Wren Class w/c 11th May

Hello lovely Wren Class,

Did you have a nice bank holiday weekend? Did you do anything to celebrate VE day? We would love to see some photos on Tapestry.

We have set some more activities for you this week, and don’t forget to look at the family challenges too.

We hope you are all safe and well. We are missing you very much and can’t wait to get back to Wren Class to see you again.

Mrs Leaford and Mrs Nixon 😊

A message from Spencer

Spencer Bear enjoyed listening to the story of the Enormous Turnip. He has also enjoyed helping Mrs Leaford look after the vegetables growing in the garden. He has thought of a fun challenge for his Wren Class friends linked to growing … good luck!


Please continue to watch the daily Read, Write, Inc. lessons by following the links below. These lessons follow the same structure we would follow in our daily phonics lessons in school and are a fantastic substitute whilst school remains closed. .

The table below shows which sound will be taught each day. We strongly recommend your child watches these to help develop their phonics skills, ready for when they move to year 1.




Online Speed Sound lesson: ay

Spelling words: no, go, into, the, to

Look at the worksheet called ‘a tricky word story’. Follow the instructions on the worksheet to complete the activity.

If you do not have a printer you could write the words on a piece of paper.


Online Speed Sound lesson: ee

Spelling words: no, go, into, the, to

Follow the instructions to play a game to practise spelling your tricky words (and some others too!)

  • Login to Espresso
  • Click Foundation
  • Click Literacy
  • Click phonics
  • Select Scrap’s Phonics (phase 2/3)
  • Choose ‘activities’
  • Scroll to the very bottom of the page
  • Select ‘spelling tricky high frequency words’

This game includes the tricky words children have been practising the last 2 weeks and other high frequency words which children will be able to sound out. When they play the game ask your child “can you sound this word out or is it one of your tricky words?” If children play more than once they will get some different words, so I recommend at least 2 turns.



Online Speed Sound lesson: igh

Spelling words: no, go, into, the, to

Print the activity titled ‘pirate tricky words’.

Look at the tricky word on the treasure maps. Write the words on the coins to lead to the treasure chest. To make this activity more challenging, try covering up the words on the treasure map and see if you can spell them without looking.


Online Speed Sound lesson: ow

Flapping fish! Write out some of the set 2 sounds on cut out paper fish. Using a newspaper, say one of the following words out loud and see if they can spell that word by flapping the correct fish and see how far they can get it. E.g. keep…. the child would go to the ‘ee’ fish and flap once for k saying the sound, once for ‘ee’ saying the sound and once for ‘p’ saying the sound and then one final flap where they say the whole word.

Here are some word suggestions but obviously you are welcome to make up your own:

Sheep, moon, snow, night, stars, play, book, short, mouth, toys


Online Speed Sound lesson: oo

Tick all the sounds you know and then play the following game – it is useful if you say the sound out loud when you pop it! Maybe you could think of a word that has this sound in too.




Listen to the story of the Enormous Turnip.

If you have a copy of the book you could ask a grown up to read it to you. Alternatively, you could watch the story video using the link below.


Once you have listened to the story try retelling it to an adult. The sequencing pictures may help you.


Look at the Enormous Turnip puppets (at the bottom of the page). Choose one (or more) of the characters from the story and make a stick puppet. You could print and colour one of the pictures or you could draw your own picture, before attaching it to a stick.

Think of 4 words to describe your character. Tell your describing words to an adult. You could even write some of the words on the back of your puppet.

If you make more than 1 puppet you could use them to help you retell the story.


Look through the sequencing pictures again to remind you of the story of the Enormous Turnip.

In the story the main character grows a big turnip and then needs his friends to help him pull it up.

Make a picture of your own version of the story. It will be called ‘The Enormous …….’ – you can decide which vegetable you will be growing in your story.

Draw a picture of the enormous vegetable you are growing in your story. Then draw 4 people who will help you to pull the vegetable up. This is your story so you can decide who will help you – it could be family, friends, pets, animals or even superheroes!


Look at the picture you created yesterday of your own version of the Enormous Turnip.

Label the people that helped to pull up the vegetable in your story. Remember to use your phonics to sound out the words on your own.

Write a sentence about your story.


To finish our week on The Enormous Turnip, try the fun ‘grow a balloon turnip’ experiment.


Recommended reading books for this week, accessed through Oxford Owl:

  • Skateboard Sid
  • The Starfish
  • Spots



Talk to your child about what halving means. It means splitting something into two equal parts. It could be a cake or a pizza or toys or a number. Explore at home different foods that can be halved, a pile of toys that you can share into two equal groups, looking at 4 counters and seeing how many you would get it if you shared them out with your adult or sibling. This session should be hands on using concrete items that they children can explore.


Talk to you child about how double facts and halving facts are linked. This can be shown visually quite well by looking at ladybirds. Use the following idea with ‘paint and fingers’ to share out the different number of spots onto the ladybirds back (ladybird template at the bottom of the page or you can draw your own). Once the paint is dry, the children can see that double 1 is 2 but half of 2 is 1 etc. Use the sheet to fire some quick-fire halving questions to them. What is half of 4? The children can then look to find the ladybird with 4 on its back and then see that half is 2.


Print out this game (from the bottom of the page) or draw your own version and play it with an adult. The monkey likes raisins so make sure you have some to hand to feed the right amount to the monkey so he can get to his bananas and fill up his tummy! You could say the number which is half or write it down on a piece of paper.


Play the following game to help you remember your halving number facts. You could have little counters next to you or raisins again to help you work out the answers.



Enjoy watching Number Jacks talking about halving. Talk to an adult or a sibling about what you have watched.


Help Oscar if you would like to! He is trying really hard with his halving but he has made 3 little mistakes. Can you spot them and explain to him why they are wrong? Maybe you could send him the right answers too.