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In yesterday's lesson we learnt that we can begin to distinguish between shapes based on whether they have curved or straight edges/sides. 

Today we are going to look more closely at what makes each shape unique and we will introduce the word 'properties'.

Let's focus on sides again. Each shape has a different number of sides or different length sides which makes the shape unique. 

Watch this video to find out more about counting the sides of shapes


Each of the shapes also has corners which we can call vertices and not all corners/vertices look the same. Watch this video to find out more.


Can you use the information from the video's above to complete the properties activity below?




Please click on your child's phonics teacher to watch today's phonics video. 

Mrs Naylor & Mrs Jamieson's Phonics group



Mrs Heald's Phonics group


Spellings to learn 

The children will receive a weekly set of spellings to learn. The spellings are matched to their ability level in phonics. Each week we would like the children to learn these spellings ready for a weekly spelling quiz on Tuesday's.



Mindfulness focuses on paying attention to the present moment (thoughts and feelings) as well as the world around you. This can improve mental wellbeing. The link below is to a guided deep breathing session in order to support relaxation and mental focus.


You will need to get in role today as a mini adventurer called Tony who is bored of watching Grandpa do grown up stuff. We hope you enjoy watching the video and writing sentences using I or we. 

Reading books


Each week your phonics teacher and/ or your class teacher will post a link (see below) to a free online reading book that is approximately matched to your child's phonics level. Accessing the eBooks is free, the website only requires you to create a log in which consists of a username and password of your choice. You will need to be logged in already in order for the link to work.


Mrs Heald's phonics group- reading book link

Please choose from the two book below. 

Yellow level Book focusing on the oa digraph


Red level Book focusing on blending CVC



Mrs Naylor and Mrs Jamieson's group- reading book link







  • I can investigate how  the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching


Moris the magpie is incredibly grateful for all of our work sorting out the recycling where he lives but the recycling plant is now so full there is no place for any more. Apparently, we were supposed to squash the materials before we put them in to make more space for more items. He just doesn’t know which items he can squash and bend and which one’s he can’t.

Does anyone squash any of their recycling? Which items do you squash before you put them in the bin? 

Thinking about the scientific language we’ve learnt recently which properties would a material need to have to be able to be squashed? See if you can select some from the pictures below. 



Have a look at the predictions sheet below. Can you make a prediction? A prediction is a guess based on your knowledge. Can the shape of this material be changed by bending, twisting, or stretching? Once you've guessed see if you can find the material and have a go at bending, twisting and squashing to check.



Second Activity

Can you change the shape of materials by twisting, stretching, bending, plaiting, weaving, pleating and concertinaing. Take a look at some examples below.