Here are two fabulous stories written by year 5 children, based on the short story “The Mouth-organ Boys”.
We loved reading them and hope that you do too!
Parents will drop of children and collect at the school gate.
No parents will be allowed in the car park
Children will be met in the car park by their teacher/TA of their bubble. Older children will be able to walk to their classroom following social distancing rules.
Different groups will start and finish at different times during the day to reduce the number of parents waiting outside the school dates
Classrooms will look and feel very different in order to take into effect government guidelines.
For the majority of the classrooms children and staff will see a lay out like this.
Pupils are expected to sit within the orange, or black tape.
No longer can there be shared pots of pens and pencils to share. Each child will have their own tray of resources.
We know that a lot of our children have enjoyed the tasks that Theatre Alibi have set over the past few weeks. This is another fantastically fun activity.
Click on this link to hear Shaban, one of the actors from Theatre Alibi, reading aloud the poem that has been written by one of the Theatre Alibi writers, and beautifully illustrated by their designer.
And the best thing is that you can read the poem and then add to it! This funny and imaginative poem is about not being able to go out, and instead travelling around by mouth. What food adventures would YOU go on?
Can you write another verse, or two, and perhaps draw a picture to go with your verses?
Send your verses and drawings to email@example.com, and they will add them to their book, and Shaban can read a few of them out. You may prefer to write your own poem from scratch or perhaps draw some pictures inspired by Daniel’s poem.
Make sure you send them to your teacher as well as to Theatre Alibi – we would love to see them!
Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week. You will have received this letter as a parent, with resources from Karen Moore:
This year’s theme from the Mental Health Foundation is ‘Kindness’. The Mental Health Foundation would like us to celebrate the many acts of kindness that are important to our mental health and wellbeing. The challenge is to try to show kindness to another person throughout the week, and attached is the St Johns Ambulance Kindness Calendar that can be used to help with this.
Some ideas for random acts of kindness to others could be:-
Not only is the challenge about being kind to others but also, in these difficult times, it is about being kind to yourself. The suggestion is that we take some time out of each day for ourselves, by being active for 30 minutes whatever your physical ability. This could include baking, walking, cycling, yoga, gardening or even dancing around the kitchen!
Below is a list of ideas and tips that can help to look after adults and children’s mental health, while having to stay at home :-
Here are some resources that you may find useful for children to complete:
This Is Me – To complete with your child about what you have been doing recently.
Things to Do – A plan to show 5 things you would like to do each day.
Feelings Tracker – A record of how your child feels each day, which could then be talked through with them.
Twinkle kindness activities – Acts of kindness that your child might like to do.
Take care and stay safe.
Alibi’s Assistant Designer and maker, Ruth Webb, has created an art activity for you.
This Alibi Exchange is all about windows. So much of life is being viewed through our windows at the moment and Ruth decided to make a Story House, full of windows. To complete the theme, the Story House itself really comes to life when it’s displayed against a window.
You can find all you need to make one yourselves here:
Do you know any quick, cheap, easy (and healthy) main meal recipes? If you do, please share them with us so that other people can get inspiration and make them too. If you follow your own recipe or someone else’s main meal recipe, please post a picture of the finished dish. We can’t wait to see what you make. Have fun recipe-sharing and cooking!
To share your recipes and pictures: use Facebook Messenger to contact the Heathcoat Primary Facebook page.
Here is a lovely main meal that we think you might like to make at home.
Preparation: 20 minutes (if using fresh vegetables)
Serves 4-5 people.
Cook: 25 mins
The great thing about this recipe is you can choose any vegetables you like – and if you aren’t a big veg fan you can blitz it all up at the end with a hand blender or food processor so that you get a smooth tomato sauce and you can’t see the veg. It’s really delicious either way. If you are a vegetable fan you can leave the veg in bigger chunks – yum!
Please ask an adult to help you with the oven, boiling water for the pasta and using a knife to chop vegetables.
You can add some mixed herbs or paprika to the vegetables when you are roasting them. Sprinkle the herbs on before putting the veg in the oven. Or why not try adding a chopped chilli to the tomato sauce when you add the roasted veg?
You could make it look pretty by adding a sprig of basil or parsley to the top of your finished dish. Why not serve with some hot garlic bread.
