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Hi Everyone,

This is that last week that Miss Hill and I will be doing the home learning blog. From next Monday, Mrs English and Mrs Lucas will be taking over with lots of fun topic based activities linked to stories. There will still be extra story times and a weekly science task, as well as a Friday disco song. The new blog will be accessible through the Foundation stage tab rather than the individual class tabs.

Wednesday 16.6.20 - Friday 18.6.20


So for our final blog activities, Miss Hill and I have set you a challenge. We want you to plan and create a party for your teddies (or your family) that uses lots of your maths skills that we've learned over the last few months. Rather than doing this all on one day, we have given you 2 days to plan and prepare and then you could have your party on Friday.


Here are some ideas but you can also think of your own activities to do.

Prepare the room


1. Practise repeating patterns by making paper chains. How long is your chain? Can you measure it with your feet?


2. Make a chain of shape monsters to put up in your party room. Tell your grown up which shapes you have used.


3. Check how many guests (teddies) are going to be at the party. Count out the number of chairs or cushions you will need. What about plates? Could you make some by cutting out large shapes?


4. Make a numicon cake. Use the attached sheet or draw your numicon. Create a cake shape with the pieces. Count how many holes to find the total of your cake.


5. Bake some cookies or fairy cakes for your party. Use your weighing skills to measure your ingredients. 


6. Make some party hats for your guests. You could give each guest a different numbered hat. Make sure the hat has the matching number of decorations for each number. e.g. If your number is 5 - that hat could have 5 circles on it.


7. Wrap up a parcel for pass the parcel. When you play this at the party you can count how many layers there are.




Plan the games

Which games will you play? Have a practise so you know how to do them on Friday?

 1. Practise your subtraction skills with musical chairs - How many are left in the game?


2. Musical statues. Decide how long people will have to stay still for. Then use a timer or count backwards.


3. Hide and Seek - can you describe where people are hiding using positional language?


4. Noughts and crosses - You could use chalks to create the board and then stones or another garden item.


5. Obstacle course - time how long each person takes. Who was the fastest? Can you give out medals using ordinal numbers?


6. Play hopscotch and practise counting as you hop!


7. Repeat the sock olympics and talk about distance!

Tuesday 16.6.20


I hope you enjoy today's activities. We will be using lots of shape, space and measure skills today!


1)  Potato Shape Printing - Ask an adult to cut a couple of potatoes in half and cut simple shapes into the potato. Enjoy dipping the potatoes into paint and making patterns with shapes and colours. There is lots of great maths talking you can do whilst you print.  

You could make bunting, wrapping paper, paper chains or whatever you fancy with your patterns.

2) Car Races - Simply place a long cardboard tube at an angle to provide a slope and measure out a long strip of paper to add to the bottom. Take turns releasing toy cars at the top of the slope and watch them roll down the tube and out onto the paper. You could always add numbers to the paper to measure how far your car rolled.

3) How many in the jar? - For this activity you will need 3 glass containers. You could use a jar, glass or jug. Fill the jars with lots of the same things such as; raisins, pasta, or toys. 

Estimating is making is a smart guess. Thinking about the size, shape and how full the jar is. Can you make an estimate of how many are inside. Ask some members of your family to have a guess too. See who is closest when you count what's inside.

4) Shape Pizza - Can you cut some shapes and decorate a pizza with your shapes? You could cut rectangular peppers, circle pepperoni, square cheese or triangle mushrooms. You can put on whichever toppings you fancy. If you don't have the right colour paper, you can use your imagination or colour in your toppings. 

Monday 15.6.20

This week we are going to use lots of the number and shape and space knowledge that we have learned over the last few months to solve problems and to create a little party for our teddies.

Today's problems are below:


1. The Estimation station -Have you ever been to a Summer fayre or a party where they've had a game of guess how many?

Well today i'd like you to play this game at home. Ask your grown ups to fill a couple of jars with lots of the same objects. This could be anything from pine cones, shells, apples, cotton wool balls coins etc.  Your job is to estimate how many of each object you think there is. So you need to use your knowledge of amounts and size. Write your estimates down and then count to check.


2. Hidden Jewels - For this game you will need 3 bowls and some small objects such as coins, cotton wool balls or shells. 

Ask your grown up to hide small numbers of objects under each bowl. 

Next they lift up one bowl for a few seconds. Your job is to look carefully and try and work out how many objects there are before the bowl is put back.

Then your grown up can move the 3 bowls around lots of times. Can you still find the objects? How many were there? How many were there under the other two bowls?


3. Cross the river - Do you have any small toys such as playmobile or lego people? I want you to imagine that they are going camping. You could make them a camp site if you like. Then find a blue cloth/ item of clothing to make the river. The toys need to cross the river but there is no bridge. Your job is to build one for them. You can use any material that you like. Think about how long your bridge needs to be. Is is strong enough to hold your toys?

4. Maths scavenger hunt - Go on a scavenger hunt around your house and practise your maths skills at the same time!

Use one of the ideas below or ask your grown up to create one for you. 

Friday 12.6.20

Today we are looking at halving

Halving is the opposite to doubling. When we half a number, it spilts into 2 equal parts. 

We can also also half objects.


Have a go at today's activities. 

1) Make a part-part whole mat like in my picture. Put a number (between 1-20) of objects in the whole box. You could use counters or peas for example. Can you half them into the part boxes? Have an explore with different numbers. Can you half an odd number? 

