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Week Commencing 10.5.21 The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

What a very busy and productive week we had. 

In maths the children learnt to add 2 groups together using 10 frames and counters. 

They used their skills to complete The Very Hugry Caterpillar maths story sheets.


In Phonics some children started learning Phase 3 letters and digraphs  ch, sh  . They used their new learning to play sound bingo and spot the sounds in the environment. 


Our topic story was The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The children acted out the story using the role play masks. They wrote about their favourite parts of the story and at the end of the week they put on a show which was superb. They made signs to advertise it, created a stage and back drop, found the foods and costumes they would need and the seating area for the audience. Children acted as narrators and characters. And THEY DID IT ALL THEMSELVES  working really well together. I was super proud. 


We also learnt about healthy and unhealthy food and how healthy foods help us to stay fit. Children enjoyed making healthy food face wraps and also sorting foods into healthy and unhealthy.


In other stuff they ejoyed football skills in P.E and LOTS of playing and working  together. 


Well doe Little Conkers on another fabulous week. 


Week 3 Commencing 3.5.21 

This week the children have worked super hard on their Maths and did some wonderful work on counting on and counting back. On Thursday we  even started to look at written down maths stories and learning what each part and symbol meant. Next week we are going to spend time doing lots of practical activities adding 2 groups of objects together to find the totals. 


In our Topic work we learnt about the lifecycle of a butterfly . They were all brilliant at acting it out and using all of the correct terminology. They did some wonderful sequening, labelling and creative activities to show their understanding. 


We have  also planted seeds to start their lifecycle and learn about what they need to survive.


We are learning to take care of other people, things and animals. 


Next week we will be watching some real caterpillars grow and start the lifecycle process off. 


Next week we will be using the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar as our focus text and enjoy lots of activities based on it. 




Week 2 Commencing 26th April

This week the children learnt about ladybirds. We watched videos and read the story What the Ladybird Heard. 

They enjoyed putting the stages of the lifecycle in order, looking at different varieties and painting them. 


In Maths they started learning to count on and we used lots of games of snakes and ladders to help us. 


We enjoyed lots of outside play; especially going to the park. 


Week 1 of Term 19.4.21

This week the children learnt about snails. They enjoyed learning the different parts of a snail, where the lived and  what they ate . Everyone did some wonderful writing 


We made a snail habitat and some 'snail soup' for them to eat and then went on a hunt. The children  loved making the soup and then finding the  snails.


in Maths we learnt about repeating patterns and how to make 3 stage ABB and AAB patterns. 



Welcome Back

Welocme back to the summer term. This term our topic is Adventures. In the first half term we will be learing about the adventures of minibeasts. We will enjoy learning all about them and what adventures they get up to using information and facts and story books. 


Please see the attached curriculum overview for more details.


In the second half term we will be learning about pirates and pirate adventures. Oh aye we will have such fun. 


Can't wait to see you all back on Monday for our first day of lovely learning. 



Week 6 of 6 

The Scarecrow's Wedding

The chiildren had a superb week preparing for and enjoying the scarecrow's wedding. They made Betty and Harry scarecrows, made big pictures of the characters, wrote wedding invitations, made bunting, andmade sandwiches and cakes for the wedding party. Everyone enjoyed the wedding party and party games. 


Take a look at the photos to see how much learning and fun we had. 


Week 4 of Spring 2 

Week Commemcing 15.3.21 



This week the children worked super hard on their busy brains independent work; I was very proud of them.  They learnt how to use the part whole model in maths to split 10 into 2 parts and they learnt the story and did some wonderful writing on Superworm. 


They loved reading and watching the story .

Below is a link to their favourite clip of the story. 





Have a look at some of the lovely photos from the week. 


Next week we our focus is The Scarecrows' Wedding. We will be making  scarecrows on Thursday and will need a pair of girls and boys jeans and shirts. If you have any spare that we could borrow, please bring them in to school. Thank you. 

Week 3 of Spring Term 2 

Commencing forming numbers 9.3.21


The children all had a wonderful first week back; it was so nice for us all to be back together learning and playing. The children all just picked up where they had left off and it actually felt as if we had never been away!  


They did lots of playing together, talking, listening and enjoying each other's company. They also did lots of wonderful work . 


In Maths they concentrated on forming numbers to 10 correctly, counting and working out ways to show 10 on a 10 frame. This led on to number bonds to 10. 


In Phonics we worked on correct letter formation,  recognising and using already known sounds.  


On Monday , the children enjoyed their first P.E lesson with Mr Swann. They  practised moving and travelling in different ways, finding spaces, dodging other people in tig and balancing,  


We also  enjoyed our topic book of Monkey Puzzle. 


Please  have a look at some of our photos. 


I have had a move around in the classroom and am starting our new ' Busy Hands'  work system tomorrow. The children will have different challenges to do,  throughout the week, in our Writing, Maths, Creative, and Understanding of The World Areas. The challenges will be based around our topic book each week . Please ask them about it. 







