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Please continue to access your Bug Club books using your personal log in and password. Remember to click on the Bug Icon to answer each question so that we know that the book has been completed.

You can also register for free access to e-books with Oxford Owl. Just click the link below.


Remember you can also read books you have at home, try comics, magazines, instructions, recipes – anything that you are interested in….


And don’t forget to practise reading your Tricky words!


You could listen to these seaside stories and then talk about them with your family. Did you like the story? Which was your favourite part? Could you invent a different ending?

The Magic Beach readaloud by Mrs C

Enjoy the wonderful Australian story 'The Magic Beach' written by Alison Lester.

Billys Bucket

A funny, imaginative birthday story from the creator of the award-winning Eat Your Peas. Billy wants only one thing for his birthday - a bucket.

The Lighthouse Cat~Storytime Read Aloud



This week our first new grapheme is ‘ve’ as in live, have, love, glove. It makes the sound /v/, so it has the same action that you learnt for ‘v’ (pretend to be driving along in a van, saying v,v,v,v).

Watch Geraldine the Giraffe learn the ‘ve’ grapheme below.

Geraldine the Giraffe learns /-ve/

The next new grapheme is ‘wh’. This is also a digraph and it makes the sound /w/. It has the same action as ‘w’ (blow onto open hands like the wind, repeating wh,wh,wh)

Watch Geraldine The Giraffe try the ‘wh’ sound.

Geraldine the Giraffe learns /wh/

Reception Phonics Learning Activities

Year 1:

This week you will be learning about another split digraph. Remember, this is a grapheme that is split by another letter. So far, we have learnt about a-e, e-e and i-e split digraphs. This week we will be learning the o-e split digraph. It makes the same sound as /oa/ so the action will be the same as /oa/ (bring your hand up to your mouth as if something is wrong and say ‘oh’). It is in words like phone, bone, explode, home, alone.

Watch Geraldine the Giraffe learn about the o-e split digraph, then have a go at reading some words with this digraph and matching the pictures in the activity below.

Geraldine the Giraffe learns /o-e/

Year 1 Phonics o-e Activity

This week we are going to move onto a different type of writing. You have done some lovely descriptive writing. Now we are going to have a go at instructions! This links in nicely with our work in Computing, as you have been practising giving instructions like you would if you were writing algorithms for a computer.

This week your task is to start to write some instructions for a short daily task.

First, what do instructions look like? Can you find some written instructions in your house? (Clue: a recipe is a set of instructions on how to cook or bake something. Do you have instructions for a game that you like to play?)

Instructions will always / often have:

  • A Title (always)
  • A ‘You will need’ list (sometimes with bullet points)
  • Numbered steps
  • Short bossy sentences
  • Verbs – action words, that tell you what to do
  • Time connectives

Have a look at my examples of instructions and examples you found. Can you find these features?

Watch the clip of Stefan Gates making a chocolate head – you could even have a go at following his instructions and making your own! (Please send us pictures of your monster heads if you do!)

Writing instructions with Stefan Gates

TV chef Stefan Gates uses a cake recipe to outline how to write a set of instructions. From a series of BBC clips teaching key writing skills.

Next, watch an adult make a cup of tea. You may want to watch this several times. Can you remember all the steps?


Reception children: Stick the pictures in order and add the bossy verb to each picture. Choose suitable verbs from the list on the activity sheet.

Yr 1s: Order the pictures for each step. Then read and stick the correct instruction next to its picture.

Yr 2 & 3s: Order the pictures for each step and write a short sentence to say what to do. Try to remember to number your steps and use time connectives to start each sentence.


Complete the activity for your year group sown below.


Don’t forget to practise your spellings on Spelling Shed! You all have your very own tailor-made list of spellings to learn!

(Your login details are stuck in your Home Learning books. If you have lost yours, then just email us and we will send you them again.)

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