Holly Leaves

Welcome to Holly Leaves!
 
 Holly Leaves is home to 16 reception children and 6 Year 1's, Miss Pearson (class teacher), Miss Worgan (HLTA), Miss Evans (1:1 TA), Mrs Tattersall (1:1 TA), Mrs Mitchell (1:1 TA) and Mrs Meek (1:1 TA)
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday 

Friday

Worship

Worship

Worship

Class worship

Worship

Phonics

Phonics

Phonics

Phonics

Forest School

 

 

Maths  

Maths

Maths

Maths

Break time

Break time

Break time

Break time

News

PE

Creative Time

RE

Free Learning

Story and Guided Reading

Free Learning

Free Learning

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Literacy

 

Literacy

Wild Wednesdays – Outdoor Learning

Literacy

Music 

Literacy
 
In the EYFS, Literacy is defined into two areas; reading and writing.
 
Writing
 
Children begin writing by mark making and drawing shapes to depict people and objects. Children then develop to draw shapes that represent letters. This development is supported by activities to develop both fine motor control and phonics. To support this children complete a variety activities to strengthen their fine motor skills. These include activities such as dough disco where children move play dough in certain ways alongside the music. We also use tweezers in sorting activities that the children enjoy
 
Reading
 
We use a phonics scheme called 'Song of Sounds'. Children learn a song to the tune of 'skip to my lou my darling' where every sound has a rhyme. For example, ants on a apple a, a, a.
We then work with the children to recognise sounds. Children then use blending techniques in order to read cvc words (e.g. cat, hot, map). Robot talk is a strategy we promote where children speak like a robot to blend words and go quicker to be able to read the word. Early reading alongside questioning on stories is really important at this year in order to scaffold learning later on. Below is a list of ideas to support reading with your child.
 
Mathematics
 
In EYFS, children learn about two areas of Mathematics:
Number
Shape, space and measure
 
Number
 
For children to achieve the early learning goal (ELG) for number, they must:
"Count reliably with number from one to twenty, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing." - taken from Development matters.
 
Shape Space and measure
 
For children to achieve the ELG for this area, they must:
"Use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them." - taken from Development Matters.
 
In Holly Leaves, we ensure children have the opportunity to explore their learning through practical activities to develop their understanding. Children complete a carousel of activities through the week where they complete activities in small groups which can be independent or adult led.
 
 
 
Online Maths Games
 
Ladybird Spots to practise counting, matching and ordering.
Underwater Counting to practise counting a non standard arrangement of objects
Forest School
 
Every Friday, Holly Leaves have forest school. We love learning outside and have completed a range of activities. These include using tools, digging, painting with mud, climbing the tree, making bug hotels, searching for minibeasts and tracks of different animals.
The children love to learn in variety of ways and thoroughly enjoy the opportunities forest school provides. Children particularly enjoy using tools safely. They have been able to saw wood and using hammers.
 
PE
 
This year we are having a PE instructor teach from Pro Stars. PE is on a Tuesday morning. Please make sure all kit is named and in school for a Tuesday, 
 
Home Learning
Reception  
In Holly Leaves each child will be provided with an exercise book to complete activities at home. This will be given to you during parents consultations. 
Warm Fuzzies
 
Children try to earn warm fuzzies (pom poms) to fill a jar. Once the jar is full the children can choose a treat that they would like as a class. We then decide our treat using a voting system to ensure it is fair. The children earn warm fuzzies for making someone proud of them . Warm fuzzies can be given out by anyone, children or adults. The children are now identifying what actions can produce this feeling and are striving to work hard and be polite.

EYFS Playground Improvements

We’ve made some exciting new developments to our EYFS outdoor learning environment with the addition of innovative resources.

We now have a fantastic selection of messy play equipment to encourage investigative learning, teamwork and sensory development.

For example, our new Mud Box and Potting Table encourages children to take an interest in the natural world and plant life cycle as science is brought life outside.

The Giant Playhouse is another fantastic addition to our outdoor area. The children can use the playhouse as a focal point for their games as they transform this wonderful resource into pretend shops, travel agents and restaurants!

For this project, we worked with Pentagon Play who design and install outdoor learning environments for schools and nurseries.