So the time has finally arrived  for us to return to school. I am SOOOOOOO excited  as I am sure the children are too. I can't wait for us to be together again doing lovely learning and playing. 


Below are some organisational details and a copy of the curriculum overview and letter for our learing this term. 

 If you have any questions please contact the office, email me or catch me after school.



Drop off time : 9.15 am

Pick up time  :  3.30pm


P.E is on a Monday so the children come dressed oin their kits all day. 

Forest School is Friday. Pleasre send them in their kits with their wellies and waterproof overclothes in a  separate bag.


Reading books and reading records need to be returned, in the children's wallets, with parental comments, on a Friday so rewards for reading can be issued. Please sign to say when each book has been completed as a new one will not be issued if it is not signed off.  





Take a look at some of our wonderful learning during World Book Week.

Spring Term 2 

Welcome to the second Spring term, we hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable half term. Hopefully, it won't be too long before I can welcome you back into school and we can have lots of fun doing some lovely learning together.  I can't wait. 

In the mean time I would love to see you all at our Zoom meetings each day. Below are the new log on details. 


See you tomorrow. 


Welcome back Little Conkers


The log on details for the Zoom sessions each day will be as follows:  

Morning zoom - 9:15 am 

Meeting ID: 819 6872 2141

Password: Conkers


Afternoon zoom - 2:30

Meeting ID: 859 8366 1316

Password: Conkers


It will be the same log on details and times each day. 






Here are some photos from last week's lovely learning.

Well done Little Conkers, I am so proud of you all. 

Week 5 Commencing 2.2.21 

The children had a brilliant week learning lots of new sounds, applying their phonics  to read books and comprehensions , learning to add groups together and recognise the  + and = signds and they also learnt lots about their feeelings. Well done Little Conkers .

Have a look through some of the photos to see what you have all been up to this week. 

2.2.21 Eva's obstacle course video.mp4

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Well done Little Conkers on another wonderful  week of lovely learning.


Here are some photos of what you have been up to. 


Next week is Children's mental health week so we are learning about our feelings, emotions and doing things that make us feel HAPPY . smiley

During week 3 of term Reception  did so AMAZING work. They did lots of wonderful writing about police officers and wrote books, , marvellous Maths which included lots of counting and ordering numbers and some superb understanding of the world around us by learning about people who help us. Very well done Reception. 


Please keep sending in those photos. 


  I am so proud of  all of The Little Conkers and how hard they have worked so far. Here are just a few photos of their work .  

Welcome back to Spring Term 1 



I hope you all had a lovely holiday ,lots of rest and are excited about coming back to school to do some lovely learning. 


This term our topic is People Who Help Us .

We will be learning about lots of different people who help us every day. This will include learning about Police Officers, Drs, Nurses, Firefighters, Mountain Rescue workers, Teachers, Vets, Shop assistants, Postal Workers and more .  We will have visits from our local Community police officer, a nurse, mountain rescue worker and hopefully a firefighter. We are going to have walks along the tramlines to build up our stamina and fitness  and visits to the park to build our strength.  It will be a very exciting and engaging topic for all of our learning. 


Please read our attached curriculum overview for more specific details. 



P.E will continue to be on a Tuesday afternoon and Forest School on a Wednesday afternoon. 


Please read with your child EVERY night. The more often they read, the easier it becomes and the quicker they progress.  Also continue to read their red and green key words . They will be checked and  changed each Friday when they can be read.  


We are beginning a new Phonics scheme this term , No Nonsense Phonics , which will accelerate your child's  phonics,  writing and  reading skills. The phonics sheet that they have done each day will be sent home so it can be repeated with you each night. This will help your child consolidate their learning and progress further and faster. Please try to complete it each night with your child. 


Homework each night should be no more than 30minutes. Please try to build up the routine of homework each week night which will help them when they move through the school. 


If you have any questions please ask at the end of the day or email me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.


Kind regards

Miss Crombleholme, Mrs Somerville and Mrs Povey 

To find out what we have been doing each week, please scroll down , below the Home Learning section for the weekly post. 



                                  Week 6 Commencing 7.12.20 


Well done Little Conkers on your superb nativity performance. The children all performed A Bundle of Joy brilliantly. They sang and acted their hearts out. I was very proud of each and every one of them. I am sure you will be too when you see it.

Amazing and superb job Little Conkers.



Week  4  Commencing 23.11.20 

Forest School Fun

The children loved learning about how to be safe around a fire and how to behave. They all learnt to walk down to the learning circle and walk around the outside to find a place to sit. They learnt to sit, listen and wait patiently whilst waiting for a yummy sweet wrap treat made on the fire. The children all enjoyed their treat. 


