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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. 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. Its 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 Goldcrest





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 Kingfisher 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.

Ed Bear's Diary

Hello Goldcrest!  Oh my, what a busy week, I've been to so many places!  I came home from Egypt in a time machine so I had enough time to tell Mrs Fullman what I'd been up to before she went to school!  Telling Mrs Fullman about my exciting adventures made me think about all the fun things I did when I went home with each of you and I'd like to say a big "thank you" for all the tea parties, games, midnight feasts, stories, football, trips to the park, dog walks, trampolining, swimming, birthday parties, lunches, breakfasts, cuddles, trips to see your aunties, uncles, grannies, grandads, film nights, cooking, running races, drawing, painting, play dates, playdough modelling, shopping, dancing, singing and all those times I went to Rialize, I didn't even mind when you forgot to take me home as Ria and Ali used to let me have extra snacks!  I am quite a tired bear so I'm going to see how the holiday goes but I might decide to hibernate - that means I'll be having a REALLY long sleep and I'll wake up in the Spring.  I hope you like the poem, I enjoyed the zip wire so much I kept dropping my message so I had to do it again and again!  Have a great summer and don't forget to water your sunflowers.  Bye, Ed x

Ed Bear's Diary

Bonjour Goldcrest.  Je suis en vacances au ski en France.  That means I am on a ski holiday in France – I’ve been practising my French!  The inflatable unicorn got us to an airport and then we decided to go skiing in France.  We did the tricky word word-searches and played ‘I spy and read’ on the plane, they were great fun and helped to pass the time.  I hope you are enjoying the challenges as much as I am and it’s great to be doing them with GoGo.  For the food challenge he chose croissants for breakfast and I chose to have a cheese fondue for lunch.  I think I’d better send a postcard to Mrs Fullman and let her know how I’m getting on!  We skied on some beginner ski runs and then tried a trickier one which ended up in Egypt, it’s amazing what you can do when ‘you choose’!  We rode on camels to visit the pyramids, did you know that each stone used to build the pyramids is heavier than an elephant?  I’m glad I didn’t have to help build it!  We want to have a boat trip along the river Nile to see some more of Egypt and I’ll have a think of an exciting way to get home.  Wadaeaan (That’s how you say goodbye when you’re in Egypt), Ed x

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!

Ed Bear's Diary

Hello Goldcrest.  Parachuting was amazing and I managed to land safely on the moon - one small step for Ed and one giant leap for bear-kind.  It was really exciting meeting astronauts on the moon and they let us share their picnic.  We tried to play rhyming catch whilst we were there, I said "moon" and threw the ball to GoGo but as there is zero gravity the ball floated off into space so we didn't get very far with the game!  The astronauts laughed and gave us a lift back down to Earth.  As we were very tired they dropped us off on a tropical island for a spot of sunbathing.  We ate lots of delicious fresh seafood, picked pineapples and made and ate ice-cream sundaes on the beach, they were delicious. I'm off to listen to today's story, I do love a story with bears in it and then I think we'll float off on an inflatable unicorn and have another adventure ... I wonder where we'll go!  Bye, Ed x

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.

Ed Bear's Diary

Hello Goldcrest!  Where did you choose to go? I decided to travel by parachute and to go to ... whoa .. need to land and I don't want to crash, see you tomorrow!  Love, Ed x

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!

Ed Bear's Diary

Hello Goldcrest.  What a lovely weekend, I hope you managed to make the most of being out in the sunshine.  I did a bit of flying and had a bit of crash and I had the best time ever on Sunday but I can't tell you what I did yet, it's going to be a surprise for a bit later in the week!  I can tell you that I went to my friend Monty Bear's house, he's my gardening bear friend, and he showed me how much his cucumbers and other vegetables have grown.  We had a very special delicious tea and then went for a walk along the canal.  We took some special duck food and fed the ducks and a moorhen.  I must go and plan my pretend holiday ... where shall I go? I've already been on a safari in Kenya and snorkelling in Australia, I'll have to think up something even more exciting!!!  Have a great day, Ed x  

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 Goldcrest

Here is your challenge and your phonics. have fun!

Ed Bear's Diary

Hello Goldcrest!  Another week has flown by, I've loved hearing what you've been up to and seeing your photos.  I had a go at the hermit crab estimating challenge and thought it was great fun.  I tried with rice but it was so fiddly I swapped to something bigger and used sunflower seeds, macaroni and fusilli pasta.  My estimating was quite good and I was only a few out, how did you get on?  I thought I'd used my new estimating skills to guess how tall our tallest sunflower was, I guessed it would be 4 times the height of me but Mrs Fullman helped me with the measuring and it was only 3 times taller than me, I must be taller than I thought!  She then held me up so I could see the flower head beginning to grow, I can't wait until it flowers.  Did you try any of the boredom busters?  I decided making paper boats looked interesting so I looked up how to make them.  I made 2 boats and a canoe and floated them in the bathroom sink as I didn't want to go outside and get wet again!  Have a great weekend.  Ed x

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 Goldcrest

Here Is your Estimating Challenge and your Phonics

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 Goldcrest.

Here is your making challenge and your phonics for today. 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 Goldcrest.

Here is your writing challenge and your Monday Phonics.

Photo Gallery

Ed Bear's Diary

Happy Monday Goldcrest!  What an amazing photo gallery, it's so lovely to see you all!  I thought sports week was amazing and it looks like you enjoyed it too!  Did you make a camp for Bridgefest@home?  I was so excited about camping I woke up really early on Saturday to get started!  I helped put the tent up, I was the best at hammering in the tent pegs as I was a bit to small to tie the tent to the frame!   I collected sticks on a long dog walk and we made a great pretend fire, although I did have a real mug of hot chocolate and a Stroop waffle, yum yum.  We sang campfire songs for a bit and then snuggled down for bedtime stories.  The rain woke me up but it wasn't leaking through the tent so I just listened to it until I fell asleep again!

