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Beckington and Mells

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“The best we can be”

BASALT class (year 1 & 2)

Welcome to Basalt Class

We are a Year 1 and 2 Class who are taught by Mrs Pearce-Bailey and Mr Reynolds and supported by Mrs Antell.

Please scroll down to see some of our amazing learning!

Year 2 end of term celebration

Basalt Bubble water fun

End of term message for Basalt Class

 

It has been a strange year. So much has happened from discovering a very poorly hedgehog in our outside area to huge storms that brought down trees and meant we had to spend a week at Beckington School. From dancing, cooking, exploring and learning together to home schooling and then bubble school for some. What an adventure!

We have made a special final video message for our wonderful Team Basalt so that you can look back on the memories of the past year and smile. When we return in September we will no longer all be together in Basalt Class as some of you head into Year 3 but we hope that you will always remember how it felt to be a member of our class on this strange and wonderful journey we have been on together.

 

Please use the link below to view the video (You may need to copy and paste this link).

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WXiCAu0tbFNbxFKEKi4m-8PV_jOaA_Jp/view?usp=drivesdk

 

Enjoy!

 

Home Learning

A message to Basalt Class Friday 3rd July

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Thank you to our NHS. 72 Years!

EVEN SUPERHEROES HAVE BAD DAYS!

 

 

Dear Parents and children, 

We hope you are all well and keeping safe with your families! On Friday, 3rd July we are going to have a very exciting, whole school zoom session with a lady called Gemma, who runs her own children's theatre company in York called 'Hoglets.' She named it Hoglets because baby hedgehogs are called Hoglets! Login details have been sent out on a separate parent mail.

 

Gemma is going to run a lovely Superhero Zoom session for us based on the story, 'Even Superheroes Have Bad Days!' This is a fantastic story and really relevant at the moment. You have all been fantastic superheroes by staying at home, keeping everyone safe and completing lots of home learning and super helpful chores! We know that some days are harder than others because even as Superheroes we all have bad days. The most important thing is how we manage our feelings on these more difficult days! The story tells this brilliantly and explains how Superheroes battle the urge to do harm and they dig deep down to their super best part, the strong super powers contained in their heart!

 

We have attached four English/Art lessons linked to this story so that your child/ren can become familiar with the plot before next Friday's zoom session. The sequence of lessons involves the children understanding what the Superheroes in the story could potentially do if they used their powers in the wrong way and then looking at how they dug deep and used their powers in the right way to help others. Children will also have the chance to create their own Superhero character with special powers and actions to go with these powers. We know some children have completed this already so they can use the same Superhero. We have also included an art lesson where children can make their own Superhero cuffs. This activity has been provided by Hoglets and we have attached the link in our planning and in the resource list below.

 

 

Your child/ren can then dress up as their own Superhero for the zoom session and act out their special powers. This is of course optional and Gemma will only choose those children who put their hand up and want to share their Superhero name and special powers/actions. It is absolutely fine if your child/ren would prefer to just to sit and watch and wear their own clothes. These things are all very new to all of us and we appreciate that not all children will want to take part in this whole school session so please don't worry if this is the case. They are still Superheroes and like all Superheroes, they will be on their own Special Superhero mission saving planet Earth! 

 

Please remember to send in any photographs of your child/ren completing these activities. We would love to see a sneaky peak of your Superhero characters and cuffs before next Friday!

 

Take care and keep safe!

Even Superheroes Have Bad Days

Chris Evans reads a bedtime story on Cbeebies. Hugely cute.

Friday 19th June- A treat for your grownups

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Message for Basalt Class - Tuesday 16th June 

 

Dear Basalt Class,

 

I hope that you are all well. It has been lovely to welcome some of you back to school but for those of you who are still home learning, we are missing you and hope to be able to welcome you back soon. This week is a really busy week, today is Den Day so I hope that you have been able to build an amazing den, if you have built a den then please send myself and Mrs Pearce Baily a picture as we would love to see them. 

