Teacher – Mr Roberts

Update (27.03.20 @ 7.30 a.m)

Good morning Mars Class, welcome to your fifth day of home learning. I hope you are all well and are approaching home learning with a positive attitude. As well as the suggested activities that I have provided, please make sure you keep up the daily habit of reading, practising spellings and working on number skills (using home learning packs/times tables packs/Numbots/TT Rockstars).

Remember to keep up your 60 minutes of physical activity everyday. If you haven’t tried a Joe Wick’s workout yet, please do, they are a great way to start the day and to get your body moving. Warning: Parents you may ache/not move quite so freely afterwards! No pain, no gain. 🙂

You may have been in bed last night, but at 8 p.m. you may heard a lot of clapping and whooping. This was people around the country showing their appreciation (and respect) for all the NHS workers, who are on the front line battling coronavirus. Thank you. 


If you haven’t already, listen to David Walliams’ Elevenese, in which he reads a story/extract of one of his excellent books. On Wednesday, he read an extract from World’s Worst Children 2, about a character known as Grubby Getrude. If you’re not familiar with this series of books, it contains a mini-story about a character with a negative personality trait (e.g. boasting, a blubberer, a nit-picker etc…). I would like you to create a fictional character of your own, often the name of the character uses alliteration (the same sound at the start of both the name and the descriptive word, e.g. Grubby Gertrude), and write a mini story about them that results in a disastrous/awful outcome for your character, because of their negative personality trait. My son has created his character, based on himself, called Know-it-all Noah. What’s your character going to be called? What is so awful about him/her?


Find below a fantastic collection of maths challenges. They problems are designed to develop your problem solving and reasoning skills, so you will need to use your mathematical thinking skills to tackle each problem. They are designed to be completed in any order, so pick one that intrigues you. The document includes 3 sections, for Years 1 & 2, Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6, select the level of difficulty that suits your child.


Creative (Geography)

A great idea for in and around the home. As part of next term’s topic, Around the World in 80 Days, why not create your own household zoo, containing animals from around the world. Try to think of 2 common native animals from each continent of the world, then using a mobile phone (with permission from your parent), Google each animal. If you scroll down, Google will offer you the opportunity to ‘Meet a life-sized _______ up close’. Click on this, and then your chosen animal should appear, using your phone’s camera function, somewhere quite close to you. Take the photos so that you can print them out for your home-learning scrapbook. Here are some examples!

Have a great day of home learning.

Update (26.03.20 @ 9.30 a.m.)

Good morning Mars Class, we have again been blessed with another warm, sunny day so do use this opportunity to take your learning outside where possible.


The Maths Factor website, recommended yesterday, is now able to take sign ups. It’s easy to set up an account for your child, and will provide your child with age-relevant maths exercises, for when you have completed/as an alternative to the activities provided in the home learning packs.



The Daily Mile: Why not try to run or walk a daily mile during this time of home learning. It’s a great way to exercise outside of the home and one of the few permitted reasons to be venturing outside of your home. Use a stopwatch to record the time taken and see how your times improve during this period of home learning.


Following on from The Tunnel story writing ideas suggested yesterday, why not create an interesting creature, that your character might end up meeting at some point on their journey (in the woods). Are they friendly? Perhaps they might help your character in the resolution part of your story. For inspiration, watch the following Youtube clip.


Turtle Academy Coding: Revisit our coding learning from earlier this term, and develop your programming/coding skills, to guide the onscreen turtle sprite.


Digital Art

This term, as part of our Romans topic we have been designing our own mosaics. Unfortunately, at school all children did not get to create their own digital Roman mosaic, so this time at home represents a great opportunity to have a go.

Roman Mosaic maker


Following on from the tree identification task set yesterday, why not see if you can find a flower in bloom, and see if you can identify all the features of flowers, as shown on the diagram uploaded below.



When the sun stops shining, you may start to run out of activities to do in the home. Why not try the Lego 30-day challenge. Click on the link below, where you will find a new Lego challenge to complete everyday.


Update (25.03.20 @ 9.45 a.m.)

