Arty Friday! Drawing with a rubber

Hello everyone! Today we are going to draw with, not a pencil…. but a rubber! Watch Brandon in this little clip below:

Start by doing a experimental page with different marks. Can you make lines? Circles? Squiggles? What happens if you draw back into the space?

All you need is a pencil, a rubber and something to draw on

Cover your paper with quick lines. Finn is drawing for you today.

Rub the pencil markings with a tissue to make it a bit more even.

Use the rubber to draw into the shaded area

Draw back into the white spaces with your pencil

Keep going back and forth between the rubber and the pencil until you are happy with your picture.

It’s a robot alien!

Remember to send me your pictures! l.bentley@beavers.hounslow.sch.uk


Arty Friday! Sound creatures

Watch this funny animation about some strange tiny creatures. What noises can you hear? How does each noise fit the appearance of the creature?

Hello everyone!

Today we are going to think about how artists use sound.

Can you make a lumpy noise? How would a squeaky sound look?

We’re going to draw some creatures by listening to some interesting noises! Click on the link here:


At the bottom of the page you will find some sounds to listen to while you draw your creatures. What kind of creature would make each sound? Do they sound long? Busy? Friendly?

Here are some creatures that we drew at my home while we listened to the noises:

After this you could….

  • Make your own strange noises for your siblings to draw creatures to
  • Record some interesting sound effects from around the house with a phone (and then use this to make a stop motion)
  • Create a comic strip where your creatures can star

Remember to send me your great pictures! l.bentley@beavers.hounslow.sch.uk


Arty Friday! Drawing large

Hello! Remember how we drew very small a few weeks ago? This time we are going to be drawing extra big.


Watch the children here drawing. They use very loose movements to create their drawings.

You will need: something to draw with and something to draw on. We have used an opened up cereal box and a pen.

Rosa is going to draw for you today. She is in Year 3.

Have a good look at your object. Start where you feel comfortable.

Add details.

Work your way around. Move your object to get a better look at it.

Use different marks to show texture. Rosa is using small dashes here.

Cross-hatching (little lines crossing each other) is good for showing darker areas and shade.

Use your pen or pencil on its side to get a dry effect.

Using the pen or pencil on its very tip will produce some very fine lines.

Finished! Now send it to:


Look out for your work in the newsletter!


Science Challenge!

This week’s science challenge 🙂

First lets warm our Science brains up! Click the link below and start guessing what you think the picture zoomed in lots of times is! You can get your adults to guess too! Slowly zoom out and see if you were right!!


Did you get it right? So your challenge this week is to find objects (that can get wet) around your house and fill a bath/sink/bucket/bowl with water and test if the items float or sink! Make a prediction before you test it!

Try an orange….. Then peel it and watch what happens!

Don’t forget to take photos of you and your experiment and send them to me – science@beavers.hounslow.sch.uk

Happy experimenting!!


Arty Friday! Mapping lockdown

Can you make a map of your time during lockdown?

Think back to places you have been in lockdown and what you see and hear there. You are going to make a map. Your map might show your room, your home, your street, or the park. You could map the sounds, the trees or funny things that happened.

You might want to map the places you had phone calls or zooms from; anything that reflects your experiences!

Have a look at these examples:

This map shows places the artist goes everyday. Where do you tend to go?
Here neighbours’ typical daily conversations are written down. What sounds do you hear every day?

Here’s a map I made of the places we went to in lockdown. We went to the same park, and nowhere else, every day for 2 months! So we got to know it really well. I used a black pen and watercolours for this.
This is by my son in Year 6. He said, ‘The Lego figures represent my grandparents and aunts. I put glasses over them because we can’t see them because of lockdown. The wool represents emails, zooms and postcards that they send me,’

This is by my son in nursery. He said, ‘The red is the kitchen. The white circle is me. This road goes to the park. Here is a cow that isn’t really there,’

You could use paper, paints, fabric, toys, or anything to be in your lockdown map. You could draw it in chalk on your pavement, or ice it on a cake!

See if you can persuade your family to do their own maps, or make one all together.

Looking forward to seeing your creations!

Send them to me at: L.bentley@beavers.hounslow.sch.uk


Year Six Home Learning Daily Update ***Monday 15th June 2020***

Good Morning Year 6,

This week’s weekly activity is ‘Cooking’. Look at the post below and learn the to cook something for your family this week all by yourself (with help from an adult for the cooking process!)

It is also Musical Monday – please check out the activities set for you by Mr Paisios here: https://beaversprimary.wordpress.com/category/music/

Miss Antoniou will be contacting you throughout the week to join her and Miss Roberts on a Zoom video activity. Ask your parents and guardians to check their emails. She is really looking forward to seeing you all.

Below is your timetable for today. Don’t forget to start the day with a PE lesson with Joe Wicks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oz_9rb8LEg

The Year 6 Team.

Monday 15th June 2020
9:30-10:15Maths 2do: Probability
Answering question about probability.

White Rose Maths https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/
 Summer Term Week 8 lesson 1
Solve 2-step equations
There is a teacher demonstration and then a set of questions to complete with answers provided to check once completed.   The worksheet will follow this blog. There is no requirement for this work to be uploaded/shared with teachers.
10:30 -11:15Comprehension 2do: Secret Agent Grandpa– chapter 4
Mia and Grandad visit the secret spy base underneath the nursing home. Test your knowledge of the chapter with these five brain-busting questions.
11:15-12:00English 2do: Devastator 9000
Write a detailed product specification for the Devastator 9000, describing all of its special features.
1:00 – Onwards  Topic 2do: Tsunami 2respond
Respond to the emails from Anna. Can you give sensible advice?

Topic 2do: 2DIY 3D
Try out this game. Can you improve it?