2) Find a piece of paper. Can you cut it exactly in half? You could fold it first to give yourself a guideline. Keep folding and cutting each piece in half and see what happens. Does your paper get smaller or bigger? 


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3) Have a look in your kitchen and see what you can find to cut in half. You will need a knife, chopping board and an adult to help you. Can you cut it exactly down the middle? If you have a brother or sister, you could share what you cut and give half to them. 
4) There are 22 footballers on a field and half of them are wearing red. How many footballers are in red? Draw 22 T-shirts and colour half in red to check.

Thursday 11.6.20

Today we are looking at doubles.

 Have fun singing with the double number zoo song!


When you double something you increase the amount by the same number again. So double 2 or (2 lots of 2) is 4. I'm afraid I haven't had a s much time to do the blog today as I've been in school setting up the classroom. So I've borrowed a video from Mrs Prochazka-Lawton to tell you more about doubles!



Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Here are some activities:


1. Double trouble with mirrors. Use a mirror to help you work out doubles. Take a small handful of objects and count them. Place them in front of a mirror. Look in the mirror. 

2. Doubles with twins - Find two dolls or teddies. These are your twins. Now here is a list of things that your twins need. You will need to double everything on the list to make sure that you have enough for each twin. Good luck! Write your answers in your orange book. You could draw picture of the items to help.


Shopping list


2 hats

5 pairs of pants

1 cup

3 vests

4 t-shirts

6 toys


3. Complete these doubling challenges using objects.


Wednesday 10.6.20

Today we are looking at sharing quantities. 

This is where we share objects into groups equally. 

If you were at a party and it was time to share the cakes, you were given one and everyone else had two. Would that be fair? No, they have not been shared equally. 


1) Have a teddy bears picnic. Gather a couple of your favourite toys. If you have any plastic plates, make sure they have one each. Don't worry if not. 

You can share play food or edible snacks with your teddies. Make sure everyone has the same amount. An easy way to do this is "one for you, one for you and one for me." Go round in circles until everyone has the same amount. 

2) Play a card game. You could play snap! Whichever game you play, the game needs everyone to be dealt the same amount of cards. 

I like playing 'Monopoly Deal'. For this game, each player needs 5 cards. I need to make sure I share the cards equally so that it is fair. 


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3) Mr Rist has 3 rabbits who love eating carrots. He has 6 carrots to share between them. How many carrots will each rabbit have? Draw 3 rabbits and share out the

6 carrots to check.

4) This is a great game to help understand sharing as well as help with our mouse control.

5) Fill a jug with juice or water. You can have as many cups as you wish! Can you pour the same amount into each cup?

Tuesday 9.6.20

Numbers can be odd or even. Today we are going to learn more about odd and even.


Watch this number blocks clip to find out more!


1. Can you sort some numicon into odd and even numbers. You could print of the attached sheet to create your numicon numbers or draw them into a table of odd and even.

2. Have you got some dominoes?

Can you could sort them into odd and even. You could sort in several ways but one way is based on the  total (add up the two sides of each domino).

What do you notice when you add up two odd sides?

3. Play slap it! It’s a bit like snap.

-Deal out a deck of cards between your players

- Players put their cards into a pile with the numbers facing down.

- Take it in turns to lay a card face up on the table. If it is an odd number you slap the card.

 - First person to slap the odd numbers wins all the cards in the pile.

- The winner is the person who end up with all the cards.


4. Make an odd and even paper chain.

Ask a grown up to help you cut two different colours of A4 paper into equal strips.

Use a ruler to help you measure.

Write a number in the centre of each strip. Put the odd numbers on one colour and the even numbers on the other colour.

Attach the strips together to create a chain.

Monday 8.6.20

Today we are going to have another go at taking away. 

1) Can you remember how to play Subtraction Smash? 

Get or make some play dough (you could use blue tack too). 

Either roll a dice or choose a number between 1 and 10 and mould the correct amount of balls. 

Roll the dice again and make sure this number is smaller than the first one. 

Use your hand to squash the right amount of playdough balls and see how many are left. 

2) We are going to play subtraction bingo. Write 3,6,11,14 and 17 on a page (you can choose your own numbers, but your adult will need to think of your own questions. 

Your adult is going to ask you a subtraction questions and once you have worked out the answer, cross it out. See if you can win by crossing out all of your numbers.







3) Have a go at playing Minus Mission

Friday 5.6.20

Today we are looking at subtraction – or taking away. We start off with one amount, then the amount changes when we take things away and we are left with a different amount. When we take away our amount gets smaller.

Lots of nursery rhymes involve taking away. Here is one for you to sing along to – Five little Speckled frogs.

1. Skittles – playing skittles is a fun way to practise subtracting. If you have some at home that is great. If not you can make your own using plastic bottles. Count how many you have at the start and stand them up (10 is great but don’t worry if you have less). Then throw a ball at them and count how many you have knocked over, and how many are left. Can you create a number sentence to show your score. For example : 10 – 5 = 5


2. Play pirate subtraction – Take a pile of 1p coins this is your treasure. Take it in turns to roll a dice and take away that number of coins from the pile of treasure. Keep going until all the treasure has gone. Add up your coins at the end to see who is the winner.

