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Class Teacher: Ms Harwood

Class TA: Ms Simpson

LSA: Ms Grace



It contains what we have got up to this term, important reminders for next academic year and ideas of what to do in the Summer holidays. 

Thanks for all your support over the year. 

Enjoy your 6 weeks holidays and shall see you back on Thursday 2nd September. 

Keep safe

Ms Harwood


Welcome to our page. Please see below for information on our learning and for additional home learning ideas : )


Each week I will be regularly updating the website with some fun activities that you can do at home to continue learning.  I have updated activities for this week below. It would also be lovely if your parents/ carers would like to help you show me your learning by emailing me pictures of your learning at home.  Please send these to me at We can share these on our school website for your friends to see!

I am in school teaching the key worker children so will respond to your emails asap. All children at school are doing the same activities below.


Below are quick accessible links to some online learning.

 The home learning tab below is the Oaks National Academy which provides your child with some different virtual online classes so please use this facility. 


Summer Term 2 

Christmas Tree Farm

Today on the 14th July the children were delighted to go and see all the animals at Christmas Tree Farm.  We see lots of animals such as alpacas, goats, ponies, donkeys, cows, pigs, rabbits, chickens and ducks! We enjoyed feeding the animals and seeing them in their environment.  We spoke about what animals we liked best and why.  Indeed, this term we have learnt so much about farm animals! We have very much enjoyed exploring a variety of different fiction and nonfiction books about farm animals.  We have had much fun role playing being different farm animals, engaging in small world play around these and creating artwork around this topic too.      


Sports Week

We are having lots of fun this week learning about the Olympics.  Indeed, we have learnt all about lots of different sports that people compete in at the Olympics.  We are taking part in many fun sports activities ourselves too at School! We are delighted to have an Olympic gymnast called Nathalie Davis come in to school to help show us how to do some moves too and encourage us to keep trying our best and be proud of ourselves! We thank her very much for coming to see us.  We particularly enjoyed designing our own medals too and learning all about the colors that are used for medals as well as ordinal numbers.    

Road Safety 


We have enjoyed learning about road safety.  We practiced learning how to cross the road safely with our friends.  We learnt the difference between a zebra crossing and a pelican crossing.  We learnt about how we should always hold hands with a grown up when crossing the road.  We learnt about a lollipop man or lady.  See some pictures of us practicing crossing different roads together! 

Life Skills

Summer Term 1

Summer 1 Newsletter

Life Skills 

We are learning about different life skills to help us be well, safe, healthy and happy this summer term.  We have begun by learning about how to make our own healthy plate of food.  We cut out pictures of health food items to put on our plate.  We then chose a healthy drink to have for lunch.  Next, we made some yummy sandwiches at school choosing our own ingredients to put in.  We learnt how to spread butter and sauces, cut salad and bread as well as place ingredients together.


Home Learning Challenge Your child might like to make another sandwich, vegetable pizza or other healthy lunch at home!  You might like to ask your child how Star Class made a healthy sandwich or pizza at school.  The children are excited to show you how they can make different healthy lunches and meals.  Perhaps you can go shopping together for some healthy ingredients to put in a sandwich.  You could ask your child to write a shopping list with you listing some food to buy.  ðŸ˜Š


We are learning about flowers and plants.  We begun to learn about seeds, stems, leaves, roots and flowers.  We have also begun learning about life cycles and all about what plants need to grow to be healthy and strong.  We have enjoyed dancing acting out being flowers, tall stems, leaves and roots as well as seeds.  We learnt a song about this that your child might like to sing at home.  Soon we are going to plant some seeds together! We are going to be growing different flowers, fruits and vegetables.


Challenge - can you draw a picture of any flowers you might see in a park or near your house? Can you label the parts of a flower? What flower did you find? Do you know the name of the flower?



Fun at School!

We are all so happy to be back at school with our friends.  We are loving being back in our outdoor garden exploring the outdoors with our friends! We have had some lovely weather outside too.  We have been continuing to learn about Spring and what the weather looks and feels like in Spring.  Here are some pictures of us having fun learning together 😊

At School having lots of fun!

Spring Newsletter 8th March Reopening


Come and join us at our virtual Early Years SEND Factor drop-in session 2nd Thursday of every month-10am – 11am.

