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Monday 25th May, by Mrs Campion

Date: 25th May 2020 @ 8:49am

Happy Half Term Owls. 

Good Morning. 
Hope you have all had a good weekend. 

As we enter the start of what should be another half term, and we embark on another, tenth, week of lockdown, we wanted to thank you all for the amazing work you have done to keep your children safe, support their home learning, and communicate with us here at school. You have done an incredible job and we want to make sure that you are looking after your own mental health needs in this time of uncertainty.
It is important that we take some time to do something that will make us smile. That will make our children smile and that will bring us together at such a tricky time. So have a look below at some of our suggestions and choose one thing every day that brings happiness.
• Enjoy a yummy breakfast together; pancakes, boiled egg and soldiers, bacon sandwiches or maybe your favourite cereal.
• Have a carpet picnic, or a garden picnic at tea time
• Make something that shows off what makes you special for the school sharing window and deliver it to school on Monday or Wednesday this week.
• Draw a picture for somebody in one of our local care homes
• Tell us about something you have done in lockdown that you’ve never done before. Have you learnt to ride your bike, or tie your shoelaces? Have you baked bread for the first time? Have you planted some seeds and nurtured them into flowers?
• Talk about your favourite things to do and have a favourites day. Eat your favourite breakfast, listen to or dance to your favourite song, sing your favourite songs together, play your favourite game, watch your favourite movie or tv programme, read your favourite book or comic, wear your favourite outfit, arrange a video chat with your favourite friends or family member.
• Find a new way of hugging! Right now, hugging is a tricky thing because we have to keep our distance. Can you find a new way to send a hug to somebody? Perhaps send a postcard, or create a picture or video of you doing something funny/showing off a new skill.
• Facetime, zoom, whatsapp – keep in touch with those people closest and most important to you.
• Create a calm box, a little like the Christmas Eve boxes that so many of us use, put your favourite snacks, pyjamas, movie inside and settle down together for a soothing evening.
Remember, we are collecting photos of you doing wonderful things during lockdown so send your photos into school so we can share them as a whole community.
Look after yourselves, be kind to yourselves and have a wonderful week.
Love Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x

Friday 22nd May, by Mrs Campion

Date: 21st May 2020 @ 5:00pm

Good Morning Owls and Happy Friday!
Hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday. I am enjoying going on my daily walks and discovering places that I didn't even know existed right by where I live. I am going into school today and hoping to ring some of your grown ups at home that I missed last week. it is lovely to hear how you are all doing and all the things you are enjoying at home.

Here is another special video for you today from everyone at school. I hope you like it! We love thinking of different ways we can let you all know we are thinking of you and missing you. https://youtu.be/ms3Y8qC9zWw 

It is hot chocolate Friday and I have attached a recipe for a cake in a mug if you would like to try it today.

I love seeing all of your 60 second challenges and how competitive you are! You are all super quick and it is great to see you continuing to try and not give up if something is tricky. Here is one you might enjoy today it is called catch and clap. Here is the link for lots more ideas if you would like to carry on next week. https://www.youthsporttrust.org/60-second-physical-activity-challenges 

Have a day off from online Maths today and if you would like to do some Maths why not practise writing out your numbers. Remember how we were working really hard to make sure they are all facing the right way. I have also attached the outdoor maths ideas that you might want to try.

Next week is the half term holiday so I will not be writing everyday but I will check in with you all on Monday to give you some fun activities that you may want to do to keep busy.

Over the holidays, if you would like to do some reading there are some wonderful online stories that you can listen to. All you have to do is scan the code (remember the QR codes that we did in class) and it takes you straight to the story. I have included the ones for our age groups and more can be found on this website https://www.booksfortopics.com/storytime-online 

I hope you all gave a wonderful weekend and I will be in touch on Monday with some ideas for next week. Sending you virtual hugs and hope to see you all soon. We miss you and remember we are so proud of you all. You are such superstars!
Love Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x

Thursday 21st May, by Mrs Campion

Date: 20th May 2020 @ 3:49pm

Good Morning Owls.
How are you today?I hope you have a lovely day today. It is another sunny one so hopefully you can enjoy some sunshine.

I love seeing all of your 60 second challenges. I wonder how many star jumps you can do in 60 seconds? Maybe you can compete against a family member!

Todays maths lesson is a recap of some of the things you have been learning at home: https://www.thenational.academy/reception/maths/review-lesson-a-maths-meeting-reception-wk5-4#slide-2 

Have a look at our 'Egg' story from this week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y73kXc4UiKM&list=PLE5MZB5pedUMQRHw2etfKDkufdGKDiPsU  This brilliant story is all about eggs…. But could it be about something else? How about bananas? Look at the page where we first meet the eggs. ( I have included it as a picture) Draw your own version using bananas. You will need to draw eyes and arms and legs on each banana and show the last banana looking a bit different. Can you think of a different fruit or vegetable to use? Draw and label your own picture of 7 fruits or vegetables, with the last one looking different. I can't wait to see what you decide to draw. You can either draw it on a piece of paper or print this sheet to help you.

I know how much you all enjoyed learning about Transport. If you would like to do some singing today and learn the transport song here is the link. https://www.thenational.academy/reception/foundation/transport-song-reception-wk5-3 

Remember our daily fitness challenge. We are on day 14 an today you need to skip for one minute!

Have a fantastic day Owls and keep smiling. We miss you and are proud of you.
Love Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x

Message from Mrs Powell:
The definition of wise in the Oxford English Dictionary is ‘Having or showing experience, knowledge and good judgement’. When have you been wise, maybe you have been lost in a shop. This experience should have taught you always to stay near to the grown-up you are with, or should have led to you to learning exactly what to do if you got lost again. Being wise means learning from past experiences and carefully thinking about decisions that we make and things that we do now. What mistakes have you learnt from? I think we learn far more from the mistakes we make rather than the things that we get right!

Dear God
Please help us to be wise.
Help us to realize that there are consequences to everything that we do.
Please help us to make good decisions that will work out best for ourselves and for other people.

Wednesday 20th May, by Mrs Campion

Date: 19th May 2020 @ 3:12pm

Good Morning Owls. 
I think today is going to be a hot day. If it is maybe you could enjoy spending some time today in the sunshine. You could maybe play with the water. Remember to keep safe in the sun though. My boys always get fed up of me making sure they have their hats on and their sun cream!
It was great seeing you join in with the 60 second challenge. Here is a new one you could try today. It is called socks in the box.There is a long list of different challenges you can do. https://www.youthsporttrust.org/60-second-physical-activity-challenges

For maths we will be looking at different ways to share numbers up to 20 and if you can share a number equally. https://www.thenational.academy/reception/maths/investigating-number-combinations-within-20-reception-wk5-3

On Monday, we looked at the story 'Egg' Here is the link if you would like to watch it again
The eggs in the story have the same pattern using two lines and a zig zag. Shall we give the eggs different patterns to choose from? Ask a grown up to draw you some egg templates and then you can create your own egg patterns so that all the eggs know they don’t have to look the same.

Daily fitness challenge day 13: lay on your back and paddle your legs like you are on a bike. 

Have a wonderful day in the beautiful sunshine. We miss you and are so proud of you all.
Love Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x

Message from Mrs Powell:

Today I am going to introduce you to a very special person called Theresa. She lived more than 140 years ago.  She was born on 2 January 1873 and died on 30 September 1897, at the young age of 24. Her mother died when Theresa was just four years old, leaving her father with five children to look after. One of her sisters, called Mary, took over running the household, while her eldest sister, Pauline, took charge of telling the younger children about God.  When she was 14, Theresa decided that she wanted to dedicate her life to God, so she became a nun (someone who goes to live with others who give their lives to God). Theresa was made a saint in 1925. A 'saint' is a person who is a great example to us because he or she lived a special life and/or had special gifts.  Although Theresa didn’t have a very long life, she used every minute she had to care for other people. Her best-known saying is, ‘What matters in life is not great deeds, but great love.’ Theresa became known as someone who would show love to others by doing little things. Sometimes she gave flowers, sometimes she prayed, sometimes she showed love and attention to people who struggled with problems. Theresa knew that she wasn’t physically strong enough to carry out great deeds, but she made a big difference to people’s lives by the little things she did for them. Very often, though, it's the little things that have the greatest effect on people’s lives, the little things which show them someone cares.
Time for reflection
Close your eyes and think about a little thing someone has done for you that made you feel special or happy. It may have been a kind word, asking you to play with them or even giving you a special present.
Decide to do something today that will make someone else feel special.

Dear God
Thank you for people who do things for me that make me feel happy and loved.
Please help me to do something today to show someone that I care about them.

Tuesday 19th May, by Mrs Campion

Date: 18th May 2020 @ 7:46pm

Good Morning Owls. 
Hope you had a good day yesterday. Mrs Hoskins and I were both in school yesterday and it was lovely to see her. It is  so strange without you all there. We both miss you all very much. While I was at school I took part in the 60 second challenge. (I didn't do as well as I would have liked as my bean bag got stuck in my cardigan!) I used a bean bag but you can use anything you like a ball, a pillow, cuddly toy etc.
I have included a picture of my challenge to see if you would like a go today. 

Here is the link for today's Maths lesson finding one less of a number:
I loved seeing all of your egg pictures yesterday, Here is a link to the story if you would like to listen to the story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y73kXc4UiKM&list=PLE5MZB5pedUMQRHw2etfKDkufdGKDiPsU
It is not only the eggs who are different in this story. What else is different? Have you noticed all the different flowers? Go through the film again and count how many different types of flower you see. Maybe you would like to draw and number the different flowers. 

This week is Mental Health awareness week and I thought we could take part in the 7 day kindness challenge. Today is to send someone you haven't seen in ages a letter or postcard. 

Daily fitness challenge day 12- Do 6 cartwheels. (I would love to see your videos-please be careful though and only do them when you are with your grown up!)

Hope you all have a wonderful day and keep smiling. 
Love Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x

Message from Mrs Powell:
Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions. 
Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching.  As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea.  The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning!  May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”
The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”
The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”
We all have the opportunity to help create positive change.  You might not be able to change the entire world, but at least you can change a small part of it, for someone. Break the big challenge down into smaller pieces and then take those one at a time – like one starfish at a time.  Remember you can achieve anything!

Monday 18th May, by Mrs Campion

Date: 17th May 2020 @ 5:53pm

Good Morning lovely Owls. 
I hope you all had a lovely weekend. We have had a busy weekend doing lots of walking and lots of baking! We made a Victoria Sponge cake which was really yummy! We have got into a little routine that Saturday is a treat night for Leo because he gets to stay up a little late when Artie goes to bed.   He chooses a film he would like to watch on Disney+ and we have popcorn watching it. This weekend he chose Monsters Inc. It makes him feel very special and grown up.

I have included a few ideas of things that you may enjoy doing this week. Remember, you do not need to do them all they are just ideas to help you. 
One of the ideas this week is the 60 second physical activity challenge. There is a list of things you can do. I might try the bean bag throw challenge. https://www.youthsporttrust.org/60-second-physical-activity-challenges
If you do not have a beanbag you could throw a pair of socks instead!

At School we do No Outsiders and this week I am going to give some activities you can do at home linked to the No Outsiders story 'Egg.' Here is a link so that you can listen to the story:
Afterwards, I would like you to think about the different eggs in the story. There are three different eggs in this story. Can you draw them and show how they are different?

Here is the link for today's maths activity finding one less than a number up to 20 https://www.thenational.academy/reception/maths/finding-one-less-than-a-given-number-reception-wk5-1

Daily fitness challenge day 11: Balance on one leg for  30 seconds. (I might struggle with this one!)

As always, please share all your lovely learning with us on Tapestry. We love seeing what you are all up to.
Sending virtual hugs and missing you all very much. 
Love Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x


Friday 15th May, by Mrs Campion

Date: 14th May 2020 @ 8:11pm

Happy Friday Everyone and Happy Hot Chocolate day!
Hope you enjoy the little video we have all put together for you. Hope you enjoy a hot chocolate today and thank you for being such superstars!

I was in school yesterday and I started to ring some of your grown ups. It was so lovely and I enjoyed catching up and hearing what lovely things you are doing at home. 

I wonder if you can find one more than a number in today's maths lesson: https://www.thenational.academy/reception/maths/finding-one-more-than-a-number-to-20-reception-wk4-5
I know lots of you are starting to enjoy doing sums so I have attached a little game that you can play to practise. 

We have learnt lots about different animals and habitats this week and today you can a  glass or plastic jar to make your own rainforest. https://www.thenational.academy/reception/foundation/my-rainforest-reception-wk4-5

Fitness challenge day 10- Take 10 giant steps!
How are you getting on with little jobs around the house? Leo and Artie are enjoying helping me set the table and prepare tea. 
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for all of your hard work at home. I am super proud of you all!
Love Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x

Message from Mrs Powell:
Here is a link for today's worship:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=El7P2W7XrYo
Louis Braille was born in France in 1809 and was three years old when he lost his sight in one eye. By the age of five, he was completely blind. At that time, there was no help available for blind people and many of them would end up begging for food on the streets. Louis’ parents didn’t want that to happen to their son, so they continued to educate him in every way possible.

When Louis was 12 years old, he met an army captain who showed him a way of sending messages at night using raised dots and dashes. Louis saw the potential for a communication system for blind people and, by the age of 15, he had found 63 ways to use a six-dot cell in an area the size of a fingertip. In this way, he created Braille, a form of written language for blind people, which they can ‘read’ by feeling the raised dots of the Braille characters with their fingertips.
Let’s try to be people who have the courage to move forward, no matter what happens. At the same time, let’s remember that there are many people who can help us if we need to talk about our worries.
Dear God,
Whether I’m big or whether I’m small,
Sometimes I’ll try to be ever so brave,
And think about what God sees in me
And aim to be the best that I can be.


Thursday 14th May, by Mrs Campion

Date: 13th May 2020 @ 6:04pm

Good Morning Owls. 
I am so glad to see the sun is back again.

I love seeing all your lovely walks that you go on. I know lots of you have been exploring and finding new places to go for your daily exercise, Have you walked past school on your walk yet? The window is getting so full. If you want to do something for the sharing window you can leave it in the box by the office or you can post it/email it to school. 

Here is the link to carry on with this weeks maths lessons: https://www.thenational.academy/reception/maths/exploring-place-value-reception-wk4-4
You will need ten frames for the lesson so I have attached one for you to print (don't worry if you do not have a printer you can ask a grown up to draw them for you.)

I loved seeing you enjoying learning more about different habitats yesterday. Today, you can learn more about mini beasts and create your own at home. You could use junk modelling, Lego, natural resources like twigs and leaves. Please share your creations with me.

Remember our challenge of making someone smile this week. Have you done something kind this week? What was your act of kindness? We are planning to put together a little basket of goodies for my Dad. It is his Birthday on Friday and because we cannot share it with him we have put together a basket of his favourite things with some pictures that Leo and Artie have drawn. I am hoping that this makes him smile. 

I have a little something to tell you.... I forgot about the fitness challenge yesterday on the blog so will put 2 on today.
Day 8:Choose a song and create your own dance routine for the song. Perform it in front of your family. I used to love doing this when I was little!
Day 9:Pick up a ball from the floor without using your hands!

I hope you have a wonderful day today. Here is a link to the caterpillar song I shared with you. I hope that you enjoy it and can maybe have a go yourself.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-zQ82yN68I
Love Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x

Message from Mrs Powell:
Here is a link for today's worship https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nxCpz4FPL8
Squirrels are often seen hanging on birdfeeders, trying to grab as much food as they can. Sometimes they even hang upside down while they feed! Sometimes they fall off, but they soon come back again to try to get more! Often birds can’t get to the birdfeeders because the squirrels are already feeding from them! The poor birds have to wait, even though they are hungry! Sometimes they fly away and perch in the trees, watching the squirrels feed. When the squirrels have finished, then the birds can have their turn to feed, even though the seed and nuts are really put there for them. It could be that the squirrel is trying to keep the food for itself. It could be that the bird is challenging the squirrel for the food. It could be that they are sharing!
There are times in our lives when we all find it difficult to share! Christians believe that God has given us the world and everything in it - it is a gift from God that we are all to share with each other. Christians also believe that it is good to share what we have with others. We can share our possessions, food, money, friends, talents, even our love.

Wednesday 13th May, by Mrs Campion

Date: 12th May 2020 @ 5:18pm

Morning my lovely Owls. 
How did it get to Wednesday already! The days seem to be going quickly.
Thank you for sharing your ideas for the shed. Books, cushions and somehwere to draw and write are some of the ideas. If you have any more please let me know. 

Here is the link for Maths today: https://www.thenational.academy/reception/maths/developing-a-sense-of-10-reception-wk4-3
I have also included a picture of a Go Fish game you can play with playing cards to help with your number bonds. You can also use 10 objects to help you work out the answer.

Thank you for sharng your habitats yesterday. They were fantastic! Some of you chose the rainforest for your habitat and today you can find out more about the rainforest. What is it like? What animals live there?

I saw a really nice noughts and crosses idea and thought you might like to play it at home. What is so good is that you can play with with words, sounds, shapes! Anything you like. I have included pictures to give some ideas.

Have a wonderful day and as always, please share on Tapestry with us. Remember we are so proud of you all.
Love Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x

Message from Mrs Powell:
Here is the link to today's worship:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUfvYnMRuDI
In 1984, Chris Baines actually sent out an invitation to his friends asking them to meet him at 4 am. His birthday plan was to have all his guests listen to the dawn chorus together.  The dawn chorus is the singing of many birds before dawn each day.
This all happens about an hour before sunrise. At this time of day, it is too dark for the birds to search for food, but also too dark for them to be spotted by predators. There is less background noise, too, so the air is still and sound carries for a greater distance. There is a sequence to the dawn chorus. Robins, blackbirds and thrushes start first, which may be because they have biggish eyes to see in the dark and because they like to look for worms. After a while, all the other birds join in.  Have you noticed the birds singing?  I think it is lovely to think that we are all listening to the birds and enjoying their bird song even though we are apart.


Tuesday 12th May, by Mrs Campion

Date: 11th May 2020 @ 5:06pm

Happy Tuesday everyone.
What have you got planned for today? Leo is really enjoying playing games at the moment at home so we have been playing Wiggly worms (which is like Jenga) Frustration and monkey tumble (you have to try and get all the monkeys into the tree.) They are lots of fun and I am enjoying playing them with him. What are your favourite games to play at home? 

For Maths today you will be ordering numbers up to 20. You can use the number cards I sent home in the pack to help you.
Afterwards, when you do your daily exercise maybe you could go on a number walk and see what numbers you can find.

As part of our animals work this week  you can do an activity linked to habitats and find out where different animals like to live. You can even design and make your own habitat for one of your teddies if you would like to. I would love to see all your lovely habitats.

Day 7 fitness challenge: stretch as high as you can!

am missing school and all of you very much at the moment. Mrs Hoskins was in school the other week and had a big tidy and sent me some pictures. Look at how tidy our shed is! We are hoping to make it into a little den! Maybe you could share with us some of the things you would like to go in it. Mr Ault has said he will paint it for us!

Thank you for sharing all of the things you are doing at home from phonics, to play dough, riding bikes and playing with bubbles. All of it makes me smile so so much!
Have a wonderful day and keep smiling. Super proud of you all.
Love Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x

Message from Mrs Powell:
Here is a link for a worship with Mrs Powell:

This story of Steven Bradbury highlights the benefits of sticking with it in the long run. You never know what might happen. 
Steven Bradbury was an Australian speed skater. He had been to 3 Olympic games already - he hadn't won a medal. Over the past 12 years of training and racing he had suffered some horrific injuries, during which he nearly died. He was financially struggling and had to borrow money from his parents in order to survive.
In the 2002 games he was the oldest competitor in the event. People didn't think he stood a chance, including himself. He had managed to scrape through the heats but had what he describes as the best race on the way when he finished second in the semi-final. He realised he didn't have the raw speed of the younger racers so he employed a tactic of just hanging in there. This worked and got him to the Olympic final.
What can we learn from this?
- Stick with it, who knows what might happen.
- You can get a huge sense of satisfaction and a big boost from trying your best.
- Just how much we can endure and overcome if we want to.
Bradbury trained for 12 years for the Olympics We can all benefit from his approach and learn his lessons if we get in there and have a go ourselves. Go on, go for it!

Monday 11th May, by Mrs Campion

Date: 10th May 2020 @ 5:24pm


Happy Monday Owls. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.
It was lovely to see so many of you celebrating VE day on Friday and it looks like lots of you had fun having street parties with your neighbours.
The sun seems to have disappeared for a little while, but remember you can still have lots of fun indoors too. It's a great chance to play with your favourite toys or read your favourite book.
I have attached some ideas of things that you might like to do at home this week. Remember these are only ideas, so do not worry if you do not do them all. This week, we will be looking at animals and their habitats.

All of your RWI activities have been uploaded on Tapestry and I have included a picture of the different timings that they go on. They are available to watch for 24 hours after they go live, so don't worry of you miss it and want to do it at a later time.

In Maths, we will continue to look at recognising numbers to 20. Today's lesson is counting and ordering numbers to 20 on a number line. https://www.thenational.academy/reception/maths/counting-objects-up-to-20-reception-wk4-1 

I miss us doing dough disco so much at school so I have included some information for your grown ups in case you would like to do it at home.

Day 6 of our fitness challenge: Walk like a crab for 1 minute.
I have also included as a challenge this week to create your own target game using objects at home.

I hope you have a fun day today. Keep smiling.
Sending lots of virtual hugs to you all.
Love Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x

Message from Mrs Powell:


Have you planted your sunflower seed? All flowers are different and amazing, so, too, people are all different, but all wonderfully made. Just as flowers can brighten our day when we see them, so, too, each of us can brighten other people’s days by our care and our attitudes.

We thank you, God, for the beauty of flowers.
Giving flowers shows that we care.
Flowers can brighten our day and fill our hearts with gladness.
Please help us to be like flowers to other people,
Brightening their day and bringing joy to those around us.

Why don’t you give flower-pressing a go! Instructions are available at: https://tinyurl.com/y9hgtkjz

Friday 8th May, by Mrs Campion

Date: 7th May 2020 @ 5:03pm

Happy Friday everyone and Happy VE day!
Thank you for sharing all your preparations yesterday with me. I have seen so much lovely bunting and decorations.
I thought I would quickly check in to say I hope you have a wonderful day whatever you are doing today and that you have a lovely weekend.

Here is a link to a video to help explain more about VE day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpaA_tZJV00                

I have also attached the ideas from yesterday too to help with some ideas of what you might like to do today.

Here are a few ideas I think you might enjoy:

Learn the Lindy Hop Dance:


Send love to our NHS heroes:

Nurses and others - employed by the NHS and any other part of health and care - we have never needed them more. So let’s show them some love, and create a living map of gratitude from every corner of Britain. By dropping a heart on this map, you’re saying you appreciate the efforts undertaken daily in the NHS.


