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Summer 2


This half term our topic will be Eric Carle and Minibeasts. We will be listening to stories about different minibeasts written by the author Eric Carle. Each week there will be new activities added below for you to complete at home!

Please upload any work you have done onto 2simple - we would love to see how hard you have been working!







13/7/20 - Week 7


Transition Week


This week is the last week of the school year!



For our writing activity this week, you are going to do some writing for your new class teacher!

You should have received a PowerPoint from your new teacher telling you about themselves and your new classroom.

You are going to write some information about yourself to give to your new teacher in September!

Things to include:

  • A drawing of you and your name written underneath
  • Drawings of your family and school friends with their names
  • A ‘My Favourites’ section where you can write all of your favourite things – favourite food, animal, colour, story, toy…
  • A sentence explaining what you are looking forward to in your new class and anything you might be feeling worried about




For our last week, we would like you to practise the different things we have learnt this year! Click on the link below to practise many different skills like reading sight words, blending and segmenting, the alphabet, rhyming words etc!




We are going to finish off this term with some addition and subtraction activities. Watch the video below to revise what subtraction is.


After watching the video, complete this Numberblocks addition and subtraction quiz!


Can you write all the addition and subtraction number sentences for the number bonds to 10? For example:


7 + 3 = 10        3 + 7 = 10                 10 – 3 = 7        10 – 7 = 3


Complete these maths games to practise adding and taking away single digit numbers:


Activities to complete at home:

  • Create a time capsule of your lockdown memories and keep it to look at in the future!
  • Find five objects that are your favourite colour.
  • Find each digit from 0-9 somewhere in your house or garden.
  • Write a message to a friend or relative.
  • A genie has granted you three wishes! Write what you choose and why.
  • Draw a strange creature. It could have a dog’s ears, a cat’s face, a horse’s body and a mouse’s tail. Write a story about your strange creature!
  • Choose a video to dance along to:

  • Choose a song to learn! Learn the words, include some actions and perform it to someone in your house:



6/7/20 - Week 6



This week we are going to listen to a book of poems about different minibeasts called ‘Mad About Minibeasts’!



Which is your favourite minibeast? Why?


This week we would like you to draw a picture of your favourite minibeast and write some sentences to describe it.

You could use the internet to find out information about the minibeast!


Challenge: You could create your own minibeast book by writing information about a different minibeast on each page!




This week we are going to practise the letters of the alphabet – the names of the different letters. Join in with this alphabet song!


  • Can you write both the uppercase and lowercase letters in alphabetical order?
  • Can you write a word/list of words that begin with each of the different letters of the alphabet?


Can you match lowercase and uppercase letters?


Practise putting letters of the alphabet into the correct order by playing this game:




This week we are going to practise addition. Watch the video below to revise what addition is.


After watching the video, complete this Numberblocks adding up quiz!


See if you can use objects in your house (or your fingers!) to find the totals to the number sentences below:


1 + 5 =                3 + 4 =


6 + 2 =                2 + 7 =


8 + 4 =                9 + 3 =


Can you write your own addition number sentences?




What are minibeasts? Watch the video below to find out!


Follow the instructions on the website below to create your own bug hotel outdoors! Which minibeasts will you find?


Learn to sing these minibeast songs!

1. There’s a Tiny Caterpillar on a Leaf:
2. Wiggly Woo:


Join in with some minibeast yoga:



29/6/20 - Week 5



This week we are going to listen to another minibeast story by the author Eric Carle - ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird’:


Create a book review of this story. Here are the things you should include:

  • ‘Title’ – the name of the book
  • ‘Author’ – the name of the person who wrote the book
  • ‘Star rating’ – how many stars you give it out of 5
  • ‘What was your favourite part?’ - write sentences to describe your favourite part of the book
  • Draw a picture of your favourite scene


Challenge – If you want to include more information in your book review you could also include ‘What is the book about?’ and ‘Who are the characters?’




