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Bryony - Year 1

My parting words to you! Thank you for making my last few days, weeks, year so wonderful- my lovely last class xxx

Thank you so much for coming this afternoon- what a fabulous opportunity for you to see them in our garden. Hope you enjoyed it!

I am feeling quite overwhelmed by your generous gifts. To say thank you doesn't seem enough but I do thank you -

Thank you for having such lovely children, making my last class as precious as my first.

Have a great Summer!

Please come early - at 2.45 on Wednesday to collect them if you possibly can - we are inviting you into The Secret Garden to watch them do their country dancing.

I am so sorry that this is such short notice- the time is running away.

Without a microphone I'm not sure how we can recite our poems outside - we may try group renditions with a few soloists who are naturally loud!!

Hope you can join us. Spread the word!

Can everyone bring in a labelled carrier bag on Monday please so we will have time to sort and then quarantine books before they come home to you. Many thanks.

Please send back any reading books - but there is no more guided reading. We need to get all of the books back in and sorted for Sept.

Ms Rogers their new teacher came for another visit today - all good!



They are bringing home a primrose plant as my present to them. Just plant it, water it, love it.

Each Spring it will flower and remind you of your time in Bryony class.


Please check you have given consent for the trip or I can't take them - I will bring out a clipboard in the morning for you to sign if you haven't already done so. 

Hot seating the characters. What did you ask them?

Please look out for a letter early next week -  re our trip on Thur 15th July to Farleigh Hungerford Castle - they will need a medieval costume - knight, princess, king, dragon ....  whatever they want to wear - e.g. if Elsa is their choice, absolutely  fine, just dress up.  

Fun at the duck race!!! What a beautiful morning, and a ride in the school minibus for the first time!

We have had a letter from The Queen no less - we sent her messages like - 

To Queen I am sorry the prince passed away hope you are ok ...   wonderful Bryony gems like this xxx   How proud am I???


A very busy afternoon weaving - great team work - representing places in our school

Homework - research Florence Nightingale ready for our study day on Monday.

Find out all about her, why she was famous, why her parents didn't want her to become a nurse, how nursing has changed, the impact she made.

Sorry parents, 

problems with TEAMS my end so I will put homework just on here -

Research St George - who he was, his story, why is he our saint for England?? 

Maths - count in 10s 5s 2s - too easy - try counting from any number - 10 more - 31,41,51 etc

English - look at the -ed suffi - landed rolled jumped - where nothing changes, you just add -ed,

revise the - ing suffix too

Keep sending me their animal research.

Great to be back !! Childcare with grandchildren - I don't know how you home schooled - my two didn't listen to me at all!!!! I am full of admiration for you.

All settled back in now for the Summer term xx

What wonderful parents you are!!!

Imagine my emotional joy when a secretary brought down a box

and it was full of flowers for me!!! A truly happy Easter to you all xxx

All 6 have hatched which is brilliant and even more exciting- the children saw it happening which is very rare! It normally happens when they have gone home. 
One very chirpy chick listening in to parents evening!

Just to clarify- animal homework anytime between now and end of first week back after Easter


so 4 weeks to do it!!  Think we've all had enough of home learning!!

Truly brilliant joke telling on Friday!!! Some funnier than others as you can imagine- we laugh at everything!!!

Homework for this weekend and across until we return after Easter - research an animal.

Choose your favourite and make a poster/ a short film, send an email, whatever you like - we will show it to the class through TEAMS so submit it there/email. You will then stand at the front of the class and we will ask you questions as you are our lion/hamster/ 

So you will need to know - what it eats, is it a carnivore, omnivore or herbivore? Is it a mammal, reptile, bird, amphibian or fish? Where it lives, sleeps, how old it can live to, any interesting facts ....


A great first week back together!

Homework - learn a joke to tell the class for Red Nose Day on Friday. You don't have to  - write it on a piece of paper for me to say if you would rather.

Monday we have a Sports Specialist working with us in the afternoon so definitely wear your P.E. kit

Sorry to say den building did not happen! We managed to get outside for half an hour after lunch and several got very wet and muddy . They need a change of clothes in school - use their P.E. kit - leave it in the cloakroom all the time - joggers, a jumper, socks, pants.

Den building will happen on our next dry day - we will just do it wearing our uniform -if they have a change of clothes in school that will really help.

They have all settled back in remarkably well- children are so resilient. But they will be tired.

Reading will start up again in earnest next week - same days as before unless I tell you otherwise.

Wednesday is still den building day - so wear old, comfy, warm clothes even if you think the weather will mean we can't do it. Then everyone will know what to wear.

You should have a P.E. bag n the cloakroom full of a change of clothes already in case we get super muddy!


A brilliant first day back - the weather was with us. I think they will be super tired by Friday!!

I feel overwhelmed by your generous gift - thank you so very much - I feel you know me very well!!

It is my absolute pleasure to be their teacher and thank you for letting me into your homes xxx


Monday - bring in your book bag- it will stay here until we have rejigged the groups and reset new reading days - hopefully by week 2. I will be giving them an easy read on purpose to build up their confidence- please trust me on this. Books in and out are quarantined for  a week to stop the spread of germs.

Homework- I will put it weekly on TEAMS to continue in the habit of submitting work and using TEAMS.

It will also mean no books coming in and out of school. 

If you want to send in their home learning book I would love to see it but really I've seen it already if you have posted work on TEAMS.

Have a restful weekend!!! I will be at the door out the front at 8.45 on Monday and Sarah will be in the classroom with activities for them to drift into once they have visited the cloakroom with coats etc.

Bring a snack to keep in the cloakroom. Milk will start up again. We have lots of fruit.

