The RSPB Big Bird Watch 2021

I have magpied this idea from Year 5 and I think it is a great idea for something to do this weekend!

We often think that birds are just something pretty to look at. However, they do a lot for the environment.

The RSPB is a charity that was founded in 1889 to ensure birds were protected in England, Scotland and Wales. It stands for Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Using the sheet with the pictures of birds below, spend some time outdoors or you can look out of the window (it can be 5 minutes every now and then throughout the day). If you spot any of the birds below, record your sighting. You can use a tally chart if you like.

Tally Chart for Spotting BirdsDownload

Once you’ve completed your observations, you can draw a bird. Use the document below to help you.

How to Draw a BirdDownload

Miss Jennings

Homework, Reading Records and Reading Books


As we are trying to avoid cross-contamination of objects between home and school, we are now going to be uploading homework weekly on the blogs for you to access. In order for us to check the children’s homework, we have created individual Seesaw codes for the children, so they can scan their own code and take a photo of their homework to submit, and we will be able to see it in school. If you are unsure how how to use Seesaw, you can follow the steps below or watch the video:

To sign in with a Home Learning Code:

  1. Open the Seesaw class app.
  2. Tap “I’m a student”.
  3. Tap the blue “scan code” button and scan the Home Learning Code or type in your Home Learning Text Code.

In year 3, we will be setting maths and English homework on a Monday and it will need to be completed by Friday morning. Your child’s work will then be checked by staff in school.

Reading Records:

As well, we will be sending home Reading Records for the children to keep at home for now. When a child has read at home, the reading record can be filled in as before, however, rather than sending the reading record back into school, your child can take a photo of their reading record (as shown above) showing us what they have read or leave us a comment telling us directly on the app. That way, we can continue to keep a log of who is reading at home for our Reader Leader award!

Reading Books:

For the moment, children will be choosing books, with the guidance from staff in school, within their class libraries, to avoid cross-contamination from different bubbles within the school. If your child brings a book home to read and finishes it, they can bring it back to school the next day and the book will be quarantined for 72 hours before being returned to the class library. Your child can then choose another book to read at home. Of course, a child can also read a book from home too! As well as physical copies of books, we have also signed up to Oxford Owl where children can access lots of e-books to read online (we can give guidance of what level books the children should be reading via your child’s Seesaw page). Here are the log in details:

Oxford Owl – Phonics books:

You can log in using this username and password by clicking on the ‘My class login’ button on the Oxford Owl site.

Username: aspen2021
Password: password

Ideas for keeping busy over the summer…

If you would like to keep going with some home learning in preparation for
September, we recommend the following:

  • Read lots! Independently and to each other. Try the
    Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Spelling practice. You could use Spelling Shed and you
    can find the appropriate spelling lists here. Nothing
    beats writing the words down. Use your best
  • Times table practice. You can use Times Tables
    Rockstars or Hit the Button. Our youngest pupils can
    work on their Number Bonds!
  • You can research new Autumn 1 topics with the
    Knowledge Organisers and Home Learning Ideas that
    can be already be found here.
  • Grammar Hammer and Mathletics worksheets are still
    available here. Stage number = Year group.

Summer Reading Challenge!

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place over the summer holidays throughout the UK. The 2020 challenge will run from June until September. While libraries are closed, children and families have the chance to take part online and receive rewards for their reading.

For 2020, the theme will be the ‘Silly Squad’, with new, funny characters, ready to bring the UK a seriously silly summer. As well as the usual reading challenge, there will be themed activities and space to share recommendations online too.

How to take part/join in:

  • Sign up at from 5th June onwards. Once you have signed up, you can create your own profile.
  • You then have to set your own challenge of how many books you are going to read before September.
  • You can read anything you enjoy – comics, joke books, poetry, fiction, non-fiction.
  • Each time you finish a book, add it to your profile and write a review. You will be rewarded with online badges, games and videos.
  • You will receive a digital certificate once you have completed your challenge!
  • Families can join in too with new activities, games and quizzes each week.

Now is the perfect time to sign up and take part, even if you haven’t done so before. We all know how important it is to keep reading and now it is even more important than ever!

Let us know on the blogs or Seesaw if you are taking part and how you are getting on!