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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:

This week, White Rose Maths Hub are focusing learning around a book we have looked at before in Reception – Oliver’s Vegetables! Each day you will see there is a fun new activity to try at home. Don’t worry if you do not have a copy of the book, all the resources you need are provided on the link.













Weekly Phonics Learning:

The sounds we are continuing to look at digraphs. This is where two letters of the alphabet written together make one sound: q and u together make a ‘qu’ sound.

These are found at the start, middle and at the end of many words e.g. queen, quiz, squirt, and squirrel.

Try saying the digraph while you are watching the videos.

Play the video each day and encourage the children to go on a treasure hunt for items around the house containing these two digraph sounds.

They could keep all the items in a bag. Could you put in a different sound to try and trick them?

Encourage the children to write and read simple words containing these digraph sounds at the beginning and at the end of a word.

Phonics Play

Lots of games and activities that can be played on smart phones, tablets or laptops. 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

Geraldine the Giraffe

A Youtube channel full of fun videos that teach different phonics sounds. Watch a sound a day and then encourage the children to practice writing that sound, writing words containing that sounds and hunting for items around the house that have that sound in them. Follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/user/breakthruchris

In school, we learn phonics sounds in the order shown below. Ask the children which sounds they have learnt in their phonics groups and recap these. Once you feel confident that they know all the first sounds, use the Geraldine Youtube videos to look at the next new sound. If you need any help or advice, email early.years@grovehouseprimary.co.uk

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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, The Snail and the Whale, 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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