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We hope you have had a safe and restful half-term break. We have decided to slightly change the way we are posting learning for you to do at home. As many more parents and carers return to work, we thought some may find it easier to have the week's learning in advance to give to children and to help prepare them for the week ahead.


Mrs Edwards  has been planning lots of fun activities for you to do this week.

She has missed you all and would be really excited if you could continue to send in some of your work for her and Mrs Mills to see.


So, below is the first week of learning. There is a black and white version of the overview should you need to print it and a PDF to open with more detail on the learning for the children to use. If you have any questions, feel free to use and we'd love to see your work at as before

Lights on Cotton Rock

Friday 21st May 2020

Friday 21st May 2020 Could you write a letter to a friend or a family member who lives in a different part of the world? Describe where you live and describe school. Think of questions to ask about where they live and about their school. Draw them something to cheer them up!
Friday 21st May 2020

Engineering Around the World - World’s Largest Steel Structure ●

The Bird’s Nest is the world’s largest steel structure and was built in China for the 2008 Olympic Games. It is made out of 26 miles of steel.

Could you use strips of paper, card or wool to create your own bird nest style building?

You might like to search for photos of the ‘Birds nest’ to help you with your design but here are some to help.


Friday 21st May 2020


Thursday 21st May 2020

Thursday 21st May 2020

Create a leaflet about a place in the world you would like to visit/have visited. Include the weather, landmarks and cuisine. You could add pictures, diagrams and temperature charts.

You might have started this yesterday- add more to it today and show it off in an email to me! I can't wait to see them.

Thursday 21st May 2020

Follow the story When I Coloured in the World. What would your child change about the world? (Spot the mispronunciation at the start of the video- but apart from that its a great story) What would your child's ideal world look like? Could you add it to your journal? 

Thursday 21st May 2020
Thursday 21st May 2020


Could create your own earth and add all of your Elm class friends?


Wednesday 20th May 2020

Mrs Keenan Sends a message

Hello everyone,   

Hope you and your families are all well.  I'm at home with Alfie my dog.  He's loving me being home.  We are going for lots of walks and spending time in my garden. I've planted some vegetable seeds. So, fingers crossed that they come up (germinate).  Also,  I'm having a go at growing some dahlias. which are bright, cheerful flowers.  Hopefully they will flower later in the summer.  My pond has given me a lot of pleasure.  As I have been watching the many frogs, tadpoles, newts, goldfish and damsel flies. (Damsel flies are like a dragon fly but smaller).  

I'm learning all sorts of new I.T. skills and doing plenty of online training on my iPad.  To help me do my job. 

On Friday 8th May, I was invited to join my neighbours to celebrate V.E. Day.  Everyone put up bunting in red, white and blue and hung Union Jack flags.  I hope you all had some fun that day. 

  Sending best wishes to you and your families! 


Mrs Keenan 






Wednesday 20th May 2020 Create a leaflet about a place in the world they would like to visit/have visited. Include the weather, landmarks and cuisine. They could include pictures, maps or flags. Use headings and subheadings to show different sections. (This will be a two day task for Wed/Thurs so take your time and make it amazing!)
Wednesday 20th May 2020


Wednesday 20th May 2020

Make a foil Elephant for display- supplies: foil, glue, cardboard, paint. (You could try sharpie or similar instead of paint, it should work, but I have not tried it)



Step 1: Have children draw an elephant onto the cardboard using a black pen/sharpie. The smoother the cardboard, the better the final product. We used one corrugated sheet, but another on the back of a notebook and the second was much smoother.


Step 2: Squeeze glue over your lines that you have drawn. My class of 7 year olds needed a little bit of help with this so watch out!


Step 3: Wait until the glue is dry- then wrap up your cardboard with foil. You can tape it if you like, but it stays pretty well on the cardboard if you fold it over


Step 4: Using your fingers, rub over your hidden drawing- and watch it magically appear! You will see that this elephant’s cardboard was corrugated, and the lines are coming through. 

Final Step: Paint with tempura/acrylic/poster paints (not water colors or washable/finger paints).

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Recognise vowel and consonant digraphs and blending by playing this game or add suffixes playing this game.


Tuesday 19th May 2020

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Reading and Responding

Follow the story Here We Are with your grown up.


What makes our world so special?

Using the story, make a poster/picture to display all of the special things.

Make sure to include colours and words to help the observer to understand.


There are more stories by Oliver Jeffers here as he has been reading one a day since the start of lockdown.

Tuesday 19th May 2020

World challenge

I know we have played this one before Elm but another round is always helpful....

Can you list places from around the world using the alphabet?

Can you add an adjective before each place that starts with the same letter?

(Amazing Algeria)

Could you race against a grown up in your house or a sibling? Who can get the most in 5 minutes?

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Use an atlas or a map and locate countries that make up the UK.

Locate places you might have been such as Birmingham, Cardiff or Bristol.

Do you have any relatives that live in other places in the UK?

Can you add them onto your U.K. map?

(There is a printable map at the bottom of this page)

Tuesday 19th May 2020

More Money maths: can you solve a problem using the coins we know?


