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Have a lovely summer, stay safe and can't wait to see you all in September! 


Remember to send all photos of your child and their work/activities to heart

Remember to login to Bug Club and Big Maths with your usernames and passwords.

If you want to read more books with or to your child, I have signed Moon Class up to this website called Epic! I have sent you an email with the link, username and password. You can search anything you want to read! E.g. zoo animals and lots of books will come up to help your child learn about this topic. Click on link below.

Week 7 13.07.2020 – School’s Out! (almost)


Well done to you all for being amazing and resilient during this horrid time. I’ve missed you all so much and it would have been wonderful to be able to play and complete these activities in school.


However, we have all got through this and now you deserve a break. So, this final week is full of ideas of places you could go and activities you could try at home.



Things to do in the summer holidays.

  • Make cupcakes
  • Make slime
  • Den building
  • Facepainting
  • Make perfume
  • Go to Poundland and pick up decorating/painting equipment
  • Make playdough
  • Have a water fight
  • Go to local park
  • Play hide and seek
  • Boardgames
  • Movie day with popcorn
  • Have play dates- invite friends over, get parents numbers!
  • Make jewellery- string, pasta, beads, paper, sequences
  • Go swimming
  • Beckenham Place Park
  • Paddling Pool in the garden
  • Junk Modelling
  • Start Scrap Book
  • Messy play- shaving foam
  • Hoolahoops on string, children limbo and try and eat them.
  • Click here for the Summer Reading Challenge


These are just some ideas! Please remember to stay safe and follow the guidance for social distancing and washing your hands.

I hope you have a good summer.

Love Miss Hedington xxx

Summer Activity Book

Week 6- 6/7/20

Snail and the Whale

2 more weeks left! Where has the time gone! 

 I am so proud of you all and would love to thank you parents/carers for your support throughout this. Remember to do only what you can smiley


This is a lovely book about a little snail that goes on an adventure on the whales tale. Its called Snail and the whale by Julia Donaldson. Watch and listen below.

The Snail and the Whale | Julia Donaldson | Axel Scheffler

The Snail and the Whale is a children's book by former children's laureate Julia Donaldson, illustrated by longtime collaborator Axel Scheffler. It has won s...

Talk about the book-
What are the two main characters in the story? Where did the snail live? Who did he hitch a lift of? Where did the snail sail to- what did the snail see? Name some of the weather conditions in the story? How did the whale feel when he was on the shore? Why can’t the whale move on land? What did the snail do to help the whale? Why did the children throw buckets of water on the whale? How did the snail feel about his adventure? The snail told his adventure to the rest of the snails and how did the story end- what did the rest of the snails do?




The snail wanted to go on an adventure. If you were a snail where would you want the whale to take you…. Write your sentence on a piece of paper. Here is an example below:


I would like to go on holiday to Spain because it is hot; I can eat an ice cream and visit the beach everyday.



Challenge: Reading comprehension- you can read this online and draw your own pictures on a piece of paper/ or print it off and complete it.


There are a lot of rhyming words in this book- listen to the story again and see if you can find them.

You can also complete this rhyming activity worksheet- find the pictures that rhyme with eachother.


Complete the maths sums below either online or print them off.


At the seaside it is nice to eat a yummy ice cream. However, you have to pay for these.
Lets learn some different coin names. I would love if you can learn 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p confidently. 

Why not see if you can try and find some of the coins below in your house.

1p, 2p, 5p, 10, £1, £2, 50p and 20p


Watch this singing youtube video about different types of whales- beluga whale, blue whale, orca and sperm whale.

Also watch the other clips below to learn some simple facts about sea creatures

Whale Song for Kids | Learn Sea Animals | Blue whale, Sperm whale, Beluga Whale and Orca | Juny&Tony

Kids vocabulary - Sea Animals - Learn English for kids - English educational video

Exploring the Coral Reef in Australia: Learn about Oceans for Kids - FreeSchool

Over the past months we have been learning about different types of animals. Lets recap this and see if you can categorise all these animals into their right heading- sea creatures, minibeasts, farm animals and zoo animals.



see if you can remember their names/ write their names down/ can you remember what each farmyard animals young are called? Eg A baby pig is a piglet.


make a seaside picture by painting/sticking things/ drawing/ colouring in.

Can you remember to add a lighthouse/ sand/sea/ship/ sea creatures.



Watch the story below of the Rainbow Fish and then try drawing a picture of the rainbow fish and make a rainbow fish collage ( clip also below) 

The Rainbow Fish ~Read With Me~ Story Time

How to draw The Rainbow Fish


Lets do some underwater yoga!

Saturday Morning Yoga | Under the sea 🐙

Lovely pictures and learning

Week 5- 29.6.2020

What the ladybird heard at the seaside

It is the return of Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len and they still are up to no good!

This time they are at the seaside and want to steal the mermaids lovely long hair! Read the story of What the Ladybird at the seaside by Julia Donaldson or listen below.


What the Ladybird heard at the seaside by Julia Donaldson

Talk about the book - Where are all the animals? Where has Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len decided to go today? Why? What did Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len want to steal? Why? Who heard Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len’s cunning plan? What was the ladybird’s brilliant plan? Did it work?

Literacy- In literacy it is great to learn new words and use describing words this helps us in our writing further up the school.

Can you match up the animal with the noise/action. Why not try to act out the noises and actions too?


Sea lion



















Never said a word.


Writing/ Phonics  – Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are robbers and have done lots of bad things. In the other stories, they have tried to steal the fine prize cow, Monkey Joe and now the mermaid’s hair.  Do you remember? 

Try making a wanted poster to help the police catch Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len.

Remember to use your phonics! Below are some ideas:



Looking for Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len for trighing to steel the mermaids hair.

They are nortee.

Larst seen at the see sighd/sId.

They are wering swimming trunks.

Wun is short. One is torll.

