St Anne Line Catholic Infant School & Nursery

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Welcome to the 2019/2020 Kingfisher Class Blog


Each weekday we would recommend:      (in whatever order works for your family!)

20-30mins of exercise

20-30mins of phonics read write inc

15mins of handwriting practise/key word practise

15mins reading books

2x 30-45min sessions of the suggested activities e.g purple mash, maths, home exercise book task, arts & crafts

   with breaks between each activity session

also make sure you allow time for free play and family time such as going out into the garden or for a short walk :)


Remember to be flexible with home learning, this is a big change for the children and for you.  

Many of you are also expected to be working from home too, so do what works for you and your family.


Purple Mash Important Update -

Kingfisher Class are trialling a new area on purple mash, a safe, private 'blog' space.  Here the teachers can share messages and examples of good work with only the children in Kingfisher Class.  The children can then reply with a short comment.


To find this:           (see pictures below)

Click 'sharing' (picture of the world) from the top menu

Then click 'shared blogs' tab and select 'Kingfisher Class'

Home Learning - Week Beginning 6th April

This week is Holy Week.  It is also the start of our 2 week Easter Holidays.  So we will not be setting the normal home learning activities. (This will resume fully Mon 20th April)         Instead we have some "holiday homework".  

Of course if you want to continue with additional learning beyond the holiday homework, then feel free to continue to use suggestions and resources from the HOME LEARNING section.    But it is important children have adequate time away from learning to rest and relax, particularly in these worrying times.

Please continue to read, read, read, read, read...books, menu's, catalogues, magazines, food packaging... keep using all your phonics!

Activity 1:

To help us think of Jesus during Holy Week, I have set a 2do on Purple Mash about the Easter Story and instruction writing/sequencing for making chocolate crispy cakes incase the Easter bunny brings you lots of eggs and you decide to cook with them.  Before we had to stay at home we were working on instruction writing, learning to use bossy verbs, short simple sentences and connectives to begin our sentence such as next, then, after.


There are also some pictures below of some activity ideas to keep Jesus in our minds during this special week.

Activity 2:

Over the next couple of weeks have a try at some of the 'Maths on the Move' activities from the picture below.

Home Learning - Week beginning 30th March

** New tasks have been set on Purple mash ** - Coding activities, number bonds game, writing about your ambitions and a fun design an easter egg challenge.


 ~ Please continue to follow the Read Write Inc lessons for set 2 and set 3

    search for 'Ruth Miskin Training' on youtube ~

Activity 1

To continue with our work on the Magic Porridge Pot, this week we would be working on using descriptive language in our sentences. We have learnt to use adjectives to describe. As well as writing clear sentences with a capital letter to begin and a full stop at the end.

In your home writing book, we would like you to:

a. Choose one of the settings within the story,  and write 2 or 3 sentences with adjectives to describe.

                eg. The trees in the wood were tall and wide with bright green leaves. OR   Inside the little girl's home it was warm and cosy.

b. Begin to change the story to make it your own, choose a different food that would come from the magic pot instead of porridge. Draw your food and write 2 or 3 sentences with adjectives to describe it.

                 eg. Cookies are crumbly and buttery.   

Activity 2

As we continue towards Easter, talk about Palm Sunday and find out about Palm crosses you would normally receive in Church.  As we cannot go to Church at the moment. Have a go at making your own Palm cross using paper. The link below has some picture and written instructions to help you.

Activity 3 - Please continue to follow the teaching videos and activities on the White Rose Maths website

In addition...

Below you will find a document with a grid of suggested activities matched to each area of the year 1 maths curriculum and a grid on the final page with addition facts such as doubles to learn.

I would recommend to choose one area/activity to do every couple of days or each week, be careful not to move on to a different topic too quickly as this will just cause confusion. 

The aim of maths is to keep practising the same skills many times, in different ways, to develop fluency.


There are lots of ideas in the document so this will keep you going for many weeks :)

I am so pleased to see so many of your have logged into Purple Mash to have a go at the learning activities.  

Don't forget you can send me a little message when you have completed your activity and I will try my hardest to reply back to you all.


Miss McLoughlin and I miss you all very much!!!

We are both healthy at the moment and hope you are all happy, healthy and safe at home too!

We have been in school this week to look after the few children who are coming in so that their parents can continue to work to keep everyone safe.


We are looking forward to the time when we can all come back to school to see each other again!


God Bless you all 

Home Learning - Week beginning 23rd March

Please find  activities below to help you with your learning whilst at home this week.

Activity 1

Before school closed, we began our work on the traditional tale of "The Magic Porridge Pot" If you can't remember the story or don't have a copy at home, watch the video below a few times to learn the story.

