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Mrs A Foster
Assistant Headteacher,
Class Teacher (M,T,W,F) and EYFS Leader
Mrs Leigertwood
Class Teacher (Thurs)
Mrs A Coombs
Teaching Assistant
Mrs K Porter
Teaching Assistant
Ms Hammett
Teaching Assistant











With us not being at school, we have missed celebrating a few of the Ladybird's Birthdays. I wanted to say Happy Birthday from us all in Ladybird Class to - ED, IRW, AS, AJ, EKB, BP, AB xxx


Home Learning - please scroll down for latest news. 

We have moved the Home Learning introduction, learning in the EYFS and general ideas to the tab at the side of the page. Please refer to this for further ideas of activities you could do at home,  if you so wish! 

We have also put a tab with links to supporting websites for Home Learning. Great news - the Ruth Miskin YouTube channel is starting daily Phonics sessions again from Monday 20th April! If you also want to take part in more Maths activities, the White Rose Maths Hub have home learning daily sessions for the EYFS, these are lovely videos with fun activities you can do. We might refer to some of them in our own videos as we move forward. For links to both Read Write Inc and White Rose, please see the Home Learning supporting website tab. 


Friday 5th June

Happy Friday! Well done to all Honeybees and Ladybirds for their at home and school learning! We look forward to welcoming some more of you back next week! You have all done amazingly this week at home and school and the EYFS team is so proud of each and every one of you.


Today we would love you to write about our book of the week 'The Snail and the Whale'. We are going to see what we can remember and write words around our swirly snail picture! Please see the following link for more information:


Writing snail link:


Also do not forget the wonderful White Rose has 5 videos and activities for this book and we have attached the activities as a PDF at the bottom of this page. The following link takes you to White Rose:


Have a fantastic weekend, lots of love from the EYFS team xxx


Thursday 4th June

Good morning to all of you! How are you today? Did you notice a change in the weather yesterday? If so what was it and how do you think it happened? Don't forget to keep talking about the world and environment around you, as we will be looking at our local area later this term! 


Today we would like to keep with the theme of mindfulness ... we will put a mindfulness challenge up every week as we did before. Today's challenge links with our physical development curriculum too as we are going to be doing some yoga! Please follow the links below to stretch, strengthen and focus the mind! These sessions are specifically designed for children and linked around areas of interest, we have given two choices of 'Frozen' or 'Trolls', however, the Cosmic Yoga videos provide lots of options online found within this link:


Frozen Cosmic Yoga:

Trolls Yoga:


Don't forget, you can continue with White Rose Maths learning, based around the brilliant book - The Snail and the Whale! 

Have fun and keep safe. Love the whole EYFS Pod team! xxxxx


Wednesday 3rd June

Welcome back Honeybees and Ladybirds! We are all missing you lots and hope you had the loveliest of half terms especially with this beautiful weather! Home learning will look a little bit different this half term as we will be making the most out of some fantastic online resources as the teachers return to school, however, we will be sending you messages when we can starting with some hellos from some of the EYFS pod team below! The activities we post on here will be what we are doing in school, so we can all be learning and practising the same things 


Mrs Foster from Pod 2 says hello:

Mrs Lawrence from Pod 4 says hello:

Mrs Helm from Pod 1 says hello:

Mr Spence from Pod 1 says hello:

Miss Barker from Pod 3 says hello:

Miss Rodell from Pod 6 says hello:


For home learning this week we would like you to look at the white rose resources for maths around 'The Snail and The Whale'. We would suggest starting with the day 1 video for Wednesday, day 2 for Thursday and day 3 for Friday. However, if you would like to do all 5 videos from day 1-5 you are more than welcome and all the videos can be found in the following link:

Just scroll to the top of the page and look for Summer Term - Week 6 (w/c 1st June), the videos and 'Get the Activity' link are all in order as you scroll down the page. We have also included all 5 activities in a PDF format at the bottom of this page for ease of access. 

We also thought the children might like to watch the story of 'The Snail and the Whale' and we have included a link below to the BBC iPlayer story (please note this video is 26 minutes long so get comfy!)

The challenge today is for the children to talk about the order of the story, can they remember events in sequence? Talk about main characters and the setting? Discuss the beginning, the middle and the end? 


We will be back tomorrow and Friday with some more video messages and home learning ideas. Have fun whatever you choose to do and keep being safe. Lots of love from all of the EYFS staff and EYFS pod team! 



Friday 22nd May. 

I can’t believe it is Friday already! It doesn’t seem that long ago that we started looking at growing after Easter and we put photos on of all the staff to say hi! Has it gone quickly for you? We hope you are all OK. If we were at school, we would be breaking up for half term, so this is the last day of home learning for the week.

