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Home Learning 13.7.20 onwards


This is our last full week of home learning Bumblebees!  For this week and the following week (2 days) we will be doing something different in school so I would like you to do this at home too but if those of you at home want to carry on with you can (it is up to you).  We will be refreshing our knowledge of number bonds/facts/pairs to 10, and then to 20.  For Year 2 in particular this includes knowing addition pairs as well as the subtraction. I have uploaded ‘How do we make … 10, 20 and 100’ addition fact posters unfortunately these do not include the subtraction so I have added an example below.


Examples of the corresponding subtraction (inverse)

0 + 6 = 6      6 – 6 = 0

1 + 5 = 6       6 – 5 = 1

2 + 4 = 6      6 – 4 = 2

3 + 3 = 6      6 – 3 = 3      Can you see the pattern?

4 + 2 = 6      6 – 2 = 4

5 + 1 = 6       6 – 1 = 5

6 + 0 = 6      6 – 0 = 6


We will also be practising the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables.  Year 2 you will need to start learning the 6, 4 and 8 times tables too in preparation for Year 3.  As well as the tables Year 2 you need to practise the division facts that correspond with all of the multiplication as well. I have uploaded posters of the multiplication and division facts.


We will also be reading and spelling high frequency and common exception words, as well as putting them into sentences.  And practising our cursive handwriting as we do it too!  All the lists, including Year 3 words have been uploaded.


Don’t forget there are still resources on Bug Club, Mathletics, Numbots and TTRockstars (I have allocated Year 1 just the relevant times tables now).


It would be good to continue practising all the above over the holiday as well as reading regularly!  


In school we are not doing these in any particular order so you decide what you would like to do at home on Wednesday.


I want you to think back to last week and the new sea creature that you created.  I want you to take on the role of the creature and write an explanation to others how your features help you to survive in the rock pool.  Don’t forget to give additional information about what you eat and who might eat you!  Remember as YOU are now the creature you need to write in the first person using the pronouns and me.


The last creative activity is to look at the uploaded paintings then to create your own seascape.  Think about how the sand, sea and horizon are painted.  Compare the stormy, violent seas with the calm tranquil scenes.  Now use paint, pencil, collage to create your very own seascape.


Stay safe little Bees


Miss G

Home Learning 6.7.20


As before I would like you to have a go at the English and Maths lessons. In school we will be doing the English and Maths lessons for the schedule of the week beginning 29nd June so at home do the same please.  Year 2 you will be learning the 3 and 4 times tables including division facts (with missing numbers!).  Year 1 you will be learning more about grouping by sharing, drawing arrays and then finishing with learning about finding halves and quarters.


Those in school please try to complete Wednesday’s English and Maths lessons for this day at home as the lessons might help you with the rest of the week when you are back in school.


This week I want you to look at the uploaded Innovate … let’s get creative board.  Follow the instructions to create your very own rock pool creature!  If you don’t have access to pictures of rock pool creatures I have uploaded some for you.  You can draw rather than cut out and stick if you are unable to print (so don’t worry).  So wherever it says print and cut out you can draw!  To create your model remember if you don’t have art materials, use things from in your house or garden (check with adults first!).  


The children in school will be able to draw and maybe cut/stick but won’t be able to create a 3D version of their creature so can do this at home but not on Wednesday as they won’t have finished designing it in school. We will be sending their design home when it is finished so that they can make their model if they wish to (this may be at the beginning of next week as they may need to refer to their design still).


Remember you can also look back at some of the previous week’s resources and website links to help you too.


I don’t mind how you create your creature but am very excited to see what you come up with! 


Remember those of you in school can do the practical activities too if you want to.  Also remember none of these are compulsory … please do what you can!


Stay safe


Miss G 


Home Learning 29.6.20


As before I would like you to have a go at the English and Maths lessons. In school we will be doing the English and Maths lessons for the schedule of the week beginning 22nd June so at home do the same please.  Year 2 the Maths is all about adding 2-digit numbers.  The strategy of drawing tens and ones is included in all the lessons plus some more column method work … helping you get ready for Year 3. Year 1 you will be learning to find double and half of amounts of money.  As well as counting and adding other equal groups e.g. 3 + 3 + 3 = 9.  Then there is a little bit of sharing at the end of the week.