Practise your letter sounds by saying the sounds as you see them on the racetrack. Click on ‘Phase 3’ to start playing!


This week we are going to practise writing words. Click on the link below to play ‘Alien Escape’. You must look at a picture/listen to the word and then spell the word correctly so that the alien can get to the UFO!


See if you can have a go at writing these words:





This week we have another comic for you to read called ‘Lunchbox’:




This week we are going to focus on time, linked to the book ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird’!

In the story we see different o’clock times. When the time is o’clock, the minute hand (the long hand) points to the 12. The hour hand (the short hand) points to which hour it is.


The time shown on this clock is 9 o’clock.



Look at the clocks in the document ‘What time is it?’ below this week’s activities – can you say what time is it?


Have fun with this interactive clock! You could move the hands on the clock to create your own o’clock times for your grown-up to say what time you have made and then you could swap over!


Play an o’clock time quiz!




Get some exercise by playing the game ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?’ by following the instructions below:


Create your own bad tempered ladybird by following the instructions on the link below!



Watch this video to find out more about ladybirds:

A ladybird adventure: Have a look outdoors for some real ladybirds! You may find them on leaves looking for food. Discuss with your grown-up what they look like.



Listen to other stories about ladybirds by one of our favourite authors – Julia Donaldson!

‘What the Ladybird Heard’:


‘What the Ladybird Heard Next’:





22/6/20 - Week 4



Listen again to the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. Can you join in with the retelling of the story?




Use your phonic knowledge to fill in the missing words from the story:


On Sunday, the warm _____________ came up.

On Monday, he ate through one _____________.

On Tuesday, he ate through two _____________.

On Wednesday, he ate through _____________ plums.

On _____________, he ate through four strawberries.

On Friday, he ate through _____________ oranges.

He was still _____________.

After Saturday, he had _____________ ache.

He was a big, _____________ caterpillar.

He stayed in his cocoon for more than two _____________.

Then he was a beautiful _____________.




This week we are going to practise spelling tricky words. Remind yourselves of the phase 3 tricky words by singing this song:


Click on the link below to play ‘Tricky Trucks’. Make sure you unclick the decodable words as it is just the tricky words we want to practise – the words you cannot sound out.

We would like you to look at the word, say the word, cover the word/look away from the screen, write the word (without looking) and then look again at the word and check your spelling! Do this strategy three times for each of the tricky words. Don’t worry if you don’t spell the word correctly the first time!


This week we have another comic for you to read called ‘Midnight Moon’:




This week we are going to practise our counting and number ordering skills to 20.

Listen to the ‘Numberblocks’ song and practise counting to 20:


  • Can you write numbers 1-20 in the correct order?
  • Get a grown-up to write out numbers 1-20 with some missing! Can you say which numbers are missing?
  • Look at the document called ‘Ordering Numbers to 20’ below this week’s activities. Can you put the three numbers in order from the smallest to the greatest/the greatest to the smallest?


Click on the game below to do some more number-ordering practise with a caterpillar!




In the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, we see the caterpillar change into a butterfly! This is called a life cycle. Watch the videos below to find out more about the life cycle of a butterfly:


Click on the document below called ‘Butterfly Life Cycle’. We would like you to draw your own butterfly life cycle!

*Writing challenge – Can you write a sentence about each stage of the life cycle, explaining what happens?



Butterflies are symmetrical. This means their wings are exactly the same on either side. Can you draw/colour/paint a beautiful, symmetrical butterfly?




Listen to a story about the life cycle of a butterfly called ‘Where Butterflies Grow’ by Joanne Ryder:




15/6/20 - Week 3



This week we are going to listen to a different Eric Carle story – ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’:




Sequence the story – draw a picture of what the caterpillar ate in the correct order, and write the name of the food underneath using your phonic skills.


*Challenge – Remember the days of the week by singing the song below!

After singing the song, could you also write the day of the week that he ate the food above your pictures?




