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Summer 2 - Week 6


Hello everyone


This is our last week talking about our topic 'Under the sea' as next week we will be doing some work about your transition into reception class.  Our theme for this week is 'Pirates'.


Please start by listening to either 'Captain Sparklebeard' by Timothy Knapman and Sam Lloyd or 'Pirates love underpants' by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort.  Once you have listened to the story talk about how pirates use maps to find hidden treasure.  I would like you to draw your own treasure map.  First get some paper and put an 'x' to mark the spot where you are going to hide the treasure.  Then think about what else you need to draw on your map to show where it is hidden i.e. if in your bedroom you will need to draw your bed, toys and cupboard.  Then put arrows to show the way from the start to the 'x'.  Once you have finished your map perhaps hide something and get your adult to use the map to look for the treasure.


For art/craft this week I would like you to make either a treasure chest, telescope or maybe even a parrot, depending on what materials you have at home.


For phonics I would like you to see how many words you can think of that begin with the following sounds.

   'p' for pirate, 'm' for map and 't' for treasure.


For maths last week you had groups of objects and you were making tally charts.  This week I would like you to gather some objects and this time your adult will say a number and you have to try and count out the correct number of items from a larger group.


In nursery we have been practising walking along our wooden planks and jumping to the ground as if we were pirates walking the plank.  If you put something on the ground, you can walk along, one foot in front of the other.  Don't forget to use your arms to balance!

Then when you get to the end, jump making sure you bend your knees as you land.


Have fun with these activities and send us some photos if you can. smiley


Keep safe. 

Summer 2 - week 5

Rock pools


Hi everyone


Hope you enjoyed doing all your different sporting activities last week. It has been lovely to see so many of you at our induction meetings for starting reception class in September.


 Our theme for this week is 'Rock pools'.  Start by listening to the story 'Share a shell' by Julia Donaldson on Youtube.  Once you have done this, have a talk about the different sea creatures and objects you could find in a rock pool. Then draw a picture of one of them and label it please. Next try describing the object to your adult i.e. start by saying what it is, talk about the colour, how many legs it has, how it might feel.


Next look again on Youtube this time for a video about rock pools (there are several really good children's ones).  For art/craft

this week I would like you to make a rock pool.  This can be done by using paper plates, lid boxes or whatever materials you have at home.  I look forward to seeing photos of yours!


For maths we are focusing on counting by item and recording our answer. First go around your home and find a selection of different objects you might like to count.  i.e. blocks, sea creatures, people

Get your adult to write down each item(or draw a picture)  then count how many of each you have.  To record your answer you can either put a line to show how many you have (a tally chart) or attempt to copy the number.


For p.e. I would like you to use some of the skills you learnt last week for our sports week.

   i.e. do 3 star jumps, 10 jumps with your feet together, throw 2 balls into a bucket (making sure under arm throw)


For phonics this week I would like you to try to say what sound different sea creatures begin with.

   i.e. 'c' for crab, 'sh' for shell.


Have fun with these activities and continue to stay safe.smiley

Summer 2 - week 4



Hello everyone


Our theme for this week is 'boats'.  Could you please start by listening to the book 'Brilliant boats' by Tony Milton and Ant Parker.

It can be found on YouTube.  After you have listened to it could you please explain what rhyming words are.  Then go back to the beginning of the book and read the first sentence.  Then say 'we are going to listen for a word that rhymes with around.  Read the next sentence to them then ask what word rhymes with around?  Yes, sound rhymes with around.  You may need to help them with the first few then hopefully they will get the idea.


This week we are talking about 'floating' and 'sinking'.  Explain that boats float on the top of the water but some things sink to the bottom.  If you can go around with your child and gather some objects that they think might float and some that might sink  i.e. feather and straw float.  A metal spoon and wooden block sink.  Once you have done this could your child have a bowl of water so they can explore if they guessed correctly.  We had lots of fun doing this activity in nursery today !


Our rhyme of the week is 'Row, row, row your boat'.  Have a listen to this on YouTube and make up some actions to do as you sing along.


For art/craft this week I would like you to try making a boat out of items you have at home (may by plastic tub, straw and paper).

