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Happy April Fools day!

I wonder if you are playing any tricks on anyone in your family today?  Have you seen any on the news or in the newspapers?  They always make me laugh so I hope there are some, even in this difficult time.  Could you do some research on how the day became the day for pranks and jokes?  Where did it originate and how do other countries celebrate it?  Let me know what you find out.

Sadly there are no tricks in my blog, but there are a few new things for you to have a look at.

Firstly, as what would have been the end of term draws near, we had a big DT project planned for you which you might like to have a go at at home.  We all know how clever the Romans were, and they worked out how to build bridges for water, called aqueducts.  Could you build one at home?  You can use anything you like, we suggested cardboard from the recycling, but use anything available.  Can you find something to use instead of water?  I would love to see a video/photo of your creations!

There are also handwriting sheets under the English section and weekly SPaG targets, and don't forget to log on to White Rose Maths for daily Maths lessons.

Be good, be kind and be safe

Mrs Irvine

Good morning Nightingales,

Thank you so much those who have emailed me so far to let me know how you are getting on with the work set.  Its fabulous to be able to keep in touch, believe it or not I miss you all! Let me know what you have been up to, even if it is just to admit you are struggling with being disciplined enough to settle down to work.

White Rose Maths updates regularly with new lessons, so keep checking it at

If you completed either the poetry or the descriptive writing, please email your work so I can see it, and then move on to the setting work.  There are a few ideas on the website, but if you can find a picture of your own, please feel free to use that, why not look at for a picture to inspire you, these are the ones we used on Fridays to do your free write, so you will see some you recognise, so try to choose one you haven't already written about.  Let your imagination go wild!

Mrs Irvine

Hello Nightingales!

Welcome to week 2!  I hope you are all coping and completing some school work every day.

Today I am uploading some more Maths work, moving on with the decimal work I set last week and extending it.  You can either access it here, or look in the Maths section on our page.  As always, if you have any problems, please email me ( so I can help you, that is what I am here for.


I would also like you to have a go at another of the writing tasks.  Try the Character Description one first, and please send me your work; I would love to see what you are up to.


I have also uploaded a link to a song which is designed to be uplifting and happy.  It would be great if you could begin to learn it at home so when we get back together, we can all sing it.


Be good, be kind, be safe

Mrs Irvine

We'd like to know how you are getting on with your home learning and how you are. Please ask your adult to follow the link  and complete the 2-minute survey:  
(If you click on the link and it doesn't take you to the survey, please copy and paste it to your address bar)

Hello Nightingales,

Day 4 and I have set you a task on the English tab.  There are several writing tasks on there but the one I would like you to focus on is the Poetry one.  I would like to to write a poem about something that inspires you and then present it in some way to be shared.  This could mean, if we have permission for you to appear on the website, that you video yourself performing it like Michael Rosen's chocolate cake (, or if you would rather not perform, you could write it up neatly and decorate the sheet.  Then email me the result so I can post them all on the website. It would be great to be able to share some of your work with you all so you can see what each other are doing.


I have also uploaded some more work regarding decimals in Maths. Go have a look.


Be good, be kind, be helpful, be safe

Mrs Irvine

Hello again Nightingales!

Day three, I hope you are beginning to settle in to the new routine.

As I was driving home I thought about how quiet the streets are and I noticed that some windows are displaying the rainbows.  Have you done one yet?  The idea is the rainbow represents hope/a promise that things will get better (remember our RE lessons on the rainbow after the flood) and that we are all trying to put it in our windows to show we are all together.  If you haven't done it yet, maybe today is the day.  Paint, colour, craft a rainbow out of whatever you have at home and put it in your window, and if you have to go out at any stage, see how many you can spot! Maybe you could also write a poem or prayer around the theme of hope, use the colours of the rainbow or the shape as a starter.  

In the meantime, check out the SPaG section for some worksheets on adjectives and adverbs and the maths section for the next step on decimals.  

Keep safe, keep busy and keep smiling.

Mrs Irvine


Hello Nightingales!

Day two, how are you all doing?  

I would like to say a fantastic WELL DONE to all those who have been on TT rockstars and Mathletics, this will help you keep sharp on your maths skills.

Have look at the work sections on the class page, I will be uploading some new resources for you to try out - both explanation videos/powerpoints and worksheets for you to try.  As before, try your best and remember you can always contact me ( for help and advice.

Lastly, for a bit of fun, two online activities for you.  First Joe Wickes is doing you tube videos to help you keep active.  Also why not try logging on to David Walliams' website to enjoy listening to a story. His website has lots of activities to complete, too.

Have fun and stay safe.

Mrs Irvine

Hello Nightingales!

It is  a very strange time we find ourselves in.  How did you find working from home today?  Did you get much done, or did you get distracted?  

So today's blog is tips and hints to ensure you get some work done but also keeping a balance while you are at home.

1) Set a timetable.  This will help your mind to know when it needs to focus and when it can relax, just like it does at school.

2) Have a place to work which is not too close to distractions. 

3) Plan for a set amount of work. Set yourself enough to challenge yourself, but not so much that you get overwhelmed and end up giving up.

4) Do your best.  As always.

5) READ!  there are many places out there you can access free books, and if you go to they are offering free audio books, and you can also read and listen to books at  Give it a go, what have you got to lose, you may even find a new favourite!

By all doing our part, hopefully together we can not only beat the virus, but keep learning at the same time. 

Let me know how you get on, send me pictures of what you are doing, and I may be able to feature you on the blog! You can email me on I'll check emails Monday-Friday between 0900 and 1100.


Remember, be good, be kind, be safe!

Mrs Irvine