3.Play an aiming game with beanbags or stones. You will need a hoop or if you have chalk you could mark out a circle on the floor. Count out 5 or 10 beanbags or stones. Walk two big steps from the edge of your hoop and mark a line on the floor. Throw your beanbags, or stones at the hoop and see how many out of your starting number you got into the hoop. Write your score as a number sentence – e.g. 10 - 5 = 5


4. You can also practise taking away on a number line. A fun way to do this is outside.

Draw a number line to 10 with chalk. See if you can work out these subtractions by jumping back along the line. See the video.

10 - 3 =        10 -6 =              8 - 5 =            7 - 4 =           9 - 2 =        10 - 8 =          5- 2 =


F2 - active subtraction using a number line

Thursday 4.5.2020

Today we are looking at 'less'.

When comparing amounts, less means there is not as many. This amount is the smallest. 

1) We are going to play a memory game. Here is a video of my vegetables about to go into the fridge. Each new photo has one less item. Can you work out which vegetable is missing?

One less

You could make your own version of this game with items from around your house.
2) Make yourself a healthy snack. As you eat it, does your amount get more or less?

3) Have you heard of the famous TV show game 'Higher or Lower'?

Play the game together, but using the language more or less. Have a line of 5 cards face down. Turn over one card at a time and have a guess whether it will be more or less than the card value before. If you get it right, try the next in the line. If not, shuffle the cards and try again! 

Wednesday 3.6.20


Yesterday Miss Hill introduced addition – which is when you add two or more groups together to find the total.

Here are some other words that you use might use when adding:

Here are some activities to do:

1. Play this addition to 10 game on the computer. You will need to read the addition questions and count the animals to work out the answers.


2. Did you know one of the best tools to help you with addition are your fingers?

 Practise these easy addition questions using your fingers. The first one is shown below:

 5 + 4 = 9            3 + 4 =          3 + 1 =           4 +2 =          5 + 1 =  

3. Another way to add is to use objects. Have a go at some addition activities with garden objects. You could you stones, or dead flower heads, or leaves, or twigs. Choose your level and answer the questions below or make up your own:

EASY - 2 + 1 =      2 + 3 =        4 + 1 =     2 + 2 =

MEDIUM - 5 + 3 =      7 + 2 =       6 + 4 =      9 + 1 =

HARD -  8 + 8 =    9 + 7 =     11 + 7 =       14 + 5 =

4. Make an adding alien/monster.

  • You will need a cardboard box, two tubes and some pom poms or cotton wool balls.
  • Ask your grown up to cut a hole for the mouth, and two holes for the tubes.
  • Decorate your box however you like.
  • Make some eyes and attach them above the mouth.
  • Put the tubes in the holes at the top. Make sure you don’t push them too far into the box. Secure them with tape.
  • Either answer the questions above by using two different colours of pom poms, one colour for each number, or roll a dice for each colour.
  • Count out the first number into tube one. Add the second number into tube 2. Watch them come out of the monster’s mouth and count how many you have altogether.


Tuesday 2.6.20

Today we are looking at adding. Getting two groups and adding them together. It is a really good skill to keep the first number in your head and count on. 

Have a go at today's activities. 

1) Tower building!

Have you got any building blocks? Choose a number between 1 and 10 and build a tower containing that many blocks. Ask someone in your family to do the same. Can you add the two towers together? 

Put the number from the biggest tower in your head and count on! 

2) Find some tins or food packages from the cupboard. Give each one a price tag of up to 10p or 20p. The shop keeper needs to put the prices up by 3p. Can you adjust the labels? 


3) Do you have any dice in your house? Find one and roll it. We are going to count on from that number. Remember... lock it in your head and then roll again. Add on the second number. 

E.g. I roll a 3. Lock the number 3 in my head. Roll again. I got 4. 

We need to do 3 + 4

Put 3 in your head and count on. 3------> 4,5,6,7. The answer is 7. 

4) Peg adding. 

Do you have any pegs in your house? Grab a handful of pegs with each hand. Can you count how many in each group and add them together? 


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Monday 1.6.20

Welcome back to the home learning blog everyone! We hope you’ve enjoyed the beautiful weather we’ve had during the half term break.


We are back to looking at numbers this term.  Today we are going to look at ‘more’.

When something has more it has a larger amount than another group.

Here are some activities to do:


1. Play this fun more and less game which we’ve played before in school. Mucky Monsters!

2. Play this fun game with some lolly sticks (or you could use strips of stiff card board).

Write the numbers 1-20 on the sticks. On two of the sticks write zap it!

Put all the sticks into a put with the number end pointing down.

Take it in turns to take a stick and say the number that is one more that the number on your stick.

If you pull out a zap it stick, you must put all your sticks back into the pot.

3. Build a staircase with blocks, stones or other small objects. (I used blueberries and plant pots).

See how each stair has one more item than the one before it.

4. Play ‘All aboard the bus’. This game is best outside. You will need some of your teddies/soft toys, a cardboard box and some space.

- Place your teddies at different places around your space. If you have chalk you could even chalk out a road.

- Next take your box, this is your bus (if you want to you could make it into a bus by adding some paint and some pretend wheels).

- Take your bus along the road and pick up your first teddy. Put it in the box.

- Move along your road and as you put your teddies on the bus count how many you have, you should have one more each time.

Next Week: Next week is half term so there won't be any updates on the blog. This is a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Exercise is great for our bodies as well as our minds. The blog will be back the week after. Have fun! 

Friday 22.5.20

Today we are looking at different ways of sorting. 

Sorting is putting anything into different groups. 

