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Foundation Stage 1

Welcome to the Foundation Stage 1 Class Page. 

This is where we will keep you up to date with the activities you are expected to complete while school is closed.


Remember - we will communicate with parents via Tapestry on a daily basis. The most important thing is that your child feels safe and happy. The following activities are only suggested. You know your own child best!

Week beginning 13.7.20

For the last few days of our school year, we would like you to enjoy some fun, creative, learning activities which the whole family can get involved in.


Thursday 16th July 2020

As today is our final day of home schooling, we would like your child to make their very own school. They can be the teacher and invite their favourite toys to join in with their lessons. They could share what they have learnt and collect resources that they would need. See below for more ideas…




Wednesday 15th July.

Today’s activity is to follow the instructions below is to freeze nature. If you add  piece of string before freezing you would be able to hang it up outside and watch what happens over time. Share your Nature Freeze on Tapestry.



Tuesday 14th July

Today we would like you to create pictures using Lego pieces and paint or ink. Discuss the shapes and the properties your child is using.



Monday 13th July.

Have a look at this fun activity.



                                                  Take a photo and post on Tapestry.



Week beginning: 06.07.19

This is our final week of learning about ‘Amazing Animals’. This week we have a focus on under the sea and the animals you would find there.


Friday 10th July 2020

Watch David Attenborough’s clip about crabs and their shells:

Today’s activity is to make a treasure chest using an old egg box to collect signs of sea animals at the beach over the next few days. Collect sea animal homes, food animals might eat and observe crabs.

How many different types of shells have you collected? Why do crabs need a shell? Can you order your shells by size just like the crabs in the video?





Thursday 9th July 2020

Today’s activity is an outdoor activity, so fingers crossed you can get outdoors and dodge any showers!


Take a paintbrush and pot of water, find a place to do your painting outside and paint an Under the Sea scene. You could use paintbrushes of different thicknesses, decorating rollers or whatever you have at home. Include as many sea creatures as you can. Write the names of them as you go. Here is a reminder of what you could include.


Take a photo and post on Tapestry.


Wednesday 8th July 2020

The sea water that surrounds the UK has 8000 different species of plant and animals but unfortunately the environment is being ruined by pollution. Today we would like you to teach your child about pollution and what they could do about it. The following website gives step by step instructions on how to make a polluted water jar and compare with a clear water jar:




Tuesday 7th July 2020

Following our activity from yesterday, today’s activity is to make some Starfish Biscuits. 

 Most starfish have 5 arms and this will be an opportunity to use real experiences to count. Some children will be counting to 5, some to 10 and then this lends itself to counting in 5’s. You could use this experience to consolidate your counting skills.

Here is a simple recipe for Starfish Biscuits below but you can use any recipe that you may prefer for biscuits. When your dough is ready, cut out your starfish shapes; it might be helpful to make a card template for your child to cut around the rolled out dough, but please make sure this is safely done and with adult support.

When your cookies are cool, decorate in any way that you like.

Count your starfish arms in ones or fives.



Starfish Biscuits


  • 100g butter, softened
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1-2 tbsp milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Lightly grease 3 baking trays. Place the butter and sugar in a bowl and cream together until light and fluffy.
  2. Separate the egg yolk from the white and set the white aside. Beat in the egg yolk. Sift in the flour and mix well with enough milk to give a fairly soft dough.
  3.  Knead the mixture gently on a lightly floured surface and roll out to 5mm thick. Cut into your chosen cookie shapes, place on the prepared baking trays and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  4. When cool, decorate in any way that you like.

Post your biscuits on Tapestry.


Monday 6th July

Read or watch Commotion in the Ocean


Afterwards make a 3D sea creature using materials from around your house. Here are some ideas:



Week beginning 29.6.20


Friday 3rd July 2020

To finish our week on farm animals, today we are going to enjoy watching some farm animals playing a hide and seek game. We are going to draw a picture of the main characters, add a speech bubble for each and write inside the speech bubble something that you think each animal would say at the end of the story.

The story is about a piglet called Petal, a goat called Gobo, a donkey called Dash and Digger the dog.


Watch them here.

 Show me your picture and what you have asked your adult to write in the speech bubbles.


Thursday 2nd July 2020

Can you find out an interesting fact about a farm animal? It can be any farm animal and you can use any or a range of research techniques such as google, a non-fiction book or an encyclopaedia.

