A very warm welcome to any new children and families visiting our web page. 

Please find below the power point presentation shared during the Reception induction meeting on 30.06.20 for children due to start reception in September. If you were unable to attend the meeting and have any questions, please email rec@meadow-view.walsall.sch.uk where staff will be happy to help you.   

Below is a video tour of the Reception environment for children due to join us in September. 

Please take a virtual tour of Reception (For children returning to school during summer term 2) 

Where in the World is Barnaby Bear?

This will be our first topic in Year 1 and we will be discovering the many interesting places that Barnaby Bear has travelled to.

This Summer break will be a time for staying close to home for many of you, but if you are travelling to a destination either in this country or abroad then you may want to send us a postcard to let us know about your travels.

The address to send your postcard to is below:

Class 1RA/1C

Meadow View JMI School

Great Barr


B43 7UJ 


Here, you will be able to find out more about the amazing things we are learning about in Reception.

Query form (reception) during enforced closure

Please complete this form with your learning query. Please include your child's name and a return email address.

Meet the Team:

Mrs. V. Bailey
Teacher (Giraffes)

Miss. S. Jones
Teacher (Tigers)

Mrs. L. Warner
Learning Support Assistant

Mrs. D. Thomason
Learning Support Assistant

New Story Time Videos! 

Enjoy some new stories with your teachers. 

Forming Upper Case Letters  

Have a go at  forming your upper case letters below. There's a matching game for you to play too. 

Click here to listen to a song about upper case and lower case letters.
Click here to have some fun acting out the letters of the alphabet. 

Returning to School in a Bubble

Below is a story book all about returning to school following lock down. This might be useful to read through with your child if they are joining us again in the next few weeks.

Look out for your amazing work

Daily English lessons and resources

Week Beginning 13th July 

Hello everyone! As it is our last week of home learning, we are going to do some lovely activities about transitioning into your new class. We are going to start by reading a story about a pirate who starts his first day with his new class. Throughout the week we will be writing about ourselves and any worries or wishes that we have for year 1.

Use the powerpoint below to read the story about Jake's first day at school. Once you have read the story. Have a go at answering the questions below. 

 Tuesday 14th July

Ahoy there pirates! Time to write about yourself for your new teacher. Let them know how awesome you are! Fill out the template below as best as you can!

Wednesday 15th July

Today you are going to think about some of the things that you enjoy and what you would like to see or do in your new class.  Think about the things that you have enjoyed in Reception, this might help you think of something that you wish for in  your next class. Have a go at filling out the template below. 

Week Beginning 6th July 

This week we are going to be focusing on a pirate story. It is called ‘Captain Beastlie’s Pirate Party’ by Lucy Coats. Click here to watch the story.

Monday 6th July

Have a go at answering the questions verbally about the story. Use the video to help you if you get stuck on a question:

  1. What kind of pirate was Captain Beastlie?
  2. Can you describe Captain Beastlie's ship?
  3. What happened when Captain Beastlie climbed up the mast?
  4. Why was Captain Beastlie feeling so cold?
  5. What did Captain Beastlie eat for breakfast on Thursday?
  6. What did Captain Beastlie do on Friday?
  7. Why was Captain Beastlie's crew sneaking around the cabin?
  8. What was Captain Beastlie's big surprise?

Tuesday 7th July

This week, we are going to pretend to be pirates! We can plan our very own pirate party that we can have when we all meet again in September. Have a think about what kind of pirate you would like to be.
What would you look like? Think about things that you would wear. You might wear a pirate hat and some boots. You might even carry a telescope or have a hook as an arm! On the template below, draw you as a pirate. 

Underneath your picture. Think about what you would do as a pirate. Would you be scrubbing the decks? Hunting for treasure? Walking the plank? Or would you be in charge of sailing the ship across the seven seas? Would you sing songs all day long or tell spooky stories to other sailors?

Go through the power point below to learn more about pirates and create your own pirate name.

We can’t wait to see you as pirates! YO-HO Me Hearties!

Use the PDF below if you can't access the power point.

Wednesday 8th July

AHOY there pirates. Today we are going to plan our pirate party. Have a think about all the things that you need for a party.

