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Week beginning: 15th June 2020

Educational activities for home 


WB: 15.06.20

Summer 2

Story of the week- Wave (Topic- The Seaside)

Phonics activities

  • Write some phase 2 or 3 sounds on to pieces of paper. Go around your environment and collect some objects. Using the initial sound of the objects, can you match them to your sound cards?
  • Write some phase 2 or phase 3 words onto pieces of paper and hide them in a bowl of flour, sugar or sand. Dig the pieces of paper out and use your blending skills to read each word.
  • Collect some bottle lids. On each lid write some sounds. Can you create your own words using the bottle lids? Can you record a sentence including that word?
  • Have a range of pictures, for example, ship, bath and a jug and jumbled up letters to match each word. Look at the picture, segment it (what sounds can you hear?) and build the word using the letters.
  • Write some sparkly words! Use glitter in a tray and practise writing the words buzz, jog, visit, web, quit, chin, shed, moth and king.
  • Tie some real and nonsense words around your fence. Choose a word, segment and blend it. Is it real or is it nonsense?
  • Play ready steady write! Have a picture card or an item. Write down the name of it object you can see onto paper, a whiteboard or use chalk.
  • Play phoneme pop.



Reading and writing activities

  • Listen to the book of the week ‘Wave’ by Suzy Lee. Do you like this story? Why?
  • The book of the week is a picture book; can you use the images to tell your own story?
  • Pause the video on a certain page/image. How does this image make you feel? Can you write a sentence about it?
  • Can you draw a speech bubble and write what you think the girl/other characters might be saying at different points in the book?
  • Imagine you are the girl in the story. Can you write a post card to somebody that you know telling him or her about the beach and what you saw?
  • Draw a spider diagram. What are some of the sounds you might hear at the beach? Can you write them around the spider diagram? ‘Crash, crunch, the waves, the seagulls.’
  • The little girl gets very wet when the wave hits her. Pretend to be the little girl, can you write a letter to a friend telling them what happened?
  • Imagine you are going for a trip to the beach. Can you write a list of the items you would take with you in your beach bag?
  • The wave that hits the little girl looks a bit like a monster! Can you create your own wave monster and write about it? What is its name, its power, where did it come from, what does it want?
  • Pretend to be the little girl, can you re tell the story from her perspective?
  • Can you write your own blurb for the book?
  • Use the colourful semantics cards to create your own questions about the story or ask your grown up to do this for you.

Maths activities


  • Put some objects into a jar (cotton wool balls, cubes or pompoms) and take a guess how many you think there are. After your estimation, count them carefully. How many are there? Can you write this number?
  • Put some small fruit such as grapes or raisins into a small clear bag or box. How many do you think are inside?
  • Ask a grown up to help you cut some food into pieces. You could cut a cake or a pizza. Estimate how many pieces you can see and count them to check. Was your estimate near to the actual amount?

More and fewer

  • Play a comparison game whilst have a snack. Open a box of raisins (or other small treats) and give some to your grown up and some to yourself. Who has more? Who has fewer? Then, eat some of the snack. Does the answer change? Who are more of fewer now?
  • Use some building bricks to have a tower building competition with a grown up. Which tower has more bricks? Which tower has fewer bricks? How can you tell?
  • Play a drawing game with a grown-up. On pieces of paper, each draw an under the seaside picture. Draw some shells, sandcastles, spades etc. Then, compare your pictures. Who has drawn fewer shells? Who drew more sandcastles? Talk about your pictures using the words ‘more’ and ‘fewer’.

1 more and 1 less

  • Choose a number card from a random pile of numerals. Can you identify 1 more and 1 less of the given number?
  • Collect some objects, such as cubes or socks. Ask a grown up to count out some of the object and say how many they have. Can you count out 1 more than that number? Can you count our 1 less?
  • Make a tower to match a numeral. Can you make a tower that 1 more? Can you make a tower that is 1 less?
  • Draw some circles or squares outside using chalk. Can you draw 1 more or 1 less?
  • Encourage your grown up to say a number aloud. Can you reply to them identifying 1 more and 1 less? Can you record this number using pens or chalk?

Creative and fine/gross motor development activities

  • Mix some sand (or salt if you have no sand) with some paint and create your own beach painting.
  • Ask your grown up to tell you the story, draw some illustrations for each part while you’re on your picture book walk.
  • Fill a small tub with some water (add blue food colouring if you have any). Can you move the tub backwards and forwards to make waves? Try not to spill the water using your hand and finger muscles.
  • Can you create your own ‘wave monster’ using only BLUE resources?
  • Use shells or stones to create your own ‘beach art’. Pictures below for ideas.
  • Can you draw some large and small wiggly lines to make your own waves? You could use’ pencils, crayons, chalks, paint brushes.
  • Fill a tub of water, can you use a small fishing net to catch some of your toys from the bottom of the tub. If you don’t have a fishing net then you could use a large spoon or ladle.
  • Take part in some under the sea yoga!
  • Can you create your own boat that will float in the water? Which material is best to use?
  •  Can you throw and catch a HUGE beach ball? (use a large balloon if you don’t have one)
  • Can you move like this different sea creatures?


100 things to do before you turn 6!

  • Chalk on the pavement!
  • Learnt to play hopscotch!
  • Go rock pooling!


Please send any pictures of the activities completed via Dojo or Facebook- Thank you J