Koala class activities and links

Dear Parents/Carers


To keep children engaged in learning during self isolation and school closure time, I have prepared some ideas and resources to support home learning for all pupils in Koala class. Home learning is not to replace your child’s experience in the classroom but to support them with continued education while away from school.



Books and telling stories are one of the best ways to encourage language development. So please read all kinds of books to your child: picture books, words and pictures books, pop up books, information and poetry books.


Visit: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/oxford-owl-videos/storyteller-videos--2/ to watch videos of storytellers reading favourite traditional stories.


If you are happy with your child accessing YouTube, check the selection of books connected to our termly topic of light and dark:


Owl Babies



Dark Dark Tale



And all-time Koala class singalong favourites:





The children have been learning to read using phonics. It involves learning letter sounds and shapes, hearing and saying the sounds in words in the correct order. They also have begun to recognise and remember those tricky words that cannot be sounded out letter by letter, e.g. the or said. Please keep practising this with your child at home. Check the website below to find out how your child uses phonics at school, how to pronounce the 44 phonics sounds correctly and how you can help at home.





Play games that involve numbers and counting, like Bingo, dice, dominoes and card games. Play around with magnetic numbers can help your child’s number recognition. Board games like Snakes and Ladders are also great for practising counting forwards and backwards.

Try also these fun games and activities for your child:




Teach your children to count to 100 while they get some great exercise too. Those kid-friendly songs start with a message about staying healthy and fit and having fun counting to 100 together.






Also, why not make a Playdough with your child? Moulding Playdough can help your child develop fine motor skills. Following a basic recipe for Playdough is an excellent opportunity to teach your child some maths by learning about measurement. They will also learn about reading information for meaning, such as recipe instructions. Through Playdough, children will get an introduction to science concepts such as materials and how they change. The texture of playdough can be altered by experimenting with varying the ingredients or adding water to make it harder, softer, waterier, etc.


I have attached my personal recipe here


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1 TBS vegetable oil
  • food colouring


  1. Mix all the ingredients, in a medium saucepan.
  2. Cook over low/medium heat, stirring.
  3. Continue stirring until the mixture is much thicker and begins to gather around the spoon.
  4. Once the dough is not wet, remove and put onto baking paper or a plate to cool.
  5. After cooling (30 minutes) knead playdough for a few seconds.


  1. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for repeated usage


Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun with your children during this stressful time. Please check this space regularly for more resources and ideas.


Dorota Witkowska

Koala class teacher