FS2: Sorting

1) Collect some items from around your house. 

Can you sort them by material? Wood, plastic or metal.

2) Get a good selections of knives, forks and spoons. Can you think of any ways to sort them? 

Have a look at my pictures and see if you can work out how I have sorted them. 

3) Can you sort by colour? You could use counters from a boardgame or crayons. 

You could even sort your underwear drawer... you know I love socks! 

4) It's Friday... have a go at Big Maths Beat That. 

Thursday 19.5.20

Today we are learning about money.

Here is a fun song to introduce some of the coins. (Warning, it will get stuck in your head!)

Try some of these activities with money.

1. Coin sorting –It’s always a good idea to wash your hands before and after handling coins.

Ask your grown up for some coins. Look carefully at their shape and size. What do you notice that is the same on the back of every coin?

  • Start with just the bronze ones. Can you sort them in to 1p’s and 2p’s?
  • Add some silver coins. Can you sort them by colour this time?
  • Next sort them by size - big (like 10p, 2p and 50p) small (like 5p and 1p)
  • Look carefully at the shape of the coins. Sort them by shape.

2. Do some coin rubbings – maybe you could even make a money tree like this one! All you need to do is ask your grown up for some coins. Put them under a piece of paper and rub over the top with a pencil or crayon. If you want an extra challenge see if you can add up your coins to find a total for your tree.

3. Play shops - see Buster's shop video

  • Find some items to sell in your shop
  • Write a price label for each item. To make it simple make all your prices 10p or less.
  • Remember to put p next to the number to show pennies
  • Ask your grown up for some coins
  • Choose some items from your shop and see if you can find the right money to pay for them. You might find more than one way of making the amount.
  • For a challenge add up the total amount you have spent.

F2 Money - Buster's shop

What will Miss Baron buy from Buster's shop?

Wednesday 20.5.20

Today we are talking all about positional language. 

Very simply, this is describing the location of something using our words. 

  • in
  • on
  • under
  • in front
  • behind 
  • in between
  • next to

1) We are going to draw a picture. 

Please ask your adult to read the instructions and draw the picture described for each step. 

  • Draw a bush in the middle of a piece of paper
  • Draw a lion next to the bush
  • A mouse underneath the bush 
  • A cheetah in front of the bush. 
  • Draw a zebra behind the bush (you might just be able to see his

tail poking out) 

  • A parrot on top of the bush

We all know I'm not the best drawer... but that doesn't matter!

2) Go on a walk and play 'positional language I spy'. Ask your adult to spot an object and you have to guess what it is. 

For example, " I spy with my little eye... a cat behind the car." 

"I spy with my little eye... a person through the window."

"I spy with my little eye... a child on the pavement"

3) It's another game of hide and seek. Get one of your toys and go and hide it in somewhere. Can you tell the other player (an adult or sibling) an instruction including positional language to describe where your toy is hiding. 

E.g. "My toy is hiding inside the washing machine."

"My toy is hiding underneath the table."

"My toy is hiding in between the sofa and the TV."

Tuesday 18.5.20

Today we are looking at another type of measure called capacity – or how much a container can hold.

The best way to learn about capacity is to explore and experiment with different types and sizes of container and different media. Here are some activities to do:

  1. Water – Try using coloured water by adding a couple of drops of food colouring. This will make it easy to see. Explore filling your containers right to the top! See the video.

F2 capacity - Exploring full and empty

2. A capacity experiment – carry out an experiment to find out which container holds the most water.

F2 Capacity - Which container holds the most water?

3. Explore capacity using other media such as lentils, rice or pasta. Remember if it is full, it should be level with the top of the container and no more can be added without it overflowing.


4. Use some capacity words to describe your containers.

Monday 17.5.20

Today we are looking at time - This doesn't just mean telling the time. Time can be ordering and measuring as well. 

1) Counting time - Play Hide and Seek with your family. For the first go, count to 10. Does it give them a long time to hide? If you count to 20, do they have longer? See what happens when you count fast or count slow!  

We love playing hide and seek in the forest

2) Days - Do you know the days of the week? What day is it today? What day was it yesterday? Do you know what day it will be tomorrow? 

Have a think about what you did yesterday. Tell your grown up in the right order what you did yesterday from when you got up to when you went to bed. Watch my video to see what I got up to yesterday :)  


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3) Jelly - I've made some jelly, but it's not gone to plan. Watch my video and chat with your grown up. What has gone wrong? Can you have a go and follow the instructions in the right order? 

How long do your cubes take to dissolve? How long does your jelly take to set? How long does it take to eat it?

Jelly Disaster

4) Measuring time - have you got a favourite jigsaw? Use a phone or tablet to set a stopwatch. You will see the numbers moving very quickly. Stopwatches usually count seconds. How many seconds does it take you to complete your jigsaw? Break it up and try again... can you do it any faster? 

Have a look at the jigsaw I have just ordered... not sure I am going to be able to do this very fast! 

5) Follow the link below to a story all about time. It's called

'Where does Thursday go?'

Friday 14.5.20


Today we are learning about size – or how big or small something is.

We are also introducing BIG MATHS BEAT THAT – See the new tab for details.

Here is a video of a famous story which talks about size - Goldilocks and the three bears. Can you count how many times you see the word big in the story?


1. Ask if you can have a pair of shoes from everybody in your family. Look carefully at them and put them into size order.


