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Week beginning 4th May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Well here we are in May, what a strange reality we now live in.  I hope everyone is well and delighted at the government’s news that we are through the peak.  We as a nation have helped to stop the disease spreading, together we have saved lives.


How wonderful are your lovely sketches this week – fantastic artists you all are.  Looks like you had a lot of fun.


I wanted to take a chance to talk about all the hard work the school is doing, now to support families in their different situations and for the future too.


School Open

The staff of Ash Grange have kept the school open every day of the week since lock down began, we have worked throughout the Easter holidays and will work this forthcoming Bank Holiday so that we can provide learning for those children who have parents who have to go to work or they are children who have additional needs at this time.  Each day the staff provide wonderful creative learning experiences for on average 18 children a day. 


Social Distancing at School

How many strides do you take to make 2 metres?  An interesting question and one we have explored at length with the children this week.  This week in assembly I invited the 18 children in school to explore the distance and it ranged from a stretch away to about the railway line!  But the reality is about 4 adult or 8 child strides away. 


  • For assembly that allows up to 20 children in the hall (just)
  • For lunch that allows 24 children at tables (with at least 12 children sitting in family pairs together)
  • In classrooms that’s 8 to 10 people per room.
  • At the average of 18 we are using 3 classrooms to teach the children.
  • The changing rooms are out of action except for a shower on the way to and from swimming, at one at time usage. We are changing in classrooms.
  • Toilets are one at a time usage.
  • Playtime is very spread out!


It is really quite challenging to keep the children and adults at a safe distance and as soon as they line up they get too close.


Parents who collect are doing really well at distancing but when you try walking down the path and through the gate keeping a 2 metre distance – you need to keep your wits about you.


This gives you some idea of the challenges faced with social distancing and schooling.


Improving our Provision

The staff have been working hard since lockdown on our curriculum, reflecting on it’s strengths and areas for development. All of the subject leaders have been creating new certificates to give children the big picture of learning and smaller steps to show their learning pathways.   Staff are now planning learning experiences that are even more creative and developmental, to increase children’s progress. This is a huge piece of work which lockdown has enabled, you know us, we make the most of any opportunity!


Our website is having a makeover too so we hope it is easier to navigate.  Let us know if you have any ideas on this as well.


Home Learning

Each week the teachers are planning Maths, Reading and Spelling activities, linked to all the children have learnt and need to consolidate.  These are reviewed weekly by the teacher and then the next week’s selected and set.

A parent shared a desire to teach their child the new maths ways correctly, he’s become aware that the children are using different words and doing calculations differently.  For the maths Parent Workshops, we have a booklet showing the stages in maths so I’ve attached it to this week’s newsletter for all to use.


This week we are having a Science week, with a particular focus on the impact of exercise on the heart.  The teachers have created 3 activities for each class, of course children can do activities from the different classes – there are lots to inspire.


So this week’s home learning resource is a skipping rope, there is one each for every child – no sharing allowed and we have 4 different colours to choose from so pop in from Monday to collect.


Year Band

Activities for this week

Early Years

Preschool to Reception Class

Let’s Get Moving!

When you exercise or move very fast your heart beats faster.  Try these activities for 10 seconds and see which one makes your heart beat the fastest.


You can check your heart beat by putting your hand on your chest do this for 10 seconds.


Now try one these activities whilst singing your favourite song then see how fast your heart is beating.

Year 1

  1. Challenge yourself – on Monday put both feet together and see how many times you can jump up and down on the spot in a minute. Record it and try to beat your score each day, are you getting quicker? On Friday take a picture of your record and send it to me so I will see how hard you have been working.







Jumps in one minute







2.  Visit the BBC Super Movers website and dance like some of the characters – Year 1 have enjoyed copying the 2, 5 and 10 times table dances in class.


3.  Design a poster to show how your body feels after you have exercised. Do you feel hot or cold? Do you breathe faster or slower?

Year 2

Grow your own rainbow:


Make a rainbow appear indoors:


Do the raisin dance! What water will work: fizzy or still?


Year 3

Let’s investigate! 

What happens to your body when you exercise?

  1. Take a photo of your face or look in the mirror and describe how your face looks when you are sitting down, resting.  Then do some fast, energetic exercise for 5-10 minutes, for example, skipping, dancing, running, star jumps, trampolining, Joe Wicks workout!  You could use the chart below to check ‘How are you feeling while exercising?’  – try to get to at least number 6!

