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Home Schooling WB 18.5.20

Week Beginning 18.5.2020

This week’s theme is The Jungle.



We are going to have number 14 as our number of the week.

This week I am trying to save on paper a little. Let me know if you prefer this or whether it is easier to have paper based activities next week.

We are going to be doing some quick counting by counting groups of pennies in 2s, 5s, and 10s.We are going to do some sharing. We are going to do some halving of quantities and halving of objects. 

All the activities can be done anytime during the week and dipped into. There is no need to spend a long time on any one of these. I’m hoping the money activities and the halving activities can be spread out through the week to fit in with everyday life.

Activity 1

100 Square

To start untick the box that says ‘zero start’. Now the hundred square should start at 1 and 10 should be at the end of the first line.

Children are to choose a colour and colour all the counting in 2s numbers.

On another day.

Children chose a colour and colour all the counting by 5s numbers.

Finally on another day return to the hundred square and colour all the counting by 10s numbers.


Activity 2

Clever Counting

Find a group of 30, 50 or 100 x 1p coins (choose the number to meet your child’s ability in number. The number has to be divisible by 2, 5, and 10) Hopefully you got the text and were able to gather the coins over the weekend. If not use any counter like objects you have for the first activity.


Place the 30, 50 or 100 coins in a heap. Ask your child to count them for you. Practice good counting strategies:

  • 1:1 touch and say
  • Move the objects to another place as they count or line them up in an organized way and count in a systematic way

Next parents are to just start moving two at a time and counting carefully in twos with no explanation. When you’ve finished ask them to explain what you did. Ask them if it was faster to do it that way. Get them to have a go – support them if necessary and use the whisper say strategy if necessary.

Ask the children if they know any other ways of cleverly counting so that it’s even quicker? Have a go at counting the objects in 5s and in 10s.

If you did use 1p coins for the above then a worthwhile follow on activity  to extend the learning could be:

Children are to exchange 2 x 1ps for 2p coins. Then count, pointing to each 2p coin and counting in 2s. 

Then bring the 1ps back and exchange 5 x 1ps for 5p coins and then count them by counting in 5s.

Finally bring back the 1ps and exchange 10x 1ps for 10ps and recount the amount by counting in 10s. See that clever counting makes counting lots of things quicker.

For the most able children, have a pile of 10ps and 2ps or 10ps and 5ps and ask them to count how much is there altogether. Can they find clever ways to count them? How do they do it? Do they group or see all coins in 10s?

Activity 3

The Gingerbread Man Problem


Gingerbread Man Running The Gingerbread Man EBook KS1 Illustration

The Gingerbread Man is being chased by lots of different people and animals.


The people have 2 legs each.

The cats have 4 legs each.

The insects have 6 legs each.

The spiders have 8 legs each.

What could be chasing the Gingerbread Man if there are 12 legs in total?

Think of some different combinations of people and animals that could be chasing the Gingerbread Man.

Activity 4

Sharing out objects.

‘There were 4 toys all at toy school and it was time for their snack. There were 16 grapes (or strawberries, blueberries, sweets or whatever you have.)  They all had to have the same amount so that it was fair and no toy got fed up. Make a good guess how many each of them got. Now think about how you are to give each toy their snack, making sure they all get the same number.

Parents, during this activity notice opportunities to count the snacks in 2s or to see doubles of 2, 4, and 8.

Activity 5

This week simply find things to halve and explain that when something is halved it is split into two pieces or two amounts that are exactly the same. Halve an apple together - trying very hard to make each half the same size as the other. Other ideas of things to halve during the week: Halve a small bag of sweets, halve a pizza, halve a few raisins, halve a cake etc.







This week the literacy work is based on the story Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae. If you do not have the book, listen to the story by following this link:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBi2tsD2iUQ

You can complete the literacy activities straight into your brown book, you could print off the sheets from the download or you could request a copy of the sheets and pick them up from school. Any of these options is fine!

Write an information sentence about 3 of your favourite animals in the book.  Try to teach someone a fact about your chosen animal in each of your sentences.

Rumble in the Jungle word searches. The first has much harder words than the second. Give your child the version that meets their needs.

1. Put buttons under the jungle words.

2. Read the jungle words.

3. Find the jungle words in the word search.

Look at the Animal Rhythms sheets in the down load and finish the poems choosing the right rhyming words.

Choose an animal and tell your child all about it without saying its name. Can they guess what animal you are talking about?

Swap over and let your child have a go.


So now that the units for phase 4 are complete we are going to revisit the digraphs and trigraphs whilst continuing to learn our tricky words. Please use the flash cards.


Revisit qu using the flash card. Have a go at sounding out the words on the roll the dice game. Complete the qu spelling sheet.


Revisit sh using the flash card. Complete the sh Sign Post sheet.


Revisit ch using the flash card. Complete the Help the Farmer ch activity sheet.


Revisit th using the flash card. Complete the Moth Match sheet by roughly cutting around the pictures and matching to the right word on the moth.


Revisit the phase 3 tricky words: he she we me be you are her was all they my, please use the flash cards.

Read the Tricky Word Spotter Story, Rob the Robot meets Roz. Underline every tricky word you can find.


See Active Learn website and read 2 more books from the stage you are on.

Jungle Topic:  These are possible activities you might like to do with your child.

Activity 1


Have a look at the Jungle Facts PowerPoint to learn a little more about the worlds amazing forests. Talk about and answer the questions on the last page. If you have a globe or a world atlas you could have a look at where the big jungles and rainforests are, always relating it where we are in the world.

Activity 2

Play the Through the Binoculars Jungle Game (interactive PowerPoint).

Activity 3

Move around a space in the garden, yard or the largest room like the animals in the jungle. How could you move like an elephant? Are they slow or fast? What shape are they? Can you make that shape with your body? How might a chimpanzee, a gorilla, a crocodile, a frog or a giraffe (I know!) move differently? Try to make strong body shapes and move your body with control.

Activity 4


Look at the paintings by Henri Rousseau (see the images on the PowerPoint in the download.)

 Paint your own jungle picture. Or if you are feeling very creative and you have the resources why not try to make a jungle in a shoe box!

       experimento como hacer un ecosistema animals rainforest small world river basin sensory

Activity 5

Make a junk jungle animal. You could use corks, toilet rolls, egg boxes, bottles, cereal box card. Anything you can find in the recycling!

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