Afterwards make a junk model farm animal with recycling materials. Write a name label for your model so everyone knows it is yours.




Wednesday 1st July 2020

We have been working on lots of activities involving animals and today we are going to learn all about where milk comes from.

Watch this episode of Balamory and learn along with them.

Afterwards see if you can have a go at ‘milking’.

Here is a fun way of having a try.


Use a glove, fill it with water to represent the milk from the cow’s udder and squeeze. Have fun!

You could then play pin the tail on a cow (or any farm animal) with your family just as they did on Balamory.

Post on Tapestry.


Tuesday 30th June 2020

Yarn wrapped crafts are wonderful for combining media, learning about textures, practising fine motor skills and creating unique works of art. It is quite a skill to keep the yarn tight and to hold on with two hands, so a great fine motor skill activity.

Today we would like your child to make a yarn wrapped farm animal. This could be a cardboard cut-out or they could use toy farm animals. Please share your child’s learning with us on Tapestry and they will be rewarded with dojo points.




Monday 29th June 2020

Today we are going to start our week with the story of The Little Red Hen.

You can us the book if you have it but if not you can watch a version here.

Listen to the story and have a chat about the moral of the story.

Have you ever baked bread before? What did you need to bake it? Perhaps you have baked cakes, or cookies? How did you know how much of each ingredient to use?

For today’s activity we are going to explore balancing scales.

Make some balance scales using a coat hanger and see if you can find things that balance. Here are some ideas for inspiration!


Which items are light and which are heavy?

Use everyday objects and see if you can make both sides of the balance scales the same. How do you know they are the same? Use the language of weight whilst playing; heavy, light, balance, equal, heavier, lighter, heaviest, lightest.

Show how you made your scales balance on Tapestry.






Week beginning 21.06.20

This week we are returning to our 'Amazing Animals' theme with a focus on farm animals. Please add any type of learning your child does this week for dojo points.

Friday 26th June 2020

We have learnt about lots of different types of farm animals this week. Which one was your favourite? Make a large picture of this animal, make some tails (one for each person in your household) and find something you can use as a blind fold. Play ‘Pin the Tail on the Farm Animal’. Who do you think will be closest? Who will be the furthest?




Thursday 25th June 2020

Today we are going to think about how many legs different animals have.

Make a chart that showing that you have sorted the animals into sets of how many legs they have. Sort them into sets of 4 legs, 2 legs and 0 legs. You could draw or cut out pictures of animals to make your chart. Here is an example below but you can make your chart in any way that you like.




When you have completed your chart, count the total number of legs in each set, perhaps you can count in two’s or even 4’s (very tricky!).

Questions to answer…

How many animals in each set?

Which set has the most animals in?

How many legs in total in each set?

Which set has the most legs in ?

Share your chart on Tapestry.


Wednesday 24th June 2020

Watch or read The Pig in the Pond

Ask questions: Did you like the book? Why was this? Who was the main character? What was he/she like?


Afterwards can you make a hand print farm animal?




Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Today we are going to think about different animals that might be found on a farm.

Our story is called The Great Goat Chase by Tony Bonning and Sally Hobson.

You can listen to the story or use the book if you have it. It is part of a CBeebies episode so if you want to access just the story watch it from 0.25-9.16 seconds. Click the link to access.


Talk about the different animals in the story and why the bee was the best creature for the job!

Discuss any other ideas your child might have for saving the turnips, what else might be successful?

Our follow up activity today involves vegetables because the goats were trying to eat all of the farmer’s turnips.

Have a go at making a printed picture using vegetables that you might have at home. An adult could cut them into different shapes for you to print with. Perhaps you could make a picture or a pattern with them?

Post your picture on Tapestry.


Monday 22nd June 2020

Watch or read the story A Squash and a Squeeze

As a follow up activity make a farmyard picture. Challenge: say and write the first sound for each animal name.



Week beginning 15.6.20

This week we are going to get involved with some creative, stand alone activities and will be taking a break from our topic and returning to it refreshed next week.


Friday  19th June 2020

To finish off our week today we are going to make a game that you can play outdoors or indoors if the weather is not great.




As the instructions describe you can make this activity suitable for the number ability of your child. You can use adding, subtracting, recognising numbers, counting in two’s, keeping a tally for the score and much more.

Post on Tapestry for me to see!


Thursday 18th June 2020

‘Elephants never forget’ so they say. Today’s task is to listen to a story about our favourite elephant Elmer Afterwards, see if your child can improve their memory by playing Kim’s game.