Join in a national sing-along with Dame Vera Lynn:

The 103-year-old singer will perform from a window at her Sussex home just after 9pm, following the Queen's special address to the nation, and viewers are encouraged to join her.

You can follow the VE broadcast via Radio Northwich and if you wish you can let them know your song choices!

Daily fitness challenge day 5:spin in a circle for 10 seconds.

I will post my Friday story later today.
Thank you for all of your hard work this week. I know lots of you are missing school and your friends at the moment. We are missing you very much.
Have a wonderful day with lots of smiles and laughter.
Love Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x

Message from Mrs Powell:
We remember the happy feeling that everyone had the day that the war was declared as being over but also the sadness that people had been through such difficult times.

Dear God,
Thank you for all those who fought to bring peace during the Second World War.
Thank you that peace eventually came.
Please be with all those who are living in areas of the world that are affected by wars today.
Please help us to do our bit in creating peace wherever we are.

Today we would love to see what you are doing at 3 pm today. The teachers will be putting pictures on twitter, please put them on twitter or email us, so we can all celebrate together.
“I think we dream so we don't have to be apart for so long. If we're in each other's dreams, we can be together all the time.”

Thursday 7th May, by Mrs Campion

Date: 6th May 2020 @ 4:46pm

Good Morning Everyone.
Tomorrow, Friday 8th Of May, many people will be having stay at home street parties and decorating themselves and their homes in red, white and blue to represent the Union Jack. People in Britain celebrate today because it is a special day in history. 

We have put together some ideas and activities to help you to do the same if you would like to over the next few days. 
Please share all the lovely things you are doing. In my house today, we are hoping to decorate and make some bunting to put outside. There are some links to some bunting if you would like to do the same. 

To finish off our Maths this week,  you will compare how much you can do in 15s, 30s and a minute. You can time yourself at home - how quickly can you put on your coat or run a short distance? Can you brush your teeth for 2 minutes in the morning and evening?

Daily fitness challenge day 4: balance a ball on your head. 

It has been wonderful to see some of you doing some lovely pictures for our sharing window at school. The window is making everyone smile as they walk past it. 

Have a wonderful day in the beautiful sunshine.
Love Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins. x

Message from Mrs Powell:
Just over 80 years ago, the Second World War began. It was a huge war that involved most nations of the world. On 8 May 1945 at 3pm, Winston Churchill, the UK prime minister at that time, announced to the nation that the war in Europe was over. This meant an end to nearly six years of war that had cost the lives of millions of people and had destroyed families, homes and cities.

Millions rejoiced at the news that Germany had surrendered, relieved that the intense strain of war was finally over. In towns and cities across the world, people marked the victory with street parties, dancing and singing.  Can you imagine how it felt?  What could you make today for a street party? My Gran Peggy told us that she danced all through the night as she had really missed dancing!

Wednesday 6th May, by Mrs Campion

Date: 5th May 2020 @ 3:52pm

Good Morning Owls.
How are you this morning? It was lovely to see some smiling faces on Tapestry yesterday receiving your special post. If you haven't received yours yet maybe it might come today! We finally got round to planting our sunflowers yesterday. How are your sunflowers? Have they started to sprout and grow yet? How tall are they? I would love to see.

I loved seeing your amazing calendars yesterday. Have you changed your date and weather today?Today, we will be carrying on with our Oak National Academy Maths where you will be learning all about the different seasons.

There seems to be a lot of our Owls who are celebrating a birthday in May. If you are feeling a little crafty today maybe you would like to watch this video and make your own musical instrument to give to someone as gift. 

Our fitness challenge day 3 is-touch your toes 10 times.
Remember if you are ever stuck for ideas there are lots of activities on our home learning page on the school website.
Missing you all every day and hoping we will be able to see each other soon,
Love Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x

Message from Mrs Powell:
What did the world look like on VE day? What were people eating? Over the past few months, you might have had to eat something different because shopping is a little more complicated. What food did people eat on VE day? Lots of you have been growing your own fruits and vegetables; I’m growing tomatoes, herbs and strawberries and waiting to see if my peppers will grow! During the war, food was rationed so people grew as much food as they could. Another one of my Gran’s favourite foods was liver and she would make me and my brothers and sisters eat it all the time because she said it was good for us! We really didn’t like that but I like the ideas of some of these war time food; my Gran Peggy would have loved the liver casserole!

Here's some of the popular foods eaten during World War II and the sort of dishes that featured in VE Day celebrations.  Do you fancy trying any of them?
•    Dripping sandwiches with beef fat 
•    Lord Woolton pie (cauliflower, potatoes, parsnips, oats)
•    Pork faggots with onion gravy and mash
•    Homity pie (potato, onion and cheese)
•    Corned beef hash
•    Liver casserole
•    Eggless fruit cake. Why do you think it was eggless?


Tuesday 5th May, by Mrs Campion

Date: 4th May 2020 @ 1:36pm

Morning Owls
How are you all this morning? I wonder what you have planned for today?
Leo got a bike for his birthday so each day we keep trying to have a little practise. It is lovely seeing so many of you on your bikes and learning new skills at home.

I hope you are still enjoying our online Read Write Inc lessons. At this time, if you feel your Owl is confident in the set they are working on and can read every sound from the set in lots of different words both during the lesson and in reading books, they are then ready to move onto the next set. Please do not rush this, we expect children to remain on the same set and need to repeat sounds, this is totally normal.

On the Oxford Owl website, there are now some Speedy Green Word slideshows available to use at home. These slideshows are a great way to help with children’s fluency. There are eight slideshows covering all Read Write Inc levels available on the link below. You will see the slideshow linked to your child's colour book they are on. Please follow the link below and down to ‘Speedy Green Word Slideshows’. Visiting this website may also remind you of some of the other brilliant Read Write Inc resources available to support home learning..


In Maths today you can learn about the days of the week and make your own calendar. https://www.thenational.academy/reception/maths/exploring-and-discussing-the-days-of-the-week-reception-wk3-2 

Our fitness challenge for day 2: Hop around like a frog for 20 seconds.

Remember these are just ideas to help at home. Please do not worry if you do not do everything. Just do what you can, when you can.

Hope you all have a lovely day and remember I am so proud of you all.
Keep smiling.
Love Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x

Message from Mrs Powell: Please watch this clip and think about what we talked about yesterday http://tinyurl.com/qbkaq75  I love this story. Do you think Mr George likes cabbage now? Can you imagine how he felt? Victory in Europe (VE) Day marked the end of the Second World War in Europe in 1945. Friday 8th May 2015 was the official 70th anniversary of VE Day. VE Day is another day that many people will never forget as it marked the end of a terrible war in Europe, though there was still fighting in Japan until later that year. Mr George’s memorable day was one of great danger followed by relief at still being alive. This is one type of memorable day although hopefully no one present will experience such a day! My Gran Peggy used to tell me when she had her very first orange as you couldn’t get them during the war; she used to make lots of marmalade as oranges became her favourite fruit! Mr George’s story reminds us that we all have special days that will stay with us forever. We don’t know when they will come or what they will be.

Monday 4th May, by Mrs Campion

Date: 3rd May 2020 @ 5:50pm

Happy Monday everyone and May the 4th be with you!!
Hope you have all had a lovely weekend? It is wonderful to have the sunshine back isn't it? It always cheers me up.

Here are some activities I think you might like for this week:

Lots of you enjoyed doing the rainbow lessons on the Oak National Academy website that I thought we could try our Maths lessons on there this week. (Grown ups- please give feedback on how you find doing Maths this way.)

Today's lesson is talking all about your daily routine and acting it out. Here is the link to follow. https://www.thenational.academy/reception/maths/talking-about-your-daily-routine-reception-wk3-1

I have included a 30 day fitness challenge on this weeks learning journey.
Day 1 challenge: Do 10 star jumps!

If you want something extra to do today maybe you would like to draw a picture of one of your friends and discuss ways you can be a kind friend. I would love to see your pictures of your friends.

You will find all of your phonics and reading activities for your group on Tapestry. I love how much lots of you are enjoying your phonics and reading at home.

I hope you have a wonderful day.
Love Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x

Message from Mrs Powell: 
Good morning!  This week we are going to think about V.E day.  I’m going to tell you little stories that my Granny Peggy told me; she lived in London during the war and my Grandad was an RAF pilot.  First of all, I want you to think about a day you will always remember, happy or sad.  A birthday, a family event, something you shared with friends. Is there a special food that reminds you of that day?  My niece Edith is now 3 and I was lucky enough to visit her in hospital when she was a few hours old. I remember that gorgeous feeling, how hot the hospital was and helping my sister eat the chocolate I had brought for her! What special memory do you have? What reminds you of that? Some memorable days are happy and some are sad. Each of us will have our own experiences and our own reactions to them. There are as many different sorts of memorable days as there are different sorts of people.

Friday 1st May, by Mrs Campion

Date: 30th Apr 2020 @ 7:19pm

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to a new month! It is May already!
Thank you for sharing all the lovely things you have been doing. I love seeing all of your pictures and your fantastic paper planes you have been making at home. What have you enjoyed the most this week? I have enjoyed cooking more and us all being able to sit down for tea together each night,

Remember earlier in the week when we sang the special rainbow song and added actions? Today, I thought you would like to find out where rainbows come from and how they are made. Afterwards, you can make your very own rainbow. Please make sure you share them with me on Tapestry. Here is the link to follow https://www.thenational.academy/reception/foundation/make-a-rainbow-reception-wk2-5

At school, we miss seeing all of your lovely work and pictures so we have created our very own sharing window at the front of school to display all your wonderful art work. There is a box in the entrance for you to drop off your pictures safely or feel free to email them to admin@lostockgralam.cheshire.sch.uk.Hopefully the window will soon be ful of gorgeous work.

Log on to Tapestry later for another of my Friday stories. I wonder what I will be reading today?

I hope you all have the most wonderful weekend and hopefully the rain will stay away.
I will write to you again on Monday.

Missing you all and sending virtual hugs.
Remember we are so proud of you and think you are amazing,
Love Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x

"Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.” Roald Dahl

You are amazing and you are doing something very special; by not leaving the house you are keeping safe.  We have talked about making one small change that can change the world and actually that is what you are doing right now. I’ve said this a lot but future children will be reading how you made the world a safer place by staying inside.

Remember what you are doing is amazing and we are so proud of you.  If you can, have a hot chocolate today. If not, have a cup of anything you like to drink and remember how very special we think you are!

 “I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.” Winnie the Pooh

Thursday 30th April, by Mrs Campion

Date: 29th Apr 2020 @ 6:03pm

Morning Owls. 
Hope you are all well.  
Yesterday, when I logged onto my computer a little reminder popped onto my screen to tell me that we would have been going on our trip to Manchester Airport. One special Owl did some research about the airport yesterday and I thought today we could do the same.
Why don't you have a look on the website at the different aircrafts they have. https://www.runwayvisitorpark.co.uk/visit-us/explore-our-aircraft/
Maybe you could make your own boarding pass or draw a picture of where you would like to go if you could go on a plane.  You could do this weeks challenge and make a paper plane.

We finally found some flour in the shops so we made numicon biscuits yesterday. It was lots of fun although a lot of smarties seemed to go missing during the making stage! (Leo and Artie kept eating them instead of putting them on the biscuits!) Here is the link we used to help us https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-lIRKq6BEw

I know lots of you are missing your family and friends at the moment (I am too!) I have put up a link on Tapestry with some ideas you can do at home and stories to read if you are feeling a little sad. 

