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Learning For Life

English week commencing 13th July

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch


Listen to the story here:

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Activity 1

With adult support, use the following online dictionary to look up the new words from the story:

industrious             concoct            scavenge            devour             accomplished            ingenious           leisurely

Can you use them in a sentence?

Activity 2

Choose and draw your favourite part of the story. 



We just got a letter from Mr Grinling.  He’s in a spot of bother and needs our help!  Spend today, coming up with a plan for Mr Grinling.  You could design and make a trap for the seagulls (but make sure they don’t get hurt – we must take care of our animals!).  You could hatch a plan about how to stop the seagulls getting into the basket.  Maybe you could write a recipe for something that the seagulls wouldn’t like.  Perhaps you could find a different way of Mr Grinling getting his lunch.

When you have a plan, write a reply to Mr Grinling.  Send your letters to Mrs Ruddick and she will email them.


Shape poem



Write a shape poem about something of your choice.  You could draw a lighthouse or something you’ve enjoyed learning about this year.  You might draw a picture of a family member or pet and write a poem about them.

Maths week commencing 13.07.20

For the final week of home learning, we are going to have a week of puzzles, games and investigations from the Nrich and ATM Maths Snacks websites that we have been using previously.

Let us know how you get on.  There is a powerpoint below with answers to some of the challenges.  Have fun!

Doubling fives -

The Brown family -

The Puzzling Sweet Shop -

A game called Nim - - Choose the video called Nim.  How can you win every game?


Dive Deeper Challenges

Have a go at these challenges to really stretch your brain!

Always, Sometimes or Never? -

Arranging Eggs - - Choose the video called Arranging Eggs.

Science w/c 13th July

Lego Parachute Experiment

Our final week’s science is exploring how parachutes work.

Can you make and test different materials you have at home. You will need a grown up to help you.

Below is a sheet you can use to record your predictions and results, or you can draw and write your own ideas down on a piece of paper.

Art w/c 13th July

Art Activities – Take me to the beach

Below are a variety of fun beach themed art activities to choose from. 

PSHE w/c 13th July


We’ve thought about kindness the last few weeks.

Below is a Kindness Calendar for the month of July. Can you choose things to do from it. How does it make you feel?


There are some stories about Lighthouses on Mrs Ruddick's story channel here: 

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Week commencing 6th July

English Lesson 1 - Finding out:  What is a lighthouse? 

Watch the presentation below (All About Lighthouses).

Discuss the following questions: 

Why don’t we need lighthouse keepers to live in lighthouses anymore?

Think about modern travel.  Why don’t we need as many lighthouses anymore?


Reading Comprehension

Read the following piece about lighthouses and answer the questions.  There are two versions, one for most of Year 2 and another easier version  below that.  A grown up can help you.


Design Challenge

Over the next few days, start to make your own model lighthouse from things around your house.  There are ideas below. 

Week commencing 6th July


English and History

Watch the following film about Grace Darling who lived a long time ago.  Her father was a lighthouse keeper: 

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Imagine you are Grace Darling.  Write about the night you helped rescue those sailors. 

Describe the storm – How would it sound?  How would it feel? 

What would you think when your Mum begged you not to go out in the storm?

How would you feel as you set off on your little boat?

What would it be like when you were trying to get the men aboard?

What would the journey home be like with extra people in the boat?

Describe the size, colour and sound of the waves.

How would you feel the next day?


Look at the paintings of Grace Darling and other famous paintings of the sea.  Have a go at drawing or painting one of the pictures.

Week commencing 6th July


English and Geography

Look at the map of the lighthouses in England below.  What do you notice about where they are?  Why don’t we have any lighthouses in the middle of the country?

Look at where we live and where London is.  The Minister for Lighthouses has upset the local people in North Devon with his letter (under the map).  Read the letter below.  Do you think it’s a good idea to build a lighthouse in the centre of London?  Write a letter back to him explaining your thoughts.

Week commencing 6th July 


Research task – find out about the RNLI.  You can find out more here (you may need an adult to help you) 

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What does RNLI stand for?  What does the RNLI do?  Where is our nearest RNLI station?  What do you do if you need to call a lifeguard?

