Home learning Thursday 1st October

Here are details of what Room 5 are learning tomorrow in class for anyone isolating at the moment.


We are looking at addition and subtraction, and thinking about how they are related. For example, if we know that 2+3=5, then we can use that to work out 5-2=3. In class, we have been using coat hangers and pegs to solve addition and subtraction number sentences. This is a brilliant (and really cheap) bit of equipment that really helps children to see amounts being added or subtracted. You may want to use this idea to help you solve the problems below. You can also use counters/buttons/beads or even dry pasta as equipment!

Follow this link and watch the videos to remind yourself of what adding and subtracting involves: adding subtracting and inverse

Then have a go at answering the questions on this sheet: fact families


Today we looked at how to write a caption for a picture. Lots of our sentences started with, ‘This is a …’. We will be using our reading skills to sound out words and match them to pictures. Have a go at these (please do not print off all the pages! The first couple will do): t-l-4499-phase-2-pictures-and-captions-matching-worksheets_ver_4


Today we have looked at ‘or’. Can you sound out and write these words?

for, fork, cork, torn, sort


We will be looking at compass points to learn about north, south, east and west. Have fun playing the treasure map game via this link: BBC treasure map game

Then, discuss with an adult what you may see in Room 5. Have a go at drawing the layout of the classroom: Plan of My Classroom Activity Sheet

Home learning Wednesday 30th Sep

Here is the work we are doing in class today.


We are going to be learning about doubles. Start by discussing what this word means. Use the pictures on the sheet to find the totals to the doubles questions: twin totals


Today we are looking at what captions are (writing about a picture) and developing our understanding of writing in full sentences. Can you find any examples of captions in newspapers or magazines? Then, draw a picture of your favourite toy and write a sentence about it, starting with ‘This is a ……’. You can do this for more than one toy if you want to.


We are thinking about what it means to belong in our RE lessons. Today we will start learning about Sikhs. Have a look at the PowerPoint and discuss what you have learnt: T-RE-023-Sikh-Beliefs-Teaching-and-Task-Setter-Powerpoint

Home learning Wednesday 23rd September

Here is what we are learning in class tomorrow (Wednesday) for anyone unable to come to school.

Wake Up, Shake UpHey Monkey!


Today we will be looking at triangles. Use the sheet to discuss how triangles can look different but they always have three sides. Practise drawing the triangles: triangles

Use straws/pencils/strips of paper to make different types of triangles. Can you make a triangle where all three sides are the same length (equilaterial)? How about a triangle with two longer sides of equal length and one shorter side (isoceles)? Finally, make a triangle where all three sides are of different length (scalene).


Practise singing the alphabet again. Can you say a letter if an adult points to it?

Ask an adult if they will kindly gather some different items from the kitchen that can be made from different materials:

spoons – some wooden, some metal, maybe some plastic

bottles/containers: some plastic, some glass

boxes: cardboard (cereal) boxes, plastic tupperware, wicker boxes etc.

You could use anything around the house for this, as long as you have the same item made from at least two different materials.

Sort the objects into groups. For example, sort the spoons so that all the metal ones are together, all the plastic ones are together and all of the wooden ones are together. Write labels for each of the groups so it is very clear what the item is and what the material is. For example: metal spoons. This is called a noun phrase. Use your sounds to write labels for each of your groups.


We will be looking at what ‘belonging’ means and what groups we belong to. Last week we described our families and talked about our homes. How do you know that you belong to your family? What does it mean to ‘belong’? Can you think of other groups you belong to and how you may show you belong? How do you know you belong to Pontesbury Primary School?! Maybe you belong to other groups where you need to wear certain clothes or follow particular rules. Draw a picture of two groups you belong to and try your best to write words, phrases or sentences to say how you know you belong.


Have a look at ‘A Shark in the Park’ (below) with an adult. Try to read some of the words yourself if you can. How many ‘ar’ words can you find? Write these down everytime you find one.



Home learning Tuesday 22nd September

Here is what we are learning in class tomorrow (Tuesday) for anyone unable to come to school.

Wake Up, Shake UpPirate


We will continue talking about shapes and become more confident knowing how many sides and corners they have. Start by watching the video and working through the quick activities: 2D shapes BBC

Can you find the shapes named on the sheet? Choose a different colour for each of the shape names and colour in all of the matching shapes with that same colour. Become more familiar with the properties of each one by counting the sides and corners. Are the sides straight or are they curved? Face Shapes


Today we found examples of labels around the classroom and talked about how signs and labels help us know where things are. Sometimes you can find labels in books or diagrams. Do you have any information books that may have labels in them? See if you can find some.

Next, have a go at using your reading skills to match the animal label with the correct animal: animal labels If you found this fun, there is a fruit labelling activity to try too: fruit labelling

We will be starting our English by singing the alphabet. Can you sing it from start to finish?


We will be looking at the difference between what material something is made out of and the everyday item itself. Enjoy watching this short clip and see if you can name some of the materials you see: materials clip

Then, look at the pictures on page 2 to decide which one is an everyday item and which is an everyday material. For example, a table is an everyday item. The wood it is made from is an everyday material. Can you complete the sentences about the scissors, the window and the table? You can choose three things of your own to write about if you want to, too.

