Mindful Yoga!

This week is ‘Mental Health Awareness’ week.

It is important to take some time to ourselves during this strange time away from school and make sure we are feeling ok.

We love Cosmic Kids yoga in class, so why not try some mindful (and fun!) Yoga?
Below is one of our favourite Yoga stories, but you can find lots more by typing ‘Cosmic Kids’ into YouTube.



We would love to see any photos or videos of your yoga at home, so send them to us via Class Dojo or using birch@ladywood.bolton.sch.uk


Stay safe and stay well.

Sarah, Rachel and Brendan

Dear Greenpeace


Our next book for this half-term is:
‘Dear Greenpeace’


I hope you enjoy reading along with me.

What did you think of the story?

Can you have a go at answering some questions about the story?
You can use the communication boards to help and can replay the video too.


  1. Who does Emily write to?
  2. Who does Emily see at the seaside?
  3. Who spurts water?
  4. Who writes letters about the whale?


  1. Where does Arthur live at Emily’s house?
  2. Where do whales usually live?
  3. Where does Emily visit at the end of the book?
  4. Do whales stay in the same place? Where do they go? (there is a new word that might help you)


  1. When does Emily put salt in the pond?
  2. When did Arthur jump up and spurt water?
  3. What time of day is it when Emily is sad?
  4. When did Emily read Arthur Greenpeace’s letter?


  1. What does Emily ask for in her first letter?
  2. What does Emily put in the pond?
  3. What colour is Arthur?
  4. What is Emily writing?
  5. What does Emily feed Arthur in the pond?
  6. What does Emily feed Arthur at the seaside?
  7. What does Greenpeace say Emily might have seen in her pond?
  8. What does Emily do after she reads Arthur the letter?
  9. What does Emily shout to Arthur at the end?
  10. What does Greenpeace say Emily can do when she is older?


  1. How is Emily feeling when Arthur jumps and spurts water?
  2. How do you think Arthur was feeling at the end of the book? Why?
  3. Do you think Emily likes whales?
  4. Can you draw a picture of a whale?
  5. Can you find a picture of a whale using the internet?
  6. Can you and an adult find out about Greenpeace?
  7. Can you and an adult find out some information about whales?
  8. Have you been to the seaside? Can you draw a picture of what you might find at the seaside?


Don’t forget you can send us pictures of your learning at home via Class Dojo or our class email: birch@ladywood.bolton.sch.uk

Sarah, Rachel and Brendan

Phonics Fun!

Good Morning 2B!

I know how much we love our phonics learning in class, so let’s have a practise at home.


Phonics Song

Let’s practise our sounds with our song- don’t forget the actions!


Catch up with Scrap and Polly!

Recap your sounds with Scrap and Polly on Espresso.

ead to the main school blog page and click on the link to ‘Espresso’ in the first blog post.

This will take you to a page with the log-in details and a link to access the website.

Click the link and then log in from the top right hand corner (if there is a drop down with options, select ‘Espresso’)

Type in ‘Phonics’ in the search bar at the top.


Click the second link down.


You can access any of the videos and games from here.
We have been looking at all the Phase 2 and 3 sounds (Scrap and Polly) in class.


Work on all the different sounds we have practised in school.

In school, we have been learning our Phase 2 and Phase 3 phonics sounds (shown on the mats below). You can use any of these sounds to play the following games. You could even try some Phase 4 sounds!

Say the sounds

You could try saying the different sounds using ‘sound buttons’ made from playdoh.


Find the sounds


Read a word
Can you sound out and read a word using the sounds you have practised?


Spell a word
Try spelling some CVC or CCVC words.


Have fun with playdoh!
Have fun practising your letters and sounds with playdoh.
You could stamp letters out, make the letter shapes, read and spell words.


Phonics Play
Don’t forget you can log-in to Phonics Play for free and access all the games we play at school.
Log-in and then click the links to Phase 1, 2 or 3 on the left-hand side and enjoy the games!


My phonics learning…..


Don’t forget to send us the lovely photos and videos of your learning via Class Dojo or using birch@ladywood.bolton.sch.uk


Stay Safe.
Sarah, Rachel and Brendan.

Squiggle While You Wiggle

Are we ready to get moving again 2B?
In class, we love to ‘Squiggle while we Wiggle’ to help us with our writing, pencil control and coordination.


You will need:

You can use any small piece of material as a ‘flipper flapper’ like a pillow case, tea towel, scarf or t-shirt!

Let’s get ready to Squiggle!
First up, it is our horizontal and vertical lines and circular movements.


Now it’s time to do the same on paper.


A super job!
Now let’s try our curved ‘m’ and ‘w’ movements.


How about the same on paper.


Super squiggling 2B.

Squiggle while you Wiggle….


Stay Safe.
Sarah, Rachel and Brendan

Physical Time

Hello again 2B!

I know we usually love Physical Time at school, so I thought I would put together some of our favourite dances to keep you active at home.

Waka Waka


Super Mario

Gummy Bear


Freeze Dance



Just Dance physical time….

Stay safe and stay active.
Sarah, Rachel and Brendan

Dough Disco!

