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Welcome to Hedghehogs Class Page!

Friday 17th July, 2020

Good evening lovely Hedgehogs and families, I thought I would put the last few photos up of some of the fun you’ve had in the last few days of learning!  Have an amazing summer all of you and wishing you much happiness and a fab learning experience in yr 1! It was a pleasure getting to know you all Hedgehogs πŸ¦” take good care and keep happy! πŸ₯°
Love from

Mrs Ges Riley and Miss Jess Heron xxx

Wednesday 15th July, 2020

Good afternoon our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families! I hope you’ve all had a good week so far! Last day tomorrow it has come around so quickly! 
I would like to take this opportunity to wish Mrs Lunan the very best of luck for the future, she  leaves Holme primary this week to move on to pastures new! Mrs Lunan has been an enormous asset to Hedgehogs especially in these last weeks, with her caring nature, early years experience and skills, thank you so much Mrs Lunan you’ve been amazing you will be missed x


Mrs Ges Riley & Miss Jess Heron xx

Monday 13th July, 2020

Good morning our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families!
Wow, the last week of term and what a term it has been! You have all coped remarkably well and we are so very proud of you all! Those of you in school and learning from home have experienced so many different ways of learning and also experienced many new things during this period of uncertainty! Although at times I’m sure there has been many difficult moments, for everybody, I hope you manage to take lots of positives too, resilience has got to be top of the list for all of you in our eyes! Super job Hedgehogs πŸ¦” you’ve been amazing!
I will be putting all of the planning (and some extras) on for the week throughout today πŸ˜‰ so you can choose what you would like to do and when you would like to do it! There is a huge selection of learning activities this week, so I’m sure you’ll find something you like! πŸ˜‰ There are some lovely transition activities that will help you think about your move to yr1 and talk about your feelings surrounding this move! πŸ˜‰ I have added lots of songs, dances and games for you to enjoy,

I will also include some booklets, that have an array of lovely activities that you have learnt about throughout the year!  If you would like to challenge yourselves and do these independently πŸ˜‰ your chance to adapt all that amazing learning you have experienced over the last year that would be fantastic!!  But most importantly have lots of fun with your learning this last week Hedgehogs πŸ¦” 

I would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Dee and Mrs Lunan for keeping you all happy, safe and well and teaching all the activities Miss Heron and I have planned for you all in the classroom these last weeks and to all the parents who have been teaching the same activities from the class page each week, we commend you! 😊
We have loved getting to know you all Hedgehogs and families in these last months it has been a real pleasure even under the unusual circumstances of late! We will both be finishing our time with you at the end of term and handing back over to Mrs Banner, (welcome back Mrs Banner,πŸ˜‰)but we will certainly take very fond memories of each and every one of you away with us, 😊 thank you for making it a lovely experience Hedgehogs! πŸ₯°

I will continue communicating via tapestry and phone call this week and pop up on here tooπŸ˜‰! Take care all of you please,  stay happy, safe and well, chat soon. 

Love from 

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰and Miss Jess HeronπŸ˜‰ xxx

Activities for the last week choose whichever order you'd like to do them in ,try your best to complete as many as possible please ;0), have a great week.



Recap on all phonics sounds learnt, note any children not engaged or saying the sounds correctly

Play Phonics phase 3 bingo  or create own children selecting and writing sounds on wb


Watch the spread your wings and fly PowerPoint together below


Discuss with the children how they are feeling about going into yr 1, discuss both worries and

Excitement. Talk about how worries can be alleviated, encouraging them to come up with own solutions

On how to feel better about their concerns.

Articulating feelings is a key element towards ELG.


Get children to share their worries and excitements with you.

Encouraging them to use their phonics knowledge to help sound out familiar words.

Write difficult words on board in discussion. Make simple sentences or one word answers model 

Use transition resources for writing. (Cautious caterpillar spreading my wings)

Talk through sentences such as....


I am going to Owls.

I am happy.

I am sad.

I am scared.

I have liked Hedgehogs.

I liked reading best.

I liked playing with the ……

I did not like ……


Brain break

Mario cosmic kids



Addition and subtraction

Watch and sing along to song


Make sure children have 20 counters or cubes 2 dice a white board and pen

Take turns to roll dice and say a number all chn to write number on their board. 

Repeat then model number sentence on wb for children to do copy a couple together and then

Chn can do independently or with sibling ? Once children have completed at least 5 number sentences

Leave them on the board and get them to throw 1 dice and take away from answers to addition sentences,

Model for them

6+5=11   11-? =

4+6= 10   10- ? =


Hopefully dice with numbers on or use dice made for board game and roll twice

If children confident move on to the 3 dice addition game that rolls 3 numbers to add together and colour (



Self-portrait drawings children to have a picture of themselves on desk

Watch video below and draw their own self portrait. Carrot club Giuseppe portrait frame above if wanted use plain paper if not

If weather is nice they could do their drawing outside after watching video


Karaoke sing along with lyrics ;0)

Finishing reception song attached


Day 2


Recap on all phonics sounds learnt, note any children not engaged or saying the sounds correctly

By watching phonics game below


Play phonics bingo phase 3 /4 tricky words bingo get children to write tricky words in a grid on their white board model on your board they can write down from a selection

Write on board and call them out see below (tricky word bingo children write on wb) get them to choose a selection from the board you can include phase 3 and 4


Discuss with your children  what they think they are really good at and what they could improve on

You start model I am really good at…….. I could be better at………


Watch and see if your children are engaged listening to others

Ask questions at the end, what was I  really good at….. what could I be better at…… (if siblings around, maybe you could all get involved?


Ask your child to Read aloud to the family, child to discuss their book after, note comprehension and fluidity in reading.

If uncomfortable reading aloud note and ask chld what their favourite parts of the book are what happened at the beg, mid and end.

Could be a book they’ve read in the past if they prefer. 

Brain break



Watch number bonds video below



Number bonds below


Discuss what they have just watched and understand about number bonds to 10

Get  chn to put both hands up explain this is a great resource to help them, go through some number bonds together, modelling them on your hands, so the children can see!

Then asking children to say and show a number bond on their hands  and show on their hands

Spend as much or little time as needed

Watch the number bonds song.


Model a couple of the number bonds on activity sheet on wb before they start

Activity sheets attached! (2 lots)

Brain break


Sing finishing reception song




Recap on all phonics sounds learnt, note any children not engaged or saying the sounds correctly

Tricky word bingo phase 3/4 chn to write a selection from board you call tricky words out they mark off


Watch/read Jakes first day ahoy to my new classroom will put on class page in case it does not send


Look at powerpoint together

Answer questions and think about how Jake is feeling, discuss.

Write answers on board asking children to have a go at writing simple words on their wb or whole sentence if able.


Play board game from Jakes first day

They can make their own dice and choose counter, or use own dice


As they move around the board, ask chn the comprehension questions as they land on the treasure chest.

Note if children can answer questions comprehensively and children who struggle.  

 Brain break


Subtraction - Watch one or both of the videos below


Ask chn what they remember about subtraction, do they remember the biggest number goes first?

Watch under the sea themed subtraction PowerPoint


Use hands to help with subtraction up to 10 remind chn to start with biggest number take away/minus/subtraction (Use all words and remind children they all mean the same)


Snakes and ladders game children can use dice made or own dice,

Under the sea subtraction differentiated activity sheets


Extra challenge  if needed maths activity mat


Play video below subtraction cat

Brain break



Bark rubbings outside

draw insects on bark rubbings

outdoor play

I am special story

Dance songs

Celebrate song

Finishing reception song

Activity booklets for phonics and maths attached below a good way of your child applying their phonics and maths learnt throughout reception and  being able to assess strengths and gaps.

Above all have fun with your learning Hedgehogs.

Jakes first day

Resources for this week! Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Friday 9th July, 2020

Good morning Hedgehogs, its Friday again and time for those great pictures of your learning this week!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend

Love Mrs Riley Miss Heron and Mrs Hall 

Thursday 9th July, 2020


Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs and families, well the last day of the penultimate week of reception, I hope you have had a good week even though it has been a little soggy. Next week is looking to be much sunnier, ;0) as always I will be adding pictures to the class page f the fab learning activities you have been engaged in this last week so if you are one of our home schoolers please send in some pics of yourselves, we would love to see those lovely smiling faces and Im sure your friends would too!

Well here we go your learning for today..... have fun




Obj: Practise recognition and recall of phase 2/3 graphemes.  th, sh, ch, ng, ai, ee, igh, oo (long ooh) oo (short uh) , oa, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, er, air, ear, ure.

Model some words with these sounds and model reading them using sound buttons can the children join in –







Obj:  Teach and practise reading tricky words. With the help of a puppet, write a sentence that uses one of the words.  Ask a child to come out and circle the tricky word they can see.





Start the session with this rhyming exercise video ;0) get those bodies and brains ready!

Watch and play rhyming

Game below


Complete magic rhyme activity and see if chn can write a sentence that rhymes with a couple of the sentences in the activity,  model a couple for them to see.


Complete one syllable Rhyming words worksheets attached.




Recap on what chn remember about subtraction from yesterday’s lesson.

Sing subtraction song together below

then show subtraction interactive PowerPoint below

giving children time to answer, encourage them to work it out on whiteboard if struggling. Complete worksheets after.





Ask children what kindness they have shown in the last couple of days and what kindness has been shown to them, do a round robin activity where all the

children have a turn in saying something kind to the rest of the family do in a rotation so everyone says and has something kind said about them.

Watch PowerPoint on kindness.




Make the paper chain below



Watch and sing kindness video


Go outside for musical statues use a tambourine or clap hands if no instrument you can use.


Sing class song


Some additional resources and things to watch below if needed.  phase 4 tricky words  blend the sounds story


We are thinking of you all as always Hedgehogs, keep being you, you're amazing!

Jokes to make you smile;


Two fish are in a tank.

One says to the other ‘Do you know how to drive this thing?’


Why was the broom late?
Because he over swept!


What’s a toad’s favourite drink?
Croak – a – cola!


What’s a monster’s favourite game?
Swallow the leader!


Why did the jelly wobble?
Because it saw the milk shake!


What shoes can you make out of bananas?



Mrs Ges Riley Miss Jess Heron and Mrs Ellie Hall



Wednesday 8th July, 2020

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs and families! 

What a soggy day it was yesterday, I hope you didn't get too wet, although it is good fun splashing in the puddles and the gardens enjoy a good soaking too!

Well I hope you are all coping well with the activities we are setting for you and enjoying what you are doing while learning,remember if there are any problems or you need any help or advice we are here to support you the best way we can, get in touch via the office or tapestry and we will get back to you ASAP.

Here we go our fun learning activities for the day....



Obj: Practise recognition and recall of phase 2/3 graphemes.  th, sh, ch, ng, ai, ee, igh, oo (long ooh) oo (short uh) , oa, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, er, air, ear, ure.

 Model some words with these sounds and model reading them using sound buttons can the children join in –








Lucky dip- pick a sound out of a hat/ tub and the children have to say it out loud then think of a word or you tell them a word with this sound in to practise writing and applying.






Model the first couple of ‘matching clip cards’ attached, showing children how you sound each word out on the card and write it down next to each picture. Then identify the rhyming word and circle. The children to complete the rest of the cards independently!

Chn can then complete the odd one out activity  independently.



Start with counting back from 20 as a class then watch subtraction song below

We are going to focus on a similar concept today counting back to help us with subtraction, take away, minus use all the mathematical language explaining to the chn that these different words all mean the same.

Model on the whiteboard/paper a number line and explain instead of adding two numbers together we are going to be taking one number away from the other by counting back from the bigger number, using examples watch below

Spend a good bit of time discussing this with the children and completing examples on the whiteboard/paper together.

Complete number line worksheets below start together modelling the correct way.





Watch story on kindness


Discuss what it means to be kind ask children to name an

Act of kindness they have shown recently to somebody and an act of kindness shown to them.

Look at the acts of kindness checklist together and talk about how you could complete and if they could add any more.

If weather nice go outside and compile a list of kind words in chalk around outside area if not children can write on post it notes and stick

around room such as

Happy, nice, smile, helpful, thoughtful etc………


Children to do kindness word search


Watch and sing kindness song


Sing this week’s class song


We hope you have a love day again Hedgehogs, enjoy your learning it is really important to try and complete at least some if not all of these tasks, so when you come back to school in September you don't have so much to catch up on. Here are you jokes for the day, keep smiling Hedgehogs ;0)


How do all the oceans say hello to each other?... They wave!


What did one wall say to the other wall?.... I’ll meet you at the corner!


What do you call a bear with no teeth?..... A gummy bear!


What do you call cheese that’s not yours?..... Nacho cheese!


Thinking of you all as always Hedgehogs and really proud of how resilient you all are, seeing some super work come through on tapestry, well done!

Love from

Mrs Ges Riley, Miss Jess Heron and Mrs Ellie Hall



Tuesday 6th July 2020

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs and families! I hope you all had a good start to your week of fun learning activities! 

Here we go with our activities for today, I hope you enjoy!




Revisit/ Review

Obj: Practise recognition and recall of phase 2/3 graphemes.  th, sh, ch, ng, ai, ee, igh, oo (long ooh) oo (short uh) , oa, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, er, air, ear, ure.

Obj: reading and writing tricky words  


Model some words with these sounds and model reading them using sound buttons can the children join in -








  Teach and practise reading tricky words. Show the children the words.  We, all, they, her, be, she, me, are, my, was, you, he. Ask the children to help you read them.  Use sound buttons and line to write under each word. 

Practise/ Apply

 Lucky dip- pick a sound out of a hat/ tub and the children have to say it out loud then think of a word or you tell them a word with this sound in to practise writing and applying.

Teach and practise reading tricky words.. With the help of a puppet, write a sentence that uses one of the words.  Ask your child to come out and circle the tricky word they can see.




Watch Ronald the Rhino powerpoint below!

Discuss the poems towards the end of the PowerPoint and complete together, then children can complete worksheets independently.

Complete Ronald the Rhino sorting activity.


Following on from yesterday ask chn what they remember about counting on and what it means. Encourage correct mathematical language. 

What does it help us to do?

Show counting on PowerPoint. 

Complete spring themed counting on activity sheets. Children to write number sentence under objects ie 5 + 4 = 9


Reading out loud to others

Quiet reading, then encourage children to read their book to you and other members of the family out loud and say what they like most about the book they are reading, you then tell your child what your favourite part of the book was, praise how they read.

Encourages confidence in themselves and reading aloud.



Choose one of the activities you enjoy most, run, cycle, play football, dance your socks off ;0)

As long as you move vigorously for at least 30-40 mins



Sing in our class we are superstars


Have a lovely day Hedgehogs, keep up the hard work. Here are your jokes for today, Im still waiting to hear some of yours! ;0)


Where do cows go on a Saturday night?
To the MOOOOOOvies!


What did the hat say to the scarf?
You stay here I’ll go ahead!


Why does a penguin carry a fish in it’s beak?
Because it doesn’t have pockets!


Why did the crab go to jail?

Because he kept pinching things!


Love from

Mrs Ges Riley Miss Jess Heron and Mrs Ellie Hall



Monday 5th July, 2020

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs and families, I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend and not been blown away again by this wind we have had ;0)

Are you all rested and ready for another week of fun learning activities?

 We are doing addition and subtraction this week in maths with a focus on counting on and counting back!

In literacy we are looking at rhyming strings and how we can adapt what we have  learnt in our writing.

For PHSE we are focussing on kindness to others and ourselves with some lovely fun activities to help us.

Oh and there is another new song to learn ;0)

Here we go Hedgehogs, today's fun learning activities, I hope you all have a good day.... 


Watch oi dog

If link does not work type oi dog into youtube it will come up.

 Discuss the story, ask children what is meant by rhyming?

Watch again, stop on each page and encourage the children to suggest other rhyming objects the animals could use to sit on!

Complete the rhyming activity below Magic rhyme matching cards(Adults can you please cut up the cards and mix them up so children can match them up again).



Watch the counting on song below

Talk about counting on make sure the chn understand the concept, show them a number line on the whiteboard/paper explaining that it helps us with our addition. model several before they move on to the worksheets.

Explain if you are adding 6 + 5 you start on number 6 and jump 5 do this a couple of times together.

Complete worksheets attached but do one question at a time, taking time to go through and ensure children understand.

Worksheets attached



Read/watch the best dress ever below

and discuss what the children thought about the story, focus on the moral of the story, all about resilience, being encouraging and kind, rather than criticising helping friends make choices to improve rather than feeling sad. Model two different comments in a situation with the dress and ask children how each comment made them feel.

Do sequencing activity for the best dress ever using this opportunity to carry on the discussion about the story.



Decorate dress, using available resources hopefully some sequins and bits can be added?


Dance and move


Cosmic kids dance



Sing new song in our class we are superstars


We hope you have a super day Hedgehogs keep up the great work, jokes below to make you smile ;0)


Q. What do kittens like to eat?

A. Mice cream.


Q. What do you get if you cross a fish with an elephant?

A. Swimming trunks.


Q. How do bees brush their hair?

A. They use honeycombs.


Q. Why do bees hum?

A. They’ve forgotten the words.

Thinking of you all as always,

Mrs Ges Riley, Miss Jess Heron and Mrs Ellie Hall


Friday 3rd July, 2020

Good Morning our lovely Hedgehogs and families, I hope you are all happy, healthy and enjoying the start of your weekend.

