A worm hunt
Bubble 5 have been exploring how worms help plants to grow. After their discussion, they went on a worm hunt in the pouring rain and made their own worm hotels. What great fun they had!
Badgerbrook Book News
Here is edition No 5 of the Badgerbrook Book News from Mrs Price
Hello everyone! We hope you are all well and keeping safe.
We know how busy you have been doing your learning at home. We have been so excited to see all the amazing work and activities you have been sharing with us.
Now that we have a few more children in school we want to let you know that the children who are in bubbles in school will be following the same daily learning activities that are being emailed out to those who are still at home. We are still using these resources (along with many others):
We hope you continue to find some of these resources helpful. Thank you for all you are already doing to support your children in these difficult times.
If you have any questions about how best to support your child with these resources, please contact your child’s class teacher (through the class email address). The class teacher knows your child as a learner and sets the daily learning, so they are the people to go to for advice. They will respond to you by email or phone call as soon as they have time out of their bubble.
We would like you to not put too much pressure on yourselves, or the children when it comes to the home schooling, as juggling that, along with working and managing a home is a lot of pressure for anyone. Lots of us here are working in school and then home schooling our own children, so we certainly understand the pressures – you are not alone.
You will receive a report on your child’s progress and attainment on July 3rd. This will not be the usual annual report format as the staff have not worked directly with most children for 3 months and have had no opportunities to assess, but we thought as parents you will appreciate some form of feedback.
Changes to school
We have been working hard to ensure the school is safe and ready to open for a larger group of children of key workers. We have measured and set out the classrooms so that we can ensure social distancing and worked out how many pupils we can safely accommodate within the guidelines. The number of pupils we can welcome back in to school is dependent on our risk assessment of the school building, the protective measures we can put in place and the number of staff who are able to work in school. Our classrooms can accommodate between 8 and 12 pupils safely and so we have capacity for 12 bubbles.
As you can see from the photos – classrooms and the school environment are looking quite different now.
Thank you to everyone for your continued understanding and support – the safety of pupils and staff is our main priority.
Foundation have been building a minibeast hotel to welcome more minibeasts into our garden. We worked together to help create the hotel.
Supertato in Foundation Stage
While we have been at home we listened to a story read by Mrs Little called Supertato by Sue Hendra.
Mrs Little also had a Super carrot at home checking for the evil pea and helping out with jobs around the house.
We then created our own vegetable superheroes at home. The new Super Veggies even helped some of us do jobs too. Miss Bass had a Supertato to help her at home as well.
Letter from Ms Meyrick 7th May 2020
Please click here for the letter sent to parents today.
Tomorrow – Friday 8th May – is a bank holiday. We hope you can enjoy your stay at home VE Day celebrations.
In these difficult times children are spending more time on the internet than usual so online safety is very important.
The ThinkUKnow team at CEOP have released their 4th activity packs for children and young people.
Daily Learning Activities
Class teachers are continuing to email out daily learning activities for you using many of the resources we have mentioned before. We have also put each year groups Big Picture for this half term on the website. You can follow the links below:
Mrs Price has found some free spelling lessons for everyone to watch – a brilliant way to learn the spelling of tricky words from ‘they’ to ‘onomatopoeia’! Tune in at 2 for Sir Linkalot Time by clicking here.
We are discovering new resources all the time and Year 5 teachers have been sharing a Bletchley Park VE Day activity pack with their classes. You might find something in here to help celebrate VE Day on the Bank Holiday on Friday 8th May.
The Department for Education still have a list of online resources which you can fine here
Scroll down to our post at the start of term for links to other resources to help with learning , health and mental wellbeing.
Badgerbrook Book News
Please have a look at the Book News sent out by Mrs Price.
Scholastic have updated their ‘Top 100 books, chosen by teachers’
You might like to take a look for inspiration!
The April Newsletter has been emailed to parents but a copy is available here:
Theses attachments were also sent out with the Newsletter
Free School Meals
For those of you who have children who are eligible for free school meals (not the Universal Infant Free School Meals) we are moving to providing eCode vouchers. We are in the process of setting up the details with the Department for Education’s supplier – Edenred, although it is currently taking quite a while! If this applies to you please look out for a voucher, which will be emailed too you. The eCodes will be for £15 per eligible child per week.
If your child is not currently registered as being eligible for free school meals and you think you might be eligible for a voucher please register with Leicestershire County Council as soon as possible:
When your application has been approved by the Council we will be able too apply for a £15 per week eCode for you.
