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TT Rockstars – Chaffinches

Please look at the link below for help with using TT Rockstars at home. Your child has their username and password in their reading record. I’ve set the tables to concentrate on the 2, 5 and 10 times tables for the next few weeks. Please let me know if you’re having any problems getting on.

TT rockstars help sheet for parents 1

Mrs Bratt

Chaffinches newsletter

Please find attached this half term’s newsletter for Chaffinches.

Parents’ termly newsletter-Save the planet

Mrs Bratt

Save the planet – Scrap challenge!

What a brilliant start to year 2 we have had! I am so proud of how well the children have settled into Chaffinches and how hard they have been working. We had our Wow day on Wednesday to launch our topic for this half term. We will be learning all about how we can ‘Save the planet’ and looking at pesky plastics. As part of our wow day we decorated some CD fish and I set the children a scrap challenge to build something out of items from the scrap store play pod. We ended up with three cars and a hospital. Look at the pictures to see if you can spot which are which.

Chaffinches home learning week beginning 13th July

Hi Chaffinches,

I hope you are all okay and have had a lovely weekend in the glorious sunshine.  I can’t believe this is your last week in Chaffinches.  The next time I see you, you’ll be in Merlins: how exciting!


Thank you for all your hard work over the past year.  Please keep sending any work to me.


As this is your last week in Chaffinches there are some tasks I’d like you to do:

‘My memories of last year.’  My memories of last year

‘What would you do if you had a pet dragon?’      Pet dragon

‘If you could go anywhere, where would you go and why?’  Travel anywhere

‘In backwards land’  Backwards land

Try hard to learn and know your 2x, 5x and 10x tables. 2 x table 5 x table

Read for at least 20 minutes each day

To read and tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes

Take part in a Sports Day event

Make the most of the weather and go on a nature walk.


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

Chaffinches home-learning for week beginning 6th July

Hi Chaffinches,

I hope you are well.  Thank you so much for the work and messages that you’ve sent to me.  I’m really proud of you and how you’ve handled working at home.  I’ve loved hearing some of you read via video message. The Being Kind posters you’ve sent are really lovely and thoughtful. There has been some great art work sent in too. 

I do miss seeing your smiley faces, so please keep sending in the photos 🙂


Right now I’m busy studying your handwriting in the letters that have been sent to me: I will be awarding some pen licences later.

Please continue with Active learn for reading, and the Oak Academy for other lessons: there are some great topics for learning on there.


Please work hard to know your 2x, 5x and 10x tables and learn to derive divisions from them.  If you are confident in those, then move on to 3x, 4x and 8x tables: those are the ones we’ll start with in Year 3.

Also, make sure you can tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past, to the hour and quarter to.  If you aren’t confident with this, then please focus on it this week.


If you are learning from the Oak Academy you will be writing a recount at the end of the week,  Why don’t you all have a go at writing a recount about somewhere you’ve visited, now that many places are open?  I’ll write the opening to my recount of a place I visited yesterday.

Yesterday, I visited the Yorkshire Wildlife Park with Mr Adams and my daughter, Amy.  We visited this wonderful place because I love the conservation work they do there to help endangered species of animals.  Another reason I wanted to visit there was because I wanted to see one of my favourite wild animals, the meerkat. 


Tricky words!











Practice spelling them and then write them in a sentence, making sure to use the correct spelling.

Eg.  The dogs ate all of their biscuits and were ready for some more.

Look over there at that beautiful sunset!

What is your favourite colour?

I think you’re great!


Take care Chaffinches and keep sending me in your work and messages!


Love from Mrs Adams 🙂

Chaffinches home-learning for Week beginning 29th June

Hi Chaffinches!

I hope you are all well and have had a lovely weekend, even though the weather hasn’t been great: we need the sunshine back again 🙂

Thank you for all the work that has been sent in this week: there’s been some great work sent about Ancient Egypt with quite a few of you writing your name in hieroglyphics.  I also love the haiku poems that have been sent to me: they’ve certainly made me feel like it really is summer, despite the weather!


This week:

Please continue to learn using the Oak Academy.  The first English lesson focuses on retrieving information from non-chronological reports: the text is about one of my favourite animals, the panda.  The maths focuses on work around the 3 x table.  In geography you can learn about settlements, and in PSHE, you will be thinking about kindness and being kind.

Please use the Active Learn site for reading the online books.


Keep fit and active using the Zumba for kids videos on YouTube.



This week’s spellings focus on the suffix, ‘ness’:














As the theme in PSHE on the Oak Academy is all about kindness, I would like you to make a poster that encourages others to be kind and how they can be kind to all people.


I would also like to award some pen licences before you go into Year 3 and so if you think your handwriting is worthy of a pen licence (it’s beautifully neat and joined), or just to show me how much your handwriting has improved, then write me a letter telling me about your favourite thing you’ve done in lockdown.  I shall read it and hopefully award pen licences to some of you 🙂


Thank you and take care,


Love from Mrs Adams 🙂 x

Chaffinches – week beginning 22nd June

Hi to all Chaffinches,

I hope you are all well.  It has been lovely to speak to you all, whether at home or at school.

