Wallaby Class

Home Learning Week Commencing 5th January 2021

This week, we are basing our teaching and learning on the fabulous story Supertato. Learning from home is providing us with an opportunity to develop as ‘Balanced Learners’ who understand that we need to keep in mind the importance of intellectual, physical, and emotional balance to achieve well-being.

Here is the link – please use your class email to access this week’s resources.


For Phonics, we will be reviewing the Phase 3 learning of the letters j, v, w and x.


Phase 1 Phonics Morning Starter Activities






The children love to watch Geraldine the Giraffe learning phonics too. You can find her on YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0VL4Vn97n0

In maths, we will be practicing counting, recognising numbers, and using shapes to make a picture.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Make a pig puppet using shapes. Draw round objects on a piece of paper to make a pig. What shapes can you find at home?

Guess my Number Game

Can you guess what my numbers are from my clues?

My first number is five and one more, that’s one more than five..?

My second number is the same number as fingers on one hand. Can you count them?

My third number is the same number as legs on a spider, it is one more than seven.

Can you think of some number clues?

Counting Game

Play a counting game at home. Take turns to hide behind the sofa and clap up to ten times. This helps practise counting and listening! Take turns to see who can do the best listening.. and counting.

Good luck!

Number Hunt

Have a look around your home to see what numbers you can find. I found lots! I have shared a PDF of photos of the numbers that I found.

Counting Practise


A grown up should write the numbers 1,2,3,4,5 on pieces of scrap paper.

Can you count the correct amount of things for each number? You could use raisins, grapes, biscuits, marbles or buttons, for example. If these are too easy, try counting larger amounts (up to 10).

I am sharing ‘Indoor number hunt’ with you

For English this week, we will be looking at these stories:

Monday The Three Little Pigs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXemLZIXy3M

Tuesday The Poppy Story  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGCHk5_2skY

Wednesday The CBeebies Poppies animation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv_ub7Be7oA

Thursday Today, for PE, we will be joining in the Walking Song with Get Fun Teaching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU1W1HdfavI

Friday The story of Rami and Sita (a Diwali story) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRpNNF4fB4g

Term 2

This Term, our Transdisciplinary Theme is How we Express Ourselves. We will be exploring a variety of media, and looking at diverse artists. The Key Concepts we will be focusing on will be Perspective (appreciating things from different points of view), and Connection.

We will continue with Phase Two Phonics and begin Phase Three.

Please click on the link below for the Term 2 Newsletter.


The following link is for the Government’s Letters and Sounds scheme which we follow.


We will continue to use Number Blocks for teaching maths. So far, we have learned up to 10.

Number Blocks episodes can be found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7APNVVdrx5M&t=120s

I have realised that many of you will not have had an opportunity to see our classroom. Here are some photos I of Wallaby Classroom. I will add more photos as we change how it looks in response to our learning.

Term 6 2020

Hello Wallabies! With two days left, here are a few activities for you. We are nearly there!

Home learning schedule 20th July

Home learning schedule 13th July

Home learning schedule 6th July

Home learning schedule 29th June

Home learning schedule 22nd June (1)

Home learning schedule 15th June

Home learning schedule 8th June

Week Commencing 18th May

Hello Wallabies! I have created a timetable of suggested activities and saved them to a PDF shown below. I hope that it includes activities that can be accessed by all at home; alternatives to printed included. I have included links to YouTube, and PDFs of resources if you would like to print.

Timetable wc 18th Website

Literacy Resources



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Maths Resources




Phonics Resources

Beach scene to label

Online Safety

If you would like to teach your child about keeping safe online, please go to the following website.


Here are the resources that are offered on the website:






Miss Holdaway and I have written a letter for everyone in Wallaby Class:

updated letter for website

We had great fun making this video; check it out!


EYFS Term 5 Newsletter:

Newsletter term 5 2020

Phonics Slides – Phase 4

Here are some of the slides that we are using to learn Phase 4 Phonics.

Polysyllabic Monday

Polysyllabic Tuesday

Polysyllabic Wednesday

News Flash!

The Department for Education (DfE) will be delivering official Letters and Sounds Phonics lessons from their You Tube channel from Monday 27th April 2020. Lessons start at 10 am for Reception.


