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2019-2020 Whole Class

Week commencing 6.7.20

This week we are travelling to the USA to find out about this enormous country.  It has many amazing lively cities as well as vast open spaces known as plains.  We are also going to learn about some very different styles of art as we explore that created by Native American Indians and the modern artist Jackson Pollock. 

Week Commencing 29.6.20

This week we are visiting India.  Another large country with lots of different geographical features from mountain ranges to sandy beaches.  It is a colourful country which celebrates many different festivals such as Diwali, 'The festival of light' and Holi 'The festival of colour' due to its many religions.  India is the home to many amazing animals the most famous and largest is the Elephant.  Which other animals live here?  Enjoy exploring...

Week commencing 22nd June

This week we will be exploring China.  China is another enormous country with lots of exciting landmarks and features. Which continent is China on? Can you locate it on a map or globe? Many of the buildings here are old and traditional but others are new and incredibly modern.  Which do you prefer?  It also has some amazing wildlife to discover such as Pandas, Tigers and birds and Koi carp.  The animals, birds and fish are used in many Chinese paintings.  Have fun exploring...  

Week Commencing 15.6.20

This week we are exploring Russia.  The largest country in the world.  It is so big it is actually spread across 2 continents!  Find it on a world map or globe.  Do you think it will be a warm or cold country?

As it is so big it has lots of different landscapes and features as well as some rare animals. We will also be investigating the work of a famous Russian Artist - Kandinsky and producing our own Kandinsky inspired paintings, collages, sculptures and outdoor art.  Have lots of fun!

Use this super video to create your own version of St Basil's Cathedral. This building can be found in Red Square in Moscow.


This Go Jetters episode also contains some fun facts.

Week commencing 8th June

Our new topic is 'Where on Earth?'


Together we will travel to some exciting countries around the World and explore the different geographical features, cultures, habitats and famous artists from these countries.  There are so many different places to visit and things to learn.  We hope you enjoy travelling with us...

Our first destination is Brazil.  Where on Earth is Brazil?  Use a globe or atlas to find Brazil.  What continent is it on and which sea or ocean is its coastline on? 

The Amazon Rain Forest is found here and is home to many colourful birds, animals and insects.  The Artist Romero Britto is from Brazil and creates bright 'Pop Art' style paintings and sculptures which we will use to inspire our own pictures and sculptures.

Brazil is a colourful and exciting country famous for its lively music and carnivals. Lets find out more....

This 'Go Jetters' programme is all about the famous Rio carnival.


Week beginning 1st June

I hope you have had a lovely half term holiday and are enjoying the sunshine.

As the weather is to stay warm and sunny, I thought that this week you might like to take part in the Wildlife Trust's '30 Days Wild' Challenge. There is a  different activity each day throughout June. You can download challenge cards, a bingo game and lots more on their website





Week beginning 18th May


This week we are going to learn about the largest continent in the world. Can you remember its name? Look at the map to give you a clue.


Look at the Go Jetters powerpoint to find out about the different countries in Asia and also some of the famous landmarks.

Find out about the animals that live on the continent of Asia.


* Can you make a model of The Great Wall of China  or another Asian landmark using a construction kit or recycled materials.



* Can you make a model of an animal that lives in Asia?


Panda - this picture is made using a fork! 


Cardboard tube tiger


Milk carton elephant


* Learn how to draw an elephant. Can you find out how Indian elephants are different to African elephants?

* Can you read the poems and fill in the missing words?



Week Beginning 11th May

Hello everybody, hope you enjoyed the sunshine over the bank holiday weekend and that you managed to celebrate VE Day. I saw lots of flags and balloons and people in their gardens as I went for my daily walk. Mrs Thexton says thank you so much to everybody who has sent a 'reading picture' in so far. I'm sorry I haven't managed to tell everybody about this yet but, there is still plenty of time to send one. You can see all the photos on the What Are You Reading? section of the website next to the rainbow. There are lots of great recommendations there now, if you are looking for inspiration.


This week we are going to continue learning about the continents and world we live in. The continent we are going to learn about is Europe. The UK is in Europe.


Learn about Europe using this 'Go Jetters' powerpoint.

You can also watch a YouTube video from National Geographical Kids.


There are lots of famous landmarks around Europe. If you like Go Jetters, you can find programmes about all these landmarks and natural features.

Big Ben in London, UK

The Eiffel Tower in France

Brandenburg Gate in Germany

Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy

Strokkur Geyser in Iceland



* Find out how to say hello in different European languages.


* Make an erupting volcano like Mount Etna in Italy


* Use newspaper spills to make a model of the Eiffel Tower.


* Try making or tasting food from a European country for your tea e.g.  crepes from France and pizza from Italy.



