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Wind and Sun

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Hello everyone! Hope you had as good an Easter holiday as possible under the circumstances. This term's topic is 'Home and Away' ( ironic but chosen last September). I was thinking of renaming it 'Home and 2 metres Away'!laugh

So, as before, I will give you daily lesson and learning suggestions, advice and support as best I can.


Geography Projects: (That also includes history and English)

I would like you to create a booklet about your village or/and your surrounding area. You will need to have a front cover, a list of contents page in numerical order and an index and glossary (tricky words that are highlighted in your book) both in alphabetical order at the back. Things to include in your booklet would be some history of your village, any myths, legends, ghost stories etc. Is there a school? Include some history about the school. Did there USED to be a school in the village like there did in Halvergate for example? Is there a church? How old is it? What's its name? What goes on in the church? You probably won't be able to visit inside your church but you may well be able to walk in the grounds as part of your walk outside your home. Take a photo of the church so that you can include that in your booklet or even to use as a guide to draw it when you come back from your walk. Is there a village hall? What activities go on and when? What other amenities are there? We did this in village groups in the Autumn Term. Are there any shops? Did there USED to a shop in your village? Can you find out anything about the history of the amenities? For example, 'The Old Stores' is the house towards the end of Cantley's SCHOOL LANE, right by the little pond, it used to be the village shop because the main part of the village was near the school and NOT near the factory. The factory changed the village basically. Does your village have pubs? How many post boxes? Look for them on your daily walks. There used to be a Victorian post box by the station in Cantley, but it was taken away when the car park was made. The E.R on the boxes stand for our queen reigning and it stands for Elizabeth Regina. If it has G.R on it, it's very old, as it's the queen's father George. Look for old properties and any properties that have the date on the outside.

Try to make a basic map of your village or a map of the nearby roads to your house. I anticipate this to be a long term project but if you want to do it all in one week, that's fine.


Friday 22nd May:

Hello, I hope you're well. It's Fancy Dress Friday for P.E with Joe Wicks if you do that, even if you don't, it's always great to dress up whatever your age! After your usual morning starter routine, practise your spellings and then have your spelling test. Set each other word conundrums like

quoape = opaque

Handy tip: Write the word down first, THEN muddle up the letters one at a time. Finally, count how many letters in your word and check that your muddled-up letter word has the same amount.

Hang-man is a great spelling game. Think of a word, then write a dash for each letter e.g:

   - - - - - -     

Then get your partner to guess a letter (choose some vowels first). If they guess a letter correctly, put it in, e.g

  - - a - - -  

If they get it wrong, start drawing your 'gallows' with a line going downwards (vertically) first, then a line across (horizontally) at the bottom, then another at the top and eventually your rope and person, with head, body, legs and arms. You can only draw if your partner gets a letter wrong. Don't forget to keep a record of your incorrect letter guesses so that you can all see them. Can your partner guess the letter before hangman? By the way, my word was shadow.


Another fun writing game is Consequences.

Take a piece of paper each, and at the very top, in the middle of the top, write a female's name, without showing or telling your partner, you then fold over the top of the paper so as not to reveal the name, then pass your paper onto the next person after you have written met underneath your fold.

Then, underneath the fold, write a male's name and do the same as above, folding it and passing it on AFTER you have written at underneath your fold.

Next, write a place where people could meet (obviously 2 metres apart)! Then, fold, write He said underneath your fold and pass it on.

Write something as silly as you want e.g Would you like to kiss? or Something smells around here, is it you?

Then, fold, and write She said under the fold, and pass it on.

Write something funny like, I'll have chips with that please or Your voice sounds silly today.

Then fold, and write The consequence was (or con for short) which basically means what happened in the end, and pass it on.

Your last bit of writing is what happened in the end could be They got married or There were some stinky smells! - the sillier, the funnier.

FINALLY, you take turns to read them aloud!

If you have some funny, even rude ones, please email your pics, I could do with a laugh whilst doing paperwork and planning next week! The more times you play it, the funnier it gets.


So, finish off with a walk, involving a tally. Could be a nature tally involving plants and animals? Could be a people and pets tally? What questions can you ask about your findings? Don't forget the dreaded 'How many more (dandelions) were there than (oak trees)? Are there vany plants and trees you can't name? Can you look them up and find out what they are?


Read and be read to, compliment each other, perhaps talk about what worked in Home-schooling this week and what didn't. Then discuss why certain things worked and why perhaps certain things didn't? How you could this be resolved in future?

After that, hug your family and tell them that you love them, wash your hands lots and stay safe and happy over half term!





Thursday 21st May:

Hello, I hope you've been enjoying the beautiful weather, but don't forget to wear sunscreen. It's been the perfect weather for measuring shadows! There could be a change in the weather, however. So, after your morning routine, practise your spellings. Then, listen to the story above, Wind and Sun, and answer the following questions.

  1. What does quarrel mean?
  2. What does bawl mean?
  3. Why is he called bully wind?
  4. What do you think stitchless mean?
  5. What does bray mean?
  6. What was the challenge between Wind and Sun?
  7. What are the contractions I'm and I'll short for?
  8. Why does the man pull his coat tighter around him and do his buttons up?
  9. What is litter?
  10. Why did the man buckle his belt and turn up his collar?
  11. What does 'blew til ... sheep bowled downhill mean?
  12. Why did Wind go blue and was wheezing?
  13. What did Sun do after Wind gave up?
  14. What past tense verb is repeated that describes what the Sun did?
  15. Why did the man wipe his brow?
  16. What does glance mean? Look it up.
  17. What does naked mean?
  18. If you sulk, how do you behave? Why did Wind Sulk for a month?
  19. Why was the verb 'stormed' chosen in relation to the Wind?
  20. What is the moral of this story? 



Maths Tests:


  1.    10     20    ---     ---     50    ----    70
  2.     5     10     ---     ----    25    ---     35
  3.     2      4      ---     ----   ----    12     ---
  4.  3 lots of 10
  5.  Double 8
  6.  Half of 14
  7. Is 16 closer to 10 or 20?
  8. Is 24 closer to 20 or 30?
  9. Is 48 closer to 40 or 50?
  10. Double 11
  11. How many 10s in 21? How many 1s?
  12. 27 + 9 =
  13. 33 -  7 =
  14. 40 + 8 =




  1. 100       90      ---      ---     60     ---    40
  2. 105   100       ---       ---     85     ---    75
  3. 108    106     ---        ---     100   ----   96
  4. 10 x 10 =
  5. Double 15
  6. Half of 24
  7. Round 47 to nearest 10
  8. Round 73 to nearest 10
  9. Round  133 to nearest 100 (either 100 or 200)
  10. 9 x 2 =
  11. How many tens and ones in 58?
  12. 27 + 18 =
  13. 65 - 11 =
  14. 70 + 8 =
  15. 100 + 10 + 3 =
  16. 6 x 3 =
  17. 4 x 4 =
  18. 21 divided by 3 = 


Finally, read and be read to and incidentally, Manchester United and England International football player Jesse Lingard is on BBC Bitesize reading Attack of the Demon Dinner Ladies. Catch it on BBC i-Player and BBC red button from 9 am. Also, for 7 - 9 year olds the wonderful Joanna Lumley is reading one of my favourite books Mr Gum. Both stories are excellent! Compliment each other, hug your family and tell them you love them. Wash your hands and stay safe and speak to you tomorrow (Friday).

Wednesday 20th May:

Hello, mid-week already. Today, we're going to be looking at 1st, 2nd and 3rd person. Also, past, present and future. So, let's start. After your usual start of the school day routine, write out your spellings. Then, go to BBC Bitesize English Key Stage 1 and click on grammar and watch the video and read aloud the transcript. 1st person is I, me, 2nd person is you, your, 3rd person is he, she, it, her, him. First person PLURAL is we, us, 2nd person plural is you, your(the same as singular) and 3rd person plural is they, them.

Do the online activity and answer the quiz. Then, I would like you to write 3 sentences in 1st person (singular), 2nd person, 3rd person (singular).

Y2/3 I would like you to also do 1st person plural and 3rd person plural. DON'T forget capital letters at the start of your sentences and also for any names (proper nouns). Also, don't forget any punctuation like . ! ? , '. Please notice how the verb changes according to which person you are writing in e.g I help , you help, she/he/it helps and we help, they help. The changes can be quite different if the verb is irregular like the verb to be e.g I am, you are , he/she/it is, we are, they are.

So, my expectation for Y1 is writing 9 sentences. Y2/3, my expectation is for 15 sentences.


Next, we're going to be looking at verb tenses - past, present and future. Again, on the KS1 Grammar page, click on What are present and future tense? Watch the video, do the interactive activity, and play the quiz. Then I would like 3 sentences in the future, present and past. Past tense is often signalled by the suffix of 'ed at the end of the verb e.g helped. However, irregular verbs often have irregular past tense e'g ran, sang/sung etc. The future tense verb tends to be accompanied by will - I will sing, I will run or I will be singing and I will be running. Notice how the verb has the suffix of 'ing added to it. Present tense can include am e.g I am singing, or I am running. Here again, the verb has the suffix of 'ing added.

If you want to make all 3 sentences the same apart from the verb and verb chain, that's fine e.g


I will sing a song.

I sing a song.

I sang a song.


For grammar, BBC Bitesize Karate Cats is an excellent interactive game to play on a tablet, kindle (not sure about laptop but it didn't work on my iPhone - although, I'm not known for my technological skills).



Maths: Find your data handling from the last 2 days, and apply these questions to your data findings:

  1. Which is the most popular in your findings?
  2. Which is the least popular?
  3. How many more ------ were there than --------? (e.g how many more spoons were than forks, how many more dark plain socks were there than dark patterned socks? etc)
  4. How many ----- altogether?
  5. (Venn Diagram question ONLY) How many  ----- were AND -------? (e.g How many socks were dark AND patterned? How many non-metal cutlery were spoons? etc).
  6. Can you suggest another ----- to add to your data?(E.g another choice -  another circle for your Venn diagram, another section for your table/bar chart/ pictogram could be kitchen utensils, long socks, trainer socks, light brown hair colour etc).

If you can think of any more questions, go for it.


