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Summer 2 topics - Life cylcles and minibeasts & Dinosaurs

Suggested daily activities

Phonics (up to 15 minutes)

This term we are learning the sounds from Letters and Sounds, Phase 3.

  • Recap previously learnt sounds and tricky words using the flash cards uploaded to the website below or you can make your own.

Sounds we have learnt so far – s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, h, f, b, l, ck, e, u, r, ss, ff, ll, j, v, sh, er, w, x, y, z, zz, ch, qu, ng, th (voiced and unvoiced), oo (long and short), ee, or, er

Sounds we are learning this term - ow, ur, ai, ar, oi, igh, ou, ear, air, ure, 

Tricky words we have learnt so far – I, go, to, the, no, into, he, she, we, me, be, you, are, was, all, they, my

Tricky words we are learning this term - said, like, so, do, have, some, come, little, were, there, what, when

When reading tricky words, we use our letter names to spell out the word. Please revisit the tricky words song to help encourage your child how to spell these. This can be found in the phonics resources section below.

  • Continue to practise blending CVC, CVCC and CCVC words.
  • Please find uploaded to the website below, phase 3 word cards containing digraph sounds. A digraph is two letters that when next to each other, make one sound, such as ‘ar’ in park or ‘oa’ in boat. In the same way we sound out CVC words, encourage your child to begin to read words which contain digraphs. Please find a list uploaded to the website below.  


Activities to support blending skills for reading

  • Sound/word hunts around the house
  • Pull a word out of the bag and read it
  • Help puppets or teddies read the words
  • The child is the teacher and is teaching the adults at home how to read the words
  • Musical statues – stand on a word and read it when the music stops
  • Build words using Lego or magnetic letters. Say the word first e.g. sat, fork, seed, food, jumper, ship, chin, king, sand, jump, frog etc. Can your child build the word?
  • Chalk sounds/ words on the ground, can your child jump from each sound and tell you what they have landed on? You could also say a word e.g. pin and ask them to stand on each letter to build the word you have suggested. You could say a word e.g. food and jump on the correct word. 
  • Play sound/word bingo, together, choose 4 sounds/words write them down, each pull out a sound/word from a bag, if you have that sound tick it off, the first to complete their bingo board wins the game! 

Free Interactive games to support blending skills


It is also important for children to practise their segmenting skills for writing. This is when a word is pulled apart so children can hear the sounds in a word to write it. Please try to avoid scribing for children (dotting / writing over the top / copy writing). To promote confidence and independent writing always encourage use of phonemes and accept their own spellings e.g. hows/house. Use the sound mat provided to help children recognise the sounds they hear and always encourage correct pencil grip (tripod grip/froggy legs) and ‘Langshott Writing’ Please see the cursive script uploaded to the website below.


Activities to support segmenting skills for writing

  • Write shopping lists.
  • Write what you find on a scavenger hunts for example, I found a rock, stick, ant etc…
  • Write words to match to pictures.
  • Find a word on a scavenger hunt. Read it – cover it and write it.
  • Write a list of words with numbers 1-6 down the side. Roll a dice – write the word you landed on without peeking at the word on the list.
  • Write a sentence/s about your favourite part of a story.
  • Write a sentence about your day for example, ‘I fed the goat at the farm.' 
  • Write your own story - thinking about beginning, middle and end. 


Reading (share a book)

We are going to be focusing on these stories throughout the term:

Non fiction books about life cycles, minibeasts and dinosaurs. We will also continue to read story books such as The Cow that Laid an Egg, What the Ladybird heard, Doug the bug that went boing, Tyrannosaurus Drip  and Harry and the Dinosaurs. 

  • Various versions of these stories can be found online if you do not have these at home. Please continue to share other stories that you have at home together.
  • Visit the Oxford Owl website for e books that can be read at home
  • If you can, turn off the TV, radio and computer. It’s easier for both of you to enjoy the story without any other distractions.
  • Encourage your child to hold the book themselves and turn the pages, too.
  • Take a look at the pictures and enjoy discussing the characters actions or the scenery in the book. Encourage your child to make predictions about what might happen next. You don’t just have to read the words on the page. Maybe there’s something funny in the pictures that you can giggle about together, or perhaps your child enjoys guessing what will happen next.
  • Have fun! There’s no right or wrong way to share a story – as long as you and your child are having fun. Don’t be afraid to act out situations or use funny voices.

