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Hi Poppy Class,

I will be doing a Zoom meeting on Friday 3rd July 2020 at 11.30am.

It would be lovely to see you all and hear what you have been doing whilst at home. Mrs Mamon and Mrs Neal will be joining too. 

So if you would like your Child to be a part of the meeting, parents please email the class email which is and I will send you the link to join.

Many Thanks

Miss Canetti

Home Learning School Tasks - 2020


Dear All,

Thank you for all your support at the moment during these uncertain times.

I hope everyone is healthy, having fun, and managing to keep your days filled with activities, challenges and hopefully something new. I hope the activity pack that we sent out has helped and you’ve been able to have a go at some of these already.


Please stay in touch if you have any problems, or would like to share something that you’ve been up to at home, please email me on – I will get back to you as soon as I can.




Today’s challenge - 25/03/2020


Playing homemade skittles out of household objects.


You could use rolled-up socks as the ball, and empty bottles or toilet roll tubes as the skittles.

Encourage your child to describe what they are doing and count how many remaining skittles there are after each go. Remember to praise them for every try.

You could play this inside or outside in the sunshine.

Friday 27th March 2020

Play I spy, this could be played inside or outside. Try to use a few new words that your child may not use day-to-day. You could also add in the phonic sounds, encourage your child to use these too.


If you are unsure of the phonics sounds you could have a look on the cbeebies link attached below.


Wednesday 1st April -

Go on a scavenger hunt below, you could make it into a game to see who in the house can find a certain item first.




I have also put some links below to some websites offering free games/activities or something fun to do. I particularly like the webcams at Edinburgh zoo!

Monday 6th April  Hi all hope you are all staying safe and well. Ok today's challenge is a number hunt.  How many place can you find numbers round your house. You can put a time limit on the game and maybe a prize for the person finding the most. Good hunting


Everyone in Poppy Class would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter. We hope the Easter bunny still manages to drop off an egg or two. Why not send us a photo of your favourite one. You could also send a photo of any Easter pictures and cards you may have created.   Send any pictures to Take care and stay safe

Wednesday 15th April -

Hi Poppy Class! I hope you all had a lovely Easter, I am missing you all and I hope to see you soon. I have really enjoyed reading your emails, so thank you if you have sent in some. I hope you have all been able to have a look at the video we sent out yesterday on YouTube. 

Today, there is two activities to choose from, or you could do both if you want to. 



You will need: Crayons and paper.  Take your crayons and paper around the house / garden and see how many textures you can make rubbings of. Cut them into shapes and make a picture. Talk about you picture, which one is your favourite? What colours have you used? Look at the patterns you have made. I would love to see your pictures when you have finished them, so you can email me a picture when your finished.


                                                                          Shadow Drawing

Make the most of the sun and explore light and shadows. If you're unable to go outside you could use a lamp to create a shadow. Place your toy on the paper and then trace the outline of the shadow. 





Friday 17th April :

Today's activity is to share a story. You could use a book that you already have at home; or below I have added some links so that you can use an eBook. There are also some lovely Julia Donaldson stories on YouTube such as, 'A squash and a squeeze' or 'What the ladybird heard'. When sharing your story see if you can find anything on the scavenger hunt list. 



If you have had fun sharing a story, why don't you have a go at making up your own story. You could create your own story telling tin, for this you will need; an empty container/tin or box, small toys or loose parts (try to create a theme to make the story). Think about the different questions below to help you create your story. 


  • Before opening the container - what do you think will be inside? What story do you think you could make today?
  • Open the lid and explore the objects and toys. 
  • What story could you make up with these objects?
  • Who will be the character? Where is the story set? What will they do? Will something happen? How will the story end?
  • How will the characters talk? How will they move?


I would love to hear about any stories that you have made, have fun getting imaginative!