Well it's Friday, so it's time to share all your wonderful pictures of the fun activities you have been doing! We are all really proud of the hard work you have put in and your fabulous resilience Hedgehogs, keep up the good work!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

love from

Mrs Ges Riley Miss Jess Heron and Mrs Ellie Hall

Thursday 2nd July, 2020

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs and families, well the end of another school week! I hope you have managed to complete some of the activities planned if not all? Remember we would love you to share pics of your activities so we can see your hard work and add to the gallery to share with your friends, I do this on a Friday so if you can send by Thursday night /Friday morning that would be wonderful, thank you.

Here we go your learning activities for today are as follows.



Teach - Write the word my on a WB. Check that children can read it. Say a sentence using the word. Sound talk the word, raising each finger for each phoneme. Ask chn to do the same. Discuss the letters required for each phoneme, using letter names. Ask chn to trace the shapes of the letters with their fingers. Rub the word off the WB and ask all chn to write the word on their own WBs.

Repeat with all, her.

Practice –

Play Phoneme Fingers

Read a word.

Chn show the number of phonemes by holding up that number of fingers.

Chn then try writing the word on WBs.

Words: bad, tent, grunt, mad, chimp, smells, lunch, toads, skunk, and sandwich.

Apply –

Read a sentence.

Ask chn to write on WBs.

Encourage chn to soundtalk any challenging words.

Chn to draw the soundbuttons on the word cards to help them read them.



Do all brown toads grunt and groan?

My chimp had a sandwich for her lunch.

Words: think, thank, street, spring, crept, slept, crunch, scrunch, trunk, drift.


Write sentences on the board. Children read then decide if the answer is yes/no. Show this with thumbs up/down.


Questions: When you drink milk, will you hear it crunch?

Will an igloo melt in the spring?


Get children to use the phonics they have been learning to write some silly sentences about the plants and flowers they have been looking at this week or any other subject they would like to write about. If they are feeling like they would like to challenge themselves even more they could write a little story about their alien plant, flower etc… ;0)





Using the children’s work from yesterday. Can you please hang it up? Then together look at the number of cubes each sunflower/plant/object has measured. Which sunflower is the longest, shortest? Are any the same? You could even then order them number of cubes smallest to biggest.

Focus on discussing the mathematical language, this might seem very similar to yesterday but it is important to embed the understanding of correct mathematical language used whilst engaging in these activities, you can extend this discussion in the activity below for understanding the world.

Which tree is tallest, shortest, which leaves are thinnest, longest, etc. explain the difference for use of longest and tallest.


Understanding the world around us

Tree identification sheets – on field or park if poss

- Or nature senses scavenger hunt and other alternatives in resources


Art – Sunflower pictures hand print/fork print activity or

Collage on templates (flower themed cutting activity) use screwed up bits of tissue paper yellow/green/brown/black or if you did Van Gogh’s sunflower drawing yesterday you could use that ;0)


Storytime The Curious Garden

Discuss the story with your child after.


Sing sunflower song


We hope you have a lovely day and super weekend Hedgehogs!

Here are a couple of jokes to make you smile!


1. What do you call a dinosaur that is sleeping?

A dino-snore!


2. What is fast, loud and crunchy?

A rocket chip!


3. Why did the teddy bear say no to dessert?

Because she was stuffed.


4. What has ears but cannot hear?

A cornfield.


Love from

Mrs Ges Riley Miss Jess Heron and Mrs Ellie Hall

Wednesday 1st July, 2020

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs and families!

Wow, I can't believe we are starting another new month, time is going so quickly since the start of our strange new world! How are you all feeling? Does life seem like a new normal now? It is amazing how quickly we adapt to our new surroundings, and you have certainly done that Hedgehogs and we are so proud of you!

I hope you are enjoying the activities we have set for you, remember these are all really important to build up the knowledge and understanding of the variety of subjects covered.

We aim to create a broad, diverse, mixture of learning activities to enable a rich learning journey, these will become the building blocks for the coming years.

We will hopefully leave all of the learning activities on the Hedgehogs page throughout the summer and if you feel your child could benefit from targeting a certain area of learning, you will have the resources available! I will also add extra activities in the coming weeks that can help your child build on their existing knowledge and help prepare them even more for the year ahead. Please remember we are here to help if you need any support, I will attempt to ring the families of children learning from home again this week and next week.


Here we go for today's learning activities, have fun....


Phonics -

Revisit and reviewRecap phonemes and tricky words previously learnt.

Show chn these on flashcards/screen/paper – chn to say the sound as quick as they can.

Introduce and teachSay 'think' and model counting out phonemes on your fingers.
Ask chn how to write each of the phonemes.
Count them off against your fingers to check that you haven’t forgotten any. Write the word.

Practice - 

Play Phoneme Fingers

Read a word.
Chn show the number of phonemes by holding up that number of fingers.
Chn then try writing the word on WBs/paper.

Words: shell, crab, shrimp, pink, crept, spot, brown, slept, octopus.



Read a sentence.

Ask chn to write on WBs.

Encourage chn to soundtalk any challenging words.



A shrimp slept in a shell.

A crab crept into a crack.



Objective - using adjectives, identifying and explaining similarities and differences in a selection of pictures! (encourage good descriptive language here)

Children use coloured pencils and look at the other pictures of different plants (see below or if you have drawn one and any siblings have perfect),- can they write some adjectives on the other pictures. Are the pictures similar or different to their own and the others, why? Can they explain, similarities and differences.

Powerpoint and resources below to support.



Give children an A3 piece of paper to draw their own sunflower or flower. Using cubes they measure how big their sunflower is and write this number underneath.

Repeat with other pictures drawn or objects around the house or garden, encourage appropriate mathematical language.. tall, long, tallest, longest, short, shortest, thickest, thinnest etc......

Support activities to extend below.



Science - Watch what plants need below


Discuss with children


Watch and sing what plants need song below


Complete what plants need worksheet attachment below.



Look at the Sunflowers painting by Van Gogh in the link below and learn a little about who he was.

Try and recreate your own sunflowers artwork.Watch link below 


Chalk drawings of sunflowers outside

Sunflower colouring sheets pastels if possible or palette paints if not 

any other colouring resources will do



Nonfiction book -What is a plant? National geographic



Flower dance -

Sing sunflower song


I hope you have a wonderful day Hedgehogs, we would love to see some of your sunflower paintings and your hear about or see your other activities please share if you're learning from home! Thinking of you all as always Hedgehogs, here are your jokes for the day!


Q. What do kittens like to eat?

A. Mice cream. ;0)


Q. What do you get if you cross a fish with an elephant?

A. Swimming trunks.;0)


Q. How do bees brush their hair?

A. They use honeycombs.;0)


Love from

Mrs Ges Riley Miss Jess Heron and Mrs Ellie Hall






Tuesday 30th June, 2020


Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs and families, I hope you didn’t get blown about too much yesterday, I felt like Mary Poppins at some points on my walk. ;0)

Did you have a good start to your learning activities yesterday?

We are looking at measuring today and carrying on with our focus on adjectives, it is also PE day so I have added a selection of activities you can do or make your own up as long as you get a good 45 mins- an hour of exercise ;0) make sure you warm up and cool down! Here goes...


Phonics –

Display a word. Point to each grapheme as the children sound talk the graphemes (as far as possible with tricky words) and read the word.

Say a sentence using the word.

ie. h a v e – have….. I have been to the shops.

Repeat with each word. Start again with the first word and repeat the process more quickly but without giving a sentence.

Work through all words.

Go through words a final time with children saying the word without sounding them out.

Words: said, so, do, have, like, some, come, were, there, little, one, when, out, what.

I have added a couple of activities to support this activity below. Hidden Words Phonics Game

Phase 4 Tricky Words

Ask children to spot the letters that are hidden in the picture. As they spot the hidden letters, children can write them (or use magnetic letters to represent them) in the boxes. Once all hidden letters have been found, children must rearrange them to correctly spell the Phase 4 tricky word. There is also a find and colour activity.



Objective - Focus on adjectives, use as many as possible.

All children draw their own plant they can choose the colour- the petals etc. Encourage children not to rush and take pride in their work! Add as many adjectives as possible and use to try and make a good few sentences about your plant, it could be an alien plant from another world, a plant from under the sea with creatures living in it, anything you like ;0) use your imagination let’s see it thrive.


Maths –

Objective – to explore and measure everyday objects using appropriate mathematical language to describe them.

Teach - Download Sophie’s sunflower PowerPoint and follow it. Explaining that the longer something is the more cubes it will need. Then complete Sophie’s sunflower worksheet 😊 or children draw 3 different sunflowers on a piece of paper and measure them using cubes. Discuss tallest, shortest, longest, biggest, smallest etc. Extend with extra activity sheets added below.



PHSE – Watch emotions video below


Time to talk. Discuss emotions and feelings what are they? How many emotions or feelings can the children name? Do they have a particular emotion and how it makes them feel they would like to talk about more than the others?

Discuss inspirational adjectives in attachment below as a reinforcement to this week’s focus in literacy.

Emotions and feelings activity (below)



See 20 ideas for social distancing PE below, if you are at home you don’t need to worry about the social distancing aspect.


Music & Dance

Sing sunflower song

Dance to video below…..


I do hope you have a lovely day Hedgehogs and remember, please share what you have been doing with us we would love to see how your fantastic work and we can share it on the Friday gallery if you would like to.

We are all thinking of you, as always, and here to help any way we can!

Another couple of jokes to make you smile ;0) ( if you have any good ones please send them in, I can add them on here if you like so all your friends can read them ;0)


Q. What goes "Ha ha ha.....THUD!"?

A. A monster laughing his head off. :0)


Q. Why don’t polar bears eat penguins?

A. Because they can’t get the wrappers off. ;0)


Q. What goes “tick, woof, tick woof”?

A. A watch dog. ;0)


Love from

Mrs Ges Riley Miss Jess Heron & Miss Ellie Hall

Monday 29th June, 2020

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs and families, I hope you had a lovely weekend and didn't get too soggy ;0) a light relief from the very warm weather last week! How are those runner beans growing? Have they reached your castle yet Hedgehogs? We are going to look at sorting sizes on Monday and from Tuesday some more measuring, our topic will be sunflowers and plants, so keep a good eye on those runner beans and record their growth in your diaries ;0) I hope they don't reach the clouds like Jacks did ;0) 

Well hopefully you are ready for another week of fun learning activities Hedgehogs, here is what we have for you today..

(remember we are mirroring as much as possible the activities being shared in school!)




Revisit- recap all the phonemes and tricky words previously learnt.

Introduce and teach -  Teach reading tricky words: do, when, out, what

Practice -  

Play Buried Treasure


Say Words: think, thank, street, spring, plink, thand, sprick

Are they real or fake? Can they put them into a sentence.


Write sentences on the board. Children read then decide if the answer is yes/no. Show this with thumbs up/down.


Questions: Do clocks get cross?

Can we see the stars on a clear night?



Maths -

Objective - size sorting! Use mathematical Language (biggest, smallest, least, most....)

This activity can be adapted so use whichever resources you have! for example shells, buttons or bears. Give the children a group of different sized objects and three sorting bowls. Ask them to sort the objects into small, medium and large using the bowls. The children will need to compare and contrast the items against one another in order to sort them into the correct bowl!

I have included some activity sheets below as an extra support to this lesson.


Literacy  - 

Objective - using adjectives.

Have a cut out of a sunflower or draw one if you are feeling creative, ask the children what plant it is?

Explain to the children that we know it is a sunflower because it is tall, yellow ect.. and these words you are using are adjectives, because they are describing the sunflower. Brainstorm adjectives on the leaves of the sunflower or around it.

I have included an adjective word mat for plants and flowers below.


Science – watch parts of a plant powerpoint (below)



Put a flower together activity


Understanding the world

I spy activity/nature walk scavenger hunt on field or outside area



Learn sunflower song

Dance time


Story about the sunflower seed


As always the resources to support activities are below. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need any support at all or if you want to share any of your worries, concerns or achievements we will always do our very best to help.

I have also included some extra addition and subtraction coloring by number sheets to support and extend the learning activities from last week.

I hope you have a lovely day Hedgehogs and families!

Here's a few jokes to start your day with a smile! ;0)


Q. What is red and smells like blue paint?

A. Red paint. ;0)


Q. What do you call a gorilla with bananas in its ears?

A. Anything you like, he can’t hear you. ;0)


Q. What do you call a fish with no eyes?

A. A fsh. ;0)


I hope they made you smile or giggle even ;0)


Thinking of you all as always!


Mrs Ges Riley, Miss Jess Heron & Mrs Ellie Hall






Friday 26th June, 2020

Good morning our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦”, and families, I can’t believe we are at  the end of another week! Where does the time go? I hope you’re all staying safe in the very warm weather β˜€οΈ well I’ve had a lovely day downloading and commenting on your photos from class, that Mrs Lunan kindly took, and I’ve added them into your tapestry journals so you and your families can enjoy them too!, I am also going to upload these wonderful pics on here so you can all see them πŸ˜‰ Have a super weekend Hedgehogs πŸ¦” thinking of you all!


Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron & Mrs Ellie hall

Thursday 25th June, 2020

Good morning lovely Hedgehogs and families, I hope you coped in the very warm weather today, please look after yourselves remember to drink lots of water and put on sunblock, it's going to be another very warm couple of days! I had to give my dog Murphy a very big hair cut so he was not too warm, see the pictures below, I don't think he minds it being a little bit wild ;0)

I can't believe we are at the end of another week of our joint home and school learning, the time seems to be going very fast Hedgehogs, only 3 weeks left until we break up for the summer holidays.

Here are today's learning activities, enjoy........


Phonics - 

Revisit - Recap previously learnt phonemes and tricky words.

Introduce and teach - write the tricky words they, are and all on a wb/paper, can the children read them? Can your child tell you a sentence with one of these tricky words? Rub words off your wb ask children to write them down.

Practice - How many times can your child write 'they' on their wb/paper in two minutes? Repeat with 'are' and 'all'.

Apply - Chn to write the caption below on their wb/paper after you read it to them....

'They all had a sandwich and some crisps for lunch.' 


Maths - Subtraction 

Starter - counting in 5's as high as you can, see if you can beat yesterday's total.

Now count in 10's, do they notice anything? See if they notice that there are some of the same numbers in each 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 etc.

Teaching sequence -Recap subtraction from yesterday's lesson.

Activity - Complete subtraction worksheets below.

Write some of your own subtraction number sentences, remember always put the bigger number first.


Literacy -

Objectives Speaking and listening, guess who

Teaching sequence - sharing the children's work talking about their insect, then start to draw another insect bit by bit and see if your child can guess from your picture before you finish, model good descriptive language when drawing, repeat with child drawing an insect for you to guess encourage them to use adjectives while drawing.


PHSE - Breathing exercises with Ozzy


Science/art -balancing butterfly (below) or incy wincy spider stick puppets act out and sing

Matching I spy

Colour by numbers

Dance bug dance -

Music - Sing caterpillar song


Story the cautious caterpillar



We hope you have a lovely day, stay safe in the sun! I will be here again tomorrow to add all the pictures of your wonderful learning activities ;0) so if any of you have any from home you would like to share on the page, please send via tapestry or the school office. Any videos added to tapestry cannot be uploaded to the class page at the moment so if you would like to share some of your fantastic videos please email to the office and I can upload from an email, thank you!

Thinking of you all Hedgehogs 


Mrs Ges Riley Miss Jess Heron & Mrs Ellie Hall 

Wednesday 24th June, 2020

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families, I hope you’re all feeling good and ready for this really warm weather we’re having! 
our learning activities for the week are as follows...

Phonics- Recap phonemes and tricky words previously learnt!

Introduce and teach - say a two syllable word eg. desktop clap each syllable and ask the can to do the same, repeat with two or three more words.

Clap the first word again desktop tell the children the first clap is on desk and the second on top!

Ask the children for the sounds in ‘desk’ and write it down, repeat with second syllable ‘top’ read the complete word! Repeat with windmill! 
Practice - children to practice writing the two syllable words below with sound buttons, 

lunchbox, helpdesk, handstand, treetop, starlight, pondweed, sandpit & sandwich.

 Apply- read the captions below to your child! Children to write captions down:


The chimp did a handstand!

Can lightning hit a windmill? 


Maths -

Watch powerpoint below

add and subtract two single digit numbers

count on to find an answer, use objects to add and find an answer

Starter - practice counting in 5’s as high as you can. 
Ask your child what subtraction means, explain to them it is when you take something away and model the subtraction sign! 
Model a number sentence on your whiteboard/paper! ExplaIn that the bigger number always comes first. For example 7-3= use your cubes to show taking 3 away from 7 to find the answer, children can do this with you and then practice a few more 

Activity - Minibeast subtraction below children can use cubes to support learning then have a go at writing the number sentences below. 


Objective- speaking and listening guess who

Teaching sequence -Sharing your child’s work from yesterday, you can either get your child to talk about their insect sharing with the family what it is what it eats etc or play guess who...

My insect has.......

then try and guess what the insect is! 

PHSE - breathing exercises with Ozzy ( see link below)

Time to talk........

Understanding the world/science

Watch parts of an insect

Discuss what children found out, watch again focus on new parts thorax and abdomen

worksheets below


Sing caterpillar song


I hope you all have a lovely day Hedgehogs πŸ¦” keep up the good work, thinking of you all 

Mrs Ges Riley 😊Miss Jess Heron & Mrs Ellie 

Tuesday, 23rd June 2020

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” we do hope you had a good start to the week yesterday and you are enjoying this week’s learning activities! Here are today’s learning blocks, remember how important it is to keep up with as many of the learning activities as possible Hedgehogs πŸ¦” have a go, if you feel something is too difficult or you don’t understand something, chat to your grown up and  please get them to get in touch with us! 

