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Week 3


You have been working so hard with your blends so far, well done!

There are three blends to learn this week. We are going to look at ‘sk’, ‘lp’ and ‘lt’.

Work your way through the slides and remember to keep a look out for these sounds in your stories at home! Can you find any words with these sounds in by yourself?

Here are some printable worksheets to help you with these blends:

We are on to our last set of tricky words for Phase 4 this week! We have four tricky words left to learn. Have a look at this tricky word song to help you remember their spellings:


Could you put each tricky word into a sentence? Try to use your tricky words throughout the day when you are speaking. You could keep a tally of how many times you say them in one day!

Extra Practice:

Some of you have been really persevering with your reading and writing; you are doing so well! It is amazing to see your hard work and how much progress you are making.

Here are some extra resources to keep practicing... 


Well done for all of your hard work on adding last week! We are moving onto subtracting this week which means our answers will be smaller.

To warm up, practice counting backwards from 20 to 0. Here is a video to get you started:


Here are some games to practice counting forwards and backwards:

Helicopter Rescue:

Choose ‘Count on and back’ and then ‘within 10s’, ‘1 to 20’.

Practice finding the number one more and one less than.

Subtraction to 10:

Practice taking away by counting the objects.


Subtracting within 20:

Have a resource of up to 20 ‘things’ available (pasta, cubes, beads, toys etc). Model reading a subtraction number sentence, explaining that this means we are taking things away and so our answer will always be smaller than the starting number.

Show the number sentence 10 – 1 =

Model counting out 10 cubes and then say again, 10 – 1, so we need to take 1 away. Move 1 piece away so it is out of sight. How many are left? Is our answer smaller than our starting number?

Spread out the subtraction number sentences upside down and one by one, ask your child to choose one and work it out using your resource. Once they are confident with this, ask them to have a go at writing their own number sentences. Check that they are putting the biggest number first – this is a common misconception!


I saw some amazing work last week with the body parts challenge, I was so impressed! We are going to continue our topic about growing, by looking at how some insects grow and change.

This week we are going to be looking at the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle. Don’t worry if you haven’t got this story at home, here is an online version: 


We are going to be looking at how caterpillars change from when they are first alive as eggs up until when they become butterflies. Your task is to create your own life cycle of a butterfly. You could do this with drawings, junk modelling, writing, painting or any other way you can think of. You could make a video explaining what happens too.

Take a look at these videos for some help: 

Have a look through this PowerPoint all about a Butterfly Life Cycle.

There’s also a video for you to see the caterpillar growing and changing!

Butterfly Life Cycle Video.avi

Still image for this video

Here are some examples that you might like to try:

Here are some extra activities to do with the story: