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Friday 3rd April.


Easter Bonnet Day. 

If you've not made a hat yet make a quick one and wear it today at 11.OO to sing some songs with your family. Mine is just a circle of paper that I've coloured on.

Sing our Easter songs and have a mini Easter bonnet parade in your garden with your family.

How to Make a Paper Bunny Hand Puppet | Easter Craft for Kids

Have a go at making this easy paper bunny puppet or use the idea and turn it into another character if you like.

Easter Cards.

Design your own Easter cards and write a message in them for someone you love.


Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

Don't forget to keep learning your tricky words..

Phase 3 Tricky Words Song Say Hello To

The next words if you are getting really clever at remembering the first song.

Reading over the holidays.

You can continue reading with the Collins Big Cat series I shared the link last Friday so check back there to find them.

I have found some little stories on  a website called Starfall and thought you might like to use them as well.

Click on the link below and you can work your own way through them.

Don't forget to share lots of story books and talk about the stories you read.

You can continue to write what you have read from any of these sources in your reading diaries.


Thursday 2nd April.

Today I thought it would be fun if we made a musical instrument to play tomorrow for our Easter Bonnet parade at home. 

I am going to look in my recycling bin and see if there is a box or bottle I can fill with a little bit of rice or pasta. 

See what you can find.


How to Make Maracas with Plastic Bottles | SuperHands: Easy Crafts DIY Craft Ideas Videos for Kids

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The Way The Bunny Hops | Easter Bunny Song | Easter Songs for Kids | The Kiboomers

I found this Easter Bunny song I thought you would like . You can join in the actions as you sing along.

Thursday is our Writing Day.

The about our sentence.

The Bunny can hop.

See if you can write it by yourself today.

Don't forget to leave finger spaces between the words.

Maybe if you are feeling clever you could use your sounds to write another sentence of your own.

Phonics - Learn to Read | The Cat Sat on the Mat | Letter Teams | Alphablocks

The Apha blocks can help you blend letters to make say words have a go with them today.


In school we were beginning to learn about subtraction.

See if you can still remember how to do it.

Grown ups write down some simple subtraction questions

for example

7 -4 =



use objects to help solve the problems.

get the first number of objects then take away the second number.

Well done Investigators you are working so hard.


Wednesday 1st April.

Today we can find out about Easter.

Easter is a Christian Festival but some of the traditions go back a lot longer than that.

Find out about some Easter traditions in the CBeebies clip.

It also tells the Easter story told with sand pictures.  Parents you might want to watch it first and decide for yourself if you would like your child to see it. At school we usually watch the getting ready for Easter clip and then just talk about people who go to church celebrating a special day. Its a tough story for children to understand and it will depend on your families beliefs.

Easter Traditions.

talk to your family about what your family do to celebrate Easter.

At school we have an Easter Bonnet Parade.

Some people go to church.

Maybe you hunt for eggs in your garden.

You might eat hot cross buns.

Draw some pictures about what you do at Easter.



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Could you make some hot cross buns, the recipe is in the Easter Holiday section of the class pages.

If you cant make  something else or make some out of salt dough, or scrunched up paper.

weighing and measuring is all maths.

You could compare the sizes of the  hot-cross buns, or count up how many you've made and work out how many each member of the family could have. How many would you have left if you ate one or two.

some of the Investigators  and Explorers were baking outside last week in their sand pits.



Sentence and sounds

Today have a go at writing your sentence by yourself. Make your sentence with the word cards from yesterday and then turn them over.

try to write your sentence by yourself. Peep if you need to.

You have your sounds and words to practice  try to do them every day.

Phonics lesson 2: or

The next phonics lesson, learning the digraph 'or'

Tuesday 31st March.




For Maths today look at the White Rose Maths ideas I added earlier today you can find them at the bottom of today's work. 

They are based around a story and I have added the stories on Youtube in case you don't have them at home.

Phonics lesson 1: ar

a phonics lesson to teach ar

Mr Mc will teach you all about the sound ar...
its not quite how we do it at Jacksdale but its lots of fun and you can learn to read some new words.