Then in your Home Work Book, do what we normally would in school and draw a story map to help you learn and remember all the parts of the story.  Then use this map to practice retelling the story off by heart.  You can teach it to your family.

Don't forget to add some labels to remind you of key words just like we would ask you to do in class. Words to begin your sentences such as Then, Next, After that, Meanwhile, Suddenly.

I have added an example of a story map below the video incase you need a reminder and so your families know what we mean. : )

Activity 2

This week have a try at learning to read and correctly spell the 45 year 1 tricky words.  We cannot use our phonics as we usually would for these words.  It will help your reading fluency to be able to recognise these words quickly in your story books. Have a look at some of the fun ways you can practise them.  

We have been learning these words all year and some of you may recognise lots of them already.

There are some fun creative ideas of how to practise these words and a grid with the 45 words on

Each day choose a colour, then practise the words in that colour.
Each day choose a colour, then practise the words in that colour.

Activity 3


Check your 2DO's:

  1. A History activity sorting old and new transport
  2. The first 2 Computer Coding games in the series - We have recently started to learn about algorithms in computing lessons with Miss Bond

Use the link below to go straight to our schools purple mash login site:


Home Learning - week beginning 17th March

19th March literacy/maths

This morning we read the story 'The Magic Porridge Pot'.  In the afternoon we made porridge.  We had to measure out the ingredients first.  Once we made it we mixed in our favourite toppings.  It was delicious!

Children that are learning from home can listen to the story by following the link below.  You could also have a go at making porridge at home.  If you do not have the ingredients you could choose to make something else but make sure you measure the ingredients first.

18th March science

In science today we have been testing which materials absorb water and which are waterproof.  We experimented with foil, tissues, paper towels, cotton wool and greaseproof paper.  Those of you that are learning from home could try this too by putting various materials over the top of a cup, pouring water on and watching what happens.  Does the material absorb the water?  Does the water go through the material?

17th March Religious learning

Our Religious learning this week is to consider how things 'change'. Write 3 sentences about the changes in the different seasons, winter, spring, summer and autumn. Write about which is your favourite season and why?

17th March      Maths

Today we have begun to measure mass by weighing.  First we compared objects using words such as heaviest, lighter, lightest.  Then we used non-standard units such as cubes to measure how much objects weighed.  Eg. The pencil weighs 3 cubes. Scissors weigh 6 cubes.  

Later this week we will move on to weighing using grams.


If you are at home at this time, with an adults help have a look for weighing scales in your kitchen.  Can you weigh out some ingredients, or find the mass of some of your favourite toys. Have a look on the packaging of food to see how many grams are in each box or tin.

2nd March

Today we have begun our maths topic of measuring. We practised correctly using words to describe and compare lengths for example longest, taller than, shortest.

27th February - P.E.

Kingfisher class enjoyed applying  gymnastics moves to balances today.  We were focusing on star, pike and tuck.

Ash Wednesday

Father Dan came to our special assembly today.  He placed ashes onto our foreheads, in the sign of the cross, to mark the beginning of Lent. 


Pancake Day

Today we made banana pancakes and wrote recipe instructions using clear precise language. We focused on using words such as First, next, after that.

We enjoyed topping them with lemon and sugar or syrup.

St Anne Line Day

As part of our celebrations for St Anne Line Day, we had a visit from Snakes alive. They brought some special animals into school for us to learn about. Some of us were brave enough to have the snake around our neck.

13 th February 2020

This morning Kingfisher class were partitioning 2 digit numbers into a tens and ones grid.  We then went on to compare numbers using the symbols = < >


28th January 2020

Today we learnt about Queen Victoria and then used Purple Mash to make a fact file about her.  We added photos and text. 

January 20th 2020

As part of our Come and See topic "Special People" we had a visit from someone in the community who helps us. 


A paramedic came to school with his ambulance to talk to us about his job and answer our questions. We had a look inside the ambulance and heard the sirens.

14th January 2020

We visited the Hollytrees Victorian Museum to learn about what life was like in the Victorian times. We learnt about Victorian homes, looked at and made Victorian toys.

7th January 2020

We began our History topic of Victorians today by changing the classroom to a Victorian layout. Miss Bond dressed up as a Victorian teacher and we wrote with chalk. We learnt about how boys and girls were treated differently.

October 2019

We went out to observe seasonal changes from Summer to Autumn in our science lesson. We looked at how the leaves were changing colour, and that they were falling from the trees. We also found berries beginning to grow on some of the bushes and acorns had fallen from the oak tree.