 

It is also World Music Day this week (21st June), which is a day for us to celebrate and enjoy our favourite music or songs, as you all know I love listening to songs for Disney films so I have my favourite ones ready to listen and sing along too on World Music Day. It would be great if you all could also celebrate or mark World Music Day in some way, you might want to sing or dance along to favourite song, play a musical instrument or make an instrument, such as a shaker, to play using craft or recyclable materials or you might have your own amazing ideas. However, you mark the day, please let me know by sending in a photo or video, I can't wait to see what ideas you come up with for celebrating the day. 

 

I also hope that you saw the recent parentmail from Mr Shipway, giving the details for this years Mell's Got Talent, this is open to everyone to take part in, so I would really encourage you to submit an entry, as all of you have amazing talents. If you do want to take part then make sure you get your video entry in by the closing date.

 

Stay safe, and I hope to see all of you soon, 

 

Mr Reynolds 

Friday 12th June- A message for Basalt Class

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It's Den Day next week. Can you build an awesome den?

 

 

Link to the Save the Children website with information about Den Day:

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/how-you-can-help/events-and-fundraising/den-day

With a sprinkle of magic we have some little visitors in the Basalt garden. The fairies have moved in. Tiptoe around the grotto and see if you can spot them. 

Friday 5th June- a message for Basalt Class

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Dear Parents,

 

As we enter the final term of the academic year we would like to thank you for all of the work you have done with your children at home so far. This has been an unprecedented time and we have all had to adapt to a new way of working. We recognise how hard home schooling can be particularly if you are working from home or have multiple children. Please remember that something is better than nothing and anything you can do with your children will have a real impact on their development.

Please find attached a new set of home learning activities for you to complete at home. If your child is returning to school in the next few weeks we will be completing similar activities in school.

 

Topic:

We have put together a whole school topic that we are calling ‘Superheroes’. We felt that this is a relevant subject at the moment and a good opportunity to explore and think about the people who help us and inspire us. The topic map splits the activities into categories, for example: ‘helping our environment’ and ‘helping our bodies’ etc. What follows are suggested activities. Please do not feel that you need to work through all of these but pick and choose the ones your child is interested in doing. You can also think of some of your own if you wish too but it would be great if the activities you choose cover all of the areas. Please continue to send us photos and updates of your learning at home. We love seeing it. I have also attached some fun superhero science experiments that you might enjoy.

 

Maths

This term we are going to be posting weekly maths lessons for the children to work through, that link to both White rose maths  and Oak National academy, we will also be posting links to the previous weeks lessons from BBC Bitesize. We would recommend working through one of the schemes with your child as the lesson orders vary slightly between the different online platforms. Please do not feel any pressure to rush through these as each weeks list of lessons will remain on the website so that your child can work through these at their own pace. We would also encourage the children to continue using doodle maths as this helps to maintain the numeracy skills that they have been learning in school.

 

English:

Attached is a link to daily phonics resources and some suggested English activities. Again, please do not feel any pressure to rush through these. It is important that your child continues to read and write regularly to maintain the skills they have been learning in school and the activities we have suggested are aimed at supporting the different areas of literacy. I have included a short fiction project based on a superhero story culminating in writing their own superhero stories.

Miss Brett has also put together a mini writing project. Please send copies of this work to me. She will use any work produced from this as part of her evidence for her PGCE course.  

 

 

Your child’s wellbeing continues to be our primary concern. In order to learn they must be happy and healthy. If you have any concerns please contact us and we will be happy to help.

 

 Happy Learning

Mrs PB and Mr Reynolds

Phonics

Mrs Simons’ Group – Year 2

This term I am providing one grammar lesson and two phonics activities every week. The grammar lessons have been made by a school of excellence for Literacy so their lessons are highly recommended. They can be found on Youtube so I am providing the link for each session. The phonics activities will continue to be from the Extra Practise Zone from RWI. 

 

To login into the tasks provided your child will need to login into wwww.oxfordowl.co.uk

Click on the pink Class Login button (top right of the screen)

Enter their class name: mellsphonics

                 password: MrsSimons

Click on the Blue Zone: Read, Write Inc. Spelling

                                     Extra Practice Zone

 

Please click on Year group and then on Year 2/Primary 3 to get you to the correct activities.

