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Summer Term 
Hi Elver class (and Elver parents!)
I hope you all had a lovely Half Term and have been enjoying the beautiful weather. I hope you are all still taking care, and making each other laugh and smile in these strange times! We are continuing with the 'Our World' theme and there will be some afternoon activities posted below related to this, along with links for
Maths and English.
Please remember the work on here is optional, and just to do what works for you and your family.

I would still love to see photos of the wonderful things you are all doing at home,
so please send them into the office - along with any questions at all.

Your health, both mental and physical remains the most important thing.
Please see the ELSA support page for lovely resources and activities to support well-being.





Afternoon Activities 

Each week we are setting five challenges for YR, Y1 and Y2 children.  Pick which ones you'd like to do or do them all!  Feel free to extend if your child is interested as the challenges are just to get you started!  If you have any inspiring pictures or stories that your child would like to share, please email Mrs Day so some can appear in The Heron Times!


Challenge 1 - BIRDS!

Choose a time to sit quietly and count how many birds you can see in your garden.  If you put out some bird food you might encourage more to appear!  Don't forget to leave a bowl of fresh water out so they can drink and take a bath! 

Download a sheet from the RSPB or make your own. https://www.rspb.org.uk/globalassets/downloads/kids--schools/teaching-resources/bsbw-under-5-counting-sheet You might like to record the birds in a tally and show your results in a chart so you can clearly see which birds visit your garden a lot.

The second part of this challenge is to make a bird feeder out of things you would normally throw away or put out for recycling.  You could use an old plastic bottle but think about what bird food you will need and how the birds will get to it.  You might like to design and plan it before you start making it and evaluate it when it's finished to see how it could be improved.  We'd like you to see how good your bird feeders are and which attract the most birds!  It is also a big thumbs up as you will be reusing something that would normally be chucked away, so it's very environmentally friendly!


Challenge 2 - Prayer Stone

When you are next digging about in your garden or out and about on walks or at the beach, choose a nice round, flat stone.  Just take one stone if you are at the beach so there are plenty left for other people to enjoy.  Wash your stone and leave it somewhere sunny to dry. 

Have a think about a special prayer or wish that you would like to put on your stone.  Maybe it's a prayer for people you know or people in other parts of the world, or maybe it's a special wish for North Curry or our school.  There's lots happening in the world at the moment, so it's good to think about how you are feeling and other people.  It will be fun to make a special stone that other people will see and you might cheer lots of people up!  

Get some paper and draw around your stone - make sure the stone isn't too tiny - and then plan on the paper how you would like to decorate it.  You might like one word or a sentence, or lots of decoration.  You could then use paint or permanent pens (sharpie pens are good) to get to work.  When it is dry you might like to get a grown-up to varnish it so that the rain won't smudge your work.

When you are next walking about in the village, find somewhere to leave your stone outside the church so that other people can see it.  Don't leave it on the grass in-case they need to use the lawn-mower.  Maybe near the porch would be a good place.


Challenge 3 - Nature Picture

When I was little, I used to love art programmes on TV like Take Hart and Art Attack!  My favourite bit was when they made big pictures on the ground using objects from around the house or natural materials.  

You could go for a walk and look for natural materials like wood, feathers, shells, stones, leaves and flowers (check what you are allowed to use as some things, like flowers, might not be allowed).  Draw a rectangle on the ground in chalk or put down a large piece of paper and lay your found objects down to make patterns or a picture.  Take photos as you can use the same materials to make different pictures.  I like doing boats and people.

You could also use objects from around the house - with permission - like pots and pans, cutlery, toys, clothes and shoes etc to make a big picture on the floor.  Try making a car with saucepans turned upside down as wheels!  I wonder what else you could make!


Challenge 4 - Ourselves!

Draw a picture of yourself and label parts of the body.  Can you identify the parts of the body that associated with our senses?  For example, what part of the body do we use to hear? Did you know that some creatures, like cats and snakes, have a special sense that we don't have, called the Jacob's Organ. They can sort of taste the air!

Have a look at yourself in the mirror and then look at a photo of when you were a baby.  What has changed and what is the same?  Can you make a list?  Have a look at the grown-ups in your house - how have they changed?

You might like to imagine what you'll be like when you're a grown up!  Can you draw a future portrait of yourself?  How about a picture of when you're really old, like even older than Miss Colling?!  Will your hair be the same colour?  Will you need a walking stick?  Some very old people are very fit and healthy and run marathons and go sky-diving!  What interests and hobbies do you think you'll have when you're grown up?


Challenge 5 - Music

I know we have some great dancers, singers and musicians in our school!  Choose some music to listen to and join in with an activity.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ks1-music/zbcjscw  You might like to record yourself singing or making some music of your own!  You could even have some music ready for when you show off your art-work or bird feeder (but don't scare the birds away!).  


Have fun everyone and don't forget that The Heron Times might like to hear about what you've been doing!


Please look after yourselves and stay safe. 

Curriculum Jigsaw Summer 2020

                  ELSA Support (Emotional Literacy)

Please see: https://www.northcurryschool.co.uk/elsa-support/
Mrs. Day has put together some lovely resources to support your children through this uncertain time.

Try asking your child to describe how they are feeling, and follow up with open questions about what’s happened to make them feel this way. For example; ‘Tell me about how you are feeling?’ or ‘What has happened to make you feel like this?’ Talking will help your child process their feelings and make sense of them, as well as calming them down. 

Zones of Regulation:



Which zone are you in? Please use the 4 zones to support your child to identify which zone they are in. The Green Zone is where we aim to be. Ask what can we do to change zones... take a break, do something you enjoy, talk to someone about how you feel and why. Talk about how you can change zones, what strategies to use to calm, relax and regulate.

A special message from Mrs Saunders.

Mrs Saunders is missing you all lots!

                   The Boy Who Flew With Dragons
Author: Andy Shepherd

Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie

Chapter links:

Blurb - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tU2kLRvdew&feature=youtu.be

Chapter 1 - Starlight Flicker Bright - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4TuRLmL-9c&feature=youtu.be
Chapter 2 - The Blue Tornado and the Not so Early Worm - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx_6w8ZxHnQ&feature=youtu.be
Chapter 3 - A Present for Lolli - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUfKDqc2OT0&feature=youtu.be
Chapter 4 - Once upon a Fairy Tale Party - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFml6m6oCFw&feature=youtu.be
Chapter 5 - Flying Dragons and Screaming Lions - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBtnnZwphB8&feature=youtu.be
Chapter 6 - You did What? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTJFeLmA_Ys&feature=youtu.be

Chapter 7- The Elephant in the Bobble Hat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Doj67HnKEJM&feature=youtu.be

Chapter 8 - Happy Halloween Cloud Boy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cS6GAMZle4E&feature=youtu.be

Chapter 9 - Captain Brain and the Lightning Bolt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJ_sOYFufuM&feature=youtu.be

Chapter 10 - Eyebrows - 0, Dragons - 1  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SV70R72EMI&feature=youtu.be

Chapter 11 - If Only Dragons Could Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i89afGcIaZE&feature=youtu.be

Chapter 12 - Buried Treasure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKVd7tlisK0&feature=youtu.be

Chapter 13 - Dalek's Don't Make Tea - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9DH6u86rmI&feature=youtu.be

Chapter 14 - La Ciudad Oculata de los Dragones -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKbwO7t2pvE&feature=youtu.be

Chapter 15 - Missing Pieces - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9roLQDqrJ0c&feature=youtu.be

Chapter 16 - Chicken on Toast - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WN6V80Cs0HI&feature=youtu.be

Chapter 17 - The Seed of an Idea - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q9mqRM6n5o&feature=youtu.be