Today, thinking about time, we want you to look at and talk about a clock face! Telling the time using o’clock and so on, isn’t a focus until Year 1, but we thought as you have been looking at sequencing events and talking about the time of day you do them, it would be good for you to look at a clock face (analogue face) with your grown ups. Look at the numbers around the clock face – can you say them out loud? What shape is the clock face? You could talk about the hands on the clock face and watch the hands as you time a minute, then 5 minutes. Look at what happens to the hands, thinking about where they point and see if you can talk about o’clock. We are not expecting you to tell the time, but this activity can give you some time to talk about a clock, please do what you are happy to.

Clock link: 

In writing, we would like to think about what you want to do when you grow up! Mrs Lawrence has written the words that need to go in your sentence but it is your job today to order them, use a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop. Remember to use your sounds to write what you want to be! However, remember what you want to be doesn’t have to be a job! You may want to be happy (or h a p ee), helpful or fun! We can’t wait to see your answers and all the red, tricky words in your sentence.

When I grow up link: 

We hope you all have a break this half term – hopefully the sun will keep shining. We would like to say a big well done and let you know how proud we are of you all, for everything you have been doing at home since this all began. From practising reading, learning new sounds, practising to count, colouring and making, learning to ride your bike or scooter, baking, growing your own flowers and plants, jumping so high on your trampoline, dancing around your lounge...the list is endless!! We miss you all lots, take care and keep smiling. Love Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigertwood, Mrs Coombs, Mrs Porter, Mrs Jones and Ms Hammett xxxx


Thursday 21st May.

Good morning Honeybees and Ladybirds! How are you all today? It was super hot yesterday, I hope you all enjoyed the sunshine?

As we have been looking at growing and how you have changed, we have found some songs you could learn about growing up! They are to tunes you hopefully know, we’ve had a go at learning them at home too! The songs are at the bottom of the page – it’s quite a scroll down now! You could also spend time teaching your grown ups the songs we learn in school, like our days of the week song!

It would also be good if you could spend some time working on your cutting today!!! If you have child scissors you could spend some time practising cutting paper – at home I have used this troll activity below with Kasper, we gave the trolls a haircut using the scissors, it was really fun! Grown ups – be there to help them if needed, cutting can be tricky!


Don’t forget there are lots of online resources you could also look at – Read Write Inc phonics lessons, White Rose maths videos and activities, Reading eggs…plus more.

Have a great day, whatever you do! Love from Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigertwood, Mrs Coombs, Mrs Porter, Ms Hammett and Mrs Jones xxx



Wednesday 20th May

Hello Honeybees and Ladybirds! Happy Wednesday to you all! 


We have attached some photos below and firstly we would love you to guess who they are? If you are thinking Mrs Lawrence and Mrs Foster you are right! We are going to continue thinking about growing and today we are going to think of how we have grown and changed. Can you look at the photos below and see how Mrs Lawrence and Mrs Foster have changed? What is different? Mrs Lawrence has had a go at writing about how she has changed and we would love you to try the same! Please see the link below for writing. 









Writing - how we have changed:


In maths we are thinking about sequencing our time and week! We would love you to write, draw or discuss about what you would normally do in the week. On Monday you may have swimming lessons, Tuesday may be taco Tuesday dinner at home, Wednesday you might go to dance lessons and Thursday maybe food shop day! See if you can talk about the days of the week and your usual routine, your grown ups can help you write and design a timetable if you wish but there is no pressure to do so! Talking about our time and routines is also a great way to understand and have a sense of a week. Watch Mrs Foster sequence and order her week for some ideas! 

Ordering my week link:


Have fun whatever you do and keep smiling! Lots of love, Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigertwood, Mrs Coombs, Mrs Porter, Mrs Jones and Ms Hammett xxxx


Tuesday 19th May.

Happy Tuesday morning lovely Honeybees and Ladybirds! I hope you enjoyed the sunshine yesterday? I got the paddling pool out again and got splashed by Kasper and Rudy!!!

Today, Mrs Leigertwood has set you your Wellbeing Challenge Number 3! Watch the video to find out more! We look forward to finding out what you do – remember you can email us with anything you do at home, we love to hear all about it!

Challenge Link:

Also today, if you want to get active, Mrs Lawrence has set another challenge on the PE page! Follow the link, it’s using your press up skills!! Good luck! Let us know how you get on!

Have a lovely day, love from Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigertwood, Mrs Coombs, Mrs Porter, Mrs Jones, Ms Hammett xxx


Monday 18th May

Hello wonderful Honeybees and Ladybirds! We hope that you have had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed this beautiful sunshine! Have you noticed any changes in the environment with this beautiful weather? We have noticed the days getting longer! Do you think the days are getting longer or is there another reason the nights seem lighter/longer?


