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Squirrel Learning

Squirrel Class Activities

The following activities are designed to be used in the event of school closure or self-isolation. Please check the blog and website regularly, as I will post new activities if the closure continues after the Easter holidays.

Please complete all written work in pencil. There is one included in the pack, along with a glue stick, work book, paper and pair of scissors.


  • Keep a diary of what you do each day. I have put a book in the folder for you to write in and a sound mat and tricky word mat for reference. You need to write at least three sentences every other day and draw a picture. Remember to use finger spaces between words. Encourage your child to sound out the words and use the sound mat to help recall the graphemes. Don’t be tempted to spell the words for them, you are not helping them! Key skill.
  • Go through the sound cards and word cards daily. I have included new words. Your child should be able to read all of them and spell as many as possible. Key skill.
  • Practise writing the words I gave you in the Home-School diary. Get your child to put the word into a sentence, say it and then write it. Key skill.
  • Practise writing sentences using the stimulus pictures in the folder. Remember to use finger spaces. Refer to the sound mat and tricky word mat.
  • Go on the PBS Dinosaur Train website. Choose a dinosaur and use the Field Guide to help you write a fact sheet about it using the template in the folder. Remember to include what it eats, its size and one extra fact.
  • Read a story to your child and ask them questions about what they have heard. Ask how and why questions about the characters. Can they predict the ending? Can they think of an alternative ending? Get them to retell the story in their own words. Key skill.
  • Read through the reading books at least three times. There are additional books on the Oxford Owls website. Please stick to yellow and blue band decodeable/phonic books. Key skill

Useful websites

Phonics Play

This site is offering free access to its games and resources.

Username: march20  Password: home

ICT games  Forest Phonics Game


This site is giving adults free access to its resources for a month. The site if full of activities and games for all areas of the EYFS curriculum.

Oxford Owls access free ebooks.


  • Count forwards and backwards to 20. Say the number that is 1 more/less than a given number to 20. Key skill.
  • Sequence numbers 1 to 20 using the number cards. Key skill.
  • Watch Numberblocks on BBC iPlayer and play the Numberblocks games on cbeebies.
  • Count a collection of objects in 1s, 2s and 10s.
  • Set up a role play shop and price objects between 2p and 9p. Get your child to buy two objects. They need to add the two numbers together and use 1p and 2p coins to pay.
  • Practise addition using the roll and colour and the four in a row games in the folder. Encourage your child to count on to find the answer. They shouldn’t need to count from one each time. Key skill.
  • Order between 3 and 5 objects by length. Use the language of length to describe them (long, longer, longest, short, shorter, shortest)
  • Go on a shape hunt around your house. Make a list of all the things that are squares, rectangles, circles, triangles etc.
  • Make up your own addition and subtraction number sentences using the baseboard and number cards. Repeat this several times a week. Key skill.
  • Complete the colour by number subtraction sheet. Encourage your child to count backwards to find the answer if they are subtracting 1, 2 0r 3 from a number. They can use objects to help them, as well as their fingers.
  • Complete the ordering to 20 sheet by cutting out the numbers and sticking them in the correct place.
  • Complete the subtraction from 10 sheets.
  • Play board games that involve numbers and counting. Snakes and Ladders is a great one.
  • Make up your own version of Snakes and Ladders. This is an excellent activity for sequencing and writing numbers, as well as great fun.

Useful websites

Top marks





Letter formation and pencil grip – this needs to be done daily and must be supervised by an adult. Ensure your child is holding the pencil with a tripod grip and that the paper is tilted at an angle. Lots of the children are using clockwise rather than anti-clockwise movements and are starting at the bottom instead of the top of the letter. Get them to complete one letter sheet a day and ensure they are forming their letters correctly when writing. I have included a wipe clean alphabet mat for extra practice. This is a key skill and one that the majority of children are finding difficult. The more they practise the better they will become. Undoing bad habits takes a long time. Key skill.

Complete the cutting activities in the folder. Make sure the scissors are held correctly (thumb on top), point them away from the body and turn the paper. Try your hardest to stay on the line/dots. Stick your cut out pictures on the coloured paper provided.

Practise blowing your nose.

Practise dressing and undressing.

Learn how to tie a shoe lace.

Go outside and play everyday.

Useful websites

Jump Start Jonny

Cosmic Kids Yoga Click on watch episodes.


Make a model of a dinosaur out of boxes. Think about how you are going to join the boxes together.

Make some puppets and use them to act out a story. It can be a story you know or a made up one. Can you make scenery to bring your story to life. Be prepared to share your story with your friends at school. Draw a story map to help you remember the story.

Make some playdough.

Practise your painting and colour mixing skills.

Make an observational drawing of one of your teddies or some flowers etc. Use pencil crayons to colour your picture in.


  • Sort a collection of objects into ones that float and ones that sink. Find a way of recording your findings in words and pictures.
  • Go on a mini beast hunt. Draw and label what you find. Choose one of the creatures and write a fact file about it. Where does it live? How many legs does it have? What does it look like?
  • Bake some cakes or biscuits. Observe and comment on any changes as the ingredients are combined and heated. Can you decorate each one differently.

Please keep all of the work and equipment together in the plastic wallet and remember to bring it all back to school when it re-opens.


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If you need any advice, clarification or more ideas please don’t hesitate to contact me.