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. 

Ed Bear's Diary

Good morning Goldcrest!  How did you do with your long jumps?   Remember to send in your scores!  Mrs Fullman said the long jumpers at school jumped a long way and a couple of deer tried to watch, it all sounded very exciting!  I could hardly wait to jump so I set everything up ready for Mrs Fullman when she got in, I'm glad I was ready as it poured with rain just after we finished.  I enjoyed jumping, apart from when I landed on my bottom with a bump!  It's football today and I'm hoping to score a hat-trick!  It's a busy day again today as I want to watch the Friday assembly, I think I might be in it again as I sent Mr Griffiths a photo of my boredom buster game, I love boredom busters they're such good fun ... I wonder what this week's will be???  It's also Bridgefest this weekend so I need to get my camping gear ready and check the weather forecast.  Good luck to Roc, Phoenix and Griffin, I can't wait to see which house wins and happy camping if you're joining in this weekend. Ed x

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!  

Ed Bear's Diary

Hello Goldcrest!  I hope the sporting events are going well!  The good thing about living with a dog is that there are a lot of tennis balls around which is handy for sports week but the bad thing is that it's really hard to throw a tennis ball without it being caught by the dog and taken away!  I was amazing at throwing tennis balls, Mrs Fullman was great at counting up my score and the dog was brilliant at running off with tennis balls and chewing them.  Fortunately he can only chew one at a time so there were plenty left for me to throw.  We had fantastic fun and laughed a lot, Louie chased, caught and chewed tennis balls and as his tail was wagging all the time I think he enjoyed himself.  It's long jump today so I'm off to do some warm up stretches and then I'm off to jump.  Good luck!  Ed x

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.

Ed Bear's Diary

On your marks, get set, go!  How are you getting on with the sporting challenges?  I struggled a bit with the basketball bouncing but Mrs Fullman had told me about 'The Koala who could' story so I kept positive and decided I could do it if I tried.  I practised bouncing nearly all morning and was becoming an expert so I thought I'd shoot some hoops!  You'll never guess what happened ... I forgot to let go of the ball and followed it through the hoop and got stuck!  I think I'll be better with today's tennis ball challenge, I've got my bamboo sticks ready as markers and I'm hoping for a high score.  Good luck Goldcrest!  Ed x

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 Goldcrest

Ed Bear's Diary

Ready, steady, go Goldcrest!  How did you get on with the running event?  Mrs Fullman said that everyone at school ran really fast and managed lots of laps.  I managed 22 laps and was extremely tired when I'd finished.  I needed a little rest so I listened to the story, I thought it was really funny that someone used a real egg that broke and made a mess instead of a hard boiled egg!  I've added a photo so you can see me racing with Usain Bolt, he's the fastest human and can run 27 mph, and as you can see by the photo I beat him ... I think I'm the fastest bear ever!  Only joking .... I wonder if you can see what I did to try to trick you?  I'm a bit worried about today's challenge as basketballs are quite big and I'm quite little but I'll try my best.  There's a basketball hoop in the garden so I might try shooting some hoops too.  Good luck everyone!  Keep bouncing, Ed xx

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!

Ed Bear's Diary

Good Morning Goldcrest.  Well that was a very wet and soggy weekend!  I was very lucky that I went out at the right time and only got a bit wet once!  This weekend I thought I'd do some boredom busting and learnt how to play noughts and crosses.  I quite liked it so we played with chalk and then with leaves and stones.  We came up with all sorts of other funny things to play with too.  I also tried one of the family learning ideas when it was raining and made paper planes.  I made 5 different styles of plane and found that you have to fold the paper very carefully.  As soon as it stopped raining we rushed out to fly them.  I found they went further when the wind was behind me to help them on their way.  I started to measure how far they went in footsteps but it started raining so collected them up and left it that the yellow one went the furthest!!  If they dry out I might try it again.  I'm going to do some warm up exercises ready for my running challenge.  Have fun, Ed x

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.

Ed Bear's Diary

Hello Goldcrest!  It's been a hot week to be covered in fur, I've spent a lot of time sitting in the shade reading or snoozing. Mrs Fullman's dog struggles a bit in the heat so we go on long walks in the evening.  We went on a walk yesterday and saw some painted rocks and a beautifully carved tree trunk, I wonder if any of you recognise where we went?  When we got back to the car park we had an ice-cream and the ice-cream man said "Cute dog" and gave him a mini ice-cream cone, he really enjoyed it!  It's time to listen to 'Not now Bernard' and then I might design my own monster before moving on to the time challenge and phonics.  Have a great weekend.  Bye for now, Ed x

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.

Ed Bear's Diary

Hello Goldcrest.  I hope you're enjoying the sunshine and remembering to water your sunflowers, mine are growing really tall!  I've enjoyed making boats, I made a tinfoil boat and managed to put 4 stones in it and keep it afloat, 5 stones made it sink.  I put a pottery frog in and it sank, even with a bit of adjusting I couldn't get it to float, although from the photo you can't really tell it sank.  The best boat I made was the top of an egg box covered in tinfoil and I managed to get a cat and a frog in that one but they had to hold on to each other otherwise the boat toppled over.  I pretended to be Mr Gumpy and told them they could come on the boat if they held on tight.  How did you get on predicting if your boat was going to sink or float?  I found that quite tricky as I thought the stones would sink and the pottery frog would float!  Bye for now, Ed x

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.