Spelling support

To support your child’s learning at home, we are now able to offer ALL children (Reception to Year 5) access to Nessy Reading Spelling program. This is an intelligent, adaptive spelling tuition website, that will self-adjust to your child’s individual spelling needs. It is best used with headphones, so that you child can hear the words/sounds/instructions without any external interference. To log-in your child will need to go to the following website, www.nessy.com, type in the school’s secret word, tallestpasty, click on login and begin to type in their surname. After the first few letters of their surname, the system usually provides a suggested name for you to click on. I would recommend daily use of this website at home for 15 minutes. If you have any questions or have difficulty logging in please contact the school office and I will do my best to resolve problems asap.

Mr Roberts

Update (25.03.20 @ 8.20 a.m.)

Good morning everybody, I hope that after 3 days of home-learning, you are settling into a rhythm or pattern that suits your home environment. We have been blessed with some fantastic weather this week, although next week looks colder and windier, so adjust your learning activities accordingly. I hope to shortly begin uploading videos that I hope will be of use to you and your child. I will be in school on Friday, and would be happy to discuss any concerns/queries about home-learning with you over the phone. If you could call between 8.00 & 9.00 a.m. or 12.00 p.m. – 1.00 p.m. I can ensure that I am available. Wishing you all good health. Take care.

Mr Roberts


This term Mars class have been learning all about plants and trees. Have you ever identified the trees/plants in your own garden/on your road? Why not use the excellent Woodlands Trust (click here) website, which uses clues and features to identify the trees in and around your home environment.


In addition to keeping a home-learning diary, your child may want to engage in some creative writing. You could try writing a rhyming poem about home-learning. Another suggestion would be continuing to write their adventure story, inspired by Anthony Browne’s The Tunnel. In class, the children have been learning about the features of adventure stories, and had began to write their story introductions, introducing their story’s main characters and setting. See links below for resources to support you with this.

The Tunnel Powerpoint1 story checklist storymountain

The Maths Factor

Carol Vorderman’s ‘The Maths Factor’, an online maths tutoring website is offering free access for the foreseeable future, due to huge demand the website is not currently allowing sign-ups but keep looking for when it becomes available.


Maths in your home environment

In addition to exercises in the supplied home packs (see updates 24.03.20), there is plenty of real world maths you can do with your child. Cooking at home is always a great way for child to experience measures, in particular weight (weighing ingredients) and capacity (measuring liquids). I appreciate what you make will depend on available ingredients, so I will not make any suggestions, but whatever you decide upon, consider how you could adjust the recipe to add in additional maths (e.g. make it for half or double the suggested amount of people so you have to recalculate the ingredients).

Continuing the theme of measures, does your child know what the recommended social distancing of 2 metres looks like? Find a tape measure, chalk and get your child to draw a circle around a central point on the floor. Ask your child to convert the measurement in centimetres or millimetres, using their knowledge of 1 metre = 100 cm and 1cm = 10mm.

David Walliams Story Time

Tune in daily at 11 a.m. for an enjoyable daily story telling session with the excellent David Walliams.

David Walliams Storytelling

Elevenses with The World of David Walliams


Times tables packs

Please click on the link below to download year specific times table packs for your children. There is a parental guidance document to help you with supporting your child effectively.

Ultimate-Times-Tables-Tests-Year-1 Ultimate-Times-Tables-Tests-Year-2 Ultimate-Times-Tables-Tests-Year-3 Ultimate-Times-Tables-Tests-Year-4 Ultimate-Times-Tables-Tests-Year-5 Ultimate-Times-Tables-Tests-Year-6

Times Tables Pack Parent Guide

Update (24.03.20 @ 11.00 a.m.)

Please follow the link below for Norfolk Council guidance on home-learning.

Guidance for home learning

Home-learning packs are now available to collect either from the school office or by following the links below. If you wish to collect from school, to save unnecessary printing costs, we have a limited number of paper copies. To help, could you please contact the school prior to your arrival so we can ensure there is a pack ready for when you arrive. I have provided links to the Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 packs, so you can access resources that are appropriate to your child’s ability. It may be that you wish to mix and match activities from a variety of the packs. In the packs available at school, I have not printed out the guidance/answers resource, please use the electronic document provided in the link below. These are suggested activities, and can be supplemented with other activities, those detailed below, on this class page, or ideas created/gathered by yourselves.


