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Class Teacher: Ms Hedington

Class TA: Ms Brophy

LSA's: Ms Ebri & Ms Martin & 

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Our Summer 1 Newsletter, things to look out for next term and some ideas of activities you can do at home :)


I will be regularly updating the website with information of what we have been learning at school, pictures of Moon Class learning from the week and maybe some ideas of what you could be doing at home to continue your child’s learning. It would also be lovely if you would like to show me your learning at home by emailing me pictures. Please send these to me at We can share these on our school website for your friends to see and at school!


Below are quick accessible links to some online learning.
 The home learning statement tab below is the Oaks National Academy which provides your child with some different virtual online classes so please use this facility. 

Some great life skills you can learn at home : )

Summer 2

Week commencing 7.6.21

In free flow children have enjoyed the sunshine and have been enjoying playing in the outdoor garden. We have been cleaning our garden area, planting our sunflowers and beans, exploring heavy and light equipment outside, doing science experiments and watching what happens when we mix colour chalks with water and children have enjoyed dancing and singing. Also children have been enjoying doing gymnastics in free flow and being prince's and princesses and we developed this interest further. We also role played Ben Ten as a child had a strong interest in this. We also have been learning about farm animals and their offspring ( baby) ( See all the pictures below) 

Children enjoyed doing gymnastics in free flow. I encouraged a child to pretend she was the teacher and teach them some moves and make up a routine. 

Look at our fantastic stretching, jumps and rolls and look at our video. 

Please check out an amazing gymnastic routine which a child has choreographed. 

Children- school videos- Reception

A strong interest was learning about Prince's and Princesses. 

The children designed a dress/suit for their favourite princess/prince, made a mood board, made a crown and dressed up as their favourite Disney prince/princess in free flow. 
The children then wrote about their character in their books.



We learnt Road Safety today in our Life skill session

We learnt:

zebra crossing- black and white stripes

pelican crossing- green and red man

lollipop person

learnt stop, look, listen, think before crossing a road

to sit in a car seat in a car and wear a seatbelt

to make sure we hold the adults hand while crossing the road

if we have a bike and scooter to get off them and walk it across the road- not ride it


We released our four butterflies. 

When we got them they were a caterpillar and then they turned into a chrysalis. They were in their little homes for a long time and sometimes we saw the wiggling. 

Then they turned into a symmetrical, beautiful, delicate and colourful butterfly. 

We gave them an apple, an orange and sugary water for their food and for energy. 

The Under the Sea Drama Work Shop 

The sea creature stole the Pearl from the Ocean and we had to try and get it back! 

We had to put our goggles, swimming suit/wet suit, swimming hat, flippers and oxygen tank on.

We saw a crab, jellyfish, shark, whale, starfish, coral and lots of fish.

We ate the sea creatures fish fingers and we found the Pearl! 



Spring 2 and Things to look out for in Summer 1 Newsletter

Week commencing: 24.7.21
We have learnt gymnastics this term!
We loved our gymnastic lessonssmiley

We have learnt: 

1. to travel in different ways e.g. jump, hop, leap, slide, crawl, walk, run, skip etc...

2. different rolls e.g. forward roll and dish/bowl roll and the technique and safety steps

3. to challenge ourselves and jump off from different heights 

4. different jumps e.g. pencil, star and tuck jump

5. different balances to help our core strength

6. the finishing pose e.g. 2 hands for girls/ 1 hand for boys


Week commencing 17.5.21

We learnt about personal hygiene, which means looking after our bodies. 

We learnt to; 

blow our nose, wash our hands, wash our bodies (roleplaying with the babies in the water tray) and learnt to do the laundry e.g. by taking our dirty washing to the washing machine and hanging it out to dry). 

See photos below and watch the germ buster video to learn the correct hand washing technique 


A great video for children to learn how to wash their hands properly and why it is so important y :)

Week commencing 10/5/21

We are gardeners!


Billy the Bee needed our help!
He wanted to plant some flowers but he dropped all the sequence cards of how to plant a seed. So we put the cards in order and then we planted our own sunflower seeds. 

We hope Billy will come and visit our sunflowers because we know bees want nectar to make honey and we know they like bright colours. 

Hopefully see you soon Billy the Bee. 

Love Moon Class. 


Why not try and plant your own seeds at home: 

1. Put some soil in a pot ( half) 

2. Put the seed in

3. Sprinkle some more soil over the seed so the birds don't see it 

4. Water the pot

5. Put it near some sunlight

6. Keep watering your pot and watch it grow! 


We also have been ordering flowers in our flower shop too smiley


We have also been learning the life cycle of a flower and parts of a flower. 

Seed- roots- stem- leaves- petal and flowers

Take a look at our potato printing flowers! 

Some children started looking for bugs after learning that insects have 6 legs and 3 body parts. We then decided to make a bug house for the worms, snails and slugs we found in the soil. 

We even picked them up and touched them. We are such brave gardeners! 

Take a look! 


WE MADE SMOOTHIES! We put coconut milk, blueberries and bananas in the blender and then we drank it! YUMMY!

Week commencing: 3/5/21
We learnt about oral health! 


Oral health is to do with looking after our mouth - our teeth, our tongues and our gums.

The children learnt how to look after their oral health. Here are their answers: 

1. We can go to the dentist

2. We can brush our teeth- twice a day- morning and night time

3. We can brush our teeth for two minutes. 

4. We can eat healthy foods - vegetables and fruit, rice, chicken, pasta

5. We can drink water and milk.

6. Put a pea size amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush

Remember to not rinse your mouth out with water because it will take away the fluoride which protects your teeth! 