Those in school please try to complete Wednesday’s English and Maths lessons for this day at home as they will help you with the rest of the week when you are back in school.


This week I want you to use the things collected from the beach to create your own beachcomber artwork! You can use the pebbles, shells and driftwood to create patterns experimenting with line and shape (look at some of Andy Goldsworthy’s art for inspiration I’ve uploaded a sheet of facts which includes some of his work).  Or you can use them to create a sea creature … in the past we have created a crab from pebbles and a fish from shells, using the shells as the scales of the fish.  You decide!  NB:  This is a home learning activity only. 


We’ve learnt about some of the creatures in the sea but now I would like you to find out about sea birds such as a seagull or a puffin!  I have a family of seagulls living on my chimney; they seem to come back EVERY year and are very noisy around 3 in the morning!  It was a bit scary the other day when one of the babies fell out of the nest onto the roof!  Don’t worry though, it’s OK – its family have been taking care of it even though it’s no longer in the nest (See photographs below).  Find out as much as you can about the sea bird of your choice and write some information about it, don’t forget to include pictures too.  I have uploaded some information about different sea birds for you to use or you can do your own research with an adult on the internet.  Here is a link to a BBC Bitesize video of children presenting some fact files and a link to the rspb website


We would have been attempting to make seagull finger puppets in class so if you want to have a go you can!  Not compulsory but these I would love to see if you do make them!


There’s also an investigation that you can do with feathers if you have any or are able to get hold of any.  Can you investigate their waterproof properties?   Use a spray bottle to mist water onto the feathers and describe what happens and why it is important for feathers to have waterproof properties. We will be doing this in school.


NB parents and carers:  It needs to be a vaned feather not a downy feather (vaned feathers are the outside feathers). If the water does not form beads on the surface of the feather during the experiment try rubbing some baby oil or similar over the surface.  Birds oil their feathers using preen oil from a specialised oil-producing gland called the uropygial gland!


Remember those of you in school can do the practical activities too if you want to.  Also remember none of these are compulsory … please do what you can!


Stay safe


Miss G (actually more scared of birds than spiders and dodging seagulls in my garden who seem to be dropping things including SWEETCORN on my head!) 

Home Learning 22.6.20


Hello my little Bees! 


As before I would like you to have a go at the English and Maths lessons. In school we will be doing the English and Maths lessons for the schedule of the week beginning 15th June so at home do the same please.


Year 2 children coming into school please could you have a look at Wednesday’s lessons for both English and Maths on Wednesday.  Year 1 please only look at English DO NOT do Wednesday’s Maths lesson as some of it’s a bit tricky.  Year 1 at school and home do the following activity instead too.   


Year 1 replacement Maths activity for Wednesday

I would like you to spend some time buying two items (parents and carers make up some prices for different items but do not exceed 20p unless your child is confident to do so e.g. a book for 10p + a teddy for 11p).  Practise buying two items and finding the total cost of these items.  Remember you can draw pictures or coins to help you (even use some coins too).  


Thursday and Friday’s lessons involve problems using pounds but the questions are working using numbers to 10 then 20 (e.g. £10 - £6 = £4 or £20 - £7 = £13) so the children should be able to do these.


Year 2 you will encounter some bar models this week in Maths that look a little different to the ones we use in class but they should make sense to you and on Friday you’ll be using the column method which if you haven’t already tried I think you’ll like (you’ll be using it more when you’re in Year 3).


Remember there are also the online learning tasks on Mathletics, Numbots, Bug Club and TTRockstars!  I have some set 2dos on Purple Mash.


Our mini topic this week is learning about one particular creature … the hermit crab. Did you know that you can actually keep hermit crabs as pets?  However, they must have a suitable ‘crabitat’ to live in!  Did you know that a hermit crab ‘moves house’ as it grows? Read the information uploaded below and watch this video narrated by Sir David Attenborough or do your own research with a parent or carer if you’re using the internet. Find out as much information as you can about the hermit crab.  You can record the information you have found out in pictures, writing, on the computer … any way you like.  I’m going to put a 2do so that you can record all the information that you have learnt about the hermit crab on there too if you want to.


