Friday 5th March

Hi, Mrs Altoft here again today with your FINAL day of Home Learning and our second day of celebrating

I have heard amazing things from your class teachers about your work yesterday – lets have another great day today!

Before we get started with today’s activities, please make sure your book cover/picture you made yesterday is visible in a window/in your garden for all to see from outside – it will be needed in Activity 2.

Activity 1 – We are going to start the day with a D.E.A.R session – we are going to DROP EVERYTHING AND READ!

This morning, I would like everyone, whether at home or at school, to find something interesting to read and build a den or find a cosy spot and then READ!

Perhaps you could make a crown to wear while you read.

Or some bunting to decorate your den.

Remember to share your photos on Seesaw/Evidence Me so we can see you all reading – I hope to make a display back at school.

Activity 2 – So, yesterday I set you the challenge of creating a book cover/picture for one of the following books and then asked you to display it in a window or your garden.

Today I would like you to go on a walk around the village to see what book covers you can see.

Here are some of the fab pictures you are looking for…

As you walk, please make a tally chart of the different books you find – you will need the results for the next part of the activity.

When you return from your walk, I would like you to create a graph to show which book you found the most. You could use Purple Mash or make a bar graph or pictogram.

Activity 3 – The official illustrator for World Book Day 2021 is Rob Biddulph. If you are currently in my class, or were in my class last year, you will know that I love to try drawing like the artist himself by following his videos. For our final activity I would like you to try a ‘Draw with Rob’.

Here is the link to his you tube channel…choose a video and get drawing!

Here is my Odd Dog Out…

So, that’s it! You have finished your home learning journey!! WE WILL SEE YOU ALL BACK AT SCHOOL ON MONDAY!!!!!


World Book Day are holding a competition asking you to share photos from World Book Day. There are 4 different categories shared over 4 weeks – please share some of the fab work you have completed with your child.

More information can be found on the following link.

A story to end the day!

Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention

A final well done!

We just want to say a big well done to all of you and to say how proud we are of you all. We can’t wait to see you back in school on Monday morning.

Here is a little poem which may help you get ready for Monday.

As a special treat to end our home learning and finish World Book day activities we have a special story from a special guest story teller!


Thursday 4th March

Good Morning Everyone Mrs Altoft here! Today’s and tomorrow’s blog posts are slightly different because…

and we thought it would be great fun to celebrate whether you are at home or school. We are sharing the same on every class blog today in order to give you the chance to work with brothers and sisters and have a little bit of fun for your FINAL 2 days of home learning.

Before we get started, I just wanted to share the World Book Day live event at 10.30am today which you may wish to watch as a family.

Right, on to our activities, I have planned a range of activities, feel free to tweak them if needed so that everyone has fun!

Activity 1 – As it is World Book Day we would like to unveil something that I have been working on over the last couple of weeks…Brandesburton Primary School’s VIRTUAL LIBRARY!

For your first task this morning I would like you to have an explore of the library and choose a story or two to listen to or read.

Then choose one of these activities to complete…

Please click on the link below to take you to our library on the school website…

I hope you enjoy it!

Activity 2

As you will have seen I have added an ‘Our favourite stories’ section to our library. For your next task I would like to know about your favourite book. What book do you enjoy reading?

I would like you to create an animation, cartoon or film to retell your favourite story. You could use 2animate on purple mash, you could draw it as a cartoon or you could make it as a film using objects to retell it or you could even star in the film yourself!

Here are two examples we made during the first lockdown…

I can’t wait to see what you create!

Activity 3

For your third and final activity of the day, I would like you to create something ready for tomorrow. I would like you to create a book cover/picture/model to represent for one of the following books…

I would then like you to display your picture in a window/the garden of your house. You might want to just use paper and put it in the window or make an actual model and display it in the garden. Please work as a team together as your finished piece of artwork will be very important tomorrow?!?!

I hope you have a lovely day. Remember to send photos of your work to your teacher on Seesaw/Evidence Me so we can see what you have been doing. Have fun!


To end the day we have our final installment from Mrs Platten from the Amelia Earhart book

Wednesday 3rd March

A fantastic start to your last week of home learning!
You have been as busy as always and done some brilliant things!

Today’s Tasks

  • Phonics
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Design Technology
  • Wellbeing Wednesday


Game day!

Practice your phase 5 sounds using these games on word wall or use the sound mat to help you make your own game to practice your sounds. Maybe we could use these games when we are back in school next week!