It would be lovely to see some photos of your models.


This week would have been sports week at school.  So we thought it would be a good idea to try a different sporting activity each day.

 We have done jumping with two feet together, hopping and throwing a small ball under arm into a bucket.  What ideas can you come up with?


Have fun doing these activities and above all stay safe.

Summer 2 - week 3

Safety at the seaside


Hello everyone


Our focus this week is 'safety at the seaside'.  We will also be talking about Father's Day which is on Sunday.


This week's book is 'Kipper at the seaside' by Mick Inkpen (can be found on YouTube).  Once you have listened to the story please talk to your child about what they need to do to stay safe at the seaside and what they need to wear to stay safe in the sun.

   i.e. Only going in the water when they are with an adult.  Making sure they have sun lotion on.

Next ask them to draw/paint/collage a picture of the seaside.


For mathematics this week we are focusing on positional language.  Give them a toy, then ask them to put it in different places

   -   Under an object (i.e. a table), on top of, next to, in front of and behind.

Challenge - If they are able to do this, adults if you put the toy in a place and then encourage your child to describe where the object is using the positional language. 


For Father's Day I would like you to draw a picture of you and your dad and say why he is special.  Then make a card for him and write your name inside the card.  What can you do for your dad on Sunday to make it special for him?


Have fun doing these activities and send us some photos if you can.


Stay safe 

Summer 2 - week 2

'A hole in the bottom of the sea'


Hello everyone,


Our focus this week is the book 'A hole in the bottom of the sea' adapted by Jessica Law. This book is sung so have a listen on YouTube.

Once you have listened to it see if you can remember the names of all the sea creatures and items in the book.  Then talk about what is the same and what is different about the sea creatures.  i.e. do they all have fins, do they all move in the same way?


Choose one of the sea creatures and draw a picture of it.  Add the name of the sea creature at the top please.


For p.e. this week I would like you to try being each of these sea creatures and moving in different ways.

   i.e. a crab moves side to side, use your hands to make pincer movements.


For mathematics last week we began looking at 2d shapes.  This week I would like you to draw a pictures using these shapes

    i.e. circles for eyes,  triangles for fins.

See what different pictures you can make.


For phonics, we began doing alliteration (words that begin with the same sound).  This week we are focusing on the sound 's'.

In class, we were looking at a seaside picture to see how many objects we could name that begin with the sound 's'

    i.e. sand, sea

How many can you find?


For art I would like you to make an 'under the sea' picture.  You can use paint, crayons, tissue paper, whatever you have at home.  See how creative you can be!


Have fun doing these activities.  If you can send me some photographs please.


Take care and stay safe.



Summer 2 - week 1 

Under the sea


Hello everyone, hope you all had a good half term and was able to enjoy the warm weather.


This week is the beginning of summer 2 and our new topic is 'Under the sea'.  Our book this week is 'Rainbow Fish' by 

Marcus Pfister (it can be found on YouTube).  After you have listened to the story talk about how the small fishes felt at the beginning of the story when Rainbow fish would not share and at the end of the story when he gave everyone one of his scales.

After this, I would like you to talk about being a good friend.  What can you do to be a good friend when at home and at school?


I would like you to make a card for a friend.  Perhaps draw a picture of Rainbow fish on the front or a picture of you and your friend.  Show your friend how well you can write your name!  Either send this to them (if you are able to) or give it to them the next time you see them.


Rhyme of the week is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Once I caught a fish alive (again you can find this on YouTube).


For mathematics this week we are going to be looking at the 4 main 2d shapes - circle, square, triangle and rectangle.

Parents, if you can draw these shapes on a piece of paper then ask them one at a time to describe the shape.  If they are unsure of the name of shape they may use words like round, sides or corners to describe them.  Next I would like you to go on a shape hunt around your house.  Parents point to one shape and say the name, then children, look around your home for objects that are the same shape.  

    ie. circle you might find a clock.  


Phonics this week we are going to be focusing on alliteration.  Ask them if they can help Rainbow fish name some of the sea creatures.  He wants them to start with the same letter sound.

     i.e.  Oli octopus,  Sammy seahorse

Can you help think of names for a fish, crab, jellyfish and a turtle?


