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Ospreys Home Learning

     World Book Day            

World Book Day is Thursday, 4th March, but we'll be doing activities all week in school, so below are some activities that you could have a go at. Please send pictures in - we'd love to see what you've been up to!

* Bake / decorate a cake with a theme from your favourite book.


Send us a photo of you snuggled up, somewhere different, reading your favourite book!

* Make your own bookmark!

* Decorate a potato! Can you turn a potato into your favourite character from a book?



* Make sure you look at the activities posted on Seesaw - there are some fun activities for World Book Day!

* Click on a book in the digital library below, and hear all of it, or an extract being read on Youtube. 

* Enter the competition to design a Book Token - the sheet to print off is below.


We have chosen one of our favourite picture books for us all to share on World Book Day this year.

‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ is written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by the fabulous Oliver Jeffers and is a book for everyone, from Barn Owls through to year 6s. You’ve probably read it before, but take some time to read it again (if you have it at home) or watch our special video with some people you may know reading the story :) 

* Choose one of the crayons and imagine you are Duncan – write a letter back to that crayon. What will you say? 

* Look at the last picture, where Duncan has used every crayon. What colour is the whale? What has he used black for? What colour is the sea?              

* Can you use the crayons to colour something differently? Can you create a huge picture, using every colour from the story and making each crayon happy by using them to draw / colour different things?

* Choose one of the colours and see how many related items you can think of. For example - red – fire engine, apple, tomato ketchup, stop sign, love heart

* Write a colour poem. Below are some examples of simple colour poems, using the sense - one is pink and one is yellow - can you write your own colour poem? Use the template and planning sheet below.


A little something the staff have put together showing how we like to express ourselves in our spare time. Enjoy!

Spring 2: Welcome back to week 2

Hurray! We made it! This is the last week of online homelearning and then we will all be back together  in the classroom where we belong :)

 Everything will remains the same as always. All the weeks work is set out below for you each day and I will upload the daily phonics and storytime videos for you as usual. 

I will continue to upload activities on seesaw for you to complete and send back. Please do send me any work to look at via seesaw and I can then feedback and comment on anything  needing attention as we would have done in class.

Please keep in touch and send me any work or art projects that you are doing –jbracke@ch-stl.co.uk - I love to see what you have all been up to and it helps me remember that I do actually have children in my class to teach! 


Great news -just like during last lockdown, Phonics Play have made the website free to everyone. We use this everyday in class so your little munchkins should recognise what we do. Please take time to use this website as their phonics knowledge is vital to their writing. I am hoping to prerecord some phonics lessons as well starting from next week. I should maybe add that year 2 should know all the sounds right up to phase 5 but year 1 have only got a far as the sounds ay, ou, ie, ea, oy, ir, ue, aw, ew and oe in phase 5.

You may log in with the following detailsusername: jan21

password: home

The username: march20 with the password: home will also work as we know that this will still be on lots of existing home learning documents and web pages that remain from the previous lockdown. 


At this point in the year, the children would normally be developing their skills in both orienteering and inclusive sports festivals, held at Chenderit. Below are links to videos created by Mrs King that provide ideas for both forms of activity, so the children (and families) can still get involved and have fun!

Orienteering Festival


Inclusive Sports Festival

Please feel free to send any photos of the children taking part in these sessions .

 Spring 2: Week 2

The Last Week! Hello Friday 5th March


hello Thursday 4th March from Chacombe School on Vimeo.



 Thursday 4th March Harry and the Dinosaurs go Wild

World Book Day Storytime from Chacombe School on Vimeo.

Wednesday 3rd March The Dinosaur that pooped the Princess


Monday 1st March Dinosaur School

Tuesday 2nd March Dinosaur School

Wednesday 24th February Stone Girl Bone Girl


Thursday 25th February Monster Stones

Storytime Monster Stones from Chacombe School on Vimeo

Friday 26th February One Hundred Bones



Spring 2 :Week 2 work beginning March 1st

Wednesday 3rd March Phonics Year  1 and 2 





This week we are leaving the dinosaurs behind and doing work related to World Book Day and the book The Day the Crayons Quit. There is the recording at the top of this page that all the teachers read for you to listen to if you don't have the book at home.

You can see there is no work assigned for Thursday which is book day itself. Choose from any of the activities at the top of this page that you fancy and enjoy!

 Don't forget to practise your spellings as well.

 Below is a fun reading bingo you could try and complete. It suggests all different types of books you could try and read during lockdown as well as suggesting a number of websites you can get access to books from. Happy reading!


For this last week in maths we are continuing  with number work- looking at the tens and ones and how we represent these in all the different ways. I think we all got on ok with this last week. Year 2s are just doing some further question sheets and year 1s have a variety of maths sheets using a variety of maths ideas linked to dinosaurs.

As always please watch the videos or powerpoints to help you with the worksheets.


Monday 1st    Aut2.2.5 - Tens and ones using part whole model on Vimeo

Tuesday 2nd  Aut2.3.2 - Using a place value chart on Vimeo

Wednesday 3rd    Aut2.3.5 - Order objects and numbers on Vimeo

Friday 5th     Aut2.3.1 - Tens and ones using addition on Vimeo


Year 1 worksheets: 


Year 2 worksheets:


Spring 2 Week 1- week 2

Continuing from last term in the afternoons I have left the learning journal here for you to pick from if you still have activities from this list you are wanting to complete.

I have also added an  alternative document with ideas covering the seasons winter and spring which we would have covered in class this term. Please choose from either of these - but feel free to do any of your own as well. This should be a fun activity to complete -please email me anything you do or make on jbracke@ch-stl.co.uk  - I love seeing what you have been up too and hearing all your news.

