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Please scroll down for photos of our Gnomes doing their 'home learning'.  We are so very proud of you all.

By clicking on each subject area below you will find suggestions of tasks.  Please also try to choose one thing from each of the areas above every day.  (Username - March20, Password - home.  This is for free access to Tricky Trucks etc on Phonics Play)  Social media is posting a whole host of activities and ideas too. Be led by your child's interests and keep it fun.  We'd love for you to take photos and keep us posted with how things are going by emailing Miss Mills and I on:




It is the final week of the academic year.  It's been a roller coaster of a ride to say the least.  We are very proud of how our amazing Gnomes and their families have coped with 'home learning' and when we look through all the photographs it just proves what a fantastic team we are.  This week's home learning tasks are related to moving into Year 1 and becoming a Pixie.  I know that Mr Boulton is very excited for September and we will be waving through the window to say hello.

Number formation

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This short video might help if your Gnome is reversing some numbers when writing. I hope it helps.

There were ten in the bed!

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Has anyone else acted out the song with their soft toys?

Challenge time!


Miss Mills and Mrs Blackman challenge all the Gnomes to find 6 items which will spell out the word 'gnomes.'  Mrs Blackman has posted her attempt here to show you how.  When you have found them, ask a grown up to take a photo and email to Mrs Blackman:(dblackman@gateford.notts.sch.uk)

and she will post all the results here.

Here are some photos showing what our Gnomes have been during the week beginning 20th of April 2020.


Half Term Break


Over the next two weeks I hope we have some good weather so we can all enjoy our gardens.  I have uploaded an activity sheet with some ideas which you could try but I have been amazed by just how creative you have all been over the past two weeks.  Please keep in touch via email and the Facebook page (Gnome Class) if you would like to.  Stay safe everyone.


What have our Gnomes been doing over the last two weeks?

Home learning - week beginning 30th March


This week in school we would have been learning about endangered animals.  Your challenge for the week is to find out as much as you can about your favourite endangered animal from the list below:

    rhinoceros    Siberian tiger    polar bear     African elephant   spider monkey

You could draw a picture, make a book about it or record a short video.  Or you could get really creative and make a model of the animal.  Remember to send your photos in.  

There are also suggestions for daily tasks in the stars below.  Remember to be led by your child's interests and keep playing with them.



Some extra ideas I have found - try them out if you fancy them.

A fantastic list of links to websites with thousands of ideas - Thank you to Bertie's mum for sharing.

Car wash - home learning


Maths- how many buckets of water are we going to use to wash one car?
The Arts- singing- “in goes the sponge and out comes the water”

Communication and Language - non-stop chat!
Physical Development - gross motor movements- round and round, up and down

Go on, get those Gnomes washing the cars!

Time capsule - home learning


One of the Gnomes has made a time capsule to hide in the attic until 2030.  That sounds like an amazing idea.  What would you put in yours?

Lego - home learning


Time for some creativity.  Get your lego out and see what you can build.  Send in your photos and let's see who can build the most creative structure.


Teach Your Monster to Read - home learning


We think all the Gnomes should try this reading game.  It's so much fun.


Phonics games - home learning


Try writing digraphs and trigraphs on your patio slabs.  Then call out a sound and get your Gnome to run  and stand on the correct digraph or trigraph.  Can they say a word with that sound in it?  Can they write the word on the slab?


We are Gnome Class and would like you to explore our web page so that you can keep up to date with what we are doing each week.  If you would like to contact us to let us know about any achievements and exciting adventures out of school please email:



Key dates:

Wed 26th Feb – visit from Kilton Pet and Raptor Rescue Centre

Tues 3rd Mar – Yorkshire Wildlife Park visit

Week beginning 9th Mar – Science week (see separate letter for details)

Wed 11th Mar – Wild Sherwood visit

Wed 1st Apr – Final Wild Sherwood visit


Some other helpful information:

Our reading day is Wednesday and we ask that your Gnome brings their planner and any school reading book/s that day so we can change them.

Our PE days are Thursday for parachute games (no PE kit needed) and Friday (PE kit needed).

Please could snack money be sent to school in a small purse or wallet.  Fruit is available every day at afternoon snack time (free of charge).  

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at the email address above.

HT4 - Animals Around the World


Week 3

This week was so busy and all of our Gnomes worked so hard.  We had an amazing workshop with Dynamite Dave (scroll down for photos) and we carried out our own scientific investigations.  We have been learning about rainforests so we made rain clouds from shaving foam and watched as the rain fell through.  It was also a Wild Sherwood week and we planted sunflower seeds in pots to take home to grow as well as trying out a blindfold trim trail. We added rainforests to our world map and learned about the different layers and the animals which live there. 


It's science week!