How to play:

Place a five or more objects on a tray. Ask your child to look carefully at them for about thirty seconds. Cover the things, take one thing away and ask the child to spot what is missing. You can put more things on the tray as they get better.




Wednesday  17th June 2020

Today we are going to practise our scissor skills. This is something that we would do just about every day at school and a really important milestone in physical development. We learn how to hold scissors safely when carrying them (ask your child if they can remember the correct way) and then how to cut effectively.

Our activity starts with a story and it is a story you will have listened to recently because it is one of Miss Ward’s bedtime stories. Follow the link for a different version but perhaps you could listen to Miss Ward reading it at bedtime tonight as well. Click here for the link.

After watching the story, practise your cutting skills using the activity below.



Perhaps after this you could have a go at making some simple paper dolls like in the story, an adult might help you. When you are listening to Miss Ward’s version at bedtime, you can use the paper dolls that you made together as a prop.

Post what you have achieved on Tapestry.



Tuesday 16th June 2020

Today’s theme activity is all about bubbles. Firstly, listen to the story called The Magic Bubbles read by the author Isabel Otter on YouTube If your child really enjoyed this new story they could win a copy by entering a competition with the Book Trust

Afterwards, we would like your child to make a bubble blower.

You will need:

A plastic bottle

 A sock/soft fabric

Elastic band

Washing up liquid




  1. Cut the bottom off the bottle
  2. Put the sock or fabric over the end and secure with the elastic band
  3. Dip it into the washing up liquid and water in a container
  4. Blow to make bubbles.




Monday  15th June 2020

Can you make a home for minibeasts?

Follow the simple instructions and you could find some minibeasts living in your minibeast home.

You could decorate it with pictures of minibeasts.




Post your minibeast home on Tapestry.


Week Beginning 8.6.20

We will be continuing our theme 'Amazing Animals'.

Our activities will reflect activities that we might have been involved in at school, adjusted to make them accessible for all at home.

Please continue to have a look both on here and on our Class Dojo story page every day.


Friday 12th June 2020

Over the past two weeks we have looked at and read about different Jungle animals. Which one was your child’s favourite? Today we would like your child to find out what their family’s favourite Jungle animal is. They can choose up to five animals and ask everyone in their family which one they like the best. Using this information, make a bar chart using toys or pictures of animals.


Example questions: How many people’s favourite animal is a bat? Which animal is liked the most/least? How many votes altogether?    




Thursday  11th June 2020

Today’s activity is to make a jungle jigsaw for your family.

To make your jigsaw, you can draw a jungle scene on an A4 piece of paper. Make sure the whole of your page has part of your picture on it so that there is hardly any white paper to see. This will make your jigsaw easier to put together for your family.


 Here is an example – but yours will be a jungle picture!




Once your picture is finished you can cut it up into 6 or 8 or 10 pieces depending on who you were making it for. You can use any shape cuts you like, straight will be the easiest but if you want to give your family a challenge, you could make your cuts curved or zig zag. You might want to draw your cuts onto your picture before cutting.

Ask a member of your family to complete your jigsaw.

Post on Tapestry to show me your jigsaw.


Wednesday 10th June 2020

We would like you to read Rumble in the Jungle with your child. If you do not have this book at home it is available on


Questions: What colours can you see in the illustration or on the page? Do we have jungles in this country? Why not? What lives in the jungle? What would it be like living in a jungle? Have you ever been to the jungle? Would you like to go? Why/why not? Would we ever see a jaguar/toucan in this country? Where? Have you ever been to the zoo? What animals did you see?


As a follow up activity we would like your child to make an animal mask. They can retell the story using their mask or pretend to move like the animals.




Tues 9th June 2020

Today’s activity is all about a creature that we saw in the ‘What’s Through the Binoculars’ powerpoint yesterday.

We are going to find out some interesting information about the Fruit Bat.

Lots of you will have seen these in the Bat House at Chester Zoo.



Find out 4 interesting facts about a Fruit bat. You can use Google/Youtube or books.

Next, draw a picture of a fruit bat and ask an adult to record your 4 facts.

Our follow up activity is to make something that you (and a fruit bat) would like to eat. You could make a fruit kebab or a fruit salad or an idea of your own.

As with all our activities, if you don’t have the exact items at home, you can improvise. Have a go and post on Tapestry – dojo points will be awarded!


