So long, farewell… Mrs Hindson!

Today we said the first of our ‘big goodbyes’ this week as we finally wished a very happy retirement to our long serving music teacher, Mrs Hindson.

Mrs Hindson has worked at St John’s for an incredible 24 years! She had her first day of music teaching at our school back in 1997 and it is an honour that she spent her last one here too.

We held a farewell performance in our school fields this afternoon; it was wonderful to hear all the children sing together again after such a long time.

From all of us at St John’s, a huge thank you a good luck to Mrs HIndson; you will be very missed but have left a musical legacy at Ruyton that we will endeavour to continue. Mr Butler – no pressure!


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Owls Home Learning – Thursday 14th January

Good Morning Owls! It’s Miss Horton here 😊 I hope you’ve all had a good week so far, you can tell me all about it at our TEAMs meeting this morning. Mrs Hollis said you’re all getting to grips with using TEAMs now, which is great news.

Here is your timetable for today but remember this is only a guide and you can work through the lessons at your own speed. Please attend the spelling test meeting for your year group (don’t worry you won’t have to announce your scores to everyone!). I would like to see as many of you as possible at our 9am meeting so we can all say hello to each other.

I will be online all day to answer any questions or queries you have. If you have any problems please use the ‘Ask the Teacher’ channel.

9.15am – Morning chat and register (meeting)

9:45  – Y5 Spelling Test – bring your pen and paper! (meeting)

10:15 – Y6 Spelling Test – bring your pen and paper! (meeting)

You can fit your English lesson in between these meetings (they shouldn’t last too long)

10:30 – Breaktime

11am – Maths

12noon – Lunch

1:10 – Music with Mr Butler (meeting)

1:50 – Computing

2:30 – Reading

2.50pm – End of the day catch up (meeting)


Follow this link: To write a recount (

In this lesson, you will start off by investigating which sentence starters are appropriate for newspaper reports. Then, you will look over your plans from the previous lesson and use them to inform your writing when writing a recount. You will also be using the success criteria to support you in your writing. You will look at a shared piece of writing, followed by a modelled piece of writing. Both methods will support you to write your own recounts.
I have attached a notebook page to this assignment on Teams so that you can type your work on, alternatively you can write your work in your book and attach it to the assignment by pressing ‘add work’ and uploading a picture. Remember to press ‘hand in’ when you have completed the work so that we can see when you have done your work.

Today we will be looking at position and translation in the first quadrant. Watch the PowerPoint attached and then complete the worksheet for your year group  The stars tell you how difficult the sheet will be (*=developing **=expected ***=greater depth). You must do one reasoning & problem solving sheet and one varied fluency sheet. You can mark your work using the answers provided.

You can take a picture of your completed maths sheets and attach them to the assignment by clicking ‘Add work’. Remember to press ‘Hand-in’ so I know when you have completed your work.

*If you are finding this tricky, have a go at the Y4 work about position and direction to refresh your memory. 

Powerpoint – The First Quadrant

Y5 RPS Position in the First Quadrant

Y5 VF Position in the First Quadrant

Y6 RPS The First Quadrant

Y6 VF The First Quadrant

Powerpoint – Describe Position (Y4)

Y4 RPS Describe Position

Y4 VF Describe Position


Mr Butler will be teaching a live music lesson at 1:10 via teams. Please follow this link to take part:


Today you will be learning about stop motion animation, you will plan a storyboard for your own animation about online safety.
I have created a Onenote document on Teams for what you need to do today. You have some videos to watch and questions to answer based on the videos. Click on the links on the document to watch the videos and type your answer directly onto the onenote document. As soon as you start typing the document will starting saving your work so your work is being saved as you go along – very clever! You can take a picture of your storyboard and attach it to your assignment by pressing ‘Add work’. Remember to press ‘Hand-in’ when you have completed all your work
Please have a go at completing and accessing your work on teams. If you are really struggling to do this you can click on the link below which will take you to a word document with everything you need to complete.
Complete your work in the exercise books sent home last term and/or upload photos of your work to each assignment if possible as introduced on Teams meetings this week.  If you’re struggling, please send photos of what you have done to me at or
Keep up the great work Owls – you’re smashing it!
Miss Horton 🙂

Thursday 14th January – Dragonfly Class

Please see Teams for our full chats, lessons and live tasks – we’re all getting better at this!

