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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 🙂





Can you spot the Easter eggs?

If you are passing by school on your daily walk, have a look to see if you can spot the hidden eggs in the Wrens’ playground.

Happy Easter!

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!


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!


If you go down to the woods today…

You may find lots of Robins and Chaffinches on a woodland walk! Exploring the beautiful woodland that we are so fortunate to have in our school grounds, was just one of the many activities that the children carried out on our Wow Day. Drama, dance, making edible nests and creating animals from natural resources, were just a few of the many activities that we squeezed into one day. We ended the busy day by starting to read our class book, ‘The Enchanted Wood’.

Welcome Chaffinches!


What a great first half term Chaffinches have had. From making our own ice lollies to drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows, Chaffinches have had a fun-filled and busy start to the year. We launched our topic ‘Fire and Ice’ with an amazing Wow day where we made beautiful snowflakes, caused volcanoes to erupt, used a variety of media to make giant flames and played ‘ice’ hockey too.

Chaffinches have settled in very well to their new class and routines and are already making great progress, both in their work and with their independence.

In our English lessons, we began by looking at explorers of the Arctic, reading a book entitled ‘The Great Explorer’ by Chris Judge. We researched animals of the Arctic and wrote an information text about polar bears.  We then moved half way around the world to learn about Antarctica, and the animals that can be found there.  Another book we enjoyed reading is ‘The penguin who wanted to find out’: this inspired us to write our own adventure about Otto the penguin.   We have been dancing like penguins and singing a song about Rocking at the North Pole.

We have been learning how to find the Arctic and the Antarctic, using globes, maps and atlases.  Chaffinches were lucky enough to speak to a Research Scientist who is currently stationed in Antarctica: the children thought of some fantastic questions to ask her and were enthralled by her answers.

What a fantastic start to the new academic year. Well done Chaffinches!!