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Please can you choose a book and spend 10 minutes+ reading/sharing it with an adult or older sibling. It can be a book that you have at home or an eBook on the Oxford Owl website.

Things to remember to be a good reader...

- Look at front cover to work out the title.

- Can you find the author's name?

- Be a good digraph detective!

- Track words with your finger.

-  Look out for any tricky words you know how to read by sight.

- Use WORD BREAKDOWN to say when there's a word you don't understand or know what it means in the story context.


If you would like another activity, then read or listen to the story of Anansi, the special spider. Can you give the 'gist' of the story? Can you say what they story is about in just a few sentences? There are also some activities linked to the story. 


Brain warm up: Choose a way to warm up your brain by recalling Phase 3 sounds. You could use your own flashcards or the PhonicsPlay website ‘Flashcard Speed Trial’ or ‘A Giggling Grapheme’.


Phase 4 learning: To practise blending and reading Phase 4 words, play Make a Match or Reading Robot’ on the Phonics play website or choose an activity from the ‘PHONICS resources and weblinks’ section on the main page.


Marvin has some questions about minibeasts. Can you read them?

How do bees make honey?

Where do woodlice live?

What do butterflies eat?


What has Marvin put at the end of his sentences?

Teddy Talk Partner –Tell your teddy what you would like to find out about minibeasts. Can you think of some questions?


**Use the speech bubble template or draw your own and write a question or two about minibeasts. What would you like to find out? **


Question words: What    How   Where    Why     When


  • Capital letter at the start of your sentence
  • Question mark at the end
  • Use your phonics
  • Finger spaces


How could you find the answers to your questions?

You could use a non-fiction book, ask adults/professionals, visit museums, use the internet or the library.

Maths: Finding one less than a given number up to 20

You will need:

A number grid up to 20 (You can make your own or print the one below), 20 small objects for counting on your grid, number cards 1-20.


** Take a set of number cards to 20, shuffle them and put them face down. Pick a card and whatever the number is you need to say what is one less than that number. You can use your number grid and objects to help you. *


*If you would like some more practise then use the 1 less, 2 less worksheet below*


For more challenge, can you find 1 less using the number line in your head? Or can you find 2 less or 3 less than a number using your number grid or number line?