Photo Gallery

Ed Bear's Diary

Happy Monday Goldcrest.  I hope you all had a great weekend.  From the photo gallery I see that at least one of my friends went to the zoo with her family ... I thought it would be fun to see some animals in the wild so I went on a safari in Africa.  I saw zebras, giraffe, elephants, met some of the locals and came face to face with a lion, it was quite scary!  Guess what I found out .... lions are really big cats and the only cats that like to live in groups called prides.  All the female lions go out to hunt and males stay and look after the pride and their roar is so loud if there was a lion roaring at school you could hear it at Hemel Hempstead train station - that's about 5 miles!  I tried a really loud roar in the garden and Mrs Fullman could hear it kitchen, she wondered what I was doing!!  Have a lovely day, I'm going to build a boat after I've listened to the story!  I hope you like my photos!  Bye, Ed x

Did I manage to trick you?  Ed x

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 Goldcrest


Here are your Maths and Phonics challenges for today.You'll need some dice! Sounds fun. Enjoy!

Ed Bear's Diary

Hello Goldcrest.  Don't get your knickers in a twist said Jack, the week is over and the weekend's back!!  I have had so much fun with the Jack and the Flumflum Tree challenges, I think it's been my favourite week so far.  I played a brilliant trick on Mrs Fullman yesterday, I covered myself in purple stickers and lay on the sofa under a blanket and when she came home I said I thought I had moozles!  She was just trying to find out how to get to Blowyernose to find a flumflum tree when I said I thought there was a flumflum in the fridge!  I'd put a waffle in there with chocolate chips on it and labelled it 'flumflum'.  I nearly tricked her but she spotted me peeling all the stickers off whilst I was eating the waffle.  I decided to share the waffle with her and I laughed so much I got hiccups!  This week I decided to try out one of the boredom busters so I made a couple of sock animals and sent a picture of them to Mr Griffiths, I thought I'd show you a picture just in case I sent it too late to be in the Friday assembly.  I must go and watch the assembly and then I'm going to do the maths challenge.  Have a great weekend, Ed x

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 Goldcrest.


Enjoy the writing challenge and Phonics.

Jack and the Flum Flum Tree

Ed Bear's Diary

Happy Wednesday Goldcrest!  Hope you're having a great week. I've loved this week's stories and Mrs Fullman keeps saying, "Don't get your knickers in a twist said Jack" and then tries to say something that rhymes with Jack - sometimes she's not very good at it!  Maths was easy today, did you know bears have 5 toes?  Having 5 toes makes counting in 5s easy ..... I've got 20 toes, that's 5 toes on each foot.  I sorted socks from the airing cupboard which helped me count in 2s, there were 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and an odd one, so that's 7 pairs of socks and 1 odd one!  Yesterday I asked if we could visit Mrs Fullman's neighbour who has a pond in her garden.  I could see lots of newts so I got my net out and did some pond dipping.  I had to be really careful so I didn't hurt the newts but I managed to catch one!  Did you know that they can regrow legs and quite a few other parts of the body?  I also learnt that they hibernate and hide under logs, stones and sometimes even just stay at the bottom of the pond for the whole winter.  Have fun!  Ed x

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 count 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 Goldcrest


Here are your Maths and Phonics challenges today. Enjoy!

Photo Gallery

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 Goldcrest


Today we have a phonics challenge for you and a writing challenge too. Enjoy!

Ed Bear's Diary

Fee fi fo fum I had a BBQ and it's in my tum!  I really enjoyed our Jack and Beanstalk week and have had a busy weekend.  We had a BBQ and went on the longest walk ever around Ashridge.  On the walk we chatted about how much we miss going to the seaside so when we got back I packed up my boat and snorkelling gear and popped off to the beach.  I rowed out to sea, dropped my anchor and snorkelled around it was fantastic.  I saw so many brightly coloured fish, a crayfish and even a turtle.  I hope you like my photos!  Bye for now, Ed x

Tee hee hee, cheeky me - only joking!  I was so tired after my walk I just wanted to relax and watch a nature program and I pretended it was me snorkelling!!!!  Ed x

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.


Have a wonderful weekend from everyone in Goldcrest.

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!

Ed Bear's Diary

Morning Goldcrest.  It's Wednesday, I like to have toast and honey for breakfast - did you notice I used all this week's new tricky words in one sentence?!  Yesterday I practised counting in 2s, Mrs Fullman was in school so I counted paws with her dog, he wasn't much help but we've got 8 paws between us.  I also watered the sunflowers, some have grown really tall and a few have been eaten by mini beasts in the garden, it's a good job we planted lots just in case!  Yesterday after school I went to see Mrs Fullman's Mum and Dad as it was her Dad's birthday.  After we'd sung happy birthday I noticed they had planted beans so I pretended to be Jack and I climbed the beanstalk.  Luckily there wasn't a giant at the top so I came back down and ate some birthday cake and watched a family of great tits eating nuts from the bird feeder.  I don't think we'll need to water the plants today as it's supposed to rain .... I wonder if we'll get some more thunder and lightning.  Bye for now, Ed x

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 Goldcrest

Ed Bear's Diary

Hello Goldcrest.  I hope you had a lovely weekend and didn't get too wet!  I loved listening to the rain on the window and really enjoyed watching the lightning flash through the sky, the thunder made me jump a couple of times.  We got quite wet on our dog walk on Saturday so we had a bit of pyjama weekend and played lots of games and watched a couple of films and I ate a whole bar of chocolate, it was only a little one!!  Fee Fi Fo Fum I'm off to do today's challenges - Jack and the Beanstalk is such a great story!  Bye for now, Ed x

Photo gallery

I thought that I'd share our 'return to school' bubble story:

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!