Monday 8th June 2020

To continue with a focus on Jungle animals, we would like you to look at the PowerPoint presentation from Twinkl that looks at real life photographs of jungle animals If you do not have access to this you could look at non-fiction books of jungle animals. Afterwards make some binoculars for a jungle adventure at home.

Ask your child: What binoculars are used for? Look closely at the animals - what do you notice about their fur? Can you include any of the skin patterns on your binoculars? 




Week Beginning 1.6.20

Welcome back after the half term beak, hope you were able to enjoy the gorgeous weather!

For our final half term of the school year, our theme for F1 and F2 is Amazing Animals.

Our activities will reflect activities that we might have been involved in at school, adjusted to make them accessible for all at home.

Please have a look both on here and on our Class Dojo story page every day.


Fri 5th June 2020

Today we are going to do a science experiment based around another character from our story of Monkey Puzzle. It is all about the frog!



Have a go at this experiment and see if your child can talk with you about what they are doing and what happens.

As with all our activities, if you don’t have the exact items at home, you can improvise. Have a go and post on Tapestry – dojo points will be awarded!


Here is the link for the experiment. Download and open the 'activity pdf'


If you are up for a challenge have a look at how to make an origami jumping frog. This will definitely need lots of adult support but will give your child a jumping frog to play with afterwards.

Click here for instructions.

Top tip, use a larger piece of paper than on the video because the folding is quite intricate!

Extra Dojo’s for any jumping origami frogs!


Thursday 3rd June 2020

In our story Monkey Puzzle, we have met a range of different animals this week.

Today we are going to base our activity around spiders.

Have a look at these photos of real spiders on their webs.




We would like you to make your own web using sticks and string. You could ask your child these questions: Where do spiders live? Why do spiders spin webs? How can you create more lines? How can we create the edge of the web? What shapes can you see?

You could hang your web outside and see what happens when it rains.




Wed 3rd  June 2020

In our story Monkey Puzzle, we have met a range of different animals this week.

Today we are going to base our activity around snakes.

Have a look at these photos of real snakes.






Can you see their different markings?

These snakes have repeating patterns on them.

Can you google any other snakes with different types of patterns?


Our follow up task is for you to make some snakes with repeating patterns.

You can use your playdough from yesterday to make not only snakes with repeating patterns on them but also different lengths. Order your snakes by length from shortest to longest.

If you did not make playdough you can draw snakes of differing lengths, cut them out for ordering and add repeating patterns to them with crayons or natural objects.

Have a go and post on Tapestry – Dojo points will be awarded!


Tuesday 2nd June 2020

After reading the story Monkey Puzzle yesterday we would like you to make playdough models of the characters from the story. You could retell the story using your models.


For playdough you need:


  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add food colouring TO the water then into the dry ingredients
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
  • If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right

This playdough will last all week. Keep it wrapped up in cling film overnight in the fridge.




Monday 1st June 2020

Our theme and daily activity today starts with a story.




Please watch Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson. If you have the story at home please use the actual book. If not, you can watch it here.

Here are some follow up points for discussion with your child.

Talk about the characters and their identifying features.

How did Monkey feel when he had lost his Mum?

What would you do if you were ever lost?


Our daily follow up activity is to draw a picture to represent the story of Monkey Puzzle.

An adult can write a sentence underneath to describe the story.

Please post on Tapestry.



Week beginning 18.05.20

As it is the last week before half term we thought your child might enjoy some creative and fun ways of learning at home. The following activities will be things that you could do any time at home using things from around the house:


Friday 22nd May 2020

It has been such unusual times for our children and sometimes this can give them bad dreams. Today’s activity is to make a ‘worry doll’. A worry doll is a tiny doll that children can tell their worries to before placing them under their pillow at night. The worry dolls take the children’s worries away while they sleep. This is a great opportunity to talk to your child about their feelings.




Thursday 21st May 2020

Today’s activity uses things that you might have at home.

Have a look at the information below and see what you can create!

Show me on Tapestry what you made.

Talk about what happened and why.

Can your child explain how this happened?



Wednesday 20th May 2020

Can you make a set of family ‘mini me’ characters? You could use photographs or drawings of your family. Afterwards attach the pictures to something sturdy like a yoghurt pot or lollipop stick. Tell a story using your characters. Parents can write down the story as your child says it.




Tuesday 19th May 2020

Today you will be getting creative!