Afterwards they went off to choose different activities. Some children  chose to continue using their clay manipulation skills learnt yesterday and made bog babies. Others looked for fairy houses and used natural resources they found to enhance the houses. Some children found sticks and used them to make them in to lots of things Stickman became and others just liked to play in the mud!!! Sorry but they had fun, were happy and were playing beautifully together. 


They all had a lovely Forest School session. 

Diwali Day

Diwali Day 


This week we have been learning all about the Hindu festival of Diwali.  Please watch the link below to learn about it.


Diwali and new beginnings - KS1 Religious Education - BBC Bitesize

We watched the Cbeebies clip and learnt about the ways it is celebrated. 

Today we enjoyed our own  Diwali  Day and made beautiful  diya lamps with clay, jewels , beads and glitter;  Diwali cards, Rangoli patterns with coloured sand; curried vegetable parcels and did some Indian dancing. We had a really lovely , fun day.



Learning about Shapes

Y1 have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes this week.  They  have learnt how to name the  3D shapes, identify the faces, how many vertices and edges. 

On Friday they enjoyed junk modelling with 3D shapes, printing  pictures and building 3D shapes using 2D pieces.



Home Learning 


Hello  Year 1 Little Conkers.

Updated 9.11.20 

Below are some  links and activities for you to do if you are learning from home. The activities follow what we will be doing in class over the next 2 weeks There are activities for 2 weeks worth of work.

Every day that you are learning at home, please try and do the following: 

  • Practise your spellings, using the booklet that you have at home;
  • Learn a phonics sound  using the following information. Practise saying and writing the sound and writing some words, with the sound in. You can consolidate this further using an online game. website links are at the bottom. 
  • Reception learn g,o,c,k,ck, e,u,r. Complete the Phase 1 wod bingo and Phase 2 sound bingo.
  • Yellow Y1 group - complete the Phase 4 Activity Booklet and Phase 3 tricky Words booklets.
  • Green Y1 Group- Complete the Phase 4 and 5 Tricky words booklets. Learn sounds for the soft c, g ,u and ow.  
  • Write one or two sentences about  either a story you have read or something you have done that day;
  • Complete a maths activity each day from those attached and
  • Read your reading book.


I would love to see any work you have done so please take photos and email them in. 




Reception children

Our focus over the next 2 weeks is to continue to develop our personal, social and emotional  skills in class. We will be continuing to learn new phonics sounds daily. Please  learn g,o,c,k,ck, e,u,r, complete the Phase 1 word bingo and Phase 2 sound bingo game. For maths complete 1 activity a day.







Week 3 Commencing 16.11.20 

They children had a wonderful week doing lots of lovely learning, playing and growing together. 


In phonics the Reception children continued to learnt Phase 2 , one letter phonemes. They loved learning e,  then cracking and making scrambled egg to help consolidate their learning. 






In Maths the Reception children were learning more and less . They counted up to 5 and showed the numbers using counters. They also drew more or less than the numbers I said. 


The year 1 children  continued with their learning about addition and subtraction and understanding how to derive relative addition and subtraction facts from numbers. 


Everyone enjoyed learning the Hindu story of  Rama and Sita . The  Year 1 children did lots of writing about the story and  wrote some marvelous character descriptions.  


The Reception children enjoyed acting the story out and playing the characters. they made crowns like Rama and Sita and used the  big tree branches to enact the forest.





In Science the Year 1 children were learning to be scientists by recording  data. they are learning about seasonal changes and we are recording the weather over the course of the week. To help us record the wind direction they all made weather vanes. 




Week 2 Term 2 Commencing 9.11.20 

This week our focus was Remembrance and Armistice Day. The Reception children learnt about war and what Armistice Day . We started our learning using the Cbeebies  animation below which sparked lots of discussions, talking and thoughts. We talked about how the rabbit felt and so how soldiers must have felt in war time.


The children drew beautiful pictures of poppies.


The year 1 children learnt what war was like in the trenches. They decided it was horrible and that they would not want to ever  have to be there.

We found out the names of the soldiers from Buxworth who had died in the wars and we wrote letters to them .

Our work is shown as part of the Buxworth School Virtual Remembrance Day Service.


In Forest School the children showed how they are learning to play and work together, using kind words, gestures  and hands. They shared the tools to start weeding, digging and  planting daffodil bulbs.; they played in the shelter together enjoying the tarpaulin and how it protected them from the weather, they used their senses to look at,  smell and touch  herbs and then they made bouquets. All of the children had a wonderful time and loved their session.


At the end of the school day we have started to do yoga ; it helps calm everyone down and is gteat for our core muscle strength. Try is at home. We use cosmic yoga for kids to help us.




Look out for the Phonics signs which will be fixed to the wooden play house in the playground. They will have on the sound each phonics group is learning each day so you can help reinforce and practise the sounds with the children at home.  The Reception children are in the Red group. The Year 1 children will be able to tell you whether they are Yellow or Green group. 