Your next task is to design and make a new home for a hermit crab!  Don’t forget to think carefully about some of the features of the new home by thinking about what you know about the hermit crab.  For example it could expand so when the crab grows he doesn’t need to find a new home!  I look forward to seeing photographs of these!  If you are at school you will be designing a home but you won’t be able to make it so you could also do this task on Wednesday.


Stay safe and busy little Bees


Miss G

Can you help me find a new home please?

Home Learning 15.6.20


Hello my little Bees!  


As before I would like you to have a go at the English and maths lessons.  Year 1 - Thursday and Friday’s lessons involve some big money questions so have a go.  However, if you are finding it tricky on Wednesday you will be asked to draw some coins.  If you draw a few more coins, some of each coin up to 10p, you can practise making different amounts with the coins on Thursday and Friday instead.  You, your parent or carer might have enough real money that you can use instead (look at the examples at the end of the text ... we will be doing this in school).


Year 2 you will need your number bonds/facts for 10 this week:


0 + 10 = 10. 

1 + 9 = 10

2 + 8 = 10

3 + 7 = 10

4 + 6 = 10

5 + 5 = 10


These will help you with millilitres!


Remember there are also the online learning tasks on Mathletics, Numbots, Bug Club, TTRockstars and Purple Mash!  I have set some 2dos on Purple Mash as extras for the children who are still home learning ... these are to give you more options, not essential.


In school we will be doing the English and Maths lessons for the schedule of the week beginning 8th June.  Children coming into school please could you have a look at Wednesday’s lessons for both subjects on Wednesday – thank you!  Remember if you are in school you can still have a go at the practical activities  set out below as well as we cannot fully do these in our bubbles and can only draw and colour at present. Also you can continue with the Mathletics, Bug Club, Numbots and TTRockstars.


Have you managed to collect shells, pebbles, diftwood, etc?  Remember to keep hold of it and if you haven’t collected anything yet you still have time.


Our mini topic this week is learning about Molluscs!  I want you to spend time looking closely at a range of real mollusc shells this includes land snails, mussels, razor shells, limpets, clams, conch and cockles.  Draw round the shells if you have any or look at the photographs I have uploaded.  Sketch their shapes and patterns, look at the similarities and differences between them.  Remember to label the shell with the creature that lives inside too.  And then I would like you to consider the question:  Why are shells helpful to these animals?  Write your answer.  I have also uploaded some information on molluscs!  Create an information poster to answer the question; remember to use a title, headings, text and pictures! 


Pick one mollusc shell that you really like and create your own piece of artwork.  This can be a simple drawing, a painting but it can also be a collage or even a sculpture!  You might even be able to create a repeating pattern using them!  Don't forget you can use lots of different colours and textures too (these don't have to be exactly the same colour they are in real life). I look forward to seeing some of these!


Stay safe and busy little Bees


Miss G



Alternative Year 1 Maths for Thursday and Friday!

Home Learning 8.6.20


HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO my little Bees!  I hope that you have managed to relax (that’s you too parents and carers!) from all the amazing learning and teaching that you have been doing.  It’s been tricky hasn’t it?  You have ALL been doing such a GREAT job! I have loved seeing what you have been getting up to!


As before I would like you to have a go at the English and maths lessons.  I know some of the English in particular can be a little tricky especially towards the end of the week but please just try to do what you can.  There are a few little Year 1 children who find writing lots a challenge so remember in class you have been writing a few sentences, sometimes drawing a picture first and then writing a sentence to go with this picture. This not only makes it easier to think about what to write but also helps you sequence your work.  If you’re finding it hard, do the phonics, spellings and listen to the information or story and learn about the different types of texts.  Sonny and I learnt all about the different types of sentences in a Year 2 lesson in school but we didn’t write any we talked about them.  


In school because we have opened a week later than other schools we will be doing the English and Maths work from the week beginning 1st June (so will be a week behind the schedule).   If children coming into school could have a look at Wednesday’s lessons from 1st June's schedule for both subjects on Wednesday that would be great! The little Ladybirds that are in will also be joining in with the Year 1 lessons (I will not necessarily be expecting them to be able to complete the work that the lessons set but to join in with the texts, etc).


Remember there are also the online learning tasks on Mathletics, Numbots, Bug Club, TTRockstars and Purple Mash!  But you can also practise your spelling and handwriting (resources are still uploaded on this page).  I have set some 2dos on Purple Mash.


