Friends. The challenge is to write a letter or make a card for someone you haven’t seen in while. I realise for some of you it has been a while since you may have seen friends, for others you have been making new friends during the changes at school.

Please continue to email me or add work pictures on Evidence for Learning. Any questions or additional support please contact me. Stay safe, stay happy!

– Mr.Skillington


Literacy

This is a story about Stan, stan learns a valuable lesson about the importance of friends. Give the book a read with an adult and then see if you can answer some questions about what has happened. There is also a picture book version that you might enjoy looking at as it is read.

Starry-Eyed Stan Guided Reading – PDF

Starry-Eyed Stan – PDF

Have a look at some of these pictures and talk about what is happening – are these friendly or unfriendly things to do? Try and put them into two groups.

Friendly or Unfriendly – PDF

Try and write some of the things you have learnt about being a good friend onto this octopus worksheet!

What Makes a Good Friend – PDF


Maths

Can you order the numbers 1 – 20 correctly, try counting forwards and backwards.

Number Ordering – PDF

Can you use the grid reference to put the sea creatures in the right place?

Grid References – PDF


Challenge

If you would like to send a letter to a friend, here is a template you could use to help. You could even draw a picture to send with it.

Challenge Letter Template – PDF

Home Learning – 6th July 2020

This week our topic is based around Food. The challenge is to bake or decorate a sweet treat that you and your family can share. The home learning this week is based on food and the things we eat. This is something that we learnt about in school this year so I’m hoping you will all be brilliant at these activities!

Please continue to email me or add work pictures on Evidence for Learning. Any questions or additional support please contact me. Stay safe, stay happy!

– Mr.Skillington


Literacy

This is some information all about the different types of food we eat. Can you listen carefully and then answer the questions at the end?

Healthy Eating Reading Comprehension – PDF

After you have read the information and answered the questions then try a game of this with an adult. When you land on a square read or listen carefully to the instructions of what you have to do.

Healthy Eating Board Game – PDF


Maths

Can you correctly count the amounts of the different foods in the picture? Carefully write the number on the answer sheet. If you’re feeling really clever why not try and add them together!

I Spy and Count – PDF
I Spy Check list – PDF

You have shown me how well you know your shapes. Can you sort these foods into the right groups?

Shape Food Sorting – PDF


Food

Look at these different foods and see if you can remember where they come from. What vegetable is in Ketchup? What food do we use to make chips?

Where does it come from – PDF

Ask an adult to read the clues to you from the cards. See if you can guess which food matches the description. Listen carefully!

What am I – PDF


Cooking

Finally here is a recipe for biscuits. Can you follow the instructions and share these with your family?

Biscuit Recipe – PDF

Home learning – 29th June 2020

This week our topic is ‘All About Me’. The challenge is to make a self-portrait, you could use paints, crayons or anything you want… be creative! The home learning this week is based on ourselves and others.

Please continue to email me or add work pictures on Evidence for Learning. Any questions or additional support please contact me. Stay safe, stay happy!

– Mr.Skillington


Literacy

This is a book you can read with an adult about the things that make us all different. As you read the book think about how the children in the book are the same or different to you.

We Are All Different – PDF

After reading the book I would like you to think about yourself and use the worksheet below to write about you. There are also some words you can use to build some sentences.

This is Me – PDF

Sentence Building – PDF


Maths

First is a sheet to practice some addition to 10. Count the groups of people and then find the answer.

Addition to 10 – PDF

Next, can you cut out the people and order them smallest to biggest.

Size Ordering – PDF


PHSE

In this activity have a look at the different activities and talk to an adult about whether it is something you like or don’t like.

I Like – PDF

In the next activity try and match the activities to how they make you feel.

Emotions – PDF

Home Learning – 22nd June 2020

Here are this week’s activities for you to try at home. The challenge this week is Art in Nature. Can you use sticks, stones, leaves or flowers to make a pattern or picture. The home learning this week is based on things we can find in nature, and as always, I look forward to seeing what you are doing.

Please continue to email me or add work pictures on Evidence for Learning. Any questions or additional support please contact me. Stay safe, stay happy!

– Mr.Skillington


Literacy

This week we have a book called Treasures in the Garden, can you read it with a parent or sibling.

Treasures in the Garden – PDF


Once you have read the book try answering some of the questions below. Do you remember things from the story?

Treasures in the Garden Comprehension – PDF


Maths

Can you count the objects and circle the right number to match each one? Don’t forget that there are links from other weeks to some of our favourite counting songs that you could use to warm up.

Number Recognition – PDF

If that was easy then why not try number 11-20! Can you count the number of dots on each leaf and then match the right numeral?

Number Recognition 11-20 – PDF

Finally let’s have a go at some subtraction. Can you write the number sentence and find the answer to these minibeast subtraction sums!

Minibeast Subtraction – PDF


Art

To link to our challenge this week I would like you to make some nature photo frames. Find some objects around your garden or in the park and see if you can make a piece of artwork, it could be apicture or a pattern. I can’t wait to see what you can do!

Nature Photo Frames – PDF

Home Learning – 15th June 2020

Here are this week’s activities for you to try at home. The challenge this week is to have fun with water! This might be going for a walk in the rain, playing in the sink or a water fight in the garden. The home learning this week is based on water and as always, I look forward to seeing what you are doing.

Please continue to email me or add work pictures on Evidence for Learning. Any questions or additional support please contact me. Stay safe, stay happy!

