Lower Foundation

  • Parent Letter and Survey for LF, UF, Year 1 and Year 6 14th May 2020


Work for School Closure


Your child has been given a workbook and each week, all teachers will set 1 piece of English, 1 piece of Maths and a Topic subject activity to be completed in this workbook.

The book also has all the logins and information you need to help your child and keep them entertained.

Here are a list of some of the websites that you can use during this time. There is a comprehensive list in your workbook. Educational Websites

Phonics Play

Purple Mash

Education City


Topmarks for Maths






Cosmic Kids Yoga

Dough Disco

Summer Term 2

We will not be putting the weekly learning on the website now that Lower Foundation are invited back in to school but some activities will be put on seesaw weekly for those children who are home learning still.

Summer Term 2 Week 1 01.06.2020-05.06.2020

Phonics – Lower Foundation 1

Following on from our last phonics activity, this week we are practising segmenting. Watch my video on seesaw and join in with the examples to recap how to do this and have a practice.

Can you find objects around the house and try to segment them? Here are a few ideas of things you might find:

  • bed
  • car
  • dog
  • Mum
  • Dad
  • cup
  • bag

Phonics – Lower Foundation 2

Please visit Seesaw Link for phonic activities

Lower Foundation Literacy

This week I would like you to share the story: Winnie and Wilbur stay at home: https://en.calameo.com/read/000777721fa99e30b70f0?authid=7dNZAolx0j6O

Winnie and Wilbur get up to lots of fun things whilst they are at home! Your task is to send them a postcard to tell them about all the things you have been doing whilst you have been staying at home too.

Can you make marks on the left hand side of the postcard to tell us what you have been doing? Tell an adult what it is that you are writing so they can label your work for you. Maybe you can hear the initial sounds of the word you are wanting to write and can have a go at writing that letter? Ask your adult to write it for you first as an example so that you can try and copy.

On the right hand side of the postcard I would love to see a beautiful drawing of you doing one of the activities you have written about.

Remember: hold your pencil between two fingers and thumb and close to the point for good control.

Lower Foundation Maths

Please go the the Seesaw Link


All the topic activities for this week are on SeeSaw Our new topic is ‘Health and Growing’. This encompasses growing plants and looking after them so they are healthy and also thinking about the children’s own health and how to look after themselves.

All this weeks topics activities are on SeeSaw. We hope you enjoy them 🙂

Summer Term 1 Week 5 18.05.20-22.05.20

Here is the work for this week:

Hi Everybody, we hope that you have all had a good week, this is the last week of our mini-beast topic, hope you have enjoyed finding out all about mini-beasts. We have loved seeing all the home learning on Seesaw, you have all been doing a fantastic job!

Phonics – Lower Foundation 1

This week we are going to begin to blend CVC words, words made out of three sounds. This will be a new task for some children but I would like everyone to have a go. If your child finds this too difficult, revisit the initial sounds and matching activities from last week, recognising initial sounds is key to being able to identify the following sounds.

Here is this week’s resource: CVC Peg Matching LF – You can find an introduction to this activity and demonstration from me on SeeSaw which should be helpful.

Look at one card at a time, can you tell an adult what the picture is?

Listen very carefully as your adult sounds out the words at the side, can you blend the sounds together to make a word? If this is too tricky, ask your adult to blend the word after they sound it out – does it sound right? Does it match the picture?

When you figure out which word is the correct match, use your funky fingers to clip a peg on to it, or colour it in.

Challenge – If you find this easy why not turn it in to a game of snap! Ask your adult to chop off the words from the sides of the pictures. You hold the pictures while your adult places a word card down one at a time, sounding the word and blending it for you too if you need help. Can you shout snap when the word matches your picture?

Children are not expected to be able to look at the words and sound them out, the words provided in the resource are for adult use to engage the child’s listening ear and get them actively blending the three sounds.

Phonics – Lower Foundation 2


Lower Foundation Literacy

This week I would like you to share The Very Hungry Caterpillar – here is a link to a video if you don’t have the book at home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY

Wow! That caterpillar sure does eat a lot of food! Can you use the sheets provided (T-T-7268-The-Very-Hungry-Caterpillar-Sorting-Activity) to match the foods to each day of the week, copying what the caterpillar does in the story? If you can do this by remembering then that’s fantastic! If not, watch or read the story again and pause on each day so you can match your foods.

Can you use the template to draw your favourite foods for me?

Maybe on Monday you would eat a pizza, Tuesday a chocolate cake, Wednesday a sausage roll etc.