Remind yourselves of all of the phase 3 letter sounds by playing this flash cards time trial game:


If there are any phase 3 letter sounds you have forgotten, watch the video of that sound below:


This week we are going to continue to practise our blending skills by reading sentences. Open the document at the end of this week’s activities called ‘Phase 4 Sentences’. Read each of the sentences in the document and choose the picture that matches!


Read the comic ‘Let’s Go Fishing’:




This week we are going to learn about patterns. Watch this video to see if you can recognise different patterns:


A pattern example:



What would come next in the pattern?


See if you can create your own patterns at home! You could draw different shapes or objects in a pattern of 2 or 3 (or more!) or using colouring pencils you could create patterns of different colours. You could even use objects like Lego to create patterns!


Click on the game below to do some more patterns practise:




Pump Up the Pattern! Join in with this exercise linked to our maths learning on patterns. Can you create your own patterns with different body actions?


Think about all the different foods the caterpillar ate in the story. We are going to think about healthy and unhealthy foods. Watch the two part video below and then click on the document underneath this week’s activities called ‘Food Sorting’ to sort the foods the caterpillar ate into the correct groups! You could write this as lists on paper by writing the names of the foods or drawing pictures. Could you add any other foods to each list?

Part 1:

Part 2:



*Things to keep practising

Counting and number recognition:


Reading of tricky words:

Phase 3 -

Phase 4 –




8/6/20 - Week 2



Listen again to the story ‘The Very Busy Spider’ by Eric Carle by clicking on the link. Can you join in with the repeated phrases?


Answer these retrieval questions about what happened in the story:


1. What trailed from spider’s body across the field?

2. Where did spider land?

3. What did the sheep ask spider?

4. Which animal asked the spider if she wanted to chase a cat?

5. What time of day was it when the spider fell asleep after spinning her web?


Our writing activity this week is linked to our topic work.

When you have researched spiders, write some sentences about them using your phonic skills. You could also include some drawings/pictures!




This week we are going to practise our blending skills. You have two activities to have a go at at home! The first activity is called ‘Make a Match’. This is a pairs game where you have to read the words and find the matching picture.


The next activity practises blending when reading sentences. You must choose a sentence to read and then make new ones by swapping words.


Username: march20         Password: home




This week we are going to learn about halving. To begin, click on the website address below to watch ‘Numberjacks – Half Time’ to find out about halving.


Ooh a lovely spider tea! Halving means sharing into 2 equal groups. See if you can count the spiders and share between the two plates to find half. Can they all be shared equally? You could use real plates and objects to represent the spiders at home!



Can you do this halving activity when sharing food with your family?




Use the internet to research spiders. What do they look like? Where do they live? What do they eat? How do they build their webs? Watch the video by clicking on the link below to answer some of these questions!

(Complete this week’s writing activity).


Last week you had a go at creating your own spider. This week you could make a spider web using wool!

Watch out for webs - Take a closer look at tree bark, can you spot any webs?


The children could act like a spider and tell their own story! If they wanted to dress up as a spider you could stuff 4 pairs of tights with newspaper and pin them to the child’s back. They will then have 8 legs and can act as a spider!




To listen to another story about spiders, click on the website address below to listen to ‘Aaaarrgghh, Spider!’ by Lydia Monks:


Another brilliant story about spiders is ‘Spinderella’ by Julia Donaldson:



1/6/20 - Week 1



Listen to the story ‘The Very Busy Spider’ by Eric Carle –


Complete the sequencing activity – putting the animals the spider met in the story into the correct order:














Can you draw a picture of each of the characters in order and write what they asked the spider? Use your phonic knowledge when you are writing. Don’t forget - each sentence will begin with a capital letter. As each animal asks the spider a question, you can put a question mark at the end.

A question mark looks like this -  ?



This week we are going to practise our spelling skills. Click on the link below to play Rocket Rescue! You must listen to the word, sound it out and spell it correctly to put the rocket back together.

