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Friday 12th February

Story Time - Chinese New Year

Story Time with Mr Elks - Chinese New Year

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Lear about the Chinese zodiac.

Learn about the Chinese zodiac.

9:00 - 9:15 Number Bond Challenge


Number bonds are numbers that total the same amount.


Find all number bonds to 10.


0 + _ = 10,      1 + _ = 10,      2 + _ = 10,      3 + _ = 10,      


4 + _ = 10,      5 + _ = 10,      6 + _ = 10,      7 + _ = 10,


8 + _ = 10,      9 + _ = 10,      10 + _ = 10

Number Bonds to 10

Number bonds for 10 song. Number bonds are simply the pairs of numbers that make up a given number.

9:15 - 9:30 Handwriting Practise


Practise writing the lowercase and uppercase ‘e / E’


You need to try to write on the line whilst using lead-ins and lead-outs. You don’t need lead-ins and lead-outs for capital letters. 


Please see the demonstration video and example below.

Learn to Write the Letter E

Learn to Write the Letter E | Pre-cursive Letter Formation. This video shows and explains the pre-cursive letter formation for the letter e.

9:30 - 10:15 Phonics with Mr Elks


Today we will be exploring the ‘are’ Tricky Witch trigraph.


I have emailed the Zoom link to parents.


During the Zoom meeting, I will be showing the input powerpoint.


I would like the children to practise their blending skills by reading ‘are’ Tricky Witch nonsense words using the flashcards (see below).


Then, I would like the children to practise their segmenting skills by spelling 'are’ Tricky Witch real words 

which their parent/carer says out loud (see flashcards below). 


Extra Challenge:

Write sentences including at least one of the ‘are’ Tricky Witch words. Remember to use a capital letter at the beginning and a full stop at the end. 



Practise reading and spelling high frequency words using the flashcards or powerpoint.

These are words which we use a lot in our reading and writing. 

Little Witches

are - Tricky Witch - video

Count by 10 Song

Practise your 10 times tables.

10:45 - 11:30 Reading

LO: To be able to retrieve information from a text.


Today is Chinese New Year and it is the first day of the Year of the Ox

Please read the fiction text, ‘Dragons in the Sky’.

Fiction means imaginary.

The retrieve Viper will be helping us to recall (remember) information from the text (See the viper below).


Main Activity:

Write clear and well explained full answers to these questions:

  • What food is eaten on Chinese New Year?
  • What can people watch at night?
  • What gifts are given?
  • What are hung up as decorations?
  • What do people hang on a tree?
  • What can be heard during the parade?
  • What puppet animals/creatures are seen in the parade?


Extra Support Activity: 

Verbally answer the above questions. Parents can write down your answers. 


Extra Challenge Activity: 

Create a clear and colourful (use red and gold/yellow) poster to advertise the Chinese New Year celebrations. 

Include information about:

  • food (dumplings)
  • fireworks
  • gifts (red paper money wallets)
  • decorations (paper lanterns)
  • wishing tree
  • parade
  • puppet creatures (lions and dragons0
  • music (drums)

Dragons in the Sky - story

Dragons in the City - read by Mr Elks

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Watch the video or read the powerpoint below.

11:30 – 12:30  DT

LO: To be able to craft an object out of paper.


Please read the ‘Chinese New Year’ Story to learn about the Chinese Zodiac 

and read the ‘Dragons in the City’ story if you have not done so already (see above).


To celebrate the Chinese New Year (year of the ox) we will be crafting things out of paper that represent Chinese New Year traditions. 


Discuss answers to these questions with your parents:

What Chinese New Year traditions can you remember from 'Dragons in the City'?

What things from the story can we make out of paper?



Main Activity:

Use crafting materials to make a Chinese New Year paper lantern, paper dragon, paper drum or paper wallet.

You can make more than one thing if you want to.

Click on the link below to see instructions and templates.




13:30 – 14:15  Art  (continue after Show and Tell meeting)

LO: To be able to explore cool colours in Art.


Recap the ‘Warm and Cool Colours’ PowerPoint and Read the final part of ‘Katie and the British Artists’ (see below).


Whilst exploring ‘The Fighting Temeraire’ by J.M.W. Turner (see below), you will notice the use of warm colours (yellow) to represent the rainy weather. There are also some warm colours (yellow and orange) to show the light from the sunset and the reflection of the sunset along the water.


Also, you will notice the use of contrasting cool colours (blue and green) to show the shadows over the water and the harbour created by the setting sun.  



Use warm colours to create a landscape picture of a sunset.

Use paint, pastels, crayon or colouring pencils. 


Extra Support Activity:

Parents can draw a simple picture of a sunset landscape whilst children focus on using warm colours to represent the weather.


Extra Challenge Activity:

Complete the main activity and include contrasting cool (cold) colours to show shadows created by boats and buildings blocking the light from the sunset.

Click on the link below to read the last part of the story.

Katie and the British Artists - final part read by Mr Elks.

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Watch this video or click the link below to read the pages.

The Fighting Temeraire by J.M.W. Turner

Warm and Cool Colours

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Recap this video or recap the powerpoint below.

14:15 - 14:45 Year One Awards with Mr Elks

14:15 - 14:45  Year One Awards with Mr Elks

I have emailed the Zoom link to parents.

I will be presenting this week’s certificates.