Dr Walker's Church of England Primary School

An Exceptional Place to Flourish

Learning activities set 30th March 2020

Welcome from Mr Joy

Good morning Ladybirds and parents/carers! I hope that you’re all feeling well and lookingafter yourselves and each other. This is the first of our weekly website updates. Each Monday of term-time I will be posting new activities you can enjoy doing whilst you’re away from school. I will post some websites with games you can play or activities you can complete. I will also post videos that may help you to complete these activities and even videos of our Power of Reading book. You didn’t think I’d forgotten about that did you? Once we finish “I want my hat back” then we will start a new Power of Reading book using our Weekly Web Updates.

Each week I’ll cover a range of different subjects and activities with the update and always include some activities to help you to unwind and relax, which is just as important now as it is when at school. You can complette as many or as few of the activities as you like!  Each Monday the previous week’s update will be deleted, so if there’s anything you want to keep then please copy or save it. Finally, as always, if you have done anything you are proud of and want to share it then tweet it or email to Mr Joy at and I’ll share it on here as part the next Weekly Website Update.

Important reading announcement

First of all an important announcement about reading books! As we obviously can’t provide new reading books at the moment, we have an exciting new option for reading books at home. Each reception and year 1 child will now have a log-in to Phonics Bug, with a selection of books already chosen to match their reading level. Simply read the book online and when you finish it the next book will be available. The books also include details of the main sounds and words that the book is practising, and prompts and questions that parents can use when reading with their child. Year 2 children also have a log-in, however there are currently less books available for year 2 children, but I have still chosen some books to get them started.

To have access to your child’s Phonics Bug log-in please email me at  with “requesting a Phonics Bug log-in for……………..(your child’s name)” and I will reply with your individual log as soon as I can.


On the subject of reading, I also have some different links to support you with continuing practising letters and sounds. In class we use Phonics Play a lot, most of which requires a subscription to access. However currently they are allowing free access to the games on the website, which would be great way to support the children’s reading in a way that they are very familiar with.

Year 1 are currently on ‘Phase 5c’, due to start ‘investigating alternative spellings for “oo” and “yoo”’. If you click on it (or any of the other phase 5c links) you will find a phoneme spotter activity and a word sort activity, for practising recognising different graphemes (written letter combinations) that make the same sound. In class we would stagger these activities over the week, building independence as the week goes on. Give them a go!


Year 2 Can access ‘Phase 6’ where they will find some fun games focussing on suffixes, past tense, plurals and compound words. We have looked at all of these in class so they will be good ways to recap what we have learnt and to test themselves.


For those that were desperate to find out how ‘I want my hat back’ finishes, here is the story in full…  

I Want My Hat Back, by Jon Klassen

Still image for this video
Activity 1 Can you draw your own storyboard of what happens in the story, so you can tell someone at home what’s happened? To give you ideas of how it might look, here is a storyboard for the story ‘Goldilocks and the 3 bears’. Can you use the template (draw your own if you don’t have a printer) to make a storyboard of ‘I want my hat back’.  
Activity 2 Now that we’ve read the whole story, let’s think about how bear and rabbit feel in the final few pages. Draw a picture of bear and rabbit and write thought bubbles of how bear and rabbit might feel now. Year 2 children could you try and explain why you think they feel like that?


Motty’s Maths of the Day challenge- Obstacle Array

1.Make 1-5 number cards and collect together about 20 small objects such a toy bricks, marbles, pebbles or dried pasta (don’t lose it!).

2. Pick 2 cards at random, e.g. 2 and 4. This would tell you to make 2 groups of 4 (year 2s might recognise this as 2x4)

3. Set out small objects to match the groups, leaving enough space for your to run between the obstacles. Count how many there are as well.

4. Run around the objects like a slalom obstacle course.

               5. Draw the rows you made and note the number sentence (e.g. for year 1s: 2 groups of 4 is 8, for year               2s: 2x4=8)
             6. Repeat up to ten times with different number cards, or for 20 minutes.

