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Home Schooling WB 27.4.20

Hi everyone,

Another week has past and you all worked very hard last week. I just wanted to give you a few pointers on this week’s work and home schooling going forward. Please do not worry about the work I have given, if you do it all –amazing! But most parents will not be able to do this for various reasons. You might be working from home, you might have several children all with different work set, you may not have a printer, plus many other valid reasons. The plans I give you are meant to be the most anyone could possibly do with their child and they are meant for you to pick over and use as you see fit.  Some people will want a home schooling structure to the day whereas many families are more likely to dip in and out to fit in with life at the moment. Every bit of what you manage to do is always of benefit to your child and should result in a positive experience. It would be brilliant to see everyone on the feeds in the homework section and we will always try to comment on each post within a day. We love seeing what you’ve been up to and I think the other children like to see you too. From this week please can you upload your photos to the current week’s homework section, regardless of what work you are doing so that Mrs Duxbury and I know where to look and we don’t miss any out.

I hope this is a good week for you all and you are staying safe and well. Life is challenging, that’s for sure, but I would like to make home schooling as straightforward as possible for you all. Email me with any comments or questions, and as always, I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Best wishes to you all,

Miss McNulty J

Week Beginning 27.4.2020


I’ve made it simpler this week – phew! I hear you say! Let’s keep all of this week’s work on the Space theme, I think the children will like it.

Counting to 20

Continue practising counting forwards and back to and from 20 the Balloon Popping PowerPoint might make it a little more fun and will help with number recognition at the same time.


Every time you go upstairs count forward. Every time you come down stairs count back from whatever number of stairs you have landing at the bottom on to zero.

Activity 1

Have a look at the Space Themed Activity Booklet, there are lots of math’s activities in there to do with your child. This booklet needs printing out. You do not need to do these sheets it is always optional and copies can be requested and picked up from the school office if you would like.

Activity 2

Moon Crater Measuring!

Put some flour into a tray or washing up bowl. Imagine it’s the moon’s surface! Find some pebbles or balls of different sizes to be meteors. Drop them one by one onto the tray. Use Lego pieces to measure how big each crater is (or something small that is a regular size to use as measuring units). You could also use a ruler to measure.

Does it make a difference to the size if you drop it from higher? Does the size of the pebble /ball change the size of the crater?

You could us this flour to make the salt dough needed to make Beegu. See below in the ‘Topic’ part of this plan.  Waste not Want not!


Duck shooting game. It involves either counting in twos or tens, it’s up to you what you select. It also involves counting on from a given number. This should be quite challenging to most children. Older children in the family will love this one too!




Counting by 2s with a space rocket theme.





All this week’s literacy activities are based on the story Beegu by Alexis Deacon . Here is a reading of it on Youtube:



And here is an animated reading of the story with a few sound effects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=no5Sf0MfMZw


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


Firstly discuss how Beegu is feeling at different times through the story. Children are to have a go at sounding out and writing these words around the picture of Beegu.

Have a go at writing speech bubbles for what each character says.

  • What would Beegu’s Mummy say to her when they found her?
  • What would the children have said to Beegu on the playground?
  • What would the man have said when he took her out of the box of puppies?
  • Sequence the pictures of the story and stick them into your book. (if you do not print them off Children are to try telling the story in the right order.)
  • Children could have a go at the ‘Speak Like and Expert’ challenge as an extended speaking activity for those more articulate children! (see downloads)


See the daily PowerPoint presentations in the separate Homework sections. There are resources in there too if you want them.


Initial consonant blends mp nd nk nt sk


Initial consonant blends lp lf lt lk lm ld lb


Initial consonant blends st ct ft pt xt


Initial consonant blends revisit above blends


Applying the consonant blends learnt this week in a shared write.

There are also 2 appropriately levelled stories to read in the download.


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

Space Topic – Beegu

How can you make a model of Beegu?

 Make salt dough

You will need:

2 cups of plain flour

1 cup of salt

1 cup of water (you may need less)


1. Mix 2 cups of plain flour and 1 cup of salt together in a large bowl. 

2. Add 1 cup of water.  Add it in slowly as you may need less. 

3. Knead the mixture into a dough. 

4. Get creating! 

Mould the dough into the shape of Beegu. What features make Beegu special? Make a model of Beegu, bake it at a low temperature to dry it out and then paint it.


Make some Moon Rock Cakes!


Have a go at making some Moon Rock Cakes. At school we add black food colouring to make them a little more rock colour – they always come out a little grey, and some say that’s quite disgusting!

Here’s one of the many recipes out there!



What is the Solar System?


Find out about The Sun and the planets that make up the solar system.

We are learning that the planets are all very different from each other and that they orbit around our star – The Sun.

Here is a Year 6 BBC Bite Size set of short videos that I think are good for the little ones to see and learn from. The final video is Brian Cox talking about how the Moon was formed. Its brilliant and even if it’s a little tricky for most 5 year olds its very interesting for at mums and dads!



Join in with these favourite songs about each of the planets in the solar system in order. They are both great!




Colour and read the Planets document found in the down loads.


Cut and stick the planets in order. See Order of the Planets document in the down loads.


What was it like when men first landed on the moon?


Find out about remarkable times in the past.


If you have a member of the family who can remember the first moon landings children could ask them about what it was like to watch and listen to the TV and radio programs at the time.

In class my dad would normally come in and tell them about what he remembers about this exciting time in history and how people were fearful about what might happen on this extraordinary mission.

Discuss how we are living in another extraordinary time. Discuss what it feels like now. What have they seen on the TV about it. Talk about what is different and what has stayed the same.




Tall and short letters.

This week practise making:

a small and d tall

i small and l tall

n small and h tall

practise good formation.


a   d   i   l   n   h 



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