w/c 29.6.20 FS2 Home Learning

  • 29th Jun, 2020 at 7:49am


I’ve noticed in my garden at home that there are many, many minibeasts around at the moment.  Just some of the things that I’ve spied are ladybirds, spiders, woodlice, worms and so much more.  Every year the FS2 children love exploring minibeasts so I am sure that you will love the learning this week.  I have based quite a bit of the learning around ladybirds but we will explore other minibeasts along the way too. 

Let start by listening to the story of ‘What the ladybird heard next’ by Julia Donaldson (read by me):https://youtu.be/IDMoU-wHyKg

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).

  • What do you think the ladybird thought when it heard the two robbers planning to steal the fat red hen?
  • Would you have come up with a different plan to catch the robbers? What could it be?
  • Do you think that there is really a ‘super duper Snuggly Snerd?’  Why/ why not?
  • Do you think that the robbers will ever come back?  If they were to come back, what do you think that they would do?
  • Why do you think that the ladybird didn’t say a word at the end whilst all of the other animals were making a noise?
  • Can you retell the story? (by the end of the week)

How about another ladybird story…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFMaEVfntnM

or maybe even this one….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adyr1MpwXSg


Try reading the following sentences;

  • Ladybirds have six legs.
  • They have red wings with black spots.
  • In the summer, they live in parks and gardens.
  • In the winter, ladybirds hibernate.
  • They love to eat greenfly.
  • 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:

I think that the ladybird was extremely clever in the story above (What the ladybird heard next).  In fact, wouldn’t it be great to send a letter to the ladybird and tell it how we liked it’s plan and that it did really well to frighten away the two robbers.  We could even tell the ladybird how proud we are of it for saving the fat red hen.

Write your letter to the ladybird and at the bottom of your page, draw a picture of the ladybird or maybe some of his farmyard friends.  You can either send this to me on 2simple by email or upload your work on purple mash!

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 starting our new and final RE topic which is called ‘Our World’.

Most of our learning in FS2 is about the world that we see directly around us, but in the final RE topic, we explore further afield and see what life is like in different parts of our world.

Let’s start by watching this story:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jabC9z1I108&t=199s

Use ‘google earth’ to explore different places around the world and talk about how places are different.  Compare hot places to cold places – what grows in different places? What animals would you see in different places?  Where might you see a lion, a volcano, a rainforest, a polar bear, the northern lights, the Great Barrier Reef, a humpback whale?  Can you find these places on google earth?

Discuss the things that you really love about our world and what you love about these things!

Choice of Activities:

  • Draw a picture of something that you really love about our world – add labels/ a sentence.
  • Make something that you love about our world (eg. The Great Barrier Reef in a shoebox, a model of a giraffe…)


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.

For some ladybird maths practise, print/ make some ladybirds like on the following link:


  • Start by making number bonds to ten where the dots on the left wing plus the dots on the right wing are equal to ten.
  • You could then mix up the wings and make different addition and subtraction equations



Encourage your child to record the equation for number practise!

You could even turn this into more problem solving where you select one wing and give the answer and ask your child to find the wing that is missing

Ladybird doubles game:

This is quite a tricky game because you need to be good at doubling numbers and remember where the numbers are.  Have a go if you are confident with your doubling!


Fun ideas:

  • Have a go at making some ladybirds out of paper plates:
  • Go on a bug safari.  You could even upload your findings to the RSPB website.  The website has an ID sheet to help you and shows you how to make a pooter for examining your findings!


  • Have a go add making and/ or icing some ladybird biscuits.  Here is a recipe for you to try:
  • Complete the minibeast ‘2Do’ activities on the purple mash website!


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.

You can also upload any work (most easily by attaching as photo) to your child’s work folder on the Purple Mash website.  I will keep checking throughout each week to see what you have been up to!

Happy minibeast hunting!

Mrs Swift xx

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