Please see the flyer  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 with wanted posters for the wolf and role play based around Little Red Riding Hood too!

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:

1. 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...

2. 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:

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

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

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 All Pigs are Beautiful by Dick King-Smith. Here it is. It has lots 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.

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  1. Find an unusual place to read – send me a photo
  2. Recommend a book to me – tell me why I should read it, what happens in the story, who are the main characters.
  3. 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 Harwood


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.  


Pictures from this weeks learning of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Great work Star Class :)

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 Films

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? You may enjoy doing some mark making to show what you do on different days of the week too.

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 by The Learning Station

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.

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

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.

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?

A Caterpillar Song

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 Harwood 😊

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 of what to do in the half term then click on the PDF's below, if not then just relax and shall see you all back on zoom at 10.40 on  Monday 22nd Feb) 

Some great life skills you can learn at home! : )

Lots more great learning photos this week again!

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 

Jolly Phonics Phase Three

Phonics Phase songI'd like to have a barbecuethe sailors met upon the seatrains are chugging up the hill

Phase 3 Tricky Words Song Say Hello To

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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




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 and see if you can complete it in the time limit of the song below.


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

You could make some binoculars from junk modeling materials  e.g. toilet rolls, kitchen rolls, pringle cans to help you spot them.

I used kitchen roll and cut it in half and used tape.

Bird Feeders

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

How to make a bird feeder

See the guide below to help you identify the type of bird you see. 

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 a live 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.


Examples of fact files

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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This week’s cooking is not for yourself but for the birds.

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There are lots of bedtime stories on the RSPB website. 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 Harwood

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.  

Pictures from this weeks learning! Well done Star Class for making such a great effort as always!

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

Comprehension activity

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:
I 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 zoom J

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

How To Make Slime - DIY Thai Rainbow Super Glossy Slime !!

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

You can easily make vanilla and chocolate cupcakes from the same batch of batter. Check out the recipe at

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

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 Harwood


Well done to Ashviga, Keaton and Tylar for an amazing start to learning this week! Great to see such creative learning : )

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 Ms Hedington 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

Year 1 – write your answer of how you think the penguin got there.


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. Penguin was sad.

He is blac

He is wIt. 



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.

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. Can do this online/ draw it out/ print


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








Toy lion

2p coin


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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. 


How To Draw A Realistic Emperor Penguin- Step by Step Guide

Learn how to draw a realistic emperor penguin. You'll need a marker, paper, and colored pencils (black, grey, white, yellow, pink).or you can paint it/ or use collage. Take a picture and send to me

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- how penguins move

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PE:  Watch the video of how 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.

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Do the quiz above and tell me what penguin you are- take a picture of your answer and send it in.

I am most like ‘a little penguin!’
Small but mighty, you pack a lot of punch for your size! You've got a big heart and love your family and friends fiercely. Little penguins are called 'fairy' penguins in Australia because of their diminutive size. They are the smallest species of penguin but don't let that fool you. When threatened, these penguins sometimes group together to take on a predator, so watch out!

Amazing learning about seasons and time this week : ) Lovely to see lots of home learning pictures

18.1.2021- Week 3: Winter Sleep


This week we are going to learn more about hibernation. Our story is Winter Sleep.

It is a story about a child who learns about hibernation when he stays at Granny Sylvie’s house in the winter.

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


First Talk about the story and ask questions:

  • What is the weather like in the beginning of the story? What time of year is it?
  • What time of year does it change to?
  • Who was in the story?
  • The story takes place in a forest near Granny Sylive’s house. What would it be like to be there?
  • What would you see, hear and feel?
  • Watch a section of the video below about a winter walk in the woods (the whole video lasts for 3.5 hours, so don’t try to watch it all!).
  • What words do you think of when you watch it?

Virtual Winter Walk - Walking in a Snow Forest


If you still have your den go inside and see if you can draw a map from Granny Sylvie’s house to the secret glade. Try to include some of these features:

  • River
  • Bridge
  • Pond
  • Oak trees

Another activity: Imagine that you are at Granny Sylvie’s house exploring the forest with her. Try writing a letter home, either to a friend, a parent or another family member, or even to me to tell them what it is like in the forest.