Chapter 18 - A Slippery Customer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXGM_l8Lxhk&feature=youtu.be
Chapter 19 - Telling Tales - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_McdMi6mAY&feature=youtu.be
Chapter 20 - Time to Let Go - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpdIF3x71nQ&feature=youtu.be
Chapter 21 - Goodbyes and Lies - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIccIAVAzzQ&feature=youtu.be
Chapter 22/23 - Listen to the Heart - and - Destination Panic - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JcTUPYz3io&feature=youtu.be

Chapter 24 - No place Like Home & 25 Superheroes Shouldn't Lie

Chapter 26 - Some Grim Advice & Chapter 27 - A Rare and Special Creature

Chapter 28 - Undercover & Chapter 29 - Into the Rainforest

Chapter 30 - Maximum Gigantium & 31 - Liam's Big Secret & 32 - Trust the Superhero Squad

Chapter 33 - Tinkle Tinkle Little Star & 34 - A Diamond is Forever

Play Based Learning


Play is still a huge part of learning in Year 2. Please see the websites below for some creative ideas that may be useful over the coming weeks.






Author websites:

I know lots of you like to read the Jack Stalwart books so I thought it would be good to share the author's website.
There are games, stories, quizzes and a map (which links perfectly to our topic!)


Also, Andy Shepherd - the brilliant author of The Boy Who Grew Dragons series we have been reading as our class book - has a website full of lovely resources and 'fun stuff'.
Including writing prompts, dragon-fruit quizzes, arts and craft ideas and recipes.


The Scholastic Kids page has lots of resources linked to different authors and illustrators. 
Games, puzzles, colouring in and quizzes which Elver class might enjoy as an alternative to Accelerated Reader quizzes at the moment. 



Michael Rosen (one of Miss Gill's favourite authors) has a wonderful selection of videos of him reading stories out loud as well a great selection of children's poetry and jokes.



Finally, as lots of you are big fans of Horrid Henry, here is the link to the author's website. Francesca Simon has put some activity sheets including word searches and code breaking.


Monday 1st June

PE: Have you tried Mr B's challenges? How did you get on? 
RWI: Dots and Dashes – ee spelt ey


Tuesday 2nd June

Maths: Use Arrays
Guided Reading: 
Watch the videos from "Attack of the Demon Dinner Ladies" and see if you can answer the questions.
English: Start Elves and the Shoemaker Talk for Writing unit


Wednesday 3rd June

Maths: 2x Tables
RWI: Choose the right word – ee spelt ey
English: Continue Elves and the Shoemaker Talk for Writing unit



Thursday 4th June

Maths: 5x Tables
RWI: Choose the right word – ee spelt ey
English: Continue Elves and the Shoemaker Talk for Writing unit



Friday 5th June
Maths: 10x Tables
RWI: Write the spellings in a Pyramid style or choose an activity from the 'Spelling Menu'
English: Continue Elves and the Shoemaker Talk for Writing unit






Computing Links:
Espresso Coding (Discovery Education)

u/n: student3808

p/w: curry8
Dance Mat Typing

Bug Hotels

Bug Hotels 1 Tabitha ( & the Dixons) brilliant bug hotel.
Bug Hotels 2 Herbie ( & the Players ) brilliant bug hotel.
Bug Hotels 3 Isabel and Johnny's brilliant bug hotel.

Show and Share (please e-mail any photos into the office if you would like to be included!)

Habitat Boxes - I am so impressed with these! Well done :)

Habitat Boxes - I am so impressed with these! Well done :) 1 Herbie's pony habitat
Habitat Boxes - I am so impressed with these! Well done :) 2 Jack's beach habitat
Habitat Boxes - I am so impressed with these! Well done :) 3 Damelza's deer habitat
Habitat Boxes - I am so impressed with these! Well done :) 4 Elouise's ocean habitat
Habitat Boxes - I am so impressed with these! Well done :) 5 Jack's Gila Monster habitat
Habitat Boxes - I am so impressed with these! Well done :) 6 Rocco's dinosaur habitat
Habitat Boxes - I am so impressed with these! Well done :) 7 George's rainforest habitat
Habitat Boxes - I am so impressed with these! Well done :) 8 Sidney's zebra habitat
Habitat Boxes - I am so impressed with these! Well done :) 9 Isabel's otter habitat
Habitat Boxes - I am so impressed with these! Well done :) 10 Sidney's zebra habitat
Habitat Boxes - I am so impressed with these! Well done :) 11 Florence and Alice's pond habitats
Habitat Boxes - I am so impressed with these! Well done :) 12 Isabel's otter habitat