Wash Your Hands with Baby Shark | Baby Shark Hand Wash Challenge | @Baby Shark Official

Mrs Tracey found us this song to help us remember to wash our hands.
Sing a long and wash your hands with baby shark.

Sentence work.


Our sentence this week  is 


The      bunny     can    hop.



Chop up the sentence your grown up wrote yesterday and muddle it up 

see if you can put the words back in the correct order then copy it down.

Easter Bonnet Parade. 

It will be a different Easter bonnet parade this year, lets all dust down our bonnets or have fun making new ones and have lots of mini parades in our own gardens.

If you look on the class pages for the daffodil and go to the music section you will find our Easter songs

Start learning them today so that you will be pitch perfect by Friday.

Then on Friday at 11:00 we can all sing them whilst showing off our hats. get your grown ups to make a bonnet too. Post your photos on the Jacksdale Primary school Facebook page if you would like to.


White Rose Maths

There have been a flurry of websites offering free access to parents during school closure which as parent or teacher can be overwhelming. White rose is one them that I think it would be helpful and fun to do. I have shared the link on the school facebook page. They are based on a story with activities for each day

I have put them here as a possibility that you might enjoy. Please do not feel you have to work through every one.

What the Ladybird Heard

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Monday 30th March.

This week if we were at school we would be learning all about Easter and Easter traditions.

We can still do this together even if we are at home.

I will try to find all the best Easter stories and songs for you and some lovely activities to do at home, but dont forget to have a lovely time with your family as well.

If I were the Easter Bunny Storybook // Read Aloud by JosieWose

Here is a little story I love to read at Easter. I'm glad I found it on youtube so we can still share it.

Bunny Hop.

You could make a headband with bunny ears and pretend to be the Easter bunny.

see if you can do bunny hops all over your garden. What is the biggest hop you can do?

Can you hop and carry a bucket or basket as well?

Make yourself am Easter Bunny run, put something for eggs like balls, potatoes or rolled up socks in a line in your garden. Hop along and collect them all up. Race another person in your house.

Happy Hopping.

Counting Easter Eggs.


Click on the link to play.

Our Sentence this week.


The       bunny       can       hop.




On Monday we copy the sentence so ask your adult to write it out on a strip of paper and copy it underneath.

continue to practice your sounds and words.



Ten Bunnies Counting Song 1-10 | Easter Song | Lyrics | Easter Bunny | Kids Song

You can join in with the hopping in this counting song.

Friday 27th March.


Today is our last day of thinking about what jobs people do.

I thought it would be interesting to see what jobs you think you you would like to do when you are grown up.

Here is a story to start us off.

When I Grow Up by Andrew Daddo & Jonathan Bentley

Talk about the jobs the people you know do. Mrs Latham is a teacher, I bet you see the doctor and dentist sometimes and maybe a hairdresser. We are served by shop assistants in the co-op and we see bus drivers zoom by from our playground every day.
Have a think about what kind of job you would like to do when you grow up.

Role play/dramatic play.

Pretend to do some of the jobs we've been thinking about. If you have dressing up clothes you could use them, but  you could make outfits for some jobs from your everyday clothes. My little boy used to pretend to be a baker in his toy kitchen with a woolly hat on! 

Here are few ideas,

Shops with a small table and boxes or cans,

Doctors with a medical set or homemade medical kit.

Farmer or vets with soft toy animals.

car mechanic with overalls and tools bought, real or homemade.

handyman or builder similar.

ballerina, fancy dress and some music.

at school we sneak in writing activities making signs and such like and sometimes that's fun to do.

Perhaps don't try hair dressers!! 


Reading Books.

I'm so sorry I won't be able to change your reading books this week. If you click on the link below you will be able to read one of the Big Cat Readers. look for one on your present reading band. so pink , red or yellow for the Investigators. Look on the book you currently have in your book bag. There should be a coloured sticker on its spine. If you are not sure start on a red book and see how that goes. While we are not at school you can keep your reading up by reading stories at home with your grown ups, trying these online books and reading our weekly sentences. I'm trying to find plenty of youtube videos to practise our sounds as well.

by the summer holidays we should all be able to read simple sentences and write them too. Keep going you can do it. If you make a collection of our weekly sentences it will make quite a few you can read and write. This is the way we do it at school.

