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During the school closure, teachers will post work onto the class pages daily.

We will often be using online learning resources that the children use regularly, e.g.  Poisson Rouge Purple Mash

Use the links to access these.

For Poisson Rouge please use login: corona2020 password: corona2020


Hello and welcome to all of you.

We are so looking forward to working together over the next few weeks. It's weird and wonky isn't it, but we're sure it will be fun, in a different way.

So... we are putting the resources you might need here. Phonics mats, some phonics information, maths play ideas and handwriting patter.

We are also looking forward to hearing from each of you and we are hoping to chat with you about how you are doing and what you have been doing. 

Please send us pictures of what you have been doing. We thought it would be good to have a gallery that we can share with you all. If you want your photos or pictures  to go in the gallery, then please let us know whether it's OK to share.

Of course remember that all these are just suggestions. The most important thing is that you explore and learn and that you have fun doing it.

We will upload challenges daily and we will be in touch at some point during each week.

Have fun!

Team Firecrest



We are sharing some links with you that you may find useful for phonics. Last week the DFE started making videos teaching Letters and Sounds which is the approach we use at Bridgewater, there are also other teachers who have made phonics videos. We will continue to provide a daily phonics lessons on this page for you, but if you want to dip in and out of some of these resources it could add variety, and some consolidation. They are all on youtube, we hope they are useful. 


DFE - Letters and sounds for home and school

Mr Thorne and Geraldine the Giraffe          


Mr. Mc does phonics                                  

Friday 17th July

Happy summer holidays everyone!

Hello, last day of Home Learning this term! We have a challenge from your new Wagtail team! Getting ready for year 1. Thank you to you all for your hard work, your emails and photographs, your care and support. Wishing you all a restful summer break and a super transition into year 1.

Wednesday 15th July

I hope you enjoyed yesterday's challenge, did you try anything new? Or perhaps you are planning to try some different foods in the holidays - remember to write them on the shopping list.

Today we have another writing task for you and some phonics games and word searches for you to choose from.

Have another great day!

Tuesday 14th

Did you have a lovely fantasy holiday yesterday? I wonder where everyone chose to go...... I decided to go to the beach as I have not been for so long, and I chose to take Father Christmas with me because I don't think he gets to go the seaside very often, and we would definitely travel in his sleigh! 

Today we have a food challenge for you, another fun phonics and a new story time. I hope you all have a super day.


Monday 13th July.

For this final week of home learning we have chosen the book You Choose. If you have a copy of this book at home it would be really helpful to get it out so you can have a good look at the pictures, if not don't worry, I have added a video clip that shows you all the pictures closely.

Although you are only coming into school for one day this week we are going to put home learning on here for four days - so there will still be plenty for you to do. Today you have the story to listen to, a writing challenge and fun phonics game to play.

Are you ready to use your imagination? You are are going off on your own make believe holiday adventure this week - have fun, and remember it's all up to you - You Choose

Friday Gallery

This week we have watched hermit crabs working together to move to larger shells and we started to look forward to new adventures in Wagtail class. We have used our maths skills for some careful estimating and decorated some amazing crabs. Here are the pictures and some of your fantastic work from this week. Well Done!

GoGo Bear goes camping.

Camping - What a jolly good idea for a holiday thought GoGo Bear. The bear had heard some of the Firecrest children talking about Glamping and also about something called BridgeFest. How exciting - sleeping outside under the stars, staying up really late and eating special camping food. Quickly a furry rucksack was packed with bear essentials - clean pants, toothbrush, a torch (to make funny faces in the dark), a cuddly toy, a bedtime book and plenty of honey sandwiches. There were a few grey clouds but GoGo wasn't worried.

GoGo got to the bottom of the garden - he was exhausted it was a long way down the slope in the Berkhamsted garden! There was an amazing plastic blue bucket. Wow! said GoGo and immediately began camping. It had been a long day and it was beginning to rain. A rumbling noise came from GoGo's tummy and suddenly the bear remembered the special camping food. The food was yummy and GoGo settled down with the torch ready to look at the stars and dream about a holiday to the moon.

Friday 10th July

What fun you seemed to have Estimating . Did you estimate near the number? What did you use? The Hermit crabs were filled with lots of different things. Well done! Today we have a  great challenges for you an Outside challenge and a phonics to finish the week. We hope you have fun doing these. 

Team Firecrest

Thursday 9th July

Wow! we have seen some brilliant Hermit crabs. Well done and thank you for sending the photos in. You look as though you had fun making them .They are so colourful. Today we have an estimating/maths challenge and some more Phonics. We hope you enjoy them and have fun counting.

Team Firecrest.

Here is your Estimating challenge and your phonics for today. Enjoy!

Tuesday 7 th July

What a fun day today reading the Hermit Crab story and thinking of all the new things we might find when we move to our new classrooms. Did you enjoy the story? 

watch the short clip today of a real Hermit Crab swapping shells. it is fascinating.

What do you think the Hermit crab might decorate his new shell with?

We have a fun making challenge for you today and some more phonics. Enjoy your day!

Team Firecrest

Here is your making challenge and your phonics. Good Luck!

Monday 6th July 

Hello everyone and welcome back to another week of fun challenges and learning together. We hope you've had a great weekend and enjoyed the Bridgewater camping Fest? Did you sleep in a tent? Did you build a den? Did you have a fire? It was fun wasn't it. This week we are going to enjoy a new story by Eric Carle. It's called "A House for Hermit Crab" and it's all about moving on and finding a new home. We are all going to be thinking ahead to September and how we will be moving to our new classes and new teachers. We are getting ready and will be sharing our thoughts and ideas. Have a great day and enjoy the story.