Go around your outdoor space as well as your indoor space and make some rubbings on paper of different textures. When you have made quite a few, see if you can cut them into shapes and make a picture. The example is a town scene, but you could make anything with your shapes. Decide what you are going to make before you start to cut so that you know what shapes you will need. Stick the shapes onto another piece of paper to complete your picture.




Talk about the names and properties of the shapes that you have used.

Please post a photo on Tapestry.


Monday 18th May

Today we would like you to make a Monster Tunnel using a card board box or shoe boxes. Decorate your box so it looks like a monsters and cut holes in it for the monster's mouth. You then take it in turns to roll a ball into the mouth. Can you use your counting skills to count 5 turns each and then swap with a family member? Have fun!


Week beginning 11.5.20

This will be our final week linked to the theme of Emergency! and this week we are going to think about the Police and the amazing service that they give us.

In addition to this there are some Phonics games to play and look out for on our Dojo story to find out which activity we will be using:


Friday 15th May 2020

For the last day of this week, we would like to play with numbers.

Have a look at this example of counting using natural objects.




You can adapt this to the ability level of your child. You might just use 1-5 as on the example, but you could use numbers to 10, 20, or even by writing simple addition sentences for your child to work out and then represent.

An adult could write the numbers or number sentences for your child to work on.

If weather appropriate, go outside and complete the activity using natural objects but equally you can complete this activity inside with a range of different everyday objects.

Encourage your child to lay out the objects ready for counting in a line, this helps them to start from the left and count in an organised not random way.

 When counting with your child it is really important to work on 1:1 correspondence – touching each object slowly and saying the corresponding number as well as making sure that your child understands how many they have counted in total.

 Please post a photo on Tapestry.


Thursday 14th May 2020

Every Thursday we clap for our carers. There are so many key workers that have been helping us and will continue to do so. We are all so thankful for their help. Think about ‘people that help us’ in emergencies or tough times such as the COVID 19 lock down. This can be anyone from nurses, doctors, shop assistants, fire fighters, cleaners, delivery drivers etc. What sort of things do they do? Why are we thankful? Make a poster to thank them and you could display it in your window.



Wednesday 13th May 2020

Today we would like you to watch…


Think about the jobs that police officers do to help us?

Talk with a grownup about these, using and reinforcing any new vocabulary from the clip.


Make a picture of yourself as a police officer. Make sure you include your badge and handcuffs that you made the other day.

If you have enough paper, you could draw around yourself to make your picture!


Can you make up a story around your picture, tell an adult and they could write it for you.

Post on Tapestry – Dojo’s will be awarded.



Tuesday 12th May 2020

Today we would like your child to make a string telephone. Please follow the link for ideas on how to make a telephone: This clip also shows other 'people who help us' such as train drivers. Your child can then use their telephone to act out police role play scenarios such as some one being lost. They could also use their telephone to practise their phonics learning for the day.


Monday 11th May 2020

Our daily activity today starts with some information. Please watch Gecko and the Police. You can watch it here.


 Here are some follow up points for discussion with your child.

Did you notice what the police officer was wearing?

Why do you think the uniform is that colour?

What is the siren for on a police car?

How would you feel if you were lost?

Can you remember your address?


Our daily follow up activity is to make a police badge with your name and number on it and a pair of handcuffs! There are some pictures to help you but you can make them in any way that you choose. Remember the idea behind all our activities is learning through play and lots of talk.





Daily Project Activity: Week beginning 4.5.20

We are continuing our theme of Emergency. Please check here every day for each day's new activity.


Thursday 6th May 2020

After reading The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch we would like you to design and bake some sea biscuits. These could be any time of biscuits you would like. If you do not have the ingredients to make biscuits, you could just decorate a biscuit from your cupboard. Draw your design first. Think about what designs you would have on a sea biscuit: What different animals did you see in the story? What colours would you need to use for a lighthouse design? What else would you see on the sea?



In addition to this we have put together some suggestions of what you could do with your child to prepare to celebrate for VE Day on Friday...


Wednesday 6th May 2020

Today’s activity starts with a story. Please listen to The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage.

You can click here to watch

Whilst listening with your child, you could talk about the speech bubbles and why they are used. You could talk about what a lighthouse is and its purpose and why Mr Grinling needs to be in the lighthouse.

 We have three lighthouses not too far from where we live, there are photo’s below.

