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To All Parents and Guardians,

On behalf of everyone at Oldfield Brow, can I thank everyone for their extraordinary efforts within an extraordinary year. To all the parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters who have helped support your child over the past months, your support has been much appreciated.

As we now close for the summer, may I wish you all a very happy summer. Some may be travelling away on holiday and some may not, but to you all, we would like to wish you all a good break.

From this point onwards, your child's class email will not be monitored until September, but if you need to contact the school please email us on office@oldfield-brow.com and we will reply as soon as possible.

Take care of one another and see you all in September.



Welcome to Sunrays. 

Monday 20th July - Hello everybody, it's the last week of term! You've all made it and done such a good job both at home and school- well done! This week, there is a selection of fun activities that span across EYFS Key stage 1 and 2. Most of these activities are appropriate for all ages. Please feel free to dip in and out with them and have fun! 

Thank you also to all of our parents and carers for everything you have done to support your child's learning throughout this difficult time since March. We are all very grateful for all you have done. Have a fun week and have an enjoyable Summer. 


Miss Brash 


Friday 17th July - It's the last day of home learning today! I hope you have enjoyed what you have been learning, both at home and at school and we have been so very impressed with the work that we have seen and that has been sent to us over the recent weeks! Well done everyone! You have all worked so hard and should be very proud of all of your acheivements. 

It's time for some exciting activities of a different kind next week. Check back here on Sunday for something a bit different in the downloads box! Have a great weekend everyone.  

Reading Together Day

Hi - its Mrs C. It's Reading Together Day! It doesn't matter how old we are, reading together can be a special family time. Why not send in a picture of story-time today to appear on the blog?Make a point today of sharing a book with someone you care about. What will you share? Author and Waterstones Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell shares her 10 top tips for parents and carers here... 





Thursday 16th July - Good morning everyone. I hope you are all keeping well. Have a look at this You tube link. Can you learn the song? 



I hope you enjoy it! 


Wednesday 15th July - What a wet day! All we need is the sunshine back! As you already know; rain and sunshine make rainbows! Perhaps you could try this exciting experiement today: 

Make a walking rainbow! 




Tuesday 14th July

Good morning everyone. I hope you all enjoyed reading your school report yesterday. I hope your grown-ups were pleased with them. Here is today's challenge for you: 

Very soon you will be in Year 1 and I know Mrs Heffernan and Mrs Cridland are really looking forward to being your teachers. Can you write a letter to them telling them all about the things that make you so special? Can you tell them what you enjoy doing and what you are most looking forward to in Year 1? For children at home, ask your grown-up to take a picture of your letter and email it to me. I will make sure I pass it on to Mrs Heffernan and Mrs Cridland. 

Have another super day! 


Sunday 12th July 

Hello everyone. I hope you all been enjoying the lovely sunshine once again this weekend! 

This is our last week of home learning acitivities before the Summer. We are off on a voyage of discovery and climbing aboard a pirate ship this week! 

Take a look at the download box to see the exciting activities we have prepared for you. 

Have a great week both at home and at school! 


Miss Brash


Thursday 9th July 

Hello everyone. 

I hope you are all well. Today is National Sugar Cookie Day!

Observed each year on July 9th, National Sugar Cookie Day honors the ever-popular and delicious sugar cookie.



Today, sugar cookie making and decorating has become an art form for kids and adults alike. Starting with the shape of the cookie, the dough is formed with either a cookie cutter or other methods of cutting and shaping the dough. Once the cookie is baked, the cookie artist adds colored frosting or icing. Sprinkles, edible glitter, colored sugars, and additional details may be added. Some cookies receive so much detail, it’s almost a shame to eat them. 

Wednesday 8th July

Good morning everyone. Why not sign up for the plastic survey below and join in with plastic free July! 








Tuesday 7th July

Good morning! Here is a challenge for you: 

Trace the Impossible Triangles

Trace the shape below, but under these rules:

1. You can start anywhere on the figure.
2. You cannot lift your writing tool once you start tracing.
3. You cannot trace over any segment more than once.


This week (beginning 6.7.20) our home and school learning is sadly about POLLUTION - how do we damage our water and planet and more importantly what we can do to stop this?

Some of the images may make you sad - they do for me too - how can we protect our wildlife and environment and take responsibility for caring for the earth that we all live on?

Let's try to make a change and show kindness to the humans, animals and plants that we share our planet, Earth, with.