Today we learnt to brush our teeth. Here is the song we brushed our teeth to.
Why not play it at home on yourtube or click on the link below. 


Tooth Brushing Song | 2 Minute Brush Teeth Song for Kids

Tooth Brush SongThis 2 minute song is the perfect length to watch and listen to as kids brush their teeth. Brushing your teeth is important to keep them str...

We can brush our teeth and brush away the germs to stop us getting cavities

It would be great if you can take your child to the dentist. It is free and would be very beneficial for their oral health.  Click on the link below to find more information on oral Heath and local dentists in the area. 




 1.wash your hands

2. get the bread

3. Spread the tomato sauce 

4. Sprinkle the cheese

5. Add the pepper and sweetcorn

6. Put it in the oven and wait for the cheese to melt.

7. Take it out the oven 

8. Eat it! 




Week commencing 26/4/21

We love dancing! 

This is a very strong interest in free flow learning. Ms Hedington encouraged them to make up a dance and explained they are called the choreographers. The children practised their dance every day. Ms Hedington then encouraged them to make a costume for their dance performance. The interest then moved to a fashion show where the children were confident to do a catwalk and pose. 


We danced and sang to Savage Love and we did our catwalk fashion show to The Greatest Showman!
Look at our pictures below and please watch our  performance on the link below and scroll down to Reception and click on Dance and Fashion Show yes

We are learning about life skills. This week we are learning about how to be healthy.
The children made their own healthy plate by choosing healthy foods and cutting out the images and sticking it on their plate. Children also made their own sandwich. 

The childrens answers of how we can be healthy: 

1. You can exercise- jogging, hop, push ups, running, jumping, dancing,basketball, football etc...
2. Eat vegetables- carrots, cucumber, potatos, broccoli, sweetcorn

3. Eat fruit- apples, oranges, banana, strawberries 

4. Drink water and milk 

5. We can eat yoghurt, fish, chicken, cereal, bread, pasta



CHALLENGE! Why don't you try and let your child make their own sandwich at home? 

Get the children to write a shopping list of what they need to make their sandwich, go to the supermarket and buy it. Then make it and finally eat it! 


How to make a sandwich: 

1. Get the bread

2. Butter the bread with a knife

3. Add the fillings to one slice of bread 

4. Put the other piece of bread on top

5. Cut it in half with a sharp knife ( adult to supervise) 

6. Eat it! Yummy! 

Week commencing: 19/4/21

We have been trying to make our models look like what we are making!

Take a look.
Can you guess what we have made?

Spring 2- Welcome back Moon Class! 

It is so good to see you all back! I have been extremely proud of all of you for

1.settling back into our routine so well

2. you have came back motivated learners

3. playing so nicely with your friends in your free learning time

4. having big smiles on your faces

5. making our classroom feel like a classroom again with your giggles, kindness, great learning and your cuddles! 

6. learning lots- symmetry through making symmetrical butterflies, shapes through making shape pictures and looking for shapes in the environment, learning signs of spring by making spring pictures- rainbows, blossom tress and learning about fairy tale stories through our carpet session story time and acting the story out. 

Welldone my Moon Class Minions.
Cannot wait to carry on our learning together heart


In our last week of this term, we have been learning about Easter and how it is do with chocolates but also to do with the religion Christianity. We... 
1. have been having discussions on our carpet sessions how Jesus died on a cross, his body got put in a tomb and he came back alive ( The resurrection) This is why people give chocolate eggs to resemble the empty tomb. 
2. Painted Easter Eggs

3. Made Easter Baskets

4. Made a chocolate nests to put in our baskets

5. Pretended to be Easter Bunnies and Find the Easter eggs that the chocolate Mother hen had laid 

6. Had an Easter Disco- musical statues and Musical Bumps. 
Fun filled packed 3 days! 



Come and join us at our virtual Early Years SEND Factor drop-in session 2nd Thursday of every month. 14th10am – 11am.

Please see the flyer above for more details.

Click the link or image below to join from you mobile phone, electronic device or computer / laptop.

Meeting ID: 903 566 5535

Passcode: 094671


Please click on the attached newsletter below to find out more about the activities that Lewisham Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) are running over lockdown, including bitesize virtual sessions, virtual coffee mornings and our parent support line.

A great start to the week on fairytales - watching clips of the stories, drawing pictures and writing words from the stories, designing wanted posters for the wolf and role play based around Little Red Riding Hood/ Goldilocks

Week 2 – 01.03.2021 –
Traditional Tales

This week is Book Week so the planning will be slightly different. This week we are going to focus on Traditional Tales. Traditional Tales are stories that have been told for a long time.

On Thursday it is World Book Day so please dress up as your favourite character and send me your photos! 

Remember to try to do one activity a day and maybe do a phonics activity/BugClub book. However, do what works best for you and your family.



We are going to focus on these 3 stories:

The Gingerbread Man

Books Alive reads aloud a good old classic folk tale about a a baker and his wife who bake their own little gingerbread boy only for the gingerbread boy to s...

Little Red Riding Hood

The Three Little Pigs

Of course there are lots of other stories. You could adapt any of these activities for your own choice



There are lots of questions you can ask about these stories. The main thing is to talk about the story

  • What sorts of things did you like or dislike?
  • Was there anything that puzzled you?
  • Have you read any other stories like this?
  • How did they compare?
  • Who were the main characters?
  • Where did the story take place?
  • Which character interested you most?
  • Little Red Riding Hood stopped to talk to the Big Bad Wolf. Do you think this was a good ideas?

