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Week 1 - 22nd February

These spellings link into our writing for next week (Cave Baby) so please practise throughout the week ready for our writing next Monday :)

For more detailed English/Maths planning, please click below.



Phonics -  Today we will go through the spellings for this week (see above), talking about segmenting to spell and using drawings to help us remember tricky words. (We will be working through these on the Live Zoom).

Additional Activity: Have a go at practising your spellings at home. 


English - Activity 1: 

Look at Miss Haxhiu’s poem.

Use different colour pencils to identify.

Adjectives  Verbs  Adverbs

Extension: Can you spot a simile or metaphor? Why might Miss Haxhiu have used that specific one?

Activity 2: 

Pretend you are an astronaut blasting off into space. Watch videos below:

Question to ask children: What can you see? Which planet is it? How do you know? Can you think of more than one describing word for the planet? What does the planet look like/remind you of? Can you compare it to anything you have seen before (simile/ metaphor)?


Remind children:

Similes compare something using like/as. E.g. shooting star dancing gracefully  like a ballerina.

Metaphor: is. E.g. the sun is a ball of boiling, bubbling lava.


(313) Real Images from the Solar System! - YouTubeamazing video but very long so do watch snippets then move on.

(313) A Space Journey (HD) - YouTubefast forward through different planets/star.


High quality CT examples:

a gargantuan shooting star dancing gracefully across the oil black midnight sky like an elegant ballerina: Stars
the bubbling, raging sun swirling with red-hot lava mesmerising the moon: Sun
white cotton candy clouds melting into the blue ocean like pieces of a puzzle: Earth
microscopic stars twinkling beautifully in the pitch-black darkness
ice white crystal stars floating along like soft clouds in the empty, misty sky
shimmering violet stars like magical fairies lighting up the sky.


Topic -  Computing: Coding


1.30PM - We will go through this on Zoom together. We will be continuing our work on using the repeat function and will be discussing the key errors children have been having by debugging the programmes they created last time.


Repeat code/block must go before the instruction.

Blocks must connect.

When..pressed,clicked etc must go before any instructions to show when it will happen.


Task - Children to either edit and debug their programme from last time or create a new set of instructions to move a turtle using a repeat instruction. On Free Code Chimp on Purple Mash. 



Phonics - Introducing compound words.

We will be going through this on the Zoom.

• Compound words – words that consist of two simple words joined together (e.g. girlfriend).

Ask the class if any of their road names combine two words to make one word (e.g. Maytree Avenue, Eggbridge Lane, Catford Road).

When two words are joined together to form one word it is called a compound word.

  • Go through pictures and try to work out and spell the compound words.

Give the sentence: One afternoon, I went into the playground and played football.

Point out the two words in each compound word. It’s important that the children understand that each word can stand alone and the two words are joined together to form a new word.

Invite the children to clap the two beats for each word.

Task - See PPT

1.Try to identify the compound words from the pictures. 

2. Identify the compound words in the sentences.


English -

Activity 1: Starter - Can you think of a synonym (another word for...)

  • big (ginormous, gargantuan, enormous, vast, immense)
  • dark (shadowy, murky, misty, dusky, pitch-black, oil black)
  • hot (sizzling, burning-hot, scorching, boiling, blistering)
  • tiny (miniature, miniscule, microscopic)
  • shiny (gleaming, glossy, glittery, polished, twinkling

Synonyms and Antonyms of Words | - use to check, are there any better word choices? Don't accept first answer as best answer.

Activity 2: 

Children to gather ideas of the different planets (this is how we will plan this week).

All About Venus | NASA Space Place – NASA Science for Kids

Use this website to help gather ideas at home.

Pick a planet/ stars/galaxy/asteroid.

Think of two or three high quality adjectives.

Think of a verb – what is the planet/noun doing?

Floating, swirling, twinkling, rolling, twirling, dancing (if relevant to description).

Can you think of a simile? Compare it to something in real life.


Topic - PPA. Music or P.E Activity.

PE - PE | Flourish Federation

Music - Below



Phonics  - 

• We will go through this on Zoom - Demonstrate spelling a compound word (e.g. seaside), clap for each word, draw two boxes, write the words in the boxes, modelling your thoughts aloud: The first word is sea, that is s followed by ea to make the long vowel /ee/ phoneme. The second word is side s followed by the long vowel /ie/ phoneme (split digraph) and d, so together I have the word seaside.


Task - Match words on sheet to make compound words.


EnglishChildren write their own poem after helping class teacher write theirs on Zoom/in class. Children to use the Blank Template to help them structure their poem.

Class teacher to make lots of mistakes in spelling/forgetting words from plan to ensure children are picking up on these common mistakes and remember to do them independently.