We are going to carry on thinking about growing and this week we are going to look at babies and adults. At the bottom of this page is a document called 'Animals and their Off-Spring' (PDF), we would like you to look at it and discuss the animal names for the adult animals and the baby animals. Some questions to discuss could include; What do you think off-spring means? What are we called when we are young? What are we called when we are grown ups? Are there any baby animals that have the same names for when they're young? Have any names surprised you? Your grown up at home will help you read the names and if you would like to look at more animals and their young we have attached a matching game sheets at the bottom too. This can be printed to use or looked at on here and discussed. 


Do you remember when Mrs Lawrence asked you to try and do as many of something as you could in a minute? Do you remember that a minute is a way of measuring time? This week, we are going to be thinking about the topic of ‘time’ again! Today, we want you to think about sequencing events in the right time order. We would like you to think about your routine when you wake up – when you wake up is called the morning. First we want you to order it correctly, thinking about the sequence and seeing if you can remember it – what do you do first? Then, if you want, we want you to talk about when in the day you do these things. Watch Mrs Foster sequence her morning routine for you! Remember, you might not do things in the same order.

Sequencing events link:


We hope you have a good day. Love from Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigertwood, Mrs Coombs, Mrs Porter, Ms Hammett and Mrs Jones xxxx


Friday 15th May

Happy Friday everyone! Another week has gone and we are missing you more each day! Thank you again for all your lovely messages and learning that you have sent in - it has been really wonderful to see. Another huge thank you to you all for the wonderful cards and poem! It is so thoughtful of you all and it is appreciated more than you know. 

For English today we would like you to finish writing your last set of instructions for how to plant a sunflower seed (please refer to Wednesday's English video and text for the first part of this task). A few examples are set below as to how you may use your sounds to write your sentences. Remember to sound out any word you write unless it is a tricky/red word, the words have been segmented in brackets within the examples below and 'special friends' (two letters/one sound) have been underlined. Please also remember to use a capital letter, finger spaces and full stops, if you can remember the actions to the these maybe you could teach them to your grown up? 

Examples include;

Plays the seed in the soyl. (P l ay s  the s ee d i n the s oy l.)

Cuvir the seed with soyl. (C u v ir the s ee d w i th s oy l.)

Wortir the soyl. (W or t ir the s oy l.)

Don't forget if you have learnt Set 3 sounds you may want to use some different sounds to the set 1 and 2 sounds used above. 

Today we are also going to continue looking at money! We want you to go shopping!! Hopefully after Wednesday you have spent some time looking at different coins and money, and spoken about what the different coins mean.  Now you are going to use these coins to go shopping! First, you will need to find some things to sell in your shop from around your house! Then, you will need to make price labels – watch the video to find out how you write down the price, remember the ‘p’ means pence! If you have real money use that, but otherwise play money is great or you could even make your own coins using paper and write the numbers on them – 1p, 2p, 5p and so on! The main aim of today is to practise recognising and using the coins we looked at on Wednesday, but if you would like a challenge, why not make up some prices that we don’t have coins for, eg: 7p and see if you can use adding of coins to make that amount! For example you could use 5p + 2p, or 2p+2p+2p+1p – there are lots of ways! Remember to only use the coins we have when adding – 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1, £2. We hope you have lots of fun playing shop! Mrs Foster and Kasper did!

Let’s go shopping maths and money video link:

Have a great day and weekend, whatever you do. 

Love from Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigertwood, Mrs Coombs, Mrs Jones, Mrs Porter and Ms Hammett xxxx


Thursday 14th May. 

Good morning Ladybirds and Honeybees! We hope that you are all well and smiling! Thank you for sending photos and writing to our class emails, we love hearing about and seeing what you have been up to. Don't forget to check the side tab to see what the rest of your class have been doing too! 

Today, is Wellbeing Challenge Number 2 from Mrs Leigertwood! This week she is asking you to think about something you are proud of yourself for doing. Talk to your grown ups about what the word PROUD means! 

Link to Challenge:

Also, I was singing some songs at home with Kasper and Rudy and it reminded me of being in school with you all! Perhaps you could sing along at home too and show your families! My favourite is Five Little Monkeys Swinging From A Tree! What's yours I wonder?

Have a good day, love from Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigertwood, Mrs Coombs, Mrs Jones, Mrs Porter and Ms Hammett xxx


Before I talk about today, we all just want to say a huge thank you for our lovely video! It was so, so lovely seeing you having fun and smiling! We have watched it hundreds of times already! We miss you all lots! xxxx

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Hello to all Honeybees and Ladybirds! We hope you enjoyed the sunshine yesterday :-) Did you get to have a go at planting a seed? We hope you had fun whatever you did!