Has a green hat and a red hat.


Maths and Science- Water Play Fun

Maths- Talking about capacity- this means how much of something.

Get a water tray/bucket/big pan/washing up bowl 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.

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

Challenge-  try making the nearly full and nearly empty capacity and learn them mathematical terms:

Have a go at matching up these capacities online

Science: Using your bucket of water you already have for your maths activities.

I want you to find in your house items 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








Toy lion

2p coin



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

If you want your boat to float think carefully what materials will be best to make your boat out of.

DT: Also we have been learning about sinking and floating and you may have made your own boat. Do you know what helps boats float safely into shore? A lighthouse.

A lighthouse is a tall tower, normally red and white, and it has a light, which flashes at night to help sailors find their way.

Challenge: Why not try to make your own lighthouse from recycled materials- cups/kitchen roll.

Peppa Pig Full Episodes | GrampyRabbits Lighthouse | Cartoons for Children

Maddie explains how a lighthouse works

Maddie visits a red and white striped lighthouse. She goes inside where the bulb is kept and finds out how all the reflective glass that surrounds it helps m...

Art: Follow the step-by-step instructions to draw your own mermaid.

In this episode we're learning how to draw a mermaid. We also kept the steps super simple, just for our young art friends! EMAIL A PHOTO OF YOUR ART: myart@a...


The Singing Mermaid - Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks

The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch - Give Us A Story!

Mr. Grinling, the lighthouse keeper, finds himself in a titanic battle between good and evil with some ravenous seagulls. See how he comes out on top with a ...

Hi Moon Class :) Pictures from this weeks learning

Week 4 22.06.2020 – Splash! Anna Hibiscus


It is finally summer and if we had all been at school we would have gone to the seaside. Hopefully we will next year.

In the meantime we’re going to look at one of my favourite books. It’s called ‘Splash! Anna Hibiscus’ and is written by Atinuke and illustrated by Lauren Tobia.

The whole family is at the beach and Anna is desperate ‘to splash in the laughing waves’. She wants to share this experience but everyone is busy and none of her family responds to her repeated entreaties to join her. At last, irrepressible Anna takes matters into her own hands and soon the whole family is rushing to join in the fun.

Splash, Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke

Talk Time: How does Anna feel at the beginning of the story. Can you remember a time when you went to the beach? What did you hear and see? What do you like doing? What do you take with you? What does it feel like walking on the sand and splashing in the sea? What’s fun about playing in the waves?

Writing & Phonics: Can you make a list of things you would take to the beach. Can you write a postcard to someone in your family about your time at the beach. Can you write 3 words to rhyme with shell or fish.

Imagination Time: Play the sound of the sea washing up on the beach.

Listen carefully perhaps with your eyes closed. Can you draw what you hear.

Create a beach in your house. Get out your towel, put on your swimming costume and sunglasses, have something good to read or listen to and lie back and pretend you’re on your favourite beach.

Time to make things:






















To make the set of egg carton ice cream cones you will need:

  • 6 Central cones from a large egg box
  • 1 small egg box for the tray
  • Cotton wool balls in a variety of ice cream colours
  • Small pom poms (optional)
  • Glue

The egg carton cones make perfect ice cream cones, so all you need to do is pick your ice cream colours and glue the pom poms or cotton wool onto the inside of the cone to create scoops of ice cream.

You can then add more detail by adding smaller pom poms on top to act as cherries or sprinkles.


Mini Beach

Create a miniature beach scene on a paper plate with clay, sand, and a jelly ocean! Add other elements that you love about the beach like beach umbrellas, fishes, sea creatures and sand castles.



















You will need

  • Large paper plate
  • Homemade salt dough
  • Cocktail umbrella
  • Colored paper
  • Blue and yellow poster paint
  • Paint brush
  • Crayons
  • Glue
  • Scissors


Draw a line to mark the shoreline.

Paint the ocean portion of the paper plate blue.

Build the base for your beach with homemade salt dough and paint it yellow.




















Create lots of fun details for your beach. Below are some examples but you can always come up with more creative ideas.

  1. Beach towel - cut a rectangular piece of colored paper and draw some stripes on it. Cut fringes on the edges if you like.
  2. Beach umbrella - use a cocktail umbrella.




















Palm or coconut tree - create a palm tree out of paper.

  1. Make a tree trunk by rolling a small rectangular piece of brown construction paper. Tape or glue the edge in place.
  2. Create leaves from a small rectangular piece of green paper. Cut evenly-spaced slits along its long side.
  3. Roll the green paper. Insert the uncut side into the top of the tree trunk.
  4. Carefully open up the fringes.



















Form salt dough into little details like a beach ball, a starfish, a sand bucket, a pair of flip-flops and even some beach-goers.

Let’s get moving: Try this yoga adventure about Mimi the Mermaid

Mimi the Mermaid | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Episode 27 | Mimi the Mermaid | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure! A yoga adventure for kids aged 3+ about perseverance and facing your fears. Download this video...

Finally here are 2 more stories about the seaside.

Lucy and Tom at the Seaside

This classic story, takes Brother and Sister, Lucy and Tom on a trip with their parents to the seaside. Full of their excitement and the charm of the seaside...

Winnie at the Seaside

Wiine at the Seaside by Valerie Thomas Illustrated by Korky Paul. One of my favourite illustrators - you could spend hours looking at his pictures and spotti...

Have a good week.

What amazing pictures and learning from Moon Class this week. Keep them coming, I love seeing what you are up to :)

Week 3 15.06.2020

This week we’re sticking with zoo animals but looking at them in their natural habitats.

We’re going to start off with a song called

Walking Through the Jungle

Walking Through the Jungle

Talk Time:Talk about the song: what animals did you see in the song – what noise did they – where were they?

The animals are in their natural habitats – can you describe them? Are they hot or cold?

