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How many different reading bingo activities can you do this summer?  

See if you can get a line or complete the full house to win different prizes in September!

Get all the family involved.

We can't wait to see how many you have done!

Happy readingsmiley

Week Beginning 20th July

This week we are learning about…

Celebrating finishing our school year!




This week we are celebrating finishing our school year. This week’s story is ‘Bear Says Thanks’ by Karma Wilson. This story is about a group of good friends who share their food with each other and have a little party. Bear is worried because he does not have any food to offer them but he is very grateful and says ‘thank you’ to his friends for being kind. His friends reassure him he does not need to share any food with them, he can share his stories instead. Have a listen here

Lesson 1

Listen to ‘Bear Says Thanks’ story. We are reading this story because we have made so many friends in F2 this year and we need to celebrate this! Discuss the story. Who were the characters? What kind of characters were they? Why was Bear so worried? How did the story end? What was your favourite part?

Follow on activity:

Draw a picture of you with your F2 friends having a little party.


Lesson 2:

At this time of year it is important to say ‘thank you’ to the people who have helped you to learn, grow and shine! Who would you like to say thank you to? Think carefully who has helped you this year, it might be your teachers, teaching assistant, head teacher, midday supervisor, siblings, parents, grandparents, friends etc. To show you are thankful to them you can make them a super card with a kind message inside J You can make your own card if you have paper/card/creative crafts at home or you can use the template below.

Do not forget…

  1. Listen for all the sounds carefully
  2. Use capital letters
  3. Use finger spaces
  4. Use full stops
  5. Have fun!!



Have a look at the free interactive resources on Phonics Play, your children are already familiar with some of the games –

The sounds are also in your child’s reading diary. You can also find your child’s bear and pop words here.

Please practise reading and writing these sounds:

ai (paint) ee (cheek) ck (duck)

Can you make a digraph spider like this one? 

Enjoy Geraldine the Giraffe telling you about them!

Geraldine the Giraffe learns /ai/

Watch UK school teacher Mr Thorne and Youtube sensation Geraldine the Giraffe take you on a learning journey through the world of phonics, grammar, spelling ...

Geraldine the Giraffe learns /ee/ sound

Watch UK school teacher Mr Thorne and Youtube sensation Geraldine the Giraffe take you on a learning journey through the world of phonics, grammar, spelling ...

Geraldine learns the /ck/ spelling

Watch UK school teacher Mr Thorne and Youtube sensation Geraldine the Giraffe take you on a learning journey through the world of phonics, grammar, spelling ...

Intro to our Reception lessons

Letters and Sounds introductory video for our Reception lessons. Watch to find out what we teach in these lessons and what stage of your child's Phonics lear...


Oracy gives children the ability to articulate ideas, develop their understanding and engage with others through spoken language.


Share the scenario together and discuss. Use the sentence stems provided to help start your conversation.



This week we are learning about repeated patterns.

Lesson 1:

Can you spot any repeated patterns in your home? For example, on your wallpaper, carpet, rug etc. Have a little look around and see if you can spot any. A repeated pattern is a sequence of colours/shapes/objects repeated in the same order. You can have a go at making your own pattern, you can use objects from around your home e.g. using your cutlery – spoon, spoon, fork, spoon, spoon fork etc. What different patterns can you make? You could use your lego, clothes, building blocks, toy vehicles. How many different ways can you repeat the object/colours/shapes. Say your pattern aloud to help you then you can think about, ‘What would come next?’ in your pattern. Use a number sentence ‘Next in my pattern is a…..’

Lesson 2:

Can you remember what a repeated pattern is? Today you can have a go at drawing or painting a repeated pattern. You will need paper (cut into strips), crayons, paint, paint brush or paint sponges. Can you draw/paint a repeated pattern of shapes? For example, square, circle, triangle, square, circle triangle etc. You can ask your family, what will come next? Even trickier, you could ask what would come before? Ask your family to make their own repeated pattern. Can you work out what would come before their pattern or next in their pattern? Use a number sentence ‘Next in your pattern is a…..’


Below is a link to lots of fun videos around ‘Sports Day’

Lesson 1:

Normally at this time of year, we have a big sports day at school. It is a little different this year so you can do a mini sports day at home with your family. Sports day is all about having fun and being active!! Here are some ideas of what activities you could include in your sports day:

  1. Egg and spoon race
  2. Scoring a goal
  3. Running race
  4. Long jump
  5. Balancing a beanbag on your head
  6. Throwing a ball at a target
  7. Crawling through a tunnel
  8. Hula hooping
  9. Skipping
  10. Jumping on a bouncy hopper

Get all your family involved to have a turn. You can time each other whilst cheering each other on. You can even make some fabulous medals to give out at the end of your sports day to say ‘well done’ for taking part!

Design a Medal Activity

Lesson 2:

It is time to show off all your amazing talents you have mastered over the year. It is time for a family talent show! You will need to write some invitations and give them to your important people and teddies who you would like to attend the talent show (template below). Get practising your amazing talents. Can you tell funny jokes? Can you dance? Can you sing? Can you do gymnastics? Prepare some exciting drinks and snacks for your talent show and put on some welcome music. Introduce your family to your amazing talent show and invite each of your family members to show off their talents. Have lots of fun and enjoy yourselves.

Transition Activities 


Lesson 1

Listen to ‘This School Year will be the Best Yet’ story -

We are reading this story because after the summer holidays you will be starting in your new Year 1 class. Discuss the transition to Year 1 – What are your hopes for year 1? What is everyone looking forward too? How will it be the same/different to F2? Have you got any questions about Year 1?

Make a list with your grown up and ask your friends/family for help in answering them.

Follow on activity:

Draw a picture of your hopes for Year 1 and write a sentence e.g. I hope to make a new friend.  

Lesson 2

Your Year 1 teacher really want to get to know you. A way they can get to know you is through you completing a fact file about yourself and bringing it to school with you in September. A fact file includes information about yourself e.g. your age, picture, what you enjoy/dislike, your family etc. There is a template below that you can fill out and keep it somewhere safe until September. Your new teacher will love reading it and finding out lots about you!

Do not forget…

  1. Listen for all the sounds carefully
  2. Use capital letters
  3. Use finger spaces
  4. Have fun!!

Lesson 3:

After the summer holidays on Wednesday 2nd September it will be your first day back at school in Year 1. Let’s watch Topsy and Tim’s first day at school.

Answer these questions after, how did you feel watching Topsy and Tim start at school? How are you feeling about starting Year 1? How is Topsy and Tim’s school morning similar/different to yours? Finish with sharing a wish for year 1 like in the story ‘This school year will be the best’.

Lesson 4:

Let’s get ready for Year 1! You have learnt so much in Foundation and made lots of progress. We are really proud of how far you have come. Let’s have a think about what we can take with us from Foundation to Year 1 to help us to settle in e.g. your friends, your smiles, your super writing, your sharing skills, your listening skills etc. You can draw and write these ideas down and you can pack them in a real suitcase or use the suitcase template below J Enjoy!!

Transition Activity Sheet

Some activity ideas:

In Foundation we do much of our learning through play. 

We as teachers often find ideas and inspiration for our play activities online.

Here we are sharing some of our favourite ideas in a collection of insta'ration photos.

Most of these photos are taken from Instagram or Pinterest and you can find more by following the accounts featured here.

We hope that by using the ideas here and in the picture collections higher up the page, you will be inspired to do even more playing and learning together, during this time at home.