Stay active – every morning at 9am Joe Wicks is doing a PE session for children on Youtube. 

Following the recent announcement of the closure of schools, beginning Monday, 23rd March, 2020, the class page will now be used to share news and links to learning resources that will help support your child’s home-learning, until they return back to school.

Update (24.03.20 @ 7.30 a.m.)

Good morning, with last night’s news of the national lockdown, it will be more important than ever to find ways to remain physically active whilst being at home.


Why not try the Primary Best Challenge, that is attached, record your performances and try to beat your best in every activity.

Personal best challenges week 1


You may have heard about the rainbow art, appearing in house windows across the country. Using whatever media you may have, poster paints/felt-tips etc, create a bright, colourful rainbow, along with a positive message, and display it proudly in your house window. Sometimes it’s the simple things in life, that can make a positive difference to people’s lives.


Class learning packs

Tomorrow’s update will include downloads for a new pack of home-learning resources, that will provide your child with a variety of learning activities up until the end of term, Wednesday, 1st April. These will be available to collect from our school reception area, if you are unable to print at home.

Update (23.03.20 @ 7.00 a.m.)

Home-learning scrapbook

This week create a home-learning scrapbook with your child that they can use to document their learning activities. When your child returns to school, we hope to create a wonderful exhibition of home-learning scrapbooks,  an opportunity for the children to share with what they have done with their classmates. If you would like to collect a school exercise book from the school office, we would be happy to provide you with one.

Twinkl.co.uk is a fantastic website, that a huge number of teachers in the UK use to plan, resource and teach lessons. They are currently providing free-access to some fantastic home-learning resources, which are age-specific, and cover the key areas of the curriculum. On there, you will find a suggested weekly timetable of learning activities, and more resources that you will ever need.


A wonderful ICT-based home learning activity that can be done at home is stop-go animation, a technique used in films such as Lego Batman Movie and Farmageddon (Aardvark films). Just download an app on either a mobile phone or tablet device, decide what type of animation you would like to make (e.g. Lego (my favourite), Playdough etc..) and get creative. Youtube has many examples of home-produced stop-go animation projects. If you would like to share what you have done with the class please send the file (MP4) to our school’s office email address. Here are a list of the recommended apps, I personally have used Clayframes, which is simple and easy to use.

  • Lapse It • Time Lapse & Stop Motion Camera.
  • I Can Animate.
  • Zing StikBot Studio.
  • iMotion (iOS)
  • Frameographer (iOS)
  • iStopMotion for iPad.
  • PicPac (Android)
  • Clayframes (Android)


This week’s weather looks bright and sunny, it’a a great opportunity to get outside for some fresh air and physical activity and produce some natural art. There are countless things you can do, but for some good ideas why not look at artfulparent.com

Update (22.03.20 @ 3.45 p.m.) for week commencing Monday, 23rd March, 2020

Please find below suggestions for a variety of activities that your child can engage in during this time of home-learning. I will be updating this page daily at 3.45 p.m. Fresh updates will be highlighted and in bold so that you can clearly see where updates have been added.

We are not asking parents/carers to ‘be a teacher’, and there is no requirement for a full school day, 8.40 am – 3.00 pm, of academic learning. During the day, we recommend around 90 minutes of more formal, structured learning, and enriching the day with a rich variety of activities, these could be activities based on materials/suggestions that we have provided via home-learning packs or have provided details of/links to our school website.

We are not attempting to move the children on through the National Curriculum, as we would have planned to, so core subject activities have been chosen so that children can revise areas of learning that they have already been taught during the current school year.

This time at home, whilst being very restrictive, also presents an opportunity for your child to engage in activities that can’t usually be carried out at school, e.g. because of the time of day/staff to pupil ratio requirements.

Education isn’t only about English and Maths, there are many other subjects that we study: French (Y3), History, Geography, Computing, Art, Design and Technology, Science and Religious Education.


