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The Beacon C of E (VA) Primary School

'Living life in all its fullness' (John 10:10)


1 Beacon Place, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 2SR

01395 264300



  Times are hard for everyone, the most important thing is to look after your own mental health and help your family to do the same. 

We will post enough work so your children can find tasks they'll enjoy -  but we aren't expecting families to be doing all of it!   Do what's right for you and your circumstances.

In terms of learning, the priority is to keep reading and number tasks going whenever you can, these things will make it easier to return to learning once school re-opens.

Week 15 (20th-22nd July) 

This last series of Challenges concludes our online learning now we are breaking up for the summer holidays. We know how hard you have all been working with your children at home and would like to reiterate our thanks to you for your efforts and for sharing the wonderful things you have been doing.

We would like to wish all of our families a wonderful, restful, safe and happy summer holiday and we will look forward to seeing all of your children when they enter Year 1 in September.

With very best wishes to you all,

Mrs Crane and Mrs Nelmes

If you would like to email us directly, our class email address is 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


Below you can download your challenges for this week. We hope that you enjoy them all! 

 Mon - 20.07.2020 - Writing.docxDownload
 Mon 20.07.2020 - Writing.pdfDownload
 Mon 20.07.2020 - Writing.pptDownload
 Mon- Wed 20-22.07.2020 - Number.docxDownload
 Mon-Wed 20-22.07.2020 - Phonics.docxDownload
 Monday - 20.07.2020 - R.E.docxDownload
 Monday 20.07.2020 - Topic.docxDownload
 Tuesday 21.07.2020 - Topic.docxDownload
 Tuesday 21.07.2020 - Writing.pdfDownload
 Wednesday 22.07.2020 - Topic.docxDownload
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In RC, we follow a timetable to guide us through the day and suggest that you may like to do the same. Routines are a useful tool in helping us to feel safe. Here is what we do, it may give you a valuable starting point but please adapt it to suit your needs.


  • start each day by sitting calmly
  • have something that will capture the children’s attention such as an object, a power point, a letter or a story which links to our topic
  • have a selection of challenges for the children to choose between
  • give the children a choice of the order in which they do their challenges
  • allow challenges to turn into ‘learning through our play’ (play is vital for young children and they have a tendency to take our ideas and change them into fantastic activities of their own invention)
  • break for a snack and a drink, sit calmly and reflect on our learning, sharing what we thought was particularly fantastic
  • do some physical exercise, to raise our heart beat, strengthen our core, increase our flexibility and balance
  • return to our choice of challenges
  • do some focussed phonics learning
  • listen to a story
  • sing a song
  • have lunch
  • free play – outside in fresh air
  • do some focussed maths learning
  • return to our choice of challenges/reading/phonics games/number games
  • free play – outside in fresh air
  • Assembly – during which we focus on a core value such as generosity, forgiveness, compassion, honesty, respect…

Let's stay healthy!

Here we are - teaching everybody how to keep their hands clean and keep germs at bay!


Here are the six 'Tricky Teddies' we use to help us with those tricky words! 

Useful links for further learning

Below are links to some websites which you could enjoy together:

Phonics Play - there are some games available which are free without the need to subscribe

Twinkl - during the Coronavirus outbreak, Twinkl have made all of their educational resources FREE for educators and parents to download. There are some excellent Home Learning packs available for all age groups

ICT Games - a free resource made by a UK teacher

World Book Online have made their collection of over 3000 ebooks and audiobooks available for free for children to access at home

Tiny Happy People - this BBC website helps build your child's communication skills. Explore simple activities and play ideas and find out about their amazing early development

GoNoodle - a firm favourite in school, this site encourages movement, exercise and dancing!

National Geographic Kids - fabulous facts about the world we live in

...and one for the grown-ups...

Calm - this fantastic mindfulness resource is currently waiving subscription fees

Click here to hear Carol McCloud reading 'Have You Filled a Bucket Today?'