Monday 18th May 2020

Another Monday and a another brilliant week ahead of us. I know many of you will now be the proud owners of a lovely Abbeywood diary to show you are always in our thoughts and our hearts. We hope our Abbeywood family will be together again in some way soon but until then it’s a way for you to record this historic time. So go crazy make scrapbook pages, add drawings, make lists and record (for when we are all slightly older) what you thought of being at home and working hard during lockdown. You are all amazing superhero’s and I would love some more email dates. So Mums, Dads and kids email me this week and show me your super smiley face and some of your home activities. 
Mrs M

Monday 18th May

Look through any books or magazines you might have and identify any places from around the world by looking at the illustrations. They could also look through a magazine or newspaper and find the names of different countries.

What do you notice? 
How are they the same as where you live?
How are they different? 
Write a list of similarities and differences. 
(If you don’t have access to books or magazines use the learners guides

Monday 18th May Flags- ​Look at ​flags from around the world​ with your child. Discuss which are your child’s favourites and why? Ask your child to recreate their favourite; this could be through drawing, collaging etc.
Monday 18th May  ​The word ‘​around​’ contains the sound ‘​ou​’. Ask your child to list as many words as they can  containing  the‘​ou’​sound​.  
Y​our child might identify words that contain an alternative spelling for ‘​ou​’ such as ​ow.

Money Maths- 

I thought we’d have a go at money maths this week to give us some context. We will start with refreshing our coin value understanding. If you do not have access to the internet for this activity please use real coins with your child to count, order from smallest to largest and find totals with. (Or do that anyway as it’s more fun and real life with the coins but shhhhhhhh....)

Friday 15th May 2020

WOW! I have seen some fantastic work coming in by email. The wonderful story plan that Emily E did made me smile and so did the many projects that Karolina has been working on. Please keep sending me in your pictures of your work or what you are up to.

Almost all of you will have received your diaries via a little visit from some lovely Abbeywood staff. They have all come back smiling from ear to ear after getting to say hi to you and I hope you enjoyed your socially distant hello!

Friday 15th May 2020

A Seriously Significant Somebody-

Who is important to your child?

What makes them so important?


Your child could draw or paint a portrait of their significant somebody using a photograph or digital image to support them.They may wish to write an information report about this person too!

Friday 15th May 2020

Your first diary entry could be about someone you are missing who is significant (or special) to you and what you'd like to do when you see them. It might be your best friend and you might like to play footie or you might be missing your Grandma.

(I'd really like to have a cup of tea with my Mum!)

Please record your idea in your diary to save.

Friday 15th May 2020

In Benjamin Zephaniah’s poem ‘Royal Tea’ he tells the reader that he paid £8.50 to visit Buckingham Palace.

What coins could he have used to pay for his ticket?

How many different ways can you represent this amount?

Use real money if you have any at home.

Friday 15th May 2020

Who is significant in the wider world? 


Research someone that you think is significant- could be a scientist, an explorer or an activist. There are some ideas on the website above.


Then put your ideas on a poster to advertise your favourite as the 'most significant' and really try to persuade your classmates that they are the 'most' important. We will have a competition in Elm class. The most persuasive will be put on the front page of the Elm class page. Come on show me who you believe in!


Thursday 14th May 2015

Thursday 14th May 2015

Write up your very own royal adventure story.

You could write in role as a king, queen, prince, princess, knight or servant.


Remember you should include different openers (As she opened her eyes, Early that morning, At dawn, Through the open window, Next, Then, After that, Finally) and conjunctions (because, and, so, then, when, but, when, if)


There should be more than one paragraph and you should use full stops. There should also be some noun phrases to describe the setting/characters (curly brown hair, beautiful golden throne) 


Use your plan from yesterday to help you form your sentences.

Thursday 14th May 2015

Choose letters that make words that can be read phonetically.


Write the letters in chalk on the ground outside or use a paint brush and some water. Give your child a word and they must spell it by jumping from letter to letter.

This could also be done on paper inside the house.

Thursday 14th May 2015


Home learning focus


Today's lesson is on number bonds to 100 using tens and ones

(for example 20 + 70 = 90 or 60 + 40 = 100).

This lesson includes:

  • two animations
  • three activities
Thursday 14th May 2015

Royal Family Tree- could you develop a family tree for the Modern British Royal Family.

Start from Queen Elizabeth 2nd. Find out who is who and add those to your picture.

You could draw the family tree or use the resources below.

You can find out the information online. from a book or ask your family members.


Wednesday 13th May 2020

Hi guys, isn’t the weather odd at the moment? Cloudy and then warm!  It was a bit brighter again today after a colder day yesterday but then it’s supposed to get warmer again! 
I really enjoyed thinking about both Queen Elizabeth’s- it’s so interesting how different their lives are. 

Wednesday 13th May

Practice your reading and thinking skills by playing

Wednesday 13th May 

Ask your child to plan their very own royal adventure story. Use any of the plans we’ve done so far- a comic strip or a story map. 

Why would your character need to go in an adventure? To fight a dragon or meet a unicorn? 
You can write in role as a king, queen, prince, princess, knight or servant. Don’t forget those sentence openers and conjunctions. 

Wednesday 13th May 



Today's lesson is on how to subtract two-digit numbers (for example 82 - 22 = 60 or 45 - 17 = 28).

This lesson includes:

  •  one video
  •  three activities




                                Tuesday 12th May 2020

Hi guys! I have been so lucky, I have been working in school today. Its really quiet without you all but the children of the key workers are fantastic. I hope you are all safe at home and working hard too.

 Tuesday 12th May 2020

The Queen: Then and Now- What was life like for Queen Elizabeth I? This video may help your child to understand. 