Then pick up is 3.10.

This time they are returning to Bryony not starting in Bryony so it will be fine once they are in!!

Please email me any concerns. 

It will be so wonderful to have them all back together xxx

First week back - P.E. kit Friday , from then on P.E. kit Monday and Friday - simply because I feel that first day back should be uniform

The first week back!! 

We are very excited that we will all be back together. Thank you for all your hard work parents - I know it isn't always easy - they will do anything for me, maybe not for you!!!

I am so proud of our school and what we have provided, and have loved being able to be in your homes - thank you . You have all really helped me through these tricky times. I love being your teacher.

So the first week is very much about being back together, re-establishing friendships and routines.

With this in mind my timetable is

Monday - school uniform, garden party with a disco, games and scottish dancing!!

Wednesday - old clothes for a den building day with firepit, marshmallows and hot chocolate.

Friday - has to be Football Friday - but only for those who want to. Everyone wear your P.E. kit to school for Miss Rossiter.

The whole week is also Science Week - so lots of practical exploration and on-line meetings

I haven't forgotten Superhero Day or PJ day , pancakes - they will all follow!!!

I have a big surprise for you on Wednesday too!!!!

 Can't wait to see you all!!!!


Friday - Elmer

Find out 5 elephant facts - I loved reading your tiger ones!

Make a collage elephant out of scraps of paper or coloured paper

Which colour is his favourite?  How many pink/yellow/blue  patches on him?- make a chart

Thursday - is World Book Day!!!

Please dress as a book character f you want to, or something linked to a book.

You have voted for what I am being!!!!

If you haven't already done so decorate a potato to look like a book character.

Spend time revisiting old favourite books.

Our focus book for the day is The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

Here are some activities for you -

write a shopping list- what you need to replace

do a storymap

find out 5 tiger facts

colour mix to paint your own tiger

act out the story with actions and noises - for example when he slurps,

have fun!!!




From yesterday’s story – create a WANTED poster for The Highway Rat


Focus book – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Activity 1- practise spelling days of the week – create diary entries – Monday… etc.

Maybe a little booklet

Activity 2 – draw the  butterfly or the caterpillar  - make it  as colourful as you can – use watercolours,  pastels, whatever you can find at home

Activity 3 – search in the garden for caterpillars and butterflies – probably too early!!

Activity 4 – try to make a junk model piece of food that he eats

Activity 5 – try a different sort of food today

Activity 6 – draw the lifecycle of the butterfly – egg- caterpillar -cocoon- butterfly

THURSDAY DRESS UP FOR WORLD BOOK DAY - just Arum, Bryony, Campion.


Next week is Book Week !


Monday - Stickman   as our text .

At 9 o'clock I will read it to you. 

Activity 1 - can you retell the story in the right order? 

Activity 2 - find your own Stickman - so find a stick and make it look like Stickman.

Activity 3 - draw and label another idea for the author - what else could he be apart from a sword, a bone ...

Activity 4 - write a postcard home - you are Stickman telling your family not to worry. Tell them what has happened so far.

Activity 5 - calculate how many characters  he meets on his journey?

Activity 6 - make the family tree.


Instead of Mrs Mitchell at 2pm you have a visiting actor to tell you another story - please tune in to that meeting. 


Friday - number families

Can you use 8, 7 and 15 to write addition and subtraction sentences?


If I was doing it for 2, 3 and 5 it would look like this –





Whizz kids then try it for 

 9,5 and 16

7, 12 and 19


Create your own sets

See the link between addition and subtraction

Friday -Long write opportunity -

Write the next part of the story – the boy jumping down to get what he needs , parachuting into the sea and swimming towards home – focus on punctuation.

What amazing sentences can you write? Remember similes if possible to impress Mrs Mitchell

25th Feb       I can write subtraction sums from scenarios


Write out the subtraction sum for each scenario –

I had 17 presents and I opened 9 of them – how many were left to open later?

There are 12 cars in the car park – 5 of them are blue and the others are red. How many are red?

Leo has 13 football cards. Sonny has 5. How many more does Leo have?

Charlie has 16 apples. Sienna has none. Charlie gives her 9 apples. Who has the most now?


Obviously work out each answer too.

Thursday writing-

Look at the nine small images  - the boy and the alien are thinking of ways to fix their machines and get home - write short effective sentences to show their communication


Focus – capital letter at start of each and spaces, full stop for each sentence.


From what you write Mrs Mitchell and Bryony can guess which pictures you have chosen.

You might just write for one - The alien said he could climb up.

Another might be - The green alien decided to swim to shore.

You could write a short sentence for all nine!!

Wednesday writing

Look at the two pictures and write what is happening in both joining the sentences with and 

For example you could write:

The boy showed the alien his empty petrol tank and  the boy showed his new friend the broken engine on his spaceship.


The boy pointed to the plane as the alien thought about what to do and then he gave his good advice.

I can't wait to read yours!



Wednesday maths -

Write on  cards the numbers           9    10    19   and symbols  +    -   =    so you have 6 card to move around  to create as many addition and subtraction sentences as you can

Maybe pin each one on a toy and move them around – record each one before moving them around







Exciting news that we will soon be back together Bryony! Keep thinking of ideas for that first week. 

Before we completely say goodbye to Big Ted - we have spotted a label on him - under one of his patches - if you research this it brings up Tara Toys - which began in 1953 - so he can't be more than 

67 years old and if he was my brother's and was already an old teddy he can't be younger than 55.

I think that is as close as we can get!!

