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2019-2020 Whole Class

Carol Vorderman has made her Maths Factor programme free for the duration of the pandemic. It is normally about £2 per week. Studies have shown it to be extremely effective! Follow this link

The government's Oak National Academy is up and running. It is providing a range of daily lessons. Click on this link


Then click on 'subject' and choose your year group for a range of interesting and inspiring lessons.



The Government has funded a new set of phonics videos. There is a daily lesson posted here.

The Year 1 lessons are the most appropriate. Good reminders for Y2 in these lessons too. There is a new lesson each day, but you can also watch the old lessons once they have gone out.

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...

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 abstract 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. 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 colourful building can be found in Red Square in Moscow.


This Go Jetters programme has some fun facts too.

Week commencing 8.6.20

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 about the famous Rio carnival.

Week commencing 1 June 2020

Hi everybody, hope you enjoyed some time off in the half term holidays. This is the last week of our Wonderful World topic. It's a great one where we'll look closely at some aerial photographs. How are they different to normal photographs? How are they different to maps? What uses might we find for aerial photographs? Next week we will be launching our new topic so watch this space!

Week commencing 18 May 2020

Hello everybody. Hope that you have all been taking the opportunity to enjoy your gardens or go for lovely walks in the countryside. There is so much beautiful blossom out at the moment. All the Rowan trees and Hawthorn trees on my street look lovely and the gardens are full of tulips. Which flowers and trees can you spot? Thanks to everybody who has sent a photograph of themselves reading. You can see these pictures on the What Are You Reading section of the website next to the rainbow.


Here is the next Powerpoint in our Wonderful World topic. In these materials, a character called 'Ted' goes to visit France. It suggests you try some French foods. If you can get hold of any of them, I'd love to see some photos of you trying them and hear your thoughts.


BBC Bitesize Home Learning also has some good resources for learning about Europe and France

And so does Oak Academy. We will all be experts!!

Week commencing 11 May 2020

Hello everybody, hope you enjoyed the sunshine over the bank holiday weekend and that you managed to have some kind of VE day celebration. Thank you so much to everybody who has sent a 'reading picture'. 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.

We are missing you all and really love hearing what you have all been up to. Don't forget to get in touch by phone or email if you have any questions or need any information.

Love Mrs Bramley and Mrs Thexton xx

Here is the fourth Powerpoint in our continents topic 'What A Wonderful World'. It's one of my favourite lessons where we look at the different climates of the world and think about the kind of animals we find in those climates and habitats. There is a lot of important vocabulary in this session including climate, temperature, changeable, temperate and tropical. It would be great if you could click through the Powerpoint with a grown-up, discussing all the maps and slides. The first sheet below provides an opportunity for you to revise the names of the continents and oceans. There are 3 options. The hardest has 3 stars. Choose the sheet which suits you best.

Slide 8 on the powerpoint will help you colour in the sheet to show the world's different climates.

The second and third sheets provide another map and pictures of different animals. If you have a printer you could print them out and stick them on your map. But if you don't, just talk to your grown up about the locations in which different animals live.

On the third sheet, there are lots of different options to print out. There is a colour version and a black and white version. Please just print the pages you want. You will not need the whole document.

Week commencing 3 May 2020


Here is the third Powerpoint in our What A Wonderful World continents topic.  This week we are concentrating on journeys we have made, or could make, across the world. Which countries, cities and landmarks would we pass on our journeys? The document below gives 3 different ways of recording your journey, but you could just as easily do it on a piece of paper or in your exercise book. It might be nice to think of a holiday you have taken in the past and think about all the countries you flew over to get there!

Don't forget that Oak National Academy has some lessons to support learning about the continents. They are really fun too.

Don't worry that these lessons are in the Y1 section. They are suitable for Y2 as well. This topic is taught across both year groups.

You need a printer to print out these matching cards. But if you don't have one, you could just read the facts together and find the continents on the map on the Powerpoint or a globe (if you have on)

Week commencing 27 April 2020

Here is the second Powerpoint and some resources for our topic about the different continents of the world.

Oak National Academy also has some lessons on this subject you may enjoy

Week commencing 20 April 2020


Hi 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. We have tried to call everybody during our school closure. If we haven't managed to get hold of you, Mrs Bramley will be trying to ring everybody again this Friday. We have really loved seeing the photographs of all the things you have been up to at home. Seeing your smiling faces really does make our day. Click on the rainbow on the home learning page to see pictures of what your friends have been doing.


Before the Coronavirus struck, we were planning to teach a big geography topic this summer term, looking at 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 details of different countries.


So, each week we will be posting a Powerpoint, worksheets and other ideas to help teach these ideas. We've decided to start with the continents. 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 go off on a tangent and do further research about different countries - especially if you've been there or intend to go there! Don't feel you have to fit this learning all into one session. Spread it out across the week as it suits you.


We did have a look at the continents right at the beginning of the school year, in September, so it will be interesting to see how much they can remember. More ideas coming next week.


Don't worry that the Powerpoint says Y2 at the bottom. It is suitable for Y1 children too. 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.


I've posted this week's geography topic work below as it applies to everybody. The English and maths is on the Y1 and Y2 pages.


Any questions at all, email or Mrs 

Round and Round - The lesson plan just gives a bit more information about the Powerpoint. Drop us an email if you have any questions.