  • Where could we have the party? (e.g. in the classroom)
  • What games would you like to play? (e.g. musical statues) 
  • What else would you like to have at the party? (e.g. music and decorations)

Have a go at filling out the party plan. You can write keywords in each box. Remember to use your sounds to help you to write.

Thursday 9th July

SHIVER ME TIMBERS! We nearly forgot about party food. Even though we have our lunch at school, we can pretend to have party food and treats! Have a think about what you would like on your party plate. Have a go at drawing items on the plate and labelling them.

Friday 10th July

ARRRRGHH Me Hearties! We have nearly completed our pirate party planning. Just one last thing to do. Today we are going to write an invitation using the template below. I think it would be an amazing pirate party if Captain Mrs Adair came to it! I know she has missed you all so much and I know that this is something she would enjoy too.

There are some important things you need to include in the invitation,  such as:

  • Who the invitation is for
  • Where the party is going to be and when
  • What the party will be like (try to be persuasive) 
  • Last of all, sign off with your name

For example 

To Mrs Adair, 

We would like to invite you to our pirate party. It will be in our classroom on Friday.  We will dance to pirate music and play lots of fun games. We really hope you can make it. 


Miss Jones

Week Beginning 29th June

This week we will be looking closely at the seaside. We will be watching videos about the seaside and using our senses to write a persuasive piece of writing,

Monday 29th June

Today we are going to think about what we would want to take to the seaside. Using the template below or in your book have a go at writing a list of things you would like to take to the seaside. Think about things you would need and why you would need them (e.g. sun cream, hat etc.) Then think about luxury items, what else would you like to take? After writing your list, you could pretend you’re off to the seaside and tick off your checklist. Click here to listen to a song about the seaside. 

Tuesday 30th June

Click here to watch a video about a trip to the seaside. Have a look at the picture of the seaside below and have a go at labelling the things that you see. If there is anything that you are unsure about, research all about them. What can you find out about a lighthouse or a rock pool?

 Wednesday 1st July 

Click here to watch a video about the seaside. Look closely and think about what you can see. Listen carefully, what can you hear? Imagine that you were there, what would you be able to feel/touch or even smell?  Have a little go at filling out the senses template below. Write words in each box. Have a little look at the power point below and watch more videos of the seaside to help you think of more things to write on your senses sheet. 

Thursday 2nd July/ Friday 3rd July

Over the next few days, we are going to do some persuasive writing. We are going to complete our own brochure about visiting the seaside. Look back at all your work from this week and think about things you might see at the seaside. What things can you do there?  Can you try to persuade people go there? Use the brochure template below to write about visiting the seaside. You can draw pictures of the things that you might see there too. Have a go at writing a sentence under each heading. Remember your capital letters and full stops. 

Week Beginning

Monday 22nd June

This week we are going to be focusing on the story ‘Billy’s Bucket' to watch the story click here. 
Today we are going to focus on the story and answer the following comprehension questions

  1. What did Billy want for his birthday?
  2. Where did Billy get his bucket from? 
  3. What did Billy fill his bucket with?
  4. Can you name 4 things that Billy found inside his bucket?
  5. Do you think Billy’s Mum and Dad believed him? How do you know?
  6. Why did Billy’s Dad want to borrow the bucket?
  7. What happened when Billy’s Dad borrowed the bucket?
  8. What was your favourite part of the story?

Tuesday 23rd June

Today we are going to pretend that we have our own special bucket. Think of some of the things that you would like to see when you look inside your special bucket. Using the template below, draw 6  sea creatures that you would like to discover!

Wednesday 24th June

Today we are going to start planning our own poem. This type of poem doesn’t need to rhyme but we are going to focus on describing each sea creature or item that you have decided you want to have inside your bucket. Using the template below you're going to write a word to describe the sea creature on the left and then write the noun (the sea creature) on the right . You could even try alliteration where the adjective starts with the same letter as the noun (e.g. jolly jellyfish or silly seahorse). You can be as funny and silly as you want with it!

Thursday 25th June/ Friday 26th June

We are going to have a go at putting our poem together over the next few days using the under water  template below. 

