Week 12

What a change from last week's rain! I hope everyone has been staying cool. 

Well done again everyone for the hard work you've been doing. As always, please put anything you're doing onto Tapestry - even if it isn't school things - as we really want to stay in contact. 

Give me an email at beech@stone-with-woodford.gloucs.sch.uk for any queries.


Learning Project

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about life in and around the sea. Learning may focus on the strange and wonderful creatures and plants that occupy our oceans, their habitats and how human beings affect this environment.

Guess Who

Ask your child to make fact cards about animals from under the sea. They can use books or websites to find out about the appearance, habitat and diet of each creature. After this, play a game of ‘Guess Who?’ using the cards and yes/no questions. Children can either draw or write this. 

Junk Modelling

Using junk or recycling materials from around the home, ask your child to design and make a Sea Turtle. Your child may wish to make another sea creature after this.


Your child can visit this website https://explore.org/livecams/under-the-water/pacific-aquarium-tropical-reef-camera and watch a live stream of a tropical reef. Whilst watching, ask them to sketch all of the animals that they can see. Remind them to look at the shapes and patterns on each creature and to include these in their sketches.


Is your child aware of all of the ways that humans affect the sea and the living things within it? Talk about and investigate the impact that human beings have on the sea. Think about fishing, transport and pollution. CHALLENGE: Create a poster or information report.


Watch this video https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/ztqxhyc

Create a simple under the sea obstacle course or draw an obstacle course on a piece of paper. Write simple code to guide the submarine around the obstacles found under the sea. E.g. Rocks, shipwrecks, sleeping octopus. E.g. →→↓→→↑→ etc





Encourage your child to learn the rhyme ‘A Sailor went to Sea, Sea, Sea’. Click here https://safeyoutube.net/w/Msh6 for a video of the rhyme and lyrics. Can your child perform this rhyme by heart?



Task your child with building an ‘Under the Sea’ themed reading den. Can they find some sea-themed books to cosy up with and share in there?



Ask your child to make a sea-themed bookmark. They could take inspiration from ‘Sharing a Shell’ https://safeyoutube.net/w/ysh6 or ‘The Snail and the Whale’ https://safeyoutube.net/w/Hsh6



Read some more Oxford Owl e-books and complete the activities.



Read along with ‘There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea’ https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/A-hole-in-the-bottom-of-the-sea/ or listen to ‘How the Whale got his Throat’. https://www.storynory.com/how-the-whale-got-his-throat/

CHALLENGE: Ask your child to retell one story by drawing a comic strip of the events





click on the link and complete the home learning activities.


Write the days of the week on paper and cut them up into cards. Take turns turning over the cards and naming them.

CHALLENGE: If, when you turn the card, you have a day that is before or after the day shown you can say snap.



With your child, list different activities/chores they have to do throughout the day. Can they order them after making the list? Can your child sort them into the times of day each thing happens in (e.g. morning, afternoon, night etc)?



Write the months of the year on separate pieces of paper and mix them up. Can your child order them correctly?



Spot some different times on your clock around the house. See if you can talk about morning, afternoon and night.



Ask your child to survey the family about their favourite sea creature (choose from 5). Represent the results using a tally chart or a pictogram. Which sea creature was the most popular? Which was the least popular?






Can your child list out-loud words that they associate with the sea? Following this, ask your child to identify words that rhyme with these.



Play ‘I Spy under the sea’. ‘I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with t’



Ask your child to write the alphabet using capital letters. Challenge your child to write the lowercase letters too.



Your child can list things they would see in the sea that begin with the letters S, E and A. Then your child can practice writing these letters under the sea (in the bath/sink/bowl of water) using their finger.



Play, ‘Pick a Picture’. https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/2/pick-a-picture



Visit a desert island here https://safeyoutube.net/w/Dxh6. Ask your child to write a message in a bottle. What can they see, hear, feel, taste and smell? Why not roll the message up and pop it in a plastic bottle for the reading den?



Task your child with planning the perfect beach trip. Ask them to draw and, if they can, label all of the things that they would pack including a picnic. Have a chat about who would they take? What games would they play? How much time would they spend in the sea? 



Speak to your child about all of the things that make them happy or all of the things that they’re grateful for. Ask them to record these in a list or you can write them down modelling writing for them.



Practice some handwriting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNSLIFwkU0E



Visit the Literacy Shed for this wonderful resource on The Lighthouse. https://www.literacyshedplus.com/en-gb/resource/the-lighthouse-ks1-activity-pack What tips would they give beachgoers for staying safe at the seaside?

Monday's Phonics

Tuesday's Phonics

Wednesday's Phonics

Thursday's Phonics

Friday's Phonics

Story Thoughts


When we share at story at school, we talk about our story thoughts.

This means we talk about 4 things:

  • something we like about the story - characters, things that happened, specific words, etc.
  • something we dislike about the story.
  • puzzles - something that made us wonder. We always start our sentence with "I wonder..." e.g. I wonder why Bob didn't notice the aliens.
  • connections - anything the story reminded us of e.g. "It reminded me of Red Riding Hood because there was a wolf" or "It reminded me of when we go to Cattle Country because of the big slides".

For each story you share with me, I'd love for you to pop some story thoughts up on the Padlet.


Just click on the add symbol, type your child's name and the story you're watching (or let them see if they can type) in the 'Title' section, then type your child's story thoughts in the box that says 'write something'. Once you've done that, click anywhere on the screen and it will pop your thought up. 

Monday's Story

Tuesday's Story

Wednesday's Story

Thursday's Story

Friday's Story