How is life different for the current queen, Queen Elizabeth II? Ask your child to create a list of the similarities and differences. They might focus on appearance, family and interests. They could show this using illustrations too.

      Tuesday 12th May 2020

Choose letters that make words that can be read phonetically. Write the letters in chalk on the ground outside. Give your child a word and they must spell it by jumping from letter to letter. This could also be done on paper inside the house.

You could use words using split digraphs or from the Y2 spelling list.

      Tuesday 12th May 2020

Home Learning Focus

Today's lesson is on how to add two-digit numbers (for example 12 + 27 = 39 or 45 + 23 = 68).

This lesson includes:

  • one video
  • three activities


      Tuesday 12th May 2020 Intriguing Inventions- Challenge your child to invent something new. Perhaps a new gadget for the home to keep the family entertained, or something that would help a doctor or a nurse. They can draw and label their design, and could have a go at making it using things from the recycling box. Share this online using #TheLearningProjects.


Mrs Hudson

Mrs Cooke

Mathletics Certificates

Monday 11th May 2020

I hope you had a wonderful VE Day weekend safe at home with your family. I know some of you have done some great learning about VE Day and the links to your own families. 

This week I am in school working with our Key Worker families so please, if you have an urgent need to talk to someone, call school or email the help@ email address at the top of the page. I will still be putting work on here each day and checking in on the emails in the evening though so keep sending your work!


Monday 11th May 2020

Benjamin Zephaniah is a famous poet from Birmingham. Your child can listen to his poem ‘Royal Tea’ here.

What did your child like about the poem?

What did they dislike about the poem?

Who is the poet Benjamin Zephaniah and where does he come from?

Monday 11th May 2020

Once your child has listened to ‘Royal Tea’ ask them to imagine that they were on a visit to the Palace. What would it be like?

Could you write your own tour script using the facts from the website.


Welcome to Buckingham Palace ladies, gentlemen and children this is the home of our current monarch Queen Elizabeth 2nd..........

Monday 11th May 2020

Adding and subtracting two digit numbers. 

Rehearse your skills using patterns.

What do you notice?

Use the slide show to help you.

Monday 11th May 2020



Thursday 7th May 2020

Just to say that tomorrows learning (Friday 8th) will be VE Day based activities to support the learning for this National cultural event. This will support your understanding of why its important to commemorate this date. I would love to see any of the VE Day celebrations that are taking place at your homes or safely in your street. I know there is bunting going up in our street and some picnics planned. BUT if you do choose to do this keep yourselves and others safe.

Thursday 7th May 2020

Ask your child to choose and read a healthy recipe from a recipe book or an internet recipe site.

You could film them making it like my world kitchen (or just watch some of these for inspiration....who doesn't love Ainsley Harriet!)

This could be one you already have lined up for lunch or dinner ( it could just be a sandwich cut into an interesting shape)

If you have the ingredients, why not follow the recipe together?

Thursday 7th May 2020

List words to describe athletes or their sporting hero. For example, strong, winner, speedy. Can they use these words to write descriptive sentences about athletes?

Thursday 7th May 2020

Brilliant Bodies ● What can your body do? Balance on one leg? Touch your nose with your tongue? Look at the body challenge cards and see how many you can do. Ask your family to join in and make your own body challenge cards.

Thursday 7th May 2020

I have added more activities to Mathletics to support your maths learning this week. Please keep up the brilliant work on there.


For maths use the 6th of May bitesize lesson today on number facts. This should recap and sharpen those skills.


7th May


I've added an extra which you might choose to do or not today (or keep it up your sleeves Mums and Dads) This is just fun learning linked to give some variation- no panicking please!


One is an introduction to Nigeria geography lesson as we were studying Africa and its Nations before the holiday:


The other is parts of a plant for science. We started to explore this when we were outdoor learning in the school grounds:


As always just do what feels right for your child (children).


Wednesday 6th May 2020

Today was another good day here. I saw some ducks on my canal walk and I was able to do a timed set of exercises quicker than I could at the start of all of this! Exercise is really important as is getting outside so if you can do so safely try to get out in the garden and get out of breath! It really makes a difference to your mood and energy levels.

Oh and fantastic job on using Mathletics Y2, Mrs Edwards did some checking and we have the highest user rate in school! Don't forget you can print off your Reading Eggs or Mathletics certificates at home and bring them in when we are back together.

Wednesday 6th May 2020

Listen to the Cbeebies story ‘Martin the Mouse’ 

Then record the main events from this sporty story. They can draw the events, write sentences or even retell the story orally in their own words.

Wednesday 6th May 2020


Ask your child to add the ‘ing’ suffix to these verbs: jump, skip, hike, throw, catch, kick, smile, run & shout e.g. jump + ing = jumping. Which root words need the ‘e’ removing first? Can they use these new verbs in a sentence.

Wednesday 6th May 2020

Can you Invent a New Olympic Game?- Challenge your child to invent their very own game for the 2021 (2022) Olympics. Look at a list of all of the sports that already compete in the summer Olympics here. Can they write a set of instructions for the new game or draw illustrations. Why not test the game out as a family?

Wednesday 6th May 2020



Learn how to compare number sentences involving addition and subtraction using the greater than, less than and equal symbols. 

There are questions and games below in PDF.


Comparing number sentences

Tuesday 5th May 2020

Hi all! Hope you new week is going ok so far. It was really great to speak with more of you today.

