w/c 18.5.20 FS2 Home Learning

  • 17th May, 2020 at 1:53pm


If we had been in school, this would be the last week of the half term.  So, for our final week before our official half term break, we are going to be taking a close look at ‘bees’.

Let’s make a start by listening to this week’s story of ‘The Very Greedy Bee’ by Steve Smallman:


Remember to repeat this story every day to enable the children to use the vocabulary in their play.  Ask your child lots of questions about the story (I have included some examples below).

  • How did the greedy bee act at the beginning of the story?
  • What do you think that the other bees thought of the greedy bee at the beginning of the story when he would not share the flowers? Why?
  • How do you think that the greedy bee felt when it was dark and he did not know how to get home?
  • If you had found the lost bee, how would you have helped him to get home?
  • This was a story all about kindness, can you explain why?
  • Can you retell the story? (by the end of the week)


  • Continue to access the range of reading books from the oxford owl website:


  • Word practise: Keep going through the sounds and words in your red phonics book.  Try doing ‘fred in your head’ and speed reading for fluency.
  • Keep looking at the ‘reading support’ resources that Mrs Mills has put onto the blog under ‘news’ and access your level of sounds and words.  If you are in rabbits and owls groups and are feeling confident with your sounds.  Start to learn the set 2 sounds which are all ‘special friends’ (eg. ‘ay’ in play; ‘ee’ in see).  If you are in hedgehogs group and are feeling confident with the set 2 sounds, try looking at set 3 sounds
  • Continue to read bedtime stories to your child.
  • Continue to access the Sacred Heart story time from the FS2 blog


Take a look at this clip all about a beehive:


Hedgehog/ Owls group: Make a factual poster all about bees – you could do your own bit of extra research or base it something you found out in the clip above.  You could let people know about the different jobs bees do in the hive, or even how they make honey!  Present your work in an interesting way with full factual sentences!

How to make your child be an independent writer: Remind your child to keep saying their sentence over and over again so that they can remember it well.  Do not tell your child the sounds in each word, instead encourage them to use their ‘fred fingers’ to think about the sounds in words.  Remind them to use finger spaces and finish their sentences with a full stop. 

Rabbit group:

You could have a go at the writing task above by simply writing one interesting factual sentence about what bees do and then illustrating your sentence – this way you will turn your sentence into a factual poster!

How to make your child be an independent writer: Remind your child to keep saying their sentence over and over again so that they can remember it well.  Do not tell your child the sounds in each word, instead encourage them to use their ‘fred fingers’ to think about the sounds in words.  Remind them to use finger spaces and finish their sentences with a full stop. 


This week, if we had been in school, we would be completing our RE topic of ‘Good News’.  We would usually do this in school by congregating together and sharing the learning from the past three weeks.  We would then ask the children to respond to the learning in different ways.

To do this at home, it is best to choose a quiet time (if those exist) and maybe light a candle to show that this is a reflective time where we are thinking about religious stories.  You could then have a chat with your child about how they feel when they hear some good news (eg. When they hear that they have got ‘star of the week’…) and see if they can recognise how others feel when they hear good news – this concept is harder for young children as they need to be able to think in a more abstract way.  Share what it is like to feel ‘joyful’ about hearing something – but remember that it is your child that needs to do most of the talking as this week’s session is about how they are responding to their learning from the last few weeks (although some will need prompting from you in order to vocalise their ideas fully).

Remind them about the Pentecost story and ask them if there is anything that they ‘wonder’ about in terms of the story (anything that they want to make more sense of).  Remind them:

  • that Pentecost celebrates the Good News of Jesus
  • how Jesus sent the Holy Spirit
  • of how Jesus’ friends felt at this time.


Ask your child how they would like to share Good News (eg. they may want to make a Good News card to put up in their house with a picture or a sentence to describe what they have found out about Pentecost Day).  Feel free to allow your child to express their ideas in a way that suits them!


Talking about the properties of 3D shapes.

In FS2, we have looked at the names and some of the properties of 3D shapes in class.  However, at this point in the year, we need to make sure that we can name the shapes and be able to talk about the properties of these shapes.

In order to remind you of the names of 3d shapes, have a go at playing this ‘shape shoot’ game.  On opening the link, click on the ‘3D shape’ part on the right hand side for a fun way to recap on the names:


You could now go on a 3d shape hunt around your house (it can be quite tricky to find pyramids, but give it a go.

If you want to download a worksheet to support, then you could use this one:


For another activity, you could trying making some of the 3D shapes using playdough!

Now, let’s remind ourselves of some of the properties of 3D shapes:

Faces (sometimes called surfaces)

A face is a flat or curved surface on a 3D shape. For example a cube has six faces, a cylinder has three and a sphere has just one curved face.


An edge is where two faces meet. For example a cube has 12 edges, a cylinder has two and a sphere has none.


A vertex is a corner where edges meet. The plural is vertices. For example a cube has eight vertices, a cone has one vertex and a sphere has none.

 Now, take a look at the following resource to help to recap on the properties of many 3D shapes.


Once you have had a practise of talking about the shapes using full sentences (eg.  This is a cube, it has 6 faces.  It has 8 vertices and it has 12 edges), you could try playing this quiz.  You will need powerpoint and probably a grown up to help you to read the questions…


Fun ideas:

  • I’ve noticed some boxes of wildflower seeds creeping into the supermarkets.  See if you could plant a few flowers in one area of your garden (or even in a plant pot) to attract bees.
  • Have a go at making your own bee hotel.  Use this link for a bit of inspiration: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/bees/make-a-bee-house
  • Have a go at making your own simple bee.   You could then use your bee to tell your own bee stories!!!  Take a look at these pictures for a bit of inspiration…


Remember to keep taking photographs of your child and emailing them to the 2simple/ 2buildaprofile program.  Include what your child is doing and saying and I will link it to the curriculum so that their educational profile continues to build.

At the end of the week, I will send out all of the observations from January to the present day. Then to add any of your own observations, remember that you simply need to reply to the email. Remember to add comments to each photo of what your child is doing and saying as this makes it easier to relate it to the correct part of the curriculum!

I will not be adding any learning onto the blog next week as it is half term week. However, I will be back the week after with more ideas for learning at home.

Enjoy being ‘busy bees’ this week!

Mrs Swift xx


  • Emily
    18th May, 2020 at 8:16pmm

    Hi Mrs swift
    Please can you send me the log in details for Oxford owl again please I seem to have miss placed them
    Thank you!

    • Mrs Swift
      19th May, 2020 at 9:19amm

      Hi Emily

      The username is: sacredheartfs2
      The password is: swift


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