Next week the children are starting to learn about the Hindu festival of Diwali  which was celebrated this weekend .  We are starting by learning the story of Rama and Sita  this week and then how it is celebrated next week. On Thursday 26th November we will be having a Diwali Day to enjoy the celebrations. 




Week 7 Commencing 19.10.20 


The children had a super time this week doing lots of Maths, Phonics and topic activities. 

We continued with our text of  The Bog Baby and the Year 1 children went to the forest to find natural resources to make Bog Baby homes. They then wrote ia recount text telling how they made them. The Reception children enjoyed making the homes too and combined lots of different materials to make some superb houses that I am sure the Bog babies would LOVE to live in.


On Thursday we all enjoyed our end of topic treat: An Enchanted Forest Tea Party. The children spent time making their own party food of cheese or ham sandwiches  and special sparkly biscuits. Then we went out in to the Forest and enjoyed a lovely party with balloons, bubbles and lots of fun. It was a brilliant way to end our wonderful topic.   


Week 6  Commencing 12th October 

This week the children worked really hard and enjoyed lots of fun activities.  The Year 1 children learnt how to do number bonds to 5 and 10 in Maths and the Reception children were counting up to 4. In Literacy we learnt The Bog Baby story and the Year 1 children rewrote the story in their own books. their writing and work was AMAZING. I am really proud of how hard they tried and how brilliant their work was.  

The Reception children started learning how to read, write and say the one letter sounds. They learnt an action, song, letter formation rhyme, how to sound each phoneme  and  how to write each letter shape. They are all loving their phonics lessons. 


Next week we are continuing with The Bog Baby as our text . We will be collecting natural materials to make homes for our bog babies that we are making out of acorns. We will be writing instructions on how to make our homes. We will all be helping to make sandwiches, biscuits and treats for  an enchanted forest tea party for all of the bog babies and the fairies we have learnt about, created and imagined during our Enchanted Forest topic.  


Week 4 Commencing 28.9.20

The children all had another superb week, learning lots and enjoying their friends.


Continuing our Enchanted Forest theme, we focused on the story of Snow White and the seven Dwarfs. Everybody loved it. The Year 1 children did some AMAZING writing retelling the story. They all showed how they can segment words to spell them , write in sentences and use finger spaces. some children even used conjunctions.  In Maths the Year 1s started to learn how to partition numbers to 5 using the Part Whole Model. They are continuing with it this week and working on number bonds to 10.


The Reception children have enjoyed phonics lessons where they have been identifying different sounds that animals and instrument make. In Maths they have been counting forwards and backwards to 3 and matching the quantity with the numeral.


Every day we all spend time reading and the children are really getting good at quietly sitting and enjoying their books. 


In Forest School we all had a magical time, continuing with our interests of making fairy and wizard wands and we also enjoyed  making magic potions.


We all loved P.E. Learning to warm up  together, following the instructions, playing cups and saucers as a team game and then learning to jump in different ways. 


And, of, course, we have all enjoyed lots of playing too. Well done Little Conkers Class on a wonderful week. 


Week 3 Commencing 21.9.20

The children had a wonderfully enchanting week using Enid Blyton's The Magic Faraway Tree as a stimulus. They spent time  learning and understanding what 'enchanted' meant and  then  used it in all of their writng and many activities. They loved listening to The Magic Faraway Tree and being introduced to the characters. 


In Expressive Art and Design they started to make their own Magic tree and used lots of different painting techniques.  

In free play they enjoyed building trees out of duplo and magic crowns using the connecting people. 

In Forest School they went to see if they could find the Magic Faraway Tree and were amazed to find fairy bracelets and even a fairy door way leading to a little house!!! They loved making magical wands , swords and houses of their own. 


the Reception children started their phonics lessons by making listening ears and listening for different sounds. Over the next few weeks they are learning to identify and isolate sounds which will help when we teach them to segment words into their separate sounds. 


We finished on Friday by making fairy biscuits for Silky the fairy from the Magic Faraway Tree story. 

Our Forest School session was so magical and so much fun. The children all explored the forest looking for the Magic Faraway Tree and were amazed to discover fairy tinsel and fairy houses!!!

Week 3 Commencing 14.9.20 


What a wonderful week the children had. The Reception children  showed they were a lot more settled and they all enjoyed playing together and mixing with new friends. It was lovely to see them all playing together, listening to each other, sharing and taking turns.  They spent lots of time outdoors, learning new skills and making up games.  On Friday , they made up a marvellous game going to Fairyland on the train. Brandon was the train driver and everybody  wrote themselves a ticket to get on the train and a fairy wand to use when they got there. It was a very popular game with nearly all of the Reception joining in. 


Well done Reception.  



The Year 1 children have enjoyed lots of learning and playing. 

In Maths they have been consolidating counting to 10, comparing numbers and finding 1 more and 1 less than.  

The children  started thinking about what an 'Enchanted Forest' was and we made a mind map; they had some wonderful ideas .


