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Daily challenges: Friday 15th May

Good morning Team Barnes! 

We have made it to Friday, we hope you had a great week! We know it can be tough doing your learning from home and we are so proud of everything you have achieved at home. We want to remind you all that play is such an important part of your development and you can learn so much when you play. It's been great to see so many of you enjoying time with your brothers or sisters (I'm sure there's been tough times too!), baking with your grown ups and helping out around the home (and garden). We think about you all every day and we hope you are safe and well. 

Thank you to those of you who have sent their rainbow photos so far. Remember it is a picture of you (in your school uniform if you'd like) holding a rainbow. we will put them together and make our class photo for the year and remember the times we did have together. Please can I have these by today by email or on the Padlet. Spread the news to everyone as I don't want anyone to miss out. 

Please see challenges below for the day: 


Miss Spurrier’s group- igh- fly high.  

Words for spelling: night, flight, bright.  

Sentence: I went on a flight at night.  

Miss Taft’s group-x- xray 

Words for blending:  box, fox,  

Spelling: box, fox, tax.  

Sentence: In the box.  

Mrs Barnes’ group- ire- fire fire 

Words for spelling: fire, inspire, tire. 

Sentence: The fire is getting bigger and I am tired.  

Miss Merry’s group- ur- nurse with a purse.  

Words for spelling: burn, hurt, burger. 

Sentence: The burn hurt my arm. 


Please record in yellow book. -Two lines of handwriting of the sound with finger spaces, three spellings with the sound in and record the sentence with a capital letter and full stop.  I have attached a photo of how you may want to lay the home learning out in your yellow book. 

RWI LIVE lessons with Rosie on YouTube:

Set 1  

speed sounds- 9:30am 

word time (green words)- 9:45am  

Spellings- 10am 

Set 2 

Speed sounds and word time- 10am  

Spellings- 10:15am  

Set 3  

Speed sounds and word time- 10:30am  

Spelling- 10:45am 

Story time with Nick (Mon, Wed, Fri)- 2pm

Please see the 'learning at home file' for the handwriting patters, sounds and phrases, red words and alien words.

Miss Spurrier has recorded herself going through the RWI set 1, 2 and 3 sounds. She is trying to rival Rosie on YouTube. There is no password.  

RWI challenge: Can you record a short video joining in with the sounds and post it on the padlet?

Enjoy and let us know what you think :) RWI Set 1 sounds RWI Set 2 sounds RWI Set 3 sounds 


Do you get a bit stuck on those tricky red words? Well look no further, Miss Spurrier has recorded herself going through the typical red words we cover in reception. Check out the video and see how many red words you know!


Counting/Starter: Counting  how many times you can write the word Friday in 30 seconds.  

Earlier on this term we explored finding half of an amount. We know finding half is finding 2 equal parts. We have found half using a quantity. Can you find half of a shape?  

Firstly get a piece of paper and see if you can fold it into two equal parts. There is more than one way of doing this. Check that both parts are equal!  

Challenge: Can you find half of the shapes attached? (See attachment)

Extension: Can you build a shape with construction blocks and then break it in half. Are both sides the same? How do you know?   


Friday Fun day:

Theme: Ball Skills- Lesson 2Re-cap  

 what different balls can you think of? What sports use different balls? E.g. basketball uses a hard, large bouncy ball. Tennis uses a small, furry ball. Etc. Can you make a list of all the different sports you can think of? Do you have any balls around the house or In the garden? Find them for us and take a picture for the Padlet. You may also find some fruit. challenge question: What 3D shape is a ball? 

Warm up: Make sure you warm up first. Why do we warm up? What happens to our bodies when we warm up? Why Is it important? Children all know the answers to this: We need to warm up our bodies so that we don’t hurt ourselves. Our muscles are like a piece of plasticine, playdough or blu tac. When it is cold, it is stiff and hard to move but when warm it becomes stretchy and elasticated. Also, when we warm up our heart beats faster (can you feel it?) and therefore more blood pumps around our bodies.  

20x running  

20x star jumps 

20x jumps  

20x frog jumps  

Run around the garden  

Head rolls  

Arm stretch  

Rocket stretch (the children know)  

Roll the shoulders back and then forwards 

Hula hoop with the hips (big circles)  

Bend and clap  

Warm up the ankles by shaking and circles.  

Shaking hands and feet in counts of 8. 

Challenge: Last time we explored rolling. Can you remember how do this accurately?  

Today we are going to explore throwing. How do we throw? Start by sitting on the floor with a ball of your choice. Hold it with two hands at chest height, with your hands either side of the ball . Make sure you are looking at your partner and push out from your chest. When catching have two hands out ready (about the width of the ball) and pull into your chest. How many times can you throw accurately to your partner?  

Super challenge: Can you throw the ball? 

How far can you make it go? 

How can you make it go further? 

How many different ways can you throw it? 

What's the difference between rolling and throwing? 

How can you make sure the ball gets to the target? Can you throw it against a wall or into a hoop?  

Cool down: Stretch out the body, maybe do some yoga or meditation to finish off. Check your heart rate has gone back to normal and you feel good. 

Martyn Harvey Poetry Competition - Part 4: The Weevil

Hi Everyone,

I hope you have enjoyed the poems so far. Below is the fantastic video from yesterday with yet another brilliant poem from Martyn Harvey with a familiar face and a really fun puppet activity.

But this is not the end ....

Your final video will be next week, on Monday morning with yet more poems, illustrations and the much anticipated details for the competition.


Don’t forget to use the class Padlet and post some funny things to your friends. Please remember to put your name in the comments and on your post as they all show up as ‘anonymous’. It is very secure as I have to approve all posts and comments that come through. PADLET NOW HAS A PASSWORD: rapshome You can post as many times as you like! Remember to comment on other people’s amazing work too.

Please send any photos/videos and questions to:

Have a nice Friday and a super weekend :)