 Week beginning 4th May  



On Friday it is VE Day (Victory for Europe Day) so this week I have added some resources and activities you can use to find out why we are celebrating.

 We are celebrating this day because 75 years ago the Second World War came to an end. The war was a very sad time because different countries were fighting with each other. The men from this country went to war and fought. The women and children remained at home. This was a time of big change as previously many women had been house wives and were not allowed to do certain jobs. When the men left to fight, women had to complete these jobs. Even the Queen trained to be a mechanic. The cities became a very dangerous place and the children were evacuated to the countryside to keep them safe.   

Mrs Clayton has also added some resources including wartime recipes and songs in the VE Day folder on the main class page.

VE Day powerpoint

   Week Beginning 27th April  


Three new online platforms are now up and running.


Oak National Academy is a government backed website which provides a range of daily lessons including English and Maths. Click on the link and then on your child's year group. 


BBC Bitesize also has daily lessons for Year 1 children.


The Government has funded a daily phonics lesson for Reception and Y1.



As the weather isn't supposed to be as nice this week, why not have a go at one of Jump Start Johnny's workouts with your family.



We hope you enjoyed finding out about the continents last week. Keep practising the song to help you remember their names.


This week we are going to learn about one of the continents.  

Can you identify the continent from the map? 


That's right it's Australia.

Here are some resources which will help you find out about Australia's animals, cities and landmarks.


Oak National Academy has a lesson about Australia on Monday (week 2).


Here is a link to a National Geographical Kids video.


Amazing Australia powerpoint



Here are some activities you could try

Remember you don't have to do all these activities.


* Aboriginal artists use dots to create their paintings. They often include animals in their pictures.


Can you create a picture using dots?


* Find out how you could travel to Australia. Can you make a model of the kind of transport you could use?

* Listen to a story Australian animals.

Animals around the Billabong

Possum Magic

Wombat goes Walkabout

Wombat Stew


Can you find out what these words from the stories mean? - billabong, billycan, outback.



A digeridoo is a traditional instrument played by the Aboriginal people of Australia. Listen to some of the music here. 


*Can you find a picture of Australia's flag?


* Can you write down some interesting facts that you have found out about Australia?





The Government has funded a set of daily phonics video lessons for Reception and Y1 children. Visit

   Week beginning 20th April

Hello everybody! It's strange not to be going back to school after the Easter holidays. We are missing you all so much and hope that you have been enjoying the sunshine. Mrs Pearson has managed to call or email everybody during our school closure so far and will be contacting you again this week.

We have really loved seeing the photographs of all the things you have been up to at home. Click on the rainbow on the home learning page to see pictures of what your friends have been doing.


  We know from speaking to you that you are doing lots of reading at home and are looking for more resources to support you. Pearson learning are offering access to their Active Learn website which has ebooks and maths games. Scroll down the page to request a login and password.



Before the Coronavirus struck, we were planning to teach a big geography topic this summer term, looking at water including the oceans and seas around the world and then looking at all the different countries taking part in the Olympics. Well! There's not going to be any Olympics this year, but it is still important that KS1 children have an understanding of the continents and oceans of the world as well as finding out about different countries. We know some of the Reception children are really interested in the world, countries and places they have visited and will enjoy using some of the resources here as well as ones on their own page e.g. songs and videos, and activities.


So, each week we will be posting a Powerpoint, videos, worksheets and other ideas to help you teach these ideas. We've decided to start with the continents for Year . The Reception children will start by thinking about their own immediate environment and then comparing it to other places they have visited.

 Don't worry if you don't have all the resources the Powerpoint mentions - a globe for instance - there are plenty of maps on the Powerpoint that will do instead. Feel free to do further research and be as creative as you like! Don't feel you have to fit this learning all into one session. Spread it out across the week as it suits you.

We've posted this week's topic resources below so everybody can access it but Maths and English work is on the Reception and Year 1 pages.


Any questions at all, email


The new Oak National Academy has a lesson with videos and activities led by a teacher, Miss Harris, all about the continents. Why not have a look, there are lots of interesting facts!


Here is a video of children singing a song, to the tune Frere Jaques, to help you remember the names of the continents.


This link will take you to a video showing key landmarks, animals and facts about each of the 7 continents.


Some of the resources have stars on them. The sheet with one star is the easiest and the one with three stars is harder. It's up to you which one you do - but equally, you could just talk about the content. You don't have to print it out and complete unless you want to.


Round and Round - The lesson plan just gives a bit more information about the Powerpoint.


Other activities

  • Create a large world map with the 7 continents labelled using different resources – paint, tissue paper, cotton wool for ice. Use anything you can find! You can add landmarks and other information you find out about over the next few weeks.