On Wednesday we started thinking about what an enchanted forest  might look like and who might live there. We went to The Eco Area to collect things to make enchanted pictures. We were amazed and excited to find a letter addressed to us from Shimmer the fairy!, who had found herself transported into our land and was trying to find a way back home.  We all read it and then decided to collect materials to make a house for Shimmer . 


A huge congratulations to our award winners this week; Millie was our ' Reader of the Week', Eva got a silver award and certificate for her wonderful attitude to school,  learning and for being a kind friend .

 William won his silver  for always trying his hardest in everything he does  and for always following the class rules. 

Well done to all of you. 


 Week 2 Commencing 7.9.20


The children have all settled well in to their new class. They have made lots of new friends and it has been lovely to see the Year 1 children helping and playing with the new ones coming in. 



Next week the Year 1 children are starting their Phonics, Maths and Literacy lessons. Please ask them what they have learnt each day when you talk with them after school. Please  also help them prepare by practising their spellings ready for their test on Monday. 


Reception children will be continuing  to learn our class and school rules and making friends. 


There won't be any official P.E or  Forest School this week, although the children are very active every day and the Year 1 children will be working in the Eco Area a lot for our topic based Literacy. 



 Autumn Term

Week 1       3.9.20 

Welcome back to the beginning of our Autumn Term. I hope you all had an enjoyable summer with lots of fun. 


I am so excited to be back at school and back with our Little Conkers' class. The new and old children have all come in to school excited, happy, rested and ready to learn. 


Our topic this term is THE ENCHANTED WOODLAND  and I am sure we are going to have lots of fun with it. We will be learning inside and out,  using our wonderful Eco Area and  our imaginations a lot to learn about our real world and create some wonderful imaginary , fairy worlds too. We will be using lots of fairy tales and stories to help us on our way. 


At the bottom of this entry are the Curriculum Overview letter you received and the Welcome Letter. 

I will endeavour to post photos  and a little blurb of what we have been doing each week in class so please check in to the class page each Sunday evening . I will also use it as a forum to post class messages.


If you have any questions or anything that you would like to communicate with me please email me or contact the office . 




Week 5 Commencing 29.6.20 

Well done everybody in The Little Conkers Class whether you are home or school learning. It looks like everyone has tried hard and had a superb week. 


In class we have had a great week learning about water. We enjoyed listening to and writing about Rainbow Fish and The Little raindrop stories. we also loved finding out about,  making and writing about the  water cycle. The  children extended their learning in Forest school by going in the river and feeling the water. They made fishing rods to use, learning the skills of peeling the sticks before decorating them  and learning to tie a granny knot to make fishing rods. As it was Evie's birthday they decorated a biscuit  ( using their own spoons) and had a Happy Birthday song. 

The children have enjoyed learning more about numbers  16-20 and have spent time practising counting,  writing the numbers correctly and showing the value of the numbers.

They have also enjoyed lots of  reading and of course, outside play . 


Below are just a few of the lovely learning photos from this week .


If anybody who is home learning needs any help or advice,please don't forget you can always email me. or if you would like your child to come into class on any day, just let us know.  They can come in any number of days per week. 


Learning for next week is below. Our topic next week is Air. 


Happy learning everyone. 




Week 4 Commencing 22.6.20  


Well done everybody who has kept up their home learning and continued to learn some amazing new things. I gather from all of the Tapestry posts that there has been some brilliant hard work done and a lot of fun.  

Below are a few photos from your week. 



Harry made some brilliant nature frames.




William enjoyed a woodland walk.



The children back in school loved doing Forest School again and working as a team. 

We listened for birds, did some bird watching, made bird feeders and enjoyed playing together.



Alfie has worked so hard on his maths, writing and learning about birds. 




A huge well done to everyone.


This week we are learning about water. 

I have attached a different type of plan that has some superb links, learning and fun things to do. 

There is also a phonics plan attached with the sounds to focus on each day and maths resources to support the home learning topic plan. 


Have a great week everyone. 




Week 3 Home Learning Commencing 15.6.20


This week we are learning all about birds. I see and hear  so many beautiful birds where we live, some of them perching, some swooping and some zooming.  See what you can find out about the wonderful nature around us. 

Hope you have a brilliant week. 



 June is the start of The Wildlife Trust's 30 Days Wild programme. Children are encouraged to do something out in the wild on each day. There are so many wonderful activities and suggestions on their website about different ways to enjoy the wilderness and wildlife around us. Visit the website and have a go at the 30 days  Wild campaign. Please send photos of things you have done, collected or experienced and  pictures and writing you have done. Copy and paste the link


or click on to the external link below .





Week 2 Home Learning Plan Commencing 8.6.20


Hello Little Conkers, I hope you have all had a wonderful week and still managed lots of outside time, despite the change in weather.  I have been so impressed with your wonderful learning last week and some of the brilliant pieces of art work and scenes you have created. 

Check out Harry's amazing sea scene. 