I have been busy at home this weekend starting some DIY. I wonder if any of your grown ups have been doing jobs around the house? I have started to redecorate my kitchen and I will carry on on Friday when it is the bank holiday for VE Day.

Tuesday 5th May 2020

To celebrate the fact that the Premier League might still award the trophy to Liverpool this season I thought we'd have a maths spelling game.

Play the Solve, Shoot, Score spelling game on the Premier League Primary Stars. 

Encourage your child to write down the words spelt and add sound buttons.

Tuesday 5th May 2020 Talk to your child about a hero from a book they have read recently, for example Rapunzel or Mulan. Ask them to draw the hero or heroes from a story and list adjectives to describe their appearance and personality. They could also think about other types of heroes such as NHS heroes or Police Officers whomever inspires them.
Tuesday 5th May 2020

Tuesday 5th May 2020 Make a Family Mascot- Your child could make their very own family mascot using materials from around the house. First of all, visit the Olympic Mascot Official list here and look at past mascots. What makes a good mascot? What qualities does the mascot represent?


Maths to print

Monday 4th May 2020

Happy Monday morning everyone.

Hopefully you've all had a refreshing weekend and ready for more exciting learning.

Monday 4th May 2020 The word ‘sport’ contains the sound ‘or’. Ask your child to list as many words as they can containing the ‘or’ sound. Your child might identify words that contain an alternative spelling for ‘or’ such as oor/ore/aw/au.
Monday 4th May 2020

Has your child got a favourite sportsperson? This could be their P.E. teacher! Ask them to write an information booklet about this person. They can research or use any facts they know. Try to use different sections like childhood, training and championships.

There is a fact file layout at the bottom of this table if you would like to use it.

Monday 4th May 2020

Play ‘Catch’ with your child using a ball or anything else that can be thrown safely. Instead of counting in 1s each time the ball is caught, ask your child to only count every second, fifth or tenth catch. 

Use the BBC bitesize materials through this link or on the Red Button on your TV to explore fact families

Can you teach your grown ups about part whole models? Can you show off what you know?

Monday 4th May 2020

Remarkable Routines- Can your child create their very own simple routine, just like a gymnast, dancer or synchronised swimmer?

Start by watching a video of a routine together, here are some suggestions: men’s gymnastic routine ,

synchronised swimming routine .

After this, your child can choose a piece of music to practise their routine to. When they are confident, why not film your child’s sequence and share it online using #TheLearningProjects. Watch the performance together- what does your child think went well? What could be even better?


The Big BAD Pig......

Friday 1st May 2020

Its Fishy Fridaaaaaayyyyy!

Friday again! Woweeeee! You lot are showing your stay at home superpowers and you are learning lots in the process. Whether you are using these task or doing your own thing, you are all working so hard.

(And so are all the grown ups too!)

Here's Friday's Learning.....

Friday 1st May 2020

Read the stories: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella.

The characters will be going to see Judge Jenny.

Can they persuade Judge Jenny to see the story from their point of view? 

Watch these links to help Judge Jenny to decide. 

Now it’s their turn… read the stories Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs and Gingerbread Man.

Imagine they are going to be one of the characters from the story and an adult is going to be Judge Jenny. What would they say to Judge Jenny? How could they persuade her?

Friday 1st May 2020

Restaurant: Can you plan a menu? Think about what you would like to have on your menu.

Can you design a menu for a vegetarian?

Can you design a menu for a vegan?

Will you have options on your menu for people who have allergies?

Look around the house for any leaflets or take away menus.

What price is the food?

Can you do any meal deals?

Friday 1st May 2020

To work out the deals/prices for your restaurant you will need to know about the coins people might pay with. Use this link to take you to a video that will help. 





View point and perspective

Now you've had a little go at using perspective to draw a street, try this one.


Draw a straight line across the top of the page leaving enough of a gap at the top to fit the sunshine in.

From there draw a series of triangles with a straight line edge or a ruler. Narrower at the top and becoming wider towards the bottom.

Fill the triangles with a repeated pattern of a flower, fruit or vegetable.

Colour carefully using the cross hatching methods to cover any white patches.

Have a go!

Friday 1st May

This website has some great ideas for getting active inside or out- 

Keep that blood pumping and get moving even if it rains!


Thursday 29th April 2020

More lovely phone calls today and great news.... the sunshine appears to be coming back! I've heard lots of you have been working on home learning and making cakes, tidying, some DIY and LOTS of craft!

I hope you are all staying safe and trying really hard to listen carefully to your adults at home.

Thursday 29th April 2020

What did you think of The 'Three Little Wolves' story above? I'd like you to write a letter to explain to Mummy Wolf all that has happened. Don't forget to tell her all about the different animals that helped you and use your emotion vocabulary to tell her how scared you were each time.....try to use different words that all mean scared (like terrified or frightened) to make it interesting for the reader.

Thursday 29th April 2020 Could you design a new school logo? Ask your child to think about their current logo now. What does it represent ? What could they add or change? Is there something that represents their school or area recently that people would recognise? Look at the shape of the logo. Would they keep it the same or change it?
Thursday 29th April 2020

Great job on Mathletics everyone- we will be returning to addition and subtraction next week.

To give your brains a rest we've got a maths game to play.

You will need a grid each, and two dice, and colouring pencils. Youngest player starts. On your turn, throw the 2 dice. Then colour in a rectangle using the numbers on the dice for the lengths of its sides. Fill your numbers in in the column on the right as a multiplication. You can colour your rectangle wherever you like on the grid as long as there is space. If you don’t have space, you miss a turn.