– Mr.Skillington


Literacy

Below is a story about Water Women, a super hero who lives in the sea. Can you read the story with the help of an adult and then answer the questions about what you have read.

Water Women Guided Reading – PDF


Maths

For maths this week I want you to keep on practicing your counting and also think about capacity. The first activity is an under the sea counting, how many of each thing can you spot?

Under the Sea Counting – PDF

Next, I would like you to see if you can sort the pictures into things that are Full, Half-full and Empty. Maybe you could find your own containers and fill them yourselves. Practice measuring and using the language Full, Half-full and Empty. I would love to see some pictures of you trying this!

Full, Half-full or Empty – PDF


Finding Out

If you are enjoying playing with water and filling your containers then maybe you could try this next experiment. See if you can find some objects around the house (the ones on the list or different ones) and see if they float or sink. Try taking a guess first before you drop them in the water.

Float or Sink – PDF


Art

The last activity this week is to make your own seaside in a bottle. Hopefully you can find all the things you need to do this.

Seaside in a Bottle – PDF

Home Learning – 8th June 2020

Here are this week’s activities for you to try at home. This week is the start of our new weekly challenges for the final half term and the first challenge is to recreate your favourite book cover. You could dress up with your family, use Lego, use toys or even draw a picture! I look forward to seeing what you can do.

Please continue to email me or add work pictures on Evidence for Learning. Any questions or additional support please contact me. Stay safe, stay happy!

– Mr.Skillington


Literacy – Book Review

Share your favourite book with a member of your family and then do a review. How many stars would you give it? Which is your favourite part or character?

Book Review – PDF

In this activity I would like you to order instructions for doing everyday activities. Can you talk through it with an adult and describe how to do something? Can you use the words first, next and last?

How do you Boards – PDF

How do you Answer Cards – PDF


Maths – Summer Maths Activity Book

Here is a Summer Maths Activity book which includes lots of different skills including adding, subtracting, shapes and time. You could try all the activities or you could just pick the ones you think you will enjoy the most!

Summer Maths Activity Booklet – PDF

Home Learning – 18th May 2020

Here are this week’s activities for you to try at home. I have given them a superhero theme as I think you are all superheroes for what you are doing! It has been amazing to see what you have been up to last week and I am again, very proud of your weekly challenges. This week the challenge is to help around the house and complete some chores (I know some of you have already been doing this!).

Please continue to email me or add work pictures on Evidence for Learning. Any questions or additional support please contact me. Stay safe, stay happy!

– Mr.Skillington


Literacy – Making a chore list and practicing listening

This is to help with the weekly challenge. Can you use this chart to make your own job list for the week?

Chore Chart – PDF

Here is an activity to practice your listening skills. You will need an adult to help you with this. Choose your superhero and look at the pictures of objects, can you follow a verbal instruction from your adult? Have a go and listen carefully! Maybe you could make up your own instructions to give to your adult.

Superhero Following Instructions – PDF


Maths – Counting, Addition and Missing Numbers

Look at all those superheroes! Can you count how many of each you can see? Write the number on the worksheet.

I Spy – PDF

I Spy Worksheet – PDF

So many superheroes! Can you add them together?

Superhero Addition – PDF

These superheroes have got missing numbers in their number lines. Can you help them find them?

Superhero Missing Numbers – PDF


Art

As I have said already, I think you are all superheroes! Can you design a superhero mask? I’d love to see a picture so we can create a collage of all our Blackthorn Superheroes!

Design a Mask – PDF

Home Learning – 11th May 2020

Here are some new activities for you to try at home. It has been brilliant seeing some of the things you have been doing and I am particularly proud of your Weekly Challenges. This week is to make a funny face with your or someone in your family’s breakfast, dinner or tea!

Please feel free to continue with the work from the previous week but here are some ideas if you are ready for something else. Please continue to email me or add work pictures on Evidence for Learning. Any questions or additional support please contact me. Stay safe, stay happy!

– Mr.Skillington


Literacy – Answering ‘Wh’ questions and making sentences

This is a sentence building activity using the questions Who? What doing? What? Look at the picture and then use the words to create a sentence. You might need an adult to help you read the words and ask the questions. You can use the printed words to complete the activity or write your sentences using a pencil.

Literacy – Making Sentences – PDF

This is a board game you can play to practice answering Who? Where? and When? questions. Roll the dice and move on the board, can you answer the question using the picture choices to help?

Who Where When Board Game – PDF


Maths – Adding, subtracting and Shapes

Here are 3 colouring activities using number questions to get the right colours. You can use counters, cars, pasta or anything else you have to help complete the sums.

Colour by number to 10 – PDF

Addition to 10 colouring – PDF

Addition and Subtraction to 20 Colouring – PDF

This is a sorting activity. Look at the different objects and sort them into the right boxes.

2D Shape Sorting – PDF


Art

This term should have been the Ash Lea Potato Awards 2020. Can you design your own potato head?

Design your own potato head – PDF

Home Learning – 27th April 2020

Here are some suggestions for daily activities. These could be done over a week or just pick and choose the ones you like over time, maybe just one a day. It includes links to Cosmic Yoga and Just Dance YouTube channels which are great ways to help keep your body moving! There are suggested Phonics, Maths Reading and Writing activities


Suggested School Plan Timetable – PDF

Resources for the Timetable – Multiple PDF’s


Maths

Top Marks is a great online resource for various math activities. Try out some number games or coin sorting. 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting  

Phonics 

Here are some of the online games we play at school. Choose some Phase 2 games to see how you get on, if you find it easy then try Phase 3. 

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/  


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