To start off our poem we are going to write:

‘In my bucket I can see…’

Then we will start to write our sea creatures underneath with the adjective to describe them. Have a look at Miss Jones' example below.
Remember to use capital letters and to start a new line each time you write a new sea creature.  Take your time and do your neatest handwriting. When you have finished, you could present your poem and send them to us on Tapestry. 

Week Beginning:

Monday 15th June

This week we are going to explore a sea creature of our choice. Choose one sea creature from the list below and do some research using the links provided. Discuss the facts. What is the most interesting fact that you have found out about your chosen sea creature? If you want to, you could create a mind map and an adult can note down the facts that you find out. You could even call up someone you know to tell them what you have found out about it! See if you can find out about their diet, their habitat (where they live) and some other fun facts!





Tuesday 16th June

Now that you have chosen your sea creature, we are going to find out even more about them. Are there different types of that sea creature or are they all the same? Today we are going to make a collage or an under the sea landscape with all of the different types of the sea creature that you have chosen. Research the different species of shark, whale, octopus or seahorse. Cut them out and stick them onto the under the sea template below to make a collage. If you can’t use images online then you could have a go at drawing 3 different types of the sea creature on your own under the sea background. You could even paint it after! Can you name any of the species you found?  Remember you are only choosing one creature. 

Wednesday 17th June

Today we are going to find out even more about the sea creature  that we have chosen by researching  the different parts of their body and what each body part is used for. You can either draw the creature and label the parts or use the templates below.

Thursday 18th June

Today we are going to look at adjectives to describe the sea creature you have chosen. Go through the list of adjectives on the template below. If there are any that you are unsure about discuss the meaning of it with an adult. You might use another word alongside it to help them understand (e.g. huge means really big). If it relates to your sea creature put a circle around it, if  the adjective does not relate to your sea creature then cross the word out.

Friday 19th June

Now that we have found out so much more about our sea creature, it’s time to put it all together! We are going to have a go at writing an information text. Use the template below to write a fact file about your chosen sea creature. You might need to go back to your notes to help you remember all of your facts.

Week Beginning - 08.06.20

Monday 8th June

Recap on the story of Rainbow Fish. This week we are going to create our own rainbow animal story. Have a think about what animal is going to be in your story and what they are going to be like. It could be a unicorn, lion, whale, giraffe etc. Using the template below, design your rainbow animal and write the name above the picture. Then begin to write words to describe the character that you have chosen. Remember what the animal is going to be like at the start and then how it changes after having some advice from another animal.

Tuesday 9th June

Today we are going to plan our story using the story map diagram below. The elements of the story we are changing are the animals but everything else can remain the same. Have a go at filling out the plan below by drawing what happens in each box and verbally explaining what happens in each part of the story. This is something you could video and send to us on Tapestry.

Wednesday 10th June

Over the next few days we are going to be writing our story, you can use the template below or you can create your own. We are going to begin with the first part of the story and focus on the first 2 boxes.  This is where  we will be introducing the characters and describing them. Have a look at Miss Jones' model below. 

Thursday 11th June

Today we are going to focus on the next part of the story which is the next 2 boxes. This is where we will be writing about the problem in the story. Remember to use your story plan to refer to. See Miss Jones' model below. 

Friday 12th June

Now we are going to write the end of the story. We will be focusing on how the problem is resolved and what happens at the end. For this you might need 2 more boxes so feel free to use another sheet. Have a little look at Miss Jones' below for some ideas. We can't wait to see your Rainbow stories! 

Daily Maths lessons and resources

Week Beginning 13th July 

For our final week of maths home learning, we are going to go over some basic skills linked to shape, space and measures. Each day we will take a skill that is important for the children to have gained ready for Y1.

Monday 13th July

Today’s Skill – Naming 2D shapes

There is no set requirement for the exact shapes that children should know at this stage but the following list is a good place to start:

Circle, square, rectangle, triangle

If they know these, you might try introducing:

Semi-circle, oval, pentagon, hexagon, octagon

How to practise 

Look at the activity sheet below for great ideas for how you might practise 2D shapes at home. Pick 1 or 2 to complete. Remember, you can always come back to some of the other ideas during the summer holidays!