You can visit their website here – www.pentagonplay.co.uk

Pond Diary 
 
We go out to visit the pond regularly to see what we can see. We have recently noticed a large amount of frog spawn! Children have enjoyed going out and seeing the changes. We went out today to do some pond dipping and we found tadpoles! We will continue to go pond dipping so we can see how the tadpoles grow into frogs.
SCHOOL CLOSURE
 
In the event of a school closure, please find tasks and activities below.
Please use your purple home learning books to record the activities where possible. 
 
PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON TWITTER (@littledeansch) AS MISS MAY WILL BE REGULARLY POSTING IDEAS AND LINKS TO INTERESTING ACTIVITIES AND SITES. THERE WILL ALSO BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO POST PHOTOGRAPHS OF YOUR CHILDREN DOING THE ACTIVITIES AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF THEIR CREATIONS. 
 
Contact Details 
 
Don't forget that you can use our class email to share the activities you have completed at home. I will update the website with the pictures I receive so we can share your experiences. Feel free to ask any questions. 
hollyleaves@littledean.gloucs.sch.uk
 
Resources to support understanding
 
The current pandemic is confusing for all of us. In particular it can cause a lot of anxiety and worry in children and is difficult for adults to explain in an age appropriate way. Twinkl have released a story book to explain Covid 19 in an child friendly way. Please read before you share with your child to ensure you believe it is appropriate.
Spellings
 
Every Friday, children will are sent home with their spellings for the week. The yellow highlighted words are the ones they are practising at home and in school. On Thursday, we check the children's knowledge to see if they have remembered how to spell them. We then update the list and send to you
I have added the spelling list below for you to work through at your child's pace. It is important that children are confident to spell the words independently and at a range of different times before moving on. Encourage the children to write their spellings in sentences to challenge them. 
Underneath  the spelling lists are some different templates we use at school to practise their spellings which you can use. 
Phonics - Actions
 
At school children explore one sound at a time and learn it through actions. Below is the action mat that we follow. Please go over these actions during free time so that the children remember their phonics. 
Letter Formation 
 
In Holly Leaves, we follow a phonics scheme. Children have been looking at individual sounds and learning how to form the letter correctly. Below is a letter formation mat that we use alongside the rhyme. We encourage the children to not take the pencil off the paper to write the letter in one go (rather than adding flicks). 
40 Activities 
 
Below is a home learning grid which contain 40 activities you could do at home. They include a range of subjects/areas of learning. Please encourage the children to choose which activities they like and record in their home learning book. This can be recorded from a note by yourselves, photos or the children writing/drawing. 
Lego Challenge! - Expressive arts and design
 
Children love lego (and some adults do too)! 
Below is a 30 day lego challenge. Have fun and encourage the children to be imaginative as possible.
 
 
Story Telling - Literacy 
 
In Holly Leaves we do Talk for Writing. We learn stories and retell them using actions. We then record the stories by doing story maps. These are pictures for sections of the story from beginning to end. 
Have a go at retelling the story of The Gruffalo using actions. Encourage the children to think of actions for key words. If you don't have the story, the link is below. 
 
After they have learnt the story, have a go at recording it using actions. Below is the Story Map template that they can use. If you don't have a printer, just let them have a scrap piece of paper to record. 
Online Resources - Twinkl 
 
Twinkl is an online resource which provide teaching materials which children can access at school and home. They are created by qualified teachers and follow the curriculum. During this uncertain time, they have released a password for free access to their resources. 
Password: CVDTWINKLHELPS
 
You can create an account free for a period of time. 
Below is a link to their school closure packs. Have a look and feel free to look throughout the website to find activities you would like to do with your child.
 
Online games - Maths 
 
There are a variety of games available for children to access on the internet. I have attached a few websites below which children can explore to learn different skills. 
Maths - Adding 
 
Children have explored adding using objects and pictures. Children have begun looking at number lines to add and subtract. Below is addition and subtraction worksheets from Twinkl that demonstrates how to do this. Please feel free to do this with your own numbers on a scrap piece of paper too. 
 
 
Phonics - Sounds 
 
On the last day, children will take home a list of sounds that they are currently working on. Please complete activities around these sounds. Hide and seek is a good game. Put the individual sounds on pieces of paper and hide them around the house. Encourage the children to come back after each one they find and tell you what sound they have got. 
 