We are going to complete our work on Amelia Earhart today. Remember last week when we said that Amy Johnson was courageous or brave? It must have been quite scary to go up in an aeroplane when not many people had done it before, especially not alone. Amelia was also very courageous. Both Amy and Amelia were determined and resilient too and they loved a challenge.

Today I want you to try and imagine what Amelia was thinking when she flew solo over the Atlantic Ocean. You can complete the thought bubble template or draw your own thought bubbles and add your ideas to them.

Your second task is to think of three things that Amelia would have needed on her journey that would have been really important to her. if I were going on a long journey today, my most important thing of all to take would be my mobile phone as I could use Google Maps to plan my route and I could ring someone if I needed help. Amelia wouldn’t have been able to do that as mobile phones hadn’t been invented then. I think I would then choose a snack like chocolate and if I wasn’t driving I would take my Kindle or a book.

What are you going to choose for Amelia? You can draw and label them and then if you want to, you can write a short explanation of why the things you have chosen would be important. There is a template or you can just draw them on paper or in your homework book.

The next installment from Mrs Platten.


To get us ready for world book day tomorrow, we thought we would look at a book about measuring. We wonder if you have heard it before.

It is called ‘Guess How Much I Love You’.

During the story the two characters talk about how much they love each other trying to make the distance longer each time.

Your task is to think of your own ways to say how much you love someone. Choose 3 ways and try to get each one to increase in length each time.

I love you as much as my arms can stretch.

I love you as high as I can hop.

I love you to the moon and back.

Choose one of your ideas to write and draw a new page for the story.

Design Technology

Today we are going to be investigating wheels, axles and chassis. First I would like you to look at the picture below.

How does this car move? Talk through your ideas with a family member.

Vehicles all have wheels to make them move. The wheels are attached by axles. Axles can work in two ways: they are either attached firmly to the wheel so the axle rotates and the wheels turn with it, or the wheels are placed loosely on the axle so that the wheels turn around the axle. If the wheels are not attached to the axle, you need to use something to stop the wheels from falling off. This can be a bolt or washer, or anything that will prevent the wheel from coming off the axle as they are turning.

Axles then need to be attached to a chassis. The chassis is the framework of the vehicle and attaches the axles and wheels to the body of the vehicle.

Number 1 – With this chassis, the axles are attached to the chassis from underneath. This means the axles cannot turn around. The wheels are placed over the axles but not attached so that the wheels can rotate around the axle.

Number 2 – The axles are not fixed to the chassis in this example. Instead, the axles are put through holes in the chassis so that the axle can turn around. The wheels are firmly attached to the axle so they turn when the axle turns.

Now for today’s task. We would like you to try some different ways of putting wheels, axles and chassis together.

Here are a couple of examples to get you started.

We hope you have lots of fun. Don’t forget to upload your ideas to Seesaw.

Well being Wednesday


Izzy Gizmo by Pip Jones

Discuss persevering and not giving up.

Here is a funny video that will help show you what it means to persevere!

This llama does everything he can to reach his goal and doesn’t let the obstacles keep him down!

  • What challenges did the llama face?
  • How did the llama persevere toward his goal?
  • What feelings do you think he experienced while chasing the fruit?
  • How does it feel when you face challenges when you’re working toward a goal?
  • What kind of things can you say to yourself to help you persevere toward a goal?

Think about a goal you want to achieve.

What will you need to do in order to achieve this?

Tuesday 2nd March

Good morning Class 1. We had a really productive day yesterday. The children in school did lots of work and then got busy helping to get our classroom set up for when we all return. We even set Mr Todd a challenge of making some new things for our role play area.

Tomorrow in Design Technology we will be looking at how vehicles move, so it would be useful if today you could find some objects that you could use for wheels and axles. Straws, sticks, K-Nex rods, Lego wheels, cardboard wheels, bottle tops etc.

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Today’s Tasks

  • Phonics
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science


This snakes and ladders game has so many sounds on it that we should now know!

Practice reading these sounds by playing the game. If you can’t print you could pick a number between 1 and 78 or roll 2 dice to give you a 2 digit number then read the sound on that square then say a word that has that sound!


Yesterday you worked so hard to find lots of things that were the same and lots of things that were different for Amy Johnson and Amelia Earhart.

Today you are going to read a letter from Amelia to Amy.