In terms of another subject, you could learn a little more French. If you go to BBC Bitesize KS2 French - Food and Drink. Watch the video clip,' Not Again Farley!' which introduces lots of new words:

bonjour      je m'appelle (I am called) - pronounced juh ma pell     


j'ai faim  ( I have hunger) - pronounced jay fam


legumes (vegetables) - pronounced lay-goom


tomate (tomato) - pronounced tor-mart      oignon - pronounced on-ee-on


laitue (lettuce) - pronounced laytew          poisson (fish) - pwahss-on


pommes frittes (potato chips) - pronounced pom frit      bananes - pronounced ban-nan


glace - (ice-cream) - pronounced glas    vanille (vanilla) - van-eel 


chocolat - (chocolate) - pronounced shock-a-la


Now, draw and label some of these and practise speaking them.


Finally, read and be read to, compliment each other, hug your family and tell them you love them. Remember, wash your hands and stay safe. Speak tomorrow (Thursday) with hopefully, a new story from our Aesop's Fables Big Book.


Tuesday 19th May:

Hello, hope you're well. Did you get the countdown conundrum? It was transparent.

Today, I have a Maths countdown challenge.


   25     1      3       7      8     9    and the target number to make is 30



   25      50      6       5        4           2      and the target number is 100


So, start your usual morning routine, whether it be P.E with Joe, BBC Bitesize red button, GoNoodle, Cosmic Yoga or whatever and then write your spellings out. After that, have a go at the Maths countdown challenge above.

Then, we can start our SPAG activities.

Today, we are revising inverted commas (speech marks) for Y2/3 by turning a play script into reported speech - making them sentences with speech marks (66 and 99). Y1 can try reading it and go on a punctuation hunt - spot . ! ? '  , and capital letters (upper case letters). 

Perhaps do a Maths tally of each of the above punctuation.



Wind: I bet I can blow his coat off.         

becomes        Wind boasted," I bet I can blow his coat off".     or    " I bet I can blow his coat off", boasted Wind.

Rewrite this play script as sentences with inverted commas (speech marks). Y1s, read it aloud with lots of expression and do a punctuation tally.


Wind: I am the strongest!

Wind: I am stronger than you.

Sun: Oh really, are you sure?

Sun: What can you do to prove it?

Man: Brrrrr! It's got colder.

Wind: I'm going to blow harder and harder so that you take your coat off.

Sun: I'm going to shine and shine.

Man: WOW! It's getting hotter.

Man: I'm so hot that I'm going to take all my clothes off!


Next, we're going to look at conjunctions (joining words), both coordinating and subordinating. Below, choose the correct coordinating conjunctions to link the 2 sentences. 

Choose between either so, and, but and or:

  1. I like apples. I like melon too.
  2. I had a bad leg. I still went for a walk.
  3. Would you like red? Would you like blue?
  4. It was sunny. I must wear my sun-hat.


Now, choose which subordinating conjunctions join 2 sentences together. Your subordinating conjunctions to choose from are:

  although, because, when, before

  1.  She was cross. It started to rain.
  2. The car stopped. It ran out of petrol.
  3. The sun was shining. It was still cold.
  4. He ate pizza. He ate cake.


Maths: Continuing with our Data Handling (statistics). Your tally chart findings from yesterday need to be presented in a different way through pictograms and Venn Diagrams. You may want to find some more different information out instead and do some more tally charts. Go to BBC Bitesize, Key Stage 2 Maths, Handling Data - How can data be displayed. Watch the video and then look at Displaying Data to remind yourselves of what a pictogram and a Venn Diagram look like. A pictogram uses pictures as a symbol and one symbol can either represent 1 of the object or 2. If the symbol represents 2, then half a symbol represents 1.

Example: Pictogram to show children have different hair colours

Blond/e : angel angel angel

Brown:     angel angel angelangel

Black:       angel angel

Red :        angel


So, you may want to do a pictogram of children in Class 2, or of cutlery around your house, or of socks?


Year 1 - with your adult, can you draw a bar chart to show your findings?


Years 2/3, I'd like you to do a Venn diagram, with 2 circles overlapping (like we did in class with the animals blue animals and rabbits). One of your circles could be spoons, the other could be non-metal cutlery, meaning the overlapping bit of BOTH circles in the middle would be non-metal spoons. The outside of the circles is the 'sea' where forks and knives could be.

OR if you want to use socks, one circle has plain dark socks, the other has patterned socks and the overlapping bit of both circles is dark patterned socks. The outside could plain LIGHT coloured socks. Don't forget to label your circles so you know how you've sorted them. If you wanted to do hair of Class 2 for your Venn Diagram, one could be dark hair and one could be long hair, and the short-haired blonds or red-haired would be in the sea, and the long-haired dark (not fair ones would be in the middle overlapping bit.


Tomorrow and Thursday we will be looking at interpreting data (answering questions on your findings, which have been presented through tables, pictograms,  bar charts and Venn Diagrams.


Science: Last week, we looked at light sources and how transparent materials (see-through and lets light completely through), and translucent materials (lets SOME light through but blurry and you can't see clearly) and opaque materials (solid, blocks light out completely and causes shadows) relate to Light and Dark.

Go to BBC Bitesize Key Stage 2 Light and Dark and click on the video Light (Seymour Science) and this will remind you of what we looked at last week. Then have a look at Light and shadow clip compilation to look at shadows. You are now going to do some work on shadows.

EITHER: measure the length of your shadow every hour throughout the day (may need to start this on Wednesday, when it's less cloudy) and see if and how it changes. What do you notice? After you've done this, watch Key Stage 2 video clip Sun and Shadows.


Or, if you'd prefer to do that another day, using a torch, darkness and some opaque toys or cut out shapes/puppets/characters, and do a puppet show, or just play around making funny shadows. First, watch the video clip Shadow puppets to give you some ideas. Have fun!


Perhaps you could show me some photos of how your shadow changes or of your shadow puppets?


Finally, read and be read to, compliment each other, hug your family and tell them you love them, wash your hands and stay safe. Speak to you tomorrow (Wednesday).



Monday 18th May:

Hello, I hope you had a good weekend. I have a countdown conundrum for you. The clue is: a window is this



If you don't have some spellings, here are some for you:

Y1     mole        poke       robe        rode        home         hope         rose          phone        drove


Y2/3   measure           treasure              pleasure          leisure            usual              unusual          usually             television


Start your day as usual. Then write out your spellings. This week, we are concentrating on SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar).


Write the statements below in speech bubbles. Pictures to accompany speech bubbles are optional:

My name is ........

I am a boy/girl.

I am age 5/6.

My birthday is on ..............

I like Spring/ Summer/ Autumn/ Winter best.

I have .... pets.



Please go to BBC Bitesize Keystage 2 English and click on inverted commas (which is the correct term for speech marks (66 and 99).

Watch the video clip and do the activity and the quiz. Then copy the sentences below and add in inverted commas (speech marks 66/99).


  1. I can blow the man's coat off! boasted the Wind.
  2. Are you sure? asked Sun.
  3. I'm so cold, shivered the man, I'm going to do my coat up, he said.
  4. Phew, I'm so hot, said the man, I must take my coat off.

Now, write 3 sentences of your own with inverted commas in.


Finally, in English, we're going to revise commas in lists for Y2/3, and learn them for Y1. Go to BBC Bitesize Key Stage 1 English punctuation and click on Commas in Lists. Watch the video clip and and do the follow on work.

Insert the commas in lists. REMEMBER, there's no comma before the and.


I have 2 cats, 1 dog, 3 fish, 2 guinea pigs and a horse.

  1. I ate pie mash peas carrots onions and gravy.
  2. I like football tennis netball dance and rounders.
  3. She wears a hat coat gloves scarf and boots.
  4. He likes red blue yellow green and silver.


Now, write your own commas in list sentence.


Maths: We're doing data handling or statistics. Today, we will remind you about the 5 bar tally. Go to BBC Bitesize Key Stage 1 Handling Data, and watch the collecting data video clip. Use the 5 bar tally chart to collect data about some things around your house e.g cutlery, plates, slices of bread, pairs of socks ( plain, patterned) etc. Display your data findings in a table (use a ruler to make it neater).


Carry on with your village project.


For a bit of fun, play a music rhythm game, Don't Clap This One Back. Clap out the rhythm of the sentence DON'T CLAP THIS ONE BACK. And then one of you leads and the other person is the echo, the repeat. The leader claps  a series of very short rhythms which are then repeated back by the echo BUT, if the echo (the repeater) hears the rhythm to Don't Clap This One Back, they MUSTN'T clap it out.


Some rhythm examples:

Some dogs are fluffy.

Cats like sleeping.

Mummy and Daddy know best.

The sun comes out.

Puppies are nice.

Doughnuts are sugary.


Finally, read and be read to, compliment each other, hug your family and tell them you love them, wash your hands and stay safe. Speak tomorrow (Tuesday).







Friday 15th May:

Hello, we're at the end of another week. This week would have been SATs week for Y2 and Y6. If any Y2 parents want to look at some previous SATs papers, some are available online. Also, just to remind you, that Twinkl (educational resource provider that many schools use) is currently free, as is, I think, White Rose Maths. If your child is Y2/3 and not managing some of the work I've been setting, either let them do the Y1 work or email me and I will see what I can do. I am back in school next Thursday and Friday but until then, I don't have access to many resources. Obviously, there are other staff in every day if you need something.


So, after your first off morning routine, last practise of spellings and then your spelling test. After that, I have a little Maths division / test.


Y1s (or anyone else):

Fill in the gaps

2      4         ?        ?        10         12          ?            16           ?            20



22        ?          18            16           ?            ?           10           8          ?           ?         ?            0



5        10         ?          ?            25           30          ?             ?             45            ?



50       ?           40       35         ?          ?        20       ?         10           ?



