Thursday 7th January

It's Thursday!


Good morning everyone.


There is no live Teams meeting at 9.15 today as I have sent out invites for smaller group Teams meetings. They will be for a Read Write Inc session. It would help if your child could be ready with something to write on such as whiteboard and pen or paper and pen/pencil.


My good morning message can be found at the bottom of this page!


I will notify you via Seesaw which group your child is in.


They are at the following times: 


Group 4: 9.30 - 9.45 am 


Group 3: 10.00 - 10.15 am


Group 2: 10.30 - 10.45 am


Group 1: 11.00 - 11.15 am 


Today we are also going to be doing ...


Dough Disco


When we do dough disco we do a warm up first without dough and then we use the dough. Another song we have used a lot is Gloria. (We love an 80's classic.) A few of you have asked about the moves your children have been doing. Basically dough disco involves moulding play dough in time to music and performing different actions such as rolling it into a ball, flattening it, putting each individual finger into the dough, rolling it into a sausage and squeezing it. 

This activity helps to strengthen children's fine motor muscles to enable them to develop their pencil grip which in turn will help to develop their writing skills. But most of all it's fun which is why we do it every day.


Gloria - Laura Branigan


Maths - 'Alive-in-Five!'. Lesson 4 (week 1)


Just to remind you when you visit the White Rose website you will find the videos for a whole week based around 'Alive-inFive'. Today is lesson 4.

After watching the lesson have a go at the game. 


'Alive-in-Five' Lesson 4


Story - One Snowy Night


Listen again to the story...


One Snowy Night - Nick Butterworth


Using the list or drawings of the animals you made yesterday (don't worry if you didn't do it) and recap the animals in the story.

Ask your child which animal they would want to be and why. 


Prompt them by saying ‘I think you would be a cheeky fox, I think you would be a fast rabbit’ Try and ensure that your child answers using a whole sentence rather than just "a fox."


They need to start with "I would be a ...". You might need to model it for them a few times before they can do it. Choose a few animals to talk about.


Prompt them to extend their answer further by using because e.g.


" I would be a fast rabbit because I like to run really quickly."


Again choose a few animals to talk about.


Fingers crossed I will see you on Teams for Read Write Inc!


Mrs Rogers


Thursday afternoon – Mrs Bailey


Good afternoon!


If you can join us, we will start our afternoon with another short Teams meeting at 1pm.


This afternoon, we will be…


Exploring where penguins live


Talk to your grown up about where penguins live.

Where did the penguin in the story live?

What was it like there?

Use Google Earth to explore the South Pole.

Click here to access Google Earth. 

Type Antarctica into the search bar and go on a journey to the South Pole. To explore, you will need to click and drag the 'Street View' person onto where you want to go.

Can you spot any real penguins?

You could post onto Seesaw and let me know what you saw in Antarctica and what you think it would be like to live there. 


Drawing a penguin


Have a go at drawing a penguin! I have put some photographs at the bottom of the page for you to look at to help you. You could even try following the instructions on the instruction sheet to help you with your drawing. We will be using this picture tomorrow so please keep it safe! You could upload your drawing onto Seesaw when it is finished.


I hope you have a lovely afternoon!

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Excalibur Primary School

Ivy Lane

Tel: 01270 845781
Fax: Out of Hours Club - 01270 845786

SEN Contact: Anna McArdle and Heather Taylor

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