Enter the Schools Library Service bookmark competition. See attached for more details…
While we are working from home, it is important that you continue to support your mental health. One way of doing this is to continue to use the ’10 a day’.
Lots of you have been busy completing the home learning tasks on Castles over the past week. Remember this theme lasts for this week too (01/06) and so you have the opportunity to complete as many of the tasks as you can, plus you can look at the suggested on-line learning websites from a previous post and if you still have time you can write a recount about what you did over half term.
We have really enjoyed seeing models of castles, the map work and the writing that you have been doing. Keep up the hard work!
Well done to Ivy for her fabulous castle building, Elanor for her fantastic writing on castles, Lily for her bar chart and wonderful shield design, and Alfie, Sidney & Autumn for their writing – Well done all of you!
Remember, you can send us examples of any of the work you have been doing to email@example.com
We really enjoy seeing what you have been doing.
Please find attached letter about the re-opening of school from Mrs Gray.
Sports and fitness activities to try at home…
Alongside any work your child receives from school, try using these online educational resources which have been recommended by teachers and school leaders.
Educational programmes to help primary school children learn at home are available from the BBC.
Bug Club Phonics
Access through ActiveLearn Primary to Bug Club Phonics e-books, activities, shared read aloud videos and resources.
Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2
Description: following the Letters and Sounds programme, Bug Club Phonics has e-books, teaching material and practice games
Registration: required for free access to Bug Club Phonics. Form available for parents to register
Hamilton Trust (home learning section)
Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2
Description: downloadable resource packs with teacher guidance. A week’s worth of resources is provided for each year group.
Registration: not required
Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 4
Description: a range of activities and articles aimed at students, parents and guardians, and teachers, categorised into age groups.
Registration: not required
Top Marks (Maths)
Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 3
Description: a range of interactive maths games categorised by age group, suitable for parents and students to work through.
Registration: not required
Collective Worship for Pentecost.
We gather together to worship, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Today we will learn a little more about Pentecost…
Pentecost is such an important new beginning in the story of God’s rescue of planet earth. Christians believe that all that Jesus was and all that Jesus has said and done can now be experienced personally by anyone, anywhere, because the Spirit of Jesus – the Holy Spirit of God – can fill all who turn to him. It is important to understand that this Spirit is a person and not some strange impersonal force. It is Jesus back with the disciples in an invisible form to enable them to play their part in his great rescue plan for the world.
A story to prepare for Pentecost
Everyone enjoyed Bill’s company. He was so kind and so full of life. His eyes never seemed to stop smiling. He was that rare sort of man who always had the right word to say. It was almost as if he knew what was on your heart and mind. Yes, the great thing about Bill was that people could trust him and people did.
It was not surprising then that the news of his promotion, which would mean him moving along a long way away, came as a great blow to all his friends. Of course they were pleased that his hard work had been recognised and rewarded. There was no doubt he had earned his new post; but even so, the thought of his going away from them was hard to take. Where would they be able to turn now for that encouraging smile and sympathetic listening ear? How would they cope without his good advice and thoughtful comments? He knew them all so well and they knew him. Friendship like his is hard to find. It was going to be a great loss.
Yes, everyone who knew Bill was not looking forward to his leaving and they all agreed that things could never be the same again. Of course he might write and there was always the phone and email but somehow that would be no substitute for the company of a man like Bill. You needed to be with him, to see him personally and to share things with him face to face. Pen and paper, telephone voice or Internet message were by comparison far too distant and cold.
If only he could stay. If only they could have him around all the time. If only somehow Bill could be with any of them, anywhere and anytime they needed him. That’s what they wanted but of course it was a silly thought.
I wonder whether you’ve ever been privileged enough to meet someone in your life like Bill? I wonder whether you have ever known someone who has made such an impact on you, because of his or her understanding and kindness – the sort of friend you just wouldn’t want to lose? If you have, then you know how the disciples felt about Jesus. He’d been so special and so important to them that when it was time for him to go, they were really very lost and they longed that he might stay with them for ever.
What was a silly thought for Bill’s friends, was however a real possibility for the disciples. Jesus had told them he would come back to them, to each one of them, and be with them wherever they went, forever. Just as Jesus had come down from God, so the Holy Spirit – God in a different, invisible form – was going to come down to each one of them and all this actually happened for them at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit is a person – God coming in another form; Jesus coming back to be with them – and us – for ever.
Spirit of God
Thank you for the special day when the Holy Spirit came to the disciples.
Please help us to realize how much you love us.
A message from Devon Local Maternity System who have purchased a multi-user licence for four Solihull Approach online courses, for all parents and parents-to-be.
FREE ONLINE COURSES FOR RESIDENTS OF DEVON, TORBAY AND PLYMOUTH
- Understanding your pregnancy, birth, labour and your baby
- Understanding your baby
- Understanding your child
- Understanding your teenagers brain
This means every single resident in Devon, Torbay and Plymouth can access the courses completely free of charge.
These courses are for everyone who wants to be the best mum, dad, grandparent, carer that they can be. The Solihull Approach aims to improve emotional health and wellbeing by supporting relationships (www.solihullapproachparenting.com). The courses are written by CAMHS professionals with other health and education workers. They are evidence based and accredited by the DfE.
Together we are aiming to change the culture around parents‘ self-development and improve children’s wellbeing at the same time. A smoother home life is good for concentration, learning and performance at school.
Smile! it’s National Smile Month
With dental practices operating differently at the moment, parents of younger children are being asked to pay particular attention to their child’s teeth to ensure that they continue to have good oral health hygiene.
To encourage young children to brush their teeth regularly, Libraries Unlimited has launched a campaign.
For children who can show that they’re brushing their teeth regularly, they’re giving away copies of ‘Alan’s Big Scary Teeth’, by Jarvis.
Thank you for your responses regarding the possible re-opening of the school and the implications for your child. The teams have been working hard this week to carry out the Risk Assessments required by both the Government and Local Authority in order to inform our decision about when and how to re open safely in a phased and well considered way.
Once this has been completed, we will be in a position to share much more detailed information with you about a return to school and what this will look like at such an unprecedented time for you and your child. Before reopening a ‘Parent Pack’ will be shared with you which I hope will answer many of your questions and concerns before your child returns.
As I said in my communications last week the earliest we will be able to open more widely is Monday 8th June, but this is not yet definite. It will be confirmed as soon as possible, as will the year groups that we are able to accommodate – which may not be all those mentioned by the Government.
Before we can confirm the date of our phased reopening, we have to undertake essential staff training, make changes to the school site, have the right resources, and check that what we are doing is safe and in line with the government guidance we are still waiting for.
Thank you for your patience at this very busy time for us in school. Please continue to look on our website for further updates over the half term holiday. Please note school is completely closed for all pupils between 25th and 29th May. We hope you all have a lovely half term holiday despite the strange circumstances.