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Friday 15th January 2021

Happy Friday Bats! 

Happy birthday to Emil for tomorrow! I hope you all have a fun day today, keep practising our wolf text and I will see you at 9.15 for a Live Maths lesson.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Stewart



See attached documents.




Keep practising our model text, using the actions and the text map to help you. Try ‘stepping it out’. This is when you break the text into parts (Introduction, appearance, diet, interesting fact) to make it easier to remember. You say the ‘introduction’ part, then take a step and say the  ‘appearance’ part, take a step say the  ‘diet’ part and so on.

This video gives a good demonstration.




Afternoon activity

LO: I can retell the story of Moses and the Burning Bush.

 Watch this clip to learn about the story.


You could to act out the story of Moses, or draw a picture of the main events.

Talk to your grown up about how you would feel if you were Moses?

What sort of leader do you think Moses was?

Phonics lesson

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Maths resources- printing optional

Thursday 14th January 2021

Good morning Bats, I hope you are well and happy today. Have you tried any of the PE with Joe sessions? Maybe you could give it a go, my family love them! Exercise makes you feel good, and gives you energy!

I will see you at 9.15 for our Live English Lesson.

Mrs Stewart




Practise reciting our text using the actions we decided on in the Live Lesson. Have a couple of goes and then see what you can remember without support from your grown up. Keep practising it everyday so you know it off by heart.

It would be helpful if your grown up could print off the model text and text map and keep it safe as we will be using it a lot. If this is a problem please let me know.



Please see attached resources.


Afternoon activity


Look at your designs from last week and chose your favourite. This will be the one you make. Draw your chosen design out again, adding any extra ideas or taking away things you have decided against. Now label the parts of your puppet with the materials you will need. Make a list of the items you will need and over the next week collect them up.  Please don’t buy anything, please use items you already have at home. Save your pennies!




Phonics lesson

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English resources- print if you can

Wednesday 13th January 2021

Good morning Bats, I hope you have had a good sleep and are ready for another day. It was great to hear about the animals you have been finding out about yesterday. Have fun making your fact page today!

I will see you at 9.15 for a Live Maths lesson.

Mrs Stewart


See attached documents below


Today we would like you to use all the research you have done for the last 2 days to write a fact page about your animal.


  • Your facts must be true!
  • You should try to make your fact page look like a real non- fiction book, using the devices you have seen (headings, labels, pictures, diagrams). There are some examples attached.
  • You need to try to remember the items on our ‘All the time washing line’
  1. Use your phonics
  2. Finger spaces
  3. Capital letters and full stops (and other punctuation!)
  4. Posh  cursive handwriting
  5. Sitting your letters on the line


Afternoon activity


           Jerrie Cat is wondering how you are getting on with the challenge you set yourself. Look back at               your record and think about how you are getting on.

 If you have improved, how do you feel? Do you need to challenge yourself more by making the task harder or will you aim to do more in the time limit?

If you are finding your challenge a bit tricky, how do you feel? Have a thing about how you can help yourself? Can you ask for help? Can you ‘dig deep’ and find some determination to keep trying? Try not to give up, but maybe change your challenge slightly so it is more achievable.


The important thing about this challenge is your response to it, not how successful you are. If it’s tricky but you persevere and get there in the end, that is great learning. It feels hard at the time, but you feel fantastic when you achieve!


Phonics lesson

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Tuesday 12th January 2021

Hello Bats, I hope you had a good day yesterday, and are ready for another fun filled day of learning! I will see you at 9.15 for our live English lesson. Parents, could I request that you are around to help your child unmute if necessary until they get used to it please. I am trying to get a balance between quiet times so all the children can hear me, but I also want to hear their voices and get the children as actively involved as possible. I'm sure this will come with time and experience (for me and the children!) but your support with this will hopefully speed things along.

Many thanks

Mrs Stewart



Activities for after our live lesson.

We would like you to continue researching about your chosen animal. See if you can find some super facts to wow us with! Below is a reminder of the suggested questions from Monday, but you might have your own questions to research as well and that is great! We love learning new information.

  • Where does your animal live (it’s habitat)?
  • What does it like to eat?
  • Does it have any amazing skills?
  • How long can it live for?
  • Does it have any difficulties to face? E.g. loss of habitat



Please see attached activities. Your child does not need to complete all of these questions, just choose the section that suits them best.



LO: I can name parts of the human body and say what their function is.


Draw the outline of a human on a piece of paper. You could ask your grown up to draw round you if you have a large enough piece at home! Now draw on parts of the body that you know, you could label them too. Tell your grown up what each part is for, for example eyes are to help you see. You could test how well some parts of your body works if you would like an extra challenge. For example, what is the quietest sound you can hear? How far away can you see a picture? Can you taste foods while blindfolded and still tell what they are? Can you guess the smell?

Tuesday's phonics lesson

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Tuesday's maths resources

Monday 11th January 2021

Good morning Bats. I hope you have had a lovely weekend with your families, and have managed to get outside safely for some fresh air and exercise. Have a good day, and I look forward to seeing you all at 9.15.

Mrs Stewart



Following on from today’s live lesson, choose one or two or more activities from below.