And Florence's too.



For this week's learning our topic focus  we are going to be learning about the fastest sea creatures in the ocean. Hope you enjoy it. 


As always , please send me photos on Tapestry. 





Hello Little Conkers, 

Welcome to the final term of the year. I hope you all had a wonderful, fun and restful holiday and are now ready to enjoy lots of fun work and activities this term. 

When school reopens on the 8th June, I will continue to post the online learning plan each week and will be looking at Tapestry and commenting on all of your work daily, as usual. The in class plan and the online one will be very close to each other. 


This term we are continuing with our Zoom topic and will be finding out about fast sea creatures, fast birds and fast people but to set the scene for our fastest sea animals week next week, we are starting with learning all about sea creatures. We will enjoy all the different animals and beautiful world there is under the sea. 


I have attached the weekly plan and resources. If you have any questions, as always please email.

Please post your work on Tapestry. 


Enjoy your week my beautiful little conkers.


For brilliant phonics lessons to support your child's learning on each sound please click on the link below and navigate the page to find the sound you would like to learn.



Week Commencing 18.5.20  Home Learning Plan

Thank you so much to everyone who took up the 'What Makes Me Happy' challenge from last week and sent some photos; I loved seeing you in your happy places. For those that didn't quite manage to send their photos yet, I have added some of them doing their work.

Here are a selection. 



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 Good evening Little Conkers, 

I hope you are all well, happy and safe. 

I have attached next week's plan below. Our theme is Cheetah's, the fastest land animal that zooms.


Thank you everyone who has posted lots of photos on Tapestry which have made me smile and kept me in touch with the children. I still feel so connected to so many of you. I wondered if a little side project this week could be to do things that make you feel happy and then email a photo to me or post it on Tapestry. I will attach them here next week so we can all see each other and feel connected.


Here are my things I have done this weekend that has made me feel happy: As you all know, I love to run and cycle. My family and I  cycled up Winnats Pass as part of a bike ride; it was very hard!!!

I have done lots of baking....and eating of cake! (We love chocolate cake.)

On Friday ,  Will made a V.E day cake , we decorated the house and learnt about V.E Day .

Finally my morning walk with Tilly and Baxter is very peaceful and beautiful. 


I have attached some extra resources dated 12.5.20 that are a little easier. They are aimed at children who would this week like to work with numbers to 10 ,  practise 3 letter words and work on pencil control. The level of work children are doing doesn't matter one little bit, you should choose the work that is right for your child, that they want to do.


 Hi Little Conkers, 


I hope you are all well. It has been so lovely to see you all on Tapestry through the photos your grown ups have posted and I have loved being able to chat with your parents on it too. Thank you sooooo much for all of the hard work you are doing. It makes me so proud and even more excited about us all coming back to class, as soon as we are allowed. I can't wait. Until that time....I have posted some pictures of work you have done this week below and of course put next week's plan and resources on too. I will post a few story times on Tapestry so please do check in each day to catch the  session , listen and enjoy them. 


Missing you all so much. 






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Week 2 Summer Term Commencing 27.4.20

This week we are sticking with the rocket theme to enjoy a story book which I love, and I know you will too. It is called Whatever Next and the author is Jill Murphy.  I have presented the work in a different way this week, giving shorter and less work.  I have focussed on short writing, reading, phonics and maths jobs, to allow lots of playing and fun family time after. If you would like more or harder challenges, extend the learning for them or email me if you would like more suggestions. I have suggested a rainbow challenge system so the children can do extra activities, if they wish, to complete their rainbows.  


There are 2 plans; the Sunshines' plan is the medium challenge level and the Stars' plan is the higher level challenge. Hope it goes well. Please continue to work hard and post your work and photos on Tapestry. Every little you do will make a difference. 


Keep well, stay safe and enjoy.


See you all soon Miss Crombleholme






Welcome to the Summer term. smiley


I hope you all had a happy, fun and enjoyable Easter break. 

I am sorry that we are not able to continue our learning together in class, so until we can I will continue to post our weekly plan and resources on here. 


This term our topic is ' Things that Zoom' .


We will be learning about the fastest in many things: cars, space craft, trains, emergency vehicles, land animals, sea animals, birds and more. It's going to be a fun learning tpic that I am sure you will enjoy. Any suggestions for other fast things we can learn about just let me know. 


I have attached a curriculum overview for this half term and this week's plan below. I have also attached resources to help in your learning. 


As ever,  your child's learning is very important to me, but the most important thing, at this young age, is their emotional wellbeing. Please remember to make time to enjoy them, relax , have fun, cuddles and good quality play time together too. .....and read every day!!


Missing you all more than you know. Keep well and safe.

Miss Crombleholme


Well done everyone who has worked so hard and done so much learning over the last few weeks. It has been wonderful to get your regular pictures and posts on Tapestry. Thank you. 

Have a look below at just a few photos from your work.

