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UKS2 Weekly Newsletter 20.04.2020

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                                                                                                                        Monday 20th April 2020

Hello UKS2 children and carers,

The Easter Holidays are officially over and we would ordinarily be heading back to school to kick-start the summer term. School has now been officially closed for 4 weeks. Can you believe it?

As always, all of us teachers are keeping busy at home. Mrs Naylor has been busy passing the time by baking with Finley and Freddie - she is slightly worried that she will need to be rolled back into school once all of this is over! Mrs Wright has taken this time as an opportunity to sort through some files and paperwork from her entire teaching career – it has taken quite a lot of time but she is now feeling much more organised. Miss Jones and Miss Dolbinska had lots of fun in school last week but are now having a well-earned rest from all the arts and crafts. Miss Thornton has been using her time at home to catch up on some great books that she had been longing to read. She recommends that you do the same!

We know that lots of you are trying out some of the ideas for home learning that are on the school website – well done, keep up the good work! For those of you who would like something new to try, there are a couple of activities to try this week, at the end of this newsletter. For those of you who want even more to do, from 20/04/20 the BBC are running ‘Bitesize Daily’. These are six different 20 minute shows, from age 5-14 years old, covering Maths, Science, English and other subjects such as History, Geography, Music and Art.

It is also important to find some balance between keeping up your skills, doing schoolwork and having time to relax. With our lives being so disrupted at the moment and with such restrictions on going out, it can be difficult to stay positive - even though we know it is for the best and to keep us safe. Here is a timetable of mindfulness activities that can help to break up the day and keep you feeling optimistic. Why don’t you try one, this week?


If there is anything that you do at home, while school is closed, that you are proud of and want to share - please keep it somewhere safe. We would all absolutely love to see what you’ve been doing, when the schools reopen.

Take care and stay safe.
The Year 5/6 team.


Literacy Task– A World of Possibilities

Have you ever looked at a door and wondered what might be on the other side?  Where may it lead?  What may be hiding within?  At first glance, a door is just a piece of wood, glass or metal. But in the hands of a writer, a door represents a world of possibility, a world where things are not only hidden but often closed off and restricted.

  1. Make a list of ideas for what might be behind the door. Let your imagination run wild as there is no wrong answer. For example: I opened the magical door and saw shadows dancing. I opened the magical door and saw a rainbow leading to another world. I opened the magical door and saw a pack of vicious wolves.
  2. Once you have got your ideas, go back and see if you can add to them. You could add more description or bring the thing to life through action. For example: I opened the magical door and saw a swarm of towering shadows, tangoing through busy streets.
  3. Now, list your ideas to make a repeating poem. Below is an example – you can also use it to magpie ideas!


Maths Task – Arithmetic Test Practice

Don’t let those speedy arithmetic skills fall behind! This website has some great questions to keep your maths brain buzzing.