Now, write all multiple of 10 numbers backwards starting from 100 e.g

100     90      and so on right down to 0


Y2/3 / = division sign

50 / 10                            50 / 5                 


100 / 10                     20 / 2                   20 / 5               


 20 / 10                 25 /5           


30 / 10   


  30 / 5                 10 / 10                     


10 / 2                     10 / 5                   18 / 2


 35 /5            45 / 5                   18 / 2 


  40 / 5                    40 / 10


After this, as we normally have P.E on a Friday, I have investigated some P.E activities online. I will suggest a range so that you can pick which you would like to have a go at:


Cosmic yoga - there's a Frozen video clip, a Trolls and a Pokemon video clip for starters. These are approximately 20 + minutes long. If you want something shorter in cosmic yoga , there is Cosmic Yoga Disco Hot Air Balloonin ( under 3 minutes) or Super Yoga Stretch Safari Workout for Kids (approx 5 + mins).


Oti Mabuse ( Facebook, Youtube) - she has a range of themed dances for kids


Physical Education at home - Paper Fitness - This is more multi -skills and fitness but you only need paper, a washing basket/carrier and a baseball cap. Intrigued? Have a look, give it a go. This lasts just over 10 minutes.


#sweat trophies P.E at Home Pokemon HIIT - this is similar to some of our GoNoodle videos where you choose your Pokemon and do the activity they are doing. This is approximately 6 + minutes.



Usually, you do D and T on Friday afternoons, and I have found a fun art and design activity that includes art history and learning about an artist. Go to BBC Bitesize, click on KS2 Y3 - 4, click on Art and Design, then click on Art History, and then click on Picasso. Watch the video clip and then try the methods of drawing or collage making that he suggests. You can either sketch or use faces from photos, magazines etc. Your faces will be from different angles, could be same the same face from different angles, or a mixture of different faces. If you are sketching/colouring/painting don't forget to use different non-realistic colours. So, your face could be blue, particularly if you felt the face looked blue (sad, unhappy). If you want to email me any of your attempts, feel free.


Finally, read and be read to (David Walliams still reads at 11, I believe), compliment each other, hug your family, tell them you love them and have a lovely weekend. Let's hope for warmer weather again, it's been a tad chilly this week! Speak Monday. Stay safe.






Thursday 14th May:

Hello, hope you're all well. I hope you all managed the Wolf!Wolf! comprehension. The trickiest part was the apostrophe questions for Y2/3. Apostrophes are used for contractions (2 words squashed into 1 like don't, I'm, he's etc) and for possessive (when something belongs to someone e.g Mrs Endall's class, the shepherds' plural crooks).

The apostrophe for contractions goes where the missing letters should be e.g. do not = don't - the o is gone from not and the apostrophe is there instead.


Apostrophes for possessive is before the s UNLESS the word is a plural (more than one) so one shepherd has a crook - the shepherd's crook, many shepherds - the shepherds' crooks.


It's is a contraction short for it is BUT when it's a possessive its - its tongue (the wolf's tongue) there is NO apostrophe.

Many adults nowadays were not taught apostrophes in schools, so many grown ups are as confused as their children. The apostrophe is taught first of all to Year 2s and then hopefully cemented in Years 3 and 4.


So, after your usual morning start, practise your spellings. Then, correct the following sentences like we do in Phonics:


   do not tel lyes as it is not gud

(3 spelling mistakes, 1 capital letter, 1 full stop)


  the boy cawld tom did not sea a wulf

(2 capital letters, 3 spelling mistakes, 1 full stop)


   the shepherds wer verry kros indeed tom had triked them all

(1exclamation mark !, 1 full stop, 2 capital letters, 4 spelling mistakes)



  the wolf had sharp teef and yelloa eyes his tongue likked tom on the fayse

(3 capital letters, 4 spelling mistakes, 2 full stops)


  the wolf had a cold wet blak nose tom wos aslepe wen the wolf wowk him up

(2 commas like in a list, 2 full stops, 2 capital letters, 5 spelling mistakes)


did tom stop showting abowt the wolf no he dint

(3 capital letters, 3 spelling mistakes, 1 question mark, 1 apostrophe and 1 full stop)



    help help yeled tom theres a wolf over their

(4 capital letters, 2 exclamation marks, 1 comma, 2 pairs of " ", an apostrophe, 3 spelling mistakes and 1 full stop)


For our writing task, you're going to write some alliterative sentences. Alliteration is where most words start with the same SOUND e.g.

Fussy Freda forgets Philip's phone.


Not all words have to have the same sound but most do.


Naughty Norman nibbled Natalie's nutty Nutella.

Have a go at writing some of your own. Use your name and some of your friends' names or family's names. Or it could be your favourite book, TV, film character's name?


Y1 Write 4/5 sentences at least.


Y2/3 Write 6 - 8 sentences at least.


I would love to see some of your sentences - alliterative sentences can often be funny and nonsense like. Don't forget, it's not a sentence unless you have a verb in it.



Y1 Practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Plan a Teddy Bears' or cuddlies' picnic. If you have 5, how many sandwiches can they have? If they have 4 each, how many sandwiches will you need? Write this as a x sentence    4 lots of 5        or  5 x 4  -  what is the answer?

If they have 2 cakes each, 10 raisins each, 5 little sausages each,  8 crisps each, 6 grapes each and 2 drinks each? Play around with sharing and lots of.


Y2/3 Write out your 3 x table. If you're struggling, go back to revising your 2, 5 and 10 x tables. If you've managed your 3 x table, do your multiple of 3 multiplication and division Happy Families e.g

  1 x 3 = 3

  3 x 1 = 3

  3 divided by 1 = 3

  3 divided by 3 = 1

If you are struggling with 3, then revise your Happy Families 2, 5 and 10.


If you are managing this, try 4 x table and Happy Families for multiples of 4.


For later on, try some balance skills. On BBC Bitesize, there is an incredibly cool trick to learn. Go to the KS1 section, click on Physical Education, and then on balance and you can watch a really fun clip of how a clown learns to balance a feather on her hand. I didn't believe it until I tried it myself with an old peacock feather, and it really worked! Just follow the instructions.


Next, watch the clown on a beam video clip. Now, if you don't have something narrow outside that you can walk along like a beam/low wall, get your adult to put gaffer tape or something similar along the ground/floor and you can walk along that. Use the video instructions to balance properly. 

Now, have a go with balancing things on other parts of your body e.g a cushion on your head, a toilet roll on your head, am empty toilet roll on your head - which way is better, upright or side on? The showboating section will be a plastic cup on the head - can you add some water in the cup? Can you have races with your family? Who can keep the most water in their cup is the winner?


Can you balance objects on your chest, shoulder, elbow, back and bottom? Have fun exploring what stays best on which part of the body and why? Don't forget, the better your balancing skills, the more your object will stay put, despite your size. Balance and control are the main skills here.


Don't forget to read and be read to, compliment each other, hug your family and tell them you love them. Stay safe and speak to you all tomorrow (Friday).



Wednesday 13th May:

Hello, I hope you're well. I managed to successfully upload a story video of me reading Aesop's Fables Wolf! Wolf! and it didn't take me all morning like last time! Yay, we're all learning something in Lockdown! So, your Countdown conundrum was EXCLAMATION MARK.

So, after your usual morning start, whether it be Joe Wicks, BBC Bitesize on the red button, GoNoodle whatever. Practise your spellings and then Y2/3 need to do some work on the suffix of 'ly (Y1 can join in too, it's up to you). Go to the BBC Bitesize website and go to English Grammar, punctuation and spelling - Prefixes and suffixes and scroll down to How to use the suffix-ly. Watch the video, and then do the interactive activities, followed by the quiz.

Next, listen to my story Wolf! Wolf! and answer the comprehension questions below.

  1. What does tending sheep mean?
  2. What was Tom's game with the shepherds?
  3. What is a tree-stump?
  4. Why was 'yelled' chosen as the verb rather than the verb 'said'?
  5. Why do you think Tom 'cupped' his hands round his mouth when he yelled?
  6. Y2/3 only Why is there an apostrophe after the word shepherds' (shepherds' crooks)?
  7. Y2/3 only Why isn't the apostrophe after the d e.g shepherd's?
  8. The words "HELP! WOLF!" are in upper case letters (capital letters). Why is this?
  9. Y2/3 only Why is there an apostrophe in this word - we're?
  10. What does 'chanted' mean? Look it up if you don't know.
  11. What does 'tee-hee-hee' mean?
  12. Why do you think the shepherds didn't like Tom's game?
  13. Y2/3 only Why is there no apostrophe in the word its (its yellow eyes)?
  14. Are 'wet, shaggy, yellow, red, sharp' adverbs or adjectives?
  15. Look up the word 'loll'. What does it mean?
  16. What does the verb 'assume' mean?
  17. Are 'bedtime, nobody, nothing, pitchfork, everyone' compound words or contraction words?
  18. What is the moral of this story? 


Maths: Dividing by 5. First of all, count in 5s. Y1s can count in 5s at least up to 50, Y2/3 should count up to 100 and further. Then, Y2/3 need to write out their 5 times table and finish off by making Happy Families for all the multiples of 5 (up to 10 e.g 10 x 5 etc:

E.g    1 x 5 = 5

        5 x 1 = 5

        5 divided by 5 = 1

        5 divided by 1 = 5

The same 3 numbers are always used but you just rearrange the order.


Year 1:

I would like you to do some practical tasks with objects, grouping them in 5s, and then sharing them out in fives. Get lots of objects of the same thing  cuddly toys, toy cars, felt-tips, cutlery, raisins etc and group them in 5s. Talk through how many groups of 5 e.g 3 groups of 5 is the same as 3 lots of 5, 3 x 5 etc and the answer is always 15 however you say it. Then play around sharing things out in 5s e.g 5 teddies and 30 raisins, how many do they get each get? You have to SHARE/FAIR otherwise the teddies won't be happy - and we don't want any sulky teddies do we?

If you want to extend this further, record your findings in multiplication and division sentences using the correct signs.


Later, carry on with your village project. Also, have a little geography re-cap. Can you remember all the countries that make up the UK? Can Y2/3 remember their capital cities too? Do you happen to know the capital of the Republic of Ireland? Go to BBC Bitesize website and look on daily lessons and type in Year 2. Find Geography on 21st April and watch the video and play the interactive activity.

In the text, it mentions the words 'Northern Hemisphere'. What is a hemisphere? Which part is the Northern Hemisphere? What is the name of the OTHER hemisphere?


Finally, read, and be read to, compliment each other, hug your family, tell them you love them, and stay safe! Speak to you on Thursday.