So lovely to see you all again today  Bryony xxx

 Tuesday subtraction

Explain how to do the sum – 16-7

Partitioning the 7 into 6 and 1 – subtract the 6  from the 16 to make 10, then subtract the one so =9

Discuss other ways of doing it.

How would you work out 17-8=    15-7=     14-9 =     Always try to link it to the ten 


So 17- 8   17-7=10  then take away 1 = 9

15-7=  15-5 =10 then take away 2 = 8

14-9 = 14-4 = 10 then take away the 5 =5


Use cubes etc to see this practically as well as knowing place value of ten to help you ( with 17 seeing that it’s a ten and a 7)

Tuesday - talk in role as the alien/ the boy

Discuss the alien – think where he’s come from,

What he’s thinking about the boy, the moon...

In role ask each other questions – you as boy, dad/mum as alien or the other way round

e.g.- where are you from, what are you doing here?

I'm from... I'm looking for my friend ...

Welcome back to the next half term!!! Who knows what this will bring? Hope you had a safe, happy half term holiday. See you Monday morning at 9!

UK map-

this week spend the afternoons and on-going....looking at the UK map - be as creative as you can to learn  England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland along with the capitals and surrounding seas!

Monday - write a simile

Look at six green objects – describe them – shiny peas, smooth leaf, fluffy jumper etc

Collect your own green object and think of adjectives,

Then choose one and write as a simile to descrbe the alien – The alien was as green as a shiny pea.

Monday maths

Introduce arrow cards – At home make a set each and use them to show number from clues –

Make 17, a number with one ten and 6 ones, the teen number between 13 and 15 etc

Thank you for bringing your pets to the meeting today - they were all so well behaved!!!!

Happy half term Bryony!!!

I have so enjoyed teaching you this half term, even if it is in this extraordinary way!

Have a good rest. If you want a challenge know all of phase 2 3 and 5 so far by the  end of the holiday-

so if you see the phoneme in a word you know it is ai/ ea/ ph ....- not just as flashcards.

Friday maths

Go back to your number cards 0-20 – if you still have them - or make some more -turn over 2 cards to create your own sums –

Take the smallest number away from the largest number – put the 2 cards aside once you have used them so your selection gets smaller.

Use the numberline to support you.

Record each calculation

Friday plurals

I can use –s to create plurals

List 5 things that you can see on the moon/from the moon – they have to be plural – so add –s

E.g.     craters   stars   aliens!  Lights  meteors  rockets…

End of question -

Think back over all our learning about old toys - what have you enjoyed the most and what is your new learning?

Can you think of ways we were adventurous, ethical, connected and unique?

Thursday writing

How is he feeling –

Write 5 words on heart shapes to represent feelings – draw the boy and put the words in order near to him/far away from him –

So if your word choices were

lonely excited nervous tired worried

I would put worried closest to him and tired furthest away but I have to explain why I place each word where I do!

Thursday calculations

I can use previous knowledge to help me work out calculations

Use your knowledge of what a teen number is,  prs to ten  and double  knowledge to work out these calculations –





Try to explain each step

Moon pictures

Chat to our friends - look out for your invite - I have done my best to give you who you asked for!

Tuesday Art -

Make yourself a little spaceship and alien! Use junk, paint, whatever you like!  If you already have an alien like Leo does - in fact two, make the spaceship to fit them or any other toy who you think might want a ride! Or make the alien too!

 Tuesday maths -

I can complete a number sentence exploring all possibilities

How many ways can you complete the number sentence

? - ? =11

Tuesday -  Discover the moon!!

Create a dark atmosphere to create a tense, nervous feel as you get out of your space rocket and walk around the moon! Take a torch!

When you get back write a note home to say how you feel, what you can see and hear etc.  Think about what you want to say and possibly shouldn’t say…

 Here's an example - 

E.g.   Dear mum,

I am on the moon!!

It is a bit scary as it is so very quiet.

It’s cold too!!

I don’t want to worry you but I have run out of petrol!

Hope to be back in time for tea.

Love from …


Monday 8th -Beginning of subtraction – discuss words we use – minus, take away, subtract -  answer will be less


There are 16 biscuits on a plate. Mo eats 5 of them.

Write this as a subtraction sum – so 16-5 =

Do part/part/whole for this one – First there were 9 sheep. Then they all ran away



Use a numberline to jump back along the numbers for these- 20-7   18-6   19-4

Moon picture

Use whatever you have to hand to create a moon picture for me!!

You could make a collage by cutting up magazines, draw, paint, print - whatever you like - when I look at it I can see you are showing me the moon

Monday thought bubble

The boy gets to the moon but he’s ran out of petrol – record his thought bubble


Friends chat time

send me the name of someone you are missing from Bryony class - I will attempt to set up small group chat sessions - so just one name - a friend in Bryony who is at home/ in school.

I will be listening in for safeguarding reasons. Poss a 10 min session once a week for 4 friends.

Friday addition

Look at the sums and work them out by using your knowledge of ten –

5+6 – so think if it was 5 add 5 it would be 10 so the answer is one more – 11


8+3 =






Think about 6+7 = partition the 7 into 4 and 3 so you can make a ten with the

6 and 4 then 3 =13

Use this partitioning – 5+8 = 5+5 +3

7+9 = 7+3+6    

Is it easier to do this or start with the largest number or …. Discuss strategies you can use

We now have a class log-in 

Follow this link: Pupil Home ( to log in.

Our class login is: Bryony1   Password: Owl1

Choose Book Band books from the colour you were reading in class at Christmas time - too easy - move up a colour - dip in and out - start with an easy read then challenge yourself -

if you are fluent it's too easy. Parents if you need more advise as to which level email me - depends how much reading they have done since Christmas too.