Ed Bear's Diary

Hello Goldcrest!  I'm having lots of bubbly fun this week are you?  I wrote the new tricky words on bubble shaped paper and stuck them on the fridge to help me remember them and cut out lots and lots of bubbles so I could count them and practise saying one more or one less.  I made up some bubble mixture and loved watching the bubble I blew float off in the wind and pop on plants. I think the best bubble word is 'pop'.  My favourite bubble fun was having a bath and splashing in the water to make lots of tiny bubbles, I might have used a bit too much bubble bath!  Enjoy the rest of the week.  Love Ed x

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!

Photo Gallery What fun we have all had!

Ed Bear's Half Term Diary

Hello Goldcrest!  I hope you had a great half term, I did!  The weather was fantastic so I went on lots of dog walks, watered my plants, lazed in the hammock, read books, played games and watched The Lion King - Mrs Fullman had never seen it so she set herself the challenge to find some time to watch it before going back to school.  I watched it with her and we both really enjoyed it.  I've attached a photo of a scrummy burger and fries I ate as a weekend takeaway treat and one of me playing a game of croquet. I'd never played it before but it was great fun!  You have to hit a wooden ball through metal hoops using a croquet mallet and when you've been all around the garden you have to hit a wooden stick at the end to be the winner.  I was quite good at it and came second!  Have a great week, Ed x   

Happy half-term from Team Goldcrest xxx

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 Goldcrest


Here is the challenge and your phonics for today.

Ed Bear's Picnic

Hi Goldcrest!  I've just seen some of your shelters, they are fantastic and I hope you've had a great picnic with your teddy bears.  GoGo Bear from Firecrest came round this morning and we were both very excited about our picnic but we thought it was bit early to eat so we played lots of games in the garden, GoGo bought a frisbee round to play with so we started with that then we played high jump and limbo, I jumped the highest and GoGo 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.  GoGo 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 Ed and GoGo xx

Ed Bear's Diary

I got up early this morning so I could be ready for the picnic and I accidentally woke Mrs Fullman up singing the teddy bear's picnic song.  Once she was awake I persuaded her to go on a early dog walk so I could spot digraphs on road signs, there were a lot! Now I'm off to prepare for the picnic.  Don't forget to have another look at my diary this afternoon as I'll post some photos for you.  Have fun, Ed 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 Goldcrest..

Here is today's challenge and your phonics. Enjoy

Morning Goldcrest!  Did you hear, see and smell lots of things?  I went to school and had a colour hunt round the meadow and forest school wood.  The first thing I saw was how much everything has grown and I found some amazing colours, my favourite was a gorgeous big yellow flower near the pond.  There were lots of plants to smell by the path leading up to the meadow and I liked the lavender as it smells good and looks pretty.  I had a lie down in the meadow and listened to the sounds of nature.  I counted 4 different bird tweets and fell asleep listening to the leaves rustling in the trees.  When I woke up I thought I'd sing the rainbow song and think about everything I'd seen.  I quite liked being noisy so found some of the other school toys and we started up a band, we sang 'A Million Dreams', 'Let it go' and 'Shotgun'.  We then sang some of the Jolly Phonics songs, we sang the 'e', 'b', 'sh', 'w' and 'p' songs, for Ed Bear, Sheep, Wolf and Piggy!  I am off to go and fill in the missing digraphs and I'm very excited about the picnic tomorrow! Bye for now, Ed x

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 Goldcrest! 

Here are the Senses challenge and your Phonics for today. Have fun!

Ed Bear's Diary

Hello Goldcrest.  I had such a busy day yesterday. I had so many things to do I did my handwriting practise and menu together!  I wrote 10 sandwiches, 10 cakes, 10 tomatoes, 10 carrot sticks, 10 packets of crisps and 10 drinks!  I managed to arrange an online chat with Barney Bear to learn more about SWAF and invited GoGo Bear to join us.  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, I 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 but bears and animals in the woods need to find their own food.  GoGo searched in leaves and found bugs and insects, I 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, I might need a bit of a rest today!  Ed 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 Goldcrest.


Help your teddies plan a menu and try out some more phonics too.

Super Super-veggies!

Photo Gallery

Ed Bear's Diary

Happy Tuesday!  I have just looked at your Super Veggies they are amazing, I had such fun making mine and I can tell you all enjoyed making them too!  I love the photo gallery, it's great to see you all having so much fun and you've given me some ideas of things to do and I can see I gave some of you ideas too!  I hope your teddies are excited about the picnic on Friday, I've invited GoGo Bear and I hope he can come.  I've invited him at 10.30 in the morning as I'm too excited to wait until the afternoon, I'm not sure I can wait until Friday but there's lots to organise so I'll try!  I also thought if I have the party in the morning I can add my diary photos in the afternoon so you can see them before half term!  I'm thinking up lots of things I'd like to eat at my picnic so I'd better go and write a list and then I'll have time for phonics, handwriting practise and today's story - what a busy day!  Have fun, Ed x

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 Mrs Doodson's assembly too.

Have fun!