Tuesday 12th  May:

Hello, I hope you all had a great weekend. If you have any VE Day photos to share, please e-mail them to me. I have seen a few already, thank you.

So, after your usual morning routine start, whether that be P.E with Joe or BBC1 Bitesize red button or GoNoodle etc, choose some spellings. If you don't have some spellings already, here are some suggestions:


Y1     like          file            time       nice         ride         life

 pine      wipe        rise          kite          dive      tribe


Y2/3      lovely       rarely        clearly        mainly      fairly

barely        really        hardly        oddly         deadly

Y3/2 (challenge word)     accidentally


Maths countdown challenge:

Easier - target number to make is 30

10          2            5             4            1               7


Harder - target number to make is 183

100        50           3            6            9            8


You punctuation task is to understand when to use an exclamation mark or strong full stop. It's when there's a strong sentiment. Watch BBC Bitesize  punctuation learner guide How to use an exclamation mark video clip, followed on by an interactive game, finishing off with an exclamation mark quiz.

Follow on task:

Y1 - Write 4 sentences with exclamation marks.

Y2/3 - Write 6 sentences with exclamation marks, with 1 of them starting with How, and another starting with What a.

Examples: How stunning you look today! What big teeth you have, Grandma!


Your longer writing task is to write a recount of your weekend or your VE Day celebrations. Don't keep starting your sentences with Then or And then, try to vary your time connectives and sentence openers.



Dividing by 2 or halving.

All pupils halve these numbers:

2                4                  6                  8                     10

12              18               14                16                   22

20              24


(Handy hint - if the tens digit is odd 10, 30, 50, 70 and 90, the answer will end in a 5.)

Y2/3 - halve these numbers:

30                 28                36                40               42

50                 64                70               90               100


Y3/2 - halve these numbers:

112               136               248                   364          470



If you're struggling, partition, e.g 28 - half of 20 is 10 and half of 8 is 4, 10+4= 14


For an afternoon task, have a go at drawing in perspective. Explain how objects, people, landscape etc are smaller and closer together if they are further away. Things in the foreground (closest), look bigger. Find examples and see if you can do some perspective drawings.

Don't forget to read and be read to (I will be reading another Aesop's fable this week), compliment each other, hug your family, tell them you love them and stay safe. Speak to you on Tuesday.



Tuesday 12th May:

Hello, I've set you another Countdown conundrum (clue - it's a type of punctuation):

          inlotaxmace    kram


So, begin your day as usual, practise your spellings and then I have some dictation sentences that I would like the adult to read aloud to their child.

Year 1 (don't forget capital letters and full stops)

Tom came up with a game.                     He had a plan to trick the men.               Tom kept telling lies to them.


Years 2/3 (don't forget capital letters, full stops and an apostrophe for a contraction)

Looking after sheep was too dull for Tom.                             It wasn't much fun because nothing much went on.           Tom planned to trick the other shepherds.


Years 3/2 (challenge - don't forget capital letters, full stops, speech marks, apostrophes and exclamation marks)

" Help! Wolf!" cried Tom.

The shepherds shouted, " Where?" We're coming and we'll save you!"

" Tricked you!" he chanted as the shepherds spilled into sight scattering the flock. 

After your dictations, here are some tricky words to read/ spell from our story that we will hear on Wednesday. Have a go at reading them, spelling some of them:

Year 1:

shepherd           wolf          running            letting           bedtime          liar            dull


Year 2/3:

sweaty                   exciting           excitement              laugh                pitchforks               believe                 assumed  


Make sure you understand the meaning of these words and write sentences using ONE of these words above in each sentence.

Y1 - Write 3 sentences

Y2/3 Write 5 sentences



Division by 10. All children to write out their 10 x table. Dividing is the inverse of multiplication and the same numbers are used but just rearranged. This is what I mean when I say SPOT NUMBER PATTERNS! When x 10, you add a 0 to the number you are multiplying by:

e.g 2 x 10 = 20        To make a multiplication and division HAPPY FAMILIES SET you need 2 times tables and 2 division number sentences.


E.g 2 x 10 = 20

     10 x 2 = 20

     20 divided by 2 = 10

    20 divided by 10 = 2

So these are the same numbers but the multiplication sentences have the largest number at the END and division sentences have the biggest numbers at the BEGINNING of the sentences. Above, you have a complete Happy Family! 

Y2/3 make Happy Families for 10 x table AND 2 x table. You should have 4 in each family UNLESS it's the same number being multiplied by e.g 2 x 2 or 10 x 10



Go onto BBC Bitesize and look up Light and Sound in key stage 1 and Light and Dark in key stage 2. Watch the video clips about Light in both. In them you will learn what light sources are ( the moon is NOT a light source), what transparent means, what opaque means, how a shadow is formed and how some things reflect light. There are 2 interactive games on toy box Bitesize. Afterwards, draw and label light sources, transparent objects and then opaque objects (blocks out light, doesn't allow light to pass through). Interestingly, we ourselves are opaque because light can't pass through us, we block it out causing a shadow.


Finally, read and be read to, compliment each other, hug your family, tell them you love them and stay safe! Speak on Wednesday.

















Thursday 7th May:

Hello. This is the final day of our one off VE day week. If you need more writing, think about starting a lockdown diary or scrapbook? 

Maths: times tables tests

All pupils:

3 x 10 =                        double 3

7 x 10 =                        double 7

0 x 10 =                        double 0

6 x 10 =                        double 6

1 x 10 =                        double 1

9 x 10 =                        double 9

4 x 10 =                        double 4

2 x 10 =                        double 2

8 x 10 =                        double 8

5 x 10 =                        double 5

10 x 10 =                     double 10


Y2/3: WATCH OUT - is it 2 or 5? There is no pattern!

7 x 5 =                          7 x 2 =

3 x 5 =                          3 x 2 =

0 x 2 =                          0 x 5 =

6 x 2 =                          6 x 5 = 

1 x 5 =                          1 x 2 =

9 x 5 =                          2 x 9 =

4 x 2 =                          4 x 5 =

2 x 2 =                          5 x 2 =

8 x 5 =                          8 x 2 =

5 x 5 =                          2 x 5 =

10 x 2 =                      10 x 5 =


Y3 and some Y2s:

3 x 3 =                          3 x 4 =

7 x 4 =                          7 x 3 =

0 x 3 =                          0 x 4 =

6 x 3 =                          6 x 4 =

1 x 4 =                          1 x 3 =

9 x 4 =                          9 x 3 =

4 x 3 =                          4 x 4 =

2 x 3 =                          2 x 4 =

5 x 4 =                          5 x 3 =

10 x 3 =                      10 x 4 =


And now, a bit of science for you! If you go on BBC Bitesize and look in BOTH Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Science Changing Materials at What is dissolving? In the KS1 bit there is an activity where you can find out if certain materials dissolve (dissolve means it 'disappears' in water), in other words it mixes into the water making a transparent (see through) liquid called a solution. Materials that dissolve are called soluble and materials that DON'T dissolve are called insoluble. Have a go at finding out if different materials dissolve in water. Does it make any difference if the water is cold, warm or hot? Make some predictions about what you think will happen. There are video clips and interactive activities on the website. Draw a table to show your findings (name of materials, in hot water, in cold water, did it dissolve? Or draw diagrams with labels, recording your findings.


Don't forget to read and be read to, compliment each other, hug your family, tell them you love them, wash your hands and STAY SAFE! Have a lovely bank holiday weekend. Email me any pics of your V.E day celebrations so that I can feel part of your parties! Have fun and speak to you on Monday!


Wednesday 6th May:


So, today, start with your usual morning routine, be it Joe and Rosie Wicks, or BBC Bitesize red button etc, and then practise your spellings for the week. Then, before you start your evacuees letter, I want to do a quick English exercise with you. If something is a fact, it is definitely true. If something is an opinion, it is how someone feels about something. Now Google, What are facts and opinions? - BBC Bitesize, and  watch a short video clip.

I am now going to give you some statements about rationing in World War 2. You now have to decide if they are fact (telling some true information) or opinion (giving a point of view, feelings about things).

1) Rationing became law in January 1940.

2) Rationing was really tough for all families and I don't think they liked it.

3) At the height of rationing, each person was allowed 1 egg a week.

4) Shopkeepers had to stamp ration books after goods were collected.

5) Ration portions would have been too small for me.

6) Growing their own fruit and vegetables could really help families to become happier and better at gardening.

7) Vegetables were not rationed.

8) Keeping your own pigs and chickens mean you definitely become stronger and fitter.

9) I am not sure that I would like powdered egg.

10) During the height of rationing, in 1 week a person was allowed 1 egg, 2 oz (50g) butter, 2 oz of tea leaves,1 oz (28g) cheese, 8oz sugar, 4 rashers of bacon and 4oz (113g) margarine.

11) Rationing lasted for 14 years, long after the war had ended.

12) Lots of people liked buying extra food illegally on the Black Market. (This was when people bought more food for extra money).

13) 12 oz (350g) of sweets were allowed every 4 weeks to people.

14) In 1946, the rationing of sweets was halved to 6oz (170g) for every 4 weeks.


As a maths activity, measure out the foods mentioned in these statements. How do think you would have managed? What foods would you miss most? Is there any advantages to restricting foods by rationing? Talk about how this could help people to not become overweight.

Now think about why we currently have rationing of certain items in our shops now? Google images of ration books so that you know what they looked like.

During WW2, there were no supermarkets in the UK because they didn't exist in this country. Shops were not self service (customers help themselves to shopping items) and therefore, customers were served by a shopkeeper. Just like now, queues for food, particularly first thing in the morning, were long.

The following quote is from a person who lived during WW2. "Looking back on those days, it was a time of fear and insecurity, as our daily routine was disrupted." Perhaps discuss how that comment is relevant now in our current climate.

Then, start writing your evacuee letter back home. Talk about the layout of a letter and how you start and finish a letter.


Maths: Count in 10s forwards and backwards. Can you carry on counting in 3 digit 10s? 4 digit 10s?

Y1s: Write out your 10x table. Explain how x = lots of and it's instead of writing out repeated addition.

