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Working From Home

Hello Ash Class,

This page is for any of you who find yourself working at home. Do as much as you can, but don't worry if it gets too tricky.

Work will be kept in the downloads for a week and will then be removed so the page stays easy to use. 

If we are all in lockdown, please check the ‘zoom meetings’ tab for information on daily zoom calls.

I have added a 'useful websites' tab. As well as a list of normal websites we use in school, I have added in some that are useful to support home learning.

Please share anything you do on the lockdown blog - this way I can respond to your work. If you would like to get in contact with me, either email the school office, or create a blog post (I won't publish anything that is private.) 

Daily tasks:

  • Reading - record reading in yellow books as normal, deposit any finished library books in quarantine box in office (if you can) and then read any books you have at home.
  • TTRockstars - try to do at least 15 mins per day to keep up with your times tables. You have been set the table you were most recently on.
  • Nessy if you are in the Nessy group.

Suggested Timetable:

This will be what we are following with the key workers in school. That way if your child is in school part time, you can see which activities your child will be needing to complete at home. This also works great as a structure for those children learning solely at home, to mimic what we usually do in school.

9:00 - 9:20 9:20 - 10:15 10:15 - 10:30 10:30 - 10:50 10:50 - 12:00 12:00 - 1:00 1:00-1:20 1:20-3:00



Maths Break Handwriting  English  Lunch Spelling Theme

If you need any help, don't forget our drop in session at 2:30-3:00 Mon-Thurs where I can answer any questions. More details can be found on the 'Zoom Meetings' page.

Thank you, and see you soon!

Miss Welch


THIS WEEK - This Thursday is world book day. There will not be a class zoom call like normal, instead KS2 will all have a call at 9:00am to introduce this year's book. (The meeting ID and password will be sent to you.) 

In addition to this, we are holding lots of fun world book day activities. Starting this week, we are hosting a competition to find 'Where is the most interesting place you can read?' Please send any pictures to the office by Thursday.

We are also taking part in a reading challenge, where we are encouraging you to read as many different types of books as you can. This challenge sheet is downloaded below. Can you make it to the end of the 15 challenges?

We are also doing a special video for world book day - keep your eyes peeled as this will appear on the latest news page as soon as it is ready.


WC: 01/03/2021

From now on, I will be in school full time. This means I may be slower at responding to emails and blog posts, and zoom calls maybe shorter.

Collective Worship

Daily Tasks


This week, we are looking at words that begin with the prefixes ‘anti’ or ‘inter.’

Anti – opposed to or against something

Inter – between or among something.

Your words this week are:

International, Intergalactic, Intertwine, Interrupt, Antibiotic, Antidote, Antihistamine, Antihero.



If you are in my phonics spelling group, we are looking at the ‘ey’ grapheme. If you don’t know which group your in, please get in contact.

Your words this week are:

Donkey, Jersey, Barley, Kidney, Chimney, Alley, Valley, Jockey.

Monday 1st March 2021

Guided Reading: To select and retrieve information to answer questions

Read pages 15-17. Please do not read any further.  Then answer the following questions.

What had the faun dropped when he first saw Lucy?

What is the first question that the faun asks Lucy?

What do you think is meant by this phrase ‘daughter of Eve’?

What is the faun’s name?

What place is Lucy in?

How does Mr Tumnus describe where Narnia is?

What is the weather always like in Narnia?

Where does Mr Tumnus live?

What does Mr Tumnus promise will be in his house when he gets there?

Resources: Chapter 1 and 2 of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ by

                  C.S.Lewis.  (You do not need to print but can read it on the screen)

                  Guided Reading Resource Monday


English: To use fronted adverbials

Have a read of the sentences on English Resource Monday. Can you underline in the sentences, anything that shows movement? After that, write down whether those movements are quick or slow.

Watch this video which explains what fronted adverbials are:

Using the table of fronted adverbial starters on English Resource Monday, write some sentences about Lucy or Narnia.

Resource: English Resource Monday


Handwriting: To write capital letters of relative size to other letters.

This week, we are going to continue to focus on capital letters. It is really important to ensure that our capital letters are formed correctly and are formed as tall letters in relation to other letters. Capital letters are needed to show the start of a sentence and for proper nouns (the names of people, places and the names of particular things e.g. days, months. 

Remind yourself of the formation of the capital letters like we did just before half term. Write each letter out ensuring that it is tall and going to the top red line.



Resources: Handwriting Lines


Maths:  To identify different angles.

Today we are looking identifying different types of angles. This session will be easier to complete if you have a protractor at home. If you do not, you can use this online protractor: or print out a protractor:

In Maths, we have four types of angles. They are:

Acute: Under 90°

Right angle: 90°

Obtuse: Between 91° and 180°

Reflex: Over 180 °

Have a go at Maths Resource Monday to test your knowledge on angles.

