Tuesday Home Learning- How to be a Lion

Where have you heard the word ‘different’ before?

What makes you different?

What makes you special?

Why should we celebrate difference?

Discuss how you are different from each other. You can use the following sentence starters to help you:

I am different because of the way I look (e.g. I have brown eyes etc.) … I am different because my favourite things are …I am different because my least favourite things are …I am different because my talents are …I am different because my family is ..

Imagine you are a LION. What would you be like? What do we normally expect a lion to be like? Choose some words from the words below. Explain why you have chosen your words.

Scary, gentile, fierce, angry, strong, meek, ferocious, powerful,

Look at the illustration of Leonard the lion from How To Be a Lion. How is Leonard different from what you expected?

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Complete the sentence below with four different endings. You can either speak them out loud, or write your ideas down.

Leonard the lion is different to what I expected because…

He is ….

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 Leonard has met with the angry lions. How have the other lions made Leonard feel? Make a list of five words to describe his emotions in the illustration: (e.g. Sad)

How to Be a Lion by Ed Vere- read by Mr. Doyle - YouTube

What is happening here? How do the other lions feel about Leonard not being fierce? Discuss which characters are loud in the illustration, and which are quiet. Why is this important?


Please complete lesson 2 :

Maths Challenge:

Write out the numbers 0-20 on some paper or card, cut them up and then ask a grown- up to mix the numbers up – don’t peek! Then, see how quickly you can put them into the correct order. You could ask someone to time you and then see if you can get faster when you try again. Try sorting the numbers into odd and even. try making a number line with all the even numbers, do you notice anything?

Monday – Home Learning

Feely Bag Fun!

Create a feely bag by using a cereal box or an empty pillow case (please no plastic bags) and fill it with items from around the house. It must be a bag that your child cannot see through. Invite your child to explore using their senses. Encourage your child to think about texture and descriptive terms for the objects. Are they bumpy, bubbly, coarse or furry? Children can develop a wide vocabulary by thinking about different texture words. You can use this activity to try and match different items. Can you find two objects that are bumpy or two that are smooth? You could go on a treasure hunt around your home, searching for metals/plastic/fabric. Perhaps you could use a bag or a box to store all the treasures you have found. What colour are they? You may decide to create your own treasure map with hidden treasure at the end. Talk about and try to locate things that are natural materials, e.g. wooden items, shells, sand, rocks, wall, leaves, etc. Can you find man-made materials, e.g. plastic?

Speaking and listening:

Make a telephone out of 2 plastic cups and a piece of string. Decorate your telephones and then have a chat with someone in your house.


Make a TV out of a cardboard box then put on a show for the people in your house.

Maths Challenge:

  • Go on a colour treasure hunt! Can you find all the things that are green?
    Are they all the same? Some will be mint green, emerald green,dark green, etc.
  • Find your dolls, teddies, play figures etc. Line them up from the tallest to the shortest.
  • How tall are you? Can you measure your height? Young children often like playing with tape measures. Let them just experience and explore. They could also play with rulers and see how long things are.
  • Which things are larger than e.g. a cow? Could it be a bus, a whale, a house, a car etc? Make a list or draw things.


Below is a brillaint website from the DFE all about phonics:


Please complete the following lesson.

Are you Brave?

I hope everybody is keeping safe and well. My apologies for yesterday, my internet went down so I was unable to update the blog!

What Is Max Like?

Discuss what “characters” are and how we learn about them from what they do and say in a story. Who is the main character of Max the Brave? Ask your child to describe Max. What does he look like? What sorts of things can he do? What does he like? What does he not like? What challenges does Max encounter and how does he respond? Are there any other characters in this book?

Fine Motor Skill Challenges:

  • How many paperclips can you join together?
  • Can you collect 10 pieces of pasta and 5 peas from a tray using a teaspoon or tweezers?
  • How many buttons can you fasten?
  • How many beads, buttons or pasta pieces can you thread on a lace or string? Can you make a pattern using different colours?
  • How quickly can you do zips up on a coat?
  • Pick up dominoes and make a long line next to each other, then have fun knocking them down!
  • Use your fingers to create a painting
  • Use pegs to hang out washing on a washing line
  • Sort coins into different groups. Then use money to post coins into a money box. 

Create a nature diary – go to the same place and record what you see and how it is changing. You can take a photo, draw a picture or write about it!

Songs about potatoes!

I’ve found some songs about potatoes to go with the stories about Supertato…. which one do you like best?

