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Newsletter week beginning 04.05.2020

                                                                                                                        Monday 4th May 2020

Hello KS1 parents, carers and children,

Welcome to newsletter 6. It’s been a lovely week this week as teachers have been ringing their class children and having some lovely catch-ups with our families. It was wonderful to speak to the children, although some were a bit shy!  It was so good to hear you were all well, reading the weekly newsletter and doing a great job with learning at home.  

I received some lovely comments about how hard teachers work – but remember when we’re teaching we’re not trying to keep the house clean, shop for food, cook meals and do the washing and ironing. We’ve been so impressed with what you’ve all been doing – make sure to give yourself a break too! You’re awesome!

This week’s KS1 photo album
On Thursday it was Aimee’s birthday (Mrs Ferguson’s daughter). She was 15 ! Photos to follow next week, as this week, I hope you enjoy your teachers taking part in Pyjamara and reading in their pyjamas on Friday 1st May. One of my favourite parts of the week is receiving all the photos from the team. This week didn’t disappoint – hope you enjoy having a nosey through this week’s photo album!

Here’s your learning diary for this week. Let’s get started…


Just a note: The Great Fire of London Quiz and the special ‘Difficult Day’ story will also be in this week’s paper pack of resources that you can pick up from school.


Monday 4th May 2020
There are many free books on here that you can read. Try Level 1 and 2 for year 1.  Level 3 and 4 are good for Year 2. As we always say find what is right for you. You will be asked questions as the end of the story. Also, there are books in your home language such as Urdu and Czech so you can share a story with someone in your family.


Tuesday 5th May 2020
Try this one to practise your computing. This comes from The British Computing Society. I played the ‘Colourful Kits’ game which was good fun and good for learning. Try the Barefoot Zoo afterwards and then if you want to really aim high you can try ‘Code-Cracking’.


Wednesday 6th May 2020

Mrs Ashford let me know about this…. Take a look…

Derby Book Festival - Flash Fiction Writing Competition

Derby Book Festival launches its 50 word Flash Fiction Writing Competition on Tuesday 21 April and the theme is ‘Home’.  The competition entry form is online and the closing date is Tuesday 2 June. Last year around 300 children from schools in Derby and beyond entered the competition. There are three age categories:

  • 11 years and under
  •  12 – 17 years
  •  18 years and over.

There will be one winner in each category and each will win a £50 book token.
Derby Book Festival’s Flash Fiction Competition is for a story of up to 50 words on the theme of ‘Home’. The word count is calculated automatically on the Festival website. The winning stories will be illustrated and then printed as a set of bookmarks to be distributed across Derby and Derbyshire to promote the Festival.

The theme last year was ‘Our World’. Here is one of the winning stories: 

Category: 11 years and under

Deep Down Under
Silversweep darted through the water at the tail of her pod. She hadn’t eaten but was still optimistic, expertly hunting for prey. In the corner of her eye, she spotted a stray fish. Darting towards it, Silversweep snapped, swallowing the rubbery meat. It tasted wrong. She realised too late;   plastic. Nana Odoi-Gyampo, from St James RC Primary School

The competition runs for 6 weeks. If you think you would like to have a go, there are full details including the entry form on the website –


Thursday 7th May 2020
I found this story this week and I loved it so I turned it into a quick reading comprehension. This will also be in the paper pack 2 that you can pick up from the office this week.

The Difficult Day


‘Today was a difficult day’, said Pooh.

There was a pause.

‘Do you want to talk about it?’ asked Piglet.

‘No.’ said Pooh after a bit. ‘No, I don’t think I do’.

‘That’s okay,’ said Piglet and he came and sat beside his friend.

‘What are you doing?’ asked Pooh.

‘Nothing, really’, said Piglet. ‘Only I know what difficult days are like. I quite often don’t feel like talking about it on my difficult days either’.

‘But goodness,’ continued Piglet, ‘Difficult days are so much easier when you know you’ve got someone there for you. And I’ll always be here for you, Pooh’

And as Pooh sat there, working through in his head his difficult day, while the solid, reliable Piglet sat next to him quietly swinging his little legs… he thought that his best friend had never been more right.

Now try and answer these questions:

  1. What are the names of the 2 characters in the short story?

  2. Why was Pooh sad?

  3. Piglet liked talking about his difficult days – True or false.
    Explain your thinking.

  4. How do you know Piglet was a good friend?

  5. Piglet was described as reliable and what other adjective (describing word)?


Friday 8th May 2020

VE Day
Today is VE Day. VE Day means Victory in Europe day. VE Day is a day to remember the end of the Second World War. It’s a day to remember the bravery of those who lived during the war and the soldiers that fought. VE day is always on May 8th. This year is very special because it is 75 years since the end of the Second World War. Maybe you could design a poster or some bunting for your bedroom.

The weekend

Here’s this week’s recipe: Cookies

115g butter, softened
55g caster sugar
140g plain flour
40g chocolate chips

1. Heat oven to 180c.
Ask an adult to do this for you.
2. Beat the butter and sugar until it is fluffy.
3. Mix in the flour and chocolate chips with your hand until you have a dough.
4. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and flatten with your palm.
5. Put them onto a baking tray slightly apart and cook for 10-12 minutes.
Ask an adult to take them out of the oven for you.

Try this quiz with your family. This will also be in your paper pack as well as some other quizzes to do!

Please refer to the pdf version for the question as the image below is not as clear as the website isn't great with pasting images.


Final thought from the KS1 team

Very true now, make sure you get reading!