Week 8

I hope you have had a lovely half term in this beautiful sunshine and have been able to have some rest (as much as is possible with children!!).

I will now be mainly contactable on Friday's as this is my dedicated Home Learning day but please keep uploading to Tapestry as it is so important that we are able to stay connected during this time and that we can see the work that is being done at home. We completely understand that it is not always plausible for all of the learning to take place in these uncertain times with workloads and siblings and general life, however it is very important that we can see what you are managing to do and see how we can best support you going forward.

As I always say to the children, my first and most important job isn't to teach you things, but is to make sure that you are safe, happy and looked after. This is always my priority and I will do whatever I can to support those things. You can email me at beech@stone-with-woodford.gloucs.sch.uk.





Learning Project

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about famous or significant people. Learning may focus on past or present inventors, explorers or scientists and how they influence society today.

Make your favourite characters

  • Make a puppet of a famous story character. Use a toilet roll and draw, colour and stick other bits of material onto the tube to make your own character puppet. This can be a character from the Gruffalo or a character from another story written by a different famous author.  
  • Paint your hand and make handprints and decorate to make your very own Gruffalo.

Can you name the famous characters?

Take part in the quiz -Who Do You Know? You will need help from your grown ups. Have a go at Quiz 1 https://www.sporcle.com/games/schouw/childrenscharacters and Quiz 2 https://www.funkidslive.com/quiz/can-you-match-these-disney-characters-to-their-movies/#

Or, you could also describe famous book characters to your child and they have to guess who it is you’re describing.

Create your own broomstick

Create your own broomstick like the witch in ‘Room on the Broom’. You could gather up sticks from the garden and tie them on to the end of a large stick using elastic bands, string or garden twine. How could you make improvements to your broom? Encourage your child to act out the story.

Visit the Gruffalo website

Listen to the Gruffalo song https://www.gruffalo.com/songs, learn the ‘Monkey Puzzle’ song https://www.gruffalo.com/songs in makaton and dance along to the ‘Gruffalo’s Child’ song https://www.gruffalo.com/songs. There are also some great interactive games in the play and explore area https://www.gruffalo.com/in-the-woods/?ReturnUrl=/join-in/films. Colour your own Gruffalo using the paint game, create your own monster on monster maker and much more.

Rose Mitchtom and Margarette Steife

Over 120 years ago two women came up with the idea to make a teddy bear. Collect all your teddy bears. Are they all the same? What do you think makes a good teddy bear? If you were going to invent a new teddy bear what would it look like?

Phonics Lessons

I will now be uploading daily phonics lessons from Letters and Sounds. Please sit with your child and support them with these video lessons. They will need paper and a pencil, or a little whiteboard if that is possible.

Monday's Phonics 

Tuesday's Phonics 

Wednesday's Phonics

Thursday's Phonics 

Friday's Phonics 





Ask your child to think about their favourite books and read one of them together. Find out about the famous authors and encourage your child to think about why they like these books? 



Read stories written by the famous author, Julia Donaldson. You can also listen to them if you click on the following links: 





Ask your child to draw pictures showing what happened at the beginning, middle and the end of Room on the Broom or The Gruffalo. Or choose a different story.




Ask your child questions about the books that you have shared- Who are the main characters? How are the characters feeling? Who is your favourite character? Why? What did you like/dislike about this story?




Your child can continue to read a story from the free eBook library at Oxford Owl. Repeat as you would your class reading books.



click on the link and complete the home learning activities.



- Practice counting on from any given number. Try to create rhythmic patterns: 1,2 3,4, 5,6 2,3,4, 5,6,7 8,9, 10. Then play this online adding machine game, add up the animals and objects.




Use the Tens Frame http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/tenFrame/index.html to add numbers together. Or, ask your child to make 10 using different objects from around the house/garden e.g. dry pasta.



Adding numbers: Watch a Numberblocks episode and discuss with your child what they noticed.



Generate your own addition number stories: First, there are 3 people on the bus. Then, 2 more people get on the bus. How many people are on the bus? Now there are 5 people on the bus.



Make a pretend shop using items from the kitchen cupboard. Ask your child to pretend to be the shopkeeper and do different things such as sell the food, sort it into groups such as types of food, sizes, weights etc.






Sound Sprint - Make some sound cards (you could use paper). Place and spread them out across the floor. Ask your child to run and stand on the sound you call out. Say simple words as a challenge e.g. f-o-x.



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.



Ask your child to use their phonic knowledge to spell some of the names of the characters from the ‘The Gruffalo’? E.g. f-o-x, ow-l. If this is too tricky, can they say the sounds that make up the words instead?



- Play Viking Full Circle https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/viking/index.html- Click on the set of sounds your child is learning. Listen carefully to the word and have a go at choosing the correct letters to make the word.



Choose a letter of the alphabet. How many famous people or book characters can your child think of that start with this letter?



Watch ‘The Gruffalo’ here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pk64x

Ask your child to draw a picture of their favourite character. Can they write words/sentences to describe their character, i.e. furry body, knobbly knees and black teeth. 



Can your child make a wanted poster for the Gruffalo. Can they draw a picture of the Gruffalo? Can they describe him?



Your child can practise writing letter families (t, l, i) in fun ways e.g. with their finger in shampoo or with a wet sponge on the pavement.



Ask your child to think about who they believe to be important people – such as the Queen. How would your child describe them? Why do they think they are important? Your child could list important people.



Ask your child to think about and draw someone who is very important to them. Can your child say or write a simple sentence describing why this person is so important.

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