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Ruggin Class page has material to support your child’s learning while school is closed and lots of ideas to keep them busy. We will do our best to provide feedback at least once a week on anything that they are able to do. However, please put your child’s needs first. If you or your child are finding this difficult to manage, just do what you can, when you can.

Ruggin Class:  Years 1 and 2

Class Teacher: Mrs Allerston

Teaching assistant: Mrs Biggs 


New White Rose maths workbooks for parents and children

Class email address -



Free e-reading books

Oxford Owls (inl RWI books)

Big Cat Collins Phonics reading books


Maths Challenges and Games


Please continue with either Bitesize English, National Academy or use the Talk for Writing Units below.

Talk for Writing English wc 6.7.20

wc 6th July   Project    Earthworms

( or choose own minibeast to research)

Y1 White Rose Maths Videos

Y2 White Rose Maths Videos

Project Work wc 29.6.20    Butterflies (and Moths)

This week I thought we would continue with insects and look at butterflies.  There are some interesting videos and other links below as well as some optional activity sheets.  Please help your child to see the similarities to the ant life-cycle they looked at last week. If your child would like to produce a finished piece of work, for example on the life-cycle of the butterfly or about the range of species etc, that would be lovely.  Or perhaps your child would like to engage in art or craft linked to this theme.     

You could look for butterflies at  Quants Nature Reserve near West Buckland, which  can be accessed from Higher Ruggin.

NB - It’s best not to touch caterpillars as some are poisonous.


National Geographic  Butterfly life-cycle video

Life-cycle video

Caterpillars for Kids

Butterfly Facts – find out about the butterflies in your garden

Common UK butterflies and facts

5 UK species to introduce to children

The Very Hungry Caterpillar animation (just for fun!)



If your child is interested, you could find out about moths and look at similarities and differences between moths and butterflies.  Don’t feel your child needs to write about it all though!  It’s just fascinating looking at the pictures, reading up on them and making comparisons.

Information on moths

Y1 Maths wc 29.6.20 (Watch White Rose videos first)  
Y2 Maths wc 29.6.20 (Watch White Rose videos first)  

Mini Project for wc 22.6.20     Ants

Following on from our successful week learning about snails, I am suggesting a project on ants for the coming week. Below, you will find a few video links and general information, to use as a starting point. Hopefully you will be able to see an ants' nest in your own garden.  Sometimes a loose paving slab can be lifted to reveal amazing ant tunnels and larvae etc. 

(If you didn't get to do the work on snails, please feel free to do that instead.)


Wizz  Ants for kids video


Ants  Science for Kids video


DK Ants


National Insect Week (22nd – 28th June)

National Insect Week encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects.


Grasscutter ants video clip


Leafcutter ants video

w.c. 15.6.20   Snail Project

The mini-project I’m suggesting for this week is based on the activities and interests of the year 1 children who returned to school last week. They were fascinated by the snails they found on the school field, and spent ages building homes for their new friends.  I thought we could all discover a bit more about these curious creatures.

I have found various resources on Twinkl, which I’ll post below, but actually the Youtube videos are more interesting as a starting point. 

In addition to the science involved, the theme of snails  lends itself to art activities such as sculpture, painting or collage etc.  But please follow the interests of your own child with this.






Read aloud book  ‘Are You a Snail’


DK Find out



Matisse Tate Modern

Matisse Snail



For other subjects please follow either Bitesize or National Academy daily lessons, week 7.

Year 1 lessons

Year 2 lessons


National Academy lessons week 7

Year 1

Year 2


White Rose Maths Video Lessons


Dear Parents,

I hope you’ve had a relaxing half-term break and enjoyed lots of outdoor activities in the sunshine!

For the next few months, we now have free access to a great online PE resource (jasmineactive) devised for parents to carry out with their children at home.  It’s designed to keep children active throughout the day and encourage them to do some physical activity at least every 30 mins.  There are 7 weeks of daily activities which will take us to the summer holidays.  I will be sending the login details via email. 

As before, please follow either the National Academy or Bitesize lessons this week, as best suits your child.  You will find the White Rose maths sheets along with the weekly spellings below. Please continue to practise number bonds and times tables, and use any other websites as previously advised (further down the class page). I have had a recommendation, from a parent, for an early reading app called ‘Homer’ which might be helpful and motivational for some children.

I think it would be a perfect time over the next few weeks to do some wildflower spotting and identification in our locality.  I usually cover this in school whilst on our welly walks, but we are now unable to do this. I know many of you are going on regular family walks and will have noticed the profusion of plant growth. It’s the perfect opportunity to start identifying wild flowers, by encouraging children to look closely both at the flowers and the leaves.  Links to spotter sheets, the PlantNet ID app and the Great British Wildflower Hunt can be found below.

Many thanks for your continued support with your child’s home learning.

Mrs Allerston and Mrs Biggs

Home Learning for w/c Monday 18th May

Please use either the BBC Bitesize daily lessons or the Oak Academy, whichever is most engaging for your child.  You may have found other websites offering useful support to home learning, in which case please continue with those. We want to nurture children’s  excitement and enthusiasm for learning, which as we all know really isn’t all about pencil and paper activities (although we need to do some!).



The Bitesize lessons now follow the same learning as White Rose Maths.  After watching the teaching videos with your child and discussing the ideas, you might want to use the worksheets, which I’ve posted along with the answers further down the page.  The maths videos can be accessed in the usual way. Please note that some of the worksheets include  greater depth challenges so don’t feel your child has to complete these. If they are struggling you could give further practice with objects, counters or by drawing on paper etc, to consolidate the basic mathematical idea.


