25 March 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Wednesday 25 March 2020 by Mrs Rowley

Hi children,

We hope you’re having a good week and you’re managing to get your learning completed whilst your grownups get their work done too.  Maddie has been keen to help with my learning!

Here are yesterday’s answers to the maths worksheets for year 3 and year 4. Here are yesterday’s possible answers to the RIC.

Here are today’s learning activities.


Year 3 – find your maths fractions packs. Complete the “comparing  fractions with the same denominator” pages.

Year 4 – find your maths fractions packs. Compete the “test of strength“page. Then, complete your last two questions of the word problems page.



The reading task today is a comprehension task. The answers are on the second page so please don’t look before you have answered! These sheets do not need to be printed – just write the answers to the questions in your books. Remember to put today’s date!


This half term, we have been looking at “The Great Nappy Challenge”. We have investigated which nappy was the most absorbant but have you ever thought how many nappies a baby wears and uses?

Your challenge is to work out how many nappies a baby would wear in a week, a fortnight, a month, 6 months and a year if they wear 5 nappies a day. Write the answers in your home learning book.


Home learning (24 March 2020)

Posted on Tuesday 24 March 2020 by Mr Roundtree

We hope your first day of home learning went well.

Yesterday, we suggested getting a timetable up and running with your child, to help them get into routines, and we shared various websites that can help to support you.

It’s completely understandable that you’re feeling stressed right now – most parents will be feeling the same. Here’s a few things to bear in mind:

  • Combine home learning with some practical tasks, like helping to prepare lunch and doing the washing up. They can be added to the routine of the day and are great for developing a sense of responsibility. Try to invest the time now so your child becomes really good at a household job – first one, then another and perhaps a third.
  • The ideas, and the suggested timetable we shared yesterday, are for guidance. You’re not falling short if you don’t quite manage to achieve everything we’ve suggested – we understand that many of you are trying to work from home as well.
  • It might help to build up the timetable, taking on board something new one at a time. It’s important to really secure one or two things done well before trying to get it all right from the outset.

For parents of younger children, you might be reassured to know there are plenty of countries where children don’t actually start school until children are about seven. Some education professionals argue that in the UK we push our children too quickly down an academic route rather than securing really strong characteristics of effective learning. These feature in Early Years settings and they’re something you can develop and nurture at home. With these characteristics, children are well-suited to make good progress later on, so try to develop those at home.

And now a top tip… (and one I’ve tried out at home, too!)

Why not encourage your child to take a virtual mountain bike ride, courtesy of imoves? Go on a speedy journey travelling through forests and trees, over bridges and much more! Once they’ve done the ride, get them to think about the ride they’ve just been on. What did they see, smell or hear? How did it make them feel? imoves has a whole range of ways to support physical health and mental health and wellbeing, quick blasts of exercise to calming meditations.

(Yep – I’ve taken the virtual bike ride in my kitchen last night!)

23 March 2020: Home learning

Posted on Monday 23 March 2020 by Mrs Rowley

Hi children,

We hope you’ve had a good weekend.

Here are your tasks for today. Each day, we will set three main tasks. In addition to these, we would like you to read for at least twenty minutes per day and practise your times tables facts – you could use TT Rock Stars to do this.

Each Monday, we will also upload a set of spellings for you to practise over the course of the week. The spellings will link to a rule that we have covered already this year.

The answers to the maths tasks will be given the next day so you will be able to go through and mark your answers.

Happy learning.

Mrs Welsby and Mrs Rowley



This past week, we have been learning all about fractions.

Year 3 – find your maths fractions packs. Complete the year 3 fraction problems. Explain to a grown-up which part of the fraction is the denominator and which part is the numerator.

Year 4 – find your maths fractions packs. Complete the adding and subtraction fractions with the same denominator. Answer questions one and two from the problems on page 1.



The reading task today is a comprehension task. The answers are on the second page so please don’t look before you have answered! These sheets do not need to be printed – just write the answers to the questions in your books. Remember to put today’s date!