 

Week 1 (1.6.20)

Grammar lesson Focus: Pronouns 1

Link: Pronouns 1

Phonics: RWI Extra Practice Zone

Page 6

1) Spell The Vowel –Focus: ee sound (e-e, ey, ei, ie)

2) Spell The Vowel –Focus: igh sound (igh, i-e, ie, i, y)

 

Week 2 (8.6.20)

Grammar lesson Focus: Conjunctions 1

Link: Conjunctions 1

Phonics: RWI Extra Practice Zone

1) Spell The Vowel –Focus: ow sound (ow, o-e, oa, o, oe)

2) Spell The Vowel –Focus: long oo sound (oo, u-e, ew, oe, ue, ou)

 

Week 3  (15.6.20)

Grammar lesson Focus: Apostrophes for Possession

Link: Apostrophes for Possession

Phonics: RWI Extra Practice Zone

1) Spell The Vowel –Focus: short oo sound (oo)

2) Spell The Vowel –Focus: ar sound (ar, a)

 

Week 4 (22.6.20)

Grammar lesson Focus: Pronouns 2

Link: Pronouns 2

Phonics: RWI Extra Practice Zone

1) Spell The Vowel –Focus:  or sound (or, oor, ore, aw)

2) Spell The Vowel –Focus: or sound (au, a, ar)

 

Week 5 (29.6.20)

Grammar lesson Focus: Inverted Commas 1

Link: Inverted Commas 1

Phonics: RWI Extra Practice Zone

Page 7

1) Spell The Vowel –Focus: air  sound (air, are, ear)

2) Spell The Vowel –Focus: ir sound (ir, ur, er, or)

 

Week 6 (6.7.20)

Grammar Activity Focus:

  1. Homophones Practice There, Their & They’re

     (see attached PDF below)

  1. Making Singular Nouns Plural (see attached PDF below)

Phonics:

And/or finish the remaining Spell the Vowel Activities on the RWI Extra Practice Zone.

 

 

Maths Year 1 Week 6

 

Oak National Academy: 

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-1/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic:  Fractions

Week 11 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 11 - https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-1/maths#subjects

Maths Year 1 Week 5

 

Oak National Academy: 

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-1/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic:  Counting and Money

Week 10 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 10 - https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-1/maths#subjects

Maths Year 1 Week 4

 

Oak National Academy: 

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-1/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic:  Counting and partitioning numbers 

Week 9 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 9 - https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-1/maths#subjects

Maths Year 1 Week 3

 

Oak National Academy: 

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-1/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic:  Multiplication and Division

Week 8 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 8 - https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-1/maths#subjects

 

Maths Year 1 Week 2

 

Oak National Academy: Topic: Length and Mass

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-1/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic: Counting i

Week 7 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 7 - https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-1/maths#subjects

Maths  Year 1

Week 1 resources: 

 

Oak National Academy: Topic: Length and Mass

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-1/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic: Mass, Capacity and Volume

Week 6 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 6 - https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-1/maths#subjects

 

 

Maths Year 2 - Week 6

Oak National Academy: 

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-2/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic: Measurement and Time

Week 11 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 11 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

Maths Year 2 - Week 5

Oak National Academy: 

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-2/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic: Measuring Weight and Capacity.

Week 10 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 10 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

Maths Year 2 - Week 4

Oak National Academy: 

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-2/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic: Measuring Length. 

Week 9 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 9 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

Maths Year 2 - Week 3

Oak National Academy: 

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-2/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic: Shape

Week 8 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 8 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

Maths Year 2 - Week 2

Oak National Academy: Topic: Shape

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-2/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic: Fractions.

Week 7 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 7 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

 

 

Maths Year 2:

Week 1 resources: 

 

Oak National Academy: Topic: Shape

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-2/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic: Multiplication, Division, Odd and Even numbers.

