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St Johns #StreetDanceOnline - LOCKING Week 2

St Johns - #StreetDanceOnline With Ellie Kinsey Week 2 - LOCKING! Learning Part 1 of our routine! Enjoy!

Week Beginning 29th June

The Very Greedy Bee by Steve Smallman and Jack Tickle

Click on the link below to listen to me read the story

Thursday 2nd July - Money Day

Miss Walster's Outdoor Challenges


For Mon 29th June

5 things you love about being outside

Over this week, think about 5 things you love about being outside. If you can think of more than 5, even better! If you would like to write them down or perhaps make them into a poster, send them to me at vwalster@st-johns-pri.notts.sch.uk

For Tues 30th June

Spot a butterfly

There are so many beautiful butterflies around at the moment. When you are outside this week, either in your garden or out for a walk, see if you can spot some. Note what they look like and then try to identify them later: will you see a Meadow Brown or a Peacock, a Red Admiral or a Large White? Wildlife Watch has got a huge range of spotting guides for all sorts of things, not just butterflies, and their website is well worth visiting https://www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/spotting-sheets

It can be quite tricky to take a picture of a butterfly as they don’t stay still for long but if you do manage to get a photo I’d love to see: vwalster@st-johns-pri.notts.sch.uk

For Wed 1st July

Ice balloons

Fill an empty balloon with water. Put in some food dye or glitter too if you have them. Make sure there is a good knot in the end then place it in the freezer, preferably overnight. Once it has frozen solid, cut the end off and peel the balloon away and watch it melt outside. It might be fun to guess how long it will take to melt entirely.

For Thurs 2nd July

Pond dipping

If you are able to visit a stream or pond this week, how about trying some pond dipping? It’s more fun if you can wear willies and actually go in the water but if not you can still have a great time from the edge. Take an empty glass or plastic container with you, dip it in and then have a good, close look at what is in the water. What have you got? Have more tries and see what you can find.

For Fri 3rd July

Outside height measuring

Ask someone to measure you against a fence or wall or even a shed. Mark your height (probably best in chalk or pencil) then measure everyone else in the family in the same place so that you can compare heights. If it’s something that you want to make permanent, you could repeat this again in a few months and see how much different family members have grown.


Week Beginning 22/06/20 - The Teeny Weeny Tadpole by Sheridan Cain and Jack Tickle

Esme Rose tells us about her Special Place...

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The library has launched their Summer Reading Challenge - go to the website to find out more...



Miss Walster's Weekly Outdoor Challenges


For Mon 22nd June

Mushroom Hunt

After all the rain we’ve had lately, there will be lots of different types of fungi growing. When you are out on a walk this week, try and spot some then take a picture of it and send it to me: vwalster@st-johns-pri.notts.sch.uk

Attached is a fungi hunt sheet which will help you to identify them.

Here are a couple of fungi jokes:

Q: Why did the Mushroom get invited to all the parties? A: Because he’s such a fungi!

Q: Why do toadstools grow so close together? A: They don't need mushroom.

For Tues 23rd June

Nest spotting

Look up and around when you are outside this week. It could be while you are out on a walk, in your garden or outside at school: can you spot any nests? Do you know which birds they belong too? Sometimes it’s possible to find empty egg shells on the ground and these could help you to work out who the nest belongs too. Photos of any that you find would be great to see:  vwalster@st-johns-pri.notts.sch.uk

For Wed 24th June

Make a rain gauge

It looks like it might get wet again at the end of this week so why not make your own rain gauge and see each day how many centimetres of rainfall we get. Some examples are attached of how you might like to do this but probably the easiest is to cut the top off a plastic bottle and then use a ruler and a pen (permanent/waterproof would be best but don’t worry if you haven’t got one) to mark your measurements on the side. If you have one, you could always just put a measuring jug outside!

For Thurs 25th June

Make your own boat to float

Make the most of the puddles, or a stream or lake when you go out and about, and make your own boat to float. It can be as simple as just  1 leaf or you could get creative and design your own. Another idea is to make an origami boat out of paper (they really do float) and then have races with them! Here’s a link for how to make an origami boat:


For Fri 26th June

Rain art

Rain can actually make beautiful art – try it! Use felt tips or paint to either create a picture or else just make a series or dots or lines on paper. It’s best to then lie your masterpiece on a tray or a plate before placing it outside and seeing what the rain will do it.


Today, The Duchess of Cambridge spoke to all children in an online assembly to share the importance of spreading a little kindness for our mental wellbeing.


This assembly was developed in collaboration with the children’s mental health charity Place2Be and encourages children to explore ways in which they can show kindness, and recognise the benefits of kindness to others.


Click on the image below to view the assembly


Week Beginning 15th June

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Here are Miss Walster's Outdoor Challenges for this week:

For Mon 15th June

3D animal projection

Go outside with an android phone and take some pictures of yourself with pandas, tigers and sea turtles! This is so much fun and I would love to see your pictures: vwalster@st-johns-pri.notts.sch.uk

Here’s how to do it:

Start with a standard Google search for your favourite animal on your smartphone or tablet.

Scroll down until you find a new white box that says “Meet a life-sized [animal] up close.” with an animation of said animal under the wikipedia info.

Click on the little “view in 3D” icon to the left of the animal within the box.

At this point your screen will change like a pop-out window.

You’ll need to wiggle your phone about a bit until the animal appears.


For Tues 16th June

Go barefoot

On a grassy area, take off your shoes and socks and connect to the earth by going barefoot. How does is feel? Try pouring some water on the grass to make it really wet – how does it feel now? Ask if you are allowed first then try walking barefoot on the soil and even on some pebbles/gravel. Which felt best?

