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Week 4


The children came into school and found a trail of footprints leading to the Gruffalo's cave! I wonder who they belong to?...





We will be looking at how to solve practical subtraction problems this week - the Gruffalo has left his cave in a bit of a mess! There are stones, twigs, conkers and leaves all over the floor! Children will count how many there are on the floor. They will then be asked to sweep some up - how many have we got left? 


Place some stones/twigs/conkers/leaves on the floor. Ask your child to count how many there are altogether. Then ask your child to sweep some up with a dustpan and brush. How many have they got left? 


 Encourage your child to think about how we could remember how many they started and ended up with. Model pictorial and/or number recording to your child and have them do the same. For example: 



See which numbers your child can work up to - 10, 15, 20? To challenge them further, see if your child can include the subtraction and equals symbol!


Say a Number Challenge


Call out a number between one and ten. On a whiteboard or a piece of paper, encourage your child to draw something that represents that number. It could be the numeral, dots, pictures, a shape e.g. a square to represent the number 4, etc. It is up to the child!







The Gruffalo's Child




This week the children are going to be reading the Gruffalo's Child and looking carefully at how good the description of the mouse is compared to the snake, owl and fox.


You can listen to the Gruffalo's Child story here as well as many other Julia Donaldson stories.


We will be taking a walk around the school grounds to find the story's characters! Please click on the links below for the characters to print and hide around your house. Can your child think of some interesting words to tell you more about the characters? Record the children's ideas and upload these onto Tapestry. 


Children will then be writing a character description for the fox, snake or owl. You and your child should think of some descriptive language for the character they choose:


 Where do they live? How do they look? How do they sound?


Please click on the links below for writing sheets and prompts. Depending on your child's current level of ability, there is a blank and 'fill in' version of  the writing sheet.



Phonic Activities:

This week in Phonics we will be learning the digraphs 'oo', 'ar' and 'or'. Have a look at the clips below to help you learn all about these new sounds.


Don't forget to click on the PowerPoint below to practise all your sounds taught so far.

Recognising Sounds:

To help you with recognising your sounds maybe you would like to have a try at completing the activity below.

Use a left over egg box and write the sounds that your child is practising in the gaps. Add a 1p coin to the box and close the lid. Ask your child to shake the box. Maybe they could shake it whilst dancing to their favourite song! Open the lid and ask your child to read the sound that it has landed on. If they say the sound correctly then they win the 1p coin. If they don't then they can shake the box and try again. Keep going until they have won 10p. The children can then use their coins to exchange for a snack or a prize you have agreed on.

If you don't want to use coins then you could always use tokens, buttons ect

Initial sounds Activity:

If your child is practising hearing and recognising initial sounds in words then please see the activity below.

Work together to draw a camera and carefully cut it out. Make sure the camera screen is cut out so your child can see through it. Write down different sounds on pieces of paper and cut them out also. Spread the sounds out and turn them over so the sounds cannot be seen. Ask your child to pick one piece of paper revealing their sound for them to stick onto the camera. There job is to now go round the house and 'take pictures' of different things they see that start with that initial sound. To make this game more interesting you could always do this outside when on a walk. Explore the different sounds and see how many pictures you could take for each!

VC/CVC words Activity:

If your child is practising stretching their words to hear more sounds in order to create VC or CVC words then please look at the activity below.

You will need some space for this activity.

Using masking tape or cut out strips of paper create a grid or track lines like the picture above. Write on different pieces of paper various sounds. One sound to each piece of paper and spread them out across the bottom of the grid/track lines. Ask your child to collect some of their favourite toys for them to race and put them in the first box above the sounds/beginning of the track. 

Your child's task is to listen carefully to words that you will say one at a time (You could also write these words on paper for them to read instead) and to break that word into the individual sounds they can hear. eg. "cat would be c-a-t" For each letter they say they can move the toy that is above that letter. eg. If my dinosaur was above 'c' i would move that one up one first, followed by my doll above the sound 'a' next and lastly my teddy above sound 't'.  Continue to do this for various words.

The first toy to get the finish line wins! Is it the toy you thought it would be?

Remember to read and practise your words at least 3 times a week. Click on the link to see some fun ways to practise your words at home.


Gruffalo Dance 

Part 2


Click on the link below and listen carefully to the instructions to create a dance linked to our story of the week The Gruffalo.



This week we will be exploring shadows and learn how they are made. Talk about the shadow that the mouse makes in the Gruffalo's Child, and how it is so much bigger than the mouse actually is. Then talk about how shadows are made - that for a shadow to be formed an object must block light. The object needs to be solid and not transparent (see-through), otherwise the light will pass through. 



Then make a shadow puppet of the 'Big Bad Mouse' with your child. Discuss ways of making a shadow e.g. using a torch to make a shadow on the wall. Click on the link below to make your shadow puppet: 


Please click on the link below so your child can play and explore the 'deep dark wood' from The Gruffalo! Show your child how to navigate the website and how to use the mouse to click and drag items. 

School Illustration