To win: You need to be the first person to colour their whole grid and to have their sum add up to 100. (There is a grid below)


Wednesday 29th April 2020

Wednesday 29th April 2020

Hide and seek: Write a set of instructions on how to find something in your bedroom. Think about the positional language to help find the object. You could include a map.

*Imperative verbs (get, step, put)

*Time adverbials (first, next, then)

*Adverbs (carefully, gently)

*Number each instruction 

*Add a warning

Wednesday 29th April 2020 A ‘feely bag’ - find six objects, such as a hairbrush, a tube of toothpaste, a packet of biscuits, an ice cream scoop, a packet of tissues and a wooden spoon. You will also need something to act as a blindfold. Imagine what it would be like if you could never see because you were blind and you had to learn to rely on your other senses instead. Play with a partner and see who guesses most of the objects.
Wednesday 29th April 2020


At 18 months old, Beryl the puppy has a mass of 60 kg. Her owners say this is 5 times the mass she was 15 months ago when they first got her.



What was her mass when they first got her and how old was she?

"Beryl had a mass of ___ kg when she was ___  months old.

(Try showing your parents a bar model)


How much has Beryl's mass increased by?

"Beryl's mass has increased by ___  kg."

(Subtract your first answer kgs from the first weight 60kg)



When Beryl is fully grown her mass should be 10 times the mass she was when she first came to live with them. What should her mass be then? (multiply by 10)

"Beryl's mass should be _____ kg when she is fully grown."


When Beryl was born she had a mass of 1 kg. 

Write down 2 items you think might have a mass of about 1 kg.

Wednesday 29th April 2020

Try the perspective art activity on this video link. Can you draw your own street scene using perspective? Don't forget to send a picture by email! I'd love to see them.



First how fabulous it's been to talk to lots and lots of you over the last few days. I am so pleased that you are all getting on ok and that you are all so excited to share what you have been doing at home. It has really made me smile and I think that you, your parents and guardians are all super-duper stars!


Well done if you have been on Mathletics or Reading Eggs, I see you having a go at the questions and quizzes. Some of you have been coding as well. I had a wonderful picture from Freya.


Tomorrow evening I will upload a new video of a story so make sure you are on the lookout.

Tuesday 27th April 2020 

Tuesday 27th April 


Story board the Three Little Pigs Story. Could you create your own comic book version? Try splitting a page in your book into sections and then drawing the key parts of the story. Don't forget a sentence under each one to explain each part of the story.

Use: Once upon a time.....

The time had come...



Just then...


After a while....

And they all lived......

Tuesday 27th April 


Draw a map of one of the rooms in your house.

What symbols could you have?

Where will you place items?

Could you direct someone around your room in a blindfold?

Use directional language such as left, right, straight on, on top of, next to, in front of.....

(Make sure this is safe and no one will get hurt)

Tuesday 27th April 


Using your senses:

Pick a window in the house/flat. Stand there for a few minutes and take a look at what you can see and write or draw them down.

Now try this activity again but this time think about what you can hear? Write or draw these down.

Ask your parent to help and blindfold you with a scarf or material. What can you see now? Which sense are you using now?

Finally, now cover their ears and look outside the window. What do they hear?

How were these experiences different? Compare them and discuss it. What would you need if you were blind in a seeing world?

Tuesday 27th April 


Mathletics measuring work is still on line and LOADS of you have logged in to have a go! Well done all of you! I will be adding more to have a go at but whilst the others log in you could try some of the mathletics games.


Now if you have done your Mathletics you should be able to answer these tricky problems....




Monday 27th April 2020

Monday 27th April 2020

Using the Three Little Pigs story I've set for you on Reading Eggs read the story and answer the questions about the text. If you need to go back to the text and check you can. Remember, that's an important skill as a reader- retrieval. VIPERS

Whilst you are reading look at the Spanish and English words on each of the pages. Do you notice anything that is the same? Any words that are similar?

Monday 27th April 2020

Find a place in the house. Look around, what can you see? Sketch what you can see.

What is on the left hand side? What is the right hand side?

Does it change if they sit in another part of the house?

Make a list of all the things and compare.

Monday 27th April 2020


Set up a role play area as a check in desk at the airport (this could be 2 kitchen chairs and a sheet or a cardboard box- nothing fancy or you could make signs etc if you want to!). Role-play how to deal with:

- an angry customer 

- a happy flight attendant 

- a passenger who is afraid of flying

- a sad person who is leaving their loved one behind.

Work with together to identify a ‘caring’ way of talking to people compared to an 'uncaring' way. Discuss their reasoning. How does the persons reaction change if they are listening and responding caringly? How might this work at home? How can we talk caringly?

Monday 27th April 2020

Amelia loves the animals on her farm.


She notices that the paw prints of each animal are different and decides to measure their lengths.

Unfortunately, she forgets to write the name of the animal next to the measurements, but she does remember some facts about each one.


Use the facts to match the lengths of the paw prints to each animal.

  • The mouse has the smallest paw print.
  • The cow's paw print is twice as long as the goat's.
  • The guinea pig's paw print is half the length of the cat's.
  • The cow has the biggest paw print.




guinea pig








9 cm

4 cm and 5 mm

5 mm

4 cm

2 cm



Some of the animals' paw prints would reach exactly 20 cm if you placed them one in front of the other from the same starting point like this:

Record the animals that have paw prints that will reach exactly 20 cm if they were placed one in front of the other. How did you find your answer?

