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May, June and early July 2020 Learning


Phonics - Please log onto Ruth Miskin Training YouTube where there will be daily activities linked to the programme of work we study at school.  Make sure that you know all the Set 2 and Set 3 sounds.               

There is also Username: march20 Password: home

Look for activities in Phase 5 for Year 1 and Phase 6 for Year 2. Y1 children please look for Reading Robot and practise the Y1 Phonics Check.

You should also log on to Spelling Shed and practise the common exception words for Y1 and Y2.


Reading - If you have your own books to read please continue to read them. There are also books on the website.

Look for the class login at the top. Use:

Year1: ScotbyYear1

Year2 : ScotbyYear2

and the password is: ScotbyHome

You can also log onto and click on the teacher portal to access some different books which are colour coded. The Username is: and the Password is: Parents20!

If you would like to listen to stories, then you can log onto where there are a number of stories you can listen to for free at the moment.


Handwriting - Please print off and complete one of the following sheets each day.

Try to do one a day. If you do not have a printer you can copy the sentences from the screen. There is a new handwriting booklet for those of you who have completed the sheets. You may wish to continue using this in the summer holidays just to keep a bit of handwriting practice going.You can also log onto the website below to print off worksheets to practise forming any letters you are not sure of.


PE -  Use Go Noodle at or BBC Supermovers to follow activities online or just go for a walk and play in your garden in the sunny weather every day.

Here is an information sheet with lots of ideas you could set up at home to keep fit.

Singing -  Please join me in singing a song every day. Previous songs are on the Youtube channel with a link below.

Weekly Activities

Please choose from the activities below and try to complete some of the tasks every week. The literacy work is the most important! 

This section will be updated weekly.

Little Red book trailer:

Literacy -  Watch me read 'Rapunzel' by Bethan Woollvin.

Print the paper of your choice with borders and write your own version of a traditional tale. Try to include a 'twist' somewhere. It could be at the beginning, in the middle or at the end. You could write a version of 'Little Red Riding Hood' or 'Rapunzel' or a story of your choice. Which characters will be in your story? Please send me a photo of your completed story. If you do not have a printer, any writing paper will do.



Please read this information text about the birds which may be in your garden and answer the questions about what you have read. Choose the level which you feel is right for you. One star is the easiest and three stars is the hardest.

In the Key Stage 1 English section on Espresso please look for the 'Grammar and punctuation' and click on it. Please complete the Sentence activities about 'Recognising statements, questions, exclamations and commands'. There is also a weekly grammar activity added to for you to complete. 


Music - Y2 children, you have been sent details for how to log onto Charanga Yumu where Mrs Tuffin has set work for you to practise your Toots and Doods. Y1 children go to the BBC School Radio - Primary Music page. There is a unit of work called 'Little Red Riding Hood'. Please complete one lesson a week.


Art and Design -  Week 1. Look at the Tate Gallery website Tate Kids and click on 'Explore', then click on 'Explore More Art and Artists' and look for 'Who's Who?'. Click on 'See All Artists' and look for 'Who is Henri Matisse?'. Read the information, look at the pictures and then watch 'Meet Matisse' below.

Week 2. When you have done the previous activity please find the 'Make' section of the website, click on 'Cut and Paste' and look for 'Collage a Matisse Snail'. Follow the instructions on the page to make your own picture.

Week 3.When you have completed last week's task, watch the video of Mrs Townsend reading 'Little Red' above and then make a collage picture of part of the story using red, white and black paper. Send me a photo of your picture when you have completed it.

Week 4. Look at these masks of the two main characters in Little Red. Can you make a mask like one of these using card, felt pens, scissors and a lolly stick?

Week 5. Watch this video of Emily Gravett drawing a wolf and see if you can follow her instructions to draw a wolf yourself.

Week 6. Click on the Tate Kids link above. Find the 'Make' part of the page and click on 'See All Activities'. Find 'Paint and Draw' at the top and click on the white arrow. Look for 'Draw a Fairy Tale'. Click on it and follow the instructions.


RE - Please log onto and watch this week's video about Jesus.

Talk with someone about what you have learned.


History - Watch this video about a significant person.

Complete the activity when you have watched the film.