This term’s topic is going to be a challenge for us as it’s all about the seaside!  So first task, if you and your parents do manage to visit a beach on one of your daily exercises try to collect shells, pebbles, driftwood, etc ready for some activities that I will be setting throughout the term.  I know this may not be possible for all of you so have a look in your garden or if you go to a park for some daily exercise.  Collect sticks and stones, some of you may even have old bits of pottery … please be careful with the plants and check with the adults before digging big holes! 


REMEMBER - Keep hold of all the stuff you manage to collect ready for a task later in the term.


We are going to try and do mini topics based on our topic each week.  This week’s mini topic is Rock Pools (or ponds if you can’t get to the beach or access the online resources).  I have set a 2do to draw a rock pool.  And I want you to think about what is living or non-living in the rock pool or pond … that includes plants, pebbles and shells!  There is a Science 2do based around this too or you could sort the things you spot into two groups and draw them or take a photograph.


BBC Bitesize have this great video about rock pools that you can watch and I have uploaded a rock pool resource that might help you too.  I would like you to also draw me a picture of a rock pool labelling and writing captions (short sentences) to show what lives and grows there.  


New Home Learning Photograph Gallery 3 (scroll down)


Stay safe and busy little Bees


Miss G




Remember to keep an eye out for me ... Zoooooom! (Definitely NOT a true representation!)

Home Learning Photograph Gallery 3

It's STILL the Holiday here at Graveney Bumblebees!


So I won't be setting any work this week but you can continue to access the online learning through Bug Club, TTRockstars, Numbots and Mathletics if you want to.  Please DO NOT follow this week's learning (1st June) from the National Academy as both Bubbles 1 and 2 will be using the Year 1 and Year 2 material as a basis for the learning in school and at home next week (8th June).  This will enable me to keep the school learning and the home learning in line by being one week in arrears of the National Academy.


Take care and stay safe little Bees


Miss G

Home Learning 18.5.20


Hello my little Bees


As with previous weeks I would like you to continue with some of the English and maths lessons on  Remember as always you can continue to practise spelling, handwriting, reading, addition, subtraction and your 2x, 5x, 10x and 3x tables.  Also there are plenty of tasks online for you to practise these skills too.  I have also added some tasks to the 2dos on Purple Mash.


This week I would like you to create a celebration card.  This could be for a particular time of year or for a special occasion such as a birthday.  You can make your card or you can use the computer and create one in the card 2do from Purple Mash.  We would also be making the Brazilian celebration cakes ‘Beijinho De Coco’ at school so I have included the recipe below for you to have a go at making them yourselves if you want to!


Beijiho De Coco (Coconut Kisses)


1 can of sweetened condensed milk (397g)

75 g of desiccated coconut

15 g butter

1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Extra desiccated coconut for rolling

Cloves for decoration 


We don’t usually add the cloves or the vanilla extract … it’s up to you. 



  1. Place a non-stick saucepan over a medium heat and add the butter and condensed milk.  Stir constantly until the mixture thickens and halves in volume. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Tip in the desiccated coconut and add the vanilla extract, mix through well and pour into a shallow dish. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours.
  3. Sprinkle the extra coconut onto a plate. Roll small amounts of chilled mix into balls then place on the coconut. Give them a shake until they are completely covered.
  4. Now they’ll look like little snowballs, so pop them into mini cupcake cases (if you have some) and finish them with a clove placed into the top.


Parents the chilling part is crucial if you don’t want most of the mixture stuck to your children or furniture!


In school we would have been putting on our very own Brazilian carnival celebration with our headdresses, flags and the samba music you would have learnt ... so feel free to celebrate in your own way!


The last science lesson of this term is all about carrying out a simple test or should I say egg-speriment!  The test is – which materials make the best crash mat for Humpty Dumpty?  Humpty Dumpty is asking for your help. He is always falling off the wall and cracking.  We need to find out which materials would make a good crash mat for Humpty.  Look around your house and think about what you have that would make the best crash mat.  You will need a ball or ball shaped object.  The plan I use actually suggests using a hard-boiled egg once you have carried out the tests with a ball but parents this is entirely up to you! I would love to see photographs of Humpty (good or bad) trying out your ideas.  I can only imagine the crazy ideas you’ll come up with (cushions, paddling pools, trampolines, etc).