Today Gnome Class were treated to an amazing science workshop run by Dynamite Dave from Sublime Science.  It was incredible.  We 'oooo-ed' and 'ahhhh-ed' and thoroughly enjoyed the experiments which he showed us.


Yorkshire Wildlife Park

What an amazing visit we had to Yorkshire Wildlife Park.  We say lions, tigers and bears (of the polar kind!).  We also saw lemurs, wallabies and much, much more.

Week 2

This week we visited Yorkshire Wildlife Park and shared the book 'Class Two Visit the Zoo.'  In class we made enclosures for zoo animals and built bridges for zoo visitors to cross safely while animals walked below.  We talked about the animals which we saw and gave reasons why we liked them.  We have all been working hard with our writing and using all our phonics knowledge to build words and sentences.

It was also World Book Day this week and Dragon Class very kindly offered to come along and share some story books with Gnome Class.  All the children really enjoyed this experience and we are planning to make this a more regular event.

Week 1

What an exciting first week back.  Our book was 'There's a tiger in the Garden' and we had lots of fun retelling the story in our small world area.  Our role play area is now a jungle with a jeep for exploring and finding lots of wild animals.  We learned all about tigers and found out where in the world they live.  We will add animals to our world map every week as we learn about them.


Kilton Rescue Centre


On Tuesday 26th February we had a very exciting visit from some amazing animals.  We learned lots about each animal and how it survives in the wild.


The following table shows our main areas for learning over the next half term.  This will be added to as we progress through the weeks as the interests of the children will also shape the learning journey we will take.

Understanding the World

  • Looking at maps, where do we and our favourite animals fit in?
  • Looking at similarities and differences in habitats and climates
  • Caring for our world and the things that live in it
  • Past, present and future animals (extinction and endangered species)
  • Using computers to find out about our world

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Singing songs about animals
  • Playing percussion instruments to accompany songs and to imitate animals
  • Undertake a variety of craft activities related to animals which require them to use a wide range of materials and tools


Physical Development

  • Showing confidence and control in large movements in PE
  • Showing confidence and control in small movements when handling tools and equipment
  • Showing control when throwing, patting, pushing, catching and kicking


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Developing our relationship skills of sharing, turn-taking, empathy and sensitivity through all aspects of working together in Gnome class
  • Discussing our own opinions on issues raised in our reading material. 

(Imaginary friends/Sleepovers/Staying with family

  • Developing our confidence as speakers and listeners




  • Practical activities involving addition and subtraction within 10 then moving on to 20
  • Recording our mathematical thinking
  • Number bonds of 5 and 10
  • 2D and 3D shapes to explore the animal world
  • Using everyday language to talk about measures related to animals

Language, Communication and Literacy

  • Extending vocabulary related to animals, habitats and our world
  • Storytelling, sequencing ideas and listening to the ideas of others
  • Further develop reading skills by embedding phase 2 and 3 of phonics scheme
  • Talking about what we have read and demonstrating our understanding through speaking, drawing and writing
During Half Term 3 we planted some broad beans when we were reading Jack and the Beanstalk.  We looked after them in school and then the Gnomes took them home at half term.  Some have been growing.  Here are some photos.  If yours is growing, please take a photo and email to us if you can.

What is that?


For this half term we will be investigating all sorts of strange and mythical creatures like dragons, fairies, unicorns and giants.  We will start by learning all about the 'Gnomes' Winter Journey.'  Remember to check our web page each week to find out what we have been getting up to and please email with news of exciting adventures from home.

Week 6

For the final week of this half term we have been sharing Sugarlump and the Unicorn.  Our Gnomes had some amazing ideas of other places Sugarlump could be and gave brilliant reasons.  The children have completed mazes and scissor control tasks related to unicorns.  They have enjoyed decorating unicorns with gems and building castles with the junk modelling materials.  In maths we have been playing 'play your cards right' and some of the Gnomes decided to become the teacher and test their class mates.  We have had a brilliant final week of the half term.


Week 5

This week we read 'Dragon Post' and this inspired us to write letters.  We learned about how to write a letter, what to put on the envelope and where to stick the stamp. We even had our own post box to post our letters.  A dragon arrived in our castle and we had fun making up stories for the dragons in our small world.  We painted dragons with Sheridan and designed dragon eggs with Lauren.  Wonder which magical creature will visit us next week?


Week 4

This week our story has been 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and we have been learning about why fairy stories can be slightly different.  We have had so much fun role playing in our new castle, it has a drawbridge and everything.  We have planted our own 'magic' beans and can't wait to see if they grow like Jack's beanstalk but we really don't want to meet a giant.  We have also been learning about 9 and 10 and how they fit in with the other numbers.  Reading day each Wednesday is working really well and we are all practising our sounds lots at school.  Mrs Blackman and Miss Mills are very proud of our achievements and how quickly we filled up our pompom jar so we had a little tea party on Tuesday afternoon to celebrate.