Letter to parents and carers about online phonics lessons

Also, the DfE have backed an online Academy that is providing daily lessons for children from Reception up to Year 10. This can be found here:


We have been very busy on Google Classroom throughout Term 4, and it would be great to see everyone from Wallaby Class there! You can contact us on our new class email for the class code to gain access to this amazing work space. Please feel free to  email  us to share work, tell us things, or ask questions. It is lovely to keep in touch through these strange times. email: wallabyclass@molehillprimaryacademy.org.uk

The Early Years Foundation Stage

This is Development Matters, the non-statutory guidance for reception classes to use to help teach and assess our children: https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf

Twinkl Reception Resource Pack

The lovely people at Twinkl have provided lots of resources to us to use at home. Here are a selection:

CVC Word Activity Booklet    EYFS Counting and Ordering Numbers to 20 Home Learning Challenges        Cardboard Tube Rocket Craft Instructions      CK E U R H B Read and Race Game           Comparing Numbers to 10 Transport-Themed Activit

Phase 2 Phonics Rhyming String Card     Phonics Phase 2 Home Learning Challenges       EYFS School Closure Challenge Cards         Make an Emoji Face Cutting Skills Activity            Paper Plate Pet Craft Activity

QU CH SH TH NG Phonics Read and Race Game      SATPIN Read and Race Game      Tablespoon Biscuit Recipe     Phonics Phase 3 Home Learning Challenges

Early Learning Goals Parent and Carers Guide    Activities to Try at Home      Checklist I Spy Answers

Answers   Checklist    I Spy

Phase 3 Phonics at home

There are some fantastic interactive games available online to help children with their Phonics learning. For example, ICT Games have games, such as Dinosaur Eggs, that are good fun and great practise too!


Below are the two more Phase 3 Phonics slides, and PDFs that I use in school. Please start with the instructions to help explain the slide show format.

Phonic Slide Instructions – Start here

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Cross-curricular learning at home 

We are thinking about  the topic Sharing the Planet in the virtual Wallaby Class. We have read the book Peppa Loves the Planet to begin the topic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-LR3dVU6Lo. In the story, Peppa, and her friends, find ways to help the planet. Like Peppa, I have challenged Wallabies to find ways to show how we can help the planet by making and keeping a scrapbook. I have made one for Pippa (our class bear) using an old exercise book. Like Peppa Pig, we will be exploring five different themes within the topic: recycling, thinking about how we travel; being mindful of how much electricity we use; being careful with water use; and food production.

There are some great websites to use to help us think about how we need to share the planet. Here are a few of them:





Maths at Home

I have been thinking about how you can keep developing mathematical understanding at home, and what everyday objects and activities you will already have. I have put together a PDF of things that I have at home, and ways that I would use them – I hope that they can be of use to you too!

Resources you can find at home

A website that we use a lot at school is called Top Marks. I have tried this on my phone and it appears to work with Android, at least.


With thanks to Mrs Maskell for creating our newsletter:

Newsletter term 5 2020

Keep safe – stay at home 👍

Term 4 March 2020

Hello Wallabies at home!

There is a brilliant website available for free called Oxford Owl. I believe you need to register, but then you can access free ebooks as well as other resources to help your child at home. There are Oxford Reading Tree books on there for all levels, and some are read out-loud too. It is a little twitchy on phones, but worth having.


This week we would be learning CCVC words in Phonics – these are words such as ‘flag’ and ‘frog’. For maths, I would suggest looking round the house for numbers and shapes – I did a shape hunt in my house this morning! I found lots of shapes – some 2D and lots that were 3D.

We have set up a Google Classroom which is like the real Wallaby class, but online. You need a school email address to be able to access the Classroom. Please email us on contactus@molehillprimaryacademy.org.uk to request your child’s email address.

Here are some of the resources that are available on Google Classroom:

Phonic Slide Instructions – Start here






I have replicated our timetable in case you would like to do similar things to us at home. Please keep reading at home, if you need more book and stories, try YouTube. They have some great stories on there, and they often include the words too.

There are many organisations that are offering free resources to parents for the duration of the stay-home period.

There are activities available on  https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/ from the Scouts, and Twinkl are offering free resources on their website: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents .

Mr Plum has offered a live workout on his Facebook page for all children at Oaks Primary Academy, and we have been invited to join in too.  It will stream live via Facebook and will take place on a Monday and Friday at 1 pm.


We are now zooming through Term 4 by continuing to explore ‘How the World Works.’ Tuesday 25th February was Shrove Tuesday. We discussed the ingredients that go into pancakes before making our own vegan pancakes. We also discussed how this day is explored in other countries, paying particular attention to Carnival in Portugal. We made animal masks, we danced and played music, whilst throwing special ‘Serpentinas’ which are coiled strips of paper.

Since Wednesday 26th February, we have been counting the days until Easter Sunday (Lent). We have coloured in a countdown calendar that shows numbers from one to forty to count the days. On March 2nd, we celebrated Baba Marta day (March 1st) which is a Bulgarian celebration. We all made red and white bracelets, made rose celebration cards, and joined in a special Baba Marta song. Baba Marta translates to Grandmother March in English.

This week, we have been visited by some birds – owls on Monday, and chicken on Wednesday. [Photos to follow]

Phonics in Term 4

This term, we are revising all the previously learnt phonemes and tricky words. Additionally, we will start to learn Phase Four Phonics. To begin,  we are beginning to look at more complex words such as ‘tent’, ‘frog’ and ‘desktop.’ There will begin to learn more tricky words too, such as ‘said’ and ‘so.’ This website offers guidance and resources for all of the phonics phases:


Mathematics in Term 4

We are developing our understanding of the value of numbers of objects up to 10, and written numbers up to 20 (recognition, naming, and ordering 1 – 20). 

