Minnows and Tiddlers
Week commencing 18th May
Hello Tiddlers and Minnows,
I was so happy to see that so many of you were able to complete my teacher challenge last week, all of your bug hotels were amazing and I can’t wait to hear about all the bugs that come to visit. Make sure you tell me if you see any interesting minibeasts in your hotel!
This week I have been working hard to improve my fitness, I have been running every day and doing Joe Wicks daily PE lessons. At the start of the week I found it really difficult to run for a long time but I think I am getting better at it, I’m going to try and run a little bit further next week and I will let you know how it goes!
Next week in maths, you will be doing lots of activities based on the story Superworm (one of my favourites) you will be looking at complex patterns again next week and making your own number lines. These activities can be found through the White Rose link.
Next week in English I would like the Minnows to find out about the life cycle of a butterfly and then write a few sentences explaining the life cycle. A video explaining the butterfly life cycle can be found through this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5RSpMQQOpw It would be great if you could include pictures with your writing as well. Tiddlers, I would like you to watch the video as well and draw some pictures to describe the different stages of the life cycle of a butterfly, again if you would like a bit of a challenge then you could label the pictures to describe the different stages.
Miss Williams' Teacher Challenge
My teacher challenge this week is to create your own recipe. Your recipe could be for any meal you like, you could create your own breakfast, lunch, dinner or pudding. You will need to think carefully about your ingredients, you want to use ingredients that you already have in your house and you want ingredients that are going to taste nice when all put together. You probably won’t want to use cucumber and chocolate in the same recipe! Once you have thought about your ingredients make sure you write your recipe down so you remember what to do. I hope you make some really delicious food! Remember to post your creations on Tapestry or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Remember to keep doing your daily reading and some phonics work. Try to do some fitness activities at some point during your day (personally, I have been enjoying Joe Wicks morning workouts)
I hope you have a good week and I look forward to hearing from you.
Hello Tiddlers and Minnows,
It feels like it has been such a long time since we were in our classroom, how are you all? I hope you are all staying really happy and having lots of fun whilst at home.
I have been trying to find new things to do every week to keep me happy and busy. As it was raining quite a bit last week, I decided I was going to practice baking cakes until I was really good at it, it seemed like a great idea as I was going to get to eat lots of yummy food and it would keep me busy whilst being stuck inside. On Monday I baked some small chocolate chip cupcakes which did not taste very good and were a little bit burned on the top but by Saturday I was much more confident with baking and I was able to make a rainbow layer cake all by myself which actually tasted really good. I wish I could have shared it with you all but it was just too yummy and my family and I ate it all over the weekend. What do you think I should try and bake next?
I know lots of you have been keeping really busy as well. I know some of you have been doing some baking of your own whilst being at home, some of you have been doing some really lovely paintings and drawings of your favourite things and I know you have all been working really hard on your maths and literacy work. I am so proud of all of you and how hard you have been working.
You might not know but on Friday it is the 75th anniversary of VE day and all of the teachers at school have decided to set you all the challenge of celebrating the day in any way you like. You can bake a cake, make some bunting to hang up in your house, you can do some research about VE day and write down any facts you find out. You can be as creative as you like, the more creative the better! On Friday it would be great if we could all dress up in red, white and blue clothes and then your grown-ups and can upload pictures of all the amazing work you have done about VE day on Tapestry or send them to the home learning website. I can’t wait to see all of your wonderful creations.
I miss you all lots.
Dear Minnows and Tiddlers,
Mrs Blake has let me write this time as I am getting very excited and just wanted to tell you about a special party we are having here. No, it isn’t my birthday. It is something called VE Day!
On Friday people in the UK where we live will be remembering a special time 75 years ago when the war ended. We are decorating our house with bunting of the Union Jack. I had to google what that was and Mrs Blake showed me the picture. I remember seeing it in a story I shared with you in the classroom. Can you find it?
Now all of these is really hard for us to try and think about but at school Mrs Blake was going to make some party plans with you. What might we do and, more importantly, what food could we share? Can you have a little think and send some pictures to Mrs Blake on the home learning email? Mrs Blake and I will read them and reply to you.
Keep smiling all of you as this makes it so much easier.
Love you and miss you
Misty and Mrs Blake x
In order to access the Twinkl resources please follow this guidance - Go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS.
For a collection of interactive Go! resources, organised by age and subject, visit:
Early Years Online / home learning resources from Oxfordshire Early Years Team
Hungry Little Minds
Supported by the DfE – activities for parents/carers to engage in with their children Birth to five years old. Includes electronic links to a variety of other EY online resources.
Interactive stories and games.
https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/resources-list-for-home-learning - lots of links to resources and guidance
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for young children.
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
Crash Course Kids
You Tube videos on many subjects for a younger audience
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
Listening activities for the younger child.
Lots of fun games to play, songs to sing, stories to listen to – linked to children’s favourite TV characters/programmes
Fun ways with numbers. Including: counting, adding on, subtraction.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities – you need a Facebook account to access the page
Red Ted Art
Lingumi (For children aged 2-5): Sets of learning games, speech recognition games and video-based games to help with a child’s grammar and getting them speaking their first words early on. https://lingumi.com/
Kaligo (For children aged 3-5): The first digital handwriting exercise book using a stylus and tablet, built using AI and co-created with teachers, occupational therapists and neuroscientists. https://www.kaligo-apps.com/
Phonics Hero (For school-aged children): Over 850 fun, varied and motivating games take a child step-by-step through the 44 sounds, the reading and spelling of words, and how to conquer sentences. https://www.phonicshero.com/
Teach Your Monster to Read (For school-aged children): Covers the first two years of learning to read, from matching letters and sounds to enjoying little books, designed in collaboration with leading academics. https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/
Navigo Game (For school-aged children): Focuses on developing skills that underpin reading, including phonics, letters and sounds, designed by UCL Institute of Education and Fish in a Bottle. https://iread-project.eu/game/
Fonetti (For school-aged children): The world’s first ‘Listening Bookshop’ interacting with children by giving visual cues in real-time as they read aloud and highlighting where the most support is needed. https://www.fonetti.com/
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Five Minute Mum
Lots of fun ideas. Provides an outline of how parents/carers could structure their day. In addition, she is planning to provide a video a day on what games to play.
@oliverjeffers – Reads a story every night 6pm
Interactive Phonics Resources
PhonicsPlay.co.uk - Free resources for all Phases. School subscription £120/year. Also available as an app £0.79 (Phase 2 only. Phase 3 to follow soon). FREE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PERIOD https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
Teach your Monster to Read
Phonics’ and early reading. Free to register. Promoted and used by Oxfordshire schools
Education City - Subscription website for all curriculum areas. Links to Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics. Between £100-165 per curriculum area. https://www.educationcity.com/
TESiBoard - Free resources available for all curriculum areas. iboard+ £11.99/year.
Twinkl - App covering all Phases £4.99 (lite version available for free) https://www.twinkl.co.uk/
Oxford Owl website – useful information for staff and parents. https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home
Coosi box: Creative Drawing & Share Imagination https://www.educationalappstore.com/app/coosi-box-creative-drawing
Bizzibrains I Learn: interactive storybook allowing you to add your own photos to the main characters http://literacyapps.literacytrust.org.uk/bizzibrains-i-learn/
Hairy phonics - My Story a simple book creator app, great for making multi-modal texts. Children can insert photographs, clipart, saved images. They can also record their voice and there are a range of mark making tools for them to write and record their ideas. https://www.nessy.com/uk/apps/hairy-phonics-1-2/