Have a look at a world map – can you find some of the places on the map?

Writing & Phonics: Can you draw the animals in the song and write their names next to them?

Draw a picture of your favourite animal.  Can you write a sentence to go with it eg: This is a lion. He lives on the African Plain.

Think of 3 words to rhyme with snake

Play What’s in the Box

Gather together toy animals or pictures of animals and put them in a bag or a bowl.

Take out an animal but keep it hidden. You say the initial sound? The other person has to guess the animal. Swap over.

Improve your listening skills by playing this game on Phonics Play.

Animal noises

Imagination Time

Pretend you are on safari. What will you need to take with you to spot the animals? Binoculars, a notebook and pen, lunch! Make sure you keep out of sight so that the animals don’t see you.


Time to make things

Not everyone has a pair of binoculars so here is a video of how to make some from toilet rolls or plastic bottles.

Binoculars out of Plastic Bottles

How To Make Binoculars using toilet rolls

Of course you’ll need a notebook when you are on safari. Here is how to make a notebook without glue or staples. You just need a piece of paper.

Mini A4 Notebooks (No Glue/No Stapler)

Let’s get moving

Here are some ideas for how you could move like the animals in the song.


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.

Gazelle – large strides and jumps.

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

Tiger – crouch and pounce around.

Leopard – run around avoiding obstacles.



Maths: Repeating Patterns

Draw a snake and decorate it with a repeating pattern by drawing shapes on the snake – you could use 2 shapes and 2 colours.

Finally here is Giles Andreae (author of Giraffes Can’t Dance) reading his book Elephant Me

Giles Andreae reads Elephant Me

Once again have a lovely week. Look after each other and stay safe. heart

Photos and work you have sent in for this week :) Great learning Moon Class

WEEK 2- 8.6.20

This week we are continuing to learn about zoo animals. You may have already read ‘What the lady bird heard’. Well this is a sequel book and this is called ‘What the ladybird heard on holiday’ by Julia Donaldson.

Watch the youtube story below.

Watch out for Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len!

What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday - Story Read Aloud

Take a Look Books! Books for use in Primary Schools. The third instalment of Julia Donaldson's amazing ladybird stories. Two naughty robbers, Lanky Len and H...

Talk about the book- The ladybird has gone on holiday to London. London is the capital of England- where we live. Have you been to London? What have you seen? Where did all the animals live? (At the zoo) Can you name the animals? What did Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len want to steal? How did the monkey and the dogs trick them?


Some imagining: Can you match up the animal with the noise/action. Why not try and act it out too? (You must be getting good at this now!)












Trumpeted- trump trump trump



Humming bird



Never said a word


Drawing and Phonics: Design your own zoo map with your own chosen zoo animals. Then have a go at labelling your animals using your sounds.


Maths- Make up your own favourite zoo animal table. Ask family members; what is their favourite zoo animal? Then record their answer-using tally. You could call/facetime/zoom other people who don’t live in your house and ask them too.

You could make a table like this:

What is your favourite zoo animal?




















Challenge: Understanding your tables’ data. Ask your child: which animal is the most popular? Which animal is the least popular?


Watch the double number zoo then have a go at the Big Maths questions. Remember you also have your own username and password for the Big Maths website (link below) You can have a go at completing each challenge every week online for a certificate! 

Double Number Zoo - Teach Addition of Double Numbers

Art- step by step instructions on how to draw a lion or monkey youtube video.

You may want to draw a different zoo animal. Go on youtube: type in Art for kids hub how to draw ( INSERT YOUR ZOO ANIMAL NAME) and see if it comes up.

How To Draw A Cartoon Lion

How To Draw A Monkey Face

Cooking- Monkeys like bananas- why not try and make your own frozen banana chocolate pop. Click on pdf below for recipe.

PE- cosmic yoga- lulu the lion cub.

Episode 16 | Lulu the Baby Lioness | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure! A kids yoga story all about dealing with frustration, and exploring the power of positive ...

Science- if you got facebook why not follow the facebook link and check out live videos from London Zoo.

Alternatively click on the other below to see other videos of animals that have been filmed at a zoo.

Another book about zoo animals: Giraffes Can't Dance

Remember: Go onto GET EPIC website.
Type in zoo animals and you can see mroe books on zoo animals.
password: athelney

Go go go Baveen!

Still image for this video
Welldone on your first bike ride! Keep it up :) SO proud of you and you look like you are having so much fun!

Summer Term- 2nd Half 

I cannot believe we are in our last term of reception! I hope you had a lovely half term and I am missing you all so much.

For the first three weeks of this term we will be learning about ZOO ANIMALS this is

a chance to learn what a zoo is, new animal names and also recap old learning about farm animals and mini-beasts. 

After the 3 weeks we will then be learning about the seaside.



Let’s start by firstly watching or if you have the book, reading, the story called ‘ Dear Zoo’ written by Campbell.

Dear Zoo Book

'I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet . . .' Rod Campbell's classic lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo has been a firm favourite with toddlers and parents alike ever...

After you are finished the story have a go at the activities below- remember choose activities that suit you and try to do one a day. Send pictures to J


Talk about the book: What is a zoo? A zoo is a place where you can visit to see wild animals from around the world.  Can you remember what animals were in the book? Why do you think the puppy was perfect? A puppy is a pet. Do you know what a pet it? It is an animal that lives with you and you help look after it. Can you name any other pets?

Encourage some imagining: Can you make the sound of the animals in the book? Can you make the sounds of some pets? Can you act out how an animal would move? Could play a game: I spy an animal that makes the sound…….


Literacy: There are lots of adjectives ( these are describing words) in this story.

Can you match up the right animal with the right describing word they used in the story. E.g. the elephant was too big.



















Phonics Can you write a letter to the zoo keeper and draw a picture saying what animal you would like? E.g. 

Dear zoo,

Plees can I hav a cat.

