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White Waltham CofE Academy

Ashley Hill MAT

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Ashley Hill

Multi Academy Trust


Welcome back to Foundation!

Remote learning for Spring Term 2021


Overview for the week 18th - 22 January

Collective Worship - please go the Collective Worship page on the website for details or click on the link:

Literacy: Whatever Next by Jill Murphy

This week we continue our literacy activity based on the story "Whatever Next".  The children will be writing a postcard from Baby bear to Mummy bear from the moon.

Maths:  Counting to 6,7 and 8 

This week the children will be counting up to 8 objects and showing them using concrete representations. They will be introduced to the ten frame and use counters to represent 6,7,8 in a ten frame.

Phonics:  We will continue with Speed Sounds Set 2. RWI are releasing daily phonic sessions for Speed Sounds Set 1, and/or 2 on utube which are 10-15 mins long and are available for 24 hours. I have uploaded a Speed Sounds Set 1 power point under the heading Resources. You can use this for practising the sounds visually and orally as well as for writing practise as it gives the rhyme for letter formation under each letter.   

Guided Reading:

Green words set 1.3 and 1.4 by Mrs Bird available in Resources. Only if your is ready to move on from set 1.1 and set 1.2. Children should be able to recognise the following sounds: m a s d t p g o   + c k u b (set 1.3 ) + f e l h sh (set 1.4)to sound and blend words.  Please do not worry if your child is still at the beginning stages of sounding out letters - each child learns at their own pace so rather do a little bit often and only move onto the next set of green words when your child is ready.

Topic:  Space

Various art, science experiments, songs and programmes on T.V. (Cbeebies) related to Space.


Writing booklets (provided in home learning packs)

Please ensure that children are following correct direction of letter sounds – do one letter/page a day.  If children are struggling with forming the letter in the booklet, then let them have a go at tracing the letter in salt, flour, finger paint, with chalk on a board or on the ground, or use wax crayons on paper that is stuck on a wall (vertical surface) Show them the correct starting point and direction to trace and they must say the sound as they trace it. Make sure they are use their pointing finger of the hand that they write with when tracing!  





Today the children will have a think about Baby Bear's  trip to the moon. They will pretend to be Baby Bear and decide the most exciting or best part of the trip.  Re-read the story and encourage children to look at the pictures from the story "Whatever Next" (See resources) to help them describe what Baby Bear did and saw on his trip. They can  also use their imagination and describe anything they think Baby Bear might have seen in space! 

Pretending to be Baby Bear, they will then describe the best part of the the trip to the moon. Below are some examples: 

I passed millions of stars.

I had a picnic on the moon with owl.

The moon has craters.

I flew past an astronaut and I saw a rocket.

I saw lots of planets and landed on Mars. 

Asteroids went whizzing past my rocket.



Resources needed: a collection of cubes/counters/lego or similar

Today the children will be using their counting skills to count to eight.  Before your child begins this activity, ask them the following question: which number do you start with when counting? Using cubes/counters or lego encourage your child to count out eight pieces from a bigger group. Encourage your child to count them to check they have eight. Ask your child the following questions:

What could help you to count more accurately?

How can you check that you have counted correctly?

Encouraging children to line the items up will help your child to count them correctly, as well as touching each item as they count- saying one number per item.



Today we will be revising the sounds: ay ee igh ow.  and all of Set 1 sounds (See Resources)



The children will watch Maddie's Do You Know - series 2: Episode 18 on BBC iplayer - Fast forward  to Spacesuits.

Maddie visits the space museum to find out how astronauts suits are made!




What is a postcard?  Mrs van Laar will explain a postcard and then the children will draw their postcard picture on the picture side of the card in preparation for tomorrow lesson.  The picture must be space related!  

Literacy lesson click here and postcard Postcard template in  Resources.



Resources: a collection of objects to count and a ten frame (See Resources)

The children will be counting objects up to 6, 7, and 8 and then representing using counters in a ten frame. Please see video for today's lesson.  Click here

Encourage the children to count any objects around the house and then represent in the ten-frame.  You can draw a ten frame on whiteboard and the children can use any small objects to represent 6, 7, and 8 on the ten frame.



Today's sound is oo as in poo at the zoo.  See video in Resources



Read and discuss the story of 'Katie's Starry Night'.  Click here for link Afterwards use wax resist techniques to encourage the children to create versions of Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' painting.  Begin by using crayons to draw colourful swirls in the sky and then mix blue and purple watery paint to paint over the top of the crayon swirls.  Children can also cut and stick building silhouettes from black paper to complete their picture.




Today the children will think about who they would like to send a postcard to and learn how to write the address on the postcard.  Encourage your child to learn their own address or they can make one up! 



Today the children will focus on counting different representation up to 8.  See Maths video by Mrs van Laar


Today's new sound is oo as in 'look a book' (See video in Resources)



The children will be doing cosmic yoga - Mike an Muttnik on The Moon.  Click here




Today the children will write their message on their postcard. (Watch video link to see Mrs van Laar model this lesson)



Resources: A tin and 8 marbles/ or pebbles (8 objects that make a noise as they are dropped into the tin)

Today the children will focus on counting to 8 using abstraction. (Maths lesson video to be uploaded)

Children count the number of marbles into a tin, which encourages thinking of numbers as an abstract concept as well as an amount they can physically count.  Children can check their answer by counting the marbles using one-to one, by placing them on their ten-frame.



Today's new sound is ar as in 'start the car'. (see resources )



Some interesting links that the children enjoy regarding space:

Sleeping in space:

How to wash hair in space:

Space shuttle launch from Kennedy Space Centre:

Astronauts getting ready for  blasting off :




1.1 green words.mp4

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1.2 green words.mp4

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green words 1.3.mp4

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green words 1.4.mp4

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Sound ee as in 'what can you see'


Click here for sound igh as in 'fly high.'


Click here for sound ow as in 'blow the snow'


Click here for sound oo as in 'poo at the zoo'.



Jolly Phonics Song with actions:



























Our topic is 'Destination Outer Space!'. Choose one of the home learning activities below to complete and then upload it to Tapestry for Mrs van Laar to see. 


This year we will continue to run our annual Eisteddfod, performance poetry competition. Children should choose a poem to learn by heart and practice performing this, using a loud, clear voice, expression and with gestures and actions if possible. We have provided some suggested poems based on our Spring term topic which you can use, or you are free to choose your own poem of a similar length (or children may write their own poem!). Class rounds will be held on 12th February, where all children will have the opportunity to perform their poem to the class. Winners will be selected and put forwards to the final which will be held on 4th March. If the COVID situation has not improved by then, we will use zoom for the finals.  


 Some tips for poetry telling:

1. Create actions to go with your poem- this will help you remember the words to your poem.

2. Use your "teacher voice" (big, clear voice). 

3. The most important thing is to have fun! You're telling a story through poetry so enjoy being the story teller!

Useful Websites

Here is a list of different websites which your child can visit if they wish to complete some extra practise at home in maths and/or phonics.