During phonics, children explore one sound at a time. They learn an action that goes alongside the sound. We primarily look at the sound a letter makes as opposed to the name of the letter (pure sounds). Below is the mat the children access to remind them of the actions. Please go through this at home to ensure children retain the sounds they know and learn some new ones too. 
Teach your monster to read - Phonics
 
In Holly Leaves, children access a website called teach your monster to read once a week. This is a free website which you can also use at home. Children can work through different games to learn how to recognise sounds and read/make words. 
 
I have added the link below. There are 3 different starting points. 
1 - First Steps (for children learning their sounds)
2- Fun with Words (confident with early sounds and ready to move on)
3 - Champion Readers (for those reading short sentences) 
 
Choose the correct game for you child. 
Online Phonics Games 
 
Phonicsplay.co.uk is a website full of interactive phonics games. During the current situation they are providing login details to access the website free of charge. 
 
Username: march20
Password: home
 
The majority of children in Holly Leaves are working at phase 2/3. See how they get on with the phase 2 games first and if it appears they are ready, have a go with the phase 3 games.
Online decodable comics - Phonics Play 
 
Phonics play also have an additional website where they have uploaded online decodable comics. This is a great resource for children to access at home when they have already read through their reading books. They vary on topic and are very interesting and engaging for young children. 
High Frequency Words - Phonics
 
In phonics we learn high frequency words (tricky words). These are a mixture of words that come up a lot in reading books and words that can not be sounded out (e.g. the).
 
Below is a word mat of the High Frequency Words we explore through reception. Spend some time encouraging the children to learn how to spell them. You might like to initially ask them to spell them  independently to find out which words they know and which they need to learn. 
Phonics - Tricky Words 
 
During phonics, we explore tricky words in a range of ways. We particularly enjoy singing songs. Below are our favourite tricky word songs. 
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Keeping Active 
 
In Holly Leaves, we timetable periods of the day to complete exercises. We call this 'wake and shake'. It is important to have this time before starting a calmer activity. Below are a few of our favourite videos we use. Feel free to join in! 
 
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PE at home
 
Joe Wicks (also know as The Body Coach) has announced that he will delivering online PE sessions. These will be released every weekday at 9am. This will be available on his YouTube channel. The videos will be 30 minutes long and accessible for all ages. Video below for further information 
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Shadow drawing -24th March
 
It is such a beautiful day today so why not make the most of the sun. Explore the sun by making shadows and creating pictures. 
Simply choose a few of your favourite toys and take them outside with a piece of paper. Place them on the piece of paper, arranging them to make a big enough shadow. Draw around the shadow to create the drawing. 
 
 
How to make an insect hotel - 26th March
 
I love this easy to follow instruction poster to make an insect hotel. It has been made by the wildlife trust and offers two different versions (if you're up to the challenge). Make the most of the sun by making it outside and once you have made the hotel, keep an eye on it daily to see what bugs enjoy their new home.
Top tip: why not write a insect hotel diary. Visit daily and write a sentence/draw a picture of what you find.
Time Capsule - 27th March 
 
During this unprecedented time, it's important to look to the future and see the positives. Why not create a time capsule to remember this moment and be a part of history! Below is a document from 'Great Minds Together' giving step by step instructions on how to make your very own time capsule. Have fun and discuss why you are doing this with your child. 
Baking Bread -30th March 
 
Baking bread is a fun and easy activity that you can do as a family. Measuring the ingredients in cups mean that children can take a really active role and count, an ideal opportunity for maths! 
 
Below is an easy recipe to follow. 
Vehicle race with numbers -31st March 
 
Play this fun game and see who wins!
You will need:
A large piece of paper and pen or go outside with a piece of chalk
A toy vehicle each 
Long cardboard tube
 
Work together to write the numbers 0-10 in a vertical number line. Have a go at releasing your vehicles from the top of the cardboard tube, making sure the end is at 0. Did your vehicles go further? Can you continue the numberline? Get the children guessing what number they need to go up to. Support the children when necessary. 
 
Get the children to record each race and give points to the winner from each round to make it more competitive. 
 
