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Valley Road Academy

Spring term 2021 - Gallery and Work


Measuring Superworm

After reading the story Superworm, in maths we have been measuring different size worms using the cubes. We counted how many cubes long each worm was and we then wrote the number on our whiteboards. Once we had measured all of the worms we ordered them from shortest to longest.

Wonderful Writing

This week in phonics we have been recapping tricky words. Today we used the flashcards to read phase 2 tricky words and then we had a go at writing them. We were able to write some tricky words independently 'I' 'no' ‘go’ and we had some adult support to write the more challenging words. We have been putting a lot of effort into reading these tricky words and we will be starting to take our word tins home, with these tricky words in to practise regularly.


Easter Egg Counting

We have been completing a range of Easter maths activities, we enjoyed using different Easter objects to practise our counting with. For this activity we picked a number card and counted the correct amount of eggs into the basket. We had a go at working out ‘one more than’ and ‘one less than’. This term we have been consolidating numbers to 10 and beyond, we are growing more confident when recognising and ordering numbers to beyond 10.

World Book Day

For World Book Day 2021, we discussed our favourite stories and talked about our favourite characters in the story. We then decorated a potato to represent our favourite story character. We carefully chose the correct colours to use and we were very inventive when thinking of different materials to use to make our character. Once we had finished we wrote a label for our Potato. Can you guess who our potatoes are?

Wonderful Writing

After reading the story ‘Frozen’ we recalled our favourite part of the story. We then drew a picture and had a go at writing a word/ sentence to match. We have been using the sounds we have learnt in phonics in our writing and some of us can have a go at writing tricky words independently too! We identified the character’s name cards and copied some of the letters in their names.

Exploring the Snow

When it comes to the wintery cold weather, at Valley Road we know exactly what to do – go outside and enjoy the snow!! For us boys and girls in Reception it was the first big snowfall that we could recall, the last major fall being when we were babies. So it was on with the warm winter-proof coats, hats, scarves, gloves and boots – and out into the snowy world outside our windows. We explored freezing and melting as both of our water trays completely froze over and the we had to use tools to break out the objects that were in the water and trapped in the ice. We made snowmen and used different materials to decide what we could use for their hats, buttons and features. After having a busy morning exploring the snow we went inside and drank some hot milk to warm up our bodies!

Ice Painting

After exploring the ice outside, we had a go at some ice painting. We put some paint in the freezer overnight to see if it would freeze. Once the paint had frozen we tried different ways of melting the paint, Kayden suggested that if we squeeze the paint tight in our hands it would warm the paint up and melt it. After the paint had started to melt we created some pictures, we rubbed the paint across the paper and also painted our hands to create hand prints. Our pictures turned out very effective and we had lots of fun getting messy!

Making Pancakes

Before we made our pancakes we wrote a short caption/ sentence about what topping we would like on our pancakes. Some of us were able to use finger spaces and a full stop in our sentences. First, we gathered all of the equipment and ingredients that we needed. 

Next, we weighed out the flour and added an egg and milk and then we mixed it all into a bowl until it was creamy and smooth. After that, we put the pan on the stove and we put a small amount of oil into the pan. Then, we poured some pancake mixture into the pan and when the bottom side of the pancake was golden we flipped it over. After that, we chose our toppings and we put them onto our pancakes. Finally, we ate them- that was the best part! 


We were so excited to make pancakes and we enjoyed talking about which toppings we were going to have – syrup, bananas, sprinkles or jam. We also discussed if the toppings were healthy or unhealthy.