  • What is it like in the forest?
  • Who is with you in the forest?
  • What are you doing together?
  • What can you see in the forest?
  • What do you most like about the forest?


Tip for Parents – Ask your child the questions and make a sentence together and then ask your child to write that sentence down. Your child will need support remembering the whole sentence.


If you still have your den you could take some blankets in there and pretend to be like the boy at the end of the story when he is in bed. Otherwise make a bed with cushions and blankets.

Take some paper and pencils and draw yourself asleep in the corner of the paper. On the rest of the paper draw all the things you might dream of after your winter walk in the woods. Can you remember the things Granny Sylvie and the boy saw in the woods? Maybe you could listen to this soundscape while you’re drawing.

Relaxing Nature Sounds - An English Country Meadow


You can spend a few minutes every day practising your Phase 2 and Phase 3 sounds.

Phonics Play has lots of online games. They have a free username and password for the lockdown.

Username: jan21

Password: home


Sounds to practise this week.


Phase 2


k      h     f     s     ss     r     t     u     n     i     d     l     o     m     p    g


Phase 3


w     oa      oo      ng      igh      er      ar      ee      th    ch    qu    z


Now try reading and spelling these words


Phase 2


nut   sun    mud    web   bat   egg   top   den   cub   bed   moss


Phase 3

hoof   oak   fern   song   night   hard   long   food   queen   bee   moth   wood   tight   dark   feet   seem   deep


Challenge words


winter   sleep   summer   print   splash   pond   green   tree   secret   frozen   sleeping   insects   nest   spring   trunk   under   frog   croaking   twig


Tricky words


was   she   I   to   the   with   we   me   no   in   into   go





The story takes place in the summer and winter. These are called seasons. Do you know what the other 2 seasons are called? Watch this clip to help you learn them and what happens in each.

Seasons Song

Activity- match up activity. You can do this online or draw some of it out J

The 4 seasons make up a year. There are 12 months in a year. Listen to this song and then try and name all the months. Perhaps you could try writing these.

Months Of The Year Song

Still carry-on learning about time! Look at the clocks in your house and try reading the o’clock time.  Draw some clocks and read the times on these! If you made your own clock last week practice making different times on your clock 😊

You can also play the interactive clock game below


Learning doubling.

Watch the double number zoo on youtube-

Double Number Zoo - Teach Addition of Double Numbers

We have been practising this in class and we would have started our Big Maths Beat that Challenges this term where you would have to write the answers down in the time frame of the Big Maths Tune Below.
First challenge is:

Parents/Carers you can write these number sums down and your child has to write down the answers before the Big Maths Tune is finished (tune is below) Or you can print off the worksheet (also below)


big maths worksheet


This week I want you to watch these 3 videos.

What did you learn about the hibernation of these animals?

Challenge - Can you draw / make a fact file about one or all of these animals. You could use this template or make-up your own.

Arts and crafts:  

Make a picture of the 4 seasons using pencils, paints, chalk or collage materials. Think about the trees, the weather, what you might see/ do in each season. Use the season video ( In the maths section) to help you.


After a cold walk in the winter woods, it is nice to have something tasty and warm. I am going to make a nice warm hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows. Why don’t you have a go?

Or why not try making this nice pasta for dinner this week with a grown up. Follow the youtube link for the recipe and send me some photos. I am sure it will be yummy. If you don’t like some of the ingredients I'm sure you can use different ingredients instead.  You could add something else! : )

Quick and Easy Cheesy Pasta Recipe for Kids | Kids Lunch Box Pasta

I saw this and thought it looked super cute. If you’re in a baking mood why don’t you have a go.


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 for a group of children 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. 

That is all our learning suggestions for this week! I hope you enjoy having a go at the activities. Look out for more next week.

Stay safe.

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.  

Some more great home learning to start the week! A great start to building dens and writing lists for what to bring inside your dens! Amazing learning Star Class. Keep it up! Miss Harwood : )

11.1.20- Week 2: A Bear Snores On

We are still learning about winter and this week we are going to learn about hibernation. Hibernation is when animals sleep for a long time, throughout the winter and save their energy.  Let us learn more about hibernation by firstly watching the story of The Bear snores on.