Activity Sheet Object and Materials


We will be looking at ‘ar’ today and writing words using this grapheme. Practise writing the following words:

car, far, star, farm, start, alarm, charm

If you are feeling confident, try putting these into short sentences.

Home learning for Monday 21st September

Here is what we will doing tomorrow (Monday) at school.

Wake Up, Shake Up: Do the Dino BoogieBeebies


We are going to start looking at 2D shapes. Start by watching this short video: 2D shape song How many of these shapes do you already know? Can you find examples of these shapes around your house?

Have a go at this sheet, matching the name of the shape to the correct picture. How many sides does each shape have? What about corners? 2D shapes


This week we will be looking at labels. What are labels and why are they important? They help us to find things and to know where to get things from in the classroom. For example, if I want to get a glue stick, I would go to the tray labelled, ‘Glue Sticks’. What other labels can you think of?

Have a look in your toy box. Sort your toys into different groups so you have a groups of teddies, a group of Lego, a group of books and a group of trains for example. Can you use your sounds to write labels for each of these groups on small strips of paper? Remember you just need one word each time, so you would need to write ‘trains’ for the train group.


In the afternoon, it is PE with Crossbar. Enjoy this yoga session based on, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Don’t forget to keep reading every day! For extra phonics practise, have a go at writing words containing:

oo, igh, ai, ee and oa. This week we will be learning ‘ar’.

Enjoy your day. x

Room 5 home learning Friday 18th September

Here are details of the work we will be doing in class on Friday for those unable to attend school.


On Friday we will be recapping the sounds we made with the instruments and using our sounds to write words on our bear hunt sheets (attached on Wednesday’s post). If you have done this, think of some words to describe your own new setting and sound them out carefully. Do your words sound like the noise you are describing? We call this onomatopoeia.

Can you sing the alphabet? Now fill in the missing letters using this sheet: t-t-29156-superhero-themed-alphabet-maze-activity-sheet-


Today we will be using number lines for subtraction. This short video will help to explain how we do this: subtraction on a number line

Have a go at solving the questions on the sheet using the stepping stones number line to help each time: subtraction on a number line from 5


Practise your blending by reading the words on the sheet carefully and matching them to the correct picture: Phase 4 worksheet You only need page 3 of this document!

Here is a sheet for you to practise reading words containing ‘oo’. Sound out each word and decide if it is real or not real: Phase 3 oo sheet

Home learning for Thursday 17th September

Here is what we will be doing on Thursday for anyone who needs to access work from home.


We will be looking again at subtraction, with some of us starting to use a number line to subtract within 5. Use this sheet to practise taking away: subtraction crocodiles

Using objects will help your child to understand what ‘taking away’ means and help them to solve the questions.


We will be thinking about the sounds that the different places mentioned in the bear hunt story make, and recreating some of the sounds using instruments. What could you use around the house to make sounds such as ‘swishy swashy’ or ‘squelch squerch’? Can you come up with some of your own noises for different settings? For example, when the family are going through the forest, what can you use to make the noise of twigs and sticks snapping under their feet? You could watch the story online and have fun using your home-made noises to join in! We’re Going on a Bear Hunt


We are going to be starting our topic all about our school. Have a think about how you could describe our school. What can you do at school? How many classrooms are there? What are the teachers called? What do you like about it? What would you like to improve? You may want to draw a picture of school and then describe it to an adult.


We have been looking at ‘oa’ and ‘oo’ this week. Can you practise sounding out and spelling these words?

goat, moan, foam, toast

moon, zoo, soon, boot


Home learning for Wednesday 16th September

Hi everyone,

Here is what we are doing tomorrow for anyone who needs to access school work from home. Please note, this is only for those who cannot come to school! It is not extra work!


We are looking at taking away, which for many children will be brand new. Pretend you have 5 cupcakes or pieces of fruit. What happens if one gets eaten?! How many do you have now? Start with all 5 again. This time, 2 get eaten. How many are left?

Here is the sheet that we will be completing in class:

subtraction within 5 cupcakes


Today we have continued to think about adjectives and have been describing the settings in, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. Fill in the gaps on the sheet using your own words, sounding out carefully. We’re going on a bear hunt – adjectives

The two lines at the bottom of each section are for you to sound out words to describe what it sounds like when the family on the bear hunt ‘have to go through it’. For example, the grass makes a ‘swishy, swashy’ noise so I may write:

swishy swashy

swishy swashy

Feel free to choose your own ideas!


We will be talking about how we are all different, unique and special. What is special about you? Can you draw a picture of yourself, your home or your family? Think about  what may be special about your family or where you live. You can write some words on your picture if you want to!

Fruit and milk for Year 1

I am very pleased to tell you that fruit is now being delivered for Room 5 (Year 1) after a few hiccups in deliveries for the first few days of this term. Children may bring their own piece of fruit if they prefer.

Some parents have enquired about ‘Cool Milk’. I understand that before a child turns 5, it is free for children to have one of the little milk cartons at snacktime. However, I have been informed that once the child turns 5, the milk is no longer free. Class teachers do not have any contact with ‘Cool Milk’ – the organisation of it is done via the school office. If you would like your child to have milk at snacktime, can you please notify the office by phone or email? Many thanks.