Team Firecrest.

Here is your writing challenge and Phonics

Friday Gallery

I hope you all enjoyed sport's week. Have a look at this week's gallery, I think we definitely have some sporting superstars! Some of you have also sent in pictures of all the other fun things you have been doing, and some great work too!

Friday 3rd July


Happy Friday everyone! Have you been enjoying all the sporting challenging this week? We really hope so - it has been lovely to see all your photo's and video's of your fun. I think we may see some of you in today's assembly - have a look on the website for all the assemblies. 


How did you get on with the jumping challenge yesterday? Did you manage to get lots of points?

Today we have a football challenge - go for goal!

We also have a story today and  your phonics challenge. If you want to do any of the sporting challenges you have missed out this week go and have a try.

You may fancy going and doing your own sport - a bike ride or a walk in the woods, or maybe the well known sport of tiddlywinks! 

Enjoy your day and don't forget to upload your scores from home and send them in. 


Thursday 2nd July


How are you feeling? Not tired I hope and have plenty of bounce in your step today because your sports challenge today is long jump.

Have you got a favourite sport that you like to do? There are so many of them to choose from. At the Olympics there are over 30 different sports. Have a look at the video and see which one would be your favourite sport.


There is a phonic challenge today and a story as well.

Have a great day and keep trying and go for gold!  

Wednesday 1st July


It's the 1st July - already! Happy 1st of the month to you all.

Today the sports challenges continue and you will see that is a tennis ball challenge. You can do it!

Keep those scores safe and remember to send all your scores in on Friday.


Have fun everyone.



Tuesday 30th June  


How did you get on with the running challenge yesterday? 5 minutes is a long time to run isn't it - I needed to have a lie down afterwards! 

Today we have got a basketball dribble to have a go at. Remember, just try your best as all the points add up. 

(The document with all the days activities was posted yesterday.)


Also today we have a Healthy Eating challenge that you might like to have a go at - what do you like to eat for lunch? You might like to help make it as well.

There is a phonics challenge and a story too.

Have a great day Team Firecrest



Monday 29th June - Sports Week!


Welcome to sports week everyone - the weather, as you'd expect, looks changeable! It does feel strange to not be doing it altogether at school but Mrs Bettridge and all the PE team have come up with a clever way of doing it at home and in your bubbles too.

Today, we are sending you the plan of the different sports to challenge yourself on each day. You can do these at home - and also at school. Don't forget to keep a score for your teams and send it in at the end of the week (a parent mail was sent home last week with the details and it is also written on the Family learning sheet on Friday.)


Today, we also have a story for you called 'Sports Day' and there is a diary challenge that you might like to have a go at.

You will notice the phonics is for Monday and Thursday this week.  In school we will be doing something slightly different in phonics so if you are at home today the phonics is for you! 


Go get yourself warmed up and run like the wind! Ready, steady, go!




Friday Gallery

What a lovely week, playing in the sun, making boats, and of course working very hard! Enjoy the pictures.

Go Go Bear and the pirates.

Go Go Bear wanted to make a boat too. All the children had made marvellous boats this week. The bear was very happy with the boat.  It was time to dress-up! How about being a pirate, what fun!. Carefully the boat and bear floated out to the deep, deep ocean. Maybe there would be a giant squid or some hungry sharks.

The bear peered around the ocean with the pirate telescope. There was something on the horizon. Was it a desert island? Was it a narwhal or a pangolin? No, there was some gold glinting and someone was feeding a parrot. It was a pirate ship with treasure!
Stealthly Go Go went behind the pirate ship and leapt on to the boat with a beary growl the pirates were very surprised but it was too late to use their cannon or save the treasure. Go Go made every single pirate and the parrot walk the plank and he sailed off happily with the treasure. 

Friday 26th June

Wow, it was super hot yesterday! Did you have your paddling pool out or eat  ice-cream? I bet Mr. Gumpy would have been happy to splash into the river.

We have got another couple of challenges for you today, one is all about telling the time and the phonics lesson today is about vowels again. I hope you have fun today and have a lovely weekend.

Thursday 25th June

Hello, I hope you are ready for another fun day of home learning. We have a writing challenge for you today, but you are going to have to do a bit of research first with your grown up. There is also a phonics lesson, a new story time and if you have not done your handwriting yet this week I will pop that on again too. Have a great day.

Tuesday 23rd June.

Good morning.

Did you make a boat yesterday? I wonder if your boat floated or sank. I was quite pleased with mine when I first put it in the water, but as the animals started getting on board it got a bit wibbly-wobbly like Mr. Gumpy's boat, and yes, you've guessed it - SPLASH - all the animals fell in the water! I had to go and try and try again until my boat was stable enough to carry my animals.

Today we are going to do some writing about Mr. Gumpy's boat ride, we have also got two more numbers for you to practise in handwriting, and some phonics.

I hope you all have a super day.

Monday 22nd June

Hello and happy Monday! 

We are going to have such fun this week, we are going to start today with a boat story, it is called Mr. Gumpy's Outing - it is quite funny. Then we are going to be building and testing boats - I am super excited! Have a great day, I can't wait to see all your boats.

Oh, and remember your phonics today too.

Friday Gallery

We have enjoyed looking inside your patchwork sacks this week. There have been some fantastic ideas for things you would need for your flum flum adventures.

