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Week beginning 18th May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Well it has been a mixed week, of weather, news and plans.  I have really enjoyed seeing everyone’s posts on the Facebook page enjoying the cards and activities as of late; all those smiling faces warms the heart and definitely helps keep me focused on the most important part of my job – children.


As you know yesterday I sent out an important letter:


This is very much the planning stage, implementation will depend on when it is safe to add more children.  Once parental choices are in I will organise a rota of days for the children to attend.


Home Learning

This week we are having a PSHE week, a time to be mindful and look after yourself, that is everyone.  The teachers have popped their ideas below and there are some attachments with some of the years.  For this week’s home learning resource children have a colouring book to share in each family but I’m afraid there are no treats for adults. 


Early Years

We are all experiencing very different times at the moment, so it is very important to stop and have a think about how you and the people around you are feeling?

Ask your child the following questions –and then encourage them to ask you some questions too.

  1. What makes you feel happy?
  2. What can you do if you feel sad or angry?
  3. Has anybody surprised you today?
  4. What makes you feel scared or worried?
  5. Tell me about something very exciting?

Did you know, dancing, jumping, reading a book, playing with your favourite toy and cuddles all make you feel super happy and smiley!



  1. Design a poster showing things that make you happy
  2. Write a story about a character who likes to help people.
  3. Draw a picture about something kind that you have done for someone else.  Write a couple of sentences to tell me what you did.



Kindness Planner

Make a timetable of each day of the week and plan a kind act that you can do for someone in your house each day. See the big smiles you bring into your home with your lovely acts of kindness!


Thankful portrait

Draw a picture of somebody that you are thankful for. Maybe it’s a teacher, a doctor, a postman/woman or a family member. Surround your picture with lots of lovely reasons that make you thankful they are in your life.


Give me 5!

Draw around your hand onto a piece of card. On each finger/thumb, write 1 thing that has made you happy while you’ve been at home. On the other side of the hand, decorate it with all of your favourite things. I can’t wait to see them!


  1. Give Thanks: Who or what are you thankful for?  Write an acrostic poem - write the word 'THANKFUL' down the side of a piece of paper and try to complete each line, beginning with that letter, with things or people you are thankful for, particularly during this time.  You could use the template attached or write and decorate your own. You may also like to write a letter or card of thanks to the NHS.
  2. Acts of Kindness: Challenge yourself to do something kind for every member of your household.  Can you do at least one thing each day for everybody?  See the attached list for some ideas and perhaps you can keep your own record or diary of what you have done and how it made you and them feel.
  3. Feelings Trees: Draw your own tree and express some of your feelings on the leaves around it or use the 'Feelings Trees' attached.  Design or make your own 'Tree of
  4. Hope'.  Write some words of encouragement on the leaves or hang them on the branches - ideas to lift your spirits or positive words to help you smile and feel brighter on those 'low' days.


  1. Use the internet to complete some research about an issue which is having a negative impact on our environment e.g. plastic pollution, air pollution or deforestation. You could design a poster to advertise how people can help or even write an email to someone important explaining what you have found out.
  2. Design a cartoon about moving up to Year 5. What might the character be excited about? What might they be nervous about?
  3. Keep a food diary over the next week and think about our work with Warburton’s on healthy eating. Are you eating a range of different food groups every day? Are you having at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables daily? How could you make your diet healthier in the future? A template for your diary can be found here.


This week's projects will all be PSHE activities to help us consider our feelings and what we have to be grateful for!


  1. Create a gratitude calendar to help you reflect on something to be thankful for every day. Draw out a calendar template and in each day write a question to think about; for example 'Who helped you today?' 'What successes have you had today?'. When each day passes, write the answer on the calendar. If you don't have paper, you could add them as an event to a digital calendar! SHOWBIE RESOURCES: example questions; calendar template.
  2. Have you seen the movie Inside Out? If not (or even if you just want another peak), watch this clip to meet Riley's emotions. Draw your own set of characters to represent how these emotions feel to you! What does Joy look like? Or Sadness? Fear? Disgust? Anger? Can you think of any other characters you'd add to represent other feelings? SHOWBIE RESOURCES: Characters poster.
  3. Think about the check in systems we have in our classroom (on the blue door) and design your own version for home. Either design a new Five Point Scale by choosing five of your challenging emotions and drawing or writing how they feel and what you can do to help bring yourself back down the scale. Alternatively, design your own cloud check in system to represent different moods - each day use this to help think about how you are feeling. SHOWBIE RESOURCES: Example scales; door photograph.


BONUS CHALLENGE: Read the collection of feelings books I have shared with you on Epic! Books. Remember, you can have unlimited free access outside of normal school hours at the moment so ask your adult to email me to enable this if they haven't already! If not, use our class code to read between 8am - 4pm!


1) Make salt dough thank-you leaves


1 cup plain (all purpose) flour 

1 cup salt 

1/2 cup warm water 

Gel food colouring (optional) 


1 cup plain (all purpose) flour 

1 cup salt 

1/2 cup warm water 

Gel food colouring (optional) 


Mix the dry ingredients together then slowly add the warm water, stirring as you go. After mixing it well, take it out of the bowl and start to knead it on a lightly floured surface until it's soft, pliable and completely non-sticky. As with any dough, you can adjust slight problems by adding a little more flour if it's too sticky and a little more water if too crumbly. Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface until it's about 1-2 cm thick.

Then use leaf shaped cookie cutters to make the leaf shapes. Put these straight onto a baking sheet and then use a straw to make a hole in each one, ready for stringing a ribbon through after they've dried. Put the baking tray in the oven on a very low heat, approximately 100 degrees C (around 210 F.) Leave it for 2-3 hours. If it's still doughy in the middle then flip them over and eave for another hour or so. They should be hardened through and it may be a sign that they're too thick


2) Make an A4 thankfulness game e.g Bingo or 4 in a Row Random Acts of Kindness

3) Write a Gratitude poem/rap



The week after next is half term and the school will not be open over half term, the children who have been in school since lockdown began need a break, as do the staff (who have not had a break including Easter and Bank Holidays).   For home learners you too need a break so no homework will be set for the week!


School will start again on June 1st for our Key Worker Plus families and I will inform those in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 6 if the government has given the go ahead for us to start allowing the children to come in on the rota system.


Keep well, keep safe, stay home and protect our NHS.

Kindest regards, Mrs Curtis


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