"Alphabet Occupations" - ABC Jobs Song for Kids | Learn the alphabet phonics with Jobs & Occupations

Learn the alphabet and phonics sounds with the Alphabet Occupations song! What do you want to be when you grow up? Maybe an astronaut, a firefighter or an en...


Dear Investigator grown ups,

 At school we have been working on simple addition and subtraction.

I have mixed feelings about worksheets as I like to do things as practically as possible but in the current circumstances a few might be useful.

Here is an addition sheet you can use if you are able to print. If not maybe you could write out some simple addition questions for the children to do using the small objects to count out.

the children have learned about addition and subtraction to 5 or 10.  If you think this sheet is to easy or hard for your child search the site for something you feel would be better as the children naturally have differing confidence levels.

Thursday 26th March 

Today we will be thinking about the jobs a Zookeeper does.


Our sentence is


   I have got a job.

Today is our writing day so try to write the sentence all by yourself.

If you are feeling clever add the sentence

    I am a Zoo keeper.


Then draw a picture of you looking after all the animals.








Topsy and Tim Go To The Zoo | Story Time for Children

Would you like to be a zoo keeper? What kind of jobs do you think you would like to do?
Have you ever been to a zoo? you could draw a picture or write a sentence about it.

Phonics Blending Song CVC Words and More

You can read the words in your folder and practice your tricky words but if you want a change try reading the words on this video.

Sesame Street: Find the Number 14

We are up to number 14 wow!
See if you can put your number cards in order up to 14. Maybe you can find number 14 somewhere around your house.

Wednesday 25th March.


Today I have chosen a super exciting Job.

This little girl would like to be an astronaut.

Talk to your family about what kind of things an astronaut would need to be good at.





I Want To Be An Astronaut - Kids Dream Jobs - Can You Imagine That?

This is Julia and she wants to be an Astronaut, Can You Imagine That?


Things you could do.


Go and play in the garden. Be a rocket going to the moon.

land on the moon and collect some moon rocks,

count how many you have collected.

In the link below there are lots of ideas about for Maths with a space theme. There are far to many to do but I thought you might like to look at them and choose one or two to do.

You could cut some stars or planets out to decorate.






Remember our sentence.



I       have        got         a       job.


Have a read of the sentence , then don't look at it.

Try to write it without peeping.





Whatever Next!

This is a story we enjoyed reading at school. the little bear uses a box to get to space. Have you got a box or plastic tub you could use to play in?


Play dough recipes if you would like to try dough disco or just have fun !

Here are a couple of recipes but there are hundreds to try if you google homemade playdough.

Tuesday 24th March

Today we are still working on the jobs people do.

The job we will be thinking about today is baker.



Phonics and sentence work.


Our sentence will be the same one as yesterday. This time ask an adult to write it out on a strip of paper and cut it up so each word is separate. 


I have got a job.


Practice reading it a few times then muddle the sentence up. can you put it in the right order. 

then turn the words over and try to write it from memory. you can always turn them over for a quick peep if you forget.


Check your phonics books to keep on learning all your sounds.



There is a link to a site with free print out worksheets for phonics.

please do not think I am expecting you to do these with your child but if your child enjoys them and you are able to print them they are there as an option.


Read the sets of words in your reading folder a few on a daily basis.






Sesame Street: Count's Number of the Day -- 13

Today see if you can learn all about number 13. Mrs Latham used to watch Sesame Street with her children. you could count out little groups of 13 objects. check you haven't forgotten 11 and 12.

I want to be a Baker - Kid's Dream Job - Can You Imagine That?

Logan imagines what it would be like to be a baker.

What could you bake?

See if you can be a baker for your family.

May be you have the ingredients to make fairy cakes, or pancakes. 

I will add some recipes so click on the link below.

While you are at home you could start helping a little bit more with meal times.