Week 6 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 6 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

Message for Basalt Class - 31st May 

 

Dear Basalt Class

I hope that you are all well and enjoying the sunshine. 

It was lovely to see all of your happy, smiling faces and to hear about all of the adventures you have been getting up to over the past weeks when we had our Zoom sessions last week. It was also great to hear about all of the times you have been brave while we've been away from school. 

I also hope you have enjoyed watching the Superheroes video that the teachers had fun putting together to launch our new home learning topic. I also hope that you have had fun finding out more about the adults at school through the quiz, and yes all of the facts and stories are true! 

Enjoy the sunshine and the rest of half term. 

Stay safe. 

Mr Reynolds

 

A message for Basalt Class 22nd May

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Please us the link below to access the quiz about your teachers.

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Mm5idwSvNDHgy1WwKDvOPgjiKUsKqn1B/view?usp=drivesdk

 

You may need to copy and paste this.

A message for Basalt Class

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International Family Day art challenge

Message for Basalt Class - 11th May. 

 

Dear Basalt Class, 

I hope that you are all well and having been enjoying the sunshine over the past few days. I have been amazed to see the photos of all the amazing ways that you celebrated the 75 years of VE Day on Friday, please keeping sending us in your pictures.

In my last message I said that I was going to have a go at making some potato scones, unfortunately they did not turn out very well so I tried making some egg free cupcakes instead, these turned out much better, my family certainly enjoyed eating them. I also managed to make some bunting and a few other decorations that I was able to put up on my house to celebrate the day. I also found a photograph of my grandma attending a street party in Frome on VE Day 1945, the photo so I hope you can see it clearly below. 

Remember to keep sending photos of all of the amazing work that you have been doing. 

Stay safe, 

Mr Reynolds. 

A VE day message

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Morse code- Can you crack the code?

 

VE DAY QUIZ

 

Please use the link below to access a VE day themed quiz video I have made with lots of fun facts about WW2. 

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IItUVqn7bSs_9WG-LP8VQqHPSkypeeUc/view?usp=drivesdk

You made need to copy and past this link.

 

Mrs PB

VE DAY

Dear Parents,

As you know next Friday we will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Although this will not be the celebrations we had planned in school we would still like to make this a memorable experience for our children. As a 7 year old girl I remember going to a 50th anniversary VE Day parade and for me this sparked a life-long love of all things 1940’s. Please find attached an activity page. We have put together a variety of activities and ideas to get you in the VE Day mood. Please don’t feel that you need to do all of them but it would be great if you could select a few to enjoy together. Please also find attached details of our commemorative tea cup design competition and a page of 1940’s games and instructions on how to play them for some simple wartime fun.  

 

Please see below to view the introductory video I made to get the children in the spirit of things.

 

Please take photos and videos of any 1940’s fun that you have and send it into school. We would like to make a commemorative video of all of your experiences as a gift to our children to help them remember this special celebration.

 

Many thanks

Mrs PB

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Message for Basalt Class - 3rd May

 

Dear Basalt Class, 

I hope that you are all well and having been enjoying the start of our new 'Keeping happy, Keeping healthy' topic. I have loved seeing all of the work that you completed so far, keep sending this in. I've also been trying some of the activities that were suggested, in particular I've been trying to learn how to hula hoop - its not been going very well! 

Earlier this week Mrs P-B introduced our new mini topic about the 75th anniversary of VE day, please send us in any photographs or video's of work you do around the anniversary or how you celebrate on the day. I have started to make some bunting that is going to go up on the outside of my house, I have put some photo's of my progress so far, once it is finished I will upload a photo of the completed bunting. Tomorrow I am going to have a go at making some potato scones, this was one of the foods that people had at their street parties 75 years ago, I will let you know how I get on. 

Stay safe, 

Mr Reynolds. 

Friday 24th April-A message for Basalt Class

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A message for Basalt Class

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A fun video to introduce you to our new topic!

Dear Parents,

Please find attached a new set of home learning activities for you to complete at home.

