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Thursday 9th April 2020.


I've just had my breakfast in the garden, being stared at by Luna, ball at her feet, ready to play!

It's a bit early for that.

I hope you are all looking forward to Easter, this weekend. It's the end of Lent, so if you did give anything up, you can start doing it again, if you want too. You may decide, you were better off without it and stop, it's up to you. What ever happens, enjoy and don't eat too many Easter eggs!

I went to get eggs for Mr Brown jnr. and little miss Brown, yesterday. They usually have an Easter egg hunt, with their cousins, I know they seem too old for all of that, but it's tradition. We are going to do it on-line and then have a family meal, virtually. I'll let you know how it goes.



Word of the Day : Indignant.
Definition : angered at being treated unfairly.

Indignant and exhausted, he gave up. 

Synonym : aggrieved

Antonym : content


Poem of the day:


Dentist and the Crocodile by Roald Dahl

The crocodile, with cunning smile, sat in the dentist's chair.

He said, "Right here and everywhere my teeth require repair."

The dentist's face was turning white. He quivered, quaked and shook.

He muttered, "I suppose I'm going to have to take a look."


"I want you," Crocodile declared, "to do the back ones first.

The molars at the very back are easily the worst."

He opened wide his massive jaws. It was a fearsome sight––

At least three hundred pointed teeth, all sharp and shining white.


The dentist kept himself well clear. He stood two yards away.

He chose the longest probe he had to search out the decay.

"I said to do the back ones first!" the Crocodile called out.

"You're much too far away, dear sir, to see what you're about.


To do the back ones properly you've got to put your head

Deep down inside my great big mouth," the grinning Crocky said.

The poor old dentist wrung his hands and, weeping in despair,

He cried, "No no! I see them all extremely well from here!"


Just then, in burst a lady, in her hands a golden chain.

She cried, "Oh Croc, you naughty boy, you're playing tricks again!"

"Watch out!" the dentist shrieked and started climbing up the wall.

"He's after me! He's after you! He's going to eat us all!"


"Don't be a twit," the lady said, and flashed a gorgeous smile.

"He's harmless. He's my little pet, my lovely crocodile."

Wednesday 8th April 2020


Good morning class 2,

I hope you are well.

So we had our weekly, family quiz again, the other night. It was great fun. my nephews, Will (year 4) and Sammy ( year 3), set some of the questions. Will did football and Sam computer games. We also had a Harry Potter round and a books round. The picture round was logos, from things my sister found in her kitchen cupboards. Amber and I kept up our winning streak, thats 2 out of 2! It's our turn next. Ill let you know how it goes, and maybe test some questions out on you.

I had a lovely message from Megan yesterday. She had written a great piece on Romeo and Juliet and also baked a lemon drizzle cake, that ended up on my doorstep! It was amazing and won't last long in this house.



Word of the Day : tiptoed (verb)

Definition: walk quietly or carefully avoid.

Tiptoeing carefully, he crept towards the biscuits.

He tiptoed away with a custard cream.

Synonym : snuck, sneak, avoid.


Poem of the day.

Missing by Anne Scott


I've hunted near, I've hunted far
I even looked inside my car.
I've lost my glasses, I'm in need,
To have them now so I can read.
I loudly swear and I curse
Did I leave them in my purse?
Are they behind the sofa, under the bed?
Oh there they are - on my head!

Stay safe. speak soon.

Mr Brown.

Tuesday 7th April 2020



As I sit and write I can hear the dustmen, clattering and banging, but doing a really important job. Just imagine what would happen, if they stopped! The world would be filled with rubbish in no time. It is very important that we think about all of the people, who make our lives easier and helping us all of the time, without us even noticing, sometimes. So try to think of all those people who contribute to our lives and help things run a little smoother.

I hope you are enjoying your Easter holidays and are keeping yourselves active and entertained. I've added another art clip, for you to enjoy and maybe have a go at. Today it is drawing self-portraits, maybe you can have a go and send me a copy, and see if I can guess who it is?