Today in maths, we are looking at money! Money is what you use to pay for things and buy them! Mrs Foster shows you the different coins and notes you can use. We would like you to have a look at different coins and notes at home (ask nicely if you can borrow some of your grown ups money to do this!! Or maybe you have your own!). Look closely at the numbers you can see, the size of the coins, the shape and the colour. Talk about them with your grown ups. Can you decide which coin would buy you the most sweets? Is it the biggest sized coin? It would be good to also talk a 5 pence being the same as five 1 pence coins and so on! Have fun exploring money! On Friday, we will be using coins to go shopping! 

Money and coins link:

Today for our writing, we are thinking about instructions! Mrs Lawrence has had a lot of technical problems with her filming so she only managed to film one instruction for writing today! That is OK though as we want you to write the first three instructions using your red/tricky word knowledge and sounds. Remember what we need at the beginning of our sentence, in-between words and at the end of our sentence. 

For adults eyes only - we are asking the children to write the first half of instructions and within this they will be learning a new red/tricky word 'put'. The children can not use their sounds for this due to the 'u' sound in the middle. Please encourage them to recognise letter names when writing red/tricky words as they are not using their sounds. Examples of the first three instructions using red/tricky words they know and sounds could be the following;

Get the pot.

Put the soyl in the pot. (Children may use the correct 'oi' sound if they have learnt set 3, however, 'oy' is still a phonetically plausible spelling for s oy l.) 

Mayk a hole in the sand. 

We are asking children to think about the bossy words and where they go when writing instructions. We would like the children to recognise bossy words are 'doing' words and go at the beginning of a sentence when writing instructions. This is a long task, therefore we will  finish writing the instructions on Friday. The link for the first example of writing an instruction is below:

Instruction writing link:

We hope you all have a lovely day. Love from Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigertwood, Mrs Coombs, Mrs Jones, Mrs Porter and Ms Hammett xxx


Tuesday 12th May 2020. 

Happy Tuesday lovely Ladybirds and Honeybees! Wasn't it windy yesterday! We hope you all had a good day. 

Hopefully you have had time to listen to the book - How to Grow a Sunflower - in the Story Time area. If you haven't, have a listen. Today, we would like you watch the following video, where Mrs Lawrence plants a sunflower seed! When you watch it with a grown up at home, spend time talking about what she does, the order she does it in and what words she uses. Once you've watched the video, can you tell someone else what they would have to do to plant a sunflower? It would be great if you could tell a member of your family or a friend. Can you remember the right order? What do you do first? Next? What equipment do you need? What words do you use to tell the person what to do?  This is going to help you tomorrow and Friday, when we look at our own instructions to grow a sunflower! Perhaps some of you have planted your own seeds at home, can you talk about what you did? 

How to grow a sunflower link:

Remember, there are fantastic sound videos on the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc Youtube channel and if you want extra maths there is home learning on the White Rose website. (If you are using the white rose resource, please email Mrs Foster or Mrs Lawrence as the activity sheets linked to videos are no longer free, we can get them for you if needed.)

If you are looking for some fun activities to get moving, please look at the PE area where Mrs Lawrence, Miss West and Mr Noyce has set some PE challenges for the school, if you so wish! 

We hope you all have a lovely day. Love from Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigertwood, Mrs Coombs, Mrs Jones, Mrs Porter and Ms Hammett xxx


Monday 11th May 2020.

Good morning Ladybirds and Honeybees! We hope you enjoyed the sunshine this weekend…and the wind yesterday! Did any of you celebrate VE day on Friday?

Today in maths we are going to be looking at counting backwards! Have you ever pretended to do a count down from 10 and jump up like a rocket going up in to space? If you haven’t try today! Mrs Lawrence is looking at counting back from 20 and has some fun games you can do to practise this. Counting backwards really makes sure you know your numbers, thinking about what is 1 less. It is important you practise this so you definitely understand the order and not just learn a counting rhyme. You could also think about what we call ‘place value’ – what does the ‘1’ digit mean in 12, 13, 14? It means you have 10!

Counting backwards from 20 link:

Today, Mrs Foster is looking at the alphabet and letter names. We have spent a lot of time learning the letter sounds (don’t forget to check out the Read Write Inc YouTube channel for sound videos today), but letters also have names - just like we do! Watch the video and sing the alphabet song with Mrs Foster! There is a fun activity you can do to practise saying and learning the letter names too. You can also think about something called alphabetical order - if you wanted you could make an alphabet poster for your house! 

Alphabet and letter names link:

Also, here are some links to alphabet songs – enjoy!

For the rest of the week as part of our reading and writing, we are going to look at instructions for how to grow a sunflower. Mrs Foster brought back a book from school that we would usually read as a class, we would love for you to listen to it under the Story Time with your Teachers tab on this page. This will help get the children ready for Wednesday and Friday’s tasks.

Have a lovely day, missing you all lots, love from Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigertwood, Mrs Coombs, Mrs Jones, Mrs Porter and Ms Hammett xxxx


Happy VE Day!

