Class Activities 2019 – 2020
Summer Holiday Home Learning Packs
Year 1 Summer Holiday Home Learning
Year 2 Summer Holiday Home Learning
Praim’s Book Review
First Week Back
It has been lovely to welcome back some of our year 1 children this week. We have had lots of fun catching up and showing each other the new skills we’ve learnt at home. We have also enjoyed starting our new topic of Pirates! The children have really impressed Mrs Aspinall and Mrs Moore. We have had a busy week and cant wait to do it all again next week.
Home Learning – Summer 2
Thank you once again for all of your hard work over this half term. It always makes me smile when I receive your hard work. Keep it up guys!
Here are a few examples of the fantastic work you are completing!
Summer Term 2
Welcome back everyone! I hope you had a lovely half term and managed to enjoy the lovely weather we had. I cant believe we are in the last half term already!
This half term our topic is Land Ahoy! Please see the information leaflets below to help you think about our new topic, just copy and paste the links into your internet browser. Please share any work you do with Mrs Aspinall so she can update our class journal!
Summer 2 TTS home learning packs
Home Learning Summer 1
A massive well done to all the children in class 2 who have worked super hard over the past half term. Thank you to all the parents and carers that are working super hard too! It is lovely to see all of your wonderful work. Well done!
Welcome back everyone! I hope you have had a lovely Easter. I am missing you all so much, I can’t wait to see you all again soon.
This half term our topic is Paws, Claws and Whiskers. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about our new topic. It would be great to see you sharing some of the exciting things you learn about our new topic. Send Mrs Aspinall an email!
Professor Brainstorm Home Science Experiments
A fun Sound experiment
If you only have time to do one experiment,
make sure you do this one!
Suitable for Reception to Year 6
YouTube link https://youtu.be/jqMOyVrEGuE
A Sorting experiment
A ‘magical’ sorting experiment for
Aimed at Nursery to Year 2
YouTube link https://youtu.be/QJ_jsTUoJzY
A great Forces experiment
This experiment investigates Friction,
Motion and Energy.
Suitable for Year 1 to Year 6
YouTube link https://youtu.be/JUMUdqih0Vg
A Sinking & Floating experiment
Great fun for young children – and older
ones will be fascinated to find out how it works.
Suitable for Reception to Year 4
YouTube link https://youtu.be/1TTNo2_NH8w
Quick hello from all of us here at school. We all hope you are enjoying your work books at home! Here is a link to a website full of educational games ….
Hope to see you all soon!
We hope you are all staying safe and having fun at home. It would be great to see lots of rainbows popping up. If you are able to do one ask parents / carers to send a picture to Mrs Aspinall. It will brighten up her day!
PE at home
Joe Wicks has revealed he will be running virtual PE classes to make sure kids are keeping fit from home as schools close for the foreseeable future amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Body Coach, 33, told his followers he would be leading classes kids can do from their homes to make sure they are still getting some exercise. He said on Twitter: ‘Hello everybody, I’m Joe Wicks – The Body Coach and I’ve got an exciting announcement to make. ‘Starting Monday, every single day from Monday to Friday I’m going to do a live workout called PE with Joe on my Youtube Channel, TheBodyCoachTV. ‘It’s a workout specifically designed for kids because when the schools are closed there is no PE. Don’t worry, I’ve got you – I’m going to take this over. ‘I’m going to get your kids moving, feeling energised, positive, optimistic. So, tune in Monday morning 9am and every day Monday to Friday.
Summer 1 Year 1 and 2 Home Learning packs. In light of the emergency closure of the school, Classroom Secrets have provided learning packs that can be used at home.
School closure is also a time for your child to create a project around an area that they are really interested in. They could research the topic and report their findings. They could make a short film, design a set of revision cards to share with their friends. They could make a model, write a song or poem linked to the topic!
It could also be a time to get your very own Blue Peter Badge- see the link for more information!
Spellings – High frequency words. Spelling Strategies Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check This is probably the most common strategy used to learn spellings. Look: first look at the whole word carefully and if there is one part of the word that is difficult, look at that part in more detail. Say: say the word as you look at it, using different ways of pronouncing it if that will make it more memorable. Cover: cover the word. Write: write the word from memory, saying the word as you do so. Check: Have you got it right? If yes, try writing it again and again! If not, start again – look, say, cover, write, check. Trace, Copy and Replicate (and then check) This is a similar learning process to ‘look, say, cover, write, check’ but is about developing automaticity and muscle memory. Write the word out on a sheet of paper ensuring that it is spelt correctly and it is large enough to trace over. Trace over the word and say it at the same time. Move next to the word you have just written and write it out as you say it. Turn the page over and write the word as you say it, and then check that you have spelt it correctly. If this is easy, do the same process for two different words at the same time. Once you have written all your words this way and feel confident, miss out the tracing and copying or the tracing alone and just write the words.