You could also have a go at this simple online game.

Tuesday 14th July  

Today’s Skill – Naming 3D shapes

Again, there is no set requirement for which shapes children need to know by the end of Reception but the following are good ones to start with :

Cube, cylinder, sphere, cuboid, cone

If they know these, you might like to introduce:

Triangular prism and square-based pyramid

How to practise

Look at the following activity sheet for ideas about how you might practise this skill.

You could also try this online game which reveals a small section of a shape for you to try and guess what it is. You will need to slide the button over to 3D shapes. Click on the eye to reveal the answer.

Wednesday 15th July

Today’s Skill – Comparing length

How to practise this skill

Look at the activity sheet below for lots of ideas on how you might practise this skill. Pick one or two to complete today.

You may also like to try this printable activity for ordering length. Pick a set of pictures and ask your child to cut and stick them in order from smallest to biggest.  They could have a go at measuring some of them with a ruler if they are already confident with ordering. 

Thursday 16th July

Today’s skill – Measuring time in simple ways

There is no requirement for children to tell the time in Reception but they should be able to use language linked to time and be able to measure time in simple ways such as using a sand timer. We did look at how to tell the time with o’clock times at school for children who were ready.

How to practise

Look at the activity ideas sheet below for lots of ideas on how you might practise this skill. Pick one or two to complete today.

You may also like to explore a clock face using this interactive teaching clock resource. You could talk about which numbers are on a clock and why, the hands on a clock and what they do and what o’clock times look like.

Week Beginning  6th July 

This week in maths we are going to have a maths skills recap week. There are lots of important skills that we have learnt during Reception that we will be vital for the children as they enter Y1. So each day we will take a skill and complete some activities and games to recap on each one.

Monday 6th July

Today's skill – Saying 1 more or 1 less than a number up to 20.

How to practise

 Try playing a simple game where you say a number and they say the next one (one more) or the previous one (one less). If they are not able to do this mentally, try using a number line for them to refer to. Remind them that it is just counting forwards one or backwards one.

Then have a go at this game. Select 1-20 from the left hand column in the one more or one less section 

Tuesday 7th July

Today's Skill - Adding 2 small numbers together

Children need to be able to add two single digit numbers together using either a mental strategy such as counting on in their head or by using practical equipment (such as counters) to find the total. Some children may be able to work with 2 digit numbers if they are more confident.

How to practise

Try completing these questions and find out which methods your child is able to do. 

5 + 2 =

4 + 3 = 

7 + 1 = 

9 + 5 = 

8 + 3 = 

6 + 6 = 

9 + 3 = 

3 + 3 = 

Feel free to try some more difficult questions if you feel your child is able to do them. 

You could also try this online robot game. Select the level you feel most suits your child. 

Wednesday 8th July

Today's Skill- Subtracting one small number from another.

How to practise 

For this skill, children need to be able to either mentally subtract a number from another by counting back or work out simple subtractions using objects such as counters. Have a go at completing this set of questions to practise.

9 - 2 = 

6 - 3 = 

8 - 1 = 

7 - 0 =

10 - 4 = 

6 - 5 = 

4 - 4 = 

9 - 6 = 

Once again, these questions are just examples so feel free to try some of your own if you like. 

Here is a simple online game to try if you want further practise.  

Thursday 9th July

Today's Skill- Ordering numbers to 20

Children will need to be able to recognise and order the numbers 0-20. This can include having all the numbers to order or just having a selection.

How to practise

Try giving your child all the numbers 0-20 (you could make you own numbers cards) and see if they can order them all. Now try giving them just a few from the selection. Can they order them from smallest to biggest? You could try biggest to smallest if they are confident at this skill. 

Afterwards, they could try this ordering game.

Select the ordering button and then ‘forwards’ ‘1-20’.

Friday 10th July  

Today's Skill- Counting up to 20 objects accurately

How to practise 

Collect a set of 20 objects from around the house such as 1p coins, counters, or small toys. There are 2 different skills we are going to cover today.