Happy VE day everyone! We wanted to share with you our at home celebrations .... Mrs Lawrence and her sons had a cream tea picnic on their trampoline and Mrs Foster's sons were very busy decorating Mrs Foster's home with their lovely VE paintings! We hope you have had a wonderful day whatever you have been doing :-). Lots of love from us all xxxx





Update - Thursday 7th May

Hello lovely Honeybees and Ladybirds! We hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather! We just wanted to share with you a fun video that has been made by our wonderful music teacher Miss Wells (please see the link below). Mrs Lawrence wanted to send her personal apologies for not being in the video, she wanted to say hello but at home technology was not on her side! We miss you lots and lots, have fun watching and thank you again to the amazing Miss Wells!


Lots of love Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigertwood, Mrs Coombs, Mrs Jones, Mrs Porter and Ms Hammett xxxx


Thursday 7th May.                  

Happy Thursday everyone! We hope you all managed to enjoy the sunshine yesterday? It wasn't quite warm enough for the paddling pool (unless you are very brave!) but it was lovely to be outside in the sun!

So, there will be no videos on here tomorrow, that is because it is a bank holiday! Usually this bank holiday is on a Monday, but it was moved this year. Do any of you know why? Friday 8th May is VE day! VE day is where we remember and celebrate the end of World War 2. This Friday is an even more special celebration as it has been 75 years. At the bottom of the page (sorry, quite a scroll down!) I have put a Powerpoint for you to look at if you would like, with your grown ups, which will hopefully explain it to you more. You can then talk about it at home. (I have saved it as a PDF so hopefully everyone can access it.)

People will be celebrating VE day on Friday, maybe having tea parties or a picnic! I've seen bunting and decorations up in windows and around when I went for my walk! I wonder if you have spotted any near you? 

Today, if you would like and your grown ups are happy, we thought you could think about what you would want to create for the celebration tomorrow. Here are some ideas, and there are some more at the bottom of the page too! 

- Baking some cakes, making sandwiches - making anything delicious for a VE day tea party! You could plan a tea party feast to have at your house! 

- Making decorations, such as bunting or flags to put up around your home! Making a VE day sign for a window in your house! 

- Other activities we have found are: Designing a medal to wear, cutting out and folding a plane, colouring a VE day picture. 

Remember you can always look down the page at videos you haven't looked at, carry on with things you have already been doing at home or have a look at the WhiteRose or Read Write Inc videos. We love hearing about what you have been up to. 

We hope you have a great weekend and we will be back on Monday with some more videos! Missing you all lots, keep smiling, love Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigertwood, Mrs Coombs, Mrs Jones, Mrs Porter and Ms Hammett xxxx


Wednesday 6th May

Good morning Honeybees and Ladybirds! How are we all today? We are hope you are having a lovely week so far. 

Today we have an activity for you to try where we would like you to be explorers and find something that grows outside! Can you draw it, label it and maybe even write a sentence about it? Can you discuss with your adult what grows, how it grows and where? Look at what Mrs Lawrence found in the link below:

Mrs Lawrence's exploring link:

We also have a measuring activity! We want you to measure some different things that grow, this could be plants you are growing, plants you find outside or even, like Mrs Foster, some pictures of sunflowers! Before measuring, you need to find something to measure with, this needs to be the same, so you can count and compare the height of different things. You could use lego, duplo, paper clips, pasta shapes...the list goes on. Try to use words such as tall, taller, tallest, short, shorter, shortest, height, measure. Have fun! (Grown ups, if you want some sunflower pictures to measure, there are some at the bottom of the page.)

Mrs Foster's measuring link:

We look forward to seeing what you have been up, and remember it doesn't have to be what we talk about on here, we love seeing anything you have been doing! 

Have a good day - it looks like the sun is shining again, YAY! Enjoy - love Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigertwood, Mrs Coombs, Mrs Jones, Mrs Porter and Ms Hammett xxxx


Tuesday 5th May. 

Good morning! We hope you had a lovely day yesterday? There are now two new stories in Story Time - Mrs Foster reading a non-fiction (information) book and Mrs Lawrence reading a story which includes growing! 

Firstly, we would like to say a HUGE thank you from all of us for the lovely Thank You cards! It has made us all very, very happy! We miss you all lots! xxx



Every week, Mrs Leigertwood is going to set you one challenge! Are you ready for it? We hope these challenges make you smile and happy! Have a listen to what you have to do...we can't wait to hear all about it and hopefully see some photos!

Mrs Leigertwood obviously couldn't set you a challenge without trying it at home with her children first! Have a look at how they got on!


Have a good day, love from Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigertwood, Mrs Coombs, Mrs Porter, Mrs Jones, Ms Hammett xxxx



Happy Monday! Today’s date is Monday the 4th of May! Lots of people who love Star Wars say – May the 4th be with you! Which sounds like, ‘May the force be with you!’ We hope you all had a good weekend.