Read the following presentation about Beach Safety.  There’s a challenge at the end.

Science w/c 6th July

Soap experiment - How does soap work?

We have heard a lot recently about the importance of washing our hands to remove germs, but do we know how soap ACTUALLY works? What it is made from? Does it really get rid of more germs than water alone?

In this experiment, you are going to find out why soap works and why it is better than using just water to wash your hands.

Here is a recipe to make your own squidgy soap.

WARNING! This can be lots of fun and get a bit messy, but no more mess than if you play with playdough.

Have fun creating!

Art w/c 6th July

Create a piece of alphabet art using the first letter of your name.

Have a look at the examples below to help give you some ideas of what you might like to do. Be creative and try out different shapes for your letter.


English week commencing 29th June - Wanted: The Perfect Pet

You can watch the story here: Always supervise children when accessing the internet.

The book is divided into 3 chapters with lots of learning ideas linked to each chapter.  We don't expect you to complete all activities but choose from a selection.  We've listened to your feedback and tried to provide a good range of fun activities with links to speaking and listening, reading comprehension and writing composition skills.

The planning and resources for each chapter is set out below.  There should not be a need to print as you can read from the screen or draw your own ideas.


Wanted: The Perfect Pet

Chapter 1 lesson ideas:

Watch Chapter 1 here: Always supervise children when accessing the internet.

Discuss the meaning of ‘all-expenses-paid’, ‘world peace’, ‘varieties’ and ‘house-trained’. 

All-expenses-paid.  This means a special trip that would normally cost lots of money but that is paid for by someone else.

World peace.  This means a world where no one fights, there are no wars and everyone is happy.

Varieties.  This means different types.

House-trained.  When animals are house trained, they go to the toilet outside or in a litter tray and don’t have any accidents on the floor!

Discuss the following questions:

Why doesn’t Henry want any more frogs?

Why does Henry want a dog?  What does he want to do with it?

Henry thinks a dog will be easy and fun to look after.  Is there anything you think Henry needs to know about looking after a dog?

Activity 1:  Look at the pictures of the frogs on the wall.  You can use the picture below or make your own.  Play guess who with a family member.  Pick a frog but don’t tell them.  They have to ask questions with a yes or no answer such as ‘Is it green?’ or ‘does it have spots?’.  Answer them and they can cover the frog that it’s NOT with a coin.  See how many questions it takes for them to find the frog you chose.

Activity 2:  Like Guess Who but with a written description.  Write a short description of your frog for someone in your family to guess.  Ask them to write one for you.  For example, This frog has white and green stripes with a pretty purple bow on their head.  Which frog is it?

Activity 3:  This is for more-able readers so you might need to read and talk about this together.  Talk about the adverts below in relation to these questions:

      Who do you think owns the Castle in Transylvania?

      Why do you think the owner of the Enchanted Mirror wants to give it away?

      Do you think the Phazer Gun is suitable for children aged 8? Why/why not?

Chapter 2 lesson ideas:

Watch Chapter 2 

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Discuss the meaning of ‘disguise’ (when you dress up as someone or something so people you know don’t recognise you).

Discuss the following questions:

What do we know about the duck from this chapter? 

It doesn’t say in the book that he/she is ‘sad’ but how do we know? 

How do we know he doesn’t have any friends?

Activity 1:  Write a set of instructions on how to make a dog costume.  (Or you could choose another animal and write a set of instructions on how to make a costume).  You can use numbers or bullet points to organise each instruction.  Try to use time words like first, next, after that.  You can draw a picture for each step to help make it clear.

Activity 2:  Using household objects (and checking with a grown up!) make yourself a costume to dress up as a pet or animal of your choice.  We’d love to see photos of this!

Activity 2:  Look at the pictures of the Duck’s long journey.  You can see roads, a train and a ship.  Imagine how Duck feels as he/she travels from the house to see Henry, disguised as a dog.  Write a diary entry about the journey.  What would you see from the window?  How would you feel?