Luv Miss Hedington

(That is me using my phonics- remember it doesn’t matter if it isn’t spelt correctly)

Challenge: Can you be a story teller and make up your own Dear Zoo book? Or can you be an author and write your own dear zoo book?

e.g. I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet. But they sent me a gorilla he was too noisy so I sent him back. So they sent me a crocodile but he was too snappy so I sent him back. So they sent me a hippo but he was too heavy so I sent him back. So they sent me a zebra but he was stripy. So they sent me a kitten. It was perfect.

Maths: In the book it talks about sizes and weight. To recap on last weeks learning I want you to find something that is taller than you? Something that is shorter than you? Can you find something that is the same height as you?


Some of the animals in the story are heavy and some of the animals in the story are light. Can you compare objects around your house and say what is heavy and what is light. You could make a table like this and write/draw the objects under the right heading. 














Challenge: Can you make your own balance scales, all you need is a hanger, string/rope, two cups/buckets. Put a toy in each of your buckets and see which is lighter or heavier. Experiment with lots of different objects that can fit in it. Remember what ever side is down means it is heavier and whatever side is up means it is lighter.

Arts and Crafts: Make your own zoo animal from painting, junk modelling, drawing etc.. You choose!

Cooking: Make your own zoo animal snack using food. Or you can make you own bumble bear biscuits (recipe attached below). This will help you to weigh ingredients accurately using a kitchen scale.

PE- Animal exercise for kids with animals

just added some animals for own use

SCIENCE: Adventure Time At The ZOO!! | Learning About Zoo Animals | Ellie Explorer | Wild Animals for Kids

Adventure Time At The ZOO!! | Learning About Zoo Animals | Ellie Explorer | Wild Animals for Kids Click to SUBSCRIBE Hey friends, I'm E...

Science: Wild animals for kids - Vocabulary for kids

Educational video for kids to learn new vocabulary and find out about wild animals like the lion, the elephant, the giraffe, the monkey, the crocodile, the g...

House Pets! - we say tortoise not turtle

Take a look at some really wonderful house pets with us! See the cat, chameleon, dog, fish, hamster, parrot, rabbit, snake, turtle and hear the really neat s...

Other stories about zoo animals: MONKEY PUZZLE Story Time for kids live pictures in my book STORIES AND TALES

The little monkey has lost her mother. In search of her mother helped the moth. Moth did not know that the monkey is like a mother, because they have moths c...

Pictures from this weeks learning :)



It’s hard to believe we have had a whole half term of lockdown. We are so proud of all our children and how hard they have been working. Although it is not normal times it is still important to take a break from school work.

We have made a list of activities for indoors and outdoors. Have a look at the list with your children. Let them pick something each day or assign them something. Whatever works for your family.











Indoor bowling

Set up any number of “pins” using empty cardboard rolls or empty plastic bottles (mix and match, if necessary). Set up a “lane” in an area with a long, clear space and use balled up socks as the bowling “ball.”























DIY Milk Jug Catcher

  • 1 milk jug with handle (you’ll need 1 for each child playing)
  • Permanent markers
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Pom poms
  • Socks
  • Water balloons
  1. Rinse out the milk jug and remove any labels. Turn the jug upside down and hold it by the handle.
  2. Use a permanent marker to draw the cup opening on the bottom of the jug.
  3. Cut out the opening with scissors. If your milk jug is made of stiff plastic, you might want to guard the edges with tape, but our jug was pliable and didn’t need any extra guarding.
  4. Decorate the outside of the jug with permanent markers.

Roll up a pair of socks into a ball shape or if you have a garden fill a balloon with water. Toss the sock or balloon into the air and pass back and forth between jugs. This makes a wonderful catching challenge – how many times can you toss it back and forth without dropping the ball or balloon?

Another ideas is to tie a piece of yarn or string to the jug handle. Tie a pom pom or a rolled up pair of socks to the other end of the string. Toss the pom pom or rolled-up socks into the air and try to catch with the jug.


Simon Says

This is a great way to keep your children active while you stay in one place! Be sure to give them tasks according to whether or not you want them to settle down, “Simon says close your eyes and count to ten silently;” or burn off some energy, “Simon says do 10 jumping jacks.”


Here is a really easy recipe for cupcakes.


120g butter or margarine

120g caster sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

120g self-raising flour


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in bowl until pale. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and mix into the butter mixture along with the vanilla extract.
  3. Fold in the flour, adding a little milk until the mixture is of a dropping consistency. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are three quarters full.
  4. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes. Then enjoy!!

Decorate biscuits.

All you need is some rich tea biscuits and some icing. Use food colouring to make different colours and let you imagination run wild.













  • Go to the park
  • Go for a walk – river walk through Bellingham
  • Bike rides

Remember to apply social distancing rules and stay 2m from anyone you meet.

  • Children love any excuse to play with garden hose pipes and water guns. So now the summer weather is approaching, try asking them to help give your car a rinse.
  • Make a camp in the garden


Don’t forget there are lots more sports ideas click here




The end of the day can be exhausting and getting food on the table sometimes seems impossible. 

There is no magic solution that will allow you to cook dinner in peace. You have children, it is the end of the day…  let’s be real.

All the usual advice says, “have the children help you make dinner!”

But having your children help in the kitchen is not the solution you want. Here are some ideas that might help

Balance a lemon or a potato on a spoon. Siblings can see who can hold it the longest. Can they hold it still for as long as it takes you to cook dinner?

Have the children design and write a menu. Ask your children to write or draw pictures of what you’re cooking.



Every parent needs lots of quiet time activity ideas for their children. While children are great at coming up with their own rowdy, noisy games, they don’t always excel at settling down into a quiet routine. These activities might help when you need five minutes peace and quiet.

Build a cosy reading den: Using blankets, pillows, chairs, etc. children will use their imaginations to build a cosy getaway.