This week we are going to carry on looking at measuring in our maths focus. Today we are looking at measuring time. Time can be measured in days, weeks, months, years. Time can also be measured in something called seconds, minutes and hours – do you know what you can use to measure time using these? Talk about it at home! You will need to find out how to measure a minute for the task today!  

Follow the link to watch the video:

In our reading and writing tasks over the next few weeks, we are going to look at ‘Non-Fiction’. Do you know what non-fiction is? Stories are known as fiction, books that give us information are known as non-fiction. Have a look on story time and listen to Mrs Foster reading a non-fiction book Kasper loves! Today, we are going to ask you to do some investigating and practise reading with your grown-up! We can use books and the Internet to help us find things out. Thinking about growing, we would like you to find out about a food that grows! Choose a food with your grown-up. Mrs Foster and Kasper decided to find out all about an apple and learn how it grows! Watch the videos to see what happened.

Video 1:

Video 2:

As always, do what you and the children are happy to do. We love seeing photos of all the lovely activities the children have been doing at home, so please keep emailing us! ( ) It makes us smile! You can check out what the children have been doing using the tab at the side.

Have a good day, love from Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigertwood, Mrs Coombs, Mrs Porter, Mrs Jones, Ms Hammett xxxx

Extra: I would also like to remind you that on the Ruth Miskin YouTube page (see side tab for link) they are running daily phonics sessions. Feedback that we’ve had from children and parents is that Rosie is brilliant! Also, at the beginning of term we told you about the White Rose Maths website, which has daily home learning videos and activities to do (see side tab for the link.) It is like they know we have been looking at growing and the Hungry Caterpillar! This week every day is focused around the story. Some of the activities are similar to ones the children have done, but there are some new ones on there too!


Friday 1st May

Wow we are now into May! Can you use your sounds to write May? The clue is there are two sounds and the last sounds are special friends - 'may l play'. 

Today in maths we are revisiting capacity and this time feeling the weight of different capacities.  This is a fun activity for the children to explore and use comparison, measurement language such as heavier, lighter, heaviest, lightest etc. Any materials can be used such as pasta, sand, rice, cotton wool, tissue, water etc. We hope you have fun doing it!

For our English based video we are focusing on sentence structure and asking the children to make sure a sentence makes sense, has all the components it needs and is in the correct order. This is a lovely reading activity for a Friday :-). 


Maths capacity video link:


English sentence structure link:


Picture if you want to have a go at working out my sentence! 





Have fun and have a good weekend! Lots of love Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigertwood, Mrs Jones, Mrs Coombs, Ms Hammett and Mrs Porter Xxxx

P.S: Another story has been added to Story Time! Enjoy x


Thursday 30th April

Good morning all! Wow you have all been so busy and it is so wonderful to see you having so much fun at home! Today is the last day of April! Do you know which month comes after April? Perhaps see if you can find out! 

Today we love you to think about P.E. Today's focus is on using a large ball, throwing and catching it, rolling it, kicking it, bouncing it and any moving it in a creative way! Maybe if you have a hoop or some cones you could set up your own obstacle course like we do at school! We have listed some ideas below for inspiration and don't forget you can use anything for equipment like tins for cones or a box as a target to kick a ball into. We hope the weather allows you to try this outside :-) 

  • Throw a ball through a target, increasing the distance each time.
  • Catch a ball using both hands, then try with your dominant hand then try with your non-dominant hand.
  • Dribble a ball around cones/tins weaving in and out.
  • Bounce a ball using both hands, then try bouncing use one hand only - have a go with both hands.
  • Bounce a ball on a target such as a 2p on the floor.
  • Roll a ball into a target box from a distance. Can you make the target smaller for an extra challenge? 
  • Can you make the above challenges into an obstacle course? 
  • Can you think of your own challenge?
  • If you would like to challenge yourself further try using a smaller ball for more control skill practise. 

Have fun! Lots of love Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigertwood, Mrs Jones, Mrs Coombs, Ms Hammett and Mrs Porter Xxxx


Wednesday 29th April

Good morning Honeybees and Ladybirds! We hope you are having a lovely week and splashing in lots of puddles! We are really enjoying your photos and don't forget you can view what your friends have been up to in the 'Your fantastic home activities' tab at the top of this page.

We are still thinking about the caterpillar life cycle and have attached a video to write about the butterfly! Please remember we are all at different stages and any drawings, marks, labels, words or sentences are fantastic - let the children lead what they do. Technology was not our friend today!! What would Mrs Lawrence use at the end of her sentence about a butterfly? Can you remember? Also, grown ups, please refer to the notes on Monday (life cycle task) when looking at what the children could be doing with their sounds when writing. The word 'Caterpillar' could be 'c', 'ctpr', 'catrpilr', 'catirpillir' and so on. 

