Week 7

Well done guys, we've done another week! 

It goes without saying but thank you for jumping on board with this home learning and for going above and beyond for your children. This is a really tricky and uncertain time for everyone and it has been so lovely to be able to stay connected. Keep up the good work.

Pop me an email at beech@stone-with-woodford.gloucs.sch.uk if you have any questions.

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.

After listening to the story, ‘The Snail and the Whale’ (see reading task).

Take your child on a snail hunt around the garden/nature area close to your house. Can they think about the places a snail might want to live?

Show your child a picture of a sea snail. Ask, how is it different from the snails they found in the garden?

Have a Snail Race- Use chalk to draw out lines on the ground (or sticks to mark out the lines) to create a race track. Place your snails at the starting line and watch them go! You could give your child a timer to measure how long it takes for the snails to make their way across. Share a picture of the winning snail! To make it really clear which snail is which you could also put a little blob of nail varnish on the snail's shell (this is what my mum used to do when she was little) and then your snails are colour coded!

Make your own 'under the sea' scene

Watch this video of the coral reef. https://safeyoutube.net/w/PwS5 Talk about the animals you can see. What are the animals called?

Use junk modelling or craft items you have around your house to create the scene. You could even add in natural objects e.g. grass as seaweed.

Counting undersea creatures 

Show your child how to play this game. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/underwater-counting There is a simpler version with amounts to 5 and a more challenging version with amounts to 10.

CHALLENGE: Support your child to create a record of how many of each creature there were. They can record this in any way - a table/chart/tally - whatever takes their fancy. 

Make your own fishing game

Make a fishing rod using a stick or similar (a wooden spoon would work well!). Tie some string on to one end and tie a magnet onto the end of the string (you could use a fridge magnet).

 Using the rod, your child could explore which items are attracted to the magnet around the house. 


Explore floating and sinking

Fill up a bowl, sink or basin and provide your child with a range of objects to explore. Which ones float and which sink? Ask them why they think they float/ sink?

CHALLENGE: Keep a record of the objects that float and sink? This could be using pictures or written.


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. Children have to guide an under-water robot (Parent/sibling/toy) through the obstacles by shouting out simply instructions. E.g. forwards, right, left, backwards.

Reading, writing, phonics and maths.

This week, I have added daily activities instead of pick and choose ones. If the flexibility of the old style suited you then please feel free to continue with that, however if you're looking for a bit more structure then I've sorted them into days of the week.




Making patterns


Share the Snail and the Whale. If you don’t have a copy at home, have a look at this online reading https://safeyoutube.net/w/ivS5



Choose a story from the Oxford Reading tree (you can create a free account) and complete the play activities linked to the chosen story.



Read a story with your child somewhere different than usual. Read under a tree, in an empty bath, under the bed!



Watch the online story book ‘Sharing a Shell’ https://safeyoutube.net/w/0vS5

Discuss how the crab felt at each different stage. Your child could draw a picture of how the crab is feeling.



Ask your child to look at the books you have in your house. Can they find any books with sea creatures? Can they group the books with animals e.g. farm animals, sea creatures, jungle creatures.



click on the link and complete the home learning activities.



Can your child join in with a tongue twister? Red lorry yellow lorry red lorry yellow lorry. Can you draw this pattern and see how you could extend it.



Use anything around the house or http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html to make your own patterns.



Watch a numberblocks episode on BBC/CBeebies and discuss with your child what they noticed about the episode.



Ask your child to do a repeating pattern with actions. E.g. clap hands, tap knees, clap hands, tap knees.

Can one person listen and repeat?



Draw a fish and create a pattern to decorate your fish. Could they make the pattern out of 2D shapes?  






Ask your child if they can hear the sounds that come at the beginning of snail and whale. Can they think of/ or find other things that begin with the same sound? They could create a poster or take photographs of the things they see.



Buried Treasure: Write out some real words and made up words (e.g. tud, jup, fub). Place these in a pile and using 2 containers, label one as ‘Treasure’ and the other as ‘Bin’. Can your child read the word and decide if it is real? If it is real it goes in the treasure chest, if not it goes in the bin.



Go onto Phonicsplay.com

They have made their resources free with the username March20 and the password home

Play any Phase 2/Phase 3 games.



Sing ‘1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive’. Click here for the words. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-1-2-3-4-5-once-i-caught-a-fish-alive/zdy6jhv

Can your child learn this by heart?



Play Fish for Sounds – write out some letter sounds that correspond to objects found in the sea – sh for shell, f for fish. Try and write them outside in chalk or similar and encourage your child to trace over them



Draw a picture and write about their chosen sea creature. Writing can include labelling the picture, writing a sentence about it, or extending this to something longer.



Have a go at snail writing. Using hair gel/foam/anything slimy write letters/words as if their finger is a snail leaving a slime trail.



Ask your child to close their eyes and imagine being at a beach. Can they draw a picture of all the things they can hear/see/smell/touch. Add words to caption the pictures.



Use this animated letter formation tool https://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/activities/letterformation/ to practice letter formation



Listen to the song Henry the Crab https://safeyoutube.net/w/lwS5

Can they draw a picture of Henry?

Challenge – can they write a letter to Henry?

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


In school, I do yoga with my class at least once a week, and now we are at home it is something that I would love to continue. It is a great way to give yourself some time to stop, be present in your own body without a million things going on inside your head, and to do some movement that isn't 1000 jumping jacks.

There will be a new one up every Monday evening for you to have a go at whenever suits you.

Have a look at Cosmic Kids yoga too as Jamie is a certified children's yoga teacher! https://www.cosmickids.com/

A cat problem.

At the beginning of lockdown, you all helped me and the kittens SO much with how they could feel braver about going outside. Now it's a struggle to get them to come in so thank you so much for all your ideas.

Now that you've helped them to be courageous enough to go into the garden, we have a new problem.

Have a look at the video and see if you can find a way to help me solve it.