APRIL 21st Good morning everyone we hope you are enjoying the warm sun safely. Why not dig out some old paint  brushes and do some no mess water painting. Paths shed fences are all good surfaces to have a go on with no damage. Also how about a car wash big or small bubbles a sponge and a bucket is all you need. Have fun


APRIL 23rd Hi Poppy Class. Another lovely day. How about having a go at a pebble bug. You can have a look in the garden for a stone or maybe if you are out for a walk. Felt pens or paint with work on  the pebble and nail varnish over the top will stop it running. Create a character or a family of bugs I would love to see how you get on


APRIL 24th  Hi guys here's something to have a go at over the weekend Just use any odd bits and pieces you have they will be great.

Hi Poppy class, I hope you are all safe and well and I am missing you all! 

I just wanted to share with you Oliver's very tall beanstalk, he sent me a photo today. It has grown very tall and he has been taking very good care of it. There are no beans on it yet, but I'm sure it won't be long until they appear! 




If any of you have any beanstalk pictures please email me them, it would be great to see how they are growing smiley 


Wednesday 29th April 2020 - 

Hi Poppy class, I hope you are all okay! Today I would like you to have a look at the shape circus picture below. What shapes can you see? How many of each shape can you find, you could make a list and see which shape comes up the most. 



I have attached the picture so you can download it if you have a computer. After looking at the picture, go on a shape hunt around the house, what shapes can you see? Are you able to find anything that has the shape of a circle, triangle, square, rectangle?

Good Luck Poppy Class. 

Love Miss Canetti 

Thursday 30st April -  Today's challenge is an animal workout. Which animal were you the best at copying?



Friday 1st May - 

Good Morning, and happy Friday! I hope you're all keeping safe and have had a great week. Today's challenge is to exercise your fingers. You will need a clothes peg, a pot or bowl and some cotton wool balls and a watch to use as a timer. The game is how fast can you pick up ten cotton wool balls and put them in your pot. Make sure everyone has a go, who is the fastest? Good luck! smiley

Have a lovely weekend, hopefully the weather improves!

Love, Miss Canetti 

Monday 4th May - 

Good Morning everyone! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Today I have a fun phonics game for you of "I spy". See if you can find the pictures beginning with each letter. For an extra challenge see if you can find objects around the house beginning with s, a, t, p, i, and n. 





Hi Poppy Class, I thought some of you would be interested in entering this competition as I know lots of your are very creative! 

John Lewis/Waitrose have put up a competition for all children to entre. They want to create a superhero teddy bear and they need your help to design it!

The winning teddy bear will be sold in John Lewis and Waitrose shops later this year, with 100% of the profits going to the NHS. To enter, you just need to share your superhero teddy bear design by 5pm on Friday the 8th of May, emailing it over to 

For more information, check out the website below. 

Wednesday 6th May -

Good Morning, I hope you are all okay, having fun and staying safe. Today, I thought you could make your own shop at home. You can use real food, play food or empty boxes or packets. You can use real money if you have any coins or spare change around the house. If not you could make your own money or use the money from the game monopoly if you have it. If you make your own money have a look at the photo below, what numbers can you see on each coin? How are they different? I would like you to write shopping lists, what would you like to get from the shops? You could also write a price list for the shop too. 




Below I have attached some links to a film competition and another competition to design a race car. I have also attached a website called 'Keeping to the beat'. On this website there are lots of different fun ideas to create music, lots of the activities involve using objects from around the house. 

Have you been able to check out the Cbeebies Go Explore app yet? There are lots of fun games and educational videos. There is also a collection of mindful activities voiced by Stephen Fry. 

Thursday 7th May - 

Hi Poppy class, I hope you are all okay. Today I thought it would be nice to share a story with someone in your family. I have chosen the story 'The Gruffalo'. 

I have attached a link below if you don't have the story at home. After looking at the story answer these questions:

  •  Who was your favourite character?
  •  What animals did you see in the story?
  •  Do you think the Gruffalo is real?
  •  What did the Gruffalo say his favourite food was?
  •  Can you remember where the snake lives?
  •  What colour were the Gruffalo's eyes?
  • Go back over the story, can you find any rhyming words in the story?