We are currently looking at Multiplication and Division

Some websites you might find useful include:


Top marks has links to a range of different online games. We use these most at school in our afternoon ‘Quick Maths’ sessions. 


There are a number of games available online here – particularly useful for addition and subtraction.


BBC Bitesize – KS1 is very child friendly and often plays a video accompanied by a short game or quiz.


We have been using the Super Movers videos to help us sing and learn our 2x, 5x and 10x tables.


Nrich is a great resource for word problems and challenges to develop reasoning skills.


The Maths Factor has also been made available for free to create an account. It has lots of games and a times tables check for the 2x, 5x, and 10x tables.

Times Tables Rockstars!

You will soon receive a letter with your log in details for Times Tables Rockstars
- an online site where children can practise their times tables.
For Year 2, we are learning our 2x, 5x and 10x tables. 

Once you have logged in - Garage (teacher set) has these times tables on for you to play.


Select log-in - school pupils - choose your character name

Garage has the 2x, 5x and 10x tables set to play.


(Please contact the school office if you have any questions, or if you have not
received your log-in details letter)


Multiplication and Division


The White Rose Maths and BBC Bitesize content now match up so you have a choice of resources to use.

The content is re-capping previously taught key skills, such as addition and subtraction to begin with, before moving on to new content including measurement and time.


Tuesday 2nd June:
White Rose: Week 5, lesson 2: Use Arrays

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zrf8jhv


Wednesday 3rd June:

White Rose: Week 5, lesson 3: The 2x Table

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z7hdqp3


Thursday 4th June:

White Rose: Week 5, lesson 4: The 5x Table

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zhn6pg8


Friday 5th June:

White Rose: Week 6, lesson 1: The 10x Table

BBC Bitesize:https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zk89d6f


This week, please have a go at working your way through
The Elves and the Shoe Maker - Talk for Writing booklet.

We follow Talk for Writing at school and this booklet has been designed so that children can complete activities mostly independently or with a little bit of support.





RWI Phonics and Spelling Patterns:


In both of our RWI groups we have been using the Year 2 Common Exception Words as the basis for our weekly spellings. Please see below ideas to help practise these including word searches and a range of activities under "Spelling Menu".

British Sign Language


While we have been at home, I have challenged myself to learn some more sign language.

Some of you might remember the lessons we have done on this. We talked about why someone might use sign language, if they are Deaf it can help them to communicate.

We talked about sounds that we like and sounds that we don't like.

Below you will find a finger spelling chart for the alphabet.

See if you can:

- Sign the alphabet from A-Z

- Sign your name
- You can type words in here and it will show you the finger spellings.


See if you can sign along with the video. "Count on me" 


Video of the BSL alphabet here: 






Challenge: Can you work out which word I have made in finger spelling?


British Sign Language

Mindfulness and Wellbeing:

We have been practising Mindfulness in the classroom using the Smiling Mind website. It is free to create an account and there are a number of resources for children.

All programmes - Youth programmes - 7-9 year olds.

Smiling Mind

Smiling Mind 1

Mr Bulbeck's Home Exercises Key Stage 1 PE



Fitness exercises you can do in you r home or garden.


*Star Jumps

*Spotty Dogs


*Touch Jumps (touch the floor and jump up high)

*Running on the Spot




Shapes - Straight (long and thin)

Star (long and wide)

Tuck (small)

Straddle ( bend at hips, legs straight and apart with arms shadowing)

Pike (same as straddle but legs together)


Balances - Large and Small body parts

Create sequences using the above shapes and balances as well as jumps and rolls.