Term 3 newsletter ..

Welcome to Wallaby Class’ page!

Term 3  January 2020

Welcome back after the Winter break. This term we will be focusing on the theme of ‘How the World Works.’ We will be visiting Domino’s to make pizza – hopefully this will happen without any more hiccups! The walk to Domino’s is long, but very interesting. We will see other schools, woodlands, shops, cafes and restaurants on our way, and hopefully have more conversations like the one where we discussed why there were no dinosaurs in Mangravet Woods.

We have postponed Forest School due to the high winds, and also maintenance work in our woodlands site. We will recommence our sessions as soon as possible.

This term, we have continued with Phonics Phase Three. Phase Three introduces more digraphs (two letters that make one sound), and some trigraphs (three letters that make one sound). We will also be learning new tricky words: he  she  we  me  be  you  was  they  all  are  her  my.

The phonemes and tricky words will be taught as follows:

Week commencing: 20th January sh ch th ng   she  he

Week commencing: 27th January ai ee igh oa   we me be

Week commencing: 13th January oo oo ar or    was  my

Week commencing: 3rd February  ow oi ear    you they

Week commencing: 10th February air ure er      her  all

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Our other main focus from now will be on Handwriting. We follow the Penpals scheme that separates the letters of the alphabet into four types: Curly Caterpillar Letters, Long Ladder Letters, One-Armed Robot Letters, and Zig-Zag Monster Letters. The different letter types follow rules that help with children’s progression through the school when they will begin to use joined (cursive) handwriting.   You can find advice by Googling ‘Penpals handwriting letter types’. The two main rules that we promote are:

  1.  Start at the top – or ‘in the air’. There are no letters that start near the line.
  2. Curly Caterpillar letters are made using an anti-clockwise movement.

If you would like any information, please ask me.

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Term 2 November 2019

Welcome back after a well-earned break. This term, we will begin to learn Phase 2 phonemes (sounds). The order in which we learn them is:

  • Set 1: s, a, t, p.
  • Set 2: i, n, m, d.
  • Set 3: g, o, c, k.
  • Set 4: ck, e, u, r.
  • Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss.

In addition to these letters and sounds (graphemes and phonemes), and words that can be made using them,  we will be learning ‘Tricky Words’ that are harder to read with the limited sounds that we know. The Tricky Words that we will learn this term are: I, no, go, into , to and the.

We will be using Jolly Phonics videos and songs to help, and the signs used in ‘Cued Articulation’ to demonstrate where and how the phonemes (sounds) are made in the mouth.

For maths, we will continue to learn numbers skills up to 20 using Number Blocks videos and resources. As well as numbers, we will explore shape, pattern and comparison to help develop mathematical understanding.

Term 1 September 2019

I am really pleased to say that everyone in Wallaby Class has settled well after their graduated entrance to full time at school. In Term One, we are following the children’s interests within the All About Me theme. So far, we have learned about the children’s pets, and would love any photos to be sent in to class to support our discussions and displays.

We have begun Phase One Phonics within the Letters and Sounds scheme, which focuses on the development of listening skills. This scheme is available to view by the following link:


This year we have begun our maths teaching and learning by using a mixture of number songs and rhymes, and guidance from the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) in conjunction with episodes of Number Blocks. Episodes of Number Blocks are freely available on YouTube.

Wallaby Class has two friends that we intend to send home with all the children: Jasper the travelling Bear and Pippa.

Jasper has already visited some Wallaby Children – please look out for his gold suitcase when it comes your way! Jasper loves to play and have cuddles.

Pippa is new to Wallaby Class and she loves to learn about the world around her. She is particularly keen to learn the languages and customs of the people she meets. Pippa wants to be a pilot when she grows up so she can travel the world.

Term 6 2019

I cannot believe it is term 6; where did the time go. In fact, time and change will be at the centre of our inquiry-based learning for the final term with the theme of ‘Where we are in Place and Time’. We will be looking back at our journey through the children’s first year in school, and gradually begin to look at what happens next. We will also explore what else changes through time in the world around us. We have begun the term by watching and learning about butterflies as they emerge from their chrysalises. Later in the term, we will visit the Rare Breeds Centre – please remember to bring in your child’s permission slip and payment.


This is Gerald from Golding Homes reading a story to Wallabies and Kangaroos.

We have begun our programme of Phonics, beginning with listening skills and hearing the variety of different sounds in words and all around us. Soon, we will begin to teach the sounds (phonemes) that the letters of the alphabet make. We follow the government designed ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme, and use the ‘Jolly Phonics’ songs and visuals (see the links below).




Please stop and ask if you have any questions, we are happy help in any way we can.