Topic:

We have put together a whole school topic that we are calling ‘Keeping Happy, Keeping Healthy’. We felt that this is a relevant subject at the moment and one that you can explore at home. The topic map splits the activities into categories, for example: The body, Food, Wellbeing etc. What follows are suggested activities. Please do not feel that you need to work through all of these but pick and choose the ones your child is interested in doing. You can also think of some of your own if you wish too but it would be great if the activities you choose cover all of the areas. Please continue to send us photos and updates of your learning at home we love seeing it.

English:

Attached is a link to daily phonics resources and some suggested English activities. Again, please do not feel any pressure to rush through these. It is important that your child continues to read and write regularly to maintain the skills they have been learning in school and the activities we have suggested are aimed at supporting the different areas of literacy. I have also included a short nonfiction project. I will send a new genre-based project every few weeks.

 

Maths:

This terms Maths home learning is an online resource from White Rose Maths, the maths scheme that we follow in school. Please use the link below (these will also be on the class page on the website) to take you to the correct page for your child’s year group.  Please start with week 1 lessons, followed by week 2 before moving onto Summer week 1.

The lessons are split into separate weeks, with 5 lessons in each week (one for each day of the normal school week). The lessons comprise of an explanation video and a worksheet (this will need to be downloaded and printed) and an answer booklet for parents so that they can mark work and also see the answer to each question. Some of the lessons will contain a ‘flash back 4’ activity, this is a list of 4 questions that relate to the children’s previous learning and needs to be completed at the start of the lessons where they appear.  The video is designed so that the children watch a part before completing the relevant question on the worksheet, so that they complete each question at a time.

The lessons have been designed to follow on from each other so please complete them in the order provided on the website. The lessons should take no more than 1 hour, which is the usual length of your child’s maths lesson.

If your child struggles with a particular lesson then please feel free to repeat this with them the following day if they are still struggling then please let the teachers know and we will put together some additional activities for your child to work through.

Please stick the completed worksheets into the workbook that was provided with the first home learning pack along with the date completed.

The starting topics for each year group are listed below:

Year 1: Weight and Mass, Capacity, Multiplication and division and Fractions.

Link: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/

Year 2:  Fractions, measuring length and height.

Link: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

 

Coronavirus:

If your child is struggling with the current situation Axel Scheffler, the illustrator of The Gruffalo has helped produce a children’s book to help explain what is happening. It is free to download here: https://axelscheffler.com/books-for-older-children/coronavirus

 

At this time your child’s wellbeing is our most important consideration. In order to learn successfully they must be happy and healthy. If you have any concerns or questions please contact us. Both myself and Mr Reynolds are available for support.

Happy Learning

Mrs P-B and Mr Reynolds

Phonics for Mrs Simons' Group

Dear Parents,

To ensure that your child can continue to progress with their spelling, punctuation and grammar I have created a user name and password to enable them to be able to access the Oxford Owl, Read Write, Inc resources that we use in school. The new area on the website that has been created for Home Learning is called the Extra Practice Zone.

I have also uploaded an information sheet for parents below to explain how to navigate the Oxford Owl website. It also gives a brief explanation of the activities and a glossary of SPaG terminology many of which the children are familiar with from their class work. 

To login into the tasks provided your child will need to login into wwww.oxfordowl.co.uk

Click on the pink Class Login button (top right of the screen)

Enter their class name: mellsphonics

                 password: MrsSimons

Click on the Blue Zone: Read, Write Inc. Spelling

                                     Extra Practice Zone

Following the recommendations of RWI the children can complete three activities a week:

Please click on Year group and then on Year 2/primary 3 to navigate you to the correct activities.