1. Using objects, practise making 10 in different ways, then write the corresponding number sentence, e.g. 9+1=10

2. Using objects, practise making 20 in different ways, then write the corresponding number sentence, e.g. 18+2=20

3. Fill in the missing numbers, using your number bond knowledge to help you.

8+?=10, 6+?=10, 11+?=20, 15+5=, 17+?=20, 5+?=20, 9+?=10, 13+?=20, 14+?=20, 19+?=20, 20+?=20

4.Use your knowledge of number bonds to solve the following problems, 90+?=100, 50+?=100, ?+8-=100, 95+?=100, 90+?=100, 85+?=100.  Show your answers using the bar method.  Now draw your own bar model and find different ways of making 20, then 100. 

Remember to complete your Mathletics activity for this week.

For an extra problem to solve, see below.




We are going to start some work on non- fiction texts this week. You can use link above to look at a non- fiction text you can read yourself or see if you can find some non- fiction books at home. Have a look through and see what you notice. See if you can answer these questions.

  • Does it look the same as a fiction text (story)?  Can you explain your answer to your grown up. (headings, labels near pictures, contents page, diagrams.)
  • Do you read it in the same way as a story book? (You don’t need to read it from start to finish- just find the most useful part.)
  • Can you find devices that help you use the non- fiction book best? (Contents page, index, heading/ subheading, technical words glossary.)
  • What is the non- fiction text used for? (To give information that is factually true- not a fictional story- that has been made up.


Today and tomorrow (after the live English lesson) we would like you to research an animal of your choice so that you can write about it on Wednesday. See what fascinating facts you can find, but make sure you understand what you are reading!


Here are some questions you might like to answer.

  • Where does your animal live (it’s habitat)?
  • What does it like to eat?
  • Does it have any amazing skills?
  • How long can it live for?
  • Does it have any difficulties to face? E.g. loss of habitat



Where can wolves be found? Look at a world map and find the places where wolves live.  You could print the map and mark them on, if you would like to. You could also add other features of maps, for example the seas and oceans, land, mountains. Think back to the places wolves are found and see if you can find out some information. What is the weather like there? What kind of plants grow?  Which animals live in these areas?


Phonics lesson

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Friday 8th January 2021

Good morning Bats! 

I hope you had a lovely day yesterday and were busy with lots of fun and learning. Here is lots more fun for you on Friday!

Have a good day, and enjoy your weekend.

Mrs Stewart


Friday's maths activities

Today you will be practising your knowledge of place value by showing how many hundreds, tens, ones and maybe thousands are in a number!


Get your brains working!  Today, I want you to begin by writing out the numbers to 10, then 20 in numerals and words.  Try to spell them correctly. 

Don’t worry if you are finding it tricky, we will keep practising.


Now choose one of the following activities,

1. Making the following numbers using Lego, bricks, pasta etc; 8, 2, 10, 7, 6, 5, 3.  Can you draw the objects and write the numeral?

2. Make the following numbers, then draw the objects, write the numeral and how many tens and ones are in each number; 11, 15, 21, 16, 18, 17, 22, 25, 12

3. Complete the missing number puzzles – see attached.  You can use the 100 square on our class page from Weds to help you.  Then pick 5 numbers from the puzzle and write how many tens and ones are in each number.

4.Use the following groups of numbers to see how many different numbers you can make.  Think about a logical approach to ensure you can find all the combinations.

For example, using the numbers 1, 3, 2.  You can make 132, 123, 321, 312, 231, 213

Have a go, using these numbers,

9, 2

1, 5, 4

8, 2, 1

9, 2, 5

1, 3, 6, 8

4, 2, 1, 8,

Phonics lesson

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Friday's afternoon activity. R.E.


We will be thinking about leaders- religious ones and those in other roles.

Play a game – ask your grown up to start. I am thinking of someone who is…….. try to guess who the leader who is being described e.g. Headteacher, captain of a football team, The Queen.  

Think about what qualities make these people leaders and why do you trust them?

Choose one leader. Draw a picture and write a sentence about why they are a good leader.

Story time

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Thursday 7th January 2021

Happy Thursday Bats! Thank you to those of you who sent in story maps, I am super impressed with your hard work. Well done, I could see lots of fantastic pictures and writing.

Mrs Heycock and I would also like to say congratulations to Addison and his family on the arrival of his baby sister Ava. How exciting!

I will see you all at 9.15 for some number fun. Have a lovely day,  from Mrs Stewart.

Thursday live lesson activities

Today you will be comparing numbers using the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most and least. You will also be using the following symbols to show your understanding; <, > and =.

Choose one or more of the following activities.

  1. Using Lego bricks or blocks, can you make the following amounts and write in your book which ones are bigger or smaller? 3 or 5, 7 or 10, 11 or 15, 2 or 12, 7 or 8.
  2. Using the more or less than symbol, can you write out the following numbers in your book to say which one is bigger or smaller?  18 or 21, 13 or 17, 11 or 13, 12 or 10, 29 or 30, 15 or 12.  You can make the numbers if you need to.  Make sure you have a think about how many tens and ones are in a number first. 
  3. Write out the following pairs of numbers in your book, then draw the more than or less than symbol to show which one is bigger and smaller.
  4. Extra challenge – write out the following numbers and tell me the value of the underlined number.  For example, 125 – what is the value of the 1?  The answer is 100.