Today we were real life bakers! We went to see Sarah and Jade in the kitchen who helped use bake. We weighed, mixed, stirred and rolled out the dough to make little people. Look at how fabulous they are. They tasted yummy too!
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Our School’s History
We really enjoyed todays history lesson! Mrs Mordue and Mrs Cooke came into class to talk about what our school was like when they were little girls! We learnt lots of interesting facts. We were shocked at some of the rules and punishments! We then looked at different artefacts that we have from school as it has changed over the years. We didn’t know what some of the items were – but we do now!
World Book Day
A massive well done to all of our children who took part in world book day. Don’t we all look fantastic!
We loved our walk around Nettlesworth and Kimblesworth today. We were looking for all different types of buildings and also enjoyed talking about features of the village we could see. A massive thanks to Mrs Cooke, Mrs Mordue and June who helped us learn all about the history of the villages too.
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Splendid Skies Open Afternoon
Thank you to all that were able to attend our recent Open Afternoon. We hope you enjoyed listening to what the children had learnt about this half term. The children really enjoyed showing off all that they had learnt. Thank you for your continued support!
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A massive well done to two of our class mates this week.
First up …. Emilia, our fantastic little swimmer! Well done for all of your hard work! Keep it up!
Secondly to …… Jacob! A judo star in the making! We cant wait to see you get the black belt!
In science we have learnt lots about nature and the four seasons. We went on a tree hunt in our school grounds and identified lots of the different trees we have. We are every good at using lots of Scientific vocabulary to describe the trees. Ask us what evergreen and deciduous means!
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Look at our lovely Suncatchers. We have worked really hard this term with Mrs Shaw to produce lots of lovely art pieces. They have all linked to our Splendid Skies topic. This week we made sun catchers using tissue paper. We are looking forward to seeing all of the lovely colours shine through.
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Today we had lots of fun working with Ian to take part in a Judo taster session. Look at our moves! We all have such a good time!
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Chinese New Year
Class 1 and 2 had lots of fun celebrating Chinese New Year today, we looked at the story of how the Zodiac calendar was created and found out this year was named after the rat. We did lots of Art and DT activities across both classes and then swapped on the afternoon before having a taste of some Chinese foods.
This week class 2 had lots of fun at a gymnastic event organised by the SSP. We had the chance to explore and use a range of equipment at Sherburn Gymnastics centre. We loved the trampolines, bars and spring boards! Look at us go!
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Today we went on a nature walk all around the fields in our village. We enjoyed exploring our surroundings and looking at he signs of the seasons. We were able to use our senses to explore and find out what our local environment looks like too. We got very muddy!
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Today we had lots of fun working with Adam Bushnell. He helped us discover more of our topic on Splendid Skies. We talked about making a super hero suit that could soar in the sky and help save the world. We also talked about Australia and how we could send in our super suit in order to help save the animals and nature from the current bush fires.
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Posting Letters to Santa Claus
Class 2 have written their Santa letters at school today. We then walked around to the post box to make sure they get to Santa on time. We gave them a kiss and made a magical Christmas wish. We can wait to hear back from him!
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The elves have arrived in class 2! Oh no! We hope they font cause too much trouble!
Class 2 decorating their Christmas tree
We decorated our class Christmas tree together. It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Class 2 Snow!
In science we are learning all about Seasonal changes and what we notice around us during Winter. Today we decided to carry out an experiment and try our hand to making snow! We had lots of fun mixing ingredients together to make the perfect gloopy snow for building snowmen. Look at our amazing snowmen!
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Evie’s Rainbow Awards
We are so proud of all of Evie’s hard work with her Rainbow group. She has worked super hard with the Rainbows and is now very excited to join Brownies. Look at all of her badges! Well done Evie!
A massive well done to Farren who has recently achieved his first badgers at Beavers. Keep up all of the hard work Farren – well done!
Today we made turnip soup. In Literacy we have learnt all about instructional texts. We have looked at recipes and talked about the features of the text. Today we followed a recipe to make soup. We had to wash our hands, chop the vegetables, put them in the pan then give the pan to Sarah so she could boil the vegetable. An hour later she told us it was ready and we went to watch her blend it all together. We loved it! We made very yummy soup.
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Matthew and George had a lovely surprise for us today. Last night, at home, they built us a truly amazing castle from duplo! We had lots of fun looking at it in class and especially enjoyed truing out the real life canon! Thank you boys. We love it.