E.g 10 x 2=20 and it's the same as 2+2+2+2+2+2+2+2+2+2 = 20 but a lot the x way is a lot quicker. X = times, lots of and multiplied by.

Y2/3 Write out x 10 table and then work on your 3x table.

Y3 and Y2 if you wish, work on your 4x table. Hint: 4x table is the 2x table doubled!


Finally, keep planning and working on your geography project and have ideas for your VE Day party, if you're having one. Read and be read to, compliment each other, hug your family and tell them that you love them. Keep washing your hands and stay safe! Speak tomorrow (Thursday).




Tuesday 5th May:

Hello, I hope you're all well. Did you get the countdown conundrum? It was seventy five years! That's how long it is since the Victory in Europe announcement. I'm giving you another conundrum today, again, to do with our V.E/WW2 focus:


So, after your usual routine of either perhaps Joe Wicks and Mrs Rosie Wicks, or BBC Bitesize red button (yesterday, they were looking at times tables, worth a look), then practise your spellings.

After your spellings, I would like you to find out about, the siren in WW2 (look on YouTube for WW2 Air Raid Siren still roars after 75 years), also gas masks WW2 facts for kids, and images of baby gas masks and images of toddlers gas masks on bench WW2.Discuss with your child how heavy, tight and uncomfortable these masks would have been, even a little bit frightening. Discuss how the masks were available to protect people and children from gas bombs and everyone had to have one. Finally, we will learn about evacuees. So, please Google images of evacuee children in World War II and find and read the following article Evacuation During World War Two

Now, answer these questions:

1) What was evacuation in World War 2?

2) Which people were evacuated?

3) Where did these people live?

4) Where did they people go?

5) Where was the furthest that some of these evacuees were sent to?

6) What did all evacuees HAVE to have with them?

7) List 2 items that boys had to take in their suitcase.

8) List 2 items that girls had to take.

9) List 4 other items that evacuees could pack as well.

10) What methods of transport were used to carry evacuees to their new homes in the UK?

11) How many people were evacuated by the end of WW2?

12) What did  evacuee children have to wear when travelling by transport to their new home?

13) How do you think children felt being evacuated (read the section about this)?

14) How would YOU feel being evacuated?


Maths: count in 2s forwards and backwards, then in 5s forwards and backwards. Write out counting in 5s up to 50 (Y1) and then up to 100 and beyond if possible (Y2/3).

Then, I would like to show you an array, which can explain and show multiplication clearly and efficiently.

An array is dots, pictures, shapes, lines organised in rows and columns e.g

     *   *   *   *   *

     *   *   *   *   *

     *   *   *   *   *

This array depicts 3x5=15   or 5x3=15.

Year 1s and any other children unsure of your 5x table, depict some clear, organised arrays and follow up with a written recording of your array (like I did in the above).


Years 2 and 3 record your 5x table as far as you can go.


In regards to more work for today, have a think about what it would have been like to have been an evacuee? Tomorrow, I'm going to ask you to imagine you're an evacuee and to write a letter back home.

BBC 2  Schools Look and Read Spywatch is an excellent story which immerses children in World War 2 life of an evacuee. It's an exciting story and although it's a little old now, my class last year LOVED it! I don't usually show it to Y1 because it's more suited to slightly older children but it is an excellent story and can teach your child such a lot. There are 10 twenty minute episodes on YouTube.

Finally, read and be read to (story weaver has some nice stories), compliment each other, hug your family, tell them you love them, wash your hands and stay safe! Speak tomorrow (Wednesday).


Monday 4th May:


Countdown conundrum is:

tesvyne ifev rayse 

So, after Joe Wicks and Mrs Rosie Wicks' P.E lesson, or BBC Bitesize red button lessons, choose your spellings.

If you like, I have put together a selection of WW2 VE day words for you to choose:


king, red, blue, fight, white, happy, party, dance, cake, sing, songs


war, battle, ration, fighting, streets, Britain, Japan, queen, princess, world, dancing


peace, radio, rationing, evacuate, princesses, soldiers, Europe, victory, celebrate, Germany

Now, look up:   it has the heading of 'What is VE Day?' Your grown up needs to support you, they may need to read it to you. Now answer these questions:

1) What does VE stand for?

2) When did it happen?

3) What time of day was the announcement?

4) Who made the announcement?

5) What was this person's job?

6) Did people watch this announcement on the tv?

7) How did people learn of this announcement if wasn't on tv?

8) Who was the monarch at this time? (Explain monarch)

9) What did lots of people do in London after this announcement?

10) How were some people dressed?

11) Which special person secretly went and danced in the streets?

12) Who else went with this special person?

13) How does this special person describe that night?

14) What happened in churches up and down the country?

15) Was this the end of World War 2?

16) Which other country was Britain fighting?

17) What was food rationing? (Not mentioned in this article)


Maths: Multiplying and Dividing

All children: Start at 0 and count in 2s up to 30. Can you go further? Can you count backwards in 2s?

Y1: Draw a page full of circles. Make them the same size ish. Now loop them in twos/pairs. How many pairs do you have? How many circles altogether? Did you have any left over? That means you had an ODD number of circles altogether.

Now, empty a sock drawer and split up all the pairs - hide some, chuck them all over the floor in a muddle, whatever. Now, match up your socks. How many pairs do you have? How many socks altogether? Record this as a multiplication sentence, e.g 11 pairs of socks = 22 altogether - 11x 2 =22

Y2/3 Write out your 2 times tables. How far can you go? Take care, just 1 mistake means all of your others are wrong.

Don't forget to read and be read to, compliment each other, hug your family and tell them you love them, wash your hands and stay safe. Speak tomorrow (Tuesday).


Friday 1st May:

Pinch, punch, first day of the month! Wow, I can't believe we're in May already. So, start your normal morning routine. If you participate in Joe Wicks' P.E lesson, today is fancy dress Friday! I would love to see some of you dressed up and being active, two of my favourite activities - dressing up and being energetic! Please keep sending me any finished performances of your limericks. I have replied to everyone who's so far sent me theirs.

As I've been in school, I haven't been able to keep up with the BBC Bitesize red button learning over the last few days. I will be able to do so next week, however.

Friday means spelling test day, so have a last look at your spellings before being tested. In school, we don't normally do formal Maths and English lessons on Fridays because we do P.E and Friday Phone Call assembly.


For our P.E lesson today, warm up with a game of Captain's calling. Whoever is captain, does the calling of instructions:

  • Bow: Run to the front of boat (room)
  • Stern: Run to the back of boat (room)
  • Port: Run to the left side of boat (room)
  • Starboard: Run to the right side of the boat
  • Hit the deck: Lay down on your stomach
  • Salute: Salute and yell, "Aye, aye capt'n!"
  • Scrub the deck: Drop to your knees and pretend to scrub the floor
  • Captain's quarters: everyone run towards the captain
  • Land ahoy: Pretend to look through telescope and point
  • Lifeboats: Sit down and pretend to row frantically away from the boat
  • Climb the rigging: Run on spot, pretending to climb imaginary rigging (ladder)
  • Man overboard!: Pretend to fall overboard onto the floor, grass, with suitable sound effects like," HELLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPP"!
  • SHARK!: Everyone runs to the captain panicking! The last one there is out.

Keep mixing it up and calling out different things.

Then, our skills today are of speed, stamina, throwing and retrieving. Either get your child to race someone else, or as many people as you like without it being a banned social gathering, of course. If you don't have someone else to race against, time your child. The race you will be doing is taking 4 or more of the dame kinds of objects (we use bean bags at school) and space them so far apart and then, at the end of your line of spaced out objects, you have a bucket or container. The challenge is to pick up one at a time each object run back to the bucket and throw it in. If it misses the bucket, you have to pick it up and throw it in again. If your bucket/container falls over, you must pick it up. Then, run and collect the next object, pick it up, run back and throw it in the bucket. Do this until all objects are in the bucket.You can challenge yourselves further by the race continuing by picking up the bucket and running with it until you reach a given finish line. The dilemma is, do you start with nearest object first, or do you go with furthest object first? Try both systems. Is one method fastest than the other?


Another fun game to play depending of size of house/garden, is Sardines. Basic hide and seek but the first person who FINDS the hider joins them in hiding alongside them.


Keep working on your project, read and be read to, compliment each other, hug your family and tell them that you love them, wash your hands, stay safe and have a nice restful weekend. Speak to you on Monday! 


Thursday 30th April:

Hello, did you get the conundrum? beslaf - it was FABLES.

Today's Maths conundrum is as follows:

Easier:   9          8       4       6         7         3   and your target to make is 21


Harder:       100          50              2          1        5          3      and your target number is 160


So, start your usual morning routine and then practise your spellings. After that, a dictation for phonics.


Red Group: She ran but she lost.

Green Group: The hare ran and ran but she soon fell asleep.

Yellow Group:  The hare ran and ran but she soon fell asleep under the tree in the hot sun.

Grey Group: The hare ran so fast but she sadly lost the race because she started dozing in the hot sun.

Don't forget capital letters and full stops please!


As Thursday is usually our finishing off day so that we are tidy on Friday, carry on with any work that you still have to finish.


I have been thoroughly enjoying the video clips of your limericks but as I've been school yesterday, today and tomorrow, I haven't had a chance to reply individually yet, but I will and well done!


Maths: A mixed bag of addition and subtraction. WATCH out for the change in signs, SATs tests invariably catch children out with this!

All to complete:

1) 11 + 12

2) 13 - 10

3) 15 + 7

4) 22 -11

5) 21 -12

6) 31 + 8



1) 24 +21

2) 37 -29

3) 42 + 13

4) 58 - 15

6) 63 - 56


Y3 and some Y2

1) 104 - 14

2) 123 + 31

3) 147 - 35

4) 228 - 116

5) 349 + 132

6) 466 + 230


Normally, we have outside P.E in the afternoon, so make sure you get some exercise even if the weather is grim. Please keep working on your village projects. If you fancied doing some more language skills,here's 1 - 10 in German

Eins = 1 spoken eyens

Zwei = 2 spoken zveye

Drei = 3 spoken dry

Vier = 4 spoken fear

Funf = 5 spoken foonf (oo- look at a book)

Sechs = 6  spoken secks

Sieben = 7 spoken seeben

Acht = 8 spoken ackt

Neun = 9 spoken noyn

Zehn = 10 spoken zen


Don't forget to read and be read to, compliment each other, hug each other, tell your family you love them and WASH THOSE HANDS! Stay safe and speak to you tomorrow (Friday).


