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Newsletter week beginning 06.04.2020

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                                                                                                                        Monday 6th April 2020


Hello KS1 parents and carers,

I can’t believe it’s time for newsletter 2.  Even though we’re in lockdown, time still seems to fly! March has gone and we are now into April.

Key stage 1 team update

The team are still keeping in touch using social media. I was delighted to hear that Mr and Mrs Ashford have been  using their time to write the 2021 pantomime script for their drama group. Every year the Key stage 1 team spend a night out in January watching the pantomime, which is one of the best nights of our year. It’s nice to have things to look forward to in these strange times.

Many of the teachers are doing some teaching at home. Mrs Ablewhite has sent me some lovely photos of her two children doing many fun things. She also kindly sent me her timetable that she’s using. Sometimes keeping a timetable is a good idea to keep things as normal as possible. You don’t have to use a timetable though, the newsletter is just lots of ideas from all your teachers to help at home. You can choose the things that you want to do!


It’s important to have fun, playing games and cooking together. We’ve been playing Scrabble here and yes…. I won the first game! If you’re in ‘Awesome 8’ you know how competitive I am!

As always, all your teachers have been looking in to new things for you to be doing at home, here’s this week’s selection.


Mrs Ashford recommends…
Before school finished, Mrs Ashford had signed up for this. You might have seen the advert on TV.
The site is called
There are lots of games that you can sit with your child on the settee and teach them about looking after money. Using lockdown to teach your child life skills is an excellent way to spend the time!


Mrs Allsopp recommends…

Mrs Allsopp sent me a lovely email on Wednesday with lots of fabulous ideas. I’ve chosen this one from her list.


Mrs Roberts recommends…
BBC Bitesize

Last week, Mrs Roberts recommended this site. Just an update from Monday 20th April, BBC Bitesize will publish daily online lessons for all ages. A date to put in your diary.

Mrs Parveen recommends:….
Every day famous author David Walliams does a free audio story. Today it is ‘Harry who never ever did his homework’. I’ve just listened to it – it’s really good!

Mrs Tivey recommends…
Mrs Tivey has been doing some lovely science experiments with her two boys. I’ve put the step-by-step experiment below. You can use skittles, watch the colouring ‘dissolve’, and make a lovely pattern. Questions you could ask: What colours can you see? Do you think any colours will mix? Will new colours be made?
Can children write what they have observed?



Children love making playdough, here’s a recipe you can try – if you’ve got any old plain flour left at the back of the cupboard!

You will need

  • 8 tablespoons of plain flour 
  • 2 tablespoons of table salt 
  • 60ml warm water
  • Food colouring 
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil 


1. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil. 

2. Pour the coloured water into the flour mix and bring together with a spoon. 

3. Dust a work surface with a little flour and turn out the dough. Knead together for a few minutes to form a smooth, pliable dough. If you want a more intense colour you can work in a few extra drops of food colouring. 

4. Store in a plastic sandwich bag (squeeze out the air) in the fridge to keep it fresh.


Final message – if there is anything that you have made or done during this time that you’re really proud of, please take a photo or keep a memory box. All the teachers, Miss Hardy and Mr Daintith will absolutely love to see what you’ve been doing during this time at home when we’re back.


Stay safe, stay at home and smile!


Mrs Ferguson and the KS1 team