Last week, we acted out the rebellion by Boudicca and the Britons. We planned our own newspaper reports. If you have yours with you, you can use this. If not, you can use my ideas on this plan.  Today, write your first paragraph include the WWWWWH and your second paragraph. Don’t forget, this is where you give more details about what happened. We will continue this tomorrow so save some ideas and information for your last two paragraphs!




-less                -ly                   -ment             -ed                  -ing

Can you add the suffixes above to any of the following root words? How many different words can you make?

care                            run                             help                            proper

hope                          sure                            achieve                      rain

pain                            skip                             move                         close

enjoy                         curious                      point                          use


Now you have written your list, how many more words can you think of ending in each of the different suffixes?

Practise spelling these words. Use different strategies to help you learn them. Examples:

  • rainbow words – each letter is written in a different colour
  • split each word into syllables en/joy/ment
  • box words – draw a box around each letter in the word
  • pyramid words
  • look, cover, spell, check

Sport Relief 2020

Posted on Saturday 14 March 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

For our Sport Relief ‘Game On’ challenge, Foundation challenged themselves to see how many star jumps they could do in 30 seconds.

It was super-tricky to get all of our limbs working together as we jumped out into our star shape and back again. We began the challenge on Thursday during PE and yesterday attempted to beat our personal best! Every child managed more jumps than the previous day with our ‘most improved’ being Lily who jumped 20 extra star jumps! Wow!

Thank you to our parents who generously donated to this important cause.

Home-Link w/c 16 March 2020

This week’s home-link ties in with our sport and health themed challenges of the week and has a hygiene focus.  At this moment in time we are being extra vigilant with our hand-washing and hygiene routines but health and hygiene are something we embed every day in Foundation class. An important achievement we look for in the Prime area of Physical Development; Health and Self-Care (40-60m) is:

(Children) “Show some understanding that good practices with regard
to exercise, eating, sleeping and hygiene can contribute to
good health”

We would like you to ask your child; “What are the ways that we can keep healthy?”

Please record your child’s responses (in their own words) and either send this to us via email or written on paper and handed in to a class teacher. Thank you.

Collective Worship

Posted on Thursday 12 March 2020 by Mrs Rowley

On Wednesday, Year 3 and 4 led our collective worship based around our Christian value of Forgiveness.

They opened collective worship with our welcome to worship “God is with us” as we lit the candle.

We heard a story about Omar and Freddie. Omar accidentally broke Freddie’s airplane. Poor Freddie was sad so he purposely kicked Omar’s football into the road and it got run over by a lorry. The boys fell out but missed spending time with each other so eventually forgave each other.

Year 3 and 4 taught us that forgiving helps friends to be friendly again and forgiving others makes us happier.

We closed collective worship with a song chosen by year 3 and 4, saying the Lord’s prayer and our blessing.


Supporting your child to stay safe

Posted on Tuesday 03 March 2020 by Mr Roundtree

We continue to try and keep you updated as much as possible with how you can keep your child safe in many situations.

The posts and information about Fortnite and screen time have proved popular for parents – it seems online safety is an area that parents would like lots of support.

Here is our next factsheet with some hints and tips about how you can support your child stay safe during using WhatsApp. The guidance around WhatsApp recommends that users should be 16 years old. We know that a lot of our children use WhatsApp so decided it would be helpful to support you in monitoring your child’s use of the app.

As always, if you’ve any questions, comments or concerns, please chat to someone in school.

Techno-links, friendship and more….

Posted on Saturday 01 February 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

This week in Foundation, the F2 children explored one way in which we use technology with purpose; to find information on our topic. The children came up with their own questions about the royal family and with the support of an adult, used a search engine to find their answers. As one of their writing focuses, they recorded their answers. Be sure to check out your child’s writing progression book, on the parent shelves, to see what they asked.

A big well done to our Star Writer this week, Christian, who asked:

“How often does the queen wear her crown?”

The answer he found also introduced us to a new ‘wow’ topic word: Coronation. 

Later in the week, we mixed writing with technology again! After some AMAZING descriptive sentence writing about fairy tale characters, the children used the ‘doodle’ app to draw an illustration that matched their words.