I have attached a website for you that has some Gruffalo games and activities. I thought it would be nice for you to do some cooking, so I have added a purple prickle pancake recipe. 

Have fun smiley Don't forget to send me any photos of your purple prickle pancakes!!


Don't forget that there are activity packs printed off ready at school if you would like one smiley

Friday 8th May - 

Today marks the 75th year since the Victory in Europe was celebrated, and it is called VE day. VE day marks the day towards the end of World War Two (WW2) when fighting came to an end. On 8th May 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill made an announcement on the radio at 3pm that the war in Europe had come to an end, following Germany's surrender the day before. Lots of people are celebrating this special time by decorating their houses and having a 'stay at home' party to remember this special day. You could have a go at making bunting, design your own medal or create your own Union Jack flag out of lego. Below are a few activities you might like to try. If you do participate in a socially distanced street party, or do anything to celebrate VE day, please send me your photos as I would love to see them! Have a lovely weekend smiley



Hi Poppy class, 

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend! I thought I would have a go at making the Gruffalo purple prickle pancakes. They tasted delicious, think I will defiantly make them again! If you made any I would love to see your pictures smiley


Hi everyone I hope you are all well. I bet your toys have had alot of use how about giving them a clean. A bowl warm water a toothbrush and lots of bubbles should do the job


Hi everyone how about a go at these- home made bubble wands. Straws and pipe cleaners is one way or you can use a kitchen whisk. With some nice weather coming up why not have a go

18.05.2020 - 

Good Morning Poppy class,

I hope you are all okay and have had a great weekend. Thank you for all your emails that you have been sending. I have really enjoyed seeing how you are all keeping busy. It was also great to talk to some of you last week and hear what you have been up to. Today I thought you could develop your fine motor skills and take part in a 'dough disco' to help strengthen your fine motor skills for writing and drawing. All you need is a small ball of playdough and I have added the YouTube song links below that you follow. I know lots of you will enjoy the pirate baby shark one! 

If you don't have any playdough at home then you could have a go at making some:

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 table spoons veg oil
  • 1-1.5 cups of boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • A few drops of gilycerine  food colouring if you want.

Mix all the dry ingredients then the oil and glyicerine. Put food colouring into boiling water and add to mix. Kneed well. 


For an extra challenge have a go at writing your name, are you able to sound any of the letters in your name?


Wow such lovely weather today! Today I thought you could all get creative and make your own kite. 


Monday 1st June - 

Good Morning Poppy class. I hope you are all okay and had a lovely half term. I hope you have been able to have some fun in the lovely sunshine! Our topic this term is 'what's outside?'. 

Today's challenge is to go on a minibeast hunt. See how many you can find and maybe you could have a go at taking a photo of them. I have also added below a minibeast game for you to play after and it has lots of fantastic facts about each minibeasts such as, how many legs and eyes a spider has! It's very interesting I had a go myself. 

Good luck, have fun and keep smiling smiley


3/6/20 - 

Hi Poppy class, 

Todays challenge is to have a go at making a toilet roll bumble bee. 

Have fun smiley



Good Morning Poppy class, I hope you are all okay. Today I thought it would be fun to create and invent your own minibeast. You can use old boxes or junk. You could even have a go at building one with lego or you could draw one. I will have a go to see if I can create one smiley

Have fun! 