Chapter 3 ideas

Watch Chapter 3 and discuss the meaning of ‘stunned’ and ‘aeronautical show’.

      Stunned.  This means very surprised or shocked.

Aeronautical show.  This is a show which takes place in the air and might include aeroplanes, helicopters, toy planes or flying animals.


What do you think of the ending?

Activity 1:  In the book, Henry made a list of Duck Skills which helped him see what a great pet the duck would make. Find out about a pet of your choice.  You can find lots of information about different pets by searching here:

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Make a list of the different skills your pet has and why that would make them a fun pet.  Don’t forget to explain why your pet would be better than a dog.

Activity 2: Write a review of the book.  Did you like it? How many stars would you give it (out of 5)?  Would you recommend it?  What did you like about it?  Were there any parts that made you laugh or feel sad/happy?  Did Henry do the right thing?  Are there any words that you learned? 

Activity 3:  Write a diary entry from the point of view of the duck.  How does Spot feel now that he/she is with Henry?  What do you think they would do together? 


For an additional, fun 10 minute writing channel, click and find the challenge set by the author J.M. Joseph.  We had lots of fun doing this one in school last week!

Lesson 4 idea

Use the spelling lists from Year 1 or 2 (if you’re not sure which list to use, ask your child’s teacher).  Pick 5 words that you find tricky to spell and practise writing them using these games:

Do ‘Look, say, cover, write, check’ where you look at the word and say it, cover it up and write it and then check to see if you spelled it correctly.

Rainbow spelling – write the word in every colour of the rainbow.

Big, little writing – write the words in different styles, big, little, tall and think, wobbly, bubble writing etc.

Silly sentences.  Use the words in a sentence – it should make sense but can be silly.

Reading Comprehension week commencing 29th June

This week's reading comprehension is aimed at children reading Purple books on wards.  Children who read earlier books than this can still have a go at listening to the story and answering some questions with adult support.

Science w/c 29th June

Science Investigation - To find the best material for a boat.

This week we have a Science challenge for you!  Can you carry out your own investigation to find the best material for a boat?

Look below to see how to make and test different materials you have at home. 


Music w/c 29th June 

The Mix Online - Friday 3rd July

The Mix, Devon’s annual summer music festival for children and young people, will be online this year. You can join Devon Music Education Hub live on YouTube for a day of online workshops, live music and opportunities to get involved. It features leading music educators from Devon and beyond. Here is the link:

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Please note that all activities are primarily aimed at KS2 upwards but are also accessible for other age groups.

Looking at the programme I would suggest the following may be more suited for Y2 children so why not try one or more:

10am STOMP-style Body Percussion

12pm Music & Nature

1pm Music & Wellbeing Big Sing

2pm Taiko Drumming

Most importantly have fun singing, making music and joining in!  Below is the outline of the day. 

Art w/c 29th June

Outdoor Art Activities.

Below are a variety of fun outdoor art activities you can choose from using a leaf. Why not have a go at some of them.

English Home Learning week commencing 22nd June

Each week, we will post some lesson ideas which are the same as the ones that the children in school are doing. The idea is, we will share a text and give you lots of different ideas of things you can do linked to the book.  You can pick and choose with your child, which activities to do and which will be most useful.

The planning is for Year 1 and 2.  Each activity will have things for Year 1 to do and things for Year 2.  If your child has Special Needs or if you can see something in the Year 1 plan that you think would be useful for your child, follow this instead.  (If you're not sure which activity your child should be following, email your class teacher).  All of the lesson ideas are below and then the required resources below that.   We look forward to hearing what you think as we welcome feedback.

In addition, there's also a fun 10 minute writing challenge you could try.  Click on the link and scroll down to find the challenge from Swapna Haddow.  We had some very interesting writing when we tried this in school last week.  The grown-ups had a go too! 

This week's text is The High Street by Alice Melvin.  Watch it here:

Reading Comprehension w/c June 22nd

Marcus Rashford is a famous footballer who has been all over the news in the past few weeks.  He thought it was wrong that the government were stopping free school meal vouchers for families over the summer holidays.  He got lots of support so the government had to change their minds!  Now, lots of families who struggle to pay for food, will have food vouchers over the holidays.  What a hero!

