Learning and Growing Together

Home Schooling WB 4.5.20


Week Beginning 4.5.2020

May the fourth be with you!


This week you have a selection of addition worksheets, games and puzzles to have a go at.

Find the ‘Number bonds to 5’ worksheets in the homework downloads. It is easy but we are trying to ‘train their brains’ to understand and learn these number facts.

These a focus on the number 5 this week.

You can complete some of the maths activities straight into your brown book, for some you would need to 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!


Activity 1

Capacity Challenge.

How many cupfulls of water does it take to fill the washing up bowl? Have each member of your household look at the cup and the bowl you are using and make an estimate. Write down the estimates. Now have a go at measuring. Make sure each cup is full to the top, they have to be the same to make it just right.

How many does it take? Write down the answer.

Whose estimate was the nearest?

Whose estimate was too many?

Whose estimate was not enough?

Would the number change if you were using sand?

Would the number change if you used a different bowl?

Would the number change if you used a different cup?

Activity 2

Play Number Ladders together. The game helps children understand the size of number and how to put numbers in size order.

Activity 3

How many triangles can you spot in the spaceman’s capsule? This is a tricky triangle puzzle. See if your little one can spot the different triangles before giving them a clue.


Counting Caterpillar

You can set the smallest number to 1 and the highest to 20 for the reception end of year target. You could change this number range to extend learning.



Count by 5 Space Song



Count by 5 Fitness Fiesta Song




This week the literacy work is based on the story The UFO Diary by Satoshi Kitamura:

A UFO is lost in space, until it spots a strange, blue planet. Zooming in for a closer look, the UFO discovers a curious creature watching it. The two quickly become friends and explore the earth and heavens together in one unforgettable afternoon.

There was no You Tube video so I’ve made one myself. Follow this link to see my video.

UFO Diary

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!

Have a go at writing the diary of the little boy. Write about what he saw, what he did and how he felt on that very special day.

Have a go at writing a simple diary for your week – maybe a sentence a day about what you do.

Parents please have a go at pretending to be the little boy in the story (hot seating). Children are to ask questions about what happened to him. Parents please answer in character. Can your child think of good questions relating to the story?

What do you think the alien looked like? Have a go at painting your idea.


See the daily PowerPoint presentations in the separate Homework sections. It appears that I added some of this week’s resources last week, sorry!


Consonant blends


Consonant blends


Consonant blends


Consonant blends


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


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

Space Topic – Light and Dark – Understanding the world – thinking scientifically.

Below are the ‘thinking scientifically’ lessons I would give in class regarding light, dark, reflection and the Earth, Sun and Moon. I would be trying to create a sense of wonder. I would get the children to notice the changes and do most of the talking, rather than simply telling them the dry scientific facts. Try to make it simple and have some fun!

What lights things up?

We are learning about different light sources.

Ask your child for existing knowledge of what makes light and gather some resources (lamps, torches, matches, candles, shiny materials and mirrors). Turn off lights and close the curtains to make as dark as possible. Light each light source in turn to observe and notice any differences. Observe light touching objects around the room. Then using the mirror and shiny objects observe light reflecting off surfaces and maybe reflecting onto walls and ceilings. Make it clear that shiny reflective surfaces are not a light source on their own. Vocabulary: light, bright, dim, electricity, battery, flame, fire, reflective, shiny.

Is the moon a light?

We are learning about the pale rock of the moon reflects the sun’s light, it is not a light source.

Reflection: Mirror and a torch to show how light reflects. Make patterns around the room.


Have a candle/torch a ball for the Earth and a small ball for the moon (if its white great! Otherwise wrap it in foil so that it reflects light!). Look at how the sun is in the centre and how the Earth orbits the sun while the moon orbits the Earth.

Back inside:

Close the curtains and turn off the lights. Demonstrate the cast of light from the sun on to the Earth, observe how one side of the ball is lit while the other side is in shadow. Discuss day and night. Finally see how the moon is lit and how bright it is – pale rock. Position the moon beyond the Earth, explain how it can be seen from the dark side of the planet.

What is the sun like?

We are learning that the sun is an enormous ball of burning gas, the largest object in the solar system by far. It is our greatest light source in our solar system.

Why do we have day and night?

We are learning that the sun is the reason for day light. Without the sun there would be darkness.

The part of the Earth facing the sun has day while the part of the Earth in shadow has night.

How do you make a shadow?


We are learning that there has to be a light source and something in front, blocking the light to make a shadow.

Listen to My Shadow – a poem by  Robert Louis Stephenson



And read by Billy Connolly with a Peter Pan Disney film clip:


Go outside and observe where the sun is. Stand with the sun behind and wave to your shadow.

Draw around the shadow in chalk.

Return at a different time of the day and observe the shadow. Any differences? Discuss how the shadow is shorter/longer.

Return inside and place a card cut out in front of a lamp. Look at the shadow it makes. Move the cut out nearer to and further away from the light and observe the changes to the size of the shadow.

Watch this video of a shadow play.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCmFWJjc4RA

Maybe make some shadow puppets of your own to tell a favourite story.


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