(There is a printable version of this below)


Problem printable


Creating instructions or algorithms to create a moving character.

Computing- coding

Hi I've had a go at making a screen capture (I know..... so fancy) for you to do some coding. It will work on tablets and computers (sorry not mobiles this time)
See what you think and let me know!

Fishy Friday! 

Friday 24th April 2020

Whoa that was fast! How did we get to Friday already.....I think you guys have done a great job getting on with this weeks work. I have added some new pictures to the website for you to see what your friends have been up to and I was very lucky to speak to some of you today on the phone. Hi to Kaiden, Grace, Gracie, Jakubs and Jackson who I got to talk to and please if you get a call from a Redditch number you don't recognise pick it might be me!

Friday 24th April 2020

Nocturnal animals - What do you think this word means? Watch this clip and discuss the animals you saw.

Have you seen these animals? How could you describe them?

Can you write a set of sentences about 1 nocturnal animal using noun phrases?

Play a game: 


If you can't access that here is some information for your discussion:

Nocturnal animals are more active at night than during the day. These animals sleep during the day, often in a burrow or den. They have special adaptations that help them survive in the dark. Over millions of years, these animals have developed traits that help them survive in the darkness. Nocturnal animals may have larger ears to hear better, bigger eyes to see better, and body parts that glow in the night. Which animals fit this category?

Friday 24th April 2020

Create your own big-eyed nocturnal animal art.




Friday 24th April 2020

Select a number between 2 and 20. Make a poster showing how many different ways to make this number using addition, subtraction, multiplication etc.


Friday 24th April 2020

I have set maths challenges using Mathletics today as I wanted you to have access to measuring lessons that wouldn't necessarily need a ruler. These activities will be ongoing and have been set for a week. I will still post more maths activities here for those of you who cannot access Mathletics but I do not expect you to do both. 

All of the children have their mathletics log in in the front of their reading diaries. If you do not have it please email me


Thursday 23rd April 2020

Thursday 23rd April 2020

From your list written on Monday choose another animal and compare it to your fact file animal.Try to choose something very different for example if you chose a lion first now choose a Ladybird.

How are they the same?

How are they different?

Are they both carnivores, herbivores or ominvores?

What are the differences between their habitats?

Can you create a comparision chart/picture/table to show your findings.

Thursday 23rd April 2020

Needs of an animal. Can all animals be kept as a pet? Think about a particular animal and find out if that animal could be a pet.

Draw pictures of different animals. Sort the animals into two groups; suitable for a pet and not suitable for a pet. Explain why animals were sorted in a particular way.

You could do a video presentation and ask you parent or guardian to send it in to me!

Thursday 23rd April 2020

Find some pegs at home. Can you create your own mini animal or object, cut it in half and stick it to a peg. 

You could make a family of peg creature or show a life cycle- like that of a frog!

Thursday 23rd April 2020

I have set maths challenges using Mathletics today as I wanted you to have access to measuring lessons that wouldn't necessarily need a ruler. These activities will be ongoing and have been set for a week. I will still post more maths activities here for those of you who cannot access Mathletics but I do not expect you to do both. 

All of the children have their mathletics log in in the front of their reading diaries. If you do not have it please email me


Wednesday 22nd April 2020

I've had some great learning sent in from lots of different people today. Thank you so much and also a big thank you if you replied to my email about the work so far, its really helpful to get feedback. 

I have also set some learning on Reading Eggs for you all and I will be updating Mathletics tomorrow morning with more fun so those programs are ready online for you to use too.

Wednesday 22nd April 2020 Create a fact file about your favourite animal. Research an animal of your choice and explore the vocabulary required to describe them.
Wednesday 22nd April 2020


Spell the days of the week/months of the year.

You could make a calendar for the next week or for the whole year 2020 to practise. This could include drawing or paintings of each season/day.

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Animal grouping: Group animals into two columns. Identify animals that can fly and cannot fly. What do animals eat?

Scientists group animals into three different groups according to what animals eat. These groups are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

Carnivores eat other animals, herbivores eat plant material including fruit, leaves, vegetables, omnivores eat a mixture of meat and plant material. (Animals that eat other animals are called carnivores. Animals that eat plants are called herbivores. Animals that eat both plants and other animals are called omnivores)

Use these Sorting Cards to help you:

or play this online game 

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Its bye bye to fractions for a bit (some of you will be pleased to know) and onto measure. yay! You can start of by using items from the house. Which things are longer and which things are shorter? How many tins of beans high are you? Your younger brother? How many high is Mum or Nan?

Why do you think we changed to measuring with a ruler or tape masure.

Record your answers in a chart.


Tuesday 21st April 2020

I hope your first day back wasn't too taxing and that you've discovered an animal from your list you want to know more about as we have more tasks designed to challenge your thinking and whirr those cogs in your have fun!

Tuesday 21st April 2020

● Write a set of questions about animals you would like to find out about.

Use our question words as starters: who, what, when, where, why, how.

Think about their daily life; food, babies, habitat. What would you like to know? (We will research it tomorrow- just the questions today)

Don't forget to refine your questions. Write loads and then pick to best ones to support your purpose which is finding out more about your animal.

Tuesday 21st April 2020

Create a mask : Using different materials around the house, create a mask of your favourite animal. Think about the colours and shape. Can you add different textures to your mask?