They are Point of Ayr lighthouse, New Brighton lighthouse and Leasowe lighthouse. You could discuss why we needed them on the Wirral and what they were for. Some of you will have visited one or more so can link It to your child’s personal experiences.

Leasowe  lighthouse         New Brighton lighthouse    Point of Ayr lighthouse

Today’s follow up activity is to make a lighthouse. You could use a kitchen roll tube, cardboard box, or from anything that you have at home. Here are some examples.

Remember, our activities are all linked through play so if you haven’t got the same materials, it doesn’t matter.

Post your lighthouses on Tapestry.


Tuesday 5th May 2020

As we have been learning about lifeboats this week we would like you to make a raft to carry a small toy. You can use any material you would like. How will you make your raft float? You could add a photo or video of you testing out your raft on Tapestry.



Monday 4th May 2020

This week our focus is going to be on Lifeboats and safety around our coasts.

We are lucky on Wirral because we have water all around our shores. We can’t visit those places currently but can still learn about the emergency services that would help us if we were in difficulties.

To start our week please watch Gecko at the Lifeboat Station. This is our local lifeboat station at Hoylake and many of you will have seen the lifeboat there. Click here to watch.



Talk with your child about what they saw, try to ask open questions to encourage them to think, for example:

 ‘How do you think the lifeboat crew felt as they were rescuing someone from the water?’


‘Which job would you do if you were part of a lifeboat crew, and why?’

Encourage your child to use new vocabulary that was in the YouTube video.

Follow up this by drawing a picture related to the story and completing the sentence starter:

                                                ‘ If I was on a lifeboat I would…’

This would be done verbally with your child and then written by an adult.


Friday 1st May 2020

Have a look at the Mendell Primary School  Story on Class Dojo’s for Friday’s activity.

 This is a special treat for all year groups to thank you for all your hard work!

Enjoy Friday and the weekend, join us again for next week’s activities on Monday.


Thursday 30th April 2020

Today we would like your child to watch Gecko’s Real vehicles to look at ambulance’s and learn about the paramedic team. Afterwards, plan and make an ambulance using construction materials for example wooden blocks, stickle bricks, Duplo or Lego. If you don’t have any of these construction materials be creative with natural materials.



Wednesday 29th April 2020

Today we would like you to have fun with your teddies. Make a hospital or doctors surgery area to play with your teddies in.

Perhaps you could bandage them if they are hurt, take their temperature, give them some (pretend) medicine and generally have fun looking after them.

You could make separate areas for your hospital or doctors, perhaps a waiting area, reception desk, surgery or hospital bed area.

Make up a story for them and you could also use your emergency vehicle that you made last week in your play.

Have fun!

As it is Wednesday Video Day please make a short video as a record for all your friends to see on Tapestry.


Tuesday 28th April 2020

Can you make a set of hospital characters using each finger of your hand? This could be a painted hand print, a cut out of a hand, an old glove or a drawing of your hand - be creative. I have found an example of a fireman hand print (see below). Have a think about which characters you will need and what things they need to do their job. Remember doctors and nurses can be male or female.


Monday 27th April 2020

Welcome to our next week of home learning activities. This week our Emergency! topic will be linking to hospitals.

Today we would like you to listen to an episode from the  Topsy and Tim series as an introduction.

 You can use this link.

After watching – Talk about what happened in the story?

                              Which health professionals did you see?

                               Discuss how the characters felt at different times throughout the story.

                               Have you ever been into a hospital, either as a patient or perhaps to visit someone?

Today’s follow up activity is to draw a picture showing either when you were in a hospital or if you haven’t been, draw a picture of your favourite part of the story and label it. Post your picture on Tapestry.


Friday 24th April 2020

Today’s activity is for your child to learn their address. It is important for your child to learn their address so they can stay safe. You could make it fun by making a song or a rhyme to remember it. 


Thursday  23rd  April 2020

Today we would like you to have a go at making something healthy to eat. If we are eating a healthy diet we hopefully won’t need the Emergency Services!

You could make a sandwich for your lunch, some soup, or bake something healthy, for example flapjacks. If you don’t have ingredients at home, don’t worry, you could draw a healthy plate of food and label it.


Wednesday 22nd April 2020

To celebrate World Earth Day we would like you to make a video for a friend or your class to show and talk about the emergency vehicle you made on Tuesday. Just type who you would like us to send it to and it will put a smile on your friend's face. 


