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Welcome back to Kingfishers Class!


We hope that you had a lovely Easter break and that you are ready for a fun Summer term with us, enjoying our new topic 'The Great Outdoors'



Welcome back Kingfishers

Staff in Kingfishers


Teacher - Lisa


Teaching Assistants - Donna



Friday, 9th July 2021


On a Friday morning we always start by watching BBC Newsround and then having a go at answering the questions on the quiz. 


We then play a variety of games on Phonics Play looking at Phases 3, 4 and 5. 


We have really enjoyed our topic about the Rainforest, below I have put a variety of Rainforest activities for you to choose from.

I will look forward to seeing what you have been doing next week.


Thursday, 8th July 2021



In English today you need to use your research maps that you completed yesterday on your chosen rainforest animal and you are going to create a non-chronological report about it. Have a look at the powerpoint below as that will give you some ideas for how you can write your own report. 


In maths today you are going to continue to look at capacity. Have a selection of different sized jugs and some cups. Make predictions as to how many cups you think it will take to fill the jug. Record what you find and take some photos. 



Continue with your art activity from yesterday, either creating a rainforest in a shoebox or jar, having a go at drawing some of the rainforest animals following the step by step instructions or creating your own zentangle on the Chameleon. 

I can't wait to see what you have created. smiley

Wednesday, 7th July 2021


I have added activities for Phonics, English, Maths and Art for today. 


Remember to share a book together.


Also look at our song that we have been learning for the end of term 'Cover me in Sunshine' by Pink.  



For English today I would like you to choose an animal from the rainforest that you would like to research. Fill in the research map with all the interesting facts that you find out. You will need these ready to write your non-chronological report tomorrow. 



In Maths we are starting to look at capacity. Today's session is a practical session where you need to have a variety of different containers and work out which holds more or less. Make sure you write down or take photographs of what you find out. 

Tuesday 6th July 2021


On a Tuesday morning we normally have our football session with Paul. You could have a game of football in the garden with your family members or go for a walk. 

We have also been learning some basket ball skills so you could practise bouncing the ball and running at the same time or practising your throwing and catching skills. 



Some other ways to get moving at home

Handwriting - we have started practising joining our letters in cursive.



In Science we were going to look at the greenhouse effect. Have a look at some of the activities below. You may even want to have a go at one of the investigations.



Here are some useful websites for reading. Your child can read by themselves or listen to a variety of stories being read to them.

Summer Term 2021

In this fascinating topic, the children will learn all about what a Rainforest is and where to locate them in the world. They will look at the different layers of the Rainforest and they will find out about the plants and animals that live there.

Summer Term Newsletter

Spring Term


English, Phonics and Maths activities within the different  groups we use in class will be added daily, if you need to know which group your child is in I can send a private message regarding this. There will also be topic activities which will follow our new topic 'Awe and Wonder'.

Activities will be added to Twitter which you can also access.

Any questions please do not hesitate to ask. 


Staying Active at home


Check out PE Rocklands twitter to find a weekly activity bingo card, weekly challenges and lessons.


Joe Wicks is also doing 3 sessions a week to keep up your fitness.


Please share any activities you do as we would love to see how you are keeping fit and healthy.

Week beginning 1st March


This week we are continuing to look at the three different types of rock in Science. We are looking at how mountains are formed and what the climate is like in the mountains. You will also be creating your own mountains so save an egg box if you can! 

We are looking forward to seeing you back in school next week. smiley

Week beginning 22nd February 2021


During this half term you will be becoming an explorer and finding out about famous explorers along the way. In topic we are going to become enthusiastic mountain experts. Hope you enjoy!

This week we are going to start off by finding out how mountains are formed and there features. You will also be learning about Edmund Hillary and his climb of Mount Everest.

8th February 2021


This week we will be looking at Chinese Architecture, and the artist Claude Monet creating artwork in the style of Monet. It is also Internet Safety Day on Tuesday 9th so we will be looking at ways in which we can stay safe online. We will also be celebrating Chinese New Year on Friday.