 

Week 1 (Wk beginning 20/4/20)

Your child can choose to complete:

The first three activities

  1. Sounds the Same (Focus: identify the correct homophone)
  2. Swap, Double or Drop (Decide whether to swap, double or drop the last letter of the root word before you add the suffix)
  3. Rule Breakers (For each question an explanation of the spelling rule being practised is given on the right side of the screen)

 

Week 2 (Wk beginning 27/4/20)

Then next three activities:

1) Playing with Plurals (Focus: The correct spelling of plurals)

2) Word Endings (Children to choose the correct ending of the given word from a drop down menu)

3) Spell The Root (children to spell the root word from given suffix)

 

e Books

Once you have signed into the Extra Practice Zone you will also have access to lots of e books which you can enjoy reading with your child. You can filter your search through appropriate ages, themes and series, which will enable your child to practise their phonics and recognition of spelling rules and patterns. So happy reading!

 

Please find below the next three weeks of Phonics work for Mrs Simons' group.

 

 

Week 3 (Wk beginning 4/5/20)

The first three activities:

  1. Odd Rhyme Out (Children to identify the odd word out depending on the sounds in the words)

Then go to page 5 after the Year 6 activities you will find several Spell the vowel activities which the children can work through.

2) Spell The Vowel – Focus: a sound

3) Spell The Vowel –Focus: e sound (e, ea)

 

Week 4 (Wk beginning 11/5/20)

The next three activities:

1) Spell The Vowel –Focus: i sound ( i, y)

2) Spell The Vowel –Focus: o sound (o, a)

3) Spell The Vowel –Focus: u sound (u, o, ou)

 

Week 5 (Wk beginning 18/5/20)

The next three activities:

1) Spell The Vowel –Focus: ay sound (ay, a-e, ai, a)

2) Spell The Vowel –Focus: ay sound (aigh, eigh, ei,ey)

Page 6

3) Spell The Vowel –Focus: ee sound (ee, ea, e, y)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extra Practice Zone Information Booklet for Parents

Dear Basalt Class,

I hope you are all well and have been enjoying the sunshine and the start of the Easter holidays. 

I have really enjoyed seeing all of your amazing home learning that you have sent to both myself and Mrs P-B over the past few weeks. Please keep sending in your pictures and emails to us as we love seeing all the amazing work and activities that you have been doing at home, don't forget to look at the home learning page on the website to see what your fellow class mates have been up to as well. 

I hope that you enjoyed the dance video that the adults at school made for you all during this strange time and that you had as much fun watching it as we did making it. 

Don't forget to keep logging in to doodle English and doodle Maths to keep practising your skills. 

Enjoy the rest of the Easter break and we will be in contact with you towards the end of the week with a new pack of home learning. 

Mr Reynolds.

Easter message for Basalt Class

 

Dear Basalt Class,

I hope you have had a good week.

Today marks the start of your Easter holidays so you need to make sure that you have lots of fun and a good rest. We are all going to be spending a lot of time at home which is absolutely the right thing to do at the moment but it might mean that people start to feel a bit crankier than usual or have less patience with each other. Please remember to be kind to your families and look after one another. One of the ways you could do this is by making a jam jar of kindness. Get an empty jam jar and fill it with lots of random acts of kindness. For example, you could make and send someone a card, give someone a hug, phone a friend or help someone with their chores. I’m sure you can think of lots more. Then over the next 2 weeks when you are feeling bored or fed up pull one out and have a go at brightening some one’s day. We would love to hear about what you have been up to.

Don’t forget that you can still log in to doodle maths and doodle English if you want to keep practising your skills. Having had a look at doodle English you may find that it is quite tricky but please don’t be put off. If you find you get a question you are not sure on you can click on the help button for a quick reminder. It has been great to see so many of you already using these.

Have a great Easter and we will be in contact towards the end of the holidays with fresh learning packs.

Mrs P-B

 

A message for Basalt Class

Dear Basalt Class

I hope you are all well and have been enjoying the sunshine. I thought of you all this morning when I did the ‘What does the fox say?’ Just dance with my boys. It made me think of all your happy dancing faces. I can’t wait to dance with you all again soon.

I hope you have all had a good first week learning at home. I am sure that you have had lots of fun but there may also have been some tricky times when you have struggled with this strange situation. Please remember in these moments when you are feeling unsure that there is no right way or wrong way that we should be learning at the moment. Just do the best you can and that will always be enough.