There have been some great mathematics challenges too.

Friday 19th June

Hey Everyone . It looks like you had fun yesterday drawing and designing your Flumflums. Some of them are so brightly coloured!

I can't believe another week has nearly flown by but we have a great Maths challenge for you today and some more phonics too.So have a fun Friday and we'll see you again on Monday.

Happy weekend all.

Team Firecrest

Here are your Maths and Phonics challenges. You will need some dice. Sounds like fun! Enjoy!

Go Go Bear Boredom Buster

This week Go Go Bear has been inspired by a lovely picture from Firecrest.

One of our class has made this amazing long knitting. It is a long worm at the moment but it will become a handbag.

Go Go Bear has also been watching Friday assembly and has seen a knitting Boredom Buster.

"How hard can it be?" the bear thought. Go Go picked up a book to learn how to crochet and began to look at the pictures.

Go Go Bear was very confident that it looked very easy. Go Go didn't think that it was necessary to read all those long instructions.

The bear began to crochet and think about the marvellous socks that would soon be finished.

Soon there was wool everywhere. It was quite tricky.

"Oh dear! What a tangle".

"I think I'll stick to climbing beanstalks!" said Go Go.

Thursday ,18th June 

Hello everyone and happy Thursday. What fun you have had this week with "Jack and the Flum Flum Tree" I love your patchwork sacks.They have been so colourful and some of the things you have chosen to take with you are exciting! Ice cream seems to have been a favourite! We hope you enjoyed counting in twos and fives all around the house. Lots of socks have been counted and shoes . It's a  good job you're not in my house! We always have odd socks so they would be tricky to count.

Today we have another writing challenge for you. You can choose one or the other. Also there is a new phonics challenge and if you haven't done our handwriting lesson this week" don't get your knickers in a twist!"  I am re- posting it today. So lots of fun! 

Have a good day.

Team Firecrest.

Here are your Phonics and writing challenges. Enjoy!

Tuesday 16th June

What fun today with "Jack and the flumflum tree"Hope you enjoyed it and didn't get your Knickers in a twist! I wonder what you put in your patchwork sack?

I am looking forward to  reading some of your ideas.

Enjoy the activities today- there is a Maths challenge. Get ready to cont in two's again. You will have to find different things to count.Keep going with the Phonics too.

I am putting the Handwriting up today too but you can choose when you do it. Remember we won't be posting any Home learning tomorrow so perhaps you might choose to do it then?

Have fun and enjoy !

Team Firecrest

Here are your Maths and Phonics challenges. Enjoy!

Monday 15th June 2020

Welcome back to another week of fun and learning together. We loved all your Giants last week. I think I felt a little bit scared of some of them! There were some lovely pictures and great writing too. Have a look at our Photo gallery. we love seeing all your photos.

This week we are listening to "Jack and the Flum Flum tree". Jack goes on  a great big adventure and finds lots of exciting things. We have some challenges for you too. I think you 'll enjoy them.Today we have a phonics challenge and a writing challenge too so have fun and we look forward to hearing from you.

Team Firecrest

Today we have a Phonics challenge and a Writing challenge for you. Have fun!

Friday Gallery

Fee Fi Fo Fum! We have had terrific fun - hearing about and seeing your giants and beanstalks this week.

A HUGE well done to everyone.

Friday 12th June


It's Friday...again! How have you got on with your Jack and the Beanstalk challenges this week? Did you describe a pretty looking giant with beautiful blond hair or a rather smelly giant like mine with hairy toes and bad breath? Hope you had fun!


Today our challenge is to try and count up in 5s. You can use your hands and feet with this challenge or go in search of any little 5p pieces.

For phonics today there is a writing challenge and a new story to enjoy.


Have a look at home learning below for some extra ideas. On it there is a link to some online reading books you can access.

Go Go Bear has been having a great time with Jack and the beanstalk - have a look at his adventures.


Have a wonderful weekend from everyone in Firecrest. 


GoGo Bear and the Beanstalk.


This morning GoGo Bear was very excited. He opened his curtains, rubbed his eyes and in the garden he saw a gigantic beanstalk. Where did it come from? Where does it go to?

GoGo Bear didn't stop for breakfast. He ran out of his bedroom and he began to climb the beanstalk. He climbed and climbed and climbed. He was so glad he had been keeping up with PE with Joe Wicks as his legs and arms were very strong. At last he got to the top. He was hoping that he would see a castle or a giant. Carefully he looked around. It was hard to see very far as it was very cloudy. He was very tired and his tummy began to rumble as he had missed his breakfast. Suddenly he heard a loud plop , something large and golden fell on his head. Ouch! he said. He grabbed the golden thing and quickly climbed down the beanstalk. He could hear a loud rumbling above his head. When he got to the ground he quickly chopped down the beanstalk.


He sat down carefully with the golden item. Could it be a golden egg? What might be inside the egg? Who lived at the top of the beanstalk? Maybe he would have some breakfast and try to solve the mystery.

Thursday 11th June


Happy Thursday everyone! How was your day yesterday? Did you see any giant beanstalks when you went out for a walk? 


Today we have a writing challenge to think about what the giant might look like. 

For phonics we have a reading challenge and a new story to listen to as well.


Have a great day - and watch out for the rain.

Wednesday 10th June

Have a great day today!

Tuesday 9th June


Good morning. How did you get on with yesterday's Jack and the Beanstalk challenge? Thank you for sharing your writing - it was amazing to see all your great ideas. 