Hot Potato Song
One Potato, two potatoes
This is a funny one! Can you say potato as fast as they can?
A sweet little song about being a potato.
This is an old song called The Mashed Potato by Dee Dee Sharp – you can learn the dance.

Can you find any more songs about potatoes?

The Selfish Crocodile

  • Why was the crocodile selfish?
  • Have you been selfish before?
  • Why do you think the Crocodile did not want to share the water?
  • What if no one helped the crocodile in the end what might have happened

Talk about how the crocodile had a bad tooth and encourage your child to think about what he may have done for it to get so bad. Talk about what your child needs to do to look after their teeth e.g. brushing for 2 minutes twice a day, avoiding sugary foods/drinks, drinking water etc

Can you make a poster to show how to take good care of your teeth?

  • Why is it important to take care of our teeth?
  • How do you take care of your teeth?
  • What foods are bad for our teeth?
  • How long should you brush your teeth for?
  • Focus: practise using your phonic knowledge to sound out longer words e.g.toothbrush: t-oo-th-b-r-u-sh

Can you make a model of a crocodile with HUGE sharp teeth?

Cheap and cute alligator craft made with egg cartons. | Egg carton ...
Jumble Tree: Mr Croc - egg carton crocodile

Maths Challenge:

Make 8:

There are lots of ways to make 8 e.g. 5+3, 4+4, 6 +2 etc. How many different ways can you make 8 using your fingers!?

Can you make the following amounts: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10. Try and record your work in some way, it could be drawing pictures, writing number sentences or using concrete objects and taking photos.

Thank you to all the parents who have been sending their child’s work in! It has been so nice seeing all the hard work and effort you are putting in and the brilliant work the children are producing too.

Tuesday Home Learning

Talk to your child about how to stay healthy, superheroes need to stay in tip top condition, can you design a healthy meal for a superhero!

Can you design and make a trap for the Evil Pea!

Maths Challenge – you will need a pack of cards or a set of cards from 0 -9

Place all the cards face down, take turns to try and collect pairs of cards which total 10. The person with the most pairs at the end is the winner.

Draw 10 fluffy round clouds and turn them into simple little sheep. If you have any cotton wool balls and glue you could stick them on to make them extra fluffy. Cut out your 10 sheep. Put them in a line and count them making
sure you say 1 number name for each sheep counting left to right. Using your shape and construction skills, use any of your construction toys at home to design a sheep pen to keep them all safe in. Keep them in the pen (don’t let them escape!) Use your sheep to work out the pairs of numbers which make 10 by moving one out of the pen at a time eg. 9 +1 =10, 8 +2- 10 saying each number sentence as you go.

Veggies Assemble

Our brave superhero is back! In the story “Supertato Veggies Assemble” all the veggies become super! Why not make your own veggies at home into superheroes? Don’t forget your superhero cape! Give your super veggie a name.
Can you take a picture and list your veggie’s super powers. What might these be?
For example,
1. Super shrinking power.
2. Power to make people dance.
3. Super tickler!

Or…would you prefer your veggies to be evil like the pea – a villain!
What would your evil powers be?

Maths Challenge: Potato Pattern Prints Create potato pattern art by printing with your potatoes! Use different colours to make patterns. You might want to assemble other veggies and use them to print with!

If you can, pick potatoes of different sizes so you can talk about large and small designs.
If using other veg talk about what size and shape you think that might make e.g. a carrot, a circle â€“ a big circle at the top and a little one if we use the bottom.
Find some colours of paint and some paper to print on.
Get printing, talking about position, printing in groups, use of colour, shape and how much space between your prints.

Talk about how to make patterns looking at colour and shape. Can you make a repeating pattern. Such as by colour, for example, yellow green, yellow green ,yellow green. Or by size, big little, big little, big little. It’s important to use pattern examples with 3 units of repeat like this.
Can you fit shapes together in different ways?
Grown ups you can also help to make more complex shape printers by cutting the veg a bit more!

Try making patterns with things from around your house! On your walk today, see if you can find any patterns whilst out and about.


  • Make your very own Supertato, all you need is a potato and some pens. What other characters can you make from the vegetables in your fridge?
  • Use your characters to make up your own comic strip with a brand new adventure for supertato and his friends.
  • Design and make a vehicle that Supertato can use to travel around the aisles in the supermarket.

With the help of an adult you could make your own short film using your new characters, here is an example for some inspiration:

Maths Challenge:

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Have Fun!