For Wed 17th June

Watch a wildlife webcam

There are some amazing things to watch on wildlife webcams from badgers to bats and from puffins to ospreys. Take a look and then when you are on a walk this week be extra observant and see if you can spot any new wildlife, or traces of it, that you hadn’t noticed before.


For Thur 18th June

Jump in  puddle

It looks like we might get some rain today so make the most of it and find some puddles to jump and splash in.

For Fri 19th June

Admire a tree

Looks carefully at some trees and decide which one you like best. Do you like its shape, size, bark, leaves? Have a go at identifying it:


Water Safety Code cartoon

RE Christianity - Special Items

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Thank you Reverend Amanda for telling us all about why the Bible is so special to you.

Mrs Stevenson's Weekly Challenge

This week I would like you to make a daisy chain and then measure how long it is.

Storytime with Mrs S

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St Johns - #StreetDanceOnline HOUSE Week 2

St Johns - #StreetDanceOnline With Ellie Kinsey Week 2 - House! Our second week learning our next street dance style.. House, In this video you will learn Pa...

  • Check out Mrs Belton's Wheel of Wisdom Challenge on the Useful Links for Children page!!

In It Together | Returning to School After Lockdown | Twinkl Original Story

For those children returning to school on 15th June

If your child is returning on 15th June then this Powerpoint may help to explain the changes to them...

Monday 8th June

The Tiny Seed

This week I have put all the learning for the whole week in one document (see below) so please pick and choose as you wish. I have done it in this format in preparation for when I am back in school teaching from 15th June. Mrs Stevenson and I will be following the same weekly challenges at school that I post on the website for home learning. 


There are lots of ideas to choose from but I would also love to hear of any other learning that you are getting up to at home so please email me at:


Any questions or concerns about this planning format then please let me know.

Thank you for your continued support - you are all AMAZING!

Mrs H. 


Click below for the video of me reading The Tiny Seed


Miss Walster's Weekly Forest School Challenges 

Send any photos to: vwalster@st-johns-pri.notts.sch.uk


If you’re stuck inside
· Tune into some of our wildlife webcams!

· Take a look at our fun indoor-based activity sheets

· Learn something new! Check out our identification pages and brush up on your skills https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife/how-identify

Mon 8th June

Take a meal outside

Or even just enjoy a snack outside. If it’s raining, can you build a shelter to stay dry?

Tues 9th June

Sit for a while and record what you see

If it is too wet to go out, what can you see through the window? Birds often come onto grass when it is raining to hunt for worms.

Wed 10th June

Sketch something from nature

I’d love to see what you draw. Send your pictures to me at vwalster@st-johns-pri.notts.sch.uk

Thurs 11th June

Identify a wildflower

When you are out on a walk, try and learn the name of at least one wildflower: there are so many great names such as foxgloves, cow parsley, buttercups.

Fri 12th June

Stay up late and see the stars

This website has some good information or why not look up what is happening with Spacex today.


Click on the picture below for all previous phonic videos



  • Check out Miss Ireland's Weekly Headteacher Challenge in the Useful Forms and Letters section.
  • Check out the School Sports page for regular update from Miss Jackson. 


  • If you fancy a sing-song then please check out Miss Jackson's Choir page - she is updating songs regularly. Everyone is welcome to join in! 

Don't forget the drumming lessons from Rockley Music:


Use the code 8ux7mk. The new 80s ones are hilarious! 


Fun Outdoor Phonics Ideas

The Dance Freeze Song | Freeze Dance | Scratch Garden

A bit of fun!

The Number Bus

Sing-a-long to The Number Bus song to learn your Number Bonds to 10. I love this one!

The Doubling Song

Another favourite!

I Love Maths!!

Maths is cool, that's a fact. First add up, then subtract. Maths is cool, at my school. I love Maths...

Thank you Mrs Belton for these fab well-being ideas...

Tricky Words

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Speed Sounds - Set 2

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Online safety for kids with Marvin & Rochelle

Marvin & Rochelle talk through ways to keep your kids safe online.

Email your photos to: foundation@st-johns-pri.notts.sch.uk

If your child is MAD ABOUT MATHS then click on this 

White Rose logo for lots of fantastic maths ideas:


Our character value this term is RESILIENCE


Rhymes for Letter Formation from RWI


Check out Mrs Belton's well-being posts on the 'Useful Links' section next to Foundation.

How can you take the 't' out of can't? She would love to hear from you! 

Email address for Foundation:


(Emails will be answered ASAP. Please be patient as some staff are in school with key worker children)


Make sure you practice your reading everyday. Log in to Bug Club to find a good book:



Practice counting e.g. up to 20, back from 20, counting in 2's, counting in 10's, counting to 100, doubling and halving. 


Practice tricky words (see the video below). Alternatively sing along to the tricky word songs:



Message from Mrs Belton

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Message from Miss Ireland

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Welcome to our fantastic

Foundation Stage!



I am Mrs Haythorn, the Foundation Stage teacher. In Foundation we LOVE learning through play, using lots of imagination and creativity. We always have a "can do" attitude and believe in nurturing children's love for learning along with giving them the perseverance to always try their very best. Everyday in Foundation is very different and busy. Foundation children love going on bear hunts, trips to the library and to the woodland area for our forest schools sessions!




Remember to download our School App to get regular updates and photos of our learning.




Click on the picture to read at home!

If we read lots we might win the BUG CLUB shield!


Click below to go to the Purple Mash website

Click below to go to the Sumdog webpage

Click below to go to Phonics Play

Singing is the BEST!

Click on the links below to sing along to our favourite songs.

Take a look at the PowerPoint from our phonics evening for parents.