Hi Beech Class, I hope you are all OK and have had a nice weekend. This week we are having a bear themed week to link with our animals topic. Have a look at the learning for today to find out more …


Listen to the song The Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book:

Repeat and join in where you can.

Discuss some of the words and phrases in the song and their meanings, such as bare necessities, roam, strife, rest at ease, etc. You could use Word Hippo www.wordhippo.com to find out what they mean with an adult.

Draw a picture of Baloo the bear. Watch the clip again, this time pausing to talk about what he looks like, what he likes to eat and things he likes to do.

Write some sentences about Baloo, around or underneath his picture.

Use ideas from listening to the song and watching the film clip to help you.

Here is an example:  Baloo is a huge grey bear. He likes to eat ants which tickle his tongue. He enjoys his back being rubbed on the trees to scratch it. He loves to relax in the water and float along.

Check for capital letters and full stops. Can you include some sentences with the word ‘and

in to join ideas?

Don’t forget to use a capital letter for Baloo as it is a name.

You can simplify this task by writing a simple description of Baloo if that is more appropriate.




This week in maths we are consolidating number work to 100. We have been looking at areas in the maths curriculum that really  important for the children as they move into Y2 and this one of the areas we feel needs to be covered again so children are secure.

Watch this video:



Then have a go at this:




Have a go at these challenges if you would like something extra:

Don’t forget to have a go at explaining how you know.

Or there is this too if you want to do more:

Day 1 challenge – Activity Sheet Roll Up Roll Up



Look at this to recap our sounds:

phonics recap day 1

Then have a look at alternative igh



Choose Phoneme Spotter. Read the text aloud, asking the children to listen carefully for the /igh/ phoneme (sound). Reread the first sentence or two and ask children to put their thumbs up when they hear that phoneme (they may find this easier with their eyes closed). If you can, give children a printed copy of the phoneme spotter. Ask them to underline all words they can find containing the phoneme and ask them to see how many ways of spelling the phoneme there are. Or they can jot these down in their books. Click on the Reveal Graphemes button. The /igh/ phonemes will be revealed as well as a list of all the graphemes (written sounds) included in the phoneme spotter. Get children to tick all the ones they found.


If you think all of the alternative phonics sounds is too much for your child they could always keep recapping Phase 5. You could play these games instead of the above:


Select options phase 5 or any of the categories or the phonics screening check.

Or they could have a go at this:


Or this:


Select revise all phase 5.

It is absolutely fine to do this instead of the alternative sounds as they do get tricky. I would much rather the children recap phase 5 than struggle with the alternative sounds. Please do whatever you think is best for your child.


Wellbeing activity of the day

Have a go at this Jungle book theme:

Mr Garvey PE

Have a go at the PE set by Mr Garvey on his blog.


Extra Activities – if you would like

Watch this to learn more about bears:


You could pick your favourite bear and find out where they live, what they eat and some interesting facts.

Or you can make a bear:

Have a great day and let me know how you get on. Please send a piece of English work this week so I can see how your child is getting on. Thank you for your on going support, Mrs Quinn x