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We hope you are all keeping well.

Here are a few suggestions for activities you can do at home with your child

in addition to those already on our support your child page.


Year R & Owls

If we were in school, we would have been learning all about the farm. Here is some learning you can try at home.


Listen to and read ‘Farmer Duck’ by Martin Waddell

Use your writing skills to make your own animal guessing game.

Write the clues for the animal on the front and then draw a picture of the animal inside.


Maths Challenges


Art and Design

Make a paper plate animal

Handprint Animals

Make a Lego farm animal


Try growing some cress heads



Find out how the animals are at Miller’s Ark

Click here for Miller’s Ark facebook feed – lots of daily updates on the animals!


Some more ideas

Year 1



Listen to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Retell the story. Ask other people in your family to join in with the characters.


Draw a picture of your own giant. Write adjectives to describe it round the outside. Put some of your adjectives into sentences.

Maths Challenges

Start from the number


Count forwards to 100.

Now count backwards to 0.

Will I say the number


when I am counting in 2’s, 5’s or 10’s? 

Prove it.

The number is


How many different ways can you make it?

Fill a container full or water.

Find a bigger container to fill.

How many small containers does it take to fill the big container?

Have a look at a clock.

Which numbers are on it?

Look at the different size hands.

Ask a grown up to tell you when it is something o’clock.

Understand the value of each coin to 20p.

Can you make 10p using coins?

Now make it a different way. How many ways can you make 10p?

Now try making 12p. How many different ways can you find?

Solve a problem

Don’t forget you can use objects around the house to help you solve these.


When you next go outside have a look at the trees and other plants. How have they changed since winter? What other signs of Spring can you see?
Can you draw a picture of Spring? What kinds of things would you see?

Design and Technology


Lego bridge challenge

  • Draw a river on a piece of paper (you can decide how wide it will be!)
  • Build a bridge that will reach across the water without touching the water!
  • You can use any building items you may have such as Lego, lolly sticks, washed recycled items (junk modelling) , whatever you can find.

  • Extension 1 : See how much weight your bridge can hold by placing different items on the bridge.
  • Extension 2: Explore some famous bridges! Look up some information about famous bridges! Look up some information about famous bridges, look at photos of famous bridges and learn about the architects who designed them.

Year 2



What book are you reading? Do you like it? Why?

  • Describe one of the characters using adjectives
  • How could the story have ended differently?
  • Pick out 3 words that you found interesting in the book. Do you know what they all mean?

Imagine the story doesn’t end there! What else could happen? Write another chapter to add to the story.


Maths Challenges

Cut a 2D shape out.

Now draw a line of symmetry on it.

Are there any other lines of symmetry you can see?

Choose another shape and repeat.

Practise telling the time to o’clock and half past.

The number is


How many different ways can you make it?


Use +  -  X  and divide

Will I say the number


when I am counting in 2’s, 5’s or 10’s? 

Prove it.

Play a game of Snakes and Ladders.

How many ways can you do this?

Solve a problem




Don’t forget you can use objects around the house to help you solve these.


When you next go out for a walk see if you can spot any animals. There may be birds, minibeasts or other types of animals.

What habitat do they live in? Why do they need this habitat? Write about your findings.

Design and Technology

Create a minibeast hotel that could go outside. Use the D/T skills you have learnt to attach different parts.

Art and Design

Can you find out if there are any artists living in Portsmouth? What sort of art do they do? Can you find some pictures of their work?
Maybe you could create your own piece in the style of their work

Peter Codling

Dear parents/carers

Now that most of you will have had your children at home for the past 3 weeks I just wanted to ‘check in’ with you.

I hope that, most importantly, you and your families are all well and that lots of you are managing to enjoy this lovely weather.

I have been able to chat with many of you during the past few weeks and I know that some of you are worrying about educating your child/ren at home. Please DON’T WORRY – this time is so stressful for all of us and additional anxiety is not helpful.

Of course there are lots of links on our website support your child page that you can access for your children to practise their skills through playing lots of games.

Please remember too, that there are also a number of activities that you can do without using the internet:

  • Share a book with your child – discuss what may happen next, why they like/dislike the book/why the characters behave in a certain way/check that they know the meaning of tricky words etc – lots of talking to check their understanding of what they have read.
  • Practise their spellings – there are spelling lists on the website, showing which words children should be able to spell by the end of each year group. If this is too easy, get them to write them in sentences.
  • Play I-spy or look for things beginning with a certain letter
  • Play board games
  • Draw a picture and write a sentence
  • Keep a diary or write a story
  • Counting backwards and forwards in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s etc
  • Practise number bonds to 10, 20, 100 – pairs of numbers that make that total eg: 5and 5, 6 and 4, 2 and 8.
  • Daily exercise

From Monday 20 April the BBC will also be broadcasting a number of programmes covering the full age range, so look out for those too!

If you can do at least a couple of things each day that would be great – but as I said please don’t put yourselves or your children under increased pressure!

Above all, please keep safe and well, follow the Government advice and fingers crossed this situation won’t last for too long!

Finally – school is open every day, albeit with a skeleton staff, so please don’t hesitate to call us if there is anything that we can do to support you.

I will be in touch again in the next few weeks.


Best wishes

Jackie Collins

Click here to download a copy of this advice for parents


We would like to reassure families and carers that we continue to operate our normal acute paediatric services at QA. Staffing remains good, we have adequate PPE supplies and we are able to assess and admit children safely. We are able to allow one parent or carer to remain with their child during their admission to the Paediatric Unit at QA. We will continue to work in partnership with families and carers to consider each case and allow carers to swap or spend time at home if needed.”

If you need to attend the paediatric department QA Hospital please do not hesitate as every minute matters when saving lives.

Due to Coronavirus our immunisation programme is currently postponed .  Once the Government reinstates school attendance for all,  we will be rearranging any sessions that have been delayed. We will, of course, be reviewing this situation in line with Government guidance and recommendations.If you have any questions please contact us via:


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Our Vision: To be an outstanding school, where all our children develop a lifelong love of learning.


Thank you for expressing an interest in Devonshire; it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to our school.

Selecting a school for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will make.

We believe that every child is an important individual with experiences which we value, and we look forward to developing and extending their learning. We are committed to making your child’s first experience of school life happy, rewarding and challenging. We encourage and value the partnership with you as parents in achieving the best for your child.

We look forward to getting to know you and your child.

Vision Statement:

Our Aims

  • To provide a happy, secure and stimulating environment where everyone is nurtured and valued.
  • That the whole school community work together to ensure that all children realise their full potential.
  • To provide a broad, creative and challenging curriculum.
  • To build self esteem and confidence through praise and encouragement.


Our Values

  • Respect for yourself, others and property
  • Appreciation of our diverse community
  • High expectations for all
  • Honesty
  • Politeness
  • Consideration
  • Self-discipline
  • Independence

Miss J Collins (Headteacher)

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