Thank you for all the work that you’ve sent in about Ancient Egypt as well as other work.  I’ll add some photos of your work at the end of this post.  I’ve also enjoyed listening to you read via the videos that have been sent in – I’ve noticed some fantastic progress made from the ones I’ve heard, so well done.  There’s still chance to send any videos in of children reading, if you haven’t already.

Please continue to read your own books and those on Active Learn, and carry out the English and maths tasks from Oak Academy: BBC Bitesize and The Maths Factor are also useful for maths.  If you’re feeling more confident with your times tables then test yourself using TT Rockstars.



Earlier this year, we wrote some haikus (a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world).  Some of you have written them when learning from the Oak Academy.

I would like you to write a haiku based on Summer.  Think about how Summer makes you feel; you can include similes, such as shining like a diamond.


This is my attempt:


Spring is now over, (5 syllables)

We welcome summer gladly, (7 syllables)

     Clear blue skies reign. (5 syllables)

I’m sure you can write a much better haiku and I look forward to reading them.

I’m also including some spellings, based on the suffix ‘est’.












Enjoy your learning and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Here’s some of our fantastic work and some sunflowers that are growing really well.


Take care and stay safe,

Love from Mrs Adams 🙂 x

Chaffinches – 15th June

Hi Chaffinches,


I hope you are all well.  It has been lovely to speak to many of you and find out what you’ve been up to.  If I haven’t called you yet then I will do this week 🙂

Please keep using the Active Learn for reading and some grammar and spelling work, and use Oak Academy as it has some great lessons and fun things to make to help your learning.  BBC Bitesize, The Maths Factor and White Rose Maths have some great maths lessons and learning for you to do.

Some worksheets can also be found on the following link.



If you’ve not had a chance to do a virtual tour of a museum yet, then I recommend for you to ‘visit’ The British Museum and look at the Ancient Egypt gallery.

and also

Find out what you can there about Ancient Egypt and what life was like then.  Research the gods, Pharaohs, pyramids and other wonders that were built and are still there.  You could do a project about Ancient Egypt – it really is a fascinating topic.  You can include sketches or models of artifacts such as a sarcophagus, or of a god or goddess, or a monument such as a pyramid or the Sphinx.  Learn about what life what like for the Egyptians; what food they ate, jobs they did, games they played, what they believed in, and what hieroglyphics are, etc.

Don’t forget you can also read to me: have it videod and send it me.  I miss hearing you read and so this would be a lovely way for me to hear you.

Here are some photos that I’ve been sent of some home-learning that’s been happening.  Well done to those that are working hard!


Please keep me posted about the progress of your sunflowers.

Take care, stay safe and see you soon,


love from Mrs Adams 🙂

Chaffinches – Summer term: 15th June

Hi Chaffinches,

I hope you are well.  It was lovely to speak to so many of you over the last couple of weeks; if I haven’t spoken to you yet, then I will be calling you this week. 🙂

Please carry on using the Active Learn for reading, grammar and spelling.  Use the Oak Academy for a variety of lessons, with some fun things to make to help your learning.  White Rose Maths, The Maths Factor and BBC Bitesize can also be used for help and ideas with maths.

You could also visit

for maths sheets and other learning.



If you didn’t get chance to ‘visit’ one of the museums I suggested last week, then I suggest you visit the British Museum website and go on a virtual tour, paying special attention to the Ancient Egypt gallery.

You could do a project on Ancient Egypt.  Research Ancient Egypt and find out what life was like back then; what jobs they had, what games they played, what they believed in, what  hieroglyphics were, how they were able to build the pyramids, etc.  You could write about what you find and draw some artifacts or make models.  It really is a fascinating topic.

Visit these other sites for more ideas and some help:

I look forward to seeing your projects.

Please keep me posted with the progress of your sunflower and please send in any videos of you reading to me.

Thank you to those who’ve already sent in videos of children reading: they have made my day with their fluent, expressive reading 🙂

Keep safe and see you soon,


love from Mrs Adams 🙂

Some work sent in on Ancient Egypt and a story written (which was read out to me so beautifully) Thank you 🙂

Summer term 2: week beginning 8th June

Hi Chaffinches,

It was lovely to speak to some of you last week: I shall be calling the rest of you this week 🙂

I can see how busy you have been from the photos of shadow puppet theatres and terrariums you’ve been making, and it’s also great to see the progress that your sunflowers are making.

Please continue to use the Oak Academy, day by day, if you can, for Maths and English lessons, Science too. Continue to use the Active learn for reading books and some phonics work; also, don’t forget to fill your sunflower diary in please.

As museums are still closed, I am posting some links for you to go on some virtual tours of museums around the world – how exciting!

Visit a museum…from your home!

 Go to Paris and visit the Louvre: The Louvre in Paris

Visit the British Museum in London: it is full of amazing artefacts!

Fancy a trip to the Vatican city?

Once you’ve ‘visited’ a museum, you could sketch one of your favourite artefacts from one of the museums, or you could write a review of the museum, like you might for TripAdvisor, saying what you enjoyed or didn’t enjoy: then give it a star rating.

Reading challenge

I’m really missing hearing you read to me so I would love for you to read your book to me, and to have this recorded as a video or audio file and then sent to me at my email address.

Thank you for your photos that you’ve sent to me – please enjoy looking through them.