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Today we had a lovely time visiting Lambton Castle as part of our engagement activity for our new topic of Tunnels, Towers and Turrets. We were amazed by the fantastic features of the castle and the surrounding grounds and views. We learnt so much about the history of the castle thanks to Bob. We were able to ask lots of questions to further our knowledge of castles. We had lots of fun and have lots to think about now!
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Dinosaur Open Day
Thank you to all of the adults that came along to see all of our wonderful dinosaur work we have completed this half term. The children had lots of fun sharing their dinosaur poem that they have learnt and also completed arts and crafts activities too. We hope you had as much fun as we did!
We have enjoyed the first topic in our new cornerstones curriculum and are looking forward to the next topic!
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Multi Skills at New College
This morning we had lots of fun at New College working with Sports leaders to try out a range of new skills. We learnt lots about athletics with Chris too. We worked super hard and burnt off lots of energy! Well done class 2!
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Mrs Shaw had a surprise for us in Art today – we had to create a dinosaur egg! We used plaster of paris and a balloon to create a textured dinosaur egg. It was very messy but lots of fun! We are looking forward to decorating them next week!
We had lots of fun looking at all of the books in our travelling book fair. We were very excited to share our new books with our friends and family.
Today in numeracy we learnt lots about weight and how we can measure weight using scales. We are very good at reading the scales to the nearest gram!
Hancock Museum Visit
Today we had lots of fun at the Hancock Museum in Newcastle. We learnt lots about our topic of dinosaurs as well as learning about living things and different periods in history. We had lots of fun!
Today we kicked started our topic of dinosaurs. We made lots of different samples of poo to investigate. We used the tools to decide if they dinosaur was a herbivore, carnivore or omnivore. We were able to identify the dinosaur depending on the materials we found in the poo! It was a very messy job!
Archived Class Activities 2018 – 2019
End of year PARTY!
Well done to all of the children in class 2 for working super hard all year. We celebrated with an end of year party. Dancing, games and lots of sweets! Have a fantastic holiday!
Amelia and Swimming
Well done Amelia, who has passed her Stage 3 in swimming at Chester-Le-Street swimming baths.
Harrison wins Medal
Well done to Harrison, who has won a football medal from his football team: Hilda Park
We had lots of fun at Mini Olympics. We joined lots of other schools to take part in taster sessions of football, basketball and athletics. Two of our children even managed to get a high score in the speed bounce! Well done to Amelia L and Harrison.
The children worked with Sarah in the kitchen to make bread. They observed all of the changes that happened to the materials and also talked about how the material felt at different stages. A massive thank you to Sarah!
As part of our work on World War Two we visited Beamish Museum and took part in an evacuee work shop. We had lots of fun taking part in jobs that children during this period would have to do. We learnt lots more about children during the war.
We had an amazing day partying to celebrate the end of SAT’s! Lots of fun, chocolate and fizzy pop! What more could we ask for. A massive well done to all of our Year 2’s who have worked super hard this past week.
We had lots of fun trying out the Police car during our Road Safety Coffee Morning. We all want to be police officers now! Thanks to Mr O’Roarty for bringing it along to school.
Library Session at Clayport.
Today we went to Clayport Library for our final session before the next academic year. We enjoyed listening to lots of stories and looking at all of teh lovely books. Thank you to all of teh staff for always looking after us. We always have a fun packed morning.
Class 2 went to a Skipping Festival at Maiden Castle to show off all of their skipping skills they have been practising with Mr Beveridge. We had lots if fun and learnt even more new skills!
Here is what Amelia L had to say ….
Yesterday we went to a skipping festival. There was a box A,B and C. First the staff introduced themselves then we did a skipping warm up. then we went into groups. We did different skipping moves and we did a big rope jump. We had to do partner moves too.
We have had lots of fun making Easter Crafts this week. Today we completed our final task of chocolate nests! Yummy! Have a lovely Easter everyone – see you all soon.
We had a lovely morning visiting the library in Durham this morning. A massive thanks to Frank for reading us our wonderful stories. We really do love our trips to see you all!
Class 2’s Easter Egg Winners!
Well done to all of our children in class 2 for taking part in our Easter Egg competition. We had some fantastic designs! A special well done to our 3 winners, Emilia, Robyn and Amelia.
Isla’s Gymnastic Award.
Isla is continuing to work super hard at her gymnastics class outside of school. She has won yet another award! Well done Isla – keep up the hard work!
Pearl’s Amazing Wood Work!
Wow Pearl! Pearl has worked super hard to create these beautiful flowers at home. She could tell us all about how you made them and how she had to be very careful. They look amazing!