Team Goldcrest

Ed Bear's Diary

Hello Goldcrest!  I hope you've had a great weekend.  I helped with the gardening on Saturday and re-planted my sunflowers, they had grown so big they needed to be spread out and put in the garden or bigger pots. If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise!  That's the beginning of the Teddy Bears' Picnic story and song!  I went for a dog walk in the woods on Sunday and found a really interesting tree that had fallen down.  It had been cut so it didn't block the path and you could see a hole up the middle of the trunk and I thought it looked a bit like a funny face!   I also saw a bird box and I hid behind a tree to see if any birds went in or out of it.  I didn't see any but I heard lots of birds tweeting in the trees and saw some blue tits and blackbirds close by.  I must go and write my invitation for the party on Friday and I need to learn some more about SWAF so I think I'll phone Barney Bear and ask him, he's so clever.  Have fun, Ed Bear x

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 Goldcrest 

Ed Bear's Diary

Hello everyone!  What an amazing week, I've really enjoyed all the Supertato challenges and thought they were super!  Yesterday we played the phonics game and took it in turns crossing the river with tricky words and then we tried it with some digraphs.  Luckily nobody fell in and got eaten by a crocodile!  I wanted to practise some maths so I looked up the 'maths at home' ideas to help me decide what to do.  I liked the idea of counting up and down the stairs so Mrs Fullman added a bit of a twist.  She numbered all the stairs and then I had climb up to the number she called out, she said 12 and 13 quite a lot - my poor legs!  She then mixed up all the numbers to see if I could get them in the correct order and I did!  I've already finished the maths challenge today, it's quite tricky but good fun and we were able re use the numbers from yesterday and luckily the peas I used weren't evil!  I'm going to listen to today's story now.  Have a great weekend, Ed Bear x

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 you seen what Ed Bear has been up to? Have a look below - what a busy bear! 

Have a great day.

Super veggies - look at our ideas!

Super Ed's Diary

All was quiet in the kitchen, or was it? Some fruit is frozen for a reason, the same reason as some veg is frozen ... we've all heard about the Evil Pea and the things he gets up to!  Rotten Raspberry was rattling around in the freezer disturbing all the fruit and vegetables who were trying to sleep.  Rotten Raspberry escaped and began jumping around the kitchen.  He bounced on the bananas, pounced on the pears, barged the blueberries, somersaulted over strawberries and catapaulted over carrots.  When he'd jumped over all the fruit and veg and reached the radio, he turned it on and sang at the top of his voice, VERY badly!  Ed Bear couldn't sleep and was worried he'd be too tired for his challenges the next day so he asked Supertato for help.  Super Ed, Supertato and the Superveg made a cunning plan.  They realised Rotten Raspberry was defrosting and becoming squishy so they organised a dance competition.  Super Ed and Supertato were fantastic dancers but Rotten Raspberry thought he was better. He danced and he danced and became hotter and hotter as he danced, he was defrosting fast!  Eventually he back flipped and went SPLAT and that was the end of Rotten Raspberry, or was it?  Super Ed and Supertato had one more great idea ... raspberry jam on toast for breakfast - yummy!  Have a SUPER day and I hope you like my story! Super Ed Bear x

Wednesday 13th May


Good Morning Goldcrest! 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.

Have a great day everyone.

Supertato Design and Make and Phonics

Ed Bear's Diary

Morning Goldcrest.  Did you enjoy the maths challenge yesterday?  Evil Pea didn't catch me out, I know that 6 isn't bigger than 8, cheeky pea!  I enjoyed the handwriting and did lots of loopy squiggles in a fluffy cloud shape, I'm hoping to see some of your shapes and mark making on the website soon.  Yesterday afternoon I went out to water my sunflowers and was super excited to see they're starting to grow.  If you look carefully at the photos you can see them beginning to sprout and on one you can see the black shell still hasn't quite fallen off.  Mrs Fullman put some seeds in wet kitchen roll in a clear pot on a window sill so I could see clearly how the roots and stem grow from the seed.  I'm off to have a super day making a super veggie!  Have fun, Ed x

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.

Ed Bear's Diary

Hi Goldcrest.  I loved the Supertato story and I thought Evil Pea was a bit of a naughty pea!  I saw some of your speech bubbles and thought you had great ideas for what Supertato might say.  The first thing I did yesterday was play the digraph game with Mrs Fullman, we took it in turns to calling out words and then running to the correct digraph, we thought it was a brilliant game!  I think there's another digraph spotting game today and I can't wait.  I popped into school yesterday afternoon to see what was going on.  I played in the meadow and rolled around so much in the red cone my tummy felt a bit funny, so I did some deer spotting and counted 7.  I saw Bullet and gave him a stroke while he was lying on a radiator. I then built a slide in Goldcrest with the big wooden blocks and played with one of the Nursery bears.  Have a super day, Ed x

Photo gallery . Here are some photos of last week that we 'd like to share with you all. Enjoy seeing all the Superworm challenges and the fun that was had by all. Happy week.

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!

Ed Bear's Diary

Hello Goldcrest. I hope you had a lovely long weekend.  I made my wormery and found some worms to put in it and I remembered to take some photos for you, I can't wait to see what happens. It was VE day on Friday so I helped make a carrot cake and in the afternoon there was a special party and some neighbours came out with cake and a drink and stood in their front gardens having a chat.  The cake was delicious and it was nice to talk to everyone, even though it was at a distance. On Saturday I was very excited as I got a special letter in the post with some seeds so I spent the day planting them, I think they are sunflower seeds.  On Sunday it was very cold and windy so after a long dog walk we built a den and watched Madagascar whilst eating popcorn.  It's a really funny film and Melman makes me laugh so much.  Bye for now, Ed x

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.  Have fun everyone, and we will be back again on Monday.