We are here to help you as much as we possibly can! πŸ˜‰


Phonics - 

Revisit and review - recap previously learnt phonemes and tricky words! 
Introduce & teach - write a two syllable word on the whiteboard/paper making a slash between the two syllables eg lunch/box. Sound talk the first syllable

l-u-n-ch and then blend, lunch, do the same for the second syllable b-o-x, box. Say both syllables together lunchbox. Repeat and ask children to join in with you , then do the same with windmill, treetop & starlight. 
practice - children to read the following list of words before a two minute timer runs out! 
words: spot, windmill, crunch, sandpit, plump, flip, splash, farmyard, brown

Apply - children to read caption below:

I stuck a windmill in the sandpit. 


objective - create their own character.

Teaching sequence- talk about hungry caterpillar and recap what foods he ate. Get the children to think about their own character! ( created yesterday)  What foods would their insect eat? Would their hungry insect be healthy/unhealthy ( talk about  the importance of being healthy and a good diet).

Activity - children to draw the foods their insect would eat and write the names of the food underneath! 


Objective - add two single digit numbers together, count on to find the answer. Using objects to help you find an answer! 
Starter- count in 2’s see if you can beat yesterday’s number!!!

Recap yesterday’s lesson of addition. Use the peg cards to choose an addition sum practice! Children can use their fingers or cubes to help find answer. 
Activity - Peg card addition! Challenge children to add together and write their own number sentences. 

Breathing exercises to

PHSE - Breathing exercises and cosmic kids meditation

Art - Butterfly decorating (templates below)


PE - Write names of 4 mini beasts on separate pieces of paper or have coloured hoops for each minibeast! Add to places around garden at distances, get children to jog, hop, skip, jump etc. Around the garden until you shout the name of a mini beast, your child will run to paper/hoop for that mb and imitate the insect for 30 secs as animated as possible flap wings, buzz, wriggle etc then set them off running, skipping jumping etc. Repeat several times and make as much fun as possible!


Music -  Dance to bug song
sing caterpillar song

Sing caterpillar song, enjoy your day Hedgehogs! 
love from 

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie Hall πŸ˜‰

PE different coloured hoops paces four colours 

Get the children to jog, hop, skip, jump, side crab around the hoops at a distance

four colours two or three of each colour

Name four different mini beasts give each mini beast a colour

Ie Caterpillar green hoop   Ladybird red hoop, bee yellow hoop, butterfly blue hoop

Get the children to jog, hop, skip, jump, side  skipping jumping whatever instruction you’ve given the other children on the spot, in their hoop keep doing this with different letters and different hoops, once all children are in a hoop release and repeat!


Monday 22nd June, 2020

Good morning, our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families! Hope you all had a lovely weekend and a happy Father’s Day to all those Daddies out there! πŸ˜‰

Well here we are, week 4 of our joint learning from home and school our topic this week is following on from last week The very hungry Caterpillar’ and we are going to focus some more on mini beasts πŸ˜‰ it was so good to see all of those wonderful smiling faces, when looking at the learning activities you’d completed πŸ˜‰ it makes us all smile seeing you enjoying what you’re doing! Keep up the good work! So here we go.....



Revisit and review-

recap phonemes and tricky words previously learnt.
Introduce & Teach- 

Teach reading the tricky words:

have, like, some, come

Practice- look in reading books for tricky words!

Apply - write caption below down for children to copy and read together! Then children to try and read independently!


Will you come and have some bugs on toast for dinner? More captions below! 



Objective - create their own character. 
Teaching sequence -  Look at the front cover of the hungry caterpillar. Ask the children if they were the author (talk about what an author is) what insect would they use, brainstorming different  ideas! 
Activity - children draw their own hungry insect for a story! 
Write adjectives around their insect! 




Maths - 

Objective -  add and subtract two single digit numbers! Count on to find an answer using objects to add and find an answer

starter -  practice counting in 2’s as high as you can. Record the number you got to! 
Ask the children what adding means! Discuss!

model a number sentence on your whiteboard/paper showing them the addition sign and an equals sign!
Eg 3+4=

Model using your fingers to find the answer then use  cubes to show them the answer is 7 

repeat with more problems 

Activity- Minibeast worksheets below

have a go at writing the number sentences underneath.

Breathing exercises to relaxing music.

Time to talk

Understanding the world – discuss what the children know and remember about mini beasts from last week.

Watch you tube video

minibeast worksheets


Dance to bug song

Hope you all have a lovely day Hedgehogs πŸ¦” 

love from
Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie Hall πŸ˜‰

Friday 19th June 2020

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families  as promised lots of fantastic pics of all of you superheroes 😊 and your fun learning activities below, Mrs Lunan kindly sent via tapestry, thank you so much Mrs Lunan πŸ˜‰ it is so good to see and hear about you enjoying all the learning Miss Heron and I have planned for you and Mrs Dee and Mrs Lunan are kindly sharing with you 😊 it really does put a smile on all of our faces! 😊 

I have uploaded all the pictures to your child’s journal and will finish commenting on each of them tomorrow! If you have not yet managed to access tapestry and need some assistance please get in touch and I will be happy to help! I will send new activation codes out to the families who are not yet on and hopefully you can access soon! For those of you home learning please keep your pics coming too, it really is so good to see you all being so resilient and learning so much!

Have a wonderful weekend all of you and Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads and grandads out there! Take care, be kind to yourself and each other and stay safe and well Hedgehogs πŸ¦”  πŸ˜Š


Mrs Riley πŸ˜ŠMiss Heron πŸ˜Š& Mrs Hall😊

Some of our fun learning activities at home and school! 😊

Thursday 18th June, 2020

Good morning our amazing Hedgehogs and families. Wow, we have come to the end of another week, our third week of joint learning at home and school, we are, as always, very proud of all of your hard work and resilience Hedgehogs, it is still a very strange time but becoming our normal at the moment and you are all coping really well, great job! I hope you have learnt the caterpillar song as we would love to see you singing it next week on video if possible? ;0) here goes our fun learning activities for today are.......


Phonics -

Revisit and review - as always please recap on previously learnt phonemes and tricky words.

Introduce and teach - Teach reading the tricky words: have, like, some, come.

Practice - Buried treasure children to read and sort real/pseudo CVCC words below draw a treasure chest and a shark add real words to treasure chest and pseudo words to shark.

Words  frip, camp, spem, pains, slin, fort, chairbs, point, stell, farms, vrown. you can make some others up to if enjoying.

Apply - children to read the captions below

We might have a roast. 

Can we train a dragon?

Remind children to use phonics knowledge to help.



Objective- I can remember the lifecycle of a butterfly

Teaching sequence - Look at the life cycle of a butterfly together, below. Talk to your child about the different stages and discuss understanding.

Activity - writing and drawing all about the life cycle. Worksheet below.

Maths - 

Objectives - Days of the week

Teaching sequence - Read the story of the very hungry caterpillar emphasising the days of the week. At the end of the story ask your child what was the first day the caterpillar ate his food? Second day? Using the rockets order the days of the week?

Activity - Number sequencing patterns, dice and number worksheets below.

Music - see if you can sing the caterpillar song without being reminded of the words.

Art - Finish off your caterpillar pictures and fathers day cards.

PE - another game of musical mini beasts, I hear it was very enjoyable.

Check back through the last few days activities lots of extras to keep you busy. 

Have a lovely weekend Hedgehogs and families and i hope all the dads and grandads out there have a wonderful day on sunday!

Thinking of you all, I will put lots of pics of your lovely learning activities up tomorrow. Another big thank you to Mrs Lunan and Mrs Dee for delivering all the learning activities in school and looking after all the children so well, we really appreciate it, they're doing a fantastic job.


Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ & Miss Ellie Hall πŸ˜‰

Life Cycle of a Butterfly | #aumsum #kids #science #education #children

Our topic for today is Life Cycle of a Butterfly. A butterfly lays eggs on the leaves of a plant. These eggs hatch and young ones called larvae or caterpilla...

Wednesday 17th June 2020

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs and families, we hope you are all happy, well and enjoying your learning at home or school. Please remember we are here to help with any worries or concerns, contact us via the office or tapestry and we will do very best to help! Have any of you looked at the special activities I added yesterday ;0) remember the special day is on Sunday! ;0) Here we go our learning activities for today are .....


Phonics - quickly recap previously learnt phonemes and tricky words.

Teach - Write the tricky words was and you on a WB. Can the chn read them? Can the chn give you a sentence with one of these tricky words? Rub them off your WB(or use paper)

Ask the chn to write them on their own WBs/paper.

Practice - Chn to practise writing the following CCVC words.

Words: sniff, smell, brown, groan, sweet, scoop.

Apply - Read to the chn a caption. Chn to write the caption on their WBs/paper

Can you scoop the sweets into a bag? 

Chomp and crunch the sweets

Literacy - 

Objective - I can write simple sentences about a story.

Teaching sequence - Show the children a picture/ page from the story. Using their whiteboards can the children write a sentence to match the picture? Eg a little egg lay on a leaf or to write a word to match the picture Remind children to use their phonics to sound each word out.

Activity - Children to write sentences to go with each picture you show them on whiteboard or they could draw their picture on paper and write sentences to show what they have drawn.



Objective - I can double an amount

Teaching sequence -Draw a picture of a ladybird on the board (or draw a giant picture). Only have spots on one side. Explain to the children that you can going to be doubling today. What does that mean? Explain that it means you add the same amount. Draw the same spots on the side and model the number sentence eg 3+3=6

Apply - Children complete their own doubling worksheet- butterfly and ladybird sheet below.

If finished maybe they could write the corresponding number sentence under/ on their worksheets.


PHSE - Breathing exercises and stretches to relaxing music.

Time to talk!


Understanding the world around us – What am I interactive power point & mini beasts micro habitats or

Mini beast description and guessing activity & mini beast micro habitats activity sheet

Legs or no legs sorting activity (below)


Science - The life cycle of butterfly on you tube discuss what the children have learnt! Extra activities below if needed.


Music - The Hungry Caterpillar song a new one ;0) on you tube

Well done Hedgehogs We hope you're all working well. We would love to see some more pictures of all your fun activities completed, I will add them to the page on friday if you'd like to see your work on the class page please get it to me by email or tapestry by friday! 

Thinking of you all 

Mrs Ges Riley Miss Jess Heron & Mrs Ellie Hall

Tuesday 16th June, 2020

Good morning our wonderful Hedgehogs and families, I hope you have all had a good start to the week and you are enjoying our new topic 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' there are lots of fun activities coming your way this week, how are you getting on with learning the caterpillar song to the tune 'she'll be coming 'round the mountain?' It's very catchy isnt it ;0) Right then heres our fun learning activities for today enjoy Hedgehogs please remember to share your pictures with us!

Phonics - you know the routine by now Hedgehogs ;0) recap on all the phonemes and tricky words previously learnt.

Introduce and teach -Show the chn a four letter phoneme frame.(see below or draw a frame four blank boxes for chn to add letters in to build word) Soundtalk the word stop slowly, make the word in the phoneme frame. Repeat with spin. (Or like yesterday just write the word with sound buttons again)

Practice - Chn to practise writing the CCVC words in their phoneme fames.

Words: spot, step, trip, from, skip, plan.

Apply - Read to the chn a caption. Chn to write the caption on their WBs or paper.

This frog is strong.
His green skin has bumps.


(practice resources below!)


Maths - 

Objective - I recognise some numbers are even and some numbers are odd.

Teaching sequence - Explain to the children that you can only share an even number. Explain what this means. Model that when you have an odd number- you will always have one spare.


Using the playdough again and the caterpillar.

Roll a dice 2 times (3 if you are feeling brave) model adding the numbers together and shout out the number.

Is this even or odd. Children experiment. When they have told you write this number on the odd/ even column on a board and at he end look at the different numbers. Do they notice anything about even numbers?

(Practice resources below)


Literacy -

Objective - I can sequence a story.

Read or watch the story again- see if the children can join in with you. Who were the characters?

Can they tell you what happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story?

Choose 3 pictures and write simple sentences to go with each picture. Can the children tell you what is happening in each picture?

Can the children sequence all of the pictures below or if no printer draw pictures and sequence.

(Practice resources below)


PHSE - Breathing exercises to relaxing music, stretch up high, out wide and down low, repeat a few times ask your child if there is anything they would like to talk about, any concerns they have. It is always good to talk when feeling relaxed!


Art - Tissue paper/small pieces of coloured paper cut up into small pieces to make a hungry caterpillar collage, show an example to the children. Get them to draw a pencil outline of their picture before sticking paper or tissue down. 


PE - outside musical mini beast action statues (use music, clap, tambourine or other instrument) children hop, skip, jump around the garden,  every time you bang the tambourine or stop music the children or you shout the name of a mini beast then children stop and mimick the mini beast that’s been said wiggle, flap wings, buzz etc!) until music starts again.


Music – sing hungry caterpillar song using an instrument each or clapping and stamping. (challenge - make your own instrument, see ideas below.)


Special activity - Make sure Daddy isnt looking ;0) it's Fathers Day on Sunday so I have added a few ideas for cards/gifts you can make below. Shhh though make it a suprise ;0)


Have another lovely day Hedgehogs, thinking of you all at home or in school, keep up the good work!

Mrs Ges Riley Miss Jess Heron & Mrs Ellie Hall

 Monday 15th June 2020

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families, hope you all had a good rest over the weekend in the beautiful β˜€οΈ  and are ready to start the week refreshed and ready to complete your learning activities πŸ˜‰
Our topic this week is the very hungry caterpillar πŸ› here we go!

Phonics - As always a quick recap on your phase 2 & 3 phonemes and tricky words!

We are starting phase 4 today and our focus will be ccvc words (consonant, consonant, vowel, consonant).

Teach reading ccvc words by writing pot on the board/paper and sound talk....p o t pot together!

Write s in front of pot and sound talk s p o t... spot together. Repeat with step, stop, skip, trip, plan & from.

Give the children the words below to add sound buttons and practice reading.

spot, step, stop, skip, trip, plan, from, frog, swim & twin.

Write these captions for children to read!

Can I plan a trip to the moon?

Can you grab that green frog for me? 
Challenge - children can you write these captions and can you make your own silly sentences up with the ccvc words above!

Additional resources below!

Literacy -

Objectives - I can remember key parts of a  story!

The very hungry caterpillar πŸ› if you have the book great if not there is a link to the story below. Look at the front cover together, what can your child see? What do they think the story will be about? Have they heard the story before? Watch/read the story to your child! What did they like about the story, what was their favourite part? Can your child remember what the hungry caterpillar ate, get them to draw the food the caterpillar ate! Can they tell you why he was so full? 
Resources below! 

Maths -

objective - I understand what sharing means!

I can share a number!

I recognise even and odd numbers!

Talk to your child about the hungry caterpillar eating too much food, what could he have done? Share it with a friend? What do we mean by sharing? Discuss with your child! Make some play dough grapes together or use some other resource you have! Explain that when you share between two people you split them in half! Model sharing! 
Children to make their own fruit from play dough or use real fruit! Draw a picture of a caterpillar! Give them an even number between 0 and 20  the children the count fruit out and share between themselves and the caterpillar they’ve drawn!

Additional resources below! 


PHSE -  Breathing exercises to relaxing music! You tube has some great relaxation and breathing exercises! See link below!

Talk about worries and concerns! 


Music - Learn the very hungry caterpillar song to she’ll be coming round the mountain tune (See attached)


Understanding the world - Show and read mini beast information cards, (below) discuss what children know about the various mini beasts. Watch power point below.

Investigation - Go on a mini beast hunt with the mini beast check list below!

Sing the hungry caterpillar again.


We hope you have a wonderful day Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and you manage to get the majority of your learning activities completed, especially phonics literacy and maths! πŸ˜‰ 
Chat tomorrow, thinking of you all! 
Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie Hall 




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Friday, 12th June, 2020

Hey there our lovely Hedgehogs and families, sorry these pics are a bit late in the day, we have had a few problems with internet connection! As always it's so good to see all your lovely faces and your fabulous learning activities! ;0) keep up the great work!

I will keep my eye on tapestry over the weekend if anyone would like to add any more pictures there I can add them onto the class page! 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!


Mrs Riley ;0) 

Thursday 11th June, 2020


Good morning our wonderful Hedgehogs and families, I hope you are all safe, well, happy and enjoying your learning at home or in the classroom!

I can’t believe we are at the end of another of our learning weeks and I know you are all doing your best, it is really important to be happy, safe and well, but please, please try to do as many of your learning activities as possible at home, so when school does finally get back to a bit more of our new normality, things won’t seem too overwhelming! A little each day will keep those wonderful brains of yours up to date ;0) anything we can assist with or make easier to access please get in touch, we are only a phone call or email away!

So here we go our last day of fun learning activities for this week are as follows:

Phonics – as always, sorry to sound repetitive ;0) recap on all sounds and tricky words previously learnt!

We will also focus on the ‘ure’ trigraph show your child the flash card (or written trigraph 'ure') and model the sound. Practice writing the words pure, cure, sure, lure, and manure! Then write a silly sentence such as, ‘I’m sure manure is the cure!’ ;0) Talk about the meaning of each of the words! There are some worksheets below to practice on if you have a printer, if you do not have a printer don’t worry look at the screen and talk through the activities!

Maths – today we are recapping on 2d shapes, we will use the giants castle as a focus point, look at a picture of the castle below or think about what a castle looks like, try drawing one, what shape is the main body of the castle? Is it a square or rectangle? What shapes are the rest of the parts, the towers, turrets, windows, flag?  Talk about the properties of the shapes you are looking at, how many sides does it have? How many corners does it have? What shapes does your house have? Identify the shapes in everyday things around you! There are some worksheets and ideas below.