Week 1st February 2021

Rivers have always been extremely important for people whether it be for leisure, industry or transport. This week we are going to learn more about this and then by the end of the week we will be finding out about how water gives us power. 

Activities to support tricky words

Useful websites to support learning at home this week

Mental Health Week

This week is mental health week, why not have a go at some of the activities below.

Week beginning 25th January


This week we will be tracing the journey of a local river to the sea. Building a boat from natural materials to send on a river journey, and understan d the importance of rivers to people. We will also be looking at architecture in the medieval times.  


Week beginning 18th January


This week in our 'Awe and Wonder' topic we are going to understand what happens when a river reaches the coast, learn about the ten major rivers and continents through which they flow and review our knowledge of the stages of a river through music. 



Have a look at PE Rocklands twitter page where you will find a weekly activity bingo card, challenges and lessons.

Joe Wicks is also doing 3 sessions a week to keep up your fitness.

Please share any activities you do as we would love to see how you are keeping fit and healthy.

Week beginning 11th January 


This week we will be looking at the different type of water we find from sea, lakes and rivers. We will then be looking at the role of the water cycle and creating our own water cycles.


This week in English we will be creating an information text on your chosen river and making comparisons between a UK river and a river from somewhere else in the world.

You can research one UK river either the River Severn, River Thames or a river of your choice. For a river in the wider world you could choose from the Amazon, River Nile or again you can choose your own river to research.

Monday – To research a river in the UK Complete a research map writing down the interesting facts that you have found ready to use later in the week.

Tuesday - To research a river in the wider world completing a research map of all the interesting facts.

Wednesday -  From the rivers that you have researched choose one that you would like to create an information text about.

Purple Group - create an information book

Green Group - to create a leaflet

Blue Group to create a fact sheet / poster

Thursday - To make comparisons between the 2 rivers you have researched. Use your research maps to help you complete the comparison table.

Friday - Water cycle comprehension




Remember to play the games on Phonics Play 

You could also have a look at BBC Bitesize 


Green Group Phonics

Monday – To look at the digraph ow Have a look at the bbc bitesize clip play buried treasure on phonics play

Tuesday - think of words that have the ow sound in and write a list or draw pictures.

Blue Group Phonics

Monday – Syllables watch the BBC Bitesize video

Have a go at writing 2 syllable words such as chicken, jacket, velvet, wicked, zigzag, liquid, tonight, boatman, rooftop, market, farmyard.

Tuesday – matching pictures and captions

Wednesday – Play  Viking full circle and spooky sounds.

Thursday – Make a list of things around your house that have the sounds or, ar, oo, ee and igh in them.



Go on a material walk looking for different materials outside and how they have been used.  When you are back at home ask your child what different uses did they find? Is there any way we can group some similar uses together? Encourage them to think of materials which may be used for similar purposes, for example materials used for building. Are they able to group similar uses of materials together?

Week beginning 4th January


This week we are introducing our 'Awe and Wonder' Topic. You will be being creative making your own rivers and then creating models or collages of them.

In English we will be planning and writing an adventure story based around a river.

Maths is attached below please select the group that applies to your child. Any questions please don't hesitate to ask. 

Please post pictures on to twitter of your childs work or email it to us.



If you google Phonics play there are interactive games that you can play focusing on the sounds of the week. You can also focus on the tricky words within phases 3, 4 and 5


Purple Group -

To  focus on the digraph aw play either dragons den or buried treasure sorting aw words into real and nonsense words.  To write a selection of aw words and add in the sound buttons. To write out the following questions and highlight the aw digraph. Can a paw also be a claw? Do you stretch your jaw when you yawn? If you go out on the lawn, will you need a shawl to stay warm?


Green Group - 

To think of a variety of words containing the ur digraph, write them down and add in the sound buttons. To play buried treasure on phonics play focusing on the ur digraph and sort them into real and nonsense words.