Free Interactive games to support segmenting skills

Other useful resources to support phonics

All Jolly Phonics sounds with songs -

Pronunciation of sounds - 

Sound mat – please see this uploaded to the website below

Cursive writing script – please find this uploaded to the website below

Tricky words song phase 2 - 


Tricky word song phase 3   - 

Tricky word song phase 4 - 


Mathematics (up to 20 minutes)


So far we have been learning to recognise, order and count with numerals 0-20 and matching numeral to quantity. We have been practising finding/saying one more or one less than numbers 0-20. The children are encouraged to have a strategy when counting to ensure a 1:1 correspondence. This could be lining up objects to count them or move the ones that have been counted into a separate pile. This term we are learning to add and subtract with 2 single-digit numbers using quantities and objects. We will be exploring doubling, halving and sharing. 

Activities to support number skills

  • Chalk numbers in order 0-20 on the pavement.
  • Cut and stick numbers 0-20 on paper.
  • Match an amount of objects to numbers 0-20 (numeral to quantity).
  • Sing songs that take away or add things e.g. 10 green bottles, 1 man went to mow, 5 current buns.
  • Exploit all counting opportunities – count stairs, count buttons, count lampposts on a walk, count ‘red’ cars on a journey etc.
  • Commercial games such as snakes and ladders - these help with the counting on strategy.
  • Throwing beanbags/balls at numbered targets and adding up scores – who scored the most? The least?
  • Practice counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
  • Ask questions like ‘if I took one away how many would I have left?’ or ‘if I add one how many have I got now?’
  • Use magnetic numbers on the fridge or foam numbers for the bath. Put them in order. Miss one out of a sequence – which one is missing?
  • Record using marks and make tally charts to represent number of cars, bugs, aeroplanes, leaves found during walks and on journeys out.
  • Compare groups of objects using the language of ‘more and fewer’
  • Play games that involve finding the total number of items in two groups. For example, throwing a ball at numbered targets. What is the total? You may need to use practical counting objects to help with this. Please find some more adding activities uploaded below, titled ‘Adding Challenges’
  • Sing the doubles song uploaded below and practise using your fingers to show the same amount on both hands. 
  • Count out an amount objects and then find double - reiterating that it is the same amount again. 

Free Interactive games to support number skills


Shape, Space and Measure (up to 20 minutes)

We are exploring measure in relation to height, length and capacity.

Activities to support shape, space and measure

  • Make repeated patterns using objects such as blocks, pegs, leaves, buttons, shapes etc…
  • 3D shape hunts inside and outside – record what you find.
  • Junk modelling – discuss the 2D and 3D shapes you can see.
  • Select a shape from a box – how many objects of that shape can you find?
  • Draw round shapes or cut shapes out to make robots, houses, boats etc…
  • Use various sized pots and containers in sand and water, discuss and explore full, empty, half full, half empty etc…

Free Interactive games to support shape, space and measure


Fine motor and name writing (up to 20 minutes)

Developing the muscles in the fingers and wrists is very important to ensure your child has the ability to handle equipment and tools effectively, including a pencil for writing.

Activities to support fine motor control

  • Using a colander, thread pipe cleaners through the holes. How many can you thread in a minute?
  • Use your thumb and finger to practise winding up toys. Watch them go, can you have a windup race?
  • Use small building bricks to make a construction. Can you push the bricks together and then pull them apart?
  • Use tweezers to see how many pieces of pasta, rice or pom-poms you can pick up.
  • Can you make a chain of paper clips? Can you make a chain longer than a pencil, a ruler, a book or your table?
  • How quickly can you do up buttons or zips on a jacket or coat?
  • Trace around stencils with a pencil, felt tip, chalk or crayons.
  • Use a sand tray and your finger, a feather, pipe cleaner, paint brush or spoon to make patterns, letters, numbers and shapes!
  • Use pegs to hang out washing on a washing line. How many pieces can you hang out using two pegs?
  • Use your thumbs and fingers to make a playdough meal! What other foods could you make?
  • How many beads or buttons can you thread on a lace or string? Can you make a pattern using different colours?
  • Use bubble wrap, how many bubbles can you pop with your fingers? Can you beat your score next time?
  • Use your name card to practise writing your name in cursive script, our ‘Langshott Writing’