Welcome to Oak Class!

Hello everyone, welcome to the year 2s (nearly year 3s!) and welcome back year 3s (nearly year 4s!)

I have set some summer learning tasks below for you all to have a go at to make sure you are as ready for September as possible. There are some examples of different maths tasks and a class book with some different activities to get you all thinking.

I am requesting that you all read the book with or without support from a parent/carer and talk about what you have read as we will be discussing the book the first week in September.

I hope you all have a wonderful summer and I would love to receive emails from everyone about how they are getting along and what they are doing. Please email me at:


I look forward to seeing you all and having you in my class. I will see:

  • The year 4 students on Thursday 3rd of September
  • The year 3 students on Friday 4th of September
  •  We are all back on Monday 7th of September.

Summer reading

I would like everyone to read, with or without an adults support, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. If you have already read the book it is a wonderful opportunity to re-read and think about the book in a new way. I have written a series of suggested tasks you might want to have a go at as an opportunity for the children to learn around the book, just as we do in class. 

This book can be found in a lot of charity shops, it is available on kindle for £3.99, on audiobook at audible for £15.75 (or one credit) or can be bought new from Amazon for £5.84.

However you want to read (or listen to) the book is fine with me, as long as you are reading! I am aware that there is a film version of the book, I strongly recommend watching this only AFTER the children have read the book so that they can compare with their own imagination. Watching the film is not a substitute for reading the book.

Reading activities

Below are some ideas for possible activities you could have a go at that will match with the ideas from the story. Please email me any photos of you trying these! These activities are all voluntary but should be fun for everyone to have a go at and explore the book as a family!


  • Create a map to plot where they go in the Peach
  • research New York and the Empire State Building and create a brochure about visiting
  • Make an explorer journal for James to record his experiences throughout the book
  • Research glow worms and where we might find them
  • Go on an insect hunt and try and find the characters from the book
  • Sketch the characters from the book and label their features that you've heard
  • Try some cooking or baking with peaches - you could write your own recipes or create your own "Peach Cafe" with only Peach products.
  • Try weighing peaches and imagine what it would be a 100 times bigger, what would the weight be?
  • Try painting, drawing or pastel peaches, look at the colours and the shades, how could you capture that in art work?
  • Write letters/postcards as James that he could send of with seagulls to people around the world to tell them about his journey
  • Research spiders web and silk worms and find out how strong it is.
  • Conduct an experiment with different strings and weights in a bucket on the ned, which one was strongest? Write your predictions and your results.
  • Write a story of your own adventure in a Giant Peach or perhaps a Giant Apple! Where would you go and what would you do?

Maths opportunities at home

Over the summer it is important the children keep exploring number around them. Here is a list of possible learning opportunities and activities that can be done with everyday items that are quick and easy and will continue to build the students confidence ready for September.


  • Try weighing different items and recording their weight. Order them from heaviest to lightest. Ask your family to challenge you to add together two items and then check you are right using your scales. (Make sure your scales are set to metric measurements).
  • Try weighing out ingredients for a recipe accurately.
  • Try practising your volume measuring. Use a measuring jug to measure out 100ml. Find different glasses and (smaller) containers around the house. Predict where you think 100ml will reach in that container and then pour it in. Look at where it is. Can you now estimate how many 100ml it will take to fill the container? Make a table to record your predicition and then your results!
  • Practice telling the time! Students need to be confident reading analogue (traditional) clocks and understand the hour and minute hands. Throughout the day, week, summer please routinely ask them to tell you the time and have as many clocks around the house as possible!
  • Use Hit the button to practicie your quick number recall and times tables!
  • Use a deck of cards to play different games. 
    • ???????Times table snap. Choose a times table, for example 10s, and place one 10 card face up. Have the rest in a deck and turn over the cards one at a time. If you turn over a 7 your question will be 7 x 10 = .... 70! Be the first to get the answer and grab the card to keep! (Please note that we play Jacks as 11, Queens as 12 and Kings as 0 - this is a game we play often in our class)
    • Number challenge. Take the face cards out of your deck. You can play this will 2 digit, 3 digit or 4 digit numbers. If you are playing 3 digit you need to take 3 cards each. Turn over your three cards, for example 5, 8, 2 . Make the biggest number you can which in this case would be 852 by moving your cards around. Then try making the smallest. I recommend year 3s play this with 2 digits until they are really comfortable as they haven't learnt about numbers to 1000 yet.
    • Quick addition. Take the face cards out of your deck. Turn over two cards quickly and then add them together in your head using your counting on strategy, try to encourage them to start on the bigger number. You can move on to adding 3 numbers or trying subtraction or multiplication questions with your two cards


These are quick and easy tasks which if practised often will give the students a chance to keep their learning paths growing by giving them different experiences.