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Home Learning 27th April

Home Learning 27th April

Dear Reception,

This week’s home learning has been uploaded early as I am unable to upload work next week due to website maintenance. This work is for the week 27th April – 1st May.


Literacy and topic

I hope everyone enjoyed starting the new topic, ‘Space, land and sea’ as discussed in last week’s home learning.  We are starting by looking at the sea. Did you have any good sea themed books at home? For literacy and topic this week can you read ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ by Giles Andreae to your child. If you don’t have a copy you can read/ watch here:

Your task following this is to pick your favourite sea creature mentioned in the book and do some research on it in order to do some fact writing. Discuss with your child the different ways in which we can retrieve information. For example we might look on the internet (remind them about online safety), in non-fiction books, ask people, or look in encyclopaedias etc. Then can you use some of these methods to find some facts about your favourite sea animal that you have picked. Once you’ve learned some good facts can you put them into simple sentences. Discuss with your child the difference between fiction texts (stories) and non-fiction texts (facts). An example might sound like,

‘Sharks have big sharp teeth. They have fins and gils. Their skin feels like sandpaper.’


Art and DT

Can the children make a 3D model of their chosen animal? You might want to make a junk model using boxes, cardboard or rubbish. Or you might want to use papier mache. Can you stick coloured paper to it or paint it? How creative can you be? If you do manage to do this I will be excited for you to bring them into school once we reopen to show to the class.



Remember daily practice of speed sounds and tricky words (found in home learning packs). The children should be able to read lots of these tricky words by now. Read all of them with your child daily. Then get your children writing them.

As well as this there are plenty of games and phoncis activities on phonics play as discussed on previous home learning.


Home reading

As on last week’s home learning…

You can make a free account with oxford owl. Here you can access lots of great reading resources. The free ebooks are great reading materials which use the phonics sounds they know (you will have to create a log in, it takes 1 minute). At the start of the book it tells you how to use these resources.

These ebooks are PC and tablet friendly. Some children will be working on red band, some on green and some may even be on purple. Try out the levels with your child to see what suits them.



Did you enjoy playing with capacity last week?

Remember that children should be counting daily. Forward and backwards. See how far they can count. Recap 1 more 1 less with your children.

For maths this week we are focusing on doubling. The children need to learn that doubling means ‘twice as many’. A good way to learn this is by building doubles practically with objects or mathematical equipment.

Using pebbles or buttons can you sit opposite your child. Set out a small amount. Can your child get out the same amount to double it? Get your child to say the doubles as they build them, for example ‘double 2 is 4’.

Can you use a mirror to show your child that now we can see double of a number?

Provide examples of doubles and non-doubles for your child to sort and explain. For example get 2 dice (it is preferable you use an actual dice at home however if you don’t have a dice at home you could build one by drawing the dots on 2 empty boxes, otherwise there are online dice rollers Take turns between you and your child to roll the 2 dice.  Can they child say if it is a double or not, if it is get them to say the double out loud. Whoever rolls a double gets a point. First to three points wins.

Watch Number blocks double trouble:

Enjoy your learning.

Miss Turnbull

St Malachy's Primary School, Eggington Street, Manchester, M40 7RG
Telephone: 0161 205 3496
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