Don’t forget there the Music Monday activities set by Mr Paisios: https://beaversprimary.wordpress.com/category/music/

And the weekly activity for Year 6 on the blog page about cooking.


Good morning everyone!

Please don’t forget to log in to Yumu with your existing username and password. You can access online music lessons and songs:



Username: p1224855

Password: indigo


Username: p1224907

Password: presto


Ebeneezer Sneezer

This is a fun song with silly words to help with our counting. Try both versions without dropping the stick! You can use any wooden spoon instead.



Ebeneezer Sneezer what a cookie man

Walks upon his elbows every chance he can

Dresses up in paper even when it pours

Whistles Yankee Doodle every time he snores!

Oh Ebeneezer what a man! YEAH!


Seated on the floor with one stick (or pencil or any other “stick like” object!)

Throughout the song the beat is tapped on the knee (alternating left and right).

With the stick the rhythm is tapped on the floor.

When there is a rest swap hands – the stick is passed into the hand that was keeping a beat and with the hand that had the stick, click fingers.

On the final line the pattern changes slightly in that there are two rests “Oh Ebeneezer what a man! (CHANGE) YEAH! (CHANGE)


Learn drumming, using saucepans and kitchen utensils

If you are at home, you can still learn to drum, using pots and pans from around the house and two wooden spoons.

In this video, Neil Urquhart teaches you how to set up a kit, and get started.





What is a scale?

Learn to sing / write a major scale

Explore what it looks like (notation), what it sounds like.




In my little garden

Key vocabulary: garden, grass, soil, plant, shoots, vegetables, seeds, flowers, water, rain, puddles, mud, wellies, contrary, grumble.



Cat invites the listeners to guess the sounds: rain, squelching of feet in puddles, splashing, tinkling bells.

Cat then invites the listeners to imagine that they are holding a bell and shaking it along to the sounds as they join in with ‘Mary, Mary, quite contrary.’


Mary, Mary, quite contrary

Mary, Mary, quite contrary

How does your garden grow?

With silver bells and cockle shells

And pretty maids all in a row.

Help children to keep in time with a steady beat as they shake their imaginary bells.

Cat encourages the children to pretend to water plants with their watering cans and to imagine that their plant is growing pea pods.

Final rhyme

Five little peas Five little peas

In a pea pod pressed, (curl fingers of one hand closed to make a pea pod shape)

One grew, two grew, (open up fingers one at a time)

And so did all the rest (uncurl all fingers)

They grew and grew (point fingers, hand and arm upwards)

And did not stop,

Until one day

The peapod popped! (clap hands together)

Cat repeats the rhyme and encourages the children to join in with some actions as they listen


Why was Mary contrary?

Why is it important to be helpful?

What would you have done if you were Mary?

Talk about being helpful.

Recap how did Mary help her mum?

What can you do to be helpful? At school? At home?

KS1 & KS2

SONG OF THE WEEK: ‘Start The Day With Exercise’




Arty Friday! Flying Fish…

Today we are going to make some flying fish! You will need:

  • an old sock
  • Something to tie things together (elastic bands, hairbands, string or wool)
  • a pen
  • Something to fill the sock, (rice, sand, cous cous, lentils etc)
  • Something to fly behind the fish (fabric, plastic bags, bubble wrap etc)

First fill your sock half-way with rice.

Now tie an elastic band, or string around your sock.

If you have some fabric, do a little snip…

This fabric used to be a white sheet, we dyed it with food colouring!

…and rip into long strips!

Tuck your strips into the elastic band

Add the fins by cutting some shorter pieces of fabric

Tie on the fins, or use another elastic band. Draw some eyes.

If you’ve got a pale sock, you could draw scales, or any kind of pattern.

Your fish is ready to fly! The fish on the left has a tail made of plastic bag strips, bubble wrap and a bit of kitchen cloth.

Now take out to the park and throw!

How far can you get yours to travel?

Send me some pictures of your fish! l.bentley@beavers.hounslow.sch.uk


Tuesday 9th June 2020

Magandang umaga, year 4! (that’s good morning in Fillipino!)

Today we look at tenths and hundredths a little closer, practice separating information with commas, and learn some cool things about VOLUME!

Good luck, remember if you get stuck, you can leave comments on your 2dos when you hand them in, or post in the Purple Mash shared blog.

Oxford Owl login details – be sure to use the “My Class Login” at the top of the Oxford Owl web page. Link below in schedule.
Today’s reading book – accessible on Oxford Owl
8:50-9:00Share timetable and daily activities with your family. Remember you may have to share your device.
Start the day right!
PE with Joe Wicks
Tenths and hundredths

Follow this link for another lesson on tenth and hundredths:


Work through the 3 slideshows (the answers are on the final slides) and then have a go answering the questions on the activities. Some of the questions require you to print the sheets – if you don’t have a printer, just try to work out the answer and write it down somewhere. On both the activities, the answers are at the bottom for you to self-mark, or have a look if you get stuck.

There’s nothing wrong with checking an answer if you’re stuck, but if you do, be sure to consider why the answer is what it is – try to see it in the question.

Chilli Challenge

I have set a timetables test as a Purple Mash 2do. It’s very similar to TT rockstars, and will record your score out of 25 questions. Practice on TT rockstars first! See which spice level you can get yourself to:

Mild – 15/25 (or less)

Hot! – Between 15 and 20/25

Ghost Chilli!!! – 25/25

Bring the FIRE!!!
10:15 – 10:30
1.      Eat a piece of fruit or vegetable (one of your 5-a-day)
2.      Watch Newsround https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/news/watch_newsround
3.      Talk to someone about what you have just watched.
10:30 -11:15 am
Go to Oxford Owl (login details above – make sure you use the my class login at the top of the web page). Go to:

My Bookshelf –> Oxford level 5 –> What’s that noise?