Wednesday 29th April:

Hello, I have attempted a video upload! It cuts off a bit because apparently it was too big to email (I think it was bored of my voice, personally!) The video is a story and it SHOULD be at the top of the page but if not, I'll either get Mr Endall to help tonight or get Mrs Wilkinson to help me tomorrow (they're both used to my technology muddles). There are some comprehension questions a bit lower down to follow up from that video.

So, the countdown conundrum for today is:


And the clue is - It's one of your lessons!

So, do your P.E with Joe, or press the BBC 1 Bitesize button for your Bitesize lessons. Yesterday, the BBC Bitesize looked at punctuation and geographical features in both KS1 and lower KS2. Next, do your spellings.

Instead of phonics or in addition to phonics, here are the comprehension questions to Aesop's Fables - The Hare and the Tortoise:

1) What are fables?

2) What is the name of the famous Greek author who is said to have written these fables?

3) How does legend say this author died?

Y2/3 question 3a) What is the author's opinion on human beings?

4) What is to 'jeer' and 'sneer'?

5) Why do you think Hare and Tortoise had the names Speedy and Slocum?

 For Y2/3 5a) What does reckless mean? Look it up.

6) What does 'pelt' mean? Give an alternative word (a synonym) for pelt.

7) What are 'autographs'?

8) Find an alternative word for 'chuckling'?

9) What does 'doze' mean?

For Y2/3 9a) Take the word hum, and add the suffix of 'ed on to make it in the past tense. What else do you need to do before it's correctly spelt?

10) What creature overtakes Slocum to show how slow he is?

11) How does Slocum move, what verb is chosen to describe this?

12) What does 'tubular' mean?

13) What is a wreath?

14) What name did Slocum acquire after his victorious win?

15) What is the moral of this story?

16) Think of some adjectives (describing words) to describe the hare in this story. What adjectives would describe the tortoise?


Finish your limerick, or write another one if you wish, or just practise performing aloud your limerick.


Maths: Taking 2 digit numbers away from 2 and 3 digit numbers. You can use number lines (Y1s) or partitioning

e.g 83-28

      83- 20= 63 (Notice how the ones digit is the same, that's the beauty of counting in 10s)

Then, 63 -8 (count backwards or draw your own number-line counting backwards) = 55 (check your answer by 55+8=63)

Your final answer is 55! If the numbers are close together, count forwards from the smaller number to the larger number. Y2 and 3, you can do column subtraction if you wish too.


For all:                                                                                     

1)  11-10=                                                                           

2) 15 -11=                                                                          

3) 19- 13=                                                                          

4) 21 - 12 =                                                             

5) 23 - 14 =                                                                      

6) 26 - 15 =

7) 28 - 17 =

8) 32 - 29 =

9) 34 - 21 =

10) 47 - 10 =

Y2/3                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1) 59 - 18 =              2) 62 - 54 =              3) 73 - 24 =                    4) 88- 65 =                          5) 97 - 32 =                                                               Y3 and some Y2s 

1) 101 - 16 =              2) 121 - 16 =                3) 138 - 45 =                       4) 257 - 124 =                            5) 319 - 263 =                                         Finally, don't forget to carry on with your geography project, check on your science experiments and as I suggested yesterday, record through diagrams and explanations your findings.

Read and be read to, compliment each other, hug your family, tell them you love them, wash your hands and stay safe! See you tomorrow (Thursday).


Tuesday 28th April:

Hello, did you get the countdown conundrum? It was SPRINGTIME. Today's countdown challenge is a number challenge.


   6        3        7        5         1            2          and your target number to make is 25.

(Clue, if you do a times table, an addition and a subtraction, you'll get it)



    50              75            4              8                 9                 6              and your target number is 100.

(There are a few ways you can make this)


So, start off with either your P.E lesson with Joe or BBC Bitesize red button at 9 a.m. Yesterday's red button lessons were Maths, addition and subtraction, including column addition, the story 'Funnybones' by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and the story 'The Worst Witch' by Jill Murphy, finishing with a history lesson about Elizabeth I and Henry VIII (right up my street and anyone in Boleyn should be interested too).


Then, continue with your spellings and any phonics that you have to finish. If you don't have some phonics work, write a sentence using the power word of hurtled. The sentence must clearly show what hurtled means. After that, correct the sentence below:

Y1  (capital letter T, a full stop and 2x spelling mistakes)

the hair is a quick runer and she is very fast


Y2/3 (capital h and capital s, " and " (a pair of speech marks), a comma, an apostrophe ',  3  x spelling mistakes and a full stop)


he finks he is going to beet me but he wont bowsted speedy


After phonics, we are carrying on with limericks. How did you get on? Hopefully, you have discovered the following information:

  • limericks have 5 lines
  • lines 1, 2 and 5 rhyme
  • lines 3 and 4 rhyme
  • this is known as the rhyme scheme AABBA
  • lines 1, 2 and 5 have between 7 to 9 syllables
  • lines 3 and 4 have between 5 to 7 syllables
  • lines 1, 2 and 5 is a rhyming triplet
  • lines 3 and 4 is a rhyming couplet
  • limericks can often start with the opening 'There once was a young girl from Norwich...'
  • the last line COULD just be almost an echo of the first, for example, 'That silly, young girl from Norwich'.
  •  limericks are often silly, humorous or nonsense

Now, you're going to spend the next few days writing your own, and then practising them. You could try performing them and then show me your performances?



Onto subtraction. We are looking at subtracting 1 digit numbers from 2 digit numbers and from some 3 digit numbers.


All to complete:                                                                    Y2/3                                                                Y3 & some Y2s

1) 11-7 =                                                                         1) 81-9=                                                             1) 103 -4 =

2) 13-9 =                                                                         2) 75-7=                                                             2) 115 -9 =

3) 18-4 =                                                                         3) 83-5=                                                             3) 124 -5 =

4) 27-5 =                                                                         4) 94 -6=                                                            4) 231 - 3 =

5) 29-6=                                                                          5) 99 -8=                                                            5) 306 - 8 =

6) 35-8=

7) 46-3=

8) 52-2=

9) 64-1=

10) 70-0 =


As for more P.E and fitness, there are loads of workouts and keep fit classes online. Some children have been doing Cosmic Yoga which is great for kids, particularly if your child has younger siblings. I also found a brilliant Bollywood dance on the Active and Well Being Society on Facebook yesterday, choreographed by a lady called Anushka.


Tuesday is usually Science afternoon and this week, I would like you to set some experiments up to do with COOLING materials. I would like you to try freezing some water, oil, tomato ketchup and vinegar and some juice/squash. You could also try milk. This works best in a little ice cube tray. The science we are looking for here is the effects of freezing liquids and how sometimes liquids can change into solids when they are cooled/frozen. Solids have their own shape, whereas liquids take on the shape of the container they are in. When you eventually get some results, you can draw and label your before and after experiments, and then write up your findings (the conclusion from your results).


Don't forget to read and be read to, compliment each other, hug your family and wash your hands. Stay safe and I'll see you tomorrow (Wednesday).                                    


Monday 27th April:

Hello, hope you had a lovely weekend, the weather was lovely wasn't it? Sadly, the weather is due to deteriorate. How did you get on with last week's maths countdown challenge? If you needed some answers, I've just posted them alongside the problems themselves. There may be more than 1 way to get the answers, I just posted the ways that I arrived at the answers.

Today's countdown conundrum is a word challenge: The clue is, you can see signs of it in nature:


As usual, I suggest Joe Wicks' P.E and/or BBC Bitesize red button. Afterwards, choose some spellings from your selections. If you don't have a list of spellings, then I suggest for Y1s a-e words gave, late, plate, rake, take, shape, tape, same, plane, pale. Y2/3 wa=o, want, watch, wander, squash, quash, quantity, quality, wash.

If you have some phonics work to do, please continue. If you have no phonics work, do the following activity/activities:

Write a command using all of these muddled-up words. Don't forget correct punctuation.


dog      walk        a       Take         the          for


butter      in       and         the       mix          sugar       the        smoothly

Change this statement into a question by changing one word. Don't forget correct punctuation.


You can read this book really easily.

For your English task, I want you to explore limericks. I am going to give you an example of one. Then, I would like you to find others and I want you to crack the pattern and rhyme. You can do this by counting syllables (beats) per line, and exploring which lines rhyme with each other. The word syllables has 3 syllables syll-a bles. 


          There was an old man from Peru,

          Who dreamed he was eating his shoe.

          He awoke in the night,

          With a terrible fright

          And found out that it was quite true.

Look at common ways of starting limericks. You need to know the pattern of a limerick in order to eventually write your own!


Maths: Addition of 2 digit to 2 digit. Y1s can use number lines or 100 squares but remember, as soon as you are in Year 2, you will not be able to use them. Years 2 and 3 can use the partitioning method or/and/ column addition method. BBC Bitesize has a good video clip explaining column addition. Partitioning is adding up the 10s and then the ones e.g 23+34         20+30=50,  3+4=7,    50+7=57


All children to attempt this:                                 Y2/3                                                          Y3 and any Y2s who can manage them

1)10+11=                                                      1)22+16=                                                       1) 101+12=                                           

2)11+12=                                                      2)25+16=                                                       2)110+15=

3)20+10=                                                      3)34+25=                                                       3)126+23=

4) 20+11=                                                     4)37+24=                                                       4)148+21=

5)20+12=                                                      5)41+28=                                                       5)162+37=

6)20+14                                                         6)53+17=

7)30+10=                                                      7)66+13=

8)30+20=                                                      8)78+21=

9)30+15=                                                      9)80+19=

10)40+10=                                                   10)85+15=


For more fitness, Karen Hauer has a class at 10 and Oti Mabuse's Children's Dance Class is at 11.30. There is, of course, GoNoodle. You could carry on with your Geography project.