Speak soon.

Mr Brown.


Word of the Day : occasionally (adverb)

Definition : at irregular intervals. 

Occasionally, I like to boogie!

My aunt and uncle visit occasionally.


Synonym : infrequently
Antonym : often, frequently.


Poem of the day:

The Dustman

by Clive Sansom

Every Tuesday morning 
Before we're quite awake, 
Without the slightest warning 
The house begins to shake 
With a Biff! Bang! 
Biff! Bang! Biff! 
It's the Dustman, who begins 
(BANG ! Crash !) 
To empty all the bins 
Of their rubbish and their ash 
With a Biff! Bang! 
Biff! Bang! Bash!

Monday 6th April 2020



Now, as I wake up, in our very strange, Easter holidays, it's raining. That will never do, I was going to put our tent out!

It is the holidays, so I am not going to set you any work, but I will post some activities, just so you have something to do, if you want it. This week, I am going to send you some different  art technics, for you to have a go at.

Today I've sent you collages, have a go and send me the results, if you like.

Have a great day.

speak tomorrow.

Mr Brown.


‘Let No One Steal Your Dreams’ by Paul Cookson


Let no one steal your dreams

Follow your heart

Follow your soul

For only when you follow them

Will you feel truly whole


Set your sights and keep them fixed

Set your sights on high

Let no one steal your dreams

Your only limit is the sky.


Word of the Day : epiphany (noun)

Definition : a moment of sudden revelation. 

The secondary teacher had an epiphany...primary


Hugo had an epiphany, whilst learning about fractions.


Sunday 5th April 2020

Good morning everybody. 

Yes its Sunday again. Today is Palm Sunday, in the Christian calendar.

It's forecast to be sunny today, so get outside, enjoy the birds song, smell the flowers and feel the sun on your faces. It should be the hottest day of the year, so remember your sun tan lotion!

Speak soon.

Mr Brown.


Poem of the day:

‘I Opened A Book’ by Julia Donaldson


I opened a book and in I strode.

Now nobody can find me.

I’ve left my chair, my house, my road,

My town and my world behind me.


Word of the Day : contemplate (verb)

Definition : think about or look at for a long time. Think deeply.

The manager had to contemplate how the game had played out.

Good morning and happy Saturday,

I hope you are all well. Did anyone see Tealby on the news last night? They showed Erin's dad's wonderful photographs. Megan, Hugo and I were on as well as lots of other children and adults from the village.  If you want to see them they are on the This is Tealby website.

The weather is going to be great this weekend, so I thought of putting up my tent, so that Mr Brown jnr. can have a change of space and get some fresh air!

Have a lovely weekend.

Speak soon 

Mr Brown




Word of the Day

Word of the Day : marathon (noun.) 

Definition : 26 mile race or a long task.

Easter revision was a marathon! Thousands of people ran the London marathon.


Poem of the day.


‘The Laughter Forecast’ by Sue Cowling 


Today will be humorous

With some giggly patches,

Scattered outbreaks of chuckling in the south

And smiles spreading from the east later,

Widespread chortling

Increasing to gale-force guffaws towards evening.

The outlook for tomorrow

Is hysterical.

Friday 3 April 2020.


Hello everyone, how are we all doing? Good I hope.

So today, we would be on holiday, today is the start of the Easter holidays. It is Good Friday next Friday, where Christians believed that Jesus was crucified on the cross. It Is one of the most important days in the Christian calendar. 

Has anyone seen the photo, that Erin Waud's dad has taken? I know some of you are on it, it is brilliant. He has been going around the village and taking photos of us (from a safe distance) at home. When its fully complete I'll post a picture of it on here.

I've added another Shakespeare for you today, the Tempest, which I am sure you will love.

Stay safe, Mr Brown.


Word of the Day : profound (adj.) 

Definition : very great or intense state.

The doctor let out a profound sigh of relief.
So profound was her grief, she could not fight back the



Poem of the day:

Frisbee by Brian Bilston


Frisbee whizzing

through the air

above our heads,

over the sands,

into the water,

onto the waves,

out to sea.


