w/c 27.4.20 FS2 Home Learning

  • 26th Apr, 2020 at 1:22pm

Welcome back everyone!  I hope that you all had a fantastic Easter break and have been making the most of the Spring sunshine.  Just like before the Easter holidays, I will continue to put ideas for home learning onto the blog each week so that there are lots of things to keep you all busy!


This week, we are thinking about the changes that we may see in Spring in our environment.

Please click on the link below to access the story of ‘Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms’.


It is best 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).

  • Why do you think that Fletcher may have felt worried when he first saw the ‘snow’?
  • What do you think may happen to spring flowers if snow was to fall during late-Spring?
  • What do you think Fletcher might see when Spring turns into Summer?  What activities might he do in the Summer?
  • What might you see appearing on a tree once the blossom falls to the ground?  How might you find out?
  • How do you think Fletcher felt at the end of the story when he was told that the snow that he had seen was in fact blossom?  Why do you think that?
  • Can you retell the story? (by the end of the week)


  • 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.  You just need to click on the Storytime blog post on the FS2 blog.


Take a look outside: go for a walk or look around your garden and look carefully at what you can see around you.  Are there new plants? How do the trees look different? Can you spot any creatures around?  Keep a note of your discoveries.

Hedgehog/ Owls group: After looking for changes in nature, write a factsheet about what you have found.  Write each sentence in a factual way (the way you would see sentences written in a non-fiction book).

Eg. ‘In late Spring, leaves are bursting out of their buds on the trees’. 

Challenge: try to use some interesting vocabulary (eg.  I used ‘bursting’ instead of ‘coming’ in the sentence above).

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:

After looking for changes in nature, write a list of changes that you have seen:

Eg.          Leaves on trees

                A bee on a flower

                Some pink blossom

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, we are starting a new RE topic called ‘Good News’.  This week, the children will be recognising that everyone has good news to tell to other people.

Listen to the story of the Jolly Postman as an introduction to the topic:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpeo_0yoD0k

After watching the story, try asking the following questions:

  • Who received the good news?
  • How did they receive the good news?
  • How did they feel?

We all have good news to share with others (like in the example above)

Choice of RE activities:

  • Think of an example when you have shared some good news.  Draw a picture to show what the good news was.
  • Collect items of good news Eg. cards, photographs, star of the week certificates, party invitations etc. which recall good news.  Make your own scrapbook of good news.
  • Play Chinese Whispers with members of your family – send around a piece of good news and see if it gets to the end.


Halving amounts

Explain that halving means that we chop things right down the middle into two equal parts.  Liken this to chopping a pizza or an apple in half.  You could try folding a piece of paper in half so that each side is exactly the same.

Try completing the following drawings – can you draw the other half of the road signs?  Describe the 2d shapes according to the number of sides and corners on each shape!


Once they have understood the concept of halving, talk to them about how we can halve amounts.  You could demonstrate this with sultanas/ orange segments – split the amount in half so that you can eat half each.  Use the sentence structure: ‘Half of six is equal to three’ substituting your own amounts in!

Then have a try at this activity:


When completing the activity, remember to get the children to say out loud the sentence structure each time (eg. Half of eight is equal to four).

If you have a printer, you could print off the following board game (you may need to remind the children what doubling is) or if you do not have a printer, try drawing your own board game.  Explain that doubling is the opposite of halving.  Each time the person takes their turn, they need to check carefully whether they are being asked to double or halve the number.  It may help to have some objects for the children to use to work out the halves and doubles! Again, each time, ask the children to say the sentence structure ‘Half of 6 is equal to 3’, ‘Double 2 is equal to 4’.


If you are feeling really confident, Try playing the online halving game:


Each time you solve an equation, encourage your child to say the sentence structure (eg ‘half of six is equal to three’)

Remember to keep practising your number recognition with all numbers to twenty.

Fun ideas:

  • Make a blossom tree painting a bit like this one:


  • Be a flower detective (either on a walk or in your garden).  Can you spot any of things on this checklist:


  • Plant some seeds to grow your own plants or flowers (you may be able to buy some in the supermarkets or order online).


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.

If you have any comments to share or any questions about the learning tasks, please leave comments on the blog and I will get back to you!

Take care and enjoy the activities!

Mrs Swift xx


  • Emily
    28th Apr, 2020 at 10:30amm

    Hi Mrs swift, I hope you are well and had a good Easter, I am missing school and all my friends so much. My mummy has been posting pictures of my work to my build a profile have you been receiving them?
    See you soon
    Emily Moore 🙂

    • Mrs Swift
      28th Apr, 2020 at 3:03pmm

      Hello there Emily,

      I found your pictures today. You look like you have been following the learning on the blog really well. You seem to have been doing lots of work around blossom trees (there are lots of these trees about at the moment). I love seeing blossom on the trees; it looks so pretty. Well done for all of your hard work (and a well done to mummy and daddy too). Hopefully see you soon, Mrs Swift x

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