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Dear Parents and Carers,


Thank you for all the work you have sent to us this week - it has been lovely to see what the children have been doing!  If you have missed the details about our blog, you can find the work on We hope you enjoy the tasks that we have set this week!


Reading - please make sure the children are reading as much as is possible. will allow you to access ebooks.  If you go to the 'book band' tab, you can choose the colour that is the same as the reading books that your child has been reading with us in school (ie Lilac/Pink/Red/Yellow etc.)


Love from

The Foundation Stage Staff


Book of the week:

'Pizza for Pirates' by Adam and Charlotte Guillain

Suggested Activities:

  • Day 1 – (You will need to mute the sound and read the story to your child) Read the story - what do you notice about the words? (rhyme) Stop at 5.06 mins - What do you think George will do to escape? Continue reading, stop at 9.00mins – what do you think the tentacle is? Read the story to the end – how would you have escaped from the monster if you were George?  Make a list of ideas together (you can scribe for your child) to use for the next lesson.
  • Day 2- Re-cap on the story (read it again if they want to). Today is a writing task (see sheet above): Can you write about a different way for George to stop the sea monster?  Demonstrate writing a couple of sentences together with your child and talk about sounding out, finger spaces etc. Ask them to sound out the words – you can make deliberate mistakes and see if they spot them (eg. no finger space).  For example; George was so pleased he had brought his special honey on his pirate adventure.  It was his favourite food. When the sea monster jumped out he quickly poured it on the tentacles! Etc.
  • The example that you have worked on together can include more ambitious vocabulary and detail than they will write themselves as it is good to expose them to more complicated language. Now remove your writing. They now need to do their own writing and sound out words using the phonemes that they have learnt in phonics - you do not need to correct their spelling at this stage eg. Jorj had jellee and he throo it at the monstr. would be using the spelling rules most of the children have learnt so far.


SEN children – if your child is working on an IEP, they may find this challenging but can still have a go.  If you’re not sure how to help them please get in touch with us so that we can respond on an individual basis.  



Addition and Subtraction

  • Day 1 - Re-cap on what adding and taking away means – show your child these symbols + - what do they mean? What happens to the numbers when we use them (get bigger/smaller etc.). What does = mean?  Some of the children will need counters (small toys will work, whatever you can find!) to support them and some of them will prefer to use a numberline (it’s easy to make one or you can print the pdf) or you could make your own bead string to 20 to use as a learning aid when adding and subtracting (beads onto pipe cleaner or string) .

Activities you could try over the week:

  • Roll a dice to generate numbers to use in number sentences to add/subtract
  • Give children some counters (cars, pom poms, mini eggs, lego bricks, play doh blobs etc) and make up some problems for them to solve e.g. The mermaid had 3 shells, she found 4 by a shipwreck. How many shells does the mermaid have now?
  • Play the Lego game and add/take-away bricks to win (see pdf)
  • Revise addition and complete the sums
  • Revise subtraction and complete the questions
  • Pirate colour-by-number; complete the sums to make the picture (pdf). The sums are up to 10 but there are quite a lot of them.
  • Under the sea subtraction (sheet 1) – using numbers up to 10 (pdf)
  • Subtraction up to 20 – pirate cards.  Use washing-line pegs to peg on to the right answer (pdf).
  • Make a car park using masking tape on the floor or on a big piece of paper.  In each space write a sum and your child must park the right number of cars in each space (make sure they’re fairly big!)

Some of the activities vary in difficulty, you will need to judge whether you feel your child needs to focus on just using numbers up to 10 or is ready to go beyond this.


The Big Night In

Children In Need and Comic Relief are working together on Thursday 23rd April to put on 'The Big Night In' to raise money.  We would like to join in by celebrating our NHS and keyworker superheroes - if you would like to take part there is a PowerPoint and resources (see above) that you can use with your child if you want to.  Anyone who would like to dress-up as a superhero (fictional or real-life), we would like to see a photo with your thank you message!

Expressive Art and Design

Physical Development