Skill 1 – Start with the objects all in a pile and ask your child to count out a certain amount. For example, ask them to count out 11 from the pile. Repeat this for lots of different amounts

Skill 2 – Give your child a set of objects to count. For example, give them 13 objects in a pile and ask them to count them. Check if they move the objects as they count them (this can help) or if they line them up (another good strategy). If they try to count them still in the pile and go wrong, you can model how to do these things to help them. Also check if they can write the amount down at the end of counting. Knowing how to write the numbers 0-20 will really help them in Y1. 

Week Beginning 29th June 

This week in maths, we are going to be focusing on number pairs that make 10. Knowing number facts such as these can help children improve their mental maths skills.

Monday 29th June  

Today we are going to be investigating which pairs of numbers can make 10. Print out the 2 fish tanks and 10 fish below (or draw your own). Ask your child to place the fish into the tanks in any way they like. Discuss what they did such as “There are 9 fish in this tank and 1 fish in this tank which makes 10 altogether”. Model how to write this as a number sentence 9 + 1 = 10. Now ask your child to find as many ways as they can to put the fish in the fish tanks (There are ways 11 altogether if you include the reverse of each one 6+4 and 4+6). Write each one you find as a number sentence. Can they find them all?

Tuesday 30th June

You can start today with a little song by clicking here

Then we are going to see how the numbers pairs to 10 look on a tens frame. Complete the sheet below looking are how many of each sea creature are used to fill the grid. Complete the number sentences under each one. 

Wednesday 1st July

Today we are going to play 'pick a pair'. You can print and use the number cards below if you want or you can make your own. If printing, you will only need to print the cards 0-10 and not 11-20 for this game. You could make 2 sets to make the game last longer. 

Place all the cards face down on a surface. Take it in turns to pick 2. If they are a pair to 10 you can keep them. If not, put them back. Who can get the most cards by the end? 

Thursday 2nd July

Today we are going to play another game together. Collect 10 items from around the house (such as 10 counters or 10 small figures) and a small blanket or towel. Put all 10 items on a tray or table and cover them up. Now remove some of the items whilst your child covers their eyes. Reveal the items that are left and ask your child to work out how many you have taken. If they get it right, they get a point. Take it in turns repeating this process to practise the number pairs which make 10. Who can get the most points?

Friday 3rd July

Hopefully you are all getting really confident now with your pairs to 10.

Play this warm up game to practise -Take a ball and throw it to your child. Shout a number from 0-10 as you throw it. They have to catch it, throw it back and shout the number which makes a pair to 10. E.g. If you shout 7, they need to shout 3 back. How fast can they throw it back?

After a the game,  complete the activity sheet below.

Week Beginning

Monday 22nd June

 This week in maths we are going to be counting in 10s. In Reception, children need to be able to count in 10s to 100 and to use this skill to help them solve simple problems . 

Click here to watch a video to help us learn to count in 10s. Keep practising until your child is able to say the numbers in order confidently. 

Then complete the sheet below ordering the multiples of 10. If you can't print, you can make you own number cards and order them. 

Tuesday 23rd June 

You could start today by playing an interactive game by clicking here. This will test your counting in 10s skills. 

Now we are going to play a card game. Print out the multiple of 10s cards below (or make your own  set). Place the cards facing down on the table. Take it in turns to pick a card and read it. Then start counting from that number in 10s until you reach 100. 

E.g. If you pick up a 60 you will need to say 60, 70, 80, 90, 100. If you can do it, you keep the card. 

If you get a 100 card you will need to count backwards! 

If you get a cross card, you lose all your cards! 

Keep taking it in turns to pick a card. Who has the most at the end? 

Below is also a number line which counts in 10s. If you fell that your child isn't confident yet in this skill, they can use the number line to support them. 

Wednesday 24th June 

At school, we often use a  resource called 'Numicon' in maths. The children are very familar with this resource and will recognise the shape for each number including the 10 which we will be using today. 

The following presentation shows how multiples of 10 would look using Numicon.  Have a look through each slide and practise counting the amounts in 10s. 

Then try to following worksheet finding the totals by counting in 10s. 

Thursday 25th June 

Click here to start today with a fun online maths game. 

You will need to click on the 'First try 10' button to make the game focus on counting in 10s. 