Read the article below and answer the questions.  There are different pages depending on what reading level your child is on.  Pages 1 and 2 (answers on page 3) are for children reading on Green and Orange levels.  They might need help with some of the words.  Children who are reading on Turquoise, Purple and Gold can read pages 4-6 (answers on page 7).  Those who are reading at White, Lime or free readers, can have a go at the more challenging one on pages 8-10 (answers at the end).

Below is a great poem that's been written especially for children in lock down.  It's funny and it has a nice message.  Perhaps this week, you could see how many nice things you could say to the people around you.  See what nice things they say back.  If you don't want to say it, try writing a letter.

English week commencing 15th June

Please click on the link to find BBC Bitesize and then click on the appropriate English lesson for that day.

This week we will be learning:

Monday -  Identifying errors in writing

Tuesday - Using the days of the week in sentences

Wednesday – Using long ladder letters in writing

Thursday – Creating adverts using describing words

Friday – Reading lesson: Spike: The Hedgehog Who Lost His Prickles by Jeanne Willis

Science w/c 15th June

Parts of the body and senses

Learn about the human body and our senses. Find out about the different parts of the body.

Test your knowledge with the quizzes.

Science Experiment - Magic Potions

Have fun making your own magic!

Ask a grown up to help you.

History w/c 15th June

Who was William Shakespeare?

Learn about the life, actions and achievements of William Shakespeare.

Watch the video and have a go at the activities.

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Design and Technology w/c 15th June

Repeat pattern making

Find out about tessellation and try the activities at home. 

Have fun making your own repeated patterns using different 2D shapes with coloured pencils and paper.

Computing w/c 15th June

Using the web safely

There are many fun and interesting things you can do using computers. There are amazing apps, wonderful websites and great games to play. 

Find out more about what you can do to stay safe online.

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English week commencing June 8th

Lesson 1 – Verbs in the past tense.

Today we are revising what we know about verbs. Sort the verbs from the story into regular and irregular verbs.

Watch the film of Badger’s Bad Day:

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Write all the verbs you can hear –  there are some examples in the table below which you can print or write in your book.  

English Lesson 2 – Improving verb choice

Watch the film of Badger’s Bad Day:

Think of as many different verbs as you can for ‘fell’, ‘walked’ and ‘saw’.  Use the mind map below or make your own. 

English Lesson 3 – Planning a Bad Day

Imagine you are like badger and you are going for a walk to get some food (maybe an ice cream in the park, a Happy Meal from McDonalds or for a picnic with friends).  Plan some of the things that could go wrong along the way.  Draw a story map of your journey with pictures of the things that could go wrong. 

Decide on the ending – would you get the thing you wanted to eat or would you end up with something else (like badger and his slugs)?

English Lesson 4 – Write up your Bad Day story. 

Use some of the words you planned in lesson 2 so you don’t use the same verbs more than once. 

Remember, if something really funny or bad happens, you could use an exclamation mark.

Read your story aloud to a family member.

Science week commencing June 8th

Teeth - What are they for? How can we look after them and why is it important? 

Look at the presentation and watch the bbc clip to find out. 

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Science experiment

Are certain drinks really that bad for our teeth?

Try this fun experiment about teeth and how to keep them healthy.  

Find out the effect of different drinks on our teeth.  We can't use real teeth so we'll use egg shells as this is very similar to our teeth.  Make sure you ask a grown up to help before you start cracking eggs!!

Art – Home Art Challenge

This week, we are learning about cubism.  Picasso was a very famous artist who used this style. 

Look at the presentation below and have a go at your own.



Reading - Please continue to read with your child daily.  This could be them reading to you or you reading to them.  Sign up to for free to access free e-books.

Other activities to do while you're at home:

Play board games - if you don't have any, make up your own.

Share stories - register with Oxford Owl for access to free e-books.

Watch the weather forecast - can you find Barnstaple on the map of the UK?