Day 33

We will use the next few days to see how well you understand each of the things that we have learnt over the past few weeks. In today’s Maths practice test there are opportunities to write number names, add (plus), double, work out bonds, and count backwards. In the Phonics practice test there are beginning sounds and jumbled words. There is a new story to read, and then for writing, you will match sentences to the correct pictures. We will learn about the different bones in our body in Life Skills and end with Afrikaans, where you can show off how well you know the words that you learnt about the kitchen. Let’s get started!

The thing about tests… Please read the note below.

This week includes a few practice tests. The work in the tests is based on the work that we have been doing from Day 1 of the lessons on this site. I do not recommend the tests for any child who has not been thoroughly prepared to do the work. Rather go back to previous lessons if your child has only recently started with Term 2’s work. The search function can also assist if you would like to go back to specific topics.

The tests should be done as informally as possible and with as little pressure as possible. The only reason why work should ever be assessed is so that we can have an indication of where more help is needed, or where a concept is not yet fully developed. So, don’t give the answers or help beyond the instructions, but do give lots of encouragement to your child. If they get stuck, encourage them to think back to how we did this previously. The tests are available with memo’s here if you would like to print them. If you do not have access to a printer, just recreate them by hand. The memo’s give a clear indication of how marks have been assigned and what a teacher would be looking for.

Maths – Practice test 1:

Phonics: Learn the -ot words. Sound them out, build them with your sound cards and when you’re ready, ask Mom or Dad to test how well you know them.

Phonics – Practice test:

Reading – words: Revise the words. Focus on the newer ones. Put the ones that you don’t yet know in a separate pile and learn them some more. Remember that you need to be able to say the words immediately when you see them.

Reading: We have a brand new story today! Sound out the words that you don’t know. If you get stuck on some of the words in the lists above, practice them some more. Try to read more fluently every day. Also try to read with expression. Remember that your voice needs to sound as though you are asking a question when there is a question mark, and more excited when there is an exclamation mark.

Writing – Practice test:

Life Skills: Read about all the bones in your body and say what you think. This page was taken from the Department of Basic Education’s Life Skills book for Terms 1 and 2. 

Afrikaans First Additional Language – Vocabulary: Today is a chance to see how well you remember the words that we learnt about the kitchen. Point to the things that you hear in the video.

You did an amazing job! Just look at how clever you are!

Now go and relax and have fun!


Day 15

There are lots of new things for us to do today. We’ll count forwards and backwards, work out a story sum, do bonds of 5, write number names, practice our handwriting, write ending sounds, read words and sentences, and write a sentence. There is also a speaking activity if you’re learning Afrikaans as an additional language. Let’s jump right in!

If you’re new here, the resources used for counting in multiples, sounds learnt (to be cut into sound cards to build words), phonics lists and reading sight words (to be cut out in order to flash the words) can be downloaded here. There are also some practice assessments available on the page.

A note to parents: Allow your child to copy down by him-/herself as much as possible. Besides keeping them busy for longer, this allows them the opportunity to learn to copy correctly – a skill that they would ordinarily spend a lot of time perfecting in the classroom. Also, many of the tasks are a bit challenging. Instead of giving the answers, give clues or guide your child through the steps to discover the answer themselves. They will surprise you with just how clever they are!

Counting: We’re increasing our number range this week. Count all the way to 60 and back.

Story sum: You don’t need to write out the story sum – just do the calculation.

Bonds of 5:

Number names:


Phonics – Learn the -em and -eg words (we won’t do the -eb words now – only later). Ask Mom or Dad to test you on them and try to get 5 out of 5. If there is a word that you struggle with, you need to practice that word a bit more.

Phonics – Ending sounds:

Reading words: Read all the words that have been ticked – we added another six for this week. Ask mom or dad to flash them to you. Try to say them quickly and get them all right. The words that you get stuck on are the ones that you need to practice some more.

Reading sentences: We have a new story to read this week. Sound out words that you don’t know. You can ask for help if you get stuck, but first try by yourself.

Writing a sentence:

Afrikaans First Additional Language – Vocabulary.

The book I used for the Afrikaans Vocabulary is the following:

Wow! You did such great work! Well done!

Now go have fun!


Day 4

We have lots to keep you busy today. Let’s get started!

First up – counting in 2’s:

You can download the resource used below. Your child can colour in the multiples of 2 for ease of counting. This page will be used again in upcoming lessons when we will count in 2’s and other multiples, so keep it somewhere safe after you are done.

If you don’t have access to a printer, simply write numbers 1 to 50 in a grid as shown in the picture (we’re counting in the 1-50 range right now and will increase this range incrementally over time) and have your child colour the relevant numbers as they count in 2’s.

Subtraction – bonds of 5:


Don’t worry too much about touching the top lines. Rather focus on touching the bottom line for now. We only start writing in standard College ruled lines later in the year.

If you’re new here, the printable resources for reading and phonics can be found in the post for Day 1. Click here to go there now. For returning visitors, I originally neglected to post the list of words for Phonics, but it is now available in the Day 1 post.

Phonics – jumbled words:

If your child gets stuck with unjumbling the words, encourage them to use their sound cards to shuffle the letters around until they build the word correctly. Also encourage them to sound out the words as much as possible to encourage confidence with the sounds and good phonic knowledge.

Reading – words and sentences:

Writing sentences:

Well done on the great work! Be sure to give your mom or dad a big hug to say thank you for all their help!

Now go have some fun!


Day 3

Good morning!


The focus today is on bonds of 5 and the transferable quality of numbers.

Some more to practise by yourself.


The resources used for phonics and reading can be found in the post for Day 1. Click here to go there now.


Reading words:

Reading sentences:

Now that you know your words, you can read these sentences. You can also use the words that you have cut out to make these sentences by putting them in the correct sequence.

Have a great day and stay safe!

Now go have some fun!