Tuesday 21st April 2020

Where do animals live? Recap our work on habitats and how they are adapted to them through this online game. You can download the pack if you need to here too.

Tuesday 21st April 2020

Use this link to find a video to explain todays learning when counting fractions. There are also challenges to go along with it that can be printed.


Welcome back

Welcome back to the SUMMER term! Feels weird writing that without seeing you but I will be adding lots more lovely learning to this site to keep your brains ticking over and your challenge channels open.

We started to think about animals and sorting before the school closure and we also needed to build our skills with fractions further. So here is Monday's learning.

Monday 20th April 2020

Monday 20th April 2020

A-Z Animal list: Can you think of an animal for each letter of the alphabet. Can you add sound buttons?

Pick one animal you've never heard of or you don't know much about.

Monday 20th April 2020 Draw a picture of your animal and label it. Can you write sentences using adjectives (words that describe)?
Monday 20th April 2020 Find out about: What are mammals?, What are amphibians? What are birds? What are fish? What are reptiles? What are minibeasts? 
Monday 20th April 2020
Monday 20th April 2020

Play on Number Fact Families - find the addition and subtraction fact families for numbers up to 20, 50 or 100. 


Poop Story! They pick all my best faces for the front shot!

yesFriday 3rd April 2020yes

So this is the last day of learning that will be on the website until after Easter. All of the videos are saved on here for you to watch so if you need a bedtime story you can get one from here. On Friday evening I will add the video about your bedtime story choice so please check back in for that. 


Also there are lots of ideas that you could use on different websites including the BBC if you want some learning action over the holidays. But there is no expectation that you do this learning.

Here is some STEM that looks like fun but there is no need to do this! 

Please have a lovely break and relax.


Friday 3rd April 2020

Cracking Fun!

Have you ever taken part in an ‘Egg and Spoon Race?’ Find some family members to take part. (The rule is to balance an egg or similarly shaped item upon a spoon and race with it to the finishing line) Your grown ups can decide on the prize: it could be an Easter Egg or a day of wearing PJs all day!


3rd April 2020

Traditional celebration: Talk to an adult and ask about any traditional celebrations you may have as a family. Why do you celebrate them? How do you celebrate them and when? Do you have to wear different clothes and eat different food? Could you record this in a picture or piece of writing


3rd April 2020

Writing: Finish your 'Do Not Wash This Rabbit' story. Making sure you include a good ending that will bring the main characters back together.

You could magpie the final sentence:

'And so they decided to wrap all of the toys in cling film so they could never get dirty again!' But how will you get to it?

If you have already finished then re-read and edit your work. Be Mrs Mills and look for your spellings (key words are in your reading diary), best choice of vocabulary (could you change any words) and the overall presentation. Then illustrate it.


3rd April 2020



Story choice

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Great news everyone, its Thursday! Today I will be adding a new video for you to able to choose Friday's bedtime book. So look out for it! Anyway onto some learning.....I hope your stories are coming along nicely. Plus don't forget if you've started the White Rose Fraction maths you can carry this on.

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Using your story map I want you to write the next part of a you story. Don't forget to include a problem..... what goes wrong? What does the rabbit do? An also who helps? In the first story it was Mum, could it be Grandad or Nanny?


A range of openers: Dad decided to..... Just then, Next, Then, When, If, While, At that moment, In the morning, etc.

Noun Phrases (2 adjectives to the noun): grubby, dirty rabbit, bright, warm day, cheeky, speedy bunny.

Subordinate conjunctions; because, if, when, so

Thursday 2nd April 2020 Design a cottage - Compare how a cottage is different to your house. Can you make a model of your house and a cottage?
Thursday 2nd April 2020 

Continue the patterns with this pattern game.

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Get active with the Supermovers 


Wednesday 1st April 2020

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope that the books have been fun to listen to. I have enjoyed

making them. I will be adding a video on Wednesday night to give a choice of 3 more videos. I'd love to hear from you to give me your choices.

Wednesday 1st April 2020

WOWEE! I have seen some excellent story maps being sent in. I particularly liked yours Oscar.



Using your story map I want you to write the start of a you story. Don't forget to include a setting description and introduce your characters.


A range of openers: Dad decided to..... Just then, Next, Then, When, If, While, At that moment, In the morning, etc.

Noun Phrases (2 adjectives to the noun): grubby, dirty rabbit, bright, warm day, cheeky, speedy bunny.

Subordinate conjunctions; because, if, when, so


If you are having trouble starting here's a sentence for you to magpie:

The very next morning I woke to the clanging, metal sound of the washing machine turning over downstairs........

Wednesday 1st April 2020 Shape hunt: Take your child on a shape hunt around their house and garden. Look at the different shapes of the windows, doors, and houses. Can they name them? Are they 2D or 3D shapes? Ask them to create a picture of their house or street.
Wednesday 1st April 2020 Draw a picture of your street. Support your child to take a look at the street and buildings around where they live. Encourage them to think about the shape of the buildings and the different heights.
Wednesday 1st April 2020


Today we are exploring indoor ways to stay fit and healthy (and to tire ourselves out)

Wednesday 1st April 2020

If you have online access carry on from the point you reached yesterday


If you don't have the internet look carefully today at finding quarters. To find 1/4 (one part of 4 parts) you can half and half again.

Try it out with some objects to help you. Use even numbers only to start with (end in 0,2,4,6,8) You can use a bar model to help you.