Read the book, then answer the following questions on the Purple Mash 2do for Reading:

1) What is the loudest animal in the world?

2) What do you think the people who lived near Krakatoa may have felt when it erupted?

3) Birds which live in cities such as London are typically 30% louder than the same type of bird living in the countryside. Why do you think that is?
11:15- 12.00
Grammar Tuesday!

I’d like to go over commas again today, since we can never have too much practice! Go to:

..and watch the video. Pay close attention to what she says about separating information in a sentence, and listen to how she pauses when she reads over a comma.
Have a go on the activity beneath the video, then do the Purple Mash 2do for English. I’ve given you some sentences that require commas – you’re job is to rewrite them and put commas where you think they ought to go. Look at my example below:

The trumpet blew the flags were unfurled and the army moved out.
–> The trumpet blew, the flags were unfurled, and the army moved out.

Notice how much easier the second sentence is to read?
12:00-12:15Mindfulness activity on https://www.gonoodle.com/
You can choose any activity you like. Sign up for a free account
12:15-1:15Lunch-be healthy and help prepare your lunch.
1:15-1:30Spelling Shed
and TT rockstars
See you in Arena at 1:30. Tell all of your friends to be ready.
1:30 onwardScience Tuesday – Sound

For this lesson, you’ll need to think about the book What’s That Noise, which you read above for reading.

First, watch this video about how loud sounds differ from quiet sounds.


Pretty cool, right? Now, do you remember how the loudness of a sound was measured?
That’s right, in decibels. The book gave you some examples of sounds, and what their decibel level was. On the Purple Mash 2do, I’d like you to do some research, and make a handy decibel comparison list (the first example has been done for you on the 2do.)

You’ll need to open up Google and then type in Decibel level + whatever decibel level you’re searching for. eg.

Decibel level 50″ will give you some examples of things that are that loud. I’ve put a picture below this schedule so you can see what I mean.
NOTE: Decibels is sometimes shortened to dB (see below)
What your research for science will look like.

Monday 8th June 2020

Barka da asuba, year 4! (That’s good morning in Hausa, one of Nigeria’s several languages!).

We hope you enjoyed the cool break over the the weekend.

Oxford Owl login details
Today’s reading book
Share timetable and daily activities with your family. Remember you may have to share your device.
Start the day right!
PE with Joe Wicks
Follow this link to start this week’s math topic; tenths and hundredths


Watch the videos, print the worksheet or look at it and use pen and paper to answer the questions, then try your hand at the Rabbit game.

Chilli Challenge:

Look at the Purple Mash 2do titled Chilli Challenge – it’s a number bonds game that has three levels of difficulty to choose from. You control a snake, and you must eat the next number in the sequence at the top of the screen. Good luck! It’s harder than it looks, you need to think fast!
10:15 – 10:30
1.      Eat a piece of fruit or vegetable (one of your 5-a-day)
2.      Watch Newsround https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/news/watch_newsround
3.      Talk to someone about what you have just watched.
10:30 -11:15 am
Go to Oxford Owl (login details above) and choose:

My bookshelf –> Oxford level 11 –> “Real Heroes”.

Read up to page 11, and answer the following questions on the Purple Mash 2do:

1) What did Emily Davison think was unfair?

2) Many people thought she and others fighting for women’s rights were wrong – why might they have thought that?

3) Does Emily Davison’s campaign for women’s right make you think of anything happening in the world right now?

11:15- 12.00
For English today, I’d like you to think about Emily Davison (see the book above!) and how she might have argued for women’s rights. Then I’d like you to recall the three main aspects of making an argument:

Ethos – convincing your audience that you know what you’re talking about
Logos – Giving your audience logical reasons for your argument
Paths – Grabbing your audience by their emotions.

Then, I’d like you to choose one of the following statements, and write a 3-paragraph argument for it in the Purple Mash 2Do. Use the headings 1. Ethos, 2. Logos, and 3. Pathos. You can make an argument for something else if you wish. See my example below (yours doesn’t need to be as long, but try your best!)

1. We should only need to go to school 4 days a week.

2. Adults should never lie to children


Ethos). As a teacher, I’ve spent many years teaching a 5 day school week, and as a thoughtful, forward thinking person, I have weighed it’s effectiveness against research that I have read from several other countries where they have successfully reduced the amount of time students spend at school. As a teacher armed with research and experience, I have come to the conclusion that a 4 day week as better for students all round.

Logos). We all know the brain is a muscle. Like any muscle, like your arms or your legs, it needs rest as well as exercise in order to grow stronger. After exercising the brain vigorously for 4 days straight, I posit that it needs at least a 3 day rest. Would you lift weights with your arms for 5 days in a row? Of course you wouldn’t; you would damage your muscles! The brain is no different, and requires more downtime than the 5 day week allows. Other countries such as Finland have reduced the amount of time students spend at school, and they get better results. Likewise, some companies only make their employees work 4 days a week, and they get better work out of them. Why shouldn’t schools in the U.K. be the same?

Pathos). If schools were reduced to 4 days a week, it stands to reason that most adult jobs would reduced, too – otherwise, how would parents look after their kids? Wouldn’t adults and children alike enjoy having that extra day of rest? And if the results all round were better than they were before, we wouldn’t need to feel guilty or lazy about it.

12:00-12:15Mindfulness activity on https://www.gonoodle.com/
You can choose any activity you like. Sign up for a free account
12:15-1:15Lunch-be healthy and help prepare your lunch.
1:15-1:30Spelling Shed
and TT rockstars
See you in Arena at 1:30. Tell all of your friends to be ready.
1:30 onwardMusic Monday!

Check out the music activity that Mr. Paisios has set for you!


Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all well and are enjoying your music activities.


You can access online music lessons and songs that are age appropriate:

The link below will take you to the Login page:


Use the following login details:

KS1 Online Lessons

Username Password
p1224855 indigo

This is what the KS1 home screen looks like:

KS2 Online Lessons

Username Password
p1224907 presto

This is what KS2 home screen looks like:


I am inviting you on a virtual journey behind the scenes at the

                  ROYAL OPERA HOUSE!

What you’ll need…

Find a space in your home – no matter how big or small.

Time guideline: 30 minutes

Step One

Learn how a dance is made. Discover how music can inspire movement.



Can you spot the answers to these questions?

What is the name of the big glass structure at the Royal Opera House?

What is a ‘motif’?

What words would you use to describe the two pieces of music you hear?

Which was your favourite piece of music?

Step Two

Now you need to get yourselves ready for the fun ahead.

Close your eyes (no peeking!) and imagine what your name looks like when it’s spelled out on a piece of paper.

What shapes do the letters of your name make? Curves, lines, circles and loops?

Open your eyes and spell your name in the space in front of you with your finger, making the letters as big as possible!

Can you try to spell your name with your nose? How about writing your name with lots of different body parts, like your elbow or your big toe?

Remember to make the movements as big as possible, and then try to make them as small as possible.

Now it’s time to try out your name dance to some of your favourite music.

Step Three

Next, think about who you are…

Are you happy, lively, bouncy, quiet, calm, friendly, bold, sporty, shy?

Pick four words that describe ‘YOU’, or, alternatively, think of four things that you like to do.

Create a movement for each of the words you have chosen, and see if you can link them together.

Think about what kind of music you would like your ‘me’ dance to be performed to? Would it be slow and soft, or fast and noisy?

Now find a grown up, sibling or friend in your house – they’re going to be your audience!

It’s time to perform your unique ‘me’ dance!

Can your audience guess what words you’ve picked to describe yourself?

What I have learned…

  • How to create and perform a short dance motif based on the theme of ‘me’ DANCE/PE
  • How to use adjectives to describe myself and my chosen piece of music LITERACY

                       Lesson 3 – RHYTHM!

The secret is simplicity in rhythm.

How does something simple grow in music to become something so grand?

Learn to play or clap/walk and notate rhythm of the second movement of Beethoven 7.

Write words to the rhythm of the second movement of Beethoven 7.




Listen and Play – Minibeasts



Listen all around

Listen for the sounds

Listen, listen, listen.

Listen all around

Listen for the sounds

Listen, listen, listen.

Please encourage children to join in with and learn the words of ”Listen all around” featured at the beginning and end of the programme.

You could make up appropriate actions.

Listening for individual sounds:

Now that children are orientated to the setting, discriminating individual sounds should be easier.

Cat then provides a ‘voiced’ version of the sound (eg snake: sssssssss).

Use these voiced versions later when talking about the programme.

KS1 & KS2






Arty Friday! Drawing small

Hello everyone!

Thanks to everyone who has been sending in their pictures this week. It is so lovely to see your art. This week we are going to be drawing very small things.

Watch this to get some ideas of small things you could collect, and ways to draw them! High School children drew these things, but I think you’ll do really well too.

The first thing to do, is to hunt around your house for tiny objects.

Small parts of toys, pasta, cereal, nails, buttons, beads…. anything at all!

Scatter them on your page and then draw…

You can draw them the same size as the objects, or slightly bigger if that helps. I find drawing them the same size allows you to compare, so makes your drawing more accurate.

Look carefully!

Look at your object, then your picture, the your object, then your picture. Your eyes should be like ping pong balls! Can you add texture and shadow?

Spend no more than a few minutes on each object

Here the spring is not quite right, I’m going to draw a few more things, and come back to this later!

Try to forget what your object really is!

I tried to focus on just drawing the lines and shadows, otherwise, if I had pasta on the brain, I might have just drawn a squiggle.

Show your family your pictures, encourage them to have a go too. You could make a mini book of your tiny drawings, or even the world’s smallest art gallery. How about drawing a collection of just blue things you found, or things beginning with p?

Do send me any of your drawings: l.bentley@beavers.hounslow.sch.uk


JK Rowling needs your illustrations!

A message to all Beavers children from her Royal Harry Potterness: JK Rowling:

“The idea for The Ickabog came to me while I was still writing Harry Potter. I wrote it for my two children, but put it in the attic and forgot about it. Recently I thought it would be a good idea to publish it online. And an even better idea; to ask you children to illustrate it!”

JK Rowling will be posting a chapter (or two, or three) every weekday between 26th May and 10th July on The Ickabog website.


About The Ickabog Illustration Competition 

J.K. Rowling is publishing an original story, The Ickabog (the “Story”), online here, in instalments over seven weeks and is inviting children to help her by illustrating the Story. A new instalment of the Story and illustration themes to go with it will be revealed daily, Monday to Friday, throughout the course of the seven weeks, so do stay tuned.

The first chapters are available to read online now, and the first illustration themes have been revealed here. Entries to the competition will open on Friday 29th May 2020 and the competition will close at 6pm BST on Friday 17th July 2020. 

34 winning illustrations will be selected to bring the serialised story to the printed page when it is published in full, which is intended for November 2020. Good luck!

The Prize

This is your chance for your child’s illustration to be featured in The Ickabog. If you are one of the lucky winners, you will also receive a copy of the published Book (the “Book”), signed by the author herself. But that’s not all. We’ll give £500 (or the equivalent in your local currency) worth of Hachette children’s books to a school or public library of your choice.

We would love to see your illustrations too, so do email them to l.bentley@beavers.hounslow.sch.uk so we can showcase your great ideas.


Year Six Weekly Science activity ***Tuesday 19th May 2020***

Good Morning Year 6,

Today, and every Tuesday, we will be posting some science learning followed by an activity for you to do at home with materials you should have in the house.

