English – Fine motor skills activities with Niki

Hello everyone!

Today we are going to look at some fine motor skills activities with Niki.

There are plenty of easy ways to strengthen your muscles, practise co-ordination and develop hand-eye coordination using simple, everyday materials and a bit of creative fun!

Play with dough! This can be play dough or baking dough. It can be used in SO many ways by adding other combinations of materials to it, and automatically strengthens your little hands as you roll, squeeze, twist and build with it.

Thread with beads onto pipe cleaners.

Thread, post and slot!

Poke straws into holes.

Make a pasta necklace.

Weave around cardboard.

Poke pipe cleaners through a colander.

Thread beads onto spaghetti.

Write in sand, flour, sugar or coco powder!

Build with bricks.









Try one of these challenge cards:

If you want to practice your handwriting skills you visit www.twinkl.co.uk for printable resources!

You can even develop your letter formation and motor skills by joining in with the alphabet workout. Click on the picture below to open the video.

Have fun developing your motor skills!

From the English team: Sean, Niki, Mary, Julie and Karly 🙂

Phonics and Poetry 💐

Hi Everyone, the English team would like you to learn about phonics and poetry with Mary in the videos below.

You can also check the home learning hub on Twinkl, there’s lots of great phonics resources for free if you click here         







Don’t forget to use your amazing describing words in your poem! 🙂

Here are some other acrostic poems you can try.


There is another writing activity you can do on Purple Mash all about spring, just click below.

You could take a picture and email us at friendsofladywood@ladywood.bolton.sch.uk

Letter Formation fun with the English Team

Hello from the English team.

This week we are looking at fun ways to practice your writing at home. Take a look at Karly’s video below:


We hope you enjoyed the video and it has given you some fun ideas to  help make writing enjoyable.

As well as being fun these activities are helping to strengthen the fine motor muscles in preparation for writing, they also help you to learn how to form your letters correctly.

The activities can be adapted in lots of ways you can:

  • Write single letters
  • write two or three letter words e.g is, it,cat,dog
  • write your first name
  • write your full name 
  • write a story     

We would love to hear from you and see pictures of you taking part in some of these great activities at home.


The English Team


English – Squiggle while you wiggle with Julie

As well as squiggling with Julie, google search these great English apps and websites which are currently free or have free trials!

1. Sir Linkalot
2. Teach your monster how to read
3. Monster phonics

Join the English team and squiggle while you wiggle! 🙂

Where is Sean reading? Can you do some extreme reading?

Hello everyone! I hope you are all safe and well. Here are some pictures of the English team reading in exciting, funny and extreme places. If you would like to send us some pictures or videos of your extreme reading or any other learning activities then feel free to email them to friendsofladywood@ladywood.bolton.sch.uk.

Stay safe