Have a lovely week - Miss Brash


Friday 3.7.20

Here is another challenge: Spread out big pieces of paper with letters written on them on the floor. Your grown-up can say a simple word and you can jump on and say the letters that make that word.

Have a great weekend everyone. 


Thursday 2.7.20 

Good morning everyone! 

Imagine you have found a magic shell. You can have one wish! What would it be? What would happen? Can you find any shells at home? Have a great day. 


Wednesday 1.7.20

Find some fantastic "Sports Day" activities to try at home in the downloads section - labelled as rainbow activities.


Tuesday 30.6.20

Here is another tongue twister for you; can you say it quickly 3 times then write the sentence using our Fab Five rules?

"She sells sea shells on the sea shore".


Monday 29.06.20 

Please find this week's home learning in the downloads section (week beginning 29.6.20) - this week it's all about Oceans and Seas - enjoy!

The planning is shared by myself and Mrs Hardman with the teachers working school, so if you are working at home on your child's learning journey, please be assured that the children at home and in school are receiving the same quality of provision and experiences.

Have a great week everyone. Miss Brash


Friday 26.06.20

The weather is certainly different today! I wonder if you can find out how thunder and lightning are made? What happens in the clouds? 

Enjoy the weekend everyone. 

Thursday 25.06.20

What a hot, sunny day it is today. 

Why not try some shadow drawing? 

Have a great day everyone! 



Wednesday 24.06.20

Good morning everyone. 

I have a joke for you this morning:

"What can make an octopus laugh?"

Can you guess? 


Answer: Ten tickles! (tentacles).


Can you make someone laugh? Can you tell a joke? 



Tuesday 23.06.20 

Good morning everyone. 

Here is a new challenge for you all: 

Have a look at this picture. Do you recognise the sea creatures? Can you name them all? 

Good luck! 


Monday 22.06.20

Welcome to a brand new week! Below is this week's Home Learning Activities. We will be learning all about sea creatures and life beneath the waves. 

Have a good week everyone. 

Miss Brash 


Friday 19.06.20

Happy Father's Day to all of the special men in our families this weekend. 

The children in school have made something special for their special someone this week. Have a look at the photos below. 

Have a great weekend everyone! 



What a wet and rainy day! Hopefully the sunshine will be out again later. 

Here is today's challenge: 

Can you learn to sing Incy Wincy Spider? Can you learn the action too? 

Have fun everyone and stay safe! 


Wednesday 17.6.20 Challenge:

Have you seen the weather?

Storms, floods, hailstones, thunder... can you think of some words to descibe what you saw, heard, felt - were you scared or excited? 

Write a sentence or more about your experience.


Here's a little challenge for Tuesday 16.6.20 - a tongue twister - can you say it quickly 3 times?

"The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plane"

Now see if you can write that sentence on your own using our Fab 5 rules: capital letter, sound talk, finger spaces, best handwriting, full stop.


Here are two stories about returning to school written for younger children. One story is a Youtube link for an animated story called 'While we can't hug' -tissues at the ready!




and the other is a story to read that I have added to the download box. 

Hope they help you!  



Here are some useful links for the Summer Reading Challenge

Don't forget that Trafford Libraries have already announced the Summer Reading Challenge, and this year – it’s digital! There's no need to worry about going to the library - you can download eBooks for free once you are a library member! You can read all summer long to your heart's content - so why not get a head start?

As part of the Summer Reading Challenge, meet the Silly Squad, record and set your own challenges on line, take part in competitions and unlock prizes along the way!


Children can download eBooks and eAudiobooks for free via the Trafford Libraries eLibrary via BorrowBox(app available).  If you are not already a member of your local library you can join online here:


Once a member take a look at some of the titles you could borrow:


There is a comprehensive help section here https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/help  and additional information to be seen here https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/parents-carers  


Have a great weekend everyone! 



Good morning everyone. 

I hope you are all well. Here is the next challenge

Challenge number 2: 

Find out what happens to the water in your bath when you pull the plug. Where does it go? What can you find out?

Have fun today. 




Good morning. 

Did you know it is bike week this week. 

Have a look at the link below for all sorts of interesting activities to try with your families. 


I hope you enjoy them.  



Good morning everyone! 

I hope you are excited by our new theme for this half term and I hope you have had a good look at all the activities suggestions that you may like to try at home. 

