Year R – Wednesday 29th April

Good Morning Puffins, Parrots and Penguins!

How are you today?  

I was so surprised to come downstairs to find it was raining this morning!  We’ve had so many sunny days I was starting to get used to them.

Out of my window, I saw lots of puddles forming and also noticed that the rain has washed all the dust off my car – handy!

Instead of playing in the garden, my boys decided to make a den and then put all the cuddly toys inside.  There wasn’t any room for them!  Well, I hope you found some fun rainy day things to do.

I know you are big Julia Donaldson fans so you are bound to enjoy today’s story – Zog!

Have fun!
From the Year R Team 

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English – Zog


Zog has lots to learn at Dragon School.  Look back through the story and make a list of the different things that a dragon like Zog had to learn to do.

Can you write a list of Dragon Skills?

When we write a list there are things we need to remember.  Start each new idea on a new line.  You might want to add numbers to each new item on your list. Remember to start with a capital letter and to finish with a full stop.

You can use any paper you like for your list or download our template below.  

Grown-ups: We have downloaded a guidance leaflet for adults who are working to support young children as they write and thought you might find it helpful to read before you try today’s writing activity. 

Guidance for helping your child to write – click here.

Read about the stages of pencil grip development – click here.

Don’t forget your sound mat – click here.

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Maths – Online games 

Today we just have a few games for you to play for fun.

Follow the link to see the Numberblocks games on BBC iplayer and choose any game to practise your fantastic Maths. Numberblocks games.

If you fancy playing another fun maths game, try this 2D shape patterns game

Artwork in the garden

Can you make a picture of a castle using resources from your garden?  

You can use sticks, leaves, stones, gravel, bark chippings or whatever you can find, and arrange them into a castle shapes on the grass or the patio.

Don’t forget to add some castle features: towers, crenels, drawbridge or a flag.

If you don’t have a garden, you could draw a lovely picture of a castle instead.

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This week’s optional activities…

Here are some videos you might like to share together.

Video Resources

In today’s video, Mrs Baird reads Zog by Julia Donaldson.

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Helpful Reminders

Don’t forget you can email us on We would love to hear from you if you have a question, need a password or need some help.

You can continue to use Tapestry to share your child’s work. Please only upload one post a day. You can either choose one activity or put all the activities you complete on one post.

We look forward to hearing from you. We may not reply the same day!


The children in Year R are very rarely asked to work independently, particularly when writing. It is expected that they will need adult support to get started on all of the tasks we set for them here, and continue to need it throughout their activity. 

However, we want to continue to build their independence, so encourage them to use resources which can help them be independent like sound cards, letter formation cards for handwriting etc. 


Note for parents: Hopefully your children will enjoy working through these activities with you. We completely understand it may be difficult to complete all these tasks due to other family commitments or you are working from home, so please do not worry; complete what you can with your child.

There is absolutely no expectation that you get all, if any of these activities completed each day. 

Ongoing Activities

You can find lots of learning resources that we have collated on the Educating Home Page.  Click here to be redirected.

    • Reading
    • Handwriting – for a video please click here
    • Keywords
    • Phonics
    • Number and shape, space and measure activities – try Numberblocks games and Maths Factor (see Educating Home Page)
    • Dough Disco – click here for a simple playdough recipe if you need it

Back tomorrow!