Children should try to read every day for 30 minutes (2 x 15 minutes), try to read together (if possible), sharing/enjoying the book, discussing the story and any unusual/uncommon words. Checkout the Norfolk Online Library Catalogue, which offers a large variety of free downloadable E-books/audiobooks. Audible are also offering a good selection of free audiobooks.

Audible stories link

Norfolk library of e-books


Children should try to log-in to either/both Numbots or/and TimesTable Rockstars (see home-learning packs for log-in details), every day for 20 minutes and practise those key number facts and times tables. It is helpful to support your child with this, helping them to answer unknown facts. We try to do this by explain what they do know. E.g. 11 x 4 is the same as 10 lots of 4 + 1 more lot of 4. By knowing, and therefore using the facts related to 2, 5 & 10 lots of most numbers, children can calculate unknown facts. Telling the time is notoriously difficult for children, Year 2 and Year 3 children are expected to be read an analogue clock, to the nearest 5 minutes and minute respectively. In Year 1, children learn to recognise times at quarter and half past the hour.

Flash website for helping to teach time

Additional time-based website


Children should revise 5 tricky words from the lists up-loaded below. Every day, find 5 words that your child can not confidently spell and practise spelling it. Just like our weekly words, try the look, cover, write approach, discuss what the tricky part of the word is (most tricky words are not spelt as they sound). I have up-loaded two documents, Year 1 & 2 Tricky words and Year 3 & 4 Statutory spelling, I would recommend both years going through the Year 1 & 2 words first, as there are always words in this list that Year 3s still struggle to spell accurately.

year3andyear4spelling words



This time at home is an excellent opportunity for children to keep a diary/scrapbook all about their home-learning experiences. In the Autumn term, children spent 3 weeks learning how to write a diary, writing from the eyes of a Victorian child working in a workhouse (based on our Gressenhall experiences). I will upload a ‘Features of diary’ poster to remind children of the different elements of diary writing.


Physical Activity

The World Health Organisation recommend 60 minutes a day of physical activity. There are many things you could do to keep your child (and yourself) physically active during this time at home.

A countryside walk (I love running along the nearby public footpath (just over the railway line) that takes you to Long Road, Mulbarton).

Bike ride (the road from Newton Flotman to Newton Greenways, via Church Road, is very quiet, and mostly traffic-free)

Football, basketball, tennis, gymnastics and dancing are all great activities for the garden or local recreation field.

If you find yourself home-bound, then Joe Wicks, thebodycoach, is offering free daily 30 minutes workouts for children.

thebodycoach PE lessons link

Les Mills are also offering adults a huge number of free workouts that you may be able to do together at home.

Les Mills workouts link


Why not use this time at home to give your child the opportunity to learn to play an instrument. This weekend, I have come across two online-based music tutorial websites offering free long-term subscriptions. I’m sure more opportunities to follow.

Piano and keyboard lessons link

Guitar lessons link


Suggestions to be uploaded soon.


Suggestions to be uploaded soon.


Next term our topic is Around the World in 80 days. It would be wonderful if you could read the story with your child, there are lots of different versions to suit reading ability, I recommend a version produced by Usborne Books.

Why not find out about one of the seven natural wonders of the world or one of the eight wonders of the world, or even try to build a model of one from empty food packaging, papier mache or Lego.

Non-curriculum based ideas

Please see the files below, from both The National Trust and The Scout Group, which contains some brilliant suggestions for children to do in and outside of the home.


National Trust 50 Things to Do list

Week beginning Monday, 23rd March, 2020

This week, home-learning packs were sent home to parents alongside this week’s maths and spelling homework, 17.03.20. This pack provides your child with a variety of learning tasks that your child can complete at home. There should be enough learning opportunities in these packs, along with other suggest resources to support your child’s learning until the Easter holidays, beginning Thursday, 2nd April, 2020.

We appreciate that some families may not have access to a printer, and to overcome this potential problem all future additional home learning packs for children in Mars class, will be available to collect from the school office (during the usual school opening times).

More details of new home-learning resources will be uploaded on to this class page, and sent via school email, as and when they are made available.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss learning directly with myself , I am available to speak during usual school opening hours, 8.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m., by calling the school’s office number on ( 01508) 470379.

Curriculum Brochure Mars Spring 2020