Dr Walker's Church of England Primary School

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Learning activities set 20th April 2020

Welcome from Mr Joy

Welcome back Ladybirds, parents and carers. I hope that you have all had a lovely Easter and you are all staying healthy and happy at home. Today I’m bringing you our next Weekly Website update. If you missed the last one, before the Easter break, then you can still find it all on the ‘Ladybirds’ tab on the website. This week is exciting as we are going to start our new Learning Quest and our new Power of Reading Book, both of which we will keep working on over the coming weeks, just like when we are at school together. Our new Learning Quest is ‘How did they make that?’ and so it is all about things that have been made, how it’s done and what they are made out of.
Also, as a reminder, if you have done any work that you would like to share then I would LOVE to see it. You can show me either by tweeting it or email it to . I’ll include any work that I get sent as part of a weekly update too, to share and be proud of what you have been learning and doing each week.


Important reading announcement

In our last Weekly Website Update I gave an important announcement about reading books, which I am including again here for anyone that hasn’t yet requested their Phonics Bug log-in details. Lots have already logged in and I’ve heard how much some of you are enjoying these new books, which has been great to hear.

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.


Phonics Play, a resource we use a lot in class to help with our phonics, has a new website

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 “ow”’ and investigating alternative spellings for “oi”’. 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 this week I would like the year 2s to look at:
Look at the first row of comics in phase 5b. They are all practising the different sounds that a letter can make. Your activity for the week is to choose one of those letters (I,o,c,g,u) and write your own comic book, that uses the different sounds the letter can make. You can use the comics on phonics play to help you with ideas. A good first step is to write down different words you can use, and then put them into sentences. Once you have some sentences, can you make them into a story with some pictures? Remember it’s mainly about practising the different sounds a letter can make.


Today we are starting off a completely new Power of Reading Book, The Robot and the Bluebird by David Lucas, so let’s look at the book together…

The Robot and the Bluebird, by David Lucas (Part 1)

Your first activity is all about describing the robot with the broken heart. First, either print or draw your own outline of the robot. 
Then outside the robot I would like you to write words describing what the robot looks like. Try to think about the 2 pages in the book we looked at, not the front page as that looks different. How many words can you think of to describe how it looks? Then, inside the outline of the robot, try and write down words that describe how you think the robot feels. Think about both pages, how would he feel when the robots are trying to help him? What about when they can’t manage to fix him?  
For our second activity you get to do some acting! Can you try and act like any of the robots in these pictures? Try and make yourself look and move like them, and think about how it makes you feel. You could see if you can get other people in your house to help you act out the pictures. Does it feel different to how you normally feel? What feels different? Now you can try and complete a ‘difference and similarity’ chart which will show what you think is similar or different between robots and humans. In each circle that says ‘difference’ you need to write what makes the robot or the human different, and in the circle that says ‘similarity’ write something that is similar between them. Year 1s may need to talk about it more and have a picture of the robot on the screen.


Motty’s Maths of the Day challenge- Rabbit ears

1.An adult or older sibling stands a short distance away from the Ladybird child.

Based on the fact a rabbit has 2 ears this game focuses on counting in 2s/ 2 times tables.

2. The adult/ older sibling throws a ball to the younger child and says a number, e.g. “4 rabbits”

3. When the ball is caught they must answer the question (on this occasion 4 groups of 2 is 8, 4 x 2 = 8)

The Ladybirds child shouts “8 rabbit ears” before doing 8 bunny hops around the room and throwing the ball back.

4. a correct answer gets a point, what is the highest score they can get over the week?

5. year 2s could try saying the times tables that is the answer too (so say 4x2=8, 8 rabbit ears).

Introduction to dividing as grouping: putting into equal groups.

Last time we were exploring dividing by sharing objects equally between people. However you can also divide by “grouping”. This is getting a set of objects and sorting them into groups of equal size to see how many groups it will make. To help us to understand  click this link and watch the video, but stop the video at 38 seconds as then it explains a concept that we don’t need to know yet.

How to do division by grouping | Oxford Owl

Stop the video at 38 seconds.

Now it’s time to practise dividing by grouping!

Year 1 activity: Practise grouping a number of objects to work out how groups it will make. Solve these with a collection of real objects (beads or counters would work well) and then try and write the sentences to solve them.

What happens when you have 10 and make groups of 5? 10 put into groups of 5 makes____groups.
What happens when you have 20 and make groups of 5? 20 put into groups of 5 makes____groups.

What happens when you have 10 and make groups of 2? 10 put into groups of 2 makes____groups.

What happens when you have 15 and make groups of 3? 15 put into groups of 3 makes____groups.

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

Year 2 activity:  You are going to explore something a bit different: odd and even numbers. This is a way for you to practise both sharing and grouping, because an even number is a numer that you can share between 2 people, or group into 2s. An odd number you can NOT share between 2 or group between 2, you’ll always have some left over. This video may help to explain, if you’re unsure:

Even and Odd Numbers

Odd and Even Numbers This video teaches children about even and odd numbers. Kids can learn this math concept of odd and even numbers by watching this Kids L...

Ready for a 3 star challenge?


In ‘The Robot and the Bluebird’ we have already seen several different looking robots. Even though they are all different, something that is similar is that they are all made out of 2D shapes. For an art activity this week, can you try and make a robot picture using 2D shapes? You can easily make 2D shapes by drawing around different objects in your house, e.g. draw around a tin can to get a circle. Once you have drawn some 2D shapes, cut them out and stick them onto another sheet to make the shape of a robot. You may want to colour or decorate them before you cut them out, to make your robot look more detailed and interesting. Here are a few examples to give you ideas:


Now that you’ve had a go making a robot out of 2D shapes that you’ve drawn on paper, I wonder if you can try making a robot out of 2D shapes on a computer. Using any computer programme that you can draw shapes (Microsoft Word, paint, any drawing software) try and draw a robot made out of 2D shapes. Ask an adult to show you how it works if you need to. Can you colour it in too?


Since we are looking at robots this week we are going to think about what different things are made out of. Remember that what things are made out of are called ‘materials’. What material are robots made out of? Why do you think robots are made out of metal? Ask an adult to help you choose some metal objects from around the house. Compare them to other objects and materials to decide why robots are made out of metal. Draw some of the metal objects that you have found and label words that describe what metal is like.


Fancy a challenge?

Were all the metal objects you had similar? Ask an adult of they can get you some tin foil. This is also made out of metal, how is it different to the other objects you had?


All robots have to be made by someone or by a machine. There are lots of different kinds of robots now, but for a long time in the past there were no robots at all. They hadn’t been invented yet. Lots of things we have now didn’t used to be around because they hadn’t been invented. Last term we talked about what it was like before aeroplanes were invented. What do you think it was like before cars were invented? What about before computers were invented?
For a fun activity ask an adult in your family about something that was invented when they were young. Then ask them what it was like and how it changed lives? It can be anything they like. As an example: when I was young hand-held computer games were invented, so you could play computer games out of your home and take them with you for the first time ever. This is very common now, with games on phones that can fit in your pocket, but hand-held computer games back then had to have special cases to carry them in, as they were much bigger than phones we have now.
I wonder what other inventions the adults in your family will think of?


Mrs Dawson has sent me some fun activities for your to practise some French skills over the weeks. This week we are going to focus on recapping colours in French. First let's start with listening to and joining in the colours song:

Colours in French Part 1 (basic French vocabulary from Learn French With Alexa)

Alexa teaches you some basic French vocabulary: colours in French (part 1). SUPPORT GUIDE and EXCLUSIVE VIDS at ► ----------...

Now that you've practised the French colour names, can you make a rainbow, saying each colour of the rainbow as you go?


This week’s active videos also have a robot theme. I’ve chosen 1 for year 1 and 1 for year 2s, but you can choose which you’d like to try, or you could practise both over the week. For an added, musical challenge I wonder if you can learn the songs to sing along as you move.

Brain Breaks - Dance Song - Dancing Robots - Children's Songs by The Learning Station

Year 1 video

The Robot Dance | Free Dance Class | 6 - 7 years

Year 2 video


This half term we are going to move away from thinking about special signs and symbols, and instead learn about Special things in nature. Our big question for the half term, which will link to special things in nature will be “Is waiting always difficult?”.  As an introduction to this question I want you to think about times that you have had to wait for something. It could be waiting for anything: waiting for breakfast, waiting for a friend to phone you, waiting for your birthday, waiting to go in to the cinema because there’s a queue. When you’ve had some time to think about it I want you to draw a line down the middle of a piece of paper, to split it in 2. On 1 half I want you to draw a label times when you’ve had to wait for something but it has been easy, and on the other half try and draw and label times when you’ve had to wait for something but it has been hard. This is a bit like journal time, there’s no right or wrong answers, it’s all about what you think and what you feel.

Mindfulness activities

This week we have some new activities to help you to feel calm and feel good in yourself. First up is a Gonoodle video all about helping you to feel like you’ve had a big victory, which we have all done, so let’s feel it!

Victorious - Flow | GoNoodle

Learn to grow strength and confidence from inside yourself with this stretching exercise. This video comes from GoNoodle's Flow channel. Flow gets kids to re...

Next up is a journal-time activity. 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. I’d like you all to think of a time that you’ve waited for something you really wanted or were really excited about…and then you finally got it! How did it feel when you got it or when that time came? Think about that feeling and try and show that feeling on a piece of paper. You can draw it, write it, doodle it or show it in anyway that shows what you think and feel. Enjoy it!


Finally I offer you all this prayer all about 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.


Dear God,

Thank you for the different creatures and cultures in our world.

Help us to feel lucky for what we have.

Thank you for family and the lots of different types of families that there are.

Thank you for loving each person in every family.

Help us to see each family as special and important, even when it is different from our own.


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!