Super well done Everyone.



For the Easter holidays there will not be a plan; it is a holiday. Enjoy your children, family and time playing together. If however, you would like some ideas of things to do, ( these are a choice, no obligation),  I have attached some documents below with Easter Maths , Easter learning, Spring activities etc. I also thought the children might like to make Easter cards and do some Easter cooking and baking.  This week and last a few children have already  been baking. Florence has been making biscuits, William a delicious looking cake,  Harry Z  has made his own butter ( inspired by the farm clips) and  Millie has made some wonderful hot cross buns which   inspired me to do the same. 

I wondered if the children might like to bake their favourite treat, take some photos, write out the recipe and then I will share them on here for everyone else to try too. We could have a Little Conkers' Bake Off … virtually. smiley



Happy Easter everyone. The next plan will be on here the weekend of 18th April.


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A little message from me. I have posted a video message to you all on Tapestry. Please have a look. Take care my Little Conkers. xx


Home Learning Planner Week 2 Commencing 30.3.20


Thank you so much to everyone who has been posting their learning and work on to their Tapestry journal. I have been looking and writing on each of them. Keep it up.

If you have forgotten your password or need help to re engage with tapestry send me an email; 



Please try to read with your child each day; 5 or 10  minutes is enough to keep them progressing.


I have written a full plan but you don't have to do everything on it. Pick what you can. Please don't overload or over work the children. they would have lots of time to play whilst in class usually and they should have the same with you. Happy children will learn. 


Thank you for all that you are doing.



Wednesday 25th March 

Are there any changes? Look at the colour of the chrysalis, the shape and the texture. There are 4 hung to the top of the pot and 1 that has chrysalised on the bottom. How are they different? 


Write and post your comments on Tapestry. 



Little Conkers, the caterpillars have got a new my home. I will take a picture each day and post it for you to look at so you can watch their metamorphosis. You could  talk and write about the changes each day in your writing book. 


Tuesday 24th March. 





Home Learning Week beginning 23.3.20

Hello everyone. Thank you for checking the class page and finding out how to help your child continue to learn each day . I am very sad to not be the one helping your child but am sure that together, through you accessing my plans and activities and then delivering their learning, they will continue to grow and blossom.


  I have prepared packs of work that will be sent home with your child on Friday. These include phonics sheets, maths activities and a writing book.  I will post a weekly lesson and topic plan on here that will include activities and learning related to the theme for the week. Please ensure your child does some learning and work every day to keep their brains active and engaged and ready to learn when school resumes.  


I have written a daily timetable that may help you and your child to maintain a routine and structure over this period. Please use if you wish or adopt your own.


Please ensure you read with your child  every day,  as this is essential in helping them  to learn to read and access all future learning. 


Epic Early Years website are posting a series of practical ways you can  teach your child each Sunday evening and which will be worth checking out. 


Also worth noting is that The National Trust are opening all of their  parks and lands up . free of charge during this period so please use them as part of the children's outside play time scheduled each day. 



Activities for next week will be posted tomorrow.


Suggested daily  routine is posted below. 

The timetable of work for next week is attached below. Please do what you can. 

Please ensure you read with your child for at least 15 minutes EVERY DAY.  I will post websites and ;inks for sites that will give access to online reading materials as the weeks progress. For now, please read the school reading books.


A wonderful resources that is already offering free access is  . Please enter the username : march20  and the password: home   . This site also has decodeable comic books to read on   


I will post new timetable each week. 


Please use Tapestry to upload any pictures you take of your child working and of their work, on to their account. I can access it from my side and can see their progress. Enter a ' new observation' and follow the link to upload media content. 


Keep well and keep safe. Missing them all, already. 


Ms Crombleholme

Welcome to Term 4 and our topic of Lifecycles. 


Please see below for the curricululm overview.


Learning to Read and Write


We teach the phonics phases through Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 , if needed. We use  the Department of Education document, Letters and Sounds to guide us and use a variety of fun, active and engaging resources such as Jolly Phonics which help teach children in a multi sensory way.  For more details about jolly phonics please click the link below. 


Our main reading scheme is  Oxford Reading Tree, however we supplement this with other fiction and non- fiction books regularly, to ensure children become confident, capable and fluent readers.  Please click the link below for further details.


Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are expected to share their book with a grown up daily. The more frequently you share their reading experience, the more confident they become.


For more information regarding Phonics please see our Phonics Coordinator Miss Crombleholme or the Literacy Coordinator Mrs Tamkin.

Welcome back to a new term in The Little Conkers' Class. Our topic this term is Winter Wonderland. 

We will be learning about all about Winter in England, The Arctic and The Antarctic. We will think about the land, climate, environment, animals, people and more. We will consider how to keep ourselves and animals warm and comfortable in Winter.