Your task today is to write a letter back to Amy. Can you answer some of the questions she has asked? Can you send her a positive message to wish her luck on her journey? You can write your letter onto paper or in your homework book but there are also two templates below.

The next installment from Mrs Platten:


Today we are going to be looking at problems which involve subtracting lengths, so before you start I would like you to play a quick subtraction game.

Roll a dice. The number you roll is the answer. Can you find a calculation on the grid with that answer?

Roll a 5. You could find 6 – 1 as it equals 5.

You could cross off the calculations and see if you can get 3 in a row.


We have a fun activity today to help think about why some materials are great for making some objects and not others.

Would a teapot made of chocolate be any good for example? I think it would melt into a soggy gooey mess don’t you?

How about a hat made of glass? Most of you would probably say that it’s not a good idea as it could break easily and hurt you, but some people might that think it’s a good idea as they know that glass is a waterproof material and they won’t get wet if it rains!

For your activity today you are going to use two spinners. One will choose a material and one will choose an object. You can then decide if the material is a good match for the object. You can just discuss this with your family or your classmates in school if you wish but you could write your ideas down or make a video or audio clip to share your ideas.

You will need the spinner templates, a pencil and a paper clip if you have one. If you don’t want to print the spinner template, you can use the one online by laying your tablet or i-pad flat. If you don’t have a paper clip you can always cut up the materials and put them in one bag and cut up the objects and put them in another, then select one from each bag to make your choices.

Think about these questions whilst you are doing the activity.

  1. What are these objects used for?
  2. Are these two things a good match?
  3. What would happen if we made that object from that material?
  4. Are there any other materials that we could use instead?

Finally, have a look at these unusual uses of materials. Discuss them with whoever you are with. Do you like the ways that these materials have been used?

Mr Platten has turned his old work boots into nesting boxes for birds. Have you got any unusual uses of materials in your home?

Monday 1st March

Well done Class 1. We have made it to March and fingers crossed our last week of home learning. We are so excited to see you in school next week – Mrs Plant is really excited to meet the whole class in person!!! Keep up the good work over the last few days and enjoy the first days of Spring.

Today’s Tasks

  • Phonics
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Theme


We are going to practice our Phase 5 sounds this week.

Fill in the missing sounds to complete the words or write each word out with the correct sound.


We are going to spend the next three days finding out about our final aviation pioneer. Her name is Amelia Earhart and she is another female aviator just like Amy Johnson. Amelia is American though not English. Watch this presentation to find out a bit more about Amelia.

I am sure that you will recognise lots of similarities (things that are the same) between Amelia and Amy but there are also lots of differences too. Your task today is to compare the lives of Amelia Earhart and Amy Johnson and investigate what similarities and differences there are. You can record your ideas in a table like this if you want to, and use the template on Seesaw, or you can decide to organise your work in a different way. You might need to look back at the work you did on Amy Johnson last week to help you. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

We will celebrating World Book Day and our love of reading later this week so Mrs Platten is going to read you some chapters from this book about Amelia’s life over the next few days. We call this sort of non-fiction book a biography.


Today we are going to be solving some problems involving adding lengths. Some of the problems involve repeated addition of 2s and 5s, so before we start have a practise at counting in 2s and 5s. Use the 100 squares below to help you out.


Today we would like you to find out more about the United Kingdom and create a fact file. You could think about the following questions to help you.

What countries make up the United Kingdom?

What are their capital cities?

What currency (money) do the countries use?

What is the main language used?

What do the flags of each country look like?

We have added a template to your 2Dos on Purple Mash or you could create your own fact file.

The Union Flag, also known as the Union Jack, is the national flag of the United Kingdom. It is the British flag. It is called the Union Flag because it stands for the union of the countries of the United Kingdom under one King or Queen. We will find out more about this flag when we return to school.

Today as an added challenge we would like you to create your own Union Flag. You can just draw and colour it or get a bit more creative. It is entirely up to you. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

We have also added a template to your 2Dos on Purple Mash to create a flag online.

Friday 26th February

What a super week you have all had! Well done for keeping up all the hard work and such a great effort by you all. 👏🏻

Today’s Tasks

  • Reading
  • Story Challenge
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • RE
  • End of the day Story


Practice your u words by reading this book on epic!

Story Challenge

I have some new story cubes.

I am going to roll each one and you are going to write me a short story that includes all the different things the dice say!


Here is an amazing body fact for you to do with measuring. Did you know ..?