Oak National Academy
Here is the link to the Oak National Academy www.thenational.academy
You will have seen in the news that this a new collection of lessons and online resources to support teachers, parents and children. It has been created by the government in response to the coronavirus lockdown. “Oak National Academy will fit alongside other resources such as BBC Bitesize to offer a structure for the day for children until schools fully re-open.”
The staff at Badgerbrook already have much in place to support learning at home and they will continue to send out daily learning activities. From next week they may use some of the Oak National Academy materials. If they do, they will include links – either to whole lessons or to parts of lessons that fit best with what they have already planned.
However, as parents you can access it at any time to see what resources are available and to become familiar with the way the website works.
If you have any questions about how best to support your child with these resources, please contact the class teacher (through the class email address) in the first instance. They may not have all the answers yet – it is a new resource for us too.
Message from #teambadgerbrook
Here is a message to all our pupils and families from all the Badgerbrook Team
Thank you posters
Here are some thank you posters for you to colour in and display to show your appreciation to some of the people who are helping us out right now.
Print out the posters and use your best and brightest paints or pens to colour them in.
With thanks to Sophie Holt for the designs.
The new term!
At this time, the overriding factor is the wellbeing of all in our families and in our community. We want to say a huge thank you, for working together with us to continue to support our children during this difficult time.
We are very proud of Badgerbrook pupils, who we know have been working hard on the activities staff have set, which have been devised to help them keep some structure to their days, continue good habits for learning and let them know that their teachers are thinking of them.
Now we are thinking about what would have been the start of the Summer Term – so here are some reminders about resources available to use while most pupils are based at home. As a school we are already using:
Times Tables RockStars
If you need any help with logins etc for any of these please contact your child’s class teacher using the class email address. We will continue to email learning activities after the Easter break.
The government have published a list of online educational resources which may be useful in supplementing what your child’s class teacher is already providing. Follow the link to see details of lots of free resources:
It is important to maintain physical and mental wellbeing.
Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel more energised, and more optimistic. Please encourage your children to take care of their physical health and wellbeing. Plan time outside to exercise if you can safely do so – such as a walk, run, cycle ride – provided they are doing so in a way that meets the latest social distancing guidelines.
We know that lots of pupils are already taking part in the Joe Wicks daily workout, in order to keep moving and stay healthy and positive. You do not need any equipment, just tune in to the Body Coach YouTube channel at 9am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout.
Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport have devised a new website to help you stay #HealthyAtHome which has many useful suggestions.
The government has also issued some guidance for parents and carers on supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak:
YoungMinds, the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health, has some helpful suggestions. The website provides resources and information.
We hope you find some of these resources helpful. Thank you for all you are already doing to support your children in these unprecedented times.
Response to Covid19 (updated 22 March 2020)
For those parents whose children are attending Badgerbrook tomorrow (you already know if this applies to you);
- Arrive by the hall and wait outside a safe distance apart until you are called inside
- There will be three tables: Foundation Stage/Year 1/Year 2, Year 3/Year4, Year 5/Year 6 – go to the correct table to register your child, when called
- Following government guidelines it’s important that you stay at home unless absolutely necessary, in order to limit the spread of infection. So therefore we will ensure the number of children in school is kept to a minimum with only those with 2 key workers being able to attend, or our numbers would be too high to remain safe to open
- Children are NOT to wear school uniform as clothes need to be washed daily, to kill the Covid19 virus. This is following government guidance because it lives on clothing.
- We will be posting updates and information on our website and Facebook page
- Please look at this presentation about staying safe in school : stay safe
Please see the letter sent out to parents on 20th March with the latest information.
We have put some parental advice from National Online Safety about keeping your child safe online on our Internet Advice page.
You can also find a link to DITTO on this page. This is a free e-safety magazine for schools and parents. This month the magazine is looking at:
- Socialisation or Social Isolation?
- IWF Update – Live streaming
- Social Media Pressures
- Monkey App
The Art club have been really busy over the last 6 weeks producing some amazing art work. They are very talented and have been a pleasure to work with! Have a look at some of the examples of work they have created. Look out for another 6 week block during the Summer term if you are feeling creative. #creativity
“Where does chocolate come from?”
To help us answer our Big Question Year 5 visited Cadbury World to learn more about the Ancient Maya civilisation and their involvement in the early history of cocoa. We also enjoyed learning how chocolate is made.
World Book Day
We had a fantastic day on World Book Day last week! We had lots of parents and grandparents coming to join us at our reading café first thing. Parents and carers then joined us to learn about reading at Badgerbrook. The kitchen team provided some delicious cakes and biscuits – thank you! Children and staff came in the pyjamas or dressed as a book character. Children entered our book in a jar competition and all enjoyed looking at the fabulous entries – parents came to look too! It was great to spend so much time reading. Thanks to all parents who came or supported their child to make the day such a success
4HH enjoying the Reading Cafe:
Toys from the past
Year One had an exciting day when Tommy Tophat visited to talk to us about toys from the past. The children had lots of fun exploring old toys and finding out what toys were like before batteries. In the afternoon we even had a go at making our own toys!
Year 4 Visit to London
Our Year 4 Big Question last term was, ‘Is London a cool place to live?’ After working hard in the classroom, studying the famous landmarks, discussing pollution and the importance of the River Thames, we visited the capital city during the last week of term. We were extremely lucky – the weather was fantastic and we were able to see all the important buildings from the top of the London Eye and along the Thames on our cruise.
It was an amazing, unforgettable day!
The Big Picture
We base our curriculum on a ‘Challenge’ curriculum where each topic begins with a ‘Big Question’. Our teachers bring the National Curriculum alive by making links between the individual subjects and applying them to topics. Each half term teachers produce a curriculum plan that shows the links between different curriculum subjects and how they can be linked by overarching topics- we call this the ‘Big Picture’.
Here is the working wall for the Year 6 Big Question – “Why is Africa Amazing?”
Year 3 asked “What makes the Earth Angry?”
In Year 2 they wanted to know “Would a Minion like to live in Whetstone?”
Pupils in Year 1 were asked “Would you rather be a meerkat or a penguin?”
New Toys and Resources
Foundation Stage have had a delivery of new toys which were bought using the money raised at the Christmas Fayre and Year 1 bought some pens.
Parent Information page
There is a page on the website for Parent Information. We have just put a copy of the Year 2 presentation on the Key Stage 1 SATs on this page. It also contains some information about our ‘No Outsiders’ work. This page is password protected and we will be sending a reminder of the password to parents shortly.
Maths report from Year 4
A group of Year 4 children went to a Maths lesson at Thomas Estley, we came in 3rd place and had 4 points out of 7 points. We had to organise a school trip, and we had to calculate how much money to spend and how many people (children and adults) were coming. Also we had to calculate how much money per person, the adults cost more than the children. At the end we had a sweet for participating.
Year 5 children were inspired by the authors Charlie Higson, Francesca Simon and Frank Cottrell Boyce to think of story ideas for stories set in the past, present or future. It is hoped they will write their stories and enter the national BBC online competition hosted by Zoe Ball. Watch this space for story snippets coming soon…fingers crossed we have a winner in our midst!
Click here to read to the second Badgerbrook Books Newsletter
Year 5 Fire Awareness
Year 5 received vital fire safety information from Firefighter Sophie. She outlined the importance of having a working smoke detector at home. The children saw a video of how quickly fire and smoke can spread.
Her advice included: Pick a special date – your birthday – and buy your smoke alarm a new battery for your birthday! Check it works once a month – poke the button with a stick.
Keep doors closed overnight as, if a fire does start, a closed door can hold fire back for up to 15 minutes.
The children also learned about the importance of only making 999 calls for REAL emergencies- and how making hoax calls can cause deaths if fire engines are not available for REAL fires.
A World With Friends
Two ex-Badgerbrook pupils, Callum & Betty (whose sister is Edith in Year 5) are involved in a new charity song which is in the running to become a Christmas No 1.
“NHS hero Lewis Hine and a team of incredible young people who all suffer with a chronic illness or disability have taken the music world by storm and become the highest new entry on iTunes chart. With backing from Gary Barlow, Matt Terry, Frank Turner, Susanna Reid and cast from Love Island and Towie they have done the impossible. These amazing young people are raising the awareness of the loneliness and isolation that comes with chronic illness and disability. They are not pop stars but they can seriously sing ! They may not have a big record company behind them but fueled by their passion and determination the fight for Xmas no. 1 is on.”
They have a music video and background stories of some of those involved which can be found by searching Merry Christmas With You, A World With Friends. You can help their bid by downloading the song:
Badgerbrook Vision Statement
During this term Ms Meyrick and the governors have been consulting with pupils, staff and parents to renew the Badgerbrook Vision statement
Click here to read our new version which includes a link to our ‘character muscles’.