You could act out the stories by playing the video or getting an adult to read the story and pause at parts, giving you time to act it out.


You could maybe create a theatre where you will act out the story alongside some of your family members. Set up a theatre, use dining room chairs or sofas as the seats, curtains, a rug as the stage and get your child to dress up as a character from the story to act it out. Ask your child to maybe make some of these ideas; theatre tickets, pretend money, menu and price list, sign for the show and show timings. Remember to have a cheeky ice cream in the interval J
Use your imagination and can use other objects in your house as props e.g. a teddy as the wolf, den for a house, a bowl and spoon when baking the gingerbread man etc.

Writing Activities:


1. Pretend you are Little Red Riding Hood and make a Get Well card for Grandma – write her a message inside the card.

2. Make a Wolf wanted poster. Describe what he looks like grey, hairy, sharp teeth, big eyes, big ears

3. Write a factfile about pigs. Watch the videos below to help.

Pigs! Pig Facts and Learning About Pigs for Kids

One of my favourite picture books is called All pigs are beautiful by Dick King Smithwhich has a lot of facts about pigs!

Create your own StoryBox

What is it?

A story box is a miniature setting, a shoe box-sized stage with a background and objects within it relating to either a specific book, or to a common story scenario.

Story boxes are a great resource to support children’s exploration of stories. They form areas in which to retell a favourite story, as well as creative arenas for children to make up new stories too- encouraging talk, imagination and literacy skills. Choose a favourite story and create a scene from the story using art and craft materials.   


We’re going to make the characters using things you have around the house including toilets rolls!! When you have made them you can use them to act out the story.


This week we’re going to try a Wind Science Experiment and test our “huff and puff”

You will need

  • Objects with varying weight
  • A hairdryer or your own breath
  • A recording sheet – you can print the one here or make one yourself

First ask your child to predict which items would be blown away by the wolf’s huffing and puffing. Allow them to hold the items and make comparisons. Record these predictions either with a picture or the word or both!

Next place the objects one at time on a table and use your hairdryer to “huff and puff”. In the Observations box record what actually happened.

Did it match your predictions? Why?


You could try some ballet this week.

Have a look at CBeebies ballet of The Three Little Pigs

You can watch CBeebies Little Red Riding Hood on Friday 10th April at 9.30am on CBeebies iPlayer and the CBeebies channel. 


World Book Day

On Thursday it is World Book Day. You could dress up as your favourite book character for the day AND SEND ME A PHOTO

  1. Make a book nook… book nook is like a mini world created with a book shelf. You can create your own book nook and bring your books there maybe….


2. Bookmarks – why not try making a homemade bookmark. You could give as a present to someone in your family. Send me your photo

Easy Origami Bookmark Corner - How to make a Corner Bookmark DIY

3. Find an unusual place to read – send me a photo

4. Recommend a book to me – tell me why I should read it, what happens in the story, who are the main characters.

5. Throughout the day everyone drops what they are doing and reads a book for 5 minutes.



Sounds to practise this week.


Phase 2

m    a    n    u    s    t    r    o    p    h    i    d    l    f    c    e    b    g    ck    ff        


Phase 3


j    x    v    w    igh    sh    ng    oo    ow    er    ai    th    ear    ee    ch    air    oi


Now try reading and spelling these words


Phase 2


man    him    in    and    ran    can    red    big    bad    huff    puff    fun    pot    bed


Phase 3


right    shop    long    soon    cow    fox    tail    hood    path    wood    ears    teeth    chin    hair    down    fair    roof


Challenge words


just    fast    river    jump    stick    brick    boiling    crash    splash


Tricky words


the    to    me    he    my    she    I    no    you




Can you draw a picture from one of the stories and write a sentence using some of these words.





Let’s make some Gingerbread Men. I hope they don’t run away!!



  • STEP 1

Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5 and line a baking tray with baking parchment. Sieve the flour, salt, bicarb, ginger and cinnamon into a large bowl. Heat the butter, sugar and syrup until dissolved. Leave the sugar mixture to cool slightly, then mix into the dry ingredients to form a dough. Chill the dough in the fridge for 30 mins.

  • STEP 2

On a surface lightly dusted with flour, roll out the dough to a ¼-inch thickness. Stamp out the gingerbread men shapes with a cutter, then re-roll any off-cuts and repeat. Place your gingerbread shapes on the lined trays, allowing space for them to spread. Cook for 10-15 mins, then remove from the oven and leave to cool.

That is all for this week. Below are some more activities you may want to try.  I hope you enjoy having a go at the activities.


Stay safe.

Miss Hedington 



Tip for parents: please remember that when your children are at school I do not ask them to sit at an activity for more than 30 minutes. So please build in a lot of breaks and play to your day.  


Spring 2nd half term

Week 1- 22.2.21- The Hungry Caterpillar.

This half term we will be covering each week; being healthy/ life skills, Traditional tales for Book Week, learning about the season Spring and the signs, Planting/ Flowers and Minibeasts.