Have fun! 
 
Read, roll and retell - 1st April
 
Sometimes reading can feel like a chore and we can forget the importance of understanding the story by asking questions. This resource below is a great idea to keep children engaged after they have read a story. Simply get the children to choose one of their reading books and read it to you. Then get a dice and let them roll the dice to choose a question that they have to be asked. Don't worry about asking every question on the sheet each time. Maybe just roll the dice twice! 
Car Maths - 3rd April
 
In Holly Leaves we try to explore maths in a variety of ways. I have previously done something similar below and put numbers on cars and the children have to match to the correct parking spot. I really like the idea below because it is easy to resource and doesn't take a lot of time. Feel free to change the questions to suit your child. 
Option 1:matching dots to numerals
Option 2: matching adding sentences to numerals
Options 3: matching adding and taking away sentences to numerals
For a challenge: try doubling. We started looking at this before we closed. 
Learning sounds and applying - 6th April
 
Before we closed each child took home a list of sounds they are working on. Another fun way to practise these sounds are by watching short phonics videos. A video the children enjoy watching is 'Geraldine the Giraffe'. Geraldine explores one sound per video and looks at different words containing that sound. Try watching the video for the sound they are working on and then work together to sound out and write short words containing the sound. For a challenge, try writing the word in a sentence. Can you use two words with that sound in your sentence? 
 
Example of the video is below: 'igh'
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Make some music! 8th April
 
Why not use this time to make music out of recyclable materials? Be inventive as you like. I would love to see some videos of your compositions!
Below is a video from Kaboom Percussion making music using plastic bottles for inspiration (isn't it amazing!) 
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Nature Pictures - 10th April
 
Pick some flowers and leaves and become artists! The idea below is a great way to use your imagination differently. Simply arrange the petals and leaves to make dresses or outfits and draw the person in a pose. 
 
I would enjoy seeing your creations so please email pictures of them!
 
 
Challenge:
Make up a name for your new character and write it under your picture. Then write what their favourite thing to do is (I have a feeling these creatures might be mischievous!) 
Maths at home - 14th April
 
Below are some ideas from twinkl with maths activities you can do at home. They cover different aspects of maths that we teach in reception. They are easy to resource and fun to complete. 
Word Wheel - 15th April
During phonics we do lots of work on individual sounds and complete a variety of activities to secure their phonological understanding. When learning new sounds, it is important to explore different words containing that sound. Below is a new activity which is a great way to explore the sound and words you can create. Choose to draw any sound the child is working on in the middle and sounds around the edge which make words. If they make a word which isn't real, we call it a monster word! 
The Queen's Knickers! Home Learning Grid
 
Below is a home learning grid for this week. It is based around the book 'The Queen's Knickers' and includes a variety of different activities you can complete at home. I would love to see the photos of their work so feel free to email me! 
 
Have fun.

Religious Education - Home Learning 

This term within RE we would have been looking at our topic ‘Being special: where do we belong?’

Below are some ideas you can access to complete this at home.

White Rose Maths - Home Learning Activities 
 
White Rose Maths is a scheme for teaching mathematics throughout primary and further. They have released home learning documents to support parents teaching at home. 
 
The White Rose Maths Team has prepared a series of five maths lessons for each year group from Year 1-8. We will be adding five more each week for the next few weeks. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully.
 
I have attached the link to their home learning resources below. They are adding new resources every week so make the most of it by checking back weekly. Reception children should access the Early Years section. Some resources are below the ability of some of the children, so feel free to also explore Year 1 work if you feel this is the case.
 
The Night Pirates 
 
This weeks home learning grid is based around the story The Night Pirates. There are links included for different resources to support learning. Below the grid is the two logins required to access two of the websites. Have fun!
Prayer Space 
 
Due to our recent change of the school motto, we were due to complete a prayer space day in order to explore the true meaning of 'Loving one another, building each other up'. One of our governors, Linda Blagg, has very kindly created a resource to learn about our motto through a bible story and further activities. Please share the below resource with your children.
VE Day ~ 75th Anniversary
Friday 8th May 2020

VE Day, which stands for Victory in Europe Day, was the day on which allied forces announced the surrender of Germany in Europe on May 8th, 1945. It marked the end of Adolf Hitler’s reign and was a cause for celebration all over the world. At 3pm that day, Prime Minister Winston Churchill told the nation that the war was over. In London, a crowd of 50,000 celebrated the momentous event in Piccadilly Circus, cheering and waving flags in the street. This year is particularly poignant, given that it’s the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Just because we can’t get together and mark VE Day with our school community in person, it doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to celebrate within the safe bubbles of our own homes. We would like to invite you and your family to a virtual twitter stay at home street party.