Literacy – Our last day of Jack and the beanstalk, time to snuggle up and watch the film ;0) lots of versions on you tube! Discuss what happens at the beginning, middle and end, then see if you can act out your favourite part and see if your family can guess which part you’re acting out ;o) you can all get involved with this and act out several parts, use the masks if you have printed them out this week and voices to help identify the characters ;o)!

Music – last day of singing and moving to the Jack song ;0) hope you have enjoyed it! Did you play ‘the plant song’ on you tube, a catchy, informative watch and listen!

Art – draw around some leaf templates or draw free hand, different sizes and write a name of a friend or family member on each leaf and make a beanstalk of all the people that you care about! Extra challenge - write a message or a few words about each person on each leaf!

PE – Another bike ride would be good or think about how tall Jacks beanstalk might be, estimate in stairs or steps (50, 60, 100?) and see if you can climb that many stairs or steps!

Well done Hedgehogs ;0 that’s your learning activities completed for the week ;0) great job!!!!

Remember we are thinking of you all, if there is anything you would like to see on your learning activities please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you!

Have a lovely weekend!

Love from

Mrs Ges Riley Miss Jess Heron & Mrs Ellie Hall




Wednesday, 10th June, 2020

Good morning our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦”  and families, day 3 of our 4 day week of fun learning activities ;0) hope you're all managing to get as much as possible done! Please remember we are always available to answer any concerns or questions via school email or tapestry! I am going to use a friday to upload pictures of all your learning activities from home and school, it brings us great joy to see all your pictures and videos and your friends love to see you too! So please share, could you please also email videos to school as I cannot upload from tapestry for some reason, I am investigating ;0)

So our fun learning for today is as follows!


Phonics - As always please recap on phase 2 & 3 sounds and tricky words and focus on any you are finding difficult!

Our focus sound for today will be 'air' Adults if you could say some random words to the children including some 'air' words (ie pig, cow, fair, dinner, pair, sink, bush,hair..) when the children hear an 'air' word they jump up and clap their hands, stomp their feet, touch their ear, nose, head whatever you like. Make your own 

version even! I have added some activity sheets below and the phase 2 & 3 sound/tricky words are still on mondays page! 


Maths - Today we are estimating! If you can find yourself a tub of dried beans or pebbles, beads etc.
Adults if you could please model to the children, drawing around your hand on a peice of paper, then ask your child.. 'How many beans do you think will fit in the handprint?' ' Will more or less beans fit into your handprint or theirs? How many can you hold in your hand, how many can your child hold in theirs, estimate and then count! Can they explain that their hand is smaller so they will need less beans to fill it? Encourage mathmatical languge, smaller, bigger, more, less, etc. Was their estimation close? Count the beans in each handprint and hand now write the numbers down. Explain what estimating means and have a go at some more. 'How many leaves on that plant?' 'How many biscuits will fit in the tin? ;0) 'How many sweets are in the packet?' Can they think of some of their own! Make it a fun game. Record as much as possible  written or video and please share with us, we love to see you learning ;0)


Literacy - Today we are going to talk about their favourite part of the story, can they tell you what their favourite part is and why, adults if you could model,  'My favourite part of Jack and the beanstalk is.......... because.......... ! So they can see an example before they tell you and the rest of the family if possible, creating opportunities to speak to a group helps to develop confidence. If you could ask questions and deepen conversation, this will also enhance literacy skills. Can they draw a picture of their favourite part and write a short description, there is a word mat below to assist! I cant wait to see your favourite part Hedgehogs πŸ¦”  ;0)


Music - Time to sing our Jack song, ( on Monday’s page) you must be getting good at it now ;0) if you can send a video of you singing it, we would love to hear it Hedgehogs! πŸ¦”

There is also a song called 'The plant song' Hayley Sims, on you tube very catchy ;0)


Science/art - Today we are going to plant our bean, you will need a plastic cup, cotton  wool, water, a runner bean seed, or other bean seed, a long thin piece

 of card/an art straw or cane to support the bean and to stick your picture of a castle on top!

First put cotton wool or kitchen towel in bottom of cup, secure card straw or cane to cup stick cut out and coloured picture of castle with your name on to top of stick, draw a picture of yourself or Jack to stick to the front of the cup,

add water to the cotton wool and place bean on there place on a window sill in sunlight, the cotton wool and bean will need to be kept watered! record the growth of your very own beanstalk growing up to the castle ;0) in the diary or growth chart below, there’s also lots more fun activity sheets you could do if you would like to! 

resources below.

PE - another bike ride would be great or how about making an obstacle course, climbing over things, under things, around and through things. Check with your adults what you can use!


Have a wonderful days learning Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families,😊 remember to have fun, we are very proud of you all!

Love from 

Mrs Ges Riley 😊 Miss Jess Heron 😊 & Mrs Ellie Hall 😊


Tuesday 9th June, 2020

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦”  and families, I hope you are all keeping well  and managed to enjoy your learning activities yesterday! It’s national cycle week, so if you're able to go for a cycle with your families that would be wonderful! There is a link to lots of family activities on Mrs Thomas's message page.πŸ˜‰


Our learning activities for today are as follows, as always replicating, as much as possible, what is being learnt in the classroom! 😊


Phonics - recap on stage 2 & 3 sounds and tricky words, see yesterdays page if you need a copy of either! Looking for fluency with these sounds and words now, adults if you could please focus on any sounds your child finds challenging over the coming days, to aid with fluency, as we will be moving on to phase 4 phonics next week, thank you!

Our focus sound today is 'ear'

How many words with 'ear' in can you say in 1 minute,;0) I'll start you off.....

near, tear.................... can you write a few silly sentences with these words now? There are a couple of  fun activity sheets below!

Challenge - talk about the two different sounds (phonemes) for the (written) grapheme. eg 'ear' as in tear when you cry and 'ear' as in tear when you rip something. Remember to use phonics play to help make your phonics fun! ;0)


Maths - today we are going to look at measuring with non standardised units, using beans, counters, lego blocks, pasta etc. to measure the beanstalks on the printed sheet below (best printed A3 if possible), or draw your own beanstalks and see how many beans, lego blocks (all same size) or counters ect. each one measures ;0) remember to use the same units of measurements, you could measure your own beanstalks (drawn or plants outside, or inside πŸ˜‰) record your answers, think about measuring the same beanstalks with a different unit of measurement (if you used lego blocks before maybe try pasta this time) do you think you will use more pasta peices than lego blocks? Adults please encourage mathematical language when discussing, bigger, smaller, longer, shorter etc .....


Literacy - Read Jack and the beanstalk again to recap. (story below)

Today we are going to talk some more about emotions and how to recognise other peoples emotions, take turns in hotseating the giant and Jack (and the other characters, if youd like to). Ask whoever is in the hotseat pretending to be the character, questions on how they feel, what they did, why they did it? Try to think like the characters might think. Take turns at being each character and the questioner, use the masks below and voices it helps and makes it more fun ;0), discuss at the end how you think each character was feeling. Challenge - write down how one of the characters are feeling using wow words.


Music - sing the Jack song from yesterday, doing the actions too ;0) 

listen to some harp music like the giant (on you tube) close your eyes and move to the music, how does it make you feel? Why do you think the giant liked the harp music?


PE go for a cycle with your family if you can, if not pretend you're climbing a really big beanstalk, do you have a climbing frame? take turns in shouting out a bean name (we have done this before ;0) runner bean, run around, kidney bean, make a curvy c shape with your body, broad bean, do a big broad star shape, baked bean, lie on the floor like beans on toast, butter bean, pretend the floor is slippy, jumping beans, jump up and down, human beans ;0) dance around the room however you like! Run from the giant, pretend he's chasing you!


Art - take a paint brush and a pot of water can you use the water to paint a beanstalk on the wall or a castle, can you make a beanstalk out of junk modelling or construction?


Above all Hedgehogs πŸ¦” make your learning fun, if you make it as fun as possible you will learn more πŸ˜‰

Have a lovely day all of you wherever you are learning, thinking of you all as always!


Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰  Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie Hall 





Monday, 8th June, 2020

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families! I hope you all had a good weekend and have rested well, ready for your week of learning wink be it at home or in the classroom πŸ˜‰ we hope you will try your very best to complete all the activities given and have fun while you learn! πŸ˜‰


Phonics - as always recap on all phase 2 & 3 sounds and tricky words please! I will attach below in case you need! We will also focus on the ‘ow’ digraph today, please try and think of as many words with ‘ow’ in as you can! Use phonics play and silly sentences. Yr 1s you will be able to write several sentences! Remember capital letters, full stops and finger spaces please πŸ˜‰ great job!!
eg. How did the brown cow take a bow? πŸ˜‰
Think about the different phonemes (sounds) for the same grapheme (written)

‘ow’ as in cow or ‘ow’ as in low! Practice saying both sounds and focus on how your mouth moves.


Literacy - we are going to be doing a lot of thinking, talking and re-enacting in literacy this week, using the Jack and the Beanstalk story and how we feel about the characters and their actions! 

Jack and the Beanstalk is an interesting tale because he has lots of problems to solve along the way. His cow stops giving milk, Jack and his mother are poor, Jack gets in trouble with his mum, Jack discovers a boy-eating giant, Jack wakes up the giant. Can you recognise each problem and solution in the story? Do some of the solutions solve more than one problem? Yr 1’s Have a go at writing them down,  Reception discuss with your family, adults if you could please extend the discussion as much as possible........ 
Was Jack right to trade Milky-White for the beans? Was he right to steal from the giant? Should he have climbed the beanstalk a second and third time? Talk about how Jack behaved. What adjectives, (wow words) would you use to describe him? eg brave, clever, silly.......
How did the Giant feel about Jack stealing from him? Think from the perspective of the Giant, talking about the day Jack stole his golden hen. Was he sad or angry? Lots of conversation here which will build on many aspects of literacy, including language development, comprehension, character description, understanding emotions and much more.


Maths - ordering up to 20 there is an activity sheet below, Jack has dropped his beans from the beanstalk and needs help ordering them from 1-20!  You could also try chalking numbers on the pavement in order. Adults please could you challenge children by starting at a different number ie 6 and ask them to count on from there, changing the number several times to aid fluency! Challenge - can you count backwards from 20 or another given number! πŸ˜‰

Music- There is a song, with actions, you can learn this week added below! πŸ€—

Science - lifecycle of a bean, worksheets below choose which one you think your child will be most capable of. (We will be growing a bean each this week, so if possible, if you could get hold of some runner bean beans, a see through plastic cup, paper towel or cotton wool and either an art straw or small cane, for Wednesday that would be fantastic!) πŸ˜‰ we will be tracking the growth of the bean in the coming weeks! 

Have a wonderful days learning Hedgehogs πŸ¦” well done, we are proud of you all for all your hard work and resilience! Love from

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie Hall 



Friday 5th June, 2020 

Good morning our wonderful resilient Hedgehogs πŸ¦” 😊 and families, you have all had such a wonderful week, well done to those at school for coping so well with the very different style of learning, all the new rules and working so hard for Mrs Dee and Mrs Lunan. Well done those of you at home for carrying on working so hard at home, we are very proud of each and every one of you hedgehogs πŸ¦” 😊

 I will be adding your pictures throughout the day so keep an eye on the page for updates you may just pop up at any time πŸ˜‰ if you haven’t given your permission yet to share your child’s photo then I will not post! 
I hope you have a lovely long weekend all of you, I know it’s been a very tiring week, have a good rest! 

I will be updating tapestry tomorrow so if you have any observations you’ve added I look forward to seeing them and will add your pictures to the class page over the next couple of days 😊 We have added lots of activities on the class page over this last week so I’m sure you will have lots to keep you occupied today if you need!

Love from
Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰& Mrs Ellie HallπŸ˜‰

Our super Hedgehogs πŸ¦” learning at home and at school! We are so proud of you all πŸ˜‰ X

Thursday, 4th June 2020

Good morning our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families, I hope you got on well with yesterdays learning at home, we are looking forward to seeing all the pictures of your activities! 😊 Another good day at school I hear, well done Hedgehogs πŸ¦” I will share some of the photos on here tomorrow! How many silly sentences did you write and did they make your family laugh? ;0) theres another few digraphs and a trigraph to recap on today so you could try a few more silly sentences ;0)

Phonics - as always recap on phase 2 and 3 phonics using flash cards and resources on page. Focus for today are 'oo/oo' both phonemes (long and short sounds as in toot and look) 'oa' and 'igh' my silly sentence is .... 'I look out at night when the goat gives a toot.' πŸ˜‰

Can you practice using your sound buttons when reading and writing the words please! πŸ‘


Maths - hopefully you got on well with your 1 more and 1 less yesterday, if not keep practising please. Today can you recap on counting in 2's we have done this once or twice before but if not secure keep going you will get more confident! πŸ˜‰ There’s lots of counting in 2's songs on you tube, type in counting in 2s songs EYFS plenty come up if you are happy with your progress, its time to bring out the big numbers 😱 and revisit our counting in'10's remember to show your ten fingers every time you say a multiple of 10, jazz hands πŸ€— 10, πŸ€—20, πŸ€—30, πŸ€—40πŸ€— .... how far can you go? Write the numbers 1-10 and then add a 0 to the end of each number or if your grown up can write them for you, and you add the 0 can you see a pattern? Tell your grown up what you see! I will add some resources below! There are some animal dot to dots below that go up to 100 or more in 2’s, who would like to have a go?  πŸ˜€ 


Literacy - Carry on with talking about Jack and the Bean stalk, did you manage the sequencing activity yesterday? Can you get a grown up to miss a part of the story out when reading it to you, can you identify which part of the story was missing, can you write the missing part down and maybe add you own exciting ideas, maybe if you want a real challenge you could write your own version of the Jack and the beanstalk story, I might write a story called 'Mrs Riley and the broccoli tower'πŸ˜€ If you write one maybe you could record it on video to the class if you would like to? 😊

As always Hedgehogs please read together or on your own reading will help you with so many learning activities and it is so much fun!

I was watching the birds in the garden yesterday and they were so lovely, the blue tit chicks were being fed by their mum but in no time at all they were flying around feeding themselves, they learnt so quickly it reminded me of a lovely class of Hedgehogs we know ;0) I have added a few pictures and a video below! πŸ₯°

Thinking of you all Hedgehogs πŸ¦” 

Love from

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie Hall πŸ˜‰



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Wednesday 3rd June, 2020

Good morning our amazing Hedgehogs πŸ¦”and familes smiley

I heard  from Mrs Lunan and Mrs Dee those of you who started back at school yesterday settled in really well, fantastic,😊 keep up that resilient attitude Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and those of you learning from home fantastic job too, you are also being really resilient and we are so proud of all of you learning in school and at home.πŸ₯°

We are adding very similar planning on the class page that is to be taught in school each day, so you are all being exposed, as much as possible, to lessons that would be going on in the classroom, at a diluted level to start, as children in class will need to get used to a new way of learning, as our continuous provision and the way we delivered learning opportunities is no longer viable at this time.


Phonics today will be as always a recap on phase 2 and 3 by showing flash cards and children to say sounds quickly and fluently, you can interact with the clips, games and songs on phonics play or you tube and there are lots of phonics activities on the link at the bottom of the class pages! Please look over the tricky words, phase 2 and 3, if you scroll back to the week before half term we added lots of phonics resources. I have also added more resources below!

Then please focus on the digraphs ‘ng’ ‘ai’ & ‘ee’ find words with these digraphs in such as, ring, rain, sheep and make up some silly sentences........

The sheep wore a ring in the rain. The king fell asleep in the drain.

Don't forget your finger spaces, capital letters and full stops, πŸ˜‰ super job Hedgehogs πŸ¦”  lets see how many silly sentences you can make, can you make your family laugh at them? laugh Make a list of appropriate words to help with your sentences! Some digraph booklets for practice are added below! 


Maths - 1 more & 1 less there are some activities below and a powerpoint, also a few ideas to get you all going! 

Get someone to tell you a number children, between 1 and 10 to start. for example.... if they say 6 show them you know what 1 more and then 1 less is by doing starjumps, claps, hops etc to represent your answers or if you want to use alternative methods such as building a tower, drawing shapes or even writing the numbers down! Once you're confident up to 10 see if you can challenge yourselves with bigger numbers, even as big as my age......... 21wink or maybe its just a little more! Now can you explain how you know what 1 more and 1 less is, how can you work it out, explain to your family in your own words, use the bunny hop on a number line to help you!! See if you can come up with some creative ways of showing 1 more and 1 less wink I look forward to seeing them!!yr 1s you can go much higher with your numbers up to 100 eg one more than 34 is....... also if you get on well with this try 2 less than and 2 more than, keep challenging yourselves, πŸ˜‰ try some of the worksheets below!

Tip for grown ups-Introduce the concept of 1 less. What does it mean?

It means we take one away from the given number. Model this using a number line, jump to the number before and show how this is 1 less then model on board or a piece of paper the relevent number sentence eg. 6-1=5

It’s the same concept for 1 more, this can also be reinforced in conversations throughout each day wherever you are in the car, park, on your walks. Repeating these activities will help embed them and are the building blocks to more complicated addition and subtraction! 


Literacy - talk about the Jack in the Beanstalk story (powerpoint of story on yesterdays page) what happened? Who were the characters? Can you describe your characters using wow words? Can you remember any repeated phrases...

"Fee fi fo fum, I smell the blood of an english man!" Did you spot any tricky words or digraphs you recognise? Can you sequence the story, beginning, middle and end, can you use, first, next, then, after etc. Lastly can you act the story out smiley there are some stick puppets and mask cut outs below πŸ˜‰ which is your favourite character and why? What was your favourite part of the story and why?