Let’s begin this week with the book, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. It is written and beautifully illustrated by Eric Carle. If you are lucky enough to have the book that could be your week’s reading together with your child. If you don’t the video below is great to watch together. Remember try to do one activity a day and a phonics activity/ bug club book. Do what works best for you and your family J

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film

Talk about the story:

Who popped out of the egg? A caterpillar
What day of the week did the sun come up and the caterpillar popped out of the egg? Sunday What do you do on a Sunday?
How might the caterpillar be feeling when he pops out of the egg? Confused/scared/ worried/happy/hungry
Why did the caterpillar keep eating more each day? Because he was still hungry

Can you remember what the caterpillar ate? Apple, 2 pears, 3 plums, 4 strawberries, 5 oranges, one piece of choc cake, one cream cone, one

pickle, one slice of swiss cheese, one slice of salami, lollipop, one slice of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake and one slice of watermelon.
What did the caterpillar have after he ate all that food?  A tummy ache Why? Because the caterpillar ate too much and caterpillars shouldn’t eat all that food..
It had been one whole week. What did the caterpillar eat on Sunday to make him feel better? A nice big green leaf
How can you describe what the caterpillar looks like now? A big fat caterpillar.
What did the caterpillar build around himself? A small house. What was it called? a cocoon. Another name for this is a chrysalis.
How long did he stay inside the chrysalis/cocoon for ? More then 2 weeks
The caterpillar then made a hole and pushed himself out. What did he transform into? A beautiful butterfly.


Encourage some imagination / role- play: 
Activity 1-  Can the children make their own house to represent a chrysalis.
Could be wrapping themselves in a duvet, blanket, pillowcase or making a den again and pretend to push/ wriggle out of it. 

Send me your picture


Activity 2-  If the children could change into any kind of animal, what would they like to be? How would they move? What would they eat?

Activity 3-  They could draw themselves as this creature, with a photograph of their face added on? Or dress up as this creature or make a mask or a paper plate of the animal.

Send me your picture


Phase 2


a    o    n    m    p    i    e    s    ss    l    ll     t     d    u    r    h    g    f 


Phase 3


  W     y      oo    igh    ou    er   ee  or    oo oo   ee    th    ch    ar   


Now try reading and spelling these words


Phase 2

On   egg    pop    sun    up    but    plum     still      lollipop       cup melon big    fat

Phase 3


Moon  light   start    look   food    for   swiss    cheese     cherry    green much    better    house   weeks  


Challenge words


caterpillar    Sunday   warm    hungry      two     four    five  ate strawberries     oranges   piece    Ice cream    cake    beautiful


Tricky words


some    he    the    was    one   little



Writing activity: draw and write a list of the foods that the Very Hungry Caterpillar eats.

Remember to encourage your child to use the sounds they hear, I do not expect words to be spelt perfectly.




wortu melon


Send me a picture of your work

can you remember what the caterpillar ate?

Extension activity- In the story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar eats something different every day of the week. Write a couple of sentences what you may do on a couple of days.
E.g. On Saturday I go to the shop.
On Friday I eat fish and chips.

Or can you talk about what you do on different days of the week or do some mark making to show what you do?

Make a story map.

A story map is a representation of the story in pictures. It helps you to remember what happens in the story. Here are some examples of a story map.

The caterpillar eats something different on each day. Let’s recap the days of the week by watching the youtube video below. Then complete the activity after.

The Days of the Week Song

Activity: Match up the food to correct days the caterpillar ate them.  You can do this online by pointing, by drawing it out, or printing off the pdf below.
Remember: you can look back at the story to help you.


Matching days of the week to foods

Activity 2: Butterflies are unique and beautiful insects. Their wings are symmetrical which means, the same/identical on each side.

I would like you to draw a butterfly and make a symmetrical pattern on its wings.

Send me your picture

Symmetrical butterflies

Create your own butterfly template

You can also play an interactive symmetry game on Topmarks.
Click on the link below.


More Maths Activities

Understanding the World:

In the story the caterpillar eats through lots of different kinds of food. Could you these foods into a table of healthy and unhealthy.

Talking about being healthy, there are lots of ways for us to keep healthy, especially through this time.

I would like you to try doing some of the activities below

  1. Washing clothes- Help your mum/dad/nan/grandad/carers with washing your clothes, folding it up, putting it away nicely.  Send me a photo of you helping doing the laundry.
  2. Washing your bodies – Have a bath/shower and watch/follow this video
  3. Washing our hands- It is very important to keep washing your hands, watch this video and send me your photo of you washing your hands. You could get a germ buster certificate.
  4. Brushing our teeth- watch this video and brush your teeth at the same time. Send me a photo of you brushing your teeth




Activity 1: Above you were learning how to be healthy. Another way is to eat healthy foods too. Make The Very Hungry Caterpillar with tomato and cucumber and peppers. These are known as vegetables which are very good for us.

Activity 2: Another way to be healthy is eating fruits. Watch the video of Oliver’s fruit salad below and can you try and make your own bowl of fruit salad? Send me your picture


Oliver's Fruit Salads

Activity 3: Food tasting with eyes closed. Can you find any of the foods in your house from the story; if not just get different types of food?
Taste some of the foods with your eyes shut and see if you can try to identify them.  
Send me a picture of you trying this activity out blindfolded!
You can talk about which ones are healthy and unhealthy foods.


PE:  Moving our bodies and doing exercise is another great way to be healthy.

Activity 1: Cosmic Yoga - The very hungry caterpillar  

The Very Hungry Caterpillar | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Activity 2: Act out the lifecycle of a butterfly.

PE Life cycle of a butterfly

Activity 3: Watch the kitchen disco- it is about healthy fruits that have a party in the middle of the night. Can you move like each of the fruits?

CBeebies Bedtime Stories 641 - Kitchen Disco by George Ezra

 Expressive Arts and Crafts:

Art: make a painting of the Very Hungry Caterpillar using fingerprints/collage materials/ paints/ colour pencils.


Singing: Practise the Tiny Caterpillar Song. Can you make up some actions to go with it?