Continue to be active … let’s hope of good weather so we can all spend some time outside!  Despite injuring myself (not bike related) I’ve still been out and about on my bike actually cycling to school some days – goodness me there are a lot of hills!  Thankfully someone has shown me the more scenic and flatter route!


Remember as always do what you can parents!  The most important thing is that you are all safe and happy!


Keep busy and stay safe little Bees


Miss G 


Home Learning 11.5.20


Hello my little Bees


As with previous weeks I would like you to continue with some of the English and maths lessons on  I’ve seen some great learning going on!  However, if you are not finding these inspiring or would like a change try the lessons.  They look fun and instead of teachers, the lessons are animated.  Some children have already been using these and I have had some positive feedback about them.  Remember you can also practise spelling, handwriting, reading, addition, subtraction and your 2x, 5x, 10x and 3x tables.  


There are plenty of tasks online for you to practise these skills too.  I have also added some tasks to the 2dos on Purple Mash and have added some multiplication and division tasks to Mathletics.  Also Oxford Reading Tree have a free eBook Library at so that you can access some of the books the children might be reading if at school and it's tablet friendly.


As part of our learning about Brazil I woul d like you to learn about its flag and maybe if you’re interested have a look at the different flags of other countries.  You could find out about the Brazilian flag and the flag of the United Kingdom.  Then I would like you to create a Brazilian flag.  You can paint, draw, use collage or remember use the online 2simple tool in your Purple Mash 2dos.  I have also put a flag template in the 2dos.  I have allocated you a 2do postcard activity where I would like you to pretend that you have been on holiday to Brazil and are writing a postcard home.  The activity has lots of extra facts about Brazil that you can use before you start writing your postcard or there's an information sheet uploaded below about Rio that you can read.  If you want to you can write your postcard on paper instead of online.  It’s up to you!


Okay Bumblebee scientists this week’s lesson is all about what happens to materials when they are heated and cooled so you definitely need an adult for this experiment!  First choose your items to melt – if we were in class we would be using chocolate, a sugar cube, an ice cube and butter.  You could just use one or two items.  First observe what the materials look like in their cooled state and do some predicting.  What do you think will happen when they are heated?  Then with an adult observe, take photographs or draw what happens.  We usually place the items in a cup cake baking tray and put them in the oven but adults do what is best for you; if it’s a hot day you could put them in a sunny spot.  There is also a materials and their properties task on Purple Mash.


Continue to be active … and let’s hope for good weather so we can all spend some time outside!


Remember as always do what you can!  The most important thing is that you are all safe and happy!


Keep busy and stay safe little Bees


Miss G

Home Learning 4.5.20


Hello my little Bees


Firstly, I just wanted to say well done!  You have all been working so hard on your masks/headdresses and mythical characters!  What amazing imaginations you all have!


This week I would like you to continue with some of the English and maths lessons on  But remember you can also practise spelling, handwriting, reading, addition, subtraction and your 2x, 5x, 10x and 3x tables.  


There are also plenty of tasks online for you to practise these skills too.  We have a new online learning tool called Purple Mash.  Hopefully you will have been forwarded the information via Mrs B on how to access this.  I have put three things in your 2dos just to get you started.  Two are maths games and the other is a painting program (it’s the 2simple program we use at school).  I have added this in case you wanted to use this to do your carnival artwork (see task below) or just to create an amazing picture!


As part of our learning about Brazil I am hoping that you have now all had chance to look at some photographs or videos of their amazing carnivals!  This week I would like you to create a piece of artwork exploring the amazing colours and textures seen in the costumes and floats.  You can create this by drawing, painting or using different materials to create a collage.  Make them as bright and cheerful as possible!  


Put your scientist coat, goggles and thinking caps on Bumblebees!  Remember last week I asked you to look at objects in your home and to sort them by the materials they are made from.  This week I would like you to choose a few of those objects and think about the properties of the materials.  For example is it hard, smooth, rough, solid, flexible, transparent, heavy or light.


Continue to be active … did any of you spot me on my bike?


I try to put photographs up when I have chance and I try to vary them; I can’t always access other files such as sound or video so sorry if you’ve sent me any of these and they’ve not been included on our class page.  As you can see I’ve worked out how to upload video but sadly sound files do not seem to upload.


