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Home learning project- Summer 1

18th May 2020

I have seen so many birds from my window the past few weeks including a pair of partridges. What birds will you spot this week?



Activity 1


Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

From award-winning illustrator Chris Haughton, one of the most exciting new voices in children's literature, comes a brand new picture book about a beautiful...

This is a clip of this week’s special story. Can you recreate the front cover of the book?

Use a white wax crayon or candle to write the digraph ‘sh’. Then use a blue watercolour to wash over the white writing to reveal the secret sound.



Activity 2

In your home learning book write the sound ‘sh’.

How many words can you write that begin OR end with this sound?


Ask you’re grown up to write the following list of words: hush, rush, wish, shed, shock.

Highlight the letters 'sh' in each word.


Activity 3


[Yonijam] Sing along / Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

Original words by Christ Haughton Composed by Yonijam Uploaded on March.22.2019

Using a tally chart, record the number of birds you spot in the story.



Activity 4

Collect feathers: Go on a walk to find some feathers. Who do we think they belong to? Are they all the same or are they different?


Activity 5

Make two little dicky bird puppets to use as singing props.



Activity 6

Sing together:

Two little dickie birds, Sitting on a wall;
One named Peter,
One named Paul.
Fly away Peter!
Fly away Paul!
Come Back Peter!
Come Back Paul!


Can you think of some different names for the two little birds?


Sing the song again but this time use the names you have chosen.



Activity 7

Make a bird feeder

How to make 3 recycled bird feeders! | Maddie Moate

You can try my exclusive Explorify activities here: If you like them, primary school teachers can sign up to Ex...

Don’t forget to send me some pictures of your bird feeders.


Activity 8

Go birdwatching.

What birds can you see? What do they look like? What colours are they? How do they move?


My UK Wildlife Garden Birds

A selection of some of the 39 species of birds that visit my garden. I have gradually changed my urban aback garden into a wildlife friendly area by adding w...

Make a fact card about one of the birds in the clip or of one of the birds you have seen.


Explore fact cards about birds such as those on the RSPB web pages:


Activity 9

Talk together about the bird in the book. Make a fact card for the bird in the story.


Activity 10

Write a sequel for this story in which the four characters try to catch the squirrel.


Other activities

The author's site has a number of activity sheets that you can use.

11th May 2020

Yucky Worms!


Activity 1

Sing together: Wiggly Woo

There's a worm at the bottom of my garden

and his name is Wiggly Woo

There's a worm at the bottom of my garden

and all that he can do

is wiggle all night and wiggle all day

He's wiggling his life away

There's a worm at the bottom of my garden

and his name is Wiggly Woo.


There's a worm at the bottom of my garden

and his name is Wiggly Woo

There's a worm at the bottom of my garden

and all that he can do

is wiggle all night and wiggle all day

He's wiggling his life away

There's a worm at the bottom of my garden

and his name is Wiggly Woo


And his name is Wiggly Woo

And his name is Wiggly Woo.

Mr Tumble Songs | There's a Worm at the Bottom of the Garden 🐛

Sing and sign with Mr Tumble from Something Special to this nursery rhyme, There's a Worm at the Bottom of the Garden! For more songs from Mr Tumble try this...

Activity 2

Paper worm races:

Follow the link for instruction on how the make these racing worms.


Activity 3

Watch: Yucky worms


Miss Mac reads Yucky Worms!

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Talk together: how do you feel about worms?

In your home learning book finish the sentence

We like worms because….

We don’t like worms because….


Activity 4


What do we know about earthworms?


The Amazing World Of Earthworms In The UK - Springwatch - BBC Two

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Draw a picture of a worm in your home learning book. Label the body parts of the worm.



Activity 5


Worms For Kids

Let's take a close look at worms in her treehouse den, and show children how to make a wormery. For more videos about bugs click: For t...

Follow the instructions to make your own wormery:

As part of your daily exercise go on a worm hunt.


Alternatively, you could make this edible wormery:


Activity 6

Listen: ‘Today I saw a little worm’ by Spike Milligan’s


A Little Worm

Clay animation of Spike Milligan's "Little Worm" poem. Produced by KS2 ICT club pupils using a digital blue camera.

Describe a worm using the acrostic poem template below:

Activity 7

Make your own wiggly worm:


Make worms from salt dough or clay and paint in various shades.