Map making: Draw a map of an imaginary land, either of their own invention or from a favourite story.

Film night: Snuggle up and watch a film together

Story time: Take it in turns to read stories to each other. Try to use different voices for each character, to really make the tale come alive.

Play sleeping lions: Who can keep still the longest


Trained dancer Sarah Du-Feu has been hosting perfect live-streamed ballet classes here aimed at children aged 5-7. Virtual Ballet lessons are great if your children are missing their normal dance classes, or if they just want to try something new. So, during the lockdown, she is teaching children fundamental ballet moves as well as doing some imaginative play at the same time. So, if you're looking to get your children active indoors or outdoors, these sessions are the perfect opportunity to get them dancing again.


Rob Biddulph, award-winning author of Blown AwayOdd Dog Out and many others, is hosting #DrawWithRob sessions online every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am GMT. The videos are here and a must for any child who's ever wanted to draw a dinosaur or a sausage dog...




If you have a library card you can register here and borrow e-books or audiobooks. They have a wide range of adult and children’s books available.



Finally don’t feel guilty if you all flop down in front of the TV and have a pyjama day.

Have a restful half term. We miss you all loads.

Stay safe.

Week 5 - 18.05.2020: The Tiny Seed

One more week and it’s half-term. So we’re finishing off with a lovely story by Eric Carle called The Tiny Seed.

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

Remember choose activities that suit you and try to do one a day J

Send pictures to


Talking together about the book:

  • Talk about the seasons – what can your child tell you about the seasons? What happens in the different seasons? What kind of weather do we have?
  • What is your favourite season? Why?

PE: We know that bees love flowers. Try this yoga video by Cosmic Kids Yoga which tells the story of Enzo the Bee.

Enzo The Bee | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Writing: Ask your child to draw a picture of a flower and then have a go at writing labels for the different parts.

Art: If you’ve got some paint at home try making a flower using a potato to stamp the leaves and petals.



Investigate foods which have seeds and those which don’t.

Examples include:

Pumpkin Seeds
Sunflower Seeds

Sugar Snap Peas
Green Beans




Talk about the fruits and vegetables that have seeds we do not eat (fruits with pits, apples, oranges, peppers, etc). Ask why some are ok to eat while others are not!

Ask your child to draw fruits and vegetables which have seeds and label them.

Don’t forget to taste everything you eat.


This a lovely little song from ‘Out of the Ark’ about a seed growing.

' The Seed Song ' from Out of the Ark Music

Thinking Thursday - ' The Seed Song ' A really useful song to focus on the process of planting, growing and patiently waiting - lessons for life and not just...

Can you and your child make up some actions to this song If I Were a Minibeast

' If I Were A Minibeast ' from Out of the Ark Music

Family Saturday - ' If I Were A Minibeast ' Let your imagination take you to the life of a minibeast! This is a happy celebration of all the colour, pattern,...

It’s a Spring Thing – With longer, warmer days and signs of spring everywhere around us, this is the perfect song to learn.

' It's A Spring Thing! ' from Out of the Ark Music

' It's A Spring Thing ' With longer, warmer days and signs of spring everywhere around us, this is the perfect song for celebrating this ti...

You and your child might enjoy this story about gardening.

Jasper’s Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen

Jasper hopes to grow a beanstalk, but becomes discouraged when the bean he plants doesn't grow after a week. A funny story of patience and reward.

Jasper's Beanstalk

I hope you have fun with these activities. Please continue to send me your photos and videos. You’re all doing an amazing job. Please stay safe.

Join us on Wednesday 20th May for the Stay at Home Sports day. Please remember to send your pictures to and tag us in your photos on twitter @AthelneyPrimary #StayAtHomeSportsDay #TeamAthelney Can't wait to see your smiling faces! Have fun!

Click on link below for more information on the Stay at Home Sports Day - the events, certificates etc...

Week 4 - 11.05.2020: Yucky Worms

This week it’s the turn of the worm!!

This week’s book is called Yucky Worms. It is written by Vivian French and illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg. It tells the story of a little boy who goes to stay with his Grandma and learns a lot about worms. At the end there are lots of activities to try so you can become a wormologist.

Yucky Worms! By Vivian French, illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg.

Remember choose activities that suit you and try to do one a day J

Remember to send all photos of your child and their work/activities to heart


Talking together about the book:

  • Talk about how we feel about, treat and care for animals.
  • Are worms yucky or not yucky?

You could try drawing a table like this & get your child to ask everyone in the family to talk about it. You could write in the ideas for your child or let them have a go.

We like worms because….

We don’t like worms because….




Encourage some imagining: Children could pretend to be scientists and presenters on nature programmes as well as being birds and the underground animals and worms themselves.


Writing: Write friendly messages or thank-you notes to a worm for all the good things they do for our gardens.


Phonics: there are lots of words in the book that your child could have a go at reading and writing. You could copy them out and ask your child to read them. Why not hide them around your home and have a word hunt. You could say the words and your child has to write them – you could challenge them by asking them to write as many as possible in 5 minutes.

If you have access to a printer you could print out this word mat and keep it handy.

Maths: You try some measuring. In reception we learn about comparing lengths. You could cut some string into different lengths and ask your child to order them.

Or find different objects around your home and put them in order of length.

Who is the tallest in your house. Use a piece of string to measure everyone in your family. Your child could draw a picture of them to stick at the top.

String painted pasta to make a worm necklace. Who can make the longest necklace?

Art: create worm tracks with string, wool or cooked spaghetti dipped in paint and trailed or wriggled along paper.

If you have playdough or the ingredients for salt dough you could make worms and decorate them.

Tobi making her own worm playdough

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This is the recipe for salt dough.

  • 1 cupful of plain flour (about 250g)
  • half a cupful of table salt (about 125g)
  • half a cupful of water (about 125ml)


Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water and stir until it comes together into a ball.

