Monthly archives: February 2021

World Book Day Story Time

Welcome to our Levens Story Time blog! World Book Day is on Thursday this week and so to celebrate all things books staff have recorded special story time videos, introducing you to a wide range of different favourite books, for you to sit back and enjoy. I’ll be adding more each day this week, so click on these blue links below to see us…




Mrs Farraday read Pass the Jam Jim by Kaye Umansky and Margaret Chamberlain


Mrs Haslam reads Sugarlump and the Unicorn by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks

Mr Dean reads an extract from Danny Champion of the World by Roald Dahl


Miss Eastham reads The Ugly Five by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler


Mrs Mackereth reads Dogger by Shirley Hughes

Mrs Wadey reads The Kite by Arnold Lobel


Mrs Farraday reads an extract from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C S Lewis

Mrs Coker reads Bad Cat! by Nicola O’Byrne


Cupcake Delights!

Well, after all that running we deserved a sweet treat challenge, hence our wonderful cupcake entries, everyone different and very gorgeous.

Mrs Mason will again be highlighting her favourites this week and for those who participate in any of our foodie challenges (providing photographic evidence of course), there will be a special treat awaiting for you on your return to school on 8th March.

It isn’t too late to get involved – we have ‘pizza designing’ next week, so get stuck in and be part of this ‘cook and share’ fun!

Pictures for you to drool over are attached…….

Pancake Challenge!

Well, everyone certainly got totally involved in the challenge set over the holidays to the extent that we have given our adjudicator a headache trying to determine her very favourites. Does she opt for flipping skills, artistic design, novelty, or just the ones that make mouths water…..we will need to see.

Either way there will be a certificate of achievement for all budding cooks and look out for a new cooking challenge to take us to our return to school very soon.

Photos of genuine scrumminess are included for your delight!

Chinese New Year in EYFS

Our children in EYFS enjoyed learning all about Chinese New Year before the half term holiday. We had some amazing creations from fortune cookies to lanterns, to junk model dragons and everything in between! We also learnt how to say ‘hello’ in Chinese, found out about the origin of the Chinese New Year story and had a go at writing our name using the Chinese alphabet.

Running Challenge Smashed!

Congratulations to everyone for superb attitude, determination and being prepared to brave the cold, snow and ice in the final week of the official challenge!

Everyone seems to have enjoyed it enormously, there is a wonderful display in the foyer of all your pictures for you to celebrate when you return to school, which we hope is very soon.

This week we had superheroes in the mix, spot them if you can.

Medals are on order for the fabulous ‘Team Levens’ – keep running!

Look at our New Shelter!

Just look at our stunning new shelter that has been installed this week.

Complete with a canopy to protect us against all the elements; a seating area for an entire class; and some large planters to add some spring colour, this is a fantastic new enhancement to our playground space.

This new installation has been purchased through funds raised by everyone in our school community and our annual sports funding premium. Thank you to everyone involved with FOLS over the last few years, whether it be to help organise or attend various fundraising events.

We look forward to the grand opening very soon!




As part of our Design Technology, Year 1 have planned, designed, built and then evaluated their own rockets! We thought about the parts of a rocket and what materials these could be made from. Our Science work on Everyday Materials helped us decide which materials we could use. We designed and labelled our rockets. We planned which materials and tools we needed, put this information into a table and then had great fun building them! The results were some fabulous, original rocket designs. Finally, we evaluated the process and any challenges we faced.


Skiddaw’s Science

Skiddaw class have been busy with their science topic all about animals this half term. They have made bird feeders and water trays from recycled materials getting ready to take part in the Big Garden Bird Watch. Pupils showed lots of patience and perseverance, it isn’t easy to keep going if you see very little but special praise to those who stuck at it! Highlights included seeing a mouse and a sparrow hawk including lots of jackdaws, dunnocks and long tailed tits.

We have continued our work learning about food chains. These all start with a producer plant that gets its energy from the sun. Here is a selection of our super science photos. Not all work is easy to show in a photo as some has been done on online games about the woodland but I know many pupils have enjoyed the range of different tasks. Well done to everyone for their continued effort and achievement in this topic. Let’s hope the birds continue to visit your feeding and watering stations over the next few months too.


Year 1 Catch up with Miss Eastham via Teams

Last week, year 1 enjoyed a lovely opportunity to catch up with Miss Eastham and their friends during their first live meeting. The meeting went very well and children had the opportunity to show and talk about some of their work or something they had made. We had Lego creations, craft activities, maths work and even some cooking! We then played a game of Hangman. All children were very sensible and grown up during the call; very well done everybody and we will meet again soon!