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29th June 2020
This week we are looking at a variety of animals all from the ocean. If you know any facts about any of the animals then write them down and share them with me please.
Have a good week,
Mrs Taylor. 

22nd June 2020

This week the sun is going to be shining and we will hopefully see lots of butterflies flying around. Here are 8 different tasks related to brilliant butterflies.

Remember to upload any examples of work you complete.

Stay safe,

Mrs Taylor.

15th June 2020

Each week we are going to have a theme.

This week we are learning about fascinating frogs. You have lots of different tasks and you can mix and match them in any order you would like. I look forward to seeing what you upload this week.

Mrs Taylor

8th June 2020

Hello Rainbow Room,

I hope you are all well. Here are some activities around Superworm. Unfortunately, there is not an animated version of this story, yet, but the pictures in the book are great. Remember, upload any examples of work you complete.

Mrs Taylor



1st June 2020

Hello Rainbow Room,

I hope you have managed to enjoy some sunshine over half term. This week we will be looking at the story of Stick Man. As he goes on his journey he passes through all 4 seasons - see if you can spot this as you read or watch the story. Remember to upload pictures of your work for me to see.

Mrs Taylor

18th May 2020

Hello Rainbow Room, here is some more work and challenges for you to try. This week the story is 'Room on the Broom' and the maths work is continuing to work on addition and subtraction. I have really enjoyed viewing the work uploaded - keep this up, if you can. Stay safe.

Mrs Taylor

11th May 2020

Here is another week of activities for you. This time linked to the story - The Highway Rat. I hope you enjoy these and I would love to see some uploaded work.

Mrs Taylor

7th May 2020

I found this website with lots of Snail and The Whale activities on. There is a make your own whale activity, colouring pages and many more. Enjoy!

4th May 2020


Good morning  Rainbow Room - how are you? I hope you have enjoyed the activities so far. This week it is another story by Julia Donaldson, The Snail and The Whale, some of you have read this before with me. It is all about adventures to different places. The activities this week are a great chance to use your imagination and get creative with your drawing skills. Looking forward to see some uploads of your work. Stay safe.

Mrs Taylor.

29th April 2020


Hello Rainbow Room, I hope you are keeping safe. I am missing our daily fine motor activities so I have attached a Zog colouring page for you to complete. I thought this would be a good way to keep working these skills, making sure we colour carefully and stay within the lines. I would love to see some finished pieces.

27th April - 1st May 2020

I hope you all enjoyed last week’s activities linked to The Gruffalo. This week we will be looking at Zog. Some of you may have read this before in Rainbow Room. It is about a fun dragon at dragon school. I have included activities for you to complete throughout the week, please do not feel you need to complete them all in one day! I will also upload different challenges as the week goes on. Remember to upload your work as I really love to see it,

Mrs Taylor

24th April 2020

Here is the final day of work linked to The Gruffalo story. I hope you have enjoyed these activities.

Have a good weekend and stay safe.

Mrs Taylor

23rd April 2020

Good morning, Rainbow Room. I hope you are well and enjoying our daily activities.

Remember, upload your work to Free Flow so I can see what you have been up to.

22nd April 2020

Here are some more activities linked to The Gruffalo story. I hope you are all staying safe and enjoying our daily work. I have also uploaded more activities onto Bug Club (active learn) and My Maths. Why not give them a go?

21st April 2020

Here are some more activities linked to the story of The Gruffalo. I hope you enjoyed the work from yesterday. Remember to upload a picture of the work you have completed for me to see. Stay safe everyone, Mrs Taylor. 

20th April 2020

3rd April 2020
Hello Rainbow Room, I hope you are well. Here is a maths subtraction activity for you all to complete. It is really fun and practical. I'm sure you will all love it. As always, upload a picture of your work, or comment back with the answers to the questions. I am loving seeing all of the activities you are completing at home. 

2nd April 2020

Rhyming words:
Each week, during alphabet arch, we look at rhyming words. Can you complete the attached worksheet matching up the rhyming words? Remember, rhyming words are words that sound similar like dog and log.
Challenge: the person who replies to this with the longest rhyming string wins a dip in the box - your word to start your rhyming string is 'cat'. How many words can you find to rhyme with cat? Nonsense words will be accepted too!

30th March 2020


Good morning Rainbow Room, I hope you are all well? Over the weekend I tried the following site: 
It is really fun and full of maths games and challenges. I know how much you all enjoy this type of activity. This site is currently free and can be used on a tablet or computer. Let me know how you get on with the games and how many points you get! 

26th March 2020


We always enjoy a game of ‘Buried Treasure’ during phonics sessions and now you can play at home for free! Phonics Play are allowing people to use their site for free while off school. Use the log in details on the picture. You could play buried treasure or try one of the other games. I look forward to seeing the games you play. If you usually work with Mrs Richardson or Mrs Potts select Phase 2, Mrs Walley’s group select Phase 3/4 and Mrs Taylor’s group select Phase 4/5. Enjoy!

25th March 2020


The sun is shining today - use this to create some shadow drawings. We used our farm animals but you could use other characters, cars or items from around the house. Place them on or in front of a piece of paper and carefully draw around the shadow. If you cannot get outside to do this you could do it in a window or even use a light to create the shadow. It is a great activity for your fine motor skills. Once you have drawn around your item you could colour, decorate or paint it. I would love to see some of your shadow drawings, Mrs Taylor.

24th March 2020

Rainbow Room’s Rainbows:
Today, while out for a walk, I saw lots of rainbows in people’s windows. They made me smile and looked so colourful. I thought it would be great to see Rainbow Room’s rainbows! So can you create your own rainbow to place in your window? You could use pens, pencils, paints or colourful paper. Please upload a picture once you have made your rainbow. Then, when out for a walk, can you count how many other rainbows you can see? 
23rd March 2020
Rainbow Room Home Learning Ideas:
For World Book Day we made salt dough and enjoyed creating our own ladybirds. Why not make some more salt dough at home and make some other animals / shapes? Look at the picture for some ideas and inspiration of what to create.
To make salt dough you need: 1 cup of plain flour, 1 cup of salt and around 1/2 a cup of water. Mix the ingredients together in a large bowl until a dough is created (add more salt and flour if the mixture is too sticky). Next, create your shapes / animals / numbers / letters. Leave these out to dry for about 1 day. Once they are dry use paints and pens to decorate them. I would love to see some pictures of your creations. Looking forward to your uploads, Mrs Taylor.