Some Bucket Filling ideas to start you off…

·       Give someone a helping hand

·       Share a smile

·       Include someone

·       Compliment someone

·       Teach someone a song or a dance

·       Learn a new skill and share it with someone else

·       Write a letter to someone

·       Tell someone why you like them

·       Take turns

·       Say sorry if you need to

·       Give a hug to someone you love

Some Important Tips on Expectations

We know that each child is an individual. The activities that we are suggesting are suitable to be adapted in order to meet the needs of your individual child. We want your child to LOVE learning, so please help us to make it an empowering and enjoyable experience for them. It may be that you can simplify the activity or offer a lot of support in order to help your child or it could be that you need to stretch your child further and extend slightly beyond what is being asked through the challenge. Make the activities as fun and engaging as you can. We trust you to make the necessary adjustments.


  • Clear segmenting of a word to be read or written is important. Your child may need you to model this for them first, then repeat it with you before doing it on their own. Our videos on phonics will help with this.


  • It is important that your child develops at their own pace, progressing through the necessary stages of learning to write. Please don’t worry of your child doesn’t appear to be as confident as another child yet.
  • Pencil grip is important, encourage your child to hold a pencil with a firm ‘tripod’ (three fingered) grip and intervene if they revert to using their entire hand.
  • The most crucial thing is that your child is motivated to write, that they participate in writing in some form every day and that they receive praise and acknowledgement for their efforts.
  • Encourage your child to ‘read’ their writing back to you
  • Let your child see you writing during the day too.
  • Reluctant writers can be encouraged by us getting creative and sticking paper on the underside of a table for them to write on or onto a table top that has been painted with blackboard paint.
  • We are learning to start our sentences with a capital letter
  • We encourage 2 finger space between our words
  • We are aiming to finish our sentences with a full stop
  • We can only spell using the knowledge we have gained so far this will be based on what we have seen in books, our knowledge of tricky teddy words or the phonic understanding that we have to date. Spelling stone as ‘stoan’ or kite as ‘kight’ are perfectly acceptable as this reflects the level of understanding at the moment.


  • Children need to have a deep understanding of number; this includes counting, placing numbers in order, knowing which number comes before and after (one more and one less), recognising that numbers represent quantities of stuff and matching amounts to numbers.
  • They need to be able to count objects accurately, to read numbers, write numbers, draw amounts and make numbers.
  • The activities we suggest will encourage this deep understanding of number, please adapt them to your child’s current level of understanding for example by working within numbers 1 – 5 or with numbers to 100 according to need.


In RC we have ‘Feelings Faces’ on display. They represent a range of emotions on brightly coloured backgrounds; we have discussed these emotions a lot in class and added some words which we might choose to use when talking about them.

We all have BIG feelings at times which can threaten to overwhelm us; we can’t be happy, calm and relaxed all day every day much as we may want to. It can be helpful to acknowledge these feelings and perhaps understand what the feelings are and why we are feeling them. This is more complicated than it sounds and having suggested words, pictures and colours is just one method that we have found useful in the class.

Some of us in the class have found these ‘Feelings Faces’ a helpful tool for voicing how we are feeling in depth, others use the colours alone, and for others pointing at the picture that best represents their emotion is enough. They have also helped the children to identify how others may be feeling, which has helped them to overcome some challenging friendship situations.

Click here for Teach Your Monster To Read

We have shared a unique username and login via Tapestry for access to this fantastic phonics website which children can work through at their own pace.


We would love to see what you've been getting up to at home so please continue to use Tapestry as normal. We will also use it to share any relevant information as and when needed.


Watch our latest sounds below and familiarise your children with the sounds they have already learned.


Mrs Nelmes and Mrs Crane LOVE pets! Mrs Crane has Buddy, a wonderful, energetic and fun-loving  4-year-old labradoodle/collie cross. Mrs Crane has Noodle, a cockapoo who is almost 12 (who she got when she was 10 weeks old!), Hermione, an 11-year-old Hermanns tortoise, and two new additions - Sammy and Benny, Russian Dwarf hamster brothers who are 3 months old!

Please do share any photos or videos of your pets as we would love to meet them too!

Mrs Crane and Buddy
Mrs Crane and Buddy
Mrs Nelmes and Hermione
Mrs Nelmes and Hermione
Noodle and Hermione
Noodle and Hermione
Sammy and Benny
Sammy and Benny

Buddy's box of toys

Hermione makes a friend

Hermione's breakfast

Looking for Hermione!

Hermione and the dandelions!

Hurdling Hermione!

First trip outside!

Bouncing Buddy!