2. Let’s be active whilst learning some size words. This is good game to get your siblings involved in too. All you have to do is get your grown up to call out instructions using some size words. There are some examples below.


3. Have you got any nesting cutters? Take them apart and practise putting them back together again. 

4.  Have you ever wrapped a parcel? It's quite tricky, you have to check that you have enough paper to fit around the box. Imagine that you are having a party for one of your toys and you need to wrap up their presents. Find some boxes in your house and some paper (you can use newspaper). You'll also need some scissors and tape. Have a go at wrapping the boxes. Experiment with different ways of doing it.


Thursday 14th May

Today we are looking at distance. I welcome you to 'The Lockdown Olympics'. 

A great opportunity to chat about near and nearest, far, further, furthest.  


Sockdown Olympics

Mr Murphy's Sockdown Olympics!

Mr Murphy and Leona take on Sockdown Olympics

Wednesday 13.5.20

Today we are looking at weight – or how heavy or light something is. 

Here is a funny song from Sesame Street to introduce you to heavy and light.


1. The first activity is just going to use our hands. Collect some different objects from your house or garden. Here are a few ideas: A potato, a rock, a bag of sugar, a soft toy  and a bag of cotton wool. Hold your arms at full length and hold an object in each hand. Which feels heavier? Keep changing the object in one hand until you find the heaviest one.


2. Make some scales with a few simple materials.

You will need:

2 egg boxes

2 pieces of ribbon or string of equal length

A potato masher

1 bamboo bbq skewer or thin stick

Blue tac

F2 weight - Make your own balance scales

3. Have some fun measuring baking ingredients with this yummy recipe for chocolate chip muffins (or you could try another recipe from your home).

F2 Weighing - Chocolate chip muffins

Practise reading scales and measuring ingredients with this fun recipe

Tuesday 12.5.20

Today we are learning about height. This is how tall things are. 

You can measure objects and people, they can be tall or short. 

You can even order objects in height order. 


1) Who is taller than you in your family? Are you the shortest? Is there anyone shorter than you? Can you line your family up in height order?

2) Can you put your teddies in height order? 

For a simple job, order 3 teddies. 

For a harder job, order 4 teddies.

For a tricky job, order 5 teddies. 

3) We can measure height using anything. Number of hands tall, number of blocks, number of books. Find 3 objects in your house and find something you can stack (duple and lego are great). How many blocks high are your objects? 

Monday 11.5.20

This week we are going to look at measures.

Here is a fun super movers video to introduce our topic.

Today we will focus on length. Length is the distance from one end of an object to the other. When we talk about length we usually talk about how long or short something is.


1. When we measure how long something is we don’t have to use a ruler or a measuring tape. We can use other things for example, socks. This is called a non-standard measure.

Find some socks and measure how long your family members are. Remember you need to use the same size socks for each person so that it is a fair measure.


2. Make some play dough with this recipe. Explore making different length snakes or worms. You could decorate them with sequins or beads, or make fun patterns on them with a cocktail stick. When they are finished compare them using some length words. E.g. This worm is longer than that worm. This worm is the shortest.

3. Make a recording table and compare the length of some everyday objects in your house. I chose a pen, a tv remote, my kindle, my flip flop and my fold-up hairbrush. I decided to measure them in paper clips. When you have measured them all can you put them in order from longest to shortest?

Thursday 6.5.20

Today we are making patterns with our bodies. Have a look at the videos below. Repeat the pattern and keep it going. You will see that the patterns don't stop!  Have a go at making up your own versions. If you make a good pattern, take a video and put it on Tapestry so we can share your success!

Body patterns

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Left, right

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Jump and hop

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Banana, banana, meatball

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Pitch patterns

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Wednesday 6.5.20

Today we are going to look at patterns made from objects.


1. Did you know that you can make a pattern with just one type of object?

I have lots of tennis balls in my house and as I can't use them to play tennis with at the moment, I decided to make some patterns with them instead. See if you can find some objects of the same type (e.g. socks, pasta, pencils, tubes) How many different types of pattern can you make with them?

2.  An AB pattern is a pattern that has just two types of things (or variables) that repeat. For example picture 1 is an AB, AB pattern.

An ABC, ABC pattern has 3 things that repeat like in picture 2.

I wonder if you can make some more difficult patterns like AAB, AAB (picture 3) or AABB pattern (picture 4). Have a look for some everyday objects in your house and go and explore the patterns you can make.

3. Andy Goldsworthy is a British sculpture who uses natural objects to create beautiful patterns. He uses things like stones, leaves, sticks, flowers and even ice! Have a look at some of his famous artwork. I wonder if you could create some patterns of your own with objects you can find in your garden or on a nature walk?

If you want to learn more about Andy Goldsworthy watch this presentation.

Tuesday 5.5.20

Today we are making patterns with colours! 

We need to make sure our pattern repeats (it goes on and on and on and on). It won't ever stop. 

TIP: Say your pattern out loud to help you find which colour is next. 

For example; red, yellow, red, yellow... Which colour would come next?

For today's activities we can create repeating patterns or 2 or 3 colours. 

1) Draw a funky pattern on a piece of paper with a pencil. Add colourful dots using a repeating pattern. You could use pens or finger prints. Can you spot my pattern?

2) We are going to make a repeating pattern paper chain. Find two or three pieces of paper. (if you have coloured paper then brilliant... if not use a crayon to make each piece a different colour). Cut the pieces into thin strips. Link them together and glue to make a chain. Follow my steps in the photographs below. 
3) Create a repeating colour pattern. Find anything in your house that you have lots of the same colour. I am going to use counters from one of my board games. Can you create a repeating pattern?  