This week’s Activity: Making clouds

Don’t you just love looking at clouds in the sky? I sure do!

But how do they get there?

A cloud is formed when water vapor condenses into water droplets that attach to particles (of dust, pollen, smoke, etc.) in the air. When billions of these water droplets join together, they form a cloud.

How to make a cloud in a jar using hairspray

For this method, you will need the following materials:

  1. A jar with lid
  2. About 1/3 cup hot water
  3. Ice
  4. Hairspray

Start by pouring the hot water into the jar. Swirl it around a bit to warm up the sides of the jar.

Turn the lid upside down and place it on the top of the jar. Place several ice cubes onto the lid, and allow it to rest on the top of the jar for about 20 seconds.

Remove the lid, quickly spray a bit of hairspray into the jar, and then replace the lid with the ice still on top. Watch the cloud form.

When you see a good amount of condensation form, remove the lid and watch the “cloud” escape into the air.

How does it work?

When you add the warm water to the jar, some of it turns to water vapor. The water vapor rises to the top of the jar where it comes into contact with cold air, thanks to the ice cubes on top. Water vapor condenses when it cools down. However, a cloud can only form if the water vapor has something to condense on to. In nature, water vapor may condense onto dust particles, air pollution, pollen, volcanic ash, etc. In the case of this activity, the water vapor condensed onto the hairspray.

Remember to always ask an adult if you can use any of these materials and tell them what you are about to do. Even better, ask the adult to do it with you!!

Take a photo and email it to our science email: science@beavers.hounslow.sch.uk


Arty Friday: Mini books!

Imagine a book so small it might have been borrowed from the Hounslow Library for Hamsters. So small a spider might have written it. .

The British Library (very important place with 25 million books in it, 600 of which are teeny tiny) would like you to create a miniature book and share it with them.

Here is Axel Sheffler (illustrator of The Gruffulo) showing the mini book he has made:

Here is Jacqueline Wilson’s tiny book about her toy rabbit (If you’ve read The Suitcase Kid, you might recognise it!)

Your book could be a story, a poem, a book of maps, a nature book, your autobiography, anything you like! It could be mainly writing, it could have illustrations or both. It could be tiny or truly microscopic!

You can make your miniature book in any way you like. All you really need is a piece of paper and a pen, but you can get as fancy as you like.

Here is a great step by step guide to get you started:


We can’t wait to see what miniature marvels you create! Take a photo of your books and send them to me at: l.bentley@beavers.hounslow.sch.uk

I will showcase the best on here, in the newsletter and send them to the British Library!

Reception Home Learning- Tuesday 14th July

Good morning everyone!

We hope you’re all well and enjoying the last week of the suggested activities from the blog. Please remember to send your photographs to your teachers- we would love to see what you’re doing this week 🙂

We hope you have a great day!

Tuesday 14th July 2020
Let’s get active


Let’s move and have fun together!

Andy’s Wild Workouts  

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06tmmvz Choose your favourite!

Or, go for a walk/ride your scooter or bike around your local area!

Writing time Practice name writing with your child. Extend to write their surname where appropriate.

Write a word or short sentence based around the question ‘What is your favourite thing to play on at the park?’

e.g. ‘swing’ or ‘I like the swing’ or ‘I like playing on the swing the most’ etc.

Some words will be phonetically plausible, which is great independent writing!

 Mathematics time  Join in with the interactive teaching session based around creating patterns with shapes https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/creating-patterns-with-shapes
Phonics time Join in with this interactive teaching session- listen to the story ‘Supertato’ and talk about your favourite characters and their features.


Let’s get creative! Can you create repeating patterns? Research animals with repeating patterns e.g. tigers, leopards, snakes etc. Using colouring pencils, pens or paint, try to recreate the repeating patterns. You could draw the animal and add the colourful pattern or you could just draw the repeating patterns!

Year One Home Learning Tuesday 14th June 2020

Good morning Year One,

We hope you are keeping well and safe.

For today, we have some fun activities for you to try.

Remember to keep practising your spellings on Spelling Shed as this is our last week of the Spelling Shed competition. Let’s see which class will win the last Year one Spelling Shed competition this week. Help your class to win!!!

Have a lovely day and Keep smiling! 🙂

Beavers Community Primary School Timetable Year 1

Suggested activities for each day, can be done in any orderTuesday 14th July 2020
Start the day right!
Start the day with a movement break of your choice to get your minds and your bodies ready to sit and do some good work! Follow along with Miss. McMillan’s video on Facebook or come up with your own. It could be dancing to your favourite song, stretches, deep breathing, you decide how to best start your morning! 

If you need help with some ideas, here are a few

Can’t stop this feeling: Trolls

Pop See Ko

Cosmic Yoga – Washing hands!
30 mins
Read along or listen to the following story
Before you read the text, can you predict what the text is going to be about? If there are any words that you are unsure of, please ask an adult or somebody at home.
Answer these questions when you have read it: 
What type of text is this?
What is the title of the book called?
What could George see on a wet Thursday?
How many dragons do you think George might have seen?
How do you know there is one than one dragon?
Why do you think other people could not see the dragon?
What did the dragons like doing?
Can you find some verbs to show this?
Was it right for George to tidy up after the dragons and say sorry for something he didn’t do?
What did George decide to do?
Why was there ‘an emptiness all around and inside George’?How did George’s family feel when they couldn’t find him at home?
Was the dog or dragon real? Why or why not?
  Phonics20 minsLet’s warm our brains up.
I Spy and Read

As it is our last week in year 1, we are going to play some phonics games to review all the phases and sounds as well as tricky words! Let’s get our teapots out and dusted because it is time for… a phonics tea party! All you need is a teapot, a tea cup and some scrap pieces of paper to write your tricky words on. 
After writing your tricky words or words with different phase sounds put them in your teapot.
When you are ready, pour the teapot words into your teapot. 
Pick up one at a time and read out your tricky word. If you read it correctly keep it out, if you didn’t get it this time, put it back into the teapot to try again for your second cup! 
Word of the Week: school 
10 mins
Can you practice writing the word school
Can you use school in a sentence? 
Can you write school in cursive?
Maths or English
45 mins (alternate days) 
Summer term Week (W/C: 18th May 2020)  Lesson 3: Measuring Length (2). 
Click on the link below and go to: Lesson 3 Measuring Length (2)https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/Watch the clip from lesson 3. The format has changed, and you can now only access the worksheets and activities as we post them on the Beavers Year 1 Blog under the name White Rose Maths.
Once you have completed, get an adult or an older sibling to check your answers. It is below the activity link (see above)

When you have finished, choose a chilli challenge to answer.