What can we do if we are unsure?

  1. Check plan.
  2. Clap out the spelling.
  3. Use sound mat.
  4. Ask for help.


Children to use their plan as a visual aid and think about usual good aspects of writing.


  • Neatness, non-negotiable.
  • Sounding out, careful spelling by clapping and checking all syllables are included.
  • Reading sentences back to ensure they make sense/no missing words.
  • Punctuation.


Children should use their sound mats to sound out any unfamiliar words and Working Wall words to help spellings of specific words (planets, Year 2 common exception words).



Topic  Art - Create chosen planet using paint and printing techniques using a variety of found objects.


We will go through this on Zoom.


Watch the Blues Clues planets song - Planets Song, Find The Snail Game & Mailtime! | Josh & Blue's VLOG Ep. 6 | Blue's Clues & You! - YouTube Up to 3m 7secs


We are going to paint one of these planets using printing. What can we use to print? Sponges, fruit, vegetables?


We will demonstrate printing techniques - using foil and other found objects - what patterns do we think they will make? Are we right? Where do we see prints in our environment?


Task - Children to create a print planet - layering colours. Suggested tools - foil, sponges, outside things such as leaves, fabric, different papers.


**Homemade paint recipe**



  • 2 cups salt
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 cups flour
  • Water-soluble food colouring

STEP 1. In a large bowl, mix together the hot water and salt until as much of the salt dissolves as possible.

TIP: Dissolving the salt will help the paint have a less gritty texture.

STEP 2. Stir in the flour and mix until completely blended.

STEP 3. Divide into containers and then add food coloring. Stir well.

Time to get painting!



*Reading your reading book or a book from home.

**Access BugClub for a wide range of books that we use at school (please message us on Dojo if you need books updated/are having any trouble with this).

***Have a go at the Reading Comprehension below, please choose the correct level to meet your child's ability by scrolling down *   ** or *** (completely up to you how many you decided your child can complete):




Thu- Teaching ful and less.

Quickly recap suffixes learnt in the previous term: ed, est, er, ly, s/es, ing.

Move onto teaching PPT and work through.

Follow up task: adding less and ful to root words differentiated work sheet.

Maths Addition and Subtraction.

Thu- addition

Talk about how we can work out addition problems (Base 10 or empty numberline) If not on Zoom call then you can see this modelled on the school website. Maths | Flourish Federation

Model each method on a white board using a visualiser.

Work through some of the questions on PPT- What method have you used? Discuss the benefits and limitations of using both methods.


Follow up:  Children to complete the differentiated emoji work sheet using whichever method they are most comfortable with.


After Break:

Education City Games


(LA- Rock add Roll- Extension Worksheet if needed.)

Snakes and Adders/Tomb of Doom- Extension if needed.



LO: I can complete the first two columns of a KWL grid for the topic of ISLAM.

Zoom Input:

Starter: Discuss with the children previous learning from last term. Introduce new topic, does anyone already know something about Islam?


Main- Children to watch brief ISLAM video from BBC Teach to prompt questioning.

(13) What is Islam? | Religious Studies - My Life, My Religion: Islam - YouTube

Talking partners. Children to discuss what they already know about Muslims and what they would like to know more about based on the video they have just watched.


Follow up: Children to fill in the first two columns on KWL Grid.

All: Will be able to think of at least 1 thing they know and one question.

Most: Will be able to think of at least 3 facts and questions.

Some: Will be able to think of at least 5 facts and questions.


Phonics- Consolidating our learning about ful and less.

Quickly recap learning from previous day- ful and less. What are our rules for adding ful and less?

Work way through teaching PPT (There are lots of examples if doing at home then do as many as you feel necessary)


Follow up task: Children to write sentences using their ful and less root words.

Maths- subtraction


Discuss yesterday’s learning/

Model both methods again on the visualiser. Again if not on zoom then check out the school website for how this is modelled. Maths | Flourish Federation discuss how using empty number-line is much easier to use when subtracting.

Work way through the subtraction ppt with the children. Children to use the method they are most comfortable with. Model how to lay out work when solving the word problems


Follow up: Children to complete word problem. There are LA ability options and also a higher ability option. Please choose as applicable to your child. The sheets are done so they can be printed out onto stickers for children in school. You do not need to print out if you don’t want to, just number and make sure your child composes the relevant number sentences so the adults looking can see if the answer written is correct and their thinking.


After break:


Education city games.

(LA- Take it away. Extension: Associated Worksheet).

Snakes on the brain

Dungeon Run

Temple Crusade.


Extension: Associated worksheets- you do not have to do them all. Select most appropriate.