Today we have a number challenge - to count in 2s. Can you help Jack climb his beanstalk by counting in 2s? Good luck.

For phonics we are carrying on with Phase 4 and you can look at a word that has an apostrophe. There is a story too for you to enjoy.


I have put the handwriting on today - but you can do it any day of the week.

Have a great day.  

Monday 8th June


Happy Monday everyone! Did you have a fun weekend with your families? Wasn't there an exciting thunderstorm on Saturday - did you see the lightning and hear the thunderstorm? I loved watching it from my bedroom.


We hope you had lots of fun with bubbles last week  - I couldn't believe how big some of my bubbles were.

This week we are going to enjoy the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. Today we have the story read to you and a writing challenge.

For phonics we have some new tricky words to try and remember. I bet you are getting good at your tricky words.


Have a great day and watch out for any grumpy giants! 

Team Firecrest


Lots of bubbly fun and hard work this week - well done everyone.


Friday 5th June

Hello everyone, we have really enjoyed reading your bubble stories - what great ideas you all had.

Today we have the ZAP IT! number challenge for you, a phonics lesson and a story time.

We hope you enjoy your challenges today and have a great weekend.

Thursday 4th June

Hello, we have a couple more bubble challenges for you this week. Today there is a writing challenge and a phonics lesson. There is also the handwriting session for this week - don't worry, if you practised writing 2 and 3 on Tuesday you don't need to do it again. Remember to listen to today's story, and have a great day!

Tuesday 2nd June

Did you have fun yesterday with all those bubbles? I certainly did, blowing bubbles, chasing bubbles, writing about bubbles - such a great day!

Today we have a number challenge for you, a phonics lesson, the next handwriting session and a brand new story time. I do hope you have a good day.

Welcome Back

We hope that you have all had a lovely half term break, and were able to get out and enjoy the fantastic weather. 

It is good to be back with you again, and we hope you are looking forward to continuing your learning journey, whether that is at school or home, we will still all get to do the same challenges and share our learning fun on the website.


There will be challenges posted on the website on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Each week you will have 4 phonics lessons, a handwriting lesson and 4 fun challenges, plus the daily story times and of course the home learning sheet for those of you who want to try extra activities.


This half term we are starting to work on phase 4 phonics: some information about the learning expectations for this phase and some flashcard templates are posted at the top of the page under the phonics section.


Monday 1st June

It is all about bubbles this week, I love playing with bubbles - I hope you do too!

Today you have clip to watch about creating some bubbly fun, a phonics session and a new story time.

I hope you all have a super bubbly day!

Friday Gallery


Happy Teddy Bears Picnic Day! Have you had a wonderful time with your teddy's in the sunshine this week? It looks like it with all the wonderful photo's you have sent in. Thank you! I hope you enjoyed the delicious picnics you planned earlier in the week and made some yummy goodies! 

Enjoy the photo's of yourselves and your friends from the last few days.

It is the half term holidays for a week so we are wishing you and your families a very happy and fun holiday. 

Team Firecrest

Friday 22nd May

Wow! The teddy shelters look amazing! The teddies look as though they will  definitely live healthily and happily. Well done to all of you who had fun making one.

We made them in school as well and had great fun!

Today's the day! My teddy is so excited! He has been waiting all week for his chocolate buttons and his jelly. I know Ed bear and Gogo are also excited!

We have a challenge for you this morning and a song to watch instead of a story. We hope you have a great picnic and we can't wait to see the photos. Have fun with your teddies.

Team Firecrest

Here is your challenge and phonics for today

Dear Firecrest Friends

I was so excited about the picnic I arrived a bit early but Ed didn't mind!  We thought it was too early to eat so we played lots of games in the garden, I took a frisbee round to play with so we started with that then we played high jump and limbo, Ed jumped the highest and I was the best at limbo.  We took it in turns to have a bounce on the trampoline whilst Mrs Fullman filled up the paddling pool.  I thought it would be fun to see who could make the biggest splash, I'm not sure who managed it but Mrs Fullman got soaking wet taking pictures!  Once we'd run around and dried out it was time for our picnic, we let Mrs Fullman join in as she looked a bit like a teddy bear, but her party hat didn't fit over her teddy ears!  We ate sandwiches, carrot sticks, cucumber, tomatoes, crisps, peppers, flapjack, teacakes, rocky road and some sweets - wow our tummies were full and we were so tired we fell asleep.  We've only just woken up so we thought we'd better post some pictures!  Have a happy half term!  Love GoGo and Ed xx

Dear Firecrest Friends

Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic!  I'm off to see Ed Bear for our picnic soon, I can't wait!  I'm going to post some photos later so you'll be able to see what we get up to!  I hope you all enjoy your picnics with your teddy bears. 

Love GoGo x

Thursday 21st May

What a beautiful day today and so nice to be outside for some of the time. I hope that you all had time to use your senses and explore with our challenge.

So many colours, sounds and smells . 

We hope you enjoy today's challenge today.You will need to remember all about SWAF and what the teddies need to stay healthy. If you can't remember then watch the Exciting news video again from Monday.

There is a a new story again today and more phonics for you to practice. Have fun preparing for the picnic tomorrow too.

We look forward to seeing your Shelters and habitats.

Team Firecrest..

Here are today's challenges and your phonics. Enjoy!

Wednesday Gallery

Thank you for sharing all your pictures, there are certainly some delicious sounding menus. Please enjoy seeing what your friends have all been up to and remember to send your picnic pictures in to share too.

