Neatishead CofE Primary School

Red Skippers


A good grasp of phonics is essential to develop reading and writing skills. We understand that teaching your child phonics at home can be difficult. Visit this website daily to practice sounding and blending skills.

Grammar, punctuation and spelling

The resources from this link are aimed at Years 1 & 2. It would be useful if Year 2 children could focus on one of these skills daily.


Dear Red Skippers,

At school we have a routine. As we are all learning at home for the next two weeks we have created a routine to help you continue to SOAR ON WINGS.

Morning Afternoon
Phonics, reading and writing

Mental maths and written maths

Themed activities

Mental maths ideas:

Counting in 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.

Reception – saying one more and one less than numbers to 50 or 100, recognising odd and even numbers and using directional and positional language, eg: above, next to, right and left

Y1 - Saying the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, saying 10 more and 10 less with numbers to 100 and using directional and positional language, eg: above, next to, right and left

Y2 - Saying the 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables and adding and subtracting a tens number to a 2-digit or 3-digit number, eg: 34 + 40 =  and 87 – 30 =

Written maths ideas:

FS – writing numbers to 20, then 50, checking correct number formation, adding two numbers together and subtracting a smaller number from a bigger number.

Y1 and Y2 have a maths work based on the Abacus scheme we use in school. Completing one or pages per day would be brilliant. You could even make up some of your own on blank paper.


FS – attached is a list of the first 100 words we teach. Reading them at home regularly will help you recognise them by sight, and will make your reading fabulous! Have a look at and play some of the Phase 2, 3, 4 and 5 games. You also have some phonics activities in this pack.

Y1 – you have already been sent a list of games and activities earlier this week, but have a look at and play some of the Phase 3, 4 and 5 games. You also have some phonics activities in this pack.

Y2 - you have already been sent a list of important spellings words earlier this week, so keep practicing reading and writing them. You could write the words into sentences – remember capital letters and full stops!  You could also have a look at and play some of the Phase 4, 5 and 6 games. You also have some phonics activities in this pack.

Phonicsplay -  Username: March20, Password: home


Reading every day and talking about what you have read is very important. You could ask a grown up to ask you questions, and you could discuss how the story made you feel. When you have finished your book you could complete a book review (attached). You can read your school books, books you have at home or comics – whatever you enjoy!

As we are heading towards Easter we would be exploring the Easter story, starting with Palm Sunday when Jesus arrived in Jerusalem on a donkey. You can share this story from The Bible or on the TopMarks website

Why don’t you make a book retelling the story? You could write sentences and draw illustrations, maybe following the guide below:

Day 1 – Palm Sunday

Day 2 – Judas betrays Jesus

Day 3 – The Last Supper

Day 4 – Praying at Gethsemane

Day 5 – Peter’s denial

Day 6 – the trial of Jesus

Day 7 – the crown of thorns

Day 8 – carrying the cross

Day 9 – Jesus is crucified

Day 10 – risen from the dead

Remember: capital letters, full stops and, for Year 1 and 2, question marks, exclamation marks and commas for a list. We will display your books when we are all back together at school.

Afternoon activities:

  1. Exploring the garden, looking for bugs, examining and comparing habitats. The Woodland Trusts Nature Detectives has some fantastic ideas:
  2. Collect leaves, branches or stones. Look very carefully then have a go at drawing them, thinking about shape and colour.
  3. Visit the National Trust parks. They are free to visit and free to park. Make a list of what you see, hear and smell.
  4. Watch the Cbeebies Easter art performance and have a go yourself! You could do it in sand, flour, paint or mud!
  5. Join gonoodle. There are lots of dances and activities to keep you active, but there are also links for when you want to be peaceful and to have time to think.
  6. Think of your favourite song, or write your own. Now find things around your house or garden to create your own accompaniment. Pans and spoons are noisy! Threading beads onto string and running a spoon along them is more gentle! Can you perform your song to your grown up?
  7. With Mrs Robinson you have been learning about forces. How do things in your house move? Make a list with drawings to show which forces you have discovered.
  8. If you would like time to be peaceful, have a look at cosmickids. Yoga is fun to do together.
  9. Think about our Christian values. Maybe you could take a photo when you show one of our values.

We hope you enjoy these activities and we are looking forward to seeing you all back at school soon. Please look after yourselves and keep healthy. If you need any further support please email us:

Laura Davies –

Vic Morton –

Best wishes,

Laura Davies         Vic Morton