Minnows and Tiddlers

Welcome to the Tiddlers and Minnows class page

Week commencing 13th July


Hello Tiddlers and Minnows,

This is it, we have made it to the final week! Well done all of you for working so hard this term and I am so impressed by how amazingly you have all handled these very strange few months. It has been a dream getting to be your teacher these last few months and I am so proud of how much progress you all made in the short amount of time we had together. I hope you all had a great week this week and are ready to tackle our final week.

The Tiddlers who were in school this week were really busy reading the story of Dex the SuperDog and learning about animals who help us. We also practised writing our numbers to 5 and counting to 10. I know lots of you have been really busy with your home learning, I really enjoyed reading all about the different things that make you all special.



Next week in maths you will be doing lots of activities based on the story How many legs? Some of these activities are ordering the animals by the amount of legs they have, adding and subtracting groups of numbers and doing more work on complex patterns. Tiddlers, as always if you would like to attempt these activities then give it your best shot but if not, I would like you to work on creating your own simple patterns. You could make these patterns out of Lego, colours, pictures, the choice is yours.


How many legs?


BBC Nursery Rhymes




Next week in English I would like the Minnows to write a summer bucket list, this is a list of all of the things you would like to do over the summer holidays. Maybe you want to play in your paddling pool, go for a picnic with your family or go on lots of nature walks. You could write this list in the form of a sentence “Over the summer holidays I would like to…” or you could write it as an actual list if you have lots of ideas. I look forward to seeing all of your ideas. Tiddlers, I would like you to do the same but instead of writing your list, you can draw pictures of all of the things you would like to do. As always, if you would like a challenge then you can always label your pictures.


Miss Williams' Teacher Challenge

Next week your teacher challenge is to choose an animal you love. Use the internet and books to find out facts about the animal. Find out whether it comes from an egg, how it grows, what it eats, where it lives, how big it is, what it needs to be healthy etc. It is up to you how to present all of the facts you find out, you could make a poster, booklet, fact file, video or model. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with.

Remember to post pictures of your work on Tapestry or email them to me at homelearning@fritwell.oxon.sch.uk


Key Tasks

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)


Oak National Academy

You can access live lessons via the government funded Oak National Academy which is recommended by the DfE at https://classroom.thenational.academy/year-groups

I hope you have a good week and I look forward to hearing from you.

Miss Williams

How to access resources

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: 



The helpful people at twinkl have created learning hubs which will be updated daily - check out the link for more information https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub
School Closure
In the event of a school closure, here are a range of activities for you to choose from to work through at home with your child. 

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.


Chatter Pack

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.


Cbeebies Radio


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.


Nature Detectives


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/


ABC gurus - https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/abc-gurus/id932417099


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/