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 and read a book on BugClub J

Bear Snores On -

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

Encourage some role-play:  I would like you to make a cave in a room from duvet covers, sheets, pillows, boxes, tables, chairs. If you got a teddy bear bring him in your den and pretend he is the bear hibernating and snoring on. You can also pretend to be the bear and hibernate in there. You could now re-watch the story in your cave, try to answer the questions with your adult and do some work in your cave. You can see what it would be like to stay in there for a long time maybe an hour off not coming out?  If that was easy maybe stay in there longer? Maybe you could sleep in your den tonight?
How does it feel to stay in there a long time and not come out?
Animals go asleep for the winter months that can be like 3 months long!
Could you imagine sleeping and staying in somewhere for nearly 3 months!

Literacy: Talk about the book ask questions:
What season was the story in?
What is the weather like in Winter? (Cold/ freezing/icy/snowy)
Where was the bear hibernating for winter? ( in the cave)
What was the bear doing for most of the story? (sleeping) ( snores on)
Who came and joined the bear in the cave? ( mouse, hare, badger, gopher, mole, wren, raven)
What did the animals do in the cave? (make popcorn, had a party, eat honey nuts, have a chat)
The animals had a party. What would you do/bring/eat at a party?
Why did the bear get upset?
( because he didn’t get to join in the fun)


Challenging questions:
Why was the bear sleeping throughout the story?
(because it is Winter and they hibernate)
What does hibernate mean? ( animals sleep for a long time as it is too cold outside, there isn’t enough food in winter outside and animals they save their energy)
When the bear woke up the other animals went to sleep why?
What season comes after winter?
Spring – do you know what happens in Spring? Flowers start to grow, some animals have their young, it starts to get sunnier and rain, rainbows form, gets warmer


Phonics: Make a list of all the things you will take with you if you had to hibernate/live and sleep in a small place for the winter months.

Remember this is NOT to be spelt correctly for Reception children, encourage children to sound out the word or the adult can slowly sound it out and let your child write the sounds that they hear in the word, which are emphasised. (this is to make them independent)

For example:

I would take:






I wrote a pillow, food, cover, water and a teddy and as you can see, they aren’t spelt correctly as I sounded out using phonics. Children learn to spell correctly in year 2. Reception and Year 1 are expected to use their phonic sounds.

Rhyming Words activity- Rhyming is when words sound very similar to eachother and have the same ending as another word. E.g. cat, mat, hat.     Ben- Ten- men    dog- log, frog

Match up the rhyming words from the story (on the left) – you can do this online by pointing to the correct picture and take a photo or print off the worksheet below.

Maths: In the story, it is looking at the season Winter which is linked to times of the year. We are going to learn how to tell the time.

Activity: Tell someone what you would do in the morning and evening.

Activity: To make your own clock out of a paper plate/ cardboard/paper.

Pictures of paper clock

When you have finished the powerpoint have a go at telling the time on the clocks below- you can also make them on your clock you made.

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.

Activities. You can open up the document and say the answer/ write the answer/ make the answer using your fingers for some and take a picture or print it out and write the answer.

Cooking: Try and make a bear out of different snacks in your house. Can use toast/ rice cakes with chocolate spread, honey etc.. Look at the pictures below and try and make one for yourselves and then eat it in your cave. You can also try and make a snack for a bear by clicking on the link provided. Remember to take a photo and send to me

Arts and crafts:  Where does the bear sleep in the story? Yes in a cave. Here are three examples you can try to create at home.

  1.      Draw a bear and colour it in (or use print the bear template provided and colour it in) Then draw a cave on another piece of paper and cut it out. Then make it as a flap. Glue across the top of the cave and stick it over the bear to make a flap.
  2.      Draw a cave and then draw a bear inside it and colour it in. Then get cotton wool and stick it over the cave. To make it look like a it is a blanket of snow and a winter picture.
  3.      Make a cave out of junk modelling materials e.g. bottles, cardboard boxes, plastic containers, glue, tape, paper, paint.

PE- We're Going on a Bear Hunt | Cosmic Yoga

A Cosmic Kids yoga adventure about about going on a bear hunt!