Our technology work leads us into our learning next week, when we will be thinking about online safety.

In maths, we have been using our play ‘shop’ to work on our counting and addition skills. We have also been practising verbalising number sentences and have been introduced to doubling.

We have enjoyed exploring our new ribbons and large elastic in the movement play area to stretch our muscles and make large movements.

Well done to the children who completed their home-link challenge this week and stood at the front of the class to talk about their favourite castle-based story. We loved hearing your ideas in talk time.

Home-Link Challenge

Last week, we had a circle time where we spoke about how it feels inside our bodies when people are kind to us and how it feels when they are not. We then chose five kind things to say about each friend. The ‘friendship hands’ will soon be on display in the classroom.

Foundation is a crucial time for developing communication and socialisation skills. All of the children are learning through their first experiences with friends, how to manage and how to respond to both positive and negative interactions. The Early Years Team focus on personal and social development (as one of the prime areas) in everything we do. We focus on addressing issues positively through lots of emotion exploration and activities that help us to see the good in each other. We know that for parents, it can be distressing to see our children upset or having concerns about their friendships. We are thankful that our parent partners work so well with us to support their children, by letting us know about any concerns they may have. We see beautiful, kind moments from all of the children every day in our class. We are proud to see the steps the children are making towards building emotional resilience and confidence in their relationships.

With this in mind, we would like to join the rest of the school this week by focusing on mindfulness as our home-link challenge.

It is super-tricky to get our youngest children to sit still for thinking and breathing time but we have found a lovely short video with ‘Mindful Ozzy’ that perfectly explains mindfulness and why it helps us:

To watch the video with your child, click here 

Please use the video as a way to open a discussion with your child on their feelings about themselves, school and their friends.

Parents Evening Appointments

Next week, our appointment times will become available to sign up for at the school office. To make places available for all of the children, we have appointments:

Until 5pm on Tuesday 11 February.

Two slots only on Wednesday 12 February (3.30pm and 3.40pm)

Between 5pm and 6.40pm on Thursday 13 February.

If possible, we would like for F1 pupil appointments to be made either on the Tuesday or Wednesday so that Miss Feldman can be present at the meetings. For this reason, we would like for F2 parents (if possible) to opt initially for appointments on the Thursday. We appreciate that our recommendation may not be suitable for all parents and you may of course sign up for any available slot you would like. These are allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

Thank you.

24 January 2020

Posted on Saturday 25 January 2020 by Miss Beatson


Prefix co- and re-  + tricky words

Learn for a spelling test next week.

co-operate re-emerge
co-own re-invent
co-ordinate re-tell
co-exist beautiful
which really

Another busy week in Foundation!

Posted on Friday 06 December 2019 by Mrs Wood


In maths our focus number is number 6. F2 children used the Numicon to make 6 in different ways. We have also been making up number stories using the polar animals. We are going to continue this learning next week.


We try to make phonics fun and active for the children. This week we played Musical Blending. The children dance around and when the music stops they jump on a CVC word and blend it. This is a simple game you can play at home!

One of the challenges this week was to paint an icy picture using their fingers. The children mixed white and blue to make different shades of blue.

Friday 15 November 2019

Posted on Friday 15 November 2019 by Mr Catherall

Friday 15 November 2019

This week, the whole school has the same Creative homework which children should be ready to discuss as part of our homework review on Thursday 21 November.

I know how to STOP bullying.

This homework is a response to our learning this week during anti-bullying week. Throughout the week, each class has had the chance to talk about what bullying is, what the different types of bullying are and how we can STOP it:

  • Start
  • Telling
  • Other
  • People

As part of your discussion you may find our school definition of bullying useful, as agreed by our School Councillors:

Bullying is when you hurt someone, physically or emotionally, several times opurpose.

As the homework is Creative, you can do anything you want to respond to the statement. Here are a few ideas to help you:

  • Create a cartoon strip of a bullying scenario and how it is solved.
  • Create an acrostic poem using the word bullying.
  • Write your own ‘kindness statements’ for your class.
  • Create a scenarios quiz for your class to decide what they would do.