Amelia is Star of the Week!
Well done to Amelia on gaining the Star of the Week award at her drama club. This is a tricky award to achieve as lots of boys and girls attend this club. You must have worked super hard to achieve this Amelia – we are so proud!
Well done to the Beaver Boys in Class 2 – they have achieved even more badges! You are always working so hard. We cant wait to see the next one!
Well done Harrison.
A massive well done to Harrison who is working really hard at his football club. Keep up the hard work – we are super proud of you!
We are so proud of class 2 for taking part in the Durham and Chester le street SSP dance festival at the Gala Theatre. We performed to Everything Is Awesome and got a huge round of applause for all of our hard work! Well done Class 2!
Today we went to Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve. We had lots of fun working with Lauren and Ali learning all about different habitats. We had a go at pond dipping, mini beast hunting and going on a nature walk. We learnt lots about how to take care of animals and what we can do to help preserve their habitats. We used identification cards to point out animals that we found and talk about how we knew what they were. We had a lovely day!
Today we came back from assembly to find a crime scene! We found footprints, hand prints and a skeleton lying on the bed! Mrs Lee received a phone call from Inspector Roberts who was asking us to investigate the reports of bones and bumps in the night. We went outside and found a hat. June checked the CCTV and found a shadowy figure running across the yard. We came to the conclusion that the Funny bones in our stories are trying to play with us in school. We’ve sent our reports to the Police Chief and are awaiting a reply to see if they’ve made an arrest!
World Book Day
Today we celebrated world book day by dressing up and having a visit to the library. We had lots of fun!
Class 2 visited the library at Clayport in Durham today. We had lots of fun listening to stories and then choosing one to bring back to school. We had lots of fun!
Olympic in the making!
We are super proud of Amelia! Today whilst at our gymnastic event a coach has spotted that Amelia has a natural talent for gymnastics! They have asked her to go along to their club and train with them. WOW! We may have the next Olympic Gold medallist right here in Nettlesworth! Well done Amelia!
Class 2 had a super exciting day at Durham City Gymnastics club in Sherburn today. We had the opportunity to try out lots of different gymnastics moves and work with lots of new equipment. We had a brilliant time and are now very tired! We have worked hard today!
Dance Taster with Gemma
Today we had the opportunity to try out three different dance styles. We did Line dancing, rock and roll and street dancing. That last one really helped us with our preparations for the Gala Dance Festival in March. We are so excited! We had lots of fun and learnt lots of new moves. Thanks Gemma!
Well done Lucas!
A massive well done to our little judo super star in class 2! Lucas is a man of many talents…. his latest being Judo! Keep up all of the hard work, we are very proud of you.
Posting Santa Letters
Today we went to the post box in the village to post our Santa letters. We are keeping our fingers crossed that we all get a reply soon.
Meeting a real life author.
Today we went to Clayport Library in Durham and met a real life author! We had the privilege of listening to Peter Hayes read his very own Christmas book. We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the story.
A Star is Born!
We are super proud of Liam in class 2. He has worked really hard with his drama group and put on a perform with them of Jack and the Beanstalk. He had lots of lines to learn and made his family proud by shining like a true super star on the day. Well done Liam!
Christmas has arrived!
The children were very excited to help decorate our class Christmas tree. It is looking lovely. We are all very excited to do all of our Christmas activities in class!
Over the past two days class 2 have had lots of fun with Paul from the company SPLAT. We have learnt lots of new circus skills and also helped perform a whole class play all about SPAG. Not forgetting our brilliant art work to create a prop for the production.
We had lots of fun writing spooky potions today. Watch out as we are now fully qualified witches and wizards!
Today we visited the library at Durham. We listened to lots of spooky stories and had fun choosing books to bring back to school. A massive thank you to Jacqueline for reading the stories and making us feel welcome.
Music with Mr Croker
Today we enjoyed our music lesson with Mr Croker from DCBC school at Ushaw Moor. We had lots of fun trying new instruments and learning a Christmas song.
Watch out everyone! Class 2 have made magic wands. We are working on spooky tales in Literacy this week and are going to write a magic potion for our Big Write. We might just turn you into a frog!
We have worked super hard with Mrs Shaw during our Art lessons this half term. We have learnt all about nature and ended our topic by stitching hedgehog dream catchers. Everyone did an amazing job!
This week in numeracy we have worked hard learning all about 2d and 3d shapes. Here we are working super hard to work out the properties of some shapes.
We have learnt all about algorithms in Computing this half term. The children have worked hard to understand this topic.
Class 2 had lots of fun at New College doing lots of different skills. We enjoyed the football with Beth too.
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Well done Jenson!
A big well done to Jenson on his reading challenge award. Jenson had to read 6 books over the summer holidays. Keep up the fantastic reading!
Archived Activities 2017 – 2018
Taster sessions for Martial Arts, then Fencing and Archery!
Stay balanced, move quickly, focus and steal the beanbags.
Salute, En Guarde, Allez! Try to touch your opponents knees.
Safety first, practice, and then a mini-tournament.
The winners from each group posing with their arrows firmly in the target!
The Show Must Go On
First we created our puppets, at the same time learning how to make paper springs:
Then we put on the show:
Climbing Wall 22.6.18
Do we have the next Chris Bonington or Gwen Moffat? Some very brave climbers here today, not least in Class 2. All can be proud of their achievements. Super exciting!
Jake begins his climb…
… and Stacey keeps on going, and going, and going …
More fun for Class 2 this week! A taste of yoga flavoured with a touch of circus: stretching, balancing, peddling a unicycle, tightrope walking, juggling with the feet and much more!
Washington Wetland Centre 21.5.18
Class 2 had a wonderful day exploring the wetlands in the sunshine; learning about some of the resident bird life, pond dipping, mini-beast hunting and finding out a bit about Asian short-clawed otters.
Art in Class 2
We have been busy exploring and comparing the work of different artists. Here are some examples of the work we have created ourselves:
….. L.S. Lowry
Lucas the Accounts Manager
Well done to Lucas, who is saving towards a lego pirate ship. He is doing jobs at home, to earn money towards his goal of £100. He has only £25 left to go.
Class 2 went to the Gala theatre on Tuesday to perform their Star Wars Dance in front of parents and other schools! The children worked super hard to practise their performance with Miss Gordon and Miss Shaw. To top off all of their hard work they won the most Original Dance Award! Congratulations class 2 we are super proud of you all!
Well Done Connor
Congratulations Connor! Connor showed off his amazing trophy for working hard with his football. Keep up the good work!
A Star of the Future?
Playing for Durham City Juniors Under 7 on Sunday 18.2.18, and very rightly proud of his achievement. Well done Connor!
Internet Safety Coffee Morning 9.2.18
Class 2 have been learning about staying safe online and produced some work to show our parent/carers for the Internet Safety Coffee Morning
Class 2 visited the Louisa Centre and found they could do more than they ever thought they could!
Guess who came to visit us at our Christmas party?
Christmas Jumper Day
Class 2 wore some beautiful Christmas Jumpers on Christmas Dinner Day to raise money for St Cuthbert’s Hospice.
Children in Need Dodgeball
Class 2 enjoyed the Dodgeball Tournament, arranged by our Sports Leaders and School Sport Organising Crew. Connor was the last one to be caught out.
Fantastic Field of Fun
Grace, Isla, Ava and Class 2 had great fun at the opening of our new equipment the school field.
Class 2 had lots of fun at a Soccertots event on 26.9.17. The boys and girls had the opportunity to practise football skills and learn new team skills too.
‘ We went on the bus and we played football. We had to play a football match. We had to run to the cones and back. It was lots of fun.’
By Amelia and Jenson
Archived Activities 2016-2017
Lacie – Mae’s Dance Award.
A huge well done to Lacie – Mae on achieving her dance awards. We look forward to seeing all of her dance moves! Keep on dancing!
Science Day with Balfour Beatty
Year 1 joined forces with Year 2 to create a variety of volcanoes: Composite, Cinder Cone and Shield ranging in age from 1 million years to just 73 years old.
The children used their research skills and learned about some Health & Safety precautions before experiencing the chemically engineered eruptions, which were spectacular!
“I had the most fun ever and it’s the best job ever in the world.” said Peyton.
Oscar stated, “I want to do engineering because I think it will be exciting!”
Well done to all of the boys and girls in class 2 who attended a Soccertots festival at the Riverside Sports Complex on Wednesday. The children had lots of fun joining in different types of ball games. A very big well done to our two Sports Leaders, Dayna and Ben. They were fantastic helping out the younger children.
Change 4 Life Festival
On Wednesday (15th June) our change 4 life club children attended a festival at Freeman’s Quay to learn more about keeping healthy. Poppy was one of the 9 children who attended, along with 3 sports leaders. Here is what she has to say …..
My experience was great. We had a race with a race light, one at a time we threw a ball into the net a camera was behind the net. We played a game where we pressed the buttons that lit up and we played a jumping game where you had to jump to the edges. The last game was a stretching and pulling, we had one extra game it was a rowing machine.
By Poppy, year 1