Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Monday - Really Wild Club with Mrs Reid

Hello Everyone!


Welcome to my Really Wild Club! I love nature, wildlife and being outdoors! Being outdoors always makes me feel good! How does being outside make you feel?


Each week I am going to give you some nature related challenges that you can do at home. 

This week there are three challenges, you can do all three or choose just one, it’s up to you. When you’ve a challenge please share them with us on Twitter @TJPrimary or email me photos of your work!





Monday 13th July


I hope you’ve all had a wonderfully wild week? With the wet and rainy weather Nathaniel and I have been watching more TV than usual. Our favourite is Deadly 60 on CBBC. I love learning about all the different wild animals. 

Deadly 60 has inspired my wild club this week. I wonder if you can guess what the animal is?

Here are some clues:

• They have been around longer than dinosaurs (Scientists think around 400 million years)

• They live in the sea

• There are approximately 500 different species of all different sizes and colours

• They live in the sea

• They belong to the fish family


Any ideas yet???

Ok here’s one last clue … they are the oceans top predator!

Have you got it now?

Yes that’s right I’m talking about sharks...


I find sharks fascinating. They are very misunderstood! Did you know you only have a 1 in 11.5 million chance of being bitten by a shark (and an even lower chance of being bitten by a shark in the UK!

Steve Backshall in Deadly 60 explains why sharks are so important and why shark conservation (that means doing things to help protect sharks) is so important.


You can watch the episode on BBC iplayer here:

Or for our younger children you can find out more about sharks with the Octonauts here:

Now you know a little bit more about sharks and why I think they are so awesome here are your challenges for this week:

Make your own Baby Shark

This YouTube video shows you how:

Learn How To Make A Baby Shark & Family Craft!

It's time for an adorable wobbling craft - let's make Baby Shark's family, as seen on Caitie's Classroom! Baby Shark, Mama Shark and Papa Shark, Grandma Shar...

Learn about caring for our oceans

Learn about caring for our oceans with this fun Octonaut game online

Make a poster

Why not make a poster about sharks. You could draw a picture and write some shark facts or you could make a poster to convince people that sharks are wonderful creatures.


Have fun and don’t forget to share your work with us.

Mrs Reid




Monday 6th July



I hope you’ve had a wonderfully WILD week and have had fun exploring nature at home?

I have been watching Deadly 60 at home with my son, Nathaniel. I find it really interesting learning about all the different wildlife in the world. One of the episodes we watched this week was all about spiders. It was really interesting learning all about different kinds of spiders and how clever they are at building their webs. 

You can watch the episode here:

Come Outside - Spiders

Or you could watch our reception favourite – Aunty Mabel! Aunty Mabel tells us all about spiders here…

Learning about how orb web spiders build their webs and catch their prey really made me notice all the beautiful webs in my garden.

Your challenge this week is to spot as many webs as you can when you are outside? Can you take a photo or can you make or draw your own spider and spider’s web?

Halloween Craft - Popsicle Spider Web - Popsicle Stick Crafts

If you want an extra challenge you could make a poster all about spiders and are they are so special and important.


I can’t wait to see your work. Have fun and don’t forget to share your pictures of your spiders and webs with me!


Mrs Reid







Monday 29th June




I hope you’ve had a wonderfully WILD week and have had fun exploring nature at home?

The weather has certainly been pretty wild over the last week with the hottest days of the year of far alongside some very stormy and windy weather.

When I was out and about this week I found this little egg shell…

I wonder what bird it is from? Can you guess?

This little egg has inspired me to make this weeks Really Wild Club all about nests. If you watch this video it tells you all about different nests.

Wildlife Wednesday: Bird nests!

What do bird's use to build their nests? Join Sam from London Wildlife Trust and explore some nests to find out! Download our garden bird spotting sheet here...

Nest building challenge


You challenge at home this week is to have a go at creating your own nests. You can make nests in lots of different ways, you can be as imaginative as you want!

This is my nest made out of a paper bag, some carrot tops, twigs and grass. I’m sure you can make an even better nest than me though…

Here are some video tutorials to give you some ideas to get you started.


Have fun and don’t forget to share your pictures of your nests with me!


Mrs Reid

Monday 22nd June



I hope you’ve had a wonderfully WILD week and have had fun exploring nature at home?

This week’s Really Wild Club is all about Starlings. I really enjoyed watching a family of starlings in my garden yesterday and watching the parents busy feeding the fledglings. Have you ever seen starlings? They are really noisy and they fly really quickly, so I wasn’t able to get a photo of them in my garden but here’s one I found online...

I think they are really pretty birds! When you look closely at them you can see lots of glossy blacks, browns, purples and greens on them. Starlings are common garden birds but sadly there are less of them than there used to be, which is why I try and help them by feeding them in my garden.


Did you know? Sometimes huge numbers of starlings fly together. There can be hundreds or thousands of them and they look a bit like a huge cloud that’s twirling and whirling.

Here’s a video of a starling murmuration.

Starling Murmurations

Challenge 1

Can you spot a starling when you are outside? They are smaller than blackbirds and very glossy.


Challenge 2

Can you draw or paint a picture of a starling? Or can you write a poem about a starling mumuration?


Challenge 3

Can you make your own pair of binoculars to help you to spot starlings?

This video shows you how...

Wildlife Wednesday: Make your own binoculars!

Join Alice from Lancashire Wildlife Trust as she shows us how to make some binoculars to help you focus on the birds you might be seeing out of your window! ...


Don’t forget to tweet us at Thomas Jolyffe or email me at to let me know how you’ve got on.


Have a wonderfully wild week!


Mrs Reid





Monday 15th June

Challenge 1. Make a Nature Table. If you watch this YouTube video it explains what you need to do.




I’ve had a go at this challenge myself. I collected some items on my walk around my neighbourhood and arranged them on a tray and took some photos.


(If you do this activity at home, only collect items your grown-up says are ok to pick up and make sure you wash your handscarefully after touching any objects.)






Challenge 2 – How many items on my Nature Table can you identify?


Challenge 3 – If you can’t get outdoors that’s ok. Maybe you could draw a picture of your favourite animal?

Wonderful Wildlife Fact File



A Fox is a mammal.

Foxes can be found throughout Britain including in cities and towns.

A female fox is called a vixen. A male fox is called a dog. Baby foxes are called cubs.

They are active at night searching for food. They are scavengers and eat insects, earthworms, fruit, berries, birds, small mammals and scraps left by humans.

Height: Stands 40cm high.

Weight: up to 10Kg.

Foxes are my daughter, Izzy’s, favourite animal! 


That’s all for now! I hope you have a wonderfully wild week!


Mrs Reid

‘Children are captivated by their learning’, ‘The well-being of pupils is at the heart of the school’, ‘School is a calm place - pupils are polite, courteous and well-mannered’