The length from your wrist to your elbow is the same as the length of your foot.

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Today we would like you to use all your measuring skills to investigate if any other body parts are the same length. Below are a couple of ideas to get you started.

Are your middle fingers the same length?

Are your ears the same size as any of your fingers?

You could even compare the length of body parts of your whole family.

Who has the largest hands?

Who has the smallest ears?

Have fun and as always on a Friday, if you would prefer to play a board game to practise your Maths skills, that is fine by us too.


The children in school really enjoyed our lessons based around ‘Tiddalik the Frog’, so for our final 2 music lessons of remote learning we thought we would look at learning another song based on the story ‘Anansi and the moss-covered rock’.

If you would like to read part 1 of the story before we begin please click on the link below and scroll down to the image.

Today’s song is all about Anansi’s jokey character. The music activity focuses on identifying ascending and descending (low to high/high to low) notes within the song. Click on the image to join Andi and Rebecca to learn the song.

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Lent. Watch this to help learn about Lent.

Now have a think about what you might give up if you wanted to. You could pick one of these activities below to complete.

End of the day Story

Thursday 25th February

Good morning everyone. We really enjoyed seeing all your Design Technology work yesterday. We can’t wait to see what vehicles you design and make when we return to school.

Today’s Task

  • Phonics
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Computing
  • End of day story


practice your u sounds with some of these games!


Yesterday you looked at part of Amy’s journey and recorded important flight details for some of the places she flew over or landed in. As well as making a flight log, Amy would have wanted to let her family know that she was ok. How could she have done that? There were no mobile phones or computers in the 1930’s so she couldn’t send texts or emails. There weren’t even any landline phones available in the places she landed that would allow her to ring up her family and friends back in England. The only way she could communicate was to write a letter. Perhaps she wrote a letter like this one.

Sometimes when people visited a place they sent a postcard instead of a letter. Postcards are still sent today, usually when people go away on holiday as the front of the postcard will have photographs on of the place they are visiting/ Have you ever sent or received a postcard? Postcards don’t contain as much detail as a letter as there is not as much space for writing as the address has to be written on the postcard too. Your task today is to design a postcard that Amy might have sent when she was in Rangoon. Use the information in the letter to help you. You can design a picture to go on the front of the postcard too. There are templates for you to use or you can just draw two rectangles onto paper. You might want to do a little more research on some of the places in Amy’s letter using the internet (always check with an adult before using the internet and never give any personal information away). I have also added a little video clip below to help you think about Rangoon was like in the 1930’s. The film is in black and white as there was no colour film back then!


Today we are going to be looking at measuring length with a ruler. This can be tricky as not all rulers look the same. Before you start the video have a look at the ruler that was sent home in your Maths pack. When you measure with this ruler you need to measure right from the end, but for other rulers you will need to measure from 0. Both rulers measure in centimetres (cm).

Watch the video then complete the worksheet.

Practise measuring objects around your house using your ruler. Don’t forget to give your answer in centimetres (cm).

Physical Education

As we have been looking at air travel I thought it would be fun to do a PE session to do with air. Join Andy from CBeebies as he meets creatures that spend most of their lives up in the air.


We would like you to go on Purple Mash and have a go at the 2DOs set.

Your first 2Do is to create an animation using 2 create a story. Use the instructions below to help you out. You could draw an aeroplane and see if you can get it to fly.

Your next 2DO is to design your own vehicle. Think about the shape, different parts and the colours you will use.

End of the day Story

Wednesday 24th February

It seems like you have done so much work already this week. We love looking at everything you send in, however we can’t wait until you are all back in school. Not long now!!

We thought we would share some of your amazing Science investigating from yesterday. Thank you for the videos. There were some super explanations of what you found out.

Today’s Tasks

  • Phonics
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Design Technology
  • Well-being Wednesday
  • End of day story


Have a go at this activity to practice your u sounds!

Don’t worry if you can’t print just write the words down in your books or on some paper.


Look at Amy’s flight map, and copy of her flight log.

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Choose one of the countries she stopped in along the way.

You might want to do some research about that country.

I want you to complete a detailed flight log for one of the destinations on Amy’s journey.

Record what you find in a table like this…

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Well done yesterday. We enjoyed looking at the ways you chose to make yourself taller.

Today we are going to look at measuring using non-standard units such as cubes, paper clips, hands etc.

Please watch the video below then have a go at the worksheet.

