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WB 15.6.20

Caterpillar update...


Well, you know the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' IT IS TRUE!

I have 5 very hungry caterpillars who are getting bigger all the time.

Thank you to all of you for your name suggestions - I am going to 'Pick names out of a hat' because I have had so many fantastic names to choose from. Mrs Stow & Mrs Craddock came up with 27 different options themselves!


We are waiting to see when they start to move towards to top of the cup, attach themselves to the lid and start to form chrysalides. This should happen in 7 - 14 days...

Are you as excited as we are?

Here they are on Friday 19th June.... Getting very big!

Friday 19th June, 2020

Good morning to you all and happy Friday!

We hope you had a lovely day yesterday in spite of the awful weather! At least it is nearly the weekend. Let's cross our fingers that this rain will clear up and the sun will come out again soon. 

I wonder if you managed to watch the video about the caterpillars? Has anyone thought of any names yet? 

So, here is your work for today...

Love from Mrs Craddock, Mrs Darton and Mrs Stow. smiley



Your first task today is to practise how to double and halve using the challenge cards below.


Use your skills of doubling and halving to complete this challenge...


Today I would like you to write a set of instructions about how to clean your teeth. 

Read through the Powerpoint below first and then use the help sheet with imperative verbs and other words below to help. There is also a sheet for you to write your instructions on or you could just use the same headings and write them in your book.

Try to use numbers for each new instruction and use words like first, next, after that, then and finally might help too. TRY TO BEGIN EACH NEW INSTRUCTION ON A NEW LINE LIKE THIS...




Don't forget to use capital letters at the start of every new sentence and full stops at the end. Use your best joined handwriting too. Read out your work to someone to check it makes sense.

How to Brush Your Teeth Properly - For Kids

This video is all about brushing your teeth -- directed at children. Some topics include: plaque, cavities, and how to brush your teeth. The video also tells...


Have a go of your 2, 5 and 10 times tables or try some of the games on our main class page.


Finally, make sure that today you set some time aside to read one of your Active Learn reading books or you can use the reading resources below or a real book. Don't forget there are sometimes questions there too to make sure you've understood the book. Do this for at least 15 minutes daily.


Please be aware that we may not allocate you any more books on Active Learn once you have completed your library. This is because there are a limited number of books per book band. Please access the Collins Big Cat reading resources, Oxford Owl online books or your own books from home. Thank you!



We are very impressed that you are enjoying lots of reading on Active Learn

(as well as your own real books at home) - Well done!

We are monitoring the use of Active Learn daily and updating book allocations regularly.

We have noticed that some children have several books 'open' but not 'completed'.

In order to complete a book, you have to complete all of the comprehension questions within the text. These are found by clicking on the small green bug icon - they appear on occasional pages. Once you have completed the question/s correctly, the bug will 'Go to sleep'.

You can then complete the book, 'Close It' and then 'Rate It' with a smiley, 'o.k' or sad face.

We will then continue to allocate new books as you complete your books and they move into your 'Library'.

We thought it would help to explain this to you, as some parents have been wondering why their child hasn't had any new books this week.

Keep enjoying the wonderful world of books! xx 

Thursday 18th June, 2020

Good morning Class 1! I hope you had a fab day yesterday and enjoyed seeing the new caterpillars in the Darnton household! I thought of some good names last night but I bet Mrs Darnton would prefer to hear your ideas! 🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛

It reminded me of the Hungry Caterpillar that we read in class and performed in church. Do you remember? It was a very proud moment for us. I can't wait to hear all about the caterpillars and what happens next! 🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋

Below, I have put a short film about the life cycle of a caterpillar and I've also put the animation we watched from our performance for you to watch again! If you want to do an extra activity this week, maybe you could make a poster about caterpillars and butterflies? 

Today there are some different things you will enjoy. The first one is an RE lesson. You can do this over the next week. There is a story and there are some activities too. Have fun!

There is also a link to an assembly by the Duchess of Cambridge. It is all about spreading kindness. You can watch it live at 11.00 am. How exciting!

All the usual Thursday activities are there too, so have a great day!