If you don’t have access to a printer, ask your adult to write the days of the week for you on a piece of paper or in your home school book, you can do your drawings underneath.

Remember: hold your pencil with three fingers and close to the point. Ask an adult to label your drawings.

Lower Foundation Maths

Lets Make a Pattern- This activity can be done using items in your home, such as Lego bricks, coloured pencils or crayons. You could even get the cutlery out again. Enjoy!

1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive! – Listen to the song together and join in.

Five Little Men in a  Flying Saucer – Listen to the song together and join in.

Can you find 1 pencil, 2 socks, 3 spoons, 4 books, 5 toys in your house?

Five Little Men in a Flying Saucer Nursery Rhyme-Lyrics

Challenge –number-recognition-to-10-

See if you can match the number to the right group of objects.

Topic – Minibeasts All activities are on the Seesaw Link

  • Bee Video
  • Honey Biscuit Recipe
  • Create a collage of the Snail by Matisse

Summer Term 1 Week 4 11.05.20-15.05.20

Phonics – Lower Foundation 1

Your task this week is to go on a sound hunt to find objects that all start with the same initial sound.

I have recorded a video on Seesaw to introduce the sounds s,a,t,p – have a watch and join in to learn how to make those sounds properly and get some examples of the objects you could find.

When you begin your sound hunt you could use a bag to collect the objects that you find, or ask an adult to write the sounds at the top of a piece of paper and make marks or draw pictures of the matching objects underneath.

Looking for objects beginning with all 4 sounds might be a little tricky so why don’t you start by looking for objects that start with s. You can then have more hunts throughout the week to look for each of the other sounds!

If you need more help making the sounds, here is a video: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2yf4j/articles/z4ycrj6

*Note for parents – the aim of this activity is for the children to produce the sounds correctly and to identify them at the beginning of words, finding objects that all start with the same sound. If the children can recognise the letters then that’s a big leap forward however this is not something we would focus on until later so don’t worry about them not grasping this just yet!

Phonics – Lower Foundation 2



Imagining your own end to a story.

I have made up my own mini-beast story and shared this with you on Seesaw but I’ve stopped just before the end! Can you watch my story and give it an ending? The more imaginative the better!

You can practice this at home when watching stories or sharing books with an adult, if they stop a few pages before the end can you predict what will happen?

For my story I made my own mini-beast puppets to tell my story with, have a go at doing this too to get your funky fingers working and bring your stories to life!


Estimating- Learning at Home

Hide and Seek Detectives- Positional Language 2

Hide and Seek Detectives – Positional Language 1

Topic – Minibeasts

Activities are on SeeSaw

  • Worms, Worms, Worms video -Record your answers to the questions.
  • Can you make a wormery?
  • Mini-beast yoga

We hope you enjoy the activities and we look forward to seeing what you have been up to on Seesaw.

Summer Term 1 Week 3 04.05.20-08.05.20

Last week you should all have received a login to access our Lower Foundation Page on Seesaw. The app is a great way for both myself and Mrs Thompson to duplicate the activities from the web page and add extra details such as uploading videos. We get to see what the children have been up to when you upload their work. It has been lovely to see and reply to all the achievements and activities shared so far so please check it out!

Enjoy! Miss Prendergast

Lower Foundation Literacy

Phonics – Lower Foundation 1

Your task this week is to match the mini-beasts to their rhyming object. I have attached the activity sheet and recorded a video on Seesaw to refresh your rhyming brains, watch this first before drawing lines between the rhyming pairs.

There is a video here of some other children learning about rhyme, they are singing nursery rhymes and playing silly soup, can you join in? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvSBDVoZD5Y

Here is the rhyming mini-beasts worksheet: Rhyming Minibeats

Phonics – Lower Foundation 2

Mrs Thompson would like you to go outside, you do this in your gardens or on your daily walk, and see what you can hear. Can you tell what is making the sound? Can you describe it, is it loud, quiet, high or low?

Sharing a story

If you have access to Seesaw Mrs Thompson has recorded a reading of Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson.

An alternative version is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxpJnk3QO-8

Can you spot the mini-beast in the story? Try and listen out for the rhyming words at the end of each phrase as the story is being read.

Use your funky fingers to colour in your own butterfly – Remember! Hold your colouring tools correctly, with three fingers and close to the point.

Lower Foundation Maths

Sorting Detectives Activity

Capacity Activity

How many circles


Topic – Minibeasts  Seesaw Link

  • Fun with Jess-Spiders -Watch and Enjoy!
  • Draw a web and spider Activity

VE Day Celebrations See Saw Link

  • Colour the Union Jack
  • VE Bunting
  • Watch the VE video, put up your bunting, wave your flags, have a celebration and enjoy!


