Changes – Moving on!

As our year together is rapidly drawing to an end, I would like to spend our last week together, preparing your child for their move into Year 1.

Tell your child that changes take place all the time. Some changes are so regular that we think they are normal! Help your child to think about themselves when they were babies and show how much they have changed since then. Have a look at some photographs of them as babies and write down some sentences about how they have changed over time – you could even make a scrap book together which feature photographs and drawings of them as babies and them now.

Tell your child that other changes can be difficult. They might seem a bit scary because we are not sure what to expect. Changes such as starting a new class might worry us. Most of us feel some uncomfortable feelings when new changes happen, but we can also feel excited and happy as well.

How does change make you feel?

Please read the story below to your child and ask them to imagine that they are Ben who is starting school today in the Reception class.


It is Ben’s first day in his new school. He knows some of the children in his new class because they were in his playgroup, but there will be lots of children he has never met before as well. In Ben’s new classroom there is a brilliant train track, some computers and a big water tray. Ben is really looking forward to playing with everything, but he is worried about staying to dinner for the first time and getting used to all the new people. Ben finds a peg with his name on and hangs up his coat, but everything looks strange and new to him. He holds very tightly onto his special, tiny bear that he has brought in his pocket. Ben’s tummy is going up and down and he decides he wants his mum to stay with him today.

Ask ‘What do you think Ben is feeling?’ Try to think of some good feelings as well as some uncomfortable feelings.

Write down the feelings that the children suggest. You should write the comfortable feelings and the other the less comfortable feelings.

You may wish to refer to the following words to help the children to name some of the feelings they recognise in the stories: butterflies in tummy, nervous, frightened, scared, anxious, worried, uneasy, wobbly, unhappy, lost, small, lonely, isolated, fed up, disappointed, bewildered, angry, cross, happy, excited, looking forward, grateful, warm, safe, belonging, kind.

Can you thing of some kind things your could do that would make people feel better when changes happen? How can you help someone who is sad? How can we change the way we feel? (By doing something that makes us feel happy)

Talk through the following pictures with your child. Use the situations below to help your child make links between the feelings of the children and how they behave. Discuss the most appropriate action (sharing feelings with someone), as well as what might actually happen in each situation.

Balancing Activities with Quiet Blocks - Preschool Inspirations

Jacob is trying to make a model by balancing some blocks on top of each other. They keep falling down. He is getting more and more cross. How might he behave next if he is feeling cross?

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Aishu is drawing a picture of her mum. It keeps going wrong, and she is getting very frustrated and angry with herself. What might she do in a minute?

Aishu is drawing a picture of her mum. It keeps going wrong, and she is getting very frustrated and angry with herself. What might she do in a minute?

Knee Pain in Kids: Reasons, Signs & Treatment

Atiq has just been pushed over when he was running outside. He fell and hurt his knee. What do you think he might do now? What will his feelings of hurt and sadness make him do?

How can you help your child to prepare for Year 1

Use positive language about the move to year 1 and don’t show your own anxieties about the move if you have them. For instance, instead of saying ‘You’ll have to work a lot harder in year 1’, say, ‘It will be exciting to learn about new things? Discuss what is coming up in September. As the summer holiday is a longer one, it helps to keep the changes fresh in your child’s mind. Talk about their new teacher and what they are looking forward to in September, for instance, seeing all their friends again and meeting their new teacher.

In Year 1 your child will still benefit from a play based curriculum. The Y1 curriculum builds on and extends the experiences children have had during the Early Years Foundation Stage where a practical approach to teaching and learning is maintained and built upon to offer a creative and kinaesthetic curriculum.

During the first 2 terms in Y 1 your child will still have the opportunity for: an outdoor classroom, using construction equipment, writing/reading corner/creative area and sand and water play. Your child will be working in small groups, but they will start to experience more whole class teaching and will start to work a little more independently.

Why not have a look at the KS1 pages on the school website in order to get an idea of the types of activities your children can expect to do in Year 1.

Our ‘Black Lives Matter’ Competition Results!

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We are delighted to announce the winners of our ‘Black Lives Matter poster competition. Please see the letter below for results and the judges comments.

Congratulations to Samir, Aaliyah and Charlie – all worthy winners. Will you three now choose a book each from the selection below? Add your choice in the comments section or send your choice to your class email.

We will add a book plate to commemorate your win and make sure your chosen book reaches you next week.

Samir’s poster will be framed and placed in the entrance area of our school, sending a clear message to all our visitors.

Once again, thank you to all our Holbeach artists who entered the competition. Plans are underway to display all your entries in our school in September. 🙂

Have a great weekend and stay safe 🙂

Our ‘Black Lives Matter’ Poster Competition Finalists

Please join us in congratulating the following children who have been chosen as finalists in their year group.

Samuel (RW), Luna (1B), Autumn (2T), Sapphire (3K), Charlie (4s), Samir (5A) and Aaliya (6L).