Ed Bear's Diary

Hi Goldcrest.  Did you have a fun Wednesday?  I really enjoyed looking at the pictures of the amazing worms you made, thanks for sending them.  I made some shortbread worms and measured them but I forgot to take pictures for you, they did taste nice, yum, yum!  I've got my bottle ready to make a wormery today and I've written a note and put it next to the bottle so I definitely won't forget to take some pictures.  I was busy yesterday afternoon helping Mrs Fullman with some jobs but we did have time to have a few games of bowling in the garden and I even got a strike (that's when you knock all the pins over).  Don't forget at 4 o'clock this afternoon, if you're not too busy, Julia Donaldson will be reading a story or singing a song, I wonder what it will be today? Have fun!  Ed x

You will need a plastic bottle (or similar) for Forest School this week! Thank you =)
Rosie and Poppy have made a rainbow  trail in the woods near school - you might like to follow the trail on one of  your walks. You need to start in the woods by the school entrance , have fun!

Recommendation from Joe:

Join Julia Donaldson and Friends every Thursday at 4pm while she shares a song, story or poems, joined by a selection of guest illustrators.

Hello Goldcrest,

Thank you for sending your teddy pictures. The team flag is on its way!


Here is a little video featuring 'Big Monkey and Unicorn'.

Made by one of your Goldcrest friends. It will make you smile! Thank you x

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.

Ed Bear's Diary

Hello Goldcrest.  I enjoyed listening to 'Superworm' yesterday and when I was completing the writing challenge I thought it fitted in really well with phonics as there's the 'er' digraph in 'super' and I'd not noticed before.  Mrs Fullman went to school yesterday so I had all day to myself.  I played in the garden with her dog and then decided to make myself a playhouse.  It was really hard work cutting out the door and window and painting it, but it was worth the effort.  I was really pleased with my red door and even gave the house a number, do you like it?  I planted some flowers in a window box to make it look special.  When I'd finished I was quite tired so had a little nap and when I woke up I decided to make a picnic tea as a surprise for Mrs Fullman when she came home.  She was amazed at my house and very happy with the picnic and we had a lovely chat with our sandwiches.  Have a great day, Ed x

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.

Ed Bear's Diary

Oh what a busy day I had yesterday!  All the new ideas listed on the website were so much fun!  I love phonics and thought that Geraldine Giraffe was really funny, she gave me an idea of a word game to play with one of my friends.  I really like playing games and I tried the 'squares' game which was an idea on home learning, have you tried it?  I'd never played it before but it was good fun and I won!  I tried Mrs Lee's challenge and found some of the exercises hard work and my legs ache a little bit this morning but I felt good when I'd finished the exercises so I think I'll try it again.  Today I'm definitely going to listen to 'Superworm' it's one of my favourite stories and I think I'll try the writing challenge - this week's going to be so exciting!  Have fun with the challenges.  Bye for now, Ed x

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.

Ed Bear's Diary

Morning everyone!  I hope you had a fantastic weekend.  I was busy again having great fun in the garden. I went on a bug hunt and found lots mini beasts my favourites were a tiny slug, a bee sitting on a leaf and a centipede.  It was the first centipede I'd ever found which is why I was so excited, I found it under a big rock with some woodlice, centipedes wiggle and move very fast.  Mrs Fullman had bee and butterfly house that needed to be put up and I helped her collect leaves and twigs to put in the top bit for the butterflies.  We did a lot of weeding in the garden before we planted the special seeds she'd ordered.  The special seeds grow into wild flowers and attract bees - they come in big pellets that have to be spaced out around the garden.  Digging up weeds took a long time and in the middle of it we decided to play hide and seek, can you see Mrs Fullman?  I've got my bottle ready for Forest School and I'm looking forward to all the new things on the website, I wonder what you'll get up to?  I'm off to spell out 'wellbeing', one of our whole school challenges.  Have fun, Ed x

Look at some of the things we have been doing this week Goldcrest. Enjoy seeing some of your friends.

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? I wonder what Mrs Beaumont dressed up as this week. She does have some funny costumes doesn't she? 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 Goldcrest.

Here is your phonics for today.

What a lovely email request......... All done :-)

Ed Bear's Diary

I can't believe it's Friday again, I hope you've all had a great week, I've been super busy doing all the challenges.  I've seen some of your snail art and was so impressed I thought I'd give it a go. I decided to make a really big and very colourful snail, it's much bigger than me, I hope you like it.  Yesterday it rained on and off all day and when the sun came out I ran around looking out of the windows trying to find a rainbow, luckily I found one and could see the whole rainbow in the sky. I'm excited about the Forest School challenges today and I think I'm going to go on a bug hunt when it's dry and try some of the home learning games when it's not - or shall I just go and jump in puddles?  What do you think?  Oh I don't know!  I'm off to have a think, have a great weekend!  Ed Bear x

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 different ideas. You are all so creative. Well done! We hope you enjoy today's challenges too. Have fun !

Team Goldcrest

Enjoy your challenges today. Bingo sounds fun!

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

Enjoy this 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 Goldcrest

Slimy, shiny shell......

Ed Bear's Diary

It was very wet and soggy yesterday so I stayed in and listened to the story 'Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell'. I enjoyed it so much I decided not to worry about the rain and I went on a walk to try to find some snails. The first snail we found put his head back in his shell before I could take the photo but I got a great photo of the second snail we found.  I hope you like the pictures, I'm off to try the snail art challenge for today, it sounds fun.  Bye for now, Ed Bear x

Enjoy this weighing challenge and learn how to make your own spring scales. Have fun!

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 Goldcrest

Ed Bear's Diary

Hello Goldcrest.  It was a bit dull yesterday morning when I got up so I decided to help Mrs Fullman clean her car as it was very dusty and dirty.  I cleaned the wheels and the bumpers and she did the rest because I couldn't reach!!  It started raining after lunch and we thought we should have left it as the car would have cleaned itself!  I popped into school in the afternoon and I played with one of the Nursery bears with the dolls house, we arranged all the furniture and planned what we'd put in our dream house.  I would like a slide from my bedroom to a really big ball pit somewhere downstairs and he said he would like huge comfy chairs and a big screen so it would feel like he was at the cinema on film nights!  Have a happy Tuesday, Ed x

Monday 27th 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 what Ed Bear has been up to this week? He is a cheeky teddy isn't he?