As always, we would love to hear how you have got on with these activities.  If you can post pictures on tapestry that would be great!


Thank you


Have a good week and stay safe smiley

Summer 1 - week 5

Jim and the beanstalk


Hello everyone

Hope that you are all well.  This is the last week of summer 1, I hope you have enjoyed all of our activities on growing.


This weeks book is 'Jim and the beanstalk' by Raymond Briggs ( can be found on YouTube)  Once you have listened to this story please talk to your child about how the giant felt when Jim first met him and how he felt after he had his new teeth, glasses and wig.  Ask them what makes them feel this way and why.


Next I would like you to draw a picture of your favourite part of the story.  Or if you like, you could draw a picture of what you would buy or do if you were given a gold coin (like at the end of the story).   Don't forget to practise writing your name on your work!


For mathematics this week we are looking at measuring.  Jim measured the giants head and mouth before getting the teeth, glasses and wig for the giant.  I would like you to draw around your foot and your parents, then cut them out.  Use these to go around your home and measure objects.  You can count how long your bed is using your footprints and then using your parents footprint.  Or is your cuddly toy taller or shorter than your footprint?  Let me know how you get on smiley


I would like you to design and make a pair of large glasses using straws like the giants and a large beanstalk.  For this you could use tissue paper, paint, play dough or colouring pencils.  Whatever you have at home.  Have fun!


For phonics this week we are concentrating on voice sounds.  Use your voice to create some sound effects.  Can you make a sound like a ticking clock or a doorbell?  Listen to sounds you hear around your home - can you make a sound like them?


As always, we would love to see pictures of what you have been doing at home.


Have a good week, stay safe smiley

Summer 1 - week 4

Jasper's beanstalk



Hello everyone it was good talking to you all last week and hearing about how you are and what you have been doing. smiley


This week's book is Jasper's beanstalk by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen (you can find it on YouTube).  When you have listened to the story, talk about all the tools Jasper used to plant and grow his beanstalk.  See how many you can name!


This is another book about days of the week (like Oliver's vegetables), I would like you to think about time.  Draw a picture of something you did yesterday, what you are going to do today and then something you would like to do tomorrow.


Our rhyme this week is 'Farmer plant the seeds' - again you can find it on YouTube.  Happy singing!


Last week for mathematics we focused on the word taller.  This week we are introducing the word 'shorter'.  Again, find yourself an object 

(i.e. a toy or a piece of paper) then go around your home and find 5 items that are shorter.  Challenge - which one is the shortest?


For p.e. this week I would like you to play a bean game.  Children you need to move around and when your parents say the name of a bean you have to do the action.  Parents - practise the actions for each bean first.

     i.e. runner bean - run on the spot

           broad bean - arms and legs wide

           jelly bean - children wobble on the spot

           baked bean - children fan themselves with their hand


For phonics last week you went on a listening walk.  This week I would like you to make your own selection of noise makers. Think about different things that make sounds and gather them together.  Then chose one and shake it to see if your child can say which object it is 

(make sure they don't see which one you choose).  You can include things like crisp packet, keys or a squeaky toy.


I hope that you enjoy these activities.  I look forward to seeing photos and hearing how you got on.


Have fun and stay safe. smiley


Summer 1 - week 3

Growing flowers


Hello, hope you are all well and ready for this week's activities about growing flowers.


Our book this week is 'Lola plants a garden' by Anna McQuinn (you can listen to it on YouTube)  In Lola's garden there are lots of flowers.  If you have some flowers in your home or garden go and have a close look at them.  If not, look at the flowers in the book  To grow flowers first you need seeds.  Parents can you talk to your child about planting seeds and what they need to grow i.e. planting in soil, need water and sunlight.  Then I would like you to draw a picture of a flower and talk about all the different parts of the flower - seed, roots, leaves and petals.

Challenge - can you label the flower and write your name on your picture?

If you have some seeds at home why not try to grow them (please do not worry if you don't have any we will do this when we are back at school)


Rhyme of the week - 5 Golden Daffodils


   5 golden daffodils dancing in the sun,

   a playful dog comes running by and knocks down one!

   then 4.... then 3 ....