 This book is great for finding out all sorts of information about dinosaurs - I am learning lots with you! Hopefully a grown up can read this with you and then we can use the information from it over the coming weeks. 

This documentary is fascinating to watch. It lasts for an hour so you may want to watch it over a few sessions. I could sit and listen to David Attenborough all day, but this is amazing to see what they found and how they pieced together the final dinosaur.

 BBC iPlayer - Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur

Picture News

 This is a resource we use in school often for assemblies or PSHE/ RE lessons. The team at Picture News have sent us a link to this weeks virtual assembly. Watch it here. 



Meet the Teacher: Mrs Bracke

My name is Mrs Bracke and I have been the teacher in Osprey Class for the last 4 years.

For those of you who don't know me I have 4 children and have been involved with Chacombe Primary since my eldest started in 2004. During those years I have been a member of the PTA, taught the piano and, all be it very nervously, accompanied for the school summer productions. Prior to becoming a TA I was a school governor for 8 years.

I have worked as a TA at Chacombe Primary School since 2014 in Foundation Stage, and have also taught maths and english intervention groups with Key Stage 2 during this time. 

Prior to life with children I studied Chemistry at University - a very different world but very enjoyable. Consequently, one of my favourite lessons is science along with maths, and music (always love the opportunity to burst into song as I am sure the children will tell you!?)

Outside of school I love anything to do with music and theatre. As a family we love to be outside, so spend any spare time we have walking, cycling or getting away for a country break! 

My door is always open, so please feel free to come and speak to me whenever you need to.

Please click to see:


Class Routines

Layout of classroom

Our classroom is divided into different areas – the reading and writing area, the maths area and the outside area. All resources are available to the children around the class. Our main aim in Osprey is to encourage the children to become independent learners - they select resources they need and decide how they will carry out the task themselves. Also, we are encouraging social skills and interaction whilst working in different groups and moving round the classroom.

There is a lot to remember in the mornings, but the children quickly grasp the routine of what to do and where to put things and we would love them to do this independently. By now, they can all come into the classroom on their own and even if some take a little longer than others, we still try to leave them to it and let them sort themselves out on their own.

During lessons, the teacher and teaching assistant have a small, focussed group working with them and the rest of the class have an independent activity to work on or are free to choose an area to work at. All the independent activities and challenges are linked to work from that week or reinforce prior learning.

Structure of the day

The day begins at 8.50am and the children come into the classroom and sit in their morning places to begin their morning work straight away. This is always a short activity which could be based on phonics or spellings for the week, maths questions or creative thinking.  At 9.00am it is phonics followed by mental maths until 10am when there is a 10 minute break. English is then until a second break at 11-11.10am. Then it is maths until lunch at 12.30pm. During the afternoon we focus on science and computing and our foundation subjects – history/geography, music, art, DT, PSHE, and P.E.


We will always do our best to hear children read but sadly with the number of children in the class and all the work we have to get through it is often just not possible. Once we are back to normal (whenever that may be) if anyone has any spare hours and can offer to help to listen to the children read, it would really be appreciated!

Currently with books requiring 72hrs quarantine, we are changing year 1 books on  Monday and Thursday and year 2 on a Tuesday and a Friday.

Reading Around the World: If your child is heard to read 5 times or more in a week and you have recorded it in their reading diary on each day, they will receive a sticker to put on their reading world and a housepoint. Once they have 5 stickers they receive a certificate in assembly. The certificates are graded as they move through them.

Star learner of the week

This will continue as it was last year with the chosen child receiving the award in the class celebration assembly.


Children have a list of spellings each week. We will test year 1 and year 2 children on Monday morning. Please try to practise the spellings as regularly as reading – daily hopefully.

Handwriting and Presentation

This year we are still having a big push on handwriting and presentation. We are following the same policy school-wide. Children are encouraged at all times to concentrate on the formation of their letters – starting at the right point, going the right way with their pencil etc and we are also encouraging them to have pride in their work and ensure their presentation is always of a high standard. They are practising writing the date and underlining it carefully in all their books.

Times Tables

Later this year we will be sending home times tables for year 2 children to practise at home. They will not be tested on them yet, but we practise them all the time in our maths lessons. Children in year 1 will still be learning times tables, but in a simpler format i.e. counting in 2s, counting in 5s or counting in 10s.

Learning Journey

All the children in year 1 should have brought their ‘Learning Journey’ home at the end of last term. In there, it details where they were in relation to all the different areas of learning and so I use this as a starting point for this term and then set them targets of where I would like them to be by the end of the year. I ensure that these are realistic, but also want them to be pushed as far as possible and to make sufficient progress.

In the same way, I look at where all the children in year 2 finished at the end of last term and set targets in the same way for all subjects.


House points. The children are all in houses – same as siblings – and they all begin the week with 10 house points. They can gain a house point by working hard, behaving well, showing good manners etc and at the end of the week all house points are added up and the winning house is awarded the trophy in our class assembly.
House points also contribute to golden time. This is last thing on a Friday afternoon.

All children start on silver. If a child has earned 5 extra house points they move to gold. If they have lost 5 house points they move to bronze and any more they have no golden time.


This will take place twice a week – this term it will be all outdoor on a Wednesday and on a Friday. As we work using a flexible timetable these days may change sometimes so can children please have their PE kits with them all week.

Children only need shorts and t-shirts for dance and gym as bare feet is best. Warm trousers, jumper and trainers for outside games. As the weather gets colder and wetter, we will still try to get outside as much as possible for games so it is vital that the children have warm tracksuit bottoms and a hoody top to wear.

Bringing things into school

There is no time in our school day for showing anything from home, so I ask you to make sure your child does not bring in any toys or things to show. The only exception is if it is directly linked to our topic work and would help with our learning. Thank you.