Try to answer the following,

123, 301, 527, 964, 299, 99, 1324, 3568, 10, 000

Thursday's English lesson

 Watch Tuesday’s clip of Little Red Riding Hood again, and try to join in when you can.

What do you think of the choices the characters made in the story? Should Little Red Riding Hood talk to the wolf? What might the wolf be thinking?

Are there any words that you don’t understand or haven’t heard before? 

We would like you to act out the story of Little Red Riding Hood today, using puppets, soft toys or family members! Make sure you get the events in the right order! Use your story map if you need help. See if you can use some of the repeated phrases (e.g.’What big eyes you have’) in your story.

Phonics lesson

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 Thursday's afternoon activity


We would like to try to make hand puppets over the next few weeks!  To start this project, we would like you to design 4 different puppets ideas by drawing them on paper. You can choose any animal you would like. Once you have drawn your puppets, colour them carefully to show how you would like the puppet to be when it is made. You could label each one showing what the parts are made of. E.g. buttons for eyes, wool for fur.

Wednesday 6th January 2021

Good morning Bats! It was lovely to see you all yesterday for our Zoom lesson, and I look forward to seeing you again today. Have a fun day!

Mrs Stewart

Phonics lesson

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Afternoon activity- Jigsaw.


Our topic this term is ‘Hopes and Dreams’. Jerrie Cat would like you to have a think about what your hopes and dreams are. They could be hopes and dreams for the day, the week or the year! With your grown up, think of a challenge that you could complete in the next 2 weeks. It could be skipping, drinking more water, being more helpful etc. Keep a record of how much you can do each day and see if you can beat your score!


Happy New Year Bats!

We hope you have had a restful break and are ready for a new term. Our live lesson will be at 9.15 each day, and there will be new tasks here everyday to keep you busy! I hope to see lots of you for our zoom lesson each day.

Have fun!

Mrs Stewart

Try these activities or mathletics after the live maths lesson.

Take a handful of Lego/ blocks/ pasta/ pens or toys.  Can you count how many items are in each group?

Could you challenge yourself by estimating how many objects are in a group?


Count out the following amounts using your toys, blocks etc

15, 19, 12, 11, 10,

Can you draw the objects and write the number in your book?


Ask an adult to put pasta or other objects into groups.  Can you estimate how many there are by quickly looking at them?


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What has happened?

Tuesday 5th January 2020

English task.  Look what we have found! (see photos above) What could have happened?


Talk to someone at home about what you can see.

Think about:

  • What might have happened?
  • Who has been here?
  • Why might this have happened?
  • Does it remind you of any stories that you know?



            You could:

  • create spoken stories to explain this event with your grown up
  • have a go at drawing pictures and writing captions for your new story
  • describe an object in detail, using adjectives
  • act out your new story using puppets or your family members


Please watch this clip before tomorrow mornings live lesson:

Science- Animals including humans

Watch this clip


Then you could:

  • collect up some things around your home and sort them into 2 groups- living/ non- living.
  • Make a list of creatures that are herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.
  • Make a rhyme to help you remember everything that a living thing does.
  • Create a creature and a habitat for it.
Mrs Heycock and I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and let's hope 2021 is an improvement for us all! We have had a wonderful term with your children and we are proud of every one of them for their hard working attitude, and their eagerness to learn. Below are a few photos we would like to share with you. Have a lovely holiday and we look forward to seeing you again in January.


Home learning due to Covid-19 isolation


If your child is isolating at any point, please refer to the class' current home learning grids and spelling lists below for home learning tasks. In addition, your child should log in to Mathletics and complete the tasks they have set on there. They should also be reading and discussing what they have read with an adult on a daily basis.

Outdoor day- Friday 6th November 2020


We have had a fantastic, busy day today. We explored Forest School, planted bulbs in our allotments, created art with leaves, completed a scavenger hunt and built our scarecrows. Below are some photos to give you an idea of what we have been up to!


Please see below for past home learning grids / activities / resources.

Monday 14th September.

Welcome back Bats! It's been lovely to have you all back. Mrs Heycock and I have enjoyed our first week with you and have been very impressed with you all. 

Your child should have a blue Home Learning book in their book bag. This contains a home learning grid, spelling work and a Mathletics log in for your child to work through this term. There is information in the class letter about how this should be completed. I have attached the documents here for you too.

Please don't hesistate to contact us if you need to.


Mrs Stewart and Mrs Heycock

Monday 20th July 2020


It was lovely to see so many of you at the Zoom meeting on Thursday. As promised here is a home learning grid for the holidays along with the Zoom meeting Powerpoint.

We wish you all a relaxing and happy holidays and look forward to seeing you all in September to hear about all your adventures!

Love Mrs Stewart and Mrs Heycock

Please visit our 'COVID19 Information Page' which can be found in the 'Key Information' area of our website.