For the Science and Geography please log onto Espresso 

Username: student9568 Password: scotby

Science -  Follow the unit of work for Key Stage 1 Science entitled Plants. There are videos, activities and worksheets to print off. Do a little bit each week. In addition you could spend some time looking at

There is also a link here to Science Buddies with a weekly activity for you to complete if you wish.


Geography - Follow the Key Stage 1 Geography unit entitled Maps and mapping. Complete the videos, activities and worksheets once a week to fit your weekly timetable.



ICT - Before starting this purple mash activity, please select a picture book you enjoy reading.


  1. Click on Tools, then 2Create a story and then My Story.
  2. Click on the icon to change the background (this is next to the sound button we used last week.)
  3. Spend some time exploring the different backgrounds you can use. There are Purple Mash backgrounds that you can use, options to upload your own picture and pens to draw your own background. 
  4. Choose a background you are happy with and add it to your page. 
  5. You can now draw on top of the background as we have been doing in previous weeks. Please note that you can only add animation to the image you draw, not the background. 
  6. You are now going to retell the story you chose before the start of this activity using all of the tools we have used so far. 
  7. Don't forget to save your work! I can't wait to see your creations! I wonder if I can guess the stories you chose to retell.

ICT - Previous Tasks

Year 2 children, please remember to complete the MyMaths and Spelling Shed activities set for you weekly. Some of you also have Lexia activities to complete each week. Well done for working so hard on these tasks last half term.

Creative Activities

Here are some further ideas for activities you can do at home which are fun and where you don't need to use an electronic device.


1.How are you getting on with your lockdown diary? Remember that if you write a diary at this time it will become part of history. You could start one now if you haven't already. You could write in it once a week if you are finding it hard to do every day. Why don't you include photographs, drawings and newspaper clippings?

2.Make an obstacle course in your garden for your family or your pets.

3.Play hopscotch with someone else in your family.

4. Build a den in your room or outside.

5.Have an alphabet hunt around your house. Start with A and see if you can find all the letters in order.

6.Collect junk from packaging you have used and turn it into an amazing model. You could work with your family to make a huge sculpture.

7. Create a fruit salad with your favourite fruit. 

8. Listen to your favourite music and make up a dance routine.

9.Draw a picture of your favourite plant or minibeast that you have found in your garden.

10. Finally visit Disneyland and go on the virtual rides. You do need an electronic device for this activity. Sorry!

Summer Term 2020

New Recommendations I love this website, I could look at it for hours. You can watch baby humming birds, zebras at a waterhole and gorillas in the rainforest - live! Learn about the climates and habitats and turn up the volume so that you can hear the animals too.


Have a look at this lovely book: The Book of Hopes. Use this link:

It has been compiled during the coronavirus shutdown. You can read some of the poems and stories  yourself or ask a grown up to read some of them to you. I love 'Say Something Nice' by A.F. Harrold and 'Consider the Dung Beetle' by M.G. Leonard. Last year I had the chance to hold a dung beetle and it burrowed down into my hand.

Here are some questions to help you discuss what you have read:

What did you like?

What did you dislike? 

Did anything puzzle you?

Did you notice a pattern?

Does it remind you of anything?

Try to read a poem, a story or a report every day.


Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is mental health awareness week and the theme is: kindness

Here are some activities you can do:

1. Draw a kindness tree and add leaves with a different kind act you could do in each leaf.

2. Create a 'Pick-me-up-jar'. Write down on small pieces of paper lots of things that are great about you and your family. Put them in a jar. Pick out a note every day to read and make you all feel better. You could decorate the jar too.

3. Be kind to yourself by reading and completing this 'I am an amazing person' worksheet.


       Creative Activities

  Finally, here are some activities which don't involve the use of electronic devices. Try to choose two of these to complete each week. Find a place on your timetables to slot these in.

Invent and create a board game based on Snakes and Ladders.


Keep a 'Learning at Home' diary. It will become a historic document one day.


Make some simple puppets out of junk materials. Write a script and put on a show to entertain your family.


Go rainbow hunting inside and outside. What can you find that is red, orange, yellow, green, blue indigo and violet?


