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Week 7 VE Day

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Welcome to Week 7!

This week there is going to be a huge celebration all around Britain to celebrate VE day.

But what does VE Day even mean?

VE stands for Victory in Europe. 75 years ago, this coming Friday, World War II ended and people celebrated the war being over.

Can you count in 5’s right up to 75? That’s how many years ago it was!

Here is a PowerPoint to give you some more information.


I am sure you have all heard about the inspirational Captain Tom!

He is an ex-soldier from Bedfordshire that turned

 years old last week! Can you count in tens all the way up to 100?


When he was younger, he was in the army and even fought in the Second World War.

To find out more about the incredible Colonel Tom, and what he has done for the NHS, please use the Reading Comprehension document below.


Year 1’s; use your phonics to read the information, an adult can help you with any tricky words. Can you answer the questions at the end? (Adults: There are 3 pages with differing amounts of information, choose the page you think is appropriate for your child’s ability).


Reception; after listening to the information, can you tell your adult what you have found out? How do you feel about Colonel Tom?

Can you spot any Reception ‘High Frequency Words’ (Found in the front of your Reading Record).

How many have you found? Is there a word that is used the most often?

You might have noticed that Colonel Tom proudly wears his army medals. Look at the photographs below. Can you see the colours on the ribbons and the shapes that have been used?

Why not design your own a medal? Are there any colours that are important to you and your family? What shape could you use? Why that shape? Does it symbolise anything? E.g. A circle to represent the moon because you always reach for the moon. A Star because it reminds you of a daffodil and Spring is your favourite Season, etc).


PE, Physical Development

Could you challenge yourself and your family to get active just like Colonel Tom? Here are some ideas:

- Walk up and down the stairs 100 times by Friday?

- Catch a ball 100 times with out dropping it as a family?

- Build a tower taller than you in 1min 40 seconds (100 seconds).

Let me know how you get on!


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During the war families wouldn’t have been able to see each other every day, a bit like us at the moment.

Have a go at writing a postcard to a member of your family or a friend.

 Sometimes when you go on holiday you send a postcard to someone with a picture of where you are. What are you going to draw on your postcard? Maybe draw a picture of your house?

Now think about who you want to send the postcard to. What are you going to write?

Get an A4 piece of paper, fold it in half. On one side draw your picture. On the other side write your message. Don’t forget to put an address on. You will need to use your phonic knowledge to help you write. I would love to see them!


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Phonics- Reception

This week, in phonics, we are going to be looking at another digraph (two letters that make one sound).

ar (as in farm)

Can you write ar in the air with your magic finger?

Now can you write ar on your leg with your magic finger?

 Watch this fun clip from Mr Thorne does phonics


While you watch the clip, can you write down all the ‘ar’ words you see?

Ask a grown-up to hide them around the house so you can go on a phonics hunt.

Can you find them, sound them out using your phonic knowledge

and then blend to read the word?

How many did you get right?

Have a go at the cut and stick worksheet.

Can you complete the sentences on the next worksheet?

If you can’t print them out just copy them onto a piece of paper.

I have found this final video for you to watch. It is made by a teacher called Mr Mc. I think it is fab!!


Year 1’s This week’s focus is alternative pronunciations for i & o

Have a go at spelling the following words using our ‘Look, Cover, Write, Check’ method.

Spellings: tin mind find wild pint child blind kind grind

behind remind hot no so old go don’t gold cold told both hold


Can you recognise that alternative pronunciations of some graphemes (letters) in some words need to be tried out to find the correct one?

The documents above can be used for a sorting game, you could cut them out, encourage your child to make their own word cards or use them on the screen.

How to use the words:


1. Look at a word with the alternative pronunciation (e.g. find), sound-talk and read it using the incorrect pronunciation and therefore saying a nonsense word.

2. Discuss which grapheme might have a different pronunciation

(e.g. the ‘i’ in find).

3. Sound-talk the word again and read the word, this time correctly.

4. Repeat with a different word.


It doesn't seem like much, but consistent practice will really improve your child's understanding of this area of phonics.


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The Union Flag or Union Jack is the national flag of the United Kingdom.

I had fun making my own Union Jack Flag with ‘2p’s and ‘5p’s

Can you have a go at making your own flag with some coins? 

Have a go at counting in 2s and 5s like Mrs Eggleston.

Counting Coins

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How many coins can you fit in to the flag?

