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31.3.20 Starlings , by Miss Gillam

Date: 31st Mar 2020 @ 8:58am

Good morning!

I hope you are all keeping well and being the happy, helpful and respectful Starlings that I know and love. Are you ready for another busy day of home learning? Please see our attached timetable for a list of suggested activities to complete today.

I am still enjoying spending lots of time outdoors. I am keeping up with my couch to 5K running routine and have just completed my 6th run. This is quite an achievement for me. Perhaps you could spend some more time enjoying your outdoor spaces too?  Below are some fantastic ideas taken from the National Trust ’50 things to do before you are 11 3/4’ list.

  • Eat a picnic in your garden
  • Make a mud creation
  • Have fun with sticks
  • Wear a wild crown (made from natural materials)
  • Create some wild art
  • Join natures band – making music outdoors
  • Hunt for fossils and bones
  • Go stargazing
  • Go on a scavenger hunt
  • Make friends with bugs
  • Go cloud watching
  • Make a home for wildlife
  • Help a plant to grow
  • Watch the birds
  • Create and follow maps of your garden to find hidden treasure
  • Keep a nature diary
  • Watch the sunset
  • Make a camp fire

I have also attached a selection of prompts to help you to become nature spotters while enjoying the outdoors. Perhaps you could draw and write about what you see in you yellow book?


Does this quote remind your Starling of a little song we sang in school a couple of weeks ago? Perhaps they could sing it to you. Could they record it and send it to family members they are missing to help make them smile? Spread the happiness!


I am missing you lots today and sending you all a big virtual hug! Have the loveliest of days with your very special families. Stay safe Starlings and remember: Ready, Respectful and Safe (Even at home).

Lots of love, Miss Gillam J


A message from Mrs Powell

“ I think I can. I know I can.”

Dear children,

When we do something do we say we can’t do it?  Try and change that today and tell yourself you can do anything.  Remember you are amazing and if you believe in yourself you can do anything!

30.3.20 Starlings Class , by Miss Gillam

Date: 30th Mar 2020 @ 8:31am

Good morning Starlings,

I hope you had a wonderful and restful weekend. I know I did! Thank you so much for all the super learning that you have been sharing on Twitter. It made my day seeing so many of your smiling faces on Friday, thank you! I am looking forward to the week ahead and I can’t wait to see what you are going to do this week. 


I have attached a new timetable for the week below. Please, please remember that this is only a suggested timetable and that mental health is the most important part of education right now. We want you and your families to be happy at home, not worrying about the quantity of work being produced. You will notice that I have added a second sheet of suggested daily activities below the timetable. Again, these are optional activities and can be completed in addition to your daily maths, arithmetic, writing and phonic work. These activities are what the children generally enjoy most at school.

To support your Power Maths work this week, why now play one of the games below?







I hope you all have a brilliant day and remember to keep posting to Twitter.

“With the new day come new thoughts and new strengths.”

With lots and lots of love and very best wishes,

Miss Gillam


Message from Mrs Powell:

Dear children,

This is now your second week, you have shown how great you are, what will you do today, how do you show how clever and strong you are each day?


27.3.20 Starlings, by Miss Gillam

Date: 27th Mar 2020 @ 8:28am

Good morning!

Happy Friday Starlings!

A. A. Milne Quote: “Bouncy trouncy flouncy pouncy fun fun fun fun ...

Wow, it is the end of your first week of learning from home. I have woken up feeling very positive and grateful this morning that we are all able to stay at home and keep ourselves safe during this strange time. I hope that you are all happy, smiley and having lots of fun at home. The sun is out AGAIN! I wonder what adventures you will have today?

Please continue once again to follow our attached timetable. Hopefully this is starting to feel like more of a routine for you now.  

I have a little challenge for you today.  Can you make your own counting in 2s, 5s and 10s game?  By the end of Year One the children are expected to be able to count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 quickly and from different starting points. For example

10  12  14  ___ ___ ___

They are also expected to be able to count in 2s five times. 2 4 6 8 10. Count in 10s eight times 10  20  30  40  50  60  70  80 etc.

To develop fluency in counting, please find ways to develop speed and accuracy through play. Why not try jumping, skipping, bouncing a ball, touching your toes, spinning around in a circle?

Here are some games to help you:




Read Write Inc

Please continue to watch your daily speed sound lesson online.

Remember that each film is available for 24 hours via Facebook and on YouTube.

Speed Sounds Set 1 – 9.30 am and again at 12:30
Speed Sounds Set 2 – 10.00 am and again at 1:00pm
Speed Sounds Set 3 – 10.30 am and again at 1:30pm




Information and guidance for parents can also be found on this page:


Oxford Owl have just released new RWI books on the website so over the weekend maybe you could have a read with your grown up.