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Dear Parents and Carers,


We will be spending the next two weeks looking at 'The Singing Mermaid'.  Please remember that you do not need to try and learn all the circus skills in PD in just one week!  We are enjoying looking at the work you are carrying out at home so please continue to email us and show us what you have been doing.


Please continue to read as much as possible using


Take care everyone,

Love from
The Foundation Stage Staff


Mrs Ryder's Assembly

Book of the week: 'The Singing Mermaid' by Julia Donaldson (we will be reading this for two weeks)


  • Day 1 – Read ‘The Singing Mermaid’ Talk about the story events. Who were the nice/not so nice characters?  Why?  Do you know what a circus is?  Would you like to be in a circus?
  • Day 2 Re-cap on what a circus is and watch the Circus Acts film clips (please point out the potential danger in trying any of these acts at home!).  Some clips are quite long - you do not need to watch them all in full.
  • Acrobat
  • Juggling
  • Firebreathing
  • Tightrope
  • Trapeze
  • What would you like to do if you were in the circus?
  • Day 3 (You may want to complete this after some of the PD circus skill sessions).  Watch this short clip from ‘The Greatest Showman’ You can stop it at 2.24 mins, as we’re just focusing on the circus acts.  What did you see? Look at the selection of pictures of different circus skills and ask your child which one they would like to do and why (if they have another idea that’s fine!).  You can use the word file to stick on a picture/draw or just write on paper at home.  We would like them to write a few sentences by themselves about what they would like to be if they were to join the circus and why. For example;  I would like to be an acrobat.  I like hanging upside down and I am very strong.  I think I would be good at swinging on the bars with my friend.  I think the ribbon looks a bit scary but also exciting!

Number bonds to 10

If you feel your child is not ready for this concept yet then please practise going over some key number skills using

 Day 1

Number bonds are the pairs that total 10, eg. 1+9, 2+8 etc.  This is a key objective in Year 1, when the children will need learn them by heart, so it is worth introducing it now.  First, find 10 marbles/buttons/any objects that are the same to use to move around for this concept.  The children need to understand that there are always 10 in total and that you are just swapping them around.  Some children will spot patterns as well – ie one side increases as the other decreases etc. Use the ‘Farmer Pete’ Powerpoint to demonstrate and practise together.

Day 2 Use the numicon PowerPoint to demonstrate number bonds again and then look at the numicon pdf and complete this together.  Some children will get this concept quickly and others will take longer so we have lots of resources for you to use over the week.

Activities you could try throughout this week:

  • Dinosaur colouring pdf
  • Rainbow colouring pdf
  • Number bonds bingo pdf (or make your own)
  • Robot number bonds pdf
  • Bus board game pdf
  • Dominoes pdf


Extension activities for children who have picked this up quickly:

  • Challenge cards to find all four operations using number bonds to 10 pdf
  • Bar modelling to 10 – this method is key for children to grasp as they travel up the school.  We have not introduced it yet in YrF – if you would like more information please look at

Expressive Arts and Design

Can you create your own circus artwork?  Here are some ideas to get you started!
Circus skills over two weeks – the children at school will have the opportunity to try out some of these skills. Hopefully you will have objects at home that you can use to improvise!  We often play music from ‘The Greatest Showman’ when we’re teaching this lesson as the children get very excited – good luck!

Personal, Social and Emotional Development