All these interactions help develop reading, writing, spelling, comprehension, problem solving, questioning, speech and language development, a love of literature, the list goes on!
Always take time out to read together or on your own, this is really important! I have added plenty of resources below to assist all areas discussed above.

But most of all please don't forget to have fun while youre learning!

Have a great day all of you at home or school, we will be thinking of you all! Thank you Mrs Dee and Mrs Lunan 😊


Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰& Mrs Ellie Hall πŸ˜‰




Tuesday 2nd June, 2020

Good Morning our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families!

I hope today is filled with fun and adventure for all of you, especially those going into school today, have a lovely day all of you! 
It’s back to learning together, either at home or in school we will all be following the same plans as much as possible! I added a power point yesterday afternoon about going back to school and what to expect it’s a little further down the page if you’d like to share it with the children πŸ˜‰ along with photos of how the classroom looks now! πŸ™ It is to keep everyone safe and well, these few days will be about making sure the children are safe and happy! 😊


The theme for the next couple of weeks is ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ I have added some plans below Miss Heron has done and I will be adding complimentary learning activities throughout the week!
In school some of the focus will be on hand washing, socially distancing and being happy, healthy, well and safe! So grown ups at home if you could please focus on this as well! I will add additional activities to support this focus throughout the next few days, thank you!

Have a super, happy day everyone we are really proud of you all! Thank you to Mrs Dee Kay and Mrs Lunan, they will take very good care of you all πŸ₯°πŸ˜Š

love from

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie Hall


Good afternoon our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families,

I hope you've enjoyed your day in the sunshine, β˜€οΈ I have added a few pictures of the classroom for those of you returning tomorrow, so you know what to expect, it looks very different, but remember it is to help keep you all safe, you will still have fun and see some of your friends but we need to look after each other and keep each other safe, so that’s why we have taken a lot of things out of the classroom so they don’t carry those naughty germs! You’ve done a great job so far Hedgehogs, we are so proud of you! I have put a back to school powerpoint below which may help you settle in, I hope you have a lovely day all of you whether you are learning in school or at home I know you will do your best to have fun and be happy! I will speak to you in the morning!

love from

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie HallπŸ˜‰

Monday 1st June, 2020 β˜€οΈ
Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families, I really can’t believe we are at the start of another new month!! We do hope you all had a good rest in the half term, we have been so lucky with the weather! β˜€οΈβ˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ
It is an inset day today, so I won’t put any learning activities up on the page until tomorrow! We will try and keep the activities as close as possible to reflect what the children, who are going back into school, will be learning! We were in school on Thursday preparing the class for those coming back, it is very different Hedgehogs, it is to keep everyone safe which is the most important thing! As always we are available to answer any concerns at all via tapestry or the office! Please do not hesitate to contact myself or Miss Heron if you need to! We will also be keeping in touch via phone as before! I know this is a very difficult time for everyone at the moment so if you have any questions please ask and we will do our very best to help! 

I would just like to wish a speedy recovery to Ellis, who has been very brave whilst nursing a poorly arm! πŸ™ Hope you’re better soon Ellis! I’ve added some more pictures of those who’ve given permission to share on the page below, as always I’m very proud of you all for the hard work and exciting activities you’ve been sharing!  

Good luck to those of you who are going into school tomorrow, it will be very different Hedgehogs πŸ¦” but Mrs Lunan and Mrs Dee Kay will make it as special as possible for you! I’m really sorry Miss Heron or I will not be there to see you, but we will still be here planning lots of special learning activities for you! 
Thinking of you all


Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie Hall

Friday 22nd May, 2020β˜€οΈ

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦”and families, we hope you're all keeping safe, well and happy!😊

I've been looking through more of your home learning activities and as always they have made me smile 😊 such a lot! I will finish commenting on them a little later, so please dont think I've missed them! We are very proud of you all, you are working so hard from phonics to literacy to maths, geography, art, physical activity, knowledge and understanding of the world, science wow the list goes on and showing your great resilience in these strange times! Well done to you all and your families!

I am adding some of your pictures and videos below, and will add more throughout today, so look out for them ;0) if you would like to see your pictures and videos on the class page and you haven't already given permission, please do so on tapestry or via the office!

We hope you all have a lovely weekend and half term break you can all enjoy the sunshine β˜€οΈ and not worry about doing any school work  πŸ˜‰ you all deserve a good break! It would still be lovely to see all the fun things you get up to in the half term so if you'd still like to share your pictures and would like to see them on the class page, send them on tapestry and I will put them on for you!

Don't forget to dress in purple today yourselves and/or Teddy's and think about keeping your mind as healthy as your body, remember, keep talking to each other! 😊

Thinking of you all!

Love from 

Mrs Ges RileyπŸ˜‰ Miss Jess HeronπŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie HallπŸ˜‰


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Thursday 21st May, 2020 β˜€οΈ
Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families! Wow it was a warm one yesterday, I hope you all kept hydrated and safe in the sunshine! I hope you are all feeling well physically and mentally, did you have a look at any of the mindfulness activities? Keep them in mind for the coming weeks just in case you’re feeling things are getting difficult to understand or cope with! Remember though talking to a loved one about how you feel is the most important thing you can do! You may or may not be pleased to hear I am not going to put any more learning activities on the page today! You have plenty to keep you going! πŸ˜‰ I will put some pictures of your wonderful home learning activities tomorrow, but for now here is a really lovely 😊 activity you can do which will help to keep your mind calm, I find them very therapeutic, a bit like a snow globe πŸ˜‰ please  be kind to yourself and others!

Love from

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron & Mrs Ellie Hall


Wednesday 20th May 2020 β˜€οΈ

Good Morning our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦”  and families, what a beautiful day we had yesterday and today looks like it may be even warmer, be careful out there, make sure you have sunscreen on and drink plenty of water!

I hope you are getting on well with the activities we have put on the page for you, I bet you are all getting even better than you were at your phonics when we were in the classroom πŸ˜‰ To keep up the good work I have added some games for you to access to help you with your phonics while youre having fun ;0) and some worksheets to help you with that beautiful letter formation you can do! I am also going to add a couple of number bonds to 5 worksheets to get those wonderful maths brains going. We know you are all working hard so these should be a good selection for you to carry on with! Please dont forget your reading and to please keep sharing your super pictures and videos on tapestry or to the office.

We do hope you have another lovely day and as we are thinking about mental health awareness this week, I have added some more ideas you can think about and try if you woud like to, there is a focus on changes in our lives and helpful ways on how to cope with them, in the current circumstances we are all going through changes in our lives! These ideas may assist in helping to keep your mind as healthy as your body!  

Chat tomorrow Hedgehogs, remember if you have any concerns children or adults we are here to help as best we can! 

stay positive

Love from 

Mrs Ges Riley 😊 Miss Jess Heron 😊& Mrs Ellie Hall

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Good morning our amazing Hedgehogs πŸ¦”  and families!

I hope you have all had a good start to the week, I know some of you had already started reading the mermaid story and even completed the first activity, brilliant job!! 

There are a few powerpoints at the bottom of the page focusing on the phase 2 & 3 phonics. These are quick refresher powerpoints to help embed the phonics knowledge we have taught in the classroom. Your child should read the phase 2 sounds without much, if any support, they have also completed phase 3 in the classroom but we will revisit this phase to help with mastering recognising, blending, saying and writing these sounds to help with fluency. There is a phase 2-5 tricky words powerpoint, they only need to focus on the first two colours  which are phase 2 & 3 tricky words. I have also added a very quick number bonds powerpoint, these are important skills for the children to develop, but just a few minutes a day will help enormously. ;0) Thank you for your continued hard work Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families we are really proud of you!! πŸ˜‰


As it is mental health awareness week I thought I would share the following taken from a site I have used in the past called 'Caring for Kids' it highlights what we have been discussing recently about the power of communication and talking to each other. I have also added....... you guessed it ;0) a couple of powerpoints (I've gone a bit powerpoint tastic today ;0), but they are easily accessible and understandable for the children, there are some lovely worksheets as well. If you would like to access any more information about good mental health for your children and yourselves there are lots of sites out there which a list of a few is added on the well-being page of this school site.

Please continue talking to your families about all of your feelings Hedgehogs, good and not so good, remember the emotions board game I shared last week, I have played this on numerous occasions and found it really helpful.

It is as important to look after your mental health as much as your physical health...


'As a parent, you play an important role in your child's mental health: You can promote good mental health by the things you say and do, and through the environment you create at home. You can also learn about the early signs of mental health problems and know where to go for help.'


How can I nurture my child’s mental health?

Help children build strong, caring relationships:

  • It’s important for children and youth to have strong relationships with family and friends. Spend some time together each night around the dinner table.
  • A significant person who is consistently present in a child’s life plays a crucial role in helping them develop resilience. This person—often a parent or other family member—is someone your child spends a lot of time with and knows they can turn to when they need help.
  • Show your children how to solve problems.

Help children develop self-esteem, so that they feel good about themselves:

  • Show lots of love and acceptance.
  • Praise them when they do well. Recognize their efforts as well as what they achieve.
  • Ask questions about their activities and interests.
  • Help them set realistic goals.

Listen, and respect their feelings:

  • It’s OK for children and youth to feel sad or angry. Encourage them to talk about how they feel.
  • Keep communication and conversation flowing by asking questions and listening to your child. Mealtime can be a good time for talking.
  • Help your child find someone to talk to if they don’t feel comfortable talking to you.

Create a safe, positive home environment:

  • Be aware of your child’s media use, both the content and the amount of time spent on screens. This includes TV, movies, Internet, and gaming devices. Be aware of who they might be interacting with on social media and online games.
  • Be careful about discussing serious family issues—such as finances, marital problems, or illness—around your children. Children can worry about these things.
  • Provide time for physical activity, play, and family activities.
  • Be a role model by taking care of your own mental health: Talk about your feelings. Make time for things you enjoy.

In difficult situations, help children solve problems:

  • Teach your child how to relax when they feel upset. This could be deep breathing, doing something calming (such as a quiet activity they enjoy), taking some time alone, or going for a walk.
  • Talk about possible solutions or ideas to improve a situation and how to make it happen. Try not to take over. 
  • This is an extract from the Caring for Kids web page

Please don't be overwhelmed by all of the power points, these are for you to access over the coming weeks.

Chat tomorrow Hedgehogs πŸ¦” , thinking of you all!

Love from

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie Hall πŸ˜‰

Monday 18th May, 2020

Good morning our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families! Welcome back to another beautiful week, β˜€οΈ we hope you had a lovely weekend! The weather is going to be good again this week, so maybe you’ll be able to get out in the fresh air and enjoy nature, maybe you could get some exercise together as a family,( maybe even a star jump challenge πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰) being around nature with loved ones, especially in the good weather, has been scientifically proven to really lift our spirits and give us a real boost! 😊I know I feel much better after a walk and talk with my family surrounded by nature! See if you can remember the focus activities I added last week, try and focus on all the beautiful detail around you on your walk! 

I have added the general planning for the week, Miss Heron has completed, at the bottom of this message and I will add some extra focus activities throughout the week for you to access if you would like to, we would please ask If you can, you pay particular attention to the phase 2 & 3 phonics activities added as these will reinforce the great work you have done at school and home and is essential for fluency in reading, writing and spelling! I know lots of you are accessing the phonics play and other phonics games recommended, please keep up the good work! πŸ˜‰ I will also add some more of your fantastic pictures of the amazing home learning activities you have been doing! Great job all of you! Please take care of each other, be kind and considerate to all of your family, things have been strange for quite some time now but it is starting to become our new normal way of life, talk about how you are feeling to your families or if you struggle to talk, write or draw how you are feeling, sharing our worries with loved ones will help to make us feel better! 😊 

Thinking of you all fondly

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ and Mrs Ellie Hall



Hello! We hope you are all keeping well and safe.

This week, we will be looking at the story ‘The Singing Mermaid.’ We have a few activities that we would really like you to complete. Can you ask your adults to find the story on you tube so you can listen to it?

This is a lovely rhyming story about a mermaid. There are several characters in the story, can you talk to your adults about each one? Maybe you could describe them using ‘WOW’ words (wow words are adjectives. You can use BBCbitesize/ adjectives to help). Can you choose your favourite character and write a character description about them?  You could write one sentence or several sentences! Remember your beautiful letter formation, capital letters to begin each sentence, finger spaces and a full stop at the end. Oh, and most importantly, those fantastic ‘WOW’ words! 

As well as looking at adjectives this week we are also looking at rhyming words. There are lots of rhyming words in The Singing Mermaid story, can you spot which words rhyme and tell your adults? Maybe you could try out rhyming worksheet that we will attach for you!


Let’s get creative! Can you paint a picture of a mermaid? What will you need to include in your painting? Can you chat to your mummy or daddy about it? Can you have a go at making your own mermaid or ocean creature out of junk modelling? You could even use playdough or salt dough to make your own jewellery? If you are using salt dough, can you paint them when the salt dough has dried? You can find some inspiration on tapestry where we have posted some examples. We can’t wait to see what you make!


To keep the fitness spirit up, we would like you to count how many star jumps you can do in one minute. Can you do this every day? Do you get quicker? We’d love to know how many you can do. Maybe Mrs Riley or Miss Heron could have ago! How many do you think they will do?

If you complete all the activities set, Twinkl have lots of lovely mermaid activities that you might like to try!


Daily activities

Reading – please try and keep up with your reading. Try and read 5 times a week if you can.

Keep practising your phonics.  We usually spend 15-20 minutes every day going over the letter sounds, tricky words and applying them when reading and writing simple captions. Mrs Riley is posting phonic challenges on the class page most days so please try and have a go Hedgehogs! 

Letter formation. Please spend 10 minutes each day practising your letter formation. It is really important that you are forming your letters correctly every time you write them. If you need help please ask an adult to model how to form them correctly and you can copy them.

Don’t forget your maths skills too! Can you spend 10 minutes every day practising your number formation, recognising, counting and ordering skills? 

Please keep logging onto Tapestry and it is a fantastic way for us to communicate and interact with you. The photographs and videos you are posting are brilliant and we are enjoying seeing them.

Miss Heron & Mrs Riley 

Friday 15th May 2020 Fun Home learning πŸ˜‰TR

Friday 15th May, 2020

Good Morning our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦”  and families, can you believe we are at the end of another week and before we know it half term will be upon us, time seems to be going very quickly. 

I am keeping myself busy with school work, (thinking about you all and enjoying seeing your activities on tapestry or email), walks, reading, keeping in contact with friends and family, baking and I have even taken up knitting ;0) have you tried anything new or something you haven't done for a long time? We would love to hear and see more of your activities ;0)

I do hope you are enjoying the outdoors now the warmer weather has come back! Did any of you try the mindfulness activities? We would love to hear how you got on if you did!

I am going to add some more pictures of your wonderful home learning, I will add more as the day goes on so watch this space ;0) x

We are also going to add some more phonics activities over the next couple of weeks for you to have a look at, remember your phonics are really important to help you to read, write and spell! It would be really beneficial to familiarise yourselves with what we have learnt already (phase 2 and 3) then we will start thinking about phase 4! Dont forget all the great phonics games on phonics play and other sites listed in the targets on class pages. I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Love from

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰and Mrs Ellie Hall

Thursday 14th May, 2020

Good morning our brilliant Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families. I do hope you had a good day yesterday and a good look at some of your friends on the class page, isnt it lovely to see them!! smiley I am adding some more amazing pics of your activities at the bottom of this page! We are so impressed with all the fabulous things you have been doing and learning, I will be adding more tomorrow so please dont think I have forgotten you, I do need your grown ups permission to put your pics and videos on here though, keep them coming please, we are so proud of how hard you are all working!

Today I wanted to talk a little more about mindfulness, what it means and how it can help us in everyday life!

Mindfulness is paying attention with care, to one moment at a time. We are all often distracted and our minds are working overtime. Our minds can easily be filled with busy thoughts, even if they are pleasant, too many things going on in our heads can be distracting or overwhelming. Practising using your senses to focus on one thing at a time and really live in the present can have a very calming effect on us and often help aleviate stress, worry or anxiety! I have uploaded a few pics at the bottom of the page from a book I have, that I have used on many occasions and find it very therapuetic! It is good to try and calm our minds and bodies when there are lots of worries about, and Im sure we are all a little more concerned about our strange new world at the moment!