Thank you for all of your hard work at home and please keep sharing on Tapestry,

Love from Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x

Message from Mrs Powell:
“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you like, as long as somebody loves you.” Roald Dahl

We always say that everyone is special and that we are all unique. During the past few months, you have been surrounded by love and we have all been reminded just how special those people around us are.  Who are you going to tell how special they are today?


Wednesday 29th April, by Mrs Campion

Date: 28th Apr 2020 @ 3:52pm

Morning Owls.
The weather has turned pretty miserable now. I wonder what fun you can have indoors today? Maybe you could do some colouring from your packs or play a board game? We have been doing lots of reading and jigsaws.
It was wonderful to see your pictures yesterday of what you want to do when you grow up there were so many different jobs. I saw some beautiful writing too!

There are so many beautiful rainbows in people's windows and today I thought you might like to sing the rainbow song and add some actions. I have added the link for you to follow. https://www.thenational.academy/reception/foundation/rainbow-song-and-dance-reception-wk2-3  Make sure you record your singing and actions to Tapestry so you can share it with me.

I have also added a balance challenge you can do with a toy at home. I wonder if you can share your super balancing skills with me? How long can you balance your toy for?

Have a fantastic day my lovely Owls and sending you all virtual hugs.
Love Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x

Message from Mrs Powell:

“No book ever ends when it’s full of your friends.” Roald Dahl

Do books ever end if you have really loved them?  Are there books you just love and don’t want to ever end?  We remember stories forever; I still remember reading The Enchanted Wood when I was little, and when I read it to my daughter Emily it felt like I was visiting friends again.  What book will you read when you are older?  Maybe you are being read a book that someone loved when they were little. 

Tuesday 28th April, by Mrs Campion

Date: 27th Apr 2020 @ 4:59pm

Good Morning Owls. 
How are you all today? It isn't quite as sunny as it has been but hopefully you are still managing to get outside to play or go out for your exercise. How are you getting on making your bed in the morning? Are there any other jobs that you can be helping with at home? I know how helpful you all are. Leo has been helping to make tea in the evenings and even doing a little bit of dusting! 

Here is a special message from lovely Mrs Hoskins:
Good Morning our Superstar Owls.
I hope that you are all enjoying being at home, spending quality time with the special people in your lives. Alongside her homeschooling, my Ellie has been helping her dad and I around the house. We have absolutely loved being in the garden in the beautiful sunshine, and she has been learning about the different tools used for gardening. We have also been teaching her to cook and bake. She has made pancakes, omelettes and chocolate crunch and has even had a go at helping her dad make their own version of KFC chicken- it was delicious!
I am loving being able to spend time with my big girl however Mrs Campion and I are missing each and every one of you like crazy!! You all have your own little personalities and we are really missing having our little chats with you and playing alongside you. We are loving seeing all of the wonderful things you are doing at home, what are your plans for this week? In my house, we are going to be decorating the bathroom and our first job is to knock off all the old tiles- it is going to be super MESSY! You all know how in Reception, we love getting messy so I am really looking forward to it!
Keep sharing the fabulous things you are doing as it makes us smile. Sending the biggest hugs and hope to see you all soon,
Love Mrs Hoskins x

I have found a lesson on the National Academy website which I think you will enjoy. https://www.thenational.academy/reception/foundation/people-who-help-us-reception-wk2-2
It is all about real life superheroes (doctors!) It also lets us think about all the people in our community who are helping us at the moment and all their special jobs. What is your dream job? You can draw a picture and write about it for me or act it out. Please share them on Tapestry. My dream job from when I was tiny was to be a Teacher and I am super lucky to get to do it everyday.
There is also a nice Maths activity on there counting in groups. https://www.thenational.academy/reception/maths/sharing-objects-into-equal-groups-reception-wk2-2

Thank you for all of your hard work. I am so proud of you all and think each and every one of you is amazing.

If you need anything at all, please get in touch,
Love from Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins

Message from Mrs Powell:
“If you’re going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” Roald Dahl

What could you read today?  I’ve realised that I’m always talking about reading but that is because books are brilliant and you can learn so much without realising it. You learn lots of new words, visit new places, learn new skills or just get lost in a wonderful story.


Monday 27th April, by Mrs Campion

Date: 26th Apr 2020 @ 5:58pm

Good morning lovely Owls.
I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend. We have been out in the garden again all weekend enjoying the sunshine and doing some planting. 
What have you got planned for today? 

I have put together some ideas for you this week of things that you might enjoy doing. Please do not worry if you do not get chance to do them all. Just do what you can. All of your new RWI activities I have posted onto Tapestry. It is wonderful to see so many of you enjoying keeping up with your phonics at home. I am so proud of you. 

Remember, the activities in your pack you can do anytime so if you are feeling a little bored you could maybe do an activity from there. 
Have you been on the Oxford Owl website yet? If you are wanting to do a little bit more reading I know you will enjoy these. Leo and I have been reading some at home on his tablet. 

I hope you have a wonderful day. I miss all of your smiling very faces very much.
Love from Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x

Message from Mrs Powell:
“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives.” Matilda

When you listen to a brilliant story or read a great book, do you think about the characters and imagine you are doing those exciting things?  What would it like to be Harry Potter, to go through the Gruffalo wood or visit Narnia?  

Friday 24th April, by Mrs Campion

Date: 23rd Apr 2020 @ 5:13pm

Happy Friday Everyone!! That week I felt went very fast!
How are you all today? Hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday. It is lovely to see so many of you trying out the new RWI spellings on their page. You are all such superstars and I am so proud of how hard you are all working.
We did the tube challenge yesterday and Leo and Artie decided that they wanted to make binoculars so that they can look for creatures outside. They also like taking them on their daily walk.Maybe you could make some today?