Introduction to dividing as sharing into equal groups

Having seen that multiplying is like repeating equal groups, this week we are going to explore dividing, which is like sharing into equal groups. To help us to understand  click this link and watch the video. Year 1s can stop the video at 3 minutes and 12 seconds, where as year 2s can stop at 5 minutes and 29 seconds.

Now it’s time to practise dividing, by sharing into equal groups.


Year 1 activity: Practise sharing a number of objects equally into groups. Start with 20 objects. What happens when you share 20 between 2 groups? 20 shared between 2 groups equals____.
What happens when you share 20 between 5 groups? 20 shared between 5 groups equals_____.

What happens when you share 20 between 10 groups? 20 shared between 10 groups equals______.

Try this by starting with different number. Can you always share into equal groups? Do you notice any patterns?


Year 2 activity:  Begin by sharing a number of objects into equal groups and saying/writing sentences, e.g. 12 cubes shared into 2 equal groups . There are 12 cubes altogether. There are 2 groups. There are 6 cubes in each group.

Then try writing this as a number sentence and say what it says, e.g. 12 ÷ 2 = 6, 12 divided by 2 is equal to 6.

Try: 12 shared into 4 groups.

              12 shared into 3 groups

              15 shared into 5 groups

              15 shared into 3 groups

              16 shared into 2 groups.


Ready to try a 3 star challenge?


Inspired by how much the children loved making paper puppets on ‘love reading day’ I’ve found a new style of puppet they can try to make at home and decorate any way they like. Have a look at this:  

How to make a hand puppet from one sheet of paper | Animal hand puppets DIY | Maison Zizou

In this video I will show you how to make a hand puppet from one sheet of paper. This animal hand puppets DIY is very easy and is a perfect project for kids....

I can’t wait to see what you manage to make, make sure you tweet or email them!


Draw a picture outside where you live. Label the things that show it is Spring, not Winter any more. Think about your different senses: what can you see? What can you hear? What can you smell? What can you feel?

Research what country has the most scary animals using an ipad or computer. Remember to search safely online! Can you make a poster about that country and the animals that live there?


Ladybirds class have always enjoyed Gonoodle and this is a video that we haven’t done before. It’s easy for anyone at home to join in with, but also children might want to have a go writing their own verse for a number?  I’d love to see some of their own verses performed at home.

The Pirate Life - Moose Tube | GoNoodle

Climb aboard a pirate ship and go this way, that way, forwards, backwards over the raging seas! Create a free account on now and find hundreds o...


To help with some exercise at home these videos with Andy are pretty great, and link into our learning about animals this half term!


In R.E. this half term we have been exploring signs and symbols. This has included every day life signs and symbols as well as the signs and symbols found in religions such as Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism. What signs and symbols can you find around your home? Can you find any religious symbols?


 To help you all to relax whilst at home, and to take some time to be in control of your body and mind, here are some nice mindfulness activities you and the family can join in with.

Melting - Flow | GoNoodle

Practice melting away that icky frozen feeling you get when you're scared, frustrated, or angry. Create a free account on now and find hundreds ...

Frozen | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Episode 32 | Frozen | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure! An epic kids yoga adventure inspired by Disney's Frozen! Join Jaime as we make the epic journey through A...

A prayer to share

Finally I offer you all this prayer to share with your family. If any children would like to write a prayer and email to me then I would love to share some children’s prayers in future Weekly Website Updates.


Let us pray to God,
who alone makes us dwell in safety:

For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,
that through their skill and insights
many will be restored to health:
Lord, hear us.

For the health and well-being of our nation,
that all who are fearful and anxious
may be at peace and free from worry:
Lord, hear us

Should you have any questions or need help with any of the above, or if you want to send me any of the activities you have done then email to and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I can't wait to see what you guys get up to!