Every few days there will be another small challenge for you to try on our webpage, so remember to check back regularly to find out what they are. See if you can complete any of them! 


Challange number 1: 

There are lots of living creatures and other things in or around the sea that have the 'sh' sound in them. Can you think of 3 of them? 

I'd love to know what words you can come up with. 

Have a great day! 





Welcome back to the start of a new half term. I hope you have all had an enjoyable Whit break and are ready to continue on with our learning together whether that be at home or in school. This half term we are beginning with a new question. Our theme is based upon the question;


'Where does all the water go?' 


Within this theme we will be taking advantage of the warmer weather and doing lots of our learning outdoors. Within this theme we will be looking at the ways in which we use water in our homes, i.e. water for washing. We will be learning about the water cycle, sea creatures and life beneath the waves, oceans and seas, pollution, recycling and Green Peace, plastic in the ocean, pirates and other famous sea voyagers, boats and other water transport i.e. canal boats. We hope that this will be an exciting, enjoyable theme for you to enjoy at home too. 


Please see in our downloads box below for this week home learning activities. 

Have fun everyone.


MIss Brash 



Should you wish to keep to a familiar school routine whilst at home, then you could follow our Reception pattern of the day. This is just a guide to give you an idea of what we do in class each day it is NOT a timetable for you to follow at home. Please understand that I share it only to support – I am not suggesting you turn your lounge into Sunray’s classroom! 

9 – 9.30 Handwriting and Fab 5 sentence writing (for Fab 5 we give the children a picture then they talk with a partner about what they see before writing their own sentence – ask your child about the Fab 5 rules: Capital letter, sound talk, finger spaces, neatest handwriting, full stop.)

9.30 – 10.30 Literacy focus – read a story/non-fiction text then i.e. write, draw and label a character, make a story map of the events using toys or drawings, retell the story in sentences, write a shopping list, write a letter to someone special…

10.30 – 11 Physical activity – have a run around the garden, ride your bike, bounce on a trampoline, hunt for bugs, follow an online PE session.

11.00 Phonics – practise using your keyring or use online resources and activities on Twinkl, Phonics Play. Write some of your key and tricky words – segment and blend the sounds and letters.

11.30 – 12.30 Lunchtime

12.35 – 12.55 Practise fine motor skills by drawing – follow instructions using online sites such as Squiggler, How to draw a … (on YouTube) or just draw things you see around your home.

12.55 – 1.20 Maths focus – count in 2s, 10s and 5s, can you recognise each coin and add up coins of different amounts? Role play being a shop keeper and customer, label some of your toys with prices and find the right coins to pay, sort some toys by size or things around the home by their shape, length, weight. Have you got a big clock or watch that you can use to learn how to tell the time? The Twinkl website has lots of ideas for Maths.

1.20 -3.00 Explore a variety of activities for:

Physical Development – throwing/catching a ball, balancing, skipping, complete a jigsaw, make a den. 

Creativity – paint a picture, do an observational drawing, build a model, cooking, sing, dance.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World – find out about people, places, things that interest you, use Facetime or Whatsapp to catch up with grandparents, explore your favourite animal and where it lives. 

3.00 Story time – read anything and everything to your child, as often as possible!

I would urge you to, above all else, and in order to help your child learn best, simply PLAY with them, TALK with them and LISTEN to them. Learning outdoors and alongside others (you) in active, fun situations cannot be underestimated or ignored at this time.

Please do not feel any pressure to keep up the work that a teacher would do each day in school! There are 7 areas of learning within the Foundation Stage curriculum – choose the activities your child would enjoy the most and focus on those; make this family time count and have fun!

Some of the activities below show what the children would have been learning about next week had we been in class. The activities are not a list of things you ‘must’ or ‘should’ do, they are simply a selection of ideas surrounding a theme that are intended to help you find a starting point and add some consistency/focus/purpose… and hopefully some fun, into the uncertain time we face ahead. 

Should you need any help or support with the activities below please contact me via this email address: sunrays@oldfield-brow.com and I will do my very best to help you where I can. 

I wish everybody my very best and I hope you all remain well and keep safe. 

I will miss my Sunrays class so much, so please tell them I’m thinking about them and please let them share pictures/videos/messages with me via this email too. 

I look forward to hearing from you all soon.

Take care everyone. 


Miss Brash. 


Miss E Brash Miss E BrashTeacher
Mrs D Smith-Burnand Mrs D Smith-BurnandTeaching Assistant
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