Welcome to the second half of the spring term  - week 2

  ***WORLD BOOK DAY  ***  Thursday 4th March 2021  Timetable of Events

Dress up as your favourite book character or use a prop.  

09:10am  Registration & Show off your costume or prop.  (There is a prize for each year group). 

10:00am  on TEAMS  (Mrs Price) The Masked Reader....   Listen to a story read by masked readers. 

11:30am on TEAMS (Blackbirds) Listen to Tom the Tale Teller. 

14:15pm on TEAMS  Whole School - quiz and costume / prop prizes announced. 



Please see below the timetable below for Teams meeting times and groups. We look forward to seeing you on Teams at the start of the day for registration and at the end of the day for story time, where possible.  

We will also continue the Teams feedback sessions for English and Maths in groups so that we can see all your hard work and progress.

TEAMS MEETINGS can be joined by going to the calendar on the left hand side of the Teams screen and clicking on your meeting to join at the appropriate time. 


Please note – The main tasks for Monday and Tuesday will be uploaded at the weekend before the week beginning 25.1.21. Midweek these tasks will be taken down and Wednesday  - Friday’s tasks will be uploaded. This should prevent the Blackbirds page from becoming too full and should make it easier to navigate. It also reflects the teaching pattern of the job share staff in the Blackbirds.

Reading at home

Whilst we are not able to give out reading books, there are a number of online options for keeping your child reading at home.

The library – whilst the Ashby library is not open, they still offer a digital lending service. https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/libraries/digital-library-services/what-you-will-need Follow this link to access this service. Even if you are not already a member, you seem to be able to sign up online.

The Oxford Owls website – this has lots more than just books but they have a lot of e-books available, some of which are banded by colour in the same way as our school books. You will need to sign up with your own email address, but the resources are free once you have done so. https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/

Epic reading – a bit American but has quite a few free online books to try. It seems to be free for 30 days without logging in, but I have set up an educator profile which allows you to log in and we may get longer that way. The instructions to login are: Go to www.getepic.com/students  enter class code yqh9673 then choose your child’s name. Follow the steps and you should be able to read some books online matched to you child’s reading ability.

For stories read aloud to children these are two good sites:





Listen to the story of Pumpkin Soup   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDax5kx2-Ks

Use the photos below re-write the story. 

Thursday  - World Book Day - See above detail of the day's activities. 

World Book Day - Free Choice of Activities. 

Design a Book Mark / Book Cover / Mask or prop.

Write a review of your favourite book.  Tell me why you like it.  

Create a list of your Top Five Favourite Books. 

Write a character description of your favourite book character. 

Create your own story character. 

Write your own story. 

Read a book in an unusual place.  (don't forget to send your photo to us). 

Friday  - Big Write 

Last day of lockdown your choice of activities. 

Write instructions on how to make Pumpkin Soup. Use the clip to help you.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ45xMhuhQc

Write your own story like Pumpkin Soup of some animals who fall out and make up. 

Write a character description of either the Cat or the Squirrel. 

Write a setting description of 'Duck's Kitchen' in the book. 


Year 1: there are phonics videos uploaded to Teams.  (As they are too large to upload here.) You can find them in the files in the year 1 folder.  Files can be found when you have clicked on either the ‘Activity’ or ‘Teams’ tab on the left of the screen, then look across the top of the page, you should see general, posts, files, class notebook, assignments.       Click files, then Year 1 and you should find a phonics video for each day of the week.

There are also short follow up activities and games activities to be completed after watching the videos. The activities can be found below and emailed to you. All resources for the week are in one document to save downloading and printing five separate times.

Year 2:   Please see the grammar sheets below. 

All children will also benefit from having a go at the games on the Phonics Play website. It is particularly good on a tablet but should work on all devices and computers. This is something children can do at any time of day. The login details are:

Username: jan21

Password: home

Year 1 should use phase 3,  4 and 5 games.

 Year 2 can also use phase 6 games as this is what they are working on, but completing phase 5 games will be beneficial.


Please see lesson clips below. 


These will be done on Friday after morning registration.   

Year 1 a-e and e-e split-diagraphs - made, came, same, take, safe, these, theme, complete

Year 2  Autumn Spelling Book  - Suffix er.  nicer, baker, waiter ....



Each year group has White Rose videos and worksheets to complete.

Please watch the videos for the small steps, explanation of methods and for the reasoning discussion that takes place during the videos.

Year 1

Year 1 are continuing with measurement  - a very practical unit.

Wednesday  https://vimeo.com/511039862   Adding Lengths

Thursday  https://vimeo.com/511040266    Subtracting Lengths

Friday  Assessment


Year 2

Year 2

Wednesday https://vimeo.com/506146067   Count sides on a 2D shape.

Thursday https://vimeo.com/506146126   Count vertices on a 2D shape.

Friday  https://vimeo.com/506146175 Draw 2D shapes.



Year 1 and 2 useful maths websites 



https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/399/Archery-Arithmetic-Multiplication (Maths frame is for KS2 and has some free games available. This game allows you to choose the year 2 objectives only.) 


Wednesday Afternoon

PE with Joe, Cosmic Yoga or an activity of your choice.

Draw with Rob Biddulph

Thursday Afternoon

Geography Landmarks in London





Last of all, just do what you can.  We appreciate it is hard to home school whilst working from home yourself, we are here to help and support you however we can so please feel free to email any problems, concerns or feedback if you require changes etc. 

Have a good week. 

Mrs Fryer and Mrs Johnston

English     Wednesday         Year 1 and 2

Phonics   Year 1    Monday - Friday

Year 2 Phonics Wednesday 

Year 2 Phonics Thursday

Year 2 Phonics Friday 

Wednesday Handwriting 

Thursday Handwriting

Friday Handwriting 

Maths Year 1 Maths Starters

Maths     Wednesday   Year 1

Maths Thursday Year 1 

Maths    Friday     Year 1

Maths  Year 2 Maths Starters 

Maths  Wednesday Year 2 

Maths Thursday Year 2 

Maths Friday Year 2