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A video on hand washing can be found at:

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home:


On the twentieth of March, twenty-twenty,

I was told that I had to shut school,

I really did not want to close us,

But had to follow the Government’s big rule.


I knew it was going to be difficult,

And it all felt so scary and unknown,

But we made the most of our last day together,

Before I sent you all off, safely home.


We’ve still been here for a few children,

Making sure that they have a great time,

Doing things that we don’t always get time for,

In the great outdoors, under beaming sunshine.


I’ve missed you so much since you left us,

And I think of you in all that I do,

Nothing seems quite right with no children,

And I can’t wait to be reunited with you.


I miss the daily ‘hello’ and ‘welcome’,

And the big rush to all get inside,

Seeing no bags and coats hanging down on the pegs,

The corridors just feel empty and wide.


Daily phonics has stopped with your teachers,

When you learn how to read, spell and write,

The pride on your faces as you learn new words,

And knowing that you’re getting it right!


Daily worship in the hall is missing,

When we gather, talk, listen and share,

Coming as one to give praise and thanks,

Sing songs, reflect and say our prayers.


Our playground is big, grey and empty,

And school is all lonely and bare,

Your games and your chatter are missing,

Spaces are just not right now you’re not there.


I can’t hear you counting and adding,

As you learn in your daily maths time,

There’s no sorting shapes or using measuring tapes,

Or singing and chanting number rhymes.


At lunch the big hall sits all silent,

With the tables and chairs packed away,

They’ve all been cleaned, ‘til they sparkle,

For you to sit at on your return one day.


Science is not being studied,

And PE lessons are now on hold,

History and geography are waiting their turn,

And no children’s stories are being told.

Arts and crafts remain it the cupboard,

Musical instruments can’t play by themselves,

Library books sit there unopened,

Gathering dust on the wooden book shelves.


What’s still here are your wonderful workbooks,

Great displays with your work on the walls,

The photos of reading and writing,

And playing with big bats and balls.


And all the love that I have for you all going nowhere,

It’s safely locked deep down inside,

So when all the germs have been sent far away,

You’ll be here, safely back by my side.





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Dear Parents

As we enter week Two of school closure, we hope the following resources along with those that have previously been added will support you child with their home learning.





Extra Information


Mon – Fri

Jo Wicks Morning PE sessions

Physical exercise to raise your heartrate.

If you miss this you can watch the videos later on the YouTube channel.


Mon – Fri

Jump Start Jonny

Fun interactive dance workout.

If you miss this you can watch the videos later on the YouTube channel.

9:30am - Set 1 Speed Sounds

10am - Set 2 Speed Sounds

10:30am - Set 3 Speed Sounds

Ruth Miskin Read Write In Phonic Sessions

These videos are available to watch 24 hours after the original streaming. The Phonics lessons will be available up until 3rd April

9:45am Mon - Fri

Writing with Jane Considine

Watch this video to see how super sentence stacker sentences will work.

A story for the Nation

You can even send your work to Jane.

Twitter @ JaneConsidine

Facebook –The Training Space



11am – Mon - Fri

David Wailliams Story Time

Dr Chip has different activities for each day of the week. If you think you would be interested look ahead – to see what resources you will need.

10am – Mon - Fri

Dr Chip’s daily dose of Science, Engineering and Computing

If you miss this you can watch the videos later on the YouTube channel

11am – Mon - Fri

Body Beats body percussion online lesson

Music – with no instrumnets!

If you miss this you can watch the videos later on the YouTube channel.

11am – Mon - Fri

Let’s Go Live Science with Maddie Moate and Greg Foot

Talking about Science and Nature with a theme each week. If you miss this you can watch the videos later on the YouTube channel.

1pm – Mon - Fri

Natasha Lamb basics of British Sign Language

If you miss this you can watch the videos later on the YouTube channel.


Oliver Jeffers story time

Instagram @oliverjeffers

If you miss this you can watch the videos later on the YouTube channel.

All the Time

Edinburgh Zoo live streaming

Edinburgh Zoo have live cameras on the website running day – night.

All the Time

Art Ninja

Expert art animator who can get you creating.

His Holiness, Pope Francis will be leading us in prayer this Friday at 5:00. Please follow the link for more information

With the prospect of spending many days at home over the next few weeks, what’s better than a TT Rockstars Challenge.  Many of you are familiar with battling each other and some may even battle your teachers!  Now we have moved onto a different levelAre you ready to battle as a whole class?  Are you ready to step up to the challenge?  If the answer is yes, then read on.  Battle of the Bands have been set up for Year 3 to battle Year 4 and for Year 5 to battle Year 6.  Login in the usual way and you will have individual battles set for you but the overall performance of the class will determine who the ultimate winners are.  Who will the winners be? And who will go on to battle for the top spot as Top Class in the school!  More battles will be created each week, so watch this space!

Login Instructions for Classroom Secret

Why not start the day with a workout. Please see the link below. Enjoy!

The 99 Club Challenge is a new resource to the website.
Do you need to improve your multiplication tables knowledge?  Look no further.  Have a go at these courses, they are designed to be used three times per week.  There are options to improve your 2s, 5s and 10s; your 3s, 4s and 8s; your 6s, 7s and 9s and if you're really up for a challenge, all of your multiplication tables.  Please contact school if you need these printing out.  Good luck!

Useful Websites and student Learning packs.


Dear Parent,


Please note Numbots is free to use via TTRockstar website using TTRockstar Login.



Design and Technology


Design and Technology is about providing opportunities for children to develop a variety of skills. By combining their design and making skills, with knowledge and understanding they learn, to create quality products.


 D&T brings learning to life! It is a motivating context for discovering English, Mathematics, Science, Art, PSHE and ICT. Primary D&T also provides a firm basis for later learning in the subject in higher Key Stages and a platform for developing skills in English and Maths. 


Below are some age appropriate challenges for home, however, feel free to get engaged in all of the challenges if you feel capable to do so. Many require materials that can be found at home but feel free to improvise and substitute items if you do no have them readily available. There are also a variety of D&T resources on Twinkl (which is currently free for parents to access). Don't forget to have fun!

Design Technology EYFS

Design Technology KS1

Design Technology KS2

On the Farm I Spy and Add Activity to 10

Spring I Spy and Count Activity to 10

Need a break from English, Maths and Science? Utilise all of these in one go with D & T Project see below.

Design and Technology


This is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to conduct scientific investigations and work Scientifically (DfE, 2014). Below is a variety of links and documents with different ideas for your Minnie Scientists to explore!

Year 4 Science

Hello and welcome to year 4's class page.  We have lots of fun at school and cover a wide and varied curriculum, please look at the Topic Map for more information.  We hope the attached links and documents are useful.

Y6 spellings for this week and next







  • Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic: