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During this uncertain time, we want your child to continue their learning at home through as many practical and imaginative ways as possible. We will provide lots of different resources to help guide their learning and hope that you enjoy the time spent with your child to support their education. Many of the activities can be completed independently, some may require a little bit of adult support. We will continue to update the website with new ideas throughout the upcoming weeks/months to ensure your child remains engaged with their learning.

You will find a link to the interactive resources we use in school at the bottom of this page.

Daily Play Challenge:


Weekly Maths Learning:

DIY LEGO Pattern Cards.
Seeing and continuing a pattern is a really important skill.
Can you copy a pattern of different colours?
Try this fun activity this week at home.
You will need:
Coloured Crayons
Lego / Duplo blocks…or anything else that is colourful!
Create some patterns on the paper (you can draw squares to make it easier if you want) and see if you can copy the pattern with lego bricks!
You could try this with painted pasta, coloured paper cut up into squares, coloured magnets or coloured lollypop sticks.
Try colouring three blocks to begin with, then add one more and see if you can copy it.
Can you continue a repeating pattern? e.g. red, red, green, red, red….? ? ? ? ? can you tell me what the ? colours are?
Take photos and show us your creative patterns!
Lego Dice Towers
If you have the lego out, another fun game is to have a tower competition!
Mrs Binns enjoys this game at home with her boys.
1) Roll a dice
2) Try and read the number without counting the spots.
3) Take that number of bricks and build your tower.
4) Take turns.
5) Tallest tower wins!
If you don’t have a dice, write some number cards and turn them face down. Take turns to turn a number card over and choose that number of bricks.

Weekly Phonics Learning:

Our sound of the week is ‘m’. See if you can copy Geraldine on the video! ‘mmmmmmmmmmm!’

Encourage the children to watch the video each day and then go around the house on a “mmmm” treasure hunt, finding different items that begin with the ‘mmmm’ sound.

It doesn’t matter if they make some mistakes to begin with.

Really focus on saying the first sound of each object they find or you want them to find.

For example, “Can you p…p…please find me a mmm…mmm…mmmop? Well done you found a mmm-magazine!”

Now count how many items you could find that begin with a mmmmm sound.


Look at this iSpy image. Let’s play!

Can you find all the objects on the picture that begin with a ‘mmmm’ sound? How many can you find?

Last week we looked at the ‘sss’ sound. Count the objects you find beginning with ‘s’.

Now you can play I Spy around your house, or on your daily walk using these sounds you are learning!

We were starting to really enjoy writing our letters! Find some paper and practice writing the ‘m’ sound with the special tripod pencil we sent you in your home learning pack.

We use the rhyme – ‘Maisy mountain mountain.’ Give it a try!

Can they write a “m” at the top of a piece of paper and put all of their ‘mmmm…special’ things they find beginning with ‘m’ on it?


Phonics Play

Lots of games and activities that can be played on smart phones, tablets or r. Follow the link: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Love my Books

Free access to lots of different books – lots of our favourite books are read aloud and then activities given to go alongside the stories. Follow the link: http://www.lovemybooks.co.uk/shark-in-the-park


Let’s Get Creative!

Junk model making

Children always love an activity that involves cutting and sticking!

You can make anything you like, look at this example of a robot and a dragon!

You will need:

● Scissors

● Boxes e.g. cereal box

● Tinfoil

● Glue

● Decorations

Email the pictures to early.years@grovehouseprimary.co.uk


Singing and Stories: 

One of our favourite authors Julia Donaldson (The Gruffalo, Smartest Giant in Town, Stickman) has turned lots of our favourite stories into songs. These can be listened to through our website – some even teach Makaton signs! See how many you can learn.


Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have also slightly altered some of our famous stories to spread the ‘social distancing’ message in a light-hearted way. These could be discussed as a family and talk about how the characters might be feeling and why it is important to socially distance.


Keep Active:

Joe Wicks

Joe is committed to being your daily P.E teacher during school closures. He will be running daily sessions to help keep children active, streamed live each day at 9am. Follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz0go1pTda8

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for kids. Interactive adventures which build strength, balance and confidence. Follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga


Learning Through Play:

TTS have tried to provide you with a rich and varied range of learning opportunities. They are play based experiences and they fulfil and compliment so many curriculum areas. Play in early years is how children learn and make sense of the world. These are only guidelines and you can adapt the ideas, as you know your children best and can follow their interests. Follow the link:



Hungry Little Minds

Many little things light up little minds. HM Government have released this guidance for younger children. Here, you will find many ideas to help hungry little minds.

Post Lockdown Bucket list!
Can you write a list of things you would like to do when lockdown is over? You might want to think about family and friends you’d like to see and places you’d like to go.

Healthy Recipes and Snack Ideas

BBC Good Food has a range of healthy recipe ides that you could cook together as a family. Involving the children in preparing and cooking food makes them more likely to try new things. Follow the link: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/snacks-kids

Making Playdough:

Playdough can be used in many different ways! Getting children to roll and knead, builds their upper body muscles and helps with fine and gross motor skills. Playdough can be rolled out, measured or counted, used to role play cafes or kitchens, used to build and create patterns.


2 cups of plain flour

¾ cup salt

2 cups of warm water

Food colouring (optional)


  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.
  • Measure out 2 cups of plain flour and pour into the bowl.
  • Measure out ¾ cup of salt and pour into the bowl.
  • Measure out 2 cups of warm water and pour into the bowl.
  • You can add food colouring if you wish. (Just a drop of your favourite shade).
  • Stir the mixture together. It will become sticky. Continue stirring until the mixture has all come together.
  • Once the mixture has come together, use your hands to knead the dough.
  • If your play dough is too sticky you can add in extra flour.
  • Knead the dough into a smooth lump.



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