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Welcome to Blue Class!


Dear Parents and children,

This half term our topic is “Under The Sea”.


This week we will be concentrating on the book ‘Sharing a Shell’ by Julia Donaldson. Click on the link below to listen to the story:

sharing a shell by julia donaldson

sharing a shell by Julia Donaldson illustrated by Lydia Monks.

The tiny hermit crab loves his new shell. He doesn't want to share it -- not with a blobby purple anemone and a tickly bristleworm. But life in the rock pool proves tougher than Crab thinks, and soon he finds he needs his new housemates in this rollicking story of sea, shells and friendship.


  • Use plain paper to draw a picture of the different characters in the story – Crab, Seagull, Anemone, Fish, Bristleworm and Whelk Shell. Try and use the correct colours for each character, then write their name underneath and write their description.



  • Listen to Sharing a Shell again by clicking the link from above.  When you listen to the story, try and join in with some of the words.


  • Now draw a seaside scene – try and include a beach, the sea, some rocks and some animals that live near the sea or in the sea, e.g. crab, Seagull, fish or may be an Octopus!  Label each one.




  • Listen to the story again and then retell it and begin to add in storytelling actions – First, next, after that, finally and the end.


  • Today, decide which character is your favourite and why?  Draw a picture of it and write down a list of what it is you like e.g. the crab has big eyes, sharp claws and runs sideways!’




  • Today We’d like you to see if you can retell the story of ‘Sharing a Shell’ without listening to it!  Use your storytelling actions – ‘First, next, after that, finally and the end to help you.

Now listen to it using the link and see if you remembered it all?


  • Draw a picture of each of the characters in the order that we meet them in the story.  Can you write a sentence for each character using your storytelling actions?  Who do we meet first, next after that and finally?  E.g. First I met Crab, then……etc.
  • If you could be one of the characters from the story which one would you be and why? Use the sentence stem: ‘I would like to be the ________________ because__________________________________ .




  • Today we want you to stand up and retell the story of ‘Sharing a Shell’ using the storytelling actions –‘First, next, after that, finally’ and ‘the end’ to help you.  Did you remember it all?


Ask an adult to video you for tapestry and record you standing up, using your actions retelling ‘Sharing a Shell.’  We all look forward to seeing them!


  • Let’s explore where the story is set. The Beach! Draw a map to show a picture of the beach and the rock pool to include the sand, some sandcastles, the sea, a boat and an ‘X’ to show where they think the Crab’s shell might be buried in the sand!
  • Can you complete a book review!  A book review is something that tells other people about the story you have read!  You can either draw a picture and write some labels or sentences next to it to describe the story and what you thought of it or print off the attached sheet and fill it in.  It is a good idea to talk about what you can remember and thought of the story first with someone else so that you know what you are going to write!


You can access reading books on Oxford Owl website

Press on My Class Login. If your child is in Green class your username: green class 2020, password: greenclass. If your child is in the Blue Class your username: blue class 2019, password: blueclass.


Online activities:


The games below will have adverts, just click ‘skip ad’ to go to the games. 

  • Have a read of these sentences and choose which make sense.


  • How many tricky words can you spell?


  • Have fun trying to spot words in words.


You can recap Phase 2 and Phase 3 phonics. You could use BBC Bitesize and Phonics Play (the links are below). See if your child can find any objects around the house with your given sound and then can she/he write the word? Focus on segmenting and blending the sounds together. Do not forget to practise the phase and tricky words if your child can read them start writing them.


Use these links to practise your tricky and sight words:


Have a go at these games:

Login to Phonics Play:   

Username: march20  Password: home   


Online Activities: 


  • Click the sound you have learnt today/want to revise and have a go at this game.  Can you spot the correct egg?


  • Select the sound you are working on/revising and try and spot all the words:



This week we are going to be learning about time.  By the end of the Reception year, you need to be good at measuring short periods of time and using simple language to describe it.  When you go to year 1, you will learn how to tell the time with clocks and watches.


Today, we are going to think about different times during the day and what we do at those times.

The vocabulary we are going to use is ………..

‘Morning, night, afternoon, evening, day, wake up, break time, home time, lunchtime, and dinner time’.


Imagine you are back at school and think about all the things you do during the course of a day.


Can you use at least 5 of the 10 vocabulary words above as headings, draw a picture and write labels to describe what you do in the correct order during the course of a day?




Today we are going to think about the different days of the week.

Can you say them in the correct order?


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.


Click on the link below to help you remember the days in the correct order by singing the song!

Days Of The Week Addams Family (Parody) | Fun songs for Big Kids, Preschoolers and Toddlers

Days Of The Week Addams Family (Parody) Fun songs for big kids, preschoolers, and toddlers! Sing along and learn the days of the week to this fun, spooky tun...

Next find some paper to create a diary.

Write the name of each day of the week at the top or middle of each side of paper, and every day this week, draw a picture and write a sentence about what you did on that day.




Today we are going to learn about the months of the year.


Do you know them?  Try saying them…..

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.

Click on the link below to help you remember the months in the correct order by singing the song!

Months Of The Year Song

It's a months of the year song to the tune of Michael Finnegan or the Ten Little song. Performed by A.J. Jenkins Copyright 2009 A.J.Jenkins/KidsTV123: All ri...

Now pick 4 of the months, 1 from each season of the year – Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer.


Using a piece of paper, draw a line down the middle, and a line straight across.

Write the name of one month in each box and draw a picture of what it looks like outside or the kinds of things you can do in that month.




Today we are going to explore how long it takes to do things……..


Try the following…….

Using a stopwatch on a phone or a kitchen timer and see …..


