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Friday 15th January


Good morning Owls,


You should be really proud of yourselves this week as you have been working so hard.  I wanted to say that I love our live lessons and it is great to see you every day!


Today's live lesson will be English again, so I will upload the maths, phonics and RE activities.


Have a super day and a fantastic weekend!  Try to go outside, even if it's raining!


See you on Monday,


Mrs Sterjo



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.



Open the attached document for the activities today.



I can retell the story of Moses in the bulrushes.

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?

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'Here We Are' story time

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Thursday 14th January


Good morning Owls,


I am so proud of how hard you have all been working, make sure you keep it up!


I will be seeing you at 9.45am today for our live English lesson and I have uploaded the maths, phonics and art activity.


Have a great day,


Mrs Sterjo



Practise our text using the actions we decided on. 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.



See the attached activity document and choose one or more activities from the list.



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!


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PH phonics Not a word search! Roll and read

Wednesday 13th January


Good morning Owls,


Remember to use the class email if you need to get in touch with me.  


Today we will be having a live maths lesson, so I have attached the English, phonics video and Jigsaw lesson for the afternoon.


I look forward to seeing you at 9.45am.




Mrs Sterjo



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. Cursive handwriting
  5. Sitting your letters on the line



Our topic this term is ‘Hopes and Dreams’. 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 perservere and get there in the end, that is great learning. It feels hard at the time, but you feel fantastic when you achieve!


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Tuesday 12th January


Hello Owls and welcome to Tuesday's home learning!  If you are looking for something to do outside, then you could join the Big Birdwatch!  You can sign up using the following link.


Today's live lesson is English, so I have attached the activities, the maths, science and phonics. 


Have a great day,


Mrs Sterjo



Live lesson follow up activity

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! 

  • 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



Today you will be learning about the commutative rule.  You will be using the rule to solve different problems.


Get your brains warmed up by saying the number bonds rhyme to 10, the 20.  You can use the actions to help you and remember they are on the class page from yesterday. 


Your lesson and activities are on the attached document.  You can write the number sentences in your book.


Science- Animals including humans


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?




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Monday 11th January


Hello Owls,


I hope you have had a lovely weekend, with lots of fresh air and are now ready for week 2 of home learning.

Today we will begin with a live maths lesson.  I will also upload the phonics, English and afternoon activity. 

I look forward to seeing you at 9.45am.


Mrs Sterjo



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 attached.  



We are going to start some work on non- fiction texts this week. See if you can find some at home or use the link above to find some non- fiction texts you can read yourself. 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?

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Friday 8th January


Good morning Owls,

Happy Friday to you! 

Today we will be having a live English lesson, so I have attached the maths, phonics and RE resources for you to complete. 

I have also uploaded a story for you to listen to this afternoon. 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Sterjo



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,



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.  

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.

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Thursday 7th January


Good morning Owls,


Remember to bring your favourite toy to show at the start of the lesson today, we will hold them up at the same time, for everyone to see!


Today we will be having another live maths lesson.  You will need to check the class page for your English, phonics and art tasks.


Have a happy day!


Mrs Sterjo



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




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.



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.

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Wednesday 6th January


Happy birthday Mabel!


I hope you enjoyed our maths lesson yesterday?  It was so lovely to see you all.


Today's live lesson will be English, so I have attached the maths tasks and phonics video.  The Jigsaw task is below.


Have a great day,


Mrs Sterjo



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!



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Tuesday 5th January 2020

Dear Owls,


Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a great Christmas and are ready for our exciting new topic this term.


I am looking forward to seeing you online today for our live learning lesson at 9.45am.  The activities to follow the live lesson, the English lesson, phonics video and a science session are in the sections below.


In addition to this, I have added the home learning grid and spelling lists.


There are lots of activities to keep you busy but please just do what you can and try your best.


Happy learning,


Mrs Sterjo



Choose one or more of the tasks below

1.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?

2. 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?

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

For an extra place value challenge, complete the attached maths problem for today. Record your answers in your book.



Watch the video and complete the task







Oh no! Look what we have found!


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:



Tuesday 5th Jan.

Animals including humans


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.



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Look at our work from last term! We made gingerbread people in our Jigsaw sessions, penguin art, pirate maps and had great fun using the equipment in PE!

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 super day today. Below are some photos of our day. We have explored Forest School, completed a scavenger hunt, planted bulbs in our allotment, created art with leaves and built our scarecrow too!


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

The Owls have had a fantastic start to the term and have had a very happy week.  Well done Owls!


I have attached the new topic grid, home learning grid and newsletter.


If you have any questions, please ask me on the gate after school or email the office.



Dear Owls,


I hope you enjoyed your transition days?  It was so lovely to meet the new Year Ones and introduce the Year Twos to their new class.  I know we are going to have a fantastic year!


Have a super summer and I look forward to seeing you in September. 



Mrs Sterjo


For parents,


I have attached a home learning grid with lots of activities to support your child at home over the holidays.  I understand that it has been a long term and everyone's circumstances have been different, so just do what you can.  We have tried to make the activities practical and fun.  As discussed in the meeting, a 'drip feeding' approach with little and often, is much better than cramming it all in the night before we start back!


I have also attached the notes from the transition meeting.


Thank you for your support.



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