If you fancied something something else as well, you could research St George, as it was St George's day last Thursday. You could then draw some 'typical' English things, eg the rose, fish and chips, tea, beer, strawberries and cream, Wimbledon, Yorkshire pudding, roast beef etc. You could draw the English flag (cross of St George) and in the 4 white gaps of the flag, you could draw these English symbols.  

Don't forget to read and be read to, compliment each other, hug your family and wash your hands! See you tomorrow, Tuesday.



Monday 20th April:

9 a.m Joe Wicks workout, last week he had a great game where you had to guess the capitals of different countries, I certainly learnt some that I didn't previously know.

If you have any phonics work to finish off, please continue with that. As I gave many of you 3 books, which is equivalent of 3 weeks' work (missing out Fridays), it is highly likely you will still have some. If not, go through as many phonics sounds as possible the a sounds, the e sounds, the i sounds, the u sounds and the consonant sounds. Then give your child some real words to read and some made up ones. Then give a dictation.

Red group: It is a hot day.

Purple group: The sweet chick is yellow and fluffy and it cheeps.

Yellow group: It was a hot day today and the sweet, yellow, fluffy chick began to cheep. ( Think about commas in lists - the adjectives need ,)

Grey group: Today it was a boiling hot day and I spied a sweet, yellow, fluffy little chick and it started cheeping loudly.


Writing task: Either make a start on Geography project OR write a recount of your Easter Holidays. Ensure you use time connectives like next, later, after that, soon, next, following on from that, immediately, straightaway, a few days later etc. Be very strict about capital letters and full stops/exclamation marks/question marks. If you wish to do it in the style of a chatty diary style, you can do so. 


If you are keen on lots of fitness, at 10 a.m Karen Hauer and her partner do a cardioke exercise workout on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube and their 2 dogs are often on hand to cause amusement. After that at 11.30, Oti Mabuse is still doing her dance classes which I always do. Again, on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


Maths: Over the next 2 weeks, we will be looking at number work and adding and subtracting. Do some counting as a warm up. Year 1s need to be able to be secure with numbers up to 100 by the end of Year 1, Year 2 need to be secure with numbers up to 100 and be able to do some work with 3 digit numbers, and Year 3 need to be secure with 3 digit numbers. Give your children an assortment of numbers and get them to order them e.g Y1/2s 52, 13, 21, 74, 46. 12, 80, 68, 35, 97

Y2/3s   21, 63, 12, 99, 78, 32, 45, 81, 54, 101, 111, 14, 234, 875, 903, 931, 178, 362

Get your child to give you some. Trick them if you can by getting some wrong and see if they spot your mistakes.

Give your child a number sequence and see if they can be a number detective. E.g 3, 6, 9, -, -, 18, -

Get your child to fill in the blanks. If they struggle, explain that they need to count between the numbers and see if there's a pattern. As I always say to them, Maths is just about making connections and spotting patterns. Give them some backwards patterns too. Can they give you any sequences to solve?


Don't forget to read and share a book. I think David Walliams is still doing his books at 11 a.m. Also, GoNoodle is always a favourite for everyone. Start your Geography project if you haven't already done so and make it part of your daily walk. If you haven't been doing much walking, now is the time to start. The weather is currently good and nature is bursting with life. Wash your hands and stay safe and give each other compliments and lots of family hugs. See you tomorrow!


Tuesday April 21st:

Good morning again. Can't believe I forgot about our weekly spellings yesterday. For those of you with hard copies of spelling sheets, you can pick some that you've not yet done. If you DON'T have any spelling sheets, then I will give some suggestions:

Y1s ch tch ending words. Perhaps choose some together? If any Y2/3 would like to revisit this tricky sound too, that's fine.

Y2/3 doubling the consonnant when you add the suffixes of 'ing, 'ed, 'er and 'est to a root word e.g big = bigger, biggest, skip = skipping, skipped, run = runner, running etc. Every Y2 and Y3 spelling assessment will include these and lots of children forget to double that consonant.


So, I generally advise doing 9 am Joe Wicks PE lesson first off but whilst doing said PE lesson today, I was simulataneously checking out BBC Bitesize. If you go on BBC I Player, or press the red button on BBC 1 at 9 am, you will get some lessons for 5 - 7 year olds until about 9.20, and then at about 9.15/9.20 you got lessons for 7 - 9 year olds. They had some Maths and History today. Their BBC education Bitesize website has lots of good lessons, video clips, interactive activities and ideas. There was a good lesson on subordinating conjunctions for Years 2 and 3. It says for Year 2 but most Year 3s and 4s need repetetive teaching about this - to be honest, so do I!! Please give it a look.


So, you COULD always watch Joe Wicks a bit later on as all his videos remain on his YouTube channel The Body Coach. This week, he's giving you more geography challenges from around the world, 15 questions a day on geography trivia like, what is the name of the longest river in the world? 

After starting your day with either Bitesize or Joe Wicks, write your spellings out neatly and clearly. Then revise your phonics sounds, all the vowel sounds and all the consonant ones.

Next, if you have some phonics texts and worksheets, you can carry on with your second read and start your worksheets. If you don't have any, have a go at reading some of the common exception words for Years 1,2 and 3/4. All you have to do is google National Curriculum Spellings and there is a glossary to either read or download. Try spelling some too.

English task: To know when to use a or an. This is actually a Year 3 objective but I feel both Years 1 and 2 should be able to grasp this. Basically, if the noun starts with a vowel (a,e,i,o,u), you use an - e.g an apple, an egg, an ice-cream, an orange and an umbrella. All nouns beginning with a consonant (every other letter) requires a- eg a ball, a cat, a fan, a dog etc. As always with English, there are some exceptions: an hour (because the h is silent), saying the word h would require an, eg - That word starts with an h. (again, the h is pronounced as an A). So, I would like your child to decide is it A or An:


1) ---- tree

2) ---- Aunt

3) --- wolf

4) --- united group (THINK ABOUT HOW YOU SAY IT - DO YOU SAY U (for the first sound) OR Y?

5) --- upside-down cake

6) --- excellent dinner

7) --- sheep

8) --- idiot

9) --- hunter

10) --- English lesson

11) --- ukele (SPEAK IT OUT LOUD - Think about it!)

12) --- otter

13) --- badger

14) --- football

15) --- van

16) --- woolly mammoth

17) --- photo

18) --- ewe ( pronounced you, meaning a female sheep)

19) --- yacht

20) --- angel


For further fitness and other activities, checkout Karen Hauer's cardioke workout, which can be found today on Facebook's Home Festival Online, which is for families to do different activities as taught by specialists. They offer fitness and dance activities (Oti Mabuse's dance classes), cooking, arts and crafts, make-up, singing, foreign language lessons, and even bedtime stories (Emma Barton is currently reading Matilda at 7 pm). Home festival is active on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and Sundays ( basically the days that begin with the same letter).


Maths: So, yesterday we looked at ordering numbers, today we can look at place value. BBC Bitesize had a video with movement which went through Place Value. Place value is knowing what each digit means and it is one the keys to solving arithmetic problems. I wish someone had taught me partitioning when I was at school, it's just brilliant. What I'd like you to do is partition and recombine numbers.


19 =10+9 or 9+10

20+6 = 26 and 6+20 = 26

1) 32=

2) 4+40 =

3) 57 =

4) 60+? = 64

5) 71 =

6) 89=

7) 90+5 =

For Y2/3:

8) 108=

9) 20+100+2=

10) 212=

11) 221=

12) 7+ 300+ 30 =

13) 555 =

14) 600+2+10

15) 999=

16 700+5+0



In the Autumn term, we looked at materials and their properties eg metal = shiny, cold, some is magnetic, can rust in water, is not absorbent, can be rigid and flexible (think tin foil). See if your child can remember the properties (behaviours) of the materials wood, metal, plastic, glass. Using words like I've used for metal, can you list properties ( add words like decompose, rot, flammable, conducts electricity, waterproof, rough, smooth transparent, opaque which means solid and lets no light through).

When you've revised this, explain to your child that we're going to look at how some materials CHANGE when heated or cooled. Then take a piece of bread. Get your child to describe how it looks, smells, feels, tastes. Then heat your bread, either in a toaster or under a grill. Ask your child to comment how the heated has now changed - how does it look, smell, feel, taste etc. Draw and label these changes. Do the same to some cheese on the toast. If you're still hungry, do the same with either an egg, or a sausage (could be veggie). Explore and notice over the next week, how food changes after it's heated. Some foods are solid and become liquid, some are hard and then become soft.


Don't forget to read and be read to. Have some fun on GoNoodle (it's easy to create an account, as long as you have an email account, and it's FREE). Compliment each other, hug your family, wash your hands and stay safe. And, I'll speak to you tomorrow on Wednesday, bye!


Wednesday 22nd April:

Good morning, I hope you are well. So, in between marking some assessments, I have been searching for as many ideas and resources as possible for you. I watched BBC Bitesize this morning and I am impressed with the TV programmes and the online learning resources on their website. Just to give you a taster of what they showed today: 9 a.m - 9.20/25 age 5 - 7 you had 'Supermovers' (learn while you move) and they were going through some basic grammar, reminding you of nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs. You then had some follow up to that. After that, you had the continuation of a story and a brief discussion after that. Following on from English, you had some geography, which coincidentally for us, was about your local areas and the features of your local area. This key stage 1 learning finished with a quiz. We then had lower key stage 2 learning at about 9.25 - 9.40, which again started with 'Supermovers', revising nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions and pronouns. The follow up included learning about abstract nouns like love, dislike, passion - eg I have a love of dance. I have a passion for reading. I have a dislike of aniseed. After that, there was local geography with an introduction of North, South, East, West and the compass. Finally, they finished with a much loved game 'There's a thing on your head'! Which involves having a sticky post-it note on someone's forehead and they have to guess what it is (it IS related to the learning just done). As I said yesterday, this is on BBC 1, press the red button.


Obviously, this clashes with Joe Wicks' PE lesson ( I sneakily watched both simultaneously but I'm not sure it's possible to absorb the learning properly. You CAN watch Joe at another time if needs be.

Obviously, as usual, we write our spellings out. After that, or during the day, I have a 'Countdown Conundrum'. I intend to do an English one on one day, then a Maths one the next day. Your countdown conundrum IS:


What does THAT spell?