Sandwiches  are easy to make and you can cut them in fun shapes.

Don't forget to take photos of the things you do. 


Birthday Cake coloring, drawing and painting for kids | Learn Colors | Watercolors paints for kids

Here is one way of drawing a birthday cake. You could copy this idea or make a picture of a cake in your own way.

Monday 23rd March

Phonics and Literacy.

Check in your green or Yellow books and find some of the sounds you are not sure of.

Ask your grown up helper to write them on small squares of card. you could use an old cereal packet or something like that. Now you have your own sound cards to work on.

You could make some words with them.

Lets have a new sentence to for this week.


 I     have    got      a      job.


Your grown up helper can write the sentence for you to copy today. Later in the week you can write it yourself








Count to twenty with this song today.

Numbers in the Teens (Have a Group of 10)- [a place value song for kids]

a song all about teen numbers for you to learn.

Today we are thinking about number twelve. See if you can count out twelve objects.

you could use little toys or bricks. Look at the number twelve. See if you can write it.

make a number line with the number cards in your reading folder. if you were not at school when we gave them out just as a grown up to write the numbers on cards for you. when you count you can point to each number on your number line.

Learn 12

This video shows you different ways of remembering number 12 you could try some of these at home.

I Want To Be A Pilot - Kids Dream Jobs - Can You Imagine That?

A little boy is talking about his dream job. He would like to be a pilot.
What does a pilot do? Find out in this video.

Talk about jobs.


Our topic at the moment is different jobs in the video the little boy would like to be a pilot.

What do you know about that job?

Have you ever been on an aeroplane?

Where would you go if you could go anywhere?

How high do you think a plane goes?

You could find out some facts from the internet,

There are lots of clips of real planes flying and you could also look at different types of planes.

Maybe you could draw a picture of one or make a paper aeroplane.

Start saving your boxes now because you can make great models from recycled materials.

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Do you love planes? Then check out our collection of different aeroplanes in this awesome video. Some are bi-planes, commercial aeroplanes during take-off, f...

Click the link below for ideas to make model planes.

Friday 20th March

Singing Hands: Five Little Firemen - Nursery Rhyme - Makaton Sign Language

A fun song to sing along with taking away one each time. See if you can learn some of the signs.

Creative Activity


Either paint your hand and print with it or draw round your fingers with a pencil on a piece of paper.

You can turn your fingers into firemen by drawing hats on them and jackets. join them all together with a hosepipe. Click on the link below to see an example.


Have a go at your speed sounds. Either in your little booklet or from the video we looked at yesterday.


 If you have words in your reading folder have a go at reading some of them.


I have changed our sentence.

I bet I can't trick you, can you read it? ( grown up helpers  could you write our sentences out on a strip of paper it would be nice to make a collection of sentences the children can read.


   I    am    Pam.    I can run.




Yesterday we were sorting out items to count. If you didn't get chance look for some now.

Today we are going to count out 11. Count out 11 of each of your items.

Practise writing 11 its easy just 1 and 1. Did you know that the first one is really a ten ?

below is a song that explains it all.

Numbers in the Teens (Have a Group of 10)- [a place value song for kids]

Numbers in the Teens (Have a Group of 10) this song tells you a little bit about how teen numbers work.

Londons Burning Sing A Long

This is an old song Mrs Latham can remember singing when she was little. It might be fun to learn today.

Thursday 19th March

 Here are some of the things which would be in our normal Thursday at school. If you are at home try to join in with us and write in your homework book or on some paper if you were not at school to receive one.

keep the things you do so we can look at them together when we get back. Sending love to you all.




This always our first lesson at school.

our phonics scheme is called   READ WRITE INC.

As its name implies it teaches us to read and write.

 We have two groups at school. The first working on set one sounds and the second working on set two.

if you have a green phonics booklet you work on set 1 and if it is yellow set 2.

of course once you have completed set one you can move yourself up to set two.

Every day we say our speed sounds you can use these videos to do this at home.





