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Let's Learn Together!

We hope you find these activities and ideas for home helpful.

The activities will be practical and hopefully fun! In general there will not be an emphasis on screen time or printing.

In the boxes below, for each year group, teachers will give clear learning objectives and then an activity for the children to do independently or with some support.

We will post daily ideas for:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Phonics
  • Other

This learning will be replaced daily and so if you would like a record of it we suggest taking a screen shot as we will not be storing previous ideas on the website.

These activities may range from 10 to 30 minutes depending on the age of your child (maybe try a timer if your child is reluctant and if this works for your child, make it slightly competitive!). Encouragement is key and at DVIS we talk about juicy mistakes - mistakes we can learn from! Do not correct every aspect of the work but choose something that is possibly a repeated mistake or one or two spellings for example.

We would encourage you to create a clear routine for each day (involve the children) and then incorporate some or all of these activities or learning opportunities (the coloured timetable - right - is just an example).

Your routine might include:

  • English activity e.g. writing a story or designing a character.
  • maths activity
  • phonics
  • handwriting (letter families)
  • reading (bug club, audio, magazines, being read to)
  • physical activity (yoga, kids HIIT, skipping, hula hooping, circuit training, obstacle course)
  • creative activity (compose a song, art, dance, sculpture, cooking, design using construction sets such as Lego or recycled materials)
  • a game (board game or other active game)
  • worship/reflective/values time (can you find an activity that would show and share one of the school values? make a picture for a neighbour?)
  • fresh air
  • help around the house – clean, turn out a cupboard, fold the laundry!

If you have any questions please email office@dulwichvillage.southwark.sch.uk and the email will be forwarded to the correct member of staff.

We hope you can enjoy this time learning together!


RECEPTION: Let's Learn


Week Beginning 6th April

Don’t forget to keep singing!! All our favourite worship songs are here or you can go to Out of the Ark Music for free songs and resources each week. 

Phonics objective (10/15 mins): To recognise tricky words

Activity: Play tricky word splat

Write some tricky words on different individual pieces of paper or card- one word per piece of card - tricky word list.pdf. Say a tricky word and your child splats it with their hand or foot. Good interactive game if you space the words out on the floor and your child has to run to each word to splat it!


Literacy objective: Use sounds to write describing words (10 mins for writing)

Activity: Make hot cross buns. This requires a lot of adult input but does look fun. Here’s one recipe: hot cross buns recipe

or toast and butter some shop-bought ones 😊 and eat them. As children eat them, ask them to describe what they are like and note down what they say eg yummy, spicy, soft, squishy... Then remind children of some of the words they used and get them to sound out the words to write in the English books.


Maths objective (20 minutes): To use everyday language to talk about time

Activity: Cut some paper or card so you have five squares. Make a ‘visual timetable’ for your day (featuring five different things) using o’clock. Draw a picture on each square to go with the time e.g. 8 o’clock (picture of you eating breakfast), 9 o’clock (picture of you doing exercise), 10 o’clock (picture of you doing home learning) and so on. Stick your visual timetable up in your house or in your maths book.

Maths objective (20 minutes): To use everyday language to talk about time

Activity: Watch ‘What’s the time, Mr Wolf?’ on YouTube:

What's the time Mr Wolf?

Draw round a small plate so you have a circle in your maths book. Look at a clock in your house and copy the numbers onto your circle so that you create your own clock.

Extension/teaching point: Can you draw some hands on your clock to show an o’clock number? (parents could support by talking about how the longer ‘minute hand’ points to the 12 at o’clock and the smaller ‘hour hand’ points to the hour that it is). 

Maths objective (20 minutes): To use everyday language to talk about time.

Activity: Gather some card/paper, scissors, pens and glue/tape, as well as a watch to look at (analogue). Make a watch using the materials you have.

Adult support: Talk about your child’s ideas before they begin. How will they make it? What kind of watch do they want to make (e.g. a superhero watch, fairy watch etc). How will they know how big to make it? How will they secure it around their wrist? Take a photo and post it onto your class Padlet!


ICT objective (20 mins): Use technology for a purpose.

Activity: use the link to explore the British museum on a computer - British Museum or download the free app on Apple - British museum-apple app

or on Android British museum-android app

Draw a picture or make a model of your favourite exhibit. Use lego or play dough.


Art objective (20 mins): Experiment with a fork painting


Activity: You will need: a plastic fork, yellow paint, googly eyes, small piece of orange felt or card, scissors, glue, black pen (or improvise with what you have at home!)