You cried a lot that day.

Frisbee was a lovely dog.

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Morning class two, did anyone spot my April fool yesterday? It wasn't Tuesday, hilarious!

Any way I hope you are all doing okay? I received a few more Emails yesterday, which were brilliant. It just goes to show how hard you are all working and I love to see your work.

I hope you all got your eggtastics done? I can't wait to see them. Mrs Humberstone is going to have a very hard task in judging them!

I've added today a live lesson from BBC teach. It's not live anymore, obviously, but I thought you might like it. I've also added another maths mystery ( as I know some of you really like them!)

Have another safe day indoors and I hope to hear from you soon.



Word of the Day : Flail (verb)
Definition : wave or swing wildly.

The children were flailing their arms in the air, like they just didn't care.

Synonym : wave, swing.


Poem of the day:


Smart Phone - Dumb User

© Rick W. Cotton 

My new phone is "smart." I guess that I'm not.
Amazing what all this here smart phone has got.
TV and Weather and Internet, too.
There's just no limits to what it can do.
Check my blood pressure and my temperature
Without even probing all my apertures.
I now know the time in Paris or Greece.
I can track the migration of thousands of geese
Or find Chinese food; it's here on this map.
Oops, my finger just slipped, now where was that at?
A camera...a CAMERA! Now I can take shots
Of everyone I know (who'd rather I not).
Push this here button and take me a "selfie."
(If it had a nose would this thing take a "smellfie"?)
Email to pester with, video to shoot,
Maps to drive 'round with, wow that's a hoot!
A compass to guide me home if I'm lost.
Thank God work paid for this thing (what it COSTS!).
The things that it does would amaze Mr. Bell.
What he would have thought of it, no one can tell,
But one question's still stuck in my middle-aged craw.
Despite all the gizmos that strike me with awe,
They're fun and they're useful and "techy" and all
...But how do I just simply make a phone call?


Tuesday 1st April 2020

Good morning everyone, now today's the day for tricking your friends and family. I may run upstairs and tell Mr Brown jnr. that he has a massive box delivered, and see his groggy, confused face, when there is no-one at the door. Or I could could tell Little miss Brown that Luna's had puppies, and see how she reacts. But, in these strange times, with nowhere to escape, and knowing that we have to be together, I don't think I will, for my own safety! 


The precise origins of April Fools' Day, or All Fools' Day, is uncertain. But it seems to be a largely European tradition which became popular during the 16th century. 

Some believe the day may have its origins in the Roman festival of Hilaria, which was usually held around the time of the spring equinox, and traditionally included games processions and masquerades, which gave the hoi-polloi (the common folk!) the opportunity to impersonate the nobility, sometimes with amusing consequences.

In France, today is called Poisson d'Avril. French children try and pin a paper fish, secretly, on to each others backs. If they are successful they shout "Poisson d'Avril" which means fish of April.

Here is a daily radio show, for you to check out, sent to me by Mrs Humberstone. it's fab.



Word of the Day : jubilant (adj.)

Definition : a feeling of great happiness. 

Easter was over, the teachers were feeling jubilant, they were ready to teach.


April fools Day


Mackenzie put a whoopie cushion
on the teacher’s chair.
Makayla told the teacher
that a bug was in her hair.


Alyssa brought an apple
with a purple gummy worm
and gave it to the teacher
just to see if she would squirm.


Elijah left a piece of plastic
dog doo on the floor,
and Vincent put some plastic vomit
in the teacher’s drawer.


Amanda put a goldfish
in the teacher’s drinking glass.
These April Fool’s Day pranks
are ones that you could use in class.


Before you go and try them, though,
there’s something I should mention:
The teacher wasn’t fooling
when she put us in detention.

 — Kenn Nesbitt


Tuesday 31st March 2020.

Hello, and good morning. The sun is trying to poke his head out, and it sort of looks like spring.

