Dr Walker's Church of England Primary School

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Learning activities set 11th May 2020

Hello Ladybirds. Welcome back to another Weekly Website Update.  I hope that you enjoyed your week. Did any of you do anything special for VE day on Friday?  If you haven’t already looked at them then there are some special VE activities on the school website page for everyone to have a go at, so it’s not too late to have a look. I went for lots of walks out in the countryside last week and got inspired by our music activity to try and record on my phone as many different bird songs as I could. So far I managed to record 12, I wonder if you can get even more?

I’ve received lots more of your home learning this week which has been great to see and will be added to the class website page. If you haven’t shared your work yet but would like to then please ask an adult to email it to me at or tweet it on twitter.

Lots of you have now got your log-in details for Phonics Bug and have been getting stuck in to your new reading books. Last week I posted how to ensure that your reading book registers as ‘finished’, so that you get new books and earn rewards. To do this you need to click on the phonics bug buttons

(there’s usually 2 in each book, one at the start and one at the end). If you have any troubles then please just email me.

If you haven’t got your log-in details yet but would like it then simply email me at , with “requesting a Phonics Bug log-in for……………..(your child’s name)” and I will reply with your individual log-in as soon as I can.


In addition to our weekly phonics play activities, you will find you can access some new phonics activities on Phonics Bug from today. These are games to practise letters and sounds that have been learnt previously.


Year 1 are continuing on ‘Phase 5c’,

Once you scroll down to 5c the activities for this week can be found in ‘investigating alternative spellings for “ur”’ and ‘investigating alternative spellings for “er”’. 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. The second phoneme, “er” is particularly tricky to understand without an introduction, as it is different to the “ur” sound. It is a short sound, almost like a grunt, like you hear at the end of ‘butter’, where you don’t have a long, clearly pronounced ‘errr’, it sounds more like an ‘uh’ sound. This is what you will be exploring in ‘investigating alternative spellings for “er”’. The link explains what makes this phoneme tricky too.


Year 2 this week the year 2s are going to revisit some homophones that can be quite tricky to remember. First of all can you remember what a homophone is?  A homophone is a word which sounds exactly the same as another word but means something different. Here is a link to some of the most common homophones that you use frequently:  

Once you’ve had a look and a practise, see if you can use these words in your own sentences: there, their, they’re, to, too and two. Can you try some of your own homophones?


Today we find out what happens next with the Robot and the Bluebird in the icy cold winter as we carry on this lovely story.

The Robot and the Bluebird, by David Lucas. Part 4

Oh no! Things were looking better for the Robot and now he’s in trouble again. At least he isn’t alone this time. How do you think the Robot is feeling now? Why do you think he is risking his own safety to take the Bluebird somewhere warm? What would you do next if you were the Robot? Your first activity is to write your own letter to the Robot. You need to tell him what you think of what he is doing, try and make him feel better. Then try and help him by telling him what you think he should do next. Here is a little guide of how to write a letter. Watch this video to help you with what to include in your letter. Stop the video at 2 minutes 10 seconds, as it then goes on to different kinds of letters.
(username: dr_w, password drwalkers1) Here is an example of how you could lay out your letter:
Next let’s have another look at the nasty place that the Robot and the Bluebird are trying to cross through:
We are going to continue practising descriptive writing by writing and describing what you can see in the picture. Find something you can describe, draw it, then write what it is an use an adjective to describe it, e.g. ‘The crooked tree’.  Year 2s I would then like you to use that in a descriptive sentence, e.g. ‘The Robot walked past a crooked tree which had no leaves on it and was very scary’.

Motty’s Maths of the Day challenge 2- Fun with Fractions

  1. Get a selection of objects such as buttons, beads, marbles, and organise them into groups. Each group must be an even number, but make them different sizes, e.g 1 group could have 10, another could have 14, another could have 18, etc. Lay these groups out around the garden/ around your home.
  2. When ready go to each group and either split it into half or quarters (for year 1) or find ¾ or thirds (for year 2).
  3. Check you’ve got it right. Can you explain how you know it’s right?

Motty’s Maths of the Day challenge 2- Name that number

1.Adult or older sibling holds up a number.

2.Can you write what a half of it is? Hold it up on the command ‘Show me’.

(allow them to have objects in front of them, e.g. lego bricks, to divide the number into groups of 4. This will also allow them to check and see that a quarter is half of a half)

3.Check you’ve got it right. Can you explain how you know it’s right?

4.Try for quarters, thirds etc.

Continuing fractions.

We are really getting the hang of fractins now. We’ve all looked at a half and a quarter, and year 1s have gone on to look at a third. Well this week Year 1 will practise putting what they have learnt of fractions all together, while year 2s are going to begin looking at non-unit fractions.

Year 1 activity: Now that we have had some time to explore a half and a quarter over the past 2 weeks, today I want us to practise questions that will be about a quarter and a half. You’ll need to practise thinking about which fraction is which and how to work it out.  You can do it!

Have a go at the following challenges:

Ready for a different challenge? Have a go at this 3 star challenge.

 Year 2 activity:  This week we are getting a bit deeper into how fractions work, as we learn about unit fractions and non-unit fractions. To explain what this means, here’s a video that should help you understand.  

Unit fractions and non-unit fractions

A video for year 2s explaining what unit and non-unit fractions are, and how to work them out with shapes and quantities.

Ready for a 3 star challenge?


This week I wanted us to try something a bit different for our art activity, and that includes me trying it! I’ve always tried to show you all that drawing things can be much easier if you know what simple steps to break it down into. Birds are one thing I’ve never found that easy though, so I’ve found a great video which teaches us all how to draw one kind of bird. Guess which kind of bird? A bluebird! You can do it with pencils or pens (I tried it on a whiteboard with whiteboard pens, which I don’t recommend). So have a go, and don’t be afraid to pause the video to rub out any mistakes you don’t like, or just start again if you’d like.

How To Draw A Bluebird

This was my try at it, but unfortunately my brown and grey pens ran out so I couldn’t finish. My mistake was not checking I had everything I needed before I started. Don't make my mistake! I’m sure you can all do one that is more finished than mine. Have a go! Just take it slow and practise.


We are thinking a lot about birds this week. Last week you guys had a robot building activity, so this week I thought we could make something to do with birds. At home I have my own bird-feeder and I’ve loved watching all the birds coming over to eat the food I put out.  So this week I thought you could have a go designing and building your own bird feeder. This video has 3 different bird feeder designs, all from recyclable materials you have around the home. However you could try making your own OR researching another design online. Please make sure to watch the video for the facts about what birds like to eat though:

Make Your Own Recycled Bird Feeders - #sciencegoals


Following on from our first experiment at home last week, I’ve got another one for you this week. Once again you can simply do what the experiment says and enjoy what you see. However, if you want to do some extra science home-learning, then try and draw a diagram of what you did and what you saw. Can you explain why it happened? Here is this week’s experiment for you:


This week we are going to continue our journey around the world, stopping off in each of the 7 continents. Our first continent, last week, was Europe. This week we are off to a very different continent: Asia.  Here is a video which tells us about continents and gives us some facts about Asia:

Asia | Destination World

Experience the largest of the seven continents on this episode of "Destination World." Not only does Asia take up one-third of the Earth, it's also home to t...

Now that you’ve seen and learnt lots about the continent of Asia, see if you can make a fact-file all about it. Try including pictures and information of what you know. You could even do some more of your own research about Asia to find some of your own facts. When you’ve finished, you can add it to your fact-file from last week. When we have finished looking at all 7 continents you can staple them together and you’ll have your own 7 page Continent fact book!


These days we use computers all the time in all sorts of places, but do we actually really know what computers are and how they work? Let’s try and learn a bit more about what different kinds of computers there are and how they work. Start off by watching this video:

What are Computers for Kids | Intro to Computers | Programming for Kids

We use computers every day! But what ARE computers and how do they work? Puppet Topher meets his friend Ulka, a computer programmer, who explains to kids how...

So computers all work by giving clear simple instructions. It sounds easy but you saw how difficult Puppet Topher found it in the video. Now it’s your turn to try! Think of a simple activity, maybe start with making a sandwich, or brushing your teeth! Then give someone in your house instructions of how to do it and see if you can get your instructions right. Here are a few other ideas of things you could give instructions to do:
-draw a stick-man,
-Do the floss,
-Walk from your front door to your bedroom.

If you fancy an extra challenge try writing your instructions down first, step by step. It’s not as easy as you think!


Your first activity is to have a go at this weekly challenge. You don’t need much space, you can do it at home, in your garden or in an outdoor space with a parent. Start by just trying to do each challenge. Once you find them easy try linking straight from one to another until you can do all 5 challenges linked together. Good luck!

For a second activity we are going back to Andy’s workout. In this workout he is looking at creatures up in the air, just like the Bluebird from our book.


Today, we are going to continue exploring our theme for RE this term: Special things in nature. We are going to learn about the Christian story of creation. This is what the bible says is how the world came to exist with all of its living creatures on it, and therefore why Christians thank God for our world.

Creation (Genesis 1-2)

This is the story of how God created the heavens and the earth and everything in it.

Which was your favourite day of creation? Year 1s I would like you to try and draw a picture of your favourite day from the creation story and label what was created on that day. Year 2s I would like you to try and do all 7 days. You could do it as a sequence of smaller pictures, like a comic strip.


This week I’ve been thinking a lot about what music you can make in your own home. When I was looking at home-made instruments I discovered this band: 

I wonder if you can have a go making an instrument out of materials you can re-use at home. Think about what the video said about things that are different sizes making different sounds. Have a go seeing what instrument you can make and trying playing a rhythm along with the video, or any of your favourite songs. This might give you some ideas of things you could use to make your instrument:

Mindfulness activities

This week we have some new activities to help you to feel calm and feel good in yourself. First up is a yoga video from Cosmic Kids, a lovely way to wind-down at the end of a day.

Yoga for WILD Kids! 🦁🐒🐉

Welcome to this selection of Cosmic Kids Yoga which will have your little wildlings feeling much calmer! Each video has a 'wild' theme with jungles, lions an...

Next up is a journal time activity. I want you to think about the question: “What makes the world so special?”. So start by taking some time to think about the huge world that we live on…Do you think it is special? Why? Try and answer that question on your page for journal time. Remember Journal time is about you putting your thoughts, feelings and ideas down on paper and not worrying about if it’s right or if it’s wrong. Just enjoy it and feel grateful!


Finally I offer you all this prayer; a prayer to help us when we may feel lonely, to remember that God is always with us. 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.



Dear God

You are always with me.
You are with me in the day and in the night.
You are with me when I’m happy and when I’m sad.
You are with me when I’m healthy and when I am ill.
You are with me when I am peaceful and when I am worried.
Help me to remember that you love me and are with me in everything today.