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Week 5

This week we are learning about birds of prey

A suggested timetable for this week's learning

PSEDExpress Yourself Children’s Mental Health Week Live Assembly

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week and the theme this year is ‘Express Yourself’.

By talking openly about mental health from a young age, children can learn to better understand their emotions, break down stigma, and feel safe enough to reach out for help when it’s needed.

Children's Mental Health Week is run by children's mental health charity Place2Be who focus on the importance of looking after our emotional wellbeing from an early age.


Express yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good. For Children's Mental Health Week 2021 we will be encouraging children (and adults) to explore the different ways we can EXPRESS OURSELVES, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas.


The assembly will be available to all schools and families at 9am on Monday 1 February – and will feature pupils and well-known faces discussing the theme of Children’s Mental Health Week, as well as ways that children and young people can get involved at home. It will be hosted by Blue Peter’s Lindsey Russell and CBBC Presenter and Place2Be Champion Rhys Stephenson. Please click on the following link to find it:



PSED 2 Draw your emotions

Watch the following YouTube video and then have a go at drawing how you are feeling today. You could repeat this over a week and see how your feelings change.


Our Expressive Art

Maths Shape Space and Measures Session 1


This week we are going to continue to develop the children’s awareness of what a repeating pattern is.

Today encourage your child to try to create a repeating pattern using 3 different objects – such as 3 different coloured Lego bricks or pasta, sticks, feathers etc.  Encourage them to talk about which bit of the pattern is repeating.


Maths Shape Space and Measures Session 2

Spotting errors in patterns

Just like last week, encourage your child to create a simple repeating pattern using their found objects. Ask them to close their eyes. Whilst they are closed change one thing about the pattern to create an error. When your child opens their eyes encourage them to spot what is wrong, explain what is wrong and then put it right. This can become a fun game between the two of you – try swapping roles. This week use 3 different objects in the pattern to increase the difficulty.

Last year, in school, we created simple repeating patterns using grapes, apple chunks and raisins. We threaded these onto wool using a blunted chunky needle, and then hung them outside for the birds. I am NOT suggesting that you have to do this. It was a nice way to use pattern to support our bird topic.

Super Pattern Work

Maths Number Session 1

Have a look in your week 5 packs for an owl and owlet addition sheet. Today encourage your child to use the owl pictures to help them to answer the addition questions. Try to encourage them to form the numbers correctly today. If they are having difficulty then encourage them to practice the formation of the numbers on the back of this sheet and have a look at page 20-21 in their CGP handwriting book.


Maths Number Session 2

Today encourage your child to return to the owl and owlet addition sheet from the other day. Ask them to try to write a number sentence underneath the pictures to describe the calculation they have done. E.g. 6 + 6 = 12. Encourage them to describe where they to the numbers from so that they make a firm connection between the amounts that they have added and the numbers they have written.

Phonics Warm Up

To get the children thinking about Phonics we usually do a daily warm up which includes saying the sounds that we can see presented to us, singing the alphabet song and then reading and spelling at least 5 of the tricky words that we have learned so far. There is a warm up video on the video resource section of the website (found here: https://wyberton-primary-academy.primarysite.media/media/phonics-warm-up-video-sound-recall-summer-term) that runs through all of our sounds or you could encourage your child to use their sound mat. The tricky words that we have covered so far are: I, to, the, no, go, we, me, be, she, he, have, what, you, are, was and love. Perhaps you could write these onto paper and display them on the wall for your child to practice spelling and reading.

Phonics Session 1

After a warm up watch the video, found in the video resource section, introducing ‘oor’ (like in door). These sessions are most effective if you do not tell your child what the new sound is going to be. This encourages them to discover it for themselves.

To practice your skills this week I’ve suggested at the end of the video that you could try a game of hide and seek with ‘oor’ words. Here’s a list you could use: door, floor, moor, poor, poorly, indoor, doorman, doorway, moorland

Phonics Session 2

After a warm up watch the video, found in the video resource section, introducing ‘ore’ (like in core). These sessions are most effective if you do not tell your child what the new sound is going to be. This encourages them to discover it for themselves.

To practice your skills this week I’ve suggested at the end of the video that you could try a game of hide and seek with ‘ore’ words. Here’s a list you could use: core, sore, shore, chore, more, wore, score, adore, store, snore



Phonics Session 3

After a warm up watch the video, found in the video resource section, introducing the tricky word ‘said’.

To practice your skills this week I’ve suggested at the end of the video that you have a game of hang-man using the list of words that was created in a previous week. Remember that for some children a long list of words could be overwhelming so maybe use only 3 words to begin with – highlighting that you have chosen one of these words. You can build the length of the list of words from here.


Phonics Session 4

After a warm-up please help your child to log-into their SpellingShed account. I have set them an assignment that helps to revise last week’s sound ‘or’. Their log-in is found in an observation in their Tapestry journal.


Phonics Session 5

After a warm-up, encourage your child to try to order the words on the tawny owl jumbled sentence sheet and then write them so that the sentence makes sense. It can be helpful to write each word out on a piece of paper and encourage your child to put them in order like this before they start to complete their writing.

Super Phonics Hide and Seek

UW Session 1

This week our target birds are birds of prey. Take some time to explore the RSPB’s website – looking at different birds of prey and how their appearance and diet is different to the song birds we have been looking at so far. Good ones to focus on are kestrels, sparrow hawks, tawny owls and barn owls as we have all of these living wild in Wyberton.


Once you have had a little look around on the website try to complete the owl life-cycle ordering sheet in your week 5 pack.

Collaborative Write

This week we are learning about the tawny owl and our collaborative sentence will be drawing on some of the high frequency words we have been using in out other sentence (like, to and eat) and then introducing some new words. The sentence will be: Tawny owls like to eat smaller animals such as mice.

Quick captions

This is a daily opportunity for your child to exercise their writing skills without any rehearsal time. Please tell your children the caption they need to write and then encourage them to use their sound mat to help them to write it.

Art 1

Draw a tawny owl. Encourage and support your child to use the RSPB’s website page about tawny owls


to look closely at the shapes and colours that make up a tawny owl’s body. Encourage your child to use either their week 5 Tawny owl fact sheet or a plain sheet of paper to draw this bird. If they have paints maybe they could try to paint a picture of it as well.

If they are becoming frustrated at not being able to create the correct body shapes yet then you could try printing a picture of a tawny owl and encouraging them to trace around it. This is not cheating.

Awesome Tawny Owl Art

Art 2

Working from your drawings and paintings completed in the last art session, now try to create a tawny owl collage. Start by drawing an outline and then use what ever you have around the house to glue to the page to try to create a tawny owl. If you don’t have glue don’t worry. You could encourage your child to lay dry collage pieces on their owl outline and then take a photograph. This can then be tidied away afterwards. We made some wonderful tawny owl owlet collages last year using torn up pieces of different coloured paper.

Creative Collages


This week I again invite you to have a go at some yoga with the YouTube channel cosmic kids’ yoga. To support Children’s Mental Health Awareness week, try this Cosmic Kids routine designed to calm the mind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on_9AhPQigE

Cosmic Yoga

UW Technology

To enable the children to be able to access laptops and other devices they need to become familiar with a keyboard. Please encourage them to use a keyboard you have at home or this picture of one, to complete the missing keys on the worksheets in their week 5 resource pack. The missing keys should spell some bird names this week.