It’s Tuesday! In 2B, that means it is time to go to the……

It is time to grab your playdoh (don’t worry if you haven’t got any-there is a recipe below) and get ready for some fun at the disco!
You can listen to my song on the video or choose your favourite music to play whilst your fingers dance at the disco.

Making Playdoh

If (like me) you are short on playdoh- here is a simple recipe to make some.

You will need:

1. Add 2 cups of plain flour to the bowl

2. Add 1 cup of water

3. Add 1 tbsp (tablespoon) of cooking oil- I have found that vegetable works best but any will work.

4. Add 2 tsp (teaspoons)/ sachets of Cream of Tartar (this is optional but the dough seems to last longer).

5. Add half a cup of salt.
If you want to make coloured playdoh and are using food colouring- add to the bowl now.

6. Mix everything together to make a dough.
If it seems a little sticky add more flour until it is the right consistency.

7. Lightly flour a surface and knead your playdoh until it has a soft, squashy consistency.
If you don’t have any food colouring, you can add acrylic based paint to your dough at this point to add colour.

8. Your playdoh is ready to go! Store it in an air-tight container somewhere cool and dry.


Going to the Dough Disco…..


We would love to see any photos or videos of your time at the Dough Disco!
Don’t forget to send them to us via Class Dojo or using our NEW class email address:


Stay safe.
Sarah, Rachel and Brendan

2B’s Little Garden

Hello Class 2B- we miss you all. 

Today we are going to plant some seeds and over the next few weeks watch them grow into vegetables. 
This is part of our Science learning



Keeping our little garden healthy. 

I have placed our seeds on the window sill, so they will get enough light to help them grow. In the morning and before I go to bed I will check the soil, if the soil is dry and crumbly I will add a little bit of water. 



Activity: Can you look online and see what a lettuce, Radish, Chilli Pepper and Carrots look like?

Activity:Maybe you could draw your own little garden and show us what they look like?

Activity: Can you plant your own seeds and look after them to see how they grow?


At my Mum and Dad’s house, they love to grow lots of fruits and vegetables in their garden. I hope you enjoy looking at all the different fruits and vegetables that are growing.

Look at the green netting that is to keep the vegetables safe from the birds – we don’t want them to eat them all. 

Activity: Can you also spot my mum and dads dog Tilly ?
Activity: Can you name some fruit and vegetables that might grow in the garden?


Activity: Can you sort the fruits and vegetables in your house (or the pictures below) into ‘Fruit’ and ‘Vegetables’?

My learning about planting seeds……

Remember to send us some lovely photos or videos of your learning through Class Dojo or by using the NEW email address: birch@ladywood.bolton.sch.uk



 Stay Safe Everyone 

Brendan, Rachel and Sarah

VE Day

Happy Thursday everyone!
Tomorrow is a very special day….
VE Day.

VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) happened 75 years ago on 8th May 1945.
It was the day that World War 2 ended.

You can learn about VE with Newsround

Lots of people across the country will be celebrating this special day tomorrow- why not join in?

1. Make you own flag or bunting to decorate your house

Follow the instructions on BBC’s ‘Make a Difference’ page to decorte your house with some colourful home-made bunting (there is a template to print out too)

2. Enjoy some music from the time of VE Day (remember Jackie signed this song for us a couple of weeks ago)

3. Dress Up!

You could wear ‘Red, White and Blue’ for the day or even dress up like you lived in the 1940s.

4. Have a garden tea party with your family at home.

Enjoy a yummy picnic tea party in your garden with your family at home.
What food could you enjoy as part of your tea party?


We would love to see some pictures or videos of your VE day celebrations.
Remember to send them to us via Class Dojo or using friendsofladywood@ladywood.bolton.sch.uk

Stay safe everyone.
Sarah, Rachel and Brendan

Make a Kite (like Stanley)

Good Morning everyone!

Who enjoyed our story ‘Somebody Swallowed Stanley’ from last week?
Do you remember what happened to Stanley at the end?
He was turned into a kite!

Rachel was inspired by the story and made her very own kite.
Why don’t you follow her instructions to make your own kite.


You will need:

1. Cut your plastic bag in half (around the outside) so you have the front part and the back part as 2 seperate pieces.

2. Cut one piece into a kite shape.

3. Turn you kite shape over and lay 2 sticks/ branches in a cross shape to make the frame.

4. Use the cellotape to hold the sticks in place.

5. Take the other piece of the plastic bag and cut across into strips.

6. To make the tail of your kite, take a piece of ribbon/ string (as long as you want it) and tie the strips of plastic bag onto the string, leaving a gap between each.

7. Attach the tail to the bottom of your kite using the cellotape.

8. Make a handle for you kite by winding a long piece of ribbon/ string around the 3rd stick.

9. Tie your handle to the kite where the 2 sticks on the main frame cross.

10. Your kite is ready! If you want to, you could decorate it and then enjoy flying it outside (just like Hannah).

What did you think about making your kite?
Making my kite……

Don’t forget to send us some lovely photos or videos of your learning via Class Dojo or using friendsofladywood@ladywood.bolton.sch.uk


Rachel, Sarah and Brendan (Team 2B)