Butterfly writing video:

For maths we are looking at the caterpillar and measuring things in comparison to it! This is a really fun activity - Mrs Lawrence ran out of play dough so had to think of other materials to make her caterpillar, this may be the case for you too! Anything you can use is great :-) Mrs Lawrence's dog Bodhi was VERY excited about the task...see how he helps in the video! We think you'll enjoy it! 

Caterpillar length video:

We hope you have a good day and send you all big smiles! 

Lots of love Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigertwood, Mrs Coombs, Mrs Jones, Mrs Porter, Ms Hammett xxx



Tuesday 28th April

Hello lovely Honeybees and Ladybirds! We hope you had a good Monday? The weather looks like rain today...Mrs Foster is thinking of going outside with Kasper and Rudy in wellies, to do some splashing in puddles!! 

We have loved seeing more of your emails and photos! Please keep sending them in! It really makes us smile seeing what you have been up to! 

Today if you have time, we would love you to try helping your grown ups at home to prepare a snack or a picnic/meal. Perhaps you could even do some baking! You could help to set the table or place you are going to eat and as long as a grown up is with you, you could help to cut or prepare the food you are going to eat! Could you help fill any drinks you are having or any bowls of food? 

Do you remember the task the other day where we looked at capacity? When pouring drinks, getting food from packets, filling bowls, or maybe even measuring ingredients if you bake, can you think about capacity? Can you compare any containers you use? Any foods/liquids/ingredients? 

Have fun and take care, lots of love the Honeybee and Ladybird team Xxx


Monday 27th April.

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you have had a good weekend?

So today there is one video to watch of Mrs Foster and if you want, you can create the Life Cycle of a Butterfly! Can you remember the Hungry Caterpillar story? The butterfly starts as an egg, but changes happen to it in between! Can you remember what they are? Watch the video and if you want, have a go at making the Life Cycle of a Butterfly yourself. If you want to share them, we would love to see them!

Grown ups…When looking at the Life Cycle, we want the children to think about the correct sequence of the cycle, seeing if they can remember the order. When it comes to labelling the pictures, please only do what the children want to. Talking about the life cycle or just drawing it is fantastic! If you do label some children will be able to hear the first sound and label the pictures with that, which is great. You can help them to hear other sounds by sounding out the word for them for example: e-gg   We want the children to use the sounds they know, so don’t worry if the spelling isn’t absolutely ‘correct’ or they only hear a few sounds in the word – this is fine. You’ll notice in the video I use the ‘ir’ spelling for the ‘er’ sound in caterpillar. This is because in Set 2 sounds (Read Write Inc) ‘ir’ is the first spelling of that sound they learn. Some children might just hear ‘r’ (For example: catrpillr) For those children that want to write a caption or sentence for a picture, encourage them to use finger spaces. If the children want to write, let them copy the shapes of the letters from the sound mat you should have in your pack if they need to. You can let them trace over your letters too. At the bottom of the page, I have attached a sheet to cut and stick the life cycle on, which you could use or copy when helping or drawing it for the children. Up to you! Do as much or as little as the children and you want, we don’t want the activity to be hard – we want it to be fun!

It makes our day seeing photos of you and reading your emails! Thank you to those who have emailed in. Please send in anything you would like to share to the class email addresses, it doesn’t have to be things we talk about on here, we love hearing about what you have been up to! We miss you all so much!  We have set up a tab where we will share (with your permission) some of the wonderful photos of the children and activities we are getting!

Lots of love Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigertwood, Mrs Coombs, Mrs Jones, Mrs Porter, Ms Hammett xxx

P.S: Mrs Foster is reading another story over in Story Time! Each, Peach, Pear, Plum!  xxx


Home learning for Friday 24th April

Wow! A whole week has gone and we have loved hearing about your home learning - keep the news coming please to and and we can share some photos online on this page! 


Today in maths we are thinking about butterflies again! The reason for this is so that we can look at doubles .... why do you think doubles are part of being a butterfly? Have a look at the video below to find out.

Maths butterfly doubling link:

In our sounds we are playing a game so that we can practise writing words with two, three and even four sounds in! The following word list is for adults at home to try and draw, show or act out for Honeybees and Ladybirds to say/write the word and sounds in order;

chair, frog, lamp, see, crab, swam, play, toy, sleep.

Sounds link:

Have a fantastic weekend and we look forward to speaking to you through our videos and class email addresses more next week :-) Lots of love from Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Ms Hammett, Mrs Jones, Mrs Coombs and Mrs Porter. 



Home Learning for Thursday 23rd April

Happy Thursday morning children! We hope you have enjoyed listening to the Very Hungry Caterpillar and talking about how a caterpillar grows and changes in to a butterfly! It’s amazing isn’t it!