  • Make a globe using a balloon and covering it with paper and glue






                                             Carol Vorderman is allowing parents to access her maths programme 'The Maths Factor' for free during the time schools are closed (it normally costs £2 a week). Studies have shown it is very effective. Use this link to register. 

Many parents have asked about getting new reading books for their children. The Oxford Owl webiste has lots of online books which you can access using this link. 
Miss Hamilton though you might like this colouring picture.

smiley Hello again everybody! smiley




Week 2 - 30th March

We are all thinking about you and hope you are staying fit and well. Here are some new ideas for you to try at home (scroll down the page to see last week's activities).

If you haven't easy access to a computer, tablet or printer, here are some ideas which don't require these resources but, which are still really valuable learning experiences. You can also write/record your work in the exercise book we sent home.

If you would like a more formal series of lessons, which follow on from each other, these can be found on both the Reception and Year 1 pages.


Remember to enjoy your time together and have lots of fun!


In the Kitchen:

  • Bake buns or biscuits – weigh the ingredients carefully. Talk about the changes that are happening to the ingredients.
  • Make a fruity face – chop fruit and design a face.  Look at pictures by the Italian artist ‘Giuseppe Arcimboldo’, which were created 500 years ago.
  • Make playdough – one recipe can be found by clicking on this link
  • Bake bread - and make your own sandwich.
  • Washing up/waterplay. Talk about containers being full, empty, half full, nearly empty. Which container holds the most?

Games and Activites

  • Play board games – great for counting and taking turns.
  • Set up a shop to develop knowledge of money and coins – label toys or household items with a range of amounts to 20p.  How can you make the amount?  Which coins do you need? How much will 2 items cost altogether?
  • Roll 2 dice – add the 2 dice together. What is 1 more/less than the number? (Yr 1 - which 2 digit numbers can you make?  Which is largest/smallest?  What is 1 more/less, 10 more or less?)
  • Make a lego model – create buildings, vehicle, a new land, dinosaur world.  Take 20/30 bricks what can you create?    
  • Learn the alphabet by heart. Reception – name the letters in your name, the vowels. Year 1 – as reception but then order 3 or 4 words each day (zebra, dog, monkey)
  • Design an imaginary land.
  • Play with cars - line them up, put into colours, styles. How many altogether? Take the yellow ones away.  How many now?
  • Paint pictures.
  • Make models using boxes, toilet rolls, plastic tubs and lids.



Hopefully we will have beautiful sunny days again soon but, you can still get outside to explore and learn, just remember to wrap up warmly.  Here are just some ideas to get you started:

  • Plant some seeds, read the instructions carefully!
  • Do some weeding and observe the plant.  Can you name the parts? (roots, stem, leaves, flower, petal)
  • Hunt for mini-beasts and identify them and their home.  Can you see the different parts of their bodies? (head, thorax, abdomen, antenna) How many legs do they have?
  • Draw and label your mini-beasts or plants.
  • Create pictures using natural materials – sticks, stones, grass leaves etc. 
  • Make a bug hotel in a corner of the garden or in a plant pot laid on its side.  
  • Make a mini-beast habitat in a tub. Collect some mini-beasts but REMEMBER to release any insects at the end of the day.
  • Build a fairy house and garden.
  • Paint disappearing pictures with water on paving stones.  Why do they disappear?
  • Decorate stones or pebbles.       
  • Make a rainbow with the natural colours found in your garden.
  • Play I spy…..
  • Draw a map of your garden and label it.  Create your perfect garden.  What would you add?
  • Collect objects and group in 2s, 5s and 10s, count them.
  • Make an obstacle course.
  • Play catch - start close together try to catch a ball 5 times if you don’t drop it take a step back and start again.  Repeat.  Try 10 catches each time.  How many can you do?  What is your record?  Try to beat it!

The list is endless but most importantly have fun while you learn!

Week 1 - 23rd March

There are lots of ideas for you do on the Year 1 and Reception pages but, here are some fun activities for everyone to do with their families.


Keep reading aloud to a grown up. A bit each day is best! Ask an adult to read stories to you as well!


Try to write a sentence or 2 each day as well. You could keep a diary about something you did or write a silly sentence about 2 objects/animals e.g. a goat in a jeep, a sheep in a wig! A great source of pictures to write about can be found at



Here are some useful websites for games and activities you can do at home.


Busythings are offering a 7 days free trial on their website. They provide games based on the curriculum for both Year 1 and reception.


NRich maths problems

This website has a fantastic range of open ended problem solving activities and maths games (usually to play with a paper and pencil!) Go to the web address and click on the orange house link in the top tab for activities for children age 5 to 11. 

Playing games is an excellent way of helping your child. Recognising patterns on dice and dominoes, for example, can be really help with creating mental images of numbers and helping them on the way to becoming fluent and flexible with calculations.