Finally, remember do what you can parents!  The most important thing is that our little Bees and you stay safe and happy.


Keep busy and stay safe little Bees


Miss G


Still image for this video

Home Learning Photograph Gallery 2

Home Learning 27.4.20


Hello my little Bees


How are you?  Are you ready for another week of home learning?  We’re going to try something different with this week’s English and Maths lessons.  I would like you to try out the lessons for this week on  Each day there will be a short lesson for both English and Maths for your year group.  They look lots of fun!  Parents you do not need to do every lesson … do what you can.  There are plenty of other English and maths activities that you can do e.g. practise spelling, handwriting, reading, addition and subtraction, times tables (x2, x5, x10 and x3) as well as the online tasks and books.  


It’s really important to do some great practical learning as well!  Hopefully you had chance to listen to some samba music last week.  Samba music is key to carnivals in Brazil particularly the famous carnival in Rio.  I would like you to look at some photographs or videos of the carnival in Rio. The people are wearing some amazing costumes aren’t they? What are they wearing on their heads?  I would like you to create your own headdress!  These are usually really colourful and covered in feathers but I know you may not have feathers so use whatever materials you have around your house!  You could even add materials to a hat or headband that you already own.  And if you can’t make one draw a picture of your design.  I really would like to see photographs of as many of you as possible wearing your creations.  This would make me smile a lot!


Now you’ve learnt a little more about Brazil and its amazing carnivals I would like you to read these carnival poems and then have fun creating your own!

Samba School


Red ribbon, red ribbon,

Blue band, blue band,

Bamboo stick, bamboo stick,

In my hand, in my hand.


Steal pans, steal pans

Samba street, samba street.

Rio tapping, Rio tapping,

Hands and feet, hands and feet.



Fruit Fiesta


Bananas boogie

Tangerines tango

Strawberries salsa

Raspberries rhumba

Blueberries bop

Jackfruit jig

Coconuts conga

Lemons leap

Watermelons waltz

Figs fandango

Pineapples prance


In my Carnival hat as I

dance, dance, dance. 



Calling all Bumblebee scientists!  Your task this week is to find out what objects are made from in your surroundings!  Try to find as many different materials as you can.  What’s the most common material that objects are made from in your house? Collect the objects and sort them into groups e.g. put all the objects made of plastic in one group and all the objects made of wood in another.  Draw your groups or take a photograph.  This work is going to carry on next week so make sure you keep a record of your findings.


Finally, don’t forget to look at the sports activities section but doing any physical activity is important … I’d also love to see what you’ve been doing to keep yourselves fit.  This includes walks, trips to the park, bike rides, etc … and if you live in Faversham or Graveney keep an eye for Miss G on her new bike (blink and you’ll miss me!).


Please remember parents and carers just do what you can … you do not need to do everything that I have added here.  I also love the photographs but you do not need to send photographs of everything that you are doing … the things that your children have enjoyed the most or are the proudest of would be great.  The most important thing is that you and your children are happy and safe!


Keep busy and stay safe little Bees


Miss G



Hello my little Bees!  Welcome back to home learning!  I hope that you had a good break from learning and are ready to get started again.  


In maths this term with are going to start off recapping strategies for addition and subtraction.  Your first task is to practise all the pairs for each number up to 10 or 20.  Remember that each addition has a corresponding subtraction that undoes it – this is called the inverse.  Look at my examples below to help you.


0 + 5 = 5          5 – 5 = 0

1 + 4 = 5          5 – 4 = 1

2 + 3 = 5          5 – 3 = 2

3 + 2 = 5          5 – 2 = 3

4 + 1 = 5          5 – 1 = 4

5 + 0 = 5          5 – 0 = 5


Year 2 your next task is to pick two 2-digit numbers from 10 to 50 and practise adding them or subtracting (remember when you’re picking your own numbers for take away put the biggest number first … you’re not working on negative numbers yet!).  Now remember in class we have practised drawing our numbers to help us.  Look at my attached examples.


Year 1 you can practise the same using all the numbers up to 30.  First practise adding 1 to 9 to a 2-digit number!  Remember that you can draw like the Year 2 children or you can find objects in the house to use instead of the cubes or counters we would use in school.  I would say use pasta but this seems to be in short supply!