We would like you to plan a Stay at Home Street Party for Friday:
  • What will you have to eat at your party?
  • Will it be in keeping with the food of the 1940s?
  • Will you do any baking?
  • Will you make decorations (bunting, flags)?
  • Will you play 1940s music?
  • Will you dance in 1940s style (Lindy hop)? 
  • What will you wear? 1940s style or red, white and blue?
On Thursday, we will post a suggested itinerary related to national events throughout the day to help you plan when to have your party on the Friday. 
 
This is a fantastic opportunity for the whole school community to come together through twitter. Please take photographs of your special event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day and turn them into a collage and post on twitter.
 
Let's honour the heroes of WW2 and think about our own NHS heroes of today. 
Monday 11th May - Counting Towers
 
Today your challenge is to practice your counting and number recognition to 20. Play this fun game with an adult using blocks and number cards. Follow the instructions below and take lots of pictures to send to me on the Holly Leaves email address. I look forward to seeing your maths work. 
BBC Bitesize resource 
 
Below is a link to BBC Bitesize Early Years who have created a great collection of activities/links to complete home learning 
Tuesday 12th May - Comparing numbers 
 
Today I would like you to explore comparing two numbers and decide which one is greater/less than the other. We explore this at school with the symbols below:
'<' = less than 
'>' =greater than 
 
A fun way to remember this is to pretend the symbol is a crocodile's mouth (see resource below). The crocodile is always hungry! He wants to eat the bigger number to fill his belly so will point towards the bigger number, ready to eat it up!
E.g 4 < 8
There are a range of ways you can do this. You can do it with bricks and create towers as practical way to demonstrate your understanding. There is also a worksheet below you could use. Have fun and I look forward to seeing your work! 
Reading books online - Big Cat
 
I have posted a few sites previously for you to access for reading books (see previous posts). Big Cat books are offering free access to their reading books. We have a selection of these reading books at school. 
How to access:
Click on the link below
Go on as 'teacher'
Username: parents@harpercollins.co.uk
Password: Parents20!
Click on the top right icon with 'Big Cat'
Explore the bands to find the appropriate level. It is important they don't struggle and are able to sound out most words, recognising the majority of sounds in the book.
 
Youth Sports Trust - Home Learning Cards
 
YST has produced a range of activity cards of different skills you can practice at home. These are really accessible and most can be altered depending on what equipment you have available. Have fun!
Wednesday 13th -Mathletics workbooks
 
Mathletics have released free home learning booklets for all primary age children. They are great to pick up and work through for a session every day as they cover a range of skills! 
Find the resources below. 
Writing task - create an animal or plant
 
Can you create an animal or plant using your imagination? Think of animals/plants you already know and choose certain features that you like to create your very own. Use the resource below to help you and even have a go at creating a fact sheet to tell everyone the key information. I would love to see your creations so don't forget to email me your work! 
 
Guess the Object Quiz
 
Are you beginning to forget what school looks like?
Test your observation skills with this quiz.
 
Below is a PDF copy of the quiz posted on twitter. Look carefully at the photograph and work out what the object is and/or where in the school it is. Record your ideas on the sheet. On Friday at 10:30 log on to twitter where Miss May will post each photo-snippet at a time giving you a chance to submit your answer in the comments section. After a few minutes, she will upload a video revealing the answer. Have fun!
 
Thursday 14th - Home Learning pack 
 
These home learning packs have been produced by classroom secrets which cover a range of key skills. They are really inviting and can be completed at the children's pace. Below are the resources for reception and year one.
Wash the word
 
Have fun learning your spellings and tricky words! Write the words in chalk and get someone to choose one word at a time and call it out to you. Use a brush and water to wash the word away! You can use the high frequency word mat as your words to practice. 
Friday 15th - What makes ten?
 