Wednesday 20th May 

 Wow!  What delicious menus your have been planning. They sound yummy! And you have been using your phonics brains to help you to sound out and write the words on your own. We can tell. We're so looking forward to Friday and the picnic.

Today we have a senses challenge for you. Teddies have a great sense of smell and hearing. You are going to use your sense to help you do our hunt.

It's great fun and I think you will need to go outside and enjoy the sunny weather too, so enjoy

Team Firecrest! 

Here are your Senses challenge and your Phonics for today. Enjoy!

Dear Firecrest Friends

I hope you're enjoying this week!  I've had an invitation to Ed Bear's picnic on Friday and I can't wait.  Ed also arranged an online chat with Barney Bear for us to learn more about SWAF.  It was great, he explained the 4 secrets of life that enable all animals to survive.  Barney said 'S' was for shelter so we went into the woods and built a den suitable for us and we found that insects use logs and rocks for shelter, birds build nests and we found a hole in the ground which might have been for a rabbit.  'W' is for water which all animals need to drink, Ed found a pond that was quite muddy but there was some water.  'A' is for air which is what we all need to be able to breathe and is made from plants, we both found lots of them!  'F' is for food, I've made a list of food I'd like to eat at the picnic on Friday and I sent it to Ed but bears and animals in the woods need to find their own food.  I searched in leaves and found bugs and insects, Ed found some seeds and worms near some bluebells and we found a huge leaf that a very hungry caterpillar might like to munch on.  I hope you've all had a lovely day!

Love GoGo x 

Tuesday 19th May

Well how exciting it has been today! Did you see your teddies with your teachers finding out all about SWAF. Did you know that the teddies need all those things to live happily?

I'm sure we'll be finding out more about this as the week goes on.

I hope you wrote to your teddies. Mine is so excited to be having a Teddy Bear's Picnic on Friday. He squealed when I gave him the invitation. Did yours?

I hope that you can help us today with the second challenge to plan what we will be eating. Good Luck.

We have some handwriting for you to practice today too. We are trying numbers today 0 and 1. Watch carefully to see how the numbers are formed .

Enjoy the Phonics today too and the story time. 

Have fun!

Team Firecrest.

Phonics today and help the teddies plan their menu for the picnic.

Super Super-veggies!

Monday 18th May 

Good morning everyone. we hope you had a great weekend and are ready for lots of fun this week.You are going to be busy planning and making things ready for Friday! Lots of excitement this week so we look forward to sharing it all with you.

We have  story to listen to and also two of your teachers had exciting news in the meadow so make sure you watch their video.

We have some phonics too today to practice as or oi.

Remember to watch out assembly this morning from Mrs Doodson too.

Have fun!

Team Firecrest

Guess Who?
We're sure you will know who everyone is, if not contact Firecrest to find out.

Hello from GoGo


Dear Firecrest Friends,

I am very excited about this week because we are going to be learning all about Bears - just like me! And I especially love Teddy Bear Picnics - I hope Mrs Cornish will let me have one. Have you got some teddy bears at home? Do you know what they like to eat? My favourites are marmite sandwiches. Mrs Cornish doesn't like marmite. Do you?

I can't wait to see your pictures this week.

Love GoGo

Friday Gallery


Thank you for all your photo's this week - wow you've been busy!

I hope you've had fun making your Supertato and other veggies - and that they all defeated the Evil Pea!

Enjoy the photo's of yourself and your friends below and have a wonderful weekend.

Team Firecrest


Friday 15th May


What a supertato sort of week we've had! Thank you for sharing all your learning - it is so lovely to hear that you've had fun. The sunshine has been out a bit more today too and hopefully a bit warmer this weekend.


The Evil Pea is back to his usual mischief and this time he has left some take away problems to solve - things might get a bit squashy! 

For phonics, you will be using your diagraphs to cross the swamp. Can you remember them all? 

Our story today is 'How to Hide a Lion'.


Hoping you have a wonderful weekend - what fun things might you get up to? Remember, Family Learning has extra ideas of things to do if you fancy it.

Have fun and take care

Team Firecrest. 

Thursday 14th May


Good morning! How did you get on with planning and making your own super veggie yesterday?

We hope you had fun. Mrs Berry would love to see your creations and make a special banner with them. (Please email her - thanks!)


Today we have a Veggie challenge. Can you create your own super veggie and write what they are like. Will you choose a super carrot, a super broccoli or maybe a super bean?! Have fun!

We are revising our diagraphs in phonics today - can you remember them? 
We also have a story - The Tiger Who came to Tea.


Have a look below at our photo gallery - what amazing things you have been making. Keep it up!

Have a great day.

Wednesday Gallery

Wow! you have all been super busy working on Superworm and Supertato challenges. Have fun looking at the pictures.

Wednesday 13th May


Good Morning Firecrest! How are you feeling this morning? Ready for another Supertato challenge?

We hope you were able to stop the Evil Pea with his maths problems yesterday  - I'm sure Supertato is very grateful.


Today we have a creative task where you can make your own super veggie. What will you choose? We look forward to seeing pictures of them.

For phonics there is a tricky word challenge - and even a swamp and crocodile included! Good luck.

If you liked Aunty Mabel there is one you can watch about potatoes and the story today is Alexander's Outing - enjoy.

Mrs M is looking forward to seeing your portraits too - you can draw or paint yourself, or create yourself with Lego, junk modelling, flowers, anything! Have fun. 

Have a great day.

