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We hope you all liked the 'time' activities last week and you are practising telling the o'clock times?

This week, we are going to be looking at doubling.

For the next two days, you will need an outline of a lady bird with a line down the middle (see doc below or you can draw one) and small objects to count (buttons, pennies, lego etc)


Explain to your child that doubling means 'add the same number'.

Put two items on one side of the ladybird and ask your child to 'add the same number' to the other side. 

Looking at four items, ask your child 'How many altogether?' 

After counting up to the number four (encouraging careful counting, i.e. touching each item as they say a number) and saying the correct answer '4', you now say,

"double 2 (point to your two items) is 4. "

Ask your child to repeat that sentence .

Repeat the whole process again with numbers up to 5 . If your child can go beyond to double 10, let them. 

Swap over and let them give you a challenge. 

The most important point is that your child can see 

(1) doubling means there are the same number of items on each side

(2) doubling means you add them up altogether 


If after this, (and you adults have survived!), see if your child can do any mental recall of double numbers? 

Good Luck!

Numberblocks - Double Trouble! | Learn to Count



This week, we are going to be consolidating the sounds 'ch' and 'sh', at the beginning and at the end of words.

Ready for the first activity:


Mr Thorne Does Phonics - Episode CH

Watch UK school teacher Mr Thorne and Youtube sensation Geraldine the Giraffe take you on a learning journey through the words that start and end with 'ch'

Topic- Colour

Still on the theme of colour, we are going to be doing some activities using the very funny story of 'The Day The Crayons Quit' by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers .

If you already have the book then share it with an adult. If you don't have the book, don't worry, watch and listen to the story being told on this youtube clip. The narrator is hilarious! 

In fact, even if you have the book, watch and listen, he will have you smiling and laughing all the way through.


The Day the crayons quit - Books Alive! Read Aloud book for kids

Books Alive! Read aloud Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers hilarious account of the revolt of Ducan's misused and unhappy crayons. A great children's book for c...