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Moston Lane

Community Primary School

‘Be The Best You Can Be’

Thursday 19th March 2020

Book of the day:   'Jim and the Beanstalk'

Literacy Task:

Draw the giant from the story 'Jim and the Beanstalk' or design your own giant!

Write a list of words to describe the giant such as huge. These types of words are called 'adjectives' and they are words we use to describe things!

Challenge: Can you use the adjectives (describing words) you have written down and put them into a sentence?

The giant is…

Maths Task:

In the story, Jim has to take many measurements to make sure the things that he gets fit the giant!

Have a look in your home and gather a range of socks. Try to get some of your own socks and a few of other people's socks that you live with in your house. Lay them all on the floor and look at the length of them. Can put them in order from the shortest to the longest?

Challenge: Can you find something in your house to measure the socks with? Such as how many blocks of lego long are the socks?

If you have one, try to use a ruler!

Topic Task:

Sing the ‘Spring is Here’ song at home.

Have a look out of the window and draw a picture or write a list of all the signs of spring you can see!


Friday 20th March 2020

Book of the day:

Jim and the Beanstalk

If you read this story yesterday- recap over the story and tell your grown up what happens in the beginning, middle and end of the story. 

Literacy task:

Today is the ‘International Day of Happiness’.

Jim really looks after the giant and makes good friends with him!

  • How do you think this makes the giant feel?
  • Think of your friends and what they do to make you feel happy?

Write down the things people you care about do that make you feel happy. This can be a list or draw a picture and label it. 

Challenge: Write someone in your house a note to make them feel happy!

Maths task:

As it is international happiness day and we know keeping our mind and body healthy makes us feel happy, we are setting you an exercise task!

Complete the count to 100 exercise song and enjoy counting while keeping fit!

Challenge: Write down your numbers as high as you can go!

Topic task:

Draw a picture of all the people that make you feel happy, these could be in your family or your friends at school.

Talk to your grown up about the things that make you happy and ask them what makes them happy.

Maybe you could write a list together of somethings you could do at home, over the next few days, to make people in your house happy!


Monday 23rd March 2020

Book of the day:

This week we are going to be learning about ‘farms’. Have a look around your house do you have any books about farms or farm animals to read?

If not read any of your books from home!

Literacy task:

At school when we are introducing a new topic we use an exciting picture to get our imaginations working and to practise using some of the exciting vocabulary around the topic.

Have a look at the picture with your child.

Ask your child…

What can you see?

What do you wonder?

What do you think?

… about this picture.

Get your children to write a sentence that begins with -

I can see…

Challenge: Use the other sentence starters for a more extended writing piece -

I wonder…

I think that…

Maths task:

Once you have watched the video about farms for our topic task today, go on a hunt around your kitchen and see if you can find any items in there that may have come from the farm?

How many items did you find? Count them and write down the number!

Challenge: Work through some of these number problems, write down your number sentences and record your answers. You can use dots, objects or your fingers to help you!

  1.  If the chicken lays 4 eggs and then lays 2 more, how many eggs will there be? 4 + 2 =
  2.  If the chicken lays 6 eggs and then lays 3 more, how many eggs will there be?
  3.  If the chicken lays 3 eggs and then lays 2 more, how many eggs will there be?
  4.  If the chicken lays 7 eggs and then lays 4 more, how many eggs will there be?

Topic task:

As we are learning about farms this week watch this video about farms for children…

Have you ever been to a farm before? What did you see there?

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Reading task:

‘Duck in the Truck’

Listen to the story, can you hear any rhyming words?

Literacy task:

Look again at the picture from yesterday…

Talk with your grown up and answer the following questions about the picture -

Why does the cow want to move home?

What does a cow pack in a suitcase?

Where do you think the cow is going?

How is the cow feeling?

Challenge: Draw a picture and write a list of all the things you think the cow might have in their suitcase!

Maths task:

Play ‘I spy and count - On the Farm’ checklist activity from twinkl (See below).

Count the animals and record how many of each animal there are.

Challenge: Complete the adding I spy sheet (see below).


Topic task:

Enjoy singing some farm songs at home with your family. Such as;

Old MacDonald has a farm

5 little ducks

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Reading task:

Farmer Duck

Was the Farmer being fair to the duck?

How do you think the animals felt at the end of the story?

Literacy task:

In the story the Farmer wanted the duck to do all the work which was not fair!

With your grown up make a plan for your household so that the jobs that need doing are shared equally! You could draw pictures of what everyone needs to do and try write them down.

Challenge: Choose one of the jobs you have picked such as making breakfast, can you write instructions for this job? Remember to number your instructions.

 Maths task: 

As you are making a job chart for your literacy task, today would be a good day to look at the days of the week.

Teach your grown up the days of the week song.

Answer these questions…

  1. What day is it today?
  2. What day will it be tomorrow?
  3. What day was it yesterday?

(Practising this every day would really help your child develop an understanding of the days of the week)

Challenge: What day comes after Thursday?

What day comes before Monday?

Topic task:

Use the internet to research about farm animals and what their young (babies) are called. Answer these questions…

  1. What is a baby pig called?
  2. What is a baby cow called?
  3. What is a baby horse called?
  4. What is a baby duck called?
  5. What is a baby rabbit called?


Thursday 26th March 2020

Reading task:

Free choice today - choose one of your favourite books from home and read it with a grown up or read it to a sibling!

Literacy task:

Today we would like you to practise your phonics.

Go to and click the log in tab on the top right of the page, select the option ‘espresso’ and log in with the password details that were sent home. If you are not sure of the details please email the staff at…

Once you are logged in search phonics using the search bar.

Ask your child which phonics group they are in and choose the phase to match -

Mrs Rycroft’s group - phase 3

Mrs Sharkey’s group - phase 3

Miss Thompson’s group - phase 3

Mrs Dowling and Miss Harrison’s group - phase 2

Ask your child to watch some of the videos of the different sounds within that phase (click on the sound to watch the video).

Then click the activities tab at the right hand side and have a go at completing the blending, segmenting and spelling activity.

Challenge: Choose one of the sounds you have looked at today and write as many words as you can with that sound in.

Maths task:

Recap over 3d shapes. Sing the 3d shape song.

While still logged into espresso search ‘3d shapes early years’ in the search bar.

Watch the first two videos that come up in the results

‘Solid shapes’ and

‘Solid shapes around us’

Go on a shape hunt in your house or garden and look for all the 3d shapes you can find.

Tell your grown up why they are 3d, how do you know? and what is the shape name?

Challenge: Once you have found a 3d shape, count how many faces, corners and edges it has.

Topic task:

While still logged into espresso search on the search bar -

‘On the farm’

Watch the video of how the farmer looks after his cows.

Tell someone in your house what you have found out!

Friday 27th March 2020

Reading task:

Mrs Wishy Washy’s farm

Literacy task:

This week we have been learning all about farms! We have looked at some of the busy jobs the farmer’s have to do and some of the animals that live on the farm.

Using what you have learnt this week, can you write a letter to a farmer? Remember to start your letter with,

Dear Farmer, …

In your letter maybe you could tell the farmer what your favourite farm animal is. Or you could thank the farmer for your favourite dairy food and tell them what your favourite produce from the farm is.

Remember to finish your letter with who the letter is from!

Grown ups - if you could help your child by helping them think of their sentences, then listening for the sounds they can hear in the words, then finding that sound on the alphabet mat and then having a go at writing that letter down.

Challenge: Can you include a question in your letter to the farmer? Maybe about some of the busy jobs they have to do or something you would like to know about the farm?

Maths task:

Today lets practise our number recognition!

Grown ups - Can you write down some numbers to 10 (or 20 if you think your child is capable) and ask your child to tell you what number it is. Ask your child to do the correct number of actions to match the number for example show them the number 7 and see if they can respond with 7 claps.

Challenge: Ask your child to write their numbers in order, as far as they can go! starting with 0…

Topic task:

Science experiment:

With all that is going on at the moment there is a nice experiment to show children the effects of soap.

Get a shallow bowl of milk and shake lots of black pepper into the milk.

Ask your child to put water on their finger and then dip it into the bowl and see what happens.

Next ask your child to put some soap/hand wash on their finger and then dip it in again.

The pepper should move away from the finger. Use this as a discussion point to talk about the effects of soap on germs (pretend the pepper is germs).

If you don't have the resources then watch this video on you tube.



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