Friday -Repetition for effect -  

 Rising! Rising! Rising!

He soared up in the sky.


What could you write??   Up! Up! Up!     or   Zoom! Zoom!  Zoom!  or what????

Thursday History- watch Toy Story - obviously for research purposes - if yo haven't got it as a DVD find each film on Youtube-

I'd recommend the first one or the memorable clips version.

Sit back in that rocket ship/space shuttle/plane and enjoy!!!

Think about the strong relationship Andy has with Woody and Woody has with Andy - who needs who most?? This cold be the best home learning you ever get!!!

Thursday - Learn your double numbers –

Double 1 =2

Double 2=4









 First write out what you think they are 

Make the doubles practically so yo see a 5 tower of lego alongside another 5 tower of lego etc

Chant them

Each person at home be that double so Charlie  is double 7=14

Keep referring to him etc – he has it on his front/back

Be creative - write 8 on the front of Ted, put 16 on his back or put 5 and 10 on the front/inside of a book


At the end of the day go back and write them again - hopefully you have improved.

If you know them all already double these numbers - double 50, 25, 75, 15, 45...

Thursday - describe the sky

The plane lifted off into the blue sky –

Choose an ambitious adjective to describe the sky  -

so go out and look at the sky - collect words to describe the sky

Then sit in your plane/rocket and write your sentence!!   Something better than 'blue'


Inspired by Isaac!

build yourself a plane or a rocket to get to the moon! Don't forget dials, a name ....I can't wait to see them! It has to be big enough for you to fit in it - have fun!!

Tuesday - I can reason and problem solve with number bonds

There are double the amount of number bonds to 20 than there are number bonds to 10 – prove it!

First revise number bonds = 10- establish how many there are

Let them have a go then you fill in –   11 ways  













Now add a ten to either number in the pair to show =20

So 1+9  is 11+9  or 1+19

So how many ways are there? Answer 21 – but please don’t just tell them that!!

Encourage them to have a go, be systematic…

Equipment is essential – a tower of ten lego pieces as your ten – put it with the 1 or the 9 to make 11 or 19

Sorry- ordering numbers was a lot easier to explain!!!


Tuesday - getting into the plane

Brainstorm powerful verbs – get into – instead you could choose to write -  climbed, clambered, jumped, leapt, hopped….

Think of your own

Gather phrases for going on a trip -  go on a mission, explore the world, 

Link with and

Mrs Mitchell will model writing- The boy decided to clamber into the plane and take it on a trip.


Pupils to include a powerful verb ( a doing word) and a trip phrase – write their own sentence!!

Tuesday questions 

Get ready for your flight to the moon!!!

Hot seat the boy – ask him questions

So at home either be the boy answering the questions or make your adult be the boy and ask them questions

Also get a question ready to ask the boy who will be in our classroom at 2pm


Tuesday History - write clues so we can guess which of my teddies you mean - 3 clues getting easier each time

Tuesday maths - Explain your thinking –

Use equipment to represent each of these calculations –

What is the same?

What is different?

  7+3=10                    17+3=20                    20=7+13

Julia Donaldson- vote for your favourite book - the winner is The Scarecrows' Wedding.

Monday History -

Put my teddies in chronological order

I have 5 teddies - from my facts can you order them from oldest to newest?

Paddington - who I got from friends when I was 18

Mr Bear who was my son's when he was 8

Tiny Ted who I bought for my granddaughter

Big Ted - my brother's from the attic

White Ted who I bought in London when I was ten

Lots of discussion!!!  Draw them in the right order!!




Monday maths - number bonds for 12

Find and make number bonds = 12

Record them as part/part/whole –




Continue the pattern – how do you know you have found all of them?


Whizz kids try with other teen numbers too

Too hard with 12?  Try a lower number – between 5 and 10

Use equipment to see the 12 – so 12 pieces of lego/pasta

you move one across each time


Monday - adjectives

Choose words to describe the aeroplane –

 He saw a bright shiny plane.

Think of 5 other adjectives to describe the plane – maybe red, metallic, fast …

Write your sentence using to of your words - and draw the plane using those adjectives you chose to inform the picture.

Discuss why you think those 2 words are best.

Friday maths

Use a numberline to add on –

Make number cards – numbers 0 to 10 – shuffle them up – turn over 2 cards – this is what you have to add – so if you turn over 3 and 9   write out the sum  3+9 and use the numberline/ruler to add on from the 3 – children often get the wrong answer because they count the 3 as their first jump instead of the 4 …

Realise that it’s quicker to start on the 9 and add on 3 more ….10  11 12

Addition is commutative – start with either number


Whizz kids- how many different sums can you create with your cards?

Simplify it by just having cards 0 1 2 3 4 5  and a numberline which says  012345678910


Have a little lego man who actually jumps along the numbers to make it more fun

Do the RSPB Birdwatch either today or over the weekend- submit it to them .

Remember if you see 3 robins you can only record it as 3 if you see them all at the same time. Otherwise it might be the same one you are seeing 3 times.

Friday writing

Onomatopoeia words 

Pretend to be getting things out of the cupboard as the boy did in the story– drama- what words will illustrate the noises?

Crash!   Bang!   Boing!  Thud! Twang!!   ???

Think of 5 noise words which sound like the noise they make -don't forget the exclamation mark!



Art - Thursday - Rip a teddy 

don't use scissors, just rip out body parts!  Then stick it all together and add a mouth, eyes and nose

Thursday maths


Write numbers 0 to 50 on individual pieces of card

Jumble them all up and take 5 without looking at them so you end up with 5 random numbers.