If you want to keep your models you can bake them. Put the oven on its lowest setting and bake for about 3 hours. When they are hard you can paint them.



These two videos are all about worms.

The Amazing World Of Earthworms In The UK - Springwatch - BBC Two

Worms For Kids

If you’re feeling really adventurous and you’re lucky to have an outside space you might want to try making a wormery. Instructions are on this link. Remember though that worms are living creatures and we need to show then respect by letting them live freely in their natural environment.


Here are 2 silly songs about worms. Try learning them. Can your child put on a performance? You could send me the video!

Wiggly Woo

Could you and your child have a go at learning this silly poem

Today I saw a little worm

Today I saw a little worm

wriggling on its belly

perhaps he’d like to come inside

and see what’s on the telly?


by Spike Milligan

Look at Jerry retelling the Silly Poem about a worm by Spike Milliagan. You are a Poet and you didn't even know it ! Welldone you superstar!

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Other stories about worms:

Superworm by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

I hope you have fun with these activities. Please send me your photos and videos.

Remember you do not have to do them all.


Thankyou to everyone sending in their photos this week :) Week commencing 11.5.2020

A long time ago there was a war ( this means fighting) between lots of countries. Today (8th May- Victory in Europe day) is when the Second World War finished in Europe. To celebrate this day children could try and try a Union Jack Flag.

Have a great bank holiday weekend!


How to Draw the British Flag

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4.5.20- Week 3: The Bad Tempered Ladybird

We are still learning minibeasts. Let’s learn more about ladybirds by firstly watching or if you have the book reading the story of The Bad Tempered Ladybird. It is written by Eric Carle- the same person who wrote the Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Busy Spider-Enjoy!

After you are finished the story have a go at the activities below- remember choose activities that suit you and try to do one a day J

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🐞 Kids Book Read Aloud: THE BAD-TEMPERED LADYBIRD by Eric Carle | StoryTime with Miss Randall

🐞 The Bad-Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle. QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITIES BELOW ⬇️ Description: The Bad-Tempered Ladybird picks fights with every animal he meets, ...

When you have finished the story you can try some of these activities below. Remember try one a day:

Literacy: Talk about the book ask questions: What did the bad tempered ladybird say to each of the animals? ( Want a fight) Do you think the bad tempered ladybird is nice fighting other animals? Why? Do you think you will make friends that way?  What makes a good friend? What animals did you see in the story? What happened to the bad tempered ladybird at the end of the story? Why was he friendly at the end of the story? – He asked to share the aphids.

Challenge: Why don’t you try to be a friendly ladybird and do three kind things to someone in your house?

Phonics:  Write and draw all the animals in the story using your phonics- remember these animals shouldn’t be spelt correctly, the children should be using their sounds to be independent.

Challenge: Choose an animal in the story- draw it. Then can you write about what it looks like. Remember to write the sounds you hear for example a child may write:  ladee burd- red, blac, smoll, fligh, spots, six legs, wings. This is perfect as they have used their sounds to write.

Maths: In the story it talked about time. Tell someone about what you do in a day from when you wake up to when you go to sleep. See how many activities you can do in a day. E.g. Miss Hedington’s day-  In the morning, I woke up at 8 o clock and got dressed. I had some breakfast- some toast and butter with a tea. Then I cleaned my teeth. I did some cosmic yoga on youtube. Then I watched some tv and did some work. At lunch time, I was hungry so I made a sandwich, had some fruit and water. Next, I read the Bad tempered Ladybird book and made a ladybird out of a rock. Then I made banana bread. At 6 o’clock I had some pasta for dinner. Then I had a bath and brushed my teeth. I got into my pyjamas and watched some Netflix. I then read a book. At night time, 10 o’clock, I went to bed.


Challenge: To learn how to read the time. First, open the powerpoint (BELOW) to learn about time, there are some interactive questions to answer on it. When you have finished the powerpoint have a go at telling the time on the clocks below.

Remember when the Big hand (minute hand) is on the 12 and the small hand (hour hand) is on a number - we say something is ‘o clock’. For example: look at the first clock below. The small hand is pointing to 3 which means you say that number and if the big hand is on 12 we say o clock. So the time is 3 o clock. Have a go at telling the time of the other clock faces.

Learn to Tell Time #1 | Telling the Time Practice for Children | What's the Time? | Fun Kids English

Telling Time Practice #1 (1 o'clock, 2 o'clock, 3 o'clock etc.): Learn to tell the time with this fun "What time is it?" chant. A great way for kids to learn...

Encourage some role-play: Explain emotions are something we feel and we can show how we feel from our facial expressions. In the story the bad tempered ladybird is feeling what…….very grumpy. Can you show me a grumpy face. What other feelings can we show using our faces? Happy/Sad/Cross/Excited/Tired/Furious/Worried/Nervous- can you show these faces using your face.


Cooking: Make a ladybird out of tomatos, raisins, olives, lettuce, cucumber, or use strawberries/watermelon and melt some chocolate for the dots or use blueberries or pips.

Arts and crafts: Make a ladybird out of junk modelling materials- toilet roll, pipe cleaners, sticks, egg cartons, cardboard box, paper plates etc.
Or you could use paint/chalk/colour pencils to make a ladybird. Or you could find a rock and paint it into a ladybird.

How To Draw A Cartoon Ladybug

How to draw a cartoon ladybug! 🎨 ...

Pe: Play what’s the time Mr Wolf- in your house, garden or at the park when you go for exercising. What's the time Mr. Wolf?" is a chasing game that involves a bit of counting and talk of time of day.  