Love from Mrs Craddock, Mrs Darnton and Mrs Stow smiley


Life Cycle of a Butterfly

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film


Over the next week, we would like you to read the story attached below with an adult. It is about the Holy Spirit and the disciples. After you have done this, there are some activities and some ideas for you to talk about with an adult or partner. 




Today's grammar lesson is on Purplemash. There are two to-dos which will give you chance to practise everything you have been learning this week on past tense verbs. 


Today's maths lesson is about halving numbers. Earlier in the week you learned how to double a number so now you are going to halve a number. It just means you are going to share the number in between two groups.

Watch the Powerpoint first and then have a go of the activites too.

Wednesday 17th June, 2020


Good morning Year1! 

Are you all "FANDABYDOZY with a cherry on top?"

Yes you've guessed it, Mrs Darnton here!

Mrs Stow, Mrs Craddock and I have shared out all the "busy jobs" and one of my jobs is that I have the absolute, wonderful pleasure of commenting on all of your fantastic Purple Mash work.

I have been delighted to see how hard you have been working and I really do love the personal messages and emojis! smiley yes heart heartheart

Have a look at your Purple Mash account today because I have had a fun time recording personal voice messages which are attached to the work you have handed in this week so far...

Just look out for a green arrow and click on that!

I also wanted to tell you about some exciting news at The Darnton Household ...

The twins received a 'Live Butterfly Garden' as a gift and 5 caterpillars have arrived today - I will keep giving you an update on how they are growing!



Here are our 5 baby caterpillars. Do you think you could help us name them?

But for now, here are your "busy jobs" for today! Enjoy!


Today there are two games on your 'to-dos' on Purplemash. One is practising your odd and even numbers and one is a game of pairs to practise your 2, 5 and 10 times tables. I've (Mrs C) just played both games with Matthew and we had fun! Good luck!



Here is your Grammar and Punctuation quiz number 5. Keep trying your best with these quizzes. They are a great way to keep practising your GAPS skills. 




This week, Mrs Pawson would like you to explore the KEEP SAFE link which is on the home page (at the bottom) on our school website. When you have done this, either ask a grown-up to ask you questions about what you have found out or create your own quiz (with answers) to ask someone else. 


This is what to look for on our home page:

Tuesday 16th June, 2020

A big hello and good morning to our lovely class. 

Thank you so much for all the lovely work you are completing and sending in. It is lovely to see pictures of you looking so proud of your work! Thank you for writing amazing instructions and for so many of you who made delicious Rice Crispy cakes. They look amazing! We've made Fairtrade muffins here for our home learning and we are about to make a cheesecake! I hope we have as much success as all of you!

We will continue to write instructions this week so watch this space!

So, here is today's work. Keep trying your best...

Love from Mrs Craddock, Mrs Darnton and Mrs Stow smiley



Just like last week, I would like you to go to Purplemash and complete the two to-do tasks. Again, they are all about putting pictures in the right order. There are two recipes - one is for a smoothie and one is for jelly.

Have fun!


Today I would like you to carry on finding out about past tense verbs. Listen to the song again and then have a go of the worksheet below. Complete the first sheet and do the next two if you want a challenge! 


Today we are continuing practising our doubles which is a good way of practising x 2. You can complete either or both of the sheets below and colour in the ladybirds if you have time!

Doubles Song For Kids | Tiny Tunes


Monday 15th June, 2020


Good morning Class 1.

We hope you've had a lovely weekend and managed to enjoy some sunshine when you could (in between the rain, thunder and lightning!)

It's hard to believe that we are halfway through June already.

Let's hope the sun comes out to stay again very soon! 

It’s been lovely recently to see a few of your parents whilst I've been out and about. It's been so nice to have a quick catch-up and find out how some of you are getting on! (Jack, Joey and Sophia, you sound like you are doing so well at home so well done and a special hello!)

So, here is today's work. Aim high, shine bright and try your best.

Love from Mrs Craddock, Mrs Darnton and Mrs Stow smiley



Your spellings this week are words with the aw/au sound. Try LOOK, COVER, WRITE and CHECK using the sheet below and then have a go of the quiz on Purplemash. Good luck!



Spellings to learn


Today we are learning about the past tense. Watch the video first and then have a go of the activity. 

Work through these activities and try to write your own sentences too.


Our maths today is all about doubling numbers. Watch the song below and then have a go of the activity.