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Thursday 11th June

Hello Wrens


From now until the end of term Thursday's are going to be guided reading day.

Follow the link below to the Big Cat home page and follow the instructions to log onto Collins Connect to access their e-book library.

Big Cat e-books

Click on the Collins Big Cat e-books section.  The books are sorted by colour band.


Easier - Pink A.  Read "In the boat" and then click on resources to download the activity associated with this text.

Harder - Red A.  Read "A Day Out" and then click on resources to download the activity associated with this text.

Additional activity - print off the I-spy sheet and checklist below.  The children need to read the words and find the matching picture on the I-spy sheet.

Year 1.

Easier - Yellow.  Read "Dance to the beat" and then click on resources to download the activity associated with this text.

Harder - Green.  Read "Ella the Superstar" and then click on resources to download the activity associated with this text.

Additional activity - print off the 5 key words reading comprehension activity below.  Follow the instructions to colour your sheet correctly.  Parents - there are several different worksheets so please choose your favourite.



Yesterday we were learning to find the total of two groups of objects and write an addition number sentence.  Today we are continuing with our work on addition but we are going to be using a strategy called counting on.

You will need your small objects to count like you had yesterday, a bowl and some small pieces of a paper.

As yesterday grab 2 handfuls of objects.  Count how many objects you have in the first hand.  Write the number on one of the pieces of paper.  Cover the objects with the bowl and place the piece of paper on top.  Now we are going to count on.   

Put the number that is on the piece of paper in your head. This is your starting number.  When you count the second group of objects count on from this number to find your total.

Parents - counting on is a skill that takes some practise so repeat this activity several times with your child.  

Have a go at the counting on activity sheets attached below.  Remember you don't have to do all the sheets - just choose your favourite.

Challenge - ask your grownup to write a number sentence down and see if you can solve it by counting on.  Remember you can use your fingers to help you if you do not have pictures or objects to count.

Good luck!

Year 1.

Yesterday we were finding quarter of a quantity by sharing it into 4 equal groups.

Work through the powerpoint attached below to practise this skill and then have a go at the fluency questions. 

Parents -  there are 3 different levels so please choose the one most appropriate for your child.


Yesterday we learnt about Queen Victoria and what it would have been like to live in Victorian times when Florence Nightingale was alive.  We found out that not all the children went to school!  If your family was poor you were quite likely to be sent out to work instead and the jobs weren't much fun.   Can you remember what any of the jobs were?  In 1880 (140 years ago) a law was passed that said all children up to the age of 10 had to go to school.  Let's find out what schools were like in Victorian time, using the BBC video below.

BBC Victorian schools

There are lots of differences between what it was like to go to school in Victorian times and school today.  Did you spot some of them in the video?   The powerpoint attached below shows us some more.

Schools in Victorian times were often just one room with all the children taught together despite being different ages.  There was just one teacher and the children had to write on slates instead of paper (these are a bit like the little chalk boards we have in Wrens class).

Did you know Abberley school opened in Victorian times in 1859 (161 years ago)  ?

Look at the photograph below taken in around 1900 (120 years ago)  and then look at the pictures of the school today.  Can you see what is the same and what is different?  

The school hall is the Victorian school building and more parts have been built on the school to make it bigger.  Can you spot the differences between the old and new buildings?

Below are attached some photographs of the school.  I would like you to stick them in your home learning book and then see if you can write a sentence or sentences to tell me about some of the differences between the school in the Victorian times and the school today.

Best wishes

Mrs Lightfoot (and Purvis and Mickey Thompson)