I hope you and your grown ups will try some of the mindfulness activities and let us know how you get on, maybe write down how you feel when you have a lot going on in your head and then after you have completed a calming task write down how you feel then, it is good to recognise your feelings whatever they may be! And learn how to accept and cope with all of our feelings or emotions! 😊

Have a lovely day HedgehogsπŸ¦” and families, chat tomorrow!

love and warmest wishes from

Mrs Ges Riley smiley Miss Jess Heron smiley and Mrs Ellie Hall

;0) home learning Well done E AND L Some wonderful history here too πŸ˜‰

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Wednesday 13th May, 2020

Good morning our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families, I hope you all had a lovely day yesterday and managed to get some fun learning activities in? I have had such a huge smile on my face looking at some of your pictures and videos of the wonderful learning you are doing! I will share some on the page for you over the coming days so you all get to see your friends, having fun at home, I hope it makes you all smile as much as it did me. Please keep the pictures and videos coming if you can, via tapestry or emailing the office, I will need your permission to share them on the class page. Thank you for making us smile so much Hedgehogs and families!smileysmileysmiley

Take care and keep enjoying your learning 

Love from

Mrs Ges Rileywink Miss Heronwink & Mrs Ellie Hallwink

Reading at home

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R at home

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I hope you enjoyed seeingE, R and R and you are smiling as much as I am ;0)

I will add more in the coming days, please can you give your permission via tapestry or the office, it will be so lovely for all the children to see each other and feel that togetherness again! Thank you again for all your hard work Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families, we know this is a difficult time but we are so very proud of you all!!!!πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰


Tuesday, 12th May, 2020 

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families, we do hope you are all still keeping safe and well!
How are you getting on counting all of those legs? πŸ˜€ I wonder if any of you could work out how many legs there are in your home, 😊 remember to count your pets 😊 also if you’re feeling really clever can you work out how many there would be in our classroom if we were all there including myself, Miss Heron and Mrs Hall πŸ˜‰ happy counting, I look forward to hearing everyone’s answers πŸ˜‰ Did you enjoy the story? I have added a few more fun activities below, remember these are just ideas for those who would like some extra fun  learning activities, in addition to those on the weekly plan! There are some beach themed postcards you could write to loved ones you’ve not seen for a while, there’s a beach cafe activity working out how much you can spend out of several purses from the menu, a story called lucky duck and an art activity! 
have a lovely day Hedgehogs πŸ¦” 

love from 

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron & Mrs Ellie Hall

Monday 11th May, 2020

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families, we do hope you had a good bank holiday weekend and are ready for a brand new week! We would love you to share some of your adventures over the weekend with us! Did any of you go outside your front doors for celebratory afternoon tea or any other exciting things? 😊

Mr Riley hung some bunting on our house, we put a flag up and all the neighbours came out on their driveway for a picnic, whilst talking to each other from a good social distance 😊 some even dressed up (see pics below 😊) it was such good fun and made everyone happy 😊 Please let us know what you did that made you happy or smile over the last week! 

We are starting a new topic this week, and all the fun things we can learn using this as our focus! There is a document below explaining our new topic and all the fun activities we can try this week! Let’s hope that beautiful sunshine β˜€οΈ comes back for this week it got a little chilly yesterday brrrr! 
We do hope you are all happy, safe and well! We miss seeing you all, but are very proud everyday of the resilience you show, and love to see your fantastic pics of your amazing learning at home! Please remember to let the office know or make a comment on your uploads in tapestry if you would like me to share any of the pictures of your learning activities with your friends on our class page! Thank you πŸ™πŸ» keep smiling and keep busy Hedgehogs πŸ¦” chat to you tomorrow! 

Love from 

Mre Ges Riley😊 Miss Jess Heron 😊& Mrs Ellie Hall 😊

Thursday 7th May, 2020

Hey there, our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families!

We do hope you have all had a good week so far. We just wanted to reiterate how proud we are of how well you all seem to be coping, through these difficult times. Understandably, it can be overwhelming on occasions and with the uncertainty of these unprecedented times,  the adults and the childrens concerns and anxiety levels may be heightened. We would like to focus on some coping skills for both the children and adults to help when those days/times do occur! The most important one which we are all very familiar with is contact, reaching out and talking to family, friends, to us at school or there are lots of helplines available out there if you feel more able to talk to them. Asking the children to draw a picture of how they are feeling, can get the conversation going, those young brains can work overtime especially when they are worried about something. I have enclosed some mindfulness and well being activities at the bottom of the page for those of you who would like to try, these can be for adults or children, there are some boredom buster activities too, just something a little different, we are aware there is a lot of helpful sites out there, these are just a few ideas and we hope you find them useful to do or spark other ideas. I have also included an emotions board game, it's a really good way to help children recognise the different emotions they feel and why! All part of helping with coping strategies.


Well onto our next focus for some celebration over this long bank holiday weekend celebrating the very special 75th anniversary of VE Day .......or Victory in Europe Day, children, this is the anniversary of the surrender of Germany at the end of World War II in 1945. This day is marked annually on the 8th May in the UK with a two-minute silence and an address from the Queen. Maybe some of your grandparents or great grandparents could tell you a little bit about it! 

Quite apt to be thinking about coming through one of the worst times in history, but stronger and more resilient than they were before because people pulled together and helped each other, that is one of the most incredible things about a crisis the strength, resilience and kindness the vast majority of people find within themselves! We hope you enjoy the bank holiday weekend together, which looks like it is going to be a beautiful sunny β˜€οΈ 😎 one and there are a few celebratory activities you can do, if you’d like to, below and a power point that explains a little bit about VE day!

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or worries. We are all in this together, coping or struggling through similar emotions at different times. So please remember we are here to help, the best that we can. Have a lovely weekend together all of you there’s a beautiful sunrise this morning to start our day! 

Warmest wishes to you all 

Mrs Ges Rileysmiley Miss Jess Heron smiley and  Mrs Ellie Hall


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I just wanted to share this beautiful video by Tom Roberts, I’m sure some of you have already seen it but I thought it was really positive and worthy of a share! X

Wednesday 6th May, 2020β˜€οΈ
Ahoy there me ole pirate 🏴‍☠️ Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families arrr πŸ˜‰

We hope you are all as happy and well as can be,

How are the pirate meals coming along? We have got some inspirational ideas we’ve  found for you, Pics below πŸ˜‰ we would love to see some of yours, we could share them for your friends and us to see on here if you would like that?

πŸ¦”πŸ΄‍β˜ οΈπŸ¦”πŸ΄‍β˜ οΈπŸ¦”πŸ΄‍β˜ οΈπŸ¦”πŸ΄‍β˜ οΈπŸ¦”πŸ΄‍β˜ οΈπŸ¦”πŸ΄‍β˜ οΈπŸ¦”πŸ΄‍β˜ οΈπŸ¦”πŸ΄‍☠️

I found a good pirate story did you? 

‘Penguins make bad pirates’ on you tube, we would love to see and hear what story you have found! πŸ˜‰πŸ΄‍☠️

Remember if you have any concerns or worries, Miss Heron and I will be in touch today or tomorrow, if we didn’t manage to speak to you last week and we will be available via the office/ email for everyone else, please let us know whatever is on your mind and we will do our very best to help!

Have a lovely day Hedgehogs πŸ¦” 

Thinking of you all

Love from

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie Hall 


What kind of pirate would you be? πŸ˜‰πŸ΄‍☠️
What characteristics have you got? Here are a few ideas! 

Tuesday 5th May, 2020 β˜€οΈ 
Good morning lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families! We do hope you had a good start to the week and you’re finding your last week of pirate 🏴‍☠️ learning, fun! 

I would just like to take this opportunity in these uncertain times, to talk about the well-being of children and adults, it is so important to look after our mental health!

Good mental health is key to our well being and vice versa! I have enclosed an extract from a course I did last year entitled ‘Understanding Children and young people’s mental health’, 

remembering these five ways to boost well-being  can really help to keep us positive and contribute greatly to our good mental health! Please look after your mind as well as your body, we are all in this together and we are here, if you need to talk about any concerns! 
Thinking of you all

Warmest wishes

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess HeronπŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie Hall

Monday 4th May, 2020

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families!
We hope you all had a wonderful  weekend and are ready for your last week of fun pirate 🏴‍☠️ activities arrr πŸ˜‰ there are some super science and magnificent maths activities for you to do, fun learning, which will really help with working out how much is in your treasure chest and make a wonderful waterproof pirate ship, think about all of those materials we investigated, that will help you with this activity! Foody fun too as well as some exciting writing ✍️ and reading! 🏴‍☠️🏴‍☠️To be done throughout the week, just do the best you can please perfect pirates πŸ˜‰
They are posted below! Have fun!!! 
Remember we’d  really love to see all the fun, learning activities you’ve completed over the last few weeks πŸ˜‰ if you would like us to share some of the wonderful work you have been sending via tapestry please drop us a comment on your last tapestry upload or let the office know by email and I will share on the class page so all your friends can see what you’ve been up to πŸ˜‰ a good way of helping us all feel connected...... together while we’re apart! Have you completed many acts of kindness this weekend? Miss Heron painted a fence for her family...... She said she got more on her face than the fence πŸ˜‚ I think she’s right take a look at the picture below! But she helped her family and made them happy, that’s a good thing, my acts of kindness were, making some more cakes for neighbours, friends and family and I made some phone calls to those on their own to see how they were and shared a couple of jokes with them! I wonder if you could find a joke and tell your family, friends and us please, it’s good to smile and laugh and share those smiles and laughter with others! I’ve shared a few with you at the bottom of the page! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ please don’t forget we are really proud of you, stay safe, well and listen to your families πŸ˜‰ I will chat to you tomorrow! We are here to help you any way we can, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any concerns at all! 

Love from 

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie Hall


Aha me ole shipmates, here’s a few pirate jokes to make you smile 😊 or even laugh πŸ˜‚ x
A funny comment (well he thinks it is πŸ˜‰) from Mr Riley for any Star-wars fans out there he says “ May the Fourth be with you!” 🀦‍♀️ Hopefully it made you smile πŸ˜ƒ I hear it every year!!!  

Friday 1st May, 2020 🌀

Good morning our lovely HedgehogsπŸ¦” and families,

Wow the 1st day of another new month, the time does seem to be going very quickly. I hope you got to splash in some puddles this week, the weather hasn't been so good but needed for all the gardens and farmers growing the food we eat, but it does look like the sunshine is back with us for a little while!

Did any of you sing happy birthday to Colonel Tom Moore, hasn't he been so inspirational at 100 years old doing what he can to help others, I think he’s fantastic! That brings me to our next idea, can you all please try and complete at least one act of kindness each day, it could be a phone call to a member of your family you haven't seen for a little while (ask Mummy or Daddy for help), or help your little brother or sister do something they struggle with, ask Mummy or Daddy if there is something you can do to help them, draw a picture or write a letter to a friend or a member of your family and send it to them to make them smile, anything you can think of, helping others and being kind helps us to feel better as well, isn’t it a lovely feeling to know you have made somebody smile? Maybe you could let us know about your acts of kindness, that would certainly make us smile too! ;0)

I hope you enjoyed Miss Heron’s story wasn't it lovely and Mrs Thomas's story all about pirates as well πŸ¦”  what a treat. 

I decided my act of kindness today would be to bake some cakes for one of my neighbours who is a bit fed up being on their own! I am very careful and wash my hands a lot more when I am baking and I make sure I do not touch the cakes I am giving away I will share a picture with you at the bottom of the Page, I used lots of skills while I was making my cakes🧁, I read the recipe and wrote down what I needed, I followed the instructions step by step, weighed and measured the ingredients, checked the temperature of the oven put my timer on and carefully decorated them when they were cooked compared the sizes and decided I should try the smallest to check they were ok ;0)

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, we are thinking of you all.

Warmest wishes

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰Miss Jess HeronπŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie HallπŸ˜‰

I didn’t eat them all I promise πŸ˜‰

Thursday 30th April, 2020 πŸŒ₯



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Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs  πŸ¦” and families!

It was so lovely to chat to some more of you yesterday and hear how you are all getting on,😊 I will say it again and again we are really proud of all of you for being so resilient in such uncertain times.😊

Well after my interrupted attempts at videoing reading a story for you all the other day, thank you Murphy ;0) Miss Heron has kindly done one for me to upload on here for you ;0) it is a funny story! So please enjoy! Thank you Miss Heron I really enjoyed it πŸ˜‰

I will have another go next week ;0) it would be so good to see some of you reading a story to your class friends and us that we could all see on here, if you would like to you could send one to the office or upload to tapestry, that would be amazing! 

Have a lovely day all of you, I will check in again tomorrow!

Love from
Mrs Ges Riley 😊 Miss Jess Heron 😊 & Mrs Ellie Hall 😊



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Wednesday 29th April, 2020


Good morning our amazing Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families,

it was so good to hear some of your voices yesterday when Miss Heron and I rang to speak to you and your families! (I will be ringing those who were busy today) It is so good to hear how well you all are and how you are getting on so fabulously, with your fun learning in these difficult times! We are very proud of all of you, it certainly made both of us very happy to hear and see some of the fantastic learning you are doing!  We understand it can be a struggle sometimes but your resilience will shine through!! 

Today I found another couple of really fun ways to help you with your phonics, reading and writing! There is a phonopoly game ;0) it is like monopoly but with phonics, how cool is that! (If you haven't got a printer dont worry you could use the idea to make your own game up ;0)) My boys used to love playing monopoly when they were younger ;0) there is a level 3 and level 4 see how you get on you could make your own rules up to make it even more fun! There is also a tea party activity pack with menus to write, order forms, receipts lots of fun things to do! I saw a wonderful tea party being had this week using the tiger who came to tea for inspiration ;0) 

Have a little look and see what you think ;0) having fun while you learn is what it is all about! I did try and video a story for you today but my dog Murphy kept barking ;0) I think he wanted to tell you the story instead, watch this space Miss Heron or I or maybe somebody else will pop up on here or tapestry to read you all a story!!!laugh Maybe you could upload yourself telling us a story and if you'd like us to share it with everyone that would be lovely, a little bit like we did in the classroom! smileyremember these are additional ideas for activities if you would like to do them! 

Please keep safe and well and listening to your families, it is really important that you listen and do what they ask you to do! Keep being kind and considerate to each other and those around you, these are very surreal times and we at school are very proud of how you are all coping and not just the children ;0)

Warmest wishes 

Mrs Ges Riley wink Miss Jess Heron wink& Mrs Ellie Hall

This is our lovely old boy Murphy who really wanted to tell you a story today πŸ˜‰ he had been in the bushes, it looks like he is off to a wedding πŸ˜‰ what funny things have your pets or pets of people you know done? please let us know! This is Murphy getting stuck under the table, he did make me giggle! πŸ˜‰

Tuesday, 28th April


Good morning super Hedgehogs and familieswink


I hope you had a good day yesterday! Have any of you started on your halving activities yet? Keep going you'll master it if you keep practising!

I have included a few activities below to help master some of those tricky phonics we had not covered as much in class and some CVC words you can have a practice with, just  for those of you that feel like challenging yourself with a little more fun learning. There are some lovely outdoor maths activities too! If you haven't got a printer use the screen as a guide, to read, copy, draw and write down what you see. Still really enjoying the work that is coming in via tapestry, it's so good to see your beautiful smiling faces, looking like you're really enjoying your learning experiences at home. Keep at it all of you, children and grown ups you're doing an amazing job, remember we are all in this together and we are thinking about you all constantly, thinking of ideas to keep you busy learning and having fun whilst safe at home. But also remembering that you must only do as much as you feel able to do as a family. Enjoy spending time together, it is really important families do not feel overwhelmed with work but have enough choice to find something that fits your learning environment perfectly. Everyone has different circumstances.

Take care all of you, be kind and helpful to each other and I will check in tomorrow.

Warmest wishes 

Mrs Ges Riley wink Miss Jess Heron wink & Mrs Ellie Hall wink

Monday, 27th April 🌀


Good morning our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families!
We do hope you are all keeping safe, well and coping the best you can in these unprecedented times! Please remember we are here for each and everyone of you, myself and Miss Heron will be getting in touch with you all by phone this week for a catch up,wink so if you have any worries or questions we will do our very best to help! 
I would just like to say an enormous thank you to all of you for your hard work, resilience and resourcefulness, children and families alike, you are doing a fantastic job!

I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at all of the amazing activities you have been doing, (those of you who have uploaded them to tapestry or sent via email) I have spent the evening reading, watching, commenting and smiling continuously at your wonderful learning, well done!  Please bare with me I am learning about and updating tapestry continuously, but if anyone is having a problem using it please get in touch, we will try our best to help! 
Below is the plan for the week and links to resources, we are continuing the pirates theme for this week, but remember you can adapt this to something else if you’re not keen on pirates turn it into princesses, polar bears anything that helps spark your interest we want you to have fun πŸ˜‰ the theme is just a resource to assist your activities, so as long as you’re experiencing the learning that accompanies it you’ll be fine! 
We are really looking forward to seeing more of your amazing experiences, activities and learning! Our main focus this week is tricky words and halving
Have a great start to the week! 
Thinking of you all 

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰& Mrs Ellie Hall πŸ˜‰

Friday 24th April β˜€οΈ
Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families, 

Im so sorry I didn’t check in with you yesterday, we had some issues with internet 😬 I do hope you had a lovely day! It was very warm β˜€οΈ
Have any of you made any bird feeders or watched any birds in the garden or while you are out walking? I’m really enjoying listening to the different sounds of the birdsong, they all sound like they’re having a conversation πŸ˜‰ what do you think they might be saying to each other? Listen carefully and maybe chat to your family about what they might be saying πŸ˜‰

I have found a couple of charts for those of you who are watching the birds to help you recognise them and if you are feeling very clever there is a chart you could complete! These are on twinkl if you want to print more, there are so many wonderful resources, remember to look at if you are interested they have lots of wonderful information and ideas too! Don’t forget, send pics of your activities please, we would love to see them and let us know if you would like us to share them so your friends can see what you’ve been doing! Have a wonderful weekend in this beautiful weather!

Missing you all, we will be in touch very soon!

Warmest wishes

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰& Mrs Ellie HallπŸ˜‰

Wednesday 22nd, April β˜€οΈ

Good morning lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families!

Can you believe this amazing weather? We are so fortunate, I have spent a lot of time in the garden and I have noticed how many birds are around and they’re not afraid to fly to their bird feeders while I’m around which is so lovely to watch! Look at the picture of this robin below!

If you would like to see more birds in your garden, here are some simple bird feeders you could make with your families! I wonder how many types of birds will come and say hi! 

These are made with juice/milk cartons or a plastic bottle! There are so many lovely ideas on, Pinterest, Twinkl and other sites! Nature is so beautiful! Remember these are just ideas, being in the garden and watching nature all around us helps me feel better, along with my daily exercise, I hope it does make you feel better too!

Thinking of you all!