Watch the videos below to learn about hibernation. You can try the science activity below too. Also try and make a snack for a bear ( in arts and crafts section) to learn about a bears diet. There is a video below that Ms Hedington watched on BBC called 'A perfect planet' by David Attenborough. It is about bears who have just woken up from their winters sleep and trying to catch some fish(video pending- struggling to upload it at the moment) 

Hibernation of Animals | Why do Animals Hibernate |

Singing- hibernation song

Watch Ms Hedington read 'THE CAVE'

click on school videos tab below- bed time stories- Ms Hedington reads 'The Cave by Rob Hodgson'

A fantastic start to home learning in Star Class! Well done! : )

Learning for the school week beginning 05/01/20


I hope you all enjoyed your holiday.  Can you tell us anything fun that you did over the Christmas Holidays? Who was you with? Did you receive any cards or gifts from Santa, your family or friends? I would love it if you can draw a picture and do some writing to tell me about what you did over the holidays.  Perhaps you went to your favorite park, watched a funny film or did some baking.  Below I have attached some sheets for you to tell me about your holidays.  


Also, perhaps you would like to write a thank you letter to say thank you for any Christmas gifts/ cards you got over the holidays.  You could say thank you to anyone who did something nice for you.  Letter templates are below.  Try to use your phonics to help you write.  For example, you could write ‘thank you for my big bloo rockit! I luv it becos it is jiynt!’ You could also draw a picture of what you are thankful for.  If you do not have a printer you can always do this on some plain paper. 

It is now a New year and 2021!

This week I would love for you to find about New Year.  Watch the PowerPoint below to learn about New Year.  Did you see some fireworks for the New Year? Remember when we learnt about fireworks in class.  We learnt about how people use them on Fireworks night and to celebrate Diwali!

Lots of people in the New Year make what is called a New Year’s Resolution.  It is a promise a person makes in the New Year to do something good.  When you make a resolution, it means you choose to do something.

Watch Elmo tells us about a New Year’s Resolution and what Elmo’s was for another year. Listen very carefully! What was Elmo’s New Year’s Resolution? What do you think Elmo decided to do this year? I wonder what Elmo chose.  Maybe you can guess?

Sesame Street: Elmo's New Years Resolution

Happy New Year! Join Elmo and Cookie Monster with their #NewYearsResolution



Can you think of your own New Year’s Resolution?

Have you already done something good this New Year? Draw a picture and/ or do some writing to tell me about your New Year’s Resolution.  I have included star some templates for you to make one on to show me how you are going to be a star this year! You can also use any paper to make these.

Counting amounts!


Last term we were focusing particularly on counting amounts and recognising numerals.  We done this through lot of different ways.  We made tallies, we counted different objects and we counted amounts of money for example!  This week in maths we are going to be recapping our learning.  I have attached some different resources for you to continue doing some great counting and addition in maths.

Additional challenges

challenge yourself to count items from around your house! How many pencils do you have? How many tins of food? Can you count out how many pairs of socks you have? Draw a picture and record amounts for different items.  A grown up can help you!

Challenge yourself to think of your own tally chart question: e.g., what is your favourite arctic animal? What is your favourite cereal? Draw the table and ask your family members in person or via facetime/call and record their answers.


Number song for 1-20



In phonics this week we are going to be recapping all of our phase 2 sounds and tricks words.  See the videos below to remember them!

 Have a go at completing some of the phonics games, challenges and/or worksheets below too.


Phonics play has some fun games like buried treasure (


Learning Suggestions

- have a go at writing some letters.   

- write some different words using your sounds

- make a silly sentence about something that you think is funny! You could think of a silly sentence using a word you made in an activity below. 

Jolly Phonics phase 2 sounds

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

Winter Art


We began to learn about winter last term and begun creating lots of beautiful winter art work.  You may like to have a go at creating some winter art at home.  Some ideas of activities to create are below.  Have a go at creating your own winter art.  When you go outside you may also like to complete the winter hunt checklist and this might help give you some ideas of what to include when creating your own winter pictures.    



Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

A Winter story to give you some ideas to create your own winter picture!

Have a very lovely Christmas! We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. Love Miss Harwood, Miss Simpson and Miss Grace x

Have a very lovely Christmas!