   (Use your fingers on one hand to be the daffodils dancing and the fingers on the other hand to be the playful dog knocking them down)


Flowers grow taller and taller and so for mathematics this week we are going to be talking about height.  I would like you to get an object (could be a toy, a tower, piece of paper or a tape measure) then go around your home and find 5 things that are taller than your item.  What did you find?


For p.e. this week I would like you to imagine you are a tiny seed (curl up in a ball on the ground, as small as you can).  Then parents, you need to pretend you are watering them and then you are the sunshine helping them to grow.  Children then slowly I want you to start growing.  First one arm slowly stretching up (remember slowly!) then the other arm.  Next on to your knees, then your feet, finally imagine your hands are the petals moving around in the air.  How tall can you get?


Our last activity is a phonics listening activity.

I would like you to go around your home or garden on a listening walk.  Remember to listen first, then after, talk about all the different sounds you heard.  Did you recognise all the sounds?  Were they loud or quiet sounds? Were they long or short sounds?


 I look forward to hearing how you got on and seeing some photo. 


   Stay safe smiley

Summer 1 - week 2 - Growing

Oliver's Vegetables


Hello everyone, this week we are going to focus on a book called 'Oliver's Vegetables' by Vivian French (it can be found on youtube)

It is about a little boy who only eats chips.  He is helping his grandad dig up vegetables and his grandad says 'if you want chips you have to find potatoes, if you find something else you have to eat it!  


Talk about the different vegetables Oliver finds and if they grow below the ground or above the ground. Also what you need to do to grow vegetables. When you have done this ask your parents to draw around a plate on your piece of paper., then draw pictures of all the vegetables you eat.  Remember to colour them in the correct colour.  Try and copy the name of the vegetables too if you can.


Challenge - Like Oliver, why don't you try eating a new vegetable this week.  Let us know how you get on .


Parents - to help with cursive writing if you look on youtube it will show you how to form the letters -


In the book they talk about the different days of the week.  Our rhyme this week is as follows;-

      Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday too

      1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 days

      Every day different and every day new

      (try using your fingers to count as you say the numbers)


This week get your parents to write down the days of the week on a sheet of paper, then before you go to bed every night talk about what you have done that day and draw a picture.  It will be great to look back on at the end of the week.


Last week for mathematics you were learning to count by item to 10.  This week we would like you to do different actions as you count to 10

(we do this is class so you will be experts at this!)  Maybe 10 claps, 10 star jumps or 10 stretches.  You might want to whisper the numbers or shout them out loud.  Get everyone in your family to join in.smiley


Have fun with these activities, we look forward to seeing how you get on.


Missing you all, stay safe x




Summer 1 - week 1 



Hello everyone hope you are all well and enjoying your home learning.  This week is the beginning of our new topic which is “growing”.


Our book for this week is Jack and the beanstalk.  Have a look on line for the story or ask your family if they can tell it to you.  As in class, we would like you to make up actions  and use different voices for the characters.  Have a go!


For maths we are going to be doing careful counting by item.  Get yourself a bag of beans (something to represent Jack’s beans) take them out of the bag, then as you count them point to each bean.  Can you count beyond 10?


We would like you to draw a picture of either Jack or the giant.  Remember your correct pencil hold.  Try to write your name on your picture.


For p.e. we would like you to pretend you are climbing up the beanstalk.  Remember you are going to have to stretch up tall and hold on tight, pushing up with those legs!


Ask your parents if they can send us some photos on tapestry please.


Have fun with these activities. 😊


Easter Message

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Hello, we hope you are all staying safe and keeping well.  It has been strange getting used to the new arrangements but there have been lots of activities available to keep the children busy and hopefully they have enjoyed them.  Here are a few (optional!) activities to keep the family busy over the Easter break:


Print or draw the Easter egg template to colour/design for our competition - take a photo of the finished entry and email to the office by Easter Monday -


Complete this time Capsule activity booklet - you are part of a historical event that people will talk about for years to come, why not record it?  You could design your own booklet in your own style if you aren't able to print it!


