w/c 30.3.20 FS2 Home Learning

  • 30th Mar, 2020 at 8:18am


This week, we are continuing to think about the season of Spring and how it is the month where lambs are born.

Please click on the link below to access the story of ‘Little Baa’. 


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).

  • How do the feelings of Maa (and little Baa) change throughout the story?
  • A lamb is the name of a baby sheep.  Can you name the babies of other animals such as baby cows/ horses/ dogs/ cats/ pigs…
  • Word play – select some of the more interesting vocabulary from the story such as the word ‘frisked’.  Explain the word and put it into a different sentence of your own.  Then see if your child can use the word in a sentence of their own.
  • Talk about why a farmer may shear the fleece off a sheep – what does the fleece get used for?
  • Can you retell the story? (by the end of the week)


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


Click on the pink button called ‘my class login’

Enter the username: sacredheartfs2

Enter password: swift

Then click on ‘my bookshelf’

Change the age range to 4-5 and then select a book for your child to read.

Read the same book for three days to increase fluency and then select a new book.

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.

Look 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).

Continue to read bedtime stories to your child.

KS1 staff are now putting a story on a YouTube channel every day so that you still have your story time.  Take a look on:



Hedgehog/ Owls group: We have talked in class about how a story can be split into three parts: the beginning (where the character is introduced as well as where the story is set); the middle (where there is a problem); and the end (where the problem is sorted out).

In this week’s story of ‘Little Baa’, 1) the lamb was introduced as the main character and the story was set in a field; 2) the lamb fell asleep in a hollow and his mum could not find him; 3) Ma found her lamb again and they snuggled together happily.

Have a go at writing your own three sentence story about spring (it doesn’t need to be about a lamb, your character could be a bunny or a chick or a little boy/ girl).  Remind your child to keep saying their sentence over and over again so that they can remember it well.  Encourage 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.  They could write their story in their green home challenge book.

Rabbit group: After listening to this week’s story of ‘Little Baa’ talk to your child about how baby animals are usually called by a different name to the adult animal.  Ask your child to choose an animal and write a short factual sentence about what the animal baby is called.  Eg. ‘A baby sheep is a lamb’.  Remind your child to keep saying their sentence over and over again so that they can remember it well.  Encourage to use their ‘fred fingers’ to think about the sounds in words.  Remind them to use finger spaces and finish their sentence with a full stop.  They could write their sentence in their green home challenge book.


This week, we are focused upon the time of Lent.  Read and talk about the readings below and then ask if your child can recall who helped Jesus to grow in love.  Talk to them about how at this point in the year, we are in the time called ‘Lent’.  Explain what we try to do during Lent to grow closer to Jesus.

Talk about how we can ‘love one another’ more by caring for each other, helping each other, and sharing our things.  By doing all of these things and thinking less about ourselves (and more of others), we grow more in love.

Choice of RE activities:

  • Draw a picture of you sharing, caring or helping others – put it on display in your house as a reminder of how we care for others during Lent.
  • Write a short prayer for others who may need help and care at the moment.
  • Make a Lenten promise card – put on the card (picture and/ or words) how you can grow in love like Jesus.


Addition by counting on

Parents have access to the ‘twinkl’ website which has lots of teaching resources to support the children’s learning.

Teach the children how when we are adding, we do NOT need to add by counting all of the objects we are using.  If we have 7+2=? Instead of counting out seven objects and then another five objects and then combining all of the objects to solve the equation, we can simply say that…

‘We already have seven, so we only need to ‘count on’ 2 from the number seven’

We would then say the sentence:

‘Seven plus two is equal to nine’

Have a go at practising adding by counting on using the following equations.  These can also be accessed directly through the twinkl website, which is free for parents to access whilst schools are partially closed.

Try playing the online counting on/ back game:


From the menu page, select ‘Count on & back’, then start with numbers 0-10, then advance to 0-20.

It will help if you rephrase the questions from ‘count on one from six’, to ‘find six plus one’

Each time you solve an equation, encourage your child to say the sentence structure (eg ‘nine plus two is equal to eleven’)

Remember to keep practising your number recognition with all numbers to twenty (see last week’s tasks).

Fun ideas:

  • Make a lamb out of craft materials – cotton wool, tissues, white feathers can be good to use!
  • Paint a spring picture – you could even include some new born animals
  • Print out the pictures of mothers and their young.  Cut them out and use the pictures as a matching activity.  You could put them all face down and just reveal two at a time – if they match, keep them face up.  If they do not match, turn them back over and try to remember where they are as you turn the other cards.


  • Make some homemade playdough – this ‘non-cook’ version is pretty good!



  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add food colouring to the boiling water then into the dry ingredients
  • Stir together until it makes a dough.  It looks like it will not come together at first, but just persevere and it will start to combine well.
  • Add the glycerine (optional)
  • Let it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it until it no longer feels sticky and has the consistency of playdough.  If you feel as though it is a still on the sticky side, just add a little more flour.


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.


Remember to encourage your child to talk whilst playing and have as much interaction with them and conversations as possible to enhance their speaking skills.  Encourage lots of turn taking and sharing with you and any siblings.

Please feel free to ask me any questions using the blog and I will continue to check and respond.

Enjoy your learning!

Missing you all so much

Mrs Swift xx

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