Today we would like you to think about butterflies! What do you notice about butterflies? What do you notice about their wings? Can you and your adult at home think of a mathematical word that could describe a butterfly's wings pattern?

If you want to, we would like you to get creative. Why not look outside to see if you can find any flying around and copy their colours and shape. At home we have been trying to create our own butterflies with materials and toys around the house! Mrs Lawrence's son Benjy has created a lego butterfly (picture below) and Mrs Foster had a think about how she could make one using junk modelling materials from around the house! 

Have a look at the video and picture below for ideas, BUT…you can use whatever you like to make a butterfly, or even a caterpillar! Lego, junk modelling, building blocks, pasta pictures, natural materials (sticks, stones), chalks etc…would also make a fantastic butterfly! Give it a go and see if someone can take a photo of your finished piece. We’d love to see them and now you can email them to us!                          

What a fantastic Lego butterfly from Benjy!




We hope you have fun and don't forget if you would like to email us our addresses are: and

Love from us all Xx


(Note for the adults from Mrs Foster: Today I wanted Kasper to help me make a butterfly from junk modelling materials we have in the house. But, he really didn't want to. Instead, he wanted to spend time with me playing in the back garden with his little dinosaurs. So that is what we did! Sometimes children want to take part in activities and sometimes they don't - please don't worry if they don't! We had a good day and Kasper was happy - in this strange time that is far more important.) 


Home Learning for Wednesday 22nd April

Good morning all! We have some more videos for you today with a focus on red words and maths where we will be ordering our days of the week. Please feel free to watch 'The Hungry Caterpillar'  again (link below) as this links with our maths activity and is a great way to remember the days of the week, as we see the amount the caterpillar eats increases with each day! 


Thank you for home learning that has been sent in - we have really enjoyed seeing your lovely learning and it has been so nice to hear from you, we miss you all! (,


Enjoy the sunshine, love from the whole team Xx


Red words video link:


Maths days of the week ordering activity link:


Home Learning for Tuesday 21st April

Good morning Honeybees and Ladybirds! Today we would love you to watch and listen to 'The Hungry Caterpillar' story in the link below. It is a great story that fits really well with our new topic - growing! Before reading the story ask yourself 'where do butterflies come from?'

Then after reading the story you could discuss the following questions with your adults at home;

  • Why is this book part of our growing topic?
  • Who is the story about?
  • What came out of the egg?
  • What was the caterpillar's house called? 
  • What do you notice most about butterflies? 




If you want to keep practising your red words, perhaps try using them in a sentence today - remember your capital letter and full stop if you do! Ruth Miskin is still running daily phonics sessions and if you haven't already, have a look at the video clips on White Rose Home Learning - Early Years. Enjoy the sunshine today and have fun playing :-) 

Don't forget, if you have any learning, news or messages you would like to share please ask your adult to email us as we would love to hear from you! The Honeybee and Ladybird email address's are: and

Take care and keep smiling! Love from Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigertwood, Mrs Coombs, Mrs Porter, Ms Hammett and Mrs Jones xx


Monday 20th April

Hello Ladybirds and Honeybees! We hope you have all had a good Easter - although it was very different, we hope you had fun and are keeping safe and happy. Before we do anything else, we have to say we are all missing you so, so much! We all wanted to say HELLO!

Hello from Ms Hammett! Here she is enjoying planting in her garden, have any of you planted seeds? 


Hello from Mrs Jones! Here she is with her rabbit. Did you know her rabbit loves to chew on apple tree branches? 




Mrs Coombs says Hello! She is missing you all lots and has sent you all a message. 


Hello from Mrs Foster, Kasper and Rudy! We have been enjoying the sunshine today, I hope you have too! 





Hello from Mrs Lawrence :-) We miss you lots and hope you are keeping safe and well. 


Hello from Mrs Porter! Here she is enjoying the sunshine with her chickens! 




Mrs Leigertwood says Hello! She is missing you all lots! Here she is playing in the garden! 







Home Learning for today! (20.4.20)

Before Easter we looked at our sounds, today we are going to look at RED words! Remember, these are words we cannot use our sounds to read. In your home learning pack, you should have a sheet with many red words on. If not, on the video with Mrs Foster, there are words you can use on there. Lots of practise will help you learn these. You could try and learn to spell them as a challenge too! Can you use them in sentences? 

YouTube link:

Today's Maths is a fun CAPACITY activity. We haven't looked at the word capacity before, but we have played lots with sand and water and had fun filling different containers! We want you to start to compare how much different containers can hold and think about which container can hold the most/least. 

YouTube link:

More stories have been added to Story Time for you to enjoy...come back tomorrow too for a story from Mrs Lawrence!

We miss you! Keep safe and well, love from Mrs Foster, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Leigertwood, Mrs Coombs, Mrs Porter, Ms Hammett and Mrs Jones xx





















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