Create a Spring or Easter scene using real eggs - decorate them and make it fun, be as creative as you can!  The link above will give you some ideas but see if you can think of something original!  Again, photographs of your entries to be emailed to the office by Easter Monday -


Yoga activities for a peaceful break, calm and refreshed mind (and it comes with a lovely sheet to colour in!)


We would love you to share your work, ideas and activities with us.  Your competition entries should be sent to the office and any project or class work you have completed can be sent to your child's teacher on their year group email address (see class pages). 


Look after yourselves and each other, have a good Easter break!  

Maths with Parents

You can log on to this website to access different maths activities.

Nursery Home Learning


Dear Parents, Carers of Elm Class,


Firstly, I would like to say thank you for your support and visiting this page. As a school we are committed to supporting you all through this current situation and will do our very best for you all.


The page will be refreshed as often as possible to provide you with purposeful learning opportunities and practical advice to keep you all busy for the foreseeable future.


I have provided a link so you can email me with questions, ideas and support if you feel you need to. This will be responded to during school hours and links to learning sites will added frequently.


Thank you and keep well.

Mrs Frampton and the Nursery Team

Nursery Mrs Frampton

If you need support, have questions or have an idea then please contact me. I will do my utmost to help you during school hours.

Things you could do everyday


  • Reading with your children and enjoying books is vitally important so please continue to do this. 
  • Incorporating Maths in everyday life is also a  good idea.  How many eggs have I got?  How many does the recipe say I need?  How many more will I need?  We would have been working on numbers to 20 so practising the order and matching numeral to quantity would be helpful.  We have been working on addition and subtraction using a number line.  I will add one on here for you to use.
  • Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) is doing a daily PE session at 9:00-9:30 on YouTube, which looks fun.  I'm definitely going to give it a go!  While doing it, get the children to change into PE kit and store their clothes safely rather than randomly discarded on the floor.  This will really help us on the return to school.  Make it a quickly can you do it?  
  • Practise doing your zip up independently!

School Closure Learning Strategy

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Websites and Log Ins

Useful websites


Discovery Education – (Login – username – student12535  password – coding)

BBC Bitesize – 

 Pobble 365 –

TT Rockstars (Children have their own log ins)

Prodigy –

 Activity Village –

ICT games -

TopMarks -

Reading Realm -

Epic! -

Phonics Play -

Oxford Owl -

 Hungry Little Minds - (EYFS)

Maths: Primary Stars for Years 1 and 2 -

 Khan Academy -

My Mini Maths -

Maths with Parents -

Maths Frame -

Think you Know

Be Internet Legends

Lego Digital Designer


The programs are fully accessible on smart phones, tablets, androids, laptops and desk tops. If you do not have access to any form of internet, please contact the school and hardcopies of work will be arranged, where possible.

Welcome to Elm Class 2019-20


A big welcome to all our new children and families.  The children have settled in well and have begun making friends.  They have had the opportunity to explore their learning both inside the nursery classroom and the outside EYFS garden area.  They have especially enjoyed using our campsite role play area and mud kitchen.


Our topic this term has been 'Me and my family' where the children have had the opportunity to share their favourite toys, tell each other about their families and build models of their houses.

We have had our first parent/grandparents morning which was very well attended.  The children learnt about being thankful for our food and how fruits and vegetables are grown.  Our parents/grandparents joined us making scarecrows, collaging flowers, looking at our favourite foods and vegetable printing.  We finished the morning singing Dingle Dangle Scarecrow.

Parent/grandparent harvest morning

We had a visit from the Owls where the children learnt all about them and had the opportunity to hold one.
The children have enjoyed our talk for write story 'We're going on a bear hunt'  which they have performed to their parents at our story telling session. Some great story tellers in the making!
We have enjoyed sharing our learning with parents on our on line tapestry journals.  Look out for our next exciting event!
Christmas term we invited parents to come into class and make paper chains, reindeer food and Christmas decorations. The nursery children performed alongside reception in the Christmas nativity "A miracle in Town". They all drew a picture to Father Christmas to let him know what they wanted for Christmas and then walked up to the local post box.