We have loved hearing all about your Hungry caterpillar work. Keiran has been watching his own caterpillars make cocoons and get ready to become butterflies and Jack found an empty cocoon.

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

Goldcrest Team


Hello Goldcrest!

We love getting you emails and we have been reading about how you all like Ed Bear’s diary.

I have a little challenge for you all this week.

Please can you send a picture of your special ted/soft toy/cuddly to me? Just your toy, not you too!

I’m going to make a class flag. I can then send it to you all so that you can have a copy at home too?

Please send them to me by Friday 1st May and I will collate them all into one image over the weekend.

Thank you! Mrs Berry

We have loved getting your photos this week. You have been having such fun! . Enjoy seeing your friends and we look forward to another fun week next week.

Ed Bear's Diary

Happy Monday Goldcrest!  Wow what a lovely sunny weekend, I hope you had fun!  As it was such a beautiful day on Saturday I asked if I could camp in the garden. I put my tent in a sunny spot and collected lots of sticks so I could have a camp fire in the evening.  It was very thirsty work so I had a little rest and a snack when I'd finished.  When it started to go dark I got my camping light ready, made up my bed and then lit the lanterns and the fire, I had to be really careful and make sure it was safe,  I got quite chilly just before bedtime so I had a hot chocolate and toasted some marshmallows on the fire.  I then snuggled down in my sleeping bag and slept well all night.  In the morning  it was so hot we got the paddling pool out and played zoom ball it was great fun and but whizzing the ball back and forth did make my arms ache!  I'm off now to see what the challenges are for today.  Bye, Ed x  

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 Challenge 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.

Ed Bear's Diary

Happy Friday!  I can't believe it's the end of the week already, I've had so much fun with the Hungry Caterpillar challenges this week has flown by.  I phoned all my bear friends yesterday to see if they liked the Hungry Caterpillar story and to ask them which fruit they like the best.  Strawberries are my favourite fruit but bananas were the most popular and not many bears like melons because they are quite big and tricky to cut.  I made some leaves and wrote the days of the week on them.  I drew the Hungry Caterpillar's fruit and then decided to make my own Hungry Caterpillar out of vegetables, can you see what I've used?  I hope you've had a fun week, I'm off to sit in the garden and read some stories to relax, I might try and think of something fun to do at the weekend too!  Bye, Ed Bear x

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 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!

Ed Bear's Diary

Morning! Yesterday Mrs Fullman went to school so I took her dog for a walk for her, he got a bit tired and had to have a rest half way round!  In the afternoon I popped into school to find a copy of the Hungry Caterpillar to read as it's one of my favourite stories.  He ate 2 pears on Tuesday so I thought I would copy him and had pears for a snack with Gogo Bear.  I can't wait for Thursday because I love strawberries and the Hungry Caterpillar eats 4 of them so I think I'll copy him again!  Bye for now, Ed Bear x

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!  

Ed Bear's Diary

Hello Goldcrest, I hope you had a fantastic Easter break, did you like my Easter egg hunt pictures?  I know that some of you have been gardening and planting recently and my Easter challenge was to learn how to grow vegetables.  I was lucky enough to have some help from gardening bear Monty.  I thought I'd share the photos I took of him teaching me what to do.  We dug holes for cucumbers and trenches for carrot seeds and Monty taught me how to cover the seeds carefully with soil.  You can see that some of the carrots he planted a while ago have already started to sprout and the courgettes are getting really tall, so we had to water them.  When Monty watered the tomatoes he splashed water all over me and I'd accidentally got him covered in soil when I was digging so we both needed a bath by the end of the afternoon!!  We really enjoyed sniffing the herbs and cut some rosemary so we could have rosemary salted chips for tea - yum, yum.  I think I like the smell of rosemary the best and Monty's favourite was the thyme.  Mrs Fullman's ordered some special seeds so she can grow wild flowers that attract bees and I can't wait to help her plant them, now I'm an expert!  I look forward to finding out what you've all been up to over Easter.  Bye for now, Ed Bear x

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

Ed Bear's Diary (Easter Sunday)

Hi Goldcresters and a very happy Easter to you and your families!  I hope you're having a great Easter break and have managed to get out in your gardens and enjoy the sunshine.  I went on a fantastic Easter egg hunt in the garden and there were even some chocolate bunnies!  The eggs and bunnies were hidden up trees, in bushes, in pots, behind the shed and some were hidden in the middle of plants!  By the time we'd found all the eggs and bunnies, the chocolate was beginning to melt as the sun was so hot so we sat in the shade and shared them all out and had a chocolate picnic.  After all that climbing and running around the garden we were a bit tired, and I think I ate a bit too much chocolate, so we all had a little lie down and I even fell asleep and Honey Bear woke me up because I was snoring!  Bye for now, Ed x

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 Goldcrest! 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….. By popular request some Physi-gym moves – pick your favourite tunes and go for it! Together rain or shine x

Ed Bear's Diary

Happy Friday Team Goldcrest.  I've been very busy, I went into school yesterday and was so happy to see Mrs Berry and we had a chat about how much we like seeing pictures of all your work and exciting things you're all getting up to.  Mrs Berry then had an important meeting so I went out to the meadow and was climbing a tree when Go Go bear came along so we had a game of football and then played catch.  Mrs Berry told me about all the ideas of things to do at home that there are on the website so when I got home I had a look and decided to make my very own number line.  I'm going to make another one with things I find outside in the garden later.  I thought you'd also like to see a picture of the eggs I drew on once I'd finished my number sentences - I had such a lot of fun drawing on them!  I'll have to make one out of paper so I can put it in the window like some of you have done.  I hope you and your families have a really fantastic Easter.  Bye for now, Ed x

Enjoy some of the photos that have been sent in to us this week. What a busy week we have had full of fun and learning!

