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If your child was not isolating last week (i.e. they were in school), then please follow the home learning set for last week (previous page - w/c 29.11.21). As last week in school focused on assessments, the home learning is slightly ahead and your child may struggle without following the sequence starting from last week. Thank you! 



Learning objective: To add two numbers together (mental - counting on). 


The teaching video supplied for today’s lesson was recorded for last year’s home learning during lockdown, so apologies that some parts do not make sense or seem relevant - we just felt it may be more helpful for your child to see one of us explain the method! Please start the video from 0:40.


Begin today’s learning by watching the teaching video found below (from 0:40).

The video will introduce the concept of mental addition (adding ‘in their head’ by counting on using their fingers).
You will find resourced below the video the sums for them to try and complete using mental addition differentiated 3 ways. Choose according to their counting skills (up to 10, 20 or 50). - If you are unsure, try the numbers to 20 (2 star) to begin with and then adapt to 1* or 3* as necessary.

Please note: All children are probably capable of counting to 50, but as a lot of the questions go into the next 10 then this is sometimes where they struggle – but a good skill to practice when you have any spare time or in the car, knowing what comes after 29,39,49 etc…!).



If your child was isolating last week, this lesson is one of the same. However, as we usually do phonics daily in school it is really important that they continue to practise these basic skills and sound recognition to support both their reading and writing and so it would still be beneficial for them to repeat. You may by this point have noticed that there are a couple of particular sounds they struggle with, so feel free to mainly focus on these (reading and writing a range of words containing the sound) instead of this whole lesson sequence. 




If possible, sign up for a 14 day free trial of 'Phonics Play'. (Any problems, please message Miss Hardaker/Miss Nadin).


Once on the website, along the top select 'resources' > 'phase 3' and then scroll down to find the 'Grab a Giggling Grapheme' game. 


If your child is in Mrs Wilkins/Mrs Dowthwaite's phonics group, please select either the ‘j v w x’/ ‘y z zz qu’ or ‘ch sh th ng’ option. (These are in order of increasing difficulty. If you are unsure, just choose the first one and work your way through!) 

If your child is in Miss Nadin or Miss Hardaker's phonics group, please select the 'All phase 3' option. 


The aim of this game is for children to identify the correct grapheme (spelling) of the sound being stated. Play one game all the way through, and then repeat the game but this time challenge your child to think of up to 3 words that contain that grapheme. E.g. if the sound was 'sh', they might say "ship, shoe, shut" - support them to think of words if they are struggling. Ask them to write these words down, ensuring they are spelling them correctly based on the grapheme shown in the game.


*Additional challenge*: Once completed and your child has written down a bank of words, can they use 2 or more to write a 'silly' sentence? (e.g. The chip was on the ship).