Monday 4/5/20

So this week we are going to focus on patterns.


Watch this number blocks video to introduce patterns.



Today we are looking at patterns with shapes.


1. Patterns are everywhere! Have a look around your house and see what patterns you can find. You could look at wallpaper, clothes, bedding, curtains and lots of other things. Can you find any patterns with shapes in them?

Here are some of the patterns that I found in my house:

2. Draw some repeating shape patterns for your family to copy and continue. 

You could also play this game where you have to find the next shape in the pattern.


 3. Create some shape art by making a tessellation - an pattern of shapes that fits perfectly together with no gaps.

All you will need is some coloured paper, scissors and a ruler.

Draw lots of equilateral squares, triangles and hexagons (that means all the sides are the same length.) Use the print out below for template if you need to.

Cut them out and create a pattern.

Stick them onto a piece of paper or into your red learning log book.


Friday 1.5.20

After a busy two weeks of shape. It is time to look back and have fun using all of them.


1) We made some fabulous shape monsters at school. It's time to make another. You can use any shapes. You could draw it or cut out the shapes and stick them together. (You might not want to stick it together, because then you can use them again to make another one.)

For cutting and sticking, this will take some time so just do the one activity for today. Lots of learning will take place during this activity! 

2) Last year in the forest, we collected lots of sticks. We worked together to see if we could make shapes with the sticks. It was really fun. Have a go! 

Gather lots of sticks and arrange them into shapes. 

Can anybody make a circle?

2) If you have any chalk and outside space. Draw any shapes on the ground and have fun hopping and jumping from shape to shape, naming them as you go. 
3) Pour some rice, flour (if you have any!) or sand into a tray. Use your finger to draw a shape. Make sure you have the right amount of sides. Can you say what you are going to draw first? 

FS2: Rice shapes

4) Shapes song for kids | The Singing Walrus

We are excited to present our Shape Song, a groovy and interactive song for kids that introduces four 2D shapes: circle, triangle, square, and rectangle. In ...

Thursday 30.4.20


Today’s shape has 1 curved side and 1 straight side. It is half a circle.


It’s a semi-circle.


Do you know how many semi-circles fit into a circle?

2...  You can check by drawing and cutting out two identical circles. Then fold one circle in half and cut along the diameter. Fit the semi-circles into the other circle.

Here are some other activities to do:


1. You can make all sorts of things with semi circles. Have a go and see what you can make.

Here are some examples:



2. Practise matching semi circles.

Ask your grown up to cut out lots of different size circles and to cut them into semi-circles.

Mix them up and see how quickly you can find all the matching pairs.

3. Have you ever eaten calzone?

It’s a yummy pizza that is also a semi-circle. Have a go at making some with this simple recipe that uses tortilla wraps.

FS2: Tortilla wrap calzones

A semi-circle recipe

Wednesday 29.4.20

Today's shape has 6 sides and 6 corners... 

It is a hexagon. 

Unlike circles, squares and pentagons... hexagons are rare and we don't have as many in our houses. 

Here are some pictures of hexagons. 

1) Bees are amazing minibeasts and build bee hives made of HEXAGONS! 

Watch this video and see if you spot the hexagons.

2) When we think of 6 sided shapes. We often think they all have to be the same length. Your challenge is to draw some hexagons where the sides are not the same length. Have a look at mine. They are really fun to draw, but take some thinking! 
3) Have a go at making some shape owls. You can make any shape that we have looked at over the last few days. 

4) We love playing shape monster in the computer suite. 

​​​​​​​Can you have a go at home? You hopefully will recognise lots of shapes we have learnt over the last few days. Can you name them?

Tuesday 28.4.20

Today’s shape has 5 straight sides and 5 corners.

It is a pentagon

Here are some real life examples of pentagons:

As this is our fifth shape. It’s time to practise all the shapes we have learned so far. Have a go at some of these activities:


1. Make some shapes with some lolly sticks. If you don’t have any you can use cotton buds or sticks. Use the sticks to represent sides. One of our shapes doesn’t have any straight sides, which is it?

2. Do some printing with a kitchen roll tubes or toilet roll tubes. (Grown ups you can sterilise these by zapping them in a microwave for 30 seconds to a minute) You will need to mould the end of your tubes into shapes using your fingers. Then dip them in paint and print with them.

3. Play ‘I’m think of a shape’ with your family.  Think of a shape, describe the shape to everyone but don’t say it’s name. For example : I’m think of a shape, it is round and has one curved side but no corners. What is it?


4. Use this online geo board to create the shapes with elastic bands. Click on a type of board. Then click on a colour band and move it with the mouse to a pin on the board, stretch it out by clicking in the middle of the band, hold down the mouse and move it to another pin.

Monday 27.4.20

Today's shape also has 4 corners and 4 sides... but they are not all the same length. It has 2 short side and 2 long sides.

It is a rectangle

Today's activities...

1) I keep finding lots of rectangle shaped objects in my house. Can you find 5 in your house? Have a look at what I found. 

2) Get yourself a piece of paper. Fold it in half and then open it out again. How many rectangles have you got now? Keep folding your paper in half and see how many rectangles you have when you can't fold it anymore. 
3) Make yourself a rectangle man. You can cut out the shapes or draw them. Rectangles come in many shapes and sizes.
4) Using a rectangle sponge. Can you paint a rectangle picture? 