Put them in order – maybe 4 18  34  41  48

Think of a clue to describe each number – e.g.

It has a ten and eight ones

It is double 2

It is 2 less than 50

It is the number between 40 and 42

It is 28+6

Whizz kids repeat it 3 times with 5 different numbers

Put the cards in reverse order 50-0

Thursday - new book


Our new book – The Way Back Home – Oliver Jeffers

Once there was a boy who …

Finish the sentence – what did he like to do?

Chronological order - Tuesday

Choose 5 of your toys and put them in chronological order -

 time to discuss when you got them, who from, where from, how old they are - draw them in age order depending on how long you have owned them.


Tuesday Book Review

End of the story – do a book review – what I liked best about the book

Watch Mini Grey the author read you the whole text to end our learning with this book.

Youtube –Mini Grey Traction Man meets Turbodog – Power of Pictures
My favourite superhero is Thor!!   Most people guessed Wonder Woman or Batman xxx

Maths Tuesday - make my number

Have the numbers 23456   written on individual cards

Use two cards to make a number greater than 50

Use two cards to make a number between 47 and 59

What is the smallest 2 digit number you can make?

What is the greatest?

Explain your reasoning.

Adult – ask for other numbers giving similar criteria

History - phone /email/something modern.....   contact an old person and interview them- ask them questions about their old toys and how they used to play as a child - 

Key questions - did they play inside or outside?

What were their favourite toys?

Where are the toys now?

What were the toys made from ? - materials - we will be developing this question this week.

Obviously you can ask lots of other questions.

Tell them about Big Ted- can they suggest how old he might be??

Monday maths


Use symbols = < and > in your number sentences – write me 3 sentences for each symbol   This is revision


Draw 3 baskets – share 15 eggs between the baskets so they have greatest to least across the baskets –  So you could have greatest= 9 middle =5 least =1

How many combinations can you come up with?

You still haven't guessed my favourite superhero!

Monday writing

Take my sentence – Traction Man saved Scrubbing Brush. and make it as detailed as you can – e.g. Brave Traction Man holding the Germo struggled through the contents of the disgusting bin to rescue his best friend Scrubbing Brush.

Sorry we lost contact today Bryony - no idea why yet again the microphone failed this end.

Happy Weekend!!!!

Friday maths

Have 2 piles of books – 3 books   and 7 books to begin with. How many could go in the middle of this??  Answer  4,5 or 6.

Try with higher numbers so you are practising those teen numbers – create a chart without using books- you just know the numbers between 12 and 16 are 13 14 15


Same/different – think of 2 teen numbers – make a list of things that are different/same –e.g. 14 and 17 – both have a ten , both are between 13 and 18,

Different – one is odd, one is even, they aren’t both more than 15 ….

Try with different pairs of numbers – do you get more same or different answers?

Friday writing

So Traction Man hears Scrubbing Brush in the bin ....

Describe what is in your bin!!! Nobody has ever returned from the bin before!!

Describe colour, smell, feel – all your senses - how you are feeling as you take on the role of Traction Man and dive into the bin searching for SB.

Thank you for a really great superhero day all of you!!!

Superhero day – choose from a list of activities

  1. Dress as a superhero
  2. write clues and put them on teams so  I can guess who you are
  3. If you could be a new superhero what power would you like? What 3 things would you do with that power?
  4. If I was Batman I would be worth in alphabetical calculation – b=2 a=1 t= 20

M=13 a=1 n=14    total 51    What are you worth? Find the lowest and highest superhero scores.

  1. Explore the suffix –ed by writing out some actions that use this without doubling or dropping letters – e.g.  jumped  punched  zoomed cartwheeled

So discuss as you discover which ones you can use like this.

Choose 5 and draw your character doing these actions and label them –

Obviously physically do them first!!!! Even take a photo of you in costume jumping , print it out and write jumped beside it.

Children often write just the d or a t instead of ed

  1. Create a story for your superhero.  Find out what your friends are wearing – include them in your story.
Have superhero fun!!!


Letter writing for History research

In order to find out more information about Big Ted write a letter to Mrs Mitchell's mum. 

Explain who you are, what you want to know etc. Ask lots of details like where it came from, any memories she has - my brother lives next door and is part of her support bubble so you can include questions for him too! 

Put your letter on TEAMS and I will phone her and reply direct to you with the answers!!!


Wednesday maths

Create number sentences using the terms – ‘less than’ ‘greater than’ ‘equal to’

Adult has a number, child has a number – write out the 3 phrases – which one goes between the two numbers??

Let them do their own.   5 is less than 7        18 is greater than  15    6 is equal to 3+3

Try not to use extreme numbers like a million is greater than 2.

Adults write numbers like 39 or 51 -  either side of a ten – harder to compare.


Wednesday - dress up and labelling

Look at the picture of Traction Man dressed ready for action –

Can you dress like this?? At school we are going to make paper suits for each other.

Also get a bottle and relabel it with your own made up name, list of instructions, ingredients etc – read what is there already as guidance – sanitiser bottles have never been more exciting!!

PURPLE MASH- use your log-in which is inside the book that came home where your TEAMS log-in is.

By the bell symbol - activities have been set for you by Miss Woods.

This is a totally safe site for you to go on, lots of other activities for you to check out.

Only if you want to - parents I am aware of overload with assignments, videocalls from me, Miss Woods, oxford owl for reading, cosmic kids for yoga, white rose home learning for maths.....

It is all advise to support, not to stress!!!!

Please also feel free to email me

Tuesday's maths

I am thinking of a number - one more is 11, what is my number?

My second number- 1 less than my number is 15, what is my number?