Next we are going to complete the sheet below using our counting in 10s skills to work out if the sentences are true or false. If you can't print, you can view the sheet online and verbally discuss the answers.  

Friday 26th June 

Today you will need ten 10p coins. You can use real ones if you have them or make your own. 

Below is a sheet showing some items in a shop whose prices are all multiples of 10p. Use your 10p coins to pay for each item. How many 10p coins will you need for each? Your child may start to notice the pattern of needing 2 for 20p, 3 for 30p, 4 for 40p and so on. Discuss this pattern after the first few questions and use it to work out the remaining answers. For the £1 jigsaw, you will need to introduce the fact that £1 is the same as 100p if you have not covered this yet. 

There is also an interactive game you can play by clicking here. This game practises the same concept. You will need to select the button to pay only with 10p coins which is an option in the stationary, toys and food games. 

Week Beginning:

Monday 15th June 

This week will we be continuing our work on  money. Last week we focused on getting the children familiar with the coins and hopefully they are now able to recognise them and their values. We will now move onto adding amounts of money together.

Click here to watch a short video about paying for items with different coins

Again it would be useful to have some real coins to use in this weeks activities.

Today we are going to be finding the total of a group of 1p coins. Explain the fact that a 1p coin is worth 1 just the same as 1 counter, 1 sweet, 1 apple etc. So if we have a pile of 1p coins we could count them in 1s to find the total amount of money. Show some examples of this using 1p coins and count them together. Remember to always say pence when referring to an amount of money (or pounds as we progress to higher amounts). Provide small piles of 1p coins and ask your child to find the totals. Remind them of counting strategies such as putting the coins in a line and touching each coin or moving it as they count to avoid missing any out.   

Then have a go at finding and then drawing the total amounts on the sheets below. When writing the answers show your child how we put a p after the number to show that we mean pence. 


Tuesday 16th June 

Today we are going to be adding 2 coins together to find the total. The children have already had some experience in adding two numbers together using a number line in school, so we are going to use that method today. Below is a printable sheet and a number line for you to print off. The children will need to start on the number equal to the first coin (eg. 5 for a 5p coin) and then hop on the amount equal to the 2nd coin (E.g Do 2 hops for a 2p coin). The number they land on will be the answer. 

Wednesday 17th June

Who can remember our week on counting in 2s? That learning is going to come in handy today. We are going to be finding the total of a group of 2p coins and we are of course going to be counting them in 2s! 

We shall start with a fun game. Get tin or tub that makes a noise when you drop coins into it. Ask your child to cover their eyes or turn around so they can't see the tin/tub. Drop in a small number of 2p coins one at a time iinto the container asking them to count in their heads as you do it. How much is in the tin? Tip them out to check if they were right! Repeat for different amounts. You can play this game with 1p coins if your child is not yet confident with counting in 2s. 

After that, print and complete the sheet below about counting amounts in 2p coins. 

Thursday 18th June 

Today we are going to be doing some problem solving. Now that we are getting used to adding amounts of money together we are going to try and find all the ways to make an amount.  

We are going to find different ways to make 5p using coins to begin with. 

Give your child a selection of the lower value coins and ask them to find a way of making 5p. You might need to model how to do this at first. It is useful to use coins so that they don't try to use amounts that are not available in a coin (e.g. 3p + 2p = 5p). There are 4 ways to do it. Can you find them all? 

If your child managed this activity well, you could try finding all the ways to make other amounts such as 6p or 8p. 

Friday 19th June 

For our final lesson this week, we are going to play shops again. Last time, we focused only on amounts that were equal to the coin values. Today we are going to extend on this a little and have prices that require 2 or more coins to pay. Find items from around the house and make price labels for them. You can make the prices as challenging as you feel your child can cope with. I would try amounts like 7p or 11p initially. Give your child a selection of coins and ask them to find the right coins to pay for the items in the shop. Perhaps they can have a turn at being the shop keeper too!  

Monday 8th June 

This week in maths, we are going to be focusing on money. The children will be learning to recognise the different coins  and begin to understand their value.

It would be useful to have to some of each type of coin available during the activities this week so your child can become familiar with the real thing. If you don’t have these, you can print and use the images below.

Today we are focusing on becoming familiar with what coins look like and the different colours and shapes. Begin by looking at some real coins together. Ask your child to sort the coins in whichever way they wish. Observe how they sort them and ask them to explain their choices. Perhaps they sorted them by colour, by size or by shape. Mix them all up again and ask them to sort them in another way.  Talk to your child about features of each coin and begin to point out things such as the numbers, words and pictures on them.

Tuesday 9th June 

Today we will begin to learn the names of the different coins. Click here to watch a short video about the different coins.

Can you find a coin that matches each of the coins shown in the video?

Play a game memory game together by asking your child to look away whilst you remove one of the coins from the set. Can they spot which coin has gone and tell you its name? If they don't know, you could begin giving clues such as what colour or shape it is. Repeat several times, allowing your child to become familiar with each of the coins.

Wednesday 10th June 

For today’s maths lesson, we are going to play shops. Begin by collecting a few items from around the house to be in your shop. Label each item with an amount that is equivalent to the coin values (1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1, £2). Provide a set of the coins for your child to use in the shop in a purse or wallet if possible. Play shops together allowing your child to pick an item and find the correct coin of the same amount. Perhaps you could swap roles and allow your child to be the shop keeper. Do they spot if you try to pay with the wrong amount?

Thursday 11th June 

Today we will be thinking about the value of the coins and having a go at ordering them.

Go over the names of the coins again and highlight the fact that some are called pence whilst others are called pounds. Point out that the pounds are worth more perhaps using 1p and £1 as an example. 

Order the coins together from lowest to highest worth. Following this, have a go at the sheet below cutting and ordering the coins in order. Can you spot the how the colour of coins changes as the value increases? 

Friday 12th June 

Today we are going to play fastest finger first. Below is a power point presentation game. The children are asked to find and point to certain coins as fast as they can. If you are not able to access this file, you can play the game using real coins at home. Shout out a coin and ask your children to point to them as quickly as they can.

Ongoing curriculum opportunities

Our new topic  is all about under the sea. Open the PDF below for some activity ideas linked to this.

Reading Books

We recommend that you continue to listen to your child read throughout the week. We have provided an extra reading book but beyond this, we would suggest that you use books that you have at home and online eBooks.

You may find the following website useful. Oxford owl You will need to sign up to access this site but it is free to join. It includes many of our reading books that the children are familiar with from school, ensure that you select the appropriate age filter for your child. 


It is important to keep active so below are links to websites with dance activities, yoga activities and daily live workouts. 


Joe Wicks daily workout 

Gonoodle dance activities 


Head over to the PE page of our website (Click here) where Mr Powell has added more links to fun activity ideas to keep you active. 

Extra Fun Activities 

Have a go at some other pirate activities below:

Story Time 

Click on the videos below to watch your teachers read you a story. 

Phonics Fun at Home

Here are some fun phonics games that you can play at home:

  • Set up a word hunt using words with the focus sound. Write the words on paper and hide them around the house or outside. Go and hunt for a word, bring it back and read it. Then go and hunt for more.  They must read it accurately before finding another word. You could even use a timer to make it more exciting!
  • Using chalk or a stone, draw hopscotch on the floor with words in each box. Throw a small stone onto the hopscotch and jump to the word it lands on. Say the word when you have jumped on it.
  • Set a timer for 1 minute. Show words to your child (1 at a time) and see how many they can read in 1 minute. Can they beat their high score?
  • Write down words with ‘oo’ in. Look at the long and short ‘oo’ sound e.g. oo look at a book (short) and oo poo at the zoo (long). Read the words and sort them out into long or short ‘oo’ words.
  • Create a word search with the focus sound in.
  • Write real and nonsense words down on paper. Turn them over so that you can’t see the word. Pick a word and decide whether it is real or nonsense. Sort them into the correct group.
  • Practise reading a word then writing it out using chalk, paint, foam etc.
  • Play spin the bottle. Whatever word the bottle points to, you have to read the word. If you get it right you get to keep the word. If not, you have to give the word to the other player.
  • Write words on water balloons. Find the balloon, read the word on it and then throw it!
  • Make words with magnetic letters or play dough.
  • Write words on paper. Read the word, scrunch up the paper like a snowball and try and throw it into a bucket. You can play catch with the snowballs. If you catch it, you get to read it.
  • Get 3 hoops. Put a letter sound in each hoop which makes a word (e.g. cat or sheep). Jump in each hoop. When you jump, you must say the sound that you have jumped on. Finally, blend together all of the sounds. See the picture below as an example. If you haven't got hoops, you could use tape, skipping ropes or even patio slabs. 