Supertato Design and make and Phonics

Tuesday 12th May


Morning everyone! How did you get on with your Supertato challenges yesterday? Did you write some fun things in your speech bubbles?

And did you enjoy the game NSEW in phonics - did any of the words trick you? I hope you had a great day. 


Today there is a maths challenge. The Evil Pea has written some maths problems and is trying to trick all the other vegetables. Supertato needs your help!

For handwriting we are looking at cutting and mark making. Mrs McGuire is on the video and a photo of the mark making sheet is included that you need.

For phonics today we have some more digraph spotting and a separate sheet is included for you to use on the computer screen, or ask a parent to write it out or print. Good Luck

We have a story too - The Bear Who Stared 

Have a great day.


Monday 11th May


What a beautiful weekend! We really hope you enjoyed the celebrations on Friday and it was filled with fun, sunshine and plenty of cake. Please do send any pictures - we love to see them.

This week we have the story - Supertato by Sue Hendra.

Meet Supertato! He's always there for you when the chips are down. He's the superhero with eyes everywhere - but now there's a pea on the loose. A very, very naughty pea. Has Supertato finally met his match?

We have the story for you and a writing challenge. 

This week in phonics we are revisiting and revising our sounds.

Have a great day!

Hello from GoGo!


Hello Firecrest, 

I'm sorry I haven't been in touch with you very much. I have been on holiday at Mrs Cornish's house. It is very busy here as there are 4 children at her house. Would you believe one of Mrs Cornish's boys took me upstairs to have fun with some other bears and Mrs Cornish forgot all about me!  Now she's making me have a wash. I think I'd rather be at school with all of you.

Love GoGo

Thursday 7th May

Morning everyone. I have been keeping my fingers crossed for sunshine today as it is Forest School. Today we have a Forest School lesson for you, a tricky words phonic lesson and a new story time. There is an extra class challenge for Firecrest too. Have fun everyone, and we will be back again on Monday

You will need a plastic bottle (or similar) for Forest School this week! Thank you =)

Mid-week Gallery.

Looks like you are all working hard and having lots of fun. Thank you for sharing.

Rosie and Poppy have made a rainbow trail in the woods by the school - maybe you would like to follow the trail when you go for your walk one day. You need to start in the woods by the school entrance - have fun!

Wednesday 6th May

Good Morning. Did you enjoy Superworm yesterday? We have loved seeing some of your writing and pictures of your very own superworms. We have also had a preview of some of your bunting - Berkhamsted will certainly look great on Friday when it is all displayed. Today we have some Superworm maths for you, along with a phonics lesson and a new story time.

Tuesday 5th May

Good morning.

Did you have a go at Mrs. Lee's challenge yesterday? I thought some of those moves were pretty tough!

Today we have got a story to start you off - It's Superworm by Julia Donaldson. Then there is writing challenge, some phonics and a handwriting lesson for you do at some point this week. I hope you all have a great day.

Monday 4th May

Welcome back, I do hope you all had a lovely weekend, it was certainly good to see the sunshine again on Saturday. We have something a little different for you today. A couple of challenges have been set for the whole school this week, so today we still have a phonics lesson for you and a new story time, plus the whole school challenges. There is a VE day making task and an exercise challenge from Mrs. Lee. You will need the Bridgewater Exercise Alphabet  and the youtube clip to do  Mrs. Lee's challenge, and The Great British Bunting is for the VE day challenge. We hope you enjoy them, and look forward to hearing how you got on.

Friday 1st May - Photo Gallery

We've made it to the end of another busy week. Thank you for sharing all the things you've enjoyed doing this week - from snail hunting, to picture drawing, phonic sounding, cake making, spring scale building, snail writing and many, many more! We love seeing them and hope you enjoy seeing your friends. Did you see the video of the crazy teachers on the website? We miss you! 

Enjoy the weekend with your families and take care

Team Firecrest


What an amazing banner Firecrest and Goldcrest have made to display in Waitrose. Thank you and well done everyone!

Friday 1st May

Good Morning everyone and welcome to another Friday! Is it really the 1st May?

Did anyone do Joe Wicks this morning? What did you dress up as? Have you enjoyed our snails and slugs challenges this week? We have loved all your spiral writing and snail art. Did you find any snails or slugs out in the garden in the rain? We hope you enjoy watching the short snail film today and Mrs Berry has a Forest school challenge for you to end the week with. Have fun today and enjoy the weekend. Don't forget out Friday assembly on the website.Well done to you all for lots of good learning this week. We miss you but it's lovely to hear from you all. Stay safe and keep smiling. See you again Monday.

Team Firecest.

Forest school Friday and Family Learning

Thursday 30th April 

Well good morning! Is it really Thursday already. we hope you have had a good week so far.It's been so lovely to see all the Snail art today. so many differnt ideas. You are all so creative. well done! We hope you enjoy today['s challenges too. have fun !

Team Firecrest

Wednesday Gallery

Enjoy looking at some of the things you have all been up to this week.

Enjoy the snail art challenge and your trigraph phonics for today.

Wednesday 29th April 2020

Good Morning everyone! It looks as though you have had fun with all the snail challenges so far this week.

We have loved all your spiralling writing and the spring scales were fun.

We hope you went out in your wellies in the rain in true Bridgewater style. Did you find any worms or snails? They love the rain don't they?

Have fun with today's challenges. 

Team Firecerst

Enjoy Norman's weighing challenge and learn how to make your own spring scales. Have fun! Tuesday 28th April

Happy Tuesday everyone and welcome to another day of fun challenges.