(Username: march20   Password: home)


Could you practise spelling other words using your phonics sounds? Maybe help your grown-up to write a shopping list!




This week we are going to learn about doubling. Watch the Numberblocks episode ‘Double Trouble’ to begin -


Spiders have 8 legs, 4 on each side. Can you sort spiders into doubles and not doubles?

Some of our spiders have been losing their legs! Tell us the amount of legs and the double they are. 




Can you practise doubling with objects in your house? You could get 3 pieces of pasta and double it – how many do you have now? You could write this as a number sentence – 3+3=6.





Learn some yoga poses including the spider pose!


Create your own spider with 8 legs! You could use a paper plate for the body and pipe cleaners for the legs. Be creative!


Listen to the story again (following the new link below) but this time learn to sing along to the song when retelling the story!







Summer 1


Week beginning 18th May 2020:



This week we are continuing to learn about shape and printing. Together, can you find 3D shapes around your house such a cylinder (a kitchen roll) a  Can you find out which 3D shapes will print a triangle? Which 3D shapes will print more than one shape? Can they match the prints to the 3D shapes?

Go outdoors….use planks, rope or sticks to create large 2D shapes. Can you make a triangle? A square? How many sticks did they take for each? Is it possible to make a circle using sticks? What would be better for making a circle?  



Together learn and practise the alphabet. Can you write the letters of the alphabet including both capital and lower case letters?

Also please look at the daily phonics lessons on:


Literacy and Topic:

Supertato is a superhero, can you think of any real life superheroes? What makes them a superhero? Make a list of real life superheroes and include a picture. You might even draw the vehicle that they drive and label it for an extra challenge.



Week beginning 11th May 2020:



This week are continuing to learn about shape. Using your knowledge of 3D shapes, with a grown up collect empty cereal boxes, kitchen rolls and plastic containers. Together, can you create and construct a model? This could be a palace, a mosque, a bridge or anything that you can think of. After you have completed the challenge ask yourself the following questions:

Which shapes did you use?

Which shapes worked best at the bottom? Why?

Which shapes work best at the top? Why?

Which shapes were easy to fasten together?

Which shapes were difficult to fasten together?



Tricky words- practise to read and spell these tricky words- said, have, like, so, do, some, come, little, one, were, out, what, when and there.

Also please look at the daily phonics lessons on:



Write a book review for the story Supertato!

You will need to include:

  • A drawing of your favourite part of the story
  • A sentence explaining if you liked or disliked the book



Create potato pattern prints by printing with your potatoes! Use different colours to make patterns. You might want to assemble other vegetables and use them to print with! If you can, pick potatoes of different sizes so you can talk about large and small designs.


Week beginning 4th May 2020:


We are going to be exploring something new in maths this week. We want you to go on a shape hunt. This could be around your house, in your garden or when you are out on your daily exercise. Can you make a list of the shapes you find and record how many you see? This could be recorded using numbers or a tally chart. We would like you to name the shapes and sort them into flat 2D shapes or fat 3D shapes. We would also like you to attempt to describe the properties of the shapes by talking about the number of sides/corners/edges/vertices they have!

Watch this Number jacks clip to help you:




Follow the link to play the game, this will test your child’s reading of tricky words (tricky words are words that cannot be decoded). Once the word appears on the screen, your child needs to read them as quickly as they can! Parents, you will then need to mark if they read the word correctly or not on the screen before the next word appears. Start with phase 2 and progress through to phase 3 and finally phase 4.



Create a poster showing ways to stay healthy. You could include pictures and drawings to make your poster look nice and remember to write some information too! You could even draw Supertato and some of his superhero vegetables!

Write some features of a superhero – what makes them a superhero? Do all superheroes have magical powers? Are superheroes real? Do you know any superheroes?