Information regarding home learning ideas. Please see pdf below. The pdf has ideas of activities you can be doing until Weds 16th. Looking forward to seeing Star class next week : )

We are learning part of the song for 'We wish you a Merry Christmas' to sing together as a class.  Perhaps you might like to practice at home! : )


'We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year'

We have also been learning the Athelney Christmas Song. You can keep practicing singing the lyrics at home!


The chorus words are:
Sing with Athelney at Christmas,
Sing for happiness and fun.
All our voices raised together.
And our hearts that beat as one.
Join our joy and celebration
As we take this chance to say
Sing with Athelney at Christmas
And may good things come your way.

Athelney Christmas song.wma

Go to 43 seconds and the chorus begins on 45 seconds.


For Autumn 2:
We will be learning about the seasons autumn and winter
We will be learning about celebrations 
We will be continuing our learning in phonics- to blend sounds to read and shall continue to recognise numerals and count amounts.
Children will begin to see themselves as writers- they will be ascribing to the marks they make and beginning to use sounds in their writing. Remember children have to write the sounds they hear, this doesn't have to be spelt correctly!

Children independently use all resources available in the learning environment.
Children begin to act out stories.





To learn about winter why not go on a winter walk with your grown up.

What can you see?

Frost? ice? Are there any leaves on the trees? What is everyone wearing? Can you see many animals? 

What's the weather like?

Cold? Icy?


Try drawing a winter picture using pencils, wool, paint etc..


The Jolly Postman Read

Watch the jolly postman and here are some ideas you can do at home: 

1. Make your own Christmas card to a family member and use your phonics to write a message e.g. 

To mum

meri crismas 

luv Emma 


2. Design a Christmas jumper ( you can draw your own or use our template below).

Think about the colours, patterns, festive things you may see at Christmas and lastly make it look pretty so you would want to wear it! 

3. Draw and design your own Christmas tree and cut it out. You can use our template or watch the step by step instructions. 

4. Write a letter to Santa ( you can use our template or any piece of paper) and post it to the North Pole! 

To Santa

Plees can I hav a tedi 

I hav bin good. 

Luv Emma 


Class name list for Christmas cards

How to Draw a Christmas Tree

Follow along to learn how to draw this Christmas Tree and Star on top step by step, EASY. This cute, kawaii Christmas tree is perfect for celebrating the Hol...

Read the Nativity Story with your child and talk about why Christmas is important in the Religion Christianity

Go on a autumn nature hunt and see if you can find the things below ( open file)

Have a go at collecting some different coloured leaves.  Why not have an autumn leaf fight? Throw some leaves at each other! 

Try making autumn pictures. You can use your leaves you found on your autumn nature hunt and do some leaf printing. Or try autumn finger painting. Remember to only use the colours red, orange, yellow and brown. If you don't have paints you can use colouring pencils

Phonics: Get your child to sound out things they may see in autumn. Let them write the sounds they hear in the words e.g. red leef, oranj, yello, winde. It doesn't matter if it is spelt incorrectly :)

Autumn 2 Learning

We have very much enjoyed learning about different celebrations such as Fireworks Night, Remembrance Sunday and Diwali.  We enjoyed doing lots of different art work!  We created firework pictures, poppies, diya lamps and Mehndi hand art for example.  We particularly enjoyed dancing to different songs and trying different foods to understand how people celebrate Diwali.     

Some current photos of our learning

Learn about Diwali by looking through this powerpoint below

Make a diya lamp to celbrate Diwali. You can use some playdough or salt dough to create the lamp. Or use an empty jar, decorate it and put a tea light in it.


Watch London's Firework Display and talk about the noises they make and what they look like.

In class these are some of the words we came up with: bang, pop, explode, boom, crash, sparkly, glittery, amazing, beautiful, colourful, pretty. Can you think of anymore?

London welcomes 2019 with spectacular fireworks display

Make a colourful firework picture. Children can try and write words to describe their fireworks e.g. priti, bang, culafol, pop. Again remember these don't have to be spelt correctly.

For the first half term we will be focussing on the children:

  1. Settling in and happy in their new class/learning environment.
  2. Making friends with each other
  3. Exploring all areas of the learning environment and showing interests
  4. Learning the class routines and the expected behaviour
  5. Getting undressed and dressed independently and controlling their personal hygiene.