Monday 8th June - 

Good Morning Poppy class, 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. It was a lot colder this weekend with rain and even hail on Saturday! I saw lots of worms and snails out in the garden. Today I thought it would be nice to get active and move like different minibeasts. You could also make up your own minibeast moves too. I have also added below the marching ant song that I know you all love to join in with, see if you can count along. smiley



Hi Poppy class, 

Today is World Ocean Day! I have added a link below which has lots of fun activities and videos such as, 'learn how to breathe like a dolphin'.  There is also a story called 'Somebody Swallowed Stanley'. At 4pm there is a live video of songs for the Ocean which sounds like lots of fun. Have a great day smiley


Hi Poppy Class, 

I hope you are all okay and I am excited to speak to some of you tomorrow on the zoom meeting. Today I thought it would be fun to play a guessing game. I have attached the game below, see if you can guess which minibeast is being described before revealing the picture. Have fun smiley


Hi Poppy Class, 

I hope you are all okay, it was so lovely to see some of you yesterday on the zoom call. You have all been so busy and have grown lots! I hope you enjoyed seeing each other smiley 

It sounds like you have all been having lots of fun looking for minibeasts, painting, drawing and creating them. So today, or over the weekend I thought it would be nice to make some spider biscuits. 

Can you help to measure the ingredients? How many legs are you going to give your spider? see if you can count them as you go. 

Below is the recipe, have fun I hope they taste yummy! Have a lovely weekend, hopefully the sun will be out smiley



Hi Poppy Class, I hope you are all okay and had a lovely weekend. Today I thought it would be nice to share a story with someone in your family. I have chosen the story ' The hungry Caterpillar'. 

I have attached the story link below if you don't have the story at home. After looking at the story have a go at answering the questions below. 

  1. What came out of the little egg? 

  2. What made the caterpillar feel much better? 

  3. What did the caterpillar build around himself? 

  4. What did the caterpillar become? 

  5. When did the caterpillar eat the pears? 

  6. When did the caterpillar come out of the cocoon?   

  7. How many strawberries did the caterpillar eat?   

  8. How many things did the caterpillar eat on Saturday?

  9. Why did the caterpillar look for some food?

  10. Why did the caterpillar get a stomachache? 

Wednesday 17.6.20

Morning Poppy Class today we are going to practice our fine motor skills by weaving our own spiders web. You will need some string or wool, paper or card, a paper plate, black paint or felt tip or colouring pencil and a hole punch. 

First you need to cut out the middle of the paper plate and then punch holes around the edge. Children then thread the wool or string through the holes in a cris-cross action to create their web. Then make a spider using the card or paper and attach him to your web.

Have fun and enjoy. I would love to see your spider webs so just send me an email on the class email with a picture of your spider web.

Here is an example


Friday 19th June 2020

Morning Poppy Class. Today's activity is linked to the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Why not share the story with an adult or watch it on Youtube read by the Author

Collect a range of bottle tops such as milk or juice caps. Gather some glue, paper or card, pencils and felt tips. Use the bottle tops to create a wiggly caterpillar and then draw on some legs, eyes and antenna. Then create a sky scene to show what time of day it is. Now you have created your own caterpillar picture to go with the story The Very Hungry caterpillar. Have a look at the example picture for some help.


Monday 22nd June 2020

Morning Poppy Class I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Today I have a picture of some Minibeasts and with an adult I would like you to look at the picture and talk about what you can see in the picture thinking about building language and discussion skills.

What can you see?                                         What is the Caterpillar doing?

What colours are in the picture? Which is your favourite?

What sounds might you hear?                                                   How many legs does the beetle have?

What types of flowers can you see?                                           How many Bees can you see and what are they doing?

How many spots does the ladybird have?

Have fun and enjoy the sunshine

Miss Canetti


Wednesday 24th June 2020

Morning Poppy Class I hope you have all been able to enjoy the sunshine. But remember when it is hot we need to drink plenty of water, wear sun hats and put sun cream on to stay safe and well.

Today's challenge is linked to our Phonic work called 'I Spy the Sound'. Have a look at the pictures and the letter sounds, can you match the sounds to the correct objects. 

As an added challenge see if you can find objects around your home that begin with the sounds, m, d, g, o, c, k


Have fun and stay safe 

Miss Canetti


Friday 26th June 2020

Morning Poppy Class I hope you managed to stay cool yesterday in the hot sunshine. As we have been learning a lot about Minibeasts over the last couple of weeks I thought it would be nice to help out the insects and create our own bug hotel. There are lots of different ways we can make a bug hotel and they can be small or big. Have a look at the RSPB's web page explaining the importance of a bug hotel and ways in which you can make one at home. Once you have made your bug hotel watch and see what bugs come and stay at your hotel.