I have now allocated you some addition and subtraction activities on Mathletics too!


Our topic this term is Rio de Vida!  We are going to be learning all about the Rio carnival!  I would like you to look on a world map and locate Brazil and its capital city Brasilia.  If you can look at photographs on the web with your parents and talk about its human features (remember these are the things like buildings, bridges, etc made by humans).


Also see if you and your parents can listen to some Samba music and then try to play along with the music.  Now I know you might not have any instruments at home but you could use things around the house to create percussion instruments such as drums and shakers!  I wonder if we can upload videos on our webpage?  I’ll have to check with Mrs B!   I have also uploaded the knowledge organiser for this term and a fun facts sheet about Brazil.


In literacy we are learning about traditional stories from other countries.  I can’t use the story that I was going to as it is not available online.  However, the Brazilians have a lot of stories based on legends and mythology so I’ve attached the story of Curupira!  Once you have read this I would like you to create your own mythical character.  It could be a human or an animal.  Think about what it looks like, if it has any magical powers and if like Curupira it protects something from bad.  Draw a picture and write a story or description.


Remember to keep practising joining your writing – I have uploaded some resources for you.  But if you are still finding this tricky I have also included a letter formation resource so that you can practise forming the letters correctly without joins. Remember the tails hang under the line unless the letter is a capital (imagine the letter is sitting on the line swinging its legs).


Please keep reading as well – books from home and books online.  I am regularly checking Bug Club so when you run out I will allocate you more books.


Keep taking those photographs  I love seeing you working so hard – I’m going to start a new home learning gallery for this term!


Stay safe and busy my little Bees


Miss G

Home Learning Photograph Gallery

Some photographs of your home learning have already started to arrive in my inbox!  Your mummy, daddy or carer can email me the photographs as an attachment with a message giving me permission to upload them onto our page.  I look forward to seeing many more of these.  Mrs Blackwell is collecting photographs of your learning too.  


Well done my little Bees!


Miss G



Hello lovely Bumblebees


I’ve seen that lots of you have been really busy online … well done!  This is our final week learning about dinosaurs!  I thought it would be really great if you could write a narrative about a dinosaur.  I have uploaded the story ‘Travis the Triceratops’ for you to read but you might already have your own dinosaur story that you could use for ideas.  Once you’ve read the story remember to plan your ideas using key words and pictures to help you sequence your story.  Everyone remember you can use lots of different time or mood connectives to help you sequence your writing e,g. first, then, next, after, later, meanwhile, suddenly, luckily, unfortunately.  These will help you remember to use capital letters and punctuation too! Also use descriptive language to make your stories really exciting and interesting.  I know a few of you are not so keen on dinosaurs but it has been our topic this term and for the purpose of this story you can create all kinds of adventures so please have a go!  


Another English task for you is to go on to the BBC website Bitesize and play the game ‘Small Town Superheroes’.  This game is an English game where you will need to use your English skills to help the heroes complete all the missions!  It’s in the primary (England), KS1 English section.


I have also uploaded some phonics home learning challenges too.


And don’t forget to keep reading!


Now, parents and carers my next task is a combination of DT, science and maths … its BAKING!  I am aware that there has been a shortage of baking goods so please do not worry about trying to find the ingredients or needlessly take yourself shopping.  I don’t have a specific recipe so baking any biscuit, cake, dish, etc is fine.  The idea was that the biscuit should be dinosaur shaped but I’m also aware that not everyone has dinosaur cutters!  Our budding geologists and palaeontologists could create a fossil or rock shape or a mash potato volcano but using any shape you like is fine.  Maybe we’ll have some kind of broccoli dish or a unicorn shaped biscuit!  Please take photos of you measuring, mixing, creating or even eating so that I can post them for all to see! I’ll do some baking too and upload a photograph of my efforts as well.


Also carry on using the dice as stated in last week’s home learning but practise take away as well.  This can be done by simply flipping a coin and deciding if heads or tails is + or -!  


Year 2 you could also replace the dice with 2-digit numbers written on pieces of paper, choose two numbers and add or take away!  Remember to use drawings to help you.


I’m really looking forward to seeing the photographs of your learning!


Have fun and stay safe my little Bees!