Design and make a new sandwich filling. Ask your family to taste it  and comment on it. Then, write the instructions for how to make it.


Make a tiny world outside for some of your small animals, or figures. How about a castle, a zoo or a town?


Have a stick tower challenge. Who in your family can make the tallest tower out of sticks? Can you measure it in centimetres?


Pick some flowers such as daisies and buttercups. Press them in paper between some heavy books. Make a picture or a card when they have dried.


Make a map of your garden or the road on which you live. You could add photographs and a key.


Interview the adults you live with to find out about their childhood.. Think of some questions to ask them. Write a paragraph about each adult to explain what you found out.


Parents, please do get in touch if you need any help or advice. I know that it is a huge challenge to continue your child's learning at home. If you want more information or more activities let me know. Look out for the daily song and please let me know how you and your children are doing.                                                                                                              The class email address is 

Best wishes

Mrs Townsend


Easter Holidays Update


Today is the last day of term. As we are about to have 2 weeks holiday I will not add any new activities after today but please look at this website again for new learning ideas on Tuesday 14th April which is the start of the new term.

Some parents have been asking about Big Maths. Unfortunately we are unable to continue with the weekly assessments until we return to school. Thank you for practising CLICS and Learn Its and do keep that going so that you don't  forget what you have already learned. Some parents have also been asking about phonics and I would like to direct you to the PhonicsPlay website. It has just been revamped and is free to use at the moment. The address is  with Username:march20 and Password:home

Parents, please do contact me using the email address                                                                    with any queries or concerns and I will reply as quickly as possible.

I wish you all a peaceful and restful Easter holiday.


Home Learning Update


Good morning.

Parents, please email me on the class email if you are unsure of any of your children's usernames or passwords. You can also ask any questions or let me know what your children have been doing. I will be available every day to answer your questions.


Having had a good look at available websites I really want to recommend It has a timetable for every day and this would suit parents who want a more structured approach to home learning. It also has live phonics lessons, makes links with BBC Teach and includes story time sessions.


I also want to promote the use of the website. Details of how to get on the website are at the top of the class pages section of the website where it has a heading Home Learning. You can google Oxford Owl Login or just click and look for the class login at the top. Use:

Year1: ScotbyYear1

Year2 : ScotbyYear 2

and the password is ScotbyHome.

There are lots of books on this website, many of them the same as the ones we have in the classroom and I suggest that you try to read 1 book a day just as we would encourage you to do at school. You could keep a record of all the books you have read. Now that we are not allowed to leave the house these books will be very useful when you have read all the books you have at home.


I hope that you are all well and enjoying the spring weather.

Best wishes

Mrs Townsend


Home Learning March 2020



Whilst you are learning at home I wanted to suggest some websites which you might find useful and fun.


BBC Learning. This covers all curriculum areas and includes some lessons.


Blue Peter badges. There are lots of practical ideas here.


The Imagination Tree. This has lots of creative ideas for things you can do.


Go Noodle. You can keep fit by joining in the physical activities here.


Twinkl-school closure free access code. Worksheets can be printed off and completed if you wish.


Websites which I will monitor and upload activities to are:

Lexia - for those currently using it.

Spelling Shed

My Maths Y2 only



The home learning section on the website has information about accessing these.


I would also like to suggest that children spend limited time on computers and other electronic devices so here are some ideas for you to do in your own time.


Finally, you might find it useful to make a timetable and write in ideas for what you are going to do each day.


Keep checking the website for new ideas and keep well and safe everyone.


Mrs Townsend

  • Plant a seed and keep a diary of its growth.
  • Write a letter to a friend or relative you cannot visit at the moment.
  • Bake a cake or biscuits to share with your family, you could even write your own recipe book.
  • Go for a walk and see how many plants and trees you can name.
  • Take photographs of what you are up to to share with the class on your return.
  • Draw some spring flowers that grow near where you live.
  • Find some new books to read.
  • Rewrite a traditional tale with a different ending.
  • Choose an animal and make a fact book about it.
  • Measure your height once a week and make a graph to show how much you are growing.
  • Design and make a bird feeder and write a set of instructions to show how to make it.
  • Spend half an hour a day in the garden looking for the minibeasts who share it with you.