We have been using the GoNoodle relaxation videos for a little bit of calm time in my house when we just want 5 minutes to relax. Here is one called Rainbow Breath which we really enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O29e4rRMrV4. 

Leo and Artie are really into bugs and we have really enjoyed finding out lots of facts about different types of bees.Did you know bumblebees can sting more than once because their stingers are smooth and do not get caught in the skin when they fly away. Maybe could you learn something new about an animal today?

Thank you for all of your hard work and support this week. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and I will write again on Monday. If you need anything at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Love from Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x

Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.” – Henry James

What have you done that is kind? What could you do today that is kind? Could you take a picture and put it on Twitter so we can all be kind like you.

Remember what you are doing is amazing and we are so proud of you. If you can, have a hot chocolate today. If not, have a cup of anything you like to drink and remember how very special we think you are!

“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.”

Thursday 23rd April, by Mrs Campion

Date: 22nd Apr 2020 @ 8:04pm

Morning Owls. 
How are you all? Hope you all had a lovely day yesterday. It is so nice to see so many of you learning to ride your bikes at the moment. I love being able to share these special moments with you so thank you for sharing. I am missing my friends a lot at the moment so I have been trying to make sure I ring them so we can catch up. Maybe you could try and ring someone that you are missing. 

We tried the roller skates yesterday.... it was a bit of a disaster and there was a lot of falling over but a lot of laughing too! I think I'm going to hide them in the wardrobe for a while!

I saw this online yesterday from @amazingpeopleschool and thought I would share it with you as I really liked it. The children's well being is so important at the moment and more important that anything else! I think there are some lovely activities that you could use to help build upon your lovely little one's strengths. Let me know if you try any. 

Hope you have another wonderful day in this glorious sunshine. 

As always please keep in touch and share all your lovely things with us. We love seeing all your happy faces. 

Love Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x

Message from Mrs Powell:
Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” – Albert Einstein

What do you really want to do?  What are your dreams?  Remember you can do anything, keep dreaming and if you want, tell someone all about it!

Wednesday 22nd April, by Mrs Campion

Date: 21st Apr 2020 @ 7:47pm

Happy Wednesday my lovely Owls.

How are you all? Hope you all had a lovely day yesterday. We had a bit of a lazy day yesterday. We watched a lot of Disney+ , read some books, pottered in the garden and played with the kinetic sand(for the millionth time!) I think sometimes we need those sorts of days!Someone bought Leo some roller skates for his Birthday so if we are feeling brave we might attempt them today... I think we may need full protective wear!! 
What are you all getting up to? Please share with me on Tapestry I love seeing you all and it really makes me smile. 

Grown ups- if you haven't had a chance have a look at the new materials released this week they are really good. I really like the Oak National Academy-https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/reception/#schedule
I found this lovely activity on there using things from your  daily walk/outside in your garden to make a face https://www.thenational.academy/reception/foundation/my-face-in-nature-reception-wk1-5/
There are also extra Maths/extra writing activities on there if you are wanting some extra things to fill your day. If you feel that the EYFS maths isn't challenging your child feel free to use some of the Y1 materials where you feel appropriate. 

Owls,I am missing watching Numberblocks together. At school we were up to number 11. I have put a link to the episode if you would like to watch it and maybe you could practise writing your numbers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcAc9-85ZEY

We are missing you so much. Please keep in touch and can't wait to see you all. 

Love Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins

PS- If you would like to be a mystery reader please video a story and send it to me on Tapestry. If you have done one already and would like to do another one please feel free. Log in later for a special read from one of our special teachers at school. 

Message from Mrs Powell:
If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl

I love this and I love all of your smiles! When you think kind things, you spread that kindness for everyone to see.  Tell someone special, three of your kind thoughts.

Tuesday 21st April, by Mrs Campion

Date: 20th Apr 2020 @ 8:12pm

Good morning lovely Owls.

Hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday. We released 4 of our butterflies yesterday which was very exciting. I have shared some pictures with you. Leo was beyond excited especially when he was holding them. Artie was terrified!! (That is why there are no pictures of him!) Our butterflies were painted lady butterflies with orange wings. Have a look on your walks/in your gardens to see if you can spot any similar ones?Maybe you might see ours. 

It was lovely to see lots of you doing some wonderful things yesterday such as sharing pictures of walks you are going on, learning to ride your bike and brilliant phonics.
How are your sunflowers getting on? Have they started to grow. I know some of you have planted them outside as they have started to grow. Please send pictures of your sunflowers I would love to see them.

Grown ups- A fantastic new website was launched yesterday called the Oak National Academy. https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/reception/#schedule  I had a look yesterday and there are fantastic resources to support Reception including Maths lessons, writing ideas and topic activities. They are delivered by teachers using videos and hopefully you will find them really useful. The writing activities are really nice to use alongside our phonics if you want to do something extra. The Literacy lesson does a little phonics input at the beginning. If you are doing the RWI daily speed sound lesson I would just skip this part of the video and just use the writing activity. There are lessons for each day of the week. Don't feel you need to do every day. It would be great to have some feedback on how you find the resources and activities.

In my house, we have discovered Jump Start Jonny for a little bit of exercise (Leo and Artie think Joe Wickes talks too much and they get easily distracted!) Jonny is a bit crazy but the kids love it! Here is a link to one of our favourites https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1Pz_R4aaDo  No need to thank me... you will be doing the moves all day!

Have a fantastic day and as always please keep sharing your pictures and videos on Tapestry with us and if there is anything else we can do to support let us know!
Love Mrs Campion and Mrs Hoskins x
PS- I have included a poem that I saw on social media that I love so thought I would share it with you.

Message from Mrs Powell
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go!” – Dr Seuss

What could you read today? It could be singing songs or reading something about a sport you love; things to read are everywhere. Go on - read anything!

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