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.

Ed Bear's Diary

Happy April Fools Day!  I wonder if you're going to play any tricks this morning?  I got up early so I could play some tricks on Mrs Fullman!  I've put out breakfast for her but I've frozen her orange juice so when she tries to drink it, it won't come out (I took a picture with the glass upside down so you can see).  I've drawn a little spider on the toilet roll and I'm hoping that might make her jump and I'm about to send her an old photo of me in the sandpit school and pretend I've gone on holiday - bur really I'm going to hide in another room and then when she's read the message I'm going to jump out and shout 'April Fools'!!  Do you think she'll find my tricks funny?  I hope so!  I'd better go and hide she'll be getting up soon. Bye for now, Ed Bear x

Tuesday 31st March

Good morning, did you enjoy the story, and finding 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.

Hi Goldcrest, I'm so excited this morning and I can't wait to get started on the maths challenge!  As my sentence was so good yesterday, Mrs Fullman's going to hide some eggs so I can have an early Easter egg hunt and then use the eggs I find for today's challenge, she's hiding them right now!  Yesterday Mrs Fullman was busy so I popped into school to do some deer spotting, I didn't see any on the field but I did see some robins and magpies collecting bits of twigs and moss to make their nests.  It was great fun to sit quietly watching the birds and listening to their tweeting.  I then thought I'd go on a worm hunt and found lots underneath the logs in the log circle.  I got a bit muddy as I'd forgotten my wellies, so I put them on and explored the rest of the meadow trying to spot signs of spring, I took a picture of some lovely miniature daffodils and can you see the dinosaur I found next to them? I must go because ... I'm going on an Easter egg hunt!  Bye, Ed x

Good Morning Goldcrest!

We have so loved seeing and sharing all your challenges and fun last week.

Here are just a few examples.

Enjoy looking at them and seeing what your friends have been up to.

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.


Ed Bear's Diary

Morning Goldcrest.  I hope you had a lovely weekend.  We watched Paddington Bear with our pizza on Friday night and I laughed so much when he cleaned his ears with the toothbrush and put his head in the toilet, what a funny bear!  We played lots of games and went on a dog walk, I thought blossom was falling from the trees but then I realised it was trying to snow!  We came back quickly as it was so cold and had hot chocolate and played Monopoly, Shopping List and Bananagrams.  In Bananagrams you have to make lots of words and we tried to use as many digraphs and trigraphs as we could, I think Mrs Fullman misses phonics!  I'm off to do today's writing challenge.  I'm going to write 'I will go on an Easter egg hunt' and I think I'll draw some Easter eggs with pretty patterns.  Bye for now.  Love Ed x

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 have also shared Family Learning - some fun ideas to work on together over the week.

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

Team Goldcrest.

Phonics and maths challenges and Family Learning for 27.3.20

Ed Bear's Diary 

Hello Goldcrest.  I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine, I've been out on some long walks with Mrs Fullman and her dog, this morning I was really tired when we came back so I sat and read emails with her and we were really excited to see what you've been up to .... amazing den building, planting, book writing, junk modelling, playing games and you've been doing lots of jobs - you've been extremely busy!  I practised my tricky words on the computer yesterday and was pleased that I could remember them this morning when I did Phonics.  Today we've been making models, I think my rocket will need another coat of paint this afternoon and Mrs Fullman needs some help with her dinosaur's head.  Later on it's pizza and film night, I think we're watching Paddington ... I can't wait!  Have a lovely weekend everyone.  Love, Ed 

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 Goldcrest.


Today's challenges 26.3.20

Ed Bear's Diary


Hi Goldcrest! Hope you're having fun.  I popped in to school today and saw Mrs Beaumont and Mrs Cornish.  I was very lucky as Mrs Beaumont had a few minutes spare and she read me a story on our comfy Goldcrest sofa.  I showed her my 'Dear Zoo' writing and she told me that some of you have sent her and Mrs Berry some of your work, she was really impressed. Yesterday afternoon all the Reception teachers had a meeting on line and I sat with Mrs Fullman and gave everyone a wave, I even saw some of their family in the background and it was great to meet them and say hello.  I'm going to go now and do the daily mile with Go Go Bear as it's such a lovely afternoon.  I hope you've managed to get out and have some fun in your gardens.  Bye, Ed x

Wednesday 25.3.20 

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.

Did you see Ed bear's adventures. He has been busy hasn't he!

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

Team Goldcrest.


Phonics and maths challenge for Wednesday 25.3.20

Tuesday 24.3.20 

Hey Goldcrest.

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 Goldcrest

Ed Bear's Diary

Hello Goldcrest.  Just thought I'd let you know what I've been up to, as you know I went camping with Butter Bear (from Nursery) and you'll never guess who came along to join us ... Go Go Bear (from Firecrest)!  Go Go Bear was a great help putting up our tent and we all had great fun building dens and a fire so we could have hot chocolate just like you do at Forest School.  When I came back I went to stay with Mrs Fullman and I helped her make a cake for her son's birthday, I got really messy and had to have a bath.  I ate a huge bit when it was ready ... yum, yum!  I'd best go for now as I'm about to try the 'Dear Zoo' writing challenge.  Hope you are all OK and having fun, love Ed Bear

Stories for the week.

Enjoy listening to one story a day.