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NAIDOC Aboriginal Culture Festival


This week, we will be focusing on the Australian festival of NAIDOC, celebrating Aboriginal Art and will be focusing on the story of The Rainbow Serpent. You can download it here:

Here are some of the 'NAIDOC' activities we will be completing this week which you could try at home:

  • Find out some facts about Australia together and write them down or record yourself reading them on Tapestry and we can show your friends what you learnt
  • Paint some aboriginal art using paint and cotton buds (ideas below)
  • Have a go at copying the aboriginal symbols written below using your excellent pencil control skills (below)




In Phonics, we will be focusing on writing the following letters:

We will then be working together to practise the formations, write words and solve problems using these letters.

Below is a Phonics challenge sheets you can complete together.

Other games you could play with these letters include:


  • Writing the letters on your child's back with your finger for them to guess the letter.
  • Having the letters we have learnt to write so far on cards face down in the middle and play a game of pairs or snap.
  • Use all the letters we can now write, to write some words (s a t p i n m d g o c k e u r h)
  • Hunt for the letters in a newspaper, leaflets, post etc. Cut out the letters from newspaper headlines to practise your cutting skills. How many of each letter can you find? Can you make some words with them?


You can also access the Phonics Play website using these details:


Username: cookleyphonics

Password: Cookley2020


and access any of the Phase 2 games for revision of these sounds and skills. We have been particularly enjoying Rocket Rescue in class. 



We are also focusing on doing more reading and writing of our tricky words. Have a go at singing the song together and writing each word:


This week we will be focusing on the following Reception class Maths objectives:

  • Can describe their relative description such as 'behind' or 'next to'
  • Uses everyday language related to time
  • Beginning to use everyday language related to money
  • Orders and sequences familiar events



Play a game with your child where they cover their eyes and you hide a teddy in the room. Ask them to open their eyes and look for it without moving or touching it. They have to TELL you where it is, using a 'where word.' Encourage them to use a full sentence e.g. "Teddy is UNDER the table. Teddy is NEXT TO the fridge." 


The Language of Time



In class we will be ordering events and talking about the order in which we do things in the day and why. We will be using time language such as 'first, next, then, finally' etc. With your child this week discuss the order in which you do things e.g. making breakfast, getting ready for bed etc. Discuss why you do things in that order and why a different order would not work e.g. you cannot have a bath after getting into bed!


Below are some daily routine images you could use to discuss and involve this time language:

Please let us know what you get up to on Tapestry. We love to see!