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Our Home Learning Diary – Week 11

13 weeks in lockdown and countless hot lazy summer days. What an amazing and beautiful week this has been. It has been so hot that the boys didn’t even want to play in the garden. Can’t say we haven’t maxed out our Vitamin D intake. 🙂 Over the weekend, the temperature has dropped a little bit, which was much welcomed as living in a country that doesn’t thrive on air conditioning is hard when the mercury rises. Since the weather was so nice, we extended our minibeast adventure outside and focused on spiders for our bitesize home learning this week.

Note: #JasperBean is in Reception (age 4-5: EYFS), therefore his home learning is specific to him/his age. I have received permission to share parts of his home learning plan from his teachers.


We are fully into Phase 4 phonics which has a bunch of tricky words but no new sounds. Therefore we have been revising Phase 2 and 3 sounds, with a focus on “Consonant Blends”, such as “st”, “tr”, “nd”, “pt” etc.

  •  Revised
  • Phonics worksheets from Twinkl and Mrs Mactivity.
  • Live Phonics from Twinkl Parents Group on Facebook
  • This week we read/watched the story “Arrgh Spider!“:
      • Read the story together and discussed the spiders actions.
      • Came up with some new ideas about what else the spider could have done around the house.
      • Discussed why the first page of the book was upside down and drew a picture of what the spider would see in our house.
      • Did a mini research on spiders and how we shouldn’t be afraid of them.
      • Drew a new page for the book including a short sentence to go with it.Our Home Learning - Arrgh Spider creative writing
  • Built sentences with random words.
  • Writing challenge – wrote an independent piece about our story last week – Superworm.
Our Lockdown Home Learning Diary - Week 11
Handprint spider art, Reading about dinosaurs aged 1, Water and ice play, DIY floating ball toy, Game of Life board game


  • This week we revised calculating as part of our Early Learning goal.
    • Adding and subtracting single digits, with the help of props for double digits.
    • Doubling and halving
    • Spotting mistakes in sums
    • Finding missing numbers and symbols in questions
    • Played a series of maths games on Topmarks

There are a lot of activities and worksheets on Twinkl and Mrs Mactivity (free and paid subscription).

TWO great FREE resources to support and supplement our work.

  • National Oak Academy– An online classroom for reception age to year 10.
  • BBC BitesizeOnline study support resource for school-age students in the United Kingdom.

Our Lockdown Home Learning Diary - Week 11
Salt painting spider web, Dragon Boat Festival traditional food “Zhong Zi”, Spider web throwing game with masking tape, Picnic in the water, Puzzle books

Some activities

  • Daily PE with Joe
  • Handprint spider art
  • Salt painting spiders web
  • Celebrated our favourite soft toys birthday
  • Water/Ice play with paper and tin foil boats
  • Creating shapes with Duplo
  • Puzzle books
  • Tap Tap Art
  • Spider web throwing game with masking tape
  • DIY floating ball toy
  • We also celebrated the Dragon Boat Festival this week by sharing a story about, ate some delicious traditional food and lego building!

Running out of activities? Why not have a go at one of these tried and tested boredom busters and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for activities and inspiration!

Board games

These are some of the board games we played this week:

Our Lockdown Home Learning Diary - Week 11
Duplo shapes, Lego Dragon Boat, A spiders view artwork, Superworm write off, Tin foil boat, Maths games
Our Lockdown Home Learning Diary - Week 11
Crazy Circuits, Duplo structures, Tap Tap Art, Soft toy birthday party

What will we get up to next week?

Thank you for reading and until next time…  have fun and happy social distancing!

Love MsMamaBean.

Here’s a quick link to our Home Learning Diary. What a journey it has been!

Disclaimer: English and Maths support links and suggestions are part of the children’s at-home learning plan provided by their teacher during social distancing/lockdown. I have only added supplement worksheets, reading and activities to support his learning.

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