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Week beginning: 11th May 2020

Fantastic home learning this week! 🌟

This week our story focus is: The Singing Mermaid


Our focus sounds are: sh, r, j, v, y, w

 New sounds being taught daily on the Read, Write Inc Youtube channel. Please continue to practise these sounds daily.


Don't forget to keep active with Joe Wicks. Free PE lessons daily at 8:55am


We would now be expecting all children to be having a go at writing independently. Allow your child to use their sounds and spell words phonetically when completing writing and phonics tasks!

Phonics Sounds for this Week


Phonics: Find the following sounds in your pack: m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k, u, b, f, e, l, h, sh, r, j, v, y, w. Keep these separate from the rest of the pack this week. (Unless you want to find them each day as a challenge!)

sh, r, j, v, y, w are the new focus sounds for this week.

Review all sounds- how quickly can you say them?

Can you practise writing our new sounds in your red phonics book. Use your sound cards to help you. Or challenge yourself to write them without looking. Remember to start your sounds in the correct place following our formation stories.

Let’s make some of ‘Fred’s words’ today. Here is a list of words you can make with your new sounds.

red, run, rat, jog, jet, jam, vet, yap, yes, yet, yum, web, win, wish, wet, ship, shop, fish

Ask an adult to say each word. Sound it out using your ‘Fred Fingers’ and then make the word using your sound cards.

Don’t forget to share your learning on ‘Evidence Me’.

I love to see videos of you saying your sounds.


Maths: Add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. (Early Learning Goal)

Let’s have a go at adding numbers together by counting on from a given number. First read the number sentence out loud. Using a number line can you count on to find the answer.


Challenge: By popular choice our story this week is: The Signing Mermaid. listen to the story here!


The singing Mermaid brings lots of joy to her friends by singing. Sly Sam takes her to live at the Circus! Have you ever been to a circus?

If you were to impress your friends what would you do? Think about what makes you special and what you are brilliant at! Can you draw yourself at the circus putting on a show, doing what you do best?


Challenge: Can you add to your circus? Add 2 friends or family members and draw what they would do at your show! Can you have a go at labelling your picture or writing a simple sentence- this can be done in your big yellow book


Phonics- Practise reading the sounds of the week; m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k, u, b, f, e, l, h, sh, r, j, v, y, w

Today we are going to practise writing our sounds. Choose 10 sounds to practise writing into your red phonics book.  

Below is a selection of Fred's pictures. Can you write Fred’s words for him in your red phonics book?

You can cut and stick the pictures/print and keep the cards/just view the pictures on screen and not print them at all!

Challenge: Can you put some of Fred’s words into a sentence?

Here is my sentence: Fred went to the shop and got a fish.

Can you find ‘Fred’s’ words in my sentence?

Don’t forget to have a go at writing independently!


Maths: Add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. (Early Learning Goal)

Today we are going to have a go at taking away. What happens to my number if I take away? Does it get bigger or smaller?  Below are a few challenges to practise taking away.

Option 1: You can use the number line challenge, counting back the correct amount of jumps to find the answer.

Option 2: Have a go at reading the subtraction cards and using objects such as Lego to help you count back and find the answer. You can write the number sentences into your big yellow book


Challenge: Read or listen to the story ‘The Singing Mermaid’ again. Let’s use our ‘WOW words to describe the characters from the story. You can choose to describe the Mermaid or Sam Sly- or if you fancy a challenge have a go at describing both.

How many words can you think of to describe the characters?

Either use the template below or draw the characters into your little yellow book and write underneath.

Challenge: Can you put your ‘WOW’ words into a sentence?


Phonics: Practise reading our ‘special friend’ sounds. Do you know them all? Can you send me a video of your saying your sounds? Below I have put all set 2 sounds into a document for you to print if you wish!

Fred has written some sentences for you this week. Have a go at reading his sentences!

Challenge: Can you write a sentence for Fred to read? Write it in your red phonics book and share it on ‘Evidence Me’

Let’s read a book from the oxford owl website. Please see email for login details. Don’t forget to ask an adult to film you and put it on ‘Evidence Me’.


Maths: Practise counting to 20 with your adult. Can they say any number from 1-20 and can you continue counting from that number? Can you count backwards? Ask your adult to say any number and you continue to count back to 0.

I have found some lovely games to play today. Have a go at both adding and subtracting!


Challenge: Let’s explore water and see what happens when you add objects to a bowl of pure water and then what happens when you add them to a bowl of salty water!


Click the document below for our experiment!


Phonics- Using your pack of phonics cards find the following sounds.

m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k, u, b, f, e, l, h, sh, r, j, v, y, w

How fast can you say the sounds, ask a grown-up to time you- can you beat your time?

Today we are going to practise writing a sentence using the ‘hold a sentence’ activity.

Remember to keep saying the sentence out loud and then having a go at writing it down without any help using your sounds. Grown-ups can help by repeating the sentence for you and helping you check it after by reading it back to you!

Click the link below to listen to my sentences! You can choose which sentence you think you would be able to write all by yourself!  Good Luck!


Maths: They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them. (early learning goal)

Let’s explore 2D shapes. Using the shape flashcards attached below, can you name all 2D shapes and describe them to your adult? Choose a shape and describe it to your adult- Don’t forget to tell them to close their eyes! Can you describe the shape by saying how many sides it has and what object is the same shape?

Can you guess my shape: It has 4 sides, it is tall when standing on its short side, you might see this shape if you look at a door?! What is my shape?


Challenge: Let’s get messy! Have a go at making a mermaid or merman using your hand prints! Maybe you can add other animals to your picture using your handprints!


Phonics: Explore the game on phonics play:

Username: march20

Password: home

Review the sounds we have recently learnt; ay, ee, igh, ow, oo, oo, ar, or, air, ir, ou, oi. 


Maths: Can you go on a shape hunt around your house or on your daily exercise? What shapes can you find. Take a picture or draw the objects you see!