We will be using lots of our Project 25 values and skills throughout the term to make a Winter Wonderland museum where there will be models of Buxworth, The Arctic and The Antarctic,  examples of lots we have learnt and many interactive exhibits. Please come and look at our museum on share in our learning on Tuesday 11th February from 2.45pm.  




For more details please see our curriculum overview  below. 



We have thoroughly enjoyed our topic this term and learnt lots. The children started by learning about their local environment, Buxworth and naming all of the geographical landmarks around. We went on walks around the village and then came back and made the village using junk modelling materials. 


The following week we learnt about the woodland environment and in particular all of the animals. They were really interested in those that hibernate. We used lots of materials to make the animals and particularly enjoyed using clay. 


Week 3 saw us learning about The Arctic . We learnt about the terrain, the weather and the animals. The children amazed me how much they learnt and could recall weeks later. 


Week 4 we looked at the film Frozen and enjoyed learning and writing about the characters, they loved making Olaf biscuits. 


On our final week we used The Polar Express as a stimulus. The children wrote a plan of what they would like to learn which included finding out about different trains, going on journeys and learning about snow and ice. Of course, we did it all.


We went on a journey to London  and learn about different landmarks. The children did some amazing art work and writing about Big Ben, Tower Bridge and The Tower of London. On a different day we went on a journey to Paris; we learnt French greetings, painted pictures in an impressionist style and sampled lots of French food at our ' French Café.'  We carried out a super investigation with big ice balls, placing them around the classroom and outside to see what happened to them. 


It was all very exciting. 


We finished our topic by preparing for our winter Wonderland event when our parents and grandparents came to see our work. The children all LOVED showing off their work. 



Week 6 Beginning 9.12.19

The children had a wonderful penultimate week working and playing hard. They performed brilliantly in their first nativity , Higgledy, Piggledy Stable in St James' Church, in front of a massive crowd. I was very impressed with their confidence and courage. They all sang and acted brilliantly.




We continued learning and using our phonics to write letters to Santa. I was very impressed with how everybody thought of what they would like to ask Santa for, listened to the sounds in the words and wrote them down. 


On Thursday we had a fantastic time walking along the canal in to Whaley Bridge to post our letters. Along the way we learnt so many new things  about different trees, bridges, why things echo, how many steps there are on the bridge over the canal and more. We all bought a nice treat from the bakery and were beautifully polite to the ladies who served us. We walked back to the canal basin and ate our cakes before feeding the ducks and then walking back to school. The children were amazing and I was very proud of them.



The wedding was in St James' Church and was performed brilliantly by Reverend John., whom we thank massively for donating his services to help our children learn. 


All of the children loved dressing up and they  looked brilliant; they performed their roles perfectly and enjoyed the whole experience. Furthermore they showed off their wonderful foxtrot dancing at the wedding breakfast, immediately followed by one of their favourites: Baby Shark.


Well done Little Conkers.


The children have been working really hard on their phonics and have now learnt the letters and sounds for s,a,t,p,i,n,d and m. They always enjoy waking their phonics fingers up with some 'Dough Disco' to music. Tey have learnt actions, songs,  letter formation rhymes and how to form the letters correctly. They have even started to read words and hear lots of sounds.

Well done Little Conkers.   


PCSO Karen Green and PCSO Wilson came in to class to see if they could solve the crime of who trashed the classroom / world with lots of rubbish and waste a couple of weeks ago? The children  told them how they had written incident reports and used the  question words what, where, when , how and why to try to work it out. Everyone enjoyed dressing up as police officers to solve the crime.





In Forest School the children enjoyed looking for different shapes, colours and natural items and using them to make art.  Some children pursued their interest with making minibeast houses, decorating sticks they found or  tying knots. Everybody enjoyed the outdoors environment.



On Thursday we went on a walk to Tesco to recycle the rubbish that had been left. We talked about all of the different things we could recycle. Later we went in to Tesco to look at how much plastic was used in a shop and we tried to find ways to reduce the amount of plastic we used. the children were fantastic at realising  how they could buy their fruit and vegetables loose instead of pre packaged.



Term 4

This term our topic in Marvellous Minibeasts. Please see the attached curriculum Overview for more details.


Curricululm Overview and Information Letter

Week 6 Commencing 1.4.19


What a wonderful, enterprising, hardworking, creative and inspiring class I have.

The children used and demonstrated skills in communication, creativity, positivity, organisation, initiative, problem solving and masses of positivity and resilience to plan, organise, prepare and then deliver their Minibeast Mayhem afternoon.


They provided 10 different activities for their parents and the children from The Horse Chestnuts class. These were: minibeast colouring; making a minibeast garden out of tissue paper and pastel crayons; making a minibeast biscuit; making a healthy eating minibug out of salad and vegetables; paint a bee, doing a minibeast hunt, making a minibeast out of construction and  out of clay; move like a minibeast on the mats and find out about minibeasts at the information desk. Everybody was confident, chatty and totally in charge of their activity. I was very proud of everybody.



Well done Little Conkers.