Adult think of numbers....then child think of numbers  - give clues like this.

Whizz kids - work with numbers that go over a ten - e.g. 1 less than my number is 39


An extra- I am going to count backwards in twos from 20. How many steps will it take to reach 0 ? Convince me.

Tuesday writing


Act out the next few pages of the story – start off on the sofa- wake up, open your new toy,  Go off exploring around your house with Turbodog and Traction Man.

When you get back write up an account of one place you visited in the style of the author – airing cupboard, sandpit … where will you go?? Do you encounter any fierce animals, ruins etc??  Write me 3 sentences describing a place you visited in search of Scrubbing Brush. Remember each sentence starts with a capital letter , has spaces and ends with a full stop.

The story of Big Ted - Tuesday's History

Make a storymap- a sequence of pictures and possibly writing  to tell the story.

I got a phone call from my mum to be there at 10 o'clock one Saturday morning to clear out the attic. 

Down came lots of christmas decorations, old books, toys that I had not seen since I was a child. My two sisters and I were there. Down through the hatch came Big Ted and a panda. My mum recognised them as my brother Colin's toys. Colin arrived and said why would he want  old teddy bears that were falling apart?

He put Ted and the panda on the skip. As I got into my car I took Big Ted, put him in the back of the car and took him home.Sadly I left the panda. Later I brought Ted to school. My brother is now 54 so clearly Ted is at least 50.


Also research how long we have had teddy bears. Who was the person who first had one?

Monday's History -

If you were a toy designer what type of dog would you make?

What could it do? Would it need batteries/use solar energy?

Could it walk with tricks...tidy up???

Draw it , label its features.


Monday's writing

Look at the picture of the present on the sofa - draw a picture of what you think the new toy looks like - write 3 sentences like an advertiser - key things the toy can do- he's called Turbodog

Monday maths problem solving -

I am one year older than my sister. My sister is one year older than my brother. My brother is 13. So how old am I ?  How old is the sister??

Whizz kids make a chart to show different answers if the brother is a different age

Superhero Day will be on Thursday 21st January - dress as a superhero all day.

I will try and think of some relevant activities. I can't wait to see you !!!!!

RSPB BIrdwatch - sign up for this ready for in a few weeks time

Friday writing 

How will the boy feel when he wakes up?

Adult write 3 ideas, child write 3 – see if you have the same?? Discuss

Friday maths

Give your child ten pieces of pasta or lego which is all joined together- maybe sellotape to make a tower of ten

Also give them 9 loose pieces – can they show you each number – 11-19

So your sellotaped ten and 5 loose will be 15


Whizz kids - Record what each number is as a part/part/ whole - one part will always be a ten

NB- always put the ten first on the left hand side just as it is when you write the number
Sorry - Internet problems this afternoon - I could still hear you.

Thursday History

Answer some of the class questions before Mrs Mitchell does!!!!

Here are some of your questions - can you think of answers?? Use your imagination!!!

This is just a talking activity, no recording.

Have you ever lost him?

Has he been mended? Why?

How old is he?

When did he last sleep with Mrs Mitchell?

How did he get damaged?

How old was Mrs Mitchell when she got him?

Where did he lose his eye? How? Where is it?

What does he like to do?

Has he ever been on holiday with Mrs Mitchell?

When did she last play with him?

Why doesn't he have any clothes??


Thursday maths -

Find an ice cube tray/ egg box/ make a box with compartments – you need 2 of them so you can fill one for the ten and just put in some ones for the rest of the teen number – search for it/make it together – even if it’s a grid on paper so they can place pieces of pasta/lego on it


Give clues to your child … My number has a ten and 3 ones  =13

One part is a ten and the other is 5 ones  = 15

My number is a ten and no ones – ten


They make the number with your framework to clearly show the ten and the rest


Whizz kids – make up their own clues


Thursday 14th -


First think of 5 different words to describe how he is feeling - like sad but a better word than sad - discuss with your grown up

Then - What might make Scrubbing Brush feel better??

Write me a sentence or two and draw your idea.   

Look out for your invite to join Miss Woods for a group session to support your learning.

Please replace your handwriting slot with this on your timetable. Obviously your timetable will now vary in order. Please email us any problems , if you can't make that slot etc. We will do our very best to accommodate everyone. It may clash with your brother's/sister's learning with their teacher. There is a multitude of combinations here. Just let us know. Join in when you can. 

History - Wednesday draw a picture/ paint - Big Ted

tell me what you know about him already and what you want to find out. You can write this or just have your ideas ready for 2pm

13th January – I can recognise teen numbers in digits and words

Play a matching game – 20 cards – write 1 2 3 4 … 20 on individual cards,

On the other twenty write in words – one, two, three ….to twenty.

Whizz kids – make the cards yourself!!

Put them all face down – if you turn over 2 that match you keep them- you have to be very good at remembering where it was for when you need it!!

Unbelievably we are supposed to be able to read and write all of these by the end of Bryony – well I’m a good speller and 57 and I struggle so  we’ll start here!!

 Wednesday writing

Look at the mud pictures here

Focussing on Scrubbing Brush and how he is feeling –


Draw Scrubbing Brush and list how he is feeling – so a list of words, a few sentences

Maybe a 'because …'

History -

Find out your oldest toy - draw/paint it.   Then talk about it- where it came from, why you still have it, why you like it, is it your favourite???  We will share at 2pm

Tuesday maths - place value

 Group pasta/ pieces of lego…. in a ten pile/line and ones – to show the given number –

so adult says 14 you show that as a line of ten pieces of lego and a separate 4 pieces – repeat with other numbers – do random numbers first then go back and say them in order to emphasise that the ten is the constant and you are adding one more  each time

Whizz kids – adult include more/less – so adult say show me 2 more than 14 , 3 less than 17

 Also look at white rose home learning - Autumn week 11

Sorry photos printed in wrong order of course!

