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This week we are focusing on the story 'Spinderella' by Julia Donaldson. Listen to the story below and talk about it with your child. Did you enjoy the story? What was your favourite part? Have you ever seen a spider playing football before? 

Spinderella by Julia Donaldson - Read with Joy! Julia Donaldson stories

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Sound Spider

Make a spider and write the word 'at' on it's body. Attach 8 legs. Can you think of any words that rhyme with the word 'at'? Can your child write a word on each leg that rhymes with the word 'at' i.e. hat, sat, cat etc... You can make more of these spiders and write the words 'op', 'ap', 'og' on the body and repeat. See the picture below.

What do you like doing?

In the story, Spinderella loves to play football. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? We are going to write some sentences about what we enjoy doing. You will need to use the word 'because' to give a reason why you like it. 


I like playing the piano because I love listening to the music. 
I like walking because it keeps me healthy. 


Remember that at the beginning of a sentence you need a capital letter, a full stop at the end and don't forget finger spaces between the words. You could also draw a picture of yourself doing that hobby. 

Book Review

Did you enjoyed the story of Spinderella? What was your favourite part? Can you complete a simple book review based on the story. You can use the template below or simply write one on paper. Don't forget capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. 


This week we are going to be focusing on group 2 sounds which are c, k, e, h, r, m, d. Focus on letter formation and blending these sounds together to make different words. Make flashcards with these sounds on and also the sounds from last week (s, a, t, i, p, n). Ask your child to arrange the sounds so they make simple words. How many different words can you make? Can you write a list of all the words you make. 


Listen to the Jolly Phonic songs (see link below) to re-cap these sounds. 

Jolly Phonics Phase Two

Jolly Phonic songs

Phonic Game

Re-cap the sounds that we are focusing on this week:
c, k, e, h, r, m, d
Below is a fun game you can play to consolidate these sounds. Don't worry if you are unable to print it out, you can draw a simple version on a piece of paper. Read the instructions on the document and enjoy playing the game. Every sound your child lands on, can they think of two words that begin with that sound? To make it harder, you can ask your child to write down the words they think of.


Today we will focus on number bonds to 10. Recap these with your child - some of the songs below will help to reinforce these. Remind your child that when these two numbers are added together they always make 10. 


0 + 10

1 + 9

2 + 8

3 + 7

4 + 6

5 + 5


Make some spider webs if you don't have access to a printer (or you could use the document below, but only use numbers to 10 and not 20).  Write the numbers , 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 directly onto the webs. Then make some spiders and write the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 on their bodies. Can your child match the spider to the web to make 10? 

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Counting in 2s

Did you hear the part of the story when they counted in 2s? We've been trying hard in school to practice doing this. This week, can you ask your grown up to help you practice counting to 10 in 2s (2, 4, 6, 8, 10). If you are feeling really clever, maybe you could count to 20 in 2s. Below are some fun songs to help you consolidate this skill and a Power Point linked to the story of Noah's Ark. Can your child count the animals into the ark in 2s?

Can you find items around the house that are in pairs i.e. shoes, socks, gloves etc.. Make a line on the floor (or peg them on a washing line) and instead of counting each individual item, encourage your child to count them in 2s. They could also make the numbers to place below each pair. See photo below.  

Big Maths Learn Its

It's that time again to challenge yourself on the Big Maths Learn Its. Just a reminder to play the song and when the music stops your child has 20 seconds to fill in all the answers. If they have all the questions right 3 weeks in a row then they can move onto the next Learn It. I have included the next Learn It (step 2, 3 &4) for those of you who have conquered step 1, 2 &3. 

Big Maths... Beat That. 20 Seconds Version.

Counting in 2s Game

This week we have been focusing on counting in 2s. Below are some links for some fun games to help consolidate this skill. 

Knowledge & Understanding

What  do you know about spiders? Can you make a mind map and write down all the things you already know about them. Watch the video about spiders and then using a different coloured pen, record all the other things that you have learnt about spiders. 

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Football Fun - Wellbeing

In the story, Spinderella played football with his friends. Using a bucket or basket and a ball, can you guess how many times you think you can throw the ball into the bucket? Play the game with your family and keep a tally of how many everyone scores. Try really hard to aim for the bucket and not throw the ball too high. You can make the game easier or harder by moving closer or further away from the bucket. 

If you want to develop some maths skills, use several buckets / baskets and label them with numbers 1 - 6. Throw two balls and which ever bucket they land in ask your child to add up the total. For example if they score 2 and 3 that would make 5. 

Make a Spider Web

This activity is great for developing fine motor control. You can use a paper plate, but if you haven't got one a piece of round cardboard will also work. Ask your child to thread some wool or string around the plate or cardboard to make a spider web. Don't forget to also make a spider to put on the web. See picture below. 

Spinderella Challenges

Here are some fun challenges you can do throughout the week based on the story Spinderella. 


1. Can you make your own mini table top football game?  You can use the lid of a cardboard box as the ground and scrunch up a piece of paper for the ball. Use your fingers to 'kick' the ball. Make sure you keep a tally score of how many goals are scored. There are pictures below to give you some ideas.


2. Can you make a spider web catcher using sticks? Instructions of how to make this are below. Hang it outside and make sure you check it each day to see if a spider has spun a web in it.


3. Can you make a crafty spider? Below are some ideas or you make think of a different way to make one.