Today’s top tip: Keep your School Games Activity log updated to send to the School Games organisers 🙂

9:20 Morning Meeting for all

9.40 Year 3 Maths lesson

10.05 Year 4 Maths lesson

10.30 Year 2 Maths lesson

11.00 Year 3 Recorders

11.30 Year 4 Recorders

1pm Afternoon Meeting for all

2pm Music lesson for everyone!

2.45pm Close of day meeting for all


Task One: Maths – look out for your live Teams lessons

Year 2 PPT

Year 2 Reasoning Task

Year 3 PPT

Year 3 Reasoning Task

Year 4 PPT

Year 4 Reasoning Task

Task Two : English. L/O: To describe a setting.

Today I would like you to use your own word bank (from yesterday) or use some of the language shared on the Teams Assignment for this task to write a story opening where the setting has been described effectively.

Here is an example by ‘Boring Miss Whit’!

A boy walked in the woods. There were tall trees. It was peaceful. The woodland felt calm but he felt a little lonely. Birds tweeted in the trees.

Can you do better? Of course. Go Dragonflies!

If you can, write this on the Assignment document as I can mark it with more detail 🙂


Task Three: Music 2pm – Mr Butler will be delivering LIVE Recorders and Music today!


Task Four: PSHE & Computing L/O; To think about how we use the internet everyday.

L/O: To consider how we use the internet.

As discussed in our meeting earlier, we are all using the internet and computers as a huge part of our daily lives at the moment. This technology can be brilliant! But is also needs to be used mindfully.

Your task is to create a poster which shows the rules which you think Dragonfly Class need to remember whilst we are learning at home using Microsoft Teams, live video calls and the internet including sending messages through chat, using The Playground and choosing emojis. There are lots of rules we should be following but pick a few that you think are most important to you at the moment.

Have a look at the links below for some ideas (you don’t have to do them all!)

How can you use the internet safely?

Keeping Safe Online

The Smart Crew – lots of activities, perhaps choose one or two to look at

Send your poster as a photo attachment to the Assignment if you can. Good luck!


See you on Teams

Miss Whit xx

Hedgehog Home Learning 13.01.2021

Good Morning Hedgehogs!

It was so lovely to see more of you yesterday on our live chats. I hope that I’ll get to see some more faces today as well! Here’s your suggested timetable for the day:



Think of the three characters in the story “Let’s All Creep Through Crocodile Creek”. Make up your own character that might want to cross Crocodile Creek. What is their name? Where are they going? How will they get there? Year 1, you should write a series of sentences to tell me about your character. Reception, you can write some labels and a short sentence to tell me about your character.


Yellow, Orange & Green Groups

Use everything that you have learnt so far this week to answer the questions on the worksheet. Some of them are tricky but do your best! Please photograph the work that you have done and upload it to either the relevant file on TEAMS or to Tapestry if you are not sure how to do this yet.

Maths 13.01.2021 Yellow, Orange & Green Group

Purple Group

Use everything that you have learnt so far this week to complete the addition to 20 worksheets. You can choose your own level of difficulty.

Maths 13.01.2021 Purple Group

Red Group

Watch the video:

Draw some groups of 2 things. For example, draw 2 circles, draw 2 cars, draw 2 houses and so on.


Red Group – Log on to Reading Eggs and go on Fast Phonics. Select Peak 1 and complete levels 1, 2, 3 & 4. (s, a)

For the rest of you, we’re going to have a go at doing some small group sessions on Microsoft Teams for you today. Please do not do your phonics activities until after our online session.

Purple Group – Online at 11.00

Follow the link below, watch the video and then click on the orange arrow below to complete the activity, (w).

Phonics 13.01.2021 – Purple Group W

Green Group – Online at 11.15

Short “oo” sound.

Phonics 13.01.2021 – Green Group Phoneme Spotter Worksheet

Yellow & Orange Group – Online at 11.30

Alternative pronunciation of “ey”.

Phonics 13.01.2021 Yellow and Orange Group


Snuggle up and read a book with an adult. You could read to them or they could read to you. Just enjoy a story and talk about it. If you haven’t done your Reading Eggs activities from yesterday then please also complete these.


Wednesday afternoons are usually our PE Lesson. Complete a Joe Wicks workout like the one in the attached link or go for a nice long walk or bike ride.

Join us online at 2.30 for an end of the day catch up and story time as well.

I’m so proud of you all for the way you are adapting to our new way of learning. You are helping me out so much by listening to instructions and learning to “mute” and “unmute” yourselves when we are on Teams. What a special bunch of children you are!

See you later,

Mrs Farmer x