Cromwell Primary Phase

An all through school in Cambridgeshire





Our Class Teacher is Mrs Riches

Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Groves


Learning Blocks for 6th - 8th January 2021 for Remote Learning

Week beginning 4th January 2021

Wednesday 6th January 2021

Thursday 7th

7th January 2021

Friday 8th

8th January 2021

Book of the week

‘The Billy Goats Gruff’. Watch the video each day and/or read /share your own copy of the book, so your child gets used to the story and can start to retell it themselves, identify the characters and talk about the setting.



Revision of Phonic Sounds. Play Buried Treasure selecting Phase 2 Revise all Phase.  Buried Treasure

Revision of Phonic Sounds. Play Dragon’s Den. Select Phase 3, sets 1-6 plus set 7. Dragon's Den

Using your letter cards or write words on pieces of paper. Read a range of CVC words e.g. red, big, fog, box etc.



Draw each of the Three Billy Goats Gruff in three sizes (big, middle-sized and small). Write a name label for each one using your phonic sound knowledge. Only write the sounds you can hear for example when writing Big Billy Goat you may only hear b,b and g or bg, bl and gt or you may hear big, billy, got. At this stage focus on the confidence to write independently not on the correct spelling. This will come later on in the development of writing skills.

Draw a picture of the Troll and colour it in. Label the key parts using your phonic sound knowledge.  Remember only record the sounds you can hear.

Practise writing your name remembering to use the cursive font type.


Remember to use the cursive font type that has been sent to you already.

Handwriting practise

l, t, h and i

Handwriting practise

l, t, h and i

Handwriting practise

l, t, h and i



Recognising and counting numbers within 7

Recognising and counting numbers within 8

Understanding numbers


Joe Wicks YouTube live at 9 am starts next week.

BBC Let’s Dance ‘The Enormous Turnip’. 20 minutes. You might need to register (free) if you are not members of BBC already Episode 1 The Enormous Turnip

Joe Wicks YouTube live at 9 am starts next week.

BBC Let’s Dance ‘the Enormous Turnip’ 20 minutes Episode 2 The Enormous Turnip

Joe Wicks YouTube live at 9 am starts next week.

BBC Let’s Dance ‘the Enormous Turnip’ 20 minutes Episode 3 'The Enormous Turnip'

Other enrichment

Make puppets of the main characters from the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. You could use material, paper, card or recycled materials.

Build a bridge for the Billy Goats to Cross. You could use recycled materials, lego, blocks or paper and card. Use the puppets you have made to act out and retell the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Forest school outdoor challenge.  Go out and gather a small collection of items from the local environment or your gardens, like feathers, pebbles and leaves.

The challenge is to remember the items collected and search the area for the same objects, then come back to see how many you’ve managed to collect. This game will help develop memory and observation skills.

Mystery reader and Storytime

Choose one of your favourite stories and ask a grown-up to read it to you.

Sing-Along to the Nursery Rhymes

Listen to The Troll by Julia Donaldson

Christmas preparation (4.12.2020)

Wow! this week has been a really busy one ( as usual!!) 

Here are some photos from our week:

We finished our christmas cakes by spreading marmalade on the tops and then cutting out a circle of fondant icing, and decorating the tops! 

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We have practised our nativity play and are so excited to show all of our grown ups. Keep an eye out for our recording on our youtube channel. 

Today we had our forest school morning, we had fun exploring the snow, building santas sleigh with the construction blocks and making birdfeeders. We hope the birds are going to have a nice feast!!!! 

Next week we will be:

  • Performing our christmas nativity story (please help your children to learn thier lines and encourage them to speak loud and clear)
  • Reading the story 'Dream snow' 
  • We will continue our learning about total number (learning about putting two groups of items together and working out the total number)
  • Focusing on being kind to each other and following the school rules 
  • Making christmas cards 
  • And lots of other fun and interesting activities to do with christmas. 

See you all next week ! 


Owl Babies (27 November 2020)

Hello! owl babies

This week our theme has been about owls. As a class, we read the story 'Owl Babies', and our tasks have encouraged us to spend some time exploring many different aspects of owls. We have thought about habitats, the things owls might eat and features of an owl. 