Activity 8

Watch: Superworm


James McAvoy "Superworm" CBeebies Bedtime Stories

How many words can you make using the letters from:


4th May 2020


This weeks focus continues the theme of weather using the nursery rhyme ‘Incy Wincey Spider’. This is for all of you who, like Incy Wincy, haven't enjoyed the rain!


Activity 1

Sing together:

‘Incy Wincy Spider climbed up the water spout,

Down came the rain and washed the spider out.

Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain,

So, Incy Wincy Spider climbed up the spout again’.

Incy wincy spider | Early Years - Nursery Rhymes

Suitable for teaching 0-5s. An animated and subtitled version of the popular nursery rhyme, 'Incy wincy spider'. Subscribe for more Early Years clips from BB...

You could use your musical instrument from last week to make the sound of the rain.


Activity 2

Make your own Incy Wincy spider:

All spiders have 8 legs but they don’t all look the same. Spiders come in all different shapes, sizes and colours. What colour will your spider be?

Activity 3


Spiders for kids

Zoologist Jess French takes a look at some spiders, then accompanies a group of children to have a look for webs and eggs. For the best kids shows subscribe ...

Activity 4


Come Outside - Spiders

It's bath day for Pippin and Auntie Mabel finds a spider in her bath. They both go to visit a spider expert, who shows a tarantula to Pippin and Mabel. When ...

What did you find out about spiders?

Draw a spider life cycle in your home learning book.


Activity 5


The number 8 | Maths - Counting With Rodd

Suitable for ages 5 to 7. Rodd discovers that umbrellas have eight spokes, spiders have eight legs and octopuses have eight arms. He invites children to coun...

Activity 6



Draw or make spider webs

Here are some ideas to get you started:


You could cut out a piece of card, draw on lines and then create some holes to weave a web using some wool or string. 


Alternatively, you can use the sheet below to help you make a colourful spider web.


Or you might know of another way to make a web.


Don't forget to send photographs of your creations to Mrs Smith!

Activity 7

Describe a spider using the acrostic poem template below:

Activity 8

Talk together about how you feel about spiders.

In your home learning book complete the sentence I think spiders are…


Stories about spiders

The Very Busy Spider - Animated Children's Book

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle Animated Children's Books is a channel dedicated to bringing everyone's favorite books as a kid to life! If you enjoyed th...

Aaaarrgghh, Spider! by Lydia Monks - Children's Bedtime Stories

Aaaarrgghh, Spider! by Lydia Monks - Children's Bedtime Stories

27th April 2020

Enquiry question: What is the weather like today?

Weather Songs

Here are a few songs we sing at school about different types of weather.

Activity 1

Watch Michael Rosen tell the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’:

Michael Rosen performs We're Going on a Bear Hunt For a quarter of a century, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through the award-winning favourite pictur...

Whilst watching, make a list in your home learning book of the different types of weather that the family encounter in the story.


Activity 2

Record this weeks weather using one of the weather record sheets below:

Talk together: How has the weather changed over the week?


Activity 3

Make a rain gauge and collect the rain.


Make your own rain gauge

Sarah Grintzevitch explains how to make your own rain gauge using objects from around the house. To try out this experiment yourself, check out the Royal Met...

Record how much rain has fallen every day. Which day had the most rain?


Activity 4

Talk together about each type of weather? What does it feel like? How does it affect us?


Find all of the weather words in the word search

Activity 5

Create your own rain cloud in a jar

How to Make a Rain Cloud in a Jar | KS1 Science Experiments

Download the rain cloud in a jar science experiment worksheet here: This video shows you how to make shaving foam rain cloud...

Activity 6

Weather sounds

You will need:

A plastic container or bottle

Rice or lentils






Pour in a spoon or two of rice or lentils and secure with a bottle lid. Decorate with stickers, glitter and sequins if you have them available. Have fun exploring making rain sounds. 



Follow the link below and join in making weather sounds:


Activity 7

Cosmic kids yoga- Bear hunt:

We're Going on a Bear Hunt | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

A Cosmic Kids yoga adventure for younger kids based on the lovely story by Michael Rosen, We're Going on a Bear Hunt. Join Jaime as we try to catch a big one...

Activity 8



"We're Going On A Bear Hunt" Animated Story

"We're Going On A Bear Hunt" animated story cartoon version of the classic Bear Hunt children's story book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. The "Bear Hun...

Divide the story into sections of the different scenes; grass, river, mud, forest, snowstorm, cave. 