Year 1 Christmas Crafts
The Year 1 children have had a busy afternoon making lots of lovely Christmas decorations. A big thank you to all of our helpers for your support with this.
Foundation Stage Christmas Production
Foundation performed their version of The Bossy King to parents and grandparents. We all sang, danced, acted and spoke beautifully. Well done everyone
Whole-School Cross-Curricula Maths
In December, we did a whole-school cross-curricular maths activity! Each class chose an aspect of our curriculum to focus on to see how maths relates to it. From this, we were able to realise that maths is all around us and integral to our daily lives. Here are some of the fun activities that we got up to:
In FDL we did our subtraction outside. We read the number sentence then looked at the number line to work out the answer. One of us then jumped backwards down the number line to check to see if we were right. We have also been ordering by length. We put the strips of paper in order from longest to shortest and made it into a Christmas tree.
FLB took part in a selection of different maths activities such as: jumping along a number line (PE and maths), ordering numbers, making a repeated pattern (art and maths) and a subtraction song “five little speckled frogs” (music and maths).
Year 1 enjoyed using the beebots to explore 3D shapes and their properties. We used our ICT skills to give the Beebots instructions and solved maths challenges by sending the Beebots to different shapes on the mat.
In Year 3, we explored how music and maths are related! We looked at musical notation in bars of beats of four. We were able to recognise how to make 4 in different ways using part whole models, this included using our fractions and decimals knowledge as you can also get half beats in music! We also looked at notation and realised that this a form of algebra (representing numbers with symbols). Musically, our lesson included composition and performance as well as notation, instrumental playing and looking at rhythm.
4HH/JS looked at the American graffiti artist, ‘Thank you x’. His murals are based on creating illusions of 3D shapes from 2D paintings. We created our own group cube display.
Our class (5DN) organised a Hot Wheels jump off to see which is the best car for travelling the furthest off a ramp.
We used measuring tapes and measured distances.
We also worked out the mean average of our group’s results.
We ordered and compared the averages from each group.
We presented the data in tables and as a bar line graph.
Pupils in 5LC combined their artistic skills and mathematical knowledge to produce their own factor mobiles.
They chose a number to find factors of and used different colours and shapes to represent these. They linked their prior knowledge and chose a way to represent factors that were prime or square. they used different materials to construct and create their mobiles.
In Year 6, we linked maths with PE and science. We wanted to know how exercise impacts on our pulse rate, so we created an investigation to explore it. We used measuring to record our pulse rate when resting and after a series of progressively more challenging exercises. After each exercise, we counted our pulse for 30 seconds. We then used doubling to see what our pulse rate would be after 1 minute. We recorded our results in a table. Next, we created a line graph which enabled us to compare our heart rates with that of a friend to see if any trends began to immerge. We plan to extend this activity by comparing the results of every member of the class, we would like to find the average pulse rate for each exercise by using mean, mode and median.
Foundation Stage ‘Ready, Set, Ride’
We have all had a go on balance bikes which we have borrowed for a few weeks as part of the Ready Set Ride scheme. Firstly we talked about the importance of wearing a helmet to protect our heads in case we fall and we all put a helmet on and tested that they were fitted correctly by doing the wobble test!
We then had fun playing different games on the bikes. We played ‘wibble, wobble’ and had to sit on the seat and move our feet in and out. Then we played ‘scoot, stride, glide’, we scooted by walking our feet along the ground then trying to lift them up to glide along while balancing.
We also rode around our track looking out for other children and then finished by playing ‘box the lot’ where we had to stop in a given space.
Parents can find out more about the scheme on www.readysetride.co.uk
We held our Christmas Fayre on Thursday 28th November. It was a roaring success and the families and children had such a fun time. Thank you to all the parents, families and staff who came to support us. Thank you for all your kind donations. We raised a grand total of £2,900. This will be used to buy new books and curriculum resources for our children.
Route to Resilience
Badgerbrook was one of 94 schools across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to complete the Route to Resilience project. This helped us develop the emotional well-being and resilience of children and young people. We are still following this programme and you will already know about how we are developing our Character Muscles.
As a result of all our hard work we are now a Route to Resilience accredited school.
Big English Quiz
Four Year 4 children visited Thomas Estley to take part in the ‘Big English Quiz’. They spent part of an afternoon competing against other primary schools, and worked as a team to answer lots of questions about well-known children’s books, characters and famous authors. They narrowly missed out on a place in the final! The children had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
We are very proud of them for being such brilliant representatives of Badgerbrook.
Following on from the success of the ‘Beat the Street’ initiative, Badgerbrook pupils were given the opportunity to enter a competition as part of the ‘Safe and Sustainable Travel’ programme organised by Leicestershire County Council.
The children had to design a banner to be displayed outside school which promoted leaving the car at home (or parking a distance from school) and walking, cycling or scooting the final part of the journey. The aim being to reduce congestion at busy times and promote active travel.
Melissa from Year 5 was the winner of the competition and her design can now be seen on the banner outside school. Well done Melissa!
Children in Need Day
The School Council organised a ‘Spotty or Sporty’ day to raise money for Children in Need. Pupils and staff raised over £300 for the charity.
Many of the classes also joined in with the Big Morning Move hosted by Joe Wickes and live streamed on the BBC Children in Need YouTube Channel!
Odd Socks Day
On Tuesday 12th November we supported ‘Odd Socks Day’ for Anti-bullying Week to celebrate what makes us all unique. At Badgerbrook we are proud to be a ‘No Outsiders’ school – everyone is different and everyone is welcome here. #changestartswithus
“Whether it is verbal, physical, online or in-person, bullying has a significant impact on a child’s life well in to adulthood. By making small, simple changes, we can break this cycle and create a safe environment for everyone. Because together, we can challenge bullying. Change starts with a conversation. It starts with checking in. It starts with work together.
Change starts here.
Change starts now.
Change starts with us.”
Leicestershire’s Consultation on School Admissions Policy and arrangements for entry Autumn 2021 onwards
Leicestershire County Council is consulting on proposed changes to its School Admissions Policy and arrangements to take effect from Autumn 2021. You are invited to make comment on the proposed changes to policy. The attached document contains full details (including the proposed changes to the Badgerbrook catchment area) and has links to the full consultation and the survey response form.
Keeping Safe on Social Media
In an assembly we looked at #Goldilocks – A Cautionary Tale of Goldilocks trying to get lots of likes but realising her posts and shares were out there forever – and the bears found out!
The message was THINK before you press Send.
World Mental Health Day
Class 5DN took part in a BBC live lesson with hundreds of schools around the UK. We learnt about having a growth mindset and how to use breathing techniques to de-stress. The BBC name checked us during the programme and published the fact that we are proud of our school’s worry box.
Year 4 Roman Day
Here are some photos from our Roman Day on 9th October. We had a great visit from ‘Lucius’ the Roman soldier who taught us all about the Roman Empire and what life was like in the Roman army. We learnt some new Latin words, looked at Roman armour and even made the famous ‘Testudo’ formation to see what it was like going into battle as a Roman legionary!
Santander Discovery Project
A group of volunteers from Santander spent a day working on improving the front garden at school. The plants were purchased from Chamney’s Garden Centre and the volunteers worked hard planting them. Now it should be easy for us to look after and will brighten the entrance to our school. Thank you very much Santander.
Foundation Stage thanks
Foundation stage have had a great start to the new term. We are very lucky to have had a new playhouse donated over the holidays and are using it as a reading and writing den. We have also had some sensory equipment added into our playground which was won in a competition by Mr Carr. Thank you for both donations, they are really appreciated.
Goodbye and Hello
At the end of the Summer Term we said goodbye and good luck in the future to our Year 6 pupils and those from other year groups who were moving to new schools
We also said goodbye to some members of staff. Teachers Mrs Button, Mrs Jarvis and Mrs Morrin, Nursery Nurse Mrs Ward, Learning Support Assistant Mr Elliott, ICT Technician Mr Megginson, Midday Supervisors Mrs Hayward and Mrs Croughwell, and Cleaner Mrs Cunnington have all moved on to different adventures. We wish them all well for the future.
When we return at the end of August Ms Meyrick will be our Headteacher, Mrs Price will be Deputy Headteacher and Mrs Toon will be Assistant Headteacher. We are looking forward to welcoming two new members of staff. Mr Cooper and Mrs Styles will both be teaching in Key Stage 2.
We had lots of fun on our Foundation Stage Pirate Day. We hunted for treasure and went on a treasure hunt outside and found the treasure in the classroom. We also had a pirate party in the afternoon and played lots of pirate games.