Tuesday 21st April 2020

Following on from yesterday’s activity and as a link with World Earth Day which is Wed 22nd, today we would like you to use recycled resources to make an emergency vehicle. You could use boxes, lids, cartons or anything that you are recycling. Perhaps you could make a fire engine, ambulance, police car, tow truck, lifeboat etc. When you have made it post a photo on Tapestry and keep your vehicle safe because you will need it for Wednesday’s activity.


Monday 20th April 2020

Please read Charlie the Firefighter ebook on the following web address: and discuss the story together afterwards. Here are some suggested questions for you to ask your child: What was Mr Clark’s special news? What does a firefighter do? How do you think the children felt when they tried on the firefighter uniform? Why? Afterwards ask your child to draw a picture of the characters. 


5th April 2020

Spring Break Project:

We would like you to take a look at this list of suggested things to do during the Easter break.

4th April 2020

Spring Break

Now we have reached the Spring Break, we think everyone needs a well deserved rest (teachers, pupils and parents !!), therefore we will not be setting daily tasks on the website. However, we will set a project to complete over the two week holiday as we normally do. As with any holiday period we still expect children to access online learning at home (for help with logins etc check the info page by clicking here). Teachers will not be checking who is going on this daily but will check at the end of the two week holiday.

Please feel free to still add photographs and videos to Tapestry/Dojos as the staff would love to see what the children are getting up to and we know the home school link is now more important than ever. Staff won't be responding to these but will add them to the children's online portfolio.

Daily tasks will resume on the website on 20th April.

Mrs O'Neil Edwards will also be adding a headteacher's challenge to the website for children to work on over the two week holiday.

Have a wonderful Easter, be kind and stay safe. πŸ£πŸŒˆπŸ’–

 Daily Project Activity: Week beginning 30.03.20

This week at school we would have been working on Easter activities. So there will be an Easter activity each day for you to enjoy at home.

Earn some Dojo points!

Suggested weekly outdoor activity: Make shapes with natural resources. Can you make a square, rectangle, triangle and rectangle. How many sides and how many corners do they have?

Friday 3rd April 2020

Thank you for all your hard work over the last two weeks, you have all been amazing!

This is our last daily activity for this term, we will start up again after the Easter break.

So for today, see if you can do a science experiment with an egg.

Can you make a bouncy egg?

Follow the instructions here   and post your results on Tapestry.

Top Tip – The activity says use ‘white’ vinegar, if you don’t have that use brown vinegar.

To finish off our term check out the latest messages on Tapestry and Class Dojo’s.

 Thursday 2nd April 2020

Can your child sing some nursery rhymes or poems about eggs? There are some examples on the following website: can either post a video or a photo of your child on Tapestry.

We have had a recommendation from a fellow parent from Mendell about Sing Along Nursery Rhymes videos on the following link: on the 'tots online' square. Darren sings songs and tells Easter stories. There is also Easter craft and colouring to download. Dojo points will be rewarded! 

Wednesday 1st April 2020 April Fools Day!

Last Wednesday lots of you posted a video for your friends and we all loved seeing them. It helped us to feel connected and its brilliant to actually see each other. This Wednesday I would like you to make another short video and I will share them with the whole class. If you didnt make one last week, please make one today so that the children who did make one can receive one this week.

You could show us your egg creations, or your baking or just tell us what you have been doing.

Be brave!

Tuesday 31st March 2020

Today's activity is to bake or cook using an egg or eggs. What changes can you see? Can you weigh the ingredients? Can you count how many scoops? How long does it take to cook? Have fun and enjoy your snack or meal. 

Monday 30 March 2020

Can you decorate an egg? What could you make it into?

You could hardboil it first (adults only!) and then either draw or stick collage materials or natural objects onto the egg. 

If you don't have any eggs, don't worry, perhaps a grownup could draw one for you to decorate in any way you choose.

Upload onto Tapestry and earn Dojo's.

Daily Project Activity: Week beginning 23.03.20

This week's project will be based around The Gingerbread Man. There will be a daily activity linked to this.

Suggested weekly outdoor activity: Go outside to look for signs of Spring. 

Friday 27th March 2020

Today's activity is to create a gingerbread man or woman, outside, using natural objects. Take a photo of it and post it on Tapestry to get more Dojo points. Have fun creating! 

Thursday 26th March 2020

I hope you enjoyed listening to Mrs O Neill Edwards reading The Gingerbread Man to you last night. Today's activity is to bake a gingerbread person with an adult. If you need a recipe perhaps you can Google one (you may all have different ingredients available). Please post a picture on Tapestry; Dojo's are being rewarded for any Tapestry, Bug Club, etc engagement as staff are notified when you engage. Have fun!

Wednesday 25th March 2020

We know how much you will be missing your friends at school so today's task is to make a short video message for a friend in our class. Post this on Tapestry.

You can tell them what you have been doing and what you are looking forward to. Write in the observation box who you would like us to send your video message to and we will post it on their Tapestry for them to receive.

Have you listened to Mrs O Neill Edwards bedtime story. It is on the Headteachers page.

Tuesday 24th March 2020

In the story of The Gingerbread Man there are lots of rhyming words. see if you can make some sets of word that rhyme. Your grown up can write them down for you, or you can just talk about them. For example - can/man/van etc

Don't forget Mrs O' Neill Edwards weekly challenge!

Monday 23rd March 2020

Read or watch the story of The Gingerbread Man

Please talk about the story afterwards with your child.

Tuesday 24th March

Maths Update:

White Rose Hub are a team of teachers and mathematicians who have for a number of years been supporting schools with planning, lesson ideas and resources of a very high standard.


They have just released a website to support all those children who are affected by the school closures with a daily lesson which includes:

  • A short 'teaching' video to watch first which explains the daily topic.
  • A number of activities to practice this skill and a few to challenge you further.
  • The answers for these activities which also shows how they worked out these answers.

These lessons are released every Monday and are organised by Year group (from Foundation Stage through to Year 6)


If you don't have printer at home, just use whatever paper you have and write the question out yourself.  Remember, it's all about having a go and doing your best, don't worry if you get stuck and don't give up because as each day goes by they will be going over the same topic / skill and you will get there πŸ‘πŸ».


You do not need a login or password, just click here or visit (


They did struggle yesterday due to the number of visitors to their site and have been working through the night to increase their capacity but if it isn't working just leave it for a while and try later.

21st March 2020


With schools closed and us all having stay apart to keep each other safe, Audible have created an  amazing resource to help make things a little easier.  They have made hundreds of audiobooks completely free (no accounts or passwords needed!) Just click here to stream and listen (or visit  All their stories will stream on desktop computers, laptops, phones or tablets.


The books are sorted by age group with sections just for primary school children.  This is a great way to break up your day, take a break from a screen, just sit back and enjoy having a book read to you.

20th March 2020

Suggested FREE websites:

The Literacy Company

Disco Dough


Play Hooray

ABC does

Story time from Space

Parent Zone 

Joe Wicks PE

Live Science



  • Please read/share at least one story with your child every day. This could be at bedtime or during the day but it is crucial that they continue to read with an adult daily. You can read any stories, information books, poems etc that you have at home.

        Bug Club:

  • To access Bug Club you can google 'Bug Club' or click the link here.
  • Everyone's password is mendell.  You should know your username but if you are struggling to log in then please contact your teacher using Tapestry or email
  • The school code you will need is gpbe.
  • For those parents whose children have been absent from school prior to any closure I will message your child's personal log in details on Tapestry.
  • The books that the children have access to are mostly without words and it is important that an adult talks with your child about what is happening in the story. Talk about characters, setting, plot as well as feelings. I can access this to see where your child is up to.
  • Please use books from home to supplement this and just read stories together.


Phonics Play:

  • Please access Phonics Play games daily for approximately 5 -10 minutes.
  • Please access Phase 1 and 2 activities.
  • Your child can play on reading and spelling games.
  • Phonics Play is free for some games and activities. just google Phonics Play.



  • Name writing (first name)
  • Following the name writing sheet (previously given out for homework, another copy has just been sent out also) and using correct letter formation and correct pencil grip.
  • This should be practised daily.
  • It is really important that your child uses mark making tools at least every day, keeping up with their fine motor physical development. 




Weekly Projects:

  • EYFS children will be given weekly projects to complete. These will appear at the top of this page.
  • Please celebrate your child's learning on Tapestry.
  • This will be updated regularly and will be activities that you can share at home, similar to ones that we might have been working on in school.


Physical Development:

  • Please ensure that your child spends some time outdoors each day.
  • This is really important for their physical development as well as there mental well being.
  • Share what they are doing outside on Tapestry.



  • Please upload at least one piece of evidence of your child's learning on Tapestry each day.