Mild Challenge 

Warm challenge

Spicy challenge 
Curriculum activity
45 mins
Starter– If you planted a bean seed or a sunflower seed have a look at it. Has it grown? Does it look the same or different? Measure your plant and record how tall it is. 
What have we learnt so far about plants?
Today we are going to go on a nature walk. We are going to be using the sheet below, but if you see anything else add it to your list. 
Challenge:Can you draw a picture of all the things that you have seen on your walk. 
Creative Activity

End of year self portrait
This afternoon we would like you to create a self portrait to mark the end of Year One. While you are making your portrait, think about how you have changed throughout the year. Maybe you have grown taller, maybe you have lost teeth or maybe your hair is longer or shorter. Here are some example to inspire you: 
Share your portraits on Purple Mash, we would love to see them! 

Other optional websites to visit

https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/ Phonics and early reading

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ Maths







Nursery- Tuesday 14th July

Tuesday 14th July
Let’s get active


Let’s move together!

Have a go at Andy’s Wild Workout in The Arctic.


Phonics Listening walk-

Go on a listening walk. What can you hear?

What sound does the letter ‘o’ make?

Can you think of things that begin with the letter ‘o’?


Number Play the 10 fat sausages sizzling in a pan game. Sing the song ’10 fat sausages sizzling in a pan, 1 went pop and then it went bang- now there are 9 fat sausages sizzling in a pan’ repeat until all the sausages are gone!


Let’s get drawing Draw your favourite character from the story ‘Whatever Next’.

What did you draw?

What does your character look like?

Year Six Home Learning Daily Update ***Monday 13th July 2020***

Good Morning Year 6,

Welcome to a new week. Miss Antoniou and Miss Roberts are looking forward to seeing you every day on the zoom class.

It is also Musical Monday – please check out the activities set for you by Mr Paisios here: https://beaversprimary.wordpress.com/category/music/

Below is your timetable for today. Don’t forget to start the day with some activity to get you fired up for the day.

The Year 6 Team.

Monday 13th July 2020
9:30-10:15Maths 2do: Scaling shapes
 Solve problems involving similar shapes where the scale factor is known or can be found.
Here is a link to help you: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/z8pfgk7

White Rose Maths https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/
 Summer Term Week 12 lesson 1

There is a teacher demonstration and then a set of questions to complete with answers provided to check once completed.   The worksheet will follow this blog. There is no requirement for this work to be uploaded/shared with teachers.
10:30 -11:15Comprehension 2do: Nightfall on the Somme – Chapter 5
As the heavy British guns pound German positions, it becomes likely that the British will make their move very soon. Neville feels the tension heightening and knows it could be any minute now.
Test your knowledge of the chapter with these five brain-busting questions.
11:15-12:00English 2do: Neville
Create an annotated diagram to describe Neville.
1:00 – Onwards  Topic 2do: Walter Tull
Walter Tull was the first afro-Caribbean footballer to play football in the top division. He also joined up as a soldier in 1914. Write about hiss life.
Here is a link to help you: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zqhyb9q/articles/zbgxbdm

Monday 13th July

Good morning Year 4,

We hope you had a lovely weekend and are raring to go for the last week of term.  Let’s all be on TTRockstars today at 1:30pm for a battle in the Festival.  We will play against people all around the world.

Today, you will be;

  • Completing symmetrical shapes on White Rose Maths.

  • Learning about why animals fight by reading a great book on the Oxford Owl website.

  • Researching and writing a report about either cats or dogs on Purple Mash

8:50-9:00 Share timetable and daily activities with your family.  Remember that you may need to share a device so be polite and patient.

Start the day right!

PE with Joe Wicks.




Click onto the website below and follow this lesson on symmetric shapes


Watch the video and take notes if you need to.  Download the worksheet – just click on the link below, you don’t need any login details.


Complete the worksheet: Complete a symmetric figure

Answers are here.  Check them once you have finished.  How did you do?


10:15 – 10:30


Eat a piece of fruit (one of your 5-a-day)

Watch Newsround https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/news/watch_newsround

Talk to someone about what you have just watched.

10:30 -11:15


Today we would like you to return to the Oxford Owl website to read a great non-fiction book entitled Animal Conflicts.   Remember that once you have logged on, you will need to search for the book.   I have posted an image of the front cover below.

Lavender 4


Lilac 4


Purple 4


Please read up to page 11 before completing the comprehension questions..

1.       What reasons does the author give for why animals normally avoid conflict? (p2/3)

2.       In a battle between a king cobra and a mongoose, who do you think would win?  Please give reasons based on the information given on page 7.

3.       Some animals are very territorial.  What does this mean? (p10)

You may do either or both of the activities on paper or on the set 2do on Purple Mash.

11:15- 12:00


Today we would like you to have a go at writing a non-chronological report about either cats or dogs.   Are you a cat person or a dog person?

Remember to include information about their diet, behaviour and how to look after them.

Here are some websites that you may find useful in your research;



You may write your setting description on paper or on the set 2do.