Friday 24.4.20

Today’s shape has 4 corners and 4 straight sides that are all the same length.

It is a … square!


Here are some activities (remember you can choose how many you want to do):


1. Make some squares with natural materials that you can find outside. Can you work out what materials and objects I used for my squares? Sometimes it’s tricky to make the sides the same length!

2. Try some square printing. All you will need is some square shaped objects such as a duplo brick, ready mixed paint and paper.

3. Watch a video about the shapes we have learnt so far (There’s also a clue as to Monday’s shape!)

4. Enjoy a square snack time. You could have some shreddies, a packet of square shaped crisps, cheese and crackers, a couple of squares of chocolate, a brownie square, a slice of battenburg or even some waffles!
5. Make some square art. I used tissue paper but you could try with chalk or felt tips, crayons or whatever you have at home.

Thursday 23.4.20

Today's shape of the day has 3 sides and 3 corners. 

It's a triangle!


We all know I love bunting. There is lots in the Caterpillar and Seashell classrooms. 

Can you see the triangle bunting in my house? I used a triangle template to make it. 

1) It's your turn to make some bunting!!!! 

You will need: 







2) Time to make your own breakfast or lunch. Watch me cut my bread into triangles. You can be a lot more adventurous with yours and add toppings and fillings. Just remember to be careful and listen to your adult. Watch the video to find out more. 

Bread and butter triangles

I cut my triangles in half again. How many triangles can you see? (Adults, this one is for you too.... you may find more than 4!!!!!)

3) Grab a handful of pens and pencils. How many will you use to make a triangle? How many sides (pens) do you use? How many corners have you created?

Have a go and see how many triangles you can make? 

4) Using the pens and pencils you have from number 3. We are going to draw triangle stars. Look at my video below and follow the steps. You can draw as many as you like. You could even cut them out and stick them in your windows. 

Triangle Stars

Still image for this video

Wednesday 22.4.20

Well done for working hard on your numbers to 20 everyone. For the next few weeks we are going to move on to shapes and measures. Starting with 2D shape.

Today’s shape has one curved side and no sharp corners….

It’s a circle!

Here are some activities to do:

1. Watch this video introducing circles.


2. Have a look around your house to see what objects you can spot that are circles. Take some photos of them or draw them. Can you write what they are next to each one?


3. Use a paintbrush to paint circles in water on dry tarmac outside. Watch them disappear and evaporate in the sun!


4. Do you remember the paper plate faces that we made in September?

Paper plates are circles. Can you make a paper plate animal? See some ideas below.

 5. Have fun making some circle cookies or biscuits with your grown up (only choose this activity if you have flour!)



Circles - making rainbow cookies

Tuesday 21.4.20

Today's number is 20!!

Today's activities...  

1) Sing along with this song we have learnt at school.


2) Get a piece of paper and a pair of scissors. Can you make 20 snips in your piece of paper? 

3) Ask your adult to write numbers 1-20 spread out on a piece of paper (like a dot-to-dot). 

You job is to draw a line between the numbers and see what pattern you make. 

Look at mine below to see what I mean :)  

4) Draw two 10 frames (shown in the picture below). Can you fill them both with 20 items from your house?

Monday 20.4.20

Today’s number is 19

Here are some activities, you can also repeat some of the other activities from previous days with today’s number.

1. Play squirt the number. Either yourself or your grown up chalk the numbers 1-19 onto a wall or yard. Your grown up calls out a number and you use a spray bottle to wash the number away.

2. Make a special potion with things you can find around your garden (Remember don’t pick things without asking your grown up first, I picked the dead flowers or weeds. Always wash your hands and keep them away from your mouth.)

The ingredients in your potion need to add up to 19.

Write a calculation for your potion. Remember to add 2 groups of objects up first (use your fingers or objects to help you) then add the next group on to the total from your first sum. 


3. Make some potato print chicks. Can you print 19 chicks? Remember to count one at a time. How many more chicks would you need to reach 20?

4. Count out 19 pegs. Peg them onto a washing line. If you have a dice, roll it and take away the number of pegs that it says. How many do you have left? Roll the dice again, take off the next set of pegs. Repeat until all your pegs have gone.

Friday 17.4.20

Today's number is 18

1) If today we are looking at number 18, how many more days until we reach 20?

2) Choose 3 actions (E.g. star jumps, hops, sit ups, jogs on the spot). Do each one 18 times! See how fast your heart is beating at the end. 

3) What is one more than 18? What is one less than 18? 

4) Ask you adult to time you for 30 seconds. How many times can you write the number 18?

5) Take 18 steps from your front door. How far do you travel? You can do this in to the house or outside into your garden. Do you go further taking small steps or big steps? Try it again and see what happens. 

Hot cross bun maths

Thursday 16.4.20

 Today's number is 17

Here are some activities:

1. Count out 17 blocks and create a model with them. You could use lego or duplo for example. I don't have any blocks at my house so I used plant pots. See the picture below.


2. Cut out a 17 out of card. Count out 17 collage things to decorate your number with. I used pieces of felt cut into shapes.


3. Write a number line to 17 in chalk on the ground. If you don't have any chalk or a yard you could write a number line with a ruler and pen/pencil. Remember to count in 1's to work out which number comes next.