Now take another photo or look in the mirror - describe 3 changes that may have happened to your face and body after exercise. 

How can you measure what effect exercise has on your heart rate?

  1. Did you know that your heart is a muscle? 
    a) Watch this video link to find out more about how your heart works:

How to take your pulse:

b) Using two fingers as you saw in the video, try to take your pulse rate on your wrist, side of your neck or head.  Record how many beats your heart makes in 1 minute - it may be easier to time for 6 seconds and then multiply the number by 10 as there are 60 seconds in a minute.  
c) Then do some energetic exercise for 10 minutes or more.  Take your pulse again for 1 minute and count how many beats your heart makes.  What has happened to the number?    What has exercise done to your heart beat?

d) Take your pulse again 2 minutes later.  Has your pulse rate gone down? Challenge question:  What number should your pulse rate eventually stop at?


What effect can regular exercise have?


  1. Choose an exercise such as skipping or keepy-uppies with a ball.  How many can you do in a minute?  Try to improve your score each day. What other activities can you try?  Sit-ups, star jumps, spotty dogs!  See the attached ‘Station Cards’ for other exercises you could try.

Keep a record of your scores on a table.  See the attachment for an example you could use.

Challenge Question: What have you noticed from your results table?  What effect can regular exercise have?


See 3 linked docs                                                    

Year 4

  • Set up a training circuit including 5 different activities e.g. star jumps, jogging on the spot, skipping. Conduct an experiment to find out which activity raises your heart rate the most? Why do you think that is?

Watch this video to learn how to listen to your pulse (heart beats);

  • How could you make sure that it is a fair test?
  • Now present and record your results. You could present them in a table and maybe even produce a bar chart to show the difference between the activities.


Year 5

This week’s activities are all science based and will get you investigating your heart rate! Remember to collect the weekly challenge from school and check the resources on Showbie to help you!


Start by visiting this website and watching the videos to learn how your heart works and what a heart rate is: and


1) Record your resting heart rate using this technique Then try five different exercises for one minute at a time; after each one record you heart rate. Remember to let your heart return to its resting beats per minute (BPM) before you move on to the next exercise. When you have the five results, turn them into a bar chart to compare which exercise increased your heart rate the most!


SHOWBIE RESOURCES: Exercise activity cards; bar chart PowerPoint.


2) Challenge your family members to a ‘skip off’ using the weekly challenge skipping ropes from school (or a ‘jump off’ if you don’t manage to collect one). After a minute of skipping/jumping, record everyone’s heart rate using this technique Who’s heart rate was the highest? Record your results in a table!


3) Start by recording your resting heart rate - you may even be able to find this information from a Fitbit if you have one! Then complete your favourite exercise for at least two minutes. When you finish, record you increased heart rate using this technique Check your heart rate again after 60 seconds and repeat this until it has returned to your resting heart rate. How long did it take to go back to normal? Usually, the faster you can return to resting BPM the fitter you are! Record your investigation data in line graph.


SHOWBIE RESOURCES: Line graph PowerPoint.


BONUS CHALLENGE: Ask an adult if they can make a free Twinkl account so you can explore the heart in augmented reality in your house!



Year 6

Rocket Launch  :  all you need is an old plastic container and a fizzy ( effervescent) vitamin tablet or Alka Seltzer.

What happens if you add more or less water?

Does Alka Seltzer work better than a vitamin tablet?

Can you think of way to measure the height reached?

How many launches can you get from one tablet, by adding more water after each launch?

What would happen if you added a weight to the container?


Make an Ice Volcano :

You will need: Baking powder

White vinegar

Food colouring


Plastic Plate

Pipette (optional)


Some questions for you:

  • What’s the perfect quantity of baking powder to make the most active Ice Volcano?
  • What could you use instead of white vinegar to trigger your volcano?
  • Try using regular brown vinegar or some lemon juice on your Ice Volcano. What difference does that make?


Blue Carrots

You will Need:

Two carrots with stems removed

One cup of water

Blue food colouring


Some questions for you:

  1. What other vegetables would this work with?
  2. How does the coloured water move through the carrot?
  3. What does this tell you about how vegetables grow?


Calling all Times Tables  Rock Stars

We’re climbing up, oh yes, now in 3rd place – keep working on those tables superstars.


Free School Meal Vouchers

At last your free school meal vouchers have all come through.  These will be issued every few weeks.


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

Kindest regards, Mrs Curtis

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