It is really important that children learn to measure by lining up the object with the start of the measuring device, so please spend lots of time practically reinforcing this skill. It will really help when they start to measure lengths with a ruler.


Make your own measuring device and then get measuring. Can you find objects of a certain length? Can you find an object smaller/bigger than a certain length? Below is an idea to get you started.

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Design Technology

As part of our theme work last term we looked at the history of flight. During this work you had the opportunity to make lots of different types of air travel. For our Technology this term, we will investigate a variety of different vehicles before designing, making and evaluating our own vehicles.

Today we are going to investigate a variety of vehicles and look at what they are used for and what features they have. But first I would like you to think about …

A vehicle is something with wheels that transports people or objects, such as a car, truck or cart. How many different types of vehicles can you think of? Write them down and see how many you can get!

Next have a look at the images below. What do you think these vehicles are used for? What can you see on the vehicles? Do they have any things that are the same?

Task – Chose one of your favourite vehicles. Can you label it to show the different parts? You can use a photograph, picture or draw your own. Here is one to help with ideas.

Matching Game – Can you match the vehicle pictures to the descriptions?

Well being Wednesday

This is the Amy Johnson Cup for Courage.

What do you think the word ‘courage’ means?

Courage involves making good choices in the face of fear or obstacles. It’s another term for bravery. Remember: Bravery doesn’t mean fearlessness. It means we do not let fear hold us back from exploring new opportunities, developing our skills, and doing what is right.

The 2013 winner of the cup was an 11 year old girl who saved her grandmother from a fire.

Why was that a brave thing to do?

Do you think Amy was courageous too?

What is the most courageous or brave thing you have done?

Watch this video and it might help give you some ideas!

End of the day Story

Tuesday 23rd February

Well done Class 1 for a super start to a new half term. We have had lots of great work already.

Today’s Tasks

  • Phonics
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • End of day story


Now you are going to write 4 sentences, one with an oo word, one with an ew word, one with an ue word and the last one with an u-e word!

Remember this is a chance to practice your handwriting too!

Here is an extra video to watch as I know you like the alphablocks!


Why was Amy Johnson special?

What did she do?

Was what she did easy?

What sort of person do you think Amy was? What evidence have you got to show this?

She made news headlines when she did this as it was a great achievement!

If this was done a few years later she probably would have made it into the Guinness Book of Records!

Choice of tasks –

  1. Write a news report to share the news of Amy’s achievement
  2. Record a TV news report to share the news of Amy’s achievements. Maybe you could even interview her!
  3. Create a page for Amy Johnson for the Guinness Book of World Records

Below are some resources which may help you.

A page from the Guinness Book of World Records


Some fantastic measuring yesterday Class 1.

Today I would like you to use the words below to help describe the height of objects in your home.

Next have a look at the image below. Are the animals the same height? Can you explain your ideas?

What ways can you think of to make yourself taller?

If you would like further practise at comparing lengths and heights, watch the video below before completing the worksheet.

Click on the link below to play an online measuring game. Please select the animal option.


Mrs Platten has kindly planned our Science for the next few weeks until we return to school. To start with we would like you to watch this video song clip (join in with it if you would like). It’s quite fun and really useful to recap all the science learning we did on materials before half-term.

Ok, now you are ready for today’s science activity. We think you’d agree that you wouldn’t wear paper clothes in the rain but we are going to use paper today in our investigation into strong shapes, so you’ll be be using your maths knowledge too! You will need 3 sheets of A4 paper but don’t worry if you don’t have exactly that as you could try newspaper, wrapping paper or even thin card instead. Watch this short video clip to find out more.

Construct your tower shapes and test out how many books or other flat objects you can place on top before each of your towers collapse. Use the same objects each time as this makes it a fair test. Do you know the mathematical names for the 3D towers you have made? You can record your findings in whichever way you wish. Perhaps you could make a short video or audio commentary? Don’t forget to upload some photos to Seesaw too so we can look at your investigation. If you want to challenge yourself can you find out or remind yourself what a 2D pentagon, hexagon or octagon shape looks like and create that shape for the base of your tower?

If you have enjoyed that task and would like to do a further paper activity, you can make paper spinners. These use some of the principles that the early aviators had to use for gliders before they developed the technology and engineering to make the aeroplanes with engines that Amy Johnson flew.

End of the day Story

Another Julia Donaldson story today, Room on the Broom!