RWI Speed Sounds Set 1

Read Write Inc Speed Sounds: Set 1 This video is aimed to help you understand what each of the sounds in Set 1 sound like.

RWI Set 2 Sounds

Set two sounds for you to try at home


After playtime it is our maths time.

We work on numbers up to 20.

At school we would be learning to read numbers to twenty. 

So most of us know all our numbers to 10 but if you are not quite sure yet this song helps you read and recognise all the numbers to 20.

There are lots of other songs and games on the internet to help you with this, I will try to look for a good one each day.


Let's Count to 20 Song For Kids

Let's sing and count to 20 in this fun children's song!

After we have practiced our numbers we usually do some kind of practical maths activity.

fot these you will need some things you can count. Make it your job today to sort some things today that you can count. I don't know what you have at home but maybe pasta, lego bricks, small cars, paper clips hair bobbles or little toy characters. Make a little collection you can use each day. you will need twenty items.

You can use these to count out the number of the day. well start that next week.


                                    Thursday is writing day.

      Our sentences this week are


                  I am Sam.

                  I can help.

    First check you can read all the words. your grown up can help.

then cover the words up and try an write the sentence by yourself.


( note to grown up helper.You can help by saying the words really slowly helping your child to hear the sounds in the word. Really stretch the word  out as you say it.)


You could draw a picture of fireman Sam helping someone.


Then go and play firefighters out doors. You don't need anything but if you had a skipping rope or something like that you could use it for a hose , put your wellies on for firefighters boots and see if there is anyone you can help.

  The link below shows you how to make a firefighters hat. Take a photo to show us when we are all back at school.



I Want To Be A Firefighter - Kids Dream Jobs - Can You Imagine That?

Jack wants to be a firefighter. He imagines what it would be like to wear the firefighters heavy uniform and live at a fire station. Jack would exercise so t...

Story Time for Investigators.

Pete the Cat: Firefighter Pete

Pete the Cat: Firefighter Pete by James Dean Read by Let's Read Stories When the fire alarm goes off, it's Pete the Cat to the rescue! In Pete the Cat: Firef...

We use this song at school to help us learn the tricky words.

They are words that we cannot sound out using the letter sounds we know. Please also keep working on the words in your reading folders. They are the ones you should be able to work out using sounds and of course the sounds themselves in the yellow and green booklets.

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

Sing along to help you learn those tricky words..

Hello from Mrs Latham.

This week at school we have been learning all about Fire-fighters.

to link with this I have found you something to do at home.

The Fireman Sam Website has lots of things for you to look at and do at home.

Have fun.

I'll be updating our page with things to do as I find them.


This week at school we were going to be doing a firefighter training course.

you could do a mini one at home.  Do a few warm up exercises like running on the spot and jumping and stretching then see if you and your grown up can make a little obstacle course. You could do this inside if you have to but outside would be better. Use things you can find like sticks or ropes too balance along and boxes to jump over. Have fun. Maybe your adult could time your laps.


If you are self-isolating at home, feel free to access any of these websites, resources and games to keep the learning going while you can't temporarily be at school. Keep those brain cells going and have fun!

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Phonics Play

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Twinkl Parents Hub

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Classroom Secrets Kids!

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Usborne Quick Links

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Seasonal fun for Halloween and Bonfire Night.

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The Little Raindrop

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Investigating Autumn Leaves.

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Phonics Song 2

It's a phonics song with a picture for each letter. This is designed to help children learn the sounds of the letters in the English alphabet. Written and performed by A.J.Jenkins Copyright 2009 A.J.Jenkins/KidsTV123. All rights reserved. This is an ORIGINAL song written in 2009 - any copying is illegal.

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song Check out our printable phonics resources and online games! A tricky word/sight word song for children covering the, I, go, no, to, she, he and we. Tricky words, these are tricky tricky tricky tricky tricky words! Don't let them trick you!

RWI Speed Sounds Set 1

Read Write Inc Speed Sounds: Set 1 This video is aimed to help you understand what each of the sounds in Set 1 sound like.

We play outside everyday.

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We visit the Nursery Two Afternoons a Week.

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