Home learning - Wednesday 1st April


For the rest of this week we will be focusing on rhyming. Rhyming is an important phonic awareness skill but it is easy for children to get confused between rhyming (the ending sounds) and alliteration (the beginning sounds) in words.

rhyme1A fun way to learn about rhyming is to play a game. Click on the picture to see a large version, or even better, collect the actual objects from around the house and try these suggestions:

  1. Discuss what 'rhyme' means. How do we know when words rhyme? Remind your child that words sound the same at the end, like 'shop' and 'pop'.
  2. Take it in turns to pick an object and find the matching rhyme. This can be made into a more active game by spreading the objects around the room and asking your child to hop or jump to the object that rhymes with the one you pick.
  3. Make 'Silly Soup' by placing the objects in a washing-up bowl (your child might remember this from the Autumn term). The rhyme is: I'm making lots of silly soup, I'm making soup that's silly, I'm going to cook it in the fridge, To make it nice and chilly. In goes...
  4. Play 'hunt the rhyme' by hiding the objects around the home or outside.

Another rhyming game that is available free online can be found at: https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/1/cake-bake 


This morning we are returning to the story of the week, Those Magnificent Sheep in their Flying Machine. There are two pictures that will help your child to answer the questions. Click on them to open a larger version. Encourage your child to count the number of planes and sheep in the pictures.


  • How many planes are there?
  • If the sheep accidentally fly one away, there will be one less plane. How could you work out what is one less than 8?
  • Mrs Doolan thinks one less than 8 is 6. Is she right?
  • Will one less than 8 always be the same number?





  • How many sheep are there?
  • If Old Uncle Ramsbottom wants to come along too there will be one more sheep. How many sheep will there be?
  • How did you work out what is one more than 7?
  • What could you use to help you work out the answer?


You can download and print tasks for Wednesday 1st April.