Bird Project

I’m pleased that many children have started to, or continued to investigate and observe our garden birds. As an additional challenge, try to identify birds by their song. A good website to help with this is the RSPB


An app I have used on my phone, to record birdsong and then identify the bird, is  birdNET


A few parents have recommended this great science resource, Let’s Go Live.

If you haven’t yet discovered it, you may want to check it out on YouTube.


Please see also the whole school D&T challenge on the main page, which is to make a super-crown for the Queen.

Remember to check out Purple Mash, Numbots and TTRockstars!   

Scroll down this page for links to PE, maths games and other online resources.

Many thanks for your continued support with your child’s learning.


Best wishes,

Mrs Allerston

White Rose Maths Video Lessons wc 18.5.20

Year 1 Maths wk 5

Year 2 Maths wk 5

Nrich challenges


 TTRockstars  (use same login as for Numbots)

Reading and Phonics

Free e-reading books

Oxford Owls (inl RWI books)

Big Cat Collins Phonics reading books


Super online phonics games


Read Write Inc Youtube Phonics


Purple Mash (huge range of activities across the curriculum)

Home Learning for w/c Monday 11th May

Please use either the BBC Bitesize daily lessons or the Oak Academy, whichever is most engaging for your child.  The Bitesize lessons now follow the same learning as White Rose Maths.  However, the worksheets are no longer available via the online link, so I have posted them separately.  The maths videos can be accessed in the usual way.

Remember to enjoy the wonders of the outdoors at this time of year.  There is so much to observe and discover in nature!  At the end of this week's post, I have added some resources to support finding out about the birds you might  see in your garden or in the countryside  (I know some children are already doing lots of bird spotting).  Please use them if you wish, or feel free to encourage your child to follow their own interests. 

Many thanks for all your efforts with your child's learning.


BBC Bitesize daily lessons week 4

Year 1 lessons

Year 2 lessons


National Academy lessons week 4

Year 1

Year 2


White Rose Maths Video Lessons

Year 1 Maths wk 4

Year 2 Maths wk 4

Nrich challenges


 TTRockstars  (use same login as for Numbots)

Home learning for week commencing 4.5.20


Please use White Rose for the main maths lessons and supplement thses with games and activities to practise memorising number bonds and times tables.  Numbots has some great challenges for mental arithmetic (Y1 and Y2).  TTRockstars will help you practise your tables (Y2).  Purple Mash also has maths -based activities and don't forget Numberblocks on iplayer or Youtube.

Use the nrich website for links to logic problems and challenges.


Year 1 Maths

Year 2 Maths


Nrich challenges


 TTRockstars  (use same login as for Numbots)


Online stories and questions

Home Learning Week commencing 20.4.20 (links to English and maths)

Y2 Reading Comprehension and Grammar

Ruggin class letter 20.3.20

Twinkl - Free Learning Resources
Have fun with outdoor learning!

Signs of spring spotter sheet

Online Learning and Apps

Keeping Active

Physical activity and exercise can improve our health, make us feel better, give us more energy and it reduces the risk of developing several diseases like diabetes and heart disease. In this time of increasing restrictions on our movement with Coronavirus, it is still crucial we are active for 60 minutes a day. Being active also releases natural endorphines that make us feel much happier. It also tires the children out and some peace and quiet may ensue (not guaranteed!). 


There are many ways we can keep fit at home with no equipment. You Tube has a plethora of content - obviously, please supervise the children while they are using this platform. These are some of my favourites and the children (and you) can literally just follow them - click, play, workout, happy days. 


Sallys - awesome strength workouts. There are Sallys for squats - the easiest, stomach/core which is harder and if any of you can complete Sally arms, you get a gold medal! 

Sally squats:

Sally core:

Sally arms:


Moovlee - there are so many workouts - yoga, meditation and active workouts. Here are a couple of good ones: and


Joe Wicks the Body Coach. Joe Wicks is brilliant - he has hundreds of workouts on his YouTube channel specifically for children, but also tons for adults to do too. It is important that children do the children's work outs as they are specifically designed for their growing bodies. All of the workouts need little space and no equipment and are really easy to follow. 


Cosmic Kids Yoga. I use these a lot in school and the children love them. There are lots to choose from and they too have their own YouTube channel. 


Government advice is to still be active and even if self isolating, it is important to go out, but keep away from others. This means a walk, a run, a cycle or scoot is an option, but no close contact with anyone. 


Home Circuits - this is a really fun way to keep fit - design your circuit, set up your timer, get some music on and off you go! Here is one that I do at home: star jumps, press ups, sit ups, sprint on the spot, tricep dips (I use the edge of the sofa), lie on back and do leg raises, jumping squats, plank, punches (stand with legs apart and punch forward with alternate arms as hard as you can), squat with alternate knee raise, punch up in the air (straight up above your head) with alternate arms, crunches. 

You decide on the work/rest balance. Start with 30 seconds work and 30 seconds rest between each exercise, then try 35 seconds work with 25 seconds rest and aim for 40 seconds work and 20 seconds of rest. I write the exercises out on bits of paper so I can re-use them. Enjoy!

Autumn Term




We learnt about Anderson shelters and one was even erected in our classroom! We constructed Anderson shelters out of Lego.

We enjoyed being evacuated on the school trip to Minehead.

In September we made blackberry and apple crumble. We picked our own blackberries and collected apples in the village. We followed a recipe to prepare and cook the crumble. Finally we ate the delicious crumble!

Golden Time - The children follow their own interests and choose what they want to do.

Please visit your child's class page regularly while the school is closed for information to support their learning at home.