The Caterpillar Song

A lovely version of the song 'Tiny Caterpillar', (sung to the tune of 'She'll be coming round the mountain'),showing the life cycle of the butterfly with edu...

That is all for this week, I hope you enjoy the activities and remember do what works best for you and your family.

Stay safe then Ms Hedington 😊

Tip for parents: please remember that when your children are at school I do not ask them to sit at an activity for more than 30 minutes. So please build in a lot of breaks and play to your day.  


(If you would like some ideas to keep busy in the half term then click on the PDF's below, if not just relax and see you all on Feb 22nd on our zoom at 10.40am) 

Blackbird Blackbird What do you do


Questions: What types of birds did Pip visit? heron/owl
Why couldn’t Pip stand in the river Because his legs were too short
What do owls do? Stay up all night 
Can you remember that word we learnt, that means sleep in the day and awake at night? Nocturnal
Where did Pip meet Puffin? At the seaside
How did Pip get to the city? He soared on the breeze
Why couldn’t Pip peck at seeds like Pigeon?  Because it was far too crowded
What do the other birds do? Falcons – swoop to the ground/Parrots – chatter/Ducks - waddle

What did Pip discover that he is good at? Singing


What do you think you’re good at? You could play a game with an adult or your brother/sister taking it turns to tell each other what you or they are good at. Maybe you could teach each other something new.


Make a story map.

A story map is a representation of the story in pictures. It helps you to remember what happens in the story. Here are some examples of a story map.

Send me your storymap



Sounds to practise this week.


Phase 2


b    l    a    ck    p    i    o    n    e    s    t     d    f    ff    u    r    v    h    g   


Phase 3


w   x    ng    ai    ow    er    sh    or    oo    igh    ee    th    ch    ar   


Now try reading and spelling these words


Phase 2


pip    pop    met    but    leg    at    not    peck    duck    can    up    in    set    off    of    sun   


Phase 3


wing    wait    down    fish    far    too    short    good    high    owl    night    sail    seed    sigh    thing    perch    sang          


Challenge words


black    nest    fluff    river    heron    tree    looking    next    morning    puffin    nest    sand    swoop    chatter    soft    sweet    flock    singing    stand


Tricky words


you    was    the    he    his    we    to    said    do 





Can you draw one of the birds from the story and write a caption.

Eg: A heron can stand in the river

Send me your picture




Phase 3 Tricky Words Song Say Hello To


This week we’re going to practice counting and addition and subtraction.

First how many birds can you count in this picture?


First person to email me the correct number wins a prize.

Now try these word problems-

Tip: You can draw the birds to help e.g. draw 6 and then 7 and count how many altogether or draw 10 and cross 2 out. Or use your fingers and count on. Or use a number line which you can easily make. Remember put the biggest number in your head first

  • There are 6 birds in one tree and 7 birds in the next. How many birds are there altogether?
  • There are 10 blackbirds in a nest. 2 of them fly away. How many are left?
  • A heron eats 2 fish and then eats 5 more. How many fish did the heron eat altogether?
  • An owl stays awake for 3 hours on the first night and 7 hours on the second. How many hours altogether did the owl stay awake?
  • A Puffin digs a nest that can fit 5 eggs. First she lays 2 eggs. How many more can she fit in the nest?
  • There are 6 pigeons eating seeds. 4 more join them. How many pigeons are there altogether?


Send me your answers and I’ll let you know how you got on.


Here are some more maths problems for you to try.
Try the Beat that Step 2 or 3 ( print it off or write the sums out) and see if you can complete it in the time limit of the song below ( play the song) .


Play the song and try to complete either Step 2 or Step 3 document in the time limit

More online counting :)

Science and Craft:


This week we are going to try and spot some garden birds. The RSPB are collecting results from people in Britain so that scientist can find out how many different garden birds there are in Britain.


What I want you to do is to choose a day and sit quietly and watch how many birds you can see in your garden or on your balcony- You could do this on Wednesday- as part of your wellbeing, no technology Weds J



To help you with your bird spotting you could try and make some binoculars. You will need 2 toilet rolls, some tape or glue and paint or pens to decorate.

I used kitchen roll and cut it in half and used tape when I was looking for birds in my video.


Here are some examples to give you some ideas.



Bird Feeders

To attract birds to your garden or balcony you could make a bird feeder.



Here is some information about some of the birds you might see and a link to the RSPB website where you can hear their song and see their live bird cam. 



Not always black...

Male blackbirds live up to their name but, confusingly, females are brown often with spots and streaks on their breasts.

What they eat

Blackbirds eat a variety of foods, from earthworms to fruits like apples and berries. They also love porridge oats.


Grabs seeds and flies away with them

The largest UK tit is green and yellow with a striking glossy black and white head. It's a woodland bird which has found that our gardens offer plenty of food and places to nest.

What they eat

Great tits make quick visits to bird feeders for seeds and fat. They also eat insects and consume a lot of caterpillars in spring and summer.


Simply unmistakable!

With its noisy chattering, black-and-white plumage and long tail, there is nothing else quite like the magpie in the UK. When seen close-up, it's easy to spot the beautiful iridescent purple, blue and green tones in its feathers.

What they eat

Absolutely anything. 


The gardener's friend

The UK's favourite bird – with its bright red breast the robin is familiar throughout the year and especially at Christmas! Males and females look identical, and they both hold territories during winter. 

What they eat

Robins eat a lot of creepy-crawlies, including worms (which is why they like gardeners turning over the soil). They'll grab mealworms from a bird table or feeder, or snack on sunflower hearts. Fruit is another favourite.