Have fun and enjoy your weekend and the sunshine

Miss Canetti smiley


Monday 29th June 2020

Morning Poppy Class I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I wonder if any of you have seen a caterpillar or a butterfly recently. When I went for a walk yesterday I saw lots of butterflies fluttering around the field pathways. Did you know that a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, its part of their life cycle. All creatures have life cycles. Today though I thought we could look at the life cycle of a butterfly and to help us learn what happens at each stage we could make our own life cycle picture which we can show our family and friends. This activity requires a paper plate, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, a small stick and some paper and colouring pens.

Have a look at the picture below to help you make your butterfly life cycle and watch this video to show how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. It's really quite amazing.


Have fun 

Miss Canetti

Wednesday 1st July 2020

Morning Poppy Class I thought we could have a go at developing our fine motor skills by making some insects. Create some playdough with adult support . Here is a playdough recipe:

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 table spoons veg oil
  • 1-1.5 cups of boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • A few drops of glycerine  food colouring if you want.

Mix all the dry ingredients then the oil and glycerine. Put food colouring into boiling water and add to mix. Kneed well. 

Think about the different types of minibeasts you see around and have a go at creating some models using the playdough. What about a snail with a spiral shell, or a ladybird with some spots. 

Have fun and I would love to see pictures of your models so just email me

Good luck

Miss Canetti


Friday 3rd July 2020

Morning Poppy Class welcome to Fun Friday. Today I thought it would be fun to make some butterfly cupcakes. Follow the recipe with adult support and then have fun decorating your cakes. Could you maybe even make different minibeast cakes such as a ladybird or bumble bee cake. 

Ultimately have fun, enjoy making your cakes and enjoy eating them. I would love to see your finished cakes so maybe you could send a picture to me at

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Canetti




Monday 6th July 2020

Morning Poppy Class I hope you all had a lovely weekend and welcome to Magic Monday. Today's activity involves us singing and dancing and playing musical instruments. First wee need to create some musical instruments. Have a look for some boxes or toilet roll tubes which can be mage into musical instruments.

Here are some instructions on how to make a drum

Also here are some minibeast songs.

The Bees go Buzzing

The Hungry Caterpillar Song

Insect Song

Have a go at singing along and playing your musical instruments or creating a dance. I would love to see you singing and dancing so why no try a recording yourself and sending a video to me

Have Fun 

Miss Canetti

Make Your Own Musical Insturments Instructions

Minibeast Book Suggestions

Why don't you share some stories and information books about minibeasts. Here are a few of our favourites:


Mad about Minibeasts - by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz

Incy Wincy Spider - by Keith Chapman and Jack Tickle

The Teeny Tiny Tadpole - by Sheridan Cain and Jack Tickle

What the Ladybird Heard - by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks

Flip Flap Minibeast - by Axel Scheffler

Superworm - by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - by Eric Carle


See if you can find some more books about different minibeasts. Which is your favourite? Email me on the class page to let me know which is your favourite book. 





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Spring Term 2 News - Our topic this term is called 'look how I have grown'. We started the term with the story of Jasper's beanstalk and planted our own seeds. We discussed what the seed needed to help it grow such as water and sunlight. The children have been very good at caring for their seeds. We have started to send our beanstalks home please let us know how tall your beanstalk grows. We would love to see some photos in the next few months. 


    I wonder what could be at the top of the beanstalk?


Many thanks to the parents who have sent in a baby photo of their child. The children have been discussing how they have changed from a baby and have loved looking at these on our display. Also a big thank you to all the parents who have sent in a WOW star it has been great to discuss these with the children and hear what they have achieved at home. Please continue to share these with us and if you need any more stars please just ask. 

Miss Canetti