Paint and/or collage the different setting in the story. 


Children can annotate the artwork with descriptive words and phrases, either from the book or their own.


Act out the story and perform it to the rest of your family using your story scenes to help you.


You might also like to watch these clips from the illustrator:

20th April 2020

You may have noticed Teddy bears are popping up in windows all over the town. I’m told that there are 800 bears displayed in windows across St Neots so that children, when out on their daily walks, can go on their very own Bear Hunt. And so our home learning project for the next two weeks will embrace this socially distanced bear hunt!



Enquiry question: What do bears look like?


Activity 1

Watch Michael Rosen tell the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’:

Michael Rosen performs We're Going on a Bear Hunt For a quarter of a century, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through the award-winning favourite pictur...

When you have finished watching make a list of all the things that you might need if you were going on a bear hunt with your family.


Activity 2

Make a set of binoculars to look for bears.


Activity 3

Go on a bear hunt as part of your daily exercise.

How many bears did you find? Share your photos of your bear hunt with your friends on Dojo.


Once you are home, draw a picture of your favourite teddy bear that you spotted today.


Activity 4

Talk together: Who is this? Can you describe it? Where does it live? How do you know? What does it eat? What is it thinking?


Activity 5

Fact-finding activity:

What types of habitat do they live in? What do they eat?

Search for facts about real-life bears using the links below:

Bear salmon fishing - Bear Whisperer - BBC wildlife

Want more natural history and wildlife videos? Visit the official BBC Earth channel: BBC Earth The BBC Earth YouTube channel is home...

Activity 6

Can you build a bears cave in your home?



Activity 7

Talk together: Look at the picture above of the bear ambling off along the coastline.

How does this picture make you feel? How do you think the bear is feeling now? How do you know?


Draw a picture of the bear in your home learning book and write the feelings around the bear.


Activity 8

In your home learning book write letter or draw a picture for the bear to cheer him up.


You can find more bear hunt activities on the Join the bear hunt website:

30th March 2020

Enquiry question: Why do we put a cross in an Easter garden?


Activity 1

Watch Mrs Smith make an Easter Garden:

Making an Easter garden

How to make an Easter garden with Mrs Smith.

Make a list of everything you will need whilst watching the video. Can you follow the instructions to make your own Easter garden?

Send a picture of your Easter garden to Mrs Smith to receive a skill square sticker for being inquisitive.


Activity 2

Watch the children retell the Easter story: Our Easter Story


Talk together: Look at your Easter garden can you identify what each part of the garden represents?


Activity 3

Look at the picture of the hot cross buns.

Ask: What does the cross on top of the bun represent?

You can make your own hot cross buns using this recipe:

Or you can buy some from the shop.

Take a photograph of the process of either baking your own buns or preparing to eat a bought bun. For example, cutting the bun in half, placing it into the toaster, spreading on the butter.

In your home learning book write the step by step instructions to accompany the photographs i.e.

  1. Cut the bun

Take a picture of the finished writing and post it on to Tapestry with the process photographs.



Activity 4

Watch: CBeebies | Preparing for Easter | Let's Celebrate

Make Easter nests


Other Easter activities

23rd March 2020

This week our enquiry question is 'What is a map?'


Watch Julia Donaldson reading our focus text ‘What the ladybird heard’. Can you join in with the sounds and the actions?


In the story, Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len plan to steal the fine prize cow. The two bad men have a map of the farm. Why do they need a map? What is the map for?

Talk with your grown-up and explain why they thieves need a map.

Ask your grown-up What is a map?


Activity 1

Using google maps find your home address and place the yellow man outside your door.

Can you find your way to school? 


Activity 2

Draw your own map of the farm and label the animals. You could even add what noise each animal makes too.


Can you retell this part of the story using your map?


I’ll start you off ‘Open the gate in the dead of night. Past the …’


Activity 3

What are the animals thinking?

In your home learning book write a sentence for each animal.









Sing the song of the story with Julia Donaldson:





16th March 2020

This week’s enquiry question is: How do you make a woolly jumper?  

Understanding of the world


Watch: Come Outside – ‘A Woolly Jumper’

Ask your child: How is a woolly jumper made?


Can they recall the process using first, next, after that and finally?


Record your child’s response and upload it to your child’s online learning journal.


Creative activity

Using wool and a curtain ring make a Dorset button.

Take photographs of the stage of making the button and upload the photos onto Tapestry.