1) A child/ adult stands at one end with their back to the other children/adults.
2) The other children/adult stands at the opposite end and shouts "What's the time Mr. Wolf?"
3) Mr. Wolf answers with different times - "one o'clock" or "eight o'clock" for instance.
4) They take that number of steps toward Mr. Wolf - eight steps for eight o'clock, 1 step for 1 o’clock and so on.
5) They ask again, "What's the time Mr. Wolf?" and take the right number of steps again, always getting closer to Mr. Wolf. 
6) When Mr. Wolf feels like it, he (or she) answers "dinnertime" and starts chasing the other children. 
7) The first to be caught becomes the next Mr. Wolf. 

Challenge: See if you can move like the animals in the story:

Can you flutter like a lady bird? Dance like a praying mantis? Slide like a boa constrictor? Scurry like a stag beetle? Charge like a rhino? Walk backwards like a lobster? Jump like a gorilla? Stomp like an elephant? Swim like a whale?


Science: The bad tempered ladybird meets lots of animals in the book. Can you think of an animal that has 0 legs? 2 legs? 4 legs? 6 legs? 8 legs? An animal that lives in the sea? An animal that flies? An animal you will find at the zoo? An animal that may sting you? An animal you may find at the jungle? 

Watch the youtube videos and tell someone in your family some new facts about ladybirds.

Ladybirds For Kids

Let's search for ladybirds, and see how to make a safe, warm place for the bugs to live during the winter. For more videos about bugs click:

Learn Ladybug Facts for Kids - Animals for Children on Tea Time with Tayla

Learn ladybug facts in this insects for kids video. You'll see pictures of ladybugs, play the ladybug game, and learn other interesting facts about ladybugs ...

Singing:  If I were a mini beast song. Learn about where you will find minibeasts with this song. Join in and sing-a-long

' If I Were A Minibeast ' from Out of the Ark Music @ Home (Words on Screen Lyric Video)

Fam ' If I Were A Minibeast ' Let your imagination take you to the life of a minibeast! This is a happy celebration of all the colour, pattern,...

Another book about a ladybird: What the Ladybird Heard (Julia Donaldson) - Bedtime Story Read Aloud

READ ALOUD BOOKS FOR CHILDREN ~ Bedtime stories for kids - Tonight let's read: What the Ladybird Heard. (Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks). A traditional read a...

Talk about the book- recap farm animals. Where do the animals live? Can you name the animals? What are their young called? Where do they live on a farm? Can you make the noises of the animals? Did the ladybird say anything? What were the robbers going to steal? Is it good to steal? Who came up with the plan? What was the plan? Did the plan work? Why didn't the plan work ? Who took the bad guys away? Where do you think the robbers will be going? 

Week commencing: 4.5.20: Thankyou to everyone who is sending me their pictures from this week. I love seeing them- Keep them coming :)

27.4.20- Week 2: The Very Busy Spider

We are still learning about minibeasts. Everyone thinks a spider is an insect but it’s not because it has 8 legs. A spider is part of the arachnid family. That is a big word isn’t it J. Let’s learn more about spiders by firstly watching the story of The Very Busy Spider. It is written by Eric Carle- the same person who wrote the Hungry Caterpillar! Enjoy!

After you are finished the story have some fun trying the activities below- remember choose activities that suit you and try to do one a day J


The Very Busy Spider - Animated Children's Book

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle Animated Children's Books is a channel dedicated to bringing everyone's favorite books as a kid to life! If you enjoyed th...

When you have finished the story you can try some of these activities below. Remember try one a day:

Literacy: talk about the book ask questions: What animals did you see in the story? Where do lots of these animals live? (This is a chance to recap farm animals from their learning a few weeks ago- what sound does the animals make/where do they live on a farm/what are their young called?) Did the spider answer the animals? Why didn’t the spider answer? Do you like spiders? Why?

Phonics: draw or write a list of all the animals in the book- remember to use your sounds and write the sounds you hear. E.g. hors- horse, duc- duck

Maths: a spider has 8 legs. Can you draw a spider and add 8 legs to it?
A spider has more than 2 eyes- it has lots of eyes. They have an even number of eyes. Can you draw a spider and draw either 4, 6 or 8 eyes on it.
Challenge: Can you find all the ways to make 8 using adding?
Just like our number bonds work up in order starting with 0. E.g. 0+8=8 1+7=8 2+6=8

Encourage some imagining: spiders home is a web. Can you try and make a home for you and your family- try to make a den. You can use the table, covers, blankets, pillows, boxes, bed etc..

Cooking: Make a spider out of an oreo. Or ice some biscuits and make a web on it.

Arts and crafts: Make a spider out of junk modelling materials- toilet roll, pipe cleaners, sticks, paper, egg cartons, cardboard box etc…

Or you can make a web out of wool and paper plate/cardboard box. Make holes and thread the wool/string through.

Or you can paint a spider- You could make a spider using your hand print- remember to use 4 fingers only on each hand. 4+4=?

How To Draw A Black Widow Spider. There are lots of spiders you can draw by Art for kids hub

Learn how to draw a black widow spider! 🎨 ART SUPPLIES we love (Amazon affiliate links): Sharpie Markers Printer Paper

Pe: Spider webs are very tricky to get through. Make up an obstacle course in your house/flat, garden, bed room, living room and see how long it takes you to get through it. E.g. Slide under the table- jump over the pots and pans- crawl under the chairs, climb on the sofa, move like a spider to the finish line etc..

Have a go at making playdough and then make lots of spiders out of your playdough.

Try the Spider Pose out- Cosmic Kids Yoga

Join Jaime for another fun kids yoga pose. Today SPIDER Pose! Quite a tricky one! Can you do it? Spider Pose is BRILLIANT for strengthening your arms and als...

Can you get out of the spiders web maze? Click on the document and do it on your screen.

Science: Watch the youtube videos. Tell someone in your family some new facts about spiders. You could make a fact file book about spiders. Remember a spider isn’t an insect because ……… it doesn’t have 6 legs. It has 8!

