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STEM challenges!


Two children are playing with three balls, one blue, one red and one  green.

They toss up the balls, which run down a slope so that they land in a row of three.

How many different ways could the balls land?

You might like to use the interactivity below to explore the problem.










How many eggs?


























Something extra!

Grimm and Co have published some helpful ideas online.

Here are some of the ideas they’ve sent to me.  Check out their website for any others.

Happy learning and happy Easter!

Reading challenge!

Hi to all Chaffinches.

Time for another reading challenge!

When you’ve read a few pages or a chapter of your book, try and act out a scene (part of what you’ve read) by playing one of the characters in your book.

And/or try to go on a Book Scavenger Hunt.











Archie’s blog

Hi Chaffinches,

I’ve had a very quiet few weeks, conserving my energy after all of my adventures with you.

Today has been the first day that I’ve done something energetic: I took part in Greenlands’ marathon.  I only managed to run 100m, but it helped.








Once I’d finished my run I tried to snooze in Alfie’s bed (see photo), but he just wanted to play.



I am really tired now but looking forward to my tea later – I’m having pizza, which is one of my favourite meals, as you know. I’m then going to read the next chapter in my book, ‘The penguin who wanted to find out.’  I can’t wait to find out what Otto gets up to next!

Tomorrow, we’re going to play Monopoly – I hope to win!

I will write to you all again soon, Chaffinches.  Please keep safe and healthy.

love from Archie 🙂





News for Chaffinches!

Here’s your new maths challenge.


You have a set of digits from 0-9

0  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9

Can you arrange these digits in the 5 boxes below to make two-digit numbers as close to the targets as possible?

Largest even number    [][]

Largest odd number      [][]

Smallest odd number    [][]

Largest multiple of 5     [][]

Smallest multiple of 5    [][]


I’ll set a new reading challenge on Wednesday.

There will also be a blog written by our very own polar bear, Archie.


Spellings to learn – please make sure you know how to spell Year 2 common exception words – maybe practise 10 each week and then try to write them in sentences; which can be silly sentences!

Happy learning and see you soon

Love from Mrs Adams 🙂

Keep reading Chaffinches!

To all the fab Chaffinches, I know how much you enjoy your reading and your reading has improved so much this year!  To help you improve even more I’m setting a little reading challenge for you!  I’ll add more to the challenge each week.

  • Read a book that was your parent’s favourite book when they were a child.  (You already know mine, The Magic Far Away Tree, which we read in class)           or
  • Read a book by our author of the moment – Roald Dahl.

Keep a log of what you read in your Reading Record and you can always write a book review in your exercise book.


Remember books can also be found online to read.


A useful link for other books to help with phonics, but also has maths activities too, is:

                 Happy reading 🙂


Chaffinches – Home-learning Maths challenge!

               Times Tables Games

Learning the Times Tables need not be a chore! Learning them can be fun if you build up your knowledge gradually through using these fun multiplication games. It is a good idea to begin with the 2 times, 5 times and 10 times tables and secure these times table facts before moving on to the others.

  • Hit the Button

    Quick fire questions on number bonds, times tables, division facts, doubling and halving numbers against the clock.


Shopping fun!

Another idea that will help your child learn about money and its value is to label different food items, and arrange them as a shop.  Children can try to make the various amounts using different coins and pay for the shopping.  (Coins can be cleaned using vinegar – some Science –  and then disinfected before use if you require).



A magical day for Chaffinches!

Chaffinches were able to unleash their imaginations today on their visit to Grimm & Co.

Once the children had wandered around the Apothecary and gazed in wonder at all the magical objects in there, they were taken through a secret door to the Imagination gym before going upstairs into the writer’s pad.

Great stories were created in there by all of the children, which were then published for them to take home.

What a fantastic set of authors they are!

Just before we left, we were all able to slide down Grizelda’s slide – we all loved that too.

What a magical visit!


Our Science Ambassadors!

Our Science Ambassadors have made a short film, explaining about their role in school.

Please watch and enjoy!


Chaffinches enjoy National Storytelling Week!

On Monday, as part of National Storytelling week, Wendy from Dinnington Library came in to read some stories to the children in Chaffinches!  The class loved the different types of of stories she read, from a princess who wanted to work in a library to the Dinosaur that Pooped the Bed. You can see from their expressions just how much they enjoyed them!


We’ve been helping to support the Sheffield Cathedral Archer Project!

Over the past few weeks, food donations have been made by our very kind families at Greenlands.

Yesterday, Emily, from the Sheffield Cathedral Archer Project came in to talk to the children about the work that the project does.  It helps homeless people around Sheffield: by providing activities, help to find jobs, providing some shelter and food to eat.

What a great, worthwhile charity: thank you for your support!

Cooking with the House Captains!

Our school House Captains have enjoyed helping to run a Cooking Club with Y1 and Y2 children, and they are doing a great job!  The first week, muffins were made and this week the children made pizza: which was a great success!