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School Update 31 - 23rd April 2020

For those who have ordered Food Boxes, they will be delivered on Tuesday 28th April 2020.  You will be able to collect them between 12.30pm and 4.00pm.


NEW activities today:


  1. How to make your own Spring Garden


As the sun is shining and it is expected to be a lovely few days, why not make your very own Spring Garden? An activity for all ages.  Don’t forget to send your teacher a photograph of all your hard work.


     2. Daily Challenges by Mr Batey


You can choose from challenges 1-22. Today’s challenge can be completed either inside or out:

  • NEW:  Challenge 22 – Running on the Spot


      3.  Numbots


Numbots is an online tool that includes a series of challenges to practice addition and subtraction facts. Log on to Numbots using your Times Table Rock Stars log in details. Story Mode is set out as a series of Stages (Rust, Tin, Iron, etc) containing levels, a bit like Angry Birds. Rust is the first Stage and level 1 is unlocked, so this is the place for everyone to start. To unlock the next level, players need to earn two stars. Challenge Mode is locked for new users and is unlocked once players reach a certain level on Story Mode. Work through the challenges practising mental recall and the levels will get progressively harder as you progress further. 


    4.  Phonics - Daily Lessons for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2


This resource is designed by experts for use by parents, carers and teachers during the Covid-19 period. New lessons will be uploaded every weekday, and will be available to watch, throughout the summer term.


Daily lesson upload times are:

  • 10am - Reception - Most suitable for children who can blend and read words such as 'fish', 'chat' and 'rain'
  • 10:30am - Year 1 - Most suitable for children who can confidently blend and read words such as 'stamp', 'chair' and 'green'
  • 11am - Learning to Blend - extra blending practise for children in Reception and Year 1


      5.  Geography from Home


The Geographical Association have created a page for school students, parents and carers to access geographical ideas, activities and quizzes from home during the coronavirus pandemic.


Why not give them a go?  


Remember, to ‘reach out’ to your child’s class teacher, at least once a week


This could be simply to:

  • confirm that ‘all is well’ at home and your child is happy with the tasks that they are doing;
  • to share some work with your child’s teacher; or
  • to ask for further support around a particular activity.


The teachers and I remain on-hand to support you through these times.  Please use these e-mails:



Please be aware that if you send photographs of children or of their work, we would like to use these in ‘slideshows’ which will be viewed on each class page of the school website, as a way of sharing and celebrating pupil’s work, at home unless you state otherwise. 


In addition, starting this week, we intend to award ‘Home Learning-Star of the Week’ certificates for those children/parents who share work with their class teachers.  Certificates will be sent to children at the start of a week e.g. in a Friday’s School Update I will endeavour to list the children who have been identified during the week for producing good quality work at home and they will receive a PDF of their certificate on the following Monday.


In this way, we hope to encourage an even greater dialogue between home and school.


I know that these are uncertain times for us all but we are on-hand to support you at this difficult time. 


Remember, reach-out to your child’s class teacher they’re waiting to hear from you.


Stay safe.