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We have added some activities on purple mash.

Check the 2Do’s.  Activities this week include creating a shipwreck, reading an underwater story and ordering numbers. 


More than and less than:

This week we are revising more than and less. 

Before we start activities it might help to go over the concept of more and less.  
If we have more the number gets bigger
If we have less the number gets smaller

Warm up:

Below is a link to a game to revise more than/less than

more less sets

Activity to revise numbers more or less than.

You can make the activity one more than and one less than which links to your child’s worksheet in pack.  See example below.

Below are two activities which would help your child practice adding on two.


In the worksheet below, your child has to draw two more cans and then count how many they have now?



What’s two more than….?

For example what’s two more than four?

Ask your child to point at 4.

Count on two places.  What did you land on? 

Two more than activity

Below is a link for an activity to find two more. 

two more than

Can you add two more than a number up to 10? You just need a dice and a page or whiteboard.


We are beginning to do addition by adding two sets together.  Ask your child to complete the next page in their Essential home pack. Your child is learning new language for addition. Use language such as…

Let’s add these sets

What do they make altogether?

So 2 and 3 makes 5

2 and 2 equals 4


Some of the key words we would have introduced to your child are underlined.

Ask your child to complete the pages on adding.  They count each set and write the number below.  Your child can touch count each object to find the total. 

Encourage good formation of numbers when completing tasks. 

Below is a link to BBC Bitesize lesson introducing children to the adding sign


Story Introduction:

Watch this story and read along with our book, What the Ladybird Heard.

What the Ladybird Heard (Julia Donaldson) - Bedtime Story Read Aloud

READ ALOUD BOOKS FOR CHILDREN ~ Bedtime stories for kids - Tonight let's read: What the Ladybird Heard. (Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks). A traditional read a...

If you haven’t realised by now then this week’s book confirms it – Primary 1 teachers really like Julia Donaldson books!


This story is fantastic for sequencing – retelling a story in order. Once your child has heard the book a few times why not ask them if they can tell it back to you – see if they get the events in the right order.



Listen to our Jolly Phonics song:

Jolly Phonics Phase Two

children good

How many sounds does your child know now?

Why not take a few minutes today to show them a sound and ask if they know it? Try not to give any prompts or clues – it’s always good to know what your child already knows and what sounds they need a bit more work on.


If you get this done we’d really love to know –could you email your child’s teacher with the results?

Rhyme Time:

On the worksheet below there are 6 words and we would like you to find some words that rhyme with those words. (A good tip for this exercise is to try changing the first letter of the word).


For example:






Ask your child to write the rhyming words in –this is a good opportunity to focus on pencil grip, letter formation and CVC words. Enjoy.

High Frequency Words:

This week our High Frequency Words are ‘can, with & hear.’

Complete the High Frequency Word rocket in week 11 of your Learning Pack.


Why not take the chance while your child is completing this activity to ask them what the ladybird could hear on the farm?

IS there anything they can hear while they are working with you?

Sentence Writing:

Our story this week has been ‘What a Ladybird Heard.’ In this activity we would like you to do is, firstly, draw a picture of your favourite part of the story. Use this as an opportunity to help retell the story verbally with your child. Secondly, cut and stick a sentence using our High Frequency Words this week, ‘I can hear a drum.’


Remember to look for clues such as which word has a capital letter? (This word goes at the start), and which word has a full stop? (This word goes at the end).


One you have the sentence finished see if your child can read the sentence back to you.


Remember to read your Bug Club books allocated by your class teacher.


Mrs Neeson is holding a very special reading competition!


This week’s HFW book is linked below: