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2nd April 2020

Thursday 2nd April

Good morning everyone, hope you are all okay and keeping each other amused.  Another lovely day tomorrow, the sun always makes me smile.  Yesterday I managed to plant some runner beans with my daughter, we just have to hope they will grow now.  She also planted some tomato seeds which seem to be doing well on the bathroom window sill.  I wonder if any of you have done any planting recently.  


"How can you read this? There’s no pictures!” “Well, some people use their imagination.” –

Gaston & Belle.   I like this quote from Beauty and the Beast because it makes me thankful for all the books I read.  I love a good picture book too but my imagination can take me to any land I want.  How is reading going?  Today I have put a writing challenge up for you.  I want you to escape into the land of dragons or pets, entirely up to you.


And my drawing for today was from the film of Beauty and the Beast



Have fun with this!  This animator does whizz through the instructions so I had to put him on pause quite a bit whilst I caught up but I managed to do my drawing.

Question from yesterday - the answer was Dumbo.

Today's question is a true or false question - Bo Peep is in all of the first three Toy Story films.

Speak to you again tomorrow and remember to look after each other.

Wednesday 1st April

Wednesday 1 April 2020

Good morning everyone, hope you are all well.  The weather changed a bit yesterday and it made me think about how we could keep a weather chart for the times we are away from school. Will be interesting to see how it changes. I will put a link to a weather chart in to today’s timetable but you could always draw your own.

My Disney quote for today:  “How do you spell love?  You don’t spell love. You feel it.”  Piglet and Pooh, Winnie the Pooh

I hope you remember to tell the people around you how much you love them.

Disney question for today: Who was the only Disney main character who didn’t talk throughout the entire film?  (This is one for your parents!)

Answer from yesterday : Pocohontas

Drawing challenge for today: Tigger



And I just find myself singing "The wonderful thing about Tiggers".











Tuesday timetable 31.03.20

Tuesday 31.3.20


Did you have a good day yesterday?  How is the daily drawing challenge coming along? Yesterday I was looking out for interesting things for you to do.  I have some ideas coming up for you to explore far and wide just from your home, as well as to discover the world around you.  I am missing chatting to all of you and just seeing your smiling faces.  Not quite the same talking to you through the computer.  Anyway we just have to do our best don't we.


Quote for today:  “A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength but by the strength of his heart” - Hercules

I hope you all have good hearts and appreciate what everyone around you is doing at home.

Question for today: Which Disney princess is based on a real person?


Monday’s answer: An apple


Disney drawing challenge for today.  I decided to go for one of my favourite characters from the film "Fantasia" - Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer's apprentice.

Picture 1

Monday 30th March


Hope you all enjoyed your weekend and had some fun family time.  What did you do to keep yourself busy?  I managed to cut my lawns, paint some fences on Saturday and even found time to sit and read a book.  How many books will we have all read by the time we get back to school? I think I might start keeping my own reading record. I even started a jigsaw that I have had for quite some time.


Quote for today: “Love is putting someone else’s needs before yours” Olaf from Frozen

Question for today: What did Snow White eat that sent her to sleep?

Today's art challenge is Olaf.  Do you want to draw a snowman?





Friday’s answer:  Peter Pan

Have a good day!

Frozen 'Do You Want to Build a Snowman' Full Song Video Original

Beautiful song from Frozen

Friday 27 March 


We can’t all celebrate together as we normally do on a Friday in our Celebration Assembly but we can still celebrate with our family. Today take a moment to turn to someone in your home that has been doing lots to help you.  Who would get your award this week?  Give them a smile and a big round of applause for looking after you so well.   

So I want to say a big thank you to my daughter as she has been helping with things around the house, making meals, helping with shopping and just keeping me company. We sat in the garden and just chatted for a while and listened to the sounds around us.  We heard the birds singing, the bees buzzing and the wind blowing the leaves on the trees. These things made me smile.  What makes you smile? 

Let us also think of all those people out there who are helping other people at this time.  We are grateful for all that they do - the nurses, the doctors, the carers and many, many more people.


Quote for today    

"Remember, you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine." -- Snow White    

(Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)


Question of the day :  Who was the boy who never grew up?

Yesterday’s answer : Elsa, of course it was!


Disney drawing challenge today is: Grumpy.  Find the link in the daily timetable.    

See you next time and have a good weekend!

Thursday 26.3.20

Good morning everyone, hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the sunshine out there.  I do miss hearing your chatter and seeing the smiles that greet me every morning.  My family aren't always as smiley first thing in the morning!

You might have guessed from my Disney calendar in the classroom, my Minnie Mouse work mat on my desk, as well as Tigger and Pooh in our reading corner, I am a bit of a Disney fan.  I love the Disney characters and I love the Disney films. So how about some Disney themed posts?


Disney thought for the day:

"A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference." -- Eeyore (Winnie the Pooh)

Now one of the challenges today will be to complete a picture of Eeyore.  I sat down yesterday in the sunshine, followed the instructions and drew my Eeyore.  So here he is

 Please be kind, I am no artist

Disney question for today, an easy one to start us off (answer tomorrow)

Which Disney princess locks herself away in a castle of ice?


Have a good day and remember to follow Eeyore's thoughts in your own day. Be kind, be considerate.



Timetable for 26.3.20

Keep Active at home and complete your activity diary

Wednesday 25th March

Good morning Year 2


Have loved waking up and seeing the sunshine these past few mornings, let us hope it continues.  Keep the sunshine outside alive inside as well.  Keep smiling, things are different but we all have to look after each other.  Be kind to those around you.  Try and be helpful at home.  Now have a look and see some suggestions of what you can do throughout the day.  Remember you don't have to complete all the tasks in the order given, they are there to help.  Change things around as you need to.

25th March Daily timetable

Welcome to Year 2

Welcome back to another year. The year has started well and we have had a good first week.  I am looking forward to getting to know parents over the next few weeks.  Mrs Board and I will be working with your children so they will enjoy the challenges ahead in Year 2.  Do talk to the children about what they have been doing and ask if need any further information.


Our topic this term is the Great Fire of London and I am sure the children will enjoy lots of the activities we have planned in lots of different subject areas linked to this.  On October 3rd we have "History off the Page" coming in to school to share lots of activities linked to life at the time of the Great Fire.  More information will be shared shortly and we will be asking for some parents to help make the day a success.


If you have any queries or concerns about anything please do come and have a chat.  It is better to leave it until the end of the day as I will have more time to talk to you.


Mrs Rusling

Home Learning Pack 2


This pack will give children some additional work for another two week period.  If you have self isolated before the school closure, you many have already started with pack one then please move onto please continue with Home Learning Pack 2.   Remember that the Easter holiday is coming up and we are not sending out any work for this period.  Children are not expected to work during this time period, as much as you possibly can, enjoy some family time together.  Please encourage children to read whenever possible.  I am also including a link to a Lego challenge for 30 days.

Information for KS1 SATs

World Book Day Costumes and Book Sharing

What fun we had sharing books and talking about book characters.  The children enjoyed the "Alice in Peterlamd" experience in the hall to launch our book day. Think the teachers may have enjoyed the water spraying and pom pom throwing too!  We had some fantastic costumes in Year 2, thank you to all the parents who helped.  Our story book jars looked fantastic too.  

We had a great day looking at the traditional tale of Alice in Wonderland and did some activities to turn ourselves into cats, just like the Cheshire cat.  In the afternoon Year 6 came along and read with the Year 2 children.  Both classes really enjoyed this experience as it is great to share books.

Drop Everything and Read (DEAR)                                                       2nd March 2020


Encouraging reading in the classroom


DEAR takes place every day straight after lunch. The idea is everyone drops what they are doing and picks up a book and reads. This will last between 10-15 minutes and all you will hear is the turning of pages throughout the school while everyone enjoys their book including teachers!


The children appear to be embracing this time for a quiet read bringing in books from home.  It is good to see that they are trying hard to come out of their comfort zone and read a book that is just a little more of a challenge for them.  I have to say that I am also enjoying the time to just read a book.  I am currently reading a children's book by Andy Shepherd called "The boy who grew dragons".  Mrs Board has returned to an old favourite of hers by Thomas Hardy and Mrs Burgess is catching up on some non fiction.

Reading with your child


Reading with your child is so important, not just to help them learn but just to share some time together.  I love to read their reading records to see what books you are reading with the children. Don't feel that you just have to tell me what pages they read, feel free to use them to tell me what new words you chatted about, what they thought about the book, which character they liked.  The reading record is for us to have a two way conversation to help your child develop their confidence with their reading. You don't just have to record school reading books in their records - anything they read at home is find.  Last year I learned when they went out and read road signs, information boards at historical sites for example.  I love to hear what they find interesting.  Encouraging children to read is helping them with a life long skill.


 Any interesting comments can be written in their reading records, it really does help to hear what you have to say and what the children say at home.  If you need any help with talking about the books with the children I will shortly be putting some questions at the back of their reading record to help you.  If you have any questions about you can help your child further please do not hesitate to contact me or chat to me at the end of the day.

Times Table Rock Stars

Passwords will be give for this program and I will place a sticker with information in both their communication and homework books.  It encourages the children to learn their times tables in a quick and fun way.  Not only do they learn how to multiply but it also helps them learn the division facts for each table.  Most of the children are working on their 2x, 5x and 10x tables.  We also work on these in the class by having regular times tables tests - the children are set 60 questions and have to answer as many as they can within the time limit of 3 minutes.  The children are challenging themselves and we use the times table rock stars group names to record their scores in class.  I will be monitoring their progress and when I feel the time is right, I will then allow them access to additional times tables.

** Our PE this year will be on a Wednesday or Friday.  Please can you ensure that your child has a PE kit which incorporates clothing for inside and outside lessons, thank you**