Glossy, squawky and starry

Smaller than blackbirds, with a short tail, pointy head and wings, starlings look black at a distance but when seen closer they are very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens. In winter they're covered in pale spots – which gives them their name.

What they eat

Starlings aren't picky and will eat almost anything they can get their beaks into.


Now a common garden visitor

The UK's largest and commonest pigeon, it is largely grey with a white neck patch and white wing patches, clearly visible in flight. Woodpigeons also have beautiful pinkish and turquoise hints to their plumage – can you spot where?

What they eat

Seeds and grains, and green shoots when they're out in the fields.






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When you’ve finished all of that try this quiz to find out what kind of garden bird you are.



You could have a go at drawing some of the birds we have been learning about below by following the youtube clips or make a bird from collage materials.
Send me your bird pictures

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There are lots of bedtime stories on the RSPB website. Click on the link below.

Let me know which one is your favourite.

That is all for this week. I hope you enjoy having a go at the activities. 



Stay safe.

Ms Hedington

Tip for parents: please remember that when your children are at school I do not ask them to sit at an activity for more than 30 minutes. So please build in a lot of breaks and play to your day.  



Week 5- 1.2.2021

Ruby’s Worry

This weeks learning is a little different. This week is Children’s Mental Health Week and lots of schools, youth groups, organisations and individuals will take part in this. The theme this year is ‘Express Yourself’  

Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing, dance and taking photos and doing activities that make you feel good.

It’s important to remember that being able to express yourself is not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.

For Children's Mental Health Week 2021 we will be encouraging children (and adults) to explore the different ways we can express ourselves, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings.

Let’s start by watching the story below called ‘ Ruby’s Worry’ By Tom Percival. Its about a little girl called Ruby who was very happy doing lots of things she enjoys and is good at however, one day she has a worry and she doesn’t know what to do and it begins to make her feel sad and alone.

Remember to try to do one activity a day. However, do what works best for you and your family.

Ruby's Worry CBeebies

Talk about the story:

Some Questions you can ask below about the story and a great starting point for sharing feelings.

  • Who is the main character in the story? What is her name?  Ruby
  • What does Ruby like to do? She likes to Swing, explore faraway places, like the bottom of her garden. Do you like to do this too? 
  • Are there things you love doing? What are they?
  • Who makes you happy? Or do special toys make you happy? Is there a special place that makes you feel happy? 
  • She was happy until one day… what did she get? A worry
  • Do you know what a worry is?  Concern about something that might happen. It is feel or cause to feel anxious or troubled about actual or potential problems.
  • Where is the worry in the book? It is always with her  
  • What colour was her worry? Yellow
  • Can you always see a worry like this? No
  • Could anyone else see Rubys Worry? No – not even her teacher
  • How might you know if someone is worried? By their face, they may look upset/sad, they may not want to talk, they shoulders may be curved over, they may not want to play, they may not want to do the things they love etc..
  • Was her worry getting bigger or smaller at the start of the story? Bigger
  • Her worry was everywhere! Can you remember where it was? At breakfast time by the cereal box, at night time when she cleaned her teeth.
  • How do you think Ruby feels about the worry? Sad, cross, upset, scared   
  • What do you think Ruby should do about the worry? Do you think she should keep it to herself or tell someone about the worry?  She shouldn’t keep it to herself, that’s the worse you can do, is worry about a worry. She should tell someone!
  • Do you have any ideas of how Ruby can make herself feel better? For example, what do you do when you feel worried or sad? Maybe you have a toy that makes you feel better? Or maybe you hold someone’s hand or have a cuddle? 
  • Have you ever had a worry? What was your worry? Have you ever talked about a worry with someone before? What happened when you shared your worry? Did it make you feel happier?
  • Who did Ruby notice on the bench? A boy. How did the boy look? Sad, lonely
  • What colour was the boys worry? Blue
  • Everyone has worries. Do we all have the same worries or different? Different
  • When the boy started talking to Ruby about his worry, did it get bigger or smaller? Smaller – it shrunk!
  • Whats the best thing you can do if you had a worry? Tell someone
  • How did Ruby feel at the end of the story? Happy why? She shared her worry

Activities below:

Activity 1:

Look at the pictures of Ruby doing the things she enjoys.
Can you draw yourself and all the things that make you happiest? All the things that you may be good at?
You might have some photographs or special objects that will help you to do this.

Activity 2:

When you have drawn a picture of the things that make you happy and are good at, you could try to do some of these things, while you are at home. 

You can send in your drawings to me, or send me a picture of you doing an activity that makes you happy. E.g. painting, baking, listening to a story, playing a sport, going for a walk, playing with your siblings. These are just some ideas.

Activity 3:
Ruby’s Worry was yellow and the boys was blue. Have you had a worry before? What did your worry look like? It could be very similar to Ruby’s worry e.g. similar shape but different colour. Or, your worry could be very different? Maybe it has a different shape, different eyes, colour, body etc..
Can you draw your worry and send it to me please
It may help me spot your worry in class. Challenge: can you write what worry down


Activity 4:  

You can write a note or draw a picture for Ruby to help her take her mind off her worry. Think about the ideas you thought of before and use these to help you. You could give Ruby three different ideas to help her feel less worried, for example talking to someone, hugging your teddy bear and going outside to play on the swings. 

Activity 5:

Connecting feelings with colours.
Let’s think about what colours make people feel certain emotions and how these colours can be used in art work. Watch this clip below to learn some colour/feeling  connections.