Dip the back of your fork into yellow paint and print onto a piece of paper or card. Keep adding overlapping prints, moving round in a circle. Cut a small triangle of orange felt or card and glue in in place for the beak. Then stick on some fun googly eyes. If you don’t have googly eyes you can draw eyes on using your sharpie pen. Use your black pen to add on some little legs for your chick and to complete your lovely Easter painting.

Year 2: Let's Learn

pdflogo Y2 Weekly Activity Planner - w/b 30.03.20

Please feel free to look at Phonics Play for some Phase 5 phonics games at https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/. There is a free log in on the website’s home page. 

Please also feel free to choose five words from the "Year 2 Common Exception Words" list a week. Each day ask your child to choose a different spelling activity from this grid to complete. At the end of the week you could even have your own quiz!



Write/draw a story about yourself as a hero. 

First, with your family, think about yourself as a hero or heroine in a made-up story. Write or draw about it in your journal.  Maybe you could even create a comic strip?


 Topic (Art/ DT):

Create a superhero mask.

Create a super mask to protect your identity! This activity will help you think about your superpowers. Making and wearing masks can often reveal interesting aspects of our personalities.  



To make numbers to 100 using a beadstring.

Using a dice or a pack of cards/uno, choose two cards/ roll the dice twice to come up with a 2-digit number (e.g rolling a 2 and a 3 could make the number 23 or the number 32). Explain that they have to come up with the number with the greatest value using the two numbers given. Using the bead string, make the number with the greatest value (e.g 32). Ask them how many tens and how many ones?


Draw and label your superhero costume.

Now you have your superhero mask, we need you to create super hero outfit complete with super hero powers/ tools to help you to look after your civilians in your local community. Will your outfit have an invisibility cloak? Or super jets to help you fly swiftly around town? Once you’ve drawn your outfit, label it and write a couple of sentences explaining why you have included your chosen powers/ tools. E.g My outfit will have a super, invisibility cloak so I can mysteriously swoop around town helping those in need.

Topic (PSHE and DT):  

Make a “calm down” box.  

Make a box full of items and ideas to help you feel calm. Once you’ve done this, explain to your pet, parent or sibling what you’ve included in your box and how it might help to make you feel calm.



To investigate calculations that make twenty.

Put 20 on your bead string. This is your answer- how many different number sentences (addition/ subtraction) can you think of which have the answer 20? (E.g 12+8= or 25-5=) Use your bead string to investigate.

Challenge: Can you think of any multiplication number sentences to make 20?

Let's Reflect

Holy Week This week is Holy Week, when Christians around the world remember all the things Jesus did in the week before Easter Sunday. We will reflect together on the events of Holy week over the next two weeks. For more reflections and activities go to Flame Creative.


Read the story of Palm Sunday in a children’s Bible or watch it here.

Activity: Make a palm spinner and act out the story.

Palm spinner.pdf

The crowd greeted Jesus like he was a king or a great hero. They had heard of all the miracles he had done.

Reflect:  Who is your hero?  Who do you really admire and look up to? Why? Say “Thank you” to God for that person.


Let's Move

Get dancing with Go Noddle during the Easter break!
Can you make some patterns with the Blazer Squad? What patterns can you spot in your house?
Will you still be standing after keeping up with this amazing dancing routine? Why not upload your routines to your class Padlet page?
Join in with this brilliant dance routine. We want to hear you ROAR!
Get moving everyday with the nations very own PE teacher Joe Wick. Daily, at 9am, he will be running a 30 minute workout for children live from his very own home. Please click on the link to go direct to his channel.

Let's Create

Draw with Rob Biddulph
One of our favourite authors and illustrators at school is Rob Biddulph. Many of you might remember when he came to visit our school last year.  He has some lovely drawing videos on his website where you can draw the characters from his books.  Why don't have a go at  watching the videos and drawing the characters with Rob. You can always pause the video if you need to go a bit slower with your picture. All you need is paper, pens or pencils. Here is the link to get drawing.

Let's Experiment

These experiments are intended to be as user friendly (and child-led) as possible so all materials needed should be found quite easily around your home.
Most of the experiments are designed by the Science Museum Group or the Primary Science Teaching Trust (https://pstt.org.uk/). They have an overview for adults as well as an opportunity for children to make connections with the science in their world and investigate further.
Einstein's Entertainers are also uploading videos daily that intend to have links to the National Curriculum as well as using resources in the home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPqccr2ErNE&t=8s
We hope you and your children are able to make many memorable scientific discoveries together. Try encourage your child(ren) to: See, Link and Wonder (https://learning-resources.sciencemuseum.org.uk/resources/see-link-wonder-a-discussion-tool-for-teachers/)