Mrs Ges Riley 😊 Miss Jess Heron 😊& Mrs Ellie Hall

Tuesday 21st April, β˜€οΈ
Good morning our wonderful, resilient Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families. Another beautiful day! We are very blessed with the weather! β˜€οΈ

We thought you might like some more ideas to help you with your learning for this terms Pirate 🏴‍☠️ theme! Remember the learning tasks are given weekly so you can choose what you can manage to do in chunks throughout the week! I will still check in with you to say hi and if we have anything else that may help you have some more fun activities at home! 

There are a couple of poems you could read below, see if you can read them in a pirate voice “arrrr” (said like a pirate πŸ˜‰) Maybe your grown up could read one in a pirate voice too πŸ˜‰ there’s some ideas for your writing tasks and character descriptions, can’t wait to hear all about your pirates πŸ˜‰ Yr 1’s let’s see some fabulous cursive writing ✍️ remembering your finger spaces, capital letters, full stops, and those  amazing adjectives! There are some resources to help you below! 

You could have fun making a pirate ship to play on in the garden or make a treasure map πŸ—Ί and hide some treasure for your family to find! Make a safe plank to walk πŸ˜‰

Have fun with your learning, please send us pictures of your work either on tapestry or via the office, thank you!

Please carry on being safe and well at home, help your grown ups by listening well, and doing what they ask you to, like you would at school πŸ˜‰ we are so very proud of you all!

Chat soon! Missing all of you, but you are all in our thoughts constantly, be kind and helpful to each other! 
Love and warmest wishes 

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron πŸ˜‰ & Mrs Ellie Hall πŸ˜‰


Monday, 20th April 

Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely Easter and didn’t eat too much chocolate!! For the next few weeks our topic is going to be Pirates! A topic I know lots of you will love and will hopefully inspire you to do some amazing work for us to see! We can’t wait to see what you do for us. Remember to send pictures, they always make us smile and feel very proud!


For Literacy, we are going to be looking at the story ‘Pirate Adventure’. You can find this story on or on, you will also find lots of other magical books for you to enjoy on this site. If you have another pirate book you would like to read instead, this is also fine! We would like you to read the story with your grownups, we know how much you love reading! Can you tell your grown ups what happens in the story? You could even use the words beginning, middle and end. 

What about telling your grown ups who the characters are in the story? We know how much you LOVE to draw; can you draw one of the characters and using adjectives write some simple sentences to describe your favourite character? 

Year 1 children we would love it if you wrote us a character description. I wonder if you can include those conjunctions we looked at before Easter? (Grownups, conjunctions are joining words for example the pirate has a sharp sword so he can fight other pirates). 

Your final activity for literacy is to retell the story. Do you think you could choose a part of the story and write it? You might want to perform a puppet show using the characters for your grownups? Year 1 children, we would really like you to write the story in your own words. Remember to check your work when you have written it to make sure it makes sense. Read it out loud and check your spellings. We can’t wait to read them! 


Now its time for maths. We would really like you to keep practising your counting, addition and subtraction. There are lots of pirate worksheets on twinkle. If you would like us to send you any PLEASE email us and we will happily send them to you! 

This week we would like you to recap counting in 2’s. Pirates always have lots of treasure. Can you find some 2p coins to use as your treasure? (maybe ask your grownups first) if you haven’t got any 2p coins buttons will also work and coins can also be found on twinkle if you have access to a printer. Using the coins or buttons start at 2 and practise counting 2, 4, 6 ,8 how far can you go?

Year 1 children your challenge is for your grown up to choose a different number in the 2 times table to start at for example 22, can you count on in 2’s from the number they tell you? 


Now what do pirates need? I know A PIRATE SHIP? But what materials would you need to build your ship? We would like you to put your pirate hats on and design your own pirate ship. Can you label your ship with the materials you have used? Why not use junk modelling to make your own ship! We would love to see how creative you get, so please send any pictures so we can have a smile!!!


What else to pirates do? They make people walk the plank!!!! Ok so we haven’t got a plank, and no we are not making our grownups walk the plank! Instead we would like you to use your bath to investigate sinking and floating objects. Gather some objects together in your pirate chest and predict whether you think they will float or sink. Then investigate!!!! Can you explain why some objects float and some objects sink? 


We hope you have a fantastic week. We will be on hand for if you have any questions or just need some extra support, we are all in this together and just an email/ phone call away. 


Your teachers, 

Miss Heron and Mrs Riley. 




Thursday 16th April β˜€οΈ
Good morning our smart, resilient Hedgehogs  πŸ¦” and families,

We hope you’re all safe and well at home! I saw some really good ideas for recording our safe time at home, some of you may have come across it already, but thought you could use these as ideas, to record some of your most memorable times, experiences and coping strategies while keeping safe and well at home! 
Have any of you been on any exciting virtual adventures over Easter? I went to Disneyland and went on some virtual rides, Avatar, at Animal Kingdom and Soarin  at Epcot were amongst my favourites, I went to Longleat safari park and learnt all about the animals and watched some amazing Blue Planet episodes! 😊 We live in such an amazing world and through technology and time we can experience so much! Hope you’re all happy and managing to have fun together and make some wonderful memories! 
Warmest wishes 

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron 😊& Mrs Ellie Hall😊 xx

Tuesday, 14th April


Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs and familiesheart

We do hope you're all having a good Easter break, having fun together and staying safe and well at home! We have been blessed with the weather so far.wink 

We have sent activation emails to EYFS families to enable the use of tapestry,


'Tapestry is a secure online Learning Journal to record photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, to build up a record of your child's experiences during their time with us.'


This platform which is used in the classroom, will soon allow you to access your child's page and add their learning experiences, adventures, photos, comments etc. to their individual learning journey. Once you have received the email, you 'should' receive instructions on how to set up access to your child's page. It will only allow you access to your own child and should ask you to set up a password.You will receive an email from us soon with more detailed instructions.

The Tapestry system is hosted on a secure, dedicated server based in the U.K. Information and images of your child will not be shared with outside agencies or other parents. The only people able to access their online Learning Journal are members of staff and yourself.

You will have password protected access to your child’s online Learning Journey and we encourage you to contribute information and evidence of your child too by uploading photos, videos and comments of their learning development and experiences. We want Tapestry to be exactly that – a woven blend of information and evidence from school and home about your child, their abilities and progress made. It also has the added benefit which IT offers to give instant access in a paperless instance. You are also able to comment on observations made by the staff.


We ask you not to share any images uploaded by staff onto your child’s Learning Journey on any social medias and trust you adhere to this policy.


Please bare with us as there may be a few teething problems to start, as always with technology, it is wonderful when it is working well.surprise Please could you contact us through the office if you have any problems setting your access up or struggle to upload information.


Obviously in these unprecedented times this will be a very advantageous platform to share what your child is doing on a more regular basis. We can add to their Early Learning Goals and create their next steps and expectations.


We really hope you are enjoying your Easter break and not eating too much chocolate wink I hid Mr Riley's treats around the garden, it took him quite a while to find them! wink

We'd love to hear all about your adventures and experiences while youve been at home! We really miss you all, but we are very proud of how resilient you are all being in these very unusual times! We will chat to you again very soon!



A couple of families very kindly gave us permission to share their wonderful learning experiences at home. Fantastic job E and L very impressed with your enthusiasm and resourcefulness! 😊😊

Love and warm wishes

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜‰ Miss Jess Heron  πŸ˜‰& Mrs Ellie Hall πŸ˜‰

E and Ls fabulous experiences at home πŸ˜‰

Friday, 3rd April


Hello! We hope you are all continuing to keep well and safe.

Next week our topic is Easter. To introduce this topic can you ask your adults to read a book to you all about Easter If you don’t have any Easter books at home maybe your adults could find one on youtube for you, e.g. We’re going on an egg hunt or Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt.  Alternatively, go to and watch the videos all about celebrating Easter. Could you try writing your own Easter story? Can you write a beginning middle and end? Who would your characters be?

We also thought it would be a fabulous ideas for you to have a go at making an Easter card for somebody you know? You are all so creative and will have some great ideas but if you are struggling, you can find lots of ideas on pintrest and google! Could you add a message in your card using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops and showing off your beautiful letter formation? Year 1 children don’t forget your cursive writing!

You might also want to start to think about where the Easter bunny is going to hide your eggs. Could you write these ideas down E.g. On top of the chair, under the plant pot, on the window sill. Year 1 children, can you have a go at writing a character description of the Easter bunny? You might even want to design your own Easter bunny to describe. Don’t forget those adjectives!

Other activities this week include thinking about how we and other people celebrate Easter. You have already been looking at the Easter story, but could you talk to your family about what you do to celebrate? You could also use technology Is this different to the way you celebrate? You could have a look at on twinkl to see how people celebrate Easter differently around the world. Year 1 children, can you locate these places on a world map? You could even begin to look at the oceans that surround these places.

During the week maybe your adults could help you to make some chocolate Easter nests. I’m sure many of you have your own recipes but if not you can find some easy recipes on the internet! Maybe you could write list of the ingredients you will need? Identifying the initial sounds and year 1 children practise spelling these things accurately applying your phonics.  Could you help your grown-ups measure out the ingredients? Year 1 children especially can you identify the unit of measurement that is used, for example grams or ounces? Can you talk to your adults about how the chocolate changes when heated and cooled? Could you challenge yourself to count the eggs in twos? Most importantly… don’t forget to share them with your grownups and EAT THEM ALL UP!!!

Another thing you could try is the Easter shape search sheet. This is on twinkl also. You can show your adults how amazing you are at finding 2d shapes. Can you describe your shapes? how many corners, sides do the shapes have? Year 1 children, you might want to think about addition. If you had 4 squares how many sides would you have?

Don’t forget to keep up with your reading! Try and read 3-5 times a week if you can. Over the next week we are going to read a story for the children so keep your eyes peeled. Keep practising your phonics. Keep going over the letter sounds, tricky words and applying them when reading and writing. If you haven’t already tried it, you can look at Number Blocks. It is a really good programme to watch. It can be found on the BBC iPlayer. For Year 1 children, counting in 2, 5 and 10 songs will be great for your children to listen to.

Have a fabulous Easter!!

Love Miss Heron. Mrs Riley and Mrs Hall.

Hey there, our lovely Hedgehogs and families wink

just a note to say I have added links to lots of extra activities below, (sorry if you haven't got access to a printer, some are instructional or can be copied by hand) these are only if you'd like to have a go over easter or after! The letter and number sheets could really help with mastering number/letter formation and help you with writing all of those amazing stories, notes, letters, cards etc you  or even writing down how many easter eggs you would like wink You certainly have lots to keep you busy but it is the Easter holidays and you all deserve a good break, adults ;0) and children alike.

Lots of fun activities to be had though, I think I'm going to have a go at the mindfulness easter egg colouring and basket making ;0) and maybe try making hot cross buns laugh 

Remember you can check out again too and maybe take a virtual trip to a zoo, aquarium, national park over easter so much choice on there for all the family!

Have an amazing Easter all of you! We are very, very proud of your resilience and hard work in these extremely unusual times! You're all amazing!!!! 25 house points will be added to each group ;0)


Thursday 2nd April, smiley

Good morning our amazing Hedgehogs and families,

We do hope this last Thursday before the Easter holidays finds you all safe and well!

We have had some requests for more  tricky words, as some of you have mastered the ones you have taken home in your learning packs yes well done, I can see a lot of house points being added over this home learning period. I have added some links at the bottom of this page for phase 3 and 4 tricky words and a couple of other links you may find useful. We will add more in the coming weeks, remember to use 'phonics play' for fun games to help you master your phonics. You will have had a list of high frequency words in your learning pack, can you see how many of those and your tricky words you can find when you are reading/sharing your books! How many fun ways have you found to read? I lay on the floor, on lots of cushions smiley with our dog Murphy yesterday and read him a story he seemed to really enjoy it! 

Did any of you start a tuck shop at home for buying your snacks ;0) a great way to practice working out monetary value, which we had just started before we finished school, maybe you could start your own little shop up?

How many ways can you make these amounts....

here's an example

8p = 5p+2p+1p or 2p+2p+2p+2p or 2p+2p+2p+1p+1p

now you have a go with the following

EYFS 6p, 10p, 12p, 15p

YR1 18p, 21p, 32p 39p

You can make some of your own up if you get on well!

Maybe give your toys a price label and see how much you would need to buy toys from your shop ;0)

I do hope you are enjoying your walk, cycle or run and are writing or drawing what you have seen or taken pictures.

Here are some pictures from my walk today I thought you might like to see, the lambs were so funny, leaping and bleating all around their pen.

Remember to stay safe and well at home, be kind to each other and help your families with whatever they ask you to do! We do miss seeing you all and your big beautiful smiles, but we are very proud of how you are coping in these very uncertain times.


We will chat to you again tomorrow, take care

Mrs Ges Riley Miss Jess Heron & Mrs Ellie Hall


Lambs on our walk ;0)

Wednesday, 1st April πŸ“–β›…οΈπŸŒˆ

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families!

Wow, the start of a new month! I hope you are all safe and well and have been enjoying some  of the learning activities from the many resources we have included!
Thank you to those of you who’ve been in touch with what you have been doing!  
If more of you could share some pictures and/or notes of your activities with us by email, that would be fantastic! 😊
I hear some of you have been ploughing through your learning packs and resources given and would like some more worksheets 😊 I have attached a link below 

for those with printers, please do not worry if you haven’t got a printer this is just an extra activity, you can have a look at the link and talk about the activities! 

If you can focus on your ‘fun phonics’ and look for all the digraphs and vowel digraphs in the everyday things around your house or on your walk!  Here are a few examples πŸ˜‰
cereal boxes/food packets:

cornflakes, weetabix, cheerios, cheese.....

You could maybe see how many you could find in the books you are reading and record them in your red or blue books or on a sheet of paper!
Any signs or posters you see out on your walk, can you read them by using your phonics knowledge? πŸ˜‰


Heres another few fun activities you could have a go at! Did anyone make a windmill in the last couple of days? Did it work?
Elephants 😊 my favourite!



We do hope you have a good day, enjoy your fresh air on your walk, cycle or run! Be kind to each other and yourselves! Listen to your adults!  Remember πŸ˜‰ don’t try and do too much, just what you can, but above all please stay safe, well, positive and happy! 
Chat tomorrow,


Mrs Ges Riley 😊 Miss Jess Heron 😊 & Mrs Ellie Hall 😊


links to phonics activity sheets and calming story’s /meditation 


A nice calming story!

Something for bedtime or quiet time πŸ˜‰ careful, grown ups I nearly fell asleep checking them out, I felt very relaxed after though πŸ˜‰

#kidsmeditation #kidssleep #meditationforkids

Guided Meditation for Children 



Tuesday 31st, March β›…οΈπŸ’¨πŸŒˆ


Good morning our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families 😊

We do hope you had a good start to the week!

Did you find anything on the chatterpack list that you think might be fun? Our son Thomas is in Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ and he said he’s going to try and learn to play the ukulele! πŸ˜‰ if he learns a good tune I will share it with you! πŸ˜‰
I was searching for some ideas that we could do for Easter 🐣 and I thought you might like to have a go at these, it would be nice to recycle your egg boxes too! So here’s a  few ideas! Have fun!










Aren’t they lovely, maybe you could hide some around your garden or house for an Easter themed hunt? 

Remember to try and enjoy as many different types of books as you can please! We’re looking forward to hearing about your favourites! πŸ“š πŸ“– 

For those of you who are itching to do some phonics remember our phonics play, we are revising all of the sounds we have done in phase 2 & 3 so you can have a go at those whenever you can! 

Above all please stay safe, well and positive  please remember to listen to your families, you’re all doing an amazing job!

Have a good day! Chat tomorrow!

Thinking of you all!

Love from   

Mrs Ges Riley 😊 Miss Jess Heron 😊& Mrs Ellie Hall 😊

Top tip

If you wanted to get your children to use their practical maths skills in a fun way, there was a great tip today on tv you may have seen! Giving the children a set amount of money each day or week it could be play money or  real and set up a tuck shop for the snacks they have throughout the day/week making the healthy snacks cheaper 😊 so they need to budget for their snacks, eg. biscuit 30p crisps 50p fruit 10p chocolate bar £1 πŸ˜‰ they pay you out of their budget! Use smaller amounts for those less confident with monetary value! Some fantastic learning opportunities and they won’t eat you out of house and home πŸ˜† 


Monday 30th March β›…οΈπŸŒ¬πŸŒΌ

Good morning our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families! 
Hopefully you had a good weekend together, and you managed to get out for your daily exercise, it is so important to get some fresh air, for all the family if you’re able to!
Mr Riley and I went on a couple of walks around our village and into the woods, over the weekend and saw lots of beautiful things, the wild flowers 🌺🌸🌼 that are popping up through the ground, the blossom bursting from the branches, so many buds in the trees, we even saw some lambs! 😊 We also spotted some rainbows πŸŒˆ and teddy bears 🧸 in the windows which did make me smile 😊 We heard lots of lovely sounds too I closed my eyes and listened carefully and heard birds singing, lambs bleating, the wind blowing, children laughing in the distance... I wonder what you saw and heard on your walks, cycles or runs? Maybe you could draw or write down some of the things you did see and hear! Or even take some pictures of what you see (if you have access to a camera) I got thinking when I was feeling the wind blow against my face, about how we can use the weather for our fun activities and one I love to do is making windmills, so I thought you might like to have a go, you may need a little help from adults or older siblings folding and pinning, but they are fun to make and play with all you need is a square piece of paper, coloured pens/pencils to decorate, scissors, glue, a stick and a drawing pin, I will put some step by step pics on here or head to our good old friendly google site 😊 and type in making a paper windmill


remember not to cut the paper all the way to the middle! 