1. How many seconds can you jump up and down for?

2. How long does it take you to brush your teeth properly?

3. How quickly you can count to 20?

4. How long it takes to tidy your bedroom?

5. How long it takes to find 5 objects in your home that begin with the sound ‘s.’

6. How long it takes to write your name neatly?

7. How many seconds it takes to vacuum the smallest room in your house?

8. How many seconds you can clap for?

9. How many seconds you take to run from one end of your garden/the park to the other?

10. How quickly you can go to sleep at bedtime? (Get an adult to tell you tomorrow morning!)




Welcome to your Friday maths challenge!


Today your challenge is to use the following words to describe what you did –


1. Yesterday

2. Today

3. Tomorrow


Use these words when you describe each of the above to an adult.  Don’t forget to try to use full, clear sentences……

‘Morning, night, afternoon, evening, day, wake up, break time, home time, lunchtime, and dinner time’.


So for example you might say….


Yesterday, I woke up in the morning and had my breakfast.  Then I played with toys in the garden.  After that I had a break and ate an apple.  Next I did some school work and then it was lunchtime etc until you get to the end of the day and have used all the above words.

Then repeat for today and tomorrow.  You will need to guess what you will do tomorrow!

Understanding the world:

This week we are going to carry on exploring ‘underwater creatures’ that you might find at our seaside and seaside’s in other places. At the end of the week we are going to start exploring pirates!




Today we are going to start by looking at a clip from a brilliant film called ‘Finding Nemo.’  Nemo is a Clown Fish like the real Clown Fish in the clip we watched last week.  In this clip, it is Nemo’s first day at school and he is very excited!

Finding Nemo: First Day of school

The opening scene from Disney-Pixar's "Finding Nemo" Good video to send to your friends on the first day of school Property of Disney Pixar, all rights reser...

Think back to your first day at Limes Farm Infants.  Were you as excited as Nemo?  If you were, why were you?  If you weren’t why weren’t you? 

After the summer holidays, when you come back to school you will start a new class in year 1.  Are you excited or worried? 

Talk to an adult and tell them about the things you might be excited or worried about.

Why do you think Nemo’s Dad worries about him?




Today, we are going to explore shells. 

Did you know that sea creatures make and live in shells? 

Molluscs only ever have one shell that grows with it – creatures like whelks and cockles are molluscs.

Some shells are plain and smooth and others have spikes and ridges.

Hermit crabs use unused shells and do not make their own.

If you hold a shell up to your ear, it sounds like the sea!


Have a look at the shells on the sheet in the link below:

Which shell is your favourite and why?

Now see if you can make a list of similarities and differences between the different shells.  You may have a collection of shells at home that you could use.  If you haven’t maybe the next time you visit the beach you could make a collection of shells that you find.


Now lets see if you can say and remember the tongue twister – ‘she sells seas shells on the sea shore!’  Don’t forget to say it faster each time until your tongue gets tied!





Today we are going to explore rock pools like the one in the story ‘Sharing a Shell.’ 

Watch the clip below to see what a real rock pool can contain!


Let’s try and make our own rock pool!

You could use a finished with cereal box to represent the rockpool.

First turn it inside out and stick it back together.

Ask an adult to cut a window into the large side of the box so that you can see in.

What will you make to put in your rockpool? 

You could add mussels, cockles and whelks.

There might be a crab, fish, sea anemone or shrimp in the rockpool.

They will need things to hide behind – seaweed or stones?

You could use paper, card, pencils, paint or even some real objects to make your rock pool like stones and shells.

Be creative just like Connie the Cat!




Today we are going to start exploring pirates!  Did you know that pirates really did exist and some still do today although they don’t tend to dress up with pirate hats and parrots!  Blackbeard was the most feared pirate in the whole world.  There used to be women pirates too and although we think of pirates as making people walk the plank on their boat, they didn’t really do this!


Pirates used to gather up treasure and bury it and then make a map of where it was buried so that they could find it again.  Sometimes, they stole treasure from other people!


Let’s make some props so that you can pretend to be a pirate!


First watch the clip to see how to make a pirate hat!

How To Make a Paper Pirate Hat | EASY

The quick and easy way to make a paper pirate hat.

Now find a kitchen roll tube that you could decorate to use as a telescope!


Watch the clip below to help you sing and dance like a pirate using your hat and telescope.

We are the Pirates - Kids Pirate Song | Songs for Children

Ahoy there matey! Let's go on a pirate adventure on the high seas! Help us dig for treasure, and do the pirate dance. Can you find Pirate Will's parrot? Sing...



We hope you enjoyed pretending to be a pirate? 

Now that you have dressed up as a pirate you are going to need a boat to travel in so that you can go and find treasure!

Use a large cardboard box to pretend with. If you don’t have a large cardboard box, think what you could use at home to make a pirate boat? What colour will your boat be?  What name will you call it?  How can you make a mast and sail for it?


Take a look at the picture of the flag below.  It’s called the Jolly Roger and is the flag that pirates have on their boat.  You will need one for yours – you could use paper, card or material to make one.

You are all ready for your first voyage!  We hope you have an exciting adventure!

When you find treasure, don’t forget to bury it on a treasure island and make a map so that you can remember where you buried it!


Please keep uploading pictures/videos of your activities on Tapestry. We really looking forward to seeing what you have been up to every week.


Get moving! You could follow cosmic kids yoga or go on a walk/run/bike ride with your family. 


Have a go at these home learning challenges to keep yourselves active and to perfect your running.


  • If you finding it difficult to explain the current situation to in a way that your child understands but doesn’t feel worried then here is a story that may help (attached below).

Please keep uploading pictures/videos of your activities on Tapestry. We really looking forward to seeing what you have been up to every week.

If you have any questions or enquiries do not hesitate to contact us via our emails or Tapestry.


Keep safe and well!!!!

Miss Taylor and Miss Samsonovaite