12:00 – 12:15 Mindfulness activity on https://www.gonoodle.com/

You can choose any activity you like. Sign up for a free account

12:15-1:15 Lunch-be healthy!
1:15 – 1:30 TTRockstars and Spelling Shed


1:30 onwards Music Monday

Check out what Mr Paisios has planned for you on the music blog page.





Nursery- Monday 13th July

Monday 13th July
Let’s get active


Try the Disney inspired indoor games and 10 minute shake up activities:


Phonics What sound does the letter ‘m’ make?

Can you think of objects that begin with the letter ‘m’?

Musical time Bounce Time

Ask your child to think of things, which bounce (kangaroo, rabbit, Tigger, balls etc.)

Bounce a ball. Remember feet together, springy ankles, and bend your knees. Practice bouncing around the room to music, side-to-side, round and round, front and back and around the room. Focus on co-ordination and balance. Listen to rhythm and move!

What else can we bounce? Our shoulders, our knees and our arms!

Can we bounce like frogs? Start in a squat and jump to extended legs to another place, back into a squat. Can we bounce like Kangaroos? Big, High, Jumps from standing. Can we bounce like rabbits?


Year One Home Learning Monday 13th July 2020

Good morning Year One,

We hope you had a lovely weekend and enjoyed the sunshine! This is our last week of Year One! Let’s have a great last week!

It’s our last Spelling Shed competition of the year, so try and help your class win for the last time of Year One!

It was lovely to see lots of you on Zoom last week for our last session of the academic year.

We have lots of fun activities planned for you for the last week. Enjoy!

Have a lovely day!

Keep smiling! 🙂

Suggested activities for each day, can be done in any order Monday 13th July 2020

Start the day right!

PE with Joe Wicks

This is a live feed every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday morning, but don’t worry if you are late to join, you can simply click on the video and do it whenever you start your day.


20 mins


Log into Oxford Owl using the log in below  https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/?selLanguage=en&mode=hub

log in details

Choose the age group 5-6 year old and the book ‘Funfair Fun’. Read the text ‘Funfair fun’ with somebody in your house.

Before you read the text, can you predict what the text is going to be about?

Answer these questions when you have read it:

What type of text is this?

What is the title of the book called?

Who are the characters in the book?

Where do you think the characters are?

What happened to Cat’s popcorn?

How did Cat feel when she saw Nok and Tiger?

Why do you think Nok was hiding inside the rabbit’s pocket?

What was Tiger’s plan to get Nok back?

How do the characters feel at the end of the story?

What might happen next in the story to Cat, Tiger and Nok?


15 mins

Let’s start the week off with a matching game.

Can you read the caption and match it to the correct picture?



Have someone read the tricky word and see if you can write it independently. If you don’t have someone there to read it, cover it with your hand and give the spelling a go. Try not to peek and challenge yourself.

aaaaaatricky words

Please use the link below to log into phonic play.

Read the words in the ‘tricky word trucks’ as fast as you can!


Username: march20


Word of the week:


10 mins

Can you practice writing the word school?

Can you use school in a sentence?

Can you write school in cursive?

Maths or English

45 mins (alternate days)


This week’s English activities will be based on the story ‘Last Day Blues’ by Julie Danneburg’

You can use your story if you have a copy at home or you can watch it here on


Can you think of what your favourite memory of Year 1? Talk to an adult or somebody at home and tell them your favourite memory of Year 1?

Here are some ideas to help you



Choose one chilli challenge and complete the writing activity.

Mild challenge- On Purple Mash, draw and label your favourite memory of Year 1. It could be the Jack and the beanstalk pantomime, Whipsnade Zoo, Florence Nightingale workshop or Arts week. Try to use some adjectives to show how you felt e.g. happy, funny etc.

Here is an example of Miss Joseph’s favourite memory of year 1.


Jack and Jill




I liked watching Jack and the Beanstalk.

Warm challenge- Choose a favourite memory of Year 1  and write a sentence on Purple Mash to explain why it is your favourite memory of Year 1 using the conjunction  because and include some adjectives. Use the sentence opener ‘My favourite memory of Year 1 was….’

Here is an example of Miss Joseph’s favourite memory of Year 1.

My favourite memory of Year 1 was visiting Whipsnade zoo. I enjoyed this trip because I saw so many beautiful animals. My favourite animal that I saw was the lions  because it has a beautiful golden mane and it roared very loudly.

Spicy challenge- Choose one favourite memory of Year one and write a recount on Purple Mash. Remember to include time conjunctions (First, next, after, soon, later), adjectives to describe how you felt and what you saw. Challenge yourselves to use different sentence openers. Use conjunction because, but, so, and, but. If you are choosing a trip – Include how we got there, how you felt when you reached there.

Here is Miss Joseph’s example

My favourite memory of Year 1 is visiting Whipsnade zoo. First, we got onto a large coach. It was a very long journey. I was beginning to feel tired but I was too excited to see the animals. It was a wet and cold day.

As soon as we arrived, we went to the toilets to wash our hands. It is important to wash our hands to keep them clean and to stop germs spreading.

First, we went on a very long walk to visit the butterfly house. We saw lots of beautiful butterflies flying around! It was so exciting to see the different colours and patterns on a butterfly’s wings. Next to the butterfly house, we saw some scary spiders that looked like tarantulas. It had a fluffy black body and long legs. I felt terrified looking at the spiders because I am scared of spiders.

Next, we went to watch the bird show. We stood around the benches and watched the bird grab and eat his lunch. I felt scared at first but it was interesting to learn what birds like to eat.

After that, it was time for us to go to the toilets to wash our hands and get ready for lunch time.

