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Good morning, everyone!


Clover Class have recommended a fantastic shortbread recipe that they followed last week. There are only 3 ingredients and you can make these by hand if you don't have a food mixer, and make small balls and squash them flat by hand if you don't have a rolling pin or cutters.


The children loved adding their favourite smell to the recipe out of a choice of 3 and rolling the dough with help and choosing the cutters. Ideas for different flavours are in the recipe.


Wishing you a merry Christmas!


Buttercup Class Team

Christmas Shortbread Recipe

Activities for closure day on Monday 7th February

Please see below activities for class closure on 4th January.

Rumble in the jungle is our new story for the Spring Term.

Please follow the activities below for Wednesday 24th November.

In the afternoon it would be lovely if you could go for an Autumn walk with your child. Take some photos of what you both see and send them in to us so we can share in class. 


Body percussion

Colourful semantics is a way of helping children to build up a sentence. Open the cards and share all the yellow pictures first (verbs). These can be shared on a screen or printed out and cut up. Help them to understand/ read/choose the one they would like. Then look at the orange words together and decide who is doing the action. Finally add a blue word to say where it is taking place. When you have made some up read them to your child or get them to read them with you.

Please find below activities for Wednesday 20th October

Read our class story together.

Make up a potion of your own. Get your adult helper to record what you use. We would love to see some photos. 


This week we have been looking at famous black people in History.

Today we were going to think about Marcus Rashford, who helped campaign for free school meals and foodbanks.

Help your child to look at a variety of food items you may have in the cupboard. Talk with them about what they are and how you might cook them. Talk about what you need to grow and be healthy. Help your child to choose some items that they think a foodbank might need.

You can look at Luton foodbank website for inspiration.


Please find below activities for your child to complete this term if they are working from home. Please do not worry if you are unable to achieve all of them. We have tried to give a wide variety so you can choose what suits you and your child.


For any queries regarding these home learning activities, please email   Paula or Nicki will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks

Maths Activity 1

To practice measuring using a ruler to find the longest and shortest.

Step 1. You will need to find 5 fruit or vegetables.

Step 2. Lay your ruler on a flat surface and place your vegetable on the ruler making sure that one end of the vegetable is on zero (0)

Step 3. Look at the number at the other end of the vegetable and write it down. That is the length of your first item. If you don't recognise the number then start at number 1 and count each number until you get up to that one.

Step 4. Repeat step 2 and 3 for each fruit or vegetable, remembering to start measuring from zero each time.

Step 5. When you have measured all your fruit or veg, have a look at the numbers. Can you name the longest and shortest vegetable? (remembering that the highest number is the longest) 

Step 6. Look at your fruit or veg and lay them out in size order, the longest at one end and the shortest at the other. Does it match with the length numbers you wrote down?


Can you find other items in your home to measure? What is their length? What is the longest thing you can find?

We would love to see photos of you doing your measuring work. You can email any photos to



Maths Activity 2

To practice weighing and finding the heaviest.

Step 1. Find 5 food items and measuring scales.

Step 2. Make sure the scales are on zero. Place the item on the scales. If you are using digital scales then you can read the weight number that it stops on and write it down. If you have scales with a needle then you can count how many lines the needle moves past.

Step 3. Repeat this for each item.

Step 4. Which item was the heaviest (the one with the highest number, or the item that made the needle moves past the most lines)


Maths Activity 3

To practice weighing specific amounts.

This will help with your measuring on the days you do baking.


You will need weighing scales, a bowl, a teaspoon and something to weigh like flour, sugar or rice.

Step 1. Put the bowl on the weighing scales, making sure it is on zero.

Step 2. Spoon the flour into the bowl, checking the weight each time you add a spoonful. Keep adding flour until you get to 10 grams.

Step 3. Keep adding more flour until you get to 20 grams.


If you don't have digital scales, then try adding just enough to make the needle move up one line at a time.

You can also practice adding up to 5 spoons of rice into a bowl, remembering to keep count or by putting 2 cups of pasta into a saucepan.


We would love to hear how you got on. Please let us know via the class email



Home learning resources 

Please visit the Oxford reading tree website and choose an ebook to read to your child. We are working on Stage 1 Stage 1+ Stage 2 Stage 3 in class. Ask your child questions about what they have heard or what they can see.

Read these poems with your child. If they are able to learn any of the words and say them with you that would be good.


Set up a mini greengrocers using real fruit and vegetables or pictures. Give each item a price. Some children will be able to count out coins to the correct value to buy the items and work out change. Other children should make choices as to what they would like to buy. They can then practise exchanging money/card to gain the items.


Visit your garden or a local park for some fresh air. Make a list with your child of all the things you can see there. Take photographs if possible to remind them when you return home.

Use this visit to get them to dictate sentences or make choices of what they saw so that the adult records what they remember. Use a tablet/eye gaze/laptop to record.

Use the coloured symbols we have sent home to make some sentences about what you can do in the garden. Ask your child to choose the yellow word first, then a matching, orange, green and blue word. Then see if they can read what they have written.


 Look at a picture on the internet by Claude Monet, the water lilies. Let your child explore with blues and greens,either paint,felt tips,cornflour with food dye,coloured papers,whatever medium is right for them. Let them produce their own water scene in the style of the water lilies. If you have a printer they can produce the background and then add pre-printed water lily flowers on to it.


If you have the resources, help your child to explore soil and seeds before decorating a small plant pot and planting one. Cress/sunflower seeds are good. Talk about what the plant will need to grow.

Design technology/cooking

We will be making some of the following things at school, using vegetables and fruit that might grow in the garden. If your child is working at home and you would like the recipe for any of them, please email us.

  • Vegetable soup
  • Vegetable curry
  • Cheese and vegetable muffins
  • Vegetable ratatouille
  • Vegetable Spring rolls
  • Fruit salad
  • Skewered fruit
  • Fruit crumble
  • Fruit muffins
  • Fruit smoothies
  • Veggie burgers
  • Veggie meatballs
  • Pizza rolls
  • Carrot sauce for pasta
  • Chickpea veggie nuggets
  • Fruit smoothie pops

Useful Telephone Numbers


Childcare Disability Team (Respite)

01582 547690

Community Nursing Team

0333 405 0085

Continence Clinic (24hr answerphone)

01234 310879

Edwin Lobo Centre, Redgrave Gardens

01582 700300

0333 405 0087 

Speech & Language Therapy

01582 345999

Wheelchair Services

01582 631349

Wheelchair Repairs  (Millbrook)

08700 601471



The Edwin Lobo Centre has 2 numbers - the 700300 number redirects you to the 0333 number where messages are taken and redirected to the appropriate service e.g. physio.

Dough disco with links to Youtube

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