The Color Monster

Now let us relate this to our story of Ruby’s Worry. When Ruby’s worry gets bigger, she begins to feel really sad, afraid and lonely. The colours change in the background to black, white and grey.

Can you make a picture similar to the one below.
You can use chalks/pastels and explore using your hands to smudge the media.
You can use paint and explore making grey. How do you make grey? Yes black and white together!

At the end of the story, Ruby told her worry and the darkness (black, grey and white) disappeared and a lots of beautiful colours came out. A bit like a sparkly rainbow.

Can you try and recreate a colourful picture. You can use paint/ pencils/ pastels/ chalk/ collage materials e.g. pomp oms, tissue paper, glitter, stickers.  You can add things that you may associate with happiness or looking pretty e.g. butterfly, smiley faces, sun

Activity 6:

As a Challenge, you could first explore mixing different colour paints together and see what they make?

Next, you could recreate your own colour-mixing chart, like the picture below.

Activity 7:
Miss Harwood read a lovely story called ‘ While We Can’t Hug’ and it gave us ideas of how to make us and our friends happy. One of the ideas was to draw a picture for our friend. I would like you to draw a picture for one of your friends and we can show it on zoom on Friday 5th Jan.

Don’t be upset if you friend is not on the zoom, you could take a photo of your picture and send it to me and I will send it to them after our zoomJ


Activity 8:

In the story Ruby told someone to make her worry, go away. Why not try to make one of the items below where you can tell your worry to. It will be amazing if you tell your worry to them and be brave to tell an adult/ friend too. 


Make a worry monster: You can tell an adult your worry and they can write it down and if your worry monster has a mouth, you can put it in the monsters mouth where they can GOBBLE up your worry.

You can make your worry monster out of toilet rolls, boxes, plastic containers, a sock and stuff if it with something soft, sticks etc…

Make a worry doll.  

You can make your worry doll out of pegs, lollipop sticks, ice-cream sticks, sticks collected from outside, wool/string etc..

Make a dream catcher

You dream catcher will catch any bad dreams but you can also tell your worry to them and they will trap it in the string. You can make your dream catcher out of paper plates, cd’s, sticks, feathers, beads, wool etc..

Activity 9:

Make rainbow slime

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Activity 10:

Some children enjoy baking and are good at it.

Let’s make some cupcakes: open the pdf below for the recipe. You could add icing and rainbow sprinkles to them. YUMMY!

How to Make Cupcakes

Activity 11:

PE- Play a game with your child where you can encourage your child to act out certain emotions this week.  You could do this indoors or outdoors in a larger space.  For example, act out being happy, sad, angry, worried etc.  What facial expressions can your child use to show certain emotions? Role play alongside your child. How can you both move around to show different emotions e.g., you may be jumping with joy, smiling with delight or ‘frozen’ and stuck when worried?

Watch the clip below to see how these children role played different emotions.

Emotions for children

Another really fun game to play when role playing acting out different emotions is a game of charades.  Encourage your child to act out a certain emotion where you have to guess the emotion that he/she is acting.  You can also role play a certain emotion and see if your child can guess correctly how you are feeling.  On our display board in class, we have Inside Out characters to represent different feelings.  You child may like to watch this clip below to see if your child can tell what different characters are feeling

Inside Out: Guessing the feelings.

Activity 12:

Dancing makes some people happy and some children are very good at dancing. Why not join in on the dance below or type in your own just dance song on youtube, maybe wakka wakka? and move your body to the music!

Trolls: Can't Stop The Feeling | GoNoodle

Activity 13:

Yoga is also a very good for your mind and healthy. Why not join in on the cosmic yoga session, it is Trolls, and it is to do with ‘I got that feeling’ or you could find your own one to do on youtube.

Trolls | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Activity 14:

Make a weekly journal of each exercise you do on each day and record it. You can draw pictures or write a caption.

Maybe something similar to the one below:

Activity 15:

Snuggle up, maybe in your cave/den, if you still have it, with some popcorn and watch a movie that you like/ enjoy. If you can maybe watch the movie Inside Out- it is all to do with feelings/emotions and links to our classroom display of zones of regulation.

Activity 16:

Lastly, this Wednesday we would like you to go for a walk. Just a walk. Walking is very good for you and your child’s wellbeing. It helps clear your mind, maybe of any worries, and keeps your body healthy. We will continue this each week on a Wednesday.  A bit like an enrichment J

That is all for this week, remember you do not have to do them all!

I hope you enjoy some of these activities and remember to send them to my email address.

Stay Safe

Ms Hedington


25.1- LET IT SNOW! Email me your snow pictures please and any of the Lost and Found Activities/ or your own activities from this week :)

Week 4- 25.1.21- Lost and Found

This week we are going to learn about penguins and other animals you may find in a cold climate. Let us start by watching the story of a little penguin and a little boy. The story is called “Lost and Found” by Oliver Jeffers.
 Remember to try to do one activity a day and maybe do a phonics activity/BugClub book. However, do what works best for you and your family.

See below for a youtube clip and me reading the story too! 

Lost and Found By Oliver Jeffers

Talk about the story:

Questions: Who turned up at the boys door? A penguin
How might the be boy feeling when he saw a penguin? Confused/scared/ worried/
How was the penguin feeling at the start of the story? Sad 
Why did the boy think that? Because he thought he was lost.
Where did the book say penguins come from? South Pole
When the penguin and the boy got to the South Pole the penguin became sad again and when the boy left the penguin, the penguin was even sadder. Why? Because the penguin was lonely/ he wanted a friend/ he didn’t want the boy to leave.