Photographs of their posters have now been sent to the Young Mayor’s office for the very difficult job of choosing an overall winner. The winner will be announced here soon.

Thank you to all of you who entered our competition. You never cease to amaze us with your creativity and your talent. We are hoping to display all of your powerful posters in school in September so be sure to look out for yours then 🙂

Samuel RW
Luna 1B
Autumn 2T
Sapphire 3K
Charlie 4S
Samir 5A
Aaliyah 6L

Our ‘Black Lives Matter’ Poster Competition Gallery

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to our virtual gallery! We are delighted to announce we have had over 70 sensational entries for our ‘Black Lives Matter’ poster competition. We weren’t planning to share all of them but they are simply too wonderful not to. All entries have organised into year groups so finding your entry should be easy.

Why don’t you spend some time looking at all of the entries? The Young Mayor and his advisors are going to have a very difficult job choosing their favourite. Which poster would you choose (apart from yours!) ? 😀

Once again, thank you for creating and sending your poster. We feel very proud to have a school packed with such talented, compassionate children.

The winning entry will be announced next week. Good Luck! 🙂

Early Years – Nursery & Reception

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Friday – Mixed!

In the beginning, there were three colors . . .



and Blues.

Make your own colours by mixing paints, pastels or crayons. Can you name your new colours e.g. sunshine yellow, elephant grey etc

Use the art style in the beginning pages of the book to draw your own town and then add a few pops of colour.


Maths Challenge

Using sweets/biscuits/objects have a tea party. Ask your child to give x amount to each person/teddy and then discuss who has more, who has less, how do you know? Is that fair/equal?

Create a numberline to 10 using individual cut up squares.

Children then need to order the numbers.

Play games: ask them to show you the number than is one more/less than x or remove a square and get them to identify which number is missing.

Physical Fun

In a park or garden, why not try some of these fun challenges:

Everybody’s Welcome

 Why does frog need a home? What does mouse say? Why does mouse welcome frog? Why do the animals form a chain to build the house? Why aren’t mouse, frog and the rabbits scared of the big bear? At the end the animals say everybody in their house “will feel that they belong”- why are they all smiling and holding hands? Would this be a good house to live in? Why?

You will need to create a couple or more of the following characters for today’s activities. Draw the characters on paper and cut them out.

Teaching and Reading Guide

Tell your child that these little creatures are very sad because they don’t have their very own home. Ask your child what they could do to help them. Encourage your child to think that they could make the animals a brilliant, warm, safe and dry home.

Next, talk to the children about what they think a home needs to make it a welcoming place for all the animals to live in. These things could be practical solutions like a roof to keep them dry or more abstract ideas like fun, laughter and love.

Next, give your child some paper, pens, and any craft materials you have. Explain that they are going to design dream homes for the little animals to live in.

Using a collection of junk boxes, ask your child to build a home for the toys. Once the structure of the home is ready, they can paint it in bright and beautiful colours to help make it a really inviting place for the animals to live in.

Think about and draw your own dream house.

In the story, an owl, a hedgehog, a fox and a squirrel also join the main characters to build the house. research and discuss different types of animal homes.

Discuss how you can make someone feel welcome in your home.

Ask your child to draw a picture of different animals building their house together. Write a sentence – everyone belongs or we can work together or we are all different, we can work together.

What are the animals learning about difference as they build their house? 

Maths Challenge

Today we are going to focus on comparing quantities (more or less). This skill is very important to learn and helps with lots of aspects of maths.

Find 10 objects from around your house. This can be anything, they don’t have to match but ideally they should fit in your hand. This game is best played with a grown up to make sure you are getting it correct. Each person grabs some of the 10 items and the other person grabs the rest. Next, open your hands and count how much is in each. Then compare who has the most. A number line might help your child so they can see the order the numbers should be in. Try and encourage your child to have a go at writing each number down as well, remembering to reinforce correct number formation.


If your child gets really good at this, try increasing the amount of objects you compare.


A little bit Brave

Listen to the story of A Little Bit Brave. Think about what bravery means. We all show bravery in lots of different ways. Being brave might mean facing a problem when you’re unsure about how to solve it but you have a go anyway. Being brave isn’t an easy thing to do! Often your feelings, such as feeling worried or scared, might get in the way of feeling brave. However, that doesn’t mean that you aren’t being brave. With an adult talk about why Logan was scared? Have you been scared of anything before? Why? What did you do to overcome it? What does it mean to be brave? Can you think of a time when you have had to be brave? You could draw a picture and write a sentence about it!

Work with your grown up to make some biscuits like Logan takes with him on his adventure on the story. Help your grown measure out the ingredients and so on. How many biscuits will you make? How long will it take in the oven? What temperature does it need to be? There are lots of simple biscuit recipes available online.

Below is a great video explaining all about what bravery feels like.

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!

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?

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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.