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WEEK 5 Spring

Week 5 Spring!

Spring has sprung and new life is among us! The daffodils, the daisies, the butterflies and the bees will be making an appearance in our own gardens.  Let’s get outside and discover how our environment is changing in this new season.



English, Geography, Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development,

Understanding the World.


Treasure Hunt!

Come on, let’s be Spring Detectives! What new things are there to discover? Take a look at all the things I found in my garden. Can you find them in yours? Use your phonic knowledge to write your own list or use the list below to tick them off like a scavenger hunt! How many can you find?


Spring Treasure hunt

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In my garden I found:


Bumpy, round edged, long and thin, different coloured, spotty, caterpillar munched, spiky, shiny, uncurling or even hairy leaves!

Flowers and colours:

Flower buds, pale pink blossom, bright pink, purple, red, orange, yellow, blue.

Harder to find:

Catkins, peacock butterfly, ladybird.


Maths, Computing

Can you record your results in a tally chart? Here's an example of a tally chart, can you make your own?


There’s also this fun, Spring themed, maths game to have a go at.

Bud's Number Garden-  Online Maths Game


For a bit of mental maths, we are looking at counting up to and back from 100. Why don’t you have a go at making your own worms and ladders board game to 100.


English, Geography, Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development,

Understanding the World.

Spring time is very inspiring, click the link below to read a Spring poem ebook


Spring Poem ebook


Can you have a go at writing your own acrostic poem? Reception have a go at adding one word after each letter. Year 1 can you write a short sentence using adjectives? Remember an acrostic poem is a bit different as the word goes down the page like this:

S unshine

P retty pink flowers dance in the sparkling light

R ed tulips dance in the gentle breeze

I love spring in the green garden

N ice and warm

G reen spiky grass everywhere


See if you can write your own.


When writing your poem, you might need some new phonic knowledge.


Reception children:


In phonics this week we are looking at the digraph oa as in b-oa-t, boat. Can you have a go at writing oa in some flour or sand?



oa demo

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Can you find some words that have the oa (boat) sound in? Have a look in your books at home and write down all of the oa words you can find.

Have a look at this video too


Bitesize Phonics


Year 1 children:

We know that a digraph is when two letters together make one sound (as in the words tail t-ai-l, boat b-oa-t, found f-ou-n-d or read r-ea-d). When a digraph is split by a consonant it becomes a split digraph. For example: ..

Without the ‘e’ this word would say ‘slid’ but the ‘e’ makes the vowel ‘i’ change from it’s sound to its name. We sometimes call the ‘e’ a ‘magic e’ just for fun to help us remember. (It’s not really magic because it does a job but it’s much more fun!)

I’ve made a ‘magic e’ wand. Have a look at the video below, keep pausing the video to read the word before you get told!

Split digraph, long vowel sounds

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Can you find some split digraphs in your books at home? Make a list. You could group them into vowel groups. For example: a-e words, e-e words, i-e words, o-e words and u-e words.



 Let’s Get Creative!


Art, Geography, RE, Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development,

Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design.



Do you know what season we are in now? Can you name all of the seasons? I will give you a clue there are four seasons in a year. Do all countries have the same seasons as us? I have some family that live in Australia. Their seasons are not the same as ours because Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere. England is in the Northern Hemisphere.


BBC Bitesize have some fantastic online resources. Have a look at the website on Wednesday April 22nd. They have a short lesson on the introduction to seasons and day and night.

Can you spot Australia and England on the map? What other countries are in the Northern Hemisphere? How about the Southern Hemisphere?



Could you have a go at drawing a picture of the seasons. Which season is your favourite and why? Which season is your birthday in? My birthday is in Autumn.


PE, Physical Development

Bee Race

I wonder if you could be like the busy, buzzing bees? Have you seen them darting from flower to flower? How about doing a fun pollinating race. That’s what the bees are doing, helping the flowers to pollinate to help them make seeds and fruit.

Set up two bowls at opposite ends of your garden. One full of water and the other empty.

 (You could even see if you could make you water yellow – food colouring? Would a banana skin work? Yellow flower petals?)

Time how long it takes you and your family to take it in turns to take the water from one bowl to the other. You are not allowed to move the bowls! The bees don’t take the flowers with them do they! How are you going to move the water? Any ideas?


- Measure the water – is it still the same amount at the end?

-Use different utensils to carry the water – which is the easiest to use? Which carries the most water, how do you know?

- Make a prediction; which was the most effective way to transfer the water? Where you correct?

- Time your run. Can you do it again and beat your time?


Music, Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development,

Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design.

After your bee race, here is a great episode of ‘Melody’. It uses the classical music of ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ by Rimsky Korsakov to inspire the story.


Melody - The Lost Bee episode


There is also this charming story I found about a Caterpillar!


Caterpillar Shoes

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🌍It was the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day this week! 🌍
Let's celebrate bees! 🐝 πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³

Bees do such an important job pollinating the flowers. Pollination helps the flowers to grow their fruits and seeds. Terrance and I found some dandelion seeds! He just loved helping the seeds disperse. (That’s a big word isn’t it, we love to impress people with grown up words don’t we! 🀣 Seed dispersal just means when the seeds move away from their plant. Next time you’re video messaging someone and they ask you what you’ve been learning, just look seriously at them and say...seed dispersal! The look on their face will be hilarious!! 🀣🀣). 
Enjoy the fun game and keep a look out for those busy bees doing their important job and, of course, your own dandelion seeds to disperse! πŸ₯³

Seed Dispersal

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Whatever you are up to I’d love to hear from you!

Reception children, ask your adults to post on Tapestry and Year 1’s email me using our new email address:

Thank you to those of you who have written to me, sent pictures and even made videos for me to look at. They are keeping me smiling and I’ll make a slideshow for you to see what your friend’s have been up to!

I am missing your laughter and your thirst for knowledge!

Please let me know if you’re accessing and/or enjoying the activities by dropping me a quick email via the link above.

Take care spring chickens! Have lots of fun!


Mrs B

One last thing…here is one more ‘magical’ piece of art work you could do…

Magical Art

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