This week, Theatre Alibi have set a challenge for the KS1 children.
Please note that you can still watch TABLE MATES, the Theatre Alibi production that we saw in our school last year. It is being streamed for FREE for a limited time! https://www.theatrealibi.co.uk/online-productions-and-education-packs/
We hope that you take the time to watch it, and enjoy it, again.
You can find out all about “making your own dance” on their website: https://www.theatrealibi.co.uk/alibi-exchange-make-up-your-own-dance/
We are enjoying seeing the photos of all the activities that you are completing at home. As many of you are cooking, we thought we would organise a virtual bake off for anyone who would like to take part!
There is a basic cupcake recipe below or you can use your own. They then need to be decorated with a VE Day theme as we are celebrating VE day on Friday.
Please email a photo of your cakes to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3pm on Wednesday 13th May. We will then share them all on our Facebook page. If you don’t want the photo on Facebook please clearly state this in the email.
FOR THE CUPCAKES
175 g butter (at room temperature), cut into large pieces 175g butter, room temperature
175 g self-raising flour ½ tsp. vanilla extract
175 g caster sugar 3 tbsp. milk
1/2 tsp. baking powder 350g icing sugar, sifted
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 large eggs
FOR THE ICING
175g butter, room temperature
½ tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbsp. milk
350g icing sugar, sifted
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cupcake or muffin cases.
Put all the cake ingredients into a large bowl and beat with an electric hand whisk or a wooden spoon until smooth and evenly mixed. Divide the mixture evenly between the paper cases.
Meanwhile, make the icing. Put the butter, vanilla extract, two tablespoons of the milk, and half the icing sugar in a large bowl and beat until smooth. Beat in the remaining icing sugar, and pour in the rest of the milk if needed to make the icing the right consistency.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cakes are well risen and firm on top. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
We look forward to seeing the results but will let you enjoy eating them!
Take care and stay safe
Head of School
Attached is information about a competition for the KS2 children to enter by 18 June 2020. The competition is to learn more about themselves, learn more about the jobs within the NHS and create either a piece of creative ARTWORK (could be painting/drawing/chalkwork or video/ performance/slideshow) or WRITING e.g. story or thank you card – something that says THANK YOU to the NHS.
There is no obligation to enter, but the winner gets a £50 Amazon voucher! All entries must come via class teachers and be in by the morning of 18th June to ensure that teachers have the time to submit them to the national competition by 19th June. This leaflet explains more: Leaflet_for_parents
1. Read the Word document which explains the competition.
2. Go to this link for the resources that you will need. https://www.stepintothenhs.
Tiverton Library has plenty of resources and support available during the current lockdown situation. This is their explanation of what’s available:
A range of free resources that all library members can access online:
Ensuring all children and families can access our online services
All children and families that already have library membership at one of our public libraries will automatically be able to access these services. If you want to try and ensure that ALL children in your school can access them we have arranged for a new way for schools to register children. Children can be individually registered by teachers on our Devon Libraries website or Torbay Libraries website . You can do this on the children’s behalf. For under 16s it will come up with a guarantor screen, but it is absolutely fine for teachers to act as guarantors and the school address can be input as the guarantor’s address. As soon as you have registered each child you will be issued with a number which will start UNREG – the child can then use this number straight away for our online services and get access immediately. You can register as many children as you like in this way, or you can pass these details on to families for them to register themselves. If anyone has any difficulty with this please do email us and we will do our best to help.
Summer Reading Challenge
At this time of year we would normally be arranging to come into schools to tell children all about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. The Reading Agency are currently working on plans for how the Challenge will run this year bearing in mind that we do not yet know if libraries will be open in time for the summer. What we do know is that the Challenge will definitely be going ahead but probably mainly online, and that the theme will be ‘Silly Squad’ – an opportunity to get children reading lots of fantastic funny books! We will let you know more details when we have them.
Local events from Devon Libraries
We would like to invite all teachers, parents and carers to visit and ‘like’ our facebook page at https://en-gb.facebook.com/
Children that are signed up to our BookTrack scheme to read 100 books can continue BookTrack during lockdown by emailing us the details of books they have read and what they thought of them (emails to tiverton.library@