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How did you get on yesterday with the Joe Wick workout? Gosh he can jump high! Did any of you manage to hit your turbo buttons? We can do this, well done to all who joined in, a great family workout to start the morning and thank goodness for those little chatter breaks! We’ll be fit when we return to school and you’ll be well placed to run the daily mile when you start in Year One. 



Our sound of the day is ee (as in what can you see?). Using the green phonics folder, (hopefully you will all have received your folder by now, if not please let me know via the Tapestry app), practise the ee sound. The sound is made up of two letters but only makes one sound ee.

Then practise reading the ee words. Firstly encourage your child to identify the special friend in the word, (in this case ee), then Fred talk the word; s l ee p, then say the word in full; sleep. 

Children can then practise spelling the words, this can be done by listening to the word and wiggling your fingers. How many sounds can you hear in sleep? Four sounds, hold up four fingers, then pinch each finger as you say the sound. Children can then write the word. Remember the children are well trained in this so continue to let them lead the way.

Now flick back to ay, encourage your child to identify the sound without seeing the picture clue, and read some of the words. 

Continue to watch the Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on either Facebook or You Tube, currently they are only planned for a two week period. Set 2 sounds are streamed live at 10:00am and 1:00pm and are not available at other times. 


We will continue with our theme of doubling and will continue with the rap song we learnt yesterday to help us with this; doubles, doubles, I love doubles. 


We find a double by adding the same number again. When we look in the mirror our image is reflected so we see two of ourselves. We are going to have fun finding the double of different numbers by using a mirror to help us. 


You will need: a mirror and 20 small objects to count; cars, pasta pieces, hair bobbles etc.


Choose a number to double, then allow your child to accurately count out the amount of objects from the set. Let’s say four, place 4 objects down, then use the mirror to count how many objects there are altogether, thus doubling the amount. So double 4 is 8. Now let’s work out double 6 etc. Again, encourage your child to record the addition sentence to show what they have found out. 4+4=8, 6+6=12. 


Alternatively you might choose to have fun with paint.


You will need: paint, paintbrush, scissors and paper.


Fold a piece of paper in half and draw the outline of half of a butterfly for your child to cut out, open the paper to create the full butterfly. Then on one half allow your child to apply 4 wet splodges, fold the butterfly to create the print on the other side, open to discover 8 splodges of paint. So double 4 is 8. Record as 4+4=8. Repeat with different numbers. Perhaps put your work in the window for others to admire. 


Now it’s time to have some fun outdoors, remember to put on some sun cream to protect you from the sun. I tried this out on Sunday with my children and produced a piece of art based on the work of Andy Goldsworthy. He uses natural materials and often uses circles to record his outdoor art work. My youngest daughter then produced her own rainbow.

All of the materials we used were dead; fallen red leaves, fallen brown leaves, we de-headed some old flowers, snapped down some old stems and pinched some pines off the Christmas tree that is awaiting a journey to the skip! 

My art work

As your selecting your natural materials from around your garden discuss the colours, shapes, sizes, textures and sounds that the materials create. Discuss the similarities and differences between the materials you use. Voice your thinking so your child understands why they are placing materials in certain ways. Have fun and I look forward to seeing your finished pieces on Tapestry.