Week Beginning 13.07.20

A really important skill that children need for year 1 is to be able to write simple sentences that can be read by other people. For phonics this week, we are going to practise this skill using the document below. Talk about one of the pictures. What can you see? What is happening? Help your child to think of a sentence about the picture to write down. There are lots of things to think about when writing a sentence:

  • A capital letter to start 
  • Forming each letter correctly in the pre-cursive style 
  • Using a finger space between each word
  • Sounding out each word carefully using 'Fred fingers'
  • Putting a full stop at the end 
  • Reading it back to check it makes sense  

Over the week, try to repeat this for different pictures to see how they get on. 

Remember, you can complete this activity for any pictures. Perhaps try pausing a favourite film at a really good point and try writing a sentence for it. Or find a page in a book that has a great picture and try writing your own sentence for it. The key is finding something that interests your child and gets them writing! 


Week Beginning 06.07.20

This week in our phonics work we are going to focus on consolidating our knowledge of the set 2 sounds. We are going to practise reading words with each of the set 2 sounds in. We can use the flashcards below and the games provided in the section above called 'Phonics Fun at Home.' 

ay may I play?

ee what can you see?

igh fly high

ow blow the snow

oo poo at the zoo 

oo look at a book 

ar start the car 

or shut the door

air that's not fair

ir whirl and twirl 

ou shout it out 

oy toy for a boy 


Week Beginning 29.06.20

 As part of the Year 1 'Phonics Screening Check' (which all pupils complete in Y1), children are required to read pseudo words. These are words which are not actual words but can be decoded using their phonic skills. At school we refer to these as alien words. The words are presented as being the names of different aliens. 

This week for our phonics work, we are going to focus on reading alien words. Below are a set of games and activities to complete over the course of the week. 



  • Play an alien phonics game by clicking here. You will need to click 'Revise all' on the menu page. 


  • Open the power point below to have a go at reading the words on the balloons. If you can read them, click on them to make them pop! Then try reading the alien words. 
  • Try reading these alien word cards to find out what each one is called. How many can you get right? 
  • Make up your own alien words using the sounds on the sheet below. 


Week Beginning 22.06.20

This week, we will be focusing on tricky words. Tricky words, are words that cannot be decoded. It is important for the children to learn these words by sight as they cannot use their phonics knowledge to sound out the words. 

Below you will find a selection of games that you can play to practise reading these words and a slideshow showing the phase 2-5 tricky words that the children can practise reading. 

Click here to listen to a song to help you learn the tricky words

Click here to listen to another song to help you learn the tricky words 


Week Beginning 15.06.20

This week, we will be focusing on rhyming words. Rhyming is an important skill for early reading. Below you will find a selection of videos, games and printable activities linked to rhyming. Give them a try this week! 


  • Click here to watch a rhyming video   
  • Click here to play a fun rhyming washing line game   
  • Look at home for books that you own that rhyme (Julia Donaldson is a good place to start!). Read rhyming books together and spot the words that rhyme.   
  • Print the sheet below and cut up the boxes to make rhyming cards. Can you put the pictures into sets of words that rhyme? 
  • If your child can match up rhyming words, try getting them to think of their own using the activity sheet below. 
  • If you are able to access power point documents, have a go at playing the game below. 


Week Beginning 08.06.20

Please find below a selection of games and activities to help your child reinforce their knowledge of set 2 sounds. 

Snakes and Ladders

Print and enjoy a game of snakes and ladders. You will need a dice and some counters or small figures to play. Every time you land on a square, have a go at reading the word. 


 Can you read these sentences containing set 2 sounds? 

Roll and Read

 This game of roll and read contains words with all the set 2 sounds in.