Can you go on a spider hunt in your house and see if you can find one? If you are quick enough you could take a picture of one and send it to

Learn about spiders

Zoologist Jess French takes a look at some spiders, then accompanies a group of children to have a look for webs and eggs. For the best kids shows subscribe ...

Interesting facts about Spiders

Did you know that spiders are one of the animals that most people are scared of? There are millions of people who have arachnophobia, meaning that when they ...

Singing: sing incy wincy spider and copy the actions. Challenge: Try to make up your own actions to the song

CBeebies: Incy Wincy Spider - Nursery Rhyme

Sing-a-long to Incy Wincy Spider with Mr Tumble. Visit CBeebies at to find even more fun games and videos for your pre-schooler...

Why don't you listen to another book about spiders. Its called "Aaaarrgghh, Spider!" by Lydia Monks

Talk about the book- Talk about what a pet is? Can you name some animals that would be good as a pet? Dog/cat/fish/hamster. Do you have a pet? Do you think spiders would be a good pet? Would you like a spider as a pet? Why?

Week commencing 27.4.20

See below for pictures that you are all sending in. It's so lovely so see all! 

WOW! Take a look at Gia nhi riding her bike without stabilisers! I am so proud of you- welldone for practising and not giving up! You superstar! Is anyone else up for the challenge?

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WELLDONE MARTIN!! You can ride your bike without stabilisers!! I am so proud of you. You are a superstar!!! KEEP IT UP :)

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LOOK AT YOU GO KEITH! "I learnt how to ride my bike with no stabilisers and no help, and I did it in less then a day" Keith told me! That is amazing! KEEP IT UP YOU SUPERSTAR!

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20.04.2020 Week one - The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Welcome Back

I hope you’ve all had a good Easter break. This is a challenging time for us all and I appreciate how hard it is for you and your children at home.

If we were at school we would have been learning about insects so here a few fun activities for you to try at home. Remember you do not have to do them all.

Let’s begin 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 this video is great to watch together.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film

In the internationally acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar eats and eats...and eats his way through the week. Taken from The Very Hungry ...

When you have finished you could try these activities. Remember only try ONE per day.

Talking together about the book: how might the caterpillar feel when he pops out of the egg? When he’s eaten all that food? When he’s inside his cocoon? When he emerges as a butterfly?

Encourage some imagining: if the children could change into any kind of animal, what would they like to be? How would they move? What would they eat? Maybe they could draw themselves as this creature, with a photograph of their face added on?

Writing: draw or write a list of the foods that the Very Hungry Caterpillar eats. In the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar eats something different every day of the week. Write a sentence or draw a picture for something you do each day of the week.

Phonics: using the letters in the word ‘caterpillar’ how many words can you make?

Maths: draw a butterfly and make a symmetrical pattern on its wings.

PE: act out the life cycle of a butterfly with these movements.






















Or try a bit of yoga with Cosmic Kids Yoga

The Very Hungry Caterpillar | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Episode 34 - The Very Hungry Caterpillar | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure! A fun kids yoga adventure based on Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Join Ja...

Cooking: make The Very Hungry Caterpillar with tomato and cucumber and peppers.
















Food tasting with eyes closed taste some of the foods that the Very Hungry Caterpillar eats and identify them. Talk about healthy and unhealthy foods that the caterpillar ate. Can you find any of the foods in your house?

Art: make a painting of the Very Hungry Caterpillar using fingerprints.














Science: learn about caterpillars and butterfly by watching these videos.

CBeebies EXCLUSIVE clip: Minibeast Adventure - Caterpillars

CBeebies Exclusive clip - join Jess as she tells us all about caterpillars. Visit CBeebies at to find even more fun games and v...

Children Learn About The Butterfly

Zoologist Jess French watches as a butterfly hatches from its chrysalis, and another feeds on an orange with its long tongue. For the best kids shows subscri...

Make a picture or a model of the life cycle of a butterfly

Singing: practise the Tiny Caterpillar Song. Make up some actions to go with it?

The Tiny Caterpillar Song, Songs for Early Years, Foundation Stage, Spring/Summer,

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...

Finally for some relaxation watch this rhyming story about a caterpillar and his many shoes.

Caterpillar Shoes | Sweet rhyming bedtime story for kids!

We hope you like Caterpillar Shoes, a sweet, rhyming bedtime story about a kindly caterpillar who decides to give his beloved shoes away to his woodland frie...

Week commencing 20.4.20 - Send me any pictures/work/photos that you are doing at home to do with the hungry caterpillar e.g. paintings/cooking/ acting out the life cycle/ list writing. Or send me any other activities/photos you are doing. Can't wait to see them! Send to

Week commencing 6.4.20

EASTER HOLIDAYS- RELAX YOU DESERVE IT- we won't be posting any new learning activities in this time. 

Thanks parents for all your hard work and support at this time. 

Below is an attachment from the Easter Bunny if you would like some ideas to do in the 2 week break. 

Also the NHS need our support again. The new Nightingale Hospital is opening however, the walls are very bare and it doesn't look nice.

They would like children to draw/paint a picture of doctors/nurses. You then take a picture of their art and upload it to the app. More details on the link below:


Week Commencing: 30.3.2020

I have received a few emails from some of the children with lovely photos of your home learning activities- keep the pictures coming- they are great to see! Send to

Welldone to GiaNhi, Shanaya, Diamond, Heru, Fazil and Harry for reading books on Bug Club.  I can see how many books you have read- keep it up! GiaNhi has read over 40 books! Go GiaNhi! Lets see if any more of moon class can do some reading :)

I have added some youtube videos on the farm and spring home learning topic. I have also added two new powerpoints on farm animals- mother and what their young are called and what animals are at the farm- where they live and what they give us. Look at these to help you teach your child the activities.  

I have also added some phonics literacy activities for you to do. 

Enjoy and take care