Also know that this is a time in history that nobody will ever forget. You are part of that history and will have stories to tell because of it. Next week have a go at making a time capsule with your family. A time capsule is a box of items that will remind you of this important time when you are bigger.

Thank you to those people who have emailed me pictures and news of your home learning. I love seeing it. Keep it coming!

Sending lots of love and happy thoughts

Mrs P-B

 

 

Parents,

I hope you are all well and have had a positive week as we have all settled into our new routines. If you have any questions regarding home learning please don’t hesitate to email in and we will respond as promptly as we can.

Please be reassured that there is no right or wrong way to be completing home learning at the moment. It must work for you and your family and it may take a while to find a rhythm that works for you.

I have set the children the task of making a time capsule next week. They could include newspaper cuttings, photos, drawings, writing or some of their learning. Anything that will help them remember this important time when they look back on it in years to come.

Mr Reynolds and myself have loved seeing home learning that is being completed so please keep emailing photos and updates across.

Please find below the letters we have sent out regarding home learning activities for the school closure period. 

Key Information

 

PE is on Thurdays and Fridays. Please ensure that all children have a full named PE kit in school on these days.

 

Forest School is on Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure that all children have a change of clothes, wellies and suitable outdoor clothes for the season.

 

Our Learning

This term our topic is Space Explorers. You can view a copy of our topic map here.

Spellings

 

The children in Basalt Class take home weekly spellings to learn. You can find our spelling bands below.

STEAM 

As part of our STEAM week we have been learning more about space. We made straw rockets which were powered by us forcing air through the straw. We then launched fizzy bottle rockets using water and alka seltzer tablets. We discussed the chemical reaction that occurs and how the pressure builds to form a pushing force on the cap of the bottle. We talked about thrust. We also became engineers and designed and made our own moon landers which had to successfully carry our marshmallow astronauts onto the moon's surface safely.

Pizza Express

We visited Pizza Express as part of our STEAM week activities. We made and ate our own pizzas.

'Jesus was born in our barn'

 

This week we performed our nativity play 'Born in a Barn'. The children were fantastic and produced a confident, slick and entertaining show for our loved ones to enjoy. Here are a few pictures from our rehearsals. I am so proud of all of them and the hard work they have put into this performance.

Wind Energy

We have been learning about the need for green energies. We learnt all about how wind is made and how wind turbines are used across the world to power homes in a clean and sustainable way. We made our own wind turbines and explored which shapes work best.

A spiky surprise

 

 

Look who came to visit us in our Basalt Class outside area. We found a little hedgehog having a snooze in one of our tyres. We were worried that he wouldn't be able to climb out of the tyre he was in so we propped one side up so he could crawl underneath. We also gave him some leaves to keep him warm. A very exciting talking point for our Nature topic! 

Update: Our little hedgehog is now be looked after at the Prickles Hedgehog Recue Centre in Cheddar. He is small but strong and will hopefully return to us in the spring.

Nature, Nature, Everywhere!

We visited Westonbirt Arboretum where we went on an autumn adventure. We identified trees, explored habitats, learnt about the life cycle of a seed and made autumn crowns. 

STOP!

Basalt Class have been thinking about how single use plastics affect nature. We learnt that plastic waste gets into the sea and hurts the animals living there. We think this is really sad. Please help us be the change and stop using so much single use plastic.

You could: 

-Use a paper straw 

-Use a reusable bag when you go shopping

-Say no to plastic toys at fast food restaurants

-Use sandwich boxes instead of clingfilm

-Use a reusable drinks bottle

 

We created a garden using our own plastic waste to help us spread the word!

Postcards of Kindness

Basalt Class have been learning about the stages of life. We focused on being elderly and the problem of loneliness. Did you know that nearly half of all elderly people in the UK say that the television is their main source of company. We wanted to do something to help so we joined the project 'Postcards of Kindness'. We will be writing more letters later in the year.

Check out our writing:

We followed the clues and solved the crime!

Our story this term is Goldilocks and the Three Bears!

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