We’d love to see pictures of any you make 😊

If you can read/share a book, comic, encyclopaedia, magazine, atlas any book in an unusual place, under your bed, under the table, in a den just make reading even more fun than it is already, as we've seen in the classroom it’s obvious you all love your books!😊
Remember though, the most important thing is you are all healthy, safe, well and as happy as you can be! These are very unusual times for everybody and you may be a little bit concerned, please talk to your families and try not to worry too much, focus on all the positive things around you!
Try to be kind and helpful to each other and listen to your adults, none of us are familiar with what is happening but we can get through this much better by helping each other! 

I am going to add a site at the end that has lots and lots of helpful sites and tips for adults and children alike in these uncertain times! I did the virtual tour to Lapland, saw the Northern lights   visited an aquarium in Georgia and a couple of National parks! 😊 Adults please take care of yourselves too, don’t put pressure on yourselves to do everything, these are suggestions and guidelines only, your mental Well being is as important as your physical! 

Have a great Monday, talk to you tomorrow, take care of each other!

Warmest wishes

Mrs Ges Riley πŸ˜Š Miss Jess Heron😊 & Mrs Ellie Hall😊



Friday 27th March β˜€οΈ 

Good Morning our amazing Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and Families!
Another beautiful day is upon us, a little chilly brrr when we walked our dog πŸ• Murphy, this morning but that was early, the sun 🌞 is now out and warming the air! 

Wow it’s Friday already, well done all of you! A school week completed almost 😊 We really hope you are getting used to this new ‘normal’ way of life, as strange as it may seem! You are doing an amazing job! But please remember, we are here to answer any concerns, questions or even if you just want to reach out and share something that you have found you really enjoyed or works well! 
We really miss seeing all of your beautiful, smiling faces each day! If you could take pictures of all the wonderful things you are doing, we would love to see them! If your families would like to or are able to email us some pictures and a little message to the office that would be fantastic, only if you can or you’d like to 😊 we are so looking forward to seeing/hearing about all your adventures and learning this last week, at some point! Remember if you can keep a little diary or journal of all your activities and achievements together whatever they may be, what you particularly enjoyed or found challenging πŸ˜‰ this will really help with our future planning to help create and support you on your individual learning journeys!

Have any of you created a rainbow 🌈 for your windows yet? I thought I’d share a picture of mine with you and a few of the animals I had a go at drawing over the last few days πŸ˜‰ maybe you could create one or two and send it to the family or friends you are unable to see at the moment, how lovely it would be to imagine their happy faces when they opened a letter that contained a happy rainbow 🌈 or animal πŸ¦’ πŸ¦”πŸ•πŸ¦πŸ’ πŸ˜ created with love πŸ’• from you, kindness is even more important at the moment, to each other, but especially to those living on their own! πŸ₯°

Do remember to keep washing your hands too πŸ˜‰ (happy birthday twice) I’m sure you’re all very used to this by now πŸ˜‰ well done!

We do hope you have a lovely day together, remember to stay safe, stay well, stay sane πŸ˜‰ and be happy at home! We will be in touch very soon!

If you’d like a virtual trip to a museum, safari park, Zoo, watch a play or concert, theme park this weekend there is so much to experience online at the moment! πŸ˜‰ Enjoy yourselves whatever you may do! 
Love and virtual hugs πŸ€— 

Mrs Ges Riley 😊 Miss Jess Heron 😊& Mrs Ellie Hall 😊

Thursday 26th March β˜€οΈ

Good morning our lovely Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families, what another beautiful day it is turning out to be,β˜€οΈ how lucky we are! I hope you’ve managed to get lots of fresh air in your garden or on your daily walk, cycle or even run for those of you feeling really energetic πŸ˜‰! Above all I hope you are safe, well and all listening to your families and sharing ideas and thoughts! 
I am going to share a timetable of events being shared on line by numerous celebrities 😊 how lovely that so many people want to help keep us occupied and happy 😊 we are very lucky!

Here's what various celebrities are offering you and your kids for free daily, to help with their education while schools are closed: πŸ‘πŸΌ 

9.00am - PE with Joe Wicks


10.00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman


11.00am - Reading with David Walliams


12.00pm - Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver)…/category/get-kids-cooking/


1.00pm - Music with Myleene Klass


1.30pm - Dance with Darcey Bussel…/status/1241098264373592065


2.00pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days)


4.00pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri)


Non-daily events include:
Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests


Remember these are just ideas along side the resources we have given you!  
We hope you have another lovely day together! 
Warmest wishes 

Mrs Ges Riley 😊 Miss Jess Heron 😊& Mrs Ellie Hall 😊



Wednesday 25th March β˜€οΈ
Good morning our wonderful Hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families! It’s another beautiful day out there, we do hope you are all happy, well and safe at home! 
I have added some fun step by step drawing activities for those of you who would like to have a go, I did some yesterday and found it very therapeutic πŸ˜‰

PE at nine o’clock yesterday with Joe Wicks got my heartbeat up 😊 but I did feel good afterwards! 
We are thinking of you all and hoping you are managing to have fun together! I will put some more ideas on for you tomorrow! Have another lovely day stay safe and well!

Warm wishes

Mrs Ges Riley 😊 Miss Jess Heron 😊 & Mrs Ellie Hall 😊

Art ideas for those budding artists amongst you 😊

Tuesday 24th Marchβ˜€οΈ
Good morning beautiful hedgehogs πŸ¦” and families, I hope you had a lovely day yesterday! We do miss seeing your smiling faces! I just wanted to share something with you, that I shared with my village support group, after lots of parents were concerned about home schooling! A lot of parents found it reassuring, I hope you do too!


“Good morning everyone,

 what a different world we are all living in at the moment! 
It sounds like some of you are really concerned about home schooling, please try not to worry! 
There are lots of Apps, resources, ideas out there to help with home schooling I can pop some on the end of this message if you like, I’m sure you’ll have seen lots πŸ˜Š but the biggest resource is You and your lifetime of experiences whatever they may be! 
Please remember your Well-being too, don’t try to do everything yourself! 
Plan together and ask the children to help in areas they maybe wouldn’t normally, menu planning, cooking, baking, cleaning, decorating, gardening, older children can help with the younger children reading with them teaching them? You can incorporate so much learning here unknowingly πŸ˜‰ maths, reading, literacy, problem solving understanding the world around us!! 
Children even if reluctant at first, thrive on responsibility write up a list of chores and ask them to create a fair rota, these are all life skills and very important in our all round learning! Just remember you can only do what you can do! Some children and parents need to follow a routine others may not! Don’t overload yourself, have fun together where possible and talk to each other about how you are feeling! Try and focus on the positives, I know that’s very difficult in stressful times, but believe me it does work!! Try and belly laugh as much as you can, you are all healthy and together, these are the most important things! Remember there are lots of learning opportunities to be had offline too! 
Some resources for ideas-(if needed)
BBC bitesize
Your schools will be very supportive too! 
Good luck, remember you’re all amazing πŸ˜‰ you have a lifetime of skills to share with your children what better opportunity!

look after each other and your Well being this is going to be so important in the coming weeks!

Best wishes

Ges Riley 😊


Please take care of yourselves and try not to get anxious over learning time at home, these are unprecedented times and as long as you are all safe and well this is the most important thing. We will continue to put learning resources up as support for you, please don’t be overwhelmed! Lots of children may need this routine but you know your child better than anyone! 
Will chat to you all tomorrow,

best wishes 

Mrs Ges Riley 😊 Miss Jess Heron 😊 & Mrs Ellie Hall 😊


PS. For those of you who love stories, I’m sure that’s most of you 😊 David Walliams is sharing a story a day on his website  WorldofDavid Walliams.Com I’m trying to attach the link but the internet is on a go slow πŸ˜‰... will keep trying! Stay safe and well all!

 Monday 23rd March β˜€οΈ

Good morning Hedgehogs and families πŸ¦” 😊

I hope you’ve all had a safe and good weekend!β˜€οΈ

Remember Hedgehogs πŸ¦” although you may not be in school, we are thinking about you all and have lots of fun learning activities for you  to carry on your important learning at home! Your families may have organised some different fun activities too, which we would love to hear about, if you could make a diary, workbook or journal/video journal to share all the amazing learning you are doing this would be wonderful!


Remember there are daily PE lessons 9 am Mon- Fri 😊 The link is:


Our new sound for phonics this week is ‘ure’ as in pure, cure, manure..... see how many funny sentences you can put together! 😊

There are lots of games too on phonics play.


As it is such a lovely day maybe you could create your own bit of African jungle, in a corner of the garden or even in a box! Thinking about all of the animals we have learnt about and maybe even some new ones, you could even make your own animal up 😊 describe what it looks like, what it sounds like, what it eats, how much it weighs, how tall it is, taller than a giraffe πŸ¦’ shorter than a lion 🦁 , heavier than an elephant 🐘  lighter than a monkey πŸ’? Lots of possibilities, we would love to hear all about them! You could write or tell your own story about the adventures of your new jungle animal! 😊

Remember to have fun, stay safe and well, listen to your families and talk to them about any concerns you have, it’s always better to share worries and questions!


Families please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns, if you email school they can pass it on to us. 

Thinking of you all


Mrs Ges Riley😊 Miss Jess Heron😊 & Mrs Ellie Hall 😊


Thursday, 19th March


Good Morning Hedgehogs and families,😊


We would just like to take this opportunity to let you know that although most of you will be unable to attend school from Monday, Miss Heron, Mrs Hall and I (Mrs Riley) along with all the other members of staff, you see day to day, are still thinking of you all! We are planning lots of fun learning activities, that you can share with your families at home.

We have put together learning Packs that will be ready to come home on Friday, we will also update the class page weekly with ideas and links to resources. Additionally if you have any concerns or questions please email school and it will be passed on to myself and Miss Heron and we will do our utmost to resolve any worries or questions about your child's learning.

I will outline our daily timetable for those of you who would like to follow as close a school routine as possible, this may help with staggering learning and also settling back into school when we have come through the other side.




9.00 - 9.25 am Phonics (there is a link to 'Phonics Play' below)

9.25 - 10.25 am Literacy

10.25 - 10.40 am Collective Worship

10.40 - 11.00 am Playtime

11.00 - 12.15 am  Numeracy/Maths

12.15 - 1.15 pm Lunchtime

1.15 - 1.45 pm Guided Reading and handwriting

1.45 - 2.45 pm Topic/Science/Art/RE/PE/PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education)

2.45 - 3.10 pm Circle time PSHE (talking about the days events, what did we enjoy, learn, find difficult, any worries, how we are feeling etc) Story, get ready for home.



The tiger who came to tea- the story is on you tube πŸ™‚

Think of their own character and invite them for tea. You could have a tea party at home as an additional activity. Can they write their own version of the story (yr 1's especially)

All reading is good, there is another link at the bottom of the page that Mrs Banner put on last year for the Oxford Reading Tree and there are lots of ways of enhancing your child's reading and writing, get them helping with shopping lists, to do lists, reading recipes together checking labels, making labels for things! 



Working on one more and one less past 10 and addition and subtraction using resources such as beads, blocks, pasta (if you have any ;0)) 

Measuring, tallest, shortest, longest etc... using blocks, lego, cubes etc. to measure items around the house and garden. Comparing everyday objects, using mathematical language, 

Everyday Mathematical Language in the Early Years Foundation Stage As featured in the ‘EYFS Profile exemplification for the level of learning and development expected at the end of the EYFS’

Size – tall, taller, big, little, middle size, small, medium, long, short, tiny, large, centimetres, thickest, enormous

Weight – heavy, heavier, light, lightest

Capacity – full, empty, half full, enough 




Recap the phase 2 and phase 3 sounds using 

Username : march20   password :  home

Lots of interactive phonics games on here.

We have introduced two new sounds and a new tricky word so far this week 

the sounds 'ear' and 'air' and the tricky word 'they'

The children made sentences up and had a go at writing them down. 

Can they hear the fair? Are they sitting on the chair? 

They can carry on with these tasks with the sounds in phase 2 and 3 which you will find on phonics play. 



to listen to different types of African music. Can they identify any instruments that are used?

Can they use resources at home like pots and pans to create their own African music?

Can they make up a song using African words and think of a tune?

Can they dance to African music? 

Can they watch films like the lion king and listen out for African music? 

Listen to the sounds, what animals can they hear?



Draw what they might see in the jungle

Can they turn handprints into an animal using paint

Paper plate frogs

Draw their favourite animal 



Africa - we have discussed the geography of Africa, the fact it is a continent and that it has more than 50 countries and more than 1500 languages.

We have researched African foods, sweet potatoes, corn, pomegranate.

On BBC bitesize we watched 2 video clips on the lives of 2 African children one living in rural Kenya and one in urban Kenya we compared them to each other and ourselves discussing the similarities and differences in our lives.

We have made Masai necklaces and researched African animals, talking about the jungle in depth. This can be carried on. 

Understanding the World (UW) is one of the four specific areas of learning in the EYFS framework. It involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology, and the environment



Materials -  We have been investigating materials and their uses.

BBC Schools-Properties of Materials

 Use this interactive game to show children how the properties of materials can lead them to being used for a particular purpose. For example, rope is strong and bendy so it may be used to tie the logs for a raft. Try asking children why other objects could not be used for this purpose? e.g paper. This could lead to a healthy discussion about the properties of different materials and their uses. Have fun making a list of objects which use materials not suited for their purpose like: a chocolate kettle, a paper coat, a metal hat.



We have been exploring many different ways of moving- jumping, skipping, running, hopping, leaping and following more than one instruction at a time utilising these movements. We have also been learning to throw underarm accurately, bowling or skittles is good to develop this skill. All forms of physical activity are good.

Joe Wicks the body coach will be putting on daily PE lessons 9 am Mon- Fri 😊 The link is:

Poem to Learn

We have all been tasked to learn a poem for when we return to school, as we have been doing Africa in our topic the following seemed appropriate:

The African Elephant




The Easter Story

If you could discuss the Easter story with your child they could draw pictures, add key words, sentences there are lots of resources on twinkle such as sequencing cards, writing activities etc. 
















There are lots of learning resources online such as; 

BBC Bitesize 



We will add more in the coming weeks! 


We wish you all well in these uncertain times. Try to keep positive and enjoy your learning together. We will be in touch again through here soon.

Kindest wishes 


Mrs Ges Rileysmiley Miss Jess Heronsmiley & Mrs Ellie Hall 😊









Hello and welcome to the Hedgehogs class page!


The children have all settled beautifully into school and have learned the rules and routines of school well. The Year 1 children have approached the new levels of challenge with gusto and they are enjoying being the grown up children in the class!

This term, we will be kicking off with an Autumn topic, giving us the chance to make the most of real life experiences, and discussing what we notice around us.


For Year 1 this will mean a focus on science particularly, thinking about the change in the seasons, how we notice them and why they happen. The children will all be exploring literacy through these themes, and our first focus in maths will be place value.


In Reception, we are following the same themes, but we will be just starting our early literacy skills through our phonics lessons and continuous provision designed to get the children having a go at mark making with a purpose. We will be exploring number recognition and ordering initially, alongside basic place value, to really embed the children's understanding of number.


All the children will get the opportunity to learn through appropriately pitched child led learning in addition to adult led tasks, to ensure that they are accessing a broad range of activities and that they do not always only do what is easy!


Reception and Year 1 will continue to be doing PE on Fridays, so please ensure that they have their kit in school for this day. Year 1 will also need their kit for some Tuesday PE sessions. If possible, the children's kits should be left on their pegs throughout the week as there may be other time we get the children changed, whether to practise or for some additional PE activities. I already have 1 complete PE kit with no name in school, so please can I remind you how important it is to name all of your child's belongings. 


In our class we have high expectations for home reading. All Year 1 Hedgehogs are encouraged to read at home at least 4 times a week. In class we have an interactive display to support this, and the children can 'move their bug' each time they have read. On a Friday, all children that have read 4 or more times that week will get to put a named 'reading raffle ticket' in a pot to be in with a chance of winning a prize. The reading at home does not always need to be the home reading book from school, you are encouraged to read a wide variety of texts with your child and to record all reading in the reading diary so it can be celebrated! The record of home reading does not always need to be very detailed, a sentence letting the adults know that reading took place will suffice, though we always love to read what the children thought of their books! If the children read at home but this is not recorded I am afraid they will not be able to move their name, so please do support them in achieving this whole school expectation. Reception will not be getting home reading books until we have done sufficient phonics for them to access the early reading books, but please do enjoy a variety of fiction and non fiction with them at home. Good 'book talk' is the foundation of good reading. Also look out for our Phonics workshop in the near future!


I have had a few parents ask about snacks, whether the children need to provide them and what to bring. The children will be offered a piece of fruit provided by school both morning and afternoon. We cannot guarantee what type of fruit this will be, but it is often bananas, apples, pears, oranges, tomatoes and carrots.  On a Friday, if you would like to send your child with a healthy cereal bar or alternative fruit or vegetable item for their morning snack that is absolutely fine, though we do ask that these are healthy (not chocolate) and that they do not contain any nuts. In the afternoons we have a fruit break rather than an general snack, so all the children are encouraged to have either fruit from home or school during this time.


Thank you for all your support, I am really excited about all the learning we are doing and it is wonderful watching your little people learn and grow with all our help :)


As always, if you have any queries, worries or feedback, please don't hesitate to come and have a chat on the playground.


Best wishes,


Mrs Banner





Autumn Newsletter

I have set up a class login for a large selection of free Oxford Reading Tree ebooks. You can access them at

username: holme

password: 1234


We have some lovely reading books, but please also feel free to read any books on the above site! I hope you enjoy them, and if you do read any please record it in the children's reading diaries!

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