4. Use a timer on an ipad or computer to time 17 seconds. Can you do star jumps for 17 seconds? What about skipping with a rope for 17 seconds? Or running on the spot?


Miss Baron has been making hot cross buns today. Here are a few maths questions to answer about them.

1. Count the buns in the picture. How many more buns would Miss Baron have to make to reach today's number of 17?

2. If Miss Baron ate 2 buns. How many would be left?

3. Miss Baron wants to share the buns with her friends Sarah and Jo. How many buns would they get each?

4.Miss Baron wants to make some more buns but only has enough flour to make half the number of buns. How many will she be able to make?

5. Miss Baron decides to save 4 buns and put the rest in the freezer for a later date. How many buns will she put in the freezer?


I'll post the answers tomorrow!

Wednesday - 15.4.20

Today's number is 16.  

You can show 16 in lots of ways.

You can use a 10 frame, numicon, cubes and numbers.

1) Look at the picture to see. 

2) If you go outside today, have a look for house number 16. Do you notice anything about the numbers on each side of the road? Is your house number odd or even? 
3) Can you find number 16 on the number line below? 
4) Time to help out with the washing. Ask someone at home to help you find 16 socks. Can you pair them together? How many pairs have you got? 


5) Ask an adult to help you set a timer for 16 seconds. Close your eyes and count to 16. Stand up when you think 16 seconds is over. See how close you are by seeing when the timer goes off. 

Summer term 1 - Week 1 - 14.4.20

Hi everyone, welcome back to the home learning blog.

Today's number is 15

Here are some activities to do:

1. Count out 15 objects from a larger pile. I used raisins but you could use any type of small object that you have in your house. Remember to say one number name for each item.


2. Ask your grown up if they have a newspaper, magazine, or catalogue that you could use. Cut out 15 pictures and stick them on a piece of paper. Write the numbers next to them. There is an example below.


3. Count the treasure with this counting video (stop at 3 minutes)


4. Cut an Easter egg shape (an oval) out of card. Ask your grown up to help punch 15 holes around the edge. Write the numbers 1-15 (they don’t have to be in order). Use some string or wool to thread through from 1 to 15. See the video for an example.

13 April 2020

Instructions for making a lacing card

Friday 27.3.20

Today's number is 14

Have a go at the following activities (do as many as you like):

  1. Collect 14 items. Share them with one other person (it could be a teddy). One for you, one for me. How many do you both have at the end? CHALLENGE: Is it odd or is it even? 
  2. Find out more about odd and even numbers with Numberblocks-
  3. Count from 1 to 14 out loud. REMEMBER- to stop at the number you are counting to. 
  4. With a piece of paper and some scissors. Cut 14 snips into any piece of scrap paper. 
  5. Can you find 14 shoes in your house? Put them into pairs. How many pairs of shoes have you found?
  6. Did you know ladybirds have the same amount of spots on each side of their backs. Draw a ladybird and add 14 dots by sharing them equally. Draw a dot on each side whilst counting to 14. Double 7 is 14... 

Thursday 26.3.20

Todays number is 13...

1. Draw 13 shapes on a page. Colour them in as beautifully as you can. You could draw circles, squares, triangles or rectangles. 

2. Can you make 13p with coins. Ask your grown up very kindly if you can look at some coins. Can you find a 10p, 2p and 1p?

With your adults help... can you make 13p in another way? 

3. What is one more than 13? What is one less than 13? Use the number line below to help you.


4. Write the numbers 1-13 on a piece of paper. Ask an adult to cut them out to make your own jigsaw. Can you piece it back together? 

Wednesday 25.3.20

 Today's number is 12

Watch this episode of number blocks.


1. Have a look at a clock face – It has 12 numbers. Can you make your own clock face? See below for a template or you could make it out of a paper plate.


2. Do you have any egg boxes at home? Eggs usually come in boxes of 6 –half a dozen or 12 a dozen. If you have two boxes can you put them together to make a 12 frame? You could also use a bun tin if you have one. See if you can find 12 objects to fit in your frame/tin.


3. Make a giant number 12. You could do this outside if you have a garden or yard. You could use sticks, blades of grass, stones, leaves etc. If you are inside, make your 12 on a table or a clean surface in your house; you could use boxes or teddies or even rolled up clothes!


4. Have a go at ordering numbers up to 12. Make some number cards (ask your grown up to help). Cut them out and mix them up. Try to put them in order. You could hang them on a washing line if you have any pegs but a line on the table is just as good.


Tuesday 24.3.20

Today's number is 11

Have a go at the following activities (do as many as you like):

1. Collect lots of straight items -e.g pencils, matchsticks, pens, rulers. Put them into pairs and set them out like the number 11. How many can you make?

2. Can you draw the numicon to make 11?

3. Think of 11 actions and do each one 11 times.

4. Count backwards from 11-0

5. Play some counting games on topmarks

Monday 23.3.20

Today's number is 10

Have a go at the following activities (do as many as you like):

  1. Write number 10 using different media that you can find in your house
  2. Ask your grown up to draw a 10 frame like the one below. Can you fill it with 10 items?
  3. Think of 10 actions and do each one 10 times. For example; star jumps, hops, straight jumps, tuck jumps, kicking a ball, throwing and catching a ball, pulling a silly face, squats, putting both arms in the air and down again.
  4. Sing 10 little fingers and practise counting your fingers as you do it.
  5. Count to 10 with this song -
  6. Play some counting games on topmarks