A bar model is sharing out/dividing equally from the whole number/group of objects into the 'parts' of a fraction. Quarters means we share equally into 4 groups. 1/4 means the answer is how many in 1 group.

.  .  .   .  .  .   .  .  .   .  .  . 

For one group we would count one 'box' or part. This would give us:

1/4 of 12 is 3

One quarter of 12 is 3

Try out your skills on these questions:


Mrs Mills reads a story

Bedtime story

Tuesday 31st March 2020

Tuesday 31st March 2020

Could you plan the sequel to 'Do Not Wash This Bear' based on the end of the book from Monday's bedtime story?

First make a story map- draw each part of the story with key words or phrases.


A range of openers: Dad decided to..... Just then, Next, Then, When, If, While, At that moment, In the morning, etc.

Noun Phrases (2 adjectives to the noun): grubby, dirty rabbitbright, warm day, cheeky, speedy bunny.

This is an example of a story map (but not for this story)


Tuesday 31st March 2020


The next lesson in the White Rose fraction maths can be found here if you have access to online learning.


If you don't have online access

Today guys we are working on fractions- finding 1/2 or 1/4 of a set of things is an easy way to do this at home.Use anything you have that are the 'same' like pieces of pasta or pens. 

Find 1/2 of different even numbers (numbers that have 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 in the ones column)

What do you notice? You could used a bar model.......



Investigate how they can find 1/2 of different amounts (even numbers only to start). Explain "We write this down as 1/2 or half. The whole number is shared equally into two parts. To find half we count 1 part that is why it is 1/2" You can develop this further by looking at quarters- 4 parts counting 1 part.  


Tuesday 31st March 2020

Well known addresses: Discuss with your child any well-known addresses of book characters/famous people/ historical figures they may know? e.g. 10 Downing Street, The Post Office, Sherlock Holmes, Buckingham Palace, Diagon Alley. This powerpoint might help

Tuesday 31st March 2020 


Take the active learning quiz to find activities and games that suit you on the change for life website.

Tuesday 31st March 2020 My house: Discuss with your child what their house looks like inside and outside? How many bedrooms does it have? Who has the biggest bedroom? Who has the smallest? Ask them to look outside their window and see if they can spot a house different to their own. Can they draw their house? How many windows at the front? How many windows at the back? Do you have one door or two? In a special bag - could you (with adult support) place things that make it your home? Why would you pick those items?


enlightenedMonday 30th March 2020enlightened

Whooooooooooo here we go, week 2. I can't wait to share it with you all.

On Monday night we will have story book 2 and I will upload it by bedtime. 

But on to this week.....last week was all about your family. This week it's all about where you live.

Monday 30th

March 2020

Using inspiration from our video story- Molly Maybe and the Monster Mission- what would happen if you had to get something precious from your neighbours garden but you couldn't touch the floor? Could you draw a plan? What would you use to help you? How would you get across and back safely? Don't forget to label it.  

Monday 30th

March 2020

Look at where you live. What can you see outside the window in the front of your house? At the back of your house? What could you find near you? Find a map (google if you don't have one) and see if you can find Redditch. Do they know the name of their street? Can they create a street sign with their street name?

Monday 30th

March 2020

What does each part mean? Do you know who delivers the post? Share a letter that has been delivered and explore the envelope from the front and back. Can you see any numbers on the front or back of the envelope? What do they mean? Who is the letter addressed to? Ask your child to write their address on the envelope. Discuss the postcode and any capital letters?

Monday 30th

March 2020

If you have access to the internet for your child's learning there is a really good follow up sequence for our fractions work here- starting at week 1- There are online videos to show you child what to do. 


For today try this: 

Monday 30th

March 2020

Try a Pokemon yoga sequence to stay flexible.


The Winner is......

Which was our first bedtime book? Click on the video or use this link to find out 

The winning book!

Hi Elm Class!

Mrs Mills, Mrs Bailey, Mrs Cooke and Mrs Hudson are all working away to put the best learning opportunities for you on here. Each day we will add new activities for you to have a go at and new challenges for you to explore. We are an Abbeywood Family and I know you will be lifelong learning from home.


But for now there is a list of websites that you and your families might find useful. Parents there are lots of hints and tips below for you too including things that you can all do together as a family.




All phonics resources and planning are now free


First News- 7-11yrs school newspaper giving free resources and a free digital issue.


All the reading books we have in school in an online library. Just choose your age and off you go.

You do need to sign up but its easy.



There is now a home learning tab on White Rose which we use to support maths in school

This is an American site but the key calculations are the same



There are free resources for parents and children to stay active


These BBC resources help with cross curricular learning but include movement


Outdoors (for those who can safely) EYFS


Lots of online videos that help keep children active inside and also teach mindfulness and meditation


Joe Wicks has recorded various 5 minute fitness activities aimed at primary school children

He is also doing at PE lesson on his youtube channel each morning at 9am.



Songs and activities related to geography



These are a set of American videos but useful to explain key scientific concepts


Sign up for free for lots of amazing science support and clear ideas of how to run an activity


This website has interesting animations and support


Planning/teaching stuff

Plan Bee have produced free home learning packs

Interactive activities covering a whole range of subjects and

year groups

Huge treasure trove of activities that cover a whole range of

subjects. Also holds links to games etc that are hosted by other sites.

A new picture is shared each day to provoke discussion, debate or

writing ideas