Summer Term 1 Week 2 27.04.20-01.05.20

Lower Foundation Maths

This week have fun playing the game ‘Beetle’ in keeping with our Mini beats theme.

You’ll need a dice, paper and pencil.

The player rolls the dice and, depending on which number comes up, can draw a part of their beetle.

1 = Body

2 = Head

3 = A Leg

4 = An Eye

5 = An Antenna

6 = The Tail

A player, however, cannot start drawing the legs, tail, and head until a 1 has been thrown for the body; and cannot draw the eyes and antennae until a 2 has been thrown for the head. The beetle must have a body, a head, two antennae, two eyes, six legs and a tail. The player who finishes drawing a beetle first, wins the game.

Completed Beetle-To extend the game you could change which mini beast you draw. Use 2 dice so the numbers need to be added for each body part.

Just like the pattern on butterfly Activity




Lower Foundation Literacy

This week I would like you to share the book ‘Superworm’. Before you do, have a look at the front cover (here is a photo if you don’t have this book at home).

Who do you think the characters will be in this story? Can you describe how they look or how you think they might be feeling?

Where do you think the story is set? What kind of environment do you think it takes place in? Look at the picture for some clues!

Before you read the story, can you predict what might happen? Why do you think the worm is super? Do you think he can fly? Or maybe turn invisible?

If you have read the book before try to answer the questions above to refresh it in your memory, can you retell a version of the story to an adult before sharing Julia Donaldson’s tale?

If you don’t have this book at home, or would like to listen to it being read to you, here is a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Jnk3XApKBg&t=9s

To get your funky fingers working this week let’s make some wiggling worm shapes. Here a few ideas of how to do this:

  • Pour a thin layer of flour or sugar on to a tray or table (with your adults permission!) and make marks using your finger, try using each finger on your hand separately to make a family of five worms.
  • If you are out and about you can use twigs to make marks in soil or mud.
  • Play dough can be rolled and stretched in to a worm shape – see how long and thin you can make it before it breaks!
  • Use finger paints or paints and a brush to create a wiggly worm picture.
  • Use your pencil to draw some worms in your workbook – Remember: when using any kind of writing tool hold it correctly, with three fingers and close to the point.


  • The video (click Link) shows a caterpillar becoming a butterfly but no-one is talking on the video! Can you do the talking? What can you see? What is happening? Try to include these words: caterpillar, butterfly, chrysalis, cocoon, change.
  • Mini-beast survey. Click this Mini-beast Hunt. Here you can search for mini-beasts in your garden and tick how many you find of each one.
  • Can you slither like a slug? Use these Mini-beast Hunt cards to inspire moving your body in different ways; just like mini-beasts! Enjoy!

Summer Term 1 Week 1 20.04.20-24.04.20

Here is the work for this week:

Our Summer 1 Topic is Mini-beasts

Lower Foundation Maths

1      2      3      4      5      6      7      8      9      10

Ask an adult to write the numbers 1- 10 on separate pieces of paper, they can make them big or small.

The adult can hide the numbers around the house, even outside if it isn’t too windy.

When they’re all hidden, the  adult can name a number and ask you to find it. You could time how long it takes too.  To make this easier, just use numbers 1-5. To make it more difficult, uses numbers after 10.

Lower Foundation Literacy

Our topic for this half term is Mini-beasts!

To get your funky fingers moving I would like you to to make your very own spiders’ web. You can do this by asking an adult to punch holes around the edge of a paper plate or stiff piece of paper or card. Then it’s your turn to practice threading string or wool through the holes, pulling it tightly across the paper and zig-zagging your web in lots of different directions. You can decorate your web by drawing a spider to put in it, make sure you remember all of its legs! Think about what kinds of things would get caught in the web and have a go at drawing these too, you can practice using scissors to cut your drawings out and slide them in to the web for a spider supper!

To turn this Spider Web challenge in to a whole body activity, you could ask your adult to help you turn your garden or a room in your house in to a giant web! Can you find pieces of furniture to wrap your wool around, or tie it to a tree with your adults help? Remember, once your web is created you need to move around very carefully so you don’t get trapped! Can you roll under the web? Can you take a big step over it? Can you squeeze through two pieces of it? Can you bend and move around it? You could turn this in to a fun game by asking a sibling or adult to pretend to be the spider, if you touch the web they can try to catch you before you can escape! If you are caught why don’t you have a go at being the spider too.