Resources: Maths Resource Monday


Theme: RE – The Cross as a Christian Symbol

What is a symbol? Create a list of any symbols you can think of, and research the definition.

Some symbols have a meaning. Can you think of any symbols that have a meaning?

Let’s have a look at our school logo. Can you think why each piece of the symbol might have been chosen? Can you link it to the school or the school’s values?

Use RE Resource Monday to record your ideas.

Next, watch this video of the Easter Story:



On RE Resource Monday, there is a selection of crosses. Each of these crosses reminds Christians of a different part of the Easter story. Can you match them to the part of the Easter story?

Resources: RE Resource Monday

Tuesday 2nd March 2021

Guided Reading: To clarify the meaning of key words.

Today’s focus is going to need you to skim and scan to find key words within the pages that we have read so far. 

  1. Skim and scan to find the word.
  2. Read the sentence before and after the word to help you put the word into context.
  3. Try replacing the word with a synonym (a different word that mean similar). Do you think the meaning is the same?
  4. If you are still stuck, use a dictionary to find the meaning.
  5. Write a sentence to explain the meaning without using the given word.

Use Guided Reading Resource Tuesday to find the meaning of key words from the text.

      Resources: Chapter 1 and 2 of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ by

                        C.S.Lewis.  (You do not need to print but can read it on the screen)

                        Guided Reading Resource Tuesday


English: To write descriptive sentences about Mr Tumnus.

Have a look at the image of Mr Tumnus on English Resource Monday. Annotate around the image with any descriptive words you can think of to describe him.

Now, add any similes or metaphors you can think of to describe him.

Next, you have a writing challenge to complete. On the next page of today’s resource is a list of instructions. You have to follow these instructions to write a descriptive paragraph on Lucy meeting Mr Tumnus. It will be tricky, but feel free to use your work from the previous few lessons to help you.

Resources: English Resource Tuesday


Handwriting: To write capital letters of relative size to other letters.

Now practise writing some words that will need capital letters… Here are some important proper nouns from the story of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ which will need capital letters.

Resources: Handwriting Lines


Maths: To name different types of triangles.

Today we are going to be looking at different types of triangles. You may need a protractor again, so either grab your protractor, print off your paper one or go onto the website from yesterday.

In Maths, we have 4 different types of triangles. Watch this BBC bitesize video to find out more about each one. You might like to take the quiz at the bottom of the page to test your knowledge too:

Now, have a go at completing maths resource Tuesday. There are lots of triangles, and a few different diagrams to sort the shapes into. Don’t try and fit all the shapes into one diagram, only fit as many as you can in. You will need to use a protractor to check your angles are correct.

Resources: Maths Resource Tuesday


Theme: The Cross as a Christian Symbol

Today, we are going to have a go at answering some questions about Christianity and the cross. You might like to write down your answers and then research them. You could use the internet, ask your local vicar, or perhaps discuss them with someone who you know is Christian.

Questions to answer:

1. How important is the cross for Christians?

2. What does the cross mean to Christians?

3. Would it upset Christians if they saw a cross being treated disrespectfully?

4. Could you replace the cross with another symbol? Why/why not?

5. Do crosses remind Christians of different things?

6. Would all Christians agree with the question above?

         7. Would different Christians choose different crosses as being important to them?

Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Guided Reading: To respond and explain your ideas about the story.

Re-read pages 15-17 where Mr Tumnus invites Lucy back to his house.

Do you think she should go with him? Try to find as many reasons as you can for each argument – yes and no. Then decide on your own opinion and give a detailed reason for it.

Do you think she should go? Why?

Resources: Chapter 1 and 2 of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ by

                  C.S.Lewis.  (You do not need to print but can read it on the screen)

                  Guided Reading Resource Wednesday


English: To plan our recount.

Today, you are going to be planning your recount. On the first page of English Resource Wednesday is a good example of a recount. Remember, a recount is when you retell to someone what has happened. In this case, you are pretending to be Lucy walking through the wardrobe for the first time. Your recount should end at you meeting Mr Tumnus. Please make sure to use any of your previous work to add to your plan that you think was particularly good.

Once you’ve had a look at the example, have a go at planning your recount by using the second sheet on the resource.

Resources: English Resource Wednesday


Handwriting: To write capital letters of relative size to other letters.

Titles can also have capital letters. Practise writing out these different book titles in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ series by C.S. Lewis.

Resources: Handwriting Lines


Maths: To identify lines of symmetry in shapes.

Lines of symmetry are very cool things. When a shape has a line of symmetry, it means that both sides of the shape are the same, when split down the line. If you have a small mirror, it may be useful for today’s exercises.