Week Two Commencing Monday 30 March


Hello every body! Hope you are all staying safe and well. If you scroll down, all the super ideas for home learning are still on this page. But here are some new ones! Some parents have been in touch to say children are struggling to access computers, tablets and printers. All the ideas below do not require any of these resources but will really contribute to your child's learning.

If you are looking for a more formal series of lessons, which follow on day by day, please go to the Y1 and Y2 folders.


Learning through play based activities - Indoors

There are so many fun things you can do while you’re at home which will extend your learning but don’t require a computer or printer.  Enjoy your time together and have fun!


In the Kitchen:

  • Bake buns or biscuits – weigh the ingredients carefully, reading the scales accurately. What if you wanted to make twice as many biscuits? What would you need to do to all the ingredients? What if you only wanted to make half the amount? As you bake, pose some questions. There are 4 people in our family. How many biscuits will they get each? Will there be any left over?
  • 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 – recipe below.
  • Bake bread - and make your own sandwich.
  • Washing up/waterplay. This is a great chance to explore capacity. Estimate how many capfuls of water it will take to fill a large jug. If you have measuring jugs for baking, explore what 200mls looks like. What does a litre look like? How many cups will it fill? What is half a litre etc. If you can take this activity outside, food colouring in the water really helps. Estimate how many mls of water a bowl will contain. What about a tall jug?
  • Games and Activites

  • Play board games – great for counting and taking turns. If it is a game like ‘Monopoly’ where the winner gets more points or pounds, don’t forget to ask ‘Why are you the winner? How many more have you got than me?’
  • Check the clock all day long. How long did that game take to play? Have we got time to play again before lunch? Why not?
  • Set up a shop to develop knowledge of money and coins – label toys or household items with a range of amounts to 20p, then 50p.  How can you make the amount?  Which coins do you need? 
  • Giving change – go to your play shop and work out how much change you would get.  Which 2 items can you buy?
  • Roll 2 dice – which 2 digit numbers can you make?  Which is largest/smallest?  What is 1 more/less, 10 more or less?
  • Roll 2 dice make a 2 digit number, then roll again and add or subtract the 2 numbers.
  • 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 and order 3 or 4 words each day (zebra, dog, monkey) – when confident try flower, fish, fork, farm.
  • 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.
  • Keep practising spellings - either the National Curriculum Wordlists which can be found in the 'Children' menu on our website, or spellings from your little brown spelling book.


Take advantage of the good weather and get outside to explore and learn.  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)
  • Go outside at midday and look at your flowers. Go outside at dusk and look again. Do the flowers look different? Why?
  • Hunt for mini-beasts and identify them and their homes. Use adjectives to describe the habitats (are they dry, damp, dark, bright?). Which mini-beasts live in which habitats?  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.
  • Design your own mini-beast or 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?
  • Do a scavenger hunt. Who can find a snail shell, an old twig, a daisy, a brown leaf et?
  • Collect objects and group in 2s, 5s and 10s, count them.
  • Make an obstacle course.

Week One Commencing Monday 23 March


Hello everybody! We are thinking about you all.


There are lots of ideas to be working on in the Y1 and Y2 folders, but there are some fun activities which would be really great for everybody.


smiley Keep reading aloud to a grown up. A little everyday is ideal. Do this for pleasure. This link will help parents with questions to ask about your reading. But the main thing is to do it and enjoy it. If the questions are turning your child off, then just enjoy the book. Please also make time for reading to your child everyday.


smiley Why not write a book review telling us what it was about, whether you liked it, what your favourite bit/character was and whether you would recommend it.


smiley Try to write a little everyday too. If you kept a diary, writing a sentence each day about something you did or something you thought about that would be great. If life is getting a little boring, write down something you would like to have done. Or pretend you are your pet! Or pretend you are your favourite footballer or the queen. It doesn't matter what you write really, but practise a little everyday.

Of course if you really like writing, then write a story or a project about whatever interests you. Mrs Bramley and Mrs Thexton would love to see it when we all get together again. A super resource to stimulate writing is to check  Each day there is a new picture and if you scroll down, there are lots of different questions and prompts. Great just for a discussion too.


smiley If you need to improve your handwriting (you know who you are!!). Go on to our normal Oak class page for Spring 2 and you will find videos showing you how to form each letter. Practise in your blue book, using the lines.


smileyPractise counting to 100. Make sure you know what comes after 29, 39, 49 etc. That's the tricky bit. Once you've mastered it, try counting backwards across these boundaries. For example, can you count backwards from 63 to 53?


smiley Make sure you know which coins you have and set up a shop at home. Practise buying things and getting change. Find lots of different ways of making the same amount of money. For example, how many ways can you make 15p. Remember there is no 7p or 8p coin! See if you can buy an item in your household shop for 8p and pay with a 20p. What change will you get? What change would you get from 50p or £1. Check your change! Have you been given the right amount?


smiley Practise telling the time. This link shows an analogue and digital at the same time which is really helpful.  


smiley  Use BBC iplayer to watch Numberblocks. This is an excellent programme for embedding maths skills. If possible, watch it with your child and follow up with some simple activities. For example, The episode on 12 shows how this number can be represented in different ways. You could show this at home with counters, marbles, pennies etc.


smiley Music - the children have been learning about a piece of music called 'Connect It' by Anna Meredith. You can watch the performance here  .

Use this link to carry on learning the moves, and when you get good, perform it alongside the original piece.


For advice on phonics, please see the Y1 and Y2 pages.


Have fun!