w/c 22.6.20 FS2 Home Learning

  • 21st Jun, 2020 at 3:56pm


Welcome to another week!  This week, we are staying in the oceans but focusing mainly on fish.  This will be our last ‘watery week’ before we move on to something different next week. 

Let start by listening to the story of ‘The Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister:


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 rainbow fish feel when the little blue fish asked him for a scale?
  • Why do you think that the author said that the rainbow fish was ‘not just an ordinary fish’?
  • What did the rainbow fish do when the other fish invited him to play?
  • Why did the other fish start to turn away when the rainbow fish swam by?
  • What other suggestions do you think that the wise octopus could have made to the rainbow fish?
  • What do you think that the story tells us about being a good friend?
  • Can you retell the story? (by the end of the week)

How about another fishy story…



  • 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.


All groups:

In the Rainbow Fish story above, the rainbow fish learned how to make his friends feel special.

Think about some of the things you could do to make your friends feel special too.

Hedgehogs/ Owls group:

Write two ideas about how you could make a friend feel special.  Make sure that they are full sentences and start your sentence with a capital letter and finish each sentence with a full stop.


Write one full sentence of how you can make a friend feel special.  Finish your sentence with a full stop.

How to help your child to 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 we are completing our ‘friends’ topic which is a time when we reflect on the learning that we have done throughout the past three weeks in RE.

Ask your child:

  • How friends make us feel happy, comfortable and glad.
  • What breaks and mends friendships.
  • How Jesus is our friend.

At this stage, some children will begin to talk about their experiences and feelings about what a friend is.   Some children will begin to talk about making friends and when friendships go wrong.    Some children will begin to wonder about what makes people friends.

Some children will begin to recognise that Christians show love for one another because Jesus asked them to do so.      

Some children will begin to recognise Jesus’ rule for friends and his words ‘love one another’.

Choice of Activities:

  • As this is the final session of friendship, the activity needs to come from the child – it is their own personal response to what they have discovered over the past three weeks.  Ask your child to respond to the teaching by talking/ drawing/ roleplaying what they think is important about friendship.
  • They could say a short prayer about being a friend or about showing forgiveness.
  • They could make something special for a friend.


As mentioned in last week’s blog post, we have now completed all of the maths needed for starting year 1.  Please use the remaining weeks to go over all of the learning of these aspects:

  • Knowing all of the numbers 0-20.
  • Be able to place the numbers 0-20 in order.
  • Be able to say one more than a number in a sentence (eg. One more than 12 is 13)
  • Be able to say one less than a number in a sentence (eg. One less than 18 is 17)
  • Be able to add two numbers together by counting on (eg. 6 plus 4 is equal to 10)
  • Be able to subtract by counting back (eg. 15 take away 3 is equal to 12)
  • Be able to double numbers (eg. Double 4 is equal to 8)
  • Be able to subtract numbers (eg Half of 12 is equal to 6)
  • Be able to share amounts equally (eg. 12 shared between 3 is equal to 4)

If your child requires practise at any of the above, just have a check back on some of the previous weeks on the blog.

If your child can do all of the above, let them have a go at the following problem solving questions – This week, the problem solving focus on word problems around addition and subtraction (allow your child objects to help them to solve the problems!


Fun ideas:

  • Science and Creativity:

First, make a rainbow fish and use glitter, foil and/ or sequins to make it shiny.  You could use this template:


Then, in daylight show how the glitter sparkles and shines.  Explain how at the bottom of the ocean, there is no daylight and it is very dark.  Ask your child if they think that their fish would sparkle at the bottom of the ocean.  Investigate: get your child to take the fish somewhere dark (eg. a cupboard).  Let them experiment with a torch shining on the fish too.  Conclude: to make the fish sparkle, we need a source of light!

  • Make some fish out of salt-dough. You could even decorate them with paint, glitter or sequins.  Your sea creatures don’t even have to all be fish, you could research lots of underwater creatures and make your own aquarium of different creatures like an octopus, starfish, sharks, lobsters…

Saltdough recipe: combine 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of flour and ½ cup of water.  Mix the ingredients together.  Knead together for 10 minutes (you may need some flour to stop it sticking to the surface).  Make your sea creatures!  Once finished, place the creatures on a baking tray and put in a low oven (150°c / Gas Mark 2) for approximately 3 hours.

  • Learn the names of different sea creatures with this fun game (you can even click on the creating your own ocean on the right hand menu on this website for more fun):



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.

Enjoy your learning!

Mrs Swift xx

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