Discuss what is means to be lonely and how we can help others when they are feeling lonely. What can we do when we feel lonely ourselves? Ask our friends to play with us, get a hug, talk to someone, play with our toys
What did the boy and the penguin do at the end of the story? Hug.
How are they both feeling now? Happy Why? Because they are together


Activity: How do we think the penguin got here?
Can we make up a story to explain how the penguin ended up at the boy’s door. You can use prompts like “How do we get to the supermarket? Do we walk or take a bus? There’s a lot of water between where the boy is and where the penguin is (Antarctica)… how do we move on water?”
Or you can play a “Maybe” tag game. 

Adult: MAYBE he was kidnapped by a whale!

Child: MAYBE – your child’s idea

Adult: MAYBE he chased a fish all the way here!

Child: MAYBE – your child’s idea (and so on)


Challenge: Get your child to draw their answer of how the penguin got there and write/label it





In the story it says “They packed everything they would need”
What would they need to take with them, bearing in mind they only have a small boat and one small suitcase. You can discuss what is necessary and, what is not. Think about what clothes you may want to bring- think about the weather and where penguins live?


1st Activity: Can you make a list of what to bring? Your child could draw some objects. They can use their sounds to label them.

I would bring


Woolee hat

Clofs or cloavs


Joos etc……


Challenge: When you have ‘drawn’ your list, you can read your list back and pack it into your suitcase/ bag and take a picture and show us.



2nd Actvity:

Make a LOST poster- a lost poster is when you describe someone/something to help people find them. What did the penguin look like? How did he feel?

e.g. The penguin was sad.

He is blac

He is wIt. 

Templates of Lost poster you can draw/ copy or print out



Sounds to practise this week.


Phase 2


s   a   d   u   ck   r   n   b   i   g   p   o   t   h   u    e    ss    ll


Phase 3


oo    ch    igh    sh    or    oa    ee    ow  ng    er   th   oi


Now try reading and spelling these words


Phase 2


sad    duck    ran    big    pack    bad    back    got    at    had    it    him    but    his


Phase 3


look    check    night    ship    much    horn    boat    need    push    good    down    quick    see  


Challenge words


lost    help    next    just    must    missing    float    sleep    morning    strength    telling    sadder    fast   last    point    wind


Tricky words


and    was    he    a    the   to    be    so    in    are    said    they


Maths and Science- Water Play Fun

Maths- Talking about capacity- this means how much of something. You can open the PPT below to learn more about this.



Get a water tray/bucket/big pan/washing up bowl/ or get in the bath and fill it with water. Find different containers to use in your household- small cup/jug/tall cup/empty containers e.g. milk bottle/washing up liquid. Experiment first filling up the different size containers. Take a picture and send it into me having some water play/learning fun! 

Now, have a go at making the capacities below I want you to learn these key mathematical terms:

Match up the capacity with the key words activity

Capacity Resources and Activities below to do online and take a picture/ or draw the activities out or print them off :) Remember to send me photos


It said in the book “They tested it for size and strength” – what materials are good for making boats? Using your bucket or container of water/ sink you already have for your maths activities.

I want you to find, in your house, items/materials that float and sink.

Then record your answers on a table similar to mine below. Can you find anymore?

Finding out what household items float and sink?



Milk container

Foil- if laid flat



rubber duck





Toy lion

2p coin



Send pictures into me please :) 




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Expressive Arts and Crafts:

Why not try and make your own boat and see if it floats or sinks?

Remember to think carefully what materials will be good to use to make your boat- look at the table you made of experimenting materials. 


Step by Step Guide to draw a penguin

Learn how to draw a realistic emperor penguin. You'll need a marker, paper, and colored pencils (black, grey, white, yellow, pink)
Or you could paint it/ use collage materials.
Send pictures to me please :)

Cooking: In the book it said “They stopped for lunch”

Activity: Can you set up a picnic for you and your family or toys. Remember to take a photo and send it to us!
What would you eat at a picnic? Think about what is healthy and unhealthy?



Try making a sandwich by yourself (your adult can be there to help you get the ingredients)
Be sensible when buttering your bread with a knife (parents please model how to use a knife safely, and let you child have a go, please supervise!)

Remember to send in your photos J

Singing: In the story they went through a storm. What noises does a storm make? Quiet/ loud? Can you make some- they are similar to the noises fireworks make! Can you remember those key words we learnt in class e.g. Crash. What could you find around your house to make a loud noise? ( Sorry Parents J ) What noise does rain make? pitter patter – can you find something around your house to make that noise?


CRAFT ACTIVITY: Why not make an instrument out of junk modelling?

Milk bottles/ cardboard cereal boxes, elastic bands, rice, pringle tubes, biscuit tins, pasta

PE- watch how the penguins move

Try moving like a penguin and talking about how their body is different to the penguin’s body. Can they jump like the penguin? Waddle like the penguin? Slide like the penguin?

Then try and move like different animals?

Chimpanzee – pretend to swing through trees .

Lion – prowl slowly on hands and feet.

Elephant – large stomping movements.

Zebra – galloping movements.

Snake – slither along floor.

Giraffe – stretch up tall and walk around slowly on tiptoes.

Hippopotamus – crouch or lie or the floor.

Crocodile – move quickly making large snapping movements with hands.

Rhinoceros – run in straight lines stopping to change direction.

Bird- flap your hands and pretend they are your wings

Gazelle – large strides and jumps.

Gorilla – stand still and (gently!) beat chest.

Tiger – crouch and pounce around.

Leopard – run around avoiding obstacles.


Send your photos in to me x

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