Listen carefully to the word ‘Spider’, what sound does it start with? Can you see how many other things you can think of that start with the same sound? You could make marks in your workbook, telling an adult what they mean, to write a list of all the things that start with ‘S’. Maybe you can even think of other mini-beasts that start with this sound. Have fun!




Virtual Mini-beast Zoo

Make your own simple bug hotel:-

Why not build a simple Bug Hotel wit an adult, remember to check it everyday for bugs and be gentle, remember they are only tiny.

Twig Tower Block

Gather some sticks and find an undisturbed, sheltered spot outdoors. Pile them up and stuff the gaps with smaller twigs and dry leaves. Good for: ladybirds and lacewings who will love to crawl into the crevices and hide among the leaves.

Log Pile Lodge

Decaying wood is really important for wildlife. To make a log pile, simply collect small logs, large sticks and pieces of rotting wood. Pile them up in a damp, shady area of your garden, then stuff some dead leaves in the nooks and crannies to make it cosy. Good for: centipedes, woodlice and beetles who like to burrow into decaying wood. Log piles may also attract birds, frogs and hedgehogs looking for a tasty snack!

Pine Cone Palace for Ladybirds

Gather some pine cones and bundle them together closely so the scales interlock a bit. Stuff some dried leaves in the gaps. Place the pine cones in a quiet corner of your garden shed or garage. Good for: ladybirds and lacewings who will love to crawl into the crevices and hide among the leaves.

Week 2 30.03.2020 - 03.04.2020

Here is the work for this week:

Lower Foundation Literacy

This week I would like you to think about the structure of stories, or the order/sequence of events that happen in your favourite tales.

When you share a book with an adult this week, can you tell them what happens at the beginning, the middle and the end?

At bedtime can you recall what happened during your day and tell an adult what you did first, next and last?

Use the sequencing grid attached to make marks to show me the order of what happened, either in your day or your favourite book; perhaps you baked a cake today and could show me the order of how you did that! If you don’t have access to a printer, ask your adult to write the words First, Next and Last in your workbook so you can make your marks next to the headings. You can also tell an adult what your marks mean and ask them to write captions for you, giving meaning to your marks is a great step on the way to being a writer!

Sequencing Grid LF

Remember: hold your pencil correctly, with three fingers and close to the point.

Lower Foundation Maths

 language of size and comparing activity

With the help of an adult, collect 5 toys, these could be teddy bears, cars, dolls, bricks etc.

See if you can place them in size order, smallest to biggest. use the words, biggest, smallest, tallest and shortest to describe them.

Use fewer toys to begin with and build up to 5 or even more.

Next, have everyone in the house draw around their feet onto paper and cut them out, see who has the biggest feet, who has the smallest feet.

You could measure the length of your sofa using your foot outline. How many feet did it take to reach from one side to the other?

Measure the length of the sofa with the adult’s foot outline. Did it take more or less feet to measure the sofa?

Go onto play the game –Lets talk about size


Transport video activity

Watch the video in the link. Can you answer these questions?

Which mode of transport scoops up the dirt?

Which mode of transport has a flashing blue light?

Where would you find a travelator?

What does a tug boat do?

Which is your favourite mode of transport and why?

Here is an activity you can complete: Transport Sorting Activity LF. This is a lovely transport themed sorting activity for children to learn about different land, sea and air vehicles. It is a great activity to start discussions about different types of transport. If you can’t print the cards, then just point to each picture and ask if the mode of transport is used on the land, sea or air? Discuss the modes of transport whilst you sort them, asking questions such as; Have you even been on a bus? When? Do buses come through our village? Why do people use buses? Etc.

We hope you have fun completing the different activities Lower Foundation and are having lots of fun learning and playing at home.

Week 1 23.03.2020 - 27.03.2020

Here is the work for this week:

Lower Foundation Topic Work


Lower Foundation Literacy

This week I would like you to share the book ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’ with an adult. Can you join in with the repeated refrains? Can you add movements to the story to pretend that you are crossing the different terrains alongside the characters? Can you sing the story independently by looking at the pictures?

Once familiar with the story, can you draw a map to show the characters’ journey as they continue on their bear hunt? Don’t forget to hold your pencil correctly, with three fingers and close to the point.

If you don’t have a copy of this book at home, the link below will take you to our favourite version of the story on YouTube.

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

Lower Foundation Maths 

Have a look around your house, see if you can find circles, squares, rectangles and triangles. These can be on the walls, pieces of furniture, on work tops, ornaments. Count what shapes you see, and write the number of each shape, with an adult.

Which shape did you find the most of in your house? Have fun!

We are going on a shape hunt!

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