Miss G



Hello lovely Bumblebees!  


I have a few more ideas to help with your learning for the rest of this week and up until the Easter Holiday.  Have you got dice?  Remember in class we do lots of adding using dice by rolling them more than once and finding the total.   Don't forget to look for pairs of numbers e.g. doubles, pairs that make 10!  The more you practise this the easier and quicker you'll be able to add numbers together.  I know conventional dice only go up to 6 but you could stick other numbers on them to challenge yourselves!  How many numbers can you add together and how quickly can you do it?


Also I thought it would be great if you could create your own board games.  You can base them on your favourite programmes or characters ... Pokemon, Minecraft (you know who you are!), unicorns, etc.  If you don't have the resources to draw your own game, you could create a 3D version using objects or toys that you have at home.  Remember to write the instructions too.


Please take photographs of your learning and at some point I will figure out the best way to send them to school so that I could post some here on our page to share with all the other Bumblebees!


I have added the Common Exception Words from Twinkl for Years 1 and 2.  Please practise reading and spelling these words.  Maybe you could practise your beautiful cursive handwriting at the same time.


Also Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) is doing daily live 'PE with Joe'  sessions on Youtube from Monday to Friday at 9.00 am so if you want to do a bit more exercise have a go at these ... try and get the adults to join in too!


I am keeping an eye on your online learning too, so will update these as and when I need to. 


Keep safe and busy my little Bees!


Miss G



On each child has been allocated activities related to place value, fractions and measure as these are the units we have been, or are going to be working on, this term.   We are just finishing a three week unit on fractions and starting to learn about measure; place value is ongoing. The Year 1 children now all have log ins as well (these should be attached to a letter sent home or stuck in their reading record books).


Please continue to use for times table practise and for recall of addition and subtraction facts.  Remember your log in is also the log in for Numbots.


As well as this your child’s books and games have been updated and refreshed on (Bug Club). There is also now a Spring Term 2 assessment allocated to each child. 


I am able to watch progress of both Mathletics and Active Learn Primary so can allocate more books as your child reads those already assigned.



As you know in class the children have been learning about dinosaurs.  We started to write our own information sheet about a particular dinosaur as well as starting to collect ‘general’ information about them so that we can create a general information poster about e.g. the different diets of dinosaurs, different size and where dinosaurs have been found in the world.  If your child could create their own poster that would be great.


We will also be learning about poetry with fantasy or humour including the poem below:


Sensible Questions


“Suppose the land turned into the sea?”

“Don’t be stupid! It couldn’t be!”


“Suppose the sea turned into the land?”

“It wouldn’t happen. You don’t understand!”


“Suppose I waved this grassy stalk,

And Max the dog began to talk?”


“Your fancy’s foolish. Your ways are wild!

I often think you’re a silly child!”


But Marigold waved her stalk of grass

And all she had asked about came to pass.


The land rolled up and the sea rolled over

The waves were covered with grass and clover,


While Marigold and her reproving aunt

Who’d kept on saying “Don’t!” and “Can’t”.


Were up to their necks in a wild green sea –

And Max the dog said, “Fiddle dee dee!


By Margaret Mahy


I thought it would be fun to write our own versions renaming the poem ‘Our Crazy Classroom’ e.g. Suppose the whiteboard turned into a cliff?  Suppose the pencils turned into snakes? Suppose the door turned into a cave? If you can rhyme that would be great but don’t worry if you can’t!


All work can be completed in their Learning Journals or on your own paper if you have some.


I will monitor the children’s progress on the online sites so that I can update their access or resources.  I will also add to the Bumblebees page with further ideas.


For children in Year 2 I have added some SATs papers and questions (as pdf files) to this class page for the children to practise.


Please check on the class page for any more work or updates.


Thank you


Miss Goodsell


Want to know more about what we are learning this term?

Prehistoric Landscapes! We looked at different prehistoric landscapes and then recreated them in the playground ... can you spot the dinosaurs?

Term 4 Wow Chart Dinosaur Planet

Building London with construction toys!

So, this happened ...

London 1666 recreated by the Bumblebees! I wonder what will happen?

Visit London! We have been learning about information texts and have created our own posters.

Making Bread! We have been learning about how materials change when you mix and heat them!

Merry Christmas