Phonics: If you have Phonics books and work to complete, please do so. If you don't, here is a phonics activity: Can you read these made up words?

  • squawp
  • shife
  • treasing
  • drupes
  • flooker
  • thrarch
  • moacious
  • hete
  • plukure
  • nadonk
  • blate
  • greeshur
  • scrice

After your phonics, here is your English task for today - I can order words alphabetically:

Recite/sing the alphabet, then tell your child about how we order words alphabetically. They will need to do this for their geography village project. Explain that when words begin with the same letter, you then go onto the second letter, and if the second letters are the same, then you go onto the 3rd letter. Your task is to order Class 2 names as a whole group. I will list them in year group order:























For Maths, I would like you to get a pack of cards and take out the 10, Jack, Queen, King. Take 2 cards each. Each card represents a digit. Order your 2 cards so that you make the highest 2 digit number you can e.g if you have an 8 and a 2 you would put them side by side to make 82. Please ensure you speak aloud the number you have made.Whoever has the highest 2 digit number is the winner. Keep playing this. When you feel confident, you can take 3 cards each and make 3 digit numbers. If you want to, go onto 4 digit numbers and so on. You could use the picture cards as 0 digits. This is particularly useful for when you make 3 digit numbers as children often struggle when the middle (tens) digit is a zero e.g 101, 203, 502, 709 etc.

You could then change the aim of the game to alternating between making an even number or an odd number. You could cut the pack of cards to see if you're making odd or even numbers e.g have the pile of cards ready and then whoever won last time could pick some cards up off the pile and whatever the bottom number is (if it's 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 it's even, if it's 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 it's odd) is what type of number you make, either odd or even.


Now, as always, there are numerous keep fit and active classes 10 a.m Karen Hauer cardioke, 11.30 Oti Mabuse's dance class and now I have been finding more for you Active Norfolk on Facebook, #StayInWorkOut, Youth Sport Trust and one I really like is The Active Wellbeing Society on Facebook. They are Birmingham based and they have lots of different activities, I watched a VERY cool, young Birmingham Poet Laureate called Matthew Windle do a Haiku poetry workshop, and then I did a Street Dance/Contemporary class and had a sneaky look at the learn to sketch class/workshop. Worth a look.

If Science and experiments are your thing (children love them), then have a look at THE DAD LAB on Facebook/Instagram/YouTube. He has a book that apparently has at least 50 experiments to do.


Finally, your last task (apart from reading, being read to and complimenting each other), is French! Mais oui, ma classe!

Learn to count to 10 in French. BBC Bitesize website has a nice little video of 2 children playing 'Hopscotch' or 'La Marelle'. They speak the numbers, which are visible on the screen, and they play the game. Perhaps you could also draw a 'Hopscotch' or 'La Marelle' in chalk and play it, practising your French numbers!

un = 1 pronounced uh

deux= 2pronounced duh

trois = 3 pronounced twah

quatre = 4 pronounced catre

cinq = 5 pronounced sank

six = 6 pronounced seece

sept = 7 pronounced set

huit = 8 pronounced wheat

neuf =9 pronounced nerf

dix = 10 pronounced deece

The French write their 7s with a line through the middle as the video shows.

Hope you have a lovely day. Wash your hands lots and hug your family lots, and I'll see you tomorrow on Thursday!


Thursday 23rd April:

Hello, I hope you are all well and enjoying the beautiful weather in a safe way. Did you work out the countdown conundrum? It was of course LOCKDOWN!

Today, I will give you some Maths countdown problems. I will give you 3, starting with easy, medium and hard. You will have 6 numbers and you have to try and make the total given by adding, taking away, multiplying and dividing.

EASY:    8      2      5       4     1      6    and your target is  20               (answers 8 +2 =10, 6+4= 10, 10+10= 20)


MEDIUM:    7     2      1        4       9       50           and your target is 66    (answers 50+9+1=60, 4+2=6 60+6=66)



HARD:     5       4        2          3       50            100       and your target is 554    (answers 5x100=500+50+4=554)


For this first time, your child will need some support and some help. The idea is, the more they do, the better they become at it.




So, we can start with our P.E with Joe (it was a tough one yesterday), or our Supermovers with BBC Bitesize red button (incidentally, I think you can get the lessons on BBC iplayer, there's even a BBC Bitesize App too). If you would prefer, do some exercise with GoNoodle. After our exercise, we can practise our spellings. Then it is phonics time. If you have some phonics work to complete, continue with your final read and your follow-up work. If you don't have any work, practise all your upper-case (capital letters). Then, BBC Bitesize has a game for Year 1s called Karate Cats English to help with grammar. If you are a Year 2, if you go to BBC Bitesize, for Year 2 English 23rd April, you can be reminded of commas in lists and bossy verbs for commands. Watch the video clips and after the video clip about the allotment Let's make a list, write 3 sentences like the example. Year 3 and any Year 2s keen to extend, watch BBC Bitesize 21st April English, the video clip on pronouns.  There are 2 videos and then there are 2 interactive games to follow up. 

English writing task:

Following on from yesterday's alphabetical ordering, today you are going to pick a topic like Food, Books, Football, Star Wars, Football, Nature, Pets, Animals, Sports - anything you like really. After picking your topic, write as many words as possible to do with it - Year 1s at least 10, Years 2 and 3 at least 15, and then list these words alphabetically.



We will start off with 2 digit added to 1 digit numbers. Then extend to 3 and 4 digit numbers. Year 1s are allowed if necessary to have a 100 square or number line, but Years 2 and 3 are not. As it's just adding 1 digit numbers, count on using those fingers.


1) 11+ 6 =             2) 13+8 =           3) 19+7 =           4) 2+21 =                5) 12+5=               6) 24+6 =                    7) 38+9 =


8) 55+ 4 =             9) 76+7 =          10) 88+4 =          


3 digit numbers

1) 94+6 =              2)100+7=           3)111+8 =           4)125+3 =              5)156+5 =              6) 317+6=              7) 209+9=


8) 599+2 =            9) 778+4 =            10) 899+ 9 =


4 digit numbers

1) 999+2 =              2) 1,004 + 4 =         3) 1,016 + 5 =           4) 1,035 + 1 =            5) 1,058 +3 =          6) 1,101 + 7=    


7) 1,112 + 9 =            8) 1,123 + 8 =                  9) 1,157 + 6 =                 10) 1,199 + 1 =


My expectation is that ALL will be able to work on the first set. Then some Year 2s and all Year 3s should complete set 2 Finally, Year 3s and a few Year 2s should complete set 3. 


In terms of exercise, 10 a.m Karen Hauer keep fit, and 11.30 Oti Mabuse's dance class are personal favourites of mine.


Your final lessons are music, movement and art. I would like you to find on YouTube the song 'Be Happy, Don't Worry' sung by Bobby McFerrin.

Let your child listen to it, DON'T show them the video yet, I would like them to listen to it. Ask your child what do they think the song is about? How does it make them feel? Listen to it again, which bits do they like best? After listening to it for a few times, let them, if they want dance around or move to it. If your child is reluctant or hesitant, show them the video clip and that might encourage them to let go and bit silly and goofy!

Next, go to BBC Bitesize  and find Gareth Malone's Bring the Noise, where he shows you how to warm up your voices, and the next video clip teaches you how he would teach this very song 'Don't Worry, Be Happy'. Teach your child the first verse and chorus and discuss the meaning to the first and last verses. Point out the rhyming words too.


Here's a little song I wrote

You might want to sing it note for note

Don't worry, be happy

In every life we have some trouble

But when you worry you make it double

Don't worry, be happy

(Don't worry be happy now)


(Last verse)

Now there is this song I wrote

I hope you learned note for note

Like good little children, don't worry, be happy

Now listen to what I said, in your life expect some trouble

When you worry you make it double

But don't worry, be happy, be happy now



I can't think of a nicer, more uplifting, simple song to sing and dance to. Finish off drawing 2 pictures of what makes you worry, and then another of what makes you happy. If you need to chat about any 'worries', and if you world prefer to then throw your worry picture away because you want to get rid of your worries, that's fine.


Don't forget to read and be read to. Compliment each other, hug your family and wash your hands! Stay safe and see you tomorrow (Friday).


Friday 24th April:

Hello! It was lovely speaking to some of you on the phone yesterday. If I haven't yet contacted you, I will do so today. All it is, is me checking IN on you, not checking UP on you. It really doesn't matter if you're not completely keeping up with all that I'm giving you, I always tend to overestimate what we will get through in class, so I'm probably doing the same for distance learning. So, as the song that I gave you yesterday says, ' Don't worry, be happy'.

Fridays were always slightly different in class anyway, so I'm thinking I will do the same for distance learning. I will be doing P.E with Joe today in school and it would be lovely if you did the same. If not, perhaps you will do the Supermovers on BBC Bitesize red button at 9 a.m. Then, time to practise those spellings with a spelling test. After your spelling test, I would like you to create some kind of safe obstacle course for a P.E lesson. It might be inside, for example, I saw a video of a child using her pillow as equipment, jumping over it in a side to side technique, crawling under a table, running in and out dinner placemats, throwing a pair of socks rolled up as a ball into a washing basket (the type which you carry your washing in) etc. Next, do your obstacle course whilst being timed. After completing your obstacle course, see if you can improve your time? Then, either, take a ball or a ball and a racket and practise some ball skills. Then, see if you can try a new skill with your adult or sibling/s like the three-legged race, where you and a partner have one leg tied together and you try to run together. After that, you could try the wheel-barrow race technique, where one person is on the ground, hands on the ground, and your partner is behind you and has hold of your legs, and they have to run, whilst the person on the ground has to 'run' on their hands! You could even do a 'sack race' with sleeping bags or duvets, just have fun being active trying new skills.


In school, we normally have golden time on one afternoon but the children have to have finished the allocated work that the adult has given them. You could try this with your child if they have been finding it 'hard to get going', which is understandable under the circumstances, particularly with such lovely weather. Perhaps as a fun treat, you and your child could have a 'water fight' as a reward for finishing off some tasks?

Don't forget to read and be read to, try audio books, or listening to a story online. Compliment each other, hug your family, wash your hands and stay really safe! Have a lovely weekend, and speak to you Monday!