Today I would like you to work on number bonds to ten. Find out what two numbers added together makes ten. 

First get a large piece of paper or cardboard and draw a circle. Then write single numbers on sticky notes, writing each number from 0 - 10 twice. Arrange these sticky notes on either side of your circles.

To play the game: find pairs of sticky notes that equal ten and put them together in the circle. Keep going until all the sticky notes are matched up and in the circle. Use resources to help you. Line up 10 toys. Choose a sticky note and move the amount of toys to one side. How many more do you need to make 10? (How many left?)

Challenge: what two numbers make 20? 

Oak National Academy
 
Oak National Academy is a website which have created online lessons for a range of year groups. They are a great resource as they cover different subjects and are taught by teachers. Some of lessons are finished with a quiz which you can complete together.
Find the link below.  
CVC Word Building 
 
For this activity, all you need are some letter tilles or alphabet beads, 3 paper bags, and a sheet of paper. 
Take 3 brown paper bags (or bowls etc) and label them C-V-C (consonant, vowel, consonant).  Fill the bags with the appropriate tiles (divide the consonants into 2 separate bags).
On your sheet of paper, make 2 columns.  One will be for real words and one will be for monster words (made up words)
Invite your children to draw letter tiles from the bags, in the the correct order.  They should grab one consonant, one vowel, and another consonant.
Ask them to put the letter tiles in a row and sound out the word. Then, ask them if the word is a real word or a nonsense word.

Have your child place the word on the paper, in the right column.
Continue letting your children draw letter tiles, make words, and sort them into the correct category.
Why not play along with them and see who get the most real or monster words!
Nature outfits
 
Why not use the sunny weather to explore the different colours and textures you can find in nature?
Get a piece of cardboard and draw your outfit. Print a picture of your face and glue on top. Cut out the outfit and off you go. Don't forget to take lots of photos. See how many different outfits you can find. 
Online Phonics Lessons
 
The Department for Education has funded online phonics lessons with the Wandle English Hub. These lessons are released as YouTube videos on their website daily. The videos are around 20 minutes long and cover sounds learnt, one new sound, blending and tricky words. This is a great way to keep phonics going during home learning. They currently have 20 sessions available on their website so work through them at the correct pace for your child. Don't forget to practice some writing afterwards using the letter formation mat higher up to ensure correct formation. 
The Maths Factor
 
This online maths subscription is currently offering free access to primary aged children. The Maths Factor is a great website for children to practice different maths games through daily lessons or individual games. This is definitely worth signing up and exploring to develop their learning. 
Jam Tarts
 
Follow the simple recipe below to make some delicious jam tarts! Once you have finished, write or draw pictures to explain how you made them. Please share your recipes with the class email as the children in school will make jam tarts next week using your instructions!! 
Year 1 - Geography 
 
Learn about Shanghai through BBC Bitesize and learn about their culture, buildings and transport including an introduction to the country of China and the wider continent of Asia. Follow the link below to access the daily lesson resource. 
The Snail and the Whale - Maths
 
This week on White Rose Maths they are basing their maths lessons on the Julia Donaldson book The Snail and the Whale. Access the resources using the link below every day this week. On their website they have activities to complete. 
The Snail and the Whale
 
In Holly Leaves we do Talk for Writing. We learn stories and retell them using actions. We then record the stories by doing story maps. These are pictures for sections of the story from beginning to end. 
Have a go at retelling the story of The Snail and the Whae using actions. Encourage the children to think of actions for key words. If you don't have the story, the video is below. 
 
After they have learnt the story, have a go at recording it using actions and send the class email a video! Below is the Story Map template that they can use. If you don't have a printer, just let them have a scrap piece of paper to record. 
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The Snail and the Whale - Rock Snails! 
 
You will need:
 
Rocks
Sharpie Pens
Play Doh
Googly Eyes
 
Roll a sausage shape to make the body of your snail. Decorate your stone on both sides for your snail's shell with sharpie pens (or paint). Fit together to make a snail and add on your googly eyes. 
Salt dough decorations - Whale
 
Salt dough is a versatile craft mix that becomes solid when dry. It is basically an easy, child friendly version of clay! It is very easy to make which means children can be fully involved in the process. Find the recipe below. 
 
