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Monday 11th January

Hello everyone!

Hope you are all well and had fun in the snow last week!

Here we go with our 2nd week of on-line learning!


Exciting news.... 

St John's Spring Reading Challenge launches today.

Click below to go to the Reading Champions page on the website to find our class reading challenge. 

All children who complete and return the challenge by Wednesday 10th February will earn a certificate and a badge.

Have a go and have fun!!


Good luck!


Challenge of the day!


Draw an outfit you would wear for the winter weather.



Please note that we will be recapping Phase 2 and Phase 3 phonics for the first part of this term. I will try to do this in different ways using Twinkl and the good old internet!! If your child is confident with reading the sounds in these words then please help them to write them using correct letter formation! This will be the beginnings of them learning to spell!

There is also a writing task at the end of the phonics lesson. I am very conscious that we must keep going with our writing and forming our letters correctly. If your child does the writing task easily encourage them to write another sentence.

I would love to see your efforts on Tapestry.

This icon will help your child to remember what to do when they are writing a sentence.

  • The mouth reminds you to first say what you are going to write.
  • The cap reminds you to start your sentence with a capital letter.
  • The finger reminds you to leave finger spaces between each word.
  • The dot reminds you to end your sentence with a full stop.
  • The glasses remind you to read the sentence you have written.

Jolly Phonics Phase Three

We have learnt all these sounds - except we have learnt 'oa' instead of 'ou' and 'ue' is an extra new sound. These songs show the action for each digraph/trigraph... your child will help you to learn them!!

Tricky Words Song Phase 3

Try to encourage your child that when they spell words out they use the letter names - listen out for that in this song.

You say this sentence and your child writes it down. Look out for tricky words and sound out each word.


I  can  see  a  fish.


Challenge 1 - if your child can write this sentence easily add in some describing words e.g. I can see a big red fish.

Challenge 2 - Can they write another sentence about the fish?



Let's Get Fit | Count to 100 | 2020 Version | Jack Hartmann

We have been learning to count to 100 with Jack Hartmann's Let's Get Fit song. This cool kid-friendly song starts out with a message about staying healthy and fit and having fun counting to 100 together.

On and Off the Bus game
You need a box, or a bus created out of cardboard. The bus can be as elaborate and realistic or as basic as you like! You also need passengers. These can be tiny soft toys or plastic animals or Lego people - anything you like.
How to play
o Start the bus with 6, 10 or 12 passengers as appropriate for your child.
o Make bus driving noises and create the sense of the bus driving from one ‘stop’ to another around the room. Allow the bus to visit five stops.
o Follow the schedule below.

o At each stop …
o BEFORE taking the people off, ask how many will be left.
o BEFORE letting the people get on, ask how many will be on the bus when it sets off again.
o Show the passengers on fingers. Hold up six fingers, then, as 2 people are getting off, fold down 2 of the fingers. How many are left? Now hold up an extra finger to show a person getting on. How many now?

Just do the sums orally by saying them.
o Visit all the stops, doing the sums as you go.

Challenge  - Can you help your child to record the number sentences -
6 – 2 =
4 + 1 =



Our focus story this week is 'One Snowy Night' by Nick Butterworth a well loved children's author. Percy the Park Keeper always feeds the animals in the park where he lives. But one cold winter’s night Percy discovers that his little friends need more than food and he must find a way to help them find a warm place to sleep for the night.

This is the first part of the story and we will watch the second part tomorrow. 

Percy the Park Keeper - One Snowy Night (PART 1) (1996)

It is Winter.
After Percy's hard day's work, he prepares for his coldest night yet.
The night is a lot colder than the animals expected and all the snow is making it hard for them to find shelter.
When you have watched this episode ask your child for ideas on what they think might happen next.

Can your child label the picture of Percy below? No need to print it out... you can just write a list of the words.

Identify the objects with labels and then help your child to sound out each word before they write it e.g. t-a-p,     sh-e-l-f


(tap, shelf, bed, mat, mug, box, milk, wood)


Challenge - Can you write your own sentence with one of these words in it e.g.

The   shelf  is  high.


I can follow instructions to help my body feel calm and relaxed.

Whirly Burly Snow Storm | Cosmic Kids Zen Den - Mindfulness for kids

Whirly Burly Snow Storm


I am beginning to recognise classical music and can make movements to express the musical theme.

Four Seasons - Winter: 1st Movement | Vivaldi Explained 2.0

Antonio Vivaldi composed the Four Seasons to represent, through several elements of music, various aspects of each of the seasons. This video aims to explain what Vivaldi was attempting to express with music. I love how this video explains what the composer was trying to express with each part of the music.
Challenge - when you have listened to this piece of music with your child and explained what each part of the music expresses encourage your child to express the movements themselves - join in too... young children love a role model!!