 Year 1s have a go at finding out how much the flag costs by adding up all of the coins.

This flag cost £3.56.

Reception count how many ‘5p’s you use and how many ‘2p’s you use.

 How many coins did you use altogether?

I used 18 ‘2p’s and 64 ‘5p’s!

Have a look at this video on the value of money

Now have a look at this video.


After all that busy counting you deserve a Union Jack Snack!

Have a look at the snacks we have made! Could you have a go? What could you use for the red, white and blue colours? Or could you use different colours but keep the pattern of our famous Union Jack?

Union Jack Snack

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Have a look at these ships that are in the Royal Navy. They sail across the world on the seas protecting our country.

Royal Navy

Which ship was your favourite? Why did you like that one? Mrs Eggleston’s Step-son joined the Navy last year and he is going around the world on a Destroyer next year.



Here’s a fun game. Have you got ships in with your bath toys. Can you make it sink by filling it with coins? How many coins did it take to sink the ship? Have you got a different sized ship? Will it take more of less coins to sink it?

If you have got enough 2 pence pieces, use them and count in twos! Or fives with 5 pence pieces or in tens with 10 pence pieces? I didn’t have any boats or ships so I made my own out of tin foil.


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World War II was fought on the land, sea and air. In the air Britain had and still do have some incredible and beautiful aircraft.

Click on the link below and it’ll take you to the aircraft section on the RAF website


See if you can find the military transport aircraft called the ‘Dakota’. 

Mr Banfield’s Grandad (not in WW2) used to look after the engines on this amazing aircraft. Here is one of his photographs.

He also flew from Mamby, Lincolnshire to the North Pole in a Hastings aircraft! Here is a picture of a Hastings in flight and Grandad is on the left under the Hastings with a Husky dog from the North Pole!


Mrs Eggleston’s Grandad was a pilot in the RAF. Here are some photos of her Grandad in uniform, his aeroplane, called a Mosquito, and his dress medals.


We love standing in the school playground looking at aeroplanes flying by don’t we!

Let’s make our own!

In fact, let’s have a competition! 

Who can throw a paper aeroplane the furthest?

Rules: Paper only! And only human thrust power!

Watch the video below for an example of

How to Make a Paper Aeroplane

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It also gives the science behind the flight.

Measure your aeroplane flight from your feet to the front of the plane and send me the results in centimetres!

The winner will receive this week’s Home Learning Star of the Week Certificate!

Here are your adults having a go! Can you beat them?

Watch your adult's planes in flight!

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Using the map can you name the four countries of the United Kingdom? Now can you find out what the capital city is for each country?

Have a look at this video to help you name the capital cities.

How did you get on?

It’s Party Time!


All around the United Kingdom people are going to celebrating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. How are you going to celebrate?

Throughout the week why not prepare for the big day?

- Make bunting for your garden or a room in your house.


Have a look at this website for some fun activities for VE Day. I like the dance routine. Go to the dance for VE Day section and click on the VE Day at home pack.

On page 5 see if you can follow the instructions on how to dance the 1940s Lindy Hop Swing.


Have a look at this clip of some swing dancing. Was your dancing like this? Did you enjoy yourself? I would love to see a video of your dancing!


Why not celebrate with some traditional party games like marbles, dice or playing cards. You could have a game of snap or pairs with the cards. Set up a marble run and see if your marbles can complete it.

Why don’t you celebrate at home with a tea party?

Find your favourite teddies and invite your grown-ups.

Don’t forget to dress up, put up your bunting, put on some fun music and serve some delicious biscuits and cakes. You could even bake them yourself! 

Terrance and I thoroughly enjoyed our Tea Party!

Mrs B and Terrance’s Tea Party

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Now time for a quiet moment and reflection.


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Chill out and listen to White Cliffs of Dover sang by Vera Lynn. You could watch the video or, if the weather is nice, lie down and look at the blue sky and clouds passing by.

If the weather isn’t on your side maybe you could make a comfy area with cushions and blankets, get snuggled up relax. You might even want to listen to it quietly after your bedtime story.

Think about what you have been doing this week, what’s made you smile and laugh? 

What have you enjoyed learning about? What will you be doing tomorrow?

Remember to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth and remember just how lucky you are to be so loved by all the people around you, both far and near.


Stay safe my soldiers!

"Keep smiling through, Just like you always do."


Mrs Banfield