After we washed our hands, we walked to a small hut to have our lunch. The hut is so small and crowded! We didn’t have enough tables to sit on to have our lunch. I had fun talking to my friends and telling them all about the beautiful butterflies I saw earlier in the morning. Soon, it was time to finish our lunch and start packing to get ready for some more fun.

Later, we went on a long walk around the zoo. We saw lots of different animals like; flamingos, monkeys, lions, elephants and African wild dogs. My favourite part of the afternoon was visiting the giraffes. It was interesting to learn so many facts about giraffes!

Soon, it was time to leave. We headed towards the coach ready to go back to school. I felt sad to be leaving the fun zoo. This is my favourite memory of Year 1 because this was our first trip in year 1 and travelling in a large coach and because I really wanted to see lions as they are my favourite animal. I hope in Year 2 we might visit Whipsnade zoo again.

Remember to hand in your work on Purple Mash so your teacher can mark it.

Curriculum activity

45 mins

Music Mondays with Mr. P

Every Monday Mr. P will post something fun and exciting for music to the Beavers School Blog. Please have a look and join in.

Creative activity Summer Bucket List

We want to hear about what you are going to or would like to do this summer. We are going to call it our summer bucket list.
Think of things you want to do, people you want to see, activities or games you want to play, and put it all in our bucket!

You can write, you can draw it, paint it, however you want to express your ideas is fabulous.

Summer may look a little different this year, but there are tons and tons of things you can do to make the most of your summer holidays!

We would LOVE to see your buckets, so please share to the Purple Mash blog with your classmates and teachers!



Year 2 Home Learning – Monday 13th July 2020


Good Morning Year 2!

We hope you had a fantastic weekend. We can’t believe that our time in Year 2 is coming to an end! It was wonderful to have a zoom chat with you last Friday, and a chance to talk about everyone’s favourite memories of Year 2.

We always enjoy reading your work on Purple Mash so please continue completing your daily tasks.

Also, don’t forget to use SpellingShedTTRockStars and NumBots to help you with  your learning.

And as always, make sure you keep reading every day.

Have a lovely day!

Here are today’s home learning activities:

Suggested activities for each day can be done in any orderMonday 13th July 2020
45 mins

Today we are going to listen to “If I Were an Astronaut” by Eric Marc Braun. This story is read by a real life astronaut, Serena Auñón-Chancellor from the International Space Station.

Please click on the link to access the story:


Now answer these questions:

What type of vehicles visit the space station? What do they bring?

Why do the astronauts need to operate the robotic arm on the space station? How do they do this?

What view do you think the astronauts might see when they are out doing their space walk?

How do the astronauts make sure they are safe when they go on their space walk?

Astronaut Serena can read the story upside down. How do you think she can do that?

How long do the astronauts generally spend at the space station?

Do you think it is easy to become an astronaut? Why?

What do you think is the best thing about becoming an astronaut?

Finally we have an activity for you on Purple Mash where you can paint your own spaceship!

Purple Mash 2Do – Spaceship
45 mins
Summer Term Week 6- Lesson 1, the 10 times table

Once you have watched the lesson, download and complete the sheet below.


Please check your work against the answers below:

Curriculum Activity
45 mins

It’s Musical Monday today!

Please see the music page of the school blog to find out what fun activities Mr Paisios has prepared for you.
Creative afternoon activityToday we will be designing and making our own space rockets using junk modelling.

First of all, draw a design of your space rocket and label it.
Think carefully about all the parts that your space rocket will need.
Will your rocket have any special buttons? What will these buttons do?
What materials will you be using?
How will you be attaching the pieces?
How will you be decorating your rocket?

Once your design is ready, collect all the materials and tools you need and start building . As usual, ask an adult’s permission with your tools and materials.

Please don’t forget to post your exciting space rocket pictures on your class blog on Purple Mash.

Here are some ideas to get you started:
Image: Transform a bottle into a rocket in 6 easy steps

Junk model space rocket | Space activities for kids, Space crafts ...

Toy Airplanes Made from Empty Lotion or Shampoo Bottles. If your baby boy has his heart set on airplanes, then make some out of empty lotion or shampoo bottles with his little hands. Kids Crafts, Crafts To Do, Projects For Kids, Diy For Kids, Craft Projects, Arts And Crafts, Craft Ideas, Recycling Projects, Recycling Bins

Other Useful WebsitesReading
All school subjects
Today’s Puzzle
Odd One Out Ice-cream Picture Puzzle for Kids with Answer -Brain ...

Year 5 Home Learning Monday 13th July 2020

Musical Monday 8/21/17 | Birth of a Notion

Good Morning! This is your last week in Year 5, how exciting! As it is your last week, we are giving you a project to do over the afternoons of your time in Y5. For Maths and English, we will be focusing on BBC Bitesize this week!

Today’s activities


Read aloud to a family member or listen to an audio book on audible 


BBC Bitesize Time: O’clock


BBC Bitesize. What is a story?


It’s ‘Musical Monday’ 
Check out the Music blog for today’s music activity

Reflection of your time in Year 5 

We would like you to create a poster of your time in Year 5, including what you have got up to during lockdown. Start by drawing a self portrait in the middle of paper (landscape or portrait) and around it, answer the questions below and add more memories of your time in Year 5. You can create a collage, use pictures you have taken, lots of colour etc. Make them exciting as possible!  We’d love to see them! email  your finished posters later this week! e.gibson@beavers.hounslow.sch.uk! 


Questions to answer on your reflection:
-What is something that you have accomplished of which you are proud of?
-What have you learnt about yourself this year?
-What was the most challenging part of this year for you?
-What was your greatest achievement outside of the classroom this year?
-What is something you did this year that you will remember for the rest of your life?
-Which person in the school has made the biggest impact on your life this year?

Remember, it doesn’t really matter which order you do the activities. However we are expecting you to at least do the following:

💕 Have fun. Be Safe. Be kind! 💕