I hope you enjoyed that silly story yesterday about Norman the Slug. His doughnut shell did look quite delicious didn't it?

We have more challenges for you today and another story.

We hope you have a lovely day.

Have fun!

Team Firecrest

Monday 27 th April Norman the Slug challenges

Good Morning everyone and I hope you enjoyed the weekend  of sunshine! 

I went for a walk in the bluebells and they were so beautiful. They smelled lovely too.

Have you seen the lovely photos from last week with all your friends?

We have loved hearing all about your Hungry Caterpillar work . What fun you have had.

This week we thought we would carry on with mini beasts so we have chosen the rather funny story of Norman the Slug with the Silly shell.

Listen to the story and then have fun doing some of our challenges.

Good luck and have fun

Firecrest Team

Friday photo gallery


Thank you for sending in all your wonderful pictures this week - we have loved seeing the fun you've had at home. You've been busy! 

Enjoy seeing your friends and have lots of fun over the weekend. 



Friday 24th April


Happy Friday everyone! Did you know that today would be Friday? It's hard remembering the days of the week at the moment but hopefully you had some fun singing the days of the week song and putting them in order yesterday.


We finish our story about The Very Hungry Caterpillar today. Our challenge is to go out and search for your own minibeasts today and write a little bit about them. I found a tiny green caterpillar in my garden yesterday - it just appeared on my arm! He definitely didn't look quite as hungry as the one in the story. 

For phonics today we are looking at the 'oi' diagraph. There is also a story - A Cuddle for Claude to enjoy.


Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the sunshine - again!! 


Hungry Caterpillar Writing and Phonics

Family Learning. Days of the week, days of the week! What a busy week you have had. You have baked and biked, chopped and chatted, played and planted! We have lots of fun things that you might like to try at home over the next week. We are sure you will have your own ideas too. We love seeing your photographs and hearing your news. Thank you too to our class reps who have shared a ‘Home Learning’ feedback request from SLT. We look forward to reading your replies and making sure we have got the balance right. We do understand that all families are different. Some parents are juggling working from home and others are not working at the mo. We all have our good and not-so-good days too? The opportunity for the children to have time for self-directed play is one of the positives? Long, uninterrupted time to play and be more creative and imaginative.…….. So from Team Bridgewater, a BIG THANK YOU to you all. You are doing a great job.

Thursday 23rd April


Good morning everyone! Aren't we lucky with the beautiful weather we are having this week - did you spend some time outside yesterday? 

I enjoyed playing with my swing ball set and did a bit of gardening too  - there seem to be so many weeds! 


I hope you enjoyed writing what you like to eat - we loved seeing your pictures.

In the story, the hungry caterpillar eats something new. everyday. So today we are going to think about the days of the week and how to write and order them. We have a fun song to sing as well. For phonics, the challenge is to see if you can write the capital letters in the alphabet. 

I will add a link to a video called 'Come Outside'. Aunty Mabel finds out all about butterflies -  you might like to watch it.

We also have a story for you - 'The Queen's Hat'.

Have a great day!

Wednesday Gallery

It is so nice to be back and see all of lovely things you have been up to. Here is a selection, some things you have done in the Easter holiday, and some of your fantastic caterpillar work from this week.

Wednesday 22nd April


Good Morning! Looks like another lovely sunny day ahead - I bet you'll enjoy being outside.

How did you get on with yesterday's challenge of repeating patterns? Did you have any luck finding any diagraphs around the house? I couldn't believe how many were in my place.


Today, you can have a go at writing what things you like to eat. Is it melon, or maybe grapes or even cake? For phonics today we are looking at the alphabet and lower and uppercase letters. There is also a story for you to enjoy. 

Have a great day!

Tuesday 21st April



How did you get on with the Hungry Caterpillar leaf challenge yesterday? What a very hungry caterpillar he was - are you as hungry as him? 

I love the animated story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar- did you watch it? 

Today I will put a link to a video with Eric Carle reading the story - he was the author of the story. His website has lots of things you can explore too.


Today, you can have a go at making your own caterpillars - and see if you can colour them in a repeating pattern.

We also have another handwriting letter from the curly caterpillar family - the letter f. 

Our phonics today is to go on a diagraph hunt.

Good Luck and have fun!  


Go Go Bear Easter

Monday 20th April - Welcome Back!


Hello everyone! Welcome back. Did you have a lovely Easter break - and maybe got to eat some yummy chocolate eggs too?

I got a delicious chocolate bunny who was covered in gold, and we had an Easter egg hunt around the house. It was great fun.

I bet you've enjoyed being outside in the sunshine too - hasn't the weather been lovely.

We have been thinking of you all and hope that you and your families are keeping well and enjoying time together. 


This week we are doing one of my favourite books - The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. You probably know the story well and might even have it in your bookcase. Today, we have the story for you to watch, a caterpillar leaf writing challenge and some phonics too.

Have fun. 

Hungry Caterpillar Writing and phonics

GoGo's Diary


Hello everybody,

I hope you have all had a great week learning and playing at home. I have been busy looking for signs of spring and playing in the sandpit. 

I miss you all but I hope you have a Happy Easter with your family. I am going to stay with Mrs Cornish for the holidays - I hope she shares her Easter Eggs!