Create a poem (written or performed) about staying healthy/Supertato and the Evil Pea! It would be great to see some performances that we can put on our website and twitter pages!



In the story Supertato the Evil Pea is sent back to the freezer. Using a spare plastic container, fill it with water and add a vegetable of your choice. Place on the freezer and observe the changes over a period of time. What has happened to the water after an hour? 6 hours? Overnight? How long does it take to free the frozen vegetable? What could you do to help the melting process? Where would your vegetable melt the fastest? Do all vegetables take the same around of time to freeze?

Can you create a diary telling us what happened to your vegetables at different times? You could include pictures.

Can you create a ‘healthy lunchbox’?

Explore what happens when you use different kitchen utensils on vegetables (such as mashers, peelers…) Is there a change once the vegetables are cooked?

Explore the weight of various vegetables using your scales. What is the heaviest/lightest vegetable you have in your house? Do any vegetables weigh the same? Can you order them from lightest to heaviest?


Week beginning 27th April 2020 


Last week in maths you did some subtraction challenges at home. This week we would like you to continue to test your subtraction skills by completing the questions on the subtraction train! Follow the link ( and select the subtraction icon. You can then choose if you would like to complete subtraction within 10 or 20. We would recommend attempting subtraction within 10 to build confidence, followed by subtraction within 20 for the extra challenge! Please remember to send us an emailed update on how the children get on with these activities.

Top Tip: If your child is finding it hard with the abstract method, try giving them 20 objects to create the number sentences with so they can visually see the method. For example, give your child 20 marbles. If the calculation was 9-5 ask your child to line up 9 counters. They would then need to subtract 5 from the group and count the remaining!



Follow the link to play a game which will test your child’s phonics skills! They can press on the sound button to listen to the word, then must sort the sounds into the right order to create the word. This is a perfect challenge to see which digraphs (2 letters that make one sound) your child knows and which one they need some extra support with! Click the link to have a go:



Draw a trap to catch the Evil Pea/draw a getaway car for Supertato. We would like you to label your drawing and write a sentence about how to works underneath!

Can you write an alternative ending to Supertato? What will happen to the other vegetables? Did the Evil Pea get away?

Please email us a picture of their writing from the past 2 weeks!



The story Supertato is all about vegetables! This week we would like you to make a list of healthy and unhealthy foods. Can you think of anything else we do to keep healthy? Add them to your list as well!

Using your props that you made last week, can you retell the story of Supertato?


Week beginning 20th April 2020


In Maths we had started to learn about subtraction. Watch this Numberjacks clip to remind you about subtraction:

Click the link to play a maths game based on addition and subtraction skills: When you have pressed on the link, press the count on and back tab and choose a challenge to complete focusing on numbers to 20.



Follow the link to play a game of Picnic on Pluto. When the link loads, you need to press on phase 3, then choose a sound to practice or press revise all phase 3 for an extra challenge.



Write a summary of the story ‘Supertato’ / write a letter to the Evil Pea telling him to stop trying to get Supertato / create a wanted poster for the Evil Pea.



Listen to the story Supertato.

Can you build a trap to stop the evil pea with things you have in your house?

Can you make your own supertato using things you have at home?

Can you retell the story of supertato using some vegetables you have at home?

Useful Links



Follow the links to find some of the maths songs and games we play in school.


The Count to 20 rap:


The Big Number song:


Hit the button (remember to press on number bonds, make 10!):




Tricky word song:


Obb and Bob style activities (remember to focus on phases 3 and 4):


If you notice that your child is struggling with a particular sound, or blending sounds together, follow the link to watch the videos and have a go at blending some simple sounds together:




Start your day at 9am with a PE lesson with Joe Wicks:


Do a cosmic yoga:


(We’re going on a bear hunt)

(Alice in Wonderland)




Use your log in (in your home learning pack) to do some singing at home. We have assigned lessons for you to complete where you practice your listening and singing skills, as well as learning some new action songs! Click the link below to log in: