Dr Walker's Church of England Primary School

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Learning activities set 4th May 2020

Hello Ladybirds. Welcome back to another Weekly Website Update. I hope you’ve all had a lovely week. I’ve been discovering lots of nice places to walk near me, though this week I’ve got caught in the rain a couple of times. I’ve also been trying to get back into painting, something I enjoy doing when I get free time. Also, It has been great to see so many of you enjoying Phonics Bug this week! This week we will be continuing the story of ‘The Robot and the Bluebird’ to see if things start picking up for the robot, continuing to explore fractions and we have a load of new activities for our Learning Quest. Thank you to all of you who have sent me pictures of your home-learning this week, it is always nice to see what you’ve been doing.


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. 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.


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

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 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 “air”’ and ‘investigating alternative spellings for “or”’. 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.

Year 2 this week the year 2s are going to revisit single and plural. First of all could you tell an adult what you think plural means? What does it mean if something is in the past? When you have discussed this have a look at:
This game practises what you need to do to change a word to make it plural. Once you’ve practised on this game you’ll find some other games in your Phonics Bug account.


Today we are continuing our book The Robot and the Bluebird by David Lucas, picking up with the Robot on the scrap heap. Let’s see if his luck starts to turn around this week! If you missed the first two parts then check out our previous Weekly Website Updates.

The Robot and the Bluebird, by David Lucas (Part 3)

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Finally things are starting to look a bit brighter for the robot, now that he’s met the bluebird and feels like he has a heart again. Your first activity is to draw your own robot and your own bluebird. We are going to practise describing them, both how they look and what they do. We will be using adjectives, verbs and adverbs. Here’s a reminder of how they work:

Adjectives, adverbs, nouns and verbs

Next to your pictures write adjectives to describe them both. Then, for a challenge, try using verbs to say what they do, and adverbs to describe how they do it. Here is an example I have started:

Year 2s should then try and use the words that they have come up with in sentences of their own.

Your second activity links to what you will be doing in D&T this week. Once you've completed the D&T activity, can you write about how you built your robot ? Either write a set of step-by-step instructions for someone to follow, or write a recount of what you did, what was easy and what was hard.

I actually have a third activity this week. I heard from a few of you that you really enjoyed Karate Cats, so I’ve got another similar game for you this week. Again, this is intended for year 2s, so if any year 1s want to try it then they will need an adult with them.  I hope you like it!

Motty’s Maths of the Day challenge 1- Chalk chop 2

1. If you have any chalk then pre-draw shapes outside.

2. Using the chalk split each shape into a quarters (for year 1s) or thirds (year 2s only).

3. If no chalk is available then use paper to draw the shapes, or use a computer programme like ‘Paint’.


Motty’s Maths of the Day challenge 2- half of a half

1.Adult or older sibling holds up a number.

2.Can you write what a quarter 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?

Continuing fractions


Last week we started looking at fractions. Year 1s were looking at half and year 2s went on to look at quarter. Today the year 1s will get a chance to explore one quarter, whilst year 2s will look at third (year 1s don’t need to know about thirds at all this year, so don’t worry about that).


Year 1 activity: Explore and practise splitting objects, shapes or groups into quarters. A quarter is 1 of 4 equal parts. So to split something in quarters you first have to split it into 4 equal parts, and then one quarter is one of those pieces. This video shows finding a quarter of a shape very cleary:

Fractions Year 1 - Finding Quarters of Shapes

Parents: year 1s don’t need to use the symbol ½ or ¼ this year, though it is in the video so they can begin to see it.

At home, with an adult, find objects that can be split in quarters, e.g. a bar of chocolate, fruit, lego people, a bunch of pencils.

Then have a go at the following challenges:

Ready for a different challenge? Have a go at this 3 star challenge.
 Year 2 activity:  You are looking at thirds this week, this is a fraction you’ve not practised before. A third looks like this 1/3.  

Learning about one third

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Ready for a 3 star challenge?


Now that we have met the bluebird in our book, I thought we should do some art work inspired by it! You can choose to do either of these activities, or do the first one which will then help with the second one. Your first activity is to explore different methods of collage. Remember, collage is using small, cut out or torn, pieces of paper to then create a mixture of colours and textures of a picture. So, before we get into the picture we will make, why don’t you explore the different textures and patterns you can make with collage. Here’s an example of how you could do this as a poster:

Once you’ve done this you can use what you’ve learnt about collage to use whatever methods would be best to make a collage of a bird.  This could be any kind of bird you like, either a sweet little bluebird or something bigger and different, like a penguin or an eagle! Here’s an example to give you ideas. Look at all the different colours and textures created using different kinds of collage technique:


In last week’s Weekly Website Update I suggested you start holding on to some recyclable materials for a construction project this week…well here it is: this week your challenge is to design and build a 3D robot out of recyclable materials. It can be as small or as big as you like, but it needs a head, 2 arms and 2 legs all attached to a body. It also must be able to hold itself upright. For any of you that want an extra challenge: can you make it so that the arms can move either swinging up and down or out to the sides? Make sure you think carefully about how you’ll attach the arms so that they don’t fall off but can still be moved. Here are a few examples that might give you some ideas:


Last week we watched a video about keeping your personal information private when you’re online. This week we are going to continue learning how to be safe when you’re online by learning what it means to be SMART online. Have a look at this powerpoint with an adult at home, so that you can talk about what you learn about.

Now that you’ve learnt what it means to be SMART online, can you make your own picture telling others how to be SMART? Include each letter of SMART and shows what it means with a picture, a written description, or both! Show how important it is to look after yourself online.


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!

If that’s too easy, or you just want a challenge, have a go at this second activity: a very physical twist on Monopoly. It requires at least 2 players and is a guaranteed work-out. All you’ll need is the game-board (either printed, lay your tablet flat, or make you own), a counter for each player, and 1 or 2 dice (depending on how quick you want the game to be).

PE Monopoly


As most of you know, one of my favourite things about Science is the cool experiments that you can do, even with just simple tools and ingredients. Therefore, starting this week, I’ll be giving you some fun experiments you can do at home. 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:

Fun with density


This week we are going to be starting our journey around the world, stopping off in each of the 7 continents. Our first one is the continent that we live in: Europe. England is in the United Kingdom, and that is a part of the continent Europe. Here is a video which tells us about continents and gives us some facts about Europe:

Europe | Destination World

Experience the continent known as the birthplace of Western civilization in this episode of "Destination World." Europe is the second smallest continent, but...

Now that you’ve seen and learnt lots about the continent of Europe, see if you can make a fact-file all about it. This can either be just one page or even a small booklet. Try including pictures and information of what you know. You could even do some more of your own research about Europe to find some of your own facts.


Today, we are going to continue exploring our theme for RE this term: Special things in nature. I want you to think about what you can do to help look after our natural world. Remember, the natural world is things that aren’t made by people, like trees, flowers, animals, grass and flowers, rivers, etc. Can you try and make a poster showing how we can look after our world? Think about what you think someone can do, and then pick 4 or 5 things you can do to put on your poster. If you get stuck then think back to our Power of Reading book ’10 things I Can Do To Help My World’ to help you.


This week I’ve gone back to ‘Out of the Ark Music’. This song is all about bird songs, and though it doesn’t include the song of a bluebird, it still seemed like the perfect song to share, listen to and maybe sing along to. 

' I Heard A Blackbird Singing ' from Out of the Ark Music @ Home (Words on Screen Lyric Video)

Family Saturday - ' I Heard A Blackbird Singing ' This song was written specifically to encourage proactive listening and learning, with each verse featuring...

Next time you go outside stand as quietly as you can and see how many bird songs you can hear. Maybe you could even record some bird songs you can hear to send me this week? Birds sing even more in the morning than the rest of the day. This is called the ‘dawn chorus’ and it’s like all the birds are happily saying good morning to the world.
As a nice extra activity for you and your family see if you can make a playlist of your family’s favourite songs that you can play when you wake up one morning as your own little happy, fun dawn chorus.

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 recognising and celebrating the little things that you do.

Next up is a journal time activity. I want you to think about the question: “what have I done to make people grateful?”. That’s right, this week I want you to think about what you have done that would make other people feel grateful. Maybe you tidied your room, maybe you helped mum make lunch, maybe you told someone you loved them. 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 good expressing your thoughts!


Finally I offer you all this prayer, a special prayer that can be shared together before bed. It looks like the perfect way to end a day, no matter what it has involved. 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

It’s me, just come to pray
And thank you for a fun filled day!
You’ve been with me, so I know you’ve seen
All the great exciting things.
But also when I’m sad or cross
I know you love me, no matter what!
So help me rest and go to sleep
And feel the peace of your love for me.