To read captions containing the ur digraph and match the picture. Find words containing the ur sound in the phoneme spotter


Blue group - 

Play a variety of games on phonics play linked to the digraph or. Have the or words and pictures and match them. To find words containing the or digraph in the phoneme spotter. Have a go at writing out some questions and highlight the or digraph. Is a boot short? Will a fort be big? Is corn red? Is a fork sharp?







In Science we are going to be looking at materials. Be a detective and see what different materials can you find around your home? How have the materials been used? Can you think of other ways that the materials can be used?

Spring Term 2021 Newsletter

Autumn Term 2020 Newsletter

Check out our new twitter page. Here you will be able to see what we have been getting up to in class. 

Kingfisher Timetable Spring 2021

Kingfisher class home- school pack

In the event that your child has to self isolate and is unable to come into school the Kingfishers staff have put together some resources for you to use at home with your child. 


In class we follow a routine of - 



Snack and outdoor play


Lunch and outdoor play



You may want to follow a similar routine at home. You may also like to do some life skills with your child such as cooking, gardening or sewing.


All Subjects


Purple Mash – every child has their own log on – it has been stuck into their diaries.


Education city – every child has their own log on

You can access age appropriate games for English, Phonics, Maths and Science.


Links to a variety of websites covering different subjects can be found on the Rocklands School website. Follow – Children – Kid’s Zone


Primary Resources - Free lessons plans, activity ideas and resources covering all subjects.


BBC Bitesize has lots of online learning with games to do for each subject and lesson ideas.


Twinkl are offering a month free subscription in light of the current situation affecting education. All you need to do is enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS. We suggest that you save any resources that you download onto your own home computer hard drive. Twinkl covers all subjects. There are variety of sequenced lessons plans in different subjects that you can download, which will include the resources needed to support the lessons.


Top Marks has links to online education games for the following subjects; Early Years, English, Geography, History, Maths, Music, R.E and Science.


Phonics Play

Phonics Play have made it free to access a variety of phonics resources. The user name and password can be found on the link.


You do not need to leave the house to visit the nearest library. Sign up for an online account and download as many e-books as you can read! Just type in Staffordshire library ebooks into Google.


Oxford Owl has free online reading books for your child to read. There are also questions about the book for your child to answer.


At Rocklands School we follow Letter and Sounds to teach phonics. On the website there is a variety of resources and online games that range from phase 1 to phase 6.




Maths Worksheets 4 Kids has lots of free worksheets that you can download and print off.


Math Game Time can make learning more fun and engaging. When children play games, they can apply their math skills to new and unique scenarios while building logic and critical thinking skills. They also get a chance to practice math in a way that is fun and appeals to their interests.




Maths Worksheets 4 Kids also has Science worksheets that can be downloaded and printed off for free. over a range of mini lessons to do which will spark discussions with mini clips and questions.


Little Bins Little Hands. Calling all junior scientists, engineers, explorers, inventors, and the like to dive into our INCREDIBLE list of best ever STEM projects for kids.


Science Kids. Enjoy fun science games for kids while learning more about science and technology. There's a range of free online activities to try with something for everyone whether you're interested in animals, plants, chemistry, biology, physics, space, magnets, electricity, forces, light, sounds, gases or other science related topics. Put yourself to the test by trying to complete as many of the interactive challenges as you can, the games start off easy but will be fully testing your technology skills and understanding of the science behind the game in no time.




Planeta 42 History games to explore and study the past and civilization progress. More than 40 online games to learn history, related to different historical subjects, that may be used for fun, interactive education.




Little Bins Little Hands. LEGO® is one of the most awesome and versatile play materials out there.




Play Geography. It’s so important to know the world we live in. But it’s so huge! There are so many countries, cities, flags, rivers, seas and more than 7 billions of people. There are lots of education games to play to learn about the world that we live in.




National association of teachers of religious education




Down Dog. Anyone who wants to do exercise at home can do so. Down Dog are making all of their apps - Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout - completely free until April 1st.