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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.

Summer term 2 – week 1

Hi to all Chaffinches!

I hope you’ve had a lovely half-term break in the glorious sunshine.   I’m missing you all, but know you are working hard and will have lots of work to show me when I see you soon!

As well as using Active Learn for reading and GPS work, I would like you to use the National Oak Academy for your learning from now on. Please email me if you have any queries or questions about this.

Please keep practising your times tables on TT Rockstars or sing along your times tables with the songs on YouTube:   and you’ll see others like this for you to enjoy and to learn your times tables at the same time; this will help you become more confident.

Well done to those who have been working through the challenges on Active Learn.  I’ve noticed that there are a number of children who haven’t logged onto the challenges, so please remember that this is a really useful resource for you to use to develop your reading, grammar and spelling skills.

Thank you so much for all of the wonderful sunflower pictures – please enjoy looking at them on this page.  It’s still not too late to send any others in to me.

As always, I’d love to hear from you about what you’ve been up to so please don’t hesitate to email me. Missing you all!

Keep in touch,


Mrs Adams

Sunshine, Showers and Rainbows

Hello everyone,

We hope that you are all well. On a normal Tuesday morning if you came into our school, you would hear the lovely sound of children practising songs in Singing Assembly.  At this time of year, one of the favourites of staff and children alike, is a song called ‘Sunshine, Showers and Rainbows’.  We have tried to recreate a version of this song!  We could never compete with the beautiful sound of 90 children singing together …but we have done our best!

We hope it brings a smile to your faces; however you may want to turn the volume down!

Summer term week 5

Good morning Chaffinches!


I hope you are well and have had a lovely weekend!  It was lovely to see all your smiling faces and your message on the photo to all the staff! It really cheered me up 🙂

Well done to those who have been keeping active and have taken part in Mrs Baird’s challenges, such as the 10km challenge this weekend: I managed to do mine too!

Thank you for the work that you have sent to me; I really enjoy seeing your work and looking at the progress you are making because of your hard work and your love of learning.

This week:


I have updated Active learn and have allocated tasks about measurement and money.  There are some time tasks to complete: some are practical and some are written.



On Active learn I have allocated some Spelling and Grammar work for you to complete.


The Government-backed Oak National Academy has some great online lessons.  This is a link to this week’s schedule,


Again, working from the Oak National Academy, the links below are lessons are based on a book by Philip Pullman, called The Firework Maker’s Daughter.


Well done with reading your allocated books on Active learn.  As this week marks the start of National Smile month, your reading challenge this week is to read a book to a member of your family, that will make them smile.  🙂


As mentioned, this week marks the start of National Smile month.  Please could you find out how to create the perfect smile.  That means, how to look after your teeth.  You could try to find out about the different types of teeth you have, and what their jobs are.

I’d like for you to produce a poster that lets people know how to create the perfect smile!


The Primary Science Teaching Trust has some great ideas for a range of investigations you could carry out at home. Let me know if you try any out.


Keep on learning and stay safe!


Mrs A 🙂



Chaffinches – week beginning 11th May

Hi Chaffinches,

I hope you had a lovely weekend and were able to celebrate the VE Day anniversary – I saw some of your decorations and they were fab!  Please send in any photos of your celebrations and we will use them as part of our display in school.

Thank you for all the letters I have received – it was really lovely to find out what you’ve been up to as I am missing you all!

Thanks also for the instructions I received and the models and pictures of our solar system.  Please keep emailing in children’s work: I do enjoy reading it or seeing what they’ve made.







I have updated the Active Learn and have allocated new challenges, many based on multiplication and division, with others focusing on addition and subtraction using mental maths strategies.  Well done to those of you who are accessing Active Learn; I check regularly on your progress!


There are also these challenges to do:

Please keep using TT Rockstars – I will be updating this and setting new tables where necessary.


I’ve looked at all of the book allocations and updated where necessary.  Please contact me if you need to regarding the book allocations.

Your reading challenge this week is to make something that is associated to the book you are reading, eg. The Magic Faraway Tree – you could make a model of a tree. If you are reading An Alien stole my underpants, then you could make a model of an alien or some underpants!



I’ve allocated some more grammar and spelling work in Active Learn.  Please check and try and complete the challenges.


Extra learning

Tomorrow, the 12th May, it will be 200 years since Florence Nightingale was born.  Please find out what you can about her and think about why I have chosen this famous person for you to research.  You could produce a fact-file that gives information about her.


I look forward to seeing what you produce.


Stay safe and see you soon 🙂