I did a quiz last night, with my family across the country, it was great fun. See if you can set some questions for your friends and family and arrange to ask them over the internet. You could have categories, we had: general knowledge; Harry Potter ( Amber was great at that!); famous faces when they were young and children's toys. You could try anything you wanted. Oh and by the way, of course my team won!

Have a great day, and keep sending me your messages, they are all fantastic.

Mr Brown.


Word of the Day :

impede (verb.)

Definition : delay or prevent by obstructing.

Pupil progress may be impeded by lack of exposure to vocabulary.


Poem of the day:


The Life Of A Cupcake

 Shelby Greer


They put me in the oven to bake.
Me, a deprived and miserable cake.
Feeling the heat, I started to bubble.
Watching the others, I knew I was in trouble.

They opened the door and I started my life.
Frosting me with a silver knife,
Decorating me with candy jewels.
The rest of my batch looked like fools.

Lifting me up, she took off my wrapper.
Feeling the breeze, I wanted to slap her.
Opening her mouth with shiny teeth inside,
This was the day this cupcake died.


Monday March 30th 2020


Good Morning everyone, and welcome to the new week.

I hope you had a great weekend, indoors staying safe, but active.

I am sat with Luna, she is loving this, having me at home all day; getting a long walk and someone to always chat to her.

I have sent you lots to be getting on with, this week. I hope you find it fun and educational. Some of it goes back over what we've already covered, just so it sticks and you don't forget it.

Speak soon.

Mr Brown


Word of the Day:


Simultaneously (adv.) Definition : at the same time.

The soldiers simultaneously raised their berets.

See if you can use it in a sentence, as a fronted adverbial.


Poem of the day.


My doggie don't wear glasses by John Hegley.


My doggie don't wear glasses,

so they are lying when they say,

a dog looks like its owner,

aren't they.


Week 2 Week starting 30.3.20

Hello year 4s.

As you can see, I've sent to some working to keep you going this week, as we lead up to Easter.

I will still be sending you a message each day, with a word of the day and a poem.


Don't forget your Eggtastics.

See you all soon.

Mr Brown

Megan sent me a video of what she and her sister have got up to, this week. It's Fab!

Good Morning Class 2,

Happy Sunday. Today is a day to relax, read a book and chill out.

Check to see if all the clocks in your house have gone forwards, as it is the start of British Summer time. We lose an hour today, but somehow that doesn't seem to matter, at the moment.

I have sent a Sunday morning song, for you to listen to.


Mr Brown.

Saturday 28th March 2020.

Good morning, I know, working on a Saturday!

The weather this morning is a little grey and a little cooler, the wind is up so working outside may be a challenge.

Today, try and find out how something, in the house, works. I don't mean take it apart! Look it up on the internet or in a book. It might be a phone, the toaster or your television, you decide.


Word of the Day : dwindle (verb)

Definition : reduce gradually in size, amount or strength.

Dwindling, the king’s power was not what it once was. 

Synonym : decrease, reduce, wane.


Poem of the day.



By Shel Silverstein 

“I cannot go to school today,"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I’m going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox
And there’s one more--that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut--my eyes are blue--
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I’m sure that my left leg is broke--
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button’s caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained,
My ‘pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb.
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is--what?
What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is. . .Saturday?
G’bye, I’m going out to play!”


Here's something to pass the time.

Friday 27th March 2020

Good morning Class 2. Are we all okay?

Well, at least yesterday was a beautiful day, for being outside and hearing the bird song. Today I would like you to look for signs of spring. What is coming to life, what's starting to grow? Can you see the buds on the trees; the insects starting to emerge?

I am venturing out today to help in the village shop. it's important to help make sure everyone can access the normal things in life, at this extraordinary time.


Word of the Day : devoured (verb)

Definition : eat with speed, hungrily.
The book was finished, she had devoured it.

Synonym : chomped, gobbled, destroy. Antonym : nibble, build.


Poem for today. (one of my favourites!)