1. climbing

2. bowing

3 eating sandwiches

Tuesday - the next few pages in the story -which I will show you at 9am -  setting the scene, meeting a new character, completing the ‘mission’


Follow this framework to create your own story

Return to your role play in the garden to act it out first.

You can take 3 photos to annotate with speech and thought bubbles or draw the 3 scenes.

Be the characters – say their speech – get an adult to say what Scrubbing Brush says etc.

9-9.30- Hello, set out the day for you - what I've put on TEAMS, phonics

9.30-10 English - writing activity on TEAMS

10-10.30 break - exercise, go outside f you can, have a snack and a drink.

10.30-11 Maths - activity on TEAMS - also refer to white rose home learning

11-11.30 handwriting practice - choose a different letter each day - put the in a hat to choose at random - look at guidance videos on here to help you - but make it fun - with paint, plasticene, in sand - be inventive

11.30- 12 - reading - a mixture of you reading to them and them reading to you - at their level - 

from no words- they tell the story from memory to whatever is on the bookshelf - give it a go.

Try to include oxfordowl too - at least twice a week.

12-1 lunch

1-2 - quest - so like when we did London, old toys research - in other words the other TEAMS activity.

2-2.30 End of day catch-up, share learning and story.


Here is a timetable for you - I post this reluctantly as every household is different - please only use it if it helps them and you!!!
Letter formation here for you to reference - we may have a letter, handwriting slot.

Monday 11th January


Go outside with an action figure and a scrubbing brush - act out what adventures they might have.

Back inside draw their adventure like a comic book with captions, speech bubbles etc.

Have fun!!!

Maths - cut out pieces of card and on each one write a number - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 .

Move the cards around - put two together...

Can you make each teen number?? 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ? Explain why.

Now write out big numbers on individual sheets - 11   12   13   1 4  15  16   17   18   19

Create a number hunt for someone else to follow - find 11 of something first - maybe you have 11 books or 11 paw patrol toys. Put them in a line and give them the 11 poster.

Then search for 12.......etc

When you are ready announce that you are ready and someone has to find your piles in the right order - use every area of your house - if they find 14 in the bathroom with a pile of towels before they have found 13 they can't ... 

History - discuss what makes a toy old.

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend too. I am super proud of all that we are doing at home and at school. Our school is amazing. Thank you for all your comments confirming this!

If you are coming into school please bring snack and water as there is no fruit or milk provided.

Look at the next picture in the story - draw the 2 characters and give them thought bubbles.

Talk about how picture 1 and 2 are linked - the toys are now on an adventure

3D shape - Friday!!!

use your imagination and make - e.g. cylinders - armour sleeves out of paper , a cone hat, play with your marble run or football - sphere, wrap more presents with left over wrapping paper - give your toys cube and cuboid presents by wrapping duplo, a box....  whatever your house provide for you!!

Geography - Research London

Find out why it's the capital, what that means, what you would see there, how long it would take to get there ..... Write London in the middle of a big piece of paper and draw around it all you find out.

Maths - describe a house to draw - a triangle roof, 4 square windows etc. 

Draw your own house and label the shapes.

Maybe a 3D lego house?

7th January Respond to the illustration

Thank you everyone who managed to join us for our first zoom meeting!

I thought I invited you all this morning - obviously not! I will get better!

It was so lovely to see and hear you !!

After my staff meeting tonight I will set 2 daily slots to contact you starting tomorrow. 

If you missed it that was my fault. Don't worry xxx  

Happy New Year Bryony parents and carers as we enter yet another form of weird!!

By tomorrow we will be up and running - I will put tasks on here each day and hopefully some form of TEAMS zoom type meetings too to touch base and talk through work for the day.

I'm hoping to give you some kind of live teaching!!

Meanwhile email school if you need log-ins for TEAMS or PURPLE MASH  - they were sent home about a month ago in a special exercise book ready for this.

I am here for you and your child- don't be afraid to ask anything. Either email or phone school - I can always pop in and out to the phone or get back to you.

Meanwhile there is some work on TEAMS already.

Good luck! We can do this!!!

Happy Christmas!!!!

Thank you so much for all your kind gifts and cards. They are much appreciated. We have had a very busy day including a staff pantomime, a party and a fleeting glimpse of Father Christmas going by our classroom!

Have a truly wonderful Christmas xxx

Enjoy watching Bryony as part of 

The Midsomer Norton Deanery Carol Service 2020 on YouTube 

We are magnificent- many thanks to Mrs Tyler xxxx

Lots of fun in Bryony - making houses with mechanisms- hinged doors and windows, 

in the workshop, acting out the story 'I want my hat back '.

Christmas is coming and we are getting ready!!

Next Tuesday - wear your christmas jumper - normal uniform too.

Please sign up for the film night and winter wonderland experience next Wednesday night - 16th Dec

Come to school in warm clothes and bring a named mug. Don't pick them up until it's dark - how exciting! 4.40 I think!!  We will have a film and hot chocolate. During the day we will make christingles.

The last day - Friday 18th - bring a small party food box for yourself. Nothing that needs to go in the fridge. Remember your waterbottle that day xxxx

Our christmas present to them is a donation to a reindeer herd in Scotland - who knows one day our reindeer may be needed by Father Christmas!!

Have a great Christmas - it's been a wonderful first term with them .


homework 4th December - write your letter to Father Christmas if you haven't already done it.