We painted an owl baby with cotton wool, made a collage with lots of small pieces of tissue paper and practised our pencil control with some colouring. Some of the children wanted to challenge themselves, so they drew their own pictures and coloured them in. 

A rock expert from the secondary phase came in on Friday afternoon because Guy and William had emailed asking for somebody to help. We found out about ammonites and many other rocks! 

Some other things we have been doing are:

  • Practising our handwriting 
  • Continuing our letters and sounds 
  • Working on remembering our school rules and values
  • Practising for our Nativity. 

During our owl theme, some children have commented:

"they live in the trees".

"owls are nocturnal ... that means they come out at night". 

"they have lots of feathers".

"I think they eat bugs ..... and potatoes" (we continued our discussion about the types of foods owls eat compared to the foods we eat).

"They were scared becaues their mummy went away, but then she came back again... then they were happy". 

Next week we will be practising our Nativity story, and learning our lines. 

Some thing you could do at home are:

  • continue to practise vc/cvc words such as 'in, it, as, am, on, and is' and 'cat, mat, pat, sat, dog, fox' 
  • talk about owls, maybe you could read some stories or look online for some information about owls 

Remember to check our Seesaw for the weekly challenge form Mrs Riches


Let’s celebrate ! It’s Diwali ! (20th November 2020)

This week has been a whirlwind of activity! 
Children have been exploring and learning about the Festival of Lights and the cultural background of Diwali. The children used clay to make 'diva light' then painted and decorated them. On Friday as a whole class, we lit the divas and sang lots of lovely joyful songs. 
IMG 0617 Painting our Diva lamps after the paint had dried

The children also made some Diwali sweets, and we enjoyed them together during the afternoon carpet time. 
IMG 0625 Making coconut ice

 On Friday the children had alot of fun in the forest school session. They made a den, dug in the mud, watched the crackling fire,(thank you so much for the wonderful donations of wood) and challenged themselves  to balance along the rope bridge. 
IMG 0658 Balancing along our new rope bridge

Next week we will be: 

Practising our Christmas Nativity. Please encourage your child to practise their lines and to speak loudly and clearly. 

The homework for this week is to make a decoration for the class Christmas tree. We cannot wait to see your wonderful creations!

Focus on the sound 'd' and we will be practising letter formation. It would be wonderful if you could encourage your child to do this at home too! You could do this in the bath with bubbles, use some crayons to write, make marks in sand or to use chalks outside on the pavement. Any practise will help your child to get used to the different movements to form the letters. 

In maths we will be continuing our learning of quantities using language such as 'fewer than' and 'more than'. 

Have a great weekend! 


9-13th November

This week children  were incredible and listened brilliantly showing respect having amazing questions to the stories about the war. As a class, we observed the 2 minutes silece at 11am on 11th November. Children made poppies and also made some poppies for the Grandmother tree at Forest School last friday from sticks and wool. Thank you for the donations of dry wood. This helps our fire to burn well.

We had a great dress down day on Thursday, (although Mrs Riches and the team enjoyed the dress up element!)   Children focussed on charity and the concept of Children in Need and what this means.

Sounds this week: x, y, z, and q with linked stories and actions. Children are getting better at writing letters and hearing all the sounds within CVC (Consonant, Vowel, Consonant) words such as cat, dog, mat, hat, cap... so they are beginning to wrte theirown words independently.

Next week we look forward to finding out all about Diwali. If you have any resources to share, we would love for you to bring them in.



fire  poppies making poppies popp ies 2 soldiers


SNAP, CRACKLE AND A POP !!! (6 Nov 2020)

This week we have been very busy!

We have been remembering 'The gunpowder plot' story and thinking about the characters, why we celebrate the 5th of November and how to keep ourselves safe around bonfires, fireworks and sparklers. We used a range of arts and craft materials to make our own firework pictures and to make rockets. Then we learnt some new songs in forest school about bonfires. 


Our phonics sounds this week have been:

SS ( LONG SSSSS sound, the action to go with this sound is to kiss two fingers and make an S shape)

J  (the action is a jiggle)

V ( the action pretending to steer a car) 

and W (the action is to wave your hand in front of your nose like there is a whiff in the room) 

Next week we will be exploring 4 more sounds and we will be thinking about Children in Need, and Remeberance Day

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