Why not make Whale from The Snail and the Whale?
Please take photos of your creations so we can upload them to share with the class. 
Snail fact file!
 
Can you produce a snail fact file? Watch the video below about snails and slugs to find out some interesting facts. Using the following template, choose some of the facts you have learnt and record. Complete some further research to include some wow facts!! Share these on the class email. 
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Term 6 - Week 2 The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza 
 
This week your home learning activities will be based on the adaptation story of The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza! Activities will be added below. Find the link to the story on youtube For you to story map. 
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Tuesday's Activities 
 
After designing your pizza using the template above, it's time to get cooking! 
Using the link below, start your dough today. You can leave your dough to prove for 24 hours so can continue you pizza tomorrow. Don't forget to take pictures to email or upload on the twitter page! 

Maths - Measuring Leaves

This activity combines math skills with a scavenger hunt. Challenge the children to find the biggest leaf (or the smallest leaf) in your garden or out on a walk and get them to measure and compare. They can even record the results on a piece of paper, if they wish.

You Will Need:

  • leaves
  • ruler
  • piece of paper and penci to track results and observations

Give the ruler to them and ask them to measure some leaves for you.

"How big of a leaf can you find? How big do you think it will it be?"

Encourage them to pick up a leaf, lay it flat on the ruler, measure it from stem to tip and tell you what the measurement is. At this point, they may either not know centimetre or forget to use this measurement, so remind them when they read you the number and record together on a piece of paper. 

Wednesday Activities 
 
Today is the day to get your pizza in the oven! Your dough should now be proved and ready to add your yummy toppings to that you chose when designing your pizza.
We would love to see pictures of you cooking and your creations!
Find further activities below.
Farm Animals Movement Game 
 
Why not play a game that gets everyone moving? Use these cards to explore moving like animals. Why not involve your family and choose a card without showing them and act out the movements, getting them to guess which animal you are! Can you guess what card they choose?
Split Pin Chick Craft 
 
Follow the instructions below to create your very own chick craft. I would love to see your creations so don't forget to email or share on twitter! 
Thursday Activities 
 
I hope your pizza making went well and that you enjoyed eating them! Find below the activities for today's home learning. 
Counting Farm Animals
 
You will need:
Farm animals toys
Lolly sticks or cocktail sticks
Play dough
Dice
 

To set up the fencing use little pieces of play dough to stand four pieces of fence up to make a square. Set up two fence squares. If you do not stick, draw a square for the fence on two pieces of paper.

Then set out at least twelve farm animal toys and a die.

To play, roll the die once and count out that number of farm animals and place them in one fence square. Then roll the die again, taking turns and count out that number of farm animalsinto the other fence square.

Next, an adult can ask the child:

  • Which fence has more animals?
  • Which one has fewer animals?
  • Do the fences have an even amount of animals?
  • How do you know?
  • How many altogether?
You could extend this by recording addition statements to represent the animals.
Animal Balloon Herding 
 
This game looks super fun and should burn some energy!
You will need:
Yellow, pink and white balloons
Sticky tape
Black marker
Yellow, black and white card
 
To get ready: Simply blow up the balloons, tie the end in a knot and decorate each balloon to look like a farm animal. 
 
To play: This game can be played indoors or outdoors (whilst it is windy to make it more fun!). Make four different agreed on areas for each of the animal balloons. Either work as teams or individually with a timer. Herd the four types of animal balloons into four different areas as quickly as you can. Record your scores!
Friday Activities 
 
Every Friday at school we go out to forest schools. Why not take your home learning outside today and do your own forest schools activities?
Below are some activities you can complete. I would love to see your learning, so don't forget to share through email or twitter.
Gloucestershire Virtual School Games
 
Unfortunately, the School Sports Day isn't able to happen this year. However, that isn't going to stop us. We would like you all to take part in the Gloucestershire Virtual School Games. We will be competing against other Gloucestershire schools. 
Below is all you need to know for challenge 1. You have until Thursday 18th June to submit your results by emailing them to our class email hollyleaves@littledean.gloucs.sch.uk