Send it to him not to me!

Show someone at home the actions for our story of I want my hat back.

Maths - name 3D shapes - recognise pyramid, sphere, cube, cuboid, cylinder, cone.

Revise 2D too. I am always thrilled to see homework - maybe put it on TEAMs.

Please do not send it in as we are maintaining as much as possible the limit on this.

Clearly we may not be den building today!!!!!!

But please still wear non uniform warm clothes 

Bryony homework - 27th November

Retell the Christmas story. Draw a storymap to show the order.

Maths - search for 2D and 3D shapes. Can you name them?

If you are self-isolating please look on TEAMS for home learning

Exercise books coming home this week with log-in reminders- nothing has changed, we are just preparing.

Self-isolating - learning for Tuesday 17th - please look on TEAMs

Make a hat and write a description of it.

Maths - I have 5 cubes - some of them are red and some of them are yellow - work out each calculation. So it could be 3 red and 2 yellow - 3+2=5   Then try with 8 cubes.

phonics - ow - write   'The cow is going down the road to town.'


Extra learning for Monday 16th if you are self-isolating - please look on TEAMs

Writing - spell we me she he be - write them as a column of 'e's add phonemes to create words.

Ask questions - to the snake, tortoise,rabbit,frog - be the Bear searching for his hat.

Maths - I have 5 sweets, 3 have a red wrapper and one has a blue wrapper - is that correct?

Draw your home and who lives with you. Learn how to spell their names and label them. Talk about what makes a house a home. Research homelessness. 

For any child in Bryony self-isolating this week - write a question to ask the bear in our story.

Look at part/part/whole of simple calculations - 4+3=7 so 4 is a part, 3 is a part and 7 is the whole.

Do you know all your pairs =10?  Can you form letters c a and o correctly?

I am just exploring TEAMS again which we used for parents evening and will put homework here too from now on. Share their learning with me if you wish to.

English - spell family names. Whizz kids - extended family too.

Maths - create a maths story to explain a sum - e.g. 4+3=7 would be - there were 4 children in the classroom and 3 more came in giving Mrs Mitchell 7 children to teach. Whizz kids - choose your own sum.

Dear parents

from Monday I will be wearing a mask at the beginning and end of the day - nothing has changed, this is simply following a staff discussion. In school if we work up close to a child we wear a visor.

Thank you for all the baby photos - they cannot contain their excitement and often either give the game away before we guess it is them or stand up because they know one has been sent in of them so they claim it!

In maths practise explaining - how do you know it's that? Think of a number - they have to ask you questions to guess it - like ... is it more than 8? Is it a teen number? Is it between 11 and 17?

In English how many adjectives can they think of to describe something? Can you spot full stops at the end of sentences? Can they hear that is where you stop?

Practise forming numbers the correct way and writing their name correctly.


We are having a cosy mufti day! Thank you for your contributions to the PTFA.

Happy half term holiday - please have a good rest - keep safe.

Home learning if you are self isolating this week because of COVID -

look at ways to make ten - 5+5   8+2  9+1   etc

Read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk - retell the story - act it out. Write a sentence.

In phonics revise ch sh th ng ai ee 

Talk about senses - draw you and label with the 5 words - sight smell taste touch hearing

Reminders for this week -

Wednesday - vision screening

Thursday - mufti - wear your pyjamas - Mr Chorley will collect your donation to the PTFA at the gate

Friday - INSET

Harvest was truly wonderful - a great example of how to be creative with COVID and make it even more special with restrictions. I was very proud of them. Thank you for your contributions to The Dairy House homeless project. 

Parents evening - Monday - I have set up the meetings - finger crossed it will work with my IT skills! If not I will phone you or catch-up at another date.  Some people have opted for a phone call.

If you have opted for Thursday I will set these up nearer the time.


Maths - last week's challenge - answers - 5+2=7    2+5 =7

They also need to learn the format  - answer first - 7=5+2    7=2 +5

This week look at number bonds =10 

They always know 5+5. Can they tell you the others?

Can they show you with fingers - 6 up, 4 down 

Whizz kids apply it to 20 - so 16 and 4

English - can they retell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk?

I think I confused you again, sorry - not everyone will bring home a phonics sheet if you have been looking out for one.

New reading group days too -they all should have brought home a letter - if in doubt send the folder every day

Opt out letter for vision screening test Year 1.

Drama- Sleeping Beauty

Homework - I don't need anything in writing but at home practise how to write an addition calculation -

give them 5 and 2  objects - obviously at school we use cubes etc. At home maybe pasta - put 5 pieces on one side and 2 on the other - they will be able to tell you 5 and 2 makes 7 but can they write the calculation without your help?   5+2=7

Whizz kids - can they write 4 addition calculations using 5  2  7 ?

Phonics sheets are coming home for them to practise key phonemes relevant to them.

Please return when completed. Keep practising them!

Welcome to Harley's family.
Back with my friends
Back with my friends 

Sorry - a mistake already -P.E. is on Friday not Thursday.

So this Friday wear your P.E. kit to school and then wear it into school again on Monday.

Normal uniform Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.


Reading days - by the end of next week I will have all of the groups sorted and will be able to tell you definite reading days. I have already heard them all read and will send home a book as soon as their book bag comes in. So send it in and then keep it at home until next Monday.

Then send the bag every day.

The book may be one they have had already or an easy read to get us back into the habit of reading and promote confidence and fluency.

Please bear with me - I will quickly move them to a higher level if needed. I am aware that some people have worked very hard to develop their reading. Groups will change through the year too.

Hello my lovely new class!

We had a truly brilliant first day xxx

I think we will be very tired by Friday.