Watch this BBC Bitesize video which explains lines of symmetry: . You may like to complete the activities on this website too to really secure your knowledge.

Next, have a look at the shapes on Maths Resource Wednesday. Try to draw on any lines of symmetry that the shapes have. Be careful, some may not have any! A good way to check whether your lines of symmetry is to use a ruler to measure whether the edges/vertices are the same distance away from the line of symmetry. The answers are also attached to the sheet.

Resource: Maths Resource Wednesday


Theme: Music

Today there will be a live stream on zoom. We will see how it works this week and whether it is something that we can do each week. This will be led by ‘Listen To Me’, along with the other children who are working in school. Please use your usual login but join us at 10:30am. The focus will be body percussion. 

Thursday 4th March 2021

As today is world book day, we have lots of fun challenges going on. We have:

  • The week long challenge – where is the strangest place you can read your book?
  • Older bookworms challenge (how many things can you read, also included in this pack)
  • The Masked Reader – Can you guess which teacher is reading their favourite book? (See school website for videos).


Along with these, we also have a whole day of activities today. At 9:00, KS2 have a zoom call where this year’s book will be shared by the KS2 Teachers. If you have siblings in both key stages, just pick one call to go too.

Here are all the other world book day activities for you to have a go at. Have fun!


Friday 5th March 2021

Guided Reading: To select and retrieve information from the text.

Read to p. 19 of Chapter 2 of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.’  Please do not read any further.

In these pages the author describes the faun’s cave as Lucy begins to explore it. List as many things as you can that are in the cave. See if you can find 20. This can include food and objects.

Resources:  Chapter 1 and 2 of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ by

                   C.S.Lewis.  (You do not need to print but can read it on the screen)

                   English Resource Thursday


English: To write your recount.

Today you are going to be writing your recount. Remember, a recount is retelling the story from the character’s (Lucy’s) point of view. It should start with Lucy entering the wardrobe, and end with her meeting Mr Tumnus. You may like to use the example from yesterday to help you. You can also use previous sentences/description you have written from the last few weeks of lessons.


Handwriting: To write capital letters of relative size to other letters.

Re-write the passage from ‘The Lion, The Witch and The wardrobe onto handwriting lines, showing your tall letters and long letters in relation to each other. Remember that your capital letters are tall letters.

Resources: Handwriting Lines


Maths: To plot and find co-ordinates on a grid.

Today is one of my favourite topics – co-ordinates! It has to be my favourite topic because it reminds me of pirates, but also my favourite game when I was younger, called Battleships. If you have the game at home, I highly recommend playing it. If not, you could play a version online here:

Anyway, locating co-ordinates on a grid involves knowing two things. Your x co-ordinate, and your y co-ordinate. X co-ordinates you read first, and go along from left to right, Whereas y co-ordinates go up and down and are read second. Co-ordinates are recorded like this (x,y). I always remember this as ‘along the corridor, and up the stairs.’

Watch this video to find out more:

Now, have a go at Maths Resource Thursday. It has a star rating, with one being the easiest and 3 stars being the hardest. I would suggest most people complete 3 stars, as the only difference between the ratings is the amount of numbers on each axis.

Resources: Maths Resource Thursday


Theme: The Cross as a Christian Symbol

Imagine you are going on a journey to a new world. Imagine what the landscape would be like.

Write down two of the most important values you would take with you to your island.

Now, think of a way to show these values in a symbol. (It should be a simple drawing, like our school logo or a cross, not a complex picture).

Neatly draw out your symbol, and label it so that other people could understand what it means.


Theme: HeartSmart: Don’t Hold On To What’s Wrong (Don’t Rub It In, Rub It Out)

To understand the effects of saying sorry and understand how saying sorry can amend a situation.


You will need an adult to help you with this activity.


  1. Get a clear container, water, blue coloured food-colouring, and bleach (containing chlorine).
  2. Half fill the jar with water and say that this is a bit like our hearts. Explain that when we hurt someone, we leave a mark on their heart.
  3. As you are doing so, add 4 or 5 drops of food colouring. Ask the children how the heart (water) is looking, (they should say it has changed colour), the ‘hurt’ has left a mark.

Think about: In what ways could you hurt or upset another person?

                     How they could help to ‘rub out’ the marks they have made on someone’s heart.

                     Is just saying sorry enough?

 Explain: Saying sorry is not just a word, it is a commitment to the other person that you

regret what you have said or done and will do your best not to do it again.

  1. As you do this, carefully add a cup of bleach to the water. The bleach will discolour the blue food-colouring over the course of a minute and make the water clear again. Look at how the hurt (the colour) has disappeared.

Explain: Saying sorry, helps the other person to forgive and ‘rub out’ the hurt in their heart.

Think about: Why do you think saying sorry helps the other person