Love from GoGo

Friday 3rd April

It's Friday, the last day before the Easter  break and we have a really 'eggciting' activity for you today, we hope you have fun with your family doing today's challenge. We hope you have a lovely Easter break, and that  maybe the Easter Bunny will pay you a visit. There will be a family/ home learning information sheet on here later today, but what we want you all to do most of all is have a lovely Easter with your family. Remember if you do anything and would like to tell us about it ask your grown up to send us a message and maybe a photo. 

Happy Easter everyone.

Morning Firecrest! We have so enjoyed seeing your photographs and reading your messages. Thank you all. We have sent some ideas for Family Learning for the Easter holidays. We are sure you will have your own ideas too - because when we are together in school we love watching how you play and lead your own learning….. A request from some of your friends in Goldcrest - some Physi-gym moves – pick your favourite tunes and go for it! Together rain or shine x

Hello Firecrest! 

We have so enjoyed seeing all your eggtastic things you've been up to this week! I really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful eggs that you painted and drew - I can see that you have taken a lot of care and time over them. Some of those maths challenges were so hard  - did you manage them? Eggcellent!! I loved listening to all the stories as well - I've never heard 'We're Going on an Egg Hunt' before.

I am going to put a few more photos up of what you and your friends have been enjoying this week. I hope you enjoy!

We have another challenge for you tomorrow - good luck! Remember we think of you all so often and miss all being together.  Take care. Team Firecrest

Thursday 2nd April

Good morning,  we saw some pictures of some beautiful eggs yesterday, I wonder if you will spot any in the windows when you go out for a walk? There is a maths challenge and some phonics for today, and a story time for you to enjoy. I hope you all have a great day.

Wednesday 1st April

Hello, it's April fools day, Will you play any tricks today? 

It was so great to see that some of you had a go at the handwriting yesterday, we saw some really careful handwriting. Today we have a fun mark making challenge and some more phonics, as well as a brand new story time. We hope you have a fantastic day again.

Tuesday 31st March

Good morning, did you enjoy the story, and findinding out about Toby's Easter yesterday? I do hope so, we are going to be having lots of challenges about Easter this week. Today there are maths and phonics challenges, a new story time, and there is a handwriting lesson that you can have a go at sometime this week. Have fun today.

Gogo's diary

Dear Firecrest Friends,

I hope you are all having a nice time learning and playing at home. I am missing you all. It’s been very quiet in school without you. I have done some reading and some writing with Sam Bear from Goldcrest and even climbed a tree outside in the meadow.

I’m looking forward to seeing what you all get up to this week,

Lots of Love GoGo x

Monday 30th March

Good morning, welcome back to week two of home learning. We loved seeing and hearing about all your work and activities last week, and can't wait to find out what you get up to this week. As this is the final week before the Easter break we are going to share the story We're going on an Easter Hunt with you and have some fun Easter challenges. You can start off listening to Mrs. Beaumont telling the story , there is also a writing challenge and some phonics for today, plus a story time to complete the day. Whatever you do today, I hope it's fun.

Happy Friday Firecrest!

Wow! What a beautiful week it's been. We have loved seeing all that you've been up - you've certainly been busy.

Thank you for sharing it with us, we've been amazed at all the fun - from painting daffodils, to junk modelling, jumping on numbers, writing your own Dear Zoo books, setting up Busy Fingers, teaching your families physi-gym, writing phonic sentences, drawing animals...and so many more!

We do love hearing from you - thank you for the emails.

Here are a few photo's of your friends from this week.  


Enjoy the weekend and time spent with your families. Team Firecrest. 

Firecrest Fun

Friday 27th March 

What another beautiful day. We're so lucky aren't we. It makes us feel cheerful when the sun is shining.

I hope you are all keeping smiling!

We can see that you have been doing some of our challenges and that some of you have been doing some great junk modelling too.

Keep the photos coming, we love seeing what you have been up to.

We have sent you another phonics and maths challenge for today. You will need lots of legs!

We also have Family Learning to dip into over your week ahead together 

Enjoy and have a good weekend. 
We look forward to hearing from you again next week.

Team Firecrest

Phonics and maths challenges and Family Learning for 27.3.20

Thursday  26th March 2020

Wow! What lovely number sentences we have seen from some of you today.

It looks like you had fun games with your animals. Some of you chose Giraffes and dogs and cats.

Did the animals eat the food or did you?

Today we have more phonics for you to practise and we also have another writing challenge.

I wonder what page you will make or whether you will choose to make a whole story?

We 're looking forward to hearing all about it.

Have a good day today and keep in touch.

Team Firecrest.

Today's challenges 26.3.20

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Well we hope your first day of learning at home was really fun.

We are looking forward to hearing your news and seeing your pictures and photos of your work as the week goes on.

How did you get on with your sentences today? What animals did you choose?

Today there will be an assembly which you will find on the main school page. Enoy sharing this with your grown ups too.

Today we are giving you another phonics challenge and a maths challenge too. 

So enjoy taking away some food!

There is a story for each day to watch too so choose a different one for today.

Enjoy today and make sure you do lots of exploring and having fun too.

Team Firecrest

Phonics and maths challenge for Wednesday 25.3.20

Tuesday 24th March


Hey Firecrest.

Welcome to our Home learning for this week. 

Our first week together at home.

We are going to start the week with Mrs Berry reading you the story of Dear Zoo. Enjoy listening to this.

We have a writing challenge or a maths challenge for you every day and then we also have some phonics and handwriting for you to practise.

We hope you really enjoy these challenges and we are looking forward to seeing some of the things you have been doing.

Keep in touch with us and enjoy the sunshine.

Take Care

Team Firecrest

Story Library