Halfway Down

By A. A. Milne 


Halfway down the stairs
Is a stair
Where I sit.
There isn't any
Other stair
Quite like
I'm not at the bottom,
I'm not at the top;
So this is the stair
I always

Halfway up the stairs
Isn't up
And it isn't down.
It isn't in the nursery,
It isn't in town.
And all sorts of funny thoughts
Run round my head.
It isn't really
It's somewhere else

Thursday 26th March 2020.

Good Morning class 2, how are we all? Good, I hope.

The sky is blue and the birds are singing.

Listen. What can you hear? No, really listen. For a few minutes.

I can hear the buzz of the fridge, the birds twittering, the hum of the boiler. 

Today I want you to listen and write a poem about what you can hear and what you would hear if the world was normal and everybody was going about their lives, as they should.


Word of the Day : plethora (noun)

Definition : an abundance or excess.
There was/were a plethora of stores to buy goods from.


A poem for today:

Marshal Gebbie 


In the blue light of dawn
The melodic chorus of birdlife
Played, in corridors of green trees,
Is an exquisite symphony for my waiting ear.
No other sound, in the long course of the day,
Approaches the delicate beauty and echoing perfection
Of the crisp cadence of this brief, truely wondrous morning sequence.


Enjoy the day, try to get on to Education city, if you can.

Stay safe.

Mr Brown



Wednesday 25th March 2020.

Good morning class 2. Are we all well? I am sat here, looking at our closed school, on a beautiful, if a little chilly, spring day listening to the birds singing and getting on with their day.

Today I would like you to do a survey of the birds you see, from your house. Do you know what they are called? How many different species can you identify? Are there any you don't recognise? Take a note each day. Does it change from day to day? Make a tally chart, each day, and make me a graph. You can decided which criteria you use: colour, species, song, size or one you come up with. You can research any of the birds you see and produce a fact file. 



Sparrows by Sally Plumb.  


Birds in a 
bare bush
beneath quiet
noonday beams,
tail flicking,
dreaming Spring dreams.

There, on the 
high branch
backs to the sun
– sparrows –
steeped warm.

A calm March
has begun.


Word of the Day : relinquish (verb)

Definition :

He relinquished his grip of his favourite book.


Stay safe. Mr Brown

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Good morning class 2, I hope you are all staying well. 

Now, I know that Education city has been a little hard to get on to, due to all of the children all over the country trying to access it, but keep persevering, there are some really great activities on there.

I am also aware that it looks like your work has been set by Mr Popperwell. This is me, its a little glitch in the system, but rest assured, it is me.

I am self isolating at home with Mrs Brown, Mr Brown junior, little Miss Brown, Luna, Yoko and Frank. I have had to start teaching Mr Brown junior. I am getting quite good at GCSE biology!

I hope you have all tried out the Joe Wicks exercises, they are fab!

I saw a wonderful video of some children reading to their grandparents over the internet, that would be a fantastic thing to do, to keep you reading and help you keep you in touch with your relatives. Give it a go, and let me know how you get on.

Stay safe,  keep reading.

Mr Brown.

Week 1 23.3.20.


Hello Year 4.

I hope you are all well.

This week I have set you some work to complete at home.

Your activités are mostly on Education City in either the homework page or in some cases the classwork page. Don't forget about Purple Mash, TT Rockstars and Charanga.



I have put together some fraction activities, in Education City, that carry on from where we were in school. You can also practice  those all important times tables, in TT Rock Stars.

See also the brilliant resources from the White Rose Team - this follows our learning in school - see link below. 



There are some S.P.a.G activities for you to complete in Education City. See how many you can complete each day.


Read daily, read anything: fiction, non-fiction, comics or newspapers; it's all good practice, educational and lots of fun.

If you want to practice your reading skills I have set you some comprehension activities for you to have a go at.


Topic: Research the Roman Gods. How do they differ from the Greek gods you looked at last year? Make me a poster show what was the same and what was different.


Stay safe, if you have any questions, you know where I am.


Mr Brown